Weekly Address

The President's Weekly Address

White House: "In this week’s address, the President discussed climate change and how the most ambitious climate agreement in history is creating private sector partnerships that are advancing the latest technologies in clean power.":

Hill: "President Obama will send a budget to Congress that increases the amount of funding toward clean energy research and development by about 20 percent, he said Saturday."

The Wires

White House Live Video
February 5

12:30 pm ET: Josh Earnest's press briefing

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Public Service Announcement

New York Times (February 4): "Pregnant women whose male sexual partners have spent time in a country with confirmed transmissions of the Zika virus should either abstain from sex or use condoms during intercourse for the duration of their pregnancy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced.'

USA Today: "Women of childbearing age should avoid alcohol unless they're using contraception, federal health officials said Tuesday, in a move to reduce the number of babies born with fetal alcohol syndrome. 'Alcohol can permanently harm a developing baby before a woman knows she is pregnant,' said Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 'About half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and even if planned, most women won’t know they are pregnant for the first month or so, when they might still be drinking.'"

New York Times (January 14): "Federal health officials are debating whether to warn pregnant women against travel to Brazil and other Latin American and Caribbean countries where mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in newborn babies. Officials say it could be the first time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises pregnant women to avoid a specific region during an outbreak." ...

     ... NYT Update (January 15): "Federal health officials on Friday advised pregnant women to postpone traveling to 13 Latin American or Caribbean countries and Puerto Rico where mosquitoes are spreading the Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in babies." ...

... The Washington Post reports on the crisis in Brazil.

Washington Post: "Media mogul Sumner Redstone has resigned as board chairman at CBS Corp. after a court battle raised questions about the 92-year-old executive’s mental competence. He was replaced by Leslie Moonves, the longtime CBS president and chief executive, CBS announced Wednesday. The transition took effect Tuesday when Redstone was appointed to the role of CBS chairman emeritus, CBS said."

... New York Timess: "A small 16th-century oil on panel largely kept in storage at a Kansas City, Mo., museum is a work by the Dutch Renaissance master Hieronymus Bosch, researchers [in the Netherlands] said on Monday, a finding that, if accepted by other scholars, would add to the tiny list of about 25 recognized Bosch paintings in the world. The painting, 'The Temptation of St. Anthony,' dated 1500-1510, had previously been attributed to the workshop of Bosch or to a follower of Bosch, known for his comic and surreal images of heaven and hell and the earthly moral purgatory in between."

Radio host Diane Rehm discusses her "retirement" plans with Karen Heller of the Washington Post.

Washington Post: "A lost story by famed British children’s author Beatrix Potter — the Tale of Kitty-in-Boots — has been discovered among her memorabilia and will be published this year more than a century after she wrote it. Jo Hanks, a publisher with Penguin Random House who made the discovery at London’s Victoria & Albert museum in 2013, called the story the biggest Potter discovery in generations and almost certainly the last, the London Times Newspaper reported Tuesday."

Boston Globe: "Late Night host (and New Hampshire native) Seth Meyers stars in this trailer for his fake movie, Boston Accent, which just laughs at all the devices used in every movie ever made in Boston":

Tim Egan's Confession: "I can no longer wait in a grocery store line, or linger for a traffic light, or even pause long enough to let a bagel pop from the toaster, without reflexively reaching for my smartphone."

Planet Nine. Caltech: "Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the sun on average than does Neptune (which orbits the sun at an average distance of 2.8 billion miles). In fact, it would take this new planet between 10,000 and 20,000 years to make just one full orbit around the sun. The researchers, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, discovered the planet's existence through mathematical modeling and computer simulations but have not yet observed the object directly." ...

... CW: Planet Nine, my ass. I will never abandon Pluto! But this is a mighty thrilling development. ...

... UPDATE. Rachel Feltman of the Washington Post interviews Mike Brown, one of the discoverers of Planet Nine. It turns out, as certainly every astronomer knows, that Mike Brown was also the guy who killed Pluto! Even his daughter is mad at him for that.

