TheOracle commented on the diary post The ‘War on Christmas’ and Other Ridiculous Holiday Traditions by Nat Parry.
To one and all, may you have a very merry happy Christmas holidays. There, that should take care of it, and it kind of rolls off the tongue, too. As far as what Jesus would have to say about all of this, I believe his words in “A Course in Miracles” pretty much says it [...]
TheOracle commented on the diary post Is Pope Francis a Socialist? Sure Looks That Way Here. How Refreshing! by Ohio Barbarian.
Pope Francis sounds more like a pragmatist than a socialist. Or maybe it’s just that there’s some pragmatism in socialism? Or maybe Pope Francis is a student of history or something? Because unbridled capitalism leads to unbridled greed which leads to an unbridled “ruling class” which writes the laws (which rigs the markets) that make [...]
Diebold? Computerized voting machines? Undetectable malware? Capable of changing vote counts, no one the wiser? Malware capable of altering vote counts just enough so that in close elections the “preferred” candidate (preferred by the malware implanter) has a better chance of winning the election?
TheOracle commented on the blog post Report: Governors Engaging In Crony Capitalism Disguised As Economic Development
Or “In Profits We Trust” should be printed on U.S. bills.
“Grand Theft America.” “Grand Theft Michigan.” “Grand Theft Texas.” I wish it was the name of a video game, but this has become business as usual under Republicans in general (although some Democrats are “playing,” too).
But how does this fit in with “In Profits We Trust” and why is “God” and “Profits” is interchangeable for so many? Among most religious folks, if they’re doing well financially, then there is the underlying belief that they must be doing something right, thus their deity is rewarding them with wealth, while the poor and impoverished are doing something wrong and therefore the “deity” is punishing them. To the religious folks, this is all according to “God’s will,” they’re wealthy, they’re therefore righteous, while those less wealthy and even poverty-stricken are less righteous, and obviously (to these religious folks) deserving punishment, no help, no government assistance, because in the minds of these religious folks, that would be rewarding “evil,” rewarding the unrighteous. Does this make sense? Does this help explain the psychology of today’s Republican Party and its animosity toward any taxpayer-funded government programs (federal, state, or whatever) that might give less wealthy and impoverished Americans a helping hand, a lift up, an opportunity to better their lives and those of their families? IOW (and whether they’re even aware of it or not), these religious folks (politicians or they’re wealthy financial backers, no matter what religion) believe that they’ve been “blessed” with great wealth by their “deity,” while everyone else (especially the poor in America) is being “cursed” with poverty by their “deity.” So, trying to convince any of these religious folks to redistribute some of their wealth downward to help out struggling Americans and their families is, to these religious folks, a betrayal of their “deity,” which is really Almighty Profits, Profits and more Profits.
Great Spooktacular from the Onion. So many puns, so little time.
Besides some members of the Saudi royal family helping fellow Saudi citizen Osama bin Laden with funding for his terrorist network, reportedly some major Saudi charities also helped bin Laden, using their charity network to funnel money to him and his cutthroat right-wing religious fundamentalist gang. Furthermore, we know of several Saudi nationals who set-up safe houses for the terrorists here in the United States before the attacks on 9/11/2001, one in Sarasota FL, another in San Diego CA, but were there more safe houses elsewhere in the U.S., ones set-up by Saudi nationals getting money from some Saudi royals or from Wahibbist-run Saudi charities? Maybe this unreleased, still-classified section of the 9/11 Commission Report would expose just how deeply the Saudi government and wild-eyed Wahibbists really were involved in facilitating the 9/11 attacks…and would show just how crazy invading Iraq was based on all the false claims of Iraq and Saddam Hussein having conspired with al Qaeda…it was the Saudis!!!
As far as Prince Bandar, the good buddy of former president GW Bush and the Bush family: 1) Was he the driving force behind Bush, hours after the 9/11 attacks, having Saudi nationals ferried around inside the U.S. to staging areas from which they were whisked out of the country, even as a general no-fly order was in effect for all other aircraft?, 2) Did Prince Bandar act as a go-between, after the 9/11 attacks, between Osama bin Laden, the Saudi royal family and the Bush administration over removing the U.S. military presence on Saudi soil, something that Osama bin Laden had demanded or else he’d keep attacking American interests overseas, and even attack inside the U.S. again, if these U.S. forces weren’t immediately removed from so-called sacred Saudi soil? The Bush administration quietly complied with Osama bin Laden’s demand within several months after the 9/11 attacks, 3) What input did Prince Bandar have with the Bush administration’s goal of seizing control, first, of Iraq’s oil resources, and second, of Iran’s major oil producing province that abuts the Iraqi border east of Basra Iraq, an Iranian province with oil terminals on the Persian Gulf, a province that produces 90 percent of Iran’s oil revenue (IOW, take out just this one Iranian province and one would control Iran) Taking out Iraq and then Iran sounds like something some Saudis dream about, and with help from the Saudi-friendly Bush administration, this would mean that Saudi Arabia would have effectively controlled a huge amount of Middle East oil, cornering the Persian Gulf market, in a sense.
