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I Loved Anthony Weiner

In People, Politics on June 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm


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Now..not so much.

Yeah, I read the Facebook posts at Radar Online  and viewed the penis photo at Gawker  that Breitbart has on his phone.

And I was shaking my freaking head: I thought Rep. Weiner was fairly intelligent but truth is his obvious smarts are overwhelmed by a need to what? Display his penis, talk dirty on social media and participate in phone sex?

I wanted to believe that Rep. Weiner was telling it straight when he said his Twitter account had been hacked because I loved his passion for progressive politics and his sense of humour.  I still do: can his supporters separate the perv from the effective politician?

Maybe. Only the lies he told are hard to accept. Do the lies take away from his effectiveness as a politician? Are his online adventures best kept in the family: between Weiner and his wife?

I’m torn between losing Rep. Weiner’s voice and his obvious personal problems. Were Wiener a Republican would I be sitting on the fence? Would you?

Whatever: vastly disappointed.

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?

Are You A Volunteer?

In Economy, People, Politics on May 7, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Candidate Obama made several pleas for Americans to commit to public service here, here and here. 

The president signed the The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act , H.R.1388 on April 21, 2009:

The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (formally the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act) authorizes a dramatic funding increase for AmeriCorps and other volunteer programs, and the creation of new programs for seniors and veterans. It establishes a goal of expanding from 75,000 government-supported volunteers to 250,000, and would increase education funding and establish a summer volunteer program for students, paying $500 (which would be applied to college costs) to high-school and middle-school student who participate.

Here is a fact sheet concerning the act from the Corporation for National and Community Service including implementation progress. Here you can view volunteer activity by state (2009 is the latest year that statistics are available).

With all that has happened in the world recently we haven’t paid sufficient attention to the value of volunteerism in our society. A related article suggesting the interesting premise that all of us are an “army of altruists” can and should be read here. Individuals who can’t “afford” to volunteer don’t necessarily not want to volunteer: they are too busy trying to survive on a daily basis.

Imagine if young people were required to participate in a national public service program. In return for their service they would receive funds towards college, or  technical and vocational skills courses. I’ve heard the right-wing nuts say that a public service requirement would be akin to a “Hitler Youth” organization. However I’m not talking ideology but service to mankind and the earth. There should be absolutely zero resistance to a program that exists to help others and those that participate. Empathy would be fostered and those that “graduate” from the program , having experienced the feeling of accomplishment that comes with helping others, may go on to change the current political climate that exists to enrich the ones who are already rich and calls for “shared sacrifice” from everyone else.

What do you think?

Excellent Reading = Follow

In Economy, People, Politics on April 19, 2011 at 10:36 pm

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science (Mother Jones)

Special Relationship (Foreign Policy)

Leaked Cables: US helped Israel contain UN Gaza war probe  (Dark Politricks)

Parents, don’t dress your girls like tramps  (CNN, LZ Granderson)

Kiki Kannibal: The Girl Who Played With Fire  (Rolling Stone)

Gulf Oil Spill: Fishermen Say They Are Sick From Cleanup  (ABC News Investigation)

WSJ’s  Rago Wins Pulitzer Prize (Wall Street Journal)

The Wall Street Money Machine (ProPublica, winner of Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting)

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Google to Invest $100 Million in World’s Largest Wind Farm  (Huffington Post)

Trading Down: Laid-Off  Americans Increasingly Taking Pay Cuts and Kissing Their Old Lives Goodbye  (Huffington Post)

Ecosystems granted Legal Right to Exist  (The Epoch Times)

Doug Smith: A Stiletto in the back of Sane Housing Markets  (Naked Capitalism)

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.

John King CNN Needs to be Fired

In Media, People, Politics on April 16, 2011 at 10:47 pm

John King of CNN recently hosted ‘”birther queen” Orly Taitz on his CNN program and appeared to take her parallel universe seriously. Here is the transcript.  If ya have half a brain and are half-way intelligent then you know Barack Obama was born in the USA.  But King who  I’ve always suspected as being Beckian wants to place doubt in the minds of  those voters who are too dumb to know  the difference. Meh, King should be fired and then hired at FOX.

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.

US Uncut: April 15-18 Actions l Find Yours

In Economy, Politics on April 11, 2011 at 5:50 pm

From the US Uncut About Me page:

US Uncut is a grassroots movement taking direct action against corporate tax cheats and unnecessary and unfair public service cuts across the U.S. Washington’s proposed budget for the coming year sends a clear message: The wrath of budget cuts will fall upon the shoulders of hard-working Americans. That’s unacceptable.

The organization is planning actions nationwide for April 15-18 (tax day weekend). Visit the web site here to see actions planned for your area. 

US Uncut names several targets including Verizon, GE, Citi, FedEx and Bank of America.

