Wednesday, January 27, 2010

following greed on steroids....

thanks Thom for bringing this to us..... and for bringing us the designated human to speak to the logical election of the corporation.. no middle human needed

Thursday, January 21, 2010

greed on steroids....

The supreme court decision that came down today is just like the Dred Scott decision, only the opposite. In Dred Scott a human was ruled property, in today's decision a non human, an artificial man-made legal definition, the corporation, was given all the rights of a human. This was discussed on Thom Hartmann today and, in fact, Thom has been warning about for a good long time. The greedy, selfish humans have sealed the deal. It was bad yesterday, but today it's bad on steroids. The marketing extravaganza surrounding elections will be orgy on steroids. (could be to sell a candidate or to destroy another) Thankfully, Thom directed us to where the fight is already on. We the people must stand up. David Cobb has been tirelessly working to prevent the corporate wet dream that has just be unleashed by the court.
here are a couple of places to find out more and find out what we can do.

Citizens United v. FEC: Supreme Court Sides with Corporations
Ruling Opens Floodgates to Corporate Spending and Strikes Another Nail in the Democracy Coffin

Are You Outraged Yet!?
Yet again the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with the ruling elite against the interests of the American people. Today in Citizens United vs. FEC they overturned the flimsy federal campaign finance reform laws afforded by the McCain-Feingold law. Corporations can now to spend unlimited money in buying our elections. The Court has legalized corporate bribery of our elected officials.
So if you were already disgusted by the fact that over $5 billion dollars was spent in the 2008 election, watch out. Because the floodgates are now wide open!

sign the following petition at:

oh and then on Big Eddie

Saturday, January 16, 2010

beware of shock doctrine in Haiti

Naomi Klein warns of the shock doctrine corporatists salivating to move on the poor people of Haiti as they are at a most vulnerable time.

Naomi Klein Issues Haiti Disaster Capitalism Alert: Stop Them Before They Shock Again
Journalist and author Naomi Klein spoke in New York last night and addressed the crisis in Haiti: “We have to be absolutely clear that this tragedy—which is part natural, part unnatural—must, under no circumstances, be used to, one, further indebt Haiti and, two, to push through unpopular corporatist policies in the interest of our corporations. This is not conspiracy theory. They have done it again and again.”

this video and more at Democracy Now

and this advice from a piece published first on Common Dreams is the very best we could do.....i hope somebody in a position to make decisions is listening....

Ten Things the US Can and Should Do for Haiti
By Bill Quigley - January 14th, 2010

One. Allow all Haitians in the US to work. The number one source of money for poor people in Haiti is the money sent from family and workers in the US back home. Haitians will continue to help themselves if given a chance. Haitians in the US will continue to help when the world community moves on to other problems.

Two. Do not allow US military in Haiti to point their guns at Haitians. Hungry Haitians are not the enemy. Decisions have already been made which will militarize the humanitarian relief - but do not allow the victims to be cast as criminals. Do not demonize the people.

Three. Give Haiti grants as help, not loans. Haiti does not need any more debt. Make sure that the relief given helps Haiti rebuild its public sector so the country can provide its own citizens with basic public services.

Four. Prioritize humanitarian aid to help women, children and the elderly. They are always moved to the back of the line. If they are moved to the back of the line, start at the back.

Five. President Obama can enact Temporary Protected Status for Haitians with the stroke of a pen. Do it. The US has already done it for El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Sudan and Somalia. President Obama should do it on Martin Luther King Day.

Six. Respect Human Rights from Day One. The UN has enacted Guiding Principles for Internally Displaced People. Make them required reading for every official and non-governmental person and organization. Non governmental organizations like charities and international aid groups are extremely powerful in Haiti - they too must respect the human dignity and human rights of all people.

Seven. Apologize to the Haitian people everywhere for Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh.

Eight. Release all Haitians in US jails who are not accused of any crimes. Thirty thousand people are facing deportations. No one will be deported to Haiti for years to come. Release them on Martin Luther King day.

Nine. Require that all the non-governmental organizations which raise money in the US be transparent about what they raise, where the money goes, and insist that they be legally accountable to the people of Haiti.

Ten. Treat all Haitians as we ourselves would want to be treated.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Whatcom Republican Partisan says Democrats Shouldn't Be Partisan

Here's a steaming pile of hypocrisy for you: In his "newsletter", Charlie Crabtree (Republican PCO-precinct 112 and Whatcom County Republican Party State Committeeman) is complaining about countywide voting for council seats (as though it wasn't the voters who decided to do it that way) AND Also complaining about how non-partisan elections aren't non-partisan enough (linking to a couple of jpeg's video clips from the Dem's Xmas party as supposed 'evidence').

Of course, Republican Party State Committeman, Charlie neglected to mention that Sam Crawford (Republican PCO-precinct 141) and Ward Nelson (Republican PCO-precinct 142) are on the County Council.

Charlie [Who is Treasurer/ (& campaign manager?) for Doug Ericksen's campaign committee] also neglected to mention that Republican politicians Doug Ericksen and Dale Brandland felt free to stick their noses into the process to get Ward Nelson appointed back onto the County Council.

I suppose Charlie feels he can safely accuse the Democrats of being too partisan since the Republicans now do their candidate recruiting and endorsing from behind the scenes.