- Japan tsunami and nuclear disaster killed nearly 20,000 people
- Death of Dennis Ritchie. Ritchie created the “C” programming language around 1970 to rewrite the UNIX operating system. It made the porting of software to various platforms much easier than with assembly language. Most software is still written in C/C++ including Windows, Linux, UNIX, Mac OS X, MS Office, most browsers…
- Death of Steve Jobs. A visionary who changed life for many with the iPad, iPhone, iPod, and many others.
- Occupy Wall St. People around the world have been protesting the right-wing policies that have destroyed our economy and ruined countless lives. America finally got into the game.
- Arab Spring. This year we saw the fall of the Tunisian, Libyan, and Egyptian governments. The fate of Syria is unknown with the government murdering 100s of protesters.
- Tim Tebow mania. A mediocre quarterback gains legendary status because he’s a religious nut.
- Killing of Osama Bin-Laden. Obama makes Republicans look bad by taking out the terrorist responsible for the 9/11/2001 attack. Republican tactic: bomb them into smithereens. Democratic tactic: use intelligence.
- Withdrawal from Iraq. One of the biggest blunders in U.S. history ends with the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. No one has been prosecuted for lying us into war, nor has there been a serious investigation into how we got it so wrong.
- Space Shuttle program ends with final mission of Space Shuttle Atlantis. George W. Bush canceled the Space Shuttle replacement program as one of his first acts as president. Right-wingers blame Obmaa.
- Christian terrorism in Norway leaves 76 children dead.
- Consumer outrage stops BOfA credit card charges and Verizon fees. That’s evidence that we’re not powerless to fight abuse.
- And the biggest news of 2011… I wrote 3 songs! For years I’ve wanted to try my hand at writing songs and finally did it. My next goal is to write a GOOD song.
I hope you all had a good year. We need to be more active in the upcoming election to win back the House from the radical right. Get involved in local elections. Expose Republicans for the SOBs they are.
Happy New Year!
Bush made right-wingers feel good because he seemed like he was one of them, even though he had lived a life of privilege. He was the candidate they’d want to have a beer with. Reagan made them feel good about our country through the use of rhetoric, even though he caused enormous damage while in office.
Obama makes right-wingers feel bad about themselves. First of all, he’s of a different race (half different, anyway), his father was a Muslim (only half-Christian), and he was a professor (another strike).
A reporter ventured into Republicanistan to interview voters. Here’s what some of them had to say…
DES MOINES — Jonathan Gabhart, a 21-year-old college student from Spencer, Iowa, is leaning toward voting for Ron Paul because of the Texas lawmaker’s unpolished speaking style — a “high-pitched, squirrelly voice,” as he put it. “He seems like a real person because of his eccentricities.”
Andy Schwaegler, a 45-year-old tree farmer from Orford, N.H., is drawn to Mitt Romney because the well-coiffed candidate reminds him of his father, a business executive. “It’s something about the way he carries himself,” Mr. Schwaegler said.
Nancy Weaver, a 60-year-old retiree in Grinnell, Iowa, favors Representative Michele Bachmann because the congresswoman raised 23 foster children. “That’s a huge endeavor for any man or woman,” she said.
“Personality does matter,” said Michael Dee, a lawyer in West Des Moines. “Because this person is going to be on TV all the time as president.”
[The fact that Rick Santorum home-schooled his children] was well known to Dwayne Kriegel, a postal carrier in Grinnell, who is backing Mr. Santorum in the caucus on Tuesday. “He’s passionate about his dedication to family values,” Mr. Kriegel said. “The others say what they think the voters want to hear, while he lives it.”
This article, as many in the mainstream media, shows the conservative bias in reporting. The author makes blanket statements claiming that because conservatives choose their candidates in a certain way, all people must use the same method.
We see this over and over in the media. Republicans block bills in Congress and the MSM reports “neither side willing to budge.” The pubic sees both sides as being equally incompetent and corrupt. The problem is with media ownership in America. News media outlets are afraid they might offend some of the higher-ups, so they water down stories or “balance” the facts with a right-wing spin on the facts.
