Only desperate men with their backs to the wall would descend so far below the level of decent citizenship as to foster the current pay-envelope campaign against America's working people. Only reckless men, heedless of consequences, would risk the disruption of the hope for a new peace between worker and employer....
Here is an amazing paradox! The very employers and politicians and publishers who talk most loudly of class antagonism and the destruction of the American system now undermine that system by this attempt to coerce the votes of the wage earners of this country. It is the 1936 version of the old threat to close down the factory or the office if a particular candidate does not win. It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. .....ShareThis
Huff Post has a front-page headline article today on college grads and the difficult job market. (College Grads Scramble for Full-Time Jobs) I wrote a long comment on topic at HP and want to share it with you here:ShareThis
cartoon by Nick Anderson: http://www.dnj.com/article/B2/20110328/OPINION03/303280020/Nick-Anderson-Yuck
Yucca, Yucca, Yucca!
as shown by this recent confession from one of our own American Communists:
My Life as a Communist
By Bill McKibben
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
My life as a communist actually began without me knowing it, on Friday evening, when Glenn Beck spent his program explaining about a "communistic" conspiracy that included 10 groups in America. One was 350.org, a global campaign to fight climate change that I helped found three years ago. He even put our logo up on his whiteboard - and next to it a hammer and sickle. Since I don't actually watch Mr. Beck, I didn't know about it until e-mails began to arrive, informing me that indeed I was a communist. My first reaction was: I'm not a communist. I'm a Methodist. ............
I turned 50 last fall - that's half a century not understanding who I really was. There's something liberating about finding out. After all, it was Marx who said that above 350 parts per million carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, we can't have a planet "similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted." No, wait, those were NASA scientists. The same people who faked the moon landing. This is a complicated world; I'm going back to the baseball game.ShareThis
(as opposed to a Corporation):
1. People are created with egg and sperm.
2. People have opposable thumbs.
For more tips on how to tell the difference between Corporations and Human Beings, please click this link:
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country."
from correspondence dated 11/12/1816 to Mr. George Logan
"Ordinary citizens who lost jobs and savings in the financial collapse are seething at the impunity of those who blithely assured them the future was rosy. Now, at last, one country may soon say “enough is enough”. Romania is considering a law to hold fortune-tellers accountable for their predictions."
Read the details here:ShareThis
The House Homeland Security Committee will open hearings into the domestic terror threat.
kudos to Rep. King (R, NY):
"Rep. Peter King, the new chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, has ignited a storm of controversy for planning hearings next month on the growing threat of radical Islam."
"Rep. Pete King yesterday vowed not to let "political correctness" stop him from holding House hearings on the threat of Islamic radicalization inside the United States. King (R-LI), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has been criticized since he announced hearings that will focus on al Qaeda's efforts to radicalize Muslim-Americans."
Anyone catch this post by Amy Siskind? ("Why are Democratic women moving backwards?)
Feminist Eggs Come Home to Roost:
It's amazing but true: we can prevent terror suspects from boarding an airplane, but the FBI doesn't have the power to block them from buying dynamite or an AK-47.
I believe strongly that they should. And so do the 500 mayors who are members of our bi-partisan coalition of Mayor Against Illegal Guns.
It is time to close the "Terror Gap" in our gun laws.
This morning I will be testifying at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee about the easy access that terror suspects have to guns and explosives. I wanted to share with lawmakers the hard-earned perspective New Yorkers have on this national security risk.
Reaad the rest --- Mayor Michael Bloomberg writing on HuffingtonpostShareThis
is not contributing to the deficit. It has a surplus, and it isn't going broke."
I have too much "on the ground" work right now and don't have time to write up blogs myself, so am just passing along this article by Lynn Parramore for perusal.
"Amid the myths and fear-mongering, women have a particular reason to be on high alert. We rely on Social Security more than men, but are getting sidelined in decision-making." Read more at link below.
Our Grandmothers, Ourselves: Social Security Under Fire
January 21, 2010 statement from Doris “Granny D” Haddock in response to the Supreme Court’s decision today to overturn campaign finance limits:
Ten years ago, I walked from California to Washington, D.C. to help gather support for campaign finance reform. I used the novelty of my age (I was 90), to garner attention to the fact that our democracy, for which so many people have given their lives, is being subverted to the needs of wealthy interests, and that we must do something about it. I talked to thousands of people and gave hundreds of speeches and interviews, and, in every section of the nation, I was deeply moved by how heartsick Americans are by the current state of our politics.
