Sunday Reads: Missiles, Boehners, Blood Suckers and SNAP

Good Morning!

This is Sunday, April 29th…the last Sunday in April. What a whirlwind of a month!

Today is also my mother’s birthday, so if you would just let me take a moment to say, “Happy Birthday Ma!”

I have lots of links for you this morning, some are serious…some are funny…and some are just ridiculous!

We will go ahead and get the serious ones out-of-the-way first. Yesterday was the big White House Correspondents Dinner, here are some choice bits for you to check out…it looks like it was a good one.

President Obama on Palin: What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? ‘A pit bull is delicious’

Now that is a funny joke…if you would like to see Obama’s stand-up in full:

One from The Associated Press: Romney, Secret Service, GOP: Obama mocks them all

Another from CNN: TRENDING: 2012 race makes fodder for Obama, Kimmel

And one last link for you about the WHCD: Lindsay Lohan Would Rather Take a Nap than Meet the President. The only reason I mention this Jezebel article is because it gives me the opportunity to say that Lindsay Lohan should not play Elizabeth Taylor! That’s for dang sure!

From Addicting Info, two links:

Rape Away The Gay? Radio Personality Tells Father To Get A Man To Rape His Daughter Until She Turns Straight

A radio personality in Cleveland is facing tremendous backlash after telling a father that he should get one of his male friends to rape his daughter to force her to turn straight.

In response to an email from a father who suspected his daughter was gay after discovering her kissing another girl, DJ Dominic Deiter declared on the air that “You should get one of your friends to screw your daughter straight.”

You read that correctly. An apparently anti-gay radio personality told a father that he should arrange for his daughter to be raped repeatedly until she magically turns straight.

And what radio network is responsible for such a revolting disc jockey? Take a guess…

After the disgusting remark, GLAAD received multiple reports about the incident, which was said during ‘Rover’s Morning Glory’ radio program that airs on WWMS 100.7 FM radio station on Clear Channel Communications, which includes radio shows hosted by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and several other right-wing radio shows. Clear Channel is also owned primarily by Bain Capital, the company that Mitt Romney began and is still involved with.

Yup, it makes me think of the perfect response…

The other link from Addicting Info, I will not post the photo, but if you click the link you can see it. Warning…it is graphic. Native American Blind Man Mutilated By Staff At Rapid City Hospital

As a country we have been mesmerized, sickened and disgusted by the shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. All eyes have been on this hate crime and emotions on both sides of the issue have run high.

But there are other stories out there, not so well publicized by the mainstream media. The most recent to come to light is the shocking mutilation of a 68-year-old blind man. His crime, it seems, is being a Native American living in South Dakota.

Vernon Traversie, a Lakota elder, suffered a heart attack last August and was taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital for emergency surgery. Upon his return home after a two-week stay, he found that three Ks had been carved or burned into his abdomen.

I know that was difficult to read, but I felt I should bring it to your attention. More information about this hateful mutilation at the link.

More news reads after the jump:

Let’s take a gander at some world news, I will give you the first few paragraphs from each of the four links.

From London:

Missiles could be stationed on rooftops during London Olympics

The Army could potentially station soldiers and high velocity surface-to-air missiles on top of a block of residential flats to ward off any airborne terror threats during the Olympics.

Residents in the private, gated flats in Bow, east London, have received a leaflet warning them that a team of 10 soldiers and police will be stationed at the building – home to 700 people – for the duration of the Games.

From China:

Blind dissident’s escape tests US-China ties

A senior US diplomat has arrived in China on an unscheduled visit, amid claims that a fugitive Chinese dissident has taken refuge in the US embassy in Beijing.

The issue, centring on Chen Guangcheng, a blind legal activist who escaped from home imprisonment, is threatening to eclipse a planned visit by Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, in the coming days.

Kurt Campbell, the assistant US secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, was seen leaving a US embassy car in the underground car park of Beijing’s Westin Hotel shortly after 2:00 am local time (18:00 GMT) on Sunday.

