Friday, December 4, 2009

The Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said to congress that "it has the power to repeal Social Security and Medicare"

“I hate banks. They do nothing positive for anybody except take care of themselves. They're first in with their fees and first out when there's trouble.”
- Earl Warren, Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Thomas Jefferson distrusted the banks and was opposed to a central bank of the United States and Andrew Jackson was responsible for closing the second national bank. Jefferson said, "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. [well, there are a lot of homeless people right now] The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs". Andrew Jackson who was also vociferously opposed to a central bank said; "The bold effort the present (central) bank had made to control the government ... are but premonitions of the fate that await the American people should they be deluded into a perpetuation of this institution or the establishment of another like it."
The Fed [which is a bank] Chairman Ben Bernanke said to congress that "it [congress] has the power to repeal Social Security and Medicare". That's a good Republican Conservative idea and I dare them to try it. There wouldn't be one Republican left in the house or the senate. Bernanke referred to social security and medicare as entitlements and all but blamed the deficit on them. One entitlement that I am concerned about is the banking entitlement. The Fed has an open door policy for the banks with no oversight or transparency. The bankers have Carte Blanche and gladly pay themselves millions of dollars in bonuses with our money and without shame. There is a double speak here, what we really have is corporate welfare. This is the rich taking care of the rich at the expense of the working poor and the rapidly shrinking middle class. It is a new kind of Robin Hood. Rob from the poor to give to the rich. In fact that is what the Republicans have been supporting for years. Under G. W. Bush taxes on the richest Americans was lowered substantially while the rest of us were still paying the majority of the taxes.
Who got bailed out in the financial crisis? Who made the money during the Iraq war? The banks got bailed out, the insurance companies got bailed out, Haliburton made billions during the Iraq war, as did Black Water. The Bush Administration and Cheney took care if the rich and powerful. Meanwhile Americans are loosing their jobs, their homes, their medical coverage but they don't get bailed out. No fucking way, they are characterized as lazy people who tried to beat the system by taking mortgages they didn't deserve by hoodwinking the banks. The banks with their army of lawyers fooled by greedy citizens, bull shit. What the hell are the bankers doing now. They are going to the Fed with their hands out and taking money out in wheel barrels. It is we the American working class that must bear the financial burden while these scum bags rip us off.
We seem to have an inexhaustible amount of money to fight wars and to give to the banks. But now the whipping boy becomes medicare and social security even though the American people contribute to. If the congress were to abolish both social security and health care there would be blood in the streets. There would be tens of millions of seniors screaming and marching. Wouldn't that be a sight, Washington D.C. cops bashing the silvered hairs seniors over the head with their billy clubs. Talk about pulling the plug on grandma, she could be clubbed to death on the capitol steps fighting to get her social security and health care back. We could watch it all in living color on Television. Republican Conservative congressmen and senators and their Blue Dog allies would be turned out of office in droves. What congress needs is to get their priorities right. They have fed at the public troth for too long and they are getting fat off our sweat.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

The actual climate change that is being observed exceeds the worst-case scenario projected

We are upsetting the atmosphere upon which all life depends. In the late '80s when I began to take climate change seriously, we referred to global warming as a "slowmotion catastrophe" one we expected to kick in perhaps generations later. Instead, the signs of change have accelerated alarmingly.
-David Suzuki, Environmentalist

