Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bibi's Business

I don't understand why people are so upset about Netanyahu's visit to address congress this Tuesday. He's been to this country and addressed congress many times before.Take for instance, this occasion in 2002, before the House Committee on Oversight and Government reform.
Yeah, about those nuclear weapons Saddam Hussein had...
I don't know if maybe it's time for a new war now that old ones have grown stale. Maybe he's got even more information about Iran's nuclear program, and the time is right to share his inside information again. Maybe he just wants to visit and pick out some new military toys since Israel "is the largest cumulative recipient of military spending by the U.S. $30 billion of US foreign aid, of which nearly 75% was used to purchase U.S. defense equipment from American companies". So we pay Israel to pay us for weapons we make and ship there. Israel–United States military relations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
$30 billion. I wonder what we could do with $30 billion in the U.S. to upgrade roads and schools? I also
wonder what Congressman and Senators have been lobbied for a piece of the Israel pie, like Northrup Grumman? Turns out John Boehner has accepted donations from the top four largest arms makers. Lockheed Martin and Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman.  Buoyed by Defense Sector Cash, Boehner Again Takes House Speaker's Gavel
Money is the name of the game in Washington D.C., while I think Boehner thought it was funny to invite Netanyahu to address congress and side step the white house, it's just business to him.
Just two weeks before elections in Israel and Netanyahu has had some serious competition regarding Israels opposition campaign donations which U.S. billionaire S. Daniel Abraham, founder of Slim-Fast Foods Co. is financing. In case you were wondering, Israel is up for sale too! "Almost all of the 1.26 million shekels ($320,098) Netanyahu received for his Likud leadership race in December came from U.S. contributors." Israelis Cry Foul on U.S. Cash Influencing Their Election - Bloomberg Business It's remarkable to run for office and you don't have to spend a dime of your own money and it's not even coming from people in your own country. All the free publicity before Israel's elections can only be a win-win for Bibi.
I still can't get over this guys arrogance, when asked a question he responds with this;
Dude, you are seriously a freak. Watch it here. ▶ Why Did Boehner Make This Awkward Kiss Face at a Reporter? - YouTube

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Strange Bedfellows

I was reading this article in Al Jazeera about a foreign mining corporation, taking sacred Apache Reservation land, "under federal protection from mining since 1955" passed into law by congress on the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. John McCain has been backing this deal for years. Ironically, he's always crying about Iran's nukes
This "Rio Tinto, a global mining conglomerate. And that conglomerate also owns nearly 70 percent of the Rossing uranium mine in Namibia. Another owner of the place is the government of Iran."
My takeaway from this is we are sanctioning Russia for a land grab in Ukraine, someone should sanction Congress, if only.
Then all over the place is the HSBC money laundering scandal, there might be criminal charges and oh yeah, they are big donators to the Clinton Foundation. Right Hillary, I am glad I don't vote anymore, all we get is a parade of criminals or more dynasty candidates like Jeb Bush to choose from. It's all about the 1%. These people will rip off Native Americans living in poverty or really any one living in poverty.
Like say, Palestinians..Here's a weird mash up, Palestinians helping protestors in Ferguson with tear gas advice, sadly, tear gas may be one of the few things left we manufacture here and then it's used to terrorize Palestinians. We might as well just spray the Palestinians ourselves since we are supplying Israel with our home grown artisanal tear gas.
photo by Miriam Barghouti
The absolute strangest mash up of all was the Koch brothers, Cory  Booker (NJ-D) and the ACLU, because the justice system is broken. It should be called the injustice system.
What I wonder is will they privatize the police now? There's got to be an angle and it's usually about profit.
It's weird to me how these deals with the devil are going on all the time. President Obama wants to bomb the daylights out of ISIS, I wonder how much is going on behind the scenes for profit with "advisers" and such. I don't think this is about ISIS, it's more about destroying what infrastructure is left in Syria and Iraq, then I guess it's the contractors that will come in with big fat contracts. We haven't won a conflict in over 50 years so I don't expect that this will go well. It's not about winning it's about profit, like just about everything else in this plutocracy.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Collateral Damage

