Morning Must Reads: Backflip

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"Nor is PJ O'Rourke."


That's just mean spirited, Mori. Do I insult your icons like Al Sharpton and Bill Maher?

Okay, I do, but they deserve it. 



 "Meanwhile, you spend your days up Limbaugh's derriere."


There you have it, folks. The full repertoire of Stevie's debate skills. It would make any 1st grader proud. 


Gee! I wonder what was their first clue?

"Voters say Obama is extreme, lacks plan for future"

"For two months, those who view Obama as extreme has increased, reaching 47 percent in the latest poll. Just 43 percent consider the president in the mainstream."


I'm shocked!!  SHOCKED!!!!

Romney denied he was involved with the buyout of Stericycle.  Why, then, do the SEC filings show he is lying?

Ah, the GOP's finest!   


Things Republicans Believe

The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches

while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay


"I'm a vulture capitalist, with hidden assets and banks accounts in

Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, who invested in and

provided capital for companies that specialized in outsourcing American

jobs and no, I'm not going to show you my tax returns. But you can trust

me, America"

~ Willard M. Romney, the GOP reject in 2008 and last

hope in 2012.


Interesting, speaking of rats and ratholes....

 In 2004, the second year of Romney’s one-and-only term as Governor of

Massachusetts, the Massachusetts legislature sent Romney a budget with

an amendment that "would prohibit Massachusetts from contracting with

companies that ‘outsource’ the state's work to other countries."  


Surprise!!!!  Romney vetoed the amendment.  


He was, of course, heavily invested in outsourcing American jobs through his Bain Capital holdings in companies like CSI, Stream International Inc., and

Modus Media -- "pioneers" in helping U.S. companies outsource American


I wonder whether the Massachusetts legislature was aware of Romney's

conflict of interest.  Does anybody know whether he made this conflict

of interest known to the legislature....???

Richard Giles
Richard Giles

Contrary to what the Libertarian’s advocate, we really need the Federal government and contrary to what the Republicans practice, we need government to focus on more than just the few, more than just “the money”.  That leaves the Democrats as the choice and if most feel they are too liberal, then we need a strong new party to focus on fairly representing the majority, mainly the middle-class who really make the country work.  The Republican philosophies of “the least amount of government is the best government” and “government should only do for the people that which they can’t do for themselves” have real merit but they also have serious responsibilities which are dictated within those philosophies: i.e., government should be at least what is needed; and government needs to do what the people can’t do.  Included in that is the need for government to protect the people from exploitation by the advantaged few and that has not only been neglected by the Republicans but they have actually encouraged and even been co-responsible for the exploitation, with their permissiveness and catering to the advantaged few, “the money”, their strong supporters, with that always being rationalized as “conservative”.

Should a new “people’s party” be desired, possibly it could be made up of those moderates being forced out of the Republican Party and of conservatives from the Democrats and any other centrists so inclined.  As said, their focus would actually be on responsibly representing the majority, the middle-class.  The problem of course is having the money needed to accomplish everything, including the vast sums necessary to effectively compete against the mega-millions being spent to propagandize, to con the people and manipulate public opinion, and to sell the “puppet” politicians owned and controlled by “the money”.  Good luck with that one.

In the mean time, this country can’t further endure continually being exploited by the insatiable “more” (never enough) appetite of the few, a practice constantly pushing the country further into being a two-class society with the few having it all while the majority simply looses more - a reality clearly shown by the growing spread between them, reflecting the gains of the 1% and the losses of the 99%.  The voters really need to prevent a return to “more of the same”, Bush-Cheney style, which once more would irresponsibly totally cater to the interests of the few while again giving the majority nothing more than an abundance of subterfuge and the drastic costs, which is what “the money” and the Republican / Tea Party are aggressively striving to achieve.  It is up to the voters; good luck there too.



"Wasn't Solyndra a 500 million investment?"


Investment? That's what they're calling it now? It used to be called shoving cash down a rat hole.

P.S. You are right! ObamaCare will cost Medicare a 1000 times what Solyndra cost the taxpayer.  Thanks for the heads up.


Things Republicans Believe

 The public had a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but George Bush's DUI record was none of our business.


Things Republicans Believe

Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to

all Americans is socialism.



"The first step of recovery is admitting you have a problem, sport. In your case, it's insanity."


Heavens! I am being insulted by someone whose IQ is somewhere south of room temperature. Je suis devaste!


Romney Speaks About Romneycare (You know, the blueprint for Obamacare):


2007: “I’m proud of what we’ve done. If Massachusetts succeeds in

implementing it, then that will be a model for the nation.” [Newsweek,


 - 2007: “I think you’re going to find when it’s all said and done, after all these states that are the laboratories of democracy, get their chance to try their own plans, but those who follow the path that we pursued will find it’s the best path, and we’ll end up with a nation that’s taken a mandate approach.” [NBC, 12/16/2007]    

-2008: "I like mandates" [ABC-TV, January, GOP presidential candidate debate]    

- 2008: "Yes" [Romney's response to ABC-TV's Charlie Gibson when asked if Romneycare "imposed tax penalties in Massachusetts”]  

 - 2009: “Massachusetts is a model for getting everybody insured in a way

that doesn’t break the bank, doesn’t put the government in the driver’s

seat and allows people to own their own insurance policies and not to

have to worry about losing coverage.” [CNN, 2009]


Things Rmoney Believes

A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-national

corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation because, after all, "Standing Tall for America" means firing your workers and moving their jobs to India.


