Articles by Timbuk3

Non-descript politically active male seeks like-minded for purposes of restoring democracy.


let’s not forget that Obama has repeatedly floated Social Security cuts as a bargaining chip in negotiations with GOP leaders.

Perhaps the most worrying consequence of a GOP-controlled Senate will be the extension of the damaging austerity agenda. Think, for example, about the next debt-ceiling fight. Republicans have repeatedly used the debt ceiling to hold the economy hostage, but they have relented each time because they knew that they would be blamed for the consequences—not the president. But if Republicans take control of the Senate, that calculus will change. What happens when they send Obama a bill to prevent default on our debt at the eleventh hour, attached to a bill that ravages Social Security? The Republicans will be able to force the president to choose between impossible options.

The Republican wrecking crew would hurt workers, women, minorities and the environment.

So, vote for someone who can’t win. Ever. Under an circumstances.

Even worse, stay home and give up the right that has been fought for, for so many years. Feel PROUD that bugfuck nuts people who’s goal is to “prove” that government doesn’t help ANYONE, are being elected due to your self-righteousness. Be very proud of letting the EXTREME RW win, because “democrats aren’t good enough”.

I’ll have to live with the consequences.

But, WTF is the problem with sending a few million Americans to a miserable death, without health insurance or a guaranteed income, as long as “we” “send a message” to a Democratic party that (as we claim) “doesn’t listen to us”.

We’re going to win, by letting the other side (John Birchers, mostly) win, because … PRINCIPLE!!! And don’t forget “IDEOLOGY”!!!

Meanwhile, life in the good ol’ US of A, as well as the rest of the world, is going to suck because

You guessed it

… “Principle !”

Or maybe “the ends don’t justify the means.”

Which is kinda like saying “bring a knife to gun fight” when your enemy is the Koch Brothers, and the GOP.

I’m hopeful. I think we can all agree that the USA, if not the entire world, is under assault by the RW. The GOP in America, by other parties world-wide.

When are we pushed so far that we give up the “Nancy” label and fight back?

I’ll abandon my “principles” (I’ve spent nearly $10 grand on a fucking CAT, fer fucksakes, merely because I love him) to DEFEAT THE RW.

So, honestly, if you can’t join me in voting in a way that defeats Republicans, at the very least, we’re not “allies”.

Vote (and support) the way you want to. But, if you’re voting in a way that allows the Republican to win, I’m not giving you a ride. Republicans suck. I’m convinced of that.

Vote for the candidate who can beat the sucky Republican.

Or, we’re on opposite sides.

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Honestly?

I’m only posting this because it might piss of Alvy, and possibly Jo and Uni. IOW, I’m trolling. I admit it. :=)

Krugman: In Defense of Obama

(snark on)Published in that RW bastion “The Rolling Stone” (/snark off). The Nobel Prize-winning economist, once one of the president’s most notable critics, on why Obama is a historic success.

High office shouldn’t be about putting points on the electoral scoreboard, it should be about changing the country for the better. Has Obama done that? Do his achievements look likely to endure? The answer to both questions is yes.

LOL

Fucking KRUGMAN!

LOL

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Bernie Sanders, my favorite Senator, says what I’ve been thinking, but didn’t know how to put into words.

Bush’s ‘disastrous blunder’ created Islamic State

Warning, link is to the RW Moonie Times. Most of the story is below if you don’t want to give them click-throughs.

“We are here today because of the disastrous blunder of the Bush-Cheney era, which got us into this war in Iraq in the first place, which then developed the can of worms that we’re trying to deal with right now.”

Mr. Sanders expressed his concern about the possibility of getting dragged into “perpetual warfare.”

“We have been at war for 12 years; we have spent trillions of dollars. I’m chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. We have 500,000 men and women who have come home with PTSD and TBI [traumatic brain injuries]. What I do not want, and what I fear very much, is the United States getting sucked into a quagmire and being involved in perpetual warfare year after year after year. That is my fear,” he said.”

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I’ve been online for at least 15 minutes and I haven’t been prompted to update Adobe (fill in the blank … flash, reader, etc.), yet.

I’ll try to keep you posted, but if I “go dark”, at least you’ll have advance warning.

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new study

There is less than 1 chance in 100,000 that global average temperature over the past 60 years would have been as high without human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, our new research shows.

Published in the journal Climate Risk Management today, our research is the first to quantify the probability of historical changes in global temperatures and examines the links to greenhouse gas emissions using rigorous statistical techniques.

Our new CSIRO work provides an objective assessment linking global temperature increases to human activity, which points to a close to certain probability exceeding 99.999%.

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…and the people who look to her as a potential leader (read “teabaggers”) are extremely STUPID assholes.

Sarah Palin supports exterminating wolves in Alaska, a state she used to govern. For half of her legal term.

Wolves change their environment for the better.

So, here’s one more reason to believe that Republicans and baggers live and vote for a worse place for all of us to live. Because they’re either stupid or brainwashed.

Video posted below the fold for the download rate challenged.

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A grand jury indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts on Friday, charging that he abused his power last year when he tried to pressure the district attorney here, a Democrat, to step down by threatening to cut off state financing to her office.

Or should we call him “Mr. President“? I mean, the guy was a serious contender in the GOP’s clown primary.

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This will not be news to any of you.

The public be damned!
— William H. Vanderbilt, railroad magnate, 1882

A shattering new study by two political science professors has found that ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy in our country. The analysts found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes in the United States.

This study should be a loud wake-up call to the vast majority of Americans who are bypassed by their government. To reclaim the promise of American democracy, ordinary citizens must act positively to change the relationship between the people and our government

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If only they vote and organize, ordinary Americans can reclaim American democracy and challenge the politicians who still echo the view of old Vanderbilt that the public should be damned.

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Ferguson, Missouri is burning.

If you can’t grasp that the subject line is ironic, let me know and I’ll give you some links to what happened. Basically, an unarmed kid was shot by a cop, and no one seems to give a shit because, well, as near as I can tell the cop was white and the kid was black.

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She may have had a better handle on what to do on healthcare, but she’s a neocon.

Elizabeth Warren, who I’d support, has made it crystal-clear that she’s not running. This basically leaves me at choosing Biden or whatever truly horrendous right wing extremist fuck-stick the GOP allows the crazed baggers to nominate. Or maybe someone can beat Biden in a primary. I don’t claim to know, but historically VPs have succeeded POTUS’s.

Who should I vote for in the general election? The Green candidate, who (if they get enough votes) will get the truly horrendous right wing extremist fuck-stick the GOP allows the crazed baggers candidate elected? The Libertarian candidate (don’t insult my intelligence)? Maybe I should protest the complete failure of the American political system by writing in Goofy or Minnie Mouse, which would result in the election of the truly horrendous right wing extremist fuck-stick the GOP allows the crazed baggers to be nominated.

I agree we’re trapped by our system. I don’t agree letting the truly horrendous right wing extremist fuck-stick the GOP allows the crazed baggers candidate GETS INTO THE WHITE HOUSE and then runs the world into the ground to teach the world a lesson about electing truly horrendous right wing extremist fuck-stick the GOP allowing the crazed baggers is the best outcome.

We NEED government. Do you want to drive anywhere? You need government. Do you want your bank to treat you fairly? You need government.

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