Thursday, September 18, 2014

FOX NEWS: Need Another Reason to Be Disgusted With Them — Try This Latest

Absolute Truth (100%)

Another Absolute

Absolute A**hole
(The spin: Trust us and no one else)

Let's talk about this story, shall we. It sure got me up all fired up. 

"Despite multiple reports showing that the type of voter fraud IDs is supposed to protect against is virtually nonexistent, FOX NEWS has repeatedly advocated for those laws, even though they have been shown to disenfranchise eligible voters. Voter ID laws have real consequences on elections. 

“As the Brennan Center for Justice at NYC reported in a 2013 study, "free IDs are not equally accessible to all voters," and voter ID laws make it harder for hundreds of thousands of poor Americans to vote.”

As for me: I have this to say that I firmly believe that FOX is irresponsible when it comes to accurate news. The only things they want are clear in every broadcast: (1) bash the Dems, (2) bash Mr. Obama, and (3) being down our entire system.

FYI: FOX should be standing up for all rights of people but mostly voter rights, and not trying to degrade or lessen those rights. Why do I say that?  Simple: FOX’s single goal is to anyway possible SUBVERT the country and everything we stand for all the while saying they are not.

So, if FOX now admits that voter ID laws suck, why are they not at the forefront leading the charge to oppose those harsh laws and protect this cherished right? 

Um .... what Mr. and Mrs. F. O. X - cat got your tongue?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Limbaugh Fan: Never Been One & Never Will Be — Disgusting Human Being

Seeking His Next Female Victim

Limbaugh claims to be a the face of and a proud Conservative. Okay, is he the voice of conservatism in the GOP, let alone across wider America?

How about a show of hands: How many of his “fans” support this — his latest insult: 

Rush Limbaugh on consent for sex: “No means yes, if you know how to spot it…”

I'll leave it at that. I hope you read the story or hear his piece. It is worse than disgusting, let alone for anyone to try and justify this maggot being allowed on the public airwaves. For those who say, “Hey, it’s is right to free speech”

Bet you forgot what “hate speech” is, right? CNN reported on this in 2012, which I recall:

“… ironically, the misogyny Rush Limbaugh spewed for three days over Sandra Fluke was not much worse than his regular broadcast of sexist, racist, and homophobic hate speech,"

—  Female Cabinet members are Sex-retaries.

—  The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.

 —  The National Organization for Women (NOW) is bunch of whores to liberalism.

—  Said to an African-American female caller: Take that bone out of your nose and call me back.

Still following his show? 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Illegal to Offer Ransom for Hostage-Taking: U.S. Law Says So

A Scene All Too Familiar
(52 Americans held hostage for 444 days: November 4, 1979 until January 20, 1981 in Iran)

Source for the Current Law 
(see link below)

This story probably has legs as the media likes to say ... I have to say, I'm upset that it leaked this way, and I feel the families pain. 

I also agree 100% that ransoms should not be paid for hostages. At the same time, if a family does it or tries to pay a ransom for the release of a loved one on their own (like in the cases of James Foley and Steven Sotloff), I see absolutely no reason whatsoever that they should face prosecution. However, U.S. law dictates and my opinion and that of others carries not weight. What follows is the legal foundation for such prosecution should it occur:

“Under current U.S. law, 18 USC 1203 (Hostage Taking) enacted in October 1984 is as part of the implementation of the UN convention on hostage-taking, and in part reads: “… seizure of a U.S. national as a hostage anywhere in the world is a crime, as is any hostage-taking action in which the U.S. Government is a target or the hostage-taker is a U.S. national. Such acts are, therefore, subject to investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and to prosecution by U.S. authorities.”

“Likewise, actions by private persons or entities that have the effect of aiding and abetting the hostage-taking, concealing knowledge of it from the authorities, or obstructing its investigation, may themselves be in violation of U.S. law.” 

Painful truth, but it is the law … and has been since 1984 – that was under President Reagan and I am guessing it came about in light of the Embassy hostage taking in Iran just before Mr. Reagan came into office when it occurred under President Carter.

A complex and very emotional issue for obvious reasons. A bit of background is here from my own note taking related to this topic. In Congress:

The GOP strikes again ... The House, returning from their 5-week vacation, voted 249-163 in favor of this resolution, with 22 Democrats (half coming from contested districts) joining Republicans and voted yes.  