New York Times: "Five planets will parade across the dawn sky early Wednesday[, January 20,] in a rare celestial spectacle set to repeat every morning until late next month. Headlining the planetary performance are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. It will be the first time in more than a decade that the fab five will be simultaneously visible to the naked eye, according to Jason Kendall, who is on the board of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York."

Los Angeles Times: "The backlash against this year's Academy Award nominations escalated Monday with announcements by director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith that they would boycott the Feb. 28 Oscars ceremony, citing the absence of people of color in all four acting categories for the second year in a row. If other prominent entertainment industry figures join the boycott, it has the potential to spoil Hollywood's annual showcase event."

Donald Trump playing Donald Trump in movies & on teevee shows:

New York Times: "#OscarsSoWhite, that damning hashtag that made the rounds last year, can again, unhappily, be revived for this year’s Oscar nominations, which were announced Thursday morning.... The only Academy nods for two of the year’s biggest films about African-American characters went to white people.... In all the lead categories — best director, picture, and all four acting categories — only Alejandro G. Iñárritu, the Mexican auteur who won best director and picture last year, for 'Birdman,' adds a note of diversity. This year he was nominated for 'The Revenant.'”

Los Angeles Times: "Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards have been announced, and 'The Revenant' is leading with 12, including for best picture. Other nominees for best picture are 'The Big Short,' 'Bridge of Spies,' 'Brooklyn,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' 'The Martian,' 'Room,' and 'Spotlight.' All the snubs, surprises and reactions from nominees coming below." Full coverage via the linked page.

Christian Science Monitor: "... thanks to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Purdue University, the lowly incandescent bulb is getting a jolt of new life. The six-researcher team says it has found a way to boost the bulb's efficiency twenty-fold, which would leave today's favored compact fluorescents (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in the dust, according to a paper published Monday in the journal Nature Nanotechnology." ...

     ... CW: If these bulbs go into production, it should make Rand Paul very, very happy. If only MIT could do something about his big-shit problem. Science does have its limits.

Los Angeles Times: "A 21-year odyssey came to an end Tuesday when National Football League owners voted to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to Los Angeles for the 2016 season and gave the San Diego Chargers an option to join the Rams in Inglewood."

** Washington Post: "In a paper published in the open-access journal eLife this week, researchers say they have pinpointed what may well be one of evolution’s greatest copy mess-ups yet: the mutation that allowed our ancient protozoa predecessors to evolve into complex, multi-cellular organisms.... Incredibly, in the world of evolutionary biology, all it took was one tiny tweak, one gene, and complex life as we know it was born." The paper is here. ...

... CW: Sorry, fundies, this is a lot more exciting than a trip to the Noah's ark amusement park or whatever it is.

The Los Angeles Times' Golden Globe coverage is here.

New Yorker: More Pluto!

New York: "Lumosity is one of these 'brain training' programs, and yet, according to the Federal Trade Commission, many of those claims aren’t backed up by science. On Tuesday, Lumos Labs — the company behind Lumosity — agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission for $2 million for misleading consumers on claims that playing these mental games would help with cognitive performance and prevent mental decline as we age. 'Lumosity preyed on consumers’ fears about age-related cognitive decline, suggesting their games could stave off memory loss, dementia, and even Alzheimer’s disease,' Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. 'But Lumosity simply did not have the science to back up its ads.'”

New York Times: "Twitter is experimenting with introducing a longer form of tweet, according to two people familiar with the company’s plans, in what would be another gradual move away from the simplistic design sensibility that the service was originally founded upon. The project, which internally has been referred to as 'beyond 140,' is still in its testing phase and is not set to be introduced until at least March...."

Washington Post: "Four newly discovered elements managed to squeak their way in[to the periodic table] just before the end of 2015, filling up the table's seventh row and marking the first additions since 2011." CW: Since I know squat about chemistry, let me say here -- in the fullness of my ignorance -- that the periodic table should stick with elements that occur in nature. If chemists want a "sub-periodic table" to show off their lab-created, unstable elements, let 'em have it. I don't see how an "element" can be artificial. Anyone who knows what s/he's talking about is free to set me straight.

