Sunday, June 17, 2012

Things to Know - 18 June

Ben Sargent

1.  Mitt Romney has the integrity and depth of commitment of a drop of water on a pane of glass; no penetration and slides all over the place:

2.  This country is the world's largest exporter of military products.  The business of selling other people guns and other military equipment is what we do well.  The military-industrial complex is alive and globally well placed:

3.  Robert Samuelson of the WashPost does a good ant-ACA spike at Obama's attempt to bring universal health care to a reality.   What he does, as do so many others, is there is never any mention about raising the level of even the basic primary needs that are not met now.   Policy wonk carping is all that is presented.   Give us the criticism that is warranted, but also include the architecture to improve the situation for literally tens of millions who get no health care now:

4.  Bill Keller provides an interesting view of what is going on internally within the Catholic Church, or the Holy Roman Catholic Church as opposed to just the Catholic Church.   Kind of like a two-tier system and compensation is provided those who lead and find it difficult to continue with the traditional dog and pony show.  It's like enlarging the tent to keep all in some some part of the fold:

5.  Okay, the Greeks voted to stay with the program.  Paul Krugman takes us into the classroom and shows us that it is not all the fault of the Greeks for their situation, and that the powers in Brussels and Berlin and the ones who pull the strings and bad-mouth those who do not to their defined line:

6.  What's with these Southern States?   A law is passed in North Carolina that allows an inmate on death row the chance to have his sentence reduced to life without parole if it can be proved that the original sentence was the result of racial discrimination.   Republican legislators are so dead-set on killing, that they want to gut the law to make it almost impossible to do:   

7.  To any of you who have been to Langer's Restaurant near MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, you know that it is one of two great delis in Southern California for Pastrami Sandwiches (Canter's is the other).  Here is how they celebrated their 65th birthday:

8.  The State of Montana is doing something to counter what the Supreme Court did with its Citizens United decision did.  Prevent corporate money from being brought into state elections.   In fact in my home town of Claremont, there is move afoot to bring the city council to ban any corporate money from being brought in to influence local city elections.  Is this what is known as Trickle Up Justice?:


"Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying." 
       -- Fran Lebowitz
"I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow." 
       -- Woodrow Wilson
"Stoop and you'll be stepped on; stand tall and you'll be shot at." 
       -- Carlos A. Urbizo
"When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it." 
       -- Clarence Darrow
"Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope."
       -- Bill Cosby

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