Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
They want small government.
Well, unless it's about abortion.
And unless it's about women's reproductive rights.
And unless it's about 2 people of the same sex loving one another.
And unless it's about a new, upcoming car company, challenging the status quo.
And unless it's about tax cuts for "Big Oil."
And unless it's about creating a wholly unnecessary, new agency called "Homeland Security" that happens to make lots of money for the sitting Vice President's multi-million (billion?) dollar company.
And unless it's about gerrymandering district borders for votes for themselves.
And unless it's about tax cuts to offshore manufacturing.
And unless it's about tax breaks for fossil fuels.
Other than that, yeah, they want "small government."
I'm glad we could clear this up.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Since the 2008 financial near-collapse in America and for the last 30 years, there's been an attack on the middle class in this country:
Then, more recently, the UN says Detroit is violating human rights there by cutting off water to the poor:
Now Amnesty International weighs in on the Ferguson, Missouri debacle:
Take this into consideration:
America Has The Worst Wealth Inequality Of All Developed Nations
What's become of us, America?
What's becoming of us?
And maybe most importantly:
What are we going to do about it?
Saturday, October 25, 2014
A very fair indictment of Republican Governor Sam Brownback, Republican and Right Wing "trickle down" economic theories, American media in general, the American voting public and Meet the Press, in specific (note--expletives ahead):
I saw the scariest study of Americans and how we get our news now. Check this little beauty out:
Survey: More Americans get news from Internet than newspapers and radio
The headline alone was enough to frighten a person. Unfortunately, if not surprisingly, it went on to get only worse:
(CNN) -- More Americans get their news from the Internet than from newspapers or radio, and three-fourths say they hear of news via e-mail or updates on social media sites, according to a new report.
Sixty-one percent of Americans said they get at least some of their news online, according to a survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
That's compared with 54 percent who said they listen to a radio news program and 50 percent who said they read a national or local print newspaper.
There was one little glimmer of hope in all this:
Almost all respondents, 92 percent, said they get their news from more than one platform.
Thank goodness for that last little tidbit, anyway. At least people arent' completely "single-sourcing" their news. At least as far as they admit, anyway.
Thinking of the situation, that online, we all merely tune in to those sources that tilt or lean to our preconceived, already decided upon views, that's disheartening.
In the past, the news was the newspaper in the morning (and evening, if you're that old). It was a better, more overall look at our society and the news. Yes, newspapers still might lean "Left" or "Right", more or less Conservative or Liberal but they were a broader, more encompassing view of what was occurring in the nation and world. We didn't have control. We couldn't turn it off.
Sure, you could ignore different editorials and columnists but by and large, one was given a better view of what was going on in the world.
Turn to today, with the internet and media, especially since the Republicans had us throw out the more balancing "Fairness Doctrine" in our laws which forced media sources to give two sides to each issue, and now we're far more tuning in to what we merely already agree with and what we want to hear.
It's truly scary.
Naturally, it's extremely polarizing. It makes us far more Republicans vs. Democrats or Liberals vs. Conservatives or--probably worst of all---"Left Wing" vs. "Right Wing."
With that same study, recently, though, yet more information came out:
This is one more big, rather new though not fully surprising development.
News? People getting their "news"? From Facebook?
I can't think of any more shallow or slanted source to get your "news" from than Facebook since most people, especially there, just "like" what they agree with and only follow such. Heaven knows I'm guilty of that. I don't even keep old friends from high school as Facebook friends after I've found they've turned into Right Wing and/or Republican shills.
We're bad and getting worse, clearly.
And the thing is, for all the great things coming from the Millenials and "X" and "Y" generations---like watching less and less television, needing, wanting and buying less automobiles, their turning away from the hates and prejudices of their parents and society and wanting to pollute our world less, etc.--this whole trend will no doubt get worse and worse with the oncoming of yet more and more technology on their part and that of our society.
It doesn't give me hope. At least it doesn't on this one topic.
With all that sour news, due to that study, comes this news, today, to prove the point:
Here we have a serious situation in the country, responding to a possibly, even likely deadly disease and what "media" outlet is the number one source for people for news on it?
Fox? Fox "News"? Faux News?
Go ahead. Shoot me now.
Fox? Fox "News"? Faux News?
Go ahead. Shoot me now.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
"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."
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.
“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
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:
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:
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.
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:
The leading candidate for the six-figure donation to the failing candidate's kitty is Rex Sinquefield, but no one knows for sure.
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.