Archive: November, 2011
Can I get a hot tub?! In Merced, California, a handful of 99-Percenter college students get to live like 1 Percenters!
Not all neighbors are amused.
“Everybody on this street is underwater and can’t see any relief,” said John Angus, an out-of-work English teacher who paid $532,000 for a house that is now worth $221,000. “This was supposed to be an edge-of-town, Desperate Housewifey community,” he said. “These students are the reverse.”
“Of course we’re going to riot. What do they expect when they tell us at 10 o’clock that they fired our football coach?”
-- Paul Howard, 24-year-old Penn State aerospace engineering student, as quoted in the New York Times.
Above, students running amok at Penn State, not against child rape, but against the sudden firing of the football coach under whose watch it took place. Below, police riot against peaceful protesters in Berkeley. Is this a great country or what? Don't answer that!
Oh. My. God. Was dealing with Penn State fiasco at work, which meant I missed GOP debate, which meant I missed this:
Mr. Pennsylvania. A man whose name is practically synonymous with "business as usual." A political insider and deal maker, whose real talents take place behind closed doors, when he's not making sure his friends and allies get a cut. A guy who once found himself in the middle of some morally hard-to-defend activity, and looked the other way.
Such a person at the helm would be the last thing that the embattled Penn State campus needs right now after years of repeatedly earning its Ph.D. in cover-ups and obfuscations in things as small as everyday disciplinary matters and as large as -- we now know -- a once-trusted university leader sexually abusing young boys in plain sight. The next president of Penn State -- with incumbent Graham Spanier's hold on the job looking about as bright as Donovan McNabb's future in the NFL -- can't be another deal maker. He or she needs to be, pardon my language, a total ass-kicker, someone who will cast the money changers out of this former temple of college football.
"We knew the bottom line ... was ultimately to shut down a lot of our development. And it didn't make any sense because it was based on these global warming studies that now we're seeing (is) a bunch of snake oil science."
-- Sarah Palin, on Feb. 9, 2010, explaining why during her brief tenure as Alaska governor she opposed endangered species protection for polar bears.
This is what Herman Cain is so upset about?