“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The White House said Wednesday that it was "deeply concerned" by reports that the Syrian government fired rockets carrying chemical weapons on rebel forces near Damascus, killing hundreds of people. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the administration was "working urgently" to gather further information about the attack and strongly condemned any and all chemical weapons use. He also said the U.S. formally requested that the United Nations investigate the site of the alleged weapons use by Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces. "The United States urges all Syrian parties including the government and opposition, to provide immediate access to any and all sites of importance to the investigation and to ensure security for the UN investigative team," Earnest said in a statement. The White House also said that those responsible for chemical weapons use "must be held accountable."

US amiriyah shelter bombing:


  1. >>>>The Battle for Hearts and Minds

    The Amiriyah shelter in a middle class Baghdad neighborhood

    After several weeks of air war, the emphasis declined on attacking Baghdad and leadership sites. Saddam Hussein was still very much alive and the unanticipated mission of preventing Scud missile attacks on Israel forced a rewriting of the script. Other priorities also intruded on the leadership focus, such as new intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

    The Amiriyah shelter, known as the Al Firdos C3 bunker to U.S. war planners, was added to the target list in early February as a newly activated Iraqi command shelter. Signals traffic and daytime satellite photography of limousines and trucks parked outside suggested "leadership" activity.

    Looking out the roof of the darkened Amiriyah shelter.

    The shelter was bombed in the early morning hours of Feb. 13. A pair of stealth fighters expertly dropped two 2,000-lb. laser-guided bombs on the hardened shelter, piercing the concrete steel reinforced roof.

    Unexpectedly hundreds of Iraqi civilians, possibly the families of elite government and intelligence personnel, were using the shelter as a refuge to escape nighttime bombing. About 400 Iraqi civilians, mostly women and children, died in the attack. Another 200 were injured severely. U.S. intelligence never detected the civilian presence and still believes the shelter was used (at least during the day) by Iraq's intelligence agencies as a back-up communications post.

    U.S. leaders scrambled to explain the attack. Generals Schwarzkopf and Powell conferred and the air war planning office in Riyadh was ordered to get approval for any subsequent downtown targets selected for attack.

    The interior of the unbombed twin to the Amiriyah shelter

    In September 1991 I had occasion to visit a twin of the Al Firdos bunker, another Baghdad civil defense shelter that was on the target list but went unbombed after the Amiriyah disaster. It appeared to be a typical civil defense facility, built to NATO specifications and filled with bunk beds and pool tables, hardened in anticipation of an Israeli or Iranian attack on the capital.<<<<

    You are trying to equate a really bad targeting mistake with deliberate terrorism.

    What is the motive behind this maneuver?

    1. Truth and hypocrisy. There are two parts to the post.

  2. Even in 2006, and 2007, when small business creation was booming, the number of jobs created from businesses less than a year old was Decreasing.

    1. I do not understand.

      Please explain.

      ie: What are we to conclude from that?

    2. ...I think you did below.

  3. Grunwald vs. Greenwald: Who’s the “activist” journalist, now?

    A "mainstream" reporter calls for the murder of a public figure, but somehow his "journalist" bona fides are intact.

    WikiLeaks and Greenwald hold pro-transparency opinions. Because those kind of opinions do not serve the corporate and government establishment, those establishments work to marginalize them by treating them and those connected to them as non-journalists, activists or — most recently in the case of Greenwald’s spouse — as terrorism suspects.

    By contrast, Grunwald has saber-rattling opinions that proudly support the government’s drone strikes and surveillance. Sorkin’s opinions promote Wall Street’s interests. Broder had opinions that supported, among other things, the government’s corporate-serving “free” trade agenda. Woodward has opinions backing an ever-bigger Pentagon budget that enriches defense contractors. Goldberg promotes the Military-Industrial Complex’s generally pro-war opinions. Friedman is all of them combined, promoting both “free” trade and “suck on this” militarism. Because these voices loyally promote the unstated assumptions that serve the power structure and that dominate American politics, all of their particular opinions aren’t even typically portrayed as opinions; they are usually portrayed as noncontroversial objectivity. And because their opinions support the government and corporate establishment, those promoting them get to keep their journalism credentials — and all the attendant protections.