What’s missing from this research? How about adding corporatism into the equation. That’s the most dangerous ideology and also where we’re heading with Republicans and a few Democrats in our government. Corporatism is another name for fascism, and is also the ideology of the Republican and Libertarian parties.
Conservatives are not creators; they leave that up to the imaginary being in the sky. They do nothing but destroy. So I thought I’d make a list of things conservatives hate. (Feel free to add to this list.)
Things conservatives hate
- High-speed rail transportation
- Anything done that doesn’t make a profit
- Green energy
- Barack Obama
- Democracy in the United States (because sometimes the other party gets elected)
- Tax cuts when proposed by Democrats (the Stimulus was 1/3 tax cuts)
- Gays (unless they’re self-hating gays like Larry Craig)
- Legitimate economists (because they always contradict the conservative ideology)
- Being told they have to buy insurance, even if they already have insurance (they just don’t like being told to do it)
- Higher education (only the elite should be educated)
- Science (it’s too hard)
- Taxes. They’d rather see our infrastructure crumble than have to pay taxes (this would be number 1 if these were in order)
- Not being at war (Conservatives love to bomb other countries where they get to destroy all sorts of things)
- Publicly funded art projects
- Publicly funded TV and radio programs
- Social Security (unless they’re old enough to collect)
- Medicare (unless they’re old enough or disabled so they can collect)
- Any news outlet that doesn’t spin the news to the right
- Regulation that restricts pollution
- The environment (unless it involves property where they get to kill animals)
- The minimum wage ($3 a day is plenty for workers like they’re paid in China)
- Communism or socialism (unless it’s in other countries where U.S. corporations can exploit their workers)
Isn’t it time we stopped believing in these children’s fairy tails and started embracing science? Religion is responsible for most of the pain and suffering in the world. We were attacked in 2001 by right-wing religious fanatics.
“I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty. [...] Only He can relieve me of this duty Who called me to it. It was in the hand of Providence to snuff me out by the bomb that exploded only one and a half meters from me on July 20, and thus to terminate my life’s work. That the Almighty protected me on that day I consider a renewed affirmation of the task entrusted to me…”
~ Adolf Hitler
Hitler referenced God in every one of his speeches. He used religion to gain power and to reign terror throughout the world.
Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
~ Steven Weinberg
Advocates of the pipeline have pressed the case that thousands of shovel-ready jobs are being delayed by the administration’s inaction, with House Republicans including a shortened timeline for a permit in legislation extending the payroll tax cut.
By some accounts, the number of jobs that would be created could be as many as 150,000. But the State Department in August put the number of construction jobs at just 5,000 to 6,000.
TransCanada’s initial estimate of 20,000 — which it said includes 13,000 direct construction jobs and 7,000 jobs among supply manufacturers — has been widely quoted by lawmakers and presidential candidates.
[TransCanada chief executive Russ] Girling said Friday that the 13,000 figure was “one person, one year,” meaning that if the construction jobs lasted two years, the number of people employed in each of the two years would be 6,500. That brings the company’s number closer to the State Department’s; State says the project would create 5,000 to 6,000 construction jobs, a figure that was calculated by its contractor Cardno Entrix.
Opponents and proponents of the project have also disagreed over whether as many as 7,000 indirect supply chain jobs will be created. (That’s the rest of TransCanada’s 20,000 figure.) Much of that figure depends on where steel pipe will be fabricated, with opponents claiming that many of the jobs will actually be outside the United States.
But the biggest stretch in all of these figures is the biggest number: the 118,000 “spin-off” jobs that supposedly would be created from building the pipeline.
Among the list of jobs that would be created: 51 dancers and choreographers, 138 dentists, 176 dental hygienists, 100 librarians, 510 bread bakers, 448 clergy, 154 stenographers, 865 hairdressers, 136 manicurists, 110 shampooers, 65 farmers, and (our favorite) 1,714 bartenders.
