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Thursday, August 12, 2010

LET'S PLAY 'SPOT THE DEMOCRAT'!

http://www.anncoulter.org/cgi-local/article.cgi?article=381

LET'S PLAY 'SPOT THE DEMOCRAT'!
by Ann Coulter
August 11, 2010

In the greatest party-affiliation cover-up since the media tried to portray Gary Condit as a Republican, the media are refusing to mention the party affiliation of the thieving government officials in Bell, Calif.

There have been hundreds of news stories about Bell city officials' jaw-dropping salaries. In this poor city on the outskirts of Los Angeles, where the per capita annual income is $24,800 a year, the city manager, Robert Rizzo, had a salary of $787,637.

That's about twice what the president of the United States makes. (To be fair, Rizzo was doing a better job.)

Rizzo was the highest-paid government employee in the entire country, not counting Maxine Waters' husband -- pending further revelations. With benefits, his total annual compensation, according to the Los Angeles Times, came to $1.5 million a year.

Alerted to the Bell situation, the White House quickly added the Bell city manager to the list of jobs saved by its stimulus plan.

Not only that, but Rizzo was entitled to 28 weeks off a year for vacation and sick leave. To put that in perspective, that's almost as much vacation time as public school teachers get!

Reached in Spain, even Michelle Obama was outraged.

Rizzo responded to the anger over his preposterous salary by saying: "If that's a number people choke on, maybe I'm in the wrong business. I could go into private business and make that money."

(If he wants to grab one of those private-sector jobs that pays $1.5 million for 24 weeks of work, may I suggest the entertainment industry?)

Good luck to him. After leaving Bell, Rizzo will be lucky to land a job at Taco Bell. Before being anointed the King Tut of Bell, Rizzo was the city manager of Hesperia, Calif., where he was overpaid only to the tune of $78,000 a year.

The police chief, Randy Adams, was making $457,000 -- $770,046 including benefits. The assistant city manager, Angela Spaccia, had a $376,288 salary, with a total compensation package of $845,960. Being just an assistant city manager, Angela had to pay for her own yacht.

After the Los Angeles Times reported the stratospheric government salaries in little Bell, and the people of the town revolted, the millionaire government employees all resigned.

That'll show 'em! Oops, except upon their resignations, they qualified for lifetime pensions worth, by some estimates, more than $50 million.

These insane salary packages were granted by the mayor and four city council members -- who also set their own salaries. As a result, all but one was making $100,000 a year for these part-time jobs. After the council members' salaries came to light, the four looters cut their salaries by 90 percent.

According to Nexis, there have been more than 300 news stories reporting on the Bell scandal. Guess how many mentioned the party affiliation of the corrupt government bureaucrats?

One. Yes, just one. Now guess if the government officials were Democrats or Republicans? Yes, that is correct.
Congratulations -- you've qualified for our bonus round!

The one newspaper to cough up party affiliations, The Orange County Register, admitted that the corrupt officials were all Democrats only in response to reader complaints about the peculiar omission.

Lots of news stories on the scandal in Bell used the word "Democrat" or "Democratic." But that was only to say that the DEMOCRATIC attorney general of California, Jerry Brown, who is running on the DEMOCRATIC ticket for governor, is investigating the Bell officials' salaries.

So we know the media are aware of party affiliations. They just chose not to mention it when it would require them to identify shockingly corrupt government officials as Democrats
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Any day now, the media will start describing Maxine Waters as "the light-skinned congresswoman from California."

(But you might want to vote for that DEMOCRATIC attorney general who is apparently a great crusader against corruption ... despite his years of ignoring the public employee salary and pension looting that has driven the state into insolvency.)

Maybe Obama's Czar of City Managers' Salaries could investigate this.

Unlike political corruption involving sex or bribery, the outrage in Bell isn't a scandal that hits both parties from time to time -- it's how the Democrats govern.

Elected Democratic officials bestow ludicrous salaries and benefits packages on government employees, and, in return, public employee unions make sure the Democrats keep getting re-elected.

The scandal in Bell isn't a scandal at all for the Democrats. Au contraire! This is the governing strategy of the Democratic Party.

COPYRIGHT 2010 ANN COULTER 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tiny Workspaces: The Black Hole Home Office

http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2010/08/tiny-workspaces-the-black-hole-home-office/


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Tiny Workspaces: The Black Hole Home Office

Spacious spare rooms to devote entirely as home offices are in short supply. Closets, while still a luxury in many urban locales, are easier to come by. Today’s featured workspace is one of the most well-appointed closet workspaces we’ve peeked into.



Gregory Han, Unplggd contributing writer and Lifehacker reader, recently moved and left behind a nice big home office. His home office now is a closet but, in the defence of closet offices, not just any closet. It’s well decorated with a gorgeous dark palette and an Art Deco/movie glamour vibe. Most people would never be brave enough to paint an already tiny space like a 1.8mx1m closet black but the combination of white desk surfaces and some really bold light fixtures make this space one to envy.

Check out the gallery below to get a look at the contents of the Black Hole Home Office and then visit the link at the bottom of this post to check out the full — and quite detailed — tour at Unplggd.








