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Ohio Diary #17: Turn Out The Vote – Prove Ohio Isn’t All Racist

The day is almost here.  If you haven’t voted early, do it now.  Get out the vote.

Now you may say Ohio isn’t racist not just Ohio but Florida, Pennsylvania and all other red states.  Voter suppression is racist.  They know if they can keep democrats from the polls they will win the election.  Over these many months we have been “informed” by the press and media about the “horse race” with no real discussion of policy and racism.  Like television, they are only interested in entertainment and not knowledge.  Selling newspapers is so much more important.

Hatred and racism is the hallmark of the republican party.  It is what they do best.  They have told so many lies that that believe them to be fact.  So many lies that it has shown itself for what it truly is……….Racist.  It is not new and we should already know this.  It is only now more obvious.  A black man is President, living in the Whitehorse.  Billboards in poor and black neighborhoods, lies about voter ID and then there is Trick the Vote [ True the Vote].  True the Vote is an oxymoron for republicans.  For them there is no truth in the voting process.  They promised to follow the Constitution and then pervert it.  They say they are Christians, but speak hatred and racism.  Hypocrites and contradictory positions.  New Left Media said it best:

  Well, perhaps the capacity to hold so many contradictory beliefs at once reflects the fact that the public school curriculum has become solely oriented around series of standardized tests, robbing a large portion of our citizenry (among other things) of the capacity for critical thinking skills. Or maybe it is because the internet has enabled people to exist in completely different social and political realities wherein they seek out and find only the type of information that will confirm their pre-existing worldviews. Or maybe it’s because local media has essentially collapsed and the mainstream media, interested less in delivering the news than in acting as faithful defenders of the status quo, is unable to effectively help the public to thoroughly vet the Republican nominee.

The republicans are not meant to think.  Just follow.  So, it is time to get out the vote.  We can stand in line for hours to get into a football game, so we can stand and wait to vote.  Your vote is so much important.  Don’t get tricked.  Stand up for all of us, women, the poor, the middle-class!!!!!  We need to make American proud of herself.

 

 

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“Truth is Treason”

In a free society we’re supposed to know the truth,” Paul said. “In a society where truth becomes treason, then we’re in big trouble. And now, people who are revealing the truth are getting into trouble for it.”

Now I know this quote is a couple of years old, and about Wiki leaks, but somehow it applies here as it concerns The Rat and The Roach[okay,[Romney and Ryan].  They have sent the Stooge out again.  Just look at what they have her saying now after VP Joe Biden’s truthful comments.  You could say they were a little strong, but they were the truth.  There is just no use kidding ourselves what Rat/Roach really wants for America.  When he stands and looks out at his supporters and the real American public he sees not working America, he sees criminals that need to be punished with more taxes and poverty.  He sees dangerous parasites and leeches preparing to strike at the heart and soul of the Great American System that put them where they are now.   More about this later, now back to the Stooge, aka Andrea “Stooge”Saul.
What was so terrible about what Vice President Biden said:
They’ve said it.  Every Republican’s voted for it.  Look at what they they value and look at their budget and what they’re proposing.  Romney wants to let the — he said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules — unchain Wall Street,” Biden said.  “They’re going to put y’all back in chains. He’s said he going to do nothing about stopping the practice of outsourcing.”
Republicans have spoken for these 2 years and more to the need to “unshackle” the private sector from regulations.  Mind you the private sector, meaning the citizens, working class families, women, blacks, illegal immigrants, immigrants, and poor people remain shackled to high taxes, joblessness, and poverty.
Their record speaks for itself:  the war on women, voter suppression, personhood bills, heartbeat bills and you see the compulsion to return women, blacks and immigrants to lives of slavery, chained and shackled to the whims of white rich men.
And the Stooge response:
After weeks of slanderous and baseless accusations leveled against Gov. Romney, the Obama campaign has reached a new low, the Stooge said. The commends made by the vice president of the United States are not acceptable in our political discourse and demonstrate yet again that the Obama campaign will say and do anything to win this election.
When Obama backed Biden the Stooge said:
In case anyone was wondering just how low President Obama could go in his campaign for reelection, we now know he’s willing to say that Governor wants to put people back in chains, Whether it’s accusing Mitt Romney of being a felon, having been responsible for a woman’s tragic death or now wanting to put people in chains, there’s no question that because of the president’s failed record he’s been reduced to a desperate campaign based on division and demonization.
Felon?  The Rat did that to himself.  Won’t release tax returns, so he must be hiding something he doesn’t want anyone to know.  Responsible for a woman’s tragic death?  I didn’t hear that.  It said no health insurance to help his wife during this illness.  He lost his job thanks to the Rat.  She, herself said:
“If people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care,” said Saul
All the Rat/Roach campaign can do is lie.  If they were even remotely to consider telling the truth it would be treason.  Truth is something that the Republican party has no interest in. They are incapable of doing so.    Hubris.  Narcissism.
I for one am so tired of their self-serving, self-indulgent, selfish and self-righteous outrage and lies.  They have no comprehension of what the truth is.  The Rat just lies.  It is what the Rat does every day of his life, on purpose, as a matter of policy, and a perfect expression of everything he stands for.

