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July 4, 2014

Posted in cripsyduck, politics with tags , , , , , on July 4, 2014 by criPSy duck

On this July 4th I hope you’ll remember that the U.S. of today bears little resemblance to the beacon of freedom envisioned by the authors of the Declaration of Independence. The chief liberty sought by the founders was freedom from economic oppression. But there are always powerful people willing to go to any ends to protect their hordes. So while the economic royalists in our midst have always had their place, they had been nearly controlled and their exertions almost brought into alignment with the greater public good until the complete breakdown of the last 50 years.

Remember:
You are not free if your employer chooses your doctors and what they can prescribe.
You are not free if your only chance at higher education and self-betterment requires permanent debt to the private banking cabal.
You are not free if your right to self-determination in body, mind and heart is at every turn undermined by hypocritical religious radicals.
You are not free if your only expression of self-worth is the constant display of overwhelming violent force.
You are not free if you live in fear of change and progress.
You are not free if you have given up community spirit and the willingness to share.
You are not free if you have no respect for human dignity and no respect for Life, itself.
You are not free if facts cannot persuade you.
You are not free if you would sabotage human liberty to gain greater and more invasive power for industrialists and entrepreneurs.
You are not free if you believe you are better than others.
And you are not free if you believe only one thing.

The American experiment in democracy is on permanent hold. We live in a hollow plutocracy with a dwindling middle class and some of the worst civil services in the developed world. But the states could change it. A constitutional amendment brought through the states could remove the money train from the federal election process. This could be achieved by We, The People, with no input from congress. We could cut off all of their campaign contributions and back door deals with one pen stroke. Do you care enough to make real change? To restore the democratic experiment? Have a happy 4th.

Justice Unserved

Posted in cripsyduck, politics with tags , , , on May 18, 2010 by criPSy duck

Justice, that blind old bat, has swerved off the highway, into the woods and is headed right for the quarry!

EmmaKate Martin and Benjamin Bryant, protesters attempting to block access to Massey HQ in Boone, W. Va on May 17, have been hit with $100,000 bail. This for charges of trespassing and littering. Uh huh.

Let’s see if I’ve got this right. Massey makes billions blasting the tops off ancient mountains, ignoring safety regulations and regularly KILLING its own employees through criminal negligence (29 just last month, remember?), and CEO Don Blankenship is out and about, doing fine, sipping wine. Meanwhile, activists attempting to non-violently protest these abuses receive enormous penalties for inconveniencing the aforementioned abusers.

Wanna help? Call Boone County Magistrate Snodgrass’s office and demand a bail reduction. (304) 369-7360

Thanks to http://climategroundzero.net/.

If Max Baucus Has His Way, I’m Joining the Racists – I Mean, Teabaggers

Posted in cripsyduck, politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2009 by criPSy duck

By now it is common knowledge that Blue Dog Montana Democrat Senator Max Baucus is a kept man, a lap dog of the health care lobby.

“In the past six years, nearly one-fourth of every dime raised by Baucus, D-Mont., and his political-action committee has come from groups and individuals associated with drug companies, insurers, hospitals, medical-supply firms, health-service companies and other health professionals. These donations total about $3.4 million, or $1,500 a day, every day, from January 2003 through 2008.”
– The Montana Standard, June 14, 2009

With Baucus’ bill finally emerging from the Senate Finance Committee, we are learning he intends to carve chunks off of Medicare, reduce aid to people struggling with health care premiums, and force everyone into the private insurance system by levying fines for those unwilling or unable to buy in. How that’s going to work, I cannot say. If you can’t afford insurance, you can’t afford a fine for not having it, either.

Not only would all this be a total betrayal of any half-ass attempt at improvement President Obama may have intended for our dilapidated health care system, but it would be a total give-away to the very pirates who have ruined the system in the first place: the same interests whose lobbyists have been dumping money into Baucus’ campaign coffers for the past six years. Continue reading

Preamble to the Capitalist Constitution

Posted in cripsyduck, politics with tags , , , , on September 8, 2009 by criPSy duck

We the Corporations of the United States, in Order to dominate a more profitable Union, establish Monopoly, insure domestic Subsidiaries, provide for the golden Parachute, promote Warfare in general, and secure the Blessings of Opulence to ourselves and our Prosperity, do highjack and subvert this Constitution for the United States of America.

