Who Hijacked Our Country

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Thursday Grab Bag

What’s the best way to handle our Wall Street parasites? Maybe Indonesia has the right idea.

While we sit here helplessly wringing our hands, Indonesians are taking it to the streets. Thousands of people were rioting in Jakarta yesterday and the day before. And it might happen in Ireland too. Irish political leaders are worried about “revolution in the streets” of Dublin if AIB gets another bailout.

Well, what are we waiting for?

Or we could take our cue from those elderly pensioners in Germany. They kidnapped and tortured the financial advisor who had cost them $2 million out of their life savings. The kidnappers ranged in age from 60 to 74.

Meanwhile, back in the U. S. of A. — Let’s put Ronald Reagan’s picture on the fifty dollar bill.


Your Tax Dollars are helping to defeat health care reform. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is an umbrella lobbying organization for Big Business. They’ve probably outspent everybody else when it comes to defeating health care reform. (And financial reform, and clean energy legislation…)

The best thing about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — if you’re a crooked CEO — is that you can spend billions of dollars to bribe Congress, but you can use the Chamber as a middle man; a clearinghouse. Let’s say you’ve “donated” $25 million to the Chamber to help defeat socialized medicine. Your own company won’t have to suffer any negative feedback from the lowly public. The only thing they’ll know is that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has donated X amount of money toward defeating health care reform.

When a drug cartel does this, we call it money laundering.

Anyway, the Chamber’s membership includes some of the largest banks that were bailed out by American taxpayers. So when the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spends jillions of dollars to defeat health care reform — and everything else that’s in the public interest — it’s Your Tax Dollars At Work.

Wingtard Reason #5,999 Not to repeal DADT: Muslim terrorists might be offended if gays are allowed to serve in America’s military forces. We’re trying to kill them but we don’t want to offend them?!?!?!?!?

That flash of brilliance came from Missouri State Senator Gary Nodler, who’s running for Congress. His exact quote was:

“I never said that this would be a cultural affront to terrorists. I don’t care what they think. I said it would be a cultuaral affront to the Muslims in who’s country we are operating. We can not win the hearts and minds of the people by insulting them and ignoring the standards of their culture. “

And whin he wuz in skool he gott very loe graids on hiz reportt kard.

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Blogger Randal Graves said...

And this is precisely why Murka will continue its slow slide down the drain. If you ain't willing to torch n' pitchfork n' Madame Le Guillotine, well good luck with being pragmatic.

Oh crap, I hope I didn't offend any Radical Islamic Jihadists.

March 4, 2010 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger Holte Ender said...

What is it about St. Ronnie of Reagan that inspires so much love and devotion, not to mention BS. My guess is he was electable and the true powers that manipulated him were so bitter and had such ugly personalities they could never run for office. Reagan and W. were two most used men ever to be in high office.

March 4, 2010 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: I'm afraid the rabid Fundamentalists -- Muslim and Christian, since they're both the same anyway -- were deeply offended by your comment.

Holte: That's really odd about Reagan being such a holy figure. Even current Republicans who are so far to the right they make Reagan look like a communist, would never dare to say anything negative about him. And you're right, Reagan and GW Bush were both friendly happy mascots for the ugly manipulators behind the scenes.

March 4, 2010 at 10:45 AM  
Anonymous jordana@israel said...

Muslims and terrorism are not really the same, and yes, influence on Muslim students in European or USA universities can provide us new tolerant generation of Muslims.

March 4, 2010 at 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

Tom, the shooting won't start until the Sons of McVeigh set something off. And them being a bunch of stupid inbreds, they'll have to retreat to Dixie-but I figure they might do some damage before they're cleaned out. I hope I'm wrong, of course.

The Sons of McVeigh can presently be seen at any gathering of "teabaggers." Yes they're a joke, and yes they're too stupid to actually win a shooting war, but they aren't smart enough to be deterred from trying.

March 4, 2010 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jordana@Israel: You're certainly right about that. I don't equate "Muslim" with "terrorism" any more than I'd equate "Christian" and "terrorism."

March 4, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JR: "they're too stupid to actually win a shooting war, but they aren't smart enough to be deterred from trying." And that's a scary combination.

March 4, 2010 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Meanwhile, back in the U. S. of A. — Let’s put Ronald Reagan’s picture on the fifty dollar bill.

This idea will destabilize the currency. With so many fifties being used as toilet paper, the money supply will plummet.

March 4, 2010 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

Wow, those german pensioners don't f' around, do they? I like their style. I really do. There's something...of poetic justice about it. Especially the part where the SOB says "I've known these people for 25 years, I had no reason to be afraid." Until he ripped them off, that is.

March 4, 2010 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

TomCat: LOL. I even thought about putting something like that in the post; either putting his face on toilet paper or on a dartboard.

