Friday, April 4, 2014

Obama to Samsung: the Selling Stops Here - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Obama to Samsung: the Selling Stops Here - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com



So why should the White House now draw a red line in the sand and threaten legal action against Samsung Corporation for tweeting a photo of the president with the Boston Red Sox team and with star David Ortiz? The White House statement from press secretary Jay Carney sounds a lot like that well known scene in Casablanca where Captain Renault is "shocked, shocked" because "gambling is going on in here!"

Friday, March 14, 2014

Vanished Flight 370 Looks like Foul Pay, Walks like Foul Play - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Vanished Flight 370 Looks like Foul Pay, Walks like Foul Play - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com



Yesterday, there were opposing points of view between the Malaysian government and the Wall Street Journal regarding the seeming disappearance of a 777 passenger jet. Looks like the Wall Street Journal wins this one. The newspaper of record was first to report (from unnamed sources) that Malaysian Airlines flight 370 kept flying as long as four hours after it dropped from radar. In disputing the WSJ report, the Malaysian government was engaging in a bit of sophistry if not outright Three Card Monte.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Malaysian Government Disputes WSJ Report on Mysterious Flight 370 - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Malaysian Government Disputes WSJ Report on Mysterious Flight 370 - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com



At this point, it may seem to the average reader that Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 might not exist. Ships, planes, and helicopters, aided by radar and satellite images, have scanned miles of ocean and land masses in search of the plane.

The disappearance of MH370 with its 239 passengers and crew has baffled experts and frustrated media reporting. It's almost as if every entity involved in the search is living in a different universe.

The level of desperation is such that the search efforts have been extended to crowd sources. Yes, that's right. You can log on and do your part in searching for debris within vast expanse of ocean and land images collected by Chinese satellites.

The latest and most jarring report is that the search area could range for thousands of miles beyond the aircraft's flight path and well beyond the current search areas. This report, from the Wall Street Journal, holds that the plane kept flying for hours after it dropped from radar and stopped sending locator signals.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Bartiromo Debut Likely to Beat Down CNBC with FBN Morning Business News Slot - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Bartiromo Debut Likely to Beat Down CNBC with FBN Morning Business News Slot - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com



Maria Bartiromo, the fire-breathing Dragon Lady of business and economic news, premiered this morning on the Fox Business Network. From her former post on CNBC, Bartiromo encapsulated the day's economic news on Closing Bell with an authority befitting a queen. Bringing Bartiromo on board with Fox was quite a coup for FBN.

Aside from the experience she brings, Bartiromo brings a loyal audience and a network of global business connections that a Secretary of State would envy. On her first broadcast this morning, the reporter broke the story of billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's investment bets on American technology companies like Twitter, Square and AOL.



Damned with faint praise, perhaps, but the tough "Money Honey" Brooklyn babe is not to be underestimated-not face to face anyway. She deftly manages interviews that would have other reporters slavishly repeating what they have been told by powerful financial brokers.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Aluminum Body Full Sized Pickups: Let the Games Begin - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Aluminum Body Full Sized Pickups: Let the Games Begin - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com



You see women in hip-hugging jeans stepping out of them in Malibu and lugging paintings in and out of art galleries in Manhattan. You see soccer moms and dads everywhere carrying both team members and equipment together on the same trip. Military people often buy pickups because, with the mobility required of service people, they can throw much of what they own into the back and get rolling. While the pickup truck market yet has room to grow as more and more people realize the inherent value in owning one, drivers who rely on them for making a living are driven to carry housing mortgage sized finance contracts or go to the used car market.

Monday, February 10, 2014

This Week's Volkswagen Tennessee Vote Tests UAW Strength - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

This Week's Volkswagen Tennessee Vote Tests UAW Strength - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com



The U.S. economy depends a great deal on auto manufacturing for its strength. But in 2008, two of America's largest car companies, General Motors and Chrysler were in the tank. The U.S. government stepped in and taxpayers became temporary and unwilling owners of both GM and Chrysler. Ford, the third major American carmaker, bailed itself out in the old fashioned bootstrap method of mortgaging their own property and making a narrow escape.



And more... click on the headline to read the rest.

