sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Friday, July 26, 2013

Review of the News

We are all Trayvon Martin...

One man's perspective from earlier in the year, pre-trial. I posted this on this very blog about seven months ago but it would seem to be a good time to revisit it, post verdict.

Anthony Weiner Selected...

...As US Air Force Sexual Prevention Chief. 
(Duffle Blog) ARLINGTON, VA – The Air Force announced Wednesday they had selected former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner as the top civilian at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) office. 
The disgraced former U.S. Representative from New York’s 9th Congressional district was chosen after an exhaustive and expensive search because, according to the unit’s director Maj. General Margaret Woodward, “he seemed like a great fit for the position.” 
Woodward explained that to combat sexual assault one needs to think like a sexual deviant — as other SAPR chiefs have done — and with Weiner, she thinks she has her man.
Congressman/Mayor Weiner discusses the dangers of sexual assault,
and mentors the troops on how to better hide their indiscretions. 
I don't know how this will play with his run for Mayor of New York City, but when you consider Mr. Weiner's leadership skills, he could likely do both jobs at the same time.

Hollywood Section: Wedding - Third Time's a Charm

Television reality show Pawn Stars personality, Rick Harrison, married Deanna Burditt, in Laguna Beach, California this week, proving that an older, balding, overweight, average looking man, with a love of 18th Century British Naval history, can find love with an attractive bombshell. Both are the parents of three children, both are on their third marriage now that they've tied the knot.

Harrison wanted to take his bride to the South of France or to Fiji on their honeymoon. She convinced him to take her on a camping trip instead. I think that he found a winner.

The popular reality show has been on the air for quite some time now. One can only wonder with all of the media and production time whether they actually have time to run a genuine pawn shop in Las Vegas. 

I wish them every happiness together.

P. S. He apparently didn't get the 2.5 karat diamond ring from the pawn shop. What is THAT about?

Do you want a Huma?

Huma Abedin Weiner, wife of NY City Mayoral Candidate Anthony Weiner and former aid to Hillary Clinton really has a lot in common with Clinton, who has her eye on the White House.

Dennis Miller weighed in on the matter: "Huma Abedin makes Tammy Wynette look like a Runaway Bride. Huma Abedin, wife of Congressman Anthony Weiner (aka Carlos Danger), is really a great role model for women, assuming those women want to have no self-respect and believe in making a mockery of marriage."— Dennis Miller Show (@DennisDMZ) July 23, 2013

If the Hillary Clinton style 'scorned woman' model works, Huma Abedin may one day be running for POTUS too.

A Game of Drones 

The game continues, but you'll note that the Obama Administration has muzzled the press on these matters. (h/t USA Admiral for the graphic) And we all know what happens to whistle blowers...they end up "in transit" in a Moscow Airport -- until they die of old age.

Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program

Are you ready for another scandal? No, it's not one yet. But you can bet your last penny (in fact if you live in California, that's precisely what you might be doing) that it will be. California lawmakers are trying to implement a new mandatory Social Security style retirement fund for private sector workers. It will be called the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program. However, there is no "choice" involved in it. You will be compelled to participate.

Critics wonder how the state with a turbulent record of budget keeping and a much-ridiculed public worker pension system can be counted on to protect people's money. The essential question is, "how much do you trust Sacramento" not to find a way to crack into the fund and squander the money?
(Fox News) California lawmakers are pushing a controversial, first-in-the-nation plan that would require private-sector employers to remove 3 percent from every worker's paycheck. The money would go into a new state fund with a guarantee that all withheld funds plus investment gains will be available for distribution at retirement age.
(Fox Continues) "I think you'll find out that what is promised in the (Secure Choice plan) is not possible to deliver," lobbyist Marc Burgat contends. "If you could deliver guaranteed returns with less than one percent costs, no employer liability, no government liability -- that's a fantasy."
Employers who don't conscript workers into the program are subject to fines, though they will not have to provide any matching funds -- not at the outset.

This is what the proponents argue: (LINK

Guaranteed Rate of Return - A unique feature of CSC that sets it apart from other universal account proposals is its guaranteed rate of return, which would be made possible through the use of private insurance. What they don't say is that in order to guarantee a rate of return, it has to be so minuscule that it really doesn't matter. The State of California promises to bury your money in a coffee can and not dig it up... and they do that with a straight face.