Friday, April 29, 2011

Lawrence O'Donnell Kicks Orly Taitz Off His Show



This woman breaks the scale when it comes to the measure of nutjobs.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Obama releases birth certificate, birthers claim it's a deeper conspiracy

Yep, logic, common sense and reason shall not stand:


UPDATE:



Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kentucky underwater, Beshear declares state of emergency.

Well it's been a couple of crazy days of weather, with 2 confirmed tornados touching down in Lexington on Friday and massive amounts of rain.  Gov. Beshear has declared a state of emergency.

A guy I know shot this on Friday, this is coming north on Tate's Creek.

Lexington is now at record levels of rainfall according to the The National Weather Service:

"Lexington has seen a record amount of rainfall for April, the National Weather Service said Sunday.
The rainiest April on record in Lexington before this year was in 1970, with 9.3 inches. April 2011 has had 10.15 inches, with more coming in the next few days. The rainiest month on record was January 1950, with 16.65 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Louisville."

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Billionaires Tea Party


The Billionaires' Tea Party from (astro)turf wars on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A few words on the state we're in with 3 wars/conflicts raging

This isn't going to be a perfect solution but in any regard here it goes:


We're tied up in Iraq and we're in a stupid stalemate in Afghanistan with no clear mission or exit strategy.  It's because of the ability of the executive to so easily with or without public support to wage these wars that there is a strong case to weaken and divide central control over our military. In the past 70 years our military has evolved from a tool that was meant to protect the American public from threats into an arm of corporate and private power.  It was so in the past but it's multiplied and instead of concealment it's become flagrant display of imperial prowess:


“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”

-Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler


The founding fathers, who I believe were right about certain things and wrong about others knew a long time ago what the consequences of a hawkish foreign policy and a standing army were.

“A standing army is one of the greatest mischief that can possibly happen”


-James Madison


“Keep within the requisite limits a standing military force, always remembering that an armed and trained militia is the firmest bulwark of republics - that without standing armies their liberty can never be in danger, nor with large ones safe”


-James Madison


“Standing armies are inconsistent with [a people's] freedom and subversive of their quiet.”


-Thomas Jefferson


“The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.”


-Thomas Jefferson


“There shall be no standing army but in time of actual war.”


-Thomas Jefferson


“What, sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty.” (August 17, 1789).


-Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts


“As the greatest danger to liberty is from large standing armies, it is best to prevent them by an effectual provision for a good militia.” (1787 Federal Convention).


-James Madison

 However after the Second World War a permanent standing military force was beyond debate.  I love the documentary Why We Fight, in the first scene Eisenhower warns of the political/economic power of a permanent arms industry or also known as the Military Industrial Complex.  A sector of the economy that gets rich when we go to war.



We can dress the war in Iraq up as much as we want, but the war was about access to resources (oil of course) and nothing else.  If it had been about nuclear weapons/weapons of mass destruction we would have invaded North Korea instead.

But to sell the invasion of Iraq to the surprisingly skeptical American public in 2003 we had to make it a moral issue about freedom and democracy, about what an SOB Saddam Hussein was.  This is simple a laughable argument as we trade and engage with dictators who are SOB's all the time, the question is, are they "our" SOB?  Adams warned about waging wars based on moral causes...


 “[America] goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will commend the general cause by the countenance of her voice, and the benign' sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.”

—John Quincy Adams, US House, 7/4/1821


Ok, I guess the point is we're going to war based upon "national interests", okay but who really benefited from the war in Iraq?  Or yet who's interests are in mind when our military engages and/or topples regimes?  Well I have another pretty good quote:


"it is crucial that we be able to define precisely what is meant by this "national interest".  As we seek to answer it, we would do well to remind ourselves that 1 percent of the families in our country control 40 percent of the wealth, that the next 19 percent own another 40 percent of the wealth, and that those of us in the "bottom" 80 percent of our nation's families  are left with only 20 percent of the wealth.  We should be clear that those who shape U.S. foreign policy and domestic policies are those from the wealthiest 20 percent of the population - and what is in their interest is not necessarily what is in our interest"  -Professor Paul Le Blanc

So... With that being said, should we have a military that's capable of executing and engaging in warfare so easily on the behalf of what can no doubt be described as an obvious oligarchy?  Well first of all what's an oligarchy defined as?


