Archive for September, 2010

Christine O’Donnell and Sarah Palin are proof that the more incendiary your beliefs, the better In a land where Fog News reigns supreme, fact-free media are the future

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

So doll-eyed, far-right, uppity sex kitten Sarah Palin could happily accuse Obama’s tiny reforms of America’s unmerciful healthcare system of creating government “death panels” (you know nationalised healthcare – it always has “death panels”). They sounded bloody terrifying and so were believable.

Uppity anti-masturbation campaigner, ex-witch and TV pundit Christine O’Donnell is both an embarrassing threat to established Republican interests and a woman with the stunned eyes and tighttighttight smile of a stranger to self-love. (She also presents an apparently intoxicating, Palinesque persona: part 80s hooker, part moron, part woman who may wake boys with garden shears for impure thinking.)

But beyond the fact that she dreads the day any man discovers he can come without her, she remains ill-defined. Her campaign mentions her commitment to “the core values of the great American tradition” – which could involve witch-burning, cross-burning, Big Bill Broonzy, the Summer of Love or having guns on planes. (Actually, she’s in favour of guns on planes.) O’Donnell has a dubious financial and educational background and yet she is now the Republican senatorial candidate for Delaware. In a fact-free media environment anything goes. Questions don’t have to be asked, answers don’t have to be given and the more incendiary your beliefs, the better. Which explains why Fox heads up every other item with: “Sooo… is Obama killing your child tonite?”

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President Jed Bartlett deals with Dr. Laura

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The day that Jed Bartlett dealt with Dr. Laura.  Bartlett simply brought logic to the illogical.  Dr Jenna represents the Teabaggers that have been nattering around Obama like flies filled with lies and the response that Bartlett receives is basically what Bush received when dealing with the “terrorists”.  Did that worked for him?  The response Obama would receive would be the same but of course his response would be based on facts as opposed to Bush’s lies.  This should be played at the beginning of every day for Obama to remind him that the truth is on his side and if he fails to play the truth card he is truly hurting America and Americans.  Video is located here

Anderson Cooper takes Teabagger to task on her views of NY Mosque

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

On Friday night, Anderson Cooper took on Renee Ellmers, a Republican House candidate in North Carolina who has now based her campaign on opposing the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” the Muslim community center project all the way up north in New York City. And the interview sure was a sight to behold.  Please watch the whole video because at the end there is a very good historical look at Victory Religious buildings. Video is located here

Horrible pitbull attack caught on video

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Horrible pitbull attack caught on video located here

Glenn Beck Lashes Out At Elmo’s Marxist Ways

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Glenn Beck is very mad…at Elmo.  Apparently, Elmo is now part of a government conspiracy to redistribute all wealth in America! In yesterday’s newsletter, Glenn Beck wrote:

Elmo wants to redistribute wealth
Your government hard at work – they’ve enlisted the help of Elmo to push for redistributive change. The FCC is using children, saying all kids should be connected to the Internet and not that crappy dial up. Elmo says he’s tired of buffering, so he needs free broadband access!

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Here are 10 principle ways Republicans lie.

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Here are 10 principle ways Republicans lie.

1. Republicans don’t believe in history. How could they? To them, everything bad about the country happened on the one-year watch of Obama. Nothing bad happened before that, during the eight years of Bush. There was no previous history before Obama. Whatever Bush did wrong, it wasn’t wrong, or it didn’t happen. The American people, who gave Bush a 19 percent approval rating, knew better.

2. Republicans use the same crowd mentality the Nazis in Germany did. You repeat a bald-face lie over and over. For example, Obama was born in Palestine. You repeat it again and again in spite of proof to the contrary. Some people will believe it. Republicans believe in throwing figurative spaghetti on the wall. Some of the slime will stick.

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Survey: Atheists, Agnostics Know More About Religion Than Religious

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The study also showed that Americans have a fairly poor understanding of religions other than their own. Only about half of the people surveyed know that Martin Luther inspired the Reformation, the Dalai Lama is Buddhist, and Joseph Smith was a Mormon.

Why are Atheists and Agnostics better informed? The Los Angeles Times quotes one of the researchers who has a theory:

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Socialist Teabaggers hate Socialists looking to help Teabaggers

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

“The scooters are because of Medicare,” he whispers helpfully. “They have these commercials down here: ‘You won’t even have to pay for your scooter! Medicare will pay!’ Practically everyone in Kentucky has one.”

A hall full of elderly white people in Medicare-paid scooters, railing against government spending and imagining themselves revolutionaries as they cheer on the vice-presidential puppet hand-picked by the GOP establishment. If there exists a better snapshot of everything the Tea Party represents, I can’t imagine it.

After Palin wraps up, I race to the parking lot in search of departing Medicare-motor-scooter conservatives. I come upon an elderly couple, Janice and David Wheelock, who are fairly itching to share their views.

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Micheal Vick – reinstated by NFL after killing countless dogs

Monday, September 27th, 2010

In the end, 47 of the 51 Vick dogs were saved. (Two died while in the shelters; one was destroyed because it was too violent; and another was euthanized for medical reasons.) Twenty-two dogs went to Best Friends, where McMillan and his staff chart their emotional state daily; almost all show steady improvement in categories such as calmness, sociability and happiness. McMillan believes 17 of the dogs will eventually be adopted, and applicants are being screened for the first of those. The other 25 have been spread around the country; the biggest group, 10, went to California with BAD RAP. Fourteen of the 25 have been placed in permanent homes, and the rest are in foster care.