TPM: "Twitter announced Thursday it's bringing back Politwoops, the popular gaffe-tracking transparency tool that tracked politicians' deleted tweets, after unceremoniously killing off the service earlier this year.... Twitter revoked developer API access for the project, a venture of The Sunlight Foundation and The Open State Foundation, in August 2015."

If you are interested in what George Lucas thinks about the "Star Wars" series & other stuff, you can find out here, presuming Charlie Rose doesn't monopolize the conversation (okay, silly presumption). ...

... Later Lucas said he was sorry he said some of those nasty things.

... Hank Stuever of the Washington Post: The "final episodes of 'Downton Abbey' are among the show’s best since the first season — and they’ll reassure those hoping for the happiest possible endings for nearly every character."

BBC News: "A monument from a temple in the ancient city of Palmyra destroyed by so-called Islamic State (IS) is to be recreated in London's Trafalgar Square. The 2,000-year-old arch is all that remains of the Temple of Bel, part of the Syrian Unesco World Heritage site, captured by militants in May. It will be recreated from photographs, using a 3D printer. The institute behind the project hopes the arch will draw attention to the importance of cultural heritage." ...

... John Brennan & Sarah Knapton of the (Irish) Independent: "Ireland's saints and scholars were descended from farmers and bronze metalworkers from the Middle East and modern-day Ukraine, scientists have found. Researchers have sequenced ancient Irish human genomes for the first time. They discovered mass migrations to Ireland thousands of years ago resulted in huge changes to the ancient Irish genetic make-up. A team of geneticists from Trinity College Dublin and archaeologists from Queen's University Belfast made the findings, which show a massive shift in our genetic mix over the course of just 1,000 years. They believe the genetic influxes brought cultural change such as moving to settled farmsteads, bronze metalworking - and may have even been the origin of western Celtic language." ...

... CW: One trouble with denigrating certain ethnic groups: we're all cousins. Sorry, "white" people.

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The Commentariat -- Oct. 21, 2012

Presidential Race

Jeff Mason & Steve Holland of the AP: "Facing a cliffhanger re-election attempt, President Barack Obama will launch a round-the-clock, two-day campaign blitz through six battleground states next week to try to fend off the challenge from Republican Mitt Romney. Polls show Obama's strong debate performance this week gained him little or no ground against the former Massachusetts governor with just over two weeks until the November 6 election."

Truly Troubling. Tom Kludt of TPM: "President Barack Obama's lead in Ohio is down to a point, a survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling on Saturday shows.... The poll was conducted after Tuesday's debate, and the results suggest the town hall in Hempstead, N.Y. was not a game changer for the president, whose overall lead dropped despite a plurality of Ohio voters declaring him the winner of the debate." ...

... CW: this is the first time in perhaps six months that I've thought it likely Romney would win the election. I'm pissed off at everybody. (Which is supposed to come first, anger or depression? I went right to anger.) ...

... Nate Silver has more. ...

... AND It Matters that Romney Owns the Fucking Voting Machines. Gerry Bello, at al., in the Free Press: Mitt Romney, "his brother, wife and son, have a straight-line financial interest in the voting machines that could decide this fall's election. These machines cannot be monitored by the public." The controlling firm also "has on its board of directors at least three close associates of the Romney family" who have contributed megabucks to Romney's campaign. Fully a third of [the company's] leadership previously worked at Romney's old Bain firm." ...

... In a somewhat tepid endorsement, the Cleveland Plain Dealer nonetheless favors Obama for re-election.

Alina Selyukhof, et al., of Reuters: "Mitt Romney held a financial advantage over President Barack Obama heading into October thanks to strong fundraising by the Republican Party that will allow its candidate to spend more on the last stretch toward the November 6 election."

New York Times Editors: "Mr. Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan -- have become ... artful about obfuscating their plans for Medicare, Medicaid.... Almost nothing the Republican candidates say on these or other health care issues can be taken at face value.... Mr. Romney ... says his plans would have no effect on people now on Medicare or nearing eligibility. But ... most beneficiaries would see their annual premiums and cost-sharing go up. The average beneficiary in traditional Medicare would pay about $4,200 more over the 2011-12 period, and heavy users of prescription drugs about $16,000 more over the same period, if the act was repealed...."

