Saturday, April 30, 2011

THE TIME TO TAKE ACTION IS NOW



Don’t bitch later that the Republican Teahadists destroyed your benefits

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TOTALITARIANISM IS WELL ON ITS WAY TO REPLACE DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA

Governor Snyder

Now the Governor can actually appoint an administrator who will have unlimited powers.


It has already started in Michigan where they now have a new amazingly undemocratic ruse where if a municipality is in financial trouble then the Governor can send in “an administrator” who will oversee everything and have unlimited power. Gone will be the mayor, the city manager, all the councilmen and it is a black eye on democracy.

The appointed administrator can be any person the Governor chooses to appoint, or can be a corporation. That’s right, the Governor can simply fire an elected official and appoint any corporation he chooses to take over control. Once appointed the administrator has the power to do anything they need in the name of economic stability. This means an appointed corporation can void collective bargaining agreements, void contracts, dissolve school boards, town councils, and even unincorporate the town.

Even more worrysome is the fact that residents get absolutely no say any any of these decisions.

And it just begun in Benton Harbor.

“Gov. Snyder's plan is the same kind of flagrantly undemocratic "emergency rule" used by military dictators to oppose any semblance of democratic opposition to their policies. While no one expects Gov. Snyder will be rounding up dissidents any time soon, the fight in Michigan is NOT about unions; the governor is attempting to wrest from the hands of every citizen of the state of Michigan, the right to determine who governs at the consent of the governed.

His plan declares an immediate end (with no projected restoration) to the founding principle of our democracy: that public officials may govern ONLY at the consent of the governed.

There is no moral, philosophical, legal or practical justification for Gov. Snyder's claim that a "budget emergency" gives him the right or the power to order the suspension of electoral democracy in his state. Those who support his radical agenda will argue that this is not what they intend, that they are merely trying to be "expedient". This is always the argument of statist profiteers who seek to centralize power; this was the argument of Italy's fascists.

The process which allows the people to govern their government is absolutely sacrosanct in our democracy. There is no way for us to be the free society we claim to be, if that process does not remain sacrosanct. The budgetary discomfort and long, difficult days of work that some public officials might face given budgetary discomfort, are absolutely not a justification for eliminating the democratic process or establishing unilateral executive rule.” - http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/08/954169/-Michigan-Governor-Seeks-Emergency-Powers

KEEP VOTING FOR REPUBLICANS AMERICA…YOU ARE VOTING FOR TOTALITARIANISM!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Face the music Republicans…it was the tax cuts for the rich and the elimination of regulations that caused the mess we are in…The blame is on you.

Amazingly, there is no accountability on the part of Republicans and they keep pushing for even more tax cuts for the wealthy.

It makes absolutely no sense that our country has to borrow money to pay for the tax cuts for the very wealthy. The old, tired argument that taxes should not be raised during a recession because it takes money out of circulation and also the other excuse: the uncertainty for the rich and the corporations are causing them to hold back on investments.

I would like for somebody to explain to me why the corporations are realizing record profits…if the uncertainty is so bad it has not stopped them from using money our government gave them to loan to the public and they turn around instead and use it for speculation and gamble with it.

I want to understand but I can’t; why is it that if the elimination of regulations and the lowering of taxes on the rich and corporations creates jobs and prosperity…prosperity for whom? We saw this happen through the Bush years and eventually our economy banked, the stock market crashed and millions of Americans lost their jobs. So is this idea to help the rich so that somehow, miraculously it will be re-invested and it will filter on down to the middle class and the poor…it doesn’t happen and it never will. We have to make them face the truth about TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS…it didn’t work and it never will.

Dave Johnson explains it very well:

A brief budget history since the 80's: We cut taxes, increased military spending and cut investment in our infrastructure, and the result was huge budget deficits and slower economic growth. Then in the 90's we raised taxes on the rich and increased investment in the country and we had big budget surpluses and the economy was growing at a good clip. Then in the 00's we again cut taxes on the rich and raised military spending and cut back on investing in the country, and went back to huge deficits ("incredibly positive news'') and feeble economic growth culminating in the financial crash.

