Greed Is NOT Good

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The GOP wants government limited and small enough not to interfere with Big Business but to allow deregulation, cut social programs, cut taxes for corporations that ship jobs overseas and for the Top 1%, spend more on defense than the next 10 countries combined, but big enough to stop a woman’s right to choose, allow discrimination against anyone that isn’t white, male, and/or heterosexual, push their religion and other moral issues into the public sphere.

“Small” is a relative term. They don’t really want small or limited government, they want a limited-focus government with the focus on their moral and emotional issues. Some examples are the attacks on women’s right to choose and the latest assault on affirmative action, Fisher vs. University of Texas. It cannot be a coincidence that the recent Supreme Court level of assaults against affirmative action, in this case, affirmative action in higher education, all have young white women, all scorned from their top choice of university, as plaintiffs. Hell hath no fury…

A limited-focus government does not mean small. A LOT of government is required enforce morals and emotional issues. A lot of government also requires a lot of money, so no wonder the GOP talks about tax cuts to solve all of the world’s problems. Tax cuts are a distraction and an excuse. They are an excuse to cut social programs; the distraction is to call those who require government programs “deadbeats” and “irresponsible”― Romney’s infamous 47%. That helps create incentives to cut social spending. When government money is not being spent on social programs, that money is available for defense, prisons, and for Big Business to do as it wants without government interference. Continue reading Greed Is NOT Good

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Dear Republicans: REALLY?

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Dear Republicans: REALLY????

Republican World just gets weirder and weirder every day. Don’t believe me? Take a trip down “Here’s The Truth of the Matter” Lane with me.

Republicans are currently slamming President Obama for mentioning Osama bin Laden and how he is – OMG, DEAD!

“How dare he!” whine the Republicans.

However, I didn’t hear any of them whining when Dubya landed on the aircraft carrier, watermelon stuffed into his flight suit, and declared (with a big banner and everything), “Mission Accomplished.”

So I’m wondering who is really “spiking the football” here. President Obama, who actually, truly, madly, deeply DID give the order to take out bin Laden? Or Dubya with his watermelon, flight suit, and pack full o’ lies? Another question: Do you think Willard could have done the same thing?

Right. That’s what I thought.

And then there’s the “War on Women.” According to John Boehner, aka St. Orange of Julius, in his latest pearl-clutching episode on the House floor, it is the Democrats who started, and are perpetuating, said war.

Really?

Which party, both on the federal level and the state level, has introduced eleventy-billion bills designed to quash the rights of women, particularly when it comes to reproductive and other health issues? Which party, and their minions (Rush, I’m talking to you!) has engaged in slut-shaming? Which party does the Governor who suggested that women just “close their eyes” if they didn’t want to see the on-screen results of their medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds belong to? The Democratic Party?

BZZZZZ!!! I’m sorry, pasty white “R” man. It was your party, not the Democratic Party, that did that.

Wanna keep going? Okay. Here we go:

Here’s another one for you: Republican men (and their Stepford Wife surrogates) are going around saying that there is no wage disparity, but hey, if there really IS wage disparity between men and women, well, there is a perfectly logical reason for that. A couple of perfectly logical reasons actually:

Perfectly Logical Reason Number One: Men work more hours per week than women do on average. Okay, let’s say that’s true. However, where Perfectly Logical Reason Number One falls apart is that the true argument is not that men make more than women because some men work more hours than women. The actual Perfectly Logical Reason Number One reason is that when you look at per-hour wages, men make more per hour than women do for doing the same damned job! Got that, Republicans? Do you need me to go over that for you again? Continue reading Dear Republicans: REALLY?

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IOKIYAR *

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* “IT’S OK IF YOU’RE A REPUBLICAN”

The Republicans are up in arms about President Obama supposedly saying Americans are lazy. How DARE he? Harrumph!

Of course President Obama didn’t say Americans are lazy. This is what he said:

“But we’ve been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted — well, people will want to come here and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America”, Obama said.

But hey, Republicans never let the truth get in the way of their lies and vapors. (Get the smellin’ salts, Martha! I’m gonna faint!)

