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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Saturday, January 25, 2014

As the work week ends, the weekend begins. Saturday's Headlines Du Jour is the culmination of 24 hours of headline-collecting and Not Now Silly's keen eye for news.

HEADLINE DU JOUR:


John Boehner: Sometimes I'm 'Gestapo'

YOUNG AT HEART:


Debunked: The Top 10 Stupid Arguments in Neil Young Debate

INCOME INEQUALITY:


The obscene lifestyles of
the new global super-rich


On eve of the State of the
Union address, a look
at income inequality


EDITORIAL DU JOUR:


There’s no shame in politics, and that’s the problem

IN LGBT NEWS:


The Truth About Outing
And why it's the best thing that
ever happened to Aaron Schock

THEY GET THE COALMINE AND THE PEOPLE OF WEST VIRGINIA GET THE SHAFT:


How the Coal Industry Impoverishes West Virginia
The recent chemical spill is the latest chapter in a very old story: total capitulation to industry by state officials.

THE "O" IN GOP STANDS FOR OLD:


Karl Rove’s “behemoth” targeted: How
his plan to skirt the law could backfire


SCIENCE FICTION OR SCIENCE FACT? OR MOVIE OF THE WEEK?


Abandoned Cruise Ship Full of Starving Rats Headed For Land

I'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING IN PERFECT HARMONY:


Coke defends arrest of gay Russian human rights advocate

ANOTHER DISPATCH FROM DETROIT, 'MERK'S FIRST THROWAWAY CITY:


$700M rescue bid
fuels fallout fears

Many fret saving DIA, city pensions
by private foundations, state may
hurt other nonprofits, set precedents

MEGYN KELLY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Megyn Kelly Bursts Out Laughing While Talking About Bursting Toilets

ABLOW JOB IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Colbert Mocks Fox News' Keith
Ablow Over Ridiculous Theory


HUCKLEBERRY HOUND IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Huckabee: Hey, Fox News Viewers
Didn't Mind My Libido Talk


VIDEO DU JOUR:




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Friday, January 24, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Friday, January 24, 2014

Welcome to another exciting chapter of Headlines Du Jour. Virginia and West Virginia figure prominently today. Each headline was picked at the moment of perfection, for your reading pleasure.

VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS!!!



IN OTHER LGBT NEWS:


McDonald's #CheersToSochi Campaign Meets With
LGBT Backlash


Cecil Chao, Hong Kong Billionaire, Doubles Reward
For Any Man Who Can Make
Lesbian Daughter Straight


DEREGULATION?!?!? YOU'RE DRINKING IT!!!



NOT AS YOUNG AS HE USED TO BE:


Neil Young Awarded
President’s Merit Award,
Delivers Astounding Speech


ANOTHER DISPATCH FROM DETROIT, 'MERKA'S FIRST THROWAWAY CITY:


10 reasons every American
should visit Detroit


SEPARATING THE REDS FROM THE BLUES:



SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:


Just Being Black Was Enough
to Get Yourself Spied on by
J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI


Jews Are Too Smart
For Manual Labor



SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST-RELIGIOUS SOCIETY:


Louisiana School Accused Of Religious Harassment By ACLU

MEGYN KELLY IN THE NEWS AGAIN:


Fox's Kelly: Wendy Davis' Defense Of Personal Struggle Is Out Of "The Nixonian Handbook"

BULLY BOY BOLLING IN THE NEWS AGAIN:



Roland Martin Goes Off on ‘Stuck on Stupid’
Eric Bolling for Claiming There’s No Racism


RELIGION CORNER:


Chicago Catholic archdiocese
releases documents detailing
cover-up of abuse

Settlement between archdiocese and
victims reveals decades of evasion and
bungled action by church officials

Priest sex abuse victims
respond to documents


CRACK-SMOKING MAYOR CORNER:


Doug Ford: I didn’t know mayor was drinking, he says

‘I’m 100% done with booze’ and 16 other Rob Ford lies, broken promises and statements at odds with facts


IN OUTER SPACE:


KABOOM! Nearby Galaxy
M82 Hosts a New Supernova!


VIDEO DU JOUR


Happy Birthday,
Klaus Nomi!!!


