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December 26, 2013

If Howard Dean had been in Sebelius's chair I

think the ACA roll out would have worked, or at least been much smoother. And he would have been out front scoring points for the Democrats passing the legislation. Nobody in Obama's cabinet has stepped out to support his agenda since day 1! In the meantime, the GOP grifters are on every Sunday political show, etc... blasting him and everything he tries to do.

September 29, 2013

I've read that Wall Street and the usual players like the Chamber of Commerce don't have control

of the monster now. Instead, it's Heritage, Jim DeMint the front runner, Koch Brothers, etc, and those types of money bags. That makes it much scarier to me, because they have all the money in the world and they don't even have to be rational about what they do to the country. Look what Adelson was prepared to spend to own his players in the last election. This is a crowd of evil f....rs.

It's mind boggling to think a whole nation full of working schmucks can sit here with everything they have at risk again because of this selfish hate mongering crowd is willing to push us all off the cliff because they hate the black guy. It makes you wonder if they are all wealthy. My story's no worse than any others and better off than many, I'm sure - but I retired after working 43 years - not a big amount of anything, widowed, and straining to try to get my granddaughter through college (daughter is disabled). I'm seventy now and don't have the time, money or strength to start over.

I heard somebody say how many times do the Republicans have to threaten to burn the house down before we know they really ARE arsonists?? I really get upset, then just incredibly blue.

September 22, 2013

Same crowd that brought us Iraq and Afghanistan. Truth be known, probably 9/11 as well.

PNAC never quit and they never will.

I am so sick of McCain/Graham, Kristol and group. Don't ever turn your back on them because they will never quit trying.

I trust Netanyahu and the Israelis as far as I can throw them.

June 24, 2013

In Thomas' view that means the state can only consider race "to provide a bulwark against anarchy,

or to prevent violence".

What the hell does that mean?

I guess Martin Luther King's peaceful protests would have had to be bloody riots.

I have no words for this despicable man.

April 17, 2013

Why don't we save the taxpayers some money?

Put those "Nay" f**kers on the street and set an NRA lobbyist in their chair. Cut out all this middle-man crap.
April 17, 2013

A spreadsheet error - Really????

FROM Salon article:

The problem is that debt moralists used the study to justify a political belief, and they will not shed that belief now that the study has been shown to be flawed. The idea that debt is just innately bad, and indicative of a sort of national deficiency of character, will persist. It’s not based on data, it’s based on facile analogies to kitchen table checkbook balancing and “common sense” about how it is always necessary to “live within your means.” We already have plenty of evidence that austerity doesn’t boost economies, and no one cares. No one will care about this.”

I looked up Reinhart and Rogoff. Both were appointed to the IMF during Bush’s first term.

Rogoff gained attention in 2002 when he wrote an open letter to Joseph Stiglitz after Stiglitz criticized the IMF in his book, Globalization and Its Discontents. After reading Rogoff’s open letter to Stiglitz, I seriously doubt the “arithmetic” in the Reinhart/Rogoff report was a simple mistake. Take a minute to read the letter, remembering it was written in 2002. They were just insuring the report said what they wanted it to say - - - and it's been inflicted on the world.

Rogoff’s letter: http://www.imf.org/external/np/vc/2002/070202.htm
March 31, 2013

Such a simple plan. Has the "Bain Model" moniker been made official yet, or are we still waiting

on a proper, commonly understood descriptor for this theft?

The "necessary" bankruptcy was set up in 2007 when Peabody established Patriot in order to load it up with debt and relieve the employees of their pension money...

It's all the more vile when you consider the nature and danger of the jobs these employees do. The industry holds whole regions captive because there's so little work available other than mining, then these vultures connive to deprive them of the possibility of retiring before they die.

No. There's got to be a better name for it. "Vulture Capitalism" isn't graphic enough.

March 31, 2013

TN State Legislators propose US Senate Primaries to be conducted by State Legislature, not voters

NASHVILLE — "During the last eight U.S. Senate primaries in Tennessee, an average of about 686,000 people have voted in each contest. Under a Republican proposal advancing in the state Legislature, the number picking nominees would drop to 132.

The bill, set for a state Senate vote on Monday, would shift that nominating power from primary voters to state lawmakers of either party.

“This is a way we can actually choose the candidate and make them more responsible,” said Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, who supports the plan. “The federal government is completely broken, and there’s got to be something to get their attention. And this could be it.”

Ramsey said the bill’s prospects for passage are about 50-50.

Republican state Sen. Frank Niceley of Strawberry Plains, the measure’s main sponsor, says it is aimed at returning Tennessee closer to the system used before 1913, when state lawmakers directly appointed U.S. senators. That corruption-marred system was replaced with direct election by the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Niceley’s bill, which would only apply to primaries and not to general elections, would go into effect after next year’s election, meaning it wouldn’t affect Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s efforts to be re-nominated for another term." http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2013/mar/29/tenn-legislators-may-get-to-make-senate-choices/#comments

Republicans are by far the majority in both houses (R 70, D28, I1/R26, D7) and we have a Republican governor, so this crap really could pass. This is the same bunch of yahoos who made national news last week when they freaked out over a new Muslim footwashing vessel they discovered in a newly renovated Capitol bathroom. It turned out it was a mop sink. It was so good Colbert reported on it and then MSNBC repeated it from Colbert.
A little local disdain here: http://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/letter-from-the-editor/Content?oid=3375095

Every time I think they can't get stupider, they get stupider.

I think we should be prepared to see all sorts of squirrely stuff coming from the Republican state houses across the country as they gloat over their newfound power. Tennessee is sure ready for the competition - stupid on steroids here!

March 10, 2013

See comments #3,4,5 & 6

As of now there are 10 comments posted to the Consortium link. Some readers have drawn lines from the Nixon tapes to JFK's assassination. (As usual, one comment leads to another. Start with comment #3 for the others to have context.)

We've recycled far too many of our evil-doers.

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