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Starbucks Sucks?

We are just back from Mexico where a cafecito is not something you want to drink in a paper cup
peace everyone,

It really SHOULD be the stuff of revolutions.

In 1978 I was working for the UAW at a foundry in Sparta, MI. At that time my job was as a pieceworker packing piston rings (our product) for shipment.

I was good at the job, and because it only required about four hours a day to complete the assigned work, I could really bust-ass for those four hours and coast through the rest of the day.

But it was hard, painstakingly detailed, physical work.

My average was $17.88 per hour. In 1978.

That was damned good money at that time. Damned good money. In fact it was nearly enough to surpass the maximum income for Social Security which was at 37K at that time. (It's over 100K now.)

But they decided (whoever they are) that working folks don't need to have a good life and good jobs so they started sending shit out of the country - to Mexico, SE Asia, China and so on.

Now they want to retrain workers? I remember that. They took my good job with great pay and wanted to retrain me to do ______________. That only works if there are actually jobs available and around here, there really never were comparable jobs at that time nor now.

It's all a fucking lie. It's all a punishment by the government.

blogged by DWD:

Ambassador Joe Wilson: Jeb Bush Gave the "HONEST" Answer - To the Iraq War - the First Time

Amb. Joe Wilson on Jeb Bush and the Iraq War Watershed
MAY 16, 2015, 2:34 AM EDT 18530 Views

..........why is Mr. Bush still apparently so confused about our failed war in Iraq? It is possible that he is hesitant to criticize his brother’s administration as some have suggested, even though he recently called the former president his top adviser on the Middle East? It might also be that many of the same people responsible for the disastrous invasion, conquest and occupation of Iraq are now members of his foreign policy team. Seventeen of the twenty-one names on the list of advisers to the Bush campaign-in-waiting worked in his brother’s administration and a majority of those were in one way or another associated with the war in Iraq or its aftermath.

Three names stand out in particular: Paul Wolfowitz, John Hannah and Stephen Hadley, all of whom were intimately involved in promoting the war, and in deceiving not just the American people but the entire world. Wolfowitz and Hannah had their fingers all over the document that formed the basis for Secretary Powell’s speech to the UN in February 2003. Hadley, as President Bush’s Deputy National Security Adviser offered his resignation to then-President Bush after discovering three documents in his files from the CIA telling the White House not to include the claim of yellowcake from Niger in the case for war. These were but two of the many lies promulgated by the cabal that brought such disgrace to the Bush administration and to the country.

How can Jeb Bush claim to be his own man when he has eagerly surrounded himself with the architects of the deception that led to the Iraq war? These very deceivers and failures are the men he has shown he will rely on in the future. So, he is his own man, after all. That explains why his first answer to Megyn Kelly’s question was the most honest one. Yes, knowing what we know now, he would still have invaded Iraq and he has the team of dunces to prove it.


"To serve & protect"


"angels of death"

OBAMA: "No one worked harder than B.B.-No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues"

”The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend. B.B. King was born a sharecropper’s son in Mississippi, came of age in Memphis, Tennessee, and became the ambassador who brought his all-American music to his country and the world. No one worked harder than B.B. No one inspired more up-and-coming artists. No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues.

Three years ago, Michelle and I hosted a blues concert at the White House. I hadn’t expected that I’d be talked into singing a few lines of “Sweet Home Chicago” with B.B. by the end of the night, but that was the kind of effect his music had, and still does. He gets stuck in your head, he gets you moving, he gets you doing the things you probably shouldn’t do – but will always be glad you did. B.B. may be gone, but that thrill will be with us forever. And there’s going to be one killer blues session in heaven tonight.”

– President Barack Obama

First they came for the Sara Lee & I said nothing.....

First they came for the Sara Lee and I said nothing ...
by digby

If you think Iran or immigration pisses off the right, get ready. This is likely to make them completely lose their shit:

The Obama administration is expected to all but ban trans fat in a final ruling that could drop as soon as next week, killing most uses of an ingredient that has been put in everything from frozen pizza to Reese’s Pieces but since deemed harmful to human health.

The agency may create some very limited exemptions, but the ruling could force food companies to cut trans fat use beyond the 85 percent reduction already achieved over the past decade — a key piece of the Obama administration’s broader agenda to nudge Americans toward a healthier diet.

