Sunday, August 31, 2008

Read. Think. Vote.

So, middle class, average folk still recall "the Reagan Years" fondly.
Suicidal sillies...
Is History Siding With Obama’s Economic Plan?
By ALAN S. BLINDER
Published: August 30, 2008

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It is well known that income inequality in the United States has been on the rise for about 30 years now — an unsettling development that has finally touched the public consciousness. But Professor Bartels unearths a stunning statistical regularity: Over the entire 60-year period, income inequality trended substantially upward under Republican presidents but slightly downward under Democrats, thus accounting for the widening income gaps over all. And the bad news for America’s poor is that Republicans have won five of the seven elections going back to 1980.

The Great Partisan Inequality Divide is not limited to the poor. To get a more granular look, Professor Bartels studied the postwar history of income gains at five different places in the income distribution.

The 20th percentile is the income level at which 20 percent of all families have less income and 80 percent have more. It is thus a plausible dividing line between the poor and the nonpoor. Similarly, the 40th percentile is the income level at which 40 percent of the families are poorer and 60 percent are richer. And similarly for the 60th, 80th, and 95th percentiles. The 95th percentile is the best dividing line between the rich and the nonrich that the data permitted Professor Bartels to study. (That dividing line, by the way, is well below the $5 million threshold John McCain has jokingly used for defining the rich. It’s closer to $180,000.)

[Read. Think.(Think already!) Then Vote.]


There really is no good reason to participate in Class Warfare, except in self-defense. It's the same reason I've argued against the general vice of religious beliefs. It's NOT because I'm completely against religious faith nor that I Hate rich peops. It's because the folks who are leaders of those two groups want, more than anything else, to maintain their dominance and leadership! They do so, only and without equivocation, by means of draining energy and life from those who follow them.

Period.

Put a little more thought into it. How can allowing your employer's Board of Directors keep a larger percentage of their already phenomenally larger slice of the profit-pie which you've ALL made possible, in any way benefit you or the company or Country of which you're a part?

How does letting the Rich get richer make you more secure, or better able to control your own life experiences; take care of your family; raise your kids to enjoy life at least as much you have?

How does your getting less so that those who have more can make still more, somehow give you more?

Knowledge cancels out fear. As with those who deny Evolution's reality in order to maintain their own control over peops' socialization choices, those in the 5% who already control 90% of this world's wealth want everyone's resources to be under their control.

The proof that it is NOT the larger percentage of folk forging the Class War is that the Rich don't lose under Democratic Administrations. They just don't take as much away from the rest of us as they do when Republicans are in power.

Think. Then vote for your own - and just about everyone else's - best interest.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Integral Integrations

Despite, or perhaps because, I have such low personal optimism about myself, I tend to have a vastly greater supply of that mindset for the world at large, even with the Economy slumping dangerously into Recession territory, to the point where we find the NYTimes quoting The International Monetary Fund as calling the situation “the largest financial shock since the Great Depression.” It's still apparent that we can right this listing ship.

That's why I preferred Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton and John Edwards early on in this campaign. It's why I'm a Democrat rather than a Republican. I believe in both the need and our ability to Change and grow by learning from past failures and successes.

Why choose Barack Obama for Economic reasons? Let's start with our own Country's best interest in a way which necessarily and ever so effectively includes the rest of the world's as well.

How Obama Reconciles Dueling Views on Economy
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Obama’s agenda starts not with raising taxes to reduce the deficit, as Clinton’s ended up doing, but with changing the tax code so that families making more than $250,000 a year pay more taxes and nearly everyone else pays less. That would begin to address inequality. Then there would be Reich-like investments in alternative energy, physical infrastructure and such, meant both to create middle-class jobs and to address long-term problems like global warming.


Reich is one of my Heroes. Rubin is a guy whose tactics I think indispensable to keeping our economy humming along so that moneys can be collected to pay for the infrastructure upkeep - both physical plant, per se, and educational/medical investments - which is Government's main concern. The combination worked Extremely Well for the United States during the Clinton admin.

Can you say Budget Surplus?

John McCain has, unfortunately but predictably, capitulated to the worst elements of the Republican party. If he wins the election, we can only hope his duplicity is sincere.

Personally, I'm goin' to stick to hoping Obama's sincerity is.

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Answer is, As Always, 42

Believe it or not, this is encouraging!

