- Now really! How can anyone say with a straight face that Harry Reid is to blame for Mitch McConnell’s record-breaking string of filibusters? or deny that Boehner refused to allow a lot of stuff the Senate passed even to have an up or down vote? like the immigration problem President Obama will address tonight?
- Just before the election the approval rating of Congress stood at just 14%. In other words, the entire Congress is out of step with the American people in general. And they don’t care. They care that they’re in step with Wall Street and Multinational businesses like those represented by the U.S. C. of C. (From a recent study titled Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens by Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University.)
- OK. On this one I totally agree with Rob Engstrom, who signed this letter. This really is symbolic of everything the U.S./Multinational Chamber of Commerce fought to change. Of course the change they fought for was almost totally destructive. The next two years are going to be extremely dangerous.
- This is a typo, I think. Surely he meant to say that “we made our dark money and voter suppression heard.”
- Show me the Senate leadership, regardless of party, which wasn’t “pro-growth”!
- How often do you think he’s ever said the word “environmentalist” without adding “extremist/s”? For people like this concern for the environmental is in and of itself “extremist.”
- He’s right that a majority of Americans support construction of the pipeline right now. But does 50-60% constitute a “vast” majority? Decide for yourself. He doesn’t add that the reason they support it is that people like him have lied their asses off. (a) The pipeline would add only 30-50 permanent jobs, not the ridiculous numbers they cite. (b) The oil will not affect U.S. dependence on Middle East oil. It’ll be shipped all over the world, not used here. (c) The especially “dirty” oil will go elsewhere, but its climate destroying pollution will hurt us just as much as it will everyone else. (d) The pipe will be out of sight, out of mind until it leaks and destroys the aquifer major parts of our country depend on for drinking water and crops
- Talk about symbolism! Can you believe how clueless this is? Look at the image! The nice bright pipes that people see are to the right and left. The dark, polluting, destructive filth they can’t see spills out of those pipes onto the earth, flowing past the dead weeds, and engulfing us. Glub, club!
On Press the Meat:
Howard Dean appeared on Meet the Press this past weekend with a rather good analysis on the midterm election.
“Jim Clyburn was the most right person in that lead up,” Howard Dean said. “It was message. Sure it was an off year. We can make all these excuses. But the fact is we have never—and even through the days of the fifty state strategy, taking over the House and the Senate and the presidency in four years when I was running the DNC—I could never get the Washington Democrats to stay on message. The Republican message was we are not Obama, no substance whatsoever. We are not Obama. What was the Democrats’ message? Oh well we are not either. You cannot win if you are afraid. It felt like it. Where the hell is the Democratic Party. You have to stand for something if you want to win.“
- Complete this sentence, “Democrats stand for ___, ___, …”
- Since 2008, “Democrats have acted on what they stand for to accomplish ___, ___, …”
- In 2014, “The following Democrats ran on what Democrats stand for and what they have accomplished: ___, ___, …”
- In 2014, “The following Democrats ran instead on ___, ___, …”
Think local and state, not just national!
Red, blue, purple states can be distinguished in various ways, so don’t get hung up on which is which. It’s the principle that matters:
° “The American people” refers to those who agree with me.
° “The American people” refers to all Americans, regardless of political affiliation or ideology.
All over the television people were talking about this photo. I finally gave in, despite my distaste for Kim Kardashian and the “famous for being famous” phenomenon she exemplifies. The photo appeared on the cover of a magazizine called Paper:
When I saw it, it seemed somehow “wrong” to me – not morally (I don’t care whether a woman shows her bare behind in public), but visually. I’m hoping someone with a better understanding of anatomy than I possess will explain it to me.
The composition is clever. Essentially you have a diamond design, or better a higher key triangle on top mirrored by a black triangle inverted on the bottom. (The upside down triangle is truncated, but its continuation is implied.) The expression on her face is enigmatic to me, especially its relationship with what the hands on the other two angles are suggesting. The face is dry, while the rest of the body looks as if she had just been dipped up to her neck in a vat of cooking oil. (Maybe that explains the hands: maybe she’s not being sexy but just fastidious in removing her nasty oil-soaked garment.”)
Joking aside, the proportions of that body look off to me. I just read that Kardashian is known for having a big booty to start with, and I know that a wide angle lens would distort the image:
But I still can’t believe there’s not a lot of Photoshopping involved here, turning an ordinary woman into a fetishist’s fantasy:
There’s a familiar country-western song titled Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys. Someone should write a companion song: Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be Kardashians.
This letter may or may not be authentic, but it definitely makes a lot of sense:
Mon Nov 10, 2014 at 10:26 PM PST
Many of us Canadians are confused by the U.S. midterm elections. Consider, right now in America, corporate profits are at record highs, the country’s adding 200,000 jobs per month, unemployment is below 6%, U.S. gross national product growth is the best of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. The dollar is at its strongest levels in years, the stock market is near record highs, gasoline prices are falling, there’s no inflation, interest rates are the lowest in 30 years, U.S. oil imports are declining, U.S. oil production is rapidly increasing, the deficit is rapidly declining, and the wealthy are still making astonishing amounts of money.