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


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Now This IS Interesting….

It seems that NYPD Commissioner Bratton employs the principals of Robert Peel, the founder of the London Metropolitan Police, as inspiration for guiding his men.  Something must have gotten lost in translation…..

Principle 4 - “The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.”
 or
Principle 7 - “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public  who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”


Things are certainly different here in the "colonies", I guess. It is decades later, 
crimes have a different bent, more guns are available, and more money and plenty of politics are involved. And union contract negotiations…..
So we end up with people like this: 
"Police union head Patrick Lynch is known for using terms like “mopes” and “skells” when referring to suspects, but has recently reserved his caustic comments for a higher target.
That blood on the hands starts at the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor." (de Blasio)

So now there is a "slow down" by the NYPD.
"But the police union's phrasing—officers shouldn't make arrests "unless absolutely necessary"—begs the question: How many unnecessary arrests was the NYPD making before now?"

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Isn't This Special……..




Just as all nonwhites are NOT criminals, not ALL cops are saints, though the majority have been. 

Just in case you folks are still under the delusion that the police in NYC are feeling put upon by the actions of the protestors….which were evident before the latest sickening murder of two of their own by a crazed lone killer……and are just acting out because they are "misunderstood", think again. 

Those on the Right…..I am talking about YOU Giuliani….are not wasting a MINUTE to use this as a political cudgel to bully those higher up: Mayor de Blasio, President Obama, Eric Holder, etc. This is nothing new for NYPD, but this time they have a racial component to use as a weapon, too…….and using it they are.

"Meanwhile, Republican operatives see a chance to do fatal damage to a rising Democratic star and close Clinton ally by resurrecting the kind of racial backlash politics that won them urban white votes during the Nixon era."


" In an email to a supporter, Queens Village Republican Club president Joe Concannon referred to the planned wave of protests as “our plan to keep it in the news for the first half of 2015.”

Yes, I know…protests in the name of justice for killing unarmed black men, innocent until proven guilty…...BAD.
NYPD protests against officials…who have expressed support of law officers, but are black….and also against the other protestors…...GOOD

Sunday, December 28, 2014

NYPD's Short Memory….

or the one they HOPE the public has.


1992
"The demonstration two weeks ago to protest Mayor David Dinkins's plan for a more independent civilian complaint review board quickly deteriorated into a brawl. Beer-drinking officers broke through barricades to rush the steps of City Hall; others blocked traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge and used racial epithets to describe the Mayor."
http://www.nytimes.com/1992/09/30/opinion/strong-words-for-a-police-riot.html


In case you have forgotten: 
"And who was doing the same thing that he's doing now: 
 one Rudolph Giuliani, was right in the middle of it, fanning the flames of racial resentment for his own political gain, something Giuliani would do repeatedly ……"
http://tinyurl.com/kda9594

Even earlier this year, the unions were setting up for a showdown:
" A New York City police union leader on Tuesday castigated Mayor Bill de Blasio and his bid to HOST the 2016 Democratic National Convention, saying the city was losing ground in the fight against crime since he took office in January."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/26/nyc-police-union-de-blasio_n_5717801.html

They continue on their childish, hateful path, turning their backs to Mayor de Blasio during a solemn funeral service. BUT they want respect, obedience, honor, better pay (there IS a contract negotiation going, don't forget). And they are NOT racist…….

Tell me why, then, although these "union thugs" (remember that term Repubs used against auto workers, teachers, fast food employees and others who were organized in such a manner?) have a history of such actions….they really go all out when there are nonwhites involved, say a President, an Attorney General, protestors that finally have had enough…..or a Mayor with a mixed race family.
I'm sure it is just a mere coincidence




Nobody has ever said being an officer of the law is an easy task. Their actions/reactions are sometimes in question...
…..and the availability of videoing those actions in their "policing" that have always remained hidden, where the word of the officers was always the last one wasn't welcomed either. But getting respect while giving none is ludicrous. I expect better behavior from my kids.

Just came across this article about the Police Chief in Nashville: talk about completely different views about policing and protesting.
http://gawker.com/police-chief-respecting-cops-means-respecting-protesto-1675787560

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Let's Try This...




"Maybe lots of people support lots of things, and we can't twist that generalized support into blame for maniacs who decide to take up arms for their own demented reasons. Maybe that's a better idea after all."

I am sick and tired of the yelling, blaming, pointing fingers, lying, surmising, generalizing, name calling, racism, back-turning for spite, photo-opting, attention getting, ratings reaching, knee jerk reacting…and general spittle producing rhetoric that is rampant in today's society and media after the last few weeks. GET OVER YOURSELVES.

Yes, there is a problem with some cops in some areas…and the militarization of such people. Yes, there are some people that are just bad and given any opportunity will show their disdain, and even hatred, for those not like themselves. Yes, there are some folks….black and white…that do NOT think the law applies to them. But NOT everybody. And every police officer is NOT a saint. Remember that, Lynch, Kelly and Giuliani: Police acting like spoiled kids is disgusting to most of us, just like those in Congress. 

You might want to check out:

Todays' technology has certainly provided a window into what for years has been 
hidden….and as such, has brought what has been hidden and distasteful to the forefront where it needs to be addressed…NOT USED AS ATTACKS.

For decades media such as FOX, Breitbart, Limbaugh, NRO, and The Blaze have goaded and prodded in their own sly way the behavior we see now…and each time they look at the damage and say "what, me??"
This circle has to break….now. 

But I am not holding my breath……