Archive for April, 2010

April 13, 2010

Sarah Palin: Anti-American, But Business Savvy

by Ben Hoffman

Sarah Palin saw that she could cash in on her celebrity after the 2008 election by resigning from governorship and going out on a speaking tour, among other things. Sure, she was elected to serve the state of Alaska, and forcing an extra election, costing the state quite a bit of money, but money is the right-wing American way. Anything for a buck.

As governor, Palin was paid a measly $125k a year where she had to do actual work, make (bad) decisions, and deal with criticism.

As a right-wing celebrity, she’s “earned” about $12 million since July! There’s good money in telling the lies right-wingers want to hear. Sean Hannity makes about $20 million a year and Glenn Beck makes about the same.

Like Bush, Palin, Hannity, and Beck are just regular people to right-wingers and that makes the ignorant masses feel good. And isn’t that what’s really important?

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April 13, 2010

Obama Reveals Top Candidates For SCOTUS Opening

by Ben Hoffman

President Barack Obama is reviewing several candidates to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.

“I’d like to nominate a moderate, but to balance the court, I think we need to get the left-wing equivalent of Scalia and Roberts in there,” Obama told reporters. “Someone that radical may be hard to find, though.”

Obama’s short list is said to include William Ayers, Ward Churchill, Louis Farrakhan, and Noam Chomsky.

Senator Lamar Alaxander (R-TN) suggested in a statement today that he might filibuster any candidate who is not Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, or Newt Gingrich.

“We need a Justice who represents the will of the real Americans,” Alaxander stated, “not some elitist who uses facts and logic in their reasoning.”

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April 13, 2010

Medvedev Mocks George W. Bush

by Ben Hoffman

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, in a recent interview with George Stephanopoulus, implied president Bush was not much of a thinker.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You’ve now met with President Obama many times. At least 15 meetings and phone calls.

MEDVEDEV: Sixteen times.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Sixteen. Okay, I knew it was 15. I wasn’t sure about the 16. What do you make of Barack Obama the man?

MEDVEDEV: He’s very comfortable partner, it’s very interesting to be with him. The most important thing that distinguishes him from many other people – I won’t name anyone by name – he’s a thinker, he thinks when he speaks. Which is already pretty good.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You had somebody in your mind, I think. (LAUGHS)

MEDVEDEV: Obviously I do have someone on my mind. I don’t want to mention anyone by name, but his initials are “GEORGE W. BUSH! George Bush is so stupid, he once tripped over a wireless phone! George Bush is so dumb, he got fired from his job at the M&M factory for throwing out all the ‘W’s! George Bush is so dumb, he once put money in the parking meter and waited for a gumball to come out! Wait, I’m not finished… (laughs out loud) Bush is so stupid, his geometry test said “Find x”, and he circled it and said “there it is!” Bush is so dumb, he stares at an orange juice carton every morning for an hour because it says “concentrate!”

(At this point in the interview, Medvedev rolled on the floor, laughing his ass off.)

MEDVEDEV: Ah, sorry… But seriously, Barack Obama is eager to listen to his partner, which is a pretty good quality for a politician. Because any politician is to a certain degree a mentor. They preach something. And the ability to listen to their partner is very important for the politician. And he is pretty deeply emerged in the subject, so he has a good knowledge of what he’s talking about. There was no instance in our meetings with Mr. Obama where he wasn’t well prepared for the questions. This is very good. And after all, he’s simply a very pleasant man with whom it’s a pleasure to deal with.

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April 7, 2010

Now That SCOTUS Ruled Corporations Are People, Massey Should Be Charged With Manslaughter

by Ben Hoffman

At least 25 people died in the latest Massey mine disaster. Three others have died since 1998. Massey Energy Co. has a long record of citations for serious safety violations and have not addressed many of the problems. For mining companies, it’s often cheaper to just pay the fines and not make any changes, and that’s what appears to have been going on here. Some of the fines, they’ve just refused to pay.

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So now that corporations are people, and people are held responsible when they cause the deaths of others, Massey should be tried for manslaughter. Of course, just like corporations can’t talk and it’s the board members who were given the right to free speech with their money, the board members should also go to prison when they recklessly endanger the lives of the workers and it results in deaths.

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April 6, 2010

Man Charged With Threatening To Kill Senator Over Health Care Vote

by Ben Hoffman

A Washington state man has been charged with threatening to kill Democratic Sen. Patty Murray over her support for health care reform, leaving voicemail messages at her office saying she had a target on her back and “it only takes one piece of lead.”

Federal agents arrested Charles Alan Wilson without incident in Yakima, Wash., on Tuesday.

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The right-wing wackos are getting wackier!

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April 6, 2010

Billboards Against Obama

by Ben Hoffman

There is a new organization letting the anti-Obama crowd express themselves through electronic billboards called BillboardsAgainstObama.com. They’re not really against the policies of the Democrats, which they learn about after the information is filtered through Fox “news” and other right-wing media outlets; they’re against Obama as a person.

