Friday, October 31, 2014

GOP Plan: Combat Ebola, Stop ISIS, Create Jobs, Cut Taxes

GOP 2016 Line-Up 
(Re: Change-Agents-in-Waiting)

Two-Step "Plan"
(and then some)

Extract from GOP Playbook: "Culprit Identification Course." 

Short title: "Harsh Message for America, 101."

Chapter 1, Page 1, Lesson 1 Introduction: 

"Ebola will be carried across the Mexican border by ISIS terrorists disguised as IRS agents who previously worked on TEA campaign finance exemptions in Ohio, while focusing on the leader who was born in Kenya where skills in forging Hawaiian birth certificates helped them later on help design death panels for Obama-care after they graduated from the advance course at the Boehner-McConnell school for government managers that also trained interns for the NSA and the CIA under the direct supervision of former student Edward Snowden." 

More here and here, and the most-damaging that the GOP hangs their collective hat on here.

As Rick Perry might say: Oops.

FLASH: This just in ... GOP's "fallback" plan if all else fails — test case here:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

McConnell "Leading" the Senate — Events Prior to that Rapture

Sample of His Goal-Setting "Leadership"

This event must occur first, then ...

This event must follow in short order to finalize his dream and ambition:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Weasel Doctor: Doctor A. Blowhard on FAUX Gnus

On Fox Calls for an "American Jihad" 

Across the country we see a Dr. Phil with his BS and useless one-sided personal advice, or a Dr. Oz, dispensing natural cure medicines (he knows are worthless), and now FOX gives us a Dr. Blowhard.  

•  Jihad: An Islamic term referring to a religious duty of Muslims. In Arabic, the word Jihād is a noun meaning to “struggle or resist.”

A person engaged in a Jihad is called a Mujahid, the plural of which is Mujahideen.

So, I suppose next on FAUX they will tell us how to behead our “enemy” or fellow non-believer in five easy slashes, and News Corp will even provide a fresh blade each time.

Call FOX today at1-800-jihader. What a country we live in, right?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Two Parties — Two Views — Two Paths to Voting Rights

The DEM Approach: Get Young Americans Engaged

The GOP Approach: Suppress as Many Voters (who vote Dem) as Possible 

The proof as they say, is in the pudding: Rubber, meet Road:

Since 2008, people of color become a growing share of the voting population while the GOP has, if anything, moved further to the right. It has further alienated voters of color with racist attacks and laws.  

But as the modern GOP says: “If you can’t beat ‘em, make sure they don’t vote.” 

Over the last four years, the Republicans have gone through elaborate attempts to make sure populations that don’t support them don’t get a chance to vote.  

Since 2006, Republicans have pushed through voter ID laws in 34 states. Such laws did not exist before 2006, when Indiana passed the first voter ID law. The laws were ostensibly aimed at preventing voter fraud, but a News 21 investigation finds only 2,068 instance of alleged fraud since 2000 (that is out of over 146 million voters). They estimate that there is one accusation of voter fraud for every 15 million voters.   

As Mother Jones notes, instances of voter fraud are more rare than UFO sightings. There have been only 13 instances of in-person voter fraud (the sorts that a voter ID law would reduce), while 47,000 people claim to have seen a UFO.  

On the other hand, research by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU finds that, “as many as 11 percent of eligible voters do not have government-issued photo ID.” Those who do not have ID are most likely to be “seniors, people of color, people with disabilities, low-income voters, and students” — i.e., people who vote Democratic (chart source). 

As Rick Perry might say: Oops ...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The GOP Dogs of War: New Line and New Breed of Attack

The Image the GOP Loves to Project and Talk About
(Patriotism, the flag, loyalty, country, apple pie, Mom, the 4th of July)

The GOP in Reality: Their Latest Attack Line
(Benghazi, IRS, Fast and Furious, Obama-care, et al)

(Cartoon Credit: Rob Tornoe, award-winning editorial cartoonist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, on NPR, and MSNBC among others).

With polls showing high anxiety about terrorism, Ebola, ISIS/ISIL, and national security over all growing among voters, GOP campaign officials have now launched a new barrage of attacks on Democrats accusing them of being weak on security issues like the border to prevent ISIS/ISIL from sneaking in while carrying, I guess car bombs, or injected with Ebola to attack our citizens at sleep in their homes like Sen. Graham (R-SC) warned the nation about recently (many links are here on his comments):

Sen. Graham said the Obama administration is “delusional” if they think they can battle the Islamic State “primarily through expanded air strikes and by training Syrians for ground combat.” Then he added:

“There’s no way in hell you can form an army on the ground to go into Syria to destroy ISIL without a substantial American component. This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed back here at home.”

