Friday, August 19, 2011

Most Americans don't realize how unequal our country really is

"A profound political question is suddenly on the table: Must the country continue to give precedence to private financial gain and market determinism over human lives and broad public values?"
~William Greider


PBS' Making Sen$e: 'Land of the Free, Home of the Poor'


Watch the full episode. See more PBS NewsHour.


"Making Sen$e correspondent Paul Solman reports on the extreme inequality in the U.S. It's now on par with African dictatorships. In a telling moment after interviewing a recent immigrant from Haiti, where she says the American Dream isn't something she feels she'll ever have, Solman says, "The U.S. looks unequal to a Haitian?"

He then looks into a recent study about wealth in the U.S. "The first constant finding," Solman says. "Most Americans don't realize how unequal our country really is."

Yay for non-profit media." Crooksandliars.com

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rick Perry and the porno industry investment

Whatever you condemn, you have done yourself.
~Georg Groddeck, The Book of the It, 1950



The more you scratch Rick Perry the more you uncover. From The Left blog, a report on Rick Perry's involvement in the porno industry. So much for abstinence, family values and being squeaky clean.



"EXPOSED: TX Gov. Rick Perry Owned Thousands of Dollars in Porno Distributor Company"

Thursday, August 18, 2011

"They say you should never shit where you eat. In TX Gov. Rick “I’m a Prophet” Perry’s case, I would tweak that phrase to read, you shouldn’t preach abstinence when you own thousands of dollars in porno stock.

Perry, the latest GOP presidential candidate to jump into the race, owned five-to-ten thousand dollars worth of stock in Movie Gallery, a company that at one time was the nation’s largest distributor of pornography in America. Their titles included:

Teens with Tits Vol. 1
Teen Power Vol. 4
Teens Never Say No
Big Tit Brotha Lovers 6
Bisexual Barebacking Vol. 1

These films do not promote abstinence or safe-sex.

Perry’s close friends at the American Family Association boycotted the Movie Gallery in 2000 until the business finally shut down in 2010. I wonder if the American Family Association knew the pride of Texas, Gov. Rick Perry owned thousands of dollars of stock in a porno distributor they were committed to closing?

And why isn’t the mainstream media reporting any of this?" From The Left



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Ex-Evangelical Denounces Michele Bachmann & Calls Christian Reconstructionist Politics "Anti-American"

“The religious right that I was part of is fundamentally anti-American. They hate this country. They wrap themselves in the flag, but they hate America as it is."
~Frank Schaeffer

Ex-Evangelical Denounces Michele Bachmann & Calls Christian Reconstructionist Politics "Anti-American"

" ... a former evangelical Christian, Frank Schaeffer, whose father’s writings and work played a key role in the religious development of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. Frank Schaeffer recently wrote an article titled "Michele Bachmann Was Inspired by My Dad and His Christian Reconstructionist Friends — Here’s Why That’s Terrifying." Schaeffer’s father was Francis Schaeffer, one of the nation’s most influential evangelical Christian theologians and philosophers in the 1970s and 1980s. In a recent profile in The New Yorker magazine, Bachmann reveals she entered politics after watching Francis Schaeffer’s film, "How Should We Then Live?" The film was directed by his son, Frank, our guest today. "[Bachmann] doesn’t just come from the far right of evangelical politics. She comes from a fringe even of the fringe, which is the Reconstructionist, Dominionist movement," Schaeffer says. “The religious right that I was part of is fundamentally anti-American. They hate this country. They wrap themselves in the flag, but they hate America as it is." Democracy Now







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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The barbarians are rising

“The governor of Texas should not be initiating a Christians-only prayer.”
~Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, according to the Post. Washington Post


Author H. Beam Piper, science fiction writer, in his work Space Vikings speaks of the barbarians from within society. "He says, even at their worst, they are in engaged in honest butchery compared to the nefarious do-gooders and do-nothings."

"The barbarians are rising . . . Every society rests on a barbarian base. The people who don't understand civilization, and wouldn't like it if they did. The hitchhikers. The people who create nothing, and who don't appreciate what others have created for them, and who think civilization is something that just exists and that all they need to do is enjoy what they can understand of it --- luxuries, high living standards, and easy work for high pay . . .

It wasn't the war that put Hitler into power. It was the fact that the ruling class of his nation, the people who keep things running, were discredited. The masses, the homemade barbarians, didn't have anybody to take their responsibilities for them."

We see this today in America. The rich, powerful and banksters make nothing. They live on dividends and interest. They are the hitchhikers. The barbarians, the Tea Party, know nothings who want to wreck the American society because they are "the people who don't understand civilization, and wouldn't like it if they did." They are led by Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain. The others Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul have a degree of integrity but are still willing to sell their souls to the devil.

If a man like Rick Perry or a woman like Michele Bachmann can reach the white house we are finished as a nation. The day of a statesman leading America will have been over.






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Monday, August 15, 2011

the country's young population is ugly, aggressive, vicious, badly educated, uncouth and criminally inclined because they're marginalised

Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.
~George Bernard Shaw


A friend recently wrote the following about the riots in the U.K. While it is easy to just say it is a criminal element, it is more, it is the social breakdown and disenfranchisement of the poor and lower classes.
"I've also been closely following the riots in London, Manchester and elsewhere in
Britain. Frankly it comes as no surprise to me and my fellow Mancunians
when I see what is happening. These recent incidents appear to be a
backhanded tribute to the long-term intellectual torpor, moral cowardice,
incompetence and careerist opportunism of the British political and
intellectual class.
For years, politicians of all parties but especially those with a Tory
bent, have somehow managed not to notice what has long been apparent to
anyone who has taken a short walk with his eyes open down any British city
street: that a considerable proportion of the country's young population
is ugly, aggressive, vicious, badly educated, uncouth and criminally
inclined because they're marginalised. British youth leads the Western
world in almost all aspects of social pathology, from teenage pregnancy to
drug taking, from drunkenness to violent criminality. In many northern
constituencies, British kids are much likelier to have a television in
their bedroom than a father living at home. One-third of them never eat a
meal at a table with another member of their household and 'family' is not
the word for the social arrangements of the people in the areas from which
the rioters mainly come. So this is what happens. And it's going to get
worse if the British National Party (neo-nazi racists) get involved and
play the immigrant/race card."











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