Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Color Me Surprised…...



Tea Party member Senator Tom Cotton, author of the infamous "we're telling you Iranians not to deal with that Muslim-Kenyan usurper in our White House" letter signed by 47 senators, presented to the leaders of Iran…...translated into Farsi so they "can understand it"……..has a strong military background and he's not afraid to use it.

Tomorrow, 24 hours later, Cotton will appear at an “Off the Record and strictly Non-Attribution” event with the National Defense Industrial Association, a lobbying and professional group for defense contractors.                                             http://tinyurl.com/obyqx6z
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."        Dwight D. Eisenhower
This is the same senator who pushed legislation that would "punish any family member of those people, [who committed civil rights violations associated with the Iranian government] to include a spouse and any relative to the third degree," including, "parents, children, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, grandparents, great grandparents, grandkids, great grandkids," 
And just for added insight: http://tinyurl.com/ppxzvmt
Jeepers, where do they find these people?

Monday, March 9, 2015

We're In Charge Here….


UPDATE
This action may not have gone as well as intended:
Asked about the open letter of 47 US Senators to Iranian leaders, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Dr. Javad Zarif, responded that "in our view, this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy. 
….added that "I should bring one important point to the attention of the authors and that is, the world is not the United States, and the conduct of inter-state relations is governed by international law, and not by US domestic law."
http://tinyurl.com/nrs8e99


Would somebody PLEASE tell me how much farther this complete and arrogant disregard for the man in the White House can possibly go? (See what I did there?)

It's NOT enough that none of the Congressmen invited to have lunch or dinner with President Obama soon after his first electoral win accepted his offer……they were BUSY with governing things, I am sure. It's NOT enough that within 24 hours of his swearing in that a large of group of Republicans met in secret and vowed to oppose everything this man intended to do….even before he presented it. It's NOT enough that Mitch McConnell publicly stated that his one job was to make "Obama a one term president." (How'd that turn out, Mitch?)

It's NOT enough that when the President worked for (and Congress passed) a healthcare initiative for the people of this country…and it was a plan endorsed and presented by the Right Wing Heritage Foundation years ago…the GOP raised holy hell and have been dead set on gutting for years now. (As well as voting rights, women's reproductive rights and equal pay, citizenship for immigrants, the education system, and unions.) It is NOT bad enough that Boehner was thinking of uninviting Mr. Obama to the Annual Prayer Breakfast and  telling him to "mail in" his State of the Union speech. It's NOT enough that they have their "unofficial" own FOX network to keep repeating their fear and falsehoods to the masses.

John Boehner and his cohorts not only thought it was a great idea for the Repubs to ask Netanyahu, Israel Prime Minister, to bolster their threat of war against Iran and also improve HIS election chances. (A two-for, in their minds.) This, in their thinking showed, who the leaders in THIS country were….and it wasn't Obama. Never mind that Bibi was just as much an propagandist and liar as they are.

NOW, in another act of defiance…and almost sedition…several Republican Congressman have actually WRITTEN a letter (signed their real names and everything) to the leader of Iran telling him NOT to agree to anything, or to sign anything anything with President Obama: 

“It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system … Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement,” the senators wrote. “The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.”

In other words…."don't get too friendly with the black guy in the White House 'cause when we get in we're gonna kick your ass."

Or as this Republican says: "The end of these negotiations isn't an unintended consequence of congressional action. It is very much an intended consequence. A feature, not a bug, so speak," Sen. Tom Cotton said in January, speaking at a conservative conference hosted by the advocacy group Heritage Action for America.


Seems like this has escaped their memory:
The Logan Act (1 Stat. 613, 30 January 1799, currently codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953) is a United States federal law that forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. It was passed in 1799 and last amended in 1994. Violation of the Logan Act is a felony, punishable under federal law with imprisonment of up to three years.



Sunday, March 8, 2015

Hmmmm, This Will Be Interesting


For those of us who try to get to the truth of a matter, and do our background research, having to wade through "conspiracy" theories, RWNJ websites, gossip and other MSM misinformation takes up most of our time. Usually the Newsmax, Breitbart, or anything with patriot, freedom, or christian in the moniker gives it away…

"Google could launch an effort to keep trolls and bad information at bay, with a program that would rank websites according to veracity, and sort results according to those rankings. Currently, the search engine ranks pages according to popularity, which means that pages containing unsubstantiated celebrity gossip or conspiracy theories, for example, show up very high."


"By checking pages against that database, and cross-referencing related facts, the research team believes the algorithm could assign each page a truth score. Pages with a high proportion of false claims would be bumped down in the search results."      http://www.wcvb.com/money/the-truth-according-to-google/31602880

It would be a help to be able to cross check facts, numbers, authors and their political relationships, and the history behind the current debates. And to "follow the money…." Only then are you able to form an intelligent opinion on any subject.

Of course there are certain portions of the citizenry who are opposed to such a thing…

“I worry about this issue greatly… My site gets a significant portion of its daily traffic from Google,” Anthony Watts, who runs a popular blog for climate change deniers, told FoxNews.com.

But in the end
"it's not really true that the facts have a liberal bias. Or a conservative one. That line was a joke……... The truth is that facts don't have any bias at all; they just sit there and exist. It's we who have the biases."
http://tinyurl.com/lkesaru

Saturday, March 7, 2015

"A Little Child Shall Lead Them.."




or at least that's what ALEC, the Koch Brothers and the Tea Party hope you will believe.

