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It’s the 1998 BBC TV series (on 2 discs), “Amongst Women,” a grim but sympathetic portrayal of an Irish father to beat all and his five children and loving wife. Set 1950s. It’s some serious watching for adults, by which I mean grown-ups.
The New York Times reports:
More than a dozen New York City buildings inspectors and clerks have been charged with exploiting their positions as gateways to the city’s booming real estate industry to obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, law enforcement officials announced on Tuesday.
This seems to be a recurring problem, and is a wonderful (or horrible, depending on how you look at it) example of the rule that it is the regulation that creates the opportunity for the corruption.
One reason to be for smaller government is that it would be more honest, because there would be fewer opportunities for shakedowns.
Look. You got something the other guys want and are willing to pay for it. So they pay. What’s the matter with that?
I mean, what’s a regulation for, anyway?
Silver Linings Playbook, a romance with dance and tension and quite a cast. See it.
Argentina is in the midst of a political crisis, following the January 18 murder of prosecutor Alberto Nisman; he had been scheduled to testify to Argentina’s Congress about President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s alleged role in covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 terrorist bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. Indeed, Nisman had drafted an arrest warrant for President Kirchner.
The journalist who broke the story of Nisman’s murder was Damian Pachter, of the English-language Buenos Aires Herald. Shortly afterward, he began to be followed. Fearing for his safety, he fled the country, and is now residing in Israel.
Thing is, he’s the Pope of off-cuff and/or lightly considered pontifications about things political and economic, the first supreme pontiff to pontificate in that manner on such matters. One would expect more humility from such a vicar.
The expression “sexual immorality” seems overly contentious to people today. To say someone has acted immorally is usually to say he’s acted in a way that’s morally repellent. But most people don’t feel that way about non-standard sexual activity.
It’s not fornication, adultery, or sodomy that leaders of thought consider repellent, but the pharisaical judgmentalism (so they consider it) of those who view such things as seriously and categorically wrong.
Mainstream Christian preachers avoid the terms completely, including, maybe especially, Catholic. St. Paul, for instance, has become the hottest potato since, what? Apostasy?
I don’t know when I’ve heard something this clear and articulate from an elected official in our great state:
“Forced union dues are a critical cog in the corrupt bargain that is crushing taxpayers. Government union bargaining and government union political activity are inexorably linked,” Rauner said in the release.
“An employee who is forced to pay unfair share dues is being forced to fund political activity with which they disagree. That is a clear violation of First Amendment rights – and something that, as governor, I am duty-bound to correct.”
There it is, in a nutshell.
Really really bad.
PROTEST TAKES VARIOUS FORMS: Apparently Leung Chun-ying isn’t so popular: China Seizes $13K Worth of Toilet Paper Showing Hong Kong Leader.
Here in the land of the free, on the other hand, you can buy Obama toilet paper in a variety of styles.