Archive for July, 2012

July 29, 2012

The DC Folly Trolley – 07/29/12

OK, let’s stop making fun of Mitt Romney.

From all reports, Mighty Mitt did very well in grade school. In fact, he finished first in his class in the ABCs.

Got all the way up to Z without missing a single letter.

Romney won contests in fifth grade and retroactively won in fourth, third, second and first grade.

However, he refuses to release the Certificates he received for memorizing the alphabet for any of those grades.

To show you what a determined guy this candidate is, at this very moment, he’s brushing up on his ABCs just in case a question about it comes up during the debates.

Remember Mitt, P comes before Q. That was always one of the hard ones.

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Image courtesy of DONKEYHOTEY.

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Committee Announces Award

From its hideout in Pasta Fagioli, Italy, the Nobella Prize Committee announced a second award in as many weeks.

Michelle Bachmann is the most recent winner of the MVP prize. The representative from Minnesota won the award for her remarks that the Statement Department is infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Ms. Bachmann directed her attack at Huma Abedin, an assistant to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, charging that Ms. Abedin’s association with the Muslim organization represents a security threat to the United States.

In McCarthy like fashion, Bachmann called for investigation into the matter of Muslim infiltration of the government and would support termination of any member suspected of association with the Muslim Brotherhood.

For her hatching of a 21st century form of McCarthyism, the Committee believes the Minnesota congresswoman deserves its Most Valuable Putz award.

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Winners of The Most Valuable Putz Award receive a certificate acknowledging the award as well as a forged autographed copy of a photo of Don Alberto Vito Nobella, the originator of the prize. .

These exceptional individuals also receive a statuette named the Pubar engraved with the words “Putzed up beyond all reason.” Known as the Putzie the statuette is sculpted of rusted metal stolen from an auto junk yard.

The Putzie is given while supplies last and unfortunately for the current winner supplies just ran out.

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Birds of a feather – Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum by Boris Rasin (Boris Rasin).

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Eric Cantor seems to believe he could not practice his religion anywhere else in the world as freely as he can in the United States.

I wonder how countries like England, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and many others would interpret such a statement, to say nothing of Israel.

Of course, he could be a Pastafarian. In which case I’m not certain which countries allow freedom to practice those beliefs.

Taking his remarks about the right to practice religion freely in the U S more as a statement of American exceptionalism rather than one of limitations on religious practices in other countries, Eric Cantor’s statement does not quite ring true.

I wonder how countries like England, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and many others would interpret such a statement, to say nothing of Israel.

While many laws do restrict specific religious practices, the intent is not always to prevent free worship. The law in Sweden, for example, regarding the slaughter of chickens is an issue that addresses cruelty to animals. The law, while it seems silly on the surface, actually prohibits the kosher killing of the birds by Orthodox Jews. It seems likely, however, that the concerns of animal rights activists and Jewish practices can be reconciled.

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Does it really matter how it’s killed. (Photo by H. Padlecklas).

The same applies to recent developments in Europe banning circumcision. From all appearances, that issue should be resolved permitting the religious ritual, although the practice may be limited to clerics. In any case, initiating the ban in the first place does seem suspect – if not antisemitic then anti-Muslim and a reaction to what many Europeans consider an immigration problem.

The religious clothing ban in France, sadly, could be a safety issue rather than a blatant attempt to restrict religious freedom as many Muslims believe.

Nevertheless, dress can represent a public expression of religion and be an imposition on others. And while laws do impact more on certain religions, they apply to members of all religions and, therefore, should not be considered a restriction of religious freedom.

Yes, Israel is a special case. However, none of the religious ceremonies are actually denied even though they are restricted to Orthodox rabbis. They must simply be performed in a manner prescribed by law. And, as I recall, many Israeli citizens are not Orthodox and can practice or not as they see fit with only a few exceptions.

So if by “freedom of religion,” we mean the unfettered right to practice religious rituals, even those others may consider harmful, I don’t believe that right exists anywhere. Therefore Eric Cantor is, as any law abiding citizen, free to practice or not as he sees fit in many countries. But the right is not absolute.

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Other laws prevent religious practices in public even in the United States. Here, for example, prayer in public schools is prohibited because it represents an attempt to impose a religious practice on others. The law does not in any way limit freedom of religion. Any person can say a prayer in a public school, a public building or even a courtroom simply by bowing his head and praying silently.

What I find odd is that no one ever goes to a courtroom to pray. Courts of law generally begin sessions at 9 AM and anyone is permitted to enter, sit quietly on a bench and say a prayer. I personally know of no one who practices this ritual on a regular basis or, for that matter, who has done so even once. But we are all free to pray anytime, anywhere.

What a person cannot do is to get up in front of the court and force everyone present to pray in a manner which he dictates. This restriction applies to everyone regardless of religious persuasion.

