Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SAR #14201

Poor Me: Israel's PM claims Hamas is using the women and children killed by Israeli bombs and artillery to make Israel look bad. As if it needed the help.

The Biggest Loser: Increased sanctions, they cry. More and stiffer sanctions, they insist. Punish the Russians.... Except. Except the greatest damage produced by the American sanctions will be on American businesses. And they know it and are protesting. Second, of course is Europe, which simply cannot survive without Russian gas supplies. Russia, experts claim, will be only marginally hurt. 
As Advertised: Populations in the once prolific oyster beds off the Pacific Northwest coast are collapsing – and the most likely culprit is the increasing acidification of the ocean due to global warming, for short.

Don't Trip: In Ocala, Fl, if you are caught with your pants down 2 inches below your waist you can be jailed for up to six months. If you are a male, that is; women with low riding hip huggers are... sexy.

Point, Counterpoint: To those who thought 'we can do it' and are bewildered be Obama's seemingly ineffective and gutless presidency simply didn't understand the game and haven't been keeping score correctly. Obama’s presidency has been a continuous series of successes for those who bought and paid for his election. “The bailouts were the largest upward transfer of wealth in world history. Not single bankster executive has been prosecuted, let alone jailed, and the banks are bigger than ever. Unemployment has been kept high and hysteresis has set in. #Occupy was smashed. The President can now execute US citizens without due process. The government has openly become a surveillance state. And lots of faraway brown people got blown to pink mist.” A sterling record.

A Job... Well... Done: Duke Energy, having cleaned up nearly 8% of the coal ash it dumped into a NC river, says the job is done and the environment is as clean as it's gonna get. They should check with GE on the Hudson in NY.

Monday, July 21, 2014

SAR #14200

Because the EU needs Russia's gas. Next question...

Perspective: Despite the various conspiracy theories being tossed around, no one reasonably suspects that the shooting down of a civilian airliner over Ukraine was intentional. As the US can testify, these things happen. How much better it would have been if whoever screwed up had just said, 'Oops, sorry.”

Once Around: Surveys show that more people than ever oppose the NSA practices Edward Snowden revealed. Why, should he spend his life in prison?” Simple: Because more people than ever oppose those NSA practices.

Hopes, Dashed: Will Elizabeth Warren run for president? Nope.

Better Question: Why are there so many young refugees streaming into the US from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and nearly none from Nicaragua? And why are these refugees not called refugees? Ah, responsibility. Ours.

The Enemy: The US government doesn't trust at least 1.5 million of us. Thinks we're terrorists or likely to soon become such. That's why we're in the Terrorist Screening Database. Or might be, who knows?

Good Question: Why do we have blood types? We don't know.

Brier Patch: Faced with the twin problems of deteriorating highway infrastructure and Republican refusal to pay for fixing things, Obama is now urging states to enter into “private-public' solutions. For which read toll roads and bridges and privatization, privatization, privatization. In other words, a GOP victory. But not for the citizenry – just ask a Chicagoan about parking
Terminology: It's not called 'an offensive' for nothing.

Holy, Holy, Holy: In case you haven't noticed, professional sports have become mass religious orgies celebrating the homeland and its warriors. 
Just In: Pew pollsters find that Republicans are the biggest haters, but Americans in general and Christians in particular are downright intolerant of (and afraid of) religious views and practices different from their own. In the US, “hatred between religions, distrust and downright anger are the everyday norm...” In case you've been out of the room and didn't already know. 
Don't Ask, Don't Tell:Giant rubber duck lost in China flood.”