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5/9/17

The Los Angeles Times has sold out to Trump/Devos
by endorsing candidates who will continue ...

the destruction of our public school system

Thanks in large part to this endorsement,
the Trump/Devos candidates were able to eke out narrow victories.

The Conservative cancer is spreading like an uncontrolled wildfire

In an attempt to appear fair, the article tries to give the impression
that the Trump/DeVos candidates hate Trump.
Whether that is true or false is irrelevant.
What is relevant is that they are promoting
the Trump/DeVos destruction of public education
in one of the largest school systems in the nation.

I sent the following email to the L.A. Times editorial staff:

"I wish someone could explain to me why the L.A. Times editorial board
sold out to the Trump/DeVos agenda by endorsing their candidates.

The excuse I read from the board was that public schools are underperforming.

Well of course they are underperforming.
What else can you expect when millions of dollars are being diverted
from public education into for-profit schools?

Is there any other possible outcome?

Can anyone at the Times explain this sell-out to me and my readers 
?"

No. They did not reply. Maybe I should have said "Please."

This writer makes a great point

I had missed that connection between school choice and segregation.
But considering who is promoting vouchers and charter schools ...

it makes perfect sense

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2014 Midterm Elections


10/21/14

In the culture war that has been tearing America apart since the Civil War,
I consider Texas to be Ground Zero.
Texas has come a long way since the days when its citizens
were willing to kill and die for, the right to keep human slaves.
Lyndon Johnson (D-TX) was known as the "Civil Rights President"
and Texas recently had a Democrat as governor (a woman no less).

But the Confederacy has fought back hard,
and now has control over this vast and powerful state.
They have nearly eliminated abortions which will send women back into the alleys;
they have refused the Medicaid expansion
which will cost the lives of thousands of Texans;
they have discussed the traitorous act of succession (Perry);
they attempted to crash the American economy (Cruz);
and they constantly attack education through their control of school boards.

Nothing boils my onions more
than seeing these Confederate bastards bullying decent, honest people;
so I sent the following video to Democrats in Texas
who were running for governor, the Senate, and the House.
I offered free use of the video,
but I'm not aware of anyone actually using it (54 seconds).

The 2014 Midterm Elections

The defenders in Texas who are fighting to modernize the state
by removing this Confederate cancer,
remind me of the vastly outnumbered and outgunned heroes of the Alamo.
But just like at the Alamo ... reinforcements are pouring in.
(let's hope that we get a better outcome this time).

Here's my message to Confederate pricks ...
"You ain't gettin' Texas"

They may hold on a little longer, but forces are mounting against them.
We defeated them, militarily, 150 years ago ...

now it's high time we finished the job


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10/31/14

Could any of these Founding Fathers get elected in America in the 21st century?

John Adams
"As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation.
But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends,
have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation
that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed? 
"

James Madison
"What influence in fact have Christian ecclesiastical establishments had on civil society?
In many instances they have been upholding the thrones of political tyrrany.
In no instance have they been seen as the guardians of the liberties of the people.
Rulers who wished to subvert the public liberty
have found in the clergy convenient auxiliaries.
A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate liberty,
does not need the clergy.
"

Thomas Jefferson
"The Christian god can easily be pictured
as virtually the same god as the many ancient gods of past civilizations.
The Christian god is a three headed monster; cruel, vengeful and capricious.
If one wishes to know more of this raging, three headed beast-like god,
one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him.
They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites.
"

Adams and Madison would be beaten worse than Walter Mondale (13 electoral votes in 1984)
and the third (Jefferson) would be burned at the stake.

Here is a quote from a sermon preached by
Episcopal minister Doctor Bird Wilson in New York in 1831:

The founders of our nation were nearly all Infidels,
and that of the presidents who had thus far been elected
[Washington; Adams; Jefferson; Madison; Monroe; Adams; Jackson]
not a one had professed a belief in Christianity ....
Among all our presidents from Washington downward,
not one was a professor of religion, at least not of more than Unitarianism.


What's odd is that, as the country gets less religious,
Christians have gained more power than ever before.
Were the Reverend still here today,
he would be thrilled by the change in American government.
Judging by the quote above, if Jefferson were alive today,

I don't think he would share the Reverend's joy


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11/7/14

Since I've been rather lucky with my predictions lately,
I think I will try to push my luck.

Predictions after Tuesday's disastrous Midterm elections
(for the rich: just change that adjective to "glorious")

Obama WILL BE impeached.
Republicans hate him personally with a psychopathic passion. Like Clinton (another man whom they could not beat), they know they don't have the votes to successfully remove him from office, but that's okay because, like Clinton, their purpose is only to blackmark his legacy for all of history (childish I know, but then again, that's exactly what most Conservatives are).

This will also aid them in their takeover of the only prize left, that they do not own ... the presidency. They control the Senate, the House, the Supreme Court, most state legislatures, and most state governor's houses. They will send unpassable bills to Obama forcing him to use his veto power, and then grandstand in front of the American people claiming that Obama and Democrats refuse to work with them.

If they succeed in completing their takeover by winning the presidency in 2016:

Dodd-Frank will be reversed and the tax cuts that were extended to all but the wealthy, will be re-extended to the wealthy.

More tax loopholes will be opened for corporations, big banks, and Wall Street
until our tax code looks like Swiss cheese.

Conservatives will fill all the judicial nominations, that they blocked under Obama, with Conservative judges who have no intention of objectively interpreting the law, but will instead, force the Conservative agenda on Americans. We have already seen this happen many times recently under the 'Roberts' Court.

And by the way, the Conservative agenda is ... whatever "The Rich" want.

