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Lie Detector Tests for Politicians — An Idea Long Overdue

I have thought that lie detector tests were appropriate for politicians at all stages of their careers.  They lie to get elected, they lie while in office, and continue to lie when gone.  I think this also applies to the media, say NBC.  I was reminded of this by the following:

 

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“Bane”/Romney Conspiracy Maybe

I have been absent for sometime. Graduations, retirements, funerals and illness have had me on the move.  But I have been paying attention.  I am back.

I am particularly struck by the fact that he would include himself in this statement.  You all have read it if not here is part of that quote:

And it’s a lot of brain dead  people.

I guess I should include the entire quote

Anyway, so this evil villain in the new Batman movie is named Bane. And there’s now discussion out there as to whether or not this was purposeful, and whether or not it will influence voters. It’s going to have a lot of people. This movie, the audience is going to be huge, lot of people are going to see the movie. And it’s a lot of brain-dead people, entertainment, the pop culture crowd. And they’re going to hear “Bane” in the movie, and they are going to associate Bain. And the thought is that when they start paying attention to the campaign later in the year, and Obama and the Democrats keep talking about Bain, not Bain Capital, but Bain, Romney and Bain, that these people will think back to the Batman movie –“Oh yeah, I know who that is.” There are some people who think it will work. There are some people think it will work. Others think — “You’re really underestimating the American people who think that will work.”

Does anyone remember the pathetic film “Batman and Robin” from the 90’s?  Bane was there and he was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger!!!!!!!  Next our favorite drunk uncle/addict will be trying to tell us that “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” was actually about 9/11, despite that Tolkien wrote and published it 50 plus years ago.  We are off to the right-wing so far back that even we don’t know about it  machine.  First, they went way back to create fake birth announcements, then they went way way back to fake autobiographies, and now the epitome of slime——-their most diabolic plot ever——-DC Comics here they come. Rush is clairvoyant, better yet,  hallucinating, because he see things in so many things that the rest of us ignore.  We consider it lunacy.  Limbaugh makes you proud to be Foreign like Obama, because if Limbaugh and Mittler are good Americans I certainly want no part of it.

Let see if we can think of and recommend to Limbaugh other plots against Mittler.  Does anyone know named Adolf?  How about Hitler?  We could look it up in the white pages?  Rudolph!!!  Now there is one Rush should jump on………a reindeer with a bright, shiny, glowing red nose every year flying over America.  God Almighty, a communist reindeer.  All these years we have been reading to our children the story of a communist reindeer that traversed the world allegedly to deliver toys to children, but was that really true?

Where are you Rush, drunk uncle, when we really need you?

 

 


God Save Us From the Good Christians or How I Would Rather Be In Hell If They Are Going To Heaven

I had hoped that this Christianity crap would not go this far, but now these men of “God” have made me mad.  Most of these people  Slicktorum, Newt, Mittens and now Franklin Graham have all been found out for what they are………racists, bigots, sexists and absolutely not christian.

First, I don’t think this bunch of old white, white-haired men [bishops] knew what they were doing when they screamed against contraception.  I don’t think they realized that this went beyond contraception, and played right into the hands of those God-fearing pretenders, and began in earnest the repeal of “Obamacare.”  The bishops didn’t understand then, but they do  now.

But what has made me mad is Slicktorum saying that Freedom of Religion has become Freedom to Worship and they are not the same thing.  Is he really that stupid.  It is a rhetorical question don’t answer.  Did he not know to google religion and discover the definition?  Or simply look the word up in the dictionary.  Religion:  service and worship of God or a divine being.  Slicktorum has it all wrong.  His definition of religious freedom means Catholicism.  Follow the dictates of the church.  As we have seen his church is lacking.  I guess now that includes Protestantism too.  I don’t usually watch “morning joe”, but I did this morning and I was dumbfounded.  This pretender to the throne of a really good man, in one brief interview offended every real christian in the world.  Maybe it was too early for him or what he drank, smoked and a new fangled drug the night before which led him to some drug induced glass eyed definition of a christian.  The man has lost his mind like all good christian republicans.  But I have gone off point and I am on a deadline to get this post done sometime tonight.  Maybe I need a new drug as the old song says.

