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"Grand Capitulation" - The Democratic Cave-In on KXL!

Word is coming out today that the Lame Duck Senate Democrats are going to hold a vote on the KXL Pipeline as early as next week.

This bill WILL pass, and with "cover" from the Senate D's, the President will sign it. The Democrats will also cave in on the TPP. And probably "Chained CPI" as well. - The "Grand Capitulation" has begun.

Strategies To Reverse Free Trade

Can a wedge issue be used to roll back free trade?

The devastation to our economy and the threats to our sovereignty and even security caused by so-called free trade should be obvious. Since 2000, when Clinton pushed for and Congress (mostly GOPers) voted for permanent normal trade relations with China, China's been able to leverage its oversupply of cheap labor to extract investments and technology transfers from the west allowing the Chinese economy to leapfrog itself into the 21st century.

Dear DNC: A Breakup Letter

The DNC at the national level is broken. Democrats in office are, by-and-large, broken. There are 12 things that, when put together, demonstrate a profound lack of compitency. And with that so goes my support for the Democratic Party even at my state level where the same incompitence reigns.

I won't vote for Republicans, but the Democrats have a gigantic mess they have to clean up if they hope for any future support, especially leading up to 2016.

Ask Nancy Pelosi to appoint Alan Grayson as DCCC Chair

Call To Action: Contact Nancy Pelosi and tell her you want Alan Grayson as Chair of the DCCC. This position is at her soul discretion. From the comfort of wherever you are currently located please do the 4 steps listed below. It should take you approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete all 4.

  1. Contact one of Nancy Pelosi’s offices directly via phone or email and let her staff know that you want Alan Grayson selected as DCCC Chair.

The EPA Regulating Mud Puddles?

I'm watching Thom's "The Big Picture" Lone Liberal Rumble segment as I type and one of his conservative guests, notorious anti-gay political operative Jennifer Kerns, seriously claimed on the show that the EPA wants to regulate ponds as small as a mud puddle. I challenge Kerns, or any other conservative, to provide proof of the claim. She made some other ridiculous remarks such as repeating Ted Cruz's meaningless tweet suggesting that Obama's plan to preserve net neutr

Would THIS Be An Illegal 5th Amendment Taking...?

I heard an NPR story yesterday about how some stage company had invested some $10k in wireless mics only to have the FCC a few years later reallocate and auction off the frequencies used by those mics for some other purpose. The auction yielded, I believe, some $20 billion.

I understand the occasional need for spectrum reallocation. When we moved from analog NTSC television to ATSC digital, the government spent billions providing the public with free convertor boxes so the old TVs could receive the new signals.

The GOP's Singular Plan for the Next Two Years: Halt and Tear Down Every Vestige of Obama

For those of you who haven't noticed, the main GOP agenda today, under a Democratic President, is to make sure the people suffer as much as possible during that President's time in office and to make sure that Washington either exacerbates that pain or is rendered completely incapable of addressing it in any way.

Letter From Canada

From the Daily Kos:

You Americans Have No Idea Just How Good You Have It With Obama

To be or not to be - informed.

Anyone interested in a sane and informed voice might take time to read a few of Juan Cole’s cogent essays.

The Election Of 2014

The United States has taken another step toward fascism. The programmed minds of the far right have insured this. Many say we now live in a corporate state and indeed we have taken giant steps prior to this election. I'll let this piece speak.

“Hogwash!" and Other Down-to-Earth Observations

Do you believe in ghosts, channeling the dead, zombies, possession by Satan, the Law of Attraction and other mythologies of the magical-thinking kind, well, HOGWASH!

But don’t get too upset with me. I know how humorless you true believers can be. For the evidence, consider the following:


Net Neutrality and Obama

Let's see the ring wing has been singing the song of net neutrality too but now that Obama endorses it the dummies are whining like banshees. Can't have it both ways folks! You want Comcast, AT&T and Time Warner Cable execs to run the show? I wonder what they would be saying if Rand Paul had proposed this?

Video: Facing Down Corporate Election Greed, 25 min

On Election Day, a small California city took on one of the biggest corporations in America… and declared victory.

Full Show: Facing Down Corporate Election GreedNovember 7, 2014

In the midst of the midterm elections and the obsession with which party would control the US Senate, there were races at the local and state level with deeper implications for the future of the country.

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The Death of the Middle Class was by Design...

Even in the face of the so-called Recovery, poverty and inequality are getting worse in our country, and more wealth and power is flowing straight to the top. According to Paul Buchheit over at Alternet, this is the end result of winner-take-all capitalism, and this destruction of the working class has all been by design.

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