Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Things to Know - 18 July

1.  Rachel Maddow Fans, and those who should be - here is a great piece from her show yesterday.  She has this knack of being able to delve deeply into a story, and research and bring forth stuff that we should really be knowing.   Sheldon Adleson, who previously supported  Porkie Gingrich, is now piling up his chips on Mitt Romney.  There is no  political ideology involved with him.  Sheldon is the guy who owns the Casino business, and is just making shrewd investments,  In this case, it is just an an unabashed and bold attempt to best government and Supreme Court he can for his business.  This is Super Pac Country.   This is also the face of the patriots who use the US Constitution as wall paper in the high-rollers restroom:

For you non-Maddow fans, maybe this will do it for you:

2.  Ed Schultz brings out his opinion on the reasoning that Romney deliberately picked the NACCP convention to affect a negative campaign effort.  Since 99% of the Black Voters do not want Mitt as their president, Mitt made it an opportunity to speak to his base (the Rush Limbaugh crowd), which goes to my point that he is still running for their support.  He's even gone to bringing in his own cheering section to make it look authentic:

3.  The Romney/Rove/Adelson/Koch etc. Super Pac will shove lots of advertising time full of negative ads, so the Democrats think hard and work on content, and short delivery for the best bang-for-the-buck they can get:

4.  There is so much dark and negative black hearts in Republican legislators, that it spills over like sewage in a rain storm.   Their lack of industry reform is just another reminder that the dark side of Capitalism has bought and is now running how they vote, and what they vote on:

5.  The failure of Romney to get out in front of his tax return issue now results in pundit speculation like this.  Opinions on years that he paid no taxes, or used the off-shore system to avoid paying his fair share will now run wild, and get even worse.   The next stage will be speculation and outright calls for him to step down as the "presumptive nominee".   Don't forget, the Republican Party has not yet officially named who is representing the party in the general election.    Romney in his present barricade just cannot last long:

6.  Maureen Dowd is stepping back and taking a larger view of the political campaign.  Larger in that it is not isolated on just the tax return issue around Romney's neck.   The country is in sad economic shape - much of it due to the reckless mismanagement by Obama's predecessor.  The financial picture is largely the result of two unfunded wars, and an unfunded Medicare prescription bill.  The Congress has been stuck in McConnel/Boehner  mode in making Obama a 1-term president, so not much has been happening to legislate recovery.   So the campaign is not going to be judged, in the final analysis, on who is best suited to engineer a way out - Romney is stuck in his corner can cannot move.   It is all going to come down to character and trust, and who the American people feel more comfortable with.   All I've got to say is that Mitt Romney is working very hard in making himself very unlikable:

7.  Playing politics on the backs of those most in need of health care, by taking away programs that are designed to help the neediest is criminal.   Is it possible for someone to sue the state for to deny them what is guaranteed by federal law?   Is it the fault of any one person to be living in the wrong state to be denied health protection that would be theirs if they lived in another state?:

8.   Steve Lopez was up at Yosemite on vacation a while back, and ....yup.....had an encounter with a bear.   So here is Steve, and his Bear story.   This whole thing has nothing to do with Bain, Romney, or the Caymans:


"There is no greater importance in all the world like knowing you are right and that the wave of the world is wrong, yet the wave crashes upon you." 
       -- Norman Mailer
"I once said cynically of a politician, 'He'll doublecross that bridge when he comes to it.'" 
       -- Oscar Levant
"To err is human; to forgive, infrequent." 
       -- Franklin P. Adams
"Reality is nothing but a collective hunch." 
       -- Jane Wagner

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