Example. Sadly, the smut warning has been reduced to "please don't sue, but you maybe shouldn't click here." Nowhere near as enticing.
And other good parts, picked by TPM.
Example. Sadly, the smut warning has been reduced to "please don't sue, but you maybe shouldn't click here." Nowhere near as enticing.
Expected creepy young hipsters; turned out we were in the "youth" cohort. Egad.Grant that two yrs. ago we didn't know what to expect, we're still dismayed at the lack of originality in planning to run these*earlier item while looking for those Kennedy links & stopped ourself.
|How young we were ... South of 40, anyway.|
|The Culver Hotel, once owned by John Wayne, who gave it to the YMCA.|
|No fucking idea whatsoever.|
|The Culver again, once home to the Wizard of Oz Munchkins.|
Stopped in for a couple of drinks in the bar.
|As shot today. Pseudo-wood curtains are gone.|
Sad that a Constitutional Amendment would be required for this.Though several amendments aimed at overturning Citizens United have been introduced in recent weeks, Rep. Deutch’s OCCUPIED Amendment is the only proposal that:
Makes clear that free speech and other constitutionally protected rights are those of natural persons and not corporations or entities formed to promote their business interests.
Reaffirms that corporations are formed under the laws of Congress and the States and are thus subject to laws enacted to protect the environment, ensure public health, and other safeguards for the people.
Overturns Citizens United by ending corporations’ ability to spend unlimited amounts of their general treasury funds in elections.
Sets the stage for real campaign finance reform by reasserting the authority of Congress to regulate all election contributions and expenditures, including those of individuals and groups funneling money anonymously to influence elections.
According to L.H. Carter, his campaign treasurer, Newt said of Battley: “She’s not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of the President. And besides, she has cancer.” He refused to pay alimony or child support.No mention in The Post, of course, of this fine American's dumping just-diagnosed-w/-multiple-sclerosis Wife Mk II for the hypocritical pseudo-Catholic whore w/ whom he'd been cheating on Wife Mk II.
Might help if the wage-slaves would cast off their jobs & refuse to show up at midnight after Thanksgiving too.
A mind-numbing cultural diet of Downton Abbey, Adele, home-baking, crafts à la Kirstie Allsopp and novelty knitwear is crushing the spirit of the nation. Rise up against the New BoredomThis Allsopp person sounds like a veritable Limey Martha Stewart.
Possibly worse than Martha Stewart. Certainly more boring.
Why shouldn't China have a sphere of influence in the Pacific?We'd like to know why the fuck any nation should have a "sphere of influence" anywhere? Just leave other people the fuck alone, hegemonic wanna-bes.
|Photo: James Fayed in court in May. |
Credit: Al Seib/Associated Press
But we'd be perfectly happy were the gold-trading criminal mastermind to spend the rest of his un-natural life in prison.Fayed was convicted earlier this year of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of his wife, Pamela Fayed, who was killed as the couple fought for control over their multimillion-dollar gold-trading business during a bitter divorce.
Pamela Fayed, 44, was attacked by a hooded assailant on July 28, 2008, shortly after meeting with her husband and their attorneys.
Prosecutors successfully urged jurors to reach a verdict of death in the case, describing the crime as a “brutal betrayal.”
James Fayed, authorities said, wanted to head off a potentially expensive divorce and feared his wife was preparing to cooperate with a federal investigation into their business practices.
Key to the case was a secretly recorded conversation between Fayed and a federal jail cellmate who was cooperating with authorities.
On the tape, which was played in court, Fayed admitted paying to arrange his wife’s slaying, and he plotted with the cellmate to have the accomplices killed.
Another O.J. deal, this time starring Bob &/or Chris?
According to the grand jury report, Penn State learned about accusation against Sandusky in 1998. University official arranged for a confrontation, pressured him into admitting inappropriate behavior, and turned the case over to the police. When the DA decided that there was insufficient evidence of a crime, the university fired him anyway.Now we know who will come to the defense of Coach Sandusky. The sort of people who equate one's neighbor smoking reefer to a man in his 60s raping a 10-yr. old boy.