Whew boy … talk about hyperbole. So, I wonder, will this line of GOP attack be effective and work to garnish the votes they seek on November 4th? We are about to find out, but I suspect and continue to have faith in the voters – I hope I am right.

Stay tuned and watch the election returns next month – I suspect it will be a barn burner.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Do Any GOPers Work, Have Low-Income, and Not Use SNAP

Pictured above is Maggie Barcellano, a food stamp (SNAP program) enrollee with her daughter, Zoe, in Austin, TX. She is emblematic of new data showing that working-age people now make up the majority of households that rely on food stamps, a shift from a few years ago when children and the elderly were the main recipients.

A few facts:

Many economists agree that food stamps trigger economic activity when poor people utilize their benefits, which more than makes up for the cost. Republicans, however, take the opposite approach; they believe tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires is what stimulates growth, all the while cutting programs that help the poorest in society.

When ranking what methods help the economy, economists say that food stamps rank among the top three, while tax cuts to the rich rank about 12th.

This from here: Working-age people are now the majority recipients of food stamps, replacing children and seniors as the traditional primary beneficiaries, a new analysis also shows Federal spending on food stamps has doubled since 2008.

This from Forbes with a super chart (Profile of a SNAP user) ... good data and worth remembering next month. 

Of course the GOP always says: “… more government waste, too much spending, lots of fraud, etc. etc.” The GOP eats it up (no pun intended) and is based on this, I guess: Food stamp program with this headline:   

“It’s Official: White Folks in RED States are the Biggest Food Stamp ‘Moochers’ in the Country!” 

Thought you'd like to know.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GOP to Voters: Duck — ISIS, Ebola, Obama-care in Your Face

"Cream of the Fear Mongering Crop"

Typical Voter this Cycle 
(the GOP hopes for)

Recommended New GOP Logo

With all the valid reasons not to reelect any GOPer incumbent, or any GOP candidate this cycle, the winds sadly are in their favor (if you trust the polls). The GOP fear and hate PR machine is heavily oiled (read: tons of fresh money) and the wind effect is at their (they think). They in essence not running on ideas or the future, but running full steam against Mr. Obama. They hope and pray that fear and hype and worry on the part of the voters will carry them across the finish line. But, it shouldn't ...

Lead-in clip here (about 5-minutes) - watch and see if you agree or not:

Next month's election will have a major surprise and message for us if it goes their way. It would be a sad message for the country, however, one that says: 

FEAR and HATE are still good GOP products on sale. Get 'em while their hot!!!

We have seen Benghazi (still out there for some like Rep. Issa); the IRS Ohio mess; votes to repeal Obama-care (over 50 failed votes); the Secret Service sex scandal(s) – you name it. Now we have ISIS (in your backyard and close) and Ebola on your door step to worry about as the GOP goes into deeper worry wart territory.

But, none of us are likely to get Ebola or know anyone who will. 

ISIS isn't massed and ready to pour across our borders, either.

If the GOP does take the Senate (which is possible, but not likely I think), we would get deeper gridlock (*if that's even possible). That is not my fear and alarm bell, either. It is based reality and the facts (gridlock and such) over the past 6 years.

You want fear: Just imagine Mitch McConnell (who made Obama a one-term president, right?) in charge of the Senate, right there along side Speaker Boehner in the “ever do anything” House. Ouch.

Selling fear is also good for the media, but surprise, surprise (said with Gomer Pyle accent), FOX’s Shep Smith went a little off-script (or the deep end some might say) when he said about Ebola: “Do not listen to the hysterical voices on the radio and the television, or read the fear-provoking words online (talking about Ebola). You have to remember, that there is politics in the mix.” Double ouch.

B/L (if there is a bottom to all this): The GOP is banking on fear and hype. If so, then the next two years would be a massive [fill in the blank] (*my choice is shit storm).  

Stay tuned and watch how you and your friends vote. Oops. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

RW Drumbeat: More War, Fear, Conspiracy, Blame Obama

Humorous, yes, and a lot of truth -- just ask the GOP/Rightwing
(on message since Jan 20, 2009)

Sadly, some so-called mainstream media is picking up the RW hype and nasty PR game and, yes, it is a game, cite: Ebola scare:

The New York Times' Michael Barbaro theorized Ebola – which, again, has killed a single person in the United States – could define the Obama presidency more than the Affordable Care Act, which has extended health coverage to more than 10 million people and is generally considered the most significant domestic legislative program in a generation, no matter whether you think that is a good or a bad thing.

Call that a WTF moment, shall we?

Then The Hill wrote: “The Ebola crisis in the United States has become an anchor threatening to sink the Obama presidency.”

And, no folks, Ebola is NOT Mr. Obama’s “Katrina” moment … not by a very, very, very long shot.

