Nothing New tonight

I apologize to all but I am unable to access the internet this evening. I am able to post this via my iphone app for wordpress, but I am sure not going to type out a whole article on my phone and I cannot access the drafts that are out there. So thank Time Warner Cable for being the unreliable jerk-offs that they are. I will post something as soon as I am able.



  1. gmanfortruth says:

    Life happens! Weather sucks everyhwere, we’ll be fine in time!

    • I don’t know what you’re talking about.. I was talking to Al Gore the other day and he told me that Global Warming is going to destroy the internet..

      .. and he worked so hard to create the internet ..

  2. Been having similar troubles.

    Frustrating to no end.

    • Internet was knocked out for a portion of my city. Back up and looking at possible flooding. I live above the 100 yr flood plain. May not matter if it’s a 150 yr flood.

  3. Question-just how are we supposed to pay all these entitlements if the government intends to stop us from making any of that evil money. Not to mention their intentional raising of prices on everything else in the process.

    April 27, 2011
    Endangered listing of lizard may shut down Texas oil
    Greg Halvorson
    You can’t make this up. First, a Spotted Owl destroyed the timber industry of the Pacific Northwest, then a minnow turned the most productive agricultural land in the world into a dustbowl, and now, as energy prices spike and the economy sputters, they’re going after Texas with a scurrilous reptile.

    Specifically, the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard. That’s the latest more-important-than-people critter being used to lock-up resources in the name of planet Earth. The drilling moratorium didn’t cause enough pain, so onto the Endangered Species Act – known at the Sierra Club as “Ol’ Reliable” – to make certain Texas has lizard-filled poverty.

    Lizard or livelihood? That’s what’s at stake. And the pro-poverty Earth Firsters stratifying government can’t have both. If it determines that the lizard is indeed endangered, the Fish and Wildlife Service will shut down the most productive oil counties in Texas, ban roads, and slow farm activity, as it “studies the ecosystem” for up to five years.

    This should please Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, who in 2008 said, “We must increase gas taxes to force people to turn to alternative energy. Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to levels in Europe.”

    That’s the goal-Europe. Low growth. High taxes. As our economy shrivels and land is restricted, as we ignore wealth beneath our feet and slide toward uncertainty, they slither along, creating dependency…. Sauve le lezard!

    They should say it in French.

    • So how is using 5 acres for oil production more harmful than plowing 640 acres for corn production to make alcohol?

      • What is it that D13 always tells JAC-quit trying to use logic 🙂 The intent is to stop drilling-Period

        Read this and remember that he was actually a part of Obama’s team.

        Former Obama Adviser Van Jones Helping to Push ‘Human’ Rights for Mother Nature

        By George Russell

        Published April 25, 2011

        Van Jones, the Obama administration’s controversial former “green jobs czar,” has found a new calling: helping to push for a new, global architecture of environmental law that would give Mother Nature the same rights status as humans.

        The new movement is almost certain to be showcased at a U.N.-sponsored global summit on “sustainable development” to take place in Rio de Janeiro in May 2012, when similar issues of “global environmental governance” are a major focus of attention.

        Jones is taking up the challenge as one of the newest board members of an obscure San Francisco New Age-style organization known as the Pachamama Alliance, which has been creating a global movement to make human rights for Mother Nature an international reality — complete with enforceable laws — by 2014. The Rio summit will create an important midpoint for that campaign.

        Jones joined the alliance’s board last December, shortly after the organization announced creation of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature to carry the concept around the world—and install it not only in international law but in the statutes of communities and municipalities across the U.S.

        He resigned from the administration in September 2009 after making public apologies for some of his past actions, including the signing of a 2004 petition that questioned whether the Bush administration had deliberately allowed the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to happen, and his previous affiliation with a self-described communist organization, the Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM).

        The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature “is working to build a movement of millions of educated and inspired individuals, with thousands of successful cases of enforceable Rights of Nature legislation having been enacted at local and national levels, by the end of 2014,” according to the Pachamama website.

        The group also is running a parallel media campaign, called “Four Years. Go.,” to build enthusiasm for the same rapid environmental change, using “personal communication, social media and a rich web presence to inspire a movement of people who recognize the urgency, and the opportunity, of this time and stand for using the next four years, through 2014, to literally change the course of history.”

