News/Politics 11-27-12

What’s news today?

First the Senate, and now the UN too?

From TheWallStJournal

“Who runs the Internet? For now, the answer remains no one, or at least no government, which explains the Web’s success as a new technology. But as of next week, unless the U.S. gets serious, the answer could be the United Nations.

Many of the U.N.’s 193 member states oppose the open, uncontrolled nature of the Internet. Its interconnected global networks ignore national boundaries, making it hard for governments to censor or tax. And so, to send the freewheeling digital world back to the state control of the analog era, China, Russia, Iran and Arab countries are trying to hijack a U.N. agency that has nothing to do with the Internet.”

“Having the Internet rewired by bureaucrats would be like handing a Stradivarius to a gorilla. The Internet is made up of 40,000 networks that interconnect among 425,000 global routes, cheaply and efficiently delivering messages and other digital content among more than two billion people around the world, with some 500,000 new users a day.”

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Looks like we have a major public school cheating scandal. But it’s not the students.

From TheDailyCaller

“It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to  help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove  they are qualified to lead their classrooms.

For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their  place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and  $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis  exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade and began their careers as  cheaters, according to federal prosecutors in Memphis.

Authorities say the scheme affected hundreds — if not thousands — of public  school students who ended up being taught by unqualified instructors.”

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Egypt’s new President says he stands by his overreaching decrees.

From Times Of Israel

“Egypt’s president told the country’s top judges Monday that he did not infringe on their authority when he seized near absolute powers, setting up a prolonged showdown on the eve of a mass protest planned by opponents of the Islamist leader.

An aide to President Mohammed Morsi said the decree was limited to “sovereignty-related issues,” but that did not satisfy his critics.

The uncompromising stance came during a meeting between Morsi and members of the Supreme Judiciary Council in a bid to resolve a four-day crisis that has plunged the country into a new round of turmoil with clashes between the two sides that have left one protester dead and hundreds wounded.”

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The White House says they are concerned but…….

From NationalReview

“Asked whether the White House was forewarned about President Morsi’s power grab, Jay Carney said today that the administration has “expressed and raised concerns” about it. He also said that the power grab is part of Egypt’s “transition to democracy”:

Our interest in the development and transition to democracy in Egypt is one that reflects what the Egyptian people demanded through their revolution, and continue to demand, which is a government that reflects the will of the people. And we will continue to work towards that goal, because it reflects what the Egyptian people want.”

Sure. What the people want. I guess he thinks all the new protests in the streets are over The Video, just like with the Embassy attack.

🙄

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They say this will only be on “Rich” people, but I don’t trust them.

From the NYTimes

“A tax break that has long been untouchable could soon be in for some serious scrutiny.

Many home buyers deduct their mortgage interest when assessing their tax bill, a perk that has helped bolster the income of millions of families — and the broader housing market.

But as President Obama and Congress try to hash out a deal to reduce the budget deficit, the mortgage interest deduction will likely be part of the discussion.”

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This one is a new low, even for Democrats. I’m hoping it’s not true, yet fearful that this is exactly what they would do to win.

From Breitbart

“But even knowing this, I was not prepared for a conversation I had at Thanksgiving dinner today with my brother-in-law, Henry, who has lived most of his life in a home for the mentally disabled, and though now in his forties has the intelligence level of a six-year-old.

“Obama saved me,” he said to me out of the blue.

“What do you mean?”

“I voted for him for president and now he’s saving me.”

I was taken aback by these words, since Henry had no idea who Obama was, or what a president might be, and would be unable to fill out a registration form let alone get to the polling place by himself. So I asked him how he knew that and how he had registered and cast his vote. In halting, impeded speech he told me that the people who take care of him at the home filled out “the papers” to register him to vote, told him how Obama cared for him, even taught him the Obama chants, and then took him to the polling place to vote. They did the same for all of the mentally disabled patients in their care, approximately sixty in all.”

Wow. Just wow.

10 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-27-12

  1. So I guess there are no dis-enfranchised voters after all? Democrats made sure that everyone got to the polls no matter how ignorant they are…

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  2. Good column by Mona Charen about “sore” winners:

    http://townhall.com/columnists/monacharen/2012/11/27/sore_winners

    Sigh. Though I will say the incessant conservative bashing has calmed down a little bit on my FB feed. Sometimes I think it was almost worth it for the liberals to win. Otherwise, they would have been insufferable, no? 😉 So at least we’re spared that, if not the occasional breakouts of gloating and charges that we’re all just racist. 😦

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  3. The Wall street pices nails asignificant issue. One I think we all agree om. Namely, that no good can come from inter-governmental control of the net.

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  4. CB,

    Agreed, leave it alone.

    Let’s face it, the only reason our govt and the UN want to control it is because they see it as a massive cash cow ripe for the milking thru taxation. They feel they’re being cheated by the commoners for sales tax and the like, so they want their unearned cut. Just think of all the bureaucracy you could create, both here and abroad, with that kinda cash. Buncha blood sucking leeches.

    😦

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  5. The story about Henry is not new…the same thing was happening at care facilities in Northwest FL in 2000.

    The Education news makes me sick to my stomach…it lowers the profession.

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  6. I was searching through the “Person of the year” award list because I heard on Foxnews that Sandra Fluke was under consideration. I didn’t find it, but I saw that the Earth was selected for “endangered planet of the year”.
    That was in 1988.

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