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Second generation native San Franciscan; and third generation Democrat.

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The KBParty of Plutocratic Rule by Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower
March 25, 2015


Shouldn't America have at least one major party that isn't beholden to the corporate elite?

Well look here -- just such a party has popped up, raring to roar into the 2016 presidential race.
Called the KBParty, it has the funding and political punch to bypass the establishment's control of the election system.
But don't rush to sign-up: KB stands for Koch Brothers.

Yes. Charlie and David - the multi-billionaire, right-wing industrial barons who already own several congress critters, governors, think tanks, astroturf campaign machines, front groups, etc.
Now they have their very own, private political party.
And it's not beholden to the corporate elite, since it is the elite.
The Koch boys have rallied roughly 300 like-minded opponents of democracy to their brotherhood of plutocrats, intent on purchasing a president and Congress that will impose their vision of corporate rule over America.

At a secretive retreat in January for KBParty funders, the 300 barons ponied up $900 million for their campaign.
That's nearly $200 million more than the combined expenditures of the Republican and Democratic parties in last year's elections, and it's way more than either of those parties will have for 2016.

That means that, in our nation of 350 million people, a cabal of only 300 of the wealthiest will have the wherewithall to narrow the choice of candidates presented to the rest of us, restrict the range of policy ideas that are proposed to voters, imbue the overall campaign with a negative tone, and - most important - shape the governing agenda of those who get elected.

The Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United edict created this mess.
To help ban the corporate cash that's clogging our elections and killing our people's democratic rights, go to
http://www.democracyisforpeople.org/

A Canadian, a Texan, and a tea bagger walk into a bar...

...and the bartender says: "What'll it be, Senator Cruz?"

An upstart People's campaign is upsetting Chicago's mayor -- by Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower
March 10, 2015


If you're in a big political race, you know you're doing poorly when your campaign resorts to warning local voters that your opponent would upset Wall Street bond dealers.

Amazingly though, that's the panicky claim of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election campaign.
A preening prototype of plutocratic politics, the one-term mayor has delivered the goods for the moneyed establishment so - richly backed by campaign cash from that elite - he assumed he'd easily be re-elected.
But to Rahm's shock, Jesus intervened.

Not that Jesus, but Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, a popular county commissioner who challenged Emanuel's coronation with a broad-based, overtly-populist, people's campaign.
Though he was outspent 12 to One, Chuy had the vision, issues, grassroots organizers and enthusiastic volunteers to rally middle-and low-income voters to the polls, forcing the Royal Rahm into a run-off.
Moreover, polls show that Chuy has already pulled even with Rahm and may now be leading the mayor's race as the two approach the April 7 election.

That stunning reality spurred U.S. Senator Mark Kirk - another faithful servant of the establishment - to rush forth in a bumbling attempt to rescue Emanuel.
"The people who are running against Rahm," lectured the learned solon, "don't have the gravitas with the bond market."
Kirk's underlying message was that no one named Jesus "Chuy" Garcia could "command the respect of the bond market."
You could practically hear workaday Chicagoans saying in unison: "Well good!"
The Chicago swells who are protected by the Wall Street clique have wrecked the city's budget with corporate giveaways, and now they expect the people to suffer cutbacks and job losses to pay for the budget mess.

To connect with the democracy movement that's on the rise in this heartland city, go to
http://www.ReclaimChicago.org

More links:
http://www.jimhightower.com/node/8567#.VP9yIHY5mTM

Billionaires without-a-clue want to "fix" Washington.......by Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower
Wednesday, March 4, 2015


"If you think the Koch Klub of Plutocratic Billionaires couldn't get any more self-centered and whiney - meet Doug and Holly Deason of Dallas.
The Deasons, along with 10 other Dallas members of KKPB, recently co-signed an op-ed in that city's Morning News.
The privileged coterie expressed dismay at the widespread criticism of the Koch brothers' January conclave of uber-rich right-wingers who pledged about a billion bucks to try buying the 2016 elections.
The dozen Dallasites were at that meeting, joined the pledge, and want us commoners to know that the Kochites are flooding the elections with so much money merely because they want to install a national government that is "impartial" and "accountable."

Really?
No - a truly impartial government would place toxic waste, factories, and fracking wells in everyone's zip codes - including theirs.
They don't want that!
Also, these notorious tax-dodgers certainly don't want every dollar of their income taxed - just as, say, schoolteachers do.
And doesn't "impartial" mean that their children would have to go fight in America's endless wars, too, rather than leaving that unpleasant task to the non-privileged?

They really want to install an "impartial" government that's partial to them, letting them run roughshod over the rest of us in their avaricious accumulation of greater wealth, power and privilege.
And what a hoot for the 1-percent-of-the-1-percent to demand that government be "accountable," when they're running dark-money political campaigns that hide their identities and use front-groups to keep voters from knowing that the KKFB is out to buy America's democratic process.

Any government that would be installed by the money and deceit of such self-righteous, narcissistic cowards would not be worthy of America's name, it's democratic ideals, or it's people."


"Koch-Supporting Texas Billionaires Explain What Richest Americans Are After," www.alternet.org. February 4, 2015

"Holly and Doug Deason: What do the Koch brothers want? To defend the American dream."
www.dallasnews.com, February 2, 2015

http://www.jimhightower.com/node/8563#.VPecHxY5mTM

Do you have a favorite car song?

