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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

President speaks with small business owner via Google Plus

Video
Rough cut and unedited interaction


President Obama speaks directly via Google Plus video.

The video is only 3.33 minutes long so it is not a strain on our fleeting available time. The president speaks about how he has streamlined departments in his Cabinet, and thoughts on how the federal government can help small business.

Small business is the heart of our economy. it is good to see the president of the United States available himself via video technology to question from a concerned citizen.

During Newt Gingrich's "DEFEATED" speech tonight he listed firing all White House Czars before he attends Inauguration Day Evening celebration balls.  For point of clarification, the commonly used term "CZAR" is a GOP euphemism for Cabinet directors or the more common reference "Dept. Heads".  It sounds really good to the GOP base to have a candidate speaking in deleterious language about a real department structure that any president must align with for effective leadership within his Cabinet.

Why not take 3.33 minutes and listen to a president 'go outside of the box' to communicate with a basic small business owner?


I was going to pass on the opportunity to point, but I failed. I cannot see one Republican President, candidate or even pundit who would sit with a random small business owner one-to-one on Google Plus video.
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Pew Research: ” Conflict Between Rich and Poor”




Class Warfare has a history, but Mario-Antoinette is innocent of such.

As a very young person, I distinctly remember that first time I heard of the myth associated with , "Let them eat Cake".  Our nation seems to be moving towards an 'upper crust' of wealthy people who seem to adhere to the "Let them eat Cake" myth.  The GOP is actually using terminology along the words: "Class Warfare" and "Income Envy (Class Envy).".  Words or phrases which clearly denote an attempt to rationalize the material trappings of the few (1%) against protests from the not so well-off (99%).   But, like  the Maria-Antoinette myth, the GOP is on the wrong side of the issue.

“Class Warfare” has existed since man first assigned value to any object which provided distinctions between that “Haves and the Have Nots”.  Over the past few years, the United States is showing signs of festering and spreading “Haves and Have Nots” malcontent.  The malcontent is rooted in the distinctions between the wealthy and the less wealthy.  During a period of 2009 – 2011, the malcontent has significantly increased.

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Romney Hood


Cross- Posted from Mariopiperni.com (checked out the site, great comments)




One of our readers sent me an email with an idea for an illustration – Mitt Romney as Romney Hood. I thought it was brilliant and came up with the above composition. Thank you, Sean.
If asked to assign a tagline to the Republican party of the last 30 years, here’s what I would use: ‘they take from the poor and middle class to give to the rich‘ – a tradition which is being adhered to religiously by each of the Republicans running in the GOP primary.

Romney Hood indeed – a Robin Hood for the rich.
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Monday, January 30, 2012

EdSteinink.com


Cross posted from Edsteinink.com


I hope the addition of EdSteinink.com to our pages is as exciting for you as it pleases me.  Enjoy.  The Edsteinink.com material will be added to the "Smile-A-Day' Page as frequently.


Shining City

January 25th, 2012 | Editorial Cartoons 

I’ve noticed that as the primaries heat up, all the Republicans are channeling the sainted Ronald Reagan. In the last debate before the South Carolina vote, Mitt Romney used the famous “shining city on a hill” line, and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels repeated it in his rebuttal to Obama’s State of the Union address. Somehow, it doesn’t sound quite as stirring coming from their mouths. They both strenuously object to Obama pointing out that there’s a huge and growing disparity in income and wealth in this country. Romney calls it the “politics of envy,” replacing the overused “class warfare.” What’s painfully obvious, no matter how much they deny it, is that the shining cities in this country now feature a gilded mansion on the hilltop occupied by the very rich, while the rest of us live in hovels down in the valley, many of which are in foreclosure.
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Herman Cain endorses Gingrich; Joins a select group


I once was.........................


Last week, CNN reported  Herman Cain has endorsed Newt Girngrich for the GOP nomination.

