They keep saying that OBAMA is to blame for the lack of new jobs.
We had a Democratic Congress, and although the jobs numbers did not remain negative, (as they were throughout most of Bush’s terms), they did not go up enough to set the country aright.
So, in 2010, the voters chose…
Leftish: The Global Commission on Drug Policy released findings that the WAR ON DRUGS HAS FAILED [what a shock].
They urged that the world governments (especially the United States) legalize marijuana and other harmless substances, and end this completely destructive policy.
The White House refuted this report saying this:
“Drug use in America is half of what it was 30 years ago, cocaine production in…
“One of the companies I’m involved with right now, Bright Source is constructing the largest Power Plant in America, it’s a 2.7 Gigawatt Solar Plant. We’re building it cheaper than you can build a coal plant, and once you build it, it’s FREE ENERGY forever!
Once you build a coal plant for that…
17-Year-Old Challenges Michele Bachmann on Law Allowing Creationism To Be Taught In Public School Science Classes
“Louisiana students can’t compete with kids across the country and around the world if we’re not being taught evolution,” said Zack Kopplin, 17.
Most high school students are concerned about their grades or getting into a good college, but 17-year-old Zack Kopplin is focusing on conducting a national campaign to challenge a congresswoman on her basic understanding of the separation of church and state.
Kopplin, a student from Baton Rouge Magnet High School, is working tirelessly to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA), a piece of legislation that Kopplin said is a way to sneak the teaching of creationism into Louisiana public school science classrooms.
Initially presented under the guise of “academic freedom,” LSEA singles outevolution for specific criticism. The bill allows local school boards to approve supplemental classroom materials specifically for the critique of scientific theories.
The text of the bill suggests that this is all designed to aid critical thinking, and calls on the Board of Education to “assist teachers, principals, and other school administrators to create and foster an environment within public elementary and secondary schools that promotes critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories.”
And what are the areas in need of “critical thinking,” you ask? Coincidentally, the hot button issues the Religious Right have turned into legislative crusades: evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.
People think of drugs causing violence —
but actually it’s Drug Prohibition that causes violence. Just as the enormous mob and gang related activity surrounding Alcohol Prohibition evaporated when alcohol was made legal.
~ Michelle Alexander, Ohio State University
What Conservatives say they want is “Small Government.”
What they are working on this year is Government that prohibits you from using contraception, that forcibly collects your urine, hair and blood, and that puts you in prison or deports you if it does not like the speeches you attend. This stuff is happening all over, all the time now. This is what Conservative Government is like this year. It sort of seems to me that this ought to be a bigger National Story.
~ Rachel Maddow
OK, here’s an analogy: preventing poor people from using Medicaid to pay for health care and birth control at Planned Parenthood because PP also performs (not-taxpayer-funded) abortions would be like preventing people on food stamps from using them at Walmart because Walmart also sells guns.
On the eve of the November midterm elections, Koch Industries sent an urgent letter to most of its 50,000 employees advising them on whom to vote for and warning them about the dire consequences to their families, their jobs and their country should they choose to vote otherwise.
The Nation obtained the Koch Industries election packet for Washington State—which included a cover letter from its president and COO, David Robertson; a list of Koch-endorsed state and federal candidates; and an issue of the company newsletter, Discovery, full of alarmist right-wing propaganda.
Legal experts interviewed for this story called the blatant corporate politicking highly unusual, although no longer skirting the edge of legality, thanks to last year’s Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which granted free speech rights to corporations.
Leftish: I admit it, I don't have much patience for these "rah-rah" Patriotic Holidays. Today I choose to mourn for our broken...
I don’t understand the Military Mentality.
I consider myself a true patriot, and I want better than perennial war for my country. Silly me, I long for World Peace.
(Imagine there’s no countries, I wonder if you can, nothing to kill or die for, a brotherhood of man)…
As President Jed…
Last week, “The Rachel Maddow Show” ran a story on Michigan politics that had footage so distressing it apparently created an avalanche of mail for the show.
The new Republican governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder, signed a law that allows the state to functionally dissolve local governments and hand them over to “emergency managers,” who are using their new powers to enact a series of wish list items for conservatives under the guise of fiscal responsibility. It’s a project that’s been dubbed “fiscal martial law”, and the latest victims were a group of school girls that were manhandled by police and arrested, all because they wanted to keep their current educational opportunities.
