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 29, 2014

Was Jesus An Alien From Outer Space?

by Ben Hoffman

Originally posted on DRUDGE RETORT:

The story goes: a star traveled across the sky and came to rest over Bethlehem. On that day, a virgin woman gave birth to baby Jesus.

Could it be that the witnesses to the event mistook the light in the sky for a star, but what they really saw was a flying saucer — a UFO? Could it be that the martians impregnated Mary with a seed from another world and Jesus was the son of an alien? It goes without saying that the martians were here illegally and therefore Jesus was the child of an illegal alien.

The story also claims Jesus rose from the dead three days after his crucifixion. It is very possible that he was never dead but instead was waiting for the mother ship to rescue him from his insane followers. On that third day, Jesus probably gathered his belongings and got aboard the space…

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October 27, 2014

Paul Krugman: Republicans destroyed our economy and continue to hold it back

by Ben Hoffman

gop_recessionMore than five years after the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, a whopping 72 percent of Americans think the economy is still mired in a recession. And while they’re technically wrong, it’s not hard to see why they have that idea. Despite 56 consecutive months of private sector job growth, the labor force participation rate is at its lowest level since 1978. While the top 1 percent has bounced back just fine, middle-class wages remain stagnant. Can you blame the country for not breaking into “Happy Days Are Here Again”?

In his New York Times column this morning, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman spells out what’s wrong with our economy and with our country in general. It’s “the destructive ideology that has taken over the Republican Party.”

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Now, let’s be fair… The GOP has a long history of destructive economic policies. They caused the Enron scandal, the S&L scandal, and most other economic scandals. But while they have always been extreme, they have gone full-blown fascism. Anyone who doesn’t agree with the Republican party “should be jailed or killed.” And that’s just plain un-American and pro-Nazi Germany.

October 27, 2014

GOP: More than just a political party; it’s a cult!

by Ben Hoffman

gop-goonRepublicans ARE drinking the Kool-Aid.

On Wednesday, Politico published an article in which John Podesta, Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff and current adviser to President Obama, said that Republicans are, “a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress.”

Those comments caused outrage with Republicans in Washington, and in the interests of political correctness and civility, Podesta apologized to Speaker of the House John Boehner.

But apology aside, Podesta was right.

The Republican Party is a cult worthy of Jim Jones, and all across America, it’s killing off its followers, just like Jim Jones did.

For reasons that typically have to do with god, gays or guns, low-income people across America frequently vote Republican, thus becoming Republican cultist followers.

And then, just like the followers at Jonestown, they let their leaders in the Republican Party pass out “policy Kool-aid” that actually kills some of them.

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October 26, 2014

Every Republican president in the past 50 years increased the federal deficit

by Ben Hoffman

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October 26, 2014

Thank Mark Udall for opposing the Keystone Pipeline

by Ben Hoffman

KeystonePipelineConservatives have been lying about the Keystone Pipeline for years. Here are some facts about it:

  • The U.S. State Department’s analysis says only 3,900 would be employed directly for construction of the Keystone Pipeline if it is built in one year or 1,950 per year if work is spread over two.
  • It would generate only about 50 jobs during operations once it’s built.
  • It would carry “the dirtiest oil on the planet.”
  • Tar sands is a form of petroleum so dense that at a temperature of 52 degrees Fahrenheit it is “hard as a hockey puck,” and must be heated or diluted with dangerous chemicals to be made to flow through pipes.
    Refining it into useful fuels also requires more energy — and hence more emissions — than lighter forms of petroleum.
  • Oil flowing through the Keystone pipeline would result in an increase in U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases equivalent to adding somewhere between 770,800 and 4.3 million passenger vehicles.
  • Pipelines are hazardous. An average of 97,376 barrels (4.1 million gallons) of petroleum and other “hazardous liquids” have been spilled each year in pipeline incidents over the last decade. These incidents have claimed an average of two lives per year and resulted in more than $263 million in annual property damage as well.

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Thank Mark Udall for doing what’s right for America rather than caving to the oil industry.

October 26, 2014

Documentary about the new Republican party

by Ben Hoffman

October 26, 2014

Republicans take away rights and then tell people to take up arms because government is taking away rights

by Ben Hoffman
republican hypocrisy

Republican hypocrisy

October 26, 2014

Man breaks all 10 commandments in one act

by Ben Hoffman
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Broken commandments

(Reuters) – A man was taken into custody on Friday on suspicion of knocking over a Ten Commandments monument with a car on the grounds of the Oklahoma statehouse and then fleeing the scene, law enforcement officials said on Friday.

