Monday, November 28, 2011

Headlines - Monday November 28

The Friendly Atheist tells the story of the Christian bookstore who denied a patron's request to place the above Bible verse on a t-shirt.
They had a t-shirt printer that was used to print verses. I asked if a printing of a Timothy 2:12 shirt was reasonable. Being Christians, they had never looked that far into the Bible, so they looked it up with their handy dandy on site Bible. When they recited the verse (A woman happened to be the reader of the Bible) they informed me of how disrespectful of their religion I was being. I was unsure of how I was being disrespectful by asking for a verse from their Holy Book.
Proverbs 23:2. doesn't go over well either.
The Republican witch-hunt over clean-energy loans granted by the Department of Energy that was launched after the collapse of Solyndra has lead to a the door steps of SunPower Corp. The problem for the Republicans is that SunPower Corp. is constructing solar installations for the Department of Defense. The Republican sacred-cow. Woops!

If you want to know why the conversation surrounding the Solyndra witch-hunt has gone silent, this is why.

By the way, the Navy has committed to obtaining 50% of its energy needs from alternative sources by 2020. Does this mean the DoD has been hijacked by tree-hugging, liberal socialists?


Nicholas Kristof: Boy, this irritates me. Bloomberg reports that the Fed gave banks secret low-interest loans that netted them $13 billion in profits. That worked to rescue them, and we had to save the too-big-too-fail banks to avoid blowing up the economy. But the next step should have been to shrink them to prevent the same thing from happening again. And if we rescue big banks we should rescue struggling homeowners rather than have them lose their homes -- they collectively have a huge impact on the economy as well. Grrrr.


A U.S. teenager who wrote a disparaging tweet about Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said Sunday that she is rejecting her high school principal's demand for a written apology.

Emma Sullivan, 18, said she isn't sorry and doesn't think such a letter would be sincere.

Go Emma!
Walking over the dead body? Really? Well Merry F-ing Christmas to all of the low life shoppers who couldn't be bothered to help someone in need. NBC:
Family and friends were stunned by the loss of a West Virginia man who died while shopping on Black Friday as fellow bargain hunters reportedly walked around — and even over — the man's body.

Family members told WSAZ-TV that 61-year-old Walter Vance of Logan County, W. Va., had become ill and collapsed while shopping for Christmas decorations inside Target in South Charleston. He later died after being taken to the hospital, family said.

Witnesses told the NBC News affiliate in Charleston, W. Wa., that shoppers walked around and even over Vance's body.

Remember that guy in Georgia who swore not to hire anyone as long as Obama stays in office? Some helpful context:

(1) Bill Looman is hardly some regular joe SBO (small business owner) who snapped. The guy has organized fringe militia gangs for quite some time. He had a recent chat with the Feds that might have to do with his links to more than one well-publicized domestic terrorism story, or it might concern his promise to join an armed rebellion if Obama wins another term. Could be both!

(2) His firm provides cranes and chain hoists that are useful, for example, in large factory operations. Anyone in Looman's line of work would be less than thrilled about the NLRB and liberal gummint for trying to shutter a new Boeing plant after South Carolina spent $270 million on top of Boeing's almost $1 billion to build it. Tack on Toyota's recent recall issues and the region's latent racial prejudice which, to put it generously, may have some indirect influence on Mr. Looman, and the main surprise is that he has not already gone redneck rambo on some local IRS office.


Just when you think that maybe the media might have finally turned the corner and started doing some real reporting there comes this: 800 words on Willard's hair in the NYTimes.

Unbelievably, his stylist claims that, Reagan-like, Willard does not color it or use any styling products. Of course, Saint Ronnie used left-over black face from his minstrel show days shoe polish, so no one can be accused of lying.


Ted Frier: Deficits Really Don't Matter to Republicans


Skippy's environmental news stories Sunday.


Greg Sargent: Debunking the conservative argument about the rich and taxes, in three easy charts



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