What’s interesting in the news today?
As always, Open Thread.
First, a feel good story. Well, at least for me and fellow Yankee fans. The rest of ya’s, probably not. 😯
Say Hello! to the next generation. 🙂
“Andy Pettitte is just like any other baseball dad who happens to have played 17 MLB seasons for the New York Yankees and Houston Astros and won five World Series titles.
“He sends me a text before every game that says, ‘Good luck buddy, to God be the glory.’ ” Josh Pettitte said. “He’s just a bystander now.”
Well, sort of. The younger Pettitte, who plays for Deer Park High School near Houston, threw a no-hitter on Friday against the Boerne (Texas) Champion Greyhounds. He struck out 10 and walked one, and then admitted it is pretty helpful to have one of the best pitchers of a generation as your father.”
Cue my maniacal laugh. 🙂
Next, an Update.
Key provisions of the Voting Rights Act appear to be in jeopardy. Maybe it’s just me, but the lawyer for the DoJ sounded unprepared for the obvious questions from the Justices.
“Central parts of an election law dating back to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the Voting Rights Act, appeared to be in jeopardy Wednesday after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a challenge to them.”
“When Verrilli defended the section 5 of the law, Chief Justice John Roberts asked him, “Do you know which state has the worst ratio of white voter turnout to African American voter turnout?”
Verrilli said he did not, to which Roberts replied: “Massachusetts. Do you know what has the best, where African American turnout actually exceeds white turnout? Mississippi.”
Roberts then asked Verrilli which state has the greatest disparity in registration between whites and African Americans, and again Verrilli did not know.”
Pete Williams is pretty upset. 🙂
And if you feel like checking out the comments be warned. This is NBC after all, so cries of voter suppression and racism are the norm.
Meanwhile, President Obama has Verrelli calling on the Supreme Court to overturn DOMA.
“On Friday, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli formally filed a legal brief with the Supreme Court, calling the law unconstitutional and “discriminatory against gays and lesbians.”
“It is abundantly clear that this discrimination does not substantially advance (the government’s) interest in protecting marriage, or any other important interest,” Verrilli wrote in the 67-page document.
“The Statute simply cannot be reconciled with the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection,” he said.
Conservative legal experts like Mathew Staver, president of Liberty Counsel, say the government’s position is “outrageous.”
Mr. Woodward should have seen this coming. It is after all, the Chicago way.
Lawmakers are attempting to override the Obama admins decision to declare the Ft. Hood shootings “workplace violence”. They are correct. Call it what it was. Terrorism, motivated by Islam.
“Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), whose district includes Fort Hood, told PJM the base is soldiering on, but a recent ABC News interview in which the officer who shot Hasan during the rampage says President Obama has “betrayed” the victims came as no surprise to him.”
“Carter just introduced yet again legislation to ensure that the victims and victims’ families in the Fort Hood attack are eligible for the same treatment, benefits, and honors as Americans killed or wounded in an overseas combat zone.”
“Major Hasan was connected, influenced by Alwaki,” Wolf said. “The administration thought Awlaki was dangerous enough that they killed him with a drone missile… It’s got to be fairly significant, the fact that they did this to an American citizen.”
“The people at Fort Hood, the wounded have been getting a very, very bad deal with Panetta,” the congressman continued. “It clearly is a terrorist attack. It is not workplace violence and by not calling it that, it’s a failure.””
And once again, or still, Texas shows how it’s done. Don’t panic, it’s not another future Yankee player. 🙂
“Earlier this month, Texas Gov. Rick Perry made a quick tour of California to remind business owners that life’s a whole lot easier in the Lone Star State. Perry’s California critics called him “Governor Oops” for his miscues during the presidential debates, and Gov. Jerry Brown dismissed the Texan’s recruiting drive as “not a burp,” and barely even a certain bodily release of gas.
Laugh away, Californians. But Perry is playing the stronger hand here. Texas trounced the rest of the country our latest survey of the Best Cities for Good Jobs, with five metropolitan areas in the Top Ten, including the four best cities to find jobs in the next few years.”
And it’s not just low paying service industry jobs as liberals allege.
“One explanation that is definitely false: Texas isn’t growing on the backs of underpaid, non-union workers. While Texas is a right-to-work state, many of the highest paying jobs in the Dallas area are with unionized defense manufacturers like Bell Helicopter and Lockheed Martin, which produces the F-35 Lightning II fighter at a mile-long plant in Fort Worth.”
““People say it’s all low-pay jobs, so I looked at employment growth by wage quartile,” she said. And guess what? Not only is the Dallas-area per-capita income of $39,548 comfortably above the national average of $37,000, but it’s growing fastest in the top half of wages above $16 an hour.”