Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Coup d'Etat? In the U.S. of all Places?

I first read about this earlier in Dawg's Blawg & couldn't believe what I was reading. I mean, I always knew the U.S. was becoming more & more of a dangerous place to be, thanks to wingnuts toting guns & chanting the sanctities of the free market, private for profit health care only, stamp out socialism, etc. etc. Hell, Rush Limbaugh even started hinting that the U.S. should go back to racial segregation.

I remembered after President Obama was elected, Facebook page statuses would read like "Yes, he can!" "Bye Bye, George W Bush!" I remembered hearing on the radio someone saying something like, "Rosa Parks sat down, so Martin Luther King can walk, so Obama can run so the next generation can fly." I only had one brief chat with a friend who, while an Obama supporter, was more of a doubting Thomas. She believed, "yes, he can" but also seemed worried he would be assasinated down the road. Something I refused to believe. I'm sure many others refused to believe that too.

Further & further down the road, her prophecy is looking closer to becoming a reality after we heard about the Town Hall meetings being bombarded by gun-toting tea-baggers, Evangelical Christians & other neo-cons. Fringe groups once upon a time: a sub-culture, now forming together into a cult practically; a violent cult at that. And for what? As has been illustrated in interviews & videos from town hall meetings & the tea-bagger hit parade on 9/12. We start to realize the same thing the Secret Service probably realized a long time ago: President Obama's life could well be in danger.

Even on Facebook, there was a poll from one of those third party applications: it asked whether the U.S. president "should be killed." until the Secret Service contacted them, asking they close the site, but not before 750 people voted on this. When we see poll questions like this on a social networking site, we have to wonder to what end these crazies will go to protect their precious 'freedom'.

Then came John Perry's Newsmax column: Military coup "to resolve the 'Obama problem' is not "unrealistic" which has been taken down by site administrators, but Media Matters kept a copy of Perry's original column
"America isn’t the Third World. If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized." 

America isn't the third world indeed. Although, if the extreme right has it's way, They could well be on their way to that. Military coup? civilized? With the gang of wingnuts parading about, armed? Any coup d'etat of any kind has never ever been civilised. A military coup  is a military coup no matter where it happens.

"Military intervention is what Obama's exponentially accelerating agenda for "fundamental change" toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama's radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible."

Chet Scoville of The Vanity Press doesn't seem to believe a military coup would happen in the U.S. due to the fact they are "...too disciplined & too honourable to contemplate such a thing." While that may be true traditionally, who knows if they won't be influenced? Like Chet, I believe that this is too far-fetched, but I wouldn't be surprised to hear about an assasination attempt on President Obama's life: successful or not. To think these wingnuts believe the left to be looney! Yeesh!! Like Chet, I too don't want to hear how crazy the left is anymore.

John Perry doesn't strike me as a writer with all that much originality. Therefore, I have to wonder how many people: politicians or not; have thought of this hideous idea of a coup?

For those tea-baggers who said on camera, they want to fight against 'socialism' & 'facism', I have one thing to say: be careful what you wish for; any hint of socialism would be gone all right, but facism may become the new regime if the military ousts President Obama & starts governing the country themselves. One has to wonder, who would lead this coup d'etat? Would it be a General Augusto Pinochet type?? These neo-cons would do well to read about Pinochet as those are the usual types that lead a government taken over by a military coup.

Amazing what can happen in a year. Cheers for Obama to jeers to death threats to fantasy of a coup d'etat.  I think we can forget about President Obama getting re elected in 2012, unfortunately. The best we can hope for is that he manage to hang on to office until then: alive. But then, maybe the silent majority can start making some noise.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

News Flash! Sawah Pawin can wite! Special Edition of Brain Drain Fun!

So Sawah Pawin is coming out with a book. WOW!! She'd been working on it since resigning as Governor. Must be a very short book indeed, I mean, where did she find the time to learn to write so quickly? Well, folks, if you see any words written in capital letters, don't ask; probably typed out by none other than SUZY ALLCAPSLOCK, herself.

I usually don't do Brain Drain Fun during the week, but what the hell, it's my Birthday & when you're a cranky tired old gen-exer, Birthdays don't tend to be fun anymore & it doesn't really take much to entertain myself. So here is a Brain Drain Fun moment. Besides, sometimes, certain rules are just made to be broken.

