I think our country needs a law that says than Congress and the Senate may not pass a law unless it has at least one vote from the other major party. Our President went all in on pushing a flawed health-care bill, that even he doesn't understand, down our throats without one vote from the other side and has spent the ensuing years wondering why the Republicans won't work with him on anything. It has not been good for our country. Work together ! peace to all
The sequester, to the Republican's collective glee, was supposed to hit all government agencies equally with a 2.5% cut. But then along came reality and complaints from constituents to Republicans saying they wanted safe airline travel and tours of the White House and countless other "stuff".
After hearings on the Hill in which the top General-Domos have complained about the draconian nature of these cuts and how they will effect a certain percentage of their units readiness to fight at a moment's notice, their Patron Saints McCain and Graham are riding to the rescue.
What is it with these two? They are "hawks" and fronting hacks for the Mil/Ind/Complx. In the end, if their is a reckoning before some higher power, their should be a representative of the poor who reads Eisenhower's quote:
"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 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. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."
Based on this, John McCain and Lindsey Graham are the ringleaders of a gang of thieves who steal on a staggering scale from the most needy and least able to defend themselves. There are other Republicans and Democrats who are part of the Posse, but these two are the head honchos.
How do they live with themselves? It is truly Dread, Mon. Dread, dread, dreadful!
One can reach no other conclusion after hearing the 60 Minutes story last Sunday. At Abu Ghraib, at GitMo, at Waco and countless other places of rendition.
Apparently the worst form of this torture, the most terrifying, the most effective is to hit the Muslim Hater ideological zealots with Barney The Purple Dinosaur's "I Love You, You Love Me" played for hours on end.
Other forms of music include Nancy Sinatra singing "These Boots Are Made For Walking" for hours on end toward the final climax with Koresh & his Davidians in Waco. Earlier in the siege the FBI had been using Tibetan monks chanting their prayers (popular recordings during the mid-90s) until the Dalai Lama of Tibet called and complained to them to stop.
Eminems rapping for something like 25 straight days at Abu Ghraib drove grown men to break down like old women who have labored to long picking fruit in the fields.
If only the Grateful Dead had played a 48 day Playin'>Dark Star>Playin' they could have been among America's greatest patriots in this regard!
The markets are lurching forward to new highs on a regular basis. Don't be deceived. This is not the result of goods and services being produced in the US. Many corps. have found ways of profiting from the "Great Recession" (I hate that term - It should be the Great Investment Bank Swindle of 1999-2008).
The markets are drunk on 85 Billion dollars of Fed printed money per month. There is so much money sloshing around in corporate coffers and banks continue to give at most, 1% on your basic 2-year CD.
Meanwhile, more than 45 million people in the US have fallen into poverty, about 1/6th of the population. Who is speaking and advocating for the poor? In my community, the local foodbank and homeless shelter, who act like arrogant Gods suffering the giving of a boon. Genuflect and kiss their ring before you fill out the app..
Inflation is coming. End the stimulus or use it to provide infrastructure for the homeless (small block apartment houses). A good percentage of the retiring baby-boomers is going to need them.
Rob Ford, mayor of one of the largest, most diverse cities in NA, admitted that he smoked crack in one of his drunken stupors but did not resign. He has big, fat cojones that are just hanging out there waiting to get whacked right now.
What is it about politicians who appear in scandals to act like deer jack-lighted by car headlights. It makes you want to cry or jump up and slap them in the face. Alas, it is the human condition. It takes time for powerful human beings to go from being a "Master Of The Universe" to the realization that they need to check into rehab..
One can only imagine Ford's advisors running around in circles, barking advice at the Mayor while all the time sending out resumes on their I-Phones and tweeting about their hopeless situation, the boss is an irrational drunkard.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry... Smile for the camera as you inhale!
Saturday hundreds of thousands shared the cheer and confetti Boston style as Baseball World Series champion Red Sox paraded their trophy around Boston in the city's fabled amphibious duckboats.