    This past Saturday, Time magazine’s senior national correspondent, Michael Grunwald, told his 10,000-plus Twitter followers that he “can’t wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out Julian Assange.” There is, to say the least, much to be gleaned by such a statement.

    For instance, it is yet more proof of the growing ranks of Journalists Against Journalism Club. Yes, here we have a reporter expressing excitement at the prospect of the government executing the publisher of information that became the basis for some of the most important journalism in the last decade.

    Likewise, it is yet more proof that the nonchalant blood lust that pervades the National Security State also exists inside the establishment media that is supposed to be objectively covering that National Security State. Indeed, even after deleting his tweet, Grunwald was unrepentant about such blood lust, saying that he wasn’t sorry for effectively endorsing extrajudicial assassination, but merely for the fact that his tweet “gives Assange supporters a nice safe persecution complex to hide in.”

    But, then, journalists hating on journalism and political reporters worshiping state-sponsored violence is no big reveal anymore. In that sense, Grunwald’s morbid fantasy is notable primarily because it summarized such realities in such uncharacteristically clear terms.

    What is more revelatory is what the context of the Grunwald episode says about the intensifying debate over who is and who is not a true “journalist,” and whether it is opinion or ideology that really disqualifies one from the legal privileges that are supposed to come with that label.

    1. In case anyone skipped past the MoneyQuote:

      "This past Saturday, Time magazine’s senior national correspondent, Michael Grunwald, told his 10,000-plus Twitter followers that he “can’t wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out Julian Assange.”

      There is, to say the least, much to be gleaned by such a statement.

    2. Under the decidedly not objective headline Grunwald wrote:

      the government must protect the public even if it has to limit individual rights,

    3. One can probably find the opposite opinion back in W's days if the bastard was writing then.

  4. 1999 was the year. It was in 1999 that new small businesses quit creating jobs. It was in 1999 that the Median Income started its inexorable decline. 1999 was the first of what is going to be Recurring stock market crashes.

    What happened in 1999?

    My theory? It was Two things. One, the price of oil embarked on a 1000% Increase. But, perhaps more importantly, We hit the Inflection Point in regards to Computers/Internet.

    A computer can land an airplane on an aircraft carrier at sea. A computer can milk a cow. A computer can drive a Trolley in Singapore traffic.

    Foxconn is in the process of replacing 500,000 Chinese workers with Robots.

    Your kids might be stockbrokers, and computer programmers, but what about the other 7 Billion peoples' kids? What are THEY going to do?

    1. Is Big Data an Economic Big Dud?

      IF pencil marks on some colossal doorjamb could measure the growth of the Internet, they would probably be tracking the amount of data sloshing through the public network that spans the planet. Christened by the World Economic Forum as “the new oil” and “a new asset class,” these vast loads of data have been likened to transformative innovations like the steam locomotive, electricity grids, steel, air-conditioning and the radio.

      The astounding rate of growth would make any parent proud. There were 30 billion gigabytes of video, e-mails, Web transactions and business-to-business analytics in 2005. The total is expected to reach more than 20 times that figure in 2013, with off-the-charts increases to follow in the years ahead, according to Cisco, the networking giant.

      How much data is that? Cisco estimates that in 2012, some two trillion minutes of video alone traversed the Internet every month. That translates to over a million years per week of everything from video selfies and nannycams to Netflix downloads and “Battlestar Galactica” episodes.

      What is sometimes referred to as the Internet’s first wave — say, from the 1990s until around 2005 — brought completely new services like e-mail, the Web, online search and eventually broadband. For its next act, the industry has pinned its hopes, and its colossal public relations machine, on the power of Big Data itself to supercharge the economy.

      There is just one tiny problem: the economy is, at best, in the doldrums and has stayed there during the latest surge in Web traffic. The rate of productivity growth, whose steady rise from the 1970s well into the 2000s has been credited to earlier phases in the computer and Internet revolutions, has actually fallen. The overall economic trends are complex, but an argument could be made that the slowdown began around 2005 — just when Big Data began to make its appearance.

      Those factors have some economists questioning whether Big Data will ever have the impact of the first Internet wave, let alone the industrial revolutions of past centuries.

      One theory holds that the Big Data industry is thriving more by cannibalizing existing businesses in the competition for customers than by creating fundamentally new opportunities.

