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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Al Jazeera: Greek Unemployment to Top Spain



A big problem that Greece has right now with its deficit and debt, is that their government is simply. Too big doing too much for the Greek people, Greeks expect way too much from their government, which might be find when times are good and maybe they can bring in the taxes. To pay for it but when times are bad or real bad, it leads to high debt and deficits because the economy. Is way too slow to finance such a large Socialist Government that Greece has, which means they are being. Forced to not only cut the size of the Greek Government but to reform it so the Greek people are doing more for themselves and being less dependent on the Greek Government to support. Their lives but the good news is that with more privatization, comes more Tax Revenue to fund the things. That the Greek Government should be doing for its people, so Greece right now needs to cut, reform. And generate more Economic Growth so more Greeks are working and collecting less Public Assistance.

Salon: Todd Gitlin: Why Progressives Should Vote For President Obama: "Obama Opens Doors to Progress, Romney Slams Them Shut"

Obama opens doors to progress, Romney slams them shut

I already wrote a blog about this last week but the heart of the Progressive case to vote for President Obama. Is to prevent something worse from becoming President of the United States to go with a Tea Party Congress. Maybe Mitt Romney moves back to his days as Governor of Massachusetts and becomes the Moderate-Liberal on Social Issues he was back then. And gives up some of the Neoconservative views he's had on Social Issues this year but we simply don't know that, Democrats know what they are getting. With President Obama, Independents know that as well and can see the progress on things like Gay Rights, the Auto and Manufacturing Industries. The economy is growing and no longer shrinking, we are creating jobs every month instead of losing them, an additional 30M people will be covered by Health Insurance. Instead of us having more people without Health Insurance and so fourth, things that wouldn't happen under a President Romney.

If Progressives vote for who they prefer ideologically and vote for someone who at best gets 5% of the vote. Then we'll have a President Mitt Romney in 2013 and all of the progress we've made the last four years, as slow as it might be. Will all be for not and things like the Affordable Care Act will be repealed and people will once again lose Health Insurance because they need it, have had it too long. Or some type of Pre Existing Condition, all of the progress that we've made the last four years, will be repealed under. A President Romney and Tea Party Congress, thats why Progressives should vote for President Obama.

AlterNet: Drugs: Doug Fine: "Marijuana Prohibition Hanging its Final Threads"

http://www.alternet.org/drugs/marijuana-prohibition-hanging-its-final-thread-theres-bright-future-horizon?akid=9613.231645.dRdzaS&rd=1&src=newsletter736199&t=8

I hope this is true but we'll know by next Wednesday after the votes have been counted

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

BraveNewFoundation: Former Prosecutor John Amabile: "Drug Policy Kills More People Than The Drugs Themselves"



If you add up all of the people we lose in the War on Drugs, from people who get shot in the streets. Over it or even get shot by Law Enforcement Officer prosecuting this War or the people we lose to prison each year who never come out the same as when they went in. And generally come out worse or better criminals then when they went in, it wouldn't surprise me that we lose every year. More people to the War on Drugs, then we lose people to illegal narcotics in America, the War on Drugs. Is really more a War on people who use or sell illegal narcotics, we arrest and put people away and in a lot of case for long sentences for simply possessing or using illegal narcotics. We arrest and lockup people for what they do to themselves and we arrest and lockup people for. Selling illegal narcotics, selling a product that we clearly have a large market for in America or we. Wouldn't be fighting this so called war for now over forty years and working with other countries to keep these illegal narcotics out of the country in the first place.

How America deals with narcotics should be done with two principles in mind, Freedom of Choice meaning. That adults are smart enough to make these decisions for themselves instead of Uncle Sam making these decisions for them and that regulation and taxation would be a better way to control. Narcotics then locking up people for what they do to themselves is wrong on many levels. Rehabilitation for the users of narcotics who are addicted, not incarceration, unless they commit another felony while under the influence. I'm not say I'm for full legalization of narcotics in America but taxation, regulation and decriminalization would be a much more effective approach.