This is the Levant Region of the Middle East. This region includes Syria, Egypt, Cypress, Israel, Palestine, Jordan Turkey, this was the land known as Canaan. Evidence for the earliest domestication of the dog started here. The first agriculture, started here, domestication of farm animals began here. In 6000 BC, this area experienced a climate crises of severe cooling then 2,000 years of  warming.
The first conflict in this region appears when it was known as Sumeria, then Ramses III came along & The Crusades.
In art history we study this as where civilization and art began, I can't imagine how much of it is lost now. I studied the Ziggurats in Iraq, cuneiform tablets from Syria, The Valley Of The Kings in Egypt. I may understand a bit more about the Middle East than the average person, I had  a very progressive class about the colonialization of the Middle East and the effect it has had on the people there, which has had a direct effect on the conflict we are dealing with now. Conflict that is getting worse with dire consequences for the millions of victims and refugees in that area.
 President Obama made a formal request for a continuation of the War Powers Act. The U.S. has just made a deal to resupply Jordan with arms and "increase its assistance from $660 million to $1 billion per year for 2015-2017." Then there's the confusing invitaion, John Boehner has invited Israel's Prime Minister to address Congress here.
Most people in this country are not real cognizant of where Jordan is or what's going on in Syria and why. They are overwhelmed just trying to take care of themselves. Who can even blame them when you don't hear anyone talking about this; 5 facts that show half of America is seriously struggling - Salon.com
While profit will surely be made by defense contractors, who's lobbies will be enriching Lindsey Graham or John McCain. Stabilizing the Middle East will provide more opportunities to co-modify it  by the banks.
It may be necessary to try and contain a mess we created in the Middle East with our unnecessary wars, but why is there never any outcry to help our own people other than maybe Bernie Saunders and Elizabeth Warren?
That is no accident. They just don't care.While the rest of America languishes and fails to thrive, we pump billions into our governments follies and no one is accountable. I am not saying we should not help Jordan, but what I am saying is why isn't there the same sense of urgency to correct the problems everyday Americans face in this country?
                                                       

                                                        

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Wretched Reality


I don't watch TV anymore. I especially don't watch any news programs. Brian Williams "CONflation" conflagration is one of the reasons why. Shocking! Just shocking that he lied about his courageous war "story." Guess what? They are all liars. These people are hacks. They tow the line and report what their corporate masters tell them to. Brian Williams is a liar and he's probably lying about his "leave of absence" too. These people are part of the reason we got into the Iraq War in the first place. The fact is we are being lied to all the time by "journalists" by politicians, the church, the NSA, Bill Cosby (a rapist and a liar) and when Brian Williams leaves NBC for good, they'll probably get another liar to take his place.
 Taking any herbal remedies? Guess what? Herbal Supplements Without Herbs - NYTimes.com
Walmart and GNC, Walgreens, liars.
Monsanto? Liars, Twenty-Six Countries Ban GMOs—Why Won’t the US? | The Nation
Everyone loves Pope Francis,  Pope says about two percent of priests are pedophiles: paper | Reuters
But, no biggie right?  Only 2% where does he get that figure?
We are being lied to and bullshitted at every level. So Brian Williams lies are really no surprise, decency has been left behind long ago, it's at the point now where if someone's not lying, it's a big surprise. That's the reality. The reality is that we are given no other choice but to seek alternate methods of seeking the truth. TV is not one of them. Cable TV is a joke too. Just wait until cable becomes even more expensive after the Comcast acquisition of Time-Warner, there's nothing like paying top dollar for lies.The craziest part of the whole Brian Williams war story lie is that viewership only went down 17%, the amazing part is that anyone would watch him at all, but maybe that's a lie too? That's the problem when you are constantly bombarded by falsehoods, bullshit and half truths, distracting you and keeping you confused. You look at the world with fresh eyes and you realize there is very little substance and almost no context, leaving you unable to discern any truth at all. I question everyone and everything now. Thanks to Brian Williams word salad of
"CONflation" and  "misremembering" digging himself even deeper into the very definition of a lie;
"Conflation occurs when the identities of two or more individuals, concepts, or places, sharing some characteristics of one another, seem to be a single identity — the differences appear to become lost.[1] In logic, it is the practice of treating two distinct concepts as if they were one, which produces errors or misunderstandings as a fusion of distinct subjects tends to obscure analysis of relationships which are emphasized by contrasts.[2] However, if the distinctions between the two concepts appear to be superficial, intentional conflation may be desirable for the sake of conciseness and recall." Wikipedia
"Producing errors" and misunderstandings, that's the whole intention of lying. So now I have another description for someone who is telling lies, he's "conflating"  this should come in handy in my daily life when confronted by someone 'misremembering" I'll just say oh yeah, he was "conflating" again, and get on with my day. The reality is, it happens all the time.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Loathly Obituary

