Yes, I am still alive

Happy May 2014 to all who may have wondered about this blog (all 1 of you).  I took a long rest from it, due to burn out, illness, and just life in general.  I also decided to broaden out the focus of the blog, which is to say, it won’t really have a focus, but will rather be on topics that are of interest to me as they come up.  If some new readers want a history of politics some three years back and more, be sure to browse the archive.  Meanwhile, here are some pics of the result of the “wake low” that hit Athens on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.  The house shown is across the street from ours, about two doors down.  We just had some limbs down, and those were tree, not human!

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We live for excitement!  That’s just one example of the damage that Cobb Street sustained.  I can’t even imagine how tornado ravaged areas manage to survive, and my hearts go out to them.   I’m just glad to be in a whole house, fairly healthy, and blogging again!

The Year of the Living Dead (Debt?)

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Okay, I STILL haven’t posted anything in awhile!!

But here’s something great I heard at Netroots Nation.  It’s from Jill Sobule, the singer who once got famous with the song “I kissed a girl”.  It’s great!

Obama Strikes Back!!!

It’s been a long time, so I figured I’d start with something lighthearted!

Check out the scene…especially when the camera lands on Donald Trump.

Words Have Consequences

I have a wealth of stories that I have been collecting for about two or three months, mainly on my favorite subject, right wing kookery, and the various nuts that inhabit that world.  In time, I will probably return to it, as most of the articles were more funny than menacing, but today is not the day for them.  With, hopefully, no objections from a diarist from Daily Kos I want to copy in full her musings on the more menacing discourse that has permeated our national consciousness.

When read through from beginning to end, one wonders how we, as Americans, have just allowed this to happen, cowed by the other side into the mantra that “both sides do it”.  Last night, I even heard comparisons to the Vietnam protests of the ’60s, or to current “rabble rousers” such as  Anthony Weiner or Alan Grayson.  Sorry, I don’t buy it.  I’ve not heard either mention guns, killing, or violence.

First, the Daily Kos diary, followed by some random thoughts:

Guns, God and Incitement. Hotlist

by LaFeminista [Subscribe]

Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 03:47:12 AM PST

Guns

In theory I have no problem with every American owning and carrying a gun, now that theory depends upon all Americans being responsible citizens. Another theory is that if we all carried guns we would be safer, the reality would appear to indicate the opposite. There are many that argue that the 2nd amendment guarantees this right, there are some hailing second amendment solutions and there are some that would call this speech sedition. The rhetoric is becoming both absurd and dangerous.

I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us ‘having a revolution every now and then is a good thing,’ and the people — we the people — are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country.”
~Michele Backmann

“Don’t retreat. Instead — reload!”
~Sarah Palin

“I hope that’s not where we’re going, but you know if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I’ll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out.”
~Sharon Angle

”Our nation was founded on violence. The option is on the table. I don’t think that we should ever remove anything from the table as it relates to our liberties and our freedoms.”
—Tea Party-backed Texas GOP congressional candidate Stephen Broden

”I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I’m wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. … No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out.”
—Glenn Beck, May 17, 2005

These quotes of course are just harmless rhetoric designed to get out the vote, if you believe that then recent events are passing you by and brings past events like this into focus

PHOENIX — About a dozen people carrying guns, including one with a military-style rifle, milled among protesters outside the convention center where President Barack Obama was giving a speech Monday — the latest incident in which protesters have openly displayed firearms near the president.

Perhaps the Sheriff needs to operate a leave your guns at the office policy or perhaps as a nation we just need to grow up.

God

I have no problem with faith until it is used as a weapon. Freedom of and from religion are guaranteed in the 1st Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

“The exact phrase ’separation of Church and State’ came out of Adolph Hitler’s mouth, that’s where it comes from. So the next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State, ask them why they’re Nazis.”
~Glen Urquhart [Delaware republican candidate endorsed by Mike Huckabee but lost in November 2010]

Perhaps you need to actually read the words in the constitution.

