Maiello: Where Your Tax Dollars Go
Doc Cleveland: Copyright vs. Truth
By the time "Imagine" (the Hippie Internationale...) was being sung, I had completed the transition from teary, to weeping to uncontrollable sobbing.
(I know, I know, I am a pussy...)
If he had retained enough cognitive function to know his own name when he died (he didn't...) Ronald Reagan would be spinning like a top.
As you will by now have surmised, I watched Bill de Blasio be sworn in today as Mayor of New York City.
Shocking to some... Thought provoking to others . . .
Krugman in today's NY Times Op Ed page writes about the fear economy.
I think the biggest stories of 2013 relate to energy.
Over the last four or five or six years, some things have changed dramatically.
Forget politics for a sec; capitalists decided that wind energy and sun energy became profitable enterprises, and this Administration has provided the tax credits and income tax provisions that add to this new substantial contribution to the national energy grid. [Read more]
and snowy summits old in story
The long light shakes across the lake
And the wild cataract
Leaps to glory
Blow, bugle blow
Set the wild echoes flying
Answer echoes ,answer
Enjoy the holidays , whatever you call it. [Read more]
The phone is ringing and Hillary is not deaf.
I would like to believe that anyone with two brain cells working, and also a working conscience, would want the negotiations with Iran to achieve a successful agreement that avoids war. But, what I do believe is what is obvious, there are powerful individuals and groups within the U.S and our allied countries which are working hard to prevent that outcome and they might very well be successful.
Wishing for, and then looking for, some positive contribution towards a successful deal by Clinton I could not find even moderately supportive words, much less strong support by our most recent Secretary of State and possibly our next President. [Read more]
A strange thing just happened on the way to a (true blue) full Democratic sweep of Virginia .
The Attorney General election ended with a razor thin victory by the Democrat, Mark Herring. (169 votes out of millions cast).
This being well within the .5% margin entitling the loser to a recount, Mark Obenshain availed himself of the statutory remedy.
Several days into the recount, he decided to concede, rather than let it run its course.
The examination of ballots, rather than yielding the statistically likely spread of errors in which some votes first counted for Herring go to Obenshain, and some vice versa, was quintupling the original Herring margin. [Read more]
(THE DEVIL STILL LIVES)
Just an add on to Ramona's essay, actually:
So I just got this piece of junk mail from AMEX touting their "high yield" savings account. They go further and ask me to compare it to the average of the rates offered by the top 50 banks.
Top 50: 0.07%
Naturally, they exaggerate this difference in a bar chart that shows the AMEX rate towering over the Top 50 rate. And in truth, it is 12 times more. Which means that, for every $1 your earn with the Top 50, you'll earn $12 with AMEX.
The Gallup Poll question:
In your opinion, which of the following will be the biggest threat to the country in the future - big business, big labor, or big government?
The poll seems like some stupid question on a grade school standardized test:
'Billy is playing his plug in radio while bathing in the bathtub, in your opinion, the biggest threat to Billy's future is big water, big electricity, or big slippery soap?' [Read more]
Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree
I have in the past, in colloquy with the lamented, gone-but-not-forgotten Articleman, urged the utility of deconstructing the arguments advanced by the Department of Justice as offering guidance to their inherent devotion (or the contrary) to civil liberties.
Oklahoma has never been known as earthquake country, with a yearly average of about 50 tremors, almost all of them minor. But in the past three years, the state has had thousands of quakes. This year has been the most active, with more than 2,600 so far, including 87 last week. [Read more]
Perhaps 10 years ago listening to an interview with BishopTutu, the host asked him whether Mandela ever saw Helen Suzsman now that they were both retired from active politics.
He laughed and said "Every Sunday morning he phones her and asks whether she's thinking of making pan cakes today."
A nice memory
Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree [Read more]
HAPPINESS IS A WARM CLIME
Everything is closed HERE, up here in the middle of nowhere.
The snow keeps on keepin on and roads are closed and schools are closed and buses are closed and stores are closed and....
We are closed up here in the middle of nowhere.
I mean the schools were closed and the roads were closed and …
I mean we were closed. [Read more]
just puts on a useless dog and pony show every day, riffing off of and babbling general talking points, or what his staff can find in books and on the internet if there are no applicable talking points:
White House corrects record, says Obama did live with uncle briefly in 1980s
By Aaron Blake and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, Dec. 5, 2013 [Read more]
Not content to have wrested from their lackeys on the Supreme Court the right to exclude from Medicaid millions of low income citizens of Repugnant governed states, the punks infesting the lower house of congress writhe in continued agony over their impotence.
They promise, therefor, continued frivolous lawsuits, such as the one presently in train purporting to object to the extension of federal subsidies to low income consumers seeking coverage on the (fallback) federal exchange, Healthcare.gov.