Now listen to them talk about the Occupy Wall Street participants. They are druggies, dirty, filthy, oh, and rapists.

Here’s Rep. Peter King (R-CooCoo Bird):

“First of all, you try to listen to them and they make almost no sense,” King said. “These are people who were living in dirt, these were people who were involved with drugs, there was violence, there was rape. You’re talking about a small number of people — you could probably get more people in a Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday than you’ve got in Zuccotti Park.”

Living in dirt? Involved with drugs? Rape?? Are you f-ing kidding me? Yeah, ‘cause rape only happens at commie-pinko-socialist-dirty places like the Occupy Wall Street camps.

Here’s Rick Perry (R-Good Hair Doesn’t Make You a Good Candidate):

“Liberals are now pointing the finger of blame at successful employers under the guise of fairness, but when they utter phrases like ‘fair share’ you just know, heh, they’re once again playing fast and furious with the truth.”

Playing fast and furious with the truth, huh? Um, no, that was you and your reaction to the President’s “Lazy” remark:

Republicans are still trying to pass themselves off as the only truth-telling, righteous, upstanding and viable people in the country. Call them on their lies, their distortions, their uber-ugly talk, and out come the smelling salts. The indignation. The “How dare you?” reactions. Continue reading IOKIYAR *

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In God We Trust

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A couple of weeks ago the Congress of the United States once again ratified the country’s motto In God We Trust. On the surface I had no problem with that, since the name and image of God is left free to interpretation. But I wondered for a moment if that quick ratification was also because the interpretation of the motto itself by the Senators and Representatives was unfortunately also extremely diverse, one group agreeing to the image of a benevolent God who had been watching over us all since the country was founded, the other group looking at the motto as one more testament to the rightness of their drive toward a Christian-dominated government.

Religious fundamentalism has been raising its ugly head in this country since the end of the World War II, and has grown into a massively destructive threat in today’s politics, with the Republicans so hell-bent on forcing their ideology into the elections and, should they win, into government, totally disregarding the intent of our country’s founders to keep a clear separation between Church and State.

Sometimes it doesn’t seem that man is made in God’s image as much as God seems to be made in man’s, unless of course God is a fickle, warring maniac when power and territory are up for grabs. There have been no communities from earliest history on that didn’t have some religion or religions cementing them together or ripping them asunder. And most of our growth intellectually as well as territorially had religious seeds that occasionally pushed us more rapidly forward or adversely dragged us down into years of darkness.

Cultures with many gods, goddesses and temples seemed to survive better than those with one controlling ideology. The Greeks, for instance, lasted a long time, though internal battles happened frequently. The Egyptians also had multiple deities (Bester–Osiris–Isis–Horus–etc.) and lasted a long time under the rule of the pharaohs. Rome too had many gods and goddesses, and their religion seemed more a measure of a person’s scruples than anything else. It also lasted a long time, eventually adapting to the Christian concept of “One God,” as did Greece and most of the Nordic and Celtic areas. And the Eastern nations such as Japan had a wide tapestry of spiritual traditions and religions.

Admittedly, the clusters of gods were not without their hassles, their grievances more human in nature than godly, such as the jealousy that seemed to be the major cause of the Trojan War, and pride, and of course petulance rivaling that of spoiled children. But it was the “One God” concept, once it took over the governing power of a country, thereby creating a theocracy, that had the ruling group speaking in absolutes, as if they were in a direct line from God. Add that to the dogma of the one religion and you had the most dangerous of worlds, in which those in charge inevitably oppressed any and all of those weaker than they were. Whenever one religion became that powerful, Christianity or otherwise, oppression and tyranny quickly followed with the most dreadful consequences. Holocausts and genocide happened all over the globe and all down the centuries, man killing man, killing women, killing children, all in the name of that glorious “One God.”

