Friday Morning Open Thread

I'm pretty busy and traveling the next few days. But I'll post a bit on the weekend as I believe J is busy all weekend.

Open Thread.

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    Hey, did y'all get your heckle check (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 09:44:38 AM EST
    From Obama yet?  I keep running out to the mailbox and peering inside.  Still nothing yet.  I bet the Romney people already have theirs.  This goose wants her damn sauce!

    I want (none / 0) (#2)
    by lentinel on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 09:55:15 AM EST
    my sauce also - but what, pray tell, is a "heckle check"?

    Here's a (none / 0) (#3)
    by CST on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 10:02:38 AM EST

    Axelrod was heckled at the statehouse in MA.

    More specifically:

    "Although pro-Obama protestors have appeared at some of Mr. Romney's events, paid Obama staffers have not publicly heckled or booed Mr. Romney or his team, as some of his staff did to Mr. Axelrod today."

    That, I believe, is what MT meant by "heckle check"


    Romney says he is going to send (none / 0) (#65)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 04:09:30 PM EST
    out hecklers to heckle Obama events, in fact says that he did send out hecklers to heckle events.  Says he's been heckled and what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.  What an idiot of the first order.

    Good (5.00 / 2) (#67)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 04:17:10 PM EST
    grief. I can't think of one candidate who hasn't been heckled by somebody. The problem is neither Obama nor Romney have a sense of humor about all this. They both should be shrugging it off and laughing about it. Sounds like we have two thin skinned candidates.

    I don't mind heckling Romney (none / 0) (#68)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 04:21:33 PM EST
    I just wish Obama would send me, then he would owe me :)

    You would be the best heckler ever (5.00 / 2) (#73)
    by ruffian on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 06:58:08 PM EST
    Obama would really get his money's worth!

    Well, to go along with the bad jobs (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by Anne on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 11:39:13 AM EST
    report and unemployment ticking up and manufacturing ticking down, comes some good news: corporate profits are zooming!

    The terrible jobs report should be matched with another set of data to point out that this is the economy that corporate executives have wanted for a long time. Because they are not suffering in a time of weak demand. They're actually thriving. Corporate profits are soaring. The chart above shows corporate profits as a percentage of GDP, and you can see that they are now back above pre-recession levels, well over 10%. Felix Salmon notes that this has never happened before.

    The decoupling of productivity and wage growth around 1980 was the most significant moment for corporate America. They recognized that they didn't have to pass the benefits of productivity and profits onto their workers anymore. The workers weren't organized to a sufficient degree to demand that. The high corporate earnings, therefore, have not been channeled back into investment in the economy.


    This is an institutional failure, Brad DeLong says. Government has the capacity to borrow at microscopic interest rates, real negative interest rates if you factor in inflation. They should do so and bring the kind of investment the economy needs. You could transform our crippling infrastructure, you could engage in direct hiring of hundreds of thousands of people, you could parcel out free money for all it matters. You can, in sum, fill the demand gap and put the rest of the country on the same relative footing as those corporate executives sitting on massive profits. But nobody has any expectation that government will do that. The President is afraid to say anything that even sounds like a stimulative economic measure; he's too busy trying to prove that he's a paragon of austerity. The Federal Reserve has completely failed in its mission to maximize employment, and they are too frightened by the possibility of non-existent inflation to change course.


    It looks to me that profits have inceasd (none / 0) (#76)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:42:41 AM EST
    after every rescission dating back to the '50's..

    Could it be that businesses see increased profits and then hire people??


    Well, that would depend (5.00 / 1) (#83)
    by NYShooter on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 11:33:19 PM EST
    If the profits came from actually making things, or from using taxpayer dollars to gamble in the markets.

    Good News for Friday... (5.00 / 3) (#9)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 11:59:15 AM EST
    Federal appeals court states the obvious, rules Defense of Certain Marriages Act unconstitutional.

    Bill Clinton... (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:01:52 PM EST
    shows true colors, calls Mitt Romney's business record "sterling" and "good work".  

    To be expected I guess from Glass-Steagal Repeal Man, a banksters best friend.

