Friday, December 31, 2010
The pols who skirt the campaign finance laws (and don't get me started there!), the Wall Street guys, the Banksters who seize houses they don't have any right too, and on and on. IOKIYAR used to it's okay if you are republican, now the R just stands for rich.
Some fun bits from Top Gear, with links to the vids. Ignore if you like humor above grade school level or think the Prius is God's gift.... My favorite clip: Capt Slow, yes I said James May, the infamous Capt Slow, setting the world production car speed record and having it broken about 8 minutes later :)
Update for the former DFWers out there. For the more poorly born, Vandegriff is the guy that made Arlington: brought in the Rangers, I think he was instrumental in the Six Flags deal, and so forth. And he sold a pile of Chevys as well.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Oy these folks are just idiots. I'm a bigger Constitution-thumper than most, but the Constitution is not a crystalline document (altho remember, these politicians are the same folks that think the Bible IS one and also that it is the inerrant word of God rather than a religio-political tract cobbled together by a committee, so work from that thesis.....) It is a brilliant starting point and open to interpretation, but it's far from crystal clear. Witness the fact that, on the big issues, there is almost never unanimous agreement amongst the Supremes; recent decisions have had has many as five authored decisions. But, I suppose in the 6,000 year old world they live in, things are clearer. (They usually are if you don't have the IQ to question things.)
Oops... forgot the link
It's a great post and I think mcjoan sums up the problem succinctly:
The traditional media loves being in the in-crowd, the Right
understands that, and has manipulated the conversation. That goes for
Social Security and just about every other issue. What Greider is
describing is not terribly difference from what Glenn has revealed about the traditional media in the WikiLeaks case.
What has to happen is a counter-narrative from Democratic leadership. A handful of good, progressive politicians like Bernie Sanders and Raul Grijalva have been on the beat, but have been too easily marginalized as "lefties," even though they are stating easily verified facts. They need to be joined by more courageous Dems who are willing to buck the conventional wisdom and turn it on its head.
At this point, it sounds like Halliburton stands to be out a quarter billion (you wanna lay odds on Nigeria paying it back??!?!?!) AND Cheney could still be criminally liable. It's like Christmas all over!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Markos nails it:
Republicans have so blown the 9-11 responder issue, that when it passes, it'll be a DEFEAT for them.
Then again, they did just take a baseball bat to immigrant kids, so beating up on cops and firemen is only par for the course with those guys
Try to picture how much better off we'd be today if John had been elected in 2004 instead of Bozo the retarded Chimp (my apologies to the mentally challenged for the insulting comparison to our dear departed Preznit)
The 'swing' to the GOP was BIG front page news in the LA Times today, but that articles missed exactly this point. Yes, several 'red' states picked up seats in the latest census, but in almost every case, the largest driver of growth has been the growth of the Hispanic population in those states. And just whose Cheerio...s have the Repugs been pissing in constantly these last last several months? Long term fail for the Repugs.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
From the NYT:
Kyl was complaining that the treaty deals only with strategic nuclear
weapons (on long-range bombers, submarines or intercontinental
missiles) and not with tactical nukes (the typically lower-yield,
...shorter-range warheads used to aid conventional forces in battle). One
reason this is troubling, according to Kyl, is that Russia is so
trigger-happy; whereas America views its nukes as a deterrent, he said, “to the Russians, tactical nuclear weapons are a battlefield weapon, just like artillery.”
Now, if Russia really did see tactical nuclear weapons as “just like artillery,” then sometime du...ring the 1980s Afghanistan would have become a 250,000-square-mile expanse of warm glass.
It just goes towards proving what I've always argued. That paying into pension funds should NEVER, EVER, EVER, NEVER be voluntary. It must be paid/funded on the date due and no quibbling. You hide and watch. This fucking tax cut bill, with it's cut in the SS payroll tax will be used in future years to argue that SS is ...underfunded. Wanna bet me?
How bout the guys at Lehman (and elsewhere) that actually BOOKED the fraudulent charges? Sure, E&Y okayed them, but the guys at the investment banks (and hedge funds, etc) actually created the fraud. But we can live without an accounting firm. We can't live without overpriced whores and thieves. We'd have to ban Congress! :)
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I'm saddened the DREAM Act didnt pass, but it may good tactically. All the Spanish language media covered it intently, and maybe this, finally, will be the switch that turns on the light in the Hispanic community that the Repugs really REALLY don't like brown people, no matter what they say.
That's cuz the government wants to protect us from the evils of competition. Or is it the megalithic telecoms they want to protection. Anyway, it's a protection racket, one way or the other.
Gee, they've dragged their feet, obstructed, filibustered, and in general done everything they could to slow down the process, if not drag it to a halt, and now they whine they may have to work during Xmas vacation. Have I said fuck them all lately?
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Romney is probably the LEAST crazy, psycho,mouth-breathing, drooling, jabbering option for the Repugs (which automatically means he'll lose the nomination.) But, if he's this far off into the weeds about economic reality (not all that surprising actually given his hedge fund background), we're really screwed.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
They're just bad people with bad motives doing bad things for bad reasons. Can't be more emphatic about it. There's just not a good one left in the bunch; there's only degrees of 'less evil'.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Okay... here's my problem with today's 'compromise' on taxes/spending (I'll leave aside my rage at Obama for selling out virtually every segment of his base....) They're going to cut 'payroll taxes' (ie SS and Medicare deductions) for a 'tax holiday' and they'll make up the shortfall from general revenue (I've got this bridge I'd like to discuss with you if you buy that...) All this in the midst of a concerted effort (see the just dissolved Catfood Commission, which collapsed because the libs wouldn't sell out Social Security....) to screw over Social Security. So now, we're reducing the money going into SS and I FUCKING GUARANTEE YOU that in a couple of years, they'll start whining how SS is short of funds (which we just gave to the multimillionaires) so they can start cutting SS benefits and retirement ages. Argh!
Sunday, December 05, 2010
For some reason, Ad-Sense, in its finite wisdom, has decided I'm a bad guy and they've delisted my pub #. I've written to them and have yet to hear back (72+ hours). I notice they kept their ads on my site, tho, so I've removed them until such as they justify their action (which they can't) or re-instate the pub #. I'm sure this action will crush both them and this blog :)
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Apparently, the Justice Dept is gonna let Ensign skate on any criminal charges. He COULD get re-elected. Remember, Sharon Angle came within a whisker of unseating Reid, and she's fucking certifiable.
Well, well. Nancy pushed and forced the Reichpublicans to come out foursquare against the middle class in favor of their masters. Glad to see SOMEONE in Congress (on our side, anyway) has some balls.
Good. Any spike we can drive into MERS is a good thing. The whole system was fraudulently designed and run for the benefit, not of the homeowners and only peripherally for the lenders, but the servicers (read MERS, in this case.)
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