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Conservatives Praise Antarctic Ice Sheet Melt as Beautiful Expression of Free Market

Via: Andy Borowitz – The New Yorker

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A delegation of conservative members of Congress paid a visit to the West Antarctic Ice Sheet melt today to witness firsthand what one of them called “the most beautiful expression of the free market I’ve ever seen.”

The author of that remark, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), said that he was awestruck after watching gigantic chunks of glacier disintegrate and crash to the sea.

“Every schoolchild in America needs to see this,” he said. “This is the free market at work in the way that God and Ayn Rand intended.”

Rep. Ryan said that watching the now-unstoppable Ice Sheet melt in action reaffirmed his belief in “the glory and might of free-market forces.”

“Now more than ever, I believe that government needs to get out of the way of glaciers,” he said.

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Another member of the delegation, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota), decried what she called the “alarmism” surrounding reports of the collapsing Ice Sheet.

“The Ice Sheet melt is only a problem if you live in Antarctica, which, honestly, is a pretty dumb place to live,” she said. “Polar bears live in Antarctica because they have no choice, but we’re not polar bears.”

CORRECTION: Polar Bears live in the Arctic, and NOT Antarctica. And YES, the ice is melting there as well. (See Photo)

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2014/05/conservatives-praise-antarctic-ice-sheet-melt-as-beautiful-expression-of-free-market.html?utm_source=tny&utm_campaign=generalsocial&utm_medium=facebook&mbid=social_facebook

 

 

 

 

May 15, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vice President Joe Biden was right then, and he’s still right!

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October 27, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

President Obama ‘making sandwiches’ – Image Gallery

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US President Barack Obama poses for photos with children and adult volunteers that are making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Martha’s Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown.

The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers.

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See twelve more ‘cool’, HERE:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/14/obama-marthas-table_n_4098102.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

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NOW, contrast President Obama ‘actually helping’;

and the GOP VP nominee, PAUL RYAN, scrubbing already clean pots, at a ‘Closed for the Day’ Soup Kitchen.

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October 15, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

‘The Triumph of the Ratfuckers’ (See Photo) – by Charles P. Pierce

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As the Reign Of The Morons enters its third day, let us pause for a moment to pay tribute to a political visionary whose entire  career presaged the current moment, anticipating the essential dynamic in play  in Washington right now in all of its petulant, kindergartenish glory.

Let us  raise a morning glass to Donald Segretti, the ratfucker.

(As any student of Watergate knows, “ratfucking” was the word used by  Segretti and a number of other officials in the Nixon White House for the dirty  tricks they ran in student elections when they all were at the University of  Southern California. Segretti — as well as his pal, Dwight Chapin — simply  transferred these techniques to our national elections.)

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The first  is that political sabotage for its own sake is a worthy enough goal. There  doesn’t necessarily have to be an obvious purpose or obvious logic behind it.

Everything is simply tactics. Those tactics either work or they don’t.

To  believe this, of course, one must first believe that all politics is a  essentially a zero-sum game of power; you win and the other guy loses. Who  rules? Period.

One cannot for a moment contemplate the notion that politics —  and therefore, government — has anything to do with the public good.

I trust I  don’t have to spell out the parallels between this elemental basis of ratfucking  and what the Republicans are about in their current campaign of vandalism. This  has now entered a time in which we are seeing sabotage for sabotage’s own sake.

Remember, the conservative rump faction has brought this shutdown upon the  country because its members refuse to agree to a federal budget that contains  lower discretionary spending than even Paul Ryan contemplated.

That’s because  now — as Congressman Marlin Stutzman pointed out clearly yesterday — this  isn’t about the budget, or even about economics, it’s about who wins and who  loses. It’s about whether or not John Boehner, the castrato Speaker Of The  House, can keep his job.

The public, as was said during our previous Gilded Age,  be damned.

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Read more, HERE:

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/donald-segretti-ratfking-100413

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October 5, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Quote of the Day”

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The thing is, he’s not JUST talking about the Affordable Care Act, he also means Medicare.

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October 5, 2013 Posted by | GOP morons | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ryan’s campaign immediately retracts candidate’s support for medical marijuana

Via: Raw Story

Campaign aides for Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) busied themselves this weekend with telling reporters that the candidate “agrees with Mitt Romney” on keeping marijuana illegal, despite him telling a Colorado television station that he supports letting states flout federal laws on medical marijuana.

Romney said earlier this year that he believes “marijuana should not be legal in this country,” calling it “a gateway drug to other drug violations.”

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The views would seem to directly clash with what Ryan told KRDO-TV in Colorado on Friday night. “My personal positions on this issue have been let the states decide what to do with these things,” he remarked during a pre-taped interview. “This is something that is not a HIGH priority of ours as to whether or not we go down this issue. But I’ve always believed is the states should make the right to decide.”

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Read more, HERE:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/10/paul-ryan-immediately-retracts-support-for-medical-marijuana/

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‘Romney/Ryan – Up in Smoke’, catchy.

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September 11, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Paul Ryan, Romney | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Careers Are Dead. Welcome To Your Low-Wage, Temp Work Future

Via: Forbes

Finally, some statistics to prove the stereotypes right. According to a recent survey from Millennial Branding and Payscale, Millenials really are most likely to be employed in service industry jobs.

So, all those jokes about post-graduation latte pouring and t-shirt folding haven’t been in vain.

And while it might be comforting to think of these jobs as necessary way stations on the path to an upwardly mobile future – especially if you’re someone who holds one – there’s mounting evidence that the American labor market may never return to its pre-recession composition.