For tonight's Brain Drain Fun, I'm going to venture what the contents of Sarah Palin's book just might be: 

Hello, boys & girls; let me tell you a story.
I lived in a little town called Wasilla, Alaska. You know where that is: you can see Russian from the front porch!
I was the prettiest girl in all the land. So pretty, I won the Miss Wasilla pageant. But then, something terrible happened. I wasn't the prettiest girl in Alaska. Two other girls were prettier than me. NOT FAIR!!
I went to...lesseee....(counting on her fingers) .....5; yeah! 5 colleges. I flunked out of the other 4 because I couldn't spell the school names correctly. But I did it!! In only 6 years too!!
I went on TV to do a show about sports.
I married a prince named Todd.
I like guns & nobody better take mine away! I like to hunt & ride my snowmobile... the bigger, the more pollution, the better! YAY!!
I eat moose hamburgers...vegetarians are villains!
I have 5 children.
My oldest girl, Bristol is a verrrry bad girl! She went out out with a bad boy named Levi & they made a baby! They sinned! Will God forgive us all?
I met an old man named John McCain. He asked me to be vice-president!
Oh, & let me teach you something: The difference between a hockey mom & a pit-bull is lipstick!
I learned about a big store called Niemen Marcus. It was fun!
Some bad people bothered me. 
Some mean French radio hosts from...uh lessee now...uh...I think....Montreal played a mean trick on me. They pretended to be the president of France. How was I supposed to to know the president of France didn't speak English?
There was a mean lady called Tina Fey. She was jealous of me, so she pretended to be me.
Then we lost to a very bad man named Barack Hussein Obama.
John McCain wasn't very nice to me no more: he wouldn't even let me talk on TV.
Some bad people came to Alaska to take away all my new princess clothes.
More bad people bothered me.
Levi the bad boy who took my little girl's innocence away told bad things about me to a magazine.
More bad people bothered me. I couldn't be governor no more...too many bad people. ... 
Bad Barack Obama wants to set up a death panel so everybody in all the land can get free health care.
I want to be president to rule the world 2012. Yeah, I'll show 'em. I'll show all these mean people who bothered me & teased me.
That, boys & girls is how we live a good life. Go to a Protestant church;  eat wild meat, don't eat vegetables, don't touch each other.  Polar bears are not part of the endangered species list. Always remember your fwend, Sawah Pawin.

The End

See? Nothin' to it. Memoirs: that would imply memory & memory would require some cognitive function.

If anybody has anything they would like to add, speculating about this book, please post them in the comments section.

I think for the week-end brain drain fun, I may throw together pictures that might be in that book. We'll see.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Canadian Political Parties-One Unhappy Disfunctional Family

Sometimes I really do think we're becoming more & more Americanized. These days, Canadian Politics can only be described in one phrase: A Big Unhappy Disfunctional Family.

Harpercons are poised to  gain a majority government if an election were held today. What's funnier is I'm not really sure why. Is it because Canadians are really becoming more Libertarian; more attracted to the GOP way of life? Or is it because the Liberals are soooo disfunctional with an unsuitable leader?  Or perhaps whiny Canadian voters are just soooo tired of going to the polls that they would jump in with both feet first & vote Harpercons in because they have the best shot at a majority, which is something most Canadians seem to want; nothing to do with what Harpercons would do or not do. Whatever the reason, Harpercons are poised for a majority government unless the Liberals get their shit together & for the sake of Canada, I hope this happens sooner rather than later.

While Iggy was busy preparing to table a non-confidance motion to Stevie's economic stimulus report card; dear ol' Denis Coderre tenders a rather noisy resignation as Quebec's lieutenant. This is not a good day for Iggy. It would seem that the family feud between the 'Trudeau/Chretien' clan & the 'Turner/Martin' clan (terms coined by L. Ian MacDonald in today's Montreal Gazette)  is still alive & kicking. A feud that would almost rival that of the Hatfields v the McCoys without the guns or hillbilly environment. 

