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Posted by DCKit in General Discussion
Thu Nov 03rd 2011, 01:12 AM
When I'm here, I read almost everything, but I neglect to post comments on those I don't fully understand - but probably not as much as I should. I am no saint. I also try not to comment on posts that I have no idea what they're about, even if I rec or derec them. Some are just right, some are just ugly. Both the best and worst deserve comments, and most are destined to die.

However, when my point is taken as an attack or a misrepresentation, I try to answer back.

I would like to suggest the same tactics to you. We're not an adverse bunch, but you came in that way, and I couldn't possibly explain why I detest that tactic. You'd have to meet the family. Thanksgiving is coming up. Find an intentional family - people who choose to be together.

When I'm here, I read almost everything, but I neglect to post comments on those I don't fully understand - but probably not as much as I should. I am no saint. I also try not to comment on posts that I have no idea what they're about, even if I rec or derec them. Some are just right, some are just ugly. Both the best and worst deserve comments, and most are destined to die.

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Posted by DCKit in General Discussion: Presidency
Thu Mar 03rd 2011, 12:40 PM
was with growing the size and influence of their respective agencies.

To wit: The State Department has grown dramatically in size by employing more contractors than ever before in history and Fatherland Security has been an ungainly, overreaching behemoth from day one - and also growing. It's the Republicon trick of saying they're downsizing government... by hiring outside contractors. Then we find out it costs 5x more than hiring government employees.

Additionally, if Arne Duncan gets more dollars for Education, he'll just spend them promoting the privatization of more districts at the expense of students and teachers. Has anyone asked administrators to take a pay cut, or simply cutting the admin. staffing? Too many in admin. are receiving six-figure salaries - and there are too many of them. Too many chiefs, and all that.
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Posted by DCKit in General Discussion
Sun Feb 20th 2011, 03:38 PM
I don't believe the unions are the only target. In fact, I know they're not - Walker is in negotiations to privatize public infrastructure. Right now, it's a couple of power plants, but what else is at risk? Once they've sold off whatever infrastructure the state owns directly, their cuts in funding the localities will force the sale of their assets as well: water and sewer systems, parks, public buildings, entire school systems, roads and highways.

What will happen to Wisconsin (or any of the other states with the same agenda) when the public no longer owns the infrastructure and has to pay to play in every facet of their daily lives? Is there a provision in the Constitution that allows private corporations to tax citizens? There is no other reasonable method of collecting revenues on that scale.

This does not begin and end with union busting. It's just the start of our Brave New World.
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Posted by DCKit in General Discussion: Presidency
Mon Feb 14th 2011, 08:04 AM
There is no difference if the bonds Treasury "hands over" to SS aren't "the same" as those you might buy on the market. It's the same damn thing - money borrowed, money owed. The fact that it's a contract with SS and the American people doesn't make a bit of difference when compared to the obligations on bonds sold to China and the sovereign funds.

Treasury might, in some alternate universe, default on those bonds it sells on the open market, but what's the solution if they can't afford to pay them back and choose not to default? Raised taxes, increased revenues and "austerity measures". Then WE (the bottom 99%) still pay for it. So they're going after OUR money instead, via the debt owed to SS - money we all paid into SS over our working lives - to decrease the national debt, for the short-term, to improve the balance sheet and justify the excuses for continued, undeserved tax breaks for those at the top of the heap.

The whole thing is one huge lie, a scam on a previously undreamed of scale to continue to defraud the American public. They had a plan, and it's coming to fruition. There is, and never was, a "crisis" in SS funding. The crisis was contrived to provide an continuing excuse for tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations ON OUR BACKS, then to hand them even more of OUR money via a default on Treasury bonds due to SS.

I'm sorry if you don't get it, but this is a useless argument. The facts are clear: We're getting screwed so the top 1% can continue the kleptocracy in one of the most transparent examples of "The Shock Doctrine" ever attempted.

It's not a crisis, it's a scam and it's theft. No how, no way those who contributed to SS over their working lives should allow our government to default on those bonds so individuals and corporations who pay far less of a percentage in taxes than the average middle class worker can continue paying less in taxes.

They simply want to default on SS (at least a portion of it), to justify continuing on our unsustainable path. The answer to this artificial crisis is "austerity" and higher taxes for the top earners and corporations - the same corporations sitting on $$$$ about equal to the the debt owed to SS.

Funny how that worked out.
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Posted by DCKit in General Discussion
Wed Feb 09th 2011, 07:04 PM
up to a certain age, when it was time to marry. They were realists and didn't expect men and boys to keep it in their pants until after marriage, but the choices were limited to prostitutes, easy women (who were not tolerated) or other men.

The Kinsey scale is a good indicator of this - 100% straight guys would "suffer" with prostitutes until marriage, and the rest just did what came naturally, then married, or didn't. Either way, we're a much more Puritan society today than the Puritans were. They just didn't talk about it.

