Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Update~Will the party "full of racist" win the White House, the House, and the Senate again?

5:25 - my party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House, has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as Commander-In-Chief and President, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that's despicable. - Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

According to the Talking TeeVee Pundit Heads, and the Polling Pollsters, Yes they Will, because Yes they Can.

We all know how that turned out the last time republicans were in charge of all three branches of our government.

"Mitt Romney is a liar but ill better than Obama. "  Anyone who lies to you to become president will lie to you when they become president.~Newt Gingrich

Deja Voodoo all over again.

Today's Must Reads
Racism and Race:  It seems that still can't accept a black president

Cincinnati Enquirer wants Mitt Romney to take their country back

Monday, October 29, 2012

Why would Alabama republicans bar outside observers from Alabama Elections?

According to Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (r.), Sweet Home Alabama doesn't need none of them there outside agitators coming down here monitoring our selections, I mean elections.  You would think a party so concerned about voter fraud and ballot security would welcome extra eyes and ears at the polling place.

Well at least the Alabama Speaker of the House isn't threatening to arrest monitors observing the election.  Yet.

I could understand their position if Alabama and our country were the model for fair and free elections, you know.... one man/woman one vote, every vote counts, and the candidate with the most votes wins.

To all republicans who said "If you aren't doing anything wrong you don't have anything to worry about" after 9/11 when Congress passed the Patriot Act, I say, If you aren't doing anything wrong why are you trying to bar outside observers?
Deja Voodoo All Over Again?  Must See YouTube.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

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                   GOVERNMENT VS BUSINESS

I have a Republican friend that is for small government, but doesn’t object to its right to legislate morality and spend our money to monitor and criminalize behavior. He is in support of “business rights” and believes businesses own the jobs and allow the people to work there. They have the right to suggest to you what votes are in your best interest and what the penalties will be should the outcome not be the one desired. He has no problem with Citizen’s United which allows corporations to contribute unlimited cash anonymously to campaigns because after all it’s just speech and “corporations are people too”. This friend seems intelligent enough but like Vinny in My Cousin Vinny, his “arguments just don’t hold water!”

What my friend fails to recognize is that government, is but one step away from being an extension of big business. The last barrier to the complete and utter control of government by business is we the people and some of the people are unwittingly leading the charge to their own surrender.

We have three branches of government, the House of Representatives and the Senate composing the Congress and the Executive headed by the President. In our representative government, all are elected by the people but the most critical factor in almost every election is the financial support the candidates are able to amass. At the lowest level in the House, entry level requirements including cash and party support keep some of the people from ever being seriously considered. In most markets it is the ability to raise enough funds for television advertising which used come from individuals and businesses but more than ever come from the Super Pac’s. Most of these candidates when elected are beholden to those who supported them and upon whose help they are dependent. With them running for office every two years, it’s a never ending cycle of raising money for the next election and of satisfying their contributor’s requests. While there are no doubts some exceptions and personal integrity may dictate some votes. In general the Representatives dance with the one that brought them.
The same is true much more so in the Senate and while they have longer 6 year terms, the monetary requirements are so great that they are even more dependent on their backers. To run for the Presidency is an attempt to balance ideals vs. the special interests needed for financial and voting support and no one enters office without someone they’re beholden to.

Prior to Citizen’s United, which gives corporations and unions the ability to make unlimited and anonymous contributions on behalf of candidates and campaign’s, the people had a better chance. Now, business is selecting the candidates and creating the victors. It often doesn’t matter because business supports both sides and almost no one gets to office without owing the devil its due.

Business has infiltrated our elected officials at every level and thru the efforts of A.L.E.C. and the US Chamber of Commerce are now in some cases directly writing new laws and handing them to our officials to be passed. When called on their bullshit, individual companies like Wal-mart draw back knowing that other companies will step up and they won’t be missed. If by chance a piece of regulation gets passed that disturbs them like the Dodd-Frank bill, they simply water it down to an unrecognizable form.
Thru the elected officials they control, business will ultimately control the courts at every level. In Florida the Republican Party is supporting the recall of three State Supreme Court Justices who were a bit too independent for their taste. The US Supreme Court has voted on the side of business every time in the last session and the inevitable slide towards an even further right wing court will make their continued capitulation inevitable. New nominees will be selected by the business President to be approved by the business Senate and we the people will be totally left out.

