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I caught the ABC World News tonight, with a segment from Tapper on jobs and the Carney presser today.  Text below.

Gah… the WH, pretzel and his entourage are even emptier than I had thought they would be.  It stuns.  It does.

What’s the White House Doing Today to Create Jobs? And Plouffe’s Comments on Unemployment:

Today’s Qs for O’s WH – 7/8/2011

July 08, 2011 1:50 PM
TAPPER: The items that the president outlined today that Congress needs to do right now, he’s been talking about a number of them — patent reform, the trade deals and infrastructure things — for a long time.  This is not —

CARNEY:  Well, for several weeks, some of them.  But yeah.

TAPPER: Some of them for several months, right?  So — the trade deals.  In any case —

CARNEY:  Well, the trade deals have not been in front of Congress for that long.  We’re saying that they are there now and they should be acted on right now.

TAPPER:  Okay.  What has been the holdup?  He’s the leader of the free world; he’s not some guy down the street.  What has been the holdup? Why has this not happened, despite his declared wishes?

CARNEY:  Well, as you point out, he is the president of the United States; he’s the chief executive.  He is not a leader or a member of Congress, and Congress — these are actions that Congress — in terms of the free trade agreements, we have negotiated the agreements, renegotiated them, brought them to Congress as a package, and with a compromise on TAA that was worked out in a bipartisan way with the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee — or Ways and Means Committee, rather — and, you know, that is now in Congress’ court, so it could be acted on.

Patent reform is working its way through Congress.  It needs to be acted on, so — and what I think the point is, is that there’s no silver bullet.  There’s no single piece of legislation that will somehow address all of our economic concerns.  We just need to act continually, to take the actions that we can take that will have a positive impact on our economy and job creation.  And those — the four he mentioned are ones that he thinks — and that have bipartisan support, and therefore could pass and become law relatively easily, compared to all the other things that we have to do that are so hard to negotiate.

TAPPER:  Right, but when the president wants something to pass Congress — I mean, really wants it, whether it’s Wall Street reform or the health care bill or whatever — he has a way of pushing it, of having it happen.  What is the White House going to do today to have any of these items acted upon?

CARNEY:  Well, the president’s going to go out to the Rose Garden and call on Congress to act on them.  One of the things that the president has that’s unique is a rather substantial bully pulpit. And he utilized that today, as he has in the past, to press Congress to act on these measures.  [bold!! -Mcat] Now, we acknowledge — in part, because we have called — call on Congress to make this happen — that Congress is now engaged — and the Senate having cancelled its recess, the House cancelling a coming recess — you know, in the process of working assiduously to get us a bipartisan compromise on deficit reduction and debt reduction.

However, Congress, like the president, can walk and chew gum at the same time.  And so we call on them to take the actions that we can take, that are there for the taking, because they have bipartisan support and to do the things that they can do to help grow the economy and create jobs.   [Bolder still!! – Mcat]

TAPPER:  OK.  And lastly, comments by Senior Adviser David Plouffe were criticized today.  Earlier this week, he said, quote, “The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers.  People won’t vote based on the unemployment rate, they’re going to vote based on how do I feel about my own situation:  Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?”

And Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney said that those comments were — he suggested they were out of touch, and he said that if Plouffe worked for him, he would fire him.

CARNEY:  Well, I understand that we’re engaged in the – or rather, the Republicans are engaged in a primary campaign, trying to get some media attention.  I don’t know where, you know, the voters that some other folks might be talking to — but — or — but most people do not sit around their kitchen table and analyze GDP and unemployment numbers.  They talk about how they feel their own economic situation is.  And they measure it by whether they have a job, whether they have job security; whether their house – whether they’re meeting their house payment, whether their mortgage is underwater; whether they have the money to pay for their children’s education or they don’t; whether they’re dealing with a sick parent and can afford that, or whether they can’t.

They do not sit around analyzing The Wall Street Journal or other — or Bloomberg to look at the — you know, analyze the numbers.  Now, maybe some folks do, but not most Americans.  I think that’s the point David Plouffe was making; that’s the point the president was making just moments ago in his statement in the Rose Garden.