The best policy is, as always, to keep religion where it belongs – in church.

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Speaking of killing chickens, that Swedish law mentioned a couple of paragraphs above does seem rather silly.

I say “silly” because I remember my parents taking us kids with them to a poultry farm to buy chickens for dinner. The farmer grabbed a fear stricken bird by the legs, yanked it from a wooden cage, jammed it into a funnel like device with its head sticking out of the hole on the bottom. He then slit the chickens throat, let it bleed out, removed it and chopped off its head. He put the dead bird into a vat of steaming water for a few minutes and next removed its feathers by holding it against a large spinning wheel whose tines stripped the bird clean.

That practice would today violate the Swedish law.

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A source of food and not much else. Painting by Albertus Verhoesen.

However, we always enjoyed a fine dinner thanks to the farmer and his bird.

Although I witnessed this procedure many times, I never thought of it as being cruel to animals – anymore than the actions of a mother lion hunting and killing a zebra to feed her pride.

Animal rights activists might consider the slaughter of chickens cruel and that a more humane method should be used because, after all, we humans are civilized. And, while that is so, referring to ourselves as “civilized” may be hubris more than truth. We might recall that we humans over the millennia have massacred billions of our own kind. Keeping that slaughter in mind, the manner in which chickens are processed to furnish food for survival seems a token issue at best. 

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So did Walmart become one of the biggest corporations in the world all by its little ole self.

Hardly.

I’ve noticed that Walmart locates many of its stores near interstates or on or near busy state highways.

It’s huge fleet of tractor trailers make daily use of these convenient roadways, all built with taxpayer dollars.

The local roads that carry millions of customers to Walmart stores were also built with taxpayer money.

I wonder what kind of corporation Walmart would be without the support contributed in so many ways by the American taxpayer. Roads, schools, police, fire protection, etc, benefit us all. Yes, even Walmart.

Sorry, Sam. You didn’t do it all by yourself. Even I contributed to your success. And you’re business would still be selling sundries in Arkansas without my help, and the help of many others.

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This Bloke Is A Joke

Photo courtesy of DONDEYHOTEY.

You mean elephant riding isn’t an Olympic sport. Since when?

 Image courtesy of DONKEYHOTEY.

 

Mighty Mitt, what a critter

Left the Brits feeling bitter.

His written statement he misplaced

So his remarks then soon disgraced

A city proud in Olympian glitter.

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In London the Mittster was no smash

Headlines read “It Was a Crash.”

He left the queen in a dither

And from it all he tried to slither

To the airport in a baffled dash.

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Oh Mitt, poor Mitt, what a twit

Got the British in a snit

Opened his mouth and spoke and spoke.

And the Brits replied “this bloke’s a joke.”

Oh Mitt, poor Mitt, is he really legit.

 

 

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July 22, 2012

The DC Folly Trolley – 07/22/12

Nobella Prize Committee Announces Latest Award

From its hideout in Pasta Fagioli, Italy, The Nobella Prize Committee announced today the name of the latest recipient of its MVP award.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Ed Gillespie, senior adviser to the Romney campaign, received the prize for his claim that the GOP presidential nominee “retired retroactively” from Bain Capital, the company Romney owned until 1999, 2000, 2001 or 2002 or all of the above.

Now that “retroactive retirement” has become a reality in the United States, all persons who are eligible for retirement in 2012 can now retire retroactively to 1962 and receive 50 years worth of Social Security checks.

Thanks, Ed. You have proven yourself worthy of the Most Valuable Putz award.

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Winners of The Most Valuable Putz Award receive a certificate acknowledging the award as well as a forged autographed copy of a photo of Don Alberto Vito Nobella, the originator of the prize. 

These exceptional individuals also receive a statuette named the Pubar engraved with the words “Putzed up beyond all reason.” Known as the Putzie the statuette is sculpted of rusted metal stolen from an auto junk yard.

The Putzie is given while supplies last and unfortunately for the current winner supplies just ran out.

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Right Wingers Defend LIBOR.

Contend Ordinary People Benefited.

Well, what did you expect?

The point here, however, has to be that a small group of banks can manipulate what has been called a “benchmark rate” at any time and only to favor themselves.

Even artificially lower rates can deceive investors into believing a bank or an investment is safer than it actually is. Cha ching banks.

Therefore rigging an interest rate will always benefit banks even if perchance some lucky borrower happens to receive a lower rate on a mortgage or car loan.

If you believe banks manipulate interest rates to benefit their customers you are badly mistaken. At best, such outlandish behavior is a clear sign of mischief in another area. And if you don’t want to get scammed out of some big bucks you better know which area if you ever want to trust a “too big to fail” bank again.

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The NRA doesn’t care one bit about anybody’s “right” to bear arms. Their sole reason for existence is the protect everybody’s “right” to buy arms. It is a gun sellers organization and it exists to maximize profits for gun sellers.

