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  • Political analysts are saying that a repeat of the presidential electoral limbo of 2000 is a real possibility in November because of last minute changes to voter eligibility and voter ID laws and the litigation that any 5 year old could have told us was coming (and rightly so.). Right now, voter suppression efforts in states like Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio may well deprive what could be five million people of their franchise. Looks like there is at least one silver lining in SCOTUS having said that Bush v. Gore wasn't precedential.




  • When was the last time we heard that California and Kentucky had something important in common? Even if they never have before, when it comes to closing the courthouse doors because the state is going broke, they do now. (Although, for the record, California has a 3-year head start)
  • Mitt Romney buying 2 ears of corn this week (on sale!) may have made a major dent in the remaining available stores remaining if predictions that this year's drought will result in the worst corn yields seen in 17 years prove accurate. Mitt's probably going to have to switch to soybeans or wheat for his next shopping trip. Oh, wait. Maybe not.
  • Both Attorney General Eric Holder and Gov. Scott Walker attended the memorial service for the victims of a white supremacist attack on a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin earlier this week. It’s a damned shame it takes someone dying before anyone gets to see Gov. Walker's alleged human side.
  • The Weather Channel has already set up a remote office on Mars, it appears, since we're already getting forecasts just days after Curiosity touched down and started sending us images of this hauntingly beautiful "red planet." (Now complete with pink skies!)
  • Google is quickly becoming the internet's info cop. Much to the delight of the RIAA, it has decided to implement an algorithm that pushes down in Google search results sites that get "too many" DMCA take down notices. Google says it will only use valid notices; others with less profit-driven motives see the potential for real abuse of take down notices as a means to quash competition. All to the detriment of the free exchange of information on the 'net.
  • Those who actually care about sports more than nationalism must be reaching "pissed off to the highest of pisstivity" zone over NBC's absolute refusal to show medal ceremonies for important events when the U.S. doesn't actually win something? Watching the Olympic Games on the telly used to be a sporting celebration and a world cultural history lesson all in one. Given the decisiveness of his victory and his overflowing expressions of cultural and tribal pride when David Rudisha shattered the world record in the men's 800 meter on Thursday, he and we deserved to have the Kenyan national anthem played the world over. NBC seems intent that all Americans will ever know about national anthems is "Star Spangled Banner" and "God Save the Queen." Oh, and that French national anthem that nobody knows the words to.
  • Speaking of Olympic celebrations, the discus thrower Robert Harting gave new meaning to the word "happy" when he ripped his shirt off, ran around the track jumping the hurdles using a German flag to keep him airborne, took pictures of his own face smiling into the camera when he took the gold medal on Thursday night. Alas, Harting's joy was shortlived when he, in his words, got "blind drunk" and ended up sleeping on a London train and later "on the ground somewhere," lost his shoe, his German flag, and all of his sports equipment including his "key" to the Olympic Village (his accreditation papers). What a night. Next up for Harting? Either the decathalon or the Thunder from Down Under. Hard to know which way it will go when he's clearly qualified for both.

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  •  o/t fnc (8+ / 0-)

    I'm not sure if I'm the only one who caught this, but fox is dubbing over Romney's "the next president" gaffe. They even ran a segment just now saying something along the lines of "can you hear his error?" with the FNC dubbed correction playing. I'm pretty sure that's terribly unethical.

  •  I loved the profile NBC did on Rushida (3+ / 0-)

    and interview with the Irish priest who helped train him at St. Patrick's HS.  Very cool!

  •  Even if the Jim Crow tactics don't put Romney in (10+ / 0-)

    they could still have a major impact on the downticket races - particularly control of the Senate, as well as the House margins.  All of the GOP's Jim Crow tactics have to be mercilessly crushed, and all results in their favor that depend on them fought relentlessly and never conceded even if they win in court.  We must set a precedent here: If the only way a Republican won was via the disenfranchisement of legitimate voters, then they didn't win, and our candidates must be told they're not allowed to concede in such a case.

    Republicans would rather live in shit than be seen working a shovel.

    by Troubadour on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:21:42 PM PDT

  •  Republicans don't WIN ... (13+ / 0-)
    They STEAL.