Now back to what I was going to say before my 65-year-old brain had a momentary lapse…….Slicktorum is telling me/us that his religion or no religion. He is telling us to ignore God, the God we know, and accept his “religion”.  Not God mind you, his “religion.”  Now don’t get me wrong he has every right to belong to his “religion”, but so do I.  But it is God I/you account to, not the religion.  I may belong to the Greek Orthodox Church, but I pray and answer to God.  God is God.

How dare Slicktorum or Graham or Gingrich or Robertson, or Paul or any of them tell me that the God I worship is wrong.  How dare he or them tell me that I am not a good christian.  How dare they tell me that my “religion” is wrong.  How dare they tell me that my worship of God is not freedom of “religion”.  His God isn’t better than my God.  Christianity isn’t bad but there just are some bad people.  Islam isn’t bad, there just are some bad people, and it goes on and on.  It is not freedom of religion, it is freedom from religion.  They have no right to tell me./us theirs is better.

To hear Slicktorum, Graham or the rest of talk, you can just go out and buy your faith right off the shelf.  Not happy with it move on to the next aisle or another department. No special discounts for God.    A special on “religion” today. Can’t you just see it now, God’s Grocery Store. Bag it yourself and take home.    My momma told me about people like this a long time ago.  She told to beware of the “good christian.” They talk a good game, go to church each and every Sunday and pronounce out loud “I am a good christian”, but when they time comes for them to be what they say they are invisible.  Missing.  I just can’t sell my soul to be a “company christian”.  I will not sell my soul.

These religions, be it Catholicism or Protestantism or whatever they call it is a means for them to justify their bigotry, racism, and sexism.  Maybe the Catholic church is against contraception not because it is immoral, but because it means loss of income for the church.  More parishioners, more money.  It can’t be because they care about the health of the woman or her family.   These good Christians seem to forget that God and Jesus were not racist, bigots, sexists. That Jesus loved all mankind without exception.

They don’t seem to know much about that.  So I can do without the holy water induced rhetoric, the holier than I comedy routine.  I will be pleased to be in hell.  I’ll have good company and my dog.  I don’t want to be a good christian.  If they are examples of good Christians than damn I am happy to be bad.

Jesus loves me, yes I know.


Liz Trotta Still “Fighting for Air”

“Fighting for Air” is the title of the book Trotta wrote in 1994.  She is still fighting for air.  Only this time she has rendered herself irrelevant, and shown herself to be nothing more than a Republican whore. She now speaks of women who have been “raped too much” as one who has been.

Liz Trotta used to be brilliant.  She was the perfect example of what a journalist should be and she was.  She was the first female correspondent in Vietnam.  She served two tours of duty.  She accompanied GI’s in the jungles of Vietnam.  She says she is still haunted by that experience.    And this make me wonder if she remembers her time of being “raped too much”.  Does she speak from experience?  Really, the only woman travelling with GI’s in the jungle.  Men who haven’t seen a real woman in who knows when.  What did she expect?

You would think that her experience would be expressed in compassion and support for women in the Military or women in general who have been assaulted or raped.  Instead she justifies rape because they are in close contact with men.  That they deserve whatever happens to them.  If it is good enough for her, then it has to be good enough for the rest of us.    After all, rape ain’t rape anymore.

She was always conservative, but she never let her politics  interfere with her reporting.  Now she is a whore for the “Red” states.  She is still fighting for air.

She must long for the good old days of her youth.


Komen In Crisis Mode: Hire Fleischer, Right-Wing Planned Parenthood Hater

 

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Republican. But I repeat myself.  Harry Truman

They are now in damage control.  If you read the National Review Online, especially that denier Lopez.  She continues to support Lila Rose and her prostitution expose video of sex-trafficking at PP.  She know it was a fake and a lie, but continues to preach it as gospel.  As if that isn’t enough, she blames Planned Parent for the downfall of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  She will not admit that they have been found out.  That committed suicide.

She continues to deny that this was not politically motivated.  She says so out loud and in print.  I have a vision of her, after having said this over and over again, of sitting on a chair on  her knees trying to choke herself with her own hands…..and having been found by her editor telling him that she was trying to unscrew her head from her neck-pipe so she could check the wiring or circuit board in her own brain.  That video would be worth watching.