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AK-47 with high capacity magazine – a weapon that can give a deranged individual a powerful feeling of control over life and death.

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When you have to pack heat to go see a movie, something’s wrong.

However, nothing will come of this latest mass murder other than everyone will be urged to buy a gun for protection.

So if you don’t already own one, it’s time to buy a firearm and begin practicing your fast draw.

Only in America.  

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Ron Johnson: High-Capacity Magazines Are A Constitutional Right

Shameless pandering.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Guns don’t kill, people do.

Does liquor get drunk?

Of course, not. People do. Yet we have strong regulation of the sale of spirits. Why? Because people who get drunk can be dangerous and cause great harm. And so it is with people who buy arms.

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This entire campaign payola affair is sick and disgusting. No better example of the selling of America exists than buying a president.

Romney, Republicans Fundraising Beat Obama, Democrats In June

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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The “small people” exist to serve in Romneyworld.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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George W. Bush refused an invitation to attend the Republican convention in Tampa, FL. Good politics. Nothing more.

However, according to our sources at UPW News, the invitation was accompanied by a black rose.

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According to the Barack Obama Truthteam:

  1. Mitt Romney refused to release multiple years of tax returns ignoring decades of precedent.
  2. He won’t disclose his “bundlers,” the people raising millions for his campaign.
  3. He is sole owner of a questionable shell corporation in Bermuda.
  4. Until recently Romney kept cash in a Swiss bank account.
  5. According to the Boston Globe, he hasn’t been honest about when he was running Bain Capital, even though legal documents refute his claim.
  6. He may be guilty of a felony.

Picky, picky, picky.

(Number 6 is my own).

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Is Romney a whim? So it seems.

With teeth so white his smile gleams

Yet tax returns his image tarnish

He desperately needs a coat of varnish

To polish a portrait of one who schemes.

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I just learned the House of Representative has an “intelligence” committee.

Yes. That’s right. They have an “intelligence committee.” And nobody’s on it.

I propose an Ignorance Committee – with Michelle Bachmann as Chairthingy.

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If at first you don’t succeed you’re probably a fuckup – and a member of the United States Congress.

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We have strong regulations regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages. However, it is not liquor we are regulating. It is the behavior of people who abuse alcohol that is controlled because a drunk can cause great harm.

And while guns don’t kill, people who use them also cause untold harm. It is not guns that we regulate when we speak of gun control. It is really the behavior of people who abuse these weapons and use them to kill.

It has always seemed to me that if we framed the argument of gun control as a means of preventing the sale to dangerous people (and we can never know who they are) it makes more sense than simply arguing that we must prevent the sale of guns.

The most sensible way to control this dangerous behavior is to strictly regulate the purchase of guns by people.

While people regulation may seem anathema, governments do it all the time. Go for a drive in your car, for example. The moment you leave your driveway, you are immediately regulated. It is not your car, but you who must observe the lane restrictions created by the white line in the middle of the road; and speed limits; and stop signs, etc.

But let’s be clear about the issue of gun control, however. It is not a matter of rights.

To repeat, the NRA doesn’t care one bit about anybody’s “right” to bear arms. Their sole reason for existence is the protection of everybody’s “right” to buy arms. It is a gun sellers organization and it exists to maximize profits for gun sellers.

July 15, 2012

The DC Folly Trolley – 07/15/12

If the fish rots from the head, Romney’s political carcass lies wasting in Massachusetts.

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In due time, the entire body rots to the very core.

Romney is a dead fish reborn – of cynicism, hypocrisy and unprincipled opportunism

It is only by virtue of one of the most shocking flip-flops in recent history that he was able to seize the nomination from a gaggle of GOP candidates as effete as any put forth by a political party in decades.

Can he win the presidency? It is astonishing that such an eventuality is even a possibility.

Only in America.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Student debt is approaching one trillion dollars and may have already exceeded that amount. Many kids won’t be able to repay their loans because there are too few good jobs available and too many receive educations that are inadequate. Some profit mongering schools, in fact, are little more than government loan depositories.

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Time to invest in profit making prisons. Wall Street will soon demand that deadbeat college grads land behind bars – at taxpayer expense of course and profits for the Street. (Photo Jackie Finn-Irwin from Elizabeth, NJ, USA).

So what can we do about this intolerable situation. Simple. Throw the kids in jail. That’s right – debtors prison. Now that we’ve profitized the prison system students who default on government loans represent a limitless jailbird population for Wall Street investment firms who support and cash in on profit prisons. The situation is tailor made for the big banks. Incarcerate the students who can’t pay and charge the taxpayer for the incarceration. Why we could even make parents pay support toward their jailbird college kids.

So I’m appealing to McConnell, Boehner and the skinny guy with the glasses to get the ball rolling. Wall Street is salivating for enabling legislation. Investors could earn billions off this scam. You call yourselves Republicans??? You ought to be ashamed. Let’s get these damn deadbeats where they belong: In the profit making prison system at taxpayer expense.

