• Why, exactly, not?

    What's the real problem?

    It's less than what 90% of Europe gets. Are we worth less than them?

  • comment on a post Pro-Israel Rally Calls for 'Wiping Out' Palestinians over 5 years ago

    But we are some how expected to worry about this so-called blood-soaked "holy land"!!!

    The New Jews on the block should just go home! We can do without WW-III just because of their paranoia!

    Forget about the Holy Land nonsense! We have real difficulties! Like, we owe the Far East our damned asses! How will we deal with that? When they stop sending the cheap stuff, we will all be Icelanders. Go to the store -- NOTHING on the shelf!

    Charity and frugality certainly must begin at home!!!

  • comment on a post gay rights extremists bring us an e-harmony disaster over 5 years ago

    I think that any business that one should need a license to operate should not be formally (legally) allowed to discriminate. From a practical stand point, if you are gay or lesbian, you probably won't want to be served by a lawyer or a hairstylist who is known to be bigoted. Do I think that dating services that construct psychological profiles of clients for the purpose of matching them should be licensed? Well they could do severe harm by matching up the wrong people, so yes, they should be licensed. So they should not be formally allowed to discriminate.

    Personally, the moment I heard that they didn't allow gays and lesbians to be clients was the moment I decided they were never going to receive a filled-out questionnaire from me!

    As far as bigotry in general is concerned, it's a bad trait, but has to be put in perspective. A lot of basically nice people are bigoted. I've known people who went to jail for pot, were severely abused by people of another race, and were never able to get past that, for example. Bigotry is bad, and on average, more bigoted people are probably creepy than are non-bigoted people. But being bigoted is not so bad as, say, chopping folks up and eating them. The fault of bigotry is not the worst one, and should be viewed in perspective. No one is perfect.

    I think the hyped-up pseudo-consensus that black people tend to be anti-gay and lesbian is baloney, by the way. I think it's just another divide-and- conquer ploy.

  • comment on a post [Updated] Blaming Blacks and Mormons = Braindead over 5 years ago

    First of all; there is no real hard data supporting the "theory" that black people ever voted against gay and lesbian marriage. It just doesn't exist. There is a possibility that about 20% of black people voted against it. But that, even if true, is not much of a statistic. The concept that black people are anti- gay/ lesbian is currently being heavily promoted by the Nazi "right." They are aggressively promoting it in every progressive venue! Divide and conquer!

    As for the Mormons, there are not very many of them. It is true that the "mainstream" Mormon church as anti-gay and lesbian. But there do exist liberal Mormons who are pro-gay and lesbian as well.

    Let's not let our enemies make us enemies of each other! Please!

  • comment on a post Goodbye, Ralph Nader [UPDATED] over 5 years ago

    When I first began blogging, at repentantnadervoter.org, I parsed this thing so many ways it would astound most people. I have been thinking about it since 2004. In the end, it's just the way of the world that there has to be a Nader. How could there not be?

    This may be seen as unfortunate, or destructive, or miserable, but in the end, it is how things must be. Yeah, I voted for Obama, but I won't complain about Nader. It would be like complaining about the weather. There are reasons things have to be as they are, and we can't make the world conform to some ideal of perfection. Nobody promised us that life would be easy. We must accept a world that challenges us. We can complain, but the world will always place challenges in our path. How could it be otherwise?

    Life will not ever be simple and easy. So why complain about the weather?

  • comment on a post Will Bush Really Leave Office on 1/20/09? over 5 years ago

    Congresspeople are stating that hey were effectively threatened with martial law if they didn't pass the bailout. The bill itself was not the trigger. What Wolf is referring to is the fact that, as of October 1, 2008, the 1rst Brigade of the 3rd Division of the US Army has actually been deployed in the US itself to enforce policy.

    This military force, unlike the ordinary police, or the National Guard, has been indoctrinated to follow the direct chain of military command that is controlled by the president. Even if the National Guard is federalized in an emergency, it is still a force that is indoctrinated to follow command from state governments. The 1rst Brigade is a strictly federal unit of three to four thousand soldiers that always follows the federal chain of command.

    The use of such federal (central command) troops inside a nation has been the historical turning point at which open societies have become fascist.