Definition of OLIGARCHY

1
: government by the few
2
: a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes; also : a group exercising such control
3
: an organization under oligarchic control 
Can you argue that the wealthiest people in our country benefit disproportionately from our economic structure?  I think you can. 

Who "paid" for the Iraq War?  Was it the wealthiest among us?  They got tax breaks.  Did they in whole send their sons and daughters to fight the war?  No, it was the poorest who sent their children went to be killed and maimed.  


Here's costofwar.com's estimates:  $1.1 trillion (as I write this).

I bring this stat up by the way because a dollar spent on creating a system that kills is a dollar that isn't spent on life
What did Eisenhower say (a Republican I love by the way!)
“Modern weapons take food from the hungry and shelter from the homeless: Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.” Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953

Here's the current human cost:
From Wikileaks via The Guardian:  "Leaked Pentagon files obtained by the Guardian contain details of more than 100,000 people killed in Iraq following the US-led invasion, including more than 15,000 deaths that were previously unrecorded."

$660 Billion projected in VA costs in "2007".

Are you complacent in this sort of society?  Is this just?  Does your labor act to improve your life and lifestyle or someone else?  Are you of the 1% of the 80%?  Do these wars benefit you or 1% of the population?  Should this deficit be laid on the backs of 80% of the American people or on 1% of it?  Where do we go from here, do we keep a standing army that dominates the world and who sends the poor to maintain a global empire for the 1%?  Is there an argument for reverting to a militia system?

Surely we can't eliminate war entirely or violence.  However, we surely can eliminate  or minimize acts like the ones seen below, this Afghan child was 15 years old, he was unarmed when he was gunned down by American soldiers and his death certainly was not to my interest.




UPDATE:

I had to throw this up, what a great quote:

"Chalmers Johnson suggests that the battery of military bases required to ensure U.S. access to energy and markets carries with it what he calls the 'sorrows of empire,' which will ultimately change the nature of the nation-state.  These 'sorrows' include a state of perpetual war that will lead to more violent attacks against U.S. citizens and to an increase in reliance by smaller states on weapons of mass destruction; a loss of democracy and constitutional rights to an increasingly imperial presidency; a 'shredded principle of truthfulness,' as propaganda and spin are used to glorify war; power and the military itself; and, finally, economic decline and neglect of education, health, and individual well-being as maintenance of empire requires the militarization of society in general.  For example, the 750 bases around the world requires the 'professionalization' of the armed forces, producing people who will fight because they are told to, because it is their job, regardless of the political goals of military operations.  In World War II, we needed propaganda to convince the armed forces that they were fighting against evil: Today it is enough to be simply ordered into war. As Johnson put it, 'With public support slackening, the military high command turned to inculcating martial values into the troops, making that the most vital goal of all military instruction, superseding even training in the use of weapons.  These values were to include loyalty, esprit de corps, tradition, male binding, discipline and action -- generally speaking, a John  Wayne view of the world.'"
 - Richard H. Robbins

Saturday, April 23, 2011

I try and stay to news and politics, but this was too good not to share...

The 7 Most Baffling Moments in the Star Wars Holiday Special


If you haven't seen this you need to take a look, it's possible the worst 2 hrs of TV ever:



Some awesome things about rail

Let me preface this by saying that I am completely biased about rail, my father retired from the CSX and that unionized company put a roof over our heads, food in my stomach and provided us a comfortable lifestyle, that being said here we go:

"Up to five times more fuel-efficient than trucks, CSX trains are the most environmentally friendly way to move goods on land. Over the last decade, CSX invested $1.5 billion to improve its locomotive fuel efficiency and reduce the corresponding emissions. Efficient use of fuel means fewer greenhouse gas emissions for our planet."

"The National Gateway Project is an $842 million public-private infrastructure initiative to create a highly efficient freight transportation link between the Mid-Atlantic ports and the Midwest. Double-stack clearances allow rail carriers to stack intermodal containers atop each other, enabling each train to carry about twice as many cargo boxes. This will reduce truck traffic on already crowded highways, and create thousands of jobs that directly or indirectly support the National Gateway."

Some other cool figures:

Reducing The Company’s Footprint
CSX’s long-standing commitment to continual improvement has allowed the company to improve its fuel efficiency through new technology and conservation efforts. Today, CSX can move a ton of freight nearly 500 miles, on average, per gallon of diesel fuel. CSX has invested $2 billion over the last decade to improve its locomotive fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas.