The latest hype is based on this kind of story, here in part: The American government did not find what it had been looking for at the war’s outset, then it failed to prepare its troops and medical corps for the aged weapons it did find. Their headlines are misleading and false and old and designed for current hype (and more anti-Obama crap):

WMD found in Iraq after all, Bush was right: Pentagon hid chemical weapons?

However, the basic article is from here (NY TIMES). 

Read and decide for yourself.

George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

High on the Hog War Types Somewhere Are Living Very Rich

The Untold Story 
(still a mystery)

Bush-appointed Special IG Arrives in Iraq (2004)

We Sent Billions back to Iraq

(gets his reward)

What the U.S. Got Back in Return
(look at Iraq today as proof)

The story and link to the article is adapted from the book: “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War” by James Risen, to be published Tuesday (October 14, 2014) by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

It is a great mystery for sure - a few notes are here from that NY Times article and from here and here.

WASHINGTON — Not long after American forces defeated the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein in 2003, caravans of trucks began to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington on a regular basis, unloading an unusual cargo — pallets of shrink-wrapped $100 bills. The cash, withdrawn from Iraqi government accounts held in the United States, was loaded onto Air Force C-17 transport planes bound for Baghdad, where the Bush administration hoped it would provide a quick financial infusion for Iraq’s new government and the country’s battered economy.

Over the next year and a half, $12 billion to $14 billion was sent to Iraq in the airlift, and an additional $5 billion was sent by electronic transfer. Exactly what happened to that money after it arrived in Baghdad became one of the many unanswered questions from the chaotic days of the American occupation, when billions were flowing into the country from the United States and corruption was rampant.

More from here, in part (my focus): Former Treasury Department officials also questioned the need for the flights. The Treasury had already sent $1.7 billion in cash from Iraqi government accounts in the United States to Baghdad in the first weeks after the invasion, and then had developed a new Iraqi currency that was introduced that October. They say the new currency ended the need for further cash infusions from the United States. “We did not know that Bremer was flying in all that cash,” said Ged Smith, who was the head of the Treasury Department team that worked on Iraq’s financial reconstruction after the invasion. “I can’t see a reason for it.”

This from that LA Times link (from their July 2010 reporting: Reporting from Baghdad — The Defense Department is unable to properly account for $8.7 billion out of $9.1 billion in Iraqi oil revenue entrusted to it between 2004 and 2007, according to a newly released audit that underscores a pattern of poor record-keeping during the war.

This remains a great mystery and I suppose for the obvious reasons: Seems a lot of people perhaps lined their pockets with a lot cash and still have it safely tucked under their mattresses or stored in their basements somewhere. Yet, who knows for sure and that is the point: Who knows and BTW who really cares? Really.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

More Indies in DC — Dem and GOP: Get in Line or Leave Town

The U.S. Senate Could Have These Four Indies in Place
(2 already there - 2 possible new ones after November)

I think more Indies in office would be great. And, possibly four in the Senate would be better. And a few in the House could help matters, too.

We need to shake things up. I've always advocated for a strong, viable third party - one for the mainstream middle of America, but not one owned by some billionaire or big business (gas, oil, energy, et al). The more Indies in office I think, the better for the country.  

I say this because having more Indies in office would, I think, force the two main parties to stay in step and in check, In this day and age, most in office now from the two main parties serve there with little or no regard for the welfare of the country. Look at them now - another big vacation right after a another long vacation as events at home and abroad go to hell in the proverbial hand basket.

Most incumbents are self-centered, self-serving, and only concerned about their own welfare, political survival, and where the next big fat PAC check is coming from. Some will disagree, but you know what: they have a record to prove me right, or should I say the have "the lack of a coherent record" to prove me correct.

In short, actions speak volumes about their attitude, so more Indies in office is great news and it has to be a breath of fresh (needed) air.

A short clip is here on this subject >>> FYI

B/L: We need a shakeup in our politics and we need it badly and the sooner the better. This time around this could be that much-needed turn around. I'm all for it.

Friday, October 10, 2014

A. I. G. (Ässhøles Idiøts Grëëdy) — No Other Label Fits

"To Big to Fail" eh? Ha - how about to arrogant to trust?

Jon Stewart "Daily Show/and quasi-AIG loan officer"

Before I get to the main post, here is a good look at how former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) explains this latest AIG flap. He is always very good at explaining a difficult subject – one hard to understand, and certainly this from the AIG suit is both hard and strange to understand. His piece is here (about 8 minutes).

The main post follows from here. With the news that AIG executive Hank Greenberg is suing the U.S. government over the massive bailout given to the insurance giant in 2008, Jon Stewart used the first segment of his Daily Show to chronicle the absurdities of such legal action.

