Archive for December, 2012

I Must Have Missed the Feingold Outrage Press Release

Real­ize it is the hol­i­days and all, but you’d think Fein­gold (or his PAC) would have said some­thing about this by now.

Unless of course, it’s his pres­i­dent and he’s hold­ing out hope for an appoint­ment or something?

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has signed into law a five-year exten­sion of the U.S. government’s author­ity to mon­i­tor the over­seas activ­ity of sus­pected for­eign spies and terrorists.

The war­rant­less inter­cept pro­gram would have expired at the end of 2012 with­out the president’s approval. The renewal bill won final pas­sage in the Sen­ate on Friday.

Known as the For­eign Intel­li­gence Sur­veil­lance Act, the law allows the gov­ern­ment to mon­i­tor over­seas phone calls and emails with­out obtain­ing a court order for each intercept.

In 2008, Fein­gold — then try­ing to force Obama more and more left when it comes to pla­cat­ing ter­ror­ists — called the law “a black mark” on the Con­gress, tried to fil­i­buster it, and called it “one of the great­est assaults on the Con­sti­tu­tion I can think of in the his­tory of our country.”

Funny, I always thought it was “McCain-Feingold,” and I have the Supreme Court back­ing my opin­ion up.

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Welcome to “Black Monday”

Don’t worry, you don’t have to go shopping…unless you’re an owner of a National Foot­ball League owner.

Expect coaches to be sent pack­ing.  Word is long-time Eagles head coach Andy Reid to be given his walk­ing papers.  Expect Romeo Cor­nell of the Kansas City Chiefs to be gone.  San Diego will finally be done with Norv Turner.

The real sur­prises though, might be in front offices.   Already, New York Jets Gen­eral Man­ager Mike Tan­nen­baum is gone (Rex Ryan appar­ently is stay­ing, no word yet on Sanchez and/or Tebow).

Also, if you’re a Browns fan, you’re coach is gone, expect your GM to fol­low if the new own­er­ship has its way.

Most of the “insider” types are expect­ing 9–12 coaches fired and up to 7 to 9 gen­eral man­agers will be gone by either the end of today, or the end of the week.

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Dr. Obama…Or How I Stopped Wor­ry­ing and Learned to Love the Fis­cal Cliff”

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From the Same Mindset Which Blames Murder on the Weapon Being Used…

(H/T Instapun­dit)

Swazi­land is one of the two land-locked coun­tries located within the bound­aries of South Africa.  It’s not really known for much else in the North Amer­i­can con­ti­nent beyond the African HIV epi­demic and the low­est life expectancy on the planet.

But this news might change that.

Police in Swazi­land are crack­ing down on rape—by putting women in jail. Author­i­ties in Africa’s last absolute monar­chy have issued a ban on “rape-provoking” cloth­ing, includ­ing miniskirts, midriff-revealing tops, and low-rise jeans, the AFP reports. Women caught wear­ing such cloth­ing will be arrested, and face six months in jail. “The act of the rapist is made easy, because it would be easy to remove the half-cloth worn by the women,” a police spokes­woman explained.

The spokes­woman also said that provocatively-dressed women are to blame when they are sex­u­ally assaulted. “I have read from the social net­works that men and even other women have a ten­dency of ‘undress­ing peo­ple with their eyes.’ That becomes eas­ier when the clothes are hug­ging or are more reveal­ing,” she said. The ban will not, how­ever, apply to tra­di­tional garb, which can be a tad reveal­ing. Dur­ing the annual Reed Dance, for instance, women go bare-breasted and wear beaded skirts that only cover their front.

No word yet on any­thing else in Swazi­land that the author­i­ties wish to blame the vic­tim for.  It’s early though.

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ASPCA Pays Ringling Bros. in Elephant Lawsuit">ASPCA Pays Ringling Bros. in Elephant Lawsuit

Want to know the truly nutty part about this story, it is that the Amer­i­can Soci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion to Cru­elty to Ani­mals (a legit ani­mal rights orga­ni­za­tion not known for being crazy like the gang at PeTA) were ini­tially the plain­tiffs in this case over a decade ago.

I’m not a lawyer, but some­thing had to come up in the dis­cov­ery phase which caused atti­tudes to change.

An ani­mal rights group will pay Rin­gling Bros. and Bar­num & Bai­ley Cir­cus $9.3 mil­lion to set­tle a law­suit the cir­cus filed after courts found that activists paid a for­mer cir­cus worker for his help in claim­ing the cir­cus abused elephants.

The Amer­i­can Soci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to Ani­mals said Fri­day it was not admit­ting any wrong­do­ing in set­tling the law­suit. The New York-based ani­mal rights group was one of sev­eral involved in a law­suit filed in 2000 against the cir­cus’ owner, Feld Enter­tain­ment Inc., claim­ing ele­phants were abused. Courts later found that the ani­mal rights activists had paid a for­mer Rin­gling barn helper involved in the law­suit at least $190,000, mak­ing him “essen­tially a paid plain­tiff” who lacked credibility.

