Archive for June, 2011

Uranium used in our wars

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

And the result is horrible for all.

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Editorial: Eight myths to chill an old-school Republican soul…or…the GOP obituary

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Lawrence ODonnell reads an editorial on the death of the GOP. Video is located here

Consider the mythology that makes up GOP orthodoxy today. Imagine the contortions that cramp the brains and souls of men and women of intelligence and compassion who seek state and national office under the Republican banner.

• They must believe, despite the evidence of the 2008 financial collapse, that unregulated — or at most, lightly regulated —financial markets are good for America and the world.

• They must believe in the brilliantly cast conceit known as the “pro-growth agenda,” in which economic growth can be attained only by reducing corporate and individual tax rates, especially among the investor class, and by freeing business from environmental rules that have cleaned up America’s air and water and labor regulations that helped create America’s middle class.

• Though rising health care costs are pillaging the economy, and even though health care in America is now a matter of what you can afford, Republican candidates for office must deny that health care is a basic right and resist a real attempt to change and improve the system.

• GOP candidates must scoff at scientific consensus about global warming. Blame it on human activity? Bad. Cite Noah’s Ark as evidence? Good. They must express at least some doubt about the science of evolution.

• They must insist, statistics and evidence to the contrary, that most of the nation’s energy needs can be met safely with more domestic oil drilling, “clean-coal” technology and greater reliance on perfectly safe nuclear power plants.

• They must believe that all 11.2 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States can be rounded up, detained, tried, repatriated and kept from returning at a reasonable cost.

• Even though there are more than four unemployed persons for every available job, GOP candidates should at least hint that unemployment benefits keep people from seeking jobs.

• They must believe that the Founding Fathers wanted to guarantee individuals the absolute right to own high-capacity, rapid-fire weapons that did not exist in the late 18th century.

By no means is this list complete. It almost makes you feel sorry for the people who pretend to believe this stuff. Almost.

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Thom Hartmann: Proof that Rich people aren’t the job creators!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Thom Hartmann shows the states that have made cuts in their budgets have paid for it and states that have not made those cuts have propsered.

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It is quite possible that 2010 was the most extreme weather year globally since 1816.

Friday, June 24th, 2011

It is difficult to say whether the weather events of a particular year are more or less extreme globally than other years, since we have no objective global index that measures extremes. However, we do for the U.S.–NOAA’s Climate Extremes Index (CEI), which looks at the percentage area of the contiguous U.S. experiencing top 10% or bottom 10% monthly maximum and minimum temperatures, monthly drought, and daily precipitation. The Climate Extremes Index rated 1998 as the most extreme year of the past century in the U.S. That year was also the warmest year since accurate records began in 1895, so it makes sense that the warmest year in Earth’s recorded history–2010–was also probably one of the most extreme for both temperature and precipitation. Hot years tend to generate more wet and dry extremes than cold years. This occurs since there is more energy available to fuel the evaporation that drives heavy rains and snows, and to make droughts hotter and drier in places where storms are avoiding. Looking back through the 1800s, which was a very cool period, I can’t find any years that had more exceptional global extremes in weather than 2010, until I reach 1816. That was the year of the devastating “Year Without a Summer”–caused by the massive climate-altering 1815 eruption of Indonesia’s Mt. Tambora, the largest volcanic eruption since at least 536 A.D. It is quite possible that 2010 was the most extreme weather year globally since 1816.

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New record highs set all over the world.  Story is located here

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled today in favor of Republicans which removed collective bargaining from public workers.

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled today in favor of Republicans which removed collective bargaining from public workers.

As a result Democrats have launched a recall effort against those Republicans HOWEVER the Republicans are loading the recall ballots with FAKE DEMOCRATS who are actually REPUBLICANS who will vote in favor of removing collective bargaining from public workers.

This is the Republican plan for the nation’s public workers.
This is the Republican plan for Union workers.
Vote Republican and you vote to remove collective bargaining from public workers nationwide.

Which side are you on?

Porky Pig with a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the “Godless Communist” scare of the 50s

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Porky Pig video is located here

Medicare saves money…far more than the Private Sector

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Adjusting for overall inflation, Medicare spending per beneficiary rose more than 400 percent from 1969 to 2009.

But inflation-adjusted premiums on private health insurance rose more than 700 percent over the same period. So while it’s true that Medicare has done an inadequate job of controlling costs, the private sector has done much worse.

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Mitt Romney has done a 180 on many topics

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

As seen in this debate video located here

By definition a Christian cannot be an Ayn Rand follower

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Ayn said that she was everything that Jesus was not.  Her concepts are embraced by the Religious Right in America. 

