Saturday, November 22, 2014

SAR #14325

Both FOX and Facebook are often mistaken for the burning bush.
Plan B: Obama, exercising his legitimate authority under the Constitution, has decided that the parents of US citizens (ie, children born in the US) may remain in the US temporarily without fear of arrest and deportation until such time as the Congress resolves their status. They may legally apply for work and pay taxes, but may not get health care under ACA nor vote. John Boehner is aghast and wants to hold hearings on the Republican plan to deport all 11 million of the illegal aliens using trains of 100 freight cars, each holding 80 undocumented workers, to ship them to somewhere, every day, five days a week, every week for five years. He says they'll also hire enough thugs with guns to prevent any more illegals from arriving during those five years. No, no. I know, the Republicans don't actually have a plan. But FOX does, which is much the same thing.

Armageddon: Pope Francis says greed will 'destroy the world'. What happened to “the fire next time”?

Getting What You Didn't Ask For: The Republicans, by obstructing every administration effort and refusing to compromise at any point on anything have made it inevitable that Obama's approach to health care, climate change and immigration, will carry the day. Their intransigence has guaranteed that the policies implemented are far more liberal than they would have been had the GOP been interested in actually governing.

Faint Praise: Responding to the military dictatorship more-or-less elected government's decree, Egyptian editors have promised not to criticize any institution in the country. They didn't say anything about the occasional sly bit of satire.

TKO: After two years of baseless accusations, prurient innuendo, non-stop harassment of State, Defense and Intelligence personnel, and slander of the administration in interviews and fake news releases, the Republicans have concluded that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria, and no cover-up because there never had been anything to cover up. Equal time? Hey, this is FOX we're talking about.

Greener Grass: Fab, Inc., which was valued at just over a billion dollars a year ago, is in talks to sell itself to PCH Intentional for $15 million. Only half in cash, darling.

Reading Righting & Ticked: The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that the state has no obligation to provide quality public education, it just has to build and staff the schools. The kids have to go to school, but the schools don't gotta teach them no nothing. That “ no fewer than 78.9 percent of current fourth graders and 73 percent of current seventh graders will require” special ed to reach mandated levels. 
Wet Dream: Some in Utah want to cut off all water to the giant NSA facility there as a means of protesting the Agency's massive illegal surveillance programs.

Friday, November 21, 2014

SAR #14324

I generally try to say what I think I think.

@Cyberwar! The Pentagon, fearing that Americans were not fearful enough, have sent forth Mike Rogers - director of NSA, head of the US Cyber Command and an Admiral with a very pretty uniform - to shake his finger at us and warn us that China “...and two or three others...” can shut down most of the important infrastructure systems in the country – power grids, water supplies, nuclear power plants, McDonald's and the NFL. And they've been able to do this for some years now, but War, Inc. thought we needed the reminder.

Revealed Word: Republican Ira Hansen, Nevada's new House Speaker, explains the race problem this way: “Simple minded darkies [show a] lack of gratitude” to whites. Say amen.

Turkeys: Walmart is organizing food drives among its employees to feed its employees who don't make enough working at Walmart – to the point that Walmart employees get $6.2 billion a year from the taxpayers to help them survive Walmart's starvation wages. The company says that the food drive is proof that its employees care far more about their fellow employees than the company does.

Breadcrumbs: An investigation by the US Senate has concluded that when banks get involved with commodity markets, they rig them. Same holds for the Senate.

Thanks Giving: I'm thankful that I was born white. And male. And straight. And have had decent health insurance my entire life.

Budget Message: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says the US must increase its military spending, maintain waste and profiteering at current levels, and start several small wars, or risk being overrun by Sri Lanka.

Crapafornia: The California University System plans to increase tuition by 25% over the next five years. Do not expect a corresponding increase in knowledge or the starting salaries of graduates.
New & Improved: Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey says that the new war in Iraq is “different.” Last time we killed them because Saddam tried to do something unkind to Georgie's dad and besides they had a lot of oil. This time it's because they don't like us for what we did last time.