I have never been a plant person and just about the best I can do is mow the lawn. My better half on the other hand has a knack for plants and as a result we have quite a few plants that are thriving. This summer we moved them out to the back deck and expanded to vegetables. Not exactly a farming operation, we started with cherry tomatoes and string beans. To my amazement they grew along with the wild flowers we planted. As summer waned we decided to build a lean-to green house. We ordered and built the green house and put most of the plants in it and as a result they have thrived and the tomato plants are producing many more tomatoes. The lean-to is built against the house and therefore benefits from ambient heat. What I have noticed is how warm it stays in the green house. When the sun shines it gets up to eighty degrees and even higher even if the outside temperature is considerably lower. I have built a heating system for the cold nights but so far it really hasn't been needed.
It brings to mind the stories that I have been reading regarding climate and global warming. The green house effects is a good thing for the planet but the amount of co2 in the atmosphere has increased to the point that it has become a danger to our existence. "Prof Rees of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, says climate change models released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have been too conservative."
"There are a number of indicators that suggest the models, incomplete as they are, and as influenced as they are by the need to be conservative because we don’t want to panic people, have actually been too conservative," he says.
"The actual climate change that is being observed exceeds the worst-case scenario projected." More frightening is the warning that climate change may be sudden not gradual. A recent headline said, Climate 'time bombs' stoke scientists' fears "They say Earth's biosphere has numerous "tipping points" -- triggers that cause global warming and its impacts to lurch up a gear or two, rather than occur in a smooth, incremental way."
The danger that exists is a danger that we as a species face; it is our very existence. Someone said to me once that the planet will self regulate. Well it may self regulate but it doesn't mean that the self regulation will be for our benefit. The upcoming Copenhagen conference may be our last great hope.
The deniers and special interests are at this point ridiculous in the face of the overwhelming evidence and the science. The deniers are like those people who criticized the Obama administration for a conspiracy about Swine Flu and the H1N1 virus. They said it was a lie and there was no danger. When thousands of people around the country began getting sick and some dying, they suddenly clamored for the vaccine and criticized the administration for not having enough ready. The climate is due to get more unstable and the effects will be long term. What we have to do is reverse the trend and reduce Co2 in the atmospheres to mitigate future danger and begin a change in a positive direction. We currently are at 384.38 Co2 ppm and rising, the goal is 350 ppm. It will take great will and great sacrifice and intelligence.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Who are these Americans who stand on the ramparts defending our way of life from those who would do us harm?

“The American spirit wears no political label. In service to others and yes, in sacrifice for our country, there are no Republicans; there are no Democrats; there are only Americans.” -Senator John Kerry

We are a country at war and most people go through their daily lives and never think much about it. I received a message from a friend with a poem that was said to be written by a marine. The poem was a Christmas poem and moving. It made me think about those young men and women and some not some young men and women serving our nation in far away dangerous places. Even those who serve in places that are not volatile are away from family and friends. They are there because they choose to serve. Who are these Americans who stand on the ramparts defending our way of life from those who would do us harm?

They are the black kid from the streets of Brooklyn, N.Y., the Puerto Rican from the Bronx. They are the farm kids from Nebraska, the Italian American from New Jersey, they are the blond surfer kid from San Diego, they are the prom queen from Illinois, and the nursing graduate from Boston. They are the Irish Catholic, the Jew, the Protestant, the Muslim, the Indian, the Chinese American, the Mexican American. They are the young fresh faced kids that graduate from the service academies who give back to the nation five years of service for their education, and they are Americans all.

They are also the fallen, those brave Americans that have paid the ultimate price in the service of their nation and who are remembered by their parents, wives, and children and friends. We honor them all by being vigilant and not allowing our nation to be unworthy of their sacrifice. They deserve of us no less of us than the guardianship of our democracy. We must question and challenge those who represent us as our leaders and demand of them honest stewardship of our government. We owe our brothers and sisters in arms no less.


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November 02, 2009


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Army Spc. Jonathon M. Sylvestre, 21, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.; died Nov. 2 in Kut, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a noncombat-related incident.

November 04, 2009


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Army Staff Sgt. Amy C. Tirador, 29, of Albany, N.Y.; assigned to the 209th Military Intelligence Company, 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died Nov. 4 in Kirkush, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat-related incident.

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Army Spc. Tony Carrasco Jr., 25, of Berino, N.M.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died Nov. 4 in Ad Dawr, Iraq, of a gunshot wound sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit.

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Army Spc. Julian L. Berisford, 25, of Benwood, W.Va.; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska; died Nov. 4 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires.

