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President Obama a Socialist? Think Again

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Just a preamble to the article on The Huffington Post I link to below.

Right-wingers see the world in black-or-white terms - that a system of government is either 'socialist' or 'capitalist' If the US Postal Service is delivering your mail, it's 'socialist' because, in their view, it's partially paid for by taxes. If FedEx or UPS delivers your mail, it's 'capitalist' because it's a private institution. The US Military, created and run by the government, is a socialist institution, paid for by US taxpayers, but right-wingers are okay with that because they profit from contracts to private firms with it. Right-wingers complain that government institutions are wrong because they produce no profits but that's not their function: their function is to provide services, not to create profits for shareholders.

What I fail to see in right-wing thinking is how governments and free enterprise can work together for mutual benefit. I will take tourism in Switzerland as a very quick example and compare it with a similar mountainous country not far away: Albania. The difference: in Switzerland the government works with private enterprise (ski resorts, hotels, restaurants) to build the roads, railways, tunnels, and other infrastructure for people to visit the country easily. Private enterprise profits from the visitors and pays taxes to the government which continues to build the infrastructure, train workers, keep the country safe, all things private industry would never be able to do on its own. So is Switzerland 'socialist'? Certainly not in the sense Albania was/is? (I haven't kept up with it recently). Not as far as I'm concerned. To the article: if President Obama were a 'true' socialist, he would be trying to increase the role of the government in our economy for its own sake. He's not doing that. His time in office has shown no essential differences to other Democratic presidents. Here's the story:

Here's Even More Evidence Obama Is The World's Worst Socialist. (Full story here.)

In what must be history's strangest socialist dictatorship, hiring by private companies just hit a record high. Meanwhile the government is still not hiring anybody.

Private employers added 192,000 jobs to nonfarm payrolls in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Friday, making up all of the economy's job growth for the month. Federal, state and local governments added nada. There are now 116 million people working in the private sector, topping the previous peak set in January 2008. Federal, state and local governments, meanwhile, employ 21.8 million people, down from a high of nearly 23 million in May 2010.

Incidentally, here's a story about how private enterprise treats its workers:

UPS Fires Hundreds Of Workers Who Defended Fired Colleague

Is that the world you want to live in?

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Your Weekly Religious Upchucks: The Most Shocking Religion News of Last Week

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Please welcome back regular guest contributor, author of Being Christian and the go-to blogger of religious upchucks, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state,  K.C. Boyd. You might remember her from her earlier posts. You can link over to her site here for the rest of this post. It’s well worth a look, because I left out a ton of great upchuckable stuff, including antidotes! These are but a few of her weekly "where religion meets your rights" collection:

Your Weekly Religious Upchucks

– by K. C. Boyd

Abortion And Womens’ Issues

Creationism

  • Cruel and Unusual-Chuck: Judge rules against creationist teacher who called Buddhist student’s faith ‘stupid’
  • Science Deniers Rearing Ugly Heads-Chuck-Up: Freaking Out About “Cosmos”

Education

  • The Bayou Chucked: Jindal means business when it comes to vouchers, aka, Christian schooling.

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • Birther X Hate -Heave: “Never had a haboob until we got that Muslim boob for POTUS.”

Fifty Shades Of Loony

  • March Media Madness-Vomit: CNN asks whether maybe God stole Flight 370

Military

  • He’s Fair and Equal-Chuck: Mikey Weinstein fighting to stop atheists from evangelizing at the Air Force Academy.

Same Sex Issues

  • What They Want-Chuck: Scott Lively says an “explosive” revolution is coming b/c people are “fed up” with the “lawless” gay agenda:

Sausage Makers and/Or Their Sausage

  • Going Down Puke: Nativist leader Tom Tancredo lectures GOP on how to win Latino voters: block immigration reform

Sausage Makers and/Or Their Sausage

  • Going Down Puke: Nativist leader Tom Tancredo lectures GOP on how to win Latino voters: block immigration reform

Supremes And Lower Courts

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Your Weekly Upchucks: The Most Shocking Religion News of Last Week

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Please welcome back regular guest contributor, author of Being Christian and the go-to blogger of religious upchucks, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state,  K.C. Boyd. You might remember her from her earlier posts. You can link over to her site here for the rest of this post. It’s well worth a look, because I left out a ton of great upchuckable stuff, including antidotes! These are but a few of her weekly "where religion meets your rights" collection:

Your Weekly Upchucks

– by K. C. Boyd

Abortion And Women’s Issues

  • ‘Scarlet Ledger-Chuck?‘ Sorry, But a Plan B Database Won’t Keep People From Having bit.ly/1eldECx
  • Language Soup-Chuck: 20 Wk Abortion  Cutoff Bill passes WV House.bit.ly/NS18ny

Creationism

  • So Much For Science-Chuck: Creationists: Sickle Cell Anemia Shows evolution Is Wrong bit.ly/1dVLEbS

Education

  • Two Steps Forward-Hurl: SCOTUS Struck Down Mandatory School Prayer 50 Years Ago But Proponents Are Still Trying To Bring It Back.  bit.ly/NRXCJT
  • Don’t Be Fooled-Chuckie: Vouchers give tax revenues to churches. tnne.ws/1fjVX5L

Elections and Politicking

  • Prepare Yourself-Chuck: Get ready for another Jesus filled GOP primary as anti-abortion voters look for one of their own.  yhoo.it/1iEMHwP
  • Father Of Ted-Chuck: Rafael Cruz blames California drought on UN Agenda 21, ‘Mother Earth worship’ bit.ly/1hgojAl

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • Thanks To Rush-Chuck: How Conservative Media’s Slut-Shaming Helped Inspire A Scientific Study bit.ly/N3OUaA
  • Save Me. Not The Gays-Chuck: Former alcoholic who found Jesus is now the voice behind Uganda Anti-Gay law. bit.ly/1kc6m8Z

Fifty Shades of Lies and Hypocrisy

  • Lying For Jesus-Chuck: The false story of 2 middle school girls forced to ask for a lesbian kiss is still spreading b/c RR myths never die: bit.ly/1itkld9
  • Sharing Christian Love-Chuck:  KY churches withhold $7 million from children’s home to force anti-gay policies bit.ly/N3QDMW

Fifty Shades Of Loony

  • War Is Like Abortion-Hurl: David Barton claims that more Christians were killed in 2013 than in the last two thousand years combined. bit.ly/1nBD5WJ
  • Lions and Tigers and Bears. Oh-Chuck: Kevin Swanson warns Disney’s movie “Frozen” is Satanic propaganda to turn your children gay bit.ly/1gl9r2b

Military

  • Jaw-Dropping-Chuck: This from Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III-Servicemembers have a right not to be proselytized to by religious airmen.1.usa.gov/OeknIb

Same Sex Issues

  • Lying Through Skeezy Teeth-Chuck: As Criticism Mounts, American Pastor Scott Lively Denies ( Er,Lies About) Inspiring Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law yhoo.it/1lTDi98

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • Dumbin “Em Down-Chuck: Thanks to Bobby Jindal, Louisiana library funding has been eliminated lat.ms/1fkef78
  • Political Whore -Chuck? Jan Brewer’s Office Helped Craft The Anti-Gay Bill She Later Vetoed bit.ly/1iucGLF

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • It Can Happen Here-Chuck: Wanna be scared? Religious Liberty & the Coming Corporate Theocracy.  huff.to/1i8k0Ju
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"The Jews Are The Problem, All The Problems Of The World"

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Lt. Gen. Jerry-Boykin

Gotta hand it to Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (retired), the executive vice president of the conservative Family Research Council. He doesn't mince his words, or even parse them with any sense of thinking. Or maybe he does -- and Anti-Semitism and subliminal messages from Obama to Al Qaeda are his actual beliefs.

Seems the good General had just finished speaking and didn't realize his mic was still live and everything he said was being recorded. Remind you of Romney and his 47% statements? Funny what people reveal about themselves when they don't realize they're being recorded.

The Raw Story carried this:

Boykin’s remarks were captured after an online broadcast of a panel at the National Security Action Summit. The SPLC reported that the event is held as a counter to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and features speakers who, like Boykin, have not been allowed to participate there.

So the lowest of the low, or as they prefer, the most right-leaning of the rightwing zealots, host their own convention of hate and bigotry. In observing CPAC, it's hard to believe there is anyone more rightwing  conservative than they are but, I was wrong.

Before he got to his hatred of the Jews comment, the General and spokesman for the group found time to expound on his theory that President Barack Obama is using “subliminal messages” to signal support for al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. How interesting. I just knew that Black Kenyan usurper to the throne was up to no good.

This clip was posted by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Friday.

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Fort Hood Is Front For Military Whorehouse

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Last week Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's (D - New York) proposed a bill to overhaul military sexual-assault policies, taking these cases out of the military's hands and putting them in civilian court failed. This was mostly accomplished by Republicans nay votes. It came five "yeas" short of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster.

So was this really needed? A resounding YES!!!

For starters, here's why. Raw Story--

Ft. Hood sexual assault prevention coordinator accused of running prostitution ring

A Fort Hood Army sergeant, who coordinated the post’s sexual assault and harassment prevention program, faces multiple charges after he allegedly set up up a prostitution ring involving cash-strapped female soldiers.

So the man responsible for overseeing the sexual assault and  harassment program turns out to be the base pimp, running a whorehouse. How convenient.

According to ABC News, Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen was charged Friday with 21 counts related to pandering, conspiracy, maltreatment of a subordinate, abusive sexual contact, and adultery and conduct of a nature to bring discredit to the armed forces.

If no changes are made to the military laws right now, this man's future falls into the hands of his fellow soldiers. He's reported to his next highest officer in rank. And if that soldier is a friend of his, or doesn't want to prosecute this case, it could ultimately be dropped. 

Another Fort Hood soldier, Master Sgt. Brad Grimes was court-martialed in the case and convicted in December for conspiracy to patronize a prostitute and for solicitation to commit adultery. Grimes was subsequently reprimanded and demoted.

Sgt. McQueen remains suspended from his duties but is free pending trial.

That could and would never happen in civil court. If found guilty in civilian courts, these guys would be doing time.

So is Gillibrand's bill important to bring back up? You bet. And maybe it's this military case that will be the deciding factor by those military bought and paid for Senators to vote "yes" next time around. If we don't want to see the military become a government whorehouse, steps need to be taken. This could just be the straw that broke the pimp's back.

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Michele Bachmann - Jewish Icon Or Jewish I-Con't?

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Jewish Michele Bachmann

Well, to hear the representative from Minnesota's sixth congressional district, she's fighting the battle for Jews all over the world -- almost single-handedly.  HuffPo:

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has very strong feelings about Israel, and she's disappointed that American Jews don't have the same feelings she does.

In a Monday interview with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Bachmann chastised American Jewish organizations for backing off stronger sanctions against Iran over its nuclear weapons program.

As a person of the Jewish faith, I have to say how reassuring it is that Bachmann's got my back. Here's a yenta of staunch beliefs and she's going to see to it that the Jewish state of Israel is protected in accordance with her wishes. And what's tops on her kvetch list? Get the US into a war with Iran.

How do I know? Well, for starters she's tackling the same people she pretends to be protecting. This shiksa thinks she knows better than the luntsmen and their yiddisher kops (Jewish thinking).  She criticizes the people who support Obama -- which statistically happen to include an overwhelming majority of Jewish voters. Obama, in 2012 received over 70% of the Jewish vote -- that's a big shtetl (community). Though Israel's importance to us is huge military and symbolic, not so much so for the political ramifications of their politics here. Hawk Bibi Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel is working from a damaged reputation and is seen as a has-been, not the will-be.

Facts are facts. If you're a progressive Jew, you're a Democrat. If you're a wealthy Jew, you're a Republican party member who behind the voting booth curtain votes Democratic.  And if you're a poor Jew, you lie and tell everyone you're really a rich Jew, just waiting for a check to come in.

J Street, a pro-peace lobbying group, commissioned a poll last year which found that just 10 percent of Jewish American voters identified Israel as one of their top voting issue priorities. Jobs, immigration, unemployment, education, women's reproductive rights, race relations, the economy and  healthcare all rank higher.

"What has been shocking has been seeing and observing Jewish organizations who it appears have made it their priority to support the political priority and the political ambitions of the President over the best interests of Israel," Bachmann added. "So in some respects, they sold out Israel."

The Jewish community she refers to, voted for Obama because they value world peace higher than Bachmann's need to start or promote a war. If that's selling out, count me in. She's a neo-con like Lindsay Graham and John McCain -- never having seen a war that she didn't like. She may be through as a representative after the elections in November, but it won't be soon enough for those of us who look for peaceful solutions to difficult situations.

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96% Of Senate Republicans Vote To Damn And Punish U.S. Military Veterans

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We'll pay for you to go to war, but we won't take care of you when or if you come back. It's a one way ticket.

A whopping 96% of the Republicans in the Senate voted against legislation on Thursday that would have expanded federal healthcare and education programs for veterans, saying the $24 billion bill would bust the budget. 96 percent! I'd say that's almost unanimous as a party stance on the bill.

So you have to ask yourself, why? Is it really going to "bust the budget?"

Interestingly the same question was put before Senator Bernie Sanders (I - VT) by Chris Hayes last night on All In. Sanders response is heated, passionate and shows the real fallacies of the Republican thinking on this matter and just how much these GOP-ers are hypocrites when it comes to veterans. As a party they're always willing to start wars, just never prepared to fund them. Then afterwards, these same warmongers have a tendency to turn their backs on the lucky ones -- those that live through these atrocities. Our fighting men with real injuries and losses become just chess pieces, not real -- not flesh and blood. But to their families and friends they sure are real. Denying them dignity and aid is a total affront.

If Iraq and Afghanistan weren't bad enough in body count, those scarred, wounded, maimed, and mentally suffering from these battles deserve every bit as much attention upon their return as the unfunded battles that sent them overseas. But that's not the thinking of the GOP senators. They will only budge on the funding IF we tack on an unrelated sanctions bill that's sure to push us into war with Iran and raise the death count all even higher.

Sanders points out that Republicans have an 'open checkbook' policy when it comes to the costs of war.  Other costs always have to be offset by cuts. Not the case for wars: the sky's the limit for the neo-cons. But somehow it's nothing or next to nothing for our returning vets who fought their wars.

If you want to see the harm the Republicans are inflicting on our veterans, just catch this piece with Chris Hayes and Bernie Sanders. Then ask yourself how anyone who cares about this country can vote for a Republican incumbent senator the next time around?

If Democrats want to keep the Senate and retake the House, all they need to do is show this piece.

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