Sep 6, 2011

West, Snap, Obamajobs, Backmann Trouble, and other tidbits you may not have noticed.

Trouble with the Bachmann Campaign

Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann lost her campaign chief Monday, along with his close deputy, in a campaign shake-up that the Minnesota congresswoman's aides sought to downplay.  Comment:
This tell you why you should not vote for Michelle Bachmann. A real micro-managing meddler. We hate 'em at work so why would we want that in Washington? "Bachmann is no stranger to top-level turnover. She has experienced frequent staff changes in her congressional office since 2007. She has had six chiefs of staff in four years, five press secretaries, five legislative directors and three communications directors."

Fat Cat Tea Party Congressmen

The Hill published its list of the 50 richest members of Congress today. In addition to a pile of wealthy Democrats in the Senate, you'll find a pile of wealthy Tea Party freshmen:
One-fifth of the 50 richest members of Congress are freshman House Republicans sent to Washington last year with strong Tea Party support, according to The Hill’s 50 Wealthiest for 2011.
Among them is Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci, who tops the freshmen GOP list with a fortune estimated at $35.9 million. Mr. Renacci made his money running nursing homes.
Whatever narrative the Tea Party is selling about government for the rest of us, it's still government by the wealthiest of us.


Now Arick West wants his KCSD BOE Pres job back?

Oh god no.  Put that phony in the back row and tell him not to talk until his term is over.   More from KSHB.


Snap... anti priest abuse stages yet another demonstration

Can't ya hear the newsmen and bloggers typing up their stories...when the anti priest abuse group SNAPS their fingers, the media jumps.  Now it's about once a week.  This one kicks off the shortened work week at 1:30 in front of the diocese office to announce another lawsuit.  Sounds like another photo op.  IT would be a very brave TV station to avoid a sex victimization story because their actual news value is diminishing.  


BottomLine reports the power of the press, even on big churches. 

 Political parties 101.  Cheat sheet.

Issue  Republican Party Democratic Party Libertarian Party
Social Security Social security should be privatized (not to be confused with private savings accounts, but rather, private investments).  Social security should remain a government sponsored insurance plan for retirees.  Believe in an "opt out" policy in which one can choose to privately invest (they believe this to be the better option) or go with a government sponsored social security plan.
 Jobs  Pro small business. Supports giving small businesses tax incentives so that more jobs can be created.  Encourage businesses to keep jobs here and not outsource them overseas. Supports unions and advocates for the rights of low income workers.  Free market should dictate the job market.
 Economy  Supports free market competition and entrepreneurship, corporate deregulation and cutting entitlement spending.  Increase taxes to cut deficit. Believes large deficit negatively affects government services and that low deficits stimulate the economy.  100% Free Market.
 Security/Defense  Believe in a proactive military and defense. Supports building weapons and technology that serve to protect our nation. Believe that peace is achieved through strong defense. Increase defense and research budget.  Believe in a limited missile defense. Oppose nuclear buildup in the U.S. Believe that peace is achieved through worldwide relationship building.  Believe in reducing nuclear arms in the U.S. Military should be used to protect people's livery and property only.
 Legal/Tort Reform  Supports tort reform and limiting victims compensation, especially for frivolous lawsuits.  Oppose tort reform and oppose limiting liability of doctors and/or businesses.  Generally does not support tort reform.
 Tax Reform  Supports tax cuts, low interest rates and the repeal of the death tax penalty in effort to stimulate the economy.  Generally supports raising taxes on the wealthy, lowering taxes for the middle class.  Stridently opposes all government imposed taxes and employer withdrawal of employees money for tax purposes.
 Immigration  Generally supports closed or tight borders and tracking system for foreign travelers.  Support illegal alien's ability and right to become citizens and giving them more protections under the law.  Support open borders.
 Faith  Religion strongly associated with Republican party. Advocate free exercise of religion.  Strict adherence between the separation between church and state. Promote secular issues and a more secular nation.  Strong belief in separation of church and state and by contrast, Libertarians hold a strong belief in freedom of religion.
 Education  Promote school choice/vouchers and homeschooling. Supports voluntary student supported prayer in school. Opposes gender and race quotes in colleges.  Oppose vouchers. Increase NCLB federal funding. Enact new taxes to decrease class size and hire new teachers.  End government financial support of public schools, believe that all public schools should be privatized with tax credit for tuition.
 Abortion  Generally pro-life with emphasis on promoting alternatives to abortion.  Generally pro-choice owning the mantra, "Safe, legal, rare."  Adamantly pro-choice but oppose any government financial aid to subsidize abortions.
 Energy  Oppose Kyoto treaty. Support tax incentives for energy production.  Wish to find environmentally friendly energy sources and solutions. Oppose increased drilling, especially in the U.S.  Supports deregulation and believes all government energy resources should be turned over to private ownership. Opposes government conservation of energy.
 Heathcare  Keep healthcare private. Would like to impose caps on malpractice suits. Supports reformed medicare to give seniors more choices.  Supports more federally funded healthcare programs.  Strongly supports a complete separation of healthcare and state. Supports the deregulation of the healthcare industry.
 Foreign Policy  Spread Democracy. Supports UN reform. Wants to stop WMD proliferation countries. Believe that nations who support terrorist are just as bad as the terrorist themselves. Strongly supports worldwide coalitions and multi-national programs. Supports aid for disadvantaged countries. Supports the UN.  End all foreign aid because it's the same as welfare for nations. Believes that aid perpetuates independence on your government.
 Campaign Finance Reform  Generally support soft money contributions from individuals but supports limiting it from corporations. Also supports full disclosure.  Favor more regulation with spending limits on individuals and corporations.  No restrictions on contributions form any legal resident. Believe that politicians holding an office should not be able to run for another seat until term is over.
 Environment  Supports privatizing federal land. Believe in cap and trade market based air pollution reductions and that the market should regulate itself.  Generally puts the interest of the environment over business. Wants to maintain federal land under government control.  Believes that land and animals should be sold to private organizations or ranchers and taken out of the hands of the government because private citizens will care for it better.
 Guns Limited gun control. Strict gun control.  No control whatsoever.
 Gay Rights Oppose gay marriage. Supports constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.  Generally supports gay marriage although Democrats remain largely divided on the issue, as some only support civil unions. Pro private choice and equality including marriage.


