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Good economic news... again! Time to impeach! #BlameObama


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With all the talk of impeachment and GOP lawsuits against President Obama these days, it seemed like a good time to add more fuel to the politically insane fires. Yes, once again we have upbeat economic news. What's a blogger to do? Why, publish the upbeat economic news, of course.

Let's start with a Fox Biz email alert headline, because I know how you rely heavily on every word uttered by Fox, the most reliable name in economic news:

U.S. Economy Grows at 4% Pace in 2Q

What?! Why I oughta. Please proceed, Fox Biz:

The Commerce Department reports the U.S. economy grew at an annualized pace of 4% in the second quarter, beating Wall Street expectations for a 3% rate.

Oh what do they know... Let's see what the big bad "librul media" has to say about all this good economic news. New York Times, I'm talkin' to you:

The United States economy rebounded heartily in the spring after a dismal winter, the Commerce Department reported on Wednesday, growing at an annual rate of 4 percent from April through June and surpassing economists’ expectations.

In its initial estimate for the second quarter, the government cited a major advance in inventories for private businesses, higher government spending at the state and local level and personal consumption spending as chief contributors to growth. Economists, who had been hoping for a full reversal of the first quarter’s decline, were cheered by the second quarter’s numbers. The consensus forecast for G.D.P. was 3 percent.

“Fantastic,” Douglas Handler, chief United States economist for IHS Global Insight Analysis, said of the second-quarter G.D.P. increase. The bigger-than-expected gain further cemented views that the decrease in America’s overall output during the first quarter was most likely a fluke tied in large part to unusually stormy winter weather and other anomalies.

Huhwha? "Higher government spending at the state and local level"?

Read it and weep, impeachers.

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GOP addiction to war leads to "culture of defendency" turning them "all into warfare queens"


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Jon Stewart is brilliant. I rarely use that word, but it applies here. Last week on The Daily Show, he devoted another of many segments to GOP hypocrisy, this time how it applies to spending enormous amounts of money on war. He exposed their hypocritical addiction to budgeting for wars, but not for domestic needs. And then he popped out with the best phrase coinage I've heard in a long, long time: "Culture of defendency" and "warfare queens".

We have a winner:

Jon Stewart:

You do know terrorism isn't the only thing Americans would like to be protected from... [And then he went on to enumerate issues here in the U.S., like crumbling infrastructure]...

Chris Matthews to Jeff Sessions:

"So you have faith that the cost of this war in casualties, and the cost of like a half a trillion dollars, the risk in terms of getting people in the world not liking what we're doing, which is fairly obvious, it is all worth it, 'cause if we do fail-- things fail-- and we come home, and after we come home and it fails over there, they go back to some military coup... isn't that a danger that we can't change the course of a country if we're only going to be there a limited amount of time?"


"I don't believe that's gonna happen."


Unlimited money to go over there, "I don't think anything bad's gonna happen"... Well how about spending some money on cleaning up the mess you made here at home for the veterans?...

I'm worried. I'm really worried about the Republicans, their inability to wean themselves off of military intervention.

They have a culture of defendency, if you will. And I believe it's turned them all into warfare queens. And I think we need to cut them off for their own good.

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"The ones who call themselves Christians have no idea what that word actually means."


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Today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Millions to feel food stamp cuts," Nov. 2

Cutting the food stamp and other domestic programs is contradictory to the image that the United States wishes to present to its citizens and the world as a generous and caring nation.

This ideal image is further contradicted by the enormous spending on the defense budget and the military/industrial complex, far surpassing the defense budgets of all other countries.

Looking at the statistics rather than the label "United States," our country's spending priorities do not show a benign nation.

This disparity in spending priorities reminds me of the former Soviet Union, where domestic spending — providing enough food and decent housing for its citizens — took a back seat to the defense budget. This is a disastrous model to emulate.

The concept of "defense" needs to be enlarged to include defense against hunger, squalid living conditions and huge disparities in opportunity.

Gretchen Hays

Pacific Palisades


The Republicans in Congress evidently believe poor people are lazy moochers. They don't understand why the poor don't get better jobs, why they don't go back to school or why they aren't rich. Those Republicans fail to grasp the definitions of "conditions" and "circumstances."

And the ones who call themselves Christians have no idea what that word actually means.

It is a sign of a failed democracy when we spend so much on our many wars and our national security and surveillance states, and so little on the food-stamp recipients who have to struggle to survive.

Zareh Delanchian



Hey GOP: How about doing something constructive and caring for a freakin' change?


I've had it up to here with your bs

As I said in my previous post, Michael Hiltzik is on a roll these days, so much so that I'm sharing two of his L.A. Times columns in one day.

The first one involved debunking the Republican lies about the Affordable Care Act transforming America's workforce into part-timers. GOP: Wrong and wronger.

You know what else is wrong and wronger? The GOP depriving their fellow Americans of food. And by fellow Americans, I mean the ones who look and/or sound different from them.

Hiltzik starts his column by reminding us that Congress is debating whether the food stamp program will be cut by $4 billion a year (the House proposal) or only $400 million a year (the Senate plan). That's some choice, huh? Starved and starved-er. However....

Here's what you may not know: By its pure inaction, Congress is about to impose a cut in food stamp benefits that beats both. Next week, on Nov. 1, benefits will be cut by $5 billion for this fiscal year alone.

That number may be hard to grasp, but here's what it means on the ground. It means a loss of 21 meals a month for a family of four on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (the formal name for food stamps). About 47 million Americans will be affected by the coming 15% reduction in benefits across the board. [...]

It bears repeating that the food stamp program provides the No. 1 opportunity for members of Congress to display their hypocritical side. We've documented... the spectacle of conservative lawmakers voting to slash benefits... while collecting millions of dollars in farm subsidies for themselves.

And those frauds don't care a bit about disadvantaged Americans-- many of the recipients are working families or individuals-- who can't make ends meet due to the inaction of guess who... wealthy, white Republican Congress members. How about creating jobs instead of more poverty and starvation, hmm GOP?

How about doing something constructive and caring for a freakin' change?