Saturday, October 9, 2010

Via JMG: We'll Give When We GetEQUAL - DNC response

Everyone Loses if you Do Not Vote

Quote of the day Via the Coffee Party Movement:

"Um sonho que você sonha sozinho é apenas um sonho. Um sonho que você sonha junto é realidade".

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality." 

-- John Winston Ono Lennon (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980) 

Lennon would have been 70 today

Via Truthout: 10 Ways to Celebrate 10/10/10, Yes! Magazine: "On Sunday, at over 7,000 events in 188 countries, people will be getting to work to stop catastrophic climate change - and calling on their leaders to do the same.... Find an event in your community. If there isn't one, it's not too late: Here are 10 ideas from for planning your own climate work party."

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Sesame Street: Smell Like A Monster

Happy Birthday John Lennon

Friday, October 8, 2010

Via Huffington: Drew Westen: Bringing Up Boehner

Drew Westen: If Democrats want to hang onto their seats in November, they would do well to define this election in terms of the middle class and small business versus the billionaires and big corporations that are hijacking our democracy; to use John Boehner as a poster child for the party whose primary commitment is to the latter and whose tan is a testament to that commitment; and to avoid giving voters reason to regret their vote if they give it to Democrats again this time, by supporting the things they say they stand for and avoiding that golden mean between the public interest and the special interests that finance campaigns on both sides of the aisle.  

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Via Truthout: Randall Amster J.D. Ph.D. | Web of Dependency: The Thin New Line

Randall Amster J.D. Ph.D., Truthout: "In just a few short years, it has become increasingly apparent that humankind is fast approaching a technological tipping point. Particularly in the West - the First World, the Developed Nations, or whatever self-consciously superlative designation you prefer - a thoroughgoing dependence on 'high technology' for life-sustaining essentials is evident in all spheres of modern society. The hardware of our lives, from food and energy to transportation and shelter, is entirely bound up with the workings of a highly mechanized and digitized global economy. And no less so, the software of our existence - communications, community, entertainment, education, media, politics, and the like - is equally entwined within that same technocratic system."

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Via Truthout: Jailed Chinese Dissident Liu Xiaobo Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Tom Lasseter, McClatchy Newspapers: "Imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, a move that dramatically highlighted both the plight of those who speak out against the authoritarian government in Beijing and the lengths to which it goes to silence them. The Nobel committee made clear in its announcement of the award that by giving it to Liu, currently serving an 11-year sentence on subversion charges, it intended to highlight human rights problems and political repression in China."

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Via JMG: (R-OR) Art Robinson Throws Hissy Fit On Rachel Maddow!!!

Via JMG: Imprisoned Chinese Dissident Liu Xiaobo Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who is one year into an eleven year prison sentence, was today awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
In a statement, the Nobel Committee said Liu, 54, was awarded the prize "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China." Liu is serving his sentence at Jinzhou prison in Liaoning, hundreds of miles from his home and wife, Liu Xia, in Beijing. His wife reacted to the news by expressing her thanks that Liu's physical condition seems to have improved in jail, that he's allowed to read and that the two can exchange regular letters. "We have no regrets," she said. "All of this has been of our choosing. It will always be so. We'll bear the consequences together. I've known Liu since 1982. I've watched him change little by little year by year, and we know that we have to pay the price under the current situation in China."
China had warned the Norwegian government that they were not to consider Liu for the honor, claiming that he was ineligible. Liu was imprisoned in 2009 for signing onto a document calling for free elections and expanded human rights in China. He is the first Chinese citizen to win the prize.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Vai America for Purchase: Republicans Scam Cause Americans to Pay Tax Bill for Rich


Republicans are hell bent on defending the massive Bush tax cuts and extending them for their Wall Street friends and rich Americans. If Republicans do not get their way they will stop tax cuts for 98% of American families. Even as poverty has soared in the Republican created recession with millions of people who lost their homes and young and senior Americans cannot find jobs, Republicans are standing firm for the top 2 percent of America’s wealthy.

Republicans continue to drive this ‘debate’ by deceiving American taxpayers and they now argue that even people whose annual incomes are $400,000 or more are not rich!   
During the worst recession in American history, the number of millionaires grew by 16%!  And what is more amazing is the income for billionaires in the U.S. grew a whopping 27%!As the new Forbes billionaires list, recently released, testifies, the richest Americans are getting richer, even as the country as a whole gets poorer. After 2005, under Republican leadership, income inequality in the U.S. ballooned.