So here are a few more billboards we may be seeing in the near future:

More to come later today… 🙂

April 6, 2010

Here We Go Again: Anti-Choice Group Pushes “Personhood” Initiative.

by Ben Hoffman

These religious nuts have once again succeeded in getting their “personhood” measures on the ballots for this fall’s election.

“We are defining the word ‘person’ as a human being & regardless of age, level of functioning, perceived ability or disability,” said Cal Zastrow, co-founder of Personhood USA, which formed in 2008. “When there is an innocent person, the law should protect them.”

Proponents in Colorado and Mississippi succeeded in getting these “personhood” measures on the ballots. In six other states, including Missouri, volunteers are collecting signatures.

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Theirs is a purely religious movement. From their website: “The Primary Mission of Personhood USA is to serve Jesus by being an Advocate for those who can not speak for themselves, the pre-born child.” Once again, they’re trying to impose their religious beliefs on everyone else.

Funny how there’s nothing on their website about the right to life of a person AFTER birth. What about health care for the living? What about all the children who were molested by priests?

These people are only interested in life before birth and what happens after you die. They are religious fanatics, but they keep getting these damn initiatives on the ballots. There may be some good to come out of it, though. If it motivates rational people to get out and vote to defeat the measure, that will help keep the radical right-wingers out of office.

Apathy is democracy’s worst enemy.

April 2, 2010

Another Anti-Government Christian Group Issues Threats

by Ben Hoffman

WASHINGTON — The FBI is warning police across the country that an anti-government group’s call to remove governors from office could provoke violence by others.

A group that calls itself the Guardians of the free Republics wants to “restore America” by peacefully dismantling parts of the government, according to its Web site.

As of Wednesday, more than 30 governors had received letters saying if they don’t leave office within three days they will be removed, according to an internal intelligence note by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The note was obtained by The Associated Press.

Investigators do not see threats of violence in the group’s message, but fear the broad call for removing top state officials could lead others to act out violently.

Governors whose offices reported receiving the letters included Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Chet Culver of Iowa and Jim Gibbons of Nevada.

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Last week the FBI raided another Christian extremist group and arrested 9 militia members. Pedophile priests have been protected by the Vatican.

We live in interesting times.

April 2, 2010

U.S. Economy Added 162,000 Jobs in March, Most in 3 Years

by Ben Hoffman

The American economy added 162,000 jobs in March, offering some hope that the labor market, after shedding millions of jobs during the recession, had reached a turning point.

But economists sounded a cautious note, pointing out that a sizable portion of the growth came from the government’s hiring of 48,000 census workers. There were clear signs, however, that the private sector was slowly gaining strength: over all, it added 123,000 jobs last month.

Recent strength has come from sectors like health care, which added another 27,000 jobs in March. In addition, employers added 40,000 temporary jobs, raising hopes that they might soon begin hiring permanently.

Manufacturing, which has been a rare bright spot, added 17,000 jobs in March, continuing an upward trend fueled by a surge in orders and production.

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Government hiring and the stimulus packages have created jobs, but the government needs to do more to bring jobs back to the U.S. The “buy American” provision of the stimulus was defeated by both Democrats and Republicans who are in the pockets of big business, and a lot of our tax dollars went to overseas manufacturing. We need to stop these anti-American activities.

Every other country that had a stimulus program had protectionist provisions in them. It’s time we did what’s right for America. It’s time for stronger tariffs and penalties for companies that ship jobs to China and other places where workers are paid slave wages.

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April 1, 2010

Wall St. Driving Up Oil Prices. Again.

by Ben Hoffman

WASHINGTON — Oil consumption has fallen, demand from U.S. motorists for gasoline is flat at best and refiners that turn crude into fuel are operating well below capacity. Yet oil prices keep marching toward $90 a barrel, pushing gasoline toward $3 a gallon in many markets, and prompting American drivers to ask, “What gives?”

Blame it on the same folks who brought you $140 oil and $4 gasoline in 2008: Wall Street speculators.

Experts attribute much of the recent rise in prices to flows of speculative money into oil markets. These bets are fueled by investor expectations that the U.S. and global economies are poised to return to growth and thus spark increased use of oil. Strong growth in China supports the narrative of rising oil consumption and tightening supplies.

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High oil prices a few years ago helped destroy our economy. It caused inflation, job loss, and caused a lot of suffering. People had to choose between filling up their tanks and putting food on the table. These speculators are engaging in anti-American activities and they need to be stopped.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is weighing a proposal to put global limits on how many oil contracts any one market player can buy or sell, and legislation to revamp financial regulation that’s expected to pass Congress this year could force greater disclosure by oil traders to regulators.

How about repealing the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 instead? That’s what got us into this mess in the first place and allowed Goldman Sachs et al. to destroy our economy.