about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.
Few people in the world know more about oil drilling disasters than Dr. Robert Bea.
Bea teaches engineering at the University of California Berkeley, and has 55 years of experience in
engineering and management of design, construction, maintenance, operation, and decommissioning of
engineered systems including offshore platforms, pipelines and floating facilities. Bea has worked
for many years in governmental and quasi-governmental roles, and has been a high-level governmental
adviser concerning disasters. He worked for 16 years as a top mechanical engineer and manager for
Shell Oil, and has worked with Bechtel and the Army Corps of Engineers. One of the world’s top
experts in offshore drilling problems, Bea is a member of the Deepwater Horizon Study Group, and has
been interviewed by news media around the world concerning the BP oil disaster.
It is the month where we learned about shark attacks and Gary Condit while George Bush ignored a
security warning titled “Bin Laden determined to strike in US.” It is the month where wingnutopia
talking points for invading Iraq was manufactured and tested. It is the month that Swift Boat
Veterans for Truth began running ads about John Kerry while the rest of wingnutopia went crazy about
the flip-flop meme. It was the month of Katrina. It was the month when Karl Rove convinced most of
the media that he had “the math”. It was the month when the Palin traveling carnival of hucksters
was introduced to America. It was the month of death panels. It was the month the Tea Party sprang
forth from well fertilized astroturf. Now it is the month to worry about secret moooslims building
things or terrorist cell groups of anchor babies. And always it is a month where the dumbest mother
fuckers in America try to drive our National discourse with fear, ignorance and hatred.
Thursday, 19 August 2010 at 19h 18m 56s
Talking a walk
Thursday, 19 August 2010 at 19h 28m 31s
Stop the madness that pretends its patriotism
Newsflash. They aren't building it on ground zero. It is two blocks away. Not even adjacent to the
building at "ground zero".
Across the street from ground zero is a strip club.
Have you seen a picture? It is more like a community center that caters to a lot of the
black muslims living in the lower East side, and mostly consist of native muslims (not arabs).
From the above link by Matt Sludge at Huffington Post:
In addition, the building planned for 45 Park Place is a cultural center with a prayer room --
not a single-purpose house of worship for Muslims, which is probably what we should reserve the word
"mosque" for. As Haberman also explains, "That it may even be called a mosque is debatable. It is
designed as a multi-use complex with a space set aside for prayer -- no minarets, no muezzin calls
to prayer blaring onto Park Place."
The so-called "mulah" is actually a man of peace who was actually co-opted by the Bush
administration and the CIA/FBI to help root out potential muslim extremists.
This issue is Rethuglican hypocrisy based upon nothing of substance BECAUSE THEY WANT TO DISTRACT
THE NATION FROM MATTERS OF REAL IMPORTANCE.
Muslims are no more a unified "they" than are Christians. Baptisms, Seventh-day Adventists,
Episcopal, Methodists, Mormons, and Catholics are all different sects. Muslims are the same way. The
image of Muslims all being dominated by the Holy Mecca is just as ridiculous as the Catholics all
being dominated by the pope in Rome, or the branches of Christianity the evolved from the English
The 19 Egyptians and the 1 Pakistani who "attacked us" on 9-11 were not from the evil religion of
muslims, and they are no more representative of the muslim faith than the people who shoot doctors
in the name of Jesus, or the child molesting preachers in the Christian churches. It is unfair to
paint with a broad brush all the of the people of faith just because of the crazed actions of
Saturday, 14 August 2010 at 9h 42m 27s
Net Neutrality on the horizon
Net Neutrality is the most important issue of our lifetime. The Christian Coalition and the Gun
Owners of Society want net neutrality. The Tea Party however calls it Gov'ment regulation and Glenn
Beck says its a "Marxist takeover of the internet."
What more evidence do we need that the so-called "Tea Party" is just a corporate managed public
relations sham. The worst thing for a small, very dispersed population of citizens is to allow
large corporate Internet Service Providers to create tiers of internet service and charge for speed.
If your small group can't afford the high speed lanes, anyone who goes to your site will have to
download your site's contents on the slow lane.
As a business model, this will add extra costs to small businesses who will have to pay for the high
speed lanes in order to remain competitive.
For those of you who are ignorant about net neutrality, here is a summary. Right now the speed of
the internet is dependent only upon you computer speed and your download mechanism -- whether you use a
Cable modem, an old Telephone Modem, or some other type of DSL connection. Customers already pay
for broadband service to access the internet, and for an internet connected Server where web-sites
files are located. The signals that get sent into wireless domain or onto fiber optics lines bounce
off antennae or travel through different parts of the network based on density and speed of
availability. The signal speed is the same for all signals that criss-cross this mixture of
transportation mediums (wireless, cable, or land-line).
What corporations like
Google and Verizon want to do is something else. Basically, they will place a header on all
broadband signals emitting from customers on their servers that will determine the speed of the
signals, or which lane the signals go. This is something other than Bandwidth, which customers
already pay for. Bandwidth is how many MegaBytes or GigaBytes your server will release per month
(sometimes even per day) to anyone who accesses your site.
There is no economic reason or greater efficiency benefit which merits creating different speeds of
internet signals. This is
just another way that corporations redefine the world in order to siphon more money from the
citizens of the country where they operate. This is exactly what institutions do when they get
large enough to have power over some critical component of the economic infrastructure.
