Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary

Well now, isn't that just grand. Trump has a penchant for picking the absolute worst person for a head the department leading those jobs. That takes great talent...or an evil master plan. (I'll take door #2)

Here, to refresh your memory, is a post I made over a year ago. Wake up, folks.  We're in for a rough ride at the rate the Republican party, and their puppet Trump, are going. 

In an attempt to manipulate the thinking of 'future voters" ....they already have the attention of corporatists and religious fundamentalists.....those on the right are going full speed ahead to demolish the public school system. And make money doing it.
"We need to be cautious about talking too much about these activities," Dick DeVos warned in a December 2002 speech at the Heritage Foundation. legislatures...Pro-privatization think tanks had concluded that vouchers were the most politically viable way to "dismantlepublic schools...Dick DeVos introduced his 2002 Heritage Foundation audience to a covert strategy to provide "rewards or consequences" to state legislators, ... Vouchers should be promoted by local "grass roots" entities and could not be "viewed as only a conservative idea."  DeVos added, "This has got to be the battle.  It will not be as visible."

The whole idea of "parent trigger laws", such as the one Bobby Jindall introduced in his state, is to help parents in failing schools, usually in the inner city, to have a say in their children's learning process, to restructure them, and save their children's future. But some parents have been misled by these organizations, and there is doubt about their effectiveness.
But like everything else, the Republicans and other Right wing groups have found a way to hijack the process, funnel taxpayer money to pay for it, dumb down the student body, insert their revised educational cirriculum, and make a buck or two. People are beginning to catch on:

And in order to to muddy the waters a bit, they have given these groups innocent, patriotic names: Parent Revolution is one. Don't be fooled....ALEC, the name the Koch Brothers hide behind is the one sending model legislation to the state for their implementation.
The Bradley Foundation, headed by Governor Scott Walker's campaign co-chair Michael Grebe, has underwritten a massive, pro-privatization propaganda campaign, including "a systematic and relentless campaign to turn public opinion against the public school system.“massive”-campaign-promote-s

Ohio is living proof of how bad these schools are. 

So....the "outrage" over the public education system country wide begins. All by design just like all the others we've heard over the last years: abortion, voter fraud, freedom of religion, taxes, immigration.......mock it, defund it, criticize it's effectiveness, replace it, privatize it.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Well, looky here:

Those Repubs were strutting around like the cocks they are....pun intended.
They got to override the President's veto on the 9/11 Survivors Bill to sue Saudi Arabia. Wow, are they sooooo smart.....they showed THAT guy. Just like the games they've been playing for eight years. 

"You know, that was a good example of — it seems to be a failure to communicate early about the potential consequences of a piece of legislation was obviously very popular," he said. (Mitch McConnell, that is. )
Seems like the future consequences of the United States being sued in similar circumstances has just dawned on them.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Show Me The Gotcha…..

After reading all the BS lame complaints by Right Wingers about the HORRIBLE Republican Debate on CNBC the other night…I couldn't stomach watching it …….I came upon this comment in a discussion (Kudos, of the mess. Facts are a terrible thing to waste. GOP.

Here are the real questions to the Republicans:
  Mr. Trump, you’ve done very well in this campaign so far by promising to build a wall and make another country pay for it. Send 11 million people out of the country. Cut taxes $10 trillion without increasing the deficit. And make Americans better off because your greatness would replace the stupidity and incompetence of others. Let’s be honest: Is this a comic book version of a presidential campaign?

    This one is for Senator Rubio. You’ve been a young man in a hurry ever since you won your first election in your 20s. You’ve had a big accomplishment in the Senate, an immigration bill providing a path to citizenship the conservatives in your party hate, and even you don’t support anymore. Now, you’re skipping more votes than any senator to run for president. Why not slow down, get a few more things done first or least finish what you start?

