Sunday, July 27, 2014

Conservatism Equals Kleptocracy In Amurica


From Wikipedia: "Kleptocracy, alternatively cleptocracy or kleptarchy, (from Greek: κλέπτης - kleptēs, 'thief' and κράτος - kratos, 'power', 'rule', hence 'rule by thieves') is a form of political and government corruption where the government exists to increase the personal wealth and political power of its officials and the ruling class at the expense of the wider population, often with pretense of honest service..."

There isn't a single Low Information Voter that knows the effect of Bush's tax cuts on their wallets, the tax cuts that were meant for the rich, aka the "job creators," and here it is:

"Report: $6.6 trillion lost on Bush tax cuts could pay all student loans, car loans, credit cards."



"In an Al Jazeera America column on Wednesday, investigative reporter David Cay Johnston calculated the average income of Americans between 2001 and 2012 — the years President George W. Bush’s tax cuts were in effect. After adjusting for inflation he compared that income with the average income in 2000, and determined that $6.6 trillion was missing.

"'Consider what $48,000 of additional income over those 12 years would have meant to you,' Johnston wrote. 'It is the equivalent of $11 appearing in your wallet every morning from the start of 2001 through the end of 2012.'

"'Had that $6.6 trillion shortfall been realized as income, it would have been enough to pay off all the student loans in United States ($1.26 trillion), all the automobile loans ($892 billion) and all the credit card debt ($827 billion),' he noted. 'After paying all that debt off and taking taxes into account, Americans still would have more than $2.4 trillion left in their pockets and bank accounts...'"

Can you spell k-l-e-p-t-o-c-r-a-c-y?

"Detroit Shuts Off Water to Residents but Not to Businesses Who Owe Millions."



"More than 15,000 households have had their taps turned off for being past due. Yet the bankrupt city hasn’t touched 40 businesses who owe $9.5 million in total..."

But that's just an isolated example and shouldn't be taken seriously...'cause the free market is always right!

"Bill Maher Slams The Right's Unwavering Faith In The Free Market: 'Big Business IS The New Big Government.'"



"Bill Maher closed this week's 'Real Time' by poking a stick at the notion that the free market is always right. Pointing out the hypocrisy of the right's adherence to that belief, he insisted, 'Big business is the new big government. It is the massive, unwieldy bureaucracy that just doesn't work.'

"Using the lack of real costumer service in big business as a jumping off point, Maher explained that the absence of choice due to any real government pushback on mergers has left our economy at the whim of people whose policy is to annoy you out of your money..."

Anyway, Amurica is the best and we love it just the way it is!

"Why People Are Organizing to End U.S. Empire."

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"World history is filled with empires, e.g. the Roman and Byzantine empires, the European colonial empires, various ancient Iranian empires, the Arab Caliphate and Ottoman Empire, the Soviet Union to name a few. These historic empires have one thing in common: they no longer exist. As the lifecycle of empire wanes, rather than being a benefit to the home country, sustaining empire becomes more expensive than it is worth.

"While the US economy and military remain the largest in the world, the economy is faltering and losing its vitality. Chalmers Johnson, a CIA analyst who became a critic of the agency and author of a series on US Empire, writes:
"Thirty-five years from now, America's official century of being top dog (1945-2045) will have come to an end; its time may, in fact, be running out right now. We are likely to begin to look ever more like a giant version of England at the end of its imperial run, as we come face-to-face with, if not necessarily to terms with, our aging infrastructure, declining international clout, and sagging economy."
"The US began as a colony of European empires, especially of England, and then evolved into its own North American Empire..."

But what are the Conservatives up to anyway?



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So Low Information Voters, they've picked your pocket and nothing will stop them from stealing you water if they want to...are you getting it yet?

When the middle class LIVs finally get it into their unconcerned skulls that Conservatism is a vast rightwing criminal empire maybe we'll start to reverse all the policies, laws, and decisions that they have shoved down our throats since the late forties.

Or we can criminalize Conservatism!



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"The Republicans believe in the minimum wage -- the more minimum, the better."

Harry S. Truman.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Why American Conservatives LOVE Putin's Mafia State


From Wikipedia: "A mafia state is a state system where the government is tied with organized crime, including when government officials, police, and/or military take part in illicit enterprises. The term mafia is a reference to any organized crime groups strongly connected with the authorities..."

And further down in the entry:


"The term has been used by some Western media to describe the political system in Russia under Vladimir Putin's rule.[13][14][15] This characterization came to prominence following the United States diplomatic cables leak, which revealed that US diplomats viewed Russia as a "a corrupt, autocratic kleptocracy centred on the leadership of Vladimir Putin, in which officials, oligarchs and organised crime are bound together to create a 'virtual mafia state.'"[16][17] Journalist and author Luke Harding argues that Putin has 'created a state peopled by ex-KGB and FSB officers, like himself, [who are] bent on making money above all.'[18] In the estimation of American diplomats, 'the government [of Russia] effectively [is] the mafia.'[19][20][21]

"According to the New Statesman, 'the term had entered the lexicon of expert discussion' several years before the cables leak, "and not as a frivolous metaphor. Those most familiar with the country had come to see it as a kleptocracy with Vladimir Putin in the role of capo di tutti capi, dividing the spoils and preventing turf wars between rival clans of an essentially criminal elite."[22] In 2008, Stephen Blank noted that Russia under Putin is 'a state that European officials privately call a Mafia state' that 'naturally gravitates toward Mafia-like behavior.'[23]

"Nikolay Petrov, an analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Centre, said 'it's pretty hard to damage the Russian image in the world because it's already not very good'.[24]

"London's Mayor Boris Johnson, writing in 2013 for The Telegraph, pointed to 'a scam, a gigantic criminal conspiracy by which the Russian police and tax officials colluded with the judiciary and mafia to steal millions from the Russian state', referring to the murder and subsequent trial of a Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky.[25]

Does it begin to make sense yet?



Conservatives love Vlad (The Impaler) Putin's mafia state...from Patheos.com:



"Russia has become a dangerous place for dissent. Its ex-KGB president, Vladimir Putin, has accomplished what Republicans in America only dream of: he’s built an electoral majority by appealing to the most religious and conservative elements of society, including by courting the alliance of the Russian Orthodox Church. With his victories, he’s becoming increasingly autocratic, dispensing with even the pretense of democracy.

"Besides his notorious sidestepping of term-limit laws, he’s presided over show-trial prosecutions of political opponents and reformers on flimsy or trumped-up charges. He’s brought down the wrath of the state against artists who mock religion. He’s looked the other way as crusading journalists have been brutally beaten and murdered, and his government may have been directly involved in at least one such killing. In the classic tactic of dictators everywhere, he’s diverting attention from his own authoritarianism by painting a marginalized minority as a powerful and sinister enemy corrupting society from within. In this case, the invented enemy is Russia’s LGBT community..."

A few of the Cons get an itchy feeling between their toes...the two big ones, that is...

"Sarah Palin explains Vladimir Putin's manly qualities."

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) assists in polar bear research during his visit to Alexandra Land on Franz Josef Land in the far north of Russia in the Barents Sea, April 29, 2010.  REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky  (RUSSIA - Tags: ANIMALS) - RTR2D8Y8
Wrestling a bear and putting a tracking collar on a tranquilized bear accompanied by a large group of scientists are two different things.

"Sarah Palin demonstrates the dangers of only talking to people who share your world view: 'People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil,' Palin said to Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Monday night..."



But back to "Putinism" and the Cons' goal of a New American Age of Feudalism:

"The political system under Putin features some elements of economic liberalism, a lack of transparency in governance, cronyism and pervasive corruption, which assumed in Putin's Russia 'a systemic and institutionalized form..."

The Conservative Pledge...




...with a little help from their friends.



Every one of their benefactors will do well in the Mafia State of America!



Unless you're some kind of Librul...



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The Cons can only fantasize about their dream ticket, and if Rafael Cruz can become naturalized why not?



It's not going to happen, but let's Criminalize Conservatism...just in case.



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"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral
philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."

John Kenneth Galbraith.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

The Rise of The American Taliban


Our title today is taken from the "The Rise of The American Taliban," at Truth-out.org...but first a definition of the term "American Taliban" from the Urban Dictionary:

"A derogatory nickname invented by the far-left LWNJs for conservative or evangelical Christians, but sometimes also generalized to other groups such as the US Tea Party. In vile efforts to demonize and marginalize these groups with bullying tactics, they irresponsibly use the name of an organized radical Islamic terror group originating in the Middle East that is known for mass murders, killing and zero respect for human life. Ironically, one major viewpoint conservative Christians have is that of saving lives, including the lives of those in third world countries where fresh water is unavailable, and lives of unborn babies.

"I think I should get free birth control (don't want to pay myself) and abortion-on-demand from my employer's health plan. I should be able to have an abortion at 6 months pregnant if I choose. But no! The American Taliban is against this!"

And...


