Ruminations of the Easily Amused for March 22 2009


Ruminations of the Easily Amused for March 22 2009

22 March 2009 at 9:28:26 AM

Only a matter of time for Brad Pitt

In Florida, Christian song sparks lawsuit.

Parents of two elementary school students last week filed a lawsuit against the St. Johns County School District, saying their children's constitutional rights were violated when teachers required them to rehearse a song that declares "there's no doubt" the United States is a Christian nation.

The parents, identified only by initials to prevent revealing the identities of their children, alleged their kids and third-grade classmates at The Webster School were required to sing "In God We Still Trust" during rehearsals for an end-of-the-year assembly.

The song, released in 2005 by country band Diamond Rio, criticized those who advocate keeping government entities -- "from the schoolhouse to the courthouse" -- secular and claimed "there's no separation," referring to the political doctrine of separation of church and state set forth by the First Amendment.

Although the song was cut, the superintendent made it seem like this was the parents fault, that they were suit-happy, because they didn't want the song sung. The children had been told that they could *opt out* of singing it but if they did, they couldn't be part of the program! How unfair is THAT?  And here's stupid, from the school attorney

In a response to the parents' motion for a preliminary injunction, the defendants' attorneys wrote that their clients had already decided to drop the song. Even still, they wrote, "unlike school sponsored or endorsed prayer, school sponsored religious songs are not de facto violations of the First Amendment."

Um. Why would a school be sponsoring a religious song? And then ostracizing the kids who didn't want to sing it? (Or the parents who didn't want their children to do so?

So.. In Florida, the cops don't like you to videotape them.

Blarg. Timothy Geitner, because he can't get Congress to further soak the taxpayer, is turning to the Federal Reserve and FDIC.

Geithner's proposal will employ the resources of the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to make the government's $700 billion financial rescue fund go further, these officials said Friday.

The Fed and the FDIC are being tapped for support because the prospects for getting additional money from Congress for the bailout effort have dimmed significantly with this week's uproar over millions of dollars in bonuses provided to troubled insurance giant American International Group Inc.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about Geithner's plan, said it will have three major parts. One part will be an effort Geithner spoke about last month which would be the creation of a public-private partnership to back purchases of bad assets by private investors.

A second part of the plan will expand a recently launched program being run by the Federal Reserve called the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility, or TALF. That program is providing loans for investors to buy assets backed by consumer debt in an effort to make it easier for consumers to get auto, student and credit card loans. Under Geithner's proposal, this program would be expanded to support investors' purchases of banks' toxic assets.

The third part of the Geithner plan would utilize the resources of the FDIC, the agency that guarantees bank deposits, to purchase toxic assets.

I'm sorry but the glow is entirely gone from my eyes about Obama. Mind you, I wouldn't have liked Old Nutty McCain in. But Obama is continuing to shore up the broken financial system. With our money.

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