January 2011

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The time element of “30 years” keeps slipping into American official reports and news stories about the origins of crises – the latest in “The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report” – but rarely is the relevance of the three-decade span explained, and there is a reason.

The failure to close the circle in saying who started the nation off on the path toward these disasters is because nearly everyone shies away from blaming Ronald Reagan for almost anything.

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But the truth is that Reagan’s current historical reputation rests more on the effectiveness of the Republican propaganda machine – and the timidity of many Democrats and media personalities – than on his actual record of accomplishments.

Indeed, many of today’s worst national and international problems can be traced to misjudgments and malfeasance from the Reagan years – from the swelling national debt to out-of-control banks, from the decline of the U.S. middle class to the inaction on energy independence, from the rise of Islamic fundamentalism to Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.

All of these disasters are part of the Reagan Legacy. Yet, possibly the most insidious residue from the Reagan Years was the concept of manipulating information – what some Reagan officials liked to call “perception management” – as a means of societal control.

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I always thought that Reagan was the worst POTUS in my lifetime if not “ever”. Then along came Bush. While Bush was in office I’d reject any argument that he wasn’t the worst. Now, with both in the rear-view mirror, I have to wonder a bit more. Reagan started the downhill slide, running up more debt than ALL Presidents before him. He aided the rise of the religious right. “Reagan’s rule” is “thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.” Perhaps most importantly, he began the acceptability of demonization of our own Federal Government.

Both are scum. I want no one like either of them to ever occupy the WH again. Sadly, I fear the “I want it NOW” crowd will ensure that our next POTUS will be worse than either of these high-functioning idiots. “Progress, not perfection” is lost on so many people “on the left”.

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Happy 9th Anniversary

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GOP to USA

“You’re all a bunch of lazy losers, just looking for a way to get out of working for the corporations that support the GOP!”

From Paul Ryan’s “rebuttal” last night:

We are at a moment, where if government’s growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America’s best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.

And I’m not even going to go into Michele’s cock-eyed “rebuttal”, other than to say “anyone who can’t see she’s a space case isn’t worth arguing with.”

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AKA another name for what passes for “journalism” in America, today.


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TRIGGER ALERT: Rough language, sub-culture stereotypes and casual sexism played for gratuitous shock value. But it’s clowns, so it’s OK.

Found on RumpRoast.

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In madison.

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by Ted Rall

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At least that’s one seat that will go from “R” to “D” in 2012.

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I believe these two are husband and wife, brother and sister and first cousins all in one. It also wouldn’t surprise me if the man isn’t the others father.

…they only said “comin’ south to hunt some skunk” because they couldn’t think of a word that rhymed with nigger…

Racist gringo fucks.

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Loughner video with ‘genocide’ and ‘torture’ ramblings is released

The YouTube video, which is no longer on the website, prompted the suspension of the Tucson shooting suspect from Pima Community College last year.

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WASHINGTON — Scientists using NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected beams of antimatter produced above thunderstorms on Earth, a phenomenon never seen before.

Scientists think the antimatter particles were formed in a terrestrial gamma-ray flash (TGF), a brief burst produced inside thunderstorms and shown to be associated with lightning. It is estimated that about 500 TGFs occur daily worldwide, but most go undetected.

“These signals are the first direct evidence that thunderstorms make antimatter particle beams,” said Michael Briggs, a member of Fermi’s Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) team at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). He presented the findings Monday, during a news briefing at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle.

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