While Governor Romney denies it as he did during the debate, there are tax breaks to take businesses and ship jobs overseas as the company he ran knew far well as they supported businesses that pioneered outsourcing. It is not Presidential policy that is hurting coal; it’s a cheaper more accessible form of energy natural gas that will close down the mines. A business decision!

That untidy constitution that allows we the people to select our elected officials is the last impediment in the business takeover. We the people must utilize our power before the corporate takeover is complete. For all the complaints about Citizen’s United I see no actual steps to create legislation to overcome it. To do so would be to paint a target on one’s back to be the next official for business to take down. As proof that business interests are not our own is all the money they’re holding on the sidelines. For true entrepreneurs, the opportunity to increase market share and to establish new markets would be too attractive to sit idly by and do nothing, business however, is not patriotic and concerned about the needs of our country… it’s just business.

Perhaps it is “uncertainty” that keeps their money on the sidelines. More likely it’s the certainty that after every election cycle things will be more stacked in their favor and it becomes the inevitable win – win situation.

And for all the rhetoric about the need to support “small business” they will find it will be big business that dictates all as they won’t have the influence to do anything once the takeover is complete, it will be beyond their control.

So as my friend continues to praise and condone everything business and condemn everything government. I wonder how he’ll feel that day he discovers they’re one and the same?

RedEye's Raves and Rants

Mega Fist Dap to the Montgomery Advertiser for being the kind of media I wish we had,  instead of the rubber stamp media we have, and, for being brave and intelligent enough to endorse President Barack Obama for a second term in a state full of Suckers who hate Obama more than they love their country, or themselves.

Speaking of the media we have,  what happened to the media who used to tell us what we needed to know instead of telling us what they want us to know? Case in point,  the headline on the Huntsville edition of reads Top Education adviser in Huntsville to learn about Digital 1:1 Initiative.  Once you go inside the headline we find the so called Top Education adviser is on staff in the  office of Faith-based (Church)  and Neighborhood Partnerships  and he focuses on digital learning  which is being promoted by the Secretary of Education (no doubt with the push of lobbyist)  in an attempt to replace trained, certified, teachers with computers.  Fist Dap to Geek Pavaler Updated:  Huntsville Council of PTA's Restricts Parent's Voices for informing and empowering us.

What's that you say?  U.S. majority have prejudice against blacks ? I'm shocked!  Shocked I tell you!  Not. Voting for Mitt Romney is like voting for George Wallace during the civil rights movement and apologizing for his racism.

So,  how is Mitten's planning to steal, I mean win the election with just the 1%  and the rapist vote?

RedEye's Raves and Rants over and out.  For now.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The RAPEpublican Agenda

Is it just me, or are republicans obsessed with vaginal probes?  It's all rape all the time with these guys and some gals.  First they  re defined rape, then comes legitimate rape, now we have rape in the name of the Lord.   Thank God we have a bunch of pro life, Viagra ingesting white men around to explain what sexism and misogyny IS.

RedEye Roll

OK here's the deal,  in order to appeal to their Tea Party base republicans have to oppose abortion  under any circumstances.  Therefore,  they have to make it appear women are getting raped to justify having an abortion.

Ain't that a dip?

According to the Talking TeeVee Pundit Heads and the Polling Pollsters, President Obama and Mitt Romney are neck in neck, with Romney in the lead in some cases.  My questions are why, and how, in the world could this race even be close?  What self respecting woman, or man for that matter, in their right (pun intended) mind, would choose Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan over President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden?  

How stupid will we (women) be when we wake up one day in a Romney Presidency and realize ALL our rights are gone?

I mean, really?

Today's Must Reads
White men and black women in slave days

Slavery and the making of America.  The Slave experience:  Men, Women and Gender

And if Obama loses

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Psst Alabama GOP! It's not about the racist language, it's about the racist behavior

In an attempt to claim Alabama is much different than it was 50 years ago,  republicans, led by  State Senator Arthur Orr (r. Decatur) are giving voters a second chance to confront their racist past and vote to remove racist language from the Alabama  State Constitution.  Yee Haw!!!


Alabama State Senator Hank Sanders (D.Selma) the Alabama Education Association, and other black Democratic lawmaker  say Amendment 4 is a wolf in sheep's clothing, it seems so good but it's so bad, because it's  way to go around the   Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court Ruling that outlawed segregated public schools, which the state is determined to continue to operate by hook or by Crook.

