Saturday, November 17, 2012

Something to Know - 18 November

Clay Bennett
1.  Petraeus came in, testified like a good soldier should.  Kind of cleared the air and deflated the cranky old guy from Arizona.   It is a shame that John McCain has to go out like this.  Is it part of the "normal aging process", or has he really lost it?:

2.  Should Willard the Mitt ever decide to poke his face back into the national picture, is there any chance of him revisiting his "moocher and taker" theory and revise his statement, or is he totally under the influence of Bain Kool Aid for the duration.  Perhaps he should consider buying out the Wonder Bread Company, and resume the production of Twinkies and Ding Dongs, and only market them to be bought by the Food Stamp program.  Crap food from a Crap kind of guy:

3.  Here is an op-ed piece that looks at the character flaws of Petraeus, and really lets them all hang out.  It is not very complimentary to the former General, and I think it opens up a healthy view as to how we regard the military leadership in the highest places:

4.  Ross Douthat has view that perhaps the Democrats should not gloat so much, and that the unbridled optimism can obscure reality and come back to bite.  Perhaps there is a grain of truth there, but I think he misses the point.   He seems to regard single women, Hispanics, gays and others as blocs of voters that can be courted each time there is an election.   I would counter that by saying that people who voted Democrat this time will tend to vote the same next time, just because they have seen the difference between the two parties this time.  I am not sure what the Republicans mean when they say they have to "court Hispanics, women, etc".  Courting is a lot different than changing your basic way of political beliefs - and that is what the Republicans have to do.  Change first, and then  come courting:

5.  Steve Lopez writes about the new toll lanes (actually the former HOV lanes) on the freeway (the 110 or Harbor Freeway).   The purpose is to manage faster travel times for those who want to pay for it, while the less affluent do not have to pay.   Ride along with Steve as he details his experience:

"Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily." 
       -- George Santayana
"You're never too old to become younger." 
       -- Mae West
"One of the most obvious facts about grownups to a child is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child." 
       -- Randall Jarrell
"My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed." 
       -- Christopher Morley

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