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Selected News For The Week Aug 28 – Sep 3

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, August 28th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Aug 28 – Sep 3”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Received David Limbaugh’s book “Crimes Against Liberty” today.

    Already burned through the first chapter, “The Narcissist”.

    It’s excellent!

    • proreason says:

      I don’t usually buy the books because Steve and others provide a real time version, but I did buy David’s because it serves as a handy encyclopedia of evil.

      About half way through now. Two things stand out.

      As many here have said many times, the pace of the criminality is breathtaking. I wish David had provided a recap with numbers. It must be many more than a thousand. And certainly, he is only aware of a fraction. Most have not been reported.

      Secondly, the rhetoric from the Moron, when you see it lined up in a few hundred pages, is shockingly sophmoric. His telepromtpter feeders must surf the bowels of the internet 24 hours a day, looking for the most incendiary things possible to put in his mouth. Somebody should do a word analysis of him compared to prior presidents. Make a list of yellow journalism words and count. There can’t have been another president whose language was 1% as overblown as this slime bag’s.

      Now, there are probably some who are saying, “but proreason, isn’t that exactrly what you do”.

      Frankly, yes, it is.

      But I’m TRYING to make you mad. It’s not my job to inspire, represent and guide the 300 million citizens of the greatest country that ever was. Even I would mitigate the high school rhetoric if I was in a position of authority. But then again, I’m an adult.

  2. proreason says:

    Great interview with Angelo M. Codevilla. Expounds on his Ruling Class essay, with significant additional information and thoughts.

    He immigrated from Italy at 13. Naval officer, political scientist.

    He is a man, 100 years from now, should the US survive the criminals who are trying to destroy it, who will be remembered as one of the intellectual giants who helped the country be re-founded.

    Worth 15 minutes of your time.


  3. BillK says:

    I saw this a few days back – what a class act, as if there was any doubt.

    From an overjoyed Associated Press:

    Levi Johnston takes back his Palin apology

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Levi Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin’s grandson, says he wishes he hadn’t apologized for telling lies about the former Alaska governor because he’s “never lied about anything.”

    Johnston said in an interview on CBS’ “The Early Show” to air Friday that he wishes that he hadn’t issued the apology to Palin.

    I don’t really regret anything,” Johnston said, who has appeared nude on the cover of Playgirl. “But the only thing I wish I wouldn’t have done is put out that apology ’cause it kind of makes me sound like a liar. And I’ve never lied about anything. So that’s probably the only thing. The rest of the stuff I can live with.” …

    CBS said the interview was taped Thursday in Los Angeles.

    Johnston is the two-time fiance of Palin’s eldest daughter, Bristol, and the father of Bristol’s son Tripp. Bristol Palin’s teen pregnancy thrusted the couple into the national spotlight during Sarah Palin’s run as the GOP’s vice presidential candidate in 2008.

    Johnston has expressed an interest in politics, filing papers last week to run for office in his hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, next year. …


    Yep – now that Bristol dumped me after I admitted I may have gotten yet another woman pregnant, no need to keep up pretenses.

    Why this guy hasn’t been elected head of the DNC yet, I’ll never know.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    Senator Craig Police Audio Tape

    This is EXACTLY why you NEVER say anything to the police. They will argue with you, say “you’re a liar” “embarrassing” and fluster you into saying or admitting something that is not true.

    I tend to believe now Senator Craig was innocent.

  5. Flession says:


    A “Hometown Hero” for me, as it were, from CNN:

    Worker at taxpayer-funded agency in Virginia plays hooky for 12 years

    A worker was paid for 12 years without ever showing up for work at a Norfolk, Virginia, agency funded by federal, state and local money, officials say.

    Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim told CNN on Friday that when a new director took over at Norfolk Community Services Board recently, she was “doing her due diligence” when she discovered the hooky-playing employee was on the books. The director, Maureen Womack, then notified the city attorney’s office, Fraim said.

    This doesn’t surprise me in the very least. For the vast majority of you who probably have never been to Norfolk or the Tidewater area, Union influence there is pretty bad in the public sector. For example, I am about to turn 28 years old next week. Roughly when I was 6 months old, construction began on Interstate 64 to widen the road. The local news did undercover camera segments about how workers would just sit around and slack off the entire time, milking their paychecks.

    It finally completed(sorta) back in ’06. Last time I went back up there was for my grandfather’s funeral in ’08., the strip was still being worked on.

    I dunno much about construction, but it’s mind boggling to think that one area would take a mere 20+ years to complete.

    Now, back to the story.

    CNN affiliate WAVY said that the employee, a woman whose name was not released, “earned” somewhere between $300,000 and $480,000, not including full benefits, from the board over the past dozen years.

