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bito On December - 5 - 2009


This is a invitation for everyone to share their hometown newspaper’s Editorials.
Lets see what is of concern where you live, what is their take on a national subject.
Dog catcher to the war in Afghanistan. Garbage collection to nuclear proliferation
What is bugging the editor in your burg?

We have members from many areas of the country and world. Let’s see how many we can share. Write a summery and we may all learn about what is going on in our Planet.
( copyright caution: Please do not cut & patse the whole article. Sentence or 5 is OK)

Categories: News & Politics

Written by bito

Was once a handsome frog until kissed by an ugly corporate princess.----- Like a well honed knife, the internet can be a wonderful and useful tool. It can be used to prepare and serve a delicious meal or it can be used to cause harm. peace

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  1. bitohistory says:

    Meme for the Repugs today. The HC Bill is a job killing bill. It will ruin the economy! What? I thought Shrub, et al, took care of that already.

  2. javaz says:

    Does anyone else pay more attention to the politics in Washington DC than in their home states and local community?

    I’m ashamed to say that I do, except for McCain and Kyl, since they make fools of themselves regularly.

    But unless I read something on the Internet about one of our local politicians, I really do not follow local politics and politicians as much as I should.

    One time when we voted locally for whatever it was, and it was an interim election, the turnout is always so low, and this older volunteer let us bring our dog into vote.

    They had a grand time pretending that our little pooch could vote and it was funny, but the older gentleman said to us that it was a damn shame that when it comes to things that really matter close to home, no one votes, yet they’ll turn out in droves for elections that take place over a thousand miles away.

    I’ll never forget that, because it was so true.
    The things that really matter locally, people don’t care, and they should, we all should.

    Oh, and here’s another fun tidbit from our local Apache Junction news --
    Officials are asking for proof of Santa Claus’s birth certificate, since there are rumors he was born in Kenya.


    Click on page A4 -- it’s a PDF file and quite funny and titled when “Elves Go Bad”

    • bitohistory says:

      Santa is from Kenya! 😛
      I vote on every issue but school issues. But I am weird!

      • javaz says:

        The article is hilarious.
        It’s about elves spreading rumors about Santa and Red States.

        Pinal County is the only Democratic and/or Liberal or Blue county in AZ and they tried redistricting us, but luckily they haven’t been able to do that yet and turn us Red.

        We’re proud to live in Pinal County!

        • bitohistory says:

          Excuse me, j’avaz, Pima is blueish

          • javaz says:


            Okay, well being “bluish” isn’t quite the same as being actually being “blue” is it?


            How do you get the smiley faces to animate?
            I’ve tried it with and without the space and can’t get that animation.

            • bitohistory says:

              From Kalima: : lol : No spaces, and double space before you insert it. The pink mouth is : -- P again no spaces

  3. bitohistory says:

    Nelson: It mirrors the Stupak Amendment in the house”

  4. bitohistory says:

    The Nelson (d-NE) vote on abortion is coming up in a few minutes in the Senate. C-Span-2. I would like to know what that amendment says.
    I am worried if it’s coming from that sob

  5. Khirad says:

    BITO, do you know how to link to a Daily [“Red”] Star article without it asking for registration? BTW, are you Grijalva or Giffords? Just wondering. I still get a kick that Arizona is so well represented here on the Planet.

    • bitohistory says:

      khirad, No, I don’t and I have this thing about registering with them. I am suspicions of them using it for “other” purposes. It may be just me. I am in Giffords district. She walks a tightrope, it is a really split district.
      that was a good game!

    • bitohistory says:

      Obama2008, that carp thing is really something. Besides being able to jump large distances (stories of people getting injured, sitting in their boats) those fish get huge. Saw a pic of one and it was over 6 feet and weighed 195 lbs.
      Does the Detroit Free Press still publish a hard edition? They had some interesting Op-Eds.

  6. bitohistory says:

    Just a short time to pop in and say “Good Job.” Some good reading here! The diversity of them is worthy reading.

    • javaz says:

      Morning b’ito!

      Nice and cloudy and cold today!
      We actually had rain this morning and that was lovely.