The text of the resolution reads that the House “Condemns and disapproves of the Obama administration’s failure to comply with the lawful 30-day statutory reporting requirement in executing the transfer of five senior Taliban members from detention at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.”  So, telling the enemy our plan in advance would please congress and their PR games?

Conversely, some in the GOP and across a lot of FOX types advocate that the U.S. pay millions for any American held hostage thus meeting the demands of the hostage takers - that would lead to more and more Americans being taken worldwide - a fact. 

CNN reported that ISIS had demanded €100 million (about $133 million dollars) for ransom and the release of James Foley. It was never a serious demand on their part since if far exceeded previous amounts paid hostages held by various groups in the past – which typically ranged up to several million dollars.

Employers and some Western governments such as France are willing to pay the ransoms, and other governments, like the U.S. and UK will not. The first fact is that if you pay a ransom, does that assure the hostage will be released.  The other fact is that every time a ransom is paid it increases the chance that other hostages will be taken to help fill the coffers of a terrorist group.

NY TIMES investigation shows that al-Qaeda and its affiliates have netted at least $125 million in ransoms since 2008.  Much of that money came from France. Not surprisingly, the same NY Times report found that of the 1/3 of 53 hostages known to have been taken by al-Qaeda and its affiliates during that time frame were from France

Comments are always welcome and thanks for stopping by. Come again.

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Message for America We Need to Hear More About, But Probably Won't

Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Soil by Group

Fact: Not all Arabs or Muslims are terrorists or bad people ... however, those like ISIS Leader and Caliph-in-Waiting: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, or al-Qaeda’s newest “Leader” and formerly bin-Laden's #2, Ayman al-Zawahiri seen to think that they speak for and to the Muslim world like no one else, chanting: “Either join us or die. We are the only religion to be practiced and recognized. Non-believers will be killed.” Etc., etc., etc. We have seen their handiwork at it were.

I seriously wonder why level-headed Muslims, et al ARE NOT speaking out and taking up arms to erase those two all they stand for. If they are, we need to hear their stories more and more, too.  Such action would be like wiping out Nazism, Communism, and Fascism, and that would be best for the entire world.

If anyone believes that the only way to get any kind of law and order or get more people signed up for your cause, or your religion is from the barrel of a gun or blade of a knife, then I honestly believe that we as human beings are in very bad shape

This from CNN, who published an article entitled Study: Threat of Muslim-American terrorism in U.S. exaggerated. That was according to a study released by Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Yet, millions of Americans continue to live in mortal fear of radical Islam, a fear propagated and inflamed by mostly right wing sources.  If one follows the cable news networks for example, it seems as if all terrorists are Muslims. It even becomes (weakly) axiomatic in some circles to chant: “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but nearly all terrorists are Muslims.” 

Food for thought as it were. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Supreme Court Ruling in Citizens United v. FEC (2010): FEC Explanation

Yes, Actually It Is For Sale - Believe It

Good FEC educational video (about 7 minutes) in easy to understand lingo about the impact of Corporate and Labor campaign Ads, political expenditures, and such since the ruling in Citizens United in 2010 (case is here). Very enlightening - enjoy.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Marine Sends Message to ISIS from all Americans: So, Listen Up

Our Message to ISIS - Coming into Focus for You
(click photo to enlarge)

Hey, ISIS, here is our photo and our message to you. Whether you wear glass or not, we don't give a crap, okay – have someone read the sign for you.

Following the murder of James Foley, this galvanizing statement on that tragic murder (and, yes it was cold-blooded murder), was composed by Marine Corps veteran Nick Powers on behalf of the entire United States (less a few maniacs who might happen live here):
#AMessagefromUStoISIS (via Facebook)
To all you ignorant Islamic extremist f—ks. As I sit here watching you execute women, children and men in the Middle East I chuckle. Why do I chuckle you may ask? Well let me explain something to you idiots who think you are so tough. You are scaring a population that doesn’t know how to fight, you’re bullying the weak.
What did Saddam’s troops do when we came to town? Surrendered, twice… All your threats of coming to America and raising your flag over the White House amuse me more than you could ever understand. In 2012 there were 21.2 million veterans in the United States. Do you understand what that means? That means there are millions of pissed off veterans who have been dealing with years of abuse from their government stabbing them in the backs and having to watch friends die because you Islamic idiots can’t seem to act like human beings and stop terrorism and violence.
It’s one thing to take over an Islamic state, pretty sure we plowed through Fallujah in 4 days, do you really think you stand a chance on US soil? Do you really think it would be smart to poke that bear? Remember we are armed in the US and I can promise you that the Geneva Conventions will not apply to you. You attack us and there is no mercy. The ball is in your court Islam, we are more than ready to send you to your “prophet” Mohamed…. 
 Pass is around -- good reading isn't it?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Turmoil in Mexico and Latin America — Their Problems Have Become Ours: Why

