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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sunday, March 29, 2015

More "Big Government" from the "Small Government" Republicans


Republicans and so many in the Right Wing swear they're for "small government", almost at any cost yet here is an example from only this week from a declared and very "Red state", full of Republicans, right next door:

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Law Proposed To Force Employees To Friend Their Boss On Facebook

You'd think it was coming from some satirical website online like "The Onion" or something but no, it's real:

An Arkansas Senate committee met this week to consider a bill that said employees should be essentially forced to “friend” their bosses on Facebook or other social media websites.
The bill targeted online privacy protections for workers that passed as part of a social media rights law two years ago.
The bill passed in a 91-1 Arkansas House vote in February. It holds that employers could require workers to “friend” them on social media, and that firing for a refusal to add them would be seen as just grounds for termination.
Some employers could be granted even more access to their employees’ accounts, by requiring them to turn over their passwords so that employers could read their private emails.
What's amazing about this is that it's being considered formally and that it's, again, coming from the political party that insists it's all about "small", unobtrusive government.

Keep in mind, however, that it was these same "small government" Republicans who brought us the huge cash boondoggle that is the Homeland Security Department and the Patriot Acts, I and II.

They are also the people that say it's the other political party that is the "big government" group.


Friday, March 27, 2015

So, Kansas City.... You Want the Final Four Back?


It looks as though Kansas City's chances for possibly getting the basketball Final Four back from Indianapolis just shot up this week:


It seems the religious zealots over in Indiana got their way with some Right Wing, Republican legislators:


This "religious freedom" bill is their desire to discriminate against fellow Indianans, and legally:

Senate Bill 101 prohibits state or local governments from substantially burdening a person's ability to exercise their religion — unless the government can show that it has a compelling interest and that the action is the least-restrictive means of achieving it. It takes effect July 1.

Although the bill does not mention sexual orientation, opponents fear it could allow business owners to deny services to gays and lesbians for religious reasons.

And of course they would deny service. It's their stated goal.

All of a sudden, there are lots and lots of people and groups and even companies calling for a nationwide boycott of the entire state, too, as proof:






So all of a sudden, Kansas City, you're looking better and better.


That Sprint Center you have downtown?

Do you have an open schedule?


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Entertainment Overnight -- Father Sings to Daughter


And knocks it out of the ballpark.



My God, how beautiful.



What Will It Take to Get Congress to Give Us an Infrastructure Bill?


Yes sir, breaking news on more of America's infrastructure. And ironically, poignantly, it's out of "red state", Republican Texas, no less.





Not only did a bridge collapse but it was tragic, too:

KVUE in Texas is reporting 1 person is dead and 3 are injured in a bridge collapse in Bell County, Texas.
One person is dead and at least three others are injured after a crash along Interstate 35 near mile marker 286 in Salado, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
DPS said the person who died was in a pickup truck driving under the bridge when it collapsed. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, around 11 a.m. Thursday, an oversized tractor trailer hit a beam of the FM 2484 overpass bridge that was under construction on I-35. The impact caused several beams to become dislodged and fall onto the roadway.
Not only is our infrastructure collapsing, as here, but it killed an American and hurt others.

So I ask you, at what point are our representatives in Congress going to do something to write, propose and pass a good, strong, meaningful infrastructure bill?

I say again--

  • Americans need the jobs.
  • Our infrastructure famously needs the updating and improving.
  • And the economy needs the boost.

It should be a no-brainer.

Senator Roy Blunt?

Will you lead on this, sir?


Screw you, America


What the Republicans did yesterday:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)(C), speaks with members of the Republican Senate leadership for the 114th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington November 13, 2014.


Americans need jobs.

America and Americans need improved, updated infrastructure.

The American economy needs a boost.

You think the Senate Republicans would have any of that?

Oh, hell no.

Republicans don't want you to have better infrastructure, more jobs or any such economic boost.

At least, they don't want you to have any such thing while this president is in the White House or likely, until one of their own is there.

Screw you. It's political party first.  You have to wait, America


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Where We Are, Where We Could Be


What we're actually capable of, now.


If only we'd work together.

Imagine.


More Screaming Hypocrisy From the "Small Government" Republicans


Republicans always scream about how they want "small government!" and lower government spending and less debt and deficit.

Sure they are.

But guess what states get the most money from Uncle Sugar.


