Friday, December 31, 2010
In this humid, lush region where an important part of the world's breakfast is born, the evidence of climate change is — literally — a weak tea.
Growers in tropical Assam state, India's main tea growing region, say rising temperatures have led not only to a drop in production but to subtle, unwelcome changes in the flavor of their brews.
In a way, the denial of global warming has a racist and xenophobic undertone to it because the people most affected by it will be in third world/developing countries. So of course racists and xenophobes will be less likely to care about global warming. The flavor of the tea in India may seem like a small problem, but when so many people depend on a certain crop, the loss of productivity can lead to more poverty. This is why we need to do something about the REAL problem of global warming. While some idiots in the back woods of Florida are spewing bullshit, real scientists are already analyzing data and doing research. We should be listening to the scientists, not the idiots.
2004 Michael Moore-For his documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 that has focused on the Bush tyranny.
2005 Cindy Sheehan-For protesting Bush's war and camping outside his Crawford ranch.
2006 Al Gore-For his documentary An Inconvenient Truth which exposes the fact of global warming.
2007 Michael Moore-For his documentary Sicko exposing the truth about our broken healthcare system.
2008 Dennis Kucinich-For his attempt at an impeachment resolution against Bush.
2009 Alan Grayson-For his awesome speeches he made that year.
And the 2010 Patriot of the Year Award goes to:
Tie between Julian Assange and Bradley Manning for Wikileaks exposing the truth about our government.
Thank you! America thanks you!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
BabyCenter asked 2,000 moms to vote on the best and worst celebrity names of the year and the results are in.
5. Krishna Thea (Padma Lakshmi)
"Ha ha ha, Padma Lakshmi is Indian and she named her child after a Hindu god, that's stupid!" I wonder how many of those moms who voted are in the Klan. If someone named their kid after a figure in the Bible, would they get the same criticism for having "the worst name?" I don't think so.
Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie wants to find a way to release more information about President Barack Obama's Hawaii birth and dispel conspiracy theories that he was born elsewhere.
Bad move Neil, we WANT the conservatives to keep believing the birther conspiracy theories. That way we can keep making fun of them. Of course even if he releases the info, like 90% of them will continue to think Obama is from Kenya or Indonesia. This is because the birther theories are based on racism and racism is based on stupidity and you can't fix stupid.
1. Over 80% of all scientists and 97% of climatologists say man made global warming is true, so obviously I'm going to trust them over Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.
2. Climate is different from weather, so if it's cold outside, that's weather. Long range change is climate.
3. Global warming is global and in some areas might make the winters colder while other areas get warmer. Overall the entire planet gets warmer. In fact, these freakishly cold winters in Florida are evidence of global warming.
So it still stands, anybody who denies man made global warming is an idiot, period.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Israel's foreign minister says a peace deal with the Palestinians is impossible under current conditions and that Israel shouldn't pursue one.
The common belief is that it is the Palestinians who are the ones who don't want peace because they are terrorists, bla bla bla. But in reality it's the Israeli government that has stood in the way of peace. Avigdor is just publicly admitting what many on his side believes, that peace is impossible and the Israeli government shouldn't even try to pursue it. Peace in the region means a permanent Palestinian state and Israel giving up territory and many don't want that. Especially those on the Christian right.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
He starts off replying to this quote by Affleck:
CEOs’ pay shouldn’t be 200 times the average worker. It used to be nine times.
Let’s throw Gigli, the disastrous movie that Affleck received $12.5 million to make, out of the mix and use a lower figure for comparison. Affleck reportedly earned a paltry $10 million for The Sum of All Fears. Let’s consider other “average workers” in that field. For example, according to Salary.com, the median salary for a camera operator in the television & motion picture industry in Los Angeles is just over $80,000 per year.
Affleck makes in the neighborhood of 125 times more than that on one movie. Factor in an entire year and he probably earns in the neighborhood of 500 times the “average worker” in his industry — maybe a lot more.
Before we start regulating CEO pay, maybe we should start with actors. The Hollywood left likes the idea of creeping socialism, just as long as it doesn’t creep any farther west than San Bernardino.
If you haven't noticed the flaw in Doug's "logic" by now, let me say it. ACTORS AREN'T CEOS!!!!! They are workers too, they just make a shit load of a lot more money than the others. They are comparable to athletes who make a lot of money too, but they aren't in the same boat salary wise as say a popcorn vendor. The actors work for a CEO as well. The CEOs run the movie studios they are the head of. Even directors are hired (and fired) by the CEOs when doing movies.
Maybe if Powers went after them instead of the actors for making a lot more money than the average worker, it would be a little different. But Doug's intent was "let's laugh at the Hollywood liberal, nah nah!" But even then, Hollywood ethically wise is not on the same level as the banking and financial industries. The movie industry might not be 100% perfect when it comes to labor and other standards, but they sure as hell didn't cause any major crashes in their history.
And of course the Hollywood left has been on the right side of stuff politically which is something I can't say about Doug Powers. D'oh!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Republican-leaning states will gain at least a half dozen House seats thanks to the 2010 census, which found the nation's population growing more slowly than in past decades but still shifting to the South and West.
In 2008, President Barack Obama lost in Texas and most of the other states that are gaining House seats. He carried most of the states that are losing House seats, including Ohio and New York.
Let's look at the numbers:
Obama 365-McCain 173
Texas will gain four new House seats, and Florida will gain two. Gaining one each are Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington. Ohio and New York will lose two House seats each. Losing one House seat are Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
New number: Obama 359-McCain 179
Wow, I'm not saying Obama would win reelection by that in 2012, but if that was the case, the news shouldn't be like "OMG, voters are protesting Obama by moving out of states he won in 2008", but they are making it seem like that. As for the new districts in Republican states, there is no guarantee they will go Republican unless they are gerrymandered that way. With the exception of Massachusetts, there is no guarantee every "blue" state will lose a Democratic representative. But also, there's a reason why certain states like Texas, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah are picking up seats, they have large Hispanic populations and they are the fastest growing group and guess who they are voting for? Democrats and after the killing of the Dream Act and other racist measures by Republicans, that number will only grow to vote for Democrats. I predict in a few years Texas will be a solid blue state.
So the news is not as bad for Democrats as you think. By the way, the census was something conservatives opposed, so I find the spinning of data to be ironic.