The lawsuit alleges the government’s $184.6 billion bailout was an illegal “taking” of sorts, one that exceeded the government’s authority. Greenberg believes that bailout money, which bought 92% of the company, was an unfairly low valuation.

Even though Stewart pointed out that, at the time of the bailout, AIG was only valued at $15.4 billion, the CEO’s lawyer alleged that the government’s actions were tantamount to “extortion.” He then mocked saying: “As a general rule, your better extortionists, your better kidnappers  extract
money from their victim. You never hear this Stewart say: — "Hey, listen, if you ever want to see your precious little doggy again, you’re going to take the $184 billion and once you get the money, we will also give you your dog back!”

Stewart also noted that AIG seems to think Citigroup and Morgan Stanley got better deals out of the bailout, leading him to boil down the company’s argument to: “Wah! It’s not fair. Following the precedent set by the famous Supreme Court case I only got one cookie. My sister got two cookies!” The Daily Show host continued, “putting the screws to people in their lowest moments is what you do.”

Just to hammer home his point, Stewart played the role of a local loan officer, asked to evaluate Hank Greenberg’s desire for more than $184.6 billion in exchange for 90% of a company worth only $15 billion, as if it were a normal person asking for such money.

Stewart's final decision as the "loan officer:"  “Go f**k yourself.”

Stewart it great ... see and hear the segment below - it's a keeper. It is much better live than in print ... but I did enjoy posting it (huge smile included).

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sedition, Subversion, Fear, Hype, or Routine FOX "News"

FOX Headlines: Quick, Duck Under Your Bed
(then the truth)

 Fox's Brian Kilmeade calls for Generals to Walk off the Job

Major Update on Theme of FOX Bullshit Reporting: 

This update has this headline (and not from FOX, but about FOX) from Media Matters:

“DHS Debunks Right-Wing Fiction that ISIS Attempted to Cross the US-Mexico Border” 

Highlights include: 

1.  The Department of Homeland Security definitively debunked the persistent right-wing media conspiracy theory that Islamic State fighters have attempted to cross the US-Mexico border, saying the rumor is not supported by any “credible intelligence and knocking the claim that the terrorists have been apprehended at the border as “categorically false." 

2.  Then in September, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) made such claims followed by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) who claimed to have first-hand knowledge of the terrorists crossing the border.

It remains to be seen whether DHS's facts permeate the right-wing bubble. After hearing the DHS statement, Sean Hannity claimed on his radio program that the agency could not be trusted and suggested it may be lying.

THIS DHS UPDATE:  In remarks to the Center for Strategic & International Studies 
Statesmen's Forum on October 9th,  DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson explained that four men had been apprehended at the southern border in September and investigated for ties to terrorist organizations.

It was found out that they were self-declared members of the Kurdish Worker's Party, a group which has defended Kurdish territory in Iraq against incursions from the Islamic State. Johnson said that the men had been arrested for unlawful entry, detained, and would be deported.

They were NOT ISIS/ISIL in any fashion, yet we expect FOX to not give up with  scaring the crap out of the country while trying to make political points for the GOP ... call is a sham and horrible shame. Just freedom of the press, right: Ha ... BS.

Original Story Begins From Here: Let's be clear about this thorny subject: Where is the (any) line between hate speech and free speech; seditious speech vs. free speech; subversive speech vs. freedom of the press, etc., shall we – honestly be honest. 

In law, sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization that is deemed by the legal authority to tend toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent (or resistance) to lawful authority. Sedition may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws. Seditious words in writing are seditious libel. A seditionist is one who engages in or promotes the interests of sedition.

Typically, sedition is considered a subversive act, and the overt acts that may be prosecuted under sedition laws vary from one legal code to another. Where the history of these legal codes has been traced, there is also a record of the change in the definition of the elements constituting sedition at certain points in history. 

Kilmeade, co-host of the FOX and FRIENDS show, said this in part here

“Why Didn’t Obama’s (Military) Advisors Put Their Stars Down and Walk Out?”

Is this just a simple matter of free speech on Kilmeade’s part? Does he have the right to call for General Officers to walk off the job? Give me a break. This is serious stuff, folks. It both undermines the nature and fabric of the country and it is raw and subversive in fact.

If it were one case, or a one time deal, or just this incident, I'd say, okay give them a pass. That might be in order ... but FOX does this daily, and it's not in order by any sense. How can anyone profess to say they love and support the country and then make statements like this one or like FOX “hosts” do daily ... what is in play here? It's not news; not even news worthy. It's neither fair nor balanced either as they claim.

