Thursday, August 23, 2012

Catnip 8/23/12: The Dog Days Are Over


Lake Merritt art. This picture is from last spring.

The dogs days are over. "Leave all your love and your loving behind you, Can't carry it with you if you want to survive."

Yeah, there is news...

The NY Times has some harsh words for the Republican Party platform. "The Republican Party has moved so far to the right that the extreme is now the mainstream. The mean-spirited and intolerant platform represents the face of Republican politics in 2012." While they urge Romney to move to the "center", one only has to remember that a) Romney panders to these people and b) look at what's happening in the state legislatures. Think Romney would veto whackadoodle legislation from a Republican Congress? Elect Republicans, and extreme is what the country will become.

Speaking of whackadoodle, a judge in Texas in threatening civil war if Obama is re-elected and hands over "the sovereignty of the United States to the UN." The Birchers are alive and well, thankyouverymuch. Adding another layer of crazy to this story is Grover Norquist, who claims that if Lubbock Co. raises taxes to prepare for the coming UN invasion, there will be "civil unrest." Alrighty then. Let's just cross Texas off the list, shall we?

Sisters are figuring it out for themselves. Romney and the Republicans have a big problem with women voters according to private poll from Planned Parenthood. "At this point in the campaign, women voters already have real, though not deeply engrained, reservations about Mitt Romney. Though just one in five (20%) says they know a lot about Romney and the kind of president he would be, fully 50% say they have doubts and concerns about whether he would make a good president, and by 24 points (44% to 20%) they judge him to be “out of step” on issues affecting women. (By contrast, President Obama is viewed as “in step” by a full 20 points (46% to 26%)." Need real life evidence? New poll from Michigan shows Obama leading Romney 50-39 with women.

Nancy Pelosi points out in USA Today that Democrats worked with Bush when they assumed control of the House in '06. "The Democratic House passed more than 230 key measures, with over 70% receiving bipartisan backing. By the end of 2008, in all, President Bush signed 460 laws passed by the Democratic Congress. Thus far, we can only say the same about 169 laws in the current Republican House. The record is clear: The source of congressional inaction today is a Republican congressional leadership that cannot, or will not, govern; that will not put aside partisanship to work together."

Apparently this election is all about... * drumroll * Bill Clinton. Sorry Ron, you've been replaced. Sargent has a good take on that - it's a subtle way of making the election a choice between the Clinton years and the Bush years. Rings true, doesn't it?

CBO freaks out about the fiscal cliff. The Feds are poised to act. Well, then, do it. China is becoming a weight, slowed by European austerity measures (big clue there, people!) and we need to take steps now. It may be too late already.

You remember Three Mile Island don't you? (Offer not valid for those under 40) Say, how is Palisades these days?

Cold here. Must go bundle up and hit the tunnel...