Daily Archives: February 4, 2011

Must-See TV: Philadelphia Eagles Visit Bully Victim On The View, Everyone Starts Crying

This is undoubtedly one of the worst cases of bullying I’ve read about.  Kudos to the young 13 year-old who hung in there and is now spreading the message about bullying and expressed his hope that maybe if it happens toanother kid, someone will step in and help.

Behind the Grid

Three members of the Philadelphia Eagles, DeSean Jackson, Todd Herremans and Jamaal Jackson, visited a young bully victim on The View, and it took everyone about .5 seconds before they started crying. But in a good way – this was “awww” television at its finest, and a few things happen when you watch the below video clip.

First, you may tear up. I’m just warning you: it’s going to get misty. It’s impossible not to be touched by seeing a kid, who was beaten up by seven older teens, get to meet his idols (well, Jackson’s probably an idol of his; the other two guys are lowly, lowly linemen). Plus, this is when the transitive property of crying comes into play: the kid starts crying, so the mom starts crying, so then the hosts start crying, and pretty soon you might be crying as well, even if you have no idea what’s going on.

Second, you will like DeSean Jackson. No matter what you thought about him before (and unless you’re from Philadelphia, I’m about 95% sure you had a negative opinion of him), you will like him after watching the way he embraces this kid. It might be a total act (although I don’t think it was), and Jackson may have gone back to being a jerk right after he walked off the set of The View. But you will like him after watching this, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Here’s the clip, in which Jackson present the kid (whose name is Nadin Khoury), with his signed jersey.

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Politico’s: The Week In One-Liners

The week’s top ten quotes in American politics: 

“Leave me alone.” — House Speaker John Boehner, reacting to a question about his smoking habit from Fox News’s Chris Wallace. 

“War is not cool at all.” — Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, discussing current events during her recent D.C. visit. 

“I’ll show you who’s ‘shovel-ready.’” — Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel, doing a bit of trash-talking over Twitter to Newark Mayor Cory Booker. 

“First day of sobriety, and I feel like I’m having an AA meeting in a bar.” — The Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, telling ABC News how hard it’s been to adhere to his pledge and not mention Sarah Palin during the month of February. 

“We figured early February would be quiet, not much going on.” — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, addressing the upheaval in Egypt. 

“I can’t begin my day until I’ve read the Washington Post and Kim Kardashian’s tweets.” — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, joking around on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” 

“John Boehner Parties With Wine, Oysters in Hollywood.” – The headline on an Us Magazine article  recapping the House speaker’s recent night out. 

“The presidency has a funny way of making people feel the need to pray.” — President Barack Obama, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast. 

“We eat organic, we just have to shoot it first.” — Sarah Palin, speaking at the Safari Club International Convention in Reno last weekend. 

“I can’t believe it! I don’t know, maybe that’s why I don’t want to talk about it. I don’t even feel like it’s real!” — Jennifer Lopez, discussing her invitation to watch the Super Bowl at the White House.

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Justice Thomas’s wife now lobbyist

Here’s another example of the “in your face” violation of ethics that Justices Scalia, Roberts and Thomas frequently toss at their critics.   The SCOTUS does not have oversight on their Justices.  I think it’s about time an oversight committee was formed.

Clearly Supreme Court cases have been influenced by their pandering and consorting with the likes of the Koch brothers and others.  In my opinion this behavior is an outrage.

Now Mrs. Thomas is a part of a lobbying firm to help with “governmental affairs” and get this: political donation strategies.   The Citizens United case entailed the “free speech aspect of “political donations”! 

If no one  about their behavior, then no one is listening.  I recommend reading the entire Politico article.

Politico

She started as a congressional aide in the 1980s, became a midlevel Republican operative, then briefly left politics, reemerging in 2009 as founder of a tea party group before stepping down amid continued questions about whether her actions were appropriate for the spouse of a Supreme Court justice.

Now, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, has recast herself yet again, this time as the head of a firm, Liberty Consulting, which boasts on its website using her “experience and connections” to help clients “with “governmental affairs efforts” and political donation strategies.

