Daily Archives: September 12, 2010

Fox Calls for Repeal of the 20th Century

This is an article lead-in from Truthout. Matthew Gertz has written a neat piece, so go in and read it all:
clipped from www.truth-out.org
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, including Social Security, Medicare, the Americans with Disabilities Act, portions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the 16th and 17th Amendments to the Constitution.
Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
Social Security is a federal social insurance program funded through payroll taxes that provides benefits to the elderly and disabled and their survivors. It was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935. Medicare and Medicaid were established by the Social Security Act of 1965, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. They provide health insurance to the elderly and the poor. All three programs have been defended by progressives and opposed by conservatives for decades.
Beck: Social Security and Medicare “represent socialism and should have never been created.”
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Some McCain Fun for a Sunday Night…

I found this animation while toodling around YouTube. I can’t help but think if this were spread around more in 2008 when it came out, McCain might have attracted a whole different crowd.

Or maybe not.

Time for California to End The Unwinnable Marijuana War

Cannabis plant from http://www.usdoj.gov/ndic/...

Image via Wikipedia

Eyes are all on California… if Marijuana is legalized there it could be legalized everywhere and perhaps our huge prison and arrest expenses (totaling in the billions of bucks) can be applied to more necessary ventures.

Here’s part of the article in OpEdNews today… go in and read the whole thing before you make your own decision:

clipped from www.opednews.com
By Kevin Zeese (about the author)
Can More Arrests Ever Stop Marijuana?

Since the founding of the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1973, 15 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana.

That is more people than live in California’s 25 largest cities millions more than live in Ohio, Pennsylvania or Illinois.

The DEA has led an aggressive national law enforcement effort that results in a marijuana arrest every 38 seconds, propelling the U.S. to become the biggest incarcerator on the planet, housing one out of four of the world’s
prisoners.Despite mass arrests, incarceration and the tearing apart of millions of families, the war rages on with no end in sight.
Is there any reason to think that millions more arrests with costs running into the billions will win the marijuana war?
Will more arrests stop marijuana?
If not, isn’t it time to consider alternatives that could better control marijuana?
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Thunderstorm last night… rain at last!

It has been dry here for so long…what a relief to have a day when I don’t have to force water the garden. The thunder started booming at Midnight last night… my smaller dog Byron is afraid of thunder, so he followed at my heels as I went around the house closing windows on the rain-in side.

Checking the weather on line, it’s supposed to rain again today. The grass may turn green again from the dead brown it has become. We have had only about half the rainfall this year as we had last year, and last year was less than the year before. The climate change is affecting us here in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia as it is all over the country… and it’s not good. We have water now to regularly water gardens and wash cars, etc. What will happen if that water disappears?

I read the other day that by 2055, assuming everything continues as it is now going and we don’t take on any worldwide steps to stop or reverse the change, our water will be highly limited and what we have left will be too polluted to drink or use for farming. Time is working against us. I don’t imagine I’ll be around in 2055, but my son probably will… and my grandchildren, who are entering into a new world that I am, at this point, happy to avoid. Why can’t we convince the world that change has to be made now?

Cartoon(s) of the Week – What’s important in contemporary politics…

Lalo Alcaraz in the LA Weekly:

It’s important to identify real enemies…

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Ben Sargent in the Austin American-Statesman:

It’s important to hang on to your past…

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Bruce Plante in the Tulsa World

It’s important to help others…

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Tom Toles in the Washington Post:

But it’s most important to really work out the problems…