”We’re talking about a militant terrorist situation, which I believe it isn’t a widespread thing, but it is enough that we need to address, and we have been addressing it. My thoughts are these, first of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas are on American soil, and under constitutional law. Not Sharia law. And I don’t know how that happened in the United States. It seems to me there is something fundamentally wrong with allowing a foreign system of law to even take hold in any municipality or government situation in our United States.”
—Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle

Before you open your mouth it is always better to fact check first

”Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate.”
—a Tweet by Sarah Palin,

When the President or other politicians are asked about their faith this is in fact a litmus test [ and in my view unconstitutional] any any doubts about his Christianity were to be used against him.

The stubborn misperception among a wide swath of the population that President Obama is not a Christian has laid bare a host of difficult realities in the United States; from the notion that being a Muslim would hurt him with voters to whether the perception is fueled by his race.

It is time all Americans understood the first amendment and why it was written in the first place, historical religious persecution had a great deal to do with the final text.

Incitement

Words have consequences, no matter what you tweet, blog or say your words matter and will be recorded for the record. I don’t care if spiteful rhetoric gets you elected because a majority agrees what I care about is the end result.

This is an exceptional summary:

“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government,” he said.

“The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become the capital. We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”
~Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.

They really need to think before they speak:

”The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”
—Pat Robertson

”The Girl Scouts allow homosexuals and atheists to join their ranks, and they have become a pro-abortion, feminist training corps. If the Girl Scouts of America can’t get back to teaching real character, perhaps it will be time to look for our cookies elsewhere.”
—Hans Zeiger, Republican candidate for Congress in Washinton state

”My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building.”
—Ann Coulter

”Obama’s got a health care logo that’s right out of Adolf Hitler’s playbook … Adolf Hitler, like Barack Obama, also ruled by dictate.”
—Rush Limbaugh, Aug. 6, 2009

”The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel.”’
—Sarah Palin

”We need to execute people like (John Walker Lindh) in order to physically intimidate liberals.”
—Ann Coulter

”I believe we have more to fear from the potential of that bill passing than we do from any terrorist right now in any country.”
—Rep. Virginia Foxx

”My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that. And so what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to curtail that type of behavior. They don’t know any better.”
—South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer

”Barack Obama … chose to use his name Barack for a reason — to identify, not with America — you don’t take the name Barack to identify with America. You take the name Barack to identify with what? Your heritage? The heritage, maybe, of your father in Kenya, who is a radical? Is — really? Searching for something to give him any kind of meaning, just as he was searching later in life for religion.”
—Glenn Beck

”Baby Killer!”
—Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas), shouting at Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI)

”She’s a f**king raghead. We got a raghead in Washington; we don’t need one in South Carolina. She’s a raghead that’s ashamed of her religion trying to hide it behind being Methodist for political reasons.”
—South Carolina State Sen. Jake Knotts (R)

”He has no place in any station of government and we need to realize that he is an enemy of humanity.”
—Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), on President Obama’s decision to fund international family planning organizations that support legal abortion, Sept. 26, 2009

‘If you’re oriented toward animals, bestiality, then, you know, that’s not something that can be used, held against you or any bias be held against you for that. Which means you’d have to strike any laws against bestiality, if you’re oriented toward corpses, toward children, you know, there are all kinds of perversions … pedophiles or necrophiliacs or what most would say is perverse sexual orientations.”
—Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) arguing that a hate crimes bill passed by Congress would lead to Nazism and legalization of necrophilia, pedophilia, and bestiality, Oct. 6, 2009

”I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America?”
—Rep. Michelle Bachmann, calling for a new McCarthyism, Oct. 2008

I could go on and on but you get the picture, and if you think this type of rhetoric does not affect some people then you really have not been following the plot.

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The rhetoric is bad enough, but then add in what can only be deemed violence even in the political ads this past election cycle.  For example, here is the ad that was run against Gabrielle Giffords:

Jesse Kelly, Giffords’ Republican opponent, hosted a
shooting event during the campaign

post from AMERICAblog News on 08 January 2011 05:00:16 PM. © AMERICAblog News
Thanks to FireDogLake, we have this from Jesse Kelly, Congresswoman Giffords’ Republican opponent in the Arizona congressional race. It’s an ad for a June event that allows Kelly’s supporters to “Get on Target for Victory” ? “Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office” by shooting a “fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly”.  


