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Sunday, October 19, 2014

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I love you oh, so well



Enjoy your weekend, y'all.



Why we so desperately need a jobs/infrastructure bill from this Congress


"The global economy is more precarious right now than it's been since 2008. China's growth is slowing precipitously, Europe is on the very of recession or deflation, Japan is barely growing, and the United States cannot maintain sufficient aggregate demand without a larger and more buoyant middle class. Interest rates are rock-bottom. Under these circumstances, you might expect governments to borrow more to stimulate their economies. But Germany in the eurozone, and Republicans in the U.S., are still insisting on austerity." 

--Robert Reich

Instead, there is the desire on the part of one political party, quite frankly, the Republicans, to put their own party and their success ahead of that of the nation, people and economy be damned. 

We all know that. 

Why else would they totally avoid an infrastructure/jobs bill from this or the last Congress when the American people need the jobs? the infrastructure needs the updating and improving and the economy needs the boost? They don't want this president or his political party to gain any "points" or to be perceived as having any success so screw you, America.



Abraham Lincoln: On Corporations



“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”
-President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864 (letter to Col. William F. Elkins)


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Entertainment Overnight -- The Correct Way to Rob a Bank






How Bad Our Politicians, Politics and Elections Have Gotten


This past week, there were two excellent examples of how small our politicians, our politics and our elections have gotten.

Here's the first one:

Michelle Nunn’s Dad Donated To Obama Before She Refused To Say Whether She Voted For Him
I mean really, how "weak-kneed" are you that you can't even own up to whomever you voted for? If you can't do  that, how will you be able to take a real stand if, as you're apparently trying, you're elected to ofifice? It seems clear you would end up being a person who would merely wait for some other, higher up political party official or organization to tell you how to vote and speaak.
And then there was this beauty:

Charlie Crist Cannot Have His Small Fan at Our Debate

This was a real stunner.

It seems Florida Governor Rick Scott was to debate challenger Charlie Crist. No problem, right? But according to the article, Governor Crist wouldn't come out to debate for 7 minutes. It seems he didn't think Mr. Crist had a fan to keep him cool. The Governor thought it disallowed by the rules. The rules read like this:

"Candidates will be fitted with lavaliere microphones and will stand at podiums. Candidates may not bring visual aids, notes, or electronic devices to the debate, but will be provided with a pad and pen to take notes during the debate."

This is how far down, how low our political discourse and elections have gotten. We need to be better than this. We need to rise above this level of discourse and concentrate on what's best for the people and nation, not these small, petty issues.



Missourians, your courts are being bought


I've been writing, nearly screaming, about our government representatives being bought, especially by the Right Wing and wealthy and Republicans and corporations, all, for some time. This story, now, today, from Crooks & Liars comes to us straight out of our own state, Missouri and it's shameful:

Who Is That Mystery Megadonor Trying To Buy A Judge's Election In Missouri?


The leading candidate for the six-figure donation to the failing candidate's kitty is Rex Sinquefield, but no one knows for sure.

Who would want to drop six figures into the campaign of a guy who had less than $100 just a month ago? Why, someone who wants all the judges in the state capital to be Republicans, of course!
TPM:
A month ago, Missouri GOP prosecutor Brian Stumpe had less than $100 on hand in his campaign to unseat Cole County Circuit Court Judge Patricia Joyce, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Now, just a few weeks later, he has received $100,000 -- all of it funneled into his campaign by a national group, the Republican State Leadership Committee, which has spent a total of $200,000 so far in this race for a single state judgeship.
So just what the heck is going on? Democrats and liberals on the ground in Missouri would tell you that somebody is trying to purchase the judgeship, and they have some suspicions about some Koch-esque Missouri multi-millionaires who might be behind the RSLC's interest in the race.
Why would they do that? Because Cole County, home to 75,000 people, contains Jefferson City, the Missouri state capital. So in most cases where somebody is suing the state government, those cases are heard in the Cole County Circuit Court. It is similar to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals at the federal level, in that case an appellate court with an outsized influence.
"If you sue the state of Missouri, if there's a lawsuit in which you're bringing a constitutional question or challenging ballot language or a fiscal note by a state auditor, those cases are directed to the Cole County Circuit Court," Roy Temple, chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party, told TPM. "It is a judgeship that has statewide importance."
Joyce is the only Democratic judge at the Cole County Circuit Court; her two colleagues are Republican. So ousting her would, in theory, be a significant win for Republicans looking to influence the outcome of the kind of cases Temple described. That helps explain why the Republican State Leadership Committee, which is currently chaired by former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and formerly chaired by Virginia GOP Senate candidate Ed Gillespie, would take an interest.