AlterNet: Economy: Bruce Wilson: "Where Did Paul Ryan Find Inspiration For Reforming Social Security? A Brutal Military Dictatorship, Naturally"

Where Did Paul Ryan Find Inspiration for 'Reforming' Social Security? A Brutal Military Dictatorship, Naturally | Alternet

I believe most of the criticism of Representative Paul Ryan, the GOP VP Nominee is justified and not just because. A lot of that criticism has come from me, but comparing Rep. Ryan to a Military Dictator like Augusto Pinochet of Chile or any other Military Dictator is where I draw the line. But any other criticism short of that, is fair game, just not murderer, lets have some heart and respect for the truth people.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Al Jazeera: Official Promise Fails to Halt China Protests



Good to see the Chinese being able to protest anything

TheLipTV: "Three Strikes Corruption", Prop 36 with Donald M. Re on Media Mayhem



In 1994 President Clinton and a Democratic Congress passed the 1994 Crime bill, that had what's known as a Three Strikes Law. Which is people would get Three Strikes and these Strikes have to do with people who commit violent felons, once they are convicted of a Third Strike, they would automatically. Be sentenced to 25-Life in prison, they would be eligible for parole after serving twenty five years in prison. I support this law as a way to reduce violent crime in America and if you look at that law and the crime rate, especially the violent crime rate before Bill Clinton became. President in 1993, the 1980s and early 1990s and what the crime and violent crime rate was when President Clinton left office in 2001, you can see this approach worked, because we were getting. Violent felons off of the streets and in prison for long term sentences, so they couldn't victimize innocent people on the streets.

What I'm not in favor if, is applying Three Strikes to non violent felonies, we've found that people who. Have been arrested for possessing illegal narcotics, are now facing long term sentences for those crimes, for simply possessing illegal narcotics. And thats just one example of why we have too many people in prison in America because we have people doing long term sentences who don't represent. Serious threats to society, so thats something we need to change as it apples to Three Strikes.

AlterNet: Alex Kane: "Mitt Romney's Terrifying Plans For FEMA and Disaster Relief"

Mitt Romney's Terrifying Plans for FEMA and Disaster Relief | Alternet

Looks like I might of found something I agree with Mitt Romney on and perhaps the only thing we agree on. In this Presidential Election, which would give States and Locals more flexibility and authority to respond to disasters, natural and man made. Governments who are right on the scene and can see exactly what's going on, instead of having to call FEMA or the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They would already have the resources and money to deal with these issues and for the States and Locals that. Don't have those resources even after decentralizing FEMA, they get hit by a huge storm and couldn't if possibly had all of the resources to adequately respond to it or perhaps are a poor State or community. Then the Federal Government could come in and assist them, give them the money to deal with the disaster at hand.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Al Jazeera: News Bulletin: Terrorist Bombings in Nigeria and Syria



What kinda sick bastard would bomb churches where they know a lot of innocent people will be

ABC News: Special Report, 10/25/2002: Death of Senator Paul Wellstone: The Legacy of Paul Wellstone



I wanted to write a blog last week about the late Senator Paul Wellstone, on the anniversary of the. Death of Paul Wellstone but I had a hectic week that even took me away from blogging for a day and had other things to write about and I'm going off of a memory from ten years ago about how I. Felt about Senator Wellstone but what I remember about Senator Wellstone from 2002, is the same man I remember about him from 1996 when I first heard his name and saw the Progressive Democrat get elected. To the US Senate from Minnesota, a State that clearly leans Democratic but doesn't go very far to the left or right, one thing that made Senator Wellstone incredible, because he clearly. Wasn't a Centrist or a Moderate-Liberal but a hard core Progressive Democrat who was proud of his ideology and articulated it very well, I didn't agree with him on much as it related to. Economic Policy but at least I always knew what he believed and the guy I remember from 2002, is the same guy I remember when I first heard of him in 1996. As probably the most Progressive Senator in Congress and one of the most Progressive Members of Congress period, as well as one of the. Most honest Members of Congress as well.

There are several things I respect about Senator Wellstone and they all get back to why he was a Senator. That politics and government were about the people, how can we best serve the people to help them make their lives as good as possible, especially for people who aren't doing as well. As the rest of the country, he was about country meaning America and the American people, he wasn't anti success or anti wealth but he believed that all Americans should have the opportunity. To do as well as the special few and that wealth shouldn't be concentrated in a few hands but wanted an Economic System that worked for the whole country. Whether you agree with the policies that he favored to accomplish that or not, thats what he believed in, he was called the first member of the. 1960s generation to be elected to the Senate, which would've been 1990, not a direct quote but pretty close. He had sorta this hippy boomer idea that American Capitalism wasn't the problem but that it had to work for everyone, not just the special few.