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Sgt. Benjamin W. Sherman, 21, of Plymouth, Mass.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Nov. 4 in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan, while participating in a resupply mission.

November 05, 2009


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Army Spc. Aaron S. Aamot, 22, of Custer, Wash.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died Nov. 5 in Jelewar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

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Army Spc. Gary L. Gooch, 22, of Ocala, Fla.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died Nov. 5 in Jelewar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

November 07, 2009


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Marine Sgt. Charles I. Cartwright, 26, of Union Bridge, Md.; assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Nov. 7 while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan.

November 08, 2009


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Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mathew C. Heffelfinger, 29, of Kimberly, Idaho; assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; died Nov. 8 in Tikrit, Iraq, of injuries sustained when his OH-58D helicopter crashed. Also killed was Chief Warrant Officer 2 Earl R. Scott III.

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Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Earl R. Scott III, 24, of Jacksonville, Fla.; assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; died Nov. 8 in Tikrit, Iraq, of injuries sustained when his OH-58D helicopter crashed. Also killed was Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mathew C. Heffelfinger.

November 09, 2009


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Marine Staff Sgt. Stephen L. Murphy, 36, of Jaffrey, N.H.; assigned to 2nd Intelligence Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Nov. 9 as a result of a non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq.

November 10, 2009


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Marine Lance Cpl. Justin J. Swanson, 21, of Anaheim, Calif.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; died Nov. 10 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated.

November 13, 2009


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Marine Lance Cpl. Shawn P. Hefner, 22, of Hico, Texas; assigned to 2nd Amphibious Assault Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Nov. 13 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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Army Spc. Christopher J. Coffland, 43, of Baltimore; assigned to the 323rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Meade, Md.; died Nov. 13 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

November 16, 2009


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Staff Sgt. Ryan L. Zorn, 35, of Upton, Wyo.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.; died Nov.16 in Tal Afar, Iraq, of injuries sustained during a vehicle rollover.

November 17, 2009


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Army Spc. Joseph M. Lewis, 26, of Terrell, Texas; assigned to the 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.; died Nov. 17 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

November 19, 2009


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Navy Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Brian M. Patton, 37, of Freeport, Ill., a member of the Navy Reserve, died Nov. 19 in Kuwait of injuries suffered in a noncombat-related accident.

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Army Sgt. Daniel A. Frazier, 25, of St. Joseph, Mo.; assigned to the 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Nov. 19 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when a suicide car-bomber attacked his unit. Also killed was John J. Cleaver.

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Army Staff Sgt. John J. Cleaver, 36, of Marysville, Wash.; assigned to the 782d Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Nov. 19 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when a suicide car-bomber attacked his unit. Also killed was Daniel A. Frazier.

November 22, 2009


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Army Sgt. Briand T. Williams, 25, of Sparks, Ga.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.; died Nov. 22 in Numaniyah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire.

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Army Sgt. James M. Nolen, 25, of Alvin, Texas; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Benning, Ga.; died Nov. 22 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Pfc. Marcus A. Tynes.

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Army Pfc. Marcus A. Tynes, 19, of Moreno Valley, Calif.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Benning, Ga.; died Nov. 22 in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. Also killed was Sgt. James M. Nolen.

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Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas J. Hand, 20, of Kansas City, Mo.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Nov. 22 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations.

November 23, 2009


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Army Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Pucino, 34, of Cockeysville, Md.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group of the Maryland Army National Guard, Glen Arm, Md.; died Nov. 23 in Pashay Kala, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

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Army Spc. Jason A. McLeod, 22, of Crystal Lake, Ill.; assigned to the 704th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died Nov. 23, west of Pashmul, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with mortar fire.

November 27, 2009


Army Pfc. Michael A. Rogers, 23, of White Sulphur Springs, Mont.; assigned to the 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.; died Nov. 27, at Forward Operating Base Hammer, east of Baghdad of injuries sustained from a noncombat-related incident.