Americans should not forget Republican President George W Bush presented Wall Street millionaires and billionaires with an entitlement of Middle Class tax money in the amount of a $700 billion taxpayer funded check with no strings attached in late 2008.  Yet Republicans and their Teabagging supporters want to cut American family ‘entitlements’ of Social Security and Medicare.

Extending tax cuts for the rich would add $3.2 trillion to the backs of American families in deficit spending, which is more money the U.S. would have to borrow from China, and Republicans have NO plans to pay for it.  Republicans John Boehner and Mitch McConnell saidWhy did all of sudden (tax cuts) become something we have to pay for.”  

We must remember the tax legislation enacted under President George W. Bush from 2001 through 2006 cost the U.S. Treasury $2.48 trillion over the 2001-2010 period.  President Bush and Republicans in Congress never even attempted to replace the revenue lost as a result of their enormous tax cuts. The Bush tax cuts were deficit-financed, which increased the national debt and resulted in greater interest payments on that debt.  Republicans in 2010 and 2010 want to add more to the deficit by extending the tax cuts for the rich.  This includes the revenue loss of $2.11 trillion that results directly from the Bush tax cuts as well as the $379 billion in additional interest payments on the national debt that we must make since the tax cuts were deficit-financed.

Tax cuts for the richest Americans would only increase slightly, on average 3.6%.  Under Republican President Dwight Eisenhower, the top tax rate was 91%. Under Republican President Richard Nixon, it was 70%, and the tax rate under Republican President Ronald Reagan was 50%.

President Obama simply wants to increase the tax rate to up from 35% to 39.6%. Perhaps this is too liberal, and America should follow the lead of former ‘conservative’ Republican Presidents and increase the tax rate to 50%, 70% or even 91%.

Who deserves a tax cut more: the top 2 percent whose incomes have soared but who slashed jobs and wages and nearly destroyed the American economy, or Middle Class families who actually fund the U.S. Treasury?  Republicans and the Tea Party support the top 2%, the Middle Class be damned.

Republicans continue to deceive U.S. workers claiming that minute tax increases would punish the wealthy and jobs would be cut.   WHAT?  Wall Street has not created any jobs during their greedy initiated recession.  Record job creation occurred under President Bill Clinton when the tax rate was a few points higher, the tax rate President Obama wants to reinstate. 

Looking at the Bureau of Labor Statistics from January 2001 to January 2009), the Bush Administration created in 8 years only 1,950,000; compared to the Clinton Administration January 1993 to January 2001 which created 22,744,000, which disproves the Republican claim a small tax increase on the rich would destroy jobs.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says President Barack Obama wants to subject half of all small-business income to a tax increase, a move that he says would strike a blow at the U.S. job-creation engine.

The tax legislation enacted under President George W. Bush from 2001 through 2006 cost $2.48 trillion over the 2001-2010 period.

The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation reports extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans will add billions to the deficit immediately. From the Washington Post:
A Republican plan to extend tax cuts for the rich would add more than $36 billion to the federal deficit next year–and transfer the bulk of that cash into the pockets of the nation’s millionaires, according to a congressional analysis released Wednesday. 

New data from the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation show that households earning more than $1 million a year would reap nearly $31 billion in tax breaks under the GOP plan in 2011, for an average tax cut per household of about $100,000. 

But a picture is worth a thousand words–Ezra Klein posted this chart comparing the average tax cut per taxpayer under President Obama’s plan (protected under statutory pay go) and the Republican plan:


How much did American families donate to Bush’s tax cuts for the rich?  About $50 a Week, for 8 years, that is $21,000 per taxpayer!  The Bush Tax Cuts reduced Americans’ income by $2.7 trillion!

For more information read the 10 Republican Lies About the Bush Tax Cuts.

Recently the Census Bureau reported (NYT) that another four million Americans fell below the poverty line just last year, with trends showing it will probably grow. 44 million Americans, one in seven Americans are now trying to make it on $10,830; $22,050 for a family of four.   Last year was also the same year the number of millionaires grew by 16% and income for billionaires in the U.S. grew a whopping 27%

Republicans have consistently opposed tax relief for small businesses and the middle class, justifying their obstruction with phony, hypocritical arguments about spending. Republicans have tried to block extensions of unemployment benefits and aid for homeowners to prevent foreclosures.  

The result of the extending Republican tax cuts from the Bush era is right in front of all Americans, poverty will continue to grow, wealth will become more concentrated for the top 2%, the country will fall further behind and into more debt, and American families will have to live with the consequences of unaffordable health insurance, reduced or eliminated Medicare, Social Security given to Wall Street casinos, elimination of unemployment benefits and children who cannot afford to attend college. We have lived through a decade of failed conservative policies yet Republicans and their Tea Party supporters want to repeat this failure.