Marben should be fired and those obnoxious Somali families should be sent back to Somalia. This is why distrust, dislike, and even downright hatred of immigrants is not only quite reasonable on occasion, but can be well-merited.
Racism has never been reasonable dude. But thank you for not pulling punches with your racism like other conservatives who pretend to not be racist.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Senate Democrats failed Thursday to win a procedural vote to open debate on a bill that would provide medical benefits and compensation for emergency workers who were first on the scene of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Republicans complained that the $7.4 billion price tag was too high
Do you all understand why I fucking hate Republicans?
Thursday, December 16, 2010
The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it's very brightly colored, and it's very loud, and it's fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, "Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?" And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, "Hey, don't worry; don't be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride." And we … kill those people. "Shut him up! I've got a lot invested in this ride, shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real." It's just a ride. But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok … But it doesn't matter, because it's just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Of course the hostage of jobless benefits was attached to the flawed bill Obama constructed, so I really don't blame the Democrats for voting for it, but it shouldn't have been set up that way. Personally, I would rather slit my throat and bleed to death than allow the tax on the wealthy to go down or stay the same, even if it meant the jobless benefits didn't pass.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Seriously, has there ever been a group more targeted for persecution by governments and corporations than Wikileaks? And I have officially declared the rape accusation to be bogus against hero Julian Assange. I mean, how often does one randomly end up hooking up with someone with ties to the CIA? Assange is innocent and should be freed. Wikileaks doesn't deserve to be treated the way it's being treated.
Right there, among the sacred national structures that honor great Americans, we need to build a shiny monument to ... (this is where the drum roll would come in) The Rich -- otherwise known in liberal circles as the filthy, no-good, greedy, heartless rich.
The statue could be simple and elegant: a rich guy in a business suit holding hundred-dollar bills in both hands, extended toward the blue sky.
I realize the statue reference is a joke (I hope), but the "kiss the asses of the rich" references is what Bernie is trying to get across. This is another might-makes-right puke-inducing piece that just makes anybody concerned with social justice get pissed. And the "filthy, no-good, greedy, heartless rich" reference is just a way to diminish our criticism of the rich, because they generally are with a few exceptions filthy, no-good, greedy, and heartless. Then Bernie goes on to cite some misleading stats:
I offer a few numbers to make my case:Did you know that the top 1 percent of Americans pay about 38 percent of all our federal personal taxes (according to the National Taxpayers Union)? Or that the top 5 percent pay just under 60 percent? Or that the top 10 percent pay about 70 percent of all the personal income taxes collected in this great land of ours?
Uh, maybe that's because they earn more in income, so of course the tax rates will be higher, dumbass. But as I point out, the richest 1% used to pay 70%, so obviously they are not paying as much as they used to, so because of this the rich will only get richer and the poor and middle class will get poorer. We deserve better than this.
So let's get busy on that shiny monument in our nation's capital. And let's get some unemployed people out there building it. It's the least they can do for those nice rich people who have been keeping them afloat.
Elitist fuck, rich people are the cause of our problems, they don't deserve a monument, they deserve a kick in the ass. It's time that we stand up to this injustice and reclaim our country from the rich and powerful. Get pissed.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
I want the wealthy to keep doing what they’re doing.
The richest of the rich, in most cases, provide more value to the world via the items they create than any charity or government organization could dream of. Their wealth is an exact measure of the value they have provided to society.
The first line if true is really sad, I believe we can almost eradicate poverty if every government puts effort into it (of course if enough wealth is taken away from the rich, but the shithead who wrote the letter would never acknowledge that.) The second line is a load of crap. Most rich people are rich because of luck (stock market) or they already have wealth in their family and easily move up in the system. If anything, these people are rich because they take away from society, they are leeches. They cut wages of workers, pollute the environment, or cut corners to make their money. Let's not forget that the reason why many of these people are richer in the first place is because they are paying less taxes than they were 30 years ago. This might makes right mentality is wrong and because rich people are richer doesn't make them right.
But what I love about the letter, and by "love" I mean "hate" is who is writing it:
J. Todd Larson
The writer is the president of Citium Wealth Management and an adjunct professor in the M.B.A. program at Seattle University.
Lol! The letter is titled "Thank the rich", but it should be titled "Thank me." I see this all the time with journalism, the writer discloses some bias and expects that just mentioning that will make things better, but it doesn't. A president of a business writing something that basically says "thank us for screwing you, but we will lie about it and claim we are doing good" is about as terrible as you can get.
*Not all of them, I believe there can be a few rich people in existence, but they are in such low supply these days.
The 61-year-old Edwards -- who separated from her husband in the wake of revelations of his infidelity -- has been battling breast cancer since 2004. It's been reported recently that the cancer had spread to her liver.
Elizabeth seems like a really good person, too bad her scumbag husband had to cheat. It's so much more devastating when someone who you used to support does something wrong and I've lost complete support for John. Somehow, John is partially to blame for the cancer spreading. I know it sounds unrealistic and cliche, but John's betrayal has done her in.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, referred to President Obama as "very, very urban," while charging that as a senator he gave special favor to African American farmers who were victims of government discrimination.
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Friday, December 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
This certainly seems to be true for the anonymous trolls today. After Alexis Pilkington, a 17-year-old Long Island girl, committed suicide earlier this year, trolls descended on her online tribute page to post pictures of nooses, references to hangings and other hateful comments. A better-known example involves Nicole Catsouras, an 18-year-old who died in a car crash in California in 2006. Photographs of her badly disfigured body were posted on the Internet, where anonymous trolls set up fake tribute pages and in some cases e-mailed the photos to her parents with subject lines like “Hey, Daddy, I’m still alive.”
I have been a victim of this kind of brainless crap. You know who you are, you tried to post my personal information a few months ago and have continued to try to post shit. I want to have an intelligent conversation with you, but I don't think that is possible. I think I will no longer accept anonymous posts because of that. Haters will hate and I know I am the good guy here.
Monday, November 29, 2010
But having "legal" fighting in the NFL would make it better, that and allowing coaches to challenge penalties and allowing more endzone celebrations.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
The Obama administration has told whistleblower WikiLeaks that its expected imminent release of classified State Department cables will put "countless" lives at risk, threaten global counterterrorism operations and jeopardize U.S. relations with its allies.