Locomotive Idling Reduction Technology
To reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions during idling, CSX has invested in two separate pieces of idle-reducing technology, Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) and Automated Engine Start Stop (AESS). As the name suggests, APUs provide auxiliary power to a locomotive, allowing the larger diesel engine to be shut down. AESS acts similarly by automatically shutting the locomotive down when not in use and automatically starting it when needed. In addition to these systems, CSX invests heavily in training its employees on proper locomotive shutdown rules to eliminate unnecessary idling.

Piloting New Technology
CSX is committed to implementing new technology that optimizes train operations for fuel efficiency. This new, real-time energy management technology uses GPS, track grade and curvature data along with train information to identify the most fuel-efficient throttle settings for each trip as the train moves across the system. In addition, methods of rail lubrication are being explored to reduce rail-to-wheel friction and increase fuel efficiency.

Obama takes on corporate power, by himself

Although I certainly have problems and differences with President Obama, I applaud some great things he's done:

"On Wednesday it was reported that President Obama was drafting an executive order that would require companies pursuing federal contracts to disclose political contributions that have been secret under the Citizen’s United ruling. A senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Hans A. von Spakovsky, lambasted the proposed executive order saying that, “The draft order tries to interfere with the First Amendment rights of contractors.” Mr. von Spakovsky dutifully made all the right-wing, neo-con arguments including bringing Planned Parenthood and unions into the discussion. The draft order did not exempt any entity from disclosure rules and presents a reasonable requirement on contractors seeking government contracts. Several states have similar “pay to play” laws to prevent businesses from using unlimited donations to buy lucrative state contracts from slimy legislators. Thus far the only legislator who has railed against the proposed order was Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). McConnell called the proposal an “outrageous and anti-Democratic abuse of executive branch authority,” and went on to say, “Just last year, the Senate rejected a cynical effort to muzzle critics of this administration and its allies in Congress.

Progressive blog in KY bought off by Williams?

From Bluebluegrass:

Let me note, I've tried to stay the hell out of this spat between Jake and the rest of the KY blogging community, but I think it's well worth mentioning this as there is definitely a conflict of interest when a supposedly "progressive" blogger is being paid for by a Republican candidate.  I don't care for Jacob's style and think Pageone is nothing less than a character assassination site. 

Consider this $8,000 dollar throwdown paid to Jake Payne by David Williams:
DISBURSEMENT
SLATE;STATEWIDE
WILLIAMS;DAVID
REPUBLICAN
32-DAY PRE
FULL SIGNAL MEDIA GROUP, LLC
2730 BROWNSBORO ROAD #153
LOUISVILLE;KY;40206
MONETARY
7920.00
01/14/2011
 ------------------------------------------------------------------

Certainly eye opening...

As 2012 dawns racists keep up their BS

From the Hillbilly:






Sure GOP... We are a classless, raceless society... Keep on it... Meanwhile, let's find these people a nice tall building to jump off of.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

KREF numbers are out, KY Tea Party fizzles...

Parties over people, the oligarchy used you guys just long enough to take the house, it's been entertaining to watch people vote against their own interests and who's retirement plans/end of the world scenarios include "liberty barns".



For those of you who didn't look at the photo, Moffett is in the hole over $500 bucks.

Some jackass is crawling around under tables at UK and stabbing people in the feet

You have to be kidding me...

From the HL:

University of Kentucky police are investigating two assaults involving foot-puncturing that occurred Monday evening at the W.T. Young Library on campus.

At about 6:15 p.m., a man crawled under a study desk and used an object to puncture someone's foot, police said. The man was described as white, between 5 feet, eight inches and 6 feet tall, with short hair, possibly a buzz cut. He wore a hat and bright orange shorts or shoes. He was last seen walking toward the vending machines in the basement of the library.

UK police later learned of a second, similar assault; this led police to seek the public's help in locating possible suspects. The second incident took place on the same day, at the same location.
Anyone with information relating to this investigation is asked to contact UK police at (859) 257-1616 or #UKPD (#8573) from any cell phone.

Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC)

A great cause to checkout, Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC)

"Advocates for Informed Choice uses innovative legal strategies to advocate for the civil rights of children born with variations of reproductive or sexual anatomy."

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Republicans for Rape

Ha, on the heels of my last post this is funny!!

Republicans for Rape

Central Kentucky Tea Party and their Tea

This isn't really that offensive, it's just lame.