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Skinny guy with glasses. Also known as Rep. Eric Cantor.

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The so-called Red States lead the nation in food stamp subsidies. Guess their sick and tired of people not starving – and that includes themselves and their children. Just hard to figure some people out.

What’s the matter with people in the Red States? Far too many are hopeless victims of latent racism. Yes, many are good Christians who attend church regularly. However, this group votes endlessly against its own economic interests because they believe they are being victimized by black people who want a free ride.  (Read the article linked below about Mighty Mitt’s “free stuff” comment).

Mitt Romney Says He Got Booed Because Black People Just Want Free Stuff | The New Civil Rights Movement

The racism rises to the surface only among their trusted brethren. But it can be detected in circumspect statements as they try to feel you out to determine if you are among them; or in conversations overheard during a careless moment; or, most notable, in “joking” around. One revealing remark is the resentment and anger that so many black people who never voted before went to the polls in 2008 to cast their ballots for Obama.

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I sometimes think that the racism of slavery has come full circle. For it now enslaves too many racists to a life of abject poverty – a life they vote to sustain time and time again.  

We should add of course that racism isn’t the exclusive domain of the Red States..

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Mitt Romney has more foreign bank accounts than John McCain has houses. And neither knows how many or where they are.

That’s what it means to be rich in America.

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Condoleeza Rice said President Obama’s foreign policy is lacking. Guess he hasn’t started enough wars to suit her taste. Ah, for the good old days, right Condi.  

Rice is reportedly in the running for the vice presidential slot on the Romney ticket despite her firm denials of interest.

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And the next vice president of the United States is…. May I have the envelope please.

It seems to me she opens up too many festering wounds.  But who knows?

Only in America..

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Iran and Iraq are becoming strong allies. And Iran is now in a position to transfer knowledge of weapons of mass destruction to Iraq.

How’s that for being ungrateful. We started a war to set them free; killed hundreds of thousands; deracinated millions and they go and join our enemy. Sometimes it’s just hard to understand people.

Not a problem, though. We can always invade again.

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We built numerous military bases in Iraq with huge landing strips and impregnable fortifications at a cost of billions of dollars. Looks like we’ll have to abandon them. But not a word about all those McDonald’s restaurants spread among the forts. Where else can you get a Big Mac in Iraq? C’mon folks. Doesn’t anybody think of these things?

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Mitt Romney got booed when he gave a speech before the NAACP for saying he would repeal Robamneycare if elected president.

Then at a fund raiser Mighty Mitt told reporters he was booed because black people just wanted free stuff.

Well, I for one had no idea black people had or wanted tax free bank accounts in the Caymans, Bermuda and Switzerland.

The Mittster also said that nothing is really free except his tax free bank accounts in the Caymans, Bermuda and Switzerland.

Uh, except for one minor detail the above statement is true. That detail: Romney omitted any reference to tax free offshore accounts.

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Gee, who would have thought banksters would cheat people on interest rates? And not just some people. But quite possibly everyone on the planet whoever borrowed a dime from them.

LIBOR sounds like an X-Box video game replete with evil monsters who lie, cheat and steal. So evil, in fact, that the harm these creatures inflict belabors the imagination.

As you probably know by now, LIBOR isn’t an X-Box video game. It is the London Interbank Offered Rate – so who knew – a figure that dominates the rates charged by banks across the breadth of the entire planet and it can impact rates on mortgages, car loans, credit cards, loans to businesses and just about every other type of loan imaginable. So you think you got scammed by the S&L flim-flam and the dot.com and housing bubbles? Well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. The amounts skimmed off the top by the banksters in this latest act of deception could rise into the gazillions.

Under the circumstances, LIBOR should give some enterprising soul an idea for a video game filled with evil monsters of every description – wearing handmade Italian suits and Ferragamo shoes and silk undies to show off to their thousand dollar a night ladies in waiting .

In order to be true to life, however, in this game the evil monsters win.

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Oberstandartenfuhrer, I mean governor, Paul LePage of Maine went Nazi once again as so many Republicans are wont to do. It’s hard to know, however, whether his rant calling the IRS the Gestapo was a stupid remark by a Republican or a remark by a stupid Republican. Although the two do seem to go hand and hand.

You may recall another of LePage’s many blunders. Below is a youtube video about the governor’s removal from the Maine Department of Labor of a mural honoring American working men and women. 

LePage critic creates video sendup of mural decision | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME

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According to Senior National Affairs Correspondent Marcy Popindick of UPW News, the Republican party is implementing a new plan they call Conservatives Helping Older People. The idea is to bring families together by eliminating Social Security and Medicare so children can bring parents and grandparents into their homes and furnish the loving care that seniors long for. As part of the plan, Republicans will implement Paul Ryan’s program to once and for all destroy Medicare and profitize health insurance for the elderly.

