Watt4Bob

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  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post Some of Us Still Remember . . . by Isaiah 88.

    2014-11-19 13:43:30View | Delete

    Wish there was some question, but there isn’t.

    Every word rings true,sad but true.

    Recommended.

  • Watt4Bob commented on the blog post Keystone XL Fails In Senate

    2014-11-19 08:21:13View | Delete

    You’re right, see my link @16

  • Watt4Bob commented on the blog post Keystone XL Fails In Senate

    2014-11-19 08:20:25View | Delete

    Um, no, not according to the International Energy Agency

    From HuffPo;

    Bad news for Enbridge, TransCanada and all the other companies working to build controversial pipelines across North America: Pipelines spill three times as much oil over comparative distances as rail, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says.

    Rail transport results in more ‘incidents’ but far less spill volume.

  • Watt4Bob commented on the blog post Keystone XL Fails In Senate

    2014-11-19 07:20:02View | Delete

    I haven’t heard much mention of the fact that the folks that would own the pipeline aren’t going to contribute to the industry’s clean-up fund.

    From;Oil Change International

    As a new report released today shows, the transport of tar sands oil through pipelines in the United States is exempt from payments into the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. This is a free ride worth over $375 million to tar sands oil producers between 2010 and 2017, including over $160 million for shippers on TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline system.

    They’re transporting a type of product demonstrably more dangerous than average, because it’s both abrasive to pipes, and harder to clean-up, over a pipeline they’ve lobbied to be allowed to construct with lighter than normal pipe, and they’ve been given a pass on the usually required contributions to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund?

    Sort of adds inevitable injury to never-ending insults doesn’t it?

  • Watt4Bob commented on the blog post Uber Discloses Interest in Destroying Critics in Media

    2014-11-18 13:29:15View | Delete

    Uber;

    The ‘service’ that charges the customer too much and pays the driver too little.

    What could be more American?

  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post Is Lloyd Chapman One Of The Strongest Voices For Small Businesses? by Lloyd Chapman.

    2014-11-18 04:53:29View | Delete

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; We’ll make some progress on turning this country around if, and only if small business people start to understand that they are also subjects, and increasingly a primary focus of what I call the .01%’s full-court press. So far, most of the top 10% feel as [...]

  • You owe me a new keyboard and monitor!

    Now I’m going upstairs to get another cup of coffee.

  • Watt4Bob commented on the blog post Get Ready for Legislative Jenga

    2014-11-14 12:47:33View | Delete

    Caught without brain-bleach again.

    Gotta be more caeful.

  • Watt4Bob commented on the blog post Get Ready for Legislative Jenga

    2014-11-14 11:42:44View | Delete

    They’re not arguing over how to f**k us, they’re arguing over who goes first.

    Silly pols should understand by now that they always get sloppy-seconds because their real job is holding us down while the bank$ get the first shot.

  • Public Employees bargain in good-faith, receive promises of deferred income in the form of pensions, politicians then collude with crooked fund managers to limit the states contributions to the pension funds by using overly optimistic estimates of return on their investments.

    The money they should have been putting away to cover the pensions they have promised is instead given to their rich friends in the form of tax-breaks, and when it becomes clear that the state cannot meet its contractual obligations to retired employees, they enlist the help of right-wing media to paint those employees as greedy and unreasonable.

    Every dollar received by Rahm and the Illinois Democratic party should be clawed back and added the employees’ pension funds, in addition to the amount of any fines that can be leveled for breaking campaign finance laws.

    Aint I the king of fantasy?

  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post Grand Jury decision in Michael Brown shooting will be illegitimate by Masoninblue.

    2014-11-14 07:46:44View | Delete

    Possibly the biggest race-relations/civil rights event in decades and the first black US Attorney General, Eric Holder decides it’s a good time to retire? Monumental cowardice. If I remember properly, it was often the Feds who showed up in the 1960s to help coax angry and reluctant local ‘leaders’ to do the right thing. This [...]

