Saturday, June 28, 2014

Well they were dead broke

Hillary Clinton paid $300,000 and Bill Clinton paid $250,000 for UCLA speeches

Non-voters

I have never understood non-voters.   Their behavior makes no sense to me at all.   If we go across all elections, I think we probably wind up with less than 40% voting on average.  I think I'm being generous.  At 40%,  it means the person who gets 1/2 +1 wins the election.  A 50% win is reasonable, but remember it's 50% of 40% or 20% who will make all the laws and regs.  It's 20% deciding how they and the 80% remainder will live our collective lives.

Did you vote in 2000 and 2004?  I did, but I certainly did not vote for the Shrub.  I was in the losing 20%.  What about the non-voters?  What can I say about them?  Well, by not voting I assume every damn one of them loved every action that Bush took.  They didn't actively vote for him, it's a passive vote for whomever wins.  Yep,  20% of us voted to avoid having a plant for Prez.  We lost.  The voters and non-voters, 80% of you, elected a plant, not once, but twice.

Oh, that means that 80% of us love Obama and everything he's done and will be doing.  I voted for him twice.  Come on, he's a Dem.  The only people who can seriously complain about Barry are the one who voted for him or the other guy, Willard something or other.  I disagree with Obama on some matters, but I support his presidency.  Votes matter, they elect folks and give voters complaining rights.  Non-voters can just be silent.  Votes do matter, did you ever imagine what a Prez Palin would be like, assuming McCain had won and dropped dead.  

Non-voters, by their inaction, mindlessly support whomever wins any office in their locality, State, District and Nation.  All they can do is cheer the winners on.

Sounds Interesting

Here's a book review you may find of interest.  I'll probably buy this one and read it along with Piketty's book on income inequality.

Book review: ‘Our Declaration,’ by Danielle Allen

Then again, it may not matter if we're well on the way to extincting every bloody bit of living things on the planet.  Did you miss "The Sixth Extinction" by Elizabeth Kolbert?  From stardust to stardust a bit too soon perhaps, but we will all return to our origins, stardust.  

Friday, June 27, 2014

Clinton in 2016?

I'm one of those Pew solid liberals.  I have a feeling most solid liberals are also yellow dog Democrats--if it's a Democrat I'll vote for it, period.  If Clinton gets the nomination, she has my vote, she's a Democrat.  However, if Elizabeth Warren entered the race, then I'd vote for her.

Who would win the proverbial hearts and minds of Democrats who vote in primaries?  Remember Obama bested Clinton in '08.  Given the state of inequality in the nation, I think a solid bit of progressive populism would be better than the Wall St bullshit that Clinton offers.

Bear in mind, about everything that Obama said and implied in 2008 that attracted liberals has fallen by the way.  He failed to be even 10% of what he could be.  There are days I do wonder if the guy really is a Democrat.  Clinton, like Obama,  will say a lot of good stuff for liberal ears to hear.  If we accept her at her word, we'll just be Obamafied again.  Even so, she's better than anyone the Trogs will put forward to lead the nation back to 1850.

I'm in a minority how do you feel about Ms. Clinton and 2016?

  Liberals and Hillary, sitting in a tree. V-O-T-I-N-G.

I don't get it

I don't understand the Clinton appeal.  I do not get it.  Giving an hour speech is worth $200,000?  Come on, unless someone has hired him as "entertainment" whose presence on the bill increases the gate at some gathering, it's a joke, well paid, but a joke.  Someone is making showbiz style money or this is how we do quid pro quo these days.

I guess it's not a bad gig if you can get it (helps to have been Prez.).

How the Clintons went from ‘dead broke’ to rich: Bill earned $104.9 million for speeches

Thursday, June 26, 2014

College Debt

I didn't incur any debt when I went to college.  The GI bill really helped along with working for the University.  I have been a bit unsettled by the today's numbers.  Of course the the attention getter is the very large average dollar figure.  I've wanted to see a bit more on who gets what debt and how it's paid off.  If, like me,  you have wondered a bit about student debt, here's a good piece to read.

