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Friday, March 30, 2012

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Did Santorum make a Freudian Slip (almost)?

Is this the candidate who quipped about President Obama's use of a Tele Promopter?"
I awakened this morning very typically, reluctantly, but clear necessary.  After a cup of my favorite java (Kenya AA),  my morning routine  got under way with a check my news sources.  After running through my standard linked super heavy weight news links (Huff Post, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, The, Reuters, and yes,,, I noticed a partially hidden headline from the pages of The Examiner.  The headline led me to an article by Robby Sobel, writer for The Orlando Liberal Examiner, with the following headline:

Did Rick Santorum call President Obama the N-word? 


US Senate delivers a win for Big Oil; literally at your expense

2011 Data of companies in need of oil subsidies

What Price US GOP Senators and Blue Dog Democrat Senators?

Today all but two Republican Senators in the Senate voted against removing subsidies for Big Oil.  Four Democrats joined the GOP in providing unbelievable support for an industry that clearly needs no federal subsidies.  Why today's Senate vote against taking away oil subsides unabashedly exemplifies the priorities of the GOP and four Democratic Senators.  The elected officials are clearly motivated by past and future contributions from lobbyist and from the companies they protect.

In less than one month corporation financial performance figures for the First Quarter of 2012 will be released. I would not accept a 100 to one (Me 100, you 1) bet oil companies will report less than record profits. The operative word is "profits".. I did not say, revenues (sales). Some industry experts and media pundits are indicating 130 billion in oil profits last year.

A January 2011 article in the New York Times provides a stark reality about Big Oil and the US Congress. The information relates to 2010 earnings, but is representative of the extent to which Big Oil has no need for continued subsidies for you and me.


America: Tailor-Made to Destroy Black People | | AlterNet

America: Tailor-Made to Destroy Black People

We cage people, then call them animals. We starve people, then jibe them for being malnourished. We write laws that allow people to gun down unarmed children

Mario Piperni Dot COM: A Racist Rant

Cross posted from Mario Piperni Dot com

NOTE:  The perfect embodiment of US racism and intolerance, coupled with a strong does of ignorance and indicative of this writers upbringing. Thanks for posting Mario.

The quote below is a blatant and ugly racist comment written by a reader of right-wing blogger Sister Toldjah. She wrote a piece finding fault with Rep. Bobby Rush for wearing a hoodie on the floor of the House in support of murdered black youth Trayvon Martin. One of her reader’s took the opportunity to lecture on blacks in America.
I fully understand the urge that many minorities in this country feel to participate in our system of government, which is not a Democracy as most people believe, but is in fact, a Republic. I’m not going to mince words here and try to align myself with all the politically correct idiots in the world. I can’t name a more worthless bunch of individuals, than the politically correct idiots we deal with every day.
Yes, this country is made up of many people, from many different backgrounds and many different countries. Given that History of America, the only race that has not been able to assimilate into the fabric of this great country is Blacks. I refuse to call them African-Americans, because they are not African-Americans. They are Americans, just like you and I. But of all the people who have made it to these sacred shores, they are the only ones who have never found their place here. All the other strange people who came here from strange lands, found a way to make a home here. They assimilated. They found a way to make life work in this new country. In doing so, they enriched American life as we know it. Ever go to New York and visit, “Little Italy?” Yes, it is totally Italian, but at the same time it is totally American.
I am well aware of the sins upon black people that my relatives of previous generations have visited upon these people. My question is simple. How long do we, as individuals who had nothing to do with it, have to pay for it?
I am totally sick of this polite game we play with the Black people in this country. They contribute absolutely nothing to this country. Instead, they suck this country dry by their dependency on welfare. They vote Democratic. What a surprise.
Please email me the first time black people in this country actually contribute something that makes this country better. And don’t tell me Obama was something they gave us that made this country better. I could shoot myself.
I publish the racist comments not because I believe every person on the right holds the same views on blacks as the bigot who wrote them. I published the comment because if the election of Barack Obama has revealed anything, it’s that racism is alive and well in America. The only difference between the remarks above and those of many conservatives, those both in and out of politics, is that under the cover of anonymity, racists are more honest in expressing their bigotry.
Fox News personalities and Republicans in Congress don’t have that luxury so their racism is couched in code words and faux rage over liberal angst. If Trayvon Martin was a white 17-year old kid shot by a black vigilante who was yet to be arrested, the right would openly be calling for the lynching of the killer.
I sense that the last three paragraphs of the racist rant I quoted above is one which is more prevalent in American society than many would wish to admit.
(h/t: Atrios)
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Media Matters, Limbaugh and "Verbal Tags"

