Nov 25, 2012

Since the Election, MSNBC beats FOX. People are starting to GET IT!



Fox News is continuing to show weakness in its primetime schedule in the wake of President Obama’s reelection. In the eight days since election day MSNBC’s average audience for the key 25-54 year old demographic drew about 8% more viewers than Fox. [Source: TVNewser, weekday Nielsen ratings from 11/7-11/16]

Particularly impressive were the results of the two powerhouse programs on the MSNBC line

up: Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell. Maddow won seven of the eight days against her Fox competition, Sean Hannity. For the 8-day run Maddow beat Hannity by 18% and her 544k average was second to only Bill O’Reilly in all of cable news. O’Donnell won all eight days against Fox’s Greta Van Susteren. His margin of victory over Van Susteren was 17% for the eight days.

This can no longer be considered a temporary blip on the ratings scales. With two weeks having elapsed, the MSNBC programs are showing steady strength against competition that was once thought insurmountable. ~ by Mark Howard

Read more: http://www.alternet.org/rachel-maddow-beating-hannity-are-people-finally-catching-fox-news-bs

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The best piece of video since the election.  WATCH IT AND SMILE!






For those of you who Prayed for the rich guy to win?   God doesn't  participate in elections, but if You insist He did, just know that He said NO WAY IN HELL!  So learn from it, Christians!.   LEARN FROM HIS DIRECTION. 

Feed the poor, don't favor the rich.  This is not that HARD to figure out, Christians!!!!    Republicans aren't that hard to understand, Christians!!   You're being SCAMMED!

Nov 23, 2012

Weekend: After all this time...where are the jobs?




Holiday Depression... We're exhausted and feeling failure.

I know that many women who want to be perfect, who want everything to be perfect, have a hard time during the holidays dealing with unplanned events. Family. Not enough time to make things right.

Thats one reason why I'm not so happy with the holidays... because women feel so much pressure to make everything like some artistic Norman Rockwell painting from the 1940s!

We have that problem at our house too. And my parents house too. As do so many. Too much pressure to make holidays perfect. Too much image crap on TV to make holidays some storybook scene on some commercial to sell us yet more stuff!

And raise our expectations ON OURSELVES! to pleasure our own family members to be perfect. And none of us are perfect!

Personally, I respect people who make their homes warm but not like out of some photo-correct magazine. A comfortable house where I visit and I can relax and watch the HOSTESS relax too, and not try for perfection.

Not too many toys for the kids. They don't really remember most of them longer than about five minutes at fifty bucks apiece! Mostly lots of hugging and smiles. And watching them play and not perform! Put down the camera and enjoy the unexpected moments you'll never forget unless you don't see them because you're fiddling with the digital camera you don't use all that often.

Forget today's high tech toys. No one will remember them and most of them will just isolate them from their families. Best to not spoil them with solitary technology. Teach them more traditional feelings about family, young and old, if you haven't ruined them already!

This is MY conclusion after making ALL of these mistakes, personally! Grin. We need to take back the holidays from the corporate retailers selling us Chinese stuff for profit!


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Nov 20, 2012

Nov 19, 2012

GOP: Enemy of the State

  SCUMBAG Report:  GOP told not to blow CIA's Benghazi cover...but they told FOX.   (when it comes to elections, ENDS justify MEANS!)

 Keith Olbermann Fan Page...

Republicans were asked by the CIA to be mum on the attack in Benghazi, b/c they were eavesdropping and didn't want the terrorists to know, they were onto them. The rest is history....
 Benghazi Situation is now clear: Republicans attack on Obama breached U.S. security!

  Mother Jones:  And John McCain, end your career as a war hero and a STATESMAN, not this petty bitter crap against Obama who beat you in an election!
 
Lets face it, Republicans need to be run out of Washington in 2014 for their lyin ways!
 

The Right-Wing Attack on the Constitution

Illinois hate group funds NRA camp for childrenFor a group that prides itself on its reverence for the Constitution, the Tea Party sure has a lot of proposed changes to the Constitution. In particular, Tea Party members seem to want to repeal amendments 14, 16 and 17  to the Constitution and to add a few more, for good measure.

What kind of “Constitutionalist” party is this? It seems like Tea Party types would rather scrap the whole thing than put the Constitution up on a pedestal. How can a movement say that it wants it government to be “based on the Constitution” when it also wants the Constitution to be changed so fundamentally?

