Good article by Ed Kilgore.
For myself, blogging is never more important then my family, friends….my life.
I inform myself, pass on bits and pieces that I find interesting, stick to my principles of being Liberal and then move on with my life.
“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.”
‘Don Williams, Jr. (American Novelist and Poet)
‘The progressive blogosphere is—pun not intended—a-Twitter with the news of one of its most respected members, Grist’s Dave Roberts, announcing he was taking a year off to avoid burnout. His explanation resonated deeply with a lot of political writers and gabbers’:
“I spend each day responding to an incoming torrent of tweets and emails. I file, I bookmark, I link, I forward, I snark and snark and snark. All day long. Then, at night, after my family’s gone to bed and the torrent has finally slowed to a trickle and I can think for more than 30 seconds at a stretch, I try to write longer, more considered pieces”.
“I enjoy every part of this: I enjoy sharing zingers with Twitter all day; I enjoy writing long, wonky posts at night. But the lifestyle has its drawbacks. I don’t get enough sleep, ever. I don’t have any hobbies. I’m always at work. Other than hanging out with my family, it’s pretty much all I do — stand at a computer, immersing myself in the news cycle, taking the occasional hour out to read long PDFs. I’m never disconnected”.
“It’s doing things to my brain”.
“I think in tweets now. My hands start twitching if I’m away from my phone for more than 30 seconds. I can’t even take a pee now without getting “bored.” I know I’m not the only one tweeting in the bathroom. I’m online so much that I’ve started caring about “memes.” I feel the need to comment on everything, to have a “take,” preferably a “smart take.” The online world, which I struggle to remember represents only a tiny, unrepresentative slice of the American public, has become my world. I spend more time there than in the real world, have more friends there than in meatspace”.
‘So Dave’s bailing for a year on Labor Day, when he’ll unplug, get in shape, and maybe write a novel. I am curious about what his re-entry will be like. Baseball great Jim Palmer was once asked how a pitcher can get over a sore arm, and he replied: “Take a year off. And then retire.”
‘All full-time political scribblers and gabbers fear burnout these days, and have different coping mechanisms’.
‘Mine is to take “weekends off” seriously. Others take long vacations or develop hobbies a million miles psychologically away from the day job. In other professions, people plan their retirements; in political journalism (other than in a few privileged pockets), “retirement” in the conventional sense is rarely in the cards. But we get by, and will follow Dave’s experiment with fond good wishes and more than a little envy’.
From : http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_08/one_solution_to_blogger_burnou046505.php
‘If you go shopping in Huntsville, Texas, you’re likely to run into a local preacher with an assault rifle slung across his back. Beginning last week, Pastor Terry Holcomb started posting videos of himself’.
In one video, Holcomb wanders about a Walmart for several minutes before he is approached by two store employees and asked to leave’.
‘He argues briefly with those two employees until a manager approaches and threatens to call the police if he does not exit the store’.
‘Although Holcomb then agrees to leave the store, he refuses a request to stop videoing the engagement — at one point, his camera man claims the recording is for Holcomb’s “safety.”
From : http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/08/20/2491941/meet-the-creepy-texas-preacher-wandering-around-walmart-with-an-assault-rifle/
‘While the National Rifle Association publicly fights against a national gun registry, the organization has gone to incredible lengths to compile information on “tens of millions” of gun owners — without their consent’.
This is what amazes me and you can include the NSA ‘scandal’ in this.
People are so worried about the Government having this information.
But don’t give a single thought to what private companies could (and do) with information like this.
‘But in fact, the sort of vast, secret database the NRA often warns of already exists, despite having been assembled largely without the knowledge or consent of gun owners’.
‘It is housed in the Virginia offices of the NRA itself’.
‘The country’s largest privately held database of current, former, and prospective gun owners is one of the powerful lobby’s secret weapons, expanding its influence well beyond its estimated 3 million members and bolstering its political supremacy’.
‘That database has been built through years of acquiring gun permit registration lists from state and county offices, gathering names of new owners from the thousands of gun-safety classes taught by NRA-certified instructors and by buying lists of attendees of gun shows, subscribers to gun magazines and more, BuzzFeed has learned’.
