Sunday, March 20, 2011

Got An Hour? Two? Spend 'Em With Jeff Sharlet & "The Family"

All you EVER needed to know about the anti-democratic, subversive, seditious bunch of god-blighted meretricious fucktards, oligarchic wackloons, and theocratic shitwhistles as EVER you'd wanna know. This could ruin yer whole day!
Parts 1-10:

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Confidence Game

Hartmann and I disagree on whether or not there is time to effect structural change through existing institutions. It took the Kochsters--the John Birch Society, et al--almost 50 years, and countless BILLIONS of dollars to finally corrupt the system enough (they call it, deceptively, "gaming") to install their shills and lickspittles and scabs in gummint to finally take over and deliver it.

We don't have that kind of time, or money, or even numbers.

Sorry 'bou'dat!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Local Licenses: The "Real" Targets Of The Attack On NPR

The "ether" on the Web--FB, of course, but elsewhere, too--is ABUZZ with the announcement that the House has scheduled a vote tomorrow on "zeroing out" NPR's federal appropriation. I'd say it's a done deal. Ever since that refugee from the Orleans Parish prison got the video, it's been a foregone conclusion, imho. You cannot tell the truth about the Teabaggers, cannot even imply that you KNOW the truth about them: which is that they are, indeed, the suburban arm of the KKK; the only difference being, the Baggers' sheets are polyester-blend, floral prints from WalMart, not the plain home-spun of Forrests' marauders.

But all that is a charade, part of the kabuki. What's at risk here, the real stakes in the game, are the licenses of the local outlets which would be imperiled if the local stations, which receive a total of around $95 MILLION annu8aly, lose that revenue stream.

What happens is, they are forced to sell the licenses. Licenses in even middling markets sell for fucking beaucoup Million$. Every frequency, in every market, is allotted. If the 1) the House zeros out NPR, and the Senate goes along, and St. Barry, the Pale, does not demonstrate hitherto unforeseen and unforeshadowed depths of courage, that's gonna be the pay-off.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Netroots Organization Founded Independent of Dems: RootsAction.Org

The Real News, with Jeff Cohen, founder of FAIR (among other things):

More at The Real News

Meanwhile, down the road a ways, the Teahadists are getting instruction in the art of "trolling": Using personal media to disrupt and confuse...

Monday, March 14, 2011

No Homeland Security Unless We See The WHOLE PLANET As "Home."

John Perkins, the economic hitman of the title, is the real deal. I think he inclines a little too far toward "optimisim" under the circumstances, but this may be a sign of desperatuion from someone who has looked FAR into the abyss.

Here's a whole hour of these revelations:

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Interesting Take; Futile Advice

ANY legislative angle on redressing the damage unleashed by CU v FEC is pretty much doomed to failure by the fact that the people who will be called upon to vote to approve any such legislation are either 1) already in the pockets of those whose interests would be threatened by such legislation or 2) intimidated by those deep pockets, and the threat of a well-financed, primary opponent.

And that is before you add in just how long the process of Amendment takes. Over 200 YEARS for the last one. And don't ask about the ERA, which would be milque-toast compared to any effort to overturn or reverse CU v. Fec...

And, remember, too there has to come a vote, eventually somewhere; now remember California's plebiscite on Prop. 8?

Friday, March 04, 2011

Economist Dr. Rob Johnson: Cuts? Oh Yeah, We're FUCKED!

Dr. Robert A. Johnson - Executive Director of The Institute New Economic Thinking (INET) and a senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. Dr. Johnson served on the United Nations Commission of Experts on International Monetary Reform under the Chairmanship of Joseph Stiglitz. He is also the Director of Economic Policy for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (FERI) in New York. Dr. Johnson was previously a managing director at Soros Fund Management where he managed a global currency, bond and equity portfolio specializing in emerging markets. Prior to that time, Johnson was a managing director of Bankers Trust Company managing a global currency fund. He also served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee under the leadership of Chairman William Proxmire (D. Wisconsin) and before that, he was Senior Economist of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee under the leadership of Chairman Pete Domenici (R. New Mexico).

More at The Real News

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Marx In Soho! Back, On Public Transportation: "I Am Not A Marxist!"

And neither is Robert Reich. He explains:
I like Reich, except when he preaches his 'optimism' mantra for solutions. It's what he gets paid the big bux for: "Oh, look! Robert Reich's optimistic. It can't be ALL fucked up, can it?"

Sadly, yes.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

In Wyoming: "Small Gummint Conservatives" Vs "Culture War Fucktards" In the GOP?

Rachel Maddow sees room for optimism on the issue of 'abortion" in the resistance of some "small gummint" conservatives to big, intrusive Fucktard/Fundie intrusionists who are waging the culture war as a political charade. I don't. Watch the clip, and I'll tell you why.

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I am not at all 'relieved' that there, in Wyoming, the "most GOP lege" in the land, there seems to be a division on the Righjt on abortion when there is still gonna be unanimity when it comes to quashing environmental regs, or saving the wolves, or permitting extractive industries to rape the land for a buck, and I DON'T see ANY evidence that the GOP in Wyoming has any desires to rein in the CorpoRats.