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Nevada’s Governor Jim Gibbon’s…..

Mydd.com’s Josh Orton, does a review of some things the Republican Governor has done……..

It’s never been an easy time for supporters of Nevada Republican Governor Jim Gibbons.

Previous scandals include (but are, incredibly, not limited to): an allegedly groped waitress, an undocumented nanny hidden in his basement, and a federal investigation for defense contract kickbacks. His wife also booted him from the governor’s mansion and accused him of having affairs with, among other women, a Playboy model.

Previous stunts include: actually trying to get Mexico to pay for health care provided in Nevada for Mexican nationals (Mexico declined).

Gibbons’ latest: threatening to sue the Federal Government over the health care bill – specifically the Senate’s negotiation with Nelson. As Singer explained, there’s literally no legal basis.

Yet, from Gibbons’ press release:

The United States Constitution makes numerous references to states having “equal standing”, also duties, imposts and excises are to be “uniform throughout the United States.”

Gibbons is likely riffing from chaff created by the right-wing Heritage Foundation, which objects to the Senate deal with Nelson/Nebraska deal in part because:

…  ports of one State cannot be given any “preference” with respect to regulation or taxation over those of other States (Art. I, § 9, cl. 6)

Ports? Because Nebraska will suffer when passage of Obama’s health reform bill blocks shipping vessels from the Missouri River?

January 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Men, Politics | , | Leave a comment

Nevada's Governor Jim Gibbon's…..

Mydd.com’s Josh Orton, does a review of some things the Republican Governor has done……..

It’s never been an easy time for supporters of Nevada Republican Governor Jim Gibbons.

Previous scandals include (but are, incredibly, not limited to): an allegedly groped waitress, an undocumented nanny hidden in his basement, and a federal investigation for defense contract kickbacks. His wife also booted him from the governor’s mansion and accused him of having affairs with, among other women, a Playboy model.

Previous stunts include: actually trying to get Mexico to pay for health care provided in Nevada for Mexican nationals (Mexico declined).

Gibbons’ latest: threatening to sue the Federal Government over the health care bill – specifically the Senate’s negotiation with Nelson. As Singer explained, there’s literally no legal basis.

Yet, from Gibbons’ press release:

The United States Constitution makes numerous references to states having “equal standing”, also duties, imposts and excises are to be “uniform throughout the United States.”

Gibbons is likely riffing from chaff created by the right-wing Heritage Foundation, which objects to the Senate deal with Nelson/Nebraska deal in part because:

…  ports of one State cannot be given any “preference” with respect to regulation or taxation over those of other States (Art. I, § 9, cl. 6)

Ports? Because Nebraska will suffer when passage of Obama’s health reform bill blocks shipping vessels from the Missouri River?

January 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Men, Politics | , | Leave a comment

He, he, he……Powerful, Rich White Guys!…do we feal sorry for them?

The comments below are not mine….I don’t feel sorry for the people listed below……

This satire is from mydd.com…it was posted seven month’s ago…….

Stop Discrimination against Powerful, Rich White Guys

by bored now, Mon Jun 01, 2009 at 10:04:32 AM EST

Barack Obama, black. Sonia Sotomayor, hispanic. Neither one of them card-carrying members of the status quo, the Trilateral Commission, or any other famous conspiracy group designed to perpetuate the power of the eastern establishment (made up of powerful, rich white guys).

Clearly, we live in a racist society. How dare we — HOW DARE WE! — abandon the powerful, rich white guys who have the experience and influence to know better. It’s no wonder the economy has derailed and our influence in the world rapidly dropped since the inauguration of a non-white, non-powerful, not-nearly-as-rich man. A man who’s nominated a racist to the Supreme Court.

This cannot stand. Powerful, rich white guys have long fed off the federal trough — and their addiction to federal monies may be threatened by this preference for non-white, non-powerful, not-rich Americans. It is simply unacceptable to allow others to partake of the federal government. What was America thinking?

