May 162014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow on what turned out to be a pretty busy day, because it turns out I have more paperwork to do do for the OSP specific part of my prison volunteer certification.  Nevertheless, there was still time to research and write.  Day 25.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:43 (average 4:37).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: These fine folks had the brilliant idea to quantify peace and rank all the countries in the world. Unfortunately, the United States isn’t doing so hot right now. We’re — you guessed it — 99th out of the 162 countries on the list. How do we fix that? Take a look, and make sure to stick around until 2:01, when they explain why this list isn’t just an exercise but could really change the way we think about minimizing conflict and achieving real world peace.

 

I’m surprised we’re that high on the list. Note that all the factors the video makers say are needed for peace are high on the list of things Republicans oppose.

From Daily Kos: Noted Ohio politics and Iraq WMD expert Karl Rove has a new smear: That Hillary Clinton spent 30 days in the hospital at the end of 2012 and upon her release in January, 2013, she was "wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury."

First of all, she didn’t spend 30 days in the hospital. It was four.

Second of all, if those glasses she was wearing are sign of brain damage, then the truth is even worse than Dr. Rove could possibly have imagined.

The article goes on to show many pictures of Hillary in the same glasses going back years. On the other hand, what does this pic of Karl Rove (R-Hell) say about him?

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From The New Yorker: A delegation of conservative members of Congress paid a visit to the West Antarctic Ice Sheet melt today to witness firsthand what one of them called “the most beautiful expression of the free market I’ve ever seen.”

The author of that remark, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), said that he was awestruck after watching gigantic chunks of glacier disintegrate and crash to the sea.

“Every schoolchild in America needs to see this,” he said. “This is the free market at work in the way that God and Ayn Rand intended.”

Rep. Ryan said that watching the now-unstoppable Ice Sheet melt in action reaffirmed his belief in “the glory and might of free-market forces.”

Andy’s satire may well be prophetic. If Republicans ever do admit that global climate change is real, this is the form it will take.

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May 042014
 

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Forty-four years ago today, Richard Nixon and the Republican Party committed a horrid crime against the people of the United States and murdered four of them in cold blood.  Please join me in remembering these fallen heroes and all who put life and limb in jeopardy through their opposition to the Vietnam War.

Both those who fought in and those who fought against that immoral war were doing what they believed to be their duty.  All are worthy of honor.

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Dec 172012
 

Yesterday I got up for a couple hours, and I’m clearly not ready yet.  I’m current with replies.  Maybe tomorrow.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Yesterday’s took me 4:07 (average 4:35). To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:

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Short Takes:

From MoveOn: Has Your Family Been Affected By This One Little Word?

 

To understand the full destructive impact of VS, just consider the Republican War on ______________.

From NY Times: One only has to read the Pentagon’s progress report on the Afghanistan war effort released last Monday to understand how pointless it is to keep 68,000 American troops there any longer. The mounting evidence makes it clear that they should be pulled out as soon as it can be done safely, instead of waiting until the end of 2014, the date set by the United States and NATO.

AMEN!

From Huffington Post: In the wake of the mass killing that claimed 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school Friday, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) made the case Sunday that the answer to preventing massacres in the U.S. is for more Americans to carry guns.

In effect he is saying that the way to keep children safe from motor vehicles is to send them to play on the Interstate.

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Nov 282012
 

Yesterday I was supposed to have a CoDA group in prison.  The prison had a power outage, so we could not get in to work with the guys.  How frustrating!  I’m current with replies.  I hope to get articles posted tomorrow, before I leave for another volunteer day in prison. 

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:02 (average 5:35).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From MoveOn: KILLER ROBOTS: The Scariest Weapons You Have Never Heard Of

 

I have never made a big stink about drones, because every time a drone is used, there is a human flying it. The only difference between a drone attack and any other airstrike is the location of the pilot. Military robots are fine for such things as bomb disposal, but machines that can decide to kill without human intervention must never be allowed.

From NY Times: Seventeen months ago, President Obama said that the 30,000 American troops deployed to Afghanistan for the “surge” would be home by this September, and he made good on that promise. He also said troop reductions would continue at a “steady pace” until the remaining 66,000 were out by the end of 2014.

A “steady pace” should mean withdrawing all combat forces on a schedule dictated only by the security of the troops. That should start now and should not take more than a year.

This is huge, because it’s not just the view of a staff writer or Op-Ed contributor. This carries the weight of the entire editorial board and management of the Times.

