Terror in Surburia: Campaigns Waged Against Neighborhoods By Antisocial Kids

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Anti-Social Behavior of Young Children:
Turns USA Small Towns into Disturbia

A recent Dear Abby contained a plea from "Afraid in Wisconsin" who expressed concerns about the behavior of a new neighbor's 11-yr-old son. This letter highlighted the plight of many who live in a suburbia across America: antisocial kids who terrorize their neighborhoods, and the inability to deal with them.

"Afraid in Wisconsin" wrote how new neighbors had built a home on the lot next door and the "antisocial behavior" of their 11-yr-old son. How the boy had tried to coax "Afraid's" dog into his yard, played roughly with their three small children, and used vulgar language with their 8-yr-old daughter. "Afraid" noted that other neighbors had seen the boy abuse his dog and "other animals". When "Afraid" had approached the boy's mother, "Afraid" was told that her son "wouldn't behave that way".

Here is Dear Abby's answer to "Afraid in Wisconsin":

"DEAR AFRAID: You have described a child who is emotionally disturbed and parents who are in denial. Because the neighbors have seen him abuse animals, a report should be made to the police and the department of animal welfare in your community. This boy has no empathy for others and needs professional help. Until he gets it, you are wise to be concerned about your children. Keep a watchful eye."

Parents such as "Afraid in Wisconsin" face the same plight that countless other families endure in neighborhoods across America: the effects of an antisocial kid's behavior on the neighborhood where he resides.

Antisocial Behavior

According to Donald Black, M.D., Antisocial Personality, or ASP, is a disorder related to a "guiltless pattern of social irresponsibility" which begins in early childhood or adolescence. Antisocial behaviors range from "relatively minor acts, such as lying or cheating, to heinous acts, including torture, rape and murder". Black makes the observation that ASP is rarely acknowledged or recognized:

"As psychiatrist Hervey Cleckley once noted, the antisocial person is “the forgotten man of psychiatry who probably causes more unhappiness and more perplexity to the public than all mentally disordered patients combined.” "

This also applies to suburbia and the antisocial kids currently terrorizing neighbors and neighborhoods.

Clark wrote that the "causes" of ASP are still unknown. Evidence of ASP, a mental health issue, point to inherited traits, as well as a "hereditary basis", and environmental factors.

Theories as to the cause of ASP include abnormalities in development of the nervous system whose symptoms may include persistent bed wetting and hyperactivity. Another theory is mothers who smoked during pregnancy resulting in lowered oxygen levels to the fetus.

Abnormal brain function and neurotransmitter serotonin have been linked to impulsive and aggressive behavior.

"Social and home environment" may also be key factors relating to ASP: parents of antisocial kids "show a high level of antisocial behavior". Homes of ASP kids may include alcoholism, divorce, criminal activity, or an absence of a parent. Parenting may be "erratic or inappropriate discipline and inadequate supervision". Antisocial parents "lack motivation" in supervising their children. Children raised in this atmosphere can become "self-absorbed" and "indifferent to others" as well as have "little regard for rules". Lacking proper roles models, ASP kids solve disputes using aggression. ASP kids also fail to develop empathy.

There are many parents who raised their ASP child in a caring and loving environment. These parents face a bewildering and daunting task of getting treatment for a child who has a behavior problem whose cause is still unknown. These parents do not negate the concerns of their neighbors. It's when neighbors, who are dealing with an ASP kid terrorizing the neighborhood, find the parent, or parents, are in denial or simply "doesn't care" what their ASP kid is up to when frustration sets in.

The mother of the boy whom "Afraid" wrote Dear Abby about, claimed her son wouldn't "behave that way". The mother inferred that "Afraid", who contacted her about her son's behavior, was making up "stories" about her son. The mother, who in essence had called "Afraid" a liar, was in denial about her son's behavior.

"Afraid" encountered what many other neighbors across America have discovered to their dismay: some parents are unwilling to deal with their antisocial kids. This left "Afraid" with the problem of having to deal with a "creepy" kid in the neighborhood who may or may not harm "Afraid's" children. The dynamics of "Afraid's" neighborhood had changed from what was once a safe and happy haven to raise one's kids, to having to "watch" a neighbor's child in order to protect one's own children or pets.

Cases such as the one above are becoming more commonplace--or at least are more publicized.

What other recent cases have troubled quiet neighborhoods?

