Wednesday, July 17, 2013

No Commentary Required 7/17/13

Some things you should know:

We've all heard that Edward Snowden has set up a "dead man's switch," by which secret documents that he says will damage the U.S. will be released if something bad happens to him. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to identify at least one person who likely has control of that switch...the guy who said this:
Nick Davies, an investigative journalist on The Guardian, describes working with Assange before publishing leaked US intelligence documents, many of which contained information about ordinary citizens who had been of assistance to coalition forces. To publish the documents without blacking out such names, as Davies says he pointed out, could well be the equivalent to signing a series of death warrants.

He alleges in the film that Assange simply replied that: “if an Afghan civilian helps coalition forces, he deserves to die.”

Jorge Ramos - the leading voice in Hispanic media - had a pretty strong warning for Republicans, especially Speaker Boehner.
Univision's Jorge Ramos penned a column in Spanish Tuesday warning House Republicans that if they torpedo immigration reform, they will lose the Hispanic vote and the White House in 2016.

By attacking a group that represents the fasting growing constituency in the United States, Ramos wrote that it often seems the GOP is following a plan devised by its worst enemy.

He then put the blame in House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) hands, asking; "Does John Boehner really want to be the new villian of the Hispanic community, replacing the hated Sheriff Joe Arapaio?"

The good news keeps rolling in on the exchanges in Obamacare. This time, from New York.
Individuals buying health insurance on their own will see their premiums tumble next year in New York State as changes under the federal health care law take effect, state officials are to announce on Wednesday.

State insurance regulators say they have approved rates for 2014 that are at least 50 percent lower on average than those currently available in New York. Beginning in October, individuals in New York City who now pay $1,000 a month or more for coverage will be able to shop for health insurance for as little as $308 monthly. With federal subsidies, the cost will be even lower.

And finally, my photo of the day comes from the cover of the Texas Monthly.

No, that's not a mirror image on either side of TX State Senator Wendy Davis. Its twin brothers Julian and Juaquin Castro. Julian is the Mayor of San Antonio (and keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic Convention) and Juaquin represents the San Antonio area in the U.S. House of Representatives. That's some fusion politics at work in the great state of Texas.


  1. 1 If someone at the GOS actually said what Assange said as his (let's face it, it would be a he) own, that person would or at least should be drowned in donuts and be banninated.

    4 Rowr.

    1. I followed the link, and followed the link in Comments there that attempted to defend Assange. Wikileaks is claiming that Assange never said it, but their "proof" is very unconvincing. One person says the remark was not made at a dinner that was not attended by Nick Davies, but Davies says he heard it directly (no mention of this dinner). Davies has an excellent reputation.

  2. I love, love, love that magazine cover, especially the little reference to Rick Perry in the far right corner. Lol.