Friday, September 30, 2011

John Moore | Surviving the U.S. Recession

Monday, September 26, 2011

Boys Of Summer LIVE - Eagles (Don Henley)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Wooden Ships - Crosby, Stills & Nash

Friday, September 23, 2011

Peter Gabriel "Biko" Live 1987 Lou Reed Youssou N'Dour Jackson Browne

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Disabled Advocates Take To D.C. To Protest Medicaid Cuts


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Michelle Bachmann - or Close Enough


Neil young & Crazy Horse. Powderfinger. Live. 1991..avi

Monday, September 12, 2011

Golden dreams - Syd Straw

Saturday, September 10, 2011

[HD] Roxy Music - Avalon (Live 1982)

Friday, September 09, 2011

Gasoline Alley- Rod Stewart- 1970

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Rolling Stones - She's a rainbow

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Simon & Garfunkel - Homeward Bound (Monterey 1967)

On Democratic Incompetence, And Republican Manipulation

I rarely(if ever) put a must read on an article but this truthout piece by former GOP congressional staff member of 16 years Mike Lofgren should be read by every literate American citizen(and read to the illiterate). It explains what I've often called the "chickens for Colonel Sanders" effect in American politics. The poor and middle class low-information voters who vote straight Republican consistently(yes I know the Dems are bad enough).

"I left because I was appalled at the headlong rush of Republicans, like Gadarene swine, to embrace policies that are deeply damaging to this country's future; and contemptuous of the feckless, craven incompetence of Democrats in their half-hearted attempts to stop them."

Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult

..How do they manage to do this? Because Democrats ceded the field. Above all, they do not understand language. Their initiatives are posed in impenetrable policy-speak: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The what? - can anyone even remember it? No wonder the pejorative "Obamacare" won out. Contrast that with the Republicans' Patriot Act. You're a patriot, aren't you? Does anyone at the GED level have a clue what a Stimulus Bill is supposed to be? Why didn't the White House call it the Jobs Bill and keep pounding on that theme?

You know that Social Security and Medicare are in jeopardy when even Democrats refer to them as entitlements. "Entitlement" has a negative sound in colloquial English: somebody who is "entitled" selfishly claims something he doesn't really deserve. Why not call them "earned benefits," which is what they are because we all contribute payroll taxes to fund them? That would never occur to the Democrats. Republicans don't make that mistake; they are relentlessly on message: it is never the "estate tax," it is the "death tax." Heaven forbid that the Walton family should give up one penny of its $86-billion fortune. All of that lucre is necessary to ensure that unions be kept out of Wal-Mart, that women employees not be promoted and that politicians be kept on a short leash.

It was not always thus. It would have been hard to find an uneducated farmer during the depression of the 1890s who did not have a very accurate idea about exactly which economic interests were shafting him. An unemployed worker in a breadline in 1932 would have felt little gratitude to the Rockefellers or the Mellons. But that is not the case in the present economic crisis. After a riot of unbridled greed such as the world has not seen since the conquistadors' looting expeditions and after an unprecedented broad and rapid transfer of wealth upward by Wall Street and its corporate satellites, where is the popular anger directed, at least as depicted in the media? At "Washington spending" - which has increased primarily to provide unemployment compensation, food stamps and Medicaid to those economically damaged by the previous decade's corporate saturnalia. Or the popular rage is harmlessly diverted against pseudo-issues: death panels, birtherism, gay marriage, abortion, and so on, none of which stands to dent the corporate bottom line in the


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Saturday, September 03, 2011

Comic of The Day: Obama Yells Uncle, Again

Again, and again, and again.


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Friday, September 02, 2011

Quote of the Day: Krugman

"[S]ince Obama keeps talking nonsense about economics, at what point do we stop giving him credit for actually knowing better? Maybe at some point we have to accept that he believes what he’s saying." --Paul Krugman


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