Essentially, Komen foundation is a right-wing lobbing group masquerading as pro-women.  Komen is a political organization disguised, pretending to be a charity.  This is about abortion and not breast cancer.  But they stopped funding because they were under investigation for abortion.  An investigation conducted by a Right wing, new-conservative a$$hole republican.  But it is not political.  Do they think we are stupid?  They hire Karen Handel, is who vehemently opposed to Planned Parenthood, and not long after they cut off funding.  Yep no politics here.  Remarkably, they don’t seem to consider sexual abuse of children at Penn State, who is also under investigation, and receives Komen grants, to be in violation of their new criteria.  Child molestation and sexual abuse is just fine with Komen.

There are so many women’s lives at risk in this ridiculous war against abortions! Reckless, selfish republicans are a threat!  There are lessons here to be learned by other ngo’s being pressured and stomped on by the Religious Right.  The Religious Right is an oxymoron.  There is no religion in the “Religious Right”.  I got off the thought so I will finish it now.  Never underestimate the difference between an embryo and a woman. Unlike embryos, women can think and feel.  We can think our way out of lies and deception.  We can feel outrage that an organization that has asked for and has received support is willing to sell us out for politics, and does it with our health.  After all, they are offer pink handled handguns for well, which isn’t illegal, but doesn’t seem related to their so-called mission.  There are things much worse than being a leftist organization….and that worse thing is…being a Neo-Conservative organization and lying about it.

And people laugh at the term “right-wing conspiracy.”

What they don’t comprehend is that they have awakened a sleeping, silent giant.  We have been quiet far too long.  We have let these right-to-lifers, another oxymoron, do their will in the state and local governments.  These lunatics remember a time when a woman couldn’t call herself a woman until she had children.  They want it to back to those days when men were superior and ran the world.  No more.  We screamed no. It was from all classes, race, genders, rich and poor, black, white and hispanic.  We showed them that we don’t need Susan G. Komen.  We proved that Planned Parenthood is important to women’s lives.

We can’t stop now, it must go on and on until November.  So I say, as did Howard Beale in Network…..”Go to your windows and open them wide, and scream I am as mad as hell, and I am not going to take it anymore.

I also think that it is time for an investigation into Susan G. Komen and their so-call mission.  What do you think. Would you be for it?


Don’t Believe Komen: Give Your Money To Planned Parenthood

Don’t believe the lie.  Komen has only changed their position because they realized not that they were wrong, but that they were losing money, lots of money and would go belly up of 3 months.  They need to fire that new anti-abortionist rag doll who led them to this along with Sterns.

I repeat once again, don’t believe what you read.  If they reversed their decision, they DID IT FOR MONEY, AND NOT BECAUSE THEY CARE FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH.  OR EVEN THAT THEY WERE WRONG.

Their are better organizations to fight cancer and breast cancer than Komen.  Of course, you won’t be able to buy a pretty pick t-shirt.

Komen’s moto is:  In $$ we trust.


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!!!!!!!!!


Reality TV: Real Punishment

Hot sauce mom convicted and possible jail sentence and fine is on the horizon.  One does not have to imagine the promo for this “reality” segment.  You just need to read Dr. Phil’s webpage:

“Can this stressed-out mom get the guidance she needs to control her temper and reform her discipline techniques?” asked the show’s website, teasing the episode. “Can she establish a bond with her son? And, do her actions constitute child abuse? … It’s an intense Dr. Phil you don’t want to miss!”

After the segment aired in November, a new audience was found online.  Everyone wanted to see the mother pour hot sauce in the child’s mouth and then drag him to a cold shower.  She says she struggled to correct the boys bad behavior.  She was trying to be a good mother.  She did it by punishing him by pouring hot sauce down his throat, emailing Dr. Phil to be on his show for help, and sending a video of her parenting skills.  She did it for money and nothing more.

Reality shows mission is to generate conflict, and conflict generates ratings.  What did she hope her future would be after putting her private and parenting life on view for the world to see.  Did she see herself selling feminine hygiene products, hemorrhoid medicine, cereal to the mass audience.  That may sound cynical.  But the real cynicism is embodied in a TV show’s decision to treat people’s actual lives and misfortunes as entertainment.

This brand of television is the moral equivalent of those “bum fight” videos where homeless men are paid to fight on camera and the video posted online.  There is something similarly predatory in searching out these trouble people, these drunks and narcissists, these self-centered, superficial, fake and perpetual adolescents with daddy, esteem or anger management issues, and paying them to let us watch as they implode. There is something immoral in the watching, too.   We have to take responsibility too.

There has been a death too.  Remember Russel Armstrong?  He hanged himself.  He was bashed continually on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and could do nothing about it.  It made ratings.  We have had meltdown after meltdown.  Jon and Kate Gosselin got divorced. Singer Fantasia Barrino tried to commit suicide.

The hot sauce mom posted videos on YouTube.  She was becoming a video star.  All the time saying she needed help with her adoptive son.  Please.

What is really disturbing about this is that we don’t seem to notice or care.  Television has made us that way.  All television.  Even news programs are about entertainment.  It has become commonplace.  It is all we want.  Television knows that.  Each day a new “reality” series is born.  We have sold our souls.  We complain about the immorality of politicians, but don’t see our own.

These shows are ratings stars because we made them so.  We can say there isn’t anything else on television, but that isn’t true.  We have reduced human beings to fictional entities that are disposal.  We live in a disposal society.

We have trivialized life.  We celebrate the pain and anguish of other people.  We have turned it into sport.

 

 


Ohio Diary #11: The Columbus Dispatch’s Fake News: Kasich Wants To Negotiate SB 5

First you must never trust your local newspaper or TV channel.  They will only tell you one side of the story, or as in the Columbus Dispatch story; just make it up.

I must tell you that there was a time, a very long time ago, that the Columbus Dispatch was an excellent newspaper.  They printed the facts and told it from both points of view.  Now, it seems that their political bias is more important.

All this past week, the Dispatch has been running a story of how regrettable and unfortunate it is that labor won’t sit down and try to work out a comprise on
Senate Bill 5.  Senate Bill 5 is the anti-union, anti-collective bargaining bill that has been passed, and signed by the Governor.  It is has yet to be implemented because it is to be on the November ballot to repealed.  It is a story designed to present Kasich as willing to compromise but labor as unbending and unyielding.  It is a fake.

Here is what the Dispatch Editorial said:

On Sunday, a Dispatch editorial called for proponents and opponents of Senate Bill 5 to reach a compromise that would require public employees to pay more for their health care and pensions but would strip away the bill’s provisions that aren’t related to controlling government costs.

Yesterday, sources told Dispatch reporters that informal discussions between two people affiliated with the defense of Senate Bill 5 and representatives from the Ohio Education Association and the AFL-CIO took place about six weeks ago, but labor backed away.

On Sunday the Dispatch’s editorial page said the offer came from Governor Kasich, but the news division subtly backed away and said it was two people affiliated with the defense of Senate Bill 5.  They weren’t from the Governor’s office after all.  It explains why labor wouldn’t consider talking to them.  Who were these two people negotiating?  How did the editorial board seem to know about this so-called deal before the newsroom? It is very simple…because the Dispatch essentially was one of the people representing pro-SB 5 interests at the meeting.  Mike Curtin, former Vice-Chairman of the Dispatch Printing Company and Curt Steiner, former OSU lobbyist, former Voinovich chief-of-staff pushed the “We Are Ohio” campaign on the possibility of working out a deal with Kasich to avoid having to have a referendum issue.

What could they promise to the unions?  They have no authority to negotiate a deal that requires the involvement of the GOP legislature and Kasich.  It was an attempt to make the unions and the “We Are Ohio” campaign look unreasonable.  It was an imaginary story.  All in the minds of Curtin and Steiner.

But guess what?  Kasich played along.  He held an alleged” negotiation meeting yesterday, and  no one showed up.   There sat Kasich and his aides, all of three people, and no one came.  Taking his lead from the Dispatch, he assailed the unions for refusing to negotiate a deal on SB 5.