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Mitt Romney hard at work killing American jobs

Monday, June 13th, 2011

During his campaign, Republican candidate Mitt Romney has preached a message of economic populism by vowing to fight to keep jobs in America. We take a look at Romney’s days heading up the buyout firm Bain Capital with Los Angeles Times reporter, Bob Drogin. He writes, “From 1984 until 1999, Romney led Bain Capital, a Boston-based private equity group that earned jaw-dropping profits through leveraged buyouts, debt hedge funds, offshore tax havens and other financial strategies. In some cases, Romney’s team closed U.S. factories, causing hundreds of layoffs, or pocketed huge fees shortly before companies collapsed.”

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You cannot be Pro Life while you are Anti Living

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

You would think that Republicans are done attacking children, right? Well, they’re not. In addition to attacking the health and nutrition of children, they are also seeking to destroy their minds and their childhoods as well. Republicans in many states, especially in Missouri and Maine, are introducing bills that will repeal child labor laws. Basically, Republicans are making it legal for corporations and factories to employ children, pay them less, and exploit them. Sick, isn’t it? Republicans are also introducing bills in states that would label molested or raped children as mere accusers instead of victims. Republicans are essentially making it easier for pedophiles to rape children. In Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, former governor and potential Republican candidate for President, pardoned a child molester while he was in office, so that molester’s wife could open a child day care center in THEIR home. That’s endangering the well being of multiple children and this could be repeated by Republicans all over the nation. I dare a Republican to try and convince me that these kinds of bills protect children. But that’s not all Republicans want to do.

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You might be a Teabagger

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Big list and comments posted here

You might be a teabagger if you think Obama violates the Constitution by requiring health insurance, but you’re perfectly fine with Bush unilaterally suspending your rights under the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, and 14th Amendments.

You might be a teabagger if you think the first sentence of the First Amendment – “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion” – applies to everyone except fundamentalist christians.

You might be a teabagger if you think a bachelor’s degree in communications that took six years and five colleges to earn is the academic equivalent of a law degree from Harvard.

You might be a teabagger if you can understand anything Sarah Palin says.

You might be a teabagger when you’re governor of Florida, committed fraud loads of times, plead the fifth 96 times, all along making a huge profit with private health care;
AND you deeply cut the budget for the disabled (including for the mentally retarded and autistic) the same day you and your wife attend the Special Olympic Torch;
AND you’re fine when people got scammed by banks with the mortgage crash but you criminalize with fines and jail time those who care to feed the homeless at their own expense… because we don’t want the cities in the Sunshine State of Child Molester Swampland laced with fabricated theme parks that abuse their employees, giving a bad image to tourists.

You ARE definitely a teabagger if you never stopped to think and voted for this His Corrupt Highness (aka Rick Scott)

You might be a teabagger when you criticize Michelle Obama for growing her own veggies and giving tips on healthy eating, stating she is a fascist that wants to take over your freedom of choice and how you feed your kids;
but you’re fine and dandy with the state of AZ and its governor fining the overweight, diabetics and smokers – but not of course the corporations that profit by the billions stuffing this down people’s throats since they were kids, like Big Tobacco and McDonald’s (add to this that your doc can accuse you – or loved ones- of not following his orders if your diabetes is not under control, but no one can accuse the doctor of performing his job properly)

You might be a teabagger if you are against abortion, but you’re OK with sending 18 year old kids, including your own offspring, to lose their limbs and/or lives to senseless made-up-by-profiteer wars.

You might be a teabagger if you defend the wealthy and their tax cuts, being poor or middle class yourself and everyone you know, including your own family and neighbors.

You might be a teabagger if love guns, Jesus, war and less taxes because social equality is a burden…
… because you are the personification of contradiction…
… because you enjoy listening to lying talking heads and continue to be willfully ignorant instead of thinking for yourself
… because your fears have taken over your heart and your hatred says more about who you are than you’ll ever figure out…
… because you made of this country a sad state of affairs, one that would make your own Jesus drop his head in shame.

Anthropogenic climate change: evidence from isotopic ratios. OR…Climate Change is undeniably traced to the burning of fossil fuels

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

By tracking the ratio of carbon-12 to carbon-13 in the atmosphere, the distinctive imprint of fossil fuel combustion can be identified. This is really just confirmation of the inevitable chemical fact that burning coal, oil, and natural gas produces CO2. Nevertheless, it is nice to have an independent line of evidence showing that human activities really are the major cause behind observed increases in the atmospheric concentration of CO2.

