My Time to Rant……

 It has come to my attention that someone, or some “ones” have been bad-mouthing me. If this true I welcome it, it can only mean one thing, I am having an affect on at least one person. If I am having an affect on someone, then that amounts to extra gravy on my  rice. My main purpose for writing is to relieve my self of the anger and frustration I feel when I hear what the GOP extremist, and sadistic party is doing to destroy democracy and bring this country to it’s knees under a tyrannic oligarchy.

The republican presidential “field of delusion” have shown themselves to be qualified to lead a criminal motorcycle gang, a white-collar criminal organization, an extremely subversive white supremacist group, or some religious dominionist group.  But, lead the country? Not a chance in hell ! The only place they can lead the country is on a downward spiral, wich is the swishing sound you hear in the background whenever they speak. They are all delusional lunatics, out to destroy the very fabric of democracy for all, and to make it an oligarchy, giving the country to a “ruling class“, their class, of those who hold the money and power and nothing more. They want US (the99%)  to be subject to only what they (the1%) want, and only to their need to increase their wealth and power.

The one only thing they are committed to are the “super PACs” .  And those who fund the superPACs, and their elections and supplement their personal incomes on the sly.  Elections no longer reflect the needs and desires of the people, our elections have become auctions where only the highest bidder wins, and the American people are always the biggest loser.

However, the elephant in the room is this; The tea-party  was born from and arose to prominence when those on the right and especially the extreme right  had a complete mental and emotional break down because someone who should be in their view, a slave owned by them or their ancestors. How could this happen in their USA?  It was such a shock to their beliefs and view of what america was supposed to be, that they became all-consumed with their hatred, their bigotry, their racism, and their need to remove this “black guy” from THEIR white house , that they are now in a mindless panic.

Every day we see the attack on voter rights, women’s rights, and the attacks on organized labor. They wnat to destroy the social safety nets that the poor, the elderly, and the infirm rely for mere survival. They try to defund and dismantle the educational system so, through attrition they can  cultivate a poor, ignorant and gullible  base that will be pliable and easy to manipulate through their lies and propaganda. We must remain mindful of this and fight back, we can not allow them to do this to us.

-TruthNreality-

A Declaration, Petition for the Redress of Grievances and Action Plan- An OWS Working Group

The99PercentDeclaration

Ten Steps To Non-Violent Revolution
A Declaration, Petition for the Redress of Grievances and Action Plan- An OWS Working Group
Resolution for the General Assembly of NYC to Elect an Executive Committee on October 15, 2011
The Steps to Non-Violent Revolution and the Convening of a National General Assembly
Who are we? A Declaration, Petition for the Redress of Grievances and Action Plan- An OWS Working Group

WHEREAS THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION PROVIDES:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

WE, THE NINETY-NINE PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in order to form a more perfect Union, by, for and of the PEOPLE, shall elect and convene a NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY beginning on July 4, 2012 in the City Of Philadelphia.

I. Election of Delegates:

The People, consisting of all United States citizens who have reached the age of 18, regardless of party affiliation and voter registration status, shall elect Two Delegates, one male and one female, by direct vote, from each of the existing 435 Congressional Districts to represent the People at the NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY in Philadelphia convening on July 4, 2012. The office of Delegate shall be open to all United States citizens who have reached the age of 18. Executive Committees, elected by local General Assemblies from all over the United States, shall organize, coordinate and fund this national election by direct democratic voting. The Executive Committees shall operate similarly to the original Committees of Correspondence during the first American Revolution.

II. Meeting of the National General Assembly and Deliberation:

At the NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY, the 870 Delegates shall set forth, consider and vote upon a PETITION OF GRIEVANCES to be submitted to all members of Congress, The Supreme Court and President and each of the political candidates running in the nationwide Congressional and Presidential election in November 2012.

III. Proposed Petition for the Redress of Grievances:

This PETITION OF GRIEVANCES shall be non-partisan and address the critical issues now confronting the People of the United States and will be deliberated and voted upon by the 870 Delegates in consultation with the 99%.

The final version of the PETITION OF GRIEVANCES voted upon by the Delegates of the National General Assembly MAY or MAY NOT include the following issues:

1. Implementing an immediate ban on all private contributions of money and gifts, to all politicians in federal office, from Individuals, Corporations, Political Action Committees, Super Political Action Committees, Lobbyists, Unions and all other private sources of money to be replaced by the fair and equal public financing of all federal political campaigns. We REJECT the concept that money is equal to free speech because if that were so, then only the wealthiest would have a voice. These actions must be taken because it has become clear that politicians in the United States cannot regulate themselves and have become the exclusive representatives of corporations, unions and the very wealthy who spend vast sums of money on political campaigns to influence the candidates’ decisions and ensure their reelection year after year.

2. The immediate reversal of the outrageous and anti-democratic holding in the “Citizens United” case by the Supreme Court, which equates the payment of money by corporations to politicians with free speech.

3. Prohibiting all public officials and their immediate family members, whether elected or appointed from EVER being employed by any corporation they regulate while in office or holding any stock or shares in any corporation they regulate while in office until a full 5 years after their term is completed.

