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Wednesday Morning News

Good Morning Conflucians!!

Hope you’re staying cool however you can. Those of us in the eastern US are going through one hell of a heat wave. It was 101 at the DT abode yesterday.

Yesterday was the birthday of the famous Mexican painter (see painting above) Frida Kahlo:

Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954; born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán. Perhaps best known for her self-portraits, Kahlo’s work is remembered for its “pain and passion”, and its intense, vibrant colors. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.

Mexican culture and Amerindian cultural tradition figure prominently in her work, which has sometimes been characterized as Naïve art or folk art. Her work has also been described as “surrealist”, and in 1938 one surrealist described Kahlo herself as a “ribbon around a bomb”.

Kahlo had a stormy but passionate marriage with the prominent Mexican artist Diego Rivera. She suffered lifelong health problems, many of which stemmed from a traffic accident in her teenage years. These issues are reflected in her works, more than half of which are self-portraits of one sort or another. Kahlo suggested, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”

Active communist sympathizers, Kahlo and Rivera befriended Leon Trotsky as he sought political sanctuary from Joseph Stalin’s regime in the Soviet Union during the late 1930s. In 1937 initially, Trotsky lived with Rivera and then at Kahlo’s home (where he had an affair with Kahlo). Trotsky and his wife then moved to another house in Coyoacán where, in 1940, he was assassinated.

Kahlo’s work was not widely recognized until decades after her death. Often she was popularly remembered only as Diego Rivera’s wife. It was not until the early 1980s, when the artistic movement in Mexico known as Neomexicanismo began, that she became very prominent. This movement recognized the values of contemporary Mexican culture; it was the moment when artists such as Kahlo, Abraham Ángel, Ángel Zárraga, and others became household names and Helguera’s classical calendar paintings achieved fame.

During the same decade other factors helped to establish her success. The first retrospective of Frida Kahlo’s work outside Mexico (exhibited alongside the photographs of Tina Modotti) opened at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in May 1982, organized and co-curated by Peter Wollen and Laura Mulvey. The exhibition was also shown in Sweden, Germany, New York and Mexico City. The movie Frida, naturaleza viva (1983), directed by Paul Leduc with Ofelia Medina as Frida and painter Juan José Gurrola as Diego, was a huge success. For the rest of her life, Medina has remained in a sort of perpetual Frida role. Also during the same time, Hayden Herrera published an influential biography, Frida: The Biography of Frida Kahlo, which became a worldwide bestseller. Raquel Tibol, a Mexican artist and personal friend of Frida, wrote Frida Kahlo: una vida abierta. Other works about her include a biography by Mexican art critic and psychoanalyst Teresa del Conde and texts by other Mexican critics and theorists, such as Jorge Alberto Manrique.

As you’ve probably heard, the Justice Department is suing Arizona and is seeking an injunction to stop it’s implementation:

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Arizona, charging that the state’s new immigration law is unconstitutional and requesting a preliminary injunction to stop the legislation from taking effect.

The lawsuit says the law illegally intrudes on federal prerogatives, invoking as its main argument the legal doctrine of “preemption,” which is based on the Constitution’s supremacy clause and says that federal law trumps state statutes. The Justice Department argues that enforcing immigration laws is a federal responsibility and says an injunction is needed to prevent “irreparable harm” to the United States.

The filing also asserts that the Arizona law would harm people’s civil rights, leading to police harassment of U.S. citizens and foreigners. President Barack Obama has warned that the law could violate citizens’ civil rights, and Attorney General Eric Holder has expressed concern that it could drive a wedge between police and immigrant communities.

“Arizona impermissibly seeks to regulate immigration by creating an Arizona-specific immigration policy that is expressly designed to rival or supplant that of the federal government,” the Justice Department says in its legal brief. “As such, Arizona’s immigration policy exceeds a state’s role with respect to aliens, interferes with the federal government’s balanced administration of the immigration laws, and critically undermines U.S. foreign policy objectives.”

