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HighDesertDJ

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Jun 27, 2013 - 05:45am PT


Alex Jones (infowars.com) goes apeshit on the BBC (infowars.com), turns understated news show (infowars.com) into hilarious rantfest (infowars.com). This is pretty awesome.
Skeptimistic

Mountain climber
La Mancha
Jun 27, 2013 - 06:12am PT
someone should slap that idot president we have now for picking a right leaning justice who has to recruise herself

Your mastery of your native language is an impressive testimony to your towering intellect. Obviously you have the profound insight, experience and maturity to make such an analysis. There is a seat waiting for you in the Tea Party's leadership.
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Jun 27, 2013 - 12:05pm PT
How dare the President pick a justice who actually has experience with constitutional law.
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jun 27, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
Reason why republtards fail; They'd never do this shit:


Republitards fail.

Yet another example why contracting the work out to business is a dead end in this country. Business cannot be trusted to act responsibly and will lie, cheat and steal their ways to a good year…. year after year after year.

Tards fail
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jun 28, 2013 - 11:25am PT
Business cannot be trusted to act responsibly and will lie, cheat and steal their ways to a good year…. year after year after year.

Thank God no politician or government worker would ever do that!

John
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Jun 28, 2013 - 04:39pm PT
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/06/01/you-wont-believe-how-underpaid-teachers-actually-are/

Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or10 months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do – babysit!

We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan– that equals 6 1/2 hours).




Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.

However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.





LET’S SEE….

That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.

Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!

The average teacher’s salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student–a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!) WHAT A DEAL!!!!

Make a teacher smile; repost this to show appreciation for all educators.



Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/06/01/you-wont-believe-how-underpaid-teachers-actually-are/#ixzz2XYb9AbnU
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jun 28, 2013 - 07:00pm PT
The Taliban stone women who try to teach ....an idea that is quickly catching on with republican politicians...
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jun 28, 2013 - 07:54pm PT
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jun 28, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
For Philo -

Jun 28, 2013 - 04:39pm PT
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/06/01/you-wont-believe-how-underpaid-teachers-actually-are/

Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or10 months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do – babysit!

We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan– that equals 6 1/2 hours).




Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.

However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.





LET’S SEE….

That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.

Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!

The average teacher’s salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student–a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!) WHAT A DEAL!!!!

Make a teacher smile; repost this to show appreciation for all educators.



Read more: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/06/01/you-wont-believe-how-underpaid-teachers-actually-are/#ixzz2XYb9AbnU[/quote]

 Given a teachers average salary… They real are under paid… And Scott Falker is a f*#ktard along with all the rest of republitards.



Here's another thing I find hypocritical of the ref*#klitards….

Perry in Texas, the state house in Texas, State Senate in Texas… They just added to the books a bunch of something that they are all supposed to be against, however, they are the re-asslicktards and have been blinded by their own power:
It's the latest episode in the national pro-life TRAP movement (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers), which seeks to limit abortions by getting restrictive regulations on the books in state legislatures.

They are all against regulations… Except when it suits them and their ref*#klitarded christarded religious freaks.

The very definition of ignorance.
jghedge

climber
Jun 29, 2013 - 11:14am PT

Repubs Terrified That Texas Will Turn Blue - Which, Of Course, Eventually It Will

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/freedomworks-texas-democrats-93379.html#ixzz2XWCbDo54


The conservative outside group FreedomWorks has drawn up plans to spend nearly $8 million mobilizing and expanding the GOP base in Texas, in a move to counter state and national Democratic efforts to make the state more electorally competitive, POLITICO has learned.

In a twelve-page internal strategy document obtained by POLITICO, FreedomWorks says that the Republican Party should be alarmed in particular by the Democratic group Battleground Texas, which several Obama campaign officials founded this year with the mission of organizing liberal-leaning constituencies that currently vote at below-average rates.