Penn State officials have been charged with a crime for not reporting a similar allegation against Sandusky in 2002. The entire case hinges on the memory and credibility of McQueary, but now he has changed his story and says that he reported it to the police. There is no physical or other hard evidence of abuse. According to Sandusky, the child involved will testify that McQueary is lying about what he claimed to have seen.
Traditional British and American law does not require citizens to report crimes that they witness. We are not a nation of snitches. If your neighbor is illegally smoking dope, you do not have to say a word.
Most people are happy reporting a crime against a child, because the child is usually unable to speak up for himself. But the mandatory reporting laws go way beyond that. They require reporting suspicions.
As far as the changed story, & some other facts:"Mr. Sandusky has elected to re-victimize these young men at a time when they should be healing," attorney Ben Andreozzi said in a statement.
Andreozzi, who declined to identify his client, said the man wanted the former coach "to know that he fully intends to testify that he was severely sexually assaulted by Mr. Sandusky."
Not to mention that many have taken Sandusky's interview to be a virtual confession.Sandusky acknowledged that he showered with some of the children after workouts but claimed that his only contact was "horseplay" and not sexual
Andreozzi said he was particularly troubled by Sandusky's response to a question in the interview in which Costas asked whether the coach was sexually attracted to young boys.
Sandusky repeated the question back to Costas before responding, "I enjoy young people; I like to be around them. But no, I am not sexually attracted to young boys."
Sandusky's attorney Joseph Amendola has suggested that the person then-football graduate assistant Michael McQueary allegedly witnessed being assaulted in 2002 denies he was raped by the coach. Amendola could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Andreozzi said he was not aware of any alleged victims who might be "changing their story or refusing to testify."
"To the contrary," he said, "others are coming forward."
Also Wednesday, State College Borough Police Chief Tom King told the Associated Press that his department did not receive a report from McQueary about the alleged incident in 2002.
McQueary wrote in an e-mail to a friend that he had discussions with police about what he saw, but he didn't specify which agency.
Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers said the university is looking into whether McQueary contacted campus police. "Right now we have no record of any police report filed by Mike McQueary," she said.
State police have received calls from the public offering potentially new information about the case.
Anyway, Sandusky didn't do it w/ all the young people he "helped."To my ear it was a near confession. Here, for example, is a telling exchange, rather excruciating to listen to:
BOB COSTAS: Are you a pedophile?
JERRY SANDUSKY: No.
BOB COSTAS: Are you sexually attracted to young boys, to underage boys?
JERRY SANDUSKY: Am I sexually attracted to underage boys?
BOB COSTAS: Yes.
JERRY SANDUSKY: Sexually attracted, you know, I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. But no I’m not sexually attracted to young boys.
Well. OK. An innocent person doesn’t have to repeat that question and then parse it. You just have to say no.
Phyllis Schlafly must be very proud of her little Roger, who, of course, politicizes this ugly mess.
The mandatory reporting law is a direct attack on the autonomy of the American family. Many parents have practices that provoke the disapproval of others. All it takes is one anonymous call to CPS, and a govt social worker will knock on the door and threaten to put the kids in foster care. There is no due process. The upshot is that know-nothing social workers are redefining how American children are to be reared, and this is a change for the worse.Pro-children is anti-family. Remember that at the next witch-hunt. (As if these hateful religious freaks are opposed to "witch-hunts." Who the fuck invented witch-hunting?)
And it is only going to get worse, as the Democrats want to expand the mandatory reporting.
I would not be surprised if this Penn State witch-hunt concludes by the state paying millions of dollars in bogus lawsuits, and no one found guilty of anything. Plus a horrible new anti-family law.