From the WikiWackyWoo:


Klaus Sperber (January 24, 1944 – August 6, 1983), better known as Klaus Nomi, was a German countertenor noted for his wide vocal range and an unusual, otherworldly stage persona.

Nomi was known for his bizarrely visionary theatrical live performances, heavy make-up, unusual costumes, and a highly stylized signature hairdo which flaunted a receding hairline. His songs were equally unusual, ranging from synthesizer-laden interpretations of classical music opera to covers of 1960s pop standards like Chubby Checker's "The Twist" and Lou Christie's "Lightnin' Strikes". He is remembered in the US as one of David Bowie's backup singers for a 1979 performance on Saturday Night Live.

Nomi died in 1983 at the age of 39 as a result of complications from AIDS.





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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Thursday, January 23, 2014

It's been a very long night of headline-collecting, now that I am back to doing the job myself. I fired all my interns when they asked for a raise. Then the headline-collecting robot drones I outfitted, left my employ when they became self-aware. 

I'm going back to interns, as soon as I can find some naive enough to believe my promises. Meanwhile, here's today's Headlines Du Jour.

SCIENCE IS COMPLICATED:


Physicist says he’s solved the big mystery — how
life came from matter — and he may be right


SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:


The Word "Thug" Was Uttered 625 Times On TV On Monday. That's A Lot.

GUNS, GUNS, GUNS:


Florida Man Claims
Self-Defense After Hopping
A Fence To Shoot, Kill
21-Year-Old In A Hoodie


ANOTHER EXCITING EPISODE OF COPS GONE WILD:


Cop Escapes Criminal Charges For Masturbating With Pre-Teen And Calling It Sex Ed

ANOTHER DISPATCH FROM DETROIT, 'MERKA'S FIRST THROWAWAY CITY:


Garden Theater revival in Midtown helps bring back neighborhood

Exclusive: Baker’s
Keyboard Lounge to
Open in Downtown Detroit



FREE THE WEED!!!


Is marijuana as safe as -- or safer than -- alcohol?

High-ranked DEA agent
quits job to work for legal
marijuana industry


OH! OH!! CANADA!!!



LGBT NEWS:


Nun leaves Catholic school
after dismissing gay teacher


GLENN BECK WATCH:


Fox’s Bob Beckel Trashes
Glenn Beck: ‘No Wonder the
Son-of-a-Bitch Is Off the TV!’


Glenn Beck Thinks Demonic Forces Are Keeping His TV Network Off Cable

Glenn Beck Gets Introspective: ‘I Played a
Role in Helping Tear the Country Apart’


◄ ◄ ◄ From the NOT NOW SILLY Archives ► ► ►
The Day I Shook Hands With Glenn Beck

VIDEO DU JOUR:




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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It's another day, which means another series of interviews to hire some brand new headline-collecting interns. It's hard doing all this headline-collecting all by myself. Meanwhile, here's today's Headlines Du Jour.

THE "O" IN GOP STANDS FOR OLD:


Republican House Candidate Calls
For President Obama To Be
Executed for War Crimes


WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Not Now Silly is pleased to introduce a brand new rubric to Headlines Du Jour. The Asshole Du Jour will be awarded occasionally to that person who best exemplifies supreme assholishness. Our first winner is perennial asshole, Sister Sarah Palin, who used MLK Day to play the race card. And, that's why, Sarah Palin, you are the very first to be given this prestigious award. You can pick up your statuette at the Not Now Silly offices during business hours. We don't ship.

ASSHOLE DU JOUR; SARAH PALIN:


Flaming Racist Sarah Palin Celebrates MLK
Day With a Racial Attack on President Obama


INCOME INEQUALITY:


The World's 85 Richest Now Worth as Much as 3.5 Billion Poorest

LGBT NEWS:


Twitter Explodes After Trans
Subject of Golf Article Kills Herself


Professor Claims Smoking or Drinking
During Pregnancy Makes Your Babies Gay


GUNS, GUNS, GUNS:


Police Chief Accidentally
Shoots Himself At Gun
Shop, Blames Fleece Jacket


FOX "NEWS" IN THE NEWS:


Watch Fox’s Gretchen Carlson Learn Way TMI About Senior Citizen STDs

IN OUTER SPACE:


Scottish scientists awarded grant to build alien-detecting laser device

Comet-chasing Rosetta wakes up, whispers sweet-nothings to Earth

Milky Way may have formed inside-out

ANOTHER EXCITING EPISODE OF COPS GONE WILD:


Cops bloody old man — for jaywalking

FREE THE WEED!!!


Obama Says All the Right Things About Weed in New Interview

Fox News host: Solution to high minority arrest rate is for them to smoke less pot

Drugs In Colorado: New Deadly Strain Of Marijuana Turning Users Gay

As marijuana attitudes shift, this
may be a year of legalization

California and four other states may put
initiatives on the ballot in November. A
recent poll shows a clear majority
of Americans supports legalizing pot.


SO GLAD WE'RE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL SOCIETY:


Richard Sherman’s Post-Game Rant Brings
Out Twitter’s Actual Racists and Morons


Federal Judge Sent Hundreds of Bigoted Emails

VIDEO DU JOUR:


Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis
 


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Monday, January 20, 2014

Headlines Du Jour ► The Martin Luther King Edition

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal …

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."



"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Urban streets named for MLK still struggle


"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom."


Is This Any Way to Remember MLK?
Racism is alive and well in America. So why is the new voting rights act so weak?



"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Guam Residents celebrate legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

Martin Luther King Jr. on Dreams, Love, and Perseverance

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

 


"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

'No shots fired' day urged to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important."



Four ways Martin Luther King Jr. wanted to battle inequality

"The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict."

Editorial: King preached unconditional tolerance

"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."



Railey: What if Dr. King had been white?

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."

Letter: Martin Luther King Day sales disgraceful

VIDEO DU JOUR:


Sunday, January 19, 2014

An Open Letter To Miami Media

The White Elephant completed and awaiting the end of lawsuits
I sent a variation of this letter to a local reporter. Because I worked on it for so long, and because every word I write is deserving of immortality, I am reprinting it here as an open letter in an amended form. Ahem. Testing . . . one . . . two . . . three . . . Ahem.

Dear Miami Media At Large:

Have I got a story for you. It's a great story, one you can sink your teeth into and make your investigatory bones. It's about waste and corruption within the City of Miami. I'd love to do it myself, but I'm just a little guy with a blog, yannow? I don't have the resources you do, Miami Media, and I've been chasing this story for a year. 

I was alerted to Trolleygate right around this time last year, so I wrote "An Introduction to Trolleygate." That's when I really started investigating this story. From the very beginning I said the siting of the bus garage was, straight up, Institutional Racism. It was not dissimilar to the racism that allowed West Grove to be gifted with Old Smokey all those decades ago. Therefore, it was heartening when the USDOT agreed with me, which is the thrust of a recent Miami Herald article "How fed dollars for trolleys in Miami-Dade, local cities spurred civil rights investigation." 

The article is correct, as far as it goes. However, it's missing the entire point, as far as I'm concerned. It never asks:

"How did West Grove get stuck with
this white elephant in the first place?"

The deal between Astor Development and Coral Gables aside, there appears to have been a concerted effort within the City of Miami to get Astor's dealie done with as little public input and awareness as possible. One of my off-the-record sources, an architect who has attended dozens of development meetings in several cities, tells me they've never seen a project approved so quickly in Miami. "A hot knife through butter" was the way it was described. Why? How? These are questions worth exploring, Miami Media.

From the very beginning of this project [allegedly] corrupt Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff seemed to be interested in making this happen on the QT, with as little muss and fuss as possible. Why? He allegedly helped Astor Development pit one West Grove community group off against another, which culminated in a huge lump sum of money ($250,000, apparently) being proffered by Astor Development for soil remediation of Armbrister Field. According to Miami Herald reporting, those people who were offered the money felt it was a bribe to get their approval for the maintenance garage, but considered it better than nothing if the garage was going to be built anyway. Why was Astor Development suddenly so magnanimous? How did Astor think to offer money to the community group in the first place? Who brokered this soil remediation deal with the community? Was Sarnoff a party to these negotiations? More questions you may wish to explore, Miami Media.

REMEMBER: This was before word broke that there was toxic soil all over Miami. What did Sarnoff know about toxic soil and when did he know it?

While those are all questions that need answers, Miami Media, there is one bigger question that might answer everything:

"Who is responsible for ignoring The Smoking
Gun email in the Miami Development Office?"

