Wednesday Evening Reads: Great Tits and Newt Gingrich

Oh boy…just a warning, tonight’s post is going to be infantile.

Good Evening!

Did you hear the news today? Newt is out! (And yes, that title is a bit tongue in cheek. The Great Tits I am talking about are song birds, more on that later. And yes, that title is in reference to T & A meaning Newt is the ass.)

Okay, on with the show:

The big story tonight is from the Supreme Court…and the apparent favoring of Arizona’s argument regarding Immigration. I know that Dakinikat has a post up about this, but I wanted to cite a couple quotes from the NYT article she linked to:

Considering Arizona Immigration Law, Justices Are Again in Political Storm -

Justices across the ideological spectrum appeared inclined to uphold a controversial part of Arizona’s aggressive 2010 immigration law, based on their questions on Wednesday at a Supreme Court argument.

“You can see it’s not selling very well,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a member of the court’s liberal wing and its first Hispanic justice, told Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., referring to a central part of his argument.

Mr. Verrilli, representing the federal government, had urged the court to strike down part of the law requiring state law enforcement officials to determine the immigration status of anyone they stop if the officials have reason to believe that the person might be an illegal immigrant.

“Why don’t you try to come up with something else?” Justice Sotomayor asked Mr. Verrilli.

Damn, that is not a good sign for those of us who believe this Arizona Immigration law takes things way to far into the danger zone. However,

Should the court uphold any part of the law, immigration groups are likely to challenge it based on an argument not before that court on Wednesday — that the law discriminates on the basis of race and ethnic background.

Indeed, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. made clear that the case, like last month’s arguments over President Obama’s health care law, was about the allocation of state and federal power.

“No part of your argument has to do with racial or ethnic profiling, does it?” the chief justice asked Mr. Verrilli, who agreed.

Should the court uphold most or all of the Arizona law or strike down the heart of the health care law, it would represent a political blow to President Obama in the final stretch of the campaign season. The health care decision is also expected by June.

Wednesday’s argument, the last of the term, was a rematch between the main lawyers in last month’s case. Paul D. Clement, who argued for the 26 states challenging the health care law, represented Arizona. Mr. Verrilli again represented the federal government. In an unusual move, Chief Justice Roberts allowed the argument to go 20 minutes longer than the usual hour.

But one thing is certain, Verrilli, who is the same lawyer that argued the Health Care case…and we saw what a blunder that performance was, Verrilli seems to have stumbled again today.

Mr. Verrilli, whose performance in the health care case was sometimes rocky, seemed on Wednesday occasionally to frustrate justices who might have seemed likely allies.

At one point Justice Sotomayor, addressing Mr. Verrilli by his title, said: “General, I’m terribly confused by your answer. O.K.? And I don’t know that you’re focusing in on what I believe my colleagues are trying to get to.”

Wow. You know, a lawyer arguing before the SCOTUS…that is like the top achievement of a career. You got to prepare for this sort of thing. That this  lawyer came unprepared or ill-equipped to handle such a demanding hearing, twice, makes me wonder…WTF?

Anyway, the “remarks” are something to read, some of them sound very annoyed, check it out.

Reuters has an article discussing some background on Zimmerman: George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting

A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009.

The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law’s dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show.

“Don’t use pepper spray,” he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend. “It’ll take two or three seconds to take effect, but a quarter second for the dog to jump you,” he said.

“Get a gun.”

I urge you to read this article, just a couple more teaser paragraphs:

During the time Zimmerman was in hiding, his detractors defined him as a vigilante who had decided Martin was suspicious merely because he was black. After Zimmerman was finally arrested on a charge of second-degree murder more than six weeks after the shooting, prosecutors portrayed him as a violent and angry man who disregarded authority by pursuing the 17-year-old.

But a more nuanced portrait of Zimmerman has emerged from a Reuters investigation into Zimmerman’s past and a series of incidents in the community in the months preceding the Martin shooting.

Based on extensive interviews with relatives, friends, neighbors, schoolmates and co-workers of Zimmerman in two states, law enforcement officials, and reviews of court documents and police reports, the story sheds new light on the man at the center of one of the most controversial homicide cases in America.

This next link made me think of Ralph, one of our regular readers and commenters. He has followed the countdown of Atrios “Wanker of the Decade.” This is a summary plus, you might say, of the winner of this Wanker award:  10 of Thomas Friedman’s Dumbest “Big Ideas” | Media | AlterNet

In conferring the honor of “Wanker of the Decade” on New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman, blogger Duncan Black observed that “truly great wankers possess a kind of glib narcissism, the belief that everything is about them while simultaneously disavowing any responsibility for anything.” The sorry “state of the world is what it is,” Black continued, “in large part because people in positions of great power think this absurd buffoon of man is a Very Serious Person.”

Wow, some of the stuff Friedman has said is f’d up! I mean, I knew the guy was “wanker” extraordinaire, but some of his articles from the early and middle 90’s are way out there. Read that link to see what I mean.

Now a couple cartoons to pass the time before the Great Tit article.

4/26 Mike Luckovich cartoon: Gingrich bows out | Mike Luckovich

Yes both from Luckovich…

4/25 Mike Luckovich cartoon: Global warming | Mike Luckovich

Now, it is with great pleasure that I present to you the headline that made me spit my green coffee this morning…- Great tits join mobs with neighbours they know

Oh, it gets better…

Great tits in nestbox (c) Chris Perrins Great tits with familiar neighbours successfully raise more chicks
Like many birds, great tits are protective parents, often putting themselves at risk to mob predators that threaten their chicks.

