we are witnessing is the full and seamless fusion of media power with government power.

...The media no longer hides it in their actions. They are fully fused with the Obama Administration and DNC. The only way in which they do hide it is by simply lying when confronted about it: They'll issue a snide denial, then go about doing precisely what it is they were accused of doing.

...it is dangerous and ultimately fatal for democracy for media power to fuse with government power, that the adversarial press is vital.
The role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in causing the crisis was significant in several ways . Fannie and Freddie were part of the securitization process that lowered mortgage credit quality standards. . borrowers lying about being able to pay mortgages and lenders making loans to those they knew could not afford it.

The Dodd-Frank Act does not deal with Fannie and Freddie.

Worse yet, the practice continues and we are faced with the same situation happening again.
Former Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) slammed the disciplining of four State Department officials as nothing but “a shuffling of the deck chairs” in response to testimony from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding the Benghazi terrorist attack.

The four are accused of ignoring security concerns at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi prior to the deadly September 11, 2012 attack.

Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me. (Mark 9:37)

Expecting her third child, one mother tells how her two children were suggesting names for the baby.

"Well, if it's a boy," said the oldest child, "can we name him John?"

"Or if it's a girl, can we name her Mary?"

"Maybe so," said mother

Finally, the youngest child, anxious to prove her intelligence, piped up, "Well, if it is a dog, Mom, can we name it Lassie?"

Children can sure bring us a lot of joy. A many years ago, Matt was swinging on our porch swing, and I, of course, was in front of the T.V. watching a football game. All of the sudden the door flung open and a crying little boy came running in. He had fallen out of the swing. He wasn't seriously hurt. Just a few scrapes. Together we examined the war wounds, and I said how about you sit with me. So together we sat watching football. Soon the pain was forgotten about and Matt started asking questions about how the game of football is played. For someone who loves a blond headed little boy and the game of football, it was a special moment. Children can sure be a lot of fun at times and bring us great joy. At other times, they sure can be a real pain too. But one of the characteristics of a great person is one who welcomes and loves children.

In our scripture reading today, Jesus took a little child into his arms and said, "Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me." Children are a very precious gift from God, and when we welcome them we welcome God. With all of the abuse of children in our world, there is a huge need for us to be great by welcoming and caring for God's beloved children.

Lord Jesus, your love for children is a great example to follow. Help me to do all I can to demonstrate love to the children you have given to me. In Jesus name, Amen.
Jan. 27, 2013: Serbian military honor guards stand to attention as people attend commemorations for victims of the Holocaust at a monument erected in the former World War II Nazi concentration camp of Sajmiste in Belgrade, Serbia. (AP)

WARSAW, Poland – Holocaust survivors, politicians, religious leaders and others marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday with solemn prayers and the now oft-repeated warnings to never let such horrors happen again.

Events took place at sites including Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former death camp where Hitler's Germany killed at least 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, in southern Poland. In Warsaw, prayers were also held at a monument to the fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943.

Pope Benedict XVI, speaking from his window at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, warned that humanity must always be on guard against a repeat of murderous racism.

`'The memory of this immense tragedy, which above all struck so harshly the Jewish people, must represent for everyone a constant warning so that the horrors of the past are not repeated, so that every form of hatred and racism is overcome, and that respect for, and dignity of, every human person is encouraged," the German-born pontiff said.

A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack.

"Miss Whack, I'd like to get a $30,000 loan to take a holiday." Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it's okay, he knows the bank manager.

Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral. The frog says, "Sure. I have this," and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed. Very confused, Patty explains that she'll have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into a back office.

She finds the manager and says, "There's a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000, and he wants to use this as collateral." She holds up the tiny pink elephant. "I mean, what in the world is this?"

The bank manager looks back at her and says..."It's a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan. His old man's a Rolling Stone."

She pulled a 5-year-old special-needs student from his chair, then kicked him as he lay on the ground.

But while parents in the Brentwood Union School District railed against district officials this week for failing to fire teacher Dina Holder for her actions, those who have studied the laws governing teacher dismissal said the outcome is all too easy to understand.

Firing a tenured teacher who poses a threat to students takes too long and is too expensive, according to lawmakers, child advocates and teacher union representatives -- but none of them agree on how to fix the problem.

Holder retained a job even though she pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor child abuse charge in the 2010 incident. She was transferred to another school, where she taught until a legal settlement reached this month mandated her removal from the classroom.
Legal experts say a lawsuit filed by women against a website showing explicit pictures of them is doomed to fail.

The website is called Texxxan.com. It's hosted by GoDaddy.com and is what's known as a revenge website where jilted men post nude pictures of their ex-girlfriends. Congress passed a law years ago staying the only people liable for online content are the people who post it.

