Time to tell it like it is? Right now. Not when you're about to retire. The Washington Post reports:
"After 35 years on the job, Michael Stuban was minutes away from retiring from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Only one thing stood in his way: emailing his exit questionnaire to the Human Resources Department. Stuban had already decided to use the questionnaire to get a few things off his chest, penning a brutally frank assessment of his colleagues and bosses and how they functioned inside the state-run agency."
He sent it "reply all." To some 2,000 fellow employees. Problem? Real problem? He waited 35 years to let it rip.
Some things never change, never will. Public Citizen reports:
"RIGGED: How the Texas
and Gas Industry Bankrolls
its Own Regulators
"The three sitting members
of the misnamed Texas Railroad Commission conservatively took 60
percent of the more than $11 million that they raised in recent years from the oil and gas
industry that they regulate. The No. 2 source of political funding for these commissioners was
the Lawyers & Lobbyists sector, which accounts for another 7 percent of the commissioners’
cash. With many of these attorneys representing clients before the agency, the two industries
pressing the most business before the commissioners supply 67 percent of their funding. Oil
and gas interests also supplied 65 percent of the money reported by Railroad Commission-elect
Wayne Christian, whom voters just selected to replace retiring Commissioner David Porter."
The bought and paid for fox guarding the chicken coop. Convenient, isn't it?
"Texas Energy Regulators
Awash in Industry Money
Oil, Gas Interests Supply 60% of Political Funds to Sitting Commissioners.
Commissioner-Elect Christian Is Even More Dependent on the Industry, as the
Misnamed Railroad Commission Struggles to Pass State Sunset Review.
Austin-Texas’ three sitting oil and gas regulators raised more than $11 million in recent years, taking at
least 60 percent of it from the industry that they’re supposed to regulate, a new study by the Sierra Club,
Public Citizen and Texans for Public Justice finds. They took another 7 percent of their money from
lawyers and lobbyists, including those with business before the commissioners.
“This report helps explain why we have such a captive agency,” said Reggie James, Director of the Sierra
Club’s Lone Star Chapter. “From turning a blind eye to grave enforcement violations, to keeping basic
data hidden, to routinely favoring large natural gas utilities in rate cases, we see a Railroad Commission
that is more interested in promoting oil and gas interests than protecting the public.”
Until the public smartens up, this will never end.
The following is from the Senator's most recent newsletter:
"Sen. Cruz Issues Statement
on the Passing of Phyllis Schlafly
"Sen. Cruz on Monday issued the following statement regarding the passing of conservative leader and founder of the Eagle Forum Phyllis Schlafly:
“Today, our nation and
the conservative movement suffered a great loss with the passing of an
extraordinary woman, Phyllis Schlafly.
“Few will ever match Phyllis’ conviction and tenacity. She stood, literally, on the front lines fighting against forces that threatened to upend families and sought to undermine the Judeo-Christian values upon which our great nation was founded.
“Phyllis Schlafly loved America. Her contributions to our country went far beyond her work exposing the illogic of liberalism: Phyllis led the charge to make the Republican Party pro-life and defended the sanctity of marriage. She was a passionate defender of U.S. sovereignty and championed Reagan’s policy of ‘peace through strength’ during a crucial time in American history.
“Heidi’s and my prayers are with her family during their time of mourning. May she rest in peace.”
There is no one who did more damage to the best interests of women than Phyllis Schlafly all these years. She was indeed the very best example of a female misogynist. She was indeed highly responsible for the failure of the Equal Rights Amendment. She did all she could to deny women equal treatment in the work community. Did all she could to ensure women were victimized by their employers. Would remain second class citizens.
One interesting argument she used against the Equal Rights Amendment was the fear women would be subject to the draft. Well, guess what? We have no Equal Rights Amendment, yet her national socialist Republican nazis in Congress are now calling for women to be subject to the draft. 'Ain't' karma a bitch? While she's now dead and gone, women continue to be f--ked over by their employers.
Are dictated to by GOP nazis what they can and cannot do with their uterus. Unwilling doctors are forced by statute here in Nazi Texas to in effect sexually assault women seeking an abortion by requiring a medically unnecessary highly invasive trans vaginal sonogram. That is, GOP nazis are practicing medicine without a license to force their outrageously perverse ideological and religious views on women by statute.
