Saturday, December 31, 2011

No, the OTHER repressive nuclear armed theocracy.

The ultra-orthodox in Israel are bullying little girls and oppressing women, in their quest to enforce a fundamentalist regime. This is a nation that has had 50  years to create a space for itself and has managed to alienate almost all its neighbors. It violates human rights in Gaza and is steadily becoming more and more repressive, yet to criticize Israel is to become a pariah, be shunned, and immediately dismissed or fired if one is in any position of public service or prominence. Why? Ron Paul has no chance to become the Republican candidate for president, for this reason alone, if nothing else. 
  Have we forgotten George Washington's once famous advice that "So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils."?  I wish someone could explain this passionate attachment of ours, to me. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

One Second After, by William R. Forstchen

I just finished reading an incredibly depressing novel about western North Carolina in the post apocalypse world. In this world an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) released from a high altitude nuclear detonation destroys all our computer controlled machinery and infrastructure. To summarize: society breaks down, people turn into beasts (except the protagonist) and most everyone dies. The really depressing thing is that the danger of an EMP is not just hypothetical. Evidently it's a real possibility. We really do need to invest in a modern, safer, energy grid. We need a system in which every household can generate a minimal amount of electricity to keep functional in case of strikes against our grid. We need a system that is diversified, and efficient, and localized as well as centralized. It's creepy to realize how dependent we are on modern technology, and how vulnerable our technology really is.

All hail Grover Norquist - the Plutocrat

Grover Norquist was on the Sunday morning talk show this a.m. He evidently makes his living as an "issues management strategist"
That must be one of those jobs where you draw enormous amounts of money for doing nothing useful or productive except feathering your own nest.
 He was born the son of a rich man (VP at Polaroid) he went to the finest schools and evidently has more money than God, and by God he intends to keep every penny of it.
Somehow this person, never elected to any public office, not accountable to the electorate in any way, controls our government. Almost every single Republican in office has signed his pledge to never increase taxes in any circumstances. As justification for this stance he said something to the effect that taxes are a way of taking money from the people and giving it to the king. Well, true enough if you go back in time 200 years or so. But the constitution was written to ensure we would have no kings, and that government is supposed to be "of the people, by the people, for the people."  Our progressive tax code takes more money from the rich and redistributes it into infrastructure that  benefits EVERY body. Or it is supposed to. See, the founders knew that concentration of wealth  ( was a real threat to our republic and various schemes to equalize wealth were proposed, including the genesis of the estate tax described in Agrarian Justice (Thomas Paine).
I guess we can kiss our glory days goodbye, the plutocracy is winning.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The last good Republican

"Every dollar spent by the government must be paid for either by taxes or by more borrowing with greater debt. 
The only way to make more tax cuts now is to have bigger and bigger deficits and to borrow more and more money. Either we or our children will have to bear the burden of this debt. 
This is one kind of chicken that always comes home to roost. An unwise tax cutter, my fellow citizens, is no real friend of the taxpayer."
- Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower” 1952 in his refusal to lower the top tax rate on the rich from 91%. 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I'm Back!

This is just too funny - I can't stay away any longer. Sarah Palin is so dedicated to quitting, she even quits her vacation half way! And Anthony Weiner has to resign from congress for tweeting his weener. Weiner tweets weener. I'm back in the blogging game.

Friday, January 21, 2011

States to renege on public pensions?

This is unbelievable. A proposal to allow states to declare bankruptcy and renege on their obligations to pay pensions to retired workers is apparently floating around. The Republican war on the middle class is gathering steam. Who are these people? Dumping all those old folks back into the employment pool at a time when there aren't enough jobs for young people trying to support growing children? Who can possibly imagine that will be good for our country? We need to revamp our history curriculum and teach our children about how horrible it was in the past when there were no checks on the powerful interests. When little children were forced to labor in factories, when homelessness and starvation forced whole families on the road, and desperate poverty burned fear into the hearts and minds of the survivors.
I have an idea. Let's bring the tax rates up to where they were when this country had money to pay its bills and invest in the future. Let's tax the people who have done very well for themselves during the past decade. It's time for them to pay for their comfortable lifestyles. Better they pay in taxes now, than in blood later, yes? This income disparity is the most dangerous thing our country has faced since the great depression. It's time to spread the wealth around a bit, Joe the fake Plumber. Remember  the French Revolution.