Republicans have a clear agenda: to serve corporate special interests. They want to take back Congress but it was their policies that sunk our economy in the first place, policies that encourage the outsourcing of jobs, allow Wall Street greed to go unchecked and punish middle and working-class families.

Americans cannot put these people in charge again.

If Republicans are successful in extending tax cuts for their rich Wall Street friends, and take control of the U.S. Congress, Americans can be sure of one thing.  

As Paul Krugman wrote in the NY Times called “The Angry Rich“:
“And when the tax fight is over, one way or another, you can be sure that the people currently defending the incomes of the elite will go back to demanding cuts in Social Security and aid to the unemployed. America must make hard choices, they’ll say; we all have to be willing to make sacrifices. But when they say “we,” they mean “you.” Sacrifice is for the little people.”


Via Truthout: Foreclosuregate and Obama's "Pocket Veto"

Ellen Brown, Truthout: "Amid a snowballing foreclosure fraud crisis, President Obama today blocked legislation that critics say could have made it more difficult for homeowners to challenge foreclosure proceedings against them.... By most reports, it would appear that the voluntary suspension of foreclosures is underway to review simple, careless, procedural errors - errors which the conscientious banks are hastening to correct.... However, those errors go far deeper than mere sloppiness; they are concealing a massive fraud."

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Via Truthout: Foreign-Funded "US" Chamber of Commerce Running Partisan Attack Ads

Lee Fang, Think Progress: "The largest attack campaign against Democrats this fall is being waged by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a trade association organized as a 501(c)(6) that can raise and spend unlimited funds without ever disclosing any of its donors. The Chamber has promised to spend an unprecedented $75 million to defeat candidates like Jack Conway, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jerry Brown, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), and Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA). As of Sept. 15th, the Chamber had aired more than 8,000 ads on behalf of GOP Senate candidates alone, according to a study from the Wesleyan Media Project. The Chamber's spending has dwarfed every other issue group and most political party candidate committee spending."

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Via Truthout: Paul Krugman | Unemployment Dilemma Goes Beyond Supply and Demand

Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: "The economic slump continues in the United States, as does the debate over where all the jobs have gone, and when - or if - they might return. Mike Konczal, a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, recently posted an excellent piece on his blog in which he examined why unemployment remains so high. He points out: 'There are two theories at work. The first is a story of aggregate demand. The second theory is one of a mismatch in skills.'"

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Via Truthout: Michael Moore | Democrats Come Alive!

Michael Moore, "We're halfway through the week and we're off to a great start. Last week I gave the spineless Dems five friendly suggestions for things they could do on the off chance they were interested in winning the midterm elections on November 2nd: 1. Deliver a blunt, nonstop reminder to the American people about exactly who it was that got us into the mess we're in. 2. Declare a moratorium on home foreclosures. 3. Prosecute the banks and Wall Street for the Crime of the Century. 4. Create a 21st century WPA (hire the unemployed to rebuild America). 5. Pledge that no Dem will take a dime from Wall Street in the next election cycle. So how are we doing 5 days later? Not bad! It turns out that at least some of these ideas were so simple even elected Democrats could come up with them!"
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My name in Basic Code:

Daniel = 01000100 01100001 01101110 01101001 01100101 01101100 
Clark = 01000011 01101100 01100001 01110010 01101011 
Orey = 01001111 01110010 01100101 01111001 

LESTER & CHARLIE: Stop Making Sense

Via Truthout: Jim Hightower | Executive Excess

Jim Hightower, Truthout: "Look out, they're angry. Foaming-at-the-mouth angry. And they're lashing out, saying they won't take it anymore. As one of their leaders angrily cried, 'It's a war.' Indeed - they're on the move to take their country back. Forget the tea party rowdies, this is the champagne party! More precisely, it's the Dom Perignon-$1,000-a-bottle-champagne-party, propelled by - get this - billionaire's rage."

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Via Truthout: Krugman Frustrated

Rick Wolff, MR Zine: "Endless debates between the two sides are spectacles of mass distraction: political theater about 'overcoming the economic crisis.' ... Arguments that capitalism is the problem and that an alternative system is the solution are rarely heard. Mass media, the politicians, fiscal conservatives, Republicans, and the rich (FCRR) and Paul Krugman are aligned to maintain that silence."

