Friday, September 24, 2010

SAR #10267

There are not enough jobs for everyone, and there won't be.

A Big Secret:  The CIA has a big – 3,000 man - secret army running around Afghanistan (and into Pakistan) assassinating Taliban and Al-Qaida targets.  Sort of land-based drones and probably about as accurate.  Or not.

Reruns:  The GOP “Pledge to America” is an election season piece of propaganda that promises to return to the glorious days of yesteryear, when Bush cut taxes, cut taxes, cut taxes and invaded countries.  It would privatize Social Security, gut Medicare, kill all those parts of the health care reform bill that cut into the profits of insurance companies and add trillions and trillions more to the national debt.  It is the know-nothing platform of a group of dimwits, well designed to lure the unthinking and fearful.  Some said it is the GOP's 'Bad Idea', which isn't quite right: The GOP itself is a bad idea.

You're Not My Mother:  T-Mobil – admitting it reads all of  your texting - claims it has the right to censor text messages that are sent over its network.  Freedom of speech does not extend to text messages unless they are sent by large corporations in support of right wing political candidates.

Risky Business:  Insurance companies have stopped selling child-only insurance policies because they can no longer refuse to insure kids who might get sick.  That's why we should vote Republican and let the insurance companies go back to gouging people for profit – it makes for a healthy health insurance industry.

Summer Houses:  Existing house sales edged back over the 4 million mark in August after reaching a ten year low in July, while the backlog of unsold houses dropped to 11.6 months (which does not count a year or two's worth of shadow inventory).

Headliner:  “President tries to humanize healthcare...”    How dare he!  We want our inhuman healthcare system back.

And the Beat Goes On:  China has (or has not) banned the export of rare earth metals to Japan as part of the wrangle over the South China Sea. The metals are essential in the manufacture of high tech things like hybrid cars, wind turbines and guided missiles, and China controls 95% of the world's supply. Oh, they’ve kissed and made up

Totally Fracked:  An independent lab in Pennsylvania has found fracking chemicals in the well water of "almost everybody" living in one neighborhood in Pennsylvania where 'hydrofracking' has been done. Cabot, the guilty party, said they were not responsible.  The residents agreed that Cabot was irresponsible.

Pop Quiz:  Why are there no hyenas in Europe? Because they're all in DC.

All Along the Watchtower:   The Pentagon is moving 8,000 Marines and their dependents (plus civilian contractors etc) from Okinawa, where they are not wanted, to Guam, where they are not wanted either.  The move will increase Guam's population by 45% - by some 79,000 people.  Why not just bring them back to the US?   And it takes 70,000 people to deploy 8,000 Marines?

In Range:  Another week of initial unemployment claims and the four week moving average of those claims to hover in in 450,000 – 475,000 range, where it has been for about 10 months.

Porn O'Graph: 0.2% That's the latest spread, and the Dems are on top.


rjs said...

a cant miss: Rep Hank Johnson Worries Guam Could "Capsize" After Marine Buildup

Anonymous said...

Porn O'Graph: Keep on deluding yourself. May I recommend Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd.

The democrats are out of touch with reality. The latest example was Colbert's testimony today. What a farce!

They will get the same treatment the republicans got in 2006 and 2008.

kwark said...

Anonymous 5:53 - you're probably correct, but I gotta wonder. . . why would the same people who gave the repubs the boot up the ass in 2006 and 2008 vote for them now? It's not like the repubs have changed! Are American's memories that poor or is it that we are that easily deluded by scams like the "tea party" bullsh!t?

CKMichaelson said...

kwark - I think the explanation for this summer's entertaining MSM nonsense about the GOP running away with the cheese was based on two things (1)The Rasmussen Reports GOP slant and (2) the story feeding on itself.

As for delusions - I did not make up the survey nor the chart. But I am not deluded enough to think that Colbert's 'testimony' proves anything about the Dems. His point was that it was, in fact, a farce.

And American electoral history is replete with little feverish outbreaks of the Tea Party type. Until they start having barbecue and beer at the polling places it will be the older and more somber who actually go and vote - especially the Medicare/Social Security bunch.


Anonymous said...

I don't see how any rational person would want to give either party carte blanche in Washington. If you're pleased with how either party handled control of Congress and the White House, you're a crazy ideologue, period.

Blissex said...

«Freedom of speech does not extend to text messages»

Only government has to respect freedom of speech. You know that. Private companies have no obligation to respect it, constitutional or otherwise.