Friday, August 27, 2010

News You Don't Want To Miss (aka, You Won't Believe This)

There is much in the news about our current economic crisis right now, the mosque Imam Rauf wants to build near Ground Zero (on purpose), and Obama's 274th vacation (okay, not really, but it seems like it).

But I'm not talking about any of that. Nope, I have some interesting little news tidbits for you.

First up, Rep. Maxine Water's attorneys are irritated that she is still being investigated. Yes, they want the Ethics Committee to "Leave Maxine ALOONNNEEE!" They assert that since the formal probe is over, the Ethics Committee should knock it off. But as The Hill article indicates, they aren't the boss of the Ethics Committee:
[snip] Unlike criminal proceedings, however, the ethics committee itself, not a judge, determines whether Waters’s legal arguments are accepted or dismissed. For that reason, it’s unlikely the panel will halt its activities after receiving the letter from Brand and Herman. [snip] (Click HERE to read the rest.)

So, there's that. Perhaps it didn't occur to them that Rep. Waters might have committed additional ethics violations. Just a thought.

Second up, and you're going to love this, is Ed Schultz, of MSNBO and Air America fame, had himself a little "Mel Gibson" moment, as this NY Post article, "MSNBC's Ed Schultz Goes Bonkers." Just wait until you read why:
MSNBC talk show screamer Ed Schultz had a meltdown in the network's 30 Rock newsroom, shouting at staff, "I'm going to torch this [bleep]ing place."

The hot-tempered anchor of "The Ed Show" lost it during a phone call in the packed studio and slammed down the phone before exploding.

As astonished MSNBC staff members fell silent, Schultz glared around the room and yelled, "[Bleep]ers!"

A witness told us, "Ed was furious the network was running election-night promos and he wasn't in them. He'd been arguing on the phone with marketing, then he slammed down the phone and exploded. It was like Mel Gibson had entered the newsroom." [snip]

But wait - there's more:
[snip] Our source added, "Schultz was told: 'If you do that again, you are fired.' He broke down crying."

Sources say the hothead was pushed over the edge by MSNBC's catering to bullying fellow anchor Keith Olbermann and its focus on golden girl Rachel Maddow. [snip]
(Click HERE to read the rest.)

Poor Ed - not feeling the love. Just breaks your heart for him that the MSNBO Execs love Keith and Rachel more, doesn't it? Oh yeah, my heart bleeds for him.

Finally, did you know that the other name by which the Tea Party should be known is the KKK? Oh, yes, indeedy. Check out this OBC, I mean, ABC, report:

Did you catch that quote at the end? Apparently, Rev. Fauntroy didn't since he justified his remarks with this explanation:
[snip]Fauntroy attempted to explain the comparison to white supremacists by saying that organizers behind the "Restoring Honor" rally are the same people who cut audio cables from a sound system the night before the historic March on Washington and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial. (Click HERE to read the rest.)

Well, that certainly makes it all better: Tea Party = White Supremacists. I mean, c'mon, who could possibly take offense at that connection? Never mind that it is completely false, but hey - you know, that's all he meant by it. No big deal or anything.

Good grief. All because the Tea Party dared to hold a rally around the same time they are being compared to KKK members? I have to say it - Rev, Fauntroy completely missed the message Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was trying to impart. His son said it all - his father "would not want to limit voices." So, why is Rev. Fauntroy attempting to do so with this incendiary speech? That's what I would like to know.

I am sure there are more stories out there that we may have missed. Let's have them!