Was he plain? How much did he weigh?
When Picasso died, I doubt anyone wrote about his weight or his looks. It was about his work. Picasso is Dead in France at 91
At the end of his obituary, there is maybe a hint of his womanizing ways and that was it.
When William Faulkner died, Faulkner was known to have had several extramarital affairs." and "a lifelong drinking problem"
nothing about it was mentioned here and nothing about his looks either; Faulkner's Home, Family and Heritage Were Genesis of Yoknapatawpha County
 When the controversy broke out about writer Colleen McCollough's death and Rupert Murdoch's rag wrote an unflattering obituary  about her being so-called, "Plain of feature, and certainly overweight,"
My first thought was this, an accomplished woman like her, probably didn't give a damn what anyone thought of her weight and looks. She was 77 years old for crying out loud, I mean is there a standard for how you are supposed to look, at 77?
There is really nothing like celebrity culture with their Botox, plastic surgery, Liposuction, we don't really know what it looks like when people get old anymore because these images aren't presented to us in any real context.
One of the great things about being an artist or a writer is that your physical presence isn't required. It's the work that matters. But I think Murdoch's characterization of  McCollough, goes back in time;
 The Loathly Lady. I think here we have an archetype for women, who have something special, that is their own "sovereignty" I do believe Colleen fit's the bill. Perhaps on the outside unattractive, but beautiful in other ways. At the heart of this story of the Loathly Lady, who marries in one legend Sir Gawain, there is a choice that he must make should she be ugly by day, beautiful by night, or the other way round? In the end he tells her it must be her choice. She has the right to choose. Clearly, McCollough herself, chose to look the way SHE wanted to look or not look, not the way Mr. Murdoch would want her to.
Moreover, this woman, this artist, transformed herself from neuroscientist to writer presiding over her own realm of characters, she had her own wealth and power and was beholden to no one. She was a success through her own creativity and special talent.
She chose to keep it real and wasn't willing to part with the face she had to become a frightening parody of herself. When the perception is that artificial means of  maintaining whatever standard of beauty is admired and what shape we have is the result of hours in the gym, starvation and medical body sculpting, that only the wealthy can afford and as wealthy as McCollough was, she didn't give a rat's ass about any of it.
I am sure the people who loved her didn't either. I read her book and never once in my mind did I wonder what she looked like, I only knew her writing could transport me to another world. I never cared what Picasso looked like, it was his paintings I admired. That  is the real power of art. In the end it isn't about anything more than the work and the work stands.Colleen McCollough, was an authentic artist, a genuine person, with an independent spirit, many times for a woman, that can be more than enough to be a thorn in some peoples sides.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Pain Capable Congress


 I am proud to say that Chris Smith (R-NJ), Congressman comes from the state I live in, New Jersey. He introduced the No Taxpayer Funding Abortion Bill! Fantastic! That'll stick it to all those women trying to finance their legions of abortions on the taxpayers dime. On Representative Smiths website, it says it "resoundingly passed the house" it has a 15% chance of being passed into law. Awesome!
Lets look at the millions of abortions a year that are funded by taxpayers dollars, Planned Parenthood gets federal funding, Seriously? Why do they need any? Women who are too poor and resort to Planned Parenthood for all their abortions and we pay for it? Actually it says here that we don't; "The group does receive federal funding, but the money cannot be used for abortions by law."
Say what? I thought we just passed a law saying they couldn't do what they already weren't doing? Thank God for Chris Smith and the thousands of people who marched for the Right To Life! Thousands protest abortion in annual March for Life on National Mall | WJLA.com
Weird coincidence that the March For Life and No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 7) - GovTrack.us happened all on the same day, how crazy is that? I didn't know that Congressmonsters could plan at all, let alone plan to pass a bill that coordinated with a March For Life. It shows how truly dedicated they are to their Christian values. Amen to that! He's an amazing speaker and another coincidence? Smith was the guest speaker in 2009 and 2010 March For Life
I didn't know men wore burkas!
Rallies, where he famously said; “Under ObamaCare billions of dollars in the form of tax credits are buying abortion-subsidizing health insurance plans,” 
Well that has to be stopped! Billions of dollars in tax credits for abortions? What?
 Actually, guess not, "an amendment that bars anyone who accepts federal subsidies for health coverage from buying a plan with abortion coverage on the exchange."Stupak revises abortion stance on health care bill, citing Obama's executive order | PolitiFact
Poor Chris, all the stress and pressure of trying to pass 7 abortion prohibitions in a matter of 2 weeks, well that could make anyone mis-speak, that's how important this issue is to Congress. They immediately went to work in 2015, crafting various bills to prevent all those federal dollars that were not spent on abortion to not be spent on them. There's nothing like free money spent on an awesome abortion experience! Well it's over now!
What is wrong with Representative Renee Ellmers (R-NC) saying that Republicans focusing on abortion is making them look bad? How is that possible? She just better put on her big girl panties and stop abortions for rape victims, for crying out loud. These rape victims, they just want it all don't they? We all know they can just shut that down anyway. Every life is a gift, even Todd Aken!

