Monday, May 21, 2012

Things to Know - 22 May

Stuart Carlson

1.  If there is any doubt in your mind that North Carolina is the warm and human-loving society that Christians espouse, get a load of this Baptist preacher from his pulpit:

2.  It's a shame that the Chicago Cubs owner has revealed himself to be one of those billionaire fools who support snarky attacks at the same time requesting demanding that tax payers support the renovation of his baseball park.  Good reason to boycott his game and the Chicago Cubs team:

3.  This is an interesting tid-bit of a story about the level at which the education and communication of members of Congress operate:

4.  The rush to the exits seems to be affecting the obnoxious bloviator after his snarky attack on Sandra Fluke:

5.  A few things here: (1) Renouncing one's citizenship to avoid paying taxes (2) Grover Norquist suggesting that anyone who supports legislation to #1 is a Nazi, and (3) Boehner criticizing Norquist.   Is this the first sign that the Republicans are breaking with Grover?:

6.  Piggy-backing on the last item, here is something that really reveals the unpatriotic tax-dodging ultra-rich look really bad.   And, they take a pile of their tax cheating money to slam politicians demand that they pay their fair share:

7.  Richard Cohen of the WashPost speculates how MittBott would behave if he were to win the presidency.  It's a fairly insightful reality on the guy:

8.  How the Gates Foundation is working to improve the education system in an experiment.  Using one school district and the cooperation with all involved, including the Teachers Union, to see if the experiment works for a better solution:

9.  David Brooks offers up his opinion that attacking Romney's track record at Bain is wrong, and should not be the focus of this election.   Well, EXXXCUUUUSE   MEEEE.  It is Willard Mitt Romney who is running around claiming that his record at Bain is what has proven him as knowledgeable in getting this country back into fine financial fettle.   So, I think it is fair to go after his displayed record.  It is also a forum to put private equity ventures and Capitalism itself on the spot.  Brooks argues that the companies that Bain blew out of the water actually got rid of old inefficiencies and opened up new companies in other areas where some jobs were created.   What is missing from this cavalier observation is that the companies that got blown out of the water, put those employees out of work, and were never able to find new employment.  The private equity investment money that was made went to the partners and investors in Bain, and never were shared with the unemployed left behind Bain's predatory actions.   This is not the way the government works.  Government is there to serve the people - Protect and Serve is the usual motto.  So, while there was change and money made - the change left shuttered companies and permanently unemployed in its wake, while the money went to Romney and his off-shore accounts:

"I'm a jerk to everyone. Best way to protect yourself from lawsuits." 
       -- David Hoselton
"Those who agree with us may not be right, but we admire their astuteness." 
       -- Cullen Hightower
"It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations." 
       -- Walter Bagehot
"I was going to have cosmetic surgery until I noticed that the doctor's office was full of portraits by Picasso." 
       -- Rita Rudner

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