News/Politics 9-30-14

What’s interesting in the news today?

1. Under the bus with ’em!

Shockingly, Obama once again blames others for his administration’s shortcomings.

The buck stops….. somewhere else.


2. Just like with the Ft. Hood shootings, the Obama admin refuses to admit the obvious.

From HotAir  “It’s becoming a disturbing trend.

For months, Ali Muhammad Brown, a man described as a devout Muslim convert, engaged in what prosecutors allege was a “bloody crusade” aimed at avenging the deaths of Muslims killed by American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. From Seattle, Washington to West Orange, New Jersey, Brown left four bodies in his wake. But the national press refused to report on his case until weeks after he was indicted. Almost none outside local media outlets in Seattle noted that Brown had intentionally targeted gay men is his campaign of vengeance.

A Seattle-based Fox affiliate called Brown a “radical jihadist,” but few other press outlets followed their lead. Perhaps because Brown was not receiving coded transmissions from Pakistani handlers, some apparently determined that his actions should not be considered terrorism. One has to wonder whether the members of Seattle’s gay community who use the social media app Brown utilized to target his victims felt terrorized. Whether we call it terrorism or not, the effect of Brown’s spree was to instill fear and to force those who survived his attacks to rethink their routines.

This familiar pattern is happening again, now in Oklahoma City. On Friday, what was reportedly a disgruntled former employee of a food processing facility decided to take his frustrations out on his coworkers. He killed one, according to initial reports, and wounded another before being incapacitated by the gun-carrying company’s owner.

But as more details emerged, the more an ominous pattern began to emerge. Some have begun to determine that they are again being lied to in service to the ignoble mission of defining terrorism down.”

And once again they’ll insist that Islam played no role in it.


3. Is locking parents up for non-payment of child support a modern-day debtors prison? And is there a better way to do things that benefits all parties?

From TheWashingtonPost  “Dwayne Ferebee, 36, father of four, has been sent to jail four times over the past 12 years on civil contempt charges for failure to pay his court-ordered child support. The first two times, he spent a couple months behind bars until his mom came up with the $3,000 the judge told him he had to pay. The third go-around, he stayed in jail six of the maximum 12-month sentence before he could scrape together the money. The fourth, he had to wait until his fiancée received her tax refund. All told, he spent about a year locked up.

Ferebee, a high school dropout,  had a series of run-in with the law and ended up with a felony. You know the formula by now. Lack of education plus felony record equals poverty. Unless you can work two jobs. Which child support enforcement and the court told him to do. “And when am I supposed to see my kids?” he asked.

“All I was saying was, ‘Give me an opportunity instead of throwing me in jail because that just puts me further behind in child support,’” Ferebee says. “Let me find work so I can earn money.’”

A slow-moving but seismic shift is taking hold in Virginia’s child support enforcement community of judges and lawyers and case managers. That shift, still underway, has seen the rise of new partnerships between child support enforcement, the courts, social service agencies and fatherhood programs seeking to figure out what’s keeping parents from paying the child support they owe. And then — this is the seismic part — helping those parents  address their issues instead of locking them up. The state’s Intensive Case Monitoring Program joins a national movement nearly a decade in the making in which problem-solving measures in child support enforcement have been replacing punitive ones.

As they say in child support, there is a difference between deadbeat and dead-broke, and discerning it is key. Civil contempt is meant to coerce a parent to pay and get out of jail, says Craig Burshem, the director of Virginia’s Department of Social Services Division of Child Support Enforcement. “It’s not meant to be a debtor’s prison.”


4. And school taxes will rise everywhere because of it.

From TheAP  “American schools are scrambling to provide services to the large number of children and teenagers who crossed the border alone in recent months.

Unaccompanied minors who made up the summer spike at the border have moved to communities of all sizes, in nearly every state, Federal data indicates, to live with a relative and await immigration decisions. The Supreme Court has ruled that schools have an obligation to educate all students regardless of their immigration status, so schools have become a safe haven for many of the tens of thousands of these young people mostly from central America living in limbo.

Delaware’s rural Sussex County has long attracted immigrants, partly because of work in chicken factories, and soybean and corn fields. The district’s population is more than one-quarter Hispanic, and for years has offered an early learning program for non-English speakers.

Still, officials were caught off guard by about 70 new students mostly from Guatemala – part of the wave crossing the border – enrolling last year, mostly at Sussex Central High School. The Indian River School District over the summer break quickly put together special classes for those needing extra English help.”


5. Weak oversight on Wall St.? Not shocking.

From TheNYPost  “Wall Street is about to be rocked by secretly recorded audio tapes that purport to show a too-cozy relationship between the New York Federal Reserve Bank and the financial institutions it is supposed to regulate.

The 45 hours of tapes, made by Carmen Segarra, a former NY Fed worker, capture former co-workers, whose job was to keep banks like Goldman Sachs in line, instead deferring to the banks, being unwilling to take action and being extremely passive, according to public radio’s “This American Life,” and ProPublica which obtained the tapes and is scheduled to air a program about the matter Friday night.

