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Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Post Office Could Provide a Public Option for Banking

This proposal has been around for awhile; Elizabeth Warren endorsed the idea a few months ago.  And now legislation has been introduced in Congress by Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, which would allow the U.S. Postal Service to offer basic financial services check cashing, savings and checking accounts and small loans.  This would be a Godsend for millions of low-income people who don't have checking or savings accounts.  Payday lenders  America's favorite sleazebags would become practically irrelevant.  And the U.S. Postal Service would earn back some of the billions of dollars they've lost because of Congress' mandate that all postal employees' retirement benefits must be pre-paid several decades in advance.

Needless to say, the banking industry's congressional prostitutes will never ever agree to such Communist claptrap.  Helping the Post Office?  Helping poor people?  Government bureaucrats meddling in the loan shark industry?

But the good news is, the Postal Service might be able to implement this plan without congressional approval.  It's too bad everything has to be accomplished via executive authority because of our corrupt gridlocked Congress, but there you have it.  When there's a giant blob of shit blocking the highway, you have to take a detour and go around it.

The Postal Service used to offer small savings accounts.  Congress put a stop to this in the 1960s (three guesses why).  But according to the Office of the Inspector General of the Postal Service, the precedent for these banking services has already been established.  Post Offices wouldn't be starting something new; they'd simply be reinstating a service they used to offer.

This will be open to different interpretations, of course.  And with the 2014 midterm elections coming up, what are we waiting for?  Sounds like a campaign issue to me.  

Let's see, which of these themes will resonate more with the public?

A)  Helping the Post Office avoid bankruptcy, and simultaneously saving millions of banking consumers from being ripped off; or

B) Sympathy for those poor payday lenders who might actually have to start working for a living.

Let the soundbites begin.


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Friday, July 25, 2014

One Million Moms vs. Black Jesus

If it weren't for One Million Moms and a few other Biblehump organizations throwing a mass hissyfit, most of us wouldn't have heard about the upcoming TV series Black Jesus. It sounds like it'll be hilarious.  Thanks, Biblewads; I owe you.

Black Jesus will be shown on the cable channel Adult Swim, which shares channel space with the Cartoon Network.  (I've never seen Adult Swim listed on the Guide Channel, but I know we get the Cartoon Network.)

The program is produced by Aaron McGruder, who created The Boondocks.  According to the One Million Moms website, Black Jesus “depicts Jesus living in Compton Gardens and makes a mockery of our Lord.”

So apparently Black Jesus would be acceptable if He were depicted living in white upscale Brentwood; they just don't want Him associating with those filthy minorities in Compton.

A One Million Moms spokesperson said:

“If we speak with one voice now, we can keep this program from ever seeing the light of day.”

Yup, that'll work.


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The NRA's Proposed New School Curriculum: Readin' and Writin' and Shootin'

Aww, heck with that there booklarnin' anyway.  Just give 'em a gun and a Bible and they'll be all set.  And if they cain't read, their friendly preacher can read the Bible to 'em.  That way, the Good Reverend can guide them to the important passages — you know, about God hatin' queers and slutty womenfolk — and forgit all that Leftist nonsense about helping the poor.

NRA spokesman Billy Johnson said:

“Just like we teach them reading and writing, necessary skills. We would teach shooting and firearm competency.  It wouldn’t matter if a child’s parents weren’t good at it. We’d find them a mentor. It wouldn’t matter if they didn’t want to learn. We would make it necessary to advance to the next grade.”

Why, that boy gits a 4.0 average in that there fizziks and histeree, but he cain't even fahr a gun???  Hold him back!!!

And here's another advantage to the NRA's gun curriculum:  If you're handy with a gun but you're flunking all them sissy bookworm classes and your teacher is threatening to flunk you — shoot that sumbitch!!!

The NRA's Billy Johnson also, for some odd reason, actually wants to have a bunch of government bureaucrats meddling in people's lives:

“I mean, perhaps we would have government ranges where you could shoot for free or a yearly allotment of free ammunition.  Gun policy, driven by our need for guns would protect equal access to guns, just like we protect equal access to voting, and due process, and free speech.”

[sigh]

 

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

“Why Aren't Tea Party Numbskulls Complaining About Militarized Police Forces?”

Good question.  This is what Bill Maher was asking a few days ago.

Prohibiting health insurance companies from canceling a patient's coverage after he/she had the nerve to get sick?  Government Tyranny!  Enforcing clean air regulations?  Socialist Power Grab!  New banking regulations which will hopefully prevent another financial meltdown?  Worse than Nazi Germany!!!

The militarization and SWAT-Team-ization of America's police forces?  ***crickets***

Bill Maher said:

“This is the massive expansion of government power that you numbskulls in the Tea Party should be freaking out about.  You’re always screaming about the loss of liberty, and how tyranny is coming. Yeah, it’s coming right through the door with a battering ram, no warrant, and a stun grenade. Or to put it in a way you can understand, I’m scared of the cops, and I’m white.”

Describing the video footage of a CHP officer beating up a woman for trying to walk onto a freeway, he joked:

“Even worse, that’s their training video.”

These police brutality incidents have become such a regular occurrence, we're all numbed.  Another day, another person choked to death for selling untaxed cigarettes; another SWAT team barging into someone's home for a crime that earlier would have just involved a routine police visit.

Shouldn't the Teatards have something to say about this?