Two things I think of when I think about Senator Paul Welltone, his opposition to the Iraq War back. Before it became unpopular and arguing that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 and it would take our focus off of Al Qaeda and his opposition to No Child Left Behind in 2002 again while that. Bill was still popular, saying that it would lead to more Unfunded Mandates onto the States and make it harder for States to fund Public Education, he was write on both fronts and thats. The mark of a great Leader someone whose right about issues and can express their views on them, when they are popular or unpopular.

Salon: Matt Stoller: "The Progressive Case Against President Obama"

The progressive case against Obama

I could write both a Liberal case against President Obama as a Liberal, as well as why Progressives should be. Unhappy with the President as well and maybe I'll write the Liberal case against President Obama in the future. But the Progressive case against President Obama is interesting to me for a couple of reasons, one that Barack Obama is not the Socialist that Right Wingers think he is or that Progressives were hoping he. Was when they through all of their support behind him in 2008, instead of Dennis Kucinich whose the real thing when it comes to Progressivism or three their support behind the Green Party in 2012 as well. The other thing that makes the Progressive case against President Obama interesting, is that Progressives really. Didn't do their homework, if you look at the campaign that then Candidate Obama ran in 2007-08 in the Democratic Primaries and the campaign he ran in the General Election in 2008. It was almost like watching two different Presidential Candidates, the first one being the Progressive Democrat. The second being at best from a Progressive perspective a Liberal Democrat but more of a Moderate-Liberal.

President Obama has essentially governed as a Moderate-Liberal which is how most Democratic Presidents have. Governed and that doesn't mean he's a Moderate-Liberal ideologically but he's decided that he inherited a lot of problems that had to be addressed and understood what the political situation was or figured. It out later on, that there are the policies that he wanted to put in place, like a Public Option when it came to Healthcare Reform, an Insurance Plan for big banks if not break them up and things he would like to. Do as it relates to Immigration Reform and Deficit Reduction but that he's just the President he doesn't have all of the power. And has to work with other Democrats and sometimes even the opposition to get things done as well and sometimes that means not getting everything that you want to get done. And as a result President Obama has moved more to the center then I believe he would like to of done.

Mike Gardner: NBC News Lyndon Johnson's Last Day as President in 1969

This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Journal: Mike Gardner: NBC News Lyndon Johnson's Last Day as President in 1969

I'm guessing Lyndon Johnson was ready to leave the presidency and had enough. 1966, was  a really rough year for President Johnson and the Johnson Presidency. House Democrats, lose over forty seats in the House and three in the Senate. Because of the Vietnam War and how unpopular it was. Plus with the Republican Party and House Republicans, finally figuring out how to campaign and win in the South. Richard Nixon of course was a huge help there and he campaigned for a lot of House Republicans and House Republican candidates and did that in the South. Which helped him with his 1968 presidential campaign with all of these new Freshman Republican Representatives, who now owed him favors.

1967, the war gets even worst for the Johnson Administration in Vietnam. And now he's having a lot of problems with his own party in Congress. Starting with Senate Democrats holding Vietnam War hearings that started in 1965, but continued through the next Congress in 1967. Several Senate Democrats are now weighing presidential bids against their party leader in President Johnson. Like Robert Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern. The anti-war movement and the New-Left emerges in the late 1960s. And they're against President Johnson and calling him a war criminal, and war monger and a few things that you can't say on network TV, even today.

1968, was the topper with LBJ now being the most unpopular elected politician in America. And now there's talk if he can even win the Democratic nomination for president, let alone with the presidency against Richard Nixon, Nelson Rockefeller, or George Romney, in the Republican Party. By March 1968, President Johnson decides that he's had enough and doesn't want to run for reelection and announces that to the country. But 1968 is just getting started with two great political leaders, Senator Robert Kennedy, and Dr. Martin King, both being assassinated. There racial riots in Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles. The Democratic Party, is now divided between their mainstream Progressives, which LBJ represents and their Far-Left. LBJ, was really smart not to run for reelection in 1968.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Al Jazeera: Longer Lives For Women Smokers Who Quit Early



Cutting back on smoking is just one way America can cut its healthcare costs, without sacrificing freedom. Not by banning smoking just discouraging people from smoking all together, start with adolescents, as well as adults who've already started smoking, by simply saying to them. That if you choose to smoke, you do it at your own risk and no one else's, that people who've chosen not to. Smoke are no longer going to be forced to subsidize the poor health choices of people who have chosen to smoke. And you do this in a couple of ways, first through Anti Smoking Campaigns, Public Service Announcements that sorta of thing and forcing people who have chosen to smoke, to pay for the. Healthcare that they are going to need as a result of their smoking, instead of giving them free healthcare at emergency rooms, you have them pay for their own healthcare that will be needed as. A result of their smoking, through tobacco taxes, tax tobacco to the point that it can cover or at least cover most of the healthcare costs that come from smoking.

