7/3/11

Insanity, spending, borrowing and debt were hallmarks of the W years

DeMint, in new book, outlines tea party's rise - Washington Times: "“I believe that the 2012 elections may be our last chance to stop this insanity of spending and borrowing and debt,” Mr. DeMint told the Associated Press recently. “I’m trying to recruit more Americans with this book.”" DeMint has written a book about our effort to combat insanity and cannot tar it with his invidious labels. The public is on to the lie.


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How we defeat voter and union suppression

By finding one petition to sign each day
By setting up blogs targeted to such subjects as Voter Suppression, Voters' Rights, Workers Rights, etc.
By subscribing to feeds on these and related subjects
By writing letters to editors, comments online and speaking out in local forums
By practicing the four ontological values of Abba's Way - tolerance, democracy, helpfulness and non-idolatry


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One would like one's words to echo

One would like one's words to echo down the corridors of time
And then one might come to suppose such words might be helped by rhyme
And by amplified pentameter let's say by at least half
There is no immortality in a shabby paragraph 

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U.S. airlines v Euro carbon limit

U.S. Airlines Challenge European Emissions Rule - NYTimes.com: "BRUSSELS — When the European Union’s highest court hears arguments Tuesday that Europe should not charge U.S. airlines for their carbon emissions, it will be a showdown at the crossroads of environmental protection and cold cash." We want to spill carbon for free.

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Obama digs net neutrality

PolitiFact | The Obameter: Support network neutrality on the Internet: "President Obama, by appointing Julius Genachowski (a net neutrality supporter) and subsequently backing the FCC's decision, has supported net neutrality principles. Thus, we rate this as a Promise Kept. " Dare we hope that more transparency will follow. And fewer drone attacks? Dare we? Dare we?

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Triadic Philosophy Commentary - Eschew Fame


Eschew fame
and if it comes sit light to it.
Let fame ride you
and ridden you will be.
Fame is a symptom of 
our lost community
Too much of it 
creates idolatry

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Triadic Philosophy Commentary - Unknown Cosmos



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                          Unknown Cosmos                            

       The cosmos is Reality, as is the tiniest sign that rises up.
     All life is holy when seen though a universal lens. 
       All goodness rises from the laws Reality lays down.
      The cosmos celebrates all truth and beauty found.


Exxon Spilling Oil Inland

Exxon Pipe Burst Spills Oil into Mont. River - TIME: "(LAUREL, Mont.) — Hundreds of barrels of crude oil spilled into Montana's Yellowstone River after an ExxonMobil pipeline beneath the riverbed ruptured, sending a plume 25 miles downstream and forcing temporary evacuations, officials said." Forget the oceans. This times it's Montana rivers. The oil oligarchy marches on. On slushy predators' feet.

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Formula for fair corporate pay

David Sirota: Shining the Spotlight on the Corporate Pay Gap - Truthdig: "Replace the loophole-ridden corporate tax system with a flat rate that is then multiplied by the CEO-to-worker pay ratio. This would create a tax incentive for salary fairness, while also allowing corporations to choose their own tax rate. If a company wants a low tax bill, it can shrink the chasm between what it pays its suits and what it pays its rank-and-file." Now here is a decent idea. Shrink the suits. Simplify things.

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ICE targets poor and vulnerable

ICE audits disproportionately target lower-income workers, say immigration experts | The Washington Independent: "The Obama administration has relied on I-9 audits as a replacement for workplace raids, which were used frequently under the Bush administration and generated a great deal of bad publicity for ICE and the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. I-9 audits, according the administration, place more of the burden of enforcement on employers rather than the immigrants themselves" So much for give us your tired, your hungry, your poor.

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PolitiFact rates Obama promises broken when it's the GOP's fault

PolitiFact | The Obameter: Restore Superfund program so that polluters pay for clean-ups: "'Will restore the strength of the Superfund program by requiring polluters to pay for the cleanup of contaminated sites they created.'" It should be called Politi-distortion. When GOP votes down the President, the promise is delayed, pending sensible electoral remedies.

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For A Century GOP Has Created The Depressions

In the 1920s it was Harding, Coolidge and Hoover GOP all and the result of favoring the rich was, you guessed it, the great depression. In the 1960s JFK took over after a GOP-engendered downturn aka recession. Bush One had to pay the wages of a Reagan-induced downturn. And of course the most recent competitor for the worst downturn of all was created by the acts of  W. American well-being has depended measurably on the capacity of the Democratic party to reassert democratic values and policies in place of the maraud-for-the-rich policies of the GOP. 

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We elect our own poison.

Minnesota Shutdown Hits Vulnerable First : NPR: "Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, wants to raise income taxes on the wealthiest Minnesotans. But Republicans, who control both the House and Senate, say that's unacceptable." We elect our own poison.

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Sprawl Marches On

Banks Easing Terms or Debt on Some Option ARM Loans - NYTimes.com: "Two of the nation’s biggest lenders, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, are quietly modifying loans for tens of thousands of borrowers who have not asked for help but whom the banks deem to be at special risk." Sprawl preservation marches on. A shaky proposition at best.


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