Monday Evening News: Just when you think things are going well…
Posted: February 13, 2012 Filed under: SDB Evening News Reads
…you find out that it is all a joke, you are just as bad off as you were before.
I won’t say good evening, because I don’t want to even write something pleasant. My husband got some bad news today. Something he did not expect, neither did we. The powers that be don’t even have the balls to tell him to his face. And there is nothing he can do…it is enough to make me run out into the street screaming.
I also have a bad migraine, so this is going to be a quick post. With little comment.
Just take a look at this headline:
Norquist: Romney Will Do As Told—David Frum – The Daily Beast
The most quoted speech at CPAC this year was Mitt Romney’s, but my vote for the most significant goes to Grover Norquist’s. In his charmingly blunt way, Norquist articulated out loud a case for Mitt Romney that you hear only whispered by other major conservative leaders.
They have reconciled themselves to a Romney candidacy because they see Romney as essentially a weak and passive president who will concede leadership to congressional conservatives:
All we have to do is replace Obama. … We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.
The requirement for president?
Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.
This is not a very complimentary assessment of Romney’s leadership. It’s also not a very realistic political program: congressional Republicans have a disapproval rating of about 75%. If Americans get the idea that a vote for Romney is a vote for the Ryan plan, Romney is more or less doomed.
To date, sad to say, Romney has worked hard to confirm this image of weakness.
Right now I don’t much care about anything anyone says anymore.
Over in LA: Miramonte teacher was paid $40,000 to drop firing challenge – latimes.com
The Los Angeles Unified School District paid Mark Berndt, the teacher at the center of the Miramonte Elementary child abuse scandal, $40,000 to drop the challenge to his dismissal last year.
The payout consisted of four months of back salary plus reimbursement for the cost of health benefits. Berndt was fired by the Board of Education in February 2011 after officials learned that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was investigating him for alleged lewd acts against students. He was arrested last week.
The firing took Berndt off the district payroll. But he fought to keep his job through an appeal process that lasted until he settled with the school system and resigned in June.
The settlement with Berndt came in the face of a dilemma, said L.A. Unified general counsel David Holmquist. A hearing on the dismissal was pending and the district didn’t have evidence to justify the firing because the Sheriff’s Department investigation was ongoing.
“We were told we could not do any investigation” to avoid interfering with a law enforcement probe, said Holmquist. “We didn’t have any evidence, and we couldn’t put on any witnesses. We didn’t have anything to successfully defend a challenge.”
Berndt was charged last week with 23 counts of lewd conduct against children; another teacher, Martin Springer, was charged this week with three counts of lewd conduct. Berndt is alleged to have taken photographs of blindfolded children being spoon-fed his semen. Springer is accused of fondling a girl in his class. The Berndt and Springer cases are believed to be unrelated.
And then there is this: Whitney Houston album price hike sparks controversy | Music | guardian.co.uk
(Can you see a trend here?)
Whitney Houston: album price rose after the singer’s death. Photograph: Steve Granitz/WireImage
Sony Music has come under fire after it increased the price of a Whitney Houston album on Apple’s iTunes Store hours after the singer was found dead.
The music giant is understood to have lifted the wholesale price of Houston’s greatest hits album, The Ultimate Collection, at about 4am California time on Sunday. This meant that the iTunes retail price of the album automatically increased from £4.99 to £7.99.
Houston’s The Ultimate Collection, originally released in 1997, was the second top-selling album on iTunes on Monday morning. Apple returned the album to its original price late on Sunday.
Music fans described the move as a cynical attempt to capitalise on Houston’s in-demand greatest hits records. The price hike came as tributes flooded in for the singer, whose catalogue includes hits such as I Wanna Dance With Somebody and I Will Always Love You. Houston was found dead in her Los Angeles hotel room on Saturday afternoon, local time, at the age of 48.
Didn’t the record companies do the same thing when Michael Jackson died?
This is the last link for you tonight: BBC News – Cat lover jailed for trying to run down dog walkers
A cat lover who repeatedly tried to run down two dog walkers has been jailed for five years.
Kerry Barlow from Llangwnadl, Pwllheli, believed her cat had been attacked by a dog owned by one of her victims.
Mold Crown Court heard she “completely lost it” and drove her Ford Fiesta at Denise Roberts, 52, and daughter Donna, 29, four times in a country lane.
During sentencing, Barlow, 48, was told if one of her victims had been killed she would be facing life in prison.
Barlow, who turned her Pen-yr-Orsedd home in to an animal sanctuary, complained to North Wales Police but took out a complaint against the force when no action was taken.
You were fed up with them, you were fed up with the police who you thought were not taking you seriously, and simply decided to take the law into your own hands”
Judge Philip Hughes
When Mrs Roberts and her daughter walked past her home with their dogs, Barlow believed her cat had again been chased, so she followed them in her car up the road before driving at the pair, the court heard.
At one point, when Mrs Roberts lay dazed and injured in the road, her daughter pulled her out of the way as Barlow’s car sped towards them.
In another attack, Mrs Roberts tried to escape by climbing over a gate and in to a farmer’s field but she was hurled in to the field when Barlow rammed her car in to the gate.
Right now I could probably run over some executives and managers in their little blue vest…what could possibly go wrong?
Oh, and by the way, Charlie Pierce has been busy today, there are like 5 new post up…the reason I mention it, is because when you are in a bad sad mood, reading his blog is really a treat.
Daily Politics Blog – Charles P. Pierce – Political Blogging – Esquire