Notably, the FreedomWorks strategy memo does not call for revising the Republican Party’s traditional issue positions. On the contrary, the group’s theory of the case insists that fidelity to small-government principles will attract Latinos and young voters, who are currently skeptical of the GOP in part because it has failed to outline a coherent agenda for economic growth.



Hahahahaha, the solid Red States aren't so solid anymore, it seems.





Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jun 29, 2013 - 05:58pm PT



-= I listened to too much George Carlin to ever consider voting republitard


Repubs Terrified That Texas Will Turn Blue - Which, Of Course, Eventually It Will

 It may eventually happen. Hopefully you'd think the republitards in Texas will see this stark example of the hypocrisy of the republitards: They love low regulation except when it comes to a woman's uterus.
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jun 30, 2013 - 06:50am PT
exerpts...



If he were to ask me, I would offer one very simple solution: Ask the banks to pay back the banks. Maybe not all of the debt, but they could cover a good chunk of it and without even having to write a check.

Over the past decade, the banks have evicted many, many people in Detroit from their homes.

These were people who either did or did not deserve to be evicted. Perhaps they did not deserve loans in the first place. I am not interested in going over any of that at this time; mine is a very a different point.

For what is interesting is what happened next:

After these evictions occurred, the banks did not foreclose the homes. They simply let the houses rot.

In other words, as opposed to following the due diligence of a functioning system, wherein these banks would have gone through the legal process of actually foreclosing the home, earning back the home’s title, and then paying the taxes on the property until the property was sold to a new owner, they did nothing. They simply walked away.

So, for starters, they owe taxes on those homes. Not just a few homes; thousands of homes. That’s lot of taxes. When you’re done adding everything that’s owed, it’s probably worth more than a few Chagalls.

[ the fascist public 'managers' christian conservatives have dragged in to finish off the city have hired appraisers to set values on city owned art]

Then there’s this: by letting those homes rot, these banks caused the depreciation of all the other homes in all those neighborhoods, block after block, along nearly every avenue, street and boulevard. Each one of these abandoned homes pulls the value of all those other buildings down.

These banks were like the shark in Copley’s famous painting (at the Detroit Institute of Art, of course), attacking the vulnerable drowning figure in the water. The victims were honest and hard working, and their homes were suddenly worth less. What followed was predictable: a shrinking tax base, the city unable to pay its bills, cut services. So now the police don’t show up, the firemen are understaffed, people are less safe, people move away, more homes stand empty, and the banks didn’t know or didn’t care



and here is where the author of the journalism is to kind to the perps

this was entirely the plan...





http://www.alternet.org/hard-times-usa/emergency-manager-wants-sell-citys-precious-art-while-banks-get-fatter?page=0%2C0
Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 30, 2013 - 07:48pm PT
Credit: Dr. F.
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jun 30, 2013 - 07:51pm PT
with all their preoccupations about debt and belt tightening and personal responsibility, about they last thing they havnt started saying is that you the citizen needs to EARN your rights!
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jun 30, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
how about the real gun-walking issue concerned americans would want to know about?


Guns Lost, Stolen or Strayed
by Michael Winship
Back in January, a month after the Newtown school slayings and just a few days before his second inauguration, Barack Obama announced he would “put everything I’ve got” into the fight against gun violence.

Part of his effort – and an end run around a Congress reluctant to make any move that might rile the National Rifle Association – was a group of 23 executive actions that, according to The New York Times, “he initiated on his own authority to bolster enforcement of existing laws, improve the nation’s database used for background checks and otherwise make it harder for criminals and people with mental illness to get guns.”

Photo: billonahill/cc/flickr
Among the actions, the president ordered the Justice Department’s beleaguered Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to deliver an annual report on lost and stolen firearms in the United States. The first, covering the year 2012, was issued last week but promptly buried under a flurry of other news.