Mexican Police Doing Some Good Stopping Criminals

The Bottom Line is the Bottom Line

I don’t know whether or not ISIS is, as some right wing outlets have “reported,” (i.e, with FOX leading the highway of hype) or has, or is planning to mass along the U.S. border with Mexico ready to invade and do great harm.

FOX LABELS THEIR REPORT AS EXCLUSIVE:  “Social media chatter shows Islamic State militants are keenly aware of the porous U.S.-Mexico border, and are “expressing an increased interest” in crossing over to carry out a terrorist attack, according to a Texas law enforcement bulletin sent out this week.

Note from TIME: U.S. government says “ISIS not ready to attack U.S. — yet?”  

Yet – oops.

But, I will say from what I have read, seen on the news, and know from my research about Mexico and Latin America, that well, it’s a ripe place for an outfit like ISIS.

For example, this from Forbes in a 2013 report, shows an alarming level of corruption in the Mexican government, their judiciary, and with their law-enforcement has earned them in 2013 the title of one of the two most corrupt countries in Latin America right alone side Argentina.

That data is based on the Global Corruption Barometer released in July 2013 by Transparency International, an anti-corruption nonprofit group. Mexico’s systems were perceived as the most corrupt with these negative ratings: 91% (their political parties); 90% (their police); 83% (their legislature); and 80% (their judiciary) – all related to level of corruption.

Added to that is this 2012 fine article from The New Yorker titled: THE KINGPINS.

The bottom line in all this plus the other coverage about Mexico appears to show that the “bottom line” is truly the “bottom line” over the border. Money and plenty of profits and innovative ways to pay for protection in an apparent “wink/wink, or wink and nod” or look the other way country is anything but a land where survival of fittest means anything. Instead survival of the fittest with the most dinero and ways to protect it by paying off others with lots of dinero is the national past time.

The world takes note, too, as reported on here by The Guardian (UK), with this snippet from an article a year ago (August 2013):  “Mexican authorities are struggling to control growing numbers of small town vigilante groups which have taken up arms in the name of protecting their communities against organized crime after local and federal police forces have failed to keep them safe.

All this helps explain why as a pressing issue this so-called Mexican government or whatever we choose to call it is simply ineffective. Corruption runs amok down there or so it seems, and thus that helps explain why tens of thousands of citizens from that neck of the woods flock to the U.S. safety, security, and a decent life. When a country can’t or won’t protect its citizens, let along provide the basics for them, well… we apt to see what we are seeing now on a larger growing scale.

This is truly a topic worth more study but more importantly a resolution. In a word: it can’t continue like this and as I said up front: it’s an ideal place ripe for the likes of ISIS for easy pickings and the things they offer … they would fit in nicely.

Stay tuned and stay on top of this. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GOPers: Running for Office; Serving in Office; After Being Booted Out

Sound Familiar

Big Issue GOP Does Not Comprehend
(They Want to Give it to Wall Street Brokers)

1.  Social Security: Most GOPers running for office, “We are going to fix things” but once in office, “We tried, but the DEMS kept stopping us at every turn.”

Remember thisIn 1936, GOP presidential candidate, Al Landon, said this in Milwaukee on September 26, 1936, in his infamous “I WILL NOT PROMISE YOU THE MOON” speech:  “This law (social security) is unjust, unworkable, stupidly drafted, and wastefully financed. It is a cruel hoax on the American worker.”  Now today: Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) even referred to it as a “Ponzi scheme.” 