Thomas already has met with nearly half of the 99 GOP freshmen in the House and Senate, according to an e-mail she sent last week to congressional chiefs of staff, in which she branded herself “a self-appointed, ambassador to the freshmen class and an ambassador to the tea party movement.”

But her latest career incarnation is sparking controversy again.

Thomas’s role as a de facto tea party lobbyist and — until recently — as head of a tea party group that worked to defeat Democrats last November “show a new level of arrogance of just not caring that the court is being politicized and how that undermines the historic image of the Supreme Court as being above the political fray,” said Arn Pearson, a lawyer for Common Cause, the left-leaning government watchdog group.

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Egypt PM: Mubarak to stay through September

Hosni Mubarak

Image by robertxcadena via Flickr

It looks like President Mubarak of Egypt will not give in to the demands of the citizens of Egypt and step down.  His plan is to stay until September.  Then again, the situation in Egypt is fluid, so it’s a matter of “wait and see” at this point.

MSNBC

Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq confirmed Friday President Hosni Mubarak’s intentions to remain in office until elections in September, Egyptian state TV reported.

“We as civilized people must honor the president, who did a good job regardless of mistakes here and there,” said Ahmed Shafiq on Egyptian state TV, which was translated by msnbc TV. “Today the Egyptian people see that the president will not step down.”

Shafiq, a former air force commander and aviation minister, also said it’s unlikely that Mubarak would transfer power to Vice President Omar Suleiman, saying, “I doubt that this is acceptable.”

Shafiq said efforts were underway for a resolution, but he did not provide details.

“There are more points that need to be discussed,” he said, according to msnbc TV. “Both sides must give concessions so we can meet halfway.”

President Barack Obama urged the country to begin its transition process now.

The president said that “the entire world is watching,” and the issues at stake in Egypt won’t be resolved through violence. He condemned attacks on journalists and human rights activists, without blaming the government for them.

Checkpoints and children
Tens of thousands packed central Cairo Friday, waving flags and singing the national anthem, emboldened in their campaign to oust Mubarak after they repelled pro-regime attackers in two days of bloody street fights.

The government relaxed a capital curfew, which runs from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. instead of 5 p.m. to 7 a.m., according to media reports.   More…

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Time Magazine’s Top Stories About The Unrest In The Middle East

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Top 10 Autocrats in Trouble

I really like Time Magazine’s “Top 10 Lists”, so here is the latest one.  The top 10 Autocrats (dictators) in trouble…

Time Magazine

Livin’ on the Edge

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W.H. working on exit for Mubarak

Politico

The White House is working to negotiate a peaceful, immediate exit for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, including talk of a military caretaker government, before potentially bloody demonstrations on Friday, according to administration officials.

Obama aides pushed back against a New York Times story late Thursday that reported Obama and his advisers were hoping to convince newly appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman and the Egyptian military to lead a temporary government until new national elections could be called that would ensure democratic rights to all opposition groups, including the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

“The President has said that now is the time to begin a peaceful, orderly and meaningful transition, with credible, inclusive negotiations. We have discussed with the Egyptians a variety of different ways to move that process forward, but all of those decisions must be made by the Egyptian people,” said Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the National Security Council.

But a senior administration official, speaking in condition of anonymity, emphasized that a range of possibilities were being considered.

“It’s simply wrong to report that there’s a single U.S. plan that’s being negotiated with the Egyptians,” the official said.       More…

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Former Sen. Norm Coleman: We Should ‘Absolutely’ Consider Gutting The Voting Rights Act

Here we go again…

Think Progress

As state legislatures gear up for the decennial process of congressional redistricting, one of the few obstacles preventing excessive gerrymandering in a handful of southern states is the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Still, despite the legislation’s massive success in preventing racism, many conservatives are dead set on dismantling the longstanding civil rights law.

