Democrats win more elections the stronger the Tea Party becomes.
Republicans would control the senate now if not for the Tea Party.
Corporate Republicans are the only group that stood to gain by hampering Tea Party formation.
Silly Tea Party, tax exempt status is only for corporations.
Triad1 commented on the blog post At Least Washington Isn’t Talking About the Grand Bargain Anymore
The IRS/Tea Party investigation may reveal that it was corporate/establishment Republicans in Ohio pushing the IRS to hamper Tea Party organization in an election year.
Republicans lose more elections as the fringe Republican Tea Party grows stronger. Republicans would control the Senate now if not for the Tea Party.
Democrats/Obmama had every incentive to assist in Tea Party formation in 2012.
Political movements that rally behind nationalism and racism are going to repel swing voters.
Triad1 commented on the blog post Saudis Explicitly Warned U.S. Intelligence Agencies About Tamerlan Tsarnaev
The US anti-terrorism apparatus’ only viable purpose is to protect the property of the elite – the American hoi polloi might be a wee-bit angry when they realize how the government assisted a few in taking so much wealth.
The Boston Marathon murders demonstrates the weakness in today’s terrorism industry.
These “terrorists” were nothing more than angry, disgruntled & disenfranchised young men – losers. Their pressure cooker “bomb” demonstrates an extreme lack of sophistication in the WMD department. They were so unreserved in planning at least two separate foreign intelligence agencies took notice, they didn’t even try to disguise themselves when placing the explosives and they had no get-away plan – incompetents.
Also, by striking an easily accessible public recreational gathering they demonstrated they are unable to affect real American power centers.
1. Thatcher was unpopular and going to lose the election in 1983 (after four years in office) but those brilliant Argentine generals attacked those strategic Falklands Islands and Britain rallied around her.
Daddy Bush, recalling how a quick easy war does wonders for Thather’s popularity, lied the US into invading Kuwait – but people forgot within a year. Li’l Bush tried the same thing with Iraq, but forgot the “quick & easy” part.
2. “But the sense of community evaporated. There turned out to be no such thing as society, at least in the sense we used to understand it. Whether pushing each other off the road, barging past social rivals, beating up rival soccer fans, or idolising wealth as the only measure of virtue, Brits became more unpleasant to be with. ”
The elite want the masses fighting amongst themselves – it is a distraction while they steal the hoi polloi blind.
3. Sixteen pounds to visit St. Pauls! Can you attend church service for free? And is that revenue taxed?
4. Just where and when has neoliberal economic theory been a success?
The Soviet Union was the first state to have, as an ideological objective, the elimination of religion and its replacement with universal atheism.
McConnell recording, recall Karl Rove’s trick:
During the 1986 [Texas] gubernatorial race, when a listening device was discovered in Rove’s office, it was Rampton [FBI] who investigated. No one was ever charged — and Democrats suspected that Rove planted the bug himself to distract reporters from the faltering campaign of his client, Bill Clements (who won the election).
The McConnell recording may not be illegal:
Also, recall how Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Commitee infiltrated senate Democrats computer accounts for over a year with no criminal consequences:
“When you go to the zoo, there’s a sign that says please don’t feed the animals. . . . There’s a reason, because they keep coming back.” Perhaps voters will pay heed and stop feeding him votes.
Another Missouri Republican politician, St. Louis Mayor Henry Kiel established the St. Louis Zoo – with free admission. He also established the Municipal Opera with 1456 free seats. Kiel felt everyone, despite their economic situation, should be able to participate.
This was 100 years ago when the hillbilly’s, rather than running the state government, were ignored.
Note: there is no admission to the St. Louis art museum either.
Triad1 commented on the blog post NC: Teahadist Lawmakers Propose Bill to Institute a “State Religion”
These North Carolina Republicans Christianists are ignorant of their state’s founding.
The Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina (1659), was the first document in the modern world that actually provided for religious freedom.
The founders of the Carolinas did not care what religion you were – they just wanted European immigrants to buy land from them.
It was Massachusetts that was founded as a religious state.
See: America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation, by David Goldfield, professor University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
Triad1 commented on the blog post IMF: Fight Climate Change By Ending Subsidies To Fossil Fuel Industry
True Cost Accounting would show that all fossil fuels are uneconomic propositions.
In other news (of energy that would not exist w/o state subsidy), Russia is going to help South Africa build several more nuclear power plants. What could go wrong (Chernobyl) with this plan?
