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Well an international panel of scientists commissioned by the UN has found with near certainty that human activity is the cause of most of the temperature increases of recent decades, and warns that sea levels could conceivably rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if emissions continue at a runaway pace.
Meanwhile many Republicans deny the obvious and here in California, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) told constituents over the weekend that climate change “is a total fraud” designed by liberals to create “global government.” Rohrabacher issued a challenge to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) over the weekend, after the Democrat suggested the current uncharacteristically extreme wildfire season warranted a serious discussion about how climate change is affecting the temperature and length of the state’s dry season.
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I don’t know why, but I woke up thinking about the Kentucky primary and wondering, gee, is it this year? Nope, it is May 20, 2014. We are already campaigning for a primary a year in advance? We have lost our collective minds.
Then of course was all the news about the suspension of A-Rod and others for using performance enhancing drugs (PED). I am wondering once again why this is so important and is not a routine thing when athletes abuse their bodies. Other random thoughts were why would A-Rod have to use them considering his athleticism, and why not just admit it and move on? Then I heard Andrea Mitchell say something to the effect that A-Rod could persevere like Jackie Robinson did. Really? One was so obsessed with winning he would cheat and had no internal strength to resist the temptation, and the other one, through his strength of character, set an example for all of us. How could you say the two in the same breath.
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So it is Friday and shortly there will be a cold beer or a glass of wine later in the evening, or maybe a bottle. So as I await that moment, I watch the news with something akin to horror. Let me summarize:
- San Diego Mayor is going to undergo therapy. I assume that would be a frontal lobotomy
- The press continues to focus on mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and his wiener and I am wondering why anyone outside of New York City cares. I am sure they will spend just as much time on the Mayor of Sacramento right?
- Oh, and while we are on it, isn’t it his decision whether he stays in the race or not, and the people of New York to speak with their votes, not the pundits? And what really pisses me off is speculation about what his wife’s motivations are. This is not news, it is voyeurism at its worst, and also explains why the media gets most stories wrong the first time and most of the American public are clueless
- Anybody who watched the video of the train crash in Spain knows the driver took the turn too fast. The question one has to ask based upon his reckless behavior chronicled on Facebook and his love of speed, why this is a surprise. Oh, and was he the only one in the train control cabin and why? Could it be cutbacks and austerity so no one was checking?
- I think I get the cantaloupe calf analogy Steve King used. If you have cantaloups for brains, everything is a cantaloupe. Wouldn’t he and Michele Bachmann make a great couple? Both of them are probably wearing aluminum foil under their clothes to ward off x-rays from the government
- Oh, and the guy who told us that we don’t need the Voting Rights Act anymore (John Roberts) is picking the justices for the secret FISA court. Now I feel reassured…
Just another Friday in America where we are so far off the rails we don’t even remember what the rails looked like. See Spain.
Oh, let’s see:
- We had a major speech, and if this time he walks his talk, some real action on global warming, with probably tons of lawsuits from conservatives who are still in denial and would rather sacrifice their kids future that cut jobs in the coal industry for better jobs in alternate energy
- The Senate passed a draconian immigration bill that in any other time would look just plain stupid. We will have an armed border where the net immigration into this country is negative and more stupid fence when all we need is a real immigration status employment system, an extremely long path to citizenship, and garnishing all their contributions to Social Security prior to bill passage. Oh, and a choice for John Boehner whether he wants to save the Republican Party as a national party or stay speaker of the house
- We have Supreme Court cases in Affirmative Action and the Voting Rights Act that have set our country back 50 years. Oh and there was another one that kind of ended rational land planning
- We have had major admissions by the federal government on their level of spying, but the real focus is on where in the world is Edward Snowden
- And there is an unparalleled attack in state’s legislature on women’s right to choose and be equal citizens
And what do we get on TV? Endless coverage of the George Zimmerman trial and you be the judge. This is highly ironic considering that most people in this country make up their minds early and don’t let facts or testimony sway their opinion anyway. Is this a great country or what?
Nazi commander discovered living in Minnesota. Now I finally get how Michele Bachmann got elected.
Oh, and on Jeb Bush’s comment of immigrants being more fertile, I heard the speech and although immigrants do have more children (not more fertile) he was defending immigration and everything he said was true. If you doubt it, check our history. Man we have to chill out.
According to the lastest poll, 48% of Americans approve of the surveillance program. Say what? We do not know the extent, we don’t know the rules, we don’t know how it is safeguarded (apparently not very well), we don’t know how long it is going to be kept, and we don’t know by any objective measure if it is effective. And there you have why Republicans still get elected with no discernable plan for our future. A large portion of population are brain dead and critical thinking is a foreign language to them. Let’s vote on whether climate change is happening!
Well, what is there to say? The News can’t get any stranger:
Normally this is the day I write about the vineyard, but it is almost winter and describing leaves falling to the ground can get fairly monotonous. I could describe my never ending battle with the almighty gopher, but they are winning and it is too depressing. So I thought I would resurrect WTF Fridays because there are so many things happening in the news these days that make absolutely no sense whatsoever yet we don’t even blink:
- Simon Johnson, one of the economists you can depend on to give an unbiased view of the economic world, and generally an unswerving supporter of stimulus (austerity doesn’t work) wrote a column yesterday about why Jon Huntsman is the only one talking sense about reforming the banking industry (The Huntsman Alternative). And Obama wonders why his support is tepid when he is running against true fruit loops who are leading in the Republican primaries.
- By the way, the only sane Republican is Jon Huntsman and he may not qualify for the next debate (You need 5% rating). Does that tell you anything about the state of the Republican Party?
