SDB Evening News Reads for 060311: Better Late than Never

Whoops, I dozed off and next thing I know…it is 7:15!  So, here are your evening news reads.

John Edwards has been indicted…After meteoric rise, Edwards takes a fall like few others – Politics Wires –

The rise of Johnny Reid Edwards from mill worker’s son to vice presidential candidate can be measured only against the stunning plummet that culminated Friday with a criminal indictment, which accuses Edwards of using trickery, deception and a pair of wealthy benefactors to hide his affair and love child from American voters.


…he was undone by his own foibles — and by a blonde campaign hanger-on who had his child and whom he allegedly allowed supporters to pay vast sums of hush money to in order to maintain his family-man image. All this, of course, while his wife was dying of cancer.

“He’s a man of enormous talents, and to see him throw it all away based on a series of decisions he made two to three years ago, it’s sad at that level,” said Joe Sinsheimer, a former Democratic political consultant and political watchdog in Raleigh, N.C. “He’s thrown away his reputation, his legal career and his political career.”

Take a look at the link there is a list of his bad deeds…that reads like an Enquirer front page…Oh yeah, they did break the story didn’t they?

I hated the nickname Dr. Death…So sad how he lived his last few years…in jail. ‘Dr Death’ Jack Kevorkian, advocate of assisted suicide, dies in hospital | World news | The Guardian

Jack Kevorkian, better known as ‘Dr Death’, has died aged 83 in hospital in Detroit. Photograph: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Jack Kevorkian, the pathologist known as Dr Death who claimed to have helped 130 people commit suicide when terminally ill, died on Friday in Detroit. He was 83 and had been in hospital since last month with pneumonia.

Kevorkian’s rise to fame, or infamy, in the 1990s led to a national debate in the United States on assisted suicide. He built a suicide machine, known as the Mercitron or Thanatron, which he operated out of a Volkswagen van to inject a lethal drug dose for people who sought his help in dying.

So Wisconsin waited till Friday to drop the other shoe…Wis. budget panel targets police, fire benefits –

Wisconsin’s Republican lawmakers re-opened the fight over collective bargaining rights Friday, proposing new police and firefighters pay more for their health insurance and pension benefits.

  • A protester is removed from a meeting of the Joint Committee on Finance at the state Capitol on Friday in Madison, Wis.A protester is removed from a meeting of the Joint Committee on Finance at the state Capitol on Friday in Madison, Wis.

A protester is removed from a meeting of the Joint Committee on Finance at the state Capitol on Friday in Madison, Wis.

The change, approved by the Republican-controlled budget committee on an 11-4 party line vote, would force some police and firefighters to make the same contributions toward their benefits as other public workers under a bill pushed by Gov. Scott Walker and passed by the Legislature in March.

Which makes this announcement by Wisconsin Democrats all the more interesting.

Wisconsin Dems to announce that they will try to recall Scott Walker – The Plum Line – The Washington Post

There’s a long way to go, and the goal seems like a very tough one to reach, but Wisconsin Democrats are set to go for it: They will announce at their annual convention later today that they intend to launch an effort to recall the ultimate target — Scott Walker himself.

And lastly, what is it with these people and their horrible knowledge of history.

Sarah Palin’s History Lesson: Paul Revere Warned The British | ThinkProgress

Seemingly moved by the historic importance of Boston, Palin decided to recognize the city’s own Paul Revere and his famous “Midnight Ride” in which he hung two lanterns and rode to Lexington to warn Patriot leaders that the British army was arriving “by sea.” Palin, however, offered her own take on the revolutionary tale:

PALIN: He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free and we were going to be armed.

What are you finding in the news tonight! Lay it on me and I will try to stay awake!

6 Comments on “SDB Evening News Reads for 060311: Better Late than Never”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Okay, I know it is a Weekly Standard Link, but it is interesting:

    Half of Last Month’s New Jobs Came from a Single Employer — McDonald’s | The Weekly Standard

    According to the unemployment data released this morning, the economy added only 54,000 jobs, pushing the unemployment rate up to 9.1 percent. However, this report from MarketWatch suggests data is much worse than that:

    McDonald’s ran a big hiring day on April 19 — after the Labor Department’s April survey for the payrolls report was conducted — in which 62,000 jobs were added. That’s not a net number, of course, and seasonal adjustment will reduce the Hamburglar impact on payrolls. (In simpler terms — restaurants always staff up for the summer; the Labor Department makes allowance for this effect.) Morgan Stanley estimates McDonald’s hiring will boost the overall number by 25,000 to 30,000. The Labor Department won’t detail an exact McDonald’s figure — they won’t identify any company they survey — but there will be data in the report to give a rough estimate.

    If Morgan Stanley is correct, about half of last month’s job growth came from the venerable fast-food chain. That is hardly the sign of a healthy economy.

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    So jasmine tea has gotten hard to find because of the ban in China? Now it looks like Japanese tea is also going to get tough to find:

    Japan: green tea exports banned due to high radiation levels – Telegraph

    The authorities discovered around 570 becquerels of caesium per kilogram in leaves grown in the city of Minamiashigara – compared to the legal limit of 500 – and started a recall of tea products.

    Tea leaves are the latest agricultural products in Japan to be affected by problems surrounding the still-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

  3. jillforhill says:

    I loved that Wolf Blitzer kept replaying Edwards endorsing Obama and the media saying how wonderful this was for Obama. HA HA HA

  4. Seriously says:

    For one, Revere didn’t warn the British were out to take anyone’s arms, as he didn’t yell out “the British are coming!”, as the myth goes. He had to be quiet to not let the British know that he knew (sorry, but no bells either) they were coming– to seize weapons stores, actually– and history notes that his warning was likely something far less epic-sounding, like “the Regulars are coming.”

    Okay, could Frances Martel BE any more incoherent? Because he didn’t
    yell “The British are coming,” he didn’t warn anyone that the British were
    on the way to seize our munitions? Um, pretty sure, there, Frances, when he relayed the message that “The regulars are coming out!” everybody
    understood the import of that. The point of getting out a message isn’t
    really to speak in code and confuse everybody for the hell of it. It scares
    me that she’s actually aware of the importance of the munitions stores in
    Concord and yet somehow can’t make that connection. She totally should’ve gone with “ZOMG Palin actually thinks Revere warned the British,” because while everyone knows that’s not what Palin meant, at
    least that would’ve been semi-coherent.