    2. Way back in the days of DOS and Apples running on run-down operating systems, the Utility of Computers was hard to ignore.

      My best friend went from giant paper spreadsheets to run his business to Visical on an Apple II.

      Now, nearly infinitely more powerful computers and near-unlimited bandwidth allow nearly infinite banality in search of bucks via cheap thrills.

    3. Actually, I guess you were addressing the opposite end of the computer/utility spectrum:

      They (their implementations) continue to expand their utility in replacing human labor, whilst The Internets/Broadband/Cloud march on to 24-7 infotainment, and Envirosurround banality.

      (had to get that "whilst" in there to sound extra-special intelligent.)

    4. We're gonna have to get back to having real families, and real educations, and smaller goernment and the Chi-Coms are gonna have to go into overdrive trying to prevent a GD REVOLUTION.


      Actually, it will be a race to the toilet between the Chi-Coms and us once the Republicrats grant citizenship and unlimited welfare eligibility to all our guests from south of the border and around The World.

    5. Actually, the government is going to have to get larger.

    6. Going back to a Feudal Society is probably not going to be the answer to this change - at least, not in the short to medium term.

    7. Democratic Detroit already IS a Feudal Society. The Tip of the Spear to the nation's future if we don't change our ways.

    8. You're a fool; and, I don't intend to start aguing with fools.

  5. Sign Petition to Defund ObamaCare here -

    That's an order.

  6. Why in the world would I want to deny the possibility of efficient healthcare to 40 Million Americans?

    1. That's what I'd like to know. But your figures are off. Make it 300 Million plus Americans.

    2. The Bigger and More Centralized The Program,

      The Greater The Efficiency,

      ...everybody knows that.

    3. Rufie pretends to know nothing about the efficiencies of decentralized systems.

      ...or efficiencies of markets.

    4. ...or The Depravity of our Free Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner "Culture"

    5. Oh, and don't forget:


    6. By far, the best (most efficient) Healthcare System in the United States is Medicare.

      And, since all 27 Countries that rank above us in Healthcare results have Medicare-type systems for ALL of their citizens, then, I'd say, "Yeah, Big Government, Centralized Healthcare Systems work much better than the "Aetna, Blue Cross, Humana Model."

    7. Hawaii has the highest cost of living in the USA, yet healthcare is affordable to most.

      Not sure the secret, but suspect it's related to Job-Based Insurance, and immigrants who come here to work, start businesses, and raise families, and doctors that like the place.

      IE: Filipinos and Asians in General, not illegals from south of the border.

      But Rufus knows that a Federalist Expeiment Pales in Comparison to Big Government Socialism.

    8. "Job-Based MandatoryInsurance"

    9. "Healthcare results"

      ...including all the miserable alcohol and crack-baby outcomes of folks 3 generations into the oppression of The Welfare State Reality.


      Black Mother's Babies in Detroit.

    10. "Socialist Scandanavia" and great "Healthcare results"

      One ethnicity, one time, for all time, 'til lately.

      And a work ethic up the Wazoo.

    11. Hell, Rufus:

      You could visit Farmer Bob and Figure out What Is.

      He's onea dem.

  7. Chelsea Manning to start 'new life' in prison -

    Bradley Manning to start hormone therapy for gender reassignment...

    Wants to be referred to as Chelsea...drudge

    1. Are you opposed to the possibility of efficient healthcare for Bradley/Chelsea Manning???

    2. You want to know what REALLY INTERESTS ME about healthcare?

      You can get the same heart surgery that costs $100,000.00 in the U.S. for $1,500.00 in India.

      Now, THAT interests me.

      And, it's a PRIVATE clinic, also.

    3. Yeah, I'd LOVE the healthcare available to me as a member of one of the many bottom-rung castes.

      You are a piece of work Rufus.

      Living in Mississippi, showering in Carbon-Heated Water, and Singing the Praises of Indian Healthcare and an Ethanol Economy.

    4. How would you like the healthcare available to you as one of the 25% of Mississippians that are Uninsured?

    5. But, that's really not the point. The point is, why are we so shit-eatingly happy paying $100,000.00 for a product that is available elsewhere for $1,500.00?

