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  • [Article 3621]NYTimes: Newt’s War on Poor Children

    From Charles M. Blow at the NYTimes:

    Nearly two weeks after claiming that child labor laws are “truly stupid” and implying that poor children should be put to work as janitors in their schools, he now claims that poor children don’t understand work unless they’re doing something illegal.

    Read the entire article. It’s worth it.



  • [Article 3610]NYTimes: U.S. Rejects Plan to Widen Availability of Morning-After Pill

    Disappointing news from the New York Times:

    In a surprise move, the nation’s health secretary stopped the Plan B morning-after pill from moving onto drugstore shelves next to the condoms, deciding Wednesday that young girls shouldn’t be able to buy it on their own.

    The Food and Drug Administration was preparing to lift a controversial age limit and make Plan B One-Step the nation’s first over-the-counter emergency contraceptive, available for purchase by people of any age without a prescription.

    But Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius intervened at the eleventh hour and overruled her own experts.

    Plan B instead will remain behind the pharmacy counter, as it is sold today — available without a prescription only for those 17 and older who show an ID proving their age.

    That this comes from this sometimes-perplexing Democratic administration is one thing. That the move comes in direct opposition to the administration’s own experts baffles me.



  • [Article 3601]Woman Allegedly Sets Fire to Friend’s House After She Was Deleted From Facebook

    Jennifer Christine is charged with first degree arson.

    How sad.

    From Zombie Apocalypse Academy:

    Authorities in Iowa say a 30-year-old woman attempted to burn down a couple’s house last week in retaliation for being unfriended in Facebook. Jennifer Christine Harris, of Des Moines, is being held in Polk County Prison on $100,000 bond after she allegedly set fire to Jim and Nikki Rasmussen‘s garage, forcing the couple to flee their home in the middle of the night, the Des Moines Register reports.

    The siding on the house melted and the garage roof collapsed, according to reports. The Rasmussens only managed to escape the blaze after a loud booming sound woke them up. “It was ablaze at 1 a.m. It was just totally engulfed,” neighbor Dominic Formaro told ABC News.



  • [Article 3598]If Congress (Read – The GOP) Does Not Act, Middle Class Taxes Will Rise

    It’s simple.

    If Congress — meaning the Republicans in Congress as Democrats are on board — does not support President Obama’s plan to extend and expand the payroll tax cut, middle class taxes will rise.

    Find out how much your taxes will rise here.

    I will lose over $1000.  How much will you lose?

    Watch and read President Obama’s weekly address here on this crucial issue.



  • [Article 3534]Marc-Andre Fleury Gives Up 3 As Penguins Lose In Finale Minutes to Boston

    From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

    The Penguins blew a two-goal lead and fell for the third time in as many games without All-Star center Sidney Crosby, 3-2, against the Boston Bruins tonight at Consol Energy Center.

    Crosby has a concussion.

    The Penguins outshot Boston, 14-6, in a scoreless first period.

    Just watched the third period of this game.

    Sh*t. Sh*t. And Sh*t.



  • [Article 3500]Sarah Palin Burped Last Week, And CNN Was There

    Sarah Palin in a bikini

    Why does the media flock around a failed pol? I really don’t get it at all. I can see Fox News or Glenn Beck, but CNN?

    CNN has officially become the media’s official gossip station.

    Some recent news flash items from CNN. Sorry, I removed the links back to CNN. It’s not worth the trip. Really.

    Here they are:

    McCain compares Palin to Reagan

    Rove calls Palin move ‘smart’ 

    Palin delivers a gaffe-filled message

    Palin hits back at Barbara Bush

    Obama doesn’t think about Palin

    Palin kicks off book tour amid fresh speculation of a White House bid

    If Palin runs for president, should she agree to Couric interview?

    Obama doesn’t think about Palin? Oh no! Will Palin sit down with Katie Couric for another winning interview? Will she pardon a turkey?

    Years ago, when I was a child, CNN used to do news.

    I remember.



  • [Article 3477]NPR Fires Juan Williams After Comment About Muslims; Sarah Palin Tries to Capitalize

    Sarah Palin, opportunist par excelence,has worked her way into a story that has nothing to do with her at all.

    From the Chicago Sun-Times:

    NPR has fired longtime news analyst Juan Williams, also a commentator on the Fox News Channel, after he told Bill O’Reilly that he gets nervous when he sees people in Muslim garb on an airplane. Sarah Palin has called for NPR to lose its federal funding over Williams’ firing.

    In a statement late Wednesday, National Public Radio said it was terminating Williams’ contract as a senior news analyst over his comments on Fox’s "The O’Reilly Factor."

    NPR executives had previously complained about his remarks on Fox and asked him to stop using the NPR name when he appeared on O’Reilly’s show.

    The latest comments came Monday, when O’Reilly brought on guests to discuss his own appearance last week on ABC’s "The View," during which Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the set to protest his views on Muslims.

