In 2009 I Paid more Income Taxes than Bank America, Wells Fargo, Citi and GE Combined

I was watching Rachel Maddow this evening (10/21/10) when I learned the most startling piece of fucking mind blowing information I’ve gathered in a long time.

Last year I was a working class prole eking out a living working on the concrete floor of a big box store. Yet I had to pay several hundred dollars in federal income taxes.

Not to mention more money for Social Security that will help save my tired ass in a couple of years if the fucking Republi-Nazis don’t get their mitts on it.

Yet the several hundred dollars that a near poverty level working person like me paid was more in Federal Income Taxes than were paid by Bank of America and Wells Fargo ( )

Charlotte Observer:

This tax season will be kind to Bank of America and Wells Fargo: It appears that neither bank will have to pay federal income taxes for 2009.

Read the whole story: Charlotte Observer

And according to Rachel Maddow I paid more even if you added the amount not paid by Citi and GE.

I’m not complaining about my taxes.  I didn’t think they were an excessive price to paid as my share of keeping America functioning.

But apparently paying nothing and even getting subsidized by the nation is not enough to satisfy the greed pig Corporate Elite, the Gordon Geckos who have looted the nation.

No they are using their money to finance the campaigns of incompetent Christo-Fascists, Neo-Nazis and Klu Kluckers.

What is wrong with this picture.

Why do those of us who earn so little get asked to pay what little we earn to enrich these bastards?

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Gay is the New Witch: The Christian Persecution of Gay Americans

Atheist websites are often refuges of sanity in the insane theocratic maelstrom we are in at present, particularly for those of us who don’t believe in invisible sky gods and think “spiritualism” is the same BS in different drag.

There is an absolutely brilliant piece over at Atheist Oasis:

October 19, 2010

by Ray Garton

Witches were a big problem back in the old days.  They were everywhere.  Throughout the Middle Ages and in Early Modern Europe, witches were nothing but trouble.  Some of your cattle have died?  Witches.  Problems with your well?  Witches.  Political unrest?  Social problems?  People acting up and not behaving the way they should?  You’ve got witches!  The problem was not confined to Europe.  It occurred in the colonies, as well.  A witch hunt in New England from 1648 to 1663 resulted in the successful executions of 13 women and two men.  During the famous Salem witch trials of 1692, 140 people were accused of witchcraft, 19 witches were hanged, one was pressed to death under rocks, and as many as 13 died in prison.

Were the people who were charged, imprisoned and executed guilty of the satanic shennanigans of which they were accused?  Of course not.  These were people who simply had been accused of being witches by people who were superstitious, vengeful, paranoid, mentally ill, mean and hateful, or just didn’t like them — or all of the above.  “Witch” was a catch-all accusation that could not be refuted.  How do you prove that you’re not a witch?  More importantly, why the hell should you have to?  The accused who immediately confessed to witchcraft and succumbed to the religious and political authorities — which were pretty much the same thing — had a good chance of surviving if they were properly repentant.  But those who adamantly denied being witches and insisted they had rights … well, those folks were screwed.  The people who were out to punish witches in Salem were, of course, not on speaking terms with the facts.  Or with reality.

Many people think the days of witch hunts are behind us.  They are mistaken.  Oh, we don’t call them witch hunts anymore because here in the United States, nobody thinks witches are a widespread problem.  I’m not saying people don’t still believe in the kind of witches who cast spells and cavort with Satan, because many do.  There’s even a candidate for the United States Senate who has felt the need to assure Americans that she is not a witch.  That’s because there are still a lot of people who are not on speaking terms with the facts.  Or with reality.  People like that need people to hate, to punish.  They need people to bully.  In the Year of Our Spaghetti Monster 2010, we’ve got no shortage of bullies.

