Dec 282013
 

I’m writing for tomorrow and waiting for my helper friend to arrive and continue the business of moving.  It’s a slow time for news, because the people woo make it are on vacation, but with a little extra digging, I could come up with articles.

Jig Zone Puzzles:

Today’s took me 3:08 (average 5:08).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: Conversations about the U.S. education system often revolve around misconceptions. Here’s some clarity.

 

This video makes it crystal clear that Democrats are on the right track, but every one of the Republican educational policies will make the problem worse.

From Alternet: You already know that the United States locks up a higher percentage of its population than any other country in the world. If you look at local, state and federal prison and jail populations, the United States currently incarcerates more than 2.4 million people, a figure that constitutes roughly 25 percent of the total incarcerated population of the entire world.

A population of 2.4 million is a lot – enough, in fact, to fill up a good-sized country. If the incarcerated population of the United States constituted a nation-state, what kind of country would it be?

Click through for a fascinating read on the US system if

Click through for a fascinating read on the US system if prison injustice.  Because I spend three days a month working with prisoners, I can confirm this piece.

From Crooks and Liars: As 2013 draws to close, the negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program have entered a delicate stage. But in 2014, the tensions will escalate dramatically as a bipartisan group of Senators brings a new Iran sanctions bill to the floor for a vote. As many others have warned, that promise of new measures against Tehran will almost certainly blow up the interim deal reached by the Obama administration and its UN/EU partners in Geneva. But Congress’ highly unusual intervention into the President’s domain of foreign policy doesn’t just make the prospect of an American conflict with Iran more likely. As it turns out, the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act essentially empowers Israel to decide whether the United States will go to war against Tehran.

 

Contact your Senators, and tell them to oppose this. Empowering Israel over war on Iran is like empowering Republicans over war on ________. (Almost anything good will do here.)

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Contrary to Republican lies, this was not handed down from the founding fathers. It was written in 1892, and the words "under God" were not added until 1954.

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Nov 272013
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, and this may be the only day this week I can do a complete Open Thread.  Tomorrow is a major shopping day.  My friend, with whom I do volunteer work, will be chauffeuring me to several places, and I’m sure I shall return home exhausted.

Update from today: Guitar man woke up. :-(

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:48 (average 5:28).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Report:

Here’s the latest from our fantasy football league, Lefty Blog Friends.

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At least, I would not have been dead last had I not slept through my 9:30 AM injury check, and put Adrian Peterson back in the lineup. :-(

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Just two more games before the playoffs start.

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told reporters today his nation agreed to a deal on its nuclear program in the hopes that it would distract attention from the trouble-plagued rollout of Obamacare.

“It’s true, we’ve resisted any deal on nukes for over three decades,” the Ayatollah said. “But when we saw how much trouble Obama was having with his Web site, we realized it would be uncaring of us not to try to help him out.”

The Ayatollah said he was not “overly optimistic” that signing a nuclear treaty with the West would be sufficient to distract attention from the President’s Obamacare woes, but, he added, “You never know. Every little bit helps.”…

Oh Andy!! Republicans will be quoting this as fact!

From MSNBC: More Virginia Election Theft?

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I think there may well be valid reason to determine that the election was improperly conducted, because of all the Democrats deprived of their right to vote. For Republican state legislators to deprive all Virginians of their votes and simply appoint the Republican fits perfectly within InsaniTEA! Beware!

From Crooks and Liars: In the wake of an agreement finally being made to address Iran’s nuclear program, to no one’s surprise, it’s got every neocon war monger out there wailing like banshees and one of the loudest was of course our former embarrassment of a U.N. ambassador, John Bolton: Experts Praise Effective Iran Sanctions While Fox’s Bolton Calls For Strikes:

 

I can think of few things more anti-American than a former US official telling a foreign nation to undermine US foreign policy by committing an act of war against another nation.

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Nov 042012
 

I’m rushing to try to finish in time for meditation on the Ellipsoid Orb.  I’m current on replies.  Tomorrow appears routine.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:44 (average 4:56).  To do it, click here. How did you do?

Short Takes:

From MoveOn: Isn’t It About Time You Called Your Zeyde?

 

Amusing as this is, is there anyone you can call?

From The Guardian: Iran has suspended the enrichment of uranium stockpiles to the 20% purity needed to bring it a short step from building a nuclear device, news services in the region have reported.

Kudos to Obama. This would also happen in a Willard Regime, but how many US troops would have to die first?

From Brad Blog: Investigators today arrested a Southern Nevada woman suspected of trying to vote twice this week at two different polling locations.

Roxanne Rubin was taken into custody as she arrived for work at the Riviera hotel-casino, investigators said. Rubin, 56, is a registered Republican who lives in Henderson, according to the Clark County Registrar.

Rubin allegedly cast a vote Monday at the Anthem Community Center in Henderson. Later that day, she tried to vote a second time at an early voting location on Eastern Avenue, investigators said.

