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21 September 2009

Weekend Reading Roundup (Nonsense and Sensibility -- with a side of awesome -- Edition) *With Ital'd update from a comment


And the Nominees for Nonsense are ...
Ken Ferris, for his role as Inquirer columnist journalistically validating Geraldo-esque hidden-camera entrapment!
ACORN traditionally backs voter-registration drives, affordable housing, and minimum-wage increases. Turns out some of its staff are also open to prostitution, sex trafficking in minors, tax fraud, and money laundering.
That is the unmistakable message from ACORN employees caught on camera in the series of videos released by O'Keefe and Giles.

Joe Sestak, for his role as Running-for-Office pol who apparently decided it wasn't worth pissing on-the-fence voters off to simply reprimand a rube/peer who taunted El Jefe! UPDATE: If the commenter is correct and he missed the vote for his father's funeral, well, I'm a prick and the attention should be shifted toward those GOPers who voted not to chastise Wilson just because their names are followed by (insert home state here, R). Condolences and apologies to Sestak.*
Voting 240-179, the House expressed "disapproval" of Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst during President Obama's Sept. 9 speech to Congress. The South Carolina Republican shouted "You lie" when the president said his health-care proposals would not benefit illegal immigrants. Wilson apologized to the White House chief of staff, and Obama accepted the apology. Wilson has refused to apologize to the full House for his act. The disapproval measure (HR 744) was the mildest punishment the House could give to Wilson.
A yes vote was to reprimand Wilson.
Voting yes: John Adler (D., N.J.), Robert E. Andrews (D., N.J.), Robert A. Brady (D., Pa.), Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), Tim Holden (D., Pa.), Patrick Murphy (D., Pa.), and Allyson Y. Schwartz (D., Pa.)
Voting no: Michael N. Castle (R., Del.), Charles W. Dent (R., Pa.), Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.), Frank A. LoBiondo (R., N.J.), Joseph R. Pitts (R., Pa.), and Christopher H. Smith (R., N.J.).
Not voting: Joe Sestak (D., Pa.).

The government as a whole, for its role in meddling deeper into private business' compensation for employee!
The Federal Reserve for the first time would police banks' pay policies to make sure they do not encourage excessive risk-taking, under a plan the Fed is drafting. The proposal is the Fed's latest response to criticism that it failed to crack down on lax lending, reckless gambles, and other practices that led to the financial crisis.


And the Nominees for Sensibility are ...
Merced Medical Center in California, for accepting and implements practices because the mind and soul are terrible things to leave out of the treatment and care processes.
At Mercy Medical Center in Merced, where roughly four patients a day are Hmong from northern Laos, healing includes more than IV drips, syringes and blood glucose monitors. Because many Hmong rely on their spiritual beliefs to get them through illnesses, the hospital’s new Hmong shaman policy, the country’s first, formally recognizes the cultural role of traditional healers like Mr. Lee, inviting them to perform nine approved ceremonies in the hospital, including “soul calling” and chanting in a soft voice.
The policy and a novel training program to introduce shamans to the principles of Western medicine are part of a national movement to consider patients’ cultural beliefs and values when deciding their medical treatment. The approach is being adopted by dozens of medical institutions and clinics across the country that cater to immigrant, refugee and ethnic-minority populations.

Michael Moore just for being steadfastly committed to his belief system.
... a film that flatly concludes that capitalism is evil is certain to put him at odds with most of the left wing in his own country, and even with President Obama, who gave a speech the next day on Wall Street on the need to reregulate, not replace the financial industry.


And, everybody involved in getting Carl Jung's "The Red Book" published to the benefit of fans, philosophers and brain people everywhere.
THIS COULD SOUND, I realize, like the start of a spy novel or a Hollywood bank caper, but it is rather a story about genius and madness, as well as possession and obsession, with one object — this old, unusual book — skating among those things. Also, there are a lot of Jungians involved, a species of thinkers who subscribe to the theories of Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist and author of the big red leather book. And Jungians, almost by definition, tend to get enthused anytime something previously hidden reveals itself, when whatever’s been underground finally makes it to the surface.

Finally, the Nominees for Awesome are ...
The possibility that John T. Elson now knows the answer to his Time magazine cover question: Is God Dead? (Not awesome that he died; awesome that he'd probably asked himself that often.)
The “Is God Dead?” issue gave Time its biggest newsstand sales in more than 20 years and elicited 3,500 letters to the editor, the most in its history to that point. It remains a signpost of the 1960s, testimony to the wrenching social changes transforming the United States.

And, Shaheed Wright of East Orange, NJ for his role in (allegedly) putting bags of blow inside his 4-year-old son's jacket!
The boy shared the drugs with three other 4-year-olds at his day care center Friday.
A teacher spotted a girl with a baggie in her mouth and called authorities after seeing the white powdery substance.


And the winners are ...
Sestak (or R's)*, The Red Book and Shaheed Wright!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't Joe Sestak miss that vote because he was attending funeral services for his father? That's what I read on the Post Gazette. I think thats a valid excuse.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Brian Hickey said...

If so, then I'm a prick. And, the award goes to those who voted No.

12:22 PM  

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