Saturday, January 24, 2015

GOP Border Check Proposal: Practical or Looney Bin Candidate

Welcome: Open House in the GOP
(or so it seems)

GOP Plan for Border Crossing
(scene between Buffalo and Canada)


The story from Buffalo follows, in part:

WASHINGTON (Buffalo News) – House Republicans are pushing a border security bill that would require U.S. officials to do a biometric inspection of everyone leaving the country, a change that some fear would create epic backups like no one has ever seen at the Peace Bridge and other northern border crossings.

“That would absolutely shut down the border,” said Ron Rienas, general manager of the Peace Bridge, after being told of the House legislation.

The bill would, most likely within five to seven years, require everyone entering Canada from Buffalo to go through two inspections rather than just the one inspection that Canadian officials do in Fort Erie.

The bill is scheduled for a vote possibly next week is called (guess what: another fancy name): “Secure Our Borders First Act.”

I am curious, though: Is there a problem in Canada with Americans wanting to visit or travel in or through Canada illegally?

Also, I wonder: Why does the GOP want this new system to check people leaving the US? (e.g., the GOP proposal “… require the government to take fingerprints from or do an iris scan of everyone in every vehicle leaving the country.”)

Oh, I see, to have a system in place to double check them when they return … oops … makes zero sense, none whatsoever. How about a quick shot of the car’s EZpass, or a quick swipe of bar code ID card (like a driver’s license), or quick handheld scan of passport, etc? Those things, what, make too much sense? Well, okee dokee, then.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

O'Reilly: Maybe Not a Weasel but Surely a Skunk (Mephitidae)





O'Reilly
I Call Him Bully O'Lielly
(he is both a bully and liar)

Facts Matter Don't They


The story on FOX (what I call the nitwit network): Unfair and unbalanced gnus.

FOX's Bill O'Reilly downplayed the impact of raising the minimum wage, claiming “only an 
infinitesimal number of people” would be impacted, while ignoring the 27.8 million Americans that would benefit from a raise in the minimum wage.

What really got the GOP/Rightwing so pissed and out of sorts was this from President Obama during this SOTU address when he said: “For those who still refuse to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest working people in America a raise.”

I totally and absolutely 100% agree with Mr. Obama. For the doubters, how about a few facts, you know, those things they hate: facts that trump their opinions:

According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016 would “raise the wages of 27.8 million workers, who would receive about $35 billion in additional wages over the phase-in period.”

(BTW I note: Workers who earn more will spend more and that helps the economy overall).

According to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, the “ripple effect” of raising the minimum wage would benefit 16.5 million workers, and it would lift nearly one million people out of poverty.

(BTW I note: That would also save public assistance money).

So, for Mr. O'Reilly and those like him, please do me the honor and a huge favor and just STFU. Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

GOP's SOU Rebuttal: "Our Best Choice" Says McConnell — Hell, Why Not

Two Weeks in the Senate: She has Same Old, Same Old Harsh GOP Agenda
(So, perfect choice WTF)

Perfect choice if the GOP wants to sustain the same old crap ... wrapped in a neat little brown TEA bag ...

I guess she will make "them squeal," too ... which was her campaign slogan  ... old hog castrating expert ... ouch.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)




Monday, January 19, 2015

Piyush "Bobby (his reel name)" Jindal: Fred Astaire Wannabe

Just Getting Warmed Up

If the Foo Shits Wear It

Booby Got Caught (again)

Here is the story making the rounds ... read it and then watch him tap dance with his fancy play on words, hence the reason for this post. 

CNN Reporter Confronts Jindal for Exaggerating Muslim “No-Go Zones”

Reporter to Jindal:  “… [but] you need to have proper, sort of, facts to back that up.” Adding that he, as British man, has never heard of “no-go zones” for non-Muslims.

Jindal to Reporter: “That’s why I added the word “so-called” before “no-go zones.”

Jindal then turned the topic around to fit liberals, saying: “I think that the radical Left absolutely wants to pretend like this problem is not here. Pretending it’s not here won’t make it go away. 

