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Battleground Texas Runs into State Registration Laws

HOUSTON (AP) - The liberal-leaning group aiming to register thousands of new voters to help Democrats says Texas laws have made it harder to keep its volunteers eligible.

Battleground Texas expects thousands of its deputy voter registrars to lose their state certification at the end of this year.

Texas law allows registrars to serve two-year terms that expire at the end of even-number years.

Battleground Texas volunteer registrars will have to go undergo training before they can be re-certified to register new voters.

Read more: http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/Battleground-Texas-Runs-into-State-Registration-Laws-286836091.html

How The American Bourgeoisie Is Practicing Divide And Conquer To Keep People Poor


Are today’s “pauper patches” a threat to the bourgeoisie?

While reading The Field Guide To Fields by Bill Laws, published by National Geographic, I came across a revealing quote from an English Victorian era bourgeoisie landowner. It seems the bourgeoisie’s fear of self-sufficiency was very much alive in Victorian England. The parallels with the fears and tactics of today’s American capitalist class are eerie, and the working classes’ racial and political divisions fit well within a divide and conquer strategy.

What is bourgeoisie?

If you’re not familiar with the term bourgeoisie, it’s the Marxist term for the capitalist class that owns the means of production and gives laborers wages. We now have a sort of super-bourgeoisie group that doesn’t necessary produce anything. This ruling class mainly consists of Wall Street pinheads, big bankers, lawyers, corporate executives, and other heroes of the oligarchy . If you are one of these individuals, you are likely not reading this. If you are, your skin is thick and your wallet thicker, so I think you can handle a jab from a recovering financial representative.

Victorian “pauper’s patch”

Back to The Field Guide of Fields; at one point Laws discusses the history of field enclosures and allotments. In doing so, he writes of the “paupers patch,” which was an allotment of land most often used for gardens given to commoners in Victorian era England. He explains how the program wasn’t too popular as land owners feared laborers might steal seeds or not work as hard as they could. After all, how could they put sufficient effort into working bourgeoisie land when they had their own land to cultivate?

The quote

This direct quote from a landowner is revealing, “The extent of the garden of a labourer ought never to be such as to interfere with his employment as a labourer.” This seems to be the mantra of too many of today’s executives. The idea that the wealthy want people working for them is not startling. The tragedy is how much the working class still falls for the mind numbing gimmicks of those with the means. Self-sufficiency lost its glory when it was traded for wage slavery.

Read more: http://www.liberalamerica.org/2014/12/24/how-the-american-bourgeoisie-is-practicing-divide-and-conquer-to-keep-people-poor/

Crackpot Utopia: The Year in Republican Crazy, Part 6

Crackpot Utopia: A dream world as envisioned by republicans; a manifestation or expression of the deranged, warped alternate universe inhabited by republicans, at least in their minds.

1. And now a word about South Carolina!

There are a lotta nuts out there. Sometimes they band together and form whole states. When it came to all of that secession talk after the 2012 presidential election, South Carolina worked hard to not be outdone by fellow nut states Texas, Mississippi, and Alaska. Hell, they've even elected Lindsey Graham as one of their U.S. senators, more than once! And let's not forget that, at Fort Sumter, they started the Civil War, which for them has never ended. - See more at: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/#sthash.8C5B1hjt.dpuf

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2. Pat Robertson and his magic asteroid - (Crazyspeak of the Year nominee No. 6)


Any chance that the age in question is the Age of Republican Crazy?

Again, let us not think that the über-crazy Pat Robertson is some sort of fringe republican. No, this loon has quite a legion of followers within his party. In fact, he has frequently been put forward as "presidential material" in republican primaries and in discussions of top republican leaders. So, with that in mind, I give you yet another Great Moment In Pat Robertson. The man is a Crazyspeak Award nomination machine!

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3. I'll have a pack of Twizzlers and an IUD to go!



2014 was the year that New York's reactionary Cardinal Timothy Dolan and his FOX "News" disciples, among others on the right, informed us that women can obtain birth control by walking into "any shop on any street in America."