I am A Proud Liberal, Member of The Religious Left and do Actually Believe In God

O’Donnell got this right all those years.  I remember this episode of “West Wing”.  Lawrence is right.  Liberal politicians are afraid to call themselves liberals. They have caved in to the Republican Fascists who have turned liberal into a dirty word.  But it makes me wonder if the Repfacists are really envious.  Did they obstruct each of these accomplishments so that in they end they could take credit for them?  And by doing do become liberals. You know that the God loves you if you are rich.  When Republicans, the Religious Right talks about God, their God, they only speak to the rich, since they only know the true God.  Their God is vengeful and hateful and racist.  Jesus said, and I paraphrase now, that it would be easier for a camel, or in this case an elephant to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.  For Republicans and the Tea Party and the Religious Right, God is only a political tool that they wield like a sharp machete.  There is no religion involved in their rhetoric and so-called belief.  They don’t care about the poor or the very poor which is contrary top the teachings of God/Jesus.  You do not find God by faith alone, as these people think.  It must include good works.  Faith and good works for all the people to make their lives better.  Something the Republicans, the Religious Right and now it seems Susan G. Komen and not do. Faith requires no thought whatsoever.  You believe blindly without question.  Do as you are told.  Those real Christians and members of all faiths don’t think, they act on their religions.  On the teachings of God/Jesus.  And it includes Liberals. I have am of the opinion that the only way to make the Republican Party really believe is to destroy it completely.  It can be argued that they need no help in this, but I say that liberals must be liberals and lead them even further down the path.   By doing so, we let these a$$holes do it to themselves.  They tell you when these Repubs and Religious Righters pass the collection tray that the money you give in the tray will help pave the way to heaven. I am reminded a comedy routine from Second City TV kit with the “Reverend You Betcha”  televangelist, who tells his viewers that he will pray for you and your family, if you will only send him money.  Not quarters or dimes, no change please, just paper money.  When he receives it he will pray for you and ask God to welcome you on the road to salvation and heaven.  Sound familiar?

Democrats, politicians and all of us that are liberals should no longer be afraid to use the word liberal.  We should no be afraid to call ourselves liberals.  We set out all these hundreds of years to make the world a better place, and help all the people also be better.

If Conservatives want a fight…….then is time for all the liberals to give it to them.  God is not a Republican!!!!!!


Gestapo Police Brutality Against OWS

I am struck by the reason police give for police brutality on the Occupy Wall Street protests:

 

A spokesperson for the U.C. Davis police did not respond to a request for comment Saturday. Annette Spicuzza, the U.C. Davis police chief, told The Sacramento Bee that the officers used pepper spray on Friday because the police were surrounded by students. “There was no way out of that circle,” she told the newspaper. “They were cutting the officers off from their support. It’s a very volatile situation.”

