Dec 072010

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – A Wisconsin woman is accused of biting off her husband’s tongue as he was giving her a good night kiss.
Sheboygan police say the man in his late 70s called authorities about 11 p.m. Monday, but was having trouble speaking. An ambulance was dispatched to the house.

Sgt. Terry Meyer says the husband and wife were singing Christmas carols when paramedics arrived. Meyer says the woman, in her late 50s, threw a coffee cup at them.

The man was taken to a Sheboygan hospital and then transferred to Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in the Milwaukee area where he was to have his tongue reattached.

Polices say the man didn’t want his wife arrested. But, she was taken into custody on possible charges of mayhem and domestic violence.


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Dec 072010

A New Hampshire couple has pulled their son out of his local high school after the teen was assigned a book that refers to Jesus Christ as a “wine-guzzling vagrant and precocious socialist.”

Aimee Taylor says her oldest son, 16-year-old Jordan Henderson, was required to read “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,” this fall for Bedford High School’s personal finance class.

The book is a first-person account of author Barbara Ehrenreich’s attempts to make ends meet while working minimum wage jobs in Florida, Maine and Minnesota.

But in addition to taking aim at the idea of the American Dream, and arguing for a higher minimum wage, Taylor says Ehrenreich also takes aim at Christians and other groups in the book and uses foul language — all of which made Jordan unhappy.

“He started making some comments about the book and I said, ‘Well, just read it. You know you have to read it for school,'” Taylor told “But finally he came home one day and said ‘I’m not reading this book, I’m done reading this book, I am not reading any more of this book,’ and he slammed it down and said, ‘This is junk!'”

Taylor asked her son to show her what was so bad about the book and after he pointed out a few controversial excerpts she decided to read it in full.

“I finished the book that night, I could not put it down because I was just mortified by the take on this book as well as the language, and the Jesus Christian bashing was unbelievable to me, and that it was in our school was just amazing to me,” she said.

One of the excerpts, Taylor points to is Ehrenreich’s description of a Christian service she attended in Maine.

“It would be nice if someone would read this sad-eyed crowd the Sermon on the Mount, accompanied by a rousing commentary on income inequality and the need for a hike in the minimum wage. But Jesus makes his appearance here only as a corpse; the living man, the wine-guzzling vagrant and precocious socialist, is never once mentioned, nor anything he ever had to say. Christ crucified rules, and it may be that the true business of modern Christianity is to crucify him again and again so that he can never get a word out of his mouth,” Ehrenreich writes.

Still, wanting a second opinion, Taylor says she asked her “more lenient” husband Dennis to read the book, assuming he would tell her she was making a big deal out of nothing.

“Actually in the end he said, ‘This is a piece of junk, this book is garbage and does not belong in the school. No matter what you believe politically, this book should not belong in the classroom, it’s really inappropriate for their age,’ he was really upset that we weren’t given notice about the book either,” Taylor said.

The Taylors contacted the principal with their concerns. But roughly three weeks later a review committee assembled by the school district ruled that despite its shortcomings, “the book provided valuable insight into the circumstances of the working poor and an opportunity for students to demonstrate mastery of the ‘Financial Impact’ competency,” it said in a report.

“Even the way that they worded the letter was fascinating. The language wasn’t objectionable, it wasn’t that it was wrong. It was ‘questionable.’ And I thought, it’s not questionable in a courthouse, if you’re an attorney and you say that you’re going to get kicked out by the judge,” Taylor said. “…These words are illegal to say on national TV and radio in this country and yet here they are in this book.”

Assistant Superintendent Chip McGee told the Union Leader that the district still plans to evaluate the personal finance class to see if “Nickel and Dimed” can be replaced with a less controversial book and will require teachers to notify parents from now on before assigning the book and offer an alternative should they object.

But Taylor says that’s not enough.

“We’ve eliminated Christmas, we’ve eliminated all these things because we don’t want to step on anyone’s toes but here we’re going to hand out this book? … This is anti-God, anti-religion, it’s racial, I mean it crosses a wide spectrum of very touchy and very insulting issues to most human beings and I think that even with a parental consent it’s not enough. They need to boot that book out of there,” Taylor said.

The Taylors, who have since begun home schooling their son at his request, plan to attend the Dec. 13 Bedford School Board meeting to ask that the book be yanked entirely so taxpayers are no longer forced to pay for it. They have five other children, including a freshman at Bedford High School.

Bedford High School Principal William Hagen and Barbara Ehrenreich did not respond to requests for comment.

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Dec 072010

The lawmaker vying to be chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the next Congress is challenging Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps to explain his proposal for new public interest regulations on the media, whose news coverage he criticized along with his own agency’s role in regulating it.