Friday, February 7, 2014

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan Represented a Cultural Tipping Point - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan Represented a Cultural Tipping Point - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com



FIRST PERSON | In 1964, when the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, American culture was perched on a ledge and ready to tip over.

I was in high school, trying to fight for my place in a mixed rat pack of greasers and preppies. As the former, I sported a leather jacket, a ducktail, and the original Brylcreem.

Everything seemed locked in, tidy, foreordained. It seems strange now, when I look back, to think that music changed all that. Two of the more significant musical events of that era were Elvis Presley and the arrival in the United States of the Beatles.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Federal Death Penalty and Clay N.Y. Murder, Child Rape Conviction a Perfect Fit - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Federal Death Penalty and Clay N.Y. Murder, Child Rape Conviction a Perfect Fit - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Federal Death Penalty and Clay N.Y. Murder, Child Rape Conviction a Perfect Fit - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Federal Death Penalty and Clay N.Y. Murder, Child Rape Conviction a Perfect Fit - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com



The Onondaga County DA agreed to a defense deal in the David Renz rape/murder case.  People in Central New York are angry.  They say Renz was a popular guy in school and is only making excuses for raping a ten year old girl and killing her mom.  Here's some background on why the District Attorney could have made a slam-dunk for capital murder.  Below is what this is all about.  Click on the link to read the full account.



COMMENTARY | Upstate New York citizens are palpably angry over the murder of 47-year-old school librarian Lori Bresnahan and the rape of the 10 year old child accompanying her to a gymnastics class at a suburban mall. Indeed, the type of crime of which 29 year old David J. Renz is accused even incites the outrage of common criminals.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, CNY Killer David Renz Await Separate Capital Punishment Decisions - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, CNY Killer David Renz Await Separate Capital Punishment Decisions - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com



What's this about? Capital murder, Boston's Marathon Bomber, and the David Renz horror.



The Central New York case of David Renz is one such case which continues to provoke a great deal of public anger and outcry. Renz pleaded guilty in July to stabbing to death 47 year old Lori Bresnahan after abducting her and her ten year old daughter outside a shopping mall in Clay, New York. According to investigative reports, Renz cut away the child's clothing with the same knife he used to murder her mom, and proceeded to rape the child.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Remains of Lost NYC Boy Avonte Oquendo Identified - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Remains of Lost NYC Boy Avonte Oquendo Identified - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com









From New York City comes the news that the remains of a body
washed up on the edge of the East River are indeed those of fourteen year old autistic
teen Avonte Oquendo.  Avonte vanished
last October from his Long Island City school  leaving his family racked with worry but never
giving up hope. 
 
 The case has nagged at authorities
and family members for months.


Saturday, January 18, 2014

NRA-ILA | Hollywood Hypocrisy: Director Weinstein Aims to Attack NRA with New Film

NRA-ILA | Pride and Prejudice? Hollywood Mogul Aims to Attack NRA with New Film

Wherein a well-known Hollywood producer/director tacks this way and that as the mood suits him.  Guns might have saved the day for some of the Nazi holocaust victims during the Warsaw uprising of Polish Jews.  Weinstein admits this, yet he would have taken their guns away in the years leading up to Hitler's extermination camps.

Hey, the guy makes movies so what does he know about real life?  If that's not ironic enough consider that Hollywood hardly ever makes a film without gratuitous gunplay.  In face,extraneous gun play in movies is likely what sends unstable people off their rockers on American streets and in American schools. 

Bottom line.  Weinstein would take guns away from responsible people while promoting gun violence to whackos through excessivly violent film.  I guess there is a plot shortage and a dearth of creativity in Weinstein's neighborhood.

Anyway, hit the link. It's an interesting news report about Weinstein's appearance on the Howard Stern Show. Incidentally, Howard Stern is a gun owner and has a carry permit.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Spectacular Now - Have Some Drinks on Hollywood

One of the Los Angeles movie blogs (LA Screenwriting?) was touting the people who wrote the script for this movie.  (possibly a cousin?  you never know)  So I'm interested in reading film scripts these days for the reason that I'm trying to write two of my own. 

All I've figured out so far is that there is a handsome 18 year old protagonist who has a hot GF, that he has a nice smile, and a flask in the back pocket which he keeps swigging from.

