Overnight Tuesday to Wednesday News

by: jlms qkw

Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 23:37:37 PM EST

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jlms qkw :: Overnight Tuesday to Wednesday News
Susan Powell's sister remembers murdered nephews on anniversary of explosion
Salt Lake Tribune; Melinda Rogers
Just as she has many times in the past year, Denise Cox spent part of her day Tuesday driving 10 miles from her Bonney Lake, Wash., home to the quiet grave that is the final resting place for her nephews.

A photo of 5-year-old Braden Powell and his 7-year-old brother Charlie sitting with their mother, Susan, is etched into a charcoal-gray headstone. Pinwheels, toy cars, dinosaurs, flowers and superhero figurines sit nearby: Some new, some left the day the two brothers were lowered into the ground together in a shared casket.

The Passing Of Louis Pagan Is A Loss Of A Hispanic Social Media Leader And Innovator

I was very saddened by the tragic news that a person that I highly admired as a online media leader, Louis Pagan, passed away over the weekend. Louis was a co-founder of both Hispanic media organizations, LATISM and Hispanicize, because he had such a great passion on studying how Latinos communicate online both professionally and personally and he wanted to teach others to utilize the latest social media technology in order to create successful marketing campaigns and build relationships. He loved to share his ideas and collaborate with others in building innovative strategies within the Hispanic online media landscape.

Concerns of Climate, Fires and Al Qaeda Burn Up Bill Hearing
City Weekly; Eric S. Peterson

Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, surprised almost everyone in attendance by agreeing something should be done now and not later in the issue. He cited wildfires as being primarily on federally controlled public lands. He also argued that these lands are potential targets of Al Qaida terrorists who might want to set them on fire. To that end, he proposed gutting the bill and its references to climate change and rewriting it to allow the state to make long-term fire planning in response to "federal mismanagement" of public lands -- the amendment failed amidst laughter of disbelief from those of the public at the hearing.

Police Chief Zeb Hemsworth calls pro-choice woman a "piece of shit scum sucking baby killing bitch" [UPDATE]
City Pages; Aaron Rupar

In a comment thread about a pro-Second Amendment photo, of all things, Hemsworth called the woman a "piece of shit scum sucking baby killing bitch" and a "filthy swanky slut." He was apparently irate because she had the audacity to say: "Women have the right to chose what guns we want just like a man and we also have the right to choose if we want/need an abortion via Roe vs Wade. I assume that was the double meaning to this post."

This is somewhere in Minnesota, possibly the Minneapolis/St.Paul metro area.  

Full Circle: the Iraq Refugee's Story

So that's my take. Send a buncha introspective, intelligent kids into the lions den, and WHAM, things get ugly. The survivors come home. Happy, yes. Hyper-vigilant. Edgy. Heartbroken and just plain sad.

And lost.
And lost.

"Suicide is painless," so says the song.

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news tips (2.00 / 13)
sorry about the mess, i re-titled the dupes and took out the content.  


I just checked my local paper (2.00 / 7)
and am pleased to report that not much is going on here. We have been alerted that a winter storm watch is in effect starting tomorrow night. We are expecting 5-8 inches. Happy shoveling to me!

"Hair on fire complicates the decision of how to deal with the knot in your knickers while clutching your pearls with both hands." ~ wordsinthewind

Technically, that photo is "a trite image taken from the Internet". (2.00 / 6)
It is one of the images depicting the J Town Babbling Brook which is what I renamed the DK4 "stream" to. ;)

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

noted. (2.00 / 4)
if i use the photo again, i will note that.  a trite image . . . indeed!  ;-)  

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NPR story about tsunami debris washing ashore in Alaska (2.00 / 8)
Tsunami Debris On Alaska's Shores Like 'Standing In Landfill'
Chris Pallister, president of the nonprofit Gulf of Alaska Keeper, has been cleaning up debris that washes onto Alaska's shores for the past 11 years. Marine debris isn't a new issue for the state, but he says his job got a whole lot harder when the tsunami wreckage began arriving last spring.

"You're basically standing in landfill out here," he says, shaking his head in disgust.

Obviously the people in Japan did not intentionally litter the shores of Alaska. But this need to build on every last inch of shoreline despite the risks of those buildings and people's belongings ending up in the ocean (or river) should be questioned.  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

German Education Minister accused of plagiarism (2.00 / 5)
had her PhD title revoked yesterday.

Der Spiegel: PhD revoked

German Education Minister Annette Schavan has long been dogged by accusations that she had plagiarized parts of her Ph.D. thesis. Now, the University of Düsseldorf has revoked her degree. She may be forced to resign from Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet.

So far Merkel has supported her, but with a general election looming later this year, she could become a liability. We'll see. In any event, it's telling that the Minister of EDUCATION cheated on her dissertation. Shavan is the German variety of conservative and a member of Merkel's sister party CSU, which is only in Bavaria.