They forgot all the jobs created if the pipeline bursts and there’s a huge environmental disaster. That will create jobs for cleanup crews, environmental engineers, lawyers… These cleanups are paid mostly with government funding, though, which means socialism. So the Republicans are pushing for a socialistic program by mandating the approval of the pipeline.
The Republican’s plan to stimulate the economy is to allow corporations to pollute the environment and to fire government workers. That’s not going to work in our universe, but Republicans seem to live in some alternate reality.
House lawmakers sparred bitterly on Thursday over the Obama administration’s decision to deny a group of Catholic bishops a lucrative grant because they refused to refer sex trafficking victims to a full range of reproductive services. Republicans accused the administration of being overtly anti-Catholic and promoting abortion, while Democrats said the GOP had scheduled the hearing with the sole purpose of “smearing” President Obama.
The Department of Health and Human Services recently decided not to renew a $19 million, five-year contract with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to help sex trafficking victims because the group does not refer survivors to abortion or contraception services. The three groups who received the grant instead of the bishops — Tapestri of Atlanta, Heartland Human Care Services of Chicago and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants of Washington — all agreed to provide victims “the full range of reproductive services” recommended by the health department.
Not only should all religious organizations be denied government grants, many of them (such as the Catholic church) should be deemed terrorist organizations and dangerous religious cults. Why have our tax dollars and money that we borrow from other countries been used to fund these radical organizations that are hell bent on destroying our country? The belief in “god” and other supernatural beings is a mental disorder, and when you combine that with funny costumes, you’re just asking for trouble. If these crazy bastards get any government funding, it should be for is for psychological treatment.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said on Monday he “very rarely” reads newspapers.
“You should know, I don’t read newspapers in the state of Ohio. Very rarely do I read a newspaper,” he said during a speech in Columbus. “Because just like I think presidents have done in the past, reading newspapers does not give you an uplifting experience.”
“Time to time, people will send me articles and things I need to know about. I have found that my life’s a lot better if I don’t get aggravated about what I read in the newspaper,” he added.
Republicans don’t read the news because facts are inconsistent with their version of reality and the version they sell to the public. And if you don’t know the facts, it’s a lot easier to lie.
Republican ideology is based on lies. The Reagan legacy is almost pure myth. Their economic policies are based on lies. Their foreign policies are based on ignorance, which is why they continuously repeat mistakes of the past. You can’t learn from the past if you don’t know the past.
Gov. John Kasich would be a good fit as a republican presidential candidate. For right-wingers, the dumber the better.
WASHINGTON — A federal judge in New York on Monday threw out a settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Citigroup over a 2007 mortgage derivatives deal, saying that the S.E.C.’s policy of settling cases by allowing a company to neither admit nor deny the agency’s allegations did not satisfy the law.
The judge, Jed S. Rakoff of United States District Court in Manhattan, ruled that the S.E.C.’s $285 million settlement, announced last month, is “neither fair, nor reasonable, nor adequate, nor in the public interest” because it does not provide the court with evidence on which to judge the settlement.
The ruling could throw the S.E.C.’s enforcement efforts into chaos, because a majority of the fraud cases and other actions that the agency brings against Wall Street firms are settled out of court, most often with a condition that the defendant does not admit that it violated the law while also promising not to deny it.
That condition gives a company or individual an advantage in subsequent civil litigation for damages, because cases in which no facts are established cannot be used in evidence in other cases, like shareholder lawsuits seeking recovery of losses or damages.
The S.E.C.’s policy — “hallowed by history, but not by reason,” Judge Rakoff wrote — creates substantial potential for abuse, the judge said, because “it asks the court to employ its power and assert its authority when it does not know the facts.”
Judge Rakoff also refers at one point to Citigroup as “a recidivist,” or repeat offender, which has violated the antifraud provisions of the nation’s securities laws many times. The company knew that the S.E.C.’s proposed judgment – that it cease and desist from violating the antifraud laws – had not been enforced in at least 10 years, the judge wrote.