It's all kind of funny, you know, ha-ha -- and if we don't know that, the 'hero' Sutter reminds us constantly about how much fun drinking is.   I thought we were done with all that.  It's so yesterday, so outre, so corrupt. 

Yeah, we know people drink and we know the business of Hollywood isn't to launch a prohibition campaign but please....  drinking is a boring, cheap way to get laughs unless you're in the 9th grade.

I'm not too enthusastic about reading the rest of the script  but I probably will.  The screenwriter has some talent, no doubt, but the big question is why is he throwing good money after bad. 

Is this movie funny?   Anyone see it?  If the script has a redemptive turn at some point, I might.  But so far it's drech (sp).  What's that Yiddish word?

Correct Me If I'm Wrong But. . .

The U.S. handoff of the Middle East to Al Qaida and ISIS is nearly complete. 

The forces of terror have taken over in Iraq and that especially insults the men and women who fought and died there.  What's the U.S. policy?  To snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?   Now ISIS and Al Qaida are back and that's only because the current administration, including Hilllary Clinton, had the cut and run strategy on their mind all the time.  Worst of all, the Iraq pull-out didn't have a stable Iraq in mind at all.  The objective of the current administration was strictly political, to fulfill one of President Obama's campaign promises.

Yeah, we know:  "The tide of war is turning. . . " or something like that.  Hollow words, borrowed elsewhere no doubt, to the families and the troops who lie in quiet military cemeteries.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Year-End Film Releases Require Audiences to Write Their Own Endings - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Year-End Film Releases Require Audiences to Write Their Own Endings - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Movies and novels have had ambiguous or abrupt endings since time immemorial. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that several of this season's movie releases bring the audience to the end of a cliff and just stop there.

Among the current movie offerings that don't need "Spoiler Alerts" are "August: Osage County," "Llewyn Davis" and Robert Redford's "All is Lost." None of these films have definite endings, in much the same way that the last "Sopranos" episode left audiences wondering whether Tony got whacked or not. Sudden, abrupt endings, where the audience is left to write its own conclusions, will enrage some people. Perhaps the movie companies should release these films with a disclaimer.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Canadian Prostitutes Pitch Shut-out to Supreme Court - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Canadian Prostitutes Pitch Shut-out to Supreme Court - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Youth Unemployment: Food Servers Need Not Apply

The youth of today, defined as those between the ages of 16 and 24, might want to move to France. There, Socialist President Francois Hollande has launched an ambitious project wherein the French government has offered to pay 75 percent of a young unemployed worker's salary for three years. In so doing, the French government hopes to create 150,000 additional jobs for youth within the next two years.

Meanwhile, back in the ole U.S.A., the Huffington Post reports a study that counts "almost 6 million young people (within that youth age group) are neither in school nor working." That translates to a 15 percent unemployment rate among youth in America, compared to a 25 percent unemployment rate in France.

If this is recovery, then why are we working as waiters and waitresses? 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Lenin Statue Tumbled in Ukraine as Protests Mount - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Lenin Statue Tumbled in Ukraine as Protests Mount - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

The photo shows a white-haired, bewhiskered man of prodigious strength wielding a 20-pound sledge hammer to split in half a statue of Vladimir Lenin. The man is surrounded by a crowd estimated in the newspaper to number almost half a million people. This is in Kiev, capital of Ukraine, December 2013.

Those who might think that Ukraine's problems are uninteresting might consider that world champion heavyweight boxer Vitaly Klitschko, a protest leader, was on hand to stare down a police phalanx as he might have stared down an opponent during the preliminaries of a title shot, according to the newspaper account. More to the political point, Ukraine faces economic threats from Putin and Russia in the face of weak support from Europe and the U.S.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Holiday Brandy: 4 Parts Clarified Satan

It ocurred to me recently that I am an unsophisticated imbiber.   I literally cut my teeth on red wine, and it dawned on me that is all I know anything about.

Okay, I know a little Tequila, a little Vodka, and some general things about beer.  But Brandies are a form a wine (I learned recently on the internet) and I remembered liking them.

