@Say What Now‽ •
No, they’re not. I played scrabble with a guy like that once. He made up a word using all seven of his letters. When I challenged & brought out the dictionary he refused to look at it, claimed victory by default and bragged he had won ‘fair and square’.
Chairman and CEO of Fox Entertainment — from which he resigned in disgrace — Roger Ailes was the media-man for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Donald Trump, and for Rudy Giuliani’s first mayoral campaign.
Ailes invented the “Orchestra Pit Theory” about political coverage in the news media:
If you have two guys on a stage and one guy says, “I have a solution to the Middle East problem,” and the other guy falls in the orchestra pit, who do you think is going to be on the evening news?
Say it loud, say it proud. Hire dozens of ‘hot’ blondes and angry white men to serve as relentless living partisan campaign commercials. Focus on fear. Keep it simple:
they are bad, We are good.
We are protecting America, and they are destroying America.
Stay tuned for the SHOCKING details of how bad they are, and who you must vote for.
Are you not entertained?
“When I say whoa! … I mean whoa! I’m a-comin back, ya double-crosser, and I ain’t comin back to play marbles! Be you the mean hombre that’s a-hankerin for a heap a trouble! … well be ya?”
“Oooo … get me a a mouth piece … I wanna a hapus corpeas!”
“OK, boomer” it is. I botched it of course, being a boomer me-self. Freudian slip maybe, since the white supremacists are trying to steal the OK hand gesture as their secret signal.
I pity those boomers whose reaction to the meme is tribal defensiveness rather than honest concern about climate change. Time to put egos aside and get our priorities straight.
“This entire issue is gonna come down to, why the president asked for an investigation. To me, it all turns on intent, motive.” — Republican Sen. John Neely Kennedy
“Quid pro quo is not illegal unless there is corrupt intent.” — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz
For 8 years the Obama administration consistently consulted and informed Congress — the Republican dominated Congress — on every single foreign policy initiative taken. If there were corrupt intent it would have have been blatantly obvious to all.
Trump’s intent is obvious enough — get dirt on his rival — he admits as much.
The U.S. Senate is specifically tasked with the oversight of our foreign policy. Let them investigate Vice President Biden’s dealings with Ukraine and the chips can fall where they may. It’s all a matter of official record, preserved in accordance to the law.
@Alberta Oil •
It’s got to be frustrating — almost mind bending — to see the norms & assumptions of a lifetime shattered by reality. Happens to the best of us.
Oil is toxic. American politics are toxic. Tobacco is toxic. Coal is toxic. Radiation is toxic.
The good people who dedicate themselves to these kinds of endeavors have my deepest sympathy. The unintended consequences of your vocations are devastating.
Morally wrong is morally wrong. No amount of rationalization can balance the scales or make it right.
The burning of fossil fuels has heated our homes and ‘kept the lights on’ for a long time now, furthering human ‘progress’ immeasurably.
The unintended consequences will probably kill us all. Technological advances have outpaced humanistic advances exponentially. You can keep your killer oil, thank you very much.
Those mean ol’ Dems are picking on our poor defenseless president. It’s like the Nuremberg Witch trial persecutions all over again. If the president did it — and he didn’t even though he admits it — it’s not a crime.
There are four ‘Keystone pipeline’ networks that TransCanada operates in the U.S. They leak oil all the time.
TransCanada claims that they can shut them down in 11 minutes. Recently one major pipeline spill — once it was detected — took 12 hours to shut down.
Leaks of up to 50 barrels typically go unreported and/or undetected. Independent research [and the actual number of spills so far] show that every state that the pipelines cross will have at least two major spills per year, eventually poisoning all of the Midwest’s groundwater and every stream or river in their paths.
In 1980, CEOs were paid 42 times more money than the average U.S. worker.
In 2017, CEOs were paid 361 times more money than the average U.S. worker.
CEOs get more than 1,000 times as much as their workers earn at thirty-three American corporations.
From 1980 to 2017, workers’ wages increased 23%.
From 1980 to 2017, worker’s productivity increased 138%.
1% of Americans, the richest of the rich, received 27% of the tax cuts in 2019.
Since 1970 the richest 1% of Americans have doubled ‘their share’ (?) of national income.
90% of American workers are being robbed blind.
The ‘well to do’ top 9% of Americans yearly income is 20 x less than the 0.1%ers.
We are the richest country in the world.
We rank 7th in workers’ pay rates.
America is the only western nation that pretends we can’t afford decent health care for citizens.
It’s not a conservative vs. liberal question – it’s about having the money that 99% of us earn stolen. This will not stand.
We can easily afford national health insurance if our family’s health were not treated as an obscene profit engine. The super-rich paying their fair share would just be icing on the cake.