Friday, September 30, 2011

Fwd: Things to Know - 30 September

Mike Luckovich
9/29 Mike Luckovich cartoon: Will Christie run?

1.  Occupying Wall Street takes its sentiment nearby to a Sotheby's Auction house.  Now the protest is widening from the Wall Street greed to the playground of the greedy and their version of eBay:

2.  This article calls into question of where the Tea Party is now.  It's kind of faded away.   The only thing generating buzz about them is other people talking about them, but they don't seem to be in the room any more.  In fact, I have not received any of their online stuff since ...well I kind of played games with them when they came out with their Adopt a School program - where I was to go out and contact my local school and get them to sign up and present their program on the U.S. Constitutions instructional material - and so I went and told them that I went to Pomona College, and other Claremont Colleges, and even contacted some friends at Ivy League schools about getting on board with their program.  I guess they were not happy with my reply that all the schools told me to tell the Tea Party to follow Maxine Water's advice to go "straight to hell".  I have not heard a peep from them since:

3.  To keep the spirit alive and to understand how fragile the 1st Amendment to the Constitution can be, a critical review and maybe a bit of sarcasm is always needed to ensure that we have this freedom:
If you have noticed, I am drawing a bit more from two other resources lately.  Because of the time zone from Eastern to Pacific, and other stuff I find that putting this digest together the night before, with finishing touches the next day is best.  The NY Times puts out their next day edition at midnight (9PM in California), the Washington Post stumbles in about the same time, and the AJC whenever they get their act together, which i have not been able to figure out yet.  Of course the LA Times has great human interest writers, and stuff the papers have not covered, so they get added the next morning.  On occasion, other resource pop in when I get a chance to see good stuff.

4.  David Brooks.  I am baffled here.  He says that there is a Limit to Empathy, because too much of it gets us off track in seeing the real picture.  Read this and see if you don't get the same feeling that I did.  If you remove Empathy from the human experience, you are withdrawing yourself from the sensual experience of feeling others people situation and pain.  I don't think normal people are like that:

5.  Paul Krugman, arrives on scene.  As usual, the Nobel Prize winner has news for the GOP - their fear agenda about what is wrong is ALL WRONG - and they better pay attention to him:

6.  This NY Times editorial acknowledges Obama's on-track rhetoric on going after the Republicants and the Republicans - .....finally:

7.  Eugene Robinson brings up the subject of the elephant in the room - no pun intended.   The Obesity of NJ Gov. Chris Christy.   If you saw David Letterman the other night, you can appreciate this - Letterman said "if you cannot call an obese person fat........then the terrorists have won::

8.   I saw this story on TV yesterday, and I am glad that it can be presented to you in print.  Hector Tobar describes a Guatemalan family in La Puente, California, having done everything to attain the American Dream - immigrating to the United States, becoming US Citizens, working in garment factories, and eventually making enough money to buy a home.....well, I'll just let you read it:,0,6475392,print.column

9.  "Pulpit Freedom Sunday"...ever heard of that?   Well it's coming up and this editorial cautions the IRS to enforce the regulation in a consistent manner.  If they happened upon the Bible Belt, the IRS agents would have to work over time:,0,7589749,print.story

Juan Matute

"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."
       -- Yogi Berra
"Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be."
       -- William Hazlitt
"Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter because nobody listens."
       -- Nick Diamos
"'Tis an ill wind that blows no minds."
       -- Malaclypse the Younger
"It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf."
       -- H. L. Mencken

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