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht

unwise (2.00 / 3)
on her part.  Ms. Schavan's.  

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That was all pre-internet, so the likelihood of getting (2.00 / 3)
caught was much slimmer then. I have no idea what she was thinking, and it was the 2nd case of plagiarism in Merkel's cabinet in 2 years. Her Minister of Defense had to resign in 2011 for the same reason. He is also a conservative, and of noble blood, lol.

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

What is with these guys?

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht

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one of the ivy leagues (2.00 / 3)
just had a giant case of cheating.  maybe they didn't have the internet back then, but they both had to know there was a chance of getting caught.  


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Americans held hostage ... for health insurance. (2.00 / 7)
More Than 75 Percent Of Americans Delayed Their Retirement To Avoid Losing Health Benefits
... the United States' primarily employer-based health insurance system doesn't just impact Americans' retirement decisions. It has also contributed to the "job lock" phenomenon, which prevents Americans from switching jobs or changing career paths because they're too worried about losing access to their health benefits. "Job lock" ultimately creates an inefficient labor market, since workers may not take better jobs because they're concerned about having a gap in health coverage.

Not only an inefficient labor market but one where people stay on in jobs only for benefits ... jobs that could be opened up for kids graduating from college. Those kids, and their thousands of dollars in student loans, are finding that the future is increasingly bleak.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

So what we really should do is raise the retirement age, right? (2.00 / 6)

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Exactly!! (2.00 / 6)
Keep people working until they die!! That will keep Medicare and Social Security solvent. Sigh.  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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Filibuster in the news again. (2.00 / 4)
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has every right to be upset about this:

GOP effort to undermine the @CFPB by filibuster is an attack on America's families. Cordray should be confirmed without delay.
4:16 PM - 06 Feb 13

43 Republican Senators have said they will filibuster Richard Cordray's nomination.

Thanks, Harry Reid!

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

Ha Ha and Ha! (2.00 / 3)
Joe Walsh: 'If Rove Wants A Fight For The Soul Of The Republican Party, Bring It On'
Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) on Wednesday told TPM he is still talking to people and figuring out the necessary steps to create a super PAC to counter Karl Rove's new group, the Conservative Victory Project. [...]

"His new super PAC says Republicans have to sound like Democrats to win," Walsh added. "Instead what we need are Republicans who will make the case for freedom and limited government and fight like hell for those causes. That's how we win. Let the battle begin."

"That's how we win" said the guy who lost running on his definition of "freedom" and limiting government, except for the part of government that paid his "big time" paycheck.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

Marco Rubio ... this year's Bobby Jindal (2.00 / 3)
Rubio To Deliver GOP Response To State Of The Union
"I'm honored to have this opportunity to discuss how limited government and free enterprise have helped make my family's dreams come true in America," said Senator Rubio.  "Limited government and free enterprise are the very foundation of what makes America special and separates us from the world, particularly through our strong middle class.  I look forward to laying out the Republican case of how our ideas can help people close the gap between their dreams and the opportunities to realize them."

Glossary of terms:
- Limited Government: After we get our SSA survivor benefits (Paul Ryan) and disability payments (Ayn Rand)
- Free Enterprise: With TIFs and business tax credits (Ron Johnson)
- My Family's Dreams: I said MY FAMILY ... not yours. Your's can keep dreaming, amigo.
- Middle-class: Those making over $250,000 per year.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

The NYT agrees with you....... (2.00 / 4)
Though the State of the Union rebuttal has been seen as an opportunity for rising stars to gain broader exposure, it has not had clear immediate benefits for the past few choices: Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana in 2012, Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin in 2011, Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia in 2010 and Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana in 2009.


Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

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Yes, that obviously is not something that looks good on a resume. (2.00 / 3)
Someone once said (maybe Rachel Maddow?) that having to give a speech after Barack Obama must be the worst job in the world.

And while Paul Ryan certainly ended up on the national stage, it had less to do with that speech burnishing his national creds as it did with his cold-heartedness and his falsely earnest face.  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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The Seattle Times re Sally Jewell..... (2.00 / 3)
Jewell remarked that she's "excited to take on this new challenge" and joked that replacing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar would be tough.

"I look forward to working with the dedicated employees at Interior who work so hard to care for our land and our resources every day," she said.

"I'm going to do my best to fill those big boots of yours," Jewell said to Salazar, prompting another round of laughter, "but I think I might get lost in your hat."


Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

I like the cut of her jib. (2.00 / 3)
I read that she should not have any serious pushback from the Republicans. I suppose they can't just come out and say they don't want her because she is a woman, can they?

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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twitter was having fits today (2.00 / 3)
but she worked for Mobile OIL!!!!!!!!!

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Thanks, Jenn. (2.00 / 1)
I had just enough energy for a quick skim-and-rec last night, but I do appreciate your news compilations. :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


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