PoliticalArticles: MSNBC Hardball: Dirtballs: Sununu, Trump, Palin Amp Up Attacks to Benefit Mitt Romney



When attacks get this nasty from whoever they come from and from whatever side, it just shows you how. Desperate and worried they are about losing, all of these Right Wing attacks that are aimed at President Obama. Are targeted towards people who are called Reagan Democrats, Working Class Americans who aren't thrilled about President Obama.

Salon: Greg Olear, The Weeklings: "If Only it Made Sense to Vote For a Third Party"

If only it made sense to vote for a third party

If you asked every Progressive in America, who they would prefer to vote for based on ideology, probably 99%. Or more of them would choose to vote for Jill Stein of the Green Party, she supports Single Payer Medicare For All when it comes to healthcare, she supports letting all of the Bush Tax Cuts expire, including. On the Middle Class, she supports a Constitutional Amendment that would ban private money in Federal Elections, she's not only against Corporate Welfare but would like to increase taxes on corporations. Eliminate a lot of Tax Loopholes and raise taxes on everyone, she's a dove when it comes to Foreign Policy and National Security and probably Law Enforcement as well, would like to cut the Defense Budget. By 50% or more and put all of the money into Social Insurance Programs, she supports the Green New Deal. Which would give the Federal Government a lot of power when it comes to Economic and Job Growth, similar to the 1930s with the New Deal with all sorts of new Federal Programs creating all sorts of new. Federal Employees and so fourth.

But as most Americans know, not all elections are about who voters prefer ideologically but who voters believe. Has the best shot at beating the candidate they prefer the least, which is why most if not all Progressive Democrats will stay home and vote Democratic in 2012 because they don't want Mitt Romney as. President to go along with a Tea Party Congress and they know that President Obama has the only shot at beating Governor Romney and in some ways they actually like President Obama. Which is just one reason why President Obama will probably be reelected in November, because of his base.

S. Palmer: Grace Kelly, The American Princess

Amazing Grace-
This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Journal Plus

The United States has never really ever had official princess’s. The closest we get to that, is the First Lady of the United States, of course the wife of the President of the United States. And in many ways our First Lady, plays the role of a Princess. Someone without official power as it relates to government, but someone who represents the country wherever they go and does have the power to focus on causes she believes in. And push for things to advance whatever cause they believe in. Without the ability to officially require the President or Congress to draft legislation in behalf of their cause.

But the First Lady can bring attention and awareness to whatever cause or causes they believe in. With First Lady Michelle Obama its fighting against obesity in America. for First Lady Nancy Reagan it was fighting against illegal narcotics and drug abuse. But Grace Kelly is about the closest America has ever produced in coming up with a private Princess. Someone who possessed incredible beauty, hotness to be blunt or more accurate, baby-face adorable looks, incredible sex appeal. As well as the ability to act and sing and work with some of the best people who’ve ever worked in show business.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Al Jazeerra: "It's The Economy, Stupid Rings True in 2012"



There it is, if Americans believe the economy is getting better, then President Obama will be reelected. If Americans believe the economy is getting worse, then they'll elect Mitt Romney and its really that simple.

RTAmerica: The Big Picture: "Greeks Horrified. as Universal Healthcare is Dismantled"



Maybe Greece will move to design their Healthcare System like France, where the French get to decide. For themselves how and who they pay for their healthcare as long as they pay for it, meaning they pay for their Health Insurance and they have the choice of buying the Public Option. Which is what Democrats wanted to do in America in 2009-10 or they can purchase private Health Insurance. The fact is there is no such thing as free healthcare, you pay for it out of pocket, you purchase Health Insurance, you pay for it out of your savings or you pay for it through taxes. But the fact is you pay for your healthcare and its just a matter of how you pay for it and maybe this. Will give the Hellenic Republic of Greece and opportunity to realize that their Social Government is simply too big and there's a limit to what the Greek Government can do for its people. With their money and they'll empower Greeks to be able to make more decisions with their own lives.