    He said (none / 0) (#12)
    by jbindc on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:03:49 PM EST
    Romney's term as governor "cleared the threshhold" for him to President, although he then went on to extol Obama.  

    Backhanded swipe about that "experience thing" maybe?


    Talk about a low threshold;) (none / 0) (#15)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:08:17 PM EST
    Lifelong thief, yeah you qualify...just insincerely apologize profusely if ya ever did any illegal drugs and you're good to go.

    Oops... (none / 0) (#14)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:04:14 PM EST
    link please? (none / 0) (#17)
    by BackFromOhio on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:13:23 PM EST
    Clinton is on script with the Obama campaign (none / 0) (#18)
    by Farmboy on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:14:34 PM EST
    with these comments. Clinton's not complementing Romney; he's denigrating his qualifications for president.

    The message is that business acumen doesn't mean you're qualified for the White House, and corporate profits haven't created jobs, or helped workers, consumers, and the economy. The conclusion to the argument is that the skills that allegedly make Romney business-savvy would make him a worse president.


    To clarify, we're talking Bain type vulture (none / 0) (#21)
    by Farmboy on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:18:13 PM EST
    capitalism here, not corporate profits in the normal sense.

    Actually (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by jbindc on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:19:14 PM EST
    it sounds like he's telling those Democrats who want to continue to harp on Bain to shut up and move on to an issue that's a winner.  This is not.

    That's what I heard... (5.00 / 2) (#24)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:44:17 PM EST
    Bill is down with the Bain way, and his record as president backs it up.

    The issue itself is not a loser, capitalist extremists may well be the issue...the problem is Democrats really can't raise the issue, not with a straight face anyway. Our choise is a Bain man or a man who licks Bain boots.


    Clinton did a compare and contrast illustration (none / 0) (#30)
    by Farmboy on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:14:57 PM EST
    about private equity firms durning the interview, giving a "on the one hand"
    "you can invest in a company, run up the debt, loot it, sell all the assets, and force all the people to lose their retirement and fire them.

    Or you can go into a company, have cutbacks, try to make it more productive with the purpose of saving it. And when you try, like anything else you try, you don't always succeed."

    Bain is infamous for taking the former approach. Clinton was advocating the latter approach.


    By calling Mitt Romney's record... (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:23:34 PM EST
    in business "sterling" and "good work"?

    Regardless of what he really thinks of Mitt Romney's resume, Bill Clinton's resume as president speaks for itself.  The original gangster "corporate-friendly" Democrat president.  

    On the brightside, at least he charged a higher vig for his protection racket services than Obama does.  He only helped break our piggy-banks into more pieces, not the nation's piggy bank as well.  Obama can't even do that right, he's helping to break both.


    BTW, aren't you contractually obligated to make a (none / 0) (#39)
    by Farmboy on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:41:15 PM EST
    negative comment about Romney along with a positive comment about Obama every so often in open threads until after the election? ;-)

    (while you think of something I'm gonna crank up some Soup Dragons - later)


    Obama has much nicer hair... (5.00 / 4) (#40)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:44:06 PM EST
    than Mitt Romney, who is still rockin' the Gordon Gekko lid circa 1984.

    Contractual obligations fulfilled for today! ;)


    Hmmm - really? (none / 0) (#45)
    by jbindc on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:04:44 PM EST
    From everything I've read, their track record is about 50-50 of businesses that eventually failed after they took over (some several years later), to businesses that thrived.

    And since some of the company's largest investors are public employee unions and their pensions, maybe that's another reason Clinton is telling Obama to cool it...?


    Unions and pensions... (none / 0) (#50)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:25:31 PM EST
    investing in their own demise...never let it be said that we are not our own worst enemies.  

    It baffles me how unions and pensions can invest in and with those who would love to see unions and pensions rendered obsolete.  


