Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Quotation for Today: Exuberant Industriousness

In Virginia's General Assembly, gynophobic Republican legislators continue to work with exuberant industriousness to enact laws that endanger the health of women.  The quotation for today captures one aspect of how Virginia's newly passed, gynophobic legislature -- mandating politically-driven medical procedures (e.g., sonography, etc.)  -- endangers women health care.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Thousand Words, Vol. 1, Issue 5.

The picture, referenced via a hyperlink, highlighted in this post speaks volumes about the appreciation of labor in contemporary America.  You can view the picture here


Yes, I read the company's rebuttal to the picture here, and for two reasons I didn't find the response to be a credulous one.  The first and most important reason is the customer didn't publicly rebut the picture, and the second reason was the company's rebuttal was not clear as to the incorrectness of the credit card receipt.

Quotation for Today: Disparaging Critical and Scientific Thinking

What is GOP presidential wannabe, Rick Santorum, true issue with public education?  The quotation for today gives us a convincing answer to this question.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Quotation for Today: Creating an American Plutocracy

The quotation for today reminds us again of the loathsome nature of the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.  Equally important, the quotation and the article referencing the quotation provide insight into how the majority of the Supreme Court justices viewed the impact of their Citizens United decision.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Quotation for Today: Moral Hazard - A Dog Whistle

The quotation for today opens a discussion about the somewhat arcane economic concept known as "moral hazard" and how it -- by excusing greed and selfishness -- is used to pervert our sense of community.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Pillorying Private Citizens; Shame on America

The twisted nature of American society is captured well in the two articles highlighted in this post.  There is something dreadfully wrong with America and its mores when we pillory public school teachers.

Quotation for Today: Stupid Men Provoke Unnecessary Wars

The quotation for today raises the questions: Who is generating the hype about Iran developing nuclear weapons? What is the motivation of the people and organizations who are generating the Iran nuclear commotion.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Quotation for Today:Virginia's Republican Bullies

Continuing the good fight against gynephobes is the theme of the quotation for today.  Republican presidential wannabe  --  Rick Santorum  --  and America's Roman Catholic bishops seem to be the public voices for America's contemporary gynephobes.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Santorum's Coded Speech on Theology

Recently, there has been a great deal of reporting on the criticism of President Barack Obama's faith by Republican presidential wannabe, Rick Santorum.  Follow me across the break to learn about two articles that detail some of Mr. Santorum's criticism and indirectly highlight one of Mr. Santorum's phobias.

Quotation for Today: A Secret System a la Nixon's White House Tapes

The quotation for today, as the post's sub-title teases the reader, introduces a story about alleged illegal activity by government workers. The alleged illegal activity involves government workers performing partisan political work while on the public payroll.  Apparently, the government workers, while performing their partisan political work, were utilizing electricity bought and paid for by taxpayers.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Oil, Oil, Oil: The Fuel of International Strife

It is now almost 23 years since the oil tanker  --  Exxon Valdez  --  ran aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The middling-size oil spill of the Exxon Valdez accident continues to wreak havoc with the ecosystem in Prince William Sound. Now, the oil industry wishes to build a new pipeline to a seaport in the United States or Canada. Over the jump, you can read more about these oil goings-on.

Quotation for Today: Lobbying for Inequality

The quotation for today opens a discussion about poverty, middle class, elites, capitalism and democracy.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Thousand Words, Vol.1, Issue 3.

In America, you could be in the top 400 of income "earners" and pay an effective tax rate that is between zero and ten percent.  Follow me over the jump to learn more about the top 400 "earners" in America.

Quotation for Today: Republicans' New, Old Gospel

In this world of intense income and wealth inequality in which we live, it is encouraging to see that some of our political leaders recognize the potential destructiveness of that inequality.  The possible effect of intense income and wealth inequality is the theme of the quotation for today.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Organized Criminal Enterprise? RICO Act Applies?

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) successfully brought a case against a hedge fund and its Chief Executive Officer. The hedge fund utilized a late-trading scheme to profit off mutual funds that invested in international assets.  For more on this case and the civil fines ordered follow me across the jump.

A Thousand Words, Vol. 1, Issue 2.

To understand the problem with American government policies on women's health care, go here.  To take action on this important subject, continue reading on the other side of the jump.

Quotation for Today: Phobic Mania

Today, the quotation provides an interesting look at a peculiar dialogue where a Republican politician poses a question, then answers the posed question in his theocratic-educated, xenophobic voice.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Vampire Squid and the Bank of Canada?

