Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Onward, Sociopaths



"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows....Look out, kid, you're gonna get hit."

-Bob Dylan

It would seem that with every four-year election cycle, the campaigns are starting earlier and earlier. In 1960, Jack Kennedy didn't even announce his candidacy until a couple of days after the new year. A candidate couldn't do that today. It's a different world than the one JFK inhabited on November 22, 1963, the day he was blasted into eternity by the force of Lee Oswald's cheap, mail-order rifle - different faces, different rules. The extremists and the Birchers, relegated to the fringes of our national political conversation a half century ago, are now in the mainstream. "Up" is the new "down". One imagines where this is heading, where we might be fifty years hence. The happy thought is that most of us will be long dead by that point. Much as I love kids, I've never regretted not having any. I regret it even less in 2015. An ill wind is blowing down the pike, baby! 

I'm not going to get too worked up about what transpires in 2016. To tell you the truth I've come to the point where I can truthfully say that I really don't give a fuck what happens at the polls next year. All I can say with any degree of certainty is that I'll find the whole affair quite amusing. 

From the standpoint of April 22, 2015 it is obvious that Election Day 2016 will more than likely be a choice between another Clinton and another Bush - which is not much of a choice at all. I've voted in every presidential contest since 1980, but I've got a pretty good feeling that I'll find better things to do on that day. Perhaps I'll stay home and watch reruns of Leave it to Beaver. Better that than wasting my good time at the polling place. Are the Democrats so impotent that they can't puke up anything better than Hillary? Whenever I forget why I left that party almost twenty years ago, they always cheerfully remind me.

Did I say, "Not much of a choice"?

Okay, I concede the point: Anything would be preferable to any member of that disgusting family occupying the executive mansion for even half minute longer (I refer to the Bush family in this instance - just in case you were wondering). What galls me more than anything is Jebbie Boy's jaw-dropping arrogance. How is he going to convince people to change course after Barack Obama has spent two terms desperately trying to clean up the mess he inherited from the Village Idiot of Crawford, Texas? Talk about a sense of entitlement! A third President Bush in a generation? The American people will deserve everything that happens to them if that unfortunate little turn-of-events should ever transpire. Of course, for my purposes, a Bush Administration III would be the gift that keeps giving and giving (And giving and giving and giving). Bush 45? Bring 'em on!

The consensus of opinion seems to be that he's not the extremist that his brother was. Don't get fooled again, folks. As governor of Florida, he was about as extreme as any politician south of the Delaware Water Gap. Only since Dubya mercifully vacated 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on January 20, 2009 has Jeb sought to "moderate" his positions. Launching his candidacy was no overnight decision on his part. He's been planning this move for a long time, probably since his old man was president. Don't fall for that "compassionate conservative" jazz. Jeb Bush is merely a different side of the same old, counterfeit coin. We don't want go down this road again, trust me on this one, kiddies.

Another guy I've got my eye on is Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Since becoming governor of that state, he's made his national reputation by trying to make life for regular working people as insanely difficult as possible. He is the Union Buster from Hell; and he doesn't even try to hide the fact that he views Labor (and laborers) with utter contempt. Recently he compared protesters in his state (working people seeking a decent wage) with the international terror group, ISIS - an organization responsible for the brutal murders of untold thousands. Ain't that a riot? A political degenerate such as Scott Walker only comes around once in a lifetime. He should be watched - if only for your own amusement. 

"If his IQ gets any lower we're gonna have to start watering him twice a day"

-Molly Ivins, describing an unnamed Texas pol 

It's so unspeakably sad that Molly didn't live to see the phenomenon that is Ted Cruz. Can you imagine what she would have had to say on that subject? I giggle at the mere thought.

Election Day 2016 is a little less than a year-and-a-half away. What a long, strange trip it's gonna be between now and then. Be amused. Be very amused.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

SUGGESTED READING:

Jack Kennedy - Elusive Hero
by Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews is not known for his gifts as a historian, which is a shame because he's pretty good at it. This book humanizes Jack Kennedy in a way that no other biography has before.  Here's a link to order it off of Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Jack+Kennedy%3A+An+Elusive+Hero+by+Chris+Matthews

A really great read.

SUGGESTED VIEWING: 

The Black Panthers Revisited

The Black Panthers were probably the most unfairly maligned, misrepresented group in the history of the republic - when in fact they were a source of great good. This seven-minute-long documentary appeared recently on the New York Times website. Here's a link to watch it in its entirety:
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http://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000003463869/black-panthers-revisited.html
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The Panthers' story has yet to be told. It needs to be told.

104 Comments:

At 12:15 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Tom Degan: "...the day he was blasted into eternity by the force of Lee Oswald's cheap, mail-order rifle..."

Yes, probably and undoubtedly Oswald's rife, but he wasn't the one who made the lethal head-shot from the front.


"I've voted in every presidential contest since 1980, but I've got a pretty good feeling that I'll find better things to do on that day."

Tom, please don't neglect to vote that day -- just don't vote for either of the two corporatist candidates that we're offered. Vote for a third party candidate, if for no other reason than to offer your formal protest of the lack of choice we're constantly given. It's a better protest remark than not voting. It's more powerful.


"Another guy I've got my eye on is Scott Walker of Wisconsin."

Yes, probably this era's "Hitler" -- uneducated, influential, and looney enough to abuse his granted powers to an extreme.

When times get tough, and they're sure to in coming years, the loonies always tend to rise to the top. Beware.

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger The New York Crank said...

I don't much love Hillary, but I intend to vote for her, and I encourage you to do so as well. It makes a big difference – really big – whether we get even a right-leaning Democrat as opposed to any of the current Republican crop.

No matter how badly incomes are distributed now, or how shaky our civil rights are in the courts and elsewhere, it can get a hell of a lot worse with a Republican administration. And you'd be amazed how quickly things can go downhill.

Hold your nose, vote for Hillary, and then pressure the living hell out of her to move leftward.

Yours very crankily,
The New York Crank

 
At 1:17 PM, Anonymous Mozart1220 said...

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At 1:46 PM, Anonymous JJ said...

If Hillary is elected, she unequivocally will accept the science of anthropogenic climate change and treat it as a crisis. This cannot be said of any of the Republican candidates, real or potential.

If she is elected, she unequivocally will support marriage equality, and oppose discrimination against our fellow citizens based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This cannot be said of any of the Republican candidates, real or potential.

If she is elected, she will not destroy the Affordable Care Act, an article of faith among all the Republican candidates, real or potential.

