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Mitt's Political Vortex (The Mitt Boson-my term))

The entire column is funny.
Do you think it’s a coincidence that ever since the world’s physicists announced that they had discovered a possible breakthrough in the study of mass and energy last week, our politics has taken on a kind of black-hole quality?

First, Bain Capital. Let’s see if we can get this straight. In 1999, Mitt Romney quit his hypersuccessful financial career at the private-equity firm in order to run the troubled Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. “I would walk away from my leadership at Bain Capital at the height of its profitability and take a position without compensation,” he wrote in his book “Turnaround.”

He was out, gone — walked away. Get it? It is very important that you do because given the hysteria with which the Romney campaign is defending this 1999 termination marker, you would think that in the next few years Bain had embarked on a new and lucrative path involving the slave labor of My Little Ponies.
So to summarize: Romney was at Bain after 1999, but not necessarily in the sense of occupying physical space. He was employed by folks in Utah, but not in the sense of the people who made out his paycheck.

If we ever manage to really get our heads around Higgs boson, perhaps we will also be able to understand the Mitt Romney Olympics period.
The Republicans currently have a symbolic legislative agenda and a presidential candidate who can be in two places at one time, but whom nobody likes.

Other than that, it’s all good. Nobody’s brought up the dog on the car roof for days.
more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/14/opinion/collins-mitts-political-vortex.html?smid=tw-nytimescollins&seid=auto

Loves me some Gail Collins.
She has a Phd in Political Physics.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Jul 14, 2012, 05:59 AM (0 replies)

Paterno Won Sweeter Deal Even as Scandal Played Out (won=blackmailed some for)

In January 2011, Joe Paterno learned prosecutors were investigating his longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky for sexually assaulting young boys. Soon, Mr. Paterno had testified before a grand jury, and the rough outlines of what would become a giant scandal had been published in a local newspaper.
That same month, Mr. Paterno, the football coach at Penn State, began negotiating with his superiors to amend his contract, with the timing something of a surprise because the contract was not set to expire until the end of 2012, according to university documents and people with knowledge of the discussions. By August, Mr. Paterno and the university’s president, both of whom were by then embroiled in the Sandusky investigation, had reached an agreement.

Mr. Paterno was to be paid $3 million at the end of the 2011 season if he agreed it would be his last. Interest-free loans totaling $350,000 that the university had made to Mr. Paterno over the years would be forgiven as part of the retirement package. He would also have the use of the university’s private plane and a luxury box at Beaver Stadium for him and his family to use over the next 25 years.

The university’s full board of trustees was kept in the dark about the arrangement until November, when Mr. Sandusky was arrested.
In the end, the board of trustees — bombarded with hate mail and threatened with a defamation lawsuit by Mr. Paterno’s family — gave the family virtually everything it wanted, with a package worth roughly $5.5 million. Documents show that the board even tossed in some extras that the family demanded, like the use of specialized hydrotherapy massage equipment for Mr. Paterno’s wife at the university’s Lasch Building, where Mr. Sandusky had molested a number of his victims.

The details of Mr. Paterno and his family’s fight for money seem to deepen one of the lasting truths of the Sandusky scandal: the significant power that Mr. Paterno exerted on the state institution, its officials, its alumni and its purse strings.

He knew the shitstorm was coming. He wanted everything he could get. I'll bet they had lawyers working overtime to find ways to shield their money from lawsuits. BTW the Patern's have a 3.2M beach house. And he was such a simple man.

I hope lawsuits wring every penny out of them.
They fight for every penny while who knows how many victims never got help.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Jul 14, 2012, 02:21 AM (8 replies)

Think the Freeh Report is the end of the Sandusky case investigations? Think again:

While the state grand jury continues to meet, federal investigators are also investigating and appear to be focusing on areas the state’s case hasn’t gone — Penn State and The Second Mile. The NCAA opened an inquiry, and the U.S. Department of Education is investigating Clery Act compliance.

There is more shite heading their way. Good!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Jul 13, 2012, 04:06 AM (6 replies)

My old furbaby kitteh is stone deaf.

She is 15 years old and still chases a laser pointer all over the place. She looks about the same, but she can't hear a thing.

Her name is Scat. I can stand 3 feet from her and shout. She doesn't move a muscle. If there is no visible sign or vibration, she doesn't move. I shake where she is sleeping to wake her up. I don't want her to be dreaming about eating a mouse and suddenly find my hand as a substitute.

She doesn't act much differently if you aren't watching. She has no clue I am around sometimes. Her sister Mouse can be quite the terror. I haven't seen any abnormal interaction because she is taking advantage of the situation. I think that Scat has long had a 'Mouse sensor' in order to survive.

So on we go. Mouse can't see. Scat can't hear. I am hopeless in many areas. Nothing like living in a M*A*S*H unit.


Edit to add: they were found in a dumpster and taken to my vet. They called me, and I would have taken them if they had had 3 heads. They could eat solid food. However, they were too tiny to get in a regular litter box. I had to get an aluminum pan for them until they grew some.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Jul 13, 2012, 02:53 AM (20 replies)

Jay Paterno on ESPN:

"Joe did not cover anything up.
There are other investigations, and we have to wait for all the facts."