By the way, the ‘Crosshairs’ graphic appears to have been scrubbed from Palin’s website.

Posted without comment.

Today, I’ve been reading the blogs, and the on-line “news” sites, and it’s amazing how the Tea Party groups are already trying to blame either the liberals or the media for a lot of this.  They blame the liberals for “equal” rhetoric, and they blame the media for “magnifying” the situation.  How do you magnify a situation that has left six dead and the number wounded in the teens, not to mention the scars on the psyche of the country.
Senator Jon Kyl was on one of the morning shows, absolutely livid at what the sheriff said, claiming that he should be fired.  Personally, I think the sheriff was heroic.  For any of you who hasn’t seen his statement, here it is…

Is the “left” blameless?  No, probably not, but in my opinion not in the way some are indicating.  We are guilty for allowing rallies where people carry hateful signs and shrug and chalk it up to “first amendment” rights, without questioning where the line gets drawn between harmless forms of speech and “yelling ‘fire’ in a crowded theater”.  I have signed countless petitions for advertisers to quit hawking their products on Glenn Beck, and many have, but as long as no one on the other side is as passionate in bringing the TRUTH to the American public rather than the rantings of a self-professed “rodeo clown”, we get the toxic atmosphere we now see.  Then, after the Republicans win the House, I hear Democrats say that we should be “moving more to the middle”.   How and why do you move to a middle that keeps on shifting far right?  Are we really wanting to join this exodus into madness, where it is everyone for themselves, and no caring for those less fortunate?  No, I won’t even meet that middle.  I don’t want to add to the toxic rhetoric, but we have to behave like liberals of old, the ones who were brave enough to pass the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.  Go back further to Brown vs. Board of Education, Women’s Rights to Vote, Title Nine, and the list goes on.  We’re also the party that won WWII, so we need to stop pretending that we are the party of wusses when it comes to defense, and kowtow to the Republicans, and go along with them just to prove how “macho” we are.  Let’s be the party that they ridicule; the party of thoughtfulness, education, concern for the environment, concern for the less fortunate, concern for the country’s infrastructure (isn’t that National Defense?), and be loud and bold about it.  If the hatred comes, answer with reason, but ANSWER and challenge.  These radicals have taken over the national discourse, but it doesn’t have to remain so.  Polls have shown that more people, by a small margin to be sure, identify as Democrat or Independent, and those that identify with the Tea Party are a small number.

I also blame the “left wing media”.  How on earth does someone allow a Senator like Jon Kyl blame an upset Sheriff for saying the very words that are on so many minds.  Sarah Palin today said that her “crosshairs” on her Facebook site were just crosshatches, and that had no other connotation.  Interesting that all of these innocent people are the ones protesting the loudest and are the ones so busy scrubbing their websites.  Even if the shooter is no more than a lone nutcase, that’s the very sort of person who listens to inflammatory rhetoric, and new information coming out is indicating that he is more than just a nut.  Arizona has become the nexus for a lot of far out ideas, but too many hate groups seem to have come alive again at the mere thought of an African-American President.  They feel that “their” country is disappearing, as if they have done such a bang up job at it, and they don’t realize that many of their organizations are being happily financed by corporate entities who are also unhappy with the man at the top, who, interestingly, is far from a flaming liberal.

I’m going to end this ramble…forgive what was a lot of stream of consciousness, but I don’t think I’m going to go back and edit a thing.  It was a thought of the moment, and as such will stand at this moment.  My thoughts are with all the wounded, the families, and the nation.  We need a new path.

Finally, a Special Comment from Keith Olbermann.  Sorry, I couldn’t embed it into the post, but there’s a link to it.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40981503/ns/msnbc_tv-countdown_with_keith_olbermann/

 

Happy Holidays to All

A wonderful post from Crooks and Liars and totally different from their usual political writings…

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One More Week of Insanity (or Four More Years)

Okay, six days (I had started this last night, but the picture loading wasn’t working).   This has been the nuttiest campaign I have seen in a long time, if ever, and also the most pointless.  No issues were really discussed, no platforms were really enunciated, no chance was missed to say/do the most baseless, classless, truthless, and farcical things possible.  Everyday I think I’ve either seen or heard it all, but every day I get proven wrong.  Of course, with Halloween only days away, I don’t want to be the only one scared sh*tless, so in case you missed any of these, I’m your loyal websurfer, finding all this crap to bring to you!  Be VERRRRRRRY scared!!!!


First up, a little test (and no cheating now): quote, as well as you can (no points off for not getting the words exactly right), the First Amendment to the Constitution……….of the United States, BTW.  For those of you who answered something similar to “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”, that’s it…it’s that short, and that simple.  Now for the inexplicable part;  WHY IS IT SO DAMNED HARD FOR THE “PARTY” THAT SUPPOSEDLY LOVES SAID CONSTITUTION TO UNDERSTAND IT???  Except for the Second Amendment, of course.  Here, without further ado, are the examples: First up: Christine O’Donnell.  You’ve all heard this one, but I figured I’d just mention it in passing.

Next: G.O.P Senate candidate Ken Buck, running in Colorado.  From an article posted on Think Progress comes these pearls of wisdom;GOP Senate candidate in Colorado Ken Buck is less equivocal about his view. At a forum for GOP Senate candidates late last year, Buck said that he “disagree[d] strongly with the concept of separation of church and state,” and that “it was not written into the Constitution,” and then went on to rip President Obama for supposedly getting rid of the White House Christmas tree.” Should you wish to read the rest of this through the looking glass wisdom, look here:  buck-church-state

Lastly, on the First Amendment, the witch’s (excuse me, Christine O’Donnell’s) 2008 campaign manager  is now offering $1000 to anyone who can actually FIND the words “separation  of church and state” in the Constitution.  I guess the words “establishment clause” aren’t good enough.  Here’s the press release:

Press Release

 

$1,000 REWARD OFFERED BY

CHRISTINE O’DONNELL’S 2008 CAMPAIGN MANAGER

FOR ANYONE WHO CAN FIND THE PHRASE

“SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE”

In the US Constitution

Should you think I jest, the whole article can be found here: 1000-reward-for-finding .

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I said before, it’s really hard to find any real policy talk in this campaign, especially on the Republican (i.e., Tea Party) side.  Rachel Maddow had one of the best summaries I have heard on her show last week, dutifully posted on the Daily Kos website.  Here’s how it begins…

Rachel Maddow: The Best Summary By Far Hotlist

Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 10:53:30 PM PDT

Well the best presenter of the facts by far has made what republicans don’t stand for as clear as day, and connected the dots with a clarity like no other presenter has done so far.

The connection between the lies spouted by the MSM and the campaigns being run by the Republicans is highlighted perfectly. The videos below the break need to be seen by as many Americans as possible before election day.

It’s the deficit stupid

No it is most certainly not, the republicans want to explode the deficit to the tune of $4 trillion by extending unpaid for tax breaks.

The rest of her list can be read here, along with her video: -Rachel-Maddow:-The-Best-Summary-By-Far

The Tea Party is still going strong and wrong, stomping on the Constitution, and stomping on heads.  I find articles every day that prove the point (and not just the heads portion; there has been enough about Rand Paul’s thugs).  One of the funniest AND saddest articles I read recently again came from a diary on Daily Kos.  It was written by someone whose father grew up in the Hitler Youth, and now just recoils at the sight of Fox News.  Its title is: “This is a joke, isn’t it? My ex-Nazi father’s Reaction to Fox News”, and the article can be read here: -This-is-a-joke,-isnt-it-My-Ex-Nazi-Fathers-Reaction-to-Fox-News.

