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Showing posts with label Obama Administration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Obama Administration. Show all posts

Monday, July 20, 2015

Martin O'Malley, Milt Shook and Please Cut The Crap And "Black Lives"

"White Lives Matter." Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley in response to black protests at an event in Phoenix, Arizona.  " lives matter, white lives matter, every life matters."

A noble and fair thought followed by a poignant statement? If police abuse of white and black Americans was administered equally, the statement is most apropos.  Equal abuse outside of the black community, is a bridge too far. O'Malley's statement actually stands as comment from a person who is oblivious to the reality of cop abuse against Africa-Americans. Yet, the pseudo-progressive politician resorted to an insensitive phrase that hit my grey matter comparable to comment from Bill O'Reilly or Megyn Kelly of Fox News. All lives certainly matter, but all lives are not being taken by authorities paid to enforce our laws.

Donna Brazile, CNN and Jake Tapper on O'Malley's statement. 

An interesting and accurate perspective. 

O'Malley's misstep is a classic example of how pseudo-progressives harbor some of the same "cop abuse indifference" endemic in many white Americans."  The reality is the reality of white privilege.  

Noted progressive author and Obama Administration archivist/historian Milt Shook, published a piece earlier today which to the verb nails O'Malley's deep indifference and that of many across the nation. 

Why #BlackLivesMatter Can't be Diluted, White People

I can't believe I have to say this again. I mean, I've already explained "white privilege," primarily because too many white people (and yes, I include a lot of white liberals in this group, I'm sad to say) think they know everything and never take the time to actually listen to what black people have to…

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi

The GOP released Benghazi report late this past Friday.

Since it is the weekend, I will post a CNN segment related to the recently released GOP study of the Benghazi Consulate attack in 2012.

After two full years of pure bologna from the GOP, the reports shows the Obama Administration performed appropriately. 

Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi!!!! A two full year GOP Rebel Yell.

The Conservative Firing Line



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Obama International Leader: Corporate Tax Inversion

I said: "You must pay a lot of taxes". (A former housekeeper said to Helmsley)

She said: "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes."[11]
–Elizabeth Baum, former housekeeper to Helmsley (October 1983)

Earlier the 2014 CNN Carol Costello hosted a show with guest CNN's Christine Romans and discussed then slumping Burger King.  The two talked about Burger Kings plans to acquire a smaller company and move their company headquarters to another country: in Burger King's case Canada.

As you watch the segment two things will standout as noteworthy. First, the report is typical business news reporting and un-newsworthy for some. Corparte business internationally....It happens! Not only does it happen, it is almost a form of shifting jobs overseas, right. Wrong! The business of acquisition to acquire headquarters overseas for purpose of tax avoidance is a modern-day for of tax avoidance, in my opinion, is comparable to criminal acts that incarcerated Al Capone.

The CNN hosts covered the story within the parameters of show production or producers, but Costello's comments about "good business strategy" was revealing and sad. Of course, we characterize her comment as "revealing and sad" after President brought the issue to national attention. Leadership that has resulted in Treasury initiatives to slow or stifle US executives deploying strategy that is basically unfair. We must ask, however, how could US media personality find corporate tax avoidance, now known as Corporate Inversion, an item for compliment. 

Let's give a bit of slack. The Obama Administration hadn't yet gone full bore on the tax strategy. In any case it was not called "inversion" at the time of the Costello/Romans Broadcast.

July 24 2014, President Obama on CNBC with comment about corporate tax inversion. You and I know the GOP world never take-on corporate giants who sell in the US (and worldwide) and avoid US taxes through acquisition of, and moving, headquarters to foreign lands. The practice is the ultimate insult to the US consumer and basically "not fair."



Here’s What Inversions Are Costing Us

You don’t get to pick your tax rate. Neither should corporations.

That’s why, earlier this week, the Treasury Department took initial steps to prevent U.S. corporations from using a tax maneuver to avoid paying taxes in America. This loophole -- known as an “inversion” -- lets a company avoid taxes by relocating their tax residence overseas while changing very little else about its operations or business.

And it’s costing Americans nearly $20 billion over the next decade -- critical dollars that could grow and expand the middle class.

You Don't Get to Pick Your Tax Rate. Neither Should Corporations.


Monday, August 18, 2014

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Fox News

We realize Fox News appeals to a segment of the US population that has little to no regard for humanity, the environment, the Obama Administration, progressives and liberals, and Fox News viewers seem to love the prospect of violence focused on the nation's minorities. Fox viewers also tract right along with the GOP regarding a lack of regard for the nations poor and less privileged. So, what you are about to read does not surprise in any way. However, that does not mean Fox management decisions regarding their positions of current events isn't report able.

