Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Republican Impervious to Reason Litmus Test

In 1546 the Roman Catholic Church condemned Copernicus because he believed that the planets circled the sun. In 1633 Galileo was denounced and sanctioned for supporting the theory. It wasn't until 1939 that the church officially admitted the mistake. Today we see a similar problem with the, blame it mostly on religion and American jingoism, Republican party which requires its leaders to pass a difficult litmus test. The requirements are outlined in an editorial in the St Louis Post-Dispatch called "Eight myths to chill an old-school Republican soul".

Saturday, June 25, 2011

#SharedSacrifice - It's Time To Stand Up To The Bullshit Attacks On The Middle Class

"The middle class is collapsing". Most Americans agree with Bernie Sanders, whether they like him or not. Congress is incapable of acting because both parties have sold out to the corporate oligarchy. Join the conversation via the twitter hash-tags #SharedSacrifice or #USDOR

The Dollar Redesign Project

The dollar redesign project has some interesting examples of new designs ideas for our paper currency. For some reason I have a feeling conservatives wouldn't like the set of designs that include the FDR $100 bill below or the design for a new one dollar bill.


Friday, June 24, 2011

How To Rape Your Mother (Earth) And Like It - From Your Friendly American Petroleum Institute

In the name of profit and greed the energy companies and their public lobbying voice The American Petroleum Institute continue to promote the lie that mining of Canada's tar sands only consideration should be creating jobs and a freedom from foreign oil. They never talk about reducing oil consumption through conservation or the extensive environmental and health damage these mining methods cause. Nor do they ever mention the enormous consequences tar sand mining has on carbon emissions and climate change.

In reality these methods have caused major environmental damage, are making people sick and adding significantly to the world's carbon emissions that drive climate change. The institute is the mouthpiece and lobbyist for the oil industry.

The ads almost always promote the safety and the abundance of energy sources that are "right underneath your feet". We only have to  exploit these hidden sources to create "thousands" of jobs and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil.  If only the politicians, environmentalist, and your mother, the earth, would just get out of the way.

"Gee whiz I didn't know that" the friendly female voice interjects...

Here's an example of the API's sweet and family friendly bullshit....



and here's a report on the widespread destruction related to tar sands mining in Canada:

Thursday, June 23, 2011

US Day Of Rage Gathers Steam - Non Violent Organization Ramps Up Protests Against The Corporate Oligarchy

After many months of building an organization US Day of Rage has launched its new website today. The organization, which up until now has been mainly based around social media and twitter, is now moving on to the next phase of non violent protest with a national effort for boots on the ground citizen protests in key cities and state capitols around the country directly aimed at the corrupted and corporate controlled political system .

USDOR believes that most of the evils and inequities citizens experience in the course of their daily lives can be traced directly back to well meaning citizens relinquishing political power to this global network of corporations and a political system that continues to be co-opted by them. USDOR's main aim is presently focused on stopping corruption they believe is caused by the out of control and unregulated influence that corporate contributions have on our political system.

USDOR has setup an extensive social media network on tweeter and facebook to facilitate these planned future people protests.

Here is excerpt from the USDOR manifesto with links for those who may want to get involved:

Corporate influence corrupts our political parties, our elections, and the institutions of government.

Bought by hard and soft dollars, disloyal, incompetent, and wasteful special interests have usurped our nation’s civil and military power, spawning a host of threats to liberty and our national security.

We have had enough.

Legitimate government is born of the self-interest and will of the people expressed by its citizens in free and fair elections. It does not spring from a tyranny of corporate or royal patronage, or a system or ideology that runs counter to the aims of life.

The institutions of government were designed to protect the principles of our democratic republic and to serve the will of citizens.

Corporations, even those owned by foreign shareholders, use money to act as the voices of millions, while individual citizens, the legitimate voters, are silenced and demoralized by the farce.