Afraid for their lives they were.  No place to go they said.  So they just brutalized them in all possible ways.  You know I have heard this we are afraid line of bull before.  I heard it on a hot day in May on the Kent State campus.  The Ohio National Guard, guns, gas masks, gas, billy clubs, every weapon known to man facing a university protest holding rocks and they the Guard was afraid.  So afraid they killed 4 in Ohio and wounded many others.  Real bullets killing real people.  The military machine protecting freedom.  The Bill of Rights.  They were afraid.  They got a way with murder.  They will do it again.  As in Ohio in 1970, today in Seattle, Portland, Davis, and NYC police are once again afraid armed to the nose facing unarmed civilians.  They are afraid.  This is Republican strategy of law and order.  They campaigned on that in 1970.  They have gone years now without using that lame excuse to brutalize American citizens.  Now it is back.

As in 1970 we did not stop.  It continued and intensified.  They may kill us but they cannot stop us.  In the end we won.  In the end all those people who called us evil, communists, unpatriotic and told us that if we “don’t love it we can leave it” all began to speak like as, going as far to use our words.  They even started to look like us.  We were long-haired, dirty, jean wearing commies.  But there were all these politicians, police and our parents all looking like us.  We killed you they told us, but you were right after all.

The police and mayors are operating on the theory that a high body count [arrests, injuries]  is winning.  Truth is, if we were sleeping in tents waiting to buy football tickets, the police wouldn’t think any thing of it.  They would just let us sleep, read, cook, sing and wait.

We can’t go away.  We have to once again prove them wrong.  Expose them for what they are, storm trooping Gestapo police who are in the business of being afraid.

FEAR IS THE ULTIMATE WEAPON!!!!!!!!!


Ohio Diary #14: Ohio Takes Its Revenge

Last night Ohio screamed out loud not just to Republicans here, but all over the country.  It was a defeat for the Republican whores who wanted to line their pockets on the backs of the middle-class.  For almost a year now, Kasich thought he was in control.  So much so that he lied about Issue 2 [SB5].  He blamed the budget deficit on working people.  They are greedy, selfish, and lazy people.  Like all Republicans, they refuse to take any blame for the troubles.

This was not in truth an issue of Democrats versus Republicans.  It was about what was right and what was wrong. Public workers should not be the scapegoats for economic problems.  This defeat is stunning in the regard that even Republicans were against it.  69% voted against, and they weren’t all Democrats.  Kasich still didn’t listen.  He lied to his own party.  He did not do it alone.  He had help from his pimps, the Republican National Committee and the Columbus Dispatch.  They both told the same lies over and over again.  Kasich like all Republican governors and legislators became appeasers.

An appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile hoping he will be the last man eaten.  Winston Churchill

The Republican National Committee, Republican fascist, racist governors and legislators thought they spoke for the people, bestowing rights on them they already had.  They want to exclude all of us and deny us our rights and freedoms, while at the same time saying they are giving them to us.

The arrogance of these Republicans.  They tried to steal from the working man.  They will continue to do so unless we stop as we did in Ohio.  They want to cut Medicare and Medicaid.  They call the “entitlements“.  Entitlements my left foot.  I paid into it as did my employer.  The government does not just give it me.  I paid into it.  It is my money and I want it.  They make it sound as if it is a gift given to the people from government.  It is not!!!!  I am not to blame for their borrowing money from me.  I am not responsible for the government not paying that money back.  The money is mine and I intend to get as much as I paid into it back.

The fact is that Issue 2 here was a fight by Republicans against so-called “entitlements”.  Real people pay into pensions, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.  They worked for it and paid for it, and are owed it.  Not as a gift but as a right.  Think of the interest owed on the load from social security and medicare?  I paid for it and I want my money.

Today Ohio gave America hope.  If you fight you can win.  If you are right you can win.  It is a mighty day for the poor and oppressed.

