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...she's so dumb it takes her an hour-and-a-half to watch "60 Minutes" (thanks to Edwin Edwards for the old line)
We already have email calls from the Tea Party to twist the event and call it the work of a "liberal lunatic" to deflect the criticism off of incendiary remarks like Palin's "Crosshair" Facebook post. Next, you can expect to hear how the RIGHT is the real victim, they have been threatened as much as the left.
And finally, they will blame the event on too-strict gun control (if everyone carried a gun the shooter would have been killed) and demand greater security on Congress.
So the end result is, the spewers of right-wing hate will get government paid-for security details to protect them as they ratchet up the violence.
If you believe that Fox News has crossed the line by giving a network for Mike Huckbee and others to openly call for the assassination of Julius Assange then go to this link and file a complaint with the FCC:
Perhaps if they get enough complaints then at least there will be some acknowledgement from the FCC that this sort of behavior is beyond what many members of a peaceful society will tolerate.
The program aired December 7 on Fox Business Channel and the commentator was Bob Beckel http://upload.democraticunderground.com/di...
Progressives need to organize an action to get media attention that does not include them as having bit parts that portrays them unfavorably in some another's news story. The viewpoint of progressives should not be an afterthought within a typical media story that spouts the narrative and then carried by the MSM and frames progressives as always on the defense.
I suggest a weekly boycott or some other action, coordinated here on DU and disseminated to other progressive media outlets. I don't have all the answers but, for example, some Tuesday progressives boycott "X" to show their clout. The action can be planned a week or so in advance and then on that day executed by all those who favor the action to demonstrate a pro-active and widespread following. Then, the MSM can be informed to cover the event.
Progressives need to be lions, not sheep. Any ideas DUers?
Larry David (a very rich guy) sounds off on the uselessness of the renewed tax cuts in this NY Times op-ed piece: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/opinion/...
All I can say is, Larry, can you curb your enthusiasm? :fistbump:
I saw a show on the financial channel this morning telling about all the hidden jewels that come with higher interest rates now that US treasuries are on the skid. In addition to that, the tax law passage brings to mind another bonanza---gates. Now, those living in gated communities can afford fancier gates to keep out the poor and middle class. Like the joke goes, if we keep shoveling through the shit, there's a pony in there somewhere.
Unlike what we have been taught, there are some people who are more-than-equal than others in America. I have a theory: it is a product of leisure and lack of crisis. Because, in a crisis, nobody asks "are you in the top tax bracket?" When hurricane Katrina blew people away, the Army passing out MREs did not ask "are you in the top tax bracket or bottom tax bracket?" Those things only matter when there is no crisis, or the appearance of no crisis (today bought and paid for by deep-pocket right-wing interests)
Well, there is a crisis---an unemployment and deficit crisis. And until a stock market crash, banking scandal, or some other disaster (again) brings it to the forefront of everyone's short-attention span, the media will choose to hide it. As long as everything is hunky-dory for the vast majority, we will gleefully ignore the impending danger. But that doesn't make it any less dangerous. Does darkness that hides the hole you are about to step into make it any less deep?
So, we are indoctrinated that the top 2% are needy and should not pay an additional 4% on whatever they earn (after generous tax deductions most people never get to use). That is proof the millionaires in Congress think that there is an elite class in America that deserves a better deal than everyone else---the 98% rest of us suckers. Charity for the rich. To paraphrase James Carville----it's the
2%, 4%, 98%---those are the numbers and they add up to disaster if charity continues to be showered on the rich instead of the needy.
There is no logic to the dog and pony show to sell progressives on the (bad) tax bill. First, the $900 billion added to the deficit is glossed over because Obama says that he's added some pork of his own to entice Democrats and balance the atrocity. But even worse: the other reason being floated is that tax cuts are so bad, in two years Democrats will win the election because people will see that tax cuts don't create jobs and thus vote for Democrats.
Are you kidding me? It's been 9 years and counting of Bush tax cuts yet the deficit has soared and unemployment is the highest it's ever been since the Great Depression. Furthermore, fewer jobs were created from 2000-2010 than any time in recent history---those are the facts and numbers. So what happened in November? Republicans swept the elections. If people ignored the fact that tax cuts for the wealthy harmed the economy and job market for the last nine years, why do the geniuses in the White House now believe in 2012 they will suddenly care? That logic didn't win for Democrats on November 2, 2010 and it won't work in two years either.
For those old enough to remember, December 8th 1980 Howard Cosell interrupted Monday Night Football with news that John Lennon had been shot. It still brings tears to my eyes 30 years later. The progressive movement lost a real hero that night.
This song reminds me of why today's politicians are weasels and commit the U.S. to long wars that can't be won----the draft. Think about it, there's no draft like every other war in U.S. history. Why? because if there was a draft, the public would throw the bums out of office and demand an end to wars like Iraq and Afghanistan. The result? Because there is a "shortage" of soldiers we hire mercenary contractors at five times the cost to do the work of honorable and brave soldiers. Troops are demoralized by getting screwed like that and the budget is busted by enormous and inflated costs of war. Weasels!
The ultimate irony of anti-war ironies would be for a movement: "STOP THE WAR! START THE DRAFT!" But if that happened, weasel politicians would probably start another war front with the extra soldiers.
P.S. I wanted to post the video but don't know how. A little help, please?
I heard this from Boehner supporters outside John Boehner's office: (to the tune of Mr. Sandman)
Mr. Tan Man, bring me a dream
One with no taxes and just for one team
Get rid of Biden, or people from Dover
Just give us dumbshits we can f**k over
Tan Man, we're so alone
Our place is foreclosed, we have no home
Please turn on your vote machine
Mr. Tan Man bring me a dream
As a citizen of the state of Newtopia I hereby declare peace. How could we be fooled again into, not another Vietnam, but TWO Vietnams? (Iraq, Afghanistan) Fighting a war by remote control somewhere in Colorado or Florida is the epitome of "1984"-type thinking. We have all been brainwashed (again) to believe that by waging war something good will happen, but now we know it is a bottomless pit where all our money and reputation disappear.
So, join me and declare peace and it will happen. It has to start somewhere.
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