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Class War American Style

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Poverty Rates Soar; Neither Party Cares

And why should they care, since both of them are basically a collection of, to put it kindly, bought-and-paid-for corporate whores.


Couldn’t of said it any better.

–Joe

The Truth – MacLeod Cartoon

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Debt Ceiling – the Media Narrative

Want the truth? Well, there it is.

–Joe

The Character of Real Americans

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Versus the Character of Real Arabs

This says it all. It lays the truth right at the feet of those responsible for the death of this country. If I could say it any better I would. So, I copied it here for everyone to read that doesn’t follow Juan Cole and his Informed Comment blog.

Hundreds of Thousands of Arabs Protest their Governments

Posted on 04/09/2011 by Juan

On Friday, the US Congress endeavored to decide whether American democracy has irretrievably broken down because the representatives of the Billionaires refused to compromise with the representatives of the People (“cutting spending” while “cutting taxes” means “shifting the cost of running society to the middle class from the filthy rich”). The answer was that it had not, as long as the representatives of the People showed sufficient deference to the Billionaires, shuffling, keeping their eyes down, and obediently emptying their pockets. The middle class, successfully distracted by racial and religious hatreds and by attempts to impose patriarchal fundamentalism, was wreathed in vapid smiles as the billionaires sent movers to their homes to pick up the belongings they had just fleeced from them via their enforcers, the tea baggers.

As Americans rushed to surrender their constitutional rights, the peoples of the Middle East rose up from Libya to Iraq to demand those very rights for themselves– freedom of speech, religion, the press, and assembly, as well as safeguards against a secret police state that engages in routine unreasonable search and seizure and imposes cruel and unusual punishments while keeping prisoners hidden, denied habeas corpus, and often denied a speedy civil trial or even a trial at all.

In Iraq, masses began converging from the south and from Diyala province in the east on Baghdad, heeding the call of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr for a million-person demonstration to mark what the Sadrists and many Sunnis see as 8 years of American military occupation. April 9 is commemorated by the pro-American politicians as the day Saddam fell, but the Sadrists and Sunni oppositionists see it as a black day on which Iraq lost its independence to Washington.

Continue to read examples of real courage and self-worth at Informed Comment or here:

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Republicans – The Tea Party

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A sobering look at Republican issues and the Tea Party’s assault on their elitist aspirations to continue to fulfill their mandate as God’s Ordained People. Glenn Greenwald seems to think this movement has legs. If so, then there is ample evidence of what we can expect in American’s future. Maybe another French Revolution American style.

Glenn Greenwald

The misguided reaction to Tea Party candidates

By Glenn Greenwald

  • Thursday, Sep 16, 2010 08:17 ET

The “tea party” movement is, in my view, a mirror image of the Republican Party generally.  There are some diverse, heterodox factions which compose a small, inconsequential minority of it (various libertarian, independent, and Reagan Democrat types), but it is dominated — in terms of leadership, ideology, and the vast majority of adherents — by the same set of beliefs which have long shaped the American Right:  Reagan-era domestic policies, blinding American exceptionalism and natavism, fetishizing American wars, total disregard for civil liberties, social and religious conservatism, hatred of the minority-Enemy du Jour (currently: Muslims), allegiance to self-interested demagogic leaders, hidden exploitation by corporatist masters, and divisive cultural tribalism.  Other than the fact that (1) it is driven (at least in part) by genuine citizen passion and engagement, and (2) represents a justifiable rebellion against the Washington and GOP establishments, I see little good in it and much potential for bad.  To me, it’s little more than the extremely discredited faction which drove the country into the ground for the last decade, merely re-branded under a new name.

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Marijuana Ballot Initiatives Unintended Consequences

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[UPDATE on Eureka council set to consider medical marijuana ordinance – Tuesday, July 20, 2010]

Do Marijuana Ballot Initiatives Help Democrats Win?

Interesting article in the Atlantic by Senior Editor Joshua Greene. He writes about how putting something on the ballot that actually means something to a certain segment of society moves that group, in this case younger people, under 35, to participate — vote.

Are there benefits for the Democrats, Republicans or or does any of this just plain help the people to have a say?

–Joe

Lord Love a Republican

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[UPDATE Below] [UPDATE I :: We Can’t Afford War] [UPDATE II]

War on the Little People

When you’ve lost you job because of the Banks, Wall Street, Obama economy fix and you can’t collect any unemployment benefits and end up homeless and hungry look to your friends, relatives and neighbors that are Republican.

Senate Republicans Block Unemployment Benefits Bill

Senate Republicans have blocked another effort to extend unemployment benefits to millions of jobless workers. Emergency jobless benefits, which provide up to ninety-nine weeks of income support, expired June 2. More than 1.2 million people have already had their checks cut off, but that total is expected soon to rise to two million people.

This is from FireDogLake:

Republicans block unemployment bill

Associated Press:

Stymied by GOP, Democrats at loss on jobs agenda

These Republicans can spend trillions of borrowed dollars on made-up wars, but can’t do anything for the Americans forced to pay for their crass beliefs and looting. [Source]

[UPDATE :: Friday, June 25, 2010]

War on the little people started when? In the process of finding this picture I came across this blog article on Big Dan’s Big Blog posted March 2, 2010, that I think is still appropriate today.

[UPDATE II :: Tuesday, July 20, 2010]

FINALLY!  Senate Democrats set to leap hurdle on extending jobless benefits
Democrats are expected to overcome Republican opposition to the package of new aid for unemployed Americans.

–Joe

Big Gap – Classic Example

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Blanche Lincoln

 [UPDATE]

  1. Daniel Ellsberg, true political hero, on Barack Obama’s Big GAP: http://is.gd/cKCqE

 BIG GAP — Big difference between what is said and what is done. America is all about, “Say one thing – do another. Deny what the said and lie about what they did.”    

By now the drumbeat of what Obama says versus what Obama does is growing louder and louder. As the question: What do you think about Barack Obama and his presidency and inevitably you will hear the words, “very disappointing.” The list of examples I could offer runs the gamut. What people thought they were getting when they voted for Obama is decidedly NOT what they got. Here is a classic example of the deviant, deceptive, double-talk, disingenuous outright lies that permeates everything.   

The Democratic Party and Blanche Lincoln    

Here Glenn poses the question regarding Obama’s and his “White House’s petulant, scornful behavior and what it reflects about its actual agenda.”    

Meg Whitman

Democracy works in that the people get what they want, even when they have to manipulate the voting. Most Americans, as reflected by their choice this past presidential election, learned that what they were offered the last 30 to 40 years as reflected in the Bush/Cheney era took America into the Dark Ages, seriously compromising everything held dear and valuable.    

Apparently Arkansas deserves a Blanche Lincoln. Is this the future of California, Meg Whitman (Republican)?    

Whitman launches first general election ad” – Whitman is NO politician? She’s going to take back Sacramento from what? Politicians like her?    

 Another classic example is this one: “Boehner: Government–i.e. Taxpayers–Should Help Pay For Oil Spill” – Pay attention the the words, i.e., “cost of the cleanup.” There are way more costs associated with the Gulf oil blowout the just the “cleanup.” Once President Obama began to say he was ultimately responsible and take control, he committed the American people to pay the bill – one way or another.

[Picture source and source]    

–Joe

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