As of July 2013, almost 58 million Americans will have received over $816 billion in Social Security benefits that year:

•  Retired workers nearly 37 million @ $47.4 billion - $1,269 average monthly benefit
•  Dependents 2.9 million @ $1.8 billion
•  Disabled workers 8.9 million @ $10 billion - $1,129 average monthly benefit
•  Dependents 2.1 million @ $ point 69 billion
•  Survivors 6.2 million @ $6.6 billion - $1,221 average monthly benefit

Fact: Social Security is the major source of income for most of the elderly.
Fact: Social Security provides more than just retirement benefits.
Fact: An estimated 163 million workers are covered under Social Security.
Fact: In 1940, the life expectancy of a 65-year-old was an additional 14 years; today it is more than an additional 20 years.
Fact: By the year 2033, the number of older Americans will increase from 45.1 to 77.4 million.
Fact: There currently 2.8 workers for each Social Security beneficiary. By the year 2033, there will be 2.1 workers for each beneficiary.

2.  Medicare: Various GOP quotes and positions over the years:

In 1961, former President Ronald Reagan warned: “That failure to stop Medicare will mean you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it once was like in America when men were free.”

In 1964, former President George H.W. Bush called it “Socialized medicine.”

In 1964, former GOP Sen. and Presidential Candidate, Barry Goldwater said: “Having given our pensioners their medical care in kind, why not food baskets, why not public housing accommodations, why not vacation resorts, why not a ration of cigarettes for those who smoke and of beer for those who drink.”

In 1995, then House Speaker Newt Gingrich proposed to to cut 14% from projected Medicare spending over seven years thus forcing millions of elderly recipients into managed health care programs or HMOs, saying, “The cuts were to ensure that Medicare is going to wither on the vine.”

In 1996, former GOP Sen. and Presidential Candidate, Bob Dole bragged that he was one of 12 House members who voted against creating Medicare in 1965 by saying: “I was there, fighting the fight, voting against Medicare ... because we knew it wouldn’t work in 1965.”

In 2009, Rep. Tom Price (GA), 2009 said: “Nothing has had a greater negative effect on the delivery of health care than the federal government's intrusion into medicine through Medicare.”

Flash Back to George W. Bush: He tried to privatize social security – that went nowhere. 

Got it now?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Set the GOP Suicide Watch, Call in Extra Medical Personnel, Stay Alert, Pray

Pen Change Anyone, Anyone At All? 

Logically, Then (GOP Excuse) This Would Follow

This headlines starts the ball rolling ... so, set the suicide watch. The entire GOP is at risk (as if we didn't already know that). Highlights:

Since the Affordable Care Act became law four years ago, health care experts have warned of sweeping changes to the U.S. health care system.

But here’s one thing they didn’t expect. Instead of weakening the existing system of employer-provided health insurance — which many analysts predicted — the ACA so far seems to have strengthened it. And that could make Obama-care, as the ACA is known, far less revolutionary than advocates promised and critics feared.

More at the link. Enjoy – I darn sure did.

Monday, August 18, 2014

A, B, C Pop Quiz: (A) U.S. Infantry; (B) Jack Bauer & CTU; (C) Local Police

Which is 101st Airborne Division soldier or St. Louis County Sheriff in Ferguson, MO

Or, 24-CTU TacTeam Agent

LA Times coverage of this suddenly growing concern: Community Police Force military style.

Beginning last Saturday, and then for several nights in a row, the image of Ferguson, MO police officers in camouflage pointing high-caliber rifles from armored vehicles at unarmed protesters was inescapable.

Seeing that much military-grade equipment, even in a small St. Louis suburb like Ferguson, has highlighted the debate over whether the arming of the nation's police forces has gone too far. Los Angeles Times correspondents checked in on a handful of police departments around the country to see how the debate affects them.

Here is another slant on the same story from the NY Times

And here from WTOP regarding the Nation's capital police and the same subject. 

Granted our police forces should always be better than those they confront in any situation, but do they have to look like they are ready to airdrop in Iraq and take on the ISIS, or deploy to North Korea, or should the situation dictate the tactics? The answer I think is self-evident.

More on this subject I am sure following what we are now seeing in Ferguson, MO.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Qatar Acts Like U.S. Ally — Treats Us Like the Greedy Fools We Are

Center of the Universe or Center of Big Money???

Qatar, population about 2 million, is the world's richest country per capita and has the highest human development in the Arab World. It is recognized as a high income economy by the World Bank.