It's disgusting. It's immoral. Sure. Unfortunately it's legal because, hey, the Republicans made it legal, so long ago.

It's why we have to fight. We have to fight to end campaign contributions, period. It has to come from us.


Quote of the Day -- on a World Balance



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Friday, October 17, 2014

The Sam Brownback experiment in and on Kansas---on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart


Quote of the day -- on the Judeo-Christian tradition


"As a historian, I confess to a certain amusement when I hear the Judeo-Christian tradition praised as the source of our concern for human rights. In fact, the great religious ages were notable for their indifference to human rights in the contemporary sense. They were notorious not only for acquiescence in poverty, inequality, exploitation and oppression but for enthusiastic justifications of slavery, persecution, abandonment of small children, torture, genocide."

—Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author, "The Opening of the American Mind," The New York Times, 1989.

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"As a historian, I confess to a certain amusement when I hear the Judeo-Christian tradition praised as the source of our concern for human rights. In fact, the great religious ages were notable for their indifference to human rights in the contemporary sense. They were notorious not only for acquiescence in poverty, inequality, exploitation and oppression but for enthusiastic justifications of slavery, persecution, abandonment of small children, torture, genocide."
—Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author, "The Opening of the American Mind," The New York Times, 1989.


Big, fun crazy times with and for the Royals and Kansas City


Kansas City and our Royals, going to the World Series. Meantime, Paul Rudd and Jason Sudeikis on site, Eric Stonestreet on set of Modern Family.
KC, hitting the big time in a few ways.

From the Star:


Then there was this very cool story:


and this from 2 years ago::

Eric Stonestreet, Paul Rudd, Jon Hamm, Jason Sudeikis and Rob Riggle. The four actors sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during an interleague game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 22, 2012.

Eric Stonestreet, Paul Rudd, Jon Hamm, Jason Sudeikis and Rob Riggle

So congratulations, Kansas City, many congratulations. Enjoy. These are the good old days, for sure.




Monday, October 13, 2014

How we spend too much on "Defense" and what we should do about it


From Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's ice cream:



Our defense budget is huge, bloated, grossly over-funded, wasteful, unaccounted for, wildly immoral, unsustatinable and ends up weakening the nation, ultimately, in very real terms.

Let's get started.



The problem is also that there are far too many Michael Browns in this country


It's one thing that one young person, a young man, Michael Brown, was unarmed and shot and killed in St. Louis recently, sure. That's bad enough.

But the problem is, there are far, far too many Michael Browns in this nation. It's horrific enough a shooting, let alone a killing takes place once but it happens repeatedly here. As examples, here are just a few recent headlines from around our nation:


North Carolina officer shot unarmed man 10 times

Officer Randall Kerrick faces manslaughter charges on Tuesday for allegedly shooting dead a car crash victim in Charlotte



Police say they have no evidence of foul play in the hanging death of black teenager Lennon Lacy. But in a case with disturbing racial overtones, his family are left with haunting questions

Gym mat death of Ga. teen still being questioned




And then there's Trayvon Martin and all the others we've already forgotten.

How is this possible?

How are all these things and all these incidents and all these horrors possible?

And yes, how are they possible even once, let along repeatedly?

Who are we that we're capable of these things, time and again, too, especially after all this time?




Saturday, October 11, 2014

Quote of the day -- on Republicans, their work and goals


From a Facebook friend:

They shoot down young men in the streets, some handcuffed and shot, some surrendering and shot, some running for their lives and shot, and we sit there.

They pay our workers less than a living wage and we watch, but action is missing. They try and curtail our votes or liberties and we watch TV and sigh 

They insult our intelligence with saying public education does not work, but we were once the envy of the globe through public education. 

They buy up our duly elected officials through a system of graft and payoffs and call it, lobbies.

They Gerrymander districts to disenfranchise our votes and elections and we sleep in apathy. 

They poison our rivers and fresh water supplies, through fracking and no one seems to give a frack.

They overcharge for medical help, and put us in debt to keep healthy and we allow this. They pass anti democratic voting laws to curtail votes from elders, students and minorities. They want white voters only then they can pass laws for holding down the rest.

They rewrite US history to make us more docile, by covering up the fact that dissidence formed our union, and social progress occurred and justice served, through our civil disobedience, as we watch football and allow it.

They disrespect women, and pay them less, and treat them as chattel or call them sluts for wanting birth control covered by insurance, and we nod off.

They disrespect our leaders that have a populous agenda and we watch and shrug. 

They cry foul when wages are raised, and work hard at convincing us 7.25 an hour is a living wage. 

They push us for more weapons in the hands of whites, but beware if a minority is caught with one. 

They send more people to prison over less, than any country in the history of mankind and we scratch our heads. 

They are called the Republicans and Tea baggers, and if they have their way democracy will die, and we will become an oligarchy, with these sick ass greedy monsters like the Koch's in control... Is this America? Or is it time to hit the streets make them see what our powers are, the Powers of the People..

Rise up and let them hear us, or watch them smash us into John Birch, KKK, and ALEC loving fools..




The Very Embarrassing, Stupid, If Not Crazy Republicans and Right Wing in the Nation in general and Missouri, specifically


Fresh evidence:

JeffCo Recorder Asks Why Military Hasn't Ousted Obama Yet

These people would be unbelievable if we hadn't already seen so much of this nonsense in the last few decades:

Jefferson County Recorder of Deeds Debbie Dunnegan took to her Facebook page this week to ask her military friends why no one has taken action against "our domestic enemy... supposedly the commander in chief." That's right, she asked why President Obama hasn't been taken care of (or something) by the military yet. Apparently, in Dunnegan's Constitution the military has "the authority" to oust the President for unspecified misdeeds.


And at this point, it's not as though Ms. Waters can deny it, either. Of course, she can do what other people have done of late and say someone took over her Facebook page which I don't think any reasonable person would believe or accept.

Of course, what she's speaking of here is a coup d'eta, an overthrowing of our elected government and representatives.

How very Third World, "Banana Republic" of her.

Apparently, what Ms. Waters here isn't aware of, what she's "missing" is the US Constitution.

I wonder what her stances were when that last occupant of the White House lied to us to get us to attack another foreign, sovereign nation which is illegal both by our own, internal, national laws as well as against external, international laws.

No. Wait. I don't wonder. I'm pretty sure I know.

Link to original story here:  http://www.progressmissouri.org/content/jeffco-recorder-asks-why-military-hasnt-ousted-obama-yet



Friday, October 10, 2014

A Smart Way Forward


This candidate,  Dave Peiser, is running for Congress in the 49th District in California.  He put out this advertisement on YouTube and it's extremely hopeful, by my way of thinking. As usual, California is ahead of the rest of the nation when it comes to nature and this shows just how much, at this point:





Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Entertainment Overnight -- Remake


Love it:





Entertainment Overnight -- Flashback


Never mentions it but this always makes me think of Autumn:





Saddam Hussein asks a great question




Betty Bowers has outdone even herself, God love her




In case you're not familiar with her:

Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian!




She's the best. Enjoy.



America's heath care system


We Americans aren't very bright, allowing our health care and health care system to be tied to profit.

No other country in the world does this.

The result?  The runaway most expensive health care system in the world, bar none.


Important National Anniversary


I learned today, out here on the interwebs, that today is the nation's 13th anniversary of going into Afghanistan. I was reminded by some military veterans and their call:


Today marks the 13th year since our country began the occupation of Afghanistan. It's long time for it to end yet we just signed a Bi-Lateral Security agreement that places us there for at least another decade. What do you think should be done?

To this I have three responses.

First, we absolutely should, at long last, get the hell out of Afghanistan.

Second, we need to end "perpetual war" in this country.

