AM's blog

In Weak Economy, an Opening to Court Votes of Single Women

WTF:
Democrats say single women are highly motivated by women’s issues like threats to abortion rights, access to contraception and equal pay, arguing that what seem like social issues have a direct impact on their bottom line.

But Republicans insist those concerns have been trumped by the poor economy. “Rome is burning — our country’s burning — and you’re concerned about these issues?” asked Maureen Karas, southern director for the Nevada Federation of Republican Women. “Birth control pills are like nine bucks. That’s like two lattes.”

It is a strange world. The above two paragraphs are from an article in todays NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/07/us/politics/in-weak-economy-an-opening...

I would argue that there is't a single demograhic inculding the 1% that life in America would not be better for by voting against the Publicans, but single woman? Give me a break. If Team Obama can't carry this demo by more than 25%, they had 29% last time, they are failing as badly as they have in explaining why either you are for the Affordable Health Care Act or you hate the USA!

Today in History

A search through Wikipedia for 5 aug had me find no one in the music industry that I wanted to point out. But something to think about, on this day in 1930 the man who uttered the first word humans said on the Moon "Houston," Neil Armstrong was born.

Perhaps of equal importance is a death. Fifty years ago today the 1948 Castroville Cal Artichoke Queen was found dead in her Brentwood Apartment. Norma Jeane Mortenson!

Believe it or not Dowd has a wonderful article.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/opinion/sunday/dowd-the-love-goddess-w...

Very Interesting

Does Prem Watsa know something we don’t about the future of RIM?

An insider just doubled down:

http://crackberry.com/does-prem-watsa-know-something-we-don%E2%80%99t-ab...

When It's Way To Early

That is how they always end the Joe Scarborough Show, when I am watching "Morning Joe" I am up way to early. So this morning I heard a quote:
My own guess, however, is that apart from one or more of these elements, what the Romney tax returns would lay bare is the extent of his donations to his church. In this case and all others, charitable donations are something to be proud of, an entirely honorable thing. But for a candidate who has taken extravagant pains to avoid discussion of his supremely prominent role in contemporary Mormonism, the idea of a wave of news stories detailing the tens of millions of dollars that he has given to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—surely making him among its most generous funders in the modern era—must be a kind of nightmare. The kind that would open a can of worms that has little to do with money and everything to do with an aspect of his life that might humanize him and be reassuring or even inspiring to millions of Americans, but that he evidently regards as a strict no-go zone.
from http://nymag.com/news/politics/powergrid/mitt-romney-2012-7/index1.html
probably way to true.

Happy Birthday W!

Chief Justice Robert's key message lost on many

Many that went to SCOTUSblog for understanding of the Supreme Court's decision on the Health Care. We don't after all follow SCOTUS as well as they do. At the same time I doubt all but a handful of us understand the Supreme Court as well as the Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Shrley S Abrahamson. BTW she is a liberal and was Clinton's runner up for the Ginsburg and literally strangled by a right wing ConSin Supreme Court Justice. However Abrahamson approves.
As this is an op ed piece published in dozens of papers I am reprinting it with it's entirety with proper attribution. Therefore I feel the failed blog is not in anyway guilty, here at least, of copyright violation:

Of the millions of words written and spoken about the Supreme Court’s decision in the Affordable Care Act case (commonly called the health care case), too many have focused on labels and politics, too few on the principles of judging. Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision, regardless of anyone’s opinion of whether he was “right” or “wrong,” reflected a basic approach to judicial service that many of us who wear black robes at work try to use.

Darling, You Never Even Call Me By My Name!

What a wonderful song, but you never would have heard of it if it wasn't for one of today's birthday boys. One reason I love the title almost as much as the last verse is I AM AM!

Today is also the 91st anniversary of Belfast's Bloody Sunday. Not to be confused with the Bloody Sunday The Edge and Bono wote about in 1972.

Béla Fleck is 54 today. If you haven't heard of him google it. Listen to him. The greatest Banjo player that ever lived. And that is saying a lot coming from a Seegerist.

But as the other birthday boy of note would say "that ain't what i came here to tell you about..."

Four days before the 100th anniversary of his dad's birth Arlo Davy Guthrie turns 65 today.

So what does that have to do with Darling, you never call me AM?

You would have never heard of the song "Darling" if it weren't for Arlo. Because unless Arlo covered "The City of New Orleans" David Allen Coe would have never heard of Steve Goodman.

Steve Goodman by the way is the thrid most famous person to have attended Maine East High School in Park Ridge Il. After Hillary Rodham and Harrison Ford.

With that being said I am officially calling Illinois for Obama!

an interesting email i got today

AM,

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Way Out Here Lyrics

No one reads this blog, so it really doesn't matter. But with attibutes to not just the web site and the song let me quote the first two verses and chorus to Josh Thompson's "Way Out Here:
full lyrics can be found here: http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/thompson-josh/way-out-here-29252.html

Our houses are protected by the good Lord and a gun
And you might meet 'em both if you show up here not welcome son
Our necks are burnt, our roads are dirt and our trucks ain't clean
The dogs run lose, we smoke, we chew and fry everything
Out here, way out here

(Chorus)
We won't take a dime if we ain't earned it
When it comes to weight brother we pull our own
If it's our backwoods way of livin' you're concerned with
You can leave us alone
We're about John Wayne, Johnny Cash and John Deere
Way out here

We got a fightin' side a mile wide but we pray for peace
'Cause it's mostly us that end up servin' overseas
If it was up to me I'd love to see this country run
Like it used to be, oughta be, just like it's done
Out here, way out here

Thoughts of the Day!