4. A complete lifetime ban on accepting all gifts, services, money, directly or indirectly, to any elected or appointed officials or their immediate family members, from any person, corporation, union or other entity that the public official was charged to regulate while in office.

5. A complete reformation of the United States Tax Code to require ALL citizens to pay a fair share of a progressive, graduated income tax by eliminating loopholes, unfair tax breaks, exemptions and deductions, subsidies (e.g. oil, gas and farm) and ending all other methods of evading taxes. The current system of taxation favors the wealthiest Americans, many of who pay fewer taxes to the United States Treasury than citizens who earn much less and pay a much higher percentage of income in taxes to the United States Treasury.

6. Medicare for all American citizens adjusted by a means test (i.e. citizens who can afford it will opt-out of Medicare and pay their own health insurance or opt-in and pay a means tested Medicare premium). The Medicaid program, fraught with corruption and fraud, will be eliminated except for the purpose of providing emergency room care to indigent non-citizens who will not be covered by Medicare-for-all.

7. New comprehensive regulations to give the Environmental Protection Agency the power to shut down corporations, businesses or another entity that intentionally damages the environment and/or criminally prosecute individuals who intentionally damage the environment. Immediate adoption of the most recent international protocols to cap carbon emissions and new goals to transition away from fossil fuels to reusable or carbon neutral sources of power as soon as possible.

8. Adoption of an immediate plan to reduce the national debt to a sustainable percentage of GDP by 2020. Reduction of the national debt to be achieved by BOTH a cut in spending to corporations engaged in perpetual war for profit, the “healthcare” industry, the pharmaceutical industry and all other sectors that use the federal budget as their income stream AND a truly progressive income tax code that does not allow the wealthy and corporations to evade taxes through excessive deductions, subsidies and loopholes.

9. Passage of a comprehensive job and job-training bill to employ our citizens in jobs that are available with specialized training and by putting People to work tomorrow by repairing America’s crumbling infrastructure. Establishment of an online international job exchange to match employers with skilled workers or employers willing to train workers in 21st century skills.

10. Student loan debt relief. Our young People and students are more than $830 billion in debt from education loans alone. Payment and interest on these debts should be deferred for periods of unemployment and the principal reduced using a corporate tax surcharge and by extending the age to collect social security from 65 to 70.

11. Immediate passage of the Dream Act and comprehensive immigration and border security reform including offering visas, lawful permanent resident status and citizenship to the world’s brightest People to come and work in our industries and schools.

12. Recalling all military personnel at all non-essential bases and refocusing national defense goals to address threats posed by the geopolitics of the 21st century, terrorism and limiting the large scale deployment of military forces to instances where Congressional approval has been granted to counter the Military Industrial Complex’s goal of perpetual war for profit.

13. Mandating new educational goals to train the American public to perform jobs in a 21st Century economy, particularly in the areas of technology and green energy, taking into consideration the redundancy caused by technology and the inexpensive cost of labor in China, India and other countries and paying our teachers a salary that is competitive with the private sector.

14. Subject to the elimination of corporate tax loopholes and exploited exemptions and deductions stated above, offering tax incentives to businesses to reconstruct the manufacturing capacity of the United States and reinstitution of the Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps and other emergency governmental agencies required to create new public works projects to provide jobs to the 46 million People living in poverty, the 9.1% unemployed and 10% underemployed.

15. Implementing immediate legislation to encourage China and our other trading partners to end currency manipulation or impose a consumption tax on goods that those countries export to the United States calculated by comparing the fair market value of the currency to the manipulated valuation.

16. Immediate reenactment of the Glass-Steagall Act and increased regulation of Wall Street and the financial industry by the SEC, FINRA and the other financial regulators, and the commencement of a Justice Department criminal investigations into the Securities and Banking industries practices that led to the collapse of markets, $700 billion bail-out, and financial firm failures in 2007-2008.

17. Adoption of President Clinton’s plan to end the mortgage crisis and instead of the Federal Reserve continuing to lower interest rates for loans to banks who are refusing to loan to small businesses and consumers, the Federal Reserve shall buy all underwater or foreclosed mortgages and refinance the these debt at 1% or less to be managed by the newly established Consumer Protection Agency and (foreclosure task force described below) because 1% or less is the interest rate the Federal Reserve loans to the banks directly who hoard the cash rather than loan it to the People and small businesses.

18. An immediate one year freeze on all foreclosures to be reviewed by an independent foreclosure task force appointed by Congress and the Executive Branch to determine, on a case by case basis, whether foreclosure proceedings should continue based on the circumstances of each homeowner.

19. Subject to the above ban on money and gifts in politics, additional campaign finance reform requiring free air time and public campaign finances to all candidates who obtain sufficient petition signatures and/or votes to participate in the primaries and/or electoral process, shortening the campaign season and allow voting on weekends and holidays. Voting must be accessible to all citizens for democracy to work.

