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Archive for October, 2010

Keith Richards Life

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Yeah, I’m a big fanboy for things Keef, but Life, his autobiography, is one of the best rock books I’ve ever encountered. Full review to come!

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Letterbombing!

Friday, October 29th, 2010

I just love high tech vandalism, really I do:

The vertical message that ran down the left side on Fox News’ Facebook page the night of October 14 read clear as that evening’s sky: “K-E-E-P T-H-E F-E-A-R A-L-I-V-E.” It was a reference to Stephen Colbert’s March to Keep Fear Alive, a gathering organized in faux-competition with this weekend’s Rally to Restore Sanity, headlined by Jon Stewart.

Minutes after the first message appeared, the same letters, in the same order, began turning up on the fan pages of Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and hilariously, Justin Bieber. Each letter was displayed in the space where a profile picture would normally be, next to a posted comment. As each Facebook user posted their comments in the right order, the message came to life.

Find out how to do it yourself:

Keep The Fear Alive! The inside story of a group of rogue ad execs who hijacked Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck’s Facebook pages—and how you can, too.

What do the looters want next?

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Are you surprised that these programs are under attack? The same forces that went after the unions in the 1980s, that relentlessly pushed free-trade agreements while manufacturing jobs evaporated, and that destroyed housing values in the 2000s— they’re on the prowl again. If Social Security and Medicare are cut, finance and insurance companies will skim the cream—the wealthier, healthier participants—while leaving everyone else to fend for themselves. Social Security and Medicare, they think, are easy prey, once we’ve been softened up by scare stories about how they’re on the “brink of bankruptcy” and we “can’t afford them.”

It isn’t true, of course. Social Security and Medicare can’t go bankrupt, just as the Pentagon can’t. They’re not in some separate bank account or lockbox—they’re government programs that we either choose to pay for or don’t. And not only can we afford them, they’re a bargain, providing modest comfort and decent care to people who would otherwise financially burden their families—or die.

Rand Paul goes full Orwell

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.
George Orwell

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Rand Paul will probably, amazingly, be the next Senator from Kentucky. How nice of him to give us a glimpse of what to expect once he and his ilk are installed in the corridors of power.

Now I know full well- or at least I hope- that Rand Paul didn’t give marching orders to his goon squad to stomp Move On.org activists heads on the curb, but you’re known by the company you keep. In this case, an overzealous nitwit who, ironically, is known for wearing “Don’t Tread on Me” stickers, who is high in Paul organization, did the dirty work.

But don’t think that this person was an alone in thinking Lauren Valle deserved to get her head stomped:

She’s a professional leftist activist.

And what did this oh so scary “professional activist” do that makes her a candidate for such a violent reaction? Oh heavens, she protested oil companies in Louisiana after the spill- as all sane people should have. She graffitied an Alaskan bound oil tanker. In short, she gives a shit. And this, according to some, justifiably provokes a physical reaction.

The Tea Partiers spout all sorts of chin music about “liberty” and “freedom”, but when the rubber meets the road (or the spray paint hits the oil tanker) they suddenly find sedition in every word. These are people who pee themselves over “Sharia law” but insist that children should be allowed to pray in schools- but only to that lily white hippie looking dude in the picture on the wall, of course. They call rebroadcasting their own words akin to terrorism.

These are thugs. These are people who sat silent for eight years as the Texas Tyrant ran roughshod over our Constitution, cranked up fear campaigns to ensure public support for his illegal wars of conquest, gutted the regulatory infrastructure that keeps us safe, and pandered to Bible waving nitwits. No, all these valiant patriots sat silent until a Negro got elected, and then suddenly the Tea Party sprang into life, all ready to protest a man who is simply Bush, 2.0.

Now, the only good I see in the prospect of a Rand Paul or Sharon Angle getting elected is roughly that which I see occurring now with Obama supporters, basically, that these people are going to wake up a year or so down the road and realize hey, these people we voted for, volunteered for, they haven’t done a thing they’d say they would do. And hopefully that disgust will translate into them investigating who actually runs this country- that would be Wall Street and the military- and working to change that.

