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Conservative Straw Men (And Women)

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OK, can we just nominate the Mor(m)on already?

A squeaker of an Iowa victory in hand, Mitt Romney headed Wednesday into the New Hampshire primary — in his own political backyard — insisting that staying power sets him apart from runners-up Rick Santorum and Ron Paul and the rest of the GOP presidential field. He shrugged off the promise of sharper criticism from his rivals.

For months the conservative bloc has been throwing up its candidate du jour for months now hoping one will stick – Bachman, Cain, Perry, Gingrich, etc. Santorum is the current, and last, one. I’m tired of all the coverage and it’s only January.

And while I’m at it, why does Leap Year have to occur during an election year? Like I want another extra day of this crap.

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January 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm

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Stiff Competition For Weiner’s Seat

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As shown with the special election to fill Anthony’s Weiner congressional seat, the Party with a decidedly heavy voter registration disadvantage can still pull one out as long as his campaign is balls to the wall.

In an upset to Democrats both locally and nationally, the Republican defeated the Democrat in the race to replace Anthony Weiner in New York’s ninth congressional district.

Republican Bob Turner, a retired media executive, bested Democrat Assemblyman David Weprin by eight points in a crushing defeat for a seat not held by a Republican since 1923.

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September 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm

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What A Difference 10 Years Makes

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Then: Never Forget.

Now: Thanks for being a first responder and all that, but we can’t have you attend today’s ceremonies because there would be no room for the really important people. Sorry about that whole cancer thing, too.

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September 11, 2011 at 11:59 am

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Gridlock Godsend

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I can understand police telling the do-gooder not to try this again out of fear of injury/lawsuits, but a ticket? Guess when a state is really that hard up for money, everything is fair game.

We’ve all heard the saying: no good deed goes unpunished . . . and that’s exactly what happened to a South Pasadena resident who was issued a ticket by police for his charitable act.

When a major traffic light in the area went out Thursday morning, Alan Ehrlich took matters into his own hands, directing traffic at Fair Oaks and Huntington avenues.

“I grabbed a bright orange shirt that I have and a couple of orange safety flags. I took it upon myself to help get motorists through that intersection faster,” said Ehrlich.

Before Ehrlich stepped in, traffic was backed up for more than a mile and it took more than 30 minutes to get through the busy intersection.

Ehrlich said the Sept. 8 incident wasn’t the first and that the light goes out regularly.

“It was just kind of chaos of cars . . . there were stop signs up. But people were challenging each other to get through the intersection,” said Richard Gerrish who works at an office located at the intersection.

Gerrish said Ehrlich cleared up the mess in 10 minutes. After 15 minutes, South Pasadena police say they finally received a call about their newest traffic officer.

Police responded to the scene and told Ehrlich to stop and issued him a ticket, but never stepped into direct traffic themselves.

“I don’t know if this ticket is $50 or $400 dollars. It’s a small price to pay for the greater good,” Ehrlich said.

South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Payne said he did not have the man power needed to staff officers at Fair Oaks and Huntington Thursday and that is safer to allow traffic to back up.

“We have limited resources . . . we need to prioritize them. One of the major intersections out at rush hour in our city should be a priority,” Ehrlich added.

He already has plans to address the matter at an upcoming city council meeting.

Police and the city of South Pasadena say they currently have no plans to change any procedures.

One of the reader comments summed up my thoughts perfectly: The police didn’t have the man power to direct traffic at that intersection….but did have the man power to go there and ticket the person doing their job.

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September 10, 2011 at 11:38 pm

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Food Stamp Of Disapproval

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‎”More” restaurants? Stop the world. This is where I want to get off.

Although to be fair, this article is talking about Yum! Brands. “Food” and “Restaurant” are being tossed around quite liberally in this case.

The number of businesses approved to accept food stamps grew by a third from 2005 to 2010, U.S. Department of Agriculture records show, as vendors from convenience and dollar discount stores to gas stations and pharmacies increasingly joined the growing entitlement program.

Now, restaurants, which typically have not participated in the program, are lobbying for a piece of the action.

Louisville-based Yum! Brands, whose restaurants include Taco Bell, KFC, Long John Silver’s and Pizza Hut, is trying to get restaurants more involved, federal lobbying records show.

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September 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm

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At Least The Honeymoon Lodging Will Be Free, Although The Cells Will Probabaly Be Separate

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One-thousand dollars? I don’t even spend that in three month’s worth of grocery shopping. Then again, I doubt these people were looking for sale items.

Oh, and I used to live in the region a decade-plus ago. Nice to know there’s a Wegmans there. Eh, it may have been there before. I didn’t pay much attention outside of the Weis store that was down the street from my apartment.

A couple of Pennsylvania newlyweds are behind bars after police say they were caught shoplifting food from a supermarket for their wedding reception.

The Centre Daily Times reports 32-year-old Arthur Phillips III and his bride, 22-year-old Brittany Lurch, were arrested Saturday after taking more than $1,000 in merchandise from a Wegmans supermarket in State College.

Patton Township police say the couple was captured on surveillance footage loading a shopping cart and leaving the store without paying.

The Centre Daily Times report (http://bit.ly/nlijHG ) says the Centre Hall couple admitted taking the items when arrested. Police say the newlyweds told officers they’d been married a couple days earlier and took the food for their wedding reception that afternoon.

They are charged with misdemeanor counts and are being held on $2,500 bail.

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August 25, 2011 at 10:10 am

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Conspiracy Of God And Mother Nature?

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To the conspiracy-minded people around the Internet: if God really wanted to destroy our government via earthquake, I think s/he would have done this when Congress was in session.

Then again, the Kenyan Koffee Fetcher wasn’t in DC when the earth moved…

And on a side note, here’s the current occupier of the White House preparing himself for a meeting with George Soros.

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August 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm

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And Here I Thought That Rumbling Was From My Stomach

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So there was some sort of earthquake earlier today.

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island and New York City.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was 3.7 miles deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. The quake was in Mineral, Va., in Louisa County.

Meanwhile, the strongest earthquake to strike Colorado in more than 40 years shook awake hundreds of people, toppled groceries off shelves and caused minor damage to homes in the southern part of the state and in northern New Mexico. No injuries were reported as aftershocks continued Tuesday.

Did I feel the vibrating sensation? Of course not. But my other co-workers who were in the office said they did. Guess that shows how much in-tune to my surroundings. Then again, the boss said she just thought her dog was scratching her desk or something and didn’t think anything of the earth moving.

How did I find out about this natural disaster? By noticing my Facebook news feed blowing up with earthquake status updates. It’s funny to think that 30 years ago the only way a person would know something happened is if he turned on the news or radio. I learned of this events just minutes after it happened.

Another something-something I noticed was that several people on my friends’ list were complaining about people calling into their offices/businesses and overloading the phone lines. What made me laugh was that phones calls were unable to be made yet Facebook updates were working just fine. Maybe a “post on your wall if you are still alive” emergency system would be more effective than I first thought.

Now did the kkk Manor survive the impact? Seems like it did. Of course it’s a pity the cats didn’t realize that they could have gotten away with knocking anything in the house onto the floor. They would have had an alibi for the day.

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August 23, 2011 at 10:26 pm

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Spread The Grades Around

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I can appreicate the thought, but with grade inflation everybody gets A’s anyway.

