Tuesday, August 31, 2010

SOCIAL SECURITY AND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ARE NOT WELFARE


TO HEAR THESE REPUBLICANS TALK YOU

WOULD THINK WE ARE ALL

WAITING FOR HAND-OUTS

Why don’t we make this clear, the way Republicans talk and the inference that Social Security and Unemployment Benefits are somehow a form of SOCIALIST WELFARE makes me sick. They are talking now about raising the age to 70, privatizing Social Security and certainly they have been obstructing Unemployment Benefit extensions to those who are out of work due to their incompetence and greed.

Once and for all, we, the working class pay for these things…money is deducted from our paychecks during those times when we have been able to work…notwithstanding a Republican administration that always manages to screw up the economy and get us back at the unemployment lines.

We pay for these things, they are not give-aways, we certainly have just as much a right to collect these as the super rich has a right to make a profit. So stop the nonsense you are advocating. Do you want to balance the budget and reduce the national debt? Then tax the super rich whom Bush and you Republicans gave a very generous tax cut. The lost revenues from these tax cuts are the real cause of our economic crisis; coupled with the tremendous amounts of treasure that has gone to two unnecessary wars.

Our meager Social Security is not causing a dent on these nor are the unemployment benefits we get…get over it Republicans, it is the wars and the tax breaks for the rich. And please don’t come up with the lame scare tactic that if we let their tax cuts expire we will be going into a deep recession…that is pure unadulterated crap.

The fact that they are now holding on to their money, not making loans and just plain hoarding is just one more indication that one: the Bush tax cuts don’t work and two: TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS is bullshit. So, what are the poor and the middle class supposed to do? Take out more loans so that those in the 2% of income in our country can keep their Hamptons second home? Extending the Bush tax cuts is paramount to raising taxes on our children and grandchildren.

And furthermore, if you really do think that you are going to alter or repeal the 14th Amendment to fit your xenophobic, racist agenda you are sadly mistaken…fair minded Americans, those in the middle…will not stand for it…and lefties like me will chew you a new asshole as I throw my hissy fit. So, I advise you to get over it.

PHOTO SOURCE: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://mdprincing.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/national_debt_clock

Monday, August 30, 2010

A SPECIAL POST – BLOSSOMING GAY RIGHTS




GAY RIGHTS ARE BLOSSOMS READY TO BLOOM

The old tree is strong and it still yields blossoms that are beautiful and fragrant. For more than two hundred years these blossoms have turned into delectable fruits which most everyone has been able to partake of them. They linger on the tree, grow, mature and timely ripen ready for the harvest. But some of us have seen the tree blossoming; the fruits ripening and then withering away knocked to the ground by the winds of inequity and hatred.

Yes, we have not been able to eat its forbidden fruit. There have been orchard keepers who would much rather see the fruit fall to the ground and rot than to even give us a miserly slice of that freedom fruit. What a shame, in the land of plenty, in the land of the free, that wonderful land that has fed so many from the tree of hope and justice; has denied us for centuries what is rightfully ours.

What the Constitution says to all of us so elegantly end eloquently is “I am that old blossom-bearing tree, I am the tree of life that will sustain you and give you equality and hope; for those who planted me, those very Founding Fathers wanted me grow to nourish everyone living in this great land of ours.

But I also give you shade, a respite from the harshness of the sun and the cruelty of the elements; for I stand tall next to a life-bearing creek filled with the waters of kindness and understanding…I am not growing in a separate grove that is the sole property of some greedy landlord who once came and usurped the land where I dwelled…he is dead and buried now…I am here for everyone and I am here to stay. I give shade and fruit abundantly but not in separate or in unequal amounts; for separate is not equal because I am the tree of equality.



Oh, the winds of change are in the air; the cold winter is already barreling down the ravines and valleys to assault me as it has done year after year. After my harvest is gathered, my leaves wither and fall and I am left standing naked; to be raped by that harsh pervert that is winter; in all his malevolence, my limbs are stabbed with the daggers of lies, ignorance and superstition. Yes I suffer and I cry tears of sap that are bitter and sweet.