      I won’t be on much today as I am helping a good friend and neighbor with their daughter’s 12th birthday party.
      Much fun will be had listening to the girls obsess over Twilight and New Moon and team Jacob versus team Edward.
      (sarcasm button)

  7. escribacat says:

    Here’s a sampling from the Denver Post. Our other major newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News, went belly-up last year. 🙁
    Obama’s war plan: best among dismal options

    “Clunkers” project fell flat

    From the Boulder Daily Camera
    Currency quarrel: America must retake control of its financial destiny

    • bitohistory says:

      E’Cat, the editorial on the war and Obama’s decision to send more troops they neglect to say that he campaigned on that action. Short term memory loss?
      On the clunkers ed. Why so negative? What were the expecting the program to do? Solve everything around the globe? It did what it did, and it helped.
      Thanks for the links.

    • javaz says:

      I do believe the automotive companies and dealerships would disagree with the clunkers program falling flat.

  8. nellie says:

    The LA Times has a great op ed section this morning. The articles seem to have a very progressive slant—not always the case with this paper. Here are my favorites:

    Vietnam to Afghanistan
    “Obama is expanding the war in Afghanistan, but that doesn’t mean it will become another Vietnam War.”

    What can be accomplished at the Copenhagen conference?
    “We asked a variety of scholars and environmentalists to write about what might be accomplished in Copenhagen”

    Memo to Wall Street: Philanthropy, not bonuses
    “Remember the lessons of Carnegie and Rockefeller — when you’ve made a lot of money, give a lot of it to good causes.”

    Okay, so I’ll throw in one from Jonah Goldberg:

    Intellectual hypocrites threaten us all
    “Liberals think they should be in charge of everything, even though many can’t run anything.”

    • bitohistory says:

      Thank you nellie. I copied that authors info down for her new book. (memo to Wall Street”) good read.
      Joyce Appleby is professor emeritus of history at UCLA and the author of the forthcoming “The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism,” to be published by W.W. Norton next month.

    • javaz says:

      Jonah Goldberg sounds like an Arizonan.

      • bitohistory says:

        Jonah Goldberg is in the Tucson paper. I have to really push myself to read him. No one heard of him until his mother ratted on Clinton and Lewinsky with her “illegal” phone recording.

        • Khirad says:

          The Daily Star throws him in to give us variety from Krauthammer.

          Thank god for FitzSimmons.

          See the thing yesterday about the UofA dept lashing back on the “Climategate” thing?

          • bitohistory says:

            I liked when there was the “Citizen.” You knew where all the right-wing opinion writers were. Not in the Star! Now, they want to be all things to all people.

  9. javaz says:

    Good morning!

    The East Valley Tribune for the Phoenix area has an OP/Ed piece from Rep. Russell Pearce in which he is demanding that Arizonans prove they’re citizens in order to get taxpayer benefits.

    He is also declaring that it’s time to fight for several things -- to keep God in the pledge and national motto and the ten commandments on display in public buildings, and bring prayer back to public schools.
    He’s battling against abortion, pornography, and insecure borders.


    Then another OP/ED by Austin Hill that is declaring AG Holder as dangerous because of bringing the 9/11 trials to New York. He includes the typical jeer about ‘community organizer.’


    And then there’s an OP/ED by Deroy Murdoch that is about the climate summit in Copenhagen as being tax and fraud and he urges President Obama to skip the trip.


    Believe it or not, but the EV Tribune is considered the more ‘liberal’ paper compared to the Arizona Republic.

    • bitohistory says:

      Russell Pearce is a Piece……Saw him, Sheriff Joe and J.D. Hayworth at press conference. Man can that trio spew some fear and hate.

      • Khirad says:

        I get a kick out of these local teabaggers, making the vaguest complaints about Obama and the Constitution, only to be followed by a bevy of hallelujahs for Sheriff Joe. And yes, that is a whole lot of dumbfuck hate in one room adding the ever-douchy Hayworth and that other nut.

      • FeloniousMonk says:

        I hadn’t ever paid attention to Russell Pearce. Sounds like a real sack of shit to me.