Free and fair elections inspire good citizenship and public service, because they engage the intelligence and genuine good will of the American people.

They produce the kind of stewardship our nation desperately needs, because they ensure that citizens can influence their destiny, and make genuine contributions to society.

Free and fair elections remedy the myriad ills and abuses of a corrupt and illegitimate government, which preys on the resources and spirits of citizens. These abuses and ills are listed on the official US Day of Rage twitter hash tag #usdor.

For these reasons, we come together now to organize a national and non-violent protest.

We demand that integrity be restored to our elections.

One citizen. One dollar. One vote.
For many citizens understanding and dealing with the scope of the problem of runaway corporate influence on our political institutions and our lives has been a daunting undertaking.

We came across this piece via The Raw Story where Pulitzer-winning author and former New York Times reporter Chris Hedges offers his revolutionary world-view. In the video below, his recent “Endgame Strategy” piece for AdBusters is read aloud by George Atherton.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Boeing Outsourcing - Runaway Shop Tactics Translate Into Poorly Built & Engineered Planes

Boeing's greedy once admired barons of the airline industry continue to commits hari-kari.....

The freaking bottom line is the only thing that matters to these wizards of industry nowadays. Not loyalty to their employees, not patriotism, not loyalty to  the communities that help them become the rich and powerful entities they became. Anybody with a pea brain knows that The Boeing Company ran to South Carolina to avoid having to bargain with the Machinist Union and the other unions here in Washington State that for most of their existence as a company built their planes. It's an unfair labor practice to do that. Or it used to be a unfair labor practice.

Everyone thought that The NLRB has been neutered by a succession of anti-worker federal administrations and political sellouts. But recently it offered up a ruling on the Boeing move to South Carolina that made it look like the old NLRB. The one setup in the 1930's to protect the collective bargaining rights of workers. The ruling said that Boeing moved its plant to avoid the union and by doing so had discriminated against the machinists in Washington State because of their union activities.

The underlying problem, that the company doesn't seem to get, is that the Boeing Company doesn't build planes that are as good as the ones they used to build. Why you may ask, outsourcing work to unproven factories and workers across the globe, many experts believe, caused the delays, engineering quality drop offs and skyrocketing cost of the next generation 787 Dreamliner. Which is now several years behind schedule.

Build it cheap instead of building a quality product was the company's new mantra. Forget the fact that Seattle is the envy of the nation because of its skilled workforce, especially when it comes to building jet planes. Yes, maybe we demanded more money and our dignity, but it was worth ever penny. Boeing's name used to be synonymous with quality built planes, but not so much now. Washington State ate, slept, and breathed The Boeing Company. Generation after generation of Northwest family members worked at the company. It says much about the supposed loyalty this company had for this community.

The gnashing of teeth and whining over the NLRB decision by these pompous corporate dolts and their right wing scab cronies would lead you to think someone killed their first born child. They beleive their good businessmen, but in the end whether the machinist union wins the day or not Boeing will have destroyed the goose who laid their golden egg because of their greed and disloyalty to this community that's played a key role in making them successful in the first place.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Trickle Down Bull Crap Argument Rules The Day

Chart of the day. Corporate taxes are now lower then during the administration's of Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush. The standard Republican argument is that lower taxes on the rich create jobs, but research shows that exactly the opposite is true. But the lying continues.

Instead of creating jobs what has been created are massive cuts in government services,  programs, jobs, health care and aid to education. The effect of this is to exacerbates the economic stagnation we find ourselves in today. More government spending is needed now, not less. The Democratic Party's strategy should be to articulate this message effectively instead of running from it.


via: Best of the Blogs



Thursday, June 16, 2011

36th District Democrats Endorse Yes Vote On Tunnel Referendum #1

At least two-thirds of active PCO and other key Democrats located in the neighborhoods that border both ends of the proposed AWV Hwy 99 Tunnel have now endorsed the project. The 36th District composed of the Queen Anne, Magnolia, Ballard, Phinney Ridge, Belltown, Fremont, and Greenwood neighborhoods recommended a yes vote yesterday. The 34th District comprising West Seattle and Vashon Island's neighborhoods endorsed a YES vote on the tunnel referendum last week.

