Monday Evening News: Just when you think things are going well…

…you find out that it is all a joke, you are just as bad off as you were before.

I won’t say good evening, because I don’t want to even write something pleasant. My husband got some bad news today. Something he did not expect, neither did we. The powers that be don’t even have the balls to tell him to his face. And there is nothing he can do…it is enough to make me run out into the street screaming.

I also have a bad migraine, so this is going to be a quick post. With little comment.

Just take a look at this headline:

Norquist: Romney Will Do As Told—David Frum – The Daily Beast

The most quoted speech at CPAC this year was Mitt Romney’s, but my vote for the most significant goes to Grover Norquist’s. In his charmingly blunt way, Norquist articulated out loud a case for Mitt Romney that you hear only whispered by other major conservative leaders.

They have reconciled themselves to a Romney candidacy because they see Romney as essentially a weak and passive president who will concede leadership to congressional conservatives:

All we have to do is replace Obama. …  We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate.

The requirement for president?

Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.

This is not a very complimentary assessment of Romney’s leadership. It’s also not a very realistic political program: congressional Republicans have a disapproval rating of about 75%. If Americans get the idea that a vote for Romney is a vote for the Ryan plan, Romney is more or less doomed.

To date, sad to say, Romney has worked hard to confirm this image of weakness.

Right now I don’t much care about anything anyone says anymore.

Over in LA: Miramonte teacher was paid $40,000 to drop firing challenge –

The Los Angeles Unified School District paid Mark Berndt, the teacher at the center of the Miramonte Elementary child abuse scandal, $40,000 to drop the challenge to his dismissal last year.

The payout consisted of four months of back salary plus reimbursement for the cost of health benefits. Berndt was fired by the Board of Education in February 2011 after officials learned that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was investigating him for alleged lewd acts against students. He was arrested last week.

The firing took Berndt off the district payroll. But he fought to keep his job through an appeal process that lasted until he settled with the school system and resigned in June.

The settlement with Berndt came in the face of a dilemma, said L.A. Unified general counsel David Holmquist. A hearing on the dismissal was pending and the district didn’t have evidence to justify the firing because the Sheriff’s Department investigation was ongoing.

“We were told we could not do any investigation” to avoid interfering with a law enforcement probe, said Holmquist. “We didn’t have any evidence, and we couldn’t put on any witnesses. We didn’t have anything to successfully defend a challenge.”

Berndt was charged last week with 23 counts of lewd conduct against children; another teacher, Martin Springer, was charged this week with three counts of lewd conduct. Berndt is alleged to have taken photographs of blindfolded children being spoon-fed his semen. Springer is accused of fondling a girl in his class. The Berndt and Springer cases are believed to be unrelated.

And then there is this: Whitney Houston album price hike sparks controversy | Music |

(Can you see a trend here?)

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston: album price rose after the singer’s death. Photograph: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Sony Music has come under fire after it increased the price of a Whitney Houston album on Apple’s iTunes Store hours after the singer was found dead.

The music giant is understood to have lifted the wholesale price of Houston’s greatest hits album, The Ultimate Collection, at about 4am California time on Sunday. This meant that the iTunes retail price of the album automatically increased from £4.99 to £7.99.

Houston’s The Ultimate Collection, originally released in 1997, was the second top-selling album on iTunes on Monday morning. Apple returned the album to its original price late on Sunday.

Music fans described the move as a cynical attempt to capitalise on Houston’s in-demand greatest hits records. The price hike came as tributes flooded in for the singer, whose catalogue includes hits such as I Wanna Dance With Somebody and I Will Always Love You. Houston was found dead in her Los Angeles hotel room on Saturday afternoon, local time, at the age of 48.

Didn’t the record companies do the same thing when Michael Jackson died?

This is the last link for you tonight: BBC News – Cat lover jailed for trying to run down dog walkers

A cat lover who repeatedly tried to run down two dog walkers has been jailed for five years.

Kerry Barlow from Llangwnadl, Pwllheli, believed her cat had been attacked by a dog owned by one of her victims.

Mold Crown Court heard she “completely lost it” and drove her Ford Fiesta at Denise Roberts, 52, and daughter Donna, 29, four times in a country lane.

During sentencing, Barlow, 48, was told if one of her victims had been killed she would be facing life in prison.

Barlow, who turned her Pen-yr-Orsedd home in to an animal sanctuary, complained to North Wales Police but took out a complaint against the force when no action was taken.

You were fed up with them, you were fed up with the police who you thought were not taking you seriously, and simply decided to take the law into your own hands”

Judge Philip Hughes

When Mrs Roberts and her daughter walked past her home with their dogs, Barlow believed her cat had again been chased, so she followed them in her car up the road before driving at the pair, the court heard.

At one point, when Mrs Roberts lay dazed and injured in the road, her daughter pulled her out of the way as Barlow’s car sped towards them.

In another attack, Mrs Roberts tried to escape by climbing over a gate and in to a farmer’s field but she was hurled in to the field when Barlow rammed her car in to the gate.

Right now I could probably run over some executives and managers in their little blue vest…what could possibly go wrong?


Oh, and by the way, Charlie Pierce has been busy today, there are like 5 new post up…the reason I mention it, is because when you are in a bad sad mood, reading his blog is really a treat.