Continue reading: Terror in Surburia: Campaigns Waged Against Neighborhoods By Antisocial Kids

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Real Housewives of Orange County: Gretchen's Tragedy, Glass Houses

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Real Housewives, Orange County version:
Nice Guy Jeff Beitzel Passes Away
Who's Throwing Stones?

It's season four of Housewives with two new additions: 30-yr-old Gretchen Rossi and Lynne Curtain. Curtain replaced Lauri Waring Peterson after Peterson opted to drop out of the show when her son was arrested for drug possession.

The storyline surrounding Gretchen has her dealing with her boyfriend Jeff's bout with leukemia. Jeff Beitzel, who was fifty-four, passed away in September.

Beitzel served as Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Quantuam Fuel System Technologies. A mechanical enigineer, Beitzel worked for Ford Motor Co. until 1983. After leaving Ford, Beitzel founded several automotive companies prior to working for Quantuam.

Jeff Beitzel's three children from a former marriage were on the most recent episode. The kids, all in their teens, had flown in to be with their father while he was in the hospital. All three of Jeff's children wanted to be there with their father. They also spoke highly of Gretchen and how she had been by their father's side during the eight months since he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Last week Gretchen took some time off and spent a couple of days with her family at Bear Lake for the Fourth.

So far new Housewife Lynne has been in a shopping mode on the show with her two teenage daughters. The latest trip on episode 5 had Lynne plunking down $1800 for eight articles of clothing and looking to buy a BMW for her oldest daughter when she turned 18.

Lynne met Gretchen for lunch where Gretchen tried to get Lynne to tell how old she was. Lynne, who keeps in great shape with activities such as surfing and kick boxing, wouldn't tell Gretchen her age. On the first show featuring Lynne she admitted she was "obsessed" with "staying young" even though raising her two daughters, ages 16 and 18, have probably put a few gray hairs on her head.

On tonight's show, Lynne's oldest daughter, Raquel, turned 18. Lynne and her husband of 18 years, Frank, held a luncheon for Raquel where they presented her with a cute little silver BMW. Earlier, before the party, Raquel demanded her younger sister Alexa take off the white dress she had chosen to wear. Raquel wanted to wear the white one and for Alexa to wear a blue dress that Raquel was supposed to wear. Such is the drama of having teens, as Raquel pouted her way into getting the white dress while Alexa wore the blue one.

Alexa was in tears at the party after she met her boyfriend in the parking lot of the restaurant and her boyfriend told her the dress made her look like a "stripper". Lynne was shocked at his comment as it was her dress. And yes, the dress did look as though it belonged more on a stripper than a 16-yr-old girl.

What side is Tamra Barney showing this season?

Continue reading: Real Housewives of Orange County: Gretchen's Tragedy and Glass Houses

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Culture Watch: Yummy Kangaroos, Idiot of the Week and World's Oldest Cat

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Culture Watch Vol. 45
Nancy Morgan
December 15, 2008

As every failed business sector in America lines up in DC with their hands out, the Federal Reserve continues to deny requests to disclose the recipients of more than $2 trillion of emergency loans from U.S. taxpayers

What is known is that more than half the homeowners who had their loans modified to make the payments more affordable in the first half of the year are already in default again. Ah, big government. We voted for it, we got it.


Despite the unrelenting effort to remove God from the public square, a new poll shows that 80% of adult Americans still believe in God. Large majorities of the public also believe in miracles (75%), heaven (73%), angels (71%), and that Jesus is God or the Son of God (71%).


The global warming crowd is experiencing difficulties. Though the UN stated at the recent Climate Conference that the question of man-made global warming has been proven 'without a doubt', 650 dissenting scientists from around the globe dared to challenge their assertions.

Father Earth, algore, continues to erode his credibility. In a speech in Germany last week he claimed, 'The North Pole will disappear in 5 years." See video here.

The eco-idiocy continues: Australians have been told to eat camels to protect the environment, just months after being urged to combat climate change by chomping on kangaroos.

Here in the US, our own government is starting a most-wanted list for environmental fugitives accused of assaulting nature. Next thing we know, we could be jailed for passing gas. You heard it here first.


A new documentary called Right To Die - The Suicide Tourist, was shown in the UK last week. It showed a fellow committing suicide, with a little help from his friends.

In another new 'reality' show offering, Showtime is developing a series documenting gay people coming out of the closet. In each episode, a closeted individual reveals their true sexual orientation during a group meeting. In your face, baby.

