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Glaisne's Journal
Glaisne's Journal
October 11, 2012

Hey Mitt where's the tax returns?

Remember when there was a sort of a to do about Mittens not releasing his tax returns? What happened to that? That's no longer an issue? WTF? Meanwhile the teabaggers and their ilk go on and on and on and on and on and on and on about the GDF birth certificate! Wouldn't it be a whole lot more legitimate to still be going on about Mitt's tax returns? How come I'm not hearing about that anymore? This is what pisses me off about Liberals.

Hey Mitt! Show us your tax returns!

August 31, 2012

Why the Republicans could win big this year

Why? Through cheating of course. Conservatives could never win in a free and fair election. They know that. So they will cheat. A lot. Here's how:

1. Voter ID Laws. These are being pursued by many states which are designed specifically to disenfranchise students, elderly, minorities, and the poor. See http://www.propublica.org/article/everything-youve-ever-wanted-to-know-about-voter-id-laws

2. Purging Voter Rolls. Theses activities being pursued by such states as Florida, Texas, and Pennsylvania are using bad data and faulty pretexts to throw hundreds of thousands of legitimate voters off the voter rolls. See http://www.brennancenter.org/content/section/category/voter_purges_and_challenges and http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/08/02/629311/new-analysis-by-list-company-voter-purges/

3. Partisan Election Officials. Too many election officials in charge of the day to day running of the election are republican operatives and party supporters. Their actions include reducing early voting and reducing hours the polls are open. They are an obstruction to free and fair elections. See http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/08/elections_in_the_hands_of_the_partisan_and_incompe.php and http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/06/22/504616/partisan-republicans-aggressively-seeking-to-become-election-officials-in-florida/

4. Direct Voter Suppression. Right wing tea bagger groups like True the Vote will be sending poll watchers to minority and poor dominated precincts with the specific aim to intimidate and interfere with voting by minorities and the poor. Other actions that will occur, especially in swing states, that have been done in the past include illegal police road blocks on roads leading to polling places, too few voting machines in democratic districts, a preponderance of broken and malfunctioning voting machines located at democratic districts. See http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/25/1124196/-True-the-Vote-s-effort-to-steal-the-election

5. Electronic Voting Machines. Easily hacked and manipulated proprietary electronic voting machines are owned and maintained by companies with known support for republican candidates. These machines have been proven multiple times to be easily hacked and have provided unusual and unexpected results in many races. The companies have resisted investigation by claiming their machines are proprietary, which is a problem for fair and free elections. See http://www.salon.com/2011/09/27/votinghack/ and http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/empire/2012/may/09/reports-find-machine-errors-led-uncounted-votes-2010/ and http://www.blackboxvoting.org/

6. Unregulated and unlimited propaganda in campaigns through so called social welfare super pacs thanks to Citizens United.

This means even greater effort on our part to get out the vote and register new voters. Do not underestimate the other side. They are motivated, disciplined, and are cheating!

June 18, 2012

You're Not Entitled!

This long blog post is a good read. This excerpt is to whet your appetite:

You’re not entitled to not pay taxes just because you’re rich. You’re not entitled to go around whining about how you shouldn’t have to pay at the same rate as everybody else because you allegedly create jobs – except of course you’ve had those tax exemptions since the Bush Administration and you and your pals in the venture capital world have yet to create a single goddamned job. In fact, you’re not entitled to talk about how the American jobless rate is over eight percent when you’re the asshole who outsourced all the jobs to India and Mexico in the first place – just because it made for a momentary increase in the bottom line during your whole one year tenure as a serial CEO. You’re not entitled to live without the consequences just because you work on Wall Street. You’re not entitled to a golden parachute and twenty million dollar bonuses when everybody else in the company you turned into a smoking crater is out on the street and the stockholders are left with nothing but a pile of worthless paper. You’re not entitled to stick the rest of us with all the risk and none of the profit when you use our retirement funds to make bad investments. You’re not entitled to bankrupt businesses and liquidate jobs and squander bailout funds on parties and bonuses and then lecture the rest of us on the virtue of living within our means. You’re not entitled to sell bad investments and fraudulent mortgages and generally behave like a fat greedy pig at a trough and then have the nerve act like you’re some kind of a stodgy carefully conservative business genius. You’re not entitled to live outside the law just because you’ve got millions in the bank. You’re not entitled to make anonymous political contributions and buy elections and claim that you’re just engaging in “freedom of speech.” You’re not entitled to make billions, billions, in quarterly profits and then claim that you need more billions in government subsides to remain profitable – and, of course, create those jobs you keep promising us. And while we’re on that subject, you’re not entitled to demand government subsides and then donate money to political parties because you’re “opposed to socialism.”

Good stuff. Yes?

Read the whole thing here:
May 23, 2012

Chilean Economist Manfred Max-Neef on Barefoot Economics - Democracy Now!

One, the economy is to serve the people and not the people to serve the economy.

Two, development is about people and not about objects.

Three, growth is not the same as development, and development does not necessarily require growth.

Four, no economy is possible in the absence of ecosystem services.

Five, the economy is a subsystem of a larger finite system, the biosphere, hence permanent growth is impossible.

January 27, 2012

All Conservatism all the time (i.e. getting only one side of the story)

I am so sick of this election. I have been for a year now. Since the Republicans are having primaries to choose a candidate to oppose the President there has been nonstop coverage of all things Republican and conservative. Every failed conservative policy idea, every right wing lie, canard, and every crazy statement has been aired and uncritically discussed, analyzed and presented with an air credibility and respect that is demonstrably unwarranted. Every candidate, election staff member, booster, conservative pundit, and marble mouthed, ignorant, moronic hick is constantly given air time to spew their lies and falsehoods without any follow up or challenge. It is a non-stop deluge of conservatism with hardly any balance or critical analysis. Yes we occasionally hear about the Occupy Movement activities. But it is often just a brief report of what is going on with precious little else or serious discussion of their ideas or interviews of participants. Compare that to the deluge of coverage given to the debates. Unless you expressly look for it, the regular news consumer is hardly ever exposed to progressive ideas. When they are it is usually only briefly and critically. It’s no wonder conservatism has such a hold on this country.

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