-Jake Tapper

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1. ts - 9 July 2011

Patent reform, trade deals, more useless infrastructure spending. That’s all they’ve got?

marisacat - 9 July 2011

Really bad. AND it was first spewed by Goolsbee… and he did it almost in a panic (it was clear all the numbers caught them completely off guard, from his speech and look), I caught a snippet on some news. THEN comes the Tapper piece, with idiot child Carney making use of it.

And Tapper was back to his old dead panning undertone of “who are these people”….

Deadly little segment. AND Carney sounded worse than the words read, flat on the page.

You are right, whatever little they ever responded to anything is over. A thousand percent.

2. ts - 9 July 2011

They’ve given up.

3. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 July 2011

I want cheap roti too!

marisacat - 9 July 2011

I know! I thought that too!!

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 July 2011

JP Morgan Chase Fine: Another Slap on the Wrist for Wall Street

Courtesy of my good friend Eric Salzman comes this latest outrage – SEC Enforcement Director and former Deustche Bank general counsel Robert Khuzami boasting about the latest slap on the wrist directed at a major bank, this time a $228 million fine of JP Morgan Chase for a bid-rigging scheme involving municipal bonds. The Chase ruling is the latest to come down in a series of fines involving a number of banks, including Bank of America and UBS.

This is one of the best examples we’ve had yet of the profound difference in the style of criminal justice enforcement for the very rich and connected, versus the style of justice for everyone else. This scam that Chase, Bank of America and UBS were involved with was no different in any way, really, from old-school mafia-style bid-rigging scams.

What these banks did is they got together and carved up territory between them, arranging things so that they wouldn’t be bidding against each other in municipal debt auctions. That means the 18 different states involved in these 93-odd deals all got screwed out of the best prices, leaving the taxpayers in those places severely overcharged for their public borrowing.

This is absolutely no different from what mafia groups in New York used to (and probably still do) do for public contracts – the proverbial five families would get together, divide up the boroughs and neighborhoods between them, and each family would individually buy or intimidate their way into the bidding process, corrupting the game so that the public had to overpay for their garbage collection or their construction labor or whatever. The only difference here is that we’re talking about debt, not garbage. But the concept is exactly the same; it’s the same crime.

If Khuzami’s defendants had been a bunch of Italians from Howard Beach, they would be facing RICO charges and would be looking at years in prison, plus seizure of all their ill-gotten gains, in addition to civil suits and penalties.

As it is, as my friend Eric points out, the endgame for banks like Chase is, “Admit nothing, pay two hours of revenue and all good!”

You don’t have to take my word for it. Go back for yourselves and look through bid-rigging cases in the past. If you see a bunch of Italian names in the list of defendants (see here for instance), you can pretty much guarantee that there’s a RICO prosecution involved.

But if the defendants are a bunch of Ivy-League educated bankers from Wall Street, what we end up getting is a negligible fine (officials will brag about this $228 million, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared to what the banks make scamming communities and governments) and, as always, no admission of guilt.

marisacat - 9 July 2011

I just this past week read a piece that said one of the reasons we have seen almost no prosecution and in fact relatively little interest in any pursuit of the banksters fraudstrs (other than good ol corruption, 😆 ) is that prior to all of this breawking loose, a lot of white collar crimes – charging and so on, rules of the road – got a big huge weakening.

Not surprising.

Just like the two big bills in Cngress in the 00s… that the Dems helped shpherd for the R, the Class Action bill and the Bankruptcy revisions.

IMO, one of the biggest lies has been this bullshite, “No one saw it coming”.

(which they are still marketing, on some news roundtable, Iffil on PBS I think, I caught some little scam artist reporter for the Economist, Ip was his name!, selling that w/r/t the numbers released Friday. Still at it, all of them)

5. marisacat - 9 July 2011

Gad. With the possible exception of Michael Wolff on … which ever show (TW, I see), the same dreary line up.