"Vocal, well-financed, extreme fundamentalist Christians attempting to legislate the oppression of homosexuals, women and science at the expense of our national schools, national health and U.S. Constitution. The equation of these politically and financially powerful extreme fundamentalist Christians with the Afgani Taliban --violent extreme fundamentalist Muslims-- emphasizes the false patriotism of these american zealots...

"Due to the efforts of the American Taliban, another women's health clinic closed its doors today.

"Careful! Your phone calls are being recorded by the government and monitored by the American Taliban.
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Now on to the story...

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Religious extremist shouting and coercing people to join their religious sect by vocal intimidate, taunting and condemning at Powell Station, SF, California. (Photo: Daniel Hoherd / Flickr)

"Religious extremism is rearing its ugly ahead once again.

"On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that ISIS, the Sunni extremist group that recently declared an Islamic state in parts of Syria and Iraq, has ordered shop owners in Mosul to cover the faces of mannequins with veils.

"The shop owners were told to cover the faces of male and female mannequins, so that they were in line with their interpretations of the First Commandment that prohibits "graven images," including statues or artwork that depict the human form.

"Similarly, ISIS also believes that women must be subservient to their husbands at all times, and that they should be covered up when in public.

"While these kinds of religious extremist beliefs may seem like they're limited to groups in the Middle East, they're not..."

Here is one of the terrorist stunts they specialize in...



"For the masochists among us who tune into right-wing media, you soon learn that the all-time favorite fear pundits and preachers love to trot out is that “they” are coming for your children.

"Whether it’s liberal college professors supposedly  turning kids to Marxism or gay people who are accused of recruiting, over and over you hear the claim that the children of conservatives are in serious danger of being talked into everything from voting for Democrats to getting gay-married.

"It’s a peculiar thing to obsess over, and not just because it suggests conservatives have an unhealthy unwillingness to allow their children to grow up and think for themselves. It’s because the imagined conspiracies of liberals trying to “indoctrinate” kids are total phantoms..."

And...oops!

"Woman’s Attempt To Troll Liberals Backfires When Someone Notices This Disturbing Similarity."

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"Holly Fisher, a conservative Christian, has been getting insane amounts of attention recently by trolling liberals on social media over the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. Unfortunately, she tried to up the ante one too many times and now she has unintentionally become the living symbol of how fundamentalism, no matter in what religion, looks disturbingly similar.

"After gaining internet fame for posing for a 'conservative hat trick' by standing in front of a Hobby Lobby wearing a pro-life t-shirt and drinking out of a Chick-fil-a cup, Fisher wanted to find her next big political statement. Fisher’s fans had apparently been telling her that just standing in front of Hobby Lobby wasn’t good enough. The astute patriots noted that the most important aspects of being an American – guns, the Bible and the American flag – were conspicuously absent. Assuming she could get a further rise out of the liberals she hates so much, Fisher quickly tweeted a new photo to prove just how patriotic she was..."

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Ladies, here's why you should join the American Taliban...no, really!


The 1940s called. They want their knuckledragging sexism back.

"For her part, she must vow to love and honor and obey..."

Because after all, the American Taliban knows all kinds of stuff and knows what's best for you...


"Minnesota House of Representatives candidate Bob Frey wants public schools to teach students that humans and dinosaurs lived together.

The stupid, it burns...


"Frey, a Michele Bachmann ally, testified before the Minnesota Senate Education Committee, speaking against the inclusion of the theory of evolution in proposed state science education standards. The following is an excerpt from that testimony:
"… They like to say that humans probably evolved from bacteria that lived more than four billion years ago, but that’s not what we find in the fossil record.
"There’s this 16-foot tall giant was found with numerous others around the world [Frey placed a large plastic femur on the table before he started testifying].
"Dinosaurs have always lived with man. Is the rock wrong or is the theory wrong? I suggest to you that the theory is wrong.
"Dinosaurs have always lived with man. And here’s a plesiosaur that washed up on the beach on Nova Scotia in 2002. This is a juvenile that also washed up on the beach in Lake Erie..."
And finally, we come to the true American Taliban ideology...


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To paraphrase Bill Maher and countless other standup comics, we kid the American Taliban.  But the truth is they're always been around, they're just getting too much attention by the media. 

And that media attention plus the glut of guns in the country equals the kind of populist "revolution" that can bring down the Constitution along with the rest of the country.

Conservative Christianity is not compatible with democracy, it is antithetical to everything in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and they will disappear into the dustbin of history when...

Conservatism is criminalized.



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"Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious
convictions"

Blaise Pascal.

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