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  • PhilK commented on the blog post Lakeside Diner

    2012-07-31 04:35:28View | Delete

    I have to laugh at the “Capitalism in Crisis” schtick. Capitalism is booming like never before, and functioning exactly as it’s intended to function. Working people who have jobs will accept any kind of abuse just to hold onto those jobs, and the super-rich can buy anything in the country at fire-sale prices. They have it better than ever, with both major political parties serving their interests. Maybe the fairy-tale faith in ‘Compassionate Capitalism’ is in crisis, but real capitalism has nothing but blue skies on its horizon. Anyone pushing “Capitalism in Crisis” is a fool or a shill.

  • PhilK commented on the diary post “Liberals” Attacking Romney from the Right by normanb.

    2012-07-28 09:39:49View | Delete

    I’m only going to say this once. It’s not appropriate to discriminate against someone based on religion. (To do so is a tactic of the far-far-far-Right.)

    And I’m only going to say this once: Voting against someone is not “discriminating” against them. To say that it is trivializes real discrimination.

  • PhilK commented on the blog post Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed Bill Passes House Easily

    2012-07-26 07:37:08View | Delete

    Hoyer and Pelosi are the poster-children for the “scuttle the Democratic Party” wing of the Democratic Party. The fact that they’ve been elected to the leadership again and again is pretty much all you need to know about the stinking remains of the Democratic Party.

  • PhilK commented on the diary post Why We’re Screwed by letsgetitdone.

    2012-07-26 05:52:54View | Delete

    The guy’s sign in the picture implies that prior to a recent ‘hi-jacking’ the government was not run by criminals. When exactly was that? Indeed, that sign might as well say “I fell off the turnip truck this morning!” But I guess that’s understandable, since most of the US population is evidently still on the turnip truck. [...]

  • PhilK commented on the diary post ‘Dueling’ Nightmares – “100 Ways Mitt Romney Is Just Like Barack Obama” by metamars.

    2012-07-22 06:55:18View | Delete

    A picture is worth a thousand words:

  • PhilK commented on the blog post Europe Staggered by New Round of Debt Crisis

    2012-07-20 17:33:38View | Delete

    “the votes in Germany to approve the bailout of Spanish banks, which was reiterated by the Eurozone, effectively reversed the results of the EU Summit by making it explicit that the Spanish government would be on the hook for the bailout funds, rather than direct injections into the banks themselves.”

    Another Panzerfaustian bargain.

  • PhilK commented on the blog post Bid to Freeze Defense Budget Has Bipartisan Support

    2012-07-19 11:19:51View | Delete

    It takes bulldozers to push huge piles of taxpayer cash into the coffers of politically-connected military and aerospace contractors, while wounded servicemen and servicewomen are forced to pay for clean underwear and are then thrown out on the streets to panhandle.

    Is this a great country, or what?

  • PhilK commented on the blog post Study: Millions Could Face Hurdles Getting an ID to Vote

    2012-07-18 10:07:08View | Delete

    Having things like a birth certificate should be required

    Please. Why should a birth certificate be required? A lot of people never had them, and most married women have a different name on their B.C. than on their D.L. Should they have to bring in their marriage license(s), too?

    If you don’t have to show a birth certificate to pay income tax, why should you have to show a birth certificate to vote?

  • PhilK commented on the blog post Study: Millions Could Face Hurdles Getting an ID to Vote

    2012-07-18 09:37:45View | Delete

    I think this is a huge and serious problem, but the official line of the D party and D party stooges like Nate Silver is “Who cares?”

    There was a diary at a well-known D website the other day assuring everyone that the suppression we paranoids are raving about is really not a big deal at all – won’t cost D’s more than 1.5% of the vote, according to Silver. So we should all just shut up and let them worry about it. What could go wrong?

  • PhilK commented on the blog post Sunday Talking Heads: July 15, 2012

    2012-07-15 05:43:41View | Delete

    From “Where the Money Lives” in Vanity Fair:

    Ironically, it was Mitt’s father, George Romney, who released 12 years of tax returns, in November 1967, just ahead of his presidential campaign, thereby setting a precedent that nearly every presidential candidate since has either willingly or unwillingly been subject to. George, then the governor of Michigan, explained why he was releasing so many years’ worth, saying, “One year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show.”