    6. Maybe it's just me, but I felt a lot more comfortable getting a Coronary Stent here on Maui than I would have been taking a Flight to India and looking up a good Cardiologist/"Medical Facility".

    7. On average, medical procedures cost approx. 5 Times as much in the U.S. as in Europe.

      What's up with that?

    8. "How would you like the healthcare available to you as one of the 25% of Mississippians that are Uninsured?"


      If it's as dire as you contend, I guess I'd get in my car and drive to California.

      Like the Feds, They're Good to Go until the credit runs out.

    9. "Spending on health care services climbed 4.6 percent in 2011, well above the 3.8 percent growth rate found for 2010 and higher than expected for 2011. Prices rose for all major categories of health care, such as hospital stays and surgical procedures, but rose fastest for outpatient care.11

      An increasingly important factor driving hospital price increases is consolidation of the hospital industry. Hospital mergers and acquisitions jumped by 33 percent between 2009 and 2010. Research shows that hospital market concentration leads to increases in the price of hospital care. In fact, price increases exceeded 20 percent when mergers occurred in concentrated markets.12

      Provider prices

      The prices that health care providers charge are much higher in the U.S. than in Europe, which, along with higher levels of obesity and greater access to advanced medical technology, is a primary driver of higher spending levels.13 Data show that after hospital spending the next biggest contributor to overall spending growth between 2005 and 2009 was the increase in physician and clinical service costs. These costs accounted for 18 percent of total growth or $229 per person over the five-year period.14

      Medical technology

      The increasing cost of medical technology is a significant contributor to higher health care spending. The implementation of new medical technology accounts for between 38 percent and 65 percent of health care spending increases. New technology expands the range of treatment options available to patients, but it does by replacing lower-cost options with higher-cost services.15"


      Gee, CONSOLIDATION and New technology leads to higher prices, fancy that.

      What we need is NATIONAL CONSOLIDATION!

      Federalism Sucks, Always Has, Always Will!

    10. Who woulda guessed Today's Mississippians are Fatter than today's Europeans???

    11. Triple Deep-Fried Ice Cream, please!

    12. It costs, I believe, Nine Times More for a hip replacement (how many years have those been around?) in the U.S. as in France.

      They're blowin' smoke up your ass, bubba.

    13. I had beans, rice, and Costco Chicken for lunch.

      Costco Canned Chicken/Safeway Salad for Dinner.

      Coffee for Breakfast.


      A far cry from the ever-immaginative healthy meals prepared by My Wife, but still not life-threatening.

      Last time I ate out?

      Forgot to pick up my quarter pounder at the Drive Thru.

    14. Hope somebody enjoyed it "for free."

    15. "It costs, I believe, Nine Times More for a hip replacement (how many years have those been around?) in the U.S. as in France."


      Speaking of smoking asses:
      Hip replacement costs vary by a factor of ten across the USA.

      OVERALL healthcare costs about 1-1/2 times the amount of the Netherlands as a proportion of GDP.

      Compared to the OECD as a whole, nearly twice, but I'd rather be an emergency or Obstetrics Surgeon in the Netherlands than in Detroit, and on average, I'd take US Healthcare over China, Hungary, Poland, Estonia, Mexico, Czech Rep, Turkey, etc.

      ...and as a non-obese, non-diabetic, I have more access to more modern technology than your average OECD Consumer.

    16. "OVERALL healthcare costs about 1-1/2 times the amount of the Netherlands as a proportion of GDP.

      Compared to the OECD as a whole, nearly twice ."


      Close enough to 5 times, using Mississippi Math, I guess.

      (PBS Newshour,) another one of my far-right feudalist "news" sources.

    17. We're not worried about You. You will be okay. We're worried about the Fifty Million, or so, Americans that DON'T have adequate Healthcare.

    18. Bigger Government is definitely in order.


    19. ...go from trying to strike up an intelligent conversation about computers to the same old tired-ass Rufus BULLSHIT.

    20. I was going through a list of "Procedures" that ranged anywhere from 1/3 the cost 1/9 the cost of what they would run in the U.S. NOTE: these were "procedures," not doctors visits, etc.

      You can argue till you're blue in the face; but the fact is, we have the most expensive, and inefficient (and, for many, Non-existent) healthcare in the civilized world.