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Timeline of Michael Vick’s crimes, prison and reinstatement is located here

15 Shocking Poverty Statistics That Are Skyrocketing As The American Middle Class Continues To Be Slowly Wiped Out

Monday, September 27th, 2010

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The following are 15 shocking poverty statistics that are skyrocketing as the American middle class continues to be slowly wiped out….

#1 Approximately 45 million Americans were living in poverty in 2009.

#2 According to the Associated Press, experts believe that 2009 saw the largest single year increase in the U.S. poverty rate since the U.S. government began calculating poverty figures back in 1959.

#3 The U.S. poverty rate is now the third worst among the developed nations tracked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

#4 According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, on a year-over-year basis, household participation in the food stamp program has increased 20.28%.

#5 The number of Americans on food stamps surpassed 41 million for the first time ever in June.

#6 As of June, the number of Americans on food stamps had set a new all-time record for 19 consecutive months.

#7 One out of every six Americans is now being served by at least one government anti-poverty program.

#8 More than 50 million Americans are now on Medicaid, the U.S. government health care program designed principally to help the poor.

#9 One out of every seven mortgages in the United States was either delinquent or in foreclosure during the first quarter of 2010.

#10 Nearly 10 million Americans now receive unemployment insurance, which is almost four times as many as were receiving it in 2007.

#11 The number of Americans receiving long-term unemployment benefits has risen over 60 percent in just the past year.

#12 According to one recent survey, 28% of all U.S. households have at least one member that is looking for a full-time job.

#13 Nationwide, bankruptcy filings rose 20 percent in the 12 month period ending June 30th.

#14 More than 25 percent of all Americans now have a credit score below 599.

#15 One out of every five children in the United States is now living in poverty.

Rush Limbaugh- Racist.

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

On October 12, Rush Limbaugh responded to accusations that he is “insensitive” and has a “blind spot” about race by claiming that he is “colorblind,” “treat[s] everybody equally” and that he “doesn’t see [President Obama] as black,” but rather as “president of the United States.” In fact, Limbaugh has an extensive history of making racially charged remarks about minorities and routinely race-baits while criticizing Obama and his policies, such as saying that Obama is a “reverse racist” and that his economic policies amount to “reparations.”  Story is located here

If Stimulus Works, Why is Unemployment So High?

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

So basically companies are sitting on almost $2Trillion right now but they see no DEMAND. Demand for products comes from average people looking to spend money on goods and services. So this economist is saying the money of America is not being used to spend on things. The super rich are sitting on over $1Trillion. The money of America has moved to the top and is not being moved as a result of Bush Tax Cuts.  IF this was spent it would be motivation to hire people to produce goods to sell.  This is VERY simple to see in this interview which is located here.

See how huge corporations sidestep their responsibilities to We The People

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Eighty-three of the 100 largest publicly traded U.S. corporations in terms of 2007 revenue reported having subsidiaries in jurisdictions listed as tax havens or financial privacy jurisdictions and 74 of the 83 had federal contracts in fiscal year 2007. For the 74 corporations, the amount of the federal contract obligations ranged from $12,000 to over $23 billion. Additional details about these corporations include the following:
• Eighty-six of the 100 corporations had foreign subsidiaries and 14 did not. Eighty-three of the 86 corporations had subsidiaries in locations other than jurisdictions listed as tax havens or financial privacy jurisdictions.
• Four of the 83 corporations that had subsidiaries in jurisdictions listed as tax havens or financial privacy jurisdictions had more than 100 subsidiaries in such jurisdictions.
• For the 83 corporations with subsidiaries in jurisdictions listed as tax havens or financial privacy jurisdictions, the number of such subsidiaries ranged from 1 for nine corporations to a high of 427 for one corporation.
• Twelve corporations had more than 50 percent of their foreign subsidiaries in jurisdictions listed as tax havens or financial privacy jurisdictions. Three of these 12 only had one foreign subsidiary.
• Corporations had subsidiaries in 36 of the 50 jurisdictions listed as tax havens or financial privacy jurisdictions.
• Eight jurisdictions listed as tax havens or financial privacy jurisdictions had more than 100 corporate subsidiaries, ranging from 123 to 569. For the jurisdiction with 569 subsidiaries, 372 were owned by four corporations.
• Thirty-four of the 100 corporations are also on the list of 100 largest publicly traded U.S. federal contractors.
Sixty-three of the 100 largest publicly traded U.S. federal contractors in terms of fiscal year 2007 contract obligations reported having subsidiaries in jurisdictions listed as tax havens or financial privacy jurisdictions, 34 did not, and 3 did not provide information about the locations of all oftheir subsidiaries. The following additional details about the federal contractors are based on the 97 contractors that provided complete information.
• Seventy-two of the 97 federal contractors had foreign subsidiaries and 25 did not. Sixty-nine of the 72 contractors also had subsidiaries in locations other than jurisdictions listed as tax havens or financial privacy jurisdictions.
• For the 63 federal contractors with subsidiaries in jurisdictions listed as tax havens or financial privacy jurisdictions, the number of such subsidiaries ranged from 1 for 11 contractors to a high of 83 for 1 contractor.
• Four federal contractors had more than 50 percent of their foreign subsidiaries in jurisdictions listed as tax havens or financial privacy jurisdictions. Three of the four had all of their foreign subsidiaries in such jurisdictions.
• Federal contractors had subsidiaries in 34 of the 50 jurisdictions listed as tax havens or financial privacy jurisdictions.
• Five of the jurisdictions listed as tax havens or financial privacy jurisdictions had more than 100 federal contractor subsidiaries, ranging from 111 to 156.
• Thirty-four of the 100 federal contractors are also on the list of 100 largest publicly traded U.S. corporations.