Poor Denis, he will never be prime-minister, so why prime him to lead the Liberals? Have they not learned their lesson?  When Iggy overrode Coderre's decision to nominate Cauchon for the Outremont riding & the new 'star' Nathalie Le Prohon in Jeanne Le Ber, a riding now held by the Bloc & had been switching between the Bloc & the Liberals for a few years now; Coderre has a temper tantrum. While he says that he still has 'confidance' in Iggy, he says he should consider changing his advisors. 

"Should he follow his Quebec lieutenant while working closely with a credible team? Or to his Toronto advisers who know nothing about the social and political realities of Quebec?"
Ordinarily, I would see this answer as a no brainer. Of course the Quebec Lieutenant would be best suited to advise Iggy on Liberal matters in Quebec. However, I would make an exception to this one. Since Mulcair won Outremont in a bi-election following the departure of the former Quebec lieutenant, Jean Lapierre, he has had & still has a strong hold on this riding. The Liberals are going to need to not only keep all their seats but  take every additional seat they can get to not only prevent a Harpercon majority. In order to do this, they can't really afford to experiment. I saw having the 'star' Nathalie Le Prohon run against Mulcair in Outremont as a mistake & sure to lose. After all, if she's such a star, how come not to many folks have heard of her before last week outside of Nokia & IBM? Cauchon, on the other hand had Outremont for eleven years until 2004 when he left with the mass exodus shortly after Chretien was ousted from office. Cauchon is well known.  He also would be much more suitable leader of the Liberals than Coderre, particularly if he succeeds in winning Outremont against a very popular MP. Cauchon would indeed have a much better shot at becoming PM with perhaps even a majority government than Coderre ever would.

Also, Denis Coderre is blaming the wrong person for his misfortune at least in part. According to Iggy, he received a phone  last Friday with Le Prohon, who said she thought the right solution would be for her to seek an open nominaton in the Bloc Québécois-held riding of Jeanne-Le Ber. Iggy maintains that this was her decision.  Well, well, I'm starting to like her already; someone who is thinking about the good of the party.  I may not know much about her, but something tells me she could well unseat the Bloc incumbent & probably have an easier time of it than perhaps even Cauchon would to unseat Mulcair in Outremont. Something tells me she will have a bright future in Liberal politics. Here is a brief bio of her. Quite impressive, really. A survivor.

Denis Coderre apparently still plans to be an MP representing the riding of Bourassa. Let's hope he at least continues to do that. While I don't like his being a poor sport, he needs to stay in a riding the Liberals would be sure to keep.

As for Stephane Dion, let's hope Iggy allows him to stay in St-Laurent. He may not have succeeded in becoming PM, but the fact that he has held St-Laurent for so many years is indicative that the folks in that riding must have confidence in him to represent them in parliament. Again, Iggy should not upset this apple cart for the good of the party.

As for the economic stimulus report card, Jack Layton & the NDP; those 'God awful Socialists' Stevie has so much disdain for, will be propping up the Harpercons yet again under the guise of ensuring a speedy passage of legislation extending EI benefits for the unemployed. I believe that's only part of the reason he's doing this. After all, as I pointed out in Damned if they Do; Damned if they Don't; Starring..., Layton knows that this is the only way to ensure EI changes come in, such as they are. The other part would be not only because his numbers are down & the party is broke, but I'm sure he feels the same way I do; the same way I'm sure many Canadians do; a Harpercon majority is much more dangerous than the status-quo. 

Yeah, Jack will no doubt be lambasted by Canadians yet again & will be maligned in the media by Iggy, but I wonder if the latter is just nothing more than a show for the media? After all, I can't believe that someone of Iggy's academic pedigree would be that stupid to actually not look at his numbers & want an election. Yes, he had to throw down the gauntlet, but I'm wondering if he made some kind of back room deal with Jack Layton?? Never can tell. This is why I have said that Jack Layton, along with Gilles Duceppe are the real stars of this debacle. Layton & the NDP, along with Duceppe & the Bloc, may never be the ruling party in the ivory tower of Ottawa, but they essentially decide whether Canadians remain with the status quo or do they play the game of political craps & take a chance at an election. As Dr. Phil in his trashy show would say, "the tail is wagging the dog". 

