Screw You Jon Kyl (I’m being polite…screw you with something large and sharp…that’s better)

So Jon Kyl (Asshole- Arizona) was just shown the following video of COLLEGE students, getting pepper sprayed while peacefully demonstrating (in the old speak, utilizing the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances).

Here’s the video…

So Jon Kyl…sees this…then he sees Newt Gingrich say how these people need to get a job and take a shower…and he says…Yea, I agree with Newt, these people need to get a job and bathe.  Just go fuck yourselves, assholes.  This was after I watched the “moderator” on Fox News Sunday dismiss the entire Occupy movement because of the violence committed against them, and before I had my coffee, hence the strong language.

This is sick, sick, bullshit.  How can you watch that and blame them?  Does this idiot realize that people usually “get jobs” after you graduate from college?  Does he even have any idea how hard that is, now?  Thanks to his vaunted “job creators” and their great “job creation” over the last decade of historically low “job creating” tax rates.

Now I hear Republicans both asked Obama to say away from the negotiations (privately), and then blamed him for staying way from negotiations (publicly).   Screw your whole party.  It sucks.

UPDATE: Here’s the transcript.  And below is the part I was reacting to.

JON KYL: Well, I think it expresses the attitude of a lot of these folks who somehow think money grows on trees, and they’re entitled to it, and they don’t understand how wealth is produced in this country. It’s produced by people who work and who invest, who take a risk in a small business, for example.

They hire people, and that produces wealth to the government that they can then take advantage of. But it doesn’t seem to me that they have an adequate appreciation of how our free market system works to produce the wealth that’s really made us the envy of the world.

This is such utter bullshit.   Many of the folks who support OWS understand quite well how these things work.  Heck, we could point out how the record low tax rates we have *now* aren’t creating jobs, and didn’t for all of Bush’s term.  We could point out the 90’s, where raising taxes erased the deficit and led to a job boom.    We could do these things, but if we did we would never have a job on corporate news, which is why David Gregory, et al, don’t ask such questions.

And this whole “small business” defense for every policy that is mostly designed to comfort Big Business, is utter crap.

Here’s the final point…businesses are taxed on profit.   Cutting the taxes on profit does nothing to stimulate demand.  Demand is what drives employment.   This comes from broad-based growth, not concentration of wealth.  Every Republicans policy has the real world effect of concentrating wealth.   Concentrating wealth does not stimulate broad-based demand, it stimulates risky financial behavior driven by folks playing with other people’s excess wealth.   If these folks had been paying attention during the aughts, instead of championing the very behavior they are now condemning, we probably wouldn’t be in this mess.

 

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Clearing off the desktop…

…sometimes I fall behind.  So to catch up, I just dump a lot of stuff with short commentary and reboot the browsers so my computer can think again.

Here goes…

First up is an acknowledgement of the change to Arizona law.  This took away the worst of it, but I’d expect the rest to be bad enough to fall on its own.

Here’s some of the local reaction to the immigration law.  The march took place before the changes.

Some Fox revisionism.  Seriously, WTF.

The smoke monster gets lose in the gulf.

They caught some guy who doesn’t know how to make a good bomb.

Who did what now?  You don’t say.

Federal money is only *sometimes* evil.  How very Hindu of you

No need for that extra $130 for a 3G iPad.  $99 3G iPhone works fine.

Some speculation by a sci-fi guy about Jobs hatred of flash.

More on the immigration law change in Arizona.

Tattle tales!  How silly.   I say let people strip in the name on art, like that.  This’ll get tossed.

The global warming witchhunt continues in VA via the Cooch.

A good Street Fighter movie? Unpossible.  Possible…

It’s like a cliche now.

The Tea Party takes the Republicans to a new dimension, and beyond.

The alternate question about who “introduced” nukes to the Middle East.

Wonderful reading about the longest living organism(s).

Hispanic vows, ‘We’re going to fight’

http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20100428/ts_csm/297338

The article makes a very cogent point about how the (R)s just screwed themselves with another demographic for another generation. Check the comments for all the hate you can handle.

One of a dozen workers standing in the parking lot outside Home Depot in T-shirts and steel-toed shoes, Mr. Rodriguez calls over his shoulder: “We’re going to fight, eh amigos?” The group nods.

Note: the group nods because few of them speak English.  Just sayin’. 

On to the important part of the story…

Through rallies and angry comments like Rodriguez’s, the Hispanic community is giving the first signs that Arizona’s immigration law could stir a similar response today to the one that greeted California’s Proposition 187 more than decade ago.

“If you look at the history of California, you find that the experience of Prop. 187 galvanized the Latino vote like nothing ever,” says Rosalind Gold, a senior political director for the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO). “It was the catalyst for some of the biggest voting and registration drives we’ve ever had and brought out Latino candidates into local and state elections like nothing before it.”

California voters passed Prop. 187 in 1994, but the measure was struck down by a federal judge as unconstitutional.

Beyond ArizonaThe demographics of Arizona are not the same as 1990s California. Its history and influx of white retirees make it solidly Republican. But the reaction from Rodriguez – a Californian – indicates that the Arizona law could have an impact beyond Arizona’s borders.

*This* is why the R’s really need to get their game together on the national level.   Losing a whole generation of the quickest growing demographic in the country, while concentrating your “base” into a couple of Southern states (AZ, FL) before they eventually die off, is not a good long term losing strategy.  Oops, it’s an *awesome* losing strategy, but they probably want a winning one.