What a productive start to an amazing new year! Getting down about getting it on and all the ensuing abortions we know are going on right under our noses.Thanks Congress, for your amazing ability to connect with what people are really worried about. When American families sit around their dinner tables worrying about how to stop federally funded abortions, just knowing it wasn't a problem to begin with is such a welcome change from the usual monotony of people not worrying about abortion or worse, going to their clinics, getting a spa experience abortion on our dime. Have a look for yourselves, your tax dollars have never been better spent!
H.R. 7: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
Introduced: Jan 21, 2015
Passed House: Jan 22, 2015
H.R. 36: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
Sponsor: Rep. Trent Franks [R-AZ8]
Introduced: Jan 6, 2015
Referred to Committee: Jan 6, 2015
S. 48: Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. David Vitter [R-LA]
Introduced: Jan 7, 2015
Referred to Committee: Jan 7, 2015
S. 51: Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act
Sponsor: Sen. David Vitter [R-LA]
Introduced: Jan 7, 2015
Referred to Committee: Jan 7, 2015
S. 50: Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. David Vitter [R-LA]
Introduced: Jan 7, 2015
Referred to Committee: Jan 7, 2015
S. 78: Pregnant Women Health and Safety Act
Sponsor: Sen. David Vitter [R-LA]
Introduced: Jan 7, 2015
Referred to Committee: Jan 7, 2015
H.R. 217: Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act
Sponsor: Rep. Diane Black [R-TN6]
Introduced: Jan 8, 2015
Referred to Committee: Jan 8, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Charade

I work with a lot of people younger than myself. The majority are high school graduates. Three in my department are college educated, that includes myself. There are twelve people plus three managers, of these twelve, five are part time. These people would work full time if they could, but the business I work for hasn't hired a full time employee since the crash. I'm not sure what kind of "sample" this is, but it's the best one at my disposal.
No one votes. One of my managers voted for Obama in 2008, she hasn't voted since. Some of the people I work with are confused about candidates. In the last local election one of my colleagues wanted to vote, but didn't know who to vote for or how to find out anything about them. She didn't bother doing any research and just sat out the last election. Almost everyone distrusts politicians, they know the "democratic process" is corrupt. They have turned away from politics and politicians. I don't know anyone who is going to watch President Obama's State of the Union Address. State of the Union: Obama to dare Republicans on tax populism - David Nather - POLITICO
President Obama is going to propose a $325 billion tax cut for the middle class.
Now according to Politico, the President is setting up a Republican fall for the next election, what this tax cut would do is tax the 1%  and that is not going to happen. Basically, if President Obama wanted something like this to happen, He should have done it when he was elected, when he had the Democrat muscle to do it, but he didn't. You have to wonder why?
So, this State of the Union is going nowhere, since no one believes we are being represented by any elected officials, they will not watch it, they won't talk about it and the Congressmonsters won't do anything about it. Face it, these aren't people, they are monsters, swallowing as much money as they can till they get their fill only to be replaced by another one.
  One thing they are looking to do? A gas tax. Everyone at my job is talking about how cheap gas is now, so it's the perfect time for a tax right? The Highway Trust Fund is broke and we need another tax to fix the roads. But people aren't driving as much as they used to, there is more fuel efficiency, so what's in the works is this; VMT, a meter installed on your vehicle that will tax you on your mileage. Vehicle miles traveled tax - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It's already being piloted in Oregon.
 It's 2015, and finally some of the money from President Obama's 2008 Recovery Program made it to the highway I drive on everyday. A highway so full of potholes that the kids used to say it was hit by an asteroid. It took that long for the money to "trickle down," what seems to happen to most "Trust Funds" is they are robbed and suddenly there's no money for the original intention. If there was money ever, in the Highway Trust fund you have to wonder where it went, because I didn't notice any crumbling infrastructure being fixed around here.
President Obama made a State of the Union Address 2 months after The Sandy Hook Massacre.Then there was a lot of controversy and finally the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
was defeated and that was the end of any attempt to deal with the gun madness in this country. After a horrific tragedy like Sandy Hook, these Congressmonsters could not find a way to just ban assault weapons, I can guarantee that whatever the president presents, he knows full well will be defeated.
What is happening is one billionaire party is fighting with the other billionaire party and our wealthy taskmasters have destroyed the democratic process. It doesn't exist anymore. My co-workers know this, these people can't be voted out when all you are presented with is more people who represent billionaires. So no one I know will be watching the State of the Union, they won't care what President Obama says. They don't care about a rebuttal. They are too busy trying to figure out what bills they are going to pay and half of them have opted out of cable because it's too expensive, politicians are expensive too, more than we peons can afford, so most of us won't be watching the pigs congratulating each other at the Capitol Tuesday night.