THE SHOWS:

–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner; Tim Pawlenty

–ABC’s “This Week“: White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley; IMF Chair Christine Lagarde; political roundtable with ABC’s George Will, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Bloomberg’s Al Hunt and ABC’s Jonathan Karl; media roundtable with Vanity Fair’s Michael Wolff, NPR’s Nina Totenberg and CourtTV founder Steve Brill

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner; Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)

–“Fox News Sunday“: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC); roundtable with Fox News’ Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liasson, the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes and Fox News’ Juan Williams (substitute host: Bret Baier)

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA); Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); 2012 Republican presidential candidate former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA); NASA Goddard Space Flight Center chief scientist James Garvin

–CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS Live” (Sun, 10 a.m. ET / 1 p.m. ET): Roundtable with Thomson Reuters’ Chrystia Freeland, French journalist, author and philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, Columbia University’s Simon Schama and the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens; roundtable with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and The Sunday Times’ Peter Godwin

6. marisacat - 9 July 2011

hmm Cockburn has a piece up with some tick tock on the Murdoch News of the World Cameron Coulson Brooke in flagrante.

Along the way he mentions that by now he wonders if (tho Murdoch no longer has an interest in The Star and Cockburn leaves out that a large interest in The Enquirer is held by a major Clintonista):

[B]oth the Star and the Enquirer were mostly run by Fleet Street veterans and there’s no particular reason to assume that these transplants were of innately superior moral caliber to Murdoch’s crew at the News of the World, or would be aghast at the notion of breaking into voicemail boxes, fostering corrupt relationships with cops and so forth.

In fact the Enquirer had such swift, real-time inside dope on the movements of Edwards and his mistress that in retrospect I now wonder whether some investigator or in-house hacker had discharged the same duties as private investigator and hacker Glenn Mulcaire, now whining about the incessant demands of the editors at the News of the World. . . . . .

Sure why not. IMO if they leave out the worst of what the British gang did, hack voicemails of a murder victim and families of the 7/7 mess and concentrate on pols and celebrities, I could care less.

7. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 July 2011

Extreme sarcasm activist with an “I Love Orlando Police” sign

An activist who believes in “extreme sarcasm” carried an “I LOVE OPD” sign to a rally protesting the arrest of Food Not Bombs members who fed homeless people without a license. When a TV crew came to ask him why he, alone, was standing up for the Orlando police, he deployed the “extreme sarcasm” to very good effect.

marisacat - 9 July 2011

Reminds me of the woman who danced thru the TSA barriers back around T’Giving, in bikini panties, bra and a bit a peignoir type, short transparent “robe”.

I thought it was so inspired!

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 July 2011
marisacat - 9 July 2011

well last I heard they had paid almost nothing… and that is just from the first installment in an already structured availability (can’t really call it a traditional pay-out) of monies. I think the first year only about 3 billion of the supposed 20 bilion was available.

Plus I read Slobster never got any official signed legal document from BP w/r/t to the reparations.

So……………

One thing they did do, aside from all the grants and buy outs of academia thru however many states … they have quite grandly bought off local merchants, suppliers and retailers. Massive over payments for good and services. Of course only to people who played along. AND I bet were more than happy to help shut down/scorn/shun any vocal local opposition to BP.

I will be VERY interested to read the actual numbers, of Louisiana in particular, but the whole Gulf 2012 votes for Slobster and wif. Should be a crushingly low number. Of course it will be called racism, and nothing else. No sirreee… why, the Hopester is the best thing on wheels. Who could deny him.

diane - 9 July 2011

Of course it will be called racism, and nothing else. No sirreee… why, the Hopester is the best thing on wheels. Who could deny him.

yup, the plan from day one, Trojan Horse v2

diane - 9 July 2011

I mean… it was a pretty simple fucking equation: how could a dark skinned person and/or a female, not of a criminal mind, be elected to the $US$ presidency while the MIC, Wall Street, Cheney, Bush, Addington and Yoo ..et al … were not behind bars, and still, calling all of the shots?

marisacat - 9 July 2011

Somewhere in th preamble to the ’08 GE, I read a great little comment somehwere, that IF the ptb were letting either a black OR a woman near the job, it was because there finally was nothing left to the job.