November 28, 2009


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Navy Engineman 3rd Class David M. Mudge, 22, of Sutherlin, Ore.; died Nov. 28, when he was electrocuted while working in a machinery space aboard the guided missile frigate Rentz while on a port call in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.

November 29, 2009


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Army Sgt. Brandon T. Islip, 23, of Richmond, Va.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; went missing Nov. 4 while involved in a resupply mission in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan; he had been listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown. His status was changed Nov. 29 to having died in a noncombat-related incident.


Draft young men and women from every walk of life, with no deferments, and send them to Afghanistan. We will either win quickly or we will end it...

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations. ~David Friedman


I can't think of a generation in recent times who have not had a war to fight. Is it the neighborhood or are things always the same with different actors playing their parts? Lately it is beginning to sound like Orwell's 1984, war is peace message. I'm sure the Right Wing Republican Conservatives are pleased that president Obama has announced a surge of troops for Afghanistan as the majority of Democrats are unhappy about it. The converse is true that the Republican Conservatives are unhappy about a stated time table for withdrawal while the Democrats for the most part are pleased.
Maybe every generation of American manhood and now womanhood needs a war to test their metal. But war is becoming increasingly lethal and the human consequences becomes an enduring national tragedy. It seems that the lessons of history are lost on future generations. Every generation is guilty of hubris and believes that they will not repeat the mistakes of the past and then they go ahead and do exactly that.
I am sure that if there is the will and the money, which we seem to have in abundance for war but not for much else, we can stay in Afghanistan indefinitely and prevail. The cost in human lives and the damaged Americans will be a burden the nation will have to absorb. The damaged human beings that eventually will be the remnants of the war will haunt our doorways, parks, sleep in cardboard boxes and commit crimes and be reported as "Afghanistan vet kills..." as with those VietNam vets that became the invisible and forgotten victims and homeless derelicts who never could escape from the tragedy of their war.
History will judge the merits of the Afghanistan War, a war that the Bush administration could have closed the chapter on had they the foresight to finish the job of eliminating Bin Laden and the Taliban when they were on the run and disorganized. But President Bush had other priorities and that was a personal vendetta against Saddam Hussein and hence the war with Iraq and the destabilizing of the whole region and the continuing war in Afghanistan that has been inherited by the Obama administration.
The surge of thirty thousand troops may not be enough, maybe three hundred thousand or even five hundred thousand would be better, that would ensure a swifter victory; and a general could announce on television that "there is light at the end of the tunnel". The problem is where to get these hundreds of thousands of new troops to send to Afghanistan? A simple solution is bring back the draft. Draft young men and women from every walk of life, with no deferments, and send them to Afghanistan. We will either win quickly or we will end it quickly by declaring victory and bringing our troops home. This makes sense and I for one will begin to write my representatives in support of a draft. Once we have instituted the draft we will see where those Americans stand who were willing to send other peoples children to fight a war that their children didn't.
The American people, on the Right, Left and Middle, Evangelical and atheist, will have a personal stake in the war in Afghanistan and then we will see where they stand and then the politicians will take notice when the people take action.

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Journalist Pierce delivers a rapier-sharp rant on how the America of Franklin and Edison, Fulton and Ford has devolved into America the Uninformed, where citizens hostile to science are exchanging fact for fiction, and faith for reason, and glutting themselves on reality TV and conspiracy theories. Pierce makes no apologies for his liberal bias, and some conservatives—notably evolution opponents and Rush Limbaugh—endure a good deal of bashing. Pierce writes that in the U.S., Fact is merely what enough people believe, and truth lies only in how fervently they believe it. He supports his thesis with references to James Madison and other founding fathers, who may have foreseen and rued the emergence of cranks who would threaten the Enlightenment-based nation they were shaping. Although the book is not likely to win any converts from the right wing Pierce so energetically decries, it is an engaging catalogue of those unscientifically verified truths that enthrall and impassion millions of Americans. (June)