    But his son declined to release any returns through one unsuccessful race for the U.S. Senate, in 1994, one successful run for Massachusetts governor, in 2002, and an aborted bid for the Republican Party presidential nomination, in 2008. Just before the Iowa caucus last December, Mitt told MSNBC, “I don’t intend to release the tax returns. I don’t,” but finally, on January 24, 2012—after intense goading by fellow Republican candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry—he released his 2010 tax return and an estimate for 2011.

    These, plus the mandatory financial disclosures filed with the Office of Government Ethics and released last August, raise many questions. A full 55 pages in his 2010 return are devoted to reporting his transactions with foreign entities. “What Romney does not get,” says Jack Blum, a veteran Washington lawyer and offshore expert, “is that this stuff is weird.”

    The media soon noticed Romney’s familiarity with foreign tax havens. A $3 million Swiss bank account appeared in the 2010 returns, then winked out of existence in 2011 after the trustee closed it, as if to remind us of George Romney’s warning that one or two tax returns can provide a misleading picture. Ed Kleinbard, a professor of tax law at the University of Southern California, says the Swiss account “has political but not tax-policy resonance,” since it—like many other Romney investments—constituted a bet against the U.S. dollar, an odd thing for a presidential candidate to do. The Obama campaign provided a helpful world map pointing to the tax havens Bermuda, Luxembourg, and the Cayman Islands, where Romney and his family have assets, each with the tagline “Value: not disclosed in tax returns.”

  • PhilK commented on the blog post New Obama campaign commercial is BRUTAL!

    2012-07-14 07:05:33View | Delete

    Yeah, “it’s about time” Democrats (and President Obama) learned to play hardball with Republicans. But when will they learn to play hardball with criminals on Wall Street and in the TBTF banks?

  • PhilK commented on the blog post Lakeside Diner

    2012-07-12 04:55:47View | Delete

    Re: the tiger story – it’s possible, I don’t know how, for people to think very crazy stuff about wild animals. Wildlife refuges are deluged with lions and tigers given by (or taken from) people who thought that these animals would be tame if raised from cubs, or could safely be kept in their basements as pets. I suspect teevee plays a big role in fostering these delusions.

  • PhilK commented on the blog post Romney and Obama Tied Nationally

    2012-07-10 10:18:24View | Delete

    Soon, we will be able to choose-
    Poison or gunshot.

    South Park: Giant douche vs. turd sandwich.

  • The Washington Generals are an American exhibition basketball team, best known for their spectacular losing streak in exhibition games against the Harlem Globetrotters…. The Generals provided deliberately ineffective opposition as a foil for the Globetrotters’ comedy routines. The Globetrotters’ acts often featured incredible coordination and skillful handling of one or more basketballs, such as passing or juggling balls between players, balancing or spinning balls on their fingertips, and making unusual, difficult shots. The Generals on the other hand would try to play a game of “serious” basketball in return….

    The Reds [previous name of the Generals] defeated the Globetrotters 100-99 on January 5, 1971 in Martin, Tennessee. It ended a 2,495-game winning streak.…Reds player Roy Kieval later said Globetrotters owner Abe Saperstein threatened his team over the event. As this was theater basketball, it is uncertain how much, if any, of the upset story was an angle created to promote Globetrotters games. Both teams claimed that all their exhibitions were real, competitive contests.

    Wikipedia: Washington Generals

  • PhilK commented on the blog post Lakeside Diner

    2012-07-09 04:48:14View | Delete

    Bill Press and his ilk have no idea what’s going on because they’re first-class passengers on a perpetual Nation Magazine cruise.

  • PhilK commented on the diary post Obama has caved so many times there are miners trapped inside him by Barefoot Accountant.

    2012-07-02 09:44:06View | Delete

    I agree with markfromireland. It’s not “caving” and he’s not a “coward”. He’s boldly doing what he always intended to do.

  • PhilK commented on the diary post Is Obamacare good because the right-wing opposes it? by Alan Maki.

    2012-06-30 07:12:21View | Delete

    “Health Insurance and Pharmaceutical Bailout and Profit Maximization Act of 2012″

    I’m gonna remember that! Recommended!

  • It’s become impossible for me to think that anything Pelosi does or says is done or said in good faith.

  • And the Administration won’t tell you that because, as ever, they are afraid of being seen as on the side of gun control, even though they’re being accused of that anyway.


  • PhilK commented on the blog post The Roundup for June 19, 2012

    2012-06-20 05:34:41View | Delete

    Is there anybody more pathetic than Joe Manchin?

    The harder he tries to distance himself from Obama, the more he makes it clear to everybody that he and Obama are exactly the same kind of chicken-shit opportunists.

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