September 22, 2013 at 12:11 am #96962
As you spend this weekend with family and friends, don’t forget JJP at TWIB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful day.September 22, 2013 at 12:11 am #96963
Good Morning, EveryoneSeptember 22, 2013 at 12:13 am #96964
Joseph Simpson Arrested After Cigarette DNA Solves Cold Case Murder Of Krystal Beslanowitch
By PAUL FOY 09/20/13 05:21 PM ET EDT AP
A cigarette butt proved to be the undoing of a man suspected of killing a girl in Utah 18 years ago, after a sheriff trailed him for four days to grab the DNA evidence.
Without the efforts of Wasatch County Sheriff Todd Bonner, the case would have been forgotten long ago. For Bonner, however, it was personal. As the original investigator in the bludgeoning death of the teenage prostitute in 1995, he couldn’t let it go.
“It was haunting me my whole career,” Bonner told The Associated Press on Friday. “It doesn’t matter that she was a street girl. This is a 17-year-old girl – a human being. I could care less what she did for a living. She was doing what she had to survive.”
The body of Krystal Lynn Beslanowitch was found Dec. 6, 1995, along the Provo River near Midway.
Bonner said Joseph Michael Simpson, who was arrested Tuesday, was “never on our radar” until earlier this year, when a lab extracted “touch DNA” from the granite rocks used to crush the teen’s skull.
Bonner flew to Sarasota, Fla., to help arrest the unemployed 46-year-old, who was living with his mother there.
After years of dead-end leads, improved DNA technology let investigators finally get a full match on Simpson in January from evidence at the rural crime scene.
Salt Lake City-based Sorenson Forensics found Simpson’s full DNA on a spot where he had touched one of the granite rocks. The process of collecting it, using a vacuum-assisted instrument, took a full day.September 22, 2013 at 10:47 am #96965
Obama: Negotiating with Republicans over debt ceiling ‘is not going to happen’
By Kevin Bogardus – 09/21/13 09:45 PM ET
President Obama gave a rousing speech at the annual Congressional Black Caucus dinner on Saturday, pledging not to negotiate with Republicans over raising the debt ceiling.
Obama said Republicans in Congress are willing to throw the economy into peril in their effort to defund the Affordable Care Act. Some in the GOP have also threatened not to raise the debt ceiling in an attempt to block ObamaCare.
The president said he won’t negotiate over the debt ceiling and that the healthcare reform act will remain the law of the land.
“Let me say as clearly as I can: It is not going to happen. We have come too far. We have overcome far darker threats than those,” Obama said to rising applause from the crowd at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.September 22, 2013 at 10:49 am #96966
An Army of Rubes
Sun Sep 22nd, 2013 at 08:51:43 AM EST
No offense against old people, but most of us don’t give a crap about Alger Hiss and The Pumpkin Papers. Joe McCarthy drank himself to death a long time ago. Dwight Eisenhower thought he was a dirtbag and I trust Ike’s judgment on that one. Anyone who is still intellectually invested in vindicating tail-gunner Joe’s witchhunt should probably cut down on their Metamucil dosage and drive their Cadillac over to the diner for the early-bird special.
If Sen. Ted Cruz’s appearance and style remind some people of Joe McCarthy, it isn’t because he’s out there arguing that the Army is filled with communist sympathizers, so the connection here is pretty limited. In any case, Hugh Hewitt is pretty clear about one thing. The effort to defund ObamaCare is not about defunding ObamaCare. It’s about “banking for future mobilization the names and contributions of hundreds of thousands if not millions of activists.” They are collecting the names and contact information of an army of dupes. Morans. People who can be bilked of their money and asked to man the phone banks in the upcoming midterm election cycle.
Mr. Hewitt approves this approach and will play his part to the best of his ability.September 22, 2013 at 10:51 am #96967
What is the Better Strategy?
Sun Sep 22nd, 2013 at 10:08:53 AM EST
Writing about continuing resolutions and debt ceilings makes me want to claw my eyeballs out. But there is one thing worth talking about. The Democrats have two main choices in how they proceed. They can pass a so-called “clean” continuing resolution to keep the government operating until December 15th at sequestration levels, or they can pass a bill that is more to their liking that increases funding in certain priority areas.
