Buffett: GOP Threatening To ‘Blow Your Brains Out’ Over Debt Ceiling


From the Huffington Post:

Republicans are playing a dangerous game by refusing to raise the debt ceiling, according to Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett.

“We raised the debt ceiling seven times during the Bush Administration,” Buffett told CNBC on Thursday. Now, the Republican-controlled Congress is “trying to use the incentive now that we’re going to blow your brains out, America, in terms of your debt worthiness over time.”

If Congress fails to raise the borrowing limit of the federal government by August 2, the date when the U.S. will reach the limit of its borrowing abilities, it will likely begin defaulting on its loans.

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Sheriff Joe must settle $200,000 claim

Huffingtonpost.com :

PHOENIX (AP) — The office of an Arizona sheriff known for his efforts against undocumented immigrants has settled a claim with two men and will pay $200,000 in a racial profiling case.

The claim arose from one of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s (ar-PY’-oh) worksite enforcement raids.

Deputies raided a landscaping company in search of identity-theft and fraud suspects Feb. 11, 2009. They stopped Julian and Julio Mora’s pickup truck outside the business.

A federal judge later determined the deputies had no reason to stop the men or detain them for nearly three hours

More and more cases like this are going to be handed down when law enforcement relies on probable cause.  Prince William County is in much better shape than many jurisdictions.  Supervisors determined that probable cause left our county too vulnerable to lawsuits.  Dash cameras that would help protect officers were expensive.  Some of  our more courageous supervisors  set the plans in motion to avoid this kind of lawsuit by resolving to check all persons arrested.   When everyone is checked, no racial profiling has taken place.  Go Prince William! 

The people of Maricopa County will have to absorb this cost.  When will they put a stop to this guy’s antics?  I guess when they get tired of paying.

Where does the buck stop, Murdoch?

Murdoch's desk?

As the tale of the  tabloid, the News of the World implodes over scandal, law-breaking, dead girls, hacking, and other disreputable acts not worthy of the name journalism, it will take a long time to sort it all out.  NOTW will go to press for the last time on Sunday.  Robert Murdoch, owner, has pulled the plug.  Murdoch has even more influence in the UK than he does in the United States.  He has refused to comment. 

Should we be surprised?  Faux News certainly has done things for years that are questionable in the ethnics department.  They seem to make up their own rules, all while pointing fingers at everyone else.  The buck has to stop with Robert Murdoch.  Maybe his world will come crumbling down.  Maybe he will decide there is more to journalism than making money.  The American press has always seemed like a gentle, well-mannered giant compared to the irreverent junk-yard dog habits of the British press.  Faux News continually pushes the envelope.  This would be a good time for American journalists to re-evaluate what the word professionalism means and perhaps do a little house cleaning of their own.  Meanwhile, Faux News needs to do a lot of damage control before I call them by their rightful name. 

The buck stops at Robert Murdoch’s desk.