    Governor Bush, daily fantasy sports has become a phenomenon in this country, will award billions of dollars in prize money this year. But to play you have to assess your odds, put money at risk, wait for an outcome that’s out of your control. Isn’t that the definition of gambling, and should the Federal Government treat it as such?

    Senator Paul, among the leading conservative opponents to the creation of Medicare back in the 1960s was Ronald Reagan. He warned that it would lead to socialism. Considering the mounting cost of Medicare, was he right to oppose it?

    Senator Cruz, working women in this country still earn just 77 percent of what men earn. And I know that you’ve said you’ve been very sympathetic to our cause. But you’ve also you said that the Democrats’ moves to try and change this are the political show votes. I just wonder what you would do as President to try and help in this cause?

And here are the real questions to the Democrats:
    Secretary Clinton, I want to start with you. Plenty of politicians evolve on issues, but even some Democrats believe you change your positions based on political expediency. You were against same-sex marriage. Now you’re for it. You defended President Obama’s immigration policies. Now you say they’re too harsh. You supported his trade deal dozen of times. You even called it the “gold standard”. Now, suddenly, last week, you’re against it. Will you say anything to get elected?

    Governor O’Malley, the concern of voters about you is that you tout our record as Baltimore’s mayor. As we all know, we all saw it. That city exploded in riots and violence in April. The current top prosecutor in Baltimore, also a Democrat, blames your zero tolerance policies for sowing the seeds of unrest. Why should Americans trust you with the country when they see what’s going on in the city that you ran for more than seven years?

    Secretary Clinton, Russia, they’re challenging the U.S. in Syria. According to U.S. intelligence, they’ve lied about who they’re bombing. You spearheaded the reset with Russia. Did you underestimate the Russians, and as president, what would your response to Vladimir Putin be right now in Syria?

    Secretary Clinton, on the campaign trail, Governor Webb has said that he would never have used military force in Libya and that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was inevitable. Should you have seen that attack coming?   
Webb, you served in Vietnam. You’re a Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine. You served as a Marine in Vietnam. You’re a decorated war hero. You eventually became Secretary of the Navy. During the Vietnam War, the man standing next to you, Senator Sanders, applied for status as a conscientious objector. Given his history, can he serve as a credible commander-in-chief?
If you cannot control the debate, if you cannot gerrymander enough, if you cannot discourage enough of "those people" from voting, if you cannot get the entire MSM to propagandize your side, if you cannot use the Fundamentalist Churches in your fight against those who disagree with your views, if the Kochs ever run out of money………then take your ball and go home.  Act like kindergartners. (Candidates complained about the debate formats, timing, polling thresholds, questions, moderators and even the green rooms……CBS)

Oh wait: your big corporations and Free Market ideas are trying to take control of THAT too.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Something Worth Stealing


What if we treated the "clients" of the NRA like the Right Wing treats folks that use the services of Planned Parenthood??

Thursday, September 24, 2015

" Pope is being used by Obama to further a liberal agenda"

Just part of one comment…and there are MANY in social media everywhere…made by outraged Right Wingers, Catholic or not.

"What WASN'T political about the Vicar of Christs visit?...Illegal immigration addressed...check. Global Warming...check...refugees...check...anti capitalizm...check..his trip to Cuba...check...No outrage from the left.. that Obama used the pope to further his progressive separation of church and state??"
Looks like these so-called Christians know their holy book as well as they "know" the Constitution:

1 John 3:17-18 “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” (NIV)

Deuteronomy 24:19-21 “When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow. When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow.”

Of course, conservatives feel all these so-called rules and regulations are a hinderance on their right to tell everyone else how to live his life. 

From a discussion on FOX:"...But Napolitano disagrees. He says that he respects the authority of the pope as the “vicar of Christ on earth.” Then he says:
“He’s infallible on matter of faith and morals. Thank God it’s just faith and morals, because his economics is a Latin American version of Marxism, which simply is inconsistent with prosperity in the West.”