Qatar has the world's third largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves in excess of 25 billion barrels.  

Qatar has become an influential player in the Arab world. Qatar supported several rebel groups during the Arab Spring both financially and by asserting global influence through its expanding media group, Al Jazeera Media Network.

Any wonder why then they have so much U.S. attention? Ha - how about the deal they and U.S. signed for some $11 billion in military arms that included: Patriot missiles, Apache helicopters, and Antitank missiles.

The most-simple question in view of the contents in this article here is why so much American attention and a deal like that for a country with 2 million people and this size of a military
force: Approximately 11,800 men. That includes an Army of 8,500, a Navy of 1,800, and an Air Force of 1,500.

Qatar is widely believed to be Hamas's top sponsor. In 2012, then-emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani visited Gaza and pledged $400 million in economic aid. Just last month, Doha tried to transfer millions of dollars via Jordan's Arab Bank to pay salaries to Hamas civil servants in Gaza.

So, it really is true what "they" say: "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer." 

Friends today, enemies tomorrow and vice versa. Is that the best way to run the world or not? Hardly, but that's what we have right now.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hypocrisy is Our Middle Name — Signed the Formely Grand Old Party

As if We Didn't Already Know 

Who Didn't Know This, Too 
(this is not new info)

And, as noted in the post below, tell me it's not true about Obama-care, and then guess who is “Mr. Amnesty?” Yep, the same GOP “hero” – the Gipper himself, or so they keep reminding us (that is selective reminders BTW).

WASHINGTON, DC — President Ronald Reagan today (November 6, 1986) signed a landmark immigration bill that prohibits employers from hiring illegal aliens and offers legal status to many illegal aliens already in the United States. 

Yet, today, the same GOPers with their biased and narrow-minded mentality blast Mr. Obama because he does not want to crush or punish kids who sneaked into the U.S. or who have been here for decades in some cases. 

Re: That income drop for the middle class and GOP poll showing their attitude about who is and should be rewarded in the country is very revealing. Below is a very good segment on this subject:

My Summary:

DEMS: Stand with the working class, middle class, Unions who strive for better wages and working conditions, low wage workers, minorities, and they always have.

: Stand with, by, and for the top and they always have, all the while they hate Unions, most public employees, anyone who does not look or act like they do. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

It's All in the Name, Isn't It, Mr. and Mrs. Gee Old Poops

Watch the GOP Stop Voting to Repeal Obama-care and Instead Rename It

Mostly from USA Today - edited in part to fit the blog:

The battle over the ACA health care law goes on, including what name it should really be called.

President Obama told Democratic has many that that the GOP critics (mostly) won't be using the term Obama-care much longer because it will be too popular with the American public, adding:
:In five years it will no longer be called Obama-care, because when something is working ... there will be a whole renaming process.”

Mr. Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, and more so today it is referred to as Obama-care (GOP started that name in the hopes the anger at Mr. Obama about a lot of things would cause it to take a nasty or ugly meaning).

Then Mr. Obama joked that the future name change, if any, will be like the one given to the Washington airport and other proposals: for former president Ronald Reagan, adding: “I don't know if it will be “Reagan-care” or not, but it will be something different, bet on it.”

Republicans have voted at least 50 times to repeal it and now even today they voted to sue Mr. Obama for not implementing it properly and grating more exemptions that Congress has not approved.

Republicans also want control of the entire Congress for two things: (1) Overturn a lot of Obama things and (2) try, by some estimates, move to impeach Mr. Obama. 

The only question is: W H Y??? 

Oh, yeah, because the GOP thinks they can. So, never mind.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

GOP Education Plan: Abolish Public Schools and Right to Carry in Schools

The Only Book Any Student / Classroom Will Never Need

Bus Service Still Publicly-Funded
(K-12 Classroom Compliance Officers)

Typical K-12 Science Class Flyer

Teacher Ready to Meet Her Class in New School Year

The GOP wants to dismantle public schools badly and has for years ... to replace them with private, mostly Christian-based ... no wonder they dislike science so much ... they prefer the Bible as the only textbook for the classes...