And really when you look at Slobster – and Cameron too as it happens I thought the idiot displays when Ob was in London were disgraceful, it screamed boys sent out to play by Mother and Daddy, they are petted mannequins. Nothing more.

Now say what you like about the past 40 50 60 years of pretzelling (it’s not a pretty picture)… but they had long histories in policy or leg or governance or rising thru state and party politics…

Ob had nothing. Hilary, tho I would NEVER deny that the Clintons when young were policy people, but let’s get real, it was a Bill effort at re-tread… etc… Ob really had nothing. Hillary, little more than.

marisacat - 9 July 2011

I go back and forth as to whether he can win….. tho I do think he deserves to be pretzel when triple dip and the next two waves of foreclosure hit, ObSlobSnobCare hits and so on. Some days it seems clear that is the R plan as well.

Other days I wonder, and frankly ANYONE who votes for him (this time or again) is totally encapuslated inside their own alimentary canal. A feat of painful and contorted self-induction…. (snicker)

I landed on a report at BI (Ok not the greatest place but still) that looked back to when they were selling the … what did they call it? impetus money? the billions that were supposed to buy shovel ready jobs for people, etc … and they were promising a 6.2 unemployment rate at the end of it.

whoopsie. 😳

It was very hard to get detailed news out here on that so called recovery money… but I jsut blankly googled periodically and would fish up obscure reports and what-have-yous… and tons, as in drops of 20 and 25 billions at a time, went to major Cali companies.

Who did nothing for anyone.

marisacat - 9 July 2011

Here is the pertinent snip from the post at BI:

So How’s That Stimulus Thing Working Out?

We were told that the stimulus would have us down to 6.5% unemployment by now. The team at e21 has the real story:

“Back in January 2009, Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein of the Obama administration produced a report estimating future unemployment rates with and without a stimulus plan. Their estimates, which were widely circulated, projected that unemployment would approach 9% without a stimulus, but would never exceed 8% with the plan. The estimates, along with real unemployment rates, are posted below: . . . .

I remembered the 8% they tossed around forgot the 6.5…..

Read more: Link to BI

diane - 9 July 2011

and tons, as in drops of 20 and 25 billions at a time, went to major Cali companies.

Who did nothing for anyone.

yeah, for one: the fact that some of that “STIMULUS” set many back, even more ….certainly decimated tons more of small businesses, since no one could park near them, or wanted to navigated heaps of dirt to discover there was a storefront behind that shit pile, ….. on a throughway/road which wasn’t even in need of repair in the first place.

Oh, and how could I forget the STIMULUS money that went into putting ID chips into the mandatory tee-shirts of kids in historically hopeless neighborhoods, such as Richmond, California.

marisacat - 9 July 2011

I don’t think it created many piles of dirt at all. Anywhere.

A lot it was block grants to the states, which imo went up in smoke, or likd SF repair jobs (Doyle Drive) that were well on their way to being started CLAIMED to be using Stumble Bill money, but I doubt it.

People like Hewlett Packrd did not create jobs iwth the money THEY got. Most of it was pay offs to big tech who had supported slobster.

diane - 9 July 2011

Well, yeah the dirt piles I commented about were likely, stimulus tricklings to shysters, while the vast amount went to Sly Con Masters of the Universe, no argument there honey ..that does make sense.

marisacat - 9 July 2011

I think after San Bruno people here would be happy for repair and maintenance, of almost any knd.

It’s nto what we got tho…

diane - 9 July 2011

I think after San Bruno people here would be happy for repair and maintenance, of almost any knd.

It’s nto what we got tho…

Truer words….never spoken. apparently there’s no profit in maintenance and repair, …. in the once named: United States of America. …..How quaint that title, ….not that it ever really stood up for the $$$$$un represented$$$$$$$$ …but certainly there are those among us who had hopes to force it to live up to the symbolism it represented. .

9. diane - 9 July 2011

What to say, so much bile inducing nooz in just the last three days that I ended up speechless and somewhat physically ill, but I just had to comment on the following ‘tidbit.’

