Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Things to Know - 8 February

1.  California's Prop. 8 (ban on same-sex marriage) is ruled Unconstitutional by the 9th District Court.   This opens up another issue for the go-to-guy on the sanctity of marriage (Newt Gingrich) to squeal and oink in opposition:

2.  Ding-Dong, the Witch is Dead.  Unfortunately, Karen Handel poisoned the good name of the Komen Foundation, and was the lightening rod for reaction to de-fund Planned Parenthood, which exposed the confusion and tin-ear of those running the place.   Handel is unschooled in the ways of large organizations, and her lack of issues on the national level reveals her narrow-minded Georgia upbringing.  It remains to be seen from here on out if the Komen Foundation will ever recover from all of this:

3.  Paul Krugman comes to the aid of Lizzie Warren, as her senatorial opponent is branding her as a hypocrite.   Scott Brown is really desperate with this one:

4. The political game of the energy company is to deny the effects on climate by the burning of fossil fuel.  Their game is fueled by a big stink of money to buy testimonials, TV ads, and slick PR, in addition to buying all the needed influence at all levels of the legislative and executive process (yes, even Obama).  There is no re-do when this game is lost.  The second link is a NASA video that tracks the gradual increase in global temperatures since 1880:

5.  As you might have noticed, all of my sources today are from Truthout.  It is just full of good stuff today.  Continuing, here is Robert Reich on Mitt Romney and his political potty not really understanding the economic issues reflecting the Middle as well as the Bottom.  Mitt-bot is stuck:

6.  Ross Douthat presents us with the argument that in all of the social issues before us, there is no common ground, or time out box to just say that we agree to disagree.  So, where do we go from here?  Probably no where:

7.  For those of us who just worked all our lives, and had taxes withheld, or maybe have to pay a quarterly tax now, we have no idea how the gazillionaires do their taxes.   Here is how it is done.  FYI, if you really are going to make a lot of money, invent some thing, do an IPO and sell it for billions, and just borrow money now and then, using your stock as collateral.  Don't be an athlete or an entertainer, because you actually get paid money that is taxable each year.  Anyway, this is how to do it:

8.  Young people and their families having to declare bankruptcy because of an inability to find employment after piling up student loan debt is a national tragedy:,0,4970640,print.story

9.  Rick Santorum really trows the GeeOpee into a mess now.  Romney should really feel awful.  He did worse than he did four years ago.  What is going to be really bad for Mitt is that his carefully scripted song and dance is going to get tossed aside while he flails to recover, and that is when he is at his the top of his game-losing gaffes.  Gingrich is just going to go on more rude and arrogant than ever because he senses that Mitt-bot is in trouble.  Santorum thinks he's on a roll, which he is, but he really does not have the stature and hubris to win it all.  And then there is the crazy uncle in the corner, in the name of Ron Paul, who is just having a good time:


"I don't have a bank account because I don't know my mother's maiden name."
       -- Paula Poundstone
"I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant."
       -- Robert McCloskey
"A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election."
       -- Bill Vaughan
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."
       -- John Lennon
"Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish."
       -- Euripides

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