Question? Does the aforementioned surprise anyone?   Herman Cain is the most idiotic of aspirants for the GOP nomination I can recall.  He entertained the GOP, news media, late night comedians and talk show hosts,and the nations conservatives for a few months in 2011.  Cain never actually expected to win the GOP nomination because deep inside Cain knows the GOP just as well as he knows he is ,but a minstrel clown.

I suppose now the few people who really fell for Cains buffoonery, should now support another GOP clown: The inimitable 'race card' playing, "colony on the Moon" Gingrich.

Other Gingrich Endorsers

Randall "DUKE" Cunningham (Former Congressman and  current federal prisoner)

Cunningham is currently serving a 100-month sentence in the federal prison system  (Tuscon, AZ.)on  conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion charges.

Newt, a voice out of the past. Down but not out and still fighting. First I do not want anything from you but have been watching the debates. I have 80% of inmates that would vote for you. They might not be able to but their extended families will.


Todd Palin (How ridiculous in its irrelevance)

Before I make a four word comment about the relevance of a political endorsement for someone like Todd Palin, I must ask a question. Does Newt Gingrich really want someone endorsing him who was a member of the anti-US Alaskan Independence Party?  

Todd Plain is but another example of how shallow is the GOP.  In there haste to plug a political hole as GOP to McCain, the GOP never vetted Sarah Palin.  Any high school freshman with an interest in studying journalism would have asked the question, well what about potential candidate Palin's family?"   Yes,the GOP threw mud to plug the VP slot and it stuck on the wall.  Now, the mud has metastasized to its spouse.  If someone can tell me the relevance of a Todd Palin endorsement, I will re-track my words about  his endorsement. Hell, I did not even know the man could talk!  I doubt he has ever spoken from a public platform or appeared on any on many television show to discuss politics. The GOP has gone mad.

Sarah Palin
Now, really does this one surprise you at all. First, her husband came out of the woods and for some reason to allow a publication to write about his endorsement. I remain completely perplexed about the relevance of his endorsement.  Have we so soiled our psyches that the husband of a person who quite a Governorship for immediate "CHA-CHING' cash-ins, is relevant? Does Gingrich feel an endorsement from Palin (with her approval ratings) bode well for his campaign.


Rick Perry
This endorsement speaks for itself.  Perry has proven that he is mentally capable as he is a great debater.  

We will update this list as time passes, if Gingrich garners any additional endorsements
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Democratic Super Pac


Super Pacs draw lots of ire from people who are so frequently reminded of how Super Pacs have changed our political landscape.  We hear more about conservative Super Pacs due to the current 'Season of the GOP Nomination."  

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Public Hangings!!!!! GOP.... Corral yourself



.....and on just a beautiful day!

Some people just have an affinity for hangings. You may not realize it , but in the deep south lynchings were public spectacles advertised in newspapers hundreds of miles from the hellish site. Let me ease up on the Deep South, the practice was also popular as far North as Minn. (some of the most heinous) to Washington State and yes in the State of California. (and just all all states between that triangle).

ThinkProgress recently reported about another example of just how far the GOP could take us back in time.




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The last legal public hanging in America took place in 1936 in Owensboro, Kentucky. The “event” attracted 20,000 people and turned into such a sickening spectacle that many credit it with ending the practice in the U.S. But one North Carolina Republican believes that as a country we’ve grown soft si......





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Friday, January 27, 2012

Brewer's lies not corroborated by Phoenix Mayor

I am going to perform a rarity right now.


I am going to open an article with a link from one written   yesterday. (See Below) The disrespect from Arizona Govneror Governor Brewer towards the President of the United States of America continues to ripple as a developing story.

Now, does anyone look threatened?  For the unseeing, seek out the finger, gaping mouth, and the chin.


Meet "The Ultimate Disrespect."   I hope you read the article, specifically the Update posted late last evening.  Brewer said 'she flt threatened" by the President of the United States of America. THREATENED!  Now, the picture above clearly appears quite the contrary.