So now, to address the Reagan/Bush deficits the DC elites -- the "serious people" -- are proposing ... wait for it ... not raising taxes on the rich, not cutting military spending and not investing in the country. Instead they want to cut back more on the safety net and on services for the middle class. There really is a brain disease loose in DC.

The justification for DC's refusal to fix a problem caused by tax cuts on the rich by restoring taxes on the rich is that you can't raise taxes on the rich during a recession. The oft-repeated idea that taxes "take money out of the economy" has become so ingrained that there is no discussion at all, it is just accepted as a given. It is "conventional wisdom." It certainly is a convenient conventional wisdom for the wealthy, but it is a fact?

Conclusion: Raising taxes on the rich will not slow the economy. In fact, every indication is that it tax cuts on the rich hurt the economy. So the real question is, why aren't these "deficit commissions" proposing that we fix a deficit problem that was caused by tax cuts for the rich by raising taxes on the rich back to where they were before the problem? It is clearly time to stop the "riverboat gamble" and restore pre-Reagan top tax rates.

MAKE REPUBLICANS ACCOUNTABLE, MAKE THE WEALTHY PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE, PENALIZE CORPORATIONS WHO TAKE JOBS OVERSEAS, ELIMINATE ALL THOSE SUBSIDIES FOR VERY PROSPEROUS OIL COMPANIES.

ONE MORE THING: STOP SABOTAGING THE PRESIDENT, IT IS HURTING AMERICA!


Thursday, April 28, 2011

NOW THE NEXT LOGICAL STEP FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA IS TO SUE THEIR COLLECTIVE ASSES



If I were the President I would sue Orly Taitz and those who followed her in their injurious allegations.

You see, we do have FREEDOM OF SPEECH in America and you can say almost anything short of yelling “FIRE” in a crowded theater…but injurious, libel, false accusations and lies about a person can ‘t be told without the risk of the injured party bringing a libel law suit against the person who said it.

If the court deemed in the past that Ms. Taitz’ law suits were “FRIVOLOUS” the courts should not stopped there…they should have fined her heavily for consciously lying and defaming the President. As far as Donald Trump is concerned; a vigorous law suit for $500 million dollars should be presented against him. Why? Because he knows that this birth certificate issue is just not fabricated but he is using it to defame and injure the President.

Of course, this is not surprising coming from these fringe-ultra right Republican-Teahadists who can’t win any arguments on facts because they have no grounds; so they attack the President on a personal level…by diminishing his character, his education, his origin they are also fanning the flames of racism…all very injurious not just to President Obama but for America.

PHOTO SOURCE: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/Orly%2520Taitz_birth%2520certificate%2520forehead.jpg&imgrefurl=http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2010/08/orly_taitz_says_shell_staple_o.php&usg=__pZ9UoLRYWqsecGVcIxrRMI0UfYg=&h=329&w=282&sz=29&hl=en&start=0&sig2=yv2ARSgD-T4lobFENdC10Q&zoom=1&tbnid=949s8Uz_ALTWNM:&tbnh=138&tbnw=118&ei=gnu4TeeGFsrr0gGz4Mz6Dw&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dphotos%2Bof%2Borly%2Btaitz%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DX%26biw%3D982%26bih%3D544%26tbm%3Disch%26prmd%3Divnso&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=125&vpy=55&dur=1730&hovh=243&hovw=208&tx=142&ty=83&page=1&ndsp=15&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0


NEW QUOTES POST WITH BRAZILIAN LANDSCAPES BACKGROUND 2

President Obama releases long form birth certificate

Because this one was not good enough for BIRTHERS


Will this silence them? Nah…they will continue to live in never-never land and since they despise the President so much they will find a way to object or otherwise through Donald Trump or Glenn Beck discredit the disclosure.

I think that it is a sad day in America when the President of the United States is subjected to this kind of baseless, crass and disingenuous scrutiny; IT IS AN INSULT and it is clear it is racially motivated and just as the efforts our President has made to work on a bipartisan, logical, pragmatic way with those who disagree with him and have thrown a wrench on any and all efforts on his part…this too will become a continuing nuisance because birthers will not believe anything even if you were to hit them across the face with a 2X 4.




