Ayn Rand’s Message to Conservatives

December 31, 2009 at 1:00 am | Posted in politics straight up, Reality Bites | 2 Comments
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Dick Cheney: Petty, Dishonorable and Treacherous

December 30, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Posted in Bush, politics straight up, terrorism | Leave a comment
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Dick Cheney the Puppet-Show-Man

Engraving, which formed the frontispiece to "A Second Tale of a Tub : or, the History of Robert Powel the Puppet-Show-Man. c.1715 (Library of Congress)

The Dick had this to say yesterday:

As I’ve watched the events of the last few days it is clear once again that President Obama is trying to pretend we are not at war. He seems to think if he has a low key response to an attempt to blow up an airliner and kill hundreds of people, we won’t be at war.

But let’s remember how his puppet, then president, responded to an almost identical terrorist attempt:

Eight years ago, when a terrorist tried to blow up an airplane under nearly identical circumstances, then-President Bush waited six days before making brief, cursory public remarks. Five days after the attempted terrorist attack, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld refused substantive comment altogether, telling reporters, “That’s a matter that’s in the hands of the law enforcement people.” A White House spokesperson would only say at the time that officials were “continuing to monitor events.”

And where was Bush during those six days? On vacation. He was absent from office from December 22, 2001 until January 7, 2002.

By early March 2008, the War President, as he liked to refer to himself, had spent 918 days on vacation. By January 2009 Bush had spent 487 days lounging at Camp David.

Was there outrage when Bush didn’t cut his Christmas vacation short and made little comment about the “shoebomber”?

The media also seemed to have little interest in pressing Bush about the bombing, or the fact that the incident had revealed a previously unknown vulnerability in airplane security — that shoes could be used to hide chemicals or explosive devices.

An Agence France-Presse story was one of the few to call attention to the silence from Bush and other top officials.

Those pesky French!

The most dangerous terrorist threat facing this country comes not from overseas but from snakes like Dick Cheney.

Alaska Railroad

December 22, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Historical, politics straight up | Leave a comment
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Railroad ties layed ready for rails in Alaska, c.1915. (Library of Congress)

In 1903 a company called the Alaska Central Railroad began to build a rail line beginning at Seward, near the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, northward. The company built 51 miles of track by 1909 and went into receivership. This route carried passengers, freight and mail to the upper Turnagain Arm. From there, goods were taken by boat at high tide, and by dog team or pack train to Eklutna and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. In 1909, another company, the Alaska Northern Railroad Company, bought the rail line and extended it another 21 miles northward. From the new end, goods were floated down the Turnagain Arm in small boats. The Alaska Northern Railroad went into receivership in 1914.

About this time, the United States Government was planning a railroad route from Seward to the interior town of Fairbanks. In 1914, the government bought the Alaska Northern Railroad and moved its headquarters to “Ship Creek,” later called Anchorage. The government began to extend the rail line northward.

In 1917, the Tanana Valley Railroad in Fairbanks was heading into bankruptcy. It owned a small 45-mile 3 ft (narrow-gauge) line that serviced the towns of Fairbanks and the mining communities in the area as well as the boat docks on the Tanana River near Fairbanks.

President Warren G. Harding, painting a new house for Alaska R.R. employees; Willow, Alaska. 1923 July 31. (Library of Congress)

The government bought the Tanana Valley Railroad, principally for its terminal facilities. The government extended the south portion of the track to Nenana and later converted the extension to standard gauge.

In 1923 they built the 700-foot Mears Memorial Bridge across the Tanana River at Nenana. This was the final link in the Alaska Railroad and at the time, was the second longest single-span steel railroad bridge in the country. U. S. President Warren G. Harding drove the golden spike that completed the railroad on July 15, 1923 on the north side of the bridge.

Reforming health care to benefit many is “socialism,” because it cuts into corporate profits, but when tax dollars are spent to prop up the bottom line for a few it’s “limited government.”

Samuel L. Gompers (January 27, 1850 – December 13, 1924)

December 16, 2009 at 9:47 pm | Posted in Labor | Leave a comment
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Samuel L. Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), died December 13, 1924 and was buried at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Exactly how this country works.

December 14, 2009 at 4:04 pm | Posted in politics straight up, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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Family walking on highway, five children. Started from Idabel, Oklahoma. Bound for Krebs, Oklahoma. Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. In 1936 the father farmed on thirds and fourths at Eagleton, McCurtain County, Oklahoma. Was taken sick with pneumonia and lost farm. Unable to get work on Work Prjects Administration and refused county relief in county of fifteen years residence because of temporary residence in another county after his illness. 1938 June. Dorothea Lange, photographer (Library of Congress)

The rich buying off lawmakers and amping up the Pig People to help them screw the middle class while blaming the poor is exactly how this country works. Without an ample supply of Conservative meatsticks to help the oligarchs bury their bodies and frame their patsies, we’d hardly ever get a decent war for oil, or secret prison system, or mass wiretapping program or casino-economy off the ground.

“You know, it depends on what the venue would be …”

December 11, 2009 at 10:37 am | Posted in environment, palin, politics straight up, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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Safe clothes for women workers. Illustrating what the well-dressed women in search of a war job should NOT wear, pretty Eunice Kimball, Bendix Aviation worker, pauses at the entrance to the plant employment office where potential workers are interviewed. Though clothes may not make the woman, they ARE an indication of qualifications for a job, and Eunice's sweater, high-heeled and open-toed slippers, jewelry and loose hair-do are not improving her chances of employment. To contrast the inappropriateness of her costume, note trimly-dressed Alice Tripp, Bendix guard. Bendix Aviation Plant, Brooklyn, New York. 1943 Mar. Ann Rosener, photographer (Library of Congress)

Sarah Palin is mind-blowing. Just when you think she couldn’t possibly say something any more ridiculous or insane, she tops herself.

This unfortunate blight on the American public believes that it doesn’t matter that she is bone ignorant on every important public policy question, by golly, her opinion trumps even science!

As you may have read elsewhere, as part of her ongoing effort to position herself as a “serious person,” the Quitta from Wassilla has posted another ghostwritten piece on Facebook and a ghostwritten op-ed in the Washington Post, the subject this time is climate change, and she does not appreciate the pushback, people, so quit it!

They don’t want to listen to some reasonable voices in this. And that was proven with the publication of this op-ed, where they kind of got all we-weed up about it and wanted to call me and others deniers of changing weather patterns and climate conditions. Trying to make the issue into something that it is not.

But Laura Ingraham apparently didn’t get the memo concerning the inviolacy of Palin’s mental bubble and asked her if she would be willing to debate Al Gore!

OMG! Hilarious, right? It would send the price of popcorn stock into the stratosphere, which is ironically immediately below the endangered ozone layer of earth’s atmosphere.

But, sadly — and predictably — it isn’t going to happen. Oh, Sarah Palin is perfectly willing, she just doesn’t think Al Gore would be.

Oh, he wouldn’t want to lower himself, I think, to, you know, my level to debate little old Sarah Palin from Wasilla.

Via Watertiger and Think Progress

Where do you really stand?

December 10, 2009 at 7:34 pm | Posted in politics straight up | Leave a comment
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I completed the questionnaire at Political Compass to find out where I fit in, and — surprise, surprise — I’m an anarcho-communist libertarian!

And the next time you hear a “conservative” referring to Democrats as fascists, keep this little chart in mind:

That’s right. Sarah Palin and John McCain are closer in political temperament to Hitler than anyone in the Democratic Party.

h/t The Fold

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