If she is elected, and despite her closeness to certain Wall Street interests, she will not destroy the Dodd-Frank reforms, another article of faith among all the Republican candidates, real or potential.

If she is elected, the DREAMers will get to stay in the country.

If she is elected, she will not sign a bill to eliminate the estate tax. (More on this one later)

If she is elected, Janice Rogers Brown will stay right where she is in the judicial food chain.

To get elected, she does not have to wink at state's rights, up to and including incidents of armed resistance.

To get elected, she does not have to equivocate on the science behind the theory of evolution as does any Republican candidate who seeks the votes of Republicans in Iowa.

To get elected, she does not have to peddle the snake oil of supply-side economics, nor does she have to peddle scare stories about the oncoming caliphate, nor does she have to create bogeymen about jackboots coming to steal your guns.

 
At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Mozart1220 said...

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At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Mozart1220 said...

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At 4:23 PM, Anonymous Right Again Still Anonymous said...

OrphanBoyTroll has taken Mozart's name! I guess he didn't learn his lesson after all.

We feel your pain, OrphanTroll. Remember: Pain leads to anger. Anger leads to suffering. Suffering leads to hate. Hate leads to voting Republican.

 
At 4:39 PM, Anonymous JH said...

Tom have you heard the saying "spare the rod, spoil the blog"? Delete stolen name postings already!

 
At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delete stolen name postings already
Yes start with
Right Again Still Anonymous
Still Anonymous
JJ
Sore Loser

 
At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, just block the I.P. of the person stealing mozart's name and this blog will improve 100%

 
At 5:20 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

You' right, JH.

 
At 5:28 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

I was wondering when the Boy Troll would get around to me. I felt left out!

I wondered why they had been removed. I only wish I'd gotten to read them.

 
At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You didn't miss much. But he left his weaselzipper and IOTWReport calling card stink.

In honor of earth day, he cut and paste some garbage calling environmentalists liars. Sort of like what he did on MLK day, posting as Al Sharptoon.

He is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, nor the brightest crayon in the box.

There's a reason he was abandoned at birth.

 
At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does OrphanBoyTroll "turn the tables" when the first person to ever steal someone else's name was the OrphanBoyTroll?

Fox News logic. If you want to understand what happens to someone who watches (and believes) Fox News, just read some of BoyTroll's comments.


in other news, media mogul Rupert Murdoch has called on United States lawmakers to ban automatic weapons following the Connecticut school massacre, alluding to Australia’s response to the Port Arthur massacre.

The News Corp chairman used the social media platform Twitter to express frustration at the easy availability of automatic and semi-automatic guns in his adopted country.

“Terrible news today,” he tweeted. “When will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons? As in Oz after similar tragedy.”

A gunman on Friday shot dead 20 small children and six teachers in the small Connecticut town of Newtown, in one of the worst school shootings in history.

Following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania, in which 35 people were killed, then prime minister John Howard imposed tough national gun laws.

Military-style semi-automatic firearms were banned and a guns buyback program led to shooters surrendering more than 500,000 weapons.

After the 2002 murders of two students at Monash University in Melbourne by a licensed shooter, tougher licensing procedures were imposed on many handguns.

 
At 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mozart,
you are left out.

 
At 7:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama is obviously a Kenyan terrorist, look at how many successful foreign terrorist attacks there have been in America since his election. Well, how many…. 0 ! zero… wait… How can this be?

More people were killed in America by terrorists in George Walker Bush’s administration than any other president, ever! More diplomats assigned to overseas facilities were killed by terrorists during Bush’s administration (80) than in Obama’s administration (4).

 
At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Discredited former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson will host a weekly news show on Sunday mornings for Sinclair Broadcast Group across its 62 stations, the group announced April 22.

TV Technology reported that the show will be able to reach 37.5 percent of U.S. TV households and will air "on Sinclair's Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates nationwide." The magazine added, "the 30-minute program, which will be based in Washington, D.C., will be a blend of investigative and political journalism, with a focus on accountability, according to Sinclair. Attkisson will join Sinclair in June, and the show is expected to launch in the fall of 2015."

Media Matters has documented Attkisson's long history of sloppy and inaccurate reporting, including her confused allegation that someone in the government broke into her computers. After leaving CBS, Attkisson has been producing reports for the conservative Daily Signal, which continue to be plagued by her inaccurate reporting.

Sinclair Broadcasting has often injected conservative messages into their news broadcasts. A few days before the 2004 election, Sinclair reportedly ordered its stations to pre-empt regular programming in order to air a film leveling several false allegations against Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

 
At 8:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Reuters) - Hillary Clinton's family's charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors.

"I've never seen amendment activity like that," said Bruce Hopkins, a Kansas City lawyer who has specialized in charity law for more than four decades, referring to the CHAI filings.

Harry "Dead Eye" Reid's buddy must have not told him about this or I'm sure he would have said something about it from the floor of the Senate.

Right.

 
At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Media Matters for America (MMfA) is a politically PROGRESSIVE media watchdog and lobbying group with a stated mission of "comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media".[NOT LIBERAL BUT ONLY CONSERVATIVE] Set up as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, MMfA was founded in 2004 by journalist and political activist David Brock. Eric E. Burns served as MMfA's president until 2011.

In the late 1990s, DAVID Brock's views shifted significantly towards the LEFT. In 2004, he founded Media Matters for America, a non-profit organization that describes itself as a "PROGRESSIVE research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media."

No left wing liberal bias possible here at all.
Nope.

 
At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

18 spectacularly wrong apocalyptic predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, expect more this year.

1. Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

2. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation,” wrote Washington University biologist Barry Commoner in the Earth Day issue of the scholarly journal Environment.

3. The day after the first Earth Day, the New York Times editorial page warned, “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.”

4. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make,” Paul Ehrlich confidently declared in the April 1970 Mademoiselle. “The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”

5. “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born,” wrote Paul Ehrlich in a 1969 essay titled “Eco-Catastrophe! “By…[1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.”

6. Ehrlich sketched out his most alarmist scenario for the 1970 Earth Day issue of The Progressive, assuring readers that between 1980 and 1989, some 4 billion people, including 65 million Americans, would perish in the “Great Die-Off.”

7. “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” declared Denis Hayes, the chief organizer for Earth Day, in the Spring 1970 issue of The Living Wilderness.

8. Peter Gunter, a North Texas State University professor, wrote in 1970, “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.”