In December, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) sounded the rallying cry. During a press conference, Cuccinelli declared that Virginia had “outgrown” institutional racism, and therefore ought to be exempted from the Voting Rights Act. (Virginia is one of nine southern and western states that must get their new redistricting maps pre-approved by the Justice Department in order to prevent discrimination against minority voters.)

Now, one of the architects of the Republican redistricting efforts, former Sen. Norm Coleman, wants to “reconsider” the entire Voting Rights Act. In an interview with ThinkProgress, Coleman argued that it was “absolutely” the right move to loosen the Voting Rights Act’s provisions that prevent legislators from drawing redistricting maps with a clear racial bias:

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Anderson Cooper Reports From Dimly-Lit Room In Egypt: “I’m A Little Bit Scared”

Although it was not the peaceful marchers that harmed Anderson Cooper, it was President Mubarak’s thugs, I wondered about his safety when Cooper was standing in the middle of the peaceful crowd on the day of the Million Persons March.  I felt that Cooper exhibited a bit of hubris, standing in the middle of a tens of thousands of Egyptians at the time and probably thinking that everyone knew him so he had nothing to worry about.  

I know that Anderson Cooper is always in the midst of a major crisis, but in my mind, he may have been a bit too cavalier, just to get his up close and personal reports to CNN.  I might be a bit harsh on Cooper given the eventual result of what happened to him, but sometimes the story is not worth the risk, in my opinion.

Mediaite

Anderson Cooper is not a rookie journalist when it comes to dangerous situations, but it’s difficult to remember a time in which he has faced more personal danger than during his coverage of the Egyptian revolts. Reporting from an undisclosed location in Cairo tonight, Cooper gave an update on the situation on the ground to the best of his ability– apologizing for reporting from a dimly-lit room, admitting some fear, and explaining that the media in Cairo is being systematically shut down.

Cooper, speaking live via what appeared to be a computer, reported that his only method of broadcast at the moment was from the room he occupied, an “undisclosed location,” the anonymity of which was, “frankly, for our own safety.” Acknowledging that the physical attacks on him had made headlines this week, he admitted that “journalists don’t like to become part of the story, but unfortunately, they have been made part of the story.”

He then detailed the situation regarding actual broadcasting. While he noted that Tahrir Square was currently full of protesters, many of them, he predicted, “scared for their lives,” there were no live cameras allowed on the ground, and absolutely no way of broadcasting live from the area. Their cameras, he explained, were “systematically taken down.” He did not exclude himself from the national climate of fear, either. “I don’t mind telling you I’m a little bit scared,” he admitted, though he noted that “there’s a lot of people who are scared right now in Egypt,” likely more than he is.

Cooper appeared entirely genuine in his fear, and his broadcast, somber and surprisingly collected for the situation, provided a chilling reflection of the current state of the nation through the eyes of what amounted to a blindfolded journalist– but one still able to speak. The report via CNN below:

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Obama Administration Scores Legal Victory On Health Care

How will Rush Limbaugh spin this ruling?

Huffington Post

The Obama administration won a victory Thursday in the winding legal debate surrounding the president’s signature health care law, as a federal judge in Mississippi threw out a suit challenging the constitutionality of the bill.

The judge, Keith Starret, who serves on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, ruled that plaintiffs suing over the coming implementation of the individual mandate did not demonstrate sufficient standing for him to take the case. He “granted in part” the administrations motion to dismiss the case, but gave the plaintiffs 30 days to amend their complaint.

“The Court finds that the allegations of Plaintiffs’ First Amended Petition, as stated therein, are insufficient to show that they have standing to challenge the minimum essential coverage provision of the PPACA [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act]. Therefore, the Court dismisses Plaintiffs’ First Amended Petition without prejudice.”

The ruling is welcome news for the president, who earlier this week suffered a legal setback when a federal judge in Florida called the individual mandate unconstitutional and ruled that as such, the entire health care law was void.

Starret didn’t weigh into the legal debate surrounding Congress’ ability to force individuals to buy health insurance. Rather, he determined that those filing suit had failed to fully demonstrate that their constitutional rights were being violated.    More…

 

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