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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

US Senate Fails to Advance Renewed Unemployment Insurance Payments

We have yet another reminder of why it is absolutely critical for the nation's voters to return Democrats to both House of the US Congress. Over 1.3 million of our long-term unemployed have received another insensitive slap-in-the-face from the GOP in the US Senate.  Republicans in the US Senate voted against measures to move forward on: S. 1845: Emergency Unemployment Compensation ... (Govtrack.US)

According to the New York Times, two Democratic measures failed to receive the necessary 60 votes to move the bills forward (see link above). Apparently, after much negotiation, Senate Majority Leaders Harry Reid "abruptly" called for a vote with the hope he could muster the votes of a few compassionate (or should I say reasonably sensitive) Republicans. Well, you and I, and probably both Reid and President Obama, know their are no Republicans who have enough compassion to help families in need of meager unemployment insurance payments without something in return.  

"Something in return" In November 2013, the following map illustrated Red States (and densely populated non-Red States) are well represented as geographic regions with Americans who need unemployment payments.

The New York Times reports the measures failed to move forward as follows.
The first vote failed, 52 to 48, on a measure proposed by the Democratic leadership that would have extended benefits for 11 months. The extension would have been largely financed by continuing a 2 percent cut to Medicare health providers for an additional year, through 2024. The second vote, on the original bill, which would have extended benefits for three months at a cost of $6.4 billion, failed 55 to 45.
The Times reports issues related to GOP desire to place amendments in the measures was vehemently opposed by Harry Reid, Reid gave some today, but the GOP voted lock-step to continue to deny life-sustaining insurance payments to 1.3 million Americans. A number that will surely grow as related jobs start to tumble under the draconian policies off the GOP. when people have less to spend, people hired to provide services are needed far less, and they in-turn lose their jobs.

Crooks & Liars offers a more detail article related to the failed votes.

Senate Votes on Unemployment Benefit Extensions Fail (via
By karoli January 14, 2014 1:53 pm The Senate failed to clear the 60-vote hurdle on two proposals to extend unemployment benefits, thanks to a GOP filibuster. I'd like to offer a personal sentiment to Senate Republicans that involves my middle finger…

On January 6th, MSNBC's The Ed Show with Ed Schultz broadcast a long, but relevant segment on the dire consequences of GOP resistance to helping the nation's long-term unemployed.

The vastly older male GOP members don't surprise in their opposition to helping people. What is a total surprise is the level and scope of GOP women (US Senate) members who refuse to show compassion for women and children who are suffering under GOP lock-step policy.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Murray/Ryan Budget...Some Like It; Some Don't! Betcha Boeing Likes It

The Murray/Ryan budget deal is a great example of the Democratic Party (via elected officials) are playing political ball on the GOP's court, with a GOP ball and with GOP referees. Excuse the sports analogy. Let's try another analogy, the Murray/Ryan budget deal is like holding the high ground in a war zone. The GOP has the high ground, and it seems the Democrats are running around picking up scraps with the meager hope of piece mealing to the help people where the scraps lay. If that analogy still doesn't work for you, try this one. It often seems the Democrats and Republicans are immersed an making love (to keep it clean even though the word "love" is out of place) with only one party providing the inertia necessary for orgasmic release. The "inertia driver" (still trying to keep it clean) are not the Democrats. Guess what role the Dems seem to assume: the position!

I am reading mixed reaction to the budget deal. A great amount of glee settles on the simple fact they have a deal that will help to avoid another "budget duel" in 2014. I wonder why?  Another supposed positive result came across almost apologetically as, "......well, we avoid another shutdown."  

"Avoid another shutdown," from a liberal pundit! The GOP shutdown was bad for the economy and is reported to have resulted in $24 billion dollar GDP hit. The anti-ObamaCare failed strategy was directly from the core of GOP mega supporters and was a historic failure. A failure that should be worn as a collar by the GOP just as they are wearing the party of "No" and "War on women" monikers

"Avoid another (GOP) shutdown!" The Republicans were not going to shutdown the government in 2014. Maybe the Dems forgot one critical point about 2014: Mid-term elections.

Apparently, the "deal' includes increased airline ticket cost the will impact the middle class far greater than more well-off GOP supporters. I have also read there is an increased benefit for physicians in the budget. Yet, the working poor or the middle class unemployed may lose unemployment assistance on January 2, 2014These victims are not the chronic unemployed; they have held jobs. There plight continues and in some cases could very well have genesis in policy and practice many of House members fostered under Bush.

The deal is missing a key item. An extension of unemployment compensation is an egregious omission and an omission the GOP finds very gleeful. Moreover, I can certain GOP money-brokers and well compensation constituents find the omission down-right giddy.

