Ugly Betty Actor Kills Mom While Screaming Bible Passages

November 23, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Ugh:  “Ugly Betty” Actor Michael Brea Kills Mother with Sword while Screaming Bible Passages, Media Outlets Report

An actor who has appeared in the TV series “Ugly Betty” killed his mother with a samurai sword while screaming Bible passages, New York media outlets reported Tuesday.

Michael Brea, 31, went on a religious rant, ordering his mother to “repent” before stabbing her to death, the Daily News reported.

Sources told WPIX 11 News that Brea used a samurai sword to attack his mother, whose body was found hacked and decapitated.

The victim, identified as 55-year-old Yannick Brea, was dead when officers arrived, WPIX reported.

Neighbors on the first and third floors of the Brooklyn apartment heard screams coming from the second floor apartment at about 1:30 a.m., the station reports.

“I hear the brother chasing her [his mother] through the house and he’s just saying a bunch of like [Bible] passages like, ‘Repent, Repent, Repent,’” neighbor Gregory Clare told WPIX. “I heard him chasing her through the house and I hear a loud scream and so I have my father call the cops, call 911.”

My first instinct on this one is “crazy” rather than “devout.”

Outside the Beltway

Screaming About Screening

November 17, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 
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There is a lesson to be learned in href="">the tempest against TSA: be careful what you ask for. After the underwear bomber tried to take down a Detroit-bound Christmas flight last year Congress and the citizenry lined up to cheer lead for deploying body scanners everywhere. Nobody paused to think if that was a wise response.

Non-metalic material hidden under clothes has always worried airport screeners. When someone dressed suspiciously there was only one option-an intrusive pat down. The scanner technology offered an option-a less intrusive way to check on the rare occasion when some one was sent to “secondary” screening (the more thorough going over some travelers get after, or instead of, the normal walk through the magnetometer). id="more-46725">

When the decision was made to use the body scanners for primary screening that is when the trouble really started. Now instead of using them for suspicious travelers a wide swath of the traveling public must face the foreboding scanning chamber. Many are opting out of being subjected to the scanners for various reasons. That is their right. But then they have to subject themselves to a pat down and the pat downs are intrusive. So the irony here is that a technology that was developed to require less pat downs is driving up the number.

Frankly, the threat does not justify the indiscriminate use of body scanners for primary screening. Eliminating the threat of serious liquid bombs by restricting carry-on liquids took that immediate danger of the table. Small bombs strapped to bodies or air mailed are far from guaranteed to bring down a plane. Sure any bomb on a plane might do some damage-but let’s face it you could also just stab people in the neck with sharpened pencils to kill a couple of passengers on a plane. And if you wanted to kill a handful of people with a bomb, you could just blow yourself up at the ticket counter before you got near security.

That is not to say that sensible primary screening, or more thorough and rare secondary screening, should end. But we should be spending our security buck where it gives us the biggest bang.

The best security is intelligence and law enforcement that finds and stops the bad people before they get near the plane. Let’s continue to do common sense screening at the airport, but lets stop pretending that is the best line of defense.

TSA should back off requiring the body scanners for primary screening.

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In Obama’s space, no one can hear him screaming

November 13, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

How many strikes is President Obama allowed?  He’s whiffed at every venture outside of his soon-to-be former democrat-controlled Congress:  Elevating Turkey to mediator between Israel and her enemies; the Olympics bid; the UN the-world-will-explode-if-we-don’t-act-within-two-weeks climate treaty; Iranian relations; China-economic relations; South Korea free trade; the START 3 treaty; relations with Europe, in general; relations with Australia; Middle-East peace talks; managing the peace in Iraq; managing the war in Afghanistan; relations with Pakistan; and just about any search-string return including the words “Obama,” “overseas,” and “diplomacy.”  I wouldn’t be shocked if I opened Drudge to read that Canada has declared war on us.

I wish it ended there.  Domestically, while he can point to several legislative victories, not a single one can be credited to leadership.  When one Republican from Maine joined dems to pass a Senate measure, he called it “a bipartisan victory.”  When 4 or 5 dems joined pubs to defeat a different Senate measure, he called it “typical Republican obstruction.”  Although he invited pubs to the WH on a couple of occasions to discuss “ideas,” he later hammered home that “Republicans have not presented a single new idea.”  He got his Stimulus during the first 100 days, a honeymoon period when a president could get anything passed, including a requirement that all chocolate milk be processed only from brown cows.  The manner in which health-care was passed was an insult to the very fabric of American democracy.  Cap and Trade is dead.  Card Check is dead.  Paycheck Fairness is dead.  And while lots of folks are talking about de-nutting health-care, the other piece of legislation to be hacked and slashed in the 112th is Financial Regulatory Reform.

Barack Obama has never left behind the boxing ring that is domestic legislative procedure.  And that is most clear when he steps onto the international stage.  Agreements of any nature - economic, military, social - are not negotiated on that stage, they are signed on that stage.  The negotiations take place over the preceding months.

And he is constantly cleaning up messes of his and his staff’s making.  The latest is over Israel building homes in her capital, Jerusalem.  Obama is free to set Hillary loose so she can pronounce that as “not helpful” in her dykish-motherly way, but he cannot use the word “settlements” in any context when speaking of Jerusalem - East Jeru or not.  That is insulting to the sovereign peoples of Israel.  It is their capital.  It also telegraphs his diplomatic position that division of Jerusalem is assumed.  How childish.

When it comes to being a leader within his country or on the international stage, Barack Obama has proven himself to be nothing more than a professional agitator.  While that may be a means to create a footprint, to claim a seat at a table, it is not the means by which to lead.

Somewhere deep inside, all of us perceive how well we are doing in any given situation.  We know if we are comfortable, successful, liked, or disliked.  Obama knows, somewhere within the vast regions of his vacuous inner space, that he is not living up to his expectations.

And from that somewhere within him an agonizing scream emanates.  Since hearing his post-election analysis and G-20 pronouncements, I’ve come to the conclusion that not even he hears his own screams.  How frightening.  How sad.

And someone, please, I am begging you, get Michelle a better clothes designer.  Her donkey needs to be de-emphasized.  It’s what designers refer to as her “personal challenge.”  I’d start with a mid-length coat.

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