This will be an interesting legal battle. On the one hand is a state likely encroaching on Federal jurisdiction and on the other hand we have states rights to their own defense and dealing with immigration problems that do affect them. The case will likely find its way to the SCOTUS. Get out the popcorn.

Obama and Netanyahu with lots of theatrics:

President Obama said Tuesday that he expected direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians to begin “well before” a moratorium on settlement construction expired at the end of September, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel pledged to take “concrete steps” in the coming weeks to get the talks moving.

The president’s comments, after a 79-minute, one-on-one session in the Oval Office, were the first in which he articulated a timetable for peace negotiations. They also reflected a palpable shift in the administration’s approach to a relationship that has been rife with tension since soon after Mr. Obama took office.

The meeting was laden with theatrics as the men shook hands vigorously in front of the cameras after a series of steps by the Israelis over the past few days to reduce tensions with the United States. But it was also deeply substantive, the leaders’ aides said, with Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu touching on a wide variety of contentious issues, including Iran’s nuclear ambitions and Israel’s undeclared nuclear weapons program, as well as the peace process.

A single session in the Oval Office is not likely to have resolved a year and a half of deep policy differences, and the two leaders could hit more bumps in the months ahead, especially if Mr. Obama grows impatient with a lack of progress in the peace process. But on Tuesday, they sought to accentuate the positive.

Does anyone really think Obama gives a crap one way or the other. The new boss is just like the old boss in this regard it seems.

Obama is likely to use the recess to make some appointments:

President Obama intends to use a recess appointment to install Donald Berwick as the head of the government’s Medicare and Medicaid programs, a White House official said Tuesday.

Obama will make the appointment Wednesday, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said in a statement. Lawmakers are out of town for their annual Fourth of July break.

Apparently, according to Prince, the internet is over:

“The Internet’s completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it. All these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”

Rock and R&B legend Prince, commenting to the U.K.’s Daily Mirror about his lack of use for digital music (or most any digital technology). The artist, who is about to release his latest album 20Ten, has not allowed any of his music to be available via download on iTunes, and he considers Internet-based music distribution to be just another passing fad. “The Internet’s like MTV,” Prince said. “At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated.”

Oh dear. And just when I was getting used to the intertubes, it’s all going to come to an end. Either that or Prince has become out of touch. No, couldn’t be. WaPo has an opinion bit on it.

Obama made all sorts of noise about the evils of Bush’s drilling policies, then followed them. I’m so surprised. And now it turns out, just like Bush in other matters, Obama had plenty of warning about the dangers of BP and deepwater drilling, but chose to ignore it:

Less than four months after President Barack Obama took office, his new administration received a forceful warning about the dangers of offshore oil drilling.

The alarm was rung by a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., which found that the government was unprepared for a major spill at sea, relying on an “irrational” environmental analysis of the risks of offshore drilling.

The April 2009 ruling stunned both the administration and the oil industry, and threatened to delay or cancel dozens of offshore projects in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico.

Despite its pro-environment pledges, the Obama administration urged the court to revisit the decision. Politically, it needed to push ahead with conventional oil production while it expanded support for renewable energy.

Another reason: money. In its arguments to the court, the government said that the loss of royalties on the oil, estimated at almost $10 billion, “may have significant financial consequences for the federal government.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals reversed its decision and allowed drilling in the Gulf to proceed—including on BP PLC’s now-infamous Macondo well, 50 miles off the Louisiana coast.

The Obama administration’s actions in the court case exemplify the dilemma the White House faced in developing its energy policy. In his presidential campaign, President Obama criticized the Bush administration for being too soft on the oil industry and vowed to support greener energy forms.

But, once in office, President Obama ended up backing offshore drilling, bowing to political and fiscal realties, even as his administration’s own scientists and Democratic lawmakers warned about its risks.

Meanwhile drilling has begun in Greenland:

Scotland-based Cairn Energy began drilling offshore of Greenland’s Disko Island last week, marking a new phase of exploring and exploiting the vast natural resources believed to be stored in the rapidly-thawing Arctic.

