Archives for October 2011

George Carlin Was SO On Point!

I am a big fan of the late, great George Carlin.  He had keen powers of observation and I enjoyed his ‘tell is like it is‘ style.  This clip was sent to me (again) with a note stating that George must have had a crystal ball.  I’m sure he didn’t; he was simply alert.… [Read more]

So…Got Nothing Better To Do?

With so many national issues in desperate need of attention, why is so much time being spent trying to undo any and all prior steps made toward progress?

Point for discussion:  women’s reproductive rights.  With high unemployment levels, a crumbling national infrastructure, a barely growing economy and a banking system that is still in need of regulatory reform it seems like we as a nation have our hands quite full.  … [Read more]

Tax ‘Free’ Corporations

Have you noticed that those who are seriously getting PAID are seriously not paying a damn thing?  Seriously!!

We thought we’d post this in light of the news about banks’ record profits, higher fees and unwillingness to pay taxes — all while they lay off thousands of employees.… [Read more]

They Don’t Care About Us

All I wanna say is that They don’t really care about us…

All I wanna say is that They don’t really care about us…

~  Refrain from Michael Jackson’s They Don’t Care About Us

 

When I think of people who repeatedly take actions that work against their own best interests, the chorus from Michael Jackson’s song ‘They Don’t Care About Us’ comes to mind.  … [Read more]

I’ll Take My OWS Un-Americanism with Fat-Free Milk and No Sugar

While preparing my morning coffee and instant oatmeal, I overheard a conversation between three twenty-something colleagues of mine. They were discussing Occupy Wall Street outside a conference room that just happened to be named Wall Street. The takeaways from this three-way chat were as follows:

  • I’m not right-wing but I can’t get behind people who hate my country;
  • They don’t even know what the hell they’re bitching about;
  • They’re jealous that we have jobs and they don’t.
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Show and Tell

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them”.

                                                                                   ~Maya Angelou

The American people appear to be waking up (albeit still a little too slowly andway late in the day) to the fact that many members of Congress do not have their best interests at heart.   In fact, some (many?) seem to have only two unified goals:  preventing President Obama from keeping his word to the American people on just about everything and making certain that he serves only one term.… [Read more]

Against Ending A War?

Polls have said for several years that the majority of Americans are against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.  We’re still a long away from peace but, for many, President Obama’s announcement that the troops will be pulled out of Iraq to come home in time for the holidays was a welcome announcement.  Of course, we all know you can’t please everyone….[Read more]

Friends With No Benefits

According to government statistics, approximately seven million people in the U.S. are unemployed. For too many, that means scraping by on unemployment insurance.

Federal unemployment insurance is called an ‘entitlement’ program; some politicians who use the word entitlement convey the image of a class of people who feel entitled to receive funds without having done anything to earn it.  … [Read more]

No ‘Bennies’

The long-term unemployed have the fallen off the radar; nobody seems to be tracking them anymore.  Once people have exhausted their 99 weeks maximum unemployment benefits, they fall into the ‘No Zone’.… [Read more]

Another Big Bank Heist

The word is out: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settled with Citigroup for $285 million.  In yet another case of fraud by a ‘too-big-to-fail’ bank, investors lost millions as the result of being misled — this time, about mortgage bonds.  In the settlement, Citigroup doesn’t admit or deny the allegation that they behaved badly and/or did anything wrong by betting against the very mortgage securities they convinced their investors to buy.… [Read more]