  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post The Con-Man Cornered: Obama and the Democratic Debacle of 2014 by GREYDOG.

    2014-11-14 07:38:42View | Delete

    Properly understood, and well stated.

    Thanks, recommended

  • Watt4Bob commented on the blog post Health Care Reform Was Not About the Economy for Voters

    2014-11-13 20:56:38View | Delete

    I wouldn’t have thought you could produce such a sharp picture with so few pixels!

    Thanks so much.

    W4B

  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post Grand Jury decision in Michael Brown shooting will be illegitimate by Masoninblue.

    2014-11-13 17:07:03View | Delete

    Not very different different than the Star Chamber?

  • Watt4Bob commented on the diary post Grand Jury decision in Michael Brown shooting will be illegitimate by Masoninblue.

    2014-11-13 14:19:46View | Delete

    One always hears the quote;

    …a prosecutor can get a Grand Jury to indict a ham sandwich.

    But I must admit that I hadn’t considered the fact that grand juries might be used to cover up crimes.

  • Watt4Bob commented on the blog post Health Care Reform Was Not About the Economy for Voters

    2014-11-13 13:43:05View | Delete

    Thank you sir.

    Glad to be of service.

  • Watt4Bob commented on the blog post Health Care Reform Was Not About the Economy for Voters

    2014-11-13 12:49:44View | Delete

    Thank you sir.

    Now can we get back to talking about how the ACA is better than nothing, and all we can expect, and 60 votes, and rumors of filibusters*?

    *(democrats say they faced hundreds of filibusters from the Republicans, I don’t remember much talking?)

    I say make ‘em talk.

    We’re about to go into another round of open-enrollment and I’d be terrified, (how do you like that word?) to need to used that system because right now my too expensive to use HC Insurance would maybe keep me from losing my house in I became gravely ill and needed lots of care.

    What we need is a GWOT, the sort that attacks the terror of losing one’s house, one’s health, one’s job, or maybe even one’s life (should you show your non-white face on the streets)

  • Watt4Bob commented on the blog post Health Care Reform Was Not About the Economy for Voters

    2014-11-13 09:20:45View | Delete

    Although you’re right to think of Obama as a liar, he didn’t cause this mess, he just continued to cover it up in service to the same interests that did cause it.

    The same interests that have been running the ‘show’ since Reagan.

    Obama is not ‘the’ liar-in-chief, or the biggest liar-in-chief, he’s just the current liar-in-chief.

  • Watt4Bob commented on the blog post Health Care Reform Was Not About the Economy for Voters

    2014-11-13 09:09:20View | Delete

    More inadvertent evidence that identity politics fractures resistance.

    All social justice issues are at heart, economic justice issues, which should be our main point of convergence and solidarity.

    Racism’s main, and most destructive element is its economic impact.

    Sexism’s main, and most destructive element is its economic impact.

    Gender-based bigotry’s main, and most destructive element is its economic impact.

    The War-on-Drugs’ main, and most destructive element is its economic impact.

    What have the democrats offered us to fight this economic injustice?

    Barrack Obama, first black president?

    Hillary Clinton, first woman president?

    Gays given the right to openly serve and die for corporate masters?

    Legalized pot?

    Why is it so hard for us to understand that being herded into identity silos, whose leaderships have been co-opted by big-money has had the effect of silencing substantive dissent and diverting attention from what should be our most obvious, and important point of agreement?

    The Democrats have a fractured base that they ignore with impunity, while the Republican base, fueled by hysterical ignorance and the same big bucks that co-opt the progressive leadership elects freaks like Michele Bachman, Rick Perry and Ted Cruz.

    Real focus on the economy would have taken the form of the prosecution of banksters, breaking up of their dangerous criminal enterprises, claw-back of bail-out funds squandered on bonuses for criminals, a single-payer public option for health care, boosting SS benefits, and of course, the biggest economic boost possible, an end to the senseless war racket.

    For a start.

  • Pearls before swine.

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