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Selected News For The Week Jan 8 – Jan 14

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, January 8th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Jan 8 – Jan 14”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    WaPo: NPR Insiders Furious NPR’s ‘Capitulating’ to Fox News and Others Opposing ‘Democracy’

    By Tim Graham | January 08, 2011 | 10:32

    On Saturday, Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi found that NPR insiders are furious at the forced resignation of Ellen Weiss, the senior vice president for news who so controversially canned Juan Williams. The liberal arrogance of NPR was on full display, that they were the future of “democracy,” and Fox News was clearly the enemy of democracy and an independent press:

    “We have allowed Fox News to define the debate,” wrote Peter Block, a member of the board of Cincinnati Public Radio, in a posting to an e-mail group consisting of public radio managers. He added, “I do not think this kind of capitulation [by NPR] assures the future of an independent press….Democracy is on the line and NPR is one of the last bastions of its possibility.”

    Farhi added that NPR’s ombudsman, Alicia Shepard, also pointed to Fox (less harshly) in her column, that the Williams “incident has become a partisan issue in Washington’s hothouse atmosphere, with Republicans (egged on by Fox News) using it as a rallying cry to demand that NPR be ‘defunded’ by the federal government.” Do conservatives need to be “egged on” about NPR’s shameless actions? …


    It seems the sword swings both ways when the money hits the fan.
    Good riddance to taxpayer “Air America”.
    Democracy and NPR in the same line.
    Oxymoron anybody?

  2. Petronius says:

    “University Courses to Expand Students’ Horizons”

    by Leighton Buzzard, The Sun, 7 Jan 2011

    The James and Lily E. Potter Trust, a Chicago-based philanthropic foundation devoted to university scholarship, has just released its review of the most exciting curriculum additions for 2011. Here is a sampling of the new offerings :

    – Harvard: Muslims in the Renaissance.
    – University of Vermont: The Humanism of Noam Chomsky • The Humanism of Che Guevara (limited enrollment).
    – Amherst: White Racism in America, 1492 to Present.
    – Colgate: ‘Feeling Groovy’ Life, Culture, and Politics in the Sixties • Woodstock.
    – Columbia: Wisdom of the Qur’an.
    – Sarah Lawrence: To the Lighthouse and Back Again, Lesbian Intellectualism and the Spirit of Virginia Woolf.
    – Bryn Mawr: Men as Dispensable • Women as Necessary • Genius in Women • Cretinism in Men.
    – Oberlin: The Heroism of Crispus Attucks.
    – University of Michigan: The Racism of Henry Ford • Detroit as the Progressive Template for Urban America in the 21st Century.
    – Northwestern: Saul Alinsky and the Liberal Quest for Social Justice.
    – Grinnell: Reengineering Technology for the Social Good.
    – Iowa State: Corn, Soybeans, and Postmodernity.
    – Kansas State: Postmodernism in the Modern Age.
    – University of Nebraska: Meat-Packing and Patterns of Mexican Migration • Cubism and Its Legacy in Native American Art, from Buffalo Six-Pack to Lachrymose Coyote.
    – University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Mozart as Rap Artist • Janet Napolitano as Helen of Troy • Basket-Weaving in Ancient Egypt (originally designed for members of the basketball team, this course is now required for anthropology majors).
    – Univ. of California, Berkeley: Reducing Man’s Eco-Footprint for Sustainability and Bio-Diversity–the Lesson of the Delta Smelt and its Habitat.
    – Wharton School of Economics, Univ. of Penn: Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Abatement Targets and Goals for American Industry in the Global Economy • Interacting with Different Corporate Stakeholders––Corporate Relations with Governments, Employees, Local Communities, Private Foundations, International Organizations, Minorities, Immigrants, Refugees, and LGBTs, and Responding to Their Specific and Evolving Needs • Green Computing.
    – Johns Hopkins Medical School: End of Life Counseling in the Age of Obama-care • Introduction to Death Panels • Advanced Death Panels • Practicing Medicine on a Shoestring • Low Budget Medical R&D.
    – George Washington University Law School: Criticisms of Originalism–Overthrowing the Dead Hand.
    – Georgetown University: Suppression of the Cross (required for religion majors).
    – William & Mary: Removing the Cross (required for all undergraduates).
    – University of Virginia School of Law: Introduction to Sharia • Advanced Sharia.
    – Duke: Patterns of Rape in Lacrosse.
    – Vanderbilt: The Oppressor Class–the White Male in Western Society.
    – Old Miss: The Struggle for Civil Rights • Remedial Studies in Civil Rights.
    – University of Texas, El Paso: Food for the Soul–Celebrating Diego Rivera, His Art, Politics, and Eating Habits.

    – Johnson & Wales, Culinary Arts (N. Miami): Halal and Haraam (required) • 100 Exciting New Recipes for Goat • Ten Tantalizing Things You Can Do With Sheep’s Eyes.
    – Univ. of Miami (Florida): Reflections on Che Guevara, Architect for Peace and Social Justice (limited enrollment).
    – Oxford (England): The Glory of the Garden: At Home with Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson • Rediscovering the Past: He Never Inhaled–Bill Clinton’s Lost Oxford Days.
    – Cambridge (England): Canute to Trevor Phillips and Beyond: Evolution Made Manifest • Male Gender Roles in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars.
    – University of London: The Vision of Winnie Mandela––From Necklacing to Democracy.
    – Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management (Beijing): Strategies for Exploiting the Power Vacuum in the West.