There’s a nasty feedback loop here — as global warming softens the bitter, inhospitable conditions of the north, more oil interests will move into the tempting virgin territory. By some estimates, 20 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas resources lie in the region. In Greenland alone, there may be as much as 50 billion barrels of oil just waiting to be tapped.

But that means more petroleum will be pumped out of the ground and burned in the service of fueling the global economy. It will all be done with the best intentions — in the name of bettering mankind and increasing humanity’s prosperity — but according to a mountain of scientific data, it will hasten sea level rise and all the climate problems that come with global warming.

The CA Governor’s race looks to be close:

Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman find themselves tied in their race for California governor, but voters have grown increasingly disenchanted with both candidates, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Brown has support from 44 percent of likely voters, compared with 43 percent for Whitman, but the difference is well within the Field Poll’s margin of error.

The poll shows 40 percent have an unfavorable impression of the state attorney general and former governor, up from 32 percent in January.

Since she won the primary, Whitman has released television ads that are playing continuously throughout the state, one promoting her general vision for California’s future and another characterizing Brown’s first tenure as governor in the 1970s and early 1980s as a failure.

Brown has yet to release any of his own advertisements, which has wounded the candidate, said the poll’s director, Mark DiCamillo.

“You’re watching TV, you’re picking up messages that are positive for Whitman and negative for Brown,” DiCamillo said. “His image rating could go down further if the advertising continues without any answer.”

Come on moonbeam, up your game. You’ve got to win. I’m rooting for you.

A long lost Michelangelo sculpture may have been found:

A sandstone sculpture of a kneeling man sharpening a knife could be a long forgotten work by Michelangelo, according to an Italian scholar who has rediscovered the statue in a private collection.

Measuring 111 centimeters (3.65 feet), the statue is now on display for the first time after more than 120 years at the exhibition, “And There Was Light. The Masters of the Renaissance,” in Göteborg, Sweden.

The powerful sculpture is a copy of a marble statue known as the “Arrotino” (the Blade-Sharpener) on display at the Uffizi gallery in Florence.

Representing the Scythian slave who served Apollo and flayed the satyr Marsyas, the Uffizi sculpture is itself a Roman copy from a lost Hellenistic original.

While we’re looking at Discovery, here’s an interesting article. There seems to be some evidence that Amelia Earhart may have lived as a castaway after her crash:

Amelia Earhart, the legendary pilot who disappeared 73 years ago while flying over the Pacific Ocean in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator, may have survived several weeks, or even months as a castaway on a remote South Pacific island, according to preliminary results of a two-week expedition on the tiny coral atoll believed to be her final resting place.

“There is evidence on the island suggesting that a castaway was there for weeks and possibly months,” Ric Gillespie, executive director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), told Discovery News.

Gillespie has just returned from an expedition on Nikumaroro, the uninhabited tropical island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati where Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan are believed to have landed when running out of fuel.

“We noticed that the forest can be an excellent source of water for a castaway in an island where there is no fresh water. After heavy rain, you can easily collect water from the bowl-shaped hollows in the buka trees. We also found a campsite and nine fire features containing thousands of fish, turtle and bird bones. This might suggest that many meals took place there,” Gillespie said.

That’s a bit of what’s going on today. Chime in with what you’re finding.

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  1. This is wild:

    We’ve moved a long way from the keyboard-and-mouse only computer interface. Touchscreens, speech, and even typing systems that track eye and muscle movements all aid in interaction. But what if we could literally transmit our thoughts to computer interfaces–without any sort of implanted computer chip? Intel’s Human Brain project, a collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, is attempting to do just that.