How long could you survive in the vacuum of space?

I'd've figured I'd be a goner inside of 15 seconds.

Found on Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Wow! It's True

Everybody loves squirrels. Right? But, I mean, c'Mon! For anyone who's seen that picture and thought, "BS!" here's a little story for ya.

It's not Photoshopped. Some of those wee fellers are, well, not so entirely wee.

(Sorry. It's 3:30am and I can't sleep 'cause some folks are having a loud, apparently drunken, though congenial, conversation in the next building over.)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

For America

I really wish I could put this on a billboard in every Public Square in the country.

Very cool!



(Thanks to Channon for passing it on to me. MmmmmmWAH! m'Lady.)

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Bye Bye Bernie Mac :-(


Bernie Mac was one of those comedians I didn't want to like. Whenever I first would notice him, it'd be for how harsh he'd come across. Then, when I'd see him for any length of time (because I's interested in whatever he was taking part in) I'd find myself laughing out loud at his shtick, and often agreeing with him!

Now dude's gone an died. Not funny, man. Not funny at all.

You'll be missed.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Our Decision

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My Lady wrote this!

What has happened to America? Growing up, my father worked a blue collar job. My mother stayed home and took care of my younger brother and me. We lived in a nice little community, a nice home, and even went to private schools. Those were the days, but those days are long gone. Today, a lot of families are single parent homes. Children have to raise themselves so their parent can work. Often times, the parent will have to hold two jobs just to make ends meet. What is America telling our youth? We need to change.


To make matters worse, prices continue to steadily raise, however, income increases cannot keep up at the same rate. It is not just the poor and the uneducated who are suffering, it is all of us - it is America. We need to change.


We are supposed to be a great nation, but that greatness is slowly and steadily disintegrating. We are involved in fighting for other countries, trying to help them gain freedoms they have never known, and while that may be a good thing, at the same time, we are losing our freedoms. America has succumbed to the never ending demands that we have somehow placed on ourselves. What can we do? We need to change.


We may study hard in school to make good grades, go on to college and earn our Bachelors, then continue with our education and even obtain our Masters - for what? We find our niche in the world and become a member of the working force. We put in our 40-50 hours each week, and work hard at what we do. Why? There use to be an American dream behind all of this. The dreams to be able to own a home, a nice car, provide for your family, and to be able to take a vacation together. Now it appears that this has become the minimum requirement just to make ends meet in a poor to mediocre home, and sometimes those ends fall short. Why? We need to change.


I remember my dad would open the bills that arrived in the mail and would immediately write out the checks to pay those bills. Now, I open the bills in the mail and I pray to God that somehow I will have enough to pay them. The energy bills have got to be the worst. Just six months ago, it cost me $20-$25 a week in gas to get back and forth to work; now it is $35-$40. I am sure that all of us are feeling those pains - and I am sure that the majority of us still have the same income that we had six months ago. We need to change.


Let's forget about all of that. Let's forget that every extra $10-$20 we use for fuel is another $10-$20 we don't have to pay our insurance. Let's forget that every extra $10-$20 we use for fuel is another $10-$20 we don't have to pay our light or heating bill. Let's forget that every extra $10-$20 we use for fuel is another $10-$20 we don't have to feed and clothe our children. Let's forget that because of the extra $10-$20 at the pump, maybe our neighbor's children went to bed with nothing to eat except a baked potato and a few crackers with peanut butter for dinner. Ah - but we don't need to forget - you see - we already have. We need to change.


What America needs is a leader who can stand up for what is right. What America needs is a leader who has the courage to tell us, "Hey - we are messing up here, now let's fix it". What America needs is a leader who has the bravery to possibly even stand up to us and point us in the right direction. What America needs is a drastic change, and just maybe, what America may need is a leader such as Obama.


The elections are just around the corner. Let's think about what has been working for this country and what has not. Though change may be frightening, sometimes it is necessary, and to simply put it - America - we need to change.


And I most heartily agree.


* I don't know from whence came the pic. It just feels like it fits. For now...

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Shiny Happy People Holding Shit


Awesome pick from the Culture Ghost which I found on Michael Greenwell's post about faked rare-animal photos in China.

Kinda sums up what happens, naturally, to everyday normal peops when they let their lives and life-styles be determined by Salesmen.