Amendment 4 will remove the Jim Crow language from the Alabama State Constitution, but it will highlight Amendment 111, which is the segregation/privatization of our public school system, it will also completely amend section 256 to read as 111, which is the only law in the state constitution that supports PUBLIC education.

So you see they want to remove the racist language so they can continue the racist behavior.

Nod Nod Wink Wink

Vote NO on Amendment 4 on November 6, 2012.  

It's not about the racist language, it's about the racist behavior.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Undecided My Donkey

President Obama and Mitt Romney answer questions from undecided voters at the second presidential debate, at Hofstra University on Long Island, N.Y., last Tuesday.
President Obama and Mitt Romney answer questions from undecided voters at the second presidential debate, at Hofstra University on Long Island, N.Y., last Tuesday.Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images
Without a doubt President Obama won the last two debates, and any one who claims to be an undecided voter after last nights slap down in the Mouth of the Rat  hasn't been paying attention.  I suspect the so called undecided/independent/moderate voters really are republicans who are ashamed to admit it, but that's just me.

After last night, who is going to vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan besides rich white males who have convinced poor white males to vote against their interest, and old, rich, white, females who don't have to work, no longer need birth control, and can afford to pay for a safe legal abortion if they choose to?  I mean, really?

The segment of the population who has actually been paying attention to what Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have been saying on the campaign trail  knows Mitt flip/flopped all over the place on foreign policy.  I don't know about you, but I feel a lot safer with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in charge of our safety and security than those two.

It's a question of character.  Para quoting Newt Gingrich, anyone who will lie to you to become President will lie to you when they become President.  

Been there.

Done that.

I HOPE there are more voters who love our country more than they hate our President, and I am thankful the United Nations will monitor this election to ensure we have fair and free elections in America too.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Preview of the Debate in the Mouth of the Rat

Isn't it ironic the last Presidential Debate between former Governor Willard Mitt Romney and President Barack Hussein Obama will take place in affluent Boca Raton , FL, which means Mouth of the Rat, with an emphasis on foreign policy?

These debates have taught me one thing.  In the eyes of the debate organizers and most of the viewers, the plight of Big Bird is far more important than the plight of my people.

Boca Raton, FL is where Romney was caught on tape at a $50,000 dollar a plate fundraiser making his infamous 47% of voters will vote for President Obama no matter what because they are dependent on government, feel entitled and pay no taxes remarks.

Senator Harry Reid (D. NV) says he has it on pretty good authority Romney is the one who feel entitled and paid no taxes for ten year,  but we will never know, because he won't release his tax returns.

Yes, the man who won't release his tax returns because he's afraid of what Obama will say is barking at the moon, playing the big man on campus in yet another transparent attempt to paint himself as Reagan and Obama as Carter.

Taking a play out of the Reagan vs Carter political playbook, republicans are using current crisis in Libya to paint President Obama as weak on foreign policy.

And, they can't stand they have nominated a clown with no foreign policy experience whatsoever, and who chose as his running mate a man stupid enough to say 'voting to send men to war' qualified as foreign policy experience.

Do you remember republican outrage from republicans over Katrina?

Preview of republican hypocrisy before the debate in the Mouth of the Rat.

Friday, October 19, 2012

A pattern of behavior at Huntsville School Board meetings

1st Sgt Lynn Vanzandt poses with his class on the steps of the Annie Mertz Center

Grissom High School JROTC cadets, instructors and parents showed up in full force to defend their instructor against charges of bullying two female cadet members.   Those who couldn't fit inside the meeting room watched on monitors in the hallway (picture below).

School Board member David Blair said in order for Bullying to take place there must be a pattern of behavior, not an "isolated" incident, and he's right.  Every time ordinary citizens have a complaint, a well organized, pre planned, media enabled, defense is rolled out, complete with talking points,  metal detectors, or worse.  

You know the pattern, I mean, drill;

Attend the school board meeting to address the board about a concern/complaint

Sit silently through unlimited presentations, resolutions, agenda items, etc.

The Superintendent and  board goes into Executive Session to discuss agenda items

The board comes out of Executive Session and votes on whatever they discussed behind closed doors

Citizens comments~ 4 minutes and not a second more, unless David Blair likes what you are saying

You leave feeling like you've been beaten wondering why you wasted your time and gas in the first place.

