January 20, 2012

14 Elements of Fascism

by Ben Hoffman

Dr. Lawrence Britt analyzed the following regimes: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s Portugal, Papadopoulos’s Greece, Pinochet’s Chile, and Suharto’s Indonesia. While, they constitute a mixed bag of national identities, cultures, developmental levels, and history, they all followed the fascist or protofascist model in obtaining, expanding, and maintaining power. Further, all these regimes have been overthrown, so a more or less complete picture of their basic characteristics and abuses is possible.

Analysis of these seven regimes reveals fourteen common threads that link them in recognizable patterns of national behavior and abuse of power. These basic characteristics are more prevalent and intense in some regimes than in others, but they all share at least some level of similarity.

  1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism.
  2. Disdain for the importance of human rights.
  3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause.
  4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism.
  5. Rampant sexism.
  6. A controlled mass media.
  7. Obsession with national security.
  8. Religion and ruling elite tied together.
  9. Power of corporations protected.
  10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated.
  11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts.
  12. Obsession with crime and punishment.
  13. Rampant cronyism and corruption.
  14. Fraudulent elections.

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October 21, 2014

Man tells Obama: “Don’t touch my girlfriend.”

by Ben Hoffman


President Obama found himself in an unusual situation Monday.

As he was casting his ballot early in Chicago, minding his own business behind the voting booth, a young man walked by and warned him “don’t touch my girlfriend.”

The girlfriend, Aia Cooper, who was voting in the booth next to Obama, was humiliated, to say the least. “I really wasn’t planning on it,” Obama joked with the woman. “There’s an example of a brother just embarrassing you, just for no reason whatsoever.”

“And now you’ll be going back home and talking to you friends; what’s his name?” the president asked.

“Mike,” Cooper said.

“‘I can’t believe Mike. He’s such a fool,’” Obama said, impersonating the woman.

“He really is,” she agreed.

Obama continued: “‘I was just mortified. But, fortunately, the president was nice about it. So it’s all right.’”

“I am freaking out right now,” she said, laughing.

The president got the last laugh, though.

“Give me a kiss and give him something to talk about,” the president said, as he gave Cooper a hug and a peck on the cheek. “Now he’s really jealous.”

But Cooper downplayed the moment.

“He gave me a hug and a kiss on the cheek. Just the cheek,” she told ABC’s Chicago station WLS. “Please, Michelle, don’t come after me!”

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October 18, 2014

If you vote Republican…

by Ben Hoffman

If you vote Republican in this day and age, you can’t expect anyone to believe you love our country. You love your party — not our country.

October 15, 2014

Sleep is important

by Ben Hoffman

Hot woman in bed

Hot woman who sleeps


Sleep is tremendously important for well being.

The Harvard Women’s Health Watch suggests six reasons to get enough sleep:

  1. Learning and memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who’d slept after learning a task did better on tests later.
  2. Metabolism and weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
  3. Safety: Sleep debt contributes to a greater tendency to fall asleep during the daytime. These lapses may cause falls and mistakes such as medical errors, air traffic mishaps, and road accidents.
  4. Mood: Sleep loss may result in irritability, impatience, inability to concentrate, and moodiness. Too little sleep can also leave you too tired to do the things you like to do.
  5. Cardiovascular health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels, and irregular heartbeat.
  6. Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body’s killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.

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October 15, 2014

Cory Gardner wants to help women by making birth control available over-the-counter

by Ben Hoffman

Cory GardnerCory is only thinking about what’s best for women. After all, if birth control is available over-the-counter, women won’t have to go through the hassle of getting it free with their insurance; all they’ll need to do is pay for it with cash. That’s so much easier.

And just because women don’t support Cory’s plan is no reason to be against it. Cory knows what’s best for women. Trust him.

October 15, 2014

5 right-wing lies about Ebola

by Ben Hoffman

Ebola

An Ebola reclining

  1. Ebola was started by Obama’s family in Kenya. Not true. The Ebola virus was caused by Obamacare — not by his family.
  2. Illegal immigrants carried Ebola across the border. Not true. It was in the trunk of their Chevy.
  3. Obama signed an order mandating the detention of Americans. Not true. He ordered Joe Biden to order it.
  4. Obama promised an “Ebola-free America.” Not true. It will be heavily taxed.
  5. Ebola is part of a larger White House plan to control Americans. Well, that one is true.
October 15, 2014

Another day; another Republican law ruled unconstitutional

by Ben Hoffman

unconstitutional

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas’ highest court on Wednesday struck down a state law that requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, ruling the requirement unconstitutional just days before early voting begins for the Nov. 4 election.
In a decision that could have major implications in the state’s election, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that determined the law unconstitutionally added a requirement for voting.

