Sunday Reads: Getting ready for the next round…

8a4d3b7509d0276b145d15413c53a599Good Morning

Two more days until my daughter goes under the knife for the first time in her life and she is a nervous wreck. (Me too.) She has never even had stitches, so this little trip to the hospital on Tuesday will be one hell of an emotional ride for her. And to top it all off, her 15th birthday is on Wednesday…hopefully she will be in too heavy a drug induced haze to feel the pain. So please, all you Sky Dancers will send positive thoughts her way, she needs it!

Since there is so much going on right now, I will give you this mornings links in quick fashion and if any are repeats…oops! (Just have been so busy since we found out about her surgery, don’t know what has been said or linked on the blog.) ;)

I had no idea that John Kerry met with, Henry Kissinger. Geez…it is hard for me to even type the man’s name without thinking of his deep, deep voice and that accent, or as Betsy and Arlene called him in the 1999 movie Dick…”That German guy.” Here is what Amy Goodman had to say about it: John Kerry meets coup plotter Henry Kissinger on the 40th anniversary of Chile’s Sept. 11

While this was going on, Congress is still making with the War on Science continues: plan to create science laureate falters in Congress. They can’t even agree on naming a person as an honorary non-paid US Science Laureate, which is a position kind of like the US Poet Laureate…only this person will be involved in sciences. Of course this means “science” as only the way Gawwwd intended.

The Senate version of the bill was sponsored by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), and by Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) in the House. It had been sailing through Congress with bipartisan support. Wired Magazine speculated about potential nominees in the vein of Richard Feynman or Carl Sagan, such as Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene, Jill Tarter, Mike Brown, or Sylvia Earle.

And then, the American Conservative Union discovered the plan when it hit the schedule for a floor vote, the magazine Science reported Thursday.

After Larry Hart, Director of the ACU, sent a letter to Congress saying in part that the president would be able to appoint scientists “who will share his view that science should serve political ends, on such issues as climate change and regulation of greenhouse gases,” House leadership pulled the bill from the schedule, returning it to Committee on Science, Space, and Technology where it will likely be killed in the Republican-controlled House.

You know…Mountain Dew is the best soda ever made.

Ah…rednecks. Speaking of which, this next article is pretty interesting: Ironically-Named City of Sistersville Still Bans Women from Voting

West Virginia (unfairly most of the time) seems to be the go-to backwoods state in America. Incest, murderous hillbillies, haunted coal-mining towns straddling the cave mouth to Hell, illiteracy, and prescription drug abuse are often mentioned in connection with West Virginia, as if the Appalachian squiggle-blob state (seriously, it’s like the cartographer coughed while drawing the borders) functioned as a repository for all of America’s nastiest secrets. You want to make a movie about a crew of British spelunkers who find themselves deep underground at the mercy of highly-evolved, carnivorous bat-people? Set it in West Virginia! You’re lost and hoping to stop at a gas station to ask for directions? Don’t stop in West Virginia! Every state has its stretches of desolate terror highway, so where does West Virginia’s bad rep come from?

It might have something to do with outdated town charters like the one belonging to a tiny city on the banks of the Ohio River called Sistersville, a place that sounds unfairly creepy, as if the twins from The Shining stood sentry-like next to the sign at the city limits, beckoning for creeped-out motorists to play with them. In fact, Sistersville, with a population just shy of 1,500, has a more unfortunate problem than ghosts wandering the city limits — its charter still bars women from voting. Yup, the ironic twist in Sistersville is that, according to the town charter, only the dudes can vote.

I know, right? WTF. The town could change the charter, allowing women the right to vote, but this cost money….Money the town just does not have.

The Nineteenth Amendment ensures that women can freely vote in Sistersville. In a way, ignoring the outdated charter — which must have all kinds of other anachronistic nonsense about not leaving your gaslamp on when the Wendigo comes around, or making sure to chase away French fur trappers if they wander too close to your property line — is itself a sign of progress; it’s so thoroughly taken for granted that women can vote that Sistersville charter issue has been reduced to a cost/benefits issue. Besides, according to Schleier, West Virginia is full of outdated town charters, like the charter in nearby Paden City that requires men have to do manual labor for the city two days out of every year for the discount rate of $1.05. Why focus on one outdated town charter, misogynistic as it may be, when there are plenty riddled with long-ignored pen strokes from a long time ago?

