Wednesday, July 6, 2011


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10 responses to “Wednesday, July 6, 2011

  1. The forecast warns me to get the mowing done today before the rain. If it does rain, and we do have a day with a high temp in the 80s I might go out and play in the rain.

  2. White Supremacist Stampede

    A startling number of white-power candidates are seeking public office. Eve Conant reports on their under-the-radar strategy and David Duke’s White House flirtation.
    Add to the growing list of candidates considering a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012 America’s most famous white-power advocate: David Duke.

    A former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and Republican executive-committee chairman in his district until 2000, Duke has a significant following online. His videos go viral. This month, he’s launching a tour of 25 states to explore how much support he can garner for a potential presidential bid. He hasn’t considered running for serious office since the early ’90s, when he won nearly 40 percent of the vote in his bid for Louisiana governor. But like many “white civil rights advocates,” as he describes himself to The Daily Beast, 2012 is already shaping up to be a pivotal year.

    Former (and current) Neo Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Confederates, and other representatives of the many wings of the “white nationalist” movement are starting to file paperwork and print campaign literature for offices large and small, pointing to rising unemployment, four years with an African-American president, and rampant illegal immigration as part of a growing mound of evidence that white people need to take a stand.

    Most aren’t winning—not yet. But they’re drawing levels of support that surprise and alarm groups that keep tabs on the white-power movement (members prefer the terms “racial realist” or “white nationalist”).

  3. The Mother of All No-Brainers

    If the Republican Party were a normal party, it would take advantage of this amazing moment. It is being offered the deal of the century: trillions of dollars in spending cuts in exchange for a few hundred billion dollars of revenue increases.

    A normal Republican Party would seize the opportunity to put a long-term limit on the growth of government. It would seize the opportunity to put the country on a sound fiscal footing. It would seize the opportunity to do these things without putting any real crimp in economic growth.

    The party is not being asked to raise marginal tax rates in a way that might pervert incentives. On the contrary, Republicans are merely being asked to close loopholes and eliminate tax expenditures that are themselves distortionary.

    This, as I say, is the mother of all no-brainers.

    But we can have no confidence that the Republicans will seize this opportunity. That’s because the Republican Party may no longer be a normal party. Over the past few years, it has been infected by a faction that is more of a psychological protest than a practical, governing alternative.

  4. I hope these are my final words on the Casey Anthony case — if we ask for continued media coverage by remaining interested, we will get that coverage and she will likely profit from it. I don’t want to contribute to that scenario!

    • indypendent

      Sorry for bringing up the issue but the media coverage will continue until the next big story comes along.

      I have stated before that when television went to 24/7 – we sacrificed quality for quantity.
      And the fact that reality t.v. is cheaper to produce, the profits will always be there.

      And most of the reality t.v. and 24/7 media coverage is nothing more than a bunch of old church women gossiping gone viral.

      • indypendent

        Speaking of 24/7 media coverage and the downward spiral in quality – looks like Rupert Murdock empire might just be in trouble. I heard Hugh Grant talking about this on the CBS Early Show this morning. It seems that Rupert Murdock is not all that well liked over in England.

        But yet here in Fox Fantasyland – Rupert Murdock is idolized. But, of course, if money is the only measurement of success – then I suppose Rupert would be seen as a successor.

      • I said “I hope…” because I’m as guilty as anyone else, as curious as anyone else. I just don’t want my curiosity to contribute to her potential profits. It’s a sick world!

      • I am sure Rupert can buy his way out of any trouble he may have encountered. Justice is for sale and he has the money to buy some!


    This is in our country — The US of A, the state of Arizona. We must all be concerned about situations like this!