    I agree (5.00 / 1) (#48)
    by Zorba on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:18:11 PM EST
    First Cory Booker, then Deval Patrick, now Bill Clinton.  Link.
    Sounds to me as though the old DLC, Third Way Dems are not happy with the denigration of Romney's business background.  They're trying to get Obama's people "back on the reservation," as it were.  
    Not that I agree with them, but that's the way the Democratic Party has been for awhile.  
    I'm still an old-style, leftie, liberal, DFH.  But, there you are.    ;-)

    Obama likes the vultures too (5.00 / 2) (#27)
    by jbindc on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:02:18 PM EST

    When Newark mayor and Obama campaign surrogate Corey Booker on Meet The Press defended the way so-called "private equity" firms like Bain Capital make their money he was defending his own, and the president's friends on Wall Street who do the same thing Bain Capital does, and who make both their careers and the careers of an entire generation of Democratic party politicians possible.

    So how did the chorus of Obama supporters respond? For a solid week Obama fans, most of them avid supporters of Booker until then, fell all over each other denouncing Corey for not representing their president, or more accurately their idea of this president. Somebody should have noticed that in all that time, nobody from the White House or the Obama campaign denounced Corey Booker.

    But when South Carolina's Jim Clyburn accurately described Bain Capital's technique as enriching its partners by "raping" companies they acquired the Obama campaign wasted no time in publicly smacking Clyburn down. Barack Obama and his campaign know that if public anger is focused at the vampire capital industry rather than just at Romney's Bain Capital alone, it's bad news for them and their campaign contributors as well. So their self-interested hypocrisy is understandable, though not excusable.

    No 'bout a doubt it.... (5.00 / 2) (#29)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:12:24 PM EST
    I don't think they let you put a "D" or an "R" after your name without first clearing it with the board of vulture directors.

    Speaking of vultures (5.00 / 2) (#33)
    by jbindc on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:26:33 PM EST
    This was taken in front of my sisters' house in Washington, DC last summer.  It lives next door in the abandoned row house, and freaked my one sister out when she walked out the door and saw it.

    Rur-roh... (none / 0) (#36)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:33:23 PM EST
    an advance scout from Bain Capital maybe?  

    Tell your sister to watch out, the firm might be casing her house for what's left to steal.


    She's a government employee! :) (none / 0) (#37)
    by jbindc on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:33:54 PM EST
    I don't think... (none / 0) (#38)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:40:12 PM EST
    employees of Bain Capital subsidiaries are immune. I believe Orwell called them outer party members, in many ways prey in more peril than the proles...having more things left to steal and all.

    Very cute (none / 0) (#49)
    by Zorba on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:23:47 PM EST
    Of course, out here in the wilds of Western Maryland, we see vulture all the time.  Tell your sister that she shouldn't freak out.  Vultures play a very important role in getting rid of dead animals.  Would she rather have the dead animals rotting and smelling up the area?   ;-)

    No (none / 0) (#51)
    by jbindc on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:25:36 PM EST
    She (and one of my other sisters, who also live there) would like it if the neighbors who owned the house next door would make it habitable for humans again!

    Sure vultures serve their purpose - you just don't expect to see one near Dupont Circle!


    LOL! (none / 0) (#53)
    by Zorba on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:35:18 PM EST
    Well, neither would I, I suppose, if I lived there.  But maybe those of us way out in the country are more used to the variety of wildlife.  

    And if the neighbors have allowed their house to deteriorate....they don't have some type of zoning, safety, and public interest laws in DC?


    Our black lab just hates them, and if (none / 0) (#54)
    by Anne on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:38:49 PM EST
    she sees any in the trees near the house, she barks at them and barks at them...I don't know what it is, but she just has a thing about the turkey vultures...

    It's crazy (none / 0) (#55)
    by jbindc on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:40:45 PM EST
    The man who lived there died, and it's his kids who are negligent in maintaining the property. I know another set of neighbors (who are owners) are trying to get the property declared "Abandoned" but I think most people around there are renters, and so much time has to elapse, yada yada yada.

    Paging all squatters... (none / 0) (#57)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:44:54 PM EST
    prime real estate ripe for occupation, if ya don't mind rooming with a vulture.  Not a two-legged one, so its not as bad as it sounds;)

    vultures have more than 2 legs?! (none / 0) (#59)
    by nycstray on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:49:09 PM EST
    Doh! (none / 0) (#60)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:50:57 PM EST
    I realized not long after "Post".

