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Gun Nut Psychology?

I own a gun, so I'm clearly not referring to all gun owners. And yet we had to admit that some people probably should never be allowed to have a gun.

This is only dialog from a 1954 Frank Sinatra movie called Suddenly... where Sinatra... a WWII Section 8 case, now paid assassin, is holding people hostage in a house waiting for the president to arrive. It's obviously fiction, and yet the sentiment strikes a chord. We can't deny that for some there's a mystique behind gun ownership that is dangerous. Some might believe it gives them the power of God and they like it:

Election Season

It is election Season again. My caller ID shows 800 or toll free numbers several times a day. These are the polls. I wonder what caller ID does to the polls when people like me (smart Democrats) will not answer or take the time. I get numerous emails crafted different ways to ask for money. We have to get money out of politics. On my retirement income I cannot compete with the Koch Brothers so why give at all. There is room for dispair. I have not even been successful at volunteering for the Democratic party.

Cruz Moon

Ted Cruz, the new tea party mascot for the house, did it again, he mooned the Speaker of the House [metaphorically]. "You think you're going to legislate? (wher's the camera?) LOOK AT THIS". He must have his fans, Sarah is one and he doesn't mind standing next to her when she finds a camera. Maybe he's looking for a spot on her new network.

Spying Pays Off Big

http://venturebeat.com/2014/07/31/former-nsa-director-keith-alexander-ma...

Former NSA director Keith Alexander may have sold classified info for $1M per month

BREAKING: In Historic Move, Obama Signs Executive Order Impeaching Himself

Frustrated by GOP’s Unwillingness to Take the Bait, Obama Signs First-Ever Self-Impeachment Order

Letter vs Spirit

The bogus lawsuit against Obama is based on enforcement and prosecution rather than whether a law was broken. The Letter of the law vs the Spirit of the law is and has often been used to determine the efficacy of actions ignored or vehemently pursued. TX and Scalia enforced it's statute against hand jobs and blow jobs, however a jury would likely invoke nullification procedures, yes they're guilty but we don't stone people for peeing in the nautical direction of Mecca either.

Bob McDonell

The story is high soap opera drama. The movie should be good. The lecherous conniving wife, hapless good ol' boy, corrupt business titan, and country club largesse are elements in the formula. Lyndsey Lohan for the wife, Woody Harrelson for Bob, and the Vitamin pusher titan is an open slot. Fade to prison and its tv news coverage..."I want him for my new bitch, he's a cutie". Women's prison scene.."I give her less than a year before she hangs herself, I put 2 packs of cigs on 11 months, and a kicker for December".

Rather than cling to the divisive branding of liberal, let's REBRAND as INCLUSIVE AMERICANS

Progressive radio talk show host Norman Goldman has it right. The terms Democrat, liberal, and progressive are now Pavlovian triggers for conservatives to shut the mind off and fall back on dozens of deeply planted catchphrases. Between Limbaugh and Pox News, the lie imprinting is relentless.

So it's in the best interests of those of the above-mentioned stripes to rebrand ourselves as Inclusive Americans in a way best described in this saying:

H. Res. 428

I've criticized Harry Reid for sitting on bills, this is one Boehner needs to bring to a vote. We (American people) have a right to know!
"Summary: H.Res.428 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)

Can Capitalism Thrive Without Free Goodies From Government?

In other threads I've asked what are the freebies corporations get from government... whether the very ability to incorporate is a freebie... and what would be the free market value of all those intellectual monopolies,tax breaks, and immunities we give corporations.

The next question is whether corporations could thrive without those intellectual monopolies, tax breaks, and immunities.

Government granted intellectual property monopolies provide incentives to push the envelope... but if they didn't exist...

"Court rejects atheists’ challenge to ‘Ground Zero Cross’"

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/28/court-rejects-atheists-c...

"One of the nation’s leading atheist groups has lost another round in its legal battle to remove steel beams found in the shape of a cross after the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, now on display at New York’s new National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum.

Do You Really Want Hillary Clinton?

Politically, she's a copy of Bill Clinton.

Clintonism is Reaganism brought to fruitition.

"Character issues aside, Bill Clinton was the best Reaganite president ever – not the most visionary, not the one with the most competent subordinates, but the most effective. No one, certainly not Reagan himself, did more to privatize and deregulate, and to undo government programs that perform worthwhile functions.

Reagan famously proposed “starving the monster.” This is what Bill Clinton did.

Moyers and Company Interviews the President of the American Enterprise Institute

Watch the video or read the transcript. This guy comes across as the conservative Ghandi. More like a wolf in sheep's clothing.

http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-the-conscience-of-a-compassionat...

Repub House Chairman Hostile To Dodd-Frank

Dodd-Frank will be neutered when the Repubs take control of the Senate.

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-20140726-column.ht...

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Why the Web of Life is Dying...

Could you survive with just half of your organs? Think about it. What if you had just half your brain, one kidney, half of your heart, one lung, half a liver and only half of your skin? It would be pretty hard to survive right? Sure, you could survive losing just one kidney or half of your liver, but at some point, losing pieces from all of your organs would be too much and you would die.

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