We had a powerful, rich white guy to choose from. How could America reject him? That’s so unfair. America must be racist, too. Ignoring the superior qualities of being powerful, rich, white and male can only be derived from America’s inherent racism.

President Obama would not have had this problem if he had nominated a powerful, rich white guy to the Court. Like George Bush did. And, undoubtedly, John McCain would have done. Nope.

The natural superiority of powerful, rich white guys is obvious. It’s probably written in the Bible somewhere. If it’s not, it should be. What the Obama Administration has done cannot be tolerated. Secretary of State? A woman. Attorney General? A black. Sure, the Secretary of Treasury is a powerful, rich white guy and so is the Secretary of Defense — but he’s a RINO. But to nominate a non-white, non-powerful, not-rich WOMAN to the Supreme Court is just going too far. There are simply not enough powerful, rich white guys on the Court right now.

Of the 110 people who have served on the court, only four were not white males. So Barack Obama must be a racist. Otherwise, he would have nominated a powerful, rich white guy. Sotomayor is obviously one. Just because. Powerful, rich white guys say so!

Discrimination against powerful, rich white guys simply cannot be tolerated. It’s patently unfair. America was built by powerful, rich white guys and don’t you forget it! They should be honored. They should be celebrated. They should be recognized for the inherent superiority they obviously share. It was clear that when we said — in the Declaration of Independence — all men are created equal, it really meant that all powerful, rich white guys are created equal. It didn’t apply to Barack Obama or Sonia Sotomayor. Or, for that matter, YOU (until you join the ranks of the powerful, rich white guys). Be real!

That’s the real difference between what Samuel Alito said (“When a case comes before me involving, let’s say, someone who is an immigrant — and we get an awful lot of immigration cases and naturalization cases, I can’t help but think of my own ancestors because it wasn’t that long ago when they were in that position.”) and what Sonia Sotomayor said (“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”) Alito is a powerful, rich white guy and she isn’t. It’s okay that he said it, because he’s a powerful, rich white guy. He’ll still rule on behalf of powerful, rich white guys. You can’t be too sure with a non-white, non-powerful, not-rich woman.

This is all about power. Powerful, rich white guys should have it, and you shouldn’t. Period. Stripping powerful, rich white guys of their power and influence over the federal government is discrimination. You better believe it.

And they will whine until you see it. And say Uncle. Until you return all power to where it belongs. To the powerful, rich white guys!

They may even start wearing all white — just so you see the point — to demonstrate how unfair this all is. They are better than you are, and they’ll attack anyone who suggests otherwise. So stop discriminating against powerful, rich white guys!

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Law, Media, Men, Politics, Women | , , | Leave a comment

A counter discussion on Iran and the bomb……

This from Jerome Armstrong over at mydd.com……

‘Last weeks turmoil in Pakistan has simmered down a bit (barely), but reading an op-ed in the NYT’s this morning, boiling down the black-and-white choice for Iran to bombing or being bombed, doesn’t really bring out the holiday spirit.

Senator Kerry might be going to visit Iran, which would be the first diplomatic trip there in about 30 years. Last year, Iran backed out of meeting with he chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Rep. Howard Berman, so its unclear, even if Kerry committed to the visit, whether the political situation inside Iran would allow it to fruition.

Here’s what the op-ed declares:

Since peaceful carrots and sticks cannot work, and an invasion would be foolhardy, the United States faces a stark choice: military air strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities or acquiescence to Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons.

A military strike into Iran would be the most foolish foreign policy decision since George Bush chose to invade Iraq. If you want a reason to be thankful that McCain is not President, there it is for ya. There is an educated and worldly populace inside Iran that will eventually democratize the country.

The world, including the US and Israel, is going to have to get used to the reality that Iran will have/has nuclear weapons. It’s not a great diplomatic reality to deal with, but the alternative is just a hideous path of war, and a insurmountable blow to any sort of allied relations with Iran in the near decades.

