Month: February 2011

I Give Two S***s — and More!

Two s***s? I give three: The Koch brothers and the prince of lies, Rupert Murdoch.

Made in China but not so different here — God bless America:

Every good and honest Chinese person, please think: So much public housing has been sold to individuals, so many state-owned enterprises and so much land have been sold, and nearly all state-owned property has been sold off. But where has all the money from these sales gone? It goes without saying that state-owned property belongs to the entire people. But what did the people get? Led by an authoritarian regime, the opaque process of privatization has made a small number of people rich, but what did the vast number of ordinary people get? Every good and honest Chinese person, please think: When Japan, Korea, and Taiwan were in the process of industrializing, they were able to make the overwhelming majority of their people prosperous. Why is it that during China’s industrialization the ordinary people are becoming poorer? Why is it that in just the last few decades China has gone from being a country with the smallest gap between the rich and the poor to one with the largest? It is because the unfair system has made a small number of people incredibly wealthy, and the vast majority of people remain poor. (More here.)

How much respect can you give the media when they fail to condemn this? (Answer: Precious little.)

The corruption traitor that is Scott Walker and how he sold out.

What the Koch suckers defenders do wrong is to cop to the even-handed distorting of the Big Media. Maybe it’s me but I don’t find corporate support of Nova at all a balance for the Godawfulness of Walker’s Wisconsin acts and bill.

If destitute people on welfare are queens, these thieves are what?

Let us pray for this.

Everything You Need to Know Now. Ready for Direct Action?

Too close to the truth....

If you don’t agree with this, you are, as a matter of fact, wrong:

The Republican message is bloated government is responsible for the lousy economy that most people continue to experience. Cut the bloat and jobs and wages will return.

Nothing could be further from the truth….

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The truth that Obama and Democrats must tell is government spending has absolutely nothing to do with high unemployment, declining wages, falling home prices, and all the other horribles that continue to haunt most Americans.

Indeed, too little spending will prolong the horribles for years more because there’s not enough demand in the economy without it.

The truth is that while the proximate cause of America’s economic plunge was Wall Street’s excesses leading up to the crash of 2008, its underlying cause — and the reason the economy continues to be lousy for most Americans — is so much income and wealth have been going to the very top that the vast majority no longer has the purchasing power to lift the economy out of its doldrums. American’s aren’t buying cars (they bought 17 million new cars in 2005, just 12 million last year). They’re not buying homes (7.5 million in 2005, 4.6 million last year). They’re not going to the malls (high-end retailers are booming but Wal-Mart’s sales are down).

Only the richest 5 percent of Americans are back in the stores because their stock portfolios have soared. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has doubled from its crisis low. Wall Street pay is up to record levels. Total compensation and benefits at the 25 major Wall St firms had been $130 billion in 2007, before the crash; now it’s close to $140 billion.

But a strong recovery can’t be built on the purchases of the richest 5 percent.

The truth is if the super-rich paid their fair share of taxes, government wouldn’t be broke. If Governor Scott Walker hadn’t handed out tax breaks to corporations and the well-off, Wisconsin wouldn’t be in a budget crisis. If Washington hadn’t extended the Bush tax cuts for the rich, eviscerated the estate tax, and created loopholes for private-equity and hedge-fund managers, the federal budget wouldn’t look nearly as bad. (Link. Of course, no one who matters listens to Reich.)

Just if you need some proof how completely anti-American Republicans policies and goals are, there’s this.

This won’t stop Walker. Maybe if the Big Media bothered to start sounding the tocsin (actually, they’re misrepresenting things*) that what he’s trying to do is a) fiscally irresponsible and b) the legalization of simple corruption, maybe. On the other hand, these are sick people. Took World War II (and the disaster of the Nazis’ fiscal irresponsibility) to bring down the Nazis. (*And here the Times fails to note that part of the problem with the Wisconsin bill is the fiscally irresponsible corruption.)

Of course, actual reporting is being discouraged by our government — so much for a free press.

Bailing out speculators and cutting public sector spending gets you this is Ireland. Laws are in fact laws, contrary to Republican lies; if it happened like this in Ireland, it’ll happen here:

Unemployment is up to 13.8 percent (it was as low as 4.2 percent as recently as 2005); public spending has been savagely and repeatedly cut since 2008; the deficit has risen to 14.3 percent; and current predictions suggest that 100,000 people will emigrate in the next several years, from a population of 4.3 million. The bill from the struggling banks may, in the end, total upward of $135 billion 100 billion euros, in an economy with a G.D.P. of $220 billion 160 billion euros. (Link.)

Atrios errs again: Hoover was far more progressive than the current Republicans.

Ooh, ooh, a partial explanation for the ongoing failure of the Big Media press.

Doomed!

Doomed!

Josh Marshall is doubly-wrong here: There are no Republican “first line” candidates for president because the entire party’s pretty much sociopathic and/or completely corrupt and b) history, before it died, said you didn’t have to be a first line candidate to get elected.