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Colbert speaks to Congress

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) asked, “Why of all the things you could testify about did you choose this issue?” Colbert seemed to surprise himself as he fell out of character–he rubbed his head in thought and said:

“I like talking about people who don’t have any power, and this seems like, one of the least powerful people in the United States are migrant workers who come and do our work but don’t have any rights as a result. And yet we still invite them to come here and at the same time ask them to leave. That’s an interesting contradiction to me. And, you know, “Whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers”–and this seems like the least of brothers–right now. A lot of people are least brothers right now because the economy is so hard. And I don’t want to take anyone’s hardship away from them or diminish anything like that. But migrant works suffer and have no rights.”

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The Obama tax plan laid out quite simply and straightforward

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Barack Obama is being smeared by baseless claims that he would dramatically raise marginal tax rates to
levels not seen since the 1970s, or impose new taxes on everything from your child’s education fund to your
water. These tired attacks are patently false and have been repeatedly debunked by independent fact check
organizations. Below are 6 key facts about the Obama tax plan that help set the record straight:  Story is located here

Top 1% of earners get 20% of the money

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Soaring unemployment has poured salt into a long-festering economic wound – the widening gap between rich and poor Americans, a trend that has been accompanied by a hollowing out of the middle class.

One unimpeachable view of this wage gap comes from a Federal Reserve report that examined the period leading up to the housing bust and recession, and noted that “income became more ‘unequally’ distributed over the 1988-2006 period.”

A more provocative analysis emerges from research co-written by UC Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez.

After studying Internal Revenue Service records since 1913, Saez found that the fraction of total income reported by the top 1 percent of tax filers peaked at 23.94 percent in 1928.

Thereafter, income for this elite group fell for decades, only to rise from the 1980s through 2007, when this top strata took in 23.5 percent of all reported income.

Former Clinton administration labor secretary Robert Reich, now a public policy professor at UC Berkeley, argues that working class incomes have stagnated for so long that ordinary consumers – who account for about 70 percent of all economic activity – have lost the buying power to pull the country out of recession.

“We have got to address this inequality, or it will derail the economy,” said Reich, who will speak at the Commonwealth Club Tuesday evening about the plan he proposes in his new book, “Aftershock,” to tax the rich to pay for training and other assistance to help Americans climb the income ladder.

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How much did you donate to Bush’s tax cuts for the rich?

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

About $50 a week. For 8 years. That’s $21,000.

Read this article on how Bush tax cuts reduced Americans $2.7 trillion in income.

“Average incomes fell. Average taxpayer income was down $3,512, or 5.7 percent, in 2008 compared with 2000, President Bush’s own benchmark year for his promises of prosperity through tax cuts.

Had incomes stayed at 2000 levels, the average taxpayer would have earned almost $21,000 more over those eight years. That’s almost $50 per week.”

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The new Contract on America would result in Federal Funding dropping so much….

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

The amount of money coming into the Federal Government would drop by such a drastic amount if the Pledge To America by the Republicans were enacted…that the pictures of National Parks and other things that are in the actual printed booklet would be falling into disrepair as funding is cut THAT drastically.  So the National Parks and Statue of Liberty and museums around America would close.  This is the plan…privatize EVERYTHING in America so that even Mount Rushmore as shown in the booklet is owned and operated by some corporation.  Is this America? to you?  If it is…you need to leave America.

NPR reports on this from former Reagan budget director David Stockman is located here.

A Lobbyist wrote the whole thing as Microsoft Word shows us clearly.  The Huffington Post has more on the fact that the Pledge was written by a lobbyist for several huge huge corporations that have brought a lot of bad stuff to America recently.

Another look at how the thought that Tax Handouts to the Rich FAILED to create jobs

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

The $1.3 Trillion handout to the rich did not create jobs here.  The helped foreign nations as that money was funneled out of America by the super rich in a worldwide economy.  Video is located here

The document referenced in the video is located here showing

-incomes falling

-we had more taxpayers yet less revenue

-job growth was non existant

-the higher the income the less taxes were paid

A GOP Pledge to Do Nothing

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

This article was written by George W Bush’s speech writer…so this is a review of the document from an insider.

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The Republican “Pledge to America” declares: Sorry, we don’t believe that. We shall cut spending where we can – reform the legislative process in important ways – and sever the federal guarantee for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Republicans will redirect the federal government to a new path that is less expensive and intrusive than the status quo. But if you want promises of radical change? No. Too risky. We don’t think the voters want that – not the smaller, older, richer, whiter electorate that votes in non-presidential years, much less the bigger, younger, poorer, less white electorate of presidential years. And even that smaller, older, richer, whiter electorate is highly wary of cuts to programs that benefit them, Medicare above all.