A study has now shown that they will join anti-predator mobs if they hear alarm calls from birds they know well.

Scientists found that the birds would “join in” defensive mobs that were instigated by neighbouring birds they were familiar with.

The findings are published in the journal Biology Letters.

“Joint mobbing” – birds ganging up to fend off predators – has been seen in many bird species.

But the researchers were particularly interested in the phenomenon in great tits because, in their previous work, they noticed that the birds’ lives were affected by the birds they lived next door to.

Oh, there is nothing like joint mobbing from a group of great tits…believe me, when great tits feel the things they care about are in danger…they get protective and form anti-PLUB mobs….oops, I mean anti-predator mobs. And when these Great Tits gang up and help their neighbors to fight against the predator GOP politician, oops I did it again…I mean perceived dangerous predator…watch out!

Well, think of this as an open thread/evening reads…and post whatever you want!

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16 Comments on “Wednesday Evening Reads: Great Tits and Newt Gingrich”

  1. Well, hope the title of this post does not offend anyone!

  2. peggysue22 says:

    Hahaha! Didn’t offend me, JJ. Gave me a belly laugh. Great tits involved in joint mobbing. I think you’re onto something. Might be a strategy against Phyllis Schlafly, who last week boasted how right-wing whackos had discredited the term ‘liberal,’ had effectively made it obsolete and called on her followers to do the same with the word ‘feminist.’

    This is a call for Great Tits to gather and prepare for a joint mobbing, something on the order of a OWS protest.

    It all fits! Mother Nature is clearly on our side :0).

  3. Dalai Lama Tells Piers Morgan What He Thinks When He Sees A Pretty Girl | Mediaite

    “Sometimes I see and feel, this is very nice! But then thinking, this is a real job… this is a real problem, too many problems,” the Dalai Lama said amid laughs about women. He noted that he had so much control of his cognitive state that “even in dreams, when I see women, I remember– I am a monk.

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama, he is amazing.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    TSA defends pat-down of four-year-old girl.

    The grandmother of a 4-year-old girl who became hysterical during a security screening at a Kansas airport said Wednesday that the child was forced to undergo a pat-down after hugging her, with security agents yelling and calling the crying girl an uncooperative suspect….

    The child’s grandmother, Lori Croft, told The Associated Press that Brademeyer and her daughter, Isabella, initially passed through security at the Wichita airport without incident. The girl then ran over to briefly hug Croft, who was awaiting a pat-down after tripping the alarm, and that’s when TSA agents insisted the girl undergo a physical pat-down.

    Isabella had just learned about “stranger danger” at school, her grandmother said, adding that the girl was afraid and unsure about what was going on.

    “She started to cry, saying ‘No I don’t want to,’ and when we tried talking to her she ran,” Croft said. “They yelled, ‘We are going to shut down the airport if you don’t grab her.'”

    • That is crazy, and that the TSA agent called her a suspect, it is so ridiculous…

    • There is NO defended for sexually molesting a 4 year old girl. The jerks who work for the TSA are perverted maggots.

      As I’ve been saying WE are the enemy to the government. The terrorists work for the TSA.

      These TSA maggots talk to young children just like sexual psychopaths talk to their victims.

      This is just one of the reasons I will never vote for the pig in the white house. This is happening on his watch.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Sorry, but I still have absolutely no sympathy for George Zimmerman. He had no right to interfere with a kid who was just walking on the sidewalk. Zimmerman’s a murderer and also a liar. What scares me most is that his wife may still have her gun.

    • I have no sympathy either BB, but I am sure everyone here knows that! I thought since it was getting traction on Mememorandum might as well bring it up.

    • Seriously says:

      What’s interesting is that even though the Reuters piece goes out of its way to defend Zimmerman and glosses over all of the incidents of domestic violence and anti-social behavior, it still makes no sense. So he was allegedly exhausted and stressed with two family members in the hospital, all the more reason not to be grossly irresponsible and run around the neighborhood with a gun and a threatening attitude. So the last time he called the cops and the kid who was stealing a laptop (not to be pro-stealing laptops, but that’s not exactly a death penalty offense, or having the same skin color as the kid who snatched the laptop, either) and the kid “got away” (only to be apprehended later but who’s counting) before the cops arrived, George wasn’t going to let that happen again! Not this time! The kid with the suspicious skin color who was not stealing a laptop was going down! Okay but George has zero authority in this situation so this “defense” just makes him out to be a vigilante pretending he’s Dirty Harry with a license to kill. Which oddly enough, he is.

  6. Night everybody! I am going to sit and stare for a while before calling it a night…(Just like Elaine did one time.) Seinology.com :: Scripts :: 113-The Maestro

    [Setting: Elaine and Jerry are in Jerry's apartment.]

    JERRY: So ah, what did you do last night?

    ELAINE: Nothing.

    JERRY: I know nothing, but what did you actually do?

    ELAINE: Literally nothing. I sat in a chair and I stared.

    JERRY: Wow. That really is nothing.

    ELAINE: I told ya.

    Have a pleasant evening!

  7. RalphB says:

    Atrios was right to choose the Mustache of Understanding as Wanker of the Decade. For the sheer damage done by a media person, over a long career, he’s at or near the top of any list.

  8. bostonboomer says:

    Fact check: Romney’s father George actually didn’t grow up poor.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/25/fact-check-romney-on-his-dad-growing-up-poor/