Well, we got some reform bills passed, but things seem worse now than ever. Our good government reform groups are trying to staunch the flow of special-interest money into our political campaigns, but they are mostly whistling in a wind that has become a gale force of corrupting cash. Conditions are so bad that people now assume that nothing useful can pass Congress due to the vote-buying power of powerful financial interests. The health care reform debacle is but the most recent example.ShareThis
Who made these statements today?
"Instead of back room deals, we're talking about transparency."
"I just went to the gym, I had a nice workout."
A) Hillary Clinton
B) Martha Coakley
C) Barack Obama
D) Scott Brown
find correct answer in following link:
cited for increase in female ambassadors to and from U.S. (from Washington Post):
"More than half of new recruits for the U.S. Foreign Service and 30 percent of the chiefs of mission are now women, according to the State Department. That is a seismic shift............"
I just finished reading Battle for America 2008 by Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson. (anyone else read this yet?) The authors briefly touch upon The Obama's campaign questionable caucus strategies and the campaign's pressure/influence on the DNC vis a vis primary voting rules.
On Iowa Caucus: "Tom and Christie Vilsack were arriving at the Ward One precinct caucus in Van Allen Elementary School in Mt. Pleasant. 'Who are these people?' Vilsack thought, 'I've never seen these people before.' The population of Mt. Pleasant is about 9,000. Vilsack's wife is a native and Vilsack himself has lived there most of his adult life. For him to walk into a caucus and not recognize scores of people was unnerving."ShareThis
The civilized world is attempting to address the huge problem of the illegal weapons market (with strong support from Sec. of State Hillary Clinton). The Guardian reported a couple weeks ago:
One of the great tragedies of our times is the uncontrolled spread of weapons, often from illegal markets, sometimes in violation of international embargoes. Up to a thousand people a day – mostly women and children – are killed by such arms, most of them in the world's poorest countries. ...
One crucial step will be to negotiate a worldwide arms trade treaty. Britain and France have been working closely since 2006 to promote the idea of such a treaty in the United Nations, which would join up the current patchwork of national and regional systems for regulating arms exports. It is the gaps in these systems and their lack of consistency and coherence that have allowed illegal arms markets to spring up.ShareThis
With all that's going on now: Fort Hood, Unemployment, Health Care Reform, and Wall Street Shennanigans, take a look at Huff Post's front page headline.
They're playing the freaking race card again! -- putting Glen Beck's comments from last July front and center (because a right-wing guy recently said he agreed with Beck). Aren't there more important things worthy of headline status? Honestly. (and I thought I'd seen some improvement at Huff recently -- maybe they figured they took a couple steps forward, so they're due for a step back?)ShareThis
and the Speaker likely validated vis a vis CIA lies:
The CIA may have misled Congress at least five times since 2001, two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee said Tuesday.
“There have been…examples where the committee actually has been lied to."
… “We’re in the process of reviewing several instances where the executive branch may have violated the [notification] requirements that are in the National Security Act.”
One of the instances being closely examined by the two Democrats is the September 2002 briefing on enhanced interrogation techniques that became the basis for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) claim that the CIA lied to her. Findings on this point could bolster Pelosi’s case.
Check out these photos.
I especially like "Bankers get rich; We lose our pension." and "Jail 'em; Don't bail 'em" These big showdowns seem to go down in Chicago! Remember that one back in the 60s (Dem Party Convention)?
-- the cutting block, that is.
Here in New Hampshire the counties are being hit pretty hard by the so-called stimulus package. Not only are the cooperative extension offices in danger of closing due to lack of funding ( http://www.lancasterfarming.com/node/1779 ), but home health care services are also up on the block. I asked my Cheshire County Administrator what's going on with the HHC programs now at risk of being shut down, and then asked "What about the new stimlus money on its way soon?" He replied that HHC is funded in no small part through Medicare programs, and the stimulus bill actually is significantly cutting Medicare funding.
How is HHC doing in your state?
Obama, Geithner and Summers continue to bailout the Wall Street tycoons, but are cutting Medicare. So there you go. (That portion of the bailout allocated to the tycoons would have been more appropriately directed to replace the retirement money all those people lost because of the tycoons' incompetence and, more precisely, greed.)
But I'm digressing now from Home Health Care. So that's all I have to say for now.