Verbal tags as weapons
The United States of America is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and very socially diverse nation.  Our nation was actually born of the desire to escape the reality of social and religious bigotry, intolerance from a 'majority' population and perceptions of oppression against a 'minority' group.  Despite the fact the nation's first non-native populations were immigrants, subsequent immigrant groups were forced to work through decades of discrimination, bigotry, racism, and (never forget) sexism.  I suggest that discrimination and oppressive acts are still being perpetrated against black people, Latins, and, yes, women (In aggregate). The nations earliest immigrants gave birth to people who grew to practice some of the most heinous forms of mistreatment of "the other".  From German Immigrants, to Irish Immigrants, to Italian Immigrants, to Chinese Immigrants, and possibly before all of the aforementioned 'forced immigration 'of Africans into human bondage, our nation has a horrid past. Yet, without question it is the most wonderful place to live on Earth.  It is a wonderful place of conferred freedoms, deprived freedoms and denied freedoms spread across 330 million people.  

The nation could very well be a place of flourishing freedoms for all, if we rid ourselves of the mental bondage associated with bias, bigotry, racism and 'conferred privilege' for the majority population. Conferred privilege is not a state of being from which the majority population can opt-out; it is conferred by birth to white people.  Of course, most white people have either learned, or come to a point, of understanding that such privilege is wrong and most have moved to a mental state of equality for all.  As is always the case, many retain their want of 'privilege' and they seek safe harbor offered by those who provide oratory for their 'safe place'.  


Thursday, March 29, 2012

ACA the hands of our Conservative SCOTUS

National Women's Law Center

Based on data for what 25 year old women and men are charged for premiums.


INFOGRAPHIC: George Zimmerman’s Story Vs. Surveillance Images

ThinkProgress Link

INFOGRAPHIC: George Zimmerman’s Story Vs. Surveillance Images: Last night, ABC News released footage of Trayvon Marin’s killer George Zimmerman arriving at the police station on the night of the shooting. The video, which “shows no blood or bruises” on Zimmerman, seems to provide a stark visual contrast with Zimmerman’s version of events that night. Recall, Zimmerman claimed Martin “slammed his head into.....

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

13 Year Old witness and Mother speak

Oh boy.....Zimmermann and the Sanford Police Dept. are coming undone.  


How about considering an arrest?

ABC News release: Zimmermann night of killing detention tape

Without lots of words.....Does this murderer appear to have been beaten? Do you see the reported bleeding from the back of this head?  I do not see an indication of a busted or broken nose (although the video does not provide a closeup), do you?   Does he even appear to have been in a fracas?

Zimmermann taken to Police Station on February 26, 2012. 

Gingrich Vanity Tour Nears End

This is what happens to megalomaniacs with delusional thoughts of becoming president and no funding aside from a billionaire who decides he has better ways of wasting his money.
In a sign that his campaign is in need of fresh funds, Newt Gingrich on Monday began charging $50 to have a photograph taken with him following a campaign speech to Republican groups here in the northernmost part of the state.
And this
Newt Gingrich is cutting back his campaign schedule, will lay off about a third of his cash-strapped campaign’s full-time staff, and has replaced his manager as part of what aides are calling a “big-choice convention” strategy, communications director Joe DeSantis told POLITICO.
The Gingrich vanity tour is over despite the endorsement of the great Herman Cain and $16.5 million from Sheldon Adelson. The question now becomes whether Gingrich will be able to carry his sorry excuse for a presidential campaign all the way to Tampa.
Logic would dictate he drops out now…but then we’re dealing with Gingrich, so don’t count on it.
__-(The base source photograph for the above illustration is a Library of Congress digital image. The Newt Gingrich source photograph is a Creative Commons licensed image from photographer Gage Skidmore. )
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Would the SCOTUS striking of the ACA Mandate kill healthcare reform.

The attorney who is arguing before the Court on the Constitutionality of the ACA mandate indicates, it would (kill healthcare reform).

The Washington Post News Alert
 Paul Clement, a former solicitor general representing the 26 states that are challenging the lawargued that if its mandate for people to buy health insurance is declared unconstitutional, the rest of the health-care law must be rejected as well.


I really wonder if Mr. Clements is not feeling his 'oats' from yesterday's perception of delivering a butt-kicking to the US Solicitor General, Virelli.