The little guys and gals don't stand a chance against the WARdynski machine.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"We are not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers"


This is the kind of media I wish we had all the time.  Watch Mitt get fact checked in real time.

I hope Candy Crowley doesn't lose her J-O-B because she did her J-O-B.  

BTW, Mitt and Company want to score political points over the President's handing of Libya, they must have forgotten that prior to 9/11 George W. Bush got a Presidential Daily Briefing from his National Security Adviser that said that  Osama bin Laden determined to attack inside the U.S., and on 9/11 he was in Florida reading My Pet Goat to school children while the country was under attack.

I'm just saying.....

Friday, October 12, 2012

About that "massive intelligence failure"....

The first question out of  Vice Presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz's mouth last night was about the so called failure of the Obama administration to call the attack on the Libyan Consulate an act of terrorism right after it happened.  

Congress Critter Paul Ryan (r.  WI), his side kick, I mean running mate, Mitt Romney (r.MA), enabled by Congress Critter Darrell Issa (r. CA) are are quick to use this tragedy for partisan, political gain, but they must have forgotten about the *cough cough* massive intelligence failure that took our troops to war based on DEAD WRONG INTELLIGENCE, to look for Weapons of Mass Destruction, that were NOT there, without body armor or an exit plan.  Talk about a conspiracy.

Vice President Joe Biden made me proud to be a Democrat last night because he proved all the republicans want is all war all the time with other people's sons and daughters, poor women not to have access to a safe legal abortion, gut Medicare,  privatize Social Security, and raise taxes on the middle class.

Psst President Obama...nice guys finish last.

Today's Must Read

Thursday, October 11, 2012

What do you do when democracy in action becomes democracy in secret?

Fist Dap Being Liberal

I am convinced elected members of the Huntsville City School Board developed amnesia, think we (tax payers) have amnesia, or both.  They must think we have forgotten the history we are doomed to repeat.

What do you do when public business is conducted behind closed doors via email, with board members meeting in private, then voting in public?

What do you do when they refuse to answer questions, address concerns/criticisms in public, or in private, and stack  the Citizens Comment deck?

What do you do when they resort to name calling, personal attacks, insults and worse to those who dare speak out?

What do you do when there are is no recourse  and no grievance policy against the board or the Superintendent?

What do you do when they hide behind the letter of law and intimidate the public?

What do you do when parents are afraid to send their children to school?

What do you do when you have the best board of education money can buy?

The sad truth is there is nothing we can do because we fell for the lies dressed up as campaign promises.  Once elected they forgot who elected them, and who they are supposed to be working for. This is why elections matter and why every vote counts.

We the fools.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Huntsville Sitty School Daze Redux

In case you haven't noticed I haven't posted anything new in several days.  Contrary to popular belief I do have a real life off line, and this is one of those times when my real life and my blog life collided and my real life won, as it should be.  I have no illusions as to my influence in this great big world of ours, I am humbled when I check in to find you are still reading, and I'm amazed by what you are reading.   Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support and encouragement.

Thanks to the *cough* non traditional media I have been keeping up with the disgrace known as the Huntsville City School system.  I am shocked and ashamed by the actions of those in positions of power who place profits over the well being and safety of children.   We really have to question the priorities of those who have no problem providing free Wi Fi to the disadvantaged but are against them having access to quality affordable health care, but I digress.

It is the duty of the public school system to provide a safe, orderly environment that is conducive to learning.

It is the duty of the mainstream media to inform the public when elected public officials  actions, or in this case, non actions, betray the public trust, not cover for, and enable them.

Compare and contrast this headline from today's The Huntsville Times,

Protest held outside Huntsville school's central office over alleged assault at Butler High School

With this headline from the February 4, 2012 edition of the The Huntsville Times

Huntsville superintendent:  Fight at Lee High School was gang initiation

Note the Butler High School incident is "alleged" while the fight at Lee High school is stated as "fact".

Righty's getting it wrong to the rescue!  This is the mentality those elected to represent ALL citizens pander too.

 And herein lies the problem with that
Casey you have to break the mold and prove you're not afraid of minorities, democrats, liberals, aclu types and the entire entitlement crowd! Do that, and you'll be doing the job you were hired to do! Oh yeah, not to mention striking down all racial transfers. And that includes allowing not allowing whites to racially transfer either. If you don't like where your child goes to school, move to where they can be zoned into a school of your preference, that's what I had to do!