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This evening's music features jump blues singer, guitarist and the younger brother of Brownie McGhee Stick(s) McGhee.  Enjoy!



Stick Mcghee - Drinkin Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee


"In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of.  In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of."

  -- Confucius


News and Opinion




Homeless in High Tech's Shadow

“American Dream”: Food loaded into Dumpsters while Hundreds of Hungry Americans Restrained by Police

Hundreds of poor people waiting outside of a closed grocery store for the possibility of getting the remaining food is not the picture of the “American Dream.” Yet on March 23, outside the Laney Walker Supermarket in Augusta, Ga., that is exactly what happened.

Residents filled the parking lot with bags and baskets hoping to get some of the baby food, canned goods, noodles and other non-perishables. But a local church never came to pick up the food, as the storeowner prior to the eviction said they had arranged. By the time the people showed up for the food, what was left inside the premises—as with any eviction—came into the ownership of the property holder, SunTrust Bank.

The bank ordered the food to be loaded into dumpsters and hauled to a landfill instead of distributed. The people that gathered had to be restrained by police as they saw perfectly good food destroyed. Local Sheriff Richard Roundtree told the news “a potential for a riot was extremely high.”

Waste Amid Want: Tons of food binned as thousands struggle to subsist

As Austeriy Tightens, Alternative Currencies Spring Up In Spain

MÁLAGA, Spain - Wholemeal rye bread, lettuce and chard are some of the products on offer from the El Caminito urban vegetable garden at the small organic produce market in this southern Spanish city, with prices set in “comunes”, one of more than 30 social currencies circulating in the country.

“The aim is to find an alternative to the curse of unbridled capitalism and to sow the foundations of a more just and compassionate society,” activist David Chapman of the Málaga Común platform, the network responsible for the market, told IPS. ...

Spain’s economic and financial crisis is encouraging experiments in social exchange, which may use alternative currencies, barter or time banking, “because people are seeking different ways of life,” said Gisbert, the author of “Vivir sin empleo” (Living Without a Job) and the blog of the same name.

According to Gisbert, there are more than 300 time banks in Spain, so called because they do not bank money but hours. When a person performs a service, he or she is credited with the appropriate number of hours in return.

Crack Within: Germans cash-stripped by...Germans?

Portugal's prime minister plans more cuts to health and education spending

Pedro Passos Coelho chooses not to raise taxes again in order to meet stringent targets set by international lenders

Portugal's prime minister has announced plans for further cuts to health and education spending rather than raising taxes again, in order to meet tough targets set by international lenders after the constitutional court threw out budget measures on Friday.

"I shall instruct ministries to implement necessary reductions in functional spending to offset what the court ruling prohibited. It will certainly be a very difficult process," Pedro Passos Coelho said in a live broadcast on Sunday evening.. He added that while he respected the court, its ruling would hamper government plans to take back control of its own finances from international lenders next year. ...

Passos Coelho survived his fourth vote of no confidence last Wednesday but faced renewed calls to resign over the weekend. Opposition Socialist leader António José Seguro accused the government of breaking campaign promises and said dole queues of almost a million people showed austerity had merely locked the country into a recessionary spiral, which might yet lead to a second bailout. Portugal's economy shrank by 3.2% last year.

Portugal PM warns nation's eurozone position could be put in jeopardy

Obama’s Historic Assault on Social Security

President Obama and his Republican partners in austerity have choreographed a kind of bi-partisan ballet, in which the dancers reach out to each other in slow motion, their fingers almost touching, teasing the audience. These cheap and transparent theatrics are designed to transmit a soap opera-like sense of drama: “Can the two parties come to a compromise for the sake of the country?” But, the fact is, Obama and the Republicans reached most of their grand bargain more than a year ago, when they slashed $1.7 trillion out of domestic spending over a decade. As liberal Obamite Robert Kuttner, of Demos, points out, there’s very little left to cut except Medicare and Social Security.  ...

At this point it must be said that Obama’s insistence on making Social Security a budget deficit issue shows that he has always intended to make drastic cuts to the program. One of the reasons Social Security has long been thought of as “untouchable” is because President Franklin Roosevelt and his New Deal Democrats purposely insulated it from the conventional budget process. However, President Obama has largely neutered Social Security’s traditional congressional defenders, who know perfectly well what their president is up to, but will not directly oppose him.

