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Quotes I like: "Prediction is very difficult, especially concerning the future." "There are some things so serious that you have to laugh at them.” __ Niels Bohr Given his contribution to the establishment of quantum mechanics, I guess it's not surprising he had such a quirky of sense of humor. ......................."Deliberate misinterpretation and misrepresentation of another's position is a basic technique of (dis)information processing" __ I said that

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A simple response to the Ayatollah Roberts Court ruling for employer-Lordship over Serf-Workers..

I think ANY employer should be allowed to deny any particular part of the coverage provided under Obamacare to the Lord-Employers' Serf/workers.

As a result any such employer action denying any aspect or kinds of coverage legally provided to their employees by ObamaCares - all affected employees will be given the opportunity (having been denied any part of the legally available coverage under Obamacare) to make the free election to be covered by Medicare.

Go ahead Obamacare hating partisan-employers. Hack away at Obamacare --- and watch the Single Payer system grow.


'Ayotollah' Roberts decrees workers are not free citizens but serfs of their employer Lords

.. in their Hobby Lobby encyclical, the Ayatollah Roberts and minions again decreed that American shall burn down its mistaken venture into this sordid democratic society and shall be returned to the God ordained & preferred system of Corporate Feudalism. In the 21st century version of this society Corporations (and any employer) and the uber Wealthy are the new Lords. Anyone who works for a paycheck is by definition a serf - owing fealty to his Lord-employer. accordingly, it is entirely proper for Worker- Serfs to be told what behaviors their Lord-Employers will deign to tolerate. The concept of a free and independent person, being 'endowed by his Creator with inalienable rights" is a false, heretical concept cooked up by 18th Century radicals such as Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson - which is repugnant to God, the Grand Ayatollah Roberts and your Lord-Employers. This idea that serfs can somehow, make up their own minds on matters of personal conduct and actually rule themselves is dangerous nonsense.

It is entirely in keeping with God's plan, for Corporate/Employer Lords to tell their Serf-Workers what they shall be allowed to do and what activities will be proscribed by their Lords. Note, that such constructions as "governments of and by the people" (in time) shall not be allowed to assert/protect any fictional rights of man (i.e. Serfs) in the face of edicts by the Ayatollah or declarations by any of the Corporate/employer Lords of the Corporate Feudalist state.

eventually, wayward Serfs will realize this is a better system as the Lords and of course, the Ayatollah, will look out for you all - as they know better than you what is best for you.

[font size="+1"]Thank you, Ayatollah Roberts - for saving us from Democracy[/font]





In Hobby Lobby ruling, the Supreme Court uses a ‘fiction’

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-in-hobby-lobby-ruling-the-supreme-court-uses-a-fiction/2014/06/30/37663c72-009b-11e4-8572-4b1b969b6322_story.html



Mitt Romney said it, and on Monday the Supreme Court upheld it: Corporations are people, my friend.

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In its last day in session, the high court not only affirmed corporate personhood but expanded the human rights of corporations, who by some measures enjoy more protections than mortals — or “natural persons,” as the court calls the type of people who do not incorporate in Delaware. In 2010, the court ruled that corporations are people for the purposes of making unrestricted political contributions. Now, the court has decided that some corporations have religious beliefs, just like other people.

“The purpose of extending rights to corporations is to protect the rights of people associated with the corporation, including shareholders, officers, and employees,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the much-anticipated Hobby Lobby decision. “Protecting the free-exercise rights of closely held corporations thus protects the religious liberty of the humans who own and control them.”

Alito’s ruling notably did not protect the rights of people employed by Hobby Lobby. They can now be denied contraceptives they were supposed to receive as part of their employee health plan — because the craft chain’s owners object to certain forms of birth control required under Obamacare. In an oral statement from the bench, Alito argued that those who say corporations are “just a piece of paper” are making a “dangerous” argument and would turn religious executives “into second-class citizens.”
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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Supreme oligarchy - a great piece on the political based Roberts court

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ej-dionne-jr-supreme-oligarchy/2014/04/06/823f15ea-bc2e-11e3-9a05-c739f29ccb08_story.html
(emphases my own)


An oligarchy, Webster’s dictionary tells us, is “a form of government in which the ruling power belongs to a few persons.” It’s a shame that the Republican majority on the Supreme Court doesn’t know the difference between an oligarchy and a democratic republic.