        Organizing and advocating just such a radical “green” restructuring of the U.S. economy is the skill set that brought Jones to the Obama White House staff as a “green jobs czar” in the first place.

        Jones has continued to advocate those ideas since leaving the administration, as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a think tank closely associated with financier George Soros, and at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Center for International Affairs.

        Now, his green community organizing skills apparently are going global, along with the Pachamama Alliance’s rights-for-nature campaign. Telephone calls and emails to Jones, his assistant and the institutions where he now works as a fellow, as well as to the San Francisco offices of the Pachamama Alliance, had not been returned before this article was published.

        The movement that Jones has joined shares its goals with some of the more radical governments represented at the United Nations, notably Ecuador and Bolivia, both nations with substantial territories in the Amazon Basin, and both with close ties to the socialist government of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.

        Bolivia last week sponsored an “interactive dialogue” on “Harmony With Nature” at the United Nations that included promotion of the same notion of a Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Mother Nature. By no coincidence, the U.N. debate was scheduled immediately prior to this year’s April 22 Earth Day celebrations—renamed “Mother Earth Day,” at the United Nations.

        This year, the global celebrations also start an unofficial countdown to the U.N.-sponsored global summit in Rio de Janeiro next year.

        The summit, known in U.N. shorthand as Rio + 20, is intended as a 20th anniversary successor to the famous Earth Summit of 1992, which gave enormous stimulus and legitimacy to the global environmental movement. This time, its aim is to produce new efforts at “global environmental governance,” meaning a strengthened international regulatory framework for environmental issues, and to provide new momentum for a global “green economy.”

        Next year’s summit may also offer the “Rights of Nature” movement a chance to unveil at least a draft version of such a universal declaration, a prospect welcomed by the Bolivian sponsors of the April 20 debate at the U.N.

        “Rio + 20 is a good opportunity to have that step forward,” said Pablo Salon, Bolivia’s ambassador to the U.N. “It would be like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

        Salon sees such a declaration as the kickoff to a longer-term campaign to create legislative reinforcing the new Nature rights, and he noted in an interview with Fox News that the Bolivian government asserts it is the first country to give the rights of nature equal status with human rights in its legal system. Bolivian President Evo Morales has frequently said that “the central enemy of Mother Earth is capitalism.”

        Salon also told Fox News that his country is working with an offshoot of the Pachamama Alliance, known as the Pachamama Foundation, on its nature rights campaign, but emphasized that the Pachamama group is “one of many networks” Bolivia is working with on the issue.

        Among other things, the Pachamama Alliance claims that through the Pachamama Foundation—a “sister organization” it created in 1997 among native peoples of the Amazon Basin — it was instrumental in helping to install the same “fundamental rights for nature” it espouses into the constitution of Ecuador in 2008.

        The constitution includes such provisos as “Nature has the right to be completely restored,” and it mandates the government ban “introduction of organisms and organic and inorganic material that can alter in a definitive way the national genetic heritage,” among other things.

        On its website, the Pachamama Alliance says that its co-founder and current CEO, Bill Twist, continues to “guide the work in Ecuador” through the the Pachamama Foundation. On its own Spanish language website, the foundation, which is ostensibly an organization of indigenous peoples in one of the most under-populated areas of the Amazon, says it is the alliance’s “national counterpart.”

        The foundation says its main purpose is to “promote an alternative and innovative model of development, based in good living and with an emphasis on recognition and respect for human rights and the rights of Nature.” It is promoting an alternate monetary system for use among native peoples in the Amazonian region.

        Also, according to a recent posting by the Pachamama Alliance, the Ecuadorian foundation has forged a strong relationship with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the U.N.’s flagship anti-poverty arm, as an official monitor of UNDP investment in the Amazon region.

        The website says that its foundation oversees eight development projects financed by UNDP’s Small Donations Program. The projects are “aimed at improving social-environmental problems through community ecotourism, organic cacao production… capacity and awareness building,” among other things.

        Its website also boasts its own YouTube channel for the offerings of its mini-production company, PachaProducciones.

        The foundation, in other words, is well positioned to become a poster-child in the walk-up to next year’s Rio environmental summit—in the new movement for a radical regime of global environmental law that Van Jones has agreed to help organize.

        “The constitution includes such provisos as “Nature has the right to be completely restored,” and it mandates the government ban “introduction of organisms and organic and inorganic material that can alter in a definitive way the national genetic heritage,” among other things.”

