Oh yeah…Wednesday Morning Reads

currier-ives-summerGood Morning

Wow, I completely forgot it was my turn up at bat. This morning’s post will be mainly links that I have saved up over the last few days. Being sick does have its advantages, you get to bypass all the horrible news stories…and only read about them if you want to catch up. Let’s just say, I didn’t want to catch up and leave it at that.

So here we go…

Sandra Day O’Connor expresses regret about court’s role in 2000 election

No kidding? What do you think brought about this reflective change of feelings from the former Justice? I wonder if it was all that press Dubya got recently from the grand opening of his Presidential Library and Museum to Idiotic Decisions. Anyway, in an interview with the Chicago Tribune,  O’Connor had this to say about Bush v. Gore:

Looking back, O’Connor said, she isn’t sure the high court should have taken the case.

“It took the case and decided it at a time when it was still a big election issue,” O’Connor said during a talk with the Chicago Tribune’s Editorial Board on Friday. “Maybe the court should have said, ‘We’re not going to take it, goodbye.’ ”

The case, she said, “stirred up the public” and “gave the court a less than perfect reputation.”

“Obviously the court did reach a decision and thought it had to reach a decision,” she said. “It turned out the election authorities in Florida hadn’t done a real good job there and kind of messed it up. And probably the Supreme Court added to the problem at the end of the day.”

Ya don’t say? Too little, too late if you ask me.

Well, from one load of shit to another load of shit. However, this load of shit was dumped by a Sandy…not a Sandra. Hurricane Sandy dumped 11 billion gallons of raw sewage into East Coast waterways

Hurricane Sandy dumped about 11bn gallons of raw and untreated sewage into waterways from Washington DC to Connecticut, the science journalism group Climate Central said on Tuesday. That’s or enough human waste to cover New York’s Central Park in 41ft of sewage, or fill 17,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, scientists told a conference call with reporters.

Damn, that is a whole lotta crap.

Hmmm, speaking of which:  Rocky Musical Trailer | Geekosystem

…draw a Venn diagram between fans of Broadway musicals and fans of the Rocky franchise, I would just draw two circles that were very far away from each other. Sylvester Stallone and Stage Entertainment USA seem to disagree with my assessment, and they’re betting there’s enough of an overlap for their new musical Rocky to be a success. Whether you think a musical version of Rocky is a great idea or a terrible one, the new trailer for the production will probably confirm your opinion. There’s not enough in the video to really indicate whether this will be a good musical version of Rocky or a bad musical version of Rocky, but it sure shows that there’s a musical version of Rocky happening.

Uhhhh…..were you even able to get through that trailer? ( I couldn’t. ) It seems to me that this production of Rocky is what Bialystock and Bloom should have produced as a sure fire flop…instead of Springtime for Hitler.

Damn that is crap.

Alright, sorry there. That is awful. Looks like Gitmo is not the only place where America is practicing torture these days.

Did you see the campaign donor “mess” in Virgina?/snark.  I like the title of this Atlantic article, it is a take on a real damn good Helen Mirren movie: The Governor, His Wife, Their Cook, and the FBI – Philip Bump – The Atlantic Wire

The FBI is now investigating whether or not Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell violated any laws when he allowed a campaign donor to pay for catering at his daughter’s wedding. That is perhaps the least weird part of the story.

The crux of the issue is whether or not McDonnell violated the law by allowing Star Scientific, a company run by Jonnie Williams, to pick up the $15,000 food and floral tab for Cailin McDonnell’s wedding in 2011. The governor explains his failure to report the spending on his finance reports by insisting that the donation was a gift to his daughter. Under Virginia law, only gifts received by officeholders need to be reported. Earlier this month, the Washington Post walked through the evidence for and against that claim. The daughter paid for other parts of the wedding, for example, like the rehearsal dinner and the honeymoon. But McDonnell’s guidance is literally written all over the agreement between the caterer and the family, which the governor signed.

Read more about the twist and turns at the Atlantic link above or here at this Washington Post link: AP sources: FBI looks into relationship between Va. governor, campaign donor – The Washington Post

All these sordid stories lately, a sleaze-ball porn king backs a sleaze-ball former governor currently running for the US senate, innocent Elvis impersonators, and ricin laced dojos of mensa wannabe martial arts instructors.  Not to mention…My Son, the Terrorist.

Then you have Congress, or as Jon Stewart calls them:

“Do-Nothing F@#ktards who couldn’t solve a problem if it was eating them alive anus first.”

Video at the link!

Wow…that is something innit?

But there have been some extraordinary news items that you may have missed.

**Post updated @8:00am below!**

Sgt John Hartley Robertson, US army veteran, ‘found living in remote Vietnam village 44 years after being shot down and presumed dead’


A US army veteran has been found living in a remote Vietnam village 44 years since his plane was shot down and presumed dead, a new documentary suggests.

Unclaimed, a documentary by Canadian filmmaker Michael Jorgenson, claims that a frail, elderly man, found in a remote south Vietnam village unable to remember the English language, his date of birth or even the names of his wife and two children, may be Sgt John Hartley Robertson – a former Green Beret shot down in 1968.

