Monday, July 30, 2012

Things to Know - 31 July


This is a big day for Elizabeth - no....not the Queen.   Yes, you should know...

Pat Oliphant

1.  Romney goes to Israel and he rattles sabres to draw attention.  Foolish and unwise is an apt description:

2.  This guy has an idea of how to avoid wasting precious ad budgets on combatting annoying GOP political nasties and use that money to register voters in a massive and visible way to get and maintain voters rights while at the same time shaming the GOP for trying to suppress the basic right of voters:

3.  Romney on his tour to demonstrate his grasp of the world and all stuff foreign makes a predictable pander at the conservative block of Netanyahu and Likud.  So, if that was his agenda, he did it with no demonstrable gaffe.   However, sabre rattling and bully talk directed at Iran serves nothing to open any avenues to solving issues through diplomacy.  Romney did  succeed in pissing off the Palestinians with indirect racism and bigotry.   Does Romney pretend to know anything about foreign relations, statesmanship, or diplomacy?:

4.  You do recall the banks that sold homes to people who they knew could not pay for them?   You do....Well then you have no problem understanding the "for-profit colleges" who might be accepting (read - selling) ed. programs to students who have no business or way of completing the curricula.  In order to make lots of money, the schools sell as many courses to as many as they can, knowing that they are going to get paid by the federal government even if the kids drop out.  Once again, greed motivates unscrupulous business practices:

5.  While in Israel, Romney made much praise about their health program, appearing not to know a darn thing about their top-tier 48% tax bracket and the extent of how socialized their medical care is.   You'da thunk he would have researched this, or if he did, he must not have caught on:

6.  Eugene Robinson wraps up much of Mitt's problems on his world foreign affairs tour, although he did leave some stuff out.  This is a good one if you have missed the day-by-day folly, and want to catch up:

7.  David Brooks presents an good view point.  He suggests that this presidential campaign is the dullest and most boring in a long time.  Lacking in substance, subject matter, and intellectual gravitas.  Well, I agree.  And it is Mitt Romney's fault - all of it.  He is the challenger, and he is the one who has to bring stuff to the table to talk about, and so far he has done nothing.  He hides anything of interest, or he denies stuff he's said in the past.  He is an empty suit, and he brings nothing that invigorates a presidential discussion:

8.  Speculation on Romney's Financial Mystery only continues and looms larger every day.   Might as well keep up with the speculation, and provide these links to see just what he might have done, and how crucial it is to see what is in the returns:


"The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to acquire it." 
       -- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
"I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world." 
       -- Oscar Wilde
"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning." 
       -- Rick Cook
"It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young." 
       -- Konrad Lorenz

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