But the real news is this: You can primary a Bob Bennett, you can nominate a Sharron Angle, you can balk Karl Rove and Mike Castle – but when decision hour arrives, the leadership of the party rejects the assessment of the American electorate offered by Rush Limbaugh, Dick Armey and for that matter Erick Erickson.

Single Payer would be so much better for our health care system

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

The United States has the most bureaucratic health care system in the world. Over 31% of every health care dollar goes to paperwork, overhead, CEO salaries, profits, etc. Because the U.S. does not have a unified system that serves everyone, and instead has thousands of different insurance plans, each with its own marketing, paperwork, enrollment, premiums, and rules and regulations, our insurance system is both extremely complex and fragmented.

The Medicare program operates with just 3% overhead, compared to 15% to 25% overhead at a typical HMO. Provincial single-payer plans in Canada have an overhead of about 1%.

It is not necessary to have a huge bureaucracy to decide who gets care and who doesn’t when everyone is covered and has the same comprehensive benefits. With a universal health care system we would be able to cut our bureaucratic burden in half and save over $300 billion annually.  Story is located here

Great news! Today, the health care reform Patients’ Bill of Rights goes into effect. Here’s just some of what that means:

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

FACT: As of today, no child can be denied insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

FACT: As of today, your insurance company can’t cancel your plan just because you get sick.

FACT: More benefits in effect today: Young adults can stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26.

FACT: Another benefit in effect today: No more lifetime limits on health insurance coverage.

FACT: Under new plans, preventative care is FREE – immunizations, mammograms, cholesterol screenings, and more.

FACT: Ever afraid you’ll need emergency care but are out of network? As of today, your insurers can’t charge you more for that.

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The New “Contract On America” from the GOP starts out with a fallacy

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Alexander Hart catches the GOP’s “Pledge” in some serious chart-based trickery. Here’s their graph showing that President Obama has exploded the size of the government:  Story is located here

For the last several weeks, Religious Right leaders had been warning Republicans that social issues had better be included in the agenda GOP leaders were going to lay out for the party moving forward.  House leaders have finally released their “Pledge to America,” so how did the social conservatives fare?  Story is located here

Reaction to the House Republicans’ long-awaited “Pledge to America” has been swift and in some cases harsh – and not just from the Democratic Party.  Even before its official unveiling today in Virginia, some conservatives dismissed the GOP’s election-year agenda as tone deaf to the cries of the tea party movement.  Story is located here.

The White House immediately attacked the House Republicans’ election agenda rollout Wednesday evening, claiming the 21-page “Pledge to America” plan will “take America back to the same failed economic policies that caused this recession.”  White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, writing on the White House blog, said Republicans “doubled down on the same ideas that hurt America’s middle class,” listing tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, tax hikes for the middle class, “cutting rules and oversight” for financial services, health care and oil, all while adding to the deficit.  Republicans would counter that they are trying to cut taxes across the board and save taxpayer dollars by a federal hiring freeze and caps on spending. The agenda will be formally unveiled at an event in Sterling, Va., Thursday, in a rollout reminiscent of the 1994 Contract with America.  Pfeiffer notes that the document does not mention education, clean energy, protecting Social Security and bolstering infrastructure.  “This is the same agenda that caused the deepest recession since the Great Depression, costing 8 million jobs, wiping out trillions in family wealth and setting middle-class families back,” Pfeiffer wrote. “Instead of a pledge to the American people, Congressional Republicans made a pledge to the big special interests to restore the same economic ideas that benefited them at the expense of middle-class families.”  Story is located here.

Erick Erickson, founder of the ultra-right wing blog RedState, hates the GOP’s new “pledge,” calling it today, “Perhaps the Most Ridiculous Thing to Come Out of Washington Since George McClellan,” and says “it is a serious of compromises and milquetoast rhetorical flourishes in search of unanimity among House Republicans because the House GOP does not have the fortitude to lead boldly in opposition to Barack Obama.”  (For those unfamiliar with George McClellan, as was I, there are five. Erickson, ever-obtuse, I assume was referring to the Civil War General, who “chronically overestimated the strength of enemy units and was reluctant to apply principles of mass, frequently leaving large portions of his army unengaged at decisive points,” and not the nineteenth century American physician and founder of Jefferson Medical College.)  Story is located here

Right off the bat, House Republicans seriously want Americans to believe the struggling economy will be better off if we scrap investments in the economy and reduce the number of Americans (public workers) with jobs. That, in a word, is crazy.  But let’s also pause to appreciate the proposed $100 billion in cuts to discretionary spending. The House GOP leadership actually floated this idea a couple of weeks ago, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities published an important analysis, explaining what the consequences of such an idea would be. To do as the “Pledge” suggests would require drastic cuts to education and essential public services — the kind of cuts that would hurt working families at a time when the economy is already struggling.  But, House Republicans say, these cuts are necessary to restore fiscal responsibility. Except, that’s crazy, too, since their numbers don’t come close to adding up.  The GOP left a $1.3 trillion budget deficit for Democrats to clean up. Two years later, Republicans have decided to push for $4 trillion in tax cuts, which would increase the deficit; push for the repeal of health care reform, which would increase the deficit; and increase spending on missile defense, which would increase the deficit.  It’d be a terrible mistake to cancel economic recovery funds, reduce the number of public jobs, and slash discretionary spending, but even if Republicans did all of this, economy be damned, the cuts don’t even come close to covering the costs of the GOP agenda.  In other words, Republicans have spent two years complaining about the deficit, and have used the deficit as an excuse to block all kinds of worthwhile legislation. But when presenting its own “Pledge,” the House GOP has presented a plan to make that same deficit considerably worse.  Story is located here

Two Years Before 9/11, Candidate Bush was Already Talking Privately About Attacking Iraq, According to His Former Ghost Writer

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Two years before the September 11 attacks, presidential candidate George W. Bush was already talking privately about the political benefits of attacking Iraq, according to his former ghost writer, who held many conversations with then-Texas Governor Bush in preparation for a planned autobiography.

