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Showing posts with label Van Jones. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Van Jones. Show all posts

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Nugent, Opportunist Hangers-on And FoxPEN

A Viet Nam Era draft dodger who evaded a draft classification via feigning insanity (Unbathed for weeks and vomit and feces in clothing) leverages Obama Derangement Syndrome with vile racism while drawing crowds and "hangers-on Flies."

Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott
palling around with Ted Nugent

Texas Republicans seem to have a great deal of affinity for the uncloaked racist.  He was invited to and attended the 2014 State of the Union Address by Representative Stockman (R) TX. Rick Perry is reported to have  figuratively embraced the Jurassic Era rocker withing the past three years.  Last week a Greg Abbott, candidate for the Texas gubernatorial seat being vacated by Rick Perry, invited Nugent to a campaign event and shared the stage while Nugent reminded the world of the segregated south in the early 1960s.  

The news of yet another Texas Republican leveraging a leading racist for political gain is nothing new.  What is intriguing is how another conservative opportunist joined Abbott in using Nugent to advance their opportunity for celebrity, winning votes, selling books and maintaining a marketable presence as their value to the GOP dwindles.

Image not from the Abott event
Sarah Palin has endorsed Abbott as a candidate for governor while embracing and wrapping her support around the seething racist rocker.

Various media are reporting Palin posted the following post on a Facebook page this past Wednesday.
“If he is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!” 
Apparently, Palin's drivel continued.

 (Abbott is) “....a believer in the power of liberty and the need to defend our freedoms from the overreach of an out-of-control federal government.”
What a "hanger-on." It seems wherever the opportunistic one-half term former Governor Alaska can augment her notoriety she will hoover and land like an opportunist Fly.

In January, Palin sought attention via the following Facebook post. Notice Palin uses the cover of her latest book as her Facebook badge. It is all about marketing to people who are gullible enough to buy into the Palin "game." 

 Sarah Palin Happy MLK, Jr. Day! 
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card.
 ".... all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card." 

Do you see the fallacy in Palin's opportunistic appearances? 

Is there any doubt the veracity of her utterances when within mere weeks she overtly connects with a very proud, public and Jurassic racist?

We cannot move away from the issue, despite Nugent's masked non-apology, without quick exploration of how certain media handled Nugent's Texas visit and Palin's use of the event publicity.

CNN Crossfire co-host Van Jones addressed Palin's guttural opportunism and Fox News's non-coverage.

Jones's response to Palin was succinct, apropos and duly noted via archiving on CNN.

Fox News, on the other hand, expended no broadcast development or air-tome on the Nugent event support for Abbott and his question to replace Rick Perry as the Texas State Governor.

We appreciate the fact MSNBC operates at the opposite end of the political spectrum from Fox News (with exception for Joe Scarborough, Chuck Todd and on a topical basis Andrea Mitchell). Despite obvious pockets of day-time programming with speckles of conservative commentary and its countering "lean-Left" business model, MSNBC at least offered its viewers opportunity for awareness. Informed people make good decisions and generally "do-the-right-thing." Fox again provides validation of Right-wing filtering of information and current events for sake of political position and with considerations of its viewers. We have no problem accurately depicting Fox News as the Fox Propaganda and Entertainment Network (FOXPEN).

Nugent and Palin are a surprise to no one. Both are fleeting celebrities who are one-step away from obscurity. They are clinging  to shticks that continue to provide income while actually hurting the conservative brand. 

Where is Mr. Reince Priebus on Nugent and Abbott's hugfest?

UPDATE: Nugent's 1981 "Jailbait"

This is how Nugent crawled to fame among some in the population. Song and lyrics. (Thanks to Forward Progressive Dot Com )

For the uninformed, know that at age 33 production of the song denoted a clearly unstable mind. If you have doubts about Nugent's past and his psyche here is the link to the song and a live performance.

Media Matters and ALL IN with Chris Hayes....

From the February, 21 edition of MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes: Linked.

And, he calls President Obama a "subhuman mongrel!"

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Keystone XL Project Equals 35 Permanent Jobs!

I am also findng it impossible to believe people are actually falling in-line behind approval of this project . Even MSNBC's Ed Schultz has caved in support of Nothern Leg approval. Why hand the Koch brothers bllions more, lay waste to large swaths of pristine Nothern midwest states breadbasket land, to provide oil products to Asia?  Job?  Read on!