17-year-old Eric Mohat of Mentor, Ohio, was a quiet, sensitive, funny boy who played the piano, was involved in theater and enjoyed Harry Potter books, video games and anime.  Throughout high school, Eric was bullied without mercy by other kids who called him “fag,” “queer,” “gay” and “homo.”  His mother said he had never identified himself as gay, but he was smart, into music and theater and wore bright clothes.  The bullies at school added all that together and came up with “gay.”  He complained to teachers, who would change the seating arrangement in class to get him away from the bullies, but nothing more.  As a result, Eric was bullied even more for being a snitch.  The school’s attitude, according to Eric’s mother, was “they are just being kids, boys are just being boys.”

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Climate Change Doubt Is Tea Party Article of Faith

From The New York Times:

Published: October 20, 2010

JASPER, Ind. — At a candidate forum here last week, Representative Baron P. Hill, a threatened Democratic incumbent in a largely conservative southern Indiana district, was endeavoring to explain his unpopular vote for the House cap-and-trade energy bill.

It will create jobs in Indiana, reduce foreign oil imports and address global warming, Mr. Hill said at a debate with Todd Young, a novice Republican candidate who is supported by an array of Indiana Tea Party groups and is a climate change skeptic.

“Climate change is real, and man is causing it,” Mr. Hill said, echoing most climate scientists. “That is indisputable. And we have to do something about it.”

A rain of boos showered Mr. Hill, including a hearty growl from Norman Dennison, a 50-year-old electrician and founder of the Corydon Tea Party.

“It’s a flat-out lie,” Mr. Dennison said in an interview after the debate, adding that he had based his view on the preaching of Rush Limbaugh and the teaching of Scripture. “I read my Bible,” Mr. Dennison said. “He made this earth for us to utilize.”

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Defend Free Speech on the Internet

From Save The Internet:

By Christopher Calabrese, October 21, 2010

In 2006, America Online censored e-mails that referenced a blog entry questioning the company’s e-mail fee system.

In 2007, AT&T cut out lyrics critical of the Bush administration during its live feed of a Pearl Jam concert. That same year, Verizon Wireless decided that text messages from pro-abortion-rights group NARAL to its supporters were too “controversial,” so it cut off access to the group’s text messaging program.

Preserving network neutrality means preventing these violations of free speech. An ACLU report released this week suggests that broadband carriers be held to the same “common carrier” rules that have long been applied to telephone networks, railroads and public highways. “Freedom of expression isn’t worth much if the forums where people actually make use of it are not themselves free,” the report points out.

The Internet has always thrived as an open space of exchange and innovation, but broadband carriers are fighting for the right to monitor, censor, and control Internet content by insisting that they continue to be classified as providers of “information services.”

Under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, “information service” providers are not subject to the same common carrier rules as those providing “telecommunications services.” While “telecommunications service” providers transmit information between users without interfering with content as the law defines them, “information service” providers are more like publishers. The telephone company can’t interrupt a phone call if it doesn’t like what’s being said – but because the FCC has classified broadband as an information service, there is nothing to prevent them from doing exactly that on the Internet.

Broadband carriers already have the technological ability to read information as it is being sent, and filter it as they choose. They can change the speed and reliability of service, and they can block customers from using certain applications they don’t like. They have the capacity, and have shown a willingness to use it.

The FCC tried to take action to prevent abuses like those mentioned above – but an April 2010 court decision (PDF) found that the FCC did not have power to enforce network neutrality against information services. The obvious solution is for the FCC to reclassify broadband connectivity services as telecommunications services, as it should have done in the first place.

While President Obama has affirmed his support of network neutrality, saying “The Internet is perhaps the most open network in history, and we have to keep it that way,” the FCC, amid heavy corporate lobbying, is hesitating to do what’s necessary to restore its authority to block broadband providers from discriminating against whom travels its networks and with what load.

Now is the time to act: Two upcoming FCC meetings on November 15 and December 30 could determine the fate of the Internet. Contact FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, and tell him to reclassify telecommunications carriers and provide strong network neutrality protections.

The Internet is for everyone; don’t let the telecoms decide otherwise.

This is a guest blog post from Christopher Calabrese, Legislative Counsel, ACLU.