With Christmas right around the corner, attacks on the Christian religion abound. When they lit the town Christmas tree in Armonk, N.Y. on Sunday, there was a Jewish menorah right alongside, as usual. There was also something new this year — an Islamic crescent and star.

Playboy has added to the Christmas spirit — by putting the Virgin Mary nude on its Mexican cover. The controversial magazine's latest festive offering was released Thursday. Lovely.

A federal judge says South Carolina must stop marketing and making license plates that feature the image of a cross and the words "I Believe."

Learning by example, our kids are starting to let it all hang out. A recent survey reveals one-fifth of teenagers surveyed have sent or posted nude or seminude pictures or videos of themselves online. Almost a third have received such images.

Giving new meaning to 'love machine', a Canadian man now lives with a female robot. Le, a scientific genius from Brampton in Ontario, Canada, said he never had time to find a real partner so he designed one using the latest technology. Spooky stuff.

Another result of all this in-your-face sexuality is seen in a new survey: 46% of women and 30% of men now choose the Internet over sex.

The world's oldest cat celebrates 125th birthday. The Guinness World Records has confirmed there is no record holder at the moment, but the previous oldest cat was 29.

The world's first personal supercomputer, which is 250 times faster than the average PC, went on sale to British customers last week.

The secret world of dreams has been unlocked with the invention of technology capable of illustrating images taken directly from human brains during sleep. Way cool.

Cancer is on pace to supplant heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death worldwide in 2010 and studies show that dogs have a sense of fairness. How about Fido For Congress?

Another interesting study purports to show that men are hardwired, after eons of evolution, to overspend. Their maxed-out credit cards and mega-purchases have been tied to their desire to attract mates. Hey, it works...


Michael Jackson, the new King of Weird, wins this week's Top Idiot award. He was caught sporting a new outfit that made him look like an Islamist Zorro.

So many idiots, so little space. Check out the full list of Idiot awards in RightBias.com's new weekly Top Idiots Of The Week Awards.

Till next week, keep smiling,

by Nancy Morgan

Culture Watch may be reprinted, with attribution to RightBias.com

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Politically Incorrect FBI Bulletins

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FBI Most Wanted-Violent Crimes & Murders

Here is the FBI's most wanted: VIOLENT CRIMES - MURDERS


Seems to be a lot of Hispanics. Wonder what their immigration status is?

Wonder why we can't find them?

And there sure seem to a lot of Muslim murderers for members of the Religion Of Peace.

Seems to us here at DBKP that allowing illegal immigrants to enter into America with impunity, to rape and kill, then to find safe haven back in Mexico, which not only refuses to extradite them, but won't even arrest them, is beyond foolish. Just about as stupid as allowing Muslims, basically misogynistic barbarians who hate everything about America, Christianity, Judism, and innumerable other elements of our society, into the civilized society.

Of course the excuse is they are just doing the work Americans won't.


by pat
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Video: Mad 15-Ton FrontLoader Driving Skills

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Nicola McLean: Miss Scotland, TV, Leeches and Boobs

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Ultimate TV Reality:
Miss Scotland Vs. Boob Sucking Leeches

[ABOVE: Nicola McLean screeches as discovers a leech on her breast.]

What do you do, if you are Miss Scotland, and while filming a very popular 'reality' TV show have a leech attaches itself to your boob, and oh, the cameras are rolling?

Blood-sucker: Nicola plucks the leech from her chest.

Removing excess clothing--of course.

Final examination.

The answer to the thirsty bloodsucker?

Anything--just get this sucker off me!

by pat
images: ITV/Rex Features
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/celebrity/article-1090044/Sucker-punishment-Nicola-gets-fright-leech-attaches-chest.html

John Edwards Affair: Rielle Hunter in N. Jersey, Out of Cash

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John Edwards Affair/Scandal:
Rielle Hunter Back in New Jersey

It's the East Coast for Frances Quinn

The National Enquirer's reporting that Rielle Hunter has left her fancy digs in Santa Barbara for something a little more plebian: New Jersey

The Enquirer had previously broke the story about how Hunter, John Edwards' mistress, and love child/daughter, Frances Quinn, were receiving hush money payments of $15,000 a month from Fred Baron--who was Edwards' campaign finance chairman.

When Baron suddenly passed away from a lethal cancer on October 30, the $15K payments to the Hunters stopped.

