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What Have We Come to in Materialistic America?

A Black Friday shopper who collapsed while shopping at a Target store in West Virginia went almost unnoticed as customers continued to hunt for bargain deals.

Walter Vance, the 61-year-old pharmacist, who reportedly suffered from a prior heart condition, later died in hospital, reports MSNBC.

Witnesses say some shoppers ignored and even walked over the man’s body as they continued to shop, reports the New York Daily News.

Friends and co-workers saddened to learn of his death, expressed outrage over the way he was treated by shoppers.

—Huff Post Business

Steve on Yardbarker blog

Hey, has anyone thought about why the PARENTS said or did nothing.
JoePa, resigned….let him finish the season.
It’s interesting he achieved the most wins and immediately this happens????
This smells of media and bureaucratic assassination for a man who is conservative, and not fitting into the Liberal mode PSU is heading.

Re.: Joe Paterno

These men, or boys, who have come forth to state publicly that they were sexually abused are requiring an awfully high price of retribution if that’s what they need to do in order “to get over it.”  I’m referring to the current mess surrounding the reputation of Joe Paterno, builder of the Penn State football program, possibly the greatest ever. Now at age 84, because of possible actions of an assistant coach on his staff, the reputation of the “Grand Pa” is being maligned, and he is being asked “to step down.” This comes at his time of life when he ought to have things made easier for him and be more appreciated.

I am leery of any report of sexual abuse that comes a long time after such alleged abuse. Motive for such reports frequently is greed. If everyone who has been abused needed to make public statements to the world, the world would be in a bigger helluva mess than we’re in already. Thank heaven there are better ways of getting over serious hurts. And even a person who has been abused, as does everyone, has a moral obligation to remember his or her actions, too, have consequences. 



Joel Rush

This is a very handsome, hot man. Pay particular attention to his mouth and jaw.


Joel Rush

This is a very handsome, hot man. Pay particular attention to his mouth and jaw.

Now I see that he’s in Amsterdam.

Where Does One Potty?

Since “Occupy Wall Street” has spread across the country, including dear old Charlotte, where yours truly resides most of the time at her Beverly House, a dilemma of major proportion has arisen in Chartown: Will the city allow portapots on the Old City Hall lawn, where 40 tents dwell, or not? After all, one must pee and, at least occasionally, do number 2.

Darlings, I know you hardly can believe it, but ol’ Lana hasn’t even been over to interview any of the Occupants! Since the occupation has been going on for 2 weeks or so, I know all those pent-up protestors have not been holding it in.

The convenience of a necessary room always is a primary concern of mine and others of us who are “more mature citizens.” Talk about “getting real,” access to a powder room is a basic necessity of life.

I always am concerned about these kinds of large gatherings because we certainly don’t want to get into another unsanitary mess such as brought about the medieval black plague. A private citizen has a constitutional right to protest peaceably, but government also has the constitutional responsibility to protect the general welfare. That was my advice to Cousin Bob, who advises the city on legalities.

And my advice to anyone considering attending an on-going (more than one hour) protest is “Where are you going to potty?”


Free Trade Agreements Not Free

October 12, 2011

Dear Lana„

There’s arguably no part of our nation that has seen or best understands the very real and harmful effects of bad trade deals more than right here at home. Sadly, this week will bring the three pending NAFTA-style Free Trade Agreements before Congress—the same deals with Korea, Panama and Columbia that we’ve known were on their way. Even worse, these fast-track “free” trade deals are all scheduled for a vote on the same exact day, with limited time for debate or opposition. I’ve fought these trade deals at every turn, and I’ll continue my fight on the House floor this week.

Just as we saw with NAFTA and CAFTA, unfair policies will be pushed down onto our small businesses and working families, with no regard for the shape our economy is currently in, or where we all know it needs to be. The unfair framework of these deals will do nothing more than offshore more and more jobs, the absolute last thing the American people need. At a time when our main focus should be empowering our businesses and families, and getting government off the backs of those working to find success, we instead find ourselves on the brink of signing away entire industries and the livelihood of regions just like ours. I cannot support such a misguided and shameful thing.

The Korea Free Trade Agreement alone has the potential to be most damaging for our area, allowing products to cross our shores tariff-free on Day 1, after being made in countries like China and North Korea. The non-partisan Economic Policy Institute estimates that the Korea trade deal could potentially displace as many as 159,000 American workers, with much of the loss falling on our manufacturing sector—the jobs that build our economy.