On the move for many years… two examples here:

“Like most other conservatives and libertarians, we see vouchers as a major step toward the complete privatization of schooling. In fact, after careful study, we have come to the conclusion that they are the only way to dismantle the current socialist regime.” Bast spells out the agenda:

“Vouchers zero in on the government school monopoly's most vulnerable point: the distinction between government financing and government delivery of service. People who accept the notion that schooling is an entitlement will nevertheless vote to allow private schools to compete with one another for public funds. That fact gives us the tool we need to undercut the organizing ability of teachers' unions, and hence their power as a special-interest group.”

“Because we know how the government schools perpetuate themselves, we can design a plan to dismantle them.”

Right-wing billionaire Dick DeVos speaking at the Heritage Foundation, 2002:

“And so while those of us on the national level can give support, we need to encourage the development of these organizations on a state-by-state basis, in order to be able to offer a political consequence, for opposition, and political reward, for support of, education reform issues.”

“That has got to be the battle. It will not be as visible. And, in fact, to the extent that we on the right, those of us on the conservative side of the aisle, appropriate education choice as our idea, we need to be a little bit cautious about doing that, because we have here an issue that cuts in a very interesting way across our community and can cut, properly communicated, properly constructed, can cut across a lot of historic boundaries, be they partisan, ethnic, or otherwise. And so we've got a wonderful issue that can work for Americans. But to the extent that it is appropriated or viewed as only a conservative idea it will risk not getting a clear and a fair hearing in the court of public opinion. So we do need to be cautious about that.”

“We need to be cautious about talking too much about these activities. Many of the activities and the political work that needs to go on will go on at the grass roots. It will go on quietly and it will go on in the form that often politics is done - one person at a time, speaking to another person in privacy. And so these issues will not be, maybe, as visible or as noteworthy, but they will set a framework within states for the possibility of action on education reform issues.” 

Those two couldn't be any clearer about their agenda: They want to destroy teachers’ Unions and the public school system. 

And, the ever-popular billionaire Koch brothers, helping educate America, one student and one classroom at a time according to their understanding of how the country should be.

Background: In the spring of 2012, Spenser Johnson, a junior at Highland Park High School in Topeka, KS was unpacking his acoustic bass before orchestra practice when a sign caught his eye. “Do you want to make money?” it read.  

That poster encouraged the predominantly poor students at Highland Park to enroll in a new, yearlong course that would provide lessons in basic economic principles and practical instruction on starting a business. Students would receive generous financial incentives including start up capital and scholarships after graduation. The course would begin that fall.

Spenser Johnson eagerly signed up.

In some ways, the class looked like a typical high school business course, taught in a Highland Park classroom by a Highland Park teacher. But it was actually run by Youth Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit group created and funded primarily by Charles G. Koch, the billionaire chairman of Koch Industries.

The official mission of Youth Entrepreneurs is to provide kids with "business and entrepreneurial education and experiences that help them prosper and become contributing members of society."

The underlying goal of the program, however, is to impart Koch's radical free-market ideology to teenagers. In the last school year, the class reached more than 1,000 students across Kansas and Missouri.

How do we know that? Lesson plans and class materials obtained by The Huffington Post make the course's message clear with these points (do any of them sound familiar):  (1) The minimum wage hurts workers; it (2) slows economic growth, (3) low taxes and less regulation allow people to prosper, (4) public assistance harms the poor, and (5) government, in short, is the enemy of liberty. 

Whoa … vote GOP and change America forever. Don’t take my word for it, ask them. 

A quick word about some of those crazy state gun laws, and yes, they are crazy by any measurement. Of course, we have the right “bear” arms and own guns, etc., and I support that right, and even in some cases to carry one concealed, but that does not necessarily mean we should as many states are now advocating and passing laws accordingly (e.g., on campus, in bars, in public and even in some cases at church). 

Think hard about that and how looks to the world to see images of men and women with .45’s strapped on their hips shopping downtown, or some with rifle sling over their should at the local gas station or in public someplace – showing off and, yes that's what it is: Call it pee-pee envy.

Thanks for stopping by. If anything here sticks with you, fine. I would recommend further research. This is a fundamental and critical subject for the entire country.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ultra Rich With Inherited Wealth Out to Change the Country: But How

All Mine - Wow - What For???
(Momma: My diaper is full, too)

Opposition and Income Both Up 

Income Up Help Thy Neighbor Down

Income Up Ditch The Safety Net

Income graphs and heart of the story posted here from article - a good read:

"Before we go any further, it should be noted that the wealth of the super-rich is notoriously hard to measure." 