After her $15,000 monthly payments stopped with the death of money man Fred Baron, John Edward's mistress blonde divorcee Rielle Hunter abandoned the lavish $3 million home that was being rented for her in ritzy Santa Barbara, California, sources tell The ENQUIRER.

Now she and her 10-month-old daughter Frances, who she privately says is Edwards' love child, are living with her longtime friend Mimi Hockman in South Orange, about 20 miles west of New York City, according to insiders.

The Enquirer, was called "tabloid trash" by the former North Carolina senator when the tabloid ran the story about Edwards' affair with a pregnant Rielle Hunter last December.

But after Edwards was cornered by Enquirer reporters leaving Hunter's Beverly Hilton hotel room after visiting her and Frances Quinn in late July, Edwards finally confessed on ABC's Nightline on August 8. Edwards admitted that he had lied, though he didn't admit being the father of Frances Quinn.

But Hunter has privately confided that Edwards is the father of the bouncing bundle of joy that was Frances Quinn Hunter.

With no money coming in from money man Baron, will Hunter publish her tell-all book that she's been rumored working on for "insurance"?

Will Hunter move back in with her former Midline Groove partner, Mimi Hockman--a resident of the Garden State?

Readers will likely get some of those answers over the next several months: if Rielle doesn't get any dough soon, it's likely that some publisher will be getting a manuscript chock-full of all the details that John Edwards has been able to keep hidden thus far.

And, can a DNA test for little Frances Quinn be far behind?

by Mondo Frazier
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Ambrose Bierce: Sixty Ambrose Bierce Quotes

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"War is God's way of teaching Americans geography."
--Ambrose Bierce

Who doesn't like a good Ambrose Bierce quote?

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (June 24, 1842 – 1914?) was an American editorialist, journalist, short-story writer and satirist. Today, he is best known for his short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and his satirical dictionary, The Devil's Dictionary.

The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work – along with his vehemence as a critic – earned him the nickname, "Bitter Bierce." Despite his reputation as a searing critic, however, Bierce was known to encourage younger writers, including the poet, George Sterling and the fiction writer, W. C. Morrow.

In 1913, Bierce traveled to Mexico to gain a firsthand perspective on that country's ongoing revolution. While traveling with rebel troops, the elderly writer disappeared without a trace.

Here's sixty of our favorites from the Bitter One.

  • "Conservative - a statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from a Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others."

  • "Acquaintance. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to."

  • "We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over."

  • "Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage."

  • "Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured."

  • "A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms agains himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it."

  • "Revolution, n. In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment."

  • "All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher."

  • "There are 4 kinds of homicide; felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy."

  • "Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others."

    ALSO at DBKP: DBKP Library of Quotations

  • "War is God's way of teaching Americans geography."

  • "Abstainer - a weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure."

  • "Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret."

  • "Forgetfulness - a gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience."

  • "Abscond - to move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another."

  • "Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly."

  • "Absurdity, n.: A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion."

  • "Marriage, n: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two."

  • "Admiration, n. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves."

  • "Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing."

  • "AMNESTY, n. The state's magnanimity to those offenders whom it would be too expensive to punish."

  • Bierce book review: "The covers of this book are too far apart."

  • "An egotist is a person of low taste - more interested in himself than in me."

  • "Bigot: One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain."

  • "Bore, n. A person who talks when you wish him to listen."

  • "Coward: One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs."

  • "Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure."

  • "Doubt, indulged and cherished, is in danger of becoming denial; but if honest, and bent on thorough investigation, it may soon lead to full establishment of the truth."

  • "Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm."

  • "Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another."

  • "I never said all Democrats were saloonkeepers. What I said was that all saloonkeepers are Democrats."

  • "Lawsuit: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage."

  • "Alliance - in international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third."

  • "Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage."

  • "History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools."

  • "Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance."

  • "The slightest acquaintance with history shows that powerful republics are the most warlike and unscrupulous of nations."

  • "What is a democrat? One who believes that the republicans have ruined the country. What is a republican? One who believes that the democrats would ruin the country."

  • "What this country needs what every country needs occasionally is a good hard bloody war to revive the vice of patriotism on which its existence as a nation depends."

  • "Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is - it is her shadow."

  • "Women in love are less ashamed than men. They have less to be ashamed of."

  • "Let me tell you what a writer is. A writer takes comprehensive views, holds large convictions, makes wide generalizations. A writer's not English, Mexican, or American. A writer's not a woman nor a man. A writer's not Christian, Jew, Buddhist, Muslim, nor snake worshipper.

