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Sunday, November 24, 2013 ISSUE #780

Nuclear bombs and nuclear options

    President Obama announced that Secretary Kerry and diplomats from a few other nations have worked out a deal with Iran on nuclear energy. There is a lot of disagreement on exactly what’s in the agreement. Near as I can tell, Iran has promised not to build a nuclear bomb for six months if we give them $7 Billion.

   Israel and Saudi Arabia were not in on the deal, and neither was a bunch of our Senators. They seem to doubt we should take the word of the Ayatollah and Ahmadinejad.

   Did you hear than J.P. Morgan Chase agreed to pay a fine of $13 Billion? I didn’t even know the bank had $13 Billion. Where’s the money coming from? Well, it’s coming from those that have got it: the stockholders, primarily the mutual funds that own those stocks. Where’s the money going? Well, I heard $7 Billion is going to Iran.

   Oh, I know it’s not the same $7 Billion. But John Kerry has to get it from somewhere. And even though they announced a 6-month agreement, I bet it’s for 12. They don’t want ‘em to bomb anybody till after the election on November 4. Couldn’t stand the bad news. Even on the Affordable Care Act they postponed one deadline from October 15 to November 15.

   That health care website has only signed up a hundred thousand people. Democrats are disappointed, but not as much as computer hackers. They’ve been counting on grabbing millions of bank account numbers for their Christmas shopping.

   The Senate voted to outlaw filibusters on nominations made by the President. A few years ago Senator Reid was against this "nuclear option," but as Senate Leader he’s all for it. From now on it will take only 51 votes to approve a nomination, not 60. Shucks, I don’t know which is better, but filibusters are more fun.

   I sure wish Congress would get serious and pass the farm bill. The holdup over how much to slice from food stamps is like the tail wagging the dog. Except the "tail" is four times bigger than the dog.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

"The only problem that confronts this country today is at least 7,000,000 people are out of work.... These people that you are asked to aid, why they are not asking for charity, they are naturally asking for a job, but if you can’t give ‘em a job, why the next best thing you can do is see that they have food and the necessities of life." Radio, Oct 18, 1931

(on Thanksgiving Day) "In the days of its founders they were willing to give thanks for mighty little, for mighty little was all they expected. But now neither government or nature can give enough but what we think it's too little. Those old boys in the Fall of the year, if they could gather in a few pumpkins, potatoes and some corn for the winter, they was in a thanking mood. But if we can't gather in a new Buick, a new radio, a tuxedo and some government relief, why we feel like the world is agin us." DT #2594, Nov. 28, 1934

"Diplomats are just as essential to starting a war as soldiers are for finishing it." Saturday Evening Post, June 9, 1928

"There is one thing no nation can accuse us of, and that is secret diplomacy. Our foreign dealings are an open book, generally a check book." WA #45, Nov. 18, 1923

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