        Just think how this could be interpreted. And cap and trade-done deal -if this ever became law. They just keep coming up with new ways to try and sneak in the environmental objectives-thereby insuring economic domination at the same time. And of course we must take note of the declaration that “the central enemy of Mother Earth is capitalism.” No, we non-elite little nobodies mustn’t be allowed to have any control over anything of importance.

      • Corn ethanol producers have better lobbyists and the American public are idiot and don’t see the problem.

    • but those lizards help fight global warming!

  4. SUFA

    Now I must ask you all for some feedback. I feel lately like I am in a jar filled with liquid so that everything I say is heard on the outside in some garbled manner that distorts and changes the meaning. So the responses to my comments cause me to scratch my head and wonder WTF???? I admit I am not a master of the language by any means but my difficulty with communicating seems to be worse by the day. So I ask you all. What am I missing or where am I going wrong?

    First, I want to share with everyone a discussion I had with some folks at HuffPo yesterday. There are two branches of the discussion which I identify in a note. My repost may not be in perfect sequence with other comments due to the way HP posted them. But I think it is pretty accurate regarding the flow of the discussion. The discussion started over the deficit/debt and what to do. I responded to a comment blaming the Republicans.

    So keep looking for a scapegoat instead of ACCEPTING the REALITY of where we are.

    And you and I and our fellow citizens are to blame. Nobody else.

    Understand¬ing where the problem arose form allows us to determine the correct course in order to not repeat the mistake. You want us to listen to plans from the group that created the debt and clearly takes no ownership.

    BOTH political parties created our DEBT and the DEFICIT.

    So who are you going to listen to for advice on how to solve the problem? The same progressive/modern liberals and neo-cons who contributed or are you going to search for NEW answers?

    Who did it is irrelevant, because in the end it was US. WHAT caused it is the relevant question. But more importantly, WHAT is the proper role of Fed, State and Local Govt. That is the debate of the day, but it is obscured by all the political rhetoric.


    The debate over “The proper role of the various levels of government” is nothing but a proxy fight over the New Deal/Great Society…¬and the redistribution of wealth and power that these programs represented in creating the 20th Century American Middle Class.

    The all arguments about “ideology” are nothing but Trojan Horses, in a batter over power.

    Those who wish to see wealth redistributed downward in society from the very wealthy to the middle-class in order to see that it remains healthy…and we maximize the amount of human talent that is cultivated in each generation…….and those who don’t give a rat’s @ss what kind of society that they live in…as long as they are rich, and they are are the top of any power structure within it.

    THAT is the real political struggle going on in this country.

    “There is no such thing as a society.”

    —-Margaret Thatcher.”


    Thatcher’s comment was and remains accurate and true. But in the context in which she meant it, not the one you seem to be trying to fit it into.

    Society is a word invented by man to describe groups of humans who live in proximity and share certain values, systems, etc. Thatcher was simply trying to show that the concept of what is best for “society” is a false claim.

    Because a society is made up of the very things you mentioned. It is not a SINGLE, UNITARY thing. Thus it is impossible to determine what is best FOR IT. Because you see, what is BEST is that thing which happens when everyone within it is free to pursue their own best things.

    Proper role is not a “proxy fight” over the New Deal. IT IS THE FIGHT. It never ended because those who won the first battle couldn’t admit it would reek havoc upon the society they thought they were saving.

    My core principles include individual freedom, liberty and justice for all. And not “social justice” but the traditional version. Our current Govt goes far beyond protecting these values and in fact acts against them in many ways. I am not alone in these feelings. And funny isn’t it that I am NOT rich. Nor are most of my friends who share my views. So I urge you to stop playing the class warfare card as a response to legitimate philosophical debates.

    Ironically, your side of the debate share some of the same concerns, albeit for differing reasons. Like the continuous intervention in the affairs of other nations and the unrestricted use of military force to carry out our “national interest”. Another was the wasteful and corrupt bail out of the financial banks.

    I offer this to show you how the dogma prevented a great opportunity from becoming reality. And it happened on both sides.

    “”There are only individual men and women, and there are families”

    —Margaret Thatcher.

    That benightedly narrow view of the world that ignorantly (and vehemently) denies the reality of the larger systems and the larger communities in which people find themselves is part of the problem in our politics.

