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"Hard to Believe I saw this on TV tonight!!!" Kinda made me wonder what you folks think???
http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/45800303/#45800303"Hard to Believe I saw this on TV tonight!!!" Kinda made me wonder what you... more
Something I think is very important and if you could take the time to sign our petition at the end much appreciated.
In April, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to cut Medicare and Medicaid. Even Democrats on the so-called Super Committee are talking about cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.
Essentially Congress is telling senior citizens and the poor that tax cuts for billionaires and millionaires are more important than providing a health care safety net for our most vulnerable.
But did you know that members of Congress get great taxpayer funded healthcare? In fact, they get one of the best health care plans in the world.
It strikes us as the height of hypocrisy to be accepting government-provided, taxpayer-subsidized health insurance while denying seniors, the disabled and the poor the basic coverage that Medicare and Medicaid provide.
That’s why we’re circulating this petition demanding that members of Congress who voted to cut Medicare and Medicaid stop accepting taxpayer-subsidized health insurance for themselves. If they beli eve our most vulnerable citizens should buy insurance on the corporate, for-profit market, shouldn’t they do the same?
Sign the petition. Tell Congress: If you don’t believe in publicly-funded health coverage, don’t accept it.
That's why I signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives, which says:
"If you voted to cut Medicare and Medicaid, you must stop accepting taxpayer-funded healthcare for yourself and your family."
Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:
http://signon.org/sign/congress-if-you-voted?source=s.fwd&r_by=329768Something I think is very important and if you could take the time to sign our... more
Is your senator one of those working to gut EPA's last year's revised regulations on emissions standards and pushing to poison you with more mercury? With industry money behind them, our Senators are saying "SCREW THE PUBLIC, LET THEM DIE!" EPA caved to industry funded legislator's request for a moratorium on the implementation of direly needed revised toxic emissions standards once, and now they're poised to do it again! EPA is signaling that it will condone and let the toxins fly while awaiting "PUBLIC COMMENT". WTF!
Shout out to EPA, all legislators and President Obama:
What is there to think about? Whether we should commit suicide because we don't have insurance to pay for our toxin caused cancer? Whether we should consume as many drugs and alcohol as possible so it lessens the pain from all the fatal diseases and illnesses resulting from the poisons you are encouraging to be put into our lungs and stomachs? Whether we should be buried or cremated? What's your point? What's to think about? What the F__K are YOU thinking about?
Please read the article and raise some hell before it feels and smells like hell all around us. http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/172061-overnight-energy
"Lawmakers, industry target EPA air rules on two fronts"Is your senator one of those working to gut EPA's last year's revised... more
http://www.youtuCenk Uygur on tea party backed Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) making outrageous comments on how as people become more dependent on government they become less dependent on God.
be.com/watch?v=PaF7hAICk-o&feature=player_detailpagehttp://www.youtuCenk Uygur on tea party backed Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) making... more
To protect the basic human rights of women and LGBTQ individuals, do your part to protect the much-needed establishment of Planned Parenthood. This place has always served as a haven to the marginalised and oppressed, and without it, basic human rights shall be set back a hundred years.
http://www.examiner.com/transgender-transsexual-issues-in-national/save-planned-parenthood-todayTo protect the basic human rights of women and LGBTQ individuals, do your part to... more
The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in “psychological operations” to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has learned – and when an officer tried to stop the operation, he was railroaded by military investigators.The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in... more
Scott Walker Gets Punked By Journalist Pretending To Be David Koch
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/23/scott-walker-buffalo-beast-phone-prank_n_827058.htmlScott Walker Gets Punked By Journalist Pretending To Be David Koch... more
Democratic lawmakers have fled the Indiana Statehouse to prevent passage of Republican-backed anti-union legislation, copying a tactic used by Wisconsin state Democrats last week to block similar legislation. In the face of the walkout, Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels suggested Republicans drop the bill on Wednesday.
The chairman of the Indiana Democratic party says the legislation would lower wages for Indiana workers. The bill would make Indiana a "right-to-work" state, which would prevent unions from entering agreements with employers requiring workers to be union members as a condition of employment. Right-to-work laws are on the books in 22 states.
"On average families in right to work states make $5,500 less income than working Hoosiers," said Dem chairman Dan Parker in an interview with HuffPost. "This bill would depress middle class wages here in Indiana." (According to AFL-CIO calculations using Labor Department data, workers in right-to-work states make $5,333 less than their counterparts in non-right-to-work states.)
Democrats are protesting the right-to-work bill along with several others, including one that would ban collective bargaining by public sector employees. Parker said Indiana Democrats drew inspiration from the public reaction to a similar move by Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin, who fled the state to prevent passage of a bill that would destroy collective bargaining rights for public workers. Republicans say they're going after union members' pensions and collective bargaining abilities in an effort to tame swelling state deficits.