Good strategy is sometimes best deployed in short increments. Clements seems to be going for the "gusto". There is one very horrid historical perspective on "Going for the gusto". I know I use this example many times but it truly speaks to bodacious stumbling into hell.  George Armstrong Custer made a very bad strategic blunder of 'going for the gusto' when the better apt of valor would have been to wait for more troops (and to have been better armed).  That morning when Custer awakened and decide to 'go over here and fuck with Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and Gali, he had over-stepped his bed side slippers. The Young General had decided on "going for the gusto." He "stepped out there" after deciding to deploy without the aid of the commonly used Gatling Gun and small cannon armaments, because he was cavalry and those weapons would slow his advances.  Additionally, he had opportunity, I believe to, wait for additional troops via another General who was not far away.  End of story.

I am wondering if Clements has some insight to play such a full hand, or is he pulling a "Custer". 


The Dismantling of an Opportunist (VIDEO)

Issues that reach into that uncomfortable world of race relations are not well-read on this blog.  I can understand that dynamic as our history of slavery, race relations, and backlash against efforts to discuss or right the wrongs of the past is actually a no-win proposition for those who foray into the 'uncomfort' zone.

No one likes to re-hash, or even, remember a soiled past. Fewer relish the thought of reliving a past which might have included disdain for people unlike one's self, or contempt for people who are "the other". If we need a more overshadowing taboo, how about people who have grown away from taught bias, and prejudice of their parents or guardians? There-in lies factual foundation where all bias emanates and  is nourished.

Are You Serious?? A car elevator for Romney Home???


If you ever thought you might like a glimpse at how the 'uber' wealthy live, take a quick read.  There is absolutely no way, I can find in mind any rationalization someone with this much money and material inclinations can think in terms of common people like you and me.

Romney to build a car elevator in his remodeled California mansion.

POLITICO reports....

At Mitt Romney’s proposed California beach house, the cars will have their own separate elevator.

There’s also a planned outdoor shower and a 3,600-square foot basement — a room with more floor space than the existing home’s entire living quarters.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Santorum’s Obamaville

Cross posted from Mario Piperni dot com


You’ll have to agree, I think, that the following Santorum ad is as hilarious as it is dumb. 

 You can add insidious to dumb and hilarious in describing this ad. Watch again and see if you can catch what happens at the 40 second mark.

If you missed it, here it is slowed down for you compliments of ThinkProgress. 


Kaiser Health News compares healthcare proposal to 1993 GOP proposal

When I find information from healthcare related organizations,  I generally give the material quick read. The following information from Kaiser Health News caught my attention both topically and from a timing perspective.  As the SCOTUS hears arguments for and against the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, there is not more timely topic.

Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent news organization dedicated to providing high-quality coverage of health care policy and politics. 

The article below relates to a February 2010 healthcare proposal from  he Obama Administration.  

Maggie Mertens, staff writer-KHN, compared three critical healthcare reform proposals. My major interest in posting the 2 year old article is for comparison of the Obama plan and a 1993 plan form the GOP.  Boehner's plan in the third column below is as ludicrous as his past claims that he got everything he wonted in the deficit/debt negotiations as the US credit rating as being lowered from  Triple A to Double A rating. 

Chart: Comparing Health Reform Bills: Democrats and Republicans 2009, Republicans 1993   


The Daily GOP Ignominious

The following needs little to no introduction, but I cannot resist.

The United States has serious 'unfriendly' nations across the globe. Some of which either have or are closing in on nuclear weapons.  Iran, North Korea, and frankly Pakistan, in my mind, top the list of major 'unfriendlies'. 

Maybe Mitt Romney is not aware of the break-up of the Soviet Union over a decades ago. Of course, it could be possible that he has a cognitive connection to a time in US history that was a time of Cold War.  Take a listen.

What is this man's problem?

...and the Band Plays on......

Anatomy of a Murder: The Legislative Dissection

As a multi-firearm owner and as a one who possess a concealed carry permit, I must say the murder of Trayvon Martin provides a terrible parable of how Right-wing agendas, lobbyist, and powerful right-wing organizations (corporations) cast a dangerous overshadow the United States.  I use the overshadow metaphor to illustrate, the unshakable and non-shedding dynamic of terrors that come with passage of laws like "Stand Your Ground" laws.