“… it brought to mind men of science like Edison, who invented hundreds of ways not to build a light bulb before he invented one that worked.”
After all that effort, Edison ended up copying the English patented light bulb by Joseph Swan.
Triad1 commented on the diary post North Korea puts its armed forces on a war footing by David Seaton.
Clinton considered going to war with N. Korea back in the early 90′s over nuclear developments. The US General’s told him Seoul would be flattened very quickly, millions of S. Koreans would be killed, tens of thousands of Americans would die and it would cost $1 trillion – but, we would win the war! Clinton [...]
The elephant in the (Supreme Court) room is the traditional marriage that Clarance Thomas has.
For any S. Ct. Justice to vote against same-sex marriage, and yet approve of Thomas’ black & white marriage, is to say that traditional marriage in America goes back all of 60 years.
Triad1 commented on the diary post Peabody Energy Dumps Retirees and Unions into Company “Designed to Fail” by Jcoleman.
If only there were a political party that represented laborers. Congress is making the Post Office fully fund all future pension liabilities. Corporations have demonstrated that they are the irresponsible actors and should have to do this also. Patriot Coal is obviously a fraud and all actors should be criminally prosecuted. Peabody and Arch have [...]
1. The elite bank owners are immediately made whole with the EU loan to Cyprus;
2. The people of Cyprus incur this debt – which they will default eventually default on;
3. Leaving the EU central bank holding this noncollectable loan;
4. Germany will then prop up the EU central bank – meaning the German worker’s wealth is the basis for this bailout.
This “bailout” is a transfer of wealth from the highly productive German workers to the elite European bank owners via Cyprus.
Ten years after the start of the Iraq war, most Americans say the war was a mistake and that it was dumb to send U.S. troops into the conflict, according to a new national survey.
Back in 2003, 99% of Americans didn’t have any skin in the game – they and/or their children stood no chance of going to Iraq to participate in Bush’s world vision so they simply didn’t give a shit. Had all 18 to 26 year-old’s had to participate, there would have been no invasion of Iraq.
This nation of self-interest is now realizing that they were not so safe. The $6 trillion Bush spent on Iraq means that they will never retire and, with declining wages, their kids can’t afford to take care of ‘em either.
Triad1 commented on the blog post Iraq: When “Everyone” is Wrong Together No one Faces Consequences
Everyone got it wrong:
Enron – Every financial talking head, every MBA professor, every MBA program, every MBA (even those top MBA’s from the top business schools working for Enron).
2007 Housing Bubble – Every economist, every economics school, every economics professor (Granted a few economists saw the bubble emerging as early as 1998, but those few were ignored then and still are ignored – still 99% of economists couldn’t see the largest economic bust of their lives building over a decade – all failures).
Also, there is only one weapon of mass destruction – a nuclear bomb. Chemical and biological weapons were tested by the US and the Soviet Union and found to be dangerous to those using them and capable of killing only dozens – that is why they are not part of the US arsenal. Dirty nuclear bombs can be survived as long as you don’t ingest radioactive particles and the area can be decontaminated.
Free Trade – Lower wages will make you wealthier – Both Democrats and Republicans agree.
Robert Lustig MD has a new book, Fat Chance, which explains how fructose (sugar) is poison. The Western diet will result in metabolic syndrome.
You can also watch his lectures at UCTV.
He was on Science Friday in early January – search the iTunes store for other recent podcasts.
Triad1 commented on the blog post Elizabeth Warren Wants HSBC Bankers Jailed, Regulators Have Ties To Bank
Max Keiser commented on the drug money laundering operated by the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) last month on his show. He said that the only liquidity in the world’s financial markets after the 2008 crash was $150 billion in drug money.
If not for drug money there would have been no credit in the fall of 2008 – we should thank HSBC for providing this vital service.
“… getting our [Republican] party into a position where we can be successful in solving the problems the country has.” Mitt
Yea, like those conservative policies in the decade leading up to 1929 or 2008.
What is killing Romney is that after a lifetime of god telling him he would be president, god chose a black “Muslim”.
Triad1 commented on the diary post Getting to know ‘FrackNation’ – the new industry-friendly film by danps.
The Halliburton Loophole exempts drillers from the Safe Drinking Water Act. This exemption was initially granted because the Frackers said they recovered all the fracking fluid they injected. When it was shown that this was not true, the Frackers hung onto this exemption because they said the non-recovered fracking fluid was not harmful. Check out [...]
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