(The reporter continued to press Jindal for evidence and accused him of “exaggerating” the situation).

Jindal then replied: “I think your viewers know absolutely there are places where the police are less likely to go. They absolutely know there are neighborhoods where they wouldn’t feel comfortable. I know the left wants to make this into an attack on religion and that’s not what this is.  What we are saying it’s absolutely an issue for the UK, absolutely is an issue for America, and for other European and Western nations.”  

Is Jindal angry? Sure, of course he is, but not about what the story he hyped. He is angry about the fact he got called on it by the reporter who pinned him down for facts, which do not exist. Does any of that ploy sound at all familiar? Yep, it sure does.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Where Are Islamic Leaders Against Terror? Open Your Eyes

Both Speak Out Against Radicals Who Attack Under the Banner of Islam
(It's not the Islamic religion - it's the nuts who read it their way they want)

Against ISIS/ISIL


Sadly there are far too many in our country who blast "Radical Islam." However, it is NOT radical Islam; it is those RADICALS who profess and claim Islam gives them ticket to their gross actions. 

Close to our own homes: Individuals and groups in America professing to be and hold Christian views on abortion have been cited as groups that have been responsible for threatening, assaulting and murdering doctors, and for bombing their abortion clinics across the United States and Canada – all in the name of “being a good Christian.”

Or how about being just a couple of good "white Supremacists."

A snapshot of the Millers, dressed as comic book characters has been widely circulated.

Those two, the Millers, gunned down two Las Vegas police officers, 41-year-old Alyn Beck and 31-year-old Igor Soldo who were having lunch at a pizza buffet. That same couple also killed Joseph Wilcox at a nearby Wal-Mart and all in the name of their religion. 

So, there is a huge difference between the two statements and and view, however, many on the American right (mostly) cannot see that or they refuse to see that, or worse: refuse to believe what they see. 

Some of examples follow, which most have been falsely presented on FOX  and rightwing Talk Radio - the usual suspects in such smear campaigns with their crazy-ass assumptions asking like they always do: Where are the Islamic leaders – why are they silent? 

I and others content, they ARE NOT:

Al-Azhar: Islamic State is Corrupt and "A Danger To Islam" says the Lebanese paper The Daily Star.  They have reported that Al-Azhar's Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, Egypt's highest religious authority, denounced the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) as a threat to Islam and said that the group both violates Sharia law and humanitarian law. [The Daily Star, 8/13/1]

Arab League: "Strongly Denounced" The "Crimes Against Humanity" Carried Out By The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).  Nabil al-Arabi, the Arab League Chief, denounced acts committed by the Islamic State in Iraq as "crimes against humanity," demanding that they be brought to justice. [Al Arabiya News, 8/11/14]

Turkey's Top Cleric: Islamic State's Threats Are "Hugely Damaging, Truly Awful." Turkey's highest ranking cleric, Mehmet Gormez, decried the Islamic State's (ISIS/ISIL) declaration of a "caliphate" and argued that the statements were damaging to the Muslim community, according to a Reuters article.

CAIR: Repeatedly condemned the Islamic State as "Un-Islamic And Morally Repugnant." The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called the terrorist group "un-Islamic and morally repugnant," noted that the Islamic State's "human rights abuses on the ground are well-documented," and called on other Muslim community leaders to speak out against the violence. CAIR reiterated the condemnation of the Islamic State as "both un-Islamic and morally repugnant" on August 11, and on August 21, CAIR once again condemned the group, calling the killing of American journalist James Foley "gruesome and barbaric.”