From http://www.dailykos.com/

Wed Apr 27, 2011

Obama releases long form birth certificate

By Joan McCarter

In the almost certainly futile attempt to put away once and for all questions about his birth, President Obama has released his long form birth certificate.

The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country. It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country. Therefore, the President directed his counsel to review the legal authority for seeking access to the long form certificate and to request on that basis that the Hawaii State Department of Health make an exception to release a copy of his long form birth certificate. They granted that exception in part because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting. President Barack Obama's long form birth certificate can be seen here (PDF).....

At a time of great consequence for this country—when we should be debating how we win the future, reduce our deficit, deal with high gas prices, and bring stability to the Middle East, Washington, DC, was once again distracted by a fake issue. The President’s hope is that with this step, we can move on to debating the bigger issues that matter to the American people and the future of the country.

Which is all true. But now that this fuel has been added to the flame, will it stop? Fat chance. From Think Progress, here's the headline from Fox News: "White House Releases What It Says Is The President’s Birth Certificate."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Richard Dawkins post

Why have I now become interested in what Richard Dawkins has to say?

I have always admired and quoted him in many of my posts. I had failed to read any of his works due to lack of time and money to purchase the books…and he has many.




This holiday I received a gift from my youngest daughter and it was “Richard Dawkins, The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing” I couldn’t have been more delighted. I was actually craving one of his books, wanting to read something intelligent and compelling…of which there is so little out there.


After sleeping through a hundred million centuries
we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet,
sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades
we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened
way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at
understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it?
This is how I answer when I am asked . . . why I bother to get up in the mornings.

-- Richard Dawkins

PHOTO SOURCE: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.nndb.com/people/281/000024209/dawkins.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

YOU CAN’T SILENCE A MAN WHO TELLS THE TRUTH

How long did you think Keith Olbermann was going to be silenced?

It was announced that on June 20th of this year ,

"The show will combine familiar and popular features with some new elements that we can't wait to unveil," said Mark Rosenthal, CEO of Current, in a statement. "We're creating a great platform for Keith's style, which includes a very sophisticated digital presence for him—that we think will appeal to his very enthusiastic and active following. The show will also appeal to new viewers tuning into Keith for the first time."

SOURCE: Jed Lewison, http://www.dailykos.com/

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Republican Party is dying

Demographics and pragmatism among younger Americans are killing it; the GOP’s attacks on Labor Unions, Women, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid as well as their blatent xenophobia and homophobia.

That pathetic cry of “they are taking away my America”

Is still resonating in our collective ears; not thinking that this is everybody’s America. It does not belong to a few privileged few at the top 2% of the food chain nor does it belong to the WASPHs any longer. (White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant, Heterosexuals)

If there is a message that came loud and clear in these last November elections was that the Teahadist-Republicans don’t really have a clear mandate and that their party is being pushed to the extreme right when most of America is clearly in the middle. Don’t misinterpret it as a mandate to enact ultra-right wing legislation or to make it a referendum on President Obama. The signs are there if you look for them. The voters wanted government to work, they wanted jobs and the Republicans are hell bent on government to fail because of their inherited mantra “government is the problem”; also they are destroying jobs, not creating them with the dual purpose of making President Obama look bad and to get cheap labor…so that a lot of voters are beginning to have buyer’s remorse.

Wisconsin is a very good indicator of the buyer’s remorse as we have seen voters come out in staggering numbers to protest and now we also see very successful recall efforts. Wisconsin is just the tip of the iceberg…as Republicans push forward this right wing agenda it will spread nationwide.

Just like what has happened in California, it will continue to happen albeit piecemeal and gradually in other parts of the country.

Dante Atkins says: California progressives had been saying it for years: The California Republican Party had no future. It was simple math; at a time when younger voters were becoming increasingly progressive and non-white populations were becoming a larger and larger share of the electorate, a party whose base consisted increasingly of older, white voters would become increasingly marginalized--through demographics alone, if not by ideology.”

