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Sarah Palin: “conservative supernova”?

In Fails, People, Politics on June 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Yes, Palin is indeed a supernova: one that has exploded and gone on to become a black hole. Evidently conservative blogger Michelle Malkin didn’t do her research when she compared Palin to a supernova:

For more than two years, Palin-bashing journalists (on the establishment left and the right) have mocked the conservative supernova (emphasis added) while milking her for headlines, circulation, viewership and Web traffic.

Michelle, Michelle,  by referring to your conservative icon as a supernova you have inadvertently told the truth that you didn’t want to tell: Palin *is* a black hole. A person who doesn’t deserve the national spotlight due to her dubious morals.  What? Quitting halfway through her governorship in order to rake in the bucks is OK with you? Hmmm.

I have to agree with Malkin on one point though: the freaking media needs to leave the Palin black hole alone! Don’t give into her enticements. Don’t care if she won’t give interviews to anyone but Faux News.

Ignore her, please?

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Cadbury Should be Scared!

In Fails, People on May 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Oh, oh! Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson may be contacted by black rights group Operation Black Vote cuz  Cadbury, in their opinion, created a racist ad for their new Bliss bar.  OMG Cadbury start trembling: the race card has been played and you lost!

Naomi Campbell and her mother are offended by the “racist advert”. ‘Course Cadbury’s intention was to refer to Campbell as a diva and we all know she *is* a self-interested diva. Cadbury’s ad is not racist, not insensitive and not meant to insult anyone.

Wow, the race card gets freaking old! Get over it already!

Diva or not?

Naomi Campbell Allegedly Assaults Limo Driver With Cell Phone

Naomi’s a sky-high balaclava bandit

Naomi Campbell says sorry for mobile assault

Naomi Campbell on mobile phone assault rap

Row at Heathrow

Naomi Campbell Explodes After ABC News ‘Blood Diamond’ Questions

Naomi Campbell: Wikipedia

The only mistake Cadbury made was associating their candy with Campbell: an anger management disaster with a horrid sense of entitlement.

Health Care is a No Brainer

In Fails, Health Care on May 14, 2011 at 12:13 am

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I’m totally amazed at the number of Americans who don’t seem to give a damn  about the quality of health care in our country. I’m  left to assume  that many Americans are just plain non-empathetic assholes.  Maybe you’ve never experienced anything in  your life that impacted you negatively or your cadillac plan covers all probabilities.

If so, good for you. The majority of Americans would have a hard time surviving the  events that have occurred in my family. At age 3 my only niece was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer.  Neuroblastoma is mostly a pediatric cancer and if not diagnosed extremely early (infancy) a death sentence. My niece was stage 4 when diagnosed and underwent heartbreaking treatment and medical trials. At one time she was considered radioactive. She died at age 7 in 2006. Had it not been for the Ronald McDonald House and the Children’s Cancer Society my brother and his wife would have been left with life-changing medical bills.

And so it was serendipity that allowed my brother and his wife to “survive” the death of their child. It’s  ok, then right?

In February 2010 my brother suffered a massive stroke. He was left  paralyzed on his left side and spends most of his time in a wheelchair. His employer terminated his employment within 2 weeks of his hospitalization.  My brother was left with no health care until his wife was able to add him to her policy . She works part-time and was left with $75 a month after adding my brother to her health care.

 They were told that they didn’t quality for Medicaid because they had 2 cars ( a 1998 Camry and a 2000 Ford Truck, both paid for). My brother eventually qualified for Social Security disability but he can’t be on Medicare until two years have passed since he was deemed disabled.  Say what?

So they scrounge and are lucky that my father can supplement their limited income each month so they won’t lose they home (they have a 14-year-old son).

Less government or screw everyone that can’t afford adequate health care? Should be a no brainer but I’ve found that many of my fellow Americans consider government health care to be socialist or marxist in nature.  Either these people have no worries or  just don’t give a damn. Their minds are small and don’t allow them to think outside the status quo. Shame on them.

Debtor’s Prisons in the USA

In Debt Collection, Fails, People on May 13, 2011 at 10:48 pm

In the 21st century debtor prisons are alive and well in the United States. Yeah, it’s ironic but true. Corporations and big banks can get away without paying taxes but if a  third-party debt collector buys your debt in particular states the average American is screwed!