Last week during a speech at Columbia University, Copps outlined a plan for a “public value test” every four years that would make the license renewal of broadcasters contingent upon meeting federal criteria such as the delivery of news, diversity, the conducting of community input meetings and local programming requirements.

“It’s a pretty serious situation that we’re in,” Copps told BBC Washington correspondent Katty Kay last week. “We are not producing the body of news and information that democracy needs to conduct its civic dialogue, we’re not producing as much news as we did five, 10 years, 15 years ago and we have to reverse that trend or I think we are going to be pretty close to denying our citizens the essential news and information that they need to have in order to make intelligent decisions about the full direction of their country.”

Barton sent Copps a letter on Monday asking him whether he believes the FCC should reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, if his public values test is meant to bring back the ascertainment rules and whether he believes the panel’s five commissioners can do a better job of ensuring Americans have access to a wide diversity of content and viewpoints than the marketplace.

“I hope … that you do not mean to suggest that it is the job of the federal government, through the Federal Communications Commission, to determine the content that is available for Americans to consume,” Barton wrote in the letter.

“Although your concern for providing American citizens information they need to ‘make intelligent decisions about the full direction of their country’ may stem from the very best of intentions, increasing the federal government’s role in the composition of the information Americans have at their disposal — in an information marketplace that is bigger and more easily accessible than ever before — is unwise policy and raises serious questions of constitutionality,” he said.

The Fairness Doctrine, first instituted in the late 1940s, threatens to strip broadcasters of their licenses if they failed to give free airtime to opposing sides on controversial issues.

A spokesman for Copps told that he would respond to Barton’s letter by the end of the week.

It is unlikely that any such regulation would get through Congress with Republicans taking control of the House in January and increasing their ranks in the Senate.

This isn’t the first issue that Republicans and the FCC have clashed over. Republicans have opposed the FCC’s so-called “network neutrality” rules which would prohibit phone and cable companies from blocking or discriminating against Internet traffic flowing over their broadband networks.

The FCC is expected to vote on the proposal by the end of this month.

Last month, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va., publicly wished that the FCC would shut down Fox News and MSNBC to improve the political discourse — a request the FCC cannot fulfill since it only regulates broadcast airwaves, not cable.

“It would be a big favor to political discourse; to our ability to do our work here in Congress; and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and, more importantly, in their future,” said the chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

The FCC never commented on the request.


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Dec 072010

Elizabeth Edwards Dies at Age 61 After Battle With Cancer–Accomplished attorney, best-selling author,lovng mother & wife.

From Greta: a bit odd? (Bill Clinton statement) Below is a statement from President Clinton about Elizabeth Edwards….it is a bit awkward or odd in that the Former President specifically mentions her children and her friends but no mention of her husband (they were separated, not divorced.)

Statement by President Clinton on the Passing of Elizabeth Edwards

“With the passing of Elizabeth Edwards, America has lost a symbol of strength, hope, and humanity, a tireless advocate for health care for all Americans, and determined crusader for cancer cures. Her children have lost a loving mother, her friends a wise counselor. My prayers are with them. She was a remarkable woman who dealt with the challenges her life dealt her with courage and grace.”

Dec 072010

While in support of the controversial Dream Act, which would allow undocumented immigrants in the United States a path to legalized citizenship through 2 years of military service, these students offered criticism of the bill. The two speakers shown here emphasize that the Democrats have made the most recent changes to the bill making it more expensive to out of state students, and that immigrants should not be scapegoated for societies problems. They point out that that a real movement for immigration reform needs to be built, offering the idea of a new political party and reading inspiring words from EZLN spokesperson Sub Comandante Marcos.


Students for a Democratic Society

Dec 072010

Dec 072010

As Beck has often said: “I want Congress to get what they give our military”.
I say “I want our military to get Congressional pay!” ~JP

Dec 072010

I am glad to see this show back, for there is nothing like acapella! I liked a handful out of ten groups but the following were my favorites:

1. Committed a Gospel group out of Huntsville, AL They got me emotionally

2. Street Corner Symphony The lead singer’s voice is SO Pure

3. The Backbeats This girl’s voice is phenomenal!

4. Jerry Lawson & Talk of the Town . You know Ima gonna like an old Do Whop group.

The Yale Whiffenpoofs are my honorary choice. The unreal range of this redhead, oh man!

Next show is tomorrow- Wednesday 12/8 NBC 7pm cst Check local listings, not to be missed

Dec 072010

~H/T Nancy Kennon @ FSM


~JP went out & got dis fro cause I want this website to keep up and running!

Dec 072010

Right Scoop

A recently retired E9 officer called Beck today because he just doesn’t believe that Bradley Manning could solely be responsible for obtaining the entire arsenal of classified documents that were leaked. I think we all probably have suspicions about it, given Manning’s CD burning story, and this E9 officer seems at least to give our suspicions some credibility.

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