Two courts agreed the for­mer barn helper, Tom Rider, wasn’t cred­i­ble and didn’t have a right to sue. As a result, they didn’t address claims the cir­cus vio­lated the fed­eral Endan­gered Species Act by allegedly chain­ing the ele­phants for long peri­ods and allow­ing train­ers to use sharp tools called bullhooks.

The Vienna, Va.-based Feld Enter­tain­ment Inc. sued the ani­mal rights groups and Rider in 2007, accus­ing them of con­spir­ing to harm the company’s busi­ness and other ille­gal acts. The law­suit claims the groups were work­ing together with the goal of per­ma­nently ban­ning Asian ele­phants from circuses.

Friday’s set­tle­ment cov­ers only the ASPCA. Twelve other defen­dants includ­ing The Humane Soci­ety of the United States, the Ani­mal Wel­fare Insti­tute and The Fund for Ani­mals are still involved in the lawsuit.

Ani­mal rights groups have been tar­get­ing the use of ele­phants in a num­ber of cir­cuses for years, most of it based on the infor­ma­tion Rider has given them.  Since then, it has become a cause celeb with the Hol­ly­wood set with attempts to get the cir­cus banned in as many cities as they can.

They’ve made so much head­way (six South­ern Cal­i­for­nia cities already ban cir­cus ele­phants) in these efforts that just last week, Los Ange­les was said to be con­sid­er­ing an all-out ban on cir­cuses with ele­phants in them.

I’m against any cru­elty to ani­mals on prin­ci­ple.  You have to have some sort of evil in your heart to will­ingly abuse, neglect and attack an ani­mal.  That being said, it seem incred­i­bly counter-productive for cir­cuses — who need their ele­phants healthy and per­form­ing at their best — to will­ingly abuse their animals.

With this being poten­tially the first of what could be many set­tle­ments Rin­gling Bros. could be get­ting from ani­mal rights groups, you have to start won­der­ing if they’ve over-played their hand here and by how much.  If they had over-whelming proof of abuse against the ele­phants, then why do they need to pay a man to tes­tify that it was going on?

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Roggensack First to File in Supreme Court Race

Sig­na­tures are due on Jan­u­ary 2, 2013 at 5 PM at the offices of the Gov­ern­ment Account­abil­ity Board.

Wis­con­sin Supreme Court Jus­tice Pat Roggen­sack plans to sub­mit the required sig­na­tures to get her name on the bal­lot for re-election next year.

Roggen­sack planned to deliver 4,000 sig­na­tures on Fri­day to the state elec­tions board office. It takes at least 2,000 to get on the bal­lot for the April 2 election.

Two oth­ers have announced they intend to chal­lenge Roggen­sack but they have not yet turned in their nom­i­na­tion papers. The sig­na­tures are due Wednesday.

Chal­leng­ing Roggen­sack are Mar­quette Uni­ver­sity law pro­fes­sor Ed Fal­lone and Mil­wau­kee lemon law attor­ney Vince Megna.

Accord­ing to other media reports Megna has said he’s about 300 sig­na­tures shy of mak­ing the bal­lot with Fal­lone — who is now the assumed lib­eral hope with Dane Co. Judge Mary Ann Sumi likely not run­ning — not announc­ing how many sig­na­tures he’s gathered.

Next Wednes­day could be an inter­est­ing one for C-Level legal candidates.

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General Schwarzkopf Passes at Age 78

Rest in Peace to the last great tank com­mand­ing gen­eral of the 20th Century.

Retired U.S. Gen­eral Nor­man Schwarzkopf Jr, who headed coali­tion forces that drove Iraqi Pres­i­dent Sad­dam Hussein’s army out of Kuwait in Oper­a­tion Desert Storm, has died, a U.S. offi­cial said on Thurs­day. He was 78.

The highly dec­o­rated four-star gen­eral died at 2:22 p.m. ET at his home in Tampa, Florida, said the offi­cial, who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity. The cause of death was not imme­di­ately known.

Schwarzkopf, a burly Viet­nam War vet­eran known as Stormin’ Nor­man, com­manded more than 540,000 U.S. troops and 200,000 allied forces in a six-week war that routed Hussein’s army from Kuwait in 1991, cap­ping his 34-year mil­i­tary career.

Since 1991, Schawarzkopf’s hour-long vic­tory brief­ing has become almost manda­tory study of the U.S. mil­i­tary and every stu­dent at the var­i­ous acad­e­mies at West Point, Col­orado Springs and Annapolis.

Here it is, in its entirely:

 

 

 

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