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What the president wants to do is restrain capitalism through taxation. If you score big, he wants a big piece of the action so he can give what you get to other people.

Now I could be wrong about this, but I think Mr. Obama allows historical grievances — things like slavery, bad treatment for Native Americans and U.S. exploitation of Third World countries — to shape his economic thinking. Rather than seeing the U.S.A. as basically noble, he gives the bad things about America far too much weight, leading to his desire to redistribute wealth, thereby correcting historical grievance.

Mr. Obama is not a communist, he’s not a socialist. He’s a social justice anti-capitalist. That’s what he is.

Bill O’Reilly, giving us a healthy dose of WTF, topped off with a dollop of denial and sprinkles of American Exceptionalism.

Let me summarize this: “Ignore the bad shit, folks, nothing to see here. Reasons. Noble America. Capitalism.” I’d say these things are more than “grievances,” Bill O. And taxes? How ELSE do you suggest we fund the government? Unicorns and smiles don’t pay the bills.

Yeah…

Yes, Bill O. You’re wrong about this.

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From The Maddow Blog:

This sign - and commentary - is hanging outside a food pantry in Manhattan’s East Village. Maybe it’s time we did something about the economy.

Food banks all over the country are seeing record demand and having difficulty keeping the shelves stocked. I don’t know about you, but I’m taking a few cans to my local food banks this week. And there’s this:

The number of Americans receiving food stamps reached a record 45.345 million in July, the government said. The number was 0.4 percent higher than the previous month and 8.4 percent more than a year earlier.
Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program had set records every month since December 2008. Texas had the most food-stamp recipients in July, 4.051 million.

A record 1 in 5 people in the US receive federal assistance to feed themselves once WIC is factored in. The average monthly allotment per household is $283.68. Of course, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) thinks the program is out of control. Here’s what he said in an interview with ABC News:

"Well, look, do you think there are four times as many people that need food stamps today as they did in 2001? This year, they are proposing another 14 percent increase in food stamps without any real reform to understand how it is that it surged so dramatically. We cannot do this. We don’t have the money. If Congress doesn’t understand that we can’t continue to double the food stamp program every three years, they don’t understand how deeply we are impacted by the debt. The debt is already pulling down economic growth, costing jobs. We need people working with jobs, not receiving food stamps."

The past year was an excellent one for Sen. Sessions. His net worth increased 124% in 2010 - raising him from millionaire to multimillionaire - which is likely why he said it was "rather pathetic" to expect multimillionaires to shoulder a little more of the burden. Meanwhile, in his state of Alabama, 36% of people receive food stamps and the unemployment rate is 9.8%. 
Yes, we need to have people with jobs - though Sessions voted against the jobs bill - and I have a hint as to the why this “surge” occurred: We have a government, specifically Congress, that cares more for dick waving contests and petty infighting than giving a damn that the food stamp usage rate has dramatically risen. American families are going hungry while Congress collectively twiddles their thumbs or butts heads over to what degree the richest 1% deserve to be subsidized.
American exceptionalism? How about being the most unequal industrialized country? How’s that for number one? This is unsustainable and unconscionable. Period. 

From The Maddow Blog:

This sign - and commentary - is hanging outside a food pantry in Manhattan’s East Village. Maybe it’s time we did something about the economy.

Food banks all over the country are seeing record demand and having difficulty keeping the shelves stocked. I don’t know about you, but I’m taking a few cans to my local food banks this week. And there’s this:

The number of Americans receiving food stamps reached a record 45.345 million in July, the government said. The number was 0.4 percent higher than the previous month and 8.4 percent more than a year earlier.

Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program had set records every month since December 2008. Texas had the most food-stamp recipients in July, 4.051 million.

A record 1 in 5 people in the US receive federal assistance to feed themselves once WIC is factored in. The average monthly allotment per household is $283.68. Of course, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) thinks the program is out of control. Here’s what he said in an interview with ABC News:

"Well, look, do you think there are four times as many people that need food stamps today as they did in 2001? This year, they are proposing another 14 percent increase in food stamps without any real reform to understand how it is that it surged so dramatically. We cannot do this. We don’t have the money. If Congress doesn’t understand that we can’t continue to double the food stamp program every three years, they don’t understand how deeply we are impacted by the debt. The debt is already pulling down economic growth, costing jobs. We need people working with jobs, not receiving food stamps."

The past year was an excellent one for Sen. Sessions. His net worth increased 124% in 2010 - raising him from millionaire to multimillionaire - which is likely why he said it was "rather pathetic" to expect multimillionaires to shoulder a little more of the burden. Meanwhile, in his state of Alabama, 36% of people receive food stamps and the unemployment rate is 9.8%

Yes, we need to have people with jobs - though Sessions voted against the jobs bill - and I have a hint as to the why this “surge” occurred: We have a government, specifically Congress, that cares more for dick waving contests and petty infighting than giving a damn that the food stamp usage rate has dramatically risen. American families are going hungry while Congress collectively twiddles their thumbs or butts heads over to what degree the richest 1% deserve to be subsidized.

American exceptionalism? How about being the most unequal industrialized country? How’s that for number one? This is unsustainable and unconscionable. Period. 

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On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

Is not nationalism - that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder - one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?

These ways of thinking - cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on - have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power. National spirit can be benign in a country that is small and lacking both in military power and a hunger for expansion (Switzerland, Norway, Costa Rica and many more). But in a nation like ours - huge, possessing thousands of weapons of mass destruction - what might have been harmless pride becomes an arrogant nationalism dangerous to others and to ourselves.