Campbell did not answer questions about the purpose of his visit, but it follows claims from activists that Guangcheng had sought US protection from the Chinese government, after escaping from house arrest in his village.

Clinton, is due to hold two-day talks in Beijing, the Chinese capital, starting on Thursday. Timothy Geithner, the US treasury secretary, will be accompanying Clinton for the visit, during which talks will cover mainly economic issues, but also the crisis in Sudan and maritime claims in Asia’s seas.

And from Cuba:

Cuban ‘defector’ actors reappear in Miami, seek asylum

Two Cuban actors who starred in a film about defectors have themselves defected to the United States.

Javier Nunez Florian and Anailin de la Rua emerged from hiding a week after they had gone missing at Miami airport during a stop-over on the way to a film festival in New York.

Speaking on a Spanish-language TV channel in Miami, they said they would seek political asylum in the US.

The Dream of Leaving Cuba


OUTSIDE the sun is blindingly hot, and in the immigration office 100 people are sweating profusely. But no one complains. A critical word, a demanding attitude, could end in punishment. So we all wait silently for a “white card,” authorization to travel outside Cuba.

The white card is a piece of the migratory absurdities that prevent Cubans from freely leaving and entering their own country. It is our own Berlin Wall without the concrete, the land-mining of our borders without explosives. A wall made of paperwork and stamps, overseen by the grim stares of soldiers. This capricious exit permit costs over $200, a year’s salary for the average Cuban. But money is not enough. Nor is a valid passport. We must also meet other, unwritten requirements, ideological and political conditions that make us eligible, or not, to board a plane.

With so many obstacles, receiving a “yes” is like hearing the screech of the bolts pulled back on a cell door. But for many, like me, the answer is always “no.” Thousands of Cubans have been condemned to immobility on this island, though no court has issued such a verdict. Our “crime” is thinking critically of the government, being a member of an opposition group or subscribing to a platform in defense of human rights.

Back in the USA, Boehner is being a boner according to this post from C & L: John Boehner Throws a Tantrum on the House Floor Over War on Women: ‘Give Me a Break!’

John Boehner believes that whoever yells the loudest wins, because he decided to throw another temper tantrum on the floor of the House this Friday — John Boeher On ‘War On Women’: ‘Give Me A Break’:

House Speaker John Boehner channelled his inner John Stossell Friday on the House floor when he sounded off on Democratic rhetoric pointing to the House GOP’s legislative agenda and finding a “war on women.”

“And now, now we are going to have a fight over women’s health,” Boehner said. “Give me a break. This is the latest plank in the so-called war on women. Entirely created, entirely created by my colleagues across the aisle for political gain.”

I don’t know, he sounds more like an asshole to me.

Speaking of which, check this out…Food Stamps In Crosshairs Of Republicans’ Plan To Save Military

The latest Republican plan to reconcile the budget and preserve defense spending extracts even deeper cuts from programs to help the poor and Americans still reeling from the recession.

Remember those automatic cuts to the military budget that were part of the Budget agreement last year?

Although spending levels for the budget were set in the Budget Control Act passed last summer in the deal to raise the nation’s debt limit, Republicans are pushing ahead with another plan that cuts more while trying to prevent the beginning of $600 billion in cuts over 10 years to the growth of the defense budget.

They are doing so because the Super Committee, which was supposed to find $1.2 trillion in cuts on which everyone could agree, failed, leaving the slashing up to a pre-agreed sequestration plan that extracts half the savings from the military.

Unless Congress acts, the sequestration begins at the start of 2013. Democrats in the Senate are arguing that the Budget Control Act counts as a budget, and therefore they won’t take up debate on a spending plan for 2013, much less address Rep. Paul Ryan’s House budget resolution.

So instead, the House has embarked on a seldom-used reconciliation process. Its aim is to have at hand an alternative to the sequestration on the theory that the Senate will not want to allow the defense cuts either, and won’t have its own plan.