Bloomberg poll took a survey on Tea party members, and found that their attitudes and beliefs “strangely” like those of the John Birch Society of old.  I know, I know…you’re shocked!  This, courtesy from our friends at Crooks and Liars. I’m not even going to summarize, as it is a long article, but it can be found here: bloomberg-poll-tea-party-reveals-their-

Then, as if you wouldn’t expect it, guess what???  There’s voting trouble in Florida, and it’s not even election day yet!!!  Read these among yourselves……..

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Fox News and Glenn Beck vs. The Tides Foundation

As you might have heard, a nutcase , influenced by garbage he had heard on Glenn Beck’s show, was fortunately caught by the police before he had a chance to shoot up the Tides Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the idea that ordinary people had a role in the political progress.  The same nutcase was also on his way to find the ACLU and do damage there.  Yesterday, the CEO of the Tides Foundation wrote to the Fox advertisers, basically asking them to stop supporting an network that encouraged violence.  I’m not going to write much more on this post, because the letter speaks for itself.  I DO hope that Mr. Pike, the CEO of the foundation will forgive me for posting his entire letter from his blog, rather than posting a portion and then a link.  It is worth not having an interruption.  Here, in total, is the letter:


Dear Fox Advertiser

Posted by Drummond Pike in Media, Tides on Oct 15, 2010 

Dear Fox Advertiser,

I am writing to ask your company to take a simple step that may well save lives in the future. And it is not unimportant that taking this action will remove your company and its products from any connection to what could very likely be an unpleasant tragedy, should things remain as they are today. On behalf of my organization, and many others like it, I ask that you cease advertising on the Fox News Channel.

This is neither a hollow request, nor one rhetorically made. There is an urgency to it born of our own direct experience as the target of a would-be assassin inspired by Fox’s Glenn Beck Show.

On July 19th of this year, I arrived at our San Francisco office to learn that a misguided person carrying numerous guns and body armor had been on his way to start a “revolution” by murdering my colleagues and me. The Oakland Police Department called to tell us that, following a 12 minute shootout with the California Highway Patrol, law enforcement officials arrested an assailant who had targeted the Tides Foundation, an organization which I founded and currently serve as CEO, and the ACLU for violence. To say we were “shocked” does not adequately describe our reaction. Imagine, for a moment, that you were us and, had it not been for a sharp eyed highway patrolman, a heavily armed man in full body armor would have made it to your office with the intent to kill you and your colleagues. His motive? Apparently, it was because the charitable, nonpartisan programs we run are deemed part of a conspiracy to undermine America and the capitalist system, which is hogwash.

Although not a political organization, the Tides Foundation has been a frequent target of misinformation, propaganda, and outright lies by Fox News’ Glenn Beck. Since his arrival at Fox in early 2009, Beck has repeatedly vilified Tides, suggesting we are intent on “creat[ing] a mass organization to seize power.” He accuses the foundation of indoctrination and says we are “involved in some of the nastiest of the nasty.” Beck tells viewers that Tides has “funneled” money to “some of the most extreme groups on the left” and that our mission is to “warp your children’s brains and make sure they know how evil capitalism is.” In total, prior to the attempted rampage, Beck had attacked the Tides Foundation 29 times. On September 28th, more than a month after the shooting, Beck reiterated his focus on the Tides Foundation, warning, “I’m coming for you.” In jailhouse interviews, the gunman confessed he views Beck as a “schoolteacher” who “blew my mind.” My would-be killer admitted that Beck “give[s] you every ounce of evidence you could possibly need” to commit violence.

Beck is a self-described “Progressive Hunter” who relies on violent rhetoric. Do you really think that the millions of Americans who describe themselves as “progressive” need to be “hunted down”? If so, to what end?

For hours every day on radio and television, Beck pits American against American, telling his audience that our country is under attack by a demonic Nazi-like regime seeking to destroy all that is great about America while insisting it’s up to his viewers to resist and revolt. He warned his audience that “these are the most dangerous two years of our republic. Because in the end, in revolutions, the real dangerous killers show up.” Beck even compared our government to vampires while instructing his viewers to “drive a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers” and pretended to poison Speaker Pelosi on television. A few months later, Gregory Giusti was arrested for repeatedly threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — including threatening to destroy her home — because he was upset over health care reform. The man’s mother told a local news station he listens to those with “really radical ideas,” adding, “I’d say Fox News or all of those that are really radical.”

