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We took the message to D.C. and L.A. I miss that spirit.



Bush scrubbers at work:



I see it as conditioning and desensitizing. Like the Handmaiden's Tale.

Like Cheney, Rush and Fox saying waterboarding isn't torture. Like the media calling civilian dead collateral damage. Like television shows showing the human body being tortured, mutated, twisted into things to be used by...

Who, and to what end, it is never asked. But it's like a train wreck that people can't get their eyes off of.

There is a lot of media that has always painted an image of women as things to be used, to vent anger on, to ethnically cleanse, for profit, whatever. The same media portrays men as sadists, killers and tools of war to be discarded when broken. Not human.

It's part of the coarsening and tone deafness to each other being presented to the youth and others in the nation to titillate and take their eyes off the powerful.

To make less meaningful the fact that the powerful are torturing workers, animals, the planet and humans for profit and as sport. Yes, it's sport to do this and it's treated as entertainment. They are teaching us their values.

And refusing to face the facts of what to some are obviously lesser people's lives, fears and pain is our loss. We ask the same questions over and over again about why they gravitate toward religion in the face of those who dismiss their pain for sterile arguments about rights and freedoms.

It's about feelings. It's about respect. It's not about critiques of style or art but real lives that see the daily desensitization of pain and disregarding the poor, the unpopular and the vulnerable since they are not attractive enough to have a market value according to media.

There really can't be a DU discussion about this that does not end in mockery. So I seldom ever join into threads about the rights of the vulnerable at DU. And I have just stated my ideas and what is deeper than a movie or book. No one will agree with me, okay.

And my not indulging the mockers at their demand I answer them, is my right, too. People can ignore those who feel differently, but IRL I know many who have shifted to the right as their refuge on such. By disrespecting them, they will leave us, because we are refusing to allow them to talk. BTW, I'm not going anywhere. EOM.

And Driftglass has been great for years:

Don Segretti 4.0, A Teabagger Nation

http://driftglass.blogspot.com/2010/06/don-segretti-40-teabagger-nation.html

A history lesson we can't afford to forget.

Posted as part of this OP here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/110215862

Found a thread saying they won't do it but can't find it now. Here's who's pushing it, shareholders:

Walgreen Pressured To Move Headquarters To Europe For Tax Purposes

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024822222

Just like the Market store protests, this is a war between the shareholders, not a bad attitude on the part of Walgreens as a whole. It's not like they can tell the shareholders, IOW, their owners, to go take a flying leap.

Only advantage for consumers I can possibly imagine in some fantasy, is that the price of drugs would go down and the quality and safety of drugs might go up due to EU standards and subsidies. But it still stinks.

If the Do-Nothing House will finally represent the people instead of the Rand Cannibal Class, they might listen to PBO who has been trying to get the loopholes closed for years. He's talking it up more to the American people to let them apply pressure, if anyone is listening and willing to get involved.

President Obama: Weekly Address: Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes



...Even as corporate profits are as high as ever, a small but growing group of big corporations are fleeing the country to get out of paying taxes. Theyíre keeping most of their business inside the United States, but theyíre basically renouncing their citizenship and declaring that theyíre based somewhere else, just to avoid paying their fair share.

I want to be clear: this is only a few big corporations so far. The vast majority of American businesses pay their taxes right here in the United States. But when some companies cherrypick their taxes, it damages the countryís finances. It adds to the deficit. It makes it harder to invest in the things that will keep America strong, and it sticks you with the tab for what they stash offshore. Right now, a loophole in our tax laws makes this totally legal Ė and I think thatís totally wrong. You donít get to pick which rules you play by, or which tax rate you pay, and neither should these companies.

The best way to level the playing field is through tax reform that lowers the corporate tax rate, closes wasteful loopholes, and simplifies the tax code for everybody. But stopping companies from renouncing their citizenship just to get out of paying their fair share of taxes is something that cannot wait. Thatís why, in my budget earlier this year, I proposed closing this unpatriotic tax loophole for good. Democrats in Congress have advanced proposals that would do the same thing. A couple Republicans have indicated they want to address this too, and I hope more join us.

Rather than double-down on the top-down economics that let a fortunate few play by their own rules, letís embrace an economic patriotism that says we rise or fall together, as one nation, and as one people. Letís reward the hard work of ordinary Americans who play by the rules. Together, we can build up our middle class, hand down something better to our kids, and restore the American Dream for all who work for it and study for it and strive for it.


http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/26/weekly-address-closing-corporate-tax-loopholes

to cal04:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1014&pid=856260

Emboldening is mine.

