Angry over tax cuts, callers reportedly crash 2 White House phone lines

From Yahoo News: http://tinyurl.com/27xcdre

From The Lookout:
By Liz Goodwin
Tue Dec 7, 9:17 am ET

A Democratic strategist who led the “Patriotic Millionaires” anti-tax-cut campaign says that within hours of her urging 10,000 email recipients to call Valerie Jarrett’s office to complain about tax cuts, two White House phone lines were overwhelmed and forced to shut down.

Erica Payne tells The Lookout she emailed the office number of Jarrett’s chief of staff, Michael Strautmanis, to about 10,000 progressive donors and groups Monday morning, urging them to call and complain about a then-rumored (now confirmed) compromise with Republicans that would allow all Bush tax cuts to remain in place for two more years. She later blasted out Jarrett’s own office number after Strautmanis’ shut down, she says. That number was out of service for several hours but is now working again, she says.

Payne was part of a campaign to gather the signatures of more than 100 millionaires asking President Obama to raise their taxes for “the fiscal health of our nation and the well-being of our fellow citizens.” Billionaire Warren Buffett also supports tax increases, arguing it’s unfair that he pays a lower tax rate than his housekeeper. Payne says some longtime progressive donors are so mad about the compromise “they can’t see straight.”

House Speaker-to-be John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other tax-cut supporters argue it’s bad economics to raise taxes on anyone when unemployment remains high. President Obama announced Monday evening that he also thinks extending all the tax cuts for two years is good for the economy, though congressional progressives are reportedly “furious” that they are expected to vote to preserve tax cuts even for those making over $250,000 per year.

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AFA: WikiLeaks is about gays in the military, not Assange

Note:  The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the AFA a hate group along with the KKK and Aryan Nation.

From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/afa-blames-gay-soldier-wikileaks/

By Daniel Tencer
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 — 7:29 pm

A senior official at the American Family Association says the political storm over the WikiLeaks cables shows that gays shouldn’t be allowed to serve in the military.

Bryan Fischer, the AFA’s head of issues analysis, believes he knows what motivated the man thought to be behind the WikiLeaks release of State Department cables: A “homosexual” agenda.

Private Bradley Manning, who has been in US custody since he was linked to a WikiLeaks release earlier this year, “sold out his country in what may turn out to be fit of gay pique,” Fischer writes at the AFA’s blog.

Fischer, the AFA’s director of issues analysis, writes that Manning “was, at a minimum, seriously confused about his sexuality, and at worst, launched the WikiLeaks campaign to strike back at the military for its ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, which he vehemently opposed.”

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The President’s Last Stand Is No Stand At All: Why the Tax Deal is an Abomination

Along with several other books about the Wall Street/Market Economy created economic crisis I am reading Robert Reich’s  Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future

I highly recommend it to anyone seeking a greater understanding of why the global economy is in crash mode yet the rich seem to be making out like bandits.  Hint:  They are making out like bandits because they are con artists, scam artists, thieves and bandits.

From Robert Reich’s Blog: http://robertreich.org/post/2132901013

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The deal the President struck with Republican leaders is an abomination.

It will cost $900 billion over the next two years — larger than the bailout of Wall Street, GM, and Chrysler put together, larger than the stimulus package, larger than anything that’s come out of Washington in years.

It makes a mockery of deficit reduction. Worse, the lion’s share of that $900 billion will go to the very rich. Families with incomes of over $1 million will reap an average of about $70,000, while middle-class families earning $50,000 a year will get an average of around $1,500. In addition, the deal just about eviscerates the estate tax — yanking the exemption up to $5 million per person and a maximum rate of 35 percent.

And for what?

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London

From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/wikileaks-assange-police-tuesday/

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, December 6th, 2010 — 6:29 pm

Update: Assange denied bail, remanded to British custody

Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange was arrested Tuesday morning by London Metropolitan police on a warrant out of Sweden.

The Guardian reports on a statement from Metropolitan police that “Assange, 39, was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant by appointment at a London police station at 9.30 a.m.

He is accused by the Swedish authorities of one count of unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation and one count of rape, all alleged to have been committed in August 2010.”

One of the charges, which appears to be new, is that he had sex with a woman while she was sleeping.

Assange was denied bail and remanded into British custody until at least Dec. 14, according to reports from the scene.

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Massive Child Sex Cover-up in German Catholic Church Implicates the Pope

From Atheist Oasis: http://atheistoasis.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/massive-child-sex-cover-up-in-german-catholic-church-implicates-the-pope/

On December 3, Deutsche Welle printed a story about an investigation into child sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. It revealed a massive cover-up that’s been going on, at least, since 1945.

The lawyer heading up the investigation, Marion Westpfahl, said at a press conference on Friday that the available records pointed to huge gaps in the documentation between 1945 and 2009. She added this hinted strongly at a “systematic system of cover-up,” in which few abuse cases were criminally prosecuted.

