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jimrinWe truly must live in Bizarro world

(where everything is backwards) if we listen to the Republicans.

Texas Governor Rick Perry is crying “partisan politics” in his indictment for using his veto power. But his use of his veto power was a result of trying to use extortion to get Rosemary Lehmberg to resign from office. Oh yea, Rosemary Lehmberg is a Democrat.

Because the head of the department for investigating public corruption would not resign, he threatened (and then carried out) a veto to cut funding to the department. Since when is extortion legal? D’oh, it’s not, resulting in the indictment! To Perry, seems like political partisanship has priority over investigating corruption. Hmmm…

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PS. This was not the one which I wanted to write, but this one is as crazy as anything else these days, I thought I need to write it. 4 weeks ago


jimrinFor those of you who are naysayers about global warming and support the political party who is also full of naysayers, I just have one word to say...

Thanks!

All of you who have seen the The March of the Penguins know that the only defense which the emperor penguins have is the severe cold of Antarctica. Without the severe cold, they are easy prey for their natural predators.

Two papers scheduled to be published this week have concluded that large parts of the ice sheet in western Antarctica have started to collapse and believe that its collapse is unstoppable now. Not only will the melting ice sheets raise the sea level of the oceans (good bye South Florida), but with the warming up of the Antarctica, predators of the emperor penguins will have an easier time reaching them.

Image generated from Climate Central. Click for larger version.

What is happening now was already predicted back in 1978 by eminent glaciologist, John H. Mercer of Ohio State University, but noone listened to him back then.

Image from Christian Science Monitor

If the political party you support follows policies which end up destroying the environment for your children and children’s children, what good are “family values” when there is no world left.

All animals in the world, like the emperor penguins, whether they know it or not, are depending on us humans to preserve the Earth where we all live. All our future generations are also depending on us. Looks like we’ve failed.

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jimrinWhy do Republicans feel they can dictate morality?

I’m sure people have seen in the news Republican representative Vance McAllister was caught on video kissing staffer Melissa Peacock… and it wasn’t just a kiss, it’s more of a kiss which shows they are far more intimate. McAllister is married with 5 children. Peacock is also married.

McAllisters admits to messing up and asks for forgiveness:

“There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness. I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve.”

The husband of Melissa Peacock and long-time now ex-friend of McAllister points out, McAllister has apologized to everyone except him.

McAllister ran on his Christian family values. In one of his commercials, he said “I need your prayers.” When his former friend asked, “When did you get religious?”, the response was “When I needed votes.”

Peacock donated over $10,000 ($5,200 from his wife and $5,2000 from himself) to McAllister’s campaign. I’m sure he wish he could have his money back. However, do you think this will change Peacock to vote Democrat? Doubtful. If he has $10,000 to donate to a local campaign and he already knew McAllister was a fake when it comes to religion, likely the reason Peacock votes Republican is for monetary reasons to keep taxes low.

Some people may say this is just an isolated incident, but there’s no proof that it is an isolated incident within the Republican Party. You only have to go as far back as the last presidential nomination to be reminded of Newt Gingrich who had (at least) two extra-marital affairs.

These Republicans were involved in the impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton which is hypocritical considering their own personal behavior:

  • Henry Hyde, Representative (R-IL). In 1998, the Internet magazine Salon.com stated that from 1965 to 1969, Hyde conducted an extramarital sexual affair with a married woman who had three children from her marriage. Hyde, who was 41 years old and married when the affair occurred, admitted to the affair in 1998, describing the relationship as a “youthful indiscretion”. The revelation of this affair took place as Hyde was spearheading the impeachment hearings of President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
  • Newt Gingrich, Representative (R-GA) and leader of the Republican Revolution of 1994: Resigned from the House after admitting in 1998 to having had an affair with his intern while he was married to his second wife, and at the same time he was leading the impeachment of Bill Clinton for perjury regarding an affair with his intern Monica Lewinsky.
  • Robert Livingston, Representative (R-LA): called for the resignation of Bill Clinton and when his own extramarital affairs were leaked, his wife urged him to resign and urge Clinton to do likewise.
  • Bob Barr Representative (R-GA) had an affair while married. Barr had been the first lawmaker in either chamber to call for Clinton’s resignation due to the Lewinsky affair. Barr lost a primary challenge less than three years after the impeachment proceedings.
  • Dan Burton (R-IN) A combative critic of the Clinton/Lewinsky affair, Burton admitted that he had fathered a child out of wedlock.
  • Helen Chenoweth-Hage (R-ID) aggressively called for the resignation of Bill Clinton, and admitted to her own six-year affair with a married rancher during the 1980s.
  • Ken Calvert, Representative (R-CA): champion of the Christian Coalition once said “We can’t forgive what occurred between the President and Lewinsky.” Arrested for soliciting a prostitute for oral sex in his car.

The above examples are dated because I wanted to point out the hypocrisy of those impeaching Clinton while being dishonest to their families and to the American people. Per the same wikipedia article, you can find more recent scandals where, not surprisingly, Republican scandals outnumber Democrat scandals 2:1 for the period 2010 to now… and even a higher ratio going back from 2000 to 2009.

I may be in the minority, but I think that the consequences of an affair are a personal matter between the husband, wife, clergy, children… but not only do I despise a political party dictating morality, I despise even more politicians who run on a platform of dictating morality and then being immoral themselves.

So I don’t know what I find more aggravating:
  • The Republican Party trying to dictate morality when their own morality is bankrupt.
  • Voters who are easily swayed by the Republican Party’s message of morality so in turn, they are easily deceived to vote for them.

It’s unfortunate when people don’t realize they are being used and duped. David Kuo who worked for Bush Jr 2001 to 2003 exposed in his book “Tempting Faith” how they used religion just as a way to get votes, not that they actually planned to support any of the initiatives used to get votes.

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jimrinI'll never understand rich people... (Part 3)

This isn’t as much about understanding rich people as it is understanding why they feel like they should be treated differently.

Let’s take the Comcast/Time Warner merger. As we know, monopolies are bad. (However, I assume libertarians feel there is nothing wrong with monopolies as government involvement is even worse). At any rate, the intent of the merger is to be able to take advantage of economies of scale. In theory, this could even be beneficial for the consumer as reduced costs for the company means the savings can be passed on to the consumer, right? That’s what American Airlines/US Airways told regulators that the merger will be good for consumers, but then apparently, they lied. At any rate, at least Comcast isn’t even trying to hide the fact that the merger will not be good for consumers, Comcast Executive VP David Cohen said:

“The impact on customer bills is always hard to quantify. We’re certainly not promising that customer bills are going to go down or even increase less rapidly. Frankly, most of the factors that go into customer bills are factors beyond our control.” Factors beyond their control? Like how much profit they want to make? Like how much they want to stick it to the consumer?

But I digress. I didn’t want to talk about rich companies (Comcast’s profit in 4Q2013 was $1.91 billion as if billions in profits in one quarter is not enough.)

Instead, my post is about the people who are part of a merger. When two companies merge, they obviously do not need two CEOs so one is considered redundant. Enter Robert Marcus, CEO of Time Warner. Based on him becoming redundant, he will get an $80 million “golden parachute”.

Hmmm, when a “normal” employee is identified as being redundant, somehow he or she doesn’t get an $80 million golden parachute, but when the CEO of a company who wasn’t able to put the company in good enough position to prevent being taken over, or who didn’t put his company to be the bigger of the two companies… or in other words, was a rather mediocre CEO, then this person gets $80 million when he is made redundant. And actually, Robert Marcus has been CEO for less than 3 months.

How could it be that someone who is CEO for 3 months receives an $80 million golden parachute? Because Robert Marcus had it written in the deal that this would be the payoff. Why can’t normal employees get some kind of deal to help guarantee how they will be treated? Oh, they could if they were part of a union… but somehow a union is a bad word, but golden parachutes like this are accepted? We really must live in a Bizarro world.