On Sunday the NFL's New England Patriots (playing at home just south of Boston) set a franchise record for points scored, destroying the Steelers 55-38. It was a flashback to the glory days as QB Brady was razor sharp with his 4 TDs and 432 passing yards. The Pats move to 7-2 on the year, but it still is a rebuilding year
It don't get much better than that if you're a hometown fan.
I just saw an interview with the Governor of Kentucky at his exchange call center blow away his Congressional delegation (nitwits Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul) with sound reasoning about Obamacare that will further shove the Republicans underground.
Kentuckians are signing up like crazy in the seemingly one state in the country that got their website right. I live in Vermont and they were another state to set up their exchange early and got the website wrong. Let people peruse the plans first and then have them register later and get their subsidy figured out seems to be the dealio.
When the websites get set up right and millions of people who had junk insurance get properly insured Americans will be far better off. The insurance companies are evil and had to have this shoved down their throat. They remain evil and lurking, trying as hard as they can to maintain their 20% profit margin. Their most egregious errors have now been outlawed. This was long overdue.
The last thing the governor said is that in one year, when everything is fixed, people will be further pissed at the deception of the Republicans like Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell. They are so far from the reality of their constituency that they are tripping-out, Washington style.
I foresee a wholesale slaughter of Republicans in the mid-term based on this issue and their never-ending obstructionism during the Obama years.
One further note: The Republicans are blocking the appointment of the next Fed Governor and have probably engineered the government shutdown to get the Fed to continue the faux stimulus that has the government pumping 85 Billion dollars of freshly printed currency into the marketplace every month. This should have stopped 18 months ago.
It effects you and your retirement. Printed paper can only lead to inflation. You can thank the Republicans for this gift.
I do not feel safe in my two-state area. The number of people packing concealed is going up and up and up. Still, the 300,000,000 guns in the US are concentrated in the hands of collectors, police, gangs, criminals, national armories and the military. That brings the percentage of everyday ordinary people walking around w/o a gun pretty high -- over 90% I should think. The NRA's claim that we should all be armed to the teeth because only the good guys with guns can stop the bad guys doesn't hold water.
And you can't own a handgun everywhere without a permit and another (with cause) to carry it concealed in Ma. and I think NY. There are mandatory jail sentences there. I know a guy who did a year in Ma. just passing through, because he was too stupid to know the law.
several weeks ago a couple of gentlemen here wanted to test their new found right to legally carry (concealed) firearms, so each one slung an AR-15 over their back and walked proudly around a large farmers market. Needless to say, they got quite a response, legally and otherwise. But all the police could do was ticket them and there wasn't one person interviewed who said they "felt safer" with those two all-American patriots exercising their federal and state rights. Apparently this is the new freedom that so many Americans have desired and voted for.
You can't bring nail clippers or shampoo on an airplane, BUT, you can carry a loaded, concealed firearm with you almost anywhere. Homeland security will seize 1/2 a dozen seeds of hope and innocence from a package while our government officials make sure we are "safe" during our holiday shopping experience by allowing it's adult citizens to be fully armed while getting 30% off China's finest plastic widgets.
Santa and 9mm's. That should be our new national mascot, Santa in a defiant stance with his arms crossed and in each hand a firearm. It's just so heart-warming. The perfect American dichotomy: love and the love of guns. And the parents can proudly explain,"Santa loves all of God's children, Janey, but he's nobody's fool. You'll understand when you get older and you're able to realize that you're living in a fucking insane asylum from sea to shining sea, sweety."
While I feel sorry, once again, for the victims and their loved ones, the TSA shooting will soon be eclipsed by another set of victims and their loved ones. All we have to do is stay paranoid.
Right now I'm watching the Boston Red Sox celebrate their World Series victory. They just stopped at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and had a rousing chorus of "God Bless America" and a moment of silence. Security is very tight. The bombing happened at the start of the Red Sox season this year so they feel they had to have some special tribute.
I have to admit that it is good to see hundreds of thousands of people celebrating without fear.