From MSNBC: Rachel Maddow describes the Republican Party by showing what the people they have chosen to head House Committees in the next session have in common.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Note that there is not a single Black, Latino or Asian face in the bunch, and even an old TomCat can tell there are no kitties in that collection. I guess the next year’s Republican Wars on Minorities and Women start in the House.

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Nov 262012
 

This is today’s only article, because I have routine minor surgery on my foot this morning.  I’m current with replies.  Tomorrow is a prison volunteer day, but I hope to post articles before I leave.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:41 (average 6:15).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:

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Short Takes:

From MoveOn: The Photo That Speaks A Thousand Words About Israel And Palestine

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As I have said before, we need to support the people working for peace on both sides.

From NY Times: These are difficult times for the deficit scolds who have dominated policy discussion for almost three years. One could almost feel sorry for them, if it weren’t for their role in diverting attention from the ongoing problem of inadequate recovery, and thereby helping to perpetuate catastrophically high unemployment.What has changed? For one thing, the crisis they predicted keeps not happening. Far from fleeing U.S. debt, investors have continued to pile in, driving interest rates to historical lows. Beyond that, suddenly the clear and present danger to the American economy isn’t that we’ll fail to reduce the deficit enough; it is, instead, that we’ll reduce the deficit too much. For that’s what the “fiscal cliff” — better described as the austerity bomb — is all about: the tax hikes and spending cuts scheduled to kick in at the end of this year are precisely not what we want to see happen in a still-depressed economy.

Paul Krugman has done it again. Click through to read the rest of this fine editorial.

From The Daily Beast: Sensible Republicans seeking to renew the viability of a conservative party that seems out of touch after a stinging defeat at the polls are being denounced as ‘heretics.’

In the GOP, refusing to goose step without question is a mortal sin.

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Republican elected officials/appointees have suggested similar solutions for AIDS Victims, LGBT people, and undocumented workers.

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Mar 282012
 

Yesterday I had a COPD flare-up so severe, that I had to cancel my work in prison and return to bed.  Spring is usually the worst time of year for this.  Today I’m trying to get the blog up, and it looks like I’ve made it.  I’m current with replies, albeit tersely.  Tomorrow is yet to be determined.

Jig Zone Puzzles:

Yesterday’s took me 3:08 (average 4:44).  To do it click here.  Today’s took me 3:43 (average 4:40).  To do it click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From You Tube: We cannot allow Republicans to destroy this.

Stunningly Beautiful!

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I could not have said it better!

From NY Times: After a series of violent episodes and setbacks, support for the war in Afghanistan has dropped sharply among both Republicans and Democrats, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

The survey found that more than two-thirds of those polled — 69 percent — thought that the United States should not be at war in Afghanistan. Just four months ago, 53 percent said that Americans should no longer be fighting in the conflict, more than a decade old.

It’s time to begin to withdraw troops and keep it up until none remain.

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Feb 052012
 

Yesterday I got most of my research done before my groceries arrived.  Unpacking and putting them away took several hours.  I went to bed tired and overslept, so I’m running a bit behind.  I’m current with replies.  Today is the highest of all holy days in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb, so I will be in deep religious meditation.  Will the Orb shine it’s glorious light on New England or New York?

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today it took me 3:16 (average 4:32).  To di it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From You Tube: War is a Racket by Smedley Butler

 

Hat-Tip to Phyllis for sending me this video that pegs war as only a retired general can.

From Washington Post: Six protesters were arrested in a pre-dawn raid on the Occupy D.C. encampment in McPherson Square Saturday, and police began clearing away tents, debris and some dead rodents.

U.S. Park Police on horseback and on foot clad in riot gear swept into the park around 6 a.m. Several square blocks downtown were closed during the raid, which was characterized as “further enforcement” of a no-camping crackdown that began Monday.

I characterize this as an injustice and a violation of the demonstrators’ rights to assemble.

From SPLC: A noose and two written threats directed at African-American students are triggering concern and an investigation on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside at the beginning of Black History Month.

A black female student found a noose made of rubber bands in a common area in her dormitory on the campus in Kenosha on Wednesday and later received a threatening note, WISN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, reported today.

After the initial threatening note and noose were discovered, “fliers were found listing several black students by name, (saying) that they would die in two days,” radio station WTAQ reported.

The minions of Fitzwalkerstan’s embattled Fartfuhrer, Scott Walker, are hard at work spreading the gospel of Republican Supply-side Jesus (the Republican invention, not the real Jesus).

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