Using the Roman Catholic Church to illustrate the inevitable, when the Romans turned from their early gods and goddesses to the “One God” concept, the church and the government came under the powerful rule of the culturally dogmatic Christians and as far as possible from the Christians, known as Heretics, who were the real followers of the pacifistic, idealized Christ. In 1232 the Inquisition began when it became too difficult to persuade the Heretics to stop spreading their ideas of voluntary poverty and no ownership of property, and their peaceful tolerance toward the life choices of anyone else. The Romans first tortured and then burned anyone suspected of harboring any doubt in their concept of Christianity or the right of the Roman Catholic Church to rule with its fiery fist; 100,000 to 2 million Heretics were killed.

During that same time period, the Church also had a long run of witch burnings, witches being primarily the women who were the midwives and those who used herbs to cure the wretched poor who had no other recourse to healing. Between 7 and 9 million women were tortured and burned or beheaded, and the rest of the women enslaved to the domination of the men.

The eight major Crusades dedicated to driving the Muslims out of the Holy Land lasted over 174 years. Their armies were most probably made up of illiterates who knew nothing about Christ other than what their Pope and local priest wanted them to know. They ravaged the towns and castles along the way, butchering every man, woman and child, because God willed it!

And in today’s world the right wing fundamentalists are using their dogmatic cultural and religious clout to con the less informed voters into accepting policies in their God’s name, policies that would be far from their best interests, and would give rebirth to a new wave of serfdom and slavery and Dominionism. Continue reading In God We Trust

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Herman Cain Doesn’t Get It, and Neither do a Lot of Other Men

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Another shoe has now dropped in the Herman Cain sexual harassment saga, thanks to the revelations of Sharon Bialek at a news conference yesterday morning. According to Ms. Bialek, Mr. Cain put his hand up her skirt, and tried to force her head down into her crotch. This action crosses the line from harassment to assault.

Mr. Cain’s reaction was a rather angry, incoherent e-mail in which he called the accusations of sexual harassment “nonsense” and claims that the media is setting him up.

Um, Mr. Cain? If these allegations by Ms. Bialek and the other three women are true (and I am thinking that they are), the only person who set you up is you. You are the one who said and did things to women that they didn’t like. You are the one who acted inappropriately. You are the one who put yourself in this position. Stop yelling at everybody else, and do what you told others to do: look in the mirror.

That being said, what I really wanted to talk about is what underlies all of this: sexual harassment and sexual assault are real. They happen all the time. Whether it be an unwanted remark or out-and-out rape, they happen, perpetrated by men who think that they have the right to say anything they want, touch any woman they want, do whatever they want with her, and if that woman doesn’t like it, well, there must be something wrong with her. She must have been asking for it. She was dressed in a provocative way. She was leading him on. She was sending signals. She was asking for it!

I’ve got news for you, Mr. Cain and any other male out there who has been guilty of sexual harassment or sexual assault. She was not asking for it! You were foisting it upon her because you thought you could. Because you thought it was your right. Because you have no respect for women as human beings. Because you think that women are objects, property, chattel, etc., that that gives you the right to act out your fantasies, your desires, your power trips. Continue reading Herman Cain Doesn’t Get It, and Neither do a Lot of Other Men

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Secret Video of Republican Planning Session against EPA

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As you have probably noticed, House Republicans are on a crusade against public health protections administered by the Environmental Protection Agency.

It might have something to do with the half dozen or so new rules EPA . . . → Read More: Secret Video of Republican Planning Session against EPA

Mitt Romney and The Incredible Magical Job Machine

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Mitt Romney unveiled his highly anticipated plan to construct “a job-creating machine in America,” which will be run by America’s leading job reducer and business machine maker, Mitt Romney, and built by the people who need the government’s  help the most, corporations.

The machine is being touted as having the ability to put a job in every pocket, and will replace the earlier version of the GOP 2010 election job-killing machine that has been efficiently doing exactly what it was built to do. But the new Job Machine will let whomever needs a job get one, as jobs will be systematically spit out like magic in an assembly line fashion that will remind us all of the good ol’ 1920s.

