"Around and Around" - The Rolling Stones
A wonderfully joyful performance. Keith Richards looks like he couldn't possibly be having a better time.
- Once again the ideological dogma that dominates the Republican Party these days is on full display in the ridiculous contretemps over President Obama's "you didn't build that" remarks. It is evidently un-American to acknowledge that business success depends in large parts on government inputs from roads, bridges, canals to law enforcement to courts and patent protections, etc. I particularly enjoyed Romney invoking Henry Ford and Steve Jobs as people who really built their businesses without government aid. One would be hard pressed I suspect to come up with two worse examples -- talk about businesses built largely upon governmental infrastructure -- no highways or "information superhighway" and Ford and Apple aren't really worth a whole lot.
- In case you were wondering about the degree to which fear of "the other" is the central operative tenet of the Republican Party, take a look at this, and this, and, of course, this. Haters gonna hate.
- And this was the funniest story of the day.
All I can say is that if Romney really continues to insist on not releasing his tax returns in the wake of these overwhelming calls to do so, then he really must have something to hide. Irresponsible to speculate . . .?
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