Saturday, June 23, 2012

Things to Know - 24 June

Jeff Danziger
1.  Something to consider.  In today's climate where legislators are bought and sold like tires (pump them up with cash, and replace them when they are worn out), this article posits the argument that Watergate the crime could happen any time, and probably does, but it would never get to the point where Congress would even think of pursuing an investigation that would lead to any trial or punishment.   This country is either passing through a dark period in history, or is in fact in permanent decline:

2.  This is the heart of Willard Mitt Romney's experience and practice of running a business and making money.  Take a company, make it bleed, and while it is in the throes of bankruptcy, continue sucking the money out while employees lose out on everything.  Yes. Mitt, let's take a real close look at how your conscience and values effectively guide your business mind:

3.  Time to take a break....with Bill Maher.  We need a laugh now and then.  You have 6 minutes, and you can go to the bathroom before you get back:

4.  Let's see how the "obstructionist Congress" responds to an opportunity to move this country forward.  Boehner, McConnell and their boys have claimed that Obama has done "nothing".  Let's see what the "nothing" is, and who really is doing it:

5.  Summer Camp for the Gilded Age of the 21st Century.  Money is the fee to get in.  Money is the fee to allocate levels of status, and Money is the fee to play.  Money, Money Money.   This, ladies and Gentlemen, is the face of Power, and what Capitalism has been corrupted to produce;  a sick society:

6.  Thomas Friedman gives us the opinion that Social Media is in charge of directing the direction of interest, and consequently the political leadership is being so directed.  Yes, it might be true.  Rather than working on the important stuff, concentrate on where the followers are.   Don't obfuscate the situation by leadership on important issues or subjects - follow the tail of the dog:

7.  Arizona's stiff and belligerent immigration law (virulent anti-Mexican), law went into effect in 2010, and one would think that the minorities affected would cower and hide.  No. The opposite has occurred.  The community has coalesced on the local levels and have taken civic action to protect themselves and to be pro-active in repelling xenophobic tactics designed to scare them.  I notice, in this article, that my former neighboring city of Fayetteville, Georgia was named as an example where demonstrations and marches were done and effectively took down police check points, which were really nothing more than excuses to harass and grab the undocumented.  Overcoming is a community effort:

8.  Karl Rove and his carping on Obama's Executive Privilege action seems to be lacking on some relevancy as it pertains to himself:

"A joke's a very serious thing." 
       -- Charles Churchill
"The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it." 
       -- Franklin P. Jones
"USA Today has come out with a new survey - apparently, three out of every four people make up 75% of the population." 
       -- David Letterman
"More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly." 
       -- Woody Allen

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