9. In January 1970, Life reported, “Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….”

 
At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10. Ecologist Kenneth Watt told Time that, “At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.”

11. Barry Commoner predicted that decaying organic pollutants would use up all of the oxygen in America’s rivers, causing freshwater fish to suffocate.

12. Paul Ehrlich chimed in, predicting in his 1970 that “air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” Ehrlich sketched a scenario in which 200,000 Americans would die in 1973 during “smog disasters” in New York and Los Angeles.

13. Paul Ehrlich warned in the May 1970 issue of Audubon that DDT and other chlorinated hydrocarbons “may have substantially reduced the life expectancy of people born since 1945.” Ehrlich warned that Americans born since 1946…now had a life expectancy of only 49 years, and he predicted that if current patterns continued this expectancy would reach 42 years by 1980, when it might level out.

14. Ecologist Kenneth Watt declared, “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any.'”

15. Harrison Brown, a scientist at the National Academy of Sciences, published a chart in Scientific American that looked at metal reserves and estimated the humanity would totally run out of copper shortly after 2000. Lead, zinc, tin, gold, and silver would be gone before 1990.

16. Sen. Gaylord Nelson wrote in Look that, “Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”

17. In 1975, Paul Ehrlich predicted that “since more than nine-tenths of the original tropical rainforests will be removed in most areas within the next 30 years or so, it is expected that half of the organisms in these areas will vanish with it.”

18. Kenneth Watt warned about a pending Ice Age in a speech. “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years,” he declared. “If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”

 
At 9:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sen. Rand Paul’s son, William Hilton Paul, was cited Sunday for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in Lexington, Kentucky, the Associated Press reported Wednesday evening. Paul, 22, is no stranger to trouble with the law. In 2013, he was cited for possession of alcohol as a minor at age 19, and was also charged with simple assault after he got into an altercation with a flight attendant at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.

The latest incident occurred late Sunday morning when Paul crashed a 2006 Honda Ridgeline into the back of an unoccupied car, Lexington Police said. The car belonged to his friend and was uninsured, local Kentucky news site WKYT reported. Paul had “a strong odor of alcohol” and “bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and was belligerent,” the police report said. He would not complete a field sobriety test and he refused to take a breathalyzer.

Paul suffered minor injuries to his face and was taken to the University of Kentucky's hospital, where he was treated for his wounds, Lexington Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts told the AP. He was not arrested, which is standard procedure for cases like this.

 
At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No broken bones for Rand Paul's son.

Meanwhile.....

Eighty-seven-year-old Venus Green heard the scream while rocking on her porch on Poplar Grove Street in West Baltimore’s Walbrook neighborhood.

“Grandma, call the ambulance. I been shot,” she thought she heard her grandson say on that morning in July 2007. As he lumbered closer, she spotted blood from a wound in his leg and called 911.

The retired teacher was used to helping others. Green had moved to Baltimore decades earlier from South Carolina after working at R.J. Reynolds and Westinghouse. Once here, she worked at Fort Meade and earned two degrees at Coppin State University.

The mother of two and grandmother of seven dedicated her career to teaching special-education students, but couldn’t sit still in her retirement years. She had two hobbies: going to church and raising foster kids. Dozens of children funneled through her home. They, like her own grandchildren, called her “Grandma Green.”

Paramedics and police responded to the emergency call, but the white officer became hostile.

“What happened? Who shot you?” Green recalled the officer saying to her grandson, according to an 11-page letter in which she detailed the incident for her lawyer. Excerpts from the letter were included in her lawsuit. “You’re lying. You know you were shot inside that house. We ain’t going to help you because you are lying.”

“Mister, he isn’t lying,” replied Green, who had no criminal record. “He came from down that way running, calling me to call the ambulance.”

The officer, who is not identified in the lawsuit, wanted to go into the basement, but Green demanded a warrant. Her grandson kept two dogs downstairs and she feared they would attack. The officer unhooked the lock, but Green latched it.

He shoved Green against the wall. She hit the wooden floor.

“Bitch, you ain’t no better than any of the other old black bitches I have locked up,” Green recalled the officer saying as he stood over her. “He pulled me up, pushed me in the dining room over the couch, put his knees in my back, twisted my arms and wrist and put handcuffs on my hands and threw me face down on the couch.”

After pulling Green to her feet, the officer told her she was under arrest. Green complained of pain.

“My neck and shoulder are hurting,” Green told him. “Please take these handcuffs off.”

An African-American officer then walked in the house, saw her sobbing and asked that the handcuffs be removed since Green wasn’t violent.

The cuffs came off, and Green didn’t face any charges. But a broken shoulder tormented her for months.

“I am here because of injuries received to my body by a police officer,” Green wrote on stationery stamped with “wish on a star” at the bottom of each page. “I am suffering with pain and at night I can hardly sleep since this incident occurred.”

In June 2010, she sued the officers; an April 2012 settlement required the city to pay her $95,000.

 
At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation as Russians Pressed for Control of Uranium Company
NY Times

HILLARY GAVE RUSSIAN GOVT. HALF OF U.S. URANIUM OUTPUT TO REWARD DONOR’S COMPANY

General Electric (GE) CEO Jeffrey Immelt said Wednesday that he will not release the emails that GE exchanged with Hillary Clinton’s State Department during the period in which GE was donating to the Clinton Foundation.

Obama’s #EarthDay Trip To The Everglades Guzzling 9,000 Gallons Of Jet Fuel…

MSNBC Motto Updated in Honor of Their Tax Cheats

 
At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the article:

Soon, Uranium One began to snap up mining companies with assets in the United States. In April 2007, it announced the purchase of a uranium mill in Utah and more than 38,000 acres of uranium exploration properties in four Western states, followed quickly by the acquisition of the Energy Metals Corporation and its uranium holdings in Wyoming, Texas and Utah.

2007. Hmm. Who was President in 2007? Some cowboy from Texas if I recall. And the Secretary of State sure as hell was not Hillary Clinton. Uranium One was buying up mines and mining rights in the U.S. well before HRC ever became SoS.

 
At 11:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor OrphanBoyTroll/JJ has to return to his roots and go back to calling himself anonymous.

We'll have to share that name.

 
At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Progressives Plan to Blitz Hillary
Inside the plan to drag the presumptive Democratic nominee to the populist left.

The Daily Beast

A majority of US voters — 54 percent — say Hillary Clinton is not honest or trustworthy according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Only 38 percent said they trust the Democratic frontrunner.

Imagine that?