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Via JMG: CALIFORNIA: Polling Favors Legal Pot

Dominic Holden assesses the bill's supporters:
That's 48 percent yes, 41 percent no, and 11 percent undecided—which is pretty good. The crosstabs are over here. Groups with over 50 percent support for Prop 19 are men, people under 50, white, moderate to liberal, dislike the Tea Party, make over $80,000, and live in the Bay Area. In other words, rich smart hippies.
The big question should the bill pass, of course, is what the feds would do about it.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

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Henry A. Giroux | When Generosity Hurts: Bill Gates, Public School Teachers and the Politics of Humiliation
Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: "Democratic goals and public values no longer have any merit in a reform movement in love with the logic of measurement, profit and privatization. This is not a reform movement, but an anti-reform movement, that can only imagine schooling within what my colleague David L. Clark calls 'an eternal present of consumption and subjection.' It is a movement that appears to kill critical thought, the ability to think imaginatively and any notion of pedagogy that takes matters of individual autonomy and social empowerment seriously. In the name of reform, we now face increasing numbers of schools that either bear a close resemblance to the old Ford factory production lines or are modeled after prisons."

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Paul Krugman | If the Choice Is a CEO, Obama Should Say No
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: "There has been a great deal of speculation in the media lately about whether President Barack Obama will, or should, decide to appoint a former chief executive officer to take over for Lawrence H. Summers, the director of the National Economic Council. Mr. Summers announced in late September that he will be leaving at the end of the year. Now, obviously, Mr. Obama should simply choose someone who can do a good job as his top economic adviser. Forget about image, or the message the appointment would supposedly send - there are about 600 people in the United States who care, and most of them are paid to care about these sorts of things. Is having been a successful C.E.O. a good qualification for this job? The answer is no."

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William Rivers Pitt | Regarding the "Whiners"
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "I've been working in politics for a long time, and all of it from the left side of the dial. I am proud to be a member of the big tent that I believe is the majority of the country; from moderate to far left, our numbers are demographically superior to those on the right. The problem with that big tent is, well ... what do you find under a big tent? That's right, a circus. There is so much angst and strife and infighting on the liberal end of things in America that sometimes, every once in a while, it is actually refreshing to hear an Obama or a Gibbs or a Biden get exasperated and say something to the effect of, 'Oh, for the love of God, please just shut up! And vote! And shut up again!' I've had the urge to say those exact words many times, and have gone ahead and said them on more than a few occasions, because sometimes I just want to punch myself in the face listening to all the bellowing and bellyaching and backbiting that goes on between any of the ten million micro-factions that riddle the left in this country."

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Via JMG: Brown Leads Whitman By 3 Points

Maid-gate doesn't appear to be having an effect on Meg Whitman yet, as several polls completed over the weekend show Jerry Brown's lead shrinking slightly.

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Via JMG: Christine O'Donnell Action Figure

The same company offers Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin dolls, among many others.

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Via JMG: Chicken McNuggets

This is how Chicken McNuggets look before they are colored and flavored to look like what you get in the little box.

(Via - Buzzfeed)
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Via SacBee: Arden Arcade cityhood faces growing opponent clout

After nearly five years of pushing to incorporate Arden Arcade – a 100,000-person community in Sacramento County – cityhood supporters are just weeks away from a vote on the issue.
While incorporation backers overcame bureaucratic hurdles, funding problems and organizational issues just to get this far, now they must contend with an influential group of opponents if they are going to win over voters and break from the county.

Sheriff John McGinness, in an interview with The Bee on Friday, said he recommends that residents vote against Measure D, the ballot measure to incorporate Arden Arcade. McGinness joins former Sheriff Lou Blanas, developer Mark Friedman, former Reagan White House staffer Doug Elmets, political consultant Jeff Raimundo, and other area players who oppose cityhood.

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Via Turthout: Maya Schenwar | Back to School: An Interview With Bill Ayers

Maya Schenwar, Truthout: "I sat down in Chicago with education theorist and activist Bill Ayers to discuss true democracy, false reform and his latest book (co-authored with cartoonist Ryan Alexander-Tanner), 'To Teach: The Journey in Comics.' In an educational culture increasingly permeated by top-down marketplace values, Ayers, who taught primary school for years, still believes in the possibility of a schooliverse where every teacher is respected and every student is valued as a full human being, where collaborative learning and growth trump the school-eat-school 'Race to the Top.' And by the end of our conversation, I did, too."

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Via SacBee; Enter the new Crocker

The renovated Crocker Art Museum reopens next Sunday and our special section today opens the doors for not only a view inside, but a plan on how to enjoy the new space and the city it enhances. - Read More
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