I am going to borrow another link (embed) from Poltiicsnation.  Apparently, a couple of people who walked to towards Air Force One, do not agree with Brewer's assessment of the interaction.  The mayor of Phoenix said the story as told by Brewer is not accurate and the interchange was about the hand-off of a letter. 
Now, I must ask, "Who in the hell is Brewer to feel she can walk-up to the leader of the free world and the person elected by a majority of voters, (three years ago) to lead the nation, and hand him a flipping letter (of complaint).  Heads of state across the world who avoid such crass and unnecessary behavior.  But, as I wrote yesterday if you are one who holds the man in contempt for his basic existence, you will treat him differently.  No one can convince me that Brewer would have done same to George W. Bush or, heavens forbid, John McCain had he won in 2008.    Moreover, Obama would never had dealt with any Governor via handing off a flippin letter.  


It is almost impossible to argue the point that Brewer was not 'showboating' for the very positive press she is receiving from the 'silly and child-like' right that is manifesting in book sales.  How, convenient is the "I felt threatened" CODE language.  Reminds me of a scenario that unfolded too many times for coincidence. I remember a time when I worked at a place with an elevator system.  Every time a specific female employee was inside the elevator as the door opened with me standing outside, she "yelped". The ridiculous part of it all, If it were not for the yelp, I would hardly even notice the woman.  This "fear thing' really does manifest in some sectors, and yes you probably have seen, heard or maybe even experienced it. Brewer is using it as pure CODE.


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PoliticsNation hits a Homerun!


I often speaks with people about the stark fact that an American inventions is no longer made in America. Of course, there are many more such tragic stories, but the television industry was the first of much electronic off-shoring.


Of course, we all know very few, if any, electronics products are made in the USA.  After television manufacturing disappeared, the entire electronics industry followed suit. Well, you say companies like Emerson Electric still make television sets. You are correct, in Juarez, Mexico. 

Al Sharpton on today's MSNBC Politicsnation ran the following segment.



Rest assured that once the sets make it to  the retail markets, and if reasonably priced, I will make a purchase.  

If we do not work within that we control to make things better, how can we expect any president, Congress of foreign entity to help us out.  We have to help ourselves.

Kudos to AL Sharpton the the Polticsnation segment.  MSNBC gets accused of being a LEFT-wing rag at times ,but I do not see comparable shows on Fox News nor CNN.




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Gingrich Takes A Thrashing

Cross posted from www.maripiperni.com


After the beating Gingrich took last night, it’s hard to imagine under what scenario he can make a comeback.  Florida is going to Romney and for Gingrich to regain the momentum he had coming out of South Carolina would take a miracle or two.  Last I heard, God wasn’t granting miracles to lying, hypocritical, influence-peddling, serial adulterers posing as Jesus-loving historians.
Mitt Romney was in top form last night, mock anger and all, standing up to the bully by effectively returning the lies and bullshit which Gingrich has been tossing for the last couple of months with an equal helping of lies and bullshit. After a day which saw the Republican establishment ripping Gingrich into shreds, it appeared that Newt had little in him to battle back.
My personal highlight was CNN’s Wolf Blitzer standing his ground and refusing to let Gingrich get away with his tiresome media-bashing shtick.
I fear it might be all over for the Newt.
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COMMENTS

Comments

  1. Used to be... says:
    Last I heard, God wasn’t granting miracles to lying, hypocritical, influence-peddling, serial adulterers posing as Jesus-loving historians.
    Funniest single line EVER! Nice one Mario.
  2. Charlie Sommers says:
    The Republican party is making Americans look like the world’s biggest fools.


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An Image for the ages

This handout photo provided by the White House shows President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, during a phone call from the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, immediately after his State of the Union Address, informing John Buchanan that his daughter Jessica was rescued by U.S. Special Operations Forces in Somalia. (Pete Souza - AP)






Johnathan Capeheart is reporting on the complex and multi-faceted  job of the presidency.   The Commander-in-Chief delivered a rousing SOTU Speech all  the while harboring news of the successful release of two hostages held in Somalia. He also delivered the speech with full knowledge that his repsponsibilities include a call to the family of the American hostage; a call to be accomplished within minutes of leaving the House Chamber.