All things considered, does it surprise Fox would drag two former New York City cops on-air to defend police military style mobilization of an American community? I am wondering if the wrong mobilization should be supplanted with the word "occupation." Looting is an unacceptable set of behaviors. But, in the case of Ferguson, Missouri, we are seeing what appears like Soweto South Africa and black struggles against apartheid. It reminds of authority heavy handedness against peace protesters during the 1960s Viet Nam War protests.

On the other side of life in America and associated privilege conferred or denied(based in race), we did not see anything similar to the gassing and smoke bombing during Cliven Bundy's tax evasion confrontation. I never once heard any law enforcement official, cop, nor federal government official refer to the militia and assassins in Nevada as "animals." Nor, did I see one military style armored vehicle in Nevada. What could be different about the two cases of unrest? You might find that question rhetorical!

Think Progress reports on Fox News and the typical fox deployment of "whites only" panels to discussion issue regarding African-Americans. Of course, business give their customer what they want. I suspect any black people on certain Fox News panels would draw the ire of those who tune-in.

Think Progress

“The response last night is what needs to happen,” retired NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik told Fox News on Monday morning. 
Bo Dietl, a Fox News contributor and former NYPD detective, went even further. He argued that authorities in Ferguson must “take charge” and defended arming local precincts with unused military equipment from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars by invoking the threat of global terrorism. 
Kerik...ex-convict (felon)?  Really Fox and CNN, really?

New York Daily News....

Kerik, 57, will likely serve out the rest of his term for eight felony convictions under home confinement. 
Kerik was sentenced to four years in prison in February 2010 after a federal judge blasted him for using his high-profile part in the city’s 9/11 response to make money.

Kerik leaving court in February 2010. He has just been released from a federal prison in Maryland.SABO, ROBERT, NEW YORK DAILY NEW/NEW YORK DAILY NEWSKerik leaving court in February 2010. He has just been released from a federal prison in Maryland.

Kerik’s guilty plea in a November 2009 plea deal including admissions that he lied to the White House, filed false tax returns and lied about $255,000 in work done by a mob-linked contractor.
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Fox really?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Palin: Stupid Is As Stupid Does....And Stupid Is Dangerous!

If you have already witnessed the horrid video that follows feel free to skip the YouTube post and move to the items below.  

The six minute segment is typical Palin, including on-camera attire, discombobulated and confusing speaking locution, and guiding direction for the show host, lend better to skipping through the segment. I have also posted a transcript of the interview for those who refuse exposure to the carnival exhibit like Palin.

                                                Published on Jul 9, 2014
Sarah Palin: 'It's Time to Impeach'. Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president. His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, "no mas." 
Without borders, there is no nation. Obama knows this. Opening our borders to a flood of illegal immigrants is deliberate. This is his fundamental transformation of America. It's the only promise he has kept. Discrediting the price paid for America's exceptionalism over our history, he's given false hope and taxpayer's change to millions of foreign nationals who want to sneak into our country illegally. Because of Obama's purposeful dereliction of duty an untold number of illegal immigrants will kick off their shoes and come on in, competing against Americans for our jobs and limited public services. There is no end in sight as our president prioritizes parties over doing the job he was hired by voters to do. Securing our borders is obviously fundamental here; it goes without saying that it is his job.  
The federal government is trillions of dollars in debt; many cities are on the verge of insolvency; our overrun healthcare system, police forces, social services, schools, and our unsustainably generous welfare-state programs are stretched to the max. We average Americans know that. So why has this issue been allowed to be turned upside down with our "leader" creating such unsafe conditions while at the same time obstructing any economic recovery by creating more dependents than he allows producers? His friendly wealthy bipartisan elite, who want cheap foreign labor and can afford for themselves the best "border security" money can buy in their own exclusive communities, do not care that Obama tapped us out.   
Have faith that average American workers -- native-born and wonderful legal immigrants of all races, backgrounds, and political parties -- do care because we're the ones getting screwed as we're forced to follow all our government's rules while others are not required to do so. Many now feel like strangers in their own land. It's the American worker who is forced to deal with Obama's latest crisis with our hard-earned tax dollars while middle class wages decrease, sustainable jobs get more scarce, and communities become unrecognizable and bankrupted due to Obama's flood of illegal immigration.   
Who's looking out for the American workers? Who has their backs? Who fights for them?   
We should.  
President Obama's rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here. It's not going to get better, and in fact irreparable harm can be done in this lame-duck term as he continues to make up his own laws as he goes along, and, mark my words, will next meddle in the U.S. Court System with appointments that will forever change the basic interpretation of our Constitution's role in protecting our rights.   
It's time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment. 
The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he's not impeachable, then no one is.

