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Selected News For The Week Apr 28 – May 4

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    This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 27th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

    7 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Apr 28 – May 4”

    1. Anonymoose says:


      “As many as 100 high school students walked out of a national journalism conference after an anti-bullying speaker began cursing, attacked the Bible and reportedly called those who refused to listen to his rant “pansy asses.”

      The speaker was Dan Savage, founder of the “It Gets Better” project, an anti-bullying campaign that has reached more than 40 million viewers with contributors ranging from President Obama to Hollywood stars. Savage also writes a sex advice column called “Savage Love.”

      Sooner or later the mask comes off and they show their true face. As has been obvious for a long time the “anti-bullying” campaign is another thinly hidden gay rights agenda.

      • GetBackJack says:

        Jeepers … Little Danny better learn that tried and true adage “Better to be thought of as stupid, rather than open your mouth and confirm it”/i>

      • SinCity says:

        I saw this too on television this morning. I found myself wondering when he was going to mention the Koran. The practitioners of the religion of peace are far more outwardly hostile to gays than Christians. But hey, it seems that we’ve slipped into some alternate universe more and more these days. A universe where critical thinking skills among the Idiocracy seem to be non existent.

      • yadayada says:

        here’s another “anti bullying” guru who gets $6500 tax-payer-dollars a pop from schools.
        this guy appears to be a crude malcontent, thinly disguised.


        His unorthodox stunts, involve shouting abuse at people – such as “geek in the wheelchair” and remarking “Oh, that’s the best sex I’ve had all day!” after shaking hands with a child.

        yup, that’s what our teacher’s unions think is education.

    2. Anonymoose says:


      Paul Krugman offers this intellectual insight in his column:

      “For the past two years most policy makers in Europe and many politicians and pundits in America have been in thrall to a destructive economic doctrine. According to this doctrine, governments should respond to a severely depressed economy not the way the textbooks say they should — by spending more to offset falling private demand — but with fiscal austerity, slashing spending in an effort to balance their budgets.”

      The only textbooks I can think he is referring to is the Great Depression and the holy hero of the Democrats, FDR. There’s several things wrong with his analysis, and his assumptions.

      To list it:

      Every crisis is different, what worked before won’t necessarily work again.

      The Great Depression problem was a sudden drop in private enterprise and employment. The government stepped in and artificially created employment, all on borrowed money. Still, at least you could point to where the money was going, even if it was mostly public works projects.

      The problem this time is billions to trillions in liabilities–interest payments, debts, and retirement payments and pensions. Keeping all this afloat only adds more to he debt for little benefit. Also, I’m sorry, but people shouldn’t be able to retire at 45-50 and collect full unemployment until their late 70’s or even 80’s.

      Austerity or government spending are both band-aids to what is ultimately the cause, a broken economic engine. Neither fixes it, but tries to keep a bad situation from getting worse.

      FDR and his policies were saved by World War Two and the sudden increase in manufacturing output. There’s no real evidence his multiple government agencies and control was ever working, and indeed it was likely counterproductive as the US slipped into a second dip of the Depression in 1937. Also, don’t forget the conditions in Europe of the early 20’s, where many countries had exponential inflation rates and currency that is practically worthless.

      A half-hearted or poorly implemented austerity program, as Europe has done, is probably worse than none at all. Also, being on a common currency and sharing so many other things means all of Europe bears the burden, instead of being separate.

      We need reform of the financial industry with regard to credit default swaps and selling unsecured loans as if they were cash–most of which began when Clinton did away with the Depression era legislation that was intended to prevent this from happening again. We also need freer markets and businesses being able to hire, produce, and sell–not be hit up for shakedowns on health insurance, arcane environmental regulations, and ever more taxes.

      The solution isn’t another war–even is one did happen the entire manufacturing base and approach is different. Instead countries need to be independent again, and we need to quit holding ourselves to the standard of doing things as poorly as Europe. In the short term austerity is the only useful response as otherwise the increased government spending simply goes nowhere.

    3. heykev says:


      “About 20 years ago Pennebaker, who’s at the University of Texas at Austin, got interested in looking more closely at the words that we use. Or rather, he got interested in looking more closely at a certain subset of the words that we use: Pennebaker was interested in function words.

      For those of you like me — the grammatically challenged — function words are the smallish words that tie our sentences together.

      The. This. Though. I. And. An. There. That.

      “Function words are essentially the filler words,” Pennebaker says. “These are the words that we don’t pay attention to, and they’re the ones that are so interesting.”

      But some of his most interesting work has to do with power dynamics. He says that by analyzing language you can easily tell who among two people has power in a relationship, and their relative social status.

      “It’s amazingly simple,” Pennebaker says, “Listen to the relative use of the word “I.”

      What you find is completely different from what most people would think. The person with the higher status uses the word “I” less.”

      Which make you wonder why BHO consistently uses the I pronoun in every speech, every letter, everything he does really….

    4. canary says:

      Obama regulates destroy rural family farms by preventing under age 18 from being near livestock.


      April 27, 2012

      WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today said that the pressure he and others put on the Obama administration has resulted in the Department of Labor (DOL) dropping the unpopular rule that would have prevented youth from participating in many common work activities on family farms. Inhofe, who joined colleagues on two letters last Fall raising concerns about the rule, committed to continuing the fight against yet another example of President Obama’s over-regulation efforts. He is also a co-sponsor of the bi-partisan Preserving America’s Family Farm Act, to prevent the enactment of the controversial rule.

      “This is just another example of over-regulation from the Obama administration that is hurting jobs and the economy,” said Inhofe. “Family farms are a vital part of our nation’s economy, and they are the bedrock of rural American values and qualities like hard-work, determination, and ingenuity. I am glad this ridiculous attempt to penalize those family farms and what they represent has been stopped, and I will continue to fight to prevent this and the other over-regulation coming from President Obama.”

      Last year, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis proposed rules that would restrict family farm operations by prohibiting youth under the age of 18 from being near animals of certain ages without adult supervision, participating in common livestock practices such as vaccinating, and handling most animals more than six months old, which would severely limit participation in 4-H and FFA activities and restrict their youth farm safety classes. Further, the rule would prohibit children from operating farm machinery over 20 power take-off (PTO) horsepower; completing tasks at elevations over six feet high; and working at stockyards and grain and feed facilities. The language of the proposed rule is so specific it would even ban youth from operating a battery powered screwdriver or a pressurized garden hose.


      The language of the proposed rule is so specific it would even ban youth from operating a battery powered screwdriver or a pressurized garden hose.

      If those little kids working the WH garden plantation, digging, pulling, working in a professional kitchen to wash and cook the fruits of their labors, or let his young naive 13 year old daughter to go to dangerous Mexico without parents; needing 24/7 military to protect her

      Silver spooned fed Obama has probably never worked on a farm a day in his life. UN must be laughing.

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