September 2011

NOW WE CAN RELAX

The House passed a bill on Wednesday that will keep the Government funded for 7 days. This will allow the house to return from their long weekend to vote on a bill that will fund the government for 6 weeks.

It is absurd that the US government cannot work out funding for more than a month and a half. They should all be locked in a room and not let out until they figure out how to fund operations for a year.

It is not surprising that Congress’s approval rating has fallen to 15%, what is surprising is that there is anyone left who still approves of the job they are doing.

SCIENCE – IT’S A METHOD NOT A GUARANTEE

In ‘The American’ the American Enterprise Institute’s magazine, Kenneth P. Green writes an article entitled ‘The Right isn’t Anti-Science’: He claims that: “when you look at the gyrations of environmental NGOs and agencies, the political Left is far more anti-science than the Right”.

He makes thia accusation because he says that the left has a long history of environmental alarmism, from “Silent Spring’ on. But while the predictions of the environmentalists have not always been dead-on accurate, they have created an environmental sensibility that has created a cleaner America.

It is said that politics makes strange bed fellows, perhaps none stranger than unabashed Capitalists and Communists agreeing that enviromental considerations should take a back seat to industry.

He also claims that it is silly to say that: “Right-leaning farmers and animal breeders don’t understand the idea of random mutation and selective retention of traits.” Great, but the majority of Republican presidential candidates deny Evolution and right-wing school boards want to teach creationism in science class.

The Left may not always be correct but they pay attention to the scientific method. Contrast that with the Right which gets much of its ‘science’ from a 2,000 year old book – just because.

DON’T GO ALL CONSPIRACY THEORY ON ME.

President Ahmadinejad of Iran has angered people with his Holocaust denial and his theory that 9/11 was a US government plot. The latter has especial ticked off Al Qaeda. As they say in their magazine ‘Inspire”

“The Iranian government has professed on the tongue of its president Ahmadinejad that it does not believe that al Qaeda was behind 9/11 but rather, the U.S. government,” an article reads. “So we may ask the question: why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?”…

“For them, al Qaeda was a competitor for the hearts and minds of the disenfranchised Muslims around the world,” the article says. “Al Qaeda… succeeded in what Iran couldn’t. Therefore it was necessary for the Iranians to discredit 9/11 and what better way to do so? Conspiracy theories.”

Notice that Al Qaeda invokes “logic and evidence”

I’m not sure where Ahmadinejad and Al Qaeda stand on the moon landing.

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Terrorist Want to Kill Us, Heart Attacks Actually Do. Why the Government Spends Our Money Unwisely.

September 28, 2011

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Really? 9/26/11 – Plenty of Hot Air From Republicans – But None in The Atmosphere?

September 26, 2011

_ BLOOMBERG AND THE BUFFET RULE. Warren Buffet has replaced George Soros as the Republican bogey billionaire. I can understand why the Republicans hate Soros, after all he was born in Hungary as Schwartz György. But Warren Buffet was born in Nebraska and uses the name he was born with. Republicans don’t like him because […]

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Herman Cain Wins the Florida Straw Pole – Where Does That Leave the Republican Race?

September 25, 2011

  IS IT A DATE OR A MARRIAGE? As a follow up to the 9/22/11 debate the Republicans held a straw poll of Conservatives in Orlando. Herman Cain was the easy winner with 37%, Perry was second with 15% and Romney third with 14%. Cain is a gifted speaker and a conservative darling so his […]

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Really? 9/24/11 – Health, Gays, Prisons, Pederasty, Pot, Booze and Santorum

September 24, 2011

THE GREATEST CHALLENGE TO OUR CIVIL RIGHTS Who in the US suffers the greatest assault on their civil rights? It isn’t minorities or gays or women or the disabled. It is all of us. We spend more per capita than any other country on healthcare. But a study of 12 industrial countries by ‘The Commonwealth Fund’ shows […]

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The Republican Debate – 9/22/11.

September 23, 2011

Too many candidates In a track competition “Devil take the Hindmost” the competitors run laps. Each time they cross the start/finish line the runner in last place is eliminated. The Republicans should have used their debates the same way. But instead of the field being trimmed it actually increased by one as last night Gary Johnson, ex-governor […]

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The Troy Davis Execution – What We Can Learn.

September 22, 2011

Troy Davis was executed by the State of Georgia on Wednesday 9/21/11 after the Supreme Court refused to hear an emergency appeal. His crime was the murder of Police Officer Mark McPhail. After his conviction Davis and the prosecution adopted the standard roles. He proclaimed his innocence and the prosecution stood by its case. So […]

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Why Social Security and Medicare Will Never Be Cut. Venality is a Bipartisan Sport. The Politics of Patents.

September 21, 2011

   WE WILL GET AROUND TO CUTTING SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE Medicare and social Security were always known as the third rail of politics. Politicians would never talk of cutting them (remember Al Gore’s ‘lock-box’ in the 2000 Presidential debates?). But now, because they have to make nice with the ‘cut […]

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Class warfare: Memo from the trenches – the rich are under siege.

September 19, 2011

President Obama wants to raise taxes on the rich. Republicans accuse him of class warfare. Republicans want to raise taxes on the poor. That’s all right. Obama wants to ease the deficit with taxes and cuts – “unfair” squeal the Republicans. They would rather have deficit reduction through cuts alone. Are tax increases really class […]

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