The Muslim Council of Great Britain: "Violence Has No Place In Religion." The Muslim Council of Great Britain condemned the Islamic State's actions and expressed that they do not represent Sunni Muslims, according to The Independent. Shuja Shafi, a member of the council also said: "Violence has no place in religion, violence has no religion. It is prohibited for people to present themselves for destruction." [The Independent, 7/11/14]

The Islamic Society of North America: The Islamic State's Actions “Are To Be Denounced And Are In No Way Representative Of What Islam Actually Teaches.”  The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) released a statement denouncing the Islamic State "for its attacks on Iraq's religious minorities and the destruction of their places of worship." ISNA President Imam Mohamed Magid said, "ISIS actions against religious minorities in Iraq violate the Quranic teaching, 'Let there be no compulsion in religion' (Surat al-Baqara 2:256)," adding, "Their actions are to be denounced and are in no way representative of what Islam actually teaches." [The Islamic Society of North America8/9/14]

One-hundred Sunni and Shiite U.K. Imams: The Islamic State is an "Illegitimate, Vicious Group." 

Muslim Public Affairs Council: Condemned the Islamic State and Called for a "Stand Against Extremism."  The MPAC released a statement condemning "the barbaric execution of James Foley noting the importance of countering ISIS/other extremists." [8/20/14]

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Callous Cold-Hearted OPEC: Oily, Slick, Flim Flam Artists

OPEC Member States

How OPEC Sees Itself

How Many People See OPEC

OPEC is an organization made up of 11 oil producing and exporting countries: Algeria, the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, NigeriaIndonesiaIran, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Venezuela.

The original five founders in 1960 were Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Kuwait, Iraq and Iran. At one point those five alone produced 80 percent of the world's oil supplies. Their expressed intention was and apparently remains “…to defend the price of oil against all international oil companies.”

Also, back then early on, they figured out that oil was a depleting asset (once used never to be reproduced) and thus it had to be replaced by other assets, namely cash (money).

The rest is history in the making unfolding right before our eyes. The message today as it was with their beginning is: “We will not tolerate anyone producing and exporting oil to make tons of money except us.”

My post today is based on this article I read in Bloomberg.  It makes for good insight into the current drop in oil prices, U.S. production, lower gas prices, overall good news for the consumer, but not for OPEC. Seems those guys are never happy or satisfied unless their checkbooks are as full as their oil tankers.

The B/L it seems is still greed translated to political power and who knows what else? That is their only motivator; not jobs and that is despite the political rhetoric we hear from our members of Congress as they seek office and seek to stay forever: Jobs and lower taxes.

I wonder, however, has any American Pol ever met anyone from OPEC – seems doubtful.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Super PACs and Big Money Weasels: "Corruptus Big Shotus"

Helping to Educate Young Americans


Update on the huge, really huge Super PACs, their money, who gives, and the end result: political corruption. And, yes, make no mistake about it: it is legalized corruption.

This fine report comes from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU  ... here in part with my spin:

My Question: Are you truly concerned about our system and who really controls it?

Ponder these two points as you answer consider the question:

1.  Across all federal elections since Citizens United was decided in 2010 (see analysis here), there has been more than $1 billion in Super PAC spending.

2.  A mere 195 individuals and their spouses gave almost 60 percent of that money — more than $600 million

So, do you still think we live in a true representative democratic system? Or that your $250,00 or $1,000.00 matters in the grand scheme?

You may want to check out this recent study put out by Princeton University, in part here:

As they say in the vernacular – this shit stinks. First, this short introduction from the piece:


Call it the path to power - what does it take to run America?

Here, Go Run for Congress
(then call me - we'll have lunch)

Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page asked the question: “Who really rules?” They argue that over the past few decades America's political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power.

Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of or even against the will of the majority of voters.

“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”

Boy, oh, boy do my two posts tie together. Quite by accident, too. I found the Princeton report right after I posted the Brennan Center above. Both are critical issues, I think. But, more importantly, what do you think and what are "we" prepared to do about it? 

Enjoy your research here and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

How Old is too Old for Office? Don't Ask GOP-Rightwingers

Mittens is Actually 7 Months Older than Hill (oops)
(both were born in 1947: Romney in March and Clinton in October)


Age - relative some say and so do I, so does the GOP have different rules or standards about age for women seeking office vs. men seeking the same office?