In a memo sent to members Wednesday instructing them how to write their reconciliation bill, Republicans picked a number of targets, including extracting $80 billion from federal workers and $44 billion from health care. In all, it identifies $78 billion to cut in 2013, and details around $300 billion over 10 years.

But the memo spends the most time targeting the exploding cost of food stamps, on which more Americans rely than ever, at greater expense to the government than ever before.

Read the rest of this mess at the link. I should have guessed the GOP would try some crap like this…So many American’s are in need of these kinds of assistance. People are still being laid off, underemployed or have been unemployed so long, they don’t count anymore.

Families are still finding themselves in dire situations. My friend Jessica, who was a part-time rural postal worker in Fernandina Beach, Fl, recently lost her Saturday delivery route, and now her husband Orlando, who is a chef and kitchen manager at a country club on Amelia Island, is being laid off the day after Mother’s Day. (Yup, the country club will keep him through their busy holiday rush.) Now he is searching for another position…and under serious pressure to find a job.

Dakinikat has written about her employment situation as well. Even with her experience and Ph.D, she is having difficulty trying to find a teaching position. That’s two examples of families who are experiencing hard times…and that is not even mentioning those of us living in multi-family homes, pulling our resources together out of necessity.

It is all so depressing…sigh.

Okay…I have had enough of the news links, let’s get to the fun links.

Yesterday, Wonk the Vote posted a graphic of what a cat sees when they look at their “human pet.”

So this is something that Wonk, and lots of our cat loving readers will find interesting. CatCam Probes Philosophical Puzzle: What Is It Like to Be a Cat? There is…

…a 16-minute film, CatCam, showing at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, about a camera-wearing cat.


The film tells the tale of Mr. Lee, a stray cat whom Juergen Perthold, a German engineer, and his wife adopted after moving to South Carolina in 2006. Curious about his cat’s wanderings outside the house, Perthold designed a camera, the CatCam, that hung around Mr. Lee’s neck and took photos and, later, video.


The photos show a snake coiling in grass, the inside of a drainage pipe, a tree-lined street on which a dog stands vigil, a bird feeder—all shot from several inches off the ground…The perspective is subjective, not objective, first person, not third person. It’s like a cat version of the 1999 film Being John Malkovich.

Next, a photo from vintage photography site Shorpy, check out the guys who are checking out the girl: Sweet Seventeen: 1922 | Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

Sweet Seventeen: 1922

“Washington Tidal Basin Beauty Contest — August 5, 1922.” Seventeen-year-old Eva Fridell, last seen here and here, takes the loving cup from judge Isaac Gans. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

From Minx’s Missing Link Files: This is an article from last week about the low populations of sharks from Scientific American. Mounting Evidence Suggests Sharks Are In Serious Trouble

Studying shark populations can be tricky. As David Shiffman explains well, while there are a number of methods that can be used to study shark populations, quantifying just how far their numbers have fallen can be difficult. However, recent research out of the University of Hawaii suggests that the presence of humans has a severe and strong negative impact on sharks, driving down numbers by over 90%.

Sharks play a vital role in coral reef ecosystems. Yet every year, millions are killed for asian delicacies and disproven cancer cures. There is no question our shark fishing habits have devastated their populations; the only questions that remain are how much of an effect are we having, and can the sharks recover.

In an effort to answer the first, the research team crunched data from 1607 surveys from the NOAA Coastal Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) to calculate the effect of human habitation on shark populations. The CRED team counted sharks throughout the Pacific using towed diver surveys, the most efficient and effective way to study open ocean creatures on a large spatial scale, and compared their counts with local human population numbers. Their results were clear – and sobering.

“Around each of the heavily populated areas we surveyed — in the main Hawaiian Islands, the Mariana Archipelago and American Samoa — reef shark numbers were greatly depressed,” said Marc Nadon, lead author of the study. “We estimate that less than 10% of the baseline numbers remain in these areas.”

Give the rest of that article a read, it goes into more details and has links to the original study results.

