Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Things to Know - 8 August

1.  As we learn more of the shooter in the latest massacre, we find the existence of a culture of hate.   Do we just give up and cower to the NRA every time we address the issue of guns and hate, and just accept it as the dark side of the 2nd Amendment?   Society has a sick element that cruises undisturbed under the protections of the Constitution, while the sickies can go down to any local gun store, buy one or two, or however many the fantasy can afford, and then act out, as in this case, an "end to apathy".  It's all legal, of course, until that nano second required to pull the trigger:

2.  There is apparently a very sensitive reaction from the right wing of the Republican Party when the FBI or Homeland Security identifies that there are in fact elements of "Right-Wing Terrorism" connected to hate crimes and massacres.  This is serious stuff:

3.  Those who watched Rachel Maddow saw this.  It is the reincarnation of every sleaze ball that Jack Abramhof trained, and associated with during the Bush administration, now back in usual corrupt form trying to get Romney elected.  They have no shame, and they depend on short memories to thrive:

4.  Fifty-one years ago, Agent Orange was sprayed all over Vietnam.  Today, the troops are all gone, the jets are no longer bombing, and the with the exception still-buried land mines, the field of battle is quiet.  However the legacy of the Monsanto chemical (also known as Round Up), is still in the soil, the food, and the human tissue upon which the spraying was done.   How does this compare with other acts of war and the lingering collateral damage?:

5.  Paul Krugman takes on the conservative view point, and keeps on finding excuses to explain excuses about the excuses:

6.  So, let's back up and take in Katrina vanden Heuvel (a very Liberal WashPost pundit) as she sees the big picture the Romney paints via his extreme positions (by endorsing others' views), and what kind of disaster he would be if elected:

7.  There is apparently an ap called "Tiny Tower" that one can play on an iPhone that simulates the game of capitalism through the building of a tower of acquisition and profits - as big as you can go.  It is the core of Bain and Company, and totally without morals or ethics.  To that end, the transference in character to the presumptive nominee is vivid and real.  Romney is an iPhone game, and totally without scruples or ethics - like a big digital game tower:

8.  WOW!   Maureen Dowd does a real dump on Obama.    His conduct at a fund raiser hosted by Harvey Weinstein at $38,500 a plate, it seems that Mr. Cool really does not mix with the donors, or gladhands with them either.  Apparently this is his style.  Romney, on the other hand kisses frogs and panders like a fool.   Obama means well, but he does not convey a chummy image:

9.  After 50 years of secrecy, a project of spy flights and pictures of the Russians was finally declassified, and all those who were involved were now free to talk about  what they did.   That part of this story is not the main subject, but all those years when the people involved had to tell their families that they "were going away to a place they could not reveal to do work that they could not describe", and how now it is now explained, and how lives were affected.  I know a guy who was in an "Outfit", and he's still sticking to his story.  At least he is not running around some island near Okinawa still defending and staying with his mission:


"If it weren't for baseball, many kids wouldn't know what a millionaire looked like." 
       -- Phyllis Diller
"The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything." 
       -- Walter Bagehot
"Man forgives woman anything save the wit to outwit him." 
       -- Minna Thomas Antrim
"We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine." 
       -- H. L. Mencken

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