Feb 26, 2013

Feb 24, 2013

The Best Weapon Against Tyranny Is No Longer An Assault Rifle – It’s A Keyboard (VIDEO)

For all the arguments from the paranoid right about the need for arms to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government, the problem is that traditional arms available to an under-trained civilian force cannot attempt to directly overcome a modern military. There is a severe sense of being outmatched, a full military can afford weapons that no civilian force can even consider.

In fact, one of the reasons why the state militia was reorganized under the National Guard was to enable them to have the expanded weaponry and capability which came from a unified national force, while still retaining the direct control by the states.

But, there is a force of arms by which a civilian force can assault and overthrow a tyrannical government – the computer.

A modern force of arms is not the traditional image of a group of minutemen gathering to stand against an army, it is in organized computer systems, in information release, even our combat systems have become little more than remote-controlled video games. In such a computer driven world, what use is an assault rifle?

The United States grasp of information based warfare is primitive, even as our enemies have embraced it. Already coordinated cyber-attacks by both foreign governments and terrorist organizations are on the rise. It is now considered highly likely a large scale coordinated cyber-attack will occur in the next 11 months. But while there are dangerous enemies abroad, there are also domestic patriot computer activists who did take up force of arms, their computers, to prevent a tyrannical takeover of the government.

A true defender of the 2nd Amendment would not be fighting against an Assault Weapons Ban, which would effect an ever shrinking group, but instead be fighting against attempts to restrict internet access, which would be to eliminate access to the arms of the 21st century.

The NRA and similar supposedly pro-2nd Amendment groups are decidedly stuck in the 19th century. In the modern world, uprisings against the government were not won by firearms, but by information.

 Popular uprisings, successful uprisings, across the world were managed by computer coordination, using systems such as Facebook, Twitter, and other social media applications. People who wish to resist an oppressive government do not need weapons anymore. The pen is indeed mightier than the sword, or in this case, the keyboard is mightier than the assault rifle.

Original link  Addicting Info

Feb 21, 2013

ALEC Template? Mo Repubs Push Slew Of Union-Busting Proposals; plus Facts on Min Wage

By Travis Waldron on Feb 19, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Missouri Republicans this month touched off the latest push for a so-called “right-to-work” law, introducing legislation similar to the union-busting laws signed by Republican governors in Indiana and Michigan last year.

The right-to-work proposal, which prohibits unions from requiring workers to join, is just one of multiple bills targeting unions that are making their way through the GOP-controlled state legislature. Others would end Missouri’s prevailing wage law and prohibit unions from using dues for political purposes unless workers gave them permission to.

 Right-to-work, the most pernicious of the proposals, faces an uphill battle even though the GOP holds veto-proof majorities in both the state House and state Senate. Still, Republicans have been emboldened by successful right-to-work efforts in Michigan and Indiana, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: “I’ve seen a momentum building around the country, and I don’t think it’s an issue that Missourians or our Legislature can simply ignore or avoid,” said House Speaker Tim Jones, Republican from Eureka who has signed on as a co-sponsor of right-to-work legislation here. “It may be a multiyear process because this is the first time — in a long time — these issues have been debated with this much attention.”

 The state senate will not prioritize passage of right-to-work, according to Majority Leader Ron Richard (R), because a similar proposal failed last year. But Republicans in both Indiana and Michigan said they would not prioritize right-to-work before passing it shortly after.

 Instead, Richard said the Senate would focus on legislation that repeals the state’s prevailing wage law, which guarantees workers a livable wage, and another proposal that would keep unions from using dues for political purposes.  

Another ALEC Template as Republicans take over the States

 ProgressMissouri found that the various right-to-work proposals closely mirror legislation produced by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a business front-group that was abandoned by dozens of companies last year over its support for controversial voter suppression laws and other conservative proposals. In 2011, Missouri Republicans introduced right-to-work legislation that was nearly identical to legislation introduced in other states. Proponents argue that right-to-work laws spur job and economic growth, though there is little evidence backing up those claims. Such laws have, however, been linked to lower wages and less access to health and retirement benefits for workers, both union and non-union alike.