        People think that “one nation, under God” has always been in the pledge of allegence, but it’s only been there since the late 1940’s.

        As for the 10 Commandments, those Republicans covet so much the’d never pass that one and they, by their claiming ownership of God himself, take HIS name in vain all the time, not to mention having other idols before them.

        Joe and JD are just big dumbfucks and bigots. As much as I think McCain is worthless, the idea that Hayworth could replace him does scare me. Lord Almighty!

        • bitohistory says:

          Monk, I heard a theologian saying the same thing you are saying. Taking the “ownership of God” for your cause and claiming it “righteous” is blasphemy.

    • bitohistory says:

      j’avaz, I thought the EVT was under the ax? What are they doing? Going out with a whimper and appease the moneyed class? They have done some very good reporting and editorializing in the past. Today’s ??

      • javaz says:

        Supposedly the last edition is at the end of the month.
        They are a free paper currently, and only publish 3 days per week.
        Last I heard though, they had a buyer, but they have not disclosed any other information.

        Except for the Sheriff Joe series, they rarely publish many ‘liberal’ pieces.
        Sort of like EJ Montini being the only ‘liberal’ at the AZ Republic.

    • escribacat says:

      Holy moley. That is a V E R Y red state!

    • nellie says:

      javaz, this is so interesting. This phrase in the first op ed caught my eye:
      “The Tribune column was much like those cities in seeking to undermine legislative action by judicial fiat and completely misread the intent of the Legislature and the situation Arizona faces.”

      Typical, isn’t it, for conservatives to dismiss the value of the courts when they are trying to push through legislation that has constitutional problems. “Judicial fiat” is classic GOP mastery of language. The whole article sounds a lot like a campaign speech — “The choice is now”, “What voters demanded.” Looks like Pearce is launching his 2010 race in the paper.

      Austin Hill needs to take a class on constitutional law — funny that he starts out with “I’m not a lawyer. ” My answer — obviously not! And Deroy Murdoch, I don’t know what to say. I was looking for the facts he based his opinions on… Still looking. Could he be a distant relative to another famous Murdoch….???

      If this is the “liberal” paper, I can’t imagine what the conservatives in AZ are saying!

      • javaz says:

        Good morning, Nellie.

        Honestly, I rarely read the OP/ED pieces from our local papers because they’re pretty much always the same.
        Between the two newspapers, we might have two or three liberal writers, but that’s it.

        The EV Tribune has done an award winning series about Sheriff Joe and his abuse of power, as did the local CBS station, but the locals were outraged by both, and the stories taking on Sheriff Joe really were an anomaly.
        They normally toe the Republican line.

        Thank goodness for the Internet and PPOV and Think Progress, Daily KOS and alternet.
        Without the Internet, we’d be thoroughly brainwashed.

  10. Mogamboguru says:

    Hi there!

    In Germany, the papers are all abuzz about Germany’s participation in the NATO-occupation of Afghanistan, renamed “war” for propaganda purposes.

    Among the german population, our participation in this occuoation is wildly unpopular, with a disapproval-rating percentage ranging well in the 70’s (SIC!).

    But our Chancellor Angela Merkel seems to be hell-bent to kowtow to the will of America, to continue this mess.

    Over the years, it has become painfully obvious to me, that we are living in an age of weak, indicisive and wagering politicians, who abhor taking chances for real change and improvement, and rather forfeit them than taking ANY risk of being, perhaps, wrong, whatsoever.

    In former days, politicians were giants: Bismarck, Churchill, Lincoln. Those were the right men at the right place in the right time.

    But today’s politicians are all dwarfs.

    Welcome to the Age of Mediocrity.

  11. KQuark says:

    I think that’s a great idea. I think we should open it up for letters to the editor as well. In GA of course the big news has been the fall of GOP state senate leader Richardson. The guy is a real creep.

    Here is an interesting editorial about him and corrupt GA GOP politics.


    • bitohistory says:

      KQ, and all, If you have some letters to the editor you would like to summarize, feel free. Just trying to get the pulse of the nation without the filter of the national talking heads.

  12. bitohistory says:

    I should have added: if you have a link to the paper or editorial please share it.

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