So I Googled and Yahooed and otherwise looked around at Brandies.  I won't bore you with the details, as you could do this so easily yourself.

However, I came up with some amusing stuff about brandy, the most amusing commentary coming from the writer Ambrose Bierce. 

"What is brandy," Bierce asked himself.

Here's that man's definitition.  It's funny, if a little bit Puritannical. 

Brandy, n. A cordial composed on one part thunder-and-lightning, one part remorse, two parts bloody murder, one part death-hell-and-the-grave and four parts clarified Satan." ~ Ambrose Bierce

Alright, maybe it's not so ha-ha but at least I'm not taking myself so seriously these tragi/comedic days in our history.  If you want to know more about brandy, here is one of the sites I recently visited.


Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/best-brandy-brands.html

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Actor George Clooney Kicks His Tesla to the Curb as Musk Defends the Brand - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Actor George Clooney Kicks His Tesla to the Curb as Musk Defends the Brand - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

The Huffington Post quotes Clooney in its colorful headline: "'Why Am I Always Stuck On The Side Of The ****ing Road?" The Daily Caller was a bit more gentle in telling of Clooney's enthusiastic early support for the car.

"I was one of the first cats with a Tesla. I think I was, like, number five on the list."

You've gotta' love Clooney for his "first cats" locution. He and comic Dennis Miller are the only surviving celebrities who can get away with a 60s hipster "cats" self-characterization without being ridiculed.

Clooney auctioned off his car for charity. It was a good buy.  He didn't drive it much.  When you have a choice between a 12 cyl Ferrari and a battery powered metal stamped shell, you go with the gusto.

Don't call Clooney an anti-technology Luddite. In his own words, he was "number five on the list" for getting an electric Tesla Roadster.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

JFK Assassination: the Death of Simplicity - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

JFK Assassination: the Death of Simplicity - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com


Until the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November of 1963, my life was simple, pleasant, and full of prospect.

Mr. Metzgar, our next door neighbor in the summer of 1963, used to pay me half a buck to cut his 1/3 acre lawn and I was glad to get it. Our small town in Northeastern Pennsylvania was not exactly a hub of world economic activity but there were plenty of factories where a blue-collar high school graduate could get a job that paid enough to feed a family of four.

My dad worked in a Ronson cigarette lighter factory where he operated a metal stamping machine which, at one point, cut off his thumb. The job foreman did a good job of gathering the missing digit and packing it on ice. The factory did a good job of getting my dad to the hospital. The docs did a fair job of sewing it back on. It was misshapen, useless, and nerve-dead but we marveled at the medical miracle.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pointless Murder Claims a Young Teacher’s Life: Fourteen Year Old Arrested - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Pointless Murder Claims a Young Teacher’s Life: Fourteen Year Old Arrested - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com


A fourteen year old was charged today with the murder of 2nd year math teacher Colleen Ritzer. Ritzer's body was found in the woods near the Danvers High School in Danvers, Massachusetts, and police quickly ruled the death an obvious homicide.

Both the accused and the victim were reported missing on the same day. Fourteen year old Philip Chism was later found walking alone along a main highway in a nearby town, taken into custody, and charged with murder.

Police had begun their investigation on the basis of information found at the school, including blood stains near one of the school's second floor bathrooms and on surveillance footage taken from the school's video system.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Stand Up for Your Boys, Ladies and Gentlemen - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Stand Up for Your Boys, Ladies and Gentlemen - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

"Boys will be boys" has no meaning any more, even when it has a strong basis in physiology, biology, and adolescent development. You'd have to be blind not to notice the behavioral and developmental differences between adolescent boys and girls, especially in a school setting where pressures and expectations of boy children often exceed the capacity of their development to meet them.

That's another way of saying that society these days often seems obsessed with taking the boy out of the boy. Meanwhile, the entire purpose of school sports is to recognize and develop natural physical and emotional traits with the intention of turning out life "winners" rather than life "losers."

Monday, October 21, 2013

Improve Your Life: See the Film "Gravity." - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Improve Your Life: See the Film "Gravity." - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

I'm used to ducking punches in my boxing classes but it was quite electrifying to react to 3-D onslaughts of flying bolts, metal tools, debris and what-not bouncing around in directionless space. It's rather a nice feeling to know that "up" is not always "up" and "down" is not always "down" and you feel that viscerally in "Gravity."