The short answer and Palin will love this: "You betcha'..." The story that caught my attention is posted here - a few highlights:

Conservative Ed Rogers in the Washington Post mocked Hillary Clinton for being stuck in a cultural “time warp” circa the “tie-dye” 1960’s.  More here:

  1. A recent Boston Globe article actually positioned Romney's age as a plus for the Republican: “Supporters have also noted that Romney would be 69 years old in 2016 – the same age as Ronald Reagan when he was sworn into his first term.” 
  1. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) compared Clinton to a cast member from “The Golden Girls.” 
  1. Rick Santorum called her “old.” 
  1. Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) claimed that Clinton “embodies that old, tired top-down approach from the government.” 
  1. Former FOX host Mike Huckabee wondered if the former secretary of state who traveled nearly one million miles while in office would have the stamina for a national campaign adding: “She's going to be at an age where it's going to be a challenge for her.” 
  1. FOX contributor Erick Erickson said, “Hillary Clinton is going to be old in 2016 and I don't know how far back they can pull her face.” 
  1. The GOP flurry and coverage Mitt Romney signaled that he's seriously considering running again (a third run), that the topic of his age has not been a hot one. 
  1. The top louse, Rush Limbaugh (as expected) on his website asked: “Do the American people want to observe the aging of this woman in office?”    
So, will age be the subject as a National Journal column last year by Charlie Cook said in part: “Hillary Clinton Too Old to Run?” In it, Cook wondered if Clinton was “physically up to the rigors of running and serving in office.” (Note: He did follow that up with a column about Vice President Joe Biden's age and his political future).

Last Example: Last year when it was announced that Chelsea Clinton was pregnant the issue quickly became a topic for political commentary with questions like “if Hillary Clinton's pending grandmother-hood represented bad political news for her.”

One grandchild and Hillary is cooked goose, um. BTW: Willard Mitt Romney has 22 grandchildren … as Rick Perry might say: Oops.

FYI summary: Thirty-nine million Americans (about 13 percent) are currently age 65 and older.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Look, Up in the Sky! It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Supermittens

Don't Take My Word for It 
(check the facts - oops)

Super Mittman


Theme song for his 2016 campaign:

“Faster than a speeding $4.5 million Lamborghini...
“More powerful than most multi-millionaires...
“Able to leap tall binders of money in a single bound.”

His recently-stated and proposed platform seen here – is a two-pronged effort: (1) Focus on the poor and (2) Foreign policy.

Further, economic stewardship would still lie at the core of this new/old Romney campaign, as it did in 2012, but he also would seek to turn some past weaknesses into strengths, like:

Having once been lampooned for his wealth and caught on video dismissing the 47 percent of voters on government assistance, he is now telling supporters he would run on an antipoverty platform.

While a trip abroad proved to be a low point of his 2012 campaign, he is now making the case that he is uniquely qualified on foreign affairs. (Rick Perry might interject a point about here: Oops).

The Romney message for Mr. and Mrs. Poor Memory America might read: You and the country made a mistake not electing me in 2012, so now I want to give you and the country a third shot at sending me to the White House.

FYI: I will be serving great meals along the way - this happens to be a Romney household fav “Homard Thermidor” (a rich creamy cheesy mixture of cooked lobster meat, egg yolks, and brandy or sherry, stuffed into a lobster shell, and mustard has been added to the sauce to add a little piquancy). Yes, it's a bit expensive even for a French dish, but what the heck, I can afford it, plus I speak French, too – having ducked Vietnam wartime service with more pressing service and duties in France

Now what was I saying about helping the poor – oh, yeah, those gosh awful poor 47%. Um, let me go back and review my notes and review the tale of the tape as it were. I'll have to get back to you and will ASAP.  