You see, the Democratic Party has no litmus test like the Republican Party does. We are not on a crusade to throw under the bus those who are moderates or not fitting the extreme end of the ideology spectrum. But we Democrats, seem to have a general consensus that progressive-liberals know that if we want progress we have to be progressive; if we want social justice we have to be open minded and liberal; if we want to have the free enterprise system work for everyone then it has to have regulations. And most importantly; we know that TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS doesn’t work, taking away from the poor and the middle class to give to the rich is downright immoral.

Lastly, Democrats celebrate diversity, we don’t repudiate it; we know that everyone has to be equal under the laws of our country and that racism and discrimination is wrong…that my friends are facts that none of your fellow American Teahadist-Republicans can “REFUDIATE”. So put that in your collective pipes and smoke it.

As John Boehner would say:

“SO BE IT”


A good article from Dante Atkins on Sun Nov 28, 2010

“Over at Calitics, my fellow Yes, the Republicans made large gains in the recent midterm elections--fueled by a combination of disaffected Democrats, soured independents and a highly motivated conservative base that sincerely believes that Barack Obama is not only responsible for the nation's economic woes, but is also a communist Kenyan Muslim. But while the GOP's gains were comparable in numbers to the 1994 sweep that ushered in the era of Speaker Gingrich, there are significant differences. Most notable is that in 1994, the GOP's gains could be considered the culmination of a gradual shift in the nation's ideology, as the party's gains were relatively evenly distributed across the country. 2010's wave, however, could hardly be considered such a shift, as it followed immediately upon two Democratic wave years. But perhaps more importantly, those gains were concentrated in areas with a particular demographic profile: older, white and working-class. And while the GOP celebrates its gains, these results should actually be the cause of some degree of alarm--especially when combined with the results from California.

Republicans made sweeping gains in Congress, but also in legislative seats and governorships across the country. In California, however? No such luck. No victories in any of the statewide offices. No Congressional seats. No Senate pickup. In fact, Democrats even managed to pick up a seat in the State Assembly. A chief reason why was the prominence of the Latino electorate, which voted strongly for the Democratic ticket in large part because of Meg Whitman's issues with her undocumented housekeeper and her opposition to California's DREAM Act:

One answer lies in the voting patterns of non-whites, who overwhelmingly supported the Democratic ticket. While Democrats weren't the most effective at the national level in inspiring their traditional minority constituencies to come to the ballot box anywhere else, it was a different story in California, where Latinos comprised a whopping 22 percent of the state's electorate, according to the Los Angeles Times. And they voted overwhelmingly Democratic, supporting Brown over Whitman by a margin of 55 points. Whitman said she wanted to be "tough as nails" on undocumented immigrants; her campaign chair was Pete Wilson, who is still persona non grata because of the odious Proposition 187, which denied all public services to undocumented immigrants; she gave a callous and condescending debate response to an undocumented student who inquired as to her position on the DREAM act; and if that weren't enough, the scandal regarding the treatment of her undocumented housekeeper whom she unceremoniously fired after many years of service perpetuated the existing narrative about Whitman's hostility to Latinos, and towards lower-income people in general.

As Robert Cruickshank noted shortly after the election, Whitman defeated Brown among white voters, and among voters age 65 and older. A political party looking for long-term viability would realize that this is not a formula for long-term success in a state--or a country--where non-white voters are becoming an increasingly large share of the electorate. Republicans of all stripes are coming to this realization: the California Republican Party is dead. After all, if you're a Republican and you can't win in the environment that led up to 2010, you probably can't win at all. The question is how to revive it--and this is already leading to a fascinating civil war, as exemplied in Los Angeles Times columnist George Skelton's latest column. The conservative wing of the party is hankering for a retreat from the so-called "moderates" such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meg Whitman and outgoing Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado, who have defined the Party in recent years:

I called Jon Fleischman, a conservative blogger — Flash Report — and Southern California vice chairman of the Republican Party. "Political parties are defined by office-holders and candidates," he says.

"We have been defined by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Meg Whitman. And I don't know that anyone could tell you what the California Republican Party stands for anymore....

