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  • rangoon78 commented on the diary post HillBilly on the Same Page as Prohibitionist-in-Chief by patrick devlin.

    2014-06-30 19:13:47View | Delete

    HillBilly! Dang, haven’t heard that one since those two killed Vince Foster. I’ve been away from fdl for a while. Is this now a retro-right blog? Cool.

  • rangoon78 commented on the blog post Voting For Neoliberal Democrats As The Lesser Of Two Evils

    2014-03-31 06:37:22View | Delete

    Democrats:The Pequod’s fuckwads:

    We Americans are like the hapless crew of the Pequod that was steered by crazed Captain Ahab into disaster.

    And doubly damned are Liberals, so blinded by tribalism that they adhere to the Democrats who are nothing more than co-captains of the Pequod.

    “If I had been downright honest with myself,” Ishmael admits, “I would have seen very plainly in my heart that I did but half fancy being committed this way to so long a voyage, without once laying my eyes on the man who was to be the absolute dictator of it, so soon as the ship sailed out upon the open sea. But when a man suspects any wrong, it sometimes happens that if he be already involved in the matter, he insensibly strives to cover up his suspicions even from himself. And much this way it was with me. I said nothing, and tried to think nothing.”

  • rangoon78 commented on the blog post LIVEBLOG: FTC Press Conference Announcing Google Settlement

    2013-01-03 11:02:44View | Delete

    Politico article 11-10-08: “Obama-Google connection scares competitors”

    Maybe they were right to be scared.

  • rangoon78 commented on the blog post Dumb Sh*t Eric Schmidt Says

    2012-12-17 14:39:33View | Delete

    Actually Jane, Microsoft skated:
    With Bush, government proves loyal Microsoft ally – The New York Times
    “Microsoft was saved from being split in half by a federal appeals court decision handed down early in the Bush administration. The ruling, in 2001, found that the company had repeatedly abused its monopoly power in the software business, but it reversed a lower court order sought by the Clinton administration to split up the company.”

  • rangoon78 commented on the diary post What the Tea Party billionaires are really afraid of by David Seaton.

    2012-12-09 16:59:45View | Delete

    David thank you. I have never blogged; would love to but don’t know how. Fee free to use it in its entirety – word needs to get out.

  • rangoon78 commented on the diary post What the Tea Party billionaires are really afraid of by David Seaton.

    2012-12-09 11:29:24View | Delete

    Koch Succor: The Koch brothers contribute a large amount of money to conservative, libertarian, and free-market individuals and organizations.They have given more than $196 million to dozens of free-market and advocacy organizations. Tax records indicate that, in 2008, the three main Koch family foundations contributed to 34 political and policy organizations, three of which they [...]

  • rangoon78 commented on the blog post Obama Campaign Reluctant to Give Up Database

    2012-12-05 17:06:21View | Delete

    .’..the demolition of Democratic infrastructure in favor of Obama’s internal networks.’

    Not shocking:

    Obama moves DNC operations to Chicago -politico

    June 12, 2008

    …the power will clearly be shifting to a centralized Chicago hub.

    The DNC’s key role in coordinating political operations with state parties is expected to largely be taken over and overseen by Obama’s senior staff in Chicago, state party officials said.


    Dems’ coordinated campaign largely disbanded, replaced by Obama staff | Iowa Independent

    July 3, 2008

    By mid-June the Obama campaign had deployed its own staff to Iowa to lead its general election campaign here, a move that is typical for a presidential nominee. But Obama’s campaign began to assign organizers to parts of the state where the coordinated campaign already had a presence, and insiders began to wonder why. In the past week and a half, the answer to that question has been slowly revealed.

    Obama’s campaign demanded that its own staff replace existing staff in places where there was overlap and cast aside several opportunities to cooperate with down-ticket candidates between now and November, another source familiar with the negotiations said. Essentially, the state coordinated campaign was disbanded and replaced by the Obama campaign organization.


  • Weak not week.

  • Who outsourced more jobs? Romney, or Jeff Immelt, Obama’s jobs czar and CEO of GE? – Yahoo! Answers

    I don’t have the answer but: David, the Romneyism/Bainism sobriquet is unworthy of you INMHO. The Obama committment to labo,r I think you’ll agree, is week as water. So why go there?