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

He will be vilified by the Right and if they could they would pillory him and burn him at the stake for his criticism and defection

"Truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is."
-Sir Winston Churchill, British Politician and Prime Minister


Little Green Footballs Republican Conservative blogger Charles Johnson has suddenly become a rational Republican and has turned on the Radical Right Wing and calls it like it is. He will be vilified by the Right and if they could they would pillory him and burn him at the stake for his criticism and defection. What I hope is that other Republicans like Charles Johnson will have the courage to follow suit. The fact is that the Radical Evangelical Right has captured the Republican Party, supported by such luminaries as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Bill (the clown) O'Reilly. The Evangelical movement has supported candidates for the senate and the house that have embraced their agenda and vote the Evangelical position.
Charles Johnson states his reason for breaking with the Conservative movement; they adhere to the following;

"1. Support for fascists, both in America (see: Pat Buchanan, Robert Stacy McCain, etc.) and in Europe (see: Vlaams Belang, BNP, SIOE, Pat Buchanan, etc.)
2. Support for bigotry, hatred, and white supremacism (see: Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, Robert Stacy McCain, Lew Rockwell, etc.)
3. Support for throwing women back into the Dark Ages, and general religious fanaticism (see: Operation Rescue, anti-abortion groups, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, the entire religious right, etc.)
4. Support for anti-science bad craziness (see: creationism, climate change denialism, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, James Inhofe, etc.)
5. Support for homophobic bigotry (see: Sarah Palin, Dobson, the entire religious right, etc.)
6. Support for anti-government lunacy (see: tea parties, militias, Fox News, Glenn Beck, etc.)
7. Support for conspiracy theories and hate speech (see: Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Birthers, creationists, climate deniers, etc.)
8. A right-wing blogosphere that is almost universally dominated by raging hate speech (see: Hot Air, Free Republic, Ace of Spades, etc.)
9. Anti-Islamic bigotry that goes far beyond simply criticizing radical Islam, into support for fascism, violence, and genocide (see: Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, etc.)
10.Hatred for President Obama that goes far beyond simply criticizing his policies, into racism, hate speech, and bizarre conspiracy theories (see: witch doctor pictures, tea parties, Birthers, Michelle Malkin, Fox News, World Net Daily, Newsmax, and every other right wing source)"

I have been talking about these same ideas for the last two years and it is good to see more Republicans pick up on the hypocrisy of the Right and it's racist, homophobic Hate Agenda. Johnson had better be prepared to be attacked for heresy and betraying the faith. There is no discussion or questioning allowed on the Right, no intellectual inquiry will be tolerated. It is a philosophy of intolerance and hate. They hate gays, hate Obama, hate people of color, hate illegal immigrants, hate Hispanics, hate liberals, hate agnostics, hate atheists, hate Muslims, hate people who support abortions, hate health care for all Americans, hate Freemasons, hate inclusion, hate women's rights, hate toleration, hate Democrats, man that is a lot of hate. They do love stuff also such as Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann and Glenn Beck, not exactly and intellectual brain trust. Now they will hate Charles Johnson for his betrayal of their hate filled agenda. I too was a Conservative but they lost me with their hate and intolerance and their hypocrisy and distortion of reality and their oppression of all those less fortunate.

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I lived through the segregation and civil rights periods in America and was always made to feel that I was not a citizen of this country, although I would describe myself as one of the most patriotic people in America. I am still made to feel the same way today. My degrees mean nothing, that I taught school for 33 years means nothing, that I've paid my taxes, own a home, and raised my child to be an educated, (college graduate) law-abiding, contributing member of society means nothing. It's the color of my skin that immediately places me in the "not good enough" category with these folks. I would die for our country. What the far right politicians and their supporters are doing to President Obama, I've seen and experienced and am experiencing. I know their goal is to send the message that he is incompetent, in spite of evidence to the contrary. Their main problem is that he is an African American in the White House, a position that they think should be reserved for white men. If they successfully undermine his presidency, that will give them fuel to continue their campaign of hate toward the groups you mention in your post. A successful Obama presidency opens the door to the idea that other minorities, LGBTQ persons, women, and others can be successful politicians. This is as it should be.

