SDB Evening News Reads for 090111: The Youngs of Tifton…War, what is it good for and Catfood Commission Part 2 and a quarter?

Good late afternoon!

Today is the first day of September, and there is a feeling in the air…Can you feel it? A tingle of dumbassery with a hint of feeble ineptitude and just a splash of pettiness.  Alright, let’s get on with it.

Obama versus Boehner on jobs speech date: Who’s the adult? –

Is anybody being an adult here?

Yes, Mr. Obama accepted a date change with little comment. But he – or his scheduler – is the one who set the whole tiff-haha off in the first place.

Yes, Speaker John Boehner asked the president to pick another day, rather than saying flatly that the House was going to be washing its hair on Sept. 7. But his move was still unprecedented – no speaker has turned down such a request, ever, the Senate Historical Office told The New York Times.

Well, we have this to say about that.

First, we don’t think most voters will find this as depressing as pundits did. That’s because the fight was over before they even knew about it – not everybody gets Politico’s Twitter feed, after all. Plus, they already think Washington is full of kindergartners wearing ties.

Second, the White House messed up, big time. If they were trying to stomp on the GOP debate, it was petty. If they weren’t, it was incompetent. Somebody should have checked (maybe via Politico’s Twitter feed!) and seen if that date was already taken.

You can read the second page if you like, in the words of Ignatius J. Reilly…ho hum.

The Super Cat Food Commission Part 2 and a quarter, the smell of Friskes… is getting prepared to have that meeting of the minds.  Super Committee Gets Ready for Its First Hearing – Dan Friedman & Billy House – Politics – The Atlantic

The six Democratic members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction met by conference call Wednesday to discuss political strategy and administrative plans, aides said.

The Democrats discussed logistics, including meeting schedules and a timeline for their work, said one aide. They also continued talks on their strategy “for working with Republicans to come together around a balanced and bipartisan plan,” said the aide.

The conference call follows a meeting on Tuesday among the six committee Republicans. The 12-member super committee was created as part of a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling. The law requires the panel to meet by Sept. 16 and recommend by Thanksgiving cuts worth $1.5 trillion over 10 years. If its recommendations are not adopted, spending cuts worth $1.2 trillion over 10 years would be automatically imposed. Half of those would target defense spending, while entitlements would be mostly exempted.

I thought the next two links seem to play off one another so pointedly.  The first is an image of one soldier in silhouette.  We’re Still at War: Photo of the Day for September 1, 2011 | Mother Jones

US Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Russell uses his weapon’s scope to secure an area during a bridge inspection in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2011. Russell is a platoon sergeant assigned to the Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul’s security force. US Air Force photo by by Senior Airman Grovert Fuentes-Contreras.

Which brings us to the next link, the first Month Passes With No U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq –

 Under increased pressure from the United States, an Iraqi crackdown on Iranian-backed Shiite militias has helped produce a previously elusive goal: For the first time since the American invasion of Iraq, an entire month has passed without a single United States service member dying.

The milestone is particularly remarkable because it comes after 14 troops were killed in June, making it the most deadly month for the Americans in three years, and it has occurred amid a frightening campaign of suicide bombings and assassinations from Sunni insurgents that killed hundreds of Iraqis, resurrecting the specter of the worst days of sectarian fighting.

“If you had thought about a month without a death back during the surge in 2007, it would have been pretty hard to imagine because we were losing soldiers every day, dozens a week,” said Col. Douglas Crissman, who is in charge of American forces in four provinces of southern Iraq and oversaw a battalion in Anbar Province during the troop increase. “I think this shows how far the Iraqi security forces have come.”

How many years have we been at these wars?

Another quickie:  Mike Luckovich: Moammar and Dick – Truthdig

And lastly, when we see the Super Committee getting ready to screw the poor, working and middle classes…take a moment to reflect on the image below from one of my favorite sites, Shorpy.  The Youngs: 1909 | Shorpy Historic Photo Archive

The Youngs: 1909

January 22, 1909. Tifton, Georgia. “Family working in the Tifton Cotton Mill. Mrs. A.J. Young works in mill and at home. Nell (oldest girl) alternates in mill with mother. Mammy (next girl) runs 2 sides. Mary (next) runs 1½ sides. Elic (oldest boy) works regularly. Eddie (next girl) helps in mill, sticks on bobbins. Four smallest children not working yet. The mother said she earns $4.50 a week and all the children earn $4.50 a week. Husband died and left her with 11 children. Two of them went off and got married. The family left the farm two years ago to work in the mill.” Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

That is it for me today.  Since it is Thursday, my son and daughter are playing and cheering for the Panther’s.  So I am writing this on the fly, please be sure to post lots of links in the comments.