The Keystone pipeline creates "35 permanent jobs" after construction, according to a government report.

Van Jones on Monday, February 3rd, 2014 in a segment on CNN's "Crossfire"
CNN's Van Jones says Keystone pipeline only creates 35 permanent jobs

The debate over whether President Barack Obama should approve the Keystone XL pipeline often turns to jobs, but should it? Liberal CNN Crossfire host Van Jones says the pipeline is not the jobs creator supporters talk it up to be.

"Every time we have a show, somebody says something ... about Keystone, and somehow Keystone is going to create all these jobs," Jones said in the Feb. 3 episode of Crossfire. "Then it turns out, look at the actual numbers. It turns out the actual numbers are 3,900 temporary jobs in the construction sector and 35 permanent jobs."

Ralph Reed, a conservative activist who founded the Faith and Freedom Coalition, said Jones’ claim is unfair because a long-anticipated report by the U.S. State Department says the project will create 42,000 jobs. Reed went on to say the report cleared the main argument against the project, that it’s bad for the environment.

We are fact-checking claims from each pundit about the project. Here, we’ll focus on Jones’ claim about the project creating "35 permanent jobs."

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would stretch 875 miles from Western Canada to Steele City, Neb., where it would connect with existing pipelines and usher 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

Because TransCanada’s project crosses international borders, the company had to file an application for a presidential permit. As part of the process, the president directs the Secretary of State to determine whether the project "serves the national interest." Secretary of State John Kerry has not yet issued a recommendation to Obama based on the study.

Obama is under political pressure from all sides, with environmentalists and Democrats like Jones on one side who want him to shut it down and Republicans and some Democrats supportive of organized labor on the other who say it would strengthen the country’s energy independence and, yes, create jobs.

When the State Department released its 11-volume report about the pipeline’s impact Jan. 31, 2014, the big headline in most news coverage centered on its finding that the pipeline project would not significantly contribute to carbon pollution. Some see that as giving Obama an opening for approval.

With that backstory out of the way, let’s crack open the chapter on jobs.

There’s plenty of debate over how many jobs the project would create during construction.

The State Department report puts the total at 42,100 jobs, though the definition of a job in this sense is a position filled for one year. Much of the construction work would come in four- or or eight-month stretches. About 10,400 seasonal workers would be recruited for construction, the State Department said.

When looked at as "an average annual job," it works out to about 3,900 jobs over one year of construction or 1,950 jobs each year for two years.

The rest of the jobs would be the result of spillover spending (formally called indirect or induced economic activity) as Keystone workers buy equipment and materials to complete the project and spend their money on an array of services, including food, health care, and arts and entertainment. As you might expect, it’s much harder to measure the widespread effect on job creation.

There’s no doubting that most of the economic activity comes during construction. Jones honed in on jobs after construction, which aren’t really a source of sharp debate.

"There’s very few jobs operating pipelines," said Ian Goodman, president of the Goodman Group Ltd., an energy and economic consulting firm in Berkeley, Calif. "That’s one of the reasons why pipelines are attractive to the oil industry. They’re relatively inexpensive to build and operate."

The report says the project would provide jobs for about 35 permanent employees and 15 temporary contractors.

The full-timers would be "required for annual operations, including routine inspections, maintenance and repair." Some would work in Canada. The U.S. employees would work at pump stations along the pipeline route as well as a Nebraska office.

The project’s impact on housing, property taxes and service industries once in operation? Not much. Not much is known about the contractors’ workload except they would provide additional specialized support.

Still, arguments about the relatively small number of permanent jobs from the pipeline often belie the nature of construction jobs, which are comprised of temporary projects by definition, said Matt Dempsey, a spokesman for a coalition of pro-Keystone groups known as Oil Sands Fact Check.

"You build it, you move on," Dempsey said.

Our ruling

Jones said the Keystone pipeline will only result in 35 permanent jobs after construction.

The numbers, as reported by the State Department, back him up, though that’s the nature of any big construction project, be it a highway or monument.

Jones’ claim is True.


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Van Jones and Cruz ......Jones Stifles The Rhetoric!

