Archive for March, 2009

FRONTLINE: Sick Around the World. PBS show describes how sick our health care industry is.

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

The PBS show FRONTLINE has an information packed special looking at the health care industry in the US as well as other nations.  The whole program is located here.  View the video

Nowhere else in the Industrialized world do people go bankrupt because of health costs.  Nowhere else in the Industrialized world do people pay so much for health care for so little in return.  Nowhere else in the Industrialized world does the health care industry have a 30% overhead which does nothing for keeping people healthy but simply enriches the managers and feeds the huge amount of overhead involved in the Free Market idea of health care.

Japan has more bang for their buck

Project for a New American Century has returned and the new name is Foreign Policy Initiative.

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Same leaders same thoughts different name.  Sounds like a failed corporation that continues with a different name in hopes that people forget their past failures.  This is what has happened here with this think tank of NeoCons who fought hard for a war with Iraq prior to the war with Iraq.  Foreign Policy Initiative.  Your new name does not cover up the failures of your past group with its failures that rocked the world and still do.

Twitter and what is it good for?

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

I guess most people on Twitter twit with the mindset of this video.  My Twitter account seems to be just the headlines of what I post to my blog.  I used to have a lot of personal things posted to TextAmerica.com but that site seems to be dead.  I had several hundred photos posted there with comments on them all.  The dissolution of that site was a let down in that I had so many photos and put so much time into it.  Maybe I should start personal blogging to a secondary blog at my domain.  Hmm

Texas looks to remove science from science books and head back to the Dark Ages

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Don’t mess with Texas!!!!!  Uh….ok.  An effort is working through the Texas State Board of Education to remove all mentions of Evolution and actually say how Evolution is UNTRUE.  Not just a county Board but the STATE Board.

Don’t go to school in Texas…..could be a better phrase if this passes.

A look at this from a lefty blog

A look at this from a righty blog

Maybe Texas will join us here in 2009 some decade…once they get out of the 1700s.

Bush Administration officials KNEW innocent people were in Guantanamo

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

And this is Justice?  This is how the United States operates?  This is how we want to be seen in the world?  This is good for America?  So the criminals were WHO???    Story is here

The difference between Obama and Bush

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Obama said it in his press conference last night and it truly was the most powerful thing he said all night and probably the most simple as well.  Story is here

Video is here

Bashing Obama pays off for FOX News

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

FOX News is currently the #2 cable channel with their Bash Obama programming.  Story is here

Tom Green just enraged and not in a comedic way over FOX News

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Tom Green tells it like it is with the moronic interpretation of so many things on FOX News.  Video is located here

I posted this response to the video

I can basically watch FOX News and the lies just jump out at me. The opinion even during the supposedly straight news segments is so blatant. When will the anger that Tom brings be felt by so many other people because FOX News simply does not tell the truth about so many things? The anger Tom feels about this segment on Red Eye was well deserved by Red Eye and Gutfeld. Now the rest of the broadcast day deserves it in the same way as they really direct the news content and context in a way that is not truthful.

by JoeWo March 24th at 1:17PM

And now the US Dollar begins its true slide into the footnotes of history

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

This could be the true beginning of the end for the US Dollar.  Story is here

Interesting comments are located here

More comments are located here

FOX News admits AGAIN they are not fair nor balanced and they are in opposition to the Obama Administration

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

How many times do they need to say this before people really understand that FOX News is neither Fair nor Balanced.  This from the VP of FOX News.  Story is here

Repeal the AIG bonus by handing the recipients a early 100% tax? How did they vote?

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Interesting to see where the political boundaries fall.  The 90% tax would also have seen a state and possible local tax imposed so a 90% tax plus those other possible taxes would equal about 100%.  See the vote here

So the bottom line in how the US got into the financial mess it is in

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

The bottom line on how the US got into the financial mess it is in is one word- DEREGULATION.  Another word that would also work would be the basis for REAGANOMICS.  Video is here

The outrage over the AIG bailout

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

But the Republicans were not that upset a short time ago.  Video is here

Jon Stewart may have to go mideval on Tucker Carlson…again

Monday, March 16th, 2009

 Jon Stewart…comedian…took Jim Cramer to task as a representative of the world of Finance that knew exactly what was happening behind closed doors but hid the facts from America.  Video is here

Jon Stewart may have take Tucker Carlson to the woodshed again.  Video is here

He has done it before and he can do it again.  Video is here

Yeah he was on OReilly and he did fine there.  Video is there

Colbert does it as well.  Video is here

FOX News smears Rep. Barney Frank

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

FOX News during one of their “news segments” which is not an opinion show…they show their true colors. I do not believe this can be a typo in reality. This is what FOX consistently does. Look at Rep. Frank’s title. Plus, Barney Frank is discounted by this talking head saying you never know what he’s going to say. Well Barney Frank is going to be on your show and basically show you FOX talking heads where you are wrong and Frank will win the argument. FOX News slam of a Democrat #89789437. But they will deny it.  Video is here

Ari Fleischer loses as he tried to spin in this video concerning The Bush Years

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11. Matthews is great in this clip.