Yes, I said “the Republican majority,” violating a nicety based on the pretense that when people reach the high court, they forget their party allegiance. We need to stop peddling this fiction.

[font size="3"]On cases involving the right of Americans to vote and the ability of a very small number of very rich people to exercise unlimited influence on the political process, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and his four allies always side with the wealthy, the powerful and the forces that would advance the political party that put them on the court. The ideological overreach that is wrecking our politics is now also wrecking our jurisprudence.[/font]

The court’s latest ruling in McCutcheon et al. v. Federal Election Commission should not be seen in isolation. (The “et al.,” by the way, refers to the Republican National Committee.) It is yet another act of judicial usurpation by five justices who treat the elected branches of our government with contempt and precedent as meaningless. If Congress tries to contain the power of the rich, the Roberts Court will slap it in the face. And if Congress tries to guarantee the voting rights of minorities, the Roberts Court will slap it in the face again.
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Daily Kos post on Dionne's piece: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/07/1290223/-E-J-Dionne-on-Supreme-oligarchy

Report: US oil growth having limited effect on energy security - Oct 2013 Roubini Global Economics

... with the mid-East descending into chaos - for the foreseeable future - this report will soon transition from prognosis to history....

... new title?: "How do you like $5.00 a gallon gasoline?"


http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/10/14/report-americans-hunger-for-oil-makes-us-vulnerable/

WASHINGTON — The United States may soon claim the throne as the world’s top crude and gas producer, but America’s dependence on oil leaves the nation at risk, according to a global energy security assessment issued Monday.

According to the analysis by Roubini Global Economics and Securing America’s Future Energy, the nation’s heavy reliance on petroleum fuels threatens to undo U.S. gains in efficiency and oil and gas production.

“Heavy oil dependence still renders the country highly vulnerable to price fluctuations in the short-to-medium term, particularly as economic growth — and fuel demand — recovers,” according to the report.

While physical supplies of oil may be more dependable in the United States — particularly with hydraulic fracturing allowing production of newly recoverable crude and gas resources — the nation’s overall dependence on oil and inefficient use of it leaves the economy “exposed to high and volatile oil prices.”
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... I'm soooo glad EPA is moving to protect Oil Industry market share/profits

[font size="4"]"Who needs renewable fuels?"[/font]



Israeli army says three kidnapped teenagers found dead

Source: Washington Post

JERUSALEM — The Israeli army confirmed Monday evening that search teams found the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that the Islamist militant group accused of the abductions would pay a heavy price.

Speaking at the start of a meeting of his security cabinet following the grisly discovery, Netanyahu said, “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay.” He said the three “were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by wild beasts.” The teenagers were abducted June 12 as they made their way home from their religious school in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

While few details were released on the exact fate of the three teens, security officials said the bodies of Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Shaar, both 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, were found in an open area close to Hebron, in the West Bank, near the location where the teens disappeared. Fraenkel was a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, said the bodies were discovered around 5 p.m. Monday afternoon by civilian volunteer searchers near the village of Halhul just north of Hebron.
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Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/three-kidnapped-israeli-teenagers-found-dead-reports-say/2014/06/30/4e6a271a-007a-11e4-8572-4b1b969b6322_story.html

NBC's Cynthia Mcfadden asks Jarrett - "what happened?" to Pres. Obama's approval ratings

... once again we have a GOP toady of M$M asking "what happened" to the President's approval ratings, as if they in the M$M haven't been passing on the GOP narrative that everything is Obama's fault - as if the GOP haven't been sabotaging everything the President and the Democrats have been trying to do and setting records for filibustering - which the fascist fearful M$M hasn't considered newsworthy.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/11741180

Cynthia McFadden 'did her bit' for the GOP cause in her interview of Valerie Jarrett she asked:

https://www.nbcumv.com/%E2%80%9Cmeet-press%E2%80%9D-clips-transcript-%E2%80%93-sunday-june-29-2014

CYNTHIA MCFADDEN: So the president came into office with an astounding approval rating and it's now down to 41%. What happened?

