Tuesday, January 21, 2020

TIN LIZZIE

TIN LIZZIE

I've never voted for a Republican,
nor would I vote for Elizabeth Warroom.

OR

Is Hillary Clinton Running for President Again? Sure Seems Like It. 
(William Rivers Pitt at Truthout.org)

"On Tuesday Morning, Hollywood Reporter published its latest cover story about Hillary, a four-hour Sundance documentary series on Clinton’s political career that is set to debut in March. The hood ornament for the article is a Clinton quote from the film about Bernie Sanders. It is the primary-season equivalent of throwing a live hand grenade into a vat of kerosene:

'He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.'

CAN'T SAY IT AIN'T SO JOE

CAN'T SAY IT AIN'T SO JOE

Even if Joe wasn't senile, he'd be an awful president.

(Ryan Grim at The Intercept.com)

"As early as 1984 and as recently as 2018, former Vice President Joe Biden called for cuts to Social Security in the name of saving the program and balancing the federal budget. Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders highlighted Biden’s record on Social Security in prosecuting the case that Biden isn’t the most electable candidate. The issue could be raised again in Tuesday night’s debate.

After a Sanders campaign newsletter continued the attack on Biden’s Social Security record, the Biden campaign complained to fact-checkers at Politifact that his comments were being taken out of context. Placed in context, however, Biden’s record on Social Security is far worse than one offhand remark. Indeed, Biden has been advocating for cuts to Social Security for roughly 40 years."

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 BONUS VIDEOS

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(The Humanist Report on YouTube.com)

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 BONUS ARTICLE

President George "The Worst" Bush, under whose watch the atrocities of 9-11 occurred, having illegally and under ludicrously false pretenses destroyed a country, killing and displacing millions of innocent people, after starting an endless war against a scary noun, that continues to waste trillions of dollars and countless lives to this day, regrets most of all that he didn't hand over the Social Security Program to greedy corporations.

The World doesn't fear any so called Axis of Evil, they fear Assholes of Evil, that play around with the most powerful military in human history.

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George W. Bush Reveals His Biggest Failure Was Not Privatizing Social Security
(Elyse Siegel posted at Common Dreams.org)

"Former President George W. Bush signaled on Thursday that he sees not
privatizing Social Security as his greatest failure from the eight
years he served in the White House, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The unpopular Republican leader made the suggestion while speaking at
a trade conference in the Windy City, where he discussed his legacy and
also offered a glimpse into what readers can expect from his
forthcoming memoir, Decision Points.

"I would like to be remembered as a guy who had a set of priorities,
and was willing to live by those priorities," explained Bush. "In terms
of accomplishments, my biggest accomplishment is that I kept the country
safe amidst a real danger."


Monday, January 20, 2020

CELEBRATE MLK NOT HIS HOLIDAY

 CELEBRATE MLK, NOT HIS HOLIDAY

(Think Progress.org)

“…‘Most people don’t talk about the fact that Martin Luther King was a Republican.’

That’s a quote from Ada Fisher, a Republican National Committeewoman from North Carolina, that was published without qualification or correction this week by ABC News…

Here is what King had to say about Ronald Reagan, the hero of modern Republicans:

..When a Hollywood performer, lacking distinction even as an actor can become a leading war hawk candidate for the Presidency, only the irrationalities induced by a war psychosis can explain such a melancholy turn of events.”

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 (Democracy Now.org)
“Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People’s Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, which he delivered at New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” that he gave on April 3, 1968, the night before he was assassinated.”
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UPDATE:

KYLE KULINSKI
SECULAR TALK
 MLK Day: Remembering His Radical Economic Legacy
 (YouTube.com)

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BONUS VIDEO:
PROFESSOR RICHARD D. WOLFF
DEMOCRACY AT WORK
THIS WEEK'S TOPICS (w/timestamps):
00:44 - Updates on on the sale of a co-op craft brewery to a large corporation;
03:35 - U.S. medical costs are by far the highest in world,
05:54 - capitalism’s defense of inequality and instability with the "overcoming poverty” concept.
13:52 - announcements;
14:59 - SPECIAL GUEST: Prof. Wolff interviews Laura Flanders, a long-time independent journalist, about the idea of an independent media.


Sunday, January 19, 2020

MORE BERNIE ENDORSEMENTS!



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 BONUS VIDEOS

(Brainless Fucker Carlson schooled by a wise man)

The Stark Difference Between Bernie & Biden
(Secular Talk on YouTube.com)

If after listening to these closing statements you think Biden should be president, you should be forced to grab a shovel and start digging humanity's mass grave.