Ed Schultz, MSNBC, The Ed Show, broadcast a segment that echoes my sentiments almost to the letter. Of course, there are a couple of points I feel Ed took to the level of hyperbolic, but comprehensively he covered my sentiments to the letter.

The Weekly Stander published a piece that provides a few House votes details. There is another factor about the budget negotiation that really sinks under the skin. It is common to most deliberations and negotiations in the US Congress: lobbying and the potential for influence pedaling.  The Center for Responsive Politics has published a piece about lobbying contributions to Senator Patty Murray.  We are not seeking to cast disparaging remarks towards the person who worked with Ryan on the budget deal. We are however, not trusting of anything "Ryan." Paul Ryan left me with serious doubt about his ethics and values as we watched his actions during the 2012 election campaign (e.g., soup pantry, marathon time lies). He is not only a dishonest person, he is manipulative.  And, we are concerned Senator Murray may have accomplished her negotiations with consideration of factors that reach into her district and a major financial contributor. We should state emphatically,we know both Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid and President Obama were aware of deal details from start to finish. Open Secrets Dot Org

Murray's Budget Deal a Boon for Strong Supporters at Boeing

by Russ Choma on December 13, 2013 3:14 PM 

Democrats may not be thrilled with the budget deal struck by Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and GOP Rep. Paul Ryan (Wisc.). But the compromise likely pleased one of Murray's biggest sources of campaign cash: Boeing.  

The budget deal averts many automatic sequestration cuts. Those cuts would have taken a big chunk out of defense spending -- and Boeing in particular would have been hit hard. The company lobbied on stopping sequestration and company executives made it clear: sequestration cuts would cripple the company. In fact, they went as far as to create a website to push back against those lobbying to go over the so-called "fiscal cliff" and embrace sequestration cuts. The airplane manufacturer, a major employer in Murray's home state of Washington, is her third largest career campaign contributor. The company's PAC and employees are responsible for at least $172,000 in donations to her campaigns. Further, since 2009, Boeing's corporate PAC and employees are the fourth largest source of cash for Murray's campaign and leadership PAC combined, accounting for $108,400 in donations. That doesn't even count an additional $151,000 that lobbyists hired by Boeing have produced for her two accounts since 2009 (it does count $6,500 that in-house lobbyists have given). Not all of those lobbyists are still being paid by Boeing, but 23 of the 99 lobbyists Boeing has had on contract so far in 2013 have donated to Murray's campaign or leadership PAC since 2009. Those 23 have given $107,350 to the two committees. 

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Images: Patty Murray speaking at a rally at a Boeing manufacturing facility in 2011. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Center for Responsive Politics Patty Murray

Top 20 Contributors

Senator Patty Murray 2009 - 2014

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Senator Patty Murray has reported a total of 211 contributions ($200 or more) totaling $153,725 in the 2013-2014 cycle. 

Top 20 Contributors to Campaign Cmte and Leadership PAC

RankContributorHires lobbyists?Lobbying firm?*Lobbyist(s) give
to member?
1Microsoft Corp$218,175$187,675$30,500
2Emily's List$197,856$194,808$3,048
3American Federation of Teachers$140,250$250$140,000
4Boeing Co$108,410$88,410$20,000
5University of Washington$103,114$103,114$0
6Denny Miller Assoc$64,700$64,700$0$61,850$47,350$14,500
8McBee Strategic Consulting$56,800$56,800$0
9Amgen Inc$53,400$30,900$22,500
10Second Avenue Partners$47,050$47,050$0$40,515$35,052$5,463
12State of Washington$37,850$37,850$0
13Blue Cross/Blue Shield$37,245$10,745$26,500
14Berkshire Hathaway$34,975$9,975$25,000
15National Air Traffic Controllers Assn$34,500$0$34,500
16National Assn of Realtors$33,750$250$33,500
17K&L Gates$33,175$25,425$7,750
18League of Conservation Voters$33,110$19,581$13,529
19Union Pacific Corp$33,000$1,000$32,000
20Carnival Corp$31,250$11,250$20,000
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*registrants, or active lobbying firm
This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2009-2014 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families.Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2009-2014 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data available electronically on Monday, October 28, 2013. ("Help! The numbers don't add up...")


Monday, December 9, 2013

More Right-wing ACA Stories That Fizzle

Ed Schultz, The Ed Show
Eric Stern Salon Dot Com's
one man ACA Inspector Clueso
At the 2:45 minutes mark of the video embedded (below) you will find the most recent version of conservative Beck/Fox News Anti-ObamaCare propaganda.  Eric Stern of Salon Dot Com is making an investigative name for himself via simply calling people who allow themselves to go on conservative news sets with super sad stories of ObamaCare woes.

