Archive for May, 2011

Photos of the Creationist Museum in Kentucky and California

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Here is a video of the Creationist Museum in Santee California.  Video and story located here

Here are photos of the Creationist Museum in Kentucky.  Photos are here.  Read the comments as they bring specific problems in the displays at the museum.  The commentors are far more educated than the people creating the Creationist Museum.

Bill Maher talks with the Director of a Creationist Museum here

This is one of the funnier but true groups of photos you will ever see.  A Triceratops with a saddle as dinosaurs were used by early man to go to the grocery store.  Picture is here.

This photo explains that language EVOLVED into others…but apparently people do not evolve.  Picture is here

A tremendous comment on the Creationist Museum and why it is wrong is posted here

 

There’s nothing in any of these comments to indicate WHY any of what is represented in the museum is not correct

True. But imagine you come across a photo gallery on a Holocaust denialist museum.

Would you simply join into the discussion laughing at it with everyone else (as happened here)? Or would you sit down and write a hundred and fifty pages covering each and every point of WHY the Holocaust denialists are not correct?

it would be nice to know WHY you say they are not true.

Sure! My pleasure.
The broader problem is that everything in the museum conflicts with pretty well ALL of science… chemistry physics biology geology astronomy…. everything. But you obviously want specifics. I’ll give you two super-simple examples – no science PhD required – obviously exposing this museum is fundamentally bogus.

(1) According to this museum the earth is ~6,000 years old and the Grand Canyon was rapidly carved by a torrential flow of water after the Biblical Flood, carving through the fairly soft mud layers deposited by that flood. Well consider this – a torrent of fast water will blast its way in a straight line. Simple simple simple. A small slow stream of water weaves and winds randomly. The Grand Canyon weaves and winds. It is littered with tight U-turns. A torrential blast of water quickly carving its way though soft mud does NOT make sharp U-turns. It will cut its way straight through.

Once you realize that point, even the smallest child can look at the Grand Canyon and clearly see that the Creation Museum is Just Plain Wrong. The Grand Canyon is millions of years old, carved by a small slow meandering flow of water.

(2) Again, they insist the earth is ~6,000 years old. However if you go to the arctic or antarctic and dig, you will see there are clearly visible yearly layers in the snow. During the 6-month summer the surface snow bakes under the sun which alters its texture, and a layer of pollen and dust blows in and settles on that surface. During the winter another snow layer is built up. The layers are clearly visible and easily countable. In addition, traces of ash from the occasional major volcanic eruptions get blown in and settle in that year’s layer. If you dig and count down 1930 layers, you will find traces of volcanic ash from the 79 A.D. famous volcano that destroyed Pompeii. And then you can digging down counting layers, finding the yearly pollen and dust layer and every sevral of years finding traces of volcanic eruptions. And you can continue digging and counting down about a HUNDRED THOUSAND yearly layers. Actually there’s about a million years worth of icepack, with individual scattered layers of a million years worth of volcanic eruptions, but when you go more than about a hundred thousand years down the layers get too thin to be visibly countable. Some people try to make up some excuse about multiple fake layers mysteriously being laid down quickly, but that’s obviously bogus when you consider the volcanic ash record in those layers. It takes around a full year for volcanic ash to settle out of the atmosphere. Even the most fanatical stretch can’t invent any sane story on how you an quickly lay down tens or hundreds of thousands of individual ash layers of tens or hundreds of thousands of volcanic eruptions.

So again, once you know about the simplest evidence, even the smallest child can see the Creation Museum is Just Plain Wrong. If you can simply dig in the snow and count a hundred thousand visible yearly layers then the earth is obviously a lot more than 6,000 years old.

The Creation Museum is an embarrassment.

US polling shows that Christians are roughly split evenly on evolution, but evolution denialism is mostly isolated to the US. International surveys of all industrialized nations find the US to be second-to last on public acceptance of evolution. (Out of 32 nations, Turkey was the only country to rank lower than the US.) Globally, Christians accept evolution. Outside the US, Christians are baffled that at the US Fundamentalist assertion that evolution is incompatible with God. They are baffled at US science education failing to show students the science and evidence showing that the earth really is Old and that evolution really is accurate.

Out of a half million degreed earth and life scientists, only about 700 give any credibility at all to the Creation Science crackpottery. Some people say that “a lot” of scientists doubt evolution… yeah sure…. one could call 700 “a lot”. However that is only 0.15% – that is comparable to the number who claim the moon landings were faked. About 99.85% consider evolution absolutely confirmed by the evidence. And lets assume that HALF of all degreed earth and life scientists are loony lying atheist radicals… that still leaves the other half being Christian scientists. That still leaves about 700 anti-evolutionists out of a quarter million good Christian scientists. That still leaves 99.7% of good Christian earth and life scientists considering evolution to be right. Rounded to the nearest full percentage point, 100% of Christians educated in the subject have studied the evidence and been convinced evolution is right. 100%. Christians who believe in God AND evolution. That God created the universe and that the science of evolution accurately describes HOW God creates the diversity of life, just as the science of optics accurately describes HOW God creates rainbows.

There are some Fundamentalists trying to claim evolution is atheism, trying to claim that evolution is an attack on Christians. The fact is that the majority of Christians accept evolution. The fact is that atheists are a minuscule percentage of the population, and that almost all “evolutionists” are Christian.