CW: if, like me, you are a middle-class taxpayer, and if, unlike me, you think Romney will give you a 20 percent tax break & strew your garden path with rose petals, WAKE THE FUCK UP. Pat Garofalo of Think Progress notes that to support his case that his math-free tax plan will totally work, Romney uses a study which assumes that almost all middle-class tax breaks will be eliminated. Thanks to Victoria D. for the link.

Digby: "... obsessing over what the administration said in the first days after the [Benghazi] attack is the stupidest right-wing manufactured pseudo-scandal I've come across in quite some time. And it's pathetic that the mainstream press is still so willing to chase after these shiny objects."

David Firestone: "Bill Clinton took the stage at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Friday night and delivered an hour-long education in the real issues at stake in this election. He talked about Medicaid and financial reform and the student loan system with an appreciation for the granular not usually displayed by the man he was stumping for, President Obama. It was the dream speech of a policy wonk, but Mr. Clinton never assumed that the details would bore a general audience, and they did not." Thanks to Victoria D. for the link. Here's a taste:

Jeff Sommer of the New York Times: "Through Friday, since Mr. Obama's inauguration -- his first 1,368 days in office -- the Dow Jones industrial average has gained 67.9 percent.... The market's rise and fall has an enormous effect on the wealth of ordinary Americans -- and on whether they feel themselves to be wealthy. American presidents since 1900.... The stock market has flourished under the president -- and under Democratic presidents generally. Since 1900, it has returned 7.1 percent annually when Democrats have occupied the White House, and only 3 percent under Republicans.... Are you better off than you were four years ago? For stock portfolios, at least, the last four years have been bumpy but they haven't been bad at all."

MoDo doesn't like Obama & she doesn't like Romney: "In some ways, the two rivals are alike: cold, deliberative fish, self-regarding elitists with upbringings out of the norm and trouble connecting at times...." Read at your own risk.

This was inevitable:

Multi-billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticizes both candidates, too. At least his criticisms are substantive.

Ha ha. The New York Times reports that the U.S. & Iran have agreed to talks re: Iran's nuclear program. So I wrote: "get ready for the wingers to claim Ahmadinejad is a key Obama supporter." Well, sure enough, here's some person named Quin Hillyer of the American Spectator: "This is nothing other than an Iranian attempt to bolster Obama's re-election chances." Ditto from Jazz Shaw at Hot Air. Must the wing-nuts be so predictable?

Congressional Races

The New York Times endorses Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) of New York for U.S. Senate.

The New York Times endorses Rep. Chris Murphy (D) of Connecticut for U.S. Senate.

Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun-Times: "U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is heading back to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn."

Other Stuff

In a New York Times column, former Obama economic advisor Christina Romer reports on academic studies that show the stimulus was a big jobs creator. She also goes into what-all could have been done better, implicitly blaming the Obama administration for a failure to communicate. CW: Do you suppose the "undecideds" depicted below will gobble up Romer's analysis & immediately become staunch Obama backers? See, actually, facts don't matter.

For those of you having trouble "Understanding the Undecideds," Brian McFadden of the New York Times is here to help:

CLICK ON CARTOON TO SEE LARGER IMAGE.Bill Marsh of the New York Times outlines new state voting restrictions. "The most rigid voter ID laws are believed to affect about 10 percent of eligible voters, said Lawrence Norden of the Brennan Center." CW: of course most of those would be Democratic-leaning voters, so that raises, to as much as double the percentage of Democratic voters who may find they can't or don't dare to vote. So when I said in a comment to yesterday's Commentariat that Obama could lose even though more Americans preferred to vote for him than for Romney, I wasn't exaggerating. Michelle Obama said not long ago that voting rights were the civil rights movement of our era. She was right. ...

... You Are Now Living in a Third-World Country. Alexander Bolton of The Hill: "United Nations-affiliated election monitors from Europe and central Asia will be at polling places around the U.S. looking for voter suppression activities by conservative groups, a concern raised by civil rights groups during a meeting this week."