Sunday, 8 August 2010 at 9h 0m 3s
Why I love Rachel Maddow
Rachel: "Fox News ... consistently runs stories it says are news, but that nobody else really
covers. Stories that are ginned up, exaggerated, caricatured, in some cases flat-out made-up scare
stories designed to make white people feel afraid of black people. Designed to make it seem like
black people -- or in some cases immigrants -- are threatening white people and taking what is
rightfully theirs. You may not like that diagnosis of what Fox has been up to, but to say there's no
evidence -- not 'a shred of evidence,' as he said -- that's bullpucky."
Saturday, 7 August 2010 at 9h 52m 5s
Jon Stewart's take on the First Responders Bill
Some of you might not know why this vote had to go through the 2/3rd's reconciliation process. The
reconciliation process is a way to pass legislation through the Senate without Filibuster and
streams of Amendments. For a majority vote to happen, Amendments have to be allowed on the floor,
and this Amendment process has been used by the Republicans like an automatic machine gun of often
superfluous quality in order to delay and slice up the very legislation being voted upon. In years
past, this type of political distortion of the majority vote was no where near what the Republicans
are now doing.
For example. Say there is pending legislation to doing something important: like build a high-speed
railroad from New York to Chicago and then to Seattle. The entire legislation is worked out,
including the funding and the complete timeline. The Republicans do not want this at all, and they
know they can win a 66% vote, so they torpedo the legislation with a barrage of amendments. For
an amendment that makes the route dependent upon 2/3 rds local county votes for all the counties
that the railroad will traverse -- the idea being to increase the costs and perhaps delay the effort
long enough so they can point their finger at another example of bad government
an amendment that makes all employees on the train and the construction non-union
an amendment that makes it illegal for local funds to be used for the construction -- which
seems innocent enough, until you realize the extra costs and time involved because of the difficulty
this entails -- anyway the language can be just vague enough so that some partisan lawyers out there
can use the tool of lawsuits, thus adding costs and causing delays
an amendment to prohibit criminals from using the train -- which would be difficult and costly
to enforce -- because the language of the term "criminal" is vague and manipulative -- which is of
course the idea
Right now, the Republicans have blocked 55% of Obama's lower level judical and bureaucratic
appointments. This is the most in the last 5 presidents by far, with the percentage being from 10%
to 30% from Carter to GW Bush. They offer nothing but obstruction and obfuscation, and their latest
"Save the Deficit" proposal offered by Senator Ryan
didn't even ask the CBO to assess the affect of the various tax reduction schemes for corporations
and the upper 1% of the wealthy ... because despite the plethora of historical evidence to the
contrary, Ryan makes the false assumption that tax decreases pay for themselves -- something that
Greenspan and the oft-cited Republican demi-God Milton Friedman deny.
Tax decreases cannot and do not automatically get directed towards investment. Most of the recent
tax cut to the upper 1% went into savings, and was thus outsourced into speculative or foreign
markets seeking a high return. That is not the same thing as creating businesses and economic
wealth in the communities across the United States.
Mr. Ryan’s plan calls for steep cuts in both spending and taxes. He’d have you believe that the
combined effect would be much lower budget deficits, and, according to that Washington Post report,
he speaks about deficits “in apocalyptic terms.” And The Post also tells us that his plan would,
indeed, sharply reduce the flow of red ink: “The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that Rep.
Paul Ryan’s plan would cut the budget deficit in half by 2020.”
But the budget office has done no such thing. At Mr. Ryan’s request, it produced an estimate of the
budget effects of his proposed spending cuts — period. It didn’t address the revenue losses from his
The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has, however, stepped into the breach. Its numbers indicate that
the Ryan plan would reduce revenue by almost $4 trillion over the next decade. If you add these
revenue losses to the numbers The Post cites, you get a much larger deficit in 2020, roughly $1.3
Yep, that's right, we don't have a deficit because of entitlements and social-spending or loans to
foreigners. Nope, it's because of the the 3 colored strata: yellow, golden, and dark blue.
Wars, tax-cuts to the wealthy, and the economic downturn.
And the tax-cuts are more than the other two put together.
Click here for the
long version (with footnotes) of the budget analysis by the CBPP (Center on Budget and Policy
Friday, 30 July 2010 at 9h 9m 12s
Weiner for President
Here is New York Congressman Anthony Weiner getting upset at Republican hypocrisy. The issue is
whether to include 9-11 Emergency Responders under the Government Health-care provisions. Rather
outright "no", Weiner watches as Republican after Republican repeatedly whine about the awful
procedure, standing that they want to vote "yes" but they have principles and can't do so under the
Seriously, I'd be pissed too.
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UPDATE: Oh, I forgot another thing about this incident. Jon Stewart had a piece on it that I will
post above, but here is the skinny: in order to pay for this the Democrats were going to rescind tax
breaks for any corporation that uses the Cayman Islands as a Post Office location in order to avoid
paying income taxes on their revenues and pay-rolls.
The Republicans called this a tax increase. The Republicans said that voting for a tax increase at
this time would be bad for the economy and bad for middle class Americans trying to struggle during
these hard times. Yes, that's right, these same Republicans who could not vote for 26 more weeks of
unemployment for those same struggling middle class Americans only just last month, decided to call
taking away tax subsidies from American corporations who are openly breaking the law by using a
foreign post office as a means of circumventing taxes.