ENDA and The Present Congress

Lately I have heard a lot of anger directed at Democratic congress people and senators.  People talking about with holding support from people who are our best friends in congress.

Anger directed towards Barney Frank that comes from a Transgender Movement that has its ideological roots in very homophobic heterosexual cross dresser organizations such Tri-Ess.

WTF…  Take off the blinders folks the Republican Party has controlled this country pretty much since the 1960s.  Today they have stood like George Wallace obstructing any attempts to roll back their neo-fascist corporate ass kissing right wing elitist rule.

In two years we have made more progress than in the previous 28.

As piss poor as it is we finally got some Health Care Reform.  Did y’all miss what a bloody struggle that one was.

DADT…  The only way we got that one through even with the stalling provisions was by attaching it to the Defense Budget re-authorization bill.

As I have said earlier some of the Democrats being chided for not moving ENDA through this congress are in campaigns against people who are to the right of Attila the Hun.

Before you get too hard on them it might be useful to consider that these same Democrats weren’t able to get a benefits bill that would support the health care needs of the first responders to 9/11 passed over the Republican obstructionists.

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American Fascism’s Continuing Assault on ‘Useless Eaters’: Phyllis Schlafly Smears ‘Unmarried Moms’ Receiving Unemployment Benefits

From Anti-Fascist Encyclopedia: http://www.antifascistencyclopedia.com/allposts/american-fascisms-continuing-assault-on-useless-eaters-phyllis-schlafly-smears-unmarried-moms-with-unemployment-insurance

By Charlie Eisenhood
Think Progress | Jul 30th, 2010

schlafly American Fascism’s Continuing Assault on ‘Useless Eaters’: Phyllis Schlafly Smears ‘Unmarried Moms’ Receiving Unemployment Benefits

Over the past two months, many Republican pundits and members of Congress have been calling for the end of unemployment benefit extensions for the millions of Americans who can’t find work. Meanwhile, GOP Senators held the unemployment insurance (UI) extension bill hostage for weeks as 2.5 million Americans were left without the “desperately needed lifeline” of UI benefits. Even as five workers fight for every one job opening, Republicans are still calling the unemployed “spoiled” and suggesting that blocking benefits is fine because it only affects a “small amount of people.”

Last week at a fundraiser for Michigan GOP congressional candidate Rocky Raczowski, conservative pundit Phyllis Schlafly added her voice to the chorus crying out against government assistance for the poor or unemployed:

One of the things Obama’s been doing is deliberately trying to increase the percentage of our population that is dependent on government for your living. For example, do you know what was the second biggest demographic group that voted for Obama? Obviously the blacks were the biggest demographic, y’all know what was the second biggest? Unmarried women. 70% of unmarried women voted for Obama. And this is because when you kick your husband out, you’ve got to have Big Brother Government to be your provider. And they know that. They’ve admitted it. And they have all kinds of bills to continue to subsidize illegitimacy…

The Obama administration wants to continue to subsidize this group because they know they are Democratic votes.

Schlafly’s argument is specious. She talks about “subsidizing illegitimacy,” but not all single women are mothers. Less than 20 percent are mothers to young children. The rest include millions of widows, millions of young never-married women, and plenty in between — some of whom have kids, but most of whom do not.

Continue reading at:  http://www.antifascistencyclopedia.com/allposts/american-fascisms-continuing-assault-on-useless-eaters-phyllis-schlafly-smears-unmarried-moms-with-unemployment-insurance

Desert Religions Run Amok

Religion, all religion oppresses using ignorance and superstition to perpetuate cruelty upon cruelty.

Islamic extremists like those asserting Sharia Law and the Taliban are some of the worst of the worst.

I am going to quote from the following post on another blog:  http://momento24.com/en/2010/07/31/image-of-an-afghan-woman-shattered-the-world/

Trigger Warning!!! Do not click on this link if you are easily disturbed by photographs of Atrocities

Text from site:

The Time published in its cover a surprising and disturbing picture, a portrait of Aisha, a young Afghan woman of 18 years old, who was convicted by a Taliban commander to cut off her nose and ears for not following the rules of her community.

Aisha posed for the photo because she wants “the world to see the effect of the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan’s women, many of which resurfaced in recent years.”

The photograph is accompanied by a solid story by Baker Aryn about how “Afghan women have embraced the freedoms that have come from the defeat of the Taliban and how they fear a resurgence of them.”

The journalist from The Time said he “thought a lot about whether to put this picture on the cover of The Time. First, he wanted to make sure the safety of Aisha and to ensure that she understands why she would be at the cover. She knows that she may become a symbol of Afghan women who had had to pay for the Taliban’s repressive ideology.” It was also confirmed that she is being kept in a secret and protected place by armed guards and sponsored by the NGO Women for Women of Afghanistan. “

Continued at:  http://momento24.com/en/2010/07/31/image-of-an-afghan-woman-shattered-the-world/

By The Way…  It was St. Ronnie Reagan who armed the Taliban and helped them come to power.  Including initially supplying them with the Stinger missiles that are now shooting down our helicopters and killing our military personnel.

No gods, No masters

Some Disturbing Statistics

From Questioning Transphobia

Reposted with permission from Lisa Harney

Original post at:  http://www.questioningtransphobia.com/?p=2732&cpage=1#comment-10884

From Yahoo Finance:

The 22 statistics detailed here prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the middle class is being systematically wiped out of existence in America.

The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer at a staggering rate. Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world, but now that is changing at a blinding pace.

