Monthly Archives: July 2011

I’d Like To Say It Was Good While It Lasted…

…But I Can’t

It appears that the Capitulator-In-Chief and Milquetoast Harry are about ready to do what they do best — cave in to the Republicans again.

I find it amazing that a group of people who have the backing of a very large majority of people in virtually all of the polls, feel as though the only way to win is to lose.

I’ve had it.  I am through.  I could no more support the re-election of Barack Obama than I could support any of the other Republican candidates. Why?  Because I do not see an ounce of difference between any of them.

Wait.  Let me take some of that back.  There IS a difference between Barack Obama and the rest of the Republican candidates — the other candidates are telling you the truth when they say they will do something.  Obama will tell you exactly the opposite and then do exactly what the Republican candidates will do.  By my account, that is even worse.

In November 2008, things were starting to look up.  We were finally getting past the disastrous term of Republican failures and it looked as though the adults were coming back to Washington to put us back on track again.  Wars were going to end, the economy was going to be mended, the fraud perpetrated by Wall Street and the Banksters was going to be addressed and we would bring back regulation and control.  We could finally tackle the issue of a Single-Payer health care system.

Not exactly the rainbows and unicorns farting sparkles that the Republicans characterized it as, but certainly the hope and change that we were promised.

But then, Obama took office, the Democratic Party held a huge majority in both houses of Congress, and immediately out of the gate — fizzle, with a tiny *pop*!  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang would have been more spectacular.

Everything of consequence was “off the table”.  “Bipartisanship” was the order of the day, and anything that might anger or threaten that sense of “bipartisanship” was quickly and immediately dropped.  Never mind that the Republican definition of “bipartisanship” was substantially different than any other accepted definition of the word.  To a Republican, ”bipartisanship” meant having it their way or they wouldn’t participate — at all.

One of the major accomplishments President Obama wanted to pass right away was the Health Care Reform Bill.  A grand wish that had eluded presidents for generations.  After dangling the idea of a “Single-Payer” system in front of us during the election, the very first thing he did was take it “off the table” once the process started.  In its place, he dangled the “Public Option” to placate those of us who felt betrayed by starting the negotiation process by caving in.

By the end of the Health Care Reform debate, we had a terrible bill that did not contain one thing that could even come close to be considered “progressive” in nature.  What we ended up with was a terrible health care bill that was nothing more than a gift to the private health care insurance companies who had been raping us silly for years.  And through a government-mandated provision they will get an additional 30 million people to rape and pillage.

Obama claims this as a “victory”.

If only we had known then, what we know now — caving in is the normal pattern for this man, and the Republicans are fast studies. He will start his negotiation style from the weak position, even if he has the strong position.  It’s like surrounding a bank being robbed and then clearing the back door and placing a running car there, THEN asking what the robbers want to end this.

This is Obama’s “negotiating” style.  Instead of saying, “Okay, I am the man in charge here, and THIS is how it is going to be done,”  Obama is trying to empower the person with the weakest position by allowing them to demand.  All for the sake of being able to say that he can “work” with the Republicans.

Earth to Mr Obama:  Caving in is NOT “working with” the Republicans.  They’ve learned that all they have to do is just wait you out.  You can puff your chest and draw lines in the sand and threaten vetos all you want, but they know that all they have to do is hold their ground and YOU will blink.  Why?  Because

A.  They don’t care if they tear things down — that is their goal to begin with;

B.  They also know that you will cave in the end because you DO care.

These “Republicans” are not your friends.  They are thugs who have brainwashed a group of scared old white people into thinking that you are a black Muslim who is going to create a “Socialist” “Marxist” “Muslim” “Sharia” society that will kill all of those old white folks.  They have convinced these people that the only way to beat you is to tear it all down — and blame you for it.  Then, once Obama is vanquished, the old white folks can rise up again on Christian doves and drive all of the “mooselimb” Socialist trash out.  And the sound of hymns will be heard in the heavens.

Or something to that effect.

There has been a lot of talk about “primary-ing”  the president.  I got to thinking about this as I wrote the first sentence here — Obama is already being “primaried”.  By the other Republicans in the race!  There just isn’t a Democratic Party candidate running right now.

What would be nice is if some actual Democrats went to Obama right now and told him to pull an LBJ and announce that he will not seek the nomination for president.  I would like to see Bernie Saunders step up to the plate and run.  It will never happen, I know, but I would like to see it.

