Archive for ‘OPINION’

October 19, 2011

A Tragic Legacy Goes On

The picture below is worth a thousand words.  It represents the tragic legacy George W. Bush left to the nation.  He was nothing if not some spoiled ex-president’s kid whose family held a grudge against a petty foreign dictator.  The suffering this little man who cheated his way into the Oval Office inflicted upon two nations is unimaginable all the more so because it was unnecessary.

 

How do we stop it? Polls have indicated for years now that most Americans oppose the wars. To no avail.  The vote simply does not count.

Just as tragically the legacy continues under a new president. And beware the recent intrusion into Uganda

President George W. Bush and President-elect B...

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October 16, 2011

Random Musings – 10/16/11

The Republican health care plan: Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.

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Trickle down economics is a real Laffer  Trickle down doesn’t work.  The Randians had it wrong. They believed businessmen would act on behalf of the best interests of the businesses they were responsible for.  That idea has proven to be tragically false. The Randians ignored one aspect of human behavior that proved fatal to the misguided so-called philosophy.  Human beings will lie, cheat and steal to satisfy what is in some an insatiable greed.

Mike Wallace’s interview with Ayn Rand follows if you’re interested in viewing one of the failed philosophers rare TV appearances.  

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Can Republicans have more war and less spending? That’s exactly their goal. More war spending for the defense entitlement complex to gorge upon and then paying for it by destroying Social Security and Medicare. Unfortunately for the 99s, too many right wing Dems support the same program.

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Chris Dodd making some excuses.

Newt Gingrich said Barney Frank and Chris Dodd belong in jail. As usual the Newtster fell wide of the mark. Yes, they and the rest of the mob we call government in this country belong in jail for accepting protection money from Wall Street execs. However, it is those nefarious evil doers who deserve to be the real jailbirds in this nation.

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Used to be businesses paid protection money to the mob. Now they pay it to elected officials and not only get protection. They get to write the protection they get.

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Banks pay huge amounts of protection money to their government goombahs. And they get what they pay for. They stay out of jail where they so deservedly belong.

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Perry raises Cain. Since the governor’s demise in the polls the godfather’s dough is rising.

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It is a tragic legacy of the human experience that if something is there for the taking, someone will take it.

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Rick Santorum‘s comment about gays “showering with people” raises two questions: Who are gays to shower with if not people; and are they not themselves people.

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A girl I once new fired shot after shot from a sighted rifle and missed the target every time. I told her to make the target the mountain behind the piece of paper with all those silly circles. She got a perfect score.

Made her feel better though when I revealed that I once missed the broad side of a barn with a shotgun. I stumbled moving backward while clay shooting and accidentally pulled the trigger The shot landed about thirty feet in front on me and just to the right of the barn.

Fortunately no one was harmed. And on another positive note, nobody can ever again accuse me of not being able to hit the ground with a shotgun.

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After prenatal ends, pre-dead begins. And after that??? Post alive???

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It’s bad luck to let the flag touch the ground. It occurred to me that after January 20, 2001 thousands upon thousands must fallen out of the hands of flag pole attendants.

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We get to change our rulers every few years through elections. But elections don’t define democracy. Communist countries held elections for decades. Dictatorships routinely manipulated elections to cast an air of legitimacy over their existence. In some of those elections two candidates would oppose each other for minor offices. Both however belonged to the same party and held very similar views. And when they entered office after victory they followed the dictates of the ruling class.

Can a similar situation result in a two party system? If, after being elected, the members of both parties exhibit submissiveness to a monied ruling elite, can a claim to democracy be upheld? No, of course not. Elections do not define democracy.

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Professors, lawyers and politicians often claim we are a nation of laws. That statement is tripe. Nothing could be further from the truth. If we are anything at all, we are a nation whose elite spend billions of dollars a year on so called Philadelphia lawyers whose express purpose is to uncover methods to evade the law; who provide campaign boodle to officials at every level of government to manipulate the legislative process; and who through power, influence and money can simply ignore the law.