Fundamentalists (like this Creationist Museum) claiming that they are under attack by atheists are in fact primarily “under attack” and at war with normal majority mainstream Christianity.

SOME Christians one attacked Galileo, claiming that his science of the solar system was atheistic, claiming that the science was an attack against God.
Exactly as SOME Christians today attack Darwin and claim his evolution science is atheistic, claiming the science is an attack against God.

36 indicators show poorer people are doing worse

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

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#1 The competition for decent jobs in America has gotten absolutely insane. There have been reports of people actually getting down on their knees and begging for jobs. Many Americans are starting to wonder if they will ever get a decent job again. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average duration of unemployment in the United States is now an all-time record 39 weeks….

#2 According to the Wall Street Journal, there are 5.5 million Americans that are unemployed and yet are not receiving unemployment benefits.

#3 The number of “low income jobs” in the U.S. has risen steadily over the past 30 years and they now account for 41 percent of all jobs in the United States.

#4 Only 66.8% of American men had a job last year. That was the lowest level that has ever been recorded in all of U.S. history.

#5 Once upon a time, anyone could get hired at McDonald’s. But today McDonald’s turns away a higher percentage of applicants than Harvard does. Approximately 7 percent of all those that apply to get into Harvard are accepted. At a recent “National Hiring Day” held by McDonald’s only about 6.2 percent of the one million Americans that applied for a job were hired.

#6 There are now about 7.25 million fewer jobs in America than when the recession began back in 2007.

#7 The United States has lost an average of about 50,000 manufacturing jobs per month since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

#8 A New York post analysis has found that the rate of inflation in New York City has been about 14 percent over the past year.

#9 The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States is now up to $3.91 a gallon.

#10 Over the past 12 months the average price of gasoline in the United States has gone up by about 30%.

#11 Spending on energy now accounts for more than 6 percent of all consumer spending. Every time this has happened since 1970 we have also had a recession that followed.

#12 The average American driver will spend somewhere around $750 more for gasoline in 2011. Unfortunately, it seems likely that the price of oil is going to go up even higher. Already the price of oil is closing in on the all-time record….

#13 In the United States, over 20 percent of all children are living in poverty. In the UK and in France that figure is well under 10 percent.

#14 According to the U.S. Census, the number of children living in poverty has gone up by about 2 million in just the past 2 years.

#15 The wealthiest 1% of all Americans now own more than a third of all the wealth in the United States.

#16 The poorest 50% collectively own just 2.5% of all the wealth in the United States.

#17 The wealthiest 1% of all Americans own over 50% of all the stocks and bonds.

#18 According to a new report from the AFL-CIO, the average CEO made 343 times more money than the average American did last year.

#19 In 1980, government transfer payments accounted for just 11.7% of all income. Today, government transfer payments account for 18.4% of all income.

#20 U.S. households are now receiving more income from the U.S. government than they are paying to the government in taxes.

#21 59 percent of all Americans now receive money from the federal government in one form or another.

#22 The average cost of tuition, room and board at America’s public universities is now $16,000 a year. For America’s private universities, that figure is $37,000 a year.

#23 The cost of college tuition in the United States has gone up by over 900 percent since 1978.

#24 Approximately two-thirds of all college students graduate with student loan debt.

#25 17 million college graduates are doing jobs that do not even require a college degree.

#26 According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, health care costs accounted for just 9.5% of all personal consumption back in 1980. Today they account for approximately 16.3%.

#27 One study found that approximately 41 percent of working age Americans either have medical bill problems or are currently paying off medical debt.

#28 Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Today, one out of every 6 Americans is on Medicaid.

#29 Total credit card debt in the United States is now more than 8 times larger than it was just 30 years ago.

#30 During the first three months of this year, less new homes were sold in the U.S. than in any three month period ever recorded.

#31 Now home sales in the United States are now down 80% from the peak in July 2005.

#32 U.S. home prices have now declined 32% from the peak of the housing bubble.

#33 For most middle class families, the family home is the number one financial asset. Unfortunately, U.S. home values have declined an astounding 6.3 trillion dollars since the housing crisis first began.

#34 According to a recent census report, 13% of all homes in the United States are currently sitting empty.

#35 The housing crisis just seems to keep on getting worse. 31 percent of the homeowners that responded to a recent Rasmussen Reports survey indicated that they are “underwater” on their mortgages.

#36 Unfortunately, it looks like millions more middle class Americans could soon be in danger of losing their homes. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, at least 8 million Americans are at least one month behind on their mortgage payments at this point.

Happy guys finish last, says new study on sexual attractiveness

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Women find happy guys significantly less sexually attractive than swaggering or brooding men, according to a new University of British Columbia study that helps to explain the enduring allure of “bad boys” and other iconic gender types.

The study – which may cause men to smile less on dates, and inspire online daters to update their profile photos – finds dramatic gender differences in how men and women rank the sexual attractiveness of non-verbal expressions of commonly displayed emotions, including happiness, pride, and shame.

Very few studies have explored the relationship between emotions and attraction, and this is the first to report a significant gender difference in the attractiveness of smiles. The study, published online today in the American Psychological Association journal Emotion, is also the first to investigate the attractiveness of displays of pride and shame.

“While showing a happy face is considered essential to friendly social interactions, including those involving sexual attraction – few studies have actually examined whether a smile is, in fact, attractive,” says Prof. Jessica Tracy of UBC’s Dept. of Psychology. “This study finds that men and women respond very differently to displays of emotion, including smiles.”