So why are we witnessing such fundamental changes? Well, the globalism and “free trade” that our politicians and business leaders insisted would be so good for us have had some rather nasty side effects. It turns out that they didn’t tell us that the “global economy” would mean that middle class American workers would eventually have to directly compete for jobs with people on the other side of the world where there is no minimum wage and very few regulations. The big global corporations have greatly benefited by exploiting third world labor pools over the last several decades, but middle class American workers have increasingly found things to be very tough.

Here are the statistics to prove it:

•    83 percent of all U.S. stocks are in the hands of 1 percent of the people.
•    61 percent of Americans “always or usually” live paycheck to paycheck, which was up from 49 percent in 2008 and 43 percent in 2007.
•    66 percent of the income growth between 2001 and 2007 went to the top 1% of all Americans.
•    36 percent of Americans say that they don’t contribute anything to retirement savings.
•    A staggering 43 percent of Americans have less than $10,000 saved up for retirement.
•    24 percent of American workers say that they have postponed their planned retirement age in the past year.
•    Over 1.4 million Americans filed for personal bankruptcy in 2009, which represented a 32 percent increase over 2008.
•    Only the top 5 percent of U.S. households have earned enough additional income to match the rise in housing costs since 1975.
•    For the first time in U.S. history, banks own a greater share of residential housing net worth in the United States than all individual Americans put together.
•    In 1950, the ratio of the average executive’s paycheck to the average worker’s paycheck was about 30 to 1. Since the year 2000, that ratio has exploded to between 300 to 500 to one.
•    As of 2007, the bottom 80 percent of American households held about 7% of the liquid financial assets.
•    The bottom 50 percent of income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.
•    Average Wall Street bonuses for 2009 were up 17 percent when compared with 2008.
•    In the United States, the average federal worker now earns 60% MORE than the average worker in the private sector.
•    The top 1 percent of U.S. households own nearly twice as much of America’s corporate wealth as they did just 15 years ago.
•    In America today, the average time needed to find a job has risen to a record 35.2 weeks.
•    More than 40 percent of Americans who actually are employed are now working in service jobs, which are often very low paying.
•    or the first time in U.S. history, more than 40 million Americans are on food stamps, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that number will go up to 43 million Americans in 2011.
•    This is what American workers now must compete against: in China a garment worker makes approximately 86 cents an hour and in Cambodia a garment worker makes approximately 22 cents an hour.
•    Approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010 – the highest rate in 20 years.
•    Despite the financial crisis, the number of millionaires in the United States rose a whopping 16 percent to 7.8 million in 2009.
•    The top 10 percent of Americans now earn around 50 percent of our national income.

So, about those bootstraps and rugged American individualism. How’s that working out, United States?

And that racist colonialist imperialist legacy that’s all about exploiting workers in the Global South?

Also, is there truly any job on Earth that is really worth millions of dollars, 10s of millions? 100s of millions? Is there any reasonable meaning to the concept of a single person being a billionaire? Obviously there is meaning, as all that wealth concentrated in a few hands means that so many do without so much. But is it really rational for this to be an economic reality?

Friday Night Fun and Culture Act 2

Friday Night Fun and Culture

FBI admits probing ‘radical’ historian Zinn for criticizing bureau

While many babble on about how free people are in America I have tended to question the reality of that freedom. Too often that freedom seems to mean one is free to work wages so mean and parsimonious as to give meaning to the term “wage slavery”.  Oddly that freedom doesn’t seem to extend to the rights of labor to organize, form unions and strike for better conditions, otherwise why would workers who try to exercise that freedom be fired, subjected to beatings and arrest or sometimes even murdered by those who are authorized to enforce the nations laws.

Why are people of color, women, LGBT/TQ people considered subversive and anti-American when they ask that the nation that claims to stand foursquare for freedom, justice and equality honor those claims by giving people of color, women and LGBT/TQ people those things the nation says it is most proud of.

Why are those who peacefully dissent and point out the short-comings, the bait and switch nature of these claims spied upon by secret police when our government tells us that only totalitarian governments use secret police to spy upon citizens who peacefully dissent.  Why is it okay for a nation that claims to stand for freedom of speech turns around and black lists those who have the audacity to speak out against the injustices of racism, imperialism, sexism and homophobia?  Are terminations and black listing the marks of freedom or of an authoritarian police state?

Is it more radical to petition an authoritarian state to be allowed to become part of that authoritarian state than it is to work to end the authoritarian state that oppresses so many?

The late Howard Zinn exposed the reality behind America’s image and showed us how it was so often a bright and shining lie.

For this he was investigated by the FBI and I am sure by secret police squads all over the country.  His crime being a truth teller with the courage to speak that truth to power.  I am not surprised at their attempts to have him fired and blacklisted as that is the nature of those involved in the maintaining of the authoritarian aspects of corporate freedom and the government by and for the rich.

From Raw Storyhttp://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0730/fbi-admits-probing-zinn-criticizing-bureau/

By Daniel Tencer
Friday, July 30th, 2010 — 3:22 pm

FBI files show bureau may have tried to get Zinn fired from Boston University for his political opinions

Those who knew of the dissident historian Howard Zinn would not be surprised that J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI kept tabs on him for decades during the Cold War.

But in a release of documents pertaining to Zinn, the bureau admitted that one of its investigations into the left-wing academic was prompted not by suspicion of criminal activity, but by Zinn’s criticism of the FBI’s record on civil rights investigations.

“In 1949, the FBI opened a domestic security investigation on Zinn,” the bureau states. “The Bureau noted Zinn’s activities in what were called Communist Front Groups and received informant reports that Zinn was an active member of the CPUSA; Zinn denied ever being a member when he was questioned by agents in the 1950s.

“In the 1960s, the Bureau took another look at Zinn on account of his criticism of the FBI’s civil rights investigations.”

Continue reading at: http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0730/fbi-admits-probing-zinn-criticizing-bureau/

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