diogenes commented on the diary post Center for Public Integrity Reveals How PR Firms Manufacture Consent for Oil, Big Business by Steve Horn.
And to rub salt into the wound, what part of the costs of trade associations, lobbying and advertising the MOTU’s don’t expense (and shift the costs of civilization to us little people), they add to the prices of their goods and services (thus increasing costs to us little people). We are paying for the forces [...]
I’m afraid the “assault” Messr. Dimon is experiencing, and the one he deserves, is poles apart.
The one he deserves involves tar, feathers and a rail out of town.
Brought back memories, CS. Raised on a tobacco farm in southeastern NC, Free Will Baptist (Southern Baptists too liberal).
No cards, no playing pool, no mixed swimming. Church was central to community, attended three times a week.
When I grew up, I kept the faith, lost the Free Will Baptists.
diogenes commented on the blog post Police who act like members of an occupying army deserve no respect
It’s really quite simple:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Well, when the party that had the most votes also had the most seats, did they:
1. Prosecute torturers?
2. Prosecute Wall Street?
3. Pass card check?
4. Etc., etc.
Why, no. No they didn’t.
Last week, the senator from Massachusetts gave a fine speech on the cromnibus bill. Did she filibuster it? Why, no. No she didn’t.
Yeah. Such a thing could never happen in a cosmopolitan setting. Oh, wait…
Are we sure ignorant Republicanism is restricted to, or overly represented in the South?
A Liberal Southerner, union organizer and Democratic Chair.
Best wishes and speedy recovery. You are one terrific lady, and the very best on the intertubz – my very first stop every day! I think you’ve made a good decision, focusing on your recovery. Been there, lady! We’ll be here whenever you are ready.
diogenes commented on the blog post Slut-Shaming the Obama Girls: Republicans in Glass House Shouldn’t Throw Stones
Teabaggers have selective memories.
I have what is considered good, by current standards, insurance. It is, of course, substandard when compared to the insurance I had in the private sector 20 years ago, but isn’t everything?
A few years ago, I had a major medical issue. My out-of-pocket expenses amounted to 17% of my annual gross income. Recovering from the financial fall-out was more painful and long-lasting than my medical recovery.
It is telling none of the PTB’s puppets called for justice.
Because there is none to be had.
Plus, let’s not forget the collusion to keep citizen wages down, as well.
Don’t do evil? Righhht…
diogenes commented on the blog post Obama Details Immigration Executive Actions, GOP Considers Lawsuit
While something rational needs to be done on illegal immigration and the fall-out, I find it of interest the one time Obama makes a tough call, it is not for working citizens, but for people who initially broke the law. Who were allowed to break the law so the establishment could exploit them for low wages and political advantage.
I favor a path to citizenship, and I actually liked the phrase “get right with the law.” But my preference would be for us to have enforced our borders and laws. Now that the horse is well out of the barn, we need to deal with the consequences in a humane and just manner.
diogenes commented on the blog post Journalist Targeted By Uber Increases Security, Senator Franken Demands Answers From Uber CEO
The mere reason Uber has this capability is reason to dismantle them.
And, mom taught us “everyone else is doing it” doesn’t cut it.
diogenes commented on the blog post Uber Investigating Executive For Tracking Reporter Using Uber Data
Interestingly, Scott Adams, creator of the prophetic Dilbert, wote much the same in one of his books. Rule number one in his ideal company was to get rid of all the assholes, no matter how creative or valuable they were. More trouble than they were worth.
Or, we could do it the French way…
We can, and should. Plus we can riff on the alliteration of sycophants and a scoundrel’s last refuge.
The entirety of American processes the past thirty years works against such a pistol.
Fealty is the new competence.
Concur. A state display of violence for peasant edification goes back to throwing virgins in the volcano to appease the gods.
Got to figure either the victim or someone in their family didn’t knuckle under to the establishment.
PTB will use Ferguson to warn against future Occupys, which indicates to me a much bigger screwing is coming soon to the American public.
diogenes commented on the blog post The Ignorance of Ron Fournier and the Genius of Mitch McConnell
Since Mitch is a political genius, it would follow that Minority leaders Reid and Pelosi will follow suit, obstructing Republican gambits.
I will bet the farm they do no such thing, once again proving the D and R apparatchiks answer to the same owners.
It is not a grand jury’s job to decide innocence/guilt. It is their job to determine if a preponderance of the evidence is sufficient to to recommend a trial, known as returning an indictment. Think about the dynamics of that low threshold: if the GJ has any doubt about the matter, they can indict and let a judge and jury sort it out. Very skewed in the DA’s favor. Hence the cliched ham sandwich.
Regarding McCulloch, his police-officer father was killed in the line of duty by an African-American. Clear conflict of interest, and McCulloch should have recused himself. The fact that he did not, and the quite unusual way he is handling the GJ, leads me to question intent.
Two points: A minimally competent DA can get a GJ to indict a ham sandwich, so a non-indictment is McCulloch’s preferred outcome.
The FBI’s (First Bunch of Idiots) statement is prime facie evidence that domestic surveillance is less about crime-stopping, and more about keeping the peasants in line. You know, like the Stasi and the Államvédelmi Hatóság.
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