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Posted by rhett o rick in General Discussion
Thu Nov 17th 2011, 01:53 PM
This is the next inevitable step toward the capitalism end-game.

During the lost decade of G.W.Bush many Americans recognized the unabashed assault on our freedoms and liberty. Many tried to resist without avail. Many waited until 2008 when they thought they could throw off the shackles of corporatism by electing a Democratic president. But it seems corporatism has a firm hold on our government and mere voting isn’t working.

There are many that still live in the denial that we can vote our way out from under the tyranny of the Koch Brothers, Bloomberg, and Rupert Murdock. But the fact is they own the media, the police, the voting system, and Congress. More and more are beginning to recognize the futility of trying to work within a system that is corrupt to the core and have gone to the streets. Don’t fool yourself into thinking these people are just mad at the republicons. They are mad at a system that taxes them without representation.

Some people ask why the police are being so violent against peaceful demonstrators. It’s because our over-lords are authoritarians (bullies) and know no other way. They live to bully. They cannot give in.

This is not going away and I applaud the non-violence of the protesters. Our over-lords want it to become violent. They are ready for violence and they will win if we become violent.

Lines have been drawn this is the New American Revolution.
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Posted by rhett o rick in General Discussion
Sun Mar 06th 2011, 06:48 PM
Here you will drink some Kool-Aid and learn how wonderful our election system is in the good ole USofA.

Unlike other authoritarian governments, we have the privilege of having two candidates to choose from. Not one like Lybia but two. And to make your choice easier one Party will run a horrible candidate. This will make you feel ecstatic to be able to vote against them.

In 2012 it is the Republicans turn again to come up with the person most will vote against. Like Newt (who wants a president Newt?), Romney (an antichrist to some), McCain (the still have the prop up likenesses from last election), or Donald Trump’s hair, They wont run a female as they are ok to look at but Repubs wouldn’t want one as president, esp an uppity one like Palin.

At the end of the service you will have to repeat one hundred times “should I write-in Nader, er I mean Kucinich, the earth will be struck by a meteor.”

And if you promise to stay home and not vote, you will be given a free ticket to Bingo (owned by Rupert Murdoch).
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Posted by rhett o rick in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jan 28th 2010, 10:23 AM
They should have gotten work and kept themselves out of poverty and built stronger houses.”

This, of course is the rationalization of the tea baggers, rube-licans, gullibles, or right-wing authoritarians for being selfish.

Now they WILL donate to the rich because they idolize the rich. They equate success with money. George W. Bush was successful because he had lots of money. The fact that the man didn’t do a decent days work in his life is immaterial to the gullibles. The fact that his daddy’s friends gave him millions to buy his daddy’s favor is lost on these rubes. To these idiot, followers the rich can do no wrong. Laws don’t apply to the rich but laws must be meted out harshly on the poor. Bush joked about the over one hundred people put to death in Texas while he was governor. Some clearly didn’t get fair trials, but to people like George, it didn’t matter because they were poor and therefore worthless.

Back to the rube tea baggers. Most consider themselves Christians which is quite ironic. Can you picture Jesus turning his back on the poor? Blaming them for not building better buildings? Can you see Jesus idolizing the rich? Supporting tax breaks and subsidies for the rich while people are living in their cars and lining up at foodbanks? When the tea baggers get to heaven, they will be surprised to find the gate closed. They will have to join Bush and Cheney in Hades.
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Posted by rhett o rick in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Jan 24th 2010, 10:46 AM
On Jan 21, 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, made a ruling that will prove to be the most controversial ruling in our life time if not all our history.
The five “conservative” justices, lead by Justice John Roberts overturned two previous SC rulings and undid at least part of the McCain Feingold Campaign Finance Bill to eliminate restrictions on corporate spending for political campaigns. They essentially said that the restrictions were violating corporation’s First Amendment right of unrestricted free speech.
The Constitution was written to protect citizens from the power of corporations. This court has seen fit to undo these protections and allow corporations to dominate our election process.

