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The United States is Way Behind China in Preparing for Climate Change

Let’s ponder the long run for a sec here:  Who’s smarter?  Who’s doing the best job planning for the future?

Military v. Climate spending via Degrist on twitter

(Image via @Drgrist on Twiter)

I vote for China.

This is what the U.S. gets allowing itself to become a corporatocracy run by lobbyist$ who drain it via endless war.

September 19, 2014 at 8:58 PM Leave a comment

Senate Republicans Block Passage of Amendment Prohibiting Rich People From Buying Our Elections

Voting Machine

 

As soon as the Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions were handed down by the Supreme Court I knew it might be impossible to reverse them because as the minutes passed, rich donors poured money into the pockets of politicians, making them less and less likely to vote to overturn them:

Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a constitutional amendment meant to reverse two recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign spending.

Senate Democrats needed 60 votes to end debate on the measure, but fell short in the 54-42 party-line vote.

Earlier this week, more than 20 Republicans voted with Democrats in a 79-18 vote to advance the amendment in order to force Democrats to spend the week debating the merits of the measure.

Republicans “forced” Democrats to spend the week debating the measure so they could lay around, doing nothing, as is their wont.  They’re killing time until (at last) November 4, when they hope to regain control of the Senate and then, if they do, they’ll twiddle their fingers until the new electees are sworn in in January, 2015.  If they don’t win control of the Senate in November, they’ll be furious and they’ll dig in their heels until November, 2016 so keeping Democrats busy with meaningless debates lets them off the hook.

The amendment … would have needed to win two-thirds support to pass the Senate, and then would still have needed to move through the House and be ratified by two-thirds of the states.

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The 2010 Citizens United ruling struck down restrictions that had barred corporations and unions from spending money from their general treasury funds to support or oppose candidates. In McCutcheon, the court struck aggregate limits on individual contributions to candidates.

Democrats argued the Supreme Court decision has allowed billionaires to flood the campaign spending system with “dark money” in order to buy election results.

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Don’t you love it:  “Democrats argued the Supreme Court decision has allowed billionaires to flood the campaign spending system with ‘dark money’ in order to buy election results.”  That isn’t a partisan argument; it’s a fact:  Political Donations Soar After Supreme Court Rules Against Campaign Contribution Caps.  Too bad The Hill found it necessary to imply that’s some sort of dubious spin.  It’s verifiable and if they cared about informing their readers, they’d have included data proving it to be true.

So, at this point, I don’t see how we stop our elections from being bought.

September 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM Leave a comment

Dick Cheney As Wise Republican Elder Statesman

Dick Cheney via Wikimedia commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

You probably heard that House Republicans brought Dick Cheney in for a meeting yesterday so he — yes, he, most recently of blundered Iraq war fame — could strategize with them on the next go round in that miserable disaster.  They were more than happy to listen, according to Rep. Peter King (R-NY), “because most of us think we did the right thing in Iraq.”  Really?  Does that mean “most” of them still believe al Qaeda was there (it wasn’t) and Saddam Hussein had WMD (he didn’t)?

Holy cow.  Is this really happening?

Today Cheney gave a speech at the ultra-conservative American Enterprise Institute and railed at Obama to do whatever it takes “to win,” even though he and Bush weren’t able to do that themselves.  What gall.

Anyway, what in the world are Republicans thinking bringing back this monster as an adviser?  The guy left office with a 13% approval rating and my sense is he’s still widely despised.  All I can think of is this is what happens when a bunch of people — as in House Republicans — live in Faux News/Limbaugh land.

 

September 10, 2014 at 5:26 PM Leave a comment

Is it Payback Time for Republicans in Georgia?

GOP Dinasour

Remember that we’ve-got-to-reinvent-ourselves post-12012 election evaluation GOP Chairman Reince Priebus was screaming about early last year?

“The way we communicate our principles isn’t resonating widely enough,” he said. “Focus groups described our party as ‘narrow-minded,’ ‘out of touch,’ and ‘stuffy old men.’ The perception that we’re the party of the rich continues to grow.”

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The party will make a concerted effort to elevate more women, Priebus said. He suggested that some “biologically stupid” remarks by Republican candidates turned off women voters. Female surrogates should be elevated, the report says, and women must be promoted within the RNC and included in messaging discussions ” to represent some of the unique concerns that female voters may have.”

