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Selected News For The Week Jan 1 – Jan 7

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, January 1st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Jan 1 – Jan 7”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    A giddy-as-a-schoolgirl AP reports:

    Cuomo Sworn In as N.Y. Governor in Private Ceremony

    The WSJ: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704543604576054750661022820.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLETopStories

    ALBANY, New York—Andrew Cuomo has been sworn into office as New York’s 56th governor in a private ceremony.

    His father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, attended the Friday night event at the governor’s mansion in Albany along with his daughters and his girlfriend, Food Channel star Sandra Lee.

    The Friday night swearing-in was to become effective at midnight.

    Mr. Cuomo plans to work Saturday, beginning with a morning cabinet meeting. A short public swearing-in is scheduled for the Democrat’s first day on the job, a gesture designed to signal his resolve to tackle New York’s historic fiscal and ethical crises.

    Mr. Cuomo was the state’s attorney general. He replaces David Paterson, who took the governor’s office in 2008 after Eliot Spitzer resigned in a call girl scandal.

    Yes, swearing-in ceremonies should be private affairs. No need to have the unwashed public involved in any way. They, after all, are to be ruled.

    And gee, golly gosh…he had his girlfriend there. Is she gonna live in the governer’s mansion with him or just come over as an “overnight guest” like in the days of Kennedy in the white house?

    • U NO HOO says:

      ” his resolve to tackle New York’s historic fiscal and ethical crises”

      Hey, what’s your name, “Just say NO!”

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    The “news” of the day .. it’s a New Year; and hopefully, a much more positive and productive one for all of us and our Country!

    Enjoy this New Year link .. my best to Steve and all the S&L’rs …

  3. canary says:

    Media & U.S. Environmental officials intentionally spinning the thousands of birds falling from the sky dead as ” a mystery”, leaving out the tornado that went through 5 states killing people prior to the birds dying. CNN wasn’t as bad as other media, but left out the tornado that killed people in AR.

    CNN: Arkansas game officials probe mystery of falling birds
    Jan 2 2010

    (CNN) — Arkansas game officials hope testing scheduled to begin Monday will solve the mystery of why up to 5,000 birds fell from the sky just before midnight New Year’s Eve.

    Karen Rowe, an ornithologist for the commission, said the incident is not that unusual and is often caused by a lightning strike or high-altitude hail.

    A strong storm system moved through the state earlier in the day Friday.

    “Something must have caused these birds to flush out of the trees at night, where they’re normally just roosting and staying in the treetops … and then something got them out of the air and caused their death and then they fell to earth,” Rowe added.

    Officials also speculated that fireworks shot by New Year’s revelers in the area might have caused severe stress in the birds…

    The dead birds will be sent for testing to labs at the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission and the National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin.

    The city of Beebe has hired U.S. Environmental Services to begin the cleanup and dispose of the dead birds, the commission said…

    CNN’s Tina Burnside and Shelby Lin Erdman contributed to this report.

    FOX did one of the worst reporting, since they covered the tornado then acted dumb. Their article and photo of environmental tax dollars going to hazard protection outfitted workers, picking up few dead birds.

    (article & photo)

    Link below is article on tornado deaths and map of spots tornado touched (airborne trail that went in 6th state of KS left out)

    On top of that Beebe AR is historically known for tornadoes just as history shows “the tornado alley”.
    And the global warming fear mongers forget tornadoes and the dust bowl, was before people drove cars around.
    The learning of planting crop rolls differently, helped that situation so American people & livestock didn’t starve.
    Now the warmers are complaining the “green” red cedar tree’s roots planted in rows from E to W for miles and miles; decades ago to cut the wind from turning land into worthless dust; are getting so big they suck up too much water. Duh, the green they want takes water to grow. Also, tornadoes can carry things for miles and miles before dropping them. And sick birds usually perch when sick until they fall to the ground.

    And lets not forget the turbine windmills & manufactures outside the town of Beebe.

    (article & map of tornado which may be to blame instead of turbine windmills which spin faster in
    windy tornado weather)


  4. tranquil.night says:

    Since comments made by Republicans before the election are now suddenly breaking news, we shouldn’t forget this particular gem either:


    Oh but that’s right, Obama saw the light after the Shellacking. Sure.

  5. BillK says:

    Here we go again (as if there was a doubt) from the more overturned than any other 9th Circuit in San Francisco.

    From the Los Angeles Times:

    Cross on public land in San Diego is unconstitutional, federal court rules

    By Tony Perry and Nardine Saad

    The 43-foot cross atop public land on Mt. Soledad in San Diego is an unconstitutional “government endorsement of religion,” a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, the latest twist in a two-decade legal struggle.

    But the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals did not order the cross removed, as the Jewish War Veterans and other litigants, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, had hoped.

    Instead, a three-judge panel sent the case back to a federal trial judge for “further proceedings” on the issue of whether the cross can be modified to “pass constitutional muster” as a war memorial, wrote Judge M. Margaret McKeown.