Bush had 0 REPEAT 0 meetings concerning Bin Laden despite warnings from Clinton and Bush #1 was WITH BIN LADEN’S FAMILY MEMBERS WHEN 9/11 HAPPENED. AND THE BIN LADENS LEFT THE US BEFORE BEING QUESTIONED.

His family members were not questions and were sent out of the US in one of the very very few commercial jets to be in the skies in the days following 9/11. We attacked Iraq not the other way around. That’s a war crime!!

Taxing the rich as they deserve

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

This from here

The Institute for Policy Studies, in a report released late last month, has proposed a 70 percent top marginal rate for income over $10 million. More at:
http://www.ips-dc.org/reports/#1112

It’s also interesting to compare the actual taxes the very rich pay, after exploiting loopholes, over time. In 1955, the top 400 income-earners paid 51.2 percent of their total incomes in federal income tax. In 2006, the top 400 paid just 17.2 percent of their total incomes in taxes. More at:
http://www.toomuchonline.org/articlenew_2009/march9a.html

Hannity belongs to union so he is the problem with America right?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

There is quite a bit wrong with this video.  Hannity shows he doesn’t walk his walk several ways here and Beckel is denied insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition.  Just wrong.  Video is here

Jim Cramer admits to possible felonies on video which is even MORE evidence that Reaganomics and the deregulation furor hurt us.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Video is here

Jim Cramer admits to possible felonies and admits others do it too.
This is EXACTLY why we needed regulations and the removal of regulations was simply a massive handout to the already super rich.  This is not news to the rest of us at all.  The only thing this does is confirm our suspicions and adds to Cramer’s and other Market Makers guilt in the runup of the stock market…the urging of pensions be invested heavily in those funds and stocks so the agents like Cramer could make their commissions and then the subsequent bust who only hurt the investors.  Cramer and other managers make money if the stocks go up or down as a trade is a trade is a trade.  This is just like energy cost manipulation from a few years ago with Enron…just like oil from last summer…housing over the past couple of decades and now stocks.  The deregulation environment as brought on by Reagan bought us a bubble that eventually will land right on our heads.  The ones who pay for the bursting bubble are not the ones that benefitted from it in the grand scheme like Cramer.  Business that lacks restrictions winds up with people like Cramer manipulating things.  This is the thing that those touting deregulation said after these string of bubbles have finally burst….they did not take into account the greed factor of individuals and corporations and they believed all would act in the best interest of all.  Unbelievably naive!  And Cramer….well we will see if he has to testify to Congress and see what he has to say at that point as far as his manipulating of markets.  He says it is legal….I guess time will tell.  This is just another piece of fallout from Reaganomics and proof once again that Reaganomics was good for the very short term…but the very future of our nation lies in the balance as a result of Reaganomics.

1500 live in a Bushville in Sacramento

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Newly homeless people living in a tent city that increases by 50 people per day.  Story is here

The US and Saudi Arabia…Theocratic control of both of our governments

Monday, March 9th, 2009

They do this in God’s name.  Sorry…regardless if you agree or not they are doing it in God’s name.  The only way for this to not happen is to not allow God into government.  The mixing of the two results in this- Story is here

And how is this not the same in the US with a religious restriction on things goin on in our nation in that we have been resricted from possibly miraculous cures of an array of sicknesses due to religious restrictions?  Story is here

Climate change deniers seem to be having rifts ironically just like the Antarctic ice mass.

Monday, March 9th, 2009

The splits of the climate change deniers seem to be growing deeper and wider.  Story is here

Meghan McCain makes too much sense

Monday, March 9th, 2009

I think we should just sign her up now for a MoveOn.Org membership and a DNC membership haha.  Meghan McCain looks at the Republican Party and does not like what she sees at all!!    Story is here

An addendum is here

So when they tell you corporate tax cuts are good for the economy

Monday, March 9th, 2009

You tell them they are full of it.  It isn’t even close!  When you look at the economic benefits of various provisions in the Stimulus Bill you will see that there are true winners and true losers and corporate tax cuts are true losers.  Story is here

More reasearch and news concerning the economics of individuals vs the economics of corporations. Story is here

Obama’s economic plans outlines as being rather moderate and having a basis of logic and success

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

And this was in the Wall Street Journal!  Story is here

Frank Schaeffer sees the light and really tells it like it is.

