goddard71 commented on the blog post Washington’s Catholic Hierarchy Attempts a Secular Argument Against Marriage Equality
I guess that since my wife and I married with the decision / intention of not having children, we should have been refused a CIVIL marriage license! I did not notice and the city clerk must have ignored that commitment to creating children requirement. Does this mean that our CIVIL marriage license should or will be revoked and the marriage “annulled?”
And how is this any different from re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titantic?
goddard71 commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: Theater of the Absurd or Sign of the Apocalypse?
Pew Research Center
Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)
Principles of Journalism
1. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth
“Democracy depends on citizens having reliable, accurate facts put in a meaningful context. Journalism does not pursue truth in an absolute or philosophical sense, but it can–and must–pursue it in a practical sense. This “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts. Then journalists try to convey a fair and reliable account of their meaning, valid for now, subject to further investigation.”
3. Its essence is a discipline of verification
“Journalists rely on a professional discipline for verifying information…This discipline of verification is what separates journalism from other modes of communication, such as propaganda, fiction or entertainment”
I guess a well paid editor can ignore the basic and the OBVIOUS!
I printed a copy of the United States Constitution and ran it through my paper shredder. Its all there (at least all the little pieces of paper are); it just reads differently when you try to tape it back together!
I printed a copy of the Constitution and ran it through my paper shredder. Its all there (at least all the little pieces are); it just reads differently when you try to tape it back together!
What about the provisions for contracting global security escorts to Blackwater, et. al; using the toy inventory during the rest of the year as leverage or collateral for “investments” by private sector hedge funds and “too big to fail” banks; sub-contracting and “privatizing” Santa’s distribution services (no unionized firms); substituting petroleum for the current bio-energy (the reindeer) for powering the sleigh; and vacating valuable Arctic real estate (the North Pole “Work-Shop”) for oil and gas exploration. Also, since corporations are now people, what about the requirement to fulfill their gift requests to Santa as the first priority?
Friday sales up 7% to 11.4 billion dollars. Since about 8 or 9 billion of the 11.4 billion sold was probably made in China, the Chinese economy thanks “us” and hopes that we will eventually have the money to pay our debts.
Back in the 1950s and even in the 1960s even republicans argued that home ownership was the “foundation” of America and that home ownership (working class private property) was what separated us from and made us superior to the collectivist “communist” nations like the USSR. I guess that with the “end of the cold war” the political aristocracy decided that they didn’t really need universal home ownership as a symbolic antidote to “collectivist” ideology or “external” economic threats.
goddard71 commented on the blog post Rich Lowry: Tea Party is “Polite, Patriotic”; Occupy Wall Street is “Pathetic, Toxic”
Can anybody tell me one socially or economically useful thing that a “hedge fund manager” really does? If sanitation workers ceased to exist tomorrow, we would all be in a big mess. If hedge funds disappeared, economic life would adjust (perhaps to the pre-casino days) and life (and the economy) would go on (and probably be better). So which group really makes the bigger, better, and more important contribution to society?
Re: “robgard” (28), right America is so very desperate for natural gas from “fracking” that”
“Every day, more than 100 million cubic feet of [North Dakota] natural gas is flared [open air burned without any use] this way — enough energy to heat half a million homes for a day.
The flared gas also spews at least two million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year, as much as 384,000 cars or a medium-size coal-fired power plant would emit, alarming some environmentalists.
All told, 30 percent of the natural gas produced in North Dakota is burned as waste. No other major domestic oil field currently flares close to that much, though the practice is still common in countries like Russia, Nigeria and Iran.” (NY Times 9/27/2011)
Yeah, we really need natural gas from “fracking”!
goddard71 commented on the blog post Krugman is Right: We Should Be Ashamed of What Happened after 9/11
The reason that I am not viewing any September 11 memorials live or on television:
What truly saddens me is that “America” seems to forget the individual persons whose lives were taken (and their surviving families) and “America” has transformed the attack into a mighty “bloody shirt” symbol for an endless “global war on terrorism” and in Iraq and in the unending war in Afghanistan caused 1,000 times more death than at the World Trade Center.
Yesterday, September 10, my town (Hamilton, Mercer County, NJ) organized a public September 11th memorial at the entrance to Veterans’ Park, right beneath the restored and mounted Vietnam era Air Force F4 Phantom jet. Humility or arrogance? Why “America” will never understand the other 99% of the world.