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From Depression, to Prosperity and back to near Depression

Monday, June 6th, 2011

How did we go from the Great Depression to 30 years of Great Prosperity? And from there, to 30 years of stagnant incomes and widening inequality, culminating in the Great Recession? And from the Great Recession into such an anemic recovery?

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Anthony Weiner was set up as his Twitter account was hacked

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

There was a well thought out stalking and planting of the picture on @RepWeiner Twitter account. 

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Real Christians…not the Right-Wing nutbags…are having a big problem with the Paul Ryan budgets

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Father Cletus Kiley, a Catholic priest, declared the Ryan budget “does not pass our test” of Catholic teachings, and suggested that supporters of the budget “drop Ayn Rand’s books and pick up their sacred texts.”
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One of Reagan’s first actions once taking the Presidency…breaking the law

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Iran-Contra should have seen Reagan be impeached.  Video is located here

Jon Stewart’s ratings better than FOX News

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

According to the May Nielson ratings, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart beat the entire Fox News network in terms of total viewers. Stewart averaged 2.3 million viewers, while the Fox News prime time and day time line up averaged 1.85 million viewers.

According to Comedy Central, The Daily Show is dominant in its time slot,

For the month of May 2011, “The Daily Show” averaged 2.3 million total viewers and a 1.2 P18-49 rating. Versus May 2010, “The Daily Show” grew an astounding +19% in total viewers, with incredible double-digit ratings growth across all key demos including P18-49 (up +21%), P18-34 (+22%), P18-24 (+21%), M18-34 (+18%) and M18-24 (+21%).

“The Daily Show’s” 1.344 million P18-49 viewers led all late night talk shows in the demo for the month and, with a 2011 YTD average of 1.25 million P18-49 viewers, “The Daily Show” trails only “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (1.27 million P18-49 viewers) in the benchmark demographic for the calendar year crown.

While Stewart is on the rise, Fox News had a really, really bad May. Total viewership was down 10%, and Fox News lost viewers in the 25-54 demo in every prime time show. Bill O’Reilly was down 9%, Sean Hannity was down 6%, and Greta Van Susteren dropped 12%.

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New Rules and Overtime- Bill Maher 6/3/11

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Mitt Romney’s business experience not excactly something America wants.

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And Overtime for this week is here

Maher’s views on Palin’s bus tour are here

McCain’s advisor on Palin, “She doesn’t know anything.”

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

(CBS) In her first major speech at the convention, Palin seemed perfect.

“She gave a great convention speech. And we came out of that convention ahead in the polls,” Schmidt recalled.

In public, Palin looked like the game changer McCain had wanted, but in private, the authors say she was struggling to learn too much too fast.

“Her foreign policy tutors are literally taking her through, ‘This is World War I, this is World War II, this is the Korean War. This is the how the Cold War worked.’ Steve Schmidt had gone to them and said, ‘She knows nothing,'” Heilemann told Cooper. “A week later, after the convention was over, she still didn’t really understand why there was a North Korea and a South Korea. She was still regularly saying that Saddam Hussein had been behind 9/11. And, literally, the next day her son was about to ship off to Iraq. And when they asked her who her son was going to fight, she couldn’t explain that.”

Still, Schmidt says she was a quick study. “And her focus was extraordinary. She was working 15, 16 hours a day,” he said. “And we were pleased with the result. We were very pleased with the results.”

Pleased, he said, until that interview with Katie Couric.

“When you consider even national security issues with Russia. As Putin, rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s right over the border,” Palin told Couric.

In her book, Palin accuses CBS News of editing the interview to make her look bad. But Steve Schmidt told us Palin did poorly because she didn’t do her homework.

“I made the case to her that in my view, the reason that that interview was a failure was because she did not prepare for it. She was focused that morning on answering ten written questions from a small newspaper in Alaska called the Matsu Valley Frontiersman,” Schmidt said.

“She thought Katie Couric was kind of going for ‘gotcha’ questions,” Cooper remarked.

Schmidt replied, “I don’t think that Katie Couric asked a single unfair question in that interview.”

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Sarah Palin gives us a history lesson

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Video says it all.  Video is located here

Another look at the poorly educated Sarah of Wasilla’s thoughts on Paul Revere.  Story is located here

You can follow Ayn Rand OR Jesus…but not both.

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

In novels such as “Atlas Shrugged,” the Russian-born Rand portrays American capitalists as heroes battling an encroaching government bent on milking their success. In nonfiction writings, Rand is more explicit about her Objectivist philosophy, which views religion as a “primitive” sop to the feeble-minded masses.