The future is already here and it brings with it low-wage temporary or contract work as a way of life.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, almost 30% of American workers are expected to hold low-wage jobs – defined as earnings at or below the poverty line to support a family of four – in 2020. This number will remain virtually unchanged from 2010.

Given that roughly 50 PERCENT of recent college grads are unemployed or underemployed and those who do work are much more likely to hold these types of jobs, this is a particular grim prospect for young workers hoping to leave these positions behind for greener career pastures.

And even if Millennial workers do manage to move from retail to the corporate world, there’s no guarantee that their office job will be on the career track. The number of temporary or contract positions was up 6% over last year’s numbers in the first quarter of 2012 according to the American Staffing Association.

In fact, the number of temporary or contract jobs added to the economy has been increasing for nine consecutive quarters since the recession officially ended. Over 40% more people hold temp jobs now than in 2009. This growth starts to become something to worry about when temp jobs aren’t being converted to permanent ones and when contract work replaces full-time positions.

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Read more, HERE:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jmaureenhenderson/2012/08/30/careers-are-dead-welcome-to-your-low-wage-temp-work-future/

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Related Post:

“Willard ‘Mitt’ Romney – Even dumber than Dubya and Palin; COMBINED!”

https://seattle98.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/1-of-2-willard-mitt-romey-even-dumber-than-dubya-and-palin-combined/

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September 1, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Romney | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Louisiana Thinks Funding School Run By ‘Apostle And Prophet’ Is Somehow Constitutional

Via: Wonkette

Louisiana’s exciting experiment in public-school vouchers is steaming forward, providing parents and children with educational excellence and traditional values, hooray!

But that’s not all!

It’s also an excellent lesson in how the free market can improve education, by taking taxpayer funds from the wasteful public schools and handing it to efficient private schools run by religious loons, just the way Real America wants.

Among the 119 voucher schools approved so far is New Orleans’ Light City Christian Academy, founded and run by Apostle Leonard Lucas.

The state’s voucher program will be sending this gentleman, who “walks in the fullness of his calling and wears the mantle of an Apostle and Prophet,” some $364,000 to educate 80 students ($364,000 / 80 = $4,550).

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Read more, HERE:

http://wonkette.com/481709/louisiana-thinks-funding-school-run-by-apostle-and-prophet-is-somehow-constitutional#more-481709

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“Praise the Lord, and pass the vouchers” said the Apostles: Lucas/Ryan/Romney!

President Obama supports PUBLIC SCHOOLSVote Biden/Obama!

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August 24, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Jindal, Paul Ryan, President Obama, Romney | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

STUDY: Middle Class Suffered ‘Worst Decade In Modern History’ As Wages Stagnated, Share Of Income Fell

Via: Think Progress

The middle class is shrinking, and so is its share of America’s income and wage growth, according to a new study released Thursday.

The study from the Pew Research Center found that the middle class — defined as Americans with incomes between $39,000 and $118,000 — fell backward in income for the first time since the end of World War II, and the number of Americans who fit into that category shrunk from 61 percent in 1971 to just 51 percent in 2011.

The share of income that went to the middle class also fell during the first decade of the 21st century, a 10-year period that featured two damaging recessions, including the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, and a major housing crisis.

The share of income that went to the wealthiest Americans, however, has grown substantially since 1970, as the Washington Post notes:

In 1970, the share of U.S. income:

middle class – 62 percent

upper income – 29 percent

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But by 2010, the share of U.S. income:

middle class – 45 percent

upper income – 46 percent

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Read more, HERE:

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/08/23/734781/middle-class-worst-decade/

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personal thought:

The Romney/Ryan Budget Plan calls for even BIGGER TAX CUTS for the WEALTHY.

Unless you want your kids/grandkids to grow up in a third-world country – VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN!

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August 24, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Paul Ryan, President Obama, Romney | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

REAGAN Budget Adviser Blasts Paul Ryan’s Budget As An ‘Empty Fairy Tale’

Via: Think Progress

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s budget — which gives massive tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest Americans, drastically slashes funding for social programs, decimates state budgets, and still ends up ultimately raising the deficit — has garnered critics ranging from Catholic bishops to top economists.

Yesterday, former President Reagan’s budget adviser, David Stockman, added his voice to the dissent.

Stockman, who was the director of the Office of Management and Budget during the Reagan administration, blasted Ryan’s budget as an “empty conservative sermon” and “fairy tale” in an op-ed published in the New York Times:

The Ryan Plan boils down to a fetish for cutting the top marginal income-tax rate for “job creators” — i.e. the superwealthy — to 25 percent and paying for it with an as-yet-undisclosed plan to broaden the tax base.

Of the $1 trillion in so-called tax expenditures that the plan would attack, the vast majority would come from slashing popular tax breaks:

1. employer-provided health insurance

2. mortgage interest

3.  401(k) accounts

4. state and local taxes

5. charitable giving and the like

6. low rates on capital gains and dividends.

…In short, Mr. Ryan’s plan is devoid of credible math or hard policy choices.

And it couldn’t pass even if Republicans were to take the presidency and both houses of Congress.

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Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan have NO PLAN to take on Wall Street, the Fed, the military-industrial complex, social insurance or the nation’s fiscal calamity and no plan to revive capitalist prosperity — just empty sermons (yeah, but I thought the teabaggers like white, male, Christian, ’empty sermons’?).

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Read more, HERE:

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/08/14/687561/reagan-ryan-budget-fairy-tale/

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personal thought:

The Obama Team is planning to have a Republican address the Democratic Convention in Charlotte; and I can’t think of a better one than, Mr. Stockman.

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August 15, 2012 Posted by | 2012, GOP morons, Paul Ryan, President Obama, President Reagan, Romney, teabaggers | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment