Monday, October 31, 2011

Destruction and Construction



It's funny how a lot of politicians say the government
can't create jobs but then freak out when there's a
chance military-related spending in their districts
might be lessened.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/31/opinion/bombs-bridges-and-jobs.html?_r=1&hp#

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

I'm Outta There



I retired from my job at Centurylink today. It was
exactly thirty years ago that I started with Pacific
NW Bell. Later we became US WEST and then Qwest and
most recently, Centurylink.

It was a good job and I met lots of great people.
But it's definitely time for a change. I want to
get in better shape, write a novel and maybe do some
volunteer or political work.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Breaking News: Rick Perry is a Scared Little Bitch



I can't believe what a bad presidential candidate Perry has
turned out to be. He might want to quit and just go back to
Texas...a few more debates and they might decide they don't
want him to be governor anymore.

http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2011/10/if_rick_perry_cant_handle_deba.html

Go Left, Young Man



This is not 1996. This is not the time to triangulate.
This is the time for Obama to move hard to the left and
deliver what the vast majority of the people in this
country are demanding...a renwed voice in their government.

http://theweek.com/article/index/220742/populism-is-obamas-path-to-victory

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Original Occupier



I really enjoyed this interview with Michael Moore, especially
toward the end when he's reminding the CNBC guy that he's
supposed to be a journalist and not just a numbers watcher.

http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/24/8467686-michael-moore-offers-cnbc-his-take-on-occupy-wall-street

The Flat Tax Flat Lines



I think the Republicans are starting to run out of groups
to use as scapegoats. First it was the gays, then the Latinos,
then the government workers, then the union members and now everybody who makes too little money to pay federal income tax. That corner they've painted themselves into
is starting to get pretty small.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-gops-latest-tax-gimmickry-soak-the-poor/2011/10/21/gIQAfs7eAM_story.html?hpid=z3

The Super Rich Fight Back




Now here's a video on the One Percent's counter-protest:


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/24/occupy-main-street-rich-people-strike-back_n_1028348.html

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Empty Calories



Herman can't seem to understand anybody's questions. He'd
probably have us involved in a nuclear exchange with Russia
three hours after taking office.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Hey, George... Was It Worth It?




Here's Iraq by the numbers.

Read 'em and weep:


4,479 U.S. military fatalities

30,182 U.S. military injuries

468 contractor fatalities

103,142 – 112,708 documented civilian deaths

2.8 million internally displaced Iraqis

$806 billion in federal funding for the Iraq War through FY2011

$3 – $5 trillion in total economic cost to the United States of the Iraq war according to economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Blimes

$60 billion in U.S. expenditures lost to waste and fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001

0 weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Marco Rubio is a Liar



Marco Rubio has always built his image on the idea that
his parents fled Cuba when Castro came to power.

Oops, turns out they got here two years before that...

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/66509.html

Just Another Calm, Focused Victory



President Obama, the US military and NATO have freed Libya
from the fist of a megalomanical dictator who had controlled
that country for 42 years.

We didn't lose any pilots or soldiers and our financial
involvement was truly tiny compared to the massive
quagmires George W. Bush involved us in.

Think he'll get any love from all those Republicans who
dissed him back in April?

By the way, I've really come to hate John McCain. For
a guy who's supposed to be such a military hero he
sure doesn't hesitate to put politics before country.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cain and the Koch Brothers



Herman Cain is a political outsider? Think again.


http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/10/16/politics/main20121046.shtml

Primal



The Occupy Movement has been criticized a lot for not having
a concrete list of goals. I think in many ways this is
one of it's greatest strengths.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/opinion/sunday/kristof-americas-primal-scream.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bait and Switch



Have you noticed how all those Republicans got elected
in 2010 because so many people were unemployed and how little they've done about it?

The Devil's In The Details



Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan is simple. Simply awful.

The rich will get richer, the middle class and poor will get
poorer and the deficit will blow up like nobody's business.
I'm sure China hopes he wins.

http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/13/8304334-cains-9-9-9-tax-plan-is-simple-most-will-simply-pay-more

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Now With More Engineers!



This is one big reason we have an unemployment problem...
super fast computers have replaced thousands of engineers
sitting around looking at their slide rules!

Feeding the War Machine



I'd love to know where Romney thinks we're going to get
the money to expand our military. Sounds like fuzzy math.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romneys-defense-cult/2011/10/12/gIQAdCBSfL_story.html?hpid=z2

Monday, October 10, 2011

Christians and Cults



I always find it somewhat amusing when mainstream Christians
refer to Mormonism as a "cult".

I'm sure the Romans and Greeks and Egyptians referred to
Christianity as a cult when it first started. Cults are
basically religions that are still small enough you can
kick them around a bit and call them names.

On the other hand, I think Mormons need to be honest
about how much their religion differs with regular
Protestant and Catholic denominations. After all,
Mormons don't just believe the saved will be with
God, they believe they will BE gods and godesses.

The Supersensitive Super Rich



I find it odd that the Right is so defensive about income
inequality and the fact some citizens might want to
complain about the situation. They end up proving what
they've been accused of... having a treasonous lack of empathy
for what their fellow (and less wealthy) Americans are
goin through currently.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/10/opinion/panic-of-the-plutocrats.html?_r=1&hp

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Those Lazy Hippies Who Did Everything They Were Supposed to...



The Right is making a big mistake writing these protesters off
as hippies or potheads. They're out they're standing up not
only for themselves but also older people who followed all
the rules for decades and ended up getting screwed by
banks and corporations.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/who-are-the-99-percent/2011/08/25/gIQAt87jKL_blog.html

Well, there goes the female vote...


You’ve probably already heard about Senator Scott Brown’s gaffe this morning. Asked about a statement by Elizabeth Warren, his likely Democratic opponent next year, that she (unlike Brown) hadn’t posed nude to help pay her way through college, Brown replied: “Thank God.”

What a stupid dick.

Occupied



I don't think anybody has really been able to define what the
"Occupy" movement is trying to achieve yet.

Maybe that's good. Maybe that's a sign that this isn't a
problem that can be solved with a few talking points or
just another watered down piece of legislation.

Maybe, deep down, we all know that the power held in this
country is grotesquely out of balance. And only feet on
the ground will correct that problem.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-wellington-ennis/occupy-wall-street_b_997423.html

Monday, October 3, 2011

Greedy, Vile Traitors



If the Koch brothers have been doing business with Iran should we
consider taking them out with a couple of drone strikes?

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-02/koch-brothers-flout-law-getting-richer-with-secret-iran-sales.html