Archive for October 6, 2010

The United States is Going Insane

In a matter of days we’ve seen a man’s house burn down because he didn’t pay a $75 fee.

We’ve seen Glenn Beck hatefully mock that same man.

We’ve seen Republicans blast the minimum wage even though a majority of of Americans think we should raise it.

Now we have cops shootingg an 11-year-old arthritic black Lab with hip dysplasia because it barked and growled at them while in its own backyard:

Police in Oakland shot and killed an arthritic, 11-year-old yellow Labrador in its backyard Tuesday while responding to a burglar alarm the dog accidentally tripped while her owner was out running errands. Officers said the dog, Gloria, growled and barked at them. They left her owner a note.

“Oakland police responded to your residence to investigate a burglar alarm,” the note read, the San Francisco Chroniclereports. “While circling the rear perimeter, lab advanced on officers in a threatening manner before being shot and killed.”

One of the two officers shot Gloria three times with a .40-caliber Glock.

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The Chronicle has a follow-up. Officer Victor Garcia told his supervisors he shot Gloria because he believed his life was in imminent danger. Hallock isn’t buying that explanation; Gloria had hip dysplasia.

“It takes a bit for her to get up and get moving. If she was down and resting, she couldn’t get to a full run,” she said.

The United States is going insane.

October 6, 2010 at 10:22 PM Leave a comment

Sharron Angle — How Much Will It Cost Me?

One question for Nevada’s Sharron Angle:  How much will it cost?:   If I win, I will get any constituent who wants a meeting in to see powerful GOP senators.

So any ol’ Nevada rancher or hooker or casino worker or miner will be able to walk into your office in D.C. and get in, “to see powerful GOP senators?”

Yeah. Sure. (Not that they’d li$ten.)

October 6, 2010 at 9:24 PM Leave a comment

Republicans Hate the Minimum Wage — the American People Want More of It

•••  Linda McMahon, the GOP candidate for the senate in Connecticut wants to “review” the minimum wage but she doesn’t know how much it is.

••• GOP Chair Michael Steele doesn’t know what the minimum wage is.

••• Joe Miller, the GOP candidate for the senate in Alaska promises to lower the federal minimum wage — to reduce the “government’s reach.”

••• Edward M. Gonzalez, the Libertarian/GOP candidate for District 16 in California says, “stimulate the economy by lowering minimum wage.”

Meanwhile, TWO-THIRDS OF AMERICANS SUPPORT RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE

Two-thirds of Americans support raising the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour, according to a new poll. The federal minimum wage rose in 2009 to $7.25, which amounts to about $15,000 a year.

“This poll is yet another affirmation that maintaining a strong minimum wage is a core American value,” said National Employment Law Project director Christine Owens in a statement. “Americans overwhelmingly support a minimum wage rate that will help working families make ends meet and provide the boost the economy needs for full recovery.”

The survey, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute to plumb American attitudes on religion, values, and politics, found that 67 percent of respondents favor hiking the minimum wage to $10 an hour. Even a majority of Republicans — 51 percent — favor the higher minimum wage.

I love us.  We care about each other (despite what the hate-filled right would have us believe).

October 6, 2010 at 9:05 PM Leave a comment

Glenn Beck Mocks Gene Cranick

Glenn Beck and his cohort mock Gene Cranick, and Beck chastises you and me for being so ballsy (or stupid) as to expect fire protection.

Shut up Little People!  You’ll get what we give you.

(How to help Gene Cranick.)

October 6, 2010 at 8:40 PM Leave a comment

Does Fox News Really Think “Weekly World News” is Legit?

You probably heard the news about Fox & Friends getting punked when it lifted a bogus story off of the website, the Weekly World News, about the Los Angeles Police Department supposedly buying $1 billion (that’s with a B) worth of jet packs.

Fox is so obsessed with promoting the GOP’s shrink-government propaganda (as in you pay a $75 up-front fee if you expect firefighters to come to your house if it’s burning down) that it apparently bought the story lock-stock-and-barrel.

Take a look at the site.  It’s obviously parody along the lines of The Onion.

You’ll see headlines like,

•••  Megan Fox is a Man

•••  Obama on New Dollar Bill

•••  Rick Sanchez to Fight John Stewart in Vegas.

Fox used the story to insinuate that governments are wasting money they don’t have — and what better a place to point to than hippie-liberal-Hollywood California.

This was no accident.  Fox didn’t care if the jet pack story was true or not.  All it cared about was dissing “big government.”  It knows the majority of the people who saw that story believed it and that they will never read this post or any other posts disproving it.

So, facts be damned. Mission accomplished.

October 6, 2010 at 8:16 PM Leave a comment

With No Thought of the Consequences

I find it endlessly astonishing that Repubs enact laws, like the Bush tax cuts (here we are folks — how many jobs did they create?) and the Arizona immigration law, without any apparent thought to the potential consequences:

In a new twist in the fight over Arizona’s immigration law, Republican Gov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday asked a federal court to disallow foreign governments from joining the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit to overturn the law.

The move comes in response to a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued Monday, allowing nearly a dozen Latin American countries — Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Chile — to submit friend-of-the-court briefs in Justice’s challenge to SB 1070, which Brewer signed into law in April and is considered one of the nation’s toughest immigration-enforcement measures.

And then when there are consequences, they act like abused victims and blame everyone but themselves.  (Oh, and on the flip side, they want us Little People to take responsibility for everything we do.)

 

October 6, 2010 at 7:01 PM Leave a comment

“Naked Cowboy” to Run on Tea Party Platform for Prez in 2012

Wooah — the Tea Party is bring out the best and the brightest:

It’s not every day you get to see the Naked Cowboy and the Naked Cowgirl together in Times Square.

But then again, it’s not every day the Naked Cowboy announces his candidacy for President of the United States for the 2012 election.

Although a press conference had been planned, the news came through the cowboy’s official website,  nakedcowboy.com.

Calling himself  “a testament to America’s promise of individual liberty” and “an American success story”, he says “Today, in defense of individual liberty, I am announcing my candidacy for the 2012 election for the office of President of the United States of America”

The announcement goes on with a list of government programs and promises, such as:

“I will balance the budget”

‘I will cut the capital gains tax, corporate income tax and individual income taxes”

“I will relentlessly remind Americans we are in a never-ending war against radical Islamics” and “will take nothing less than the defeat of the Taliban in Afghanistan”.

“I will once and for all close and secure the borders of the United States to illegal immigration by building all necessary barriers”

“I will fight multiculturalism and bilingualism in public institutions” and “make English the universal tongue of the people”.

“I will support all legislation designed to uphold the vitality of the Second Amendment…believing it is the right of the American people to bear arms to protect themselves and their families and their communities”.

Items on welfare, the environment and education are also mentioned in the platform as well as his views on immigration:

“Careless immigration policies are allowing foreigners to infiltrate the country taking jobs from legitimate citizens in addition to showering them with a host of unearned benefits compliments of the American Taxpayer”, he writes.

Oy.

October 6, 2010 at 5:40 PM Leave a comment

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