20. An immediate withdrawal of all troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and a substantial increase in the amount of funding needed for veteran job placement and the treatment of the physical and emotional injuries sustained by veterans in these wars. Our veterans are committing suicide at an unprecedented rate and we must help now.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVLED that IF the PETITION OF GRIEVANCES approved by the 870 Delegates of the NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY in consultation with the PEOPLE, are not acted upon and implemented to the satisfaction of the Delegates of the NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY after presentment of the PETITION OF GRIEVANCES to the government, said Delegates shall begin to organize a THIRD, COMPLETELY NON-PARTISAN INDEPENDENT POLITICAL PARTY to run candidates for every seat in the mid-term election of 2014.

★THE NINETY-NINE PERCENT★

A message to #OWS…..and every facet of “Occupy USA” in every town.

 NEVER GIVE UP

Stay strong….Never let the nay-sayers get you down…they will call you everything in the “nasty-book”. Then they will make shit up to degrade you and belittle you and make you seem like “roaches”. This fact alone should give you a sense of accomplishment; if they’re coming at you with their insults and negativity, then Reality says that you are making an impression on those you are protesting against. Never forget that what you are doing is extremely HEROIC, you are truly American Heroes and YOU ARE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY IN ACTION……………. Never Give up.

I was in my early teens during the protests of the 60’s, however I remember that it took many years to realize the desired result.  The main focus was the vietnam war, but their was also focus on other issues, such as racial inequality, poverty, a broken and out-of-control government.  Does this sound familiar?  This new beginning is a bit late, it should have begun when Bush and his band of criminals hijacked the country and took it to the lowest point since Nixon. We cannot allow the nation to fall into the destructive control of the Republican Destroyers.

We do have one major advantage now that was not available in the 60’s, our biggest weapon: Social Media, the mainstream media will eventually catch up, but they are always slow to recognize anything that is good. They make their money on stupidity, debotchery and anything that has negative impact. Be patient, recognition will come…SO, NEVER GIVE UP.

Just in Case you havn’t seen this on Politifact: John Boehner says Bush tax cuts created 8 million jobs over 10 years

 

John Boehner says Bush tax cuts created 8 million jobs over 10 years

FalseHouse Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, appeared on NBC’s Today show on May 10, 2011. We checked his facts on job creation.

During an interview on NBC’s Today show, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, offered some job-creation statistics to cast a favorable light on the tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003.

Host Matt Lauer said to Boehner, “You talk about creating jobs. When the Bush era tax cuts were passed in 2001, unemployment in this country was 4.5 percent. Today it’s at 9 percent, just down from 10 percent. So why are the Bush era tax cuts creating jobs?”

Boehner responded that the tax cuts “created about 8 million jobs over the first 10 years that they were in existence. We’ve lost about 5 million of those jobs during this recession.”

Several readers suggested that we check Boehner’s statistics. So we did.

Boehner’s statement actually has several problems. One is the question of whether the tax cuts actually caused the job growth; more on that later. First, we’ll point out something more basic — that Boehner’s chronology is off.

The first of the tax cuts was passed in June 2001, so we haven’t hit a full 10 years since the first cut was enacted, and we’re only about eight years past the enactment of the second round of cuts. We’ll give Boehner the most generous parameters possible — from the signing of the first tax cut in June 2001 until the pre-recession employment peak, which came in January 2008. (When we contacted Boehner’s office, they confirmed that this is the comparison he had in mind.)

We turned to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically, figures from the Current Employment Statistics series, which is calculated using a broad survey of employer payroll data. Here are the numbers:

June 2001: 132,047,000 people employed
January 2008: 137,996,000 people employed
Increase during that six-and-a-half-year period: 5,949,000 people

That’s roughly 6 million jobs — significantly below the 8 million Boehner cited.

Now let’s turn to the jobs lost during the recession. We once again calculated the numbers in the way most favorable to Boehner — from the peak of employment (January 2008) to the lowest point (February 2010). Here are the figures:

January 2008: 137,996,000 people employed
February 2010: 129,246,000 people employed
Decrease during the roughly two-year period: 8,750,000 people

That’s almost 9 million jobs lost — almost twice what Boehner had said on Today.

What’s going on?

When we reached Boehner’s office, spokesman Michael Steel provided a different set of numbers — numbers that we determined were from a different set of BLS statistics, known as the Current Population Survey.

The numbers from the CPS data are produced by a smaller survey of individuals and families. They are best known for producing the widely tracked national unemployment rate, but the data also include an estimate of the raw number of employed Americans, which is what Boehner used.

Here are the CPS figures for the same periods we looked at above:

June 2001: 136,873,000 people employed
January 2008: 146,407,000 people employed
Increase over about six and a half years: 9,534,000 people

January 2008: 146,407,000 people employed
February 2010: 138,698,000 people employed
Decrease over about two years: 7,709,000 people

So using the CPS figures, Boehner actually underestimated the jobs created after the passage of the Bush tax cuts, rather than overestimating them. And his number of jobs lost in the recession was closer to the CPS number than to the CES number.

In other words, using one set of data, Boehner’s way off, and using another set, he’s closer. What gives?