    21. My hip operation didn't cost me anything at all, but then I had my own insurance. So it didn't cost you anything in taxes at all either.

    22. And, YOU started the "argument" at 09:26.

    23. Only a Moron of Heroic Proportions could argue that his operation didn't cost anything "because he had insurance." Jeesus.

    24. It’s always helpful here to keep your eye on the problem of Americans with preexisting conditions. That’s the best starting point for understanding why Obamacare has to look the way it does; it’s also often the best way to see what’s wrong with alleged Republican solutions.

      So, ask the following question: how is it that many Americans with preexisting conditions have health insurance now? The immediate answer is, they get it from their employers. But why do employers do that? Well, employment-based health insurance is tax-advantaged: it’s a benefit employers can provide that isn’t counted as taxable income, which makes it better, in some cases, than offering higher wages instead.

      But for company health plans to receive this tax-advantaged status, they have to obey ERISA rules, which essentially require that the same benefits be made available to all full-time employees — no discrimination based on health history, and you can’t provide benefits only to your highest-paid workers. So employer-based insurance is, when you come down to it, a lot like Obamacare, with enforced non-discrimination and a fair bit of subsidization of less-well-paid workers.

      Now comes Rove, and his big idea is to . . . . .


    25. To be generous to both sides, Noonan didn’t seem to understand the program she was criticizing, and she relied on other people’s reporting that turned out to be wrong, or at least confused. As for Perry, he can argue that Community First Choice program isn’t related to Obamacare’s core coverage expansion, which is really what people think of when they hear the word “Obamacare”.

      But the result is the same: you’ve got Noonan saying that the Community First Choice program is the reason people hate Obamacare even though she seems to want something exactly like the CFC program to exist. You’ve got Perry asking the Obama administration for $100 million from a program created as part of Obamacare even as he swears the program isn’t Obamacare.

      Rick Perry Loves him some, er . . . Uhbamacare?

    26. Rufus IIThu Aug 22, 12:05:00 PM EDT

      Well, Rufus, I did the math and the cost of the operation was somewhat more than all the health insurance bills I've paid for my entire family in my life.

      I'll amend my statement to: seen in this light it didn't cost much.

      Your taxes sure as hell didn't pay for any of it, but you want me to pay for others.

      You go ahead and pay for others if you choose, just leave me out of this one.

      The most recent polls show ObamaCare gaining the support of 41% of the voters.

      That's sure to drop when the bills come due.

      And, comparing costs in the US against costs in India, well, only a Moron of Heroic Proportions like you would do that.

      EVERYTHING is dirt cheap in India compared to here.

    27. In Zimbabwe a hip operation would cost TRILLIONS if you could find somebody other than a witch doctor to preform it.

      Your comparisons, Rufus, are nearly always a cause of a good belly laugh in your readers.

    28. the average daily wage for an Indian is 2 dollars a day.

  8. Deuce loves to blame Israel for killing Iranian civilian scientists that are working on Iranian nuke bombs.

    The method that these folks are killed? Magnetic bombs placed on their cars...

    Just like these IRANIANS that were CAPTURED, Iran uses the exact same type of bomb to murder Israeli DIPLOMATS...

    Odd how Iranians USE the same bombs as those that Deuce claims the Israelis use.

    To be fair, deuce claims that the Israelis support, train and fund an iranian terror group to do the deeds)

    Now the interesting point?

    There no proof that Israel has done anything, but there is proof that Iran kills people using magnetic bombs on cars.

    Maybe Iran killed it's own scientists for intimidation? For revenge about Stuxnet?

    Which ever is the case the funny thing? Iranians are now in jail. Convicted of terrorism.


  9. Contentions
    Just How Bad Has Egypt Become?
    Michael Rubin | @mrubin1971
    08.21.2013 - 4:15 PM

    Much has been said about how the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist movements seek to drive Christians from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts are the last vestiges of an Egyptian civilization which predates the Islamic invasion and one of the last vestiges of what once was a far more pluralistic society now that Egypt is also almost completely Judenrein. The violence which the Muslim Brotherhood had directed toward Egypt’s Christians has been amply covered in stories about churches being burned and nuns being humiliated. But to put the situation in historic context, this story from the Egyptian Independent is worth reading:

    Minya churches canceled on Sunday the second mass, holding only a brief one. Meanwhile, prayers did not take place at other churches which were attacked. Priest Selwanes Lotfy of the Virgin Mary and Priest Ibram monastery in Degla, south of Minya, said, “We did not hold prayers in the monastery on Sunday for the first time in 1,600 years.”