How Does Freedom Work?

Posted in cripsyduck, politics with tags , , , , , on August 3, 2009 by criPSy duck

Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks is a corporate-funded “grassroots” lobbying group that astroturfs members of Congress and is responsible for, among other things, the Tea Party movement we saw last April. They have begun deploying their mindless (and, no doubt, unwitting) minions to descend on congressmen at town hall meetings, shouting down the “socialist” health-care agenda of the “Democrat” party, filled with a new vigor inspired by a recently leaked document that tells them “Artificially Inflate Your Numbers: Spread out in the hall and try to be in the front half”, “Be Disruptive Early And Often,” and “Try To ‘Rattle Him,’ Not Have An Intelligent Debate.” Continue reading

Back to the Stone Age

Posted in cripsyduck, politics with tags , , , , , , on July 14, 2009 by criPSy duck

Really? Is this how stupid the right wing echo chamber is? Climate change deniers hit more new lows in this outrageous CNBC clip. Not only does Dennis Kneale have no clue who his guest Chris Hayes is (research? that’s for elitist leftists!), he coins a whole slew of new grade-school put-downs for environmentalism. When did CNBC become the Fox News of money talk? Total garbage.

Bush to Anti-Abortion Terrorists: “Go For It!”

Posted in cripsyduck, politics, religion with tags , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2009 by criPSy duck

A recent post at Think Progress notes that the Bush Department of Justice failed to enforce laws designed to keep anti-abortion protesters from obstructing work at health clinics.

Between 2000 and 2008, the National Abortion Federation recorded 3,291 acts of violence against abortion providers and “at least 17 cases of ‘extreme’ violence against abortion providers in the United States, such as arson, stabbing and bomb attacks.” However, the Bush Administration’s Department of Justice “prosecuted only 11 individuals for any acts of violence against abortion clinics or providers.”

So, big shocker that hard-line pseudo-Christian wackos would think that vigilante “justice” might be justified. The Bushies didn’t bother changing Roe v. Wade (even though they had full control of the House, the Senate, the White House and the Supreme Court for a while there), but they did tell the confused far-right militant activist weirdos to go ahead and have a free-for-all on women’s protected rights.

Letter to Tom Perriello

Posted in cripsyduck, politics with tags , , , , , , , on June 5, 2009 by criPSy duck

Dear Representative Perriello,

As a proud long-time resident of Virginia’s 5th District and one who loudly backed your campaign and cheered your victory last November, I am somewhat disheartened by your new television ad campaign. While the ad itself is upbeat and admirable, I couldn’t help but notice it was paid for by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC).

Are we to gather from this that your health care-related legislative decisions will be made for you by one of the more questionable (and, unfortunately, powerful) lobbying concerns in the U.S.? Is it safe to assume that you would never sponsor a single payer health care option for the American taxpayer? If this is the case, then in the future I will certainly consider a candidate who will put the people’s needs before campaign contributions. Continue reading

Christian Murder, Inc.

Posted in cripsyduck, politics, religion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2009 by criPSy duck

There are all kinds of right-wing knuckle-draggers I can’t for the life of me fathom, but the anti-choice crowd is definitely the lowest. What the fuck is wrong with these people? Claiming that Jesus declared life begins at conception (he didn’t), they humiliate women making very hard choices, harass doctors performing desperately needed services, legislate clinics almost out of existence, and occasionally, assassinate a person many consider a hero. Continue reading

single payer palmed

Posted in cripsyduck, politics with tags , , , , on May 8, 2009 by criPSy duck

It breaks my mind the control corporate America exerts over the U.S. Congress. At a time when polls show that 60% of both the American public and health care professionals desire an effective single-payer health care plan that cuts the profiteers (insurance and pharmaceutical cabals) out of the loop, Senator Max Baucus’ hearings have no single-payer representatives. The fact that the single payer option isn’t even being voiced raises hard questions about who’s really in charge here. (HINT: It ain’t you unless you own a huge company, hide from taxes and keep all your money in the Caymans.)