Tuesday, June 30, 2015

pledge drive

Pledge Drive

We are all familiar with the " pledge drives" staged 2 or 3 times a year by our public radio and TV stations. These are annoying but highly necessary to fund their operations.  But I picture this scenario:

During the  June drive, I call the station to pledge to donate $500 in October . I'm asked for my credit card. I explain that, as requested, I'm making a pledge. Told that the credit card is needed and respond that this is a "pledge drive", I'm complying and won't want my credit card charged until October. I'm told that the system doesn't work that way. The conversation goes round and round until I give up and "donate" my usual $50.

Monday, June 29, 2015


The U.S. Supreme Court plunked a setback into the lap of the Environmental Protection Agency Monday by trashing the agency's regulation of emissions of mercury and other air toxins (MATS) from electricity-generating plants. The court overturned a lower-court decision in the case of Michigan v. EPA stating that the agency had acted reasonably when it chose not to consider compliance costs first in its effort to control those emissions.

Seems to me that when an environmental agency decides that it is dangerous to emit poisonous toxins into the air, it is up to us and our industries to figure out how not to do it.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Boots on the Ground

Assuming that removing the head would destroy or greatly weaken ISIS tennacles around the world, I would support boots and whatever else is needed to attack and destroy ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Unlike the foolish invasion of Iraq, we would not be toppling a real nation. (BTW, I do not fault Bush, for not planning for the end game; I doubt that any amount of planning would have prevented the sorry outcome). Destroying ISIS may well help Assad but unless there really are moderate groups we could support, the outlook there is not bright.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

health care

Health care

"Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies"

Great for those needing subsidies and for our country.

Friday, June 19, 2015


Hillary and others talk about overcoming the problem of huge money in campaigns resulting from the Citizens United decision. it just dawned on me that individuals can take advantage of it in various ways. A person can create one or more corporations and increase the number of voices carrying his message. Also, this could serve to circumvent any limits on individual campaign

Wednesday, June 17, 2015



FBI investigates Cardinals for hacking into Astros' database

The team hasn't done this much stealing since the Gas House Gang.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015



"A Pill That Boosts a Woman's Sex Drive Is Almost Here"

Hope it works better than Spanish fly .




Rachel Dolezal: 'I Identify As Black'

I know that it's not the same, but if a guy can say he's really a girl, might not a white person really identify as black?