The Nation: Buddy Roemer: "Banks Need to Put the Customer First"



Governor Roemer sorta guilty of stating the obvious here but he's correct, big banks need to put their customers. First or least calculate them in their profit motive thinking and they'll make more money at the end of the day, because more people would want to do business with them.

AlterNet: The Guardian: Jill Filipovic: "How the GOP's Real Agenda Is Revealed in Their Nasty Rape Comments"

How the GOP's Real Agenda Is Revealed in Their Nasty Rape Comments | Alternet

These ignorant statements that these Far Right Republicans make about women's issues, only plays into the Democratic claims about the "GOP's War on Women".


POLIPOP! Caffeinated With John Fugelsang- Mitt Romney vs. The GOP

POLIPOP! Caffeinated With John Fugelsang- Mitt Romney vs. The GOP

A President Mitt Romney and I doubt this would ever happen, but if it did it would be better for comedians. Because he's a gaffe and flip-flopping machine, that would provide comedians and bloggers mountains of material to make fun of him. Every comedian in America should endorse Mitt Romney for president for their own careers. Because they would make all the material they had against George W. Bush look as original as the New York Yankees winning the World Series, or Lebron James playing in the NBA Finals and losing. Because when it comes to taking political positions for Mitt, it depends on which group he's talking to and which Mitt is speaking to that group. Businessman Mitt, religious fundamentalist Mitt, Neoconservative Mitt, or whoever Mitt is when he's not running for whatever political office he's interested in at the time.

The fact that someone like Mitt Romney who flips backs and forth more often than tennis balls at a tennis match, could win the Republican nomination for president, is like a quarterback winning the starting position for an expansion team.

"Since no one else seriously tried out and you haven't done any time in any mental institutions and don't see same-sex marriage as a threat national security, we'll give the job to you. And good luck to you as we're more interested in 2016 anyway. When we might have at least on candidate who can actually win." Mitt Romney won the GOP presidential nomination, because he seemed like the only person who was sane to the GOP establishment and would embarrass them the least and not cost them the House of Representatives. Which they can't afford to lose in 2012.

So yeah, a President Mitt Romney (I'm shitting bricks just saying that) would have been great for comedy and blogging interesting. Especially bloggers who right comedy and I'm one of them. But bad for the American people, because for them to have any idea what their President thinks about any issue, they would have to listen and read every single he says. Because his positions could change the next time he opens his mouth about anything depending on who he's talking to. And what the polls in the Republican Party are saying.

President Romney Senior Adviser- Aw Mr. President, your current position on that issue is not popular.

President Romney- Okay, I'll change it.

Senior Adviser- But you just took that position yesterday.

Romney-  So what! I'm speaking to Americans. Their memories aren't that long anyway."

That is what a President Romney would be like. Who knows what the President, because he doesn't even know. Great for comedy, but bad for the country.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

RT-America: Hosts Third-Party Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy



I'm not trying to take credit for this but I did suggest in at least a couple of blogs the last few. Weeks that networks should be hosting President Debates made up of the third party candidates , because we do need more choice in this huge country of 320M people. Thats as politically diverse as we are and are all over the political spectrum.

BraveNewFoundation: Beyond Bars



I like this approach because rehabilitation is sorta like learning a different language, the earlier. In life you do that, the easier it will be and once someone is already part of the Criminal Justice System, its hard to get them out and prevent them from going back in. But if you can prevent so called Risk at Youth from going into the Criminal Justice System, through what's called. Crime Prevention which targets Risk at Youth, making sure they are getting the education that they need, with things like extra tutoring that they may need or after school programs, again so. They can get extra help, supporting their parents so they can do the best job possible in raising their own kids, helping them get a job or a better job through Job Training, so they don't have. To live in high crime neighborhoods with high poverty, we can prevent Risk at Youth from having to go into the Criminal Justice System in the first place.

CBPP: Policy Basics: Where Do Our Federal Tax Dollars Go?



Our Federal Tax Revenue goes to pay for defense, entitlements and payments to on our national debt. Thats what most of the Federal Budget funds, with money left over to cover things like education, agriculture assistance, environmental protection and other programs.