 Missouri voters overwhelmingly rejected a right-to-work proposal in 1978. The ThinkProgress Link....

And about the MINIMUM WAGE?

Australia also has socialized healthcare, which enforces low cost, individual responsibility. This protects their population as a whole.

Therefore their realistic minimum wage is used for pay a healthcare tax and also to pay for their cost of living without government assistance.

This helps stimulate their economy for the betterment of all. Exactly the opposite of what the USA does

Video: Jon Stewart nails John McCain for the vain little pr|ck he is.

Very Entertaining...

Feb 15, 2013

Banned Video: History of White People in the US

This controversial cartoon digs deep into our culture of fear, guns, and racism. It’s not pleasant, but it’s real.

Shocking statistic from ths clip: The KKK was first declared a terrorist organization the same year as the NRA was found, 1871. Coincidence? Hmmmm . . .

From Liberals Unite.  http://samuel-warde.com/2013/02/a-brief-history-of-white-people-in-the-usa-video/

Feb 13, 2013

Alternet: Brownback's Plan to Flush Kansas' Economy Down the Toilet

The new “red-state model” seeks to turn your state into Mississippi.    And Brownback's in on it.
 The GOP has plans for a comeback. But it may cost you a lot. The idea is to capitalize on recent Republican state takeovers to conduct an austerity experiment known as the new “red-state model” and prove that faulty policies can be turned into gold.
There will be smoke. There will be mirrors. And there will be a lot of ordinary people suffering needlessly in the wake of this ideological train wreck.

We already have a red-state model, and it’s called Mississippi. Or Texas. Or any number of states characterized by low public investment, worker abuse, environmental degradation, educational backwardness, high rates of unwanted pregnancy, poor health, and so on.

Now the GOP is determined to bring that horrible model to the rest of America.

In Kansas, the Wall Street Journal reports that Governor Sam Brownback is aiming to up his profile “by turning Kansas into what he calls Exhibit A for how sharp cuts in taxes and government spending can generate jobs, wean residents off public aid and spur economic growth.” In remarks quoted in the same article, Brownback announced that "My focus is to create a red-state model that allows the Republican ticket to say, 'See, we've got a different way, and it works.’ "

Brownback’s economic inspiration is Reagan-era supply-side economist Arthur Laffer and the folks at Americans for Prosperity, the conservative outfit backed by the deep coffers of the Koch brothers.

This new austerity talk focused on “fiscal innovations” is emboldening Republicans in other states that have been gerrymandered into submission to the GOP, including Indiana, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and alas, my home state of North Carolina.

Republications have been eyeing the Tar Heel state with interest due to its recent swing status in presidential elections. The state was also the target of a gerrymandering strategy that worked out wonderfully for the Republicans, but not so well for democracy. Sam Wang, the founder of the Princeton Election Consortium, wrote recently in the New York Times about how Republican redistricting thwarted Democratic voters:
"Although gerrymandering is usually thought of as a bipartisan offense, the rather asymmetrical results may surprise you....I have developed approaches to detect such shenanigans by looking only at election returns. To see how the sleuthing works, start with the naïve standard that the party that wins more than half the votes should get at least half the seats. In November, five states failed to clear even this low bar: Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. ... In North Carolina, where the two-party House vote was 51 percent Democratic, 49 percent Republican, the average simulated delegation was seven Democrats and six Republicans. The actual outcome? Four Democrats, nine Republicans — a split that occurred in less than 1 percent of simulations. If districts were drawn fairly, this lopsided discrepancy would hardly ever occur."
The lesson of North Carolina tells you that the GOP red-state model is based, first and foremost, on efforts to flagrantly disregard the will of the people. NC’s discount-store mogul Art Pope, a longtime GOP donor and champion of free-market fundamentalism, has been appointed state budget director by the new Republican governor, Pat McCrory. In an incredible display of money buying political influence, Pope has gone well beyond his donor-counterparts in other states. Instead of just funding the politicians he wants, he has gone for direct rule by occupying government himself. Tax repeal is the centerpiece of his announced plans, but his hatred of public investment means he has much more than that in store for one of the most progressive states in the South. Pope is said to be more powerful than the governor, giving rise to the term “Pope administration” to describe the new political reality.