 As much as I would love to see a socialist government in power (I would do a happy dance if that happened & yes, maybe even youtube it), I am a realist & know the NDP will never be the ruling party.  No one has succeeded in taking away the raison d'etre from the Bloc & we have the Green Party (party with a noble cause but basically a one trick pony), who will never get a seat. 

To summarize this fiasco, the Bloc & NDP who will never rule are running the show pretty much; the Liberals are still involved in family feuding & Stevie is just salivating over ruling Canada under perhaps a new title of 'The Canadian Republican Party' but knows that one mis-step & he could be out of the game which is why he shares the sandbox ever so begrudgingly with the 'separatists' & the 'socialists'.  Also, let's not forget, with all this disfunction, Stevie seems to be able to get away with reminding us of his GOP style agenda in a behind closed door video (you can view the short video in the posting Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Harper) & be a no-show at UN climate change talks in favour of lunch with Mayor Bloomberg & missing UN meetings in favour of eating donuts at Timmy's. 

Of course, let's not forget, as I pointed out in the earlier above mentioned posting, the most stable party & the leader who has the most credibility is the separatist party; a party which only represents the second largest province in Canada with no candidates outside of it. 

Like I said, the Liberals better get their shit together.

Like I said, one big unhappy disfunctional family. If there wasn't such a danger of a Harpercon majority, I would perhaps write a comedic play about it. 

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Political Bloopers, Birthermercials, Glenn Beck the Twitter Twit--Saturday Night Brain Drain Fun

Political Gaffes

From Moderate Union : nice to have the political version of America's Bloopers & practical jokes.


Yes, you got it hear: courtesy of Talking Points Memo. With all it's sleaziness, minus the DDS Esquire Zsa Zsa Gabor look alike. For 30$ U.S., you too can have a Birther Bumper Sticker!! Gotta love Right-Wing America; Wow!

Also worth mentioning again: if ever you're bored silly, you can create your very own Kenyan Birth Certificate here

Birthermercial below:  

The Twit-Laureate of Twitter--Glenn Beck

Anyone know that Glenn Beck was a poet?? No really! Huffington Post explores that here through his Tweets. A must read! 

Happy Saturday to All!!

The Sweetheart of "Faux" News &the Darling of the American Right...The Lies Continue

Well, she's baaack!! That's right America's Right Winged Darling was being interviewed on Faux news. Inspite of the fact no one says she would have died & that Doctors who have been interviewed said that no one dies of the is condition; she still maintains that would not have survived had she waited in Canada.

What's worse (not that I'm surprised) is how biased Faux News (took the nick name from A Creative Revolution) is. They also had T.R. Reid, the author of  The Healing of America-The Search for Better, Cheaper & Fairer Health Care & he must be wondering why they even had him on. Clearly the host wanted nothing to do with him, while not letting him get a word in or interrupting him while he does. An example of this is when Reid cited info from the John's Hopkins School of Medicine declaring that more Americans Go To Canada for treatment, he was dismissed while the host turned immediately to Shona Holmes. Yes, after all, she is their star & they certainly can't have an American of reason stealing her thunder now can they? While T.R. Reid mentions a study done at a reputable U.S. medical school; Shona refutes that arguement citing absolutely no facts & no study, yet she has more credence than Reid. Yah, REAL Responsible media.

You can read an article by T.R. Reid debunking a few myths in the Washington Post  on August 23, 2009.

Shona Holmes also states that it's absolutely untrue that Americans come to Canada for health care. Well, Shona, meet Kathleen & Maureen, two American women living in B.C. who as much as they would like to go back state side, they can't. Gee, I wonder why?? 

What's even funnier is in August, before this little smut fest, I wrote a letter to Shona Holmes (you can find a copy of my letter here), I did send her the link to this second video featuring Kathleen & Maureen. 

I know that at the very least, my letter was read by her husband, David given that he had already attempted to to antagonize me online,  along with Mario Coluccio,  the managing director of CMPI, a public interest group lobbying against President Obama's health care reform.

Another thing that pisses me off about Shona Holmes is that she presumes to speak for all Canadians, particularly sick Canadians. NO, she means Rich Canadians. 