Easy Like Sunday Morning Link of the Week: Now, y’all know I am a huge Dark Shadows fan. I have counted down the days until the release of the new Tim Burton film on May 11th. So, I want to share some new clips that have me very excited: Dark Shadows News Page: Watch Clips From The New Dark Shadows Movie

Warner Bros have released nine short scenes from the Dark Shadows movie via website HollywoodTeenTV, all of which can be viewed in the windows below. Also included are three short interviews with Johnny Depp (Barnabas Collins), Chloe Grace Moretz (Carolyn Stoddard) and Helena Bonham Carter (Dr. Julia Hoffman). Enjoy!

Go to the link to watch the clips. Oh, I can’t wait! I have this feeling of anticipation in the pit of my stomach…you know, it is nice to have something to look forward to.

What about you? What kind of things are you excited about? Let’s see what you are reading and blogging about today. Comment section is below…

47 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Missiles, Boehners, Blood Suckers and SNAP”

  1. ecocatwoman says:

    A full spectrum post, JJ. I’m going to take this as a sign that you are feeling much better. I have to say it was a bit of a rollercoaster ride first thing Sunday morning. The stories of the CC radio host & the Native American were beyond disgusting. As the post progressed, I felt as if we were moving faster toward a horrible future often portrayed in science fiction films.

    While I realize that Obana’s speech writer was trying to put the “dog” stories to rest, once & for all, sadly I did not find the pit bull joke funny. From Michelle’s reaction, I don’t think she did either. As I commented last night, Michael Vick flashed into my mind when Obama uttered the punchline. And, I agree the political discourse should be about real issues that affect the majority of the country, I can assure you that there are a large percentage of people in our country who care deeply about the treatment of non-human animals & it does color how they vote.

    Thanks for the link about the shark study. Treehugger has covered the decimation of the ocean’s shark populations. I searched Treehugger this AM for shark stories – there were 5,430 results. After Jaws, shark hunting and killing went crazy. The major problem, however, is shark finning. Check this out: and this:

    Now I’m going to watch those Dark Shadows videos. Who would have thought vampire clips would be a cheerful start to the day?

    PS – Lawrence Kasdan (Big Chill, Accidental Tourist, Silverado, Grand Canyon,The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark) has a new movie coming out. It stars Diane Keaton & Kevin Kline. It’s called Darling Companion ( It’s about a couple who lose their dog in the woods of Colorado and, not only find the dog, but find each other again.

  2. Well, a milestone will be reached in Manhattan tomorrow: With an asterisk, World Trade Center is back on top in NYC –

    One World Trade Center is expected to claim the title of New York City’s tallest skyscraper on Monday, as workers erect steel columns that will make its unfinished skeleton a little over 1,250 feet tall.

    That’s just high enough to peak over the roof of the observation deck on the Empire State Building.

    The milestone carries an asterisk.

    Which is the antenna on the Empire State Building….

    I don’t know, that site is very personal to me and the building they chose is meh…

    The Edwards trial certainly has got a little something for everyone:

    Tale of a lying politician, ambitious aide and his agreeable wife plays out at Edwards trial – The Washington Post

    And one more, Who’s in charge – you or your brain? | Science | The Observer

    Are we governed by unconscious processes? Neuroscience believes so – but isn’t the human condition more complicated than that? Two experts offer different views

  3. SweetSue says:

    Ho, ho, ho.
    Looks like President Obama really missed his calling.
    Too bad.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    I have to admit I didn’t think the pit bull joke was funny and I didn’t think the Secret Service jokes were funny either. Just like I didn’t think Bush’s jokes about finding WMD were funny. The Secret Service story is shameful, not funny.

    I’m not really crazy about pit bulls either. I’ve read too many new stories about those dogs killing young children. I read one just yesterday. Heartbreaking. Of course it’s not just pit bulls. I realized it’s usually the owner’s fault, but some dogs are inherently unpredictable because of size and temperament. But that’s their nature. They don’t have self-awareness like humans do. I just don’t think a lot of humans can handle the responsibility.