If the law is applied selectively, our nation can never claim to be a nation of laws.

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Too few Americans realize that many illegal immigrants were forced to leave their countries to avoid starvation for themselves and their families largely due to rigged trade agreements such as NAFTA. These arrangements gave American corporations privileged status over small businessmen and farmers. Millions were forced to flee their native countries because of economic conditions that favored the rich – that 1% we hear so much about and who benefited immensely from the rigged agreements that demolished large segments of working class businesses and the jobs they provided. What else is new?

October 16, 2011

The DC Folly Trolley – 10/16/11

White House Issues Medical Bulletin.

President Barack Obama has suffered a recurrence of BTBS or Big Toe Blister Syndrome. The president was stricken with the condition early this morning. The flare ups on the president’s big toe have recurred on a regular basis in recent months and usually coincide with protest marches. The condition prevents Obama from fulfilling his campaign promise to march on the lines with the protesters.

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The National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Maryland where all presidents will be treated for medical conditions.

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Obama’s advisers are looking for ways to exploit and manipulate OWS for their own political purposes. Polls are showing massive discontent with Wall Street and the banks. And the anger crosses party lines.

Soooooo. The president – now get this for it’s a sure sign that an election year is approaching – directly criticized a bank, a bank for God’s sake, for threatening to charge its customers with a $5 debit card fee. Obama said that’s the sort of stuff that makes people mad.  Good populist move.  Golly, gee Obamaman, the Big Goombah in the White House is really getting testy.

Advisers are expected to gather up all of the OWS frustration into one giant terd ball and throw it at Mitt Romney and hope some of it sticks.

I mean, like, Romney is the quintessential Wall Street rich guy and to the president’s credit he did sign some law stuff they called financial reform.  Can’t get enough populism in an election year.

Problem for the pres. though is that the Einsteins in the White House usually throw stuff into the wind.

Recall that Obama once referred to Wall Street fat cats as Wall Street fat cats and received so much criticism from Wall Street fat cats that he had to hire a Wall Street fat cat to offset all the criticism.

Ahhh, politics in Follyland, DC.

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Regardless of party affiliation there’s a 99% chance you are part of the 99%.  The throng in the photo, estimated at 20.000, gathered in Times Square as a show of support for Occupy Wall Street.

Many Republicans, finally, are coming to the realization that they are among the 99%. After all, those outrageous bank fees rip them off as well as Democrats and Independents.

About Occupy Wall Street

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Joe Biden has served his usefulness as Vice President. He was brought on because of his foreign policy experience, an area in which Obama was sorely lacking.  Not any more though.  Got a problem with a foreign country?  Launch a few drones.  That’ll teach ’em.  Can’t say Obama isn’t a fast learner.  Helps if the countries have oil and gas reserves though like Libya.  I mean why waste a good drone if they don’t.  Those things cost money.

Oh yeah, speaking of Biden, Obama now has four years of dealing with foreign affairs so for this alone Biden is baggage. The Veep is also from a small state that can’t help much in the electoral college.  And if the polar cap keeps melting there might not even be a Delaware in 2012.

I’m not sure how much a Clintonista brings to the ticket. Hillary would help to solidify the women’s vote – one that leaned heavily toward Obama in 2008 but may now be showing signs of weakness.  Now matter how much they love you, sooner or later you gotta deliver the goods.

Moreover, Hillary is from a large traditionally blue state and could help the ticket in this instance, particularly since Obama is showing weakness across the board and can’t take anything for granted.

In 2016, the next year a presidential slot opens for a Democrat, Hillary would be 68, still not too old to run.

The VP would be 73 in 2016 and borderline in the age category. Age aside, even a gaffe-less Biden would face an uphill battle.

Since there is no hope of a liberal being appointed VP, Hillary remains the better choice.

Will it come to pass? Probably not. Biden is a DC politico. Lusting for the presidency is ingrained in the DNA of Follyland critters. No way will Biden take a hit for the team. He’ll have to be forced out and Obama simply doesn’t have the balls to do it.

