Thursday, May 17, 2012

Things to Know - 18 May

1.  This interesting article from the NY Times points to the need for the States of America need to act as the United States of America and embrace our diversity and be inclusive in all we do well for all in the present.  It is our destiny to be a multicultural, multi-ethnic, and diverse society.  We should govern accordingly:

2.  The discussion on our future as a nation (the States of America), should be redirected from the folly of the current discussion on where the leading candidates are getting their money, and who was right or wrong on bailing out the auto industry.  Just take a look at the bleak existence of those who are poor and have barely nothing, and have nothing going for them, and everything against them:

3.  Portrait of a confused candidate:

4.  An interesting article from the WashPost about Romney's inability to present what he is all about.  This is either because his GeeOpee legislative leaders are charting the course for him, or because he really has nothing that he stands for, and therefore does not know what to say, what he has said, or what he will say:

5.  David Brooks is telling us that our problems stem from the fact that we want all kinds of goodies from our government, but we do not want to pay for them.  Our elected leaders pander to this, but fail to balance the cost with a proper inflow of revenue.  So, whose fault is this?  He does not say.  Of course, unfunded wars, spiraling military spending for no reason, tax cuts, and Grover Norquist and Karl Rove are of no help:

6.  Hector Tobar - Guatemalan heritage and a proud citizen of Los Angeles.  Yes, Los Angeles the center and melting pot of the present and the future.  He writes of the pride in learning two languages, and the richness of the Spanish language and its literature.  The sadness of the removal of that culture from the shelves and libraries of Arizona is a great loss to this country.  Still, Los Angeles, by itself, is head and shoulders above an ignorant and intolerant neighboring state, and will coalesce this wild and woolly melting pot in great form to take on the future:

7.  The Angels Gate Lighthouse is refurbished and is a gleaming entry point to the Los Angeles harbor once again:

"Acceptance without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western religion, rejection without proof is the fundamental characteristic of Western science." 
       -- Gary Zukav
"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone." 
       -- Henry David Thoreau
"A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience." 
       -- Doug Larson
"If one sticks too rigidly to one's principles, one would hardly see anybody." 
       -- Agatha Christie

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