These are the people that have direct experience traveling the Hwy 99 corridor and not eggheads sitting at the Stranger, in the Mayor's or councilperson O'Brien's office kept busy trying to make up sanctimonious and negative shit about building the tunnel. Both the 34th and 36th require a 2/3 majority of those voting for an endorsement.

Most elected officials have long supported the tunnel as the best option to replace the crumbling Alaskan Way Viaduct. Officials estimate that $800 million dollars would be lost if  tunnel construction were stopped now. Opponents have offered little in the way of actual concrete ideas on how to handle the traffic or what it would cost should the tunnel not be completed thereby  putting ALL traffic onto surface streets or the already gridlocked I-5.



Eh- Some Drunks High on Molson's and 220's Trash Vanhoserville Tarnish Lord Stanley's Legacy Forever - Bruins Suck

Ironic thought.... working class can't connect the dots.. The government can send your sons, daughters brothers and sisters off to fight and die in some questionable foreign war. Runaway corporations and banks can steal the people's money and put deadly pollutants into the environment and poison the food supply with impunity. The government can take away your ability to effectively bargain for better working conditions. The rich can exploit the poor without punishment. The political system is so corrupt and unresponsive that it is almost entirely ineffective. Your civil rights have been co-opted in favor of a police state mentality and fear mongering.

Wait a minute that's the US not Canada. Maybe not....

The only thing apparently that really pisses you off enough to take to the streets in Canada is losing a fucking ice hockey championship. The chant "fuck the bruins, fuck the bruins" while you destroying a police car is a rather haunting non sequitur.

These hockey riots reflect the anger of the young with those in power, with authority in general and with the status quo enforcer police. The general perception by the young is that society has failed to create justice and equity or a Stanley cup champion.  The large crowds of disgruntled  hosers fresh from losing the championship game and high on Molson's and 220's  provided an opportunity for them to manifest some Canadian misdirected working class anger, eh?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Lopping Off Some Super Rich Wiener

This is the shit the mainstream media should  be talking about instead of Weiner-gate 24/7. Fucking hacks!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Transportation Not The Only Reason: Building The AWV Tunnel Will Create 30,000 Jobs

Progressives and some economists on the left say that we need a new stimulus plan now to ward off a double dip recession. Though a Republican controlled congress probably won't go for that. Seattle is lucky because if we are smart and bold we won't need the wing nuts in Congress to create a stimulus program of our own. The plan of which I speak will create 30.000 mostly union wage high paying new jobs in the region. All we have to do is stop the egghead reasoning, nit-picking and misleading information campaign by obstructionist who continues to interfere with moving forward.

What could this stimulus program be you may ask?  It's simple, build the deep bore tunnel.

One of the most compelling reasons for building the tunnel in this jobless economy is that it will create lots of jobs. In fact years of union wage construction jobs and other jobs at new and existing businesses that will come with the eventual transportation improvements and revitalization of the entire waterfront.

We have only to overcome one final hurdle. We can do it by voting YES on Proposition #1 August 16th. Your pioneer square waitress will thank you later when the establishment she works at is full of tunnel construction workers having lunch.

Message To Youth: Being A Misfit Is Always A Good Thing

I'm put off by beer commercials where the subtle message is that it's unmanly to be different. This goes beyond beer commercials really, because it's a general trend in America. If your a misfit, the thinking goes, your supposed to be ostracized as a mental case. I know I'm telling you something you already may know. But, I think lots of people need to be reminded of the fact that people who choose to be different are always the ones who create the really meaningful things in life. Young people especially need to hear this message because of the overwhelming peer pressure they experience when they find out they may not be the same as their contemporaries wish them to be.

