As you can see, this is the third consecutive post from Mario Piperni’s website. I am absolutely in awe of Mario’s artwork and try to dispaly it as often as possible. Out of all of Mario’s posters, this one stands out. Not so much as being his best work, but certainly his most powerful work. It’s an attention grabber and eye opener, indeed.
The right-wing rag, The Washington Times, finds nefarious motive in the U.S. blocking South Korea from selling vintage World War II MI rifles stateside.
It’s more likely that the administration is seeking to win the admiration of gun grabbers. Mr. Obama has a history of supporting gun control as a state senator and U.S. senator, but he’s been limited in his ability to implement this anti-gun agenda as president. Democratic members of Congress remember the federal assault-weapons ban as one of the lead issues motivating voters to turn Congress over to Republicans in 1994. Senators facing tight races in pro-gun states don’t want to see a repeat of that midterm landslide. Therefore, the best way for Mr. Obama to appease the gun-grabbing fringe is to take actions that won’t bring too much attention to what he’s doing. As long as the destruction of these rifles stays under the public radar screen, he will have achieved his goal.
Too ridiculous. As the DailyKos notes, if the President was seeking the “admiration of gun grabbers”, why would he keep the ban on MI rifles “under the public radar screen”? Why not shout it out from the mountain tops?
There’s just no end to this crap.
In case you’re not a fan of “fair and balanced”, MediaMatters brings you up to speed.
Since President Obama’s election, Fox personalities have expressed opposition to or called for the repeal of virtually every progressive achievement of the 20th century…
Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
Americans with Disabilities Act
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Voting Rights Act of 1965
Nuclear arms control
Department of Education
Environmental Protection Agency
End of story.
Tomasky has this one figured out right.
This past weekend marks the traditional start of the US fall campaign season. So if you’re a traditionalist, it stands to reason that that’s when Obama would start campaigning in earnest. But tradition has its limits. The problem is that the Republicans never stop campaigning. The Democrats, 16 years – that’s about a full generation, isn’t it? – after Newt Gingrich turned the GOP into a 24-7 non-stop campaigning party, have yet to catch on.
Ergo, the basic question of this campaign season. Did the Democrats leave it too late? Is the basic dynamic already set in concrete, or can they change it?
Republicans have been in campaign mode since the day they lost the presidential election to Barack Obama. Every move, every obstruction and every lie has been made with an eye to 2010 and 2012.
Still wondering why politics is such a stinking mess in this country?
Is this the type of shenanigans that got Alvin Greene in the South Carolina Senate primary? Hmmmm…
New York Times
TEMPE, Ariz. — Benjamin Pearcy, a candidate for statewide office in Arizona, lists his campaign office as a Starbucks. The small business he refers to in his campaign statement is him strumming his guitar on the street. The internal debate he is having in advance of his coming televised debate is whether he ought to gel his hair into his trademark faux Mohawk.
Mr. Pearcy, 20, is running for a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission, which oversees public utilities, railroad safety and securities regulation. Although Mr. Pearcy says he is taking his first run for public office seriously, the political establishment here views him as nothing more than a political dirty trick.
Mr. Pearcy and other drifters and homeless people were recruited onto the Green Party ballot by a Republican political operative who freely admits that their candidacies may siphon some support from the Democrats. Arizona’s Democratic Party has filed a formal complaint with local, state and federal prosecutors in an effort to have the candidates removed from the ballot, and the Green Party has urged its supporters to steer clear of the rogue candidates.
The Democratic Party is fuming over Mr. May’s tactics and those of at least two other Republicans who helped recruit candidates to the Green Party, which does not have the resources to put candidates on ballots around the state and thus creates the opportunity for write-in contenders like the Mill Rats to easily win primaries and get their names on the ballot for November. Complaints about spurious candidates have cropped up often before, though never involving an entire roster of candidates drawn from a group of street people.
“It’s unbelievable. It’s not right. It’s deceitful,” said Jackie Thrasher, a former Democratic legislator in northwest Phoenix who lost re-election in 2008 after a Green Party candidate with possible links to the Republicans joined the race. “If these candidates were interested in the democratic process, they should connect with the party they are interested in. What’s happening here just doesn’t wash. It doesn’t pass the smell test.”
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Slate Magazine online asks: What’s causing America’s growing income inequality?
In 1915, a statistician at the University of Wisconsin named Willford I. King published The Wealth and Income of the People of the United States, the most comprehensive study of its kind to date. The United States was displacing Great Britain as the world’s wealthiest nation, but detailed information about its economy was not yet readily available; the federal government wouldn’t start collecting such data in any systematic way until the 1930s. One of King’s purposes was to reassure the public that all Americans were sharing in the country’s newfound wealth.
King was somewhat troubled to find that the richest 1 percent possessed about 15 percent of the nation’s income. (A more authoritative subsequent calculation puts the figure slightly higher, at about 18 percent.) //
This was the era in which the accumulated wealth of America’s richest families—the Rockefellers, the Vanderbilts, the Carnegies—helped prompt creation of the modern income tax, lest disparities in wealth turn the United States into a European-style aristocracy. The socialist movement was at its historic peak, a wave of anarchist bombings was terrorizing the nation’s industrialists, and President Woodrow Wilson’s attorney general, Alexander Palmer, would soon stage brutal raids on radicals of every stripe. In American history, there has never been a time when class warfare seemed more imminent.
