Wednesday, September 17, 2014

America - the way it should invest...


Imagine...


If men could get pregnant...


Know the Koch's - they are running your country


Warning to U.S. Citizens


Republicans - the Petty Party


Where your tax dollars go...


Borowitz reports - Kerry has success!


Our country is not bankrupt


Cheney is guiltty


The Biggest Robbers In America Are Employers

[From the "No-shit Sherlock" desk here at Acerbic Politics - Bozo]
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by Bryce Covert
September 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm
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The amount of money employers had to pay because they were found guilty of wage theft is nearly three times greater than all the money stolen in robberies, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).
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EPI gathered figures of money recovered for victims of wage theft - which occurs when an employer has workers perform tasks off the clock or pay for their own uniforms, violating labor laws - from the Department of Labor, state labor departments, state attorneys general, and research firms. In 2012, $933 million was paid in back wages for wage theft violations, although that figure is an under-count because there were six state departments of labor and five attorneys general the organization couldn't contact.
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Compare that to the less than $350 million stolen in all robberies, including from banks, residences, stores, and on the street in 2012. That's not just the figure for those that were solved, but for any robbery simply reported to the police.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Religion - toss your logic out the window


The Holy Bible - written by God, but it lacks any common sense.


Pat Robertson - a religious man who speaks with God? This is who you're listening to?


Religion - for those with no clue how science works


Religion - it often serves as a cover for those with deep moral failings.


Know your founding fathers...

From foundingfatherquotes on Tumblr

According to the pamphlet you sent me, we must all pay, voluntarily or involuntarily, Tithes or Fifths or thirds, or halves, or all we have, to send Bibles and Missionaries, to convert all Men and save their Souls. I am confident that all the property of Europe and America would not be sufficient to convert Asia and Africa. Mankind must have a Crusade, a War of Reformation, a French Revolution, or Anti-Revolution, to amuse them and preserve them from Ennui.

John Adams, letter to Benjamin Waterhouse, December 19, 1815

Shooting report

The first bit of training for those purchasing a gun should be safe storage of that gun so that children can't find and play with it and so that bad guys (and gals) can't steal them and use them for criminal acts.






Gun control - too many people who SHOULDN'T have a gun, DO have a gun.


Why are we fighting someone else's war again?

Rss@dailykos.com (kos)
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 10:54 am
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Someone else's war. Not ours.
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Everything I wrote here still stands.
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We've spent billions arming our Middle East allies to the teeth. They are the ones directly threatened by Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL. Not us.
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So why is it us that have to do the fighting? It's their backyard, but they can watch comfortably as the United States bleeds trillions more to bail them out? Nice gig, if you can get it.
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Let those directly threatened by Islamic State put their skin in the game.
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4 ways greedy capitalists rig the system to profit off our misery

Paul Buchheit
Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 07:00 AM EST
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Each of us is a source of profit, as long as we rent or own a home, save a little money and drink water

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The profit motive fogs the thinking of free-market advocates. The Economist gushes, "Take a bow, capitalism…the biggest poverty-reduction measure of all is liberalising markets to let poor people get richer." Forbes proclaims its belief in "the unmatched power of capitalism to improve human life."
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Self-indulgent capitalists have turned much of America against its own best interests by promoting a winner-take-all philosophy that reaps great rewards for a few people at the expense of everyone else. To the neoliberal, vital human needs like health and education are products to be bought and sold.
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Here are some other examples of greed and the pain it causes.
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Water

The city of Detroit, which is positioned next to the greatest supply of fresh water between the polar ice caps, has lost its access to water because of bad financial deals that have left unsuspecting citizens with over a half-billion dollars in interest payments. Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr responded by putting the whole water system up for sale.
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Housing
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Blackstone is a corporate model for making money at the expense of desperate former homeowners. Since the recession, it has become the nation's leading landlord, buying up tens of thousands of homes at rock-bottom prices, and then renting them back, often to the very people who lost them.
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Savings
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The financial industry indiscriminately targets all struggling Americans, from the impoverished class to the low-income class to the middle class. At the lowest level loom the payday lenders, with about as many locations in the U.S. as all the McDonalds and Starbucks combined, and with annualized interest rates that can reach 1,000 percent or more.
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Justice Itself

With the highest incarceration rate in the world, and with imprisonment skewed toward minorities, our business-oriented society has effectively turned our poorest citizens into products, with an emphasis on product volume.
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A staunch capitalist might point out that America's growing poverty has created markets for anyone able to capitalize on destitution. Each of us, after all, is a source of profit, as long as we rent or own, save a little money, and drink water.