This is disgraceful. Republicans are trying to instill a fascist government in the United States and activist judges like this are blocking their efforts. This has to stop if we want an authoritarian corporatist rule. Vote for fascism in the next election. Vote GOP.
It’s no wonder right-wingers are so angry. They don’t have any comedians on their side (any funny ones, anyway). Their music sucks. They don’t like science because it doesn’t fit their ideology. They have to rewrite history to make it fit their world view. They lie to criticize Democrats and lie to defend Republicans.
Right-wingers are pathetic excuses for human beings, which is why they need religion to provide some comfort that if they believe in some mythological supernatural being, they’ll go to some imaginary place when they die.
Michele Bachmann has spoken out and demanded an apology for the song played by the Roots, the “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” house band, when she was introduced as a guest Monday night. Bachmann called the song, “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” by Fishbone, sexist and a sign of Hollywood’s bias.
She was unaware of the significance of the song’s title at the time, she said, but was later angered to hear its meaning.
“I think the point is,” she told Fox News’s America’s Newsroom, “if that had been Michelle Obama who had come out on the stage, and if that song had been played for Michelle Obama, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized to her and likely they could have fired the drummer, at least suspended him, none of that happened from NBC and this is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite but it’s also I think it’s sexism as well.”
The First Lady was booed by fans at a NASCAR race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, for which the racing circuit later apologized.
Like all right-wingers, Michele Bachmann is a pathological liar. Below are some sites that keep tract of some of Michele Bachmann’s lies.
Of course, some right-wing sheep will post a response and claim that Obama lied when he promised unemployment wouldn’t go over 8% if the Stimulus bill was passed, which of course, is a lie. He never “promised” that.
When Rick Perry’s brain froze at last Wednesday’s GOP debate—leaving him unable to name the third of three federal departments he proposes to shut down—it wasn’t like someone setting up a joke and then forgetting the punchline. He was reciting something straight out of his standard stump speech: shutter the Departments of Education, Commerce, and Energy. I know that Meat Loaf says two out of three ain’t bad, but in this case it was disastrous.
How did we devolve to the point where a leading Republican candidate for the presidency can’t count to three? Whatever happened to conservative intellectuals?
John Stuart Mill famously dismissed mid-19th-century British conservatives as the “stupid party.” But in the America of my youth, it wasn’t true. Conservatives looked up to intellectuals. William F. Buckley set the tone with his sesquipedalian erudition. George F. Will was a must-read, and my conservative classmates at the University of Texas in the Age of Reagan could all quote Milton Friedman.
No more. Today’s conservatives are more likely to mimic Rush Limbaugh than Buckley, and they probably know more of the work of Salma Hayek than Friedrich Hayek. To be sure, Will still commands respect, and intellectuals like David Frum and Bill Kristol carry the torch ably. But today’s Republican Party is more the party of Sarah Palin’s defiant know-nothingness than the brainy conservatism of Bill Bennett. The GOP is a party of ideologues, not ideas.
Cain Using Secret Service to Protect Him From The Press!!! Our Tax Dollars Wasted on an Anti-American, Sex Offender.
Herman Cain publicly addressed his campaign’s request for Secret Service protection for the first time Friday, saying at a campaign stop in Florida that his staff was concerned for his safety.
“We were in New Hampshire and there was some things that, quite frankly, made us feel a little uncomfortable,” Cain said at press conference in Jacksonville, according to CNN. “So we are glad that the request was approved and it feels great because they do a great job of making things move seamlessly.”
Cain’s campaign spokesman told the Washington Post Friday that the campaign had requested the agents because of concerns about physical skirmishes between journalists at Cain events.
“When he gets out at a rally or a campaign stop, it has been increasingly common for media to be physically putting themselves and others in danger by trying to follow him with a lot of heavy equipment and cameras in close quarters like we saw yesterday,” Gordon told the Post. He said that the candidate was drawing between a dozen and 50 media members to most campaign stops.