Sunday, June 30, 2013

Volcano videos - interesting

TEXAS IS WEIRD! Here are a few stories about Texas and Louie Gohmert! Crazy and weird are pretty normal.

The DEMOCRATS ARE DOING GOOD THOUGH!!  They just have no power.

Over the past week we’ve seen Texas Democrats distinguish themselves as tough leaders, fearless advocates for mainstream voters and rising stars. Meanwhile Texas Republicans continue to make fair-minded Texans cringe with harsh rhetoric, demeaning statements, embarrassing gaffes and, sometimes, just plain wackiness.
Republican leaders dependent upon support from the extreme fringe of their party hold every leadership position in Texas. Mainstream Democrats, however, are doing a remarkable job of engaging their extreme partisan counterparts and exposing them as out of touch with the concerns and needs of Texans. From court house battles on a discriminatory Voter ID law to a heroic stand in the State Capitol to stop an assault on Texas women and their families, Texas Democrats are displaying remarkable effectiveness. Moreover, the intelligence and abilities of Texas Democratic leaders throws into relief the extreme divisive ideology and the embarrassing displays of Texas Republicans.

Juanita Jean: Monday: Protest the Session to TAKE RIGHTS AWAY FROM WOMEN!! HELP Stop the Republican WAR ON WOMEN!

Texas:  Where people get arrested/investigated for singing the State Song at the capitol.

Okay, cowboys and girls, I am in the free state of Austin, Texas, getting myself prepared to be at the state Capitol to tomorrow to watch the Republican Party and Rick Perry try to railroad through a bill that couldn’t pass in the regular session or the first special session.
It’s a bill about women’s health. It’s also a bill to do away with the 4th and 14th Amendments. It is a bill affirming that ole white men should control the bodies of females.


Great Comment by Sen Wendy Davis

Clusterf**K - THE NEW TEXAS VOTER LAWS! New Documents required 1/3 of the counties DO NOT HAVE MEANS TO PROCESS THE NEW DOCUMENTS!

College Documents DO NOT COUNT AS ID but CONCEALED CARRY PERMITS COUNT AS LEGAL DOCUMENTS!  Fully 1/3 of the counties DO NOT have the means to process the new required documents!!  PEOPLE ARE BEING DENIED VOTING because of these new changes - they don't even know fully what is required and how long it takes to process.  YOU MUST GO IN PERSON - MAIL WILL NOT WORK and many have to travel to a different county.  NOT FAIR!  Stupid Idea made legal by the supreme court decision last week.  VETERANS ID DOES NOT EVEN COUNT to vote!!  THIS IS so sad and sick.

Melissa Harris Perry to Texas Gov Rick Perry

The Wendy Davis train is now on the track traveling through Texas.  Excellent Commentary.

Be careful, governor. You’re looking a lot like the villain who twirls his mustache and laughs while a speeding train is headed toward the woman you’ve tied to the tracks. Although you might want to take a closer look at that train. Because Sen. Davis has been hinting that she might be interested in your job.
Right now there’s a lot of momentum be

ACTIVIST JUDGE: SCALIA!! He is consistantly on the wrong side of history.

 If the Supreme Court announces a controversial ruling on a case brought before that body, you can count on Justice Antonin Scalia to consistently be on the wrong side of history.  He was wrong about Gore v Bush, he was wrong about Citizens United, and in the past couple of days he's been wrong on affirmative action and the repeal of vital sections of the Voting Rights Act, and yesterday he had a shit-fit of a dissent over the Court's decision to invalidate the Defense of Marriage Act in favor of gay marriage.

...(His dissent on DOMA failing) Yesterday's ruling on gay marriage rights is a perfect example of why Scalia will go down in history as one of America's worst Supreme Court Justices. 

 Antonin Scalia is a perfect example of what an activist jurist looks like.  He twists and contorts his version of the Constitution to suit whatever conservative cause is at risk, and refuses to see himself as a partisan hack.

Trevon Martin trial - Friday edition

5 days of trial and people talked of what they saw or heard as well as the girl Trevon was talking to when it was confronted and killed.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Accurate (Republican) way to have sex.

You might have noticed that the left-wing, state-controlled media have been criticizing the comments of Texas Senator Bob Deuell, who rightly stated during the recent congressional debate on abortion restrictions that pregnancy occurs only following “accurate intercourse.” These godless, sex-drenched lefties have the gall not only to question the wisdom of Senator Deuell, a board-certified family physician, but also insinuate that there are multiple ways to perform intercourse!
As we all know, there is only one true way to conceive life — the Republican way. So here for the enlightenment of the immoral and depraved are the official instructions for engaging in “accurate” sex.

Stephen Colbert on the taking of voting rights in the South

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what Uncle Clarence Thomas did here today.
Again, the game these 4 white men and black man who thinks he is a white man have played is to send this issue back to congress KNOWING FULL WELL CONGRESS WILL DO NOTHING ABOUT IT anytime soon. And to make matters worse, this further opens up the door for even more Republican gerrymandering to hold on to the House for the foreseeable future.
Gay Barney Frank today said he would trade both the Prop 8 and DOMA decisions for the Voting Rights Act decision.

Paula Deen Rocks - Jimmy Kimmel

Watch to the very end!

SNL - The Supreme Court

Really.  A lot of truth in this clip.

Bill Maher - Monologue

The week in review.  Trevon Martin, Palin, Supreme Court rulings and Texas Senator Wendy Davis

New Rules

HPV, PLAN B, SLUTS and Conservative Republicans

Friday, June 28, 2013

Trevon Martin update: Manslaughter for Zimmerman? Quite possible

The other evidence that came out today is the testimony of the police officer who took Zimmerman into custody.  That officer testified that Zimmerman’s jacket was wet on the back, and did have grass on it.  Obviously those facts are not apparent from the photos taken in the police station, but would support Zimmerman’s story.  I would also not that Mr. O’Mara did more of the cross examination of the witnesses today, and he was much more effective than Mr. West.
Thus after only a week of testimony I predict there will be a guilty verdict but not for Murder in the 2nd but instead manslaughter.

A  comment I found interesting:

Owning a firearm is a massive responsibility. It is important for firearm owners to know all the laws before they even think about purchasing one, much less carry one in public. The responsible ones NEVER want to be in a situation where they must use a firearm. It’s a last resort. It’s life and death at that point. There are many serious consequences that may result if someone ever pulls the trigger.
It sure seems like Zimmerman is not one of those responsible firearm owners. The very fact that he got out of his car to engage another person while carrying a firearm is proof of that.
Normal people – and well trained responsible firearms owners – get the police involved first if they can.