Here is a list of Amendments Tea Party members and conservative Republicans want revised or repealed along with some of the key persons leading the war on these particular Amendments.
14th Amendment
  • Jeff Landry: revise
  • Mike Lee: Repeal
  • Rand Paul: Repeal
Passed in 1866, the portion of the 14th Amendment that has drawn conservative ire is the Citizenship Clause, which defines citizenship as extending to all those who are born in the United States, regardless of the immigration status of the parents.  Additionally, Rand Paul wishes to repeal the 14th amendment because it interferes with a private business’s right to ban black people from its premises, and also because it allows anyone born here in America to be American.
16th Amendment
  • Sharron Angle
  • Paul Broun
  • Jeff Landry
All three wants to repeal the 16th amendment. Ratified by Congress in 1913, the 16th Amendment allows the federal government to tax the income of American citizens directly.
17th Amendment
  • Paul Broun
  • Ken Buck
  • Jeff Landry
  • Mike Lee
  • Joe Miller
  • Rick Perry
  • Lee Southerland
All want to eliminate the 17th Amendment, although after Democrats made their positions an issue Buck and Southerland reversed themselves (at least publicly…..).The 17th amendment, of course, permits the direct election by the voters of U.S. Senators.  Before the 17th Amendment was ratified in 1913, state legislatures, not the voters, appointed the senators from a given state.
There have been additional pushes to restrict or remove the 19th Amendment which gives women the right to vote and the 21st Amendment which would in effect reinstate prohibition.  (The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, which instituted prohibition.)
Several leading Tea Party members and other conservatives have also been pushing for deeper measures to include:
  • A Repeal Amendment which would grant Congress the right to overturn Supreme Court opinions with a two-thirds vote
  • A  States’ Rights Amendment which would amend the Constitution so that a 2/3 vote of the states could overturn any federal law passed by the Congress and signed by the President.
  • To abolish lifetime tenure for federal judges by amending Article III, Section I of the Constitution.
  • A federal  Constitutional Amendment  defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
  • A  Balanced Budget Amendment.
  • A National Debt Relief Amendment, which once ratified would prohibit Congress from increasing the federal debt unless a majority of the states approve.
  • An Anti-Abortion Amendment.
And if all this is not enough, there is also a push to repeal Congress’ power to spend money.  Remember, the Constitution gives Congress power to “provide for the common defense and general welfare,” which grants Congress the authority to create federal spending programs such as Social Security.

They also want to Change Article V of the Constitution which outlines how to add amendments to the Constitution.

And last but not least, there is talk of Anti-Sharia  Constitutional Amendments being discussed in the near future.
For the Tea Party along with the ultra-conservative lunatic fringe elements in the GOP to boast that they are Pro-Constitutional certainly seems a joke in this context.

Comments and the original article

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Trying to talk sense into Republicans...

Chorus of Warnings Grow: 'Say No to US Austerity'

As politicians debate "fiscal cliff" economist say policy mistakes would harm most vulnerable and enormously damage fragile recovery

- Common Dreams staff
As President Obama and Washington lawmakers embarked on fiscal negotiations to address federal budget concerns and the impacts of a stubborn economic recovery, nearly 350 prominent economists, under the banner "Jobs, Not Austerity," issued a statement warning that the "obsessive concern with cutting deficits that has infected both parties” is a serious threat to making sound economic policy decisions in Washington.

The signatories to the statement—hailing from universities and research groups across the country and the world—joined a growing chorus of others who are eager to convince US politicians that "austerity-style" policies—like the ones which have decimated the European economy in recent years—are the exact opposite of what sound economics would prescribe. The US economy in the post-election period is still “marked by mass unemployment, rising poverty, and declining wages,” said the group and warned that big spending cuts aimed at reducing deficits could throw the economy back into recession.

"Too many in Washington are fixated on cutting public spending to balance the budget, not on how to put people back to work and get our economy going," read the statement. "There is no theory of economics that explains how we can deflate our way to recovery."

"Voters in this election told politicians exactly what these economists are saying," said the Campaign for America's Future's Robert Borosage, one of the authors of the statement. "Getting the economy growing and creating jobs is far more important than cutting deficits in this still-weak recovery," he said.

In a series of policy proposals that buttress such arguments, the Economic Policy Institute on Friday released a new report titled 'Investing in America’s Economy: A Budget Blueprint for Economic Recovery', a budget plan the group says prioritizes economic recovery while also putting the country on a sustainable budget path over the long term.

“This proposal demonstrates that addressing the fiscal cliff can and should be done by boosting job growth; plans that would take a different approach by cutting benefits or engaging in austere spending reductions would have a negative effect on our recovery,” said EPI's Rebecca Thiess.
Robert Pollin, University of Massachusetts economist and co-director of Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), in comments accompanying the economists' joint statement, said, "Austerity is exactly what we do not need now.” Such an agenda, he said, would likely reverse even the "modest gains" the economy has made since the onset of the Great Recession in 2009.
In Washington, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is leading the charge among lawmakers to ensure that key social programs are protected against the austerity-minded arguments of 'deficit hawks,' including CEO's of major US corporations and those calling for a "Grand Bargain" that would see drastic cuts in social programs in exchange for modest revenue increases. On Thursday, Sanders led a press conference with other progressive members of Congress who vowed to protect Social Security, food stamp programs, Medicare, and Medicaid.