    The reality of (and the consequences of ignoring ) these higher-order levels of social organization and systems do not simply VANISH, because people like Thatcher stick their heads in the sand pretend they do not exist.

    We just simply become an ever more dysfunctional society, as our ideologies become ever more divorced from (inconvenient) reality.”

    “Thank you for being a perfect demonstration of precisely what I was talking about. Thatcher couldn’t possibly be anymore wrong and misguided.

    You are trying to impose discrete, conceptual, and purely artificial limits upon an what is an organic phenomenon…and expecting Reality to honor the conceptual restraints you choose to put upon it.

    What I call the “Reality is Whatever I Say it Is” orientation.

    Your definition of “Society” could also fit a “family”, an “extended family”, a “clan”, a “community”, “city”, state”…..etc…

    The systems in which human beings operate are a continuous, interconnected and interdependent web…a “tangled hierarchy” where the group (at every level) impacts the individual…and (every) individual impacts the group.

    …and every group has its own collective consciousness (or identity), its own group interests. Just as every individual has these same faculties.

    The reality that drives every HEALTHY society is not imposing the artificial (and misguided) notion that only one level of the hierarchy is “valid”…and ignoring the rest.

    Be it the group at the expense of the individual (authoritarianism, Communism)¬. Or the individual at the expense of the group (Objectivism, malignant Libertarianism, laissez-faire Capitalism¬). Or worse—just deny the existence of the levels outside of the area of one’s preferred focus as Thatcher did.

    Reality demands a DYNAMIC BALANCE and holistic approach to dealing with relationship between individual and group. Being and system. The notion that one must choose one or the other is a false dichotomy.”

    “A false dichotomy born out of a misperception of the nature of key interdpendant relationships.

    Once one realizes the nature of these relationships…and the dynamic nature of them…one quickly grasp the utter FOLLY of ANY rigid ideology.

    Because ANY ideology–¬-be it Conservatism, Libertarianism, Progressivism, Socialism, Communism, Capitalism¬…ad infinitum, is nothing but a misguided attempt to concretize and render static, what is dynamic and flowing.

    One might was well try to capture the wind in one’s hand…or a river in a bottle…as try to insist that ONE particular ideology defines what is Truth in absolute terms.

    All any ideology can do (at best) is capture how things look in one snapshot in time….from one particular point of view. Step away from that instant….or step away from that limited point of view…

    …and all the assumptions that held the ideology together fall apart…and the decisions that flow from become increasingly at odds with reality and dysfunctional.

    Which is why the saying “Ideology makes for poor policy” is such a profound truth.”

    Rosie: (Note to SUFA: This comment was in response to the very first comment of mine above)

    Teapublica¬ns are immuned to facts , they make up their own. That’s the REALITY. ACCEPT it!


    They have no monopoly on such behavior. One only has to spend time here to see that truth.”

    No one has a monopoly on it for sure.

    Adherents to any ideology or fixed set of beliefs tend to invoke their character and emotional defenses against any facts that call that ideology or their beleifs into question.

    All you have to do is try to rationally argue someone out of their religious beliefs or their political ideology to see how those defense mechanisms get called into service.

    …but Cultural Conservatives (which is what the Tea Party really is) have FAR MORE than their share of it…

    …and are doing everything possible to build that monopoly.

    As an example of what I am talking about, regarding my confusion, in the above discussion I could have sworn that I and this KellyGreen were agreeing on the concept of Society. I simply used fewer words. Furthermore my explanation that this concept is the same as what Margaret Thatcher was trying to convey seems to have evaporated into thin air before reaching the ears of my antagonist. Otherwise why would the attack on Thatcher continue? Then the discussion, I should say lecture, continues in what appears to me to be a grand circle leading back to the beginning. While it is used to condemn what appears to be “all” ideologies I can not see where there is any concrete connection to the conclusion regarding those “ideologies” mentioned by the accuser. By the way, I tried to point this out and the HP moderators wouldn’t let it post.

    So once again. What am I missing? Where am I going wrong? Or am I perfectly sane and the rest of the world has gone crazy.

    I would also like to discuss the concepts and argument presented by KGreen if anyone is interested.

    Best to Everyone this Morning

    • I have found that any discussion on HP is pointless. Mods get in the way which prevents any meaningful dialogue.

