Thursday, August 9, 2012

Things to Know - 10 August


1.  Last time, we had "Joe the Plumber".   Now, we have "Joe the Steelworker", and he's talking about his experience with Bain and Romney. In a very effective political ad that is paid for by the Obama campaign.  If you have not seen the ad, click on "understands" in the text.  It is an example of spending your precious campaign budget, while the opposition is blowing money out on anything and trying to see what works.   This Obama ad works very well:

2.  The Koch Brothers have so much money that they can buy programs and air time to throw up flack that hogs up attention so that no one pays attention to the real intent of the Koch and other Super Pac investors.  They have bought legislators and lobby to continue the "rent-seeking" activities of the 1%, and they don't need anyone to know what those activities are.   Here are some:

3.  This piece has absolutely no intellectual relevance that contributes to the betterment of governance.  However, the same could be said for a presumptive Republican of dubious character:

4.  Mitt is trapped in his own rhetoric.  On the campaign trail last year, his historic comment that "corporations are people, too my friends" remember that?.....well it does not work in reverse as it pertains to him:

5.  "The Moment that Mitt Romney Just Lost The Election" is what is being said about this piece.  You've got to read and see this whole thing.  This is another issue about which Mitt cannot talk about - he really is boxed in like a total wimp.   Let's be honest, he wants to talk about his business sense.  If he can't manage his own campaign well enough without stepping into his own mitt, then how competent is he to run anything else?.  On the second link, listen to Rush questioning the Romney response.  Folks, this is not going well for the Republican Party, the GeeOpee, or whatever you want to call them.  And you know should not go well for them:

6.  Matt Taibbi - remember him?   Well, he goes into great detail to show how the skunks smell up the place.   He says that we really do not need any more of Romney's tax returns.  What we have is enough to show how the 1% play with the tax code to wind up paying less than half the IRS tax payment than school teachers and public servants.  Shameful.  And it's all "legal".  However, Taibbi goes on to further elaborate that other tax code breaks associated with "carried interest" are hard to understand, but are games that the 1% use, where the rest of us can't.  He faults Obama for not calling them out on this.  Obama has the communicative skills to show the American people, and the ability to make sense of it - but he does not do it because he does not want to piss of Wall Street to the extent that they will forever shun any campaign donations to Democrats:

7.  Nothing could be more credible that a fellow Mormon calling out Mitt Romney for a living his life with a totally "dysfunctional moral compass".  This writer grew up, lived, and worked with Mitt Romney, and knows Mitt Romney.  It is obvious that he does not like Mitt, and he has stepped forward to make sure the rest of us know:

8.  The Banks.  Too Big to Fail.  We Can't Live Without Them.    Well, maybe it's time to change that.  Now that the LIBOR scandal has exposed the corruption, some cities are taking legal action, and it just may work.  Cities, unions, school districts, and public institutions have been victimized by the nefarious tactics laid out by just about every big bank.  Read this, and know a bit more.  You need to know:

9.  The Thom Hartmann format for other stuff:

10.  Our national problem of shame - the continued killing, and not doing anything about it:


"Most advances in science come when a person for one reason or another is forced to change fields." 
       -- Peter Borden
"Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another."
       -- Anatole France
"It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge." 
       -- Enrico Fermi
"A lie told often enough becomes the truth." 
       -- Lenin
"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."
       -- Elbert Hubbard

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