Union Woes in Indiana take an unexpected turn.
More at Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/22/indiana-democrats-flee-st_n_826739.htmlDemocratic lawmakers have fled the Indiana Statehouse to prevent passage of... more
"Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason."
— Mark Twain
In the time when our founding fathers drafted our Constitution, and created the U.S Government, they did not intend on government service to become a career.
It is the purpose of this petition to be the voice of the people to limit the terms of Senators to two (12 years maximum), and Representatives to six terms (12 years maximum).
(Reelections have stayed above 85% since 1965, and in 2008 are at 94%) - http://www.firetherulingclass.org/ruling.asp
In March 21, 1947, the Twenty-second Amendment (Amendment XXII) was ratified, and so set limits to the office of The President...but none for anyone else.
The last ratified Amendment in the constitution was in 1992, and dealt with issue of their pay raises.
No such limits have been proposed, or ratified for the very people who write the laws which impact our daily lives.
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." -Lord Acton
In a time when our nation seems so polarized by either left, or right; this one thing, I hope we all can agree upon.
We do not need members in Congress or the House, who ignore the voice of the people, or who lend an ear to the highest bidder. We do not need Legislators who grow comfortable with their seat, and do all they can to latch on to it.
We need leaders, representatives who heed our voice, and perform a service to the people of these United States.
It is not a seat of power to be used to make oneself a fortune, but should be used to better the lives of all.
I propose this be added as the 28th Amendment of the Constitution. (for the benefit of all)
Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of Senator more than twice, and no person who has held the office of Senator, or acted as Senator, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected Senator shall be elected to the office of Senator more than twice (two six-year terms). This article shall be retroactive when applied. Those who currently serve as Senator shall stay for the remainder of the term. Those who have served a prior, consecutive term, will not be eligible for reelection. Those who have served two or more prior consecutive terms will also be ineligible for reelection, upon ratification, and there after.
Section 2. No person shall be elected to the office of Representative more than six terms (one term is for two years), and no person who has held the office of Representative, or acted as Representative, for more than eleven years of a term to which some other person was elected Representative shall be elected to the office of Representative more than six terms. This article shall be retroactive when applied. Those who currently serve as Representative shall stay for the remainder of there term. Those who have served a prior six consecutive terms, will not be eligible for reelection. "
Section 3. The terms and length of service for Senators and Representatives shall not be changed or abridged by the United States or by any State. Only a popular vote, won by no less than 85% of US Citizens shall over turn the limits."Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same... more
Senator Murkowski Teams Up Wth Energy Lobbyists to Derail the Regulation of Global Warming PollutionI suppose it might be sad to say that we were and were not surprised to hear this week that two dirty energy lobbyists helped craft the effort to neuter the Clean Air Act, which could next appear as an amendment to the Senate’s debt ceiling vote next week.
If you missed it, the Washington Post confirmed on Tuesday that lobbyists from Bracewell Giuliani and Sidley Austin helped write an amendment from Senator Lisa Murkowski that will strip Clean Air Act and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to regulate global warming pollution. Check out the Washington Post follow-up on it here, here and here.
Who are Bracewell Giuliani and Sidley Austin? Oh, only lobbying firms that represent Southern Company, Duke Energy, Progress Energy, and other major coal supporters. And the specific lobbyists who ghost-wrote this amendment, Jeffrey Holmstead and Roger Martella, held EPA positions during the Bush Administration.
If you recall, last month EPA declared that global warming pollution endangers human health and welfare and announced plans to limit emissions from big polluters. The decision is a long-time coming and is crucial in controlling the global warming pollution from the coal industry – which contributes 30% of total U.S. global warming emissions.
This amendment may come up for a vote on January 20th, and its passage would mean that big polluters will be bailed out by blocking President Obama and EPA from taking action to limit emissions.
After years of research, scientific debate, court cases, public hearings and comments, Senator Murkowski is suggesting that we simply choose to "un-learn" that global warming is happening and that it will be dangerous to human health and welfare.
But EPA is merely doing what the Clean Air Act already requires--and what it was ordered to do almost three years ago by the Supreme Court. And last month, more than 400,000 Americans submitted comments in favor of EPA's proposal to limit pollution from the biggest global warming polluters - among the highest number of comments ever submitted in favor of any proposal.
These big polluters – including the coal industry - are using the same tired old arguments, too. Suggestions that this EPA action means the agency plans to regulate farms, schools, hospitals, cows, and Dunkin' Donuts are simply false - EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has said as much on numerous occasions. In reality, EPA plans to limit the new common sense, economically feasible regulations to only the largest polluters. Those statements attempting to scare small businesses are merely misleading smears designed to derail any limits on polluters.
We cannot continue to let Big Coal push for loopholes and weakened pollution rules so they can keep making money.
