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Published June 29, 2011 by tweetingdonal

I know you want your $5 and undoubtedly won’t read this email response, so it’s going up on my blogs. At least there I will have the pleasure of knowing that this wasn’t totally ignored, and one or two people may read it and say, “Yeah, I agree”.

As an individual Barack Obama has done fantastic, revolutionary things.  It may be that the cost of achieving those things required him to make deals with the various devils of Capitol Hill, I don’t know.  I do know that I respect the accomplishments of Barack Obama and will always admire him.

I know that the office of the President of the United States ranges in difficulty from Highly Unlikely on the “good days” to Completely and Utterly Impossible on the “bad days”. I have a reasonable idea of how many sacrifices had to be made just to get to the Oval Office to begin with. I firmly believe it was a miracle to move a black man into the West Wing under any circumstances. I feel that I’ve stood behind, defended, and where possible supported this phenomenal figure for the last 4 years, from the campaign to our present crossroads.  I want to continue to provide support, but in good conscience I cannot.

For most of the last year President Obama’s sense of fair play and bi-partisanship has been abused by social and political extremists from both sides of the aisle. Democrats have served him poorly, frequently betrayed him, and Republicans have mostly been utterly barbaric. The “news media” has played things unfairly, with many journalists selling their integrity for paychecks. The “Big Names” in the media like Hannity or Beck make huge salaries by pretending to be just ordinary folk. Ordinary millionaires. Puppets. Unfortunately they were made a force to be reckoned with by profuse bankrolling from monopolists.

Nothing has been fair.  Like the Onion commented back in 2008, “It just goes to show you that, in this country, a black man still can’t catch a breakhttp://www.theonion.com/articles/black-man-given-nations-worst-job,6439/ And that’s pretty much how it’s been since the end of 2009.

However I no longer believe that the President is looking out for people like me, who constitute what is probably the majority of voting Americans. I’m not white, I’m not rich, I don’t have huge political influence. My politics doesn’t neatly fit on someone’s sheet of paper, it doesn’t have a standard label.  I’m staring at my rapidly approaching senior years with the prospect of working full time until I die. I must consider myself fortunate because I do still have a job. Any hope of retirement left with the Bank and Real Estate bailouts. I managed to stay afloat, pay my bills, take care of my unemployed family members until they could find some way to get back on their feet again. I went further into debt and eliminated 80% of any assets I had managed to set aside. But I’m not bankrupt, I can still pay my bills as long as I can hang on to my job, and my adult children are starting to be able to make their way forward again.

The biggest motivator I have these days is to stay employed and hang on to my health benefits, for myself and my spouse. There is no option for National Insurance for people like me, and if the Democrats and the President cave on Medicare and Social Security as they are signaling, I won’t even get back a fraction of my contributions for the last 40 years.  I’ll simply have been paying for the comfort of my predecessors. I’m part of the last, ragged tatters of the Middle Class.

I really do believe that a profile like that does fit most of the 98% of Americans who aren’t filthy, irresponsibly rich. I’m pretty average.

I’ve lived to watch my homeland finally shake loose from racism, working toward a society that really practices “one person, one vote”. But since the turn of this millennium, “one person, one vote” has become “one dollar, one vote”. Our representatives seem to be “the best legislators money can buy”. Even the Supreme Court, an institution I had never, never doubted has succumbed to bribes and partisanship.

I had hope that President Obama would commit, would stand up and make a change happen, to be willing to be a single term President in order to accomplish what he proclaimed to us all, to fight off the encroaching darkness of Corporate Fascism. No, it started that way, and perhaps it was originally a desire for community and bi-partisanship.  But, I grew up in Missouri, in a small town, where “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me” is considerably more than an old saw. At this point Mr. President, Shame on You. You’ve either succumbed, or you’ve been fooled a lot more than twice.

So no, Mr. President, I won’t be contributing $5 before midnight. I suspect I may not be contributing anything to any Democrat this year. I feel like the DNC and the DCCC have sold me and people like me “down the river.” If you don’t know what that means, go read some Mark Twain.

I heard a joke that pretended to be a rumour the other day. It seems to fit far too well.

“I hear that they’ve set up Police checkpoints all around the Capitol Beltway. The officers check for party affiliation. If they find a Democrat that appears to have a spine they immediately have it removed, on the spot.”