Then again, not changing the charter to show that women can vote would leave Sistersville’s female population particularly susceptible to the whims of a post-apocalyptic town despot who takes over when the United States federal government falls into ruin (one must always plan ahead). Plus, it must really suck to live, work, and pay property taxes in a city that doesn’t officially consider you a full-fledged citizen.

Honestly, I don’t think it will take an apocalyptic event for some dickhead to take over the city where women work, live and pay property taxes in and then declare its women are not full-fledged citizens. Fairfax, Virginia comes to mind…Remember this asshole and the mess regarding the abortion clinics facilities within the city limits? Virginia City Attempts to ‘Ordinance’ Out Safe Abortion

The Fairfax, Virginia, city council voted 4-2 Tuesday night to change the city zoning code in such a way that “medical care clinics” will be considered separate from doctors’ and dentists’ offices, a move that abortion rights advocates are concerned could make it more difficult for the city’s only abortion clinic to operate.

Under the new zoning rules, medical care clinics will require additional, expensive permits as well as approval from the zoning board to operate. The changes could make it much more difficult for Nova Women’s Healthcare in Fairfax to relocate, after the clinic’s previous landlord ended its lease early because of complaints that included the clinic “attract[ing] numerous protesters … whose presence and actions constitute an unreasonable annoyance.”

During Tuesday’s city council meeting, Fairfax Mayor Scott Silverthorne accused “outside groups” of trying to create a controversy over the zoning change. “I don’t appreciate some of the outside groups here tonight, such as NARAL [National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League of Virginia], parachuting into my community and spreading misinformation,” he said, according to Fairfax Patch. “This vote is not about abortion.”

Oh…Bullshit! (I think that is the same remark I made when I first wrote about the dickhead Silverthorne.)

What to read more ridiculous crap from the right?  Scott Lemieux over at LG&M has this post up and you must check out the links he is writing about…Innovations In Rape Apologia

Thers finds a classic of the genre from R. Stacy “Emmett Till had it coming” McCain:

Date rape is an apparently common campus crime that usually involves two drunk young people, one of whom has an erect penis, and the other of whom is unable to avert what the erect penis typically does.

Whether you’re trying to blame the rape victim or apologize for the rapist, positing a dick with a mind of its own is a useful device.

Here are the links:

Whiskey Fire: Strictly Comedy, Writes in regard to the R. Stacy McCain quote up top:

To the morally and intellectually sane, if a woman is “unable to avert an erect penis,” in plain English, she is being raped. That is rape. It is as blunt a definition of rape as one could imagine. Unwanted genital penetration occuring without consent? Rape!

The twerp downstairs solemnly informs us that R. Stacy McRape in this quote is a “MAN… SPEAKING HYPOTHETICALLY OR WITH A CERTAIN LEVEL OF IRONY.”

Which is crap.

And, Eschaton: Eschaton, Fair and Balanced, it is a long, long post so go read it in full, but here are a few bits:

Talk Left reminds us that PBS is broadcasting the Murder of Emmett Tilll.

There is some controversy about this case, however. Not everyone agrees with the standard view of this murder case. Here at Eschaton we always strive to present both sides of an issue. So, after visiting Talk Left to read about it, you can read the alternative interpretation by Moonie Times reporter/Assistant National Editor Robert Stacy McCain as posted to the Free Republic under his pseudonym BurkeCalhounDabney…

[…]

Was Till’s killing racially motivated? Certainly, at least in part — just as Till’s initial action toward Carolyn Bryant was racially motivated. Till thought he could impress his relatives and friends by defying the customs of rural Mississippi. He succeeded too well. Roy Bryant returned home to find that Till’s insulting behavior toward his wife was the talk of the community. Not merely was this a challenge to Bryant’s personal honor, but to the peculiar community standards of that place and time. Roy Bryant either had to do something about Till, or become a pariah and/or a laughingstock in his community.

Now, it is likely that no would wish to return to the community standards and customs that apertained in rural Mississippi in 1955, when the Bryant brothers could kill Emmett Till and be judged not guilty by a jury of their peers. But Emmett Till’s insult to Carolyn Bryant was a personal wrong, and the murder of Emmett Till was a very personal murder. He was not a martyr for “civil rights,” unless you consider it a civil right to insult women.

If you’re bored you can write Andrew Sullivan and noted civil rights expert Jonah Goldberg and ask them what they think of their co-worker.

UPDATE: Just wanted to add that all of Mr. McCain’s posts on the Free Republic were pulled hours after Mike Signorile’s article was published. So, you’ll have to take my word for it.

You go and read the full post.