Good news if you have student debt: It gets better

Self centered, self-righteous pricks!

Who?  Oh, the conservatives that abound in our new confederacy (GOP).  Think not?  Well I am perhaps a bit biased, I am, per the Pew quiz a solid liberal.  Read the piece, shake your head a bit, and take the quiz.  What are you?

More than three quarters of conservatives say the poor “have it easy”

I've never met a "poor" person who had it easy.  I've never wanted a life of poverty.  I kind of figure the Trogs just like to have poor people around so they can feel better about themselves.  Given that most of them are Jesus jocks, I hope they're ready for the big surprize coming when Jesus sends them all back to live it over again as a poor person in Shithole, Mississippi.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dint of hard work

Ms. Clinton has labored and toiled for oodles of green, she sad she's not truly rich, but is okay with just plain old rich.  Giving speeches and helping ghost writers pen her books is harder than digging ditches.  I have found her theme song for the 2016 campaign--

She Works Hard For The Money Lyrics


She works hard for the money
So hard for it, honey
She works hard for the money
So you better treat her right

She works hard for the money
So hard for it, honey
She works hard for the money
So you better treat her right

Hillary there in the corner stand
And she wonders where she is
And it's strange to her
Some people seem to have everything

Nine a.m. on the hour hand
And she's waiting for the bell
And she's looking real pretty
Just wait for her clientele

She works hard for the money
So hard for it, honey
She works hard for the money
So you better treat her right...


 



IRS e-mail

Did you catch the IRS guy's testimony about the missing e-mail?  Lois Lerner's e-mail, during the period of time that the IRS was scrutinizing the always evil Tea Bagger 401(c) organizations, does not exist anywhere in IRS space.  It seems her PC crashed and the e-mail was no more.  The backup was only good for 6 months.  It seems odd that the IRS does not go a better job of record keeping.  It smacks less of a conspiracy directed by the GOP's much feared Kenyan Muslim they believe to be in the White House and more of typical bipartisan government incompetence.

I guess we'll never know what Ms. Lerner knew.  Hold it, I wonder if Rep. Issa has requested the e-mail from the NSA, they have everybody else's!  Wouldn't that be interesting if they did....

Pi = 3.0

I've always enjoyed telling people that various state legislatures had passed bills making pi equal 3.0.  I usually pick on Kentucky or Mississippi.  I usually place Kentucky's boneheads as acting in the 1890s.  Mississippi's date varies with my mood, but it is always a recent year.  Come on, if you heard a report that yesterday Mississippi 's legislature enacted a law making the value of Pi equal to 3.0 in it's schools, would you or anyone else would bat an eye?

Setting Pi to 3.0 by law is urban myth.  It does reflect what we think of some states and their elected officials.  For those of you who have forgotten about Pi, here's a bit from Wiki:

"The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, approximately equal to 3.14159. It has been represented by the Greek letter "π" since the mid-18th century though it is also sometimes spelled out as "pi" (/paɪ/). Being an irrational number, π cannot be expressed exactly as a common fraction, although fractions such as 22/7 and other rational numbers are commonly used to approximate π. Consequently its decimal representation never ends and never settles into a permanent repeating pattern. The digits appear to be randomly distributed although no proof of this has yet been discovered."

I don''t remember which King tried to order the tide to recede, but setting the value of Pi to 3.0 is as effective as giving an order to the sea.  In that recognition of idiocy, I have decided to institute the Pi=3.0 Award.  

The first award goes the all the elected officials and dedicated folks in North Carolina who cannot quite cope with global warming and the rising sea level.

On N.C.’s Outer Banks, scary climate-change predictions prompt a change of forecast


Perhaps the Republican Governor of NC could tell the Atlantic to bug off and leave the Tarheels alone.