Mrs. Obama seems as involved in the phone call as her husband.

The First Family!
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Ron Paul's newsletter continues to haunt



A personal marketing tool for the Paul Newsletter?

The Washington Post continues is investigation of the much discussed yet disavowed Ron Paul Report (newsletter).   and Alice Crites  of the Post have published an article this morning which includes a former Paul aide (an insider) who indicate he approved  or blessed the newsletter prior to publication.  The article directly contradicts Paul's recent statements about the 1990s newsletter. Paul has stated  he did not read the newsletter in the 1990s and for years afterwards did not read the newsletter.

Those comments from Paul are insulting to people who have any ability read, think and use cognitive skills to support everyday life. Cognitive skills to support life?  Yes, of course, people who have challenged the heinous vestiges of racism and associated exploitation.   

It is becoming increasingly obvious Paul's used the newsletter to raise money.  I also reflect on an article I wrote in December, which includes information about Paul's possible adoption of Rothbardian libertarian/paleoconservativism as a strategy to reach a 'lowly' constituency as well as a strategy to raise money.  I use lowly in the previous sentence as an extraction for the Rothbardian Paleo/conservative theory, not as a smack-down against (some) current Paul supporters.

Markon and Crites report as follows

But people close to Paul’s operations said he was deeply involved in the company that produced the newsletters, Ron Paul & Associates, and closely monitored its operations, signing off on articles and speaking to staff members virtually every day. 
“It was his newsletter, and it was under his name, so he always got to see the final product. . . . He would proof it,’’ said Renae Hathway, a former secretary in Paul’s company and a supporter of the Texas congressman.


There really is little need to comment further.  I have written about Paul and his son Rand Paul many times.   I have been referenced on a couple of supporter of Paul web page as one who attacks Dr. Paul.  In fact, one writer posted a link to an article on this site, with words along the lines. "Negroid attacks Dr. Paul"(Paraphrased with the word Negroid as a direct quote).  So, there is little Paul or his son can say about Dr. Paul's newsletter that will carry any "credible' weight beyond that of a floating piece of family room dust.

If  you have interest in reading a bit of the newsletter which garner Paul almost $100,000.000 (reported to be exactly $840,000), I have attached a link of scanned copies of the "written hatred".  Copies (1 - 63)  The font is a bit small. I was able to increase the size of the pages for a decent read of the disgust.

And, this man is hiding his real psyche in a closet for those of us who find his views abhorrent.  Yet, he boldly flaunts association with some of the most unsavory racist in the Untied States of America.  If you want a visual Google Ron and Paul and former Ku Klux Klan Leader and CLICK Images. There you go!

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Slavery by Another Name



As our world show signs of obvious manifestations of a past some so long to forget, there are authors who continue to research and write about the enslavement of people. Doug Blackmon is one such author (and historian).  His book "Slavery by Another Name," is catching quite a 'buzz'.  While the author's  book apparently focuses on the United Stets of America, I suggest his premise and associated work span the globe. And, that span hits every corner of our ROUND globe and infiltrates every centimeter.

You can rest assured I will do all I can to secure a copy of this work within the next few weeks.

A few words from Blackmon offered as a synopsis.


The Book

Slavery by Another Name:
The Re-Enslavement of Black People in America from the Civil War to World War II
Author: Douglas A. Blackmon
Publisher: Doubleday, $29.95 (512p) ISBN 978-0-385-50625-0
On Sale: March 25, 2008

The Age of Neo-Slavery
In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history—when a cynical new form of slavery was resurrected from the ashes of the Civil War and re-imposed on hundreds of thousands of African-Americans until the dawn of World War II.

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The ultimate disrespect!!!


As we move into the final year of President Obama's first term, signs of 3.3 years of utter disrespect, is culminating just as many predicted.

Here is the latest example of a (possibly) staged (camera ready) opportunity for the Governor of Arizona. Now, I am going to step out of character for a second.  The Governor of Arizona has proven over the past few years she is nothing more than a veritable "SKANK."  I am not one for such labels but after a few years of watching, reading and hearing form this Governor, I am hard pressed to find another noun which can also serve as an adjective.