Then there’s the whole ongoing escalation between India and Pakistan with their nuclear capability/dispute/whatever over there’.

Note:…..I’m having a REAL HARD TIME with that vision Jerome…and I think a whole lot of Middle Eastern countries and Israeli are having a harder time……

December 24, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Military, Politics | , , , | 8 Comments

Mark Stanford…..Will keep his job…..but this is his swan song….

The embattled Governor of South Carolina has survived an attempt to turn him out of office…..but his political capital is gone…..

The story in The State:

Sanford has been under scrutiny since June, when he returned from a clandestine five-day trip to Argentina and admitted an extramarital affair. Media, the State Ethics Commission and lawmakers have spent the past six months reviewing Sanford’s use of state aircraft, business-class airfare and campaign funds.

Wednesday, the governor said 37 pending State Ethics Commission charges amounted to – at most – minor and technical oversights.

While Sanford’s offenses were called “seriously stupid” – the words of state Rep. Garry Smith, R-Greenville – six of the seven impeachment panel members agreed they were not impeachable.

“We can’t impeach for hypocrisy. We can’t impeach for arrogance. We can’t impeach … for his lack of leadership skills,” said committee chairman state Rep. Jim Harrison, R-Richland, arguing there were not grounds to remove Sanford from office.

The story comes from Charles Lemos over at mydd.com…..

December 10, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Politics | , , , | 7 Comments

Pakistan is solely focused on one issue….UAV attacks….They could care less about the Taliban….

In a piece in MYDD.com, by Charles Lemos, he highlights the problems the administration has in Pakistan…which the White House is pushing to step up its campaign to go after the Taliban…I just did a post on how Aftghanistan has essential told the United States that it can’t and won’t be able to take care of itself for the next 20 years….Here in Pakistan is a country that is saying we’re not in any hurry..what’s the problem?…and by the way stop flying your Predator’s in our country( and maybe the bad guys will the go away, huh?)…..we’re more worried about getting respect and keeping an eye on India….

This from Shayan Khan of the Pakistan Spectator is typical. Back in October he wrote:

Pakistan’s concerns over Kerry-Lugar bill are there for sure, but they are not that important. The chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has backed a bill that would triple economic assistance for Pakistan, a key US ally in the fight against terrorism, to 7.5 billion dollars over five years. But it perhaps come as a surprise for the Kerry that Pakistanis don’t really think much of any aid or such things. They want US to take them as humans like themselves and to understand that the people dying from the drone attacks are 99% Pakistanis, and only perhaps 1% are anything to do with militancy. (The) war on terror has given Pakistan the gory gifts of suicide attacks and bomb blasts and the economic life in Pakistan has come to a grinding halt.

The Taliban are not going anyplace if the Predators stop flying….

and then there is this……

Instead of funding an educational system, Pakistan prefers to invest in tanks. Pakistan spends only 2.3 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on education – the lowest level of any country in South Asia – as compared to 3.6 percent on average for other nations in Asia and 3.4 percent in low-income countries overall. This puts Pakistan in the bottom quarter of countries world-wide. Military spending, meanwhile, accounts for 3.5 percent of GDP, an amount that places Pakistan in the top quarter of countries world-wide. The result of inadequate funding for education is that only about half of Pakistani adults can read and write, compared to 92 percent in Sri Lanka and 60 percent in India.

This is not going to be easy folks…….

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Government, Military, Politics | , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Observations on the Senate version of the Healthcare Bill…..myths vs what's really there now….

This from Jerome Armstrong over at mydd.com……..

* On page 78 you’ll learn that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ends discrimination based on pre-existing conditions.

* On page 17, it makes preventive care completely free, with no cost-sharing. (This might be of particular interest to those who have chosen to seize on concerns about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations on mammograms to spread baseless myths and advance their own political agenda.)