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

The Evangelical Right knows the name Francis Schaeffer as being one of the architects of the merging of the religious conservatives and the political right.  His son grew up in that culture.  His son was of that thought for decades.  His son Frank has gone 180 degrees and now is hugely against the Evangelical Right and the Republican Party.  His Huffington Post blogging holds no punches and is written by someone who was a Republican insider of the highest degree for decades and has “Seen the light”.

Here is his list of blog posts to the Huffington Post with his latest entries

He explains here why the right is so bent on believing lies about Obama.

Here he discussed with DL Hugely on CNN why he changed his views.

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Don’t conservative Republicans object to the lies? No, because the Republicans don’t have any actual and traditional conservative followers left. The Republican base is now made up of religious and neoconservative ideologues, and the uneducated white underclass with a token person of color or two up front on TV to obscure the all-white, all reactionary all backward — there-is-no-global-warming — rube reality. Actual conservatives, let alone the educated classes, have long since fled.

Have you ever seen Evolution?

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Well your body has at leasty 7 evolutionary left overs.  Story is here

Another post of how Republicans are butchering the language and calling Obama and anyone left of Hitler a Socialist

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

It is amazing the word play that is going on that is just so incorrect.  NO Obama is not a Socialist.  NO Obama is not a Communist.  If you think he is you are part of the problem.  Story with several good links are here.  Nor is America a purely Capitalist society.  Have you ever played the game of Monopoly with a few people?  What happens?  Everyone else goes bankrupt as one guy wins everything.  THAT is a purely Capitalist society.  We have ALWAYS had a good dose of Socialism and without it I would own all the properties and houses and hotels and you would go as bankrupt as I would want you to go.  Stephen Colbert spoke to the Socialist candidate for President about this who backed it up.  The next time you hear someone say Obama is a Socialist or Communist just know how wrong they are and the more they say it the more their ignorance shows.

A wonderful repsonse to that OpEd post—-

Ignorance is so deeply entrenched in the psyche that  it had become a virtue. Otherwise the GOP idiots would know about the classic Jack London’s novel Martin Iden where this issue is investigated. In that book, Martin, a former sailor decided to become a writer. He then got acquainted with a lady from a suburban (that time) family.  At the same time he goes around with a lot of other people. The father of the lady once  accused him of being a socialist. Martin explained to him patiently that he  was a follower of  Nitszhe, the individualist which was  180 degree  against the socialism. The man listened  and then said,’I don’t know. I still  think you lean to socialism.’

On the way back Martin contemplated that  that man did not want to understand him. He (that man) had his own morality, the class morality. That morality dictated his visions- all former sailors were to be socialists. Of course, when Martin became famous and rich, that man wanted to actually sell his daughter to him. That was OK.

GOP people do not care for any ism. They  are afraid of the ceratin people, kind of people. They  thus would use anything to prevent those people from taking power.   Ignorance is a bliss as soon as it our ignorance- that is their motto. They serve their morality and that is all.  They are not even true conservatives. They are just little people, very ignorant, very mean  and very afraid.

The current job loss numbers and the time that it took to rebound from such a loss

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

The comparison of the number of jobs lost now to the numbers of jobs lost in past recessions is quite scary.  This graph shows the amount of time it took to recover from that job loss total in recessions past and if this is the case for the job loss scenario to play itself out in this recession, the US and the world are in for many years of very very tough times.  Story is here

America shows its true morality through its view of Capital Punishment

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

The reason that Capital Punishment could come to an end in America is a true reflection on where our morality truly lies.  Story is here

How much more before a true schism split in the Republican Party

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

How much longer before the parts holding the Republican Party together start to spin off to their own parties?  Story is here

The US is NOT turning Communist…that’s just stupid

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

An interesting look at the FACTS and figures of what is being spent and what is going on overall.  Story is here

After all our Standard of Living is pretty high….uh…maybe not top 10 high

Well we should be really high on the Human Development scale right?  #15 is good right after ALL of Europe.  Story is here

Health-wise we are doing…uh….not so hot.  Story is here

BBC Radio ratings

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Interesting look at the ratings for the BBC radio networks online.  Story is here

Simply by being the loudest Rush makes himself the most powerful

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

He is addled with errors and lacking of logic however because he is the loudest he has become the leader of his people.  Stephen Colbert shows that there is more to what is going on than meets the eye.

