Culture Watch vol. 33
Last week saw an unprecedented government intrusion into the private markets as they continued bailing out, with our tax dollars, failing companies. This is called socialism. For more on this frightening trend, check out, 'Caution: Government At Work.'
As world financial markets melted, Obama took time out from hobnobbing with Hollywood celebrities to pronounce capitalism as a failed institution. No one in the media questioned him on his alternative. They were too busy trying to brand Sarah Palin as some sort of religious loon.
The drive-by media was also too busy to question Obama on a credible report that he tried to influence Iraq to delay the withdrawal of US troops until after the election. Logan Act anyone??
Electioneering has begun in earnest with polls showing a dead heat between Obama and McCain. I expect that may be due, in part, to the Obama campaign's decision to send Obama's teleprompters on the road with him. Or it could be due to the efforts of a group of Palestinian students living in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, who gather nightly to phone US voters and urge them to vote for Obama.
Meanwhile, the investigator looking into Sarah Palins' firing of a state trooper, Stephen Branchflower, has been slapped with a lawsuit by Alaska residents who believe his inquiry represents an abuse of their tax dollars. Alaska legislators, meanwhile, announce that the investigation will be finished before the election, meaning, in time to influence the election.
In what hopefully could become a trend, students at Dos Palos High School actually staged a protest - by wearing patriotic regalia to school - after a sophomore was forced to remove a T-shirt depicting an American flag. Cool Jeans!
In the face of a legal challenge, search engine Google was forced to lift its ban on pro-life advertisements. Technology is coming closer to developing software that analyse a person's speech, voice and facial expression to determine if they are telling the truth. Imagine the implications.
Remember the war on terror? Top U.S. counterterrorism experts say al-Qaeda is "imploding" and that its violent tactics have turned Muslims world-wide against them. Here at home, the FBI says violent crime is on the downswing. Good news, all around. You probably heard it here first.
Speaking of violent crime, check out the latest face of terror. A schoolboy, the youngest Briton to be convicted of a terrorism offense, was jailed for 2 years for his part in a world-wide plot to target non-Muslims.
97% of 14 to 17 year-olds play video games. Another survey shows that half of all Americans believe in guardian angels. (Hint: the guardian angel they believe in is NOT the government.) Meanwhile, a Riviera Beach law against 'saggy pants' has been ruled unconstitutional. Cracks are now legal.
Over in Poland, legislators are seriously considering introducing 'coerced treatment' of pedophiles. Translation: castration. And India has become the first country to convict someone of a crime relying on a controversial machine: a brain scanner. Here in the US, a former Army Special Forces commander passed over for a job at the Library of Congress because he was in the process of becoming a she won a discrimination lawsuit.
A new study calculates that a full one-third of American college students have to enroll in remedial classes. The bill to taxpayers for trying to bring them up to speed on stuff they were supposed to learn in government schools is a whopping $2.3 to $2.9 billion, annually.
Search giant Google is set to launch its new "Google phone" operating system this Tuesday. Google is also planning on deploying all the supercomputers it uses in its internet search business to barges located seven miles off shore, away from national laws and taxes.
Speaking of taxes, it appears our government is trying to collect billions of dollars in late taxes from nearly half a million federal employees. One of the most prominent, is Congressman Charlie Rangel, who got caught cheating on his taxes. Did I mention he is head of a key tax writing committee?
Dems have so far shot down two attempts by GOP to punish Rangel for tax fraud, meanwhile, Rangel wrote an open letter to New Yorkers saying he is the target of a "guerilla war." This is called hubris. Its also called 'politics as usual.'
Standing at just 2ft 5in high, He Pinping has been officially named the world's smallest man. Svetlana Pankratova, meanwhile, owns the longest legs in the world
The owner of the Storchen restaurant in Winterthur is improving his menu by using mother's milk in his soups and sauces. Whoa.
From the schadenfruede files, it might be comforting to know that billionaire George Soros's hedge fund may have lost at least $120 million on its stake in failed Lehman Brothers. I'm smiling. Color me catty.
An Israeli city is compiling a DNA data bank - on dog poop. Apparently they will match dog poop with the owners in order to both reward and fine dog owners who don't use a pooper scooper. How about we initiate a similar DNA test for Democrat's failed policies? Just a thought...
IDIOT OF THE WEEK:
There are so many contenders for this weekly award that RightBias is forced, by space constraints, to publish the myriad idiots lists as a separate page this week. Check out 'IDIOTS OF THE WEEK AWARDS'
The top idiot of the week award goes, hands down, to Dem VP contender Joe Biden, who stated with a straight face that being patriotic means paying higher taxes. No doubt, some will fall for this bunk, which further explains the need for an expanded IDIOT'S list. So many idiots, so little time.
Till next week, keep smiling,
by Nancy Morgan
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