Hey, check this out too: Medical Examiner In Martin Case Says It Was Lost Deliberately By Prosecution (VIDEO) -

The Martin prosecution was an example of what my lawyer friend calls “a piss-poor job” of presenting evidence to convict. It bothered him and the idea was floated that maybe the case was being thrown, lost on purpose.

Now it looks as though that may have been what happened. The Volusia County medical examiner on the case, Dr. Shiping Bao, is now saying that the prosecutors did lose the case on purpose. Bao claims that the prosecution team, the Sanford police and his superior at the medical examiner’s office were all biased against Trayvon Martin, with the general attitude that “he deserved it.”

Dr. Bao is the M.E. who, as assistant coroner of Volusia County, handled the teen’s body on the night he was shot. According to him, there was no way that Martin could have been on top of Zimmerman when the gun was fired. His autopsy report details why this scenario was impossible. When he was on the witness stand, during the trial on July 5, he testified that Martin took up to 10 minutes to die from exsanguination – he bled to death – and that the boy was in pain and suffering the entire time. He was prepared that day, as a witness for the prosecution, to prove that Martin could not have been the aggressor in the incident. He was ready to present scientific evidence of why this was so. But the prosecutor never asked and Dr. Bao was not able to give his evidence. His testimony could have decisively put the case away for the state.

Dr. Bao was, soon after the case ended, fired from the medical examiner’s office. He felt that he was terminated wrongfully because he knew the truth of the matter: that the prosecution intentionally lost the case. He has now filed a $100 million lawsuit against the state of Florida for wrongful termination. His attorney, Willie Gary, told reporters:

“He was in essence told to zip his lips. ‘Shut up. Don’t say those things.’ “

Of course, it is possible that Dr. Bao is lying. But that seems like a stupid thing to do if he is suing the state. With the recent revelations concerning Zimmerman’s attorneys not being paid and Zimmerman apparently unable to stop himself from falling back on his substitute penis gun when he’s feeling petulant, these allegations raise serious questions. Was a murderer intentionally set free to kill again? The Chief of Police in the town where Zimmerman currently dwells seems to think so. If this is true and Zimmerman does murder again, the state of Florida is in deep doo-doo, along with the county, police and attorney general’s office. If this is true – if the prosecution in the Martin case purposely lost the case – it opens up the possibility that this is not the first time. All other cases tried by the current attorney general of Florida and her team would be called into question. And the state could be held liable. All because a group of racist officials decided that a 17-year-old kid deserved to die. It’s mind-boggling.

Watch the video of the local Orlando news report at the link.

Update on the Vanderbilt football player accused of rape: Vanderbilt Player Involved in Rape Cover-Up Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor

They are calling the flood in Colorado, a 1000 Year Flood, take a look at some pictures and video here: Photos and videos from dramatic flash floods in Colorado | Grist

Colorado floods: More than 500 still unaccounted for – CNN.com

At least four deaths have been blamed on the flooding, and a fifth person is presumed dead. More than 500 were “unaccounted for,” although authorities cautioned that designation included people who simply have not yet contacted concerned relatives elsewhere.

Hundreds unaccounted for in deadly Colo. floods

About 350 people are unaccounted for in Larimer County, according to the county’s sheriff’s office. In adjacent Boulder County, more than 170 people were unaccounted for but were not considered missing yet, though they had not contacted family members.

Areas from Denver to the Wyoming border remained under the threat of additional rain Sunday, with flash flood watches and warnings posted. Airlifts were set to continue with helicopter crews expanding their searches east to include Longmont, Fort Collins and Weld County.

I hope that anyone with family in the area of these floods has heard from their relatives…let us know that everyone is safe and sound.

I am going to switch gears now…how about a few book and movie links and reviews?

Review: Prepared to flee Cuba ‘Una Noche’ – latimes.com: Movie review: Twins, a sexy bad boy and a planned escape from Cuba. A feature debut captures the country in almost-documentary detail, but the plot thins.

‘Happiness, Like Water,’ by Chinelo Okparanta -New York Times Book Review:  NYTimes.com

‘My Brother My Sister,’ by Molly Haskell – New York Times Book Review: NYTimes.com (Molly Haskell is frequently on TCM discussing film from a feminist point of view.)

MovieMorlocks.com – The unexpected comedy stylings of Alfred Hitchcock Oh, btw…This month is Alfred Hitchcock month…every Sunday TCM is showing Hitchcock films.

And for the last story today, it is official…Voyager 1 is out of the solar system!

