Friday, April 20, 2012

Things to Know - 20 April

Clay Bennett

1.  Take a good look at freedom of speech in our democracy at work.  Take a good look at the bags of cash that roll in (no names allowed) for Karl Rove to work his patriotic revelry:

2.  There is a lot of talk about the old moderate central Republican Party, and its demise.  I confess, I talk about it as well.  Here's a column by the WashPost on exactly the same subject, plus a suggestion on how it will change:

3.  Being Dummies is not a guild for the employment by ventriloquists.   It is a state of mind of a state of Tennessee:

4.  David Brooks is assessing the the process by which colleges are educating students.  Nice gig if you can get it:

5.  Claims of media bias by candidates usually surface when bitterness after lost contests are broadcast.   What is really funny lately, is that several quirky right-wingers are blasting those same claims at Faux News.   The whole right-wing comes unhinged:

6.  Even when looking at safe and sane regulations on the drilling and capture of natural gas, there still exists that element of the GeeOpee that is against it, just because it is an Obama regulation:

7.  Mitt Romney's positions and cosmetic embrace of the anti-immigrant posture of the extreme right has put him at a serious disadvantage with the Hispanic/Latino vote.  This election may well be determined by strong and newly empowered minority - the Hispanic community, and Mitt-Bott thinks he can Etch-a-Sketch his way out of the morass - not going to happen:

8.  Let's finish if off with America's Couple:

"A psychiatrist asks a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing."
       -- Joey Adams
"My theory is that if you look confident you can pull off anything - even if you have no clue what you're doing." 
       -- Jessica Alba
"He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it - namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain." 
       -- Mark Twain
"A specification that will not fit on one page of 8.5x11 inch paper cannot be understood." 
       -- Mark Ardis
"An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support." 
       -- John Buchan

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