For the periods studied, the two data sets’ varying methodologies appear to have produced large differences in the number of jobs created and lost. While both statistics have their advantages and disadvantages, the CES numbers are “usually preferred when talking about job growth or loss,” said Stacey Standish, a BLS spokeswoman.

And there’s this problem: What if we had used Boehner’s 10 year figure rather than the six-and-a-half-year upswing of jobs? Over the full 10 years, employment has actually fallen by more than 1 million jobs using CES numbers and risen by 2.8 million according to the CPS figures. Either way, both figures are well below the job gains Boehner touted for the full 10-year period.

Meanwhile, there are other concerns beyond the statistics. While J.D. Foster, a senior fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said he feels both CES and CPS are valid measures, he wondered whether Boehner had oversold cause and effect. “The real issue is the statement that the Bush tax cuts ‘created’ these jobs,” Foster said. “Would the economy have created no jobs during this period but for the tax cuts?”

And Gary Burtless, a labor economist with the centrist-to-liberal Brookings Institution, argues that “the more basic point is that under either measure of employment gain, the proportional rise in employment in the Bush Administration after passage of his initial tax cut was comparatively small.”

Burtless put together a comparison of recent two-term presidential administrations’ job growth over the equivalent period — the 81 months starting in the June after the president’s inauguration. George W. Bush produced smaller job gains than most recent administrations regardless of which employment measure is used.

Employment under Bush grew by 4.5 percent using CES and 7 percent using CPS, whereas employment grew by double digits under presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, and also under the combined eight-year administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, who finished Nixon’s term after he resigned, and John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Only under Eisenhower was job growth more sluggish than it was under George W. Bush, and even then, it was only the case using one of the two BLS statistics. (Burtless did not compare job growth during the administrations of George H.W. Bush or Jimmy Carter because they served only one term each.)

Where does all this leave us? First, under the most common yardstick for measuring employment — the CES data — Boehner’s claim is significantly overstated. Second, while Boehner is closer when using a different statistic, it’s only more accurate if he uses a time period much different than the one he stated in the interview. And third, his suggestion that the tax cuts are primarily responsible for subsequent job growth is contentious at best (and the job growth he points to is modest compared to previous administrations).

So the numbers Boehner offers are accurate only with significant adjustments. Overall, we find his statement too flawed to give it a rating higher than False

The Tea Party moves to ban books…….[a mostly raw copy-blog I even left the original comments]

The Tea Party moves to ban books

As the Tea Party looks more and more like the old religious right, censoring what children can read in school is on the agenda.

Youth Reading in a Library

At a high school in Missouri, Kurt Vonnegut‘s Slaughterhouse Five has been banned after complaints that it was inconsistent with biblical teaching. Photograph: Corbis

Even though it will be pointedly ignored by mainstream media types wed to the narrative that the Tea Party is a spontaneous uprising of people who were apolitical before Obama sent them around the bend, I’m guessing many of you read with interest Robert Putnam and David Campbell’s distillation of their intense research in political attitudes of Americans that shows that the “Tea Party” is the same ol’ rightwing base, but just with a new name. And they’re the most Bible-thumping-est part of the rightwing base (as well as the most racist – these things tend to go together). Write Putnam and Campbell:

[Tea Party members] were disproportionately social conservatives in 2006 – opposing abortion, for example – and still are today. Next to being a Republican, the strongest predictor of being a Tea Party supporter today was a desire, back in 2006, to see religion play a prominent role in politics. And Tea Partiers continue to hold these views: they seek “deeply religious” elected officials, approve of religious leaders’ engaging in politics and want religion brought into political debates. The Tea Party’s generals may say their overriding concern is a smaller government, but not their rank and file, who are more concerned about putting God in government.

All of which doesn’t mean we can just shrug this off as same-shit-different-name. One important thing has changed – giving them a fancy new nickname and a bunch of Astroturf rallies and endless coverage in both right wing and mainstream media has emboldened these dickweeds. It’s same-shit-different-name, but with more power and energy because of the fancy new name.

One measure of how emboldened the religious right is at any point in time is looking at book challenges and censorship in local schools. Interfering with the intellectual empowerment of minors is right up there on the priority list with raising the teenage pregnancy rate to produce a constant flow of examples to point to when wailing on about the wages of sin. And censorship attempts have already seen a lot of success this year, according to the American Library Association:

Last month ThinkProgress reported that a Missouri high school had banned Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel Slaughterhouse Five because religious residents complained that it taught principles contrary to the Bible. Now the American Library Association reports that this year alone, US schools have banned more than 20 books and faced more than 50 other challenges, with many more expected this fall as school starts …

While parents have traditionally launched the lion’s share of challenges, Deborah Caldwell-Stone, an attorney with the association, says she has noticed “an uptick in organised efforts” to remove books from public and school libraries.

The uptick in organisation is a disturbing trend to watch more closely. With religious right whining censorship efforts aimed at the internet or television, I think it’s easier just to see them as “concerned citizens”, since a lot of well-meaning but misguided people tend to get bent out of shape at kids’ investment in pop culture, which they erroneously believe is significantly different than their own youthful love of pop culture.