 Things Republicans Believe

Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative

radio host -- then it's an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery, because Jeezus loves you and shares your hatred of Hillary and homos.


Gee, Rep Carson, what happened to separation of church and state?

"Rep. Carson: America’s schools should use madrassas as ‘model,’ ‘where the foundation is the Koran"

Read more: 

You paying attention, Mori?


Mormon leader Brigham Young: "You must not

think, from what I say, that I am opposed to slavery. No! The negro is

damned, and is to serve his master till God chooses to remove the curse

of Ham..."  

It was not until threatened with loss of its

tax-exempt status by the IRS in 1978 (some fourteen years after the

Civil Rights Act) that there was a convenient "Revelation" in Salt Lake

City and the Mormon Church's systemic racism was officially rescinded.

Does anybody know how many black people Rmoney has on his campaign staff?

Just curious.


Are they sure that was a Nobel Peace Prize?

"Afghan Turncoat Soldier Shoots 5 US Troops in Eastern Afghanistan …Update: 70% of US Fatalities in Afghanistan Have Occured On Obama’s Watch" 


 After Obama wins again in November, perhaps Mittens will run for president of Cayman Islands or Switzerland.


Over the past 40 years, corporations and politicians have rolled back

many of the gains made by working and middle-class people over the

previous century. We have the highest level of income inequality in 90

years, both private and public sector unions are under a concerted

attack, and federal and state governments intend to cut deficits by

slashing services to the poor.

We are recreating the Gilded Age, the period of the late 19th and

early 20th centuries when corporations ruled this nation, buying

politicians, using violence against unions, and engaging in open

corruption. During the Gilded Age, many Americans lived in stark

poverty, in crowded tenement housing, without safe workplaces, and

lacked any safety net to help lift them out of hard times.


Republicans more committed than ever to repealing every economic gain

the working-class has achieved in the last century and the Democrats

seemingly unable to resist, we need to understand the Gilded Age to see

what conservatives are trying to do to this nation. Here are 8 ways our

corporations, politicians and courts are trying to recreate the Gilded


1. Unregulated Corporate Capitalism Creates Economic Collapse


the late 19th century, corrupt railroad capitalists created the Panic

of 1873 and Panic of 1893 through lying about their business activities,

buying off politicians and siphoning off capital into their own

pockets. Railroad corporations set up phony corporations that allowed

them to embezzle money from the railroad into their bank accounts. When

exposed, the entire economy collapsed as banks failed around the

country. The Panic of 1893 lasted five years, created 25% unemployment,

and was the worst economic crisis in American history before the Great


In the early 21st century, the poorly regulated

financial industry plunged the nation into the longest economic downturn

since the Depression. Like in the Gilded Age, none of the culprits have

served a day in prison.

2. Union Busting

In the Gilded Age, business used the power of the state to crush labor unions. President Hayes called in the Army to break the Great Railroad Strike of 1877; President Cleveland did the same against the Pullman strikers in 1894

Today’s corporations don’t have to use such blunt force to destroy

unions, but like in the past, they convince the government to do their

bidding. Whether it is holding up FAA renewal in order to make it harder

for airline employees to unionize, Republican members of the National

Labor Relations Board leaking material on cases to Republican insiders,

or governors Scott Walker and John Kasich seeking to bust their states’

public sector unions, not since before the Great Depression has the

government attacked unions with such force.

3. Income Inequality


we have the highest levels of income inequality since the 1920s and the

gap is widening to late 19th century levels with great speed. In those

days, individuals like John D. Rockefeller had more money than the

federal government, while the majority of Americans lived in squalor,

poverty and disease.

In the Progressive Era, we started creating

laws like the federal income tax, child labor laws and workers’

compensation to begin giving workers a fair share of the pie. For

decades, labor fought to increase their share and by the 1970s, had

turned much of the working class into the middle class. Today, that

middle class is under attack by a new generation of plutocrats who wish

to recreate the massive fortunes of the Gilded Age.

4. Open Purchase of Elections

In 1890, copper magnate William Clark paid Montana lawmakers $ 140,000 to elect him to the U.S. Senate.

While most plutocrats did not share Clark’s interest in being

politicians, they ensured their lackeys would serve in office, often by

offering corporate stock to politicians. Disgusted by this corruption,

America in the Progressive Era of the early 20th century created a

number of reforms, including the 17th Amendment that created direct

elections of senators, as well as a 1912 Montana state law limiting

corporate expenditures in politics.

Beginning with the Citizens United decision and continuing with the recent overturning of that 1912 law, the Supreme Court has allowed corporations and wealthy plutocrats to buy elections openly once again.