And now Prince Bandar appears to be upset that President Obama’s administration isn’t a lap dog like the previous Bush administration obviously was, a Republican administration that groveled at the feet of the Saudi royals, like Prince Bandra, doing whatever the Saudis wanted, like the Bush administration turning a blind eye to all the warning signs of a Saudi-financed, al Qaeda-executed terrorist attack inside the U.S. on 9/11, and launching a war against Iraq in March 2003, and Bush administrations Republicans pushing for starting hostilities against Iran for so many years (only deciding against expanding the Iraq war into Iran after things went so horribly wrong in Iraq, bogging our forces down for years), with Bush apparently telling Cheney, Feith and other nutty extremist neo-con Republicans no.
Excellent analysis. In reference to your “changing of the guard” between June ’08 and January ’09, though, I’d have to say that the major contributing factor to the precipitous drop in commodity prices during this time frame was the collapse of the housing bubble, a drop by half of the stock market index, indicative of [...]
TheOracle commented on the blog post Bill Black, Carmen Segarra, and the Regulatory Failure That Is the Federal Reserve Bank of New York
The Fed looks like any number of captured federal regulatory agencies, captured in the sense that their only purpose is to do the bidding of the wealthiest 1 percenters, individuals and corporations, who only want our government to be for their benefit, rigging the system, electing politicians who repeal any regulatory law that might impede their fascist greed or pass legislation allowing the wealthiest 1 percenters to keep even more of their wealth or throwing even more money their way, with the rest of America growing poorer. Damn, we’ve become a Banana Republic.
So, the Austin Powers’ movies are a spoof of Woody Allen’s “Casino Royale” which was a spoof of the James Bond movies. I don’t think I’ve ever read one of Ian Fleming’s books, but I did catch all the early James Bond movies in the theater when they first came out in the 1960s, which [...]
TheOracle commented on the diary post None Dare Call It Treason: Are Prominent Right-Wingers Plotting Overthrow or Secession? by Phoenix Woman.
I wonder if it is just a coincidence that with so many Dominionists infiltrating our military that there’s been an increase in reported rapes among military personnel (primarily of women, but also of some men, but who knows how many have gone unreported or unaddressed)? I don’t think it’s a coincidence. When I read about [...]
TheOracle commented on the blog post When the Mafia Has Better Customer Service Than You Do, You’ve Got a Problem
I like the Mafia allusion, because what we’re really seeing in Washington D.C. isn’t a “shutdown,” it’s a SHAKEDOWN, a shakedown (once again) of the 99 percent by the 1 percent. Extortion. Bribery. Blackmail. Hostage-taking. A right-wing-orchestrated shakedown, on behalf of their right-wing oligarch paymasters.
And here all this time I thought the United States of America didn’t negotiate with terrorists and/or mobsters. Will President Obama blink? Will Democrats fold? Will President Obama and Democrats give-in to Republican Mafia-lookalikes like Ted Cruz, cutting a deal with extortionists, blackmailers and hostage-takers, selling out 99 percent of American citizens, from the poorest to the middle-class? Will President Obama and Democrats let the oligarchs and Tea Party Republicans shakedown America’s poor, the elderly, young children, government workers, women, homeowners, military veterans AGAIN, like the oligarchs and Republicans in general have been doing over the past three decades, trying to kill the American dream by a thousand “cuts” for 99 percent of American citizens?
Or will President Obama and Democrats stand firm, just saying “No, hell no!!” to the right-wing blackmailers, extortionists and hostage-takers? Will they say to these Fascist Republicans no more holding of our nation hostage through contrived crises, pass a long-term budget plan, raise the debt ceiling (no questions asked, no extortion)? These Republicans have gone way too far. They’re all like little kids, seeing how much they can get away with before a responsible parent steps in and says stop, no more…and if the kid continues, then the kid gets a well-deserved spanking. IOW, President Obama and Democrats need to get out the paddle and use it if necessary.
Forget Faux News’ “slimdown” malarkey. Let’s call this conservative-contrived “shutdown” what it really is: a SHAKEDOWN. Once again the 1 percent are shaking down the 99 percent, using extortion, blackmail, bribery and hostage-taking. The mafia could learn a lot from these right-wing political thugs. Or maybe it was these right-wing political thugs who have learned a [...]
TheOracle commented on the blog post Democrats Now Have Nine Point Lead in the Generic Ballot
Republicans = IED (Ideological Explosive Devices).
