Tuesday Reads

Good Morning!! I know I shouldn’t keep complaining about my weather, with all the tornadoes and floods in other places, but I sure wish we’d get a little bit of spring here in Beantown. It has been raining almost every day for the past couple of weeks. We had 1-1/2 nice days on Friday and Saturday, and then went back to rainy and soggy. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be 80 degrees, but still raining. And it’s rain, rain, and more rain for the foreseeable future. Ugh! This kind of weather tends to make the news seem even more depressing than usual.

A couple of days ago, Sima posted a wonderful story about a fawn that was rescued by firefighters. That really cheered me up, so I decided to offer you some heartwarming animal rescue stories this morning.

72-Year Old Florida Man Saves Pet Dog from Alligator Attack

Gary Murphy, 72, was at his home in Palm City, about 80 miles north of Miami, on Thursday evening when he heard his West Highland terrier named “Doogie” making noise in the backyard.

Murphy found his beloved pet in the mouth of an alligator that had entered the yard from marshland behind the property, and launched a rescue bid by jumping on the reptile’s backing and hitting it on the head.

“I had loafers on and I hit the back of that gator. It was like jumping on a pile of rocks,” Murphy told the newspaper.

The alligator let go of Doogie, who needed veterinary treatment for deep gouges, lung injuries and liver damage, but was expected to make a full recovery.

Nemo

Kitten Rescued From Island In Detroit Park

The Michigan Humane Society said animal rescuers used a canoe to reach a kitten that was stranded Monday on an island in Detroit’s Palmer Park.

The organization said it didn’t know how the three-month kitten got there, or how long it had been stuck.

The kitten’s rescuers have named him Nemo.

He was taken to the MHS Detroit Center for Animal Care and checked out by veterinarians, who said he’s in good health.

Animal rescue team dispatched to Joplin

The Humane Society of Missouri is deploying a 15-person disaster response team to Joplin, Missouri to rescue and shelter pets affected by Sunday’s devastating tornado.

The team is made up of trained professionals, as well as a veterinarian to help care for sick and injured animals.

The HSMO field assessment team will work in conjunction with Joplin Animal Control and the Jasper County Emergency Management Agency to operate an animal shelter on the campus of Missouri Southern State University and to set up a separate pet shelter to care for hundreds of animals who are unable to be sheltered at MSSU.

For more information on donations to help this and future needs, please visit the Humane Society of Missouri’s website.

In other news, the Obama administration is raising objections to the new Indiana law that bans all government assistance to Planned Parenthood.

The changes in Indiana are subject to federal review and approval, and administration officials have made it clear they will not approve the changes in the form adopted by the state.

Federal officials have 90 days to act but may feel pressure to act sooner because Indiana is already enforcing its law, which took effect on May 10, and because legislators in other states are working on similar measures.

If a state Medicaid program is not in compliance with federal law and regulations, federal officials can take corrective action, including “the total or partial withholding” of federal Medicaid money. The mere threat of such a penalty is often enough to get states to comply. Actually imposing the penalty would, in many cases, hurt the very people whom Medicaid is intended to help.

Hmmm… that doesn’t sound so good. Isn’t there a better way? Fortunately, Mitch Daniels isn’t going to run for President. Tim Pawlenty is running, however, and a Minnesota reporter, Nick Pinto, has published a couple of embarrassing stories in honor of Pawlenty’s throwing his hat in the presidential ring.

Jeremy Giefer, accused child molester, got Pawlenty pardon to open childcare center

Child molester Giefer and friend Tim Pawlenty

Jeremy Giefer served time in jail in 1994 for having sex with a 14-year-old girl. But you wouldn’t know it to look at the record of the man now charged with sexually molesting his daughter more than 250 times over the last eight years.

That’s because two years ago, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Attorney General Lori Swanson, and then-Chief Justice Eric Magnuson unanimously voted to wipe Giefer’s record clean, granting him a pardon extraordinary.

One reason Giefer wanted his record cleared? His wife wanted to open a childcare center in the house where they live–the same house where Giefer allegedly molested his young daughter throughout the six years prior.

Watch Nick Ayers, Tim Pawlenty’s presidential campaign manager, get arrested for DWI [VIDEO]

Back in the fall of 2006, Ayers, then only 24, was running the reelection campaign of Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.

