Thanks, BT. There is nothing so good as unintentional honesty. That Bachman is acting in the spirit of a serial killer, John Wayne Gacy, is apt for some one who wants congressmen investigated for unAmerican thoughts.
Mornin’, BT, pups
“We’re seeing the nation move into decline. I’m not willing to do that. I’m not satisfied. I grew up with John Wayne’s America. I was proud that you grew up in John Wayne’s America: Proud to be an American, thrilled to be a patriot,” she said.
Gee, would that be the John Wayne rumoured to have been booed by troops during the Viet Nam war? There was a little tool used to open C-Rations that was nicknamed “a John Wayner.” Gung ho dudes who thought they were gonna wipe out Charlie all by themselves were derisively called John Wayne. A lot of ‘em got killed tryin’ to. We’d say, “He got killed pullin’ a John Wayne.”
I’ve only read the first page of the Spam story. Don’t know that I want to read the rest.
Morning BT & Firepups:
The ugly truth behind Spam.
I’m fine with the oatmeal, but thanks for asking…
Good morning. Contemplating right wing ‘thinking’ with a cup of Joe. My head hurts.
The Amygdala Strain: Right-Wing Pandemic
As George W. Bush’s corporate-Jesus coalition evolved into a throng that could call Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann its own, Republicanism completed its transition from political ideology into psychological disorder …
The Amygdala Strain: Right-Wing Pandemic
The Amygdala Syndrome. Works for me. Now it’s time to repeat it over and over and over again until it’s recognized by everyone for the illness that it is.
“Because free-riding corporations were not effectively taxed, Massachusetts had to divert money from the free-care pool that finances safety-net hospitals. And because serious cost containment was not part of the original package, premium costs in the Commonwealth have risen far faster than nationally — by 10.3 percent in 2009, the most recent year available, according to a June 2011 state report”
Obtain that Public Charities Listing from Martha then realize how many corporations in Massachusetts in the health services operate tax exempt?
BCBS, Fallon, et als. These insurers are considered “Public Charities,” for tax law purposes? They have insulated themselves from being leveraged, using the tax code. Meanwhile the MA DOR penalizes citizens for not entering into contracts, with these tax exempt anti trust exempt state based insurers?
This certainly reeks of unequal protection, when one can be coerced into a contract by state lawmakers, using unconstitutional methods precluded by Constitutional Amendment. You see all Americans has now been rendered second class citizens to the interest of corporation who by law, with the money they extract from you, now under an unjust illegal law, with no means to seek regress of grievances. One again this is not healthcare reform, it is corporate protectionism. Guess that 11 million dollar exec chute ride was a real charitable action for BCBS. Back in 96′ I was screaming about the underlying tax structure of the health insurance/healthcare industry. To bad government can’t effectively control the legal entities, “corporations,” they created, by law. Instead they use the tax code to pigeon hole Americans? Sounds like a form of state based servitude to corporations as a slave was in servitude to his master! This is not healthcare reform. This is corporate protectionism when the majority of the state’s citizens are completely ignorant of the underlying tax reality, as is the rest of a nation. Ask yourself a question? How many businesses in addition to providing a needed service or product, pay taxes?
Off to swim in the great capitalist cesspool.
US KIA Afghanistan: 1,640
US KIA Irak: 4,464
Iraki, Afghan and Pakistani casualties: estimates vary to over 1.5M
US MBS 2011: 22,072 and counting
Beg, Steal, or Borrow
No war but class war
Never. Give. Up.
Be good to yourselves, and all other living things
Read the spam story. It’ll take a bit. It’s worth it.
Boxturtle (I always though spam came from trolls, not pigs)
I’ll read the rest of it during the course of the day. I can see where the class struggle and other stuff is coming up and the Marxist in me can’t pass that up.
Facepalm on so many levels.
Glenn Greenwald is going to have a fun time with this one. He’ll be able to come out with a new updated edition of: Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics.
In fact, he should make it into a movie/documentary.
Regarding the MJ link:
The Hormel story at Mother Jones gives an interesting insight to EW’s post that is up right now on the Colombia trade deal.
Marion, another cancer victim!
Wayne had been a chain-smoker of cigarettes since young adulthood. In 1964, Wayne was diagnosed with lung cancer, and underwent successful surgery to remove his entire left lung and four ribs. Despite efforts by his business associates to prevent him from going public with his illness (for fear it would cost him work), Wayne announced he had cancer and called on the public to get preventive examinations. Five years later, Wayne was declared cancer-free. Despite the fact that Wayne’s diminished lung capacity left him incapable of prolonged exertion and frequently in need of supplemental oxygen, within a few years of his operation he chewed tobacco and began smoking cigars until the day he died.
