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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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First Debate: Obama Didn’t Show Up

First I must admit that I didn’t watch the complete debate.  I did watch most of it and I was stunned.  Where was President Obama.  I saw someone who looked like him staring down, shaking his head and smiling, but the man was not there.  Romney on the other had, was assertive and kept looking Obama in the eye.  Even when he lied about Social Security and Medicare.  That is when I knew Obama wasn’t there.  When The Stench lied, President Obama should have said so, and gone on the attack of Romney’s record.  Obama has said many times that he fighting for the middle-class, for me and for you, and stands silent.  No mention of Bain, the 47%, healthcare and taxes.  It was past comprehension.

I have no idea what Obama team was not thinking.  Obama had control tonight and he let Romney back in the game.  Tonight Romney looked determined and Obama acted as if he didn’t care.  Obama appeared to lack confidence.  Romney used Obama’s act and personalized the debate.  He talked about people he met and how he would help.  But most importantly, Obama did not go after Romney.  Romney said tonight that he would move to the center and disavow the Right, and Obama didn’t jump on it.  Romney said he would take his healthcare plan he put in place in Massachusetts and make it national.  Well, isn’t that Obamacare.  Hello?!!  Obama stood there as if didn’t know what to say.  Romney sounded specific about his plan.  And Jim Lehrer.  He should have been in charge and not let Romney control.  Mostly though, Obama was invisible.

I am just so angry. I have to stop.

And so it goes!!!!!!


Right-Wing Media or Mainstream Media? They Are All The Same

They have welcomed Ryan as the wonder boy for Romney.  Now, with Ryan they can lie even more and use the press to do it.  Case in point:  the Richmond Times Dispatch. This manner of reporting has been done before, but this time it was blatant and unrepentant.  The Richmond Times Dispatch ran an editorial on the then new campaign ad from Romney/Ryan, you know the one, welfare to work requirement was being removed.  It was a lie.  The Richmond Times Dispatch ran an editorial: http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/rtd-opinion/2012/aug/15/tdopin01-gutted-ar-2131149/.  Which was a lie taken from the lie Romney initiated about welfare.  They ran it as truth.  I said it before, republicans see lies as truth, and truth as lies.  Today the Richmond Times Dispatch ran a news piece saying that the Romney ad had been proven false; http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2012/aug/20/new-romney-ad-pushes-debunked-claim-against-obama-ar-2142116/.  There was no apology for their blatant lie, pro Romney editorial or failure to actually do their job.  Even the newest journalism grad knows that you need at least three confirmations before you run a story.  They did nothing.  It was simple:  whatever Romney/Ryan say is the gospel truth, and our editorial board is going to say so.

So ti be clear. The Romney campaign runs an ad that’s a complete lie. Some editorial writer from the Richmond Times-Dispatch writes in defense of the ad, using the ad as the only source of material and doing no fact-checking. The Romney campaign then uses the editorial (which was based only on the original Romney ad) as evidence that their ad wasn’t a lie. When in doubt always lie, lie, lie, lie.  It makes Romney/Ryan the perfect Republican candidates.

 

Don’t let them make clowns of us.  Vote.  Tell the truth.  When newspapers lie, we must write the truth.  Expose them for what they are…hacks.

 

 


“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.

The Rat and The Roach Ticket: Go Obama 2012

I must admit that last night when I heard the news that the Rat had chosen the Roach to be his VP,  I was screaming and dancing.  I was just as happy as I could be.  Democrats were handed a gift and we won.  A party that is cutting its own throat, even if it taking them a long time, they picked a man, I use that loosely, who wants to end Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security as their VP.  The author of the most draconian budget in our history wants to be second in charge.  The Roach has the gall to call it The Path to Prosperity, Restoring Americas Promise, so it was called for Budget year 2012; changed it to:  The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal for Budget year 2012.  Naturally, it asks questions that be the obvious questions:  Restoring Americas Promise?  Promise for the rich; Blueprint for American Renewal? Renewal of tax cuts and destruction of everyone else.

They may have a problem:  the most prominent and partisan supporters of the Republican party have been senior citizens who both speak with their money and their vote.  they have been loud and clear “to keep your hands off my Medicare.”  The promise is that those seniors,those  Republicans will now reconsider their support, read the so-called budget and see it for what it really is, destruction and death of the poor and middle class.  That they will see lie in the statement that his Catholic faith guided him in forming this travesty.  Jesus taught us to take care of the poor.  That Jesus told the rich man to give up everything he owns, give it all away and follow him.  Must not have been part of his catechism.  His truth faith is Ayn Rand.

Then I saw this ad.  It should run on television and full length.

We cannot go back.  We can only move         

We must rise up and vote.  Ride share and take a friend.  Ohioans  get with it.  They want to stop early voting, well the we will just storm the polls.  Take a friend, family, anyone and go vote.  Tell them that we want our rights back.  Throw the elephants out.  Send the message that we know what we want, and what is good for us.  We decide what we can do with our bodies and our minds.  Tell them that all their money in elections is irrelevant.  Make it clear the BatSh#tCrazy doesn’t get it anymore.

VOTE!! DON’T BE LAZY!! TAKE A FRIEND!! THROW THE RATS TO THE DOGS!!!!!


Ohio Diary #5: Help us drink to bring jobs to Ohio

I invite you to Ohio for a drink, on me.  No, we need your money too, so that we can bring jobs to Ohio. 

Kasich’s plan to finance his new JobsOhio, a privatized development agency, includes the leasing the state’s liquor stores to JobsOhio which is going to use the money for its day to day operations. But Kasich says this will work because Ohioans are increasing their alcohol consumption.  This type of scheme has not worked in other states, but Kasich doesn’t care. Privatize, Privatize is all that is important.

“Over the years people drink more. It’s just a natural revenue stream.” Kasich said last week. Ohio’s best natural asset is its liquor intake.  Let’s just increase Ohio’s drinking problem and drunkenness. As drunk as we may be, we still need your help in getting business to come to Ohio and that means jobs, jobs, jobs. 

As I am sitting here writing this post with a glass of beer in my hand, I have to ask myself the question: If Ohioans will be drinking more and drunkenness will rise, will we not be too drunk to work?  We’ve been drinking for sometime now, so you would think that jobs would be plentiful in Ohio.  Not true.  We have to get fall down drunk for jobs to come to Ohio.  I suspect that those over imbibing are the good, kind people that voted for Kasich.  When you don’t have a job, and there is not hope in finding one, you gotta do something. Drinking seems right.

Here is the joke.  In Ohio profits on liquor sales generates $228 million for the state every year. JobsOhio is set to take over liquor sales oversight and own that revenue stream.  They will sell 30 years worth of that revenue, worth $6.8 billion to a group of investors recruited by a Wall Street firm in return for a lump sum payment to the state. According to the administration, they expect to receive about $1.5 billion in return for this $6.8 billion in state revenue. Wall Street will naturally take their cut.  They will sell bonds to finance the deal. They will have a twenty to thirty year revenue stream for essentially zero money down.  Ohio faces billions in deficits, but Kasich is giving away liquor revenue to create jobs.

So I implore you to come to Ohio, help Ohioans drink into oblivion Since we will be to sloshed to work, maybe you can get luck and take our jobs, that is if you can find one.

It is just one more for the road. Or is it…drinking again?!!!


Republican Deception: We Are Right and the Public Wants It

Things are not going well for republicans this week.  It seems they over played their hand.  Especially the republican governors.  Their state houses have shutdown and legislation is dying.  They told the constituents that the anti-union bills were what they wanted.  Were they ever wrong on this.  They took a stand and railed against collective bargaining, the people who do the work and fund state governments, only to have it backfire.  We have fake telephone calls, threats of firings and they still don’t get it.  In Indiana, deputy attorney general said “use live ammunition.”  It is logical for a republican to say that since their real issues are the Second Amendment and religion.  The people have shutdown state governments now it is time to shut down the federal government.

In the case of the federal government, the neocons, republicans  in Washington are making the same mistakes that state governments have.  Our spending cuts are what the American people want.  Do we really want 55,000 instructors and teachers in Head start to lose their jobs? Do we really want fewer food inspectors in the USDA? Do we really want cuts in NOAA, the US Marshall service, food and safety inspection services, FDA, Job training programs, the CDC, LIHEAP?  I find the LIHEAP interesting. It is a program used to stop northerners from freezing to death in the middle of winter.  Do republicans really want the American people to freeze to death to say $400m?  The answer is yes.  But as they say this is what we want. These cuts would ave a huge and devastating effect, impact on public services.

Besides, it’s not as if the Republicans are proposing to replace these programs with more efficient alternatives They say that their party’s hard decisions were necessary to show that they are serious about returning our nation to a sustainable path. These are the same Republicans who insist upon tax cuts that benefit only the very wealthiest Americans and place an even greater burden on the federal governments resources.  They are home now, and hearing from their constituents. The teapots by now are hearing from their constituents about service cuts that the tea party say we want.  Remarkably, they did not cut their fringe programs, “abstinence-only-education, and “faith-based-initiative.

The government shutdown is mostly about fighting for political power by the republicans rather than a serious attempt to rescue the nation’s finances. The Republicans are going to fail. they want to win over the public, hold the upper hand for the political fights ahead. The sad part is the amount of money being fought over is only a tiny fraction of the country’s budget deficit. It is all just smoke and mirrors, making it seem that our lawmakers are really struggling over the deficit when, the truth is, they are still dodging debates over the big five in government spending: Medicare, Medicaid, Social Society, defense and taxes.

The major obstacle to a major deal on the budget is  the “no new taxes” pledge made by Republicans. Remember, that Republicans have repeatedly voted for increases in spending through the last decade, including the biggest deficit-financed entitlement in the last 50 years, the Medicare prescription drug benefit. In 2001 the massive tax cuts did not lead to reduced spending. Instead, the tax cuts were followed by big increases in spending, boosting the deficit from both sides. The Republicans must violate there no new taxes pledge.

There are solutions to the budget deficit:  The Value Added Tax, Payroll taxes and higher gas taxes.

The VAT is a money machine because of its ability to raise great amounts of money.  It could be used to close deficits. Revenue increases would result in in reductions in spending.

Higher gas taxes:  We need to stop being cry babies over the price of gas.  Compared to what the Europeans pay, 1.59 euros a liter, that comes to $8.76 a gallon.  We are just going to have to pay higher taxes and cut spending to cut the deficit.

So let the Republicans slam the door and shutdown the government.  When the uprising starts against the federal government as it did against state governments they will get the message that lawmakers work for the people. They should truly represent the people.