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Random News and Diatribes: June 17, 2011

News you may have missed or just need to see.

Ethics? Smethics? Well, Governor Nathan Deal’s appointees and office find  themselves with their toes into hot water again…the question is will anyone do ANYTHING about it. One would think in this day and age that the Governor’s office would steer clear of any investigations and not touch that with a 10 foot pole. Not our governor, no, despite of his years of experience as a lawyer and politician, his staff and friends (appointees) are behaving like there’s something to hide.

I hope that there’s nothing lurking behind the scenes, I hope that people are just making bad choices. If anyone in the governor’s office reads this, GROW UP. Stop acting like there’s something to hide. At some point, you’ll get bitten by this behavior. You will embarrass not only yourself but the entire State of Georgia.

Weiner resigns. Please stop the jokes. He’s resigned. Now, whether this resignation is a swan song or just the show’s climax before the intermission remains to be seen. (See, William Jefferson Clinton, Elliott Spitzer, et al.)

Miranda Rights, Expanded. Children, even if they’re not under arrest, are entitled to hear their Miranda rights. I’m not sure, really, what good it would do in this child’s situation when faced with 3 or 4 adults, many of whom are charged with acting in loco parentis, as parent, for the child. How many kids would challenge the school principle? Teach you kids, ask for a lawyer.

Timeless. Here’s a summary of Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s interview. Somethings are timeless and transcend class: “Do I need a lawyer?” Yes, they took you off a plane, disrupted your schedule. Yes, you moron, you need a lawyer.

Sports Rioting.I just don’t understand. Why? Canadians are so restrained.

Justice, at a price? For your consideration, “can justice be bought?


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Random Insights: June 12, 2011

Perhaps some explanation of your news this week…and other tidbits…

Why they left? Newt Gingrich’s staff left because…ta da…his wife’s veto power over EVERYTHING. At least, that’s what Maureen Dowd recounts in her Op-Ed piece. Importantly, Dowd reminds us Gingrich’s indiscretions which lead to his leaving two different wives for his then mistresses while the wives were suffering medically. Also, Gingrich prosecuted then President Clinton’s White House dalliances while carrying on an affair with his then mistress now wife. Gingrich would like the public to believe he’s changed. Sounds like he’s traded his former sophomoric behavior for following the edicts of a woman bent on controlling him. Not really an improvement.

Speaking of sophomoric. After everyone turned on him, Congressman Weiner agrees to seek leave of absence and obtain “help.” Wouldn’t it be easier to resign? Wouldn’t it be simpler to shrink from the spotlight? Perhaps the whole rehab drama will ease the transition from “master of the universe” to regular man?

My kind of Reality Media. On most Sunday mornings, the NYTimes posts an article about some famous New Yorker’s Sunday. I find the banal comings and goings quite interesting. Today’s feature, actress Jessica Walter.

The Cloud is cool, but is it Secure? Analyzing the security of “the Cloud.”

Bad Storms Result in Higher Food Prices. Dear Mr. Bernanke, You failed to mention the Midwestern storm damage with the higher food prices that follow among the economic “bad things” at your last announcement about interest rates. Will you include those storms and the resulting higher food prices  as one of the “bad things” impacting economy? Ladies and gentlemen, start planning now for higher food price to go with the higher gas prices.

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Random News: June 8, 2011

Just when I thought I’d skip this morning…

A thought provoking argument against “green” energy. In his editorial, Robert Bryce argues that the damage to the environment caused by “green” energy mandates may not be worth the impact. 5 square miles of desert for 530 megawatts of power?

Treat an ulcer with cranberry juice. This mythbusting blog at the the NYTimes reports cranberry juice might help with the pain of ulcers. Strange but true.

Cooking news. If you’re not already, you can defrost meat with hot water and it works faster. Great news for me, I gave away the microwave a couple of years ago and I hate the taste of microwave defrosted meat. 10 minute defrost sounds great.

Definition of Cheating in a Relationship. Congressman Weiner’s dalliance brings up the issue: if he didn’t touch these women he texted, does that count as cheating? If he had some sort of romantic emotional connection with any woman, the answer would be yes. The story however sounds like he was getting cheap thrills not from the women but from the “taboo” act of sending the photos. But what do I know, I’m not in his head…Thankfully.

The Great School Lunch Debate: Pizza and Fries? Apparently Congress is still debating whether and/or how to change school lunches. I never ate the school lunch, peanut butter and jelly was just fine by me. The problem centers on WHO’s decision it really is? Pizza and french fry distributors and their lobbyists tout their nutritional benefits, the established supply chain, and the fact that kids are already accustomed to this food. Well, that never worked in the house in which I grew up. No, you can’t have french fries everyday. Pizza, really, no, maybe once per week. Providing children with a variety of foods will provide significantly more benefits than pizza and french fries everyday, unless you listen to the lobbyists. Perhaps children should band together and hire a lobbyist…wait these kids receive free lunches, by and large, if they can’t afford lunch how can afford a voice in Congress. Oh, well…who cares really, it’s just about the money, not the children!

And for my next trick…The Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke continues to promise economic growth, in the future, somewhere down the road…when bad things stop happening…Then he’ll recommend an increase in interest rates. For those of us who are saving, we’re waiting. But that carrot looks really far off on the horizon this time, buddy.

Martha Stewart selling out? Martha’s looking to regain profitability. Watch and see what happens.

Building Codes on Trial, Homeowner loses. Food for thought, a man builds his home and now may be ordered to tear it down and could go to jail. Jail, you ask? He failed to obtain building permits from the government bureaucracy. Any thoughts?

Cutting Edge in California. As deadline looms, California struggles to reduce prison population. Why is the California prison population important to you? Trends usually start in the most populous states and filter down to less densely populated States. If the U.S. continues to imprison everyone that meets a law enforcement officer we will all be dealing with this issue sooner or later. If you care, get familiar with the issue now, the prison population debate will be coming to a state near you in the near future.

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Anthony D. Weiner, Congressman from New York, and world class sexter, admitted today that he had indeed sent inappropriate photos (at least inappropriate for a sitting Congressman-the porn industry might beg to differ) to women other than his wife. He apologized, a marathon 45 minute apology. Weiner will not resign.

One friend pointed out the unfortunate pun in this case. Another asked where is the shame when the events are happening? Where is the consideration of family, of constituency, of potential embarrassment?

The politicians and “masters of the universe” believe that no one can hold them accountable. No one will discover the secret, the thrill. These people are above reproach in their own minds. Enchanted with the power, the hero worship, the self-important self-agrandizing machines of promotion believe their own hype. Humility evaporated.

These folks act like two year olds. They do whatever they want without a thought of the consequences. No fear, no shame, no sense. Until someone, usually an adult, points out sternly or harshly the error of the child’s ways. The child then expresses shame. Shame at being caught or being told “no” but not for having committed the act. A child must be told no in order to learn what not to do! We call that creating boundaries. Sadly, two year olds have an excuse. They’ve never be told not to commit the acts. Adults must teach children the mores and boundaries of polite society.

Politicians have no excuse, but they do have the same response. Predicate shame faced apologies without a hint of actual remorse. Perhaps, the voters can find some boundaries to enforce during the next election.

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