Segarra, ironically, was hired by the NY Fed in October 2011 to help toughen up their oversight. She was fired in 2013 after, she claims in a lawsuit, she tried to get Goldman to toe the line on regulations.”


14 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-30-14

  1. 1. Proof that Obama is your typical rub of tthe mill politician and not a fire breathing Kenyan Muslim socialist.

    2. Mentally ill.

    3. This isn’t unusual. Unpaid traffic and parking fines, by-law violations, and even unpaid student loans can land you in jail (library fines?). Ontario has mandatory payroll deductions for support, garnished wages, and garnished tax refunds and credits but there really is no good way of enforcing child support. Ontario will suspend your drivers license but then how do you get to work.

    4. A bit hyperbolic. Taxes won’t go up everywhere. School taxes are local. And an ESL instructor can be funded by a dollar or two per household. Surely one can afford that to keep the kids in a better place. And if you don’t want increased taxes, cut the superintendents and their salary or better yet the football team.

    5. Read Matt Tabbi’s the Divide about justice in an age of inequality. He recounts corporate crime and compared it to criminal enforcement of the poor. Brilliant. And for those of you who don’t like Holder even more fun. Proof once again that Obama just your typical coporate purchased politician.


  2. The buck never stops here? 😉

    Interesting piece at Politico on the utter moral collapse of the Arab world:

    “… Arab civilization, such as we knew it, is all but gone. The Arab world today is more violent, unstable, fragmented and driven by extremism—the extremism of the rulers and those in opposition—than at any time since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire a century ago. Every hope of modern Arab history has been betrayed. …”


  3. And some interesting points on our modern-day versions of atheism:

    ” … The countries with the highest percentage of citizens who say they are ‘convinced atheists’ are China (47 percent), Japan (31 percent), Czech Republic (30 percent), France (29 percent), South Korea (15 percent), Germany (15 percent), Netherlands (14 percent), Austria, Iceland, Australia, and Ireland (all four with 10 percent). …”

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  4. Linda asks: What does this even mean?? “Every hope of modern Arab history has been betrayed”

    The aftermath of WW I, in which most Islamic nations sided with the Central Powers, resulted in the demise of the Ottoman Empire. We in the West never studied it. But it was a great empire until “civilized” nations, e.g. Britain, France moved in. The hope of Islam is to establish the Caliphate which is ruled by Sharia.
    The problem with Islam is not only is it a tenth century religion, it is a tenth century. culture. Nothing worthwhile to civilization came from it. No culture, no inventions, no nothing. Someone will mention algebra.
    That’s all. And it came from Iraq before it was Islam.


  5. Oh boy.

    “U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the diagnosis. No additional details were immediately available.

    Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement on Monday that an unnamed patient was being tested for Ebola and had been placed in “strict isolation” due to the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history.”


  6. Well, thankfully, the U.S. are now experienced in treating, successfully I might add, patients with Ebola. If Nigeria and Sengal can contain their outbreaks, so can America:
    ‘The traveller died on July 25 with 894 contacts identified and followed. The final three contacts are due to leave followup on Oct. 2, at which point they’ll receive an all-clear.
    “Although Nigeria isn’t completely out of the woods, their extensive response to a single case of Ebola shows that control is possible with rapid, focused interventions,” CDC director Tom Frieden said in a release…
    A second report in the same issue describes how national preparedness and prompt communication across borders helped Senegal to avoid an Ebola outbreak after confirming its first case on Aug. 29 — a man travelling by taxi from Guinea to Dakar, Senegal, in a seven-person taxi to visit his family.
    By Sept. 18, all 67 contacts of the Ebola patient had completed the 21-day followup with no further confirmed cases.’

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  7. Does this mean they have to find everyone who was on the airplane with this patient? I’m assuming s/he flew if s/he was recently in Africa. And then how many people?

    Can you quarantine people coming from the infected area or is that even feasible, not to mention legal?


  8. Michelle, Ebola is not airborne and is not infectious during the incubation stage. This person only became infectious when s/he developed symptoms. My guess would be that this person knew the risk (mostly aid workers or journalists would be going to the three countries) and immediately went to the hospital when symptoms started, e.g. there was a Canadian doctor working with Brantly who came home just before Brantly was diagnosed with Ebola, and this doctor placed himself in voluntary quarantine (he never became ill). If that is the case, those who came in direct contact with the patient will probably be told what to look for and where to report if symptoms start. I don’t think Senegal or Nigeria actually quarantined all the contacts, just kept tabs on them.


  9. Well, my guess wasn’t far wrong: “The patient left Liberia on Sept. 19, and arrived in the U.S. the next day, Dr. Thomas Frieden said. The patient had “no symptoms” when leaving Liberia or entering the U.S., but began to develop symptoms around Sept. 24. Two days later the patient sought care, Frieden said, and the patient was admitted to a Texas hospital on Sept. 28.”


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