Dick Polman marvels at wingnut opposition to a non-binding U. N. treaty designed to help disabled persons. A snippet (emphasis added):

And let’s not forget the right’s hatred of the U.N. Republican politicians have long been mining that emotion. Back in 2010, the GOP gubernatorial candidate in Colorado claimed that Denver’s Democratic mayor was bent on “converting Denver into a United Nations community” – all because the mayor was promoting a bike-sharing program. Meanwhile, in 2012, Ted Cruz (of course it was Ted Cruz) claimed repeatedly that the U.N. wants to “abolish” golf courses on American soil.

This is the kind of stuff that passes for deep thought in the fever swamp; nevertheless, most Republican senators owe their jobs to fever-swamp voters. Which means that the odds for ratification approximate the odds of the ’14 Phillies morphing into the ’27 Yankees.

Please do read the whole thing.


Teddy Roosevelt in 1913 said,

Via Job’s Anger.


Satan to various religious fanatics in Hell:

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Be polite to thy father and thy mother.

Sheriff Doug Cox says that deputies were called to a home in Greenwood just before 3 p.m. on Saturday. When they arrived, deputies found a 47-year-old woman being treated by medics.

The investigation revealed that the woman and her 23-year-old son were going through her recently deceased husband’s gun collection. At some point, the son picked up a 9mm handgun, which then fired, striking his mother in the leg.

“. . . which then fired.” Divine intervention, no doubt.


My local rag has an odd story about research by a local professor which seems to point to a correlation between whether persons “front-in” or “back-in” parking spaces and their economic behavior. A snippet:

China had the highest share of reverse parkers, at 88 percent; the United States was lowest, at less than 6 percent, followed by Brazil, at 17 percent. The U.S. parking data included observations in downtown Norfolk and in Kill Devil Hills, N.C.

He then looked at recent economic statistics, such as savings rate and growth in gross domestic product, and found that the more reverse parkers, the more economic success.

For example, of the six countries, China enjoyed the largest annual productivity increase from 2001 to 2011 – 17.8 percent. Virtually tied on the bottom were Brazil (1.3 percent) and the United States (1.5 percent). “Based on the way people park,” Li wrote, “we can gauge their economic performance.”

The link, Li said in an interview last week, is whether a society leans toward instant or delayed gratification. Rear-first parkers, he reasoned, are delayed-gratification types: They take more time to park so they can have a quicker getaway.

Note that he is not claiming causality, merely correlation.

Full Disclosure:

I usually back into parking spaces, but gratification of any sort has little to do with. It’s simple visibility.

If I get caught parked between two honking great SUVs, I’d much rather front out than back out.


Jon Stewart revels in Republican lies about Reagan.

Below the fold because it may autoplay.

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John Wooden:

Do not mistake activity for achievement.


Be polite in the convenience store.

Police said Jason Bryant, who held a concealed carry permit, went into the store in Orange, where the gun discharged as he pulled up his shorts, reported the Longview News-Journal.

“He walked maybe six feet in the door when he pulled his shorts up, something caught the trigger and the gun discharged into his leg,” said Chief Jim Vanover, of Orange police. “People immediately rushed over to help.”

And, in more news of the polite . . . .



Republican Congress, behind fortified walls:

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Dan Casey tells the story one 91-year-old person’s attempt to obtain a “valid photo ID” so she can exercise her right to vote. Follow the link and read of the punishment she was willing to endure so as to be allowed to have a say in the next election.

Years ago, back when she lived in New York, Trapani used to be an elections official. She worked at the polls when she lived in Florida too. “And I’ve always voted. Whenever there was an election, I voted.” She considers it a civic duty.


But her Virginia driver’s license is expired, and her passport is too. So recently she went through a significant hassle to get a valid photo ID, which is required of all voters under a new state election law that took effect July 1.

Republicans are betting that most persons won’t go through the trouble, allowing themselves to be de facto disenfranchised.

The Republican Party has become a vile and loathsome thing.


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The Atlantic City casino dream is crashing and, as it crashes, it beggars honest workers.

Casino gambling is a mug’s game. It has always been a mugs’ game, just as the lottery in a mug’s game. The house always wins; the marks always lose. Those who would base their fortune on casino gambling are mugs and losers.

Financing public services by playing a mugs’ game because politicians fear to assess taxes–the price of living in a civilized society, by the way–is a con and a fraud, a mug’s gambit. Like all cons and frauds, it ultimately fails (think Bernie Madoff and Enron). In AC, the con and the fraud is failing big time.

Only the con artists and the fraudsters, who cash in early and get out quickly, benefit, as they play their (you will pardon the expression) Trump cards while leaving the citizenry holding the bag.

Depending on “gambling revenue” to pay for public services is an attempt to take the easy way out of governance.

There is no easy way out of responsibility. The citizenry forgets that at its peril


iF THE ECONOMY WAS AN AIRPLANE:  Cutaways of airplanes for 1970s, 1990s, 2010s showing rich persons in first class gradually squeezing coach passengers into sardines.  Plutocrat all stretched out on his reclining seat says,

Via Progressive Populist.


A faith-based IPO to die for.


Van Wyck Brooks:

Earnest people are often people who habitually look at the serious side of things that have no serious side.


Via Classic Arts Showcase.


In a longer post about Tim Draper’s plan to separate California into six states (George Smith delivers a scathing take-down of that exercise in narcissism at his place), Tom Hilton highlights the one of the (many) logical fallacies inherent in Libertarianism:

The whole thing is an object lesson in the poverty of libertarianism. Libertarians think governing is easy. They think it’s easy because they don’t really care about the details, and they don’t really care about the details because they think it’s easy. (And of course they think it’s easy because at heart they’re fundamentally anti-democratic, fetishizing the dictatorial rule of all-powerful CEOs as their model for governance.)

And because they think governing is easy, because they don’t care about the details, whenever by some hideous mischance one of them is given a position of responsibility, they invariably prove spectacularly inept at governing.


Oh, my.

Police in West Frankfort say 27-year-old Danielle Saxton posted pictures on her Facebook page showing off a new dress.

But the problem was the dress was stolen from a local boutique.

She won’t be wearing the dress again.


Via Raw Story.

Watch it. If you don’t have time to watch it now, bookmark and watch it later, but watch it.