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Johnny Winter

Well fuck, we've lost another one.  Johnny Winter has died at age 70.

His music was heavily influenced by the earlier blues titans Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Bobby Bland, etc. but he didn't sound like anybody else except Johnny Winter.  The album I was most familiar with was Second Winter.  Edgar Winter also played on a few tracks from that album.

Here are some YouTube links.

R.I.P. 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

If you like the Sky-High Murder Rate in Latin America, Thank the War On Drugs

Honduras now has the world's highest murder rate.  Mexico and a few Central American countries are close behind.   And why has so much of Latin America turned into a giant killing field?  You can thank America's War On (some) Drugs.

Every demagogue who whipped up mass hysteria against marijuana in the 1930s — and every politician since then who's kept the country riled up and paranoid about DRUGS!!! — Congratulations!  I hope you're proud of the thousands of people you've killed and the millions of lives you've ruined.

The most recent symptom of America's War On Some Drugs is the flood of child refugees pouring over our border.  Most of the people who are so twisted out of shape over these refugees — unable to put two and two together — probably still think we need to crack down on drugs!

From the linked article:

First, by prohibiting any sort of legitimate drug production in the United States, we place all the immense profits from the drug trade directly into the hands of criminals in Latin America. Drugs are cheap to produce, and many policy regimes, from full legalization to some sort of government monopoly disbursing drugs to certified addicts, would cut off the cartels at the knees.

Second, and perhaps more important with respect to gang violence in Latin America, we've aggressively pushed for a highly militarized approach to drug policy throughout the world. U.S. drug policy is all about exporting our drug war, pushing other nations to spray drug farms with herbicide, capture or kill cartel leaders, and worst of all, fight the cartels with the military...toppling one cartel merely increases the violence as smaller gangs fight for freed-up territory, or move to a neighboring country.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Strict Water Rationing for EVERYONE in California EXCEPT Nestlé, Inc.

Because of California's three-year record drought, everyone is suffering from strict water rationing.  The environment is dying from dried-up rivers and lakes; and farms, gardens and lawns are all withering.   And yet Nestlé continues drawing huge amounts of water from a spring on the Morongo Band of Mission Indians’ reservation.  Drought, what drought? 

Nestlé Waters North America Inc. is drawing thousands of acre feet of water from this reservation so the Nestlé water-bottling operations (Arrowhead and Nestlé Pure Life) can continue without a hitch.  First things first.

Nestlé is already notorious for buying up local water rights — mostly in Third World countries — and purposely letting the water supply deteriorate and become unsafe to drink.  Then — Presto! — the local indigent people will be “encouraged” to purchase Nestlé's bottled water instead.  (Google it.)

And the Nestlé CEO, Peter Brabeck, has famously declared that access to water is not a right:

“The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution.

Let 'em drink Arrowhead.


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Monday, July 14, 2014

President Barack Obama: Dictator, Imperialist



071014 Executive Orders

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bill Maher Hammers Republicans over Zombie Lies

Last night on Real Time, Bill Maher took on Republican sleazebags (excuse the redundancy) for their non-stop spewing of Zombie Lies (so named because these lies never die).

“Remember ‘fracking doesn’t cause earthquakes?’ Zombie lie, so stop saying it.  ‘Voter fraud’? We studied it. It’s not an actual problem. Stop zombie-lying about it. Their entire economic philosophy — cut taxes for the rich and it trickles down — is a zombie lie. And all these zombie lies are still out there, roaming the countryside, neither alive nor dead — like Dick Cheney. Hungry for brains — like Dick Cheney...”

“They said Obamacare would use death panels. It doesn’t.  They said it was a government takeover, and the insurance industry is making record profits. They said it covered illegals. It doesn’t. They said it was a job killer. It hasn’t been.”

Republicans keep spitting out these zombie lies over and over, even after the lies have been disproved.  Bill Maher compared these zombie lies to President Obama's lie about being able to keep your doctor after you've signed up for Obamacare:

“He stepped up and said, ‘You’re right, my bad,’ because he understood there’s this thing called ‘observable reality.’”

Personally I think the same truth-in-advertising standard — whatever that standard would be — should apply to all political speeches and all advertising, whether it's commercial or political.  When a consumer falls for a deceitful commercial and buys a shoddy product, the company gets sued and suffers a PR disaster.  Millions of voters are conned into voting against their own interests, and nothing happens; nobody is held accountable.

Lewis Black already ranted about this a few years ago, and it rings true now more than ever.


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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ted Cruz wants to Sell OUR National Parks to Private Owners

If you're on the e-mail list of any environmental/animal rights organizations, you're probably already familiar with the abortional Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014 (S. 2363).  This bill is pretty much a gift to trophy hunters and the NRA from their prostitutes in Congress.  The fact that so many Democrats are in favor of this bill gives credence to the popular there's-no-difference-between-the-two-parties school of thought.

And now Ted Cruz (RHands Around His Ankles) has added an amendment that will make this already-abortional law even worse.  Ted Cruz' amendment would force the federal government to sell off public lands to the highest bidder.  Say Goodbye to your favorite national parks, national forests and wildlife sanctuaries.  God intended for this land to be mined, logged, drilled and fracked; He didn't care about a bunch of messy trees and smelly animals. 

The only possible bright spot is that Ted I went down on Cliven Bundy and I liked it Cruz' amendment might derail the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014.


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