This was all about the Hobby Lobby case. Hobby Lobby objected to a provision in Obamacare that said employers had to include contraception in their benefits packages. To Hobby Lobby, that ran against their religious beliefs and it was off-to-the-courts time. The idea that women might want birth control for health reasons was ignored, but, hey, they're women and there's a war on. Eventually, the so-called Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby

See more at: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2014/12/crackpot-utopia-year-in-republican_24.html

How to talk to your Republican uncle at Christmas dinner

The holiday season is filled with food, traveling, and lively discussions with Republican relatives about politics — sometimes laced with statements that are just not true.

Here are the most common myths spouted by your family members who spend too much time listening to Rush Limbaugh — and the perfect response to each of them:

Topics (go to Webpage to expand on each topic):
2014: What happened and what’s next
Pay Equity: Simple dollars and cents
Economy: More than 10 million reasons why your Republican uncle is wrong
Health Care: Market-based, constitutional, and definitely not socialist
Climate: 97% of scientists vs. your Republican uncle
Immigration: No amnesty, just facts

http://www.yourrepublicanuncle.com/

My apologies.

Earlier this evening I posted a thread in the Lounge that was thoughtless and insensitive. I have since deleted that thread, but please know that it was not intended to cause offense to anyone and I offer my sincerest apologies.

To everyone, please have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Armored car driver from Amarillo that stole $200K arrested in Colorado


Trent Cook

Trent Michael Cook's stepfather said news of Cook's arrest brought his family some sense of closure.

“This is the best outcome we could hope for in this situation,” Bob Wills, 60, of Tacoma Wash., said by phone Wednesday. “We’re trying to wrap our head around the whole thing as to why he would even do it. With that said, this could’ve ended a lot worse.”

Cook, an armored car driver charged with stealing more than $200,000 from the vehicle he drove, has been arrested in Colorado Springs, Colo. along with another suspect, Amarillo police said Wednesday.

Information provided to the Colorado Springs Police Department led to the arrest of Trent Michael Cook, 24, and the other suspect, whose name police did not release.

Read more: http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2014-12-24/step-dad-armored-car-drivers-arrest-best-outcome-we-could-hope

Santa's had his crack at facilitating the kiddies -- why not give Satan a shot?


You might think that the Prince of Darkness has more important things than answer foolish letters from childen, but apparently not.

"If you really want a job that allows you to make a great deal of money in a fast and unethical way (a rather admirable goal in my opinion), you can go ahead and send me your résumé. I have a number of very close friends at Goldman Sachs."
-- from Satan's reply to a letter from David, who says he wants a computer "so I can do better in school and get a good job and make lots and lots of money"

Now this is an idea. Goodness knows Santa has had the Christmas business pretty much to himself for a long time, and as between "Santa" and "Satan" there's only that slight difference in the arrangement of this tiny handful of letters, and it's an open question which can be thought the truer embodiment of the Christmas spirit.

The kind of confusion this can entail is reflected in the introductory note to the "Children's Holiday Letters to Satan" gathered by Matt Passet in his recent newyorker.com "Daily Shout" piece:

Each year, due mostly to minor misspellings and very poor penmanship, hundreds of children’s letters are sent to Satan, Dark Lord of the Underworld. Always in the market for the souls of innocents, Satan will often take the time to respond.


One obvious difference, if the letters Matt has selected are anything to go by, is that Satan doesn't feel automatically bound by the spirit of commercialism. By which I mean that he doesn't appear bound by any need to put the message "Buy! Buy! Buy!" at the top of his advice-giving principles. Here, for example, is his full reply to David, who you'll recall from above wanted a computer in order to "do better in school and get a good job and make lots and lots of money."

Dear David,

First of all, bravo for not telling me your age. You have no idea how many people are concluding their letters with this random of piece if information. It’s like, “All Best, Satan, Shoe Size 9 ½” or “Regards, Satan, 185 lbs. (190 around the holidays!).”

But, anyway, on to your letter. Being the embodiment of pure evil, I will not get you this computer. I’m not Mark Zuckerberg. (Or am I? Kidding, I’m not.) But if you really want a job that allows you to make a great deal of money in a fast and unethical way (a rather admirable goal in my opinion), you can go ahead and send me your résumé. I have a number of very close friends at Goldman Sachs.