Instead of looking for ways to delay action, senators need to finalize comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation as soon as soon possible - and more important in the short-term, they must say no to this amendment or any other attempt to weaken the Clean Air Act.
You can urge your senators to do as much - tell them to vote no on any amendment blocking EPA action on global warming emissions from the largest polluters.I suppose it might be sad to say that we were and were not surprised to hear this week... more
In a powerful speech from the Senate floor Sunday, Sheldon Whitehouse (RI-D), took his Republican colleagues to task for their "no-holds barred mission of propaganda, obstruction and fear." Whitehouse concluded: "There will be a reckoning. There will come a day of judgment about who was telling the truth."
"[Republicans have engaged in] a campaign of falsehood about death panels and cuts to Medicare benefits and benefits for illegal aliens and bureaucrats to be parachuted in between you and your doctor. Our colleagues terrify the public with this parade of imagined horrors. They whip up concerns and anxiety about socialized medicine and careening deficits and then they tell use the public is concerned about the bill.""Vindictive passions often arise, [Hofstadter] points out, when an aggrieved minority believes that America has been taken away from them their kind, though they are determined to try to repossess it and to prevent the final destructive act of subversion. Does that sound familiar . . . in this health debate? . . . [Hofstadter] wrote of the dangers of an aggrieved right-wing minority with the power to create what he called a political climate in which the rational pursuit of our well-being and safety would become impossible."Our colleagues are behaving in this way – unprecedented, malignant and vindictive – because they are desperate to avoid that day of judgment, frantic and desperate now and willing to strange and unprecedented things, willing to do anything, even throw our troops at war in the way of that day of reckoning. If they can cause this bill to fail, the truth will never stand up as a living reproach to the lies that have been told. . . . But when the bill passes and this program actually comes to life . . . there will come a day of judgment, and our Republican friends know that. That, Mr. President, is why they are terrified.”In a powerful speech from the Senate floor Sunday, Sheldon Whitehouse (RI-D), took his... more
Senators prepared to cast their first votes Wednesday on health-care reform, but even as partisan divisions hardened and contentious amendments stacked up, Democrats increasingly expressed optimism that they would succeed in passing a bill before Christmas.
LINK : http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/01/AR2009120104127.htmlSenators prepared to cast their first votes Wednesday on health-care reform, but even... more
I think that all homo sapiens can understand how the mere thought of an organization that receives government money through contract mechanisms being tangentially involved in setting up a fake tax shelter for a fake pimp and his fake prostitution ring of fake prostitutes can justifiably lead to lawmakers going absolutely cross-eyed with white-hot, impotent rage. But what happens when a similarly taxpayer-endowed contractor attempts to cover up employee-on-employee gang rape by locking up the victim in a shipping container without food and water and threatening her with reprisals if she report the incident? Somehow, it doesn't engender the same level of anger!
Credit new Senator Al Franken however, for introducing an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that would punish contractors if they "restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court." You'd think that this would be a no-brainer, actually, but that didn't stop Jeff Sessions from labeling Franken's effort a "political attack directed at Halliburton." Franken, of course, pointed out that his amendment would apply broadly, to all contractors, because otherwise, 'twould be a bill of attainder, right? Right?
Franken's amendment ended up passing, 68-30. Here's a list of the Senators who showed broad support for Roman Polanski by voting against it:
ADDENDUM: It's been pointed out to me that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce lobbied against the Franken amendment as well:
Republicans point out that the amendment was opposed by a host of business interests, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and applies to a wide range of companies, including IBM and Boeing.
I guess we must cover up crimes like rape in order to save capitalism.
Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/07/meet-the-senators-who-vot_n_312976.htmlI think that all homo sapiens can understand how the mere thought of an organization... more
For nearly half a century, Sen. Edward Kennedy has guarded his family's political legacy. Stricken with cancer and as Congress takes up his signature issue, he is tending to his own.
Kennedy asked Massachusetts lawmakers to change state law to give Gov. Deval Patrick, a fellow Democrat and supporter of President Barack Obama, the ability to appoint an interim replacement to Kennedy's seat should Kennedy be unable to continue serving.
Under state law, an election is required within 145-160 days after a Senate seat becomes vacant. That would temporarily leave Massachusetts without a voice in the Senate — and Senate Democrats potentially one vote short on any health care overhaul legislation.
Kennedy said he supports the special election process, but wants to ensure the seat is filled during the course of the election.
"It is vital for this Commonwealth to have two voices speaking for the needs of its citizens and two votes in the Senate during the approximately five months between a vacancy and an election," Kennedy said in a letter to Patrick.
For Kennedy, the proposal is about more than just the mechanics of succession.
Health care has been Kennedy's core issue for decades. Although Democrats hold a potentially filibuster-proof margin in the Senate, the fate of a sweeping health care bill could hinge on a single vote and some moderate Democrats have been wavering. Another Democrat, Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, has been seriously ill and often absent.