Now I will get blasted for this I am sure by those who profess their right of free speech and I agree and I am expressing my right, too - however, I do not and will not (ever) call for military officers to throw down their ranks and walk off the job - first of all they cannot by law. But, the mere fact of FOX allows this to flow over the airwaves implies to me that they don't care about military discipline or law and order - not one bit. And, yes that is subversive by any standard.

Jump in if you like. Comments are always welcome. But, for anyone to try and defend Kilmeade and FOX, falls short in the rational or logical departments in my view. It is more than free speech/or press. FOX not only crosses that line daily, but they work hard to erase the line while advocating it as their “right and freedom.” How ironic is that? FOX tears at the fabric of the country and then have the unmitigated gall to cite our freedoms as the reason they lie and rant and spin and spread fear and hype.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

You Want Crazy, Insane, Nuts — Here: Ms. Certifiable Herself

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

Have you ever really wondered what is wrong with the GOP? Really wondered in depth.

Perhaps this short clip (1:26 minutes) helps provide the answer to the question.

There is so much BS in this clip – well, I leave it with you to see for yourself. Enjoy.

Monday, October 6, 2014

GOP "War on Women" With Focus on Texas Health Care Clinics

1st RNC Chairman - Probably Ancestor of Reince Priebus
(no, not the Toyota car wash)

Yeah, this Reince Priebus

I clearly heard Mr. Priebus say that closing 13 of 20 health care clinics for women in Texas was compassionate and that the GOP just wanted to stop “taxpayers from paying for abortions and it must stop.”

Errr ... excuse me, Mr. Priebus:  Abortions via taxpayer's money has been illegal in the U.S. since the [Henry] Hyde Amendment was passed in Congress back in 1976, and it’s still law.  

The only exceptions to that law are: (1) in cases of rape, incest, or when a pregnant woman's life is endangered, and (2) then Medicaid can be used as in the case of a low-income/no income woman who needs the procedure.


Priebus in his own words - listen carefully ...

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Danger to Our National Sanity: Boogle of Worried Weasels

GOP Senate Majority "Hopeful" and Current Weeper of the Louse
(Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)

Just in Time for Election Day

I've given this some serious thought (no, really I have), and I've reached this conclusion: the GOP is out to win at all costs, at least my spin (grin). But, the subject is serious nevertheless.

The current pack of GOPers in Congress are first rate worry warts. They work hard for political points, as they are driven mostly by slick FOX and RW Talk Radio marketing. Cite some of their latest tactics:  

(1) Duck! ISIS is coming to your hometown across the TX-MEX border, (2) hide under your bed, don't come out (ever), Ebola is on way to our shores as designer human bombs, or (3) if we don’t get re-engaged in Iraq and engaged in Syria, then they’ll come here and kill us all. (/s/ Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Wow - so, what exactly do they want? Oh, I see, for you to vote GOP and give them the majority reins, and then they will solve everything. Well, alrighty then. Um, related to that desire, a few words to live by:

“…we know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand [me]...”  ― George Orwell1984

Have you ever wondered why Republicans are so interested in encouraging people to volunteer in their communities? It’s because volunteers work for no pay. Republicans have been trying to get people to work for no pay for a long time. ” ― George Carlin

One of my favorites ... what do you think?

“Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home -- but not for housing. They are strong for labor - but they are stronger for restricting labor's rights. They favor minimum wage -- the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all -- but they won't spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine -- for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing -- but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing -- so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.” ― Harry S Truman

I would add this to that: “... they claim to respect women – (but) as long as they can control them in order to keep their thinking, influence, power, and decision-making to an absolute minimum and preferably out of sight.”

And, don't even get me started on voting rights and the current move to suppress the vote (yes, this is a very real issue).

Check things out for yourself, if you dare!!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Murdoch is Sick for Attacking One-day Old Baby in Headlines

People Should Blast Rupert Murdoch for This 
Just Freedom of the Press - Ha ...
(Attacking a one-day old baby with that is neither free nor press)

I find zero humor in that headline, none whatsoever. “Another Liberal Crybaby” in no way is either funny from a political jab at an adult DEM (who may be liberal) or to any newborn baby.

Freedom of the Press many will say; yes, it is, but it’s also nasty, ugly, lowdown, and distasteful by any standard, let alone by what is stated about the POST: “... widely considered to be the golden standard of journalistic ethics, writing, and sophistication.” I have two words about that: Horse and Shït.

Just reading that headline gives me and I’m sure others, too, more reasons to despise some aspects of the media. This headline reeks right along side most FOX “reporting,” which Murdoch also owns.

For me it’s quite simply another valid reason and example as I said to loathe certain segments of the media. Mr. Murdoch has only two goals that I perceive: (1) to gain as much power and money as possible, and (2) to subvert America for his own good along the way.