In the Rolling Stone magazine of April 5, 2010, Matt Taibbi wrote an article (cited across the break) about Goldman Sach's global financial reach via its former employees.  In that article, Taibbi described Goldman Sachs as "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money." This post provides another example of the "vampire squid's" financial reach.

Quotation for Today: What Property Laws?

The quoted comments in this post again direct our attention on the misdeeds of the mortgage and banking industries; wrongdoings that led to the Great Recession and the current Little Depression.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Protecting the United States' Economy from Artful Banking

The 111th Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act  --  a new law to govern banks and the financial industry  -- and President Barack Obama signed it into law in  2010.  The Dodd-Frank Act establishes a banking rule called the Volcker Rule; named after former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.  The Volcker Rule is the focus of this post and the article highlighted in it.

PNREF: A Citizens United Created Political Group

Who is the political group Public Notice Research & Education Fund (PNREF)? Who finances PNREF?

Quotation for Today: Caring Health Care, For All

The quotation for today helps us to understand why the United States' health care system, in order to faithfully and adequately serve the American people,  must be improved.  The rigid, narrow minded focus of a leading segment of our nation illustrates that we still have a great deal of work remaining.

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Thousand Words, Vol. 1, Issue 1.

The failure of American political leadership during the past three decades is well captured in a picture that accompanies a story about Apple and Foxconn.  The picture can be viewed here.

Quotation for Today: Warped Nature

The quotation for today introduces us to a discussion about the warped nature of modern American conservatism and the conservative movement's standard-bearer -- the Republican Party.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Regulating Capitol Hill Insiders

This post highlights a news story about Wall Street professionals lurking around Capitol hill in order to obtain inside information that will help them profit in the Wall Street casino.

Quotation for Today: Compromising First Principles

The quotation for today raises a critical political issue that the American electorate must confront in this presidential-election year.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Quotation for Today: A Democracy Or A Theocracy?

The efforts of religious groups and Republican politicians to carve out an exemption to the Constitution of the United States are the focus of today's quotation. It is clear that these religious organizations Republican politicians believe their sectarian dogma triumphs the Constitution of the United States.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Gangsters and Banksters: A Serial Tale, Part VII

In this seventh post of Gangsters and Banksters, we have another tale of bankers inflating the value of assets that are included in products to be sold to unsuspecting clients.

The Banking, Mortgage and Financial Brethren

The continued saga of misbehavior by banks and their related brethren in the mortgage business is discussed in this post.  The tale outlined in this post will amplify the information that previously was provided in the "Quotation for Today"; a sordid story of alleged mortgage foreclosure fraud and the ensuing lawsuit against the alleged perpetrators.

Quotation for Today: Banking On Fraud

With today's quotation, we are introduced to a lawsuit against three too-big-to-fail banks.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Indiana Republicans Find Voter Fraud

As many of you are probably aware, paranoid Republicans have worked themselves into a frenzy about nonexistent voter fraud.  Well it appears that Indiana Republicans have found a true case of voter fraud.

Quotation for Today: The Failure of Mitt Romney's Safety Net

The quotation for today, across the jump, captures the singularly, quintessential consequence on many Americans of Republican-guided economic and governmental policies that began with the election of Ronald Reagan.  Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, wishes to continue these egregious economic and governmental schemes; strategies that favor Wall Street mandarins and the remainder of the One Percent at the expense of the 99 Percent.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Quotation for Today: Mitt Romney And The "Fortunate" Poor

Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, in a recent interview on CNN declared he was not concerned about poor Americans.  Well, as the enclosed quotation for today illustrates he has plenty of company.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Quotation for Today: U.S. Government for the One Percent, Bought and Paid For

With today's quotation, we continue to look at how the One Percent is fighting back against democracy and economic fairness in the most ferocious and undermining way imaginable; utilizing super PACs and 501(c)(4) non-profit groups to name a few known categories facilitated by the United States Supreme Court's decision in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Gangsters and Banksters: A Serial Tale, Part VI

Today, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged four former bankers and traders of the Credit Suisse Group with engaging in a fraudulent scheme to overstate the prices of $3 billion in subprime bonds.

Inane Rules of the NCAA

The inane rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association are examined in the article that is reviewed in this post.

Quotation for Today: State Disapproved Freedom of Conscience

Religion's war on freedom continues in the United States.  The quotation for today, on the other side of the break, illustrates the extreme lengths that religious fanatics will go to in their attack on freedom.