The administration seems to favor the first approach, and the reason is kind of obvious. If the government is going to shut down, the administration wants all the blame to fall on the Republicans. They don’t want the Republicans to be able to argue that the Democrats were trying to defy the Budget Control Act of 2011 or make unreasonable demands. They want it to be clear that the government shut down solely because the Republicans oppose ObamaCare.
But a lot of progressives want to fight for more spending now as leverage for the battle that happens after the government shuts down. It’s partly a fight for principle and partly a strategic judgment.
Which side do you think has the better argument?September 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm #96968
Melissa Harris-Perry had on the parents of that Connecticut child who experienced that slavery ‘ re-enactment’ on her show today. Clip wasn’t up yet.September 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm #96971
Fox’s Wallace Stunned: GOP Leaders Sent Me Opposition Research on Ted Cruz
by Evan McMurry | 1:06 pm, September 22nd, 2013
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace said Sunday morning that he’d received opposition research from other Republicans about SenatorTed Cruz (R-TX) in advance of Cruz’s appearance this morning, a serious indication of how upset the GOP is with the Senator leading the risky charge to defund ObamaCare.
“This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington,” Wallace said. “As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz.”September 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm #96972
Pelosi to CNN: House GOP Members are ‘Legislative Arsonists’
by Evan McMurry | 9:32 am, September 22nd, 2013
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appeared on State of the Union Sunday morning to discuss the looming budget showdown, and told host Candy Crowley that the House GOP, which just passed a continuing resolution that did not fund ObamaCare, were legislative arsonists intent not on cutting government but crippling it.
“I call them legislative arsonists,” Pelosi said. “They’re there to burn down what we should be building up in terms of investments and education and scientific research, and all that it is that makes our country great and competitive. I don’t paint them all with the same brush. I certainly don’t paint the Speaker with that brush. But there’s enough of them in the caucus to shut down government—that will be a victory for them.”
Pelosi stressed that the continuing resolution was intended to create a government shutdown, not defund ObamaCare.
“They want to shut down the government,” Pelosi said. “The effect of putting Affordable Care Act on the bill is to shut down government. They know that. They know that has no prospect of prevailing.”
“None of us of comes here to have more government than we need,” Pelosi said. “I was making the distinction between those who say, ‘How much government do we need?’ to those who say, ‘We don’t need any government,’ the anti-government ideology is making a mess of what goes on in Congress now.”September 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm #96973
Juan Williams to Fox Guest: ‘Has it Ever Occurred to You Conservatives Are the Media?’
by Evan McMurry | 12:18 pm, September 22nd, 2013
On Howard Kurtz’s Media Buzz Sunday morning, Fox analyst Juan Williams and Blaze anchor Amy Holmes disagreed over Bill Clinton’s assessment Saturday that Republicans have a “more reliable media base” than Democrats do.
“We have a reliable media base?” Holmes said, laughing. “Which media is he talking about?…Conservatives are piled on continuously by the media. The media loves nothing more than when Republicans are turning on one another.”
“Oh, come on,” Williams said. “Has it ever occurred to you that conservatives are the media? Don’t you work for the Blaze? Don’t you know about Drudge Report and Red State and Fox News?”
“Are you saying that we have the same amount of powers as, say, the New York Times or Washington Post?” Holmes asked.
“The Wall Street Journal is the number one newspaper and the most conservative editorial page in the nation,” Williams said.
“But not conservative on the reporting side,” Holmes replied.
“Thank god,” Williams said.September 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm #96974
Kurt Eichenwald @kurteichenwald
Lesson: Its easy for some wealthy 2 pretend theyre better than the poor. Its only way the greedy can justify their contempt 4 less fortunate
3:35 PM – 22 Sep 2013September 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm #96975
Kurt Eichenwald @kurteichenwald
True: Met man who got $1B selling gas find. Bankers whined bout fees of $40m. Him 2 them: None of us deserve this. We’re lucky, not better.
3:31 PM – 22 Sep 2013September 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm #96976
The media’s complicity in cutting Social Security and Medicare
US media outlets are disingenuously claiming that social programmes are putting Americans in debt.