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October 15, 2014

If you lie for your political party, you’re not a patriot; you’re a traitor

by Ben Hoffman
Orange liar with his orange wife

Orange liar with his orange wife

October 15, 2014

Hot woman jogging

by Ben Hoffman

Hot Woman Jogging

Hot Woman Jogging

Jogging is good exercise, but it can be hard on the knees — especially if you run on concrete. If you can, run on dirt. Asphalt isn’t as bad as concrete. Save your knees and other joints.

October 15, 2014

Christian fascism cost California taxpayers $2Million

by Ben Hoffman

ChristianFascismPrisoner-eIf there’s one thing conservatives are good at, it’s wasting taxpayer dollars. $4 trillion for the two wars. $24 billion for the government shutdown. Trillions more for wasteful defense spending.

Here’s another $2 million wasted.

A California atheist has won a settlement of nearly $2 million after being sent to jail on a parole violation for objections he made about participating in a faith-based rehab program.

Barry A. Hazle Jr., 46, served time for a conviction of methamphetamine possession in 2007. As a condition of his parole, he was enrolled in a drug treatment program where participants were required to acknowledge a “higher power,” according to the Sacramento Bee.

Hazle complained and asked for a different treatment program, but was told the only option in his area was the faith-based, Westcare 12-step program, according to the Record Searchlight.

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October 15, 2014

Conservative convicted of massive voter fraud in Wisconsin

by Ben Hoffman

Robert Monroe

Robert Monroe

Robert Monroe, 50, of Shorewood, Wisconsin was convicted of massive voter fraud on Friday. Monroe worked directly for Scott Walker’s re-election campaign. The fraud occurred during the recall election of Walker.

Monroe is also a health insurance executive for United Health who fought to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

According to public records, Monroe told investigators he suffered from amnesia when confronted with the charges against him. In addition to voting multiple times in the 2012 recall election, Monroe allegedly voted twice in the presidential election. All told, WisPolitics.com reports, Monroe allegedly voted a dozen times in five elections in 2011 and 2012.

Conservatives defended Walker saying, “It was for the good of the party. He’s a true patriot.” Monroe claimed it “was due to a state of amnesia” during one of his comedy stand-up routines.
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October 15, 2014

Neonazi group called “Election Protection Squad” to block voting in Colorado

by Ben Hoffman

Election Protection SquadNeonazi group called “Election Protection Squad” will be trying to prevent people from voting in Colorado in the upcoming mid-term elections. While we have an all mail-in election, they are going to try to block people from dropping their ballots off on election night.

The neonazi group has been recruiting volunteers to take a “stand for liberty,” which means blocking people from voting for Democrats — especially black and Hispanic people. A visit to their website shows patriotic looking images of Hitler, Mussolini, and Francisco Franco as inspiration.

Yes, nothing says patriotism like honoring dictators we fought against in WWII.

The neonazi group was organized by Senate candidate Laura Woods, radio station 560-AM KLZ, and Mapleton School Board member Jen Raiffie.
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October 14, 2014

Jimmy John’s offers employees a !@#$% sandwitch

by Ben Hoffman

Shit sandwich

Shit sandwich

Huffington Post obtained a copy of a Jimmy John’s non-compete agreement that all employees are required to sign, no matter where they sit on the corporate food chain. The agreement states that after leaving Jimmy John’s for any reason, the employee cannot work for two years at any Jimmy John’s competitor.

That would be crazy enough, but it gets even more Banana Town when you consider what Jimmy John’s apparently considers a “competitor”: any business that makes at least 10% of its revenues from sandwiches within three miles of ANY Jimmy John’s.
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October 14, 2014

Sears sells swastika ring on their website!

by Ben Hoffman

sears_swasticaThis is not a joke.

A jewelry company called CET Domain was selling the ring on Sears’ “marketplace” website, which hosts a community of third-party sellers. They also sell on Amazon.com.

The description for the ring reads: “This gothic jewelry item in particular features a Swastika ring that’s made of .925 Thai silver. These jewelry items are going to make you look beautiful at your next dinner date.”

Yes, you’ll be the envy of all the other skinheads and KKK members at your next cross burning.
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October 14, 2014

GOP wants U.S. generals to resign and fight for the Republican Party

by Ben Hoffman

LambornRep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) wants U.S. generals to resign from the U.S. military and form a new military that fights for the Republican party. He is upset that we have a democratically elected president who is not Republican and seeks to solve that problem by eliminating our democracy through a military coup.
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October 14, 2014

Republican Missouri official calls for a military coup

by Ben Hoffman

Fasist Jefferson County Recorder of Deeds Debbie Dunnegan

Fasist Jefferson County Recorder of Deeds Debbie Dunnegan

Last week, Jefferson County Recorder of Deeds Debbie Dunnegan called for a military coup to “depose” Obama. She believes that Obama is a dictator because he tried to make healthcare more accessible, fought for civil rights, and protected our country’s environment, “just like Hitler.”
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