    The ambitious project (see our report from last year) uses EEG, fMRI, and magnetoencephalography to deduce what a subject is thinking about based on their pattern of neural activity. The process is still fairly primitive–it only works with concrete nouns within a 1,000-word vocabulary, and it can only tell the difference between two nouns at a time. In other words, the algorithm can’t yet deduce on its own if a user is thinking of the word “arm,” but it can figure out whether a user is thinking of “arm” or “shirt”(or any number of other nouns). Intel tells us that the algorithm is accurate 9 out of 10 times.

    I for one welcome our new mind reading computer overlords.

    • Soon they’ll even control your brain. Instead of standing in line for your Ifad, you’ll stand in line for your brain chip.

      So much for net neutrality. So much for human neutrality.

    • All I can think of, after reading this, is Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    • Interesting. Thinking in terms of words. It makes sense to me that it doesn’t distinguish words per se but rather concepts. There are many synonyms for words. I imagine that we think in terms of concepts, then put words to them.

    • Great round upTD!

      I remember years ago someone said computers will able to read our minds! and I said well how hard is that anyway? Humans think constantly…but of very few things! lol!

  2. Whoa, Ringo turns 70 today:

    t’s been a long and winding road for Beatle Ringo Starr, who turns 70 today. And Starr is celebrating this birthday in the way any good musician would want to, with a concert at Radio City Music hall, joined by his All Star Band.

    There’s a video on that site of an interview with Diane Sawyer.

    And by the way, has anyone noticed that Diane doesn’t age? Is she a vampire or something?

  3. I love Diane.. she is the only one I watch!!!!!!!!

  4. Superskimmer boats help with oil spill clean-up

    Eight superskimmer vessels have arrived in the Gulf of Mexico from France to help with the oil spill clean-up.

    • Less than four months after President Barack Obama took office, his new administration received a forceful warning about the dangers of offshore oil drilling.

      The alarm was rung by a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., which found that the government was unprepared for a major spill at sea, relying on an “irrational” environmental analysis of the risks of offshore drilling.

      Two months after the Catastrophe, the Administration has ordered 23 skimming vessels able to skim up 4- 8 thousand gallons of oil per day. We should be thankful that the US has begun to accept help from other countries, albeit two plus months later.

      • Which decision did he make faster?
        The Afghanistan military surge or how to clean up the Gulf?

      • Finally!!! I can’t understand why they turned down the help from countries who obviously have clean up technology that ‘s superior to our own.

    • and they should have been there within a week or so!!!!!!!!

    • well, well, well,

      it seems the US Government now has a website called Restore the Gulf …

      http://www.restorethegulf.gov/

  5. Stimulating round-up, DT. Love the pictures too. The statue appears to have the detail and vitality of a Michelangelo work. Hope it is.

  6. So it would appear with the US vs Arizona Immigration challenge that the Democrats have decided to double down and again run an identity grievance political campaign in 2012. Tiresome!

  7. well this is interesting

    http://preview.tinyurl.com/2byvhwu
    Army charges soldier for leaking video of US massacre in Baghdad

    The United States Army on Monday filed charges against Private 1st Class Bradley Manning, accusing the 22-year-old of giving a video of a US military massacre in Baghdad to the WikiLeaks web site, which posted an edited version in April under the title “Collateral Murder….

    Your world today. The whistle blowers are the criminals.

  8. I hear Obama is coming to Nevada on Thursday for another Reid “Jam & Jelly” campaign. I guess he thinks this is the best thing he can do at this time!

    • I suspect that means Reid is finished.

      • I dunno. The opponent looks pretty insane and I imagine the timing of taking on that AZ law was no coincidence.

        • The majority of Arizonians and Nevadans support the AZ law. Besides, Nevada has THE highest unemployment rate in the country.

          I suspect it’s “Anybody but Reid” this year, regardless of his opponent’s wackiness.

          • Good point. There are a lot of things in play in this race. Anti Dem, anti Reid, Obama’s numbers, economy of course, the tea party candidate, etc. I suspect it will be hard to take real lessons from the outcome given all the factors. It will definitely be a race to watch nonetheless.

        • I’m thinking Reid’s chances went from near 0 to better than 60% after his opponent won the Repub primary. So it’s his race to lose now.

          That doesn’t mean he can’t still pull out a loss. If i were him, I’d just stay out of site for the next 3 plus months and tell Obama to stay away.

          • Agree. Obama will not help; he’ll harm.

          • Obama is the worst thing that could happen to this campaign right now. Reid needs to beg him not to come. If BO comes, someone wants Reid out…what other conclusion can one draw??

  9. Thanks for the hommage to Frida, Dandy. Her work is stunning in its originality and passion. Diego, whose ego would easily have overflowed an Olympic stadium, acknowledged during her lifetime that she was a better artist than he–and fine as he was, he was right. I highly recommend the Herrera biography. I couldn’t put it down once I got past the first page.

    Arizona–well, the Obama Administration had to be right about something, eventually, and they’re right about the state’s encroachment on federal jurisdiction here. People who live on the Border–natural-born citizens–have enough trouble with Border Patrol and other federal agents as it is. They don’t need state and local cops getting into the act.

  10. Here is vid i saw yesterday off Mother Jones. This assumes it has flowed for a year?

    When you see this, and at the rate they are going?

    The Greenland deal… oh no…
    What is happening for Brown is same thing that happened to Hillary two years ago. Complete target-marketing. Obscene in a way? Same tactics. Same deal when McC wanted the townhalls? She has stalled Brown. It’s really evil and the ads? She is trying to remake herself but I don’t think it will work.

    My sense is that the state is about to erupt. Whitman’s ads were much like what is happening in Az right now. That NY farm looks better and better to me…if only I could convince him.

    Geez. If it is going to be like the 30’s farms are the way to go. Off-grid. Cities? No thanks.

    Check this out!
    http://www.farmandcountryrealty.com/

    OMG. Those prices? Plus the architecture is all turn of cen or even older. I just really want to move from here. I do. Land! Big land.
    Also, the idea of Christmas in the snow? Four seasons? Appeals.

  11. As the resident Prince stan I must make clear that he was the first artist to distribute a CD exclusively online.

    This was back in 1998.

    • I noticed that. I also have noticed he likes to be provocative for it’s own sake, so perhaps take what he’s saying with a grain of salt.

  12. From Newsweek: An article about how WOMEN WILL RULE THE WORLD…

    “When historians write about the great recession of 2007–08, they may very well have a new name for it: the Mancession.”

    http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/06/women-will-rule-the-world.html

    • There were so many money quotes in that article, such as, business reap more profit with women on the board because it discourages groupthink. Duh. I hope this means that corporations see the power of women in the workforce and the marketplace, that this doesn’t become a fad of marketing where everything is wrapped in pink. And then the fad fades and they move on…

      Whenever the article examined the treatment of women in the US workplace, the attitude was always, Ho hum, aren’t we done talking about that yet? Other countries seem to be more enlightened. And this can be seen in the fact that the US might well be the last country to elect a woman to the highest office. Bros before Hos!

  13. Latest Gallup : Obama approval down to 38% among Independents.

    Ruh roh.

  14. Ok, I’m confused. (surprise lol)

    Why is NASA’s “foremost” mission now to improve Muslim relations?

    (That’s according to Obama’s NASA dude)

    I’m struggling. Anybody?

  15. Hello all! I got this wonderful email today that I wanted to share…..

    You all remember Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona , who painted the jail cells pink and made the inmates wear pink prison garb. Well………

    SHERIFF JOE IS AT IT AGAIN!

    Oh, there’s MUCH more to know about Sheriff Joe!

    Maricopa County was spending approx. $18 million dollars a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over, and the County Supervisors said okay.

    The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and care for the strays. Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily. He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition and behavior. They give great classes for anyone who’d like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had them place in dog shows.

    The best part? His budget for the entire department is now under $3 million. I adopted a Weimaraner from a Maricopa County shelter two years ago. He was neutered and current on all shots, in great health, and even had a microchip inserted the day we got him. Cost us $78.

