Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Early morning tab dump 

Booting up Firefox this morning, I remembered that I had left open a bunch of interesting tabs.

Don't call Warren Buffett on his cell phone, at least if you are trying to get him to rescue Lehman Brothers. Goddamn.

The United States, even in the age of Obama, is apparently insufficiently panicked over rising atmospheric carbon dioxide. The Europeans are convinced that the planet is screwed beyond redemption if CO2 does not start declining by 2015, a mere six years away. Apparently our insistence on a less centralized approach to greenhouse gas regulation is getting in the way of that.

Why did evolution come up with depression? "Natural selection wants us to be crazy -- at least a little bit."

Be a virtual tattoo artist. Just not in the office, or at least not my office, since your canvass is, well, rather generous female cleavage.

Props to NPR for covering the stinging of ACORN (and embedding the video), but why label the journalists who broke this story "right-of-center"? Because "non-right-of-center" journalists would not even have tried?


By Blogger Georgfelis, at Wed Sep 16, 09:19:00 AM:

Interesting statistic. NPR used the word "conservative" 11 times in a 700 word article. Pretty good for a "news" agency who almost never uses the word "liberal".  

By Anonymous David in C'ville, at Wed Sep 16, 09:40:00 AM:

Regarding European disappointment over insufficient panic in the U.S. over global warming, I loved this quote from some high ranking Eurocrat:

"The move reflects a 'prehistoric' level of debate on climate change in the wider US. . ."

Yeah -- we Neanderthals here in the U.S. with our backward scientific debates. If we would just stop paying attention to careful empirical analysis and thorough scientific vetting, we could maybe get something done like those productive Europeans!  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Sep 16, 10:26:00 AM:

I want to know why no one in Congress, the press, or the nation, is calling for an investigation (independent or otherwise) and hearing into if the current POTUS was ever involved while a community organizer or lawyer for ACORN, in the legal protection/cover up of ACORN employees doing similar illegal activities as recently uncovered by the two journalists who carried out the pimp/prostitute investigation? If he was involved, then why did Obama & his advisors promote and/or pay ACORN during the presidential campaign, as well as coordinate with, and insure that, ACORN was on the list for Stimulus & continual federal funding once Obama became POTUS?

I would like to know if the current POTUS, as a past representative of ACORN, ever promoted or tolerated this type of illegal behavior in his roles of a legal counsel, organizer or administrator of ACORN?

I would like to know if Mr. Obama in his role as the POTUS, or any other member of the USA federal government, has known of this illegal ACORN activity while coordinating with ACORN for the Stimulus Bill as well as other federal govt programs & legislation?

why arent these questions being asked? If this had been Bush or Cheney working for a company, say like Haliburton, who was caught in illegal activity, or even allegations from whistle-blowers, EVERYONE KNOWS that hearings & and an independent prosecutor would have been called for by now. Look at the treatment of Alberto Gonzalez & Libby.

It is astonishing that this is NOT getting more scrutiny in regards to the Executive Branch's association with ACORN, either now or when the POTUS was working for them in a admin/legal counsel capacity, as well as the rest of the federal govt's association with this corrupt organization.

if there was EVER a case for the implementation of RICO, this is it.

Prosecutorial & investigative dragnets were ideally created for a national criminal scandal such as this.

just sayin...you have a national organization who has now been caught in a patttern of rampant illegal activity throughout the country. And this organization was once adminstrated and legally counseled by the current POTUS and no one wants to know what he knew, and when he knew it?

very strange & very scary.  

By Blogger TOF, at Wed Sep 16, 11:51:00 AM:

That second-to-last paragraph justifies everything: "It's also important to keep in mind that ACORN's workers are coming from the same low-income neighborhoods the organization serves, with all that entails -- poor schools, high crime and the sorts of social problems that have been documented for decades."  

By Anonymous Seppo, at Wed Sep 16, 12:24:00 PM:

My respect and estimation of Warren Buffett has grown immeasurably. One sensible guy who has not surrendered to the cell phone slavery.  

By Blogger davod, at Wed Sep 16, 12:41:00 PM:

"It's also important to keep in mind that ACORN's workers are coming from the same low-income neighborhoods the organization serves, with all that entails -- poor schools, high crime and the sorts of social problems that have been documented for decades."

Decades of receiving Feseral goverbment support to improve education and employment and reduce crime.  

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