 
At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's probably pointless to mention again that the notion of conservation came to the American government largely through the efforts of Republicans like Teddy Roosevelt, or that the Clean Water Act was signed by Richard Nixon, who also created the Environmental Protection Agency. But some Republicans at least ought to remember all that instead of playing to the ignoramuses in their party's base, or whoring themselves out to the extraction industries that would drill an oil well up Lincoln's nose on Mount Rushmore if they thought there was a dime to be made there. What you have now is a plutocrat's party, cheered on by paid scriveners who would be perfectly happy to despoil the entire American wilderness just because it makes liberals mad.

 
At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was under the impression that his initials were for James Hansen, but that OrphanBoyTrol/JJ used his name to post hate speech.

This short video is BoyTroll's theme song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVMzEyLQXkk

Tossed in front of the orphanage from a moving station wagon like a pile of laundry. Is it any wonder you have abandonment issues?

 
At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What would improve this blog is to end the infantile name calling and childish bickering. I always read Tom's posts, but rarely comment among the childish comments.

 
At 2:08 PM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

A while ago I posted an invitation to all the silent readers of this site to write some comments weather they were Liberal or Conservative and for one week 5 or 6 newcomers posted here.

I think they were turned off due to the antics of our resident Psychopathic Nitwit and so the new comers dropped out.

PN certainly takes advantage of Toms good nature, in 99 out of 100 sites PN would be shown the door.

As long as PN is around to bring out the worst in everybody and in himself, there will never be any adult debates here.

 
At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PN certainly takes advantage of Toms good nature, in 99 out of 100 sites PN would be shown the door.

Very true.

Today he suggested James Hansen's initials were for "Jew Hater." That's not really expressing conservative opinions, that's just deranged.

He insulted Tom several times, saying he refuses to work and is waiting to for someone to die so he can inherit a house(??) Any other blog would have banned him for that alone.

I noticed the new people's comments. It reminded me of when this blog was new, and smart people would drop by and offer valuable opinions. Little by little, the place emptied out, and was replaced with his cut and paste discredited "facts" from the usual right wing echo chamber.

Right wing trolls are common on progressive blogs. That's nothing new. But his habit of stealing other commenters' names to post his nonsense shows he is more than a troll. He is mentally ill. And that I think is the reason we can't have good comments here anymore. Who wants to participate, if they come back and find nonsense posted under their name?

 
At 3:20 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

I see the Boy Troll has been active today, and his posts are the same as always. To paraphrase Macbeth...

"The Boy Troll is but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And then is heard no more. It is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing."

 
At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same here Anonymous.

 
At 5:15 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Well, I for one will never click on anyone's name to get to a source again. Tis computer is used ONLY for the internet so it was a simple matter of reformatting, but There were some pretty nasty viruses and adware on one of the boy troll's "sources" so beware anyone who clicks on one.

Tom should ban his IP address for that alone.

 
At 8:27 PM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

I second that Mozart, do I hear a third?

 
At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tom- just wanted to commend you on another great rant. I feel the same about elections but I still vote. I no longer comment here for obvious reasons but wanted to let you know I am still reading every blog and have since your first. Keep up the great work... you help me digest all the bad politics while reminding me of the great ones like the Roosevelt's. Take care!

Jo in Arizona

 
At 8:55 PM, Anonymous Smokey Lagumski said...

Tom,

When will you do a rant about what greedy pigs the Clintons are and what a corrupt foundation they run?

I bet all those air miles traveled by Hillary as Secretary of State were used more for pitching the Clintoon Foundation than representing the US.

Why is Saul Alinsky's Favorite Radical Son, Dave Dubya, silent on this matter? Is it the Koch Brothers or George Bush's fault that the Clintons are so fu*king greedy?

 
At 12:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with you Mozart, ban the IP of Anonymous!!

 
At 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, just ban the IP of the individual who stole Mozart's name. His work is still on the FDR rant.

If you ban that one individual, he and all his poisonous aliases will disappear, and then smart people will return.

 
At 2:14 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Given that nearly everyone's name has been "stolen" here, why should mine have been the tipping point? I'm still disappointed I didn't get to read them.

But yes, ban anyone using more than one name per IP address starting now.

The Boy Troll doesn't scare me, nor am I threatened by his use of my name since clearly we are diametrically opposed, and anyone with half a brain could see the difference in our styles.

I WIL repeat my warning of clicking on any name to get a source. The little bastard is sending out viruses. If I wanted to make the effort I could track the little weasel down, but that takes time, and I'm just not that interested.

 
At 10:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting rant. I think Chris Matthews is a better historian than Bill O'Reilly. Does Bill even write his own books, or just brainstorm with his ghostwriter?

 
At 11:09 AM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

SL is keeping a low profile after getting his comments deleted and the Liberals wanting him to be banned.

Thats what happens when you insist on being an asshole.

 
At 11:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

#! thing a wingnut troll craves is attention. There's a million things to discuss here besides him.

Tom linked to an interesting piece on the Black Panthers. They organized food drives for inner city kids. They also scared the crap out of ol' J. Edgar.

 
At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NBC News has conceded that the flimsy anti-Clinton allegations contained in a New York Times report fail to deliver on the hype surrounding them. The Times report was based in part on a chapter from discredited conservative author Peter Schweizer's Clinton Cash, and a series of facts surrounding the story's allegations supports NBC's negative conclusion.

The Times story suggested that donations to the Clinton Foundation may have influenced Hillary Clinton's State Department, when they signed off on the sale of Uranium One, a Canadian company with uranium mining claims in the U.S., to Rosatom, a Russian atomic energy agency. Alleging that individuals who had previously donated to the Clinton Foundation may have benefited from the deal, the Times' reporting has been used as the springboard for commentary hyping the supposed connection, despite the lack of evidence.

But the April 24 First Read column on NBCNews.com admits, "upon reflection, that Times article doesn't hold up that well 24 hours after its publication."

Other media outlets have found that allegations in Schweizer's book about donations to the Clinton Foundation are unpersuasive. Time magazine noted that Schweizer's allegation about Uranium One "is based on little evidence," and "offers no indication of Hillary Clinton's personal involvement in, or even knowledge of the deliberations," while CNN's Chris Cuomo noted that the "the examples that have come out so far in [The New York Times] were not that impressive." ABC News reported that Clinton Cash "offers no proof that Hillary Clinton took any direct action to benefit the groups and interests that were paying her husband," while Fox News' Ed Henry noted "there's a lot that's murky" in Schweitzer's claims.

