The NFL in Frenzied PR Mode — Carolina Panthers Suspend Greg Hardy

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Geezus.  Do the NFL and the Carolina Panthers really think this makes them look good somehow?  They didn’t suspend Panthers’ defensive end Greg Hardy immediately after he was convicted, yes, convicted (in July), of choking and threatening to kill his girlfriend?  They waited until today, under pressure because of the Ray Rice fiasco and only hours after the coach said he was fine with him playing?  Because supposedly they don’t tolerate such behavior?  Really?

Carolina Panthers Deactivate Greg Hardy Amid Domestic Violence Controversy

Greg Hardy, the Carolina Panthers defensive end who earned a jury conviction in July for choking and threatening to kill his then-girlfriend, has been deactivated by his team ahead of Sunday’s matchup against the Detroit Lions.

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Hours before the decision was announced, head coach Ron Rivera said he was comfortable with Hardy playing, reports CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson.

Despite his conviction, Hardy was never suspended by the NFL, but the league did take the time to let him know that his face paint violated the league’s uniform code.

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The NFL looks like a bunch of kids walking backward on a beach swishing their hands on the sand trying to cover up their footprints.  They really don’t care if their players beat the shit out of their wives and/or girlfriends.

September 14, 2014 at 2:46 PM Leave a comment

“Senior Administration Official:” Saudi Arabia Has an “Extensive Border” With Syria

OMG, if this is the level of information swirling around inside the White House we’re in big trouble:

Excerpt from a September 10, 2014 “Background Conference Call on the President’s Address to the Nation:”

ISIL has been I think a galvanizing threat around the Sunni partners in the region.  They view it as an existential threat to them.  Saudi Arabia has an extensive border with Syria.  The Jordanians are experiencing a destabilizing impact of over a million refugees from the Syrian conflict, and are profoundly concerned that ISIL, who has stated that their ambitions are not confined to Iraq and Syria, but rather to expand to the broader region.

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Um, ah, actually no, it doesn’t:

Saudi Arabia syria via mapsnworld.com

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September 13, 2014 at 12:16 PM Leave a comment

First Snow

I woke up late this morning so I had to scramble to get to the food bank on time and I didn’t think to take a photo of the quarter inch of snow on the grass in the backyard.  When I got home though there was still some on the table where the grill is:

First Snow 2014

First Snow Boulder, Colorado 9-12-14

Our first snow, on September 12!  Yikes.  I read somewhere yesterday that if it did snow last night it would be our third earliest ever here in Boulder.  So, here we go. (I’m ready.)

September 12, 2014 at 3:41 PM Leave a comment

Republicans Don’t Care if You Die From the Ebola Virus

FYI:

Ebola Virus via

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House Republicans Slash Funding That Would Help Fight Ebola

September 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM Leave a comment

Oil Company Asks the Texas Supreme Court To Tape Our Mouths Shut

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Steve Lipsky’s tainted water well had already stirred national debate about the impacts of oil and gas production. Now it stars in a free speech dispute that has landed in Texas’ highest court – the biggest test of a state law meant to curb attempts to stifle public protest.

Now that corporations are “people,” they’re asking for rights beyond that.  They want to take away We the People’s right to say things about them they don’t like:  In a nutshell:  Texan Steve Lipsky, who says the oil and gas fracking industry caused the water coming out of his well to be so contaminated he can light it on fire, is fighting an oil and gas industry effort to shut him up because they claim what he’s saying about them hurts their poor selves so much he should be silenced:

Free Speech Case Springs

From Fracking Dispute

The case has reached the Texas Supreme Court.
Imagine if this goes to the U.S.Supreme Court and it rules that corporation are not only people, but they have more rights that we real people do.  That they have the right to stifle speech when we complain about what corporations are doing to us.Something to think about NOW, before it’s too late.

 

September 11, 2014 at 9:03 PM Leave a comment

Senate Republicans Block Passage of Amendment Prohibiting Rich People From Buying Our Elections

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As soon as the Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions were handed down by the Supreme Court I knew it might be impossible to reverse them because as the minutes passed, rich donors poured money into the pockets of politicians, making them less and less likely to vote to overturn them:

Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a constitutional amendment meant to reverse two recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign spending.

Senate Democrats needed 60 votes to end debate on the measure, but fell short in the 54-42 party-line vote.

Earlier this week, more than 20 Republicans voted with Democrats in a 79-18 vote to advance the amendment in order to force Democrats to spend the week debating the merits of the measure.

Republicans “forced” Democrats to spend the week debating the measure so they could lay around, doing nothing, as is their wont.  They’re killing time until (at last) November 4, when they hope to regain control of the Senate and then, if they do, they’ll twiddle their fingers until the new electees are sworn in in January, 2015.  If they don’t win control of the Senate in November, they’ll be furious and they’ll dig in their heels until November, 2016 so keeping Democrats busy with meaningless debates lets them off the hook.

The amendment … would have needed to win two-thirds support to pass the Senate, and then would still have needed to move through the House and be ratified by two-thirds of the states.

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The 2010 Citizens United ruling struck down restrictions that had barred corporations and unions from spending money from their general treasury funds to support or oppose candidates. In McCutcheon, the court struck aggregate limits on individual contributions to candidates.

Democrats argued the Supreme Court decision has allowed billionaires to flood the campaign spending system with “dark money” in order to buy election results.

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Don’t you love it:  “Democrats argued the Supreme Court decision has allowed billionaires to flood the campaign spending system with ‘dark money’ in order to buy election results.”  That isn’t a partisan argument; it’s a fact:  Political Donations Soar After Supreme Court Rules Against Campaign Contribution Caps.  Too bad The Hill found it necessary to imply that’s some sort of dubious spin.  It’s verifiable and if they cared about informing their readers, they’d have included data proving it to be true.

So, at this point, I don’t see how we stop our elections from being bought.

September 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM Leave a comment

Iceland’s Bardarbunga Volcano Erupting as Seen From Space

Wow.  Via NASA:

Bardarbunga erupting via NASA

(Image EarthObservatory.NASA.gov)

As an island in the moist, atmospherically turbulent North Atlantic, Iceland is often shrouded in cloud cover and hard to observe from space. And lately, the island is making some of its own cloud cover, as the Earth has split open between the Bardarbunga and Askja volcanoes and spewed lava and hot gas. The view of the Holuhraun lava field has been spectacular from the ground and from low-flying aircraft. Infrared imaging makes the view spectacular from space, too.

On September 6, 2014, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this view of the ongoing eruption. The false-color images combine shortwave infrared, near infrared, and green light (OLI bands 6-5-3). Ice and the plume of steam and sulfur dioxide appear cyan and bright blue, while liquid water is navy blue. Bare or rocky ground around the Holuhraun lava field appears in shades of green or brown in this band combination. Fresh lava is bright orange and red.

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September 11, 2014 at 5:18 PM Leave a comment

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