Nevertheless, the VP needs to be dumped off on Foggy Bottom.

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Have you heard? It’s almost semi-official. The US will be withdrawing all troops from Iraq by the end of 2011.

Now we can start a war somewhere else. Lotsa places to choose from. Let’s see. How about Uganda? Not sure where in the world that is? Ask Sarah Palin. She’s a wiz at geography.  Once called Africa a country.  But she does know where it’s located.  Hey, somewhere on the planet is close enough for Sarah. Give the kid a break.

Oh by the way. Here’s another have you heard item? All troops leaving Iraq will report directly to Uganda.  We’re starting another war. This one’s in that African country rumored by the CIA to have several billion barrels of oil in the ground. And not a minute too soon since we’re pulling out of Iraq by the end of the year.

Hope the new war is on TV.  Wars make really good reality shows.  They’re so real.  Great for ratings too.

I can’t wait to watch another war on TV.

And a side benefit: Wars always garner support for incumbent presidents. Something Obama sorely needs.

And since we give our wars some real cool names how about this: The empire strikes again to make the world safe for freedom and democracy.

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You’ve probably heard by now that some twenty thousand people assembled in Times Square as a show of support for the Occupy Wall Street Movement. And hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, have assembled in cities across the globe for the same reason.

But did you know that even the Mainstream Media has heard about it. Yep, that’s right. The millionaires on TV news and talk entertainment shows can’t pretend any longer that the movement doesn’t exist. Try as they might the MSM just hasn’t been able to avoid covering the movement. Maybe they’ll try a little harder in the next few days.

September 2, 2011

The DC Folly Trolley-09/01/11

Standard $ Poor’s is considering giving a AAA rating to bundled subprime mortgages issued by something called Springleaf Mortgage Loan Trust. Ever wonder what’s in it for S $ P – the folks who brought us the Enron debacle and the AAA subprime collateralized debt obligation. Just asking.

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I wonder if they’re discussing ways to lie, cheat and steal their way to ever more riches.  Can there be any doubt?  (At The Stock Exchange by Edgar Degas).

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The best thing that could happen for Obama:  Texas governor Perry’s smoke blowing event that registered a 10 on the Rickster Scale.

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I propose a Constitutional amendment that requires a state to pay an equal amount in Federal taxes as it receives in Federal aid. Call it a balanced budget amendment and what tea party extremist could possibly oppose that.

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Teachers in Wisconsin are retiring in droves to avoid retirement under the new laws passed by Gov. Scott Walker – laws that are sure to become more draconian as time passes.

One benefit is reduced salary levels for new teachers. Paying these teachers rock bottom salaries will allow the state government to give much needed tax breaks to rich people.

So why should anyone care about the welfare of Wisconsin students if the residents of Wisconsin don’t seem too? Nobody will.

What’s the matter with Wisconsin?

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Here’s a Texas tidbit you might be interested in. The state spends more Medicaid funds on orthodontia than all other states combined. Yes, that’s right, combined. Either lots of crooked teeth in Texas or a bunch of crooked dentists.

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Obama’s advisers have long held that the president can win reelection by appealing to Independent voters – those voters who hold the key in presidential elections. The theory goes that liberals, progressive and Democrats will vote for the president because they have nowhere else to go (The Rahm Doctrine). So the president can safely turn his back on his base but must, in order to win, appeal to the independent voter – the so called mythical middle.

And how does the president accomplish this feat of political legerdemain? Why by surrendering to Republican demands in negotiations, that’s how.

Guess whaaaat? There is now a poll out that suggests among Dem leaning independents – a group critical to Obama’s reelection chances – a majority favors a stronger challenge from Obama to his GOP nemeses.

Are we witnessing yet another screw up by the president’s advisers? Can there be any doubt?

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Get out and vote. But vote for liberals if you can find them. Abstain from voting for president if you do not support the views of either candidate. There is nothing wrong with abstaining and a benefit that might accrue from a large abstention vote is that it might actually gain some attention and represent a form of protest.

