March 13, 2010 archive

Obama is Worse Than Bush: UPDATED

When General Dynamics put the money up to groom and run Obama, they knew that we’d be arguing about race. That our side would be divided.

And, as I said, another faction had Hillary put up for the same reasons.


When I voted for Obama, my hope didn’t seem entirely naive- I thought that at the very worst, he’d turn out to be a slight improvement, and at best a fairly decent improvement.

I was wrong.

And, then at first I came to the conclusion that he was the same as Bush–but now it’s clear to me at least that he’s in fact been much worse.

Here’s my list.

Better than Bush:

1. Israel. Arguably, slightly better on Israel/Palestine.

2. Supreme Court. I don’t like Sotomayer at all, but she’s better than a Bush nominee would have been.  

Same as Bush:

1. Iraq

2. Torture, renditions, Gitmo–all ongoing.

3. Personal freedoms, Patriot Act, TSA, and Homeland (in)Security Dept–the apparatus of a fascist state in the making.

4. Handouts to corporate America–Goldman Sachs and other robber barons.

5. Honduras. We can’t really know for sure what Bush would have done here, but Hillary’s been yelling ‘get over it’ to countries that were against the coup, so I’ll assume no difference here.

6. Iran.

7. ‘Clean’ coal.

8. Endangered species. This one surprises me–that he’s been this bad.

9. Outsourcing.

10. Environment: he’s been putting industry lobbyists in charge, just like Bush.

Worse than Bush:

1. Afghanistan–Bush was pulling out, Obama has expanded this with no end in sight.  

2. Health Care ‘Reform’- Bush could never have pulled off this travesty, which is an attack on personal freedom, and the first salvo of the attack on SS/medicare.  (see 3)

3. The attack on Social Security and Medicare – Bush wanted to do this, but never could have politically. Ten years from now there will be no SS, and no or greatly reduced medicare –and Obama will be the culprit.

4. Militarism of the schools. This seems to be a pet Obama project from his Chicago days.

5. Pakistan. One of Obama’s first actions was drone strikes (some killing civilians) inside of Pakistan’s borders.

6. Nuclear power resurgence.  Bush couldn’t have gone there.  

Crisis of Consciousness

Bruce Weaver an independent filmmaker journeys into the dream world to paint a picture of our future. “Seeds Of Change” is a message and a warning from those who have a vision of tomorrow. While seemingly bleak with honesty and truth of what we face it is time to face the reality of the situation.

We are facing more than just a Global Warming crisis we are facing a crisis in consciousness. We are truly on the brink and the fruit of our seed is something that is needed more than ever from each and every one of us. We must rise to this occasion now.

Our guest speakers include Dr. John Todd, Dr. Brian Natrrass and Dr. Peter Russell who help explain the situation we are in and some solutions to our problems. This tapestry of a visual graffiti art from the dreamworld intertwined with our speakers and a simulating meditative audio track by renowned shaman musician Byron Metcalf take us on a compelling journey that looks at our situation from many perspectives including visionaries such as Chief Arvol Looking Horse and Jesse Wolf Hardin.

What kind of world are we creating?

What Is There Left To Say?

House of Blue Lights

He at least could have not canceled NASA’s return to the moon program.

STUNNING! Maddow interviews Pelosi on Bush War Crimes, impeachment and “Looking forward”

Crossposted at Daily Kos

    I give you the finest journalist America has to offer today, Rachel Maddow, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

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    A full transcript and more below the fold.

Docudharma Times Saturday March 13

Saturday’s Headlines:

Report: Second American probed in terror plot

Looking for lizards across Los Angeles


F.C.C. Plan to Widen Internet Access in U.S. Sets Up Battle

Democrats more hopeful on health-care vote


Pope’s former diocese implicated in abuse scandal

EU countries agree to €25bn Greece bailout

Middle East

Iran’s spies show how it’s done

Iraq PM uses early lead to pursue new govt allies


Nato ‘covered up’ botched night raid in Afghanistan that killed five

When the Mekong runs dry


‘They herded us into one place and started chopping with machetes…’

Latin America

2 months after Haiti quake, housing still elusive

Catholic Charity at Work

With the advent of Gay couples gaining the right to legally marry in the Nation’s Capitol, the Catholic Charities found it self with a dilemma. They would have to give health care coverage to the spouses of gay employees. Solution, just don’t cover any employee’s spouse, gay or straight.

Same-sex marriage leads Catholic Charities to adjust benefits

   Employees at Catholic Charities were told Monday that the social services organization is changing its health coverage to avoid offering benefits to same-sex partners of its workers….

  Starting Tuesday, Catholic Charities will not offer benefits to spouses of new employees or to spouses of current employees who are not already enrolled in the plan. A letter describing the change in health benefits was e-mailed to employees Monday, two days before same-sex marriage will become legal in the District.

So, just let them get sick and maybe die. What would Jesus say?

h/t Eli @ FDL

Late Night Karaoke

Open Thread


This week I decided to declare this Friday, “Building Day”.

The distractions I`m posting tonight are meant for you to also build on in your own way.

Building something is always a great way to forget the travails of everyday life.

I`ll start off with the basics.

Building a Family


Texas Moves America’s Textbooks Further Right

A must read is the whole mess, but here’s an excerpt  :

Cynthia Dunbar, a lawyer from Richmond who is a strict constitutionalist and thinks the nation was founded on Christian beliefs, managed to cut Thomas Jefferson from a list of figures whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century, replacing him with St. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and William Blackstone. (Jefferson is not well liked among conservatives on the board because he coined the term “separation between church and state.”)…

Unsaid in the link of course, but basically, Texas already controls all the text book curriculum everywhere in the United States Of America, because it’s such a huge state, and because most of the text book manufacturers are already Texan, and right wing.

Stateless Multi-National Corporations Bankrupt The Nation, Then Privatize Everything!

(Cross-posted from The Free Speech Zone)

The Sting, The Heist, and The New Push To Rob Us All.

Random Japan


Police in Nagoya arrested a 57-year-old motorist who tooled along with a motorcycle gang as it obstructed traffic, ignored red lights, and otherwise behaved badly. “I used to be a member of a biker gang a long time ago, and I couldn’t help but drive together with them,” the man was quoted as saying.

In Kitakyushu, a 34-year-old man was arrested for ramming his car into a bosozoku gang and killing an 18-year-old motorcyclist.

A 52-year-old doctor in Shinjuku who was busted for selling over 300,000 tablets of prescription tranquilizer to a gangster reportedely said “I thought I would be attacked if I refused.”

A 43-year-old executive at a cosmetics company was arrested for stalking his ex-girlfriend after he sent emails “threatening to publish humiliating photos of her online.”

The National Tax Agency demanded ¥800 million in back taxes and penalties from the Japanese arm of Credit Suisse Securities after discovering that about 100 employees failed to declare some ¥2 billion.

A Japanese executive at Citibank in Tokyo was accused of dodging ¥30 million in income taxes by “pretending to live overseas.”

Original v. Cover — #16 of a Series

knock on wood Pictures, Images and Photos

The featured song this week, written by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper, is certainly one of the more versatile selections included in this series to date.  When first released in 1966, it rose to #1 on the Hot Soul Singles chart.  

In April, 1979, a disco version enjoyed success on both sides of the pond, rising to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts (and #6 on the U.K. Singles chart).  

This durable song would appear on the charts again in 1984, in an unlikely location, rising to #29 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts.

In addition to the preceding, this high energy number has been covered by an impressive list of accomplished and well-known artists.

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