    Tuesday’s ruling was in response to an appeal from a July 2008 ruling by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns that the cross was part of a war memorial and thus could remain.

    The property surrounding the cross has been controlled by the U.S. Department of Defense since 2006, a move that supporters of the cross on the City Council and U.S. House of Representatives thought would protect it from a court ruling that a cross on public property is improper.

    In a 56-page opinion, McKeown wrote that “having considered its history, its religious and non-religious uses, its sectarian and secular features, the history of war memorials and dominance of the Cross — we conclude that the Memorial, presently configured and as a whole, primarily conveys a message of government endorsement of religion that violates” the constitutional provision of separation of church and state.

    The ruling did not suggest methods in which the Latin cross and surrounding property could be reconfigured.

    The cross was first erected in 1913, but the version there now was erected in 1954. In recent years, hundreds of small plaques have been placed on walls at the base of the cross in honor of military veterans of all faiths. But McKeown said that did not change the fact that the cross is primarily a Christian symbol.


    Like there was ever any doubt this case would wind up decided by SCOTUS?

  6. BillK says:

    More from the 9th Circuit – they say because the state of California won’t defend Prop. 8, its supporters may “lack standing” to do so (where have we heard that one before?)

    From the Associated Press:

    Appeals court seeks guidance in gay marriage case

    By Lisa Leff

    BERKELEY, Calif. — A federal appeals court said Tuesday it cannot decide if California’s gay marriage ban is constitutional until the state’s highest court weighs in on whether Proposition 8’s sponsors have the authority to defend the measure.

    A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order asking the California Supreme Court to decide if ballot proposition backers can step in to defend voter-approved initiatives in court when state officials refuse to do so.

    The high court does not have to respond to the 9th Circuit panel’s order, but legal experts expect it will. The panel suggested that without the state court’s input, it would have to dismiss the case.

    “This court is obligated to ensure that it has jurisdiction over this appeal before proceeding to the important constitutional questions it presents, and we must dismiss the appeal if we lack jurisdiction,” the judges wrote.

    The panel indicated during oral arguments last month that it might seek the state court’s guidance because the question of who is eligible to fight for Proposition 8 remains unsettled under both federal and California law.

    After a San Francisco trial judge struck down the ban in August as a violation of gay Californians’ civil rights, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and then-Attorney General Jerry Brown both took the unusual step of refusing to appeal the decision.

    “We are now convinced that proponents’ claim to standing depends on proponents’ particularized interests created by state law or their authority under state law to defend the constitutionality of the initiative,” the panel said. “We therefore request clarification in order to determine whether we have jurisdiction to decide this case.”

    The panel also rejected attempts by officials from conservative Imperial County to intervene as alternate defendants.

    If the state Supreme Court determines that the coalition of religious and conservative groups that sponsored Proposition 8 lack the prerogative to defend the measure, it is unclear whether the ban would be unenforceable or remain in effect. …


    This is yet another step in making sure that only lawyers and elected officials have access to the judicial system.

    The people just clog it up and get in the way of what judges know is best.

    • Mithrandir says:

      If you are an American citizen, you have “standing.”

      What the h*ll is our court system for if our own taxpaying citizens are considered illegitamate?

  7. BillK says:

    Literature? Nah – wholesale editing of the past is so much better.

    From the Associated Press:

    New edition removes Mark Twain’s ‘offensive’ words

    By Phillip Rawls

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Mark Twain wrote that “the difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter.” A new edition of “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Tom Sawyer” will try to find out if that holds true by replacing the N-word with “slave” in an effort not to offend readers.

    Twain scholar Alan Gribben, who is working with NewSouth Books in Alabama to publish a combined volume of the books, said the N-word appears 219 times in “Huck Finn” and four times in “Tom Sawyer.” He said the word puts the books in danger of joining the list of literary classics that Twain once humorously defined as those “which people praise and don’t read.”

    It’s such a shame that one word should be a barrier between a marvelous reading experience and a lot of readers,” Gribben said.

    Yet Twain was particular about his words. His letter in 1888 about the right word and the almost right one was “the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

    The book isn’t scheduled to be published until February, at a mere 7,500 copies, but Gribben has already received a flood of hateful e-mail accusing him of desecrating the novels. He said the e-mails prove the word makes people uncomfortable.

    “Not one of them mentions the word. They dance around it,” he said.

    Another Twain scholar, professor Stephen Railton at the University of Virginia, said Gribben was well respected, but called the new version “a terrible idea.”

    The language depicts America’s past, Railton said, and the revised book was not being true to the period in which Twain was writing. Railton has an unaltered version of “Huck Finn” coming out later this year that includes context for schools to explore racism and slavery in the book.

    “If we can’t do that in the classroom, we can’t do that anywhere,” he said. …


    • Mithrandir says:

      *Mark Twain’s body to be exhumed and moved to another country, so he will stop rolling over in it.

