Money rules, pure and simple. It will always overcome any opposition. There’s no need to kill your opponent, just pay him off. There’s a scene in Sergio Leone’s western “Once Upon a Time In The West” that illustrates it quite well. The crooked and dying head of a railroad wants a valuable piece on land for right-of-way. His brutal lieutenant guns down the owner and his family trying to get it. Afterward, he meets his boss in a fancy railroad coach where his boss chastises him for his brutal methods. Further, that he will never be like him because of one simple fact; he doesn’t understand the power of money. He waves a stack of cash at him and tells him, “This is more powerful than your gun.”
My feeling is that the sainted Mandela and his party were bought off. He got to be President and play the Elder World Statesman until his death. Poor working black SA’s didn’t get such a good deal.
tremoluxman commented on the blog post DC Politics of Social Security Are Shifting to the Left
What was he thinking? It was another sop to the GOTPers in the vain hope that they’d finally like him and be nice to him.
tremoluxman commented on the blog post State Department Denied Visa for Doctor to Attend Her Own Trial Challenging ‘No Fly’ List—Twice
TSA and NSA, progressively refining the Gestapo and SS playbooks.
tremoluxman commented on the blog post ‘Do You Love This Country?’—British MPs Question Guardian Editor-in-Chief on NSA Files
Don’t blame the politicians, blame the electorate. As George Carlin said, they keep electing these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a shit about them. Why would anyone think it would be any different this time around? Garbage in, Garbage out.
tremoluxman commented on the diary post NY Times Editorial Board Offers Their Very Serious People Bona Fides by dakine01.
Maybe pay, benefits, and perks should be cut for service members — above the rank of Lt. Colonel. Anyone lower, no way. The Pentagon in many ways still thinks about weapons systems and hardware the way they did during WWII and during the Cold War. Large carriers and carrier groups aren’t really needed in present [...]
tremoluxman commented on the diary post Mark J. Perry and Wal-Mart: Why They Shouldn’t Get a Nobel Peace Prize by BrandonJ.
Talk about fellating the corporate glans.
tremoluxman commented on the blog post NSA’s Targeting of Radical Muslims’ Porn Viewing Like Something Out of Hoover’s COINTELPRO
Geez, what systemic paranoia and sleaze. There is really nothing these guys won’t do or lengths won’t go to or depths they won’t plumb in their zeal to snoop. Power and money have corrupted and warped absolutely.
I need a shower and a mind-flush.
tremoluxman commented on the blog post WikiLeaks Reacts to Anonymous US Officials Claiming Julian Assange Isn’t Likely to Be Prosecuted
This smacks of Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown.
tremoluxman commented on the blog post Lamar Alexander Seems Really Bothered by the Idea of Democracy
If a party in the minority doesn’t like being in the minority, then they should get off their asses and get their fellow believers elected. Simple. It applies to any party. Want to stay in the majority? Then do what the majority elected you to do. Again; simple. That’s why you were put in office, to do the will of those who sent you, not play kissing-face with the minority. Screw bipartisanship.
tremoluxman commented on the blog post Snowden Leaks Old Journalism Textbook, Media Shocked
You get an ‘A’ and go to the head of the class.
Seriously, though, the idiots that could use such a textbook wouldn’t see the humor.
tremoluxman commented on the blog post Department of Justice Already Under Fire For JPMorgan Settlement
The settlement is a minor surtax on company shareholders, nothing else. It costs the executives nothing whatever in money or time in the slammer. The company can always pass on the expense to the customers and the rubes.
More bullshit for the masses.
tremoluxman commented on the blog post McDonald’s Tells Underpaid Employees To Sell Christmas Presents For Cash
What next? Advising employees to eat dirt and swallow stones because it’ll make you feel fuller and help you lose weight?
Living in this country is like living in an episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’.
tremoluxman commented on the blog post Late Night: Monty Python Reunion! Wot? The Curtains?
I loved MP back in the day and I think they were geniuses, but I’m not convinced this is a good idea. With the passage of a couple decades, the humor may fall flat given today’s sensibilities and culture. Different times, folks. Different times.
I would also add an option for single men and older couples who either have no children or past childbearing years. That way, maternity coverage both prenatal and postnatal would be a cost savings, same with child immunizations. Geriatric care wouldn’t kick in until at least 60 years of age. An ‘a la carte’ system might be doable.
tremoluxman commented on the blog post Obama Basically Admits He Never Really Understood His Own Health Care Law
Geez, he just handed the keys to the Senate and White House to the ‘Baggers. Fox must be laughing their asses off and getting drunk on the set.
What a colossal Cluster Fuck.
tremoluxman commented on the blog post Republicans’ Polling Recovers from the Government Shutdown
Talking about the Democrats stepping on and tripping over their own dicks. Geez, can’t those aye-holes do anything right?
tremoluxman commented on the blog post Overwhelmingly Americans Back Raising the Minimum Wage
People who are against a livable minimum wage do not understand simple economics. What drives business expansion and hiring is DEMAND, not tax breaks. Demand is fueled by disposable income. People with money walk into a business to spend it. The more they have, up to a point, the more they spend which fuels demand. Demand fuels job creation and hiring to meet that demand. The money circulates. It has a multiplier effect. A livable wage benefits everyone, not just the employee.
tremoluxman commented on the blog post Bill Keller Advises Obama To ‘Crack Some Heads’ To Pass TPP
Sounds like the repackaging of the old Trickle Down. You know the one where the rich corporatists piss down our backs and claim it’s raining.
tremoluxman commented on the blog post Stop-and-Frisk Victims Submit Challenge to Court Ruling That Removed Judge from Lawsuit Against NYPD
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