Saturday, July 04, 2015


NYT: Obama Plans Broader Use of Clemency to Free Nonviolent Drug Offenders
“I’d seen a number of them where the sentences seemed very high for the conduct and it noted that the judge at the time of sentencing thought the sentence was too high. We looked at that and thought this really isn’t supplanting the judge.”

Have A Great Fourth Of July

work by Walter De Maria

The Onion - Nation’s Dogs Vow To Keep Their Shit Together During 4th Of July Fireworks


TRNN - The Untold History Of Independence Day

The Drought

  Anyone who has been following this crisis over the last few years will do one of two things. You will either laugh at Palin's condescending utter stupidity or you will become enraged by the reality that this ditz gets to pipe this nonsense out to a herd of people, people stupid enough to pay for it.

boing boing: Relax, Sarah Palin just solved California's drought crisis


Thick As A Brick...

So in addition to:
- restricting abortion rights
- removing SSI
- removing food stamps
- ending the minimum wage
- ending EPA pollution standard controls
- gerrymandering congressional districts
- an ongoing assault against immigrants
- removing GMO and food safety warning labels and on and on and on..., the GOP will now include an endless assault on marriage equality.

Guardian UK: 'This decision will not stand': Republicans seek common cause against same-sex marriage - After the supreme court made gay marriage legal in all 50 states, conservatives are united in opposition but divided over how best to pursue their cause
...advocates for traditional marriage have redoubled their efforts to influence policymakers.

Global Warming - Rubbing A Deniers Face In It

  A few days ago, a denier, who I will not name, wrote an article doing what he does best - denying global warming. I actually responded to the article on Facebook with a very brief and terse statement - "bullshit from word one". My comment was perfunctorily deleted.

  The same paper where the original denying article was published has printed a readers response. Not bad, oh reader, you put his face in it but good.

Midland Daily News: Friday reader's view: Global warming: The science is clear
He cannot rationally explain why every credible scientific agency on the planet says he’s wrong, so he relies on vague conspiracy theories. He cannot provide a single scientific reference to support his politically driven ideology so he relies on proven denier sources like climatedepot. Similarly, he can’t explain why every relevant professional society and every relevant university department in the world disagrees with his views. Thus he relies on distortion, denial, deception, falsehood and fabrication.

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Larry Wilmore - The Unblackening, Trump

For The Love Of Money

There was a man who had worked all of his life and saved all of his money. He was a real cheapskate when it came to his money. He loved money more than just about anything, and just before he died, he said to his wife, ‘Now listen, when I die I want you to take all my money and place it in the casket with me, because I want to take all my money to the after life.’

So he got his wife to promise him with all her heart that when he died she would put all the money in the casket with him. When one day he died.

He was stretched out in the casket, the wife was sitting there in black next to their best friend. When they finished the ceremony, just before the undertakers got ready to close the casket, the wife said, ‘Wait a minute!’

She had a shoebox with her, she came over with the box and placed it in the casket. Then the undertakers locked the casket and rolled it away.

Her friend said, ‘I hope you weren’t crazy enough to put all that money in there with that stingy old man.’

She said, ‘Yes, I promised. I’m a good Christian, I can’t lie. I promised him that I was to put that money in that casket with him.’

‘You mean to tell me you put every cent of his money in the casket with him?’

‘I sure did,’ said the wife. ‘I got it all together, put it into my account and I wrote him a check.’


Common Dreams: George Will Confirms Nixon's Vietnam Treason
Nixon's newly revealed records show for certain that in 1968, as a presidential candidate, he ordered Anna Chennault, his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persuade them to refuse a cease-fire being brokered by President Lyndon Johnson.

'I Am Chris Farley'


Have A Great Friday

work by Walter De Maria

Betty Bowers Explains Traditional Marriage To Everyone Else

Goodbye Polar Bear

Science Daily: Greenhouse gas emissions remain primary threat to polar bears
Greenhouse gas emissions remain the primary threat to the preservation of polar bear populations worldwide. This conclusion holds true under both a reduced greenhouse gas emission scenario that stabilizes climate warming and another scenario where emissions and warming continue at the current pace, according to updated research models.

TRNN - Why BP's $18.7 Billion Gulf Spill Settlement Falls Short

The Drought



Bernie Burns

Robert Reich On Patriotism

Global Warming - The Arctic And Polar Bears

Very sad, this sucks. Federal report: Polar bears in peril due to global warming
Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don't reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said.

The Market Is Closed On July 3rd

  Good morning. It is 63 degrees and very sunny here in the Upper Hudson Valley. I think we are in for an extremely gorgeous sort of day. It's the weekend of the Fourth and along with the weekend comes the revelry and the firecrackers. Not a fan of the firecrackers am I. However, I understand. What a week it has been, the world is in flux, yet the world is always in flux. I suspect the call to remove the Confederate flag has got a good 200 years to go, say roughly four generations. I'm an optimist. Of more present interest, Wall Street is closed today in observance of the Fourth.