Wednesday, November 26, 2014

McCullough Charges Cop!

So... when a black cop hits a white person with a baton, he goes to jail. When a white cop hits a black kid with many bullets and kills him... well, you know the story.

St. Louis County Police Officer Charged « CBS St. Louis:

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Americans Don't Know How Good They Have it With Obama, Part 0.5

Apparently, our friends Up North have been watching the theater that is politics in America with something that can only be described as consternation. This article is from 2010:

The real problem with Americans and their disrespect for Obama—according to a Canadian - Quartz:

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Racism is Dead in America, Part Two Zillion

Charles Topher, writing for If You Only News .com spots a slight difference in the reactions to the photos of two different college graduates breastfeeding their infants while still in their caps and gowns. For some unfathomable reason, the reaction to one photo was filled with praise, while the reaction to the other was damning. See if you can guess what the difference was between the two women who were the subjects of these photos before you click on the link below.

College Moms’ Graduation Photos: A Tale Of Two Breasts (IMAGES) | If You Only News:

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Americans don’t know how good they have it with Obama

Time for a little perspective from one of our Friends Up North: Americans don’t know how good they have it with Obama:

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Friday, November 07, 2014

Do it for the Children

Paul Krugman, weighing in on the midterm election of 2014, had, in part, this to say: "But the biggest secret of the Republican triumph surely lies in the discovery that obstructionism bordering on sabotage is a winning political strategy. From Day 1 of the Obama administration, Mr. McConnell and his colleagues have done everything they could to undermine effective policy, in particular blocking every effort to do the obvious thing — boost infrastructure spending — in a time of low interest rates and high unemployment.

This was, it turned out, bad for America but good for Republicans. Most voters don’t know much about policy details, nor do they understand the legislative process. So all they saw was that the man in the White House wasn’t delivering prosperity — and they punished his party."

You should go read the entire article for yourself: Triumph of the Wrong - And you should have a talk with your kids, who probably sat out this election, who probably aren't up on the issues anyway, and who will reap the whirlwind of woe as the Republicans throttle the recovery even further, boost the cost of education, fan the flames of war, further cement their control over women's bodies, and funnel even more money into the pockets of the mega-wealthy. Forget about your Crazy Uncle Bob, the one who emails you all those ALL CAPS missives about the horrors of Obama; he's too far gone. But the kids? Maybe you can save them before it's too late.

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Saturday, October 04, 2014

Orlando cop investigated after body camera surfaces showing rough arrest

Orlando cop investigated after body camera surfaces showing rough arrest:

Is there still anybody out there who doesn't think that the cops beat the shit out of anyone who pisses them off? And that's when they don't shoot them.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Genocide, in Real Time

Infographic showing the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza, broken down into the categories of Civilians (further broken down into women and children), Members of armed groups, and "Unknown."

Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

This is a map of Gaza, already the most crowded place on the planet. Gazans have been ordered by Israel to move out of the pink-shaded "buffer zone" that includes almost half of Gaza. Note that this area will be without electricity, running water, and sewage treatment because the Israeli Defense Force bombed Gaza's only power plant.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Numbers to Ponder, Israel vs. Gaza Edtion

Well over 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the most recent "skirmish" in Gaza. More than seventy percent of those killed were civilians. With that in mind, here are some statistics:

Number of Israelis killed in traffic accidents in 2013: 303 (Source: Jerusalem Post)

Total number of Israelis killed by Hamas rocket attacks since 2001: 35 (Source: Mondoweiss)

Number of Palestinian homes demolished by Israel, 1967 - 2012: 28000 (Source: Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

IRS Scandal! Republican MegaWealthy Donors Frightened! Oh Noes!

Paul Waldman, writing in his column in The American Prospect, talks about the current state of Republican fundraising. He touches on the IRS "scandal," said to have had a "demonizing" effect on Republican donors. About the IRS "scandal," he has this to say:

The worst thing that happened was that some Tea Party groups that had applied for 501(c)(4) status—claiming, utterly falsely, that they were charitable, non-political organizations, I might add—had to wait longer than they should have to get approval on their applications. (And, I have to repeat, when you’re waiting for your approval, you’re permitted under the law to act as though you’ve gotten your approval. You can raise and spend money, which they did.)
That's right. A few groups, who were skirting the law, had to suffer the indignity of a meaningless delay. And for this, we've had... what is it, fourteen million hearings?