In direct violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause, that is, church-state separation. All this, a part of her achingly failed legacy. Mrs. Schlafly is indeed responsible for supporting, defending, and 'justifying' the abrogation of civil and constitutional rights and liberties in her effort to support and maintain patriarchy in our formerly great country. This is the most tragic part of that failed legacy. Not a very happy one. A disgrace.
In an amusing follow up to the above, a dear, dear elderly friend of mine gave me a copy of what turns out to be quite a profoundly insightful joke making its way around the Internet. This retired lady had been a bank officer back in the day. Also, owned quite a successful antiques business in California. She is a treasure and remains an incredibly sharp cookie and treasured member of the community. She's also dealt deftly, wisely with family issues. Quite astute, insightful, knowledgeable as well about current issues we're all dealing with.
I couldn't determine the original author of the following, but it really provides quite comical insight as to why elderly white men in the Republican Party are so damned resistant to change. Of any kind. Hopelessly, so:
"I mowed the lawn today, and after doing so I sat down and had a cold beer. The day was really quite beautiful, and the drink facilitated some deep thinking.
"My wife walked by and asked me what I was doing and I said “nothing”. The reason I said "nothing" instead of saying “just thinking” is because she then would have asked “about what?” And I would have had to explain that men are deep thinkers about various topics, which would lead to other questions.
"Finally I pondered an age old question: Is giving birth more painful than getting kicked in the nuts? Women always maintain that giving birth is way more painful than a guy getting kicked in the nuts, but how could they "know"?
"Well, after another beer, and some more heavy deductive thinking, I have come up with the answer to that question. Getting kicked in the nuts is more painful than having a baby, and even though I obviously couldn't really "know", here is the reason for my conclusion.
"A year or so after giving birth, a woman will often say, “It might be nice to have another child”.
"On the other hand, you never hear a guy say; “You know, I think I would like another kick in the nuts”.
"I rest my case, time for another beer, and then maybe a nap in that hammock."
What makes this even more comical is the photo that came with it. -- An older guy sitting at a table with a mug of beer in front of him, -- looking remarkably deep in thought. Doesn't get any better than that.
Bigotry, sadly, is alive and well. Think not? Why? Because much of it is now in the closet, -- where it's much, much harder to expose, challenge? Much easier to expose and challenge when it's practiced openly, honestly, hatefully. No question, glaringly evident in the case of an interracial couple attacked by a white supremacist for kissing. In public. CNN reports:
"An interracial couple was attacked after a self-proclaimed white supremacist saw them kissing outside a Washington restaurant, police said. Daniel Rowe, 32, came up to the African-American man and the white woman and, without a word, started stabbing them, said Olympia police spokeswoman Laura Wohl. The man, who was stabbed in the hip, was able to tackle the suspect and restrain him on the ground until police arrived. His injuries were minor, as were the woman's."
Outrageous? No question. Not, however, if you're a goddamned racist. A bigot who believes his 'shit don't stink.' That type of prejudice is clear and easy to challenge. Happens to be open. Candid. Unlike the Aryan arrogant, white supremacist described above what we now have is gutless, achingly cowardly pieces of shit who remain too frightened to express their racism openly.
Although indeed perverse, it takes guts to openly express racist beliefs. Could get a racist murdered at the very worst. At best, the bigot could be publicly ostracized. Worse? Get the shit beaten out of him. Precisely, why these pieces of human excrement cowardly couch their rhetoric in disingenuous bullshit. That is, they disguise these racist beliefs in phony Extreme Right technical jargon. Only a racist could possibly believe his bullshit is being bought. Think otherwise? Wake up. Case in point:
Have you ever heard one of these closet racist bastards publicly claim a black celebrity is 'stupid?' -- A celebrity who is highly gifted, talented, and has made quite a name for himself? Have you ever heard a closet racist blame "political correctness" for societal unwillingness to continue to put up with profiling by the jackbooted bastards in blue? Or, by airport authorities who continue to profile anyone who they believe to be of Middle Eastern descent?