Finally, we have to recognize that we are, America is the world's warmonger, we have to stop it and we need to cut our absurd, huge, hugely wasteful, fiscally irresponsible, totally unsustainable, actually unaccounted for, nation-weakening defense budget.

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”
― Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Quote of the day -- on war

A Repubican who got it


Yet another Republican, of course from the past, who understood we couldn't let campaign contributions run amuck in this country:



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

LET'S GO ROYALS!!!!



Quote of the day -- on fairness


How campaign contributions actually work and why we need to end them


I post here and on Facebook and everywhere I can, really, about how campaign contributions and all that big money are ruining our country. They're ruining our Democracy, our democracy, our government representatives and so, their---our---legislation, our laws and our government and nation.

Proof of it? Look no further than this article from the online magazine "Cracked":



And it's here, under item number four:


#4. Legal Bribery Happens All the Time


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You probably hear a lot of people complaining about "lobbyists" -- the shady types who go to Washington on behalf of some corporation or special interest and grease the palms of Congress to make sure the vote goes their way. Maybe the most famous/infamous lobbyist of all time is Jack Abramoff, a name you may know from a massive scandal that was in the news a few years ago. He was one of the most successful lobbyists in Washington until, like Icarus, he flew too close to the sun and wound up spending four years in prison. To learn more about the dark side of lobbying, we spoke to someone with inside knowledge of how Abramoff worked. That is, Abramoff himself.
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Some call him the Jack Abramoff of Jack Abramoffs.
Right off, he told us it's not as simple as walking up to a senator with a hundred-dollar bill in your palm and saying, "Soooo ... about these new oil-drilling regulations, could my friend Ben Franklin get you to change your mind?" There are actual laws against that. But don't worry, there are lots of other ways to buy influence:
"You need a quid pro quo for it to be statutory bribery [i.e.: I vote this way, you pay me]. Few in Washington would want to cross that line. Instead, they bribe in a far more palatable and legal way. They provide a stream of benefits over time. They take Congress to ball games, dinner, golf, and concerts. They provide thousands of dollars in campaign contributions. The congressman, in turn, being grateful for all this bounty, lends an ear or hand to the lobbyist when needed. You scratch my back and I scratch yours. Welcome to Washington."
"Once we needed a letter from Majority Leader Harry Reid, opposing the approval of a casino in Louisiana for a tribe that was encroaching our client's market. I had on my staff one of Reid's former staff members, and he served as the conduit to Reid's office. Typically, our requests were matched by Reid's folks with requests for money. As I recall, in this case, they wanted a $50,000 contribution to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, though they never would have been so crass as to be direct about it. They made sure we understood, though. We complied and got our letter. That's how things worked, I am sorry to say."
OK, but ultimately don't all of these people answer to the voters? You can't stay in office supporting unpopular positions, and if you lose your next election you'll have to actually pay money for your Wizards tickets like some kind of asshole. Luckily, lobbyists can take their lobbying right to the public:
"When we had ideological fights and issues linked to our lobbying campaigns -- which was most of the time -- I'd find a think tank scholar or activist who shared our approach and pay them to pen a piece supporting our position. This was just one small part of a multi-million-dollar lobbying effort, and usually only involved small payments, but it was one of those things that I look back on now and blanch."
So, how much cash are we talking about here? Well, the 2012 election was the most expensive political election in history. You probably heard no end of pundits complaining about that. But in the same year, lobbyists spent $6.7 billion bribing their way through D.C. -- $500 million more than Romney, Obama, and all their PACs spent combined. And it gets worse ...

And then it goes on:

#3. Lobbyists Are Everywhere, Operating Without Rules


I write this because first, Americans need to know what's happening in Washington and our government and then second, so we know what we need to do.

I think, deep down, and maybe even not that deeply, we know the money needs to get out of our government. Certainly we can all agree on that. The only thing that's left after that is how we do it.

And the truth is, the only way it can be done is to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision to begin and then follow that up with fighting to end campaign contributions entirely.

It can be done.

It's huge, it will take time and demand a huge fight from the people but it can be done. And it will have to come from us, from the people.

The fact is, the UK made their campaigns for government office only one month long and they did it years ago. We can do that same thing, surely.

It's the only way we'll end the big money that's buying our government. We have to get the money out.

And we have to get started.