Monday, March 26, 2012

The Paul Ryan Rorschach Test

Listen to those who say that the Ryan Budget is a good thing and that we must support it. Listen and then dismiss them as having any intelligence whatsoever.

From the wonderful people at Truthout.

The Paul Ryan Rorschach Test

Friday, March 23, 2012

Romney Has To Defend Ryan Budget Now

Nice blog entry on Huffington Post by Mike Lux, entitled "Reluctant Warrior" paints a pathetic picture of the Paul Ryan budget. Mitt Romney has embraced it, and now he will have to defend it. Mitt has gone over...way over to the Right side. Every day it gets crazier.

Lux writes,

The Ryan budget is the most radical, repeal-the-20th Century budget document I have read in 30 years of politics, and Romney's and the entire Republican Party's embrace of it makes it quite literally impossible to Etch A Sketch anything away. They are stuck with the consequences of Romney having been forced to be the lap dog for the further and further and further right wing Republican primary electorate. What Romney's political operatives are fantasizing about is quietly wrapping up the nomination and then moving with stunning speed to the center so swing voters can live with him again, but it won't work. It can't work: Romney's long history as a flip-flopper which makes the Etch A Sketch strategy way too obvious, his right wing base' knee jerk opposition to any hints of moderation makes it impossible for him to drift any distance away from them, and mostly importantly the Romney-Ryan radical budget makes the Etch A Sketch strategy a more epic fantasy than The Lord of the Rings (although not nearly as well written).

Even more than all the pandering right-wing speeches and debates all through the primary, the Romney-Ryan budget forces the nominee Romney into full-out, right-wing warrior territory, no matter how reluctant he is. Having embraced it, he now has to defend it: the Medicare death spiral; the end of defined Medicare benefits, and ever-increasing out-of-pocket costs for seniors; the end of guaranteed nursing home coverage for moderate-income seniors; money slashed from student loans and children's health care and student loans and public schools; the drastic Ayn Randian cuts to all other domestic programs; the wild giveaways to the wealthy and big corporations in ever greater tax cuts -- more tax cuts for the wealthy than there are program cuts in the first 10 years; the walking away from any tightening of the defense budget. Speaking of fantasy, this is it, the all-time fantasy budget of every Rush Limbaugh/Glenn Beck/Ayn Rand apostle, the wild-eyed dream budget for every defense contractor and oil company exec and Wall Street banker. Check out the numbers just so you know I am not exaggerating: I am not.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The True Cost Of Oil

Please spend a few minutes to watch this video that captures Garth Lenz speaking at the TEDxVictoria summit about the true cost of oil. His photos and his research must be shared with others. Tar Sands is the dirty energy solution that Canada has chosen and the ramifications are deadly for anybody down stream...and we are all down stream. This exploitation of our Mother cannot be allowed to continue. This is not a Canadian problem, but a world problem...WE ARE ALL ONE.



And just today I found this article on Truthout...Pennsylvania has passed legislation that ties the hands of the medical community to speak up about the real health dangers that this technology poses to American citizens. UPDATE: I didn't realize that the Truth-out article was one of three. So here is the second article!

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Immoral Minority...Steve Schmidt...Game Change


The Immoral Minority is an Alaskan blog that has been following Sarah Palin from day one. Here it is four years later and "Game Change" has just been released on HBO. Now the media is asking whether or not the movie is truthful or not. Check out this interview with Steve Schmidt who is featured in the film.

Santorem Wants To Ban Teleprompters


Rick, Rick, Rick...today's news reveals that Rick Santorem wants to ban teleprompters...
“See, I always believed that when you run for president of the United States, it should be illegal to read off a teleprompter,” Santorum said at a Gulfport restaurant. “Because all you’re doing is reading someone else’s words to people.”

I find this amusing. If a President reads off a piece of paper or off index cards, then it's okay? I think Rick has a very limited knowledge of how things work. Presidents have speech writers. They write speeches. Yes, a President has input and may even write a rough draft, but the process involves several people. It's a collaborative effort.

Teleprompters allow the speaker to "address" an audience and engage them in the process. The speaker can use gestures, glance to the left or right and never miss a word.

Is this just another weak excuse at connecting with a wingnut base that loves to criticize President Obama for using a teleprompter...for whatever kind of petty reason? Come on people. Get real.



The Obama Energy Agenda: Gas Prices | The White House

This White House has released the latest information about the President's Energy Agenda. This is what is happening now. Take this into consideration before believing what Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorem, Ron Paul or Mitt Romney have to spout.

The Obama Energy Agenda: Gas Prices | The White House

Thursday, March 8, 2012

KONEY 2012

This video was sent to me by our 18-year-old granddaughter, Kira. She ordered her kit today. Guess we better get on with it ourselves. Won't you join us?



Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Way Beyond Greenwashing: Have Corporations Captured “Big Conservation”? | Truthout

I love Truth-out. Here is an article that caught my attention today. This article is a bit long, but very important to read for anybody who eats food. I'd like to think that that means you.

Way Beyond Greenwashing: Have Corporations Captured “Big Conservation”? Truthout

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Seed Companies Safe From Monsanto Ties



Thanks to www.mothering.com, we have a pretty comprehensive list  of links to companies that sell seeds.

I have long been critical of Monsanto and their hold on the seed industry so that they can continue to promote their genetically modified seeds that were created to work with their Round-up weed killer. I am convinced that the GMOs are not compatible with our digestive systems. And with Monsanto creeping into all the corners of the seed market, it won't be long until they become the only source of seeds. When that happens, our earth will be in a very sad state of affairs. We need to continue to purchase seeds from small companies who need our support to survive.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Carbonite Drops Limbaugh

Carbonite Drops Limbaugh
Posted on 03/03/2012 at 10:07 pm
by Bob Cesca

Fantastic news.

Another Limbaugh advertiser bails out. The statement from CEO David Friend: “No one with daughters the age of Sandra Fluke, and I have two, could possibly abide the insult and abuse heaped upon this courageous and well-intentioned young lady. Mr. Limbaugh, with his highly personal attacks on Miss Fluke, overstepped any reasonable bounds of decency. Even though Mr. Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse.”

This is great for a variety of reasons, and I’m relieved personally because I have literally millions of files backed up with Carbonite. Moving everything would have taken months.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Tim Wise on White Resentment in a Multiracial Society | Truthout


Tim Wise on White Resentment in a Multiracial Society | Truthout Have you ever been a minority? Been the only white person in a room? The only white person in a family? I have. It's humbling and eye-opening and awesome. I learned so much. My wish was answered and I was blessed to have wonderful teachers. Thank you my friends and family of color. I love you all.