Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Things to Know - 6 March

1.  For all my fellow Joe Bageant fans:

2.  As somewhat of a follow-up to yesterday's story about Nixon's games with LBJ and the Vietnam War, we have a refreshed archive form the NY Times that settles in on Nixon's taped comments on some issues on abortion, and other dangerously silly things he put down on tape:


3.  Back in the USSR, Putin wept in his victory speech to the gathered masses of adulating government workers.  Here's the the story:

4.  The "last words" or an eulogy are normally solemn and kindly.  Not this one.  It rips in a way you cannot imagine, on a deceased that only a dead possum could love:

5.  The unusually cruel weather systems that are passing over and through parts of the USA are again provoking the questions on what is causing all of this.  Try this one:

6.  The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson takes the GeeOpee Wannabees to task for their apparent lack of leadership and cowardice in not calling out Limbaugh.  As George Will said on Sunday about the response from the Republican Party to Limbaugh's outburst - "depressing":


7.  As a follow-up to #3 above, Masha Gessen has published a new book about Putin, and here is a preview of what she presents:


8.  Why are you getting this one?  To use a phrase often used by the subject - I don't know.  It just seems very cool to present an article about how values and character are developed in one's self:

9.  Gasoline prices.   On the very high side right now.  Probably going to be there for a long time.   Maybe consumers will make adjustments on automobile purchases and driving habits....and maybe not, but probably will.  So, as the political noise starts to heat up for the general election, keep the following story in mind:


10.  Gotta have one dig on Romney before I go.  His fear mongering on Iran is sad.  He talks tough, and he is not capable of getting his facts straight.  He wants to take on Iran in a big way, and yet he cannot get himself to take on Limbaugh.  Did not know that a robot could be programmed to be cowardly:


"In the land of the skunks he who has half a nose is king." 
       -- Chris Farley
"This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it."
       -- William Goldman
"The road to hell is paved with adverbs."
       -- Stephen King
"It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact."
       -- Edmund Burke
"If they give you ruled paper, write the other way."
       -- Juan Ramon Jiminez

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