From : http://www.buzzfeed.com/stevefriess/how-the-nra-built-a-massive-secret-database-of-gun-owners
‘According to an analysis conducted by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), more than 70 percent of the new abortion restrictions enacted in the first half of 2013 don’t include any kind of exemption for pregnancies that result from rape’.
‘And state lawmakers proposed even more measures to limit rape victims’ abortion access that didn’t make it into law — the NWLC’s report finds that 86 percent of the anti-abortion bills proposed during the same time period didn’t have a rape exception’.
‘U.S. Congress didn’t have a much better record during the first six months of the year. Seventy two percent of the bills proposed on a national level would have restricted abortion access even for rape victims’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/08/20/2495591/abortion-restrictions-rape-exceptions/
Instead of striking – look into this :
‘Campaign Seeks to Push Seattle Minimum Wage to $15’
“Washington already has the nation’s highest state minimum wage at $9.19 an hour. Now, there’s a push in Seattle, at least, to make it $15”.
@ : http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/campaign-seeks-push-seattle-minimum-wage-15-19997290
While I applaud the effort….this won’t go very far.
Why should or even would the top CEO’s cut their pay when as you openly admit, there aren’t other good paying job options.
If you quit, the CEO’s know there are 100 more willing to that the low paying job you didn’t want.
From one of the Strikers :
“The top executives in these companies make huge salaries, and the corporations make record profits every year,” said Terrance Wise, 34, a father of three who earns $9.30 an hour at Burger King in Kansas City, Mo., where he has worked for eight years. He has a second job at Pizza Hut that pays him $7.47 an hour. “How about them cutting a little off the top? CEOs are taking home millions, and many workers are struggling.”
‘Wise said he has looked for better-paying work but has had no luck. “All kinds of industries are cutting back workers,” he said. “Most people are forced into these low-wage jobs. The options aren’t as plentiful as people think.”
From : http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/fast-food-workers-call-for-a-nationwide-walkout-on-aug-29/2013/08/19/69ebf748-0684-11e3-9259-e2aafe5a5f84_story.html
Aside from being black and a Democrat – What has President Obama done to be impeached on?
To Ted Cruz it’s simple.
You don’t even attempt to exxplain basic Government 101.
Mostly because your base audience – teabaggers- don’t understand basic Government.
Instead you go on to say well we don’t have enough votes in the Seante.
How about a Constitutional reason to impeach the President?
No…..That would mean reasoning and teabaggers aren’t good at that.
Conroe, Texas – ‘Asked about the possibility of impeaching President Obama, Ted Cruz did not rule it out’.
‘In a question and answer session following a speech he gave at a Montgomery County GOP dinner last night, an audience member asked Cruz, “Why don’t we impeach him [Obama]?”
“It’s a good question,” Cruz responded, “and I’ll tell you the simplest answer: To successfully impeach a president you need the votes in the U.S. senate.”
From : http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/356237/cruz-calls-why-dont-we-impeach-obama-good-question-katrina-trinko
Well no sh*t Sherlock.
You get paid to pass out those pearls of wisdom?
She quit for no other reason then to make money.
Why would any one intelligent trust her to complete a term in another position?
“I was asked, ‘Does Sarah Palin have a future?’ and I just tried to give an analytical answer, which is I don’t think she does having resigned as governor,” he said’.
‘He continued, “This is useful to think outside the box, not just accept the conventional wisdom…If she wants to have a serious future in American politics, as opposed to giving speeches occasionally, causing a ruckus with Facebook posts, she should run for office. Running and winning takes away a lot of the baggage of the past.”
‘When the “Morning Joe” team reacted with skepticism, Kristol said, “You don’t think if she ran in the Republican primary in Alaska and beat a couple of good candidates and the incumbent senator, it would be interesting? It would fun to have her in the Senate in January 2015. Good to have a Republican vote there, lively young senator.”
From : http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/20/bill-kristol-reverses-course-sarah-palin-doesnt-have-a-future-in-u-s-politics/