But attacking books shows that this isn’t about the religious right being concerned that kids’ minds are being numbed. It shows that they’re worried kids’ minds aren’t being numbed enough! Which, in turn, should make people inclined to agree with them about TV and music stop and think really hard. If people whose main concern is making kids stupid and compliant get upset at kids’ exposure to music videos and video games, it’s because they see those things, like books, as potentially horizon-broadening. Strangely, the religious right sees things the way I do in this way – they don’t see a significant difference between fiction in a book, on a stage, or on a screen. The big difference is they oppose all ways that can broaden horizons, and I see the potential to broaden horizons in all these various mediums, and believe that’s a good thing.

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  • BinkyBlue
    24 August 2011 7:39PM
    I’ve read this article twice now, and can spot no evidence presented that“The Tea Party moves to ban books”Are you just making it up?
  • gillyput
    24 August 2011 7:39PM

    endless coverage in both right wing and mainstream media has emboldened these dickweeds. It’s same-shit-different-name, but with more power and energy because of the fancy new name.

    Dickweed is my new favourite word.
    I despair for America.
    What have you done to deserve these Tea Party freaks?
    Mind you – what have we done to deserve these public school pipsqueaks?

  • nicita
    24 August 2011 7:42PM
    I thought that book burning and the extreme right had always gone together.  Bring on the most silly intolerant extemist candidate to oppose Obama.  However misguided in other respects, main stream Americans will see attacks of freedom of speech for what they are.
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    teaandchocolate
    24 August 2011 7:42PM
    Worrying.  I used to hide the odd edition of Jackie, a UK teen mag under my bed as a kid, and it was pretty innocuous.  It must be horrendous having to hide books from you parents.Have they banned Harry Potter?They are a worry, the American right; a right worry.
  • kikithefrog
    24 August 2011 7:43PM
    Sorry, could you explain again how you got from

    a Missouri high school had banned Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel Slaughterhouse Five

    to

    The Tea Party moves to ban books

    ?

  • gillyput
    24 August 2011 7:46PM
    Kikithefrog and BinkyBlue

    Last month ThinkProgress reported that a Missouri high school had banned Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel Slaughterhouse Five because religious residents complained that it taught principles contrary to the Bible. Now the American Library Association reports that this year alone, US schools have banned more than 20 books and faced more than 50 other challenges, with many more expected this fall as school starts …

    You think this is some kind of naturally occurring phenomenon? Or symptomatic of a swing to the right by emboldended biblebashing freaks?

  • thesnufkin
    24 August 2011 7:46PM
    So what exactly do American children read?No fairy tales – too pagan.No dinosaurs – that would annoy the Creationists.Clearly nothing about poor people who are wiser than kings or rich people who help the poor – that’s not the American way.No wonder when 911 happend that the book that Bush was reading was something  boring about a lamb.
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    Sarika008
    24 August 2011 7:48PM
    @kikithefrogI think the author is equating the Tea Party with the religious right, which may or may not be accurate. I think she believes it’s justified because Putnam and Campbell found one of the strongest predictors for being a Tea Party supporter in 2006 was wanting religion to play a bigger role in politics.
  • fogeverywhere
    24 August 2011 7:49PM
    Well, school libraries have always had some restrictions on what is available to young readers. How recently was Huckleberry Finn being bowdlerised by people who thought (?) that they could improve on Twain’s original? Who even thought (?) that the original wasn’t fit to be kept on the shelves of public libraries of the UK, if my recollection is correct.But if you deny children who want to read access to certain texts, they’re more likely to seek them out in private.The whole tone of this article – ’emboldened these dickweeds’, for example – is more appropriate to some of the more lurid comments BTL. Clearly the Tea Party is having some success.
  • kikithefrog
    24 August 2011 7:49PM

    The big difference is they oppose all ways that can broaden horizons, and I see the potential to broaden horizons in all these various mediums, and believe that’s a good thing.

    So good of you to tell us how far you see.

  • TheUsualSuspects
    24 August 2011 7:52PM

    Last month ThinkProgress reported that a Missouri high school had banned Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel Slaughterhouse Five because religious residents complained that it taught principles contrary to the Bible.

    Not the Tea Party then ?

    One measure of how emboldened the religious right is at any point in time is looking at book challenges and censorship in local schools.

    What is the ‘religious right’ ? Is there such a thing as ‘religious left’ ? Why append the label right/left wing. Just say ‘religious’.

    Additionally, I don’t think that banning books in schools is the most emboldened thing religion has done ‘at any point in time’.

    Dreadful article.

  • kikithefrog
    24 August 2011 7:53PM
    gillyput “You think this is some kind of naturally occurring phenomenon? “No, but I see no evidence whatsoever that it is anything to do with the Tea Party, still less that the Tea Party are moving to “ban books.”This whole article is a special sort of Guardian entertainment, the enjoyable group panic.
  • JohnnySmasher
    24 August 2011 7:53PM
    I’ve never understood why the USA is so fanatical about religion. It actually came as quite a surprise to me when I found this out, as I had always thought the US was a really progressive place.Let’s hope it doesn’t become like the Islamic countries, where not only are certain books banned, but to be caught in possession of one would mean being put to death.
  • LakerFan
    24 August 2011 7:53PM

    All of which doesn’t mean we can just shrug this off as same-shit-different-name. One important thing has changed – giving them a fancy new nickname and a bunch of Astroturf rallies and endless coverage in both right wing and mainstream media has emboldened these dickweeds. It’s same-shit-different-name, but with more power and energy because of the fancy new name.

