Daniel Ruth considers the Republican field. A nugget:
Really now, can you remotely fathom Dwight Eisenhower, or Abraham Lincoln, or Barry Goldwater, or Teddy Roosevelt, or Bob Dole, or Ronald Reagan or even Richard Nixon sharing a debate dais with the current crop of GOP candidates and not thinking to themselves: “Holy Toledo! These people are certifiably full of twaddle.”
Read the rest.
What most users don’t know is that the new features being
The medicine show breaks in a new grift. Follow the link for details.
What most users don’t know is that the new features being introduced are all centered around increasing the value of Facebook to advertisers, to the point where Facebook representatives have been selling the idea that Timeline is actually about re-conceptualizing users around their consumer preferences, or as they put it, “brands are now an essential part of people’s identities.”
The name itself is cleverly designed to conceal the fact that your profile no longer arranges information chronologically. Yes, things are laid out by year and by month. But, when it comes to what’s displayed to your social circle at any given time, other metrics, including direct payments to Facebook itself, will now influence the ranking and placement of stories. This payola will be a crucial part of the graph rank, the new metric for placement that the social network uses to determine what appears on your profile.
At SFGate dot com, the San Francisco Chronicle’s website, Leland Faust, a man who has gotten rich investing, considers what’s wrong with the Wall Street banksters. Using Jon Corzine’s ill-fated stewardship of MF Global as an example, he cites ten failings.
1. The cult of a Wall Street superstar.
2. Gambling disguised as investing.
3. The bail-me-out syndrome.
4. Enormous conflicts of interest.
5. Leverage on a grand scale.
6. Failure of regulators and the reform law.
7. Misappropriation of client funds.
8. Worthless rating agencies.
9. Golden parachutes soaring high.
10. Breakdown of morality: Even if something is legal, that doesn’t mean it is right.
Follow the link to see the examples supporting each point.
Always be polite to the help at the coffee shop.
The 17-year-old had received the gift, a gun, from her dad for Christmas. He encouraged her to carry it so she’d be safe.
The two girls — sometimes friends, sometimes not — were feuding. So in late November, one girl parked in the other girl’s spot at Osceola Fundamental High School. Then she suspected the other girl of keying her car. Then she went home and, without naming names, put up a couple of posts on her Facebook page, including this one:
“oh so you keyed my car? well your karmas gonna be a wholeee lot worse that that”
The next morning, the girl, 16-year-old Allie Scott, found herself in big trouble.
The Pinellas school district suspended her for three days. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office charged her with stalking.
The girl’s parents have hired a lawyer and are threatening suit.
“Stalking” does rather seem to be overkill.
No word on the search for the anonymous car-keyer.
The Republican Party has become a deeply anti-democratic party.
Anyone who wants to vote must sign a form at the polling place pledging to support the eventual Republican nominee for president. Anyone who refuses to sign will be barred from voting in the primary.
Words fail me.
Via Raw Story.
I get mail about Republican attempts to keep out the vote.
The Republicans in the Virginia legislature are preparing to suppress the vote; a snippet from my mail:
The nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice has reported that as many as five million Americans have been disenfranchised by statutes such as HB 9 and SB 1. In a December 9, 2011 commentary in the Richmond Times-Dispatch entitled, “Voter ID laws recall Jim Crow”, Neil Pierce notes a 2006 study by the American Research Corporation that found that 25 percent of African Americans, 18 percent of senior citizens, and 18 percent of young adults (ages 18-24) do not possess photo IDs. Senate Bill 1 and HB 9 would make it much more difficult for young adults, low income people, senior citizens, and people of color to vote.
SB 1 would eliminate voters from using their state issued voter registration card as an approved form of ID used to cast a vote. Both SB 1 and HB 9 would require voters to cast a provisional, not an official ballot if they did not bring an approved ID. Voters would have to later present the appropriate ID in order for their vote to count. Why are lawmakers making it harder to vote?
To echo the writer’s question, why do Republicans fear the electorate?
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