But, of course, they are entitled to drill for oil everywhere (profits, of course), pollute the water and air (can't waste money on that), privatize national parks and forested areas (got to pay for things, you know?)

Psalm 24:1 (BBE) <A Psalm. Of David.> The earth is the Lord's, with all its wealth; the world and all the people living in it.
After God went to all the trouble of creating this great planet…and the entire universe….do you think He wants it raped and ruined, just so SOME of the people on it can get richer and richer? 
Seems like the Right Wing is content to "use" the pope and the Catholic church if it suits their meme on abortion, women's rights, pushing a conservative view of religion on everyone. But lo and behold, if the main part of his message is anathema to their mindset (and their Revisionist Bible) then the man is a false profit, a liar, a liberal.

James 1:26  If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

That Liberal Media….

Living in the south is a challenge. You have beautiful Tennessee mountains and lakes, wonderful food, usually pleasant weather, and people are super friendly. So many things to do….just be careful to keep your politics to yourself……and be able to quote the Bible.

The news channel of choice in homes and restaurants, banks and bars (when it's NOT football season) is FOX news…..or MSNBC for the stock market crawl along the bottom while "contributors" are spewing nonsense.( We do live in West Knox.) The Knox News Sentinel, like all papers these days, prints day-old stories and opinions usually taken from somewhere else. Just lifted and never background checked as is the preferred method of journalism these days.

Today, for example the Why Clinton's Email Trouble Mattersa page long opinion piece was taken from a several day-old Los Angeles Times article. The author, John R Schindler, bills himself as a security consultant and former NSA officer. He forgot to mention this:

Then there is the third-of-a-page long Liberals Hypocritical On The Subject Of Constitutional Tinkering by Jonah Goldberg….of the National Review and the American Enterprise Institute, two of the most influential conservative outlets….next to the Heritage Foundation. (Think school vouchers, government censorship of the arts, welfare reform, prayer in schools, lower taxes on business, anti-Obamacare and conservative corporation CEOS on its board of trustees.)

Of course, there was the expected 8 Thumbs Down For The Iran Deal article from the GOP legislators this state is so proud of. And you don't want to forget the "Take America Back" Tump-the-Bombastic Tour in Nashville that had Tea Partiers from all over the state in a tizzy.

Letters to The Editor make you want to tear your hair out…..can people REALLY believe what they are spewing?
"I will never support a politician who promotes gun control or patronize any business that discriminates against the Second Amendment. When seconds count, help is minutes away." 
"The world is indeed getting better because of liberty and freedom, but it does not come from the left. In the future when the world celebrates its freedoms, the left will be left out."
Guess the writer forgot about the Right's views on women's reproductive rights, freedom from fundamentalist religious views, voting rights, a living wage, economic inequality, gun control, social contracts…..and a livable planet. But hey, you can "study it all out" in your daily newspaper.

Thursday, August 13, 2015


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who announced his presidential bid on Twitter ……….has sent an email to activists declaring that his presidential run “is God’s plan for me.”
"I do not come to you tonight with the ability to speak Spanish," Huckabee said. "But I do speak a common language: I speak Jesus."
"There's a big country out here with millions of Americans who believe in God and are not ashamed to say so," Jindal said. "I would be wary of a president who didn't seek wisdom from the Almighty."
During an appearance on NBC’s  ”Meet The Press” earlier this year, Gov. Kasich explained to host Chuck Todd that he was exploring what the Lord wants before to deciding to enter the race.
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee recently said “For me, this is not just a political or financial decision, it is a spiritual decision. You know, the only thing worse than not being elected president would be to be elected president without God’s blessing.
“I believe God will make it clear to me if that’s something I’m supposed to do,” Ben Carson told Fox News last August..
“God came to me in a dream. He had a white robe and a white beard, and told me our next president would be another colored man,” said Robertson on “The 700 Club.” “I’m interpreting that to be Dr. Ben Carson. Unless, Barack Obama seeks a third term.”
Jesus knows …..