First an image that is as telling as the Nine-Millimeter firearm Trayvon Martin's murder wore on his waist.
Yes, another Bush etches his legacy on the United States of America, while joined by major NRA lobbyist. (2005)
If you have followed the story of the murder of Trayvon Martin, you know the following:

* his killer's name
* his killer's self-appointed role in community
* his killer's obvious biases against (As a minimum the young black male who was slain)
* his killer's complete disregard for law enforcement commands to stand-down
* his killer stalking (including following, exiting his vehicle, and approaching) the shooting victim
* and, you know only one person in the tragic killing had possession of a gun.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Join the Party!!!!

There are times when one has to ask.."If you think.....?"


Melissa Harris-Perry and MSNBC mocks the former progressive Rivera

This piece requires no explanation and no additional  comment.  I am going to let Harrs-Perry, MSNBC show host,  do the talking.  An after thought. Do you remember the once progressive Geraldo Rivera?

How sad is Geraldo's morph to a Fox News mouthpiece.  Reminds me of Bill O'Reilly's use of the gullible Juan Williams for insensitive comment about Muslims.  O'Reilly needed as person of 'color' to join his racist rant against Muslims; Williams provided 'color' commentary as effective as any 'football game' announcer. Yes, and how ridiculous!


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Frank Schaeffer speaks out

"The Other"
Frank Schaeffer speaks out....
"Conservative" means that you believe it's right to legalize torture, but reject health care for all."

"In other words to be a conservative today is to be an anti-American, nihilistic libertarian know-nothing who believes in unregulated consumerism and the theology of dominion, and the Rapture that many conservatives also subscribe to along with such 'facts' as that Obama is the - literal! - Antichrist."

People ask me why I'm a progressive these days and "changed sides" from being a conservative. I didn't change sides.  

What changed --- ironically with my father's and my nefarious "help!" --- was a conservative movement that became an enclave for hate-filled ignorance, anti-American sentiment and nihilistic individualism. What changed was my bare faced self deception as I profited from the God business and the far right even though I knew better. Today I am an independent voter, and an Obama supporter, and a progressive because I am a conservative. -------Frank Schaeffer

WIKI.....Schaeffer excerpt
On October 10, 2008, a public letter to Senator McCain (and Sarah Palin) from Schaeffer was published in the Baltimore Sun newspaper.[7] The letter contained an impassioned plea for John McCain to arrest what Schaeffer perceived as a hateful, and prejudiced tone of the Republican party's election campaign. Schaeffer was convinced that there was a pronounced danger that fringe groups in America could be goaded into pursuing violence. "If you do not stand up for all that is good in America and declare that Senator Obama is a patriot, fit for office, and denounce your hate-filled supporters ... history will hold you responsible for all that follows."[7] 

Schaeffer video  MSNBC Martin Bashir Show (speaksout)

Linked Version

Schaeffer on Schaeffer

Predicting President Barack Obama's Fate in 2012

Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times best selling author.
Obama Will Triumph -- So Will America
By Frank Schaeffer

Before he'd served even one year President Obama lost the support of the easily distracted left and engendered the white hot rage of the hate-filled right. But some of us, from all walks of life and Ideological backgrounds -- including this white, straight, 57-year-old, former religious right wing agitator, now progressive writer and (given my background as the son of a famous evangelical leader) this unlikely Obama supporter -- are sticking with our President. Why?-- because he is succeeding.


Gingrich and Bachmann continue the ' Fool Parade'

A President Vs.

A President leads, and the cacophony of political rejects vie for air-time.

On Friday, Obama broke his silence on the shooting of the unarmed African-American teenager in Florida, a case that has launched a national movement."If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," Obama said, underscoring how the issue affected him on a personal level. "I think [Trayvon's parents] are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened."Gingrich took exception with Obama's comments during a radio interview later on Friday, saying they were "disgraceful."
"It's not a question of who that young man looked like," he said. "Any young American of any ethnic background should be safe, period. We should all be horrified, no matter what the ethnic background. Is the president suggesting that, if it had been a white who'd been shot, that would be OK, because it wouldn't look like him? That's just nonsense."

An Obama Administration campaign official responds to Gingrich's obvious effort at political differentiation.  Gingrich has yet to refer to our president as President Obama. He has litter his campaign trail with coded messages to people who may find the shooting of the unarmed teenager as a sort of , "oh well'. If I am not mistaken Gingrich not once uttered a condolences to the parents of the murdered kid.  Nor, has he sufficiently address the killing as has another GOP campaign candidates (Santorum).  His indifference to the murder is only surpassed by his wish to have young black kids work as janitors.  All said, Gingrich seeks to gain political points in a backdrop of tragedy..  