BIG BANKS WIN - No Changes. Big Banks wrote the banking bill - BANKS WIN

Another stunner from Matt Taibbi, and kudos to Rolling Stone for continuing to support his work. Just make sure to take your blood pressure medicine before you read it. It's long, but worth it:

Lord help our fucking scam . . . this has to be the stupidest place I have worked at," writes one Standard & Poor's executive. "As you know, I had difficulties explaining 'HOW' we got to those numbers since there is no science behind it," confesses a high-ranking S&P analyst. "If we are just going to make it up in order to rate deals, then quants [quantitative analysts] are of precious little value," complains another senior S&P man. "Let's hope we are all wealthy and retired by the time this house of card[s] falters," ruminates one more.
Yeah, you know who that Standard & Poor's exec is? A guy named Elwyn Wong, who's now working for the U.S. Office of the Comptroller Currency, our top federal banking regulator.

Ages 12 and 9 dead! Murder Suicide

The NRA answer applies.  The 9 year old should have had a gun to shoot the 12 year old.  The 12 year old shot and killed the 9 year old and then himself.  More guns is the answer?  Right NRA.

Stealing the Vote! How have things improved in Shelby County? A view from inside.

But what about those pesky justice issues? In that regard, Shelby County is a cesspool. The county seat is in a little hellhole called Columbiana, and when you take one step into the city limits, it's as if you've entered a time warp and gone back to . . . oh, about 1912.

Experience has taught me that almost all of Shelby County's "justice infrastructure"--the courts, the sheriff's office, the county commission--is hopelessly corrupt. Have things improved here on the racial front since 1965? I have little doubt that the answer is yes. But can citizens of any color--especially those who somehow are seen as different, or outside the suburban, conservative mainstream--expect to have their legal rights protected? The answer is a resounding no. 

I know that with certainty because of first-hand experience, which I have written about extensively on this blog. I also know from reporting on the legal nightmares of others who have been railroaded in the Shelby County "justice system."

13 years in prison for writing anti banking slogans on sidewalk WITH CHALK!

Lee Camp.

Jeff Olson, the 40-year-old man who is being prosecuted for scrawling anti-megabank messages on sidewalks in water-soluble chalk last year now faces a 13-year jail sentence. A judge has barred his attorney from mentioning freedom of speech during trial.
According to the San Diego Reader, which reported on Tuesday that a judge had opted to prevent Olson’s attorney from "mentioning the First Amendment, free speech, free expression, public forum, expressive conduct, or political speech during the trial,” Olson must now stand trial for on 13 counts of vandalism.
In addition to possibly spending years in jail, Olson will also be held liable for fines of up to $13,000 over the anti-big-bank slogans that were left using washable children's chalk on a sidewalk outside of three San Diego, California branches of Bank of America, the massive conglomerate that received $45 billion in interest-free loans from the US government in 2008-2009 in a bid to keep it solvent after bad bets went south.

Forgiveness/power for wealthy elites but throw the book at middle class or poor! The undoing of America!

“Along with all the other rising inequalities we’ve become so familiar with — in income, in wealth, in access to politicians — we confront now a fundamental inequality of accountability. We can have a just society whose guiding ethos is accountability and punishment, where both black kids dealing weed in Harlem and investment bankers peddling fraudulent securities on Wall Street are forced to pay for their crimes, or we can have a just society whose guiding ethos is forgiveness and second chances, one in which both Wall Street banks and foreclosed households are bailed out, in which both insider traders and street felons are allowed to rejoin polite society with the full privileges of citizenship intact. But we cannot have a just society that applies the principle of accountability to the powerless and the principle of forgiveness to the powerful. This is the America in which we currently reside.”

NO SICK LEAVE? ALEC and Disney are too blame

The numbers are sobering: 43 percent of women employed in the private sector don't have a single paid sick day, and more than half of all working mothers don't have paid leave they can use to care for sick kids. The figures are even worse for women in low-wage jobs. More than 80 percent of people making less than $8.25 an hour have no sick leave, and women are overrepresented in this category.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Letter to Justice Thomas from a black woman: re Voting Rights and his vote

Racism is felt daily by those who are non-white.  The Supreme Court (and Thomas's vote on Voting Rights effectively allows people to be prevented from voting - with the Supreme Court's approval.)

It appalls me that you, a black man raised in Jim Crow's South, could rule parts of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. De-legitimizing Section 4 of the VRA dismantles the entire legislation. That gives policymakers and the Justice Department no legal authority to enforce Section 5, the core of the document.
In our America, a (black) cashier at McDonald's cannot also be a Princeton undergraduate. I am instead the welfare queen; you are the dope boy. I'm the baby momma; you're the thug. You're the high school drop out. You are the man destined for prison. You are the one who knows no better but to be violent. You will kill, you will steal, you will lie, and you will cheat. And when you do, America will say, "I told you they were all like that."

TENNIS SHOES worn by Sen Wendy Davis of Texas are selling like hotcakes.

Great Comments about the Shoes worn by Sen. Wendy Davis of Texas

An essential tool for running down the clock in a state 773 miles wide and 790 miles long! These shoes are perfect for those days when you must spend 13+ hours standing, not lean on your desk or take any breaks - even for meals or to use the bathroom. The snazzy hot pink color brings out your inner badassness and helps you to "humbly give voice to thousands of Texans" and stop a "raw abuse of power" in its tracks. Raise a feminist army and lead the charge when your competitors cheat and change the rules on you. These Mizuno's are built to protect your feet from mudslinging and add sunshine to the political process. Highly recommended for fierce women and anyone who's not a Greedy Old Prick (GOP).

Juanita Jean bought some Sen Wendy Davis tennis shoes.

Republicans WAR ON WOMEN - they are blowing it big time.

I'm not going to argue that it is helpful to the Republican cause to have some of their male officeholders talking about masturbating fetuses or the sanctity of rape babies or saying that rape kits are a form of abortion. Your average woman is horrified when they hear Republican men say that wanting access to contraception makes you a slut or that it's almost impossible to get pregnant while being raped. But I don't know that this is really the biggest problem the Republicans have with women right now.

 Republican women lawmakers are “growing increasingly frustrated,” according to one GOP lawmaker. The leadership needs to weigh in. “It’s not changing people’s minds, it’s just saying, ‘Hey, don’t say stupid things,’ ” the lawmaker said.
But that’s exactly the problem: Leadership hasn’t told anybody to knock it off, according to another GOP lawmaker.