President Huckabee is essentially a racist. He defends the indefensible.

Anyone want to defend the Republicans’ hatred of knowledge?

If this doesn't say it all about the failure and irrelevance of Big Media so-called journalism, it says more than enough. Shameful.

Pride! Where??

True then, far truer now… well, actually, it’s far worse now:

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself. — Mark Twain

Have I said recently it’s Germany 1932 all over again? Is Wisconsin a death blow for America?

Wisconsin: Even worse than you think. First California, then Arizona, now Wisconsin and Florida, not to mention the states with cratered home values — time to rename us the United S***holes of America…:

So the right question — the only question — is whether government workers are getting an overall good deal compared with private-sector workers. Why, then, are we hearing so much about the meaningless contribution comparison?

The answer is simple: it’s because doing the comparison right doesn’t yield the desired answer. The new report by the Times gets the same answer as other studies: low-paid government workers do a bit better than their private-sector counterparts, but others if anything do worse.

Luo and Cooper report this as a “mixed answer” — but in terms of the political debate, it’s a body blow to the union-bashers, whose whole position is that public-sector workers are welfare queens in Cadillacs. They need to show outrageous overpayment, not rough equivalence at best.

And so they turn to a meaningless comparison that, to the unwary, sounds as if it supports their case.

Yes, some public-sector workers are overpaid. So are some private-sector workers. Doesn’t anyone read Dilbert? But the whole idea that union excesses are at the core of state and local fiscal problems is false, and only deliberate obfuscation keeps that from being obvious. (Link.)

For the 1,000,000,000th time: “Pro-life” isn’t.

The destroyers of America:

Clearly, this putz didn’t get the memo or email or tweet or whatever: There isn’t going to be any implementation of any Keynesian policies, just exacerbation of the problems. He’s also wrong when he says blaming civil service workers’ salaries for anything is wrong because that lie just won a regressive victory in Wisconsin. So who cares about “wrong”? (Cf. this.)

No s***: The big guys who destroyed the economy are getting away with it.

Law and order: Actually, the Republicans want lawlessness. Prof. K.:

What’s happening in Wisconsin is, instead, a power grab — an attempt to exploit the fiscal crisis to destroy the last major counterweight to the political power of corporations and the wealthy. And the power grab goes beyond union-busting. The bill in question is 144 pages long, and there are some extraordinary things hidden deep inside.

For example, the bill includes language that would allow officials appointed by the governor to make sweeping cuts in health coverage for low-income families without having to go through the normal legislative process.

And then there’s this: “Notwithstanding ss. 13.48 (14) (am) and 16.705 (1), the department may sell any state-owned heating, cooling, and power plant or may contract with a private entity for the operation of any such plant, with or without solicitation of bids, for any amount that the department determines to be in the best interest of the state. Notwithstanding ss. 196.49 and 196.80, no approval or certification of the public service commission is necessary for a public utility to purchase, or contract for the operation of, such a plant, and any such purchase is considered to be in the public interest and to comply with the criteria for certification of a project under s. 196.49 (3) (b).”

What’s that about? The state of Wisconsin owns a number of plants supplying heating, cooling, and electricity to state-run facilities (like the University of Wisconsin). The language in the budget bill would, in effect, let the governor privatize any or all of these facilities at whim. Not only that, he could sell them, without taking bids, to anyone he chooses. And note that any such sale would, by definition, be “considered to be in the public interest.”

If this sounds to you like a perfect setup for cronyism and profiteering — remember those missing billions in Iraq? — you’re not alone. Indeed, there are enough suspicious minds out there that Koch Industries, owned by the billionaire brothers who are playing such a large role in Mr. Walker’s anti-union push, felt compelled to issue a denial that it’s interested in purchasing any of those power plants. Are you reassured?

So much for Freedom of the Press. Kidding; we never had a right to competent journalism; it was just a right to publish.

You mean no one actually knew the claims of climate change data manipulation were all Republican lies?

A futile gesture:

A victory?

JAL is not doing so well; still, this couldn’t happen here:

The imbecility of the modern Timesman: Sharon Wax apparently doesn’t know the difference between reporting and plagiarizing.

It’s not just Fox News. Murdoch’s HarperCollins also wants to keep people stupid and ignorant by limiting the spread of knowledge. (If knowledge isn’t power, ignorance is nonetheless impotence, as least for any progressive change for the better.)

Restored Here and Now: Pride in Modern Post-Democracy America

The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. — Herbert Agar

America defeated by Scott Walker. (His victory analyzed here.)

Sweet! Sharing the power in Tahrir Square.

Of course, Americans are willing to fight for something — like this, this is what we’re willing to fight for:

(About the viddie here.)

The only fiscal crisis is in the lies of the Republicans (which are the basis for Our Leaders’ policies)

The collapse of the American Empire….

