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.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

In Office, Seeking Office, Moneyed Backers: Symbiosis Amok

Moneyed Backers and Oh, Yeah, these 5 (to 4) Supporters
(The Losers: The Public)

Two historical cases and yes, by the same 5-4:

The first case was Citizens United v. the FEC, which opened the flood gates for big money to flow:

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, (2010) is a U.S. constitutional law case dealing with the regulation of campaign spending by corporations. The United States Supreme Court held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations. The principles articulated by the Supreme Court in the case have also been extended to labor unions and other associations.

The second case was McCutheon v. the FEC, which in essence, tore down the gate and threw away the parts:  

McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, (2014) was a second landmark campaign finance case before the United States Supreme Court challenging Section 441 of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), which imposed a biennial aggregate limit on individual contributions to national party and federal candidate committees.

And here we are today. The proof as they say is in the pudding or in this case, in the fattest wallets and biggest checkbooks ever known to mankind. A great report by Open here with this headline: 
Cracking the Contribution Cap: One in a Million Americans
And here we are today – the proof as they say is in the pudding or in this case, in the fattest wallet and biggest checkbooks ever…

Thrust of this fine article: Of the 318 million people in the U.S., a whopping 310 donors have given more than the total $123,200 they were allowed to contribute to candidates, parties and PACs before the McCutcheon ruling, a new analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics shows. This gilded group of donors favors Republicans over Democrats by a two-to-one margin.

Continue at this link.

My footnotes for what it's worth:

Here is the database of those 300 donors who have been running wild ... and in the name of representative democracy, of course. If you honestly believe and support that, then may I offer you a bride in Brooklyn, and real cheap, too.

Here under column E ... we can see the amount the 300 gave post-McCutcheon. Also, did you know that very few Americans make political contributions at all, and less than 0.03 percent is the number of those who actually can an do give more than the allowed $2,600: the maximum an individual can give to a single candidate for each election.

Now, do you still believe that money is still speech, if so, I guess those like Sheldon Adelson, who gave $92 million in 2012 and a handful of others like him, have not only the fattest wallets but the biggest dictionaries to boot.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Memo to Far Right Who Blast Mainstream Media All the Time

I am still waiting for some on the right to apologize for their message that we hear 24/7 when they refer to the mainstream media as “lame stream” while they hawk themselves above all real honest-to-goodness media and news sources. People like Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly, Savage, Levin, Coulter, Ingraham, and host of other yappers and screechers we see and hear daily from the FOX hole. 

Their silence is deafening. The main steam media is precisely who real journalist like James Foley and Steven Stoloff worked for. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Saudi King Warning: ISIS is Coming to Town — Duck...!!!

How to Pick and Choose Friends, Allies, Potential Enemies

The Bottom Line is the Bottom Line 
(Friend of All: The Need for Oil)

 ISIS: Always Shows Masked Men With Flag
(With fleet of Toyota trucks and a body nearby)

First Update: In time of war and in combat, not being vigilant or being complacent are killers that every military man and woman knows. It is drilled in their heads 24/7. Complacency in combat can kill as sure as a bullet to the head.

I wonder therefore, and based on the Saudi King's recent warnings about ISIS and the threat to us, just how would ISIS come to our shores armed the way they are to do great harm? Would they arrive in their fleet of Toyota trucks; by ship; by plane; by submarine; or, by parachute? How about inside cargo containers shipped in from Mexico or off shore?

How would they bring all their firepower and flags with them to display as they parade down 5th Avenue
These are critical questions that I am pretty sure our security folks are asking themselves.

I want to be clear: Caution and being well-prepared to defend the homeland are essential these days. I am hopeful that all the places of entry into the U.S. are watched well and are protected from any ISIS thugs trying to enter with their gear.

At the same time, we cannot be overly cautious either. Unnecessary hype and fear are not good motivators.
Everyone does not need to dash for cover under their bed. 

Is the Saudi King over reacting, just guessing, or does he have intelligence that we do not? It would be nice to know. That is especially true given the Saudi record against terrorism themselves (recall that 15 of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudi citizens). Being well prepared is the most-important thing; but being scared out of our wits is entirely different.

Original Post from here: This headlines caught my eye and triggered this post: 

Saudi King Warns West Will Be Jihadists Next Target

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA (AFP) - King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the Jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is rapid action.

