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Selected News For The Week June 16 – June 22

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    This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 15th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

    7 Responses to “Selected News For The Week June 16 – June 22”

    1. Anonymoose says:


      Rodney King was never more than a nobody who got hit by the lightning bolt of fate. If his arrest hadn’t been videotaped the world would never have heard of him and he would have amounted to nothing. In the end he still amounted to nothing, just periodically came up in the news over and over

      I really think of the whole L.A. media circus and trial as my turning point in going from a bubble headed liberal indoctrinated by higher education to a cynical conservative. Rodney wasn’t the “black motorist” calmly driving down the road the media kept portraying him as, and if the police were acquitted by a jury, then why bring them up on Federal charges? Was there any question what the verdict would be or that it was solely to appease the rioters?

      And King lived out his life as a former celebrity who’d skipped the talent and fame part. Multiple arrests for speeding and drinking, stints in rehab, allegations of spousal abuse, writing a book nobody read, a bout on celebrity boxing, and so on.


      I still remember when it hit the news about him picking up a transvestite prostitute only a few months after the taped arrest happened. One of my black co-workers who was firmly in the “black motorist” mentality insisted that could have just been a friend or a relative or someone he knew, we just didn’t know the truth. Well, that coworker seemed to think he knew the truth.

      53 people died in those riots, over 2,000 were injured, 7,000 fires were set, and there was a billion dollars of property damaged. All in the name of “black justice.” King was never the point, but the opportunity the rioters took advantage of. We all know what happened to Reginald Denny, and it seems every week now we hear about black on white violence which shows the same pack mentality and is always swept under floorboards. I look back on that time and I keep thinking, would all this have happened if the media hadn’t created such a firestorm?

      • AcornsRNutz says:

        Wait until Zimmerman’s ordeal is over. Reginald Denny likely got off easy compared to what will happen if he is aquitted, and if he isn’t, he will get it worse than ol’ Reggie when he gets to prison. If the media was complicit in the LA riots, won’t they be outright responsible for the aftermath of the Zimmerman trial (and there will be something)?

    2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

      The Banned Headline: “School Administrator Fondles 10-year old”

      From WRAL:

      Clinton third-grader strip-searched after being accused of stealing

      The mother of a Clinton third-grader says a school administrator went too far when she strip-searched her child after accusations that he stole from another student.

      Clarinda Cox says her 10-year-old son, Justin, a student at Union Elementary School, was ordered to take off everything but his T-shirt and boxer shorts on June 1 after a girl and several other students accused him of taking $20.

      Justin told his mother that a girl dropped the money and that he picked it up and gave it back to her, she said.

      “If I felt he needed to be searched, I would have brought him into the bathroom,” Cox said. “You could have had a witness in the bathroom with me. I would have searched my son.”

      The female assistant principal, Teresa Holmes, did not find the money, Cox said, and hugged Justin and apologized to him afterward.

      “Hugged” didn’t know that was still allowed. Still, in the age of Jerry Sundusky perhaps people in power shouldn’t be hugging little boys, let alone stripping them to their underpants.

      Sampson County Schools spokeswoman Susan Warren says Cox should have been informed about the search but that Holmes did nothing wrong and that a male janitor was present for the search.

      “The assistant principal was within her legal authority, her legal right, to do the search,” Warren said. “She may have been overzealous in her actions.”

      If true, this is a scathing indictment to how much power legal authority we have relinquished to the state.


    3. BannedbytheTaliban says:

      Posting this because the audacity of the headline, and an astonishing admission from the AP (though I don’t think they can subtract so they probably didn’t catch it).

      Republicans want food stamps cut in big farm bill
      By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press

      What media bias? I wouldn’t be more surprised if it said GOP wants poor to starve to death.

      WASHINGTON — The 1,000-page “farm bill” being debated in the Senate is somewhat of a misnomer. Four of every five dollars in it — roughly $80 billion a year — goes for grocery bills for one of every seven Americans through food stamps.

      Republicans say Congress could cut the cost $2 billion a year by just closing a pair of loopholes that some states use to award benefits to people who otherwise might not qualify.

      ….The program has swelled from 28 million to 46 million participants and its costs have doubled in the past four years. The recession and slow recovery have increased the number of people unemployed over the same period from 8 million to 12 million.

      Remember that line next time the AP tells you Obama created 4 million jobs. Yet somehow the unemployment went from 8 million to 12 million during his tenure. I think they mixed up addition and subtraction. Basic math is a little advance for the winners at the AP.

      And more food for thought:

      Sessions points out that the federal government now spends twice as much on food stamps as it does on fixing the nation’s roads and bridges, and that SNAP is now the government’s second-largest federal welfare program, following Medicaid.

      …She said the bill already takes steps to eliminate abuses in the system, such as barring lottery winners from receiving benefits, ending misuse by college students, cracking down on benefit trafficking and preventing liquor and tobacco stores from accepting food assistance benefits. It also targets a practice of some 16 states of giving as little as $1 to individuals in home heating assistance so that they can qualify for additional food stamp benefits.

      If people only work so hard to actually earn money to feed themselves.

      He would save $950 million a year by ending the practice of 14 states and the District of Columbia providing people with as little as $1 a year in home heating assistance — even if they don’t have a heating bill — so they can automatically qualify them for greater food stamp benefits of up to $100 a month.

      Another $1.1 billion a year, he says, could be saved by assuring that recipients don’t have assets exceeding federal eligibility limits.

      Yup, no fraud here. Known fraud adds up to a paltry $2 billion a year. And what is a $2 billion among friends, as long as those friends vote Democrat.


    4. BillK says:

      As reported by Drudge, the city of Cambridge, MA is considering banning the sales of soft drinks in all restaurants:

      High intake of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages increases the risk of obesity and diabetes; and

      New York City has a plan to limit the serving size of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages sold in restaurants; now therefore be it

      That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to refer the matter of a ban on soda and sugar-sweetened beverages in restaurants to the Cambridge Public Health Department for a recommendation.


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