Monday, July 9, 2012

Things to Know - 9 July

1.  If you have a whole lot of time to waste, and if you like political comic strips (not just cartoons), the NY Times has this series of 28 of them.  Some of them are actually funny:

2.  I would like for all of you to think about investing the 25 minutes in watching Senator Bernie Sanders make his impassioned plea in this address to the Senate.  He is explaining how we got into this economic mess, who is trying to benefit from this mess, and what it going to take to make a fair and equitable recovery:

3.  Perhaps we all should look at the basics of a Capitalist economic system to see that the "War on Drugs" has not worked, is not working, and will never work.  With all the millions (Billions?) of dollars spent, violence, lives lost and petty thefts and burglaries in our neighbor hoods, the price on the streets of a gram of Cocaine is much cheaper than it was 30 years ago.  With all the interdictions, arrests, confiscations, and reports of drug submarines and cargo shipments being thwarted, you would think that the supply has dwindled....right?  No it has not.  There are more drugs, cheaper drugs available now.  So - our ideas and programs to control this problem to not work.   I am not going here to suggest legalizing it all (as was the outcome of Prohibition), but I am going to suggest that we quit what we are doing, and figure out something that takes the money value out of this issue, so that it does not become the only visible example of a pure Capitalist market.  So, what are the suggestions?....and you don't have 30 years to come up with an answer:

4.  An interesting piece by EJ Dionne.  Romney is basing his economic campaign strategy on the hopes that the situation is still looking less than good, while Obama is speaking to the workers who take pride in their jobs and can appreciate the stands that he has taken to actually support ideas that Romney left to go bankrupt.  Who has the better faith in think?

5.  Back to Romney's personal finances issue.  Paul Krugman lays out what he know about it and what we don't know about it.  Furthermore, Willard's defiance in releasing any more tax returns (which would probably reveal his multimillion dollar Swiss bank accounts, and his off-shore piggy bank in the Cayman Islands) just leaves us with the impression that he is hiding stuff that is very embarrassing.   I maintain that anyone who is running for public office who has Swiss Bank accounts and Cayman Island corporations has the lack of character and DNA that is not fitting for running for President:

6.  The coal miners in Appalachia have been indoctrinated into believing the line from the mine owners that Obama and his policies need to be scrapped so that coal miners can work.   That campaign to actually have coal miners vote and act against their self-interests has worked before and is working again.  An impoverished lot of people are at the mercy of the mine owners once again:

7.  The lipstick on the pig can only last so long before it fades away.  Such is the warmth for Romney (not glee, elation, or enthusiasm - just warmth).   He is dogged with this persistent nagging reputation that he is "just not the right guy'...or "he needs to shake up his staff"....or "he's just in momentary stall".   Romney is so boxed in on issues, that all he can say is that  "Obama is not working"...while trying to kick his tax return issues under the carpet...or dodging comparisons between Obama Care and Romney Care.   Plus, he's got the threat of Ron Paul making him look like a wimp at the GOP convention in Tampa to worry about:

8.  Doyle McManus is going to do us a favor.  He is going to watch all the political ads that will hit the airwaves, and give us a review.  Please......that does me no favors.  However, I live in a state that is NOT a "swing", so California should not be inundated with all of the Super Pac money campaigns.  I will be feeling sorry for all those big cities in the targeted swing states - it is going to by annoying.  My advice is to watch all your programming by DVR recorded playback, or kiss it all off and read some good books between now and November:

I will be off for several days - getting a hip replacement.  I should be back by Thursday of Friday.


"Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority."  - (take that - Texas GOP !!)
       -- Thomas H. Huxley
"With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion." 
       -- Steven Weinberg
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." 
       -- Bill Cosby
"Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you." 
       -- Cyril Connolly
"Before I met my husband, I'd never fallen in love. I'd stepped in it a few times."
       -- Rita Rudner

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