VALERIE JARRETT: Look, we're going through some tough times now. But I'll tell you something that I learned very early in the first campaign, is that you just can't look at the daily polls. I mean, my goodness, if we listened to the polls, he would've abandoned the race in the middle of the primary session.




I really wish one Obama administration rep would answer such a question - where the interviewer is playing dumb about their complicity in helping to sell the GOP narrative that leaves out their dedicated sabotage of everything Obama and the Democrats have tried to do to repair the economy from the Republican's Trickle Down disaster.....something like the following:



"Well, I think the people are frustrated by the Government's slow progress on building an economic recovery to the Trickle Down - Deregulation disaster - and on other matters. But gosh Cynthia, certainly you know that the public's impression of the President - and of others in Washington - is dependent a lot upon where they get their news - and how the news is reported. Most people get their news from you people in the M$M.

And I'm surprised, Cynthia you'd ask that question when you know since the President came into office you people in the M$M must have had hundreds of conversations - with the usual favored pundits - about the President's "leadership" while during that same time period the word "filibuster" seems to have been taboo on M$M. In fact I don't think since President Obama came into office the word 'filibuster' has passed the lips of anyone on M$M - even though the Republicans have set new records for filibustering (formally and by amendment) during that time period. The result is the latest Congress has been recognized - in the print media anyway - as the least productive Congress in our history.

But tell me, Cynthia, because I am not a media news producer - why is it nobody in M$M has whispered the word 'filibuster' since President Obama entered the White House, despite the fact that the Republicans have set records for filibustering..??? Explain that to me please, Cynthia, how THAT is not news?

... Far be it from me to accuse anybody of promulgating disinformation, but do you think that this kind of selective reporting of the news might have something to do with the public's attitude re the President?"



>>>>... what do you have to say Cynthia? .... Oh, cat got your tongue?





.... M$M worried about losing audience to the internet would be better served by actually reporting on what is going on - rather than putting on disgusting advertisements about how their quazi-news programs stars really caring about and really being friends of us 'common buggers'. Yeah, right!

NBC's McFadden services GOP in interview of Valerie Jarrett - what happened with Obama's ratings?

Cynthia McFadden 'did her bit' for the GOP cause in her interview of Valerie Jarrett she asked:

https://www.nbcumv.com/%E2%80%9Cmeet-press%E2%80%9D-clips-transcript-%E2%80%93-sunday-june-29-2014

CYNTHIA MCFADDEN: So the president came into office with an astounding approval rating and it's now down to 41%. What happened?

VALERIE JARRETT: Look, we're going through some tough times now. But I'll tell you something that I learned very early in the first campaign, is that you just can't look at the daily polls. I mean, my goodness, if we listened to the polls, he would've abandoned the race in the middle of the primary session.



I really wish one Obama administration rep would answer such a question - where the interviewer is playing dumb about their complicity in helping to sell the GOP narrative that leaves out their dedicated sabotage of everything Obama and the Democrats have tried to do to repair the economy from the Republican's Trickle Down disaster.....something like the following:

[font size="3"]

"Well, I think the people are frustrated by the Government's slow progress on building an economic recovery to the Trickle Down - Deregulation disaster - and on other matters. But gosh Cynthia, certainly you know that the public's impression of the President - and of others in Washington - is dependent a lot upon where they get their news - and how the news is reported. Most people get their news from you people in the M$M.

And I'm surprised, Cynthia you'd ask that question when you know since the President came into office you people in the M$M must have had hundreds of conversations - with the usual favored pundits - about the President's "leadership" while during that same time period the word "filibuster" seems to have been taboo on M$M. In fact I don't think since President Obama came into office the word 'filibuster' has passed the lips of anyone on M$M - even though the Republicans have set new records for filibustering (formally and by amendment) during that time period. The result is the latest Congress has been recognized - in the print media anyway - as the least productive Congress in our history.