** Josh Rogin of Foreign Policy: "House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) compromised the identities of several Libyans working with the U.S. government and placed their lives in danger when he released reams of State Department communications Friday, according to Obama administration officials.... 'When you dump a bunch of documents into the ether, there are a lot of unintended consequences,' an administration official told The Cable Friday afternoon. 'This does damage to the individuals because they are named, danger to security cooperation because these are militias and groups that we work with and that is now well known, and danger to the investigation, because these people could help us down the road.' ... Even WikiLeaks had approached the State Department and offered to negotiate retractions of sensitive information before releasing their cables.... Issa did not grant the State Department that opportunity...."

Glenn Greenwald on the "unfathomable ignorance" of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (Fla.), who appears, in the embedded video, not to know anything about President Obama's "kill lists."

Tracy Bloom of TruthDig: The Rev. Phil Snider, a Missouri pastor, delivered an impassioned speech before the Springfield City Council in which he appeared to be making the case against amending the city's nondiscrimination ordinance to add protection for sexual orientation and gender identity." Don't be offended, & do listen till the end. Thanks to contributor P. D. Pepe for the link:

... In his post "This Week in God," Steve Benen highlights a preacher of a different stripe: Romney supporter Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association who argues that "'masculine leadership in society over the nation' is 'God's basic plan for today,' and 'political leadership ought to be ... reserved for the hands of males.' Anticipating criticism, the religious right leader added that those who believe in gender equality won't offer a 'reasoned' response to his shameless misogyny." Benen provides video, so enjoy your Sunday sermon. ...

... Also via Benen, Eric Maripodi of CNN reports, "Shortly after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney enjoyed cookies and soft drinks with the Rev. Billy Graham and his son Franklin Graham on Thursday at the elder Graham's mountaintop retreat, a reference to Mormonism as a cult was scrubbed from the website of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association." Whaddaya bet Mitt didn't diss the cookies this time?

In a New York Times op-ed, Samantha Bee discusses a recent scientific UCLA study which found that GOP female Members of Congress have more feminine faces than do Democratic women MOCs. Bee is thrilled that research dollars are going to such important work.

News Ledes

New York Times: "Russia's security services have killed 49 rebels and captured dozens more in a counterterrorism offensive that officials called a "considerable" blow to the insurgency in the North Caucasus region, the Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee announced on Sunday. President Vladimir V. Putin had urged the use of increasingly aggressive means to subdue the insurgency in the North Caucasus ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in the southern city of Sochi, which is at the edge of the turbulent region."

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: "Seven people were shot late Sunday morning at a spa near the Brookfield Square Mall [near Milwaukee, Wisconsin] - apparently none fatally - and police were combing the area searching for the suspect. The multiple shooting occurred about 11 a.m. at the Azana Salon & Spa on N. Moorland Road, just south of Blue Mound Road and across the street from Brookfield Square."

New York Times: "George McGovern, the United States senator who won the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 1972 as an opponent of the war in Vietnam and a champion of liberal causes, and who was then trounced by President Richard M. Nixon in the general election, died early Sunday in Sioux Falls, S.D. He was 90." The Washington Post obituary is here.

** ABC News: "The latest intelligence assessment of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi indicates there was little if any pre-planning for it and that it was in part an opportunistic response to the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.'"

Reuters: "Libyan militias captured Muammar Gaddafi's chief spokesman on Saturday, the government said, but an audio clip posted on Facebook purporting to be the voice of Moussa Ibrahim denied his capture."

Reader Comments (21)

"In some ways, the two rivals are alike: cold, deliberative fish, self-regarding elitists with upbringings out of the norm and trouble connecting at times...."

Vintage MoDo "plague on both your houses" crap. Little relationship to reality. Lots of self-aggrandizing snark. She deserves a good smack down, if only the smacker could be sure that MoDo herself would read it.

October 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCalyban

Jeebus! Why did I read that fool's column. She sounds like a jilted lover. At some point in time, Dowd must have felt she didn't get the attention she deserved from Obama. She called him "pampered, petulant, self-pitying, organic arugula, a cold, deliberate fish, and a self regarding elitist". Nonsense. Impossible to keep those dark urges under control. She is so far into her own brand of neurosis that most everything in the column about Obama seems like counter-transference. Lord have Mercy. Has she no friends who could steer her toward a good therapist.