A second goal of the Republican CHOP program will be the profitization of Social Security.

Once these CHOP ideas are implemented seniors will be gratified at the prospect of moving into the homes of their children and will be able to enjoy family life with their grandkids, recently graduated from college, who have also moved in with their parents.

The benefits of CHOP, everyone will soon realize, are boundless.

July 8, 2012

The DC Folly Trolley – 07/07/12

Right wing extremists continue to purge the economy with their deficit reduction hysteria. If you look at their record, it’s easy to see that “fiscal conservative” is an oxymoron and they are nothing less than a gaggle of financial fuck ups.

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President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush at the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

President               Deficit

Ronald Reagan      $200 Billion

George Bush I       $300 Billion

Bill Clinton             Zero – ($200 Billion Surplus).

George Bush II      $482 Billion

Reagan and the two Bushes claimed to be fiscal conservatives. Half the country believes that these Republican presidents were indeed fiscal conservatives. Half the country is stupid. There is simply no other word for such profound ignorance. Nor is there an excuse for it.

Republican propagandists are well aware of this pervasive stupidity and exploit it to advance the agenda of their benefactors – the very richest of the rich.

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The United States is the richest country in the history of mankind. It is said to be deeply in debt. If so, where did all the money go.

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I was educated in Catholic schools and the nuns would tell that if we went to Hell we would be forced to commit the sin that condemned us to the eternal fires over and over, again and again. It was about that time that I intensified my effort to get laid as often as I could by as many girls who would “cooperate.”

Sadly, there weren’t that many. So I guess I’ll have to settle for being forced to gorge myself on beer and pizza when I reach that place of ultimate global warming. And maybe I can order up an occasional scotch and water. Of course, I’ll have to drink it without ice.

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When I was younger I would pray to Jesus to hold off on the rain when my family and I went on vacation. Believe it not, my prayers were usually answered. It wasn’t until sometime later that I realized I was praying in the midst of a long term drought.

So Jesus didn’t answer my prayers after all. He also didn’t answer the prayers of so many Christian farmers whose crops perished in the fierce heat from lack of water.

Moreover, I always returned home with a goddam sunburn with discomfort that lasted for days.

Now I look upon those sleepless skin scorched nights as good training for when I pass on the my final “reward.”

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If you caught the article by Richard Eskow in The Smirking Chimp, you’ll learn that Republicans, in addition to their war on women and the all out assault to destroy the economy, have come up with several ways to drive a wedge between the country and senior citizens.

According to the right winger whose ideas Eskow reviews, the elderly are causing poverty among children. One Ezekiel Emanuel pulls no propaganda punches when he states that seniors living on easy street off of Social Security are stealing food from the mouths of children.

His remarks are about as stupid as any issued by all Republicans in order to intensify their war on the classes. He believes the vast redistribution of wealth that has occurred in this country for a generation gushes up from the poor to seniors. How silly can a brilliant man get? Pretty silly.

So greedy geezers living near or below the poverty line themselves are causing poverty among children.

A guy as smart as this Emanuel knows better. He believes richer seniors should give up a portion of their benefits to alleviate poverty. But his views represent nothing more than a sneak attack on Social Security, Medicare and the so-called “greedy geezers” of Alan Simpson notoriety. The outcome of his ideas would, without question, lead to reductions in the safety net for the vast majority of retired persons and an increase in the difficulties many seniors already face, while it do little to relieve hunger among children. The reason is that there are too few wealthy seniors to make any difference at all To make a difference, the vast majority of seniors would have to forego a sizable portion of their benefits.

In effect, his words do a great deal to drive a wedge between the classes and to advance the Republican war on the middle class.

Emanuel, by the way, is the brother of right winger Rahm Emanuel.

http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/richard-eskow/44108/the-younger-games-phony-age-war-strikes-again-and-again-and-again

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Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

One of my all time favorites when I was a kid. Always thought she would be a great Scarlett O’Hara in a GWTW remake. She was terrific in Love With The Proper Stranger with Steve McQueen.

She received three Oscar nominations and a Golden Globe award. And deserved others for the roles she played in so many outstanding films.  Here’s a partial list:

Rebel Without a Cause

Splendor in the Grass

Gypsy

West Side Story

Marjorie Morningstar

Miracle On 34th Street

Natalie Wood appeared in 56 movies before her sudden death in what appeared to be a drowning accident.  

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Here is what happens when CEOs deny health care to Americans:

CEO                                                           COMPENSATION 2011
David Cordani, CIGNA                       $19.0 million ($52,054 per day).
Stephen Hemsley, United Health     $13.3 million ($36,458 per day).
Angela Braly, WellPoint (BCBS)      $13.2 million ($36,164 per day).
Allen Wise, Coventry                           $12.2 million ($35,342 per day).
Mark Bertolini, Aetna                          $10.5 million ($28,767 per day).
Michael McCallister, Humana         $ 7.3 million ($20,000 per day).
Average income for all occupations in 2011 is $34,053.