I think a better avenue to take would be to have all the students with scholarships help pay the tuition of the students without scholarships.

Then again, maybe if I was given the OK to “donate” a part of my gpa score to somebody, I may have done so. When I was in college, I often earned above a 3.5 gpa. So what if a dock off a few points? It’s my gpa; I do what I want — so long as the price is right. Free market, baby.

A California college student is conducting a social experiment where he’s trying to get his peers to sign a petition in favor of distributing grade point averages to show how the federal government distributes wealth.

Oliver Darcy, a recent college graduate, proposes that students with good grades contribute their GPA to their academically sluggish friends. He argues that this is how the federal government takes wealth from the country’s high wage earners and distributes it to the low income earners.

“They all earn their GPA,” said Darcy in an interview with “Fox and Friends.” “So we asked them if they’d be interested in redistributing the GPA points that they earned to students who may be having trouble getting a high GPA.”

Darcy, who films his encounters with teachers and fellow students, doesn’t have much luck selling this theory.

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August 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm

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Chocolate City Thinning Out

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If the government jobs start geting cut for real, I wonder if Chocolate City will make a comeback?

Months after the District’s “Chocolate City” moniker was melted by census figures showing that blacks’ share of the population fell to half as the white population reached one-third, detailed numbers released Thursday show that among young adults, whites outnumber those of all other races combined.

The new white residents are breeding, quite literally, another group, the numbers show: babies. With widespread gentrification in many parts of the city entering the better part of a decade, those who moved here as recent college graduates are beginning to have children and are increasingly staying put.

“Some of the things that made the neighborhood appealing for a young not-married couple, then a married couple here are still appealing to parents,” said Robin Leon, 34, as she walked her 10-month-old in a stroller near 14th and D streets Southeast.

Among 70,000 residents between 25 and 29 years old, 51 percent are white and 30 percent are black, census statistics released Thursday show, a higher percentage than in both Fairfax and Montgomery counties. Whites outnumber blacks of every age between 22 and 34 years in the District.

Though three-quarters of children 10 and up in the District are black, among those younger than 5, nearly a quarter are white, while 56 percent are black and 13 percent are Hispanic.

What remains to be seen is how many of the wealthy young adults who have embraced the District as their new home will stay when their children age. In the past decade, the District added 10,000 women and 7,000 men between 25 and 29, overwhelmingly white, and increasing numbers have remained and sent children to public school. The majority of these children, despite optimistic pledges by their parents, are just now approaching school age.

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August 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm

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Let’s Make It A Rule Not To Overregulate

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I sure can’t wait until my health care is free.

At Wednesday’s town hall in Atkinson, Ill., a local farmer who said he grows corn and soybeans expressed his concerns to President Hussein about “more rules and regulations” – including those concerning dust, noise and water runoff — that he heard would negatively affect his business.

The Muslim Wookie Fucker, on day three of his Midwest bus tour, replied: “If you hear something is happening, but it hasn’t happened, don’t always believe what you hear.”

When the room broke into soft laughter, the occupier of the White House added, “No — and I’m serious about that.”

Saying that “folks in Washington” like to get “all ginned up” about things that aren’t necessarily happening (“Look what’s comin’ down the pipe!”), Osama’s advice was simple: “Contact USDA.”

“Talk to them directly. Find out what it is that you’re concerned about,” the Muslim Wookie Fucker told the man. “My suspicion is a lot of times they’re going to be able to answer your questions and it will turn out that some of your fears are unfounded.”

Call Uncle Sam. Sensible advice, but perhaps the president has forgotten just how difficult it can be for ordinary citizens to get answers from the government.

When this POLITICO reporter decided to take the Kenyan Koffee Fetcher’s advice and call USDA for an answer to the Atkinson town hall attendee’s question, I found myself in a bureaucratic equivalent of hot potato — getting bounced from the feds to Illinois state agriculture officials to the state farm bureau.

Here’s a rundown of what happened when I started by calling USDA’s general hotline to inquire about information related to the effects of noise and dust pollution rules on Illinois farmers:

Wednesday, 2:40 p.m. ET: After calling the USDA’s main line, I am told to call the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Here, I am patched through to a man who is identified as being in charge of “support services.” I leave a message.

3:53 p.m.: The man calls me back and recommends in a voicemail message that I call the Illinois Farm Bureau — a non-governmental organization.

4:02 p.m.: A woman at the Illinois Farm Bureau connects me to someone in the organization’s government affairs department. That person tells me they “don’t quite know who to refer you to.”

4:06 p.m.: I call the Illinois Department of Agriculture again, letting the person I spoke with earlier know that calling the Illinois Farm Bureau had not been fruitful. He says “those are the kinds of groups that are kind of on top of this or kind of follow things like this. We deal with pesticide here in our bureau.”

“You only deal with pesticides?” I ask.

“We deal with other things … but we mainly deal with pesticides here,” he said, and gives me the phone number for the office of the department’s director, where he says there are “policy people” as well as the director’s staff.

4:10 p.m.: Someone at the director’s office transfers me to the agriculture products inspection department, where a woman says their branch deals with things like animal feed, seed and fertilizer.

“I’m going to transfer you to one of the guys at environmental programs.”

4:15 p.m.: I reach the answering machine at the environmental programs department, and leave a message.

4:57 p.m.: A man from the environmental programs department gets back to me: “I hate to be the regular state worker that’s always accused of passing the buck, but noise and dust regulation would be under our environmental protection agency, rather than the Agriculture Department,” he says, adding that he has forwarded my name and number to the agriculture adviser at IEPA.

On Thursday morning, POLITICO started the hunt for an answer again, this time calling the USDA’s local office in Henry County, Ill., where the town hall took place.

9:42 a.m.: Asked if someone at the office might be able to provide me with the information I requested, the woman on the phone responds, “Not right now. We may have to actually look that up — did you Google this or anything?”

When I say that I’m a reporter and would like to discuss my experience with someone who handles media relations there, I am referred to the USDA’s state office in Champaign. I leave a message there.

10:40 a.m.: A spokeswoman for the Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service calls me, to whom I explain my multiple attempts on Wednesday and Thursday to retrieve the information I was looking for.

“What I can tell you is our particular agency does not deal with regulations,” she tells me. “We deal with volunteers who voluntarily want to do things. I think the reason you got that response from the Cambridge office is because in regard to noise and dust regulation, we don’t have anything to do with that.”

She adds that the EPA would be more capable of answering questions regarding regulations.

Finally, I call the USDA’s main media relations department, based here in Washington, where I explain to a spokesperson about my failed attempts to obtain an answer to the Illinois farmer’s question. This was their response, via email:

“Secretary Vilsack continues to work closely with members of the Cabinet to help them engage with the agricultural community to ensure that we are separating fact from fiction on regulations because the Administration is committed to providing greater certainty for farmers and ranchers. Because the question that was posed did not fall within USDA jurisdiction, it does not provide a fair representation of USDA’s robust efforts to get the right information to our producers throughout the country.”

So, still no answer to the farmer’s question.

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August 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm

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Couch Potato = Dead Spud?

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Well if this were the case, I’d be dead already.

In case you needed more proof that watching excessive amounts of TV is bad for your health: new research shows that there is a correlation between the amount of time you spend in front of the TV and how long you live.