Scientists confirm Voyager 1 probe is in interstellar space | Reuters

Scientists have been debating for more than a year whether NASA’s 36-year-old Voyager 1 spacecraft has left the solar system and become the first human-made object to reach interstellar space.

By a fluke measurement, they now know definitively it has.

“We made it,” lead Voyager scientist Edward Stone, from the California Institute of Technology, told reporters on Thursday.

The key piece of evidence came by chance when a pair of solar flares blasted charged particles in Voyager’s direction in 2011 and 2012. It took a year for the particles to reach the spacecraft, providing information that could be used to determine how dense the plasma was in Voyager’s location.

Plasma consists of charged particles and is more prevalent in the extreme cold of interstellar space than in the hot bubble of solar wind that permeates the solar system.

Voyager 1, now 13 billion miles (21 billion km) from Earth, could not make the measurement directly because its plasma detector stopped working more than 30 years ago.

“This was basically a lucky gift from the sun,” Stone said.

Read the technical stuff on how they measured up the miles at the link above.

Now that Voyager I Is An Interstellar Ship, Let’s All Listen to the Golden Record | Geekosystem

No, we’re never going to stop talking about this. It’s the coolest thing ever.

golden record

Back when Voyager I was first launched into space, a committee lead by Carl Sagan put together a series of messages for any intelligent life outside our solar system who might come across the ship. Etched on gold-colored copper plates, this series of images and audio greetings is meant to reflect the whole of humanity — and now it’s totally in interstellar space.

There are a lot of ways you can listen to the music that’s contained within the golden discs. First, there’s a simple archive of .wav and .mp3 files on the NASA Voyager archive page. You can stream from there, or you can even download the files and take them around with you on your MP3 player and constantly pretend you’re an alien trying to navigate our way of life. We imagine that would make getting stuck on public transportation so much more fascinating.

If you’ve got a pretty decent internet connection and you also want to stream the record in the coolest way possible, there’s this interactive Golden Record website. While there’s no instructions (the aliens don’t get any, either), you can figure out your way around by clicking on the different parts of the flash menu. If you can’t, here’s a quick tip: top left is the music; top right is the images that were also included; bottom right is the space map that shows Earth’s location in the galaxy.

Want to know more about what is on the Golden Record, click the Geekosystem link and find out.

Hey, look at that? I started out with something connected to Carl Sagan, and I finished up with something different, but still referencing Carl Sagan.

Let’s end with one last picture: How our galaxy might look from outside | Today’s Image | EarthSky

This artist’s impression shows how the Milky Way galaxy might look seen from the outside, from an almost edge-on perspective.

Artist's impression of the central bulge of the Milky Way

Credit: ESO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/M. Kornmesser/R. Hurt

New research suggests that, as seen from the outside, the central bulge of our Milky Way galaxy shows up as a peanut-shaped glowing ball of stars, while the spiral arms and their associated dust clouds form a narrow band.

One of the most important and massive parts of the galaxy is the galactic bulge. This huge central cloud of about 10,000 million stars spans thousands of light-years, but its structure and origin are not well understood. Why not, when it’s our home galaxy? Because, from our vantage point from within the galactic disk, our view of this central region — at about 27,000 light-years’ distance — is heavily obscured by dense clouds of gas and dust.

There is a link to a 3D version of what our galaxy may look like, just go to the EarthSky link from the image up top to find it.

Well, this should keep you busy for a while. I will be very  damn busy myself this week, so if I’m AWOL y’all know why…its because I am taking care of “the Girl,” my little munchkin…

Have a great day and enjoy your third Sunday in September.


48 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Getting ready for the next round…”

  1. Morning, I have a few crime links for you too:

    Times Square shooting wounds at least one person on Saturday night | Mail Online

    Actually it is two women, but that link to the Mail has a picture of one of the victims just after she was shot.

    and yes, that is a walker she was pushing prior to getting shot!

    Firing at Man in Times Square, Police Wound Two Bystanders – NYTimes.com

    This story out of North Carolina is disturbing and sad: Man apparently seeking help killed by Charlotte police – CNN.com

    Officers responded to a “breaking and entering” 911 call at a home in Charlotte.

    The homeowner told dispatchers that a man had been knocking on her door repeatedly.

    Police say that when they got to the scene, a man matching the caller’s description ran toward them.

    One of the officers fired his stun gun, but it was “unsuccessful.” Another officer then opened fire, police said.

    Jonathan Ferrell died at the scene. He was shot several times.

    He was unarmed.

    Police now believe Ferrell was seeking assistance after crashing his car.

    Ferrell was 24 and a former football player at Florida A&M University.

    Police found a wrecked car nearby, indicating that he may have been trying to get help.

    “It was a pretty serious accident,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe told CNN affiliate WSOC.

    The crash was so severe that authorities now believe Ferrell had to climb out of the back window, another affiliate WBTV reported.

    He ran to the closest house for help.

    He was engaged….and his birthday was next month. Read the rest at the link.

    NAACP to rally for new inquiry in Ga. teen’s death | AccessNorthGa

    The Georgia NAACP is calling for a federal investigation into the death of a Valdosta teenager found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in his school gym.

    Edward DuBose, president of the Georgia NAACP, was scheduled to attend a rally and march Saturday in Valdosta calling for the Justice Department to reopen the case of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson.

    Lowndes County sheriff’s investigators say Johnson’s death Jan. 11 was an accident. They say he couldn’t breathe after falling into the center of a wrestling mat that had been rolled up behind the gym bleachers.

    But a second autopsy by a pathologist hired by Johnson’s parents concluded he died from a blow to the neck.

    The Justice Department has said it reviewed the case and found insufficient cause for a civil rights investigation.

    And one more:

    “Brain-eating” amoeba found in St. Bernard Parish water supply following death – CBS News

    Was this the same place where last year those two people died from using the netty pots in New Orleans? Remember, they had that “brain eating” amoeba too.

    • dakinikat says:

      Yeah and it’s rare. They’ve shut off the water fountains in schools and places and are having to do stuff to the water. Very odd.

    • Edward Shaw says:

      Okay, I don’t EVEN know if I’m replying in the appropriate place. The stories just run together on this site which I enjoy reading by the way. I just wanted to make a linguistic comment about “going under the knife” and how negative it sounds.

      I just say “having a procedure” or “surgery.” Same thing with the word, “whistleblower,” which almost makes a person who is trying to do a good thing sound like a squealing rat. In other words even when a person who sees wrongdoing reports it, they are labeled with a negative appellation.

      So, surgery which I had recently removed pain from my body I had been experiencing for years is called “going under the knife…” UGGGHHH.

      Reporting injustice and wrongdoing is associated with “tattling,” being a “rat” or BLOWING THE WHISTLE. God, this language is fucked up some times.

      Peace,

      ed. ;-)

      • peej says:

        Edward,

        Actually, I think etymologically speaking whistle blowing isn’t analogous to ratting out. Whistle blowing figuratively recalls the police whistle and ratting figuratively recalls organized crime. The latter signifies betrayal, the former signifies exposure. And the two have very different motives. The purpose of blowing the police whistle and calling attention to crime is the purpose of the police whistle. Whereas the purpose of “ratting out” is to save one’s own skin or to personally benefit in some way from the exposure.

        I’d add here, too, that the very act of purported whistle blowing in terms of media exposure is another kettle of fish altogether. In this instance is added the dimension of influencing or manipulating public opinion which is not the same thing as exposure of wrong doing, illegality, fraud, or abuse. On the contrary, “whistle-blowing” to the media isn’t in the strictest sense whistle-blowing at all.

  2. peej says:

    JJ! Sending you and your daughter all the most positive vibes I can rally. What are some of her favorite things? I’ll try to find as many things emblematic of those things to fill her hospital days with things that she loves.

  3. peej says:

    JJ,

    The Mills Brothers are one my favorite things. I give it to you. Please pass this video along to your daughter for me.

  4. peej says:

    JJ,

    Ya Ya is one of my favorite things. I’m giving to you. Please pass this video along to your daughter for me.

  5. peej says:

    JJ, Rufus Wainwright doing Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29 is one of my favorite things. I give it from me to you. Please pass it along to your daughter for me.

  6. ecocatwoman says:

    jj, I certainly know how nerves & fears set in prior to surgery. What you both are feeling is normal. Generally the younger the patient, the faster the recovery. Fortunately your daughter has you & other family members to manage her post-op care. My cats & dog haven’t been too helpful, except to get me up & moving to care for them.

    The thing that I’ve learned is no matter how bad you feel physically & emotionally, it will pass – in an hour or a day and she will get through it. One day, in the near future this episode in her life & yours will be a distant memory. Do your best to keep this in perspective in relation to the future. And make sure you have plenty of ice & ice packs plus anti-inflammatories on hand to keep the swelling down. ((((HUGS)))) to both of you.