Bla bla bla. Weren't we told this shit during the Bush Administration about anti-war protesting and how it would destroy the morale of the troops and bla bla bla. Censoring Wikileaks won't help win two unwinnable wars. If anything, Julian Assange is an American hero who should be praised for his courageous efforts in exposing the truth. The dude should be given a medal, but probably won't because we live in an era where heroes are turned into villains and villains into heroes (EG: Ronald Reagan). Let's all just hope Julian Assange wins in the end.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
It was a tough choice of either Brad Childress for getting fired or North Korea for almost starting World War 3. And like all wars, it would have been started over something stupid like shelling a small fucking island nobody has ever heard of.
Let's all just hope for peace.
This is also true in reverse and that democracy is inherently for the greater good. This is why liberalism which benefits the greater good always leans towards democracy and freedom and conservatism which benefits a few elites leans towards dictatorship and authoritarianism.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Every pseudo-libertarian needs to read this quote because their obsession with government spending ignores the good things government does like helping feed the poor through food stamps and welfare. These people are not free if they are hungry. A true libertarian is a liberal.
He faces between five and 99 years in prison, although the judge may choose probation.
But the dude should have gone to jail along time ago and the trial has been too long. Justice "Delayed" is justice denied. And probation is like a slap on the wrist, but we can hope Delay goes to jail.
''This is an abuse of power,'' he said. ''It's a miscarriage of justice. I still maintain my innocence. The criminalisation of politics undermines our very system.''
Boo freakin' hoo you crook. Try giving that same sympathy to drug users and minorities wrongfully on death row.
But we can now hope this is only the start. Every Republican politician belongs in jail for one reason or another, it's time to start the trials.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The nation’s workers may be struggling, but American companies just had their best quarter ever.
Of course they will now say that since they made a profit, they will invest that money into jobs and crap. This leads me to saying this, WHY COULDN'T YOU HAVE DONE THAT EARLIER!?!?!
If you use your profits to hire more people, why not do it earlier and hire people periodically instead of hiring a bunch of people at once to claim you are making jobs while then quietly firing the same people later in order to make another profit. Plus they don't use all the profits to give back to the workers, the CEOs and wallstreet gamblers just get richer. Do you know why they do this? They do it to fuck with us! Corporations as a whole suck and those who run them are sadistic and don't care about the economy as a whole. People are suffering and the only answer to the problem is a government answer. Sadly, with business-friendly Republicans plus a cowardly president, the problem will get worse before it gets better.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
They (NPR) are, of course, Nazis.
I have an old joke that Hitler would have called the Jews Nazis if he had the chance to. I've compared conservatives to Nazis before, but only because a comparison exists. Ailes or last week Beck using the Soros/Nazi comparison is basically a violation of the Godwin Law and it is basically projection. Car Talk is not Nazi propaganda, but Fox News programming comes close.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
TSA: Touching sensitive areas
Yes, that Michelle Malkintented, one of the Islamophobic leaders who for nine years ranted about terrorists under our beds. Hey Michelle, it's people like you that created the atmosphere for the TSA to do this, it's YOUR fault! Oh, but in reply I will get the excuse of "only Arabs should be scanned and not beautiful white people." You know, there are white terrorists, duh. But yes the TSA scanners go too far and it's time to stop giving into the fear mongering that lead to them...by people like Michelle Malkintented.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
The conservative pundit described Soros this week as a "Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps."
He was 14 and trying to survive being murdered, dumbass. Of course these traumatic events have shaped Soros into a better person and philanthropist. That's why Soros today is undeniably a world hero. I'm hoping we can turn this smearing of Soros into something good and this will officially turn Soros into "off limits" for criticism by any conservative, but I won't hold my breath.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Cartoonist Jim Davis apologized Thursday for a Garfield strip that some veterans may have found offensive.
The strip ran on Veterans Day in newspapers across the country. It shows a spider daring the pudgy orange cat to squash it. The spider tells Garfield that if he is killed, "they will hold an annual day of remembrance in my honor."
The final panel shows a spider-teacher asking its students if they know why spiders celebrate "National Stupid Day."
Funny. I'm wondering if there is some sort of buffer zone where someone can make a cartoon and not offend anyone. I mean, if the cartoon came out on Easter, there would be people who would be like "you can't say that about Jesus!"
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
"Miss me yet?" ask the ubiquitous billboards and T-shirts featuring George W. Bush's cheerful countenance. It seems maybe the answer is yes.
The World Series crowd cheered as the retired but reinvigorated Bush threw the first pitch of the fourth game. This week come the tour and the TV appearances connected with Bush's newly published account of his big decisions in life, from giving up booze to invading Iraq. Next week at Southern Methodist University, it's ground breaking time for the Bush Center. Not a bad comeback for a president whom his successor keeps deriding as the source of America's present problems.
Emphasis mine. So how does showing up to a baseball game and writing a book about your presidency make you "bounce back" from being rightfully accused of destroying the economy? I don't get it, really. And I have not seen one t-shirt with that phrase on it and I think there was only one billboard with Bush on it. I wouldn't call that "ubiquitous." Maybe the sentence should have been written this way and it would have made almost as much sense:
"Am I full of shit?" asks the ubiquitous billboards and T-shirts featuring Bill Murchison's cheerful countenance. It seems maybe the answer is yes.
Bill goes on to compare Bush to Truman, but what I am sensing is that the right wants to turn Bush into the next Reagan. I have been predicting this for years. They want to turn that giggling murdering asshole into another conservative icon. That's why it's imperative that we never stop trashing Bush and his legacy. If you think about it, the Reagan administration was just about as corrupt as the Bush administration with war crimes and economic irresponsibility. Reagan was slightly more articulate than Bush, but still said stupid shit. They both fostered in an era of right-wing propaganda and it's no surprise that Bush is going to be turned into a "hero" the same way Reagan was. We must stop that or else we will see Bush or Reagan's head on Mount Rushmore.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Prompted by the discoveries, Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet asked if he had permission to use enhanced interrogation techniques including waterboarding on Mohammed.
'Damn right,' (Bush) said."
Damn right you belong in prison for being a tortuous fuck!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
I understand they are trying to make a point, but it just comes off strange saying "free minds and free markets are not free." This is especially true since the orwellianly titled "Reason Magazine" does not promote free minds. The pseudo-libertarian worldview is actually quite authoritarian and is essentially brainwashing. The concept of "free markets" is imaginary also. "Free markets" is an invented meme to make people think that government has nothing to do with the markets and is a way to continue to push deregulation towards a more fascist state.