 


Ohio Diary #12: Rep. Jim Jordan

A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible.
Woodrow Wilson 

Rep. Jim Jordan said that he knows what the American people want.  It is lower federal spending and a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.  Yes indeed.   No mention of jobs, jobs, and more jobs.  “Americans understand you’ve got to live within your means. They want it done smart and they want it done in a fair way,” Jordan said.  And, then in his best JFK impersonation, said “the nation may be reaching a John  F. Kennedy moment, where it is time for people to ask not what their country can do for them, but what they can do for their country.”  He said what, and quoted who?

I am shocked, just shocked, that he pretends to know what the people want.  The people he speaks about are corporations.  And yes he and his fellow repubtards know what they want.  Since the Supreme Court told us that Corporations are people too, then I want to be a corporation.  I am a person.  We should all become corporations, get huge tax cuts, pay no taxes,  give myself a huge pay increase, and have powerful friends in Congress who will give me anything want.

But what really disgusts me is that Jordan, Boehner , good caring, compassionate Ohioans is that they presume to speak for the people.  They talk about the American people as he they belonged to them. When they find out that the American people don’t think they do, they just simply lose interest in the American people.  They don’t remember the working man or the middle class. They used to defend the middle class, at least at times.  The American people turned into organized labor and they don’t love us any more.  They talk about giving us our rights, as if they could make a gift of liberty.  The arrogance of these little,  little men.  The underprivileged, the middle class has turned on them.  They now believe that everyone is out to ruin the rich mans paradise.

America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an ideal – to discover and maintain liberty among men.
Woodrow Wilson

I want my corporation.


Help Me Send A Message To Congress

Oh, how I long for those good old days.  When I was 7 or 8 in the mid ’50s, I and the neighborhood kids would ride our bikes to the “little store” that had no air-conditioning, on scorching days with a nickel or dime in our hands and head for the huge frozen food freezer.  Better yet, we looked or waited for the bicycle ice cream seller.  Do you remember them?  A bike with a freezer and those wonderful skyrockets, orange sherbet, in a round cardboard container.  The were wonderful.

Now, some 57 years later, a nickel or dime can’t by much.  Skyrockets are obsolete.  I haven’t seen one in years.  Ice cream isn’t really ice cream anymore.  But I have a better idea.  A great investment for just 29 cents: a U. S. postcard with a handwritten message sent to every member of Congress.  Don’t tweet, don’t email, don’t even call. Send a handwritten message.

Now I know that many of you out there will thing that this is a waste of time and energy.  I can hear you; “Why bother?” Here’s why.  Most of the middle class is struggling in this great country; millions don’t have jobs. And millions don’t have health care.

The annual salary for senators and House members is $174,000. Under the Civil Service Retirement System, an immediate, full pension is available to members of Congress age 60 or older with 10 years of service in Congress, or at age 62, with five years of civilian federal service, including service in Congress. As of October 2009, 275 members of Congress who had retired under CSRS were receiving an average annual retirement benefit of $69,012.

One of their perks, members of Congress are eligible to receive health services at an elaborate Navy clinic in the Capitol building, staffed by a least four Navy doctors, as well as medical and x-ray technicians, nurses and a pharmacist. For this care, members of Congress pay a flat fee of $503 a year and file no insurance claims; the rest of the cost is subsidized by us, the taxpayers.

Are you working harder than the average member of Congress? Tired of all the political fighting without results.  Then write something like the following:

“I am sick and tired of the cavalier and lazy way that you are handling things in Washington, D.C. Do you really want to keep your well-paid job with all its perks and benefits? Then act like it. Work together as a team regardless of our political party.  Get things done.  I hired you, and I can fire you.  It’s called my vote.  Remember, It’s my money you are spending. You promised me jobs.  You promised me a better future.  Have a nice day.  Sincerely,  Your Boss [The American Electorate]”

If they can have taxpayer subsidized health care, then why can’t I?  If they can have 5 weeks vacation at my expense, then why can’t I? If you can have one week vacation for two weeks worked, then why can’t I?

It is time to send a message.  Send it loud and in great big block letters.  Do your job and get gone.

 


Obama: Yes We Can’t

In 2008 Obama talked a good game.  “Yes we can.”  That was the call.  What we did not know of course, is/was; Yes we can become Republicans.

