I Gather a President Can’t Do Much Worse Than Wear a Tan Suit

Watching the cables for a bit today I’ve come to realize that when a Democratic, African-American president wears a tan suit it’s a matter of national security and deep national embarrassment. Or something.

I had no idea.

HWBush in a tan suit

 

Reagan in a Tan suit

 

August 29, 2014 at 4:37 PM 1 comment

550 Million U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Spent On “Operations” in Iraq, June 16 – August 28

Iraq war protest, January 27, 2007 (Image Wikimedia Commons)

Iraq has become a money pit but I can only imagine the tiny fraction of Americans who will come to know this fact (thanks “liberal media!”):

WASHINGTON — Since June 16 when US President Barack Obama first sent several dozen US troops to Iraq to begin assessing the state of the country’s Army, the United States has spent around $500 million on operations there.

Briefing reporters on Friday, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said the price tag has run on average about $7.5 million per day since June, sometimes less and sometimes more. But taking that average number, that would put the US price tag at $550 million through Aug. 28.

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August 29, 2014 at 3:25 PM Leave a comment

Americans Know More About What Colors Not to Wear After Labor Day Than They Do About the Minimum Wage

Take MSNBC’s Labor Day quiz:

How much do you know about Labor Day?

What color not to wear after Labor Day wins.

Labor Day Quiz re min wage

 

Labor Day quiz #2

The move to dumb down education in the U.S. is a success!  Yippee.  The corporatocracy is cheering!

 

August 28, 2014 at 7:22 PM Leave a comment

Ants Working in Harmony

Impressive:

August 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM Leave a comment

The News on Dark Money Pouring Into Elections is Well, Pretty Damn Dark

This is scary.  Yes, scary.  Think of the ramifications.

Political spending by these groups is reaching new heights: This week, it crested $50 million, a record for this point in an election cycle, and more than seven times beyond the outlays by such groups at this time in the last midterms. And that’s just the amount that has been reported to the Federal Election Commission, which doesn’t include tens of millions more spent on “issue ads” that aired earlier in the cycle and didn’t have to be reported to the agency. It’s another reminder that the current cycle is shaping up to be the darkest election in a long time.

Dark Money via open secrets

(Image via OpenSecrets.org)

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August 28, 2014 at 10:52 AM Leave a comment

Double Rainbow

The view from my east-facing kitchen window about an hour ago:

Double Rainbow out Kitchen Window 8-27-14

 

August 27, 2014 at 8:44 PM Leave a comment

Oh Great, the U.S. Now Has Its Own Band of Syrian Beheaders

Say it ain’t so already.  Please.  Is the U.S. really going down this road?  Apparently so:

Official Logo of the Free Syrian Army via Wikipedia

Official Logo of the Free Syrian Army (Image via Wikipedia)

Like many teenage boys who grew up in the Midwest in the 1990s, Douglas McAuthur McCain was a fan of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls and loved to play basketball.

But as he grew older, he lost interest in basketball as he shuttled between two suburban Minneapolis high schools. He never graduated, and in his late teens, he began to have run-ins with the law. In the decade that followed, he was arrested or cited nine times on charges including theft, marijuana possession and driving without a license.

Mr. McCain moved back and forth from Minneapolis to San Diego and then abroad. Officials now know he ended up in Syria, where three days ago, Mr. McCain became the first American to die while fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. He was 33.

The rebels who killed him were fighting for the Free Syrian Army, a rival group backed by the United States, and they went on to behead six ISIS fighters — but not Mr. McCain — and then posted the photographs on Facebook.

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August 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM Leave a comment

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