Time again for one of my random news joints. Enjoy.

Loons on the Left

In my home state of Michigan, extremists on the left showcased how their stupidity can match and even exceed the lunacy on the right. Last week, anti-abortion activist Jim Pouillon was murdered in cold blood outside of Owosso High School, approximately 25 miles away from my hometown of Flint. Initially, it was undetermined whether the killing was motivated by Pouillon’s anti-abortion activism. But police are now reporting that it was.

This story only reminds us that nutcases come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and political affiliations. While an argument can still be made that violent extremism is more of a staple of right loons, it is BY NO MEANS exclusive to that group. That, to me, is unnerving.

After the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller, Sarah Palin brilliantly stated:

I feel sorrow for the Tiller family. I respect the sanctity of life and the tragedy that took place today in Kansas clearly violates respect for life. This murder also damages the positive message of life, for the unborn, and for those living. Ask yourself, ‘What will those who have not yet decided personally where they stand on this issue take away from today’s event in Kansas?’ Regardless of my strong objection to Dr. Tiller’s abortion practices, violence is never an answer in advancing the pro-life message.

You folks on the left may not want to hear this, but we can learn a lot from the former her royal hotness.

Unfair and unbalanced

According to reports, more Americans are starting to suspect growing bias in the media. Uh…ya think?

Thinking more with one head than the other

Fellas, if talking to attractive women ever made you feel a little stupider, you’re apparently not alone. Researchers in the Netherlands argue that men use so much of their “cognitive resources” trying to impress women that we tend to overexert ourselves mentally almost to the point of futility when it comes to doing other things. That explains a lot.

H/T: Prometheus6

Politics, the Chicago Way…?

Christopher Kelly, a former adviser to shamed ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich was found dead in home from what appeared to be an asprin overdose. Kelly was billed as one of the key figures in Blago’s federal case of trying to sell then-Senator Obama’s seat in the Senate.

Now, I’m not the type to spread conspiracy theories…but…never mind. Draw your own conclusions.

Phantom Tenants

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)- chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is under investigation for failing to report rental income on property he has been renting out for years. Despite the claim from one tenant that she rented from Rangel for over twenty years, several years of unreported renter’s incomes were noted dating back eight years.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I think it’s a TERRIBLE sign when the chairman of the committee in charge of taxes and other revenue-generating measures is hiding his own taxable income from the Feds. This is robbery and hypocrisy of the worst kind.

More Nuts in ACORN

In another story too ridiculous to be true, two Baltimore ACORN workers were recorded (albeit, illegally recorded) on hidden camera providing tax evasion advice to an undercover man and a woman portraying themselves as a pimp and a prostitute. Included in their advice was tips on how to claim underaged, illegally trafficked sex slaves as dependents. The ACORN workers have since been fired, but if the organization’s reputation wasn’t damaged before with the voter fraud, it is now.

From what I have noticed about ACORN, the organization is essentially made up of two factions. On the one hand, the organization has a stellar and frequently modeled reputation of curbing the ongoing threat of gentrification, housing inequities, rising foreclosures, and substandard living conditions. But the other face of ACORN – the one getting the most attention – paints the organization as a mismanaged, unchecked haven for scandalous behavior. In a climate where the bad seemingly outweighs the good, I would not be the least bit suprised if we start seeing more and more people try to break their ties with ACORN. It would be politically stupid not to.

Kids these days

An 11-year-old Alabama boy tried to get out of bringing home a bad report by (wait for it) lying about being kidnapped. The boy claimed a man with a gun abducted him and forced him in a vehicle. He claimed to escape without being able to retrieve his bookbag where the report card was.

I guess excuses about the hungry dog were starting to get too predictable.

That about does it for this round. But the world will continue to provide enough fodder to keep this stuff going.