  • rangoon78 commented on the blog post The Roundup for November 15, 2012

    2012-11-16 06:27:22View | Delete

    “President-elect Obama was unable to say a word [about Operation Cast Lead in Gaza], apart from reiterating his heartfelt sympathy for children under attack — in the Israeli town Sderot. The carefully planned assault was brought to an end right before his inauguration, so that he could then say that now is the time to look forward, not backward, the standard refuge of criminals.” -Noam Chomsky

    (Amnesty International) Israeli forces killed hundreds of unarmed Palestinian civilians and destroyed thousands of homes in Gaza in attacks which breached the laws of war, Amnesty International concluded in a new report published on Thursday. Operation ‘Cast Lead’: 22 days of death and destruction,

    Gaza Again: What Will Obama Do (If Anything)? –

    None of the White House reporters asked about the situation during President Obama’s first post-election press conference.… Almost exactly four years ago, questions about Gaza were on everyone’s mind as Israel’s last major offensive in Gaza—known as Operation Cast Lead—raged in the Strip. At that time, Obama was only the president-elect, and asked about the growing war in late 2008, his senior adviser deferred to the lame duck Bush administration: “There’s only one president who can speak for America at a time.” Today that president is Obama himself…

    For those who would know more of the background of these ongoing crimes, watch this exposé by Norman Finklestein:
    Norman Finkelstein Speaking on Operation ‘Cast Lead’ 1/4
    Israel/Gaza: Operation “Cast Lead”: 22 days of death and destruction | Amnesty International


  • rangoon78 commented on the blog post The Chicago Teachers Union Fight Is a National Fight

    2012-09-10 20:24:26View | Delete

    Why The Chicago Teachers Union Deserves Support « Diane Ravitch’s blog


    Chicago public school parent addresses issues behind the strike


  • rangoon78 commented on the blog post The Republican Economy, and the Democratic Reticence

    2012-06-04 07:29:24View | Delete

    Feet of clay

    My usta be hero on Sunday talking heads-

    KRUGMAN:. The bitter irony here has to be for Obama, certainly for people like me, is that if the Republican answer is “let’s slash spending, let’s have low taxes,” that’s actually the policy we’ve been following.  Yeah, this is real government spending, so it’s federal, state and local combined, deflated, you know, adjusted for population growth and inflation, and it is plunging. It’s plunging mostly because of cutbacks at the state and local level, 

    Then of course he goes on to blame the republicans which is his job as the Democrats premiere  celebrity apparatchik*  


    But reality intrudes:

    Under Obama, a Record Decline in Government Jobs
    New York Times
    January 6, 2012:
    When Barack Obama ran for president four years ago, he appalled some Democrats by saying Ronald Reagan had been a transformational president. 

    Three years into his presidency, he has exceeded Reagan in one area: reductions in government jobs.

    Particularly devastating has been President Obama’s unwillingness to recognize the importance of public employment in sustaining the economic recovery, in providing a lifeline to a fast-sinking African-American population, and in providing a crucial bulwark against Corporate America’s efforts to drive down wages for all workers. 

    The failure of Obama and other top Democrats to defend public spending and the public sector—along with their incessant repetition of other key pieces of conservative economic dogma—has allowed Republicans to divert America’s attention away from its most pressing problem: the prolonged, agonizing jobs crisis.

    *Krugman (inadvertently) on Krugman. 
    May 17, 2011, 9:42 AM
    “…they’re supposed to serve the movement, not point out inconvenient facts.” http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/17/apparatchiks-2/

  • rangoon78 commented on the blog post Lakeside Diner

    2012-05-30 08:47:09View | Delete

    Thank you for the quote. I had never heard of the many own simply as Dom Hélder;
    I am holding out for a world where the views expressed by this man will finally take hold in the seats of power. 

    “I had a dream of a justice bank. Without justice and love, peace will always be the great illusion.”

    -Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara 

    During the Second Vatican Council in 1963 Dom Hélder suggested to his fellow bishops they should abandon titles of nobility like eminence and excellency and to exchange their valuable crosses for bronze or wood ones. As archbishop he used to receive phone threats and shots were fired against his house.

    “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist.” Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara, Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, also known as the ‘Bishop of 


    “I believe that an economic system, whatever its name (because today there are capitalisms, it’s important to stress the plural), whose main concern and sometimes exclusive concern is profit, is also an intrinsically materialistic, inhuman system.”

    Social Justice

    “People ask me why and when I started to get interested in social justice. I could answer that this is a duty of every priest. But I cannot forget that I personally knew hunger and misery. That I saw my mother crying and my father silent with bitterness when there was nothing to eat, when there was no bread to divide among the children.”

    His advocacy of land reform and human rights in the impoverished northeastern Brazil archdiocese he led from 1964 to 1985 earned him death threats and the lasting enmity of the military government then in power.

    Diminutive (he was 5″2′) and gaunt, Hélder Câmara was big enough to face the powerful and condemn the atrocities they committed in the name of national security. An admirer of Fidel Castro, he used to attack capitalism and the United States. An inspirer of Liberation Theology he didn’t want to be linked to any ideology however. Contrary to the Liberation Theology, which condemns the giving of alms, he used to give to the poor. Talking about his dilemma with the military he declared in 1964: “If I give food to the poor they call me a saint. If I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”

    The so-called “Liberation Theology” movement, which took root throughout Latin America in the 1960s and 1970s, focused on helping the poor and oppressed, even if that meant confronting political powers. In the 1980s, it was blasted as a “fundamental threat” to the church by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who  wrote the first Vatican document formally denouncing it and prohibited some of its leading proponents from speaking publicly.


    Brazilian Archbishop João Bráz de Aviz, 64, appointed in January 2011 as the new prefect of the 
    Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life

    Bráz, whose early years as a seminarian and priest coincided with the rise of Liberation Theology in Latin America, offers a largely positive evaluation of that movement, and expresses admiration for heroes of progressive Catholicism such as Archbishops Oscar Romero of El Salvador and Hélder Câmara of Brazil. He also discusses the ongoing visitation of women religious in the United States, as well as the Legionaries of Christ.

    I believe that in terms of living a holy life, Romero is a great example. He was a bishop who, with the episcopacy, received in a very clear way the grace of being a pastor of his people in a situation marked by terrible violence. The same thing happened in Brazil with Dom Hélder Câmara. When we heard him speak during the military regime, he made us tremble with emotion. He was a person who enchanted us, a man of prayer. I think there are many such people who, slowly, with time, we understand better. We can see that their whole life was impregnated [by prayer], because they would not have offered their lives as they did. Câmara always lived aware of the possibility that he might be killed. They didn’t kill him only out of fear for how the people would have reacted. Instead, they sent pretty clear warnings: Instead of the bishops, they killed the secretaries of the bishops, as happened with the secretary of Dom Hélder.


  • rangoon78 commented on the blog post Booker’s Wall Street Fundraising Past – and Obama’s

    2012-05-22 08:30:34View | Delete

    Booker is a creation of the hard right now a leader in school privatization.

    “Glen Ford, a journalist from Jersey City who is the co-publisher of a Web site called Black Commentator, says Mr. Booker is allied with conservatives seeking to dismantle public education, destroy affirmative action and gain an urban foothold for their views. He points to a speech Mr. Booker gave to the conservative Manhattan Institute two years ago and a recent column by the conservative writer George F. Will that ridiculed Mr. James and lionized Mr. Booker. “He’s totally cynical, careerist and mercenary,” Mr. Ford said. “They’re backing him so they can claim a black elected official from a black city.”
    No matter what happens in Newark on May 14—a Booker victory or a close loss—heavily Black cities across the nation should expect an assault for which they are ill prepared.  Ultra-conservatives have made an historic decision to invest all the money it takes to plant their flag in our midst.  Using these unfortunate cities, they plan to create the appearance of an alternative Black politics of the Right.  Booker’s showing so far has already given them all the encouragement they need. 
    From the 2002 article: Newark: The First Domino? The Hard Right Tests Its National Black Strategy | Black Agenda Report

  • rangoon78 commented on the blog post ALEC Retreats on Non-Economic Legislation

    2012-04-17 13:35:44View | Delete

    ALEC’s retreat from “non- economic issues is a win for Bill Gates and the Common Core standards he is pushing.
    Common Core, is funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    I The American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) education task force just last week called for the demise of the standards:

    A package of model legislation opposing the common standards gained ground yesterday at the American Legislative Exchange Council.

    The organization’s education task force approved the package, we learned from a couple of folks who attended those sessions of ALEC’s meeting this week in Scottsdale, Ariz. 

    On the heels of this announcement, did Mr. Gates say to ALEC….”not so fast”?  Bill Gates is not only buying the Department of Education, it seems he is attempting to buy out ALEC as well.  A grant was given to ALEC by Gates for educational reform in November 2011.  From the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation website:

    The war against the Common Core:

  • rangoon78 commented on the blog post Savers Screwed to Save Rich People

    2012-03-18 09:55:09View | Delete

    How Goldman Sachs’ Bet on Obama Paid Off

    A Brief History Of Goldman Sachs, The Most Hated Bank In The World -

    Public hatred of Goldman, fuelled by modern mass media, has intensified, but it would be naive to believe the banks’ character has fundamentally changed. Although there was nothing on the same scale as its nefarious role in the 2007 Financial Crisis, Goldman has been involved in controversy ever since it was founded by the German-born Jew Marcus Goldman in 1869. In 1929 for example, Goldman sponsored a pyramid scheme disguised as a mutual fund, which collapsed causing 42,000 investors to lose $300 million.

    Then, in 1970, came the Penn Central catastrophe in which a default on short-term paper marketed by Goldman produced damage claims exceeding the bank’s net worth. In the late 1980s, Goldman’s head of risk arbitrage, Robert Freeman, was sent to jail for insider trading. And during the same period, Goldman was implicated in an illegal scheme to prop up insolvent businesses operated by the corrupt Czech-born newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell.

    “The reality is that the firm has been in and out of trouble throughout its whole existence and has constantly been pushing the edge of the envelope,” said William D. Cohan, a former investment banker and the author of Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule The World.