* Flipping back to page 16, you’ll find that insurance companies are prohibited from dropping your coverage or watering it down when you get sick and need it most.

* Also on page 16, you might notice that it puts an end to lifetime caps on coverage.

* Page 18 is where the bill extends family coverage eligibility for young Americans through the age of 26.

* On page 83 it requires insurance companies to renew any policy as long as the policyholder pays their premium in full – that means they can’t refuse to renew your coverage just because you get sick.

* Page 307 is home to tax credits for small businesses to help them afford insurance for their employees.

* And folks looking to scare our senior citizens about what reform means for them might be interested to check out page 923 and learn that it provides a 50% discount on drugs for seniors in the so-called donut hole.

Note: Jerome got his info from the White House Blog site…..

November 21, 2009 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Media, Politics, Taxes | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Observations on the Senate version of the Healthcare Bill…..myths vs what’s really there now….

This from Jerome Armstrong over at mydd.com……..

* On page 78 you’ll learn that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ends discrimination based on pre-existing conditions.

* On page 17, it makes preventive care completely free, with no cost-sharing. (This might be of particular interest to those who have chosen to seize on concerns about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations on mammograms to spread baseless myths and advance their own political agenda.)

* Flipping back to page 16, you’ll find that insurance companies are prohibited from dropping your coverage or watering it down when you get sick and need it most.

* Also on page 16, you might notice that it puts an end to lifetime caps on coverage.

* Page 18 is where the bill extends family coverage eligibility for young Americans through the age of 26.

* On page 83 it requires insurance companies to renew any policy as long as the policyholder pays their premium in full – that means they can’t refuse to renew your coverage just because you get sick.

* Page 307 is home to tax credits for small businesses to help them afford insurance for their employees.

* And folks looking to scare our senior citizens about what reform means for them might be interested to check out page 923 and learn that it provides a 50% discount on drugs for seniors in the so-called donut hole.

Note: Jerome got his info from the White House Blog site…..

November 21, 2009 Posted by | Government, Healthcare, Media, Politics, Taxes | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Manuel Zelaya to return to power in Honduras…..I don't agree…but I get it, now…

Today Charles Lemos  over at mydd.com highlights the upcoming agreement in Honduras to return the deposed former President Manuel Zelaya back to the Presidency for three months……I said at the time that I didn’t understand why the United States and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in particular where backing this guy (one of Chavez’s favorite people) when he was kicked out for disobeying his countries legislator’s and courts orders in holding a referendum of extending his term ……..

But Lemos spelled it out for me with this……….

The accords must still be approved by the Honduran Congress. Clearly the biggest winners are the Honduran people who had been held hostage by the crisis and who will have their verdict come November 29th respected by the Inter-American community.  It is also clearly a win for the President and his diplomatic team. It should not be lost that Latin American governments and the Latin American press across the board are touting the agreement as an Obama diplomatic success and it is generating a tremendous amount of goodwill towards the United States across the region.

Ah, politics……….

November 1, 2009 Posted by | Media, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Manuel Zelaya to return to power in Honduras…..I don’t agree…but I get it, now…

Today Charles Lemos  over at mydd.com highlights the upcoming agreement in Honduras to return the deposed former President Manuel Zelaya back to the Presidency for three months……I said at the time that I didn’t understand why the United States and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in particular where backing this guy (one of Chavez’s favorite people) when he was kicked out for disobeying his countries legislator’s and courts orders in holding a referendum of extending his term ……..

But Lemos spelled it out for me with this……….

The accords must still be approved by the Honduran Congress. Clearly the biggest winners are the Honduran people who had been held hostage by the crisis and who will have their verdict come November 29th respected by the Inter-American community.  It is also clearly a win for the President and his diplomatic team. It should not be lost that Latin American governments and the Latin American press across the board are touting the agreement as an Obama diplomatic success and it is generating a tremendous amount of goodwill towards the United States across the region.

Ah, politics……….

November 1, 2009 Posted by | Media, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment