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Archive for June 11, 2017

Quick Observations On Senate Intelligence Hearings

Ever wonder why the Constitution enshrined civilian control over the military? Watching Admiral Rogers Wednesday and hearing the exploits of General Flynn over the past several months makes it pretty clear. With guys like these on our side we are lucky the military hasn’t turned on us.

Ever wonder why Freedom of The Press is the very first enumerated freedom in the Bill of Rights? Were it not for the free press you can fairly well bet there would be no hearings on what continues to smell of treasonous actions during the last election.

As a subset of that, since much of our major media has been subsumed by corporations over the past 40 years and has thus been neutered in their main job of being watchdogs on government. Thinking of that we become quite aware of why closing down the one truly free media where citizen journalists can expose government shenanigans – the internet – is so crucial to those who have power.

Much of the information that we have concerning what has transpired has come to us through blogs and independent journalists. The current FCC and its leader Ajit Pai desperately want toe top that in its tracks.

I have come to the conclusion that Donald Trump has no concept of right and wrong. there is no moral compass at all. Right is what a person can get away with and wrong is those who try to stop him.

Kamala Harris – keep it up!

Finally, John McCain – please retire and quit embarrassing the country and your state.

Kim Reynolds: Rubbing Our Noses In It Right Off The Bat

The king is in China, but little will change

Over at, desmoinesdem does a great analysis of the hypocrisy of the Kim Reynolds inauguration speech after Reynold’s swearing in on May 24th.

This is an excellent read and well worth the 15 minutes or so it will take to read it. A simple summary might go something like this:

‘I am here to claim that I will work to improve the lot of workers and students in Iowa, that I will solve the health care problems and help to give our citizens a second chance. But please don’t look at my record because you can easily see I don’t mean it.’

Just to throw a little salt in the wound, Reynolds then goes flying to events around the state in a jet owned by mega donor Gary Kirke. According to radioiowa, Kirke is seeking a state license for a new gambling casino in Cedar Rapids.

Reynolds claims she has no input on the license and that she checked with the ethics board twice to make sure use of the plane did not violate ethics rules.

That is all well and good. Maybe there is no ethics violations. But it surely doesn’t pass the smell test. This one stinks like a CAFO in a summer heat wave.

Reynolds words say she is for the common Iowan. Reynolds actions show she will be the governor for the wealthy and well connected. Iowa already has way too many politicians like that. Let’s make her stay in Terrace Hill a short one.

Sunday Funday: Hot Hoax Edition

As you sit sweltering in your underwear, running up an electric bill that you may need to take out a loan to pay, remember the words of our current leadership: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.”

So neener-neener hot weather – you are a hoax! But you feel sort of real!

It is getting so hard to keep up any more.

1) Following the attacks on London Bridge last week, the current president took it on himself to criticize what British elected official?

2) Britain had elections Thursday. How did the oft-villified Jeremy Corbin and his labor Party do?

3) What independent senator displayed an unusual anger during Senate Intelligence Committee hearings when two witnesses refused to answer questions because they didn’t feel it appropriate?

4) British PM Theresa May took the occasion of the London Bridge attacks to call for regulation of what?

5) Leaks revealed this week that the National Security team was blindsided by the current president’s failure to reaffirm the US commitment to what NATO major provision?

6) SCOTUS agreed to hear a case next year involving what aspect of cell phone use in this country?

7) After a really strange performance questioning James Comey, Senator John McCain claimed he was affected by doing what the previous night?

8) Director Comey used what word, usually avoided in the press, to describe the current president during his hearing?

9) After the enactment of a sales tax break for manufacturers in Iowa manufacturing jobs have increased or decreased in this state?

10) Nevada is looking at an innovative approach to health care by offering a buy-in to what program in their state?

11) Iowa state treasurer, Michael Fitzgerald, described the state finances as what as the state barely had enough to pay bills in April?

12) Tomorrow is the 88th birthday anniversary of what inspirational teenage author and victim of the Nazi Holocaust?

13) Leaked documents from what government agency showed that Russia was involved in attempting to hack the US voter registration network?

14) The leaker of the above information has a name that seems to me made up by Hollywood. What is it?

15) The current top diplomat to what country resigned in protest of the administration’s climate policy?

16) The law firm of the new nominee to head the FBI, Christopher Wray, has ties to oil companies in what country?

17) Speaker of the House Paul Ryan dismissed talk of obstruction of justice by saying what about the current president?

18) It was revealed that what cabinet member was taken to task by the current president for recusing himself from the Russian investigations?

19) The House voted to repeal the Dodd-Frank bill Thursday. How did Iowa’s congress members vote?

20) Wednesday is flag day and also the birthday of what president?

Eric Trump on Democrats: “To me, they’re not even people” Good thing he is rich, because he’s too stupid and too much of a jerk to make it on his own.


1) London Mayor Sadiq Khan – bet the fact that Khan is Muslim had something to do with it

2) Labor gained 31 seats – not enough to form a government though

3) Maine’s Angus King

4) the internet

5) article 5 – the article that calls for mutual defense provision

6) privacy

7) watching a late Diamondbacks baseball game

8) liar

9) decreased

10) Medicaid

11) “on the brink” Thanks, Terry and legislature!

12) Anne Frank

13) NSA

14) Reality Winner

15) China. David Rank resigned and Branstad is not in place yet.

16) Russia – his firm represents Gazprom and Rosneft

17) he’s new at his job – or words to that effect

18) Sessions

19) It was a party line vote so Republicans for repeal, Loebsack against

20) the current one. Have a nice day