“He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999,” said author and journalist Mickey Herskowitz. “It was on his mind. He said to me: ‘One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief.’ And he said, ‘My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it.’ He said, ‘If I have a chance to invade if I had that much capital, I’m not going to waste it. I’m going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I’m going to have a successful presidency.” Herskowitz said that Bush expressed frustration at a lifetime as an underachiever in the shadow of an accomplished father. In aggressive military action, he saw the opportunity to emerge from his father’s shadow. The moment, Herskowitz said, came in the wake of the September 11 attacks. “Suddenly, he’s at 91 percent in the polls, and he’d barely crawled out of the bunker.”

That President Bush and his advisers had Iraq on their minds long before weapons inspectors had finished their work – and long before alleged Iraqi ties with terrorists became a central rationale for war – has been raised elsewhere, including in a book based on recollections of former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill. However, Herskowitz was in a unique position to hear Bush’s unguarded and unfiltered views on Iraq, war and other matters – well before he became president.

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Dem Chairman Sick of These Tea Party ‘F*ckers’

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Ohio’s Democratic party chairman, Chris Redfern, recently said at a campaign event what most Democratic chairmen dream of saying: He is sick of these Tea Party “fuckers.” Watch the clip! He really puts his back into it. Like, “these fuckers.”

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As a comment at the site noted…the only thing I have a problem with is that he apologized under his breath after saying it.

GOP planning to use voter suppression in Wisconsin which is illegal

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Full story is located here

Documents and audio recordings released yesterday by One Wisconsin Now document an apparent plot by the Wisconsin Republican Party, Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity (aka Fight Back Wisconsin), and various other tea party groups to suppress votes from minorities and students in this year’s elections using a well-documented — and illegal— practice known as “voter caging.” The alleged plot offers fresh evidence that long-discredited right-wing conspiracy theories about massive voter fraud supposedly perpetrated by minorities and others remain alive and well in both the official GOP establishment and its tea party base.

“Voter caging” is a means of voter suppression and intimidation that involves sending mail to a list of voters, compiling a list of mail pieces returned as undeliverable, and then challenging those voters at the polls or otherwise attempting to remove them from the voter rolls. The mere process of challenging voters can intimidate from voting even if they are eligible, cause long lines to form at polling places that will then discourage others from voting, and may result in eligible voters casting provisional ballots which stand a high likelihood of not being counted in the final tally.

In the alleged conspiracy uncovered in Wisconsin, Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity, whose Wisconsin state chair was previously banned from politics in Wisconsin for three years, would finance a test mailing and other costs associated with compiling the caging list and then coordinate with the Wisconsin Republican Party to undertake an elaborate process to remove voters from the rolls ahead of the election, if possible, or at the polls on Election Day. Tea party groups were to provide the volunteer labor and cover for the activity — with all participants signing an extensive non-disclosure agreement under which they agreed to publicly operate in the name of Wisconsin GrandSons for Liberty, who would also provide some funding for the plan. The Wisconsin GOP would also provide additional funds, trainers for the tea party volunteers and would have a team of lawyers “standing by” on Election Day to respond to tea party volunteers and “bring the police” if necessary. As is typically the case in voter caging operations, the plotters appeared intent on targeting minorities, students, and others from heavily-Democratic areas of the state.

Without raising the economic strength of the Middle Class the recession will not recover

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

After three decades of flat wages during which almost all the gains of growth have gone to the very top, the middle class no longer has the buying power to keep the economy going. It can’t send more spouses into paid work, can’t work more hours, can’t borrow any more. All the coping mechanisms are exhausted.

Anyone who thinks China will get us out of this fix and make up for the shortfall in demand is blind to reality.

So what’s the answer? Reorganizing the economy to make sure the vast middle class has a larger share of its benefits. Remaking the basic bargain linking pay to per-capita productivity.

Story is located here

This basically shows that Reaganomics and the movement of capital to the top of the economic food chain by way of lowering their taxes has failed the nation and world.  The power of America is not at the top with millionaires and billionaires but rather at the bottom with average people having money to buy things.  Without the bottom being infused with cash there is no demand for goods and services and the economy slows or shrinks.  AND the loser is the Middle Class and poor.  So to solve these problems the Bush/Reagan tax cuts need to be stopped and since the Private Sector is not spending money…the money taken in taxes needs to be turned into work programs for average people…giving them money and the ability to buy things…creating demand and getting the economy out of the ditch the Republicans put us into.

Bush Tax Cuts Hurt ALL Americans

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The Bush Tax Cuts FAILED.  This also goes back to the Reagan Tax Cuts too.   Video shows the super rich outsourced their tax cuts killing American jobs.