Source: Physicians For A National Health Program.

Nobody can earn the kind of money these CEOs make. They can do it only by denying as much care as possible to their policy holders and by paying off a truly corrupt government – one that enables such unscrupulous behavior. Only in America.

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I swear, all Republicans have shit eating grins.  They must practice.

Justice Roberts your allies are mean

Behind your back they’re starting to scheme

The target of pique

They call you a freak

Yet once you were their geek supreme.

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In North Carolina there are four seasons: Almost summer, summer, still summer and summer’s coming. Recent weather bears out that statement.

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It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.” Adam Smith, the father of capitalism.

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This is really getting boring but here I go. Mighty Mitt flip-flopped. After the Supreme Court decided in favor of Robamneycare, our fearless crusader spoke of the mandate as a fee, just as he referred to the mandate he signed in Massachusetts requiring all residents of the state to buy health insurance.

Apparently, Mighty Mitt’s Republican payola pals* got to him and demanded that he refer to the fee as a tax.(this because, as you may recall, Chief Justice John Roberts based his majority decision on the government’s taxing power). So today the fee became a tax. Simple, huh. Just tell Mitt what his views are, prop him up in front of a microphone and, voila, out of his mouth come the designated words.

Better start minding your Ps and Qs, Mitt. Wouldn’t want to upset your payola pals now, would we?

*Payola pal, also known in Follyland, DC parlance as a “campaign contributor.”

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New York state senator and Republican Marty Golden has scheduled a class for July 24th on Teaching the GOP to Stop Acting Like Flaming Assholes.

Talk about a mission impossible, this guy’s set himself up for a galactic fail.

Actually, that’s not what the course is about. That was just my suggestion.

The course this flaming asshole State Senator has scheduled is an etiquette class to teach women how to act like a Republican believes women should behave in public.

Gee, ladies, how did you get so lucky?

The course will teach the fair sex to “sit, stand and walk like a model” as well as “posture, deportment and the feminine presence.”

Poor fella. He had to cancel the class because of protests from several women’s groups.

I wonder if Golden’s class included a demand that women walk at least five feet behind their husbands as a show of spousal respect and male superiority. Hey, the guy is a Republican. And the GOP is a little “funny” about these women things.

N.Y. Sen. Marty Golden cancels feminine etiquette class after outrage – CBS News

July 4, 2012

Republican Hates Old People

I have a gripe about old people. They drive too slow. Why don’t they just get off the road, fer chrissakes.

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Digitized images of the original painting American Gothic that Grant DeVolson Wood,created in 1930 and sold to the Art Institute of Chicago in November of the same year.

Even worse, the other day I saw some old guy stop at a stop sign look both ways and then go. Right in front of me. Man, I gave that old coot the hoot.

Didn’t they ever teach old people the “look and go”. You look and if you can make a turn before the oncoming traffic smashes into you, you go. But no, they gotta stop.

We used to call that maneuver the “Jersey look and go.” Stopping at a stop sign is bullshit. Fuggedaboutit. But a bunch of goddam old people do it all the time. Really pisses me off.

Oh, and this beats it all. When they make a turn off of a main artery they use this thing called a “turn signal.” Maybe you’ve heard of it. Then they practically come to a stop before turning. They’ll never learn. Forget the turn signal. It’s distracting. The way to do it is to turn fast and wide into the opposite lane if necessary, hell, you need the room if you’re gonna drive right; then use centrifugal force to complete the maneuver and step on it. So what if the tires screech. But not old people. They just don’t know how to get outta my way.

Read the article below, the part about David Frum, Republican propagandist. He knows how to get you all riled up about old people. They just drive too damn slow.

And another thing. What’s all this getting sick stuff. Don’t they know it costs money to get treatment. Tough shit. Not my problem. I’m tired of paying for old people who think they have a right to go and get sick.

That’s means your mother and father, grandmother and grandfather. Agreed!!!

The “Younger” Games: Phony Age War Strikes Again … and Again … and Again | The Smirking Chimp

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Daily Kos reported that Fox News told the truth. At this point, UPW has no confirmation of the Daily Kos report. But correspondents from UPW are following up and checking sources.

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English: Markos “Kos” Moulitsas, founder of Daily Kos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Red States lead the nation in food stamp subsidies. And they’re trying reduce the program. Guess their sick and tired of people not starving – and that includes themselves and their children. Just hard to figure some people out.

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Here’s another gem from Mighty Mitt himself. “Students should get as much education as they can afford.” That’s less and less every year. And for many, it’s no higher education at all.