Happens everyday and the average American agrees to bend over and  be  f***ed.  The average American who receives a summons to appear in court from a third-party debt collector panics , decides not to appear in court and is therefore owned by the debt collector. Third- party debt collection is big business and profits, especially since the Great Recession. I’m surprised at the number of Americans who are willing to acquiesce to these assholes.

According to a Wall Street Journal article dated March 2011:

More than a third of all U.S. states allow borrowers who can’t or won’t pay to be jailed. Judges have signed off on more than 5,000 such warrants since the start of 2010 in nine counties with a total population of 13.6 million people, according to a tally by The Wall Street Journal of filings in those counties. Nationwide figures aren’t known because many courts don’t keep track of warrants by alleged offense. In interviews, 20 judges across the nation said the number of borrowers threatened with arrest in their courtrooms has surged since the financial crisis began

The WSJ article cited above is must reading. Here is another WSJ article worth reading.  Most third -party debt  collection lawsuits brought have no standing. (Please read my three-part series regarding debt collection). Americans are doing themselves a horrendous disservice by not appearing in court to answer these lawsuits that have no standing.  The FTC, the federal government agency charged with implementing the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act issued a report in July 2010 calling the third-party collection process a broken system.

Americans need to stand up and demand answers. If third-party collectors are going to purchase debt for pennies on the dollar then they damn well have the proof you owe the debt before taking you to court.

They don’t have the proof , just intimidation tactics. People, do your research: don’t become a victim.

Why Do Women Subjugate Themselves to Religion?

In Fails, People, Religion on May 8, 2011 at 12:16 am

Serious question. Why do Jews, Catholics, Muslim and Mormon women adhere to a religion that considers them less capable than men? There are very few women rabbis, no women priests, Muslim women can’t be an Iman to men and Mormon women can’t head the church. Why?

This question and the reality of the answer is one of the reasons why I stay away from organized religion. The answer is: because men say so. Since when do modern women listen to that misogynist bullshit? It’s as if women have all kinds of self-esteem when it comes to pushing for pay equality, equal rights in employment and the right to choose what happens to their body but, hey, let them attend their place of worship and they’re content to be second-class citizens.

There is no reason whatsoever that women should not be as equal as men in religion. Tell me differently if you like but  please don’t quote scripture. We are all created by God; all of us have individual talents. If a woman is drawn or called to serve as a rabbi, a priest, an Iman or a church leader why is this calling different from a man’s?

Serious question.

Jeff Stuef of Wonkette = A Pig Without Lipstick

In Fails, Media, People on April 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Today is the day we come together to celebrate the snowbilly grifter’s magical journey from Texas to Alaska to deliver to the America the great gentleman scholar Trig Palin. Is Palin his true mother? Or was Bristol? (And why is it that nobody questions who the father is? Because, either way, Todd definitely did it.) It doesn’t matter. What matters is that we are privileged to live in a time when we can witness the greatest prop in world political history.

Wonkette “writer”, Jack Stuef  is a pig and vomited the above swill on the occasion of Trig Palin’s third birthday. Remember Trig is the son of Sarah Palin and has Down Syndrome.  And yes Oink Stuef referred to Trig as “retarded”.  Read the entire hogshit  here. Isn’t it  just so hipster hilarious how Swine Stuef insinuates that toddler Trig may be the result of incest?  Yeah, I know a grown Porker shouldn’t be picking on a lil three-year-old boy. But how else to cater to his evidently low-IQ readers? (Read some of the comments especially from the apparently word-challenged poster who refers to anyone that disagrees with Mr. Grunter as a “poopyhead”).  I dislike Palin and her policies as much as the next self-described liberal but making fun of her child and inferring incest is something only bacon-on-the-hoof  like Stuef would condone.

Fails (Some Epic)

In Economy, Fails, Politics on April 19, 2011 at 7:47 pm

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One year after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest oil spill ever, Americans still don’t get it.
 
11 Lives Lost (dare to read it)
 
 Return of the 19th century in Maine
 
 
Because sanitation workers, 911 operators, mechanics, animal welfare workers, secretaries and street and water department workers make too much cash.
 