That was when the richest 1 percent accounted for 18 percent of the nation’s income. Today, the richest 1 percent account for 24 percent of the nation’s income. What caused this to happen? Over the next two weeks, I’ll try to answer that question by looking at all potential explanations—race, gender, the computer revolution, immigration, trade, government policies, the decline of labor, compensation policies on Wall Street and in executive suites, and education. Then I’ll explain why people who say we don’t need to worry about income inequality (there aren’t many of them) are wrong.
As ThinkProgress has reported, the Dove World Church based out of Gainesville, FL, is organizing an “International Burn a Quran Day” on September 11. Gen. David Petraeus warned yesterday that the hate campaign “could put the lives of American troops in danger and damage the war effort.” Gen. William Caldwell — the commander of the NATO training mission in Afghanistan — echoed Petraeus’ admonition on CNN yesterday afternoon:
CALDWELL: What I will tell you is that their very actions will in fact jeopardize the safety of the young men and women who are serving in uniform over here and also undermine the very mission that we’re trying to accomplish.
I would hope they would understand that there are second- and third-order — second-, really, and third-order effects that will occur that will affect that young man and woman who’s out there on point for America, serving their nation today, because of their actions back in the United States.
The hate pastor leading the Quran burning is Terry Jones, author of the a book called “Islam Is Of The Devil.” During a combative interview with CNN host Kiran Chetry this morning, Jones seemed unwilling to reconsider his “Burn a Quran Day,” and instead offered his prayers to soldiers who might be put at greater risk:
CHETRY: Are you willing to have the blood of soldiers on your hands by this demonstration?
JONES: Yeah, we are actually very concerned of course. We are taking the General’s words very serious. We are continuing to pray about the action on September the 11th. We are indeed very concerned about it. [...]
CHETRY: So you’re saying you might not well go through with this? [...]
JONES: I am saying we are definitely praying about it. We have firmly made up our mind, but at the same time, we are definitely praying about it.
Going off script, the POTUS told his audience what he really thinks…
TPM Live Wire
The President departed from his prepared remarks in Milwaukee to address how he’s treated by the powerful interests in DC: “They talk about me like a dog. That’s not in my prepared remarks … but it’s true.”
President Obama spoke today before a union rally in Milwaukee to announce a $50 billion initiative to improve American infrastructure, and used the opportunity to paint his administration as a fighter of special interests like Wall Street bankers.
He said rebuilding the American middle class on stronger foundations, like better education, has required “taking on some powerful interests.”
“Some powerful interests who had been dominating the agenda in Washington for a very long time. And they’re not always happy with me. They talk about me like a dog,” he said, to cheers. “That’s not in my prepared remarks, but it’s true.”
“That’s why we passed financial reform. To provide new accountability and tough oversight of Wall Street,” he went on, naming Wall Street and credit card companies as two of the “powerful interests” in Washington.
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Conservatives attack unions as “socialist” “thugs” on Labor Day
Beck guest host Thompson: “Happy socialism day!” During the September 6 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Glenn Beck Program, substitute host Doc Thompson opened the show by saying “Happy socialism day!” He continued:
Today is America’s yearly tribute to that great political system known as socialism. Oh there are going to be those who are going to pretend today is to honor workers, honor the people who labor, we’re just giving a little tribute to them. But it’s really a day that honors labor unions.
Breitbart.tv posts “Labor Day Special” videos, which depict union members as “thugs.” On Labor Day, Andrew Breitbart’s website Breitbart.tv posted several anti-union videos with the title “Labor Day Special.” Several of the videos depict union members as “thugs” who engage in acts of violence or intimidation against those with which they disagree.
Big Government claims organized labor “embrace[s] socialist ideals” and calls for Congress to “abolish ‘Labor Day.’” In a Labor Day post on Breitbart’s Big Government website, Kyle Olson argued that ” ‘Labor Day’ ought to be abolished and replaced with a celebration of the American Worker” because “[t]he reality is, unionized workers are no longer the ones driving America’s prosperity.” Olson also wrote:
Big Labor is bankrupting government — and we should continue honoring that?
Perhaps even worse, today’s labor leaders are downright hostile to America’s exceptionalism and worse yet, embrace socialist ideals.
AFL-CIO president Rich Trumka is calling for a global financial tax — driving us down the path of one world government.
Former SEIU heavy Andy Stern was fond of invoking Karl Marx’ calling for “workers of the world” to “unite.”
These are not out fathers’ and grandfathers’ labor unions and they do not deserve our admiration.
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Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank’s retort was an Internet sensation.
Questioned at a town hall last year about the “Nazi policy” of health care reform, Frank told the speaker who made the comment that talking to her was “like arguing with a dining room table.” Fast forward to this year, the questioner, Rachel Brown, is challenging the 15-term Democrat’s re-election bid.
Brown said her exchange with Frank inspired her to run against him in the Democratic primary in the state’s 4th Congressional District.
“I didn’t realize at the time that if you had a better idea, you should take their seat,” said 29-year-old Brown, a devotee of economist Lyndon LaRouche.
Frank, not surprisingly, has an alternate – and sharp-tongued – view.
“I regard her as an example of the price you pay for free speech,” Frank said. “I don’t think she is very rational.”
Frank, the liberal that conservatives love to hate, will face Brown in the Sept. 14 primary.
Frank is considered the favorite in the district, which stretches from the well-heeled Boston suburbs of Newton, Wellesley and Dover to the working-class communities of Fall River and New Bedford.
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