Another FireDogLake respondent for another post wrote an accurate thought about “our leaders”: “Maybe I’m thinking about the destructive power of manipulation, about the arrogant and terrible fools who toy with the hearts of others out of their own ambitions.”
goddard71 commented on the diary post Once a Year Speeches Do Not Mean Support for Workers by dakine01.
I apologize if I have said this before, but when (if ever?) will politicians and, yes, economists admit that in the last few decades corporations have exported, out-sourced, off-shored, and automated so much good wage economic value added employment that the United States no longer appears to have the industrial or manufacturing infrastructure to support [...]
I suggest revising Mr. Vadum’s comments as follows:
Why are right-wing activists and corporate lobbyists so keen on legally defining corporations as people and allowing them to spend unlimited amounts of money in political campaigns?
Because they know that corporations can be counted on to acquire more tax benefits and a greater share of national income and wealth by electing anti-labor, pro-“free trade,” anti-government spending, and pro-corporate wealth redistributionist politicians. Corporations are particularly open to demagoguery and bribery.
Allowing corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money in political campaigns is like handing out burglary tools to criminals. It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the most selfish and self-serving segments of the population to destroy the country — which is precisely why “conservative” (right wing fanatics) and oligarchs zealously support defining corporations as people and allowing them to spend unlimited amounts of money in political campaigns.
What was foreseeable but was ignored was ultimate effect of the neo-liberal pro-corporation anti-labor polices of the last 30 years. I can’t buy a paper clip, cat litter scoop or potato peeler that isn’t made in China And 100% of the computers, computer peripherals, shoes, and kitchen appliances that I see are made in China. I can not find a single refrigerator, microwave oven or television or any clothes with the “Made in USA“ label and the NY Times reports that 80% of our medicines come from China or India. No consumer knows how much of our food ingredients are imported (or from where) and now even the majority of our household good, furniture, office supplies, paper goods, and dishes seem to be made in China. If 70% of our economy is consumer driven and 80% of consumer goods are imported, no economic “stimulus” is going to mean much to the unemployed. Spending a hundred dollars at Wal-Mart would seem to do absolutely nothing for our domestic economic recovery.
In the last few decades, corporations have exported, out-sourced, off-shored, and automated so much good wage economic value added employment that the United States no longer appears to have the industrial or manufacturing infrastructure to support the good wage employment, decent incomes or high standard of living that we grew accustomed to after World War II.
Our economy is like the Titanic, massive, crippled, (with the rich in the lifeboats) and going down beneath the water, only the ocean that we will sink into won’t be frigid, it will be warm and devoid of life as the global and sea water temperatures rise. All of this was foreseeable!!
goddard71 commented on the blog post Gang of Six Proposal Encourages Corporations to Move Offshore
“The plan would simplify the tax code by reducing the number of tax brackets from six to three, lowering the top rate from 35 percent to somewhere between 23 percent and 29 percent. That could provide a windfall for wealthy taxpayers because the 35 percent tax bracket currently applies to taxable income above $379,150.” (Source: Associated Press on line)
Who would have ever thought…..?
I did not visit Menendez or Lautenberg, but I sent the following message by email and postal:
I have read summaries of what the “Gang of Six” is proposing to permit the debt ceiling to be raised: lowering tax rates, eliminating taxes on certain corporate profits, benefit cuts in Social Security and Medicare. There has been unprecedented prosperity for those at the top. The wealthiest of the wealthy in America are now wealthier than any other group throughout all of human history. CEO and Wall Street compensation has been increasing in high double digits, meanwhile the rest of us are already left with stagnation in salaries, layoffs, unemployment, and benefit cuts.
If you vote to cut or manipulate Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits as part of a “Gang of Six Debt Limit Grand Deal” you can no longer consider yourself a Democrat; you will have betrayed your constituents and abandoned workers and the disadvantaged solely to appease the economic insanity of Republicans and you will have participated in the beginning of the end of the Democratic Party. If Democrats begin the dismantling of economic security for older or disadvantaged, working, and middle class Americans, I will no longer consider myself a Democrat, EVER. You are either protecting the “middle class” and the vulnerable or you are responsible for harming them; there is no “middle ground” in this situation! Which side are you on? I await your honest reply.
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