Saturday, February 26, 2011
"Who's going to shoot Obama?" That was a great joke. Bull shit. It's no joke and what is worse an American congressman, Rep. Paul Broun, R-G permitted it to stand. Shades of Tripoli. Is that how we solve our political differences? The ones with the most guns rule. These assholes have no clue what this country is about or the price paid to insure our democracy. It is time that all decent Americans stand up to these radical un-American jerks.
Everyone in this country has the right to protest and to work for the political position they hold but they don't have the right to threaten violence because their prejudices and racism. The only thing missing was the white robes, hoods and a burning cross. It is not an idle threat. I lived through the assassination of John F. Kennedy and know that it can happen. These people give license to those on the fringe, those who would do such a deed. (Photo, The Immoral Majority)
Stupidity and worse.
Beck Sees Evidence For His Grand Conspiracy Theory Everywhere
Koch Front Group Americans For Prosperity: ‘Take The Unions Out At The Knees’
Friday, February 25, 2011
...Right is successful they will go after police officers, firemen, nurses, sanitation workers, bus drivers unions including, social security benefits
~JANEANE GAROFALO, Majority Report,
Educators and their unions are under assault by the Right and are being portrayed as people who are exploiting the system. Walk in their shoes for a while and one will realize the lie that it is. This attack from the GOP is focused on teachers and their benefits, pensions and the bargaining power of their unions. Police officers, firemen, nurses, sanitation workers, bus drivers and a host of other people we rely on have unions. The unions exist to to give the individual a fair chance to get a decent salary and working conditions.
The Right is attacking unions because they fight for their workers to have decent working conditions, a fair wage, medical care and a pension. Those gains by unions have spilled over to the private sector helping to create a better life for all Americans thereby creating America's middle class. But now the GOP and their allies, big business, are trying to roll back those gains and they are beginning with teachers. They want to destroy the right of teachers to be represented by a union. They want to undermine the ability of their unions to organize and protect teachers rights.
Teachers are taking the brunt of it now and if the Right is successful they will go after police officers, firemen, nurses, sanitation workers, bus drivers unions including, social security benefits, and medicare. The GOP wants the American worker on their knees. But they protect their sacred cows. They want tax cuts for the richest Americans, who protect their millions in tax shelters, don't want cuts in oil subsidies for the oil companies or oversight on banks. What they do want is to victimize the working middle class, the old, the sick and the poor. They got elected on the promise of small government and jobs. Seems that they have short memories.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
“Nobody talks more of free enterprise and competition and of the best man winning than the man who inherited his father’s store or farm.”
~ C. Wright Mills
Billionaire Koch brothers vs Obama. The true power of the Tea Party and extreme Right is the money poured into their coffers by the Koch brothers. What many of the participants on the Right see as a grass root movement is a carefully orchestrated operation by the billionaire Koch brothers. They have bankrolled the movement for their own purposes. While the activist thinks he knows what is going on he really doesn't, he's a pawn. A pawn designed to protect the assets of two of the richest industrialists in America. It is their America that they are bank rolling. An America that they see as designed to maximize corporate profits at the expense of every American. In a New Yorker Article by Jane Mayer the whole story is exposed.
"With his brother Charles, who is seventy-four, David Koch owns virtually all of Koch Industries, a conglomerate, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, whose annual revenues are estimated to be a hundred billion dollars. The company has grown spectacularly since their father, Fred, died, in 1967, and the brothers took charge. The Kochs operate oil refineries in Alaska, Texas, and Minnesota, and control some four thousand miles of pipeline. Koch Industries owns Brawny paper towels, Dixie cups, Georgia-Pacific lumber, Stainmaster carpet, and Lycra, among other products. Forbes ranks it as the second-largest private company in the country, after Cargill, and its consistent profitability has made David and Charles Koch—who, years ago, bought out two other brothers—among the richest men in America. Their combined fortune of thirty-five billion dollars is exceeded only by those of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett."
"The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests. In a study released this spring, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries one of the top ten air polluters in the United States. And Greenpeace issued a report identifying the company as a “kingpin of climate science denial.” The report showed that, from 2005 to 2008, the Kochs vastly outdid ExxonMobil in giving money to organizations fighting legislation related to climate change, underwriting a huge network of foundations, think tanks, and political front groups. Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies—from health-care reform to the economic-stimulus program—that, in political circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus.
In a statement, Koch Industries said that the Greenpeace report “distorts the environmental record of our companies.” And David Koch, in a recent, admiring article about him in New York, protested that the “radical press” had turned his family into “whipping boys,” and had exaggerated its influence on American politics. But Charles Lewis, the founder of the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan watchdog group, said, “The Kochs are on a whole different level. There’s no one else who has spent this much money. The sheer dimension of it is what sets them apart. They have a pattern of lawbreaking, political manipulation, and obfuscation. I’ve been in Washington since Watergate, and I’ve never seen anything like it. They are the Standard Oil of our times.”
A few weeks after the Lincoln Center gala, the advocacy wing of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation—an organization that David Koch started, in 2004—held a different kind of gathering. Over the July 4th weekend, a summit called Texas Defending the American Dream took place in a chilly hotel ballroom in Austin. Though Koch freely promotes his philanthropic ventures, he did not attend the summit, and his name was not in evidence. And on this occasion the audience was roused not by a dance performance but by a series of speakers denouncing President Barack Obama. Peggy Venable, the organizer of the summit, warned that Administration officials “have a socialist vision for this country.”
Five hundred people attended the summit, which served, in part, as a training session for Tea Party activists in Texas. An advertisement cast the event as a populist uprising against vested corporate power. “Today, the voices of average Americans are being drowned out by lobbyists and special interests,” it said. “But you can do something about it.” The pitch made no mention of its corporate funders. The White House has expressed frustration that such sponsors have largely eluded public notice. David Axelrod, Obama’s senior adviser, said, “What they don’t say is that, in part, this is a grassroots citizens’ movement brought to you by a bunch of oil billionaires.”
KILL the Protesters!
Last weekend, Indiana deputy attorney general Jeff Cox logged in to Twitter and called for riot police to "use live ammunition" on the demonstrators in Wisconsin. When confronted Cox doubled down and said, "You're damned right I advocate deadly force."
Now more of the Crazies.
Justice is served for a murder.