In a series of studies, more than 1,000 adult participants rated the sexual attractiveness of hundreds of images of the opposite sex engaged in universal displays of happiness (broad smiles), pride (raised heads, puffed-up chests) and shame (lowered heads, averted eyes).

The study found that women were least attracted to smiling, happy men, preferring those who looked proud and powerful or moody and ashamed. In contrast, male participants were most sexually attracted to women who looked happy, and least attracted to women who appeared proud and confident.

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What About The People Who Don’t Have Family?

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

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Minnesota resident Kurt Rutzen testifies at a Minnesota senate hearing in defense of programs that serve the disabled, which Republicans are trying to cut, drastically.

Despite being born with cerebral palsy, he counts himself unbelievably lucky, being independent and having loving family, friends, and church communities.

This powerful testimony is on behalf of those who are not so lucky.

( This is a shortened clip of the original video, posted here by MNSenateDFL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNXGG11E404 )

Anthony Weiner “It IS The Proposal Of The Republican Party To Eliminate Medicare!”

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

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“Maybe the constant is love, and the rest of it you can let go of.”

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

The man who said the world was going to end appeared at his front door in Alameda a day later, very much alive but not so well.

“It has been a really tough weekend,” said Harold Camping, the 89-year-old fundamentalist radio preacher who convinced hundreds of his followers that the rapture would occur on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Massive earthquakes would strike, he said. Believers would ascend to heaven and the rest would be left to wander a godforsaken planet until Oct. 21, when Camping promised a fiery end to the world.

But on Sunday, almost 18 hours after he thought he’d be in heaven, there was Camping, “flabbergasted” in Alameda, wearing tan slacks, a tucked-in polo shirt and a light jacket.

Birds chirped. A gentle breeze blew. Across the street, neighbors focused on their yard work and the latest neighborhood gossip.

“I’m looking for answers,” Camping said, adding that meant frequent prayer and consultations with friends.

“But now I have nothing else to say,” he said, closing the door to his home. “I’ll be back to work Monday and will say more then.”

Camping’s followers will surely be listening.

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ObamaCare results in 600,000 young adults being added to their parent’s insurance plans

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Hundreds of thousands of young adults are taking advantage of the health care law provision that allows people under 26 to remain on their parents’ health plans, some of the nation’s largest insurers are reporting. That pace appears to be faster than the government expected.

WellPoint, the nation’s largest publicly traded health insurer with 34 million customers, said the dependent provision was responsible for adding 280,000 new members. That was about one third its total enrollment growth in the first three months of 2011.

Others large insurers said they have added tens of thousands of young adults. Aetna, for example, added fewer than 100,000; Kaiser Permanente, about 90,000; Highmark Inc., about 72,000; Health Care Service Corp., about 82,000; Blue Shield of California, about 22,000, and United Healthcare, about 13,000.

The Health and Human Services Department has estimated that about 1.2 million young adults would sign up for coverage in 2011. The early numbers from insurers show it could be much higher, said Aaron Smith, executive director of the Young Invincibles, a Washington-based nonprofit group that advocates for young adults.

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Health Reform in Massachusetts

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Despite all of the bashing by conservative commentators and politicians — and the predictions of doom for national health care reform — the program he signed into law as governor has been a success. The real lesson from Massachusetts is that health care reform can work, and the national law should work as well or even better.

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Like the federal reform law, Massachusetts’s plan required people to buy insurance and employers to offer it or pay a fee. It expanded Medicaid for the poor and set up insurance exchanges where people could buy individual policies, with subsidies for those with modest incomes.

Since reform was enacted, the state has achieved its goal of providing near-universal coverage: 98 percent of all residents were insured last year. That has come with minimal fiscal strain. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a nonpartisan fiscal monitoring group, estimated that the reforms cost the state $350 million in fiscal year 2010, a little more than 1 percent of the state budget.

Other significant accomplishments:

The percentage of employers offering insurance has increased, probably because more workers are demanding coverage and businesses are required to offer it.

The state has used managed-care plans to hold down the costs of subsidies: per capita payments for low-income enrollees rose an average of 5 percent a year over the first four years, well below recent 7 percent annual increases in per capita health care spending in Massachusetts. The payments are unlikely to rise at all in the current year, in large part because of a competitive bidding process and pressure from the officials supervising it.

The average premiums paid by individuals who purchase unsubsidized insurance have dropped substantially, 20 percent to 40 percent by some estimates, mostly because reform has brought in younger and healthier people to offset the cost of covering the older and sicker.

Residents of Massachusetts have clearly chosen to tune out the national chatter and look at their own experience. Most polls show that the state reforms are strongly supported by the public, business leaders and doctors, often by 60 percent or more.

There are still real problems that need to be solved. Small businesses are complaining that their premiums are rising faster than before, although how much of that is because of the reform law is not clear.

Insuring more people was expected to reduce the use of emergency rooms for routine care but has not done so to any significant degree. There is no evidence to support critics’ claims that the addition of 400,000 people to the insurance rolls is the cause of long waits to see a doctor.

What reform has not done is slow the rise in health care costs. Massachusetts put off addressing that until it had achieved universal coverage. No one should minimize the challenge, but serious efforts are now being weighed.