What is ironic is that the American Health Insurance industry that Holmes so vehemently defends would refuse her coverage due to a pre-existing condition.  Had she been living state side, she would still have had to take out a mortgage on  her house. If Canada adapted this American Health Care system, she would still have to mortgage her home. Under both those circumstances, she would never be able to sue her government.

What is hypocritical is that she & her merry band of Conservatives, like Canadian Constitution Foundation don't believe the Government should be involved in health care; that the Free market should take over health care & yet they`re suing the Ontario Government. Well, isn't this lawsuit essentially asking for Government to get involved??

You can hear an interview done on CBC's The Current with Kathleen Kelly yesterday here. It's under the heading Medical Exile - Patients First. 

Apparently, a hearing is supposed to begin soon in the Shona Holmes' law suit & let's all hope & pray that OHIP & the Ontario Attorney General have their shit together. A  win for Holmes & CCF would indeed be very damaging to Canada's Universal Health coverage whether or not ol' Stevie ever gets a majority government as I`ve already illustrated in a previous posting

Affordable & quality health care should & must be available for ALL. This is one thing where Capitalism should play no part in.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pro-Lifer Advocates in Favour of Hellish Life for Children Over Choice!!

I always knew Pro-lifers were not only ignorant & certifiable & yes, violent to the point of being dangerous. But, to have such contempt for children too??

I read JJ's posting this evening on Unrepentant Old Hippie blog & clicked the link & came across Big Blue Wave's Blog. I'm only providing the link solely because some may not believe the quote on her posting I came across below.

I left a very angry comment to her posting, but since she uses the option to approve, oops! I mean censor her comments, more than likely it will never be posted, so I am posting my comment to my posting & unlike her, I would welcome comments. As a matter of fact, I dared her to comment on this posting.

Whoa! A certain quote troubled me greatly: I read it twice to make absolutely sure I didn't misunderstand you: 

"The unborn child, of course, is a non-issue. His welfare is of no consequence. It can't be. It would get in the way of making people accountable for his existence and living up to their responsibilities." 

I always knew the irony of Pro-lifers, that life seems to end at Birth; but that above quote goes too far. It seems you're saying that this child should be born into a terrible life knowing he or she is unwanted & suffering from neglect, resentment, physical & emotional abuse is better than the fetus never coming to be at all?? Oh, I so have alot of trouble with that one.

How can you say "The unborn child, of course, is a non-issue. His welfare is of no consequence...." ??

I'm all for adults taking responsability for their actions, but why put an innocent child through that kind of hell? This child didn't ask to be brought into the world; certainly not into a hellish environment. The child is not to blame for the sins of adults.

Are you saying that these unwanted, abused children are martyrs to your cause??

I work for a social service agency specializing in Child & Family Services: Believe me work where I work...hear the stories...all these children... to you: 'their welfare is a non-issue'?? Wonder if you would change your mind then??

That's right, Missy! Agencies & organizations like the one where I work pick up in caring for these children where you pro-lifers stop caring. These agencies & organizations way more caring than the likes of you & your ilk.

I know you probably won't publish this as you only publish comments from your cheer-leaders; that's ok: This will be posted to my blog for all to see how callous for human life you REALLY ARE!!! How do like that for irony?

Oh, & unlike you, I will allow your comments to be published to my blog; in fact, I dare you to...

Oh, & this wingnut is from Canada!! Are Canadians going to Hell in a Handbasket now??

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Where In The World was Stephen Harper??

While President Obama spoke of uniting the world & calling for change &  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad & Muammar el-Qaddafi were being adversarial at the UN meeting today: 

I have just one question:

Later, He was found!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Kirk Cameron, With the Help of His 'Comfy' Friend & the Creation of Myths

Oh Kirk! KIRK! Whatever happened to that underachieving, girl chasing teen  who would get into trouble with his dim-witted friends we all used to laugh at on Growing Pains? You were alot more interesting back then & yes, certainly far more intelligent. What happened?

Well, after a few box-office flops, he has left his mediocre acting career in favour of advocating for the Far-Right Evangelical Christians. YEESH! 

