Saturday, February 6, 2010

I guess when you watch Fox News every day the brain washing takes effect

The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.
~Morpheus, The Matrix

Sometimes people surprise you in ways you would never suspect, especially if that person is a close relative. A close relative told me to stop informing him about my blog as he is too busy and any way he is a staunch Republican. Whoopee, staunch idiot is what I thought. But I guess when you watch Fox News every day the brain washing takes effect. Independent rational analytical thinking no longer works and one becomes a fire breathing Republican Conservative. “I'll vote against my own self interest because I believe bullshit, lies, and twisted logic.” It should not be a surprise as I have heard illogical opinions from this relative before. The hypocrisy of it is that when one benefits from the social programs that Democrats fought thirty years to implement over the objections of the Republicans such as Social Security and Medicare one would think that he might have a reason to consider the Democratic position. When we have a Republican president that allowed the banking industry to gamble with investors money causing the biggest financial collapse since the Great Depression and a Democratic president prevented us from going into a full blown Depression one would think that maybe he would examine that. When a Republican president starts an illegal war on a sovereign country and thousands of Americans die, billions of dollars disappears down a black hole known as Halliburton he might ask questions. When the United States endorses the use of torture on prisoners under the euphemism of enhanced interrogation one might think he would question the morality of that. He ignores the facts that Republicans support tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and oppose tax breaks and tax incentives for small businesses and oppose bank regulatory reform. Leave health care alone as the price of health insurance continues to rise to the point that many small businesses can't afford it, why because he's a staunch Republican.

I can pick my friends but I can't pick my relatives. Maybe one day he will see the light but I doubt it. If the Republicans win the next election and eliminate Social Security and Medicare because it is socialism, something they tried to do under the Bush administration, he may scream uncle. With the new ruling by the Supreme Court allowing unlimited financing of political campaigns by corporations who knows what will happen. The health industry may just tell their wholly owned congress to do just that. The health industry does just about anything it wants to do anyway. Woodland Hills (Los Angles County) based “Anthem Blue Cross customers got a shock this week when the health insurer informed thousands of individual policyholders that their premium rates will jump as much as 39 percent on March 1st'. My relative like many others wants the government out of his business. The government will be out of his business and in bed with big business. Social programs for the rest of us will cease to exist. He will end up screaming for the government to help him but by then it may be too late. I am reminded of the movie The Matrix when Morpheus shows Neo a battery and tells him that is what humans are to the Matrix. That is what big business sees us as batteries. It is time my relative woke up but I am afraid he likes being a battery.

I don't think he will read the blog so I am not worried about upsetting him. What is interesting is that my Conservative friends encourage me to send them notices about my blog. I guess they want to see where I am going with my ideas and opinions. Like I said you can't pick your relatives but you can pick your friends and many of my friends are conservatives, something I don't hold against them. I consider them future progressives that have yet to see the light.

Friday, February 5, 2010

The election in 2010 might very well be the last truly free election in America

"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power."
~Benito Mussolini

The recommended book is The Wrecking Crew by Thomas Frank, definitely a most hated book by Conservatives. Frank lays out the seeds of destruction of our democracy and in light of the latest decision by the Supreme Court in support of unlimited corporate financing in support of political campaigns it is a poignant reminder of how fragile our democracy is. The corporate elite will move us from a representative democracy to a corporate fascist state while all the time using the pro conservative media to brain wash the American people that it is in their own self interest. Any criticism will be labeled socialistic or liberalism and un-American meanwhile the corporations will be buying and paying for the best government their money can buy and that government will do their bidding. The American people will have lost their government. This is a most important book and it should be a wake up call to the danger that exists and a call to arms for the American people to be aware of whom they choose to represent them. The election in 2010 might very well be the last truly free election in America.