Tammy Duckworth shames businessman for fake VA benefits he gets

Speaking during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Duckworth vividly described to a committee witness, Braulio Castillo, how she lives in near constant pain after losing both of her legs during her service as a combat pilot.
Castillo cited his foot injury, suffered at a military prep school, as the basis for his IT company's application for special status as a "service-disabled veteran-owned small business." The application was granted, and his company, Strong Castle, was given preferential treatment in federal contract bids.
"Does your foot hurt?" Duckworth asked Castillo, who answered yes.

Zimmerman case update: Trevon Martin is dead, who is telling the truth?

RE: The girl Trevon was talking too at the time of the shooting.  DAY 3 OF THE TRIAL

While some might feel that “Diamond” was a poor witness and lacked credibility, I reached the opposite conclusion. I did not have the impression that Diamond was smart enough to fabricate something that might serve her interest in convicting Zimmerman. To the contrary, it was clear that her motivation was NOT to testify, and she would have obviously preferred to avoid testifying in this matter. Because she reported language used by Martin, including “Nigger” and “creepy-ass cracker” it was clear that she was not trying to report only things that would put Trayvon in the best light possible. There was nothing about her testimony that was contradicted by the physical evidence found at the scene, or by any witness. It was precisely because she was so bold and transparent about her feelings and thoughts that I found her testimony to be believable.

Darrell Issa is a sleazebag with no credibility!! Chris Mathews

The only thing this sleazebag does not seem to know is that his "investigation' has blown up in his face and that he no longer has an ounce of credibility with the American people.

Texas Sen Wendy Davis INSISTS ON RESPECT from middle aged, overweight Texas men!

Wendy Davis Showed Texas' GOP Boys How to Respect Women

'Unruly gals' like Davis are responsible for nearly everything good in Texas, including stopping the latest abortion ban.

TEXAS Repub WAR ON WOMEN - John Oliver on the Daily Show

The Daily Show's John Oliver took the Texas Republicans to task for shutting down the 13-hour filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis, and for their little stunt where they were going to cheat and pretend the vote came in before the deadline at midnight.
John Oliver mocks unbelievably shady Texas GOP for ‘aborting’ Wendy Davis’ filibuster:
They made a “big mistake” by missing the incredible filibuster conducted by State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), he explained. Davis had planned a 13-hour filibuster on Tuesday to prevent a final vote on an extreme anti-abortion bill before the legislature’s special session ended. The legislation would close all but five abortion clinics in the state.

Voting Act Changes Impact - Supreme Court: Not Pretty

The Supreme Court has ruled that a key part of the Voting Rights Act—the landmark civil-rights law protecting racial minorities from discrimination at the polls—is unconstitutional in its current form.
The 5-4 decision, announced Tuesday morning, invalidates—at least for now—Section 5, a crucial tool for fighting racial discrimination in voting, and comes at a time of rising concern over efforts to restrict access to the ballot box. It represents a victory for conservatives, and a blow to the voting rights of millions of non-white Americans.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

State Senator, Wendy Davis, Texas is a True Hero!! She is great!

Hours after claiming that they successfully passed some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country, Republican lawmakers reversed course on Wednesday and said a disputed late-night vote on the bill did not follow legislative procedures, rendering the vote moot and giving Democrats a bitterly fought if short-lived victory. 

The reversal capped a remarkable day in the Texas Legislature here. A petite Fort Worth Democrat in pink sneakers staged a 10-hour-plus filibuster marathon in which she never sat down

Juanita Jean: The TEXAS WAR ON WOMEN CONTINUES, another Special Session starting July 1.

Rick Perry has called another special session starting on July 1st.  It picks up the two items – transportation  and mandatory life sentences for juvenile capital crimes – AND the same abortion crap.

The hero in stopping the TEXAN REPUBLICAN WAR ON WOMEN was State Senator Wendy Davis!  She is awesome.  Here is some information about her.

TEXAS WAR ON WOMEN FAILED - Filibuster worked to stop it.

Behold, bold Texas Democrats standing for the will of the people. I'll cut straight to the chase and tell you that SB5, the draconian Texas abortion bill that would have closed all but 5 abortion clinics in Texas is dead -- at least for now, though it will be a zombie that rises up if Gov. Rick Perry calls yet another special session.
You can stop there if you want, but if you do, you'll miss all the fun.
About 11 hours into Davis' 13-hour filibuster, Texas Republicans, aided by Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, suspended all belief along with the usual order of the Senate and tried very, very hard to end the filibuster by accusing Davis of bogus violations of the filibuster rule. Under the fiibuster rules, Davis was required to remain on the topic of the bill. When she began to discuss forced ultrasound tests for women seeking abortions, the Republicans ruled it was not germane to the bill, which would have been her third violation and would have led to a vote to end the filibuster.
Democrats began raising points of order, objections, and making motions. Without jumping deep into the weeds here, let's just say they were successfully able to continue the delays until about 10 minutes before midnight.

GBLT can LEGALLY MARRY according to the Supreme Court.

This is incredibly good news for the LGBT community.

Finally the Supreme Court gets something right!

Update: From the man himself.

  Update 2: Courtesy of Time Magazine:

The Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

President Obama talking about Energy and the Pipeline

Published on Jun 25, 2013
President Obama's climate change speech at Georgetown today included a call for the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline not to be approved unless it can be shown not to increase greenhouse

Todd Palin: PIMP UPDATE: One last letter before the law suit is filed for documents.

To the contrary, I have established that the confirmation by David Chaney of information already in the public domain as asserted by Shailey Tripp regarding Todd Palin, would not reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings as the information is already available to the public. There is no suggestion that providing this information would deprive a person of a fair trial or an impartial adjudication as any confirmation of Todd Palin’s activities as a pimp would be duplicitous of information already available to the public, both as a result of Shailey Tripp’s statement and her book Boys Will Be Boys. Production of these documents would not constitute an “unwarranted” invasion of privacy as it is “warranted” if the conduct of David Chaney and Todd Palin constituted breaking the law. There is no “confidential source” of this information as Shailey Tripp has already disclosed the identity of Todd Palin as her pimp, and David Chaney as her customer. There is no suggestion that the production of Chaney’s statement would circumvent the law. To the contrary, if his statement is not produced it is clear that there will be no prosecution of Todd Palin, as the Anchorage Police Department has issued a false and misleading “press release” to the National Enquirer attempting to vindicate Todd Palin. http://malialitman.