Dear Jay,
I don't think you are going to like any new facts either.
Quit digging.(Law of Holes)

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 12, 2012, 03:36 PM (9 replies)

Nike is removing Paterno's name

from their child care center.

MT @CNBCSportsBiz: Joe Paterno's name to be removed from Nike Child Care Center. Nike CEO "I have been deeply saddened by the news."

Phil Knight needs to wear Adidas for the rest of his life.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 12, 2012, 12:27 PM (3 replies)

In 1998, Sandusky Told State Officials & PSU Police That “He Had Done This With Other Children"

The case was evaluated for DPW by psychologist John Seasock, who found no evidence of abuse and "had never heard of a 52‐year‐old man 'becoming a pedophile.'" The district attorney eventually declined to prosecute, and sources would later say the case against Sandusky was "severely hampered" by Seasock's report. Seasock would go on to serve as an independent contractor for Penn State from 2000-2006.

The following emails were exchanged after the district attorney decided against pursuing criminal charges.

Harmon, to Schultz:

The DPW investigator and our officer met discreetly with Jerry this morning. his account of the matter was essentially the same as the child's. He also indicated that he had done this with other children in the past. He was advised since there was no criminal behavior established that the matter was closed as an investigation. He was a little emotional and expressed concern as to how this might have adversely affected the child.

Schultz, to Curley, Spanier and Harmon:

They met with Jerry on Monday and concluded there was no criminal behavior and the matter was closed as an investigation. he was a little emotional and expressed concern as to how this might have adversely affected the child. I think the matter has been appropriately investigated and I hope it is now behind us.

Spanier did not inform the Board of Trustees of the investigation, and the only action taken was Tim Curley warning Sandusky not to take children into campus showers anymore.

Sandusky admitted to prior acts and they sat on their asses.
I keep thinking nothing else will surprise me. I now think there is plenty more sludge to come.

And that psychologist is an idiot!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 12, 2012, 12:22 PM (10 replies)

Freeh just said that Governor Corbett

requested that he not talk to certain people. They complied.
Who? Why?

I hope the Feds hang them all as high as they can.

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 12, 2012, 09:10 AM (13 replies)

FYI: Louis Freeh has 6 sons.

I don't think he was inclined to cut corners or cut any slack.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 12, 2012, 09:08 AM (2 replies)

Great letter from Michigan resident on behalf of beavers living behind his house:


December 17, 1997


Mr. Ryan DeVries
Dear Mr. DeVries:

SUBJECT: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023-1 T11N, R10W, Sec. 20, Montcalm County

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond. A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity. A review of the Department's files show that no permits have been issued.

Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301,. Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws annotated. The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris dams and flooding at downstream locations. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all unauthorized activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the strewn channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 1998. Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff. Failure to comply with this request, or any further unauthorized activity on the site, may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action. We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter.

Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.

David L. Price
District Representative
Land and Water Management Division


Reply: 1/6/98
Dear Mr. Price:

Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N, R10W, Sec 20; Montcalm County

Your certified letter dated 12/17/97 has been handed to me to respond to. You sent out a great deal of carbon copies to a lot of people, but you neglected to include their addresses. You will, therefore, have to send them a copy of my response.

First of all, Mr. Ryan DeVries is not the legal landowner and/or contractor at 2088 Dagget, Pierson, Michigan — I am the legal owner and a couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood "debris" dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, nor authorize their dam project, I think they would be highly offended you call their skillful use of natural building materials "debris". I would like to challenge you to attempt to emulate their dam project any dam time and/or any dam place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no dam way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.

As to your dam request the beavers first must fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity, my first dam question to you is: are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers or do you require all dam beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request? If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, please send me completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits. Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws annotated.

My first concern is — aren't the dam beavers entitled to dam legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said dam representation — so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer. The Department's dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event causing dam flooding is proof we should leave the dam Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling their dam names. If you want the dam stream "restored" to a dam free-flow condition — contact the dam beavers — but if you are going to arrest them (they obviously did not pay any dam attention to your dam letter — being unable to read English) — be sure you read them their dam Miranda first.

As for me, I am not going to cause more dam flooding or dam debris jams by interfering with these dam builders. If you want to hurt these dam beavers — be aware I am sending a copy of your dam letter and this response to PETA. If your dam Department seriously finds all dams of this nature inherently hazardous and truly will not permit their existence in this dam State — I seriously hope you are not selectively enforcing this dam policy — or once again both I and the Spring Pond Beavers will scream prejudice!

In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their dam unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and water flows downstream. They have more dam right than I to live and enjoy Spring Pond. So, as far as I and the beavers are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more dam elevated enforcement action now. Why wait until 1/31/98? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then, and there will be no dam way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them then. In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention a real environmental quality (health) problem; bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the dam beavers alone. If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! (The bears are not careful where they dump!)

Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.

Stephen L. Tvedten
cc: PETA

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Jul 12, 2012, 08:49 AM (8 replies)
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