Regards,

Satan, 5′ 10″ (LOL)


- See more at: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2014/12/santas-had-his-crack-at-facilitating.html

Crackpot Utopia: The Year in Republican Crazy, Part 5

Crackpot Utopia: A dream world as envisioned by republicans; a manifestation or expression of the deranged, warped alternate universe inhabited by republicans, at least in their minds. See also: Bachmannism, Boehneresque.



1. The GOP and the kiss heard 'round the world

Well, you had to expect it. In April, Michael Sam, a football player who happens to be a gay man, gets drafted by the NFL's St. Louis Rams and in a moment of pure joy and relief kisses the love of his life. Let the explosion of wingnuttia begin!

The Christian element went full-Muslim-intolerance jihad on this one. American Family Association spokeswacko Bryan Fischer urged therapy for Michael. Wingnuts started in on their quoting of the usual Bible passages, putting aside any contradictory passages. Gol-lee! He done did it right thar on the teevee! The Lord sure gonna be mightily displeased! How do I know? The Bible tells me so!

Herman Cain's website called The Kiss "cringe-inducing," while the site's Dan Calabrese, calling acceptance of gay people a "rebellion against God," wrote: "The natural inclination of the human being to look at two men kissing and say, 'Ewwww!' . . . comes from God." -

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2. Crazyspeak of the Year nominee No. 5:
The famous Joe the Plumber


In the wake of the mass killings in Santa Barbara by a lunatic named Elliot Rogers, and a father's moving message to politicians and the NRA, republican genius and John McCain consultant Joe the Plumber had this to say to the grieving father: "Your dead kids don't trump my Constitutional rights."

- See more at: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2014/12/crackpot-utopia-year-in-republican.html

Crackpot Utopia: The Year in Republican Crazy, Part 4



Crackpot Utopia: A dream world as envisioned by republicans; a manifestation or expression of the deranged, warped alternate universe inhabited by republicans, at least in their minds. See also: Bachmannism, Boehneresque.

1. A celebration of Michele Bachmann:
Pray away the crazy?

Ms. Bachmann has checked out -- of Congress. But we'll always have her words:

John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have too.


Of course the John Wayne that was from Waterloo was serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who molested and killed boys before he buried them in the crawl space under his house.

There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design.


That pearl of wisdom from Bachmann came as she spoke at a republican leadership conference. Can't you just see them nodding their heads in agreement?

And who could forget Bachmann calling Planned Parenthood the "Lenscrafters of big abortion."

Here's Bachmann channeling Republican idol Joe McCarthy:

I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of people in Congress and find out if they are pro-America or anti-America.


- See more at: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2014/12/crackpot-utopia-year-in-republican_22.html

I know, I know--them eyes!

Top HHSC official says staffers misled him on 21CT dealings; company sues lobbyist

Kyle Janek, the top official at the state health agency entangled in an unfolding contract scandal and criminal investigation, says he takes responsibility for $110 million in questionable deals brokered under his watch. But he also says he was misled by his chief counsel and the Office of Inspector General.

“I never forget that, ultimately, I’m responsible,” Janek told three reporters Tuesday during a two-hour meeting in which he detailed how his agency came to do business with Austin data analytics company 21CT to detect Medicaid fraud.

“I still believe the culpability lies with the (Office of Inspector General),” he said.

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The company on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against that lobbyist, James Frinzi, claiming he made false statements to the Statesman and breached his fiduciary responsibility to 21CT. In the lawsuit, the company said it had had no communications with Stick about his possible future employment with the company.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/top-health-official-accepts-contract-scandal-onus-/njZJS/

Related threads:
Fired state health worker sues embattled Texas health agency
http://www.democraticunderground.com/107822632

HHSC Inspector General resigns amid questions over no-bid contract
http://www.democraticunderground.com/107822630

Texas Medicaid fraud contract unfairly awarded to 21CT, rivals say
http://www.democraticunderground.com/107822593

Top Lawyer at State Health Agency Resigns Over Contract
http://www.democraticunderground.com/107822490
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