Thursday, August 18, 2016
'Plausible' and 'true' are not the same things.
Ingrate: Just before receiving his first classified briefing from the government's intelligence community, Trump said it was no big deal because they were usually wrong and have consistently propped up bad decisions by the Executive Branch. Like invading Iraq.
And Then There Were None: Food Stamp rolls are declining rapidly across the country, especially in GOP controlled states where benefits are being abruptly cut even though federal funds are still available. It makes the people morally strong; hungry, but self sufficient.
Tilt: The legislation directing an audit of California's primary climate change agency was written by an oil industry lobbyist.
Choices: When do we get to have our American Spring? When do we get to gather in the streets and throw the bastards out? If we cannot stomach the consensus candidate of the American elite – the restoration of the Clinton clan by our corporate, cultural, political, and media nomenclura – and cannot embrace the cartoonish Mr. Trump, must we suffer in silence? The streets, the streets are calling …
Appealing: A federal appellate court has ruled that the DOJ cannot use federal funds to prosecute marijuana users who are complying with their states' laws. Now if we can get the same constraint placed on the DEA.
Fear Itself: “Americans are afraid of many threats to their lives – serial killers, crazed gunmen, gang bangers, and above all terrorists – but these threats are surprisingly unlikely. Approximately three-quarters of all homicide victims in America are killed by someone they know. And the real threat from strangers is quite different from what most fear: one-third of all Americans killed by strangers are killed by police.” In Albuquerque even the DA is “scared of her city's police department” which has threatened her family’s safety.
Sticks And Stones: Poland has made calling the Nazi death camps located in Poland “Polish death camps” a crime punishable by imprisonment in a
Words: “The provision of healthcare cannot continue to be dependent upon the whims and market projections of large private insurance companies whose only goal is to make as much profit as possible. That is why we need to join every other major country on earth and guarantee health care to all as a right, not a privilege.” Bernie Sanders And he's not talking about a “public option”, but a true single payer system.
Making It Up As They Go Along: “Central bankers [are] continuing what is surely the greatest experiment in monetary policy in the history of the world. We are therefore in uncharted waters and it is impossible to predict the unintended consequences of very low interest rates, with some 30% of global government debt at negative yields, combined with quantitative easing on a massive scale." And whistling, past the graveyard.
A Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:24 AM