"We're going to send a loud message to the leadership in the House, in the Senate and President Obama. Do not cut Social Security, do not cut Medicare, do not cut Medicaid," Sanders said. "Deficit reduction is a serious issue but it must be done in a way that is fair. We must not balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the sick, the children or the poor."

Citing the results from last week's national elections said last week’s election, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said the American people spoke very clearly about the two very different visions being offered for the economy. "When it comes to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, the American people told us to protect and strengthen these programs, not cut them,” Harkin said. who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee. “In the coming weeks and months as the Senate works to create jobs, strengthen the economy, and reduce the deficit and debt, we will stand firm against any misguided effort to cut these programs that undergird the middle class.”

In his Friday column at the New York Times, economist Paul Krugman was incredulous about austerity proposals like raising the eligibility age for either Social Security or Medicare. Doing so, he said, "would be destructive, making Americans’ lives worse without contributing in any significant way to deficit reduction."

Krugman was particularly angered by Democrats who might be considering such proposals and said they "need to ask themselves what on earth they think they’re doing."
In terms of alternative and progressive economic solutions—and in addition to simply stopping the negative impact of unnecessary and harmful cuts to key social programs—the EPI plan announced Friday included following five guiding principles:
  1. Create jobs now. The main obstacle to economic growth continues to be a huge shortfall in aggregate demand. This shortfall is driven by insufficient spending by households and businesses, spending that pulled back in the aftermath of a housing bubble that wiped out trillions of dollars in household wealth and froze residential and commercial construction. Therefore, boosting aggregate demand with deficit-financed fiscal stimulus remains the most effective policy lever for addressing the jobs crisis. Long-run fiscal sustainability is more difficult to achieve when a long-term jobs crisis has caused people to defer or forgo educational attainment, poverty and malnutrition to rise, human capital to atrophy, business to refrain from investing and physical stock to depreciate from disuse.
  2. Let the Bush tax cuts expire. The Bush tax cuts have already added more than $3 trillion to the national debt and will add another $4.3 trillion over the next decade, if extended. They should fully expire on schedule, and to alleviate the impact of their expiration on lower- and middle-income households, refundable tax credits should be consolidated and expanded. Specifically, a work credit and a family tax credit should replace the personal exemption, standard deduction, and Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.
  3. Preserve and strengthen the social safety net. Benefits should not be reduced. Instead, the safety net on which millions of Americans rely should be strengthened by expanding unemployment compensation, eliminating the payroll tax cap to solidify Social Security’s finances, and attaining long-run efficiency savings and cost containment in the provision of health care.
  4. Return fairness and progressivity to the tax code. Taxing wealth the same as ordinary income, reinstating more progressive estate tax parameters, adding new tax brackets on taxable income over $2 million and enacting a net wealth tax would reverse the weakening of the progressivity of the tax code that has occurred over the past few decades.
  5. Tax goods and services that have significant social costs. Pricing carbon emissions, taxing financial transactions and leverage, and levying taxes on products that pose public health risks would compel businesses to internalize costs that would otherwise spill over to society.
“This plan is gimmick-free,” Pollack said. “We don’t shift costs onto middle-class households or the elderly and disabled, and we don’t produce savings by cutting vital investments in the nation’s infrastructure, education or innovative capacity. We achieve fiscal sustainability by investing in future generations and ensuring that the highest-income households—who have benefited most from economic growth over the last few decades—pay a little more to help contribute to our continued prosperity.”

Public support is also on the side of these anti-austerity voices with poll after poll showing unquestionable support for the safety net programs and bi-partisan support for raising taxes on the nation's wealthiest. More than 130,000 Americans have signed on to a petition opposing cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The petition is on Sanders’ Senate website and also online at the Social Security Works website and MoveOn.org.
Here's Bernie Sanders in a recent appearance on MSNBC's The Ed Show, saying the American people overwhelmingly, and regardless of party affiliation, support progressive economic solutions:


Read the full Economic Policy Institute's report here.
The complete text of the letter from the "Jobs Not Austerity"

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Rush:  Mea Culpa!  (Latin for 'my fault')

Radio host, and alleged defacto leader of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh was in rare candid form during the Monday Nov. 12 broadcast of his radio program The Rush Limbaugh Show where he reveled in his prediction of being blamed for the embarrassing GOP loss on election night.

Limbaugh began his segment stating the following:
Just as I predicted, ladies and gentlemen -- wait 'til you hear the sound bites -- this election was lost because of your host, Rush Limbaugh. I am the primary reason.
There are others, but I'm the primary reason the Republican Party lost. And I am, by the way, the primary reason the Republican Party will keep losing, until I am denounced by the Republican Party.
Rush was responding to criticism in a Politico.com article which resurrected a months old quote by Limbaugh that said the following:
If Obama wins, the Republican Party is going to try to maneuver so Conservatives get blamed.
And as it happens Limbaugh was partly correct, but his was hardly a premonition. It's like he threw gasoline on a building and then said, "I'll be blamed for burning this down."

