’Eric Cantor says he won’t OK aid money for Missouri tornado victims unless Democrats agree to an equal amount of spending cuts…”I don’t expect much from House Republicans, but this has managed to actually surprise me,” says Steve Benen at Washington Monthly. When part of the country is devastated by a deadly natural disaster, federal lawmakers “are expected to put aside politics and ideology” and help, not hold the victims “ransom” to their pet causes.’”
Literally holding aid for tornado victims hostage, in order to advance your political agenda. Stay classy, Eric Cantor.
Speaking of class struggles: some high schoolers at Saint Ann’s (Pre-K through 12; tuition starts at $22K/year) decided to set fire to P.S. 29’s playground. From NYMag:
Max Layton, the son of film distributor Charles Layton, is one of the kids accused. His lawyer helped set up a $50,000 fund to fix the playground after the damage. The response to this gesture is almost more telling of the class situation than the fire itself:
“People here seek community service, some degree of standing up and taking the blame, rather than setting up some $50,000 fund,” said Gary Dovey, 50, of Cobble Hill, who was collecting his twins from prekindergarten at P.S. 29 on Monday. Mr. Dovey added: “I think it’s a good start, but this really isn’t an issue of money in the end. It’s about the process of law, and it not being brushed under the carpet and a plea deal.” …
[Layton’s lawyer] said that he did not think the $50,000 would have any influence on the criminal case, and that “it wasn’t done for that purpose.” It was done, he said, because parents took responsibility for their children’s actions. “People can scream and yell and they won’t have their playground,” he said. “This is the quickest way to get their playground back.”
It tells you something about the class makeup at PS 29 itself when parents just brush aside “some $50,000 fund” as though it’s a bunch of pennies on the sidewalk.
“1. Money cannot buy happiness but somehow, it’s more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes Benz than it is on a bicycle.
2. Forgive your enemy but remember the bastard’s name.
3. Help a man when he is in trouble and he will remember you when he is in trouble again.
4. Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them.
5. Alcohol does not solve any problem, but then neither does milk.”—Five Pearls of Scottish Wisdom (via captainusmc)
The Press Secretary of the White House released a statement on Sudan on May 21, 2011. The statement said, “The United States condemns the offensive operations being undertaken by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) in and around Abyei town and today’s Presidential decree dissolving the Abyei…
“This attack shows that the Taliban have sympathizers and insiders in the security establishment. It also shows that they have become more powerful and sophisticated in their planning and attacks.”—Islamabad-based security analyst Talat Masood • Putting into perspective the Taliban’s attack on a Pakistani naval base — a siege that lasted nearly 16 hours before Pakistani commandos were able to fend the insurgents off. The attack, reportedly in retaliation for the killing of Osama bin Laden. In fact, they laid it out as such: “Fifteen of our fighters entered the naval air base and we don’t expect them to return,” said Pakistani Taliban spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan. “They are there to kill. Our issue with Pakistan is its secular policies and friendship with America.” source (via shortformblog)
President Obama is mulling an executive order to force big government contractors to disclose details of their political spending. Big businesses are already telling their political patrons in Congress to oppose it – and the pressure is building.
President Barack Obama delivered a speech on U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa at the Department of State on May 19, 2011. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton provided the introductory remarks for President Obama.
Secretary Clinton said, “Mr. President, from your first…
Peter Jackson officially confirmed yesterday that Stephen Fry has been cast in The Hobbit as The Master of Laketown. Jackson says of Fry: “In addition to his writing skills, he’s a terrific actor and will create a very memorable Master for us.”
And that’s all there is to that. I’m just as happy as a pig in shit. I
A little boy asks his dad; "What's between mom's legs?" The father answers," Paradise." The kid asks again,"Whats between your legs?" The father replies, "The key to paradise." Then, the son says, "Piece of advice dad, change the lock. The neighbor has a copy."