Saturday, October 29, 2011

Headlines - Saturday October 29


Okay you Whopper-and-Almond-Joy-loving heathens: Time to give it up for Jesus. Citing Halloween's "ungodly images," Pastor Paul Ade has created JesusWeen, "a God-given vision born as an answer to the cry of many." The cry is for Bibles, which JesusWeen followers will be giving out on a day it's "widely acceptable to solicit," thus forging "the most effective Christian outreach day ever." Get ready children - Jewish, Muslim, atheist, agnostic and other pagan types - it's Bibles for you. Yum.

Can't they just let us heathens have ONE holiday that doesn't focus on Jeebus?


The same assholes who put the "We Are the 1%" signs in the windows of the Chicago Board of Trade, no doubt:

Someone in the Chicago Board of Trade dropped leaflets on top of "Occupy Chicago" protesters Wednesday afternoon as they rallied alongside unions in the city's financial district.

"We are Wall Street," the leaflet said. "It is our job to make money."

"Go ahead and continue to take us down, but you're only going to hurt yourselves," it continued. "What's going to happen when we can't find jobs on the Street anymore? Guess what: We're going to take yours."

"Do you really think we are incapable of teaching 3rd graders and doing landscaping?" the leaflet asked. "We aren't dinosaurs. We are smarter and more vicious than that, and we are going to survive."

You really think that you'll get hired to clip hedges instead of someone used to getting paid minimum wage? I don't think so, jackass.


Blue-eyed Snidely Whiplash wannabee Paul Ryan was awarded three Pinocchio's for his claim that Kenyan Usurper Hawaiian Devil Baby President Obama has "219 new regulations coming out, costing over $100 million each." (Fact Checker)


Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) -- New York police and fire personnel removed gasoline cans and generators this morning from Zuccotti Park, where Occupy Wall Street protesters have been camping out for almost six weeks, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. The equipment, which has helped the protesters power computers and mobile phones and keep warm as temperatures dipped to near freezing, are safety hazards and unlawful, Bloomberg said today on his weekly radio show on WOR.

"We'll just freeze them out."


What the fuck kind of sense does it make to give any credence at all to what a bunch of old, celibate, never-been-married men say about marriage, anyway? "Bishop William Lori of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee on Oct. 26 about the "grave threats to religious liberty that have emerged even since June." Lori specifically singled out the administration's refusal to defend the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and state efforts to expand marriage equality to gays and lesbians. ... The Catholic Church has led the opposition to same-sex marriage across the country (including fights in California, Maine, New York, and now Minnesota), despite limited support from American Catholics. A recent poll found that just 35 percent of Catholics oppose same-sex marriage and only 16 percent of Catholics say church leaders have "the final say" on homosexuality, down from 32 percent over the past 25 years."


Boehner rejects Democrats' $3 trillion deficit reduction proposal to 'supercommittee'

The asshole republicans in Congress are the ones who aren't interested in governing, so the President is taking his case to the American people -- the same people who give him a 46% approval rating while Congress is thoroughly hated by everyone and comes in at an "only plague-carrying rats are less popular" 9%.

The same people who want the rich to pay their fair share, who are waking up to the fact that the hippies were right all along and the trickle-down of Reaganomics really did piss on 99% of us...after they beat us up and took our lunch money.

They keep yammering about "job creators" but they don't say the part that we all know -- those "job creators" created their jobs in India and China and other emerging economies with too many people and too few resources.

And by the way -- the delusional drunk SOB who put out this work calendar for 2012 doesn't get to whine about a President who is trying to do something, with the support of the American people behind his agenda, of "giving up on government." Reality -- and the well-known accompanying liberal bias -- says he's a lying sack of shit.


I swear to a god I don't believe in, Barack Obama's campaign couldn't have put together a work schedule that makes the "do-nothing Congress" meme any more literally true.


Remember back in February? When Egyptian protesters in Tahrir Square carried signs reading: "Egypt Supports Wisconsin Workers. One World, One People."

Egyptians know from police brutality, so they're supporting Occupy Oakland.

As they vowed earlier this week to do, Egyptian pro-democracy protesters marched from Tahrir square to the U.S. Embassy today to march in support of Occupy Oakland-and against the type of police brutality witnessed in Oakland on Tuesday night, and commonly experienced in Egypt.

