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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Republicans Confront the Reality That America Just Isn't That Into Them



Having worked with OFA in both 2008 and 202, the Votebuilder technology was great but the legion of activist Democrats behind it is what made it work. The Democrats had more feet on the street and we had not interest in conceding the election to  a one per center like Mitt Romney.

Our bloggers and FB networking efforts were probably more effective than the GOP effort. I made an extensive effort to keep conservatives off my FB page because FB allows you to black other FB users.

After years of battling conservatives on Usenet, I knew the conservatives would disrupt my FB page if I would let them on it. . So I now have more than 100 peole blocked and my FB page consists mostly of constructive posts by liberal and progressives. I have several international posters, too.

The Rightardia blog and FB pages have  never been designed  to converting conservatives into liberals and progressives. There are more Democrats than Republicans. Why waste time with conservatives?

We just need to get our base out to vote and attract some independent and moderate voters. We don't need Republicans to win, particularly the establishment types, ditto heads or Tea Baggers.

We  organised and mobilized to win the last election. We don't need to convert Republican votes to Democrat.  But the GOP does need to convert some Democritus to win.

Mos Democrats are well-aware of the great conservative social contract that started with Ronald Reagan and ended with the Great Recession during the GW Bush administration. Supply side economics an deregulation didn't work.

Yes, Americans just aren't into Republicans anymore. The country tried the conservative way and it didn't work. In fact, most conservative ideas sucked badly!

Republicans Confront the Reality That America Just Isn't That Into Them:

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Just another right wing eccentric eraserhead

Eraserhead Rand from Libertaria.

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URANTIAN SOJOURN: Dick’s In An Undisclosed Location


Watch Dick's eyes. He's alive.

Dick’s In An Undisclosed Location » URANTIAN SOJOURN:

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Latest Republican red terror movie

If you buy tickets to this movie, you get a generous serving of assorted nuts with it courtesy of the GOP.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

US hegemony and the multinationals

The Us has milatray bases all over the world for "our defense. Russia wants more trade with us and China is also our biggest trading partner. So who is the threat?


In the past, the threat was to US corporations if a socialist government was elected as In Chile  the assumption of US Republican administrations was that nationalization would follow and US corporations would lose their assets in the country because of the new government.

It's really not that simple.  When a government nationalizes assets as Hugo Chavez did to the petroleum industry in Venezuela, the government does have to reimburse the corporations for he assets that were nationalized.

Often, a nationalized corporation will continue to do business in the country, but profits will be reduced.

Republican administrations like the Reagan one have preferred to subvert socialist governments. In the case of Chile  Salvador Allende was killed and replaced by a fascist dictator, Augusto Pinochet, a former military general.

However, many former American corporations are now longer US corporations  Many have relocated their corporate headquarters abroad  Other US companies have been bough by foreign owners. Budweiser and Lucent Technologies are examples. So in the world we now have these multinational corporations who now longer pay taxes in the US. Many have their corporate headquarters in Ireland and the Netherlands to take advantage of a low corporate income tax rate.


Why should the US military defend multinational corporations who don't even pay taxes in the US?  

If a denominational needs help to protect international assets, let them go the to the Irish, Dutch or whatever other country the multinational has Incorporated in. If the corporation is not paying taxes to the US, our country has not obligation to protect them.

President Obama needs to take a hard look at out military bases and the threat to the US today. Does he  understand the rationale for having a military base in place like Peru.

More bases in Europe should also be closed. The Cold war has been over since the early 1980's. The Europeans do not perceive a threat from Russia today.

The US should help US corporations who have faculties in foreign countries, but the the use of military force and CIA coups has not had any long term benefits. It creates international ill will toward the US, something the US has not shortage of until Obama was elected.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Birds of a feather, flock teogether

Joe McCarthy - Ted Cruz

Just what America needs, another Joe McCarthy.


Wikimedia/Gage Skidmore adapted by DonkeyHotey
Rafael Edward Cruz, aka Ted Cruz, is a Republican United States Senator for the state of Texas.
Ted Cruz Responds: Harvard Law Really Was Full Of Communists - Huffington Post
Joseph Raymond McCarthy, aka Joe McCarthy, was a Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Wisconsin from 1947 until his death in 1957. "The term McCarthyism, coined in 1950 in reference to McCarthy's practices, was soon applied to similar anti-communist activities."
The source image for this colorized portrait of Joe McCarthy is a photo in the public domain available via Wikimedia. The source image for this modified photo of Ted Cruz is a Creative Commons licensed photo from Gage Skidmores Flickr photostream.


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Friday, February 22, 2013

The Contributor: Forty per cent of Americans Now Make Less Than 1968 Minimum Wage



40% of Americans Now Make Less Than 1968 Minimum Wage | The Contributor:

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Middle-Out Economics 101: The faiure of supply side economics



For more on CAP’s Middle-Out Economics project, please visit its project page.


