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Posted on January 22 at 6:10 p.m.

Not one sentence of any consequence in either the OP or the posts.

Btw, OP, you may want to do some homework.

Senate Republicans Vow to Keep Guantanamo Bay Open
Republicans have refused to pass any funding to close Gitmo, despite all of Obama's efforts.

Since you do not know that, it casts doubt on much of your other writing.

Unfortunately, too many in this country reflect the lack of information, knowledge and critical thinking lampooned by #FoxNewsFacts, when even conservative David Cameron called a Fox News commentator "an idiot" for stating that Birmingham, UK, was 100% muslim. As Jon Stewart said, how bad does the smell of BS have to be on BS mountain, before someone apologizes.

On Ganging Up on Gun Violence

Posted on January 22 at 5:55 p.m.

I wonder if all of the employers who allowed immigrants to come into the country, because the low wages they paid helped their bottom line - think about the brouhaha that has resulted.

And I wonder if they are daily thankful, that they do not have to pay for the consequences of not paying decent wages to their fellow Americans.

Adds context to the "Don't tread on me", and illustrates that the adjective illegal is being applied to the wrong noun - employers instead of employees.

Maybe, the example was set when other foreign workers were hired to perform cheap labor in this country, not to mention slave labor.

The US has a history of employing cheap foreign labor to help its economy, and then turning on those very laborers for having the nerve to be in the country. The issue of civil rights will continue as long as the US tries to have its cake and eat it too, on the backs of foreign labor.

"They also worked as laborers in the mining industry, and suffered racial discrimination at every level of society. While industrial employers were eager to get this new and cheap labor, the ordinary white public was stirred to anger by the presence of this "yellow peril". Despite the provisions for equal treatment of Chinese immigrants in the 1868 Burlingame Treaty, political and labor organizations rallied against the immigration of what they regarded as a degraded race and "cheap Chinese labor". Newspapers condemned the policies of employers, and even church leaders denounced the entrance of these aliens into what was regarded as a land for whites only."

On Soy Charlie; Je Suis ‘Illegal’

Posted on January 18 at 11:28 a.m.

President Barack Obama's proposal to send many students to community college for free has widespread public support, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds.

Sixty percent of Americans say they're in favor of Obama's proposal to give two years of free community college tuition to students with a C+ or better average who are making progress toward a degree, with 32 percent opposed and another 8 percent unsure.

A substantial 45 percent of Americans say they know someone who wants to go to college and has the ability to do so, but can't afford to do so. Forty-three percent have taken at least one class at a community college themselves, although few received a degree from one.

How to pay for it? One approach: Recalibrate some of our corporate subsidies (hello, Big Oil and coal - $21 billion a year, according to one estimate – and Big Ag – $14 billion a year, per this estimate). Taxpayers for Common Sense count $3.38 billion in the most recent budget for military programs the Pentagon doesn’t want (apparent gifts to weapons and other military contractors). We have the money. We just don't spend it on the right things.

What this comes down to is refocusing national priorities. For too long the federal government has put corporate health ahead of community health. While a vibrant economy is important, it is only part of the equation for a stable and thriving society. After a few decades of increased globalization, we are a less economically diverse society than we used to be. Making community college tuition-free won’t fix that, but it’s a step.

Community colleges are publicly funded local institutions that offer vocational courses or prepare students to transfer to a four-year university. Mr Obama calls them “essential pathways to the middle class” and praises their flexible schedules: “They work for people who work full-time. They work for parents who have to raise kids full-time. They work for folks who have gone as far as their skills will take them and want to earn new ones, but don’t have the capacity to just suddenly go study for four years and not work.”

Mr Obama’s new plan is loosely based on the Tennessee Promise, a state programme backed by both Republicans and Democrats

Thanks ETR for some intelligent commentary among the tired, short-sighted, blind dogma-driven mostly frass on these boards, by some who seem to earn their living posting mindless, endless propaganda. I would far rather see billions of dollars wasted on subsidies to people who are on the rich side of income inequality, be used for those who have been lost in stagnant wages since RR was President.

On Free Community College?

Posted on January 18 at 11:11 a.m.

A highly-amplified atmospheric pattern over North America–once again

What has been the cause of all this California weather volatility and the recent trend towards warmer and drier conditions (despite the fact that January is historically California’s wettest month?). A high-amplitude atmospheric flow pattern has once again developed over the Eastern Pacific and North America, deflecting the Pacific storm track north of its typical cool-season position along the West Coast and allowing repeated intrusions of extremely cold Arctic air to invade the American Midwest and Eastern Seaboard.

This unusual atmospheric configuration has occurred with remarkable frequency and intensity over the past several winters, and has been a major contributor to California’s ongoing extreme drought. While December’s heavy coastal precipitation–associated with a strong zonal Pacific jet–brought a substantial reprieve from this recurring high amplitude flow pattern for a brief period of time, recent observations (and, unfortunately, forecasts for the next couple of weeks) suggest that this persistent pattern has returned in the new year.

The GFS also indicates very warm and dry conditions, though it suggests temperatures will be slightly less extreme. Both the ECMWF and GFS ensemble means are completely dry for most of California out through 10-12 days–very impressive, given that January is the climatological peak of the rainy season in California. There are some hints in the GFS that a more zonal pattern may try to develop in early February, but realistically the sort of high-amplitude blocking pattern that will be in place during late January tends to be highly stable and often persists longer than projected by the global numerical models.

On Drought Forecast: 'Peachy Keen'

Posted on January 14 at 1:20 p.m.

To repeat this paragraph and what it means

TIME just published “The Party of No,” an article adapted from my new book, The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era. It reveals some of my reporting on the Republican plot to obstruct President Obama before he even took office, including secret meetings led by House GOP whip Eric Cantor (in December 2008) and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (in early January 2009) in which they laid out their daring (though cynical and political) no-honeymoon strategy of all-out resistance to a popular President-elect during an economic emergency. “If he was for it,” former Ohio Senator George Voinovich explained, “we had to be against it.”

GOP, we will say no to everything, even if it means
- to hell with the economic health of the country
- to hell with the poor
- to hell with people's wages
- to hell with Wall Street crooks
- to hell with anything good for the US

And despite that:
Romney said he wanted unemployment at 6% at the end of his 8 year term
--- It is below that within six years. Thanks Obama!
Someone else said they wanted the economy to grow by 5% at the end of an 8 year term
--- It is at that now, after six years. Thanks Obama!
Newt said he would bring gas prices down to $2 (by ???)
--- It is at that now. Thanks Obama! and your high energy push, that caused Saudi Arabia to balk and also to undercut Russia.

And the party of NO wants to take credit.

On Among Obama's expected vetoes, which is the most important?

Posted on January 14 at 1:13 p.m.

"GOP had every chance to play ball and wouldn't even come to the stadium."

The only valid statement so far. GOP met on the eve of the 2008 inauguration, deciding they would oppose everything that Obama wanted, even if they agreed with it. Basically, shutting down the democratic process.

Here are facts not fiction.
TIME just published “The Party of No,” an article adapted from my new book, The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era. It reveals some of my reporting on the Republican plot to obstruct President Obama before he even took office, including secret meetings led by House GOP whip Eric Cantor (in December 2008) and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (in early January 2009) in which they laid out their daring (though cynical and political) no-honeymoon strategy of all-out resistance to a popular President-elect during an economic emergency. “If he was for it,” former Ohio Senator George Voinovich explained, “we had to be against it.”

Read on to hear what Joe Biden’s sources in the Senate GOP were telling him, some candid pillow talk between a Republican staffer and an Obama aide, and a top Republican admitting his party didn’t want to “play.” I’ll start with a scene I consider a turning point in the Obama era, when the new President went to the Hill to extend his hand and the GOP spurned it.

But that wasn’t the only signal. A few other examples:

• Vice President Biden told me that during the transition, he was warned not to expect any bipartisan cooperation on major votes. “I spoke to seven different Republican Senators who said, ‘Joe, I’m not going to be able to help you on anything,’ ” he recalled. His informants said McConnell had demanded unified resistance. “The way it was characterized to me was, ‘For the next two years, we can’t let you succeed in anything. That’s our ticket to coming back,’ ” Biden said. The Vice President said he hasn’t even told Obama who his sources were, but Bob Bennett of Utah and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania both confirmed they had conversations with Biden along those lines.

• David Obey, then chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, met with his GOP counterpart, Jerry Lewis, to explain what Democrats had in mind for the stimulus and ask what Republicans wanted to include. “Jerry’s response was, ‘I’m sorry, but leadership tells us we can’t play,’ ” Obey told me. “Exact quote: ‘We can’t play.’ What they said right from the get-go was, It doesn’t matter what the hell you do, we ain’t going to help you. We’re going to stand on the sidelines and bitch.”

Republicans recognized that after Obama’s big promises about bipartisanship, they could break those promises by refusing to cooperate. In the words of Congressman Tom Cole, a deputy Republican whip: “We wanted the talking point: ‘The only thing bipartisan was the opposition.’ ”

On Among Obama's expected vetoes, which is the most important?