"We've watched our brand name get ruined and the party destroyed by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Hopefully we can develop a better brand once he's gone."

The problem, of course, is that going hard-right--especially on social issues and immigration--is substantially what cost the GOP the election in California in the first place, because an increasingly Democratic and increasingly non-white electorate is not ready to accept those positions and there is no "silent majority" out there just waiting to be activated by the second coming of Ronald Reagan. And the establishment wing of the party recognizes this as well:

"The Republican Party is now a regional party, not a statewide party, mainly because Republicans no longer are capable of getting people of color to vote for them," says Allan Hoffenblum, a former GOP consultant who publishes the Target Book, which handicaps legislative races.

Everyone who isn't in denial knows what the California GOP must do to survive:

Drop the demagoguery about illegal immigrants because it scares off the fast-growing Latino electorate.

The main problem, of course? The establishment wing of the GOP no longer has a choice in the matter; the Tea Party and the conservative wing are uniting to take stances that will ultimately result in the total marginalization of the Republican Party and of conservative candidates in California. Arizona's draconian and unconstitutional immigration law, SB1070, was a massive motivator of the Latino electorate across the entire West--a factor which aided California's statewide sweep for Democrats, but also ensured that endangered Democrats in other states, such as Harry Reid in Nevada, hung on to win despite a climate in which they might not have been reelected under other circumstances.

Some California conservatives haven't learned from that experience, and are seeking to replicate it. Unlike in Arizona, a law similar to SB1070 could never pass through the heavily Democratic legislature--but California has a popular referendum process, and some Tea Party groups are spearheading an effort to place a similar law on the ballot in California. If they do qualify it in time, the timing couldn't be worse for the GOP, as the initiative would likely appear on the 2012 Presidential Primary ballot. This, in turn, would force the Republican candidates into the same difficult position that they found themselves in over SB1070 earlier: support it to bolster their conservative credentials among the older white male Republican electorate and damage their popularity among the Latinos that they would need to win key Western battleground states, or oppose it to blunt the general election attacks while enraging the Tea Party primary voters.

It's a stark choice. Of course, if Rep. King gets his way and makes even more noise about his unconstitutional bill to overturn the 14th Amendment, it may be a moot point”

SOURCE: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/11/28/922563/-The-California-Republican-Party-is-dead?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dailykos%2Findex+%28Daily+Kos%29

Sunday, April 24, 2011

NEW EVIDENCE THAT THE WORLD IS OLDER THAN 6,000 YRS OLD SURFACES EVERY DAY

So, you Fundamentalist-Evangelical fanatics can kiss my Agnostic ass.


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Largest Fossil Spider Ever Found Gives Peek Into Arachnid Evolution

What’s the News: Researchers have unearthed the largest fossilized spider yet, announced in a study online today in Biology Letters. The fossil, a Jurassic Period ancestor of the modern orb-weaver spider, gives scientists a glimpse not only into the evolutionary history of orb-weaver spiders, but how these ancient arachnids might have impacted the evolution of insect species that could be snared in the webs.

How the Heck:

  • The fossil, found preserved in volcanic ash in the Daohugou fossil beds in northeastern China, dates back 165 million years. The researchers dubbed the species Nephila jurassica.
  • At about an inch long, the spider’s body isn’t unusually large, but its leg span, at nearly six inches, is the largest seen in a fossil spider.

  • This spider was female, suggesting the size disparity seen in modern orb-weaver spiders—with females dwarfing the males—may have begun at least 165 million years ago.
  • Silk spinning organs, called spinnerets, preserved on the fossilized spider’s legs suggest that, like its modern counterparts, Nephila jurassica spun big, durable webs.
  • The spider’s formidable prey-catching ability likely drove the evolution of the medium-to-large insects it fed on, as those species scrambled to survive, the researchers wrote.