    The Norfolk board is partially funded by the Virginia state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. According to the department’s website, it is one of 40 locally run community services boards that “serve children and adults who have — or who are at risk of — mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, intellectual disabilities, or substance use disorders.”

    The Liberal dream; doing no work and taking money away from mentally disabled people. Although they tend to call them the “middle class”.

    “This is not a city employee. She does not work for the city, does not get a city check,” Fraim said. He added that while the Norfolk City Council appoints members to the Community Services Board, the board hires its own director and is autonomous and independent.
    The city of Norfolk provides just under $4 million of the local board’s budget a year, Fraim said. Meghan McGuire, a spokeswoman for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, said the state pays $9.7 million annually and the federal government usually contributes $2.4 million, but this year added $190,000 in stimulus funds.

    Obama can add this as another “job” saved or created by the stimulus.

    Norfolk’s newest city councilman, Tommy Smigiel, told CNN Friday that “people want accountability.”

    Smigiel said that when he recently met with a city auditor, he was told about a shelved proposal that predated him, calling for a hotline that Norfolk city workers — and workers at Norfolk-affiliated agencies such as Community Services Board — could call confidentially to report fraud or any other ethical issues. He said the city council has now “technically endorsed” the idea and is working on an ordinance to implement the plan, with the hope that such a fix “probably would have caught something like this.”

    I’d love to hear the reasons why that was denied.

    So, anyone want to play the “Guess which party this anonymous lady donated to for 12 years?” game?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      The “We Be Owed” party that uses an ass to represent them?
      Although this isn’t mentioned, I’ll bet the NAACP gets into the fray somehow!

      I was raised in the Tidewater area and remember WAVY being an NBC affiliate TV station. (Norfolk, Va. Beach and Chesapeake)

  6. proreason says:


    John Bolton won’t rule out running for President.

    It’s getting a little late for someone to jump in the race from left field. Bolton would be an interesting candidate.

    It’s also getting a little late for a really strong candidate to appear.

    I just don’t see one who would be welcomed by everybody on the right. That’s worrysome. It would be tragic for a country that is probably now 60% opposed to the Moron to give him the opportunity to divide his opposition.

    We might well end up with a milquetoast compromise conservative not much different from McLame.

    If the candidates are true patriots, they should be getting together NOW to agree that they will NOT ATTACK EACH OTHER, but rather work to delineate their differences so that the people can decide who will be the best president will be based on a thorough knowledge of their positions and capabilities. In addition to NOT ATTACKING EACH OTHER, they should agree to always remind the country what the all agree about, which is probably 95% of what they all say. Every debate, the first speakers should devote his or her time to listing the key conservative principles that everybody on the podium agrees with.

    I would rather see that manifesto than another Contract with America.

    • Gil says:

      Is Paul Ryan running? He is patriotic, well spoken and would make a great President. From wikipedia:

      On May 21, 2008 Ryan introduced H.R. 6110, titled “Roadmap for America’s Future Act of 2008”. This proposed legislation outlined a plan to deal with entitlement issues. Its stated objectives were to ensure universal access to health insurance; strengthen Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security; lift the debt from future generations; and promote economic growth and job creation in America. The act would have abolished the State Children’s Health Insurance Program in 2010. It did not move past committee.

      On April 1, 2009, Ryan introduced the GOP Alternative to the 2010 United States federal budget. This proposed alternative would have eliminated the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009..

      Economist Paul Krugman took issue with the contention that Ryan’s plan would reduce the deficit, alleging that it only considered proposed spending cuts. Krugman went on to label the supposed spending cuts a “sham” because they depended on making a severe cut in domestic discretionary spending, without specifying the programs to be cut, and on “dismantling Medicare as we know it,” which is politically unrealistic.


      He is on target and would find a way out of the fiscal mess.

    • proreason says:

      I like Ryan a lot, but he will be attacked because his elected experience in only in the House, because of his relative youth and because he has spoken positively in the past about the progressive movement.

      His position on social issues are also not well known, and he might not meet some litmus tests. Christie would raise similar issues.

      Ryan is a perfect illustration of my point. The perfect person is not going to emerge. It’s impossible, so conservatives need to work hard to stay civil and not shoot ourselves in the foot.

      For the 2012 election, there is already noise that Palin supporters might not accept anybody but her. Personally, I’m hoping she opts out. The blood bath will be unbearable, for her, as well as for the country.

      Let’s make a wiser choice next time. The candidates can help, if they agree up front to continually remind the country of the major things they agree about, and then civilly describe their differences and strengths. But are any of them capable of it? Perhaps this time, with the very future of the country on the line, they will put the people ahead of their own ambitions.

      (note: there is a report out that Tom Coburn has said Newt is the last person he would vote for, which I think is a foolish statement. Coburn may be a good conservative, but that’s not the type of leadership I’m looking for from national figures. Is there nobody who can emulate Reagan? You would think this kind of stuff can be taught.)

      Here is the Bolton link that I omitted above.

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      Jan Brewer 2012

  7. Gil says:

    Can it be made possible for it there be even one link.. to the last “Selected News for the week of …” and it be allowed to remain for an extra week until it is deleted? Then if someone has a busy week or goes away on holidays, they can catch up the last week’s posts? Or are the links to the past week’s compilations gone forever?

    • Steve says:

      Alas, Gil, the ‘Selected News’ thread for last week is now gone forever.

      But I will try to keep them up a little longer in the future.

  8. BillK says:

    At least California is busy working on the big issues like their collapsing economy.


    From Los Angeles’ KTLA Television:

    Ban on Plastic Bags Could Become Reality in California

    LOS ANGELES – The California Senate is set to vote on AB 1998, the state proposal to ban single-use plastic bags and most paper bags from supermarkets, pharmacies and some convenience stores.

    The bill, authored by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, D- Santa Monica, would make California the first state to outlaw the lightweight bags for grocers.

    Under the bill, consumers would have to carry their items in reusable bags or pay 5 cents or less, depending on the grocer’s cost, for paper bags made of partially recycled content.

    Supporters, which includes environmental groups and the California Grocers Association and unions, say it will prevent litter and ocean pollution and protect marine mammals that are known to ingest the plastic bags.

    Opponents, led by The American Chemistry Council, claim the ban would cost 1,000 California jobs and cost consumers $1 billion a year. …


    Oh, and why do voters hate Republicans?

    If passed, it will be sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who has indicated he’ll sign it into law.

    There you go.

  9. proreason says:

    Top 50 solons (including 27 Dems) not very diverse…as in 100% white. From the Hill:

    “The Hill’s 50 Wealthiest List ”


    Unless my skilled racist vision is fading quicker than I thought, I could swear all of the top 50 are of the stupid white persuasion.

    What’s with that, you dedicated re-distributers, you?

    Maybe when the Moron is looking for his next victim, he should cast his hate-filled eyes at Congress.

    PS: I would bet my life the ‘fortunes’ described in the article are about an order of magnitude lower than what the criminals actually have.

  10. proreason says:

    Progressives run amok in South Africa:


    Adolescents act just the same in Capetown Vineyards as the do in Washington D.C.

  11. proreason says:

    In case you are feeling really really good about the economy and your kids future, don’t watch this video.


    It’s lengthy but informative. Very professional.

    Summary: the real estate / mortgage bubble that popped in 2008 has been “fixed” with a government bailout bubble that will be many times worse. But there isn’t any entity that can bail governments out.

    Also, the video doesn’t appear idealogical. If anything, it is harder on Boooosh than Obamy. It does pretty much blame the US, but the US is no more a root cause than other countries.

  12. proreason says:

    What took 20 years for Harry Truman has taken 18 months for George Bush.


    “The one Obama continues to blame is the one from whom he could learn.”

    Whether or not you like Dubya, he didn’t hold you, his predecessors or his country in contempt. And he was trying to preserve the best country ever, not destroy it. The contrast couldn’t be greater between him and the Criminal in Chief who lied his way into the White House. If there is one good thing that has resulted from the current anti-American regime, it’s that the world now knows how much better it is to have plain-talking adult than an angry arrogant adolescent as President of the United States.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:


      I might add that it’s also becoming painfully obvious to even the most casual observer as to the PERCENTAGE of people in the nation who love this nation and who hold its principles near to their hearts. A strong 70% of Americans are resolute in their animosity towards the actions of the socialists who are wielding power in our faces. I guess we can thank them for bringing that out in us. That is a debt I will gladly re-pay when I help vote them out of office.

  13. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Bank Bailouts Go Int’l

    From the WSJ:


    Karzai Kin Asks U.S. to Bolster His Bank


    KABUL—A top shareholder in Afghanistan’s largest bank called on the U.S. to shore up the lender after depositors withdrew about a third of its cash reserves in two days, while the country sought to avert a destabilizing crisis at a crucial moment in the fight against the Taliban.

    Mahmood Karzai, brother of Afghanistan’s president and the third-largest shareholder in Kabul Bank, urged the U.S. to calm the situation, saying the lender could keep up with the pace of withdrawals for only a few more days.

    Looks like Bedford Falls won’t be having a merry Christmas and Potter will have to take over.


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