A Santa Clara University law professor believes Texxxan.com will fail anyway, on its own.

"We've seen a number of websites try to gather and disseminate distasteful content. Those websites tend to flame out very quickly. The marketplace tends to drive them out of business after they make an initial splash," Eric Goldman said.

Professor Goldman recommends not sharing nude pictures of yourself because you have no control over where they will end up. DOH!
The weekly -- sometimes daily -- security scares that occur with the Java programming language are starting to remind me of the old whack-a-mole arcade game.

Researchers or hackers discover a major flaw in Java. Java's developer, Oracle, whacks it with a patch. Another mole pops up. Oracle whacks it with a patch. Many experts say Oracle is losing this game, or isn’t trying very hard to win. And computer users are paying the price.

When a vulnerable version of Java is active in a Web browser, visiting a compromised website is all it takes for crooks to sneak malware on to your computer. In most cases, you won't even know the site is compromised until it's too late.

Here's how to stay safe: Stop using Java -- or stay on top of the upgrades and use Java a lot more guardedly.

I'm going to help you do just that.

But first: What the heck is Java, and why is it capable of scalding your computer?

First developed back in 1995, Java became ubiquitous almost overnight because it allowed programmers to write one program and use it on Windows, Apple OS X and other operating systems.

During this nasty flu season, I’ve been increasingly diligent about washing my hands. Sometimes though, this task has been downright challenging, especially in public restrooms equipped with high-tech automated fixtures.

You know the ones I mean: the automated faucet that turns on when it senses motion, the dispenser that spits out sandpaper towels with a wave of your hand and the absurdly loud hand dryer.

Well, that’s how the public restroom devices are supposed to work. The problem is that time after time, these gadgets — and their cousins, automated toilets — don’t work properly. So instead of leaving the restroom feeling clean, refreshed and germ free, I often find myself walking out feeling frustrated, foolish and with a fear that I’ll catch the flu.
It’s starting to look as if this may become a reality, at least in some locations. Three states with Republican controlled legislatures which Barack Obama carried in the last election are already looking at a proposals to change their electoral college split from winner takes all to a division by congressional districts. As we’ve previously noted, this would give the GOP a decided advantage in several key states for the next presidential election, even if they once again lost the popular vote.

Nebraska and Maine now award one electoral vote to the winner of each congressional district, and the other two to the statewide winner. If other states were to follow this model, it could dramatically change the way Americans elect their president. In the current political climate, it also could put Democrats at a disadvantage in states Obama won but where Republican legislatures drew congressional district lines to maximize GOP performance.

I’ve gone into this before, but everything about this looks bad. It’s not that it’s unconstitutional or illegal in any fashion, but the image is about as horrible as you can get. Granted… this could work. It might even win a presidential election which repeated recent patterns for the Democrats. But at what cost? It seems as if both sides are rushing to either justify or condemn this without any long term consideration. For example, Professor Jacobson.

While awarding electors by congressional district may favor Republicans now in some states, it may favor Democrats in the future, just as the winner take all favors Democrats now. To take a temporal view and declare it “cheating” shows that the accuser is politicizing the issue just as much as the alleged cheaters.

On the other side, Mother Jones seems to feel that it’s the end of the world.

Republicans are picking and choosing different systems in different states, with not even a pretense that they’re doing it for any reason aside from choosing whichever system
I am guessing you don't really believe that. The Internet tells me that you are a trucker in Greybull, Wyo., which means you are likely one tough woman. You also know that the mix of alcohol and steering wheels can be lethal, and that owning a pick-up is a privilege.

I suspect you use "meanest" sarcastically; it's probably what your boy is calling you. But I feel like you know what he can't yet know -- that the most important thing a parent can do sometimes is be mean. Being mean might keep them safe and even help keep them alive.

Your ad is one in a long line of very public declarations by parents that their children probably thought were mean. There's the eBay post that Dawn Meehan created to sell the Pokemon cards that her children snuck into her shopping cart when she had explicitly said "no." There's Tommy Jordan, the Laptop Shooting Dad, who put eight bullets into his daughter's computer after she ranted about him on Facebook. There are all those fathers who have posted videos of themselves destroying their children's cellphones -- one because his daughter "sexted", another when he received a bill for nearly $5000 for 10,000 texts sent on a phone that quite purposefully had no texting plan.

In all those cases public opinion was, shall we say, divided. For every online comment nominating Jordan "Father of the Year" there was one that suggested he be reported to Child Protective Services. In your case, though, everyone seems to agree. A local radio station put a picture of your ad on their Facebook page a week or so ago, and more than 5000 people have chimed in to say "Go you." (61,000 "liked" it.)