    To local standards of right and wrong a writer's civilly indifferent. In the virtues, a writer's concerned only with general expediency. A writer doesn't waste time focusing on fixed moral principles that aren't yet before the court of conscience. Happiness discloses itself to a writer as the end and purpose of life, and art and love are the only means to a writer's happiness. A writer is free of all doctrines, theories, etiquettes, and politics. To a writer, a continent doesn't seem long, nor a century wide.

    And a writer has ever present consciousness that this is a world of...fools and rogues, blind with superstition, tormented with envy, consumed with vanity, selfish, false, cruel, cursed with illusions, and frothing mad."

  • "As records of courts and justice are admissible, it can easily be proved that powerful and malevolent magicians once existed and were a scourge to mankind. The evidence (including confession) upon which certain women were convicted of witchcraft and executed was without a flaw; it is still unimpeachable.

    The judges' decisions based on it were sound in logic and in law. Nothing in any existing court was ever more thoroughly proved than the charges of witchcraft and sorcery for which so many suffered death. If there were no witches, human testimony and human reason are alike destitute of value."

  • "Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious."

  • "Vote, v. The instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country."

  • "Woman would be more charming if one could fall into her arms without falling into her hands."

  • "You are not permitted to kill a woman who has wronged you, but nothing forbids you to reflect that she is growing older every minute. You are avenged 1440 times a day."

  • "Certain old men prefer to rise at dawn, taking a cold bath and a long walk with an empty stomach and otherwise mortifying the flesh. They then point with pride to these practices as the cause of their sturdy health and ripe years; the truth being that they are hearty and old, not because of their habits, but in spite of them. The reason we find only robust persons doing this thing is that it has killed all the others who have tried it."

  • "Children who have proven themselves to be incorrigible by the age of twelve should be quickly and quietly beheaded, lest they grow to maturity, marry, and perpetuate the likeness of their being."

  • "I keep a conscience uncorrupted by religion, a judgment undimmed by politics and patriotism, a heart untainted by friendships and sentiments unsoured by animosities."

  • "Miss: A title with which we brand unmarried women to indicate that they are in the market. Miss, Misses (Mrs.) and Mister (Mr.) are the three most distinctly disagreeable words in the language, in sound and sense. Two are corruptions of Mistress, the other of Master. If we must have them, let us be consistent and give one to the unmarried man. I venture to suggest Mush, abbreviated to MH."

  • "Day, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent."

  • "PRESIDENCY, n. The greased pig in the field game of American politics."

  • "I think that a young state, like a young virgin, should modestly stay at home, and wait the application of suitors for an alliance with her; and not run about offering her amity to all the world; and hazarding their refusal. Our virgin is a jolly one; and tho at present not very rich, will in time be a great fortune, and where she has a favorable predisposition, it seems to me well worth cultivating."

  • "The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name of knowledge."

  • "Lawyer: One skilled in circumvention of the law."

  • "Immigrant: An unenlightened person who thinks one country better than another."

  • "Liar: A lawyer with a roving commission."

compiled by Mondo Frazier
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AP Notices Obama Refusal to Answer Questions about Blagovich, Rahm Emanuel

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The AP is Curious About Obama

The AP thinks it's a story when Barack Obama refuses to answer any questions.

That the former junior senator from Illinois didn't have to answer many during the campaign might have something to do with his present stance.

President-elect Barack Obama is refusing to answer any questions about the internal review he has ordered into Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged efforts to sell his former Senate seat, saying he will do so when the examination is finished.

Obama's staff has declined to respond to even basic questions, like who is conducting the probe, how long it will take, what issues are being explored and whether they are working with federal investigators. Obama has promised transparency throughout his service and to divulge contacts his staff has had with Blagojevich's office in the coming days. But his staff has locked down on inquiries in the meantime.

The Obama transition team's refusal to talk has contributed to a maelstrom around Obama's incoming White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, a Chicago congressman likely to have been in contact with the governor, who was arrested this week in a corruption scandal. But Emanuel is not a target of the probe, according to people who have been briefed on the investigation.

Barack Obama, international man of mystery lists 51 things that we do know about Obama, including the fascinating facts that the President-elect enjoys Scrabble and poker.

* Who is Barack Obama?
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Obama supporters may become confused about the Mainstream Media's new-found curiosity over the president-elect. What's all of the chatter about? Didn't Obama say that he didn't know anything?

That answer seemed to work just fine during the primaries and general election. Why won't that answer satisfy the press now?

As RidesAPaleHorse points out, the latest revelations from Chicago may become "Senategate"--or just the World's Largest Dog & Pony Show.

by Mondo Frazier
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New York Times Shops Times Building for Loan

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Mainstream Media Financial Woes
The New York Hard Times?

NY Times Stock: Grey Bag Lady?

The New York Times is trying to drum up some cash and is shopping its building on Eighth Avenue. It would like to secure a $225 million loan, with the NY Times Tower as collateral.

The New York Times Company plans to borrow up to $225 million against its mid-Manhattan headquarters building, to ease a potential cash flow squeeze as the company grapples with tighter credit and shrinking profits.
The Times Company owns 58 percent of the 52-story, 1.5 million-square-foot tower on Eighth Avenue, which was designed by the architect Renzo Piano, and completed last year. The developer Forest City Ratner owns the rest of the building. The Times Company’s portion of the building is not currently mortgaged, and some investors have complained that the company has too much of its capital tied up in that real estate.

Regardless of how decrepit the NY Times (the newspaper) is, the building is pretty snazzy.

"The New York Times Building is a skyscraper on the west side of Midtown Manhattan that was completed in 2007. Its chief tenant is The New York Times Company, publisher of the The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune, as well as other regional papers. Construction was a joint venture of The Times Company, Forest City Ratner Companies - the Cleveland-based real estate firm redeveloping the Brooklyn Atlantic rail yards - and ING Real Estate."

The NYT's stock price has steadily declined over the past 15 months. Friday, the Times' stock closed at $7.64. It was over $24 in 2007.

Standard & Poor’s recently lowered its credit rating on the Times Company below investment grade, and Moody’s Investors Service has said it was considering a similar move. Times Company stock, which has lost more than half its value this year, closed on Friday at $7.64, down 30 cents.

The New York Times is the fourth-bestselling newspaper in the New York metro area.

One would guess that there's not much demand for "news" with a decidedly left slant.

by Mondo
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Diane Downs: Murder Mom Up for Parole Today

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Diane Downs, the subject of true crime author Ann Rule's book, Small Sacrifices is up for parole on December 9 in the state of Oregon.

The horrific crimes against Diane Downs' children, and the person who committed them, gained the attention of the national press after Downs showed up at McKenzie-Willamette Hospital in Springfield, Oregon, on the evening of May 19, 1983. Inside Downs' car, hospital personnel found an unbelievable scene: tucked in Downs' blood spattered Nissan, all three of her children in critical condition from gunshot wounds, while an "ashen" faced Downs kept repeating the same phrase: "somebody just shot my kids".

The Bushy Hair Stranger

Downs, who had suffered a gunshot wound to her forearm, told authorities that while on a drive home from visiting friends, Downs, with her children in the car, had encountered a "bushy haired stranger" on a dark road. Downs claimed the man waved her car over. Thinking he needed help, Downs said she stopped and then got out of her car to talk to him. It was then, according to Downs, that the man, whom Diane described as a "busy haired stranger", demanded her car. When she refused, the man pulled a gun from under his jacket then leaned in and began shooting her kids: eight-year-old Christie, seven-year-old Cheryl, and three-year-old Danny.

Since Downs' injuries were non-life threatening and her children were being cared for by the emergency room staff, the Lane County Sheriff's office asked Downs to accompany them back to the scene of the crime. An all-points bulletin was issued for the "bushy haired stranger". Diane led them to Old Mohawk Road next to the McKenzie river.

It was Diane Downs' behavior that first alerted the hospital staff and authorities that perhaps Downs wasn't telling the truth. When she returned to the hospital and was given the news that the medical staff had been unable to save 7-year-old Cheryl, hospital personnel found her "too accepting" and stoic, instead of "hysterical". When told that her 3-year-old son Danny had a chance to survive, Downs responded with "Do you mean the bullet missed his heart? Gee whiz!".

Detectives questioned Downs at the hospital. They had learned, prior to the conversation with Downs, that the weapon used was most likely a .22 caliber pistol. They also learned that powder burns from the weapon were found on the children. This meant that whoever pulled the trigger had done so in very close proximity. At a later date, forensic investigation found blood splay patterns that indicated the weapon had been fired from the left, or driver's side. When detectives asked Downs if she owned any guns, she told them she owned a .38 caliber pistol and a .22 caliber rifle.