Next…

Everyone knows how controversial fracking is. However, somehow the Mayor and City Council members who had managed to put a moratorium on fracking in Flower Mound, TX were replaced by a more “business-friendly” Mayor and City Council. So basically if you are concerned about your health or your children’s health, you have to tough it out or move… unless you’re the CEO of Exxon Mobile. Then you start a suit that you don’t want fracking in your town. This is what Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerman and his Republican buddy Dick Armey have done. Heaven forbid if the property value should go down on his 83-acre horse ranch or 18-acre homestead. (Technically speaking, the fracking won’t be done in their town, only the building of a water tower required for fracking in neighboring Flower Mound.)

PS. My bad. Seems like fracking is safe and all the concerns about fracking are ideas planted into my mind by environmentalists. At least this is the explanation from Marita Noon, Executive Director of Energy Makes America Great as to why people express concern about fracking. You can see the video from the Daily Show below:

http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/w5j292/the-benefits-of-fracking

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jimrinI'll never understand rich people...*

*Of course, I don’t really mean all rich people. I just mean rich, greedy people. Below image is of a rich person, not John Schnatter.

Let’s take Papa John’s CEO, John Schnatter.

From the referenced article: Mr. Schnatter decided to mix his politics with his pepperoni when suggesting that he would be cutting the work hours for Papa John employees in order to bring them below the 30 hour per week threshold that would require Schnatter to provide his employees with healthcare benefits.

Zane Terkel, CEO of Applebee’s also made a similar comment. And while I’m at it, I might as well also list Darden Restaurants Inc, owners of restaurants like Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and others who have already tried to put employees on a part-time schedule. Also, restaurants like Outback Steakhouse and Waffle House are donating heavily to the Republican Party and Republican PACs.

Why would restaurants donate to Republican candidates? McDonald’s owner Ray Kroc started the trend for McDonald back in 1972 when he started donating to Richard Nixon and to the Republican Party trying to pass a bill which would allow restaurants to pay teenagers less than minimum wage.

Now I have nothing against people being rich. I am sure people like John Schnatter worked hard to make a successful business. And guess what? He reaps the benefits of being successful. His 24,000-square-foot residence is valued at over $7 million. Good for him.

But he was able to become wealthy in the land of opportunity, America. So why is he using his wealth and power to now prevent those who are less advantaged than him from getting proper healthcare? What motivation could he possibly have against universal healthcare, except to line his pockets with even more money.

No wonder Jesus said: “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”

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jimrinGOP racist? Nahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh............

From the article:

Rep. Pat Garofalo, a fifth-term Republican from the St. Paul suburb of Farmington, tweeted Sunday night: “Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime.”

Garofalo initially stuck by his words even after they drew hundreds of negative comments and more than 1,000 retweets, insisting they were misinterpreted.

“Misinterpreted”? Let’s see. How could we have misinterpreted it? It is known that the NBA has a high % of black professional athletes. If NBA teams were to fold, according to him, there would be an increase in street crime. So what would be the cause for the street crime by NBA teams folding?

Later, he “reconsidered” and “apologized”...

“I sincerely apologize to those who I unfairly categorized,” said Garofalo, who’s seeking a sixth term in the fall. “The NBA has many examples of players and owners who are role models for our communities and for our country. Those individuals did not deserve that criticism and I apologize.”

Let’s see. So he’s not apologizing to those who he felt he fairly categorized???

And it’s people like Garofalo who’s supposed to represent our country and represent all people when making decisions about laws which affect our country…?

I’ll likely amend this post if anything amusing related to this story pops up.

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jimrinLove is a right, not a wrong

OK, I am sure everyone has heard about the abominable law which passed the Arizona senate which gives the right for people to discriminate against gay people if it is against their religion to treat people fairly or something like that.