Gov. Deval Patrick has submitted a bill to the Legislature that would enhance the state’s powers to reject premium increases, allow the state to limit what hospitals and other providers can be paid by insurers, and promote alternatives to costly fee-for-service medicine. The governor’s goal is to make efficient integrated care organizations the predominant health care provider by 2015.

The national reform law has provisions designed to reduce spending in Medicare and Medicaid and, through force of example, the rest of the health care system. Those efforts will barely get started by the time Massachusetts hopes to have transformed its entire system. Washington and other states will need to keep a close watch.

Michele Bachmann believes in…curses.

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

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Insane quote of the day from an actual Presidential candidate.

“I am convinced in my heart and in my mind that if the United States fails to stand with Israel, that is the end of the United States … [W]e have to show that we are inextricably entwined, that as a nation we have been blessed because of our relationship with Israel, and if we reject Israel, then there is a curse that comes into play. And my husband and I are both Christians, and we believe very strongly the verse from Genesis [Genesis 12:3], we believe very strongly that nations also receive blessings as they bless Israel.”

102 Things NOT To Do If You Hate Taxes

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

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So, you’re a Republican that hates taxes? Well, since you do not like taxes or government, please kindly do the following.

1. Do not use Medicare.
2. Do not use Social Security
3. Do not become a member of the US military, who are paid with tax dollars.
4. Do not ask the National Guard to help you after a disaster.
5. Do not call 911 when you get hurt.
6. Do not call the police to stop intruders in your home.
7. Do not summon the fire department to save your burning home.
8. Do not drive on any paved road, highway, and interstate or drive on any bridge.
9. Do not use public restrooms.
10. Do not send your kids to public schools.
11. Do not put your trash out for city garbage collectors.
12. Do not live in areas with clean air.
13. Do not drink clean water.
14. Do not visit National Parks.
15. Do not visit public museums, zoos, and monuments.
16. Do not eat or use FDA inspected food and medicines.
17. Do not bring your kids to public playgrounds.
18. Do not walk or run on sidewalks.
19. Do not use public recreational facilities such as basketball and tennis courts.
20. Do not seek shelter facilities or food in soup kitchens when you are homeless and hungry.
21. Do not apply for educational or job training assistance when you lose your job.
22. Do not apply for food stamps when you can’t feed your children.
23. Do not use the judiciary system for any reason.
24. Do not ask for an attorney when you are arrested and do not ask for one to be assigned to you by the court.
25. Do not apply for any Pell Grants.
26. Do not use cures that were discovered by labs using federal dollars.
27. Do not fly on federally regulated airplanes.
28. Do not use any product that can trace its development back to NASA.
29. Do not watch the weather provided by the National Weather Service.
30. Do not listen to severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service.
31. Do not listen to tsunami, hurricane, or earthquake alert systems.
32. Do not apply for federal housing.
33. Do not use the internet, which was developed by the military.
34. Do not swim in clean rivers.
35. Do not allow your child to eat school lunches or breakfasts.
36. Do not ask for FEMA assistance when everything you own gets wiped out by disaster.
37. Do not ask the military to defend your life and home in the event of a foreign invasion.
38. Do not use your cell phone or home telephone.
39. Do not buy firearms that wouldn’t have been developed without the support of the US Government and military. That includes most of them.
40. Do not eat USDA inspected produce and meat.
41. Do not apply for government grants to start your own business.
42. Do not apply to win a government contract.
43. Do not buy any vehicle that has been inspected by government safety agencies.
44. Do not buy any product that is protected from poisons, toxins, etc…by the Consumer Protection Agency.
45. Do not save your money in a bank that is FDIC insured.
46. Do not use Veterans benefits or military health care.
47. Do not use the G.I. Bill to go to college.
48. Do not apply for unemployment benefits.
49. Do not use any electricity from companies regulated by the Department of Energy.
50. Do not live in homes that are built to code.
51. Do not run for public office. Politicians are paid with taxpayer dollars.
52. Do not ask for help from the FBI, S.W.A.T, the bomb squad, Homeland Security, State troopers, etc…
53. Do not apply for any government job whatsoever as all state and federal employees are paid with tax dollars.
54. Do not use public libraries.
55. Do not use the US Postal Service.
56. Do not visit the National Archives.
57. Do not visit Presidential Libraries.
58. Do not use airports that are secured by the federal government.
59. Do not apply for loans from any bank that is FDIC insured.
60. Do not ask the government to help you clean up after a tornado.
61. Do not ask the Department of Agriculture to provide a subsidy to help you run your farm.
62. Do not take walks in National Forests.
63. Do not ask for taxpayer dollars for your oil company.
64. Do not ask the federal government to bail your company out during recessions.
65. Do not seek medical care from places that use federal dollars.
66. Do not use Medicaid.
67. Do not use WIC.
68. Do not use electricity generated by Hoover Dam.
69. Do not use electricity or any service provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
70. Do not ask the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild levees when they break.
71. Do not let the Coast Guard save you from drowning when your boat capsizes at sea.
72. Do not ask the government to help evacuate you when all hell breaks loose in the country you are in.
73. Do not visit historic landmarks.
74. Do not visit fisheries.
75. Do not expect to see animals that are federally protected because of the Endangered Species List.
76. Do not expect plows to clear roads of snow and ice so your kids can go to school and so you can get to work.
77. Do not hunt or camp on federal land.
78. Do not work anywhere that has a safe workplace because of government regulations.
79. Do not use public transportation.
80. Do not drink water from public water fountains.
81. Do not whine when someone copies your work and sells it as their own. Government enforces copyright laws.
82. Do not expect to own your home, car, or boat. Government organizes and keeps all titles.
83. Do not expect convicted felons to remain off the streets.
84. Do not eat in restaurants that are regulated by food quality and safety standards.
85. Do not seek help from the US Embassy if you need assistance in a foreign nation.
86. Do not apply for a passport to travel outside of the United States.
87. Do not apply for a patent when you invent something.
88. Do not adopt a child through your local, state, or federal governments.
89.Do not use elevators that have been inspected by federal or state safety regulators.
90. Do not use any resource that was discovered by the USGS.
91. Do not ask for energy assistance from the government.
92. Do not move to any other developed nation, because the taxes are much higher.
93. Do not go to a beach that is kept clean by the state.
94. Do not use money printed by the US Treasury.
95. Do not complain when millions more illegal immigrants cross the border because there are no more border patrol agents.
96. Do not attend a state university.
97. Do not see any doctor that is licensed through the state.
98. Do not use any water from municipal water systems.
99. Do not complain when diseases and viruses, that were once fought around the globe by the US government and CDC, reach your house.
100. Do not work for any company that is required to pay its workers a livable wage, provide them sick days, vacation days, and benefits.
101. Do not expect to be able to vote on election days. Government provides voting booths, election day officials, and voting machines which are paid for with taxes.
102. Do not ride trains. The railroad was built with government financial assistance.

The fact is, we pay for the lifestyle we expect. Without taxes, our lifestyles would be totally different and much harder. America would be a third world country. The less we pay, the less we get in return. Americans pay less taxes today since 1958 and is ranked 32nd out of 34 of the top tax paying countries. Chile and Mexico are 33rd and 34th. The Republicans are lying when they say that we pay the highest taxes in the world and are only attacking taxes to reward corporations and the wealthy and to weaken our infrastructure and way of life. So next time you object to paying taxes or fight to abolish taxes for corporations and the wealthy, keep this quote in mind…

“I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Taxpayers in the city of Peoria, Illinois have paid $313.5 million for Total Iraq War Spending Since FY03. For the same amount of money, the following could be provided:

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Trade Offs

Taxpayers in the city of Peoria, Illinois have paid $313.5 million for Total Iraq War Spending Since FY03. For the same amount of money, the following could be provided:
175,637 Children Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR
4,249 Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR
4,986 Firefighters for One Year OR
44,162 Head Start Slots for Children for One Year OR
85,379 Households with Renewable Electricity – Solar Photovoltaic for One Year OR
227,677 Households with Renewable Electricity-Wind Power for One Year OR
37,308 Military Veterans Receiving VA Medical Care for One Year OR
65,794 People Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year OR
4,001 Police or Sheriff’s Patrol Officers for One Year OR
25,024 Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR
56,488 Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550

Put your city in here

The end of the world came and went…yawn

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

As 6 p.m. approached in California, some 100 people gathered outside Family Radio International headquarters in Oakland, although it appeared none of the believers of the prophecy were among them. Camping’s radio stations, TV channels, satellite broadcasts and website are controlled from a modest building sandwiched between an auto shop and a palm reader’s business.

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The Audacity of Hate: Birthers, Deathers, Deniers, Racism and Barack Obama

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

The latest garbage spewing hate as it circles the Internet in a viral state of panic continues a three year smear against Barack Obama.

The attacks had begun with the extreme right wing spitting out Obama’s full name-Barack HUSSEIN Obama, as if somehow he wasn’t an American but connected to the Iraqi dictator who, despite the Bush Administration’s best efforts, had no connections to 9/11.

When the right-wingers and Tea Party Pack get tired of their “cutesy” attempts to link Obama to militant Muslims, they launch half-truths and lies to claim he wasn’t born in the United States. Like Jaws, Jason, or Freddy Krueger, “birther” propaganda keeps returning, even when independent state officials and analysts proved the claims false.

The issue simmered on Fox TV and talk radio until Donald Trump, the man with the planet-sized ego and the bacteria-sized brain, inserted his persona into the issue, while pontificating about becoming the next president. The media, exhausted from having to cover the antics of Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, turned their news columns over to the man who would be God-if only it paid better.

The Wing Nut Cotillion, with Trump getting the headlines, then demanded Obama produce a long-form birth certificate-which he did while leading a combined White House-CIA-Pentagon effort to find and destroy Osama bin Laden. The truth still hasn’t quieted the conspiracy nuts.

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Today’s Hero- Erica Goldson. Explaining in her Valedictorian speech that education is not the merely correct filling in of dots but rather CONNECTING the dots.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Some of you may be thinking, “Well, if you pass a test, or become valedictorian, didn’t you learn something?”  Well, yes, you learned something, but not all that you could have. Perhaps, you only learned how to memorize names, places, and dates to later on forget in order to clear your mind for the next test. School is not all that it can be. Right now, it is a place for most people to determine that their goal is to get out as soon as possible.

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Transcript of the speech is located here

1890?s America: A Peek at the Past You’re Repeating. The America the Teabaggers want to bring us back to.

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

This is the America the Teabaggers want to bring America back to.

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Sovereign Citizens on “60 Minutes”

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

And the difference between them and the Teabaggers is what?  These are the Militia members from the 90s and a good chink of Teabaggers of today.

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The cost of getting you one gigabit of data is paltry. You are being ripped off.