In a letter from We Are Ohio to the Governor, they simply stated that they would not negotiate until the bill in its current form was repealed.  They urged the Governor to call the legislature back and repeal the law.

This is a publicity stunt on Kasich’s part.  He is trouble, polls show him in the toilet and sinking fast.  He has seen what has gone on in Wisconsin and is afraid as he should be.  He is a beggar.  He had a chance to meet with the unions in February, when the bill was being debated.  Kasich outright refused to meet with unions six months ago.  Kasich has said: “I’ve listened. I’ve heard. I’ve made a decision.” That was the end of it.  Until now that is.

Kasich is now the ludicrous spectacle that he deserves to be.  He was negotiating with himself.  He had help though.

Kasich’s arrogance shows through with this blatant attempt to attack unions and weaken support for the Democratic party.  He did not do this by himself. He had partisan support of members of the house and senate. They are equally responsible for being sheep and blindly following their leader down the path to destruction.

Back to the Columbus Dispatch.  The Dispatch tried to broker a deal on SB 5. Then the Dispatch follows up the editorial advocating for someone to try to attempt a deal with a news story that such an attempt as advocated by the Dispatch was tried, but labor walked away.  Not one time did they state that one of the most influential figures at the Dispatch just happens to be behind the effort to broker a deal and then the editorial lecturing labor to make such a deal.  It was all lies.  You might even call it yellow journalism.

Not since William Randolph Hearst and now Rupert Murdoch has a media outlet been more interested in making the news than reporting it.  It is more than just a story about a medial outlet having a political bias in its coverage of a story.  This is simply about a media outlet becoming the story.

This is  about a media outlet that lies about its role in creating the news and, in so doing, failing to disclose relevant evidence that puts that story in its proper context.

The truth is simple:  There was no offer from Governor Kasich.  There was an attempt by powerful people, Mike Curtin and Curt Steiner to try and avoid an issue that could cause lasting damage to the Republican Party in Ohio.  And when they, who had absolutely nothing to offer in the deal, didn’t get two labor leaders to immediately leap at the chance to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, they let loose the Dispatch on them.

The Dispatch just isn’t in the sewer for John Kasich.  On Sunday and all this week, they said they actually represent him in official government matters.

Newspapers were supposed to be truth tellers.  They were supposed to inform the people. They were supposed to be unbiased.  Those days are gone.

Now, they hack your tweets, listen to your phone messages, and make up news.

Shame on them.  Shame on us.

 

A special thanks to Plunderbund for part of this story.

 

 


Palin the Moron

Poor Sarah has been ignored too long.  She is desparate for attention, so she goes to the extreme extreme.

Her defense of Cessationist Perry is brilliant.  Brilliant in the respect that she is trying to take credit for it.  Perry stole it from her.

We know that she had to go to 5 or 6 colleges to get a degree.  We know she does know history.  In fact she makes it up.  Palin is a moron.  She like to hear the sound of her own voice.  It is not surprising that she jumped on the Secessionist Perry’s bandwagon.  He is from Texas and God and guns works well there.  Still she is a moron, as are the teaparty, who she has made suckers out of just to get rich.  Tell them anything and they will follow.  She is a loser.  Palin made fools out of them and they thanked her for it, but they are too ignorant to realize what has happened.  Sarah got rich.  Tell us Sarah, do you need more money?  She just loves the attention and will do anything to get it.

Remember, Republicans are never so happy as when they are calling their fellow Americans traitors. But this is odd, since Republicans are traitors.

You can define Sarah Palin as you can’t fix stupid, and as Perry is stupid, Sarah joins in for a dollar or two.

It is time to stop talking about Palin and her ilk.  They are personalities that want to be television stars.

This is what we do though.  We put issues way down on the list when it comes to political parties and candidates.  We first we consider how they look, their leadership qualities, we say we just like him/her, or I like his/her politics.  Problem is is that we don’t know what their politics are.  They simply tell you what they think you want to here with no facts or policy to back it up.

We too are to blame.  We believe.  We require no truth test.  When the Republicans say they want to save God, we believe them.  We believe them, even knowing that their version of God leaves people out, condemns them and that it really can’t be God.

What we really need is Sarah Palin toilet paper so we can put her in her proper place.