    "The Internet is the Public Square of the 21st Century"- Sen. Al Franken

    by Kdoug on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:24:52 PM PDT

  •  rudisha (4+ / 0-)

    is just a gloriously beautiful athlete. and it's too bad china doesn't seem to have a national anthem or flag- second in the medal count, and not a single medal ceremony.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:26:05 PM PDT

  •  Courts are basic (4+ / 0-)
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    Diana in NoVa, ferg, Aunt Pat, shanikka

    I've been watching California's court closures and judicial branch furloughs for the last few years.  Here in San Francisco, the superior court has laid off almost half its staff.  As a result, the court has basically stopped doing civil trials.  The limited resources are going to ensuring compliance with constitutional speedy trial requirements and to handling urgent cases like domestic violence and juvenile dependency.

    What this means is that if you're an average person or business in San Francisco, and you have a civil claim, you probably won't see justice any time soon.  I would have thought that a functioning judiciary was an indispensable core government function, but apparently the Republicans in Sacramento won't consider raising taxes even to keep the courthouses open.  

    Once again, California is leading the nation, but not in a good way.  We're showing the country exactly what kind of dysfunctional society the Republicans' radical, antigovernment policies will leave us with.  

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:27:42 PM PDT

    •  Yup (1+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat

      As a result, the court has basically stopped doing civil trials

      You're absolutely right about SF basically shutting down its civil side.  Except for evictions, that is -- which are statutorily required to go to trial within 21 days of being at issue.  (Although no small percentage of these go to default judgment.)

      So basically the only thing still guaranteed to happen in SF is criminal trials (constitutional right to a speedy trial) and families being thrown out of their homes.

      But the real juggernaut of dysfunction is just around the bend, with Los Angeles' announcement that it is taking dark nearly 60 of its 200 of its courtrooms because they have no money.

      =(

    •  I'm not sure... (0+ / 0-)

      ...why what is happening in California can now be used as an example of "what kind of dysfunctional society the Republicans' radical, antigovernment policies will leave us with."

      At this point, the Republicans have little power in California and the legislature and governor are free to do whatever they want.

      In particular, if overturning Prop 13 (1978) is desirable, they can simply put a measure on the ballot to eliminate it. The voters (of which about 44% are registered Democrats and 31% registered Republicans) can then decide.

      However, the Democrats have failed to take this step (why, I don't know).

      This suggests the problem is not just those who affiliate themselves with the Republican party.

      •  The Republicans gave us Prop. 13. (0+ / 0-)

        And ever since it was passed, they adamantly refuse to vote for any tax increase.  Since all tax increases or other revenue measures require the approval of two-thirds of both houses of the Legislature, and the Republicans hold a bit more than a third of the seats in both the Assembly and the Senate, they're able to block pretty much anything they want to.

        So, contrary to what you appear to believe, the governor and the Democrats in the Legislature are far from free to do what they want.  California is a perfect example of the tyranny of the minority, something we see both in the U.S. Senate and in Sacramento.  

        "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

        by FogCityJohn on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 10:32:36 PM PDT

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  •  C'mon - Paul Ryan? (3+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, MBNYC, Aunt Pat

    Really?

    I can smell the desperation from here and I have a serious case of sinusitis.

    I keep waiting for things to get any stupider and keep being surprised.

    It's surreal.

    That the ELECTED might never form to themselves an interest separate from the ELECTORS, prudence will point out the propriety of having elections often -Thomas Paine

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:30:25 PM PDT

  •  Mexico beats Brazil, 2-1, for Gold Medal.... (4+ / 0-)

    .in futbol.

    Viva Mexico.

    Olympics football: Mexico shock Brazil to win gold
    By Paul Fletcher BBC Sport at Wembley

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

    Mexico stunned favourites Brazil 2-1 at Wembley to win the men's Olympic football gold medal for the first time.

    Oribe Peralta struck from the 18-yard box after 32 seconds following some poor Brazilian defending.

    Fabian Marco hit the Brazil crossbar before a completely unmarked Peralta headed his team's second goal.

    One more thing.  

    In spite of what "a small group of far-sighted statesmen" in Brussels believe, countries do matter.  

    Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

    by PatriciaVa on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:31:01 PM PDT

  •  Hey! (5+ / 0-)

    Paul Henreid knows the words to that French National Anthem...