The thing is, Obama is toast.  I know it, and I think he knows it also.  He wasn’t the strong guy we needed in that position.  He probably would have been alright during the Clinton years, but we need an LBJ right now.  Someone who is going to put out his agenda and not budge an inch.

So get ready for President Rick Perry and his VP, Michelle Bachmann.

Inspection- On Blowing up Buddhas

BY KEN CARMAN

They are rebuilding the “Buddhas” in Afghanistan.

The statues stood for almost two thousand years. Religious fanatics, who gave safe haven to the activities of one of the worst terrorists in human history, decided these historical icons were an abomination because… well, because they weren’t “Taliban.”

Could the historical parallels be any more clear? The policy of raising the debt ceiling so we can pay our bills stood for many, many years: under every President, from every party, ever since there has been a debt ceiling.

But teabaggers would rather blow up the Buddha: crash the economy.
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Who Passed the GAS?

HERD ABOUT IT?

by Ana Grarian

The ongoing saga of a CNY county trying to ride the wave of

  sh*t technology and carbon credits.

Cayuga County NY sits in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region between Cayuga and Owasco Lakes, stretching all the way north to the shore of Lake Ontario. It is an achingly beautiful rural county under seige from those who wish to see it increasingly as the dumping ground for industry.

I have spoken before of the proposal to link the major CAFO farms which have spread like a cancer across the southern half of the county, to an industrial park near Auburn, the county seat, via a 40 mile long pipeline for dirty bio-methane gas. All at a significant cost and liability to the taxpayer.

This is only one of the digester projects in the works.

At the same time the Biogas Project was being pursuded and pushed at the county level, the City of Auburn was struggling with it’s own, similar project.

The city of Auburn operates a landfill and a sewage treatment plant. The city created the Auburn Municipal Power Agency and made a plan with CH Auburn, a subsidiary of CH Energy, to build a generator that would run on methane generated by the city landfill and methane from a digester to be built to process the sludge from the sewage treatment plant.

A good idea, if it worked, to capture methane from the landfill and sewage, scrub out contaminants which could be sold for carbon credits, and generate power at the local level. You know the saying about best laid plans right? Read more

The Truth About My Trip to Hanoi

Jane Fonda talks with Vietnamese people during a trip to Hanoi in 1972. (photo: Joseph Kraft/L'Express)

Written by Jane Fonda

Over the years you’ve heard all the claims. Finally here’s Jane’s side. Read and make up your own mind, if it’s not made up already.- OEN

I grew up during World War II. My childhood was influenced by the roles my father played in his movies. Whether Abraham Lincoln or Tom Joad in the Grapes of Wrath, his characters communicated certain values which I try to carry with me to this day. I remember saying goodbye to my father the night he left to join the Navy. He didn’t have to. He was older than other servicemen and had a family to support but he wanted to be a part of the fight against fascism, not just make movies about it. I admired this about him. I grew up with a deep belief that wherever our troops fought, they were on the side of the angels.
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Mr. Obama, Quit Futzing Around

I mean seriously.  This has gone on long enough.  You’ve tried to “get along” with these people whose only intent is to destroy you, and make sure that everything you try to accomplish will fail.  They hate you so much that they will stop at nothing to ensure that you are defeated in November 2012 — even if it means taking down the economy and causing ruin to hundreds of thousands of people in the process.

You have an option.  You have the tool at hand to stop these people dead in their tracks.  It is in the Constitution, Section 4 of the 14th Amendment.  The law is quite clear on the matter.

You swore an oath to follow and protect the US Constitution.  The Fourteen Amendment clearly states that we have to pay our debts — even if the House Republicans don’t want you to.  Sure, the Constitution says that all budget stuff has to originate in the US House, but the Rule of Lenity applies in the cases of ambiguity.

On August 1st, you should have two documents on your desk for signature.  One being whatever bill is passed up to you from Congress, and the other should be an Executive Order stating that you intend to invoke the 14th Amendment and raise the debt ceiling unilaterally — on your own.  You should tell Congress today that is going to be your “grand plan”, and that the argument is now over.  Either they pass up a “clean bill” that raises the debt ceiling — or better yet, does away with it altogether — or you will sign the Executive Order that does away with it yourself.

The Supreme Court would be the court to decide on whether this is legal or not, and frankly they probably will choose not to get involved.  Why?  Because it will expose a weakness that they don’t want anyone to know — they have absolutely no enforcement mechanism.  Their self-appointed power will unravel and they will revert back to the point where they should have been from the start — the final arbitrator, not an entity that can nullify statutes and create law.

Oh how different the political landscape will be then…

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