Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Things to Know - 5 July

Stuart Carlson
(To all my friends back in Georgia)
1.  A quiz to play with.  Warning, if you fail, you may wind up on the Tea Party recruiting call list:

2.  This buzz will just never go away.  The subject of Romney refusing to release the history of his IRS tax returns, and where he hides all of his wealth.   I am of the opinion that the apparent practice of off-shore finance and hiding money in Swiss banks is not the patriotic DNA that is admirable or wanted in anyone running for elected public office, especially the office of President:

3.  Fareed Zakaria points out that getting most people insured does not automatically take care of our national health problems, by any means.   There will have to be a concerted effort to have people take better care of themselves, eat better foods, and practice good health.  This also means that something is going to have to nudge, propel, encourage, demand, or require all of this to happen.  Is this going to come from the private sector, or will government have to do this as well?:

4.  As most writers of op-ed pieces, EJ Dionne is no different, and offers his insight on the wisdom of the "founding fathers" who created the documents upon which our governance is based.  However, rather than just take that group's work as pertinacious gospel, we need to recognize that the Constitution was a result of many compromises and not all issues and problems were known or anticipated.  As such, we need to legislate on what is right, and does it fix a problem, rather than stick strictly what those guys wrote 236 years ago and did not anticipate:

5.  This NY Times editorial on the Olympic Games could not be published here if the games were in the USA; no probably not.  It's all about the accommodations for the elite, sponsors, and the money-folks who dominate and rule the event every 4 years.  It's a political and marketing bonanza for those who run the store.  It seems that the athletic competition is run as an after thought at times:

6.  Gail Collins and her humorous take on the election and how to understand and put up with al the angst and confusion:

7.   If you've heard about Cap and Trade and Carbon Tax, and don't know what they are or how they work, read this.  Up in the Canadian Province of British Columbia, they are doing it now, and are just waiting for the rest of Canada and the States of America to catch up:

8.  Not much of a news day on the 4th, so you get this to close up on.  Abalone, ever had any?  I did once back at Emerald Bay on Catalina Island as a Boy Scout.  They were pried off the coastal rocks, shells were removed, and then battered and fried, and eaten within 5 hours or sooner.  Real good.  Now, they are almost gone:,0,3253855,print.story


"A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world." 
       -- Edmond de Goncourt
"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday." 
       -- Don Marquis
"I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers." 
       -- Mahatma Gandhi
"This book fills a much-needed gap." 
       -- Moses Hadas

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