(I've asked this before, but it's been a while)


I was cruisin' in my Sting Ray
Late one night
When an XKE came up on the right
He pulled down the window of his shiny new Jag
And challenged me then & there to a drag
I said "You'e on buddy, my mill's runnin' fine
Let's come off the line now at Sunset & Vine
But I'll go you one better if you've got the nerve
Let's race all the way,
To Deadman's Curve"

Ode To SalmonChantedEvening

The world today s dangerous
Cops kill for no good reason
The White House goes after whistle-blowers
And charges them with treason.

Corporations are now people
Or so we are told
But many people are so broke
They sleep out in the cold.

Russia invades the Ukraine
With killing and much shootin'
A new Cold War we do not need
Try telling that to Putin.

Even here at ol' DU
As we go about our journey
Some of us want Hillary
Some want Liz or Bernie.

Some of us like arguments
Some of us do not
Some of us like liquor
Some of us like pot.

But one of us is special
He gives us all much pleasure
SalmonChantedEvening
A genuine DU treasure.


Happy Valentine's Day, my friend!


The Italian Confession

Gianni Poggio, an elderly Italian man who lived on the outskirts of Positano, Italy, went to the local church for confession.

When the priest slid open the panel in the confessional, the man said:
"Father, during World War II, a beautiful Jewish woman from our neighborhood knocked urgently on my door and asked me to hide her from the Nazis...So I hid her in my attic."

The Priest replied:
"That was a wonderful thing you did, and you have no need to confess that."

"There is more to tell, Father..She started to repay me with sexual favors.
This happened several times a week, and sometimes twice on Sundays."

The priest said:
"That was a long time ago and by doing what you did, you placed the two of you in great danger, but two people under those circumstances can easily succumb to the weakness of the flesh.
However, if you are truly sorry for your actions, you are indeed forgiven."

"Thank you, Father..That's a great load off my mind...I do have one more question."

"And what is that," asked the priest.

"Should I tell her the war is over?"

Why did Obama's Justice Department recently argue AGAINST Don Siegelman's release from prison?

Valentine's Day is less than a week away.
Why not send a Valentine's Day card to former-Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, showing your support for him?
(Because it looks like he won't be released anytime soon, thanks to Obama's Justice Department)
Send cards & letters of support to:
Don E. Siegelman
Prisoner # 24775-001
FPC PO Box 5010
Oakdale, LA. 71463


New York Times
January 13, 2015

"Lawyers for Don Siegelman, Ex-Governor of Alabama, Again Seek His Release from Prison"

ATLANTA -- For the second time in less than a month, lawyers for former Gov. Don Siegelman of Alabama on Tuesday took his corruption case into a federal courtroom in an attempt to speed his eventual release from prison.

During arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, a lawyer for Mr. Siegelman, Clifford M. Sloan, said allegations of misconduct by a prosecutor merited further exploration.
He also said the judge who presided over the former governor's 2006 trial had erred in applying federal sentencing guidelines.

BUT A JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LAWYER, JOHN-ALEX ROMANO, INSISTED THAT JUDGE MARK E. FULLER HAD IMPOSED AN APPROPRIATE PRISON SENTENCE -- 78 MONTHS -- AND THAT THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE INQUIRY, LAURA CANARY, HAD SUFFICIENTLY HONORED HER PLEDGE TO RECUSE HERSELF FROM THE CASE.

More:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/14/us/lawyers-for-don-siegelman-ex-governor-of-alabama-again-seek-his-release-from-prison.html


Dear President Obama, Please Pardon Don Siegelman NOW
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026033690/

http://www.free-don.org/

List of people Obama has pardoned:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_pardoned_by_Barack_Obama

Where's the Ethical Balance of America's Scales of Justice?...by Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower
February 5, 2015


Is it really "fair and balanced"?
I don't mean the ridiculous Fox TV channel, whose right-wing ranters mock their own PR slogan,
but, rather, a network that actually matters in our society: America's legal system.

To check the balance of the scales of justice, look at how the system treats the very rich....
and the poor.
As we've seen, Wall Street barons have grossly fattened themselves by running frauds and scams that wreaked trillions of dollars in damages to working families, homeowners, and taxpayers -- yet not a single one of them has been indicted or seriously pursued by the law.
More recently, such corporate profiteers as JP Morgan Chase have paid billions of dollars in fines for serious criminal acts, but the executive criminals who pulled these capers have skated free without ever being charged.

Now, meet Gina Ray, who is neither a CEO nor a serious offender, but a hard-hit, low-income American.
She's one of hundreds who're being jailed, not by the police, but by a growing network of corporate fee-chasers empowered by state legislatures to fine and imprison poor people who've committed minor infractions.
Ms. Ray, an unemployed 31-year-old in rural Alabama, got caught-up in this privatized probation system over a speeding ticket.
Her problem mushroomed, and she was unable to pay, so the corporatized legal system locked her up and hit her with company fees for each of the 40 days she was behind bars.
Her original $179 ticket has now surpassed $3,000.
She was not told that she has a right to a court-appointed lawyer or offered any alternatives to more fines and jail.

"We hear a lot of 'I can't pay the fee," says one of the private prosecutors, adding chillingly that,
"It's not our job to figure that out."

For more information, contact Southern Center For Human Rights:
http://www.schr.org/


"Fraud Cases Often Spare Individuals," The New York Times, August 8, 2012.

"As Banking Titans Reflect on Errors, Few Pay Any Price," The New York Times, August 2, 2012.

"Poor Land in Jail as Companies Add Huge Fees for Probation," The New York Times, July 3, 2012.

Are you for or against the Keystone XL Pipeline?

Senate Passes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141001059/

Nine Democrats voting in favor:
Bennett (D-CO)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Tester (D-MT)
Warner (D-VA)
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