On October 25, just days before the election, Trooper First Class J.W. Rickett of the Georgia State Patrol saw Ayers’ Chevy Tahoe weaving and doing 50 in a 35-mph zone. Rickett followed the truck, which turned into a parking lot, sped up, and nearly hit another vehicle in an apparent effort to hide.

As the dash-cam video of the incident shows, Ayers’ first words to Rickett are: “We’re with Governor Perdue’s campaign headquarters.”

Ayers claims he’s only had one Jack Daniels and Diet Coke, but Rickett’s report states he smelled strongly of alcohol.

Ayers’ association with the governor apparently doesn’t impress the trooper, who puts him through a field sobriety test, which he fails.

Ayers then refuses to take a breath test, so he’s arrested and put in handcuffs.

You can watch the video at the link.

This is a strange one from Raw Story: Alan Greenspan had to be convinced that he existed before meeting Ayn Rand

A friend had to convince Greenspan that he actually existed prior to a meeting with Ayn Rand in the 1950s.

Nathaniel Branden told the story about Greenspan in the BBC 2 documentary “All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace,” according to The Spectator. Part one of the three part series premiered Monday.

“You have to realize that Alan Greenspan was, and is, a brilliant mind doing brilliant things in the real world but in his 20s he is sitting with me in my apartment telling me that he cannot say with certainty that he exists, he cannot say for certain that I exist and he cannot say for certain that this conversation exists,” Branden recalled.

“That aside he’s got lots of opinions about everything… My challenge became to persuade him that he can be certain that he exists,” he explained.

Apparently, Ayn Rand didn’t like Greenspan much, but Brandon convinced her to allow him to join her group anyway. Greenspan went on to make major contributions to the destruction of the economy of the United States of America.

The U.S. Supreme Court wouldn’t help a poor young girl who was forced to cheer for her rapist, but today they ordered the state of California to release tens of thousands of convicts from state prisons because of overcrowding.

The court gave the state two years to shrink the number of prisoners by more than 33,000 and two weeks to submit a schedule for achieving that goal. The state now has 143,335 inmates, according to Cate.

Monday’s 5-4 ruling, upholding one of the largest such orders in the nation’s history, came with vivid descriptions of indecent care from the majority and outraged warnings of a “grim roster of victims” from some in the minority.

In presenting the decision, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, a Sacramento native, spoke from the bench about suicidal prisoners being held in “telephone booth-sized cages without toilets” and others, sick with cancer or in severe pain, who died before being seen by a doctor. As many as 200 prisoners may live in a gymnasium, and as many as 54 may share a single toilet, he said.

Kennedy, whose opinion was joined by his four liberal colleagues, said the state’s prisons were built to hold 80,000 inmates, but were crowded with as many 156,000 a few years ago.

If they let small-time drug users go, that would be fine with me, but I hope they continue to keep Charlie Manson, Tex Watson, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Leslie van Houten behind bars, along with other vicious murders.

I’ll end with the latest rapture news: Radio host says Rapture actually coming in October

California preacher Harold Camping said Monday his prophecy that the world would end was off by five months because Judgment Day actually will come on October 21.

Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to heaven Saturday before the Earth was destroyed, said he felt so terrible when his doomsday prediction did not come true that he left home and took refuge in a motel with his wife. His independent ministry, Family Radio International, spent millions — some of it from donations made by followers — on more than 5,000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the Judgment Day message.

But Camping said that he’s now realized the apocalypse will come five months after May 21, the original date he predicted. He had earlier said Oct. 21 was when the globe would be consumed by a fireball.

{Sigh…}

So what are you reading and blogging about today?


34 Comments on “Tuesday Reads”

  1. fiscalliberal says:

    Ayn Rand was the product of the Russian universities and she moved to the United States.

    I think it could be argued that she and Greenspan brought the capitalistic system to the ground by extolling its extreems. Neither of them were able to think through its end conclusion: the failure of the banking system. Oh by the way, Greenspan was paid to think it through.

    Some have argued that Rand was a Soviet mole to bring down the capitalist system. I would argue that she simply was a one sided theorist with little practicle experience to guide her thinking. One should ask the question- what were her credentials that supported her logic.