AlterNet: Raw Story: Stephen C. Webster: "Colorado Tax Enforcer Tells ’60 Minutes’: Weed Beat the Recession in Denver"

Colorado Tax Enforcer Tells ’60 Minutes’: Weed Beat the Recession in Denver | Alternet

More evidence that legalizing marijuana would be an economic boost

Salon: Alex Kornacki: "President Obama Has a Blue State Problem"

Obama has a blue state problem

President Obama's "Blue State problem", if he has one and I don't buy yet that he does, is that he's not Progressive. Enough for Progressive Democrats who are unhappy that he's not the Socialist that Right Wingers claim he is.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Salon: Alex Seitz-Wald: "Representative Steve King didn’t build that"

Steve King didn’t build that

Representative King may be in his last months in the U.S. House, he's in a tossup election fight right now, with. The wife of Tom Vilsack, the Secretary of Agriculture.

Monday, October 22, 2012

RTAmerica: The Big Picture: Big Picture Rumble: "Why Should CEOs Have More Free Speech Than Workers?"



Neither CEO's or labor should have more Free Speech under law then the others, we can't really eliminate. Corporate money from the political process, at least without a Constitutional Amendment and we probably can't eliminate labor money from the political process either, without a Constitutional Amendment. Unless we get some partisan Right Wing ruling from the US Supreme Court, where the decision is basically that corporations Free Speech is more valuable, because they have more. Money and with the way the Supreme Court is set up right now, thats possible but the way to combat either group from having too much power. Is one through Full Disclosure of all incumbents, candidates and third party groups, as well as Pay Check Stockholder Protection Acts, meaning that workers. And stockholders would no longer be forced to donate their contributions to political campaigns but we can't eliminate these groups from donating money, without a Constitutional Amendment.

The Daily Beast: Newsbeast: The Kings of Pot



People turning out to vote for marijuana legalization, should favor President Obama, even though the President. Doesn't officially support marijuana legalization himself but people who support this, tend to be young people who lean Democratic.

AlterNet: Steven Rosenfeld: "6 Things We Need To Do To Repair America's Crumbling Democracy"

6 Things We Need To Do To Repair America's Crumbling Democracy | Alternet

Let me guess, become more Socialist like Canada or Europe, take power away from corporations and special interest groups. That Progressives don't like, to put the power into the hands of SIG's that Progressives like and of course in the hands of the Federal Government, to of course to work on behalf of the. People who aren't wealthy, this would be a transfer of power from one side of the Political Spectrum, to the other side of the Political Spectrum, leaving most Americans out of the loop. And being left dependent on government, when people speak in favor Democracy, they need to know what form of Democracy. They are talking about because there are several forms, America is suppose to be a Liberal Democracy, where Americans are dependent on themselves and when we need help, we can go to each other. Our families, as well as Community Organizations, charities and other groups, when we can't make it on our own and then government can step in to help the people who can't get buy on their own or from Private Charity. But Liberal Democracy is not about being dependent on government or corporations.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

ABC News: Good Morning America: George McGovern Dead: Former US Senator, 1972 Democratic Presidential Nominee Dead at 90



I wrote a blog about George McGovern on Friday but again he's worth several blogs, articles, books, documentaries even. Because he was a true Public Servant and lived a great life a great man, the positive aspects of George McGovern, were that he said what he believed and knew to be the. Truth, he didn't poll test his arguments but he said what came from his heart and brain, based on his own vast experience, whether it was on Foreign Policy, someone who was a World War II veteran. A pilot in World War II, he could speak about the dangers of war and why some wars were wrong, because he went through that experience himself, he could talk about the costs of war, unlike. Someone who decided they are now a pacifist but has no experience in Foreign Policy to speak of, George McGovern brought experience and judgement to these issues, because he lived through. Them and knew when it was a good time to use Military Force and when the United States should backup, the same experience that John Kerry brought to Foreign Policy, when he ran for President. In 2004, the only really negative thing I would say about George McGovern, was the he was basically the Dennis Kucinich of his time, someone who could work with others to pass legislation. Something Representative Kucinich doesn't have much experience in doing but how he was similar to Representative Kucinich, was that he had a tendency to look at the World. They way he wanted it to be rather then how it was, so his policies had a tendency to look unrealistic.

Al Jazeera: Significance of Cuba's Municipal Elections



Just the fact that Cuba is having elections at all, is a big deal, even if only Communists or Socialists can run for office.