Style arbiter Glenn O'Brien (great last name) talks about how men's fashion is effected by this peer pressure to conform.


Patty Murray Playing Key Role In Effort To Keep Dems Majority In Senate

Many insiders think it will be a uphill battle. Murray has taken on the challenge as the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Many give Murray credit for raising more money than the Republican counterpart Senate campaign at this stage of the game.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Just Keep Telling Yourself That Climate Change Is Total Bullshit

But, maybe you won't... after you watch this video.

Removal Of South End Of Viaduct 6 Months Ahead Of Schedule

Who needs a fancy tunnel anyway? Motorists and businesses who regularly need to use the Hwy 99 corridor overwhelmingly say we do.

The viaduct was closed Saturday so that state Department of Transportation crews could tear down two columns to make way for the new southbound Highway 99. It reopened late Saturday night. "We're scheduled to take down the south end of the viaduct here six months early,"  says Matt Preedy of the state DOT. But right now workers need room, so they closed northbound lanes from the West Seattle Bridge to Royal Brougham. Southbound lanes were completely shut down Saturday. "Then you don't have many options left, right? - when the viaduct is closed," said one motorist who was caught in the jam. This weekend's gridlock could be a glimpse at traffic in October, when the viaduct will close for nine days so crews can knock down nearly a mile of elevated road. If nothing else, the weekend closure shows just how dependent Seattle is on the viaduct,  and how much strain it causes when the major thoroughfare is not available. (via KOMO story on this weekend's closure of the viaduct)

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Happy Birthday Ted Fliss

Ted was a quintessential Queen Anne boy and raconteur friend of mine who pasted away in February. Today would of been his 66th birthday. I found this rare Polaroid the other day that Ted sent me in 1967, when he was in Vietnam. At the time I was in the Army stationed in Germany. There was no letter with the photo, only a short note on the back that said, Ah sucker, Watcha doing?


Georgetown Carnival Happens Saturday Noon To 8pm

Be sure to check out the Freakatorium.


Need A Date With Someone Who Loves Cats?

Attention online daters, here's a creepy ad that was apparently posted on eHarmony as this cat lady's video Bio. Meow!



via: The Daily Dish

Holier Than Thou Slog Story On 34th District Dems Endorsement Of Tunnel Only Reflects Their Overwhelming Bias


The Slog post is tainted by their uppity, we know best, holier than thou anti-tunnel position. Their comments on the 34th 68% recommendation for approval of Prop 1 attempts to give the impression that somehow those of us who live in the 34th are not informed enough about the issue to really know what we are doing or what's best for our district. The story's bias is palpable, based on comments like this one: 

"That's to be expected from West Seattle residents who use the Alaskan Way Viaduct more than residents of other neighborhoods."
  
Da! 

I'm a 34th district PCO and attended the 34th district endorsement meeting and like most of the Democrats there, voted to endorse the pro-tunnel Proposition 1. Maybe the 34th District (West Seattle and Vashon Island) Democrats recommended approval of Prop 1 because we are sick of obstructionists like the Slog and McShwinn and 10 years of delay on a highway we actually NEED to use on a daily basis. 

We actually KNOW how important it is to have the Hwy 99 corridor modernized, and as soon as possible. We also know the pie in the sky no-plan they propose that calls for improved transit, using I-5, bicycling and "other" surface options would be more expensive, cause even more gridlock and will not best serve an overwhelming number of people who live in the 34th, who actually have to drive a vehicle to get their goods, services and themselves to market. 


Surprise - Study Shows Bush Tax Cuts Complete Failure

10 years after the fact, studies from the Tax Policy Center and other economic think tanks show that the Bush tax cuts didn't create enough jobs, a claim that Republicans often used as the original argument for the cuts. It appears that the tax cuts mainly went into the pockets of rich and cut government revenues that help put the country on the road to today's federal deficits.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Australian Climate Scientists Who Support Tax On Carbon Emmisions Recieve Death Threats

Australian climate scientists are receiving death treats these days over their support for a tax on carbon emissions. One scientist was even threaten with death for promoting tree planting. This seemingly innocuously wholesome ad, which features Cate Blanchett and a cute little baby, outlines the supporters position for the tax. But the ad has also apparently been riling up the anti-environmental redneck crowd down under.


Via: Grist Magazine

Monday, June 06, 2011

McShwinn's Bike Crashes

One term mayor? The polls are in and the citizens of Seattle aren't happy with Mike apparently. The question would seem to be is his approval rating crashing because he's bunging up the viaduct replacement or because he not doing a very good job in general as mayor of Seattle. The appointment of his bicycle club buddy brought a load of bad press. Which he didn't really handle well.

Is he alienated people with his elitist approach to politics and getting things done, or not done? He seems to me to be a Mayor who comes across as only interested in some of his constituents,  i.e. people who think everything you read in the Stranger is actually useful and hip along with the people who want to turn Safeco field into a velodrome. Rather than being a mayor for all the citizens of Seattle it appears he has chosen to pander to certain groups in my estimation. I guess we'll know more after the schizophrenic citizens of Seattle vote on the viaduct replacement issue in August.

Advice for Boys - "Keep Your Wiener In Your Pants"

I remember when I was a kid and my brother was going out on one of his first dates. My father told him to "keep your wiener in you pants" as he went out the door.

Which I thought was very funny and bold as a young boy even though I didn't really know entirely what wiener he may have been possibly talking about given my age at the time. It's good manly advise I'm sure now in retrospect for anyone today who thinks that sending compromising photos over the internet is somehow a good idea ever.

Message to an ex-girlfriend: I did the honorable thing and deleted all those wonderful photos you emailed me way back when we were in the infatuation stage.  So you can now run for political office if the opportunity presents itself.

Congressman Anthony Weiner is in hot water for sure. It's looks more like Weiner will be barbecued to me. We are sure of one thing there will now be enough Weiner double entendre headlines to fill a book. The point is I would think after today's revelation he's totally fried.

It's rather heartbreaking for us who thought he was one of us and loved his rants against the Republicans. Poor wife too.

Weiner is on TV now admitting he sent the photos. I know your asking yourself, why would a US Congressman send nude photos of himself to anyone. Who the hell knows. It will be a tragedy losing this progressive voice and more importantly the credibility it so often carried. Not many people on the fence are going to trust much he says from here on out even if his rather candid admission today somehow ends up saving his congressional seat in Congress or his marriage.







Sunday, June 05, 2011

No Thanks Mike - My Letter To City Council Candidate Michael Taylor Judd

I received an email from Michael Taylor-Judd asking for my support of his candidacy for the Seattle city council position 1. This was my reply.

Mike,

I am Seattle native and lifelong Northwest resident. I'm sure your a fine individual and mean well, but I cannot support you with my vote or political influence for city council since I disagree with your decision to oppose the deep bore tunnel.

I think that it is unwise to oppose the tunnel at this time. I beleive the horse has left the barn. I see it as the real compromise between the bicycle and transit oriented surface options folks and the real transportation needs of the city, region and people who must get around in vehicles that take their goods and themselves to market.

I-5 is not a option really and most of the objections I have seen to the tunnel I consider elitist, naive and out of touch with reality.  Almost all of the state's political types to date have supported the DBT with the exception of Mayor McShwinn, council member O'Brien and the entire staff of the Stranger. I know these well meaning people have considerable political influence with citizens who are not well inform about this complicated issue. Also I believe that these vocal interurban progressive types have little commuting, business or getting goods and services to market experience.

If anything the continuing attempts to stop the project will be what causes cost overruns.
Which as we really know is a false premise since there are always cost overruns with capital projects of this scale. The question is how to limit the cost overruns, which the state seems be taking seriously so far in-spite of the atmosphere created by the naysayers.

I have written extensively on this subject (of the DBT) in my blog. In the progressive blogosphere I know I am a contrary opinion on this issue and others. I am hoping that citizens, other then the folks I referred to above, will inform themselves about the full impacts of not building the DBT at this late stage of the process and vote to continue the construction in the upcoming special August election. At this point I think it would be a grave mistake not to support the tunnel.

One other main point I would like you to consider. I think that the tunnel would ultimately bring about the entire revitalization of the waterfront and as a side benefit create up to 30,000 long term union wage construction jobs in the community, and many service jobs and small business jobs after it's completion. This would undoubtedly be a major stimulus program for the community during the time that it is badly needed. Something that you as a politician in these difficult economic times should consider a top priority.

Finally I think we have talked enough about what we must do to replace the crumbling viaduct and seawall. Citizens of the Seattle deserve leaders who take action. 10 years of talking and "milking the mouse" on major political decisions of this type is long enough. 

Sincerely,
Danny O'Brien

An Old Working Class Bastard's New Manifesto For America

I can be a cynical old bastard, but at least I'm your cynical old working class middle class type of a bastard. In my 64 years on this earth I have rarely experienced the incompetence and corporate and political shenanigans I've seen from today's host of lackey politicians of both parties in concert with a host of unethical corporate Shylocks. (no offense to my Jewish friends intended)

It is not rocket science really, we need progressive outside the envelope thinking and action and not the pandering we most often nowadays get from our so called leaders in both parties. My premise is also based on the belief that deficit federal spending is needed more than ever now to overcome the backward out of date old white man, corporate manipulated thinking that caused the great recession in the first place.

We don't need long winded ideological driven ploys and speeches that fain the need to cut spending as a be all end all solution to every problem that troubles mankind or our nation either. Plus the religious zealots need to get the fuck out of the way and stop using the bible as their guide for American political progress and modernization. Please leave the book of revelations out of planning for the future. Religion is a personal and spiritual practice not a political one.

old fart manifesto for the working and middle class
  • Reverse the Citizen United Supreme Court decision as soon as possible and pass a constitutional amendment that entirely eliminates and outlaws corporate funding of candidates. Creates a system of publicly and individually financed elections.
  • Authorize a new massive stimulus program that's aimed at rebuilding our nation's crumbling infrastructure 
  • The rich and corporations must start immediately paying their fair share of taxes, including ending tax breaks for oil companies and other special corporate interest groups
  • Religious organizations and churches should be taxed
  • Create and overall energy policy that moves us towards reducing green house gases and foreign dependence and recognize that climate change is caused by human activity. Set goals and timetables for reducing green house gases.
  • Strengthen and expand laws, that protect the right to organize labor unions that collectively bargain for workers wages hours and working conditions
  • End American involvement in wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere and reduce American military presence virtually everyplace on earth.
  • Reduce overall military spending
  • Repeal the Patriot Act 
  • Stop the right wing attack on women's rights
  • Strength Social Security and expand Medicare
  • Raise the minimum wage to $12 dollars per hour
  • Strictly regulate all food production and safety and support and create infrastructure and laws that promotes small farming and family farm production of naturally grown foods. Work to reduce the consumption of processed foods. Restrict the use of pesticides. Regulate large corporate farming, seafood and meat production
  • Promote physical activities, healthy lifestyles and the consumption of natural produced organic foods
  • Support tax incentives and stimulus programs that are environmentally friendly and reduce energy use. Grant tax incentives for private parties who build small scale energy producing environmentally friendly alternatives for their private use
  • Protect gay and trans-gender rights and legalize same sex marriage
  • Reform the educational system, including reducing class size and modernizing our teaching methods and curriculum 
  • Pass a constitutional amendment that strengthens the separation of church and state
  • Pass a law that requires at least a 30 day paid vacation for every worker annually if they wish to use it
  • Outlaw "ask your doctor" type drug commercials. Make generic drugs readily available and assure there testing and safety.
  • Reform drug laws and immediately legalize and tax the sale and use of marijuana for everyone over 18. Increase funds for those needing drug treatment
  • Prosecute the people in the financial industry who's speculation and criminal activity caused the great recession or if they break the law. Enforce the antitrust laws
  • Create a federal program that provides low interest loans to home owners in distress and buys properties (that can be sold back later by the government) that are in foreclosure
  • Revise bankruptcy laws that make it easier for homeowners to walk away from bad home loans without losing everything they own, Such laws would at the same time be aimed at forcing lenders to be more inclined to refinance bad loans on homes with distressed mortgages, mortgages in foreclosure or for homes that are underwater
  • Separate by law banking operations from Wall Street investment enterprises and make credit available to those who qualify 
  • Computerize all medical records and widely expand the availability and access to preventive medicine practices
  • Prosecute racists groups and individuals when they violate the civil rights laws or threaten others
  • Reduce military aid to Israel and begin acting like an evenhanded and fair mediator between the Palestinians and Israel on a 2 state solution which promotes the return of Palestinian to their former lands within the 1947 borders
  • Reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons 
  • License gun owners and require them to pass a course on gun use and safety in order to own or possess a firearm. Outlaw the sale of assault weapons and their sale at gun shows. Toughen laws that keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.
  • Reform immigration laws and create a path for immigrants to become citizens. Protect the border and stop illegal immigration as much as possible. Pass the dream act.
  • Pass laws that make it easier for all citizens to register and vote in elections and allow everyone to vote by mail. 
  • Give large federal grants to the states that help them weather the recession
  • Create government make work programs that are aimed at cleaning up environmental damage. Move away from nuclear and coal energy sources until it can be proven that it is safe and will not cause environmental damage or additional green house gases
  • Expand the social safety net for those in need, including those needing unemployment insurance, food stamps and free medical care
  • Promote birth control and parenting programs and early childhood food and support programs
  • Keep abortion legal and available. 
  • Outlaw the practice where former politicians can become lobbyists  once their term in office is completed
  • Protect the environment, animals and the water supply
  • Promote bilingualism and  sexual education in the schools
  • Strengthen penalties for violations of worker safety laws, racial, sex and sexual orientation discrimination in the work place and wage discrimination
  • Modernize the national power grid, and create internet access for all. Protect net neutrality
  • Restrict the use of the filibuster in Congress and pass laws that restrict a "tyranny by the minority"
  • Restrict or eliminate Frankenfoods and monopolies that control the access to crop and garden seeds
  • Reform the presidential electoral college so that a candidate winning the greatest number of national votes cannot lose the election (The National Popular Vote Act). Create a system of regional primary elections for all potential presidential candidates that would happen in each particular region on the same day (different dates for each region) and involve all parties and candidates
  • Reform our mental health delivery system and create institutions and housing for mentally ill patients who need it.
  • Fund mass transit, high speed rail and alternatives to automobile use
  • Stimulate small businesses that manufacture made in America products or that  promote innovation that creates jobs in the United States.   
  • Penalize and tax companies that ship American jobs overseas
  • Create a program that would create millions of college scholarships
  • Expand FEMA and/or programs that deal with national natural disasters
  • Make the NCAA create a Division 1 college football championship playoff system (oh well, why not)
  • Make doing the wave at baseball games a capitol crime

Dancers Try To Take Back The Jefferson Memorial Following Previous Arrests

This is a follow-up on a post I had last week. I know it's Code Pink but who really gives a shit. The point is this is law enforcement overreaction per-say. It seems the authorities sent a public relations man who attempts to act reasonable, but of course his premise is flawed. The point should be the police aren't needed to enforce bullshit rules such as who and who can't dance in public places.