It is interesting how many Americans, particularly white Americans, absolutely refuse to understand that immigrants do not want America to remain America. Mexican immigrants want America to be an improved version of Mexico. Turkish immigrants want it to be an improved version of Turkey. Even the descendants of involuntary immigrants want America to become an improved version of an imaginary Africa. None of them will get exactly what they want, of course, but the significant fact is that they will transform it by the mere fact of their presence and so whatever it eventually becomes, it will not be what it was before. It will not be America or even recognizably American.
So what's your point dude? America was founded as a melting pot, not just for white European cultures. So there is nothing wrong with them creating an improved version of their country here. There is no such thing as a "recognizable American." I also like and by "like" I mean "hate" how he calls slaves "involuntary immigrants." At least he didn't reduce them to a triangular trade system.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
MSNBC has also gotten a lot of flack for being "too liberal" lately and this is also partially an attempt to reverse that criticism. Guess what, who cares? If they are liberal, they tell the truth more, period. But Keith's situation has shown that speech on MSNBC is no longer protected. I don't really watch or care about Chris and Ed, but I like Rachel Maddow and they will be coming for her too some day. So maybe Keith Olbermann and anybody else with a conscience needs to quit MSNBC and maybe start their own show on a different and independent network. We have seen what has happened to the hosts on Air America Radio, when you try to work within the rules of your corporate oppressors, you will get fucked and the only way to succeed is to sometimes break free. Keith should take this opportunity to tell MSNBC to shove it.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
The conservative Blue Dog Caucus has been cut in half and its leaders out of office. I'd be surprised if there are any Democrats that will miss uninspiring politicians like Gene Taylor, Lincoln Davis, Walt Minnick, Chris Carney, Jim Marshall, Chet Edwards, and a few others? Of course despite losing Hall, Grayson, and Hare, the Progressive Caucus has remained in tact and looks to yield more power in the minority. A lot of anti-Choice Democrats lost as well and the Democratic Party will become more dedicated to preserving a woman's right to choose as a result. Looking back at all the loses Democrats took, I think it's fair to say that they didn't really have a majority to begin with, so the losses weren't that devastating. So the consequence of a Republican victory is a more liberal Democratic Party.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The East India Company was putting local tea companies out of business, they were the Walmart of that day. The British dropped the tax on imported tea to help the East India Company make more profits. A few patriots and small business owners had none of that and dumped the tea into the water. They were protesting a tax cut and not a tax increase. The original Tea Party was more comparative to the 1999 WTO riots in Seattle against free trade than any right-wing anti-tax revolt. The Tea Party if anything was a liberal idea, but the right has stolen the Tea Party and bastardized it the same way racists on the Mexican border stole the name "Minutemen."
Teabaggers don't like being called teabaggers because of the sexual reference, but they started it. When the teabaggers had their first "protest" on April 15th 2009, they used their own teabag references. They hung them from their hats, threatened to "teabag the White House", and someone bought a million teabags to fill a truck (I remember Jon Stewart's joke that they were protesting government waste by wasting money buying teabags.) Their finger prints were all over the teabags and liberals soon found a name to give to them. But teabaggers hated that name and bitch every time we use it. I just hope we continue to bravely call them teabaggers until the day their stupid fascist movement evaporates.
One of the major lies teabaggers like to say is that their movement is grassroots. Bullcrap. The movement has always had an astroturf quality to it. Major players like the Koch family and Dick Armey have been behind it the entire time pulling the strings. The dude who sort of started the whole thing was Rick Santelli, who was on the floor of a Chicago Board of Trade surrounded by business elites ranting about Obama helping poor and middle class people people. Of course the media is complicit with the teabaggers as well. Santelli worked for CNBC and the entire Fox News cabal has basically whored for the teabagger movement. Glenn Beck is the most guilty. Of course not all the teabaggers are taking orders from elites, at least directly, but they support policies that will continue to empower the rich and the large corporations.
Why do I use the term "Fascist?" I use it because the teabaggers remind me of the beginning of the fascist/Nazi movement. They used selected violence against the IRS, census workers, union members, etc. Let's not forget the chaotic town halls that they were ordered to disrupt last August of Democratic politicians. The next step would be something like the Beer Hall Putsch of 1923 when the Nazis tried to take control of Germany. The Nazis were ultra racist and bigoted and we see that with the teabaggers. They support the fascist Arizona "Papers Please" law. They use similar language against "government handouts" racists in the Republican Party have used for years. And of course, they have doubled down on Islamophobia with the opposition to the Cordoba House and the anti-Keith Ellison statement made last week by one of the head teabaggers. Like I mentioned, the teabaggers are very pro-corporate, Mussolini said that fascism is also known as corporatism. So the teabaggers should be known as fascist corporatists. There are many other examples of how they are fascist, but I won't get into that. What separates the American fascists from the German/Italian ones is the economy. Yes the American economy sucks, but the German economy that allowed Hitler to rise to power was 10 times worse. But if the economy keeps getting worse, Americans will continue to look to the right to find some strong leaders like Sarah Palin to label some scapegoats for our problems. The teabaggers are also not libertarian because of their fascistic qualities. Even Ron and Rand Paul are fake libertarians and should be exposed for it.
Yes I know, the teabaggers sound scary. The teabagger endorsed Republicans candidates will win a few seats, but not enough for a takeover. But they will smell blood in the water and come back for more. Here are a few points to stop them.
1. Don't take teabaggers seriously. Once Democrats start taking them seriously, they will win. We need to continue to call them "teabaggers" no matter how much they protest. We need to mock them and have fun doing it.
2. Liberals need a counter revolution of our own, an anti-teabagger movement if you will. There is already the Coffee Party Movement, but it's still small and hasn't made as much noise as the teabaggers. If we exploit the Coffee Party, we can finally get some attention to address liberal issues, ie real issues. We need to first start a movement to reverse the Citizens United decision that gives more power to "corporate personhood" when it comes to campaign donations. We've already seen more commercials by shady corporate astroturf organizations. We can stop this with a Constitutional amendment, but that will take time. We need to do more to address global warming and renewable energy, probably the greatest threat we face as a planet. We need to find ways to give unions more electoral power, Democrats didn't even pass the EFCA like they promised. I think it's time to reverse the Taft-Hartley Act. We need to push Democrats to stop passing half measures. The stimulus bill wasn't big enough, it should have been at least 3 trillion dollars mostly going to jobs involving infrastructure. The healthcare reform should have included a public option which would lead to single-payer healthcare and bankrupt the ethically challenged healthcare companies that caused this mess. Democrats should have also nationalized all the "too big to fail" banks and other financial institutions that caused this mess. Instead Democrats continued to go with the Bush bailouts that have just kicked the problem down the road. There are many other issues liberals and Democrats need to embrace like pot legalization, gay marriage, and fair trade. Liberals need to jump start this and start a counter revolution of our own to combat the teabaggers who will just support nothing good or support ideas that will harm us more.
