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Here's where I call bullshit.

In their statement, they say: "Today, your military air force is attacking us daily in Iraq, your strikes have caused casualties among Muslims." (emphasis provided). They are outraged that Muslims are being killed but they themselves have no qualms at all about killing each and every person who is NOT Muslim. They have shown their lethal intent against the Yazidis, Christians, and any other religious group who don't share their extreme version of Islam. And still ISIS claims to be of the religion of peace. The hypocrisy makes me sick.

I have no doubt that there are many Muslims who are NOT violent and do not wish to see anyone suffer. I live in a small near Seattle town that has a Mosque. I have no concerns about them whatsoever.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Tue Aug 19, 2014, 09:26 PM (1 replies)

Before retirement, I was a corporate paralegal

and worked on quite a few mergers/acquisitions (M/As) in my time. What the author says in this piece is absolutely true. M/As are not done to improve products, appease consumer demands or anything other than a way to line the pockets of the seller's investors and increase the returns to the purchaser. Large amounts of money are spent to merge or acquire a business. The purchaser who paid out all that money wants a return on that investment -- and soon. There are two ways to increase the bottom line so they can put the money back in their own pockets -- increase the price of the product and reduce labor costs. So essentially, you could say that in addition to the other negative outcomes, M/A's are a contributing factor to inflation.

Having worked on M/A's, I knew the drill. So when the company I worked for was going to be bought by a mega-corporation, I checked the calendar, checked my finances and figured it was time for me to retire. I didn't want to assist them in the demise of the company. Despite the assurances before the merger that there would be no lay-offs and business would be pretty much as usual, within a year the lay-offs started. Now, five years later, they are all gone, the company changed its name and has disappeared into the bowels of the mega-corporation. It's a real shame, too. It was a nice company, good management, generous salaries and benefits and periodic parties and bonuses. They were respected in the field and had satisfied clients and employees. And now they're gone.

Microsoft is doing what has been done many times before and with the same results. There are the handful who prosper and the mass who are looking for jobs that don't exist. Some, usually over 50, will never have anything other than a part-time, minimum-wage service job ever again in their lives. Another win for capitalism, right?

Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Mon Aug 18, 2014, 12:28 AM (0 replies)

Powell's cover-up of the My Lai massacre soured him for me.

Most of you are probably too young to remember the incident of March 16, 1968, but Colin Powell, who was a Major in Vietnam, deliberately lied about relations between US and Vietnamese and failed to investigate the massacre, issuing a statement that said essentially, nothing to see here, move along.

I was not surprised when he declared himself to be Republican -- the party seemed to offer the same kind of lack of moral center that he has. A perfect fit. I'm glad he never sought higher office. He could have -- he was popular by that time and could have been the first African American president. Instead he chose a role much like his cover-up of My Lai -- lied, denied and misled. It never would have been in his character to resign instead of lie.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Wed Aug 13, 2014, 02:44 AM (0 replies)

Just a little pet peeve of mine

Since I read that ISIS is flogging people for calling them ISIS instead of "Islamic State" or IS, I cringe every time I see the term IS used. It's like legitimizing ISIS's brutal take-over of territory. When IS is used instead of ISIS, it's like caving in to the rabid mob. Calling them the Islamic State implies that they have established a separate country when the truth is that they have been engaged in deadly conquest. Let's be sure that we keep calling them ISIS -- don't let them make us acknowledge their territorial occupation.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Sat Aug 9, 2014, 07:10 PM (1 replies)

Since the make-up of the SC is for life,

even a changing of Congress and/or the Presidency will do nothing to change the outcome of their decisions. We see increasingly that members of Congress (both houses) vote corporate interests and rarely in the interests of the population as a whole. The President can nominate a replacement when a vacancy comes up, but it is up to Congress to approve -- and as we have seen, Republicans not only will cater to their regular base, but they increasingly cater to the crazies. To make a major change in the Supreme Court, vacancies would have to come up frequently and in short succession. If all of the media was owned by progressive interests, it still wouldn't result in a major overhaul of the Supreme Court. So we are stuck with them for now.