Finally a real case of voter fraud, and I don’t have to tell you which party did it.

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Sep 192012
 

It’s 3 AM, when the phone rings in the oval office.  Open conflict has broken out between Israeli and Palestinian forces in both the West Bank and Gaza.  Claiming that Iran is supplying the Palestinians with weapons and logistical support, Israel is about to launch a strike against Iran and has their nuclear arsenal at the ready.  What will President Willard Romney do to defuse the crisis?  The phone in the oval office keeps ringing.  There’s nobody home.

19RomneyWarMongerNo one has ever had any illusions about where Mitt Romney stands on the two hottest disputes in the Middle East: the argument over the creation of a Palestinian state, and the debate over what can be done to assure that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon.

In both cases, he has taken positions very close to those of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, his friend from their days together as young consultants here in Boston.

But if he is elected president in November and finds himself in negotiations over a future Palestine on Israel’s borders, Mr. Romney may find that his comment at a campaign fund-raiser — captured on video — that “there’s just no way” a separate state can be workable could undermine his effectiveness in bringing the two sides together. And any dealings with the mullahs of Iran may not be facilitated by his description of them, in the same video, as “crazy people.”… [emphasis added]

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Publically, Willard’s stances on there issues, have been those of a Neocon war monger.  But privately, to his 1% buddies, he is a wimp.  Rather than engage the issues, he would kick the can down the road and hope for the best.  Ed Schultz discussed Romney and the Middle East with Richard Wolfe.

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The difference between Romney’s public war mongering and his private passive incompetence demonstrate that he is totally unprepared for world affairs.  But his public and private stances do have two things in common.  Both are wrong, and both are dangerous!

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Jun 302012
 

Last night my COPD flared up, so I spent most of the night coughing and had almost no sleep.  I’m current with replies, albeit brief.  Tomorrow appears routine.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:07 (average 5:02).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From MoveOn: She Is The Reason You Can Even Read This Headline.

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Republicans show their gratitude by cutting her pay, laying her off, and taking away her right to bargain collectively.

From TPM: While Colorado burns, conservatives have looked for ways to blame it on President Obama.

Some of the same people who have bashed the president as a big government, big spending liberal now say a wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes in the conservative stronghold of Colorado Springs can be blamed on the president because he has been too slow to spend money to beef up the federal fleet of air tankers.

The meme began more than a week ago when pundit Michelle Malkin, who lives in Colorado Springs, wrote a piece for the National Review Online titled “Obama Bureaucrats Are Fueling Wildfires.” [win-nuts delinked]

WTF?!!? Thou shalt not commit Teabuggery!

From The Political Freak Show: A wonderful place for Republicans!

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GOPers, bon voyage!

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I had just turned 21.

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Mar 072012
 

Yesterday Barack Obama held his first major news conference this year.  Answering questions without using a teleprompter even once, Obama stated his positions clearly and straightforwardly, as you will see in the complete video that follows.  I was particularly pleased with the way he contrasted his efforts to achieve a diplomatic solution with Iran and Republican warmongering toward that nation.

7ObamaNCPresident Barack Obama declared Tuesday that diplomacy can still resolve the crisis over Iran’s possible pursuit of nuclear weapons, and he accused his Republican critics of "beating the drums of war."

"Those folks don’t have a lot of responsibilities," Obama said. "They are not commander in chief."

Tension with Iran, and Obama’s preference for restraint, dominated his first full news conference of the year, held on the same day that Republican Super Tuesday voting was drawing attention as well.

On politics, Obama said that higher gasoline prices as a result of Mideast worries would be a bad idea for any president running for re-election, and he also said he was working to expand America’s energy base.

He called violence in Syria "heartbreaking" but showed no new willingness for military involvement in that Mideast country.

Obama said his critics are forgetting the "cost of war" in their rush to punish Iran and defend Israel, which sees a nuclear Iran as a mortal threat in its Mideast neighborhood.

Rhetoric on the right is "more about politics than about trying to solve a difficult problem," Obama said… [emphasis added]

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I find this approach far more rational than “Bomb, Bomb Iran”.

Obama also offered more help for beleaguered homeowners.

7ObamaNC2President Obama on Tuesday unveiled two new housing initiatives intended to assist Americans with government-insured loans and members of the military.

In his first major news conference of 2012, Obama announced a new plan to cut refinancing fees for any loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The president also outlined a new agreement with banks to review foreclosures for members of the military that have taken place since 2006 and provide compensation to anyone who wrongfully lost a home.

Neither proposal requires Congress’s approval. But they are also more modest than the $10 billion refinancing plan that Obama asked lawmakers to pass in his January State of the Union address… [emphasis added]

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This is a very small deal, but what any President can do singlehandedly in quite limited.  The only reason that we do not have far more assistance in place is that Congressional Republicans blocked it.

Here is the complete video of the news conference.

Nobody will ever be satisfied with everything any President says, but Obama’s performance stood out in sharp contrast to the hate and lies his potential opponents are spewing.

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