The King said in part: “If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month. Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East.” 

His remarks were part of his welcoming ceremony for new ambassadors, including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States.

Related Stories
The Saudis are excellent at playing everyone against everyone else. Why is that?  — Oh yeah. It's the O I L * O I L * O I L * O I L. Did I mention the oil? And, what exactly is their involvement in the fight in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, um?

The U.S.-Saudi relationship is very complex. There are no simple answers or solution for improvement while not harming that relationship. Some historical data is here from the Hoover press (about 92 pages) with this short summary (my editing):

“The United States should avoid superficially appealing policies toward Saudi Arabia that will redound to our disadvantage. In particular, Washington should suppress its natural tendency to believe that more democracy will make things better in foreign countries.”

This cartoon kinda points this all out: "We welcome the United States, but only up a certain point" (my editing):

Monday, August 25, 2014

From Sleight of Hand, Switcheroo & Flim-Flam to Enlightenment

Now Watch This 

GOP Stance on the ACA (Obama-care)
(Call it a Rick "Oops" Perry Moment)

Excellent rundown on the GOP's backpedaling, repealing efforts, kill it approach, defund it threat, just throw is away, eliminate it, or just simply ignore it (it will die on the vein) tactics about the new health care law (ACA) that they have called every name in the book including a “job killer” (about 9 minutes):

BTW, it all started with this train wreck. The GOP even said it was “Obama's fault. Blame him” for the disaster ahead. 

Credit: Mike Luckovich ... he nailed it!!!

Finally, these seven GOP disaster predictions about Obama-care that never happened. 

Sorry guys, nice try. Wanna try again or just stick with the oops.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

In Office Doing Nothing About Anything and Getting Paid

Congress Rated as Likable in Between Chavez and Castro - oops

We all love to hate Congress and rightly so. Consider Public Policy Polling (PPP), frequently uses Congress as a punching line. They released a poll in October 2013 that showed Congress was less popular than hemorrhoids, toenail fungus, dog poop, among other things. They had a job approval rating then of some 5%... today: about what: 8 or 9% — progress, right? Ha… 

What is a voter to do?  What is the state of politics in America today?

Who runs for office? We see or end up with a whole lot of slick, polished, well-funded (#1 polish), camera-ready, toothy, well-spoken and PR savvy types in and seeking office who won't or can't or are unable to lead on most critical issues but who are great at BS-ing about how they will “solve problems for the ‘American’ people, create jobs, and cut taxes.”  And, boy, don’t you just hate that phrase, “for the American people” every time we hear it on the House floor in those hot air speeches to an empty chamber. Issues that matter to the general public are in last place especially when they interfere with an incumbent’s chances for survival in office, unless you happen to have a fat check for them or can sponsor a million-dollar fund raiser for them in Vegas or aboard you yacht. 

At the end of the day, voters are often left with only two choices as they ponder how to exercise their cherished right to vote, which also assumes they even get the chance to invoke that right in view of all the voter suppression crap we have seen over the years

Those two choices are

Thus, the question is: Why do we, the people as they say, tolerate such a low standard?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FOX Gets It "Right" With Only One View, One Slant, One Spin

FOX News on Duty

FOX has a so-called “expert opinion maker” on one of their shows ... then they spin in their crap during the interview that ends up not being news at all – just more “misleading and misinforming, or worse passage of disinformation.” 

Yet, the loyal FOX viewers stay glued for more “fair and balance reporting” that in essence is really “unfair and unbalanced” crap passing as news and information (that is if you like one-sided reporting as it were). 

Let’s face it – it’s an old tried and true stunt approved by Roger Ailes and Uncle Ruppy in their sustained money-making PR tactic that is clever, slick, somewhat appealing, but fake, false, and one-sided as the #1 cheerleader for the Republican Party. That is unmistakably true.  

Case in point: Watch and listen to this short segment with FOX's Steve Douche bag and his nitwit panel. 

Enjoy if you can.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gov. Rick "Oops" Perry: Grand Jury Indicts for Abuse of Power

How many charges: Um ... one, two, oops!!!

From the AP here, posted in total. A very short article of this breaking news:

“Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted for abuse of power after carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors.”