  3. hushpuppy says:

    Obama Administration Reportedly Plans to Create Internet ID for All Americans


    White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt told the website it is “the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government” to centralize efforts toward creating an “identity ecosystem” for the Internet.

    The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace is currently being drafted by the Obama administration and will be released by the president in a few months.

    The move has raised eyebrows about privacy issues.

    “The government cannot create that identity infrastructure,” Jim Dempsey of the Center for Democracy and Technology told the website. “If I tried to, I wouldn’t be trusted.”

    Schmidt stresses that anonymity will remain on the Internet, saying there’s no chance that “a centralized database will emerge.”

    Obama to hand Commerce Dept. authority over cybersecurity ID


    And early version was released last year:



    And, as always, Rush was ahead of everything! On yesterday’s podcast he quoted his father who told him that those who embrace socialism (like the media) don’t understand that they would be the first to get shot.

    (Not the verbatim quote, the gist of the quote)

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Holy Smoke!!
      A new Department of Security to contend with.
      Move over Brown Shirts………the “Pocket Protectors” will kick your Bots!!

    • canary says:

      Obama starts the marking of the beast in America. Just cuts military defense, and lays every American life out there for the entire world to get access. We are sitting ducks.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Most American “ducks” adhere to the Second Amendment and Big Brother still has its’ hurdle to jump thanks to our Founding Fathers.
      “These ducks be armed!!”
      (but only when push comes to shove)

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      If you stop and think about it, the activist socialist/democrats are simply acting out, as the statement goes. In other words, they are deeply flawed people who, uncomfortable acknowledging that fact, simply seek out perceived flaws in all things. It is the ultimate escapism. By “fixing” things that really aren’t broken (ie: healthcare) but are largely perceived to be so, they satisfy their need to achieve some self-worth. in other words, they are such badly broken people that their psychosis causes them to do great harm while they convince themselves they are doing good. Logic and good sense has nothing to do with it for they live in a false world of their own making. Paul McCartney wrote “Fool On The Hill” and many people thought it was appropriate to apply that song to George W Bush but in reality, the sane people in the insane world are regarded as the insane ones. I don’t think there is any bridging that gap. If it were up to me, I’d go live someplace else. I’m sick of the garbage that comes out of people’s mouths when I go out. The utter contrivances and lies and false assumptions serves to make me shake my head in disbelief. But, watching all the “leading” socialist democrats…it’s easy to see what’s going on if only one stops to think about it in basic terms.

      Obama- Angry man-child. Not really all that sharp but an odd talent for having a good vocabulary, yet was completely blocked (as in “writer’s block”) when contracted to write that first book. Can’t speak off the cuff without revealing his hatred of the people, the nation and himself.

      Pelosi-Typical rich-kid airhead. I had some like this in college when they uttered something everyone in the room looked at each other and said, “Did she just say what I thought she said?” She is as insecure as they come but her insecurity is masked by her massive financial wealth which she uses as an escapist crutch. She finds comfort in the fact that if she gets unhappy, she can go buy something. Simultaneously, her use of tax dollars to fund her extravagant DC life are both punishment to the people who disagree with her and entitlements that those who voted for her gladly supply. Such a dichotomy can only exist in someone who is psychologically flawed. Her psychosis doesn’t permit hearing/seeing/understanding logic except through the filter of her own mind, which is broken.

      Frank-gay. Frustrated gay. His position to elected office did not help him achieve any stature in his own messed up community because he’s still an unattractive, fat, loudmouthed gay male. He has bad taste as well as being ill-mannered, something his own community finds unacceptable. He doesn’t like himself at all and therefore takes it out on others. He is not a happy person, which, I can say about pretty much all socialist democrats.

      The list goes on through Reid, Waxman, Emmanuel, etc. Yet they all somehow work together towards that utopian dreamland of socialism, where everyone is equal, no one dislikes anyone else, no one says “bad things” and la la la la la. Why? Because that is, in their mind, the perfect place. But they all fail to realize that the only place it can exist is just that, in their mind. Controlling people and creating laws banning words, books, is the endless drive toward thought-control as outlined in 1984. If there was an implant that would make all people happy and only do nice things, this government would’ve mandated it and we’d all be plugged in by now. But the premise is wrong. I don’t remember where I first heard it but I think it was in a movie….”You can burn my house, kill my family, torture me but you will never get me to see what you see.”

      So, to the aforementioned persons, “I hate you. Nothing you do will change that. I will not honor you, respect you or find anything good to say about you. You can pass all the laws that you want. You can make it illegal for me to hate you but hate you I will anyway. Of all the things on this earth, you cannot control how I feel. And because I don’t feel the way you want me to feel, you believe that you must try to change that. But instead, I suggest you sit down and have a long talk with yourself because at the end of the day, all these things you find that are wrong, are really just something that’s wrong with you.”