Daily Politics Blog – Charles P. Pierce – Political Blogging – Esquire


37 Comments on “Monday Evening News: Just when you think things are going well…”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Wow. Norquist said all that out loud? I wonder how Romney likes being a eunuch?

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Minx, I’m so sorry about your bad news. You deserve the very best. Things will work out for you eventually. I just know it.

  3. Outis says:

    Sorry to hear there is bad news in your house. Sending good thoughts to banjoland.

  4. Minkoff Minx says:

    Hey, Mr. Pitt died:

    Ian Abercrombie: Character actor best known in ‘Seinfeld’ – Obituaries – News – The Independent

    From Essex to Hollywood – such was the trajectory of Ian Abercrombie. In spite of an acting career that included CGI animation, video games and online gaming services, he often seemed like a throwback. Had he been born some decades earlier he would have fitted comfortably into the Hollywood Raj of exiled British actors.

    Never commanding leading parts, he was repeatedly cast in what Americans seem to think their audiences see as typically British – butlers (constantly), snobbish head waiters and characters called Nigel. Stocky in build and bald, speaking in what Americans term a “clipped” accent, he owned an impressively jowled face that seemed composed of subtle signs of disapproval. A visual trademark was the widening of his blue eyes, in alarm or bewilderment. The critically lauded sitcom Seinfeld (1990-98) gave him his most recognised role.

    And in other Whitney Houston news…Pharmacy used by Michael Jackson may have supplied Whitney Houston with pills – Americas – World – The Independent

  5. NW Luna says:

    Ouch. Minx, sorry to hear about bad news.

  6. Pat Johnson says:

    The NJ legislature just passed the same sex marriage law and Gov. Tuboflard Christie is refusing to sign it. Feels that it should be placed as a referendum on the ballot instead.

    NJ may want to consider including another referendum that disallows “large” people who take up the space of 2 people refrain from running for public office since overindulged lardasses send out a poor message to the children who must be protected from the gays.

    Chances are he would “lose” on that one.

  7. ralphb says:

    We gotta start hiring better cops in this country.

    “Cops Shoots Unarmed Woman Motorist To Death For Rolling Up Her Car Window”

    • bostonboomer says:


    • northwestrain says:

      WE can be sure that the murdering cop is lying. Sort of like the Walmart rent a cop who pulled a gun on a very pregnant woman for having too many items for the limit of the line.

      Too many cops going freaking nuts. There are a lot of rouge cops out there — and they seem to be passed on from cop shop to cop shop. The bad ones make all cops look bad. Another example of the militarized police force. I realize that there are decent honest cops out there — but unless the cops clean out the rotten apples — they all look bad.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Oh and since some of you are still awake…check this out: Vatican Sex Abuse Case Dropped: Jeffrey Anderson, Prominent Lawyer Dropped Lawsuit, Vatican Welcomed Decision

      Documents published by The New York Times in March 2010 showed that, in 1998, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — led by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Benedict XVI — refused to defrock Murphy despite requests from U.S. bishops involved in the case.

      The Vatican’s top spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, explained at the time that the Vatican had taken into account Murphy’s old age and ill health.

      Anderson had argued that the documents demonstrated that the Vatican’s leadership had direct responsibility in protecting abusive priests. His suit had named Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, and his predecessor, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, as co-defendants in the case with Benedict.

      Lena said “the Holy See is not responsible for the supervision of the more than 400,000 priests around the world.” The Vatican declined to add further comment on the case, referring to Lena’s statement.

      No they just are not responsible for their priest, but they sure as hell are holding themselves responsible for your uterus. Hypocrite Assholes.

      • NW Luna says:

        Oh, break my heart about the poor guy with his “old age and ill health.” (snark obvious)

        WTF? What about the victims? What about the trusting and vulnerable? The hypocrisy burns.

  8. Pat Johnson says:

    You know we could solve this contraception problem with an easy solution that might also help out in creating those “jobs”.

    Chastity belts.

    The insurance companies would only be asked to cover damage due to rust and the possible key loss. It also provides work in the iron industry by bringing back blacksmiths.

    Think of what Martha Stewart can come up with in the design department not to mention the excitement in Fashion Week as the models strut their stuff.

    A “win, win” all around with the blessing of the Catholic Church who more than likely have a few set aside from the last “chastity belt” eruption during the 12th century.

    “I’m Rick Santorum and I approve this ad”.

    • ralphb says:

      🙂 funny but too close to some truth

      • Pat Johnson says:

        ralph, you asked me a few threads back had I read “The Litigators”. I did and I loved it, finished it in two days. Grisham can write!

        “Defending Jacob” is fantastic and I also just finished “We Need to Talk About Kevin” which is excellent.

        Am now reading an expose on Scientology and let me tell you, the Hubbard was just plain insane.

        How anyone could join that cult is beyond comprehension since entry alone is based more on money than any “spiritual” claim. Yet they also enjoy tax free status.


      • ralphb says:

        I started reading “Defending Jacob” today and am already really interested in where it’s going. That’s a good sign.

        I’ve always heard that about Hubbard. He was a lunatic con man who started a religion because that’s where the real money was. Joining up makes you a little nuts to begin with.

  9. ralphb says:

    Town Hall on fatal police shooting

    Depending on what the grand jury does, these Austin cops may not get away with their killing.