It's all based on this study:


Seems the "red" states suck up most of the Federal dollar, hands down.  Or hands out, anyway:

States-Most-Least-Dependent-on-the-Federal-Government-Blue-vs-Red-Image

And Kansas is number 5, out of 50, of course, for taking the most Federal money:

Rank(1 = least dependent)State NameReturn on Taxpayer Investment(Category Rank)Federal Funding as % of State Revenue(Category Rank)Federal Employees Per Capita(Category Rank)Number of Civilian Non-Defense Federal Employees per Capita(Category Rank)
1New Jersey$0.48
(4)
26.87%
(10)
0.00382
(5)
0.00178
(2)
2Delaware$0.31
(1)
25.61%
(7)
0.00768
(17)
0.00194
(3)
3Illinois$0.45
(3)
26.41%
(8)
0.00550
(14)
0.00272
(11)
4Minnesota$0.54
(7)
26.88%
(11)
0.00353
(4)
0.00295
(16)
5Kansas$0.54
(6)
25.22%
(6)
0.01460
(37)
0.00342
(25)

It's bad enough they want to take money in the form of tax breaks and unemployment payments, etc., etc., away from the middle-, lower- and working-classes, that's bad.

On top of that, they have to keep working to give more and more money in the form of tax credits and deductions to the already-wealthy and corporations. 

Sure, that's all horrible and wicked and devious enough.

But to, on top of all that ugliness, scream and cry and complain about government spending and debt and deficit and then be the ones that suck up the most money, overall, out of all of us?

It would be funny if it weren't insulting.

And even immoral.

Adding even more irony--and hypocrisy--they're also the "Christians" of the bunch, too. Or say they insist.

It's painful.  Just painful.


Monday, March 23, 2015

One of the Best Things Democrats Have Going for Them Between Now and November 2016


And all they have to do is let it sit there.

Far too many in the Right Wing and US




Harry Truman on "Trickle Down Economics"


We think of the Right Wing's and Republican's "trickle down economics" as having begun with Ronald Reagan back in the 80's, most of us but the fact is, it's a much older idea than that.

It's especially poignant and applicable to us all now because the latest Republican budget introduced in the last few days calls for much the same tactics of cutting social programs like Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid while increasing defense spending and slashing more taxes for the wealthy and corporations, tragically.

Our own Missouri President Harry S. Truman wrote on it, all that long ago.  News flash: he wasn't for it, either:

Truman, Harry S.

The reactionaries hold that government policies should be designed for the special benefit of small groups of people who occupy positions of wealth and influence. Their theory seems to be that if these groups are prosperous, they will pass along some of their prosperity to the rest of us. This can be described as the "trickle down theory."

The vast majority of us reject that theory as totally wrong.

We know that there will be more prosperity for all if all groups have a fair share of the wealth of the country. We know that the country will achieve economic stability and progress only if the benefits of our production are widely distributed among all its citizens.

We believe that it is the Federal Government's obligation, under the Constitution, to promote the general welfare of all our people--and not just a privileged few.

The policies we advocate are based on these convictions.

We maintain that farmers, like businessmen, should receive a fair price for the products they sell.

We maintain that workers are entitled to good wages and to equality of bargaining power with their employers.

We believe that cooperatives and small business should have a fair opportunity to achieve success, and should not be smothered by monopolies.

We hold that our great natural resources should be protected and developed for the benefit of all our people, and not exploited for private greed.

We believe that old people and the disabled should have an assured income to keep them from being dependent on charity.

We believe that families should have protection against loss of income resulting from accident, illness, or unemployment.

We hold that our citizens should have decent housing at prices they can afford to pay.

We believe in assuring educational opportunities for all our young people in order that we may have an enlightened citizenry.


Links: 

Congratulations, Missouri, on your state murder last week.


Click on link for easier viewing.

The Strip - NYTimes.com

Sunday, March 22, 2015

On Where We Are, Nationally and Politically


I see so many times online, people saying, the Republicans or the Right Wing or the wealthy just want to wreck the nation or economy. 

It's ridiculous. 

They're merely trying to support their own political party. 

The fact is, they're putting their party first, nation be damned. They'll deny that, sure, but they're scared as hell of Barack Obama becoming the next FDR and thereby setting up for the next, say, 40 years of Democratic control of government. 