    I probably wouldn’t like jokes about killing a cow either, even though I’m not complete vegetarian.

    • ecocatwoman says:

      bb, you are correct about the SS jokes too – it’s about insensitivity to a serious issue. Re: pitties – actually their nature is loyalty, not aggression. And as far as the media goes, most can’t tell the difference between a poodle and a sharpei. If it’s a dog & they bit or injured someone, then it MUST be a pittie. My Cordelia, who was a pit mix, was always gentle when taking a treat from my hand & loved everyone she ever met. When a dog, any dog, attacks – it is always either the owner’s or the victim’s fault. Dogs in packs, that’s a different situation. Our culture has demonized & stereotyped pitties, much like it’s demonized & stereotyped African American men – all of them are Dangerous. Not so – each is an individual.

      • bostonboomer says:

        “When a dog, any dog, attacks – it is always either the owner’s or the victim’s fault.”

        Sorry, Connie. I don’t think it’s fair to blame a one- or two-year-old child for being killed or maimed by a large dog. And of course parents need to protect their children. But there are many irresponsible parents and children have been killed suddenly even in their homes with relatives nearby. I read one story about this yesterday. It wasn’t a pit bull, but another large breed. I also read a story about a little boy who wandered into a neighbor’s yard and was killed by a pit bull.

        I guess this is personal for me, because one of my sisters and one of my brothers were each mauled by dogs when they were toddlers. It was extremely frightening and my sister especially was lucky to escape alive.

        The town I grew up in did not have leash laws, and I was terrified by large dogs that would chase my bicycle when I was on the way to school. I developed a real phobia, and It took me years to overcome my intense fear of dogs.

        I said it’s not just pit bulls that do this. IMHO, some people keep pit bulls and rottweilers as status symbols–to frighten and have power over other people. There need to be leash laws that are well enforced.

        I am vehemently opposed to any cruelty to animals, but I feel just as strongly about protecting children. There has to be a balance.

        • ecocatwoman says:

          Although I grew up at a time when dogs could go wherever they wanted, whenever they wanted, I support leash laws – primarily for the the safety of the dogs. Toddlers & small children should always be supervised around animals, dogs, cats, etc. But, that is the parents’ responsibility. And, small children need to be taught how to behave around animals. Kids smack animals, hit them with sticks, get into their food bowls, pull their tails & ears. Granted, it is out of curiosity. Parents childproof their homes – no sharp corners, covers for electrical outlets, toxic substances locked up, etc….yet they let the kids “play” unsupervised with their dog or someoneelse’s dog. That said, kids are quick & escape. And, I can understand why what happened to you and your siblings would traumatize you & them. A friend’s young son was bitten on the face by another friend’s dog. The owner wasn’t home and, I found out later, that this lovely, friendly dog had bitten another child before this incident. In this case the mother was in the kitchen and she let her son wander through the house, knowing there was a dog. She failed to supervise him. It was tragic for everyone involved. The owner should have alerted the mother not to bring her son with her, or keep him away from the dog. The boy wasn’t to blame, but I think both the mother & the dog owner were the responsible parties. I long for the time, like my childhood, when dogs were our friends and companions and people didn’t fear them. Hell, I had a friend come over with his 2 year old son. I brought out a tiny kitten in my hands and the child started screaming like he was being attacked by a bear – and the kitten wasn’t even touching him, just laying in my hands.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I agree with you, Connie. But even if the parents are horrible people–which many parents are, blaming small child for his or her own death or maiming is wrong, IMHO. And the child is the “victim,” not the parent.

        One of the reasons people are fearful of large dogs is because owners keep them as power symbols–like they are objects such as guns. That is abuse of the animal, too. Owners who do this and end up getting someone killed or maimed should be prosecuted for serious crimes like murder or attempted murder. Yet, often the owners get off with just a slap on the wrist while the dogs are taken and euthanized.

        • ecocatwoman says:

          Agreed. The child is definitely the victim. Many times the dog was a victim as well. And most likely when the dog is euthanized he/she is better off, because it ends a miserable life of suffering and mistreatment.

