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The First Ever “East Coast v. West Coast, Government Perv-Off”

Thanks to our friends at the Conan O’Brien show on TBS.  (Very Funny)

 

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Reilly to Step Down as UW System President

The question truly at heart here:  Was he pushed, or was he nudged?

University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly is leaving the UW System to accept a position advising the American Council on Education and return to teaching, according to a release from the UW System.

Reilly is expected to step down by the end of the year or sooner. He will begin is new position in January 2014.

“We overcame financial headwinds to build a higher education system that expanded access to college classrooms for Wisconsin families and responded to the needs of our economy for skilled graduates able to compete and succeed in a global economy,” Reilly said in the release.

Reilly has been the UW System President since 2004.

Gov. Scott Walker told reporters at a public appearance in Milwaukee that he has known about Reilly’s plans for a couple of days. Walker’s spokesman Tom Evenson says Walker spoke directly with Reilly about his departure.

He was at the center of a legislative storm earlier this year over UW building $650 million in reserves at the same time it was raising tuition 5.5 percent a year.

Other news outfits report that various members of the UW System’s Board of Regents have pretty much run for the hills when reached by the press.  Which clearly seems to indicate who really ran the UW System since 2004.

(Hint: It wasn’t the Regents.)

Under Reilly, the regents got to be what many of them clearly wanted to be — absentee landlords who met every once in a while, and signed off on everything Reilly put before them.

Is it any wonder none of them appeared to know about the $1 Billion slush fund until it was too late?

Make no mistake about it, a gig at ACE (the DC name for the American Council on Education) is about as cherry as it can get for a left-wing academic in his mid-to-late 60s, which Reilly is at 64.   Want to know why we have a Department of Education in the first place, look to them and the National Education Association.  NEA pushed on the K-12 level, ACE pushed on the collegiate level.  In their wake, they left government bureaucracy and waste at the Corners of C and Maryland Ave SW.

They’re proud of that fact.

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Filner Wants San Diego Taxpayers to Pay His Legal Costs

Seriously, this has got to be insulting on so many levels for many a San Diegan.

Embattled Mayor Bob Filner is asking San Diego taxpayers to cover the legal fees he’ll incur from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former staff member.

Filner’s attorney, Harvey Berger, sent a letter Monday requesting the city pay the mayor’s legal expenses. The City Council will consider the issue Tuesday in closed session and allow public testimony at 5:30 p.m. or whenever the regular council meeting ends.

Irene McCormack Jackson, the mayor’s former communications director, filed the lawsuit July 22 against Filner and the city seeking unspecified damages. She has accused Filner of creating a hostile work environment in which women were treated as “sexual objects or stupid idiots” and making unwanted sexual advances toward her, including kisses and derogatory comments.

Council President Todd Gloria announced the mayor’s request at the end of Monday’s council meeting and said it would be discussed by the council in closed session Tuesday. It’s not likely to pass given that seven of the nine council members have called on Filner to resign.

Filner isn’t be sued because as mayor he oversaw a new law or ordinance.  He’s being sued as a 70-year-old horn dog / serial hugger who clearly has issues on a personal level.  There’s little to no justification for the city to pay the cost for his misdeeds.

If he had a brain in his head, he’d just resign.  It’s just a pity that it took so long for his fellow Democrats in D.C and California to call for it.  Word is the state Democratic Party of California covered for him as late as two years ago.  That woman — a former Democratic California state legislator —  is now one of the seven or eight now suing Filner for harassment.

Liberals really need to decide what matters more to them, having a narrative where they say the Right is staging a “War on Women,” or covering for politicians who are actually attacking women on a frequent and almost daily basis by their personal actions.

But who am I kidding.  For the Left, it is always about abortion.  I think Nina Burleigh put that in enough context back in 1998, didn’t she?

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BBC to Simulcast “Doctor Who 50th” Anniversary Special Worldwide

How do you avoid spoilers on a worldwide scale in the world of Internet fan boards, Wikipedia entries and much, much, more for possibly the most popular franchise in the Anglo-Saxon world?

Easy, show the exact same show on all networks you own at the exact same time, regardless of time zone. 

BBC Worldwide is doing everything it can to help you avoid spoilers for the Doctor Who 50th-anniversary special set to air Nov. 23. Instead of hopping in the TARDIS and traveling around, giving each fan their own copy of the show, executives arranged for the 3D special to be broadcast around the globe at the exact same time, Radio Times reports. The site did some math and broke it down like this: It airs at 7 p.m. in the United Kingdom, 11:00 a.m. on the West Coast of the United States, and 7 a.m. in Sydney, Australia. That would place it at 2 p.m. on the East Coast, if you’re keeping track.

“It’s always been our ambition to work with our broadcast partners so that international Doctor Who fans can enjoy the 50th Anniversary special at the same time as the UK,” BBC Worldwide said in a statement. “We’ll have more details soon about our very exciting global plans for November.”

That registers to a 1:00 PM Central showing here in Wisconsin.

This could make for some rather upset Badgers fans, as…oh, who am I kidding, Bucky’s taking on Goldie for Paul Bunyon’s axe.  There will be plenty of time to see either the start or the finale of the game when the Badgers are up 63-13 or some such insane score as U of M takes its annual beating.

Such a move pretty much makes this the Super Bowl for Whovians, who have anticipated many surprises along the way, but nothing at such a scale as a worldwide simulcast.

As to why it is in 3D, frankly I have no idea.

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U.S. Growth in Shale Oil Upsets the Saudis and OPEC

By the way to the anti-fracking folks, this is good news. 

Why you wish to stop it is beyond basic logic?

Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has warned that the kingdom’s petroleum-dependent economy is increasingly vulnerable as rising production of U.S. shale oil and gas reduces global demand for crude from members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

In an open letter dated May 13 addressed to Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi and several other ministers, which was published Sunday on Prince Alwaleed’s Twitter account, he said the kingdom won’t be able to fulfill its plan to increase its crude production capacity to 15 million barrels because of the shale threat.

Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, is now pumping at less than its production capacity because consumers are limiting their oil imports, Prince Alwaleed said. This means the kingdom is, “facing a threat with the continuation of its near-complete reliance on oil, especially as 92% of the budget for this year depends on oil,” said the prince.

A Saudi official who asked not to be named confirmed that ministers received the letter in May.

Is there a downside to the U.S. becoming less dependent on OPEC nations?  Nothing for the U.S., the Saudis do have a point that they need to diversify their economy.  If 92 percent is stuck in one sector, you’re asking for trouble — both internally and externally — it is never economically wise to put all your eggs in one basket.

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Quote of the Day

Great point made in tomorrow’s lead editorial in the Wall Street Journal about Pres. Barack Obama seeming to “sneer” at a report — grossly underestimated I might add — that the Keystone Pipeline will only create 2,000 jobs.

(The project may actually create upwards of 25,000 by some estimates.)

But even if TransCanada were lying, think about a President sneering at 2,000 jobs for “a year or two” when the U.S. jobless rate is 7.6%. This is the same President who justified his $830 billion stimulus, and even now wants more government spending on public works, in the name of creating jobs, some of which are also for only “a year or two.” The jobs Mr. Obama seems to despise are those created by someone other than government.

Well said.

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Weiner Paid $45,000 to Hacker to Investigate Himself

How committed to a lie does one have to be in order to do something like this? 

How big of an ego?

How narcissistic?

Serial sexter Anthony Weiner paid a private eye nearly $45,000 in campaign cash to investigate his lie that a hacker posted a crotch shot on his Twitter feed, campaign spending records show.

Weiner’s brazen attempt to cover his tracks occurred shortly after Memorial Day weekend in 2011, when his first sexting scandal erupted and he went into furious spin control trying to save his career in Congress.

He maintained that he had been victimized — and promised an investigation to get to the bottom of how it happened.

“They’ll be looking into whether someone had my password,” he told CNN.

Weiner ultimately paid a private investigations firm, T&M Protection services, $43,100 from his campaign fund — knowing nobody hacked anything and that he’d sent the image himself.

T&M officials declined to answer questions about what work they did and what they discovered.

It is possible that even more money was spent on the fool’s errand.

At the time, Weiner said he had asked a law firm, BakerHostetler, to look into the matter. Records show his campaign paid BakerHostetler $93,350 for “legal services” between January 2010 and December 2012.

It’s not clear how much of that was for the hacker “investigation” because the firm was doing work for Weiner before and long after the scandal.

“The Weiner campaign hired lawyers and other professionals as part of responding to the many official and media inquiries before and after his resignation,” said Barbara Morgan, a spokeswoman for Weiner’s mayoral campaign.

This isn’t exactly “new” news, back in early 2012 it was reported that the campaign had spent $13,000 initially.  Now, it appears there are $32,000 more we didn’t know about.

People like to say that Tony Weiner is a creation of the Clintons.  In actuality, that’s half right.  Huma is, her time as Hillary’s “Gal Friday” since her days working as a meek Senate staffer following her in to 2008 Presidential race to her making $355K on the side in addition to her salary as a State Department employee, she sat at the seat next to a master.

So did Weiner, but his master was New York Senator Chuck Schumer.  Prior to running for Congress himself, Weiner was Schumer’s press secretary and protegee.   If this is “New York’s Finest” when it comes to liberal politicians, or even what the future of the Democratic Party is, then get set for years and years of ego-driven politicians, not problem solvers.

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