Sadly, such a bigot is hopelessly deluded. Certainly, has a distorted view of himself and the rest of the world. Banks on others going along with his clueless bullshit. This cancerous racism is so well entrenched, perversely intertwined in tradition that it gets passed generation to generation. Seldom challenged. Most of these pieces of human excrement are white, usually well into middle age or elderly.
Seems the young are beginning to see through these warped views of their elders. If there is to be change, it will have to come through the young. It is growing increasingly clear the minimum age to be President, 35, should more wisely be the retirement age. The middle aged and elderly, including the two elderly pieces of crap currently running for President, have grown too callous, too set in their ways, too rigid, too unimaginative, too well-educated in how to line their pockets, abuse power to get their cookies off.
The government itself has grown too large, too complicated, too unwieldy, too behemoth to effectively control, rein in. Precisely, what partisans in both parties desperately want. It enables them to easily line their pockets, abuse power, ignore problems desperately needing solution. We need a fresh approach. A novel idea. A new strategy. A change in tactics. We're not going to get that through the current system, the established order.
We're certainly not going to get that through white elderly misogynist bigots who have lined their pockets, gotten their cookies off abusing power, engaging in bigotry to bolster their profound sense of inadequacy. Falsely claim they're not rich, have lost it all through bankruptcy, divorce. When their rich boy high dollar 'toys', estates, etc. scream otherwise. The hypocrisy reeks. Literally. ... No more than a steaming shovel full.
All this to sadly bolster their long suffering, perverse, achingly inadequate egos. Too late for most of these pieces of shit. They won't change. Will resist change to the bitter end of their pitifully vacant lives. Again, you can fix ignorant, can't fix stupid. Precisely, why an unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looms on the horizon. ... Wouldn't want to confuse these clueless turds with the truth, would we?
There are some truly great people in this world. Not all of them are greedy, self-serving pieces of shit like at least some of the multi-millionaires living off money they didn't earn, looted off the middle class and bottom of the food chain here in Nazi Llano County. CNN reports:
"Kasey Simmons loves to make people smile. But Tuesday, the 32-year-old waiter was the one beaming. A customer at the Dallas-area Applebee's restaurant where he works left him an unforgettable tip. "They ordered the cheapest thing on the menu," Simmons said. "Flavored water."
Think it ends there?
"The total bill was $0.37. The tip was $500."
Wonder why anyone would be so generous?
"A note, written on a napkin explained why. A day earlier, Simmons was shopping at his local grocery store. In the checkout line, he noticed another shopper, an older woman who was clearly despondent. Other shoppers passed right by her. Simmons did not. He spoke to the woman. She didn't explain why she was sad, but Simmons lifted her spirits and even paid for her groceries. "It was only $17, but it's not about the money," he said. "It's about showing someone you care."
Indeed. Few do. Have to be embarrassed into it here, however. Unless, of course, they're have-nots. The poor will give the shirt off their back. Not so the haves. They're too damned greedy, too self-absorbed. ... But, I digress.
"The tip at the restaurant apparently came from the woman's grateful daughter. The note on the napkin described the mother's anguish as she tried to go about her normal activities on what was the third anniversary of her husband's death. Simmons choked up as he read the message out loud. "On one of the most depressing days of the year ... you made my mother's day wonderful," the note said. "You insisted on paying. Told her she is a very beautiful woman. I have not seen this woman smile this much since dad died."
Hat's off. We need some of this in Llano County. Instead, we have the rich falsely, disingenuously claim they're not rich. Throw a little pocket change into the tip jar, -- if they're embarrassed into it. Walk into a high-end shop with a sandwich bought elsewhere, drink a free glass of water. Then fail to even tip. Think they're somehow owed by the people who work the establishment. They're not. They're pieces of shit who got their money looting if from the middle class and bottom of the food chain. For you hopelessly greedy pieces of crap out there, ever see a hearse with a hitch on the back of it?
Twenty years after the fact, welfare reform is clearly a disaster. Failed for one reason and one reason only. Employers were not forced to pay a livable wage. In effect, employers engage in what amounts to indentured servitude. Pay their employees nowhere near what it takes to survive. This has become a severe problem particularly since the economy tanked in 2008.