You guys have been through too many checkpoints.

On 6/29/2011 10:09 AM, Barack Obama wrote:

 

We’re closing the books on the first fundraising quarter of the 2012 race at midnight tomorrow.

A lot of folks will be interpreting our numbers as a measure of this campaign’s support.

They’re not wrong, but they are wrong about why.

We measure our success not in dollars but in people — in the number of everyday Americans who’ve chosen to give whatever they can afford because they know we’ve got more work to do.

I’m asking you to be one of them. Please donate $5 or more before midnight tonight:

https://donate.barackobama.com/Deadline

Thank you,

Barack

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Lord Monckton: Bring out your Dead! « Climate Denial Crock of the Week

Published June 28, 2011 by tweetingdonal

As far as I can tell, a “Climate Denier” is a person who is certain that global climate disruption (climate change, global warming, etc) is not happening. Climate Denial seems to have become an ideology, impervious to additional information or logical discussion.

 

For many years now Peter Sinclair and his Greenman Studio LLC have been providing clear, well researched counters to the sometimes outrageous statements made by these climate deniers, along with those who foster climate denial as a way to continue doing “business as usual”. In this video, Peter has again focused on a recurring subject, once a darling of the climate denial organizations, Lord Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley.

 

Lord Monckton is a hereditary peer, meaning that he comes by his titles mostly by way of birth. He often claims to be a member of the House of Lords, a situation that does not obtain, and was formally ended by Parliament in 1999. Lord Monckton likes to style himself an honorary member of the House of Lords, but the House of Lords does not agree are stepping up their efforts to stop Monckton’s false claims, saying “he is not and never has been a member and that there is no such thing as a non-voting or honorary member.”

 

Monckton is no stranger to controversy. In 1987 he proposed that AIDS victims be effectively placed in internment camps. In an article in The American Spectator he stated that, “there is only one way to stop AIDS. That is to screen the entire population regularly and to quarantine all carriers of the disease for life. Every member of the population should be blood-tested every month … all those found to be infected with the virus, even if only as carriers, should be isolated compulsorily, immediately, and permanently.” This would involve isolating between 1.5 and 3 million people in the United States (“not altogether impossible”) and another 30,000 people in the UK (“not insuperably difficult”). (Emphasis mine.) In other venues this man styles himself a conservative and what we would now call a Libertarian. *sigh*

 

For those who are like me, of a slightly older generation, or even a larger bonus, having grown up in Missouri along the Mississippi River just below Hannibal, Lord Monckton’s antics seem very familiar. For any of you who remember Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn you may recall the characters The Duke and the King. Unfortunately the 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley does not seem to have enjoyed a ride out of town on a rail, or perhaps tarring and feathering. It seems overdue to me.

 

It may be that his Lordship is running out of juice. Over the course of the last two years Lord Monckton has begun publicly referring to anyone who disagrees with his climate denial positions as being “Nazis” or “Hitler Youth”. Also, he has begun promoting his cure for all sorts of diseases, from including Graves’ Disease, multiple sclerosis, influenza, and herpes simplex. Somewhat ironically his PR people are also claiming that the therapy works on AIDS as well. I visualize a medicine show from a wagon in Lord Monckton’s future.

 

Please take a peek at Peter’s latest video, where not only do we get to see the Lord’s tour of Australia begin, but also get to hear a UK journalist experience “ambush” interviewing with “gotcha” questions by a member of the UK Royal Science Society.

 

June 27, 2011

 

I took a break from my new solutions video, which will be out soon. I just had to say something in regard to His Immaculate and Beneficent Highness Lord Christopher Monckton’s current tour of Australia.   We’re already hearing lots of exciting news, and I’ll cover it here as it happens.

For now, it turns out that The August and Exalted Lord Monckton ‘s scientific expertise is not limited to being the world’s foremost climate expert — he is also a medical practitioner of the highest caliber.

Bring out your Dead!!

