• LibWingofLibWing commented on the blog post Most Americans Unaware How Rich 1% Are

    2014-09-30 01:45:05View | Delete

    More and more the rich own the wealth of this country. This article misses a salient point- it’s not the 1%. It’s the 1/10 of 1%. A very few own vast amounts of wealth and they also run things. The link at the end of the article is to a report on how the plutocrats run things in this country and our democracy is a sham.

    Yet many people, many of my friends, think our economic and cultural problems in this country are due to the poor and not due to the rich. They have been convinced the problem is unions, especially teacher unions, or other governmental employee unions demanding job protection and their pensions. They have been convinced the problem is workers wanting higher minimum wage. They gave been convinced the real problem in our country are the most marginalized of all, the very bottom of the food chain, our own untouchables, those below our caste system- undocumented immigrants.

    But that’s not true. The threat to the economic health of the 99% comes not from the bottom but from the top.

    There’s a meme out now on Facebook and other places about how much we’d save if we deported every undocumented immigrant. It claims we’d save half a trillion in governmental spending in schools and other state spending.

    I want to call crap on that. Our problem in this country is that we spend TOO MUCH on social services. It’s that we Spend WAY TOO LITTLE and it’s because we let the 1/10 of 1% hoard their wealth. Even worse, our government GIVES them subsidies, gives them bloated contracts to build bombs that don’t add to our infrastructure but destroy others across the seas, and gives their agro-corporations vast amounts to create cheap junk foods of High Fructose Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenized Soybean Oil and over processed white flour, so as a nation we are sick, diseased, obese (like me… over a year of eating healthy and still suffering from previous eating.) We are destroying our biosphere with burning fossil fuels and yet our government pays vast subsidies to the oil companies and engages in endless wars to secure oil and gas in the Middle East.

    Once upon a time there was a vibrant summer recreational program in the city parks of my town. My life partner worked there during summers and I often volunteered my time simply because I wanted to be there with her. But then new leadership came in and thought it would be wise to spend LESS. Or course with spending less the program didn’t do as good as a job. Their supposed wise response to that? Why it meant they deserved LESS money and they cut the program. It only took these Scrooges a few year to entirely kill a good social service and end the program.

    We will not solve our nations’ ills by reducing what we spend on education and social services by removing the undocumented. If the demagogues got their way on this, they’d turn around and have some new poor group to blame and some new argument that we spend too much on them and we need to find a way to get rid of them.

    I know my views are not mainstream on this. I know I stand against the tide on this. I know many, even friends of mine, see me as too extreme, too radical, too far to the left, as not “American” enough. I don’t like standing against the tide. But I do anyway.

  • Obviously this ceasefire, which Putin worked for over and over, is working. Why is it obvious? Because for the last week the media and mainstream ‘news’ webpages like HuffPo have totally forgotten the Ukraine exists. You see, they don’t want to report anything that might diminish the propaganda they’ve developed about how terrible Putin is and how he’s trying to take over the Ukraine. So they’ve had a blackout on the subject.

  • Obamaites now have created this mythology that Obama did NOT want to bomb Syria a year ago and wisely, using 11 Dimension Chess, acted like he did and put it to Congress so they’d vote against it. They also now advanced the idea that Obama welcomed Putin’s peacemaking actions and worked behind the scenes with him.

    That’s all a load of crap. Obama wanted to bomb but didn’t want to take the responsibility and expected Congress to go along. He was frustrated with Putin’s finesse for peace.

    So Putin has been demonized since then and this time Obama is willing to take the heat for his actions. He is not going to Congress because he knows he doesn’t need to. Congress is happy with this, they can support him verbally without voting and then condemn him if it all goes south. That way they please their MIC masters and yet can distance themselves for the voters if public opinion turns. Obama knows he won’t have an election to worry about over this since the mid-term will happen before things can blow back enough to tarnish him. Also, he doesn’t really want a Democratic majority, because they couldn’t then play kabuki theater acting like they actually support progressive ideas, like the recent proposed amendment, all the time knowing their fellow servants of the MIC will keep it from happening.

  • I wish the Enabling Act, I mean The Authorization for Use of Military Force, didn’t give the president the power to do this, but it was an open ended granting of power of the President to wage war against any ‘future terrorist threat’ to the USA. Oama gets to decide what is terrorism and what is a threat to the USA. It always was intended to be a way to transfer all war power to the President forever.

    We do not live in a Republic anymore (if we ever did.). Remember Augustus didn’t get rid of the Roman Senate, officially he ‘restored’ the Republic and resigned. That’s the date we consider the Empire really took over.

  • LibWingofLibWing commented on the blog post President Obama Gives Speech On ISIS 9/10/2014

    2014-09-10 19:39:24View | Delete

    “Who here is behind Obama going to war with ISIS? Please name a few names.”

    I wasn’t talking about commenters here. I was talking about the ‘liberals’ in Congress and on television and over at HuffPo.

    But I wouldn’t call the commenters here ‘liberals;’ I’d call us leftists, at least the people I respect and find insightful.

  • LibWingofLibWing commented on the blog post President Obama Gives Speech On ISIS 9/10/2014

    2014-09-10 18:06:53View | Delete

    I noticed something. Obama is going into Iraq with a ‘broad coalition’ and all the liberals are behind this. “Isn’t it great we’ve got a broad coalition?”

    Eleven and half years ago Bush did the same thing, again, a ‘coalition of the willing,’ but back then a lot of liberals (not all, some were liberal hawks even then) were all upset that it wasn’t a UN war.