5. Supreme Court Partisanship


the Gilded Age, the Supreme Court interpreted laws not as to the intent

of the lawmakers, but to promote business interests. It refused to

enforce the 14th Amendment to stop segregation, but it did create the

idea that a corporation was a person with rights. The Sherman Anti-Trust

Act of 1890 was intended to moderate monopolies; the Supreme Court only

enforced it against unions since organized labor “unfairly restrained


Today’s Supreme Court has resorted to this aggressively

partisan stance. The Court is fine with the open flouting of the 4th

Amendment, allowing strip searches of middle-school girls if they’re

suspected to be carrying drugs, but creates a grotesque expansion of the

14th Amendment in the Citizens United decision. Meanwhile,

Antonin Scalia just took the opportunity in a Supreme Court dissent to

lambast his colleagues for striking down much of the Arizona

anti-immigration law by approvingly citing 19th-century laws in the

South that limited the movement of African Americans.

6. Violations of Civil Liberties


the late 19th century, civil and military authorities looked down upon

protesting citizens. Widespread violations of civil liberties took place

when Americans protested for almost any reasons, whether it was labor

unions, political gatherings in Washington, D.C., or African Americans

organizing to protect themselves from white supremacists. Police shot

strikers and thugs and mobs murdered organizers.

Today we are

seeing a growing recreation of this society with no respect for civil

liberties. The use of police violence against Occupy protesters, like

the pepper-spraying of nonviolent activists at the University of

California-Davis did spawn some outrage. But in the aftermath of the

PATRIOT Act, the authorities have tremendous power to suppress protest

and are not afraid to use it against peaceful citizens.

7. Voter Repression


Gilded Age saw the rolling back of Reconstruction, with black people

unable to vote in the South due to the grandfather clause, poll taxes,

literacy tests, and threat of violence. Conservative extremists have

chafed at black people voting ever since the civil rights movement ended


Today, voter ID laws and voter roll-purging seek to

limit black voting again. Florida Governor Rick Scott hopes to purge

enough black people from the voting rolls to swing the Sunshine State to

Mitt Romney this fall, while a lawmaker in Pennsylvania openly said the

Keystone State’s recently passed voter ID law would do the same. Even

more shocking, the recently released Texas Republican Party platform has

a plank calling for the repeal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, passed

in the wake of police beatings of civil rights protestors in Selma,


8. Anti-Immigration Fervor

In the

Gilded Age, Americans feared the millions of people coming from eastern

and southern Europe, the Middle East and Asia to work in the nation’s

growing economy. Fearing these immigrants would never assimilate,

Americans looked to bar their entry. Beginning with the Chinese

Exclusion Act in 1882 and continuing through the Immigration Act of

1924, the country slowly closed its doors to the world’s tired and


Today’s immigrants face an increasingly militarized

border, states like Arizona trying to usurp federal immigration policy,

and increased numbers of deportations. Conservatives fear the changes

Latinos could bring to the United States and talk about English-only

laws and the evils of bilingual education. They also recognize the

likelihood of Latinos voting for the Democratic Party in coming decades

and thus use the same kind of voter repression strategies that target

black voters.

The Gilded Age was a horrible time and I fear the

nation slipping back into this hell of poverty, violence and hate. I

believe that young people largely reject the extremist agenda that is

hurtling us through a time machine to the bad old days of the 1890s, but

they don’t have the power right now. Republicans know the demographics

do not favor them and are trying to fix the game through voter

suppression, packing the courts with extremists, and concentrating

wealth and power so they can control politicians and the media.


the Gilded Age, people throughout society began organizing for reform:

labor unions, farmers, middle-class reformers. After 1900, this

organizing paid off as government began passing reforms to alleviate the

most extreme problems of the Gilded Age. Child labor laws, worker

compensation for injuries at work, government regulation of the

railroads, and the direct election of senators all took power away from

corporations and put it back in the hands of the people. It wasn’t

perfect, but it started the social reforms that created the American


Like in the late 19th century, we need to take back

our country from corporate control. We need to create well-paid jobs in

the United States, revitalize the labor movement, and pass legislation

to respect civil liberties, give undocumented immigrants legal status,

and ensure that voting rights laws are enforced. Like our ancestors, we

can fix these problems. First we need to recognize that the 1% has

declared war upon the middle class and then we can start organizing to

create the better tomorrow we crave.


 " The Tax Foundation dropped Massachusetts from America's

29th most business-friendly state to No. 46.  The Tax Foundation also

calculated that, under Romney, Massachusetts' per-capita tax burden

increased 9.9 percent.  In real dollars, the Romney era per capita tax

burden grew $1,175.71."


 "As Romney drained his constituent's pockets, the Public Policy

Institute of New York's Cost of Doing Business Index rated Massachusetts

in 2006 as America" fourth costliest state in which to practice free

enterprise. "


 "As Romney drained his constituent's pockets, the Public Policy

Institute of New York's Cost of Doing Business Index rated Massachusetts

in 2006 as America" fourth costliest state in which to practice free

enterprise.  The Tax Foundation dropped Massachusetts from America's

29th most business-friendly state to No. 46.  The Tax Foundation also

calculated that, under Romney, Massachusetts' per-capita tax burden

increased 9.9 percent.  In real dollars, the Romney era per capita tax

burden grew $1,175.71."