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Stuart G

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Member since: Tue Dec 18, 2007, 11:07 AM
Number of posts: 29,406

About Me

I thought I knew a lot, and I found out... how little I knew about what I know. And how much more there is to learn, if I listen and read what others have to say.

Journal Archives

Rachel Maddow, "What Republicans Mean When They Talk about Food Stamps and Millionaires.

last night 12/20/11..it really worth watching...

Rachel Maddow.
From Rachel's Bolg


"When you're 65, you get Medicare. You get Social Security. When you lose your job, if you have paid into the unemployment insurance program, you get unemployment insurance.

You are by definition entitled to these things, and these things have been a huge success in the story of America. They are our social safety net. They have kept people out of poverty. They have kept food on the table. They've allowed us to retire one day instead of working our entire lives until we die.

But the thing about them is that they are entitlements. And that is as important to what they mean to us as Americans as it is to their political survival. You get these things if you're rich or if you're poor. We do not discriminate by class. As Americans, we get them.

But when you try to change those programs so instead of benefiting everybody, they just benefit, say, poorer Americans, you set the stage to break those programs apart because the right has come up with really great politics for making the rest of the country resent programs that only serve poor people. So, suddenly means testing unemployment insurance. That may
seem like a throw-away line in a Republican proposal. That`s not a real
problem, why are they working on that?"

Well, it is a way to dismantle that as an entitlement -- to make us think of unemployment insurance as something that only applies to poor people. And once you convince voters that a program is only for the poor, then it's easier to convince everyone else to whittle it away."


The entire segment is worth watching...And the explanation of what the Pukes really want is sobering. They are out to destroy the
socal net and kill those programs that keep Americans from starving and dieing. Watch the last 3 minutes if you can, she hammers home the point that it is also about setting one group against another, so that Medicare and Social Security can be destroyed. She is one hundred percent correct. This is clear, simple, focused, and totally honest.
Everyone needs to see this..

Question for you. Is the NYT worth $3.75 a week?

The Newspsper Industry is changing rapidly. There are some excellent people writing for the NYT.
To keep that institution, the NYT, vibrant and strong, is it worth it to you, in your opinion, to subscribe for 15.00 a month?

I've been thinking about it, and would like to hear from others.
I have read that this paper has had some financial difficulties in the past.
Is this the best way to support it?

In Iowa the World's Food Capital, there is hunger.


The face of hunger increasingly belongs to the working poor, like Kim Olsem, who has trouble feeding herself despite holding two jobs.

By Beth Dalbey
Email the author
December 20, 2011

If hunger is an invisible problem in Iowa, blame it on people like Kim Olsem, a mother and a fighter, whose two jobs — one working with the elderly, the other working with schoolchildren — don't pay enough to feed her properly.

She is an unlikely face of hunger, one of a growing number of formerly middle-class Iowa residents who have dropped to the ranks of the working poor, those who make enough money to pay for rent, maybe transportation, but not much else. And like others in Iowa and around the country, even the charitable food pantry she counts on is running out of food.

“When I run out of money for my other needs, I come here,” said Olsem, 49, who stood in line at a West Des Moines food pantry just days before Christmas. “Food always comes last. My bills have to come first.

“Food,” she said, “is a luxury sometimes

Two words ...very sad.

A general question on the Celebration of Christmas in U.S.A and some other places....

This is not meant against anybody, I say so in advance, but I would like to know an answer.

Jesus I understand was born in the summer. That is what both astronomers say was the possible time of
the star, and historians say summer was the time when people went back to places of birth to be counted or taxed.

Now...How did we get all this winter, snow, rituals, trees, ..Santa, sleighs, etc.
Where did all that come from?
thanks in advance for those that know. I hope I have not offended anyone by asking..thank you.

Hate is still hate, greed is still greed

Hate is still hate.
Greed is still greed

How do you treat others?
I don't give a damn about sexual orientation, race, background, male/female, old/young.. etc.
I learned the hard way, you cannot always trust people based on what we think they are,
It is what they really are.

I needed some money and I asked my rich cousin to loan me some.
I really trusted him, and I need it bad.
He said that if I ever needed that kind of help, he would be there.
I was severely depressed, and needed it to pay for a divorce settlement.
The rich cousin sent me to the bank to get the loan at 6 percent (early 90s)
My old friend, who happens to be gay, lent it to me. no percent

Where I worked, I met all kinds of people from all over the world.
I was a teacher.
Every kind of people. From Asia, South America, Europe,
Mexico, Puerto Rico, Africa..
There were Afro-Americans, and regular "whites from the old neigborhood"
every religion..every type of person.