  7. peej says:

    JJ, one of my favorite things is fireflies. Li Po wrote this in the 8th century, it’s called…. The Firefly:

    The rain
    Tries without avail
    To quench your lamp,
    And the rushing wind
    But makes it glow
    The more.

    I believe that if you flew
    Up to the sky
    You would twinkle
    As a star
    Beside the moon.

    P.S. Haiku is also one of my favorite things. And I think you are very much like the firefly, JJ. I believe if you flew up to the sky you would twinkle as a star beside the moon. So, I give to you the vibe of Li Po’s firefly.

  8. RalphB says:

    Sending very best thoughts and wishes to your daughter, from now until she is fully recovered and well!!! i really feel for her nervous condition. I’m scheduled to have neck surgery Thurs and already have a case of nerves coming on.

    • Hey Ralph, you take care…when Bebe read that you were having neck surgery she said, “Goddam…holy shit!” so she is also sending you best wishes too.

    • Beata says:

      Sending best wishes and calming thoughts to Bebe and Ralph.

      Easy surgeries and quick recoveries for you both. xoxo

    • Fannie says:

      Here’s hoping that you and Bebe are back home real soon, and with a good taste for home cooked meals.

      Here’s to creating good vibes this upcoming week.

    • peej says:

      RB,

      You, too, have every most positive vibe I have to send. I so appreciate your perspective and your unwavering ability to find the most incredible links. I’m continually amazed that you do and yet never amazed. Never, because I’ve grown accustomed to your wisdom. I thought about linking Rex Harrison’s “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” but that’s not so appropriate. I will really miss you while you are away. It may sound a little trite, but I know it’s true for me: It won’t be the same around here without you.

      It took a while, but I think I found the precise vibe for you. It is encapsulated by the most famous woman haiku master from the Edo Period, Chiyo-ni:

      Zoriya no
      kite kikoe keri
      hatsu-zakura

      The sandal maker
      has come –
      the first cherry blossoms

      During the Edo Period the sandal maker was the herald for the colder, mountainous regions in northern Japan. The sandal maker carried the news of the first cherry blossoms blooming in the south, and for the first cherry blossoms those in the north anxiously awaited. Cherry blossoms were the signal of spring. It will be like a kind of winter waiting for the sandal maker until your return, RB. The cherry blossoms follow in your footsteps. Your return will be anxiously awaited :)

      I do feel for your neck. I really do. Believe me. I’m hoping you can find the calming momentum to ease your nerves. I will be thinking of you. I’m sending you many, many healing and serene vibes.

  9. RalphB says:

    Financial aid seems to be moving from those in most need to the wealthier students.

    Public Colleges’ Quest for Revenue and Prestige Squeezes Needy Students

  10. RalphB says:

    Snap, Obama nails the press corps.

    Obama on Syria criticism: Washington grades on style, not substance

    As for the public perception of his own management of the U.S. response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, Obama said, “Folks here in Washington like to grade on style.”

    “And so had we rolled out something that was very smooth and disciplined and linear – they would have graded it well, even if it was a disastrous policy,” he continued. “We know that, ’cause that’s exactly how they graded the Iraq War – until it ended up… blowing up in our face.”

    Asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos whether the recent events changed his view of former President George W. Bush, Obama said, “No, no. What it says is that I’m less concerned about style points. I’m much more concerned about getting the policy right.”

  11. dakinikat says:

    Diane Ravitch systematically destroys the education reform movement, taking down one myth after another. http://slnm.us/LQNXdCi

  12. Update, Jonathan Ferrell Killed by Officer Kerrick | Car Crash | Mediaite

    Ferrell, who was African American, was unarmed, and the investigation showed no signs of alcohol involved.

    The local chapter of the NAACP is seeking the help of the state’s chapter to bring back the Citizen’s Review Board, which monitors behavior of the city’s officers.

    “There is no perfect police department,” said Reverend Kojo Nantambu, president of the local NAACP. “There are rogues, there are renegades, there are those who do not necessarily conform to all the training that is given to them to make sure there no unnecessary killings.”

    The CMPD is also under investigation by the FBI for a shooting earlier this year, and was cleared of wrongdoing for a shooting last year.

    Monroe described Kerrick as “devastated.” The two other officers with him were placed on administrative leave.

    Sounds like that dept has major issues!

  13. RalphB says:

    In what must be an epic win for Larry Summers, I hear he has taken his name out of the running to be Fed chair.

    /snark font in the beginning