UN: Guantanamo a 'Clear Breach of International Law'

The failure of the U.S. to close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility is a "clear breach of international law," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stated Friday, and slammed the "continuing indefinite incarceration" of detainees and the "systemic abuse of individuals’ human rights" there.

“Allegedly, around half of the 166 detainees still being held in detention have been cleared for transfer to either home countries or third countries for resettlement. Yet they remain in detention at Guantánamo Bay," she said. ...

Noting the double standard on human rights violations by the U.S., Pillay said, "We must be clear about this: the United States is in clear breach not just of its own commitments but also of international laws and standards that it is obliged to uphold. When other countries breach these standards, the US – quite rightly – strongly criticizes them for it.”

Activists Take Protest to the Heart of the 'Drone Zone'

CODEPINK takes resistance to drone industry CEO who 'literally makes a killing out of killing'

Anti-drone protesters made their presence known in one of the epicenters of the drone technology industry, San Diego, Calif., over the weekend—protesting in several locations including the home of Neal Blue, chief executive officer of General Atomics which manufactures the Predator drone.

Starting on Friday morning, dozens of protesters from the anti-war group CodePink took to the neighborhood of La Jolla in San Diego, gathering in front of Neal's residence—a man who "literally makes a killing out of killing," said CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin.

The group then continued on to protest in front of General Atomics offices also in San Diego and later at Northrop Grumman, whose products include the Global Hawk.

The protests, which will continue Sunday, are part of the "April Days of Action"—a month long series of anti-drone protests coordinated in dozens of cities nationwide through a coalition of peace and justice groups called the Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare (NSDSW).

Wikileaks publishes 1.7m US diplomatic records

Wikileaks has published more than 1.7 million US diplomatic and intelligence reports from the 1970s.

Much of the work has been carried out by the website's founder Julian Assange while he has been holed up at the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

Mr Assange told Britain's Press Association that the latest collection, entitled the Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD), reveal the "vast range and scope" of US diplomatic activity around the world.

The data comprises diplomatic cables, intelligence reports and congressional correspondence running from the beginning of 1973 to the end of 1976.

Much of the correspondence is either written by or sent to Henry Kissinger, who was US Secretary of State and National Security Adviser during that period.

"The Kissinger Cables": Three Years After "Collateral Murder," WikiLeaks Explores U.S. Diplomacy

Hat tip to Juan Cole
Climate denial to prevent an oil-lubricated collapse

HSBC Securities’ analysis shows that oil companies will lose up to 60 percent of their value if a policy aiming for the internationally-recognised two-degree climate policy objective is implemented.

Map Shows Vast Regions of Ocean Are Warmer

ocean heat

PA Lawmakers Seek To Ban Photography Of Gas Drilling Activity

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but apparently it says a lot more when it’s a photo of frackers fracking. In Pennsylvania recently, the battle to control the images used to depict the national debate over shale gas drilling has officially heated up.

In February, 2013 PA House Bill 683 was proposed by nine Pennsylvania lawmakers ... Steve Todd was among the first to report on it in his February 26 post, PA State House Judiciary Committee: NO on HB683. This bill would prohibit people from photographing oil and gas operations because they are occurring on agricultural lands. By fracking farmland, gas drillers would gain new impunity under a piece of anti-whitsle blower legislation, commonly known as an “Ag-gag.”

Yes, you’re reading it correctly. PA HB683 would make it illegal to photograph images of gas drilling operations – the good, the bad, the mundane and the incendiary. ...

The bill is currently in committee, but environmentalists are keeping an eye on it. HB 683 is exactly the sort of legislation the PA GOP tucks into other bills and passes late at night.

Activists claim Arkansas oil spill diverted into wetland

Activists with the group Tar Sands Blockade published new videos on Sunday showing oil from the Arkansas pipeline rupture purportedly diverted from a residential neighborhood into a wetland area to keep it out sight and, most importantly, out of the media.

While it’s not clear if the oil was intentionally moved into the wetland, the company says it is cleaning pavement with power washing devices, which could cause some of the oil to be pushed off neighborhood streets and into other areas.

Activists also interviewed a local resident who claimed the oil has continued “flowing” into Lake Conway since the spill happened. ...