    Make that a winged one, not as bad as it sounds;)


    Kdog, (none / 0) (#63)
    by Zorba on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 03:31:18 PM EST
    I really have no problem with squatters on unoccupied real estate (despite the laws), but squatters, too, would have an obligation to the neighbors to try and maintain the property so that things like rats, roaches, vultures, and so on, do not impinge on the people who live nearby.  We are all in this together, and we don't have any kind of right to live our own lives without worrying about those who live around us.  This type of thinking is one of the major problems that is facing us.  
    Of course, if we could all realize that we are one human family, we wouldn't have the homeless or the needy.  

    Quite Dissing Vultures... (5.00 / 1) (#61)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 03:23:06 PM EST
    ...by associating what they do to people who make enormous amounts of money from others suffering.

    Vultures feast on the the stuff no one else wants, they are the clean up crews of nature whereas the people you are trying to associate them with lie, cheat, and steel and will only pick the bestest low hanging fruit.

    And JB, as much as I get your point above, that hypocrisy, while true, is certainly a far more common trait on one side of the aisle.  And when it comes to sticking up for their candidates, both parties are limitless in their hypocrisy, still can't find a republican to admit that GWB was a really bad prez.

    I have noticed that you seem to be ramping up slams on the D's while conspicuously never mentioning the R's.  Why is that ?


    Because it's obvious? (5.00 / 1) (#64)
    by jbindc on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 03:33:01 PM EST
    Why repeat things others here have said ad nauseum?

    The thing I really take issue to is the fact that folks will go on and on about how bad the Republicans are (and they are), many are strangely silent, or worse, will turn around and defend and excuse the very same actions by the Dems because "they're not as bad."  It's ridiculous.

    I have no patience left for either party or either candidate.  I wish the candidates would tell me why THEIR policies and THEIR vision is the one I should align myself with, as opposed to the adult version of "You suck!"  "No, you suck worse!"


    this blog is just filled (none / 0) (#69)
    by CST on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 04:32:36 PM EST
    With people bending over backwards to defend dems against everything...

    Actually, there are (none / 0) (#71)
    by jbindc on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 04:42:23 PM EST
    Not all, but some.

    I call them the "But, but..." crowd.


    For the Record... (none / 0) (#86)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 09:28:37 AM EST
    ... I voted O, but after about 2 years I started getting buyers remorse.  Now I am damn near as disgusted with Obama as I was with Bush.

    And I am getting to where you are at, is is damn near impossible to find a candidate or their supporters who actually champion their ideas.  It's turned into a sport of who can slam their opponent the best.  They literally have nothing to offer more than they aren't as as the other guy/gal.

    Trust me on this one, you have never seen fools so determined to paint their opponents as tree hugging liberals until you sat through a Texas primary.  I really paid attention, as an experiment, to see if I could find out anything about the candidates beyond they all hated Obama and felt that each of the opponents loved him.  FAIL.


    Obama primaried in Texas (none / 0) (#87)
    by Rojas on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 10:00:32 AM EST
    about 700 times..
    Kinda funny actually, pretty sad as well.

    Ha! You should have been a state delegate, it (none / 0) (#88)
    by Angel on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 10:08:05 AM EST
    was sooooo ugly.  I'm skipping this year's convention.  :)

    Yeah, I didn't read that quite the way (none / 0) (#23)
    by nycstray on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:22:15 PM EST
    Politico wanted me too. Maybe I'm just too jaded :), but there's not enough context there for me to form that opinion.

    Could anyone tell me what (none / 0) (#77)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:46:04 AM EST
    are the qualifications????

    Blasphemer. (none / 0) (#25)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:48:33 PM EST
    oh snap (5.00 / 1) (#43)
    by CST on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:55:50 PM EST
    Deval Patrick - very good surrogate.