The food industry believes low-levels of trans fats are safe. Industry leaders have banded together behind-the-scenes to craft a food additive petition that will ask FDA to allow some uses of partially hydrogenated oils, such as in the sprinkles on cupcakes, cookies and ice cream. The industry hasn’t shared details, but officials maintain the uses will represent “very limited amounts.”

For more than 60 years, partially hydrogenated oils have been used in food products under the status generally recognized as safe, which does not require FDA’s approval. But since the 1990s, reams of studies have linked trans fat consumption to cardiovascular disease, causing somewhere between 30,000 and 100,000 premature deaths before the industry started phasing it out.

In late 2013 the Obama administration issued a tentative determination that partially hydrogenated oils are not generally recognized as safe. The move sent shock waves through the food industry, which has already brought down average consumption from more than 4 grams per day to about 1 gram per day — an exodus largely fueled by mandatory labeling imposed a decade ago.

Scores of popular products, including Oreos and Cheetos, have quietly dropped partially hydrogenated oils over the years, but it remains an ingredient in many products, including Pop Secret microwave popcorn, Pillsbury Grands! Cinnamon Rolls and Sara Lee cheesecake, as well as some restaurant fryers and commercial bakery goods.

Hey, they went crazy when New York made people sell sugar water in vessels slightly smaller than a swimming pool. They are in an ongoing hysterical crusade against Michelle Obama's commie plot to encourage kids eat their vegetables and play outside.

You'll pry their Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls from their cold dead hands ...

digby at 5/16/2015 04:30:00 PM


Former Congressional Candidate And Minister Arrested For Plotting To Attack Muslims

I'm pretty certain that this story will not be covered by the main stream media, nor will Christians denounce this:

Former Congressional Candidate And Minister Arrested For Plotting To Attack Muslim Community In New York, But Let Out On Bail
Robert Rankin Doggart ran for congress last year.
By Zaid Jilani / AlterNetThe and
May 16, 2015


Robert Rankin Doggart ran for Congress in Tennessee last year as an independent, winning 6.4 percent of the vote. He is also an ordained minister in the Christian National Church.

Doggart was arrested last month after he was recorded on a wiretapped phone talking about his intention to take a private militia to Hancock and burn down a mosque and schools while using deadly force on anyone who resisted. “Our small group will soon be faced with the fight of our lives. We will offer those lives as collateral to prove our commitment to our God,” said Doggart in a Facebook post. “We shall be Warriors who will inflict horrible numbers of casualties upon the enemies of our Nation and World Peace.”

Doggart pleaded guilty to interstate communication of threats and he has been released on a $30,000 bond to home confinement and faces between 0 to 5 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

What's particularly unusual about this case is first that the FBI chose not to publicize it and that no terror charges were brought. The second is that Doggart, despite expressing intent to commit terrorism, has been let out on bail. Can we imagine the FBI treating a would-be Muslim terrorist the same



Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), who just announced his candidacy for his old Senate seat, is joining Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in opposing the trade agreement President Barack Obama has been pushing Congress to approve.

"The economy has definitely been improving, and things like the stock market are doing better," Feingold said in an interview with Wisconsin's WISC-TV . "But the economy has to be good for working-class and middle-class families who work every day, send their kids to a school like is in front of my house, and they have to be able to enjoy their lives. That's why you don't pass a trade agreement that ships even more jobs overseas."


AFL-CIO chief: White House trade bill argument is ‘unadulterated horse waste’

"If the president wins this fight, Democrats will be in the minority for a decade or so" on Capitol Hill, Trumka said during a hour-long conversation at The Washington Post's offices. If Obama is seeking to build on his legacy with the TPP, Trumka added, "it will be the wrong legacy."

In sometimes colorful and pugilistic language, Trumka also took direct aim at one of the administration's key arguments on the trade bill. Democrats have called for tough provisions aimed at limiting other nations from manipulating their currency to artificially boost exports to the United States.

White House officials, Trumka said, have said such a provision is a non-starter in part because it could expose the United States to punitive actions if the U.S. Treasury enacts quantitative easing to stimulate the economy.

"That’s just pure, unadulterated horse waste," Trumka said.

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