Just expressing my freedom of speech, Mr. Murdoch.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

CEO Bailout & Salaies Vis-à-Vis Average Worker Under Them

CEO Salaries and Bennies: A Reflection of Greed at Taxpayer Expense
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty)

CEO's Surrounded by All That Green
(and it ain't grass either)

What Do Workers Think Their CEO Earns
(ha.... think again)

Major Update on the following topic — segment from MSNBC (Chris Matthews/HARDBALL) (about 7 minutes) (click here).

Original Post:  I was not greatly opposed to the initial TARP and then TARP II or the Bailouts that followed in light of and on top of near total economic meltdown of the country, but I had serious doubts nevertheless. A short review or preface relating to this story is warranted and is taken from my reading and recollection:

Q: How did we get here? Panic arrived via Treasury Secy Hank Paulson and Wall Street to President Bush and then to Congress with these words: “We need a stimulus to stop a NEAR TOTAL MELTDOWN (stated in September 2008).” His proposed bill went from 3 pages to over 400 pages, and from over $700 billion to over $800 billion as the Senate upped their part of the ante based on: 

The failure and collapse of Bear-Stearns; Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac; Lehman Bros; AIG; Merrill Lynch; Washington Mutual; Wachovia, then AUTO bailouts and failures and near failures all over Wall Street, plus closures of over 100 banks. Whew!!!

Where did all that come from? In part, the housing bubble scandal – then foreclosures – aided by CEO salaries – off-shore hideouts for billions, and now: job losses - debt and deficit spending to new records, more and more foreign borrowing (mostly from China). It has stopped somewhat, but job growth remain unstable – slow but not as fast as people need – things are and remain quite volatile, unstable, and uncertain and that has bred the anger and the steps taken (not for them per se, but that one side of the political aisle says IT’S NOT WORKING. A second whew!!!

However, not merely loans backed by Freddie and Fannie caused the problems ... more like those banks and mortgage companies and others who cleverly bundled them, passed them along after they made huge profits – and that kept that chain alive ... or pyramid if you like.

Those in government and those who were supposed to be watching (SEC, oversight committees, et al) forgot to consider or even include a strong anti-greed clause the rules for what was going on – and underneath it all, a lot was going on – an earthquake followed by a huge Tsunami was forming. That is what we face today: all the debris that came down around us is now being washed out to a huge red sea (red as in red ink) and it’s taking a lot of folks with it.

All that was lacking in this mess was people jumping out of Wall Street windows. They had no safety net in 1929 – but, they do today: the American taxpayer, who takes it in the shorts again. 

How is all that related to the story linked above that has this headline:

Report: Treasury approved "excessive" pay at bailed-out firms

From the story, in part, verbatim:

The Treasury Department approved “excessive compensation” for top corporate executives while their companies were still on the hook for the taxpayer-funded bailout, the bailout’s official watchdog SIGTARP said Wednesday, going against the pay limits that the White House had previously set.

Under the bailout legislation that Congress passed during the financial crisis, firms that received taxpayer-funded bailout money were subject to certain limits on executive compensation. In early 2009, the White House took additional steps to restrict executive pay for bailed-out firms, limiting executive pay to $500,000. Treasury went too far in making exceptions to those new rules for top-earning employees at General Motors and Ally Financial, the bailout’s Special Inspector General concluded in a new report

President Obama originally announced the executive pay restrictions with great fanfare, vowing to prevent “executives being rewarded for failure.” At the time, the Treasury Department said that compensation in the form of stocks couldn’t be paid out until after the company had repaid the government for the bailout money.  

However, it was up to Treasury to enforce the rules, and TARP’s watchdog says that officials were too lenient in making exceptions to the rules at GM and Ally. 

So, here we are today: Allowing or at least accepting the fact that CEO's who caused this mess to once again get back on the proverbial gravy train, or it seems to buy and hold the majority of stock in that train.  

A lot of folks worried about this – now those fears are right in our face. I am sure more will come out on this. Stay tuned.

Monday, September 22, 2014

More Nasty FOX Hørsëshït Designed to Subvert America

Fox News "Outnumbered" Show host Harris Faulkner

I'll keep this simple ... FOX needs to get this sickness off the public airwaves. 

Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch
(Possibly the worst two men in the country)

My question is just as simple: Is there any lower depth that FOX won't stoop to bash, insult, or blast Mr. Obama while trying to keep the Benghazi mess alive to benefit GOP for political points and not much else?  

The latest from this story (video included)

“What does Omar Gonzalez, the 42-year-old former Army specialist who jumped the White House fence and made it inside with a small pocket knife in his pants last week, have to do with Benghazi?  FOX News “Outnumbered" show host Harris Faulkner will tell you.”  

