1/31/2009

Delicious Tidbits

Here are today's Delicious Tidbits from around the Interwebs....

My Bonus is My Bailout Rebate...

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 21:  A businessmen walks p...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

In the convoluted "I don't live in your universe" world of high finance the proposal that Wall Street businesses who are being bailed out forgo multi-million dollar "bonuses" for companies that their employees and directors have run into the ground is meeting opposition.

As we mentioned the millionaire bankers' wives holding weekly "support groups" because their allowances have been cut for Prada shoes and bags, the bankers themselves are calling us all socialists for being peeved they get bonuses for screwing up:

"I think President Obama painted everyone with a broad stroke," said Brian McCaffrey, 55, a Wall Street lawyer who was on his way to see a client. "The way we pay our taxes is bonuses. The only way that we’ll get any of our bailout money back is from taxes on bonuses. I think bonuses should be looked at on a case by case basis, or you turn into a socialist."

That, indeed, was a recurring equation: Broad strokes + bonuses = socialist.

"It’s a very slippery slope to go down," said another insurance broker as he waited to be seated for lunch at Cipriani Downtown. "A blanket statement like that borders on" — you guessed it — "socialism." (NY Times)

Oh, for pity's sake, cry me a river. You're eating lunch at Cipriani while you still are managing to destroy our economy with profligate spending. You sit there and have the nerve to tell us that your multi-million dollar bonus is your "Bailout rebate" because, hey, it's YOUR tax money? You know, folks, GITMO is going to be empty soon. Anyone for sending these guys on vacation for 20 to 30 years?

Another reason not to have a Quixotic "Civil Union" ballot measure in 2010...

According to the National Review the Arizona Republicans are considering running someone against McCain in the primaries.
But now that (McCain) has lost the presidency, there are some Republicans in Arizona who would like to see him lose his Senate office, too. "I’ll do anything I can to support his Republican opponent, whoever that might be," Rob Haney — who until last week was chairman of the Republican party in Arizona’s District 11 — told me recently. Haney has been a loud and vocal critic of McCain for years, arguing that McCain is "not a conservative in any way, shape, or form."
So, what if McCain loses the primary? It means that in his own state where he nearly lost the presidential vote his party will be running a virtual neophyte for his seat. Could this be an opening for a Democratic Senator from Arizona? As Sarah Palin would say, "You Becha!"

Another good reason to not give the ultra right a reason to show up at the polls in droves.

Faking it for sympathy

All us know of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arapaio faking death plots to make himself seem the

Norm Coleman, Senator from Minnesota.Image via Wikipedia

victim of a vast conspiracy. But now, Norm Coleman is getting into the act. Well, not quite as dramatically but still he's faking it.

"THOUSANDS OF HITS CRASH COLEMAN WEBSITE"

ST PAUL – Information recently added to the Coleman for Senate website, whereby people can find out which Minnesota voters the Franken campaign is trying to disenfranchise, has resulted in the website being inundated by tens of thousands of hits today – temporarily crashing the website.

But wait. Was their really a flood of visitors to the site? Turns out the answer is no. As Aaron Landry of MNpublius documents, the crash was faked, all part of a desperate bid to make Norm Coleman seem popular.

Military Junta Forming?

President Obama issued an order halting prosecutions at GITMO for 120 days until they review how to best dismantle Bush's Gulag. However, Col. James Pohl, a judge on the military commissions has defied the order and proceeded with a case against one person accused in the plot to blow up the U.S.S. Cole.

The decision throws into some disarray the administration's plan to buy time as it reviews individual detainee cases as part of its plan to close the U.S. military prison at the Guantanamo naval base in Cuba. The Pentagon may now be forced to withdraw the charges against Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi citizen of Yemeni descent.

Aerial view of Guantanamo Bay, collected from ...Image via Wikipedia

In one of its first actions, the Obama administration instructed military prosecutors to seek 120-day suspensions of legal proceedings in the cases of 21 detainees who have been charged. There are approximately 245 prisoners held at Guantanamo.

