Thursday, January 27, 2011

UC Irvine Celebrates Martin Luther King Day with Chicken and Waffles Lunch

 The University of California-Irvine decided to do something special for Martin Luther King Day. A last minute decision by the cafeteria staff led to the serving of a very special MLK feast. Chicken and Waffles.... They whipped up this racially insensitive smorgasbord and placed a sign out in front of the Pippin Commons cafeteria that read "MLK Holiday Special: Chicken and Waffles" Frankly, that sounds kind of tasty. I lived in Tennessee for some time and King was from Atlanta, Ga and traveled to Tennessee often. I don't know what those states looked like in his day, but now there is a fried chicken place or a Waffle House on almost every corner.

Let's face facts folks. People from different parts of the country eat different things. In the south chicken, pork,collard greens, fried okra, and yes, even waffles are quite common dishes. We need to stop thinking that food defines your race. It can, but in this particular case, this ill-conceived lunch defined geographical location, and not race. But hey, what do I know, I'm a racist, homophobic, bigoted, Nazi conservative who wants to kill babies and old people by taking away their health care.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Shot in Arizona

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was shot a point blank range in the head by a gunman outside of a Safeway convenience store Saturday morning. At least 6 others were also shot at a “Congress on Your Corner” rally, killing five of them, one of her aides is among the dead.  NPR is reporting that a man ran up to Giffords and her aides and opened fire.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman at a public event in Tucson on Saturday. There are conflicting reports about whether she was killed. 

The Pima County, Ariz., sheriff's office told member station KJZZ the 40-year-old Democrat was killed. At least nine other people, including members of her staff, were injured.
The suspect attempted to flee, but was tackled by a bystander. He was arrested and taken into custody. Witnesses from the even said the man was in his late teens to early twenties, no name has been released at this time.Law enforcement officials on the local, state and federal level are all investigating this shooting.

House Speaker John Boehner condemned the attack.

"An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve," he said in a statement. "Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society."

Newt Gingrich tweeted: Please pray for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and every person shot in this tragic attack, as well as for their families.

  As of the writing of this post Rep. Giffords is still alive and in surgery. No name has been released as of yet, but it has been released that the gunman was born in 1988, making him at most 22 years old. Live coverage on the Washington Post has just reported 5 people are confirmed dead  now.
Check back throughout the day for more updates.

Update:Here is an interesting picture of a blog post that was written, than deleted from DailyKOS

 Update 2: The gunman is being identified as Jared Laughner, 22.

Update 3: U.S. District Court Judge John M. Roll was among those who was shot and had died.

Update 4:Here is Jared Lee Loughner's Youtube page

Update 5:Here is a screenshot of Jared Lee Loughner's Myspace Page before it was removed. 

Update 6: Here  is a picture of Jared Lee Loughner from the Arizona Daily Star:
Update 7:Another screenshot of Jared Lee Loughner's Myspace Page.
Update 8:Here's another screenshot of Jared Lee Loughner's now deleted Myspace Page.
 Update 9: It's looking like Jared  Lee Loughner was sort of a far left communist type. His videos on youtube, coupled with his interesting list of favorite books definitely puts him on the weirdo list.

I had favorite books: Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Wizard Of OZ, Aesop Fables, The Odyssey, Alice Adventures Into Wonderland, Fahrenheit 451, Peter Pan, To Kill A Mockingbird, We The Living, Phantom Toll Booth, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Pulp,Through The Looking Glass, The Communist Manifesto, Siddhartha, The Old Man And The Sea, Gulliver's Travels, Mein Kampf, The Republic, and Meno.
Yeah,I'm going to go ahead and say this clown  is a freakshow of epic proportions. Hmmm, this is odd....he  seems to have forgotten  "Catcher in the Rye." Oh well, I guess he was  to busy planning a mass murder at a convenience to store to remember. I would also like to point out that this shooting is going to destroy the credibility of a supermarket  that calls itself "Safeway". Gabrielle Giffords wasn't 'safe' at your store, so might I suggest you go ahead and change your name to something a little more appropriate. How about "Shootaway" or "Deathmart". Honestly, I'd totally shop at a place called Deathmart.