    The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.28 an hour for working, but most would work for free, just to be out of their cells for the day. Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc. He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals.

    I have long wondered when the rest of the country would take a look at the way he runs the jail system and copy some of his ideas. He has a huge farm, donated to the county years ago, where inmates can work, and they grow most of their own fresh vegetables and food, doing all the work and harvesting by hand.

    He has a pretty good sized hog farm, which provides meat and fertilizer. It fertilizes the Christmas tree nursery, where prisoners work, and you can buy a living Christmas tree for $6 – $8 for the holidays and plant it later. We have six trees in our yard from the prison.

    Yup, he was re-elected last year with 83% of the vote. Now he’s in trouble with the ACLU again. He painted all his buses and vehicles with a mural that has a special hotline phone number painted on it, where you can call and report suspected illegal aliens. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wasn’t doing enough in his eyes, so he had 40 deputies trained specifically for enforcing immigration laws, started up his hotline, and bought 4 new buses just for hauling folks back to the border. He’s kind of a ‘Git-R Dun’ kind of Sheriff.

    TO THOSE OF YOU NOT FAMILIAR WITH JOE ARPAIO..

    HE IS THE MARICOPA ARIZONA COUNTY SHERIFF AND HE KEEPS GETTING ELECTED OVER AND OVER..

    THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY:

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio (in Arizona ) who created the ‘Tent City Jail’:
    **He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates for them.
    **He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails.
    **Took away their weights.
    **Cut off all but ‘G’ movies.
    **He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county and city projects.
    **Then he started chain gangs for women so he wouldn’t get sued for discrimination.

    **He took away cable TV until he found out there was a federal court order that required cable TV for jails, so he hooked up the cable TV again…..BUT only let in the Disney channel and the Weather channel.

    **When asked why the weather channel, he replied, “So they will know how hot it’s gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs.”

    **He cut off coffee since it has zero nutritional value.

    **When the inmates complained, he told them, “This isn’t The Ritz/Carlton……
    If you don’t like it, don’t come back.”

    More On The Arizona Sheriff:

    With temperatures being even hotter than usual in Phoenix (116 degrees just set
    a new record), the Associated Press reports: About 2,000 inmates living in a barbed-wire-surrounded tent encampment at the Maricopa County jail have been given permission to strip down to their government-issued pink boxer shorts.

    On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up on their bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 degrees inside the week before.

    Many were also swathed in wet, pink towels as sweat collected on their chests and dripped down to their PINK SOCKS.

    “It feels like we are in a furnace,” said James Zanzot, an inmate who has lived in the TENTS for 1 year. “It’s inhumane.”

    Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long ago started
    making his prisoners wear pink and eat bologna sandwiches, is not one bit
    sympathetic. He said Wednesday that he told all of the inmates, “It’s 120 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they have to wear full battle gear, but they didn’t commit any crimes, so shut your mouths!”

    Way to go, Sheriff!

    Maybe if all prisons were like this one there would be a lot less crime and/or repeat offenders. Criminals should be punished for their crimes – not live in luxury until it’s time for their parole, only to go out and commit another crime so they can get back in to live on taxpayers’ money and enjoy things taxpayers can’t afford to have for themselves.

    If you agree, pass this on.
    If not, just delete it

    • Now this guy sounds like a Clinton Democrat!!!! I like him!

      • Really? You actually think this guy is a Democrat? I mean an old-school Democrat, not an Obama Democrat.

        And BTW, many prisons train stray dogs. And they don’t make people live out in the desert in sweltering heat. Cruel and unusual, if you ask me. It could actually kill some of them. Go in for a drug charge and maybe you die.

        He keeps getting elected for the same reason that Arizona passed that horrendous border control law….Arizona is apparently full of A-hole voters.

      • (US Citizen) Driver in Arizona arrested because he couldn’t show birth certificate

    • http://www.snopes.com/politics/crime/arpaio.asp

      Not all entirely true, but I do think if authority in this country was more like Arpaio in looking for solutions rather than looking for excuses, we wouldn’t be in such a mess right now.