Good catch on Hillbilly's part.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Chinese economy not all that big after all?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Elizabeth Warren at the University of Kentucky

I'll post these as soon as they process. She was great, advocated for a fair marketplace as traditional progressives have always done. A progressive wants oversight, fairness and regulation in a marketplace. A socialist would just nationalize everything, that's why labeling Obama as a Socialist is really absurd.











Thugs harass Liberty Christ as he makes his way into Lexington






Bare

Barefoot covered the event with twitter updates.

Barefoot's nice wrapup of this weekend's governor's poll

The full wrap found here: Barefoot

Let's look at how this polls' results fared compared to the last SUSA poll from 2010 in the Paul/Conway race, just before the election. In last year's poll (whose results were dead on, with Paul winning by 9), here was support for the Tea Party:

Favorable- 42%
Unfavorable- 29%
Neutral- 20%
No opinion-10%

And here is Kentucky's opinion of the Tea Party now:

Favorable- 35%
Unfavorable- 36%
Neutral- 26%
No opinion- 3%

That's a 14-point net slide in just under 6 months. If born-again tea partier Williams intends on riding a wave of teabaggery into the governor's mansion, it might prove more difficult than he thinks.

It's also worth looking at how the crosstabs in SUSA have shifted from last year's Senate race to the gubernatorial race. Below are some breakdowns, with last years Senate race in parentheses indicating Conway and Paul:

Democrats
Beshear- 73 (66)
Williams- 19 (30)

Republicans
Beshear- 22 (14)
Williams- 68 (81)

Independents
Beshear- 42 (51)
Williams- 42 (45)


Blue Bluegrass weighs in on Williams, the clear favorite in the KY GOP primary.

Holy economic populism Batman! Elizabeth Warren on UK's campus tonight!

Details here:

Who:  Elizabeth Warren (aka, crimefighter for the Middle Class and American people)
What:  Debt, Credit, and the Middle Class
When: Tonight 7pm, Monday April 18th 2011
Where: Memorial Hall, UK's campus, 610 South Limestone Street 40506-0049   (follow this link)
How:  Anyway you can, make sure you make it.






I'll be there getting video, I'll post as quickly as I can.


Here's a great PBS piece on her, she was bullied out of the Clinton administration by Greenspan and others who called for minimal government and the massive expansion of the financial industry.


Oops, that was Brooksley Born, not Elizabeth Warren, still a great piece to take a look at.

This was the piece I had in mind:  Breaking the Bank. 

Here's another: Inside the Meltdown.

No taxation and yet representation?

Yep, here's 10 companies who paid NO income taxes:

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The time for civilility is gone, the R's have declared war on The New Deal

And the great society.

Paul Krugman:

"Last week, President Obama offered a spirited defense of his party’s values — in effect, of the legacy of the New Deal and the Great Society. Immediately thereafter, as always happens when Democrats take a stand, the civility police came out in force. The president, we were told, was being too partisan; he needs to treat his opponents with respect; he should have lunch with them, and work out a consensus.

That’s a bad idea. Equally important, it’s an undemocratic idea.

Let’s review the story so far.

Two weeks ago, House Republicans released their big budget proposal, selling it to credulous pundits as a statement of necessity, not ideology — a document telling America What Must Be Done.
But it was, in fact, a deeply partisan document, which you might have guessed from the opening sentence: “Where the president has failed, House Republicans will lead.” It hyped the danger of deficits, yet even on its own (not at all credible) accounting, spending cuts were used mainly to pay for tax cuts rather than deficit reduction. The transparent and obvious goal was to use deficit fears to impose a vision of small government and low taxes, especially on the wealthy."

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Tell all of your stupid friends/acquaintances that there's proof the Civil War was about slavery

Not really debatable, tell them to STFU and GTFO out if they say otherwise.  There are facts out there.  This is one of them:

"It is not safe ... to trust $800 million worth of negroes in the hands of a power which says that we do not own the property. ... So we must get out ..." — The Daily Constitutionalist, Augusta, Ga., Dec. 1, 1860

"(Northerners) have denounced as sinful the institution of slavery. ... We, therefore, the people of South Carolina ... have solemnly declared that the Union heretofore existing between this State and other States of North America dissolved." - from "Declaration of the Causes of Secession"

"As long as slavery is looked upon by the North with abhorrence ... there can be no satisfactory political union between the two sections." - New Orleans Bee, Dec. 14, 1860

"Our new government is founded upon ... the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race is his natural and moral condition." - Alexander Stephens, vice president of the Confederacy, March 21, 1861

Montana Governor Vetoes Conservative Bills With Branding Iron

Awesome...