3. Stay optimistic. We need to remember that in the end, we will win. Teabaggers might win the battle, but lose the war. One thing liberals need to remember is that we are the good guys and the conservatives and teabaggers are the bad guys. Every good idea ever has been a liberal idea that has led to progress. Liberals are on the side of the Constitution and the founding fathers and America is a liberal nation. Most Americans are liberal even if they don't say they are. Democrats will lose seats in 2010 because we weren't liberal enough and our base didn't show up to the polls. Remember that, liberalism will win every time if given the right chance to. The teabaggers might think they have us beat, but they will just wake a giant!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Any normal quarterback would sit a game or a few with ankle injuries, but not Favre. Something tells me his wanting to keep his streak alive is some sort of form of "hoarding" and the more games he collects, the happier he is. It's like that crazy lady with 100 cats. With Favre, it's football games. Of course a coach would love to have a reliable quarterback able to throw on any Sunday and Favre has served that purpose for almost 2 decades. But the reason why he was available all those games was because he was healthy and able to move around. Favre has been a lucky mofo. I know he has played through minor injuries, but he is broken down and should rest, or retire again. (And I didn't even mention the whole penis on camera thing.)
So if Brad Childress has any balls, he will start Jackson over Favre at New England and give his team a shot. Favre's injury is also a threat the the Viking's season because they need a healthy quarterback to throw a lot. But Brad is obsessed with Favre and will probably start him and he will collect his 292nd cat, I mean game.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
There are a lot of liberals who need to be retired this year, but there are few I can think of more deserving than Keith Ellison. Ellison is one of the most radical members of congress. He has a ZERO rating from the American Conservative Union. He is the only Muslim member of congress. He supports the Counsel for American Islamic Relations, HAMAS and has helped congress send millions of tax dollars to terrorists in Gaza.
I don't know how much worse anybody can get, but Judson certainly has sunken that low. This isn't just some crazy guy off the street, he is one of the head teabaggers.
Even though I wasn't 100% impressed by Stewart's call for "moderatism", anything would be better than Beck's shitting on MLK.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
These eight cases are all true except for one thing: The Christians who were bullied by gays and gay activists are all still alive. Not a single one has committed suicide. That is because they have centered their lives around Jesus Christ, rather than their sexual identity.
Sadly, no! has a nice rundown of what happened to each "victim." Not only did they not committ suicide, they are doing very well and suing. They didn't get depressed and "off" themselves not because they are centered around Christ, but because they know they will have their asses covered in the end by like minded homophobes.
And no amount of bullying can change my mind about that.
After reading Adams, I think a fair definition of conservatism is “turning bullies into victims and turning victims into bullies.” Everybody who speaks out against homosexuality is a bully. So the examples Adams gave for his “suicide fantasies” are actually attempts to stop anti-gay bullying and the fact that Adams and people like him are not taking the situation seriously will lead to more bullying and more suicides.
Of course because these conservative Christians are bullies, they feel no shame and they think that what they are doing is right, so of course they are all suing. To a bully, any attempt to stop bullying is considered bullying.
So fuck you Mike Adams and all of your fellow homophobic bullies!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Until then, peace out!
This rally coincides with the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The reaction from the Bush Administration towards the black community was borderline eugenics and I think we must never forget that. So in many respects, the rally was racist on two fronts.
The comparison of the outrage to this rally on the left is not the same to the right-wing outrage to the mosque in New York. The Muslims building the mosque are peaceful and have no bad intentions towards New York unlike the 9/11 hijackers. On the other hand, Glenn Beck and his cult hate black people and hold nothing but hostility towards the legacy of King. And yes, King would have been on Beck's chalkboard. Beck's supporters should be compared to the KKK who were radical, the mosque supporters are moderate.
I don't think we should let this go. People need to know the truth about Beck. Beck is a cult leader with a fascist and racist ideology. Beck's hate should not go unanswered.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Seriously, you can't get any stupider than that logic.
Friday, August 27, 2010
4. Social Justice
Those 8 values are ones that the conservatives hate and are what should make America great.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said in an interview published on Sunday that he believes the Pentagon could be behind a rape accusation against him that was later dropped by Swedish prosecutors.
You are a hero Julian, if your document dump leads to peace in Afghanistan, you will be even more of a hero. Just watch out for crazy people in dark alleys.
Friday, August 20, 2010
So, if you call out a conservative for being racist, you will be threatened with death. If she is elected in 2012, we are fucked.
An Iraq war veteran who police say shot and killed his pregnant wife and young daughter before turning the gun on himself left behind no clues to explain what might have prompted the bloodshed, investigators say.
Let's see, a man is sent over to a foreign country with a gun and training on how to kill Iraqis and after a while of fighting in war, comes home to his wife and kid. Most of the time, nothing bad happens, but every so often one of them snaps and goes crazy. It's called PTSD, it effects every soldier to a certain degree. This is why we should only go to war when it's a last resort; war causes too much damage and not just on the battlefield.
Add 3 more deaths to the body count of this war.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
If you're a college freshman this fall, the Beloit College Mindset List says you can't write cursive.
It goes on. But the most offensive ones are the technological references. The ones that basically say "this generation never used this old shit." Of course poorer people don't have access to much of this technology, so they are mostly left out for these references. Unless of course Beloit College doesn't believe any poor people will go to college.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Of course it has to be Lockheed Martin, a business that should go out of business.
We see all the time large corporations go into these small communities and set up shop under the delusion that they will create jobs. But when they start to pollute, it ends up costing everyone their jobs. This is why communities should reject them before it's too late.
Monday, August 16, 2010
'Miracle' in Colombia jet crash: 1 dies, 130 live
First off, there is no such thing as a fucking "miracle." Everything has an explanation even if we aren't collectively aware of it.