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Subsidizing the rich to help the working poor.


Republicans - clearly not clear on American history


Just WHO should be impeached?


They still be missin' that slavery thing - it was good for their ego.


Republicans - Americans with absolutely no intellect


Borowitz reports that Kerry has been successful!


Subsidizing Walmart


Dick Cheney - why does anyone, anywhere pay him any attention anymore?


Obama - still on more moral footing that W


Republicans are still being driven by hate and fear of progress


Big government - it has a role to play


Isis and American conservatives - not so different


Democrats reacting to changing American demographics


Borowitz uncovers serious threat to Bernie Sanders presidential run.


Monday, September 15, 2014

The insanity of the Christian story.


Faith is a device of self-delusion


Creationism


Your imaginary friend does NOT kill people.


The Sermon On The Amount


My fellow Americans, please stop being idiots

Rss@dailykos.com (mark Sumner)
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 2:51 pm
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There's a poll out showing that Americans are scared:
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The nation is on edge in the wake of brutal beheadings of journalists by Islamic extremists - with more Americans saying the United States is less safe now than at any point since 9/11, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll shows.
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You know what that poll shows, Americans? It shows that the terrorists won. You are giving them everything they wanted. You are terrorized.
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Look, I've said it before and I still believe every word. ISIS represents no threat to the United States. None.
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Are there terrorists in this world who would like to give us a bloody nose? Absolutely. You know what? You've already surrendered an astounding amount of your personal privacy in the name of enabling agencies to reduce that threat. Stop being so eager to bend over and give the little that remains. You're already going through ridiculous rituals at airports and government offices and museums and bus stations and football stadiums and probably at the local Gymboree, all designed to give you the illusion of safety at an immense cost in both time and money. You've already given up everything from the privacy of your phone calls and emails to the ability to take some shampoo on the road. Don't get out the checkbook to buy more nonsense.
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And hey, you've already left more Americans on the battlefield created by our shaking-in-our-boots cowardice than any terrorists might have hoped. You've already built a monument to our fear that's measured in a mound of bodies on both sides that would dwarf the Great Pyramid. Stop making our service people, and innocents on the ground, sacrifices to your ill-defined "they're out to get me"-itis.
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Shooting report






Gun control - beacuse too many gun owners don't know any better than this...


Andrew Cuomo waxes poetic about passionate ... Republicans

[If you live in New York, vote ABC - Anybody But Cuomo come November - Bozo]
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Rss@dailykos.com (kos)
Tuesday, September 09, 2014, 4:29 pm
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Ladies and gentlemen, Working Families Party Gov. Andrew Cuomo:
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"My supporters have a lot of passion," Cuomo said, responding to a question about Zephyr Teachout's criticism that her supporters are more passionate than his. "You have groups that are passionate about single issues. People who want a ban on fracking are passionate. You have the Occupy Wall Street group that is passionate. But you know, there's passion on both sides. People who want to see their taxes lowered are passionate."
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Yup. They are called "Republicans." Glad Cuomo is there for those guys.
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All states are part of empire and must act like it...

From foundingfatherquotes on Tumblr...

But Georgia cannot be viewed as a single unconnected sovereign power on whose legislature no other restrictions are imposed than may be found in its own constitution. She is part of a large empire, she is a member of the American union; and that union has a constitution, the supremacy of which all acknowledge, and which imposes limits to the legislatures of the several states, which none claim a right to pass.

John Marshall, Opinion in Fletcher v. Peck, March 16, 1810