Leaving supporters of a health care overhaul a vote short could put that piece of his legacy in jeopardy.
"I think he's simply being cautious about the future in order to protect issues he cares deeply about, most importantly health reform," said former Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman Philip Johnston. "It's a statement of his commitment to health reform and his support of President Obama."
The clock for a special election is triggered either on the date of a resignation or the incumbent's death.
Though Massachusetts is dominated by Democrats, a change in the law isn't a sure thing. That's particularly true when the change has to do with the prickly topic of succession to one of the state's top political prizes.
Any change could not happen immediately. Lawmakers are not expected to return to formal sessions until after Labor Day.
Patrick, on vacation this week, issued a statement but gave no indication if he would support the change.
"It's typical of Ted Kennedy to be thinking ahead, and about the people of Massachusetts, when the rest of us are thinking about him," said Patrick, who just last fall noted more than 40 other states fill congressional vacancies by gubernatorial appointment.
Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo — both Democrats — were equally circumspect.
"We have great respect for the senator and what he continues to do for our commonwealth and our nation. It is our hope that he will continue to be a voice for the people of Massachusetts as long as he is able," they said in a joint statement.
The state last changed its succession law in 2004 to require the special election. Before that the governor was allowed to name a successor. At the time, Democrats were worried that then-Republican Gov. Mitt Romney would be able to fill any vacancy created if Democratic Sen. John Kerry was elected president.
Republican House Leader Brad Jones said he proposed virtually the same idea in 2004 as Kennedy is proposing now — which would have allowed Romney to name someone to fill the seat on an interim basis — but it was overwhelmingly rejected by Democrats.
"If this is going to move forward, people are going to have to explain what's changed between then and now," said Jones, of North Reading.
click to read the rest of the story....For nearly half a century, Sen. Edward Kennedy has guarded his family's political... more
Senate Republicans plan to confront Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor with her own words, taken from speeches dating back 15 years, as they try to raise doubts about her ability to judge fairly.Senate Republicans plan to confront Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor with her own... more
White House takes swipe at British press over Daily Telegraph report
One can only react with horror. Contained in the stories and images of the torture of defenseless prisoners, some of them boys and women, is the true face of US imperialism, which finds no crime beneath its dignity in its effort to subjugate Iraq and Afghanistan.
White House takes swipe at British press over Daily Telegraph report
White House takes swipe at British press over Daily Telegraph report
Daniel Nasaw in Washington
Gibbs twice more criticised the British press. "I think if you do an even moderate Google search, you're not going to find many of these newspapers and truth within, say, 25 words of each other," he said, adding, "I hate to lend any more credibility to nonfactual reports."
The White House has taken a swipe at the British press in an effort to fend off questions about photographs that reportedly show US soldiers in Iraq raping and sexually abusing prisoners.
At the daily White House press briefing, spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked to comment on a report in yesterday's Telegraph that quoted a retired American general describing shocking details of photographs from US detention facilities in Iraq, which President Barack Obama has declined to release to the public.
"If I wanted to read a write-up today of how Manchester United fared last night in the Champions League cup, I might open up a British newspaper," Gibbs said. "If I was looking for something that bordered on truthful news, I'm not sure it would be the first stack of clips I picked up."
The Telegraph quoted retired Major General Antonio Taguba, who investigated abuses at Abu Ghraib prison, as saying that the unreleased photos "show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency" committed on prisoners in US custody.
Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the Telegraph "completely mischaracterised the images", and said "none of the photos in question depict the images that are described in that article".
Gibbs twice more criticised the British press. "I think if you do an even moderate Google search, you're not going to find many of these newspapers and truth within, say, 25 words of each other," he said, adding, "I hate to lend any more credibility to nonfactual reports."White House takes swipe at British press over Daily Telegraph report... more
WASHINGTON — He had never run for office before. Married twice, once into money and then into fame, he was dismissed even by a former subordinate as a “dilettante.” His party did not want him as its standard bearer and put him on the ballot only when its nominee died in a plane crash.
But by the time Senator John W. Warner of Virginia finished packing his office on Friday to close out 30 years in the job, he had built a reputation as a mainstay of the Capitol, regarded for his independence, integrity and national security expertise. No longer Elizabeth Taylor’s sixth husband, Mr. Warner at the end has completed his journey from ridicule to respect.WASHINGTON — He had never run for office before. Married twice, once into money... more
It focuses on the relationship between Barack Obama and some of his friends from Chicago--Bill Daley, Tony Rezko, Emil Jones and the governor,” Davis said. “It, I think, adequately points out that these people play important roles in his political future and past and should be subject to the same kind of scrutiny that Barack Obama has tried to promote on our side.”It focuses on the relationship between Barack Obama and some of his friends from... more