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MetaBol: grouch-o-thon

I fess up - I called a blog owner a turd, and called a turd a blog owner. Still working out which is worse, but a few more therapy sessions should cure it.

I will express some regret and nostalgia - I've written humor, multilingual expositions, hard core analysis, searing diatribe, and kumbaya all-inclusiveness. But as Groucho said (or was it The Grouch?), it wasn't here.

Big Bird Wins Debate

 

Rather dumb of Mitt to take on Big Bird personally.

"I love Big Bird....now I'm going to kill him!!!"

The perfect embodiment of "compassionate conservatism".

Lessee, a character 80 million Americans have watched as kids, 95% of preschoolers watch.

A mainstay for GOP & Dem moms keeping pre-schoolers on educational programs vs. video games.

A new initiative to bring more Hispanic culture to public TV.

AARP: Muse Sick in hour Mess-Age

[Public Enemy reference]

I was curious to see AARP's response to Paul Ryan's talk, but on visiting their site, I was more caught up by seeing a Stevie Nicks benefit and a lecture by Mickey Hart. Nicks is almost 65, Hart is almost 70 - the idea of the Grateful Dead informing our geriatric existence isn't something I'd considered before.

Italy gives U.S. new tool in war on terror

 

BBC breaking news: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19653566

Italy's court system has successfully convicted foreign intelligence agents for kidnapping. 

The twist is they were tried and convicted in absentia, a technique that might limit the need to make arbitrary targeted assassinations from afar.

The DoJ is reportedly studying the decision to see how it might affect high profile cases, such as the drone killings of American cleric Al-Awlaki and later his 15-year-old son.

Benghazis kill man who helped them

So much for gratitude - a mob in Cyrenaica smoked out the ambassador who for the 3rd time was serving in Libya.

Ironically having helped arrange the US airspace protection that allowed Benghazi to survive attacks by Qaddafi and overthrow his government, Christopher Stevens was killed on a short visit to this bastion of freedom and self-determination. (2 other Americans & likely a Libyan security official also killed)

Obama echoes Eric Holder: no judicial process in Constitution

Here's our #1 lawyer in the country last March: 

"Due process and judicial process are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security," Holder said then. "The Constitution guarantees due process, it does not guarantee judicial process."

Play Miss Tea for Me

Rumor has it that Clint had a speech to give - and he backed out, ran it without script, talked to an empty chair instead.

Clint's new movie debuts this month - is a senile guy able to put together a major picture?

Or is he a savvy pro playing a senile guy on TV?

(latest film due in 3 weeks - ailing baseball scout going on one last scouting trip, with everyone questioning his judgement - familiar territory? though seems he's now given up directing - back to being just an actor. Cue cameras?)

Medicare Sux: Overcharging lesson for liberals

 

Okay, provocative title, but point is that we charge 2-3 times per person what sane countries charge, and our "cures" are to charge another third over the next decade. Bravo, bravo.

(ref. Miller, WaPo)

I recall debates over Medicare & Social Security 6 years ago - where I pointed out to conservatives that Social Security didn't have a problem - Medicare did. Any long-term projection showed this.

Romney for President

After looking at Romney's Wikipedia page, it's hard to imagine anyone better suited for president, more admirable. A pro-business guy who was friends with the common worker, a Governor who managed the budget while expanding social programs, a very effective business leader who gave back excess bonuses, who stood up for civil rights and against the war.

Why we ended up with Nixon in 1968 instead of Romney should give us pause for thought. Someone who seemed to unite the best of the right and left, an actual compassionate conservative, someone who believed in his people and his community, who raised taxes and expanded the budget to build a bigger, more effective state government.

Monday Morning Quarterbacking: Follow the RMoney

Pull up a chair, kiddos, Uncle Paracles has a Fable.

Once upon a time there was a bad bad man with lots of money....

People seem confused about the Romney selection.

Why does he need to please the base so much?

He has plenty of money....

The base are still likely to vote for him - he needs the independents...

Okay, here's the deal - the choice of Ryan means Romney's been captured by tea party/nuttism.

And that nuttism, as seen from Kansas the last few weeks, has been brutally effective.

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