Republicans. They are very very very good at crying foul or, in soccer terms, flopping.

  The Continuing Agonies of the Super-Rich:

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Remember the Gang of Six?

I do remember that the crafting of the Affordable Care Act involved both Republicans and Democrats (although, as it turns out, at least some of the Republicans were only there to sabotage the thing) but I rarely remember the particulars. This seems like a good place to start. This article in The Washington Monthly discusses Mike Enzi's admission that he took part in the bipartisan committee only because he had a good chance of making the bill worse. Here's the link: The Washington Monthly:

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Yet Another Republican Uses a Racial Slur

So there's this guy in Maine, a Republican, who's running for local office. And he decided to say something about President Obama on his Facebook page. Again. This time, he said "Shoot the nigger." Sorry for those who are offended by words, but I'm not going to insert the asterisks that decency demands, because this man is anything but decent, and what he has to say is anything but decent.

This is what it has come to. We have a bi-racial man in the White House, and the Usual Suspects have gone nuts. But now they have the backing of the Republican News Network and it's OK to be openly and blatantly racist. Because, you know... Obama!

Obama is a Nazi. Obama is a Socialist. Obama is a Muslim. Obama is coming for your guns, is going to kill your grandmother, is going to take all your money and give it to his black friends.

Listen, I get that a very large percentage of the American population consists of idiots. Those are, in fact, the very people the Republican party depends on. That's sad, but it's life. It's the way the curve works. For every person smarter than average, there's a person who's dumber than average. But the primary difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans live to exploit the less intelligent, while the Democrats try to protect them from those who would exploit them.

But I digress. Back to that moron in Maine, the guy who thinks that the term "nigger" isn't a racial slur. Why is he mad at President Obama? Because he's worried that under the Affordable Healthcare Act, a.k.a. "Obamacare," his wife is going to lose her benefits. Never mind that this is exactly the opposite of what will happen Never mind that this is precisely the kind of thing that ACA.. excuse me, Obama care... was designed to prevent. The moron in Maine gets all of his information from the likes of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck and WorldNetDaily, and he doesn't have the wherewithal to check things out for himself.

There was a time when the media of this country -- television media, primarily -- would enlighten the public about things like this. But those days are long gone, dead at the hands of the cable news networks and talk radio and the Internet, dead at the hands of endlessly recycled chain mail purporting to "prove" that the President is a secret Kenyan Socialist Muslim who intends to round people up and put them in FEMA camps.

No, there's nothing I can do about this. I can write about it in a blog that no one will read. I can patiently correct friends and family when they parrot something they've heard on the Republican News Network, but that just doesn't do any good. I can, I suppose, console myself with the thought that this is nothing new. It was "yellow journalism" that created the Spanish-American war, banned Cannabis, and defeated Upton Sinclair in his run for Governor of California. These things have always been with us and probably always will be and, ultimately, will be our undoing. Humans have existed for a mere blink of an eye in the lifespan of this planet, far less time than any of the dinosaurs, and will probably fade from the planet in short order, leaving naught but our crumbling structures.

And who will be to blame when this ultimately happens?

Obama, of course!

 Sabattus man says ‘shoot’ posting wasn’t a threat against Obama, defends using racial slur — Lewiston-Auburn — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine:

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fox News, Explained

Your Daily Show Moment of Zen Truth

"I get that Fox opposes the Syria peace plan because its modus operandi is to foment dissent in the form of a relentless, irrational contrarianism to Barack Obama and all things Democratic to advance its ultimate objective of creating a deliberately misinformed body politic whose fear, anger, mistrust and discontent is the manna upon which it sustains its parasitic, succubus like existence, BUT... sorry, I blacked out for a second I was saying something?" 

 - Jon Stewart, The Daily Show, 9.10.13