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And yet there is no alternative...

The best analysis of Obama and his (mis)administration that I’ve yet read. Here’re are just a few paragraphs from a splendid essay by David Bromwich. Read the entire article here:

so you want to leave

Concerns over lost sales makes Mid-Atlantic electric Utilities force Obama to restore power to struggling peasants.

Science: “it's I told-you-so time” - This summer is 'what global warming looks like'

Horrendous wildfires. Oppressive heat waves. Devastating droughts. Flooding from giant deluges.

Seriously -- can I sign up to an anti-troll approach here?

I don't come here often but I have no interest in Katshores or other predictably anti-Obama, anti-progressive rants.

So if there is a method of avoiding the de-motivating, mind-sapping behaviors one has to go through listening to their nonsense, sign me up!

What has Obama done for us lately? See the following video for some of his positives... :) shows some of the incredible things Obama has done for us during his years in office.

Great look at a few of things Obama has done, and why he should be supported in the months ahead!



Priceless Quote from Romney -- "Obama wants more government workers, like teachers, and firefighters and police officers!"

What great timing for (without-a-clue) Mitt! I bet the people in Colorado would love to have more of those firefighters and police officers right now! (With the fires and looting occurring there.)

No time is a good time for such Romney swill, but the current events certainly demonstrate how out of touch with the real world Romney is.

Prizes for New Voters--What Are Your Suggestions?

I think it would be very useful if we gave prizes to randomly selected new voters. That is, for people who have registered to vote for the first time -- Democrat, Republican, Green, Independent, whatever -- their names would be put into a pool and they would randomly be given prizes for voting.

If this were done truly randomly, with great fanfare, who could object with a straight-face?

We give awards for lottery winners, why can't we also give prizes for stepping up and doing our civic duty?

A new website in Florida to allow easy access to members of Congress

A new website has recently launched. Their first project was the state of Florida. Now you can access very easily all 25 members of the House of Representatives from Florida at

Roberts' Courage

If John F. Kennedy was alive today and updated his “Profiles in Courage” , he would have certainly include Chief Justice John Roberts in it, for it took a lot of courage for him to cast the key and decisive vote in upholding the Affordable Care Act. You can be he wont be popular in conservative circles for a long time.


Here is a Constructive Way to Put Ireland's Surplus Electronic Voting Machines to Good Use.

This would be a good way to use Ireland's Surplus Electronic Voting Machines: Imagine this scenario: Someone sets up polling stations at numerous carnivals and state fairs using Ireland's surplus Diebolt voting machines. The public is invited to vote (as a game, for entertainment purposes only) and when each voter is finished and is leaving the polling station, he or she is handed a printout of their vote. All votes on the printout the voters are handed are different from the person or issue thought he or she cast their vote for.

Inspection- The 4th

July 4th: Beaver River Station, NY.

I feel in touch with my country’s roots today. Much of the east coast had thousands of trails that were the only access to crystal clear lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, and miles and miles of forest, back when we fought our way to independence. That’s also Stillwater Reservoir and Beaver River Station today… about 8 miles up the trail and tracks from where I partially grew up.

We celebrate the 4th with lots of big bangs and booms. The night before I headed here I watched fireworks in Ithaca, New York. I remember mentioning to my cousin that she had the “wrong brother” when she talked about the fireworks I might see in Ithaca on the net. I must admit: I enjoyed, but also have to admit the process doesn’t mean the same to me as it does one of my two brothers who loves fireworks with a passion.

To me fireworks are but “flash,” a display of beauty that is temporary and cotton candy-ish: lacking substance. Like clouds we make of them what we want, but they drift in and out of our lives, oh, so briefly.

Instead, for the 4th I would much rather stare across a vast lake, or mountainside… like the woodlands where early settlers had to brave the elements, wildlife and in some cases rightfully angry natives. I want to put a fishing line in the water: a newly rediscovered venture for me. Before I tossed a line for the first time in probably 45 years I used to go bullhead fishing with Dad: bucket loads of small squirming, sharp finned, slippery fish that we would dine on without even skinning them.

Such were probably the discoveries of early settlers, some living their lives out in the wilderness had to find more simple, in this case more delicious, ways to do common things.

Yes, some lived the lives of gentry and city dwellers. But the gentry and the cities were different then. Like in Beaver River Station, people knew each other, rather than the mad rush of the anonymous crowd headed to work on Park Avenue in New York City, or some almost invisible cabby from hell beeping and making an obscene gesture. My guess is, in “the day,” they not only taught their horses to do that for them, but they also knew who they were cursing.

Climate Collapse: aberrant variation in Arctic Oscillation continues to keep most of US in unprecedented Heat Wave.

Wisconsin is reporting widespread buckling of Highways and a cigarette butt started a farmer's field of dried-out crops on fire.

Spots in Southern Wisconsin were registering between 101 and 105 F. Tomorrow, July 5, it is supposed to be hotter.

The Perennial GOP Tax Scam

There's something about taxes that elected Republicans know, but most Americans are completely unaware of. It's the reason we keep falling for the perennial GOP tax scam, and Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and their buddies in the White House are getting ready to run this ruse on American working people all over again.