It’s pretty sad to hear a convincing argument on why Richard Nixon was a better president for the poor than Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. But when he explains that Nixon’s social programs were the result of a powerful liberal coalition that fought for those causes, it’s clear the results were inevitable.
JPMorgan had a significant role in the major financial meltdown that resulted from its shady dealings in mortgage securities. It reached a $13 billion settlement with the U.S.
But is it a fair settlement? An explanation of the JPMorgan settlement, from Bill Moyers:
- Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist rips Justice Dept. for not bringing JPMorgan Chase to trial (rawstory.com)
- JPMorgan agrees $13bn settlement with US Justice Department (telegraph.co.uk)
- JPMorgan Settlement To Reach $11 Billion, AP Reports (zerohedge.com)
- JPMorgan in $5.1 billion deal with housing agency (news.yahoo.com)
This is Washington. I thought it was some kind of motorcade.
Then I got to work and saw on the Web that there was an “active shooting incident” at the Navy Yard. That’s a military installation about three blocks from Nationals Park. I live four blocks from Nationals Park in the other direction.
And at the end of the day, I see that a heavily armed psychopath went on a rampage and killed 12 people before the police killed him. Seven blocks from where I live.
Crazy people with guns are getting too close to where I live. I expect to see the usual pontificating about gun legislation and the back and forth with the NRA about the right to bear arms vs. the right to live without being shot.
But why bother?
A psychopath with a small arsenal walked into an elementary school and killed 20 first graders less than 10 months ago. Congress didn’t do a thing. Why should we expect anything more when a psychopath with a small arsenal walks into a military installation and kills 12 adults?
And while all this is happening, states are passing this kind of legislation:
Iowa is granting permits to acquire or carry guns in public to people who are legally or completely blind.
No one questions the legality of the permits. State law does not allow sheriffs to deny an Iowan the right to carry a weapon based on physical ability.
The quandary centers squarely on public safety. Advocates for the disabled and Iowa law enforcement officers disagree over whether it’s a good idea for visually disabled Iowans to have weapons.
Let me make this simple.
No. It’s a stupid idea to let blind people carry guns. Just like it’s going to be stupid to let another mass murder go by without taking any kind of action.
But we seem to relish in our right to be stupid. Don’t we?
- Aaron Alexis ID’d as Navy Yard shooter: Portrait of alleged killer in DC rampage emerges (thegrio.com)
- 13 Killed in Navy Yard Shooting Spree (actionnewsnow.com)
- Feinstein Statement on Navy Yard Shooting (feinstein.senate.gov)
- Another massacre, another cry of despair (suntimes.com)
- Wow: CNN Anchor Can’t Remember any Gun Attacks on US Military Installations (pjmedia.com)
- Photos: Fatal Shooting At D.C. Navy Yard (wbur.org)
Sometimes, you’ve gotta wonder about Texas:
Members of the local police raiding party had a search warrant for marijuana plants, which they failed to find at the Garden of Eden farm. But farm owners and residents who live on the property told a Dallas-Ft. Worth NBC station that the real reason for the law enforcement exercise appears to have been code enforcement. The police seized “17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants … native grasses and sunflowers,” after holding residents inside at gunpoint for at least a half-hour, property owner Shellie Smith said in a statement. The raid lasted about 10 hours, she said.
Local authorities had cited the Garden of Eden in recent weeks for code violations, including “grass that was too tall, bushes growing too close to the street, a couch and piano in the yard, chopped wood that was not properly stacked, a piece of siding that was missing from the side of the house, and generally unclean premises,” Smith’s statement said. She said the police didn’t produce a warrant until two hours after the raid began, and officers shielded their name tags so they couldn’t be identified.
The state of Gov. Rick “Remember My Name Because I Don’t” Perry unloaded a swat team against an organic farm because its grass was too tall? Texas thinks this is worth regulating, but it won’t regulate this?
Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that spending more state money on inspections would not have prevented the deadly explosion. He said that he remains comfortable with the state’s level of oversight and suggested that most Texas residents agree with him.
