Props to the Lama, Good Call

In a canny move to dodge Beijing’s efforts to control the direction of Tibetan politics, the Dalai Lama announced Thursday that he will cede his role as political leader of Tibetans to the elected prime-minister-in-exile.

“This is a revolutionary thing that he has suggested,” said Srikanth Kondapalli, a Tibet expert with Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. The Chinese government has been trying to insert itself into Tibetan succession questions, he said, one factor that no doubt motivated the move. At the same time, the Dalai Lama has taken note of both the messiness in other lama succession cases, and is intent on investing as much authority as possible in an elected leader.

via Dalai Lama cedes control in hopes of curbing Chinese control – The Globe and Mail.

I’d guess he’s planning to spend more time working on the slice.

I, for one, am still looking forward to the total consciousness thing (it turns out we are our own overlords).

They showed this video today at the hearing on why American Muslims are being Radicalized…

…I think we all know what the problem is now, don’t we?

BTW, I was lying to you in that headline (and I’ll always tell you I am in the same post when I do so).  They didn’t show this video today.

That would have been like holding up a mirror to, and a spotlight on, the nastiest, most vile, and disgusting side of America.

And that’s what youtube is for, not Congress.   Congress is for making people cry. [skip ahead to about 11:55…or watch the whole thing, either way he cries at the end, true story.]

Joe Barton (R-Tx): Without Billions in Free Government Money, Exxon Would Die

You have to love, well…you have to or go crazy…, how incredibly and honestly hypocritical people like Joe Barton can be.   On the one side of his mouth, he praises “free market capitalism”.   Out of the other side of his mouth comes a stringent defense for government subsidies to distort the market and make up for low commodity prices…and it’s all about the same industry.

To find hypocrisy this thick, you have to go all the way to Charles G. Koch, who made the exact same ludicrous argument in his recent Fox News in Print Op-Ed.

In business, real jobs profitably produce goods and services that people value more highly than their alternatives. Subsidizing inefficient jobs is costly, wastes resources, and weakens our economy.

Because every other company in a given industry is accepting market-distorting programs, Koch companies have had little option but to do so as well, simply to remain competitive and help sustain our 50,000 U.S.-based jobs.

[full load of b.s.]

So just in case someone out there wants to call these people total and complete hypocrites, feel free…they are the very definition of the word.

Wisconsin GOP Strips Budget Items from “Budget Repair” Bill to Kill Teacher’s Union

Here’s the gist of it…

MADISON, Wis, March 10 (Reuters) – Wisconsin lawmakers, after three weeks of angry protests that drew tens of thousands of union workers to the state capital, were expected to vote — and likely approve — Republican Governor Scott Walker’s plan to curb public workers’ union rights.

What began in one heartland state last month as a move by the Republican governor to curtail state workers’ bargaining rights has evolved into a showdown across the country over efforts by budget-strapped state governments to rein in the power of unions.

Wisconsin’s Republican-led Senate on Wednesday night outflanked Democrats’ three-week boycott to approve the heart of the plan

[full story]

So the way they “outflanked” the D’s was to strip away the part of the bill dealing with the budget.  Note, at this point, that the argument coming from the Koch sucker, Walker, was that this was about the budget, not busting unions.

This is now shown to be completely untrue.

The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measures that spend money. But Republicans on Wednesday split from the legislation the proposal to curtail union rights, which spends no money, and a special conference committee of state lawmakers approved the bill a short time later.

The lone Democrat present on the conference committee, Rep. Peter Barca, shouted that the surprise meeting was a violation of the state’s open meetings law but Republicans voted over his objections. The Senate convened within minutes and passed the measure without discussion or debate.

[full story]

There is also another pre-emptive attack going on now, as the momentum to recall these folks builds up…to use the Republican super-majority to change recall statutes to make sure and retain the Republican super-majority.