Corporate Tax Cheats Are Bankrupting America infographic
Source: US Uncut – No Cuts Until Corporate Tax Cheats Pay Up!

GOP Target: Everyman

In Economy, Politics on April 7, 2011 at 8:53 am

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Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the Budget Committee revealed his proposed 2012 budget on April 5.  The misleading title of the proposal is Path to Prosperity (pdf).

The media were mostly focused on Ryan’s changes to Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and tax rates. That’s to be expected: the “path to prosperity” only applies to the wealthy, corporations and big oil.  The poor, the middle-class, the elderly and the disabled are on the road to ruin (or worse).

Included in Ryan’s budget is the plan to freeze the salaries of federal employees  for 5 years and reduce their “generous benefits”.  The GOP, either at the state or federal level, is intent on attacking public workers. The lie they tell is that public employees are paid too much.  According to the Office of Personnel Management  (OPM) the average salary for federal civilian employees (data excludes the Post Office and most intelligence agencies) at the end of fiscal year 2010 was $76,586. Nearly half (48%) of federal employees had either a four year college degree or an advanced degree during the same time period. OPM states that their educational data should be “treated at the lower bounds since education level is recorded at the time of  hire and is only updated at the employees’ initiative thereafter”. These employees work for various agencies of the executive branch including Treasury, Veterans Affairs, Justice, Environmental Protection, Homeland Security, Commerce, Defense, NASA, etc.

If salaries are frozen and benefits reduced government won’t be able to attract well-educated individuals to public service. This of course is the same argument Wall Street posited for paying billions in salaries and bonuses: without those obscene paydays the “best and the brightest” would go elsewhere. Compare Wall Street-the gamblers who nearly destroyed our economy and were then bailed out with taxpayer money-to the average federal employee.  An average annual salary of  $76, 586 is *not* too much to pay for example a Justice Department lawyer or a Treasury CPA. Get real.

Why are public employees thought of as almost a different species from the rest of us? Public employees include teachers, firemen, policemen, lawyers, janitors, museum directors, accountants, chemists, professors, social workers and the list goes on. They too have families to feed and mortgages to pay. Public employees aren’t a homogenous group and shouldn’t be a constant target for legislators who desire to reduce the quality of life for all Americans except the wealthy and already privileged.

Congressman Ryan rewards corporations, the rich, banks, oil companies and Wall Street in his budget. His victims include the poor, the elderly, the disabled, the middle-class, public employees, the environment and future generations of Americans.

David Brooks thinks Ryan is a visionary as evidenced by his sycophantic NYT column  referring to the congressman as “a powerful elected official willing to issue a proposal, willing to take a stand, willing to face the political perils” and referring to his budget proposal as”the most comprehensive and most courageous budget reform proposal any of us have seen in our lifetimes”.

Since when does it take courage to be a corporate boot-licker? Ryan + his budget = typical GOP swill. Keep moving, there’s nothing  to see here, nothing new and certainly nothing courageous.

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Fails (Some Epic)

In Fails, People, Politics, Uncategorized on March 30, 2011 at 10:17 pm

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Too Big to Prosecute

How Wall Street Crooks Get Out of Jail Free

“If you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions’ cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you), you could discredit the unions,” the email said.”
Says it all.

Indiana Prosecutor Encourages”False Flag” Assault on Walker to Discredit Wisconsin Unions 

“In southeast Florida last week, first-term GOP Rep. Allen West, a tea party favorite, called for changes that some might consider radical: abolish the Internal Revenue Service and federal income tax; retain tax cuts for billionaires so they won’t shut down their charities; stop extending unemployment benefits that “reward bad behavior” by discouraging people from seeking new jobs.” Just stupid: and actual people voted for this guy.

GOP Seems Poised to Take on Entitlements

“For billionaires to see themselves as the True Victims, to complain that the President and the Government are waging some sort of war against them in the name of radical egalitarianism, is so removed from reality — universes away — that’s it’s hard to put into words.  ”

Billionaire Self Pity and the Koch Brothers

“Would you like some salmonella with those budget cuts?”

These GOP Budget Cuts Might Make You Puke (or Worse)

“This is what it has come to for the Republican Party: The lead-off contest for its next presidential nomination — an event that has played a vital role in winnowing GOP fields since 1980 — will be utterly dominated by voters with ravenous appetites for  attacks on gays, Muslims, President Obama’s “otherness” and godless liberalism in general.”

The GOP’s Iowa problem

Attack on the rights of women: just another day for the GOP

The GOP’s Plan to Fund Anti-Abortion Activists

Your GOP Big Brother

American Thought Police

Charities Don’t Need No Money

Tax break for charitable giving targeted 

Class War:  its what’s happening

Bipartisanship Gained: Tax Cuts for the Rich, Shared Sacrifice for Everyone Else;

Anchor Babies and Terror Babies

Campaign to Rewrite 14th Amendment is About Politics, Not Facts

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