You name it, they were there..
It was an accident of location,
That neighborhood High School, just happened to have 57 languages being spoken there.
I tried my best to listen and watch.

Some kids cheated, most were honest,
Some kids cared about others,
Many were selfish assholes.
I met people that stole,
I met people that gave.
I met a kid that killed,
I met kids that loved.

Me, I tried to do the best I could.
I tried to be fair to everyone.
Some teachers stayed after and helped,
Some left when the bell rang to leave.
You learn the truth about people,
Or, you don't learn.

Republicans, now, it seems...
Don't care
Don't tax the rich an additional one or two percent.
Don't help the so called, "poor"
It is their fault..
It is exactly the same,
Just listen to them carefully.
You will hear it.
It is the same.
It is about greed.
It is about hate.
I try not to hate.


It isn't the first time I have been wrong, or could be wrong, and it wont be the last...

I have found out that there are many unions involved in making Koch products, I didn't think of that before..
knee jerk reaction...
Unions represents a lot of workers at GP facilities .Union workers get decent wages...benefits..etc.

The Kochs are doing what they can to break the union, but they are standing strong. A boycott, and resulting loss of business and jobs, would be perfect for the Kochs to force horrible terms onto the workers, then force them out on strike, and be able to weather a strike that kills the union off.

Then they get to be non-union, and it scares anyone else off from unionizing. ..............

In the end we have a non union situation where we had unions before, or worse, foreign competition....
I got no answer, all I know is life isn't simple..

OK,..as I move along, I need to learn more. what else is new?..
don't we all need to learn some more, and listen more? ..hell I am not alone on this...I think....


Another Georgia Pacific Brand.
Koch Bros. Company.

please pass this on to our friends. thank you..

They did it, Why Can't We?

Isreal did it
France did it.
Why can't we?

On December 7,the past President of Isreal, Mose Katsav went to jail after being found guilty of sexual assault one year earlier.
Two Days ago, past President of France, Jacques Chiric, was found guilty of corruption.

Why can't we do the same?
Is it against our laws or something?

A joke about 4 retired guys ordering very cheap drinks...#8

Four old retired guys are walking down a street in Yuma, Arizona. They turn a corner and see a sign that says, “Old Timers Bar - ALL drinks 10 cents.” They look at each other and then go in, thinking, This is too good to be true.

The old bartender says in a voice that carries across the room, "Come on in and let me pour one for you! What'll it be, gentlemen?"

There's a fully stocked bar, so each of the men orders a martini. In no time the bartender serves up four iced martinis—shaken, not stirred—and says, "That'll be 10 cents each, please."

The four guys stare at the bartender for a moment, then at each other. They can't believe their good luck. They pay the 40 cents, finish their martinis, and order another round.

Again, four excellent martinis are produced, with the bartender again saying, "That's 40 cents, please." They pay the 40 cents, but their curiosity gets the better of them. They've each had two martinis and haven't even spent a dollar yet.

Finally one of them says, "How can you afford to serve martinis as good as these for a dime apiece?"

"I'm a retired tailor from Phoenix," the bartender says, “and I always wanted to own a bar. Last year I hit the Lottery jackpot for $250 million and decided to open this place. Every drink costs a dime. Wine, liquor, beer—it's all the same."

"Wow! That's some story!" one of the men says.

As the four of them sip at their martinis, they can't help noticing seven other people at the end of the bar who don't have any drinks in front of them and haven't ordered anything the whole time they've been there.

Nodding at the seven at the end of the bar, one of the men asks the bartender, "What's with them?"

The bartender says, "They're retired people from Florida.
They're waiting for Happy Hour when drinks are half-price."

A Joke about being a Wallmart greeter. #7

My 1 day employment..and this happened:

So after landing my new job as a Wal-Mart greeter,
a good find for many retirees, I lasted less than a day....
About two hours into my first day on the job a very loud,
unattractive, mean-acting woman walked into the store with her two kids,
yelling and screaming obscenities at them all the way through the entrance...
The kids cringed as she yelled, loud enough for all of us to hear...Awful.

I said pleasantly, 'Good morning and welcome to Wal-Mart.
Nice children you have there. Are they twins?'
The ugly woman stopped yelling long enough to say,
'Hell no, they ain't twins. The oldest one's 9, and the other one's 7.
Why the hell would you think they're twins? Are you blind, or stupid?'...
So I replied,
'I'm neither blind nor stupid, Ma'am, I just couldn't believe someone slept with you twice.
Have a good day and thank you for shopping at
My supervisor said I probably wasn't cut out for this line of work!

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