People “through their elected officials clearly send the message of their comfort with the amount of oversight,” he said.
Now obviously, the brain trust in Texas saw organic farm, thought “Hippies,” and came up with “They must be growing pot.” Except “17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants … native grasses and sunflowers” are not pot. But even if there was weed amid the acreage, a burning field of marijuana, at worst, gives everyone a contact high. A burning fertilizer plant explodes and kills more than a dozen people and leave a bunch more injured.
So which one does Texas feel is the bigger threat to the population. Organic farms.
- Texas SWAT team destroys organic farm during raid (rt.com)
- Texas SWAT Team Raids Organic Farm And Finds … Tomatoes (crooksandliars.com)
- Texas SWAT Team Destroys Organic Farm During Raid (lunaticoutpost.com)
(Via Daily Kos)
It’s amazing how a rabid right-winger can put together a speech that glorifies his prejudices and bigotry without really saying what those prejudices and bigotries are.
Click on this for the perfect example.
This language influenced millions in 1963. Take the same message, change the states, and you can use the same speech today without anyone knowing what you’re really talking about.
See, it’s all about the rights, privileges and sovereignty of the state and the battle against the intrusiveness of big federal government. Nothing at all to do about keeping a whole race in its place.
Not long ago, I posted my two favorite headlines about George Corley Wallace Jr. They were both in the Village Voice. The first ran in the late 1980s, when he resigned as governor of Alabama for the last time. The headline was “Scumbag quits.”
In 1998, when septic shock from a bacterial infection put an end to him, the headline was “Scumbag dies.”
Even though he’s dead, his spirit lives on … as the words from his “stand in the schoolhouse door” demonstrate.
What is it with the New York elite and bicycles?
Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced a bike sharing system to the city, much like Capital Bikeshare in Washington and the bike-share systems I’ve used in a bunch of European cities. The system has been more successful than expected here in D.C. and it’s just considered a way of life throughout Europe.
But the elitists in the Big Apple are treating transportation on two wheels like the beginning stages of a Commie/Nazi siege. Here’s a screed from frontpagemag.com:
Bicycles are one of the obsessions of Mayor Bloomberg and his transportation secretary Janette Sadik-Khan. Khan is the granddaughter of Imam Alimjan Idris, a Nazi collaborator and principle teacher at an SS school for Imams under Hitler’s Mufti, Haj Amin al-Husseini. The bio of his son, Wall Street executive Orhan Sadik-Khan, frequently mentions the bombing of the family home in Dresden and surviving trying times after World War II. It neglects to mention that the times were only trying because their side was losing.
In 1933, Idris wrote a letter asking why Allah would have chosen the Jews, whom he described as, “the most despicable, repulsive and corrupting nation on earth.” It’s hard to say what Imam Idris would have made of his granddaughter marrying a Jewish law professor and peddling bikes that no one wants from a nearly bankrupt Montreal government company.
But considering that Imam Idris was at times accused of being a Soviet agent and did some work for Imperial Japan, it seems likely that he would have understood.
In partial revenge, Khan has made many New York streets nearly as impassable as those of her grandfather’s wartime Dresden. Bike lanes have turned two lane streets into one lane streets. Infidels sit in their cars and honk while bike lanes go unused and midtown bus lanes sit empty except for the occasional daring taxi driver braving the bus lane camera and the 150 dollar fine.
Wow! You’ve literally got Nazis and Commies and the Red Menace, not to mention Muslims and our sinister neighbor north of the border.
Bike sharing makes streets as impassible as wartime Dresden? Dresden streets were impassible because the Allies bombed the hell out of the city.
This is what happened in Dresden:
That is not equivalent to setting up a bicycle stand. The writer of he above piece is nuts, but he’s not the only one who’s gone off the deep end. Here’s a “respected member of the media elite”:
Totalitarian? Jeez, it’s a bike.
And Dorothy Rabinowitz does not represent the majority of citizens in New York, because the majority aren’t editorial writers for the Wall Street Journal who have car services or chauffeurs picking them up and dropping them off so they don’t have to deal with that little inconvenience called parking, which is practically impossible in the city.