Of course, we know this law passed straight down party lines with Republicans voting for it. The governor, also a Republican, has an easy out to veto this law. 3 Republican senators have changed their minds.

Hmmmm, so why didn’t they think this through prior to voting for it? Anyway, we’ll see what the governor will do.

It’s amazing what this party of hate and exclusion will do. Despite my posts, I don’t hate the right. I just don’t want anything to do with them. If they want to be hateful people, it’s their right. However, I don’t think it’s their right to pass hateful laws.

I mean, one would think we should be learning how to get better along, not how to be more discriminatory and less accepting of others. Just me, perhaps. 6 months ago


jimrinThe best chance in a while for a Democrat to become governor of Texas

Wendy Davis is the best chance in a long time for a Democrat to win the Texas governor’s race, but she is still trailing 6-15% depending on which polls you read.

Of course, the right including Sarah Palin try to smear her. They want to go all the back to when at 19, married with kids, she separated from her husband, and then went on to Law School. Some on the right even want to go as far as saying she prostituted herself to pay for her student loans.

I’d dearly love for the right to learn a lesson about judging others by having Wendy Davis win the election. If you’d also like to see this, you can help by going to her webpage http://www.wendydavistexas.com/.

This election is getting national attention and Karl Rove and his cronies are contributing to her Republican opponent plus supporting negative ads against Wendy Davis. Davis’ campaign funds are based on grass root contributions from people. It will be difficult for her to compete against the big money interests available to her opponent, but she is a fighter.

By the way, while they are attacking Wendy, her Republican opponent, Greg Abbott, has embraced Ted Nugent. Ted Nugent was an invited speaker at one of his campaign stops. Nugent referred to Abbott as his friend and blood-brother. Right, this is the same guy who in a 1998 documentary admitted to being addicted to sex with underage girls: “In a 1998 documentary on VH1 “Behind the Music,” Nugent admitted to affairs with several under-aged girls. “I was addicted to girls. It was hopeless. It was beautiful,” he said.”

This is not the only lapse in judgment by Abbott. As the referenced article points out, when on Twitter, someone had referred to Davis as an “idiot” and “retard Barbie”, Abbott thanked him.

Since Nugent is an avid gun supporter, Abbott’s support for Nugent shows Republicans continue to place the value of guns over women.

And by the way, since there are those who want to accuse Davis as being a bad mother, what do her daughters say? Originally she wanted to keep them out of having to go through the difficult times when they were young, but the daughters insisted on coming forward publicly. They have spoken publicly but have also published letters. In the letter from one of her daughters, Dru, she writes:

“Both of my parents made sacrifices to make education happen for all of us, my sister and me included. And both of them have been great role models for what it means to care about people in the world…
People have come to know Wendy Davis the politician. But I want people to relate to Wendy Davis, my mother. I have a bond with my mother that is unlike any other.”

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jimrinThe Republicans are at it again...

From Emily’s List:

Here is just a sample of the harm H.R. 7 could impose on women and families:

  • A woman serving our country in the armed forces could be permanently denied health insurance that includes abortion coverage except for very narrow circumstances.
  • A rape victim could be audited by the government and forced to prove her rape to IRS agents
  • A family without abortion coverage could be pushed into bankruptcy to try to cover any medical costs for an abortion needed to prevent severe damage to her health.
  • A woman could be forced to pay more in taxes because she needed abortion care.

Just one example why it’s important for Democrats to retain control of the Senate and to take control of the House. 7 months ago


jimrin“Democracy has been suspended.”

The more you find out about the Republicans, the less there is to like about them.

It turns out that Republicans conveniently passed a new rule hours before the scheduled shutdown to prevent any House member from being able to bring up the Senate budget up for a vote. Enough moderate Republicans had stated they would have voted for such a budget in order to prevent a shutdown, but since the rule change only allowed the House Majority leader to bring up the Senate budget for a vote, Eric Cantor opted not to do so.

You can see the video from USA Today by clicking the above image

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