"‘It’s déjà vu all over again,’ a chipper White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Friday, praising what he called ‘bipartisan support’ for the legislation."
Or maybe that’s a typo. Chirper?
"DEER VALLEY, Utah — Mitt Romney is working with an unlikely collaborator — Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino mogul who bankrolled Newt Gingrich’s 2012 campaign — in the hopes of ensuring that the GOP primary produces a mainstream conservative without any of the mayhem that marked his own race."
Meanwhile, I was at the Farmer’s Market this morning and noticed the farmers haven’t got around to much farming yet but they are selling grass-fed beef for $15 per pound (which reminds me I need to add baloney to my grocery list), potted herbs, and bread (six bucks for a loaf of white bread? really?)—but the place was humming with conspiracy theories about the new gas pipeline coming through (or not coming through—we’re against it of course): I can’t wait for the FBI to get involved and maybe even the Department of Gas. I wonder who’s got the popcorn contract.
Another thing I wonder about is…
…what is compost-based soil mix from New York and why is it any better than plain old dirt from the U. S. of A., and what kind of organs are in this organic fertilizer anyway? I guess everybody else knows this stuff, but I am out of it.
"Christie also mentioned income share agreements, which allow students to essentially issue stock in themselves. It allows people to invest in college students, or to ‘own human capital contracts,’ which means that an investor could pay a portion of the student’s tuition to attend college in exchange for that student giving the investor a certain percentage of their income for so many years."
" And, in the last 40 years, Americans have made it clear that they have room in their hearts and stomachs for another chicken chain."
"‘I’ve said since December that we would only hold a straw poll if the candidates wanted one, and this year that is just not the case,’ state GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann said in a statement."
"Obama administration officials have said that the U.S. is engaged in a lawful conflict with ISIS, authorized by the grant of force against al Qaeda and its associates that Congress passed in 2001. ISIS has been disavowed by al Qaeda, but the administration continues to see the two groups as linked, and therefore ISIS is legally covered by the 2001 authorization, officials argue."
"The Internet providers say they only oppose classifying Internet service as a utility, and not the principle of net neutrality itself. But the FCC argues that overturning the regulatory classification would leave the rules unenforceable."
(It's just a screen grab, not a link, because 140 characters is not all they want; they want money too. A paywall on the local rag. The nerve.
(Meanwhile, we've decided it's time to figure out how Twitter works and get to using it. Because it's there. And also because it's a Twitter world. And anyway it's fun, and we can fool around with all kinds of new apps and stuff. Why not?)
"It all began outside of Value Village in Fairbanks, Alaska. Somehow, a strange-looking eel-like fish -- equipped with teeth perfect for latching onto another animal and sucking its blood -- ended up in the thrift store's parking lot last week.
"Oh, and the fish was alive."
We’re outta here.
"‘The candidates who do not qualify for the primetime GOP primary debate will be among those invited to participate in the 90-minute forum, which is part of the additional planned candidate coverage previously announced by the network,’ Fox said in a statement."
There used to be a blog by that name, Whatever It Is, I’m Against It, back in the halcyon days of Dubya, but it seems to have fallen off the radar: Too bad. Still, the sentiment makes a perfect motto for we denizens of this pleasant valley.
Therefore, to wit and forthwith:
"That's because since the Great Recession, manufacturing is down 3.2 percent, according to an eye-opening report by the nonpartisan Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). It notes there are now 15,000 fewer production facilities in the U.S. than in 2007—and 2 million fewer jobs."
"The sharks that survived were to complete their trip to Brooklyn once workers from SeaWorld could transfer them safely to another tank, WKMG reported."
"It is possible that Bush will approach the $100 million figure if his campaign includes the entire sprawling political apparatus that he and his allies have built since January. By the end of the month, that operation will include a super PAC, a leadership PAC, a nonprofit and the soon-to-be announced campaign."
At least the poor guy can still get food stamps, right?
"The Sputnik News cannot help but add: 'It is unknown whether the deadly device was Android or Apple.'"
"‘I’m actually a fun guy. I'm a lot of fun to hang around with. Just ask people who know me,’ Graham said. ‘I think I've got a pretty good reputation of bein' easygoing.’"