Video of Lake Conway’s wetlands shows thousands of what Exxon called “absorbent pads” — which appear to be nothing more than paper towels — littering the blackened landscape as thick, soupy crude bubbles across the water’s surface. The company insists that air quality in the affected region is being measured by the Environmental Protection Agency, and that tests show “levels that are either non-detect or that are below any necessary action levels.” Exxon also says that the area’s drinking water remains unaffected.

InsideClimate News Reporter Threatened With Arrest at Ark. Oil Spill Site

InsideClimate News reporter Lisa Song was threatened with arrest on Wednesday after she entered the command center for the cleanup operation in Mayflower, Ark., where a major oil pipeline spill occurred on Friday.

Song went to the command center in hopes of reaching representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation. She had been told they were working out of the command center, but had been unable to get their names or contact information despite multiple requests to the agencies. ...

Song had tried to enter the command compound on Tuesday, but was turned away by a security guard. On Wednesday, however, a different guard was on duty and he waved her through the gate. Inside, a second person directed her to the warehouse that houses the command center.

Inside the building, Song went to a table with a sign that said "public affairs," where she was given the name and contact information for Austin Vela, the EPA spokesman at the site. Before she could get the name of a DOT representative, however, Exxon spokeswoman Kim Jordan spotted Song and told her to leave. A second person arrived and said, "You've been asked by security to leave. If you don't you'll be arrested for criminal trespass." ...

The EPA, which is the designated on-scene coordinator for the investigation in Mayflower, did not respond to questions about whether Song should have been evicted from the command center.

'All Risks, No Reward': New Ad Campaign Calls Out Keystone XL

A coalition of environmental groups in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline launched a new national TV ad campaign on Sunday morning, hitting many of the morning talk shows, to tell a broad audience that Keystone is “putting us at risk, while big oil gets the rewards."

"Oil spills. It’s not if, it’s when,” states one of the ads. The ads bring to light the likelihood of catastrophic oil spills, such as the recent massive leak from an Exxon pipeline in Arkansas, which has spilled thousands of barrels of toxic tar sands oil.

The coalition behind the ads includes the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), Bold Nebraska, Oil Change International, the Nebraska Farmers Union and other groups.

“There is no reward of energy independence with this pipeline. Only risks to our land and water. The jobs will soon disappear, the energy independence will be on a ship to some unknown destination, but the scar on America’s landscape will be with us forever,” writes Randy Thompson, a Nebraskan farmer featured in one of the ads and chair of All Risk No Reward Coalition to Stop Keystone XL, on Sunday.







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Blog Posts of Interest

Here are diaries and selected blog posts of interest on DailyKos and other blogs.
What's Happenin'

Two years ago: Archaeologists announce discovery of 5000-year-old transgender skeleton

The Mythology of Capture vs. Kill

Hell No! Dan Pfeiffer: "The President's Budget Shows That He is Serious About Solving Deficits"

The Farm II: Changing People

Hell No! Stop crushing the poor

Hell, No! Social Security Contributes Nothing To Deficit



A Little Night Music




Stick Mcghee - One monkey don't stop no show

Sticks McGhee - Venus Blues

Stick Mcghee - Let's do it

Sticks McGhee Whiskey, Women & Loaded Dice

Stick McGhee - Double Crossing Liquor

Sticks McGhee - Head Happy With Wine

Stick McGhee - Six To Eight

Stick McGhee - I'll Always Remember

Stick McGhee - Housewarmin' Boogie

Sonny Terry & Sticks McGhee - My Baby Done Gone





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Originally posted to DFH writers group on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Team DFH.

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Comment Preferences

  •  A great rare performance: (5+ / 0-)

    Jeff Beck and UPP.

    Boehner Just Wants Wife To Listen, Not Come Up With Alternative Debt-Reduction Ideas

    by dov12348 on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:06:43 PM PDT

  •  Good evening, Joe. (6+ / 0-)

    Hope you are doing okay.

    From earlier:  Two years ago: Archaeologists announce discover of 5000-year-old transgender skeleton

    You wouldn't believe the number of a-holes this story attracted.   What the fuck is the deal with people dissing whatever I post lately?


