The DC Folly Trolley – 01/05/14

Putz Of The Year Named.

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From the Unreliable Press Worldwide newsroom.

December 06, 2014, Pasta Fagioli, Italy.

The Nobella Prize Committee has just announced its Putz Of The Year award. The honor goes to Ken Langone, Home Depot co-founder and heavy contributor to Catholic causes.

Langone won for his criticism of Pope Francis I, whose statements warning of the dangers of unfettered capitalism, angered the former executive of the hardware store giant.

The angry Langone went straight to the top of the Catholic hierarchy in America when he complained publicly to Timothy Dolan, the cardinal in charge of the archdiocese of New York where St. Patrick’s Cathedral is located.

Dolan is in the midst of a campaign to raise $180 million for the restoration of St. Pat’s and Langone is head honcho of the drive.

Last week, Langone boldly threatened the Pope by declaring that he and other rich Catholics would withhold funds from Catholic charities if the Francis didn’t come around to seeing things Langone’s way.

For his part, Dolan meekly explained that the box store founder misunderstood what Francis meant when the Holy Father invoked the words of Jesus Christ, another founder of sorts whom Langone seems to have forgotten about.

The Committee also noted that Langone’s bid for the naming rights to the NYC church won that honor hands down and for the next ten years St. Pat’s will be known as Home Depot Cathedral.

HOME DEPOT 

And so for his fearless attempt at blackmailing Pope Francis and the entire Catholic church, Langone was named Putz Of The Year.

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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 which is engraved with the words “Putzed up beyond all reason.” Known as the Putzie, the coveted 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.

From the UPW Newsroom reporting from Pasta Fagioli, Italy. Unreliable Press Worldwide: Surpassing the Mainstream Media in reporting worthlessly useless news the world over.

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Bill Sticks Red Nose In.

Does It Belong? We’ll See.

Bill DeBlasio was sworn as mayor of New York by none other than former President Bill Clinton.

DeBlasio worked in the Clinton Housing Department under then secretary Andrew Cuomo.

The new mayor has called for a new direction for the city. He has outlined an unabashedly liberal approach to correcting the problem of surging inequality, a problem that has bedeviled the entire nation as well as NYC.

He seeks to adjust upward income redistribution by increasing taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers by about three dollars a day and setting a $10.50 an hour minimum wage for workers on city financed projects.

Nice start.

However, during his swearing ceremony he surrounded himself with right wing Democrats. Bill Clinton, for example, signed off on policies that did as much as anyone to decimate the working class. And Cuomo, the consummate pol, has opposed tax increases on the wealthy, many of whom are his most generous payoff money pals.

It remains to be seen if DeBlasio is sincere about implementing a liberal agenda or, like President Obama, simply made pretty campaign speeches and when in office, does an Obama like turnabout.

Hillary was there too, cheering with the rest at the populism advocated by the new mayor.

Ironically, the former First Lady has already pronounced herself a “safe” presidential candidate for the 1% during highly paid appearances before Wall Street millionaires and conservative think tanks.

Are there real changes in the wind? Or are right wing Democrats just blowing smoke? “Triangulation” was the word of the day during the Clinton years. That is, tell them what they want to hear and then do what the money commands.

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Get Ready For SS Cuts.

Both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have supported reducing benefits for the working class by cutting Social Security and Medicare.

In fact, Obama has been out front and vocal about changing the COLA for SS to a “chained” CPI which is DC smoke talk for cuts.

Obama’s excuse, and one that many his supporters mirror, is that the Repubs are such stubborn meanies that the only way a Democratic president can get a budget passed or the debt ceiling increased is by succumbing to GOP demands for safety net reductions.

Excuses.  Excuses.  Excuses.

Since there’s no way to drum Barack Obama or Bill Clinton (or Hillary for that matter) out of the Democratic Party (although they should be for their renunciation of two pillars of the Party’s legacy)let’s hope Obama goes down to another hapless defeat on the safety net issue.

It is, however, unlikely that populist momentum can overturn payoff money control of leading Democrats.

Optimistic Thought for the New Year: The Looming Battle for Real Social Security Can Spawn a New Progressive Movement | The Smirking Chimp

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Tireless Fighter For The Little Guy.

Despite the odds, Robert Reich has no “give up” in his soul when it comes to sticking up for working class people.

Rock a billy Bob tells it like it is, clink the link below.

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A working person’s best friend, the indefatigable Robert Reich.

(Photo: Policy Network).  

A New Year’s Message | Robert Reich

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Obamacare Boondoggle.

Yogi says “It ain’t over till it’s over” as the Affordable Care Act makes a strong comeback.