Income inequality

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Income Inequality charts are located here

The incredibly low stock valuation for corporations now has one massive problem that I have yet to hear anyone say anything about.

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

So I see Citadel radio being listed at one penny today for the price of one share of their stock and could well be yanked off the NYSE by the time you read this.

So the question I have is overall with the shrinking cost of stocks is the ease at which it would be for one person to buy so many corporation’s stocks outright these days.  So what if Warren Buffet or another super rich person…perhaps a foreign person….were to buy several of these huge corporation’s stocks and wind up controlling the stock for a few million dollars.  This could truly change the world’s balance of economic power even more so that we see now.  This could make the Obama Rescue Plan look feeble in the Titanic size this transfer of wealth could be in the rich of America were to buy stocks willy-nilly and wind up owning far more than the 33% of all assets in America than the top 1% of America already owns.  The extreme would be someone buying up a stock and forcing the insertion of their own board members and then directing the corporation to use raw materials from elsewhere or changing hiring practicing or worse.  There could be a huge implication for the American workforce pay, retirement, health care as well as the industries these corporations work within.  The corporation could be run into the ground with bad decisions so as to kill it off purposely so a foreign corporation can dominate that industry.  It could happen…it is not THAT far fetched and it really would not cost that much to do today.  The need for a payback with the purchase of that stock would not be there as the actions of the purchasing entity could be backed by a government and the payoff would be THEIR already nationalized industry doing better over the next decade or longer.  Toyota buys GM stock and kills GM giving Toyota donamiation over world auto sales.  Why can this not be done with ease today?  This is how America will be taken over…not by military force but rather by economic force that may happen so quietly that it truly could come as a thief in the night and own the nation and drive paychecks down before we even recognize what is happening.

How can’t this be a possible outcome of this whole mess?

Joe the Plumber writes a book and receives a GREAT book review on Amazon from Jesus’ General!!!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Jesus’ General writes a great review of the book by Joe the Plumber

RINO spinmeisters, aided and abetted by the liberal media, have promoted Joe the Plumber as being an everyman, the archetypical “average American.” This book shatters that image.

Joe the Plumber is not the “average American.” He’s the “average conservative,” and I thank God for that.

Last year, the “average American” elected an Harvard educated constitutional law professor to the presidency. Average conservatives knew better. They rallied behind Joe the Plumber and Sarah Palin, people like ourselves; people I proudly call “mediocre Americans.”

And that’s why Joe is still so immensely popular. He’s angry, vicious, ignorant, and intellectually incurious. He’s one of us, and like us, he didn’t learn about public policy and international relations at a university or from books or journals; he learned everything he needed to know by tuning into Rush, Hannity, Savage, and Ingraham.

This is a great book, one every true conservative should buy, and more importantly, read. Yes, I know that sounds like a tall order, but it’s an easy read. Joe uses one and two syllable words (many of them, written forms of various grunts) almost exclusively. If I have one complaint, it’s that the publisher, Pearlgate, printed it in ink rather than crayon like the original manuscript. Other than that, I think it truly is the perfect book for the average conservative.

Conservatism has FACTIONALIZED itself

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

I think Conservatism has FACTIONALIZED like the political factions that build coalitions in other countries. However the Cons here did it in reverse in that you have the William F Buckley and Ron Paul true Conservatives….the Rush-Hannity group that just doenst care about politics but spew hate and contempt for anyone not like them and then you have the Jesus freaks who are also righties. They are all battling to own the Republican Championship belt of Professional Wrestling but none can stand alone as they all need the other 2 in order to win.

So Conservatism has FACTIONALIZED itself to near death.

Again…your rights are not rights…they are privelidges as they can easily be taken away.

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

The question here is WHO would decide to take those rights away and why and when.  The only answer was that the President could do it and really be done without oversight.  Another story about how President George W. Bush could have done a lot more than he did to Americans within America.  Story is here

Right wing radio and the American Conservative magazine.

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

I love the last line in this article which is located here.

Conservatives have never had, and never should have, a problem with elitism. Why have we allowed carny barkers to run away with the Right?

Paul Harvey has passed away

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

It is sad to see Paul Harvey pass away.  He has been around for quite a while.  I just wish he would have used his huge soapbox for something more productive than what he did.

FAIR’s assessment of Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey pro-torture story

Harvey was well paid for his dubious news