      • BF

        I agree and this was rare and unusually long. But this am I discovered this person is a major player there.

        That aside, I would appreciate your views on the discussion and my questions.

        • JAC,

          Cut one out at a time, in a post on its own.

          • BF

            Before we do that I have a more general question re: KellyGreen

            What type of animal are we dealing with here, in your opinion?

            This person obviously detests the “conservatives” and seems to support socialist/progressive agendas, yet denigrates these as “ideologies” as well. So is it a Nihilist Anarchist/Progressive? Certainly not your Anarcho Capitalist as the logic and reasoned arguments are missing.


    • They want to think and feel they are “good” people.
      They believe in their agenda and will twist facts and reality to make it come out to support their viewpoint.
      Consider Obama’s budget where he stated deficit reduction along with spending increases. You might want to ask if they are David Bowie fans?
      “putting out the fire, with gasoline”
      makes the same sense.

    • Kellygreen said “Cultural Conservatives (which is what the Tea Party really is)”

      wow. I thought the Tea Party was about being Fiscally Conservative.

  5. Obama’s Birth Certificate is released.

    Naten53 asks was that really so difficult? I would have released it as soon as the question was raised about the certificate of live birth. I always assumed he was born in Hawaii but thought it was curious why he never released the so called long form version. Doing this now will only have people like me saying “Its about damn time” but since this has been allowed to drag on since 2008, people that truly believe he was born foreign will think it is a fake.

    • I was under the impression that Hawaii never releases the long forms at all, thus why people were allowed to inspect it, but it wasn’t “released.”

      Maybe he just wanted to wait until all the front runner candidates were on record as “birthers” so that he could smack them all with it at once? That would be pretty smooth..

      • Mathius

        I don’t know who started that claim.

        I know that this is what the COLB looks like that I have gotten for all of our family when needed.

        Issued by the State upon request and after paying required fees. Only the copies I get included the embossed seal to prove their authenticity. It is usually located at the bottom next to the date stamp.

        Noticed this one doesn’t show the seal. WHY NOT?

        See my comments below for a theory.

    • Many Americans not certain if Trump was born in the US
      This is too funny, but this new USA Today poll puts some limits to how seriously we should treat these polls on where Obama was born.

      not everyone is convinced Trump was born in the USA either: 43% say he definitely was born here, and 20% say he probably was; 7% say he definitely or probably was born in another country. Nearly three in 10 say they don’t know enough to say. . . .

      For Obama

      only 38% of Americans say Obama definitely was born in the USA, and 18% say he probably was. Fifteen percent say he probably was born in another country, and 9% say he definitely was born elsewhere.
      Views already are polarized about President Obama and some major Republican candidates for 2012. . . .

      from John Lott

    • Truthseeker says:

      I am not a birther, but I do wonder why he didn’t have his own copy? One of the most important documents one could have is your original Birth Certificate. I bet you he has every paper he has ever written stored somewhere.

      • Truthseeker,
        Here’s the thing that is constantly missed:

        If you are born in Hawaii, the “short-form” cert of live birth is the legal document that documents your birth. It’s what you use to get a passport and…I don’t know…run for president…

        What else do you use a birth certificate for??

        The state of Hawaii usually does not issue the “long-form” to residents.

        So Obama did have a copy of his “birth certificate.” He posted it online 2 1/2 years ago. Some people just don’t want to believe that.

  6. 8)

  7. Naten, Mathius

    I think POTUS wants this to stay alive. It helps him politically, even now.

    Note the date stamp on the released long form. April 25th, 2011. That was monday and means the registrar stamped the document IN HAWAII during the workday on Monday.

    How did George Stefanopalus (sp) get a copy for his interview with Michell Bachman on Sunday??????

    I’ll give the POTUS credit and assume that Hawaii FED EXed the document in overnight to the White House. That puts it in the White House April 26th, Hawaii Time. Or perhaps they had military jet fly it to D.C. and it was stamped first thing in the morning. Putting it in the White House late Monday April 25th, Hawaii Time.

    I can’t remember which side of the dateline Hawaii is on. So maybe it all works out. But it still doesn’t address the 2011 date stamp, when they claimed they had this all along but just didn’t want to make it an issue.

    I think they needed to upset the cart because the Repub. leadership was openly claiming the Birther issue Closed.