Second, even if there was such thing as "miracles", tell the family of that one dead person that the landing was a miracle. I dare you.
Of course some do and they give this "there has to be a human element to the game" bullshit. There is a human element to the game, they are called "atheletes." I'd hate to be a player and get a call blown by some punk umpire. 20% is too much, this needs to change.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
1. Millionaires Don't Pay Their Taxes. Fact: It is estimated that millionaires, those in the top 1% of earners, pay about 40 percent of all taxes. Current tax regulation shifts may change these numbers to make this even larger than that -- so think twice before accusing the millionaires in America of not paying taxes.
Straw man, nobody is accusing them of not paying taxes, just not paying enough taxes. The rich get most the income, so of course they will pay the most taxes. But they used to have a 90% tax rate, now it's under 40%, so if anything they need to pay more.
2. Millionaires Just Inherited Their Money. According to Thomas J. Stanley's book, "The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy," only 20% of millionaires inherited their riches. The other 80% are what you'd call nouveau riche: first-generation millionaires who earned their cash on their own. Many millionaires simply worked, saved, and lived within their means to generate their wealth -- think accountants and managers: regular people going to work every day. Most millionaires didn't get their riches overnight when a rich relative died -- they worked for the money.
Again, another straw man. Nobody is accusing all of them of just inheriting their money, but still 20% is too high if you think about it. The idea that 1 out of every 5 millionaire you see just got their money from mom and dad would piss off anybody. And those other 4 out of every 5 were probably mostly well-to-do before getting into the business world so they could get into the good schools or the good job that made them a millionaire.
3. Millionaires Feel Rich. From the outside looking in, you would think that millionaires feel rich and secure, but that's not so. Most millionaires worry about retirement, their kids' college fund and the mortgage just like the rest of us. Those worries are greatest among new millionaires, the people who just recently acquired their wealth.
Okay, now this is total bullshit. If you are a millionaire and don't "feel" rich, you are either retarded or paralyzed. And even if you are worrying about stuff, you still "feel" rich, period.
4. Millionaires Have High-Paying Jobs. It certainly doesn't hurt to be gainfully employed, but half of all millionaires are self-employed or own a business. It does help to have a college degree, as about 80 percent are college graduates, though only 18% have master's degrees.
This is even more bullshittier than 3, IF YOU ARE A MILLIONAIRE, YOU HAVE A HIGH-PAYING JOB!!!!! I guess if you had a low or medium paying job, you can earn a million dollars in your life...if you retired at a 100.
5. Millionaires All Drive Fancy Cars. You can get that idea of the rich guy in a fancy German car out of your head when you think of a millionaire: They actually drive a Ford, with the carmaker topping the millionaire preferred car list at 9.4 percent. Cadillacs run second on the millionaires' favorite car list, and Lincolns third according to onmoneymaking.com.
Car payments are an investment with little return, which is why someone looking to grow wealth avoids high-priced vehicles in favor of a more economical set of wheels.
Depends on your definition of "fancy." But I'm guessing if you are a millionaire, you drive a more fancier car than me.
6. Millionaires Hang Around the Golf Course All Day. Those millionaires are all retired, with nothing else to do but hang around the golf course, right? Wrong. Only 20 percent of millionaires are retirees, with a full 80 percent still going to work. It's not as glamorous or fun, but millionaires go to work just like you do; it's how the money gets in the bank.
Again, another straw man. If they hung around the golf courses all day, they would get sun burnt. Millionaires hang around the golf course more than the average person, that's what the issue is.
7. Millionaires Are Elitists. We've already established that most millionaires earned their money and not inherited it, still go to work, drive a Ford, and worry about their kids' college expenses. Sounds a lot like the rest of America, right? Millionaires come in all shapes and sizes -- some may be elitists, but most are just regular Joes who successfully managed their money.
Shit, IF YOU ARE A MILLIONAIRE, YOU ARE ELITIST!!!!! You might not act like a dick, but you are still better-off than the rest of us.
The Bottom Line. Maybe you see a pattern here: Today's millionaires are people who live within their means, budget and spend wisely, and focus on financial independence first. These are habits that take discipline, but ones we can all adopt to begin growing wealth. If these facts prove anything, it's that every one of us can strive to become a millionaire -- you can start by driving your old car with pride.
After reading these bullshit points, I've realized that there will always be this mentality. People will always try to make the rich seem "less rich", but that can't take away the fact that they are better off than the rest of us. While I don't hate all rich people, I think that their wealth is the result of intellectual laziness and social hostility.
I don't know Claire Bradley, but I assume she is not a millionaire. That last point is the biggest piece of shit. Not everyone can strive to be rich, we need to all acknowledge that if we are going to strive for more wealth equality.
Republicans pounced on US President Barack Obama's comments supporting the right to build a mosque near Ground Zero Sunday, painting him as out of touch less than three months before key mid-term elections.
Out of touch? Isn't that what Republicans refer to New Yorkers as? I sense some fake outrage here.
"This is not about freedom of religion, because we all respect the right of anyone to worship according to the dictates of their conscience," US Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said on Fox News Sunday.
"But I do think it's unwise... to build a mosque at the site where 3,000 Americans lost their lives as a result of a terrorist attack. And I think to me it demonstrates that Washington, the White House, the administration, the president himself seems to be disconnected from the mainstream of America."
Horse-fucking liar! It's two blocks from ground zero. Republicans need to quit pretending they support mainstream America, because they don't.
Ignoring a U.S. warning, Arab nations are urging Washington and other powers to end support of Israel's nuclear secrecy and to push the Jewish state to allow international inspections of its program, diplomats told The Associated Press Sunday.
It's only fair.
How Obama is locking up our land
It's just Malkintented railing against environmentalists trying to, uh protect the environment and "locking up" all the precious from developers. Honestly, how can any rational person oppose such a plan? Oh wait, conservatives are not rational, they never have been. Like I commented on my last post, When the opposition so adamantly opposes something right, doing the right thing becomes an act of bravery.
This has become a theme within the liberal/conservative divide; liberals are always on the side of doing the right thing while conservatives try to "morally" justify doing the wrong thing. That's why I wake up every morning and thank goodness I'm a liberal.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
President Obama broke his silence on the Ground Zero mosque debate during a speech at tonight’s Ramadan dinner at the White House. Based on that, can you guess on which side of the issue he falls?
