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Calling Robin Hood -- Nefarious Sheriff of Nottingham Has Just Returned


Robin Hood

As a boy growing up outside Boston, I had a wild imagination and a lot of heroes. There was cowboy favorite Roy Rogers, future space adventurer, Buck Rogers, but most fun was the legendary outlaw, archer Robin Hood. He and his men (plus Maid Marion) were a band of outlaws who found ways to disrupt the mad rantings and oppressive actions of the evil and despotic Sheriff of Notttingham. Let's face it. Without a really awful foe, there's just not a great hero or heroes. And the meanest of the mean was the Sheriff raiding Sherwood Forest.


With the good king Richard away fighting religious wars on behalf of  his people, the royal brother and evil, calculating Prince John took the reins of England and trampled justice wherever he found it. His pleasure was in sticking it to the masses and stripping them of all of their earthly possessions. And his did it with his man, the Sheriff of Nottingham.

The results were catastrophic for all but the rich. That select few thrived while the Sheriff demonstrated villainy at the highest level. This guy stopped at nothing as he represented the top 1% of the richest royals out there.

So much for folklore. Whether there really was a Robin Hood or a Sheriff of Nottingham is debatable. The same could be said for Superman, Mighty Mouse, even Underdog.

Mighty Mouse vs Underdog

To get a taste of what's going on in real life, we have to look at the real Sheriff of Nottingham who comes to us straight out of the the Sherwood forest of Wisconsin . The kings of the rich, the Koch Brothers, have deigned him with the powers of the purse-strings. The Sheriff is merely a puppet and he's doing their bidding. With the new Ryan budget, the GOP kings have unleashed the Sheriff on the US masses.

To provide more riches and power for the super rich, they want to destroy every and all of the people's programs of survival. They wish to cut Medicare, education funding and loans, Social Security, women's rights, Food assistance, and Health Care. In return the rich get tax relief and the poor get worse living conditions. It must sound fair if you're a royal, but most of us aren't.

There is a Robin Hood who is trying to once again split an arrow down the middle to show up the mad and unconscionable Sheriff Paul Ryan. He's Bernie Sanders. And if you want to see his proclamation of war against the evil doers and their merry band of morons, check this out:


VIDEO-- "NOT included in sequestration were those mandatory programs: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grants."


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Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI):

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"... Very important for people to understand that what was NOT included in the sequestration were those programs, those mandatory programs: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grants. And what the Republicans would love to see is for this president to serve up on a silver platter these programs, and not just make some changes in them, but structural changes to undermine the programs. ... Ultimately, in order to end the sequester, that is the demand that they're making on the president, that he make structural changes to Medicare and Social Security."

The GOP is on the losing side of every issue and they know it. They become more desperate each day, so they resort to blaming President Obama for anything and everything while sticking to the same old policies that lost them the election in November.

They know America stands firmly with the Dems, but that won't stop them from trying to destroy the very programs that the poor, sick, and elderly depend on so that their top 1% buddies can get their tax breaks. America first!

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Mitt Romney "courageous"? Hardly.



Today I told Paddy that I was getting a little disgusted with the excessive and fawning media coverage of their  new shiny toy, aka Willard Romney's veep pick, and of course the pivot from Romney's secrecy and evasive ways regarding his own record (read: tax returns).

It's time to go back to focusing on all of that and of course the sheer insanity of the Romney/Ryan Road to Ruin budget (h/t: Sandi Behrns for that one). Hence, this post.

Coincidentally, my Twitter pal and a regular contributor to my Blunt videos, ArrghPaine, tweeted this:

Oh noes! #RyanVPShinyObjectDistration won't stop #WeThePeople from demanding disclosure from Romney.

Seems Arrgh and I share a brain.

And another Twitter pal @StillJohnCA tweeted this:

Mitt Romney is only trying to make it thru the GOP convention. Now, the buzz about a brokered convention is over. Done. See?

Willard the Coward has made it his mission to get through this election without answering questions, without giving us details about who he is, and without offering specific solutions to specific problems. He's been Etch A Sketching, slipping, sliding, and skating, but he has not been forthcoming. He has not been honest. At all.

Let's not forget that and let's not get completely sidetracked by the distraction of the week, Paul Ryan.

As I watched David Gregory slobber and refer to Romney as "courageous" for choosing a tea bagger as a running mate, I wondered, why would Romney be considered "courageous" for picking a guy who is less robotic who he can hide behind and rely on to simply make fewer gaffes than he does?

A guy whose budget plan would be disastrous for this country?

A guy who supported Bush's fraudulent war without having ever served in the military himself?

A guy who the "Wall Street Journal said would 'Essentially End Medicare.'”?

A guy whose budget "Contained Massive New Tax Cuts For Wealthiest Americans Above And Beyond The Bush Tax Cuts"?

A guy who "Voted Against Raising Pell Grants"?

 @Jennyjinx tweeted:

@GottaLaff Romney was courageous for picking a guy that Fox News and Ann Coulter told him to pick.

And it's likely that the Koch brothers and Grover Norquist had more than a little influence as well.

"Courageous" my ass.


VIDEO: Paul Ryan's "callousness"


A New York Times editorial points out how Ryan’s "callousness" has now been added to the GOP ticket aka Willard Romney's "squishy" campaign, and it doesn't mince words.

Mr. Ryan has drawn a blueprint of a government that will be absent when people need it the most. It will not be there when the unemployed need job training, or when a struggling student needs help to get into college. It will not be there when a miner needs more than a hardhat for protection, or when a city is unable to replace a crumbling bridge.

And it will be silent when the elderly cannot keep up with the costs of M.R.I.’s or prescription medicines, or when the poor and uninsured become increasingly sick through lack of preventive care... These cuts are so severe that the nation’s Catholic bishops raised their voices in protest at the shredding of the nation’s moral obligations. [...]

All of this will be accompanied, of course, by even greater tax giveaways to the rich, and extravagant benefits to powerful military contractors. Business leaders will be granted their wish for severely diminished watchdogs over the environment, mine safety and food quality.

More details of what to expect from a Romney-Ryan administration are here.

Here's a reminder of how callous Ryan is. He loudly and clearly displayed his asshatitude, joking about a 70-something man who was being roughed up for speaking his mind about Medicare.

With Romney and Ryan in the White House, in a few years the chances of a man his age getting a prescription filled, let alone being able to afford proper medical care on a larger scale, would be next to none:

on Sep 7, 2011:

As Congressman Paul Ryan cracked a joke about him, Tom Nielsen found himself face down on the floor being handcuffed by police. The 71-year-old retired plumber from Kenosha was thrown to the ground, placed in handcuffs, and arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest after objecting to Ryan's plans to gut Social Security and Medicare during his congressman's only public appearance scheduled during the August recess -- a $15 Rotary Club luncheon in West Allis on Tuesday.

Nielsen repeatedly told police that he wasn't fighting them and that he didn't want to make any trouble. He also told them several times that he had a broken shoulder. Police officers ignored his comments as they wrestled him to the ground despite his howls of pain.

Nielsen's comment to Ryan at the luncheon, his arrest, and Ryan's joke are all captured on video available here.