    Not gonna lie, there is a lot of "I'm so much better than you" going on here.  But it's also true.  I like this because he's not just making a case against Romney, he's making a case for liberal government.  Something that Obama should be doing a lot more of.

    On his second bite at the apple (none / 0) (#47)
    by BTAL on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:14:33 PM EST
    only in politico world (none / 0) (#52)
    by CST on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:30:02 PM EST
    can i have my 2 minutes back?

    See #48 (none / 0) (#58)
    by BTAL on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:49:06 PM EST
    above.  It's not just my or Politico's opinion of Patrick's comments.

    Crazy (5.00 / 1) (#70)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 04:35:56 PM EST
    I spent my pin money on lady slipper orchids and reblooming irises.  I got a pot of tall bearded reblooming iris on sale at some garden center here last year.  I have killed 50% of everything I've planted here and plants from where I grew up loving plants often do very poorly here so I've had to develop new love affairs.

    I did see a few irises around here though and I always loved irises, so a pathetic pot of them on the sale rack for $5.00 last year seemed like a gamble with some possibilities.  I talked my husband into putting them in an area near the driveway that has some erosion problems because iris roots can put a stop to that.  He was pretty grumbly about it because of having to dig in the clay and my 50/50 kill record.  I didn't really even care if the thing bloomed, it could stay greens and nothing more.  But it came right to life after hitting the big dirt and took over the whole nasty area and bloomed and bloomed and bloomed.  It bloomed last fall and it bloomed this spring.

    So then I had to figure out and look up which iris I had retrieved from the pathetic rack and it is a rebloomer.  Even my husband is in love with it and wants more.  People actually bid on the rhizomes on ebay, unbelievable.

    Don't (none / 0) (#72)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 06:08:27 PM EST
    you just loathe red clay soil? I hate it with a purple passion. It is so hard to get anything to grow in it and you have to amend the soil so much that it increases the price of doing anything. I have just given up planting anything because of the soil. It's so bad that nothing really grows and I don't have the patience to work with the soil.

    I planted an angel trumpet in the ground (5.00 / 1) (#81)
    by oculus on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 10:39:39 AM EST
    and it almost died.  Bought a gigantic clay pot, couldn't budge it out of backseat of car.  Once the angel trumpet was replanted in the pot it has flourished.  

    I see a few them around here (none / 0) (#82)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 11:24:42 AM EST
    They all look like they are in heavily prepped flower beds.  I have a lot of big pots for the porch and the yard too.  It is how I get my flower fix without having to dig so much clay.  If there's a will there's always a way.  I'll try one in a pot.

    Ordered a bunch, they are reasonable (none / 0) (#84)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 09:21:34 AM EST
    Did a little investigating, they are beautiful when mature in pots.  If I'm successful with all of them and they make it I'll have extras, I'll give some of them to my daughter to place around her pool.  They are very attractive in a pot.

    Next I'd like to see if Wisteria will (none / 0) (#85)
    by oculus on Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 10:55:32 AM EST
    flourish in pots.  Did read up.  

    It sure isn't easy (none / 0) (#74)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 05:02:51 AM EST
    I never had a tiller before we moved here.  After we got here I thought one would help but it really doesn't because there are so many huge roots all over with all the trees.  Between the clay and the roots it just bogs the tiller down and  becomes packed with clay.  My son-in-law with his tractor makes major work easier, it seems like that is what it takes.

    Mostly I make smaller changes, try a selective planting of this or that.  The property has been forest with leaf mulch for so long I do have a kind of top soil, but putting in anything at all gets you to the clay.

    Of all things, beavers ate my avocado trees by the lake.  I put in three last fall and over the winter months didn't go down there much.  I have a little bit of one left but don't expect it to last. It was something that I didn't take into consideration.....beavers


    I can imagine. (none / 0) (#75)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 08:00:07 AM EST
    I certainly would not have though about beavers either even though I see them dead in the road near my house every so often. I had friends who used to use dynamite to blow up their dams but that was only temporary because pretty soon they would build another one. Sorry about your avocado tree. I guess you have the climate for those. I'm not sure if I have the climate here in GA.