A-yup. They hate the rock&roll, but
Of course. No clearer indication of "love" than birth, suffering & death. The universe really cares. A lot. And while the imaginary whatever-it-is can't & shouldn't be anthropomorphized, it may be gawd "trying to tell him something," per the title of his "Aren't Mr. & Mrs. Bill Bennett & Andrew Breitbart just swell folks?" item.
It has now emerged that the agent, who was transferred to less-sensitive work following an investigation at the time, openly held rightwing views and was known in the village where he grew up as "Little Adolf". When police raided his flat following the murder, they found a cache of guns, for which he had a legitimate licence, and extracts from Mein Kampf, according to Der Spiegel. There are unconfirmed reports that the man was present at three or more other neo-Nazi murder scenes.What next? A revelation that pedophiles like to volunteer for the Boy Scouts?
|Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista Gingrich|
(Credit: AP/Richard Shiro)
But this is God. It is certainly what I understand as God. Nonbelievers need to let go of anthropocentric, grey-bearded beings in the sky for God itself, the highest consciousness of all, and the force that gives this staggering beauty, available to us all, love.And why the non-stop insistence on so-called meaning? We gave up looking some time ago, having come to the sensible conclusion, well articulated by the late Jimbo M., that we can do no more than attempt to "get our kicks before the whole shit-house goes up in flames." Yes, hedonism is as good a reason to exist as any. (Or should we seek pain & suffering?)
massive in scale, in what we see and what we can't. There are galaxies cropping up constantly. There are infinite numbers of stars and in certain places, forests of true nothing. On our own planet, there are countless species of life from Zebras down to bacteria. The life of our planet itself, the rumble of its earthquakes, the sweeps and horrors of its tornadoes and hurricanes. Hold onto all that for a second and then think about the human experience.can then delude themselves that the "human experience" (And certainly not any given individual's experience.) has any purpose or reason.
|Believe it or shove it.|
Further McHorror. Tip o' le chapeau.McDonald's founder, Ray Kroc, was a brilliant businessman -- when he kept out of the kitchen. After buying the business's rights from the McDonald brothers, he expanded into new geographic markets but soon discovered a problem with the sales in regions with large Catholic populations.
According to church canon, Catholics over the age of 14 are required to abstain from meat on Fridays. Kroc had high hopes for his non-meat option called "The Hula Burger" -- grilled pineapple with cheese on a bun. He positioned his burger to compete against the Filet-o-Fish sandwich, which was invented by a Catholic franchisee. The Filet-o-Fish won hands down while the Hula tanked.
Since then, American Catholics have relaxed their traditional Friday custom. It's still popular to abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent, however, and McDonald's typically discounts the Filet-o-Fish sandwich during that time to boost sales.
Although Kroc managed to stop his Hula Burger short and avoided reaching national embarrassment, the company wasn't so lucky with these next flops.
“The ‘Great Society’ has not worked and it’s put us into the modern welfare state,” she said. “If you look at China, they don’t have food stamps. If you look at China, they’re in a very different situation. They save for their own retirement security…They don’t have the modern welfare state and China’s growing. And so what I would do is look at the programs that LBJ gave us with the Great Society and they’d be gone.”
Nor is a manly man worried about heart disease. How much more stupidly stupid can or will he get?
With an entire body at your command, do you seriously think the Future Of Interaction should be a single finger?Why the hell not? Works for us.
Well, well. I’ve been fuming silently at Frank Miller for years. The time’s come, so get ready for steam! Because the screech that you just read – Miller’s attack on young citizens, clumsily feeling their way ahead toward saving their country – is only the latest example of Frank’s astonishing agenda. One that really needs exposure to light.Indeed, we've read several or a couple or some number of Brin's Uplift War books & found them fairly absorbing. (Will resist any spillage puns.) On the other hand, the text version of The Postman may well have sucked too. Mr. Brin in the real world may be just a little too optimistic & "reasonable" ("Both sides do it!") judging from cursory examination. Some people do think there's something to live for. Whatever.