    I am betting this will actually start to stir things up again, assuming my timeframes on the date stamp are accurate.

    • During daylight savings time Hawaii is 6 hrs behind EST

      • anita

        Forgive my rudeness this morning. How are you my dear?

        Noticed reduced presence lately. I assume the home schooling is filling your days.

        Hope all is well and big hugs your way.

        • Yes homeschooling has been keeping me tied up. Another couple weeks or so and we should be able to wrap it up..just in time for me to return to Hawaii for my daughter’s graduation from college. Talk about a proud mama grizzly! 🙂

          You guys have been in some pretty deep discussions though lately..that’s where I just shut up and learn.

    • anita, thanks. Just checked the actual time there.

      It is almost 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

      So the date stamp on the certificate could not have been place any earlier than start of business (assume (9:00 a.m. Hawaii) on Monday, which would be 3:00 p.m., Monday in Washington, D.C.

      So my question remains the same. How did George have a copy in his possession on Sunday?

      • Fair question.. can you back up your assertion that George had a copy on Sunday and your assertion on the date stamp? I haven’t seen either.

        • Mathius

          I saw a clip of George’s TV show with Bachman. He showed her the document and stated it was the long form and the white house had given him a copy. Her reply was that the issue should be settled then. I assumed it was his Sunday news show.

          Maybe it wasn’t Sunday, but I thought that is when his TV show is on. This was after he had interviewed Trump late last week.

          Maybe it was Monday and he had a faxed copy of the document that was in transit.

          You can go to Huff Po to see a picture of the document they claim was released.

        • Mathius

          This gets even better. How funnnnnnnnnyyyyyyyyy.

          Here is a news story on the George/Michelle interview.

          Published FRIDAY, April 22nd.

          Read the article. It provides an explanation of what may have happened during the George/Michelle interview. Which if true should get George FIRED for lying to his guest.

          • JAC,
            I saw the show when George was interviewing Michelle. It was last Wednesday. George didn’t lie to Michelle – it was obvious he was referring to Obama’s “short form” certificate of birth.

            A couple of thought:

            1. I almost fell over and died when Michelle said it was a non-issue!! OMG, she’s gone so-far-crazy she’s actually come full-circle back to reality!! 🙂

            2. If Michelle was not sure what document George was referring too, shouldn’t she have verified the document before stating her opinion?

            3. Maybe this interview is what prompted Obama to release the “long form”.

            This might be hard to follow, but bear with me!

            Since Michelle said it was a non-issue, and Obama’s release today confirms that (assuming, of course, people believe the long-form), it makes Michelle look good, and it makes Trump and all those still hung-up on the Birther issue look bad. That gives Michelle a leg-up on the Republican nomination. And she’d be one of the easiest to beat in the general election!!

            Just another “crazy” theory!! 😉

            Another issue – will the “Birther Bills” now continue, or will they be dropped? Jan Brewer vetoed one in Arizona, but I believe there are others pending…

            • Possible.

              Or they want to pump up Trump to keep the R’s going round and round.

              Others have speculated it was to divert attention from the Fed meeting today. I don’t believe that one though. He could have used some other distraction.

              Besides, HuffPo and others have been headlining this all day. Thats no accident either.

              Based on the left wing commentary it seems to have pushed their love buttons for him and their hate buttons for anything that refers to tea.

              Let me just say this. He didn’t produce it because he suddenly wanted to stop the story. They have let this thing lie for two years because they wanted it that way. I am sure they have a goal here and that it is political.

              Then again, I could just be falling victim to the contagious synicism that has been going around.

              • Truthseeker says:

                I find it odd that people are trying to link birthers to the Tea Party. I think people are deliberately forgetting what the Tea Party is and trying to demonize them.

              • Ray Hawkins says:

                @JAC – please don’t pass out after reading this…..

                So I am listening to Chris Stigall (1210 AM in Philly) this morning and I have to agree with some statements that Newt Gingrich made – this whole ruse of the press conference and chastising folks – not real Presidential. He could have just as easily instructed someone in Hawaii to release it no?

                My opinion was that this was always a non-issue. Its disappointing that our POTUS is competing with the Trump for air time – and it not as if whatever crap Trump was spewing was really diverting attention from war, economic issues, gas prices, etc. – they just wanted it to SEEM that way.

