October 25, 2012

We march inexorably to the election.  Gloria Allred says she has proof Mitt Romney committed perjury but can’t get the sealed files released.  It seems he covered up for his client Staples owner in his divorce settlement saving the guy millions.  Bain Capital owned Staples which is now closing 60 stores.

We already know Romney is willing to say anything.  Now he’s trying to mitigate his stand on gay issues.  Someone needs to grab that Etch A Sketch from his hands.

As usual I’ve been following politics in my second home of New Mexico.  The Senate seat of retiring Jeff Bingaman is up this fall.  Congressman Martin Heinrich is running against former Congresswoman Heather Wilson.  You might remember her from GonzalesGate when she put pressure on the U.S. Attorney to prosecute voter fraud cases.  He was fired because of that and the resulting scandal bit deeply into the Bush White House until the Attorney General had to quit.  She subsequently lost her seat in Congress as payback and now is losing the Senate race.  I hop to interview Senator-elect Heinrich when I go to Santa Fe in two weeks.  I’ll be there until December 3rd.

One of our own Senators, former State Senator Raphael Musto, pled not guilty to additional charges this week.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is returning to the Commonwealth next week.

Commonwealth Court is asking the state why it is continuing its Voter ID ad campaign.  Billboards in Hispanic neighborhoods remain telling voters they must have acceptable photo ID to vote.  By order of that same Judge we do not.  This seems to be a blatant attempt by Republicans to engage in election fraud.

Speaking of Pennsylvania Republicans and election fraud the moron from King of Prussia who got caught dumping Democratic voter registration forms in Virginia is facing prosecution.  You don’t want to be Colin Small.  I suspect his name reflects the size of his IQ.  Isn’t it curious that the Party protesting about voter fraud is the one which routinely practices election fraud?

Labor is hitting Mitt on the Sensata job outsourcing:

Romney refuses to create separation from Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (rape is part of god’s plan)

Gen. Colin Powell endorsed the President:

Kathy Boockvar has a good new ad up:

Speaking of good campaign ads here’s one from Erik Saar (hat tip to Fran the pipefitting man for sending it):

Saar’s opponent is State Rep. Jim Cox, former CoS to Rep. Sam Rohrer.  Since Sam left to pursue windmills Cox has become the chief sponsor of the Commonwealth Caucus Tax Fraud.  When Saar pointed out in a debate that Cox’s math doesn’t add up Tea baggers walked out:

The Obama campaign has a new ad comparing Richard Mourdock and Paul Ryan.  Speaking of which our own Tom Smith is on the same page as these other mad men:

Republicans have made the debt a major issue even though they’re principally responsible for it.  The Tea Party morons were strangely silent when we were all protesting the massive budget deficits run up by Reagan, Bush Senior and Bush Junior.  W ran it up to $10 trillion.  The Center for American Progress has a great explanation for where the debt came from:

While slashing budgets for almost every program Gov. Gasbag has been preaching fiscal austerity.  His budgets now have Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate higher than the national average.  While most states are seeing decreases in unemployment ours is rising.  In spite of these failures the Governor saw fit to grant $10,000 raises to his staffers.  Think about that when you see disabled Pennsylvanians denied state programs and benefits, when yous ee poor Moms struggling because welfare payments were eliminated and schools devastated.

Of course not all Pennsylvanians are hurting.  Vahan Gureghian, the charter school magnate known for giving millions in campaign contributions for his profit driven, underperforming schools, is doing rather well.  Because your property tax payments are going into his pockets he and his wife has decided to build a huge mansion in Florida.  At 20,000 square feet the Palm Beach manse is something garish and a fine example of excess.  Aren’t you glad you helped pay for it?

Black Friday

Today is Black Friday so how many of you got up before dawn to find bargains?  Not me, I was warm in bed.  I had one black week with one of my horrendous cluster headaches.  Others also had black weeks.  State Senator Raphael Musto was indicted by the feds for corruption.  He is alleged to have sold his office for personal profit then failing to disclose the money on his financial disclaimer forms.  Then he is accused of lying about it all to the FBI.

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was hammered by a jury for money laundering after claiming his innocence for years.  The exterminator was accused of laundering illegal corporate funds to Republican candidates in Texas.  He faces a possible life term.

Thanksgiving was a nice low key day for us.  We dined on turkey, ham, scalloped potatoes and the obligatory green bean casserole.  A bit of football and some watching of old Modern Family episodes finished the day.  I’d never seen the series and was shocked at all the gay stereotypes packed into each episode.  It was a funny show in spite of that though.

Fox News began a war on Thanksgiving this holiday season claiming falsely that Pilgrims almost starved because they were socialists.  As usual Fox has its facts backwards.  In historical reality the Mayflower Compact was a corporation and the Plymouth Colony a business enterprise.  There was nothing socialistic about the way Pilgrims came to America or set up their operations.  In fact the American colonies were financed and exploited by British corporations.  You might recall one East India Company.

There was established socialism in America at the time however.  The Native American tribes all practiced a sophisticated form of socialism.  There existed no concept of “private property.”  No one owned anything, everything was shared for the good of all.  Indians lived this way for hundreds of years and thrived until Europeans arrived and almost starved because of their capitalism.

Many native tribes were maternal in that their leaders were the women.  These maternalistic nations were very peaceful and thrived even in the harsh environments of the southwest desert.  White people starved for glory, power and wealth destroyed them in a campaign of genocide in the name of their gods.  Greed destroyed a lush, vibrant and peaceful continent.  Tell that story Fox.