On "The Daily Rundown" this morning came up with an interesting fact:
The 5th floor of the US Supreme Court is a gym. It has a basketball court, called "the highest court in the land."

Today is perfect number day. The only day all year where both numbers of the date 6-28 are perfect numbers. As Rene Descartes said "Perfect numbers like perfect men are very rare."

Last thought of the day, do people buy iPhones because they are stupid, want apple to think for them, they think Steve Jobs is God, they like toys, or they want people to think they are richer and more beautiful than they really are?

The Rich Are Different!

This cracked me up. In something similar on Marketplace there was a story a week or so ago about iPhone uses being better, educated, better looking and smaller heads than android users.
So admit it!
It is a glamor and vanity thing over function and power.

Technology Alert
from The Wall Street Journal

Orbitz Worldwide has found that people who use Apple's Mac computers spend as much as 30% more a night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see.

The Orbitz effort, which is in its early stages, demonstrates how tracking people’s online activities can use even seemingly innocuous information—in this case, the fact that customers are visiting Orbitz.com from a Mac—to start predicting their tastes and spending habits.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405270230445860457748882266732588...

Help Me With This

Isn't LeBron James hated in Ohio. Isn't his departure from home town Cleveland to Miami just show that when you have enough money you can buy what ever you want? So why are they letting the Koch brothers buy their votes?

I am not proud

I am demoing an iPhone. It is too easy to use. Great camera and GPS. What would happen if I learned to like simplicity over power? Form over function? The Kool-Aide is leaving a bitter taste not just in my mouth, but my heart, mind and soul.

Peter Hart Has It Almost Right

This morning on "The Daily Rundown" Heart asked "are they willing to change direction?" referring to the Obama Campaign. He went on to say "is it only going to be about Mitt Romney, that won't be enough, it's got to be about where this president will take the country in the next four years."
You know that is just about right, but totally missing the big picture. Karl Rove who was a key principal in the Florida Recount in 2000 and throwing Ohio in 2004, has said that for years it was difficult for the Publicans to win the Congress, so they concentrated on the Presidency. Now because of changing situations, read Citizens United, we can take congress where the real power is.
As the situations have changed we now have the worst of Parliamentary government without the advantages. If Rove and Company take over the House and Senate they can do more damage then they have in the past four years. Obama might have enough money to win, but the forces preventing the Rove and Company from fully taking us all the way down the Loony Tune Train will not have enough.
We are screwed unless we wake up!

We All Ready Have A Republican Economy!

What should be done about the economy? Republicans claim to have the answer: slash spending and cut taxes. What they hope voters won’t notice is that that’s precisely the policy we’ve been following the past couple of years. Never mind the Democrat in the White House; for all practical purposes, this is already the economic policy of Republican dreams.

So the Republican electoral strategy is, in effect, a gigantic con game: it depends on convincing voters that the bad economy is the result of big-spending policies that President Obama hasn’t followed (in large part because the G.O.P. wouldn’t let him), and that our woes can be cured by pursuing more of the same policies that have already failed.

For some reason, however, neither the press nor Mr. Obama’s political team has done a very good job of exposing the con.

The first three paragraphs of Paul's article. What part of this is not true? What is the deal? The link for the full article is below.

For Those Of You That Make The Effort

not to come to this blog, or those of you that won't because it is a "failed blog" and don't know it exists you are in the case of the former and should be in case of the latter that I am becoming more and more of a devout Seegerist. Working together to help others understand each other through music.
With that being said I urge you to read Tom's column from last week:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/30/opinion/friedman-paul-simon-takes-us-b...
about the movie:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2112868/
If you remember South Africa at the time was being boycotted by many. The Movie and Paul contend that by going there and getting black South African's a world wide audience for their music he helped end apartied.
If only the Miami Cubans had his wisdom. We would all have been on Holiday in Cuba by now.

The Most Important Article Obama Will Ever Read!

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/opinion/sunday/friedman-president-obam...

Today Tom is dead on. How can we get everyone all the way to the top to read this article?
Will you?

Hello, Is any one out there?

Hello?

Is there anybody in there?

Just nod if you can hear me.

Is there anyone at home?

Come on, now,

I hear you’re feeling down.

Well I can ease your pain

Get you on your feet again.

Relax.

I’ll need some information first.

Just the basic facts.

Can you show me where it hurts?

There is no pain you are receding

A distant ship, smoke on the horizon.

You are only coming through in waves.

Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re saying.

http://www.pinkfloydonline.com/lyrics/isthereanybodyoutthere/

You Heard It Here First

Walker survives. Obama wins popular vote but looses in the Electoral Colleg and Pubs take both houses!

Happy Birthday Sue

I can't believe i post stuff like this on facebook

Since this is a failed blog, no one ever reads it, no one ever comes here, if you want to rant, wouldnt it be better for your job, social life, family life, just to post stuff like this here:

bill maher:before facebook we all had to sit and wonder what passing acquaintances from hs had for lunch. there has to be a cheaper way to find out if your ex girl friend from highschool got fat.

So I spent an hour walking around Exhibitour. In less than an hour I had more than 200% the recommended amount of fat, sodium and sugar. But I saw something funnier. A gay retired government employee who has all ready used more than $100k in post retired state insurance walking around with a "Stand With Walker" tee shirt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9KC7uhMY9s
Pogo was right: "We've met the enemy and he is us"

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