Whew boy.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

114th Congress (GOP-run House): Committees and Chairs

GOP-run House Chairmen Roll Call: Okay guys 
(And I do mean men and of course, the one woman)
Listen up

We couldn't make Obama a "one-term" president, so let's make his last two years in office as shitty and miserable as possible ... that's all - carry on. Now the Roll Call. Sound off when your name is called:

COMMITTEE CHAIRS STAYING ON THE JOB: 

  1. House Education and Workforce Committee: John Kline, MN
  2. Financial Services Committee: Jeb Hensarling, TX
  3. Veterans Affairs Committee: Jeff Miller, FL
  4. Appropriations: Hal Rogers, KY
  5. Energy and Commerce: Fred Upton, MI
  6. Foreign Affairs: Ed Royce, CA
  7. Homeland Security: Michael McCaul, TX
  8. Judiciary: Robert Goodlatte, VA
  9. Transportation and Infrastructure: Bill Shuster, PA
 NEW GOP COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

  1. Agriculture: Mike Conaway, TX
  2. Armed Services: Mac Thornberry, TX
  3. Budget: Tom Price, GA
  4. Ethics: Charlie Dent, PA
  5. Intelligence: Devin Nunes, CA
  6. Natural Resources: Rob Bishop, UT
  7. Oversight and Government Reform: Jason Chaffetz, UT
  8. Small Business: Steve Chabot, OH
  9. Ways and Means: Paul Ryan, WI
  10. Rules: Pete Sessions, CA
  11.  Science, Space, Technology: Lamar Smith, TX
  12.  House Admin: Candice S. Miller, MI (9 members: 6 GOP/3 DEM) 
Complete list of all House Committees: 

Friday, January 9, 2015

GOP v. 2.0.1.5. — Still Cold, Cruel, Callous, Cowardly, Crafty

Could Not Make Obama a "One-term" President, so Just Wreck the Country
(and just think McConnell is the "Leader" - Ouch)

Moving the Keystone XL Pipeline Extension Bill
(GOP Promise Made/Kept)

There is nothing in the world more important than keeping one's promise, except in politics. Watching this "new/old" GOP in power just a few days is reason to cringe. Two examples were stunts; albeit, promises make for sure, but for whom? Their first two bills passed (the votes can be seen here):

 H.R. 37: To repeal portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)/Obama-care, to reduce Federal Government spending. and reduce the salaries of Members of Congress, and for other purposes.

—  H.R. 30: Bill: Save American Workers Act of 2015  (don't you just love these heart-felt, fancy bill titles)? This was the first strike against Obama-care. Key parts reported on:

•  Under Obama-care, all employers with 50 or more full-time employees will be required to provide health coverage, and the GOP bill would change the law’s definition of “full time” from 30 to 40 hours per week.

•  Republicans say the change will lift the health law’s burden on businesses, which have lobbed heavily for the change. “Not only does it hurt employers faced with unexpected insurance costs, but it prevents them from creating new jobs and threatens them from maintaining their current workforce,” said Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, a member of the House GOP leadership.

•  •  Democrats point out that the GOP’s proposed change would:

1.  cost $53 billion, and
2.  force 1 million American workers to lose employer coverage and thus “back the future” of now coverage and just imagine they are not only losing the coverage, pay possibly, but imagine, too, they are low-income.

So, whom do you trust: (1) the GOP for forcing Obama promises to fail at every turn, while getting their promises enacted into law by forcing a veto (which ain't gonna happen) and just for political points and returning favors for $$$ that got them this majority rule, or (1)? The answer is self-evident.

Now over in the Senate with Mr. Peepers (Sen. Mitch McConnell), and what we face over the next at least two years (turmoil and more raw hatred served with nasty, ugly politics - fed up yet?):

WASHINGTON (AP) — In command and ready for a fight, defiant Republicans ignored two White House veto threats and advanced bills in Congress Thursday curbing President Obama's cherished health care overhaul and forcing construction on a proposed oil pipeline. The top House Democrat predicted her party would uphold both Obama vetoes.  

On the new Congress' third day of work, a Senate committee approved a measure dismantling Obama's ability to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which has become a flashpoint pitting the GOP's jobs agenda against Democrats' environmental concerns. The Senate planned to begin debate next week and passage there seemed likely, while the House was poised to approve its version Friday (Jan 9, 2015).