When I started the Tides organizations 35 years ago, I did so in the very American belief that ordinary citizens had a role to play in our democratic process. It was, I thought, the responsibility of everyone to become engaged in our civic life, and for years we’ve worked with thousands of Americans to do just that. And, while we support progressive values and goals, we respect the rights and voices of those with whom we disagree on issues. Never in our history have we tolerated employees or grantees that support those who would do harm to others. By supporting Fox News Channel, you and your company are risking your reputation and good standing because they are doing just this.

As you may know, a coordinated advertiser boycott by Media Matters and Color of Change, an online civil rights group, has caused Glenn Beck’s Fox News show to lose over 100 sponsors. Despite the campaign’s success, Fox insists it has had no impact on the channel’s profitability because the overall demand for advertisements on Fox has remained stable. Companies are still paying to advertise on Fox News, but their ads are simply moved to a different time of day. Thus, businesses that pay to broadcast commercials on Fox News are subsidizing Glenn Beck’s television show by continuing to pump money into the network. It has become clear that the only way to stop supporting Beck is to stop supporting Fox News.

I respectfully request that you bring this matter of your company’s sponsorship of hate speech leading to violence to the attention of your fellow directors as soon as possible. I believe no responsible company should advertise on Fox News due to its recent and on-going deplorable conduct.

While we may agree to disagree about the role our citizens and our government should play in promoting social justice and the common good, there should be no disagreement about what constitutes integrity and professionalism and responsibility in discourse – even when allowing for and encouraging contending diverse opinions intelligently argued. This is not a partisan issue. It’s an American issue. No one, left, right or center, wants to see another Oklahoma City.

The next “assassin” may succeed, and if so, there will be blood on many hands. The choice is yours. Please join my call to do the right thing in this regard and put Fox News at arm’s length from your company by halting your advertising with them.

Sincerely,

Drummond Pike
CEO and Founder, Tides


Campaign Finance – Say What???

Remember your old local Chamber of Commerce?  You know, that nice building in your town that created jobs for your community?  If you do, you must be my age or older (and I’m not saying my age).  Did you know that there is a national Chamber of Commerce?  What would that be for; creating national jobs?  Actually, no…mostly, it’s for job outsourcing, although they’re running ads blaming the bad job numbers on Democratic candidates (some of whom haven’t even held office yet).  Did you also know that the American Chamber of Commerce has branches in about 30 different countries, that all pay dues to the American Chamber?  These are countries like Dubai, China, Saudi Arabia, India, and the like.  The dues are nominal, and the Chamber assures the public that the dues are the extent  of their foreign money.  Well, au contraire mon frere (sorry, I have NO idea how to include the accent).  Some of the intrepid websites have been doing their homework and have been finding quite the opposite.  The main player in the investigation has been the blog Think Progress.  Their most recent article began as such:

“Last week, ThinkProgress published an exclusive story about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s foreign fundraising operation. We noted the Chamber raises money from foreign-owned businesses for its 501(c)(6) entity, the same account that finances its unprecedented $75 million dollar partisan attack ad campaign. While the Chamber is notoriously secretive, the thrust of our story involved the disclosure of fundraising documents U.S. Chamber staffers had been distributing to solicit foreign (even state-owned) companies to donate directly to the Chamber’s 501(c)(6).”

The rest of the article can be read here:

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/10/13/chamber-foreign-funded-media/

Of course, Glenn Beck today announced that he will donate $10,000 to the Chamber, because he thinks this is all liberal garbage.  The sage has spoken.

