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Comic Relief – The Simpsons

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment
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Wall Street does not necessarily lead to jobs for Main Street America

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Take Apple for an example. The stock trades at about $400 per share right now on the Nasdaq exchange. However, the company manufactures a majority of its products in China, and thereby provides jobs for Chinese workers at the expense of American workers.

What Wall Street doesn’t get, and what Corporate America doesn’t get, is that you guys are supposed to be providing jobs for Americans and manufacturing in the U.S.A., and not getting busy about making the #1 company in America a good stock buy in exchange for shipping jobs overseas. That kind of business model is as counterproductive as selling your shoes for a hat when you’re about to run a marathon. Banksters and Big Wigs, pay attention to the protest in lower Manhattan. Those people are real. We have 300 million-plus of them in this country. We need jobs to go along with the stocks, and not one without the other.

* A business is an entity that provides a product or a service at a reasonable price for the good of the community.

I heard that said during a moderator-led discussion on National Public Broadcasting. Wall Street and the current form of Corporate America have forgotten to benefit the good of the community, the 300 million people of the United States of America. Bring back “Made in the U.S.A.” Let’s at least make some of the products we buy at home, so those at home have jobs. It’s pretty simple: $400 per share doesn’t do us much good if persistent high unemployment brings down the quality of life on Main Street.

AC/DC – the epitome of Rock ‘n’ Roll

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment

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* If somebody asked me what Rock ‘n’ Roll was I would hand them an AC/DC CD.

Angus Young = one of the great guitarists of all time.

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Modern Times by Charlie Chaplin

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Fox News is Not News…The Federal Communications Commission should label Fox as “Commentary”

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment

* This is an example of advocacy and not journalism by Jenna Lee of Fox News, the Propaganda Channel.

Click the link for the video evidence: http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201106010013

EXCERPT from Media Matters for America is underlined below:

Fox “Straight News” Anchor Jenna Lee: “Raising Taxes” Is Where “We’re Not Gonna Budge Here, On The Republican Side”

* Reminder: Jenna Lee is not an elected official. She is supposed to be a reporter giving the fact & evidence to the public. However, here she addresses the Republican side. That is the opposite of journalistic integrity if Jenna Lee is supposed to be delivering straight news. In this example she acts like a Bill O’Reilly-type, opinionated commentator…with a prettier face and softer voice. But the message is still right-wing propaganda.  

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source:
 
http://transition.fcc.gov/osp/inc-report/The_Information_Needs_of_Communities.pdf
 
“Gwen Ifill of the PBS NewsHour and Washington Week explained how she handles bias: ‘I hope you never know what I think. I’m there to provide you the information so you can decide. I have to keep open the pos­sibility that the other guy has a point.… I have to be an honest broker.’”

Barack Obama is not Superman, but give him a cape anyway

September 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Seriously, Obama deserves a cape if he gets us out of this Triple-Threat Mess: Afghanistan, Iraq, The Great Recession.

Bush and Cheney glided out the door. Well, Cheney got wheeled out because he hurt his back moving. But he recovered and wrote a book about the Bush administration doing most everything right on the money. No apologies from Dick. Bush wrote his book and lied about being sick to his stomach when he found out there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. A man with a physical revulsion to the news of no WMD would not have the gumption to make a joke out of it for laughs at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

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They write books and tell lies, and President Obama cleans up their multiple messes. Reminder: The Great Recession started in the 4th quarter of 2007. Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns went bankrupt in September 2008, and that’s when the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street started. Down went Washington Mutual, Merrill Lynch, AIG, General Motors, Chrysler. The Federal Reserve made $9 Trillion in emergency loans to U.S. banks & U.S. companies as well as foreign banks & foreign companies. Right around that time We, the People, elected Barack Obama as our 44th president. However, he was not sworn in as President until January 2009. Everything, and I do mean everything, was pretty bad when Obama walked in the door and Bush and Cheney glided/rolled out to be whisked away by helicopter.

Read more:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/02/business/economy/02fed.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-14/obama-approval-drops-on-skepticism-of-jobs-plan.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/26/us/26iht-letter26.html?src=twrhp

Life & Death

September 24, 2011 Leave a comment

* Just for a few minutes, remember how f*cked up the George W. Bush administration was…

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Wow! Does anybody else remember the George W. Bush administration losing $12 billion in cash when they sent a pallet of money to Iraq?

source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/feb/08/usa.iraq1

We should investigate the billions lost for the false war in Iraq too. The George W. Bush White House wasted approximately $1 Trillion for the wild-goose chase for nonexistent Weapons of Mass Destruction, as well as wasted the lives of over 4,000 U.S. soldiers and over 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilians. George W. Bush wasted billions of dollars while promoting unnecessary death.