  2. fiscalliberal says:

    One view of Ayn Rand is presented in a book titled “Ayn Rand and the world she made” by Anne C. Heller.

    Most of Rand followers are ideologues and present only the positive view of her thinking. Heller tells a different story with details. My interpretation is she was a literature trained person writing screenplays. Her books were convincing as she sold manny.

    However as a person who raised a family and had to deal with health issues, Rand comes off as a nutty person devoid of real life issues.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Have you read that book? I wondered if it would be worth reading.

      • fiscalliberal says:

        I purchased a copy – It is a interesting read. Some salacious portions where she insists on a affair with Nathaniel Branden. Brandon’s wife and her husband kind of objected, but she dominated them and it happened. The whole thing was a cult. If you purchase the book, I would be very interested in you interpretation. Was she a free spirit or just nuts? I thought it was worth reading.

  3. Allison says:

    Ayn Rand is a fascinating subject – I had no idea Greenspan followed her. I have not read her books but have read some scathing reviews. The fact she sold a lot doesn’t mean they were actually well-written (just look at the Left Behind series).

    I’d love to see the BBC documentary – will watch out for it.

    Caught most of HBO’s Too Big to Fail last night – unfortunately missed some of the beginning. William Hurt is brilliant and so is the rest of the cast.

    • dakinikat says:

      I just go on HBO go . it’s a much easier way to watch parts of things you miss than the on demand channel. The remote drives me nuts. Too many channels and menu buttons to figure out.

    • Beata says:

      I find Greenspan’s existential crisis fascinating. Glad he got that one worked out. Lol.

  4. paper doll says:

    great round up

    California preacher Harold Camping said Monday his prophecy that the world would end was off by five months because Judgment Day actually will come on October 21.

    This man is truly shameless…but I guess that’s an occupational requirement for such snake oil salesman.

    Ayn Rand put an intellectual veneer on looting and pillaging by the powerful so naturally her ideas got “traction
    ” and followers. The ideas are bankrupt, but they aren’t meant to be real….just something to say as you steal.

    Her followers greed knows no bounds. They want to trod the morel high ground as they loot…less greedy beings would just be satisfied to loot. But they want to rape your mind as well. imo

  5. dakinikat says:

    Fuel rods may have melted in more Japanese reactors, company says

    Nuclear fuel rods in two more reactors at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan are believed to have melted during the first week of the nuclear crisis, the owner of the facility said Tuesday.

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. said a “major part” of the fuel rods in reactor No. 2 may have melted and fallen to the bottom of the pressure vessel 101 hours after the earthquake and tsunami that crippled the plant.

    The same thing happened within the first 60 hours at reactor No. 3, the company said, releasing a worst-case scenario analysis.

    The fuel is believed to be sitting at the bottom of the pressure vessel in each reactor building.

  6. dakinikat says:

    Steve Benen
    It’s refreshing the right is candid about its agenda – House GOPer argues Medicare shouldn’t exist http://bit.ly/lFXpzJ

    • gregoryp says:

      What is it with these people? Do they not understand what will happen to the elderly of this country if they have no health coverage? These guys are just sick. They are against everything.

      They hate Kevorkian and assisted suicide yet they want to enact policies that would literally result in the premature and agonizing death of millions of elderly or disabled. Sometimes, I wonder if these folks would enact mandatory euthanasia for everybody reaching a certain age while maintaining an income below a certain threshold. I know they really wouldn’t do it but only because they want the downtrodden to suffer.

      • paper doll says:

        sure they know. They just don’t care

        …. they want the downtrodden to suffer.

        I’d say you are on to something there. The Kevorkian way is too quick and painless in their view….it’s way more fun this way.

    • Beata says:

      What about all the seniors in nursing homes, like my mother, who depend on Medicaid and Medicare? Even seniors who “plan well” are likely to wind up dependent on these programs if they live long enough. Maybe we can ship them to Alaska and shove them out on ice floes.

  7. dakinikat says:

    TheFix The Fix
    New CNN/WMUR New Hampshire #’s: Romney 32%, Paul 9%, Gingrich 6%, Giuliani 6%, Palin 5%. http://ow.ly/51Ia9

    • bostonboomer says:

      Romney is doing really badly, considering it’s New Hampshire and they always vote for New England candidates. I’d say his presidential bid is already dead.