What happened was workers who had good jobs got the boot. Wound up in service level jobs that don't pay a livable wage. This is precisely why the middle class has become a vanishing breed. All this has happened at a time of record corporate cash reserves and profits. To say nothing of compensation packages for the corporate management suite and profits enjoyed by shareholders.
Meanwhile, the middle class took it hard in the ass without the Vaseline. A zero-sum game. Winner takes all. Precisely, why an unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically remains looming on the horizon. One of the reasons, unrest is growing all across our formerly great country. At the same time, both candidates for President engage in empty rhetoric, lie to get votes.
Republican fascists falsely claim welfare is ubiquitous and egregiously abused. It's not. No longer. Not by a long shot. In Nazi Texas, men receive no welfare. Women only get if if they have dependent children. Food stamps have become increasingly difficult to obtain. Many dopey supposedly conservative bastards in Texas mistake disability insurance for welfare. They are not one and the same.
Disability is reserved for those who were working and became disabled. It's not much, and is earned. Not a hand out. Forget? Workers took less in wages so employers could afford to buy disability insurance. The bottom line is the work force itself paid for the disability insurance. Not taxpayers. Cash welfare is nearly non-existent compared to what it used to be. NPR reports:
"The new program did work for millions of families, but not all. Many of the most disadvantaged people have been unable to get or keep jobs, and they're worse off than they were before, in part because there's now a five-year lifetime limit on welfare benefits — and in some states, it's lower. Arizona this year cut the limit to one year. The idea was that people would be encouraged to find work if they knew their monthly checks would end, but instead, some have been left high and dry. "It turned out that not everybody could get full-time, full-year work," says Kathy Edin, poverty expert at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America. She notes that before welfare reform, 68 percent of poor families received cash assistance. Today, that's dropped to 23 percent."
So if you hear an ill-informed national socialist in the Republican Party whine about welfare, you know he or she is at the very least bullshitting, -- if not bold faced lying. Talking out the ass. Equally outrageous? Federal funds earmarked for welfare have been used by the states for other purposes as the economy has tanked:
"States were also given a lot of flexibility over how to spend their welfare dollars, which they received in the form of a block grant. The result is that welfare — now called TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) — is very different depending on where you live. Some states, such as Oregon, are more generous. Others, such as Louisiana, have lower benefits and cover far fewer people. In Louisiana, only 4 percent of poor families — 6,000 families in the entire state — now get welfare."
All this could have been solved had welfare reform mandated a livable wage. It did not. Consequently, the rich got richer, the poor poorer. The American Way. Zero-sum game. Winner takes all. Hear the rumble?
Think California hasn't had greater job growth than the Lone Star State? Think it bullshit? Think again. PolitiFact Texas reports:
"Julian Castro, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, told reporters at the Texas Democratic Party's convention in June: "Today, California is kicking our butt, creating more jobs and more economic growth than Texas. Maybe what we need to do is trade in Gov. Jerry Brown," of California, "for Greg Abbott."
For proud Texans, 'them's thar fightin' words,' no? Get over it. Wake up.
"Castro said that "today," California is "creating more jobs and more economic growth than Texas."
"These fightin' words hold up based on recent jobs growth and relative changes in GDP and personal income. Still, would it hurt to acknowledge that Texas continues to enjoy a lower unemployment rate?
"We rate this claim True."
A lower unemployment rate? Really? You mean all those minimum wage jobs or those a dollar or two above the minimum with no benefits? Think we ought to be celebrating? The only people to benefit from whatever growth there is happens to be the corporate management suite and their shareholders. To say nothing of the rich. The bottom 99% of the food chain? F--ked in the ass without the Vaseline. The American Way. Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged laissez-faire capitalism.
Interesting, how Republican national socialists do all they can to deny climate change. ... Despite the fact it is well-accepted in the scientific community. In follow-up to the last edition, The Washington Times reports:
"The debate over prosecuting climate change “fraud” has landed squarely in the lap of Hillary Clinton, who must now decide whether the Democratic Party platform will include a resolution urging the Justice Department to pursue climate dissent.
"So far it doesn’t look good for climate skeptics. The 15-member Democratic Platform Drafting Committee approved Friday a statement calling for a Justice Department investigation into “alleged corporate fraud on the part of fossil fuel companies who have reportedly misled shareholders and the public on the scientific reality of climate change.”