    Circuit
  •  Hello Bluesters (5+ / 0-)

    This weekend I went to the anti-drone protest in my region. Cindy Sheehan was there and spoke. She's getting her "Tour de Peace" tour rolling. Small but committed group of activists here in Central CA. Some of our folks were able to take a van down to San Diego to participate there - the belly of the drone beast (see Joe's link in the post above).

    Special hello to allenjo!

    If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On".

    by Oaktown Girl on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:22:41 PM PDT

    •  just came in, Oaktown, how are the classes? (3+ / 0-)

      and nice to see you here!

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

      by allenjo on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:24:34 PM PDT

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      •  Hi allenjo! (3+ / 0-)
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        allenjo, joe shikspack, joanneleon

        My class starts tomorrow.
        As I told allenjo last night, I'm starting a short term computer class to update my job skills and hopefully make me more hire-able. Anyway, three days a week I'll be in class when Evening Blues posts, so my tips and recs will be a little later than usual.

        If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On".

        by Oaktown Girl on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:34:26 PM PDT

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        •  Are you in or near San Diego Oaktown? (3+ / 0-)

          "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

          by allenjo on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:36:24 PM PDT

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          •  Sadly, no. The closest thing that passes (3+ / 0-)
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            joe shikspack, allenjo, joanneleon

            for a city is Fresno. I got invited to go down to San Diego, there was van space for me, and floor space in a house. But being unemployed, even just chipping in for food and gas and other miscellaneous necessities would be a hardship (what little "disposable" i have has to go to out of pocket medical since I'm uninsured), and I didn't want folks covering my costs. Plus, we needed some folks left back here so there'd be people at the "local" event!

            If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On".

            by Oaktown Girl on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:42:48 PM PDT

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        •  great! (3+ / 0-)
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          Oaktown Girl, allenjo, joanneleon

          i hope that the classes turn out well and your new skills paired with your obvious intellect get you hired quickly.  good luck!  

          i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

          by joe shikspack on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:38:00 PM PDT

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          •  amen to that, joe (2+ / 0-)
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            joe shikspack, Oaktown Girl

            Do you think after naming all those post offices and taking all those holidays that congress might sometime this decade get around to dem jobs?

            We need dem jobs, you jackasses! Do any of us really give a fuck about naming post offices?

            Let's just give them numbers, in ranking order of how quickly they are going to be closed.

            I have an idea Wednesday after the super duper budget is officially released by the super dooper pooper scoopers at the WH (aka the Wall Street House) that the managed personas, or paid shills if you will, will be all over dkos shilling the the great cut that is not a cut.

            That taking out of 130 Billion dollars in spending from social security that they will be telling us all how proud we all should be of shared sacrifice, while telling us is is not a cut.

            More fucking disconnect

            "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

            by allenjo on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:05:34 PM PDT

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            •  they're already here... (2+ / 0-)
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              allenjo, Oaktown Girl

              i've seen a bunch of comments and one diary so bad that i refuse to link to it here, in which the pooper scoopers sing the praises of the "it's not a cut, dammit you obama derangement syndrome people" budget.

              i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

              by joe shikspack on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:20:36 PM PDT

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              •  Wednesday will be an interesting day here, (2+ / 0-)
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                joe shikspack, Oaktown Girl

                no doubt.

                progressives they call themselves, I guess, but I think in their hearts they really know that they are fucking idiots.

                You have to keep swatting them away, like flies, gnats, mosquitoes, all those annoying critters.

                "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

                by allenjo on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:34:53 PM PDT

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    •  evening oaky! (3+ / 0-)
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      Oaktown Girl, joanneleon, allenjo

      i'm glad that you were able to make it to the event.  from the video that i saw, it appears that the events in san diego were pretty well attended.  i'm also glad that codepink showed up on the ceo of general atomic's lawn; i think that it is long past time that the 99% made their protests more personal for the creeps that, "rule the world."

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:27:54 PM PDT

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  •  Evening Joe & Bluester hippies. I have a scum (5+ / 0-)

    of a senator in Amy Klobuchar - one who sticks a knife in our backs with the most beautiful of smiles. whenever I call her office asking her position on a certain issue all I hear from her staff is "Oh, she is waiting to see what comes out in the bill before deciding..." . Nice CYA tactic. She embraced deficits as an issue to look bipartisan in an Obamesque fashion after she got into the senate and keeps spouting about bipartisanshit and all that nonsense. Any interview on public radio, first sentence will be about bipartisanshit and then the next will be "Minnesota, minnesota, oh my Minnesota" - rinse and repeat for the whole interview. Idiot....

