SDB Evening News Reads for 091311: It’s too hot to fish…but it ain’t too hot to fry!

Good evening…

I’m writing this post a bit early today, my son was in the ER this morning…with a concussion. (Yes…he got it at football practice…yes Dak, you can say “I told you so!”) He was acting strange last night, but he did not give us the full story until this morning.  I thought it was just dehydration…nope…and why does the extra point and field goal kicker have to be doing Oklahoma tackle practice. Ugh…

Here are a few links for you this evening. I will be AWOL, taking care of the Boy,  so please be sure to post links that update any stories you see on the news.

Militants Attack U.S. Embassy in Kabul – NYTimes.com

Insurgents launched a complex assault against the American Embassy and the nearby NATO headquarters on Tuesday, pelting the heavily guarded compounds with rockets in an attack that raised new questions about the security of Afghanistan’s capital and the Westerners working there.

At least 10 explosions — apparently from rockets launched by militants — and waves of automatic weapons fire were reported amid the drone of sirens and English-language warnings telling Americans inside the embassy to take cover.

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said that two attackers had been killed, as had one policeman. At about 4 p.m. local time, three attackers were believed to be still fighting. Kerri Hannan, a spokeswoman for the American Embassy, said that no embassy personnel had been hurt.

Well the gyro is hitting the fan: Greece Has 98% Chance of Default on Euro-Region Sovereign Woes – Bloomberg

Greece has a 98 percent chance of defaulting on its debt in the next five years as Prime Minister George Papandreou fails to reassure investors his country can survive the euro-region crisis.

“Everyone’s pricing in a pretty near-term default and I think it’ll be a hard event,” said Peter Tchir, founder of hedge fund TF Market Advisors in New York. “Clearly this austerity plan is not working.

No shit!

Obama Team Backed $535 Million Solyndra Aid as Auditor Warned on Finances – Bloomberg

Two months before Obama’s visit, accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP warned that Solyndra, the recipient of $535 million in federal loan guarantees, had financial troubles deep enough to “raise substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern.”

The Obama administration stood by Solyndra through the auditor’s warning, the abandonment of a planned initial public offering and a last-ditch refinancing where taxpayers took a back seat to new investors. That unwavering commitment has come under increasing scrutiny since the company’s travails culminated in its filing for bankruptcy protection on Sept. 6 and a raid on its headquarters by the Federal Bureau of Investigation two days later.

“People including our government put blinders on and did not want to believe in the obvious,” Jonathan Dorsheimer, an analyst in Boston for Canaccord Genuity Inc. of Vancouver, said in an interview with Bloomberg Government. “The fact that the government chose Solyndra as their white horse is mind- boggling.”

Today marks a special day, the Anniversary of the day we forgot about the day we said we would never forget…Jon Stewart 9/13 Special | The Daily Show on 9/11 Coverage | Video | Mediaite

Last night Jon Stewart took aim at both the cynical and maudlin remembrances via a new Daily Show special focused on 9/13, or the day we forgot lessons we’d sworn never to forget.

In the week’s leading up to this memorial, nearly every single media outlet unleashed its very own advertiser-friendly tribute filled with haunting images and maudlin music. Some brave commentators pointed out how the cottage industry of 9/11 nostalgia seemed creepy, while others drew fire for calling it an “Occasion of Shame.”

Stewart’s deftly criticized the coverage of the emotional chapter in American history by editing together a series of the most absurd examples of both vitriolic rhetoric and inappropriate commercialization of 9/11, intercut with Daily Show contributors offering their own personal insights/jokes. Its hard not to watch the video and not think that the recent dust-up over Paul Krugman‘s blog post pales in comparison to the 9/11 branded Chardonnay and Merlot, that once earned promotion on Fox and Friends .

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Here is the transcript for you from the “700 Club” via the Right Wing Watch:

JERRY FALWELL: This is the first time that we’ve been attacked on our soil and by far the worst results. And I fear, as Donald Rumsfeld, the Secretary of Defense, said yesterday, that this is only the beginning. And with biological warfare available to these monsters – the Husseins, the Bin Ladens, the Arafats–what we saw on Tuesday, as terrible as it is, could be minuscule if, in fact–if, in fact–God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve.

PAT ROBERTSON: Jerry, that’s my feeling. I think we’ve just seen the antechamber to terror. We haven’t even begun to see what they can do to the major population.

JERRY FALWELL: The ACLU’s got to take a lot of blame for this.