The Solyndra loan guarantee is about life: American jobs and manufacturing in the U.S.A. after the Bush administration’s mismanagement of our economy led to “The Great Recession.” Check out the timeline for Solyndra’s loan guarantee: Bush & Co. started it in 2006, but, true to form, Bush never did anything substantive to back renewable energy in the U.S.

source: http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/09/13/317594/timeline-bush-administration-solyndra-loan-guarantee/

EXCERPTS:

Timeline>>>”December 2006: Solyndra Applies for a Loan Guarantee under the 1703 program….Late 2007: Loan guarantee program is funded. Solyndra was one of 16 clean-tech companies deemed ready to move forward in the due diligence process.”

2007>>>”The Bush Administration DOE moves forward to develop a conditional commitment.”

However, the Bush administration did not OK Solyndra. President Obama gave the OK for Solyndra to get a loan guarantee to make solar-electric panels in the U.S.A. The Solyndra project is the only failure in the DOE’s loan guarantee program.

source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/opinion/sunday/the-solyndra-panic.html

EXCERPT:

“The truth of the matter is that when judged by its diverse portfolio, the loan program appears, at least so far, to have performed well. The Solyndra investment represents less than 2 percent of nearly $40 billion in loan guarantees for about three dozen innovative projects. Some of them — advanced automobile battery projects, for instance — have provided thousands of much-needed jobs in Michigan and other recession-battered states.

As for the supposedly doomed solar industry, Solyndra and three other smaller failed companies that were not part of the federal program represented about one-fifth of the nation’s manufacturing capacity for solar panels. But highly competitive companies remain, and in many sectors, including sales of silicon, the United States dominates. Mr. Issa to the contrary, jobs in the solar industry have doubled to roughly 100,000 since 2003.

Recent studies suggest that, globally, renewable energy will grow faster than any other energy source in the coming decades. The surest way to guarantee that America gets its fair share of that business and those jobs would be to enact a comprehensive energy strategy that raises the price of older, dirtier fuels. Failing that, continued government support is absolutely essential.”

So where did that $12 billion cash that the Bush administration sent to Iraq end up? Nobody really knows. Some of that money could have been used to help fund the insurgents, for God’s sake. And that’s just a fraction of the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on the misguided misuse of American resources in Iraq. Remember the hardcore corruption mixed with stupefying incompetence of the Bush years when Solyndra comes up in conversation. We are now trying to make solar energy in the U.S.A. and not make “War 4 Oil” in other parts of the world. Nobody died during the making of a solar panel.

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Read more:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/24/us/politics/solyndra-executives-take-fifth-at-house-hearing.html

EXCERPT:

“Representative Michael C. Burgess, Republican of Texas, referred to a vote on Thursday night by the House to cut money for loan guarantees for electric cars, to help pay for disaster relief.

‘Yes, we took that money back,’ Mr. Burgess said. ‘If the D.O.E. is going to be chumps, the very least we can do is corral what they’re doing.’

A prominent Democrat, Representative Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, said, ‘The Republican majority is recklessly exploiting this one case to advance a political agenda that is very clearly aimed at wrecking’ government support for renewable energy.

But Mr. Markey is pursuing a separate point: that the appropriate lesson to draw from Solyndra is that the much larger loan guarantee that has been promised for construction of a twin-reactor nuclear plant in Georgia deserves closer scrutiny.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2011/0924/1224304640027.html

EXCERPTS:

“Cheney conveniently omits his own whopping lie of August 2002: ‘Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies and against us’….

At a minimum, 102,417 civilians have died violently in Iraq since the US invasion, according to the Iraq Body Count database. The US state department warned this month that ‘violence and threats against US citizens persist and no region should be considered safe from dangerous conditions’ in Iraq. Yet Cheney washes his hands of the destruction of that country.”

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Remember: Republicans and Conservatives will lie, cheat and steal.

Fande = Fact & Evidence; Cande = Conjecture & Exaggeration

Bring your Fande, leave your Cande!