News from Around December 28 2012

Rescue Organization Not Sheltered From Lawsuit

A California woman who was bitten by a German shepherd is suing the rescue organization that adopted out the toothy dog.

Angela Otero is suing the German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California, and the owner of the dog who adopted it from the rescue organization, alleging that the organization and the owner should have known the dog was dangerous, and therefore acted negligently by failing to make sure the German shepherd would be kept in a safe manner.  The lawsuit asks for damages, including punitive, and court costs.

According to the allegations, Otero was at a local dog park with her dog Ollie, a Golden Retriever-poodle mix, when the owner defendant Laurie Furman arrived with her German shepherd, proceeded to place it within the fenced area and then stood outside of that area talking on the phone. Otero claims she was bitten on her right hand and lost part of her middle finger as she tried to stop Furman’s German shepherd from biting her dog Ollie around the throat.

According to news reports, the rescue organization’s website notes that many of the dogs come from unknown backgrounds and “cannot warrant or guarantee any dog’s future behavior” as a result.

—Source:  Paloaltoonline.com

U.S. Taxpayers Will Continue to Pay More Than One-Fifth of U.N. Budget

In one of its last actions of the year, the United Nations General Assembly on Christmas Eve agreed to extend for another three years the formula that has U.S. taxpayers contributing more than one-fifth of the world body’s regular budget. No member-state called for a recorded vote, and the resolution confirming the contributions that each country will make for the 2013-2015 period was summarily adopted. The assembly also approved a two-year U.N. budget of $5.4 billion. The U.S. has accounted for 22 percent of the total regular budget every year since 2000, and will now continue to do so for the next three years.

Senate President Shan Tsutsui Named Hawaii’s 12th Lieutenant GovernorShan Tsutsui named Lt. Governor

It’s official: Senate President Shan Tsutsui is Hawaii’s 12th Lieutenant Governor effective immediately. The Maui native replaces Hawaii’s former Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, who was sworn in as the state’s newest U.S. Senator on Thursday in a ceremony in Washington…

The lying continues

There is something particularly ugly in a society when government officials lie — or in the case in point, tell half-truths. Last week in the wake of a damning report on how some State Department officials handled the security situation at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi prior to and after Sept. 11, it was announced that four officials had resigned. Well, at least that’s what most of us thought they had announced. This is the way State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland put it: that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “has accepted Eric Boswell’s decision to resign.

Well it turns out that Boswell was merely switching desks at State, giving up his high-profile presidential appointment as assistant secretary, but not what were described by the New York Post as his “other portfolios.” The other three — including the utterly reprehensible Charlene Lamb, a deputy assistant secretary who insisted on outsourcing security to “local Libyans and army men” — are merely on administrative leave and are actually expected to return following what amounts to a winter break.

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, Stormin’ Norman, coalition forces leader during Persian Gulf War, dies

Americans mourned a military legend after retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf died Thursday at age 78, leaving behind a legacy that most famously included driving Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait. Schwarzkopf died, in Tampa, from complications from pneumonia. He was remembered not only for his impressive military record, but his intelligence, his modesty and his warmth and dedication to fellow service members. “His epitaph should read that he was a soldier who loved solders,” retired Gen. Bob Scales, who knew the late general, told Fox News.

Nicknamed “Stormin’ Norman,” Schwarzkopf went on after he retired to support various national causes and children’s charities while eschewing the spotlight and resisting efforts to draft him to run for political office.

Short Bursts:

Congressman Ed Markey (D) announced he will run in 2013 special election to fill soon-to-be vacant seat of US Sen John Kerry (D). Ted Kennedy Jr says he will not run in special election to fill Sen Kerry’s seat. Will wait, run in his home state of CT.

Cong Ralph Hall (R-TX) just became the oldest EVER member of congress at age 89. He was reelected to 17th term last month.

In Pennsylvania Democrat Senator Bob Casey Flips, Supports Assault Weapons Ban as well as high capacity magazines (more than 10 rounds per clip).