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Tue Mar 10, 2015 at 08:34 AM PDT

Charge the 47 and offer a Pardon

by Jimdotz

This is the speech I want to hear from President Obama on the matter of the letter sent by 47 Republican Senators to the Islamic Republic of Iran:

" My fellow Americans, I am announcing today that federal criminal charges have been filed against each and every one of the 47 signatories of the letter sent to Iran. At the same time, I am announcing that I am willing to issue a Pardon to each and every one of the 47 signtories who are willing to admit their guilt in this matter and who request in writing the Pardon of the President of the United States. Until such requests are received, prosecutions will proceed.

The charges are based on violation of the 1799 Logan Act as amended in 1994 which reads: "Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both." "


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Yet another case of an NRA-brainwashed shooter thinking that "feeling threatened" gave him free license to shoot:

PRESCOTT VALLEY - A man who allegedly shot at another man near Bay Circle and Mission Lane on Wednesday night because, he claimed, he felt threatened, has been arrested. The shots, fired by Juan Carlos Alvarez, 30, of Prescott Valley, narrowly missed a 41-year-old man, who was struck in the chest by debris from the rounds, causing a minor injury, Prescott Valley Police Department Sgt. Scott Stebbins said, adding that two children in a nearby house also were endangered by the shooting.

Stebbins said that, when Alvarez turned himself in later at the police station, he told investigators that he went to his wife's boyfriend's house to confront him. When the boyfriend threatened Alvarez, he said he got a handgun out of his car and fired two shots in the boyfriend's direction to scare him, Stebbins said. Police did not agree that his claim of self-defense was valid "based upon the totality of the circumstances," Stebbins said.

Alvarez was booked into the Camp Verde jail on three counts of felony endangerment, and one count of disorderly conduct with a weapon. Further charges may be leveled against Alvarez after the County Attorney reviews the case, Stebbins said.


Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 11:52 AM PDT

Not ready for Hillary

by Jimdotz

Bill Clinton was elected in 1992 NOT because he won over the nation's intellectual heart by turning moderate. He won in 1992 for a single reason: Ross Perot split the GOP vote with Bush the Elder.

But for that split, we would never have heard of Clinton and the DLC again.

Democrats learned the wrong lesson from 1992 -- to go corporate. Hillary made that mistake in 2008, and she's making it again now.

We Democrats should never have abandoned our blue-collar, New Deal roots.
We needed another FDR in 2008. I thought we had it in Obama.
Boy, was I wrong.

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Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 11:06 AM PDT

I need help finding a quote

by Jimdotz

I know I've heard some modern-day GOP operative make a statement in the 1970's or so to the effect of always having a Republican in the White House. But when he was asked "What would happen if a Democrat should win it," his reply was something like "Then we won't let him govern like a Democrat".

Who said that last quote? Can you find a link to it? A video would be best, though. Thanks for your help!


Sun May 25, 2014 at 12:13 PM PDT

Drone over HS Graduation

by Jimdotz

This overhead drone at my son's high school graduation ceremony in Prescott AZ the other day was completely enexpected by everyone I've talked to. It was present the whole time (I presume to record the event), but I didn't capture it on video until the ceremony ended. The music ("Fly Like an Eagle") was being broadcast by the school for the enjoyment of graduates and guests and is entirely coincidental.

In the end, it was harmless, but it was distracting sometimes. Personally, I felt offended by having no advance warning about it. What do you think?


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Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 08:34 AM PST

AZ-Gov: Bennett ticks off Prescott

by Jimdotz

Prescott AZ in blood red Yavapai County is not happy with the sudden appearance of a billboard-laden truck near Willow Lake Park promoting the newly-Christened candidacy of AZ SoS Ken Bennett for Governor:

County Development Services Director Steve Mauk said campaign signs aren't legal until 60 days before an election, and they can't be larger than 32 square feet. Bennett said he was un-aware of laws prohibiting the signage. Bennett apologized Thursday and said the trailer will be gone by the end of the week.
Not a good start, Ken. You're making enemies in Tea Party country.

Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 05:48 AM PST

AZ-Gov: SoS Ken Bennett Announces

by Jimdotz

The current Republican Secretary of State Ken Bennett has formally announced his candidacy for Governor of Arizona.

PRESCOTT - Ken Bennett climbed the north steps of the Yavapai County Courthouse Tuesday to officially announce his candidacy for governor.

While it's a popular place for candidates for local, state and national offices to announce their intentions, Bennett has climbed those steps more than all or most of the others.

He reminisced Tuesday about being chosen to sound the pitch pipe for Christmas songs during the Courthouse Lighting Ceremony when he was a Prescott High School senior. For the last few decades he has read passages from the Bible for that same ceremony.

And of course, it wasn't the first time he'd announced his candidacy for elected office on those steps, either. He has served on the Prescott City Council, served as president of the Arizona Senate from Prescott, and currently serves as Secretary of State.

"I think it's time we brought somebody in that's proven their leadership," Yavapai County Supervisor Chip Davis said when introducing Bennett to the crowd. Davis' family has known the Bennett family for three generations.