The stigma didn't exist at the level it does today. Now everything is black and white. Fortunately, I don't think that's the case with the <30 crowd. Sexual fluidity is back with a vengeance.
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Posted by DCKit in General Discussion
Thu Jan 13th 2011, 01:31 PM
However, in their willful ignorance and hubris, the stochastic terrorists fail to realize they don't, in fact, have any real control over their missiles. The susceptibilities and mental instabilities of the missiles, so valuable in the grander scheme, also make them dangerous to all. Eventually, one of their own is going to become an unintended target.

The vitriol pumped out over our airwaves is meant to target Progressives, Liberals and Democrats, but how many of the listeners and viewers are only hearing "Politician", "Washington" or "Congress" in these messages?

The mentally ill don't always perceive reality as intended. Using them in this manner is a very dangerous game.
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Posted by DCKit in Environment/Energy
Mon Nov 15th 2010, 08:45 AM
There's a balance we need to meet, and none of the crops we might plant should be subsidized, either. The corn subsidies (as well as their entirely too powerful lobby) need to end. That said, sugar beets and Jerusalem artichoke (if they can be grown without NG and oil inputs or massive doses of herbicides) are both contenders.

The idea of "agricultural waste" is also an issue for anyone who understands soil health. Nearly all of the things listed as "waste" should (and could) be returned to the soil to improve its health. It is my experience that chemical fertilizers burn out the soil and leaves only sand and dust behind.

I gardened organically this past summer (for the first time, and my first garden in over 20 years) with composted manure, peat and charcoal mixed into the existing dirt, and I had incredible success... with zero chemical input. My only fights were with the weather, bugs, rabbits, groundhogs and our own animals.

There really is no such thing as "agricultural waste" in responsible farming, so I'm really torn about this issue. However, until we can pull carbon directly out of the air and combine it directly with hydrogen from water to create fuel, what are our options?
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Posted by DCKit in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Sep 19th 2009, 06:16 PM
Dear M$NBC,

We all know there's a Black dude in the WH. The novelty is wearing off, K?

You'll see few as disappointed than me in your coverage of what passes for news these days. When Brian Williams stated last night (Friday September 18th, 2009) that George W* had better poll numbers "at this stage of his Presidency" than Obama, I nearly had a stroke. A simple statement, but as disingenuous as it could possibly be. President Obama isn't dealing with a country afflicted with the worst terrorist attack in world history, yet was being compared with a President who paid no attention to "Al Qaeda determined to strike within the U.S." and cries of "They're Here!" yet rode that convenient fallacy to the highest Presidential rating in recorded history.

While it was a subtle delivery of fact, it was also irresponsible and an despicable act of lousy journalism. It was your one and only chance to pull that diseased rabbit of 9/11 out of the hat, and you blew it.

You claim to be a news outlet, so please, report some news. There's a whole bunch of stuff going on where the President wouldn't even qualify as a sideshow attraction - Things that might actually hold the interest of the American people, except they haven't been informed yet. You report little but the latest manufactured or non-controversy regarding President Obama and, not only has the monotony become tiresome, but everyone else is carrying the exact same story and you're losing market share because you're too timid to break from the pack and report on the issues rather than manufacture them. In the meantime, your competitors go crazy with speculation.

All right, all right, so you've lost touch with whatever talent you may have had for investigative journalism. Eight years of reading WH faxes and press releases as news would dull the instincts of the best journalist, and you guys were never better than mediocre. But that's not a problem!

While you're easing back into your profession under the new Administration (unlike the old Administration where it required kneepads and lip balm), why not dig up some old stories that you knew about, but never covered: a war based on lies, WMDs that never existed, profiteering, contractors killing our soldiers while ripping off the DoD, contractors killing Iraqi citizens at will, the whole missing billions thing and on and on. Just the list of topics relating to the illegal invasion of Iraq is substantial enough for months of intense coverage, and that's just the beginning.

Sibel Edmonds has been waiting for your call, Tom Delay and Denny Hastert still haven't faced a jury and, despite all the fluff pieces you've done on Caribou Barbie, too few of our fellow citizens really know how deeply insane she is. You think Reverend Wright was "out there"? Chat up some of the "just folks" who attend Sarah Palin's church or any of her other social groups if you want to shock, amaze and entertain us. And she's not the only one. That whole C St. bunch is begging for your attention and the Teabaggers could provide a whole new genre of news bites with a comedic twist. Assuming the attendance in DC last Saturday was only 70,000, you could do ten Teabagger sound bites a day for over nineteen years. With the number of attendees Fox claims, you could spin off a whole other channel - or ten. The syndication profits could run into the Brazillions.

What I'm saying is: Stop trying to compete with Fox News on their own level. You don't want to go into that sewer, 'cause you'll end up living there. There is actual news out there, you just have to stop taking your cues from the other news channels and get out in the real world every now and then. Go independent. Even better, pick up the phone when it rings - then listen and investigate. We're calling.

