August 2010

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No, I”m not talking about “trickle down” during the Reagan and Bush years transferring all the wealth to the already wealthy. I’m talking about the GOP Senate standing in the way, yet again, by abuse of the filibuster to stop critical legislation.

Small businesses hold off spending while waiting for aid

Small businesses have put hiring, supply buying and real estate expansion on hold as they wait out the vote on a small-business-aid bill that stalled in the Senate earlier this summer.

The much-debated legislation offers tax breaks and waived loan fees. But it also comes with more divisive components, such as a $30 billion fund that would help community banks give loans to small businesses. Opponents say the fund would be a mini version of the often-criticized TARP large-bank bailout program.

Many small businesses had hoped the legislation would pass the Senate by the end of July. With two weeks left until Congress reconvenes, those firms are in a holding pattern.

If you’re a small business owner, if you don’t make over $250K/year or you aren’t already sitting on millions of dollars, or if you’re not a whacky right-wing fundamentalist religious fanatic, the GOP hates you. They really do want you homeless and starving.

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The panel on the Fox propaganda channel’s Fox News Watch apparently finds no irony in the fact that 1)anyone on Fox is talking about honesty in broadcast news and 2)their panel includes the woman who helped sell the invasion of Iraq in The New York Times.

Linkypoo to video

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August 16, 2010: Peering Over the Iron Curtain: Overhead Photography and the Cold War

Today Peter converses with Dino Brugioni, a pioneer of the art of photo interpretation and a living legend of the US Intelligence Community. Dino shares his personal experiences briefing Presidents and describes the role that he and overhead photography played in such seminal Cold War events as the “missile gap” and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Dino Brugioni has looked inside the most secret places on earth…from above..

Aug 16, 4:00 PM

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Well, this one makes ya go “Hmmm!”

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Too funny.

“I would wager there were more non-whites on the podium than in the crowd today. That’s the truth.”

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Seriously. This is it!

Republicans are planning a wave of committee investigations targeting the White House and Democratic allies if they win back the majority.

Everything from the microscopic — the New Black Panther party — to the massive –- think bailouts — is on the GOP to-do list, according to a half-dozen Republican aides interviewed by POLITICO.

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And a handful of aggressive would-be committee chairmen — led by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Lamar Smith (R-Texas) — are quietly gearing up for a possible season of subpoenas not seen since the Clinton wars of the late 1990s.

There ya go. That’s the plan. Presumably, they’ll get to it as soon as they’re done cutting taxes on people making a bazillion dollars a year or more. It makes me wonder how they’ll find the time to destroy social security and medicare.

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My son has had the Disney channel on almost non-stop for three months. And we have gone to more than two Disney movies, … to see them twice.
My observations are that Disney is creating an interesting mind-set in our children.
Over and over, in all the shows that show up on there, there runs a major theme, subtly placed.

The morale of most of their shows and movies:
Things are not what they seem to be.

What an interesting thing to teach our children.

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Yesterday I was buying 2 large bags of Purina dog chow at Wal – Mart for my dogs Dexter, Gypsy, Sky, & Blade. I was about to check out when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog. (What did she think, that I had an elephant?) Since I had little else to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn’t have a dog, and that I was starting the Purina Diet again, although I probably shouldn’t because I ended up in the hospital last time. On the bright side, though, I’d lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of every hole in my body and IVs in both arms. I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet, and that the way it works is to load your pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry, and that the food is nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in the line was enthralled with my story by now.)

Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food had poisoned me. I told her no – I had stopped in the middle of the parking lot to lick my butt and a car hit me.

I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack, he was
laughing so hard! Wal-Mart won’t let me shop there anymore.

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There’s so much going on. Some of it matters, some of it doesn’t. The pilgrimage to Becka on Saturday doesn’t matter. The half-term governor’s tweets to the senile old counselor don’t matter. The incessant bleating from the right that “Obama’s a socialist” and from the left that “Obama doesn’t (fill in the blank) enough” don’t matter.

That we’re having smoke blown up our collective ass over an oil spill by a company that A) is England’s biggest social security investment, and B) supplies fuel to our military all over the world should matter, but it doesn’t really surprise me. (“Pssst. Obama. If you don’t help us with this England’s retirement system will collapse, and you won’t get fuel for your ships.” “I’ll see what I can do.”) Getting all but <50K troops out of Iraq should matter, but since Fox only gave the story 7 minutes of coverage and all the other networks follow Fox’s lead, well, so what? It’s not like “the left” won’t reply with “Yeah, but we’re still in AFGHANISTAN!” Twenty first century America is “too sophisticated” to be impressed by anything other than parlor tricks; “pull a damned rabbit out of your hat or don’t bother me!”

You’d think that the cat food commission is preparing to give “the powers that be” cover for gutting social security for everyone under 58 would matter. That matters to me. A LOT! It seems like we could do a lot more constructive things than have a national argument about where someone can or can’t build something in NYC. Ummm…isn’t it up to NYC?

But maybe that’s just me.

Anyhoo, I should tell this story.

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