Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Conservative Kleptocracy Destroys America


Kleptocracy: "...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."

It's still Class Warfare, gang.

The Bush 43 Administration was a past master at kleptocratic theft of our money, as we see in an article titled, "Report: $6.6 trillion lost on Bush tax cuts could pay all student loans, car loans, credit cards."

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"A new report argues that the Bush tax cuts actually cost Americans $6.6 trillion in personal income — more than enough to pay for every student loan, car loan and credit card debt in the U.S.

"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...'"

Guess how many Low Information Voters know that...probably none...but they do have an inkling where the Kleptocracy is based...



...even though there's a little confusion about what the Conservative pols are telling them.




But one of the billionaires spilled the beans:

"Bombshell: Former Oil Company President Says Political Contributions Amount to Extortion (Video)."



"Former Shell CEO John Hofmeister hates paying politicians. It’s not right, it’s not democratic, and above all, it all amounts to legalized extortion. Or, at least, that’s what he told CNN’s Drew Griffin on the subject of paying his yearly legalized bribes — 'campaign contributions' — to Washington insiders.
"I feel extorted. Every time I wrote a check I felt that it was a form of extortion, the price of entry, because of the reception that you got when you contributed versus the reception when you did not contribute."
"Self-described 'impartial straight-shooter' Hofmeister then went on to tell his tale of woe, of a poor, honest businessman routinely harassed by political fundraisers at the spearpoint of persecution..."

And this is all the poor little billionaires want to do with your money... 


Poor, poor babies...





So here is what it all comes down to...



And this...

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No one is saying that Democrats are innocent of kleptocracy, but the Conservatives live it.  To paraphrase an old Conservative capo, $6.6 trillioon here, $6.6 trillion there, and pretty soon you're talking real money.

The Mid-Term elections are coming up and the tide usually swings towards the Cons because no one shows up to vote.  The Low Information Voter won't help us either so the only way to keep our money, save lives, and keep our democracy is to...

...Criminalize Conservatism.



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"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private
power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in
its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any
controlling private power."

Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Putting The "Con" In Conservatism

"Confidence Game. con·fi·dence game, noun, a swindle in which the victim is persuaded to trust the swindler in some way."

In a participatory democracy where everyone is entitled to cast their vote, a cartel protecting and preserving the rule of the rich will have a hard time of it unless they lie, confuse, and cheat...all the earmarks of a typical conman and a typical Conservative politician.

Conmen like to claim that their cons never result in injuries or death, but the true Conservative conman has evolved into a cold-blooded murderer when it comes to conning not only Liberals...but their own Conservative Sheeplets.



"How Your Health Insurance Company Can Still Screw You, Despite Obamacare."

Joining the insurance companies to kill, kill, kill.

"No law has done more to reform health insurance and protect consumers against the industry's most heinous practices than the Affordable Care Act. But Obamacare didn't magically transform insurers into benevolent entities solely devoted to taking care of sick people.

"Health insurance companies, even those that are not-for-profit, have to collect more money in premiums than they shell out in claims for medical care. That means they have a financial incentive not to pay for things.

"And since health insurance companies can no longer shun the sick to maximize profits -- either by denying coverage to people based on their medical histories or by rescinding the policies of paying customers who fall ill and rack up bills -- insurers are employing other tactics to shift costs to sick people and make it harder to get health care, consumer advocates say..."

Only a Conservative sucker would believe a conman can talk to God...but Sistah Sarah does!

"Christian Taliban Cleric Sarah Palin: God Demands President Obama’s Impeachment (Video)."


"In a sane world, after Speaker Boehner bluntly dismissed calls for Obama’s impeachment, and the House Judiciary Committee admitted they have nothing to impeach the President over, that would be the end of the issue.

"Sarah Palin, however, does not occupy a sane world. And neither do we, apparently..."

Here are a few of the Conservative cons, otherwise known as "Conservative propaganda":



And one of Conservatism's most famous conmen...



...and his pal:



Here's how they con you:



And their typical sucker?



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The conman fakes empathy and compassion in order to fleece his Sheeplets, but Conservative conmen don't need compassion -- all they need to do is to stoke the flames of fear and fan them into hate.

Fear and hate are the keys to successfully conning the average Conservative Sheeplet, and no one masters the Big Con like the American Conservative Conman.

It's against the law to victimize anyone in any state but the Conservative tricksters get a pass...there really oughta be a law.



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"The Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on
the Christian religion."


John Adams, after signing the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Conservatism: Pre-Emptive Class Warfare

"We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob. Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today.

"They are unanimous in their hate for me, and I welcome their hatred." -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

This could have been written yesterday as the Conservatives are united in their hatred for a black President, proving to one and all that Conservatism is no different today than back when the GOP drove the world into the Depression...and what is the Conservative response?

"CLASS WARFARE!"

The accusation that Liberals had started a war against the upper classes started in the 80s and has continuedd unabated since then.  The lie was necessary as people saw that America was a class system, with the Conservatives as representatives of the upper class, and in a participatory democracy this had to be hidden a.s.a.p.