Uh, on the side of religious freedom? Oh wait I got a few more headlines for Doug:
President Obama broke his silence on the anti-kitten punching debate during a speech at tonight’s Humane Society dinner at the White House. Based on that, can you guess on which side of the issue he falls?
President Obama broke his silence on the endangered species debate during a speech at tonight’s Sierra Club dinner at the White House. Based on that, can you guess on which side of the issue he falls?
President Obama broke his silence on the Holocaust debate during a speech at tonight’s Yom Kippur dinner at the White House. Based on that, can you guess on which side of the issue he falls?
President Obama broke his silence on the drunk driving debate during a speech at tonight’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving dinner at the White House. Based on that, can you guess on which side of the issue he falls?
I can go on forever, but you get the picture. When the opposition so adamantly opposes something right, doing the right thing becomes an act of bravery.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
The PTC is urging marketers to not sponsor the show "unless they wish to associate their hard-earned brands with excrement."
If the show wanted to associate itself with excrement, they would have called themselves "Parents Television Council My Dad Says."
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Whenever you think of someone trying to "shake an image", it's usually their fault for the image. The seafood industry did nothing wrong, they are the victims here. If anyone has to shake an image, it's BP.
If the headline was about gunshot victims, would the headline read, "Gunshot victims try to shake a bloody image?" I don't think so.
Friday, August 6, 2010
*The Nagasaki bombing a few days later though was probably not necessary since Japan probably got the message with one nuked city.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Dozens of U.S. billionaires pledged on Wednesday to give at least 50 percent of their fortunes to charity as part of a philanthropic campaign by two of the world's richest men -- Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.
Isn't that nice. But if you think about it, the reason why they are billionaires in the first place is because they don't spread the fucking money around in the first place. The richest have had the least amount of taxes in generations, so they will continue to get richer until the tax code improves. Also, if you think about it, without the help of the government, nobody could ever gain the amount of wealth in a lifetime. This is especially true for people who sit around and don't even break a sweat.
Of course to be fair, dozens is a lot of people...until you read this:
Forbes said the United States is home to 403 billionaires, the most of any country.
So this half-assed measure is even half-assed. The poor and middle class will continue to suffer without some massive government-mandated redistribution method that includes taxing the levitating crap out of these billionaires. That is the only peaceful way of doing it because people don't stay hungry for long and will take the money by force if they have to, and charitable giving will only delay the revolution a few years.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
The Federal Bureau of Investigation keeps close tabs on the image you see over director Robert Mueller's shoulder — the official FBI seal. Which is why it has threatened the online encyclopedia Wikipedia with criminal prosecution if it doesn't remove the image of the seal that it uses to illustrate the FBI's Wikipedia entry.
I remember the Ashcroft boob covering incident at the Justice Department, this is much worse. When an agency goes after a website for just using its seal in a picture, it has too much power.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Former Vice President Al Gore has been cleared of a massage therapist's sexual abuse allegations due to "lack of credible evidence," prosecutors in Portland, Ore., said Friday.
Of course, the right hates Gore and everything he stands for, so there isn't a chance they will leave him alone.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
That exemplifies left-wing idealism — imagining a utopian future. There will be no poor, no war, no conflict, no inequality. That future is only a few more government programs away from reality. And who stands in the way of such perfection? Conservatives. How could a utopian not hate a conservative?
I understand Prager thinks he's being sarcastic here, but sometimes in jest the truth comes out. This is why I am a liberal and hate conservatism, I hope for a better tomorrow. Of course there will never be a total utopia, but we should work towards that goal and damn anyone who stands in the way.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Federal officials now estimate that more than 1 million gallons of oil may have spilled into a major river in southern Michigan, and the governor is sharply criticizing clean-up efforts as "wholly inadequate."
As long as we depend on oil, crap like this will happen. We need to switch to wind and solar.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Here's Bill Hicks on this.
I'm not so much against the concept of malls, it's just the mall culture I don't like. I spend like 75% of the time in Spencers Gifts, that's the kind of shopper I am.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Hayward's 'Golden Parachute' Is Relatively Modest
The details of his "modest" parachute:
If he leaves the company, he stands to walk away with a compensation package that includes about $1.5 million in salary and a pension worth $17 million. That will seem like an unforgivable sum to many people. But as "golden parachutes" go, his deal is actually quite modest.
The phrase "go to jail, don't pass go, don't collect 200 dollars" comes to mind. I guess in the corporate world, punishment is not getting as much money as you should have gotten. This is really fucked up, how did we get to this?*
*Rhetorical question, I know the answer to that question: conservatism brainwashing society into thinking that this is "moral."
Monday, July 26, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
While normally I would be concerned with someone's health, but Beck is one of those exceptions. Beck has shown a lack of empathy for humanity and I feel this sense of schadenfreude at Beck. The dude has bad Karma and disgracing the name of Martin Luther King next month is just part of it. I feel the same way about Rush Limbaugh losing his hearing from overuse of Oxy, if he was just a random drug user, I would feel sorry for him. Although I wish both Rush and Glenn would go mute so they would shut the fuck up.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Why Comic-Con? According to Westboro’s website: “Are you kidding?! If these people would spend even some of the energy that they spend on these comic books, reading the Bible, well no high hopes here. They have turned comic book characters into idols, and worship them they do! Isaiah 2:8... The destruction of this nation is imminent — so start calling on Batman and Superman now, see if they can pull you from the mess that you have created with all your silly idolatry.”
You know, I would think someone like Phelps would embrace comic books. Most attending the convention are virgins, so they are already practicing abstinence. (Watch Colbert steal that joke.)
Thursday, July 22, 2010
As for the NAACP, I was all for them condemning the teabagger racism, but a week later they got fooled and went after Shirley Sherrod also. I think this is the worst thing they have ever done in their 100 year history. Shame.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
If the ACORN lies weren't enough, this is.
Monday, July 19, 2010
The National Tea Party Federation, an organization that represents the Tea Party political movement around the country, has expelled Williams and his Tea Party Express organization because of the inflammatory blog post Williams wrote last week, federation spokesman David Webb said Sunday.
The teabaggers would like to claim that they are a loose and independent collection of Americans who just randomly show up and protest. It seems this whole structure thing seems counter to what they are allegedly for. In reality, they are just a branch of the Republican Party. Heck, the Loon is planning a "Tea Party Caucus."