What’s the Context:

  • Until now, the earliest known fossil from the Nephila genus was 34 million years old; this find pushes back the origin of the genus 130 million years from what researchers previously thought.
  • Modern orb-weaver spiders live in tropical climes, so this fossil suggests that the region where it was found may have had a much muggier climate during the Jurassic than it does today.
  • .
  • The oldest fossil spiders ever found are nearly twice as old as this specimen, dating back 310 million years.
  • While its size is remarkable for a fossilized spider, Nephila jurassica‘s legspan is only half as big as that of the world’s largest living spiders, the evocatively named goliath bird-eater and giant huntsman.

Reference: Paul A. Selden, ChungKun Shih and Dong Ren. “A golden orb-weaver spider (Araneae: Nephilidae: Nephila) from the Middle Jurassic of China.” Biology Letters online before print, April 20, 2011. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0228

Image: Selden et al. paper

April 20th, 2011 1:55 PM Tags: evolution, evolutionary arms race, fossils, Jurassic, spider silk, spiders
by
Valerie Ross in Living World

SOURCE: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2011/04/20/largest-fossil-spider-ever-found-shines-a-light-on-arachnid-evolution/

That is why I keep a piece of ancient rock with a fossil of a fish embedded in it right in my foyer. It is very convenient and handy for when these door-knocking, bible-pushing religious fanatics come to my door I can show them the rock and they leave my front path with their tails between their legs. (our tails by the way are vestiges of our tailed ancestors) So this little fish, long dead for more than 200 million years had no idea it was going to be useful in the far away future. Hey, little fishie, you didn’t die for nothing.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN USING SCARE TACTICS TO CONFUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE





Do you remember the color coded terrorist alert levels Bush put into place to scare people?

So that whenever there was an election in the near future the fucking thing would go from orange to yellow…just a way of reminding Americans how much better off they were with Bush as President…because Republicans defend us against terrorism much better than anybody else…

Some of them really believe this Armageddon scenario…after all they are fucking Fundamentalist-Evangelicals; but others are just milking that cow, exploiting people’s insecurities and applying the same concept that motivates people to follow some crazy ass religion: ACCEPT YOUR HARDSHIPS IN LIFE BECAUSE HEAVEN IS WAITING FOR YOU” So that when Republicans are now asking us to “SACRIFICE”, they are basically asking us to accept something less than acceptable, some kind of scheme to make us even more miserable…we see the direction they are taking; from Wisconsin’s Governor in his effort to decimate Labor Unions to their scorch the earth budget cut proposals where MEDICARE, MEDICAID and even SOCIAL SECURITY will not only be slashed but most likely obliterated. They are operating under the false premise that they want to balance budgets when in reality, what they aim to do is dismantle all social programs; some successful ones in place since FDR.

Last Monday, a new, hopefully less-complicated system will be in place here in New York and across the nation. On Monday, a new, hopefully less-complicated system will be in place here in New York and across the nation. Perhaps now we can deal with real threats and not created ones meant to scare the shit out of people so they vote Republican.

"We don't want people to live in fear," said Homeland Security Chairwoman Janet Napolitano. "we want people to live in a state of awareness and a state of alertness."

SOURCE: http://www.wpix.com/wpix-color-change,0,7767258.story

THE 2009 TOWN HALL MEETINGS GOT PRETTY UGLY…DO YOU REMEMBER?

Sean Duffy

Now the shoe is on the other foot…but there are major differences.

When you look at the origin and the motivation of those who went in to interrupt public discourse, to actually sabotage any attempt at having an elected official interface with the constituents we come up with the fabricated Tea Party. Yes, they were organized and funded by special interests and got their fuel from them. There were professional organizers who got paid to get all these gullible and otherwise ignorant people to show up in the name of freedom and to defend Democracy…at least that what they thought they were doing.

But who can forget the sobbing, pathetic female who said: “they are taking away my America” not realizing that it is everybody’s America. But these uncouth and uncivil persons were so pissed that a black man was in the White House that they felt threatened and thus their need to vent out their frustrations at these meetings.

Fast forward now to what happened recently at a Town Hall Meeting where Representative Sean Duffy got asked questions and his answers were not just satisfactory, the majority of the people in the meeting even booed to express their disagreement with the way the Congressman voted.

