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The Fossil Fuel Companies Will Have to Give Up Trillions of Dollars of Wealth to Stop Global Warming

The most important issue that the world faces right now in global warming. We are beginning to see the effects of it in extreme weather world wide. It is very depressing to see the politicians be bought by and owned by the fossil fuel companies. This week Rachel Maddow covered how Oklahoma passed a law placing a fine or fee on anyone who uses solar or wind energy.  This bill was written a lobbied for by Koch industries owners through their political efforts. It seems to defy reality that is all around us, that we need to reduce are carbon foot print.  

Chris Hayes has published an essay recently in the Nation that has an interesting look at why the fossil fuel industry has gone to war to prevent any restraints on their industry and protect the high dependency on fossil fuel.  He compares it to the value of slaves owned in the old south to the value of the resources that are owned by fossil fuel companies. We are going to have to ask the companies to give up trillions of dollars of future wealth and leave 80% of it in the ground. Like the south they will not give that up with out a big fight. [Read more]

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A Little Known Fact - The Statue of Liberty Wears Shackles

For over a hundred and twenty years the Statue of Liberty has greeted immigrants to these shores with open arms and the promise of the kind of freedom that they had never known. As a result, that towering, stately, and majestic lady has come to represent the quintessential symbol of freedom, liberty, and justice for people all over the world. Just the sight of her brought hope and inspiration to millions of European immigrants as they entered New York Harbor, and that initial vision sustained them as they started their new lives in America. [Read more]

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Boyce Watkins: You’re Making A Complete Damn Fool of Yourself

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree

Dr. Boyce Watkins: You’re Making A Complete Damn Fool of Yourself

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A Factual Assault On Republican Spin - In Pictures For the Tea Party

Beneath the Spin * Eric L. Wattree [Read more]

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Mayhem for Federal Unemployment Benefits

I have to admit that I love the Mayhem guy for the Allstate Insurance commercials.

The actor Dean Winters does an amazing job in my opinion harking back to the slapstick comedy of olden times, combining it with a modern sensibility.  Plus, he just seems to be having a hoot doing the spots. [Read more]

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Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free


Every since I wrote the column "Crabs in a Barrel," the gross hypocrisy of South Carolina State Senator, Rev. Darrell Jackson, has lingered with me. In that column I describe how the Black, South Carolina State Senator, who was also the pastor of the 10,000 member, "Family Way Bible Life Center Church," came out against Senator Barack Obama afer selling his support to Senator Hillary Clinton for $10,000 a month--a dollar amount that corresponded exactly with the number of members he had in his church.

Now, as I drive through the Black community and see the magnificent "houses of God" towering over the community in the midst of poverty, social need, and in some cases, squalor all around them, I can't help but wonder how many of them are really doing God's work. [Read more]

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Sally Kohn Sings Kumbaya to Fox News


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“At 50, everyone has the face he deserves." George Orwell

What lurks within...


Behold Bill O'Reilly in 1979 Gl2jic9soyvgcyskfwyk


Awhile later:


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Princeton Scientific Study: America is No Longer a Democracy; It’s Now an Oligarchy

A scientific study done at Princeton University indicates that the United States is no longer a Democracy. The country has now morphed into an Oligarchy. That means that the nation is no longer controlled by the people. It is now controlled by a handful of wealthy and powerful puppet masters. It also means that we are no longer in a race war; we are now in a class war. Thus, the poor and middle class, of EVERY race, are now the new niggas. So wake up, America, while you still have a chance of fighting back.
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During the 2012 presidential election, voters reportedly waited on line for upwards of six hours. That wait alone is enough to deter would-be voters from going to the polls. But now residents in Florida’s most populous county will have another disincentive: they won’t be able to go to the bathroom.

Earlier this year, the Miami-Dade County Elections Department quietly implemented a policy to close the bathrooms at all polling facilities, according to disability rights lawyer Marc Dubin. Dubin said the policy change was in “direct response” to an inquiry to the Elections Department about whether they had assessed accessibility of polling place bathrooms to those with disabilities.
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Flag of Wisconsin

I watch Rachel every night. Maybe I hit five minutes, maybe I hit thirty minutes. It depends upon my mood or how interested I am in the subject matter or maybe I am enrapt in some drama on the tellie. Anyway, I get two other shots at her program after first air.

Tonight, I was enthralled.

The Majority Leader in the Wisconsin Senate, has been formally charged with heinous crimes against women.

There appears to be no allegations of murder or rape but this guy has been hitting women, grabbing women's nether parts, attacking women verbally, threatening women.... [Read more]

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Chris Christie:"You don't have a noose big enough for my fat neck..."

Paul Fishman, US Attorney for New Jersey and therefor man tasked with sorting out the sundry Christie-gate's that have entertained us since the Fort Lee lane closure kerfuffle, was seen shopping at Morty's Big and Tall, in the company of David Wildstein, former caporegime for the man whose mob nickname is "Big Chicken" (h/t Charlie Pierce)


Morty is reported to have provided Fishman with a selection of nooses in 3X, 4X, and a mammoth 5X sizes.

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Aid to Ukraine

Here is an email I got today.  Any comments?

Ukraine buys almost all its energy (natural gas) from Russia.
Revenues from natural gas are a primary source of Russia's income. [Read more]

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Demographics Are Against the GOP, So They’ve Become Dangerous



Demographics Are Against the GOP, So They’ve Become Dangerous

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About the Value and Excellence of Jazz


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Mother guilty of felony poverty-loses kids, goes to jail

Faced with the policy conundrum that is posed by the choice of directing public funds towards free childcare or prison for mom and institutionalization for kids, Arizona makes the predictable and catastrophic choice.

Most of you will have heard the devastatingly sad story of Shanesha Taylor, an unemployed and homeless single mother of two, who miraculously was granted an interview for that job that Bill Clinton decided was the answer to ending "welfare as we knew it."

She had no place to leave her toddler and infant for the 45 minute interview, so she took a desperate chance. [Read more]

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I recall in the late 1960's that Anthropology professors discussed the problem involved in 'aging' the primates in this NEW WORLD.

Well the 'consensus' was that 13,000 years ago, Homo Sapiens crept into our New World via the Siberian whatever....

The latest ice age gave a land cross from Siberia to the Americas (read Canada) and from that land cross, people from the East found a new home. [Read more]

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I absolutely LOVE being Black - and I'm not just saying that because it's expected of me. While I have the ultimate respect for the unique character of every race and ethnicity, if I'm reincarnated a thousand times, I want to come back Black each and every one of them.
Being Black in America gives one an education and perspective on life that you can't get anywhere else. That's not widely recognized, because public attention is often focused on the most dysfunctional in the Black community. But contrary to popular belief, that might not be an altogether bad thing, because it allows the excellence within the Black community time to incubate, untainted by the public eye. That's what allowed Barack Obama to explode upon the world stage as a fully developed powerhouse, and there are hordes of others just like him who are currently incubating in Black cocoons in suburbs and inner cities all over America. [Read more]

Obamacare is a complex, unjust,expensive,error-prone system

according to both his two remaining supporters.

On March 22 Brad Delong carried a discussion between  Ezekiel Emmanuel (you know whose brother he is) and Harold Pollack. 

Due to general and specific incompetence I've been unable to provide a link but if someone could do me a favor and provide one below as a comment I'd promise to demonstrate my profound gratitude either by blogging every day or just going quietly away. Your choice

Updated with link to interview:


GOP Backs Casino Mogul's Nanny State

Republicans team up with casino mogul Sheldon Adelson to meet a major threat to America and Americans in the 21st century. A problem that can no longer be ignored, delayed or kicked down the road. Not outdated infrastructure, or collapsing bridges. Not climate change. Not immigration reform or health care reform. Not skyrocketing student debt loads. Not a myriad of other issues you might think deserve attention.
Internet gambling. And internet poker too, which the GOP believes is wreaking havoc from coast to coast!! Believe it!!
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Open Thread Thursday?

I love MrSmith's Friday Afternoon Haikulodeons, so I'm suggesting open thread Thursdays for one-off comments that aren't quite big enough for blog posts. So, here's the open thread!

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The Black Woman


The Black Woman

I have to scratch my head when I hear young

Black men calling our sister’s bitches and whoes,

because Black women are our most precious asset. [Read more]

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