  • I was one of the very few who actually protested when the supreme court involved itself in the 2000 "election." I would put about nothing past these people.

    I don't really think Naomi Wolf is in this just for book sales. And I hope you saw the video in which Representative Brad Sherman tells the Congress how he had been threatened with martial law if the "banker's bailout" didn't pass.

    I've been an activist since Vietnam, and Nixon was a liberal compared to BushCo.

    It all looks rather dire to me. But I get scared easily these days...

  • comment on a post Headsup from Kucinich over 5 years ago

    The $850 BILLION was the issue. It would be slightly nice if judges could keep a few people in their homes, but statistically, it could never amount to much. This was essentially a small part of the puzzle.

    The bailout will force the US government to borrow more money at interest. That "at interest" is the is the thing to worry about. Because this interest will amount to 100 times what it would take to stop half of the foreclosures.

    The bottom line is really that BushCo has spent all our money on Iraq and Afghanistan. No combination of laws will ever redeem that value.

    The details of the Banker's Bailout are less significant than the fact of the Bailout itself. And the Bailout was itself merely a side-show. Look in the vault; the money isn't in there! Where did it all go?

  • comment on a post When will Americans say enough is enough? over 5 years ago

    The Dark Ages were actually a 1,000 year-long depression of the Roman Empire. We are repeating that cycle.

  • comment on a post BREAKING NEWS: We don't have any money for anything over 5 years ago

    How much of a mess can Obama and Company clean up?

    The economic question will become overwhelming. What's the point of having the political ducks in line if all the money is gone? I wish more people would worry about this.

    I think you would be at home at Elaine's.

    I am quite alarmed about the economic side of things, and I think politics is about to become tightly focused on the money issues very soon.

    I am afraid the money problems will become very serious before the elections, and I saw this coming for months now. I don't know the answers. It's gotten to the point where China is actually warning us to avoid tariffs!

  • It's seriously ugly, and I am really scared. Here's some links:

    Sun Tzu, the Art of War

    He who wishes to fight must first count the cost. When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be dampened. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength. Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain. Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardor dampened, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue... In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns.

    I hang out at Elaine's a lot.

  • They are probably not discernible to the average political blogger. The economic stuff is obscure.

    Please notice that since the thing was reported passed at 1:00 PM, the DOW has dropped 300 points.

    Maybe next time you will listen to me.

    In economics issues, the information is very complex.

    The basic problem is that this 850 billion dollars will be borrowed from Asia and the MidEast against taxes expected from ordinary Americans. At interest.

    They will try to do this again, by the way. It cannot possibly work. The basic principle is you cannot get blood from a turnip, I guess.

  • comment on a post What will Happen Without A Bailout over 5 years ago

    Frankly, the issues involved here are quite complex. But this bank bailout is being recognized as a very classic BAD MOVE by the really smart ones.

    The bailout plan could actually trigger something worse than a recession. This will affect YOU quite dramatically! Call your congress critter and demand NO BANK BAILOUT!

    Contacting the Congress

  • I have been spending 90% of my time over on the economics blogs. 90% of the really super-sharp economics analysts are claiming that the bank bailout will likely trigger, rather than restrain, a sudden economic depression. Passage of the bank bailout bill could trigger depression nearly as quickly as an Iran attack. This is a crisis that truly transcends politics. Elaine Meinel Supkis, perhaps the the most astute economics history analyst has said: And the bill: yes, it is a classic, ridiculous Xmas tree. And will bankrupt us. Scores of other top tier analysts have said essentially the same. Bush and Paulson are not receiving input from these top-tier analysts; they are depending on information from sources backed by people who have extensive self-interests.

    As I understand the situation, the Senate version of the bill will be taken up by the House tomorrow morning, Friday, October 3, 2008. The stakes could not be higher. So please call and e-mail your House Representatives and demand that they say NO to this bank bailout! You do not want to know about how it will be to stand in a soup line.

    Call tonight and early tomorrow morning, please! You can find their phone numbers and e-mail addresses here:

    CONTACTING THE CONGRESS

  • comment on a post Dems Blowing it (including Obama) on Bailout Bill over 5 years ago

    NOBODY liked it!

    Are we going to punish these bankers who can't handle money by crushing them by tossing money upon them?

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