Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Week in Review - June 29, 2013

A day after the disappointment of the Supreme Court's gutting of the Voting Rights Act, SCOTUS turned around and struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8 in California. She could very well help turn the state purple. Crazy times we live in. Anyway, here are some graphics that reflect some of the merry go round week we had.

Yes, Virginia, "The Gays" are People Too...
The Supreme Court ruled that gay people are, in fact, equally protected under the constitution and shouldn't be discriminated against. Weird that the same guy who helped gut the voting rights act helped overturn discrimination against gay people, but that's how things work here in 'merica.
...but Not According to the Great Scalian Bloviator
Of course, one guy who can't stand the gays, had to pipe up about his objections in the usual grandiloquent, unhinged way he's become known for. As opposed to, say, sober adjudication. I used to work out at the same health club on Capitol Hill where Scalia played squash. He just would not drop dead from a hearth attack (unfortunately), no matter how intently I glared at him to do so. This guy is seriously unfit to adjudicate a frickin' parking ticket, let alone interpret the Constitution. He doesn't seem to care about logic or even his own train of thought (arguing that the court can't legislate for Congress, when the same week, that's exactly what they did re: the VRA). Read more here, if you can stomach it!
Renewed Hope for Democrats in Texas
Wendy Davis, a Texas State Senate Democrat, stood up for nearly 12 hours without taking a break to pee or eat or lean on anything in a filibuster against draconian anti-choice legislation that was on track to pass when she was joined by screaming crowds of supporters. She successfully derailed an aggressive anti-choice measure. Before she did, however, this moron spoke up the previous day to share her insight into rape kits as tools for abortion:

John Oliver NAILED his summary of what happened during the filibuster here by Wendy :

If Sen. Sanders and a Quarter of the US Senate Don't Trust the NSA, Why Should You?
Whenever the government (and mainstream media) do their best to assassinate the character of a whistleblower, it usually means that the charges being addressed carry legitimate weight. The Snowden drama is another example of this. But not everyone can be easily distracted from the substance of the issue by ad hominem attacks on the young whistleblower, including Bernie Sanders and a quarter of the United States Senate, who sent a letter to the head of NSA demanding some answers. My Senators Bernie Sanders and Pat Lcahy are signatories to the letter.
On Monday, July 1, 2013, Student Loan Rates are Going UP
For folks who are interested in the trillion dollar-plus debtload carried by American college students, the republican controlled House refused to do anything to prevent student loan rates to double, which they're slated to do on Monday. Priorities in this country are suspect, at best. (Of course, that's like saying the ghost peppers have a little kick to 'em.) Elizabeth Warren has been a champion on this issue, and everyone should flood their members of congress with angry email until something is done about it....

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Truth about the Sequester...

...that the short-term memory'd classes appear to have conveniently forgotten.

Here's the thing about the sequester (AKA the Budget Control Act of 2011) that the revisionists of this country's recent history have conveniently forgotten (actually, ignored, because it doesn't fit their narrative of lies and myth):

Waaaay back In 2011 the extremist right wing nutjobs in the House refused to raise the debt ceiling--something the leadership had done repeatedly under Bush without incident or fret--and something that had always been done. But under Obama, the black guy who inherited the worst economy possible from Bush, including runaway deficit-spending on two wars, they threatened--for the first time in US history--to force a default on the good faith and credit of the United States. The sequester was White House economics advisor Gene Sperling's response to being held hostage by this minority of insane fiscal terrorists. To break the impass, Sperling crafted a "Mexican standoff" style policy; the assumption implicit in the sequester was that there were enough "unacceptable" cuts in the package for both sides (defense for republicans, social programs for democrats) that it was unthinkable NOT to pass a compromise. This, of course, is anything but the democratic process at work; at best it's governance from behind in the face of bomb-throwing extremist tea party zealots.

You're kiddin' me. Of course, this basic course in recent history 101--which is undisputed, it's not as if there's another interpretation available here--is never mentioned in the mainstrain media. The democrats assume, wrongly, as per usual,  that the American people know or remember what happened "all those years" ago. But sadly they don't... fact, the latest from the Pew Research folks, while yes, 49% of the people will blame republicans, 40% of the people also think it's fine to let the sequester happen, and 42% think that the sequester is the fault of both parties. Embarrassing. Critical thinking skills are in seriously short supply among a large percentage of Americans. 

Their logic goes something like this: 
a: Republicans hold president/country hostage over debt ceiling that has always been passed, and that they passed without problem under Bush.
b: The President has few options--let country default and cause international financial ruin or come up with a Mexican Standoff doomsday fiscal scenario, so he choose the latter
c: Both parties are to blame! 

Source: Pew Research
If it helps, think of it this way: 4 out of every 10 people you see are basically the reason our country weaves wildly in and out of economic traffic, like a drunk coming out of a bar at 2:00 am. It's clear who caused this. Oh, and Boehner and Ryan both indicated that this would be useful for their party. Disgusting. Embarrassing. Completely avoidable. And all because a black guy (a moderate democratic black guy!) became president. Come to think of it, that doesn't help at all...