Friday, January 29, 2010

...there is no use in arguing with the convinced

America's corporate and political elites now form a regime of their own and they're privatizing democracy. All the benefits - the tax cuts, policies and rewards flow in one direction: up.
~Bill Moyers

I had dinner the other night with two Republican friends at a great Italian Restaurant on 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge Brooklyn called Ginos. Great food, and great service at moderate prices. The conversation briefly turned to politics. Both my friends dislike and one hates Obama. Hate is a strong statement but that was the word used by one of my friends more than once. Of course he is a Fox (white man) News devotee and feels it is the best news on television. Maybe he is a victim of Fox brain washing. It has that numbing effect on the mind sometimes. It is sad, because he is really a nice guy, but that is the reality. An intelligent man in all aspects of life but this. Much of it, I think, is perceived self interest but definitely not an altruistic concern for mankind or the planet. He is not your average tea bagger, he is intelligent and educated, but he fits neatly in the Right of the Republican party and loves Hannity, Beck, O'Reilly and RushBo.
There is nothing Obama could do or say that could change my friends opinion of him. My friend is a product of the corporate mindset. Unfortunately a corporate mindset that exploits humanity and the working class, that opposes unions and would take away every vestige of workers security and would condemn them to surf status if they could. My friend supports the current supreme court decision that gives corporations the right to spend unlimited money in support of their candidates in elections. A law that virtually marginalizes the contributions of the public and hence their voice in government. The corporations will now dictate the role and actions of government.
Needless to say my friends and I disagreed. But there is no use in arguing with the convinced as there is no doubt in their minds, especially my friend that hates Obama. I on the other hand will continue to support the policy's of President Obama and contribute financially to his reelection to the dismay of my friend. I will continue to lobby for health care, and fight to curb global warming. I will support progressive policies and never, never, never quit. My friend hates it when I do these things, but hey, he will get over it.

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Recommended Book: Conservatives Without Conscience, by John W. Dean

From Publishers Weekly "In his seventh book, Dean, the former Nixon legal counsel whom the FBI has called the "master manipulator" of the Watergate coverup, weighs in with a rebuke to Christian fundamentalists and other right-wing hard-liners. A self-described Goldwater conservative (indeed, Goldwater had planned to collaborate on this book before his death), he rails against the influence of social conservatives and neoconservatives within his party. Suffused with bitterness stemming from the controversies in which he has been embroiled, Dean's book paints a thin social science veneer over a litany of mostly ad hominem complaints. Purporting to show that social conservatives and neoconservatives are, on the whole, demonstrably authoritarian, bigoted, irrational and amoral, Conservatives Without Conscience offers helpful hints such as "Conservatives without conscience do not have horns and tails," and evinces a telling fascination with politicians' shady book deals. Though there is clearly much to condemn in the policies and tactics Dean deplores, assailing everyone from French political theorist Joseph de Maistre to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to the chairman of Yale University's conservative association as "Double High" social- dominance-oriented authoritarians undermines his journalistic credibility. Dean's lurid accusations may be entertaining, but they add little to the reasoned debate that Washington so sorely lacks today."


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Moron Alert! Moron Alert!

Fox's token moron Glenn Beck and talk radio ass wipe Limbaugh the mighty mental midgets pontificate.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

His primary thrust was jobs and reviving the economy

“To Democrats, I would remind you that we still have the largest majority in decades, and the people expect us to solve some problems, not run for the hills. And if the Republican leadership is going to insist that sixty votes in the Senate are required to do any business at all in this town, then the responsibility to govern is now yours as well. Just saying no to everything may be good short-term politics, but it’s not leadership.”
~Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

President Obama's state of the union served a dose of reality. His primary thrust was jobs and reviving the economy. He also called for the Republicans to stop saying no to everything and show leadership. President Obama called for a new jobs bill, aid to education, small business tax cuts and the completion of the health care bill. He spoke of the banks and the bank bail out which everted a major recession or even a depression and that most of the money had been paid back. He called for a surtax to the biggest banks who benefited from that aid. He said if they can pay huge bonuses they can pay a fee for their bail out. The Republicans sat on their hands on that one. The President also singled out the Supreme Court for criticism for their overturning of a 100 years of law that put limits on election spending by corporations and unions. He pointed out the even foreign corporations will now have influence on our elections. He spoke of new incentives on energy, off shore drilling, nuclear energy and green energy. It was one of his best speeches and answered a lot of questions. It was a positive powerful speech, on which if followed through will help job growth improve our economy.

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It is time to dump Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Fed. He has given aid and comfort to the people that exploit the American people, the banks and wall street. The government bailed out the banks with American tax payers money then the banks say thanks and raise the interest on credit cards and mortgages. Bernanke said nothing and let it happen. He is no friend to the working man in America. Lets appoint someone that treats everyone fairly and puts some limits on those banking practices that hurt Americans.


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James O'keefe who brought down criticism Acornby getting a staffer to give aid to a supposed prostitute has attempted to bug Senator Mary Landriue (R-La) office. The fair haired boy of Fox News and the Right is now wearing prison overalls and facing felony charges. Maybe Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck will pay for O'Keefe's lawyers and have him on their shows as a hero of the Right.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Over 1/3rd of women serving in the army reportedly raped

"As much as we need a prosperous economy, we also need a prosperity of kindness and decency."
~Caroline Kennedy

The issue of rape in the army still has not been addressed adequately by the Untied States Army. Over 1/3rd of women serving in the army reportedly raped. How can the army when the Republicans in the senate have a problem standing up against against rape. Comedy Central John Stewart takes a poke at the reality.

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You gotta love those Conservative republicans, the have a way with words.
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Monday, January 25, 2010

President Obama has continued to come under criticism from both the Left and the Right

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise”
~ Oscar Wilde

President Obama has continued to come under criticism from both the Left and the Right. The Right has been singularly vicious in their attacks. Their hidden agenda, supported by the very vocal Evangelical Right and Republican hypocrites and their corporate lobbyist, is to swing the country to the far right. It is an agenda that is based on intolerance, injustice, hate and racism that has as it's goal an America that limits freedom and democratic institutions to the white elite. They are supported by the white disenfranchised undereducated poor working class who are afraid of the growing hispanic population in America, gays and people of color. They see the Conservative Republican Right as their saviors. Who best to attack than that symbol tolerance and change in America but President Obama. A major claim is that he hasn't accomplished anything which is the not the case.
President Obama's accomplishments are the following.
• "Three major health bills (SCHIP, tobacco regulation, and stimulus funds for Medicaid, COBRA subsidies, health information technology and the National Institutes of Health) enacted even before comprehensive reform
• Stimulus contained myriad other individual policy victories, not only preventing a far worse depression but also:
◦ Delivered key new funds for education
◦ Expanded state energy conservation programs and new transit programs
◦ Added new smart grid investments
◦ Funded high-speed Internet broadband programs
◦ Extended unemployment insurance for up to 99 weeks for the unemployed and modernizing state UI programs to cover more of the unemployed
◦ Made large new investments in the safety net, from food stamps (SNAP) to affordable housing to child care
• Clean cars victory to take gas mileage requirements to 35mpg
• Protection of 2 million acres of land against oil and gas drilling and other development
• Executive orders protecting labor rights, from project labor agreements to protecting rights of contractor employees on federal jobs
• Stopping pay discrimination through Lilly Ledbetter and Equal Pay laws
• Making it easier for airline and railway workers to unionize, while appointing NLRB and other labor officials who will strengthen freedom to form unions
• Reversing Bush ban on funding overseas family planning clinics
• Passing hate crimes protections for gays and lesbians
• Protecting stem cell research research
• Strengthening state authority and restricting federal preemption to protect state consumer, environmental and labor laws
• Financial reforms to protect homeowners and credit card holders
• Bailing out the auto industry and protecting unionized retirees and workers"
From tmpcafe.com
It will continue to be a long hard fight but the hope is with people of tolerance. America is a country of diversity and that is the strength of America but to the few on the right it is their greatest fear.


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The Supreme Court has insured that illegal immigrants have a right to due process. The court affirms the right of illegal immigrants' Right to Court Review. This must rankle those on the Right that would deny illegal immigrants the protection of the constitution. When one considers the makeup of the court, it is a surprising decision but a welcome one. To deny any person or class of people in the United States the protection of the law is to deny justice to us all because it is a small step from denying one group of people justice to eventually denying it to us all.