"Often times, these individuals — having gained prominence in society due to their money and stature — have the means and the desire to hide the true extent of their fortunes and most do (called off-shore accounts in the Caymans or some Swiss bank)."

The heart of this story which I want to emphasize is this (with some of my own editing but not to distract from the original story – I do that to make the point stronger with my slant while keeping the point in focus):

“[The] … fresh new wave of many wealthy millennial Congressional candidates, who are usually enthusiastic and idealistic. These young Americans paradoxically promote a style of bland, Washington Consensus politics, what Pennsylvania House candidate (and proud millennial) Nick Troiano has billed “radical centrism.” As a generation generally lauded for our commitment to civil service, noted for our love of structure, and gently mocked for our aversion to risk-seeking, surely we must be the perfect generation to fix America’s broken politics. Right? Unfortunately, probably not." 

“Why? Our current political system, where the cost of running for national office is prohibitively high for candidates of any age, is almost certain to bend further and further toward affluent candidates in coming years."

“On its own, this is troubling enough as it threatens the credibility and productivity of our democracy. But when considering the political views of affluent Millennials — and the rest of the generation more generally — an ominous trend emerges."

So, I posted the three graphs from the story to make my point (graphs I, II, and III above).

“Radical change – um .. According to every metric reason examined, the famed liberalism of young Americans fades as soon as their bank accounts grow.”

Why is that – oh, yeah, to protect your wealth at any cost, and it usually costs plenty. That’s the heart of this story and my view, too. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GOP Hype: ACA (Obama-care) Costs Will Skyrocket — Reality: Oops

Enrolling in the ACA (Obama-care) Now Easy and Not Costly
(As the GOP predicted)

Drugs and Care and Treatment
(Big Costs)

First Question: What and why are health care costs to the Moon and back? 

The key components in health care spending and rising costs may not be what you think: rich doctors. Au contraire. Technology, administrative expenses, hospital costs, lifestyle choice, and chronic disease conditions (aided by massive Rx intervention) have all had greater impacts on rising overall health care costs than physicians.

The ACA (Obama-care) critics promised the law would send insurance premiums skyrocketing. They were wrong.  Or, if they're not wrong, they're at least not right yet.

Nearly 20 states have released preliminary information about premiums for insurance policies sold on their insurance exchanges, and the nightmare scenarios have not come to pass. In most of those states, the average increase across all exchange plans is in the single digits.

According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers analysis found in this article that our of 18 state initial filings, 10 would see see average premium increases of less than 10 percent — nominal hikes in line with the standard increases that have happened every year with or without Obama-care.

The outliers so far are Indiana, with an average increase of 15 percent, and Rhode Island, where the average premium will fall by about 1 percent.

Initial rates could still change: Several states have the power to review proposed increases and bargain for a better deal. But the early look at states' 2015 rates helps shed some light on whether Obama-care's second year will bring steep cost hikes.

Plus, we all have heard the GOP a million times: “Obama-care is a job killer.” Call this another potential oops moment. A few details can be found here  and here – FYI.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Crude Oil Export Ban Since 1975 Back in Play: New GOP Opportunistic Ploy

Nice Graphic Snatched from the ED SHOW on MSNBC

Do You Remember Those Days
(I do)

Some background firstThe Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 was signed into law by President Gerald Ford that blocked exports of U.S. crude oil and natural gas but allowed the president to exempt shipments “which he determines to be consistent with the national interest.”

(That law followed on the heels of the oil embargo from OPEC in 1973 that drove up gas prices and starting hurting the U.S. big time).

There were a few minor exceptions to that law over the years, such as limited exports from Alaska or to Canada. With the United States importing vast quantities of oil to meet consumption, the export ban wasn’t a big issue. But now with the surge in U. S. domestic oil production, the U. S. oil industry (pushed by the GOP) has been loudly demanding that the Obama administration lift the de facto ban on crude oil exports. 

Headlines now, and a lot based on the downing of the MH-17 over the Ukraine and GOP-generated panic coupled with an opportunity, they think to get the ban lifted entirely. A good rundown on that aspect is presented below from the ED SHOW (about 17 minutes):

Thought you'd like to know. Thanks for stopping by.