 
More ignorance from the Right
 
 

And Republicans say we’re broke? What is this BS?

Majority supports marriage equality—Republicans hire $520 an hour lawyer to fight it

First collective bargaining, then “martial law”

Gov. Walker planning “financial martial law” in Wisconsin 

 S-s-w-e-e-t!

2011 PayWatch: Average CEO Salary–$11.4 Million

They’re back and Republicans’ wallets are open

BP Marks Gulf Oil Spill Anniversary with Campaign Contributions

Clueless  MichelleMalkin.com blogger Doug Powers attempts to dis UN debate re Mother Earth with mention of Charles Manson.

Michelle Malkin Hates Children

In Fails, Media, People on April 16, 2011 at 12:46 am

Today Michelle Malkin reveals herself to be a hate-filled, self-important narcissist.  Malkin’s most recent post,

Goodbye, AmeriCorps. Hello, FoodStampCorps.

 locks it in: she doesn’t care about starving children or the well-being of the elderly.  MM hates AmeriCorps and has since President Obama fired Inspector General  Gerald Walpin . On April 11 a court of appeals rejected  Walpin’s  contention that he should be reinstated. Does Malkin cover this story? Uh, no.

Malkin has had  a hate-on for AmeriCorps for quite sometime, going so far as referring to the organization as “AmeriCrooks“.    That’s because her life belief system  commands self-reliance. No matter that Americans lost their jobs to the Great Recession. Malkin posts a graph showing the increase in food stamp recipients for the past three years and attributes the increase to Pres. Obama. Huh? The Great Recession was brought about by Wall Street gambling: something MM doesn’t  want to admit. Even Malkin’s beloved Fox News acknowledges the relationship between  unemployment and the record number of  food stamp recipients.

Malkin has problems with VISTA, a program founded in 1965 “designed specifically to fight  poverty” and placed under the AmeriCorps umbrella in 1993.  VISTA works with the poverty-stricken exclusively.  Quote from MM:

Yes, across the Internet, the feds are recruiting AmeriCorps VISTA (“Volunteers in Service to America”) workers to apply for jobs as publicists for the welfare state. Their mission: to sign up as many people to federal food stamp rolls as possible.

She goes on to describe a “typical” VISTA job opening in Boston for a Food Stamp Coordinator.  This is an internship position and would work with the local Elderly Commission to assist eligible senior citizens with applying for food stamps. Malkin resents what she perceives as the unnecessary expansion of the “welfare state”.  She wonders why existing social service and welfare agencies can’t do the job: why does VISTA need additional employees and volunteers (the position in Boston is unpaid: something Malkin doesn’t mention) ? Why are “left-wing” churches being asked to assist families in need with applying for school lunch programs and serving as sites for the Summer Food Service Program? I dunno but I can guess. Existing resources are maxed-out due to the relationship, again, between the high unemployment rate and increased need. Malkin seems unable to grasp that the unemployed and their families don’t lose their need to eat along with their jobs.

Malkin resents that workers for VISTA may be eligible for food stamps themselves since any wages paid to VISTA workers aren’t much (certainly much less than Malkin accrues). So she selectively quotes a VSITA blog  hoping none of her true believers will click through the link and insinuates VISTA workers apply for food stamps as a “perk”. Truth is the stipend available to VSITA workers is so little that they qualify for food stamps . See how that works?

Malkin hates the food stamp program or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)  as  it has been termed since 20o8. According to the USDA  nearly half (48%) of SNAP recipients in 2009 were children.  How does Malkin’s self-reliance BS equate? Guess she hates children.

Truth is Michelle Malkin would pull the wings off of Tinkerbell if she had the chance. Her soul is *that* small.

Just a lil side dish: I noticed that one of the ads on Malkin’s blog is for “Free  Govt. Supported Cell Phones”. The link leads to Safe-Link, a company that provides cell phone service for  low-income Americans. Safe-Link states that to qualify for the phone one must usually be on one or more government assistance programs (including SNAP). The actual phones are provided by the company but our government subsidises the minutes. This program was first enacted by Pres. Reagan in  1984 . At the time qualifying Americans received a  deduction to their landline  bill.