Zimmerman trial update

— Several times in six months, neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman called police to report suspicious characters in the gated townhouse community where he lived. Each time, when asked, he reported that the suspects were black males.
On Tuesday, the judge at Zimmerman's murder trial in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin listened to those five calls and weighed whether to let the jury hear them, too.

Read more here:

Margaret and Helen tallking about THE WAR ON WOMEN IN TEXAS!!

Margaret, just when I was thinking I could go back to minding my own business baking bread and watching my shows, another small-dick Republican has to prove that the size of his tiny pecker doesn’t prevent him from screwing a whole lot of women.  And so here I am again, typing instead of baking.    You know me.  When I’ve got nothing good to say, I usually say it.

YOUR VOTE CAN BE TAKEN AWAY! The Supreme Court made it easier to stop you from voting.

It is time to get angry.  Judicial Activism is alive an well with the RIGHT WING SUPREME COURT JUSTICES!

American freed from the burden of voting by the Supreme Court!  Borowitz

50 of Americas worst charities

The money does does not go to those in need but to funds go to give big salaries to those in charge of the money.  Interesting stuff.

Zimmerman trial: An analysis of the case

Having heard opening arguments yesterday, there is one piece of evidence that the state referenced in opening argument that has not been discussed in articles written about the case thus far.  The state’s attorney mentioned that there had been a woman George Zimmerman had invited to speak to his neighborhood patrol group who would testify about the duties and responsibilities of a neighborhood watch person.  We can presume that such a person will testify that she advised George Zimmerman and the group about the danger to themselves and to innocent people of a neighborhood watch person engaging a suspect, or carrying a weapon.

The Voting Rights Act was gutted by the Supreme Court, Juanita Jean

Those sumbitches gutted the Voting Rights Act.  I do not care what shiny face anybody tries to put on it, the opinion is an egg-suckin’ dog.

Maddow blog has more:

 MSNBC's Chris Hayes described the decision as "one of the most stunning exercises in 'judicial activism' ever," and it's an important point. While "judicial activism" is generally an unfortunate euphemism used by ideologues to mean "rulings I don't like," in this case, it has real merit. The people's elected representatives in Congress approved the Voting Rights Act, then re-approved it on three separate occasions, each with large bipartisan majorities. It's received the support of several presidents, also elected by the people, from both parties. This morning, five justices effectively declared, "The principles are legally sound, but we don't like where you're applying those principles." This really isn't what the federal judiciary is supposed to do, vetoing parts of laws they deem ideologically unsatisfying.

The Republican Governors are in trouble in 2014

Republican Governors are anti average citizens and people do no like it.

Workers Rights suffered a BIG LOSS Yesterday!! It is much easier to fire you and I today.

Monday was a great day for sexual harassers and for bosses who retaliate against workers claiming discrimination. The rest of us did not fare so well in the Supreme Court. While most Court watchers will likely focus on the narrower-than-expected decision in the Fisher affirmative action case, the most lasting impact of today’s decisions likely will be the twin blows struck against women and minorities in the workplace. Taking advantage of employees just became a whole lot easier.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Republican arsehole says he won the SNAP challenge. Republican being dishonest - the usual.

This guy is just a jerk!  He loses the challenge but says he won.


2. Some individuals make enough in two seconds to pay a SNAP recipient's food bill for an entire year.
Americans Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison, two Kochs, and four Waltons made an average of $6 billion each from their stocks and other investments in 2012. A $6 billion per year person makes enough in two seconds (based on a 40-hour work-week) to pay a year's worth of benefits to the average SNAP recipient. Just 20 Americans made as much from their 2012 investments as the entire SNAP budget for 47 million people.
Capitalism encourages an individual to make as much money as possible, even without producing anything. Most Americans accept that. But questions should be raised about a system that allows the yearlong needs of a hungry person to flash by in two seconds of an investor's life.

Obamacare will cost EVEN LESS than expected!

There is considerable early evidence that the reform law’s marketplaces are working exactly as intended by forcing insurers to compete against each other. Comprehensive plans proposed in California, Vermont, Washington, and Oregon are largely affordable, and two Oregon insurance companies even lowered their proposed prices once they realized that their initial rates were too high to be competitive on the state’s marketplace.

TEXAS PASSES RESTRICTIVE ABORTION BILL while large protests take place.against the bill.

Hundreds of people spoke against this bill which could not pass during the regular legislative session.  The bill might still be stopped in the Texas Senate.  The way this bill was passed is horrible.  THE REPUBLICANS CUT OFF DEBATE AND VOTED AT 4 AM.

With Republicans talking about limited government and open discussions, they moved the hearings to a time and date at the last minute so people could not plan on attending and then voted at 4 AM, hoping people would not see what they were doing.

Another article on the same crazy bill:

5 Foods that lower Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also known as "the silent killer," is an epidemic in our nation. It typically has no warning signs or symptoms, and many people don't realize they have it, which is why we must all get it checked regularly. Over time, unaddressed elevated blood pressure can have disastrous consequences including stroke, heart attack, blindness and kidney failure.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Can Solar Heating - interesting

Sometimes, low-tech solar devices are much better than high-tech ones for home use, as they not only tend to be cheaper to make, but will also last much longer before any repairs or maintenance are necessary.

And even better, they can be built in part from repurposed or recycled components, which is something you don’t see very often in new solar devices.

GW Bush Administration decimated the middle class! THE DATA IS IN.

If eviscerating the American middle-class was their end-goal, President Bush and his corrupt administration succeeded with flying colors. The data is in, proving that, since 2007, the Bush Recession has decimated the income of working families, exacerbating poverty and socioeconomic inequality to unprecedented levels.
An utter lack of government oversight/financial regulation, cheap money for the banks, and deplorable consumer protections led to a housing bubble which burst and left the middle class in debt and desperate for means of sustenance.
According to the National Employment Law Project, since the official end of the Bush Recession, low-wage jobs have grown at a pace that is nearly 3 times faster than better paying jobs. During the recovery, 58% of the recovery job growth has been produced in low-wage occupations, meaning that large corporations are taking advantage of the desperate American worker and gains in productivity in order to rake in record high corporate profits while cutting well-paying jobs.

WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH: A girl has a lemonade stand across the street and raises 21,000 to help people and freaks out the haters at Westboro

She made $400.00 on the day of the sale and over $20,000 in online contributions.  She is giving the money to a charity which the Westboro folks do not approve of.

Brown Bear pictures at Katmai, AK

15 Pictures of Brown Bears

Republicans: 700 womb laws! Republican War on Women on steroids now!