Small Image Of The Day

Some web pages are reporting an Obama smackdown of Ted Cruz in yesterdays White House Senate meeting.  Well, I have looked to validate the reports, but cannot locate document-able confirmation of the snack-down. While, I am certain President Obama did not allow an eight month (opportunist) Senator, the alleged details are not available via this webpage.  We cannot find the reported comments to validate a "smackdown." We located a terse comment from the White House Press Secretary. When asked he he would expound on comments between Cruz and the president, Carney replied, "No."

We have located a clear 'smackdwon or counter argument focused on Cruz and his penchant for Harvard level Palin-like drivel. Van Jones and Cruz on CNN's Crossfire.

Ted Cruz is obvious a non-caring opportunist. He knew as well as the length of his nose, the GOP had no real opportunity to defund the ACA.  Cruz is a prototypical example of the GOP. 

Say what you wish, satisfy those in front of you during the moment and do not worry about tomorrow. Issues related to video tape will be explored by MSNBC only, so no worries. Our viewers do not tune-in to MSNBC.   Fox News and CNN are in our bag. 
Since we know what Ted Cruz is about and we recognize the psyche of those who find him palatable, I want to spend a mount in digression.

As we read articles across the web, we often wonder about the callousness of headings for the sole purpose of initiating reading the first couple of paragraphs.  The problem is not limited to bloggers and hyper-bloggers (websites with huge daily readership), I have witnessed same on Huffington Post. For those who read here and run-off the conservative sites with Andrew Breitbart like quotes we offer the following. Title manipulation is not a problem for Right-wing media and right-wing web pages as the comprehensive scope of their broadcast and articles are meant to manipulate their audience.  

For those who are wondering, our references does not apply to the majority of Left leaning webpages.  I can personally attest to very careful title selection via Addictinginfo; as a former contributor to the site. 

End digression.

The Van Jones direct comments to Cruz shows the extent to which Cruz deals in shallowness  He tried hard to take Jones's comment/question and twist his response around, like most Right-wing pundits, for opportunity to broad-brush his points.  As Cruz responded, I thought of my younger days watching the cotton candy vendor spin the delightful treat I was about to purchase. 


Thursday, April 5, 2012

ALEC loses a COKE, but not an "UBER" Koch

We are awake now boys and girls..ALEC is behind us, have a COKE.

Finally, after many hours of writing about the American Legislative Exchange Council ALEC, and gritting my teeth at the circular horrors of Corporate America, conservative US legislators (State and Federal), "UBER" wealthy conservatives, and right-wing organizations like the NRA, the organization is coming under-fire.

My favorite cola, Coca Cola, has dropped its affiliation with ALEC. Before I post up a little information on ALEC, inclusive of 'blowing my own horn' with links I have posted about the RIGHT-Wing "Stock Yard".

Coca Cola today.
(CBS News) -- An influential group known for pushing conservative laws at the state level -- including voter ID laws and Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law -- is under fire for its views, and at least one of its major backers has dropped its membership in the organization. 
Coke said Wednesday it was withdrawing from the American Legislative Exchange Council, a non-partisan organization working to promote free markets and limited government through state legislators after a liberal leaning group started a petition to urge ALEC's member companies to drop their financial support of the group. 
"The Coca-Cola Company has elected to discontinue its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Our involvement with ALEC was focused on efforts to oppose discriminatory food and beverage taxes, not on issues that have no direct bearing on our business," company spokeswoman Diana Garza Ciarlante said


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Van Jones on Republican hypocracy

Van Jones

‎"It's so amazing to hear the Republican Party now cheerleading for the freeloaders. They say 'hey listen, if you divebomb yourself into an emergency room, don't worry about it, taxpayers will pay for it; there's nothing we can do to make sure people don't pay on the front end.' What I don't understand is, what does the Republican Party want here? If we can't have single payer, we can't have a public option, and we can't have individual responsibility, what we're going to have here is more Americans dying."

Van Jones
By: Re-Elect President Obama

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Day 15: The Brooklyn Bridge

This piece is crtoss-posted form the website

October 2, 2011

From the Occupy Wall Street Website

Mission Statement

#OCCUPYWALLSTREET is a people powered movement for democracy that began in America on September 17 with an encampment in the financial district of New York City. Inspired by the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprising and the Spanish acampadas, we vow to end the monied corruption of our democracy … join us!    We’re now in DAY 15.

Occupy Wall Street has had a busy day!  At least that is a notation that is posted on one of their websites. See this website also.