Archive for February, 2012

February 25, 2012

The Reagan-Bush National Debt: 15.4 TRILLION DOLLARS!!!

by Ben Hoffman

The Reagan-Bush national debt now stands at 15.443 TRILLION DOLLARS. Ronald Reagan tripled the national debt back in the 1980s. George W. Bush has nearly tripled it with his reckless tax cuts, along with decreased revenues due to high unemployment, increased payout for unemployment benefits, the two wars, and Medicare Part D. We now pay $500 billion a year just on interest on the debt. Republicans have blocked all efforts to get the deficits under control.

The estimated population of the United States is 312,291,923 so each citizen’s share of this debt is $49,453.56.

The National Debt has continued to increase an average of 4 BILLION DOLLARS PER DAY since September 28, 2007!

February 25, 2012

Bush’s War In Afghanistan: The Trillion Dollar Blunder

by Ben Hoffman

KABUL — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan called on his troops to resist any urge to avenge the deaths of two American soldiers killed in riots over the burning of Korans at a U.S. base, even as renewed protests Friday claimed at least seven lives.

The anti-American demonstrations by thousands of Afghans who took to the streets after midday prayers were further evidence that President Barack Obama’s apology has failed to quiet the outrage over what the U.S. says was the inadvertent destruction of the holy books.

The killing of the two U.S. soldiers and the civil unrest have further strained Afghanistan’s relations with the United States. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is trying to negotiate a long-term partnership agreement with the United States to govern the activities of U.S. forces in his country after 2014, when most foreign combat troops will have left or taken on support roles.

At least 20 people, including the two U.S. soldiers, have been killed in four days of violence. Protesters have ignored appeals by Karzai, parliamentarians and some clerics for an end to the violence until an investigation into the incident at Bagram Air Field is concluded in coming days.

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This is what you get when you have a president with no intellectual curiosity and who thinks he is doing the work of God. Our fiasco in Afghanistan has done nothing good for the U.S. and has made us less safe. The only people who have benefited are the military contractors and other war profiteers.

Bin Laden was killed using intelligence in a mission costing less than a million dollars. That should have been our strategy from the start. Instead, Bush and his cronies decided to invade and occupy Afghanistan — a blunder that cost the U.S. thousands of lives and well over a trillion dollars when you factor in all costs.

February 24, 2012

by Ben Hoffman

Mike Poller's Backlash Blog

There are a lot of factors that affect gas prices, but right now, consumer demand is not one of them.

Contrary to some of the misinformation out there, the US now has more oil rigs working here than the rest of the world combined. Don’t take my word for it, The people who make drill bits for the oil rigs have been keeping count since 1944. That nonsense you hear about Obama preventing oil drilling? Yeah, it’s just nonsense.

Then there’s the fact that the US is now exporting more gas and diesel fuel than we import. First time that has happened since WW II. Why? Because the oil companies can explore, drill and refine here and export for a larger profit than they would get by selling the gas in Texas. Exporting also keeps supplies low here in the US, artificially propping up prices.

Another factor reducing supply is…

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February 24, 2012

by Ben Hoffman

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Via: NYT

Rick Santorum has been called a latter-day Savonarola.

That’s far too grand. He’s more like a small-town mullah.

“Satan has his sights on the United States of America,”the conservative presidential candidate warned in 2008. “Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition.”

When, in heaven’s name, did sensuality become a vice?

Next he’ll be banning Barry White.

Santorum is not merely engaged in a culture war, but “a spiritual war,” as he called it four years ago. “The Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country — the United States of America,” he told students at Ave Maria University in Florida…

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February 23, 2012

Eight Years of Bush vs. Four Years of Obama

by Ben Hoffman
February 21, 2012

The Republican Mandate: Ultrasounds For Women Seeking an Abortion!

by Ben Hoffman

A bill requiring a woman to get an ultrasound before having an abortion is poised to pass Virginia’s legislature this week, placing it on track to be signed into law by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

The bill, which could pass the Republican-led House of Delegates as early as Tuesday, is one of the stronger ultrasound laws passed by states in recent years. If it is adopted, Virginia will become the eighth state to require ultrasounds before abortions, a rule that anti-abortion forces hope will cause some women to change their minds but that women’s advocates call an effort to shame women and interfere with their privacy. The Senate, which is split evenly along party lines, narrowly adopted the bill this month.


Talk about big government! An ultrasound can cost upwards of $1000. So who foots the bill for this procedure? What if the woman can’t afford an ultrasound… Does that mean she can’t have an abortion? Anybody with answers to these questions, please reply.

February 10, 2012

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan: The 62 Year Old Virgin!

by Ben Hoffman

Crazy F*ck

Hours after President Obama phoned to share his decision with Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York, who is president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the bishops’ headquarters in Washington posted on its Web site a video of Archbishop Dolan, which had been recorded the day before.

“Never before,” Archbishop Dolan said, setting the tone, “has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience. This shouldn’t happen in a land where free exercise of religion ranks first in the Bill of Rights.”


These crazy f*cks dedicate their lives to some imaginary being — supposedly never engaging in sex, which they believe to be a sin. As we all know, many of them prefer sex with young boys. But what do you expect from weirdos who go around in silly costumes, preaching the writings from some book written nearly 2,000 years ago?

Isn’t it time the religious nuts joined us in the 21st century? Or how about the 20th century? There is such a thing called “science” that explains things people 2,000 years ago didn’t understand.