A study by researchers at the University of Queensland has concluded that, for every hour of television watched after the age of 25, the average human lifespan drops by 22 minutes. A person who watch six hours of TV a day will, on average, live five years less than people who spent less time on the couch and in front of the television screen. Those are some scary numbers.

The study tracked data from 11,000 Australian participants over the age of 25. It was published earlier this month in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

I wonder if there are certain programs that worsen this ratio. I’m sure those who watch the news die sooner.

Of course, the real reason for the decreased lifespan is found in the next paragraph, but why let that get in the way of my news quip?

This study does not prove that TV is quietly killing us. It’s more likely that lack of exercise and bad eating habits are shortening the lifespans of TV couch potatoes.

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August 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm

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Sort Of … A Rock God

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This story carries the same weight for me as articles about politicians using American flags/poltical signs made in China.

Then why am I posting this?

So I can say the following: maybe the Kenyan Koffee Fetcher could get Michael Moore to film an online documentary of this Blunderbus Tour and outsource the editing/production north of the border.

President Hussein is barnstorming the heartland to boost US jobs in a taxpayer-financed luxury bus the government had custom built — in Canada, The Post has learned.

The $1.1 million vehicle, one of two that Quebec-based Prevost sold the government, has been tricked out by the Secret Service with state-of-the-art security features and creature comforts.

It’s a VIP H3-45 model, the company’s top of the line, and is used by major traveling rock bands.

“That’s the more luxurious model,” Christine Garant of Prevost told The Post.

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August 17, 2011 at 9:33 am

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Not Enough Justice In The World For This One…

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And just think, if this guy (allegedly) committed this crime in Norway, he’d get 10-20 years at the most.

The mother of a 7-year-old boy whose dismembered body was found outside of her home tearfully recalled the joy she said he brought to her life.

Her remarks come a day after police charged a man, now identified as the boy’s father, with killing him.

Thibodaux Police say the boy’s father and their chief suspect has no history of mental illness. In his confession, he gave no explanation for why he killed his son, leaving his dismembered body on the side of the road.

Through tears Jesslyn Lirette remembered her son, a 7-year-old defenseless boy with cerebral palsy confined to a wheelchair known for his smile.

“He was my star,” she said.

A makeshift memorial now sits near where Jori Lirette’s dismembered body was found Sunday.

His father, 30-year-old Jeremiah Wright, was standing on the porch when police arrived. They say Wright told them the boy’s head was that of a CPR dummy.

“He was stoic. Emotionless. Non-confrontational,” said Thibodaux Police Chief Scott Silverii.

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August 16, 2011 at 11:00 pm

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Rehashing Rhetoric

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So …where was the rhetoric?

President Hussein came face-to-face with the Tea Party last night in Iowa, clashing with a member during and after a town hall last night.

Ryan Rhodes, a group leader in the Hawkeye State, stood up and shouted a question during a town hall, asking the president how he can call for more civility when “your vice president is calling people like me, a Tea Party member, a ‘terrorist.'”

Osama, who had not called on the man, said the town hall wouldn’t work “if you just stand up when I asked everybody to raise their hand. … I didn’t see you. I wasn’t avoiding you. … Please.”

After calling another person, the Muslim Wookie Fucker circled back to address Rhodes’ question: “First of all, in fairness to this gentleman who raised a question, I absolutely agree that everybody needs to try to tone down the rhetoric.

“Now, in fairness, since I’ve been called a socialist who wasn’t born in this country, who is destroying America and taking away its freedoms because I passed a health care bill, I’m all for lowering the rhetoric.”

LOL, yeah. You weren’t avoiding him. Guess his question wasn’t on your teleprompter.

While I’m on the subject of the bucket of anal seepage currently occupying the White House.

The White House denounced Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Tuesday for his threatening remarks toward the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve that represented some of the most inflammatory rhetoric of the 2012 election campaign.

Campaigning in Iowa on Monday, the Texas governor said he would consider it “treasonous” if Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke “prints more money between now and the election” in November 2012 — a fresh sign of the political heat the central bank faces as it tries to right the stumbling U.S. economy.

“If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what y’all will do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas,” Perry said to laughter from supporters in Iowa.

“Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous, treasonous in my opinion,” he said.

The White House responded by saying it is important for the Fed to remain independent, and jabbed back at Perry, who on Saturday entered the race for the Republican nomination to face Democratic President Barack Obama. Perry is already considered one of the strongest candidates for the Republican nomination.

“I certainly think threatening the Fed chairman is not a good idea,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

“When you are president or running for president, you have to think about your words,” Carney said in Iowa, where Obama was on a campaign-style bus tour.

This is the same administration whose second-in-command called Tea Partiers “terrorists” and whose Top Shitdick in charge that made a Nancy Reagan “Seance” joke during his first press conference as Occupier of the White House. Or how about this little gem from early this year?

Mobster wisdom tells us never to bring a knife to a gun fight. But what does political wisdom say about bringing a gun to a knife fight?

That’s exactly what the Kenyan Koffee Fetcher said he would do to counter Republican attacks “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said at a Philadelphia fundraiser Friday night. “Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”

How uncivil.

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August 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm

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Flash In The Pan

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Behold, Lyndon B. Johnson, your Great Society in all its splendor.

Seriously, this store owner needs to close up shop and move to a more appreciative business district. Let this ghetto trash flash mob the local welfare office.

And LOL at the 0:50 mark with someone knocking an item onto the floor and another person picking it up and putting it back on the shelf.

Montgomery County police are investigating a robbery of a 7-Eleven in Germantown by more than two dozen people.

Police say the so-called “flash mob robbery” happened around 1:45 a.m. Saturday.

The group of about 24 people entered the store, stole snacks, drinks and other items and left after about one minute.

Police have identified several of the suspects through surveillance video.

A police spokeswoman says she doesn’t know how the robbery was organized.

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August 15, 2011 at 10:48 pm

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Constitutional Checkpoint

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The guy had the Constitution written on his torso. Of course he was deemed a security risk. The authorities did their job. Pretty open-and-shut if you axe me.

Authorities involved in the arrest of a protester who removed his shirt and pants at a security checkpoint at Richmond International Airport were doing their jobs and acted appropriately, a government attorney argued Wednesday in Richmond federal court.

Carlotta P. Wells, an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, argued in favor of a motion to dismiss Aaron B. Tobey’s lawsuit, which claims his constitutional rights were violated. Wells said Tobey had made his point by removing his shirt to display words from the Fourth Amendment written on his torso but went too far when he disobeyed a command to pass through a security scanner.

But Anand Agneshwar, an attorney representing Tobey in his lawsuit against airport and federal officials, said the 21-year-old Charlottesville man obeyed the commands of authorities. Agneshwar said it was the authorities who went too far by detaining Tobey for 90 minutes or longer with his hands cuffed behind his back.

“This was one long process to determine if this gentleman was a security risk,” Agneshwar told U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson.

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August 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

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Recall Results Badger Some

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Six badgers had guns pointed at their heads by Hobbit terrorists with $30 million to spend. When the smoke cleared, four were left standing and the defenses held.

Democrats failed late Tuesday in their effort to gain control of the Wisconsin state senate as Republican incumbents won four of six recall elections.

The outcome was a big setback for Democrats, organized labor, and progressive groups who’d sought retribution against six GOP allies of Gov. Scott Walker, who earlier this year enacted a labor law overhaul that ended collective bargaining rights for many public sector workers.

