People are so frequently what they attack:
A woman will receive at least 25 years in prison after being convicted of videotaping two men having sex with her 14-year-old daughter, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Biron claimed on her Facebook page (which has been removed) that she had worked with the Alliance Defending Freedom, which advocates for “religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family,” in a tax fight that pitted the city of Concord, N.H., against a Pentecostal church. A blogger at Americablog also claims she was included in the group’s “Honor Corps,” which recognizes attorneys who provide 450 hours of pro bono work for the organization. The ADF said in November that Buron was not an employee.
This might not be the worst flu season in my lifetime, but it’s up there:
Deaths in the current flu season officially crossed the line into “epidemic” territory Friday, federal health officials said, adding that, on the bright side, there were also early signs that the caseloads could be peaking.
Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking on a conference call Friday morning, again urged Americans to keep getting flu shots. At the same time, they emphasized that the shots are not infallible: a preliminary study rated this year’s vaccine as 62 percent effective, even though it is a good match for the most worrisome virus circulating. That is considered “moderately” effective — the vaccine typically ranges from 50 percent to 70 percent effective.
Even though deaths stepped into epidemic territory for the first time — barely — the C.D.C. officials expressed no alarm, and said it was possible that new flu infections were peaking in some parts of the country.
Rocky Fest 2013!
Saturday, January 12th
South Philly Bar & Grill celebrates Rocky-Fest – an epic tribute to the Rocky series with fun, food and drinks. This all-day event begins at 11am and the party doesn’t stop until 2am, as we screen all of the Rocky films in reverse order starting with Rocky Balboa at 11am and ending with the finale showing of the original Rocky at 7pm.
The lineup includes:
11:00am-12:30pm Rocky Balboa
12:30pm-2:00pm Rocky V
2:00pm-3:30pm Rocky IV
3:30pm-5:00pm Rocky III
5:00pm-7:00pm Rocky II
7:00pm-9:00pm Rocky I
9:00pm-2:00am Party with DJ Perry Angelozzi
Dj Perry Angelozzi will keep the party going until 2 am with a music and video tribute, Rocky Trivia and more kick-ass Rocky themed food and drink specials, such as $10 Italian Stallion Salad, $10 Italian Meats Pizza, and the TKO Rocky Road Bread Pudding.
Nothing seems to deter the administration from housing and banking policies that simply whitewash massive problems with banks:
Federal banking regulators are trumpeting an $8.5 billion settlement this week with 10 banks as quick justice for aggrieved homeowners, but the deal is actually a way to quietly paper over a deeply flawed review of foreclosed loans across America, according to current and former regulators and consultants.
To avoid criticism as the review stalled and consultants collected more than $1 billion in fees, the regulators, led by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, abandoned the effort after examining a sliver of nearly four million loans in foreclosure, the regulators and consultants said.
Because they have no idea how many borrowers were harmed, the regulators are spreading the cash payments over all 3.8 million borrowers — whether there was evidence of harm or not. As a result, many victims of foreclosure abuses like bungled loan modifications, deficient paperwork, excessive fees and wrongful evictions will most likely get less money.
“It’s absurd that this money will be distributed with such little regard to who was actually harmed,” said Bruce Marks, the chief executive of the nonprofit Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America.
While the comptroller’s office acknowledged flaws in the review, Bryan Hubbard, a spokesman for the agency, said the “settlement results in $3.3 billion being paid to consumers and that is the largest total cash payout of any settlement involving borrowers affected by foreclosures to date.”
The examination was plagued by problems from its start in November 2011, according to interviews with more than 25 people who reviewed foreclosures, 15 current and former regulators and 6 bank officials, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly or feared retribution.
Several former employees of a consulting firm doing reviews said that their managers showed bias toward the bank that hired them. Other reviewers said that the test questions used to evaluate each loan were indecipherable and in some cases the process failed to catch serious harm. Many borrowers said they had never heard of the review or were so baffled by the process that they gave up or dismissed it as just another empty promise.
Two men walked the streets of Portland armed with assault weapons earlier this week because they said they wanted to “educate” residents, who reacted by fleeing and calling police.
Warren Drouin and Steven Boyce told KPTV that they were forced to take drastic measure to make sure people were aware of their Second Amendment rights after 20 children in Connecticut were massacred with same type of AR-15 rifles they were carrying.
“We’re not threatening anyone,” Drouin explained. “We don’t have that type of criminal behavior.”
“This happens to open that line of communication, to let people know that you can defend yourself in a time of crisis or any time that you want to,” Boyce added.
But KPTV’s Kaitlyn Bolduc reported that the demonstration created a “state of panic” in Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood.
“Employees inside of E Hair Studio hid in the back of the salon and locked there doors, while other ran for help for fear the two were really there to cause harm,” Bolduc said.
More on using the platinum coin.
Johnny Brenda’s is my very favorite neighborhood haunt, and it just got this plug from Zagat. So I’m torn: I just don’t want it to get that popular. (But it really is good. And pretty cheap, considering it’s all local food.)
Everyone has an ideology, whether they know it or not. But when your ideology has you – that’s when you’re an ideologue. It’s not a matter of “extremism” but of rigidity and blindness – detachment from reality. Which is why Barack Obama is one of the most ideological presidents we’ve ever had. And being imprisoned in his “pragmatist” ideology is key to his numerous pragmatic train wrecks, as well his less-noted failures to even take on several really big, really significant problems.
It’s not a matter of intelligence. Barack Obama is clearly one of the smartest men to ever occupy the Oval Office. President of the Harvard Law Review, four years from state senator to President of the United States. First black president. These are not the accomplishments of a stupid, or even just a reasonably competent man.
Unfortunately, however, smart people can often be quite dumb – not just do dumb things, but do them over and over and over again. And while Obama’s rapid rise to power was a tale that highlighted his intelligence, his time in office – now at its half-way point – has been a tale that highlights the limits of that intelligence. Those limits are deeply implicated in his ideology – a fanatical belief in compromise, no matter what – that has served him admirably on a personal level in his rapid climb to power, but that fundamentally cripples him in the exercise of that power once it is in his hands.
Go read, let me know what you think.