Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Things to Know - 18 April


1.  So, let's close the door on the unfortunate choice of words that described Ann Romney's role as a house wife.  Cynthia Tucker does a good job with this column.   The Walteria News Bureau has grown weary of the subject matter, so now maybe we can can get back to the level of concern on improving the human condition of people who are not anywhere near the day-to-day concerns of the upper 1%:

2.  It is difficult to put into writing the sense of anger felt as the extremism of the right wing, and their wealth of power, pushes back the agenda of the progressive history of this nation.  Labor unions, teachers government employees, fair and equal pay for all, programs to support education, programs to provide a standard of health care at reasonable and controlled costs for all, and even the one-man-one-vote principle.   Yes, just look at all of the efforts to suppress the right to vote in many states.   So, let's just start pushing back, and let's start with the hijacking of the Constitution:

3.  This is a columnist at the WashPost who reports that Romney's poll numbers are rebounding.  True, he went up from 34% to 44% in favorability or something like that.  What should also be stated is that in all 15 categories that people were asked to rate both Romney and Obama, ......Romney was behind in all 15:

4.  This is a great article on coming to an understanding of the deep divide between liberals and conservatives, or at least the the right-wing conservatives who in effect have corrupted the mainstream of the Republican Party - Understanding the Republican Brain:

5.  Ralph Nader brought together a conference of activists in Washington D.C.   The nature of the topics discussed centered on the problems created by the corporate political power on us as a nation.  Read here on the very intelligent ideas and strategies brought forth.  It was not the pizazz and drama of the Occupy Movement, but perhaps an outgrowth of same.  Read here on the what may be the projected strategic trajectory of taking back the country:

6.  Timothy Egan gives a good read on painting the failure of Karl Rove's perception that the Republicans would rule the roost for a generation (what he said going into the 2008 election).   I am also thinking about how the issues and campaigns really are not run by the candidates any more.   There are just two strategists pulling the levers on the political direction, issues, and power (1) Karl Rove as the treasurer-in-chief of billions, and (2) Grover Norquist who administers the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.   Is this a great country, or what?:

7.  Maureen Dowd manages to throw in a few chip shots on Ann Romney and her plastic side kick:

8.  Okay, it's time for me to get a grip on reality.  By that, I mean, not getting hung up on the petty bickering in politics, and the seemingly dark and dangerous abyss that the right-wing nuts are demanding.   These times will pass, I guess, I hope,,,oh yeah.   You can be stupid some time, and some people are always stupid, but you cannot have all people be stupid all of the time.  So, that being said - look to the future and see what the younger generation is plotting - a better and more sustainable way to live.   Trouble is, we won't all be around to see it all:,0,6840817,print.story 


"When I told my doctor I couldn't afford an operation, he offered to touch-up my X-rays."
       -- Henny Youngman
"There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability." 
       -- Robert Half
"A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward." 
       -- Franklin D. Roosevelt
"What is an epigram? A dwarfish whole, its body brevity, and wit its soul." 
       -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"Her own mother lived the latter years of her life in the horrible suspicion that electricity was dripping invisibly all over the house." 
       -- James Thurber

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