It's interesting to question why Mark Williams was really "fired." Williams scrubbed the racist NAACP satire from his website and to me it seems like that must have made him seem "weak." In other words, the National "Tea Party" Federation booted him for not being racist enough. It's kind of scary if you think about it.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Stabenow, both supporters of the right to partial birth abortion even when the life of the mother is not at stake,
First off, "partial birth" is one of those Orwellian terms the right uses, the procedure is called "intact dilation and extraction." Second, the vast majority of those procedures are for "life at stake" cases in the third trimester, so that statement doesn't make sense.
got a nod of appreciation last night from all the members of Planned Parenthood whose mothers didn’t take advantage of Planned Parenthood’s primary service.
Yeah, I'm guessing Doug thinks Planned Parenthood's primary service is abortion, it's not.
In 2007, contraception constituted 36% of total services, STI/STD testing and treatment constituted 31%, cancer testing and screening constituted 17%; other women's health procedures, including pregnancy, prenatal, midlife, and infertility were 11%, and approximately 3% of total procedures involved surgical and medical abortions.
Yeah that's some "primary service" there. One can make the argument that Planned Parenthood has done more to stop abortions than any other organization in the country because they provide contraception. Unless Doug thinks that contraception=abortion, then his point might be valid. But in reality he is full of shit.
I’ve been fully aware that Nancy Pelosi is shameless for a long time, and I realized the same about Debbie Stabenow the day the very overweight Senator dedicated herself to lowering the rate of childhood obesity (Though admittedly Stabenow’s strategy of “if I eat all the food there won’t be any left for the kids to get fat on” could make some difference).
Ha ha ha! Let's laugh at the fat bitch! Doug needs to become a comedian and start his own tv show. I hope it's more successful than other conservative shows before it.
*Has the term "guest" changed its meaning? Doug has been on Malkintented's blog for a few months, I don't think guests stay longer than a few days or a week or two. When will he be a "co-blogger?"
Friday, July 16, 2010
In the middle of tomorrow, a great ribbed ghost has emerged from a distant yesterday.
On Tuesday morning, workers excavating the site of the underground vehicle security center for the future World Trade Center hit a row of sturdy, upright wood timbers, regularly spaced, sticking out of a briny gray muck flecked with oyster shells.
Obviously, these were more than just remnants of the wooden cribbing used in the late 18th and early 19th centuries to extend the shoreline of Manhattan Island ever farther into the Hudson River. (Lower Manhattan real estate was a precious commodity even then.)
“They were so perfectly contoured that they were clearly part of a ship,” said A. Michael Pappalardo, an archaeologist with the firm AKRF, which is working for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to document historical material uncovered during construction.
By Wednesday, the outlines made it plain: a 30-foot length of a wood-hulled vessel had been discovered about 20 to 30 feet below street level on the World Trade Center site, the first such large-scale archaeological find along the Manhattan waterfront since 1982, when an 18th-century cargo ship came to light at 175 Water Street.
The area under excavation, between Liberty and Cedar Streets, had not been dug out for the original trade center. The vessel, presumably dating from the mid- to late 1700s, was evidently undisturbed more than 200 years.
9/11 happened, we can't go back in time and stop it, but we can look to the future. As an optimist, I can say that this historical discovery is a good thing. When tragedy happens, you can't dwell on the past, you have to make something positive happen. Like the BP spill, no doubt that's bad, but the outrage could end up getting us off fossil fuels. Or the fascist Citizens United Supreme Court decision could end up getting a Constitutional amendment passed to end all corporate contributions to elections.
We will never beat terrorism with bombs or Islamophobia or taking our shoes off, we will win with positivity, hope, and discovering 200 year-old boats.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
"The Democrats will scream racism. Let them. Republicans are not going to pick up significant black support anyway."
Translation: "Let's be as racist as possible and not listen to the truth that we are racist. Oh and fuck blacks, they don't even like us, white power!"
Like I said, all conservatives are racist, some more explicit than others.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Our Pledge of Allegiance used to be "One Nation Indivisible" until a few years later when they added "under God" to it to "fight" the commies. Of course, if you know about the history of the original pledge, it was written by a socialist. It was also written after the Civil War when our nation was still recovering and "One Nation Indivisible" was added to sort of heal that divide. The irony is that part has been divided by "Under God." I feel that there was also a side agenda in the 50's to give some red meat to the racists to make them feel a little bit better about their efforts to divide the nation over slavery and adding "Under God" between "One Nation Indivisible." Atheists like blacks, women, and gays are hated by the rightwingers and any way they can further divide America, they will do. "Under God" will always be literal graffiti (see above) and vandalism as long as it's in the Pledge, and that needs to be taken out ASAP.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Let me get this straight — the William Morris Agency has reportedly dropped Mel Gibson as a client because he used the “N-word” in an unhinged privately recorded rant, but William Morris continues to represent the likes of P, Diddy, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, 50 Cent, and many more, who broadcast the same awful word to millions — daily, unabashedly and continually?
Sigh. Let me explain something to you Doug and let me be clear: YOU ARE WHITE!!!!! MEL GIBSON IS WHITE!!!!! YOU AREN'T ALLOWED TO USE THAT WORD IN THAT MANNER, YOU RACIST FUCKING IDIOT!!!!!
There's term called "context", look it up.
Stock: What do you say then to a young girl, I am going to place it as he said it, when a young girl is raped by her father, let's say, and she is pregnant. How do you explain this to her in terms of wanting her to go through the process of having the baby?
Angle: I think that two wrongs don't make a right.
Here's the new Republican Party folks, the pro-rape and incest party.
Congrats Harry Reid on getting reelected!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
There are 300 million people in this country, so the wealthiest 1% represents 3 million people. Everyone of those people are already pretty wealthy, so taxes aren't a problem. If everyone of those people gives at least 100,000 dollars, that's 3 trillion right there. That alone can pay for a stimulus program that will create millions of jobs. Since there are some very wealthy millionaires and billionaires, they can pay more and we will generate an extra couple trillion. With that we can spend that on single-payer universal healthcare. The growth created by the stimulus will bring in more money and we will slowly also pay off the debt. If we cut military spending, there's more money for us. By taxing the very wealthy a lot more, we can solve every problem in the country.
But no, I'm just a dreamer. Nobody will have the guts to do this cause the wealthy already have too much power and will find loopholes. Greedy fucks. But I could be wrong. Prove me wrong Democrats, prove me wrong.