Detectives also learned that Downs was 27-year-old postal worker who had recently relocated to Oregon from Arizona after a divorce. The move brought Downs and her kids close to where her parents lived while she worked for the post office at the Cottage Grove district. Diane's father had also been a postal worker.

Downs told the detectives that when she saw the "bushy haired stranger" in the middle of the road, she thought he might need help. She purportedly stopped her car and then got out. It was then, Downs claimed, that the man pulled a gun from under his denim jacket and demanded her car keys. When she refused, she claimed the man leaned down and began firing into the car at her children through the driver's side window. When he reached for her keys, Downs claimed she fought back. She then managed to get into her car where the man allegedly fired yet another shot, wounding Diane's forearm. Diane told the detectives that she then "stepped on the gas" and "raced" to the hospital, leaving the man behind.

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NY Times Jodi Kantor: Are Journalists the New Internet Predators?

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Parent Alert!
NY Times reporter sought teens on Facebook

by Rhonda Roland Shearer
Stinky Journalism

[ABOVE: Cartoon depicts a NY Times sanctioned reporting method--contacting teens on Facebook-- that new guidelines only require "prior consultation" with editors.]

Clark Hoyt, The New York Times public editor, recently wrote about a "troubling issue" regarding how the Times deals with minors. Times reporter, Jodi Kantor, wrote what, Hoyt described, was "an unflattering front-page profile of Cindy McCain." Kantor's reporting methods included soliciting teenagers on FaceBook who attended Ms. McCain's daughter's school. Hoyt said, "Trying to find sources for information about Mrs. McCain, a reporter reached out to 16- and 17-year-olds through Facebook, the social networking site."

He continued, "Although the reporter, Jodi Kantor, said in a message to the teenagers that she was ' just seeking some fellow parents who can talk about what Mrs. McCain is like,' people I heard from thought it was wrong. 'Disgusting,' said Gwilym McGrew of Woodland Hills, Calif. 'Will she be contacting my 12-year-old soon, too?' " Indeed.

Kantor claimed she was not trolling for teens, just their parents. But the count tells the truth. She contacted only one school versus "eight or nine" teens. Her asymmetrical actions state loud and clear that Kantor was seeking teens to find out "what she [McCain] is like as a mother?"

[ABOVE: Are journalists a new kind of Internet predator? Must parents warn teens not to speak to journalists? Image of Jodi Kantor, NY Times reporter, who improperly sought teens on Facebook.]

Kantor's negative profile on Ms. McCain would naturally lead one to question, post hoc, if her upbeat message to the teenagers, was pure deception from the start.

Just exactly what did Kantor write?

Continue reading: Parent Alert!

by Rhonda Roland Shearer
image/source: Stinky Journalism

Good News in Iraq: Attack Levels Lowest Since 2003

Good News in Iraq:

It's Good News When Even Good News isn't News Anymore

Outside of a few high-profile bombings targeted at public confidence, attacks in November fell to their lowest monthly level since the Iraq war began.

Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin, the No. 2 U.S. commander here, blamed al-Qaida in Iraq for a spate of bombings that has killed nearly 50 people in Baghdad and elsewhere since Monday. The blasts took place despite an 80 percent drop in attacks nationwide since March, Austin said.

At least 33 people were killed and dozens wounded in multiple bombings Monday against Iraqi security forces in Baghdad and Mosul. Another 15 died in blasts Tuesday in the northern cities of Mosul and Tal Afar and in the southern city of Iskandariyah.

One civilian was killed and five were wounded Wednesday when a magnetic bomb attached to a minibus went off as the vehicle was carrying Education Ministry employees to work in eastern Baghdad, police said.

Good news from Iraq was first sporadic, but has now become a constant over the last six months.

So much so that good news from Iraq is no longer much news at all.

by Mondo Frazier
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Papercuts Poll Results: MSNBC Judged 'Most Unreliable MSM Organization

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Which Mainstream Media Organization is Most Unreliable?

The results of DBKP's poll, "Which Mainstream Media Organization is Most Unreliable?" are in and we have a winner.

35% of respondents chose MSNBC as the most unreliable, biased MSM organization. Fox News was second with 27%.


  1. MSNBC - 35%

  2. Fox News - 27%

  3. New York Times - 18%

  4. CNN - 7%

  5. Los Angeles Times - 4%

  6. CBS News - 2%

  7. Washinton Post - 2%

  8. Newsweek - 1%

  9. TIME - 1%

The ran from November 11-30 2008 and 741 people participated.