The Black Hole Home Office [Unpluggd via Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Pool]

MONDAY'S GREGALOGUE: MY NEW GAY BAR

http://www.dailygut.com/?i=4696


MONDAY'S GREGALOGUE: MY NEW GAY BAR
So, the Muslim investors championing the construction of the new mosque near Ground Zero claim it's all about strengthening the relationship between the Muslim and non-Muslim world.
As an American, I believe they have every right to build the mosque - after all, if they buy the land and they follow the law - who can stop them?
Which is, why, in the spirit of outreach, I've decided to do the same thing.
I'm announcing tonight, that I am planning to build and open the first gay bar that caters not only to the west, but also Islamic gay men. To best express my sincere desire for dialogue, the bar will be situated next to the mosque Park51, in an available commercial space.
This is not a joke. I've already spoken to a number of investors, who have pledged their support in this bipartisan bid for understanding and tolerance.
As you know, the Muslim faith doesn't look kindly upon homosexuality, which is why I'm building this bar. It is an effort to break down barriers and reduce deadly homophobia in the Islamic world.
The goal, however, is not simply to open a typical gay bar, but one friendly to men of Islamic faith. An entire floor, for example, will feature non-alcoholic drinks, since booze is forbidden by the faith. The bar will be open all day and night, to accommodate men who would rather keep their sexuality under wraps - but still want to dance.
Bottom line: I hope that the mosque owners will be as open to the bar, as I am to the new mosque. After all, the belief driving them to open up their center near Ground Zero, is no different than mine.
My place, however, will have better music.

For investment information, contact me at dailygut.com



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Sunday, August 8, 2010

BEHEMOTH Frontman Rushed To Hospital

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=144199

BEHEMOTH Frontman Rushed To Hospital - Aug. 8, 2010
According to reports in the Polish media, guitarist/vocalist Adam "Nergal" Darski of Polish extreme metallers BEHEMOTH was rushed to the Gdansk Medical University Hospital to receive treatment for an undisclosed illness. Jaroslaw Burdek, manager of Darski's girlfriend, 26-year-old Polish pop singer Doda (real name: Dorota Rabczewska), reportedly said that Nergal had been ill for several days.

It was reported by Se.pl that Darski was taken to the hematology branch of the Gdansk Medical University Hospital, although this has not yet been official confirmed.

Hematology, also spelled haematology, is the branch of internal medicine, physiology, pathology, clinical laboratory work, and pediatrics that is concerned with the study of blood, the blood-forming organs, and blood diseases.

An official statement regarding Darski's condition is expected to be issued tomorrow (Monday, August 9).

Polish media reports regarding Nergal's hospitalization:

* Se.pl
* Fakt.pl
* Plotek.pl

BEHEMOTH announced on Thursday that it was forced to drop off the Finnish installment of the Sonisphere festival on August 7 due to "health issues."

BEHEMOTH will release its second DVD, "Evangelia Heretika", this fall. More details, such as the DVD content, video clips, and pre-order information, will be made available in the coming weeks.

"Evangelia Heretika" will be released in the U.S. via Metal Blade Records, in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records, and in Poland via Mystic Records.

BEHEMOTH will team up with the Swedish black metal act WATAIN for a North American tour, dubbed "Lawless States Of Heretika", in November/December. Support on the trek will come from WITHERED and BLACK ANVIL.

A special package is being offered to fans for $66.60 that includes the following items:

* 1 ticket to the show
* 1 pre-ordered copy of the BEHEMOTH DVD (shipping and handling included)
* 1 tour poster, received at the show
* 1 meet-and-greet pass to meet BEHEMOTH before the show
* Limit 40 per market

Fans can purchase this limited package or tickets at this location.

BEHEMOTH recently shot a video for the song "Alas The Lord Is Upon Me", taken from the band's latest album, "Evangelion". The clip was produced and directed by Dariusz Szermanowicz and Grupa 13, which previously helmed BEHEMOTH's videos for "Ov Fire And The Void" and "At The Left Hand Ov God".

Metal Blade Records will release BEHEMOTH's early EPs, "Conjuration" and "Slaves Shall Serve", this fall as a double-disc set for North America. The same release will be out in Europe on Peaceville Records.



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Fringe Summer Special Repeats and Season 3 Premiere

http://www.fringetelevision.com/2010/08/fringe-summer-special-repeats-and.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FringeTelevision-FanSiteForTheFoxTvSeriesFringe+%28Fringe+Television+-+Fan+Site+for+the+FOX+TV+Series+Fringe%29

Fringe Summer Special Repeats and Season 3 Premiere

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Fox has just released the Fringe schedule that will run us right up to the season 3 premier. The "summer special repeat run" will kick off  Thursday, August 26 with the Fringe episode "White Tulip", and run until the Fringe Season 3 premiere "Olivia" on September 23rd. Here's the schedule:
  • Thursday, Aug. 26 - “White Tulip”
  • Thursday, Sept. 2 - “The Man from the Other Side”
  • Thursday, Sept. 9 - “Northwest Passage”
  • Thursday, Sept. 16 - “Over There, Part One” & “Over There, Part Two”
  • Thursday, Sept. 23 - Season Three Premiere “Olivia”
You can also find all episode dates, and other important Fringe events in the Fringe US Calendar Google app, over on the right.

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