    MT what you need is a rear (none / 0) (#78)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 09:07:51 AM EST
    tiller, say something on the order of a 7 hp Yard Machine that will let you dig up the soil. After that, and the planting is done, a front tine tiller is somewhat useful to cultivate the garden with.


    The rear drive digs and pulls it self down and keeps traction. The front pulls but that makes the rear come up and you lose traction/power.

    Digging the forest created top soil into the clay will produce a mix that will grow almost anything. I would say use some Epsom Salts around any tomatoes and squash, say a teaspoon each every two weeks until plants are no longer fruit bearing. Some ordinary gypsum sprinkled around to provide calcium that will break up and release the nitrogen or you can buy some commercial fertilizer will also help. Make sure it has calcium.

    Don't get any fast release nitrogen on your evergreens (junipers, etc) or else you will "burn" them!

    And remember,if you see lots of toads and lizards around  you probably don't have snakes around. Only a few or none means snakes are harvesting the little insect eating dudes.


    I have lots of toads and lizards...lots now (none / 0) (#79)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 09:14:48 AM EST
    When it gets heavy in the front yard, I hate mowing.  We mow frogs and toads then but nothing we can really do about that.  I have lots of geekos and skinks too.  I need to put some lime around the property again this year.  Seems like it worked fairly well last year discouraging snakes.  The dogs running around the backyard helps discourage snakes in the backyard too and I fenced off the air conditioner/heating with a very tall wood fence that is in the ground a bit because when they changed it out copperheads were nesting under it.  I suppose its warm under there when it is chilling outside.

    Our front yard is beginning to (none / 0) (#80)
    by Militarytracy on Sat Jun 02, 2012 at 09:23:55 AM EST
    look good to me now.  I get a good feeling pulling into the driveway, just enjoy the view.  The island we made with monkey grass border has matured, and we put the leaves in it for mulch.  When we bought the house it had a few small azaleas in there, I like to keep them small.  Two years ago and last year I invested in different hydrangeas, and the first year we moved in a neighbor brought us some Oakleaf that they had removed trying to prune theirs down.  The Oakleaf have reached as large as I want them, so now its pruning and removing suckers.  I finally talked my husband into removing a few trees in our frontyard too, but we still have pleanty out there.  Getting more sun makes the lawn healthier.

    Some red elephant ears have made a home in the island now too and soon hopefully some iris.


    Obama Admin (1.00 / 3) (#13)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:04:09 PM EST
    Context. (5.00 / 2) (#46)
    by Addison on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:06:54 PM EST
    The Justice Department ordered Florida's elections division to halt a systematic effort to find and purge the state's voter rolls of noncitizen voters.


    So far, Florida has flagged 2,700 potential noncitizen voters and sent the list to county elections supervisors, who have found the data and methodology to be flawed and problematic. The list of potential noncitizen voters - many of whom have turned out to be lawful citizens and voters - disproportionately hits minorities, especially Hispanics.

    AAA is being Drudge-like here. The DOJ is right to try to stop this process, which is disenfranchising lawful voters. The idea that this translates into "desperation" on the part of the Obama campaign is ridiculous.


    Dear iPhone commenters: (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 11:13:08 AM EST
    Anyone know how to copy URL for linkage?

    Shouldn't you master... (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 11:56:26 AM EST
    basic typing on it before you get to the advanced functions?  

    Zing! (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:03:41 PM EST
    I shouldn't talk, I'm all thumbs typing on the old dumb phone...especially those 4 stroke "s"'s.

    I'm not too bad... (none / 0) (#20)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:16:14 PM EST
    at texting on my dumb phone.  For an old fart anyway.  

    Ha. Unlikely as phone is (none / 0) (#16)
    by oculus on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:09:01 PM EST
    working against my excellent IA secondary school education.  

    IA? Care to share from where in IA you hail? (none / 0) (#31)
    by Farmboy on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:19:40 PM EST
    Burlington (none / 0) (#34)
    by oculus on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:30:26 PM EST
    Cool. Carlisle, myself. (none / 0) (#41)
    by Farmboy on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:44:43 PM EST
    MileHi, where's your old stomping grounds?