    • proreason says:

      “simply seek out perceived flaws in all things”

      They are getting back at the world, big time.

      You forgot to mention that Piglosi, as a teenager, was 3-bag ugly. And Obamy’s anger at the raw deal he got can’t be abated. Franks is insane with hatred at the world.

    • tranquil.night says:

      They are thoroughly convinced to the end of their days that their actions and beliefs are justified. Liberalism is a shield against responsibility and consequence because it is quite simply the continuing rebellion against God and His laws.

      Socrates had a bit of a kooky student named Antisthenes whom (almost in character to his name) went on to start a school of thinking that rejected the notion of private property, essentially espousing lifestyles of “natural virtue.” They took their philosophy to the extremes of logic, lived by it, and preached it often. A denial of the typical avarice for wealth, fame, power; life without possessions, they were the hippies of the classical era.

      This school of thought is actually defined as Cynic, which makes sense because these people were essentially Counter-Cultural, which demonstrates a very cynical, almost anti-thetical attitude towards the nature and purpose of human creation and association.

      Clearly though Cynicism has never left the world. It was widespread through the 1st Century AD in the Roman Empire as it was lavishing itself back into poverty much like we are today.

      In fact the Gospel of Saint Luke the well-travelled and well-educated physician and Gentile (originally Pagan) presents the “blessed be the poor” beatitude in specifically cynical language as compared to St. Matthew’s “poor in spirit” symbolism. The Left ends up manipulating a lot of Catholics/Christians by twisting and revising the Bible’s wisdom and truth to fit their cause du jour, just like they’ll do with facts of history or the story of a homeless guy with a good voice.

      There’s really nothing new under one thousand suns. Today’s progressives are as antiquated in their beliefs as in the days when people complained about the dust emissions of 4hp chariots.

      Also it’s always crucial to note how while the Left always preaches the “true believer” narrative when it comes to cynical living for others, Leftists in power rarely to never hold themselves to that standard. We all know how and why that is. Deceit is the path to the top of Darwin’s food chain.

  4. mr_bill says:

    Missed this one, Google News only has 16 results for it. The passing of a true American Hero, whose legacy of freedom will always endure:

    [Major] Dick Winters dies; WWII hero commanded ‘Band of Brothers’
    01/ 9/2011 (Updated)
    By T. Rees Shapiro

    Dick Winters, a decorated Army officer whose World War II service was recounted in the best-selling book and HBO mini-series “Band of Brothers,” died Jan. 2. News reports listed his age at 92.

    A charismatic officer who led by example, Mr. Winters received the Distinguished Service Cross, the country’s second highest decoration for valor, while conducting combat operations on D-Day.

    …Later in the war, one of Mr. Winters’s soldiers, Floyd Talbert, wrote a letter to the officer from a hospital in Indiana expressing gratitude for his loyalty and leadership.

    “You are loved and will never be forgotten by any soldier that ever served under you,” Talbert wrote to Mr. Winters in 1945. “I would follow you into hell.”


    Among the comments for this article, “sotteson” posted: “I cried like a baby when Major Winters claimed he wasn’t a hero as part of an interview in ‘Band of Brothers.’ If he isn’t a hero, there are no heroes. RIP, Major Winters.”

    How true.

    There are those whose light is obvious and blinding while they are among us. We can tell them at a distance, their presence is great. We are humbled to walk among them and the world is a little darker with their passing. For all the war and bloodshed he endured, Major Winters has earned eternal rest and peace.

    • DW says:

      I was just about to post this here, too. What a damned shame. Natural and inevitable, I guess, but a damned shame all the same.
      Too bad this news will be buried because of the furor over the Arizona shootings. The man earned our respect.

      RIP to a great American and a genuine hero.

  5. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Yet another installment of ‘good’ government gone bad. From the Journal Science:

    Report: Complex and Burdensome’ Rules Thwart U.K. Medical Research

    The United Kingdom has developed a needlessly cumbersome bureaucracy that stifles, or drives overseas, medical research, and the country should create a new agency dedicated to streamlining the approval of biomedical studies, according to a report just issued by the U.K.’s Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS).

    …”We have found unequivocal evidence that health research in this country is being jeopardised by a regulatory and governance framework that has become unnecessarily complex and burdensome. Further, we received no evidence that this increased regulatory and governance burden has led to enhanced safeguards for participants in research,” concludes Michael Rawlins, the physician who chaired the AMS group that produced the review, in a statement.


  6. proreason says:

    Powerline debunks little Paulie’s smear of Michelle Bachman.


    In the second of his joyful slanders of conservatives after his favorite mass murderer acted last weekend, the single “fact” little Paulie cited was Bachman urging her followers to become “armed and dangerous”, presumably so they could eliminate kindly progressives.

    Turn’s out the 3 word quote was when Michelle said that she wanted her constituents to be armed and dangerous with facts to argue against the cap and trade bill.

    But we should probably be impressed that little Paul clipped 3 adjacent words rather then 3 words from 3 different statements at 3 different points in time. That way, the quote is 100% accurate.

    When will we finally stop tolerating these scum from increasingly controlling our lives?

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