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:32:22 PM PDT

  •  Over the years (2+ / 0-)
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    Diana in NoVa, Aunt Pat

    here, I've read diaries about boycotting the Media. Well, today, I say, let's implement this boycott for real.... What would happen if we just stopped watching TV altogether? And, although I love MSNBC Mon-Fri after 5:00 p.m. and on the weekends from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. I can honestly say that I can turn it off, because I can get my news from the internet. Can you imagine the damage we could do if we just stopped watching NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, TLC, Food Network and so on? So, with all of that being said, I ask, "Who's with me on this journey?" Now, I'm off to find a petition to sign, or maybe, I'll start my own.....:o)

    P.S. I don't know about ya'll, but this Black Woman, Disabled Vet is ready to kick some Rethuglican butt...

    "May today be as great as yesterday, and tomorrow be greater than both!" Author, Sharon B.

    by secret38b on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:33:41 PM PDT

  •  Kudos to Google (1+ / 0-)
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    Peace Missile
    Google is quickly becoming the internet's info cop. Much to the delight of the RIAA, it has decided to implement an algorithm that pushes down in Google search results sites that get "too many" DMCA take down notices. Google says it will only use valid notices; others with less profit-driven motives see the potential for real abuse of take down notices as a means to quash competition. All to the detriment of the free exchange of information on the 'net.
    Unsure whether the diary is advocating/against what Google is doing here, but infringement on copyrights should not be acceptable.

    So, let's hear rebuttals to what I've said/agreements.

    Thanks,

    The truth is sometimes very inconvenient.

    by commonsensically on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:33:42 PM PDT

  •  You'll Still Be Able to Find... (0+ / 0-)

    ...your favorite pirated content on Google...you'll just have to scroll down to find it.

    The new algorithm affects its rating, but it will still be in your results.

  •  seems the French anthem should be more popular... (4+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, PSzymeczek, Aunt Pat, shanikka

    ...here in the US. I mean, if folks knew the words and all. Just the refrain has some real red meat...

    To arms! Citizens!
    Form your battalions!
    We march, we march!
    Let an impure blood
    Water our fields!

    Salut!

  •  I'm preparing to leave for Montana (4+ / 0-)
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    secret38b, irmaly, Aunt Pat, shanikka

    "We don't need someone who can think. We need someone with enough digits to hold a pen." ~ Grover Norquist

    by Lefty Coaster on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:36:46 PM PDT

  •  Should've picked Portman (3+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, Pam from Calif, shanikka

    Sure, Ryan excites the economic righties, but not necessarily the social righties.  He's a lightning rod for Democrats, and does Romney really expect to win a state that voted even for Dukakis in 1988?  Also, he's probably kissed Ohio goodbye.

    "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

    by TLS66 on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:37:00 PM PDT

  •  "Paul Ryan" is an anagram of (7+ / 0-)

    U R A PALYN

  •  I DO know the words to "La Marseillase" (5+ / 0-)
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    MBNYC, PSzymeczek, annieli, Aunt Pat, shanikka

    Aux armes, citoyens
    Formez vos batallions
    Marchons, marchons
    Qu'un sang impur
    Abreuve nos sillons!

    At one time I also knew the words of "O, Canada" in English and francais.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:38:40 PM PDT

  •  I wish to congratulate NBC. (Seriously) (0+ / 0-)

    With my satellite subscription and an internet connection, I've been able to view every second of every event on every day.  Now, work has intruded on some of that, but NBC made it all available.

    Since the horrors of a youth where even the American hockey victory in Lake Placid was tape-delayed.. to the early attempts at in-depth coverage like the pay-per-view Red/White/Blue channels, I have deeply and fervently wished for the opportunity to see any sport I wished, even if Americans had no shot, and there was no feel-good story to tell.  

    And NBC has provided that.  

    Thank you, NBC, from the bottom of my Olympics-loving heart.

    "To pass these defendants a poisoned chalice is to put it to our own lips as well." Justice Robert Jackson, Chief Prosecutor, Nuremberg.

    by Wayward Son on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:43:03 PM PDT

    •  Totally agreed (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Wayward Son

      ive been able to watch 24 hour Olympic coverage. If I missed games they're online, there at five channels of coverage, I can watch events on my iPad while jogging at the gym. It has been an amazing Olympics.