Disgusting, shameful: Republican Rep.Paul Broun and his questioner, Broun for being too stupid to respond properly. When asked when someone will assassinate a president, a congressman only has one answer he can give, and Broun fails, being a Republican asshole.

President John Sidney McCain III’s victory.

Fox News: Rotten liars from the head down.

Hey, look! People with absolutely no need for a tax cut and probably a healthy tax increase.

Asshole: President Huckabee again defends clemency for a man who spent his gift of freedom killing four.

The vile dishonesty of David Brooks.

Yes, yes, if only America had an opposition party instead of two anti-democratic corporatist parties….

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Clearly, piracy is destroying the movie industry — the lies of the corporatist whores:

Once again, the motion picture industry has smashed all annual box-office records. According to the MPAA, this proves that we need more laws allowing them to censor and spy on the Internet to prevent piracy. (Link.)

Continued? The Downward Spiral?

This is not America.

Hey, wingnuts and Teabaggers: Happy? Indiana = Libya. Sure you are! I don’t see you fighting.

Meanwhile, Iran is becoming the key power in the Middle East? Of course, America did their part by giving Iran Iraq to influence.

Christchurch.

America: “Money Talks”.

Shame on America:

General Betrayus: Traitor?

Leadership we need:

It’s news President Palin is a sicko?

David Becker, douchebag of the day. SEC supports money laundering if it’s money in his wallet. (And being a Dem doesn’t make it right. You think I’m a goose-stepper like I’d be if I was a Republican?? Wrong is wrong.)

Attention, retards: Fox News lies, and here’s proof.

I would submit that if America makes practicing Islam illegal, we make supporting Republican and conservative policies illegal as well.

This is so cool!!!

Oooh, Scary! Like Every Other Day….

We start off easy…:

— then get rough (as usual — it’s that kind of world and reality):

Hey, look! Teabagger philosophy — all they need to know:

Blame someone else and get on with your life. — Alan Woods

Wisconsisn’s Chief Teabagger Scott Walker first destroys they state’s budget so he can shove a union-busting bill through — that will cost the state money instead of saving money. Love Republican fiscal irresponsibility — what we need now more than ever. And why does anyone think Walker cares about popularity as long as he achieves his goals? (Hope the Dems and Labor are preparing for Walker’s victory.) And Big Media pundits are overpaid, not the civil service.

I do not understand why the Republicans hate the troops and veterans.

First President Palin*, now Glenn Beck — why is Jew-bashing so trendy amongst the modern conservatives?

Here’s why we need President Palin as president.

How we’re kept safe after 9/11: The TSA wants to be able to grope Dem Alaska State Rep Sharon Cissna’s mastectomy scars.

Collective action is possible and here’s how it can be done. Of course, Americans have no will, we’re so weak, addicted to materialism and comfort….

Classic asshole: Hypocrite Phyllis Schafly — the latest hypocrisy.

Actually, the stupidity of too many Americans is not funny.

Tech Fails: Windows Phone 7 (updating the OS busts the phone). Flash on Android tablets (First the tablets, then someday Flash, which is why they’ll so popular — for the Flash experience). I guess the only way to compete with the iOS is with grossly inferior products at higher prices because Micro$oft, Google and Adobe cannot come up with equal, let alone superior, products. Verizon’s fabled network gets stressed. Google demands our kids’ Social Security numbers.

Sony says it’s illegal to do what you want with your own damn PS3; you buy and can only do with it what Sony allows you to do with it (can’t for the car companies to try this):

It’s All Just Lovely….

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do. — John Ruskin

Great. Getting lessons in free, democratic protest from Egypt.

Funny (actually not) how the Big Media can’t make very much of the likely connection between economics — decreased wealth and greatly increasing prices for commodities) and the outbreak of protests in dictatorships with command economies….

And now it’s Libya (here and here and here and here and here and here and here) and Bahrain (where Formula 1 still had so much difficulty in bringing themselves to cancel next month’s race) and Yemen and, again, Iran. (See ’em here.) When’s America’s turn? Oh, wait, we have the corporatist puppet Teabaggers….

The Republicans’ hate speech is in fact pretty much the least of their sins. Actions speak louder, and the have over thirty years of those.

Doomed! Simple: No improvement in housing = no improvement in the economy.

One nation, under Mammon….” Hey, where are the Christofascists supporting their whupped god? Are they okay with a Mammonite theocracy? Or maybe, like Westboro Baptist Church, they’re distracted by a little craziness….

Teabagger governor Chris Christie successfully weakens New Jersey’s economy. (Apparently the Times wonders whether failure can adversely affect popularity.)You earned it, Jerseyites!

The Big Media: Tools of Our Leaders. I’m talking you, Times, and your latest Fail (long version here). Or is this your latest Fail?

The Big Media need candidates to commit to running for president nearly two years before the election. (Link.)

Hey, look! Real reporting gets an award.

Hitler’s Big Lie: Not special to him, we did it too.

I pretty much hated Betty Boop and the rest of the Fleishers’ non-Popeye and Superman stuff: