Thursday, May 31, 2012

Things to Know - El Primer dia de Junio

Stuart Carlson

1.  William Rivers Pitt looks back at the sum and substance of Willard Mitt Romney's sum and substance after his eons-long quest for the nomination of the Republican Party.  Can't even  spell the name of the country he would like to lead:

2.  If you've seen Cardinal Timothy Dolan on TV, he seems to be a very articulate , jolly, and joyful spokesman for the Catholic Church.  He came across like a real nice guy on the 60 Minutes interview.  However, information has come forth that he is less than truthful and lacking in candor in dealing with the issue of pedophiles in his roost.  Lots of hush and payoff money has been cast about to quiet his PR problem:

3.  North Carolina does not want to be left behind in the strategic moves that the South is noted for in taking it backwards in time.   In this case, if there is an environmental alarm that there is a problem in our midst, you pass a law that it does not exist, and science is banned from trying to prove that it exists.  The South - where Ignorance and Intolerance is an Enduring Tradition:

4.  There is a recall election next Tuesday in Wisconsin to recall the sitting governor - Scott Walker.   The Koch Brothers and every available Tea Party wingnut is being bussed in to fill the doorsteps, airwaves, and advertising media with everything they have to prevent the abuses to democracy that the GeeOpee has done.  Bill Clinton is going up there now to get out the vote for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.   This is a very big and pivotal moment:

5.  Here's a refreshing view from someone at the WashPost who is tired of right-wing and MittBott Teachers' Union-bashing.   If you share the same distaste for the constant bashing, you just might enjoy this:

6.  Paul Krugman points out a very obvious ruse that the Austerity Programs of Europe and the bone-headed right-wing is trying to pull off right now.   The spread of fear and panic to cut back on anything of social programs and anything that benefits anyone but the upper 1% is in super over-drive motion.  My thinking is that the Right-Wing extremists know that they may never ever have this chance again, so they are pouring all the money they have in order to do it all right now.  Dismantle it all now - Voters Rights, Unions, Medicare, Obama Care, Food Stamps,, etc. and on and on --- purge it all!.  Krugman presents a more measured view than mine:

7.  David Brooks seems to offer no hope, along with Krugman, on our present and future.  What he is talking about is the distrust between nations in Europe, which is the real issue surrounding the collapse of the Euro Zone - not debt.  Here, on this side of the Atlantic, you've read that I refer to us as the States of America - because we are divided and splintered; we have very little unity:

8.   The "once-presumptive" nominee of the GeeOpee, is now in the position as the guy who is presumptively supported by the Republicans.  He may have delegate votes, but does he have the support?   He's running on a platform that his business experience is really the reason why he should have the job.  You can flatly state that he is presuming that he has the qualifications.  His presumptions just don't quite cut the mustard, per Timothy Egan:

9.  Michael Dukakis is hanging around UCLA as a Professor of Politics.   Here is an interesting interview with him as he looks around at the state of politics in this nation and the State of California:


"Math was always my bad subject. I couldn't convince my teachers that many of my answers were meant ironically."
       -- Calvin Trillin
"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office." 
       -- Aesop
"The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory." 
       -- Paul Fix
"Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men." 
       -- Kin Hubbard
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       -- Captain Lawrence Oates

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