March 28, 2015

An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael Moore

Interesting points! Monday, November 30th, 2009 Dear President Obama, Do you really want to be the new "war president"? If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do -- destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they've always heard is true -- that all politicians are alike. I simply can't believe you're about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn't so. It is not your job to do what the generals tell you to do. We are a civilian-run government. WE tell the Joint Chiefs what to do, not the other way around. That's the … [Read more...]

Professor advises underwater homeowners to walk away from mortgages — latimes.com

In effect, the banking industry walked away from their “under water” loans by having taxpayers subsidize them. How could we then blame a family for walking away to ensure the best interest of one’s family. Until our laws for business is comparable to laws for the citizens where we are all on equal footing, consumers must look out for their best financial interest by all means necessary. Reporting from Washington - Go ahead. Break the chains. Stop paying on your mortgage if you owe more than the house is worth. And most important: Don't feel guilty about it. Don't think you're doing something morally wrong. That's the incendiary core message of a new academic paper by Brent T. White, a University of Arizona law school professor, titled "Underwater and Not Walking Away: Shame, Fear and the Social Management of the Housing Crisis." White contends that far more of the estimated 15 million U.S. homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages should stiff their lenders and take a hike. Doing so, he suggests, … [Read more...]

One in Eight Americans on Food Stamps

In a country as wealthy as ours it is a shame that the wealth distribution allows such an eventuality. We have structural defect in our brand of capitalism. NYTimes: Across U.S., Food Stamp Use Soars and Stigma Fades MARTINSVILLE, Ohio:  With food stamp use at record highs and climbing every month, a program once scorned as a failed welfare scheme now helps feed one in eight Americans and one in four children. It has grown so rapidly in places so diverse that it is becoming nearly as ordinary as the groceries it buys. More than 36 million people use inconspicuous plastic cards for staples like milk, bread and cheese, swiping them at counters in blighted cities and in suburbs pocked with foreclosure signs. Virtually all have incomes near or below the federal poverty line, but their eclectic ranks testify to the range of people struggling with basic needs. They include single mothers and married couples, the newly jobless and the chronically … [Read more...]

Obama is having the best first year of any president since Franklin Roosevelt. – By Jacob Weisberg – Slate Magazine

  Barack ObamaAbout one thing, left and right seem to agree these days: Obama hasn't done anything yet. Maureen Dowd and Dick Cheney have found common ground in scoffing at the president's "dithering." Newsweek recently ran a sympathetic cover story titled, "Yes He Can (But He Sure Hasn't Yet)." The sarcasm brigade thinks it's finally found an Achilles' heel in his lack of accomplishments. "When you look at my record, it's very clear what I've done so far and that is nothing. Nada. Almost one year and nothing to show for it," Obama stand-in Fred Armisen recently riffed on Saturday Night Live. "It's chow time," Jon Stewart asserts, for a president who hasn't followed through on his promises. Obama is having the best first year of any president since Franklin Roosevelt. - By Jacob Weisberg - Slate Magazine … [Read more...]

Op-Ed Columnist – Taxing the Speculators – NYTimes.com

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Huckabee: Palin Has More Experience Than Obama (VIDEO)

  In an interview with Katie Couric, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said he would "absolutely" vote for Sarah Palin over Barack Obama. In the primary, it would depend on the other candidates, Huckabee said. But "she has more management experience and executive experience than Barack Obama," he argued. Huckabee also compared gay marriage to polygamy. "Can we change it to multiple spouses?" he asked. "If not, why not? You know, I hear people say, 'Well, what would be wrong?' What would be wrong, then, with a man having two or three or six or seven wives? Or a woman having six or seven husbands all at the same time? Other than the financial challenge of doing that."   Huckabee: Palin Has More Experience Than Obama (VIDEO) … [Read more...]

Ed Begley Confronts Stuart Varney on Right Wing Climate Change Lies on 2009-11-24

This is the way Liberals must handle the lies of the uneducated, ill-informed, & vociferous Right Wing. These guys do not get science or civility. They must be terminated intellectually and aggressively before their misinformation is metastasized in the psyche of their followers. … [Read more...]

Perino: No Terrorist Attacks In America Under Bush

This is a classic example why FoxNews is not a news channel and why its listeners are so easily deceived. We all know the following occurred under Bush September 11th attack on the NY Towers and the Pentagon Anthrax attacks A few other domestic ones Dana Perino, recently nominated by President Obama to the Broadcasting Board of Governors, made an odd claim Tuesday night. On Fox News, the former press secretary suggested President Obama was playing politics by refusing to describe the massacre at Fort Hood as a terrorist attack. "We should call it what it is," she said. "We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush's term," she told Sean Hannity. "I hope they're not looking at this politically. I do think that we owe it to the American people to call it what it is." Perino: No Terrorist Attacks In America Under Bush (VIDEO) … [Read more...]

Tea Party Patriots Attack Family Who Lost Daughter And Grandchild (VIDEO)

  A group called the Chicago Tea Party Patriots publicly heckled a grieving family and suggested that the couple fabricated their tragic story. At a town hall held by Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) on Nov. 14,, Dan and Midge Hough spoke about how they believed the death of their daughter-in-law and her unborn child were caused, in part, by a lack of health insurance. Twenty-four-year old Jennifer was uninsured. According to her in-laws, she was not receiving regular prenatal care and was not properly treated when she got sick. She ended up in an emergency room with double pneumonia that developed into septic shock, had a heart attack, a brain bleed and a stroke. The baby died and Jennifer died a few weeks later. Midge Hough was heckled by anti-reform crowd members. "You can laugh at me, that's okay," she said, crying. "But I lost two people, and I know you think that's funny, that's okay." A local Tea Party organizer falsely claimed that the couple had made up the story … [Read more...]

Senate Health Care Vote Saturday

  WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders secured the last two votes to move ahead on historic health care legislation, clearing the way for a Saturday night showdown on President Barack Obama's top domestic initiative. In long-awaited speeches, centrist Sens. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana said they would stand with their party and vote "yes" on the crucial test vote despite deep reservations with elements of the 2,074-page bill to remake the nation's health care system. "The truth is this issue is very complex. There is no easy fix and it's imperative that we build on what's already working in health care in America," Lincoln told her Senate colleagues. Hours earlier, Landrieu had delivered her news. The two represent votes 59 and 60 for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who needs that many in the 100-member Senate to go forward. The Senate's 40 Republicans are unanimously opposed. "That was the easy part. Now it's only going to get … [Read more...]