PAT ROBERTSON: Well, yes.

JERRY FALWELL: And, I know that I’ll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way–all of them who have tried to secularize America–I point the finger in their face and say “you helped this happen.”

PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I totally concur.

When Jerry Falwell died, in my Hometown of Banjoville, the Post Office and County Courthouse (and of course all the churches) flew the flag at half-staff.

Nice innit?

But then Georgia is such a caring and considerate state…Georgia Set to Execute Troy Davis Sept. 21 | News | BET

John Lewis, Hank Johnson and Sanford Bishop seek clemency for Troy Davis | Political Insider

The Georgia members of Congress have asked the state Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant clemency for Troy Davis, who is scheduled to face execution next week the 1989 killing of off-duty Savannah Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail.

Hank Johnson of Decatur, John Lewis and David Scott of Atlanta, and Sanford Bishop of Albany, all Democrats, put their signatures to the letter that can be read here. A total of four dozen members of Congress signed.

Among the letter’s points:

“It is clear now that the doubts plaguing Davis’s case can never be adequately addressed; the lack of hard scientific or relevant physical evidence has made it impossible to resolve with any degree of certainty.

“Over the last four years, the inability of our courts to resolve these uncertainties has shaken public confidence in our judicial system, and an execution under such a cloud of doubt would do nothing but further undermine that confidence. Public faith in the integrity of justice in Georgia is at stake and it is for this reason that we urge you to grant clemency for Troy Davis.”

Many others have argued for a commutation of Davis’s death sentence, including former President Jimmy Carter.

Worth noting is the absence of a signature from one Georgia Democrat — John Barrow — on the letter mentioned above.

So to give you a sample of some of that small town Georgia flavor, I want to share this from Colbert.

As this story on old fashioned reporting shows…some newspapers, like the Athens Banner-Herald in Oconee County Georgia, still pound the street in search of that next big scoop.  And boy, do they got themselves a doosey here… enjoy!

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It’s too hot to fish…

If you get a chance check out this other bit from last nights Colbert, it’s a hoot. I gotta get me some of that 9/11 Remembrance Sushi Roll…mmm…

I also want to color that page in the 9/11 kids coloring book, that proudly displays the bullet that killed Bin Laden as he cowers behind one of his wives.

Coloring Book

A page from the controversial coloring book graphic novel “We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom,” published by Wayne Bell of St. Louis, Mo.-based Really Big Coloring Books.

Do you all see the bullet? Geez!

I will try to check in later today, see ya!


11 Comments on “SDB Evening News Reads for 091311: It’s too hot to fish…but it ain’t too hot to fry!”

  1. Pat Johnson says:

    Can we “throw out” Pat Robertson too? Or is that sacreligious to suggest?

    Talk about Fruit Loops!

  2. dakinikat says:

    Sorry to hear about your son. They were showing a new helmet on local TV news the other day that’s supposed to help better. I can’t remember the name of it, but you may want to buy one for him to at least wear at practice.

    yup, I’m not a big fan of contact sports

  3. dakinikat says:

    Ten years ago today when Jerry forget Pearl Harbor ..

    the Pat and Jerry crazy hour!!!

    It’s the video version of your quote up there!!!

  4. dakinikat says:

    another research project showing what we’ve been saying for long time … it seems basic economic theory is still right…

    IMF: Austerity boosts unemployment, lowers paychecks

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/imf-austerity-boosts-unemployment-lowers-paychecks/2011/09/12/gIQAl5ebPK_blog.html

    It’s from Brad Plumer.

  5. Minkoff Minx says:

    The Boy is taking another nap, so just popping in…

    A bit OT:

    Anyone know anything about Ellenwood, GA? It is around Stockbridge, GA.

  6. paper doll says:

    sorry about your son. That’s number one…. you, as Mom, I’m sure will keep track. Will he get to sit out the tackle stuff for awhile….

  7. Peggy Sue says:

    Take care of your baby boy, Minx [no matter the age we always worry]. Any kind of hit to the head can be scary.

    Thanks for the vids. Really funny. A tonic of sorts to Falwell/Robertson craziness, which unfortunately is still with us. Falwell has simply been replaced by other loons posing as dedicated Christians, the kind that approve of war but hate anyone that doesn’t fit within their narrow definition of ‘acceptable.’ I remember when Falwell came out with the statement. Ghastly.

    The coloring book page is outrageous.