In the “Educational” Race to The Top arena, this actually disgusted me as much as oBombster’s now admitted war on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid (anyone soooprized about that one?). Talk about dumbing down, and extreme separation of haves and have nots:

Is this the end of handwriting? …..

As the old adage goes, the pen is mightier than the sword.

But it appears the once untouchable writing implement may have met its match in Indiana, after the Department of Education said it will no longer require public schools to teach cursive writing.

….

The Times of Munster reports the memo says schools may continue to teach cursive as a local standard, or they may decide to stop teaching cursive altogether.

Then again, I’m sure all the public school kids will have no need to learn their own signature, since: by the time they graduate from High School, or “drop/fall out,” they will have no need to be able to sign a contract, they’ll be lucky enough to scavenge food to eat. Certainly any currently remaining laws regarding prisoner’s rights, will be so decimated by then, that there’ll be no prison requirement for a prisoner having to sign that they left their cage, with the belongings they had in their possession when they were unlawfully detained. Of course that’s assuming they have any belongings and that they’ll ever be allowed to leave their cage.

Yes, we can all bet that the progeny of the “Executive,” Legislative” and “Judicial” branches of the “US Government,” would never, ever, allow their favored progeny to attend a school which didn’t teach then how to. at the very least, sign their own name.

marisacat - 9 July 2011

going to be a very speshul new world.

diane - 9 July 2011

oh honey …..;0( …and so very unnecessary …

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 July 2011
11. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 July 2011

The grass gap
People all over Chicago smoke pot—but almost everyone busted for it is black

A few weeks ago, hundreds of people, most of them white, gathered in Lincoln Park to celebrate Peace Fest, which featured DJ sets, jam bands, and enough open marijuana smoking that passersby on surrounding streets could get a contact high. Not that anyone was complaining.
Pot bust narratives

That week at the Cook County courthouse at 51st and Wentworth, dozens of people, almost all of them black men, went before a judge to face marijuana possession charges. Some of them ended up with fines and jail time.

Yes, marijuana is illegal. Yet studies show—and come on, everybody knows—that it’s widely used by all racial groups. By and large, however, black people are disproportionately getting busted for it.

The ratio of black to white arrests for marijuana possession in Chicago is 15 to 1, according to a Reader analysis of police and court data. And by the time the cases make their way through the court system, the gap widens even further: the ratio among those who plead or are found guilty is 40 to 1.

Here’s another way to look at it: almost nine of every ten people who end up guilty of possessing marijuana in Chicago—86 percent, to be precise—are black men.

marisacat - 9 July 2011

almost nine of every ten people who end up guilty of possessing marijuana in Chicago—86 percent, to be precise—are black men.

it’s another reason it HAS to be fully legalised. Fully, not the “medical” bandaid… AND a big reason why it will not be. Our whole system of what is a crime, what are vices that they can make illegal… and the supposed cops who are fully a part of the “crime”, is so entrenched.

The only thing I can say is there is a growing sound out here to not only fully legalise pot but to legalise all drugs. Just make it similar to liquor sales. It is growing…

I just don’t see any possibility of the Feds removing plain old MJ from being a Schedule 1 drug, with heroin.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 July 2011

It’ll take years, if it ever happens.

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 July 2011
marisacat - 9 July 2011

I went thru a similar profile at BI the other day.

It scared me. To be honest.

I don’t see parts of S Florida, parts of AZ, parts of Cali coming back. If ever.

marisacat - 9 July 2011

oh and Las Vegas… too. Scary.

marisacat - 9 July 2011

holy shit. Looking at the maps. One thing is certain, at least in the first few cities I am looking at, it is ALL OVER TOWN. Some small indications of concentrations, but literall all over the place.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 July 2011

that’s what struck me, how widespread it is.

marisacat - 9 July 2011

A few days ago there was a post at BI showing cities (which some brain dead left iwth the ‘On” switch going say are coming back) where the loss of RE value is much bigger than their states, over all. AND it showed values are falling. “Up” perhaps if you jigger the numbers you select what time frame to compare, but DOWN year over year.

diane - 9 July 2011

And do those figures even include the, apparently exploding, Home[Generally Non Resident, Condo Investors ….except for the victims, who actually purchase them to live in themselves]Owner Association Foreclosures?

