Monday, October 26, 2015

Presidential Candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich (R)

Ohio Governor John Kasich
Americablog (2/24/2015)
Some of his more volatile political moves.
The Humanist
The program originally started as collaboration between schools and the private sector, but then the Governor changed the rules.
The Humanist
Trans-Abdominal Ultrasounds and support for "Pregnancy Crisis Centers" run by religious organizations.
I really have no words for what showed up here.
Ohio Governor John Kasich recently has been missing from my collection of news sources on Facebook, including the comments. Did he drop out of the race? I'm not sure, but the Alternative Media apparently has said all they need to say about the Ohio Governor long ago. This doesn't bode well for keeping voters informed about the candidates, especially those that don't bother to search the Internet.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

What It Really Means To Be Conservative

*Keep in mind the historical context of the cultural values and psychology of the period.
Law Library of Congress
The Washington Post
(Book Preview)
Andrew Napolitano recently sounded an old familiar alarm about voting rights (see the Raw Story Article). It's a familiar complaint that goes all the way back to American Revolution:
"Women were generally excluded from voting (although occasionally propertied females, usually widows, did cast ballots), and many colonies also imposed religious qualifications of one kind or another. The struggle for independence galvanized participation by hundreds of thousands of those outside the political nation. "Every poor man," claimed a Maryland writer, "has a life, a personal liberty, and a right to his earnings." Hence, voting was a universal entitlement, not a privilege: the "inherent right of free suffrage was "the grandest right of a freeman." "The suffrage," declared a 1776 petition of disenfranchised North Carolinians, was "a right essential to and inseparable from freedom."

Conservative patriots struggled valiantly to reassert the rationale for the old restrictions. Property, and property alone, John Adams insisted, meant independence; those without it had no "judgment of their own. They talk and vote as they are directed by some man of property." The removal of property qualifications, Adams feared, would "confound and destroy all distinctions, and prostrate all ranks to one common level" This was precisely the aim, however, of the era's radical democrats." (1)
In the early days around the time of the American Revolution, this was what the founding fathers meant by "men." You had to be a white male property owner, and your property included women, white indentured servants and African slaves.

The gradual expansion of voting rights appears to be in response to social upheaval in 1789 France and 1917 Russia. Keep in mind that news traveled very slowly in those days.

Today the ratio of economic inequality is closely matching the conditions of pre-revolutionary France and Russia, and the Supreme Court's decision to reverse part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, police brutality at peaceful protests and violence toward African Americans with impunity are adding much fuel to the fire.

If you're a working class renter and you vote Republican, whose interests are you really voting for? The economic conditions are degrading rapidly toward chaos. Do you really want to be on the wrong side of history, like say, King Louis XVI or Tsar Nicholas II?

(1). Foner, Eric; The Story of American Freedom (Ch-1) Norton Publishing

Monday, October 12, 2015

Angus Deaton: Winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics

Angus Deaton
2015 Economics Nobel Laureate
Confirms what Bernie Sanders has been saying for years and years!
Princeton Professor Angus Deaton won the Nobel Prize in Economics.

A large portion of Bernie Sanders run for the White House in 2015 has been Economic Inequality. Economists Paul Krugman and Robert Reich have been writing about it for years too.

It looks like there is a growing consensus that income inequality is reaching the same ratio that predated the French Revolution that ended the reign of King Louis XVI, and later the Russian Communist Revolution that ended the reign of Tsar Nicholas II.

What's the difference between then and now? The proliferation of firearms among the American people. What's Bernie's position on guns?

So, which way do you want America to go, left or down in flames?

The Freedom Caucus and Congressman Dave Brat (R) Virgina

Suddenly we start hearing about the Freedom Caucus and Congressman Dave Brat in the media. Here's some data sources.

Enough said. I have no words.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Are Trey Gowdy's Chickens Coming Home to Roost?

Trey Gowdy (R) South Carolina
. These are all basically profile links, but there may be differences between them.
Representative Trey Gowdy, the lead on the Benghazi investigation, is getting a little more attention in the Press, so here's some info.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

American Politics Apocalypse

It's not quite Sunday morning but the Sunday morning news shows should be interesting this weekend. It's becoming trendy to opine the demise of the Republican Party due to certain recent activity.

Friday, October 9, 2015

History Is Catching Up to Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders (I) Vermont
Running for President in 2016

It seems history is catching up. People are doing some digging and spreading negative info, so I gathered some fact sources about Bernie Sanders that should put your mind at ease, or fill you with sheer terror depending on your ideology.

Now Darrel Issa is considering Run for Speaker of the House.

Darrell Issa (R) - CA
Wants to run for House Speaker
Opem Secrets
Yet another contender for House Speaker. Here's some data.

Jason Chaffetz Also Wants to be Speaker of the House!

Yet another contender for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives. I'm well into my bottle of Rum right now so I'll just leave this here.

Paul Ryan Next Speaker of the House?

There is a unifying label for the agenda of the GOP, but it's a toss-up between Pure Natural Selection and Passive Eugenics. They both kind of mean the same thing. It could also be called Objectivism, a philosophy touted by Ayn Rand.

I sense that Ayn Rand wasn't really promoting the idea as much as she was really exposing the heart of true human behavior: An unmitigated sense of self preservation, a world without health care, where only the strong survive.

The problem with this idea is that people who are weakest of mind are self-aggrandizing sufferers of the Dunning Kruker Effect, and wouldn't last a day on the African Savannah.

So, Paul Ryan's voting record and social values are not really surprising.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Speaker of the House: Profile of Congressman Daniel Webster (R) Florida

Kevin McCarthy has pulled out of the race for Speaker of the House of Representatives. Many Republicans are interested in Congressman Daniel Webster from Florida for the seat, I thought I would collect some info on the potential Speaker.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Will the Winds of Hillary's Campaign Stop Changing Direction?

The era of politics as a popularity contest is drawing to a close. Before the Internet, candidates had the luxury of compartmentalizing and keeping separate, audiences based on social values. It made campaign speech writing much easier. It also made it easy to keep the people fighting among themselves.

Social values such as abortion, gun control, religion in public schools, political correctness, and so on, are all in the tool chest of political power, designed to keep the public from unifying long enough for the Capitalists to create a fascist plutocracy. President Lyndon Johnson was well aware of this strategy
"If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice your're picking his pocket. Hell, give him someone to look down on and he'll empty his pockets for you." -- Lyndon Johnson
 Compartmentalization no longer works these days as everyone can see the conflicting messages of old-style politics, partly because of the Internet, and partly because the economic stress of 40 years under the thumb of corporate plutocracy has reached critical mass.

It's a new era of honesty, and Bernie Sanders needs no bag of tricks.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Outsourcing Trend

I started looking into jobs being outsourced, There were too many. This is just a few.
Company Location Jobs Outsourced
Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park 49
Toys 'R' Us Wayne, NJ Undetermined
Garnet Valley School District Concord __ 144
State of Tennessee TN Undetermined
Masonic Health MA 45-54
Accenture NY Undetermined
Palms NV 200+
Stamford Nursing Home CT Undetermined