The recall elections attracted millions of dollars of investment from both liberals and conservatives across the nation.

Most at risk as voting started Tuesday appeared to be three Republicans, Alberta Darling, Randy Hopper and Dan Kapanke, all of whom had barely won their races in 2008.

Good job, Wisconsin. Now give at least one of those two fleebaggin’ fleebaggers the recall ban-hammer next week.

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August 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm

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Natural Gas Endorsement

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Well at least Barney Fwank let the better end of him have a say for once.

Live television has its drawbacks. A big one is that you never know when an accident might happen.

Exhibit “A”: Monday night’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC.

While talking to Madcow’s audience about jobs and unemployment, Rep. Barney Fwank, the Massachusetts Democrat, might have accidentally let one rip, so to speak.

You be the judge:

Rachel, I think we have to figure out what we do from here and you’re right, we’ve got to get some jobs

[… noise …]

And we have to deal with the debt and there’s one way to do it …

Fwank could not be reached for comment.

I think what makes the noise even more unique is that usually this particular orifice is plugged up.

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August 9, 2011 at 11:07 pm

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Mrs. kkk Downgrading My Viewing Habits

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I really don’t watch broadcast news, but earlier tonight I decided to take a look at the day’s events. As I saw a recap of the Muslim Wookie Fucker’s “everyone but me” speech, I began yelling at the television and performing various hand gestures. About 5-10 minutes later the better half took the remote control from me, turned off the TV and said, “Go upstairs. I’m not listening to you yell anymore.”

And once again, I’m reminded of why I don’t watch the news nearly as much as I used to.

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August 8, 2011 at 10:58 pm

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Failing Grade

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Hopefully a downgrade in credit rating this year means an upgrade in president next year.

Two government officials tell ABC News that the federal government is expecting and preparing for bond rating agency Standard & Poor’s to downgrade the rating of U.S. debt from its current AAA value.

Official reasons given, one official says, will be the political confusion surrounding the process of raising the debt ceiling, and lack of confidence that the political system will be able to agree to more deficit reduction. A source says Republicans saying that they refuse to accept any tax increases as part of a larger deal will be part of the reason cited. The official was unsure if the bond rating would be AA+ or AA.

A third official says that S&P made a “serious mistake” in its analysis, “based on flawed math and assumptions,” so the Hussein administration is pushing back. But even though “S&P has acknowledged its numbers are wrong, it’s unclear what they’re going to do.,” the official said.

S&P’s numbers were off by “roughly $2 trillion,” the official said.

S&P refused to comment.

S&P’s numbers are off by $2 trillion? Pft. Wait until the bills for Hussein Health Care Deform start coming in.

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August 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm

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Ghey Parade

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And just what are the official colors of the Heterosexual Flag?

The city council of South America’s biggest city has adopted legislation calling for a Heterosexual Pride Day to be celebrated on the third Sunday of each December.

Sao Paulo Mayor Gilberto Kassab must sign the legislation for it to become law and has said only that he is studying it. His office declined Wednesday to say whether he supports the proposal.

The legislation’s author, Carlos Apolinario, said the idea for a Heterosexual Pride Day is “not anti-gay but a protest against the privileges the gay community enjoys.”

As an example, he mentioned how Sao Paulo’s huge gay pride day parade is held every year on Paulista Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares in this city of 20 million people, while the March for Jesus organized by evangelical groups is not allowed on the same avenue.

You know, the parade organizers had me in their corner until I got to, “a protest against the privileges the gay community enjoys.” Did you really have to say that?

The Brazilian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Association criticized the legislation, saying it could provoke homophobic violence.

“How many LGBTs will be attacked because of the message that only heterosexuality makes someone a moral person and a good citizen,” the association said in a statement.”

Well if this was the case, couldn’t homosexual parades provoke heterophobic violence?

I don’t care about any of these parades. I stay home for all of them.

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August 5, 2011 at 10:15 pm

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A Sharp(ton) Decision?

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So I heard Al Sharpton is doing some show over on MSNBC. Not sure if it’s a temporary or full-time gig, but one thing is for sure: If you give Al Sharpton his own show and it flops, be glad that the only thing you have to wipe off your face is egg.

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August 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm

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No Need To Say Who’s Sauron

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This reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw years ago that read, “Frodo Failed: Bush Got The Ring.” Ha.

And I don’t understand how calling someone a “hobbit” is supposed to be an insult.

Sen. John McCain on Wednesday took on conservatives reluctant to raise the national debt ceiling, calling them “tea party hobbits” and saying that if they reject the House Republican plan, they will help reelect President Obama.

And I know there’s a McCain/Saruman joke to be had, but that’s too easy — even by my standards.

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July 28, 2011 at 10:24 pm

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A Happy Meal A Day…

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‎”Critics wasted no time complaining that McDonald’s changes don’t go far enough.”

Of course they did.

An apple a day may keep the doctor away. But when you put it in a Happy Meal, it might help keep regulators at bay too. McDonald’s on Tuesday said that it would add apple slices and reduce the portion of French fries in its children’s meal boxes beginning this fall, effectively taking away consumers’ current choice between either having apples with caramel dip or fries as a Happy Meal side.

The move by McDonald’s, which has become a leader in moving from just burgers and fries to more nutritious fare like oatmeal and salads, comes as fast food chains face intense scrutiny from health officials and others who blame the industry for childhood obesity and other health-related problems. Some municipalities, including San Francisco, have even banned fast food restaurants from selling kids’ meals with toys.

Critics wasted no time complaining that McDonald’s changes don’t go far enough. Kelle Louaillier, executive director of a group called Corporate Accountability International, said McDonald’s is just trying to get ahead of impending regulations that will restrict the marketing of junk food to children and require restaurants to post nutrition information on menus, among other changes.

If McDonald’s wants to include healthier options in its menu, then yay. It’s the consumer’s choice whether to eat that greasy shit. And judging from the obesity rates of this country, it appears that the dumbmasses have spoken.

I can’t remember the last time I ate at a McDonald’s, but if someone wants to chow down on quarter pounders then that is his choice. I know the argument about, “Well this type of lifestyle results in higher health care costs for everyone.” True, but if each person was responsible for his health insurance then people would pay for the poor lifestyle choices they make.

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July 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm

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Look, Up In The Sky

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Like the Senate’s “Gang of Six” (or whatever the number is now) isn’t dumb enough.

Debt ceiling negotiators think they’ve hit on a solution to address the debt ceiling impasse and the public’s unwillingness to let go of benefits such as Medicare and Social Security that have been earned over a lifetime of work: Create a new Congress.

This “Super Congress,” composed of members of both chambers and both parties, isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Constitution, but would be granted extraordinary new powers. Under a plan put forth by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his counterpart Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), legislation to lift the debt ceiling would be accompanied by the creation of a 12-member panel made up of 12 lawmakers — six from each chamber and six from each party.

Legislation approved by the Super Congress — which some on Capitol Hill are calling the “super committee” — would then be fast-tracked through both chambers, where it couldn’t be amended by simple, regular lawmakers, who’d have the ability only to cast an up or down vote. With the weight of both leaderships behind it, a product originated by the Super Congress would have a strong chance of moving through the little Congress and quickly becoming law. A Super Congress would be less accountable than the system that exists today, and would find it easier to strip the public of popular benefits. Negotiators are currently considering cutting the mortgage deduction and tax credits for retirement savings, for instance, extremely popular policies that would be difficult to slice up using the traditional legislative process.

