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Thursday, September 28, 2006

George Carlin - Modern Man

Ah...did in 3 plus minutes at 68 yrs old which any "new" comic couldnt even fathom of thinking nor delivering. George Carlin is still the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be.

I am absolutely in awe of his ability to masterfully work the English language .. "I'm in the moment, on the edge, over the top, but under the radar .. a high-concept low-profile medium-range ballistic missionary" .. "a raging workaholic, a working rageaholic" .. something this clever, kitschy, and lyrical doesn't need to make you guffaw to have you in stitches.

categories: Mind
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6:33:09 PM    

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Friday Cat Blogging

categories: Humor
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11:32:37 PM    

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Olbermann- Bush is Unacceptable
Olbermann criticizes Bush for saying it is "unacceptable to think"

I wanna bumper sticker that says Keith Olbermann speaks for me.

categories: Outrages
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2:24:22 PM    

Monday, September 11, 2006

The Best War Ever

"the notion that the us is getting ready to attack iran is simply ridiculous....having said that all options are on the table"

that is truly a 'now watch this drive' moment

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4:33:55 PM    

Monday, September 04, 2006

The War On Terror And The War At Home

“Soon there will only be two classes, the truly needy and the truly greedy!”--- from the movie( Flash Back)

For all their talk of "fighting them there, so we don’t fight them here", there is a very real war that the Bush Administration policies are waging here on our shores: The War Against The Middle Class .  Despite the rosy characterizations of our economy from pundits, there is real data that shows that the American Dream may be just that–a dream–for a growing percentage of Americans, who struggle with a larger debt burden.

America’s middle class is drowning in debt. A typical middle income family earning around $45,000 a year saw its debt burden grow by 33.1% between 2001 and 2004, even after adjusting for inflation. Debt relative to income rose even more, to 33.9%, during this period for middle income families. Personal bankruptcies among these households are rising steeply.

The reasons for greater economic distress among middle class households are not hard to pinpoint. Slow income growth between 2001 and 2004, the last year for which complete data is available, has not kept pace with the rising cost of big ticket items such as housing and education loans, medical expenses and transportation. Family budgets have been squeezed.

A common but misplaced assumption is that the growth in debt among middle-income families — those with incomes roughly between $25,000 to $70,000 a year — is the result of over-consumption through increased credit card debt. Rather, growth in debt is primarily due to heavier borrowing for investments in homes or education, both of which saw dramatic price increases in recent years. The cost of a college education, for example, grew by 24.6% between 2001 and 2004, after adjusting for inflation.

Thom Hartman's new book SCREWED: The Undeclared War on the Middle Class on what he terms "the death of the middle class" that I’ve just started reading.  Hartman makes a fairly compelling case for a "Fair Market Economy" vs. the neocons’ beloved Free Market Economy, which history has shown has benefitted just the top percentage and caused a greater and greater chasm between the upper and middle classes.  

Cause and effect are often confusing, but clearly the effect after six years of this administration's policies are a disaster to everyone below the GOP donor class.

Everyone acts as if globalization and the outsourcing of jobs is an act of nature -- it is not, it is the result of policy. And it can just as easily be reversed should there be the political will/expediency to do so. If globalization is such a peachy treat, then why are the countries who get suckered into these trade deals always worse off? Where's the uptick for the US? When companies like Intel lay off 20,000 employees while they are profitable, don't we need to look at that? What does corporate American mean when they say they need to be competitive? Why can capitol move freely about the world, but people cannot?

So is the American Middle Class dead? - not yet, but given enough time and the continuation of these disastrous policies, it is only a matter of time.  Have yourselves a Happy LABOR DAY!

If you heard Howard Dean on "Face The Nation" this morning he mentioned the "War on Terror" and then said "We have a war on the Middle Class in this country by the Republicans to worry about as well."

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11:27:37 AM    

Saturday, September 02, 2006

"VFP" Veterans For Peace

The Declaration of Peace is a nationwide campaign to establish by September 21, 2006 a concrete and rapid plan for peace in Iraq, including:

  • a prompt timetable for withdrawal of troops and closure of bases
  • a peace process for security, reconstruction, and reconciliation
  • and the shift of funding for war to meeting human needs.

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9:55:28 PM    

Friends protest Pluto's demotion

Oh great!!! The belligerent and aggressive hallmarks of "short planet syndrome".

Size doesn't matter. That was the message as friends and colleagues of the late Clyde Tombaugh, the astronomer who discovered Pluto, gathered on the New Mexico State University campus to protest the International Astronomical Union's recent decision to strip Pluto of its status as a planet.

Tombaugh's widow, Patricia, and their son, Al Tombaugh, also participated.

NMSU astronomer Bernie McNamara told the crowd that textbooks shouldn't be rewritten.

"Why not? Because the debate is not over," McNamara said.

The IAU determined last week that a planet must orbit the sun and be large enough to assume a nearly round shape, as well as "clear the neighborhood around its orbit." Pluto's oblong orbit overlaps Neptune's, which led the IAU to downsize the solar system to eight planets from the traditional nine.

McNamara argued that only about 400 of the union's thousands of members were present when the Aug. 24 vote was taken.

"This was not a statement by the astronomical community at large," he said, adding that a petition opposing the IAU definition of a planet is circulating among the world's planetary scientists and astronomers.

Tombaugh was 24 when he discovered Pluto while working at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz., in 1930. He came to NMSU in 1955 and founded the school's research astronomy department.

His legacy is visible across the city, where an observatory, a campus street and an elementary school bear his name.

Some say Tombaugh's discovery was significant because it took 60 years for stronger telescopes to locate another object with an unusual orbit like Pluto's, and 73 years before scientists discovered a bigger object in the area.

"Clyde Tombaugh was an American hero," said Herb Beebe, a longtime colleague. "For that reason alone, Pluto's status as a full-fledged planet should be kept."

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3:20:13 PM    

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