The stuff I read about Iran agreeing to one-to-one talks had 2 important caveats. The Ayatollah had to approve, which he hasn't done to date and the meetings would not take place until after the election. Iran doesn't want to have to begin negotiations with one President and then continue with another. Sounds reasonable on its face, however, I think that means if Romney wins, talks are off - or its possible the whole thing could be a stalling tactic. At any rate, I think it helps Obama in the short run.

October 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

Lynnell Mickelsen takes down MoDo back in April 17, 2008)

"Well, if any of you read the New York Times op-ed today, you caught Maureen Dowd writing one of her typical "Obama is an effeminate elitist" columns.

Which, I have to say, sounds just like her old "John Kerry is an effeminate elitist" columns. Which sounded a lot like her old "Al Gore is an effeminate elitist" columns. Which sounded a lot like her "Mike Dukakis is an effeminate elitist" pieces. I mean, does anyone detect a little pattern here?"

To read Charles Leck's entire & relevant blog post go to:

http://chasblogs.blogspot.com/2008/04/lynnell-mickelsen-takes-down-maureen.html

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMAG

Mirkin's letter is exactly the kind of testimonial that we need––why don't we have more? Fear of retribution in some way? Thank you, Julie, for getting permission to print it.

Thanks also to MAG for the link––boy, do we miss Molly Ivins––her tearing off the finery facade of Maureen is delicious. I had no idea so many had real problems with Dowd. Interesting.

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPD Pepe

I wish I had time today to write a column on Dowd, but I'm hanging light fixtures (one down, six to go) & bathroom vanities (haven't started, expect problems), so I'll have to save it for another day.

In the meantime, I highly recommend the 2008 Molly Ivors (not Ivins) blogpost that MAG indirectly links.

Marie

October 21, 2012 | Registered CommenterThe Constant Weader

Garry Wills in his piece in the November 8 NYRB describes this campaign as a revulsion. Romney, it's clear to Wills, never thought this election would be or should be about him. "It was all supposed to be about what is wrong with America––namely, Obama. It has been cast not as a choice campaign, but a retrospective verdict on Obama."

The fact that a historic boundary had been crossed when a black man was elected president, he goes on to say, this breakthrough did not cancel a long sad record of historic American racism.

"Dinesh D'Souza's [this evidently written before Dinesh's fall from grace] book "Obama's America" became number one on the NYT best seller list, and the film based on it played in over a thousand theaters, yet its chapter on Obama's mother revives one of the oldest racist stereotypes, that a white woman must be a slut if she has sex with a black man. A "documentary" with that same theme has been mailed to thousands of voters in key states screened by Tea Party groups and by Phyllis Schlafly's [or as we used to call her back when, "Shoo-fly-pie"] Eagle Forum Council. Guess which man the audience for these, and for hundreds of obscurer tracts, will vote for?"

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPD Pepe

@MAG great blog. Wow - the beat goes on endlessly from Dowd.

Julie, thanks for the letter from Mirkin - it is amazing how folks completely miss what is so glaringly obvious.

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

Yes, thanks Marie, Ivors–– She's been gone so long I can't even spell her name correctly anymore. A shame!

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPD Pepe

@P. D. Pepe: Ivors & Ivins are two separate people. Ivors, I assume (but don't know), is using a pseudonym -- the name of the feminist character in Joyce's magnificent novella "The Dead."

Marie

October 21, 2012 | Registered CommenterThe Constant Weader

Denial.

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfreethink

@freethink. Generally speaking, a one-word comment is not illuminating. Your comment fits the general rule. I have no idea what you mean.