The court did more damage by indicating that the Bill of Rights applies to corporations and not just citizens. This is not a good precedence.

The purpose of citizens allowing corporations to exist was to permit them to more powers than citizens as needed to allow them to take risks and provide products and services needed by the citizens. These powers were to be carefully regulated to prevent the corporations from assuming too much power over the citizens. This court has used it’s power to interpret the Constitution to take power from citizens to control the very corporations the citizens have allowed to exist.

Corporations exist at our whim. Do not let this monster we created turn on us.
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Posted by rhett o rick in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Sep 23rd 2009, 01:04 PM

First let me say the title is misleading. Those that want reform want to improve the health CARE of all Americans by reforming the health INSURANCE industry. It is the health insurance companies that are strangling our health care. No other modern country allows health insurance corporations to interfere with primary health care. No other modern country allows citizen to go with out primary health care.

What is the function of health insurance? They take your premiums and distribute them to those that need the coverage. For that function, they charge about 30%. The annual profit of these companies is approx. 500 billion dollars. This is money that comes from your premiums and doesn’t get returned as benefits. Thirty cents (almost 1/3) out of every dollar of your premium goes to their expenses including tens and hundreds of millions in executive salaries. No other modern nation, has this industry.

Those that want reform are NOT advocating the government take over of anything let alone health care. They want the currently unregulated profits of insurance companies to come down via competition. The health insurance companies today have no competition. They currently divide up the states and do not compete with each other in these states. Also, they are exempted from the law forbidding price fixing. There is nothing stopping them from uniformly raising rates.

Reformers would like to see the government have an insurance program that will compete with the health insurance companies and drive down their outrageous profits. Medicare insurance, as an example, operates with an overhead of 3%, or 3 cents on the dollar of paid premiums. This would be similar to every other modern country in the world. I say similar because other countries have different methods but NONE have for profit insurance for primary care.

Again, reformers are not advocating the government take over doctors, hospitals, clinics, or anything related to health CARE, only provide a competitive insurance option.

Some critics ask about the cost of this program that will provide decent health care for all Americans. This is a reasonable question although, many asking the question don’t bat an eye when Congress approves hundreds of billions to be wasted on a war somewhere in the Middle East, where enough is lost or wasted to pay for a lot of decent health care. But back to the cost. By providing an option for inexpensive insurance the high cost of premiums will be driven down. This should be more of a savings than the cost of providing the insurance option. Removing the health insurance industries outrageous profits ($500 billion) from the cost of health care will reduce the total cost to the taxpayers. Remember, that our health care costs are the highest in the world, in fact one and one-half times higher than any other country, not because our hospitals or doctors are too expensive, but because we allow the health insurance industry to skim off $500 billion dollars a year off the top.

Also, a great savings to taxpayers will occur if we provide decent health care to those currently uninsured. Currently they are a tremendous burden to tax payers because instead of going to a doctor for a child’s strep throat (for example), they go to the emergency room which costs taxpayers 5 to 10 times more. Instead of getting regular mammograms or prostrate tests, they come for help after cancer has developed. Preventative medicine saves money.
It is ironic that many that oppose health insurance reform claim to be pro-life, yet the United States allows more infants to die for lack of health care than any other modern nation. The United States allows more seniors to die younger than any other modern nation. Tens of thousands of US citizens die every year due to lack of decent health care. Talk about death panels. Remember the exorbitant profits of the health insurance industry are directly related to the number of claims they deny.

Did you know that the constitution that the United States forced Iraq to accept, requires that all Iraqi’s be given access to health CARE. Iraq, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, etc., all have better health care than the US.

Here is a link to debunk some health care lies put out by the health care industry:
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Posted by rhett o rick in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Jan 25th 2009, 11:00 AM
Today's Seattle Time is running an article about how the loss of wolves (from trapping and shooting,etc) may be unraveling one of the most beautiful ecosystems in the US.