Across the Capitol, the House approved legislation narrowing the definition of full-time workers who must be offered employer-provided health care from those working 30 hours weekly to a 40-hour minimum. The vote was a mostly party-line 252-172 — short of the 290 needed, assuming all members voted, for the two-thirds majority required to override a veto.

On both bills, GOP leaders would face uphill fights mustering the two-thirds House and Senate majorities needed to override Obama vetoes. But both measures had some support from Democrats, and Republicans could use them to portray themselves as championing bipartisan legislation, only to be thwarted by Obama and his Democratic congressional allies

So, in summary: GOP to force vetoes to show the folks back home (GOP base) that: "See, we kept our promise..." but I ask: For whom and now what? Stay tuned – it will get worse and nastier – bet on  it.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Oklahoma Weasels: Not Mustela Frenata — The Political Ones

For Sure, Bad "Hoodie" and Illegal
(If worn during a crime)

Other "Hoodie" People
(Former MI Gov. Jennifer Granholm; Mark Zuckerberg; M. Ali; 
NFL Coach; Your Child)

This story headline is making the rounds, even with an international flavor seen here.

“Wearing a hoodie in public may become illegal in Oklahoma ... to prevent criminals from hiding their identity...”

Wow ... what the hell is it with folks from OK (science deniers like Sen. Jim Inhofe) — it must the water or air or something in their diets? This latest story just about takes the proverbial cake - intro:

Oklahoma residents fear that hooded sweatshirts may soon be illegal to wear in public. There is currently a law banning wearing hoods while committing crimes that's been around since the 1920s but an amendment proposed by Senator Don Barrington may make wearing them illegal in public altogether. Oklahomans who wear a hood in public may be forced to fork over a $500 fine.  

More crazy talk and natch from a GOPer in office nonetheless. Who would have ever thought that? (smile),

Latest Passenger added to GOP Congressional Clown Car: This short update about to be added the mix. Ladies and gentlemen meet the new chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee: Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). Um, OK: gas, oil, energy GOP senator who denies any kind of "man-made" environmental damage - add to receipt = disaster in the making.



Friday, January 2, 2015

Ten Days and Counting: We the People Running Out of Time

The Basic or Root Question

Not Pretty Outcome

Who Backs TPP / Who Does Not

The Reach of TPP


The headlines from here should alert you and hopefully motivate you into some sort of action – will it?

So, what does TPP stand for? For starters click here for a very good and short run down on the subject. Then read the piece by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) – extract:

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a disastrous trade agreement designed to protect the interests of the largest multi-national corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, the environment and the foundations of American democracy. It will also negatively impact some of the poorest people in the world.

The TPP is a treaty that has been written behind closed doors by the corporate world. Incredibly, while Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry and major media companies have full knowledge as to what is in this treaty, the American people and members of Congress do not. They have been locked out of the process. Further, all Americans, regardless of political ideology, should be opposed to the “fast track” process which would deny Congress the right to amend the treaty and represent their constituents’ interests. Not only oppose this fast track, but all others for one simple reason: it is undemocratic and does not allow for fair, open, and lively debate in Congress before and during the legislative process, plus it keeps the pubic in the dark – that is not what America is about, is it? Hardly!!!

The TPP follows in the footsteps of other unfettered “free” trade agreements like NAFTA, CAFTA, and the Permanent Normalized Trade Agreement with China (PNTR).  

Those treaties resulted in this short list of disappointments:

  • Forced American workers to compete against desperate and low-wage labor around the world.
  • Caused massive job losses in the United States.
  • Allowed tens of thousands of factories to shut down.
  • Allowed the corporately backed trade agreements to contribute to the race to the bottom.
  • A documented collapse of the American middle class.
  • An increase in the wealth and an income inequality.
  • This agreement, the TPP, is more of the same, but even worse.
And, then consider this very serious aspect of that agreement, if it becomes law, in nutshell: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The main problems are two-fold – story continues at the link – worth the time.  