AlterNet: Daniel Ellsberg: "Let's Not Have Illusions About Which of the Two Major Candidates Would Be Better"

Ellsberg: Let's Not Have Illusions About Which of the Two Major Candidates Would Be Better | Alternet

Dan Ellsberg telling Progressives to vote for the lesser of two evils, which in his opinion would be President Obama

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Young Turks: VA Health Chief Resigns Over Abortion Regulations



The Virginia State Government is even too big for some of the people who work for it

Democracy Now: Amy Goodman: As George McGovern Nears Death, How Antiwar Candidate Challenged Vietnam



I wrote a blog about Senator George McGovern a couple of months ago on his birthday but he's worth more. Then a few blogs, because he was a true believer in Democracy, not so much Liberal Democracy, which is what I believe in but more like Social Democracy. What I love about Senator McGovern is that he wanted Democracy to work for everyone, that all Americans should be able to contribute. To it, that we should all vote and that we should all have a stake and a role in Democracy and that this was exactly what the Democratic Party should be working for to bring about and that they. Had to capitalize on the Civil Rights battles of the 1960s, that produced all of those laws and to not only be able to communicate to majorities but minorities as well and tell them the Democratic Party. Should be your home, even though he only won around 39% of the vote in 1972, he brought in so many new Democrats to the party, that Jimmy Carter was able to capitalize on in 1976. Thats Senator McGovern's legacy, what he was able to do for the Democratic Party and Democracy in general, bringing in all of these new voters.

AlterNet: 14-Year Old Girl Faces Life In Prison for Killing Her Baby: "Is She a Victim Of Florida's Insane Abstinence Education?"

14-Year Old Girl Faces Life In Prison for Killing Her Baby: Is She a Victim Of Florida's Insane Abstinence Education? | Alternet

Another reason to not live in Florida, I couldn't afford the Big Government there

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Brave New Films: This Is What Happens When Latinos Don't Vote



When Latinos don't vote, Neoconservatives who want to deport them and prevent them from coming into. The country in the first place, come into power, if Latinos vote in 2012, they won't have to worry about that.

Current TV: Joy Behar Show: Joy Behar Looks Back on Ann Romney's 'View' Visit



I'm not trying to play mindreader or something but the problem that Mitt Romney has, is that he's trying. To lead a party that he's simply not in sync with, at least on most of these divisive Social Issues, so he's decided he needs to take positions on them, that put him on the far right of. Most people in the country and he gets in trouble for it as a result.

The Nation: US Representative Tammy Baldwin: Overturn 'Citizens United'



Aint Tammy Baldiwn just one of the sweetest thangs y'all ever seen! But in all seriousness, for Citizens United to be overturned, yo
u need to pass a Constitutional Amendment, which could take up. To ten years to accomplish, there are ways to solve this problem, without taking such a drastic step, which gets to Full Disclosure of all Federal candidates, incumbents and third party groups. That contribute to Congressional Campaigns, as well as Presidential Campaigns.

AlterNet: "What Government Does for You"

What Government Does for You | Alternet

The better question I believe should be what government should be doing for the people and this is an area where. As a Liberal I tend to disagree with Progressives, Neoconservatives and Libertarians on, even though Liberals and Libertarians both believe in Limited Government but Libertarians would go even further. Then that and they believe in Small Government but what government should be doing for the people, is what the people can't do for themselves or can't do for themselves as well. That individuals should have the freedom to chart their own course in life and then government can come in, when people slip. And need a hand up, not a handout to get themselves back on their feet but that the people should be able to run and control their own lives, as long as they aren't hurting innocent people with what they are doing. And then be held accountable, good or bad for the decisions they make with their choices, that tax payers shouldn't be subsidizing bad decisions of individuals but then when we need help, for no fault of our. Own, should be able to get help when we need it.

Thom Hartmann: Mike Papantonio- The Decline of Broadcast News in America

This piece was originally posted at FRS Daily Journal: Thom Hartmann: Mike Papantonio- The Decline of Broadcast News in America

If as a country, we want to have strong broadcast news divisions, then Americans have to actually watch network news. Instead of just getting all of their info from cable or online. We live in a liberal democracy, meaning people get to see what they watch. Rather than programming being forced on them.You can’t force people to do what is in their best interest and make the best decisions for themselves in a free society. Which is what a liberal democracy is, instead of what right-wingers want to portray liberal democracy just as the majority always rules. Voting only covers part of liberal democracy. What also comes with it is Freedom of Speech, including Freedom of Press. And again the news media which broadcast, as well as cable news is certainly part of, are not in the business to lose money. They can’t run up annual debts and deficits, like gee I don’t know, of yeah! Uncle Sam!