To put it politely, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are not my favorite actors but I loved them both throughout the hour and 23 minute movie, and even on the way home. Clooney's cheerfulness in the death dealing void of space paralleled the knowledge all creatures have of their own mortality, and was somehow uplifting.

Bullock had gotten herself into fine physical shape and being with her in length, width, and depth, both emotionally and physically, well, it was an experience I'm still analyzing.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Media Irresponsibility Blurs Accounts of D.C. Mom Killing - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Media Irresponsibility Blurs Accounts of D.C. Mom Killing - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Of course, everyone recognizes it was a mistake to shoot to death an unarmed emotionally disturbed mom with a one-year-old in the back seat. Therefore, we must offer some well-known justifications for it:

We are at war with terrorism. The president and the public were in mortal danger. Everything looks clear in hindsight but most of us never have to choose between shooting or not! The car may have been filled with explosives. The dead woman had injured police officer(s) in her mad flight (although we don't have details). A car is a lethal weapon (at least that one is accurate). Yada-yada-yada.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Federal Employees and the Government Shutdown Game - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Federal Employees and the Government Shutdown Game - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Right now, a sycophantic media is singing the swan song of government shutdown, but nobody loses their job in a shutdown, and everyone receives back pay so it's really a little bit like banking the money and getting a free vacation for non-essential federal workers. Essential federal workers stay on the job.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

CNN, Wall Street Journal Street Fight Over Rouhani Translation - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

CNN, Wall Street Journal Street Fight Over Rouhani Translation - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

CNN and the Wall Street Journal are currently engaged in the news media equivalent of a street fight over a translation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's indirect reference to Nazi extermination of Jews during a visit to New York and the United Nations. The latest salvo in the journalistic battle is a Wall Street Journal editorial today: CNN'sTehran Translation. This follows Christiane Amanpour's defense of her translation on Anderson Cooper 360 wherein she describes other interpretations as "piffle."

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Syria’s Fate is Sealed with a Kiss-Off - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Syria’s Fate is Sealed with a Kiss-Off - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com


Syria today is a matter of bad timing, a certain president’s fecklessness in announcing his intentions to “punish” the Syria president for ordering a campaign of chemical warfare, and an offhand remark by Secretary of State Kerry.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Appearance of Agression: Nevada boxing boss defends judge in Mayweather fight

Nevada boxing boss defends judge in Mayweather fight

The link above connects to the comments and opinion of a Nevada Boxing Commission chief who defended the scoring of judge C.J Ross in the Mayweather vs. Alvarez fight this past weekend.  Ross had is scored an even match, a draw. 

Everyone now is asking the obvious question.  How could anyone score the fight a draw? 

In the early rounds, Canelo kept the fight competitive and had some scoring flurries so you might have given him a couple of rounds there if you were generous and liked the style, the red hair, the appearance of aggression.

Some judges and spectators simply like a guy who appears to trudge forward in a menacing fashion.   It wouldn't be fair to say that was all Alvarez was capable of doing because he's an excellent boxer, too, with quick hands, serious power, and as much savoir as a 23 year old could have against an accomplished veteran like Mayweather. 

But there is aggression and the appearance of agression.  To me, Mayweather was the more effective aggressor because the idea of aggression is to break your opponent down and get him under control.  If that involves taking a step back or sideways before delivering your combinations, then you do that. 

And Mayweather did exactly that, again and again, at will, and if you think Canelo's big punches that didn't land or ever freeze Mayweather were a reason to award scoring points, then you don't belong as a judge on the Nevada SAC.

  After 4 or five rounds, Mayweather had the measure of his man and drilled him repeatedly with punches that would have dropped a lesser man than the young Alvarez.

In short, the "draw" judge was b.s. and should be removed.  As for the idiotic justifications by the Nevada Athletic Commission bureaucrat, he should be removed too for insulting the intelligence of the fan-in-the-street.  No way was the fight a draw.   