What none of these people seem to realize is that their hatred will tear this country apart if we don't stop them. They have the same attitudes and beliefs about people they do not like that have been seen throughout history in totalitarian governments. Although patriotism, freedom, respect for our troops, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution are used constantly in their dialogue, in reality, they have no respect for any of them. Their agenda is power for power's sake, and the total domination and subjugation of individual rights.



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Sunday, November 29, 2009

I am sure he would approve of my criticism of Fox (make believe) News. He was an avid news junky, and he knew bullshit when he heard it

"All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them."
-Galileo Galilei, philosopher, astronomer, mathematician and a seeker of truth, 1564-1643

I think the adage, that we become our parents, has a degree of truth in it. I don't mean we become them, not completely, but in a way that we end up seeing in ourselves something of them. In my case it is my father. When my dad retired he lived for a number of years in England and then Florida and I would go to see him quite often. It was a wonderful time, and I knew it then that it would not last forever, and I always cherished my time with him. We disagreed quite a lot about politics. It was the eighties and I was a strong supporter of Ronald Reagan and my dad was a decided Democrat. I was full of the conviction of youth and thought my dad wrong and too liberal. I saw his views as soft and opposed to principals of independence and self sufficiency. To say I was thinking like an elitist would probably best describe me. I belonged to the group that was on top, that is white, educated, employed and a Republican.
My dad was a man of the world who had fought in World War Two and served as a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy for six and a half years. He mostly served on Destroyers doing convoy duty in both the North Atlantic and early in the war in the Pacific, escaping from Singapore as the Japanese came in. He had lived through a horrendous time and those years defined his life. What I did not understand was that he was a compassionate and deeply moral individual and had a great sense of social responsibility.
I think that he must be looking down on me now and nodding his head in approval of my position on the issues of our day. Those issues are the poor, immigration, health care, the war, foreclosures, the banks, social injustices, the environment, climate change and political hypocrisy to name a few. I am sure he would approve of my criticism of Fox (make believe) News. He was an avid news junky, and he knew bullshit when he heard it.
He saw the world with a clarity that I had to acquire. It took me listening to Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and the likes of Bill O'Reilly to finally realize that they were blowing smoke up my ass. It is weird that when you really, I mean really listen to the words and compare it to what you know and understand about the world and the issues that really matter to people that it suddenly becomes clear. The Right Wing media and politicians are preaching a mantra of exclusivism and hate. No matter how you slice it, it is exclusivity and that is a philosophy that excludes a lot of members of society.
The Right Wing Republicans and Right Wing media do not embrace the Hispanic community, they don't embrace the gay community, they don't embrace people of color in their white tent, in fact none of these people are in the Right's White tent. They don't embrace women with their advocacy of anti-abortion, denying women the right to control their own bodies because of someone else's religious views. They don't embrace inclusion of ideas that might seem moderate. In fact they don't embrace Republican moderates or anyone who have doubts or questions their views. They don't embrace intellectual inquiry and they are if anything rabid anti-intellectual. It is only their Evangelical radical philosophy that is acceptable. Their heros are Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh; the defense rests. And the new darling of the soggy tea baggers Michele Bachmann (D-Min) who's compassion for the poor and working class is none existent. She gives hypocrisy a new meaning.
Yes, I think dad would approve. He would see that all those discussions and disagreements on political and social ideas were not in vain. He did effect my thinking with his sense of moral responsibility for our human family and it's importance. I think he would have embraced the Obama presidency as a chance for America to keep it's promise to all those who look to America as "the shining city upon the hill". Hey dad I voted for Obama, yes I really did and I'm glad.

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