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Question for a Thursday

This is somewhat of a follow up to the question I raised on Tuesday:

Is having any job better than having no job at all?

Added by Ron Powell on May 25, 2017 at 12:11am — 12 Comments

Question for a Tuesday

"Committed to being America’s best first job"  is the trademarked slogan for the

McDonald's ad campaign to counter the labor movement for a $15.00 per hour minimum wage.

They've poured millions of dollars into national advertising and lobbying all levels of government in an effort to surppress the upward pressure on the minimum wage rather than taking the same money and distributing it to employees.

All of us have had experience with that very first 'real' job and… Continue

Added by Ron Powell on May 23, 2017 at 3:00am — 7 Comments

Trudeau v Trump: A Doonesbury Guest Post

"If Clinton wins, I’ll miss the daily outrage. If Trump wins, I’ll miss civilization as we know it...."

-----Garry Trudeau…


Added by Ron Powell on May 21, 2017 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

One Sentence Question for a Tuesday

Would the advocates of 'wait and see' and 'benefit of the doubt'  please come forward and tell us whether we're still supposed to be 'waiting and seeing' or 'benefit of the doubting'?…


Added by Ron Powell on May 16, 2017 at 4:30am — 13 Comments

A Bit of History: "Tapes" In the White House

Then Senate Attorney, the late Fred Thompson of "Law & Order" fame, leads the Senate Watergate Committee Hearing  interrogation of White House aide Alexander Butterfield, on the matter of tapes in the White House.

Added by Ron Powell on May 15, 2017 at 6:30am — 22 Comments

Mom & Me

She became a mother while serving the country. Lieutenant Mary M. Powell was an Army nurse stationed at the Army Hospital,  Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.

She was discharged from active duty shortly after August 18, 1946, my birthday.

That's her with me in the basket on the base around the time of her release from duty:…


Added by Ron Powell on May 14, 2017 at 6:31am — 6 Comments

Tapes! What Tapes?


Added by Ron Powell on May 13, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments

Trump v Comey

The tweet:

Donald J. Trump


"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

Apparently Trump doesn't know that recording a conversation without the consent of the party or parties involved is illegal, and a violation of the privacy rights of…


Added by Ron Powell on May 12, 2017 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

What Investigating Putin-Trump Connectiins and Ties Looks Like

What to follow:



This may take a…

Added by Ron Powell on May 11, 2017 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

Stenography on Steroids or Stupid Questions

A few examples of what's wrong with American 'journalism':…


Added by Ron Powell on May 11, 2017 at 4:51am — 14 Comments

Sally Yates Testifies

Her opening remarks:

The complete hearing:

Ostensibly, the purpose of such hearings is to gather information for a number of reasons and a variety of purposes.

During this heaeing, the word…


Added by Ron Powell on May 8, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

One Sentence Question for a Sunday

When does information become knowledge?

Added by Ron Powell on May 7, 2017 at 6:04am — 24 Comments

House Republicans answer the dog whistle and vote to repeal and replace ObamaCare

They celebrated with a beer party in  the White House Rose Garden:

In a comment on his recent post Rodney Roe said, "...the problem is that the GOP has worked for decades on a narrative that government is bad, the private sector does things better, and taxation for anything other than building…


Added by Ron Powell on May 6, 2017 at 7:02am — 8 Comments

Viva Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo (pronounced: [ˈsiŋko ðe ˈmaʝo]; Spanish for "Fifth of May") is a celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.…


Added by Ron Powell on May 5, 2017 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

For they know not and care not what they do...

Trump celebrated signing an Executive Order that makes it possible for Christian religious organizations and churches to use tax exempt revenues to participate in the political process:

Then Trump and House Republicans celebrated passage of a measure that takes money from the elderly, the sick, and the poor and gives it to the wealthy, well to do,…


Added by Ron Powell on May 4, 2017 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

Question for a Thursday: A Vote of No Confidence

A motion (Vote) of no confidence (alternatively vote of no confidence, no-confidence motion, or (unsuccessful) confidence motion) is a statement or vote that a person or persons in a position of responsibility (government, managerial, etc.) is no longer deemed fit to hold that position: perhaps because they are inadequate in some respect, are failing to carry out obligations, or are making decisions that other members feel are detrimental.

As a parliamentary motion, it…


Added by Ron Powell on May 4, 2017 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

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