Periodic Posts

Posts made periodically by a particular author. The periodicity may be totally random.


Donald Trump says he’d tap Sarah Palin for a Cabinet post 3

Politico has the article Donald Trump says he’d tap Sarah Palin for a Cabinet post.

Donald Trump has succeeded in alienating many of his fellow Republicans with his personal attacks, but if he does win in November 2016 and is forced to assemble a cabinet of GOP allies, he knows exactly whom he would call on: Sarah Palin.

As one commenter implied, there are probably lots of men in this country that would like to “tap” Sarah Palin.

However, on a more serious note, here is something from Monty Python to get your creative juices flowing as to the perfect spot for Sarah Palin.

Be the first to comment on your own idea for a position for Sarah Palin.


Sandra Bland’s death in police custody puts spotlight on Texas jail standards   Recently updated !

The Guardian has the article Sandra Bland’s death in police custody puts spotlight on Texas jail standards.

Last week the Sheriff’s office said in a statement: “All plastic trash liners have been removed from all cells in the Waller County Jail, pending further direction from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. The two deficiencies noted by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards… are being corrected and all inmates are monitored hourly for face-to-face observation.”

Apparently you don’t have to be an expert to know that large trash liners do not belong in jail cells. See my previous post Why the large, hang yourself garbage bag?

There are more jail videos that have been made available. The Guardian article leads to a video of Sandra Bland’s booking. I have not been able to view some of the other videos that claim to have been posted. The one you can view on The Guardian web site is in the article More Sandra Bland jail footage released by Texas authorities.

Judge says move is partially in response to conspiracy theories about her death

Footage shows Bland arriving, being questioned and having mugshot taken

Yes, of course the judge is going to choose to show you the videos that seem to refute the charges against the authorities. If there are videos incriminating the authorities, you can be pretty sure that they would not choose to show you those. Until a truly independent agency is allowed to view all the unedited videos, the few that are released prove almost nothing.


Will Hillary Clinton Adopt Hedgie Billionaire John Arnold’s Schemes for Retirement Insecurity?   Recently updated !

Naked Capitalism has the story Will Hillary Clinton Adopt Hedgie Billionaire John Arnold’s Schemes for Retirement Insecurity?

The front-running scheme for “retirement security” — backed by billionaire John Arnold — looks an awful lot like it’s “on the table” because it guarantees that middlemen collect fees for “managing” what we used to call your “nest egg.” Will Hillary Clinton’s campaign platform support it?

Hillary Clinton Has Ruled Out Expanding Social Security.


This is a warning to watch your wallets. The article is too filled with just pejoratives, and a little light on specifics, but it does warn us of things to watch out for. In fact, this plan might sound a little like the Modigliani/Muralidhar plan or the one I proposed in my previous post in November 2013 Elizabeth Warren: We should be talking about expanding Social Security benefits. However, the devil is in the details. The details in this case is all about the size of the fees. Large fees can turn a retirement plan from a saving grace (pun intended) to a disaster for the retiree.

Here is a very simple test for any retirement plan. If any manager gets to be a billionaire by managing such a program, then the beneficiaries are being robbed. Those billions of dollars represent money that the beneficiaries should have had.


Gov’t Sells Sacred Native Land To Foreign Mining Company!   Recently updated !

Great YouTube video, Gov’t Sells Sacred Native Land To Foreign Mining Company!

Apparently the US Government hasn’t historically taken enough from the Native Americans. So John McCain and friends decided to step it up and sell some Apache sacred ground. The way they defend the theft is priceless. (If you think this is important, please share)

From Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp

This may or may not be NSFW


It is just amazing how oligarchs and corrupt politicians can justify taking advantage of people. Make them an offer they can’t refuse, and then tout how they accepted your offer.


Australian comedian tries to make sense of American gun laws—nailed it!   Recently updated !

The Daily Kos has a post Australian comedian tries to make sense of American gun laws—nailed it! featuring the video below.

Comedian Jim Jeffries tackled one of the most controversial subjects in the U.S. gun control laws.

Jeffries was once the victim of a home invasion in which he was tied up and beaten with his girlfriend, who was also threatened with rape. You’d think he’d have some cause for carrying a gun, no? Wrong! He brilliantly nails why Americans need to make a case for more gun control.

Warning: NSFW – Not Safe For Work


Why the large, hang yourself garbage bag?

Apparently The Daily Kos published the blog post, From Yesterday’s NYT: Sandra Bland Prosecutor Inadvertenly Shows His Cards on Friday, July 24.

Why the “paper of record” failed to note the completely obvious factual misstatement by the DA regarding the time it takes for trace marijuana to leave the system is confounding but hardly surprising these days. The propensity for MJ to hang in the bloodstream for much longer than other drugs is general knowledge, not something on the cutting edge of medical science that has yet to be determined for crissake.

I left the comment titled Why the large, hang yourself garbage bag?

Why did the Sheriff’s department deploy a garbage bag in her cell that was big enough to hang herself with? What did they expect her to have with her in her cell that would have filled up such a large receptacle on a daily basis?

Do they place such bags in all cells, or just the ones where the detainee needs to be hanged?

Where is the video of all the traffic by her cell for the three days she was held? Who is saving these records for safe keeping?

Where are the “journalists” asking these questions? Where are the public and the politicians asking these questions of the authorities, the US “justice” department, and the “journalists”?

We just cannot let them get away with this, this time.

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Remarks by Senator Sanders at the Southern Christian Leadership Conferenc   Recently updated !

Bernie Sanders’ web site has the transcript of Remarks by Senator Sanders at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. His vision for this country is one we should all want to achieve. He closed his speech with the following paragraphs:

I believe the time has come to say loudly and clearly: enough is enough. This great nation and its government belong to all of the people, and not to a handful of billionaires, their Super-PACs and their lobbyists.

​Now is not the time for thinking small. Now is not the time for the same-old, same-old establishment politics and stale inside-the-beltway ideas.

Now is the time for millions of working families – black and white, Latino and Native American, gay and straight – to come together, to revitalize American democracy, to end the collapse of the American middle class and to make certain that our children and grandchildren are able to enjoy a quality of life that brings them health, prosperity, security and joy – and that once again makes the United States the leader in the world in the fight for economic and social justice, for environmental sanity and for a world of peace.

America striving to be a “leader in the world in the fight for economic and social justice, for environmental sanity and for a world of peace” is something that inspires. Being first in military power or economic might is not very inspirational as far as I am concerned. There is something to be said for making the world a better place for everyone, not just for me and my family.