If you are unfamiliar with the colloquialism, here is a visual image of a SKANK.



Please allow an opportunity to exhibit a SKANK, in its finest form.  The camera opportunity.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Boehner has American Oil company managers at SOTU Speech

Oil Sands

Do you want to read about a case of pure political theater and bullshit judgement from the Speaker of the House?  Please keep in mind that John Boehner is third in-line to the Presidency if tragedy befalls the president and the vice president. Third in line to ascend to the presidency, I repeat'

After watching the SOTU Speech last evening, I sought out a few headlines only to run upon another GOP theatric.   "Theatric" is the correct word if you consider how one publication introduced a Boehner ploy.
Huff post.....
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced ahead of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address that he will host oil executives and local leaders affected by the president’s rejection the Keystone XL pipeline, the latest attempt by House Republicans to punish Obama for failing to approve the controversial project.
"To punish," president Obama. Of course, the author of the article did not take sides in the Keystone Pipeline issue, but use of the word 'punish' as a verb (action) against "Obama" (fragmented subject in this case)
 is  almost  comical.  Yet, in this world of Dem. Vs. Repub., I suppose any  twist of the language with associated imagery is 'cool'.  But, is it really "cool"?

The GOP has been on the wrong side of just about every political issue that has come to national prominence.  They refused to support loans to the auto industry, they fought healthcare reform despite evidence of critical need (and good), they fought the debt ceiling increase (tragic to need an increase but common since Reagan), they fought extensions of unemployment payments while bargaining for the nation's rich, and they oppose the president even when he proposes legislation they have held dear in the past.  The latest "stage performance" relates to the Keystone XL Pipeline.  Mind you, this is a pipeline system from Canada to the Gulf Coast of the US of A that will deliver a tar sand derivatives to refineries. 

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On Matters of the Chief-Executive and Commander-in-Chief




This combination photo made from undated images provided by the Danish Refugee Council shows Dane Poul Hagen Thisted, left, and American Jessica Buchanan. U.S. military forces flew into Somalia in a nighttime raid Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 and freed the two hostages while killing nine pirates, officials and a pirate source said.
 Poul Hagen Thisted   and  Jessica Buchanan 

Matters of the Presidency.......


While without doubt running the last second preparation for his State of the Union speech through his mind and as he walked towards the House Speaker's Platform, President Obama nonetheless complimented his Secretary of Defense for a job well done.


The Commander-in-Chief had apparently given a go ahead to a hostage release raid in Somalia earlier this week. Reminds one of the Correspondence Dinner and the Presidents dispensing of the pesky and irreverent Donald Trump and his birther charade.  The president went about his business last evening and in the days and hours leading up to the raid, while steadfastly going about leadership of the nation. And, that very leadership included devotion to delivery of the most speech of the Presidency.


Huffington Post is reporting on the raid and the President's first indication to the public that something had gone remarkably well that very day.

Mitt Romney can political about the President's golf games, Gingrich can refer to him as a 'food stamps' president, and and Mitch Daniel can politically label him as not 'being up to the job", but the president simply leads on.
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SOTU


Cross Posted form Mariopiperni.com (I cannot think of one word to add beyond Mario's points. Good speech, sorry the Right is so oppose to all that is Obama)

There’s a lot out there on the President’s SOTU, so I’ll keep my thoughts short and sweet.
  • The speech did what it had to do which was target liberals and independents and set in motion the 2012 election campaign.
  • It took on the right’s case against him (weak, job-killing socialist) and threw it back in their face as the job-creating, bin Laden-killing, commander-in-chief willing to tackle the big problems facing the country.
  • Made the case that the economy IS improving. Slow as the recovery might be, the numbers point to an economy which is in a better place than it was in 2009.
  • Painted the opposition as the obstructionist, power hungry entity it is.
  • And all this while coming off as the adult in the room.  What more do you want?
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