In the first quarter of 2013, states have proposed 694 provisions related to a woman’s body, how she gets pregnant, or how she chooses to end that pregnancy. 

A new report released on Thursday by the Guttmacher Institute takes a comprehensive look at how the War on Women has continued past the election cycle and into 2013. It shows that the new legislatures across the country are still very much dedicated to restricting sex education, availability of medication, and abortion access for women. Indeed, 47 percent of the 694 provisions were directly related to abortion:

West, TX turned down for more FEMA aid. TEXAS HAS THE MONEY TO FUND THE RECOVERY!

When the federal government declined to give Texas officials all the disaster aid they sought after a deadly fertilizer plant explosion here in April, it not only outraged local leaders struggling to rebuild but also raised another, politically thornier issue.

TEXAS BILLS ITSELF AS A VERY SUCCESSFUL STATE WITH LOTS OF MONEY!  They chose to ignore regulations and oversight which could have prevented the explosion of the fertilizer factory.  Texas has the money to rebuild the town, why as the middle class taxpayer like me to pay for a mess which was preventable when THE STATE OF TEXAS HAS BILLIONS SITTING IN ACCOUNTS COLLECTING INTEREST.

GW Bush had the NSA wiretapping diplomats to force the Iraq war

2003 - a leaker came forward to expose the blackmail.
We hear that people like you, who were leaking before the war, and Snowden now, are putting people’s lives in jeopardy, endangering the people. We hear that secrecy is necessary to prevent terrorist attacks, and that many have been prevented by this kind of secrecy, investigation, wiretapping and bugging that’s going on now.
KG: There is absolutely no evidence that my leaks in any way endangered anybody else.
DB: But you were accused of that.
KG: Yes, they love to throw accusations around, there’s no doubt about that. But in my case, the majority of views supported my actions. In Snowden’s case, people who have a fair and just understanding of the issues at-large are supportive of his actions, as they would be of Private Manning, who is currently on trial.

A soldier commits suicide and says goodbye to his loved ones

"I am sorry that it has come to this.
The fact is, for as long as I can remember my motivation for getting up every day has been so that you would not have to bury me. As things have continued to get worse, it has become clear that this alone is not a sufficient reason to carry on. The fact is, I am not getting better, I am not going to get better, and I will most certainly deteriorate further as time goes on.

Climate Change is real! Rick Perry renews a declaration of drought

“Record high temperatures, preceded by significantly low rainfall, have resulted in declining reservoir and aquifer levels, threatening water supplies and delivery systems in many parts of the state,” the proclamation states. “Prolonged dry conditions continue to increase the threat of wildfire across many portions of the state; and… these drought conditions have reached historic levels and continue to pose an imminent threat to public health, property and the economy.”
What’s striking about this frank admission of the way extreme weather is ravaging Texas is that it stands alongside Perry’s ongoing dogged refusalbacked by many of the state’s other Republicans — to acknowledge the science that links these weather shifts to climate change and human-driven global warming.

Pigs eat GMO and it causes stomach inflamation

GMO foods cause stomach problems in people?  If it causes in Pigs then it makes sense that it will also impact people.

Snowden charged for spying so the NSA will be able to continue spying on you and I

 “These charges send a clear message,” the spokesman said. “In the United States, you can’t spy on people.”
Seemingly not kidding, the spokesman went on to discuss another charge against Mr. Snowden—the theft of government documents: “The American people have the right to assume that their private documents will remain private and won’t be collected by someone in the government for his own purposes.”  by Andy Borowitz

We pay a price for Climate Change. The price is high too.

2012 was the second-worst year on record for extreme weather events, both in number and in cost, according to a tally released this morning by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Eleven major events—including tornadoes, wildfires, droughts, and hurricanes—racked up a collective bill of over $110 billion, with cropland damage from drought in the Midwest ($17.36 billion in crop insurance payments alone) and Hurricane Sandy, with a $60 billion price tag, as the most expensive items.

Spill, Baby Spill! Another toxic oil spill

A huge toxic spill in Alberta, Canada, is raising more questions about the safety of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, as well as the safety of Canada’s own pipeline network. The company responsible for the spill, Apache Corp., a Texas-based company, kept its size quiet for 12 days after the spill was first discovered. The Dene Tha First Nation tribe, which is dependent on much of the land that’s been destroyed in the spill, is understandably livid about the entire situation. According to ThinkProgress, they said every tree and plant in the spill area died.
Over the past 37 years, Canada has seen an average of two spills per day. Not per week, or per month, or per year… per day. Thus, this particular spill is not an isolated incident. Furthermore, the size of the spill isn’t exactly isolated either. Though the rate of “incidents,” as Alberta’s provincial government calls them, has been declining over the past decade, the fact is they’re still quite common.

Floated about 18 miles on the Cowlitz River Saturday

Gar and I floated the Cowlitz River on a super sunny day.  We were the only people on the River which made it great.  We saw a newborn elk, a deer swam across the river right in front of us.  An eagle spent 10 minutes doing multiple dives trying to eat some baby ducks.  I look like a lobster from the sun and I even put on sun screen.

It was a great day.  It has been awhile.  My body is sore today though, we did a lot of paddling.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Free Market is a crock: Lee Camp

The Guy the Federal Government hired to make sure the market meltdown did not occur again was fired because he was talking about reasonable restrictions on Big Corporations.  Who is looking out for the little guys?  His problem is that he insisted that the derivatives market be regulated which Big Banks did not want so the guy was fired.

Farm Bill goes down! Republicans eating crow over it. Blame, Blame but 64 Republicans Voted No to sink it.

Republican Eric Cantor gets schooled by Democrat Steny Hoyer regarding the Farm Bill being voted down.  The Farm Bill as proposed would have taken Food Stamps away from millions of people who are out of work because of the collapsed economy.

Pet Alligator at a beach filled with kids! What could go wrong?

Alligators and little kids do not mix!  DO NOT TAKE YOUR ALLIGATOR TO THE BEACH -  It is a dumb idea.

Republican Louie Gohmert is an idiot: Juanita Jean

Louie heard of someone buying King Crab Legs with food stamps so that is his reason for denying food stamps to 3 million people when unemployment is very high.  STOOPID LOUIE GOHMERT IS FOAMING at the mouth again.

7 Stupid things Republicans say about Science

What the Republicans say about Science is not only wrong, IT IS DANGEROUS to our future and way of life.