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

The cost for the wholesale delivery of incremental Internet traffic via the local access cloud has been estimated to range from a penny per GB to 1.4 cents per GB for average heavy users ranging from 60 to 250 GB of usage per month, well above the current average usage of all Internet users, which has been estimated to be around 24 GB per month in 2011 in Canada.

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How much credit should George W. Bush get for the killing of Bin Laden?

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

The answer is ZERO.

Ep. 213: May 13, 2011 – Overtime

FLASHBACK: As Gingrich Calls Obama A ‘Food Stamp President’, He Was One Of Biggest Spenders In Congress

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Last night, GOP presidential primary candidate Newt Gingrich appeared at the Georgia Republican Party’s state-wide convention, where he delivered a wide-ranging speech covering a variety of issues related to his presidential run.

At one point during the speech, Gingrich derided progressive economic policies that value public investment and spending to get back to work, saying that “we’re at the crossroads” and that “down one road is a European centralized bureaucratic socialist welfare system” and the other road is a “proud, solid reaffirmation of American exceptionalism.” He then went on to declare Obama to be a “food stamp president”:

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Jon Stewart Slams Fox News, Sean Hannity For Hypocritical ‘Common’ Outrage

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Stewart then got down to business, finding all the right clips to display Fox News’ utter hypocrisy in many forms. First, a clip of FoxNews.com having a pleasant interview with the same “dangerous” rapper they don’t want in the White House. Next, a clip of Hannity saying Common’s lyrics sound like they’re about cop-killing followed by a Fox News on-air birthday wish to “Cop Killer” lyricist Ice-T.

Now what about Sarah Palin’s “Don’t retreat, reload” comment? If you remember, Fox had few negative things to say about that. And if the Right is really only outraged by violent song lyrics, Stewart wants to know why George W. Bush honored Johnny Cash, whose lyrics talk about murder and misogyny in a much more clear-cut fashion than Common.

“Seriously Hannity, what’s the difference?” Stewart asked, wondering if it was just because Common rapped about violence toward George W. Bush in one of his songs that he didn’t want him around. “Would you feel that way about people using violent rhetoric about President Obama?”

Naturally, Stewart produced a clip of just that: singer Ted Nugent cursing out Obama and Hillary Clinton during the election, followed by Hannity saying he had no qualms about the hateful speech.

“This isn’t even fun anymore,” Stewart admitted. “It took longer to play that clip than it did to find it.

 
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California millionaires and billionaires won…dozens of state parks to close

Friday, May 13th, 2011

California is shutting down.

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Right wing dogma

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Right wing dogma simply defines everything by essence. Republicans are, by definition “patriotic”, “God- fearing,” and “ril Americans”, even when offshoring production, selling our oil reserves to OPEC, our port security to hostiles, or leaving the skies strangely unguarded on 9/11; Democrats are inherently “un-American”, even when trying to to help Americans or killing Bin Ladin, and especially when occupying the White House while black. Wealthy corporations are inherently “deserving” of the public treasury and mustn’t be “punished for success” by being asked to give back to the nation that made them rich; the “little people” are useless eaters, peevishly and unpatrioticly refusing to “share sacrifice” if they demand a living wage, public education, or the right to exist when the corporations no longer can exploit them profitably. Right- wingers are “courageous and outspoken” when they engage in lies and bigotry; anyone who calls them on it is an “elitist” who is “playing the race card” or “engaging in class warfare”. That kind of definition is to be expected… from right- wingers. What is truly sorry is that the MSM accepts these definitions and therefore so does the suckered public.

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If you are a terrorist and you want to buy a gun…GOP says…no problem

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Under current law, licensed gun dealers must screen potential buyers to weed out those ineligible to purchase or possess firearms, including illegal immigrants, felons, the severely mentally ill and those convicted of domestic violence.

Appearance on the FBI’s terrorist watch list, however, does not alone disqualify people from buying guns. That database is designed to track those “known or appropriately suspected to be or have been engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation for, in aid of, or related to terrorism.”

Quigley’s amendment would have empowered the U.S. attorney general to deny firearm sales to individuals on the FBI’s list when surveillance obtained using the Patriot Act led the attorney general to believe those people would use the weapons for acts of terror.

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High schooler challenges Bachmann to debate on U.S. Constitution

Friday, May 13th, 2011

A high school sophomore from New Jersey is challenging Rep. Michele Bachmann to a debate on civics and the U.S. Constitution. In an open letter to to Bachmann, Amy Myers of Cherry Hill, N.J., said, “I have found quite a few of your statements regarding The Constitution of the United States, the quality of public school education and general U.S. civics matters to be factually incorrect, inaccurately applied or grossly distorted.”

“I, Amy Myers, do hereby challenge Representative Michele Bachmann to a Public Forum Debate and/or Fact Test on The Constitution of the United States, United States History and United States Civics,” Myers wrote, according to a report by City Pages’ Nick Pinto.

Politifact rated Bachmann’s statements about the U.S. Constitution’s census requirements in 2009 as “Pants on Fire” false. CNN’s Anderson Cooper dinged Bachmann back in January for her revisionist history regarding the U.S. Constitution’s racist past.

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Interviews with the Invisible: The Veteran Teacher

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Republican’s don’t really believe in public education and have really pushed charter schools and private school vouchers more than passing a healthy public education budget. So as punishment for this, Republicans are really going after teacher unions and teacher benefits.