Bee: I like their style too. Vigilante behavior seems to be about the only deterrent to these corporate crooks. Toothless laws and being glared at by Obama don't seem to be having any effect on them.

March 4, 2010 at 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's See

They already have a Ronald Reagan Airport in California.

They tried to amend the Constitution so he could run a 3rd term.

They wanted to add him on to Mt Rushmore (or put him in Lincoln's place)

Out here in the Bay Area there is a movement to change the name of Mr Diablo to Mt Ronald Reagan on the reason that Diablo meaning devil is un-christian and Reagan is very Christian. (you read right) It was already turned down (especially by many places who would have to re-name) Once but the backers have promised to bring it up again, even threatening to put it on the ballet.

Now they want gong to put him on the 50 dollar Bill.

What's next the United States of Reagan?

For our Currency I would just assume leaving people we know very little about or it's been so long, we no longer care what Saints or Asshole they were - anybody of this Era would be too controversial.

Or put him on a coin, if it was good enough for Kennedy and Eisenhower - it should be good enough for Reagan.


March 4, 2010 at 9:29 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: "The United States of Reagan" -- too funny. Some people would probably go for that, as sad as that is.

March 4, 2010 at 11:04 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Some American college students are getting into the swing of things. Maybe they'll start a trend.

I say we put Reagan on the $3 bill, if we ever get around to having a $3 bill. Rep. Patrick McHenry's constituents should be asking themselves if what this radical-right movement conservative is doing while in office is of any benefit to them — or to anyone but himself.

To understand the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, you really need to read up on Tom Donohue, its longtime head. Donohue makes J.P. Morgan look like a Moveon.org activist. He's rabidly anti-union, anti-worker, anti-consumer, anti-environment and was a cheerleader (and probably instigator) for Bush's 2005 campaign to privatize Social Security. This guy would've told Bob Cratchett that if he was that cold and hungry, he should eat Tiny Tim and burn the kid's clothes for heat.

More here and here.

March 5, 2010 at 1:22 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: I've seen some of these articles about student protests in California. I'm glad something has finally gotten a rise out of them. I'd love to see it become a trend.

I too wonder what McHenry's constituents think of his dithering over something this trivial. Whatever anybody thinks of Reagan, there have to be a few million issues that are more urgent than deciding whose face belongs on the $50 bill.

Thanks for the links on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. I've never known that much about them, but every news story I've ever seen on them is pretty uncomplimentary, to say the least.

March 5, 2010 at 1:42 AM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

National Airport in Washington DC was re-named Ronald Reagan National Airport (or some such twaddle). To the region, it will always be National.

On a side note, the Capital Center was renamed the FedEx center, or some such twaddle. But to the region, it will always be The Capital Center (Cap Center for short). I used to see the Bullets play (and they're the frakking Bullets, not the freaking Wizards or some such twaddle) at the Cap Center when I was a kid. Saw the Harlem Globetrotters, too - back when Meadowlark Lemon and the gang were turning tricks with the ball.

So, It's NATIONAL Airport, and Ronnie Raygun had zero to do with it. It's really quite irritating.

Oh, and I heard RFK Stadium (was home of the Redskins, and where I saw U2 play the Joshua Tree Tour) was being re-named to something else. Probably something corporate, I'm sure.

March 5, 2010 at 3:45 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Well, *ahem* some of us took to the streets yesterday in California to show our disgust with the whole UC/CSU rate hikes. There were lots of us there willing to shout out, but sadly not a lot of us were spoken to by media . It was the vandals and thugs, the bobbleheads I came in contact with, wanted to talk to. I tried my hardest to get a soundbite with one of our local reporters, but all he wanted to see was the idiots out there. Just saying there are not enough of us but we are still out here willing to do the dirty work for those who cannot. I know there are way too many people don't have the time to get involved that is a big part of why you don't see mass protesting the way it is done in Europe. People here are scared to lose that job that may provide them benefits.

March 5, 2010 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Bee: And the irony of naming an airport after Reagan -- it's just too f'in' much. Firing those air traffic controllers was one of the shittiest things he ever did; and that's saying a lot.

I don't automatically side up with workers on strike, but air traffic controllers? When you're on a flight, pilots and air traffic controllers are God. Give 'em what they want.

Jess: All right, way to go. It figures that the media just wants to find the zaniest people in the crowd so they can turn the whole thing into a caricature.

March 5, 2010 at 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I figure next time, to get any reporters attention I am going to have to go a little rogue, forgive the saying. I think I'll get their attention if I flash them, then they can listen to what I have to say. It works to get beads in New Orleans, just saying is all. My luck I would be arrested for public exposure.

March 5, 2010 at 11:57 AM  

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