It is something that I have always wanted:  to be a member of the political elite, and re-engineer an entire country against the wishes of the people.

I want to be part of the party that says that we are doing the people’s will and work.  Knowing the entire time, that I am living in a dark tunnel and have no idea what the people really want.  But then, does it matter?  The people hired me so I can do the things I want, and praise the people for a job well done.  I am doing the work of God.  Remember, Republicans want to save God.  And, God tells me to help the rich and punish the middle class for being poor.

Goodness, this is a great country!!!!!!

 

 

Tuesday 26 July 2011


Safeguarding Democracy

The United States is in a big battle that will decide its future in the years to come.  Strong and sometimes, contradictory forces are pulling the country toward bankruptcy. It is clear that extremists on the right of the political spectrum, along with a large block of so-called academics and journalists, are doing everything they could to bring the nation closer to the cliff.  Conducting investigative journalism in one thing.  Presuming of course they ever really do that anymore.  Instigating falsehoods, making up theories, making up stories in quite another.  It is too bad we saw another example of that with the Norway events, where the media used these horrible killings as a trip down hate and bigotry lane.

Our two parties are at a standstill.  A standstill of their own making. No one seems to know what they are for.  That’s wrong.  I miss spoke.  They know what they are for:  their party.  As for the people and democracy? Some inside the conservative party seem to be banking on chaos and disaster, hoping this will bring them closer to government.  There are no winners in this.  We all lose.   Any political change must come from democratic procedures and not chaos.

Congress has become the ultimate reality show.  We know just how real reality shows are.  People are being paid to degrade, humiliate, and beat people up for MONEY.  Congress is no different.  Just look at them; money from corporations, media companies and the wealthiest people in America if not the world.  And they tell us they are doing it for us.  Doing it for me my a$$.

What have these so-called good christian Republicans and Teabags done for us?  They have stolen our democracy from us.  They are in the process of stealing everything that made this country great for themselves.  They don’t care about us.  Self-interest and power, political party is more important than governing.  Their sole purpose is to stop government.  Make it impossible for the people to live and survive.  They will say anything to you so that you, me believe that they really care about America and its people.  It is all LIES.

Journalists must put ratings, and view share or readership on the side and think about the ramifications of throwing gasoline on a fire.  They must stop milking the public cows.  Political parties and the media surely have responsibility for the future of this nation.  These parties must put their difference aside and find common ground so as to protect democracy, law and order.  The press’ rotten values were embraced by the whole country.

First and foremost, the fault-of-the-people argument is important because rightly or wrongly, it has been successfully used for so many years by media organizations. But the truth is that the people, you and me, are in the power position.  Where is the power now?  You know the answer; with the people where it has always been.  We made a mistake and elected these ignorant people.  I use the word “we” loosely.  This is the moment of truth.  The political system is broken, and only the most serious repair can save it.

The time has come for the people to no longer sit on the sidelines.  We can’t vote Republican or Democrat just because our parents did, or just because I have always been a democrat or republican.  That’s not good enough anymore.  We hire them and we can fire them.  We have to be responsible.  We must pay attention to the issues, the politicians who want our vote.  Who are they and what do they believe.  Is it the same as the people.  We need to get up off the couch and get involved.  If we have in the past, we must do more.  If we have never been involved, them get up off you a$$.  Our future depends on it.

Some forces are pushing us toward the cliff.  People resist despite their rightful indignation at the failures of the political establishment.

Republicans want to save God.  I want to same my country and democracy.  Join the cause.


Barack Obama Is Bad

We are being sold out.  Medicre and Social Security are on the table, thanks to Obama.  It is what he wants.  It is who he is. We can’t trust Obama.  The trust once evident in his base is disintergrating.  I understand that people aren’t surprised anymore that Obama is caving.  It can’t be caving if that is what Obama really believes.

