Friday, July 23, 2010

Dunning-Kruger Effect

The new politics

Corporate welfare

Feeling uncomfortable - an angry old man

He loves him some dead people!

Cheney has a pet?

Liberal - yeah - that's what I am

Supporting the sanctity of marriage

Explaining Teabagging

Lecturing on family values

The real story of the Bible

Yeah - there are some racists out there...

Brain structure of the Fundamentalist

It's all in your point of view.

So THAT'S how it works!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The robber barons have returned...

Consider: in 1928 the richest 1 percent of Americans received 23.9 percent of the nation's total income. After that, the share going to the richest 1 percent steadily declined. New Deal reforms, followed by World War II, the GI Bill and the Great Society expanded the circle of prosperity. By the late 1970s the top 1 percent raked in only 8 to 9 percent of America's total annual income. But after that, inequality began to widen again, and income reconcentrated at the top. By 2007 the richest 1 percent were back to where they were in 1928—with 23.5 percent of the total.
   -- Robert Reich in Unjust Spoils, The Nation, July 19, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Corporate greed needs to be controlled

Understanding global warming

A Republican view point - short-sighted though it may be.

White inferiority?

Political sponsors

Republicans reply to the Democrats' agenda

Hypocrites come clean

Republican health care plan explained

Blame the media for intelligence

Well said...

Understanding the rednecks

It's all a matter of personal tastes

Republican control

Oh, yeah, then there's that...

Republican thinking

From a post on Daily Kos that summarizes public punditry of the day...

Friday punditry.
Republicans are feeling good about the midterms — so good that they’ve started saying what they really think. This week the party’s Senate leadership stopped pretending that it cares about deficits, stating explicitly that while we can’t afford to aid the unemployed or prevent mass layoffs of schoolteachers, cost is literally no object when it comes to tax cuts for the affluent.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

This sort of explains how our corporations work

The Americans and the Japanese decided to engage in a competitive boat race. Both teams practiced hard and long to reach their peak performance. On the big day the Japanese won by a mile.
The American team was discouraged by the loss. Morale sagged. Corporate management decided that the reason for the crushing defeat had to be found, so a consulting firm was hired to investigate the problem and recommend corrective action.

The consultant's finding: The Japanese team had eight people rowing and one person steering; the American team had one person rowing and eight people steering.

After a year of study and millions spent analyzing the problem, the American team's management structure was completely reorganized.

The new structure: four steering managers, three area steering managers, and a new performance review system for the person rowing the boat to provide work incentive.

The next year, the Japanese won by two miles!

Humiliated, the American corporation laid off the rower for poor performance and gave the managers a bonus for discovering the problem.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Oh, Good Grief Charlie Brown

Sometimes it seems so difficult to understand why Republicans believe the shit that they profess, but then something comes along that reminds you just how stupid some of our fellow citizens are...

July 2, 2010 by Marist Poll

There’s good news for American education. About three-quarters of residents — 74% — know the U.S. declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776. The bad news for the academic system — 26% do not. This 26% includes one-fifth who are unsure and 6% who thought the U.S. separated from another nation. That begs the question, “From where do the latter think the U.S. achieved its independence?” Among the countries mentioned are France, China, Japan, Mexico, and Spain.


And the religious would have us follow them in their moral ways...

From the BBC...

A Catholic priest in Australia has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in jail for sex attacks on 25 children over nearly two decades.

John Sidney Denham, 67, pleaded guilty to a range of charges relating to attacks on boys at schools in New South Wales between 1968 and 1986.

The judge said his actions "contributed to a culture of fear and depravity".

The Supreme Court was right... home is complete without a handgun for use as a tool...

Friday, July 09, 2010

Make English the official language

From Acerbic Politics

But if we do deny citizenship to non-English speaking people, does that mean that Arnold Schwarzenegger has to leave the country? Or is there some degree of lack-of-fluency which we can accept? And what about people who go out in public with misspelled words on their protest signs? Must they forsake their citizenship?

Republican lies

From Acerbic Politics

Republicans and their big demands

From Acerbic Politics

Birthers still on a roll

From Acerbic Politics

There's a credible link between religious nuts

From Acerbic Politics

Explaininf the "atheist problem"

From Acerbic Politics

Republicans never allow the facts to interfere with their fantasies

From Acerbic Politics

Republicans never allow the facts to interfere with their fantasies

From Acerbic Politics

Why is it that devout Christians love brutal power?

From Acerbic Politics

Republicans never allow the facts to interfere with their fantasies

From Acerbic Politics

Some rambling on the economy

I'm no expert when it comes to economics - I took a couple of undergrad courses in the subject when I was in college 40 years ago and I read the occasional article in Time magazine or on the Internet, but I still have my opinions and I guess I fall mostly on the "demand side" of the supply and demand debate. It just seems to me that the US became the world's great economic superpower when we developed a fairly wealthy middle class that could afford to buy stuff being produced in our factories.

So that is my opinion as I waded into this brief video that is a week or two old...

So you see, it looks to me like the investors and market traders have it wrong. They want government to stop spending - to cut unemployment, to stop works projects, to deny aid to states and local governments and maybe even, some of them, to reduce the military. Their point, best as I can tell is to have millions more people out of work and hungry so that they will take jobs paying minimum wage - not just to freeze personal income levels in the U.S., but to actually lower them so that we can hire as cheaply here as they do in China.

There's some logic to that - it might add more jobs to our economy - but the jobs will only pay subsistence wages. The demand for other goods - things like personal entertainment, new cars, decent clothes, etc. will decline. Business will fall off. I can't see how their plan helps them in the long run.

I just think that conservatives like Santelli are batshit crazy.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

An Interesting Post from Daily Kos - click this title to link to the original

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) recently sobbed that Democrats are:

... snuffing out the America that I grew up in.

And today Greg Sargent at The Plum Line took a closer look at the Golden Age of Boehner's youth:

  • The Republican Party platform of 1956 called for "broadened coverage in unemployment insurance" and "better health protection for all our people." It vowed to "continue vigorously to support the United Nations."

    It pledged support for "progressive programs" to expand workers' rights. It vowed an immigration policy that ensured that America would remain a "haven for oppresssed peoples."

  • The Republican Party platform of 1960 hailed the GOP's success in extending unemployment insurance. The GOP counted as an achievement its efforts to raise the Federal minimum wage.

    The platform hailed expanded Social Security coverage and pledged an aggressive Federal effort to help those struggling with health care costs (in those pre-Medicare days, the primary focus was on the elderly). It pledged to continue robust Federal intervention to preserve the environment.

To (liberally) paraphrase Ronald Reagan, John Boehner and today's GOP didn't leave the Republican Party, they hijacked it.