Talking heads like moderate conservative Joe Scarborough have come forward to blame conservative media, with Limbaugh being at the top of the list. That is not all, however. Louisiana Governor and GOP favorite, Bobby Jindal, also came out assaulting the GOP's philosophies stating that Republicans should stop being "the stupid party."

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Fox News Screwed the Pooch  (or the sheep)


Since the election is over it's OK for me to finally let the cat out of the bag. Roger Ailes (head of FOX News) used to work at MSNBC and went from there to FOX News in a elaborate disinformation (or Black Propaganda as it was known in the Obama WH) scheme to create elaborate acts of deception and false statements to convince the gullible GOP of many untruths. It was designed to manipulate the FOX/GOP audience by either discrediting conflicting information or supporting false conclusions to lull them into a sense of complacency and ignorance.

Meanwhile, the demographics and opinions of the American Public were changing and all the while the GOP were oblivious to the transformation. Sleeper agents O'Reilly, college drop-outs Beck and Hannity and former Pillsbury dough-boy Cavuto all masqueraded as conservative intellectuals, steering the lemmings off the 2012 POTUS election cliff. 

Now, that it's over and was successful beyond all expectations, it's OK to lift the lid of secrecy and let you know just how much FOX News has caused so many people to be out of the loop of reality.
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Downsizing the American Dream
Destroying good paying American Jobs.

All of the blame of unions by Hostess and the right wing media is a bunch of malarkey designed to further the conservative agenda of destroying organized labor. The reality is that by closing the company, the investment bankers that run Hostess can suck even more profit out of an already twice bankrupted company. The door is open for someone to buy the company, and relocate it to a right to work state.

According to Fortune, this is how Hostess emerged from bankruptcy in 2009, “Hostess was able to exit bankruptcy in 2009 for three reasons. The first was Ripplewood’s equity infusion of $130 million in return for control of the company (it currently owns about two-thirds of the equity). The second reason: substantial concessions by the two big unions. Annual labor cost savings to the company were about $110 million; thousands of union members lost their jobs. The third reason: Lenders agreed to stay in the game rather than drive Hostess into liquidation and take whatever pieces were left. The key lenders were Silver Point and Monarch. Both are hedge funds that specialize in investing in distressed companies — whether you call them saviors or vultures depends on whether you’re getting fed or getting eaten.”

Hostess was a distressed company that was taken over by Bain style management that had one eye on closing the company the whole time. Hostess had already stopped contributing to employee pensions, was swimming in debt, and demanded that workers take an additional 27%-32% pay cut.

The vulture capitalists don’t care that 18,500 people just lost their jobs. Like Mitt Romney, to the job killers running Hostess profit is king. The Hostess brand will resurface. It is likely to come back in a Southern red state with a labor force earning a bit above minimum wage and no benefits. The Twinkie will be back, but those 18,500 decently paying jobs with benefits will never return.


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 Global Warming Predictions--biggest story of the century so far!

World Bank: "4°C Warming Simply Must Not Be Allowed To Occur"


 
The noted tree-hugging hippies at the World Bank have a new report out warning of the dangers of 4 degrees Celsius—or 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit—of global warming.
In an introduction, World Bank president Dr. Jim Yong Kim writes that he hopes the report "shocks us into action." The impacts of 4-degree warming cited in the report include:

  • By the end of the century, sea-levels will rise by one meter or more as the ice sheets in Greenland and the West Antarctic.
  • Drought and extreme temperatures will increase in areas like Africa, southern Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Australia, and Southeast Asia.
  • Ocean acidity will increase 150 percent.
  • Agricultural production will decrease in many areas.
  • Water resources will be strained.
  • Major ecosystems like coral reefs and the Amazon rainforest will be destroyed.
Of course an average of 4 degrees warming across the globe doesn't look the same everywhere. Some areas are wetter. Some are drier. Some will actually be 6 degrees warmer. Some get cyclones. Some get floods. All together, the report finds that it will be very bad, particular for the poorest and most vulnerable communities.

Nov 16, 2012

Mideast War Memorial, Open Letter to Texas on their Secession, and other Fun Stuff




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12 Signs you might be a member of the Tea Party





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A Letter To Texas From The Remaining 49 States

A Letter To Texas From The Remaining 49 StatesWE THE CITIZENS of The Remaining 49 United States of America hereby grant Texas its wish to withdraw from our country, that it may create its own sovereign nation. A nation completely free of the burden of tolerance regarding any ideas, customs, laws, taxes, or ethnicity that it does not “cotton to”.

We congratulate our new neighbors to the South on the imminent creation of its perfect Utopia, in which cumbersome gun laws need not exist, the mentally handicapped can be executed with reckless abandon, and school curriculums can be properly adjusted to instruct children that the Earth is a mere 3000 years old.

We will, of course, miss the economic benefits, quality barbecue and hot cheerleaders that you have nobly provided over these past 200-plus years. But though we won’t argue that Texas has been at the forefront of the nation in production of oil, beef, cotton, and other valuable commodities, those benefits have always been tragically counterbalanced by your state’s equally impressive production of prideful ignorance and unrepentant assholes.

(Side note: We know it’s a long shot, but is there any chance that we could convince you to take Alabama with you? With both of you gone it would really help boost our national literacy rate. You could call yourself “Alabexas”. No? We didn’t think so. It was worth a try.)
One last request: as an act of goodwill between nations, before you erect your long-awaited immigrant-proof wall can you do us a solid and give the Austin hipster-transplants a couple of weeks to pack up their instruments and get their vans back up here? Thanks.

So I guess this is it Texas. I suspect we won’t hear from you again until you remember that human beings need water to live. But we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Thanks for the memories and for Stevie Ray Vaughan. Our country just got a little bit smaller but a great deal more respectable. And for that we thank you.

-THE REMAINING 49 STATES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Guest Contributor:  Mike Polk

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While the better part of our nation forges ahead to face the real challenges of the future, tens of thousands of immature faux-patriots and their clumsy, short-sighted secession campaign are better left ignored.

And it’s not just the liberals who are saying that everyone should accept President Barack Obama’s landslide victory.




Former First Lady Barbara Bush and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal are just two of the Republican standard-bearers who have come forward to tell “secessionists” – who are threatening Civil War and further discrediting Republicans everywhere – to shut the hell up.

Mrs. Bush, wife to 41st President George H.W Bush and mother to 43rd President George W. Bush, spoke Thursday at an event at the LBJ library, which Former First Lady Laura Bush also attended. Reuters quotes Mrs. Bush as saying:
I’m tired now of the elections. People spoke. Move on, get on with it. I want to do other things and not to be ugly.
The older of the two Bush First Ladies also issued a stern warning to the more intransigent members of Congress about repairing our budget shortfalls:
They are going to have to compromise. It’s not a dirty word.
Laura Bush, wife of George W. Bush, seems to have remained silent on current events at the conference, titled Enduring Legacies of America’s First Ladies.

Barbara Bush’s rebuke of the frenzied right-wing hoopla following Obama’s reelection comes in light of the wave of “secession” petitions individuals have posted to the White House-hosted petition page.

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Ban Grocery Store Chick Magazines in 2013




Past Elections to make note of, and then move on.

TV stations too cheap to do REAL News!   Start finding out what's KILLED Kansas City's urban black culture.


Toddler shot 16th and Topping.  Drive by Shooting.   Why?


Ya just can't talk about cultural stupidity and lack of respect for life when it comes to urban shootings without coming across like a racist. 

It's time the TV stations quit just showing us video of police tape and do a study on SHOOTINGS.... who gets shot, who does the shooting.    Are they gang related?  Drug related?   Uneducated?  Dropouts?  Sons of single moms?    Hip hoppers?   The police records have the raw data.   Yes, its a statistical story, but you can cover it with video....and put up supers showing us the raws
umbers.   

And not just interviewing some dumb ass auntie doing a dutiful quick interview on how sad she is.    What do the law enforcement sociology types say about this phenomenon?    Surely SOMEBODY's out there studying this....this trend that occupies so much of your airtime but never draws conclusions to help us understand why its a daily event.
And MURDERS aren't the study--too small a statistical universe...that only tells us how many good SHOTS and first responder failurs there are out there.   Expand the study to talk about SHOOTINGS.   And motives.   Who's doing this?   And don't ask the usual religious leaders who have no idea because the shooters don't likely go to church.   Go to prisons and ask them!   And others who've studied it.   That'll take a little effort.   Yup, you can't turn that story by midafternoon the same day you assign it, and it won't be handed to you on the police monitor!   Have you forgotten how to do an award winning 5 part series with a dozen or more interview subjects?

Cheap PD Press Release coverage from Channel 9. 


Why FOX TV FAILED in the national election and the LIES they continue to keep their misguided, FAILED viewers!  (TV is a cheap medium believing IMAGE is more effective than substance!!)

(CBS News) In the wake of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's loss, the Republican party has spent the week talking about reshaping their identity to appeal more broadly to American voters. Friday, former Secretary of State during the Bush Administration, Condoleezza Rice, joined "CBS This Morning" to look ahead at her party's future and shared some foreign policy advice with President Obama.

While Rice maintained that the electoral college often skews the reality of an election -- "It was still a close election in the popular vote," she said -- she admitted that there is a need for a "bigger tent for the Republican party."

WHAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NEEDS TO DO IS WORRY LESS ABOUT IDENTITY AND APPEAL to win, and work harder to teach their people about COMPROMISE....and what their ESSENCE IS. 

 Is it.....