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Ryan’s statements about health care are not confusing; they are thoroughly confused.

He could clear matters up very simply by stating the obvious, that is, there are knowns and there are unknowns. Then there are known knowns and unknown knowns.

For example, Ryan’s health insurance plan will offer vouchers. That is a known. The value of the voucher is an unknown. The plan will offer only profit insurance coverage. That is a known known. The cost of the plans is an unknown known.

Are we clear!!!

Wait a minute. Hold the presses. I must have gotten confused. I’m not sure if the cost of the profit plans under Ryan’s plan is an unknown known or an unknown unknown.

I’m trying to confirm with Ryan’s people right now. I should have an answer in a year or two. Stay tuned.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Paul Ryan

Ever notice how all Republicans have shit eating grins.

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Fox News asks: Why isn’t lowering the minimum wage better for workers?

Like so much from the Foxers this question rises from the bowels of profound ignorance – or unbridled greed.

The answer of course is workers cannot not support themselves earning the current minimum rate let alone raise a family beyond the poverty level.

It’s an utterly stupid question regardless of the theories of economists who are little more than right wing corporate prostitutes.

And here’s a question for the Foxers. Why isn’t lowering CEO wages better for workers?

The Foxers have been avid supporters of the redistribution of wealth for decades. In fact, many of them are wealthy and hold their jobs only because they support radical right wing agendas which include the redistribution of wealth – upwards of course.

July 1, 2012

The DC Folly Trolley – 06/30/12

I’m getting my dog a photo ID. He was born in this country so he’s a citizen and has rights. After seeing pictures of the way the Romney’s treat animals, Fletcher is determined to vote in this year’s election.

Gotta give Fletch credit. And he’s got more brains than a lot of people who’ll be voting.

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In a 5-4 decision, the five Republican justices on the Supreme Court declared global warming unconstitutional. According to reporters, Mother Nature refused to comment on the decision. However, observers expect planet Earth to defy the Hight Court’s ruling.

In a similar vein, the Republican dominated North Carolina legislature banned the phenomenom known as sea level rising from the Atlantic Ocean.

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It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature. She always has the last word.

OK, not exactly. But the legislators did forbid scientists from reporting data on rising sea levels. It seems developers will lose millions of dollars if buyers fear purchasing real estate that will soon be under water. Not underwater on a mortgage mind you, but literally under water.

The data are also harmful to the lodging industry. People will begin taking their affairs – vacation, business and otherwise – elsewhere.

It seems “ocean front property” is taking on a whole new meaning. As sea levels rise, ocean front property will be moving – inland.

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UPW Senior Political Reporter Marcy Popindick revealed the real story behind the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act in an exclusive report filed just moments ago.

The five right wing wackos justices on the Court were fearful of the consequences – people might think they were little more than GOP political hacks – if they struck down Robamneycare. They decided among themselves that one them would have to take the hit and vote with the four liberals on the bench. Accordingly, Chief Justice John Roberts decided the fairest means to select the judge who would take the fall was to do one potato, two potato.

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Antonin Scalia – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Justice Antonin Scalia’s luck ran out and he was selected to vote with the liberals. However, when Scalia began to weep uncontrollably, Roberts swallowed hard and realized that as Chief Justice the buck stopped with him. So he voted with the liberals and now everybody gets to live with the half-soaked corporate written health insurance program popularly referred to as Obamacare that needed to be reformed the day it was signed into law.

Single-payer anyone?

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I guess everybody’s seen or purchased a “feel good” church sponsored barbecue chicken dinner to help some poor child without health insurance pay for medical bills so the child can receive the care she needs.

I’ve said this before but it bears repeating because these “feel good” dinners are conducted by a bunch of Christian assholes who have voted repeatedly to deny full medical benefits to children (and to many adult Americans) and are fully prepared to vote again and again to continue to deny the health care that so many kids need but can’t afford. In many cases, the very parents of these kids have voted to deny their own children necessary care when the time comes. You can’t get any stupider than that.

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Nothing wrong with selling a barbecued chicken dinner to help a volunteer fire department. To do so to pay for a child’s medical bills is an indication of a society’s distorted values. (Photo by orchidgalore via Flickr).

So these assholes sponsor a “feel good” barbecue chicken dinner and purchase a meal that costs six dollars and raises a couple of hundred bucks toward a medical bill that could easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Guess it makes them feel real good to buy one of these underdone, ill-prepared, poultry platters. As for me, every time I see one these “charity” affairs, it makes my blood boil.

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Speaking of assholes, a group of whatcha call your fundamentalist Christians read from the Bible and prayed that the Supreme Court would declare Robamneycare unconstitutional. God didn’t answer their prayers. Oddly, he never does. No doubt that’s because these phony “doo-gooders” often pray to inflict ill on their fellow man so they’re just not God’s kinda people. Bet they sponsor feel good barbecue chicken dinners though.