I am at least glad that this Jared Lee Loughner was not a right-wing nutbag, this would have been another excuse for extremist Liberals to accuse the Conservative Tea Party of being filled with gun-toting lunatics.
I hope that this kind  of  tragedy never happens again. Despite the  fact that I disagree with many politicians on both sides of the aisle, most of them have never angered me to the point where I would wish them harm, and even if they did, it would never be worth losing my freedom over to take such drastic action against another human being.

His exact motivation was not clear, but a former classmate described Loughner as a pot-smoking loner who had rambling beliefs about the world. Federal law enforcement officials were poring over versions of a MySpace page that belonged to Jared Loughner and over a Youtube video published weeks ago under an account "Classitup10" and linked to him.
The MySpace page, which was removed within minutes of the gunman being identified by officials, included a mysterious "Goodbye friends" message published hours before the shooting and exhorted his friends to "Please don't be mad at me."
In one of several Youtube videos, which featured text against a dark background, Loughner described inventing a new U.S. currency and complained about the illiteracy rate among people living in Giffords' congressional district in Arizona.
"I know who's listening: Government Officials, and the People," Loughner wrote. "Nearly all the people, who don't know this accurate information of a new currency, aren't aware of mind control and brainwash methods. If I have my civil rights, then this message wouldn't have happen (sic)."

Monday, January 3, 2011

Carl Paladino To Liz Benjamin "Read It Again"

Carl Paladino
Carl Paladino sent a letter to Capital Tonight anchor Liz Benjamin trashing her for a recent  interview with Governor Andrew Cuomo. Paladino sends a clear message to this liberal media goof-ball-You are a hack and your as biased as the rest of the media. Apparently, thoroughly trashing her once didn't seem to have the desired effect. So Carl sent her the same letter again. This time he gives her a "Civics Lesson" She will not soon forget.

Here is the transcript of that letter.

Re:  Civics Lesson #2
Dear Liz:
Enclosed is a copy of my last letter. Try reading it again. Get over the shallow rhetoric with your round table of “know it all” talking heads. Do you want to be a journalist or a celebrity groupie?  Educate yourself.  Here’s the latest:
1)   You had your sunglasses on again.  Pat Lynch, the former Chief of Staff, protégé and confidant of Sheldon Silver is a charter member of the friends and family club.  She’s another untouchable like Hevesi, Rattner and Rangle.