And this is coming from a hard news junkie who loves C-SPAN, and news and history documentaries. Who even watches those programs on the weekends instead of football in the fall and baseball in the summer. I also love football and baseball, but that is a different subject. Again, you can’t force people to do what is right for them in a free society. Not sure you can do that in authoritarian state either, as much as some have tried. People have a right to know what is going on in the world and what is important. But they also have a right to be vegheads and apparently violate their favorite celebrities personal privacy and know who they sleep with when their spouse or partner is out-of-town. Or what their favorite shoes are and so-forth. Or who is going to get kicked off of Tropical Island, or whatever the hell the hot tabloid show is.

You want broadcast news to be dominant player in the media again and do real hard news newscasts and for Nightline to become a real late-night newscast again, then people have to watch those shows. And to know what Congress and government in general does, actually affects them personally and economically. That politics and government, despite all the corruption in both. Even if that means not knowing what their favorite celebrity wore to the latest awards show, or what horrible thing was said about them at a party, or whose screwing who and so-forth and so on. But that only happens with education and I’m not just talking about being up to date on the latest celebrity news and technology. But actually knowing how government works and why it and current affairs in general are so important. Because we all pay for them whether we want to, or know it or not.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

CBS News: Evening News: Scotland Yard Bans Visible Tattoos



Damn Big Government getting even bigger in the United Kingdom

RTAmerica: Housing Boom is Back



RTAmerica actually reporting on good news for America, housing boom is back, well sorta and then they add a Progressive doom and gloom slant to it.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Nation: Patricia Williams: "Paul Ryan's Libertarian America"



Paul Ryan is no more Libertarian then John McCain or a politician of that mindset, he's an Economic Conservative. And thats really where his Conservatism ends, he doesn't push Social Issues for the most part and hasn't laid out clearly where he is on Foreign Policy. For someone to be a real Conservative or Libertarian, they have to believe that Americans should have the right to live their. Own lives, that government shouldn't interfere with how we live our own lives, unless we aren't hurting innocent people with what we are doing, another words believing in Freedom of Choice. As long as we aren't hurting innocent people with the choices that we make and that seems to be what Patricia Williams doesn't understand about Libertarianism, because thats not where Paul Ryan. Is ideologically, at least from what we know about him so far, the only solid thing that we know about Paul Ryan, is that he's an Economic Conservative.

CBPP: Payroll Tax Cut and Emergency Unemployment Insurance Still Needed to Support the Recovery

Payroll Tax Cut and Emergency Unemployment Insurance Still Needed to Support the Recovery — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Extending Unemployment Insurance, unless it comes with new effective Job Placement strategies, may no longer. Be necessary but we do need to extend the Payroll Tax Cut, because otherwise that would be a Middle Class Tax Hike, when the economy is still fairly weak.

AlterNet: Jonathan Weiler: "Why Americans Who Love Authority Are More Likely to Vote Republican

Why Americans Who Love Authority Are More Likely to Vote Republican | Alternet

Progressives love authority as well but to be used in different ways, not so much as it relates to National Security. And Law Enforcement, where Progressives tend to be doves but they like telling Americans how we should live our lives, how we should be more Socialist and more like Europe.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Current TV: Full Court Press: Sister Simone Campbell Speaks Out Against The Ryan Budget



The Christian Left speaking out against the Ryan Budget

Salon: Alex Pareene: What’s Wrong With The Debates, and How to Fix Them

What’s wrong with the debates, and how to fix them

More candidates and longer debates, as well as more debates, the fact is as diverse as a country as we are politically. We really only have 2-3 of our political factions represented in this country of 320M people, that goes from the Far Right to Far Left on the Political Spectrum. These are the main issues with our Presidential Debates.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Al Jazeera: US Cracks Down on Criminal Gang MS-13



You could make a good case that organize criminals, which is what MS-13 is, are terrorists because they kill innocent people to advance their cause.

AlterNet: Biden v. Ryan: The Old Pro Takes On The Lying Kid

Biden v. Ryan: The Old Pro Takes On the Lying Kid | Alternet

The title of this story says it all