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July 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm

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Romney RINO

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The Mor(m)on is going to get the nomination, so in 2012 you’ll have a choice between A) an asshat who thinks the government health care is a good idea, and B) the incumbent.

Nevertheless, this picture made me laugh.

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July 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm

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Bailout Blues

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Only $1.3 billion? I’m impressed.

Seriously.

U.S. taxpayers likely lost $1.3 billion in the government bailout of Chrysler, the Treasury Department announced Thursday.

The government recently sold its remaining 6% stake in the company to Italian automaker Fiat. It wrapped up the 2009 bailout that was part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program six years early.

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July 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm

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Degrees Of Disclosure

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And if this info-babe and her producers had degrees in Journalism, they would have spent a few seconds prior to this interview doing research on Mr. Brooks.

And in case the YouTube link doesn’t work:

Matt Lewis flags this must-see moment from MSNBC, admittedly a phrase heard only slightly more often than “the good judgment of Anthony Weiner.” Contessa Brewer gets into an argument over economic policy with Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), and tries to talk him down by snidely asking him whether he has a degree in economics … which, to Brewer’s embarrassment, Brooks does.

Wait a second, the info-babe HAS a journalism degree?

Since Brewer made an issue out of having an economics degree before engaging in economics debates, she must have a doctorate in the subject herself, right? Not exactly. According to her Wikipedia entry, Brewer has a baccalaureate in broadcast journalism (magna cum laude). Apparently they didn’t teach interviewing skills at Syracuse, or logic either, as a requisite for the degree.

To be fair, I also have a journalism degrees. Goes to show how valuable that particular degree is in the grand scheme of things, eh?

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July 21, 2011 at 8:01 pm

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Another Lemonade Stand Turns Sour

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Last month I posted an article about The Man shutting down a kid’s lemonade stand.

Here’s another example of this nonsense.

Police in Georgia have shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls trying to save up for a trip to a water park, saying they didn’t have a business license or the required permits.

Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar says police also didn’t know how the lemonade was made, who made it or what was in it.

The girls had been operating for one day when Morningstar and another officer cruised by.

The girls needed a business license, peddler’s permit and food permit to operate, even on residential property. The permits cost $50 a day or $180 per year.

One girl, 14-year-old Casity Dixon, says the three had to listen to police and shut down.

The girls are now doing chores and yard work to make money.

Now I have to wonder what workforce regulations these girls are violating with their “chores/yardwork.”

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July 18, 2011 at 7:51 pm

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A Case Of Hyperbole, But Not The Worst

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As I was reading this, I got to a quote by the mayor that said, “It’s the worst thing anybody can do to anybody.” Really — the WORST?

Wildwood bills itself as a family friendly resort on the Jersey Shore, but suddenly, it’s a city dealing with an incident of racism.

“I thought maybe someone thought this is prank,” says Uyvonne Robinson, “but it’s not a prank to us. This is our livelihood.”

On Wednesday morning, someone posted a sign outside Nana’s Apartments that read “Parking for whites only.” Robinson and her husband have owned the motel for eleven years, but they have never seen anything like this.

We feel like it was disrespectful and hurtful and mean-spirited for someone to do that,” says Robinson.

The eight-bedroom motel caters to families and adults. It is not listed as a loud, animal house property by the city, so they are not sure what provoked the racism.

“A lot of places rent to teenagers,” says Arthur Robinson, “but we just don’t do that.”

Police took down the sign immediately and stored it as evidence. Mayor Ernie Troiano apologized for the sign on behalf of the city.

“It’s the worst thing anybody can do to anybody,” says Troiano.

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July 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm

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Love To Ride

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So…Rick Santorum was right all along about that gay marriage slippery slope thing? o_O

Ever devoted, Amy Wolfe, 33, fell for “him” when she was 13.

(How she determined gender remains a mystery to me.) Amy “rides” the ride she intends to marry about 300 times a year, and lets slip that the operators give her special concessions, keeping the attraction in operation a few times after closing so she can have time alone with her man. After years of courtship and over 3,000 goes, Amy wants to make him an honest machine.

Before she announced her unconventional marriage plans, Amy was featured in a documentary titled Objectum Sexuality: When Relationships With Inanimate Objects Become Intimate. Amy contends that she doesn’t suffer from a fetish, but rather, a condition of the same name. (Objectum Sexuality.) And she insists her feeling for the ride are not solely sexual in nature- although she does keep a picture of him taped to her ceiling so she can deal with that part of their relationship without being “indecent” in public.

Here’s the best part. Totally.

After the wedding, Amy- an unemployed church organist and totally not a lesbian- will be taking the surname Weber, after the manufacturer of the ride.

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July 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm

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Unhappy Days With The Ponz(i)

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For the love of Allah, can we now stop calling the world’s biggest Ponzi scheme a “trust fund”?

President Hussein on Tuesday said he cannot guarantee that retirees will receive their Social Security checks August 3 if Democrats and Republicans in Washington do not reach an agreement on reducing the deficit in the coming weeks.

“I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it,” the Muslim Wookie Fucker said in an interview with cBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, according to excerpts released by cBS News.

The Hussein administration and many economists have warned of economic catastrophe if the United States does not raise the amount it is legally allowed to borrow by August 2.

I miss the good ol’ days when Muslims only held a airline passengers hostage.

And how’s this for timing? Earlier this week the better half went to a retirement seminar regarding her 401(k). The seminar host showed some diagram with a three-legged “retirement chair” — one leg reprsented a 401(k), the other represented an IRA and the other represented Social Insecurity. Mrs. kkk told me she almost laughed out loud when she saw that diagram.

But here’s the saddest thing of all regarding the better half’s experience: she was the youngest person at this seminar. There wasn’t anyone even close to her age — somewhere in the low 30s. Mrs. kkk said everyone else at this seminar looked like they were a few years away from retirement.

If you are under 40 and haven’t started saving for your golden years, then it’s your own damn fault you’ll have to buy Alpo and Fancy Feast in 2050.

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July 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

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Seeds Of Organic Discontent

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‎What cracks me up is that THIS is what the Detroit region feels the need to confront. Yeah, what an eyesore.

Oak Park Woman Faces 93-Days in Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden

OAK PARK, Mich. (WJBK) – “The price of organic food is kind of through the roof,” said Julie Bass.

So, why not grow your own? However, Bass’ garden is a little unique because it’s in her front yard.

“We thought it’d be really cool to do it so the neighbors could see. The kids love it. The kids from the neighborhood all come and help,” she said.

Bass’ cool garden has landed her in hot water with the City of Oak Park. Code enforcement gave her a warning, then a ticket and now she’s been charged with a misdemeanor.

“I think it’s sad that the City of Oak Park that’s already strapped for cash is paying a lot of money to have a prosecutor bothering us,” Bass told FOX 2’s Alexis Wiley.

“That’s not what we want to see in a front yard,” said Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski.

Why? The city is pointing to a code that says a front yard has to have suitable, live, plant material. The big question is what’s “suitable?”

We asked Bass whether she thinks she has suitable, live, plant material in her front yard.