GOP pols are vying to out-do each other in extreme red-state programming. NC state senator Bob Rucho is pushing a plan to eliminate the state's income taxes altogether. Such plans go hand-in-hand with calls for increasing the sales tax. Because low-income people pay a higher proportion of their income in sales taxes, abolishing income taxes and raising sales taxes shoves tax burdens onto them. Obviously, the Republicans will not give up on their passionate desire to cut taxes on the wealthy and stick it to the poor and the middle class.

Pope’s ideological opposition to public investment is ringing alarm bells. North Carolina, a state where progressives have fought conservative forces tooth and nail to achieve an enviable university system and a reputation for high-tech and research, is now in danger of being thrown into a period of regressive darkness. University of North Carolina sociologist Andrew Perrin put it this way: “Public investment is part of what has set North Carolina apart from our neighbors in the South.”

But Pope is hell-bent on turning North Carolina into Mississippi.

The GOP economic plans not only subvert common sense and the lessons of history (being played out right now in places like the U.K., where austerity has failed dramatically), they also flip a giant middle finger at the American voter. Unable to win support at the national level for their foolhardy economic programs, Republicans have turned their attention to state-level action because that’s where gerrymandering really works wonders.

Red-state model proponents claim that their maneuvers will spark economic growth. But that was basically what George W. Bush had in mind when he supported a similar program for cutting taxes on the rich. That didn’t work out so well, and increased the very deficits Republicans decry.

But here’s the really scary part. Slashing taxes, squeezing workers and throwing out environmental protections can indeed lure businesses to states where they won’t have to pay their fair share and can get away with all sorts of abuse. If a state like North Carolina promotes such policies, businesses from nearby states like Virginia may indeed move their operations down the road. Unless you believe in the “Confidence Fairy,” as Paul Krugman calls the naïve GOP faith that making everybody poorer is the way to become rich, then you know that what results is simply trade diversion, not genuine growth. In other words, one state’s gain is another state’s loss. The result is a headlong race-to-the-bottom whereby the states losing business will be pressured to slash their taxes and burden their workers and ordinary citizens, too. Nobody wins in that game -- except the 1 percent.

The blue-state model, evident in high-income states like Massachusetts, has long been associated with high levels of state investments in education, transportation and other public goods. And guess what? It's also associated with economic strength. The red-state model, on the other hand, is linked to backwardness, second-rate educational systems and economic weakness.

What the GOP wants to do is create an image-problem for blue states where taxes have been raised to balance budgets and continue vital services and jobs by crying “Look, Ma! No taxes!” in the states where they’ve taken control.

They’ll soon be able to say, “Look, Ma! No economy.”

Lynn Parramore is an AlterNet senior editor. She is cofounder of Recessionwire, founding editor of New Deal 2.0, and author of 'Reading the Sphinx: Ancient Egypt in Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture.' She received her Ph.d in English and Cultural Theory from NYU, where she has taught essay writing and semiotics. She is the Director of AlterNet's New Economic Dialogue Project. Follow her on Twitter @LynnParramore.


Another fun link to Brownback's Backwards Fun State.  from KCMEESHA.

Feb 11, 2013

Just a little MORE fun

Takin it easy; writers cramp maybe.  So here are some pictures and other things catching my eye out on the 'nets.
MSNBC's Ed Shultz just reported that today is the 7 year anniversary of Dick Cheney shooting someone in the face with a gun.

Ed continued "it is the closest thing to combat that Cheney will ever get."

Too pooped to Pope.