RELIGIOUS VALUES (which are against the Constitution), like abortion, same sex, prayer in schools or
RACIAL ATTITUDES,  or the
DEFICIT PROBLEM of spending more money that we HAVE so we must BORROW A THIRD OF OUR EXPENSES, or TRADITION of PARTY LOYALTY NO MATTER WHAT THE GOP CURRENT VIEWS ARE, or
STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE at the expense of education, student loans, social security and medicare, or,
SOMETHING I DIDN'T MENTION?

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REPUBLICANS just don't want to FEED YOUR GRANDMA or YOUR KIDS for YOUR BAD PLANNING!!!


(Take her HOME, and stay there, and care for her until she dies.  And fix your OWN kids' school lunches!)


I've learned one thing as a long time liberal.  We don't all agree with each other's REASONS for being liberal or supporting liberal candidates.   Lets face it, many liberals probably arent tolerant of abortion or gay marriage.  Or throwing grandma out on the street when her nursing home can't get government help when she runs out of money.... or funding presidental libraries, or foreign aid to Israel and even our enemies, or Farm Subsidies for farmers during drought years when they earn ZERO money, or big bird, or massive storms or earthquakes and helpless victims.    Or poor kids whose unemployed/uneducated parents can't afford school lunches.  

So you VOTED FOR THE REPUBLICANS did you?  Still in mourning?

The FOX NEWS types don't actually discuss these matters in HUMAN TERMS or religious terms.   They all just talk about shit at the 30,000 foot POLITICAL level, knowing that might keep Republican voters.   

FOX NEWS want's to SURVIVE...and make MONEY selling commercials no matter WHO wins a particular ELECTION!   It's not about POLITICAL WINNERS AND LOSERS.   It's about corporate profits.    SEE FOX as a BUSINESS, and you'll see Fox for what they really are.   A Murdock company trying to make MONEY offa YOU!! 


You won't see this "WHY WE LOST" discussion on FOX from Karl ROVE or Krathhammer.    They can't sell it on human terms and they know it.   And so does FOX, so they don't ASK those questions.  Don't show the needs.   Just the political strategiests.     And that's EXACTLY WHY you voted for the party nobody else did.   You were mislead.  And they are still trashing Obama....even though HE's not they problem.... THEY ARE!   But who admits their own failures?

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED? from the past two presidential elections?    ANYTHING?     Has it not occurred to you that FOX THIS WEEK is spinning their same song only to keep you watching....instead of abandoning them for misleading you?

That's your task.  To figure out why you were so surprised.   What did the REST of America know that you DIDN'T....and why?

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Wealthy have had tax cuts for ten years now.  So where are those private jobs?


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The big losers:  Who Is Most Pissed Off After This Election?
An insightful, entertaining article from Huffington Post.  Well worth the read.





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Romney Stiffs His Closest Staffers on Election Night!!

The next time you have the misfortune of hearing a Wall Street titan or other one-percenter whine about how their trickle-down contributions are not appreciated by the masses remember this tidbit, courtesy of Garrett Haake at NBC:

From the moment Mitt Romney stepped off stage Tuesday night, having just delivered a brief concession speech he wrote only that evening, the massive infrastructure surrounding his campaign quickly began to disassemble itself.
Aides taking cabs home late that night got rude awakenings when they found the credit cards linked to the campaign no longer worked.
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No doubt a whole host of Boston taxi drivers found themselves stiffed when it came to tips early Wednesday morning. That’s what happens when the money trickles up, not down and it’s why healthy economies don’t depend on the trickle down whims of overlords. The minute Richie Rich decides he doesn’t need all that
stuff staff … well, that’s that.

In case you are wondering, this did not have to happen. The Mitt Romney for President entity does not end with Romeny’s Tuesday night loss. There are papers to be filed with various federal commissions and bills to be paid ….

But clearly not the taxi bills belonging to some of those most loyal to Romney. Maybe that’s what you get for taking a job with a multi-millionaire who boasts about the fact that he sneaks popcorn into movie theatres in wife’s handbag, so he doesn’t have to pay inflated concession prices for a snack.
Hat Tip to Charles Pierce at Esquire for highlighting this delicious anecdote.


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heh heh heh.   If you don't think that's funny, then you must be a typical Republican who HAS NO sense of humor!     May I suggest you stop blogging the internet and go back to situation comedies until 2016?


Nov 15, 2012

Didn't we already have the election?

I'm noticing that some of the facebook pages like "Fox Nation" and "The Tea Party " have not yet noticed that the election is over. Like McCain and Romney, are they just anti-American, or still bitter? Isn't it time for them to quit keeping their readers constantly pissed off? We have work to do in this country.

We've always put our disagreements over partisanship aside after elections.....or is this something new?    Hello Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky)?   Are you listening or just an obstinate old man from the South?   

I've BEEN to Kentucky.  My grandbaby was born there.  I don't see that many millionaires living down there needing their $250k+ tax cuts.  I'm not sure they'll vote for you in 2014, bud!    Maybe Rush is right....this is the end of the millionaire Republican party as it's become since Reagan.


Nov 12, 2012

World's Superrich Hide 21 Trillion in Tax Havens!



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Super-Rich Hide $21 Trillion in Secret Tax Havens, Says Tax Justice Network

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The super-rich are hiding at between $21-$31 trillion in offshore accounts, according to a new study. (Credit: Getty Images)
The super-rich are hiding at least $21 trillion in accounts outside their home countries, according to a report by an activist group called the Tax Justice Network.

The wealth hidden in these tax shelters is the equivalent of  the United States and Japanese economies combined, according to the report, “The Price of Offshore Revisited.
“The hidden offshore sector is large enough to make a significant difference to all or conventional measures of inequality, ” wrote the lead author, James S. Henry, a former McKinsey & Co. chief economist.

“Since most of the missing financial wealth belongs to a tiny elite, the impact is staggering. For most countries, global financial inequality is not only much greater than we suspected, but it has been growing much faster, ” he said.

Daniel N. Shaviro, a professor of taxation at New York University, told ABC News a lot of what’s happening is tax fraud.  He said the report highlights that there are wealthy people who don’t want to pay taxes — and their home countries don’t have enforcement mechanisms in place, so they can get away with it.
In a list of the top 20 countries experiencing “global flight wealth,” China ranks as number one with $1.19 trillion. It is followed by Russia, Korea, Brazil and Kuwait.

“Often these countries in general have not been rich for as long as the U.S. or England so they may not have both the rule of law and their enforcements may not be as well developed,” said Shaviro.

Using data from the World Bank, the IMF, the United Nations, central banks, the Bank for International Settlements and other sources,  the report said 100,000 people worldwide were responsible for $9.8 trillion in wealth held offshore.
And who managed the money?

According to the study, UBS, Credit Suisse, and Goldman Sachs are the top three private banks handling  offshore accounts for the super-rich.

“It turns out that this offshore sector — which specializes in tax dodging — is basically designed and operated, not by shady no-name banks located in sultry islands, but by the  world’s largest private banks, law firms, accounting firms, headquartered in First World capitals like London, New York and Geneva,” wrote Henry.

---From ABC News Blog

Stuff you didn't know....


I never saw my dad cry about serving in Vietnam. Not once. Then the traveling Vietnam Wall came to our hometown. He cried so hard he could barely drive home. There are no unwounded soldiers.--Dave




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The map we're used to seeing exaggerates the size of the Republican vote, since there are a lot of red states that are large in area but small in population. In this cartogram, where 1 square = 1 electoral vote, Obama's mandate becomes easier to see.
From AATTP member Levi Tooker
— with Tony Crego, Robinson Vidal Ramirez Jr. and A. Lynn Grossman.



Nov 11, 2012

History Class: The Tea Party and Why Millions of Americans Hate their Government'; And most obvious wisdom is LAST in this post!

Obama Won, But He Still Has to Contend with Millions of Americans Taught to Hate Their Own Government

It's no small obstacle that tens of millions of voters think government is the problem.
As Campaign 2012 ends, it is clear that perhaps the most profound transformation of American politics in recent decades has been the Right’s successful demonization of the federal government and its role in national life. Tens of millions of voters, especially white men, buy into Ronald Reagan’s dictum that “government is the problem.”

This animosity toward the federal government explains not only the Tea Party’s victories in 2010 but the buoyancy of Mitt Romney’s candidacy in 2012 despite his stunningly dishonest campaign and his off-putting political persona.

The hard truth for liberals and progressives is that the Right’s imposing propaganda machinery can make pretty much make anything into anything, whatever serves the Right’s ideological and political needs, while the Left has nothing to compare to this right-wing capability.

For instance, the Right’s propaganda has convinced many Americans of a bogus historical narrative which has the Framers enacting the Constitution as a states’-rights document designed to have a weak central government – when the reality was nearly the opposite.

 Bring a sack lunch to read this from Alternet
http://www.alternet.org/obama-won-he-still-has-contend-millions-americans-taught-hate-their-own-government?page=0%2C3&paging=off


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If women weren't allowed to vote ... this is what our electoral college map would have looked like in 2012.

What does that tell you about the insanity of men? Seriously - this is insane guys. A whole lot of dull bulbs.


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Gerrymandering, defined

Have you seen the recent reports that suggest Democrats should have carried the US House but for Gerrymandering at the state level to arrange the districts so that democratic voters congregate together in fewer districts, hence fewer Representatives? Is that legal?

This is a damn shame! We would have a democrat majority in the house if in 2010, when republicans swept all the houses and won the Governorships, didn't happen. Specifically in Pa. 23 of the congressional seats in Pa, 18 of them republicans fill. While only 5 democrats fill there's. They mapped out Pa in redistricting, that favored republicans, leaving only 5 democrats representing them. I hope the people of Pa realize how under-represented they are b/c of the cheating the republicans did.

