Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Donate A Few Bucks To Get Elizabeth Warren In As President. Please?

Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC)

Warren in 2016! Donate Here

This is a major victory for the Warren wing of American politics.

Wall Street tried to install one of their own in a key position overseeing...Wall Street.
Elizabeth Warren fought back. We fought by her side with allies, even leading a protest outside the Wall Street firm where Weiss worked. And yesterday, we won.
Elizabeth Warren says: "PCCC members were with me since the beginning -- even before there was a beginning! Now, we have lots of work to do together."

MSNBC reported on our protest outside Lazard, Weiss's Wall Street firm:

The growing anti-Wall-Street movement led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren took its fight from the halls of Washington, D.C., to the streets of New York City...
Outside Citigroup, about 120 protesters called for the breakup of the big banks...Around half of the crowd marched to Lazard's office, where they called for Weiss to come down and explain why his background made him suitable for the Treasury Department job...
The protest was organized by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which says it represents the "Elizabeth Warren wing" of the Democratic Party.
We were proud to work with the Working Families Organization, Democracy for America, Credo Action, and others as part of this fight.
Thanks for being a bold progressive.
-- Keith Rouda, PCCC Organizer

Monday, January 12, 2015

Pope to Diplomatic Corps: Religious fundamentalism turns God into an ideological pretext

Pope Francis held the traditional meeting with ambassadors to the Vatican. The Pope's address had one main theme.


"Today I wish to repeat a word quite dear to us: peace!”

The recent murder of 100 children in Pakistan, as well as the terrorist attacks that have hit Nigeria and Paris where some of the highlights of his address. As he talked about Syria and Iraq, he referred to the origin of religious fundamentalism.

"This phenomenon is a consequence of the throw away culture being applied to God. Religious fundamentalism, even before it eliminates human beings by perpetrating horrendous killings, eliminates God himself, turning him into a mere ideological pretext.”

The Pope also denounced the violence against women and the elderly, as well as any form of human trafficking.

He asked the international community to increase its commitment against the Ebola epidemic. As he encouraged all countries to take care of refugees and victims of war, he hoped that an unanimous response within the framework of international law may put an end to violence in the Middle East.

The Pope also denounced the side effects of globalization and of what he calls the throw away culture.

"In a drab, anonymous world, it is easy to understand the difficulties and the discouragement felt by many people who have literally lost the sense of being alive. This tragic situation is aggravated by the continuing economic crisis, which fosters pessimism and social conflict”.
The Pope concluded his address stressing that the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba is a triumph of peace and diplomacy.

For Musicians & Music Lovers: We Really Want To Profile Your Music!!!

Well, coming up soon we'll have some talented musicians for yourlistening delight.  But I'm waiting,and hoping, some of you guys out there in BlogLand will send us some of your stuff so we can post you and your music, Guys.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Noam Chomsky Teaches William F. Buckley a Thing or Two.

Buckley never had Chomsky on his show again after this embarrassing interchange--embarrassing for Buckley that is. 

Noam Chomsky mopped up the floor with him.  Buckley met his match and then some!!!

Noam Chomsky Teaches William F. Buckley a Thing or Two.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Panic, Fast and Slow Paul Krugman

Read Prof. K's column right here

Some people are suddenly panicking over the announcement that the euro area is officially in deflation. But sudden panic is the wrong reaction; you should have been gradually panicking over an extended period. Today’s news isn't actually any worse than what we’ve been seeing for a while.

The key is not to look at the headline number; you should keep your eyes on the core.
Core inflation — like the Keynesian multiplier — is one of those much-ridiculed concepts (hey, you’re measuring inflation without the inflation!) that has in fact performed extremely well in recent years. Back in 2010-11, when rising gas prices were sending headline numbers up, I and many others received a lot of hostile comments for claiming that there wasn’t any real inflation bulge; but core inflation has indeed been a much more reliable guide than headline inflation, which fluctuates wildly. As the accompanying chart shows, this has been as true for Europe as it is for America.

Encourage Warren To Run For President!