The U.S. Secret Service detained the man, who has not been identified, after he was alleged to have made threatening statements at a federal building in Oklahoma City. The man told agents he urinated on the monument and ran it over with a car, said David Allison, the assistant special agent in charge.

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The Ten Commandments Monument violates the 1st Amendment because it is on public land, which is paid for by taxpayers. By destroying the monument, the man stopped the perpetration of a crime and is a hero.

October 26, 2014

The difference between Christian and Muslim conservatives

by Ben Hoffman

Religious conservatives are all pretty much the same. The main difference is the way they murder people.

ISIS

Muslim conservative murder technique

lynching

Christian conservative murder technique

October 25, 2014

If even one fraudster shows up in November…

by Ben Hoffman
If even one fraudster...

If even one fraudster…

October 25, 2014

Hero who stopped Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooter was first year teacher Megan Silberberger

by Ben Hoffman

Megan Silberberger

Hero Teacher Megan Silberberger

A shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday afternoon left one victim and the gunman himself dead. Four other victims were hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
The student shooter was allegedly motivated by a spoiled romance.

A student who witness the event said the gunshots followed a verbal altercation.

“It started off with an argument, but then I looked back and there was just gunshots and just people falling down,” Cervantes recalled. And immediately after the gunshots, the (woman) intervened, he said.

“She heard the gunshots first and she came in running through the door, right next to it,” he recalled.
Cervantes said there was no prolonged struggle between Silberberger and the gunman.

“It wasn’t (a) wrestle. She just grabbed his arm, and it lasted like two seconds, and I heard another shot.”
Cervantes said it was the shot that killed the gunman with his own weapon.

Randy Davis, the president of the Marysville Education Association, said he taught at the school for 20 years and knows Silberberger as someone who student-taught last year and just started her first semester as a social studies teacher.

Davis described Silberberger as “Your classic first-year teacher with high enthusiasm, a lot of passion for what she does.”
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October 25, 2014

Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead at 71

by Ben Hoffman

Jack Bruce, the singer on some of Cream’s biggest hits, has died of liver disease.

His full name was John Symon Asher “Jack” Bruce and was from Scotland. He and Eric Clapton played in John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers band and then went on to form Cream. He also played with Manfred Mann. (Remember Manfred Mann’s Earth Band?)

After the demise of Cream, Bruce merged jazz and rock or jazz-rock fusion with great musicians such as Larry Coryell and John McLaughlin. He also had a band during the ’70s with singer/guitarist Leslie West and drummer Corky Laing from the band Mountain.

Here’s a video of Cream’s Farewell concert at Royal Albert Hall from 1968…

October 25, 2014

Con-man Cory Gardner lied about his support for clean energy (video)

by Ben Hoffman

Cory Gardner is against clean energy development. He should run on the truth — not on lies.

October 24, 2014

Anti-veteran president Obama starts job training program for veterans

by Ben Hoffman

710284-solar-power-install-thinkstockPresident Barack Obama, once again showing his hatred for veterans, started a solar energy job training program that may lead to jobs for thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. As a result, those patriots will be forced to spend some eight hours a day, working in some office at a computer or perhaps in a factory. It just shows how much Obama hates our military veterans.

Solar energy is shattering records in the United States. Since President Obama took office, installed solar power has increased 13-fold, topping nearly 16 gigawatts today – enough to power the equivalent of 3.2 million average American homes. As solar energy continues to grow, it is becoming a major source of high-paying American jobs – employing nearly 143,000 full-time professionals last year.
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Despicable.

October 24, 2014

Gay group wants to secede from U.S., name new country after gay pundit

by Ben Hoffman

Gay secessionist

Gay secessionist


This is a twist. A gay group sporting cowboy hats and tight jeans wants to succeed from the U.S.

Douglas MacKinnon is a conservative columnist and former Reagan administration aide and he has written with a new book calling for Southern states to secede. While working for the president, he developed a close relationship with Ron Reagan, Jr — an admittedly gay political pundit.

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Ron Reagan, Jr.

Ron Reagan, Jr. said he was flattered but shocked that the secessionist wants to name the new country after him. “I remember Dougie, ” Ron said. “He was always coming around with the latest show-tunes albums and wanting to show me the new shoes he just bought, but he really wasn’t my type. We went out a few times, but that was about it.”