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US taxes too high? Think again, says Jesuit

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

“Some 30 years of anti-tax propaganda,” lobbying and legislation have turned the United States into one of the lowest-taxed countries in the developed world, says Jesuit Fr. Fred Kammer, former head of Catholic Charities USA.

The sobering results — especially from a standpoint of the common good of the American people and from Catholic social teaching — are “a widening of the gap between rich and poor to its current morally grotesque levels and the substantial deterioration of the U.S. infrastructure,” he said.

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Newt Gingrich also supported federally mandated health care coverage

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

In a June 2007 op-ed in the Des Moines Register, Gingrich wrote, “Personal responsibility extends to the purchase of health insurance. Citizens should not be able to cheat their neighbors by not buying insurance, particularly when they can afford it, and expect others to pay for their care when they need it.” An “individual mandate,” he added, should be applied “when the larger health-care system has been fundamentally changed.”

And in several of his many policy and politics-focused books, Gingrich offered much the same.

In 2008’s “Real Change,” he wrote, “Finally, we should insist that everyone above a certain level buy coverage (or, if they are opposed to insurance, post a bond). Meanwhile, we should provide tax credits or subsidize private insurance for the poor.”

In 2005’s “Winning the Future,” he expanded on the idea in more detail: “You have the right to be part of the lowest-cost insurance pool and you have a responsibility to buy insurance. … We need some significant changes to ensure that every American is insured, but we should make it clear that a 21st Century Intelligent System requires everyone to participate in the insurance system.”

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Mitt Romney’s health care plan covered abortions. Give up Romney…and your little dog too.

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

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The Eleven Craziest Things Newt Gingrich Has Ever Said

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

How did they get it down to just 11?

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Catholic Scholars To Boehner: Your Agenda Defies ‘Church’s Most Ancient Moral Teachings’ On Helping Poor

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will give the commencement address at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. this weekend. Ahead of the visit, dozens of faculty members from the school and other other Catholic universities are writing to Boehner — who is himself an observant Catholic — challenging his willingness to “gut” social programs while protecting “new tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.” “Mr. Speaker, your voting record is at variance from one of the Church’s most ancient moral teachings” of caring for the poor, they write:

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Thanks to Decades of Conservative Spin, Americans Are Hopelessly Confused About Taxes, Spending and the Deficit

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

The right’s victory in separating taxes from the services they pay for is apparent when citizens are asked what they’d like to see cut in order to cut that deficit. In January, Gallup released a poll on those specifics. They asked which of nine areas of government services they’d like to see cut. Only cutting foreign aid – which represents about two percent of the federal budget – met with the approval of a majority of those surveyed. Even majorities of Republicans opposed cuts to everything but foreign aid and arts funding.

 Taken together, this shows how difficult it is for law-makers to arrive at good public policies. Their constituents wants their cake, they want to eat it, but they don’t think they need to pay the tab for it. Politicos offer tax cuts to get themselves elected, but then face outraged constituents when they try to cut services. Small wonder that we’ve only managed to balance the budget in one brief period during the boom years of the 1990s.

 We do face serious issues in this country. We need a serious debate about how best to solve them. But we’re having that debate in a democracy populated by citizens who have little or no clue where their tax dollars go. And you can credit the anti-tax crusaders and their habitual mendacity for that sorry state of affairs.

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Church goers more likely to approve of torture

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Is it true that church makes you more moral? I’m unconvinced. A new poll shows that, in addition to making you less likely to support abortion or gay rights, church goers are more likely to condone the use of torture.

Like so many issues, whether or not this demonstrates one is more “moral” comes down to how you define moral, but it also suggests something that has always bothered me. It seems that religion, at least in some ways, can make one immoral by giving you justifications and rationalizations for actions you might not normally approve on their own merits. Atheists are the least likely to support torture policies. Why? Because there is nothing for them to use to justify such policies; it is left entirely to their own conscience. (Actually, a cynical, Randian Darwinism by non-religious intellectuals like George Will can also be used to rationalize selfishness and deceit.)

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Obama speaks with 60 Minutes about the effort to kill Osama bin Laden

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

STEVE KROFT: Mr. President, was this the most satisfying week of your presidency?

 PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well, it was certainly one of the most satisfying weeks not only for my presidency but I think for the United States since I’ve been president. Obviously, bin Laden had been not only a symbol of terrorism but a mass murderer who had eluded justice for so long and so many families who have been affected I think had given up hope. And for us to be able to definitively say, “We got the man who caused thousands of deaths here in the United States” was something that I think all of us were profoundly grateful to be a part of.

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Bill Maher Overtime for 5/6/11 was really good

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

 

Ep. 212: May 6, 2011 – Overtime

How Many Muslims does the Black Guy have to kill before the Crackers climb off his ass?

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Obama killed Osama.  Bill Maher has it right

Republicans try to take bin Laden death victory from Obama

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

By now, you’ve probably seen this pathetic excuse of an attempt to deny the President any credit for the recent events that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden:

Let’s be clear on this: OBAMA did NOT kill Bin Laden. An American soldier, who Obama just a few weeks ago was debating on whether or not to PAY, did. Obama just happened to be the one in office when our soldiers finally found OBL and took him out. This is NOT an Obama victory, but an AMERICAN victory!!!