DBKP's current poll question, "POLL: Which NFL Team Will Win Super Bowl XLIII" runs until November 8 2008.

Currently, the NY Giants lead with 26%, followed by the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennesee Titans.

by Mondo Frazier
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Chris Matthews: Serious Senate Run or MSNBC Contract Gambit?

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Chris Matthews' Senate Run:
Serious Bid or Contract Contrivance?

What's a Left Wing Talking Head to Do?

Chris Matthews, the Hardball Boy, is contemplating a run for the U.S. Senate.

Or not.

From Matthews inches closer to Senate run:

Chris Matthews is dead serious about running for the Senate in Pennsylvania — and is shopping for a house in the state and privately discussing quitting MSNBC as proof of his intense interest, according to NBC colleagues, political operatives and friends.

Politico's MICHAEL CALDERONE & JOSH KRAUSHAAR think it might just be a "negotiations ploy to jack up his contract" on the part of Matthews.

Matthews is receiving some pressure to step down from his "Hardball" spot if he truly is committed to making a run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Arlen Specter (R-PA).

If Matthews is serious about running, some within the network hope he commits to the Pennsylvania Senate race sooner rather than later. Otherwise, his nightly presence on “Hardball” provides easy fodder to critics fueling the narrative that MSNBC is in the tank for the Democratic party. After NBC News was stung by criticism during the presidential campaign — charged with bias resulting from the antics of more outspoken personalities on MSNBC — staffers worry the situation will be repeated over the next six months.

Reactions are mostly skeptical.

Sister Toldjah, Chris Matthews sets example other partisan journalists should follow:
I applaud Matthews for taking into serious consideration the possibility he’d need to leave the network in order to run for Senate (of course, he should have left it much, much earlier - but then again he wouldn’t have been able to help his fellow mediots with getting Obama elected, would he?). In fact, I encourage every other journalist out there who has a strong bias for one party or the other - who thinks it’s their “job” to help that party - to please follow Matthews’ example, retire from your profession and start pursuing your dream of officially working to advance that party’s principles - whether it be as a politico, an advisor or aide, or working for an advocacy group, or starting your own. Make your biases known upfront instead of continuing to hide behind a phony banner of “objectivity.”

Alex Paranee--Gawker--Chris Matthews to Hold Breath
Until He Becomes a Senator (or Gets a Raise):
There's no doubt that Chris wants to be a Senator—it's been his dream since he was a little boy, to join that undemocratic and increasingly deadlocked and feeble deliberative body—but the guy is also smart about the realities of politics, if not the realities of reality. Running against a five-term senior Senator would be tough for any Democrat, but "any Democrat" would probably have better luck against Specter than a man who's been on the world's craziest cable news network saying some of the craziest things on that network for years.

Jules Crittenden, Jackass-A-Palooza takes the long view:
Full disclosure: As a professional tabloid newspaperman and frothing rightwing blogger, I have a vested interest in chaotic hilarity, if that is what the American people in their wisdom and through their political processes determine is what will best serve their interests.

Other reactions to the Matthews' bid-maybe-not at Memeorandum.

Is this a serious story? Is this a contract gambit?

Who knows--other than Chris Matthews?

It might be hard slogging it out every night on MSNBC for an audience that approaches the number of people on Friday night at Denny's.

It might be hard playing second banana to the Olberdude.

It might be hard getting anyone outside the DailyKOS to take him seriously.

But it's still easier money than actually having to convince people to vote for him in order to get the job of Chris Matthews' dreams.

by Mondo Frazier
image: jossip

Who Is Barack Obama: Library of DBKP Articles and Videos

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Barack Obama:
Who Is Barack Obama? Library of DBKP Articles

UPDATED: December 4 2008
DBKP Stories on Barack Obama:

* The Obama Birth Certificate
* The Unreleased Records of Barack Obama
* Obama and Bill Ayers
* Obama and COusin Raila Odinga
* Obama's Relatives
* Obama and Socialism
* Obama and Larry Sinclair: Debunking Larry Sinclair
* Obama and Rashid Khalidi
* Obama's Global Poverty Act
* Related Stories
* African Press International: The Michelle Obama Tapes

Over 70 DBKP stories on "Who is Barack Obama?"


compiled by Mondo

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