I agree with you that the propaganda emanating from the right is a threat to democracy, but without a Supreme Court on our side, there is absolutely nothing that can be done to stop them. When election results are set aside (Bush v. Gore) and when carte blanche is given to the oligarchs (Citizens United) and when decisions (Burrell v. Hobby Lobby) create a de facto state religion (in this case, Catholic), what can "we the people" do to stop the madness?

I worked in the field of law my entire adult life and always respected the rule of law. I'm now sickened by it.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 02:21 AM (2 replies)

I agree with you but

the final decision was made by the Supreme Court, thereby thwarting the will of the nation's (not just Florida's) voters. The decisions handed down by the Court in the intervening years proves their Republican (and Catholic religion) preferences. Without them, we wouldn't have had a poor Citizens United decision, paving the way for even more election tampering. And, we certainly wouldn't have the current Hobby Lobby debacle.

Yes, Gore conceded way too soon for my liking (just like Kerry conceded way too soon for my liking), but the selection of the President wasn't dependent on Gore conceding. The corporate media and the vote theft by Republicans were factors, but in the end, it was the Court that made the presidential selection. Since they stopped the counting of Florida votes, the Supreme Court made a decision WITHOUT knowing the will of the people. The were furthering their own personal agendas. My scorn rests mainly and heavily on the Supreme Court -- the Justices on the Court in 2000 and as they are now.

I fear for the future of the country now that even the Supreme Court is partisan and uber-religious. Five of the 9 are Catholics so it is no surprise their ruling was against the best interests of women. It just makes me want to puke and never stop.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 01:44 AM (1 replies)

The PEOPLE actually did elect Gore

Here's the stats:

Bush: 50,546,002 popular votes 47.87%
Gore: 50,999,897 popular votes 48.38%
Nader: 2,882,955 popular votes 2.74%

Gore did not lose the popular vote -- people did vote for him to be president.
The Supreme Court, by stopping the counting of votes in Florida, assured that the ELECTORAL votes went for Bush, thereby making him president, despite the opposite result of the popular vote. This is the argument for abolishing the Electoral Vote; it is outdated and results in an inaccurate representation of the will of the people.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Jul 4, 2014, 01:19 AM (1 replies)

A lawer for Hobby Lobby proudly stated that

Hobby Lobby pays minimum wages to their workers as required by the various states in which they have stores. To my mind, the decision today amounts to a cut in pay for their female workers who now will have to pay full price for birth control. Way to go HL ---- NOT!
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Tue Jul 1, 2014, 12:16 AM (0 replies)

I don't care what their propaganda is

I will NEVER eat anything that came out of the Gulf. The oil tar is layered on the bottom of the Gulf and the water has been treated with millions of gallons of Corexit which is outlawed in Europe as a carcinogen. The liars don't care what happens to your insides -- by the time you get cancer, they will demand proof it was from the spill and good luck with that. Best to avoid anything coming from the Gulf area.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Jun 27, 2014, 05:26 AM (0 replies)

I think the idea of reparations is fraught with problems

How would payments be made, individuals or communities?
If individuals, must they be able to trace their ancestors to slavery in the US.
Not all black people are descendents of slaves -- President Obama isn't, for example.
If not required to trace ancestors to slavery, how would individuals be singled out for payment?
How black do they need to be? President Obama is 50% (one parent).
How about someone who has only one grandparent who is black?
Or one great-grandparent?
If payable to a community, what would be the criteria for the community to be eligible for reparations?
Percentage of black population in the community?
Percentage of black unemployment in the community?
Percentage of black-owned businesses?

My personal preference would be to create scholarships -- full ride -- room, board and tuition -- for kids who graduate from high school.
Or, if the child prefers, full tuition, plus living expense, for a technical or trade school.

A check-in-hand would be gone in no time, but an education would pull people out of poverty for life.

P.S. It occurs to me that some may object to my use of the word "black". My wonderful, but now deceased, friend always referred to himself as black. He and I discussed reparations once. He wasn't sure how it would actually work.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Tue Jun 24, 2014, 04:37 AM (2 replies)
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