Three kids, seven grandkids, two great grandkids. Eight girls and four boys in all that. I am not rightwing, religious, or a sports fan. I love anything Spanish, Foreign Languages, Sherlock, Mind Olympics and the odd pretty girl. I believe in equal rights for all so if you dont like it, with respect, piss off. Bisabuelo is Great grandfather in Spanish.


Speaking of poll aggregators and the Senate race, here’s an interesting infographic from Vox:

I actually haven’t been following the polling super closely, so I didn’t realize that basically no one is still projecting a Republican takeover except for Nate Silver—though things are still close enough that none of this probably means much yet. We’re still six weeks away from Election Day, and a lot can happen in six weeks.

Still, there’s a bottom line here for reporters: Republicans are no longer favored to take control of the Senate. At least, not by the folks who have had the best records for projecting election results over the past decade or so. This should no longer be the default assumption of campaign roundup stories.

There’s much more at the link, including forecasts for individual races.

Source; Kevin Drum for Mother Jones


Washington’s NFL team’s quarterback Robert Griffin III was prepared to address members of the media Sunday wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with an unmistakeable Christian message. Representatives from the NFL stepped in before he could reach the podium and told him to turn it inside out.

When pictures of Griffin wearing the shirt right-side out just before the press conference surfaced, many Christians claimed he was being unfairly persecuted for his beliefs, using the old “Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend on TV, won’t someone please think of the children” canard to illustrate their outrage.

Thanks for the clarification, folks.

The shirt essentially said that all non-Christians could never know peace, hardly the inclusive message that a franchise quarterback with dozens of endorsements should broadcast. But by forcing Griffin to turn the shirt inside out, the NFL was persecuting him for his Christian beliefs, or so some claimed.

However, as is usually the case whenever a majority population cries persecution, the ire was completely unjustified.

As the local CBS affiliate pointed out

According to NFL bylaws, players are prohibited from wearing clothing with personal messages on game days.

"Throughout the period on game day that a player is visible to the stadium and television audience, including in pregame warm-ups, in the bench area and during post-game interviews in the locker room or on the field, players are prohibited from wearing, displaying or otherwise conveying personal messages either in writing or illustration, unless such message has been approved in advance by the League office."

The third-year signal-caller’s Christian beliefs had nothing to do with the NFL’s decision. Nor did ESPN’s broadcast of Sam’s celebration after being drafted earlier this May. 

On the contrary, Christian imagery is everywhere in today’s NFL. Athletes thank God in post-game interviews, point to the heavens after a big play and so on. In fact, one of the biggest NFL stories of the past decade was the emergence of Tim Tebow. It could be argued that the main driver for Tebow’s fame as an NFL player was that he was a photogenic, devout, white Christian. When he was unable to land a starting gig, many fans felt he too was being persecuted for his beliefs — unlikely, considering his trademark prayer-celebration became an actual meme. His beliefs couldn’t have been that off-putting.

In reality, it probably had more to do with the fact that he couldn’t throw a football accurately, a skill that’s not unimportant for successful NFL quarterbacks. 

Griffin and his supporters should probably focus more on his play, rather than what he’s wearing. His performances last season were extremely underwhelming relative to his spectacular rookie campaign, and he’ll potentially miss the rest of this season due to a recent ankle injury. Both are much bigger threats to his career than his sartorial choices.

Source: Ben Bozeman for Sports.Mic


Me every day

I’m warning publicly today in case of any hate crime perpetrated against any member of our community, or any Muslim business in our community or any Muslim institution in the state of Oklahoma that we will hold the Oklahoma Republican Party and Chairman Dave Weston and Rep. John Bennett responsible for such crimes.

— Imad Enchassi, imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, in remarks today at a press conference held near the Oklahoma Republican Party headquarters.

Read more here.

Sorry for beating this like a drum, but Bennett’s hate-filled, bigoted remarks in that Facebook post reflect poorly not just on his state legislative district in Sallisaw, but on all Oklahomans. And he keeps doubling down on those remarks (I shared that story yesterday, I think, from the Tulsa World).

And if a Muslim Oklahoman is attacked by one of Bennett’s wacko constituents (or any wacko Oklahoman with a violent and bigoted streak), then yes, I believe Bennett and Oklahoma GOP Chair Dave Weston should shoulder some burden of responsibility because Bennett incited with the Facebook post, and Weston basically affirmed them.

We’re supposed to be better than this.

(via timekiller-s)

(via cognitivedissonance)

On meeting the Queen.

(via wyntho)

This is really happening. The Scots could vote to end the greatest, most successful union in human history next week. Westminster has, at last, woken up to this threat and what it would mean for the United Kingdom as a whole. The result has been panic, frenetic activity and a promise to turn Scotland into part of a quasi-federal state. Such has been the speed of this offer that no one quite knows what it means for the rest of the United Kingdom.

Everyone has the right to self determination and to exercise his or her democratic rights. But there are times when fundamental political decisions have negative consequences far beyond what voters and politicians could have imagined. We feel that we are the threshold of one such moment. A “Yes” vote for Scottish independence on Thursday would go down in history as a political and economic mistake as large as Winston Churchill’s decision in 1925 to return the pound to the Gold Standard or the failure of the Federal Reserve to provide sufficient liquidity to the US banking system, which we now know brought on the Great Depression in the US. These decisions – well- intentioned as they were – contributed to years of depression and suffering and could have been avoided had alternative decisions been taken.