Video is located here

What The Bible says about Witches

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The Bible contains many passages exhibiting intolerance towards other religions, and almost no passages which actively promote inter-religious tolerance. Wicca is certainly a religion that is very different from Judaism and Christianity. Wicca, as well as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Native Spirituality, Taoism, and hundreds of other religions are thus equally condemned by many verses in the Bible.

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If you know less about Barack Obama than any other president on history, you just might be a redneck.

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Really? We know less about Obama than say Millard Fillmore? Oh yeah, Fillmore, we had too much information about that guy. I don’t need that picture in my head of Fillmore having telegraphed with sex with Harriet Tubman.

You know this effort by the right to insist that Obama is un-knowable has culminated now in the bizarre belief that the President is secretly a Muslim.

An astounding one in five Americans believe this. And two in five believe he’s a hologram projected by a Chinese satellite. One in seven thinks he’s under their bed right now..

Video is located here

Rick Scott says Stimulus created 0 jobs. This gets a PANTS ON FIRE rating from PolitiFact

Friday, September 17th, 2010

At a Sept. 3, 2010, appearance before Tallahassee reporters, the Friday before Labor Day, Rick Scott described how he differs from Alex Sink on job creation by mentioning Obamacare, the Bush tax cuts and the federal stimulus. When a reporter asked for specifics, he said:

“I think it’s very simple. Higher taxes kill jobs. Regulations kill jobs. Obamacare is an unbelievable job killer. It’s going to be devastating for our state. That by itself is going to make it very difficult for people to do business in our state. And the taxes, the increase in taxes for that is going to be devastating to our state.

“On top of that, my background is I put my money up. I took the risk. I stood up for what I believed in starting businesses. And that’s a whole different background than other people. But she clearly believes in higher taxes. She clearly believes in Obamacare. She clearly believes in the stimulus, and we know the stimulus has not created one private sector job.”

We’ll set aside for now his various claims about taxes, regulation and health care to focus on his parting blow: “The stimulus has not created one private sector job.”

He’s treading dangerous ground. In February, PolitiFact looked at a similar statement by Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, that the stimulus bill “didn’t create one new job,” and found it so ridiculous it earned a Pants on Fire ruling.

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10/2/10 Rally to be aired live on Free Speech TV

Friday, September 17th, 2010

If you can’t make it to Washington D.C. on October 2 for the One Nation march, you can participate in the action by watching Free Speech TV’s live coverage hosted by Grit TV’s Laura Flanders and radio host Thom Hartmann.  Video is located here.

FreeSpeechTV is found on these cable/satellite systems.

You can singlehandedly erase traffic jams behind you

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Pretty simple logic says if you allow people in ahead of you or behind you the traffic jams we all see will be lessened.  Video is located here.

Climb a giant antenna to the top of the world

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

This video has been making the rounds, but in case you missed it, it’s a real thrill. I watched it in full-screen mode, like my friend Jim Leftwich suggested. My palms got sweaty and the soles of my feet ached, like they do whenever I’m on the edge of a cliff or other high place without a barrier between me and a plunge to death.

Teabaggers forget that Jesus was HUGELY FOR Social Justice and redistribution of income to aid poor!

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Story is located here

Glenn Beck disagrees with Jesus clearly here in this video

Jesus had a special sense of mission to poor and oppressed people. At the outset of his ministry, sometimes referred to as Jesus’ mission statement, Jesus stood up in the synagogue at Nazareth and read from the prophet Isaiah:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)

The biographies of Jesus depict him repeatedly reaching out to those at the bottom of the social pyramid–poor people, women, Samaritans, lepers, children, prostitutes and tax collectors. Jesus was also eager to accept people who were well-placed, but he made clear that all, regardless of social position, needed to repent. For this reason, he invited the rich young man to sell all of his possessions and give the proceeds to the poor. (Matthew 19:16-30, Luke 18:18-30, Mark 10:17-31)

Jesus commanded, “Love your neighbor.” When asked to define “neighbor,” Jesus expanded the traditional meaning of the word–defining our neighbor as anyone who is in need, including social outcasts: “But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.” (Luke 14:13)

In his portrayal of the day of judgment, Jesus pictured people from all nations gathered before him, separated into “sheep” and “goats.” (Matthew 25:31-46) To the “sheep” he says, “Come you blessed of my Father, for I was hungry and you fed me…” In their astonishment they ask, “When did we do that?” And he answers, “When you did it to the lowliest of my brothers (and sisters).” Conversely, to the “goats” he says, “Out of my sight, you who are condemned, for I was hungry and you did not feed me…”

Jesus himself cared for those in need by feeding the hungry. Crowds of four thousand (Mark 8:1-13) and five thousand (Mark 6:30-44) had assembled to listen to Jesus. They soon became hungry. When his disciples suggested that Jesus send the people away to buy food, he responded by saying “I have compassion on these people…” and “you give them something to eat.” He proceeded to perform miracles to feed these large crowds of hungry people.

Adapted from J. Bennett Guess, “Biblical Foundations for Justice Advocacy,” UCC Justice and Witness Ministries.

When George W Bush started and when he ended

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
From NBC’s Mark Murray
A “Then and Now” to show what the United States looked like when Bush was entering office and what it looks like now as he’s leaving.

