• Per Newsbusters:

    In a bravura display of rhetorical contortion, Rachel Maddow spent 10 minutes last night talking about net metering without actually uttering the words themselves — all the better to prevent her gullible viewers from taking a closer look at this problematic policy. As mandated in 43 states and the District of Columbia, net metering [...]

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Paradise Lost: Fred Hiatt and Bowles-Simpson by Dean Baker.

    2014-04-22 12:50:11View | Delete

    Per Fred Hiatt:

    That, too, was a decision in keeping with the polls. … Instead of chaining themselves to 20th-century arguments and interest groups, Democrats could have begun to …

    So, Fred Hiatt sees a majority of the American public as constituting “a special interest group.” Hmmmmm. And Democrats pandered to them instead of looking [...]

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Armed Standoff Tests Limits of Government Power and Resolve by cobernicus.

    2014-04-17 21:07:49View | Delete

    The people who are making a big deal about what’s happening to Cliven Bundy (e.g., Fox News) are most definitely NOT complaining about the FEDs leniency and generosity toward their beloved one percent.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Armed Standoff Tests Limits of Government Power and Resolve by cobernicus.

    2014-04-17 16:42:01View | Delete

    IMHO, they walked into the making of a spectacle by trying to confiscate his cattle (a big production) rather than simply out-of-the-blue arresting him, which would have been a low-drama operation.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Congres Voted Unanimosly to Insult the UN & for more Tension with Iran. by RichardKanePA.

    2014-04-17 16:34:23View | Delete

    So, is that the result of AIPAC money and influence? Or, is this something she brought with her from Oklahoma? Per the Wikipedia:

    Political affiliation Warren voted as a Republican for many years saying, “I was a Republican because I thought that those were the people who best supported markets”. She states that in 1995 she [...]

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Congres Voted Unanimosly to Insult the UN & for more Tension with Iran. by RichardKanePA.

    2014-04-17 16:09:32View | Delete

    Antiwar.com is an exception …

    Of course! Justin Raimondo is a libertarian.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post UN Panel: Renewables, Not Nukes, Can Solve Climate Crisis by solartopia.

    2014-04-17 16:07:43View | Delete

    Thanks. Rec’d.

    Wind, solar, and hydro-electric look very good. Does IPCC see geothermal as part of the solution?

    What do they see in terms of the need for energy storage:
    * How much of a need is there?
    * Which technology do they recommend?

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Armed Standoff Tests Limits of Government Power and Resolve by cobernicus.

    2014-04-17 12:05:38View | Delete

    Raising Cliven Bundy to the level of an insurrectionist has been a major mistake on the part of federal officials. He is simply a free-loading tax fee dodger, who should be indicted, tried, and sentenced the way other not-so-wealthy tax dodgers are. (The taxes of the very wealthy are negotiated, of course, with a special separate [...]

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Over Easy: False Choices and the New Cold War by yellowsnapdragon.

    2014-04-15 09:37:53View | Delete

    If Russia refuses to sell fossil fuel to the EU, prices will go up, which favors our fossil-fuel barons. They’ve got to pay for all the fracking somehow.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Cliven Bundy is a craven thief and right wing terrorist by Masoninblue.

    2014-04-15 09:27:57View | Delete

    We have protocols for dealing with tax resisters. We should handle fee resisters the same way: throw them in jail (following due process) and auction their assets.

    This technique has been around for centuries.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Cliven Bundy is a craven thief and right wing terrorist by Masoninblue.

    2014-04-15 08:37:05View | Delete

    If Bundy refused to pay his federal taxes, he’d be arrested and sent to prison. What’s so different about a right-wing rancher refusing to pay his federal fees?

    Visibly, Obama is something of a right-winger himself. Perhaps he identifies with Bundy’s “fierce spirit of independence,” or whatever Fox News is now calling that shit.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Deir Yassin Massacre (1948) and the Peace of Jerusalem/al-Quds by Margo Schulter.

    2014-04-11 21:26:22View | Delete

    That was supposed to be “doesn’t cut it.”

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Deir Yassin Massacre (1948) and the Peace of Jerusalem/al-Quds by Margo Schulter.

    2014-04-11 21:25:09View | Delete

    t is a question of mutual empathy, of making past sufferings a reason for truth and reconciation.

    Unfortunately, “past suffering” has generally been employed in a bizarre version of “two wrong make a right.” The fact that the Jewish immigrants to Palestine/Israel and their families suffered under Hitler justifies nothing of what they have done [...]

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Rumsfeld Personifies Our Society by David Swanson.

    2014-04-11 21:11:32View | Delete

    Sometimes I think that P.T. Barnum is the father of American ethics.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Documentary Video: WACO Rules of Engagement by jbade.

    2014-04-11 21:08:55View | Delete

    Dude. My dad, who had been a life-long liberal, went all moral majority and worse in the late sixties and early seventies: “I don’t want no cocksucker teaching my grandkids.” It was a long struggle, but before he died, he totally repented about all of it, e.g.: “My soul will have to spend time in purgatory [...]

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Over Easy: Surprise! We’re Being Scored! by msmolly.

    2014-04-11 20:57:12View | Delete

    I have an acquaintance who works in this area, buying and selling this stuff. His general saying is: “I know more about you than your mother does.” I have other friends who work in this area who call themselves actuaries. I’ve not talked to them recently, but I’m sure they are lapping this stuff up. The [...]

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Google’s Terms Of Service: We Can Do Whatever We Want by Consumer Watchdog.

    2014-04-11 20:24:21View | Delete

    Per the Wikipedia:

    “Don’t be evil” is the informal corporate motto (or slogan) of Google.

    IMHO, this shit is fucking “evil.”

  • wigwam commented on the diary post Deir Yassin Massacre (1948) and the Peace of Jerusalem/al-Quds by Margo Schulter.

    2014-04-10 18:49:01View | Delete

    “What the appointment of Martin Indyk as US special envoy tells us” (Prof. Richard Falk)

    IMHO, the U.S. ought to halt all aid and negotiations until Israel publishes its borders. Until then, there’s nothing to negotiate.

  • wigwam commented on the blog post Sibelius Stepping Down

    2014-04-10 17:23:19View | Delete

    I’m not a big fan of Sibelius, but to whatever extent she was responsible for pulling the fat out of the fire with regard to HealthCare.gov, my hat’s off to her. That was a helluva mess to straighten out, and someone(s) deserves a lot of credit for it.

  • wigwam commented on the diary post VIDEO: Navy to Test Electromagnetic Railgun by cmaukonen.

    2014-04-10 11:09:04View | Delete

    Here, per the Wikipedia, is the rationale for rail guns:

    Railguns are being researched as weapons with projectiles that do not contain explosives or propellants, but are given extremely high velocities: 3,500 m/s (11,500 ft/s) (approximately Mach 10 at sea level) or more (for comparison, the M16 rifle has a muzzle speed of 930 m/s [...]

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