Talk on Love & Marriage on Feb. 3rd

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day 2015, a talk by my University of Arizona Distinguished Professor husband, on his research and historical perspectives. (We’ve also been happily married for 30 years, plus.)

Enjoy learning about love, marriage, partnerships over time.

Redistribution Up

[Cross-Posted from Inequality.org]

If redistribution is so terrible, why do our policy wonks pay so little attention to redistribution from poor to rich?

“Redistribution” is a four-letter word to many establishment policy wonks in DC, including quite a few who identify themselves as “center-left.”

But mention seldom is made of the constant redistribution of hard-earned income from those of little or modest means to those of enormous means.

Here’s one of the latest scams: Rent to own housing. After causing the housing crash, our friends on Wall Street took advantage of the depressed prices by snapping up tens of thousands of houses, now held in giant equity funds as rental units. ProPublica reports in Rent to Own: Wall Street’s Latest Housing Trick on this new twist to Wall Street’s rental housing empire. Renters pay extra each month in rent for the option to purchase at the end of the lease term, at a price above market value at the time of the lease. The result: The equity fund (that is, the wealthy investors) shift costs to the tenant and receives additional rent, but rarely has to sell the home at the end of the lease term. ProPublica reporter Jesse Eisinger attended a conference at which the scheme was promoted and relayed the pitch made to investment managers: Continue reading

Teabaggers plot their revenge against John McCain

Last weekend the Arizona GOP held its biennial reorganization meeting, and Sen. John McCain decided to attend for the first time in years. Hmmm, there must be an election coming up.

McCainGrimaceLeading up to this meeting, the right-wing was enraged at Arizona’s angry old man, with headlines like this — Free Republic: John McCain Purging Arizona GOP Of Tea Party; Hot Air: McCain’s team quietly purging Arizona GOP of tea-party foes before 2016 reelection bid; Newsmax: McCain Wages ‘All-Out War’ to Rid Arizona GOP of Tea Party; even the kidz at Politico Tiger Beat on The Potomac got into the act: McCain’s big purge.

Let’s just say that Grampy McCrankypants did not exactly get the warmest reception at the Arizona GOP meeting.  The Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required) reported, Graham re-elected state GOP chairman:

[T]he highlight of the day was a rare visit by McCain, who hasn’t spoken at an Arizona Republican Party state committee meeting in years.

McCain has clashed repeatedly with some conservatives in the party, including former Maricopa County Republican Party Chairman AJ LaFaro. The state committee voted in January 2014 to censure the five-term senator for what his critics called an insufficiently conservative record.

State committeemen gave McCain a mixed reception, with many cheering Arizona’s senior senator and others booing and turning their back on him.

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Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik announces retirement

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik

35 year veteran Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik announced on the  Buckmaster radio show today that he will be resigning his office sometime this year. His successor will be appointed by the Pima County Bd. of Supervisors, and the Sheriff recommended that his replacement be his Chief Deputy Chris Nanos.   Dupnik would have been up for re-election in 2016 for his 9th term.

More about the Sheriff at their Pima County Sheriff’s Deparment’s website:

A veteran of over 50 years in local law enforcement, Clarence W. Dupnik has served as the Sheriff of Pima County, Arizona, since his appointment in February 1980. County voters have re-elected him nine times. As Sheriff, he oversees a department of 1,513 employees and a $135 million budget.

 Since Sheriff Dupnik has been in office, the population of the unincorporated area of Pima County has increased from 191,216 in 1980 to more than 350,000. The Sheriff is known nationally for his implementation of innovative and effective law enforcement programs throughout his distinguished career. Sheriff Dupnik remains active in many professional, civic, and fraternal organizations, including the National Sheriffs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police

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John McCain’s ‘illegitimate son,’ Lindsey Graham, to run for president as his proxy

Oh. Dear. God. No. Are we really going to have to endure this?

Sen. John McCain’s ‘illegitimate son,’ Lindsey Graham (McCain’s words), opened an exploratory committee this week to run as John McCain’s proxy for president, because the third time is the charm. Lindsey Graham jumps into 2016 race for president.

Lindsey GrahamLittle Lindsey Graham’s genteel Southern sensibilities always has him retiring to his fainting couch and clutching his pearls. I swear this professional fear-monger must check under his bed for monsters every night before retiring.

Jon Stewart of The Daily Show has mercilessly mocked Lindsey Graham for his act. Watch Jon Stewart Mercilessly Mock Lindsey Graham’s Psychotic Fear-Mongering!:

Jon Stewart brilliantly mocked Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for his latest round of psychotic fear-mongering.

Much to Stewart’s wry amusement, Graham appeared on Fox News Sunday and issued his usual Dire Warnings of Impending Doom… This time about ISIS:

“this president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed back here at home.”

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We won’t have Willard ‘Mittens’ Romney to kick around anymore

romney-pinocchioOh noes! What will the moochers and takers of the 47% do now that Willard “Mittens” Romney, who said his 2016 campaign would be “built on three planks: poverty, foreign policy, and the middle class,” Romney Tests Potential Campaign Themes, Plays Coy on Candidacy, the karma chameleon reinventing himself as a savior of the poor and middle class, told his supporters today that he would not run for president a third time? Romney won’t run in 2016, ends speculation.

Steve Benen chronicled 917 of Romney’s “lies” in his series “Chronicling Mitt’s Mendacity” in 2012. Other fact checkers had a banner year for fact checking as well.

Good riddance to this pathological liar. Now if he would just STFU.