    The big city. (none / 0) (#42)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:55:25 PM EST
    there's a big city (5.00 / 1) (#44)
    by CST on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:56:35 PM EST
    in Iowa?

    jk... sort of :)


    "Big" is relative in this case. (none / 0) (#66)
    by oculus on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 04:13:18 PM EST
    Burlington, at about 30,000 pop. used to be "the fifth largest city" in the State of Iowa.  

    If it's the same on the phone as the iPad you (none / 0) (#7)
    by Angel on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 11:54:39 AM EST
    can just copy, paste into tinyurl then copy/paste.  But that's a lot of work.  

    Is this what you were looking for?


    Do you know how to copy at all yet? (none / 0) (#26)
    by ruffian on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:00:06 PM EST
    I know you are new to the iP....hold down on what you want to copy, and a little bubble will appear asking you select or select all, then once you select what you want, cut or copy.  So copy, then hold down where you want to paste and another little bubble will appear asking you to paste.

    That part I can do--with difficulty. (none / 0) (#35)
    by oculus on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:31:15 PM EST
    But commenting protocol seems to require also providing a link to the quote.  

    Bilderberg Group... (none / 0) (#5)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 11:17:46 AM EST
    meeting again, plotting world domination. My invite musta got lost in the mail.  But John Kerry and Dick Gephardt are there representing the little guy...lol.

    Hold on extra tight to your wallets & purses party people, and whats left of your liberty.

    If your invitation arrives in time kdog, (5.00 / 1) (#62)
    by KeysDan on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 03:30:42 PM EST
    look for me.  I'll be the guy wearing black shoelaces seated between Henry Kissinger and Robert Dudley , CEO of BP.  We all expect to have a laugh a minute, ribbing Henry about how lucky he is that this year's meeting is in the US rather than Europe so that he does not need to worry about having to flee through the hotel kitchen to avoid a Hague judge, and joking about  being able to cook Gulf shrimp without adding oil.   These Bilderbergs groupies are good sports and so much like us.  

    Surprised no one (none / 0) (#19)
    by jbindc on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:15:27 PM EST
    Has mentioned this yet:

    Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran

    From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran's main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America's first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program.

    Mr. Obama decided to accelerate the attacks -- begun in the Bush administration and code-named Olympic Games -- even after an element of the program accidentally became public in the summer of 2010 because of a programming error that allowed it to escape Iran's Natanz plant and sent it around the world on the Internet. Computer security experts who began studying the worm, which had been developed by the United States and Israel, gave it a name: Stuxnet.

    At a tense meeting in the White House Situation Room within days of the worm's "escape," Mr. Obama, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the director of the Central Intelligence Agency at the time, Leon E. Panetta, considered whether America's most ambitious attempt to slow the progress of Iran's nuclear efforts had been fatally compromised.

    "Should we shut this thing down?" Mr. Obama asked, according to members of the president's national security team who were in the room.

    Told it was unclear how much the Iranians knew about the code, and offered evidence that it was still causing havoc, Mr. Obama decided that the cyberattacks should proceed. In the following weeks, the Natanz plant was hit by a newer version of the computer worm, and then another after that. The last of that series of attacks, a few weeks after Stuxnet was detected around the world, temporarily took out nearly 1,000 of the 5,000 centrifuges Iran had spinning at the time to purify uranium.

    What a mayor! (none / 0) (#28)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 01:05:33 PM EST
    Wages one can live on? The Emperor says no!
    A 20 oz. soda? The Emperor says no! And he wishes you a Happy National Doughnut Day...while that lasts.  

    Why Does Anyone Think Republicans are Racists (none / 0) (#56)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:41:07 PM EST
    Republicans in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania [population 320,000] have elected Steve Smith, a white supremacist, with close ties to neo-Nazi groups, to the county's GOP Committee.

    The elections took place in late April and were certified by the GOP committee two weeks ago. Smith notified supporters of his victory last week by posting a message to the online forum WhiteNewsNow.com.