      *All black videos, books, CD, comedy routines, will be edited, or bleeped that uses words such as “honkey” “faggot”, makes fun of women, homosexuals, or other racial groups. Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, and ALL of “Showtime at the Apollo” will be censored, and re-edited to reflect racial / gender / social sensitivities.

      ~Seems fair doesn’t it?

  8. BillK says:

    Let the PC cleansing of the military begin.

    From the Los Angeles Times:

    Navy removes captain over anti-gay videos

    By David S. Cloud and Brian Bennett

    The Navy’s decision Tuesday to relieve an aircraft carrier captain of his command over videos containing anti-gay slurs highlights the difficulty the military faces in adapting its culture now that homosexuals will be allowed to serve openly.

    The videos produced by Capt. Owen Honors were broadcast aboard the Norfolk, Va.-based aircraft carrier Enterprise four years ago, when Honors was serving as the vessel’s second in command. The crude, mocking references to gays reflect an insensitivity that remains prevalent in parts of the military, according to current and former service members.

    “Most U.S. military units, especially those in combat, are kind of hyper-macho,” said a former Army infantry officer who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. “In that environment, it’s not uncommon to hear homophobic slurs that would be unacceptable in larger societal discourse.”

    Adm. John Harvey, head of the Navy’s Fleet Forces Command, made no reference to the slurs in the videos when he announced the decision to remove Honors from his command.

    His profound lack of good judgment and professionalism while previously serving as executive officer on the Enterprise calls into question his character and completely undermines his credibility to continue to serve effectively in command,” Harvey told reporters.

    Harvey said in a statement that the Navy was investigating “the actions of other senior officers who knew of the videos and the actions they took in response.” …


    Of course the big witch hunt now is why they were only removed from command once the videos became public…

    • Mithrandir says:

      Again, another huge mistake by Republicans. They had a chance to defend their views WAAAAY back when gays protested and forced the AMA to remove homosexuality from its list of psychiatric disorders….what was it? 1973?

      It’s time to lay down and let the country totally circle the bowl, and go down the drain. Once everyone gives up, communism is officially established, they will slowly starve themselves of money and production, as all communist societies do. THEN you can start over. But 10 pounds of force against 100 pounds means the oppositon has 90 pounds of true force against you. Unless Republicans fight back so that they are in the + amount of force, all they are doing is slowing down the decay, not reversing any of it.

  9. Rusty Shackleford says:

    House Democrats Who Voted Against Pelosi Could Suffer Politically

    Published January 06, 2011

    From Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/06/democrats-voted-pelosi-suffer-politically/

    The decision by several Democrats not to vote for Nancy Pelosi as House speaker on Wednesday may have been an act of principle or political expediency after the disastrous outcome of November’s midterm elections.

    But with Pelosi — who has been cast by some as an iron-fisted ruler — still in charge of her party in the House for the next two years, those Democrats may find their political ambitions thwarted.

    Many of these Democrats blame Pelosi for the beating they took in November. Countless GOP campaign ads had depicted Pelosi and her allies as out-of-touch liberals. Eleven House Democrats kept campaign promises by voting for fellow centrist Shuler.

    Pelosi, who has a strong backing from the bulk of her caucus, may send a message when she announces committee assignments. She’s done it in the past.

    But Pelosi’s camp rejects the notion that Pelosi acts like a caucus dictator, saying she’s not thinking about exacting revenge.

    “Democrats are looking forward, and our top priority is creating jobs for the American people,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement to FoxNews.com. “As we begin the 112th Congress, each proposal will be measured by a simple test: Will it create jobs? Will it strengthen our middle class? Will it reduce the deficit?”

    Oh, YEAH….gimme some o’ dat! I’m drinkin’ what she’s drinkin’. It’s gotta be better than reality!

    “Caucus dictator”….Hey…if the shoe fits.

  10. BillK says:

    Remeber, it’s not censorship, it’s a “suggestion.”

    From the industry blog TV Newser:

    GLAAD Files Petition Against CNN

    By Chris Ariens

    Today GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, started a petition to try and persuade CNN producers and bookers to not bring on guests from, what they call, “the anti-gay industry.”

    For years, CNN has insisted on including the voices of the anti-gay industry whenever a topic that involves the LGBT community has come up. It’s time to speak up and tell CNN that this is unacceptable.

    GLAAD is using a recent “John King, USA” segment as an example. On December 21, King featured a segment on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” with openly gay former service member Alex Nicholson and Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council. GLAAD says Sprigg, “has worked to advance some of the most hurtful, dangerous, and demonstrably false notions about the lives of LGBT people that our country has seen in recent years.”

    “CNN needs to stop elevating anti-gay opinions to the level of the actual experts who they SHOULD be talking to; people like scholars, historians, professionals, or folks with actual experience (not just animosity),” says a statement from GLAAD.


    Or, in other words, CNN should only invite experts who agree with GLAAD to be on their programs.

    Got it.

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