Maddow’s show ran the unnerving footage of police shoving, cuffing and pushing around teenage girls, while the sirens wailed over the girls’ shouts and cries. The girls were arrested for holding a sit-in to protest the closing of their school, the Catherine Ferguson Academy, which was established to serve students who are pregnant or mothering. The school provides day care and parenting classes, and focuses on getting students to college and giving them skills that help future self-sufficiency.
Supposedly “pro-life” conservatives should not only be supporting this school, but demanding that every high school in the country provide these services to teenage mothers. After all, these girls did what anti-choicers ask of them. They chose to have their babies. And now the very same conservatives that wax sentimental about “choosing life” are working to shut down the educational opportunities of young women who did what anti-choicers want, by having their babies. The imminent shut down of Catherine Ferguson demonstrates the emptiness of Republican claims that they oppose reproductive rights because they value life. Instead, Republican policies are rooted in a sadistic desire to punish and control, and to deprive women—-especially young women, poor women, and women of color—-of any opportunities whatsoever. Lynn Paltrow, the executive director of the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, explained,
“I think the range of actions being taken against pregnant women reflects what has been underlying attacks on Roe and abortion all along, a fundamental disrespect for pregnant women, regardless of what decisions they make. The combination of attacks that seek to deprive women not only of reproductive health care but food (through cuts to the WIC program) as well as education for pregnant teens makes clear that it is pregnant women’s personhood and not just their right to choose that is being targeted.” Michigan Republicans are trying to put pregnant women in a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t situation.
If you don’t want to have the baby, good luck to you trying to get an abortion in Michigan. The state already has been given an F by NARAL, especially for heavy restrictions on abortion access for young and low income women.
The state also has onerous waiting periods, complete with false information about the risks of abortion. But some Republican legislators don’t think women who want to terminate pregnancies are hassled enough.
State senator David Robertson has introduced a bill that would require abortion clinics not only to do an ultrasound, but to provide hard copy pictures of it to the patient before she’s allowed to have her abortion.
This adds to the expense of an abortion, as well as creates time constraints that make it harder for clinics to serve all their patients with the best level of care. It also treats pregnant women making difficult decisions like they’re addled-minded morons, demonstrating further the amount of contempt that conservatives have for the personhood of pregnant women.
The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.
The DeVos Family: Meet the Super-Wealthy Right-Wingers Working With the Religious Right to Kill Public Education
The DeVos Family: Meet the Super-Wealthy Right-Wingers Working With the Religious Right to Kill Public Education
By now you’ve surely heard of the Kochs. Meanwhile, the powerful, wealthy DeVos family has remained largely under the radar, while leading a stealth assault on America’s schools
Vouchers are funded with public school dollars but are used to pay for students to attend private and parochial (religious-affiliated) schools. The idea was introduced in the 1950s by the high priest of free-market fundamentalism, Milton Friedman, who also made the real goal of the voucher movement clear: “Vouchers are not an end in themselves; they are a means to make a transition from a government to a free-market system.” The quote is in a 1995 Cato Institute briefing paper titled “Public Schools: Make Them Private.”
Joseph Bast, president of Heartland Institute, stated in 1997, “Like most other conservatives and libertarians, we see vouchers as a major step toward the complete privatization of schooling. In fact, after careful study, we have come to the conclusion that they are the only way to dismantle the current socialist regime.” Bast added, “Government schools will diminish in enrollment and thus in number as parents shift their loyalty and vouchers to superior-performing private schools.”
I mean, seriously, I heard John Feehery, Republican Strategist saying today, “What Paul Ryan has said is, ‘If you’re under 55 this is gonna be something you might have to deal with, if you’re over 55 that’s not going to touch you.’ which is something that polls very well with Seniors.”
Either liberalism needs to be redefined or Obama isn’t really one. Definitely the latter.
[NOTE* from Leftish: I never fooled myself into thinking Obama was a liberal. I wanted Kucinich! Obama was only ever the “lesser of two evils” - he openly admitted that Afghanistan was “a good war” and that he intended to continue it.
When I first heard about Obama I did some research, and found out how he first got into power in Illinois - it isn’t pretty….He ran unopposed after knocking every other contender off the ballot, including the incumbent, by CHALLENGING THE VALIDITY OF THEIR SIGNATURES….Sneaky, under-handed, double-dealing, bordering on unethical, but nonetheless sly and clever…kinda like how he eradicated Bin Laden…
This cartoon really sums up Obama’s “accomplishments” very well — reminding me, once again, of why this President does not always feel like he is my friend, and in fact, sometimes I wonder if we are even fighting on the same side!
To be fair, here is a list of the many GOOD things Obama has accomplished .]