 Obama wants a highway bill to create jobs

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is appealing to Congress to pass a transportation bill that would put money in the pipeline for roads and construction jobs, arguing that it's an economic imperative.

Republicans say they support passing the bill, but Obama says time is running out and "political posturing" may stand in the way.

"There's no reason to put more jobs at risk in an industry that has been one of the hardest-hit in this recession," Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address. "There's no reason to cut off funding for transportation projects at a time when so many of our roads are congested, so many of our bridges are in need of repair and so many businesses are feeling the cost of delays.

"This isn't a Democratic or a Republican issue – it's an American issue," the president said.



Recent data provided by the nation’s largest health insurance companies reveals that a provision of the Affordable Care Act – or Obamacare – is bringing big numbers of the uninsured into the health care insurance system.
And they are precisely the uninsured that we want– the young people who tend not to get sick.
The provision of the law that permits young adults under 26, long the largest uninsured demographic in the country, to remain on their parents’ health insurance program resulted in at least 600,000 newly insured Americans during the first quarter of 2011.   More from Forbes....


 The world’s developed economies are trapped at the “stall speed” of low growth and need to have greater fiscal stimulus and less austerity to kick-start growth, leading economist Nouriel Roubini told CNBC Friday.

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Speaking at the Ambrosetti Forum on the shores of Lake Como, near Milan, Roubini said in an interview: “We are in a worse situation than we were in 2008. This time around we have fiscal austerity and banks that are being cautious.”

Roubini, known for his bearish views on the world economy, thinks that there is a 60 percent chance of a second recession imminently. Economic data of recent weeks presents a mixed picture.

On Thursday, the US government announced that jobless claims dropped by 11,000 to 409,000 last week. Friday's employment report in the US is expected to show a gain of only 75,000 nonfarm jobs during August, with the unemployment rate steady at 9.1 percent.

Asked if there was still a chance the developed economies could avoid recession, Roubini said: "That’s very optimistic if you look at the data."


There is more money being spent on breast implants and Viagra today than on Alzheimer's research. This means that by 2040, there should be a large elderly population with big tits and huge erections and absolutely no recollection of what to do with them!



God went to the Arabs and said, 'I have Commandments for you that will make your lives better.'

The Arabs asked, 'What are Commandments?'  And the Lord said, 'They are rules for living.'

'Can you give us an example?'

 'Thou shall not kill.'

 'Not kill? We're not interested..'

So He went to the Blacks and said, 'I have Commandments.'

The Blacks wanted an example, and the Lord said, 'Honor thy Father and Mother.'

 'Father? We don't know who our fathers are.
 We're not interested.'

Then He went to the Mexicans and said, 'I have Commandments.'
The Mexicans also wanted an example, and
the Lord said 'Thou shall not steal.'
'Not steal? We're not interested.'
 Then He went to the French and said,  'I have Commandments.'
  The French too wanted an example and the  Lord said, 'Thou shall not commit adultery.'
 'Sacre bleu!!! Not commit adultery? We're not interested.'
 Finally, He went to the Jews and said, 'I have Commandments..'

 'Commandments?' They said, 'How much are they?'
 'They're free.'
 'We'll take 10.'
There. That, should piss off just about everybody.

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