Thursday, February 16, 2012

Things to Know - 16 February

1.  Fifty organizations have collaborated and submitted a petition to he judiciary committees of both the house and senate to overturn the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United - which spawned the huge Super PAC disaster.  Not sure how effective is going to be, but it is either a start or a show of force:

2.  Thom Hartman and his news has some pretty scary stuff, including one that funds an education forum for K-12 kids that twists data and debunks any concerns over climate change - all sponsored and funded by the Koch Brothers.  Also, read about the state of Arizona passing a law that creates its own militia (apart from the National Guard) that is to be used at the discretion of the governor (that being Jan Brewer), and much more:

3.  In this article, if there is any sense of truth to it, one really has to wonder what what is going on in Afghanistan.  It appears that there is a substantial ($400 million) being doled out by the DOD to the Taliban.  Bribes?  Protection Money?  Whatever you want to call it, that money is used to by weapons materials to turn around and kill US troops.  There is something horribly wrong about this.   General Petraeus fired the 2-Star Admiral who found out about this.  Read this, and see if you can make sense of it:

4.  It is said that if you work hard enough, you can achieve great things.  Well, Newton Leroy Gingrich has been rewarded for all of his hard work.  He earned it.  He is the most-disliked on recent record, even approaching G. W. Bush's ratings:

5.  With all of Mitt's current problems, he really did not need this one.  Elie Wiesel's parents were posthumously baptized by Mormon Church, so that they could enter into what is called the LDS concept of heaven.   First of all Elie Wiesel is the famous Jewish force that has continued to remind us all of the events of the Holocaust, and second, he never gave the Mormons permission.   So Elie is calling on Mitt Romney to ask/tell the Mormon Church to stop trying to baptize deceased Holocaust victims.  This is will actually make Romney address his theology, and perhaps bring to light much of the strange practices of his faith:

6.  E.J. Dionne is now on the "Mitt is not the obvious nominee" bandwagon.  Romney's only chance is for Gingrich to make a come back, but the last time we saw him, he was cracked up into a tree trunk:

7.  Charles Blow takes a closer look at the "severely conservative" Mitt-bot.  It's too painful to watch this man act like an awkward speaker:

8.  Romney is in Michigan, in a state whose auto industry he said should go bankrupt, in a city whose name he can't quite get right.  Man, this is very awkward:,0,1308398,print.story

9.  So, let's finish up with Steve Lopez and his ongoing exposure of drivers who park, using disability placards, in disabled-only parking, and then walk away briskly:,0,2803227,print.column

10.  Here's to the Fish with Two Good Eyes !


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