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I’ve Voted Straight Democratic in the fall Elections

I think that LGBT/TQ etc folks who have urged us to “show the Democrats we won’t be taken for granted” by not voting or voting for some racist, misogynistic LGBT/TQ hating Tea Bagger scumbag are naive at best, suckered in by the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy to silence voters.

The reality is this country has more people who are members of one and often more than one oppressed minority group than it has white male Kluckers, Christo-Fascists and assorted bigots.

When we all vote and unite behind Democratic candidates even when they are flawed candidates we win.

If you are not willing to pick up the gun and engage in active revolution (I am not) then voting, protesting , arguing and supporting the democratic Party is pretty much the only option to full blown surrender to Fascism.

That said…  Obama pisses me off more than 80% of the Democrats in congress or the senate.

I supported him because he was the party candidate.  I was apathetic because of his admiration of Reagan, his kissing up to Rick Warren and his basic conservatism.

I thought we had better people running.

But I also learned my lesson in 1968.

I could have, should have held my nose and voted for Humphrey.  Yeah, yeah… I’ve heard the arguments regarding the War in Vietnam.  except we got Nixon who ended the War on Poverty and started the War on Drugs.  Nixon got the presidency and was re-elected.  the war dragged on and on all through the Watergate Scandal and didn’t end until 1975.

So our exercising poor disappointment and anger management have cost us a lifetime of more and more right wing regimes.  Each chipping away at our rights and freedoms, one after another handing over control of the government to the oligarchs chosen by the corporations.

Now we teeter on the edge of full blown Nazism.

Punishing the Democrats hasn’t worked out once in the past… Ever…

Instead it is like trying to punish others by cutting yourself.

If you don’t like how the party is functioning and you aren’t going to do some sort of kamikaze BS then the only alternative is get involved.  We have had three sisters running for office as Democrats this year.  Brittany Novotny is on the ticket opposing right wing lunatic Sally Kern.

There are some really good people in the party along with those damn Blue Dogs.

Get out there and vote Democratic.

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Vets stand guard over Christian flag in NC town

Yet More Evidence that the insane Christo-Fascists are out of control.

From Yahoo News:

By TOM BREEN, Associated Press Writer Tom Breen, Associated Press Writer Thu Oct 21, 9:54 am ET

KING, N.C. – The Christian flag is everywhere in the small city of King: flying in front of barbecue joints and hair salons, stuck to the bumpers of trucks, hanging in windows and emblazoned on T-shirts.

The relatively obscure emblem has become omnipresent because of one place it can’t appear: flying above a war memorial in a public park.

The city council decided last month to remove the flag from above the monument in Central Park after a resident complained, and after city leaders got letters from the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State urging them to remove it.

That decision incensed veterans groups, churches and others in King, a city of about 6,000 people 15 miles north of Winston-Salem. Ray Martini, 63, an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, launched a round-the-clock vigil to guard a replica Christian flag hanging on a wooden pole in front of the war memorial.

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Survey: More than half of transgender/transsexual bullying victims have attempted suicide

From Boston Mass. The Edge:

by Shaun Knittel
EDGE Contributor
Thursday Oct 21, 2010

A new survey indicates more than half of transgender and gender non-conforming people who were bullied, harassed or assaulted in school have attempted suicide.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and National Center for Transgender Equality conducted the National Transgender Discrimination Survey. And the results are particularly alarming, in light of the spate of recent LGBT teenage suicides.

“From our experience working with transgender people, we had prepared ourselves for high rates of suicide attempts, but we didn’t expect anything like this,” said NCTE executive director Mara Keisling. “Our study participants reported attempting suicide at a rate more than 25 times the national average.”

Forty-one percent of respondents reported they had attempted suicide, compared with an estimated 1.6 percent of Americans.

“These shocking and disheartening numbers speak to the urgency of ending bullying in our nation’s schools and ending discrimination in our nation’s workplaces,” said NGLTF executive director Rea Carey. “We know from the recent rash of suicides among young people who have been bullied just how critical it is that we act now and act decisively to save lives.”

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