“Only 26 priests were convicted for sexual offences,” Westpfahl explained to reporters, saying she found 365 files containing evidence that “acts of abuse had taken place in an almost commonplace manner. … We have to assume that there is a large unknown number [of abuse cases],” she said. “We are dealing with the extensive destruction of files.”

In the 13,200 files available, Westpfahl found evidence damning “159 priests, 15 deacons, 96 religion teachers and six pastoral employees, with rural areas particularly affected.”  Those, of course, are only the obvious ones.

During the period from 1977 to 1982, this archdiocese was in the charge of then Archbishop Josef Ratzinger, who is now Pope Benedict XVI, CEO of the world’s largest child rape organization, known as the Catholic church.  According to Westpfahl, the years under Ratzinger were especially poorly documented.

Continue reading at:  http://atheistoasis.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/massive-child-sex-cover-up-in-german-catholic-church-implicates-the-pope/

Transgender Kids Still At Risk

I recently came across this article in the Advocate and was further reminded of it again this morning by the e-letter sent out  by True Child
Transgender Kids Still At Risk

I recently penned an article for the homepage of The Advocate about kids who are still dying because of their gender identity or expression. Please click the link to read the full article online.

The nine recently reported suicides of boys savagely bullied at school have been rightly deemed tragedies — the outpouring of sympathy, outrage, and empathy from the LGBT and mainstream press, community, and leadership has brought the issue of teen suicide to national attention.

But in reading the blogs and watching the news reports, I couldn’t help but think about the untimely deaths of LGBT kids whose stories haven’t been heard. Imagine if those nine young people had been killed, violently, by their peers. It’s unthinkable. Then push further: Imagine the outrage and sadness if it had been not nine but a dozen. Not a dozen but two dozen. Not two dozen but three or four or five or six dozen dead kids.

A pointless exercise in unimaginable grief?

Not at all…

Read full article

Riki Wilchins

Director of Programs and Research

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Feeling Sold Out by Obama

A statement I could have punctuated as a question.

Except as a feminist I was a Hillary supporter and always felt hinky about Barrack.

Like he was a really good salesman selling a really expensive product that could have a major impact on my life and that he wasn’t all that interested in my wants and needs.

Oh I have his campaign buttons, I gave his campaign money.

But as one of those people who could pull multiple letters from the queer alphabet soup I never felt the love.

I’m sure Pastor Rick Warren felt the love when Obama told him he was uncomfortable with marriage equality and a woman’s right to choose.  This guy, Rick warren seems to have an awfully cozy relationship with people in Uganda who have talked about murdering LGBT/TQ people.

Then he said how much he admire Ronald Reagan, one of the worst Presidents in history.  The reason being Reagan ended an era of 1960s and 70s “excesses”.  Can’t have too much of that exuberant freedom.

I was told he would end the war and roll back the excesses of the Bush Era with its gross violations of human and constitutional rights.

I’m still waiting.

Only now if I want to fly I have to be subjected to an x-ray and or groping of my privates.

Hey Barry…  Yo first dude…  When are we going to get that PATRIOT Act thingie repealed?

Not on your watch as far as I can tell.

Where’s my National Health Insurance?  I’m out of work and 63, hoping to survive two more years until Medicare kicks in.

I don’t hear much about all the uninsured anymore.  What was that number 46 Million?  Has that risen with all the layoffs and interest free loans to the too big to fail financial masters of the universe?

What I want to know, Mister President is how come with all the American who are out of work you are fucking us over even more by signing fucking NAFTA type bullshit with Korea?

You see I read the blogs and here’s a few headlines and links:

Fire Dog Lake:
159,000 Jobs Lost: The Price of NAFTA-Style Korea Free Trade

AFL-CIO Legislative Meeting Explodes Over Obama’s NAFTA-Style Korea Free Trade Deal

Obama Takes Credit For Bush’s NAFTA-Style Korea Free Trade Deal He Once Opposed

Sierra Club Will Oppose Obama’s NAFTA-Style Free Trade Agreement

Now  International Business Times has a more conservative job loss estimate, but generally speaking I have never seen a free trade agreement live up to either the benefits or number of  jobs lost estimates.

If you don’t believe me when was the last time you found that the product you were buying was made here?  Or spoke to a phone support person based in the USA?

Call me an economic nationalist if you will but if eating local is supposed to be the ecological practice it would seem making it here and selling it here would confer the same reduction in carbon footprint benefits.

Oh I know the MOTUs would have to pay workers more and the surplus value would therefore be less but the long term benefits to working and currently unemployed or underemployed Americans would be immense.

But just when you thought Obama couldn’t betray his base anymore…

He caves in on screwing over the working people to give the undeserving rich more money.  Particularly galling considering how they make their money by high tech gambling and Ponzi schemes.

New York Times: Paul Krugman: Let’s Not Make a Deal

Fire Dog Lake:  President Bush Obama, GOP Agree: Bail Out the Rich, Destroy Democratic Party

Huffington Post:   Tax Cut Deal: White House, GOP Leaders Close To Agreement

New York Times:  A Bridge to Republicans Alienates Liberal Base

Do you think?

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