Arizona Passes Strict Illegal Immigration Bill

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/04/13/arizona-passes-strict-illegal-immigration/

And so we turn to the next big legislative chapter, as Republicans pass legislation to turn us further into a police state and alienate another growing demographic for another generation.

UPDATE: This is just the preamble for the federal fight.  I’m not sure how hard the (D)’s are going to push, but the immigrant community has been able to turn out marches 10x as big as the Tea Parties.  They also get about 10x less media coverage, because no Hispanics watch Fox, and every single tea party member does (avg age of Fox viewer: 64.  Avg Tea Partier: 63.  Avg Immigration Protester…guessing…25 (all ages, 0-90, mostly young).

Yes, a “party” that encompasses a whole 1% of a the population has a news channel everyone hears about, and a movement that is 15% of the population lives in the shadows, as far as the media is concerned.  As far as the cops are concerned, in Arizona, brown skin is now reasonable suspicion.   Papers please.  Documentos, por favor.

Obama Affirmitively-Actioned into Presidency (and other stuff Americans decid

I don’t know if you heard, but yea.  It’s a different world today.

And I’m very, very happy about it.

Obama Wins

Obama Wins

As I mentioned previously, this was a pretty big deal for me and a whole lot of folk.

As a quick note on the jocular title of the post….here’s the stats.

It turns out that saying Americans “retired” McCain would probably be one of the more accurate ways to explain the voting.  His age was a major concern for a lot of voters, which I think was accentuated by the Palin problem.

Ultimately, it turns out that people wanted to change the national (and Republican) policy of “concentrate the wealth” that we’ve been following for the past 30 years.  It seems that many think maybe “spreading the wealth” a bit could provide major dividends.  I happen to agree, for a number of reasons, mainly having to do with the idea that spreading some of the wealth will do wonders for many workers in the economic realm of “motivation.”

I thought this was a big deal also because of the world opinion.   It was something that didn’t show up on polls, and maybe was even a net-negative for Obama (in the weird world of U.S. politics), but I think it was Obama’s true stength, and that (r)ace-in-the-hole that will help a great deal in our negotiations with the rest of the world.

The whole world has to take a second look at the U.S.  A long hard second look.  And THIS IS A GREAT THING.   We’ve got a pretty amazing country here, and it’s something that many have forgotten, not the least of whom live here.  And now we’ve proved a great many people wrong.  Again.

We’ve raised the bar on Western democracy.  We’ve slapped racial bullshit in the face.  The United States of America elected a President who’s middle name is HUSSEIN.

You know what’s funny?  The only major demographic group, IN THE WHOLE WORLD, that is bothered rather than elated by this achievement of Martin Luther King’s dream of judgement on character over skin-color, is here in the U.S.  I hope and pray they’ll calm down and get it back together, I met some rather devastated people last night.  Some who genuinely believe we just elected a terrorist.  After all, his middle name is Hussein.

The world had become increasingly wary of this kind of U.S. after seeing some of our actions following 9/11.   World opinion was in a steady decline after Bush’s Choice to invade Iraq.   And Cheney’s Choice to torture some of the people we captured didn’t help either.  The CIA jetting around the world on black ops and weird rumors filled the air.  Any number of shady decisions and actions took place, the extent of which we may not know for years.

The decline in world opintion was precipitous, especially after the world’s sympathy was so quickly and openly offered to us after our own great tragedy.   In 2004, when the U.S. electorate endorsed the lies, and the war, and the torture, the world turned its collective back.

By 2006, we had stepped back a bit domestically, and I think we could see the peak of anti-U.S. opinion was probably in the 2005-2006 window.   By 2007, the world (and the U.S. electorate) was decided on Bush and kinda just ignored him.  Everyone had made their judgment and it was not good.   Once 2008 kicked in the world was watching to see what we would do.  Curious to see if their judgment of the 21st century U.S. was correct.  Looking back over their shoulder a bit, wondering if we’d regained our special-ness.

Our U.S.’ed-ness.

While the world judged Bush harshly, we did get that second (third, actually) chance to amaze the world.

And it would seem they approve.

With a couple of exceptions….

SUDANESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN ALI AL-SADIG

“We don’t expect any change through our previous experience with the Democrats. When it comes to foreign policy there is no difference between the Republicans and the Democrats.”

…actually I guess that’s about the only exception.  He’s an exception because he knows the genocide his government is pursuing in Darfur is going to get some real attention now (one would HOPE).

That being said, there were some other big ballot initiatives around the country.

Looks like the Mormons and Catholics got their bigotry endorsed in Cali, Florida and Arizona, the “straight” states.  They are now like Iran, where gays don’t exist…or have less rights…is there a difference?

Women retained some degree of control over their own lives in South Dakota and Colorado, and it’s time to spark it up in Michigan and get that gloucoma under control.

Obama lost Nebraska, and black and women Nebraskans lost the ability to sue for “employment fairness” (on a serious note re: the title of this post…it’s going to be *really* hard to argue for expanded or even continued affirmitive actions programs in a lot of places…expect more of this).

Oregon knocked down the “stay culturally ignorant” rule and Washington is paging Dr. Kevorkian.

North Dakota and Taxachusetts both voted against tax cuts (!)cliche evidence(!), and you can finally lose your shirt on a riverboat in Missouri.  Previously, you could only lose your shoes.

All in all, it was quite a day.