But frankly, I don’t hold out much hope for the Tea Party. Their entire driving force is fear of demographics. They were raised in a country (or so they were allowed to believe) that was just like they- white, heterosexual, and conservative. That world never really existed except in raw numbers, and now even that numerical advantage is slipping away. By 2050, non-whites will make up half our population. And that terrifies the aging whites- “The Real America” in the words of Gov. Half Term. They see the writing on the wall (or the oil tanker, as it were). A black man as president. Pot to be legal. Gays to marry. A mosque down the street. Their jobs are gone- not because Obama did anything, of course, but because every president since Reagan has allowed big business in this country to dodge taxes and regulations in a mad dash for profits. Profits that they then hoovered out of the system, gutting America. And they are mad. And scared.

Scared enough to stomp a “professional Leftist”s head to curb.

Forever.

Chew on this

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

One out of every 34 Americans who earned wages in 2008 earned absolutely nothing — not one cent — in 2009.

Ponder on that.

And this:

Johnston writes that while the number of Americans earning more than $50 million fell from 131 in 2008 to 74 in 2009, those that remained at the top increased their income from an average of $91.2 million in 2008 to almost $519 million.

The wealth is astounding, says Johnston. “That’s nearly $10 million in weekly pay!… These 74 people made as much as the 19 million lowest-paid people in America, who constitute one in every eight workers.”

We have been robbed. And it ain’t over yet.

One party system

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

America today is a one-party state much like the Soviet Union, China or Nazi Germany and both nominal political parties are just façades presented to the public to create the illusion of competition and choice. The establishment leadership in both the GOP and the Democrats represent the goals of the same special interests.

Our ability to “throw the bums out” every two or four years is just a release valve built into the political system which guarantees the continued elite control of our political process. Although there are some patriots in national politics in both parties, they never are allowed to take control of either party or the closed political system.

Before the summer of 2011 is over, the Tea Party supporters will already be angry and disappointed as the GOP elites will maintain the status quo and there will only be empty rhetoric rather than political action to control spending, curtail the deficits and limit government. When the coming debt and dollar crisis takes hold, I guarantee the GOP will have an action plan supported by the Democrats which will pass with bilateral support to solve the economic crisis. The solution will be the theft of your private wealth and promised benefits all done in the public interest to save America.

Grand theft, Wall Street style

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

The documents were not sloppy and they were not processed sloppily. They were created and treated exactly as planned. They did it because they thought they could get away with it. They had enough money to buy off any legislator or Judge, or so they thought. But it isn’t working out that way. It’s not the first time these mega-banks have stepped on a land mine and it won’t be the last, as long as we allow them to grow into such behemoths such that that ascribe to themselves the qualities of government or God.

Billions of dollars stolen, thieves in plain sight. Anyone wanna wager on the odds of anyone going to jail? Hell, we bought a house this year, might want to check on our paperwork…who knows?

Continue with Why The Paperwork Appears “Sloppy”

Pilot tells TSA to stuff it, calls it a “make work” program

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Pilot Refuses Full-Body Scan, Says TSA Doesn’t Make Travel Safer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (CBS/AP) — A Tennessee pilot who says he’s tired of being manhandled by security agents is waiting to see if he will lose his job because he refused a full body scan.

ExpressJet Airlines first officer Michael Roberts was chosen for the X-ray scan Friday at Memphis International Airport. The Houston-based pilot says he also refused a pat-down and went home.

The 35-year-old Roberts told The Commercial Appeal newspaper he wants to go to work and not be “harassed or molested without cause.”

You know, I’d feel safer flying on this guys plane than some pilot who willing participates in the kubuki that is security in this country. Kudos to you sir.

Too funny…and too stupid to serve

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

If You Make an Attack Ad, Make Sure It Attacks the Right Person

Colorado Republican congressional candidate Cory Gardner made an ad criticizing his opponent Betsey Markey’s support for Obama’s budget. Except, uh, Betsey Markey didn’t vote for the budget. Ed Markey, of Massachusetts, did. This would be embarrassing, in any other year.

Indeed, in any other election year this would be embarrassing. But this guy, while too stupid to serve in Congress, obviously, isn’t in the same league o’ nutball as Angle, Paul, et al.

But still, please Colorado, don’t show your ass and vote for this ijit.

Turn off Fox- you in?

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

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Got my package of “Turn Off Fox” bumper stickers in the mail yesterday…who’s with me?

Get yours here.