18 Comments on “SDB Evening News Reads for 090111: The Youngs of Tifton…War, what is it good for and Catfood Commission Part 2 and a quarter?”

  1. dakinikat says:

    That is one funny and true political cartoon! Gotta luv luckovich

  2. bostonboomer says:

    The feeling in the air here is raging heat–98 degrees today and maybe hotter tomorrow. It doesn’t feel like Fall. That’s OK though, because we didn’t really have summer in Boston this year.

  3. CinSC says:

    Kudos on your “feeling in the air”. Made me laugh out loud.

  4. northwestrain says:

    Well we’re getting ready for our boat vacation — so it will be cool and the wind will always be coming from the direction we need to go. We’ve had a cooler than normal “summer” — each warm day was called a “rare summer day”. One of the Global warming predictions is that this area of the US would be cooler than normal.

    In the UK there’s a court battle which involve payment for the US torture or rendition flights. One of the planes that did a whole lot of hauling of human cargo

    The aircraft’s ultimate owner was Phillip Morse, an American businessman with substantial sporting interests who was subsequently appointed vice-chairman of Fenway Sports Group, the company that owns Liverpool FC. In between rendition flights the aircraft was used to fly the Boston Red Sox baseball team.

    I just find it rather disgusting that a US sports team shared a plane where human cargo was shipped all over the world. Certainly some of the rendered captives may have been really nasty bad guys. According to the article the “rendered” humans had a sedative shoved up their ass, diapers applied and then packaged in the orange jump suit. The “rendered” then chained and tossed in as baggage. Out of sight, out of mind — the plane’s owners and the pilots swear they never ever even guessed what was happening. Meanwhile the CIA or bounty hunters rode in first class. One of these rendition flights cost over $300.000 US. (Tax payer money). And there were lots and lots of these rendition flights. But hey let’s cut corners and tax everyone except the very rich (who are the ones making money from the rendition flights).

    Sorry but I now look at the Red Sox team in a whole different light.

  5. northwestrain says:

    Good news for people who take photos and video of cops in public places — we have a first amendment right to capture on film cops “doing their jobs”.

    The decision was from an appeals court. An individual got film of cops being over enthusiastic in arresting a woman. The cops arrested the picture taker — and erased the video from his cell phone. But other folks were there to document cops behaving badly.

    Even after this decision the cops continue to misuse the law to cover up their behavior. If the cops were acting within the law then they wouldn’t threaten by standers.

    Raw Story has another item about a cop — having sex on the hood of a car. There are a lot of questions — like who was the cop and was the sex consensual? Or was this another example of rape culture? The history of this video is a bit different — but the cops attempted to cover up the fact that an on duty cop was caught on video.

  6. joanelle says:

    I’m still wondering how I missed the election where Boehner was named a co-president.

    Lawd knows I’m no fan of O – but I do respect the office of the president and can not accept the way he speaks to and about the president in public. They both thend to be boneheads but do they have to do it in public? 😕

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Joanelle did you see this?

      Oh, Grow Up –

      The contemptuous reaction from the House speaker, John Boehner, to the president’s request to address a joint session next Wednesday — the day Congress returns from its summer recess — was appalling. No matter how he feels about Mr. Obama personally or politically, there can be no excuse for his lack of respect for the office, to which he is second in the line of succession. And it was distressing to watch President Obama fail, once again, to stand up to an opposition that won’t brook the smallest compromise.

  7. Minkoff Minx says:

    I have a completely self serving comment here, so just amuse me y’all…my son Jake is now the 1st string kicker for his team, and today he kicked 3 extra points…didn’t miss a kick. I am very proud of him. They won 37 to 6. That is 2 wins for the season.

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