The difference here is quite obvious: back then it was a bunch of rogue maladjusted and ignorant people who went and made discourse impossible. They were saboteurs of one of the most precious rights we have: Freedom of Speech and assembly. Now it is quite different because the people attending these meetings are not there to interrupt but to ask questions, to confront those who want to end the American way of life and these people are no dummies, they are smart and articulate and the Congressman in this case was not just baffled, he was stumped.

There will be more of those in the weeks and months to come. Republican elected officials would be hard-pressed to hold TOWN HALL MEETINGS for fear of being exposed for what they are: traitors to the middle class and the poor. But that also may extend to their political rallies when it is conceivable that the demonstrators could outnumber the supporters. A brand new day is coming to America: These hypocrites, these bought and sold politicians will no longer be able to hide in their Capitol Hill offices.

Rep. Sean Duffy confronted by constituents over Medicare, taxes

by Joan McCarter Fri Apr 22, 2011

Rep. Sean "I can't live on $174K a year" Duffy (R-WI) is among those Republicans getting some heat from constituents over his vote to end Medicare and keep tax cuts for the rich. He's also getting an education on what exactly it was he voted for.

CONSTITUENT: I hear you saying two contradictory things about taxes. One you want to reform the tax code so that corporations to pay more, and two you don’t want corporations to pay so much so that they’ll somehow stimulate business. So I don’t understand that contradiction. The CBO […] the Ryan program proposes to turn Medicare into a voucher program.

DUFFY: It doesn’t, No it doesn’t.

DIFFERENT CONSTITUENT: Yes it does.

DUFFY: No, it doesn’t there’s no voucher.

CONSTITUENT: That’s what my understanding of what it is.

DUFFY: No.

CONSTITUENT: They count the cost to seniors if it goes into a voucher program, it’s going to be trillions of dollars for those young men like this guy in front.

DUFFY: It’s a premium support it’s not a voucher. The bottom line is if we do nothing, if we do nothing, you can all say this is all fine and dandy, you can get it and I know any young people here you can all get this program.

CONSTITUENT: I agree that if we do nothing we’re in trouble, that’s why we have to raise taxes on the rich, and raise taxes on the corporations who have never been richer than they have now. And you guys just cut their taxes again.

ANOTHER CONSTITUENT: Oh, Yeah!

DUFFY: When you say cutting taxes, if taxes maintain the same level and rate is that a tax cut.

CONSTITUENT: To maintain the same level that was long ago, that was sold on the premise of creating jobs by giving more money to the wealthy.

OTHER CONSTITUENTS: Yeah! [inaudible]

You should watch the tape…now it is the Republicans who are in the hot seat but rightfully so, wanting to end SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, LABOR UNIONS, PUBLIC EDUCATION does not sit very well with middle of the road Americans.

PHOTO SOURCE: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/assets_c/2011/03/sean-duffy-new-blue-cropped-proto-custom_2.jpg&imgrefurl=http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/04/new-dem-pac-launches-attack-ads-against-gopers-who-voted-to-end-medicare-audio.

SOURCE: http://www.dailykos.com/


Friday, April 22, 2011

IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND THE DEFICIT AND WHAT REPUBLICANS WANT TO DO LIKE MAKE YOU WORK UNTIL YOU DIE

NBC TO DONALD TRUMP: “YOU ARE FIRED”

Has it occurred to anybody that the NBC Network is vacillating in their renewal of Trump’s contract?

There are indications that this is something that could be plausible. If the network executives fear that all this negative publicity Donald Trump has brought to himself will not only be counterproductive but also will pin the network as pro-racism.

Then there will also be serious questions as to Donald Trump’s following because other than those die-had birthers who will not back down even if you were to show them the President’s birth certificate while hitting them on the head with a 2 X 4; the rest of America is simply fed up with Donald Trump’s circus act.

Speculation has it that if Trump does not get the contract renewed he will have no choice but to run for President…Goodie, yeah! Then the American voter will have the chance to tell the Donald “YOU ARE FIRED”

SOURCE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1379202/Jerry-Seinfeld-angers-Donald-Trump-cancelling-benefit-appearance.html

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