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Route 44 Toyota Sold Me A Lemon

Monday, January 26, 2015

This, that....whatever.....

I spoke yesterday with a visitor to the U.S. from a developing nation who said “in my country, we call it corruption. In America, you call it lobbying. But it’s the same thing.” He’s right. The record $6.3 billion was spent on the presidential and congressional elections of 2012 is likely to be closer to $8 billion in the upcoming election cycle. Most of it is coming from the very rich. In last year’s midterm elections, total spending by the 100 top donors exceeded that of the 4.75 million regular Americans who made smaller donations of $200 or less. And much of it is secret, through nonprofit “social welfare” organizations that the IRS doesn’t even police any longer for fear of Republican reprisal; Republicans have already defunded part of the IRS.
The relationship between the corruption of our democracy and widening inequality is direct. Big money gets political favors that entrench and enlarge its wealth, which gives it even more political clout. We must get big money out of politics. (1) Reverse Citizens United, (2) Expand public funding of campaigns, (3) Require full disclosure of all individuals and corporations that donate. Make a ruckus. Join Common Cause (which I chair). Save our democracy. Make a ruckus.


"I will not stand by and allow legislators to talk about 'family values' when they have affairs, and I know of many who are and have," wrote state Rep. Patricia Todd (D) on Facebook over the weekend, as reported by the TimesDaily in Alabama.

WASHINGTON -- Alabama's only openly gay legislator is putting her anti-gay colleagues on notice: If they keep espousing family values rhetoric as a reason...

Stunning footage!

go solar. go wind.

AWESOME FOOTAGE: We have more footage from a gas line explosion in Brooke County. You can see massive flames shooting into the air. Crews remain on scene, fortunately no injuries or structure damage have been reported at this time. Archer Hill Road remains closed:


This & that.....

BREAKING: Sen. Mitch McConnell and the GOP-led Senate just failed to get the 60 votes they needed to invoke cloture, and move their Keystone XL fast-track bill to the floor for debate and an eventual vote. More debate and consideration of some 150 amendments to the bill is expected in coming days (weeks?) ‪#‎NOKXL‬
It's a major speed bump for the new GOP majority.

Truer words have never been spoken

Shut Down The GOP added a new photo.

It was an honor to have been privileged to meet and learn from him with my brothers and sisters at the HTUP class of 2008.
Howard Zinn passed away five years ago on 1/27/2010. On this anniversary, we mourn his loss but also appreciate the extraordinary legacy he left. As teacher, activist, scholar, lecturer, playwright, and friend, Howard Zinn inspired us to see that people's efforts can make the world a better place. ... Continue reading the e-newsletter we sent today: (And if you did not receive it, please register at our Zinn Education Project website to receive future news from us: Photo: Fannie Lou Hamer and Zinn.

"The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman's life, to her well-being and dignity." - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ‪#‎RoeVWade‬

We agree

Wise words from Mark Twain.
Thanks to the CFT - California Federation of Teachers for sharing.

Speaker Boehner is all for fixing income inequality -- except for the part about fixing income inequality.

Thanks to Peace & Freedom Party for imag

It’s time to stop the bleeding.

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Paul Krugman. (photo: NYT)
Paul Krugman, The New York Times
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Chris Kyle: "I Only Wish I Had Killed More"
Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in 'American Sniper.' (photo: Warner Bros/Rolling Stone)
Zaid Jilani, Alternet
Jilani writes: "The film American Sniper, based on the story of the late Navy Seal Chris Kyle, is a box office hit, setting records for an R-rated film released in January."

Greek Leftist Leader Tsipras Claims Victory Over Austerity
Renee Maltezou and Lefteris Papadimas, Reuters
Excerpt: "Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras promised on Sunday that five years of austerity, 'humiliation and suffering' imposed by international creditors were over after his Syriza party swept to victory in a snap election on Sunday."

Trevor Timm | The War on Leaks Has Gone Way Too Far When Journalists' Emails Are Under Surveillance
Trevor Timm, The Guardian
Timm writes: "The US government's demands for the private emails of WikiLeaks staffers is outrageous."

Nuclear Safety Endangered by US-Russia Rift
Julian Borger, The Guardian
Borger writes: "More than two decades of cooperation in guarding weapons-grade stockpiles comes to an end, leaving the world 'a more dangerous place.'"

As Inequality Soars, the Nervous Super Rich Are Already Planning Their Escapes
Alec Hogg, The Guardian
Hogg writes: "Hedge fund managers are preparing getaways by buying airstrips and farms in remote areas, former hedge fund partner tells Davos during session on inequality."

Bernie Sanders: 7-Point Plan for Saving 'the Disappearing Middle Class'
Gregory Wallace, CNN
Wallace writes: "He points to several priorities -- including 'a major federal jobs program' and raising taxes on the wealthy -- that he says will rebuild 'the disappearing middle class.'"

RSN: Boehner's Treason?, 'I'm a Senior al Qaeda Official, Ask Me Anything', How Stable Is Saudi Arabia?

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William Boardman | Boehner's Treason?
US Speaker of the House John Boehner listens as US President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address. (photo: Mandel Ngan/Bloomberg)
William Boardman, Reader Supported News
Boardman writes: "Lacking any lawful authority to conduct foreign policy, Congressman John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress in direct opposition to the American president."

Japanese PM Stands Firm on Foreign Policy After ISIS Hostage Murder
Julian Borger, Guardian UK
Borger writes: "Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has vowed his country will continue to play an active and constructive role abroad, undeterred by the execution of a Japanese security contractor by Islamic State extremists."

Jeremy Scahill | 'I'm a Senior al Qaeda Official, Ask Me Anything'
Jeremy Scahill, The Intercept
Scahill writes: "Two months before the massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, social media operatives working with AQAP hosted their own version of a Reddit-style AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Twitter."

Juan Cole | How Stable Is Saudi Arabia?
Juan Cole, Informed Comment
Cole writes: "The typical Saudi way of dealing with such threats is to throw money at them, which is why it is significant that petroleum prices have hit five-year lows this month. When the Arab youth revolutions began in 2011, the Saudi Arabian regime reacted quickly to ensure that they did not spread to the kingdom."

Who Can Control NSA Surveillance?
Mattathias Schwartz, The New Yorker
Schwartz writes: "President Obama spent only a few moments of his State of the Union this week talking about the National Security Agency and civil liberties. A year before, he'd promised to 'end' Section 215, the N.S.A.'s most controversial surveillance program, 'as it currently exists.'"

Obama to Propose Protecting US Arctic Wildlife Refuge From Drilling
Julia Edwards, Reuters
Edwards writes: "U.S. President Barack Obama will propose expanding the protected area of Alaska's Arctic refuge by 12.28 million acres (4.97 million hectares), including the state's Coastal Plain where oil and gas are drilled, the Interior Department said on Sunday."

Brazil's Worst Drought in History Prompts Protests and Blackouts
Jonathan Watts, Guardian UK
Watts writes: "The taps have run dry and the lights have gone out across swathes of Brazil this week as the worst drought in history spreads from São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro and beyond."