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It's about using your brain

By: SayNoToTea, 4:08 PM GMT on May 26, 2012

As we embark upon this Memorial Day Weekend, I thought a quote from one of our founding fathers and war heroes was in order. It's funny in a sad way that our first President would be considered a liberal today. Enjoy your weekend.

The foundation of our Empire was not laid in the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition, but at an Epocha when the rights of mankind were better understood and more clearly defined, than at any former period, the researches of the human mind, after social happiness, have been carried to a great extent, the Treasures of knowledge, acquired by the labours of Philosophers, Sages and Legislatures, through a long succession of years, are laid open for our use, and their collected wisdom may be happily applied in the Establishment of our forms of Government…” A theocratic or tribalist Right that argues for public policies by invoking divine revelation to some ancient prophet or immemorial custom dating back to “the gloomy age of Ignorance and Superstition,” is profoundly, radically un-American.

Gen. George Washington

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It's About the Climate

By: SayNoToTea, 4:39 PM GMT on May 19, 2012

First let me say that I am not an expert on climate change. I only know that our temperatures are getting warmer and if they continue to do so we will all have to change what is "normal" for us. So, I do not know for certain that this warming trend is manmade or a natural recurring cycle and that nothing man can do will change what will happen.

The reason I mention this is that Climate Change, or better stated, the lack thereof is a hot topic among the far right. It's one of their ten commandments, "Thou shalt not believe man can harm the earth, especially if it derives a profit for mankind (mankind meaning, white, protestant, straight American male).


It's obvious that they don't understand the data they cut and paste as the following graph that has been tearing up the right wing websites so glaringly shows.





This is the graph they are touting proves Climate Change does not exist as finally in 6 years, late in the season, accumulated ice mass hits average.

I find it scary that people who call themselves educated would use this graph to disprove climate change as basic math principles show in this graph that in the last 6 years including this year, sea ice has been less than normal. Note that even this year if sea ice ends the season at normal for 60 percent of the season sea ice was below normal. Also, remember back to high school math and averaging that whatever number was average basically half the numbers would be above it and half would be below. Note that none of the last 6 years is above average which would mean temperatures have been warmer than average.

Oh well, common sense and the far right rarely meet.

Updated: 4:40 PM GMT on May 19, 2012

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It is About Hate

By: SayNoToTea, 3:14 PM GMT on May 14, 2012

When you read articles about the far right that show scientific proof they're prone to rascist thoughts and actions, it's a funny piece. That is, until we come to a climate where they feel it is socially accpetable to publicly spew their hate. Then it's quite sad.

Levitt Triumphs Over Hate at GOP Debate
David Levitt and other US Senate candidates for the California primary attended a Get to Know Your Candidates event on May 3rd, hosted by the San Mateo GOP at the American Legion Hall there. The speeches were recorded on video, excerpted below.


Some viewers are taken aback by the unmasked homophobia, Islamophobia, and racism on display in some of the Repubilicans' speeches. "... I AM an Islamophobe, and everything we need to know about Islam, we learned on 9-11! ... I believe in peace and justice for everybody -- but that's not why THEY're here. ... We're getting sucker-punched because we as white -- yes I said it! -- as white, Christian Americans are being taught that somehow WE are to blame for all the problems," shouted Republican candidate Rabbi Shifren.

Equally stunning were the near-universal vicious attacks on teachers and public schools. Teachers and administrators are "leftist radical scum" and "commies" who "bankrupt our children and our future generations" and offer "a side door into the homosexual sodomy movement". One candidate offers autographed copies of his book, "Kill Your Teacher", and most advocate shutting down the federal Department of Education as part of their platform.

In the spirit of this year's all-party "top two" primary, the San Mateo GOP also invited Democrats such as technologist Dr. David Levitt, and third party candidates like Marsha Feinland from the Peace and Freedom party. Cat calls and disruptions from the audience began as soon as Feinland explained that president Obama is not a socialist -- but that she is.

