October 2014

The KEY TO THE BASTILLE is displayed at Mount Vernon in the center hall.

Lafayette sent the key from France as a gift to his old friend George Washington in 1790 via Thomas Paine in Europe and John Rutledge Jr. of South Carolina. The Paris Bastille prison was the symbol of the Ancient Regime that was stormed by French Revolutionaires.

Realtes to today's (Wed. Oct. 29) discussion of the book 'The American Revolution of 1800' with author Dan Sisson.

don't say benefits are "free" in Denmark

I think it's important that we tie benefits, such as healthcare and education, to payment of taxes. Not making this clear is the way the right wing gets away with vilifying taxes.

Taxes are used to pay for things we value. We pay taxes for unemployment insurance (if Boner lets the repugnican congress extend them to you), social security and medicare. If we paid reasonable taxes, ALL OF US, we could have

Universal healthcare, with no risk of bankruptcy if you get sick

Preschool for kids

Paid maternity leave for new parents

Anti-Choice Ignorance

Near the end of the first hour today, Thom had a caller who simply kept repeating the anti-choice talking points about the moment of conception and murdering babies. Thom asked her whether a clump of 16 cells could be considered a human being and she indicated it could.

WE NEED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT SAYS "HUMAN LIFE BEGINS WITH A LIVE BIRTH. PRIOR TO THAT TIME A FETUS HAS NO MORE RIGHTS THAN AN APPENDIX."

5 DAYS UNTIL WE CAN CHANGE THIS CONGRESS AND THE SENATE ON NOVEMBER 4th!

Living Wages, Rarity for U.S. Fast-Food Workers, Served Up in Denmark

Sophistry

I am still perplexed about Mr. Hartmann's caller Tuesday who used the words "sophistry" and "diatribe" in his assessment of progressive politics.

Hillary’s$$$ Walmart on campaign to destroy residential Solar Energy installations.

This from CREDO:

Walmart is well-known for exploiting its workers and squeezing its suppliers. But what few know is that, in an audacious new move, the Walton family has unleashed its immense resources on a campaign attacking rooftop solar in the United States.

According to a new report, the Walton family, which owns Walmart, is working to radically undermine rooftop solar by promoting anti-solar state policies and donating millions of dollars to fossil fuel-backed front groups.1

Susana and food stamps

I live in New Mexico. In fact, I live in one of New Mexico's poorest counties where our largest employer, Chevron, recently closed its mine and laid off 326 miners.

In New Hampshire, Dead Men Tell Some Tales

Source: Rachel Maddow Show, October 27, 2014

New Hampshire Republicans, still hoping to take down Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D), published an op-ed in a local newspaper this morning written by former state House Speaker Marshall Cobleigh (R).

The piece isn't quite as interesting as it's author.

Even by 2014 standards, the Republican's op-ed seems oddly detached from current events, referencing "skyrocketing gasoline prices", a moratorium that no longer exists, and a House GOP lawmaker who's no longer in the House.

Conspiracy or clue? The mythical underground cities

I've heard some very intelligent people who believe the rumors about wealthy people creating vast underground facilities where they will move their families when some catastrophic event occurs, whether it's climate-change related, nuclear war, food shortages, or even poisonous chemtrails. I even talked to a very good friend who knows someone who (allegedly) personally helped dig these vast tunnels under miles and miles of Colorado territory.

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What Do Democrats Really Want?

Thom plus logo Thomas Friedman, the confused billionaire, told us decades ago that "free trade" is what made the Lexus a successful product when, in fact, it was decades of Japanese government subsidies and explicit tariffs that did so.