We still should not surprised.  In 2009, clear signals emerged that President Obama was eager to achieve what George W. Bush could not: cut social security.  Before he was even inaugurated, Obama repeated the right’s manipulative rhetorical tactic: that, along with Medicare, the program  was in crisis and producing “red ink as far as the eye can see.”  President – elect Obama thus promised that these crown jewels of his party since the New Deal would be a “central part” of his efforts to reduce the deficit.  We did not listen and we did not pay attention.  We remained silent.

That wasn’t the case in 2005.  In 2005, Democrats, liberals acheved one  our important political victories of the last decade.  George Bush tried to privitize social security, and he was destroyed.  His plan would have gutted the essential part of the entitlement program by converting it from what it has been since the 1940’s – -a universal promise of minimally decent living conditions and health care for the elderly and poor – – into a Wall Street jackpot. Give to the rich so they can get richer.

Liberal and progressive bloggers relentlessly, continually attacked the plan and the reason , the lie that social security faced a crisis, creating nationwide opposition. A few months after he presented his plan to great applause, Bush was forced to humilitatingly take it back.  It was a huge defeat.

The political point had been made.  While there are very few unifying principles for the Democratic party, the primary one, is constant defense of basic entitilement programs for the poor and the enderly – social security, Medicare and Medicaid – from the rich, corporations that have for a long time targeted them for cuts.

We have no on to blame but ourselves now.  We ignored the signs, not wanting to believe that our party leader was a devoted and dedicated as he claimed to attacking the primary safety net for the elderly and poor.  But some saw the the truth.  The liberal blogger and economist Duncan “Atrios” Black, who led the fight against Bush’s plan promised in answer to these early reports:

The left….will create an epic 360 degree shitstorm if Obama and the Democrats decide that cutting social security benefits is a good idea.

Now, Obama not only wants , but is the driving force for deep and major cuts to social security and Medicare.

The same Obama who supported the transfer of $700bn to bail out Wall Street, gave in to and extended the Bush tax cuts for the rich, and who has hastened America’s bankruptcy  – posturing for of the Endless War, now wants to reduce the debt by cutting benefits for the most vulnerable, at the exact time that economic insecurity and income inequality are at their highest point. He has continued terrorism policies indefinite detention, renditions, secret prisons by proxy, and sweeping secrecy.

And we still by his bullshit.  In so many ways and areas, he has done the most to subvert and weaken the left’s political agenda than a GOP president could have ever dreamed of achieving.  So powerful and far-reaching are tribal loyalties in American politics that partisans will support, tolerate, any and all policies our party leaders endorse.  Even those policies we have hated for years.

Obama has given us unprecedented war on whistleblowers, taking the power to assassinate U.S. citizens without due process far from any battlefield.

Now he is spending all his time and his presidential power to cutting the entitlement programs that have defined the Democratic party since Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.

He continue to say that he wants bipartisan agreement.  But once that happens, it taken out of the mainstream, the limelight, and removed from the partisan wars, and is  adopted by leadership of both parties.  This is why the mainstream press has not pursued this story and told us the truth.

But where is the “epic shitstorm” from the left?  Except few bloggers like me, there is nothing out there.  It is time for us to organize.  The liberal blog Firedoglake has a petition for Obama supporters promising to withhold re-election support if he follows through with this.

Now Obama is on the edge of injecting what was politically poison and unattainable dream of Wall Street and the American right – assault on the nation’s social safety net – into the heart and should of the Democratic party’s platform. Those liberals guided more by party loyalty than real belief will seamlessly transform from livid opponents of such cuts into their primary defenders.

The Left will lose it identity and power, and most importantly it primary policy and policy if Obama wins.

We are doing this to ourselves.  We must speak.  We must shout.  We must fight.

Chris Hayes on his blog entitled Decision Makers explains it better than I.

I have said it before in an earlier post:  Obama is a Republican!!!!!!

It all goes back to the “shellacking” Obama took in the 2010 elections. The President’s political advisers studied the numbers and concluded that the voters wanted the government to spend less. … [T]he political advisers believed that elections are decided by middle-of-the-road independent voters, and this group became the target for determining the policies of the next two years.