If you vote for Obama as the lesser evil, the result will be a lesser evil that grows worse with every election. You will also be falling victim to the Rahm Doctrine: Liberals will vote for Obama because they have no place else to go; therefore their views can be safely ignored.

August 27, 2011

The DC Folly Trolley-08/27/11

UPW Senior Reporter Marcy Popindick reports that rumors are swirling around the Rick Perry camp that he got eight sorority sisters pregnant in a single night during a hot frat party.

The Texas governor is claiming it was an accident. Says he put his rubber on backwards and that’s what caused all the fuss. He is reported to have said, “the damn thing didn’t come with directions so how was I supposed to know”.

Popindick is reporting that the governor eventually received instructions from a co-ed.

The UPW Senior Reporter has filed the story but added that while the rumors are unconfirmed they would seem to fit into the governor’s pattern of behavior.

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He’s here because God put him here. Who said God doesn’t make mistakes.

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In 2005 President Obama admitted he was a Blue Dog Democrat. According to an article by Matt Bai, such an admission places Obama firmly in the right wing of his party – in Obama’s case the far right wing.

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Newswires are reporting that Republican presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry of Texas sustained injuries from an accident he suffered while campaigning this week. He ran so far to the right he fell off the spectrum.

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Mitt Romney has criticized Obamacare despite the fact that the president’s plan is similar to Romneycare, the health insurance legislation he signed into law in Massachusetts while governor of that state. Apparently he was for it before he was against it. Must be something in the water.

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Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is being depicted by the Corporate Media as a centrist. Because Huntsman disagreed with right wing wackos in the GOP on global warming the Media has anointed the former Utah governor with the crown of “moderate”. If Huntsman becomes the Media sweetie pie look for this image to be displayed from now until election day.

Obama of course will continue to be portrayed as a big government, heavy spending lefty socialist who is far out of the mainstream. This portrayal will cause the president to move to the right even further than he already has – perhaps somewhere between Bachmann and Perry.

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In an inexplicable attempt at political suicide President Obama continues to call for cuts to Social Security and Medicare. The only possible explanation for such ineptitude is that the president’s advisers believe these cuts represent a strong appeal to the great independent center of the political spectrum.

The Republicans of course have tiptoed through this issue like it was a field of landmines. Perhaps someone should whisper into the president’s ear that this is exactly what it is and if he continues on this ill-advised course the GOP will lambast him during the campaign as an SS cut and gut extremist.

David “the Hair” Axelrod is one of Obama’s chief advisers who advocates this hair-brained policy. Axelrod, you will remember, was one of the White House strategists who engineered the 2010 election debacle. It is debatable whether Axelrod could have an idea that is either “hair” or “brained” since his advise since 2008 has been just plain stupid.

Come to think of it someone should whisper in Axelrod’s ear that he needs a hairpiece or a shave on that little round top of his.

Would you buy a political opinion from this man?  Obama does.  

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Protests against the Republican attack on labor unions have resumed in Wisconsin. And once again President Obama has reneged on his campaign promise to march on the picket lines with union workers.

The White House announced that the president will be unable to participate because he is suffering from a recurrence of Big Toe Blister Syndrome.

The president was incapacitated by the same affliction during the earlier protests. At that time the stricken chief executive was rushed to Bethesda Naval Medical Center for surgery to relieve the painful blister.

There is no cure for BTBS and doctors have stated they will monitor the president’s health closely and decide on a course of treatment should the condition worsen.

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A White House spokesman said today that President Obama supports efforts to eliminate fraud charges now and forever against banks and their executives who lied during the foreclosure process known as robo-signing. During this process the banks lined up a bunch of people to sign off on foreclosure documents even though the path of mortgage ownership could not be verified.

The White House statement continued that robo-signing was a job creating venture and that even though some lying and cheating may have occurred it was acceptable because the economy needs jobs.

Robo-signing also eliminated inefficient and wasteful jobs such ownership verification of the mortgages that helped make banks even more profitable. Because of this practice the banks became even stronger and as we all know strong financial institutions benefit Main Street.  Oh, yeah, I forgot that.