It was class warfare all right, pre-emptive class warfare started by the Cons...all to protect their billionaire buddies...as we see by the following story:

"Elizabeth Warren Blasts Mitch McConnell’s ‘Billionaires Over Students’ Mentality."



"Democratic superstar Senator Elizabeth Warren obliterated Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a recent war of words over the crushing burden of student loans.

"'Mitch McConnell actually suggested that the solution for college affordability is for young people to lower their expectations and become more cost conscious,' Warren said during a Washington for the Center for American Progress’s Make Progress Summit speech.


"McConnell does, indeed, believe students need no help with mountains of debt. In his view, students just need to settle for less...



"McConnell is firmly opposed to Warren’s student loan bill, the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which Senate Republicans blocked. It would reduce interest rates on certain loans, while a tax hike on the very rich—the 'Buffett Rule'—would cover the lost revenue..."

Conservatism isn't about abortions, the Second Amendment, "freedom," evolution, states' rights, or "individual responsibility...it's all about greed and money, and the anti-democratic criminal conspiracy called "Conservtism."

What happens when the rich win?  What can we do?

"Watch: Protesters March on Detroit Condemning Water Shutoffs, 'Water Is a Human Right! Fight! Fight! Fight!'"

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"Protesters are taking to the streets as part of a mass effort to make the atrocious decision to cut off thousands of poor people from access to running water known worldwide.

"Detroit’s water and sewer department announced in March that it would start shutting off water service to thousands of customers each week if they had not paid their bills — almost half of the accounts are delinquent. Activists responded by appealing to the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights to intervene.

"UN experts sided with activists, saying that the decision to cut off thousands of Detroit residents from access to water “constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human rights.”

"The demonstrations have snowballed in recent days, with National Nurses United joining the march..."

Some would have us believe that Conservative pols are working hard to make the system work...



And of course the "job creators" help to eliminate poverty while paying their fair share...



But at least they do their best to help those less fortunate...



So the next time you see a job-creator, be sure to thank him...he's easy to spot:



And if you think we might have been making the whole thing up...



...then you better remember:




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No, you can't eat money.  But your love of it will bring down the world.

Man-made climate change is real, man-made climate change stems from overpopulation and a need for fossil fuels to propel our cars and factories, and man-made climate change will be denied by Conservatives as just another throw-away line in the ongoing Class Warfare.

As the world winds down and the next Great Extinction starts to take hold, we may see the bodies of those who denied climate change dangling from the lampposts on every corner of every street in America.

Criminalize Conservatism before it's too late!



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"America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an
ideal – to discover and maintain liberty among men."

Woodrow Wilson.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Conservative Mantra: Stupid Is As Stupid Does, Stupid Is As Stupid Does...

In George Bernard Shaw's masterpiece Man And Superman, Mrs. Whiteside wonders, "I don't know which is best for a young man, to know too little...or too much."

With Conservatives, and especially the Tea Baggers, it's easy...

"New Poll Finds Over 1/3rd of MS GOP Voters Would Support Confederacy In New Civil War."

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"A new poll from Public Policy Polling has come out where they surveyed the people who voted in Mississippi’s primary election. The results are as startling as they are notable, for the survey found that 1 in 3 Republicans would side with the Confederacy in a civil war..."

And lest you think that the story is just a typical librul cherry-picking stunt, check this year-old poll out:

"New Poll Shows A Third of Louisiana Republicans Blame President Obama for Katrina Response."

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"If this doesn’t terrify you about the amount of misinformation and sheer ignorance in this country, I’m not sure what will. A recent poll done by Public Policy Polling found that 29% of respondents in Louisiana blamed President Obama for the poor response following Hurricane Katrina.

"How many blamed President Bush? Less than those who blamed President Obama. Only 28% of those polled blamed Bush for the terrible response by our federal government following Hurricane Katrina..."

A typical Tea Bagger displays his stupidity to the world...



And we really wouldn't be surprised to know that this driver votes the straight Republican ticket...



But if stupidity drives people to do the same thing over and over, shouldn't a smart cookie like Mr. Christie remember the success he had in bringing a certain bridge to a standstill? (It's satire, kids!)

"CHRISTIE: I WOULD BRING TRAFFIC OVER THE BORDER TO A STANDSTILL."


"IOWA CITY (The Borowitz Report)— Testing the political waters in Iowa today, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said that if he is elected President, he would bring the flow of illegal immigrants over the U.S.-Mexico border to a virtual standstill.

"'There are ways of keeping people from getting to where they want to go,' Christie said, claiming that he was the only Republican hopeful with the hands-on experience necessary to fix the border crisis.

"The New Jersey governor was vague about how he would halt traffic over the border, but exuded confidence that he was the right man for the job.

"'I’d make a few phone calls,' he said. 'It would get done.'"

Unlike the Cons and their Sheeplets, we need to keep abreast of things, do our reading, and stay away from Conservative noise machines...

"Scientists Debunk Daily Caller's Claim That Increasing Penguin Populations Disprove Global Warming."

"Conservative news site uses pseudoscience in a lame effort to contradict climate-change research."