      I lived in Arizona a few years ago and admit openly that I voted for Arpaio’s re-election while I was there. He did not strike me as scary or too harsh, so I think he just ruffles feathers and gets bad press.

    • Whhat would the rest of the country look like if “Sheriff Joe” ran it?

      Arbeit macht frei, that’s what.

      If you like this thug, you’re on the wrong continent and in the wrong century.

  16. Oh, great, if sending us Biden wasn’t insulting enough, NOW, we’re getting Michelle? What is she going to do ?

    http://blog.al.com/live/2010/07/michelle_obama_to_visit_gulf_o.html?utm_source=API&utm_medium=twitter

    • I was wondering when she would show up. It’s too hot right now to garden in DC

    • LOL – She will be speaking on her “right to bare arms” and the many reasons why none of this is Barry’s fault. He just inherited it, and since he’s not doing a good job of holding onto approval numbers, they are hoping she can prop him up a bit.

    • Pathetic

      What a waste of time and tax dollars.

      Howsabout declaring it a national emergency before sending in more photo ops?

      The mismanagement of this disaster is sickening.

      ok I’ll slip back to lurking with my heavy heart

  17. Here’s one for you DT from the Nation:

    http://www.thenation.com/blog/37038/thomas-jefferson-feared-aristocracy-corporations

    He was, as well, a relentless critic of the monopolizing of economic power by banks, corporations and those who put their faith in what the third president referred to as “the selfish spirit of commerce (that) knows no country, and feels no passion or principle but that of gain.

    Jefferson might not have wanted a lot of government, but he wanted enough government to assert the sovereignty of citizens over corporations. To his view, nothing was more important to the health of the republic.

    In the early years of the 19th century, as banks and corporations began to flex their political muscles, he announced that: “I hope we shall crush… in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”

    There are those who would have us believe that the founders intended for corporations to control our elections – and, tragically, five of these Tories sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, where they recently ruled that the nation’s biggest businesses may spend whatever they like to buy the results that best serve their bottom lines.

    The better angels among the founders would be aghast.

  18. Oh NOES!!! The Giant Talking Cheeto says that he’s been blacklisted at MSNBC by Joe Scarborough!!!

    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/7/7/882214/-Why-I-am-blacklisted-by-MSNBC

  19. Prince who? Why should I care what he thinks?

    /snark

    On the other hand, I’ve always been fascinated by Amelia Earhart!

  20. Maybe some of you would care to enlighten this clueless author:

    What Do Liberals Want From Obama?

    Not surprisingly, conservatives are unhappy with President Obama. Somewhat surprisingly, liberals are too–or, at least, a lot of liberal commentators.

    Bob is my old boss and mentor, not to mention a good friend. I share his frustrations over the policies that have (and haven’t) come out of Washington lately. But to suggest that Obama hasn’t governed as a progressive seems pretty wrong to me.

    The compromises are real enough. But, to make what should be a familiar point by now, so are the political constraints. Corporate money and lobbying magnifies the power of conservatives, who already have disproportionate representation in the Senate–where, of course, it takes a ridiculously-super-majority of 60 to pass just about anything. Obama simply can’t pass legislation through Congress without compromising with conservative Democrats and (now) at least one Republican.

    http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-cohn/76046/what-do-liberals-want-obama

    • What would a TNR writer know about either liberalism or “progressivism”–whatever that is.

  21. Hey DT…you had fun with that other picture. I wonder if Anderson Cooper is turning a little screw with this photo.

    “A White House staff member cleans and adjusts the teleprompter that will be used by U.S. President Barack Obama during an announcement in the East Room of the White House July 7, 2010 in Washington, DC. ”

    http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/07/beat-360%C2%B0-7710/

    And some of the comments are sort of lame, I bet we could come up with a caption that has way more wit and pizazz.

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