The report combines data from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and information obtained by the ATF from gun dealers, known as Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs). It makes for fascinating, disturbing reading:

“In 2012, NCIC received reports reflecting 190,342 lost and stolen firearms nationwide. Of those 190,342 lost and stolen firearms reported, 16,667 (9% of the total reported) were the result of thefts/losses from FFLs. Of the 16,667 firearms reported as lost or stolen from a FFL, a total of 10,915 firearms were reported as lost. The remaining 5,762 were reported as stolen.”

Vying for the honor of #1:

“Texas was the top state for total firearms reported lost and stolen in 2012, with 18,874 firearms, which was 10% of all firearms reported lost or stolen in the country. Pennsylvania was the top state for firearms reported lost or stolen from a FFL in 2012 with 1,502 firearms, which was 9% of all firearms reported lost or stolen from a FFL in that year. Pistols were the most common type of firearm reported stolen from a FFL in 2012 with 3,322 reported, while rifles were the most common type of firearm reported lost from a FFL in 2012 with 4,068 reported.”

What’s even more disturbing is that the real numbers probably are much worse but difficult to quantify. Federal law requires that licensed gun dealers report any theft or loss to police and the ATF within 48 hours. But when it comes to determining how many guns have been lost by or stolen from private citizens, the ATF states, “Reporting by law enforcement is voluntary, not mandatory, and thus the statistics in this report likely reveal only a fraction of the problem. Additionally, even where state and local law enforcement are consistently reporting statistics, many states do not require private citizens to report the loss or theft of a firearm to local law enforcement in the first place. As such, many lost and stolen firearms go entirely unreported.

“Moreover, even if a firearm is reported as lost or stolen, individuals often are unable to report the serial number to law enforcement because they are not required to record the serial number or maintain other records of the firearms they own for identification purposes. As a result, many lost and stolen firearms enter secondary and illicit markets with their status undocumented and undetectable.”

Got that? Much of this is because government regularly succumbs to the NRA paranoid conspiracy theories of a national gun registry that would be used to seize every citizen’s shootin’ irons. That’s why the ATF has been forced to trace guns, in the words of The Daily Beast’s Adam Winkler, “the way 17th-century monks copied texts: by hand.

“When a gun is found at a crime scene, ATF agents can’t just look up who owned the gun in a computer database. They first have to call the gun manufacturer and find out which wholesaler purchased it. Then they have to get the wholesaler on the line and find out which dealer purchased the gun from the wholesaler. Then they have to call the gun dealer and have the dealer’s files searched by hand to identify the first consumer to purchase the gun. If the gun dealer is no longer in business, ATF agents have to search through files—many of them handwritten—maintained in cardboard boxes, one by one. Because we don’t require background checks on all gun sales, all this work may be for naught. Even if the person who bought the gun is identified, he may just say he sold the gun to an unknown person. For this secondary transaction, which is perfectly legal, there won’t be any files to sift through.

They go through this mind-numbing, timewasting process more than 300,000 times a year.

Since 2006, the ATF has been further stymied by the lack of a confirmed director – also blocked by Congress – and restrictions on funding and personnel that limit its inspection of the approximately 70,000 licensed gun dealers in America. On average, it takes around seven years to get to all of them. Plus, as Winkler reports, there’s “a law that prohibits the ATF from making more than one unannounced inspection per year to any gun dealer. Purportedly designed to stop the ATF from harassing law-abiding gun dealers, this rule ends up protecting the law-breaking gun dealers, who know that once the ATF has come by, the bureau’s agents won’t be back for the rest of the year. And at the behest of the gun-control opponents, Congress reduced the penalty for dealers who falsify records, which is now just a misdemeanor.”

Thank you, gun lobby. John Diedrich of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who over the last few years has been producing remarkable coverage of the lax oversight of gun dealers and the ATF and its troubles (including some it has brought on itself), spoke with Andrew Molchan, director of the Professional Gun Retailers Association. Molchan told him that the number of missing guns is not a major concern, a drop in the bucket compared to the millions of guns that are sold every year.

“Well under one percent,” he said, “which is much better than a jewelry store.”