This latest is pretty disgusting .... therefore, I propose a massive campaign to write letters, send faxes, emails, or telephone calls to Mr. Murdoch and Mr. Ailes and to tell them point blank:
  “Stop trying to subvert America.”

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Where Are the Great Leaders Today Like Those in the Past

Teddy to LBJ

These were great American leaders with visions about the future and good for the country, and they all had mostly good results:

•  Teddy gave us a “Square Deal.”

•  FDR offered a “New Deal.”

•  Truman had a “Fair Deal.”

•  JFK saw a “New Frontier.”

•  LBJ worked for a “Great Society.”

The GOP changed course dramatically under House Speaker Gingrich, et al during the Clinton era with their harsh resistance, rhetoric, and tone while offering “No Deal.”

The present day GOP is petty, callous, cruel, and sustains a hard-line partisan stance with a “Raw Deal.”

We never heard about government shutdowns, stopping progress, secession of states from the Union, and going to war so easily as we see and hear today. The anxious beat of drums about going to war again in the Middle East is very disturbing.

This letter, written by a Retired Navy Officer, is a must read.

Now today, we also see and hear more raw politics backed by massive amounts of money from a handful of millionaires and billionaires trying to buy and own the country. The GOP projections for our future is based their desire to win anyway possible and control the entire Congress and then the White House starting with the November midterm elections and then after the 2016 presidential race. 

Their motto if that were to happen and based on recent activities by the Grand Old Party would be: 
“Our Deal or No Deal”

Friday, September 19, 2014

Jindal Louisiana Weasel — The Worst in the Bayou State

Rebuttal to Obama's SOTU Speech in 2009

Gov. Jindal Sues Obama Over Common Core State Standards

Gov. Piyush “Bobby” (only his reel name) Jindal (R-LA) is suing President Obama over Common Core Education Standards — standards he was for until now, and now well… that appears to be political gain and not much else – certainly not on rational or sound principle.

A few specifics from the story: 

“Although the federal government had no official role in developing the standards, the Obama administration has supported them, giving $360 million to groups of states that are writing new Common Core tests.

“Obama’s education department also used Race to the Top, its $4.3 billion competitive grant program, as an inducement, saying that states adopting “college- and career-ready” standards had a better chance of winning federal dollars under the program. Most states understood that phrase to mean Common Core.

“When Louisiana applied multiple times for a grant under Obama’s Race to the Top program, Jindal never mentioned overreach, illegality or coercion. His state superintendent of education at the time wrote to the U.S. Department of Education saying in part: … we proudly submit this application to Race to the Top because Louisiana’s children can’t wait.

Louisiana won on the third try in 2011, when it received a $17.4 million grant. The state also sought and received a waiver from No Child Left Behind after meeting the Obama administration’s requirements.”

Jindal’s argument falls flat on its face just like often does as he competes to overshadow the President (while he seeks the fame to launch him to the presidency).

Jindal is such a flaming a-hole. I hate to be so graphic, but he is … he is a typical GOPer seeking another way to insult and bash Mr. Obama anyway possible. As for me, I’m sick and tired of it, and on this topic that is underscored.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Trio on FOX and Fiends: Worst Weasels in the Morning

Their latest — it is truly amazing how this crew, on air or off air, manages to keep tying crap together that is totally unrelated to anything and all for political gain. So, I wonder: is what they say on the air what the top brass at FOX instruct them to say on the air? That is to "... tie crap together for whatever effect or affect we can achieve for the sake of the GOP in order to bash the Obama team and make the GOP look good in every broadcast all the time." (Or something as cynical as that - just my hunch). (Title of this post is not a typo, either - my view).

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Manages to Connect NFL Domestic Violence Scandal to Benghazi

FOX and a few in Congress (led by Rep. Issa the GOP's lead witch hunter) seem obsessed about or possessed by the demons from Benghazi. The record is clear on that. This makes that even clearer -- read it and judge for yourself click for a good run down.

And for goodness sake, turn FOX off ... helps keep your sanity.

Monday, September 15, 2014

WTF (What the FOX) Moment: Clear Goal Undermine America

To me this is more than a FOX “wardrobe malfunction” or some Tekkie glitch ... it is intended to further insult, defame, and belittle the Obama TEAM ... check the link – decide for yourself.

FOX should be ashamed, but they clearly are not – they love their tactics – “fair and balanced” my aching ass – how about “unfair and unbalanced?”

... I stick by my contention that the FOX goal is to undermine America one broadcast at a time to try and get the kind of country they want on their terms: A Fox Nation (no pun intended).

How are they doing that? Watch any broadcast to see (24/7).  Anyway, for today ... 