Run Warren Run | Democrats.com  

Our friends at MoveOn.org just asked their members if Sen. Elizabeth Warren should run for President - and an astonishing 81% said yes.
So MoveOn is getting to work. As CNN reports, the campaign includes MoveOn.org opening offices and hiring staff in Iowa and New Hampshire, two states that are critically important in the presidential nomination process, and "the assembly of a national volunteer army ready to go to work if Sen. Warren enters the race."
Thanks for all you do!
Bob Fertik

Monday, November 17, 2014

Prof. Krugman Explains Right-Wing DirtyTricks

The Ebola scare is over.  Professor K wants us to learn lessons about the Right Wing though from the polemical miasma surrounding it.  He writes, "Ebola wasn’t just a disease — it was a political metaphor". It was claimed  by America’s right wing  to be Obama's failure, naturally enough, right?

"The usual suspects claimed that the Obama administration was falling down on the job, And further, " Leading Republicans suggested ignoring everything we know about disease control and resorting to extreme measures like travel bans, while mocking claims that health officials knew what they were doing.
Says our man in the dismal science,  "Guess what: Those officials actually did know what they were doing.  

 What comes to light is that government does function even with the Right obstructionism and childish behavior so disheartening to see in men and women who ought to be statesmen.  It makes one ashamed to be An American, does n' t it 

Well, think back to Solyndra The Right made mush of it for using Department of Energy guarantees, It went bust leaving the government with the check.   And "conservatives have pounded on that loss relentlessly",  They used it to badger the Obama administration, and of course most specifically, the president himself.  Recall "one-term president".
"Defenders of the energy program tried in vain to point out that anyone who makes a lot of investments, whether it’s the government or a private venture capitalist, is going to see some of those investments go bad."  Warren Buffett is an investing legend, with good reason — but even he has had his share of lemons, like the $873 million loss he announced earlier this year on his investment in a Texas energy company."

  His loss is one and one half the size of the Federal loss!
Krugman then makes this sure-to-raise hackles assertion of fact:  
 "Department of Energy has made some bad loans — if it hasn't, it’s not taking enough risks. It’s whether it has a pattern of bad loans. And the answer, it turns out,  the program that included Solyndra is, in fact, on track to return profits of $5 billion or more."
Continues the Prof.:  

Affordable Care Act is being dominated by fake scandals drummed up by the enemies of reform. But if you look at the actual results so far, they’re remarkably good. The number of Americans without health insurance has  dropped sharply, with around 10 million of the previously uninsured now covered; the program’s costs remain below expectations, with average premium rises for next year well below historical rates of increase; and a new Gallup survey finds that the newly insured are very satisfied with their coverage. By any normal standards, this is a dramatic example of policy success, verging on policy triumph.
And finally the kickerFriends:  
"Remember all the mockery of Obama administration assertions that budget deficits, which soared during the financial crisis, would come down as the economy recovered? the deficit has indeed come down rapidly, and as a share of G.D.P. it’s back down to pre-crisis levels."

Do not draw from this the conclusion that government is always on target, correct, delivers the right solution right off the bat.  No, Krugman writes:
"modern American political discourse is dominated by cheap cynicism about public policy, a free-floating contempt for any and all efforts to improve our lives. And this cheap cynicism is completely unjustified. It’s true that government-hating politicians can sometimes turn their predictions of failure into self-fulfilling prophecies, but when leaders want to make government work, they can.
And let’s be clear: The government policies we’re talking about here are hugely important. We need serious public health policy, not fear-mongering, to contain infectious disease. We need government action to promote renewable energy and fight climate change. Government programs are the only realistic answer for tens of millions of Americans who would otherwise be denied essential health care."
Then finally the killer blow: "Conservatives want you to believe that while the goals of public programs on health, energy and more may be laudable, experience shows that such programs are doomed to failure."

 The president and his crew have succeeded, done an excellent job in spite of the Right's obstructionism and idiotic, shameful, conduct.  Don't let them tell you lies.  Don't be hoodwinked, please!