American Express and Big Corporations JUST SCREWED THE LITTLE GUY with the Supreme Courts Assistance

The right to class action law suits has just been made more difficult if not impossible with the recent 5 to 4 decision in favor of American Express.  The ability to have class action suits is being taken away fast by the current Right Wing Supreme Court.

$15.00 Minimum wage is needed says wealthy capitalist

In the would-be TED talk, Hanauer disputed the notion that the wealthy are the job creators. In Bloomberg News this week, Hanauer questioned why we aren't demanding a minimum wage in this country of ....wait for it...FIFTEEN DOLLARS AN HOUR:

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Speaker Boehner's daughter weds a pot smoker. (Arrested 2 years ago for possession)

Speaker of the USA House of Representatives, Republican John Boehner, may be a strong opponent of legalizing marijuana, but he had no problem giving away his eldest daughter in marriage to a dread-locked man who was arrested in 2006 for possessing marijuana. - See more at:

Speaker of the USA House of Representatives, Republican John Boehner, may be a strong opponent of legalizing marijuana, but he had no problem giving away his eldest daughter in marriage to a dread-locked man who was arrested in 2006 for possessing marijuana. - See more at:

Speaker of the USA House of Representatives, Republican John Boehner, may be a strong opponent of legalizing marijuana, but he had no problem giving away his eldest daughter in marriage to a dread-locked man who was arrested in 2006 for possessing marijuana. - See more at:

Time for Fossil Fuel to Pay for their waste!

Banksters are now freaking out about climate change, too, because it’s going to hit their bottom-line, and hard.
Climate change has the potential to devastate economies, and if that happens, banks will be devastated too.
On Wednesday, the president of the World Bank said that the world should stop arguing about whether humans are the cause of climate change, and instead start taking action to curb climate change’s devastating effects.
We don’t pay for restaurants to dispose of their trash, so why should we have to pay for Big Oil to dispose of theirs?

Since Newtown Shootings: More American Gun Deaths than soldiers lost in Afghanistan

Vice President Joe Biden outlined those measures in a press conference Tuesday, emphasizing that President Barack Obama will still press for a new law. In making the case, Biden said, "Since Newtown, more people have died at the end of a gun than we have lost in Afghanistan. Pretty astounding. Pretty astounding. And Iraq, as a matter of fact. Over 5,000. That's no way to run a country."

Sen Obama was wiretapped during the Bush Years by the NSA!! Why no outrage??

Russ Tice, a former intelligence analyst who in 2005 blew the whistle on what he alleged was massive unconstitutional domestic spying across multiple agencies, claimed Wednesday that the NSA had ordered wiretaps on phones connected to then-Senate candidate Barack Obama in 2004.
Speaking on "The Boiling Frogs Show," Tice claimed the intelligence community had ordered surveillance on a wide range of groups and individuals, including high-ranking military officials, lawmakers and diplomats.

Juanita Jean: Once Gay - always Gay, just ask the 'I will switch you from Gay to Straight Guy.'

Okay, sit down because I know this is going to shock you.
The guy who had that whole Pray Away The Gay thing?  John Paulk, who used to be the chairman of Exodus, a group that helped you stopped being gay by praying – well, turns out, he’s gay forever and ever.

from Immoral Minority on the same topic

More than anything, I am sorry that so many have interpreted this religious rejection by Christians as God’s rejection. I am profoundly sorry that many have walked away from their faith and that some have chosen to end their lives. For the rest of my life I will proclaim nothing but the whole truth of the Gospel, one of grace, mercy and open invitation to all to enter into an inseverable relationship with almighty God.

I believe that if Christianity is to survive, and I am not at all sure that it should, that it needs to dramatically change how it interacts with the homosexual community, and it needs to keep its hands off of women's reproductive rights as well.

Quagmire move from Afghanistan to Syria IF THE REPUBLICANS HAVE THEIR WAY!

Of Course, starting war #3 would be unpaid for as are/were Iraq and Afghanistan, actually, the Republicans feel it is time for another tax cut for Billionaires.

Andy Borowitz

Joy Reid on the Issa misuse of information in the IRS Scandal

 the Maryland Democrat and his colleagues apparently got tired of waiting. Greg Sargenthas the story:
Democrats on the House Oversight Committee have just released a full transcript of testimony from a key witness in the investigation of IRS targeting of conservatives -- and it appears to confirm that the initial targeting did originate with a low-level employee in the Cincinnati office.
It also shows a key witness and IRS screening manager – a self-described conservative Republican -- denying any communication with the White House or senior IRS officials about the targeting.
Imagine that. Issa didn't want the public to see all of the relevant information, because the truth interfered with the preferred Republican narrative.

Ted Cruz's Dad used bribery to get into the US but Ted does not want others to be able to do the same.

Ted's dad bribed to get into the US but he does not want the same rules to apply to any new immigrants.

Theocracy: THE REPUBLICAN PARTY! Patriotism and faith are the pillars of the Republican Party.

On a pain scale of one to 10, Chelsea ranks the epidural-free birth of her child as a six. Her husband’s spankings? Those are an eight.
First, he uses his hands for “warm-up” slaps. Then comes a combination of tools based on the specific infraction. The wooden spoon is the least severe; for the worst rule-breaking—like texting while driving (“It could kill me,” Chelsea admits) or moving money between accounts without his permission—she’ll be hit with something else: a hairbrush, a paddle, or a leather strap.
But this isn’t domestic abuse, Chelsea says. This is for Jesus.

REPUBLICANS CUT FOOD STAMPS and start unfunded war #3 - Foolishness at best.

CUT FROM FEEDING THE POOR - THE REPUBLICAN WAY!  Watching those same Republicans are screaming to start a war in Country 3 (Syria) WITHOUT RAISING TAXES TO PAY FOR THE WAR!  What the Republicans insist upon is economically crazy, it makes NO FINANCIAL SENSE.

Dumbing down our students: OHIO is looking at teaching Creationism

If we are truly concerned about test scores compared to other students of the world, we WOULD NOT WASTE TIME on Creationism.  Creationism should be taught in Sunday School but not in school.

Many Conservatives are actually Liberal: New Polling of beliefs

Many of those who viewed themselves as extremely liberal were more moderately liberal. But more extreme, those who called themselves conservatives were often times either solidly moderate, or liberal, in their outlooks. As reported in PsyPost, the youth are ever increasingly more liberal in their viewpoints, while still claiming the mantle of Conservative.
What this means for the Republican party, with its claims of conservatism, is that their days are numbered. While it may claim to be conservative, the truth is liberalism is taking over. It may even be true that conservatism never took hold at all, and that it was only the label, divorced from true conservatism, which was the fad. Ultimately, the fate is clear. Conservatism, as a political force, is dead.