An intriguing aspect of these broadcast is the extent to which Fox News and Beck show disregard for the mentality of their audience.  After keyboarding that thought, I realize that my thought represented the essence of propaganda: feed the listener either what they wish to hear or scare them with stories that reach deep into the inner psyche.  Since, the Right-wing demagogues are not finding evidence of Sarah Palin and Chuck Grassely's "Kill Grandma," the propagandist focus on stories of children with severe medical conditions.  The stores are truly sad, yet always accompanied by either uninformed or "Do not wish the be informed" parents.

If Eric Sterns phone calls to the complaining parented yields easily discernible gross lack of knowledge or a general disregard for seeking knowledge, we can easily see how the propagandist use them as subjects.

Watch Ed Schultz, The Ed Show, and Eric Stern again shows the extent to which Right-wing media manipulates its viewers and listeners. (GOP refuse to stop criticizing health care)

Do you recall how the concerned father reacted to Sterns questions about how he ended up on Fox News and other broadcast,  Did the guy actually say, he did not know?

After Sterns reports do yo recall seeing anyone from Fox or from Beck's organization go back on camera and retract their faked reports.  The answer is clearly, "no."  A fact that drives us to only one conclusion: the propagandist are developing 
the stories as thoroughly and effective as Breitbart News and James O'Keefe fake their ACORN pimp stories.

The propagandists deal is purely fabrication. And, they do so without any regard for the millions upon millions who are and will derive life sustaining benefit from the ACA.

Even you could reach that millions dollar cap on health insurance policies formerly promulgated across the health insurance industry.

Can someone tell me why these people are standing or propped up in protest? 

Do you think the likes of Beck and Hannity have time convince Congress is exempt from the ACA?  Question for you, do you think these people are covered by most provision of the ACA? Hint: Age 65 is the eligibility age for Medicare. Do you think they know the ACA could save the elderly 8 billion as it closes the Bush Pharma Donut Hole?

The questions are rhetorical.... no need to answer. 


Monday, September 23, 2013

MSNBC, Ed Schultz And Al Sharpton .....Fox News, Income Disparity and Cruz (VIDEO)

As I viewed MSNBC tonight, Ed Schultz broadcast hit on all cylinders and Al Sharpton nailed it on a couple of segments. If MSNBC hit on key issues in the news, why not minimize comment and post a few segments? 

Fox News is as entertaining as any reality show on television. Some of us are old enough to remember the Three Stooges. Fox, for some, has to be as addictive and as insane as the Stooges.  There are others who may remember watching Laurel and Hardy. While, I can remember the Stooges and was too young for Laurel and Hardy, it is possible to envision the keystone Laurel and Hardy via video segments from Fox News.

The following is one such segment. watch as Doocy, looks directly at the camera and lies like Donald Trump denying his university is a scam. 

Steve Doocy.....

It seems that Hasselbeck's addition to the Stooges...... I mean Fox and Friends has lowered the intellectual profile of the 'Couch."   "Facts are stubborn things." Why can't Fox news writers and producers understand that they are feeding their flock, but alienating high information viewers who know better. They further underestimate the reality of the video tape.  If the producers broadcast garbage, garbage will be broadcasting within hours.

As we watch labor unions decline in membership we are watching the US move towards plutocracy escalate. While the union official rattles of data that is startling in support of collective bargaining in the Nordic countries, he makes a strong point. The point is as strong as data indicating erosion of the middle class while plutocratic elitist experiences exponential economic growth.


Ed Schultz..Income Disparity

Ed Schultz....Cruz

Since Ted Cruz is a major theme of this post  we would be seriously remiss if we did not include a segment from Politics Nation, Al Sharpton.

What better friend could one have their a co-signer who most assured is a charlatan vestige of John McCain's erratic and stumble ways? 

And, your Republican Party churns on.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Ed Schultz and John Fugelsang, Kenneth Copleand And Childhood Measles

Ed Schultz

Religious dogma gone astray! Measles among the congregation and false prophecy from a military Chaplin. 

We are not writing to malign those who worship God and certainly are not blanket criticizing all religious leaders.  But, some place among far too many cases of child abuse and lavish riches from congregations and other means of garnering revenue, something has gone terribly wrong.

Dogma gone wrong and children suffer.....

Vaccinations work to eliminate diseases.  There can be no argument with the statement as there can be no logical argument against immunizations, from childhood through Pneumonia vaccines for older citizens.  Anyone who disputes facts related to immunizations has to either suffer from a mental disorder or the person is railing from a motive perspective.