“It’s definitely live. It’s definitely plant. It’s definitely material. We think it’s suitable,” she said.

So, we asked Rulkowski why it’s not suitable.

“If you look at the definition of what suitable is in Webster’s dictionary, it will say common. So, if you look around and you look in any other community, what’s common to a front yard is a nice, grass yard with beautiful trees and bushes and flowers,” he said.

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July 8, 2011 at 9:53 pm

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Civic Duty To Save Civic Arena?

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Mr. Preservation Group, tear down this arena.

Preservation Pittsburgh has filed suit in federal court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against the Sports and Exhibition Authority, the city’s Urban Redevelopment AuthoritybizWatch and Allegheny County to stop what it claims are the illegal actions to take and demolish the Civic Arena.

The organization’s suit claims the federal law should bar federal financial assistance going to the arena site “unless and until the National Historic Preservation Act and National Environmental Protection Act have been complied with.”

In its announcement of its lawsuit, Preservation Pittsburgh argued it has taken legal action to make sure the federal funds needed to redevelop the arena site are available out of a concern that the SEA’s process has not heeded federal law for historic review. The organization maintains that the site could be rendered ineligible for federal highway funding to restore a street grid on the site if a federal historic review process is not followed.

Preservation Pittsburgh also accused the SEA of not undertaking “substantial, independent exploration of alternatives” for demolition and hopes the suit will help provide time to identify candidates to develop and become tenants at the property.

Last week, City Council voted against a historic nomination of the arena, leaving only limited options to preservationists opposed to the total demolition of the nearly 50-year-old arena.

It’s not “historic.” It’s a dump. See if you can buy a seat from inside the building before its date with the wrecking ball if you are going to miss the Mellon/Civic Arena that much.

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July 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm

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Not-So-Superintendent

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Your 2009 Government School Superintendent of the Year recipient.

Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall knew about cheating allegations on standardized tests but either ignored them or tried to hide them, according to a state investigation.

An 800-page report released Tuesday to The Associated Press by Gov. Nathan Deal’s office through an open records request shows several educators reported cheating in their schools. But the report says Hall, who won the national Superintendent of the Year award in 2009, and other administrators ignored those reports and sometimes retaliated against the whistleblowers.

The yearlong investigation shows educators at nearly four dozen Atlanta elementary and middle schools cheated on standardized tests by helping students or changing the answers once exams were handed in.

The investigators also found a “culture of fear, intimidation and retaliation” in the school district over the cheating allegations, which led to educators lying about the cheating or destroying documents to cover it up, according to the report. School officials had “warnings” as early as 2005 that there was cheating on standardized tests, but those signals were ignored, according to the report.

At one elementary school, four educators gathered at a colleague’s home in Douglas County one weekend to have a “changing party” using answer sheets provided by a school official, the report states.

Teachers who admitted to investigators they cheated said they were under immense pressure to raise test scores, the investigators wrote. One elementary school principal forced a teacher to crawl under a table during a faculty meeting because that teacher’s test scores were low, according to the report.

“Dr. Hall and her administration emphasized test results and public praise to the exclusion of integrity and ethics,” the report states. “Dr. Hall either knew or should have known cheating and other misconduct was occurring in the APS system.”

Hall’s attorney, Richard Deane, denied the report’s allegations.

“Dr. Hall steadfastly denies that she, her staff, or the vast majority of APS teaching and administrative professionals knew or should have known of any allegedly widespread cheating,” Deane wrote in a statement. “She further denies any other allegations of knowing and deliberate wrongdoing on her part or on the part of her senior staff, whether during the course of the investigation or before the investigation began.”

Now it makes perfect sense why she won. I’m sure the competition was fierce between Hall and someone in California who helped draft a resolution of support for Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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July 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

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Casey Anthony Verdict

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OJ.

Susan Smith.

And people are surprised at THIS verdict?

After six weeks of testimony, dozens of witnesses and one full day of deliberation, 12 jurors found Casey Anthony not guilty of murdering Caylee, her 2-year-old daughter.

The jury found Anthony not guilty of the lesser charges of second-degree murder and felony third-degree murder. According to Judge Belvin Perry Jr.’s instructions, if the jury were to have found that Caylee’s death was caused by Casey, then they were to consider the circumstances surrounding the death. When it was all over, the jury found Casey guilty of four counts of providing false information to investigators.

I didn’t bother following this case because I knew she was going to get off. All this verdict does is reinforce my belief that the only true justice is the justice you dole out to an assailant before the police arrive to the scene.

To all those saying that the State needed to show more proof, etc.: Should a loved one of yours ever die at the hands of another and a jury of the dumbmasses lets that person off the hook, I hope somebody reminds you that “the system worked.”

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July 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm

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Being Hard-On Hussein

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So who’s this Mark Halperin and does he have a Facebook fan page?

White House press secretary Jay Carney announced Thursday that he called Mark Halperin’s bosses at MSNBC after the network contributor called the Kenyan Koffee Fetcher “a dick” on a morning show.

“The comment that was made was inappropriate,” Carney told reporters in his daily briefing. “It would be inappropriate to say that about either president of either party.”

Carney said he didn’t have a comment on what action the network took against Halperin (he was suspended after he apologized). He told reporters that “on behalf of the White House, I expressed that sentiment to executives at the network.”

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July 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm

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Furry Fever

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So this FurryCon-whatever is taking place this year again in Pittsburgh. Guess this is an annual thing now.

The tails and ears are held on with straps, and the fur is usually fake — but the money that Anthrocon furry convention visitors spend Downtown is very real.

More than 4,500 furries — fans of art, literature and games featuring anthropomorphic, or human-like, animals — are flooding the city for Pittsburgh’s sixth annual Anthrocon, held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. During their four-day meeting, which started Thursday night, the furries will attend lectures and workshops as well as nightly raves at the convention center.

They’ll also spend an estimated $5.3 million at Downtown businesses, said Sam “Uncle Kage” Conway, chairman of Anthrocon’s board of directors.

Even though Anthrocon 2011 broke past registration records, Mr. Conway said he believed the event would have pulled in even more attendees if the city had followed through on a languishing initiative to build more hotels Downtown.

They’re not infringing on anyone’s constitutional rights, so I don’t care. It’s just … odd. But whatever.

I do have one question: does the convention/hotel staff clean out the litter boxes or do the convention organizers bring in outside help for that?

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June 26, 2011 at 10:38 am

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Furry Fun

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So this FurryCon-whatever is going to be an annual thing in my region? I haven’t paid much attention to these, err, people, but news stories always seem to sprout up this time each year now regarding this group and it’s gathering spot.

The tails and ears are held on with straps, and the fur is usually fake — but the money that Anthrocon furry convention visitors spend Downtown is very real.

More than 4,500 furries — fans of art, literature and games featuring anthropomorphic, or human-like, animals — are flooding the city for Pittsburgh’s sixth annual Anthrocon, held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. During their four-day meeting, which started Thursday night, the furries will attend lectures and workshops as well as nightly raves at the convention center.

They’ll also spend an estimated $5.3 million at Downtown businesses, said Sam “Uncle Kage” Conway, chairman of Anthrocon’s board of directors.

Well that ought to do wonders for the region’s tourism industry. I’m sure they will be plastered on the front of the city’s marketing materials.

