Saturday, October 23, 2010

2 From Truthout:

In Search of the Real Tea Party
Denis Campbell, Truthout: "Is there more to the Tea Party movement than the birthers, tenthers, and Obama-as-Nazi-ers? More than fervent followers of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and FOX News? Is it a real 'movement' or deceptive corporate Astroturf? ... Is the movement as crazy as its seemingly fringe, racist-placard-bearing members, or is there a broader, 'silent majority' (tribute to R. M. Nixon) seething underneath, a majority that we rarely hear from?"

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The Extremist GOP
The Editors, The Nation: "The GOP's lurch toward extremism extends far beyond the ideological cleansing of moderate RINOs, 'Republicans in Name Only.'... Broadening the debate is fine. But when one party pulls that debate toward extremes that even its most radical leaders have recently rejected, the prospect of political dysfunction, if not explosion, grows exponentially.... Joe Miller, running strong for an Alaska Senate seat against Murkowski, supports repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment, which provides for the direct election of senators; wants to privatize Social Security; and is against abortion even in cases of rape or incest."

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Email Political Joke of the day

 While walking down the street one day a US senator is tragically hit by a truck and dies.

The Senator's soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

"Welcome to heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me in," says the Senator.

St. Peter says, "Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up.
What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven.
Then you can choose where to spend eternity."

"Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in  heaven," says the Senator.

"I'm sorry, but we have our rules", replies St.Peter.

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.

They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.

Also present is the Devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises...

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St.
Peter is waiting for him.

"Now it's time to visit heaven," St Peter says.

So, 24 hours pass with the Senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and the 24 hours in heaven passes by and St. Peter returns.

"Well, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now which will you choose for your eternity?" St Peter asks.

The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers, "Well, I never would have thought it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be happier and better off ... in hell."

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.

He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

The Devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.
"I don't understand," stammers the Senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.  What happened?"

The Devil looks at him, smiles and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning.
Today .. you voted.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Via Truthout:Eugene Robinson | Bad Guys of the Foreclosure Crisis

Eugene Robinson: "Don't blame the lawyers. The crisis over faulty or fraudulent paperwork in mortgage foreclosures - which is either a big deal or a humongous deal, depending on which experts you believe - is the fault of arrogant, greedy lenders who played fast and loose with the basic property rights of homeowners.... But it's the bankers' own fault that there are so many instances of foreclosure documentation with legal loopholes big enough to drive a moving van through. During the years of the real estate boom, lenders cut corners with paperwork in order to make as many loans - and sell them to other lenders, who often sliced and diced them into securities that were then sold to investors - as quickly as possible. This haste and inattention to detail, now coming to light, are partly responsible for the current crisis."

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Via SacBee:

Elton John (1970) Burn Down the Mission

Via Campus Progressive Alliance:

Campus Progressive Alliance

Dear Friends,

I hope you can join us next Thursday, October 28th for this important event. We have less than two weeks to defend the change we voted for in 2008. We're still fired up, still read to go!

Keep Hope Alive!
Paul B
Campus Progressive Alliance
Can the student vote make a difference ?
Is there a difference between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman on jobs?  On college tuition?

Is there really a marijuana initiative on the ballot?  What about Propositions 23 and 25? Other Propositions?

Progressive Election Forum
Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 1202pm
Orchard Suite – Sac State University Union

Congressional candidate Dr. Ami Bera, Govt. Prof. Jim Shoch, student organizers, and more!

If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.

Co-Sponsors: Capitol Area Progressives, CFA-Capitol Chapter,
Faculty Progressive Alliance, Sacramento Progressive, Sac State Coalition

Via Huffington: Josh Silver: Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint Take Aim at NPR Funding


Josh Silver: It's no longer just about Juan Williams or NPR. We're in a moment when we have to decide: Are we going to let our news media further devolve into a morass of shouting heads, hateful rhetoric and political opportunism? Or will we build something better?
Click here to read more.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Via Truthout: William Rivers Pitt | What, Me? Racist?