                Major fail Mr. President. Now get back to work.

              • Ray Hawkins

                I will not pass out, nor am I all that surprised you see this.

                I think only those who are still moon struck in love can’t see any of this.

                Bush had the same type of followers, as did Clinton. They can do no wrong, even when their actions are not consistent with the observations.

              • Ray Hawkins says:
  8. Ray Hawkins says:

    So USW – do the Bruins have any gas left in the tank? Or should they start polishing the golf clubs?

    FTR I didn’t think my Flyers would get out of the first round given the problems in finding consistency between the pipes lately.

    • Ray

      Thanks for the clip on internet yesterday. I hate my slow computer. It took 45 minutes to download an 11 minute story.

      Anyway, I was wondering when somebody would wake up to the other side of the nets use. Good find and timely I think.

      • Ray Hawkins says:

        Sure thing JAC – what I’d also hoped for is how the Internet is used domestically to limit freedom.

    • Red Wings all the way!

      • Ray Hawkins says:

        Anita – the Wings aren’t allowed to win any more cups for time being. They need to spread the wealth around……


  9. In his mid-April speech on the budget deficit, President Obama echoed conventional wisdom when he cited the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer as a reason to raise taxes on the wealthy in order to reduce the national debt.

    Research, published at The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, from Cornell economist Richard Burkhauser, Joint Committee on Taxation economist Jeff Larrimore, and Indiana University economist Kosali Simon, however, suggests that the president’s piece of conventional wisdom isn’t entirely accurate. According to the findings, while the rich have indeed been getting richer, for the last 30 years so too have the poor and middle class.

    Burkhauser told The Daily Caller that Obama’s suggestion that the poor are getting poorer understates the amount of income to which Americans actually have access. The president does not take into account, Burkhauser explained, tax unit shifts, government transfers, and other sources of income such as health care benefits.

    “The bottom line is [conventional wisdom] asks what’s been happening to private personal income over time and they are right if you look at that for tax units, things do not look very good for the middle class,” he said. “But if you take other things into account, the reason the country has not gotten in a civil war is because things are not that bad. In fact everybody has done better.”

    Burkhauser’s research shows what has actually been happening to the lives of Americans over the last thirty years — not just counting the amount of money individuals made in the market, but the actual income that people get in their hands to spend.

    “This isn’t a zero sum game, where one group wins at the expense of others,” Burkhauser said. “The growth in productivity of Americans in the top twenty percent of tax units increased the size of the economic pie sufficiently to register major gains across the entire distribution of after-tax income.”

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    • LOI

      Couldn’t resist clipping this comment from the article:


      We haven’t been “running on the ideology of the right” for a long time. Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and FDR ushered in Progressivism and conservatism was pushed to the back row for decades. Blame your own admitted beliefs for all of this mess.
      Entitlements, and the political corruption that goes with them, are directly attributable to Progressives. Union corruption and excess is directly attributable to the left, and so is the destruction of the public education system, which has made our work force inferior to many nations, when once we were the best.

      There are now more people dependent on the government for income than any time in history. Only 51% of government revenue comes from the private sector. Too many years of sucking money from the American taxpayer, especially American small business, has left our economy hollow and ready to collapse. Union wages and benefits forced manufacturers to go overseas or die. The government meddled with hiring, or lowered academic standards, to force Affirmative Action down our throats, resulting in a poorer quality of graduate or worker, across the board. Merit was ignored in favor of political correctness, and this is the result.

      Thank the Progressives who went before you, for this is their fault, not conservatives. You are young and concerned about the country, which is good. Now get a grip on history and the policies that led us here, and you will soon reject Progressivism. Many young people have as they have gotten older and wiser. Some are too rigid, and frankly too stupid to see the truth. I hope you are smarter than that.

      I wonder if truthseeker and truebearing are related?

  10. gmanfortruth says:

    Thanks to Black Flag for posting this link awhile back. I decided to post each Chapter on Wednesday’s, very good read, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  11. It has been a long hard day for us in Alabama; many have lost everything, to include their lives from the worst tornado outbreak I have ever seen. I watched a mile wide tornado bear down on some of largest cities in this state. I fear the death toll will be very high as some towns are just gone. We did just fine but many across the state did not. Tomorrow I fear will bring nothing but bad news.

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