Even Times writer Patrick Healy admitted that the allegations are "not smoking guns."

 
At 6:07 PM, Anonymous JH said...

I am voting for Hillary warts and all.

Who the fu*k cares if she has never achieved anything and launched attacks at all the women who were sexually assaulted by her sexual predator husband who should have been neutered.

I am not ashamed to admit that it is a fantasy of mine to have her sit on my face while she tells me all the good things the Clinton Foundation had done for all the poor peoples of the world!

 
At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's back!

 
At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom:

Seriously. Look back at your archives. Remember when all the smart, serious people used to feel comfortable sharing comments on your blog? They all disappeared because of one sick asshole who steals names and makes sick, ignorant comments like the one above.

Time for the Ban Hammer. Block the sick fuck, and then decent people will feel comfortable commenting.

He's attaching links to viruses. He's stealing names. He insulted you and your family. He posted adolescent porn.

Do you want comments on your blog, or do you want to keep reading this sick fuck's comments?

 
At 10:49 PM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

We all know Tom is adverse to ban anybody no matter what so maybe he could "suspend" him like in grade school when a kid got out of control.

I think it would be a cool experiment to see if more than just 3 or 4 people would start posting here.

A suspension for 1 to three months might be beneficial to SL and force him to become more mature.

I rather discuss politics than always about the Rants black sheep.

 
At 11:34 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

All I'm asking is one name per IP address. I haven't been here long, so I can't speak to the past, but all the name stealing is not only confusing, it's insulting to those who's names were taken.
Plus, there is the virus thing. Notice the Boy Troll hasn't even tried to deny it?

 
At 8:36 AM, Anonymous Ellen Oxman said...

"And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock."

Is there any oxygen left in the US or has that been auctioned too? Wow. Who's the banker? Which Wall St. Bank "advised" on the"other" side? Credit Suisse? Which Wall Street law firm "advised" - spin the bottle. That will work. Americans should be Freaking Out At This, no matter which party. We are asleep at the wheel.

 
At 8:45 AM, Anonymous quantumhunter said...

The fact is that 85% of the Clinton foundation's money goes to overhead, and only 15% or less goes to actual charitable donations.

That puts it on par with some of the worst charities out there.

This is a huge red flag.

 
At 9:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually that's not true Quantum/JJ

Can you provide a source for your allegation? And I don't mean Drudge.

Anyone who bothers to do some research can see they've got the lowest overhead.

 
At 9:13 AM, Anonymous James said...

Hillary will still win in 2016.

The Democratic Party doesn't need an alternate candidate.

Hillary has by proxy a huge guaranteed base voting block consisting of people who are receiving Government assistance. Many of those people live totally off the Government with full health insurance and a good amount of cash and more than adequate food stamps. These people are highly motivated to vote for whoever is the Democratic nominee. Most of these people don't even know or care who is the Vice President, let alone what the branches of government are or how leftist policies stagnate economic growth. In a nutshell they are ignorant LIFs (Low InFormation voters). All they want is free stuff in exchange for their vote as a slave on the Liberal Plantation. The libs throw just enough crumbs to these people to keep them happy.

Obama has already done his part for her election by greatly expanding her entitlement base of voters. Simply put, it's almost mathematically impossible for a Republican to win the presidency. In a few years when the untold millions of illegals can fully receive Government assistance it will be totally mathematically impossible for the Repubs to win the White House. The Democrats could run Bonzo The Chimp for President and he will win. So really in the broad scheme of things this is really a non issue as far as the 2016 election results. The Clintons know this.

 
At 10:00 AM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

The conservative dream is to end all "welfare and entitlements" so that mass of money can go to the people that deserve it, the Conservative elite.

If only Social Security, Unemployment Insurance,food stamps,housing assistance,Medicaid,Medicare, and another 46 social service programs could be eliminated, the nation would be in great shape.

A portion of that money would have to go to highly armed mercenaries with backhoes to get rid of all the sick,starving and homeless population. In that group would be millions of poor white Conservatives, LIFs who did not know they were as unwanted as the Blacks!

But in the end the Conservatives would get their country back.

 
At 12:27 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

James, if leftist policies stagnate economic growth, why is the economy always better under Dem Presidents?

And I notice you never mentioned the BILLIONS we hand over to the oil and drug companies in subsidies every year.

I love how the biggest "boogiemen" for conservatives are always the poorest people, which is funny since conservative policies create so many of them.

 
At 12:28 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Oh, and conservatives already ran Bonzo's partner for president, and Bonzo himself was POTUS from 2000-2008.

 
At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Las Vegas man claims he started a false rumor that the injuries suffered by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid several months ago were the result of an attack by Reid’s brother, not an exercise accident.

Larry Pfeifer, a 50-year-old former consultant in the nightclub and entertainment industry, said he fabricated the story after becoming appalled that right-wing political blogger John Hinderaker published a rumor that Reid’s injuries stemmed from an assault by a Mafia enforcer. Pfeifer said he pitched his fake story about the Reid brothers’ supposed fight to Hinderaker, author of the Power Line blog, to test whether the blogger would publish it, as well. When Hinderaker reported it and the rumor was subsequently spread by others in conservative media, Pfeifer says he began plotting to self-report it as a lie to show the lack of credibility and journalistic standards among partisan media figures.

“It was just so outrageous,” he said. “The fact that someone can say something completely false that can destroy somebody’s life, it’s just wrong. Where’s the moral compass?”

Pfeifer, who describes himself as a motivational speaker who is involved in addiction counseling, said he completely concocted the story that Reid’s brother, Larry, showed up intoxicated at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting on New Year’s Eve in Henderson and claimed to have beaten up a relative.

Pfeifer said the media figures who published and broadcast the rumor did so without corroboration and without knowing his true identity. He revealed to them that he was using a pseudonym, he said, yet none demanded proof of his true identity.

The rumor spread quickly after Hinderaker published it April 3, landing Pfeifer on conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham’s radio program six days later when Hinderaker was a guest host, and leading to a conversation between Pfeifer and Rush Limbaugh. Pfeifer said he tried to get on Limbaugh’s show, where he planned to admit he’d made up the story.

“I thought the whole thing would be over in a day and a half,” he said. “I wasn’t after 15 minutes of fame. I wanted a platform where I could present this as what it was and 2 million people would pick up on it.”

He said he decided to present the truth after Limbaugh rejected him as a guest but repeated the rumor April 15 on his talk-radio show.

