Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Things to Know - 31 May

Tony Auth

1.  This opening piece honestly puts this election in its truthful construct.  There is just a whole lot of hate and denial by many that there is actually a Black president.  To capture that emotion and supposed voting block, we have all of the subliminal hatred, bigotry, and bald-face lying to support any falsehood that remotely touches them:

2.  The Thom Hartman daily news by someone who is not Thom Hartman:

3.  Here is the duplicate between 1 & 2 from yesterday.  That should clean up my mess from yesterday's inattentiveness:

4.  It is now official.  FOX "News" is now producing and broadcasting its own particular political ads in favor of one specific candidate.  To be clearer and more specific, they are political ads that are Anti-Obama:

5.  From the Salt Lake City Tribune we have this story of Mormons, about 100 of the LDS faithful, will be marching in the Gay Pride Parade in that city.  Very interesting:

6.  George Will argues that there is nothing really wrong with the Supreme Court Ruling on Citizens United.   What George seems to be missing is the Anonymity Loophole in the ruling that allows unaccountable and untraceable piles of money from whatever source to pack the coffers.  First of all, corporations are not people, and anonymity is a cover for abuse of our electoral system:

7.  Lots of interesting concepts and observations by Nicholas Kristof and Michael Sandel in this piece.  It concerns the selling of our soul and dignity in the free-market of laissez faire, and the abuses and corruption the too much money on one side affects the decline in values and acceptance of really becoming cheap and sleazy on the other:

8.  Not having enough arms, back and hands to pick the crops is the usual cry from Gig Agriculture, particularly in California.  The growers and their lobby want a steady and reliable flow of docile and quiet field workers to pick and pack the crops with an ongoing "guest-worker" program.   The truth is, there are enough workers already here, and in abundance (high unemployment), and they are all legal citizens.  It's just that the growers do not want to engage in the free-market labor industry and offer competitive compensation and benefits.   Folks, this crap has been going on year after year and political cycle after political cycle:

"If you think something is boring, try doing it for two minutes. If you still think it's boring, try it for four. If you still think it's boring, try it for eight, then sixteen, then thirty-two, and so on and so forth. Soon enough you'll find that it's really not boring at all." 
       -- John Cage
"The only sure thing about luck is that it will change." 
       -- Bret Harte
"The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking." 
       -- A. A. Milne
"Let not the sands of time get in your lunch." 
       -- National Lampoon

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