Thanks for stopping by – this is a very critical issue – stay tuned.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Issues Gone: In 2015 the GOP Will Pay Back in Spades

Relief and Justice Under Law Here?  Don't Even Think About It 


The tough year of 2014 is in the history books. The mid-term is over. The GOP takes total control in Congress very shortly. Those nasty fights and issues all gone, right? Yeah, right. Hang on tight. It’s review time. A brand new order of fireworks and legislative bombs have been restocked in the GOP House and Senate arsenals. Info round up follows – enjoy. But fair warning: It ain't gonna be pretty. A few key topics in the article follow. Dig around other sources as I am sure you can find more down wind on the GOP’s rifle range that we’ll all have to contend with. As I said, it’s gonna be ugly and nasty (I hope I am wrong, but don’t think). Nevertheless, it may not be such a happy new year after all.

1.  Lies About Voter Fraud, Voter Suppression, and Attacks on Voting Rights (* just in time to influence 2016 - actually the GOP's plan all along)

2.  Right-Wing Media Will Push Repeal of Obama's Executive Action on Immigration (* and make the issue worse - bet on it

3.  Hobby Lobby Was Just The Beginning (* re: A woman's right to choose)  

4.  Will Media Better Cover Campaign Finance Deregulation in Advance of the 2016 Presidential Election? (* my first hunch: probably not - big money benefits big media, too)  

5.  Right-Wing Attempt to Gut the Affordable Care Act (Obama-care) Will Be Decided in 2015 (* this is the GOP's big enchilada)  

6.  Obama Administration's Nominees Will Face More Obstruction From the Republican-Controlled Senate (* cooperation: we don't need no stinkin' cooperation)  

7.  Supreme Court May Continue to Weaken Affirmative Action (* back to the future for sure - balls to the walls as it were - the key question: Why?) 

8.  "Tort Reform" Will Reappear in 2015: Assault on Access to Justice Will Continue (* this has been long-term GOP goal for years)

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2015 Hope List: See Gov't Cooperate, Work, and Produce

GOP Ready to Take Over and ??????????????

The Last 8 Years

What can we expect in 2015 and 2016 during the last two years under Mr. Obama with the GOP about to be in charge of Congress? My hunch: About as good as yours!!

The 114th Congress will be in session from January 3, 2015 to January 3, 2017 (stopping in 2016 for a White House you know what). The score sheet:

The House: Republicans (under Speaker Boehner) are projected to hold one of their largest majorities in the House of Representatives since 1928 (a margin of 246 to 189 seats).

Historical Note Insert: We all remember what happened between 1928-1929, right: The GOP controlled the 70th Congress and the White House was run (if that’s the right word) by “Silent” Calvin Coolidge (R). We all know how that turned out or when it all came “crashing” down all along Wall Street in late October 1929, right??? Oops.

The Senate: Republicans (Mitch McConnell majority "leader") will take over from the Democrats with a projected 54-44 (2 Indies) seat advantage. They will virtually control the entire agendas for both the country. Democrats will control the White House under President Obama as well as the nominations for Federal agencies and regulators and USSC justices (if needed).

A simple prediction: it is apt to be very nasty and extremely ugly.

The GOP in various forums has already pledged to block Mr. Obama anywhere, on anything, all the time. Starting with these: 
  1. Get rid of Obama-care (repeal the ACA), which will return us back to the future. They have to try and do that to get a "return on the investment" by big business investments in so many of them winning seats.
  2. Approve the XL pipeline ... let that damn thing flow and put us energy independent is their rally cry ... damn the outcome of spills, damage to waterways, land, or the air... profits are all that matter.
  3. Work on Taxes: we don't need no stinkin' taxes at least for the upper crust. Let the good times roll just like the 1920's ... what possibly would go wrong?
  4. Women's health care rights: Nope - no deal, no way!!
  5. Voting rights: Hell no!!
  6. Good programs like public education and public assistance: Double hell no, let the corporations run the schools and drug test the lazy bums!!
  7. Unions and labor rights:  Ha, you're joking, right? Bring back child labor and put those damn kids to work earning their own way.
  8. The Environment: Nope - as long as we can breath and the Koch brothers are happy, so what?
So, am I dreaming, hoping, wishing, or just worried sick? Probably a little bit of each. Why - aren't you?

