Maiello: Human Rights and the Stock Market
Doc Cleveland: Fear Itself: Ukraine Edition
And on a Lighter Note, CPAC Starts Today!
Every so often an especially cool co-ed chooses to enroll at my alma mater, which always gives me a frisson of satisfaction coupled with chagrin that I graduated too early.
Such flashes of pride serve to assuage the residual trauma attendant upon finding myself in the stands at a football game vs. Yale, when those rude Yalies uncorked a chant:"What's the color of shit? Brown"
But I digress.
A couple of weeks ago on a Saturday, I was in the check out line at a local store. Just ahead of me was a lady checking out only she was over her budget and was having items taken off the bill. It took a while but I was not in a hurry. Shopping is just about the only thing I do to get out of the house these days, so I don't rush through it. After she got her over spending adjusted, she discovered she had left her EBT card at home. I could see her embarrassment in her face as she apologized. She said she would come back in a few minutes. There was tears in her eyes as she left the store. So all of us were switched to another register and I asked the young man checking me out if he thought she would come back. He said yes because she was a regular customer. Her tears of shame bothered me all day. In my head I had visions of her being a single mom that is over worked and tired. I think it is time that our politicians stop shaming people for being in need of SNAP and do something to remove that need. [Read more]
(1) Merkel's now famous or infamous cell phone has apparently been 'monitored' since 2002, initiated by, I assume, white guys in the Bush administration. No one has asked who authorized that action. It was before she was Chancellor. She apparently was put on the NSA 'list' when she became an important politician in Germany. This would lead one to believe that this could have been a very long list, perhaps 'a routine intelligence' procedure, NSA business as usual, and furthermore, the program involved may date back to well before 2002. [Read more]
Well thank you so very much.
You are still going to hell you know, it is just that they might give you a nicer room!
Goodnews, it appears he still has feelings in all of his extremities.
(6:05 PM CDT, GB V CLEVELAND; CBS)
I wished to simply discuss the senility of George Will. Hahahaha [Read more]
Post conviction relief based upon inadequate assistance of counsel is notoriously hard to achieve.
Appellate atrocities abound: Lawyers who were observed to sleep during large stretches of the trial have been found adequate, at least at the initial level of review.
Likewise lawyers confirmed to have been drunk.
What I am saying is that a successful appeal based on lousy lawyering is an uphill fight.
Attendant upon the catalog of horrors surrounding the latest school shooting atrocity, a peripheral editorial offense.
Multiple news outlets, when alluding to the perpetrator of this crime, have referred to him as "the gunman".
Now there are traditions in which at the age of 13 a male child is considered to have attained majority, and can serve as an adult for a variety of purposes.
After the government shutdown ended last week the title of Steinbeck's novel, "The Winter of our Discontent" kept ringing in my head to such an extent that I drove all the way into Dallas to buy the book at an actual book store which is peculiarly located near that bastion of American History known as the Bush "Library" and its attendant hub of Conservatism, SMU. Because I don't live in NYC, can't drive to Archer City to peruse Larry McMurtry's stash of used books, can't afford to visit Powell's in Portland, I appreciate the biggest little bookstore in Texas, Half Price Books.  [Read more]
Set against the government’s shutdown charade, President Obama, awarded the Medal of Freedom to retired Army Captain William Swenson, citing among his incredible acts of valor under fire, “a simple act of compassion & loyalty to a fellow brother-in-arms.” As Captain Swenson places a wounded soldier he has just rescued onto a helicopter, he bends down &, in the President’s words, does “something unexpected”: kisses his comrade on his forehead. All recorded from a rescue pilot’s helmet video camera, now displayed before the public during the White House ceremony. [Read more]
When the vote to reopen the government ended in the House of Representatives last night a woman staffer grabbed a microphone and as she was rudely escorted from the hall she imparted to the crowd snippets of her religious beliefs along with epithets against the Freemasons. When the overseers of an institution act like inmates it is not surprising that the inmates become the normal ones.  [Read more]
Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree
The White House must take control of the Obamacare registration process.
Rather than 'first come first not served' it should impose some sort of "rationing": perhaps this Friday only applicants whose names begin with "A" Monday the B's , etc until the demand shrinks sufficiently .
At the Value Voters Summit today, Mr. Ben Carson curiously juxtaposed the practice of Slavery with "Obamacare", saying: "Obamacare is the worst thing since Slavery". Because Slavery preceded the Emancipation Proclamation (I grant myself license to, as Mr. Carson was wont to do, riff a bit on what can actually be called a thing)---it would mean that Obamacare is worse than the Emancipation Proclamation---perhaps a question for further debate at the Values Summit---and at the same time one could say that Obamacare is worse than Woman's Suffrage, Prohibition, & Roe v. Wade. or any thing that's happened since about the year 1600. [Read more]
WSJ article. It seems that the electrical system inside the center randomly arcs, destroying a lot of equipment. That's a plural arcs. Almost once a month in the last year; with a destroyed equipment cost around $100,000 each time. That's before multiple consultants to identify the problem were paid and before the repairs were made.
The Grand Bargain, the plan that would cut entitlements for the middle and lower class, 'chained CPI' to cut Social Security, cuts to Medicare for the aged and cuts to Medicaid for the poor.
It would mean, for the 1%, the $3+ trillion SS Trust Fund, the biggest bait and switch scam in history, skimmed and used as general revenue for decades to make up for income tax cuts for the rich under Ronnie, would never have to be paid off by raising income taxes to pay back the Trust Fund.
Boehner came out and said as much about 'what the GOP wants' today. [Read more]
This struck me really funny. I am still laughing. Some one had a good time putting up this site. Enjoy and laugh a little at the republicans. http://www.gopshutdownlive.com/ Anyone want to predict what the out come will be with this shut down? I am at a loss at their glee in screwing many fellow Americans.
Hell hath no fury, Lewis!
My PC has been on the fritz the last two days.
Puttin on the fritz...
I spent another four hours 'cleansing it' and nothing seemed to work although Microsoft tells me that it cleansed my soul of virus's and such.
I finally recalled a function I have not used for a year. [Read more]
Today's news explicating in part the ostensible shortcomings in the process by way of which Edward Snowden and Aaron Alexis received their security clearances ought to give pause to the insane stampede of contracting out government that began during the Reagan years. [Read more]