Quick Evening News Reads

Good Afternoon…

I’ve got a doctor’s appointment this afternoon, so I am just posting a few links for you…when I get back later tonight I’ll post a real evening news post, because there are a few of things that you may have missed.

Cruelty in today’s society, it makes me think of Dickens when I read about something like this:

Time Warner Customer Service Rep Told to Stop Giving CPR to Dying Co-Worker and Get Back to Work | Video Cafe

Boss Told Me To Stop Giving Dying Co-Worker CPR, Says Service Rep:

Last month, a Time Warner Cable customer service rep died at her desk. After any unexpected death, people searched for answers, explanations, someone to blame. But in this case, there may have actually been something foul afoot. A local news station reports that after a co-worker began giving CPR to 67-year-old Julia Nelson, a supervisor allegedly told her to stop and “get back on the phone and take care of customers.”

Nelson slumped at her desk at the Time Warner Call Center in Garfield Heights, Ohio, and wasn’t breathing by the time paramedics arrived. But before that happened, a co-worker rushed over and began administering CPR, the woman told WOIO, only to be asked to stop. Employees at the scene have confirmed this report.

Read the rest at the link, the incident is being investigated, I feel so sorry for Julia Nelson’s family…

Politico is reporting that nearly 200 companies are lobbying the Super Committee.

THE NEW GUCCI GULCH: 200 LOBBYISTS REGISTER ON SUPERCOMMITTEE — “In just six weeks, nearly 200 companies and special interests have reported that they’re lobbying the 12-member supercommittee. It’s a stunning ratio of lobbyists to lawmakers but makes sense when you consider the high stakes faced by interests ranging from the health care industry to Native American tribes. The groups fear the supercommittee will find $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction before Thanksgiving by cutting their funding or raising their taxes,” Anna Palmer and Fast Break report for the hometown paper. “The scale of the effort, tabulated by POLITICO in a review of recent federal filings, suggests that companies are taking the committee seriously and hoping to blunt whatever comes their way, even as hopes fade on Capitol Hill for a major deal. ‘There isn’t much of an upside here in terms of what we’re doing. … It’s not like they are looking at ways to improve anything,’ said Rick Pollack, a lobbyist for the American Hospital Association. ‘They are just looking at ways to chop.'”

And did hell just freeze over?

It’s Agreed: We Need Infrastructure Investment To Bring Jobs | Crooks and Liars

You know things are bad in this country when you have Tom Donohue, President of the US Chamber of Commerce, and Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO agreeing with one another. And when you have that kind of agreement, that means something so inarguable, so unassailable that to take a differing stance would forever paint you as an unserious idiot, unworthy of any attention.

And Tom Donohue, despite his treading on ethical and legal edges in his GOP pandering and international campaign money laundering, is no idiot. Despite all of his wailing and whinging over the deficit just a few short months ago, Donohue is fully on board the “let’s get jobs” wagon.

And where do we get these jobs? Infrastructure.

What are you finding in today’s newspapers and websites?


10 Comments on “Quick Evening News Reads”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    That boss at Time Warner should be charged with negligent homicide!

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    Hey, now I know hell has frozen over…Pat Robertson GOP Base | Pat Robertson Herman Cain | Video | Mediaite

    Televangelist and mogul Pat Robertson — a man whose name is practically synonymous with the Religious Right — likely took 700 Club viewers by surprise today when he opined that the Republican base is losing support by “pushing” what he described as “an extreme position.”

    He is talking about the general election…that the batshit crazy ass GOP religious right extremist isn’t going to float in a general election.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      In connection with this: Yes, The GOP Just Might Nominate A Candidate Patently Unqualified To Be President | The New Republic (I know it is the new republic, but if you are not too repulsed check it out…)

      Herman Cain’s recent stumbles over substantive issues have a way of making Rick Perry seem like the Stephen Hawking of politics.
      […]
      This is how presidential vetting traditionally works. The press pack pounces on the logical fallacies in a candidate’s positions and the shakiness of his resume. Party elites and top fundraisers then decide, if they have not already, that any candidate subjected to this kind of non-ideological media assault is unelectable. And eventually voters—especially when the calendar moves beyond activist-dominated Iowa—get the message that they are trying to elect a president and not merely thumbing their noses at the establishment.

      As a result, neither party has nominated a patently unqualified candidate for president in more than a century. But ever since voters in primaries and caucuses replaced party bosses at the center of the nominating process, there has always been a theoretical risk that the unofficial vetting system could break down. And this year, in particular, there’s a substantial case to be made that all bets and vets are off.
      […]
      Despite the latest flap over abortion, it does not take a huge leap to imagine Cain winning in Iowa, where he leads in the latest statewide poll. A follow-up victory for Cain in the South Carolina primary would also be conceivable. After that, starting with the Florida primary at the end of January, voters will mostly judge the candidates based on their performances on television screens. And make no mistake—Cain is a great performer.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Excuse me, but both Bush and Obama were patently unqualified.

        • Minkoff Minx says:

          I agree with both of you…completely! It was just a link in the same tone as Pat Robertson…I think even some of the wacko GOP extremist are spreading the word about electability. Almost like saying, yes we know we want crazy…but you gotta be sure you don’t nominate a total crazy.

      • ralphb says:

        Yes, but compared to Cain? That’s a completely different level of unqualified.

    • quixote says:

      Pat Robertson? Pat Robertson? Pat-effing-Robertson?

      /*Thud. Hits ground, unconscious.*/