    Looky- the radical right wing is burning books.  I have never seen that before….

    The uptick in organisation is a disturbing trend to watch more closely. With religious right whining censorship efforts aimed at the internet or television, I think it’s easier just to see them as “concerned citizens”,

    Upton Sinclair (American author) wrote that “When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”  Do you suppose if small right-angle appendages can be added to “the cross” it will resemble that “same-shit-different-name” thingie?

  • oxan
    24 August 2011 7:54PM
    @BinkyBlue

    I’ve read this article twice now, and can spot no evidence presented that

    “The Tea Party moves to ban books”

    Are you just making it up?

    Ah well, you see, the Tea Party is a nasty, right-wing, religious extremist organisation, and some school in Missouri took Slaughterouse Five off the syllabus, so obviously the Tea Party wants to ban books – get with the program!

  • softMick
    24 August 2011 7:56PM
    @AmandaInstead of using the tag-line –

    The Tea Party moves to ban books

    Try –

    The Iranian Regime moves to ban books

    The story could then remain the more or less the same, yet paradoxically both ultra-right-wing groups consider the other the enemy.
    When a group of people seeking power use religious indoctrination as a form of control the rest is pretty much history. They

  • kikithefrog
    24 August 2011 7:57PM
    Sarika008 writes, ” I think she believes it’s justified because Putnam and Campbell found one of the strongest predictors for being a Tea Party supporter in 2006 was wanting religion to play a bigger role in politics.”Well I can see that’s her line of thinking, I just don’t think much of it. I suppose “Member of a group sharing predictive factors for being a Tea Party supporter got book banned in Missouri” wouldn’t have been much of a headline.
  • LakerFan
    24 August 2011 7:58PM

    JohnnySmasher
    24 August 2011 7:53PM
    I’ve never understood why the USA is so fanatical about religion. It actually came as quite a surprise to me when I found this out, as I had always thought the US was a really progressive place.

    Let’s hope it doesn’t become like the Islamic countries, where not only are certain books banned, but to be caught in possession of one would mean being put to death.

    As an American, I see that the only difference between religious fanatics is the brand of religion.  Religion is truly destructive to reason.  Voltaire was right.

  • TheUsualSuspects
    24 August 2011 8:00PM

    LakerFan
    Looky- the radical right wing is burning books. I have never seen that before….

    Nobody is burning books. They are being proscribed in one (?) school. It has happened throughout history and has nothing to do with left/right wing labels.

    If I read this article correctly the attempt is to subtly link right-wing thought (however one wishes to express that) with religion and then take a moral high-ground. It is tenuous at best and riddled with holes.

  • Whitt
    24 August 2011 8:01PM
    I’m sorry Ms. Marcotte, but much as I feel that the Tea Party crowd are a bunch of wingnuts, I don’t see where you’ve made your case here.  You start with a premise that many of the Tea Party belong to the religious right, then make the leap to your your conclusion using a single case where a specific book was banned in one library due to complaints from members of the religious right (with no mention of the Tea Party) and a factoid”Deborah Caldwell-Stone, an attorney with the association, says she has noticed ‘an uptick in organised efforts’ to remove books from public and school libraries”that has no specifics as to who is behind these “organized efforts”.This is extremely sloppy work.  You are guilty of the same kind of practices that the Tea Party crowd engages in.
  • scassacocchi
    24 August 2011 8:07PM
    I loathe the Tea Party mentality as much as anyone, but this is a shockingly poor article, both in terms of writing and in terms of supplying actual information, as several other posters’ questions highlight. It’s also very sloppily edited (if edited at all). What does the first part of this sentence mean?

    With religious right whining censorship efforts aimed at the internet or television, I think it’s easier just to see them as “concerned citizens”, since a lot of well-meaning but misguided people tend to get bent out of shape at kids’ investment in pop culture, which they erroneously believe is significantly different than their own youthful love of pop culture.

  • LakerFan
    24 August 2011 8:09PM

    Last month ThinkProgress reported that a Missouri high school had banned Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel Slaughterhouse Five because religious residents complained that it taught principles contrary to the Bible. Now the American Library Association reports that this year alone, US schools have banned more than 20 books and faced more than 50 other challenges, with many more expected this fall as school starts …

    I think Kurt might like the idea that his book was banned by an ultra-right-wing fascist organization.  Think about how Slaughterhouse Five even begins….

    So US schools have banned 20 books that kids will read anyway.  The ultra-right-wing fascists are ignoring Goebbels Eighth Principle of Propaganda:

    8. The purpose, content and effectiveness of enemy propaganda; the strength and effects of an expose; and the nature of current propaganda campaigns determine whether enemy propaganda should be ignored or refuted.