The first that the public heard about a probe of Pat Lynch was when Andy announced the settlement. Tragically, the press thinks this is legal and proper.  The public only knows what Andy chooses to tell them.  There is no indictment or statement of facts.  How can the people judge whether or not Andy’s actions are judicious?  Lynch will not complain.  The resolution kept her out of jail.  What about the rights of the people to have wrongdoers properly punished and to send a clear message to others?  Andy is not only prosecutor, but also jury and judge.  He alone determines whether criminal or civil charges will be brought and if and when he’ll settle and for how much.  He has conflicts everywhere and the press has given him a pass. The public has a right to know and judge whether or not Andy is fixing deals
Lynch apparently gave a bribe. Andy gave her a slap on the wrist financial settlement and he alone determined the fine.  He said she couldn’t lobby the Comptroller’s office but its okay for her to lobby the rest of the government.  Andy buys chips and future considerations.  Andy protects the Albany establishment and the status quo.
For that reason, by copy of this letter, we are asking the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District to review the Attorney General’s activities in the Lynch, Rattner and Hevesi cases.
2)   As predicted, the Rattner fix was completed Thursday.  Rattner, the big money briber, was given immunity from criminal prosecution and the little guy bribee was sent to jail.  In the final settlement, which you will note I predicted in my first letter to you, there was no admission of guilt for bribing a public official.  Andy Cuomo who said, “If you break the law you go to jail” and that ethics reform is his top priority on his last day as Attorney General, gave Rattner, the privileged establishment insider, a slap on the wrist $10Mil [chump change] fine.  They also agreed that for 5 years Rattner can’t deal with the Comptrollers office but he can still deal with, and presumably bribe, any other officials in State government.  All the banter of the last few weeks between the two was playacting to set the stage for the fix.  Andy is the poster child for ethics reform.  There it is again Liz.  In New York all pigs are equal but some pigs are more equal than others.  I’m attaching Greta Van Sustern’s Greta Wire on the topic.
3)   Hevesi is still walking the streets. His sentencing was scheduled for December 17th and is now adjourned until February 1st.  Did my letter scare somebody?  Andy undercharged him and then took a plea to get the political announcement during the campaign.  He recommended no jail time for the man who held the most trusted position in State government and took $1 mil in bribes.  Hopefully Judge Stone will put Hevesi behind bars for a long time to send out a clear message to other public officials that if you breach the public trust you go to jail.
4)   What does a Jewish liaison in the Governor’s office do for $150,000/year? Is there a job description? Do we have an Italian liaison? A Polish liaison? A Muslim liaison? How many liaisons do we have?  Also what does a $150,000/yr public policy advisor do in the Comptroller’s office?
5)   Read the Medicaid commentary written by Gregory Blass and John Imhoff.  Bureaucrats carelessly and with reckless abandon expand Medicaid costs on the taxpayer’s backs by imposing regulations that should only be authorized by elected officials accountable to the people.  They now allow mere attestations in the place of documentation in a program wrought with fraud.  No positive proof of identity is required to apply.
Dropping a “means test” that considered assets and solely considering the applicants income is ridiculous. Medicaid was created for individuals below the poverty level. It has now been expanded in N.Y. to include just about all of the middle class creating an unsustainable expansion of costs that if properly revealed to the taxpayers, would cause an insurrection and cost everyone in Albany their jobs.
This wasteful and abused program has cost New York hundreds of thousands of jobs and the flight of its middle class. We spent $53BIL or $2,360/person on Medicaid, twice that of the national average of $1,077.  Medicaid consumes 45-100% of the County land real property tax levy.  A carelessly loose application and administration process managed by un-elected bureaucrats with far too much discretion in Medicaid decisions and policy making fosters creative fraud.
6)   You completely missed the fact that the government can and should immediately pass legislation to convert to a 401k plan for the exempt non-union employees in State and local governments which number approximately 20%.   This includes the State and local legislatures and all their aides, all political appointees and all the people in management of the various Agencies and Authorities of the governments.
The constitution protects the pension rights of only union civil service employees. By quickly enacting a defined contribution plan for exempt employees, the State would set the stage for demanding from the unions a stipulated release from the Constitutional protection that would allow a capping of the present defined benefit program and conversion for the future to a 401 k plan for all State and local government employees. Attached is a copy of N.Y.S. Senator Mike Fitzpatrick’s excellent op-ed article of January 2 on the topic.
The hammer available to a Governor with the intestinal fortitude to extract such an agreement from the unions is that most union contracts and the binding arbitration provisions of the Taylor law expire in 2011. The Taylor law needs to be amended to reflect a continuation of binding arbitration limited only to first responders and other critical employees such as correction officers, probation, health, etc, in return for rescission of the Triborough Amendment covering continuation of terms and a capping of the present defined benefit plans and conversion for the future to a 401-K plan for all government employees.   As to the other non-essential employees of the State and local governments [i.e.: teachers], no one cares if they go on strike.
If Andy and the Legislature, in all their wisdom, sign an extension of binding arbitration without using it as leverage to force substantive change as stated above they will have abrogated their responsibility to serve the people of New York State.
It’s as simple as that Liz.
Very truly yours,
Carl P. Paladino
Cc:  Hon. Lewis Bart Stone, J.S.C., Part 31, N.Y.S. Supreme Court
Hon. Richard Hartunian, U.S. Attorney, Northern District
Hon. William Hochul, U.S. Attorney, Western District

Carl Paladino Letter To Liz Banjamin #2
As always Paladino makes some great points, and puts into perspective just how corrupt both the New York State government and the media are. Paladino may have lost his bid for governor, but he certainly hasn't lost his straight forward, in your face, no hold barred attitude when it comes to politicians and members of the press. I have a feeling Carl Paladino will be lurking in the shadows, waiting for the right time to pounce, acting as a one man 'checks and balances', putting Andrew Cuomo and the rest of the  corrupt Albany insiders in their place. A true New Yorker.