- Speaking of moronic Democrats, did you see where Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) thought we ought to renegotiate the automatic cuts that kick in if the Deficit Committee failed because they are too onerous? Gee Jim, ever hear of moral hazard. What was the point of establishing them in the first place? Sending that great message that Democrats stand for nothing.
- Oh, and here is a heads up for next year. Once again the Democrats will cave on the Bush Tax Cuts. Here is the real problem: THEY ALL NEED TO GO UP. But Democrats will continue to pander to the below $250K crowd, thinking they are principled and nothing changes.
- Does anybody know what Obama thinks is the right solution for banks, fixing the economy, a real health care plan? Does anybody know his vision and I am not talking about what he thinks might pass, but what he thinks will really fix the problem? And again he wonders why his support is tepid at best.
- Did you see where the Senate passed 93-7 a new defense spending authorization yesterday that included language that allows the President to authorize the murder (euphemistically called a drone strike) or to detain Americans at Guantanamo without review? Oh I misspoke. There is a process, but it is secret. Anybody besides me see a real contradiction here with the whole philosophy and principles behind our Constitution? Just label me a terrorist and I no longer have a Constitution to protect me. It makes our Constitution void and we freedom loving Americans a laughing stock of the world
- The numbers are in from Great Britain and austerity is a total failure. Not only are things getting worse (no confidence fairy yet), but it may be pushing them into another long recession. So what are leaders in that country doing to respond to reality? Doubling down.
- Am I the only one to notice that when governments do something they think will help the European problem (Euro Crisis), which careful analysis says doesn’t address the real problem, the markets go crazy and then die out in a day or two when reality sets in? Maybe the markets shouldn’t always be depended on to tell us what to do.
- Does it scare you that as policies in Europe prove to be wrong headed, the politicians double down? That they can’t say, oops, wrong direction so let’s change course? It almost makes Romney’s flip flopping refreshing. At least he can change his mind if votes depend upon it, although doing the right thing doesn’t seem to apply here.
- Back to the failure of austerity and a no-show by the confidence fairy. This should be big news and raise questions about our whole near term deficit cutting mania, but hear it even discussed on the news? We are all atwitter about what Herb Cain’s wife will say to him when he gets home today (I know what mine would say. Nothing. I would just find all my stuff at the bottom of the driveway and rightfully so.)
- Oh, and in Afghanistan where we are fighting for democracy and freedom, the woman who was thrown in prison for adultery when she was raped is being released if she marries her rapist. What the hell are we doing there and why oh why should we respect any religion with these kinds of beliefs? Well actually I wonder why we should respect any religion, but that is a personal problem.
- And last but not least in the WTF category, I guess you saw where the Republicans voted down the payroll tax cut because they refuse to pay for it with a levy on the wealthy. First, this is the fight we are having in Congress and this is a drop in the bucket to a real problem so you kind of get a sense of the fact that Washington is totally irrelevant to solving our real problems. But second is their alternate proposal for paying for it. That would be cutting the pay of Federal workers and cutting the workforce by 10%. We just saw where austerity doesn’t work, we refuse to take our wealthy when we have a historic transfer of wealth to them, and we want to pay for a cut in payroll tax by cutting the payroll of those who would benefit from the cut? Oy Veh.
- I almost forgot, the Republicans are against taxing the wealthy because they are job creators? Does anybody ever ask these morons why we have the lowest tax rates in 50 years and there are no jobs? Oh, I know, Clinton or Obama are at fault, or there is no confidence, or regulations are too onerous or…..
Oy Vey, WTF, whatever. It is just amazing that reality keeps telling us stuff and we blithely go on our path ignoring it. But it gives me lots of material for my blog which is good, but I really don’t want to be fiddling while Rome burns. Some where some time, this country has to restore its path to sanity.
Since I was out of commission Yesterday (more about that later), here are a couple of additional items:
- J Crew recently ran an advertisement that celebrated the pink toenail polish worn by the 5 year-old son of the company Creative Director, Jenna Lyons. The press (no not just Fox) went crazy with with how this might affect his gender identity. This from people who are educated and tells why our media is so broken because they are ignorant. Do women who wear pants as a child become masculine? Is someone who feels like a male in a woman’s body (or vice versa) changed because they were raised to where the cloths of their original gender?. It was truly a WTF moment and John Stewart from the Daily Show call out the outright stupidity of these morons. It is no wonder they can’t present politics rationally. WTF:
- I was out of commission yesterday because I was having a inguinal hernia repaired. I actually have the public option for my healthcare as a federal retiree, just like every member of Congress (but you can’t have it unless you are on Medicare). My surgery was done as an outpatient procedure at Kaiser Permanente in a modern and beautiful facility in Folsom California. My treatment from start to finish was super professional, caring, and stress relieving. I chose my surgeon, met the entire surgical staff, who reviewed everything including double, triple, and quadruple checking meds, history of drug allergies, prescription drugs, and marking and checking which side to do (the other had been done by the same surgeon several years ago). I am home and healing today, and Kaiser made a followup call to make sure I was feeling okay today. It cost me $233 including my prescription pain meds. That my friends is the public option. Did not run into one death panel the whole time. As economist Dean Baker points out, if we were all on the public option like the rest of the industrialized world, we would pay half what we do today for our medical care and there would be no deficit problem. We are the only industrialized country in the world who can’t quite see this as the way forward and you just have to wonder, WTF.
It is clear that we are living in a world where the choices are obvious and yet the political dialogue is moronic and you just have to say, WTF.