Although he enrolled in a cancer vaccine study in an attempt to ward off the disease, John Wayne died of stomach cancer on June 11, 1979.
Maybe Bachmann should tell the real/rest of the story!
And a note to MB:
When your campaign staff cannot even do their homework correctly for your campaign kick-off, it a sign to get off the trail. A major mistake. We cannot afford any more leaders who operate,as a rule, through “big mistakes.”
Although, this mistake may have helped the GOP to deal with their MB problem.
John Wayne was a hero. He demonstrated and showed America smoking does cause cancer. A true Patriot. Meanwhile the Tobacco Institute, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobacco_Institute) a tax exempt corporation, funded with the money from the Tobacco Industry, continue to assert that smoking does not cause cancer! Guess what? The tobacco Institute lied, bought and paid for with money the Tobacco industry extracted from society, by selling a product just as addictive as heroin, if not more addictive!
The Tobacco Institute was founded in 1958 as a trade organization by cigarette manufacturers, who funded it proportionally to each company’s sales. It was initially to supplement the work of the Tobacco Industry Research Committee (which later became the Council for Tobacco Research). The TIRC work had been limited to attacking scientific studies that put tobacco in a bad light, and the Tobacco Institute had a broader mission to put out good news about tobacco, especially economic news. It also attacked scientific studies, although more by casting doubt on them rather than by rebutting them directly. It also lobbied Congress, although initially at a low level.:211,466
Does any of this sound remotely similar to many of the issues facing America today?
“The Tobacco Institute ran advertisements and issued pamphlets for general readers. One advertisement consisted of facing two-page advertisements titled “A word to smokers (about nonsmokers and anti-smokers)” and “A word to nonsmokers (about smokers).” The ad encourages tolerance of smokers by depicting smoking as a “personal choice” and a “small ritual”. There was no mention of any health effects. An example pamphlet is Answers to the Most Asked Questions about Cigarettes.
The institute also published newsletters aimed at physicians and dentists such as Tobacco and Health (OCLC 48549026) :196 and a newsletter Tobacco Observer (OCLC 4556750) that seems to have been aimed at a general audience. Richard Kluger characterized Tobacco Observer as “attack literature.”:466″
This is what corporate money buys! Laws, Lies, and Bullshit!
How does he do it?
The bankers hate him despite this:
Mr. Bernanke just happened to believe in
expanding reserves humungously combined with
rushing into a liquidity trap, from what’s he’s
advertised in the past and done in the present
An extreme posture, it asks people to lend long / low / fixed despite
staring huge reserves in the face.
I can’t tell you tonight’s weather let alone tomorrow’s interest rates (so this is not a forecast,)
but, if I were in the business, I’d be on sabbatical. Otherwise, if I
had an employee who DID lend long / low / fixed despite staring huge reserves in the face, I’d fire him.
It takes your mommies’ and daddies’ tax-locked retirement savings and
hands over their earning power to the banks that acted stupidly, even if
100% legally, that being something I suspect is not 100% true. It does the same with the earning power of the proceeds of bubble assets sold by
millions of unpretentious people who sold to the saps who went along
with play on shoving too much credit into a saturated, largely unqualifed
So I think one can take rates too low for too long and pump up reserves too much to far too much an extent for the FR to very reliably handle should
interest rates start rising on their bloated portfolio.
Recapitalization and fiscal stimulus are the buttons I would have pushed.
We’re much larger than Chile but the latter could have been / could be
accomplished in batches.
The Chilean process held banks accountable and avoided penalizing
taxpayers. If only for the reasons stated here there is no way
that’s been the case in the U.S.
With all done by the Federal Reserve for several years now, I think substantial damage has been done and much of that is permanent.
Yahoo / Google / Bing / Ask Richard Koo, too.
And the Progressives don’t like him for want of principles
and coddling BP, trashing our rights, delivering going naked and
premium death spirals until 2014, which might as well be 3014,
not ending the prohibition against Medicare’s entertaining competitive
bids on drugs or the health insurance cartel’s immunity from anti-trust, etc.
People gravitate around principle. Obama should have
just stuck with rights, anti-trust, progressive.
“On the other side, Democratic liberals point to nations with national health insurance, where the efficiencies are such that everyone is covered for about 10 percent of GDP compared to over 15 percent (and rising) here.”
Which democratic liberals? Maybe Sanders and Kucinich, but they ultimately voted for the health insurance company bailout bill. Both parties are propping up the private health insurance industry.
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