Dr. Levitt quieted the scene by reminding the audience that while campaigning includes arousing passion, governing is about problem solving. He appealed to shared beliefs -- such as rejecting bank bailouts, surveillance, and intrusive government - while directly questioning rhetoric aimed at dividing workers in the shrinking middle class; and by calmly questioning the truth behind other candidates' assumptions and statements. He reminded the crowd that when candidate after candidate praises the Constitution by referring just to the 2nd Amendment "right to bear arms" as if it is the whole Bill of Rights, they're talking down to and perhaps insulting their audience.

After a continuous diet of red meat, the audience wound up eagerly attending to Levitt's approach and greeting it with applause.

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It's About Taxes

By: SayNoToTea, 8:56 PM GMT on May 09, 2012

The far right love to claim that Obama is to Blame for the desperate increase in public debt held by our country. Even though graph after graph, facts after fact show this not to be the case. In that light I expect more facts and common sense to change little of their neanderthal beliefs because when all is said in done we will still have a President who is black and that is unacceptable to them. The following graphs will show, it wasn't bailouts nor a recession ending stimulus package nor a largess of government spending that has caused our federal debt to suffer momentous increases with the possibility of crippling our nation if left unchecked. I mention this now as flying under the radar is a Right Wing Republican plan to once again extend the Bush Tax cuts. I know people hate the fact that Bush, even out of office, still is criticized, but an unbiased view of his tenure will show that in many ways he has been the worst President to inhabit the office.

Please read:

Note, without two unnecessary wars and without the Bush tax cuts, even with a recession our country today would be in less debt than in 2009.



This graph may be easier to understand.



Of course right wing nut jobs will tell you the purpose of these tax cuts were to spur the economy and create jobs. This is an outright lie.



The following is a graph detailing the Bush tax cut as compared to the alternative tax cuts democrats proposed. Please note the little difference that would affect the lives of the 99 percent. The average person did not get a tax break, they got a slap in the face.



As a result of these tax cuts the average American's income have not kept up with inflation while those that make the most have increased exponentially.

Notice the average increase in earnings and then compare it with the average yearly inflation chart. To keep up with inflation your net salary would have had to increase by over 25 percent from 2000 until 2010





Here's how the top percentage of earners did



In conclusion, it's not about share the wealth. It's not about decreasing the earning power of anyone or limiting anyone's earning power. It's simply about fairness.

Politics

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It Is About Sex

By: SayNoToTea, 6:44 PM GMT on May 03, 2012

First the far right denegrates and alienates women and now they do the same for gays.



EXCLUSIVE: Richard Grenell hounded from Romney campaign by anti-gay conservatives
By Jennifer Rubin
Richard Grenell, the openly gay spokesman recently hired to sharpen the foreign policy message of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, has resigned in the wake of a full-court press by anti-gay conservatives.

In a statement obtained by Right Turn, Grenell says:

I have decided to resign from the Romney campaign as the Foreign Policy and National Security Spokesman. While I welcomed the challenge to confront President Obama’s foreign policy failures and weak leadership on the world stage, my ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign.

According to sources familiar with the situation, Grenell decided to resign after being kept under wraps during a time when national security issues, including the president’s ad concerning Osama bin Laden, had emerged front and center in the campaign.

Pieces in two conservative publications, the National Review and Daily Caller, reflected the uproar by some social conservatives over the appointment.
In the National Review, Matthew J. Franck wrote late last week: “Suppose Barack Obama comes out — as Grenell wishes he would — in favor of same-sex marriage in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. How fast and how publicly will Richard Grenell decamp from Romney to Obama?”

The argument that Grenell could essentially not be openly gay and serve on a GOP presidential campaign was belied by the fact that Grenell has been a loyal Republican for many years, working for esteemed foreign policy figures including former Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton.

The ongoing pressure from social conservatives over his appointment and the reluctance of the Romney campaign to send Grenell out as a spokesman while controversy swirled left Grenell essentially with no job. The Romney camp has not responded to my request for comment.

Updated: 6:49 PM GMT on May 03, 2012

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