We all know how these cretins are buying our corporations, our legislators, and ultimately our entire government. We know they have no use for the EPA, unions, nonwhites, immigrants, women's health choices, and are using Conservative Christians to accomplish a lot of their dirty work for them….but the poor folks haven't caught on yet. And they certainly have no use for the education system here in this country: an educated populace able to think critically and research the facts instead of falling for MSM misinformation (propaganda) is a hinderance to them and their ideals. Besides: "free market."

In our daily paper, The Knoxville New Sentinel, was a letter submitted by a student waxing poetic about her "choice of a better school."

"Like me, many students across Tennessee struggle at their current school, and they simply need an opportunity to choose a better place to learn…..
Unfortunately, the high school I am zoned to attend is not the best fit for me, but that is about to change. I just received an opportunity scholarship from the Beacon Center of Tennessee to attend a private school……"

and of course, the kicker:

"We are already spending this money to educate each child. It makes sense that the money would follow the child rather than just fund the school system."

The Beacon Center is part of the State Policy Network, a major player in the Koch Brother's ALEC, pushing their right wing, free market, no taxes agenda. It's president is Justin Owen, a Tea Party member as well.

"As the publisher of TennesseeWatchdog.org, The Beacon Center of Tennessee has hosted writers from the ALEC-connected Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, which screens potential reporters on their “free market” views as part of the job application process.["

If you want to get the parents on board, have a essay contest, award a "scholarship", and begin your lobbying on the local level. People LOVE a heartwarming story about a hardworking, good student. Put her "essay" in the paper……that will get the attention they are seeking. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

WAHHHHHH…….






"Obamacare is a job killer. It will put small companies out of business."

So said the Republicans at the start….and they continue still. All those corporations ("small businesses" in the mind of the GOP, like Papa John's, Chipotle, and Hobby Lobby and Walmart…) started to cut employees' hours, mainly for spite.

Well, now here's the thing: 
"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- otherwise known as Obamacare -- is putting such a small dent in the profits of U.S. companies that many refer to its impact as “not material” or “not significant,”…says Bloomberg Business.

http://tinyurl.com/q2hg5c8

http://tinyurl.com/oas9u6b


But don't think that will stop the GOP from trying to repeal it…..for the 700th time.
Or, God forbid, institute their idea of a health plan (adhering to Paul Ryan's belief that we must get "beyond the politics of emotion.")
http://democurmudgeon.blogspot.com/2015/02/cruel-republican-health-care.html

Friday, February 6, 2015

My state is so proud of itself: it fought off OBAMACARE

Tennessee's Governor Haslam, not a Dem by any means, stalled for months like a good conservative and did nothing for the working poor in his state. In the meantime he haggled with the administration to "expand Medicaid his way"….and it "was not Obamacare." That was his story and he was sticking to it.
"The governor told a Nashville meeting of the Tennessee Press Association on Thursday that the agreement he hammered out with federal officials over 21 months was the market-oriented approach he thought the Republican-dominated Legislature wanted."
There was a reason for that:
"... Haslam's allies circulated a polling memo to GOP state legislators this week, written by the firm of longtime national GOP pollster Whit Ayres, showing that 85 percent of Republican voters in Tennessee oppose "Obamacare," but just 16 percent oppose "Insure Tennessee."

Haslam was really naive….
The Koch Brothers should really be proud of themselves:
Andrew Ogles, head of Americans for Prosperity in Tennesseevia Chattanooga TFP)“We couldn’t have done this without our grassroots activists showing up to hold their legislators accountable.. Thank you for listening to your constituents and voting to stop Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Tennessee.”
Grass roots my butt:The sea of red crowded out representatives of the Tennessee Hospital Association, one of the big advocates of the Medicaid expansion, who were left to stand in the back or unable to get into the room at all. (Tee shirts provided by AFP and KOCH money.)

The Koch Brothers learned early on that "all politics is local" and it is to their benefit to start their influence there.
"It is a smart strategy. The national president of Americans for Prosperity explains, “We fight local issue battles…because they result in good policy outcomes, generally promoting economic freedom via less taxes, less government spending.” He might have also said that this is a good strategy for identifying and cultivating budding politicians who, after taking on local, small-town issues, could move up to state politics and eventually to national levels carrying AFP’s pro-business, free market, anti-regulation message. A Democratic state representative from Coralville got the message about the AFP strategy: “I think right now, too, that they’re doing whatever groundwork they can for the 2014 elections—so any inroads they can make anywhere,” David Jacoby said."

Said Republican Speaker Ron Ramsey:…."Tennessee has always been a well-run, fiscally-responsible state. We could not in good conscience put our stamp of approval on a mere verbal agreement with the Obama administration."  (For the record Tennessee receives 41.27per cent of it's annual budget from the government, getting $1.64 back for every dollar it gives the government in taxes…..)

Then there is the GOP Alternative to Obamacare that they hope to implement after gutting the ACA…if they can do it.
The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act 
In this little gem:
 "Republicans want to make it harder for women to prevent themselves from getting pregnant, and then they want to deny women the maternity care they need when they do become pregnant while at the same time making healthcare more expensive for them."

Keep voting for these people, thank them for picking your pockets and making themselves rich, and then wonder why you are the one left holding the bag….





Thursday, January 29, 2015

Are Police Union Leaders Alike Everywhere?

I guess they are …and they are giving regular unions a bad name. These guys are just what the Repubs like to call "thugs" when they are disparaging everyone else. 

Looks just like all the incidents in New York City…only in Ferguson. 

jeff roorda

Fall back position…name calling, disparaging. The intense dislike of "the others" is almost palatable.

UPDATE:


Seems like this is nothing new for Roorda