Friday, August 10, 2012

Things to Know - 11 August

Rob Rogers
1.  The desperate Romney campaign flails out each day with a different tactic.  They are not amused by polls that show Romney's unlikable rating keeps climbing.   They are throwing stuff up against the wall to see what might stick - and it does not matter if is not true or accurate - just something to distract from constant attention to his lack of tax return, or his gaffes in Europe.  So, what is he trying now - the subliminal race card.  You know the drill - dark references that recall the Willie Horton ads back with Poppy Bush, etc.   One thing that I am curious about is the fallout from Ann Coulter's jihad against Romney on a Fox program with Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaughs's similar put down after a Romney spokesperson went back and mentioned Romney's positive work on the healthcare as Governor.  I have heard nada:

2.  We are all going to get really really tired of the noise, lies, and incessant TV ads as the campaign drags on.  Most people have made up their minds on how they will vote.  So, get out of the house and go to the movies, and here is a good review to keep you politically curious, and a humorous way:

3.  Privatization  - that is a concept that we hear a lot.  It presupposes many things, but one thing it cannot do is explore the unknown frontier.  Catch this short video by someone who knows.   Government is the leader for any venture.   Private enterprise fills in behind:

4.  This article has some good and some bad.  It is good if you are an Obama fan.   It is not good if you are a Romney fan.   It does, however, pose to side issues; (1) The Romney camp is really going to dip into the shit bucket and come up with some very desperate ads, and (2) There is the possibility that the Super Pac underwriters for Karl Rove - Crossroads, Americans for Prosperity, etc..... may....just may be tempted to dump Romney before the convention and find someone more to their spiritual mold:

5.  Another prominent Republican and Mormon is pressing Romney to release his tax returns - John Huntsman, Sr.:

6.  If you do not know how the "for-profit college" racket operates, how it is just in the business of registering students, without regard to educating or graduating them, and is just interested in getting them to use tax-payer supported loans kick in, then you should read this.   This is the latest scam that is nothing but corporate welfare of the sleaziest order:

7.  Charles Blow puts the Romney effort to run for president into perspective.   He really should not have done so, and yes, he is probably the worst candidate that the GOP could have put up.  Why is it so?   Perhaps the reason is that the Republicans have now shown that they have lost perspective.  They have aligned themselves with the 1%, are out of touch, and have shown absolutely no intention of working to make any legislation come out to improve the human condition.  It is a shameful display with all that war on women, and doing anything to subvert the right to vote for much of their opposition. Shameful, Shameful.   Mitt Romney and the vestige of the so-called Republican Party deserve each other.  As  I write this, the speculation is that his VP selection will be made on Saturday morning.  If he picks Paul Ryan, it will confirm that he has the character of the super-wimp, and has given in to the extreme right.   If it is Portman or Pawlenty (nice boring guys), it is too little too late, or very little and very nothing:

8.  Anaheim, California is mirroring the same situation of Fayette County, GA.  After living in Georgia for a few years, I woke up to the fact that it was one of very few counties (in a state of 159 counties - yes the backbone of the good old boy system) that still had at-large voting.  The alternative to at-large voting is "district voting".   Fayette County was at-large as a result of the boundaries set up after the Civil War, and never changed.  There is a very large minority area in Fayette County that was never able to get political power, because there were always 5 county commissioners, who were voted on by the entire county, and the African American residents of Fayette County could never approach parity with political power because of this disadvantage.  That existed until now, after the NAACP, using data from the 2010 census was able to file suit with the Justice Department.   Anaheim is in a similar situation.  You have a city of 350,000, and there is a large minority, but the Hispanics are facing the same disenfranchisement because Anaheim has at-large voter districts, and the city council just voted to keep it that way.  There is unrest in Anaheim, and there have been protests and people killed in the violence.   It is a shame that Anaheim is just the same as old backward Fayette County.  Fayette County has an excuse - it is the South.  Anaheim is - well California - no excuse except ignorance and racism (so what is the difference?):,0,6977793,print.story


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