Monday, September 1, 2014

The 1 percent’s long con: Jim Cramer, the Tea Party’s roots, and Wall Street’s demented, decades-long scheme - Salon.com

The 1 percent’s long con: Jim Cramer, the Tea Party’s roots, and Wall Street’s demented, decades-long scheme - Salon.com

To this day Wall Street leaders see the possibility of a revived New Deal spirit around every corner; they fight not merely to keep the interfering liberals out of power, but to keep order in their own house, to ensure that the public relations cataclysm of 1929-32 is never repeated. This is why so much of the bull market culture of the Nineties reads like a long gloss on the experience of the 1930s, like a running battle with the memory of the Depression.
  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Texas Border Patrol agent fires at armed militia member while chasing border crossers

Texas Border Patrol agent fires at armed militia member while chasing border crossers

Lucio explained the difficulties that the militia members are creating for law enforcement officers, saying, “It just creates a problem from my point of view, because we don’t know who they are.”
The sheriff pointed out that, with the Border Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement, there are already enough law enforcement agencies working to secure the border. While recognizing the militia’s right to carry weapons, Lucio added, “We really don’t need the militia here.”
>  Aww, but you'll hurt their feelings, you tell them that.

Abbott’s Houston raid didn’t end with arrests, but shut down voter drive | Dallas Morning News

Abbott’s Houston raid didn’t end with arrests, but shut down voter drive | Dallas Morning News

The raid targeted a voter registration group called Houston Votes, which was accused of election fraud. It was initiated by investigators for Attorney General Greg Abbott. His aides say he is duty-bound to preserve the integrity of the ballot box.
His critics, however, say that what Abbott has really sought to preserve is the power of the Republican Party in Texas. They accuse him of political partisanship, targeting key Democratic voting blocs, especially minorities and the poor, in ways that make it harder for them to vote, or for their votes to count.
A close examination of the Houston Votes case reveals the consequences when an elected official pursues hotly contested allegations of election fraud.
The investigation was closed one year after the raid, with no charges filed. But for Houston Votes, the damage was done. Its funding dried up, and its efforts to register more low-income voters ended. Its records and office equipment never were returned. Instead, under a 2013 court order obtained by Abbott’s office, they were destroyed.
>  If you think the Republicans in your state aren't up to the same shenanigans, think again.  Bring this to the attention of your Republican friends and ask them how it feels to be part of the destruction of The United States. Better still, give them a taste of the Palin, Hannity, Limbaugh school of debate and ask them what it feels like to be a Nazi.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

William Rivers Pitt | The Iraq War Was a Smashing Success

William Rivers Pitt | The Iraq War Was a Smashing Success

Yet consider this: the news site Vox ran a story at the beginning of August under the headline, "The US Bombing Its Own Guns Perfectly Sums Up America's Total Failure in Iraq." The article refers to the US air campaign against ISIS, which is flush with US weapons of war obtained from the collapsed Iraqi military. The article reads:
  

Another ‘Red’ State Admits They Were WRONG About Obamacare, Quietly Accepts Medicaid Expansion | Americans Against the Tea Party

Another ‘Red’ State Admits They Were WRONG About Obamacare, Quietly Accepts Medicaid Expansion | Americans Against the Tea Party

Of course, those with any degree of reason knew that that wouldn’t last forever, especially considering the fact that most of the poorest states in the Union are controlled by the GOP. Arkansas and Iowa were among the first opt-out states to opt back in under pressure from the public, adopting modified “private option” plans that can utilize the Medicaid money offered by the Fed to pay for or subsidize private insurance.
Now, Tennessee is looking to join that group, among three other red states including Pennsylvania planning on doing the same.
  

National Guard general confirms 50 troops applied for assistance : News : ValleyCentral.com

National Guard general confirms 50 troops applied for assistance : News : ValleyCentral.com

It's not every day you hear that National Guard troops are in need of help getting food while on deployment, but it's true.

"Our troops should be well fed, ready to their job/duty/assignment and we shouldn't have to be referring them to food banks", State Representative Rene Oliveira said.

After our investigation, State Representative Oliveira had a conference call with Brigadier General Patrick Hamilton who confirms 50 troops deployed to the valley put in applications for assistance with the armory in Weslaco, and that the person who took that information should have gone to superiors in the National Guard but instead reached out to the Food Bank RGV for food for the troops.

"I don't believe the local armory should have ever referred any of these troops to the food bank. I think they were trying to be helpful, but that's not what we should be doing in Texas," the state representative said.
  

A Canadian’s View On Our Disrespect Of President Obama’s Presidency | The Fifth Column

A Canadian’s View On Our Disrespect Of President Obama’s Presidency | The Fifth Column

Four days before President Obama’s inauguration, before he officially took charge of the American government, Rush Limbaugh boasted publicly that he hoped the president would fail. Of course, when the president fails the country flounders. Wishing harm upon your country in order to further your own narrow political views is selfish, sinister and a tad treasonous as well.
  

Friday, August 29, 2014

Secret audio nails Scott Walker! A humiliating suck-up to the Koch brothers - Salon.com

Secret audio nails Scott Walker! A humiliating suck-up to the Koch brothers - Salon.com

Back when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid began publicly attacking the Koch brothers and their right-wing political empire, a lot of the media treated it as a desperate and maybe unseemly attack on “a couple of relatively unknown private citizens,” in the words of Politico, by a guy who saw Senate control slipping from his hands in 2014.

But the more we learn about Charles and David Koch’s sway with top Republican leaders, thanks to embarrassing leaks from their June retreat, the clearer it is that attacks by Reid and other Democrats are justified and proportionate.
  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Charges dropped against teen facing possible life sentence for pot brownies

Charges dropped against teen facing possible life sentence for pot brownies

In April, Jacob Lavoro was arrested in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, Texas after authorities accused him of selling pot brownies. Both his conservative family and marijuana advocates were equally outraged when the District Attorney charged him with a first-degree felony and he faced a sentence of five years to life if convicted.
Now Williamson County Assistant District Attorney Mark Brunner has had a change of heart:
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4 Calamities Destroying America's Economy Being Ignored by Elites | Alternet

4 Calamities Destroying America's Economy Being Ignored by Elites | Alternet

Summers posited that we are in an oddly slow recovery. He gave some reasons for the slowness but maintained that the measures instigated by the government (the Federal Reserve pumping funds into the economy, and the like) were fundamentally correct, and that with patience and persistence the recovery would solve the problems we have.

This basically is the position of Obama and importantly, by no means only his. Every government in every country subscribes essentially to this same apostolic faith. That faith is pathetic and even grotesquely mistaken. It ignores the four “Tsunami” causes for the globally increasing inequality: