For Once NFL Gets It Right, Despite Disgraced Former Cop’s Manifesto

St. Louis Rams Players Protest Ferguson Grand Jury

St. Louis Rams Players Protest Ferguson Grand Jury

As players were introduced prior to Sunday night’s NFL game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders, St. Louis players Jared Cook, Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens and Tavon Austin entered the playing field and stopped, their arms raised as if surrendering, in a moving tribute to the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the latest example of a justice system that can and is easily manipulated to reach whatever result those in positions of power desire. The National Football League, hardly a bastion of what is just and right, as I have written about numerous times in the past, this time got it right, and stood up for the first amendment rights of the players, refusing to either criticize or sanction the players. Continue reading

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Worst of the Worst: Wells Fargo Bank

At the time of The Mortgage Crisis, I had friends who had been totally screwed over by Wells Fargo Bank, and the stories they told about the unwillingness of Wells Fargo to give a single ounce of consideration, let alone admit any wrongdoing, were awful. My own experiences with Wells Fargo were that MrsHound and I had Mastercard and Visa accounts with them for, as of now, well, over forty years. Also, a few years back, our mortgage was taken over by them, and we had to make our payments to them the last fifteen or so years until it was paid off. In all these dealings, they were difficult at best and miserable at worst to deal with, over even the smallest of issues. One instance stands out when I made a credit card payment and inadvertently transposed a couple of numbers and on a payment of something like $150.00, the payment actually made was like 20¢ short. The good people at Wells Fargo refused to reverse the fee, something like $29.00, that they imposed for failing to make the full payment by the due date. Continue reading

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Not So Fast, Holder, Hagel, You’re Not Going Anywhere, Yet

Despite the Democratic majority in the US Senate that has existed throughout President Obama’s tenure, Senate procedures and the obscene ability of a minority of obstinate Senators to dictate what can be considered and what can be passed, and despite an actual majority of Senators who would vote for passage of specific bills and despite an actual majority of Senators who would vote to confirm presidential nominees, the Senate has been a wasteland of inactivity not quite at the level of the do-nothing tea bagger house, but close enough to wreck havoc on the orderly operation of government and on the needs of the American people. Continue reading

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Politicalizing the Judiciary Even More

In the 1960s and 1970s, and into the 1980s, California had the most progressive and socially conscious Supreme Court of any state in the country. On the court were some of the greatest judicial minds of the era, and they produced scores of intelligent, well-researched and substantive decisions that provided immeasurable social benefits to the poor, the elderly, the disadvantaged, the disabled, and for what was to happen, to people who suffered injuries and damages at the hand of others. But the court also respected the human dignity and constitutional rights of those incarcerated, and numerous decisions protected those rights as well.

In 1986, under California law, three Supreme Court justices faced a public election for re-confirmation. In an unprecedented campaign, Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird and Associate Justices Cruz Reynoso and Joseph Grodin, the heart of the slim liberal majority on the seven-person Court, were the targets of a massive and successful effort to defeat them. Continue reading

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The Darrell Issa Dumping Mystery Solved, and it’s All Benghazi

One of the big mysteries of the past week was why the number one con man in Congress, the clown of all clowns of the gop circus, Darrell Issa, was removed as chairman of the House Oversight Committee. As has been so well publicized over the past couple of years, Issa has had one hearing after another, driving the non-issue of Benghazi far, far, into the ground. Never finding a single fact to back up the baseless allegations he espoused over and over again to any creature with a microphone, and not just the airheads masquerading as newspeople on fox fixed news noise, but elsewhere as well, Issa came up empty time and time again, his arrogance and conceit growing with every passing misstep and mistake.

Well, perhaps the question of why he was unceremoniously dumped by his gop brethren may have been answered today. Continue reading

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The Issue of Executive Orders on Immigration, and on Slavery

On April 22, 1793 President George Washington issued the first ever executive order, which, bypassing Congress, instructed federal officers to prosecute any citizens who interfered in the war between France and England. GOP President Theodore Roosevelt was the first President to exceed one thousand executive orders while in office. ronald reagan issued close to 400 executive orders, george w bush just under 300, and Barack Obama has yet to reach 200.

The US Supreme Court has twice discussed the issue of executive orders, first in the landmark 1952 case of Youngstown Sheet & Tube v Sawyer, and again in 2012 in the case of Arizona v United States. The bottom line as determined by these cases, is that the President has wide discretion to issue executive orders Continue reading

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Two-Faced Boehner Hits New Low For Hypocrisy

Before today’s Senate vote defeating the latest oil industry/gop effort to force the completion of the preposterous Keystone XL pipeline on unwitting, oblivious, America, tea bagger house speaker John Boehner took to the nearest microphone to issue a tirade replete with anger, disrespect, and above all, hypocrisy. Boehner referred to polls that show that building the pipeline is favored by a majority of the people when he said the following:

“Tonight, the Senate has an important opportunity to send a bill to build the Keystone pipeline to the president’s desk. And let’s be clear about this: A Keystone pipeline veto would send the signal that this president has no interest in listening to the American people. Vetoing an overwhelmingly popular bill would be a clear indication that he doesn’t care about the American peoples’ priorities. It would be [the] equivalent of calling the American people ‘stupid.’”