    "Where am I going wrong here, Juan?" O’Reilly asked.

    Williams, 56, responded that too much political correctness can get in the way of reality.

    "I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country," Williams said. "But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."

    He went on to say that not everyone in a religious group — Christian or Muslim — should be lumped together with extremists.

    In statement on her Facebook page, Sarah Palin called for NPR to lose its federal funding over the incident.

    Sarah Palin, the Pol Who Quit, campaigns from Facebook.

    God Bless America.



  • [Article 3459]G.O.P. U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Miller’s Security Thugs Handcuff a Journalist

    Can you say "Bill of Rights?"

    My teapot boileth over.

    From the Alaska Dispatch:

    Alaska Dispatch founder and editor Tony Hopfinger was grabbed and handcuffed by a private security detail working for U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller on Sunday while trying to ask the Fairbanks Republican questions following a town hall meeting at Central Middle School in Anchorage on Sunday.

    Hopfinger was reportedly pressing Miller on whether the candidate had ever been reprimanded for politicking while working at the Fairbanks North Star Borough in 2008. Alaska Dispatch and other media have sued for the release of records related Miller’s time at the borough. Various accounts of what happened next generally agree on this course of events:

    • Two or three bodyguards told Hopfinger to stop asking questions and to leave the building.
    • Hopfinger continued to ask questions while apparently videotaping the candidate.
    • Bodyguards told him that if he persisted they would arrest him for trespassing, but refused to identify themselves to Hopfinger.
    • Hopfinger asked why he was trespassing, as the event was at a public school. Seconds later, he was then put in arm-bar and later handcuffed and sequestered at one end of a hallway for at least 30 minutes. He was told, "You’re under arrest." 
    • Anchorage Police arrived on the scene shortly after.

    I watched Joe Miller on CNN this afternoon as he was interviewed by John King. He danced like I’ve never seen a pol dance, refusing to answer question after question, finally admitting that "he was disciplined for the misuse of local government computers."

    Watch below:

    Alaska, prove you are still Americans. Do not vote for this man.

    Vote for the very, very moderate-to-conservative Democrat who will represent all Alaskans well.

    Vote for Scott McAdams.

    It’s about Alaska.



  • [Article 3449]Obama Related to Palin and Limbaugh, Franklin’s ‘Big Fat Idiot’

    From the Chicago Sun-Times:

    Yup — the president has family ties to none other than Sarah Palin, according to the genealogists at Ancestry.com.

    Obama and Palin are 10th cousins through a common ancestor named John Smith, a pastor and early settler in 17th century Massachusetts. Obama is related to Smith through his mother, as is Palin.

    The president is also related to Rush Limbaugh, who’s a 10th cousin of the president — one time removed — through a common ancestor named Richmond Terrell, who was a large landowner in Virginia, also in the 17th century.

    Hee hee hee.

    (The ‘big fat idiot’ reference is in reference to Al Frankin’s wonderful book, Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot. I highly recommend it.)



  • [Article 3443]NYTimes Explosive Report: Sam Zell’s Culture of Stupidity at the Tribune Company

    I heard Sam Zell speak a couple of years ago at the Inland Press Association’s Annual Meeting. He was funny. Seemed full of energy, off the cuff, eccentric.

    An article in today’s New York Times reveals so much more, reporting on the bizarre culture Zell and those he has brought in have created at the Chicago Tribune and elsewhere at the Tribune Company.

    Clearly, Zell is steering company into the ground.

    From the NYTimes:

    In January 2008, soon after the venerable Tribune Company was sold for $8.2 billion, Randy Michaels, a new top executive, ran into several other senior colleagues at the InterContinental Hotel next to the Tribune Tower in Chicago.

    Mr. Michaels, a former radio executive and disc jockey, had been handpicked by Sam Zell, a billionaire who was the new controlling shareholder, to run much of the media company’s vast collection of properties, including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, WGN America and The Chicago Cubs.

    After Mr. Michaels arrived, according to two people at the bar that night, he sat down and said, “watch this,” and offered the waitress $100 to show him her breasts. The group sat dumbfounded.

    “Here was this guy, who was responsible for all these people, getting drunk in front of senior people and saying this to a waitress who many of us knew,” said one of the Tribune executives present, who declined to be identified because he had left the company and did not want to be quoted criticizing a former employer. “I have never seen anything like it.”

    The report goes downhill from there, where sexual harassment is justified as path to creative thinking, with disclaimers like this in the Tribune’s revised employee handbook:

    “Working at Tribune means accepting that you might hear a word that you, personally, might not use,” the new handbook warned. “You might experience an attitude you don’t share. You might hear a joke that you don’t consider funny. That is because a loose, fun, nonlinear atmosphere is important to the creative process.” It then added, “This should be understood, should not be a surprise and not considered harassment.”

    My jaw dropped several times reading this article. So sad. I don’t see how the Tribune can be taken seriously any more.