• joe shikspack commented on the diary post Freedom, Money & Control by joe shikspack.

    2014-07-21 10:09:12View | Delete

    heh, perhaps if the us was so concerned about iraqis getting wmd, we shouldn’t have provided saddam with wmd in the first place.

  • joe shikspack wrote a new diary post: Freedom, Money & Control

    2014-07-21 05:00:55View | Delete

    Money is violence Our system of money visits violence on people. Economic sanctions are an obvious example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4PgpbQfxgo In case you’re not video enabled, here’s a transcript of a portion of the conversation between 60 Minutes’ Leslie Stahl and Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright on May 12, 1996:

    Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Obama Signs Law To Get Money Out Of Politics!!! by joe shikspack.

    2014-04-04 14:15:19View | Delete

    you mean the, “pfizer viagra, up all night” convention? given bob dole’s relationship with the little blue pill maker, i was thinking it ought to be something more in line with democratic party interests, like…

    “the booz allen hamilton, watch our convention while we watch you!”

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Obama Signs Law To Get Money Out Of Politics!!! by joe shikspack.

    2014-04-04 13:51:30View | Delete

    i think that because of the way the payout is structured, that complaint won’t fly in court. from: Presidential Public Financing System Needs Strengthening, Not Dismantling

    The legislation also falsely purports to divert the $36 million now available every four years for conventions to support research into childhood diseases, Rapoport said. In fact, that money would be [...]

  • joe shikspack wrote a new diary post: Obama Signs Law To Get Money Out Of Politics!!!

    2014-04-04 12:47:14View | Delete

    Thumbnail President Barack Obama signs the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act Mirable Dictu! President Barack Obama has joined hands with Republican Eric Cantor to get money out of politics! Even cooler, they’ve agreed to give the money to support research for illnesses that hurt children. What could possibly be wrong with that? Um… remember that [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Obama Administration Abuses National Security, Secrecy Powers by joe shikspack.

    2014-02-14 14:17:02View | Delete

    thanks! it is a sad story, but instructive. we really need to claw back some of the powers of the powers that be. a casual perusal of american history shows that from the get-go (alien and sedition acts, for example) extraordinary powers in the hands of the executive branch tend to be misused with terrible [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Obama Administration Abuses National Security, Secrecy Powers by joe shikspack.

    2014-02-13 12:09:45View | Delete

    the obama administration has attempted to create a whole new definition for due process which substitutes a ritual conducted by administration lackeys with baseball cards for the fifth amendment guarantee.

    i intend to post this at orange state tomorrow.

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Obama Administration Abuses National Security, Secrecy Powers by joe shikspack.

    2014-02-13 11:18:06View | Delete

    given what they’ll do to cover up a petty error, one can only imagine the despicable things that the obama administration might do to cover up, say, murdering a 16 year old american kid in cold blood because they disapproved of his “choice” of parents.

  • ThumbnailWould the US Government executive branch abuse its state secrets privilege, abuse the classification of documents, and use its ability to prevent a foreign national’s entry to the US to bar her access to the court system? Would it spend millions of taxpayer dollars on lawyers improperly? The answer is unequivocally yes. Would top Obama administration [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Obama and Dreams From America’s Founders by joe shikspack.

    2014-01-31 09:41:00View | Delete

    makes you wonder if americans haven’t worked hard enough over the past couple of hundred years to earn a respite from mindless drudgery to pursue something more interesting.

  • joe shikspack wrote a new diary post: Obama and Dreams From America’s Founders

    2014-01-31 07:02:26View | Delete

    Here is a study in juxtaposition for your consideration:

    “The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that our sons may [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Glenn Hubbard – Corporate Whore for Corporate Welfare Queens by joe shikspack.

    2014-01-10 13:41:23View | Delete

    i’ve been completely underwhelmed by democrats commitment to labor for quite a few years now. it is long past time for both electoral reform and for the development of 3rd (or more) parties. i was very gratified by the election of independent labor candidates to a city council in ohio and the seattle election of a socialist , [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Glenn Hubbard – Corporate Whore for Corporate Welfare Queens by joe shikspack.

    2014-01-10 10:39:06View | Delete

    what really pissed me off about the boeing contract whipsaw tactics was that democratic politicians backed boeing and asked workers to vote for the lousy contract.

    it must be nice for boeing’s owners to have the democrats working for them.

  • ThumbnailI should know better than to pay attention to the evening news on teevee. It just ticks me off. Not because I can’t handle the news, but because of the way that it’s slanted. The 1% wants to keep us working for pennies while social services subsidize their greed. The other night I was watching the [...]

  • joe shikspack wrote a new diary post: Hot Rails To Hell, Pipelines To Perdition

    2013-12-17 06:47:41View | Delete

    ThumbnailDo you live near a railroad line? How about a pipeline? You might want to check into your proximity to those things. Because America is the new Saudi Arabia , soon to be the world’s number one oil producer, the infrastructure that used to carry our energy products around is straining to meet the demand created by the [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Stoning vs. Droning by joe shikspack.

    2013-12-13 20:33:23View | Delete

    Especially given your stated doubts about the efficacy of online petitions, why do you say that it a good idea to sign this one?

    a few reasons, 1) very few real people (non-lobbyists and donor class) bother to pester their representatives to do something. when real people break their pattern of lethargy and demand that the [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Stoning vs. Droning by joe shikspack.

    2013-12-13 10:19:15View | Delete

    yes, even neocons are appalled by violence against women when it occurs in one of the countries on their “smite” list. then it’s time to warm up the rhetorical cannons in order to launch the troops so we can get all humanitarian on their barbaric women-hating asses.

  • joe shikspack wrote a new diary post: Stoning vs. Droning

    2013-12-13 06:58:38View | Delete

    ThumbnailThe other day a friend on Facebook sent me a link to a petition. These days, I seem to receive invitations to sign petitions all of the time. Sometimes I wonder if they really do any good and if the people who are the targets of influence in the petitions pay any attention at all to [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Grand Bargain Circus – Blue Clowns in Bondage by joe shikspack.

    2013-10-21 13:28:02View | Delete

    i saw the start of it in occupy. while occupy is not dead, it is no longer a visible focal point for large-scale activism. frankly, i’m not sure how exactly these ideas go viral, though in the case of occupy, there was a catalyzing event and a response. perhaps we just need to wait for [...]

  • joe shikspack commented on the diary post Grand Bargain Circus – Blue Clowns in Bondage by joe shikspack.

    2013-10-21 11:37:09View | Delete

    Yep. Sadly, Durbin T. Blueclown has a schoolboy crush on one of Peterson T. Hedgehog’s honeypots, Maya MacGranny-Starver. He’ll try any fool trick to acquire her attentions, even hold a conference on the budget and pitifully call out to her for the approval and attention he craves.

    It’s impossible for us to get the meaningful deficit reduction [...]

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