Sean Hannity and Fox News trot-out the inimitable Palin for no other reason than to deliver of message to Hannity's loyal followers. 

The response to the Hannity interview has been refreshing. 

I am reading many conservatives and members of the GOP would like Palin to "shut-up" via distancing themselves from her drivel.  As I hear and read such, I will admit to thinking in terms of GOP lip service vs meaning criticism. Also, the reports do not include comment about Fox News's regular Palin bookings. If Fox Books Pain on Hannity;s show, there will be no relief. She will not shut-up if there is any prospect of a payday! Thus, the GOP is suffering like Dr. Frankenstein from a monster of its own creation. From the Left reaction to Palin's impeachment comments are a muted reality. I find it intriguing the Obama Administration has given the go ahead for a top level official to answer questions about Palin's nascent remarks. It is existentially shameful our national media is so influenced by a person who has proven a lack of cognitive acumen coupled with a tendency towards diarrhea of the mouth. The word "impeachment" broadcast across Fox News airways, obviously is a cause for concern and worth of addressing at the highest levels. President Obama has started to issue quips regarding impeachment mantra. Of much more significance, Attorney General Eric Holder addressed Palin's exhortation to impeach while sitting for a very rare appearance on a Sunday morning news program. why of much more significance? Holder directly addressed the half-term Governor of Alaska and his perception of her lack of qualification and lack of competence to speak on the topic of impeachment.

Talking Points Memo
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Holder: Palin Not A Good VP Pick, So 'Even Worse' Judge Of Impeachment


AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster

Friday, July 4, 2014

Lessons In Racism: The Ugly Americans! Cuban "Refugees" And "Eastern Europeans" Did Not See The Ugly Side

"Go back to Mexico!"  
Not one of the 50,000 who have crossed the borders  is reported from Mexico.  
A chant that is taking on an air of USA white nationalism and a conservative"rebel yell."  ____________________________

An ugly episode that while the fault of money - grabbing operatives in Central America and failed Immigration Policy, is nonetheless, as ugly as it gets. This is how it looks. Murrieta California   Ugly, eh?
We have seen this before. While I am certain the mothers and chaperons on the Mureitta Homeland Security buses would have no knowledge of a time in 1961, history repeats itself. Of course, the conservative "USA, USA, USA" chant is a different animal than "Nigger Lover, Nigger Lover" there is a degree of connection. While the unsuspecting women from Central America have no idea of the real danger, rest assured the bus drivers and Homeland Security know the guttural possibilities of chanting and writhing mobs of whites and accompanying "differentiating: Latinos (the transformed and assimilated, "We are here, we have been here, and we are Americanized". Those particular protesters remind of "differentiator" African-Americans and "differentiator Arabs. They align with whites who when the end comes will turn on them as surely as they are racially different. They are not white.  We have seen this before..... (1961)
Mob attacks bus
And,  for some this is where it ends......   Entertainment for whites
As the Obama Administration weighs humane options for the humane treatment flocks of immigrants from Central America, consideration of temporary housing vs virtual prison internment is a problem. The 50,000 borders crashers are living in a manner no one should find acceptable.   
While thinking of the after life of people who have literally traveled the most precarious and dangerous journey imaginable, my mind fails to recall comparable journeys. A close second could be the harrowing journey of Cuban refugees who, for years, signed-on as boat people on insanely overcrowded rickety boats for touch the shore sprints to Florida. The women, children and infants from Central America also suffer a dangerous journey for opportunity to literally save lives and avoid forms of psychical abuse. Cuban refugees (As they were called) journey for a better life; the Central American "Illegal Immigrants/aliens", as they are being called, wish to escape a far greater horror.
We have posted a series of short news segments from NBC News as a backdrop of various reactions to the Central American sojourner problem.
Take a quick look and listen before the first set off quotes.   Murrieta Protest Leader 
"They're illegal aliens and they should not come here illegally. We have our own children to worry about,” Patrice Lynes told NBC News before a town meeting on the issue Wednesday night. "We want the illegal aliens repatriated to their own country." 

“An awesome moment for America” 
When we stand these despicable people up against the Cliven Bundy Klan (excuse the pun), I agree it was and awesome moment. A moment of disgust, race based nationalism, and disparate treatment. I do not for one second believe these same 'ugly" Americans would react similarly to buses of immigrants from Canada.