Wouldn't want to hold the corporate management suite accountable for defrauding shareholders and the public, would we? These greedy bastards need to be protected, don't they? Certainly, wouldn't want them to go broke. Do without.
The energy industry simply doesn't get it. Still denies reality. When that fails? Does all it can to distort reality, determinedly denies existent wide-spread consensus within the scientific community. There was an interesting op-ed in The Statesman recently written by Kathleen Hartnett White. The last two paragraphs are especially clueless and a denial of scientific reality:
"For 30 years, the U.N. has politicized and driven climate-change alarmism. Climate science should continue but under normal scientific transparency. The current state of the U.N. science is not validated and politically corrupt. It's truly remarkable that some propose it as justification for dismantling the fossil-fueled energy system that our very lives depend on.
"As with so many politicized issues, the climate issue is not about the weather, the environment or energy. It's about power, over our economy and over our lives, at the expense of liberty and the human condition."
Clearly, Ms. White is severely truth-challenged, -- to be extremely kind. There is clear consensus within the scientific community that global warming is in fact, reality. There is plenty of evidence. Good evidence. Indisputable evidence. It's settled science. Not so, to Ms. White, -- or Big Oil. It is, indeed, about liberty. Our right to be free from the energy industry and its wanton gouging of the consumer. To say nothing of the effects on the environment.
To people like Ms. White and her ilk, day is night, night is day, and shit smells perversely sweet to people in the pockets of Big Oil and the rest of the energy industry. -- An industry, indeed, being rocked by the harsh reality of the truth they certainly knew was coming decades ago and deliberately ignored. Can certainly remember dire predictions in the Weekly Reader as a kid. They were right. Half a century and longer ago. More recently, it's clear the energy industry knew global warming is a problem. Chose to deny, obfuscate the truth, however. To continue to line its pockets.
"Conservative billionaire Charles Koch and his company are launching a television and digital advertising campaign that calls on Americans to "end the divide" in politics and to find common ground, USA Today reports.
"Let's stop attacking people we disagree with and trying to silence them. Let's instead try to find common ground and learn from each other so we can innovate," Koch told USA Today.
"The website about the campaign says, "We want to have an open conversation about removing barriers to opportunity and progress. Our aim is to replace America's two-tiered, winner-take-all system with one free and open society where all can win."
This is abject bullshit. Patently, untrue. Koch and his brother made their fortune by that very same discredited Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged winner take all, zero-sum philosophy. For Koch to disingenuously come out, now, with the direct opposite is the height of hypocrisy and galling deception.
Latest newsletter of Sen. Ted "Screws Loose" Cruz reads:
"May 13, 2016
"Congress’ first priority is to provide for the national defense and ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have everything they need to defend our freedom."
No sir, it's not. It's to protect and defend the United States Constitution including the Bill of Rights. You goddamned national socialist nazis, bona fide fascists in Congress seem to have conveniently forgotten this.
Texas Sen. Ted "Screws Loose" Cruz in an email to supporters during his presidential campaign stated:
"In the wake of 9/11, there was a broad consensus in favor of a common-sense domestic counter terrorism strategy. But over the last seven years, the focus on protecting the homeland has been lost. The Obama Administration has even joined Islamist governments in sponsoring a U.N. resolution that would shred our First Amendment by threatening to make discussion of radical Islamism potentially illegal."
PolitiFact Texas attempted to contact Cruz regarding this assertion. The Senator did not respond. They nonetheless conducted a truth test on Cruz' claim. Their findings:
"Cruz said that the Obama administration has "joined Islamist governments in sponsoring a U.N. resolution that would shred our First Amendment by threatening to make discussion of radical Islamism potentially illegal."
"The United States in 2011 voted in support of U.N. Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18, which promotes religious tolerance. That approval only came after the U.S. and its western allies successfully negotiated to have language criminalizing blasphemy dropped from the resolution to ensure it comports with free speech rights and the First Amendment.
"We rate this claim Pants on Fire."