Will Putin’s New York Times Letter Bury the Syrian Crisis? - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Will Putin’s New York Times Letter Bury the Syrian Crisis? - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Russian President Vladimir Putin is sounding more and more like American progressives, particularly in his fondness for renaming of parts. When exactly was it that "socialism" morphed into "progressive" anyway?

During progressivism's early days, the movement was heedless of what was to follow. Then the bitter realities of communist revolution swept the planet, followed by two world wars that quickly dissolved the utopian idealism that swept the world. After that, the Cold War. Now, the what?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

U.S. Half-Measures in Syria Are Worse Than Doing Nothing - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com

U.S. Half-Measures in Syria Are Worse Than Doing Nothing - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com

"The road to Damascus is a road to peace," Pelosi announced then in her glib fashion. The same Pollyanna views have, until now, characterized the Obama administration's "reset" with traditional enemies, who are looking for soft spots in the U.S. belly.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

SSA Disability Fraud Arrests Should Extend Beyond Puerto Rico - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com

SSA Disability Fraud Arrests Should Extend Beyond Puerto Rico - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Government programs always begin with the best of intentions. Some Americans of an earlier age had little or no income when retired at age 62 and so were offered retirement benefits. Since wives of the 50s and 60s often stayed home to attend domestic affairs, an array of spousal benefits were added. Then children's benefits. And survivor's benefits. And when earnest, hard-working construction people fell from buildings, or factory workers suffered heart attacks, strokes, or developed terminal cancers and were too weak to work, Social Security Disability paid them benefits.

That was all well and good until disability became institutionalized and, to a degree-automatic. According to the Wall Street Journal, nearly 11 million people were receiving disability benefits at an annual cost of $136 billion in 2012. With that many people receiving disability benefits, the definition of "disabled" would have to include maladies of a less severe nature than those for which the program was intended.

Seventy-five people were arrested yesterday in Puerto Rico and accused of defrauding the Social Security Disability program.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Governor Chris Christie Throws His Spear in the GOP Sand - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Governor Chris Christie Throws His Spear in the GOP Sand - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made a cannonball splash at what some in the the media are calling the GOP "summer camp." By accounts such as those in the Boston Globe, the governor's speech was an improvement over his lackadaisical recitations at the GOP national convention in 2012.

Christie has a definite flair for practical politics, a major factor in how Republican Christie could win the governorship in decidedly blue state New Jersey. You do that by being the prototype "Jersey Boy" and Christie is surely that-wisecracking, brusque, blunt, and irreverent. He doesn't stroll the New Jersey boardwalks with sleeveless tee-shirt and tattooed arms but he does the next best thing.
 
Christie's Twitter profile provides the clues: "I've got the keys for 4 years. Let's party! Except for teachers and public workers. You have to put the beer down. Immediately. Now go get me a sandwich." Funny stuff, even in Georgia.
 
 
(turn the page. read the balance, hit the linked title)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Quinnipiac Poll Shows De Blasio Leading, Quinn Trailing Among Democrats in NYC Primary Race - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Quinnipiac Poll Shows De Blasio Leading, Quinn Trailing Among Democrats in NYC Primary Race - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Mr. de Blasio is currently saturating New York airwaves with a political ad narrated by his mixed-race teenage son, complete with 70s style big hair. To complete the one-size-fits-all social issues candidate, New York insiders know that de Blasio's interracial marriage survived the gay liaisons (reported on the Politicker site) of wife Chirlane McCray.

Is there a candidate who can top that? Is there a candidate who can match de Blasio in the egalitarian touchstones of race, gender, and social advocacy?

Monday, August 12, 2013

Corn-Ethanol Lobby Hits the Blend Wall - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Corn-Ethanol Lobby Hits the Blend Wall - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com

Aside from ethanol slowly but methodically destroying all the small engines of America, there is another problem called the "blend wall." What the blend wall means is that American cars can only tolerate ten percent ethanol. Going beyond that on most conventional vehicles means that, if you put more than 10 percent ethanol in your gas tank, the auto manufacturer will not honor the guarantees they made when you bought the vehicle.

If the manufacturer found out you continuously poured water in the gas tank, they wouldn't honor the warranty either, but that's similar to what you'd be doing by using an 11 percent ethanol-fuel blend or higher blend.