Stay tuned and don't touch that dial. The GOP is taking control of your TV set, life, policy in general, or whatever ... do not make any attempts to adjust the screen — it's futile.  

Boy, I hope I am wrong. Happy New Year, regardless.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Scientists Reveal Antarctic Melting Status Update (not pretty)

West Antarctica Melting

Great scientific story here from Raw Story. My note is primarily for all climate deniers. Please pay close attention - you might learn a lot, even if that's possible. The story headlines

Rescued scientists bring back a terrifying warning from the Antarctic 

My view is simple and directed to all science deniers - across all lines:

They as we all know deny a lot about medicine, the climate, biology in general, most of nature, and just about anything dealing with the Universe and how things on planet Earth really work and evolved, and they do so void of proof except what they absorb from FOX and right wing Talk Radio – who deals in massive mis- and disinformation on a grand scale, proving once again that they are morons possessing less than a H/S diploma, if that, and did poorly in school science.

They appear to be mostly Republican/and Conservatives, or both who enjoy their cup of TEA.

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Enjoy the article, and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Prognosticator, Soothsayer, Crystal Ball Gazer, and Oracle

Former VP Richard Bruce Cheney


Some people can have the facts correct yet reach a totally wrong conclusion. Witness this Abe Lincoln anecdote. It fits right in with what many fact checkers have found after their close examination of Dark Dick Cheney’s views and statements on torture.

In this example, Mr. Lincoln was a young lawyer in Illinois. After pleading a case before a jury, he became convinced he was losing, even though the facts were clearly on his side.  While having lunch with the jury at the local saloon, which in those days was not uncommon, he told them this story:

A farmer back home was sitting on his front porch when suddenly his 6-year-old son came running from the barn yelling:  “Pa, pa, the hired hand is in the hayloft with Sis and he is pulling down his pants and she is is lifting up her dress. Pa, they are going to pee all over the hay.

Son, the father said: “You have the facts right but you have reached the wrong conclusion.”

The jury roared with laughter and later back in the court room, they ruled for Lincoln and he won his case.

To bad Mr. Cheney heard that one. Then again with his media blitz and all, it probably would be too late since his mind is already made up about most important things - damn the facts, full speed ahead with opinion and fallacy.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Rubio Bashes Obama on Cuba and Social Security/Medicare Made Us Weak

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) TEA Fav and Hypocrite



I'll post this reminder today to recap this man's hypocrisy ... he now bashes President Obama about discussions on having normal relations with Cuba.

But recall that back in 2011 in the a speech at the Reagan Center he also said: “Social Security and Medicare (Medicaid)” have weakened us a people that implies that if you are sick are in need, well … your neighbors will help just like in olden days. You know like when you “Visit a doctor, don’t have money, just give him a couple of chickens” .. remember that analogy from Sue Lowden, a U.S. senate candidate from Nevada? Yeah, that analogy.

I give you Marco Rubio ... oh, BTW: both programs are awful, except when they were there to help is sick and dying father in this MSNBC clip (The EDSHOW - about 16-minutes).

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy


If that does not work today, try here on C-Span (the entire speech and remarks).

Thought you'd like to know.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Most of FOX News: Disinformation and Deception 100%

How I See FOX

The Worse Troika on the Planet


I often prattle on (and logically I think) about how disgusting FOX is and how their every program makes my point. 

In short: FOX will do, say, pay, try, lie, or imply anything to discredit the government in anyway possible (except the GOP/Rightwing side). They keep reinforcing that pretext under the label of being “Fair & Balanced” or news and information we can trust, and sadly, they manage to broadcast it 24/7.

The most-recent case in point. I give you the wacky trio on FOX and Fiends, and please focus on the one in the center with this their latest antic ... here  and her approach to world events: 

Fox’s Hasselbeck Uses Sydney Siege to Defend CIA Torture Program