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Quick: Flush FOX as Needed — It's a Long Way to the Cesspool

Not Hard to Dispute This

I have worked on this for some time ... see what you think:

Historically in U.S. law, (1) “the bad tendency principle” was a test used that permitted restriction of freedom of speech by government if it is believed that a form of speech has a sole tendency to incite or cause illegal activity.  

It was formulated in Patterson v. Colorado in 1907. However, it was seemingly overturned with the (2) “clear and present danger principle” used in the landmark case Schenck v. United States in 1919, as introduced and stated by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr..

Then eight months after that in Abrams v. United States in 1919, the Court again used the bad tendency test to uphold the conviction of a Russian immigrant who published and distributed leaflets calling for a general strike and otherwise advocated revolutionary, anarchist, and socialist views. Holmes dissented in Abrams explaining how the clear and present danger test should be employed to overturn Abrams' conviction.

The arrival of the bad tendency test resulted in a string of politically incorrect rulings such as Whitney v. California in 1927, where a woman was convicted simply because of her association with the Communist Party. The court ruled unanimously that although she had not committed any crimes, her relationship with the Communists represented a bad tendency and thus was unprotected. The “bad tendency” test was finally overturned in Brandenburg v. Ohio in 1969, and was replaced by the (3) “imminent lawless action” test or standard.

Imminent lawless action is the current standard used by the USSC that was established by them in the Brandenburg v. Ohio case in 1969. It defines the limits of freedom of speech.

Brandenburg clarified what constituted a clear and present danger(the standard established by Schenck but then overruled in Whitney, which had held that speech that merely advocated violence could be made illegal.

Under the imminent lawless action test, speech is not protected by the First Amendment if the speaker intends to incite a violation of the law that is both imminent and likely. While the precise meaning of “imminent” may be ambiguous in some cases, the court provided later clarification in Hess v. Indiana in 1973.

Somewhere in all this lies the solution to the FOX problem as I see it. FOX has for a very long time in all their broadcasts work against the country - i.e., they undermine the basic fabric of country. I’m not a lawyer, but boy, it makes perfect sense to me that FOX with those apparent goals are in most cases truly “designed and laced with (1) bad tendencies that pose a (2) clear and present danger that is (3) imminent.” 

There I combined all three into one… How’s that? (smile).

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Weasels Rally With Dark Dick Cheney as War Drums Thunder

He's baaaaaaaaaaaaack ... duck! What duck????

Just as war chants erupt in DC, guess who pops back up like a whack-a-mole?  Yep – old DARK DICK himself.

With war in Iraq (and other places perhaps) suddenly back in style, Richard Bruce Cheney met with House Republicans to basically bash President Obama and his foreign policy and to stump for more defense spending, just as the President prepares his statement to public (Wed night, Sep 10, 2014 - which ironically is one day short of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in NYC, on the Pentagon, and the ill-aimed flight that crashed in Shanksville, PA (when passengers overtook the hijackers and saved perhaps the White House as their 4th target). 

Cheney’s visit marked a sort of coming out party for Republican hawks, who polls show are rapidly gaining support among GOP voters after years in which the non-interventionists, led by Cheney’s nemesis, Rand Paul, had the momentum.

How was his visit, you wonder? “It was a great message – and something we needed to hear and hopefully it sticks with a lot of my colleagues who kind of had this creep towards isolationism,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). “Hopefully this is an awakening that we have to be very strong and very serious.”

Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) told The Daily Beast that Cheney accused Obama of “facilitating the Muslim Brotherhood,” the Islamic movement that won elections in Egypt only to be deposed by the military.

CNN reports that Cheney dinged Mr. Obama for not demanding the U.S. leave a residual force behind while negotiating a withdrawal with the Iraqi government (this is laughable since Bush-Cheney made that deal with Iraq – basically no SOFA agreement for U.S. Forces to be left behind – thus Mr. Obama followed their timeline).  

In a word: Mr. Cheney is one sick old bastard whose time has long passed, so please go back to WY and just STFU. Please, for the sake of our national sanity, just get out of our collective face.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Greed vs. Country; Money vs. Freedom; Profits vs. Patriotism

Don't Let the Door Hit You in the Ass on the Way Out ...

Bye, Bye American Pie
(Hello More Profits and Less Taxes)

Okay, Old Slogan - Still Applicable 
(Just call me old-fashioned)

I'll make short and to the point: More and more Americans (either by birth or naturalization) are giving up their citizenship for one basic reason it seems (re: this article and this one): Various reasons: hate American taxes and the IRS making them pay their fair share, or just want to return to their native land, whatever.

... FYI: That number of Americans giving up their citizenship surged to 3,000 in 2013, which is three times more than the previous year (refer to chart), and lists of names are here and here.

I say “boo freaking hoo” and further: Good riddance to bad rubbish ... if your money means more than your freedom under Old Glory, then bye-bye.