      • okasha says:

        I think it’s going to be Jeb, riding in on a white horse at the last minute to rescue the GOP from its otherwise freakazoid primary lineup.

    • Delphyne says:

      That is simply cruel.

      • Beata says:

        Any chance Cantor could lose his seat in 2012? I wonder how popular he is in his district?

      • gregoryp says:

        Beata lets hope his constituents are actually paying attention to his nonsense. That seems to be the biggest problem with our democracy. People not paying attention and willing to vote for really bad people just because they supposedly have the same political ideology. But you get what you deserve when you vote for snakes.

      • Beata says:

        Gregoryp, it’s the “what’s the matter with Kansas?” problem. People vote against their own self-interests. What will it take to wake them up?

    • fiscalliberal says:

      I think the Democratic Strategy is to let these guy’s keep on talking so the electorate knows what they are voting for.

      We shall see if the MSM picks this up tonight

    • Branjor says:

      They are so sick, using a natural disaster to advance their creepy agenda. That ought to be against the law.

  8. Beata says:

    Mitch Daniels sited “family issues” as the reason he decided not to run. He has been my governor now for two terms. I had no idea that he and his wife, Cheri, divorced in 1994, she moved to California and married another man, divorced him, moved back to Indiana in 1997, and remarried Mitch. While Cheri was in California, the Daniels’ four daughters stayed in Indiana with Mitch. I make no judgments about this. I really couldn’t care less. But it amazes me that no one I have talked to in Indiana knew anything about the Daniels’ marriage saga. I certainly didn’t. All of a sudden, when he made plans to run for POTUS, it came out. It’s rather bizarre.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/55459.html

    • Beata says:

      BB, did your family in Indiana know about this?

      BTW, the Politico article says the Daniels divorced in 1993. I have read in other sources that it was 1994. Who knows??? Yeah, and who cares, right? 🙂

    • paper doll says:

      These guys are being picked off within hours of declaring…I see in the news Tim P pardoned a child molester…..didn’t he JUST declare ? As you say, who knew Daniels had a family saga…before he declared. The clowns can’t get any love and actual politicians like Chris Christie are running for their lives. It’s very interesting. The field is being kept very clear for Obama or Jeb…but for someone.

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        Horton’s ghost haunts GOP field – seattlepi.com

        Pawlenty’s pardon problem involves Jeremy Geifer, who had been convicted in a statutory rape case involving a 14-year-old girl he later married. Geifer had been described by everyone in his life as a model of reform, which eventually led to a 2008 pardon by a three-person board led by Pawlenty.

        But late last year, Geifer was accused of sexually assaulting another underage girl more than 250 times. Pawlenty moved swiftly, asking for a probe into whether Geifer lied on his pardon application and pushing to close down a day care run by his wife.

        BTW that underage girl was Geifer’s own daughter.

  9. CinSC says:

    I had an interesting polling phone call last night. The pollster was in Long Island, but the questions were all about offshore drilling on the coast of South Carolina. I am strongly opposed, but the way they worded the questions, it was all about how drilling will create jobs and state revenue, not the potential environmental mess. Have the feeling DeMint was behind the poll. I really hope the whole idea dies.

    • paper doll says:

      My governor in PA is about to slash so much from education that some areas will do away with kindergarten altogether . Class sizes will explode and campus will close…his answer is : schools should drillfor oil on thier land to offset the cuts…..he already leased state parks for this purpose..otherwise they don’t get funds

      • CinSC says:

        Wow. Unbelievable. And in this fantasy if they did hit oil, I’m sure they’d be able to keep all that cash.

    • Peggy Sue says:

      I think these Republicans are shameless. They don’t like Warren [because, hey she’s actually proven herself ethical] and they hate the very idea of a Consumer Protection Agency [doesn’t fall under the purview of protect and swear fealty to the financial services industry].

      Anything that comes close to tilting the table [even in small measure] in favor of the public is immediately savaged. And rude doesn’t even come close to the behavior in that hearing.

      Shameless!

  10. Branjor says:

    Re girl forced to cheer for rapist by Supreme Court – they didn’t say what kind of cheer, did they? She should give him a great big Bronx cheer.
    What an outrageous ruling