Then: 4.2% (Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 2001)
Now: 6.7% (Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2008)

Then: 10,587 (close of Friday, Jan. 19, 2001)
Now: 9,015 (close of Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009)

Then: 50% (1/01 NBC/WSJ poll)
Now: 31% (12/08 NBC/WSJ poll)

Then: 49% (1/01 NBC/WSJ poll)
Now: 21% (12/08 NBC/WSJ poll)

Then: 48% (1/01 NBC/WSJ poll)
Now: 21% (12/08 NBC/WSJ poll)

Then: 45% (1/01 NBC/WSJ poll)
Now: 26% (12/08 NBC/WSJ poll)

Then: 115.7 (Conference Board, January 2001)
Now: 38.0, which is an all-time low (Conference Board, December 2008)

Then: 6.4 million (Census numbers for 2000)
Now: 7.6 million (Census numbers for 2007 — most recent numbers available)

Then: 39.8 million (Census numbers for 2000)
Now: 45.7 million (Census numbers for 2007 — most recent available)

Then: +236.2 billion (2000, Congressional Budget Office)
Now: -$1.2 trillion (projected figure for 2009, Congressional Budget Office)

rabiddog6708: From NBC’s Mark Murray A “Then and Now” to show

Jesus was mentioned two dozen times in Quran. SO Quran burners burn story of Jesus.

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Jesus was mentioned time and time again in the Quran.  So the people who want to burn the Quran want to burn a book mentioning the story of Jesus.

Wikipedia lays out much of the mentions of Jesus in the Quran here

Story is located here

More about Jesus in the Quran is here

Still more about Jesus in the Quran located here

Glenn Beck on fat people- Let them die.

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Since First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled her Let’s Move! program to fight obesity, conservatives have portrayed the effort as a government assault on personal freedoms and liberties. After the administration released a report on obesity in May, Matt Drudge ran a headline saying, “White House seeks controls on food marketing” and on his Fox News show, Sean Hannity asked: “Does every American family need a dietitian appointed by the government to tell them that this food is going to make you fat and this food is not?” Yesterday, Glenn Beck joined the act, criticizing Michelle Obama for encouraging restaurants to “offer healthier versions of the foods that we all love.” He also joked that fat people should die:

BECK: When I heard this I thought, get your damn hands off my fries, lady. If I want to be a fat fat fatty and shovel French Fries all day long, that is my choice. But oh oh, not so fast anymore. Because now we have the new fact, whether you like it or not, we have government health care now. … You know those fat people sitting on their couches? And I mean really fat. I don’t mean not like me. I mean the people who’s skin grows into the couch. … I say let them die. I say punish the person who’s been bringing them the milk shakes that allowed them to eat and not get up off the couch. Am I too harsh?

Video and story are located here

FOX News distorts the facts about the tax handout to the rich and super rich.

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Video is located here.  This video has been produced by LiberalViewer whose YouTube page is located here.

When President Barack Obama held a news conference last Friday, the coverage from Fox News contributor Karl Rove and Fox News anchors Martha MacCallum and Brett Baier heavily spun the numbers on the expiring Bush tax cuts for the rich to exaggerate their impact on “small businesses” as I show in this video.

The clip I use of President Obama’s September 10, 2010, press conference comes from the public domain video on the whitehouse’s YouTube channel at…

The clips I use of Karl Rove and Martha MacCallum come from a segment on the Fox News program “America’s Newsroom” broadcast September 10, 2010 (which I have not found online)

The clip I use of Brett Baier comes from a segment on the Fox News program “Happening Now” broadcast September 10, 2010 (which I have not found online)

The images I use of my August 2010 video titled “Worst Fox News Poll Spin Promoting Bush Tax Cuts for the Rich?” comes from my own YouTube video player page at…

The image I use of the chart titled “Distribution of Business Income by Statutory Marginal Tax Rate, 2011 Baseline: Current Policy Plus Administration’s Upper-Income Tax Proposals” comes from the Tax Policy Center page at…

And, finally, the image I use of Derek Thompson’s blog entry titled “The Facts About Small Business and the Bush Tax Cut” comes from The Atlantic page at…

Video is located here

Bill Maher last night on Jay Leno

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Bill Maher was on Leno last night and he was really really good.  He discussed the Mosque and religion and politics of course.  If you missed it the whole show is here on Hulu.  Fast forward to 18:47 the third segment and you can see his interview which also goes into the next portion as well.

Here is his last appearance or one of his last which really pale in comparison to his latest

The Reagan Bush Tax Cuts hurt you financially as proven by Moody’s and the Federal Reserve

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

If growth had been equally shared, the middle quintile would be making $64,395 today. Instead, they’re making $52,100. That’s a 23 percent raise those folks didn’t get — and that I’m sure they would’ve noticed.  But you can’t even see it on this graph, which is stretching to accommodate the change in the top 1 percent. As it is, that group made, on average, $1,200,300 in 2006. If growth had been equally shared in the three decades before that, however, their incomes would’ve been cut by more than half, down to $506,002.

That’s real, serious money we’re talking about. The top 1 percent now accounts for 23.5 percent of the national income if you include capital gains. In 1979, they only had 9.8 percent of the nation’s earnings. During that same period, tax rates on the richest Americans have actually dropped. So as the economy went one way — toward more money going to the rich — the tax system went the other.  Story is located here.

So where did the money go that the rich received from, the Reagan Bush Tax Cuts????

Give the wealthiest Americans a tax cut and history suggests they will save the money rather than spend it.

Tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 under President George W. Bush were followed by increases in the saving rate among the rich, according to data from Moody’s Analytics Inc. When taxes were raised under Bill Clinton, the saving rate fell.