"Schweitzer's veto efforts drew statewide and national attention last week. Before a cheering crowd in front of the Capitol on Wednesday, Schweitzer brandished different-sized red-hot branding irons that said "VETO" and applied them to pieces of paper affixed to wooden planks symbolizing different bills he intended to veto. The paper would catch fire as he seared the word "VETO" into each plank."

Steve Beshear bucks Tea Party trend, signs executive orders allowing collective bargining

Thought there are things that I disagree with our governor on, there are things that I love to agree with him on.

From the UAW:

"Berman's ads hit the Kentucky airwaves after labor-backed Gov. Steve Beshear took office and signed an executive order to restore negotiating rights for state employees. The UAW and other unions are signing up members in Kentucky right now, and Berman and his corporate backers are trying to stop them."

Socialism for the oligharcs, capitalism for the general public.

Matt Taibbi's latest piece on the train wreck that is Wallstreet:

"As America girds itself for another round of lunatic political infighting over which barely-respirating social program or urgently necessary federal agency must have their budgets permanently sacrificed to the cause of billionaires being able to keep their third boats in the water, it's important to point out just how scarce money isn't in certain corners of the public-spending universe. In the coming months, when you watch Republican congressional stooges play out the desperate comedy of solving America's deficit problems by making fewer photocopies of proposed bills, or by taking an ax to budgetary shrubberies like NPR or the SEC, remember Christy Mack and her fancy new carriage house. There is no belt-tightening on the other side of the tracks. Just a free lunch that never ends."

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Beshear tries to shutdown Florida/Kentucky pill pipeline

Blue Bluegrass:

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear testified before Congress yesterday about the 80 people per month dying in Kentucky because of the pill pipeline from Florida’s pain clinic pill mills up I-75 to Kentucky. Arrangements and even financing had already been arranged to track Florida prescriptions to shut the pipeline down. But newly elected Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott (who no one from either party in Florida will admit to having voted for in the most recent election) still refused to allow it, citing privacy concerns over the pleas of politicians from both parties and both states.

Hillbilly Report's great post

Very funny:

The Tea/Hignite connection, conspiracy meets insanity

I guess it was only a matter of time before a wing of people who are convinced 9/11 was in fact an inside job and Lexington's ultimate conspiracy theorist Christopher Hignite brushed shoulders.

So... this pops up on my Facebook page (notice the Moffet sign):


Hmm... what might this be?


I wonder if I can see the video?

Here:

Hmm... according to the video the police were surveying Hignite because of some article he wrote, which article?

Here maybe?

Then a follow up?

Here's your Tea Party, Kentucky.  Here's Hignite's YouTube channel, Barefoot has done quite a bit of research into the Black Helicopter sort of guy.

I hid the guy who reposted this because I find this situation incredible sad.  I wrote before about the primal Tea Party motives to abandon society altogether because powerful private forces have convinced them to do so through coordinated propaganda and manipulation.


Just to bolster my case to readers who are unaware, here's one of his videos, notice he claims several calls from the same person and plays the same call over again...



Here's another "police surveillance"



This one is the kicker, 3:50 of nothing but 2 people talking about police being after them before they even turn the video camera on (notice 1 of them, I think Hignite is in a clown costume):

Secrets the rich don't want us to know

Supply side economics has NEVER worked.

Kentucky Republican Theater

Via Morgan Hancock:

Despite all the science that proves otherwise...

DSCC to go on offensive to take back house, GOP vulnerable due to healthcare vote

Via Washington Post:

“When we win back the majority, people will look back at this vote as a defining one that secured the majority for Democrats,” Israel said.

Israel said that Dems plan to use the Medicare vote today to go on the offensive against Republicans from now all the way until Election Day 2012. Crucially, Israel said it would be used in every district, even ones that are marginal or conservative — suggesting that on Medicare at least, Dems are hoping to maintain a united national front, rather than letting the messsage be watered down in conservative districts that may be more receptive to GOP messages about fiscal conservatism.