Jul 7, 4:24 PM EDT

By MICHELLE CONLIN and TAMARA LUSH
AP Business Writers

The Inlet House condo complex in Fort Pierce, Fla., was once the kind of place the 55-and-older set aspired to. It was affordable. The pool and clubhouse were tidy, the lawns freshly snipped. Residents, push-carts in tow, walked to the beach, the bank, the beauty parlor, the cinema and the supermarket. In post-crash America, this was a dreamy little spot. Especially on a fixed income.

But that was Inlet House before the rats started chewing through the toilet seats in vacant units and sewage started seeping from the ceiling. Before condos that were worth $79,000 four years ago sold for as little as $3,000. And before the homeowners’ association levied $6,000 assessments on everyone – and then foreclosed on seniors who couldn’t pay the association bill, even if they didn’t owe the bank a dime.

Today, one in five U.S. homeowners is subject to the will of the homeowners’ association, whose boards oversee 24.4 million homes. More than 80 percent of newly constructed homes in the U.S are in association communities.

marisacat - 9 July 2011

Before condos that were worth $79,000 four years ago sold for as little as $3,000.

Extreme… and very frightening..

I realise we haven’t read much about how HOA are dealing with everything. Most are run by complete fucking idiots.. so I am guessing very, very badly.

diane - 9 July 2011
diane - 9 July 2011

ooh shit, kinda fucked up that link! sorry honey, it still works though! ;0) (meant it to be somewhat short, and snip snappity: : REITs [Real Estate Investment Trusts – diane] hold up despite housing market’s double-dip ….sorry )

marisacat - 9 July 2011

hmm EXCEPT I have heard for over 2 years that there is masses of empty space out in Suburban Industrial Park land.

I heard some over in the farther reaches of the East Bay have been 50 – 75% empty, if that is true up here, I dread to think about the heavily overbuilt So Cal. Or cringe, San Jose sprawl land.

I know absolutely that in 90, 91 downtown SF, high rises emptied out. I sat by a window and i would get out the trusty old opera glasses and look INTO the buildings around me. Empty.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 July 2011
14. marisacat - 9 July 2011

HA!! I di not know that Harry Shearer has a movie on NO and Katrina, The Big Uneasy

I just heard that he will be on a local broadcast here tomorrow to talk about it, so I gooooogled…

15. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 July 2011

Local TV Reporter Blows Whistle On Bike Lane Terrorist Threat

“A Second Avenue bike lane is next to the Israeli Consulate,” Kramer warns. “Imagine if the man on the bike was a terrorist!”

headmeetsdesk

marisacat - 9 July 2011

oh that just made me laugh.

Can we label it Terrorist Bike Lane?

16. diane - 9 July 2011

Whoopsie!…almost forgot! …speaking of Indiana (comment nine, and the beginning of the end in teaching our youth how to write their own names):

[African American] Student who put blow-up sex doll in bathroom as end-of-year prank faces EIGHT YEARS in jail after school called bomb squad

Sorry to say, …I wouldn’t mourn overly much, … if many of the APPARENT SADISTS, RUNNING THINGS ..on a Federal, State, AND LOCAL level …dropped dead, YESTERDAY.

Thanks, oBombster and Consort, for giving “Indiana” credence, …may you rot in …

Oh yeah, and Innocent Weiner, with a lifelong pension (or near it, in most sane people’s eyes?), and DSK , …blah blah blah….a POX!

marisacat - 9 July 2011

Well.. I think he will be OK, because some legal scholars weighed in:

Joel Schumm, a professor at the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, questioned the validity of the charges.
‘Their reaction is understandable, but use the school disciplinary process,’ he said.

‘Don’t try to label the kid a felon for the rest of his life.’
Law professor Jonathan Turley at George Washington University posed a wider question about Morton’s case on his legal blog.