This has now possibly become the “October Surprise” for the Democrats, if they will use it.  Polling coming out today indicates that the majority of the people claim that they wouldn’t vote for a candidate who takes money from “unknown sources” (of course, that might mean no government, but I believe they mean foreign sources).  There are some indications that the Democrats are actually making hay out of it, and that the poll numbers are tightening in favor of the Democrats.  Of course, I also watched the Chris Coons/Christine O’Donnell debate last night, and that might have something to do with it!  It was like Sarah Palin all over again; I wasn’t sure what was real and what was Saturday Night Live, but it WAS entertaining, particularly when they asked her the same question they asked Palin (“What Supreme Court decision do you disagree with?).  Considering that she was coached by the same people that coached Palin, wouldn’t you think that they would expect that she’d be asked that question?  It’s a lucky thing that she wasn’t asked what books and magazines she reads (who knows what that answer would have been – Highlights Magazine?)

The other factor I would add to this “October Surprise” is the late but appreciated entry of both Obamas and Joe Biden into the campaign, along with former President Clinton.  They all seem to be bringing in the crowds, and while the enthusiasm of 2008 isn’t there, I don’t believe that the Republican enthusiasm  surge over the democrats is real.  In fact, I have some real proof to bear that out, courtesy of the Daily Kos.  As the article begins:

According to this article, the Democrats in Iowa and Ohio are on track to set a record in early voting. This fantasy about the democrats not being enthusiastic is pure HOGWASH!

The rest of the article can be read here:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/10/14/910441/-Early-Democratic-Voting-EXPLODING-in-Ohio-and-IOWA

I realize that I also mentioned President Obama, a subject that is not a happy one for many democrats.  I’m guilty of using the Daily Kos two times in a row, but a diarist there wrote a great diary that I would be remiss not to post here.  Sure, he has made some mistakes, but what president hasn’t in their first two years.  Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton lost quite a few seats in their first midterms, and took a hit in their popularity ratings.  Overall,  I think that President Obama holds up pretty well.  Don’t just listen to me,  here’s the diarist:

Respectfully, Democrats Cannot Go “WTF is this” Every Ten Seconds. Hotlist

by Stephen Daugherty

Wed Oct 13, 2010 at 08:44:09 AM PDT

I pick up my Daily Kos paper today, (in the figurative sense, of course), and what do I see on the front page, topping the Rec List?

This kind of stuff. Sigh.  I read into the comments and somebody brings up this quote out of the same article.

As Brands, the historian, put it, “It’ll be really interesting to see if a president who is thinking long term can have an impact on a political system that is almost irredeemably short term in its perspective.

The rest of the article can be read here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/10/13/909982/-Respectfully,-Democrats-Cannot-Go-WTF-is-this-Every-Ten-Seconds.


Then, there was the greatest story I read this week…a candidate for the Federal Reserve, whose name was held up by Senate Republicans, purportedly because he wasn’t “qualified enough” was recently awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics.  Oh well, it seems as if Richard Shelby is more informed than the Nobel Committee, just as Senator Inhofe is more knowledgeable about Global Warming than the Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change.  If these sorts of things didn’t happen all the time, it would seem incredulous, but by now, it’s just standard fare.  The article was on the Washington Monthly and begins as such: RICHARD SHELBY, THE NOBEL COMMITTEE IS HOLDING ON LINE ONE…. President Obama sent three qualified nominees to the Senate several months ago to serve on the board of governors of the Federal Reserve. Two were confirmed after significant delays. The third, MIT’s Peter Diamond, was blocked by Senate Republicans.”

The rest of the article can be read here: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_10/026064.php

Well, it’s good to be back….I hope to stick around this time, and I hope my readers do too!.




Change is Good!!

There have been some odd comments showing up on my old blogsite, so I’ve decided to switch blogging sites.
The new URL is http://www.maxcat06.wordpress.com and I’m going to start posting again in the next week. This site also seems to allow more writing room, so we’ll see. I also changed to a mac computer, so I hope I have everyone’s email address.
Stay tuned!

Relevant Quotes

"Stupidity carried beyond a certain point becomes a public menace"...Ezra Pound "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it"...George Santayana "We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and remember we are not descended from fearful men."...Edward R. Murrow
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