Wednesday, February 24, 2010

what about all government workers be kucinich clones?


There's all kinds of great stuff outside the box. If we will just crawl out of it, just pull our heads out of the sand, or our asses, or wherever they are stuck, we could be programming supercomputers to govern properly... or government officials and employees would be instantly recognizable because they would all be Dennis. Instead, it seems, we prefer to model our future after the movie Road Warrior....

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Liberals, Teabaggers - Time to Unite

Today Indiana Senator Evan Bayh came out and announced that he will not run for re-election, siting the dismal affair that our government has become.

From Yahoo News:
In an interview on MSNBC this morning, newly retiring Sen. Evan Bayh declared the American political system "dysfunctional," riddled with "brain-dead partisanship" and permanent campaigning. Flatly denying any possibility that he'd seek the presidency or any other higher office, Bayh argued that the American people needed to deliver a "shock" to Congress by voting incumbents out en masse and replacing them with people interested in reforming the process and governing for the good of the people, rather than deep-pocketed special-interest groups.
Vote them out indeed! It's time to join forces with the Tea Party folks. Although we may be far apart on some items, on others such as Single Payer Health Care we are on the same path. As noted in this CNN poll 63% of those polled agree that all incumbents should be tossed out.

Agent 99 found this article at Alternet highlighting the downfall of the American Middle Class - one more reason to join the Tea Party folks.

Wake up people - we're in the same boat! Our Legislators are not working for us, they've been bought by the corporations and the Military Industrial Complex.

It's time to paddle together and get this ship headed in the right direction!

Monday, February 15, 2010

listen very closely, now

Chris Hedges has it precisely right.

We need to keep this straight in our minds.

Everything depends on it.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

.........[click painting] ............................................................................................................ detail from Hill Hall


Saturday, February 06, 2010

CH2O + FEMA Trailers + Haiti = Travesty

Once again the toxic FEMA Trailers rear their ugly heads. These formaldehyde impregnated boxes, originally rolled out for the Katrina Victims, were later promised to the victims of the Southern California fires of 2007 - although FEMA's actual response, as usual, drew much criticism.
These trailers are now the topic of discussion as the manufacturers and some in Government propose sending them to Haiti for those displaced by the recent earthquakes.

KCBS Reports:

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) ― The trailer industry and lawmakers are pressing the government to send Haiti thousands of potentially formaldehyde-laced trailers left over from Hurricane Katrina — an idea denounced by some as a crass and self-serving attempt to dump inferior American products on the poor.

While proposed as a humanitarian effort there is indeed an underlying motive:
For the recreational-vehicle and trailer industry, which lost thousands of jobs during the recession, the push to send the units to Haiti is motivated by more than charity.

Bidding is under way in an online government-run auction to sell the trailers in large lots at bargain-basement prices — something the RV industry fears will reduce demand for new products. Some of the bids received so far work out to less than $500 for a trailer that would sell for about $20,000 new.

Lobbyists for the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association — which includes some major manufacturers in Elkhart, Ind., among them Gulf Stream — have been talking with members of Congress, the government and disaster relief agencies to see if it would be possible to send the trailers to Haiti instead.

"This isn't really the best time for the RV industry to have very low-priced trailers put out onto the market," said the group's spokesman, Kevin Broom.

FEMA has even begun charging rent on the trailers it has already deployed elsewhere:
The Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS -- Iowa residents displaced by last year's flooding and staying in Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers will be charged rent after November.

FEMA spokeswoman Crystal Payton says charging rent after a time is a standard practice that is deemed necessary to extend a program. Displaced residents faced a Nov. 27 deadline to be out of FEMA-provided housing.

The one ray of hope, as KCBS reports, is that the trailers are not welcome by neither The U.S. Agency for International Development nor the Haitian Government:
The U.S. Agency for International Development, which is coordinating American assistance in Haiti, has expressed no interest in sending the trailers to the earthquake-stricken country. FEMA spokesman Clark Stevens declined to comment.

Haitian Culture and Communications Minister Marie Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue said Thursday she had not heard of the proposal but added: "I don't think we would use them. I don't think we would accept them."

CH20 at the Lair