The president is reported to have said that while some left wing liberal retards have called robo-signing a crime nothing could be further from the truth and what do they know anyway. Just because banks bundled junk mortgages and sold the packages as AAA+ investments to trusting investors, doesn’t mean the banks committed fraud. After all, who knew. And Standard $ Poor and a couple of other schlock rating agencies did give a AAA+ to all the junk – for a little extra scratch of course.

You remember Standard $ Poor, right.  They’re the rating agency that brought you the Enron debacle.  Yep, that’s right.  Rated Enron AAA+.  Again for a little extra scratch.

According to an agreement the White House and the states’ attorneys general are forging the banks will pay a small fee of $20 billion dollars to relieve themselves of all criminal charges. And that’s $20 billion total not per bank. And given the trillions the banks raked in from profit and the taxpayers that amount represents little more than a parking ticket fine. The agreement would also prevent cheated investors from filing lawsuits to recover damages they suffered from Wall Street lying and cheating.

Eric Schneiderman, the attorney general of New York, rejected the agreement and was fired from the panel.

Oh, well. This is America. Shit happens.

April 3, 2011

OBAMA WANTS SECOND TERM

The unemployment rate may have declined and job creation may be on the increase and perhaps that is good news for Obama.

But I haven’t yet read the breakdown of job distribution by industry. If half or so of the jobs occurred in retailing and hospitality, as has been the pattern in the past, the economy is still in failure mode

Obama remains somewhat of mystery. Is he a “free market”, specialist interest driven politician in the right wing mold of Ronald Reagan – the persona he displayed in his first term? Or can we expect a transformation into a progressive fighter for a declining middle class?

If he remains the former, the average American can expect even harsher treatment from its government, perhaps worse than it has witnessed in decades.

It pains me to remember that Obama reneged on the public option, signed off on new trade agreements, supported ineffectual financial reform, left many foreclosure victims in the lurch, appointed a deficit commission rigged against Social Security, surrendered on tax cuts for the wealthy and refused to fight for effective stimulus.

So. Which Obama can we expect if he is reelected in 2012?

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

March 27, 2011

OPINION-The Slave Market

Slavery Takes a New Form.

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The Slave Market by Gustave Boulanger (1824-1888).

Slavery has existed since the beginning of recorded history.  Given its prevalence in the earliest civilizations it is likely that the institution existed even in primitive prehistoric societies. We know it continues to exist in many parts of the world even today.  It is a phenomenon so common among civilized societies that it is doubtful that it will ever be eradicated.

The factor common to all slave holding societies is a small but dominant ruling class – the so called idle rich.  This class established its supremacy in the United States in both the North and the South early in colonial history.

In the South slavery assumed the traditional historical model, that is, the slaves were property bought and owned by the pampered rich.  The model was somewhat different in the North in that the slaves were not considered the property of the wealthy.  Slaves in the North were either indentured for long periods of time or were victims of what is today described as wage slavery – slavery’s modern form.

But the common factor was present in both models and was evident in the sharp division between classes represented mainly by a small rich ruling class and a struggling and captive underclass.

We see today in the United States a movement toward distinct class divisions of the type that existed early in the nation’s history and that inevitably rend a society apart.  With the decline of the middle class and a sharp rise in a rich, domineering upper class, the period of growing equality among the classes is clearly drawing to a close.  That short lived period of increasing equality is now being replaced by a distinct class structure.

We are on the verge of becoming a society in which half of its members will be dining out while the other half will be waiting the tables.  We are approaching a time in America when the vast majority will be faced with the prospect of limited opportunity.  We are becoming an America most of us will not recognize.  Although we are loathe to admit it, the hard reality assaults us every day.

We are becoming a nation divided into two classes: A small wealthy elite and a growing underclass to serve its needs. As the past so clearly teaches us, the disparity is a symptom of a society in the first stages of decay. And so it is with us today. We are a nation in decline.