The voice of a pure nut case comes out.  No not Sarah Palin, I speak of Palin's 'buddy', the serially cognitive deficient Michelle Bachmann.

Huff Post - POLITICS
"Well, I think what Newt Gingrich said is that race shouldn't be a factor," Bachmann said when asked about Gingrich's comments. "All human life is valuable. And it's interesting the second part of David Plouffe's answer, he said the same thing. All human life is valuable. That should be the bottom line." 
"I'm a mother, a mother of five biological children, but also a mother of 23 great foster children," she added. "And when you're a mother, of course, when something tragic like this happens, you want to know what the truth is, what's the result. That's why an investigation is so important. We have to get to the truth about what really happened, not imagine what happened, but actually get to the truth."
Regardless of intent, Bachmann joins Gingrich in the realm of the disinterested.  Of course, Plouffe said race should not matter, but as an African-American president, why shouldn't Obama take the issue to a personal level.  Both Gingrich and Bachmann know  this  murder would have investigated very differently were the roles reversed.  If Zimmermann lay in his own blood dead on a sidewalk, with Martin standing nearby with a  gun, no one dare say that Martin would not have been arrested (if for, but a few hours).  I have not even read that Zimmerman was handcuffed. There-in lies the central issue.

Factually speaking President Obama would have been woefully inappropriate if he had not sought opportunity to address the issue. He chose very adroitly to address the parents for their lose and express concern the process runs it course.

Since I previously address Gingrich and his antics over the past year, let me make a quick point about the ignominious Bachmann.  This is the very same campaign figure who extolled the virtues of slavery as an ideal state (of bondage) vs. the modern family. She commented about the father of the slave family being in the home.  How completely ignorant must one be to know that the father of the salve family  had no control over white (or black) slave owners yanking his wife or children up to a platform to be sold like a farm animal.  

I think it clear the GOP has lost its way in America.  Despicable people like Bachmann, Gingrich and, I am certain we will hear from another (Palin), should restrict their asininity to politics and leave social issues to more intelligent people.


The Accidental Devotional Webpage: Nails biases


I am going to link to a piece (with permission) that is circulating rather rapidly around Facebook and possibly other social media. The screed without a doubt will hit my email box after someone introduces the work to worldwide email accounts.

The author tells a heartfelt story about her experience as a teacher working in the black community. Her choice to work in the community is not the central theme of the piece although it provides opportunity for exploration of a topic that we all avoid: fear of the black male.

The author offers no definitive answers to the flaw in American society as there are no easy answers.  Of more importance is the courage and strength to lay one's self out as an example of how we should work to improve ourselves.  

Improving ourselves is critical because if you think hard about it, you are the only person you truly manage. If you cannot manage yourself, you darn well cannot successfully navigate the intricacies of life. 

Often I speak about 'white privilege'.  It is not a phrase people like to see, nor it is a phrase I prefer to commit to written or spoken form. Yet, it  is as real as your being born and my being born. Conferred rights are given to some in the nation, while others never can even hope to enjoy those same rights. Our media is often consumed with stories of how a black male was either beaten or killed, often by police officers, as he reached for his wallet. Think for a quick moment about people who refuse to accept Barack Obama is the (legal) President of the United States of America. They use his ethnicity to question his right to hold the office: birtherism.  

Eric Holder, US Attorney General, was completely accurate in his assessment that ours is a nation that avoids discussion of race because we are too cowardly to face reality.  

The following article is a quick read. You should also consider perusing a few comments associated with article. 

Accidental Devotional
Trayvon Martin and Identifying My Own Racist Thoughts.

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In my first weeks of my first year of teaching, when I was still adjusting to being the only white lady in the room, I asked the kids to get out a pencil. A boy in front, so dark that the students around him referred to him as “Black” as though it were his name, with thin, chin length locks bouncing around his head, stooped down to his backpack. 

In that split second my heart began to race and my palms began to sweat, as though someone were coming after me or my not yet born baby girls. “He has a gun” I thought. “He is reaching for his gun.” I calculated how many steps it would take to get to the emergency button…too many. “What are you doing?” I snapped, saying his name sharp and loud like the gunshot I feared.

“I thought you told us to take out a pencil,” he replied showing me his brand new mechanical pencil in his favorite color. 
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The real tragedy! Why does it take the murder of a complete innocent for people to do the right thing regarding trying to better understand others?