Pic of the day:  Morning in a Pine Forest, by Ivan Shishkin


A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within. The essential causes of Rome’s decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars.

Will Durant, Caeser and Christ


Like:  Mitt Romney saying publicly that he likes parts of the Affordable care act.

Dislike:  Anyone actually believing that.  He still wants to toss the ACA out. Anyone who says different is crazy.

Like:  Ann Romney going on Meet the Press with her husband.

Dislike:  Ann Romney thinking that Mitt has been ‘demonized’ as being heartless.  He seems pretty heartless to me, kind of guy who would cut a company to pieces and sell the good bits and fire everyone else and not sweat making a profit off of putting thousands of people out on their asses.  Seems heartless, ya know? I don’t know that ‘demonize’ is the right word for calling someone out on being what the actually are.  In the real world that is called being observant.

Like:  Fact checkers.  The world needs’em

Dislike: Fact that fact checkers are not as obsessed with the actual facts as they should be.  A number of them are bad, and it makes every one of them look bad.  Politifact is good, as is, but I’ve seen others that are partisan in their fact checking from both sides of the fence.

Like: The President is leading in the polls as of this weekend.  The ‘bounce’ from the convention seems strong from where I am looking.  He’s up by 4 percent in right leaning Rasmussen polling, and 5 percent in Gallup’s latest poll numbers.

Dislike:  That really doesn’t matter all that much.  No matter how you slice it, 45% of the country will vote Republican, 45% will vote Democratic, and slightly less than 1% will vote for a third candidate, meaning the election will be moved by the 9or so percent of the population that will vote that has, up until now, not paid a shit’s worth of attention to the issues.

Like:  Many of the important issues (abortion, jobs, etc) of the day do get discussed daily by a large number of people.

Dislike:  Not enough people though.  And many times the issues are clouded by the myriad things that cloud human communication, from obfuscation, deceit and outright lies, to distractions and side issues that addle the minds of even the best of us.  I’ll write an article on that issue later this week.

Like: The President and Vice President are down to earth good people who genuinely like connecting with the people they work for, aka, Americans.

Dislike:  It leads to photos in the news and stories, like this, and this.  I don’t find it bad at all, but you can be sure that pics of some 40 something biker chick in the V.P.’s lap, surrounded by bikers will cause some level of stupid horseshit from the right wing schmuckosphere.

Like: It’s football season.

Dislike:  The Giants lost their first game and the offense sputtered.  The Jets scored 6 TD’s, after only scoring one all pre-season.  And the Redskins and the Eagles both won. Bastards.  Four teams have scored over 40 points this week, none of them my team.



That’s it from here, America.  G’night.


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