You think? Cruz has repeatedly played fast and loose with the facts. A continuing problem with him and others in both major political parties. Yet, his sycophants accept whatever he claims as fact. This is the problem with not only politics in our formerly great country, but everything on all levels of government as well as throughout the business community. No one questions. No one challenges. No one holds the feet of these bastards to the proverbial fire. They accept their bullshit and/or outright lies as gospel truth. Hook, line, and sinker.
Seems millennials are questioning the abuses of laissez-faire capitalism. Precisely, why Sanders has traction among the young. They seem to understand the corporate management suite exploits labor. It does. Always, has. Precisely, why capitalism has become a zero sum game. Winner take all. Exactly, why the middle class is quickly going extinct.
If capitalists wish to survive, that is, avoid the unwanted dreaded second American revolution already catastrophically looming on the horizon, they need to wake up. Now. Pay a livable wage. Treat employees as valuable human assets, not human chattel to be abused, handled like cattle. What is so interesting is the handwriting long on the wall.
That is, despite record corporate profits, cash reserves, shareholder earnings, record corporate management suite salaries and perqs, the middle class is quickly approaching extinction. That is direct evidence capitalism is failing. Time to wake up before too late. ... Getting long in the tooth, plagued by greed, abuse, corruption, indifference. The end result of phony Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged failed capitalistic principles. That even she reportedly rejected before she died.
A couple of weeks ago, a friend suggested a business executive or owner would be best choice for President. Someone who's employed people. Before we were side tracked by other matters, I replied the finest President in our lifetime, President Kennedy, had no business experience yet turned out to be one of our best, -- despite his exceptionally short time in office.
Of course, a Republican would never quite see things that way. ... And while as an independent I did not vote for Reagan, I would also point out that most Republicans hold up Reagan as the perfect example, ideal standard of the GOP. -- Despite by current standards, Reagan would be considered a liberal compared to the nazis currently running. Would also point out most members of the corporate management suite lean Republican with extremely rare exception.
Yet, in a time of record corporate profits and cash reserves, the greedy bastards in the corporate management suite have managed to decimate the middle class. Good jobs have been moved overseas since these sons of bitches don't wish to pay a livable wage. Equally pointedly, they're moving corporate headquarters overseas to evade corporate taxes. Many, if not most of whom, pay nowhere near maximum corporate tax rates here. Some under 10%. Others pay nothing.
As CEO Warren Buffet has repeatedly pointed out, his administrative assistants pay a higher tax rate than him. This has to change. Any corporation that traitorously, treasonously moves overseas should forfeit all American assets. As well as American citizenship of all corporate personnel. Let them go. We'd be far better off without the bastards. Good riddens.
Would also point out Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is quite a successful Republican and businessman himself. Yet, he's directly responsible for the lead in the water fiasco in Flint. Should resign in disgrace or be removed by recall. Then prosecuted for malfeasance, dereliction of duty. Think this son of a bitch fit for office of President? Think a national socialist named Trump who filed corporate bankruptcy four times a good choice as well? Ever see the old news reels of Hitler's rallies in the 30s? Other than the language of course, think they're any different than Trump's?
To the idiots out there who truly believe only people pay taxes, not corporations since they always pass them on, there is perverse 'logic' to that belief. Why? Simple. The greedy sons of bitches in the corporate management suite own their bought and paid for lackeys in both the Democratic and Republican parties.
Consequently, this ensures the corporate tax rates never get so high the greedy corporate bastards are forced to pay them themselves, rather than pass them on to consumers who could not afford to pay them anyway. Especially, since the majority of Americans no longer receive a livable wage. After all, wouldn't want top management to do without, would we? Despite the increasingly perverse Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged views of GOP national socialists who convolutedly believe otherwise.
Worse? The Right ludicrously and haughtily dismisses all criticism of itself as 'political correctness.' This cluelessly, cowardly is used by the fascist element in our formerly great country to evade responsibility for the evisceration of the middle class as well as the concerted, determined, cleverly designed abrogation of all civil and constitutional rights and liberties. Establishment of a fascist police-state where the corporate management suite uses its bought and paid for government lackeys in both major political parties to do its will.
Tim Chorney, Publisher
Liberty In Peril
Tim Chorney, Publisher
Liberty In Peril
The Llano Ledger
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