    The Difference? Now the have Obama:

    7/16/10: Obama’s SEC gives Golden Sacks a “Get out of jail free” card on fraud:
    Goldman Sachs was fined $550 Million for duping customers. We do not need to recap the charges in detail. Goldman helped hedge fund manager John Paulson pick toxic waste sure to go bad for collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) that Goldman would sell to its own patsy clients. Goldman and Paulson then bet against the clients. Since Paulson had picked “assets” guaranteed to go bad, it was a sure bet that Paulson and Goldman would win and that Goldman’s clients would lose. Oh, and by the way, although Goldman let Paulson meet the patsies, Goldman never told the patsies that Paulson arranged the deals and would win when they failed. Business as usual on Wall Street. In the SEC’s settlement, Goldman agreed that this was “incomplete information”—ie the patsies might have liked to know that Goldman and Paulson worked together to ensure the bets were rigged and the patsies would lose. Duh. For Goldman it was a tiny slap on the wrist—it still controls the Obama administration, with its moles, Timmy Geithner and Larry Summers still in charge of fiscal policy, thus prepared to funnel whatever money is necessary to prop up their firm—and the fine amounts to just 14 days of Goldman’s earnings. Time to celebrate—which Goldman did, as its stock rallied on the news that it had been found to have screwed its customers. Is there a better reason to party?

    And now, in a story that got pretty much lost amid all the other breaking news in late August, Goldman honcho Lloyd Blankfein just hired a new lawyer to help him through the ongoing Department of Justice investigations of possible wrongdoing. According to the New York Times , that lawyer, Reid Weingarten, was once a Justice Department employee, where he worked “with another young prosecutor, Eric H. Holder. Mr. Holder, now the attorney general of the United States, remains one of Mr. Weingarten’s closest friends.”

    Nice move.

    Oh, and it was recently revealed that the Securities and Exchange Commission has been shredding documents related to past investigations, making it vastly harder for present or future investigators to connect the dots between past and present misconduct.

    And the chance for justice against Goldman? Not much, but this case should prove educational at least:

    Criminal Indictment of Former Goldman Sachs Director Rajat Gupta Alleges “Scheme to Defraud”; Other Current and Former Goldman Sachs Employees Under Investigation, Including Henry King and “Mr. X”

    SAN FRANCISCO, Mar 16, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The founders of Marvell Technology Group, Sehat Sutardja and Weili Dai, filed a claim in the San Francisco office of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against Goldman Sachs and two account executives, alleging Goldman Sachs manipulated the 2008 financial crisis to defraud the two Silicon Valley executives of several hundreds of millions of dollars. At that time, Mr. Sutardja and Ms. Dai were one of Goldman’s largest Private Wealth Management group clients on the West Coast.





  • rangoon78 commented on the diary post Banana Republic Legacy Thrives in Today’s Latin America by Michelle Chen.

    2012-02-19 13:09:11View | Delete

    Some background: An excerpt from an excellent investigative report by the Interhemispheric Resource Center: Banana Pickers Fight to Survive In the 1990s the U.S.-owned Del Monte Fresh Fruit and Produce and its Guatemalan Subsidiary, BANDEGUA, began restructuring their banana production operations. Instead of directly controlling production, as it had for the past 50 years, they [...]

  • rangoon78 commented on the blog post The Remarkable Public Sector Depression

    2012-01-09 10:15:09View | Delete

    Agencies in county brace for big cuts | Watch Sonoma County
    “These are deep cuts on top of the cuts we’ve already been making in the last couple of years,” Efren Carrillo, chairman of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, said of local government programs.


    This year, the lay-off roll, at the school district where my wife and I work, will be read in March. If we’re among the lucky “retained” workers, next year (after five years with virtually no raises) we will receive a 5% pay cut . Things could have been different…

    Under Obama, a Record Decline in Government Jobs
    New York Times
    January 6, 2012:
    When Barack Obama ran for president four years ago, he appalled some Democrats by saying Ronald Reagan had been a transformational president. 

    Three years into his presidency, he has exceeded Reagan in one area: reductions in government jobs.

    Particularly devastating has been President Obama’s unwillingness to recognize the importance of public employment in sustaining the economic recovery, in providing a lifeline to a fast-sinking African-American population, and in providing a crucial bulwark against Corporate America’s efforts to drive down wages for all workers. 

    The failure of Obama and other top Democrats to defend public spending and the public sector—along with their incessant repetition of other key pieces of conservative economic dogma—has allowed Republicans to divert America’s attention away from its most pressing problem: the prolonged, agonizing jobs crisis

  • Attempted snark.

  • “The …corrupt ILWU leadership” dang, I didn’t realize that this was the case. Those poor union members! Thank Goddess for folks with clarity and courage coming to their rescue.

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