New post up on my other blog.
Here is an excerpt and a link to the full post:
It’s the wee small hours of the morning. Hours I always think of Sinatra when I am feeling lonely….
He had a classic album of this title.There are hours in the morning. Late in the morning when you can’t sleep.
Thoughts are coming too quickly. You know you should be in bed, but your mind won’t let you.
You’ve had a few drinks. You started smoking again…Still no respite.
Your mind won’t stop.
via Chapter 86: In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning | My Southern Gothic Life.
I’m almost speechless…
Haven’t stepped foot in one in 15 years and this is only one example of why….
There is so much more I could say, but this speaks for itself….
NEWARK, N.J. AP – Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Wal-Mart truck on a highway in June are at least partly to blame for their injuries because they werent wearing seatbelts, the company said in a court filing Monday.
The filing was made in federal court in response to a lawsuit Morgan filed in July over the accident, which killed his friend James McNair, who was accompanying the former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star back from a show in Delaware.
Morgan spent several weeks in rehab with rib and leg injuries.Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Arkansas, said in the filing that the passengers injuries were caused “in whole or in part” by their “failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device,” which it said constitutes unreasonable conduct.An attorney representing Morgan and the other plaintiffs called Wal-Marts contentions “surprising and appalling.”
More: AOL.com Article – Wal-Mart: Morgan wasnt wearing seatbelt in crash.
I don’t know how the top 10% of this group functions at all…
Some interesting insight from the Washington Post:
As Cook notes in his book, the top 10 percent of drinkers account for well over half of the alcohol consumed in any given year. On the other hand, people in the bottom three deciles dont drink at all, and even the median consumption among those who do drink is just three beverages per week.
The shape of this usage curve isnt exactly unique. The Pareto Law states that “the top 20 percent of buyers for most any consumer product account for fully 80 percent of sales,” according to Cook. The rule can be applied to everything from hair care products to X-Boxes.
MORE: Think you drink a lot? This chart will tell you. – The Washington Post.
This is not good…
The Koch Brothers, Art Pope and their friends continue to try to suppress voting by any means possible-including these disinformation campaigns.
It seems to me that intentionally sending incorrect information relating to the voter registration or voting process ought to be illegal. This should be viewed as an attempt to unlawfully confuse voters and that is absolutely reprehensible.
But they know they can’t win fairly, so they are going to try as many unfair tricks as possible….
We can only hope this went to as many cats as possible….
From the Raleigh News and Observer:
RALEIGH — Hundreds of North Carolinians – and one cat – have received incorrect voter registration information, according to the N.C. State Board of Elections.
The information – an “official application form” – was sent by Americans for Prosperity, a national conservative group with a state chapter based in Raleigh.
Since then, hundreds of people who received the forms have called and complained to the State Board of Elections, said Joshua Lawson, a public information officer for the board.
“It’s unclear where Americans for Prosperity got their list, but it’s caused a lot of confusion for people in the state,” Lawson said.
One resident even received a voter registration form addressed to her cat, he said.
More: RALEIGH: NC residents mailed incorrect voter registration information | State Politics | NewsObserver.com.
Very interesting article in today’s New York Times. Well worth reading…
Here is a brief excerpt and a link to the full article:
The North Carolina of 2014, it seems, is neither red nor blue, but a shade of deep Dixie purple. It is a state where Republicans could retain control of the legislature for years, thanks to an aggressive 2011 redistricting and also because of white conservatives’ abandonment of the Democratic Party after years of post-Civil War fealty.
But it is also a state where a modern-day Democratic candidate like Ms. Hagan — or even like Hillary Rodham Clinton — may still dream of a statewide victory. African-Americans, who overwhelmingly vote Democratic, make up 22 percent of the population. Add to that a streak of true moderates, and the state’s white liberals, who can be found not only in the big cities of Raleigh and Charlotte, but sprinkled around the state — in the New Age boutiques of Asheville, the vegetarian-friendly cafes of Boone, the tech-sector office parks of the Research Triangle and in retirement homes from the Atlantic coast to the Great Smoky Mountains.
via North Carolina, in Political Flux, Battles for Its Identity – NYTimes.com.
The vote for Scotland to leave the UK, which barely failed to pass, kind of snuck up on me and I haven’t had the chance to really dig into. I do find it fascinating….
There is a great article on the Huffington Post by Robert Kuttner that I’m finding to be a great place to start.
Here is a brief excerpt and a link to the full article.
Now commentators all across the spectrum are pronouncing that the old United Kingdom is as good as dead. The independence referendum failed, but in order to placate the Scots, London will have to concede far more regional autonomy. The regional parliaments of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland will gain far more power, leaving the awkward question of whether little England should get its own parliament too.
The Brits can thank Maggie Thatcher for all that. It was Thatcher who set the U.K. onto a course where British extremes of inequality rival those of the United States, and where valued public institutions are being tossed on the rubbish heap. It was policies set in motion by Thatcher and her successors that finally promoted the Scottish revolt.
via The United Kingdom Nearly Died for Maggies Sins | Robert Kuttner.