Recommended Book: The Wrecking Crew:ow Conservatives Rule by Thomas Frank
"Following up on his masterly examination of the paradox under which Red Staters consistently vote Republican against their own economic self-interest (WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS?), Thomas Frank sets out to trace the present-day conservative Republican approach to government in THE WRECKING CREW. What he demonstrates is deeply disturbing even though it has remained on display virtually every day of the entire Bush II administration.
According to Frank, the conservative worldview is totally committed to "the ideal of laissez faire, meaning minimal government interference in the marketplace, along with hostility to taxation, regulation, organized labor, state ownership, and all the business community's other enemies. "The conservative movement promotes the interests of business exclusively over all else in accordance with the motto, "More business in government, less government in business." So-called "big government," also tagged as the liberal state, is the enemy; in fact, virtually all government is the enemy, other than the national defense.
Mr. Frank follows the conservative movement from the turn of the Twentieth Century through the Depression and New Deal, focusing most heavily on the movement's rebirth under Ronald Reagan and on into the new millennium. Along the way, he discusses the growth of lobbying as a major force in converting the nation's capital into a massive feeding ground for corporate special interests. Frank also highlights the manner in which conservatives have repeatedly run the country into huge spending deficits in order to "defund the left" while simultaneously politicizing government management positions by favoring ideology over competence. The end result under Republican conservative stewardship is government that demonstrates itself as ineffectual and incompetent, offering but further proof that big government is inherently incapable of working and needs to be outsourced to private, professional concerns who can do the job correctly (and then inevitably failing to do so).
THE WRECKING CREW is filled with fascinating side observations, such as its note that the movement has always lionized bullies, from Joe McCarthy to Bill O'Reilly, from Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay to George Allen and Michelle Malkin (whom Frank describes hilariously as "a pundit with the appearance of a Bratz doll but the soul of Chucky"). The book's most effective and outrage-generating section has to be its chapter on the Marianas Island of Saipan. Frank casts Saipan, with all its corruption, nepotism, income inequity, slave labor sweatshops, and local political control exercised in the name of big business as the perfect and ultimate model of the conservative movement ideal, a truly horrific prospect. He also notes, properly, that the morass that is today's Iraq is equally a product of the attempt to force fit these same free market ideals to a foreign country, implemented (so the Bush Administration hoped) by inexperienced, wet-behind-the-ears young idealogues, home-schooled ultra-Christians with college degrees from the likes of Patrick Henry College, Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, and Pat Robertson's Regent University. Saipan and Iraq constituted "laboratories of liberty," modern-day "capitalists' dreams" whose realizations are (or at least should be) shameful American nightmares.
There is little good news in THE WRECKING CREW. Author Frank shows that our national government has been hollowed out under Republican conservative control, savaged into an ineffectual husk. Furthermore, he illustrates clearly that this was no mistake, that it is part of a deliberate process not just to privatize government and eradicate government regulation but to make these changes permanent by destroying the liberal left (and with it, of course, the Democratic Party). Frank demonstrates well that present day politics has truly become, to invert von Clausiwitz's famous maxim, "a continuation of war by other means." Regrettably, one side of the battle continues to play the game as politics, as elections won or lost and citizens swayed or not, while the other side approaches it as an act of war, a no-holds-barred contest in which the only goal is the complete and utter destruction of the other side.
THE WRECKING CREW is compelling and informative even as it paints a bleak picture of an America being driven rightward and increasingly toward the excesses and inequities of the pre-New Deal era. We all know how that era ended in October, 1929."
By Steve Koss

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Monday, February 1, 2010

The point is that "Fox and Morons" are faced with a force they are not use to, decency, honesty and intelligence.

Their coverage on the Fox News Channel has been atrocious. The stuff that comes out of Sean Hannity's mouth has been infuriating. The stuff that Bill O'Reilly says has been illogical. You go up and down the schedule and it's insanity over there. The number of lies, perpetuated, promoted by Fox News is just shameful and it hurts everybody.
~David Shuster, Journalist

Fox (white man made up) News cut away from Obama's meeting with the GOP with twenty minutes remaining but aired the Republican response in it's entirety. Clearly President Obama was in good form, and without a TelePrompTer. He responded to all the Republican questions and their inaccuracies with fact and he corrected the untruths stated by the Republicans. Fox cut away because the Republicans were getting a ass whooping. Fox has had a bad week, their CEO Roger Ailes misspoke regarding Glenn Beck about "Slaughtering progressives in the White House, see below, President Obama's masterful State of the Union address and concluding with Obama's meeting with the GOP to answer all of their questions.
The real problem is that President Obama is smarter than they are and it isn't even close and they don't know how to deal with it. His polices are sound he is going in the right direction and they haven't got a clue. The point is that "Fox and Morons" are faced with a force they are not use to, decency, honesty and intelligence.

John Cleese and a wonderful view of Fox, Palin, Obama, Hannity, Bush and a laugh.


More from "Fox and Morons" the network for those who hate decency, hate tolerance, hate gays, hate equality, hate inclusion, hate intellectuals, hate Democrats, hate minorities, hate people of color, hate Mexicans, hate Muslims, hate prochoice, hate women, (except Palin and Bachman) hate Liberals and hates anyone who disagrees with their perverted view of the world. Read it here! You can't make this shit up, well Fox does.

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Paul Krugman tells Fox (white man) News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes that Fox engages in "deliberate misinformation"

The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.
~Winston Churchill

Paul Krugman tells Fox (made up white man) News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes that Fox engages in "deliberate misinformation". Coming from Paul Krugman this is a stiff rebuke. Krugman a professor at Princeton and a New York Times columnist a respected intellectual and Nobel Prize winning economist takes Fox to task and calls it as it is. He also has little regard for Glenn Beck.

President goes into the lions den to debate the GOP on their own turf and kicks some GOP ass. If you watch anything this year this is the one to watch. Obama is on 100%.

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