“The Republican governor's accused of abusing his official powers by publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit at the Travis County District Attorney's office. He was indicted by an Austin grand jury Friday on felony counts of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Maximum punishment on the first charge is five to 99 years in prison. The second is two to 10 years.”

“Perry said he'd veto the funding if the district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, didn't resign.”

“Lehmberg had recently been convicted of drunken driving. When Lehmberg refused, Perry carried out his veto.”

Stay tuned – more to follow. So, will Texas “justice” prevail or will “real” justice prevail? We are about to find out.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

GOP Post-2012 Election Autopsy: They Still Have Not Learned

Extract from the RNC Self-Analysis Report
(Wonder if anyone of them read it)

GOPer Accuses DEMS of "War on Whites"
(FYI: I am white, asshole and resent your implication)

March 13, 2013: A reminder of that RNC post-2012 election loss, in part follows:

In what they called the most comprehensive post-election review ever made of an electoral loss, the Republican National Committee and a group of project co-chairs unveiled a report today saying that they need to open their playbook and put their cards on the table face up in order to win presidential elections in the future.

While unveiling the 100-page report at the National Press Club today, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said he wanted the report, or autopsy, to be “honest and raw.” He stressed the message of inclusion to Americans who might not be on board with all the party's policies.

Priebus then summarized that this way: “Our message was weak; our ground game was insufficient; we weren't inclusive; we were behind in both data and digital; our primary and debate process needed improvement. There's no one solution. There's a long list of them.”

Here is another reminder too (about 8-minutes) seen in this segment:

I say, it's all pretty funny in a sick pathetic sort of way. That RNC report gives no mention of any “DEM War on Whites.” It does not put forth a new call for the GOP to adopt a “War for Women” which is something they recently adopted as another PR sound bite.

It all sounds very PR savvy but also kind of like doublespeak, too. What do you think? Just another PR stunt or gimmick, or factual? Seems to me they are adding more straws to try and grab hold of before the midterms. Good luck with that one, Mr. and Mrs. Gee Old Poops.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GOP "SOP" (Standard Operating Procedure) = "Silly Old Poops"

GOP & Fox: One. DEMS: Zero (then) - (now) a Rick "Oops" Perry Moment 

GOP-run House Benghazi Report: I can't look...
(Obama not to blame or involved in hanky panky)

The Next Number Up Is "B" 14 - snooze. Bingo!!!

News headlines today and suddenly FOX goes dark ... why is that?

Fox News Quiet After Congressional Report Finds No Benghazi Scandal 

Just keep on praising FOX, Mr. and Mrs. Gee Old Pee. 

From the story:

FOX News has gone silent on Benghazi amid reports that the House Intelligence Committee concluded that there was no intentional wrongdoing in the Obama administration's response to the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on August 1 that the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee voted to declassify findings from its investigation into the 2012 attacks on U.S Diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, and “concluded that there was no deliberate wrongdoing by the Obama administration in the 2012 attack.” Further, these key points are important:

1.  “The intelligence community did not have specific tactical warning of an attack before it happened.”

2.  “The process used to create administration talking points was flawed but reflected the conflicting intelligence assessments in the days immediately following the crisis.”

3.  “There was no stand-down order given to American personnel.”

Why are those points important? FOX used them in carefully scripted, clinical point-by-point talking points for nearly 2 years. Refutation now is the operative word and FOX left the airwaves.

Further, FOX made no mention of the report on their Monday shows per se. That is in sharp contrast to its current silence, when House Speaker John Boehner announced the formation of a select committee to investigate Benghazi in June, Fox devoted at least 225 segments to the topic over just two weeks, an estimated publicity value of more than $124 million.

Fox's sudden lack of interest in congressional investigations into Benghazi comes less then one week after Rep. Trey Gowdy, GOP picked to head up a select committee, announced, in what Fox News billed as an “exclusive interview” that he would hold more public hearings on the attacks in September. 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Flip-Flopping Weasel Ready for 2016 Run: Marathon Paul Ryan

Oh, God, Another Flip-Flopper — Mercy, Please. I Can't Bear to Watch

Gearing Up for 2016

Simple answer the Vox question: "Why should anyone trust Paul Ryan's poverty plan?"

It believe that nobody should trust him or his poverty plan. It is painfully obvious that Ryan is jockeying for a run in 2016, minus Mitt Romney at the top of the ticket ... 