"But the loss of the stealthy predators in the early 1900s left a hole in the landscape that scientists say they are just beginning to grasp. The ripples extend throughout what is now Olympic National Park, leading to a boom in elk populations, overbrowsing of shrubs and trees, and erosion so severe it has altered the very nature of the rivers, says a team of Oregon State University biologists. The result, they argue, is an environment that is less rich, less resilient, and — perhaps — in peril."

"We think this ecosystem is unraveling in the absence of wolves," said OSU ecologist William Ripple."

But this doesn't slow down the republicans (aka Palin) from slaughtering wolves in Alaska by shooting them from helicopters. The deaths of the wolves is horrible. And all to make it easier for rich republicans fly to Alaska to find and kill moose.
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Posted by rhett o rick in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Jan 16th 2009, 12:59 AM

Weatherboarding is torture. Duh. When the Nazi’s water boarded, WE called it torture. But Bush and Cheney say water boarding is not torture. The Bush administration, Gonzales, re-defined the word torture so George could say, “We don’t torture”. Right Georgie, we water board but don’t torture.

But even using the Bush/Gonzales new definition of torture we torture. Possibly as many as 100 people have died do to our "enhanced" interrogation techniques. That’s torture even per the Bush/Gonzales memo.

And now Susan J. Crawford the top Bush administration official overseeing the military trials of terrorist suspects held at the U.S. prison in Cuba told The Washington Post that the United States tortured a Saudi man in 2002. She said that even though the specific methods might not have been torture, the way they were used did amount to torture.

Sensory deprivation is not torture per Bush/Gonzales but it can cause insanity within 48 hours. Detainees have been sensory deprived for months by the Bush Admin. One American citizen was arrested and confined in a tiny cell without seeing daylight or other individuals for 22 months. He is now legally and medically insane. This is torture.

President Obama can not over look these crimes.

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Posted by rhett o rick in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Sep 09th 2008, 11:06 AM
The republicans have had control of the government for the last eight years. Six of those years they controlled all of the government. During that time we have spent more than $500,000,000,000 on a war. But little of this unbelievable amount has gone to help troops in the field, in barracks in the US and the biggest shame, to help our wounded vets.

Where has the money gone? Well, right off the bat Bremer lost approx $10,000,000,000 in cash. It just got lost. Halliburton, GE, Blackwater, and other profiteers have had no trouble getting their money. Some times even for projects they never completed. But did our troops get the body armor when they needed it? NO! The Blackwater mercenaries did. Did our troops get the blast protected Humvees? NO! The Blackwater mercenaries did. Did our troops get decent housing in barracks. NO! They got rotting, moldy, leaky, disgusting barracks.

And what have the republicans done for our wounded vets, the young people that we sent to Iraq to fight a war for nothing, they get poor service and a mountain of bureaucracy. The Nation magazine (Sept) has an excellent article on this issue and they state, “In 2007, 32,000 veterans appealed the VA’s initial ruling. They waited an average of three and a half years for their appeals to be processed.” This is a crime. These people that got wounded in battle have been ignored by the very republicans that were so eager to send them to battle. The republicans have pulled out all stops to get their contractor friends “no bid” contracts and their money, but somehow have failed to help out the wounded veterans.

John McCain says he doesn’t like big government. But in the last eight years he has supported the Bush administrations push for bigger government. And John McCain says he supports his fellow soldiers and veterans, but he voted consistently against increases to vet benefits, and he has supported republican filibusters stopping Democratic legislation aimed at streamlining the bureaucracy hurting our wounded vets.

When republicans say, support our troops, they mean support our contractors.

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Posted by rhett o rick in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat May 24th 2008, 09:42 AM

Too many Americans think that putting one of these magnetic stickers on their car fulfills their obligation to our vets. How sad. Most of these people support the current Administrations sending our loved ones to risk their lives to occupy Iraq for an unclear goal. Thousands of service people have died and a great many more have come back wounded only to find the republicans, including John McCain, voting against bills that would provide them with decent benefits.