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Impeachment? Bring It On, gop, Bring It On!

Now THIS is the Barack Obama that we thought we elected in 2008 and again in 2012, an Obama will will stand up for what is right in the face of not just overpowering gop opposition, but also to low approval ratings in great part precipitated by misinformation and the abject failure of Democrats to stand behind their principals and accomplishments.

The unprecedented successes of Obama’s economic policies, including but not limited to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as The Stimulus”, increasing the minimum wage required to be paid by federal contractors, of the Dodd-Frank Act, of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and of the of the Patient Rights and Affordable Care Act, are basically unknown to millions of Americans. Continue reading

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The gop Has Truly Found the Ultimate Bottom Feeder

In a year

  • Where the gop has elected to the US Senate Joni Ernst, who has said that she would not hesitate to use her handgun against government officials who do not respect her rights;
  • Where the gop has elected to the US Senate Cory Gardner, who believes that life begins at conception, making illegal all abortions and most birth control;
  • Where the gop has re-elected to Congress Michael Grimm, who is under indictment for dozens of felonies involving millions of dollars in unreported income and and other massive frauds;
  • Where the gop has re-elected as governor of Georgia Nathan Deal, who wants to see hospitals have the right to turn away any and all uninsured people regardless of the fact that they are in the stages of heart attacks, strokes, or massive bleeding; and
  • Where the gop in Wisconsin has elected to Congress Glenn Grothman, who as a state legislator introduced bills to 1) re-instate the seven-day work week and eliminate paid sick leave, 2) to classify single parenthood as a contributing factor in child abuse, 3) to prohibit early and weekend voting, 4) to prohibit the disinfection of municipal water supplies, among many others.

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I Wonder Why There is No Respect for Government Authority?

Alhambra, CA Memorial Defaced by VandalsThis photo shows the results of vandals having defaced a public memorial at the Alhambra, CA civic center. Law enforcement, local officials, and members of the public wonder why this happens, why there is such a lack of respect for authority in general and for government representatives and property specifically.

The answer is really crystal clear, and you have to look no further than this week’s election, and my post from a few days ago, “Where Is The OUTRAGE When Right Wing IDIOTS Advocate TREASON?” Continue reading

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My Response to Criticism of My After-Election Post

I have received considerable criticism after posting this last night: “USA: 1776-2014. RIP”

(Why people post on Facebook and not here, I’ll never understand, or accept.)

I STAND BY EVERY THING I SAID AND WOULD NOT CHANGE A WORD. The head of the republican party, rush limbaugh, said today that republicans were NOT ELECTED TO GOVERN but rather to STOP OBAMA. Ted Cruz, the poster boy for reactionary wackos who are now in power has said that they will repeal Obamacare, which would destroy the most successful health insurance reform in US history and take more than 10 million people off of health insurance, and they will stop Obama’s “lawlessness”, but could not name a single specific instance of such conduct. Continue reading

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USA: 1776-2014. RIP

Watching the results from around the country, I sit here DISGUSTED! How can so many vote for the Koch Bros. platform of destroying the country for their personal economic gain; the middle class will soon cease to exist, as will clean air, drinkable water, national parks, the system of public education that was the engine that drove this country for two centuries, and woman’s rights – the MISERABLE PIECE OF SHIT that was just elected to the Senate from Colorado will work to end all birth control and give all the constitutional rights they want to deny living, breathing citizens, to whatever is located inside a uterus a millisecond after intercourse. The next two years will be the most miserable in the long history of this country, but there is hope that the more these fuckers get what they want, the sooner the people will open their eyes and vote for their interests in 2016, and save our society. Our society is being destroyed from within and the people who vote for Gardner, Ernst, Tillis, McConnell, Roberts, Scott, Walker, LePage, and the rest need to be the first to suffer the pain and sorrow of what they have done.

These people are NOT conservatives, they are reactionaries, who want a 17th century feudal society, ruled by overlords who control 99.9% of the wealth and every aspect of the lives of their slaves, who are denied basic health care including contraception, a safe work environment, uncontaminated food and water, and clear air to breath, and above all, the enjoyment of life. The right to vote? Surely , you jest.

Nathan Deal, just re-elected governor of Georgia, has said that federal laws requiring hospitals to treat critically ill patients should be repealed, giving them the right to turn way people who will then soon die from heart attacks, strokes, or gunshot wounds.

And don’t forget the racism. A gop majority in the Senate will unquestionably result in impeachment proceedings against a President whose moderate positions and strong economic successes, had he been a white republican, would have put him up there second only in their hearts and minds to their miserable idol, r reagan, the actual worst president this country has ever seen.

Apart form the election, I’ve had a really miserable day, and coming home to all this has me upset, bitter and after a couple of drinks, absolutely disgusted with my fellow American citizens. Maybe tomorrow or the next day I’ll regret some of what I written here and elsewhere, but maybe not.

The truth hurts.

Addendum – as I was about to post this, word has come in the the gop has taken over control of the Senate with the election of Joni Ernst in Iowa, who will become the most miserable, disgusting piece of shit in the Senate, a woman who has bragged that if government agents deny her the rights she thinks she is entitled to, that she would use her firearm to defend those alleged rights. THIS IS WHAT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY ELECT TO THE SENATE? FOR SHAME. FOR SHAME!

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