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The center cannot hold

Posted by Charles II on February 7, 2011

Richard McGregor and Nicole Bullock of The Financial Times have an important story about the breakdown of law and order in Camden, one of America’s poorest cities which had rallied before the recession. The FT does not permit quotation, but allows free access to registered users.

So, basically, the story is that, thanks to the budget crisis and cuts imposed by the NJ governor, Camden had a $26M budget shortfall. As an emergency step, the city fired 45% of the cops on the beat. With no jobs, former felons are often faced with the choice of freezing to death or returning to crime. Since there are no cops on the beat, crime suddenly starts looking like a smart career choice. All the gains Camden has made in attracting investment are at risk.

This is what the Tea Party “revolt” really is about: creating a crisis where none need exist, wrecking everything good about America. I’m not sure it even is about money anymore. It’s just about destruction.

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Post: Toasty

Posted by Charles II on February 7, 2011

AOL maims everything it touches; ask Time Warner. Here’s the press release:

AOL Inc. [NYSE:AOL] announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire The Huffington Post, the influential and rapidly growing news, analysis, and lifestyle website founded in 2005, which now counts nearly 25 million unique monthly visitors*.

As part of the transaction, Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post’s co-founder and editor-in-chief, will be named president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which will include all Huffington Post and AOL content, including Engadget, TechCrunch, Moviefone, MapQuest, Black Voices, PopEater, AOL Music, AOL Latino, AutoBlog, Patch, StyleList, and more.

AOL has agreed to purchase The Huffington Post for $315 million, approximately $300 million of which will be paid in cash funded from cash on hand. The Huffington Post is privately owned by its two cofounders, as well as a group of investors.

I’m sure Arianna will walk away with $50 million, and all of the liberal writers whose work she got cheap will get pretty pink slips as their thanks.

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Now We See If The GOP Lege Sweeps This Under The Rug

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 7, 2011

BSP’s Sally Jo Sorensen reports that Scott Newman, the brand-new Republican state senator for Hutchinson and environs, will be the subject of an ethics hearing this coming Wednesday, February 9, at 3:00 pm. This concerns the reverse pay-for-play scandal that’s knocked the newly-seated Republican legislature off its stride and has been front-page news for weeks in the Hutchinson area.

Some of the most interesting commentary on this affair has come from Eric Austin of Outstate Politics. In it, he reminds us that while there has been an effort on the part of various Republicans to make Newman’s legislative assistant take the fall for the whole thing as some sort of rogue operator, this really is a tough concept to defend:

  • Does the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus train its legislative assistants to deny access to certain people and organizations?
  • What does the training manual for the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus say about denying access to certain people and organizations?
  • Given the dual role of “Executive Assistant to the Majority Caucus” and “Vice Chair of the Minnesota Republican Party“, has Michael Brodkorb been whispering in the ears of legislative assistants? Did those assistants take his advice a little too far?

Ah, Michael Brodkorb. You might remember him. He’s the former “independent” blogger who said he was never, ever paid by Republicans to blog, and who now is the Deputy Chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota as well as as holding two key jobs in the Republican Senate caucus. It’ll be interesting to see how much, if any, of the Newman scandal is allowed to touch him.

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