The Walter Reed Hospital deplorable living conditions are an example of the need for improvement to vet facilities. It took a journalist working undercover to expose this lack of support for our troops.

McCain has been consistent in his lack of support of legislation aimed at updating the benefits for our vets. He voted against vets in 2004, ’05, ’06 and ’07.

McCain has recently refused (he did not vote) to support the new GI Bill. He said it was too expensive. What a slap in the face for our service people. In a budget of hundreds of billions of dollars republican friendly corporations like Halliburton (KBR) and Blackwater seem to make out quite well, making huge profits, but there is not enough money in the budget to support the minimum needs of our vets.

The republicans do support the troops of Blackwater, a corporation run by a friend of Bush/McCain. These mercenaries all get top notch treatment and get paid many times more than our troops.

And don’t forget the horrible living conditions at Fort Bragg revealed by a father and his camcorder.

Support our troops means not voting for McCain/Bush.

Good article in a recent “The Nation” magazine by Brian Beutler, “McCain Sells Out Vets”.
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Posted by rhett o rick in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon May 19th 2008, 12:26 PM

Patriotism is defined as devotion to the welfare of one's country. Nowhere in the definition does it speak of flag lapel pins, magnetic car emblems, nor hanging a flag on the front of your house. But that is how some narrow minded people define patriotism. You see it is so much simpler.

False Patriot: “I wear a flag pin therefore I am a patriot”.
Questioner: “So how do you feel about your government eavesdropping on your phone calls and emails?”
FP: “That’s complicated, and I refuse to think about it. Did I mention I have flag in front of my house?”
Q: “Do you believe idiots should be allowed to vote?”
FP: “Huh?”
Q: “Never mind, go back to your patriotic Budweiser (or Coors).”

Our founding fathers founded this country to be free of aristocratic tyranny. A true patriot would is required to be aware enough to fight attempts by unscrupulous groups that try to establish aristocratic tyrannies. A true patriot stands by the Constitution and is willing to fight to the death against those that try to eliminate the freedoms established by the Constitution. Someone famous said, “Give me liberty or give me death”. Now that was a true patriot. Wonder if he had a lapel pin.

The Con’s don’t like democracy because it gives the lowlife people too much power. The top Con, G.W.Bush himself said that government would be so much easier to run for a dictator. Sadly the Con’s find it way to easy to motivate the gullibles. You see the gullibles need simple tests to determine right or wrong, good or bad. So the con’s help them out. For example, if you wear a lapel pin…good, if you don’t…bad. That’s about as deep thinking the gullibles want to do.

Here’s a test to see if you’ve been paying attention.

A person burns an American flag. Is that person patriot or not?
(a) No, they should be sent to Guantanamo.
(b) Yes they are a patriot.
(c) Need more information

Of course (c) is the answer. They could be burning the flag because it was old and damaged and they were following the patriotic flag edicate. Also, if the person is doing so to show “devotion to the welfare of one's country”, in protest of the tyranny our fore fathers fought and died against. /
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Posted by rhett o rick in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun May 18th 2008, 08:20 AM

Understanding insurance isn’t complicated. A large number of individuals throw money into a pot and those that are unfortunate and need help take money out. Hire some administrators and pay them a reasonable salary and bingo, insurance.

But the con’s see insurance as an opportunity to get something for nothing. They start their insurance company and after everyone throws their money into the pot, the con’s take a big chunk of the money for themselves. This money comes directly out of the pot and will effect the amount left for helping people. There wouldn’t be a problem if these con’s would pay themselves a reasonable salary but some are taking obscene amount and calling it salary. One exec took over a billion dollars compensation for himself when he retired. Even an idiot should recognize the problem when half your premium goes directly into Mister Money Bags pocket.

Now the Democrats and republicans differ on how to handle this. The Democrats want to help those that are insured while the republicans want to help the execs get more profits.
The execs of course give a generous cut of their booty to their republican friends.

