Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community

Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community:
Can I just say, shut the fuck up?
Why yes you can.

Teens Harass Muslims In Upstate New York | TPMMuckraker

Teens Harass Muslims In Upstate New York | TPMMuckraker:
"Five teenagers have been arrested for disrupting religious services at a mosque in upstate New York after allegedly driving by the mosque during Ramadan services, honking their horns and firing a shotgun.

The five, who are all 17 and 18, have allegedly driven by the World Sufi Foundation mosque in Carlton, N.Y., during Ramadan services twice over the past week, yelling obscenities.

Last Friday, one of them also fired a shotgun into the ground. No one was hurt. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, a felony; the others have only been charged with disrupting religious services, a misdemeanor, but more charges are expected."

Repeat after me:

Someone is going to get killed and it will be written off to "a solitary deranged person" by the media powers that be. Then we can all go back to the Two Minutes Hate and know that we couldn't possibly be to blame.

Twitter / Ben Smith: A half-true anecdote, wild ...

Twitter / Ben Smith: A half-true anecdote, wild ...:
"A half-true anecdote, wildly embelished, makes Vanity Fair, bc you can apparently write anything abt Palin"
The pushback begins.

Rev. Moon Regains Control As Washington Times Is Bought For $1 | TPMMuckraker

Rev. Moon Regains Control As Washington Times Is Bought For $1 | TPMMuckraker:
"A Unification Church company controlled by leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon is buying back The Washington Times -- the conservative newspaper he started in the 1980s -- for the price of $1 and the assumption of the company's debt, according to an internal memo obtained by U.S. News & World Report."

And worth every cent

Weigel : A Good Get for the Birthers

Weigel : A Good Get for the Birthers:
I try to ignore the birther movement unless it inducts someone important -- a congressman, for example. The (sigh) American Patriot Foundation's announcement that Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney (ret.) has signed an affidavit supporting court martialed birther Lt. Col. Terry Lakin is actually a pretty big coup.

Stupid stupid stupid.

Sarah Palin the Sound and the Fury Politics:

Sarah Palin the Sound and the Fury Politics:

I am sure that we will soon hear the sounds of "leave Sarah alone" from the Teahadists but I am hoping that people will get tired of this grifter.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

My Campaign Platform - Part 1 of ?

Inspired by my Facebook friend Alberto Pupo (hi Alberto) I have compiled a bulleted list of some of what would be my election platform if I were so silly as to run for national office.

  • Withdraw all troops from Afghanistan
  • Withdraw all troops from Iraq
  • Withdraw most troops from South Korea
  • Cut Defense Spending by 30%
  • Make university education free for all that can maintain a suitable GPA. Say 2.0 for undergrad, 3.0 for Masters level and 3.5 for PhD. Admission to a particular school would still be controlled by the school.
  • Make community college/vocational training free for all that can maintain some reasonable standard of progress
  • Universal single payer health care.
  • Drop corporate income tax to 30%
  • Change personal income tax brackets to be 10%, 20% and 30% at $50000, $100000 and $250000 respectively with anyone under $25000 paying no income tax
  • Phase out of mortgage interest deduction. Existing mortgages will still have the interest deduction honored but mortgages entered into after election day will have only 5 years of tax deduction at which point the deduction will end.
  • Elimination of most, if not all, tax deductions.
  • Payroll taxes to be paid on all earned income
  • Capital gains to be taxed as ordinary income with a lifetime $2000000 exemption.
  • Estate tax of 30% with an exemption of $2000000. This can be added to any of the capital gains exemption that has not been used.
  • End of software patents
  • End of Business Process patents
  • Immigration policies that encourage highly skilled people to come here without dealing with a multi-year process
  • Enforcement of laws against hiring people without proper immigration status
  • Pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers that have been here for 5 or more years.
  • "Unskilled" worker visa.
  • Elimination of TSA and DHS
  • $150Billion over 10 years for public transportation
  • $100Billion over 10 years for
  • $50Billion/year for k-12 education to be distributed using a strict per-student formula.
I am sure that I will come up with some more points but this is a start.

Things i wonder

When will Glenn Beck's Christian followers realize that he is a Mormon and run screaming for the exits?