The natural outgrowth of that is gerrymandering votes and Jim Crow-like voter ID laws and buying every election they can and not writing, proposing or passing any such infrastructure/jobs bill because the LAST thing they want is a roaring, successful economy. At least they don't want it and don't want to allow it unless or until one of their own, a Republican, is back in the White House. 

So screw you, America. You have to wait. 

And not enough people are on to their game to call them out on it. And Democrats aren't wise or tough enough, or whatever to do so. 

So here we are.


The Republican Nightmare That Is Obamacare


Oops.

'Yep, let's never forget that the GOPtea have openly admitted they "want to make government small enough to drown it in a bathtub."

They'd much rather the federal government be limited to ONLY having a military and leaving ALL else to the states.
They have a vested interest in wanting government programs to fail.
Don't ever forget that!'

Quote of the day -- On Our Modern World


And our screwed-up distribution and priorities

Bernie Sanders's photo.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Entertainment Overnight -- Flashback


'Cuz the law don't change another's mind
when all he sees at the hiring time
is the light on the color bar

That's just the way it is...



Some things will never change


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Shame on you, Missouri


You disgust me.

Missouri executes man for 1996 killing of sheriff's deputy



Quote of the day -- I love this woman


Click on picture for easier reading.


'This senior is awesome.'

No Jobs/Infrastructure Bill But A Traitorous Letter to Iran


We have needed a jobs/infrastructure bill for the nation's roads, highways, bridges, airports, sewers and a lot more for more than 6 years, predating the Obama Administrations. I've written about it here before. CBS news' "60 Minutes" covered the story a few months ago as I also noted. Lately, however, the story is coming closer to home, here to Missouri.

Found to be in critical shape, MoDOT closed the I-44 Outer Road bridge over the Gasconade River in Laclede County back in December due to deterioration.

MoDOT: 600 Missouri bridges are in poor to serious condition

Thirty-eight bridges in the greater St. Louis area are just "a step or two from being closed" due to deterioration, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

They are among the nearly 600 bridges statewide that officials say are currently rated in poor to serious condition, but aren't funded in the state's five-year plan for improvements.

But during that same five-year timeframe, MoDOT told the state transportation commission Tuesday, the total number of bridges in critical shape statewide could top 1,000. Within a decade, that number could rise to 1,500 bridges.

So, badly as Americans need more and better and better-paying jobs, badly as we need the infrastructure work done on our bridges and highways, etc., and as badly as we need the economic boost, the Congress right now--the Republican Congress, it needs to be said--has been preoccupied trying to further undermine our current president. And their attempt to do it was most especially with a letter to the Iranian leaders against us, to unwind the peace efforts President Obama is trying to gain for the nation and even the world.

So besides undermining peace efforts and our president, they're also ignoring work that needs to be done.

Marvelous, no?

Ironically, coincidentally, when I was writing this post last evening, an additional article came online, showing further our state's infrastructure situation and needs:

I-70 Westbound Lane Closed After Crews Find Crack In Bridge Beam

So still we wait.

At this point, I absolutely implore you to email your Missouri representatives in Congress, asking them, telling them, as politely but firmly as possible, to write, propose and pass a good, strong, helpful jobs/infrastructure bill:


It's the least they can do.


'Do you think we should invest more in our infrastructure?'

And it's long, long overdue.



Happy St Patrick's Day


25 Little-Known Facts About St. Patrick's Day





Monday, March 16, 2015

Entertainment Overnight -- April, Come She Will





Kansas City? Weird?


Yes, Kansas City is on a list recently of the top 10 weirdest cities in the nation:

They're Weird and Proud: America’s Quirkiest Cities


Kansas City? Weird? Number 8 of 10?


What they had to say about us:

These Midwesterners may have struck readers as thrifty and no-nonsense, but that doesn’t make them dull. The city ranked highly for both its museums and its sense of history—though some of that history is distinctly outside the box. TakeThe 1950s All-Electric House, which was originally built to be a glimpse of the future (when everyone, for instance, would have electric curtain openers). Or you can explore the Arabia Steamboat Museum, where you can see a fascinating array of pre-Civil War artifacts, recovered 132 years after the boat sank in the Missouri River. The city also ranked in the top 10 for its coffee, exemplified nicely at Oddly Correct, where cream and sugar are verboten.

I ask again, weird? Kansas City?  It's Independence that has the Hair Museum.