DCKit

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Posted by DCKit in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sat Sep 19th 2009, 03:58 PM
Reminds me of something I heard on the NBC Nightly News last night... Brian Williams mentioned that President Obama's numbers "Aren't as high as George W's* at this stage of his Presidency."

Well, how fucking disingenuous can you possibly get? President Obama didn't ignore any dire warnings from flight schools, FBI agents, CIA briefings or others virtually screaming "THEY ARE HERE!!!" and allow the nation to be attacked by terrorists "at this stage of his Presidency" so he could take advantage of "Shock and Awe" to inflate said numbers. MIHOP, LIHOP or just plain raging incompetence and callous disregard, the numbers post 9/11/2001 were thoroughly undeserved.

Had the people known BushCo* had ignored just the CIA briefing in August immediately after the attacks, heads would have been on pikes in front of the WH within hours of the news getting out. Is it any wonder Dick Cheney remained in an undisclosed location for most of the next four years?

I'll take the EARNED 62% over the undeserved 90% any day of any week of any month of any year Brian. But thanks for your concern.

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Posted by DCKit in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Sep 19th 2009, 07:31 AM
They're Authoritarians, and don't even know it. Their self-appointed leaders are mentally, morally and ethically deficient and personally weak, but that stolid 19% see only strength, resolve and justice. But you can't argue with a dining room table.

As I inferred in a post yesterday, President Obama can go on prime-time and speak coherently, intelligently and knowledgeably on the issues we're dealing with for an hour at a stretch. In contrast, the majority of Republicans get sound-bites, a spot at a round-table discussion or, at most, ten minutes of one-on-one with a very friendly interviewer holding a script. They've got nothing of substance to talk about and their current shtick is to simply oppose anything the Democrats propose. Too much exposure, and they're shown to be ignorant, petty, vindictive and wholly uninformed. All they've got is "Whatever it takes to prevent this President and this Congress from having a win or looking competent."

Ask a Republican who opposes cutting the science fiction missile shield in Eastern Europe HOW it's going to threaten the security of Europe and their best answer will likely be "because it will". No matter how much money we throw at it, it'll probably never work, but just the same, it's a vital international security issue for the Republics because THIS President sees it for what it is - an incredibly expensive, unworkable and antagonistic holdover from BushCo*. Same with health care reform. They know the people back home are suffering, yet oppose the insurance industry written package that Bacaus just dropped in their laps because, even it it's what their handlers (the insurance companies) want, any bill that passes this Congress (no matter how shitty) would be points for the (D)s.

Then again, maybe it IS us.

Nah.
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Posted by DCKit in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Sep 17th 2009, 09:00 PM
It was science fiction/fantasy when St. Ronnie first proposed it nearly thirty years ago, and thirty years on, with trillions of government dollars spent on R&D for weapons that will never work or are too expensive to lose in battle, it's still a fiction.

These imaginary and expensive weapons programs are being curtailed or cut left and right. Further, most Dems and all liberals want our troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq along with an end to wars of aggression, wars for oil and every other attack not preceded by a direct attack on the U.S..

The defense hawks can wail about terrorism until they turn purple, but who among us doesn't know that 9/11 could have been prevented by the enforcement of our existing laws (especially border control and immigration) and simply listening to the CIA analysts, FBI agents, citizens and others who were screaming for attention prior to the attacks? What is it about "THEY ARE HERE!" that failed to grab BushCo*'s attention?

The Democrats are in control now, and if the defense industry wants to survive, it's got to lower earnings expectations and diversify. A business model based on guns is a loser in this political climate. However, if they begin building wind/water generators, solar panels and consumer goods - here in the U.S. - they could thrive, albeit, without the outrageous returns they're used to.

The big defense contractors are in possession of advanced technologies that could be turned away from the development of killing machines to the benefit of the nation. Why not? WE paid for it. It's time to turn the trillions invested in the R&D of vaporware to the benefit of the people.

It's time for the MIC to get off the government tit and start working for a living.
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Posted by DCKit in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Sep 04th 2009, 02:28 AM
I think it's time to label these filthy minded freaks for what they are: "Pro-HIV", "Pro-Poverty" and "Misogynistic", and "abortion" is their dog-whistle.

They can spout off all they want about "cultural sensitivity", but they have made it abundantly clear that their sole goal is to force their own twisted morality on the rest of the world - at whatever cost. Their Crusade is little different and no better than any that have come before, but they have the potential to kill far more people today with their willful ignorance and hate than at any other time in history.

Someone needs to remind these fundy wackjobs that there are only 144,000 places in Heaven for the faithful (according to my Dad's fundy church). Do they really want to increase competition for those slots by converting the unwashed masses by the tens of millions? Oh shit, I forgot. They'll need servants in Heaven.
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