    What happened to that concern? Why was that a problem 11.5 years ago and it isn’t now? It can’t be, can it, that it’s because one of their own party is in the White House now?

    There’s even an article on HuffPo today from a “Christian Pacifist” who reluctantly has decided we need in this case to jettison pacifism, basically because “I saw them kill someone on TV.”

  • The headline on the Huffington Post is INVASION.

    When I went to the article the headline on the actual page was, Russian President Says Russian Forces Have Been ‘Brought Into Ukraine’

    I read the article and it said nothing like that.

    I went back later and it had been changed to Ukraine’s President instead of Russian President. ::rolls eyes::

    But the damage is done. The Meme is out there now that Russia has admitted this, even though the article actually has Russia denying it.

  • LibWingofLibWing commented on the diary post Robots and Our Future, We Need to Talk by Elliott.

    2014-08-16 22:12:23View | Delete

    We are fast moving towards a world where the capitalistic system will not work. Any economic system has three aspects to it. 1) What wealth is and how it is produced. 2) Who owns the wealth and how they get it. 3) How the rest of the population gets to stay alive and content enough [...]

  • I am a Liberal Christian; I try to take seriously what my sovereign is reported to have commanded in the scriptures. So in light of Luke 6:27-28~

    Bless Barack Obama. May good things happen to this man in his life. May the road rise up to meet him and may the wind always be at his back. May he be happy, have sweet dreams and know love, joy and delight in his family life. May he live a long and healthy life.

    Sometimes it is not easy doing what my sovereign is reported to have commanded.

  • He was a lying sack of something when he made that statement in ’71, not because the statement wasn’t good, but because it wasn’t anything near his real values, but a ploy to catapult himself into the limelight as the “leader” of something, in this case Vietnam Vets Against the War. As soon as he got entrenched inside the Beltway he jettisoned any “against the war” sentiment to pursue a full force support the Imperial State agenda.

    I am ashamed of myself that I was fooled by the LOTE argument in ’04 and voted for the sack of something.

  • LibWingofLibWing commented on the diary post 53 Palestinians, 0 Israelis Die in Air and Missile Strikes … by fairleft.

    2014-07-09 22:49:48View | Delete

    “Re Palestine, I don’t think they want a little piece, iirc the Hamas charter still explicitly calls for the total annihilation of Israel, or did the last time I read it a couple of years ago.” I support the end of Israel too. The problem is that too many people act like holding that point [...]

  • LibWingofLibWing commented on the diary post In Search of a Good War by David Swanson.

    2014-05-05 22:59:24View | Delete

    The fact that the American public doesn’t want war is irrelevant to those who do want war, the elite who want control of resources. This article claims war does nothing good for the aggressors, which is true if you mean the people of the nation that is the aggressor. But war isn’t intended to profit [...]

  • Yes. That was one of the points the pro-legalization folk made. That, like the draconian DUI laws, make it so the long lasting continuance of THC make recreational users subject to anti-weed penalties long after usage.

  • I live in Washington State.

    There are lots of problems with out law.

    1) It gives counties and cities too much regulation power so a conservative county can basically make it too difficult for growers.

    2) We have a DUI law that uses blood levels, which is totally irrelevant as far as impairment is concerned. Basically, since levels remain high for a long time, anyone who ever uses somewhat regularly will always fail a blood test even if they haven’t used for days. Reform now means not using blood tests to prove impairment but actual behavior that indicates it.

    3) To open a shop that sales it you have to apply for a license and there are so many available so they take the applications and then whittle them down. That would be okay EXCEPT the application has a very high fee AND you have to already have your place of business set up but it can’t be adding on to another business. So you can’t have a little shop that sells pipes and bongs, which already was legal, and then seek to sell weed or have a shop that sells gourmet tobacco and apply to sell weed. You got to invest in a new business, get a new shop space and then shell out hordes of money all with a very small chance you’ll win the lottery.

    4) You can’t use in public. It’s legal to own and use, but if you’re on an empty beach with some friends and you light up you are breaking the law.

    5) You can’t grow your own. Yes, This is a biggie as Jon points out. But home growers are doing it anyway, just like they did before it was legal.

    (By the way, I’m not a user, just an advocate.)

  • LibWingofLibWing commented on the blog post Late Night: Crappy Anniversary

    2014-03-21 00:25:32View | Delete

    I remember that the polls said 20 percent of the USA opposed the war. I remember arguing in a blog that was a very high number at the beginning of a war that supposedly was so popular. I remember saying that I doubted 20 percent opposed Vietnam when the Gulf of Tonkin resolution happened or the Korean War or WW2 or WW1 started. I remember saying that if 20 percent opposed it before it even started how long will it take before the majority of the USA is against it.

    But the Bill Kristols still get their pundit pulpits and I and the other 20 percent get to post comments in a few blogs.

  • It was never about pleasing the GOP; it always was about what Obama and his people wanted.

  • Is there a strike? If so then Ed can bluster all he wants about supporting the union, but if he keeps working for MSNBC instead of going on strike, then he’s just hot air.

  • My friend is fatigued, but she won’t give in and take a pea; she sees her day in court as part of the action.

  • What is going on with legal issues for those arrested for involvment in Occupy? Our Occupy movement here in Bellingham, Washington had an action to occupy the railroad tracks to protest building a coal terminal here at Cherry Point to ship coal from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming to China, which would have meant a steady stream of coal trains through out little city. One of my friends was arrested two years ago now for this action and she is still waiting for her court date.

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