  • SoberReflection
    24 August 2011 8:11PM
    So, the Tea Party opposes books that are contrary to its world view? No shit, Sherlock!The left would never do anything like that, would it? PC zealots are perfectly happy with Enid Blyton, for example, aren’t they?
  • kikithefrog
    24 August 2011 8:13PM
    I just re-read this article to see if it was still as silly. Looking at this bit,

    Missouri high school had banned Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel Slaughterhouse Five because religious residents complained that it taught principles contrary to the Bible. Now the American Library Association reports that this year alone, US schools have banned more than 20 books and faced more than 50 other challenges, with many more expected this fall as school starts …

    I noticed that there wasn’t even any evidence either that the “religious residents” were right wing at all  – and there is indeed a religious left, particularly among African Americans – or that the other 20-plus books mentioned were banned on religious grounds.

    I’d have thought it just as likely that they were banned or censored on grounds of political correctness. For instance there really was a reissued version of Huckleberry Finn that did not include the word “nigger”, even though the universal use of that term, and Huck’s gradual escape from that mental atmosphere as he learns to see Jim as a human being, is the theme of the book.

  • Jamestown
    24 August 2011 8:16PM
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  • kikithefrog
    24 August 2011 8:20PM
    I have.It’s OK.Yeah, all that Offred stuff. Gonna happen any day now. It was prophetic, the way that bloke who used to wonder around Oxford Street saying the end of the world was coming and don’t eat red meat was prophetic. He was prophesying.What was that boring academic postscript trying to say, though?
  • SamsonBadcock
    24 August 2011 8:23PM
    I read the Handmaid’s tale. Grossly over-rated, along with Catcher in the Rye and The Grapes of Wrath.Catch 22- on the other hand should be on every A level reading list.
  • MozP
    24 August 2011 8:24PM
    The far left like banning books.  The far right like banning books.Really, the two extremes are just two sides of the same, intolerant coin.
  • LakerFan
    24 August 2011 8:27PM

    kikithefrog
    24 August 2011 8:20PM
    I have.

    It’s OK.

    Yeah, all that Offred stuff. Gonna happen any day now. It was prophetic, the way that bloke who used to wonder around Oxford Street saying the end of the world was coming and don’t eat red meat was prophetic. He was prophesying.

    What was that boring academic postscript trying to say, though?

    That all fascists face a loaded pistol in that bunker in Berlin as the Red Army marches in.  Fascism commits suicide.  The book starts with that observation, by explaining why the species has, by cause-and-effect, decided not to reproduce.

    I can also explain the plot to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

  • bassireland
    24 August 2011 8:29PM
    @Jamestown

    The Islamists [CAIR] complain about something everyday. Everyday! You get a line on a story some Christians are complaining about a book, and, poof, the Tea Party is engaging in censorship. Amazing and a tad dickweedish.

    I suspect CAIR is less likely to get its way and if it was we’d be up in arms about that. It’s not which particular brand of imaginary friend extremism you favour, its simply imaginary friend extremism that I object to.

  • LakerFan
    24 August 2011 8:30PM

    MozP
    24 August 2011 8:24PM
    The far left like banning books. The far right like banning books.

    Really, the two extremes are just two sides of the same, intolerant coin.

    The far left like writing books.

    The far left like reading books.

    The far left like books.

    Fascists and extremists of any stripe don’t like books.

    Goebbels’ Principles of Propaganda 14:

    14. Propaganda must label events and people with distinctive phrases or slogans.
    a. They must evoke desired responses which the audience previously possesses

    b. They must be capable of being easily learned

    c. They must be utilized again and again, but only in appropriate situations

    d. They must be boomerang-proof

    Reading books is enjoyable and useful.

  • Jamestown
    24 August 2011 8:33PM
    bassireland

    I suspect CAIR is less likely to get its way and if it was we’d be up in arms about that.

    Do a little research about CAIR then decide because you obviously don’t know just how often they do get their way.

  • GreenLake
    24 August 2011 8:33PM
    The Tea Party is a loose coaltion of people with dumb ideas about the economy.The fact most of them are ignorant, religious, right-wing extremists should not be surprising, but their extracurricular beliefs and activities should not be conflated with the TP’s mission.They should, however, alert other TP supporters who are not ignorant, religious, right-wing extremists that it’s only natural they should be judged by the company they keep.
  • LakerFan
    24 August 2011 8:39PM

    Jamestown
    24 August 2011 8:33PM
    bassireland

    I suspect CAIR is less likely to get its way and if it was we’d be up in arms about that.

    Do a little research about CAIR then decide because you obviously don’t know just how often they do get their way.

    Way out of the context of this article, but I’ve never heard of CAIR.  Just how similar is CAIR to the teabaggers?  Sides of the same coin sort of thing?  Has CAIR burned books at some Aryan Rally or something?

    Are we to be concerned that there are two bags of nuts out there that ban/burn books?