But tell me, Cynthia, because I am not a media news producer - why is it nobody in M$M has whispered the word 'filibuster' since President Obama entered the White House, despite the fact that the Republicans have set records for filibustering..??? Explain that to me please, Cynthia, how THAT is not news?

... Far be it from me to accuse anybody of promulgating disinformation, but do you think that this kind of selective reporting of the news might have something to do with the public's attitude re the President?"

... what do you have to say Cynthia? .... Oh, cat got your tongue?[/font]


Lawrence Lessig's Super PAC wants to kill Super PACs - Lessing talks to Ezra Klein on VOX.com



http://www.vox.com/2014/6/30/5857450/lawrence-lessigs-super-pac-wants-to-kill-super-pacs

Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig believes he’s found a way to fight — and possibly end — superPACs  forever. But first, he needs to form a SuperPAC of his own. Lessig talked to Ezra Klein about how big money influences policy, why he launched his own superPAC, and how to make politicians listen — really listen — to ordinary Americans.

The Supremes will be delivering a major blow to public sector Unions Monday - Vox.com

you can count on the Roberts court to produce a decision (an easy one for them) that will help advance our decline further into a Corporate Fuedalist state....Roberts, Scalia's and ScAlito's idea of a utopia. What conservatives never 'get' is that serfs don't have enough disposable income to support a strong growing economy. Businessmen will find it hard to grow sales and profits and therefor to grow their businesses. As a result you get mediocre job creation - at best - and elevated unemployment rates.




The Supreme Court could cut union membership in half on Monday


The Supreme Court is expected to rule any day now on the case of Harris v Quinn, a somewhat obscure tale of a mother's reimbursement payment for providing her disabled son with home-based health care that's exploded into a potential political earthquake that potentially holds the fate of public sector labor unions in the balance. Most observers expect an unfavorable ruling for unions, and indications that Samuel Alito will likely write the decision have liberals worry that the Court will deliver a sweeping blow to public sector unions.

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What's the case about?

Broadly speaking, the case is about the legality of mandatory fees — "fair share fees" as unions like to call them — for public sector workers who benefit from collective bargaining agreements but who aren't members of the labor union that negotiated the agreement.

The issue arises because of a basic collective action problem in union organizing.
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UPDATE: Eric Cantor Plotted to Sabotage US Economy in Secret Meeting with Hensarling & Luntz

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/11/1306103/-Eric-Cantor-Jeb-Hensarling-Kevin-McCarthy-Plotted-to-Sabotage-US-Economy-in-Secret-Meeting

I think today we should all remember that on January 20, 2009 (inauguration day) GOP House Leaders & GOP Senators plotted to sabotage the US Economy along with failed candidate for President, Newt Gingrich, and GOP Propaganda Minister Frank Luntz.

Many talking heads today are saying that either Jeb Hensarling(R) or Kevin McCarthy(R) will take the place of Eric Cantor to be the House Majority Leader and possibly, the future Speaker of the House. But, what those talking heads are failing to mention is that both Hensarling and McCarthy were at that secret meeting in 2009.

According to Bureau of Labor, in January 2009, when President Obama was sworn in, the country lost 818,000 jobs. And, in the months leading up to January 2009, the United States was consistently losing over 700,000 jobs per month, yet these GOP assholes still plotted to do further damage to America and plotted to sabotage our economy.

Here are the Facts:

FACT 1. In Robert Draper's book, "Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives" Draper wrote that on inauguration night, 2009, during a four hour, "invitation only" meeting with GOP Hate-Propaganda Minister, Frank Luntz, the below listed Senior GOP Law Writers literally plotted to sabotage, undermine and destroy America's Economy.

FACT 2: Draper wrote the guest list included:

The Guest List:
Frank Luntz - GOP Minister of Propaganda
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA),
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX),
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX),
Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI)
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA),
Sen. Jim DeMint (SC-R),
Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ-R),
Sen. Tom Coburn (OK-R),
Sen. John Ensign (NV-R) and
Sen. Bob Corker (TN-R).

Non-lawmakers present Newt Gingrich - Failed GOP candidate for President

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