I can’t even imagine what’s going through these people heads. But if bike sharing is the equivalent of communism, fascism, Islamic terrorism and the Allied bombing of a German city, I would move out of New York immediately.
- Citi Bike: A Nazi, Muslim Plot to Create a Dresden-on-the-Hudson, Says Frontpage Mag Writer (observer.com)
- Bike share programs are all the rage in 2013 (smartsign.com)
- Wall Street Journal Editor Has Even More to Say on Bike Share (wnyc.org)
- Bloomberg’s Banana Republic (frontpagemag.com)
- Within First Week, NY’s Bike Share Memberships Top Washington’s (wnyc.org)
- NYC Bike-Share Takes Off! (sustainablebusiness.com)
The sequester — brought about by a Republican Party unwilling to raise taxes on the rich and willing to demand drastic cuts in social services — is officially underway.
Government services are being cut, government workers are facing furloughs and the still vulnerable national economy has run into a new landmine. This is important because it affects every one of us.
The Washington Post put together an elaborate graphic on the sequester’s impact on individual states, and make no mistake about it, your state is being hit.
In Kentucky alone, this means teachers are going to lose their jobs, the water and air are going to get dirtier, Head Start programs for early education are going to close, job-search assistance will be reduced, funding for Fort Campbell will be slashed, public health programs are going to be cut, victims of domestic violence won’t be able to get help, the elderly who get food assistance won’t be fed and children won’t be vaccinated for measles, mumps, rubella and other diseases that can be prevented.
I single out Kentucky because it gave the country Mitch McConnell, who is in charge of Senate Republicans, and Sen. Rand Paul, a Tea Bagger poster boy whose sole purpose is to run though the corridors of the U.S. Capitol with scissors in his hand yelling “I’m gonna cut you.”
And if you want to know why this is bad for the country, read this:
Deep reductions in domestic and defense spending are set to begin Friday in a process known as sequestration, which will make progress toward the tea party’s goal of shrinking the government. What unfolds over the following months will be a high-stakes test of whether significant cuts in spending will help or hurt the economy — and the Republican Party’s brand.
The cuts, worth $1.2 trillion over 10 years, are slated to become reality after a period when the tea party — a movement, represented by a group of Republicans elected in 2010, whose goal is to radically cut the government — has struggled to have a lasting impact on Washington. …
… But many Republicans say the sequester is the moment when the tea party can claim it has made its mark. Although Democratic and Republican leaders are pointing fingers, the tea party and its allies are happily accepting credit for the cuts.
“This will be the first significant tea party victory in that we got what we set out to do in changing Washington,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), a tea party Republican elected in 2010.
The Tea Party — which is just a made up name for Republicans who don’t want to admit they supported George W. Bush (the Dumber) for eight years — wants this and is happy it is happening. The GOP — which collapsed the economy during the reign of the Dumber — now has its biggest victory of the Obama presidency.
When the economy gets hit (and the longer the cuts lasts, the harder it will get hit) here’s what’s going to happen. Republicans will blame Obama for the sequester.
In the words of Tea Bagger Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), “You lie!” This is the GOP’s fault. You’ll do yourself a favor by remembering that in the 2014 national elections.
- Robert Reich: The Sequester and the Tea Party Plot (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Tea Party Plot (robertreich.org)
- The GOP Is Losing The Sequester Blame Game (ourfuture.org)
- Sorry, Republicans. #Obamaquester didn’t do the trick. You’re still losing sequester blame game (dailykos.com)
- Mitchell Bard: Blaming the Tea Party-Controlled GOP for Sequestration Isn’t Partisan, It’s Factual (huffingtonpost.com)
- The sequester and the Tea Party Plot (blogs.berkeley.edu)
- Republican Rep. Jack Kingston Introduced Sequestration as a GOP Reform in 2010 (politicususa.com)
- Big spending cuts mark tea party success, and risk (newsobserver.com)
- The sequester is stupid and contractionary, Repubicans can’t stop themselves (dailykos.com)
- More Blame Republicans Than Democrats For Sequester (alan.com)