Our domestic manufacturers have suffered enough, and it’s time we show them the respect they deserve and stop offering them up as a bargaining chip with foreign nations. Our economy won’t recover if we continue to gamble away the things that make us great. We’ve seen too much of this lately and we have to start keeping our promises, whether it’s the promise to protect our seniors and veterans, or the proud men and women that clock in and out each day at the local mill or factory who only want a fair chance to make a living. We have to protect the industries that built America. They will bring about our economic recovery if given the chance to compete fairly.

I often remind my colleagues in Washington that the very definition of insanity is doing the same thing, over and over, and expecting different results. Sadly, that is precisely what we’re seeing happen. Over the past 25 years, our nation has been sold the same bill of goods time and time again that promises jobs and prosperity, but has brought us the exact opposite. You can dress these NAFTA-style trade deals up in whatever fake facts or false logic you want, but the bottom line remains that they’re bad for our country. Supporters of the deals have provided half-truths meant to avoid the larger overarching fact that these unfair deals further perpetuate the problems with our economy that we’ve seen in recent times. There is no incentive to shipping 60,000 American-made cars to Korea if the very same trade deal then allows over 600,000 Korean-made cars to enter our markets each and every year in return. The numbers just don’t add up.

At their very core, these trade agreements are not “free” at all—there is a cost to them—the success of the American worker and our domestic industries. It is a race to the bottom. How much more of our manufacturing sector must be brought to the brink of destruction by trade deals that leave us with an unfair playing field for our workers and businesses, shipping job after job to other countries, along with countless American dollars, before folks wake up? I know and understand what NAFTA and CAFTA did to our area, and I’m fighting hard to remind other Members of Congress that they too have constituents back home who rely on these very same industries. We cannot blindly abandon the American worker in the name of foreign relations or for political reasons. A strong American manufacturing sector that is exporting products ‘Made in the USA’ is what will fuel our economic recovery, and we can’t settle for less.

It is my honor to represent you in Congress, and I will continue to fight these unfair trade agreements at every possible step. I will proudly vote against all three of these bills this week, and I’ll continue to honor the promise I’ve made to you to never put any interest above yours.


My poem of Wed., Sept. 28, 2011:

There is no knowing,

No knowing,

No knowing.

No feeling.

No heart.

You have numbed your spirit.

You have paralyzed your soul.


Our Nation Was Founded Upon Compromise

"The strenuous defense of dearly held principles is to be admired. But it seems we have reached the point in Washington where the most firmly held value is to make the other guy look bad while showing little regard for the national interest"

—Rep. Larry Kissell, D-NC

LightSquared—“You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

Welcome to LightSquared. It’s a toxic mix of venture socialism (to borrow GOP Sen. Jim DeMint’s apt phrase), campaign finance influence-peddling and perilous corner-cutting all rolled into one.

The company is building “a state-of-the-art open wireless broadband network.” Competition in the industry is a good thing, of course. But military, government and civilian aviation experts have long objected to LightSquared’s potential to interfere with the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite network. As the government’s own Positioning, Navigation and Timing agency explained:

"The GPS community is concerned because testing has shown that LightSquared’s ground-based transmissions overpower the relatively weak GPS signal from space. Although LightSquared will operate in its own radio band, that band is so close to the GPS signals that most GPS devices pick up the stronger LightSquared signal and become overloaded or jammed."

Two high-ranking witnesses — Air Force Space Command four-star Gen. William Shelton and National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Director Anthony Russo — have now blown the whistle on how the White House pressured them to alter their congressional testimony and play down concerns about LightSquared’s threat to military communications. According to Eli Lake of The Daily Beast, both officials were urged to express confidence in the company and endorse its promise to address any technical concerns “within 90 days.”

Gen. Shelton had noted earlier this year: “Within three to five miles on the ground and within 12 miles in the air, GPS is jammed by (LightSquared’s) towers. … If we allow that system to be fielded and it does indeed jam GPS, think about the impact. We’re hopeful we can find a solution, but physics being physics, we don’t see a solution right now.”

Despite industry-wide protests, the firm somehow received fast-track approval for a special FCC waiver that grants LightSquared the right to use wireless spectrum to build out a national 4G wireless network on the cheap. Ken Boehm, of the conservative watchdog National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) in Washington, D.C., summed up the deal earlier this year: “LightSquared will get the spectrum for a song, while its competitors (e.g., AT&T and Verizon) have to spend billions.”

==From Michelle Malkin’s blog