“All the polling tells us the same thing,” Israel said. “Voting to terminate Medicare is a bad idea politically in every district.. Republicans oppose it. Democrats oppose it. And Independents oppose it.”
Israel said the party was going to use the Medicare vote to hone a national message based on “choices” that ties the GOP drive to end Medicare as we know it to the desire for tax cuts for the rich.
“We’re creating a national framework on choices,” Israel said. “The choice I hope our members talk about at home is a budget that gives you a $100,000 tax cut if you earn over $1 million a year, and a $12,000 cost increase if you’re a senior on Medicare. That contrast is very compelling.”

Friday, April 15, 2011

Protest against proposed GOP budget in Lexington Monday (April 18th)

Tax Day: Make Them Pay


U. S. Post Office, 1088 Nandino Boulevard
Lexington, KY 40511
Monday, April 18th, 5:00 PM

GOP budget plan wildly unpopular

Democracy Now, "but when voters learn almost anything about it, they turn sharply and intensely against it."

Key findings: "When the budget is described -- using as much of Paul Ryan's description as possible -- support collapses to 36% with just 19% strongly supporting the plan. The facts in the budget lose people almost immediately -- dropping 12 points. Putting the spotlight on this budget is damning. A large majority of 56% oppose it, 42% strongly. The impact is much stronger with seniors where support erodes from 48% to just 32%, with 57% opposed. Support with independents drops from 55% to 43%."

It's Friday, go blow your money on that crap Atlas Shrugged movie

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times says, "Let's say you know the novel, you agree with Ayn Rand, you're an objectivist or a libertarian, and you've been waiting eagerly for this movie. Man, are you going to get a letdown."

Monday, April 11, 2011

Commie built engine tries to destroy captialism by being all efficient and stuff

Blah blah, so some Che loving commies at Michigan State University build some real efficient motor that supposed to be all good and stuff. Thanks for trying to steal jobs away from hard working people in the private sector you Marxist slime, why don't you quit having the state pay for you stupid inventions and get a real job?

It's all here:

"Despite shifting into higher gear within the consumer's green conscience, hybrid vehicles are still tethered to the gas pump via a fuel-thirsty 100-year-old invention: the internal combustion engine.

However, researchers at Michigan State University have built a prototype gasoline engine that requires no transmission, crankshaft, pistons, valves, fuel compression, cooling systems or fluids. Their so-called Wave Disk Generator could greatly improve the efficiency of gas-electric hybrid automobiles and potentially decrease auto emissions up to 90 percent when compared with conventional combustion engines.

The engine has a rotor that's equipped with wave-like channels that trap and mix oxygen and fuel as the rotor spins. These central inlets are blocked off, building pressure within the chamber, causing a shock wave that ignites the compressed air and fuel to transmit energy."

Tim 'the head stomping' Profitt goes to trial

I meant to post this earlier, via KY Post:

"LEXINGTON, Ky. - A judge in Lexington has declined to dismiss a misdemeanor assault charge against a former Rand Paul volunteer who is accused of kicking a liberal activist during the fall Senate race.
Fayette County District Judge Kim Wilkie said in court Tuesday that he based his decision on a video of the incident that showed Tim Profitt stepping on MoveOn.org activist Lauren Valle after an October Senate debate. The video was widely circulated on news stations.
Profitt argued in a motion to dismiss the charge that he was justified in using force in order to protect Paul.

Assistant County Attorney Jacqueline Alexander says trial was set for June 20. If convicted of fourth-degree assault, Profitt faces a maximum sentence of 12 months in jail and a $500 fine."

The 1%ers

via Roger Ebert:

"The upper 1 percent of Americans are now taking in nearly a quarter of the nation's income every year. In terms of wealth rather than income, the top 1 percent control 40 percent.
"Their lot in life has improved considerably. Twenty-five years ago, the corresponding figures were 12 percent and 33 percent."

"What puzzles me is why there isn't more indignation. The Tea Party is the most indignant domestic political movement since Norman Thomas's Socialist Party, but its wrath is turned in the wrong direction. It favors policies that are favorable to corporations and unfavorable to individuals. Its opposition to Obamacare is a textbook example. Insurance companies and the health care industry finance a "populist" movement that is manipulated to oppose its own interests. The billionaire Koch brothers payroll right wing front organizations that oppose labor unions and financial reform. The patriots wave their flags and don't realize they're being duped."

Now more than ever we need an expansion of the Bill of Rights

At BCTC in Lexington Kentucky.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Hillbilly finds great corporate propaganda videos

Good catch Jim.

After roughly 10 years of having their asses handed to them by FDR allowing for the vast democratization of the labor force the business community begins to strengthen their hold again.

Of course we all know this happens everyday in Socialist hellholes like Sweden, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Canada, and Switzerland. Pathetic, I love how they frame this issue.

I love how there isn't 1 black person, or minority in this video. I'm sure the U.S. in the 1950s was some workers paradise for black people (as long as they rode in the back of the bus on their way to and from the factory that is).





Friday, April 8, 2011

After close observation, I think I get the Tea Party people

Okay, hear me out.

When you go to work everyday you're probably thinking about what you're going to eat, what your weekend plans are and maybe the next romantic encounter you're hoping for.  Built into your brain are the primitive instincts to eat, seek pleasant shelter and procreate.  These institutional drives are sought after in the 21st century through a societal based structure in which people rely on each other in advanced social built constructs.  For example, I don’t venture out into the woods with a rifle or bow and arrow to find something to eat.  I travel to a store or restaurant for food.  I don’t build a shelter out of wood that I’ve sought out and bound together to keep me dry and safe from the elements.  I also don’t worry all that much about a rival tribe or clan of people kidnapping the girl I’m dating to force her into their clan.  Not really brain science here, we’re talking about things that most of the industrialized world doesn’t think too much about.   But, these things that I’ve just laid out are things that Tea Partiers worry about everyday and that’s the divide, look to the picture below, I have proof:



See, when we talk about healthcare reform, and more regulation on business progressives have gone up about 12 layers and we’re assuming the Tea Party people are on the same level, they’re not.  Progressives are operating I would argue on a level that assumes we probably aren’t going to have to worry about basic survival and the world coming to an end every single day.  Things like “bunkers”, “liberty barns” and “survival barns” seem laughable, but these people are so concerned with the most basic survival they can’t wrap their heads around reforms that make our society a more equitable, healthier, and overall better place to live.

When you talk about things like bank reform and regulation with Tea Partiers it’s almost arguing with an ER doctor who’s convinced the person you’ve brought in for a fever is already dead.  These people stockpile ammunition, gasoline, food and water knowing that any day now they’re going to have to abandon civilization and take to the hills.  They’ve given up on the idea of a working civilization and are responding to their most basic primal instincts.  I’ve heard it at Tea Party rallies over and over again, “when this economy collapses and the second great depression comes…”, “When the Federal government enacts martial law…” these aren’t even things to be debated with Tea Partiers these things are gospel.


The kicker is they haven’t come up with these ideas all on their own, let’s look at what has been called the 9/11 affect.  While America scrambled to make since of the 9/11 tragedy the White House was scaring the hell out of my grandmother with things like terror alert levels, “those people” who lived in caves and hated America simple because it was free.  Gun sales soared, people prepared for Anthrax attacks, EMP strikes and the military budget went sky high with outdated Cold War weapons systems that we didn’t need and which made defense contractors super rich.   Vested, connected powerful interests gorged themselves on American tax dollars and most of the country turned off their higher brain functions and the ability to question their government’s decisions because Bin Laden was right at our doorstep ready to hit us with dirty bombs and nuclear weapons.

Fear works, distrust and alienation too.  They are the most basic survival mechanisms that we have and they occupy the most primitive parts of the brain.  And playing upon these emotions makes 1% of our population very very rich and allows them to consolidate more political and economic power.  Powerful private interests have massive bullhorns in corporate news outlets that play upon these survival instincts and the Tea Partiers are simple manipulated people acting upon these instincts.  When I hear the phrase “give me liberty” I translate that into “give me the liberty to detach myself from a failed institution known as society, I don’t care about progressive measures that attempt to limit the rich, corporate power and your attempts to put the power of the American government and economy into the hands of the American people.  This patient you call the American government has been dead for a long time, I want to escape to the hills to my ‘Freedom bunker’ before the institution you claim has a fever begins to rot and I have to be around to smell it.”




Sunday, April 3, 2011

Wait, what did Ronald Reagan say about collective barginning?



"These are the values inspiring those brave workers in Poland … They remind us that where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." -Ronald Reagan, Labor Day 1980

Ncpssm running ad, keep your hands off our Social Security

Friday, April 1, 2011

A great piece explains the major parts of healthcare reform