This is one of the most ridiculous, disingenuous and steaming piles of dog mess I’ve seen in a while. It almost tops the chain-mail I got several years ago about how all Democrats hate the troops, want them to die, and support the terrorists. That one didn’t end well either, thanks to “Reply All.”

Yes, Obama did NOT personally kill Bin Laden but then again, George Bush didn’t personally kill Saddam Hussein either but he got credit for it, didn’t he? And surprisingly, there are some out there today giving Bush credit for this, and yet he happens to not be the guy in office anymore which pretty much nulls that first argument.

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Bush, Cheney and Condi Rice were all told bin Laden was coming and they all laughed…or….who was the REAL “Manchurain Candidate” of the 2008 election?

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The Clinton Administration handed off intelligence to the Bush Administration however that information was totally ignored.  Bush did not use knowledge that bin Laden was coming and Bush shut down the CIA group looking for bin Laden.  A good description of this problem is that the man who does not show up for work and put money into the pile to buy a lottery ticket with co-workers does not get the share of the winnings.  Bush did not even try.  He gave up…Bush surrrendered to bin Laden.  Bush is not to thank for Obama getting bin Laden.  Actually Bush got us into a massive war that could have been averted.  The Presidential campaign of 2008 tried to pin the “Manchurian Candidate” label on Obama when in fact the Presidential Candidate that was working against the best interest of America was actually Bush.

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GINI coefficient shows income inequality grew in the USA from 1985 to 2008

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

The GINI coefficient for the US and Mexico have Mexico out in front. However the US rating continues to grow closer to where Mexico was just a few years ago. 

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How Goldman Sachs Created the Food Crisis

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Demand and supply certainly matter. But there’s another reason why food across the world has become so expensive: Wall Street greed.

It took the brilliant minds of Goldman Sachs to realize the simple truth that nothing is more valuable than our daily bread. And where there’s value, there’s money to be made. In 1991, Goldman bankers, led by their prescient president Gary Cohn, came up with a new kind of investment product, a derivative that tracked 24 raw materials, from precious metals and energy to coffee, cocoa, cattle, corn, hogs, soy, and wheat. They weighted the investment value of each element, blended and commingled the parts into sums, then reduced what had been a complicated collection of real things into a mathematical formula that could be expressed as a single manifestation, to be known henceforth as the Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI). 

For just under a decade, the GSCI remained a relatively static investment vehicle, as bankers remained more interested in risk and collateralized debt than in anything that could be literally sowed or reaped. Then, in 1999, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission deregulated futures markets. All of a sudden, bankers could take as large a position in grains as they liked, an opportunity that had, since the Great Depression, only been available to those who actually had something to do with the production of our food.

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Bush just didn’t think much about bin Laden

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

And he even shut down the group that was looking for him.  If Bush didn’t think much about bin Laden it only proved that he didn’t think much.

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Obama hands the Birther crowd some reality with the killing of bin Laden

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Birtherism, of course, is only one strand in a larger narrative — including charges that Obama doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism, hates exercising American power, and embraces American decline — that’s designed to sow fears about the true nature of Obama’s real intentions towards our country. This narrative has at times even involved Osama himself — recall the use Osama, 9/11, and terrorism-related imagery to attack Obama, and the “jokes” conflating their names. Amazingly, all this reached its ultimate conclusion with the release of Obama’s long-form certificate, during the very same week when Obama was quite literally putting in place the final details of the plan that finally resulted in Osama’s death.

You couldn’t ask for a more perfect expression of how at odds with reality this storyline — and the media freak-show feeding it — are than that.

Tremendous overview of deficits and the impact on the American psyche…or…how Republicans drive up the deficit while in office then complain about the deficit when Democrats are in office

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

“Reagan,” Vice President Dick Cheney famously declared in 2002, “proved deficits don’t matter.” Unless, that is, a Democrat is in the White House. After all, while Ronald Reagan tripled the national debt and George W. Bush doubled it again, each Republican was rewarded with a second term in office. But as the Gallup polling data show, concern over the federal deficit hasn’t been this high since Democratic budget balancer Bill Clinton was in office. All of which suggest the Republicans’ born-again disdain for deficits ranks among the greatest – and most successful – political double-standards in recent memory.

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Osama is dead. Obama is dead. No…Osama is dead

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Video shows someone died but just who?

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Keith Olbermann with a good overview of the night located here

Al Jazeera Live Stream

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

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How bin Laden was tracked and killed

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

The plot of land was roughly eight times larger than the other homes in the area. It was built in 2005 on the outskirts of town, but now some other homes are nearby.

“Physical security is extraordinary: 12 to 16 foot walls, walled areas, restricted access by two security gates.” The residents burn their trash, unlike their neighbors. There are no windows facing the road. One part of the compound has its own seven-foot privacy wall.

And unusual for a multi-million-dollar home: It has no telephone or Internet service.

This home, U.S. intelligence analysts concluded, was “custom built to hide someone of significance.”

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In an online world one post does spread to the world.  Here is the inadvertant LiveTweeter of the attack.  Story is located here

Osama Bin Laden dead

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Apparently bin Laden was still a big deal to Obama thankfully.  Bush admitted he didn’t care much about bi Laden.

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Here is the Press Conference video.  Bush was not interested in killing the director of the atack but rather keeping the American War Machine going.  The director of the initial attack can…do it again….just as long as the War Machine moves along.  Bush was never interested in ending the war but rather starting it and keeping it going.