Masterbating Fetuses: a spoof on Republicans

The truth can seem silly and quite stupid.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Maddow: Right wing - Anti-science and the Republican War on Women


Louisiana has a gas line break - 3rd in a week.

 A natural gas line explosion early Tuesday morning in Louisiana evacuated about 55 people from their homes and closed off roads leading to the area near Enon, outside New Orleans.
WWL TV reports:
The amount of scorched earth near the explosion made it appear as if a bomb was detonated, Seal said.
An approximate 80-foot segment of the pipeline was blown away, causing a nearly 300-foot heavily-wooded radius to be completely leveled, according to Louisiana State Police Trooper Nick Manale.

Juanita Jean: 4.50 per diem for meals for Congress! If it is good enough for Food Stamps, it is good enough for Congress.

A Republican says 24.50 is plenty of money to eat for a week.  Let Congress eat at that rate too.  $4.50 per day.

The Republican War on Women Continues

The Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a bill to stop abortion at 20 weeks because boy fetuses masterbate at 15 or 16 weeks.  (My 9 month old Grandson is not too interested in his private area but I guess he was at 15 weeks in the womb.  I think the fellow who made the comment is a quack.)

Republican Issa is upset that the IRS transcripts were released by a Democrat.

Issa's lies and distortions have been exposed and he is upset.

Bills Republicans have blocked in Congress

Here’s just a short list of some of the bills that Republicans have blocked, or attempted to block, since Obama became President:
Tax on Companies that ship jobs overseas- A bill that would have eliminated a tax break that companies get when they ship jobs overseas. Republicans blocked this, allowing companies to keep the tax break they receive when they ship jobs to other countries.
Political Ad disclosure bill- Would have required all donors to political campaigns to reveal themselves. Republicans blocked this, not once but twice.Read more:

IRS transcripts released by Dem Cummings

The transcripts show no White House involvement in targeting Teaparty Groups.  Honestly, I think we should stop giving tax breaks for political groups.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

TRUANCY IN TEXAS: Kids have to go to court and pay a fine.

The students are going to court to change the law.  Many feel it is unfair.

Juanita Jean: Men and their hands on their winkies.

Texas Congressvarmint (oh yes, Texas) Michael Burgess who represents Denton County north of Dallas, has very strong feelings about abortion.  I do, too.  My strong feelings are that Michael Burgess has no business telling me what I can and cannot do with my uterus.


Sarah Palin is back! 'Just F**king' Ignore Her" says John Oliver on the Daily Show.

“I just don’t even know where to begin with her,” he said. “I mean — hold on. I think I’ve just realized something. F*ck it, this is exactly what she wants. Just because I walked into a turd supermarket doesn’t mean I have to buy anything.”

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Man Feeds Bear some Meat and gets mauled

Feeding bears is a crime and JUST PLAIN STUPID!!  This fellow is lucky to be alive.

New Rules: Congress

I went camping with 2 daughters, all 5 grandkids and a few others - GREAT WEATHER.

It was a pretty amazing weekend.  We camped in tents, had fires in the morning and nights and enjoyed the sunny weather.  The 9 month old baby grandson even got to camp for the first time.  It was a wonderful way to spend a weekend.  Last week it rained so we were a bit concerned about the weather but it all turned out great.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Immigration Reform and Republicans don't want to block it.

The Republicans feel they need to deal with Immigration Reform or pay a severe political price.

Hannity flip flopping on NSA

The Majority Report's Sam Seder weighs in on the mashup that Media Matters put together with one of Fox's biggest right-wing hacks, Sean Hannity and his flip flopping on NSA surveillance.
As Sam noted, like his buddy Rush Limbaugh, Hannity was totally down with the what the NSA was doing under Bush, but now that it's the Obama administration in charge, it's a problem.

The entire clip

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Millionaire GOP Congressmen Are Trying to Cut $20 Billion In Food Stamps for the Poor

As 26 House Democrats take the Food Stamp Challenge, prominent millionaire Republican congressmen are poised to pass a bill that would cut $20 billion from the food stamp program.
Twenty six House Democrats are trying feed themselves on $31.50 for an entire week. Most of them realized very quickly that $1.50 per meal doesn’t go very far.
Rep. Hank Johnson (R-GA) appeared on MSNBC’s Politics Nation to discuss his experience so far.

Colorado Fires burns 360 homes - CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL!! Our new reality.

 A voracious wildfire driven in all directions by shifting winds destroyed at least 360 homes — a number that was likely to climb as the most destructive blaze in Colorado history burned out of control for a third day through miles of tinder-dry woods.
The destruction northeast of Colorado Springs on Thursday surpassed last June's Waldo Canyon fire, which burned 347 homes, killed two people and caused $353 million in insurance claims just 15 miles to the southwest. The heavy losses were blamed in part on explosive population growth in areas with historically high fire risk.


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GMO CROPS MAKE SICK PIGS! I want to know if GMO crops are being fed to the animals I eat!

Australian scientists, working with an Iowa farmer and U.S. veterinarians, studied 168 “commercial” piglets as they were raised and fattened for slaughter. Half of the pigs received non-GMO feed and another half ate feed made from GMO corn and soy. Researchers made sure that the GMO feed contained multiple kinds of genetically modified grains that are common in livestock feed; one grain was raised from seed that is herbicide-tolerant, for example, and another from seed that expresses its own pesticide. (One of the complaints of past GMO feeding trials is that they did not reflect actual feeding practices and thus couldn’t account for any potential “synergy” from exposing animals to more than one of these so-called “transgenes.”)

But those pigs that ate the GM diet had a higher rate of severe stomach inflammation — 32 percent of GM-fed pigs compared to 12 percent of non-GM-fed pigs. The inflammation was worse in GM-fed males compared to non-GM fed males by a factor of 4.0, and GM-fed females compared to non-GM-fed females by a factor of 2.2. As well, GM-fed pigs had uteri that were 25 percent heavier than non-GM fed pigs, the study said.


A morning explosion and fire at a Louisiana chemical plant Thursday killed one person and injured dozens more, Gov. Bobby Jindal said.

The explosion took place at Williams Chemical Plant in Ascension Parish, Louisiana State Police said, and a fire after the explosion was contained and extinguished later in the day.
Seventy-three people were taken to local hospitals, and a total of 300 workers evacuated, Jindal said. He said 10 people remained in a safe room at the plant.