‘What type of society are we creating when our children have to fear a prank could lead them to jail for almost a decade?’

‘What type of citizens are we creating who fear the arbitrary use of criminal charges by their government?’

The Rush County Prosecutor Philip J. Caviness said that he doesn’t intend to seek a prison term for Morton. . . . .

Thankfully…

BooHooHooMan - 10 July 2011

Turley : ‘What type of society are we creating when our children have to fear a prank could lead them to jail for almost a decade?’

Behind Syria.

😆

Mornin, Coppers!

17. BooHooHooMan - 10 July 2011

Be our GEUST, Be Our GUEST,
Put Your Oo-Rah to the Test…

Veteran Dies After Being Thrown From NY Roller Coster

The wounded veteran was missing all of his left leg and most of his right one, as well as part of a hip, and had only recently returned for good to his parents’ home in Gowanda following years in and out of rehabilitation at hospitals around the northeast U.S.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether attendants at the theme park had given any thought to barring Hackemer from the ride because of his missing limbs.

People without legs are barred from at least one other coaster at the park, the Predator. Rules posted on the resort’s website for the Ride of Steel say that guests must be 54 inches or taller, but add that people with “certain body proportions” may not be able to ride. The website also suggests that guests try using a test seat at the coaster’s station house.

Park spokeswoman Cassandra Okon declined to answer questions about the accident on Saturday, citing the ongoing investigation. Both the state’s labor department, which has regulatory authority over amusement park rides, and investigators from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene. Officials from both agencies didn’t immediately respond to requests for information.

The park’s website describes the Ride of Steel as one of the tallest coasters east of the Mississippi River, climbing more than 200 feet and reaching speeds in excess of 70 mph.

The roller coaster and surrounding area were closed after the death. Other areas of the park remained open, and patrons arrived again on Saturday morning.

“Our thoughts and prayers™ are with the friends and the family of the guest,” Okon said.

Hackemer was severely wounded in 2008 by an armor-penetrating warhead called an explosively formed penetrator. In a video interview with The Buffalo News this year, he described the aftermath of the attack, a hazy period in which he lost tremendous amounts of blood, had two strokes and was in a coma for six weeks at a series of hospitals.

Everybody just strap in now with a red, white and blue BOW-

The blood loss caused brain damage. Afterward, he had to relearn to eat and speak.

“I had to learn all my basic skills again,” he told the newspaper. After finally going home, he said his parents had constructed ramps around the house and were trying to make him comfortable. Hackemer said he would never feel normal again, but after all his hard work felt like he was “pretty close.”

And let’s hear from Mom –

His mother, Nancy Hackemer, told the newspaper in an interview after his accident Friday that the family had recently returned from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., where her son got “a new set of legs.”

“It’s going to help a little bit that he was happy,” she said. “We shouldn’t have had him for these last three years and four months.”

She said her son had been helped on to the ride by other people, and was “doing what he wanted to do.”

BooHooHooMan - 10 July 2011

I misplaced a closed blockquote on this ride:
The first bloc should read from “Our thoughts and prayers™ ” right on thru “in a coma for six weeks at a series of hospitals.”

marisacat - 10 July 2011

Think I got it… 😉

18. marisacat - 10 July 2011

A Republican familiar with the negotiations told us last night:

“The White House started backpedaling on some of the entitlement reforms that they had been willing to talk about before, probably in reaction to the anger from their base.”

The White House responded:

“Not true. That is a lie. Boehner pulled back on taxes on the wealthiest.”

Tsk tsk boys. Promise a duel at dawn but be sure to shoot each other. Fatally. We won’t miss you…

One funny thing, someone around the precincts is referring to the Big Non Deal as the Papa Bear deal…

😆 .. 🙄

19. marisacat - 10 July 2011

Bill Daley is on TW, declaring Medicare to be either 70 or 80 years old. First he said 70, then later on in conversation declared it an 80 year old promise.

hmm. I don’t think so. (Is he thinking of SS?)

How scrwy are these people?

20. marisacat - 10 July 2011

New

LINK

……….. 🙄


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