Saturday, August 25, 2012

Things to Know - 26 August

   Stuart Carlson
1.  Within the GeeOpee, there are some Republicans, yes real Republicans - not those now masquerading conservatives on parade at the edge of the cliff.  The problem is, there are not enough real Republicans to go against the grain.  However, every one in a while, a sane one will pop up and present his views:

2.  Romney's birther jokes aside, the publishing of Bain's corporate records of its methods of operation and investments should be troublesome (and probably are) to someone who is running for elected office.  There appears to be an unethical bending of IRS tax code rules for the pure purpose of evading taxes.  There are two reasons why Romney does not want to show his returns; (1) How much money he actually made in income, where the money is, and how he may have shorted is tithing obligation to the LDS, and (2) his returns would indicate where and how the tax code needs to be changed.   Also, if we were to see how the tax code is used and manipulated by the wealthy (after all the actual code is written and tweaked by those in Congress who have been assisting the 1% for a long time), the 99% can see how we have been ripped off for decades.   Tax evasion is not a nice asset to put on your resumé, and the other rich folks who are doing the same way would be pissed if we all knew what was going on:

3.  Here is the 538's blog look at the local political situation in Missouri after Congressional Science and Technology member Todd Akin spoke his mind:

4.  The Economist takes on the phenomena of the strangeness of Mitt Romney, and basically classifies him as a harlot who panders to anything to get himself elected.  It is this characteristic of the man that the Economist questions about his suitability to be president.  Personally, I maintain that this will all boil down to the "perceived" character of the two men running.   As you can gather, I do not see any redeeming qualities in Romney, and it comforts me to know that a publication like the Economists trends in that direction, too:

5.  To further the argument that Romney's shenanigans with his income through Bain are really shady, it is now an opinion that converting the Bain management fees into off-shore low-level capital gains is nothing more than tax evasion.   Al Capone for all the crap he did, was convicted of tax evasion.   So, book 'em Dano !:

6.  In this WashPost article, the latest poll by the St. Louis Dispatch shows how the appearance of ignorance and intolerance by one Todd Akin has dimmed his chances of beating Claire McCaskill.  Lynne and I just finished watching a great old move classic that we had on DVR from Turner Classic Movies - Inherit the Wind.  This afternoon we went to Santa Monica and had a beautiful afternoon (lunch at Nordstrom's, and parked on the high cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean), and we also saw the new movie The Campaign.  Movies are great ways to see what is right and wrong in this world.   Akin just opens up his mouth - not a big production number:

7.  Maureen Dowd writes about candidate Romney as if he were in the past.  Arguing that it is too late in the final stretch to try and do any more etch-a-sketching, any attempts to make him appear likable or less than plastic won't work.  He's too far into his pliant role of obsequious and obvious pandering to be able to alter anything about himself.  He's still the aloof, goofy gaffe-prone, secretive guy:

8.  My favorite LA Times writer, Steve Lopez, just had a right knee replacement.  He had a big post-op hiccup (if you can call it that); his heart stopped for about 30 seconds, which required greater medical attention.   Knees are more difficult in replacement than hips.  He's also going for his right knee some time soon.  I have become a bit more aware and sensitive to news about joint replacements lately.  I will go for my left hip replacement in October, about 90 days after having had my right hip done.  If this all sounds like too much information, I was taken aback by the stats on about how many AARP folks will be running around 25 years from now with arthritis in need of joint replacements (about 67 million).   Of course, this has to be "legitimate" replacement needs.   I understand that Todd Akin will be elevated to the Romney/Ryan health care plan after they repeal Obama Care and trash Medicare.  Their health care plan will involve something to do with faith-based symptom meditation that will require seniors to think real hard and "shut down" their arthritic pain center needs for joint replacements:


"Middle age: when you're sitting at home on Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn't for you."
       -- Ogden Nash
"The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish." 
       -- Robert Jackson
"The only thing I like about rich people is their money." 
       -- Nancy Astor
"Misery no longer loves company. Nowadays it insists on it." 
       -- Russell Baker
"I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous." 
       -- Graffito

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