But, across the room, maybe, Mittens is working the circuit to make it look like he has the full support this time (3rd time) to win ...

So, stay tuned. The GOP flip-flopping has not even begun to warm up yet, but this is a quick start for Ryan.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Everyone Likes Polls Favorable to Your Agenda and Message

BTW: The GOP-run House and GOP-Filibustering Senate Has 7% JAR

Yet, GOP Thrives on This Sort of Stuff
(Chart Credit to great Mother Jones Illustrator: Steve Brodner )

GOP/TEA/Rightwing (mostly) conspiracy theories are a cottage industry and they have been since 2008. All of them are directed towards and against Mr. Obama. 

My question is: Is this the same country we hear all Republicans say they love and worship and serve with honor and dignity and integrity? Hardy seems so in view of the fact that most of them have never bothered to dispute the garbage we have seen and heard even today (as the chart above clearly points out).

Another example is that all GOPers (mostly men BTW) say there is no “War on Women,” yet we see this in this kind of thing in the Senate - bottom line: they can run but they can't hide:

They oppose the right of a woman to control her own body. They oppose giving women equal pay in the workplace. They oppose free and easy access to contraception for women. They oppose health care reform (Obama-care) which outlaws higher insurance premiums for women. They want to defund Planned Parenthood (which provided needed health care for poor women). And they want to slash social programs (where the majority of participants are single women with children).

That would be enough to convince any sane person that the Republicans are truly waging war on women. They consider them to be second-class citizens – undeserving of equality with white men. And just to drive that point home, 31 Republican senators (all white men) have voted against the “Violence Against Women Act” (VAWA). This move was so far over the line that all five Republican women in the Senate abandoned their own party and voted with the Democrats.

If there is a need for anyone to see a vivid picture of that Senate VAWA vote, then this chart meets that requirement:

Graph Provided by Think Progress

And, about the job approval ratings in DC … the chart above (from here) explains it all. The GOP silence in the background is deafening.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The People's House - Serve the Public - Sworn Duty: BÜLLSHÏT

150% Grade AAA Pure Bullshit
(Congress Serves Themselves)

Congressional Workdays Until Midterms in November
(How many days will you work at your job during the same time)

Rachel Maddow explains it best of all ... (about 10 minutes):

Guess what? Most of them will get reelected right Mr. and Mrs. Gee Old Poops?

You betcha'... velkom to the new Amerika.

Monday, July 28, 2014

GOP-Christian-Conservative-Family Values Sort of Weasel

Before I Was Saved and Saw the Light

Me Today: A New Man - Praise the Lord

Meet what Texans call a “real man” – South Texas businessman Chris Mapp, age 53. He told this editorial board (and much more at that link) that ranchers should be allowed to shoot on sight anyone illegally crossing the border on to their land. He referred to such people as “wetbacks.” He also called President Obama a “Socialist son of a bitch.”

Never heard of him… Well, he was one of 6 Republicans who challenged Sen. John Cornyn in the Texas Republican primary for the Senate seat.

In Texas they call that kind of a guy: “A real American.”

He is one with strong family and Christian values. He is an honest and open member of the GOP and proud member of Conservative wing.

His party is one of strong convictions. Why would the GOP not support this kind of person in his free speech rights, or even carrying forth what he wants to do?

Hallelujah. Praise the Lord.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

No Unarmed Kids in U. S. — With Bombs in Israel Okee Dokee

You're Too Young Right Now — So, Can I Have Your Virgins????

My Name: Said el Cooliman

More Kids, More Future Fighters - Our Duty
(Praise Allah)

Buried in a number of foreign media reports from Gaza are acknowledgments that amid the images of Palestinian civilians, Hamas terrorists are operating among the population.

Here are some examples:

1.  Globe and Mail correspondent in Gaza, Patrick Martin, wrote in his article from 20 July: The presence of militant fighters in Shejaia became clear Sunday afternoon when, under the cover of a humanitarian truce intended to allow both sides to remove the dead and wounded, several armed Palestinians scurried from the scene. Some bore their weapons openly, slung over their shoulder, but at least two, disguised as women, were seen walking off with weapons partly concealed under their robes. Another had his weapon wrapped in a baby blanket and held on his chest as if it were an infant.