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2013 19:56
Most people in the United States have probably heard about the Wall Street efforts to cut Social Security and Medicare. There is a vast list of organisations such as Campaign to Fix the Debt, the Can Kicks Back, Third Way, and many more that have, as a central agenda item, cutting back or privatising Social Security and Medicare. When we hear one of these organisations tell us these programmes should be cut it is not a surprise.
The question is why do mainstream news outlets including the New York Times and Washington Post use their news sections to tell the same stories? Last week, when the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued new long-range budget projections, both papers were quick to ignore the numbers and to tell readers that we have to cut Social Security and Medicare.
The reason why this coverage was so bizarre is that it is not news that Social Security and Medicare will cost more in the decades ahead. We actually have known about the rising cost of these programmes for about 50 years. The birth of a huge number of baby boomers in the years 1946 to 1964 pretty much guaranteed this outcome – barring a horrible war, famine or epidemic.
While the aging of the baby boomers may not have qualified as news, there was actually important news in the CBO projections that went unmentioned in both newspapers. The CBO sharply lowered its projections for health care cost growth, meaning that Medicare, Medicaid, and other government health care programmes are now projected to cost much less in the decades ahead than had been assumed in prior years.
This change is substantial. The new projections show that spending on Medicare will be equal to 4.6 percent of GDP in 2035. By comparison, last year, the CBO projected that the cost in 2035 would be 5.7 percent of GDP. Just two years ago, it had projected that Medicare would cost 5.9 percent of GDP in 2035.
The difference of 1.3 percentage points of GDP between the 2011 projection of Medicare costs and the most recent numbers would translate into almost $220 billion a year in today’s economy. In other words, this is a big deal. The change in the CBO’s projections of healthcare costs certainly comes closer to standard definitions of “news” than the aging of the baby boomers.
However, there is more than a question of newsworthiness here. Both papers harped on the idea that Social Security and Medicare needed to be cut in order to bring the budget into long-term balance. Cuts to these programmes are usually put in the context of a “grand bargain” which would also involve some increase in taxes.September 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm #96977
READ THIS VERY SLOWLY… IT’S PRETTY PROFOUND.
Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.
I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible.
How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn’t suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word ‘refrigeration’ mean nothing to you?
How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched ‘ Jeopardy ‘ on television?
I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, ‘How about going to lunch in a half hour?’ She would gas up and stammer, ‘I can’t. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain’ And my personal favorite: ‘It’s Monday.’ She died a few days ago. We never did have lunch together.
Because we cram so much into our lives, we tend to schedule our headaches…. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!
We’ll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We’ll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We’ll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.
Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of ‘I’m going to,’ ‘I plan on,’ and ‘Someday, when things are settled down a bit.’
When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.
My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It’s just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.
Now….go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to…not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting? I had a friend from high school that I was always going to call and never did. The other day her name was in the obituaries so we never had that chat.
Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you.
Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask, ‘How are you?’ Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, ‘We’ll do it tomorrow.’ and in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say ‘Hi’?
When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift….Thrown away…. Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.
Show your friends how much you care.. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND including me if you consider me a friend. If it comes back to you, it affirms your circle of friends.
To those I have sent this to… I cherish our friendship and appreciate all you do.
‘Life may not be the party we hoped for… but while we are here we might as well dance!’September 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm #96978
Tom and Lorenzo on the ‘casually’ dressed males at the BAFTA LA Awards
BAFTA Los Angeles 2013 Awards Season Tea Party Red Carpet Rundown
Posted on Sep 22, 2013 in Fashion
We’ve HAD IT with these guys showing up looking like ditch diggers when all the ladies are dressed to the hilt. It’s bullshit. You look like an asshole, Stephen. You too, Kit Harrington and Jason Isaacs. ASSHOLES, the lot of you.
SOMEONE’S got to take these guys to task – and we’re just the bitches to do it. If ANY ladystar showed up in shitty jeans and sneakers to this event, EVERYONE would rake them over the coals for it. Ladystars get eviscerated for not having decent enough pedicures, but male stars get to show up like they just rolled off the couch and out the door. To hell with THAT
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