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And remember how the party ignored that report?

Conservatives Argue Abortion Can be a Winning Issue for Republicans

Senate Republicans Block Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision

Senate Republicans Reject Equal Pay Bill

Well, it might be payback time, at least in Georgia:

Democrat Michelle Nunn has a sizeable lead over Republican David Perdue in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race, a new poll found, thanks in large part to a huge gender gap.

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Nunn has 47 percent in the new WSB-TV Channel 2/Landmark Communications poll, while Perdue has 40 percent. The big reason: The gender gap.

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“There’s a widening or stagnant gender gap. Mr. Perdue does not seem to be moving or closing his number,” said Channel 2 analyst Bill Crane in a story posted on the WSB site. “He’s about 20 points behind Michelle Nunn in females.

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Sorry, I know it’s tacky but I can’t help it:  Hahahahahahahah!

 

August 25, 2014 at 10:05 AM Leave a comment

The U.S. Leads the World in Climate Denial

USA!  USA!  USA!  We’re #1 all right, at being idiots when it comes to climate change:

This may confirm suspicions that many of us have already had. Besides leading the world in consumer debt and military spending, the U.S. can now add climate denial to that list. That is, according to a Global Trends survey by the U.K.-based market research firm Ipsos MORI. The study polled 16,000 people in 20 leading countries on eight different topics, including the environment.

Climate change denial in us via triplepundit.com

(Image via TriplePundit.com)

Not only was the U.S. last, but it was last by a considerable margin. Consider the following question: “To what extent do you agree or disagree, the climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity?” A mere 54 percent of respondents from the U.S. agreed. Compare that with 93 percent from China and 84 percent from both Argentina and Italy. India, France, Turkey, Spain, Brazil, Belgium, South Korea and South Africa all scored 75 percent or higher.

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Tied for second-to-last with 64 percent were Great Britain and Australia. What do these three English-speaking countries have in common? Among other things, global media holding companyNews Corporation, the world’s second-largest media conglomerate, owned by Rupert Murdoch. Canada, which is also blessed with Murdoch’s version of the news, was only slightly better, with 71 percent agreeing.

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Just think, Rupert Murdoch’s greatest legacy might be that he brainwashed four of the leading countries on Earth into believing climate change was a hoax — to benefit his corporate oil and gas buddies — thus leading to the destruction of the planet itself because the world waited too long to take action.

The Antichrist incarnate.

August 9, 2014 at 1:37 PM Leave a comment

Malcolm X Was Right About This

We weren’t careful.

Malcom X re Newspapers

(Image via OccupyPhotoJour on Twitter)

July 24, 2014 at 1:54 PM Leave a comment

Forget Bullets: Watch Out for Howitzers in Oklahoma

 A homeowner in Wyandotte, Oklahoma is awaiting damage assessments after an artillery shell entered his home.

It was fired at the Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show on Saturday, around 3 miles a way.

Homeowner Gene Kelley could not fathom what he found after hearing a large crash inside his home.

“It’s unbelievable,” Kelley said.  “Unless you were here to see it or see the pictures I’ve got, you would not believe how huge this thing is.”

A 105 howitzer artillery shell, 14 and a half inches long and 3 and a half inches across, was lying on his bedroom floor.

It entered from the outside wall, hit the ceiling, and damaged another wall, all while he and his wife were home.

“Fortunately, nobody was hurt,” Kelley said.

Homeowners say if the shell had not first hit a tree limb and then the ground, the impact would have been a lot more severe when it hit the house.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department says the shell came from a historic artillery canon fired at the gun show.

The gun range owner says the weapon was fired safely by professionals at a downward projection.

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Owners of the range say they are taking every measure to prevent something like this from ever happening again.

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Oklahoma:  You want guns everywhere? You got it.  You want 14″ Howitzer missiles bombing your neighborhoods and landing in your kitchens?  You got that too.

Google “14” Howitzers” and you get images like this:

Howitzers

(Image via Wikipedia)

Living in Oklahoma means you have the  FREEDOM to shoot off shells like this.  I mean, this is the USA!  USA!  USA!  If they land in someone’s kitchen?  Hey, what about MY  gun rights?

 

 

June 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM 1 comment

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