Leon Ferranti has published a great inforgraphic (with associated ) data related to disease elimination and vaccinations.

We at the TPI understand the allure, the good the faith,  and the bad associated with organized religion. We get it comprehensively! Spirituality and worship of "heavenly perceptions" have been as much part of mankind as has the development of weapons for hunting game and tilling the soil for agriculture to feed the family unit. We get it, we really do get it!

Our reticence comes full blossom as we watch from afar. We see faith based leadership as church members obviously cannot see them or they simply do not care. Exhibitions of overwhelming opulence and irrational dogma from the pulpit causes a great deal of consternation and questions of just how dangerous and opportunist are some of these ministers. Could faith and devotion be so blind such opulence is not viewed comparable to the money-brokers allegedly roused from the temple by Jesus Christ? Maybe, complaining against the minister could summons the wrath of the church, or worse yet, in their minds, the wrath of God. 

Would you like to take a journey through Corporate Ministries? Our brief journey will end with a look at the lavish life trappings of the minister who preached against immunization and vaccination: Kenneth Copeland.

Opulence (tax free mind you) Gallery
Joyce Meyer's Compound (Click link for full  tax free opulence)
Photo: from Obscenitease Apparel

Tax them and TAX THEM NOW!
Olsteen's Mansion
The Bishop Eddie Long's Tax free opulence
         The Rev. Creflo Dollar Jr. Sliver Coud Rolls Royce

Kenneth Copeland's spread! (Click for larger view)

Let's get back on task after a few peeps at purely obscene opulence, in part, at our expense. These entertainers do not pay taxes. 

How about religious dogma which contributed to a congregation with full disdain for immunizations? Disdain ordered from church leadership with full expectation of compliance with fear of violating a man or woman's preaching. Violation of mankind's preaching with unwritten doctrine including sins against the minister's lord and savior. You know what lies ahead, correct?  Of course, you know.

We start with an almost incoherent backtrack from Kenneth Copeland's daughter. A measles outbreak has infested 21 church members; mostly children. Did I again keyboard Kenneth Copeland? How about another look above at the last mansion posted above? 

Copeland's daughter (minister)

Kenneth Copeland, as a sickening wealthy minister,  is culpable in an infestation within his congregation that did not have to happen. Could it be the unwitting victims of Copeland dogma and entertainment actually, in a way, paid for their loved one's to suffer with the measles.  

The political operative who serves as Chaplain

Egberto Willies published a screed based on a segment form MSNBC's, The Ed Show.  How Ed Schultz and his staff located a charlatan zany enough to avail himself to the knowledge and cognitive abilities of Ed Schultz and John Fugelsang, is amazing. The alleged Chaplain appears to have a script from which he annoyingly reads throughout the interview. He raises his head only to spew anti-Obamacare talking-points. His talking-points are typically "GOP false" and his forays into scripture appear to be nothing more than lies.  The chaplain may have great success with low information people, but his notes failed him miserably. 

Egberto Willies Dot Com
Ed Schultz: The Christian faith is very clear, feed the poor, and heal the sick. Is it really Christ like to take healthcare away from Americans that should have healthcare that could save their lives? … 

Chaplain Klingenschmitt: Obamacare takes healthcare away from, a half a billion dollars was taken away from old people, from Medicare to fund basically a slew of people who refuse to get jobs.… 

John Fugelsang: You know Jesus never asked a leper for copay. And in Matthew 10:7-8 commands his followers to heal the sick. Now every option of healthcare on the exchange allows for a woman to choose a provider that will only allow abortion in cases of rape or incest. Where the chaplain is being disingenuous is that the only time that this will ever pay for an abortion is in the case of rape or incest or if you believe as the chaplain does that contraception is the same as abortion. So I’d like to ask the chaplain if I could, Jesus never at any point in the gospels condemns abortion even though people were terminating pregnancies at the time. He does however come out quite frequently against killing the sinner through the death penalty. So have you sir ever once protested your tax dollars being taken to fund state sanctioned killing.… 

Chaplain Klingenschmitt: Jesus said in Mark 15 that if anyone disobeys or dishonors his mother or father he should be put to death. Jesus said in Luke 17. 

John Fugelsang: No sir. He did not say that. He is quoting Leviticus. He is throwing that back in the face of the Pharisees. Some of us know that story sir.

Egberto offers compelling points regarding The Ed Show interview. If you are truly a high information reader, you might want to visit Egberto's site (linked above). We offer one last look at how some practice their ministry.  Is it a stretch to think acts such as these are staged?