Posted on January 12 at 10:35 p.m.

Downward spiral - judgement reached because of two criminals.

Then, I wonder how 70,000 (just for UCSB) other young adults escaped the downward spiral?

"In terms of academic quality, prospective UCSB students continue to be among the best of the best. Of the 70,532 applicants for the entering class, 37 percent have a high-school grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 or higher. The academic profile as measured by GPA and SAT continues to rise, making the 2015 applicant pool the most competitive in UCSB history."

(37% = 26,000 with 4.0 or higher GPO, compared to a few basketball players ??????) Like comparing an elephant to its relative, a rock rabbit.


The Genius of Obama's Two-Year College Proposal
In addition, researchers have found that the growing number of low-income and working-class students in community colleges has been associated with reduced educational expectations and a less-rigorous curriculum. Over time, community colleges have focused less on liberal arts courses designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges and more on teaching vocational skills. One scholar found that community colleges often suffer from "low expectations of teachers and lack of support from fellow students for academic work." Researchers have also found important peer effects among college students. As economic segregation rises in community colleges, students are less likely to be surrounded by well-prepared middle-class classmates who model academic success.

Compare the few members of sports teams to the huge numbers of non-sports team students, who are doing just fine thank you and spiraling upward, and achieving great things.

But all the blind and prejudiced can incoherently and unintelligently sputter and repeat like a cuckoo clock ... muslim, muslim, muslim. You are endlessly amusing.

On Allan Hancock Athletes Arrested for Murder

Posted on January 12 at 1:07 a.m.

"You can thank Barry's new BFF, the Saudis" - I guess, like Bush, he held hands with one of the Saudi Princes. I guess like Bush, he was bailed out by the Saudis when his business went broke; I guess like the Bush family he has been friends with the Saudis for decades (or was it all about oil, the family business); I guess he was present with the Saudis like Bush Sr watching 911 on TV; I guess he agreed with Bush in grounding all airplanes except for the Saudis who were allowed to fly out on 911, despite the fact that most of the hijackers were Saudi. Yep, new BFF. Get some perspective.

JJ and JT post a great deal of utter rubbish and gibberish, but at least they have the freedom to do so, and we have the freedom to ignore it for what it is. JJ seems to have a personal grudge against Obama. I disliked just about all of Bush's policies, but I would not demean or discredit any of my criticism by demeaning Bush - with childish name-calling. Criticize the actions, not smear the man. The right seem to have it backwards. JJ's criticisms invalidate themselves because they are petty and childish (kindergarten style).

As for objecting to free speech - that has been a problem of mankind throughout the ages. Banning books, burning books, limiting free speech, jailing people, giving them lashes, etc. In the west it is something that governments used to do, but no longer do. Now, it is individuals and groups who want to control the free speech of others. Hopefully, one day mankind will mature to the point where it can just "turn the other cheek", "love thy enemy", etc. Ooops, those ideas have been around for centuries, and have not sunk in. When will they ever learn.

On Thank You

Posted on January 9 at 10:41 a.m.

Really dumb way to make a point. Stupid.

On <em>News-Press</em> Vandalized for 'Illegals' Headline

Posted on January 7 at 1:19 p.m.

Every step taken against pollution is good - it is a huge problem, and practices at businesses often determine what employees do. I have read people quote what others do as the way to do things. Here is some food for thought:

65 Startling Facts About . . . Pollution

Approximately 1/3 of male fish in British rivers are in the process of changing sex due to pollution. Hormones in human sewage, including those produced by the female contraceptive pill, are thought to be the main cause.

Americans buy over 29 million bottles of water every year. Making all those bottles uses 17 million barrels of crude oil annually, which would be enough fuel to keep 1 million cars on the road for one year. Only 13% of those bottles are recycled. Plastic bottles take centuries to decompose?and if they are burned, they release toxic byproducts such as chlorine gas and ash containing heavy metals.

An estimated 1,000 children in India die every day due to disease caused by polluted water.

Fourteen billion pounds of garbage, mostly plastic, is dumped into the ocean every year.

More oil is seeped into the ocean each year as a result of leaking cars and other non-point sources than was spilled by the Exxon Valdez.

Over 1 million seabirds are killed by plastic waste per year. Over 100,000 sea mammals and countless fish are killed per year due to pollution.

Pollution in China alters the weather in the United States. It takes just five days for the jet stream to carry heavy air pollution from China to the U.S. Once in the atmosphere over the U.S., the pollution stops clouds from producing rain and snow?i.e., more pollution equals less precipitation.

All 65 can be read here:

On Safeway Ordered to Pay $9.87 Million for Toxic Waste Violations

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