  • Contributor
    Sarika008
    24 August 2011 8:40PM
    @scassacocchiThis post is part of the Guardian Comment Network, and was cross-posted on CIF because some readers may find the content thought-provoking.  The Guardian does not change the content of the author’s work.
  • Whitt
    24 August 2011 8:42PM
    “Fascists and extremists of any stripe don’t like books.” – LakerFan
    *
    That’s not true.  Fascists and extremists use books to promulgate their POV.  It’s other people’s books they don’t like and want to forbid.
  • LakerFan
    24 August 2011 8:46PM

    jazzdrum
    24 August 2011 8:35PM
    Orwell and Krishnamurti should be taught to every school child, a complete social education.

    And they used to be.  My basic California education included Orwell’s works, Krishnamurti’s, Hesse’s, Voltaire’s, Shakespeare’s, Thoreau’s and all of Victor Hugo’s.

    Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World were part of the secondary literature curriculum, as were the works of Graham Greene, Dickens, and Jane Austen.

    To paraphrase Dr. Jones: If the goose-stepping morons would READ books instead of burning them, there might be more “potential to broaden horizons in all these various mediums, and believe that’s a good thing.”

No body tells it better than Bernie Sanders….He is a progressive’s progressive…

Bernie Sanders on U.S. economy: It’s a horror show
Posted on 09.14.11
By Eric W. Dolan
Categories: Biz/Money, Featured

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) appeared Wednesday on MSNBC to discuss the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual report on poverty, where he described the report as a “horror show.”

The report found that 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty, the highest amount since the Census began recording the statistic 52 years ago.

“The middle class is collapsing and we have now by far the most unequal distribution of wealth and income of any major country on earth,” Sanders said.

“We need aggressive action on the part of the president and the Congress, and if the Republicans continue to say ‘no, no, no to jobs,’ the president has got to continue going around the country,” he added, “because I think the overwhelming majority of the people want a jobs program, they want to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, they do not want to give any more tax breaks to the wealthy and large corporations.”

Watch video, courtesy of MSNBC, below:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640

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Grounds for A Democratic Primary Challenger….obama is done,so far as I am concerned

Lesser of Evils ?

Do we just sett for the lesser of evils? Or do we take one from his play-book, and look forward and not back ward. I’m sure you remember he used this rationalization for not seeking prosecution for the war-criminals; ie: bush, chaeney,and their bundle of attys, including the A.G. gonzales who made it look as if torture was legal.

Okay, let’s use that play. Let’s look fwd to having someone in the whitehouse who will not quit after the campaign is over, and who will continue after the campaign, to fight for the people who placed him in the job of  look out for the people, and not just capitulate at every obstacle thrown in his way by the extreme right wing nut jobs. Life in america is much too dear to us to allow the nut-jobs to destroy it all, and much too dear to us to allow an incompetent weakling to just stand down and hand it over to their every whim. We need to show him that if he doesn’t have the strength and courage to take the the risk of a big move, WE DO.

None of us alone can get this done , we have to ORGANIZE, we need to stand together in one voice and make our selves heard. We need to be the absolute essence of  a TRUE GRASS-ROOTS MOVEMENT.  The voice of “we the people”  , the people who know what America truly stands for, the people who won’t cower and allow ourselves to be told  “what the American people want” , we know what we want.

We also know what we don’t want, we definately don’t want what has been going on in washington for th last few years , as far back as when obama first emerged onto the scene as a candidate. We saw him fight as a candidate, then when he became president we saw only capitulation and weakness. How is it he was castrated so soon after the inauguration. Did he lose his speech writer, or did he sit down and bask in the glory of being the first african-American presisdent, and did he think that was enough?

A Direct Statement To The President…

It was not enough to rest on your laurels every time you made some minor accomplishment. The bigest and most important issue is, and has been, for your entire term ;  JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, JOBS , JOBS…….the working men and women, at least those who wish they could work, need to provide for their families and thenselves and maintain some semblence of self-worth and self-esteem. The American worker is sufffering to an extent that no one can imagine. Especially YOU, can’t imagine,  or so it seems. 

Instead of making this exclusively the  first and most important priority  from day-one, you felt is was more important to work on your own egotistical legacy. And in itself, the Affordable healthcare law, was another failure derived from capitulation. You threw in the towel on single payer, public option and medicare for all, long before it was necessary. You,sir,  need to have someone teach you the simple basics of negotiation, negotiation 101. A tactician; you are not. A strategist; you are not. Planning for every contingency, is something you mostly neglect. My long-time beleif is that these are the basic skills an attorney is mandated to know and should be profficient in, in every thought, and every circumstance. My beleif, sir, is that you are weak and incompitent in the skills required to be president. If you think that continually giving in to the other side makes you the bigger man,,, you could not be more wrong. Our only hope for this country is to find someone with the required skills and competency to be an effective president. I’m desperately hoping that we can find that person before it is too late for him to launch an effective campaign and WIN. I do not want you to win if there is a better choice. However if we are not able to find that person, then I guess we will be forced to live through another term without a competent prsident.     – truthnreality

Here is one option, an option I have been hoping for:

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/videoLibrary/assets/swf/CSPANPlayer.swf?pid=301027-1