Sunday, October 16, 2011
Here's what I've learned or seen about Occupy Wall Street and what has been happening. I wish I could easily grab all of the links to the videos I've seen in other streams on G+. I am working on a way to do this through Delicious possibly.
I learned what Kettling is. An ugly way to make people into cattle.
There's a semi-live stream up at www.livestream.com/globalrevolution and here's Alan Grayson summarizing what's up in just about a minute:
Thursday, October 06, 2011
I came across We Are the 99% a couple of weeks ago, just as the OccupyWallSt crowd was beginning to plan and mass.
It is all too easy to glaze over when you hear statistics about joblessness, foreclosures and a general downward spiral across the nation. It is another thing altogether to look into the faces of these people who are barely hanging on or have lost their grip altogether and have been cast adrift.
These are Americans being shoved downward by the Republicans and the corporations who have bought and paid for them.
Let's be clear, America is no longer being ruled by the People, America is under the control of Big Corporations. They have bought our democracy and are gang banging it out behind the shed. But even the most willing victim eventually realizes that this isn't sex, this is rape, this is not wanted, this is not what America signed on for. This is not what America is and should be.
America is being taken away from the people, the middle class is being smashed down into the lower class and the upper class has tripled their holdings in the last 25 years. The top 1% controls more than 50% of the wealth in America. The bottom 50% has less than .5% of stocks on the market. The numbers go on and on and on.
The reality is that America is not theirs to take and do with what they want.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Indiana state Rep. Phillip Hinkle (R) is in the media spotlight today under allegations he offered a young man money for sex Saturday night. Joe Jervis notes that Hinkle, who is married to a woman and has children, voted in favor of the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions in Indiana, which will require a second vote by the legislature to pass next year. Hinkle also prides himself on supporting a bill that required Indiana to offer “In God We Trust” license plates. Bil Browning adds that there are likely some other anti-gay Indiana legislators whose stories have not yet come to light."
I guess family values means he'd really value your NOT telling his family that he's banging dudes on the side. Maybe don't tell his party either though most of them are also publicly anti-gay sex while banging dudes after hours.
Republican, its just another word for hypocritical douchebag.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
When George Allen served in Congress, he was a favorite of the oil industry. He was one of the largest recipients of oil industry campaign contributions, and a lead sponsor of efforts to expand offshore oil drilling, including off the east coast. He was even feted by oil billionaire Charles Koch at the 2005 secret planning meeting Koch Industries organizes to coordinate conservative and corporate influence.
Allen left the Senate after losing his reelection bid in 2006, started a lobbying business called “George Allen Strategies,” and joined the board of several companies, including an energy company called the Hillsdale Group. But Allen’s relationship with the oil industry didn’t end there. Given that Allen announced yesterday that he intends to run for Senate again in 2012, it’s worth taking note that of the role that oil and polluter industry fronts have had in propping up Allen:
– In 2009, Allen partnered with the “oil-industry-funded Institute for Energy Research” to found the American Energy Freedom Center, a group dedicated to attacking clean energy reforms. Although Allen’s American Energy Freedom Center does not disclose its donors, the Institute for Energy Research is funded largely with donations from ExxonMobil and Koch Industries. Tom Pyle, Institute for Energy Research President, is a former Koch Industries lobbyist, and the group is made up of former GOP Energy Committee staffers and industry representatives. Allen’s American Energy Freedom Center is registered to the same address as his lobbying firm at 717 Princess Street in Alexandria.
– Allen has given speeches and declared his support for a number of fossil fuel-funded front groups. In 2008, he became a signatory to an energy-related effort organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is funded by ExxonMobil, foreign oil companies, and Massey Energy. In 2010, he spoke at a global warming denier conference hosted by the Heartland Institute, another front funded by polluters.
– Allen has maintained a political profile by touring Virginia with Americans for Prosperity, a group founded and funded by Koch Industries. In October 2009, Allen did a ten city anti-health reform bus tour with Americans for Prosperity in Virginia. During the midterm election, Allen joined Americans for Prosperity’s “November is Coming” election bus tour promoting Republican candidates. Throughout 2009 and 2010, Allen spoke at Americans for Prosperity-organized Tea Party rallies — often spending much of his time talking about climate science and oil drilling. And throughout this month, Allen toured with Americans for Prosperity to build buzz around his new bid for Senate. Americans for Prosperity’s Virginia director, Ben Marchi, a former aide to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX), is expected to join the Allen for Senate campaign.
Explaining his lust for offshore drilling, Allen has said, “Americans are not addicted to oil. Americans are addicted to freedom.” While members of the Tea Party movement may debate Allen’s views on freedom, there is no question that Allen is addicted to oil."
Any citizen dumb enough to give this bought and paid for oil industry puppet their vote should have their right to vote taken away. George Allen has no interest in making America better for Americans, his sole interest is in appeasing his oil industry masters (and being a douchebag racist).
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Congratulations, Fox News, you have succeeded in stupiding down your audience to the point that they just swallow your appalling lies as gospel truth. You have intentionally dumbed down America for your own (and the Republican Party's) ends.
Fox News Viewers came in first in 8 of 9 questions. They should be so proud as they scoot around on their Rascals.
# 91 percent believe the stimulus legislation lost jobs
# 72 percent believe the health reform law will increase the deficit
# 72 percent believe the economy is getting worse
# 60 percent believe climate change is not occurring
# 49 percent believe income taxes have gone up
# 63 percent believe the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts
# 56 percent believe Obama initiated the GM/Chrysler bailout
# 38 percent believe that most Republicans opposed TARP
# 63 percent believe Obama was not born in the U.S. (or that it is unclear)
"The fact that Fox News is so blatantly dishonest, and the effects of that dishonesty have become ingrained in an electorate that has been been purposefully deceived, needs to be made known to every American. Our democracy cannot function if voters are making choices based on lies."
Fox News represents a clear and present danger to the health of the country. They are intentionally working to spread misinformation to keep the country divided and allow the Republicans to stay relevant despite their dogged insistence on getting more money for the richest people in the country, their desire to screw over the poor at nearly every turn and their hatred of having an intelligent, articulate and reasonable black man as the President of the United States of America.
If you watch Fox News and vote then you are part of the problem, you are being used as a pawn by these lying asshats and you are making America weaker by subscribing to haters, liars and jackholes.