Look, they’re not violating anybody’s rights. I don’t care what they do. I do have one question: does the convention/hotel staff clean out the litter boxes or do the convention organizers bring in outside help for that?

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June 26, 2011 at 10:18 am

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Copper Top

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Yesterday afternoon I heard a local news story about copper wire thieves shutting down power for thousands in a nearby township. The news reporter said the thieves almost electrocuted themselves. The reporter said this like it would have been a bad thing.

Copper thieves who hit four electrical substations in counties north of Pittsburgh are risking their lives for a few dollars’ worth of scrap metal, a West Penn Power company official says.

Thieves struck twice near Zelienople and once each near Cranberry and New Castle since Thursday, said Doug Colafella, spokesman for West Penn Power.

The latest theft, of 30 feet of wiring from a station near Zelienople early Wednesday, knocked out power to 3,800 Cranberry-area residents for part of the day and probably touched off a potentially deadly ball of heat and electricity when the thieves cut thick ground wires.

Colafella said that when a transformer blows, as it did in this case, an “arc flash explosion” — a basketball-sized concentration of heat and electricity — shoots from the transformer. The arc flash can reach temperatures of thousands of degrees.

On the same broadcast but regarding a different story, sombody used the term, “old baby.” It may not have been a reporter that said it.

On an unrelated note, a 16-year-old was referred to as an “adult.” I love how depending on the situation the media can call a teen-20something either a “kid” or “adult.”

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June 24, 2011 at 3:36 pm

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No Clowning Around

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And somewhere a mother is saying, “He was a good boy. He just fell into the wrong crowd.”

An off-duty Chicago police officer dressed up as a clown for a South Side fundraiser shot and killed a teen who held him at gunpoint tonight after the event, authorities said.

The officer, who is assigned to the Near North police district, was in his clown outfit for a fundraiser for a day-care business. The event, attended by a group of 50 children, was near West 87th Street and South Damen Avenue.

At 10:10 p.m. after the event ended, the officer went to his car and a teen approached him, asking him for money, authorities said. When the officer said he had no money, the teen pulled a gun on him, authorities said.

During a struggle with the teen, the officer grabbed hold of the gun, opened fire and killed him.

The officer sustained minor injuries, according to a release from police News Affairs.

A weapon was recovered from the scene.

One person was also taken into custody.

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June 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm

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Wagner Knows More Than Jack

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And this is why Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner is my favorite Democrat. Way to avoid all the party-line bullshit and see the big picture.

The state’s top fiscal watchdog broke ranks Thursday with fellow Democrats to say Gov. Corbett was right to favor squirreling away the unexpected revenue flowing into Pennsylvania’s coffers rather than using it to lessen the painful cuts proposed in next year’s budget.

Auditor General Jack Wagner said he believed it was more prudent to put the money, about a half-billion dollars, into reserve because there were too many “fiscal unknowns” facing the state. They include labor negotiations with state workers’ unions – which may not be concluded before the July 1 start of the new fiscal year – and skyrocketing public-employee pension-fund payments due over the next few years.

“I think Gov. Corbett is right to say that the majority of the surplus needs to be kept in reserve for the unknowns going forward,” Wagner told reporters Thursday when asked about the budget.

In April and May, the state collected more in revenue than it had anticipated, leading legislators on both sides of the political aisle to push for tapping some of that money to ease the pain of Corbett’s budget cuts. The governor has proposed axing more than half the state’s funding of state-supported universities and by more than $1 billion for government schools.

Earlier this week, legislative budget analysts said May’s revenue collection was about $34 million, or 2 percent, over the official estimate. That helped leave state government with an almost $540 million surplus as it winds down the fiscal year at month’s end.

But Wagner said yesterday he wouldn’t call the extra money “a surplus,” because the state still faces a projected multibillion-dollar deficit next year.

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June 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

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Government Settlement Spending Promises Up In Smoke

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Funny that my commonwealth took money from last decade’s bullshit tobacco settlement and spent it on other things. I’m SHOCKED that government would do something like that.

Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner has issued a report, based on comments at five public hearings held across the state, that suggests that state residents want tobacco settlement money to be used for health-related programs.

One of those programs, adultBasic, expired Feb. 28, when funding ran out. Much of the funding had come from Tobacco Settlement Act of 2001 funds, which were redirected to other state budget initiatives.

Wagner is submitting the results of the report to the General Assembly for its use during the state budget negotiation process, and a copy will also be provided to Gov. Tom Corbett, according to the Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General.

The state may be able to save the recently terminated adultBasic health insurance program, for which 41,000 low-income working Pennsylvanians paid a small fee, and to fund tobacco control programs at the levels set by the tobacco act.

A March report by the auditor general said the General Assembly diverted about 30% of received tobacco funds, or about $1.34 billion, to other budget priorities.

In 1998, Pennsylvania was one of 46 states to settle a lawsuit against tobacco companies to recover the costs of tobacco-related illnesses. The settlement said the state would receive about $10 billion over a 25-year period, or $300 million to $400 million per year.

In 2001, the General Assembly passed legislation specifying that tobacco settlement money fund health-related programs for Pennsylvania citizens.

Pennsylvania is expected to receive another $5.4 billion or more over the next 15 years, Wagner reported.

However, another thought popped up after reading this.

What’s going to happen 15 years from now when the settlement money stops coming in to the states?

Guess it will time to put a greater emphasis on suing fast-food stores. I’m sure that in addition to this lost tobacco settlement money there will be less money coming in via cigarette taxes. I doubt Americans will be getting much thinner or healthier by 2026; time to sue Ronald McDonald for making us fat and driving up health care costs.

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June 18, 2011 at 10:20 am

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Beam Me Out Of Here

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When Jerry Brown is the voice of reason within your state, that’s when it’s time to get the hell out.

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the California budget handed to him Wednesday, potentially isolating himself in continuing efforts to fix California’s fiscal crisis.

Democratic lawmakers, who hold wide majorities in the Assembly and Senate, passed California’s first on-time state budget in a quarter century Wednesday. In so doing, they avoided the penalties of Proposition 25 – an initiative passed by voters in November that decrees that lawmakers forfeit their pay for every day after the June 15 deadline that a budget is not passed.

But Thursday morning, Governor Brown, also a Democrat, lambasted the budget as financial gimmickry.

“Unfortunately, the budget I have received is not a balanced solution,” he said in a statement released on YouTube. “It continues big deficits for years to come and adds billions of dollars in new debt. It also contains legally questionable maneuvers, costly borrowing, and unrealistic savings. Finally, it is not financeable, and therefore will not allow us to meet our obligations as they occur. We can – and must – do better. A balanced budget is critical to our economic recovery.”

Still unresolved is whether lawmakers can continue to receive their paychecks, because they passed a budget – even though it was vetoed. The answer to that question could determine the ultimate fallout from Brown’s veto, since Democratic lawmakers might ramp up pressure on Brown to sign a less-than-ideal budget if they aren’t getting paid.

LOL, so the only reason a budget was passed on time by lawmakers for the first time in TWENTY-FIVE YEARS was so they could keep getting paid.

But despite having “wide margins” of Democrats in both the state House and Senate … he still blames Republicans.

In vetoing the budget, Brown sought to soften the blow to Democrats.