The Democrats want regulations to keep the unscrupulous execs from stealing all the money from the insured. The republicans want to eliminate regulations to encourage competition. Competition, you see, is good when defined by the con’s. I agree that competition can be good for things that are not essential. Things like mp-3 players and computers. Competing companies have to deliver a good product for a reasonable price or the public would do without. But for essential services like health care, competition doesn’t work. For example, in many communities there is only one local hospital. When community owned the community determined the quality of care per dollar. The administrator execs were paid reasonable salaries and the overhead costs were kept reasonable. Now Mr. Big Bucks comes along and pays off he local politicians who in turn deregulate and allow him to buy the hospital. He then of course will pay himself a huge multimillion dollar salary. The inflated salary is covered either by a reduction in the quality of care or an increase in costs. This isn’t rocket science people. Where is the competition?

One purpose of government (which is us) is to protect ourselves from the unscrupulous. For essential services, we need regulations to keep the predatory con’s away.

Rationalization is the Key to Happiness
The public has been bombarded for years by propaganda that corporations will take care of us better than government agencies. Enron is a great example of a corporation that spent millions paying politicians to deregulate so they could prey on the vulnerable. Social Security is a system that has low overhead costs (no exec is paying himself hundreds of millions) and have served the people well for decades.
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Posted by rhett o rick in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat May 17th 2008, 10:52 AM

What a challenge for Karl Rove. What will Karl do? If you’ve been paying attention you would have noticed he has already started. On False News channel he said that Obama lost WV because of the KKK and racism. Racism, the key to four more years of McCain/Bush fascism.

I don’t know who’s idea the Curious George tee shirt was, but I wouldn’t be surprised if KKKarl had something to do with it.

I think Karl will continue to drive a wedge between the black and white communities. If there happens to be a race riot somewhere, it would fit right into his plans.

This will be a huge test for both the white and black communities. MLK would try to keep the black community from being baited into doing something rash. I hope Al Sharpton will also. If something does happen, it will be a huge test for the white community. The community that now supports Obama. Will they continue their support or revert to petty prejudices faced with the onslaught of corporate media bias.

I am hoping that those of us that support Obama and the dream for a changed America will not wait too long to yell foul at Rove and those in the corporate media that I believe will fan the flames of racism.

And I am hoping KKKarl will go to jail soon.
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Posted by rhett o rick in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu May 15th 2008, 10:23 PM

There is a lot of blogging about the divided Democratic Party. Who’s responsible? Is it bad, is it good?

Someone had the audacity in DU to accuse Keith Olbermann of dividing the party. Pleeez
I don’t give a crap about who did or didn’t. It’s divided, now what do we do?

The powerful corporations that own the republican party aren’t content with that. They want to cover their bets by owning a controlling share of the Democratic Party as well. Sadly there are Democrats that will follow these corporatists (read fascists) to destruction. The republicans don’t hold an exclusive on gullibility.

The division of course is between those owned by the corporations (DLC) and those that are grassroots based (DNC). Some grass roots Democrats are so pissed that the party has such a corporate control they choose organizations not associated with the party, like

The Party divide is revealed big time in the contest for the Democratic nomination. Sen Clinton with the corporations and DLC and Obama with the grassroots.

Those of us that see the corporate influence as killing the Party wish correct this by kicking those out that are clearly DINO’s. Like DiFi, Lieberman and Chuck Schumer.

This is an appeal to grassroots Democrats. Stay and fight. We expect to loose a battle or two but don’t give up. Help kick the DINO’s from the Party. Obama has inspired a movement. Continue to fight even if the powerful, corporate sponsored Democrats try to run the Party.
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Posted by rhett o rick in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Dec 29th 2007, 06:53 PM
We can never go back to the days of the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Things have changed and corporations no longer need the labor of the middle class. The only thing we have that the corporations need is our money. The middle class still has a lot of money. And the corporations have figured out an ingenious way of stealing it. They get our government to borrow 100's of billions on our children's credit card and give it to the corporations, and we don't even feel a thing.
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