Archive for December, 2011

December 31, 2011

2011 – Year in Review

by Ben Hoffman

In no particular order…

  • 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!

December 30, 2011

How They Choose Their Candidates In Republicanistan

by Ben Hoffman


Right-wingers choose their candidates mainly through the use of emotional reasoning. How the candidate looks and talks are extremely important to them, as are superficial things in the politician’s life such as how often they go to church and their level of religiosity . These qualifications are selfish reasons, because it really comes down to how the candidate makes the voter feel.

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.”

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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.

December 29, 2011

Cost of War vs. Cost of Green Energy

by Ben Hoffman

The cost of one bad loan to Solyndra: $535 million.
The cost of one day of war in Iraq: $720 million.

Guess which one they’re outraged over in Republicanistan?

December 29, 2011

U.S. Debt

by Ben Hoffman

U.S. Debt before Bush tax cuts: $5.7 trillion
Current debt as result of Bush tax cuts, two wars, reduced revenues and increased unemployment benefits due to high unemployment, Medicare Part D, and Obama tax cuts: $15 trillion

December 29, 2011

More Right-Wing Bias In The Media, This Time From Pew-Research

by Ben Hoffman

12-28-11 #1
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.

December 29, 2011

Obama Selling Fighter Jets To Terrorists

by Ben Hoffman

HONOLULU — Fortifying one of its key allies in Persian Gulf, the Obama administration announced a major new weapons deal with Saudi Arabia on Thursday, saying it had agreed to sell the Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 fighter jets valued at nearly $30 billion.

The agreement is part of a broader 10-year, $60 billion arms package for Saudi Arabia that Congress approved a year ago. But its timing is laden with significance, with tensions over Iran mounting in the Persian Gulf and the United States pulling its last soldiers out of Iraq.

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Every terrorist who attacked us on 9/11 was from Saudi Arabia, including Osama Bin-Laden. How the hell can we sell arms to that country? Oh, yeah… profit.

December 28, 2011

Breaking News – Kim Jong Il Still Dead

by Ben Hoffman

Shedding crocodile tears for the dead dictator

Kim Jong Il’s passed on! This dictator is no more! He has ceased to be! He’s expired and gone to meet his maker! He’s a stiff! Bereft of life! He’s pushing up the daisies! His metabolic processes are now history! He’s off the twig! He’s kicked the bucket, He’s shuffled off his mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-DICTATOR!!!

Okay, now let’s all shed some crocodile tears for the dead dictator.

December 27, 2011

Louis CK learns about the Catholic Church

by Ben Hoffman

Always Question Authority

1. I am not responsible for others puritanical sensibilities.
2. No one has the right not to be offended. 

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December 27, 2011

A Cow Based Economics Lesson

by Ben Hoffman

You have 2 cows.
You give one to your neighbor.

You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and gives you some milk.

You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and sells you some milk.

You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and shoots you.

You have 2 cows.
The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then throws the milk away.

You have two cows.
You sell one and buy a bull.
Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows.
You sell them and retire on the income.

You have two cows.
You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows.
The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company.
The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more.
You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States , leaving you with nine cows.
No balance sheet provided with the release.
The public then buys your bull.

You have two giraffes.
The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.

You have two cows.
You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.
Later, you hire a consultant to analyze why the cow has dropped dead.

You have two cows.
You go on strike, organize a riot, and block the roads, because you
want three cows.

You have two cows.
You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk.
You then create a clever cow cartoon image called a Cowkimona and market it worldwide.

You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are.
You decide to have lunch.

You have 5000 cows. None of them belong to you.
You charge the owners for storing them.

You have two cows.
You have 300 people milking them.
You claim that you have full employment, and high bovine productivity.
You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.

You have two cows.
You worship them.

You have two cows.
Both are mad.

Everyone thinks you have lots of cows.
You tell them that you have none.
No-one believes you, so they bomb the ** out of you and invade your country.
You still have no cows, but at least you are now a Democracy.

You have two cows.
Business seems pretty good.
You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate.

You have two cows.
The one on the left looks very attractive.


They forgot one…

You have two cows.
The large U.S. milk corporations send its cows to China to be milked by slave wage workers.
You can’t compete, so you go out of business and get a job at Walmart.
Many people get sick and die after drinking Chinese milk contaminated with lead.

December 27, 2011

Things Conservatives Hate

by Ben Hoffman

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
  • Democrats
  • 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)
  • Atheists
  • 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)
December 26, 2011

A World Without Religion

by Ben Hoffman

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

December 25, 2011

Obama Attends Christmas Service, Right-wingers Outraged

by Ben Hoffman

HONOLULU — President Barack Obama exchanged gifts with his family, sang carols and attended church services as he celebrated Christmas in Hawaii.

The president and his family woke up early Sunday to exchange gifts, the White House said, then had breakfast and sang Christmas carols at the multimillion-dollar house they rent in Kailua Beach, near Honolulu.

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Glenn Beck has already expressed outrage that the Obama family participated in a Hanukkah celebration and right-wingers around the country parroted his anger. Obama attending a Hanukkah celebration is apparently is part of the “war on Christmas.” So what will the overly emotional right-wingers find to complain about the Obama family’s Christmas celebration? Right-wingers are angry and scared, so anything that supports those emotions are embraced, even if they’re lies.

December 25, 2011

Live Music Sunday – “Try Me One More Time” by the Gospel Baptist Church Youth Choir

by Ben Hoffman

Some live gospel music for Christmas.

December 24, 2011

Christianity in a Nutshell

by Ben Hoffman

He forgot the part about his other son dying so that we can sin. What a deal!

December 23, 2011

Linus and Lucy – Vince Guaraldi

by Ben Hoffman

Religion is horrible for politics and government policy, but it has been the inspiration for a lot of great music and art. That’s because religion appeals to a person’s emotions, as does good art. Conservative politics also appeal to people’s emotions, but for the wrong reasons. While people like Herman Cain, Rick Perry, George W. Bush, Michelle Bachmann, and the rest of the nut jobs provide fodder for comedians and are a source of entertainment, when they get elected, it’s not so funny. Hitler was also a laughing stock until he got into power.