Sgt Robertson was working on a special operation over the South East Asian country of Laos when his helicopter was shot down. Despite his body never being found, he was presumed dead for nearly half a century; his name etched on Vietnam memorials and army records listing him as “killed in action”.

Despite this, Sgt Robertson’s family believed it was possible he survived the crash and claimed to have documents proving he had been held in a Vietnamese prison for some time.

Read the rest of this story from the Independent at the link, you can see a trailer for the documentary here:

Can you imagine?

Well, I guess this story was too good to be true….from the Independent:

Revealed: Man claiming to be Vietnam veteran Sgt John Hartley Robertson who went missing and was presumed dead 44 years earlier is ‘exposed as a fraud’ – Americas – World – The Independent

It is claimed that the man tacked down and ‘identified’ for a new documentary is in fact a fraudster who the US
government performed DNA tests on 20 years ago and whose story had been fully

Had it been true, it would have been one of
the most gripping war stories of all time.

But sadly it looks as if the man found living in the Vietnam jungle, who a new documentary claims is ‘long dead’ US army veteran Sgt John Hartley Robertson, is likely to be a fraud.

Meanwhile, after some back and forth…Mariela Castro to get gay rights award in Philly

The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro will be allowed to travel to Philadelphia to accept an award for her gay rights advocacy, officials said Tuesday, reversing a previous decision to reject her visa request.

Mariela Castro will attend the Equality Forum’s annual conference on civil rights for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people, according to Malcolm Lazin, the advocacy group’s executive director.

Lazin, who had blasted the State Department’s travel denial last week, said organizers are “delighted” at the change of heart.

“She is unquestionably the leader for progressive change for the LGBT community in Cuba,” Lazin said Tuesday. “Her accomplishments are nothing short of remarkable.”


Castro, a married mother of three, is the niece of retired Cuban strongman Fidel Castro. She is also the director of Cuba’s National Center for Sex Education, part of Cuba’s public health ministry, and is the country’s most prominent gay rights activist.

Castro has instituted awareness campaigns, trained police on relations with the LGBT community and lobbied lawmakers to legalize same-sex unions. She was elected as a deputy in Cuba’s parliament in February.

On Saturday in Philadelphia, she will speak about her experiences and receive an award from the Equality Forum.

I am glad she is able to come and get this award. It is an important step no matter what anyone says.

Now check this out, Groundbreaking Surgery for Girl Born Without Windpipe

Using plastic fibers and human cells, doctors have built and implanted a windpipe in a 2 ½-year-old girl — the youngest person ever to receive a bioengineered organ.

The surgery, which took place on April 9 here at Children’s Hospital of Illinois and will be formally announced Tuesday, is only the sixth of its kind and the first to be performed in the United States. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration under rules that allow experimental procedures when otherwise the patient has little hope of survival.


Hannah was born without a windpipe, or trachea — an extremely rare condition that is eventually fatal in 99 percent of cases — and had lived since birth in a newborn intensive care unit in a Korean hospital, breathing through a tube inserted in her mouth. Because of other developmental problems, she cannot eat normally and cannot speak.


Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, a specialist in the field of regenerative medicine who developed the windpipe and led the complex nine-hour operation, said the treatment of the Korean-Canadian toddler, Hannah Warren, made him realize that this approach to building organs may work best with children, by harnessing their natural ability to grow and heal.

Isn’t that wonderful?

I think it is good to end on that happy note, and let you all take it from there.

How are things going for y’all today?

53 Comments on “Oh yeah…Wednesday Morning Reads”

  1. Morning, I thought the Larry David bit in the NYT was funny…it did create a stir though. The Times even published an apology.

    Anyway, take it easy this morning.

  2. Here are some morning headlines:

    The new battle for Wounded Knee: Sale of massacre site divides tribe – Americas – World – The Independent

    Some of the Native American Indians living on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota can still recall first-hand accounts of the massacre at Wounded Knee in December 1890, when American soldiers killed up to 300 men, women and children of the Lakota Sioux in the last bloody engagement of the American Indian wars.

    The soldiers were praised as heroes by the then-President Benjamin Harrison, but the New York Times disagreed, opining at the time that the American Indians had been “robbed when at peace, starved and angered into war, and then hunted down by the government.”

    Today, a 40-acre patch of the land where the massacre occurred is for sale, after the region’s impoverished Sioux descendants failed to raise the $3.9m (£2.5m) demanded by its owner to retain it under their ownership. James Czywczynski, 74, says he will now open it up to commercial buyers, who could develop the site as a tourist attraction. The impending auction has sown divisions within the tribe and raked over painful memories of past injustice.

    Ireland Legislates For Limited Abortion After Death – Bloomberg

    Ireland’s government published outline legislation allowing for abortion in limited circumstances, including when doctors agree a pregnant woman is at risk of suicide, in what Prime Minister Enda Kenny said is an attempt to bring “clarity” to the state’s position on the practice.

    Two doctors must agree a real and substantial risk to the life of a woman exists during pregnancy to approve a termination, according to government documents published in Dublin late yesterday. In cases in which risk of suicide is a factor, three doctors must agree.

    May Day protests and Greek strikes – Eurozone crisis live | Business | guardian.co.uk

  3. janicen says:

    Thank you for including the stuff about Virginia’s current governor and AG. In most states AG stands for Attorney General, in Virginia it stands for Almost Governor. The post article you linked talks about Governor McDonnell but doesn’t mention AG Cuccinelli, who has dirt on his hands in this mess as well.


    Cuccinelli is running for Gov this November against Terry McAuliffe. Virginia has suffered enough under McDonnell. His crimes against the Commonwealth go far beyond influence peddling and corruption. Remember, anyone can donate to the McAuliffe campaign. They do accept donations as small as $5.00 so please, help us out. If the Republicans win, we will have a personhood law in Virginia during the next administration.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Michael Pollen is a sexist pig–blames feminists for junk food and bad cooking.

    • roofingbird says:

      That was a good article.

      • RalphB says:

        It was and I’m glad for the foodism but it would be nice to spread that activism around to a few more good causes as well.

      • janicen says:

        It was good. The reference to French women reminded me of what my friend, who grew up in France, said. He said the reason why Americans are getting fat is because they do not move. Towns and villages in France are set up so you can walk to the markets and other vendors. Americans get in and out of their cars and drive everywhere and when they get there they sit. In France, people move. It makes sense. French food is filled with butter, cream, and other goodies. They eat it but then they burn it off.

    • janicen says:

      Let’s all criticize and judge our moms and grandmas for smoking cigs and using “convenience foods”. Not the manufacturers and advertisers who promised that the shit was good for you and secretly tweaked their formulae to make the smokes and the food as addictive as possible.

      When in doubt, blame women. Especially feminists!

    • Delphyne says:

      You know, I loved The Botany of Desire, but never read anything else of Pollan’s – there was a vibe about him that just was a turn off after I actually saw and listened to him. It certainly does not surprise me that he blames feminists for the ill health of everyone else. Now he and the other men can save us all by reminding us that, not only should we be in the kitchen, they’ll be teaching us how to cook. They’ll be our heroes because we need saving – life on Earth depends on it!

      I watch a lot of cooking shows because I like to cook, but truthfully I get turned off by men who think they know everything about food and how to cook it – I’m looking at you Bobby Flay, Ming Tsai, Guy Fieri, Alton Brown, Anthony Bourdain, sexists every one of them and boring and predictable as hell. I’d rather watch Anne Burrell or Lidia Bastianich – and they are much better and more creative chefs.

      Not everyone likes to cook – not everyone likes to eat. I never liked to sew when I was young – does that mean that, as a feminist, I should be held responsible for the factory collapse in Bangladesh because I should be making my own clothing? ‘Cause that’s where I see this type of attitude going – just adds to the global war on women for having the nerve to choose the life they want to have, what they want to do, without having everything decided for or mansplained to us.

      Pollan, et al, refuse to look at the corporate involvement in food and put the blame there. But he won’t – he runs with that crowd and it’s much easier for him to blame feminists. He’s a jerk.

    • I never understood what the big deal was about his books anyway. Thanks for that link BB.

  5. These stupid people, 5-year-old Kentucky boy fatally shoots 2-year-old sister – CNN.com

    A Kentucky mother stepped outside of her home just for a few minutes, but it was long enough for her 5-year-old son to accidentally shoot his 2-year-old sister with the .22-caliber rifle he got for his birthday, state officials said.

    Who steps outside for a few minutes and leaves a loaded rifle with a five year old?

    Wait, don’t answer that.

  6. RalphB says:


    Manufacturing seems to have lost jobs. Start of sequestration fail?

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Feds arrest three more “suspects” in Boston bombings case. One is US citizen and will just be charged with “false statements.” All are college students.

    Can I just say I’m extremely suspicious?

  8. From down in Georgia…Woodstock family finds burning cross in front yard | AccessNorthGa

    Police are investigating after a Cobb County family found a large cross on fire in their front yard.

    The flaming cross was found Sunday night, a few steps from the front door of their Woodstock home, located in the Cobb County portion of the city about 30 miles north of Atlanta.

    The family has been sleeping in shifts, because they don’t know if the KKK will come back and if so…how far they will go the next time.

    Residents of the home are black, but the motives behind the crime are not clear, said police.


    • RalphB says:

      Freud gives up the business entirely and opens a cigar store.

      She really is just one sad old cat lady!

    • dakinikat says:

      From the available evidence (again), and for all the relevance her insights have on what’s actually going on in American politics, Dowd once again seems to be writing from an assisted-living facility on the far side of a world Beyond The Planet Of The Ultra-Vixens.


  9. dakinikat says:

    How much time can Fox News spend questioning women’s driving abilities? Over 13 minutes http://mm4a.org/13MK7Ob