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:35:35 PM PDT

    •  evening funkygal... (5+ / 0-)

      my condolences on having a weaselly senator.  i hope that franken and your rep have more sense on the debt issue.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:42:48 PM PDT

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      •  Franken is a marginal improvement over Amy (2+ / 0-)
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        joe shikspack, allenjo

        Klo. But then he voted for the regressive Bush tax cuts and for all the corrupt Obama nominees. Not to forget he supported the Iraq war (so much so far a comedian - he is a warmonger). Keith Ellison is as good as it gets but he has been pissing me off recently on some other issues - Libya, Syria etc. And the best his prog caucus could come up with was the half-assed public option in their proposed budget? Is he freaking kidding? No single payer? How about calling it as "Medicare for all" and how unpopular can it get?

        "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

        by Funkygal on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:11:04 PM PDT

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    •  I called Marco Rubio's office and was told that (5+ / 0-)

      Rubio never makes public how he is voting. How is that for arrogance! Future Presidental Material!

      Now Bill Nelson's office is not arrogant, they just lie.

      I was on the phone with Nelson's office while watching senate votes on C-Span, while Nelson's staff was telling me he had not made up his mind, within minutes I was watching Nelson cast his yes vote on an issue I was urging a no vote.

      The disconnect with congress as to voters is disgusting.

      I say we get rid of them all and start all over.

      Maybe new college grads, cause really, how could they be worse, really, how could they be worse, maybe even high school graduates?

      "Oh, she is waiting to see what comes out in the bill before deciding..." . Nice CYA tactic.

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

      by allenjo on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:44:27 PM PDT

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  •  Málaga, birthplace of a type of song called (5+ / 0-)

         the Malagueña.

    It was Doris who gave me my first review. I remember her coming home from work. I was on top of the stairs playing "Malagueña." She went through to the kitchen, did something with pots and pans. She began to hum along with me. Suddenly she came to the foot of the stairs. "Is that you? I though it was the radio." Two bars of "Malagueña" and you're in.
                                                - Keith Richards -

    Evenin' joe. Thanks for the tip on my ALEC piece. I haven't written a diary in so long I almost forgot how. Next goal, three paragraphs!

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:37:05 PM PDT

    •  evening azazello... (3+ / 0-)
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      Azazello, joanneleon, Burned

      always a pleasure to rec good work!  thanks for keeping an eye on alec.  the shifty bastards need watching.  they are behind the legislation mentioned in the piece upstairs about pennsylvania rethugs trying to make photographing frack sites on farms a felony.

      some of the donors to alec have started to divert their money to a new organization, donors trust, in order to do their dirty deeds.  they bear watching, too.

      anyway, here's a slightly different take on malaguena by roy buchanan:

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:50:56 PM PDT

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  •  War, nah. Imperialism, nah. Assassinations, (7+ / 0-)

    nah.  Torture, nah.  Bank bailouts, nah.  No justice for crimes commited, nah.  $1.4 trillion national insecurity budget, nah.
    Chained CPI, you mother*&$C, frigging sellout no good for nuthn traitor, I hate you, I hate you, I'll never vote for you again even though I did two times while praising your fucking chess skills.  
    Ya well, at least there is a limit.
    But, Obama and the Plutocracy's Putrid Politicians will do it.  They haven't gone thru this Broadway play for two years for nothing.   So then what?
    Hillary in 2016 man!
    What is someone who gets fooled one hundred times?  
    An American.

    "I'm an antiwar propagandist as accused by democrats. Not even republicans have called me that."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:45:27 PM PDT

    •  evening al... (2+ / 0-)
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      BigAlinWashSt, joanneleon

      yep, unless we can put the fear of the flying spaghetti monster into those washington mofos, it's really just a matter of time until they drop the hammer on our earned benefits.

      But, the fact is, Obama and the Republicans reached most of their grand bargain more than a year ago, when they slashed $1.7 trillion out of domestic spending over a decade. As liberal Obamite Robert Kuttner, of Demos, points out, there’s very little left to cut except Medicare and Social Security.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:58:39 PM PDT

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      •  Evening Joe. Ya, very little left to cut my ass. (4+ / 0-)

        Obviously we could cut that $1.4 trillion in half and the country would be completely safe, except from its own government of course.  Maybe we should call for a new separate tax, the Chickenshit Tax.  It would be voluntary for those that hide under their beds at night in fear of an attack from North Korea and Iran.  