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "More than a few seemingly earnest attempts have been made by the Republicans and the Tea Partiers (which are, as it turns out, the same thing in the end) to deflect accusations that their ranks are riddled with racists. No, our contempt and rage and vitriol has nothing to do with our Black President, or his African family heritage, or his last name. No, no, we just hate health care reform and stuff. No, really. Hm."
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Eddie Sarfaty, Paulina Porizkova & Joe Levy On Joy Behar

Via JMG: NPR Fires Host Juan Williams Over Muslim Comment, Wingnuts Go Berserk

National Public Radio has fired host Juan Williams (who also does political commentary for Fox) after he said on the Bill O'Reilly Show that seeing Muslim-looking people on airplanes makes him nervous. And all of Teabagistan is going nuts.
Williams, who is also an analyst for Fox News, told Fox today that he was not given a chance to defend himself. "'I don't even get the chance to come in and we do this eyeball to eyeball, person to person and have a conversation," he said. "I've been there more than 10 years. We don't have a chance to have a conversation about this." On an appearance of Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," on Monday Williams, 56, said, "I mean, look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country, but when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they're identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
Williams' Fox News colleague Mike Huckabee says that the federal government should now suspend all funding for NPR.
"NPR has discredited itself as a forum for free speech and a protection of the First Amendment rights of all and has solidified itself as the purveyor of politically correct pabulum and protector of views that lean left. While I have often enjoyed appearing on NPR programs and have been treated fairly and objectively, I will no longer accept interview requests from NPR as long as they are going to practice a form of censorship, and since NPR is funded with public funds, it IS a form of censorship. It is time for the taxpayers to start making cuts to federal spending, and I encourage the new Congress to start with NPR."
Mama Grizzly, who probably can't even spell NPR, see blood in the water.
reposted from Joe


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Rachel Maddow- Be ready for a long election night

Via JMG: CALIFORNIA: Jerry Brown Increases Slight Lead Over Meg Whitman

Polling averages still call it a toss-up, but yesterday's Survey USA poll shows Jerry Brown with a seven-point lead over Meg Whitman, who doesn't appear to have been seriously damaged by her housekeeper scandal.
reposted from Joe

Via Huffington: Paul Rieckhoff: War Off the Radar, Congress Fails


Paul Rieckhoff: After nearly a decade in Iraq and Afghanistan, over 2 million Americans have served, a trillion dollars have been spent and yet only 3 percent of Americans have war on their radar this election. 

But unlike Congress, our troops don't have the luxury of quitting before their mission is complete. They can't cut out early when lives are on the line. For a country in the midst of two wars, Washington's recent commitment to ensuring these men and women have the tools to successfully transition home has been half-hearted.  

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lost Generation

Elvira's Not a Witch

Via JMG: Sharron Angle Shall Overcome Someday

2 From Truthout:

Tuesday 19 October 2010

Paul Krugman | Central Bankers Favoring Foolishness Over Facts
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: "These days there seem to be two types of thinkers in the world of central banking. On one side there are the serious people, who believe that central banks should raise interest rates in the face of high unemployment and falling inflation, because, well, that is what serious people believe. On the other side there are the unserious people, who believe that central banks should fight deflation as well as inflation, and try to prevent the economic slump from turning into a quasi-permanent state of depression. But say this to serious people and they wonder: How ridiculous can you get?"

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Robert Naiman | A Robin Hood Tax to Pay for the Wars
Robert Naiman, Truthout: "A key question hanging over the election is this: in America today, is it politically feasible to make the super rich pay their fair share of taxes? So far, the answer given to this question by the election season seems to be no. Some Democrats thought that they had a winning issue politically in allowing the Bush tax cuts on the super rich to expire, but, so far, it seems that they were wrong. But here's a strategy that has not yet been fully explored: rather than simply urge that the super rich be required to pay their fair share of taxes to support government expenditures in general, let's demand that particular increased taxes on the super rich be earmarked to particular government expenditures that the super rich will have a hard time dodging politically."

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Via Huffington:

Michael B. Keegan: Joe Miller, the "Irrational Blogger," and the Right's Even More Irrational View of Free Speech


Right-wing candidates have been promoting a curious inversion of the right of free speech in a democracy. We're living in a world where candidates don't speak, but corporations do.
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