 
At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just reviewed the most recent IRS 990 for The Clinton Foundation. You can too, by simply going to : www.guidestar.org and creating a free account. It was for the tax year 2013.

What I found was that NONE of the Clinton family was on the payroll. Not only that, none were in any decision making position for the organization. They were not on the board of directors or were officers. The Clintons do not have personal access to the money contributed into this foundation.

Well, you might ask, what does the foundation do? It is all right there for anyone who wants to know to find out. They give grants to small non-profit organizations and government entities (Like a library or small town) who are engaged in activities that fall within the foundation's mission statement: for example money for reconstruction in Haiti, for children's health, for alternative energy - around the world.

I've reviewed plenty of non-profit organization grants and seen many that the founder was the president of the board and also the highest paid employee and had wife and kids doing all the work, with an administrative overhead of more than 70%.

The Clinton foundation? Their 2013 spending: 88.4% programs, 7% management and 4.6% fundraising.

So QuantumHunter, your comment was not reality-based. I understand right wing trolls like to make shit up. Didn't Karl Rove say that reality was whatever they said it was? Throw a lie out there, let others repeat it, and then morons believe it and vote for morons like Scott Walker and Marco Rubio.

Stop trying to destroy this country. Crawl back into your spider hole.

 
At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Angelique said...

How can Mrs.Clinton support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United while hundreds of millions of dollars flow into her family foundation, without audits or accountability? This is very disturbing. I so want to support a woman for President, but wish it was Elizabeth Warren. I truly do not know if I can vote for someone with such complicated associations to big money, who appears to say, the rules aren't for me. Her husband continues to be her biggest liability .

 
At 10:14 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

"Angelique" apparently has not heard that the entire "Charitygate" scandal turned out to be one more crock of shit from the right.

 
At 11:19 PM, Anonymous James Hansen said...

The real problems with the Clinton's is they are Corporatist. He passed Nafta and she will certainly pass the TPP which is about 50 times worse.

America will be in bad shape by 2020 and it will because of the Neo Conservative and Neo Liberal policies.

 
At 12:22 AM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

NAFTA was actually a good idea. And as it stands if you want to be in the game, you HAVE to get campaign money. If you don't get corporate funding, you can't do ANYTHING. But once in office you can take steps to lessen corporate influence.

 
At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drudge doesn't report, it collects reports from sources as varied as the NY Times to the Daily Blaze to the Piedmont Herold and Tribune to the Huffington Post
You discrediting all those sources James, or just the one you do not agree with? So much for diversity. Can only have as your news sources those approved by the far lift wing radical progressives.

 
At 8:00 PM, Blogger Rain Trueax said...

I heard people saying there was no difference between Bush and Gore. We saw the difference with two wars we have yet to pay for and tax cuts for the rich, that have given the right an excuse to cut benefits to the poor to give more tax cuts to the top earners. There is a difference with gay marriage, with a woman's right to control her own body, with the environment, with regulations on financial institutes, food safety and on it goes.

I am not fond of Hillary but anybody who does not vote loses their right to complain for the next four years. Take responsibility. That said, it still might not be her. This primary season hasn't even begun. Votes will determine the candidate not rhetoric.

 
At 9:31 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Drudge doesn't report. he distorts. Like Fox Noise.

 
At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mozart, wrong again, how can Drudge distort since he is quoting 100% what the NY Times has reported?

More liberal blindness to reality from Moe. Summed up in pithy little false rhymes.

 
At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Clinton Foundation’s finances are so messy that the nation’s most influential charity watchdog put it on its “watch list” of problematic nonprofits last month.

The Clinton family’s mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid.

The group spent the bulk of its windfall on administration, travel, and salaries and bonuses, with the fattest payouts going to family friends.

On its 2013 tax forms, the most recent available, the foundation claimed it spent $30 million on payroll and employee benefits; $8.7 million in rent and office expenses; $9.2 million on “conferences, conventions and meetings”; $8 million on fundraising; and nearly $8.5 million on travel. None of the Clintons is on the payroll, but they do enjoy first-class flights paid for by the foundation.

In all, the group reported $84.6 million in “functional expenses” on its 2013 tax return and had more than $64 million left over — money the organization has said represents pledges rather than actual cash on hand.

Some of the tens of millions in administrative costs finance more than 2,000 employees, including aid workers and health professionals around the world.

But that’s still far below the 75 percent rate of spending that nonprofit experts say a good charity should spend on its mission.

Charity Navigator, which rates nonprofits, recently refused to rate the Clinton Foundation because its “atypical business model . . . doesn’t meet our criteria.”

Charity Navigator put the foundation on its “watch list,” which warns potential donors about investing in problematic charities. The 23 charities on the list include the Rev. Al Sharpton’s troubled National Action Network, which is cited for failing to pay payroll taxes for several years.

Other nonprofit experts are asking hard questions about the Clinton Foundation’s tax filings in the wake of recent reports that the Clintons traded influence for donations.

“It seems like the Clinton Foundation operates as a slush fund for the Clintons,” said Bill Allison, a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, a government watchdog group once run by leading progressive Democrat and Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout.


 
At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THINGS I TRUST MORE THAN HILLARY
* Mexican tap water
* A rattlesnake with a pet me sign
* OJ Simpson showing me his knife collection
* An elevator ride with Ray Rice
* Taking pills offered by Bill Cosby
* Michael Jackson's Doctor
* An Obama Nuclear deal with Iran
* A Palestinian on a motorcycle
* Gas station Sushi
* A Jimmy Carter economic plan
* Brian Williams’ news reports
* Obama's so-called Birth Certificate
* Loch Ness monster sightings
* Prayers for peace from Al Sharpton

 
At 1:29 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Drudge, like Fox Noise, is infamous for "reporting" only those bits and pieces that fit his agenda. He leaves out anything that doesn't. Like Obama and the "You didn't build that" statement, turning a speech about COMMUNITY into an insult to business owners. They do that all the time, and uneducated people like you eat it up.

I notice you never denied putting viruses in your "sources".

Have you figured out that the Senate is part of congress yet?

Oh, and NO ONE trusts YOU.

 
At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shows how much you know Mozart, Drudge gives you the link to the ENTIRE article of the NY Times, not just bits and pieces. Maybe you should look at it sometime and see for yourself.

http://drudgereport.com/

Liberals, like Mozart, are all for restricting the freedom of the people to get their news from sources other than those approved by the radical progressive far left.