The findings may weaken arguments by Republicans and some Democrats in Congress who say allowing the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to lapse will prompt them to reduce their spending, harming the economy. President Barack Obama wants to extend the cuts for individuals earning less than $200,000 and couples earning less than $250,000 while ending them for those who earn more.

“I would tend to wonder how much the tax cut actually influences spending behavior,” said Chris Cornell, an economist who mined government reports back to 1989 for West Chester, Pennsylvania-based Moody’s Analytics. “Spending by the top 5 percent of households seems much more closely tied to business- cycle issues than it does to tax-cut issues.”

The Moody’s research covering couples earning more than $210,000 found that spending by the wealthy is more likely to be influenced by the ups and downs of the stock market than changes in income-tax rates.

Stock-market performance is the “primary factor that is driving the savings of the top 5 percent of households,” said Mustafa Akcay, economist and co-researcher of the savings data.  Story is located here

Very interesting look at religion…belief and logic

Monday, September 13th, 2010

It really comes down to belief of beliefs or belief of provable facts.  The very last question is very interesting with the fog analogy.  Video is located here

A great Republican commercial highlighting their successes

Monday, September 13th, 2010

A Republican commercial shows what they stand for.  Video is located here

Why are Republicans now feuling anti-Islam furor when it would have been unthinkable a few years ago?

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Only a few years ago, an angry political demonstration at ground zero on September 11 would have been deemed an unthinkable offense not only to the bereaved families of victims and responders but to the nation. Yet this anniversary featured a raucous and highly partisan rally, as well over a thousand protesters gathered to show their opposition to the Park51 Islamic center – and to listen to tirades from Republican politicians and commentators against the Obama administration.

More than a flaky Florida pastor’s cancelled threat to burn the Quran (or the actual scattered torchings that took place the same day), the ground zerio rally answered the question posed repeatedly over the past few weeks: Why are millions of Americans suddenly caught up in a torrent of fear and fury over Islam so strong that both the president and the commanding general of U.S. forces in Afghanistan have warned of deadly consequences? What motivates the outpouring of rancor against Muslims, especially in the conservative media? How did they escape until now?

The answer is that until the advent of the Obama presidency, Republicans had no reason to scapegoat Muslims or demonize Islam — and indeed, they could not have inflamed those prejudices without damaging their own leaders, especially George W. Bush.  Story is located here

International Burn a Quran Day turns into the mocking of the US media for what the media did as a response

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, the leader of a microscopic cult of idiots who announced plans to stage an “international” day of Quran burning in Gainesville, Florida held a press conference, for a rapt media which decided that his moronic plans were the single most important thing going on in America. At that press conference, in front of “9/11 Truther” signs, this cult leader lied to everyone who was watching, telling them that he was going to call off his 9/11 book burning festival because he had successfully reached a deal with the people behind the Park51 community center in Lower Manhattan, in which they would move their facility away from the site of the World Trade Center.

Not a word of this was true.

Story is located here

Simply put EVERYONE makes more money when Democrats are in office

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Video is located here

Simple chart is located here

The top line is the top 5% of the income earners…they make more money when Democrats are in office.

The second line is the top 20% of income earners they make significantly more money when Democrats are in office.

The third line is the top 40% of income earners and they make even MORE money under Democrats

And the bottom line is the top 80% of income earners and it is amazingly lopsided that EVERYONE makes more money when Democrats are in power.

How simple can this be?

Who makes more money when Democrats are in office? Everyone and especially YOU not in the top single digits. So if taxes or business or you are a worker the only way to vote is for Democrats.  Otherwise you are truly voting against your pocketbook.  Chart is located here

Rush Limbaugh and crazy Quran burning cult leader were classmates

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Update and clarification at 1:53 P.M. ET: The website noted above and a similar Facebook page is run and operated by Ken Steinoff, class of 1965, who says he was a photographer for both the school yearbook and school newspaper. It is not the official school web site, rather is a site where Steinoff posts old photographs and bits of nostalgia about the Cape Central high school. He was among the first to put together the Jones-Limbaugh connection. He tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “When you have Rush Limbaugh and Terry Jones come out of the same class,” Steinoff told the Post-Dispatch, “that’s extraordinary.”  Story is located here

He has a Master’s Degree in Communications. Wow!

Friday, September 10th, 2010

This is a Teabagger.    Video is located here

The only thing that comes to mind is this video located here

2/3 of income growth from 1979-2007 was seen by top 10%

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Think about that for a minute: 64 percent of all income growth since 1979 has gone to the top 10 percent.  Story is located here

Yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flag = Dixie Flag = American Taliban

Friday, September 10th, 2010

this past Tuesday, the FBI arrested 26-year old Christian radical Justin Carl Moose in Concord, NC for “providing information to create explosives” to “blow up a North Carolina abortion clinic.” Through his conversations with an FBI informant and his Facebook page, Moose expressed virulent “anger at abortion doctors, President Barack Obama’s health care plan, and plans to build a mosque near ground zero in New York city.” He goes on to describe himself as “the Christian counterpart to Osama bin Laden” who “has learned a lot from the muslim terrorists and have no problem using their tactics”:

According to WCNC-TV, a yellow “don’t tread on me” flag – the anthem of the Tea Party movement – hangs over the door to Moose’s family home. Watch it here:  Video is located here