Marie

October 21, 2012 | Registered CommenterThe Constant Weader

Marie -and all - please don't lose faith. I am scared to death of a Romney presidency, the return of the neo-cons, and the subsequent new war which would be inevitable. To say nothing of what will happen to the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act , Medicare.....
So what I plan to do this week is - doorbell. I have signed up for ten hours with the OFA local. It will be windy, cold and rainy (three things I dislike) but I plan to bundle up and go forward. I also dislike doorbelling and phone banking, as it is an inevitable intrusion on people. But I will do it.
When I want to give up I will reflect on an experience of last night. I attended a fundraising event for a local charity that provides healthcare for low income people. A young woman addressed the gathering to give the pitch asking for donations. In telling her story, she related that she had seen a doctor for some suspicious breast symptoms, but put off the recommended mammography for lack of funds (at the time, she didn't know this particular organization would have assisted her). When she was finally, after delay, able to have the mammogram, it led to a diagnosis of breast cancer, Stage IV. There she was, standing up there all lovely and glowing, with a death sentence hanging over her head.
People shouldn't have to wonder how they can get basic health care, or go around begging for help to obtain it.
So I am going to do my legwork for this young lady, who will leave behind a 9- year- old son, and for all of us.
And, I will continue to believe our President will win, as he deserves to .

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria D.

"Gabriel found himself partnered with Miss Ivors. she was a frank-mannered talkative young lady, with a freckled face and prominent brown eyes. she did not wear a low-cut bodice and the large brooch which was fixed in the front of her collar bore on it an Irish device and motto."
Again––thanks Marie for clearing all this up and yes, "The Dead"
is indeed, magnificent. As for the dead Molly Ivers, we mourn her passing.

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPD Pepe

Should the President lose, which, though possible, I still choose to believe is unlikely, the Senate races become even more important. A simple Democratic majority will not allow the Repugnants to modify the filibuster rules at the next session's opening and then we can only hope the Dems, spines stiffened by calamity, will treat the Repugs and the Romney initiatives, which I suspect will make the Reagan years and his fatherly foolishness far fonder in remembrance than in fact, the same way the Repugs dealt with virtually all the President's efforts to right the sinking ship of state. It is clear the Repugs already plan another round of pillage and if the President loses, only a Democratic Senate majority offers any hope of at least slowing down their intended rapacity, maybe the next time around long enough for the LI voters, that is the majority, to notice what has happened to them.

Such is the sad shape optimism must take in these perilous times.

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKen Winkes

Victoria D. Understand the anxiety. Its difficult not to feel discouraged, mad, incredulous and just plain scared today. Didn't help that George McGovern died, my first Presidential vote at 18. I keep donating what I can and working on a Congressional campaign (Lungren v Ami Bera), because the down ticket races are also critical. I'll miss the debate Monday, as that's my standard volunteer-enter-data night. Jeebus, I'm thinking the folks who make Xanax will clean up in the next couple weeks.

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

Diane - thanks for providing an idea for a coping mechanism (drugs) as we all carry forward. I'll be thinking of you as I walk the streets this week. (Oops, that didn't come out right !)

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria D.

The real deal, George McGovern, has left our world. It was his time, but still sad. What an excellent human being! I think it tells us in what a sad state our country exists, that he was so humiliatingly rejected in his run for President against Nixxxxon. Yikes! Times have not really changed. We the people are growing older, but our country is still wearing diapers.

Debate night tomorrow--and, in fact, the rest of the time until November 7--we are calling our Ativan Retreat. Glad my husband was a physician, so we still have old samples in our medicine drawer. Do not tell me they are expired! I don't care.

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate Madison

No, don't despair! Watch "Where the Hell is Matt" video and dance, drive, walk or bike to your nearest campaign office!

Every Friday I join others in sign holding, and for the past 5 Saturdays have canvassed for Elizabeth Warren. Today we worked on a Get Out the Vote mailing for our town. Two of our hardcore volunteers are leaving Friday for Janesville, Wisconsin to tell Wisconsinites what Massachusetts knows about Etch-a-sketch man. These 2 women have full time jobs, and are using vacation time to do this! The least I can do is get my introverted self up to New Hampshire!

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie in Massachusetts

Why isn't Darrell Issa an Enemy of the State, and in a cell next to Bradley Manning?
Answer in three letters.

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGloria

Gloria: I think we all know the three letters are WTF! Ciao.

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterforrest morris

Gloria: GOP

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTommy Bones
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