        "I'm an antiwar propagandist as accused by democrats. Not even republicans have called me that."

        by BigAlinWashSt on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:06:34 PM PDT

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  •  This gem Kissinger quote via Democracy Now : (5+ / 0-)
    "The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer."
    North Korea proves nuclear deterrent works. Via DN headlines :
    http://www.democracynow.org/...
    Report: White House Reconsiders North Korea Strategy
    The Wall Street Journal reports the White House is reconsidering its recent aggressive stance toward North Korea out of fear that it could inadvertently trigger an even deeper crisis. The Journal reports the United States is putting a pause on what several officials described as a step-by-step plan the Obama administration approved earlier this year, dubbed "the playbook," that laid out the sequence and publicity plans for U.S. shows of force during annual war games with South Korea.
    Repeat after me : North Koreans are anything but fools. They realised long back - even before seeing what US did to Saddam or Ghaddafi after they gave up nuclear weapons program. They are very rational actors.

    My friend also mentioned that South Korean capitalist class is spooked by the saber-rattling of their government .Ha , for once......

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:46:29 PM PDT

    •  yep... (2+ / 0-)
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      it's funny that people say things like iran is run by madmen who want nuclear weapons when acquiring them would be the most rational thing to do when faced with an implacable enemy that has nukes like israel and its attack dog the united states.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:01:10 PM PDT

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  •  “a potential for a riot was extremely high.” (6+ / 0-)

    I think we are going to be hearing those words more and more. And perhaps not just the potential.

    Shame on SunTrust Bank!

    Barack Obama's America.....

    Poverty in American the highest in decades and income equality the worst since 1929.

    And that democratic president wants to cut the cost of the safety nets.

    Could the disconnect be any greater?

    I want to join a socialist party and work for the greater good. Do we even have one, and is Bernie Sanders a member? Cause I sure would like to be in his party.

    "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

    by allenjo on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:49:29 PM PDT

    •  Well, this weekend when Cindy Sheehan spoke (2+ / 0-)
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      she said she is going to run off office (Gov. of CA) when she finishes her Tour de Peace. Someone asked her why she was running on the Peace And Freedom party ticket instead of Green Party, and she said because she is a Socialist, and P & F is a Socialist party, and the Greens aren't.

      If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On".

      by Oaktown Girl on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:54:59 PM PDT

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    •  heh... (2+ / 0-)
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      back in the dark ages when i was in college, there were a couple of socialist groups around - the socialist workers party, a group of the most humorless ideologues that i've ever met, and the revolutionary communist party, a bunch of morons itching for a fight.

      if we want a socialist party that might actually attract our fellow americans, i suspect that we'll have to build it ourselves.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:04:49 PM PDT

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  •  One monkey don't stop no show, we need all of us! (3+ / 0-)

    don't be no broken link, build the chain.

    Building Links on the Chain

    this future socialist loves this song

    "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

    by allenjo on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:55:03 PM PDT

  •  Evenin' Joe. (3+ / 0-)

    Men's NCAA final on tap in a bit here, winners'll get to find out if L' Feat's right...

    What's the point of letting neoliberals into the tent when neoliberalism is burning down the campground?
    Since elections will never change the ownership of government, why does our strategy rely entirely upon them?

    by Words In Action on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:00:18 PM PDT

  •  Good Evening Joe! (4+ / 0-)

    I'm late, I have company. They decided to make tonight family night. i had a nice blue moon photo to post but it'll have to wait till tomorrow.

    Have a good night.

  •  Another education deform darling bites the dust. (4+ / 0-)

    Atlanta schools (former) superintendent Bev Hall :
    http://www.esquire.com/...

    And as usual, she was praised by TPTB :
    http://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/...

    Maybe she wasn't as well connected as fascist darling Michelle Rhee and hence was caught through a thorough investigation. Investigation of Michelle Rhee's "Erase to the Top" was an eye wash.

