I mentioned the Hillary VP chatter recently. Zorn has more today:
As one, the insiders say it ain't going to happen. But it looks likely to me that Mitt Romney will be the GOP nominee and that he'll name the dynamic young Cuban-American Florida Senator Marco Rubio as his running mate, meaning Obama may want to make a bold, exciting move of his own.
Romney-Rubio makes sense, and if Romney goes with Rubio, Obama better make a bold move in response. Who knows if Hillary would agree, but I bet she's could significantly improve turnout for Obama.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former Los Angeles-area elementary school teacher has been charged with lewd acts on children, including putting cockroaches on students' faces and offering them a spoonful of what may have been semen, authorities said on Tuesday.[..]
Authorities said some photographs showed girls being offered a blue plastic spoon that contained a clear or white substance, which authorities now believe may have been semen.
Early in the investigation, detectives recovered a similar blue spoon from the trash within the teacher's classroom that tested positive for semen, said Sheriff's Sergeant Dan Scott of the special victims unit.
Berndt's DNA was found to match that of the DNA profile found on the spoon, he added.
And we're not Finland or 46 other countries that outrank the United States for press freedom, according to the latest rankings from Reporters Without Borders. The US has fallen 27 places since that organization's previous report and now stands at #47, thanks to police arrests and prosecutions of reporters covering political protests in the US (via Jonathan Turley). Professor Turley also posted recently on 10 other ways that civil rights in America have been significantly eroded in the past 10 years.
In Illinois, things are even worse. Audio recording a police officer doing his or her job in a public place where there is no reasonable presumption of privacy is prosecutable as a felony. Illinois citizens are still being prosecuted under this law, typically because they've either caught cops engaging in unprofessional conduct or they wanted to make a record of an encounter with a police officer because they feared abuse that would subsequently be covered up by a lying cop or by lying cops.
Snapped a few photos of some older homes in Lincoln Park West. These are vintage 1880s. The one on the left, only half in the frame, looked restored, but the others are kind of seedy up close. Still there's something charming about them.
Just to the right of the group above, is a single family home. For a moment I assumed it was old and nicely restored. Then I realized it looks like some of the other buildings in the area that replaced the many tear downs. Zillow calls it a French Limestone and it was built in 2001.
Repost of a post that came back to life this week.
The Washington Post reports on a recent study linking bumper stickers and road rage. The authors of the study speculate that bumper stickers are territorial markers and that aggressive driving and road rage are "confused" expressions of territorial defense. Here is the abstract from that study:
Territorial Markings as a Predictor of Driver Aggression and Road Rage
Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Vol 38 (6) p1664-1688, June 2008
William J. Szlemko, Jacob A. Benfield, Paul A. Bell, Jerry L. Deffenbacher, Lucy Troup
Aggressive driving has received substantial media coverage during the past decade. We report 3 studies testing a territorial explanation of aggressive driving. Altman (1975) described attachment to, personalization of, and defense of primary territories (e.g., home) as being greater than for public territories (e.g., sunbathing spot on a beach). Aggressive driving may occur when social norms for defending a primary territory (i.e., one's automobile) become confused with less aggressive norms for defending a public territory (i.e., the road). Both number of territory markers (e.g., bumper stickers, decals) and attachment to the vehicle were significant predictors of aggressive driving. Mere presence of a territory marker predicts increased use of the vehicle to express anger and decreased use of adaptive/constructive expressions.
Consider an alternative explanation for the association between bumper stickers and road rage. Bumper stickers might actually be markers for narcissism.
Narcissists feel a heightened need to be seen and recognized for their uniqueness and superiority. Bumper stickers afford a narcissistic car owner just such an opportunity.Narcissists may invest in the specialness of their tastes, their moral sensibilities, their group affiliations, their intellect, their politics, their humor, their children, their school or their team -- anything that they believe marks them as superior to others. But for the narcissist, it is not enough to merely feel this way. Others must recognize the narcissist's superiority. While bumper stickers generally fail to impress the average person, they are, potentially, markers and badges of personal superiority for narcissists who display them.
Why would narcissism also be associated with road rage?
The narcissist's psychic survival depends upon a heavily-defended sense of superiority. When the actions of others defeat those defenses, the narcissist is filled with humiliation and rage. A psychologically wounded narcissist becomes consumed with fantasies of retaliation aimed at restoration of the sense of superiority.
Driving is fraught with experiences that disaffirm any pretensions to superiority. Other drivers whiz past us, grab parking spaces we hoped to get, fail to grant right of way, drive too slowly or too fast -- all of these are potentially enraging to the narcissist whose sense of superiority is insulted by other drivers who fail to appreciate the special deference the narcissist requires. The subjective sense of psychic threat from these failures of deference is so great that the narcissist's momentary need to retaliate supersedes reasonable considerations for physical safety.
But the problem doesn't just occur when the narcissist is wronged in some objective sense. Narcissists are highly reluctant to take full or even partial responsibility for commonplace errors. So the narcissist rages at the driver that he just cut off or gives the finger to someone he just beat to a parking space. If there is a conflict or a dispute, it can never be explained by the narcissist's fallibility. It's always the other guy's fault.
Now, I think we need to have a government that respects our religions. I’m a little bit tired about respecting every religion on the planet. I’d like them to respect our religion. Newt Gingrich
The problem is that politicians pander to the religious right, and that's exactly what Gingrich is doing. It's just like the Pennsylvania House of Representatives which, by a vote of 193-0, declared 2012 the year of the bible.
“It’s hard not to feel a sense of disappointment even before tonight’s speech is delivered because while we don’t yet know all the specifics, we do know the goal,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor today, “the goal isn’t to conquer the nation’s problems. It’s to conquer Republicans.”
And Mitch McConnell exactly 15 months ago:
"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."
The staggering lack of self-awareness reminds me of Republicans who keep accusing Obama a being a divider rather than a uniter. Talk about pots and kettles.
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said last week the Illinois law against recording conversations between police and civilians is just as bad for the police as it is for citizens.
McCarthy’s comments may help State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) pass a bill out of her committee Tuesday reversing that law.
As a police official in New York and New Jersey, McCarthy found it helpful to record officers politely but firmly informing protesters that if they did not end their protest, they would be arrested. That prevented brutality suits against his officers, he said.
McCarthy planned to use the same approach with the Occupy Chicago protesters.
“The first night, after we made 147 arrests, the goal was to assure that what was recorded was the fact that, ‘Excuse me, sir, you are in violation of the law; You are about to be arrested; You have the opportunity to leave. If you choose to leave, you can leave now. If you choose to stay, you will be arrested.’ Which was the warning that we gave every single one of the 147 people that were arrested that night,” McCarthy told a panel at Loyola University on Wednesday.
“The next day, I said, ‘Let me see the videotape.’ All I saw was this:” McCarthy pantomimed officers mouthing words to protesters.
“This is a foreign concept to me,” McCarthy said. “This is problematic, because the idea was to show exactly what we were doing was giving people warnings . . . It was an enlightening moment for me. . . . Illinois is the only state in the union that has such a law.”