I wrote about this last September in "BLOCKBUSTER!!! The Trolleygate Smoking Gun Surfaces." Follow the bouncing ball. To paraphrase my own reporting:
As the wheels were being greased to get this project through Miami City Hall quietly, Dakota Hendon -- Miami Building and Zoning Department -- noted something VERY inconvenient. The Astor/Coral Gables/West Grove trolley garage project they had been about to approve DID NOT comply with the Miami 21 Plan. Hendon should know. He helped write the Miami 21 plan. To that end he sent an email to Miami Planning Director Francisco Garcia [embedded here] to say this garage would be non-conforming because vehicle maintenance is an industrial use, which was prohibited on Douglas Road. [Not to mention that the Miami 21 Plan specifically prohibits things called "government operated vehicle maintenance facilities" on the Douglas Road corridor.]

At this point the City of Miami paper trail seems to go cold, except for one curious thing. Astor Development resubmitted its application to the City of Miami. This second, replacement, application was virtually identical to the first one, except this new one removed the word "maintenance" from the intended uses of the building.

Let's be clear. The intended use of the building never changed. It was just a massaging of the wording on the original application once Hendon discovered there was a problem. And, on the basis of this amended application, the project was approved faster than "a hot knife through butter."
The former Pan Am air clipper terminal has been restored beautifully
to become Miami City Hal. It's where the alleged corruption now happens.
MORE QUESTIONS: Who told Astor to change its application? When Miami learned the project was non-conforming, why was the project not stopped dead in its trolley tracks? Why did Marc Sarnoff -- only after the controversy erupted in the community -- mount a Trolleygate Dog and Pony Show in a futile attempt to placate the West Grove community?

Where was the Miami Media at this laughable Town Hall Meeting? It was the kind of presentation that is usually given to taxpayers and stakeholders BEFORE a project is approved -- in order to get it approved -- not afterwards. Why was Sarnoff so concerned? Why was Sarnoff so involved? Why did Sarnoff spend taxpayers' dollars to mount the Trolleygate Dog and Pony Show if it was already a done deal that couldn't be changed? Who shepherded this project through the rough shoals at City Hall (to mix metaphors)? How did it get past goalkeepers Henden and Garcia? How much taxpayer money is now being spent by Coral Gables, Miami, and Miami-Dade to defend these [allegedly] corrupt backroom deals in the various legal forums that have erupted? (Astor pays its own freight, of course, and the West Grove community has been getting its legal services pro bono.) See, Miami Media, this story practically writes itself.

Miami Media, trust me on this one: You really won't have much work to do in order to lay this entire fiasco at the feet of [allegedly] corrupt Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff. You'll be hailed as a hero, too, because it will come right out of the blue. Sarnoff is rarely mentioned in stories about Trolleygate, despite the fact that he seemed to have his hands in almost every stage of this boondoggle in which Miami doesn't even receive tax dollars, let alone a fake trolley stop.

Sarnoff's interest in getting this disaster approved appears to have gone well beyond the basic fact that this polluting garage is in his district. Ask yourself this, Miami Media: If he was truly looking out for the interests of his constituents, Sarnoff could have interpreted every ambiguity in the zoning by-laws in favour of the West Grove community, as opposed to the OUT OF TOWN developer. However, Sarnoff said over and over at the Dog and Pony Show that his hands were tied because the project met all city standards, something we now know is not true.

If Sarnoff was truly looking out for the interests of his constituents, he would not have threatened them at the Dog and Pony Show. It was shocking to hear him casually claim that the West Grove lawsuit not only put in jeopardy the Arbrister Field bribe, but might cause him to withdraw HIS support for a redevelopment project currently in the planning stages for Grand Avenue. It was the most blatant example of Modern Day Colonialism I have ever witnessed. The naked political power dropped casually, as if he could not care less whether these projects go ahead, reminded me of Jim Crow. See, Miami Media? This story is really as old as the hills, if South Florida had any.

The Dog and Pony Show was my first contact with Sarnoff and I saw a bully in action. I'm surprised the Miami Media doesn't write more about this aspect of his character, before he starts closing down the bridges in Miami.