Even with the momentum on its side, however,the act gets a failing grade in the area most vital to access to health care: COST.

Obamacare does little to address the rising costs patients must share when they need medical care.

An overnight stay in a hospital to treat a potentially fatal bee sting can cost around $12,000. While health insurance may cough up enough cash to pay for a large portion of the bill, with co-pays and deductibles, a patient could easily get stuck paying $4000 or $5000 thousand dollars of the total. And that’s after premiums for so-called “insurance” are paid and only for one night.  Stay for two nights and you’ll need an attorney.

Although the act relies heavily on competition to reduce health insurance costs, that goal is little more than wishful thinking for the moment.

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The ACA, most notably, does pick on Medicare to achieve cost reduction and does so by slashing payments providers, a feature that will save billions over a decade. It remains to be seen how well that overused device will work.  Other than that cut, Obamacare depends entirely on a rigged marketplace to control costs.

Another feature of the act is one that is supposed to encourage health care seekers to “shop around” for the best price. Ya know, like you do for TVs and stereos and cell phones and pick up trucks.

Yeah, right.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that a Medicare for All fix was the answer to the health care crisis in the first place. And, despite Obama excuse makers, the expansion of Medicare to everyone was doable given the reconciliation process in the Senate where only 51 votes was required for passage. It was the Obama White House that squashed that option.

Below is an article that exposes the myth of doctor and hospital price shopping.

http://mag.newsweek.com/2014/01/03/myth-health-cares-free-market.html

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Biff. Bam. Boom.

No, not a speech balloon from a Batman comic strip. It’s the sound effects from a wife beating perpetrated by a GOP candidate for Senate from the snowy state of Maine.

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Bennett, left and Susan Collins. (Orig. IIdar Sagdejev, Spedous).

One Erick Bennett claims after being convicted of wife beating that he was unjustly convicted of beating his wife.

The Maine Supreme Court decided that the “exclusion of irrelevant evidence” was insufficient grounds to overturn the conviction which was supported by ample evidence.

So Erick decided to challenge Sen. Susan Collins in the primary elections instead.

Well, whatdaya expect. He’s a Republican.

Here’s a statement from Bennett according to Addicting Info: “If I go to DC, I’m going to have that same integrity in doing what I say and saying what I do when it comes to protecting peoples rights as well as their pocketbooks.” Biff. Bam. Boom.

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A fellow who’d just come to blows
Gave his wife a mean bloody nose.
He’s a terrible lout
A GOPer no doubt
Whose running for Senate in Maine snows.

Erick Bennett Brags That Hitting Wife Proves Guts To Be A Senator

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More Birth Control Follies.

A nursing home for the elderly run by an order of Catholic nuns appealed to the Supreme Court to exempt it from the Obamacare mandate requiring non-religious institutions to provide contraceptive coverage for employees.

Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor heard the appeal and issued a temporary restraining order. She will decide at a later date whether to bring the case before the full Court.

The Little Sisters for the Poor Home for the Aged claimed that they are insured by a church plan which is self-insured and under those circumstances are exempt from the Obamacare mandate.

Government lawyers argued the Sisters had no basis for the claim since they are already exempt under a 1974 law that predates the ACA and exempts religious institutions.

However, since the process of providing contraceptive coverage requires the Sisters to sign a document permitting such coverage, even though actual distribution of birth control products would not be required, the nuns claimed the signing of the document itself violated their religious protections.

Well, at least they’re not declaring a war over the issue. Not yet anyway.

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In a related development, His Eminence Mangiapasta Cardinal Bacciagalupe, bishop of the Archdiocese of Pasta Fagioli, Italy announced that the Supreme Patriarch of the Church will declare all female Adherents of the Faith who continue to use contraception excommunicated as of the eleventh day of the first month in the year of Our Lord 2014.

The Order of Excommunication applies to all women of the faith including those who engage in sexual relations without benefit of matrimony.

As a member of the organization of Guardian of the Holy Faith, the cardinal stated “Better they should get pregnant and give birth out of wedlock than violate the Lord’s command to increase and multiply.”

In his statement, the Patriarch demanded that all hypocrisy over the use of contraception be brought to an end.

Cardinal Bacciagalupe pointed out, however, that many in the clergy are disappointed by Order since nearly all women of child bearing age who are members of the Church use contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancy, Should they be excommunicated, the membership of the Church would decline by at least one half and donations would plummet similarly.

At last report, the Patriarch was reconsidering his Order and may revise the date for implementation to the year of Our Lord 2214, giving women at least 200 years to comply.

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