What a relief. On the other hand, when was the last time you heard about someone murdered in their home or on the street -- or in a schoolroom -- with a charm bracelet?


http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/06/29-5
rSin

Trad climber
calif
Jun 30, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
wonder why none of you freedom loving patriots who realize the excesses of the war on terror have brought this case up?

not on your good guy gun nut radar?


Teen Jailed As Terrorist Threat After Making Sarcastic Comments on Facebook
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/teen-jailed-terrorist-threat-after-making-sarcastic-comments-facebook
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Jul 1, 2013 - 07:18am PT

command error

Trad climber
Colorado
Jul 1, 2013 - 10:57am PT
Reduced to tears by the smack down from Kenya on his gay rights stance.
Aids on AF1 fail to spin this development and order news outlets to delete story.

Kenya’s Deputy Pres. Rejects Obama’s Gay Views: Please shut up about gays
as it goes against our customs and traditions.

Kenya Sunday June 30 2013 St Gabriel’s Catholic Church

Deputy President William Ruto on Sunday urged US leader Barack Obama to respect Kenyans’ culture, saying they would not abandon their traditions that condemn same-sex marriages.



http://sweetness-light.com/archive/kenyas-deputy-pres-rejects-obamas-gay-views
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Jul 1, 2013 - 11:12am PT
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/les-leopold/big-lie-america-doesnt-ha_b_3516185.html

Big Lie: America Doesn't Have #1 Richest Middle-Class in the World... We're Ranked 27th!

America is the richest country on Earth. We have the most millionaires, the most billionaires and our wealthiest citizens have garnered more of the planet's riches than any other group in the world. We even have hedge fund managers who make in one hour as much as the average family makes in 21 years!

This opulence is supposed to trickle down to the rest of us, improving the lives of everyday Americans. At least that's what free-market cheerleaders repeatedly promise us.

Unfortunately, it's a lie, one of the biggest ever perpetrated on the American people.

Our middle class is falling further and further behind in comparison to the rest of the world. We keep hearing that America is number one. Well, when it comes to middle-class wealth, we're number 27.

The most telling comparative measurement is median wealth (per adult). It describes the amount of wealth accumulated by the person precisely in the middle of the wealth distribution -- fifty percent of the adult population has more wealth, while fifty percent has less. You can't get more middle than that.

Wealth is measured by the total sum of all our assets (homes, bank accounts, stocks, bonds etc) minus our liabilities (outstanding loans and other debts). It the best indicator we have for individual and family prosperity. While the never-ending accumulation of wealth may be wrecking the planet, wealth also provides basic security, especially in a country like ours with such skimpy social programs. Wealth allows us to survive periods of economic turmoil. Wealth allows our children to go to college without incurring crippling debts, or to get help for the down-payment on their first homes. As Bill Holiday sings, "God bless the child that's got his own."

Well, it's a sad song. As the chart below shows, there are 26 other countries with a median wealth higher than ours, (and the relative reduction of U.S. median wealth has done nothing to make our economy more sustainable.)




Why?

Here's a starter list:

We don't have real universal health care. We pay more and still have poorer health outcomes than all other industrialized countries. Should a serious illness strike, we also can become impoverished.
Weak labor laws undermine unions and give large corporations more power to keep wages and benefits down. Unions now represent less than 7 percent of all private sector workers, the lowest ever recorded.
Our minimum wage is pathetic, especially in comparison to other developed nations. (We're # 13). Nobody can live decently on $7.25 an hour. Our poverty-level minimum wage puts downward pressure on the wages of all working people. Also while we secure important victories for a few unpaid sick days, most other developed nations provide a month of guaranteed paid vacations as well as many paid sick days.
Wall Street is out of control. Once deregulation started 30 years ago, money has gushed to the top as Wall Street was free to find more and more unethical ways to fleece us.
Higher education puts our kids into debt. In most other countries higher education is practically tuition free. Indebted students are not likely to accumulate wealth anytime soon.
It's hard to improve your station in life if you're in prison, often due to drug-related charges that don't even exist in other developed nations. In fact, we have the largest prison population in the entire world, and we have the highest percentage of minorities imprisoned. "In major cities across the country, 80 percent of young African Americans now have criminal records." (See Alexander, Michelle (2010), The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York, The New Press. p. 7. as cited in Wikipedia.)
Our tax structures favor the rich and their corporations who no longer pay their fair share. They move money to foreign tax havens, they create and use tax loopholes, and they fight to make sure the source of most of their wealth -- capital gains -- is taxed at low rates. Meanwhile the rest of us are pressed to make up the difference or suffer deteriorating public services.
The wealthy dominate politics. Nowhere else in the developed world are the rich and their corporations able to buy elections with such impunity.
Big Money dominates the media. The real story about how we're getting ripped off is hidden in a blizzard of BS that comes from all the major media outlets... brought to you by...
America encourages globalization of production so that workers here are in constant competition with the lower wage workers all over the world as well as with highly automated technologies.

Is there one cause of the middle-class collapse that rises above all others?

Yes. The International Labor organization produced a remarkable study, (Global Wage Report 2012-13) that sorts out the causes of why wages have remained stagnant while elite incomes have soared. The report compares key causal explanations like declining bargaining power of unions, porous social safety nets, globalization, new technologies and financialization.

Guess which one had the biggest impact on the growing split between the one percent and the 99 percent?

Financialization!

What is that? Economist Gerald Epstein offers us a working definition:

"Financialization means the increasing role of financial motives, financial markets, financial actors and financial institutions in the operation of the domestic and international economies."

This includes such trends as:

• The corporate change during the 1980s to make shareholder value the ultimate goal.

• The deregulation of Wall Street that allowed for the creation of a vast array of new financial instruments for gambling.

• Allowing private equity firm to buy companies, load them up with debt, extract enormous returns, and then kiss them good-by.

• The growth of hedge funds that suck productive wealth out of the economy.

• The myriad of barely regulated world financial markets that finance the globalization of production, combined with so-call "free trade" agreements.

• The increased share of all corporate profits that go to the financial sector.

• The ever-increasing size of too-big-to-fail banks.

• The fact that many of our best students rush to Wall Street instead of careers in science, medicine or education.

In short, financialization is when making money from money becomes more important that providing real goods and services. Here's a chart that says it all. Once we unleashed Wall Street, their salaries shot up, while everyone else's stood still.




Do we still know how to fight?

The carefully researched ILO study provides further proof that Occupy Wall Street was right on the money. OWS succeeded (temporarily), in large part, because it tapped into the deep reservoir of anger toward Wall Street felt by people all over the world. We all know the financiers are screwing us.

Then why didn't OWS turn into a sustained, mass movement to take on Wall Street?

One reason it didn't grow was that the rest of us stood back in deference to the original protestors instead of making the movement our own. As a result, we didn't build a larger movement with the structures needed to take on our financial oligarchs. And until we figure out how to do just that, our nation's wealth will continue to be siphoned away.

Our hope, I believe, lies in the young people who are engaged each day in fighting for the basic human rights for all manner of working people -- temp workers, immigrants, unionized, non-union, gays, lesbians, transgender -- as well as those who are fighting to save the planet from environmental destruction. It's all connected.

At some point these deeply committed activists also will understand that financialization both here and abroad stands in the way of justice and puts our planet at risk. When they see the beast clearly, I am confident they will figure out how to slay it.

The sooner, the better.


(This article was originally posted on Alternet.org)

Les Leopold is the director of the Labor Institute in New York and the author of How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour: How Hedge Funds get away with Siphoning off America's Wealth (Wiley 2013)
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Jul 1, 2013 - 11:13am PT
What a laughable argument, The Command Error. We'll have to remember the "cultural sensitivity" schtick next time you want to firebomb some Islamic guys.
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