Like 57 states or the line in the sand or the savings of $2500 a year or keeping your Dr if you like them, or I did not have sex with that woman, or Romney didn't pay income taxes for 10 years, or the earth will be uninhabitable in 25 years if we dont stop man caused global warming (circa 1975)

You mean only those approved bits repeated by liberals like you?

Sorry, your liberal filter sucks the big one.

 
At 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

INSIDER: Clinton Uranium Deal Looks Dirtier Than Michael Moore at an All-You-Can-Eat Fudge Bar

 
At 5:11 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Anonymous once again proves he has no clue what's going on.

I notice your name no longer links to other sites. Why is that?

Drudge might give links SOMETIMES, but most conservatives will never go there. They will take him at his word, like they do Fox.

This is just another non scandal, which has already been debunked.

BENGHAZI!

 
At 5:45 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

BTW Anonymous, would you like me or someone else to post the list of "gaffs" by your Republican heroes?

It would take 20 pages to list George Bush alone.

 
At 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


"I notice your name no longer links to other sites. Why is that? "

I dont now why dont you ask anonymous that question?

How bout just explainig why claiming from the Senate floor that Romney hadn't paid taxes in ten years is a "gaff"? Just do that one.

 
At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gaffs?
Period!

 
At 6:53 PM, Anonymous The REAL Anonymous who uses others names. said...

If there was a GOD, Mozart would thank her!


Reuters) – Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the longest-serving independent member of the U.S. Congress, will announce his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, Vermont Public Radio reported on Tuesday.

He will release a short statement and hold a campaign kickoff event in subsequent weeks, VPR said, citing several sources.

With former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looming as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, few other candidates have stepped forward in the party. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is expected to enter the race next month.

 
At 7:38 PM, Anonymous Hopey McChange said...

I'm just glad our Robin Hood, Bernie Sanders, has decided to emerge from the forest of Vermont and challenge that greedy pig with lipstick Hillary Clinton!

 
At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mozart,
When are you going to disclose the names of the six papers you read a day to get your info and news?

 
At 1:13 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

I never said I read them EVERY day. Look it up. I said there are six I have access to and read them when I can.

As for answering your questions we've discussed this.

you never answered to"Tehran Tom" Cotton and his TREASONOUS 46 buddies.

You never answered to states like Florida flushing the 1st amendment by banning the terms "Climate change" and "Global warming".

You never answered to states that require drug testing for welfare recipients which violates their 4th amendment rights.

These things are moreimportant than which Newspapers I read

Nice try at deflection though.




 
At 1:55 PM, Anonymous HarleyA said...

Welfare is not a constitutional right. A drug test for welfare recipients is not a search or seizure (lawful or unlawful). It is purely voluntary and only if you want to receive financial benefits paid for by taxpayers. For addicts, if one wishes to come clean, there are in most states, programs available to help you do so - at no charge.

There's one (non-anonymous) answer for you...

 
At 2:47 PM, Blogger Modusoperandi said...

HarleyA, you can't possibly be that naive. If the party of Economic Conservatism and Small Government really wanted them clean (with their meagre cash welfare benefits not spent on The Drugs), it would save more than it costs (as the percentage of them that uses drugs is lower than those of greater means, it doesn't) and the State's actions after a positive test result would be counselling and enrollment in a drug addiction program, not disqualification.
It's petty moralistic paternalism against the Undeserving Poor, Punching Down, and Poor Baiting.

 
At 3:20 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Anytime someone requires a drug test WITHOUT CAUSE it is a violation of a person's 4th amendment rights.

One should not have to surrender those rights to get service or a job.

Your little invented "loophole" is nonsense. besides, how many MILLIONS in taxpayer dollars are wasted to essentially catch NO ONE?

 
At 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mozart,
what are the names of these papers?

 
At 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anytime someone requires a drug test WITHOUT CAUSE it is a violation of a person's 4th amendment rights."

So Mozart, you are ok with school bus drivers not being required to drive drug free? Or airline pilots not being required to fly drug free, or police to be drug free?

What's "cause", a wreck and then the test?
What jobs should not require a drug test, part time Obama created min wage jobs?

BTW, I never said anything about Tom Cotton, you did. I ask you questions about what you said, not what I said.
See the difference? Or is that asking way too much of you?

"Welfare is not a constitutional right"! That's a shock to the radical progressive mind set.

Modusoperandi, are you really the former mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford?
Out of drug rehab back on line?




 
At 5:14 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Until there is CAUSE any drug test is unconstitutional. besides, they never test for alcohol and tobacco before a person gets a job do they? MANY Airline pilots have been found to be drunk while flying. I'm sure many school bus drivers have been caught drunk driving as well, but still, no "pre testing" for either of those things. Besides, the worst drugs like Coke and meth are undetectable after 24-48 hours, so the only people caught are Pot users who may not even have had any for three weeks. So the testing is not only unconstitutional but inaccurate and unfair.

 
At 5:15 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Oh and Boy troll, until you speak about the real damage your heroes are causing to this country, you are a hypocrite.

 
At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trickle Down Economics versus Trickle Down Socialism

Ronald Reagan’s economic plan saw GDP surge at a 3.5% clip – 4.9% after the recession. That’s a 32% bump.

During the Obama years, thanks to his big government policies, the US economy has stalled. Today the quarterly GDP was announced. The GDP for the first quarter of 2015 braked more sharply than expected at only a .2% pace. The US economy has grown an anemic 9.6% during the Obama years (excluding today’s dismal number).

Of course, Obama’s record on job growth is also much worse than President Reagan’s record.

Net job growth has declined under Obama. By the end of the second year of their terms as president, economic growth under Reagan averaged 7.1% , under Obama an anemic 2.8%. (IJ Review)

And today, more than five years into the tepid recovery, labor-force participation remains at its lowest level since 1978 during the Carter years.

 
At 5:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Mozart is ok with kids riding on a school bus with a stoned driver.

Isn't it wonderful how liberalism has made our planet safer for our kids

 
At 5:57 PM, Anonymous HarleyA said...

MO - fair points. I'd be fine with requiring rehabilitation to continue receiving benefits vs. disqualification. Better social policy. But, I hardly call setting some basic standards to receive unearned money poor baiting or paternalism.

Mozart, constitutional law isn't a loophole I invented. You can believe it is bad policy, but it's not a violation of the 4th amendment. I, for one, have submitted to pre-employment drug screenings. So, given that welfare is a source of income like my job is, it isn't an unreasonable ask in my opinion.

 
At 6:05 PM, Anonymous HarleyA said...