Once more I defeat that grim intruder that attempts but fails to turn me into firewood. I am strong and beautiful just like my planters intended and I emerge from that frigid intolerance to blossom once more and to provide shelter and sustenance to everyone alike…no, no, there are no special qualifications to enjoy my shade…it matters not to me if you insert a penis into a vagina; that does not give you a privileged place in my shade because I am here to extend my branches to everyone…even though there are some of you who want to apply topiary techniques and trim some of my branches to satisfy your perceived idea of aesthetics.

But I am patient and tolerant, benevolent and generous. I will only deny you shelter and food if you prevent others from partaking of my offerings. You will not be able to define what constitutes a requirement to be near me nor will I allow it for you to define marriage for the rest of the shade and fruit seekers. Because when you do that, and you do it by unfairly distorting the truth, by purveying hatred and division; you have forfeited the right to stand beneath my branches and you have given up the seat at the table of abundance. Though you may still be hungry for that vile and venomous hatred I am not the tree that will quench that thirst or satiate that hunger.

Go on then on your merry way, stand under another lesser tree and see if it provides you as good a shade and as delectable a fruit as I have; for its shade does not comfort and the yield of the harvest is meager.

By Raul Rodriguez, copyright 2010

However, I hereby grant permission to reprint this and publish it as I would only like credit for the origin of this short essay.

YESTERDAY I HAD A POST ABOUT GLENN BECK’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON


I WAS MUCH TOO QUICK TO CRITICIZE…THERE WERE INDEED SOME MIRACLES, ONLY THEY WERE NOT WIDESPREAD

COULD THIS BE SAINT BECK THE DELIVERER, THE DIGNITY RESTORER?

It was reported by some attending the now legendary meeting at the Lincoln Memorial that there were indeed some miracles…only a handfull of people experienced it. It had something to do with the purity of their soul and the nature of their true feelings towards Beck, race relations and the like.

It was said that a small group of people over on the left side of the gathering actually saw a halo surrounding Mr. Beck. It was almost instantaneous reaction; you could observe about two dozen people raise their hands up in the air…you know, the same they do at their churches.

Then there was another quiet moment when just about everyone stood still. If there was one miraculous pregnant pause this was it…It lasted for a good 45 seconds. Now, what are the odds that 50,000 people or whatever the number was would all be silent for about a minute? And this was not a moment of silence called upon by anyone…no, sir, this was a manifestation of a miracle.

Later on, as people were leaving, some reporters interviewed them and some even said that they indeed saw a halo…only they described it as his aura…how wonderful it was, the man is a saint. He shall lead us out of the storm, help us through these troubled waters and restore our dignity and our country to its rightful place as a WHITE ANGLO-SAXON, PROTESTANT, HETROSEXUAL nation.

PHOTO SOURCE: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/08/glenn-beck-comes-to-town/62198/

Sunday, August 29, 2010

THE NEW MESSIAH CAME TO WASHINGTON


The crowd stretched from the Lincoln Memorial, along the reflecting pool and toward the Washington Monument.


AND HIS ADORING FANS WENT TO LISTEN…WHAT A SIGNIFICANT EVENT…ALMOST UP THERE WITH THE PARTING OF THE RED SEA.

It was not reported that any miracles were visible or were witnessed by those in attendance. The Washington Monument did not bend or fall, the pond retained its water and no, Beck did not walk on them as was predicted.

Fox News, one of Beck's broadcast outlets, says that "huge crowds at Glenn Beck's 'Restoring Honor' freedom rally — organized to give thanks to U.S. troops — left Washington, D.C., on Saturday night pleased by the theme and the turnout — as thousands in attendance returned home carrying a message of making America better."

Of course there were the big crowds, we have no doubt there were lots of people there, would not even question the veracity of the numbers. But one thing remains clear in my mind: If Beck and Palin and the other speakers did not resort to divisive, inflammatory rhetoric and those in attendance did not carry outlandishly insulting signs, there is not much hope for them because that is the very essence of that movement and that is the way of energizing the base…by being outrageous, insulting, untruthful and hypocritical…how long do you think that base will stand for bland, civil and orderly gatherings like that one?


SOURCE: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/08/29/129506607/?ft=1&f=1001