In this post, photos from Egyptian blogger Mohammed Maree, who is there at the march live-tweeting these snapshots. He is a journalist with, a human rights activist, and a veterinarian; all photos are his.

Click here to see the photos. 


'StudentsFirst' Spending $70,000 To Support MI GOP Rep. Who Backed Huge Education Cuts


Now it seems that a President Romney will allow the Israeli government to decide American policy toward that country. The free daily newspaper Israel Hayom — a media outlet closely associated with right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — asked Romney if, as president, he would ever consider moving the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In his answer, Romney made some astonishing claims. First, that his policy toward Israel will be guided by Israeli leaders; second, on the Jerusalem issue, he'd do whatever Israel tells him to do; and third, he does not think the United States should take a leadership role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:

ROMNEY: The actions that I will take will be actions recommended and supported by Israeli leaders. I don't seek to take actions independent of what our allies think is best, and if Israel's leaders thought that a move of that nature would be helpful to their efforts, then that's something I'll be inclined to do. But again, that's a decision which I would look to the Israeli leadership to help guide. I don't think America should play the role of the leader of the peace process, instead we should stand by our ally. Again, my inclination is to follow the guidance of our ally Israel, as to where our facilities and embassies would exist.

The policy that the American Embassy reside in Tel Aviv and not Jerusalem pre-dates the current administration. In fact, as Lara Friedman notes at Americans for Peace Now, the U.S. "does not recognize the sovereignty of any party in any part of Jerusalem (East or West)" and it's "a policy that dates back to pre-1948, and has been followed by every U.S. Administration since, regardless of the President or party in the White House."

In 1995, Congress passed a law allowing funding for the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, but the law includes an executive waiver allowing the president to invoke national security interests to block such a move. Every U.S. president since the law passed, Clinton, Obama and Bush, has invoked that waiver.

In an email to ThinkProgress, Jerusalem expert Daniel Seidemann laid out the consequences should Romney follow through on his pledge:

Were an American President be actually so irresponsible as to move the US embassy to Jerusalem outside of the context of a comprehensive permanent status agreement, such a President would contribute nothing to legitimizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Instead he would be following Israel into abject isolation, and the United States into an weakened and marginal regional and global role.

Mitt Romney the candidate falls short of making that irresponsible undertaking, and one would hope that if elected President he would find less devastating ways of protecting the US interest and aiding Israel to arrive at a conflict-ending agreement.

But it might also come as a surprise to some that Romney not only wants Israel to dictate U.S. policy, but that he does not want the United States to lead the peace process. Out on the campaign trail, Romney regularly says Obama "has thrown Israel under the bus." But perhaps now we know who Romney thinks should be driving it.

Meanwhile, Herman Cain denies that Palestinian people exist.


Report: Democrats' Super Committee Proposal Is Far To The Right Of All Other 'Bipartisan' Compromises


Jackass Trader Expands On Crazy Leaflets With Insane Manifesto

You know they have commenter sections on Fox News for this crap, right?

Last week the smug oddballs at the Chicago Board of Trade were dumping cryptic leaflets on the Occupy Chicago protesters mysteriously proclaiming with all the rhetorical precision of Chuck Grassley's Twitter feed to be the "1% paying for this." But one turd floating in the swimming pool is never enough, right?, so our anonymous chicken shit trader is back loosing a whole stream of word-diarrhea. 

You do not actually need to understand economics to be a trader, which is presumably with this nervous little feces-flinger's limited imagination of all the other employees in America consists of workers who mow his lawn and wash his fancy car, and, apparently, evil teachers snuck in there somehow (thanks, Wisconsin!).

Back in "reality," the relentless march of income inequality fueled by decades of increasingly shitty wages, the breakdown of unions, decimated retirement funds, rising health care costs, blah blah blah have forced all-time high numbers of people to seek public assistance in spite of spending entire lifetimes working the same grueling long hours — Americans lead the world in labor productivity — that this douche bag trader believes he and he alone works for all his precious monies.

From Bloomberg:

A record 49 percent of Americans live in a household where someone receives at least one type of government benefit, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And 63 percent of all federal spending this year will consist of checks written to individuals for which the government receives currently no services, the White House budget office estimates. That's up from 46 percent in 1975 and 18 percent in 1940.

Right. NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG. [Raw Story/ Bloomberg]


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