“Democrats in the legislature made valiant efforts to address California’s budget crisis by enacting $11 billion in painful cuts and other solutions,” Brown said in his statement. “I commend them for their tremendous efforts to balance the budget in the absence of Republican cooperation. If [Republicans] continue to obstruct a vote, we will be forced to pursue deeper and more destructive cuts to schools and public safety – a tragedy for which Republicans will bear full responsibility.”

I have no clue how many Dimmys/Republicans are in the California assembly. Let’s take a look.

52-28 Democrat majority in the Assembly.

25-15 Democrat majority in the Senate.

And I repeat. LOL.

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June 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm

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It’s OK To Own Fish Because They Don’t Have Any Feelings

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Now if they would do something about those Beta bowls, they might get a smidgeon of my support. I guilted my boss into getting her Beta an actual multi-gallon aquarium.

The San Fransicko Animal Control and Welfare Commission wants to take away your goldfish, proposing a bill that would also include a renewed ban on pets like puppies, kittens and hamsters.

The proposed ban is meant to discourage “impulse buys” of pets that sometimes end up at shelters, said commission member Philip Gerrie.

He said goldfish, guppies and other tropical fish were added to the proposed ban because of what he called the “inhumane suffering of fish” and the way the fish are harvested.

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June 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm

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I Bet These Kids Also Didn’t Offer Their Workers Health Care

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Might as well teach these kids what it’s really like to own a business. Gotta get them while they’re young.

You can make a fortune selling parking spots outside the US Open, but don’t even dream of setting up a lemonade stand.

A county inspector ordered the Marriott and Augustine kids to shut down the stand they set up on Persimmon Tree Rd., right next to Congressional. And after they allegedly ignored a couple of warnings, the inspector fined their parents $500.

“This gentleman from the county is now telling us because we don’t have a vendors license, the kids won’t be allowed to sell their lemonade,” Carrie Marriott told us, her voice trembling.

The kids can’t seem to understand it. “I don’t agree, I think the county is wrong.” “We’re sending the money to charity.”

Jennifer Hughes, the director of permitting for the county, says it’s technically illegal to run even the smallest lemonade stand in the county, but inspectors usually don’t go looking for them. She said this one was unusually large. Hughes also says they’ve warned all kinds of other vendors they couldn’t operate near the US Open because of concerns about traffic and safety.

But that did little to console Carrie Marriott. “Does every kid who sells lemonade now have to register with the county?” she asked the inspector.

“Cute little kids making five or ten dollars is a little bit different than making hundreds. You’ve got coolers and coolers here,” the inspector responded.

“To raise money for pediatric cancer,” Marriott replied.

What’s funny is that the county has given scores of other neighbors permits to let golf fans park on their front lawns. The permits cost almost $300, but prices per car run as much as $60 a day. And some neighbors are reportedly raking in tens of thousands of dollars.

“I’m a little upset with the rip off that’s going on,” said Ron Simpson, who was getting ready to pay $50. One cop says a neighbor told him he’d made enough charging for parking at big golf events at Congressional that it had paid one of his kid’s college tuition.

Carrie Marriott is having a hard time reconciling the two different perspectives on entrepreneurship at the US Open. “The message to kids is, there’s no American dream.”

LOL at the quote saying this lemonade stand was “unusually large.” Click on the link above for video of this huge profit-making machine.

While there is now an update saying:

Montgomery county officials have allowed the children to reopen their lemonade stand, as long as it operates in another location.

The county permits director Jennifer Harris says the children simply need to move their stand from the “main strip,” to a more private, safer area. The $500 fine was also waived.

And let me add that it’s just as dumb to make people who want to use their lawns as a parking service get a vendor’s licence. I guess Maryland has too many entrepreneurs.

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June 17, 2011 at 3:35 pm

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Weiner Gives Good Headlines

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In case you wanted a summary of some of the better Anthony’s Weiner headlines from the last few weeks.

Here’s a selection of the best Weiner/wiener headline puns:

1. The Wiener works – his wife’s preggers (New York Daily News)

2. Congressman wants Weiner probe (Fox News)

3. Boehner won’t bite on Weiner (CNS News)

4. Mounting pressure on Weiner (CNN)

5. A tough news package to handle (Time)

6. Weiner is shrinking (New York Post – later changed online to “Rep Weiner skips two high-profile parades” but the url gives the game away)

7. Erections have consequences (New York Post)

8. Battle of the Bulge: Weiner Exposed (New York Post)

9. Lots of guys pull a Weiner (New York Daily News)

10. “Weiner hung out to dry – Fellow Dems keeping hands off Anthony’s expanding scandal” (New York Post)

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June 12, 2011 at 9:46 am

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Polls Schmolls

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Remember what I said last month?

Nooooooo.

It’s no secret that the Muslim Wookie Fucker is on the downslope politically, and that includes the pivotal state of Pennsylvania.

A new poll from Susquehanna Polling and Research says that 48% of Pennsylvanians disapprove of Osama’s performance, while 41% approve.

Also: Only 43% of registered voters in Pennsylvania say the Kenyan Koffee Fetcherhas done well enough to deserve re-election, the poll said; 50% say ” it is time to give a new person a chance.”

The Muslim Wookie Fucker is going to win Pennsylvania’s electoral votes in 2012. There are too many Dimmys in this place to counter that. Even in 2010, which saw record gains for Republicans nation-wide, Republican Pat Toomey squeaked by in this state’s Senate race. In 2012 our other senator is up for re-election, a Democrat whose father was a popular governor. This alone is going to bring out enough turnout that will ensure another win for the Kenyan Koffee Fetcher. Back in 2008 Pennsylvania was supposedly a “toss up” state for the presidential race, and McCain lost by a landslide. The same is going to happen this time around — unless we can somehow get rid of that whole southwestern area of the commonwealth.

I’ve resigned myself to the fact the Muslim Wookie Fucker is going to take Pennsylvania. I don’t need hundreds of presidential ads bombarding me next year.

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June 11, 2011 at 10:41 am

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Life Is A Mad Lib

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Shouldn’t the article start out as, “Leonard Stern, a ____________________________, whose ________ include “______________________,” “___________,” and “_____________________,” ______________________. He was _______.”

Leonard Stern, a prolific writer-producer-director whose credits include “The Honeymooners,” “Get Smart,” and “McMillan and Wife,” died Tuesday. He was 88.

Stern died of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his spokesman, Dale Olson.

A native of New York City, Stern found early success in TV writing for Jackie Gleason in “The Honeymooners” as well as the classic 1950s sitcom “The Phil Silvers Show” and “The Steve Allen Show.”

In the 1960s he produced the spy satire “Get Smart,” and in the 1970s wrote, directed and produced “McMillan and Wife,” the lighthearted crime drama starring Rock Hudson.

Film credits included screenplays for the 1952 version of “The Jazz Singer” starring Danny Thomas, as well as a pair of Abbott and Costello comedies. Three decades later, he wrote and directed “Just You and Me, Kid,” starring George Burns and 14-year-old Brooke Shields. In 1985, he wrote the script for the action-thriller “Target,” starring Gene Hackman and directed by Arthur Penn.

Stern was also involved in publishing, including the word game Mad Libs, which he co-created.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/06/09/mad-libs-co-creator-leonard-stern-dies-at-88/#ixzz1OsXVFBz5

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June 10, 2011 at 9:23 am

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