The Marc D. Sarnoff Memorial Dog Park sculpture, which I have
nicknamed Marc. If Sarnoff had any empathy for children and
families he would not have allowed two-thirds of Blanche Park
to go to the dogs at the expense of a children's playground.
And, just to put a fine point on this whole dealie: if Marc Sarnoff had any empathy for his constituents in West Grove, he would not have lined the back wall of the Dog and Pony Show with a largest police presence anyone can ever remember at a public meeting in Miami.

Could this be one of the [several] reasons my West Grove sources call him racist? Could this quiet racism be what allowed him to not even think about the residents of West Grove when approving this project, except on how to bamboozle them?

Would Marc D. Sarnoff have approved of this garage at, say, Shipping and Virginia, on the site of The Marc D. Sarnoff Memorial Dog Park, right next to The Marc D. Sarnoff Memorial Traffic Circle. Would he have pushed for this in any other residential neighbourhood outside of West Grove? Would it have gone through like "a hot knife through butter"?

So, you see, Miami Media, I think there are a lot of unanswered questions concerning Trolleygate, the least of which concerns the Department of Transportation's objections concerning the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Which is ironic because Institutional Racism informs the whole project at every level, from the ground up. Ask this basic question, Miami Media, and spread out from here: Why was Astor Development able to find the cheapest land in West Grove?

So, there you have it, Miami Media. It's a story of naked corruption and racism hiding in plain sight. It's one you've pretty well been ignoring for a year. But, I've made it easy for you. I've wrapped the entire package with a pretty bow just for you. Start pulling at that ribbon, that leads to all these unanswered questions, you might just discover corruption at Miami City Hall. To paraphrase Captain Renault in Casablanca, "I'm shocked, shocked to find that corruption is going on at Miami City Hall."

So, Miami Media, you may want to do your job and investigate these acute angles surrounding Trolleygate. And, let me remind you, Miami Media, reporters win Pullet Surprises writing about government corruption.

With all my love,
Headly Westerfield
[aka Aunty Em]

Headlines Du Jour ► Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sadly, it happened. As I explained in yesterday's Headlines Du Jour, my headline-collecting robot drones have become self-aware and are now controlling your refridgerator. That's why I've gone back to collecting all headlines by hand. It's safer. Having said that, let's get right to today's Headlines Du Jour.

FOLLOW THE MONEY:


Va. consultant Boyd Marcus’s case shows how money trumps principles in politics today

A BRIDGE/FLOOD TOO FAR:


Hoboken residents blast Christie
administration amid mayor's
allegations of strong-arming


ANOTHER EXCITING EPISODE OF COPS GONE WILD:


Cops Get So Rough with
Straight A Student That
They Rupture His Testicle


SCIENCE IS COMPLICATED:


‘Bio-Bot’ That Swims Like Sperm Is An 'Exciting Advance’ In Self-Propelled Biological Robots

MORE ON TROLLEYGATE:


How fed dollars for trolleys in Miami-Dade, local cities spurred civil rights investigation

From the Not Now Silly Archives
Soilgate Is Trolleygate Writ Large  ► A Century of
Coconut Grove Racism


WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE:


Wal-Mart Wrote An Entire Guidebook On How To Silence Its Workers

THE EVER-PUZZLING STANDARDS AT FACEBOOK:


Facebook Claims Support For Black Films ‘Violates Community Standards’

THE LATEST NAZI ANALOGY:


WATCH: Senate Candidate Claims IRS is Training "Brown Shirts" to Enforce Obamacare Using Assault Weapons

LGBT NEWS:


Trans Woman Dares Bible-Quoting Councilman to Stone Her to Death

FREE THE WEED:


In Which Nancy Grace Debates Nancy Grace About Marijuana

Harry Reid, ‘We waste a lot of time and law enforcement going after guys smoking marijuana.’

Bill Murray Delivers Incredibly Persuasive Argument in Favor of Recreational Marijuana

Medical marijuana in Oregon: Post-prohibition liquor store in Portland now will deal in a new product

FROM OUTER SPACE:


Why are we fascinated by astronomy?

TODAY IN RELIGION:


Brownback To Rally Christian
'Freedom Fighters' To 'Cause A
Revolution' And Take Back America


 HYPOCRITE DU JOUR:


Rand Paul: ‘That’s what gave us Jim Crow’

VIDEO DU JOUR:




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