The request was quickly granted in other cases when prosecutors told military judges that a suspension was in the "interests of justice" so that the "president and his administration [can] review the military commissions process, generally, and the cases currently pending before military commissions, specifically."

But Judge James Pohl, an Army colonel, said he found the government's reasoning "unpersuasive."

"The Commission is unaware of how conducting an arraignment would preclude any option by the administration," said Pohl in a written opinion, portions of which were read to The Post. "Congress passed the military commissions act, which remains in effect. The Commission is bound by the law as it currently exists, not as it may change in the future."

The Daily Kos has analysis of the defiance and how the Washington Post story has gotten it wrong. Does this bode ill for a civilian controlled military?

The children are our future...

Westboro Baptist Church member Benjamin Phelps...Image via Wikipedia

Pam's House Blend relates that Fred Phelp's merry band of nutjobs payed a visit to her old high school. Unfortunately, for Phelp's crazies these kids aren't any more disposed to put up with their bullshit as the last group who ran them off. According to Pam:
This has made my day. It was very gratifying to see so many kids and adults from my neighborhood and also from the neighboring high school (the one I graduated from) take time off from their busy schedules to be there, with signs in hand, to let these people know that their homophobia and hatred will not be tolerated in our community. And it didn't take the Phelps clan long to get the message either, they sure didn't hang around very long.
Good for you guys! And the kids shall lead us!

But they're not allowed to in North Carolina...

A school's Gay-Straight Alliance organized an assembly that has gotten them and teachers at their school in hot water with the homophobes and their puppet school administrators.

George Spencer, whose child attends East Chapel High School and attended the assembly, immediately raised a ruckus declaring that the point of the assembly was to get other kids to "accept" gay and lesbian lifestyles practiced by other students.
"I think the point is, these teachers did this without the approval of the school system," Spencer said in an interview. "If it were math, there is a way the state of North Carolina wants math taught, and the teachers have to teach it that way, whether they want to or not. [The students aren't] mature enough to discuss it without adult moderation -- and there weren't any adults involved.
Pam's has full details including a story of a girl in that community who faced a gay bashing. I suppose Mr. Spencer and the principal thought that was just fine, though and an appropriate use of the students' time.

Oh Yeah, more proof "Separate but Equal" is just great...

As recently reported, the Domestic Partnership Enhancement Bill of 2009 was filed this week in Olympia, Washington. The bill is touted as making Registered Domestic Partnerships equal to civil marriage in all but name.

But there's a catch. Numerous sections of the bill that involve retirement benefits for civil servants, taxes and other items won't go into effect until January, 2012 or August 2012. (See the last page of the bill for the list of sections of concern, and cross reference with this website to understand to which statutes they refer.)

According to the Seattle PI, the delay in the effective date of these sections is in response to the bad economic situation in the State of Washington. But doesn't encoding a delay set a bad precedent that it's ok to continue to withhold civil rights from minorities if the state is hard up? Presumably, any heterosexual couple getting married today or on the day the DP legislation is signed would be eligible for these benefits immediately. And there are a lot more married heteros than there ever will be DP'd LGBTs burdening the system. (Pam's House Blend)

Pam's "Boltgirl" Drops the ball...

Over at Pam's, boltgirl posted a simplistic take on the Gino Meriano/Philp Cotton debacle without bothering to check it out. Listen to what she says:

A gay commitment ceremony planner in Phoenix has filed a proposal to create "civil partnerships" in Arizona that would entail all the legal rights and responsibilities of marriage but leave the magic word "marriage" to the straights.

Uh, no, sweetie. Their "low" wouldn't even come close. As we've noted ad nauseum over the past several days. The pair is cluesless about legislation, federal law, legal terminology, and life in general. Boltgirl seems to think like so many that if Cathi Herrod hate's it she should jump on board and support it without bothering to do any homework.


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