CAP Senior Economist Heather Boushey explains how middle-out economics helps bolster the U.S. economy.


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An evolutionary message


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You just need some straight talk


Let's just hope that Cindy McCain smacked her husband upside the head for being so insensitive.


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Monday, February 18, 2013

That's Rand from the planet Libertaria




He's here to save the day after Mitt Romney went back to Kolob.

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West Wing Week: You're a Hero, " 02/15/13





Published on Feb 14, 2013

This week, the President delivered the first State of the Union address of his second term, and then brought his proposals to factories in North Carolina and a school in Georgia, presided over a Medal of Honor ceremony, honored the outgoing Secretary of Defense, and hungout on Google Plus.

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Barbara's Doodle blog: the Phyllis Schlalfy voodoo doll




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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Pope Betty the First




Published on Feb 14, 2013
America's Best Christian, Mrs. Betty Bowers, declares she is out of the running to take Pope Benedict XVI's place as the head of a cult called "Roman Catholicism" that worships a goddess called Mary.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Democrats keep killing jobs!

It's been going on since the Civil War. 

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Top corporate cheapskates


Almost all of these companies are retailers or fast food providers.

source: Top 20 companies that pay the lowest wages

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Benghazi butt hurt cream



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Marco Rubio says "Read my middle class lips."

If you don't believe me, then listen to my little friend. 

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Waterboy did the hard carrying for the GOP last night


After all, he's only human! He keeps trying to sell that tasty conservative spring water.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

The Next Pope


He would be he best pope ever!`

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The Search for a Successor



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China Daily on new Israeli settlements



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Sunday, February 10, 2013

West Wing Week: "What's Up, Camera Man?" 02/08/13

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Published on Feb 7, 2013

This week, the President honored our nation's top scientists and innovators, nominated a new Secretary of the Interior, and worked toward reducing gun violence, enacting immigration reform, and reducing our deficit in a balanced way.

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The Taft-Hartley Act: How about some union deregulation?


Let's start with the Taft Hartley Act!

The amendments enacted in Taft-Hartley added a list of prohibited actions, or unfair labor practices, on the part of unions to the National labor Realtions Act (NLRA), which had previously only prohibited unfair labor practices committed by employers.

The Taft–Hartley Act prohibited jurisdictional strikes, wildcat strikes, solidarity or political strikes, secondary boycotts, secondary and mass picketing, closed shops, and monetary donations by unions to federal political campaigns.

It also required union officers to sign non-communist affidavits with the government.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

How about corporations that receive government contracts signing loyalty and anti-fascist oaths? 

Union shops were heavily restricted, and states were allowed to pass right-to-work laws that outlawed closed union shops. Furthermore, the executive branch of the federal government could obtain legal strikebreaking injunctions if an impending or current strike imperiled the national health or safety, a test that has been interpreted broadly by the courts.

According to Wikipedia, smaller unions were affected as a result of the act, the labor movement as a whole was not greatly impeded by Taft-Hartley.

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FOD: God made a factory farmer



If you watched the Superbowl or just the commercials, you likely saw Ram's commercial "God Made a Farmer" that aimed to tug at the heartstrings of rural America. For most viewers it rang of cheap co-option.

It was based on a Paul Harvey essay about farmers. Harvey was  a hard line conservative in his time.

Funny or Die has changed Harvey's work into something a little more palatable.

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Join Emily's List to elect more Democratic women





You know I don't beat around the bush: we've got a lot of work ahead of us. We've got to win governors' races, reelect my friends Jeanne Shaheen and Kay Hagan to the Senate, and get that gavel back to Nancy Pelosi.

How are we going to get all this done? The same way I got to the Senate: with EMILY's List. The next election cycle is here. Women candidates need support now. And EMILY's List can't do it without you.

EMILY's List works to build a more progressive America for women and families by putting women where they belong: in the House, Senate, and governors' mansions. We need you to join today so EMILY's List can carry on this critical work.


By Friday at midnight, EMILY's List needs at least 20,000 people to step up and secure their 2013 membership. Let's make it happen for our Democratic women. Do it right now and get your EMILY's List membership locked in for the special, limited-time rate of $10. 

When I ran for Senate in 1986, they tried to chase me out of the race. They said a woman couldn't raise enough money to win. And boy, did we ever prove them wrong.

With early money and dedicated members, EMILY's List changed the dynamic of the race -- and I won. And thanks to you, I'm no longer the lone Democratic woman in the Senate.

And after an historic 2012, EMILY's List helped send a record number of women to the Senate. Now we need you to help us keep going. We've got to roll up our sleeves, dig deep, and stay strong -- that's how EMILY's List gets it done. But we need you standing with us.

I'm asking you to join EMILY's List today and help hit this critical 2013 membership goal.

Thanks for being part of this history-making community.

Sincerely,

Senator Barbara Mikulski


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