      • RalphB says:

        When it comes down to a choice between a human being and a dog, the dog loses in my opinion every time. Maybe it’s because I grew up around all sorts of animals but I do not romanticize them. They are what they are.

      • NW Luna says:

        Sometimes — often — there is more than one direct cause. So I agree with both BB and ecocat. Toddler gets into yard (lack of supervision by parents/caregiver) with vicious dog (territorial breed, born of abused dog turned vicious, and then badly raised by vicious owner) and gets mauled or killed.

        I grew up with a series of Dobies, and they were my affectionate playmates and guardians. If a stubbed toe made me cry, they’d come running up, to nuzzle and lick me and make me feel better. They’d keep nudging and lean into me (and knock me over) for petting as they wagged their short docked tails like crazy and adored me with big brown eyes. Trained well, they would just touch noses with our cats and be friendly. But Dobermans do have a reputation — alas, one or two of ours were in reality lousy guard dogs because of being so friendly even to strangers.

        However, a Dobie-Rottweiler mix, adopted as an adult, was given away as she kept snapping at my mother. My parents wouldn’t pay for formal lessons. I fear that dog may have ended up with even less-conscientious owners and stayed aggressive.

        There’s a neighborhood pittie who goes for walks with his owner and another family dog, often trailed for a block or two by the family cat. They make a very funny picture!

    • bostonboomer says:

      I won’t keep belaboring this, but my point is that it is not the child’s fault. A child is not an object or a possession. Parents are responsible, but so is society as a whole responsible for protecting children FROM parents, when necessary. Again, IMHO.

      • Yes, the child is the victim and adults can be the victim as well…I don’t think it is fair to say that all dogs who attack are provoked. Dogs, cats…any animal kept as a pet can become aggressive when their instinct kicks in. (I am not talking about folks who mistreat their animals, or the ones who abuse, neglect or bait their animals to act aggressively. I am not talking about the Michael Vicks in the world.) But any animal can lash out. I love dogs…and animals, but I draw the line when it comes to who are victims and who’s to blame. There are many cases where people have been mauled by animals, and they did absolutely nothing to make the animal attack.

        About eating dog…in some cultures it is not an issue…and I do not think we should base our criticisms on our own ideals or our own acceptable foods.

        About the Romney family abuse of their dog…yes, that was blatant and obvious. And I do think it reflects on Romney’s character.

        About Obama’s jokes…they may not have been in the best of taste, but they are jokes about the context this dog debate has taken. One time I saw George Carlin live, and he had some horrible jokes about rape, that bothered the crap out of me, and I was absolutely disgusted. I guess what I am trying to say is that there are some things you don’t joke about, and some things that people should lighten up about.

        And that is all I have to say about that….

  5. bostonboomer says:

    I couldn’t find the part about Lindsay Lohan playing Elizabeth Taylor. What am I missing?

    And no one should play Elizabeth Taylor. She was unique–just like no one should have ever been allowed to play Marilyn Monroe. I’d rather just watch their old movies.

  6. RalphB says:

    Most shameless lying campaign ever. Etch-a-sketch indeed.

    Eric Fehrnstrom: Auto Bailout Was Mitt Romney’s Idea

    Top Mitt Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom claimed that President Obama’s auto bailout was the GOP presidential hopeful’s idea.

    Fehrnstrom said Obama followed Romney’s course to help the auto industry during an appearance at a Saturday roundtable discussion hosted by the The Washington Post.

    “His position on the bailout was exactly what President Obama followed,” Fehrnstrom said. “He said, ‘If you want to save the auto industry, just don’t write them a check. That will seal their doom. What they need to do is go through a managed bankruptcy process.'”

    “The only economic success that President Obama has had is because he followed Mitt Romney’s advice,” Fehrnstrom added.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I saw that yesterday. Even if it was Mitt’s idea, which it wasn’t–he said the auto companies should be left to go broke–it would be the equivalent of his attitudes toward health care. First he was for it, now he’s against it.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Fernstrom should have to explain why John Paulson and Paul Singer made billions–with it “b” from the auto bailout. (See my post from last night).

        • ecocatwoman says:

          That story was appalling. I was fuming after I read it. All too often, Obama & his stupid, stupid choices of advisors (Geithner, Summers!) make it difficult to vote for him. But, Mitt is always worse, but the distance between the two keeps getting smaller and smaller. The devil you know or the devil you don’t know.

      • RalphB says:

        That would be a great question for him, if we had a decent media.

      • bostonboomer says:


      • NW Luna says:

        @Ralph — if we had a decent media, we wouldn’t be in the fix we are today!


    • ecocatwoman says:

      Maybe if Bain could have bought the car companies, stolen the remaining pension money, grabbed whatever other money they could & then let the companies tank. That’s his idea of “recovery & job creation.” Jobs for the servants of the multimillionaire Bain people. Just look at all of the other companies Mittens helped bail out. A trail of devastation behind him – but he never looks back. Onward Mormon soldiers.

      • bostonboomer says:

        That’s pretty much what did happen, at the hands of two Romney donors. Again, see my post from last night. I was shocked to learn about it!

      • RalphB says:

        Well, to be overly fair, that wasn’t GM and Chrysler was it? I thought that was the Delphi subsidiary, though it was a big part of the deal and a huge ripoff by Paulson and Singer.

      • bostonboomer says:

        True. But they did use the bailout to make those billions. I guess to be fair, they made the money thanks to Obama, but they’re still supporting Romney for Prez. So they must think they’ll get even more out of Romney.

  7. NW Luna says:

    Couldn’t bear to click thru to the Lakota story. Heads should roll.

    Have read about similar surgeons’ sadistic arrogance with white male patients, female patients in any skin color. What is it about power-over with these creeps? They see everyone else as a tool for their use and abuse.

  8. NW Luna says:

    This sounds like a good one to read (forgot if Dak or someone has posted about this before):

    His (Michael Sandel, a Harvard University professor) new book, “What Money Can’t Buy,” explores the consequences and implications for the ever-increasing expansion of markets and market-based reasoning in our society. “The problem with our politics,” he writes, “is not too much moral argument but too little. … A debate about the moral limits of markets would enable us to decide, as a society, where markets serve the public good and where they don’t belong.”

    Modern economists routinely describe the world as a series of incentives and rewards, ever seeking to expand the explanatory power of the metaphor but without accounting for the transformative power of putting a price tag on everything, particularly in an economy with such widely disparate wealth distribution. Simply put, Sandel argues, reducing human behavior to market-based reasoning crowds out public spirit, moral obligation and similarly noneconomic factors. And some of his examples are compelling.

    “Some” are compelling? Well, considering the MSM, that’s quite an admission.

    • dakinikat says:

      Economics and Finance are being shaped by more and more behaviorists that have been trying to make the models behave less like the decisions are machine driven and more like the decisions are people driven. Unfortunately, there’s a group of decision makers that don’t like nuance.

  9. NW Luna says:

    Time for some feel-good news. Now, from my part of the world: local high school kids play jazz in NOLA!

    Congratulations are in order for the students of the Chief Sealth International Jazz Ensemble I on their outstanding performance at the Worldstrides Heritage Jazz Festival in New Orleans, LA this afternoon. The jazz ensemble received a rating of gold and trumpet player Cameron Nakatani received a Maestro Award for outstanding solo from the three-judge panel that included professors from Arizona State University, Tulane, and Loyola.

  10. RalphB says:

    NWLuna. This seems to fit with your post about morals in politics and our society in general.

    • NW Luna says:

      Fun educational piece! I used to be on the Center for the New American Dreams email list.

      Sometime in the last year Seattle did a survey of residents about their overall satisfaction or contentment…..must look up what they’re doing with the info. Reminds me about the Gross National Happiness measure of Bhutan. Always thought that sounded far more important than the GNP components.