"Some geriatric psychiatrists worry that doctors may have turned to the drugs in place of antipsychotic medications to sedate patients with conditions such as dementia. In the past several years, Medicare has pushed to reduce the use of antipsychotics, particularly in nursing homes, because of strong warnings about their risks."
"He’s not the first prospective candidate to accidentally refer to a likely campaign as official. Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D) twice told reporters that he was running before telling The Hill that he misspoke."
"On Tuesday, the state Assembly passed the proposal that repeals a 1976 law which created a ‘cooling off’ period in addition for time to allow for background checks of gun purchasers."
"Michael Ewing started the campaign for his pet pig after a city council member with a criminal past decided to run for mayor. Ewing also was banking on ‘Giggles’ getting a boost from a filing deadline error that would have kept all candidates’ names off the ballot."
"Every person operating a motor vehicle shall bring the vehicle and the motor propelling it immediately to a stop when approaching a cow, horse or other draft animal being led, ridden or driven, if such animal appears to be frightened and if the person in charge thereof shall signal so to do…"
(It’s video. Be warned.)
"BOSTON — More bad news arrived Wednesday for the boosters of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics: A new poll shows that just 39 percent of voters statewide support the bid, while 49 percent oppose it."
"In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is."
"A 'Republican-leaning Wall Street lawyer said over lunch in midtown' for that article that, 'if it turns out to be Jeb versus Hillary we would love that and either outcome would be fine. We could live with either one.' The remarks by Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein that either Bush or Clinton would be great -- remarks that Martin O'Malley is doing his current best to make famous and undercut Clinton -- are also referenced. 'Those would be two very good choices and we’d be perfectly happy with them,' a 'person close to Blankfein' told White and Haberman."
H/T Some Guy in Seattle
"His main concern is that for cash-strapped agencies, the costs of implementing HTTPS will outweigh the benefits, and that, essentially, implementing HTTPS might be too hard for some of these government bodies."
"'United Passions' initially was released in a handful of European markets last summer, timed to the 2014 World Cup. Screen Media, which declined to report the film's weekend grosses, acquired it for U.S. distribution, focusing on a video-on-demand and digital release. It paid low six-figures for the rights."
"WASHINGTON — American intelligence agencies have extracted valuable information about the Islamic State’s leadership structure, financial operations and security measures by analyzing materials seized during a Delta Force commando raid last month that killed a leader of the terrorist group in eastern Syria, according to United States officials."
"So-called ‘cleared advisors’ like me are prohibited from sharing publicly the criticisms we’ve lodged about specific proposals and approaches. The government has created a perfect Catch 22: The law prohibits us from talking about the specifics of what we’ve seen, allowing the president to criticize us for not being specific."
This is definitely a catch, though. No argument there.
"As soon as Stormy left, one of Angie's teenage sons started tracking the chronic runaway. The bull has broken loose two other times and earned the nickname 'Wimpy' for his last escape."
"Take the quiz and see which political party you side with"
"No such signals were detected Sunday, the first day of the test, a Henan province news website said. Almost all Chinese high school graduates must take the test, and their scores are the key criterion for which tier of university they can enter."
"A female resident awoke to noise in her kitchen, and found Waits allegedly wiping down a countertop and baking a potato in her microwave oven, police said. 'She asked him what he was doing there, and he told her he was making a potato,' according to a police report."
"Authorities say the March 2014 robbery in Toms River occurred the day after Miller had been released from prison after finishing his 15-year sentence for the first robbery. Police say Miller made off with $389 and fled on foot with the employees' cellphones."
"Don’t worry, I remain devoted to keeping this ‘news’letter news free."
"Smelling your way around a big city can be a hazardous undertaking. In just a few steps, pleasant aromas of flowers and food can give way to car exhaust, ripe garbage and pee-soaked dog parks."
"Bruno Julliard, the deputy mayor in charge of culture, who supervised the removal of the locks, tried to be sensitive to the feelings of those who had placed them there, saying that Paris was still 'the capital of love, the capital of romance.'
"But he urged people to find other ways to express their fervency."
(The Times story this morning put the total weight of locks being removed at 45 tons. Part of the lock ritual was to toss the key into the river Seine below. Nobody’s said anything about dredging up the keys, so there’s that.)