Tea Party Republicans have embraced Rand’s writings, particularly “Atlas Shrugged,” which some argue foretells the Great Recession and Washington’s extraordinary efforts to end it. Rush Limbaugh, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and Supreme Court Justice
Clarence Thomas all call themselves Rand fans.

Biographer Anne C. Heller says Rand was raised a secular Jew in Russia at a time when Jews were persecuted by the Russian Orthodox Church. Early on, Rand decided that the existence of God and the Christian ideal of self-sacrifice were untenable ideas, Heller said.

“It must be either reason or faith,” Rand said in a 1979 interview. “I am against God for the reason that I don’t want to destroy reason.” Rand saw her materialist philosophy and Christianity as incompatible and hoped to undermine Judeo-Christian ethics.

Rand’s anti-religious views, however, are not as well known as her novels. By highlighting them, Sapp and liberal Christians hope to discredit the GOP budget, and drive a wedge between the conservative Christian and Tea Party wings of the Republican Party.

To that end, Sapp, who has directed faith outreach for a number of Democratic campaigns, is promoting a video in which evangelical leader Chuck Colson warns Christians to beware of Rand’s “idolatry of self and selfishness.”

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Michele Bachmann’s Stance on Evolution Demolished by High School Student

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Michele Bachmann, as virtually everyone knows, is currently deciding whether she’s going to make a run for the Tea Party, oops, I meant to say, Republican, nomination for president. What most don’t know, though, is that her educational policies are being challenged by an amazing high school student from Baton Rouge, La. You should get to know this student, Zack Kopplin, and his efforts because he’s likely to make a difference.

Zack has now challenged Bachmann on her claims. Using a poker analogy and the huge number of scientists who have endorsed evolution, in general, and his repeal effort, in particular, Zack has written, “Congresswoman Bachmann, I see your ‘hundreds’ of scientists, and raise you millions of scientists.”

Given the strength of the hand he has, he doesn’t stop there.

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Today’s Hero- Lee Camp talking about the Corporate Media

Friday, June 3rd, 2011
From Comedian Lee Camp’s Youtube account-
In this Moment of Clarity, I simply remind you all that you’re not alone. We can and are fighting back, and soon enough, the corporate-owned media will either take notice or become obsolete.
Of course Lee Camp has been on FOX News and gave them a bad day a little while ago
And here he is with Good Morning America reviewing the campaign
So Today’s Hero is…. Lee Camp

Khan Academy is basically a Doctorate one video at a time on Youtube

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.

All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

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10 Inconvenient Truths About the Debt Ceiling

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Here, then, are 10 Inconvenient Truths About the Debt Ceiling:

1. Republican Leaders Agree U.S. Default Would Be a “Financial Disaster”
2. Ronald Reagan Tripled the National Debt
3. George W. Bush Doubled the National Debt
4. Republicans Voted Seven Times to Raise Debt Ceiling for President Bush
5. Federal Taxes Are Now at a 60 Year Low
6. Bush Tax Cuts Didn’t Pay for Themselves or Spur “Job Creators”
7. Ryan Budget Delivers Another Tax Cut Windfall for Wealthy
8. Ryan Budget Will Require Raising Debt Ceiling – Repeatedly
9. Tax Cuts Drive the Next Decade of Debt
10. $3 Trillion Tab for Unfunded Wars Remains Unpaid

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The creators of Medicare meant it to START with the elderly and move lower and cover everyone

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

What were we hoping to accomplish when we proposed a national
hospital insurance plan for the elderly? No other country, as far as I know,
had ever considered such an approach. Certainly the elderly were the most
expensive and difficult group to cover, and, for the money spent, they
clearly would yield the least return of any age group. Why not cover
children and pregnant women, as has been discussed from time to time
since? That would seem to have made more sense.
A first step toward universal coverage. For persons who are trying to
understand what we were up to, the first broad point to keep in mind is that
all of us who developed Medicare and fought for it-including Nelson
Cruikshank and Lisbeth Schorr of the AFL-CIO and Wilbur Cohen, Alvin
David, Bill’ Fullerton, Art Hess, Ida Merriam, Irv Wolkstein, myself, and
others at the Social Security Administration-had been advocates of universal
national health insurance.1 We all saw insurance for the elderly as a
fallback position.

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Checking Welfare recipients for drugs…then let’s check ALL recipients of government dollars

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

55 Billion Goes to:

School lunch & breakfast programs
WIC (Women, Infants, & Children)
Food subsidies
Food stamps
Nutrition education
Other food and health programs

127 Billion Goes to:

Corporate funding (direct & indirect)
Grants to Fortune 500 companies
Big Agra subsidies (including sugar)

References: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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