 

MEDIA ADVISORY: ProgressiveCongress.org To Team Up With Congressional Progressive Caucus To Announce Major Nationwide Summer Jobs Tour

Published June 9, 2011 by tweetingdonal

 


     

 

 

Media Advisory 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                CONTACT:                          

June 9, 2011                                                               Jeremy Slevin

                        301-529-5482

                                                                                    Jeremy@ProgressiveCongress.org 

 

ProgressiveCongress.org To Team Up With The Congressional Progressive Caucus To Announce Major Nationwide Summer Jobs Tour

 

Members of Congress and Workers To Announce The “Speakout For Good Jobs Now Tour” Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in 2456 Rayburn HOB

 

WHY:    While the debate in Washington is all about deficit reduction, outside the Beltway all Americans want to hear about is the creation of good jobs. It is time for Congress to get this message.

 

We need both a plan to put people to work and action to make the economy work for the Middle Class once more. That will only happen if the voices of America’s working families are heard in a Washington dominated by entrenched corporate interests and big money politics.

 

It’s time for Congress to listen to the challenges the middle class faces in rebuilding The American Dream. Deficit reduction cannot come at the expense of good jobs and hope for the future. Now more than ever, Americans are struggling to make ends meet while CEOs are being rewarded for shipping American jobs overseas.

 

On Tuesday, at 8:30 a.m., Members of Congress and workers will announce a nationwide summer tour to promote good jobs that rebuild the American Dream. ________________________________________________________________________

 

WHO:              Congressman Keith Ellison, CPC Co-Chair (D-MN)

Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva, CPC Co-Chair (D-AZ)

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, (D-WI)

Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)

and other members of Congress

Workers

Darcy Burner, President, ProgressiveCongress.org

 

WHAT:            National congressional listening tour to address the Middle Class crisis.

 

WHEN:            June 14, 2011 8:30-9:30 a.m.

 

WHERE:         2456 Rayburn Building, Washington, DC 20515.

 

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Palin Revere Rides Again: Is Christianity About Learning the Truth or Making What You Already Believe “The Truth”? | Exploring Our Matrix

Published June 6, 2011 by tweetingdonal

June 5, 2011 by James F. McGrath

In the hullabaloo about Sarah Palin’s lack of familiarity with Paul Revere, some of the attention seems to me to focus on what is a less important point. Everyone flubs historical details at some point, even major ones.

The bigger issue is one that I highlighted in another post recently, and which Scott Bailey also highlighted, namely an unwillingness, having been caught ill-informed, to admit that one was wrong.

Apparently fans of Sarah Palin have been rewriting the Wikipedia entry on Paul Revere, in an attempt to make it conform to her version of the story.

I would expect nothing less of politicians and ideologues.

But I hope that any and all will acknowledge that the attempt to fabricate history rather than admit that oneself, or one’s favorite politician, is wrong, is absolutely incompatible with the label Christian.

If you disagree, then just rewrite Wikipedia, so that instead of the Gospel of John having him say “the truth will set you free,” it said “you’re free to set the truth.”

On a related note, John Blake has an article on phantom Bible verses, which people have invented, misremembered, or misattributed to the Bible, and how surprisingly difficult it is to persuade people they have got it wrong.

Also, David Miller has a quote from renowned New Testament scholar C. F. D. Moule on the humility that should characterize Christians.

And in mostly unrelated news, Richard Hall has a parable about the difference between climate and weather, and Religion Nerd has a post about weather and religion. But you can connect them with the theme of this post by way of this cartoon, if you really want to.

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I found this posting from a Christian Pastoral group’s blog to be very interesting. And while the commenters are less obnoxious than is the norm for climate change or conservative/liberal discussions, they’re still following the same pattern.

With a certain amount of ironic flair, I have to say this is another case of ideology trumping reality. *sigh*

Infographic: Secure Communities 101 | Deportation Nation

Published June 1, 2011 by tweetingdonal

 

 

Unintended Consequences: A perverse effect contrary to what was originally intended (when an intended solution makes a problem worse), such as when a policy has a perverse incentive that causes actions opposite to what was intended.

 

Has legislative fear mongering caused us to give away our freedoms? Has anyone noticed politicians, especially conservative extremists, pushing xenophobia?

 

Are we really going back to “if you look or sound different you are the enemy?”

 

In creating DHS and subsequently empowering ICE, we have planted the seed of our own Stasi, our very own secret police… Better hang on to your papers citizen, or you might be deported…

 

 

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Back when we were facing off against the Sino/Soviet “threat” we were fighting against forces of repression, authoritarian groups that violated basic human rights, that strong armed populations into compliance.

The thing that we all knew, but couldn’t believe would happen is that we might become the thing that we opposed.