Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Something to Know - 19 November

Mike Luckovich
1.  Do you wanna change from tired old news about Obamacare website problems, and the attendant snarky comments?   Here's a different opinion on the latest news that there are about 40 Billion (or so) Earth-like planets out there in space.   Not that we are going to settle on any specifics, but you might want a change of pace.  If you really want to get into it, come up with a way to provide universal single-payer health coverage for all those aliens out there:

2.  Mexico has its problems. Deep poverty in many areas, and a failure of totally integrating its indigenous native Indians into society.  The drug cartel violence has ruled in many of its states, and has corrupted the justice system.   Perhaps if the United States were to de-criminalize many of the drugs and legalize marijuana, the money made from Prohibition would put an end to most of the criminal careers and activities on both sides of the U.S./Mexican border.  In one sense, the Mexican State of Guanajuato highlights the promise of building on education and jobs to reverse a dismal past and point the way to better governance:

3.  The NY Times editorial board is not on board with the GeeOpie's behavior on assigning total incompetence one Administration to all others.   The GOP noise wants to drown out any and all efforts by the Obama people without any Republican effort to do anything themselves to improve anything.   Okay, forget the other planets:

4.  The system of justice in the State of Alabama is as peculiar as some other historical and events in the past.  A trial by jury and the verdict by the jury in this state is subject to the perception of how the judge feels about his reputation and electability.   This is totally wrong, and immoral to our system:

Satire is tragedy plus time. You give it enough time, the public, the reviewers will allow you to satirize it. Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.
-- Lenny Bruce

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