America should be a job machine: jobs being created all the time, PEOPLE  looking for employees to join their enterprises,

and yes, “Corporations are PEOPLE too, my friends! – Mitt Romney

Standing under a large banner reading “Job One, Day One,” Romney said that on the first day of his presidency, he would throw away the democratic process and the American Constitution and instead get right to work by signing five executive orders –

  1. Granting states a waiver from the 2010 health care legislation in order to give them “maximum authority” to design their own programs.
  2. Instructing government agencies to eliminate regulations he says are slowing job creation
  3. Streamlining procedures for oil drilling permits
  4. Sanctioning China for its unfair trade practices and currency-meddling
  5. Reversing union-friendly executive orders signed by Obama.

Romney also announced his economic policy team, which consists of R. Glenn Hubbard,  who was chairman of President Bush’s council of economic advisers from 2001 to 2003; Gregory Mankiw, who was chairman of President Bush’s council of economic advisers from 2003 to 2005; former Republican Senator Jim Talent of Missouri, who lost his 2006  re-election bid to current Missouri Senator  Claire McCaskill; as well as  former Representative Vin Weber of Minnesota, who retired in 1992 after being caught up in a House banking scandal and was a  paid lobbyist for several health insurance giants. Apart from their work on the Job Machine, these enterprising engineers will also be the proud authors of Romney’s Day One executive orders. Continue reading Mitt Romney and The Incredible Magical Job Machine

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Pawlenty - not loony and inexperienced enough for modern GOP

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Did you catch Tim Pawlenty’s comments upon exiting the GOP Presidential primary?

“What I brought forward, I thought, was a rational, established, credible, strong record of results, based on experience governing — a two-term governor of a blue . . . → Read More: Pawlenty – not loony and inexperienced enough for modern GOP

Because there's nothing more important for House Republicans to do

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Hey, is there anything important going on in Washington? I thought there was a near crisis caused by House Republicans refusing to raise the debt ceiling. I thought there was more work to do in order . . . → Read More: Because House Republicans have nothing important to do

Huntsman – Too Sane and Too Informed for a Tea Party Crazed GOP?

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When you decide you want to try to offer a new product or service whether in a new or existing business, you try to determine if there is a market for it. Is there a need for the new product or service, or through marketing can you create a desire for it? If you are introducing a new product to compete with existing products, how is your product different from the other products and is that difference something that people will find appealing?

Candidates can work in a similar way. From his campaign rollout speech, it is clear that Mr. Huntsman is trying to position himself as the one reasonable candidate who respects his Republican rivals for the nomination and ALSO respects President Obama. On Obama, Huntsman said that while he respects him, he just has a different vision for the country. Huntsman is also a smart guy who taught himself Mandarin Chinese, was the US Ambassador to China and Governor of Utah, knows American history and can speak knowledgeably about foreign policy issues.

For all that, there is a major problem with Candidate Huntsman. He is a product whose features have no market among the Republican electorate.

Republicans have no interest in a candidate who actually knows something. They seem to find willful ignorance irrelevant or even charming in a candidate. For instance, Sarah Palin’s butchering and ignorance of history and current events is legend. Not only does she make up history as she goes along, when her error was pointed out, she insisted her version of Paul Revere’s famous ride (he rode out to warn the British not to try to take our guns) was correct even though we are in the internet age when it is easy to look up such things and find out the truth. One of the last living really intelligent ultra-conservatives, Margaret Thatcher, refused to meet with Palin when Palin traveled to the UK to see Thatcher. As much as I disagree with many or most of Ms. Thatcher’s decisions as Prime Minister, I can only opine from a distance that Thatcher didn’t want her legacy and brand of conservatism tarnished by meeting with someone who views being informed as an unnecessary inconvenience.

Michele Bachmann hasn’t been on the national stage as long as Palin, but she is working hard to catch up in ignorant quotes. Bachmann has produced gems like, “Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” Bachmann may want to read this. If she still is unconvinced, maybe she will agree to be hooked up to a tank of the stuff to breathe for a while. I think Bachmann got her idea for this quote from Ann Coulter, who claimed that radiation is good for you. If Ann really feels that way, I don’t understand why she isn’t at Fukushima offering to clean the whole thing up with her bare hands. TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) would almost certainly offer her many times her regular speaking rate to do it. Continue reading Huntsman – Too Sane and Too Informed for a Tea Party Crazed GOP?

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