February 10, 2012

Religious Nuts Win; Women Now Have To Pay For Their Birth Control

by Ben Hoffman

Crazy F*cks In Silly Costumes

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration, seeking to rein in a runaway political furor over birth control and religious liberty, is set to announce a possible compromise on Friday that is meant to calm ire from the right about a new administration rule that would require health insurance plans — including those offered by Roman Catholic hospitals, universities and charities — to offer free birth control to female employees.


These crazy f*cks have far too much power.

February 7, 2012

The Power Of Social Media: Karen Handel Resigns from Komen for the Cure!

by Ben Hoffman

Dumb and Dumber

Karen Handel, the former GOP candidate for governor, just announced her resignation as a senior vice president for public of Susan G. Komen for the Cure – one week after the breast cancer charity reversed itself on a decision to sever financial ties with Planned Parenthood.

Below is the letter. Note that Handel says she is declining the offer of a severance package from Komen — which might have required her to keep silent. She’s got a session with reporters this afternoon in Atlanta.


Maybe next time Komen will hire someone with a college degree.

February 6, 2012

Saul Alinsky: a Great Man

by Ben Hoffman

But just who was Alinsky, really? Born in 1909, in the ghetto of Chicago’s South Side, he saw the worst of poverty and felt the ethnic prejudices that fester, then blast into violence when people are crowded into tenements and have too little to eat. He came to believe that working people, poor people, put down and stepped upon, had to organize if they were going to clean up the slums, fight the corruption that exploited them, and get a handhold on the first rung of the ladder up and out.

He became a protégé of labor leader John L. Lewis and took the principles of organizing into the streets, first in his hometown of Chicago, then across the country, showing citizens how to band together and non-violently fight for their rights, then training others to follow in his shoes. Along the way, Alinsky faced down the hatred of establishment politicians, attacks both verbal and physical, and jail time.

He was a gutsy guy. Outspoken, confrontational, profane with a caustic wit, one journalist said he looked like an accountant and talked like a stevedore. He had a flair for the dramatic, once sending a neighborhood to dump its trash on the front step of an alderman who was allowing the garbage to pile up. Or immobilizing city hall, a department store or a stockholders meeting with a flood of demonstrators demanding justice.


To right-wingers, he’s just another in a long list of people they’ve been told to hate. The Republican party is the party of fear, hatred, and ignorance. Their sordid history is so full of scoundrels that they have to fabricate heroes such as their version of Ronald Reagan, who bore little resemblance to the myth they’ve created of him.

February 4, 2012

Total Non-Farm Payroll

by Ben Hoffman


Obama’s first fiscal year began Oct. 1, 2009. The Stimulus didn’t fully go into effect until Jan. 2010.

February 3, 2012

by Ben Hoffman


Let this graph sink in for a minute:

With the strong correlations between non-marital child birth and poverty, dependency, imprisonment, and unemployment, is there any wonder that we are facing such huge problems economically (recession, deficits, debt)?  Is there any wonder, given these cultural trends, for why the recession is lasting longer than usual and why the deficit and debt we face as a nation are not soluble in the foreseeable future?

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February 2, 2012

Republicans Politicize Breast Cancer: Top Advisory Doctors Resign In Protest

by Ben Hoffman

Dr. Kathy Plesser, a Manhattan radiologist on the medical advisory board of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s New York chapter, said she plans to resign from her position unless Komen reverses its decision to pull grant money from Planned Parenthood.

“I’m a physician and my interest is women’s health, and I am disturbed by Komen’s decision because I am a very strong advocate for serving under-served women,” Plesser told The Huffington Post. “Eliminating this funding will mean there’s no place for these women to go. Where are these women to go to have a mammography? Do they not deserve to have mammography?”

With her decision, Plesser joins Komen’s top public health official, Mollie Williams, and the executive director of Komen’s Los Angeles County chapter, Deb Anthony, both of whom also resigned in protest.

Susan G. Komen, the nation’s largest breast cancer charity, announced on Tuesday that it had adopted a new rule against partnering with organizations that are under investigation, and that it would therefore sever ties with Planned Parenthood, which is currently under investigation in Congress. The groups that prompted that investigation are anti-abortion advocacy organizations that have long criticized Planned Parenthood, primarily a women’s health and family planning organization, over the fact that some of its clinics offer abortions.

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We’re witnessing the return of McCarthyism.

February 1, 2012

Fascism is Coming to the U.S.A.

by Ben Hoffman

WASHINGTON — In a stunning break with First Amendment policy on Capitol Hill, House Republicans directed Capitol Hill police to detain a highly regarded documentary crew that was attempting to film a Wednesday hearing on a controversial natural gas procurement practice. Republicans also denied the entrance of a credentialed ABC News news team that was attempting to film the event.

Josh Fox, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Gasland” was taken into custody by Capitol Hill police this morning, along with his crew, after Republicans objected to their presence, according to Democratic sources present at the hearing. The meeting of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment had been taking place in room 2318 of the Rayburn building. Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, is currently seeking to secure a procedural maneuver that would allow the detained film crew to re-enter the hearing, which is open to the public. Miller’s motion is not expected to succeed.

Approximately 16 officers entered the hearing room and handcuffed Fox amid audible discussions of “disorderly conduct” charges, according to Democratic sources present at the arrest.

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