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Important Conservative Editor says raising Taxes on the Millionaires Isn't the End of the World.
Why sacrifice the Republican party over millionaires?


WASHINGTON -- Conservative commentator and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said Sunday the Republican Party should accept new ideas, including the much-criticized suggestion by Democrats that taxes be allowed to go up on the wealthy.

"It won't kill the country if we raise taxes a little bit on millionaires," he said on "Fox News Sunday." "It really won't, I don't think. I don't really understand why Republicans don't take Obama's offer."

"Really? The Republican Party is going to fall on its sword to defend a bunch of millionaires, half of whom voted Democratic and half of whom live in Hollywood and are hostile?" he asked.
One of the biggest fights as Congress returns will be over taxes, as cuts put in place by former President George W. Bush are set to expire at the end of the year. Republicans want to extend those tax cuts for all income brackets, while Democrats want to raise revenue by allowing them to expire for wealthy Americans.

Exit polls last week found that six in ten voters supported ending the tax cuts on the wealthy, but House Republicans have remained adamantly opposed to allowing any of the rates to expire, instead supporting other changes to the tax code. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated on Friday that was unlikely to change. 

"By lowering rates and cleaning up the tax code, we know that we're going to get more economic growth," he said at a press conference. "It'll bring jobs back to America. It'll bring more revenue. We also know that if we clean up the code and make it simpler, the tax code will be more efficient. The current code only collects about 85 percent of what's due the government. And it's clear that if you have a simpler, cleaner, fairer tax code, that efficiency -- the effectiveness and efficiency of the tax code increases exponentially."


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POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE: Republicans still talking about the Benghazi Al Queda attack?

Don't waste time with this little shit of only four dead in a Libyan CIA spy nest. That's like trying to impeach Clinton for lying about a blow job while Arab men are learning how to fly jetliners into tall buildings! Get it?   

Don't distract our President from what we hired him to do.


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Nov 10, 2012

Do you plan to cheat your state for your parents' nursing home MEDICAID care?

How many families want to shield their PARENTS SAVED UP ASSETS for THEMSELVES so the STATE will pick up their parents NURSING HOME (MEDICAID) costs... effectively SCREWING taxpayers to pay for care that the elderly COULD have paid out of their own saved up money?  

All so the kids can pocket their parents' ASSETS BEFOREHAND, and stick the state with their nursing care after they have no assets left?

That's called FAMILY GREED, not for millions but for smaller money.   Yes, MIDDLE CLASS  people can be government cheaters too!!   

Moral people would suggest parental savings are for THEM and THEIR care, not for the children's inheritances!   Who's money WAS it, anyway?  


Were you were counting on your parents kicking the bucket WITHOUT going to the nursing home at $5000 a month?   You were really hoping for that inheritance, weren't you?

Pouring your heart out...advice



And God Tweeted these Commandments Unto Moses...



A Map of Racist Tweets About President Obama's Re-election (Mississippi & Alabama Lead the Pack)

Enterprising social media number crunchers took a look at the racist responses after the election.
The website Floating Sheep has produced a fascinating rundown on the racist tweets after election day:
During the day after the 2012 presidential election we took note of  a spike in hate speech on Twitter referring to President Obama's re-election, as chronicled by Jezebel  (thanks to Chris Van Dyke for bringing this our attention). It is a useful reminder that technology reflects the society in which it is based, both the good and the bad.  Information space is not divorced from everyday life and racism extends into the geoweb and helps shapes its contours; and in turn, data from the geoweb can be used to reflect the geographies of racist practice back onto the places from which they emerged. ... [W]e wanted to see how this type of hate speech overlaid on physical space.  


Is the Cult of Karl Rove Over?


The GOP’s master of spin might have spun his last web with an election-night rant on Fox News. Now, even Rove’s allies say it’s time he called it quits, reports David Freedlander.

“The donor community is not just annoyed, they are really really pissed off,” said one Romney aide with close ties to the Republican Party’s big-money people in New York. Most of the money Rove pried from these donors, this strategist said, went so that Crossroads could produce television ads slamming Barack Obama, instead of into the kind of get-out-the-vote effort that the Democrats focused on.     More from Daily Beast....

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Politics

Mitch McConnell should resign as leader


On December 7, 2010 Mitch McConnell said “Our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term.” Yet with the deck stacked in his favor, Mitch McConnell failed to put together a winning hand.

This seems to have been a massive miscalculation by McConnell, given that the majority of Americans put jobs as their top priority over the past two years. To accomplish his goal Mitch McConnell obstructed the president’s jobs bill, blocked a veterans jobs bill, and forced the country to accept reductions in government jobs totaling almost 700,000 jobs. And he did all of this so he could pin the tail on the donkey for all of the medicore recovery data.    More from Detroit News....

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