Yes America - we are screwed.
And in what has to be the greatest example of prophecy I've ever seen,
Abraham Lincoln was right ...
we did it to ourselves.

"America will never be destroyed from outside.
If we falter and lose our freedoms,
it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

UPDATE

I am happy to say that my prediction was wrong.
Amazingly, Obama was neither impeached nor assassinated.
That was a greater miracle than anything Jesus ever pulled off.


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11/11/14

In 2014 Republicans won the most seats in state legislatures
that they have had since 1928 ...

the year before the Great Depression

The remaining safety nets that were put in place by FDR
are the only thing preventing us from experiencing the horror
that our grandparents went through ...
and Republicans are fighting to remove those as well.


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11/20/14

Here's an interesting appraisal of the Midterm elections ...

from a Republican journalist

Fascinating.

However, the journalist underestimated the power of the rich.
Without rational thinking skills, many people (regardless of education), are just ...

Sitting Ducks


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2012 Presidential Election


8/6/11

After a massive prayer rally for rain and jobs,

God answers governor Rick Perry ...

"UH .......... NO."

Texas Wildfire Update (August 31, 2011)

According to the Texas Forest Service, the State of Texas is "fighting its worst fire season in the state's history." Since the fire season began in November of 2010, firefighters have responded to 20,155 fires that have burned 3,529,261 acres. This number is certain to rise as these various late-August fires continue to grow, spurred on by the drought-parched fuels and autumn winds.



Perry got tens of thousands to pray to God for water and God answered by setting the state of Texas on fire. I get the distinct impression that God may not love Perry half as much as Perry seems to think he does.


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2/1/12

Romney said he is not worried about the "very poor"
because they have a "safety net."
Romney said he was worried about middle class Americans.

Romney Talks About the "Poor" and the "Middle Class'

Here's my question Mitt:
"If middle class Americans become poor,
according to you they will have a safety net, so ...
why are you worried about them?

Using your logic(?) once they become poor you won't worry about them anymore,
so what exactly is it about middle class Americans that has you worried?

If I could be so bold as to hazard a guess,
I would say you are worried that middle class Americans (the majority)
may not want to vote for a member of the upper 1%
(that would be the same upper 1% that has stripped America of its wealth).


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2/15/12

Will Santorum allow his personal religious beliefs to affect how he governs as President?
Let's let him tell us.

Birth Control
(also notice the 'voting' and 'comments' that follow the article)

I think this statement answers that question:
As president, he would confront "the dangers of contraception" and religious groups who think it's OK.


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3/5/12



If I could be a reporter at a GOP debate,
I would give everything I own to be allowed to ask just this one question:

"Congresswoman Bachmann, as a devout Christian,
how do you justify challenging for the GOP nomination
when Governor Perry has already indicated
that God has chosen him to run for President?"

(and then I would walk outside, and wait to be stoned to death by crowds of angry Christians).


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3/12/12

Is Obama a Muslim or a Christian?

It's hard to believe that people in the 21st century can still be this stupid.


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4/9/12

Welcome to the G.O.P. (1:24)



I love the ending when they flip the last letter of G.O.P. upside down.


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6/27/12

Every once in a great while, a story comes along
that is so unbelievable that you think it must be a gag.
I only wish this were a gag (4:24)




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9/5/12

Clint Eastwood got skewered for his "empty chair" routine.
Actually, it might have been funny
if the GOP had chosen someone much younger and funnier.
But the Dems put the GOP to shame
by demonstrating their ability to humiliate themselves. Watch this:



First - when someone says they are going to "suspend the rules," giant alarm bells should be going off everywhere. People only do that when they are up to no good, and need to break the rules to get away with something.

Second - there is a very good reason why God wasn't in the platform: it's because He doesn't belong there. That's why He's not in the Constitution either. Republicans scream "God" constantly because they are rallying the nation's bottom-dwellers; those who substitute piety for intelligence.

Third - the reason they attached God to their real objective, support for Israel, was because they assumed that no one would vote against God, thereby insuring inclusion of support for Israel which would allow them to pander to fence-sitting GOP voters.

Fourth - when the voice vote came out even (not even close to two-thirds), Villaraigosa should have either declared the amendment defeated (the proper thing to do), or, if he was determined to ram it through anyway, he should have resorted to a vote that could have been counted. By repeating the voice vote, did he really believe people were going to be pressured into changing their beliefs on the spot? The only thing it accomplished was that it turned the voting into a shouting match. So the third vote was still even ... only much louder.


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10/18/12

When was Romney's religion attacked the most viciously, and by whom?
By Conservative Christians during the nomination process.

Now who is attacking our Christian president over his religion?
That's right. The same far-right Christian assholes.

These people act like cannibals - devouring their own.
Well, the Bible did say that God would punish those who refused to obey Him
by causing family members to eat each other.
Since "these people" always seem to do the opposite
of what Jesus instructed them to do ...
I would admit that this cannibalization
might be the first real evidence for the existence of the Christian god.

And here is one of the biggest assholes in the country:
His University fired him over his immoral, unchristian conduct.
His wife is divorcing him over his sordid affair.
His "documentary" and book are filled with easily disproven lies
and believed only by the most gullible Americans.

So naturally he is a hero and role model for the Christian far-right.

Dinesh slandering Obama (1:48)

If we asked D'Souza's wife which person is more pathological
towards traditional Christian morals,
I'd bet my grandmother's ashes she would admit that it is not Obama,
but her ex-"can't keep it in my pants" husband.

I would like to dedicate the following song to Dinesh D'Souza (1:42)




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10/19/14

The Koch Brothers blew $400 million
on Romney's failed 2012 presidential race


That hurt them about as much, as buying a defective barbecue grill ...

would hurt you


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