Archive for ‘Opinion’

May 9, 2012

Clint Eastwood on Gay Marriage

by Ben Hoffman

Well, I guess conservatives can add Clint Eastwood to the list of people they hate. I’m glad I’m not a conservative. It must be hell living with all that fear and hatred.
March 6, 2012

Boycott Companies That Advertise On Rush Limbaugh’s Show

by Ben Hoffman

Follow this link for a list of companies that advertise on Rush Limbaugh’s show. These right-wingers would call their mothers a whore if they thought they could make money from saying that, and the only way to fight these hate filled bastards is to hit them where it hurts: in the wallet.

So if you can, boycott companies that advertise on Limbaugh’s show and on the Fox propaganda channel, also.

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.

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 13, 2011

Overly Emotional Right-Wing Sheep Upset About The Scott Walker Recall Effort

by Ben Hoffman

Right-wing nut-job

Volunteers working to recall Gov. Scott Walker said they have proof of the harassment they’ve been getting from opponents.
Reports of harassment have come in from many areas, and on Monday night, Brookfield police arrested a man after one such incident was caught on tape.

“I just thought this guy is out of control. I could just see the steam coming off his head. So I thought, ‘Wow, this could be serious,'” volunteer Steve Nagel said.

Nagel said he immediately started recording the incident when Fred Frisby pulled up to the area along Bluemond Road where the volunteers were collecting signatures.

Volunteer Steve Spieckerman said, “He shouted out. He asked me, ‘What don’t you like about Scott Walker?'”
Spieckerman said Frisby jumped out of his truck when he refused to answer.

“Then he let loose with a torrent of abuse and obscenities,” Spieckerman said.

The video shows Frisby yelling, “Do you pay health care? No, you don’t pay health care. You mooching off the system?”
Frisby can been seen grabbing the camera before it goes dark.

“He turned around and he jammed the camera back in my chest and he put his fist up to my face and said, ‘How do you like that,'” Nagel said.

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December 11, 2011

Maybe We All Should Be Armed

by Ben Hoffman

JULESBURG — Steven Dye traced a finger across a row of damaged teeth — one of many injuries he says a sheriff’s deputy inflicted after stopping him for an improper lane change and then accusing him of resisting arrest.

“See, they’re all cracked,” he said. “I took good care of my body for 63 years. My mouth is a junkyard of broken teeth now. I still have backaches where I got kicked.”

He paused, hesitating to mention another ailment he attributes to a kick in the groin. “I can’t control my urine,” he said. “That’s really sad to say.”

In Sedgwick County, a burly deputy’s alleged July 4 beating of Dye, a disabled 63-year-old Julesburg man who lives with his mother, is fueling an unusual citizens’ campaign. Next week, county voters will decide whether to recall Randy Peck, the sheriff they elected just last year.

Critics of the new sheriff contend a wild-West law enforcement style has seized the northeastern corner of Colorado, in a county where one-fourth of its 2,379 residents are retirees and school vandalism is front-page news.

Jess Smith, a retired Colorado State Patrol officer who hopes to replace Peck as sheriff, points to the traffic stop that put Dye in an emergency room as exhibit A of deputies gone wild.

“I was in kind of shock,” Smith said. “I’ve known Steve for 10 years. He don’t drink. He don’t carouse. He don’t chase women. The highlight of his life is going to bingo games with his mother.”

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If Steven Dye was armed at the time, maybe he could have protected himself from the police brutality he suffered. Same for the OWS protesters. There has been a lot of blatant police brutality in Denver and other cities where peaceful protesters have been brutally attacked by over-zealous police officers. If all the protesters were armed, maybe the police would think twice about pepper-spraying them.

The police department is a socialized entity paid for with tax dollars. The police belong to unions and are paid salaries far higher than what the free market would bring. Most private police are paid less than $10 an hour. Maybe this is a case where privatization makes sense.

December 1, 2011

Newt Gingrich: Serial Hypocrisy

by Ben Hoffman

And Newt is one of the more moderate Republicans!

November 28, 2011

Activist N.Y. Judge Rules In Favor of the People Instead of Corporations!!!

by Ben Hoffman

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.

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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.

November 19, 2011

Police Assault Yet Another War Veteran

by Ben Hoffman

Video footage has emerged of a police officer beating an Iraq war veteran so hard that he suffered a ruptured spleen in an apparently unprovoked incident at a recent Occupy protest in California.

The footage, which has been shared with the Guardian, shows Kayvan Sabehgi standing in front of a police line on the night of Occupy Oakland’s general strike on 2 November, when he is set upon by an officer.

He does not appear to be posing any threat, nor does he attempt to resist, yet he is hit numerous times by an officer clad in riot gear who appears determined to beat him to the ground.

Sabehgi, 32, an Oakland resident and former marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has since undergone surgery on his spleen. He says it took hours for him to be taken to hospital, despite complaining of severe pain. Police have told the Guardian they are investigating the incident.

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November 7, 2011

Cain is Toast

by Ben Hoffman

A woman named Sharon Bialek, flanked by attorney Gloria Allred, said at a news conference Monday that the presidential candidate reached under her skirt and tried to push her head toward his crotch in a parked car in 1997. Bialek is a former staffer of the National Restaurant Association who says she was seeking to regain her job.

According to Bialek, the two were having dinner when Cain informed her that he had upgraded her hotel room to what she described as a “palatial suite.” When she mentioned her boyfriend and said she wanted “my job back,” Cain said he would “look into that,” Bialik said.

While driving back from dinner, Cain said he would show her the restaurant association’s offices and parked down the block. Then, according to Bialek, he slid his hand “under my skirt and reached for my genitals. He also grabbed my head and brought it toward his crotch.”

When she protested, mentioning her boyfriend, Bialek says Cain replied: “You want a job, right?”

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Herman Cain will undoubtedly wind up with his own show on Fox “news,” just like others who have been disgraced.

October 31, 2011

Eric Cantor Supports High Speed Rail

by Ben Hoffman

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who led the GOP’s debt reduction efforts this summer and bashed stimulus spending, sought money for the stimulus in private letters for projects like high-speed rail.

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October 21, 2011

Wall Street Protesters are the Real Conservatives

by Ben Hoffman

There’s been a lot of talk that the Occupy Wall Street protesters don’t know what they want. We hear on the news that they’re protesting against capitalism and for socialism. We hear that they want a handout and don’t want to work.

That’s not why they’re protesting. They know the future is rigged against them. They know what the Wall Street firms have done to the American economy and to the global economy. The top one percent have gotten richer at the expense of everyone else. They own our government and they make the rules that benefit only them while they drain the treasury.

Too many good paying American jobs have gone overseas. Higher education is out of reach for many Americans. Health care is unaffordable and the price keeps going up, yet any effort to reign in the abuse is blocked by our corporate congress.

The protesters want to reverse the corporate coup that’s taken place in the US and rendered the citizens powerless, and they won’t stop until that happens. The protesters know about the criminal class who runs the corporations. Free market capitalism is a radical force. It sees everything as commodities: human beings, lakes, rivers, the air, animals… It exploits the natural world for profit until exhaustion and collapse.

There have been no restrictions, no real regulations on Wall Street; they’ve looted the US Treasury; they’ve played all the games that they were playing before, and we’re about to have to pay for it all over again. The financial institutions that were deemed “too big to fail” are now even bigger.

Financial institutions like Goldman Sachs don’t produce anything. They are speculators. They don’t manufacture or add anything to the value chain. All they do is gamble.

If we don’t break the back of corporations, we’re all finished. Corporations are rapidly trashing the ecosystem on which the human species depends for survival. This is literally a fight for life – it’s that grave, it’s that serious.

Those who are protesting the rise of the corporate state are in fact, on the political spectrum, the true conservatives because they’re calling for the restoration of the rule of law. The radicals have seized power and they have trashed all regulations and legal impediments to a corporate reconfiguration of American society into a form of neo-feudalism. And that’s what we’re really asking for: the restoration of the rule of law.

October 11, 2011

The Occupy America Movement – America’s True Patriots!

by Ben Hoffman

These protesters are fighting for a government for the people, as our founding fathers had intended. We now have a system that works only for a small portion of the population.

The Tea Party protesters were pawns of big money such as the Koch Brothers and Dick Armey who have them supporting policies that have brought our country to its knees. The Tea Party House members caused our country’s credit rating to be downgraded. That’s not being patriotic. That’s being anti-American.

Viva la revolution! Take our country back!

September 30, 2011

Anthony Bologna (aka Tony Baloney) – Wall Street Pepper Spray Incident

by Ben Hoffman

Watch video here.

Hopefully his co-workers are making his life hell. 🙂

September 29, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Congress Takes Group Of Schoolchildren Hostage

by Ben Hoffman

WASHINGTON—Brandishing shotguns and semiautomatic pistols, Republicans of the 112th U.S. Congress took a class of visiting schoolchildren hostage today, barricading themselves inside the Capitol rotunda and demanding $12 trillion dollars in cash.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who has emerged as spokesman for the right-wing extremist group, informed FBI negotiators this morning that the ransom was to be placed in stainless-steel suitcases and left on the Capitol steps by 4 p.m. sharp. If their demands are not met in full, the 11-term representative announced, “all the kids will die.”

“Bring us the money and we let the children go, simple as that,” said Boehner, appearing in the East Portico with a serrated switchblade held to one of the fourth-grader’s throats. “If you want to play games and stall for extra time, we’re going to shoot one kid an hour, starting with little Dillon here.”

“Tick tock,” he added, vanishing back into the building with the terrified child in tow.

Arlington gun shop confirms Rep. Eric Cantor bought 6 semi-automatic handguns, 3 rifles & 600 clips of ammo last month.

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