A person has to be interested enough to subscribe to them, but some don't listen as it disturbs the

narratives they've already written in their heads. The result is that they can hold onto cynicism and feel wise while nothing changes. It's a game for them and a self-fulfilling prophecy that costs them nothing.

Years ago then-Senator Barack Obama acknowledged this problem. He didn't have a simple solution though:

The bottom line is that our job is harder than the conservatives' job. After all, it's easy to articulate a belligerent foreign policy based solely on unilateral military action, a policy that sounds tough and acts dumb; it's harder to craft a foreign policy that's tough and smart. It's easy to dismantle government safety nets; it's harder to transform those safety nets so that they work for people and can be paid for. It's easy to embrace a theological absolutism; it's harder to find the right balance between the legitimate role of faith in our lives and the demands of our civic religion. But that's our job. And I firmly believe that whenever we exaggerate or demonize, or oversimplify or overstate our case, we lose. Whenever we dumb down the political debate, we lose. A polarized electorate that is turned off of politics, and easily dismisses both parties because of the nasty, dishonest tone of the debate, works perfectly well for those who seek to chip away at the very idea of government because, in the end, a cynical electorate is a selfish electorate.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/09/30/153069/-Tone-Truth-and-the-Democratic-Party

There are plenty of people who count on you getting cynical and count on you not getting involved so that you donít vote, so you give up. And you canít give into that. America is making progress, despite what the cynics say...

Cynicism is popular these days. Itís what passes off as wisdom. But cynics didnít put a man on the moon. Cynics never won a war. Cynics didnít cure a disease, or start a business, or feed a young mind. Cynicism didnít bring about the right for women to vote, or the right for African Americans to be full citizens. Cynicism is a choice.


http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/10/remarks-president-economy-austin-tx

Please read the Rest:


http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-great-american-freak-out.html

Every word rings true and '...in the end, a cynical electorate is a selfish electorate.'

to Sheshe:

The Great American Freak-Out

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=5292216

The weekly addresses are on youtube and iTunes for free. All one has to do is be willing to hear the voice and ideas of the man who was elected, not selected and paid to speak by shadowy entities who spread the message that our future was written years ago.

That's denying living in the present and the urgency of acting to help each other now. It disempowers those who believe it and hands decision making to the Libertarians and corporations.

Kinda freaked me out, too:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varroa_destructor

Glad to see people's work on those things.

I've always loved honeybees:




WOW! Journaling this!

Years ago then-Senator Barack Obama acknowledged this problem. He didn't have a simple solution though:

The bottom line is that our job is harder than the conservatives' job. After all, it's easy to articulate a belligerent foreign policy based solely on unilateral military action, a policy that sounds tough and acts dumb; it's harder to craft a foreign policy that's tough and smart. It's easy to dismantle government safety nets; it's harder to transform those safety nets so that they work for people and can be paid for. It's easy to embrace a theological absolutism; it's harder to find the right balance between the legitimate role of faith in our lives and the demands of our civic religion. But that's our job. And I firmly believe that whenever we exaggerate or demonize, or oversimplify or overstate our case, we lose. Whenever we dumb down the political debate, we lose. A polarized electorate that is turned off of politics, and easily dismisses both parties because of the nasty, dishonest tone of the debate, works perfectly well for those who seek to chip away at the very idea of government because, in the end, a cynical electorate is a selfish electorate.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/09/30/153069/-Tone-Truth-and-the-Democratic-Party

There are plenty of people who count on you getting cynical and count on you not getting involved so that you donít vote, so you give up. And you canít give into that. America is making progress, despite what the cynics say...

Cynicism is popular these days. Itís what passes off as wisdom. But cynics didnít put a man on the moon. Cynics never won a war. Cynics didnít cure a disease, or start a business, or feed a young mind. Cynicism didnít bring about the right for women to vote, or the right for African Americans to be full citizens. Cynicism is a choice.


http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/10/remarks-president-economy-austin-tx

Please read the Rest:

http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-great-american-freak-out.html

Every word rings true and '...in the end, a cynical electorate is a selfish electorate.'

Houston Immigration Protest Today. Sigh...



Free Press TV - Jul 22, 2014

Conservatives explain to us how the Gays, the Muslims, the Mexicans, and President Obama are all working hand in hand to destroy the moral fabric of America.

Filmed on site at an anti-immigration protest in Houston, pro-immigration supporters also chime in while dancing to Salsa music.

Esta muy muy crunk.


Written account here:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/24/houston-filmmaker-insists-this-unbelievably-crazy-anti-immigration-video-isnt-a-parody/

CrapPantsFever© wishes it was...

And I'm with you:



He mak kitteh puke!


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