RUSHIN' TO MEDDLE

(Greg Palast.com)
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The United States of America has practiced throwing elections around the world for virtually its entire existence. Practice doesn't always make perfect, so when an election is not successfully thrown, we go to Plan B, using our intelligence and military assets to commit a coup. The U.S. regularly overthrows governments or assassinates leaders that do not align with the interests of international corporations. This fact is not in question, it's simply a well-documented historical fact. Our violent foreign conflicts are never about "America's" interests, it's always about the interests of big money. Perhaps the most accessible and shortest take on this topic is Major General Smedley D. Butler's classic, War is a Racket.

Our history with Iran is a decades-long story of our illegal interventions. And it continues right up to this moment.

South America is replete with countries illegally overthrown by the U.S., it's being attempted right now in Venezuela, and has just happened in Bolivia.

Everyone should read Eduardo Galeano's great book, which chronicles how the U.S. picked up where the Europeans left off in the raping of Latin America.


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With all that vast experience manipulating governments around the globe to steal natural resources and prevent weaker nations from controlling their own economy, is it conceivable that our oligarchs would allow free and honest elections in the most powerful country that has ever existed?

I'll answer that for you... NO!

I keep hearing about how socialism doesn't work, because there isn't any successful examples. Can you name one country that has attempted to curtail the excesses of Capitalism that the United States of America hasn't destroyed, or attempted to destroy, with sanctions or military action? It's like telling folks that Jasper doesn't know how to grow flowers, without mentioning you regularly run over his flower bed with a lawn mower.

Anyone who approaches an election in the U.S. without cynicism occupies a make believe land filled with larger than life fantasy heroes who were inspired by a big magic pixie to create the happiest place on Earth....after the pesky natives were removed and replaced by cheap labor.

The links below are just the tip of the iceberg. U.S. election rigging has been going on for a very long time, and it isn't the Russians that have displayed any effectiveness.

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"My dear Californians, I know you filled out that registration form at the DMV. Well, you know what? I’ll bet you that your name is not going to be there because there’s a 45% chance in California when you sign up to register to vote on a piece of paper, your name is never entered on the voter rolls. Guess what? California has one of the worst voting systems in the entire nation."

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"Palast discusses the theft of the 2020 election, which is happening right now, right under our noses, with Sabrina Jacobs on KPFA’s A Rude Awakening."

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"Two new court decisions have blessed mass purges of voters in two swing states, Georgia and Wisconsin. This could be the launch of a new system for purging masses of voters of color and young voters that is expected to spread to 20 or more states before the Presidential election."

Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Global War of Error

WAR IS A RACKET

(Tom Engelhardt at TomDispatch.com)

"...Nonetheless, I stand by my initial statement. In these years, the American war system has proven to be a remarkable institutional success story. Think of it this way: in the military of the twenty-first century, failure is the new success. In order to grasp this, you have to stop looking at Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, and the rest of those embattled lands and start looking instead at Washington, D.C. While you’re at it, you need to stop thinking that the gauge of success in war is victory. That’s so mid-twentieth century of you! In fact, almost the opposite may be true when it comes to the American way of war today.

After more than 18 years of what, once upon a time, would have been considered failure, tell me this: Is the Pentagon receiving more money or less? In fact, it’s now being fed record amounts of tax dollars (as is the whole national security state). Admittedly, Congress can’t find money for the building or rebuilding of American infrastructure -- China now has up to 30,000 kilometers of high-speed rail and the U.S. not one -- and is riven by party animosities on issue after issue, but funding the Pentagon? No problem. When it comes to that, there’s hardly a question, hardly a dispute at all. Agreement is nearly unanimous.

Failure, in other words, is the new success and that applies as well to the “industrial” part of the military-industrial complex. That reality was caught in a Washington Post headline the day after a CIA drone assassinated General Qassem Suleimani: "Defense stocks spike after airstrike against Iranian commander." Indeed, the good times clearly lay ahead. In the age of Trump, when the last secretary of defense was a former Boeing executive and the present one a former lobbyist for arms-maker Raytheon, it’s been weapons galore all the way to the bank."

How Democracies Die

CHRIS HEDGES

(Truthdig.com)

"...The business elites in Italy and Germany saw the fascists as buffoons, just as Wall Street views Trump and his enablers as an embarrassment. But the capitalists would rather have Trump as president than a reformer such as Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. The primacy of corporate profit, as in fascist Germany and Italy, makes the business elites willfully complicit in the destruction of democracy. These capitalists are oblivious to the danger their consolidation of wealth and power poses to democracy. They ram through tax cuts for the rich and austerity programs that exacerbate the despair and rage that fuel extremism. They make war on organized labor, suppressing wages and abolishing benefits."