Framing the Dialogue

News Briefs Volume XV

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1“The King is gone but he’s not forgotten.   This is a story about Johnny Rotten.   It’s better to burn out, cause rust never sleeps.  The King is gone but he’s not forgotten.”  Sometimes the left is so out in left field and it is fun to watch them try to “eat” one of their own only to have it thrown back in their face.  Famed Sex Pistols front-man, Johnny Rotten apparently was criticized for planning a concert in of all places, Israel.  It is very posh to be anti-Jewish and Pro-Palestinian on the left, but Mr. Rotten would have none of it;

“I really resent the presumption that I’m going there to play to right-wing Nazi Jews. If Elvis-f-ing-Costello wants to pull out of a gig in Israel because he’s suddenly got this compassion for Palestinians, then good on him. But I have absolutely one rule, right? Until I see an Arab country, a Muslim country, with a democracy, I won’t understand how anyone can have a problem with how they’re treated.”

Brief 2:  You probably have not heard this story or read the headline; “Police say it’s ‘very possible’ attacks near fairgrounds had racial overtones” in most media outlets.  This would certainly capture nation attention had the perpetrators been “whitey,” but the hate crimes were against whites at an Iowa state fair

“On-duty officers at the fairgrounds advise there was a group of 30 to 40 individuals roaming the fairgrounds openly calling it ‘beat whitey night.”

and this excerpt from the story;

“State Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, D-Des Moines, who has worked to fight gang-related violence, said he doesn’t have enough information to decide if the fights were racially motivated. He said police comments that race was involved could miss other factors, such as nonracial taunting.  ‘Unfortunately, like any other city, you have certain parts of town that individuals congregate in,” Abdul-Samad said. “You have those that go into that area with no problem, and those who cannot.’  He added, ‘We of course need to work on race relations. If anyone says we don’t, they are playing games with themselves.”

I’ll leave to you to ascertain to which race Mr. Abdul-Samad belongs, but his words are BS.  It sounds like “beat whitey” night was followed by “blame whitey” day.

Brief 3:  This one will probably be found in the next edition of the Darwin Awards.  The headlines sums it up nicely;

Amateur NC ghost hunter looking for ‘ghost train’ hit and killed by real train

My question is that since they writer used the term “amateur” to describe the ghost hunter are there actually professional ghost hunters?  What do they make?  and is it anything like Ghostbusters?

Brief 4HP booted their CEO recently over claims that he harassed an employee in a sexual way.  Actually Mark Hurd resigned after his actions came to light.  HP took the high road even though under Hurd’s five year tenure HP’s stocks doubled in value.  The comments/releases from HP are interesting;

“An investigation found that Hurd falsified expense reports and other financial documents to conceal the relationship. The company said it found that its sexual harassment policy wasn’t violated but that its standards of business conduct were.  Hurd’s “systematic pattern” of submitting falsified financial reports to hide the relationship convinced the board that “it would be impossible for him to be an effective leader moving forward and that he had to step down,”

If only the Executive Branch of the United States Government had that much righteousness 18 years ago.

Brief 5:  I recently read Life Without Lawyers as I do harbor a belief that the law is often twisted by practitioners to exploit people, companies and apparently schools.  Children attending Charleston West Virginia schools will no longer have to contend with evil, dangerous swings.  The school district has decided the cost to maintain surfaces and litigious parents no longer make it feasible to have swings.  It takes two to tango and sleazy lawyers need sleazy clients to represent. 

I think about the things we attempted on swings, getting hurt, but NEVER would have dreamed of suing because we were stupid kids.  Maybe there will be some ARRA (porkulus) money available to hire swing watchers/catchers? Are we that far away from a generation of bubble boys?

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