TheOracle commented on the blog post Late Night: Dance Dance Devolution: Shutdown Coverage
Anyway, I figure the Tea Party Republicans will keep our government shutdown through mid-October, when the debt ceiling is reached, which is what certain Republicans wanted to wait to hold hostage, instead of holding the continuing resolution to fund our government hostage. You just know these $(@^*$% Tea Party Republicans will view this as a two-fer, two hostage situations in one, which (they will think) will guarantee that they’ll get their way. Or President Obama will tell them all to go stuff it and as our duly-elected president enforce the 14th Amendment.
“The South Shall Rise Again!!!” This is my view of what is happening, a revival of the Civil War by Tea Party Republicans, with them representing the South and President Obama representing, in their mind, the North. Thus, Racist Tea Party Republicans (from state secessionists to those in Congress) want to see our federal government fail, just like the southern racist slaveowners wanted the North to fail in the Civil War. These Tea Party Republicans definitely represent “a clear and present danger” to our democracy, to the future of our nation’s children, to the world itself.
I remember it like it was yesterday, that famous quote:
“Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what….” Oh, wait, there’s a newer version, a right-wing variation to John F. Kennedy’s famous statement.
“Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what the Tea Party Republicans can do to destroy your country.”
As we’ve known for years, the only thing that the billionaire and ideological backers of the Republican Party in general, and the toxic Tea Party strain in particular, are interested in is what our country can do for them, the 1 percenters, the wealthiest, the top bananas of the Banana Republicans out to turn America into a Banana Republic. Service to country? Naaaaw, they’re only interested in our country servicing them, rolling over for them, so they can ram their right-wing ideology through, so they can make millions, nay, billions more. The Republican Party is evil, the exact opposite of everything Jesus Christ represented.
TheOracle commented on the blog post House Republicans No Longer Need to Worry About What Is Good for the Party
When did all the Republicans, especially of the Tea Party kind in Congress, become pro-abortion?
I mean, they want to abort President Obama, they want to abort the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), they want to abort food stamps for our nation’s poor and starving children, in fact I’ll go so far as to say that today’s rabidly anti-Obama anti-liberal Republicans are out to abort America (not raise the debt ceiling, shut down the government, destroy America’s credit rating, etc). IOW, today’s Republicans have abortion on their minds.
BTW, did anyone else notice how much the leering Uncle Sam mask in the Koch-funded ad where the person wearing the leering Uncle Sam mask is sticking his finger into the bodies of people looks a whole lot either David or Charles Koch, or a composite of both?
Or to put it another way, today’s Republican Party, especially of the toxic Tea Party kind, is the real Death Panel that Republicans once warned us all about, with Republicans out to abort Obamacare as it is about to get born, with Republicans screaming, “abort, abort, or we’ll abort America. Waaaa, waaaaa!!!”
Actors usually read film scripts before signing onto a film project, to get a fill for whether they’d like to get involved in making that film (unless, of course, they’ve developed the film project themselves, working on the script).
Actually, I’m curious to see how Cage approaches his role in this work of fiction, because the “Left Behind” serious is definitely a work of fiction. I might watch this movie (but not in any theater, I’m not going to give any money, even indirectly, to the American Taliban) just for the jokes, I mean, one would think that there would be plenty of jokes about people suddenly vanishing into thin air (as if alien spacecraft were hovering invisibly overhead, with alien abductions happening in broad daylight…ahem, but that is another movie project).
Anyway, I’ve actually enjoyed some of Cage’s recent movies, even the more blatantly religious-themed apocalyptic ones (like “Numbers” and a couple of the ones I’m about to mention): the two “National Treasure” movies, “Next,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” the two “Ghost Rider” movies. Basically, it seems like Cage is drawn to over-the-top action movies with lots of special effects, with some humor interjected. Maybe this is what has gotten LaHaye’s panties in a twist, the humor that’s probably in this action movie script? Especially since the “Left Behind” series is so, so serious, very little humor (from what I’ve heard, because I’ve never read the series nor will I ever read it, I got most of my information about the series years ago by reading on-line the Slacktivist’s analysis of it).
Have you heard? The Republicans are holding Anti-Labor Day celebrations tomorrow, with parades and balloons and everything. There’ll be Koch floats, Goldman Sachs floats, Bank of America floats, RNC floats galore, multiple oil company floats, Fox News floats, Tea Party floats, Family Research Council floats, ALEC floats, neo-KKK floats, neo-Nazi floats, U.S. Chamber of Commerce [...]
Excellent article, further evidence of why the Egyptian military stepped in, choosing to oust Morsi so as to stop Morsi from ordering the Egyptian military to “intervene” in Syria, an intervention that would have almost fully been funded by U.S. military aid to Egypt ($1.3 billion a year). The goal of Morsi and the Muslim [...]
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