According to Huffington Post this morning, he came up with a wonderful terrible idea of how to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication The Origin of the Species by giving away 50,000 'edited' copies of the book to various universities on November 19, 2009, three days before the anniversary.  This 'special' edition has a 50 page intro explaining:

"Adolf Hitler's undeniable connection" to the theory of evolution, and highlighting "Darwin's racism" and "his disdain for women." Cameron's edition also exposes the "many hoaxes" of evolutionary theory, while presenting a "balanced view of Creationism."

I'm surprised he didn't add any references to Evil socialism in these 50 additional pages of drivel.

I saw the original video of Kirk Cameron promoting this on Huffington Post & I take exception to a few things he said.  One of them being that those who are actually informed, educated & actually believe in Darwin's theory of Evolution over the Adam & Eve story from the Book of Genesis are atheist or agnostic. 

I happen to be a semi-practising Catholic who happens to subscribe to the theory of evolution as well among other beliefs that go against church doctrine. To me, the theory of Adam & Eve is nothing more than symbolism like most biblical stories are. Even my parish priest admits to not believing alot of those stories & rather than preaching them, he gives his interpretation of the symbolism. I would love to see Kirk Cameron & Ray Comfort try to go toe to toe against my parish priest; I'm sure he would have them accusing him of being atheist as well.

People like Kirk Cameron & his 'comfy' buddy, Ray are dangerous because this is attempting to bring society back to the dark ages when all believed the earth was flat & people like Galileo go to prison for their research.

Also in his video, he claims "an entire generation is being brainwashed by the atheistic theory of evolution without hearing the alternative".  Oh really, a Gallup poll taken February 11, 2009 illustrated only 39% of Americans believe in the Theory of Evolution. Here's the graph below with the question asked: 


This same poll also suggests a relationship between the belief of the theory of evolution & the level of  education of those polled:

Now, Kirk, after seeing these graphs, who is brainwashing whom?? More graphs & studies are provided by this Gallup poll

The girl in the video below is very entertaining & witty while taking apart everything Kirk Cameron says in his little infomercial. I highly recommend the viewing of the below video. 

I just have one more illustration of Cameron & Comfy's video: he frowns upon censorship & says that all should be allowed to make up their own minds. OH REALLY??

To this date, the movie, Creation, starring Paul Bettany & Jennifer Connolly which opened at the Toronto International Film Festival to favourable reviews & alot of press in Toronto newspapers according to Sandwalk's blog, has yet to find an American distributor to my knowledge. If anybody has news to the contrary, I invite you to let me know in the comments below this posting.

This movie is about Darwin writing The Origin of Species following the death of his 10 year old daughter, Annie in 1851 & his lifelong search for the truth. It illustrates a man of science torn between his truth & the love for his religious wife. What is sooooo terrible about that??

I viewed the trailor & I would look forward to seeing this movie. From the few minutes I've seen, it looks like a very interesting story that is well acted. You can catch the trailor here. I also thought the web site was groovy.

What I don't get is alot of movies & video promoting guns, war & violence, many of which are G-rated, have no problem finding distributors in the U.S. These films & video games have proven to promote violence in North American society.

My faith as I know it teaches peace, helping your fellow man & charity. Those above movies & video games would fly in the face of Christianity (or any other religion for that matter) as I know it  & other enlightened folks of any denomination know it.

Well, Kirk & Ray, you can both go lie together all cozy & comfy & keep telling yourselves you're doing the right thing & let the rest of us get on with our lives. 

Monday, September 21, 2009

Ponzi Schemers: Nowhere to Run! Nowhere to Hide!

Another thing wrong with capitalism is the rise of white collar crimes such as Ponzi schemes, Fraud & theft & the apparent lack of regulation into financial companies & those who work as Financial consults & investment brokers & other similar types of employment. 

One thing the U.S. does better than here is serve justice where it comes to White Collar Crime. Bernie Madoff, a notable Ponzi schemer,  was sentenced to 150 years. Another example, according to Colin Perkel of the Canadian Press, Conrad Black, convicted in 2007 of  obstruction of justice & three counts of fraud would more than likely be free today had been convicted here instead of in Chicago.