    It’s not every day you can say the situation is the worst it has been in 1,600 years. Under such circumstances, perhaps it’s time for the White House to choose a side rather than continue its dawdling. Let us hope when they choose, they recognize the Muslim Brotherhood for what it is rather than what its English speaking spokesmen tell credulous American officials and analysts.


    Why do they hate the Christians?

  10. Ron Paul ✔ @RonPaul

    If anything, we need MORE brave Americans like Bradley Manning. RT if you agree! -
    5:50 PM - 21 Aug 2013

    Yep Deuce's boy...

    1. I fully expect the Manning-Snowden-Wikileaks lovers to be petitioning the Army to offer "Chelsea" sex reassignment surgery, complete with C cups and estrogen treatments.

  11. It doesn't matter how rich, or poor, Indians are. What matters is: Would you pay $100,000.00 for a car that you could buy in India for $1,500.00? Why not?

    1. If you could go to india and buy a car for 1,500 dollars and bring it back to a place where it sells for 100k?

      Sounds like colonial exploitation at it's finest.

  12. If you could buy a car in India for fifteen hundred and bring it back here and sell it for a hundred thousand Quirk would already be doing it.

    Instead, he is preparing with the public defender his defense in his coming fire insurance fraud trial in Detroit, Michigan.

  13. "Shorty" survived Okinawa, but not Spokane, Washington --

    >>>>WWII vet, beaten by teens outside Eagles Lodge, dies

    Author: Ian Cull, KXLY4 Multimedia Journalist,

    Rob Kauder, Internet Content Manager,

    Published On: Aug 22 2013 07:53:50 AM PDT
    Delbert Belton
    SPOKANE, Wash. -

    WWII veteran Delbert Belton survived being wounded in action during the Battle of Okinawa only to be beaten and left for dead by two teens at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane on Wednesday evening.

    Related Content
    Photos of homicide suspects
    Belton, 89, died from the injuries he suffered in the beating Thursday morning at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

    Witnesses say the Belton was in the parking lot of the Eagles Lodge at 6410 N. Lidgerwood, adjacent to the Eagles Ice-A-Rena, around 8 p.m. Wednesday when the two male suspects attacked him.

    Belton died from his injuries Thursday at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

    "Shorty," as he was known by his friends at the Eagles Lodge, served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during WWII and was shot in the leg during the Battle of Okinawa. He went on to work at Kaiser Aluminum at the company's Trentwood plant for more than 30 years.

    He loved playing pool, even though he claimed he was no good at it and had been a member of the Eagles Lodge for the last four months. In addition to playing pool he loved working on cars.

    Belton's wife passed away several years ago.

    Spokane police are looking for two male suspects in the attack. They said the suspects are African Americans between 16 and 19 years old.

    One suspect was described as heavy set and wearing all black clothing. The other was described as being about 6 feet tall and 150 pounds. There was no description of what clothing the second suspect was wearing other than a silk do-rag.

    Police investigating the deadly attack on Belton are also working to obtain surveillance footage from the scene.<<<<

    1. The tall skinny one will be the one Obama says could be his son.

    2. :)

      Son't think for a moment I and the others haven't urged Quirk to give up on his self employment schemes, now that welfare pays more than working for a living, but he is old style, and insists on, as he calls it, "plowing my own furrow in life".

      Noble, but he's always in trouble because of this old fashioned attitude.

    3. Don't not son't, don't...

      Smythe, not Smith, Smythe the Smoother Mover...

    4. For Quirk, or Rufus?

      Or, both of them together.

      Big lightning storm starting outside. This is bad for the forests, unless there's a lot of rain with it, up there in the back country.

      Now can smell the coming rain so it might be good.

    5. This has been a glorious summer hereabouts. Can't even post funny Facebook Seattle rain pics, no one remembers rain.

    6. That's what too much marijuana does to the short term and long term memory.

  14. Whoooow, Sunny talked to me!