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"A Daily Caller article cites an increase in the populations of two penguin species to dismiss 'global warming scares' that climate change poses a dangerous threat to these animals. But the population 'increases' are partially due to better census data, while penguins globally are declining and remain extremely vulnerable to global warming.

"Two species of penguins appear to be increasing in population, according to recent census data: the Adélie Penguin and the Emperor Penguin (for reference, those are the two species featured in the animated movie Happy Feet). The Daily Caller's Michael Bastasch  trumpeted these findings as a victory against 'global warming alarmists, like Al Gore,' who have 'claimed that penguin populations are in deep trouble due to global warming.' Bastasch asserted: 'The global population of penguins has boomed.'

"Not quite..."

But stupid people aren't really a danger to our democracy and way of life, or are they? Or will the President have to use the power of the veto for the remainder of his term?

"The Next National Nightmare: A Republican Majority Congress in 2015."

"The Washington Post predicts the Republicans will win big this fall."

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"The right-leaning Washington Post’s 2014 election experts are now predicting that Republicans have an 86 percent chance of taking over the U.S. Senate. The  New York Times puts it at 58 percent. Other top pollsters agree with the Times, saying the GOP’s odds of a Senate majority are strong but slimmer. Only Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball strongly disagrees, saying that many Democratic incumbents will not be beaten.

"What would it look like if Republicans controlled Congress under President Obama?..."

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Jefferson warned us when he wrote, "I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." (Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820. ME 15:278)

The author of our Declaration of Independence has probably been crying in his grave for the last century...is the best solution to criminalize Conservatism and to pour money into educating our children?

We think so.

Sadly, the criminal cartel known as Conservatism has had its own way with us for too long to wait anymore.



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"He had just about enough intelligence to open his mouth when he wanted to eat,
but certainly no more."

P.G. Wodehouse.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

The New American Age of Feudalism, Brought To You By The GOP


“We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.” -- Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Conservatives believe in rule by the wealthy, low- or no-pay for the middle class and the poor, bankruptcy via defense spending, and ignoring overpopulation and the effects of climate change.

Let's take a look and see if the ultimate goal isn't The New American Age of Feudalism...first the most greedy and wealthy among us cut off the food supply by choking the waters...



"When a research team set sail on a nine-month, worldwide expedition in 2010 to study the impact of global warming on Earth’s oceans, one of their projects was to locate the accumulations of plastic.

"They found plenty. They explored the five huge gyres, which collectively contain tens of thousands of tons of plastic. The result was the creation of a compelling, first-of-its-kind map of this debris..."

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 The Cons worker bees in Congress then turn workers into serfs...



"A desperate worker is a cheap and compliant worker..."

(But not to worry, America will take care of those in need...

"Land of the Free: It’s a Crime for Homeless People to Sit on the Sidewalk in More Than Half of American Cities."


"America continues her war against the homeless. ThinkProgress reports that a new study released on Wednesday by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty has shown that ordinances essentially making homelessness a crime — such as sitting on the sidewalk — are becoming increasingly common across the country.

"According to the report which has tracked laws in 187 cities since 2009 to study the spread of anti-homelessness measures, there’s been an uptick in nearly every type of different criminalization ordinance. The shape of the anti-homeless ordinances depend on the city..."

Then living safely in their private estates, they hire some mercenaries...



"Ever wonder what the largest private armies in the world are? Even though nowadays many countries are struggling to protect peace, there are several official “war” conflict zones on Earth. In many cases, major countries can interfere with their own troops. However, in order to prevent the risk of losing soldiers from a national army, or in case a country doesn’t have enough of a military force, a government can hire mercenaries.

"Mercenaries are soldiers who are fighting in exchange for a gain or material compensation. If we look back in the history, such military force was used for thousands of years in Ancient Greece, Egypt, and the Roman Empire..."

Then privatize the drinking water.


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"There are few things as fundamentally crucial to the existence of human beings and, indeed, all life on Earth as water. It is difficult to believe any human being thinks water is privately-owned, a commodity, to use for profit at the expense of human life, but Americans know there are entities that will go to any lengths to feed their corporate greed. In several states in this country, climate change is wreaking havoc on the people in the form of severe, multi-year droughts. So, with extreme water shortages, what do two industries do with the vanishing precious resource? They either mix it with deadly carcinogens and pump it, under extremely high pressure, back into the ground, often directly over active earthquake faults, or draw it out of the ground, bottle it, and sell it for profit. It is a wealthy corporations’ ideal business model; free raw materials and a product no human being can survive without..."


But sooner or later the Cons will have to recognize that climate change is real and man-made, won't they?



The path to human extinction is a people problem, a stupid people problem. When the population is reduced, chaotic, and hungry and thirsty the Conservatives will make their move...



Do you still think it can't happen here?

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It's a criminal conspiracy, gang...

What can we do in a plutocracy, with remnants of a participatory democracy barely hanging on?

The first step is to acknowledge the problem, the second step is asset forfeiture and a 1950's progressive tax reform to level the playing field and to restore our democracy.

And the the third step is to criminalize Conservatism.



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"People who claw their way to the top are not likely to find very much wrong with
the system that enabled them to rise."

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

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