A round-up of news items, articles, columns and blog posts that caught our eye this past week.
B-Daddy: It's not the capitalism, it's the crony.
Awesome: Convicted cop-killer just chillaxin' in jail supports the #Occupy Wall Street movement.
Doubly awesome: Eugene Robinson of WaPo totally stoked for the Democratic Party to embrace the Nazi and aforementioned fascist pig-killing Rastafarian endorsing #OWS movement.
Another 53 percenter:
Remember, gang... Days not weeks. Just another O > W moment.
US and Italian defense chiefs on Monday said they examined prospects for ending the allied air campaign over Libya and how to support the country's post-Kadhafi transition in talks at the Pentagon.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who expressed thanks for Italy's role in the NATO-led operation, said alliance commanders favored pressing on with bombing raids as Moamer Kadhafi's loyalists were still putting up resistance in Sirte.
We're hearing the death of Gadaffi is a success for the Obama administration's foreign policy? Uh, sure. But what was the policy? How is it considered a success when you tell the American people you are merely protecting the Libyan citizens when you were clearly attempting to wack the dictator of a foreign country who posed no direct threat to this country? And how does sniveling about thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts gone missing compare to thousands of surface-to-air missiles gone missing? Might've been something we should've considered before we threw in for this "days not weeks" overseas kinetic adventure.
Are we glad he’s gone? Sure. But the question nobody seems to want to ask is by what means is Congress going to develop the stones to demand accountability of our Commander-in-Chief. If Obama suddenly decides that he doesn’t like Assad, is Congress going to sit on their collective hands again while the President employs this country’s resources to wack him? What is the foreign policy criteria for getting put on the President's hit list? Seems kind of loosy-goosy from where we're sitting.
There are names for governing by mere whim and none of them rhyme with constitutional republic.
Yeah, kind of like the tea party:
Efforts by the Occupy Baltimore protest group to evolve into a self-contained, self-governing community have erupted into controversy with the distribution of a pamphlet that victim advocates and health workers fear discourages victims of sexual assaults from contacting police.
The pamphlet says that members of the protest group who believe they are victims or who suspect sexual abuse "are encouraged to immediately report the incident to the Security Committee," which will investigate and "supply the abuser with counseling resources."
The directive also says, in part, "Though we do not encourage the involvement of the police in our community, the survivor has every right, and the support of Occupy Baltimore, to report the abuse to the appropriate authorities."
Go to the police or don't go to the police? Dammit. We're racking our brain trying to remember what instructions were given to us at tea party rallies.
Also, quote of the week:
One Oakland police supervisor said that the participants first appeared to him as “freethinking activists” but have since devolved into something more sinister. He said it was “interesting for a group that claims to be against current civilization and rules to set up a far more oppressive society than our own.”
KT reminds us to be thankful for... flies... sure as heck beats winged piranhas and just think where human civilization would be if that were in Earth's evolutionary deck of cards. Don't have to think... KT figured it out for you, here.
W.C. Varones finally comes clean and, uh, reveals himself as a 99er.
Washington Post the most politically-biased paper in America? We're still sticking with the New York Times. Hell, even our hopelessly biased home-town L.A. Times has been covering Fast and Furious, our federally funded and operated gun-running scheme to Mexico.
So, what is the point behind the NFL's bye week? This week: no Philly, New York Giants, New England Patriots, and San Francisco Forty Niners. No Tom Brady, Michael Vick and one of the surprise teams in the NFL this season. Who thought this was a good idea? We hate the bye week. Roger Goodell, make it go away!
Alright, gang, that's probably all for now. We'll be back on Monday.