    •  And for those of you along the Canadian border (0+ / 0-)

      CBC won the contract back for 2014 and 2016...so hopefully not many commercials and good coverage around the entire Olympics.  Feel free to supplement your NBC coverage :)

      "now this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." W. Churchill

      by Thor Heyerdahl on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 02:10:46 PM PDT

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  •  A bit of a Freudian slip by Willard at his big (2+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, Aunt Pat

    announcement:

    ===============
    "Today's a good day for America, and there are better days ahead," Romney said during a rally in Norfolk, Va. on the USS Wisconsin. "Join me in welcoming the next president of the United States, Paul Ryan."
    =
    ================

    Of course, Ryan would surely govern in the style of President Cheney.

    "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

    by TofG on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:43:52 PM PDT

  •  can we stop saying "tax cuts for the wealthy"? (5+ / 0-)

    i think people have a positive association with "tax cuts" that lessens the impact. I suggest "tax entitlement" or "tax benefit"

  •  last-minute Romney schedule change (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    Various news outlets are reporting that Romney has canceled a scheduled appearance tomorrow near Raleigh, NC;  some are saying that he and Ryan will head for Waukesha, WI instead.  (Web search on 'romney morrisville' for more info.)

    This, plus the odd overnight-Friday/early-Saturday VP announcement makes me wonder if some under-the-surface disruption is happening in Camp Willard.

    Anybody?

  •  I want to see Paul Ryan's (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    PSzymeczek, Aunt Pat

    birth certificate. He's only 42 yrs. old, and if something happened to Rmoney within the next few years, would Ryan be elegible to fulfill the office of the Presidency?

    Put THAT on a sign, baggers! I will.

    No one ever died from laughing too often

    by googie on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:48:00 PM PDT

  •  more jingoism than the Winter games, since we (2+ / 0-)
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    KayCeSF, shanikka

    got to hear the entire Finnish national anthem even though they technically don't have an official one

    Those who actually care about sports more than nationalism must be reaching "pissed off to the highest of pisstivity" zone over NBC's absolute refusal to show medal ceremonies for important events when the U.S. doesn't actually win something? Watching the Olympic Games on the telly used to be a sporting celebration and a world cultural history lesson all in one. Given the decisiveness of his victory and his overflowing expressions of cultural and tribal pride when David Rudisha shattered the world record in the men's 800 meter on Thursday, he and we deserved to have the Kenyan national anthem played the world over. NBC seems intent that all Americans will ever know about national anthems is "Star Spangled Banner" and "God Save the Queen." Oh, and that French national anthem that nobody knows the words to.

    Präsidentenelf-maßschach"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:50:35 PM PDT

  •  Erm. (3+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek, Aunt Pat, shanikka

    CNN: "Do you think having an African-American President is actually reigniting some of those old prejudices?"

    Um, I don't know, yeah?

    Fuck me, it's a leprechaun.

    by MBNYC on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:51:57 PM PDT

  •  if we had someone (0+ / 0-)

    in the wh that was a fighter rather then panderer maybe the voter purging might have been pushed back against harder, but since all it seems obama is concerned about is his own election and the down ballot is not a concern for him and his admin the chances of getting anything done even if he wins is getting slimmer by the day.

  •  he has no human side, it was strictly a (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    political PR move.

    It’s a damned shame it takes someone dying before anyone gets to see Gov. Walker's alleged human side.
    most americans don't know the words to their own national anthem, it's a bit unreasonable to expect them (or anyone else) to know the words to another country's.
    Oh, and that French national anthem that nobody knows the words to.
  •  USA vs. "Freedom" in Women's Basketball now /nt (0+ / 0-)

    Präsidentenelf-maßschach"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 12:58:39 PM PDT

    •  USA 77-43, like watching a UConn all-star team /nt (0+ / 0-)

      Präsidentenelf-maßschach"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

      by annieli on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 02:28:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Why is it (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Aunt Pat

    that both guys at the top of the GOP ticket look like they've been hit between the eyes by a two-by-four?

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 01:00:25 PM PDT

  •  Kentucky has a budget surplus (0+ / 0-)

    About 60 million, so I don't understand why the diarist characterizes the state as being broke.

  •  Tomorrow morning (0+ / 0-)

    I will compare 2 government programs to show we have both good government and bad.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Aug 11, 2012 at 01:08:28 PM PDT

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