Murrieta mayor undocumented immigrant bus protests are free speech  
“And if it started here in Murrieta, so be it,” Long said. “It won’t be just one mayor or council member or a group of small protesters, it’s going to take an entire region, maybe an entire state, to send a message to fix the problem so that this doesn't land on the community’s doorsteps.”
Of, course the mob practiced free speech. It has become increasingly popular for "Red blooded/Apple Pie" Americans to use the most vile language and run to the sanctity of the US Constitution. Their child-like sanctity is nothing compared to those who co-sign their abuse as a form of paradigm validation via "Freedom of Speech." The moment someone with an opposite social/political point of view speaks out, a counter response from Fox News is a guaranteed program item. A counter response that becomes the conservative talking-point of the week.
MSNBC reported the Mayor of Murrieta may have actually incited the protesters to act.  

Activist groups have responded to the "USA, USA, USA" chanting crowd with "breathe of free air" counter comment.  
“What I saw was one of the worst things I’ve ever see in my life … we saw the worst of the American spirit," Enrique Morones, executive director of the San Diego non-profit Border Angels, said during a rally in San Diego. “These are migrants that are escaping a very violent situation in Central America, they simply want to live, and that’s how they're greeted?”
Observation! I do not recall such behavior (hatred and flag wing "USA, USA, USA" chants as our nation welcomed thousands fleeing genocide and violence in Eastern Europe. Wonder why? 
I will end the piece with a short piece from NBC News. Empathy for both sides of the migrant issue is warranted. The ugliness of the flag laden, stripped hat wearing USA chanters is as despicable as images posted above. Now, take the protest to another level with the prospect of a gun toting quack-job hiding on a bypass firing a weapon at the buses.  
Immigration border crisis.... Murrieta mayor blames protest chaos Obama and Congress
Immigration "blame" accepted with a caveat. Why blame Obama and the Congress when, like many other issues.  GOP congressionals have stymied immigration reform. If you think my assertions (Both direct and implied) regarding race and some in the white community are far-fetched, two things apply. First, you have never read a piece on this site before. Moreover, you may need a bit more convincing based on your reluctance to face an American reality.



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

June Jobs Report And Anticipation Of GOP "Scandal" Deflection

QZ Dot Com is reporting favorable June 2014 economic data with indications of an improving economy. News that has to set a flame under America's conservatives, especially the RNC, GOP and its election operatives. We can anticipate heightened levels of "scandal chasing " from the GOP through the month of July. The most effective way to drown-out good economic news is to scream "scandal, scandal, scandal" while following The Drudge Report and Fox News leadership. The GOP, RNC and GOP congressionals follow their leaders as well as any fabled Pied Piper.

QZ Dot Com June job related indicators

Manufacturing employment

The ISM gauge of factory employment stayed above 50, the line that separates expansion from contraction. That indicates ongoing job growth in the cyclical industrial sector, which is watched as proxy for the broader economy.

Private sector surge

The payroll-processing company ADP’s monthly report on private sector job creation showed the strongest pace of new employment seen since November 2012.

Online job ads

The private research group known as the Conference Board has seen a fresh surge in its tally of new online job advertisements, a good sign of increased labor demand.

The US economy added 281,000 Private sector jobs last month. The increase in private sector payroll additions was the largest increase since November 2012 exceeding the May jobs report by 102,000 jobs and exceeding economist's forecasts by 81,000 jobs. 

The following graphic provides visual perspective of job development over the one year period of January 2013 through June 2014. 

It doesn't take an economist to see the harsh winter of 2013/13 slowed job growth with a marked decreased in growth in January of this year.

Yahoo News published an early morning report in anticipation of the Dow breaking the 17,000 mark for the first time in Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIJA) history. While the Dow closed 24 points shy of 17,000, the Yahoo report was a welcome (with morning over coffee report.)

The Dow Jones Industrial is setting the stage to hit the milestone 17,000 mark in Wednesday's trading. Data from employment to housing is fueling confidence the U.S. economy is rebounding. This morning's ADP report showed private-sector hiring increased in June. The ADP report is out ahead of the June jobs report which will be released by the labor department on Thursday because of the shortened holiday trading week Shares of JPMorgan (JPM) will be watched closely today after the bank's CEO Jamie Dimon disclosed he has a curable throat cancer and will begin an 8-week treatment plan. The most powerful women in global finance, Fed Chair Janet Yellen and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde take the stage together for the first time today. TheStreet's Susannah Lee has the details. 

The DIJA will break 17,000 this week, even briefly before falling back below the historic mark. As the week progresses we can also anticipate major fronts from the Right to cover the economic news like hiding a pile of dirt under the nearest rug as guests ring your door bell.

While we do not yet have a report regarding the June unemployment rate, we can rest assured the RNC, GOP and Republicans in congress are in deep discussion of a "Poo-Poo" response to cover an unemployment rate that could draw near 6.0% vs the current 6.3 percent.  It is safe to assume the rate will not drop enough to break the 6.0% level, yet the thought of a major GOP butt-pucker at 5.9% would surely register on the Richter Scale.