You do understand the difference between a state-forced action vs. a state-imposed policy of voluntary action, right?

 
At 8:16 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

The Boy Troll and Harley are OK with the constitution being flushed as long as it's not the 2nd amendment.

And better a stoned driver than a drunk one. Studies have shown that stoned drivers are much less "impaired" than drunk ones.

And Harley, maybe if ALL people were tested I MIGHT have less of an issue. But they are not. I'll bet the owner of the companies where you were tested didn't get tested. We can also assume that the recipients of CORPORATE welfare (which costs the taxpayers hundreds of times more then "social" welfare) don't get tested. It's a witch hunt. The State of Utah has been using it to "fire" people for years. It's known as a "Mormon layoff" They have cut people loose for failing drug tests without even giving them the tests. No one believes it because "Of course a drug uses would say he's innocent". I even knew a guy who had himself tested at a hospital the day he was fired, and came up clean, but the company did not have to even look at it. They never catch the users of "hard drugs" anyway. It's always about pot. Go figure Pot is the one big Pharma wants kept illegal.

 
At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mozart,
Really, how about a school bus driver stoned on smack, you got any goof ball liberal stats to say that's ok?

You ok with an over the road semi truck driver driving next to your family in their Yugo on the interstate?

THINGS I TRUST MORE THAN HILLARY
* Mexican tap water
* A rattlesnake with a "pet me" sign
* OJ Simpson showing me his knife collection
* An elevator ride with Ray Rice
* Taking pills offered by Bill Cosby
* Michael Jackson's Doctor
* An Obama Nuclear deal with Iran
* A Palestinian on a motorcycle
* Gas station Sushi
* A Jimmy Carter economic plan
* Brian Williams’ news reports
* Obama's so-called Birth Certificate
* Loch Ness monster sightings
* Prayers for peace from Al Sharpton
* Drug laws from Mozart

 
At 9:03 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Boy troll, no one is going to catch a buss driver on "smack" because one cannot detect that after 48 hours unless they are so addicted they would be obvious without the test.

And we saw your stupid list the first time, and we laughed at you then.

Now, how about your GOP heroes flushing the 1st amendment by banning words they don't like?

 
At 9:05 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Oh, we don't have a Yugo, but my wife wants either a Prious or a Kia.

I'd be more worried about a truck driver who takes speed because he's forced to drive long hours to pay the bills. Of course, no one tests for caffeine either.

 
At 9:24 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Ted Cruz wants to "force" people to pray.

Hmmm..."forced" faith? is that even possible?

 
At 9:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Name the President who?

ASKED THE AMBASSADOR FROM MEXICO ABOUT CINCO-De QUATRO !

THOUGHT KIDS WITH ASTHMA SHOULD GET BREATHALYZERS

SPOKE TO A GROUP OF LIVING VETERANS , SOME OF WHOM HAD "GIVEN THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE" .

MISSPELLED "R-S-P-E-C-T" AT A WHITE HOUSE DINNER HONORING ARETHA FRANKLIN.

CALLED A GROUP OF ADMIRALS , "GENERALS" .
CALLED NAVY CORPSMEN , "CORPSE-MEN" AND THEN SENT THEM TO HAITI TO LOOK FOR BODIES.

 
At 10:00 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Boy troll, do you REALLY want us to list Bush errors?

REALLY?

Think about it.

And stop deflecting.

What say you about states banning words they don't like in violation of the FIRST AMENDMENT?


You know, the important stuff.

no deflecting now.

 
At 10:07 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

BTW.

http://www.factcheck.org/2011/06/obamas-bumbles/

Shall we start on Bush now?


1. "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."—Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004


2. "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family."—Greater Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000


3. "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"—Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000


4. "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country."—Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004


5. "Neither in French nor in English nor in Mexican."—declining to answer reporters' questions at the Summit of the Americas, Quebec City, Canada, April 21, 2001


6. "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.''—Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001


7. "I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense."—Washington, D.C., April 18, 2006


8. "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."—Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005


9. "I've heard he's been called Bush's poodle. He's bigger than that."—discussing former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, as quoted by the Sun newspaper, June 27, 2007


10. "And so, General, I want to thank you for your service. And I appreciate the fact that you really snatched defeat out of the jaws of those who are trying to defeat us in Iraq."—meeting with Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Washington, D.C., March 3, 2008


11. "We ought to make the pie higher."—South Carolina Republican debate, Feb. 15, 2000


12. "There's an old saying in Tennessee—I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me—you can't get fooled again."—Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002


13. "And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I'm sorry it's the case, and I'll work hard to try to elevate it."—speaking on National Public Radio, Jan. 29, 2007


14. "We'll let our friends be the peacekeepers and the great country called America will be the pacemakers."—Houston, Sept. 6, 2000


15. "It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It's not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet."—Arlington Heights, Ill., Oct. 24, 2000


16. "One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures."—U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 3, 2000


17. "People say, 'How can I help on this war against terror? How can I fight evil?' You can do so by mentoring a child; by going into a shut-in's house and say I love you."—Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2002


18. "Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness."—CNN online chat, Aug. 30, 2000


19. "I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep on the soil of a friend."—on the prospect of visiting Denmark, Washington, D.C., June 29, 2005


20. "I think it's really important for this great state of baseball to reach out to people of all walks of life to make sure that the sport is inclusive. The best way to do it is to convince little kids how to—the beauty of playing baseball."—Washington, D.C., Feb. 13, 2006


 
At 1:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So's your mother Mozart.

 
At 3:53 AM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

You can tell when the Boy Troll is embarrassed by facts. He resorts to childish insults.

Take your meds boy.

Then tell us about your TREASONOUS heroes who have flushed the 1st and 4th amendments.

Come on, be a man and stop deflecting.

 
At 8:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mozart,
YOur mother wears combat boots.

 
At 11:18 AM, Blogger Modusoperandi said...

HarleyA ”MO - fair points. I'd be fine with requiring rehabilitation to continue receiving benefits vs. disqualification. Better social policy.”
So would I, provided the addiction involved is actually an addiction.

”But, I hardly call setting some basic standards to receive unearned money poor baiting or paternalism.”
But without rehabilitation and with disqualification, they've shown you their hand. It’s only Poor Baiting. That’s what it is. That’s what it’s for.

 
At 3:46 PM, Anonymous HarleyA said...

Actually, I'd be more inclined to financially support an addict vs. someone who is not addicted but simply chooses to waste welfare money on recreational drug use.

 

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