    How many times have we seen this movie before? TPTB/lamestream media latch onto some person/thing and hype it up - calling them as miracle and all that.
    Soon it turns they are hot air at best and outright fraud at worst. Dotcom bubble, Iraq, Housing bubble, greenspan, bernanke, Robber RUbin, Larry Summers, Michelle Rhee, Libya ......

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:22:17 PM PDT

    •  ... Hillary, Chelsea ... (2+ / 0-)
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      The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

      by Azazello on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:23:57 PM PDT

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    •  Beverly Hall did not do the pivot to charters, (2+ / 0-)
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      vouchers, privatization that Michelle Rhee did after her DC schools fail. A move that saved her ass.
      Beverly Hall just took the money and tried to fade away.
      Bad move.

      Slower growth in government benefits programs for the poor, veterans and the elderly. "It's a compromise I'm willing to accept."- Obama 4/06/13

      by Burned on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:38:03 PM PDT

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    •  remember the "texas miracle?" (2+ / 0-)
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      bush's education secretary rod paige was hyped as creating the "texas miracle" which turned out to be a fraud.  i have come to the conclusion that all of these people hawking educational change are nothing but frauds.  there is no gain to be made from "accountability" measures.  any success will have to be made by engaging all of the actors in children's education, parents, teachers, administrators, the community and the students themselves.

      your larger point about miracle workers in other areas has the ring of truth, too.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:44:57 PM PDT

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  •  so who was your favorite mouseketeer? (3+ / 0-)

    don't remember how to spell that word, but mine was Annette Funicello.

    Sorry to hear of her passing today.

    "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

    by allenjo on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:46:48 PM PDT

  •  Evenin' joe and bluesters (2+ / 0-)

    Can't stay this evening, but I wanted to post an interesting Market Daily Briefing chart I saw in the comments at
     photo Cyprus-deposit-sources.pngThe Automatic Earth.

    Black line: Eurozone Banks
    Green line: Companies & people outside the EZ (Russian Mobsters, British...Mobsters?)
    Red line: Banks outside the eurozone
    Blue line: Companies & people within the EZ

    My guess is, banker overnight deposits were removed rapidly, while banker time deposits left more slowly. But the goal was for the eurozone bankers to retrieve all their money prior to the bail-in.

    For contrast, the commenter inserted a chart that shows what the regular-Cyprus-folks had been doing with their deposits:

     photo Cyprus-household-deposits.png

    That blue line is their short-term time deposits.  We don't stand a chance against the investment bankers!

    •  evening dharmafarmer... (1+ / 0-)
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      interesting how quick and nimble those crafty, creepy banksters are.  i guess, though, that a lot of their traffic is in overnight deposits and other short term deposits looking to make a spread in a slightly higher interest environment.

      thanks for the charts!

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 07:12:27 PM PDT

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      •  Mornin' joe (1+ / 0-)
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        Yes, that's what the commenter speculated, as well...but what event coincided with that spike in mid-2010 after which there was a precipitous decline in overnight and short-term deposits in Cyprus?  Some accounts connect what happened in Cyprus to decisions made by the G20, but the 2010 G20 in Seoul didn't happen until November.  Besides, that black line represents only Eurozone banks.

        It just has the appearance of being obviously planned, particularly in contrast with what regular Cyprus citizens were doing with their money.  Is this a way, I wonder, to predict where it will happen next?

        •  what i'd need to see... (2+ / 0-)
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          is another chart that plots the banksters timeline against interest spreads.  depending on the available interest spread, their withdrawl behavior back in 2010 might (i have no evidence) mostly mean that they found another place where they could get a more enticing (less risk and/or higher spread) somewhere else.

          dunno, i'm just running the speculator.

          i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

          by joe shikspack on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 06:52:13 AM PDT

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      •  Besides, (1+ / 0-)
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        don't these charts make a canard of the line that Russian mobsters had flooded the Cyprus banking system?  If anything, it appears they were duped, too, since that mostly stable, green line elevates ever so slightly after mid-2010.

        I wish I understood all of this better because I think it could be highly valuable to regular folks the world over to be able to anticipate the banksters' moves.

  •  Guantánamo can't be against international law... (2+ / 0-)
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    joe shikspack, allenjo

    ...It's not really Cuba and hasn't been for 110 years. And it's not really America because we only lease it. A jurisdictionless no-man's-land. The ideal locale for torture.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 07:21:20 PM PDT

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