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The Republican Right and Fox (white man) News, purveyors of hate, intolerance and ignorance are in rare form. Here the madness of the Right is laid bare in their own words and actions or lack thereof.





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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Welcome to Facist America

“The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy
~Alex Carey, Australian author


It has been a crazy week. The Supreme Court decided to give corporations all the rights of citizens to lobby congress and spend as much as they please to influence the actions of congress. Essentially they gave them the right to buy our government. Exxon will spend millions supporting candidates that support the oil industry and millions opposing candidates who oppose them. Guess who will win? The same can be said for the health insurance industry and the banking industry and every other special interest big buck corporate entity. The interests of the people will be given lip service. The supreme court by their decision has taken the power out of the hands of the people and put it into the hands of the corporate money men. This is the merging of the corporate entity with the state. Mussolini did the same thing in Italy prior to World War Two. Welcome to Facist America. What is Facism? "Fascism, pronounced ˈfæʃɪzəm, is a political ideology that seeks to combine radical and authoritarian nationalism with a corporatist economic system, and which is usually considered to be on the far right of the traditional left-right political spectrum." We have arrived. The corporate mentality is not one of justice but one of greed and exploitation. The Supreme Court has sold our Democracy down the river. As we move more to the Corporate and Right Wing mind set our freedoms will slowly be eroded and we may see the destruction of the middle class in America if this trend continues. It is a dangerous course we are on and one that will erode the freedoms of all Americans for the benefit of the corporate elites. This is a very dangerous path.

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With the win in Massachusetts the enemy of Americans, Republicans and Blue Dogs, having decent health car seem to think it is over for health care reform. The Democrats can still win this if they have the balls and Obama takes the lead. Of course the staunch Republicans oppose any health care reform for Americans, just so long as Michelle Bachman has her government health care, and Joe Leiberman has his government health care and in fact everyone in congress has their socialist government health care. But lets continue to let the health insurance industry deny people for pre-eisting conditions even if they didn't know they had one. Lets keep on letting the health insurance industry continue to drop people when they get sick and need health insurance. Who the hell needs health insurance anyway? Only congress because we the people subsidize it.
Like I said it has been a crazy week and this week promises to be just as crazy. The recommended book seemed to be appropriate in light of the new power given by the Supreme Court to corporations.

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Recommended Book: Pigs at The Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America by Arianna Huffington
Review by Edward C. Pauzer,
In a hard-hitting, almost cynical style that I did appreciate, the author attacks companies that have raped the public and their employees because of their own greed. She names them like a littany of indictments that followed their wake: Adelphia, Tyco, Arthur Andersen, Enron, World Com, to name a few. Huffington shows how these once respected companies, their greed, and the relaxation of regulations have allowed them to virtually alter standard principles of accounting so they can hide money and cheat the government, taxpayers and employees.

Unlike one reviewer here who found her style sarcastic, I didn't mind. After all, these greedy little folks who walked away with millions after stranding customers and leaving employees pensionless, can take a little sarcasm their way. However, I agree with him the quizzes got in the way of the pace of the book, and seemed a little childish. (I always carry a highlighter for books like this one anyway.)

The most important thing Arianna makes clear is that politicians no longer seem to represent the people who elect them, but the interests of the corporations with the largest contributions. (It's called bribery outside of Congress.) This administration has given their blessing with their silence, and has a huge following of people who still believe their gospel while they are getting their own pockets picked. The repudiation of the pension for United Airlines is a perfect example. What did the administration say? Nothing, not a word! But let the poor, little guy declare bankruptcy, and Senator Orrin Hatch and other congressmen of his ilk will be after them on behalf of MBNA, forever.

It's strange that neocons who worship at the holy grail of unrestrained capitalism, have little to say about this book, or challenge its contents. For once they cannot retort with that tiresome, insipid lament, "Well, Clinton did...." It's about the greed that this administration, corporate CEO's, and congressmen have fostered and encouraged with sweetheart deals, no-bid contracts, tax breaks, loopholes, secret meetings, and even corporate protection laws.

It's about people who never seem to have enough, no matter how much they already have. They will always want more.





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