Poetic justice has already begun.  Earl Jones who is now bankrupt has gone from the ivory tower of a Dorval Condo to a rooming house somewhere in town due to the fact it is all he can afford & has nowhere to turn: "He's being ostracized by friends and family. He's having a hard time."  claims his lawyer, Jeffrey Boro & as of now, his only buddy.

After (allegedly) stealing from his clients, people who entrusted their hard-earned savings to him so they can enjoy retirement  now find themselves struggling & having to rely on charities & community organizations to help them get through. Let's hope that this is only the beginning for Earl Jones.

Vincent Lacroix just plead guilty today to approximately 200 charges of fraud, conspiracy to defraud, money laundering & other charges. He had swindled over 9,200 clients. Back in jail now, it would seem that his cell mates take exception to this kind of crime as his lawyer has requested protection from the general population: "He had trouble at the Rivière-des-Prairies detention centre, and we have asked for extra protection."  He'd better get used to this way of life as he faces 14 years in jail, still pretty light considering he was already on day parole for convictions for 51 violations of the Quebec Securities Act. But, it's a start. 

It seems that maybe, just maybe, Harpercons might actually get something right. Federal Justice Minister, Rob Nicholson is now promising  tougher laws & sentencing with white collar criminals. It would impose manditory penalties & allow the courts to impose longer sentences. No more house arrests. Nicholson is realizing: "....the effects in terms of loss of financial security and confidence as well as the sense of humiliation can be every bit as serious and damaging as physical threats and intimidation."

Joey Davis, whose 78 year old mother lost her life savings in Jones' Alleged ponzi scheme, has started an organization, the Be Strong Foundation which will serve to demand the government for legislation, education on how not to avoid being victimized & Administrative, financial & emotional support for victims of white collar crimes. 

Let's hope that Nicholson & the Harpercons as well as the other parties can stop their pissing contest at least temporarily to get together & pass new tougher laws on white collar crime. Furthermore, there needs to be more (dare I say it) government regulation in financial companies & those who work as investors &/or financial consultants. For the most part, these victims worked hard all their lives only to now wonder if they're going to make rent on time, pay their bills, groceries & other basic necessities of life &  that is no way to enjoy their golden years. They deserve far better; they deserve justice.

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From the Be Strong Web site

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Smart & Stupid Media: Fun Map Games: YAY Socialism! Sunday Brain Drain Fun

Now For Some Sunday Brain Drain Fun

Well, I was going to start a series stemming from last Saturday night's blog & call it Saturday night Brain Drain Fun, but due to other obligations, I had to put it off to today & make an exception & call today's second week, "Sunday Brain Drain Fun". Where I would collect some really silly quotes, videos & pictures & accompany it with some commentary.

Speaking of which, the American Right wing movement seems to be the gift that keeps on giving to progressive bloggers. So today's posting will continue with the American Right.

Remember the Tea-bagger's hit parade where they were protesting Gov't run programs, taxes & everything else that stands for any improvements??

Well, as Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) as their spokesman, they were whining about the Government run Washington Metro system just wasn't up to their standards. Ed Schultz from MSNBC's The Ed Show had something to say about this one in the video below:


Oh, & there is the sighting of the first Black woman in this  Tea-Party. Of course, she may well have been hired by any one of those same PR firms that sent plants to instigate riots at those town hall meetings over the summer to show everyone they're really not racist.
As anyone can see, Ed Schultz is certainly on the right track here.
Let's go further & have these tea-baggers & other Neo-Cons sign this pledge, courtesy of PZ Myers of

The Teabagger Socialist-Free Purity Pledge
I, ________________________________, do solemnly swear to uphold the principles of a socialism-free society and heretofore pledge my word that I shall strictly adhere to the following:
I will complain about the destruction of 1st Amendment Rights in this country, while I am duly being allowed to exercise my 1st Amendment Rights.
I will complain about the destruction of my 2ndAmendment Rights in this country, while I am duly >being allowed to exercise my 2ndAmendment rights by legally but brazenly brandishing unconcealed firearms in public.
I will foreswear the time-honored principles of fairness, decency, and respect by screaming unintelligible platitudes regarding tyranny, Nazi-ism, and socialism at public town halls. Also.
I pledge to eliminate all government intervention in my life. I will abstain from the use of and participation in any socialist goods and services including but not limited to the following:

  •  Social Security 
  •  Medicare/Medicaid
  •  State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP)
  •  Police, Fire, and Emergency Services
  •  US Postal Service
  • Roads and Highways
  • Air Travel (regulated by the socialist FAA)
  • The US Railway System
  • Public Subways and Metro Systems
  • Public Bus and Lightrail Systems
  • Rest Areas on Highway
  • Sidewalks
  • All Government-Funded Local/State Projects (e.g., see Iowa 2009federal senate appropriations--
  • Public Water and Sewer Services (goodbye socialist toilet, shower, dishwasher, kitchen sink, outdoor hose!)
  • Public and State Universities and Colleges
  • Public Primary and Secondary Schools
  • Sesame Street
  • Publicly Funded Anti-Drug Use Education for Children
  • Public Museums
  • Libraries
  • Public Parksand Beaches
  • State and National Parks
  • Public Zoos
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Municipal Garbage and Recycling Services
  • Treatment at Any Hospital or Clinic That Ever Received Funding From Local, Stateor Federal Government (pretty much all of them)
  • Medical Services and Medications That Were Created or Derived From Any Government Grant or Research Funding (again, pretty much all of them)
  • Socialist Byproducts of Government Investment Such as Duct Tape and Velcro (Nazi-NASA Inventions)
  • Use of the Internets, email, and networked computers, as the DoD's ARPANET was the basis for subsequent computer networking
  • Foodstuffs, Meats, Produce and Crops That Were Grown With, Fed With, Raised With or That Contain Inputs From Crops Grown With Government Subsidies
  • Clothing Made from Crops (e.g. cotton) That Were Grown With or That Contain Inputs From Government Subsidies
  • If a veteran of the government-run socialist US military, I will forego my VA benefits and insist on paying for my own medical care
  • I will not tour socialist government buildings like the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
I pledge to never take myself, my family, or my children on a tour of the following types of socialist locations, including but not limited to:
  • Smithsonian Museums such as the Air and Space Museum or Museum of American Histor
  • The socialist Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson Monuments
  • The government-operated Statue of Liberty
  • The Grand Canyon
  • The socialist World War II and Vietnam Veterans Memorials
  • The government-run socialist-propaganda location known as Arlington National Cemetery
  • All other public-funded socialist sites, whether it be in my state or in Washington, DC
I will urge my Member of Congress and Senators to forego their government salary and government-provided healthcare.
I will oppose and condemn the government-funded and therefore socialist military of the United States of America.
I will boycott the products of socialist defense contractors such as GE, Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Humana, FedEx, General Motors, Honeywell, and hundreds of others that are paid by our socialist government to produce goods for our socialist army.
I will protest socialist security departments such as the Pentagon, FBI, CIA, Department of Homeland Security, TSA, Department of Justice and their socialist employees.
Upon reaching eligible retirement age, I will tear up my socialist Social Security checks.
Upon reaching age 65, I will forego Medicare and pay for my own private health insurance until I die.

SWORN ON A BIBLE AND SIGNED THIS DAY OF ____________ IN THE YEAR ______________.___________________________ ___________________________
Signed Printed Name/Town and State

I'm wondering if I should have made the font red when I copied & pasted this? Speaking of the colour red,  anyone ever notice the colour of the Republican party is exactly the same colour that represents communism? Makes one think, doesn't it??

 Remember on Friday, CNN's Rick Sanchez confronting Fox News? Here's the video from   Unrepentant Old Hippie's Blog

Notice how Rick Sanchez says CNN  reports the news & not promote it? Well, it appears a producer from Fox News was caught on camera leading the tea-bagger rally on!
Fox News Producer
Isn't this an example of Promoting the event rather than reporting it? The girl in the green sweater with her arms up in the air is an assistant producer of Fox News. 
The picture is from Huffington Post. Two videos are also available on their page.

Now, Joe Wilson (R for Redneck from Sath Carolanee) who is REALLY lying now?? 
Rachel Maddow points out that it is the great liar's state who can stand to benefit from health care reform the most in her little game of :"Magic Map trick"

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Poor Doggy! You could probably read the stimulus better than your master! Hey! Isn't forcing stupidity on a dog cruelty to animals??