2.  Canadian TV correspondent Janis Mackey Frayer tweeted the following on 20 July: Inside Shejaiyya we also saw several #Hamas gunmen. One passed dressed in a woman's headscarf, with the tip of a gun poked out from under cloak.

3. Washington Post correspondent William Booth reporting from Gaza, wrote in an article from 15 July:  At the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, crowds gathered to throw shoes and eggs at the Palestinian Authority’s health minister, who represents the crumbling “unity government” in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The minister was turned away before he reached the hospital, which has become a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices.

4.  Another report by Washington Post correspondents from 17 July recounts: During the lull, a group of men at a mosque in northern Gaza said they had returned to clean up the green glass from windows shattered in the previous day’s bombardment. But they could be seen moving small rockets into the mosque. 

5.  The Japanese daily Mai-Nichi correspondent in Gaza reported on 21 July: Hamas criticizes that “Israel massacres civilians.”  On the other hand, it tries to use evacuating civilians and journalists by stopping them and turning them into “human shields” counteracting thoroughly with its guerrilla tactics (extract translated into English from Japanese). 

This story is still not complete ... but the PR game (from all sides) is in full swing.  The B/L if there can ever be a bottom line: The U.S. must always stand by our Allies.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Drop It, Shït For Brains: Aw Crap, Never Mind — Oops

Rick "Oops" Perry: Gets the Drop on the Hombre Trying to Sneak into Texas

If the GOP thinks that guns everywhere, anytime, slung over your shoulder or strapped on your hip for any reason will somehow be the defining issue to sweep them into power, or that dismantling the Federal system while keeping minorities at bay (i.e., women, Asians, Latinos, African-Americans as well as a huge chunk of DEM-leaning voters with crazy-ass voter suppression laws), then they have another think coming – they are in a word: sadly mistaken.

Photos like that of Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) and other macho types are disgusting and the worst kind of pandering the lowest stupid common denominator about on any critical and important subject worthy of a presidential candidate from either side. Those gimmicks will not fly with the vast majority of the public ... perhaps with redneck goobers, sure, but not with the general public.

They insult the voters to think otherwise. Then add this equation – GOP re-branding:

George W. Bush ran as a “compassionate conservative.” Look how that all turned worked out.

As the Washington Post notes in this piece (paraphrased): “In 2012, the Republican field was the most-confrontational, unbending in recent memory. Mitt Romney said he was “severely conservative” and got caught mocking the “47 percent.” Rick Perry called the Federal Reserve “treasonous.” Rick Santorum said he was “for income inequality.” What a difference a disastrous election, two years and terrible polling make. If 2012 was a contest to be the toughest, the 2016 presidential Republican primary is likely to include a competition to appear the most compassionate - the most warm and fuzzy candidate as it were.”

However, knowing the GOP the way we do, well ... that won't last very long. The warm will become an iceberg, and the fuzzy will likely turn into barbed or razor wire. 

But, it will fun to watch their re-branding effort that is now taking center stage all across la-la land. Stay tuned.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The World is in Ugly Turmoil, but the GOP is in Worse Shape

The GOP Base Advocating 'Change'
(Agreed: Change is needed right now)

 While Acting Like Dirty Harry
(Minus the Empty Chair)

The so-called “Arab Spring” in Egypt and Libya and elsewhere; Iraq festering again; Afghanistan (U.S. still engaged there); mess in Syria; Ukraine-Russia turmoil; Yementhe renewed Israel-Hamas fighting; North Korea still in the wings; the Central American kids rushing here to avoid their own drug-infested-murderous countries; the back and forth with Iran; and, a few more hot spots, and all in recent years.

So – what can the U.S. possibly do? What do some people want the U.S. to so? From the GOP side of the equation, they are content just to blame President Obama and in every sound byte, appearance on Fox and Talk Radio, in Op-ed pieces, and even on the House and Senate floors they call him every name on the GOP dirty tricks handbook (written by Karl Rove, et al) like he is weak, ineffective, and not decisive – the worst president in history (which is totally false). That is their sole aim and has been since January 20, 2009 – a trail of facts, not just my opinion. 

This GOP will do, say, pay, try, lie, or imply anything to blame and bash Mr. Obama about any and everything no matter how trivial at every opportunity – all the while they say they serve the best for the country – Bull.

So, how much more can they blame Mr. Obama. This 12-minute segment from HARDBALL pretty much nails it - worth watching:

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