If elected next fall, Bennett would be only the fifth Arizona governor who is a native of the Copper State. The first native-born governor and the only one who hailed from Yavapai County was Thomas Campbell, born in Prescott in 1878.

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Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM PST

What shape should the $1T coin have?

by Jimdotz

Krugman: "Should President Obama be willing to print a $1 trillion platinum coin if Republicans try to force America into default? Yes, absolutely. He will, after all, be faced with a choice between two alternatives: one that’s silly but benign, the other that’s equally silly but both vile and disastrous. The decision should be obvious."

But not all coins are flat and round. In fact, some are positively uncoinlike:

Leonardo Da Vinci's famed Equestrian statue is featured on this pair of square silver 500 Tugrik coins from Mongolia:

A fan-shaped Proof sterling silver 10-zloty commemorative coin marking the occasion of the World Exhibition Expo 2005, held in Aichi, Japan, was issued in March by the National Bank of Poland:

The most oddly shaped coin has to be the .999 fine silver 2002 $10 issue from the Republic of Nauru, an island republic located in the western Pacific Ocean. The Proof coin celebrates the introduction of the euro with a coin shaped in the outline of the nations that comprise the European Economic Union:

Somali Republic's 2004 commemorative dollar coin is shaped like a guitar to mark the 50th anniversary of rock and roll music and the Stratocaster guitar. The non-denominated side, left, is enameled. The multi-colored Guitar coins have proved unbelievably popular with coin collectors, guitar enthusiasts, Rock 'n Roll fans and the general public. They are designed after famous electric guitars, including the classic red and white Fender Stratocaster, an American Flag Stars and Stripes Gibson Flying V, a black Gibson Flying V, a pink star Guitar used by various rock stars including Gary Glitter and Abba, a blue Gibson X-Plorer and a yellow Klein. The coins are 1 Dollar legal tender coins and they are approximately 45mm (1.75 inches) long:

Source: "Fleur de Coin" website

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Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 07:24 AM PST

Judge Bork dead at 85

by Jimdotz

From Bloomberg:

Robert Bork, the U.S. judge and legal scholar whose nomination to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan set off a battle for the judiciary that lived on long after the U.S. Senate rejected him, has died. He was 85.

He died this morning at Virginia Medical Center in Arlington, Virignia, said his son, Robert Jr. The cause was heart disease.

His lasing legacy: "Borking"
Bork’s defeat in the Senate by a roll call of 58 to 42 -- the most votes ever against a Supreme Court nominee -- established new rules for how prospective justices get selected and vetted. The word “borking” entered the political lexicon, meaning, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, trying to block candidates for public office “by systematically defaming or vilifying them.”

“My name became a verb,” Bork told CNN in 2005, “and I regard that as one form of immortality.”

In nationally televised hearings, the Senate Judiciary Committee delved into Bork’s ideology, not just his legal qualifications or competence. His past commentary on hot-button issues became fodder for his interrogators, establishing that long paper trails can be liabilities for judicial nominees.

Advocacy groups adopted the tactics of political campaigns, paying for print and broadcast advertising as part of what Ethan Bronner, in “Battle for Justice: How the Bork Nomination Shook America” (1989), called an “unprecedented lobbying campaign against a Supreme Court nominee.”

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When they named the policy "Right-to-Work", they really hit upon a lovable brand -- after all, who doesn't love the right to work? -- and we have not been able to come up with a comparable rebranding that is just as simple, just as instinctive, but more accurately describes the truth of the policy... until now.

I find that calling the policy "RIGHT-TO-MOOCH" rather than "Right-to-Work" really gets deep, deep, deep under the skin of my conservative friends -- the idea being that they don't want to see themselves as moochers who freely "steal the gains" from the courageous organizing efforts of others without at least paying for those hard-fought, union-won gains.

They know deep down inside that when they say they want Right-to-Work laws, what they REALLY mean is that they want all the benefits of joining a union without having to pay for it -- and best of all, they know it instinctively, and they hate it. NOBODY wants to be a moocher, especially right-wingers, but they know that's exactly what they're advocating when they clamor for the Right-to-Work.

"RIGHT-TO-MOOCH" is simple. It's emotionally disturbing. It's accurate. And even right-wingers know immediately what is meant by it without having to have it explained to them.


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Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 04:42 AM PST

Our stress is the legacy of Reaganomics

by Jimdotz

Is the economic stress we feel because of President Obama? No.

It's because of trends in place since Reaganomics began: We are working harder (blue line), being paid less (green line), to buy things that cost more (red line).

Should we really elect ANOTHER president who believes in Reaganomics? No.

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MSNBC's Alex Witt just blasted Judd Gregg whom she said had agreed to a pre-announced live interview for which she says he was "wired up and ready to go". Witt said Gregg refused to wait a few minutes as MSNBC went to a live rally at which President Obama was speaking because he just didn't want to listen to him speaking. She then lamented the lack of bipartisan spirit in the country.

What a surprizing occurance just days before the election.

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