Archive for October, 2010

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Dear Teabaggers – err Suckers – You Just Lost

October 31, 2010

Dear Tea Party the next election is not a mid-term, I expect the Republican Party to become more mainstream and the rhetoric and actions to become less populist and more corporatist. I expect the money that has been thrown at your radical agenda to dry up rapidly since as Frank Rich points out today:

For sure, the Republican elites found the Tea Party invaluable on the way to this Election Day. And not merely, as Huckabee has it, because they wanted its foot soldiers. What made the Tea Party most useful was that its loud populist message gave the G.O.P. just the cover it needed both to camouflage its corporate patrons and to rebrand itself as a party miraculously antithetical to the despised G.O.P. that gave us George W. Bush and record deficits only yesterday.

So dear Tea Party the Republican party has in no way changed its policies nor its patrons. Remember what they have done in the past?

1] Tax cuts for their patrons.
2] Supporting sending jobs to anywhere but the homeland.
3] Bailing out the elite at every turn.
4] Increased the deficit exponentially, they’ll be fine in a tax haven and you’ll be left in a dust bowl.

Do you really think they have changed?

Do you really expect that your candidates waving the flag of anti-intellectualism as a banner have a hope in hell of winning the game in Washington? They will toasted, bribed and then used by the entrenched party mandarins.

The corporations with the help of that lovely SCOTUSdecision have poured money into Tea Party campaigns do you really think they will not demand payback?

I will make a prediction here, that payback will not be to your benefit.

You may be sincere in your talk about freedom; I still haven’t worked that out, but I will give you some credit for honesty. However your idea of freedom and the corporations are not the same thing at all, you talk about your private lives they talk about their ability to make profit. Now ask yourselves what limits their profits.

1] Regulations
2] Wages
3] Corporate taxes.

Their simple mantra, cut all three of the above anything else is supplementary and hence unnecessary; for example.

1] Safe working conditions.
2] Livable wage
3] You.

Do not matter.

So your screams of

1] Birth certificates
2] Death panels
3] America is a christian country.
4] No more taxes

Were all given a nod and a wink by the Washington elite as they used you to get their real agenda through, and I’m afraid it has nothing to do with you.

So even if they win you will lose, and the disparity will grow, I hope you are content with your $300 tax cut buy-off; as the banks, corporations and the uber-rich walk off with our country.

If on Wednesday you feel like partying like never before just remember our warnings from here on the left:

You just lost.

Unless of course you happen to own a corporation/bank/lobby firm or be in the top 0.1%, then boogie on down.

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They Are Voting….Are You?

October 31, 2010
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Spock (the Vulcan one) Cited by Texas Supreme Court

October 28, 2010

From Ron Chisud at liberalvaluesblog.com:

Conservatives, who are prone to irrational hysteria over a wide number of things, have increasingly been seeing the concept of international law (and especially Sharia law) as a threat. How are they going to respond if American courts start deferring to the United Federation of Planets?

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America reports on Spock being cited in when writing their opinion in Robinson v. Crown Cork and Seal:

Appropriately weighty principles guide our course. First, we recognize that police power draws from the credo that “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Second, while this maxim rings utilitarian and Dickensian (not to mention Vulcan21), it is cabined by something contrarian and Texan: distrust of intrusive government and a belief that police power is justified only by urgency, not expediency.

And from a footnote from the opinion:

See STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (Paramount Pictures 1982). The film references several works of classic literature, none more prominently than A Tale of Two Cities. Spock gives Admiral Kirk an antique copy as a birthday present, and the film itself is bookended with the book’s opening and closing passages. Most memorable, of course, is Spock’s famous line from his moment of sacrifice: “Don’t grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh . . .” to which Kirk replies, “the needs of the few.”

Spock is an alien, and by that I don’t mean a non-citizen of the USA.  He’s a…. VULCAN!

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Boehner Nazi Hugger

October 27, 2010

John Boehner To Campaign With Rich Iott, Candidate Who Dressed As SS Officer

WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader John Boehner will campaign this weekend with Rich Iott, the Ohio Republican congressional candidate who found himself embroiled in controversy several weeks ago when photos surfaced of him dressed in a Nazi SS uniform.

The Iott campaign confirmed to the Huffington Post that the two will appear together at the Lucas County Republican Party headquarters. It is, if nothing else, a risky stop for Boehner to make just days before the election.

Iott’s chances at winning the seat were seemingly downgraded after photos of him dressed in Nazi garb surfaced. But Boehner’s visit suggests that Republicans feel the seat is within their grasp. Iott claimed that he was merely partaking in a historical reenactment and not out of latent sympathies for the Third Reich. Still, his candidacy became somewhat symbolic for the extremities of the GOP.

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Legalise Bribery: The CoC Agenda

October 27, 2010

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is urging Congress to tweak the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, arguing that ambiguity in the anti-bribery law and extreme positions taken by U.S. law enforcement agencies have injured U.S. business.

A paper to be released Wednesday at the chamber’s annual Institute for Legal Reform summit proposes five amendments to the 33-year-old statute, which bars companies from paying bribes to foreign officials to secure business advantage.

Among them:

Adding a compliance defense
Limiting a company’s liability for the prior actions of a company it has acquired
Adding a “willfulness” requirement for corporate criminal liability
Limiting a company’s liability for acts of a subsidiary
Defining a “foreign official” under the statute
The paper, co-authored on behalf of the chamber by Jenner & Block LLP’s Andrew Weissmann and Alixandra E. Smith, identifies its purpose as “providing more certainty to the business community while promoting efficiency, and enhancing public confidence in the integrity of the free market system as well as the underlying principles of our criminal justice system.”

Scrutiny of the statute has increased in lockstep with the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement of it. The paper notes that the top 10 FCPA settlements add up to $2.8 billion — and half of those have come this year. (The other five landed between 2007 and 2009.)

The business lobby’s proposal comes on the heels of a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that widely praised U.S. enforcement of the FCPA. The report did find one peg for criticism: That the government had not considered the views of the private sector often enough as it reviewed policy.

With the likelihood of a Republican wave in midterm elections, the chamber’s view on the FCPA could carry a good deal of weight.

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Rand Paul

October 27, 2010

*Glibness/Superficial Charm
*Manipulative and Conning
*Grandiose Sense of Self
*Pathological Lying
*Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
*Shallow Emotions
*Incapacity for Love
*Need for Stimulation
*Callousness/Lack of Empathy
*Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
*Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them
*Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them
*Authoritarian
*Secretive
*Paranoid
*Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired
*Conventional appearance

These are indicators of a sociopath…

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GOP Tax Increases – O My…Lie Until You Buy.

October 27, 2010

Is he still drunk?

If Republicans take control of the House, as many analysts predict, speaker-in-waiting John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has pledged to roll back agency spending to 2008 levels and stage weekly votes to eliminate unpopular federal programs.

Those moves may appeal to conservative voters clamoring for smaller government, but they would barely dent the trillion-dollar deficits projected over the next decade by congressional budget analysts – much less fulfill the party’s vow in their “Pledge to America” to chart “a path to a balanced budget.”

GOP leaders concede that point and say they are open to broader bipartisan approaches to tackling the nation’s budget problems. Boehner, for instance, has embraced the possibility of higher taxes, suggesting in a speech in Cleveland this summer that lawmakers should look at clearing out the “undergrowth of deductions, credits, and special carve-outs” in the tax code that are little more than “poorly disguised spending programs.”

You mean like those subsidies to big oil and big ethanol?