This is Why Progressives Don’t Win

In Economy, Fails, Media on April 13, 2011 at 11:02 pm

The Nation has blinders. Shame on them.

The Democratic Base is an Enabler

In Fails, People, Politics on April 13, 2011 at 9:47 pm

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It’s pathetic that today’s Gallup Poll indicates that 80% of  Americans who identify as  Democrats approve of President Obama. Really it’s mind-blowing. The so-called Democratic “base” is an enabler and Obama knows it. The President doesn’t have to keep his campaign promises or “Change”  the government status quo because his ‘base” will blindly worship no matter the betrayal.

  His promise to assist Americans losing their homes to foreclosure (HAMP) was a joke; a complete failure. Banks were allowed to screw homeowners with impunity and the Obama administration was silent. Candidate  Obama promised there would be windfall profit taxes for oil companies: three budget plans and no mention: promise broken. How about his adamant attitude that the Bush tax cuts would not be extended for high earners? The cuts were extended in Dec. 2010 with Obama’s approval.  Increase capital gains and dividends taxes for the wealthy: sorry, can’t do. Obama promised to phase out exemptions and deductions for higher earners, also failure. He said he would extend the child and dependent care credit and end income tax for seniors making less than $50,000: again, failure.

The list goes on:

Close Guantanamo Bay Detention Center (huge campaign promise). Not only will Gitmo not be closed it will remain open so that detainees can be tried there instead of a court of law in the US.

Bradley Manning is being held without due process; the administration  knows about it and doesn’t care. Many human rights organizations have condemned  Manning’s inhumane treatment. Bush/Cheney lives on in the current administration.

Pres. Obama can claim his own war now and without congressional approval.

Create cap-and-trade system with interim goals to reduce global warming: nope.

Candidate Obama promised to centralize ethics and lobbying information for voters and to institute tougher rules against  the revolving door for lobbyists and former government officials. Meh, what a joke!

We Democrats must enjoy being obsequious , brain-dead idiots. Is there any other explanation for the poll that puts Obama’s approval rating at 80% among Democrats?  Glenn Greenwald  is correct :

Conventional D.C. wisdom — that which Obama vowed to subvert but has done as much as any President to bolster — has held for decades that Democratic Presidents succeed politically by being as “centrist” or even as conservative as possible. That attracts independents, diffuses GOP enthusiasm, casts the President as a triangulating concilitator, and generates raves from the DC press corps — all while keeping more than enough Democrats and progressives in line through a combination of anti-GOP fear-mongering and partisan loyalty.

The Prez is quite aware that his “base”  is not going anywhere: we’re a glutton for his punishment. The Gallup poll ending week of April 10 shows Obama’s’ approval rating among independents to be 39%;  a 4 percentage point drop from the previous week.  Get the picture? The president is nowhere near the “change agent” he claimed to be: he’s fully aware that he needs to appeal to the swing voters. After all like most powerful individuals he wants to remain in power as long as possible.

If you don’t believe that Obama has Democrats by the short hairs read this piece at Salon by Steve Kornacki who evidently believes that Democrats are exceptionally stupid.

 I doubt that most casual Democratic voters have the same passion about and understanding of most of the issues that Obama has supposedly sold them out on. Poll results on individual policy issues tend to be extremely misleading. Most voters simply don’t follow policy debates nearly as closely as political commentators do. Their feelings are often ill-formed and malleable. When presented with an isolated policy question, they’re prone to give one response, only to reverse themselves when given more information. Thus, we now see polls that show voters overwhelmingly opposed to raising the debt ceiling. Why? Because they instinctively view debt as a bad thing. Why would we ever want to raise the ceiling on it? But then ask them if they’d hold the same opinion if it meant slashing Medicare and their answers change.

Poor wittle Democrats we don’t know nothing!  Or maybe Kornacki is correct: we don’t give a damn as long as a Democrat is in the White House. Doesn’t matter if he favors the wealthy or violates civil liberties or starts a war (yeah, I listened to his speech today: *that* was Candidate Obama speaking; will he fool us again?)

What to do? The Democratic “base”; those who believed in “Change” need to demand that Pres. Obama stick to his word. I understand the word compromise but I don’t support capitulation.

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