Joe Biden takes on Republicans Cruz and Paul

We now have a Congress that is good at DOING NOTHING and Cruz and Paul along with other new Teaparty members of Congress are the reason.  I am glad Biden called them out.

Biden said the "last thing" the country needs is a new senator who will back Cruz and Paul. 

“Think about this,” he said. “Have you ever seen a time when two freshman senators are able to cower the bulk of the Republican Party in the Senate? That is not hyperbole.” 

The vice president pointed specifically to the Senate's rejection of expanded background checks earlier this year. Biden said he reached out to 17 senators, including nine Republicans, ahead of the vote to urge them to support the measure. 

"Not one of offered an explanation on the merits of why they couldn’t vote for the background check," Biden said. "But almost to a person, they said, ‘I don’t want to take on Ted Cruz. I don’t want to take on Rand Paul. They’ll be in my district.’"

8 UNCHRISTIAN ideas being pushed by Christians today

7,  Exploiting sick people. The  Christian Post reports that Christine Daniel, a former doctor and ordained Pentecostal minister, was sentenced to 14 years in prison and told to pay over $1.2 million in damages to people she conned into believing that her herbal supplements would cure them of cancer. Daniel hawked her fake cancer cure on Trinity Broadcasting Network’s “Praise the Lord” program, and was found to have done things like telling a patient who still had full-blown breast cancer that she was cured. Authorities claim that at least one patient of Daniel’s would have lived if she had gotten proper medical treatment instead of relying on Daniel’s snake oil.

The Wealthiest 10% own 85% of world's assets. UNFAIR WEALTH DISTRIBUTION

The world’s richest 10% accounted for roughly 85% of the planet's total assets, while the bottom half of the population – more than 3 billion people – owned less than 1% of the world’s wealth.
n December of 2011, the former deputy secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton administration, Roger Altman, wrote an article for the Financial Times in which  he described financial markets as “a global supra-government” which can “oust entrenched regimes... force austerity, banking bail-outs and other major policy changes.” Altman said bluntly that the influence of this entity “dwarfs multilateral institutions such as the International Monetary Fund” as “they have become the most powerful force on earth.”
With the formation of this “super-entity” – a veritable global supra-government – made up of the world’s largest banks and corporations exerting immense influence over all other corporations, a new global class structure has evolved. It is this rarefied group of individuals and firms, and the relations they hold with one another, that we wish to further understand.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Greenwald fires back at Republican King who said Greenwald should be arrested.

This Wednesday on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald was given a chance to respond to Rep. Peter King's calls for the criminal prosecution of those who report on classified information on that same show the prior evening.
Apparently King showed up on Fox the following day as well and told host Megyn Kelly that he didn't want them to go after just any journalists, but that he specifically wanted Greenwald and the Washington Post's Barton Gellman, who also wrote about the NSA, to be prosecuted for publishing the leaks. Lord knows he's not going to tell Megyn Kelly he thinks they should go after anyone at Fox for leaks on our contacts inside North Korea.
Greenwald pushed back at King's allegations that he was threatening to reveal the identities of CIA agents and he also got a shot in on him for his past support of those Irish terrorists when it suited him

The next clip is where Republican Peter King says Greenwald should be prosecuted and arrested.

THE Republican WAR ON WOMEN CONTINUES! Wisconsin forcing ultrasounds

"The idea of -- quote -- small government is in direct conflict with big government Republicans sticking their nose my vagina," one voter named Suzanne wrote. "How can we get the conservatives -- mostly men -- to quit blaming women, many times girls, solely for unwanted pregnancies?"

I had a 15 year old student (girl) that got impregnated by her step dad and a few friends joined in on sharing her as well.  (Whoever won the poker game during the summer, got to sleep with her.)  She had an abortion and moved away into a Foster home.  Abortion needs to be available and safe.  That decision should be between the woman (girl) and her doctor, not the government.


Conservative Republicans in our nation's capital have managed to accomplish something they only dreamed of when Tea Partiers streamed into Congress at the start of 2011: They've basically shut Congress down. Their refusal to compromise is working just as they hoped: No jobs agenda. No budget. No grand bargain on the deficit. No background checks on guns. Nothing on climate change. No tax reform. No hike in the minimum wage. Nothing so far on immigration reform.
It's as if an entire branch of the federal government—the branch that's supposed to deal directly with the nation's problems, not just execute the law or interpret the law but make the law—has gone out of business, leaving behind only a so-called "sequester" that's cutting deeper and deeper into education, infrastructure, programs for the nation's poor, and national defense.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


There was another mass shooting here in California last Friday, right in Santa Monica close to where good friends live. It's also close to where Lawrence O'Donnell lives. Did you hear about it?
It didn't seem to splash onto the national radar the way one might expect, given that the deranged young man armed with 1300 rounds of ammunition, an assault-style rifle, and other weapons went to a community college instead of an elementary school. After reporting on Newtown, I guess the national media decided they'd had enough, even though the shooting happened within a few miles of a fundraiser with President Obama in attendance.

'We are spying on US Citizens' says former NSA Official

The spying started 7 months BEFORE 9/11 by the GW Bush folks.

William Binney describes how his former agency has built a massive system to track, monitor and record phone and Internet communications of U.S. citizens and people around the world. Binney resigned from the National Security Agency in 2001 to protest growing domestic surveillance. He was a senior NSA crypto-mathematician largely responsible for automating the agency’s worldwide eavesdropping network. He was one of the two co-founders of the agency’s Signals Intelligence Automation Research Center. He resigned after the Sept. 11 attacks. In 2012 he gave his first ever television interview to Democracy Now!

Bosco Brown says:
I don’t recall anyone being worried in the past when your phone bill would contain all the long distance numbers you called, with their numbers and how long you talked!
How about this:
“NSA Domestic Surveillance began 7 months before 9 – 11″ Quest CEO claims! As found in James Risen’s book “State of War, ” pg 42
7 Months before 9-11 would be in March of ‘01, while W was on one of his many vacations, at his dude ranch in Texas

ANOTHER REPUBLICAN being INVESTIGATED! Oh My. Ferrari for a Governor?

Governor Bob’s excellent adventures are in full swing. It all started with Gov. “Ultrasound” McDonnell’s “improper use of government money, facilities, and power for the personal enrichment of friends.” That one was all about who paid for his daughter’s wedding at the governor’s mansion and questions about a possible (read: probable) quid pro quo. The FBI is investigating the relationship between the Virginia governor, his wife, and a major campaign donor.