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CEO pay jumped 12 percent last year. Pay packages ran from $7.2 million to $16.5 million. And that’s just for the bank screw-ups who dumped the planet’s economy into a huge sinkhole. Many got even more.

Well, they’ve gotta live on something, don’t they?

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The meek will inherit the earth. But not before the rich own heaven.

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If you’re a monkey you’re in luck. Scientists have found a cure for the fatal hemorrhagic disease caused by the Ebola virus – but the serum works only for our ancestral anthropoids.

A cure for humans is not expected until 2014.

The disease is prevalent in Africa, so if you have plans for a fun trip to the inner sanctums of the continent once called “dark”, you might want to postpone the journey for a few years. Better safe than sorry.

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Here’s experience you won’t find listed on Mitt Romney’s resume.

  • Signed legislation establishing Romneycare in Massachusetts – a law that includes the individual mandate.
  • Bain Capital CEO who earned countless millions of dollars for himself and investors buying and selling companies for profit often causing hard working Americans to lose their jobs, benefits and pensions.
  • Outsourced numerous jobs – an on-going program that earned millions for investors at the cost of jobs for American workers.

We all know these activities are an indelible part of Romney’s notorious background. The question that remains is where will Mighty Mitt strike next.

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Republicans make so many stupid remarks it’s hard to keep up. Here’s one from some right wing nobody who was the official campaign spokesman for Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY). Angered that Democratic senators of the fair sex are calling the Republican war on women the Republican war on women, this fella urged his fellow GOP extremists to “hurl some acid at those female Democratic senators.”

In took nearly a week and a boatload of criticism, but Hayworth, in a rare act of decency for a Republican, finally got around to firing the dufus she appointed as spokesman for her campaign.

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If you were following the oral arguments in the ACA case, you are probably aware of the “broccoli” analogy Justice Antonin Scalia used to outfox an unprepared Solicitor General. He asked that if the government could force citizens to buy health insurance, could it not force them to eat broccoli? The answer, of course, is yes it could under certain circumstances.

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English: The United States Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States, in 2010. Top row (left to right): Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, and Associate Justice Elena Kagan. Bottom row (left to right): Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, and Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a dissent to Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion, Justice Ruth Bader argued brilliantly that the Commerce Clause did, in fact, apply. Striking down Roberts’ analogy with auto insurance which is unnecessary if you choose not to own a motor vehicle, Bader insisted that at some point everyone will require medical care and that necessity demands a person buy protection against what is an almost certain eventuality (perhaps the only exception being instant death due to an accident.  Read the Article at HuffingtonPost).

To my way of thinking, justification for the so-called “broccoli argument” needn’t rest solely on the authority of the Commerce Clause. The broad powers of the Necessary and Proper Clause could be employed to justify legislation permitting the Department of Health and Human Services to carry out its mandate to protect the public.

Therefore broccoli (and health insurance) could, also, be considered a public health issue, If, for example, broccoli proved to be a cure for a contagious, fatal disease, the Congress could rightfully force all citizens to eat the vegetable. Indeed, it would be obligated to do so to protect the public health since refusing to eat broccoli would be a matter of life and death for millions of Americans. The same reasoning could be applied to health insurance since lack of it could also be a matter of life and death to any number of citizens.

Hopefully, the veggie could be synthesized and taken in pill or vaccine form. In that case, government would subsidize a program for those who could not afford to pay.

Now if you think the public health analogy describes a hypothetical situation, you are right. However, Scalia’s question also raised a hypothetical circumstance.

Moreover, government does already force people to receive medical care. Required immunization is a case in point.

Yes, people can refuse immunization. However, they and their children must remain separate from the community. For example, they are not permitted to enroll in public schools or colleges. In other words, they pay a penalty for non-compliance with the law.

However, I was thinking along somewhat different lines than vaccinations for common childhood diseases. For example, a deadly bacterium or virus that threatened whole populations. As a matter of life and death, we alI certainly hope government would exercise its power to force people to take a preventative..

Government could indeed pay for the cure using its taxing power. And I think that may be what Roberts was alluding to in his decision. However, during a public emergency, government has vast powers and they could be exercised either through the Commerce Claus or the Necessary and Proper Clause, as well as the taxing power.

I’m neither jurist nor lawyer. However, I would expect, even demand, government act swiftly to protect its citizens in case of such an emergency.

The only exception I would make would be for Antonin Scalia. He can do whatever he wants. My guess is that he would be first in line and screw the Constitution.

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I thought the next president would be the first billion dollar chief executive. That was wrong. He will be the first multi-billion dollar president. It’s clear now as never before that the path to the White House is paved with dollars – billions of dollars.

Now we have the President of the United States dialing for baksheesh. How pathetic and disgraceful.

Yet to win in politics, you gotta have the geetus.

Begging for baksheesh.

Only in America.

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