Our citizenry has been brought up to see our nation as different from others, an exception in the world, uniquely moral, expanding into other lands in order to bring civilization, liberty, democracy. That self-deception started early.
Howard Zinn, “Put away the flags,” The Progressive, July 3, 2006

(Source: commondreams.org)

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Speaking of Matt Bors, here’s one of his latest editorial cartoons I love so hard. Superman renouced his American citizenship, but remember, the dude came here illegally from Krypton anyhow. I don’t know why the Teabaggers have their knickers in a twist. HOW DARE SOMEONE NOT WANT TO BE A CITIZEN OF THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WHOLE HISTORY OF THE WORLD?!
No. Seriously. They’re collectively losing their goddamn minds. Check out BigGovernment contributor Robert Bidinotto’s take:

Consider the same Culturati’s vicious gang assault on the “Atlas Shrugged” movie, their collateral smears of Ayn Rand and her ideas - and their undisguised repudiation of the American individualist values that film champions. It will be even harder for them to disguise their true motives when (not “if”) they defend the latest outrage against a symbolic American icon.
I’m referring to the fact that the Politically Correct heirs to the DC Comics “Superman” franchise have decided to transform the caped champion of “truth, justice, and the American way” into an unAmerican citizen of the planet. Believe it or not, “Superman” is now renouncing his American citizenship… No, we can’t have American kids growing up to believe in, well, America anymore. America, and what it uniquely represents, just isn’t “enough.” Instead, our children must be taught to think of themselves as citizens of the world, holding their primary allegiance to the United Nations - not to the United States. Name me one other place on the planet where contempt for one’s own nation is celebrated as the hallmark of moral virtue and intellectual sophistication.
This is not the first time that comic-book writers have, symbolically, renounced their allegiance to America. A while back, they obliterated “Captain America,” temporarily morphing him into the unAmerican “Nomad” before returning him to his old identity (only after the writers scored their anti-U.S.-government political points).
And lest you dismiss this as much ado about nothing, understand that comic-book heroes are pure, idealized embodiments of a society’s dominant values. Their stories are overt manifestations of our reigning cultural Narratives, which I’ve discussed previously. Simply put, many of those now writing comic books for kids hate the American individualist Narrative.

I figured they’d be thrilled about a literal illegal alien not looking for amnesty by pretending to be an American, but whatever.

Speaking of Matt Bors, here’s one of his latest editorial cartoons I love so hard. Superman renouced his American citizenship, but remember, the dude came here illegally from Krypton anyhow. I don’t know why the Teabaggers have their knickers in a twist. HOW DARE SOMEONE NOT WANT TO BE A CITIZEN OF THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WHOLE HISTORY OF THE WORLD?!

No. Seriously. They’re collectively losing their goddamn minds. Check out BigGovernment contributor Robert Bidinotto’s take:

Consider the same Culturati’s vicious gang assault on the “Atlas Shrugged” movie, their collateral smears of Ayn Rand and her ideas - and their undisguised repudiation of the American individualist values that film champions. It will be even harder for them to disguise their true motives when (not “if”) they defend the latest outrage against a symbolic American icon.

I’m referring to the fact that the Politically Correct heirs to the DC Comics “Superman” franchise have decided to transform the caped champion of “truth, justice, and the American way” into an unAmerican citizen of the planet. Believe it or not, “Superman” is now renouncing his American citizenship… No, we can’t have American kids growing up to believe in, well, America anymore. America, and what it uniquely represents, just isn’t “enough.” Instead, our children must be taught to think of themselves as citizens of the world, holding their primary allegiance to the United Nations - not to the United States. Name me one other place on the planet where contempt for one’s own nation is celebrated as the hallmark of moral virtue and intellectual sophistication.

This is not the first time that comic-book writers have, symbolically, renounced their allegiance to America. A while back, they obliterated “Captain America,” temporarily morphing him into the unAmerican “Nomad” before returning him to his old identity (only after the writers scored their anti-U.S.-government political points).

And lest you dismiss this as much ado about nothing, understand that comic-book heroes are pure, idealized embodiments of a society’s dominant values. Their stories are overt manifestations of our reigning cultural Narratives, which I’ve discussed previously. Simply put, many of those now writing comic books for kids hate the American individualist Narrative.

I figured they’d be thrilled about a literal illegal alien not looking for amnesty by pretending to be an American, but whatever.

(Source: mattbors.com)

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We’re #1: A Top 10 List Charting American Exceptionalism

1. CEO pay to the average worker’s pay

2. Percentage of income received by the richest 0.1%

3. Military Expenditures in 2010

4. Prisoners per 100,000 people

5. Murders per 100,000 people

6. Health Care Costs as a percentage of GDP

7. Infant deaths per 1000 people

8. Social spending on families as percentage of GDP

9. Percentage of children living in poverty

10. Percentage of the population experiencing homelessness, 1996-2006

Mitt Romney said, “The reorientation away from a celebration of American exceptionalism is misguided and bankrupt.” I’d say the celebration is ethically misguided and morally bankrupt.

Get the full story here.

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Sarah Palin Takes Over From Michael Palin in BBC 'Pole to Pole' Series

"The Pole to Pole series needed a big injection of life, and that’s when we got the idea to dump the old Python, who frankly bores me to tears, and replace him with Sarah Palin. On her first day on the job, she actually shot and wounded the keygrip whilst wearing a low-cut top exposing her wonderful cleavage and caused a controversy by calling a Russian man a ‘drunk commie bastard’," Rupert Weasel, producer for the BBC show revealed.

The Pole to Pole series used to involve Michael Palin travelling across the world where he would delight in the different cultures, traditions and religions encountered in the many countries visited.

The new series, however, will involve Sarah Palin practically invading each “tin-pot” country, telling off the locals for not being Americans, and spitting out the local cuisine onto the floor whilst swearing viciously at the attending locals with her potty mouth. She will insult pretty much everyone and display her complete ignorance about any other culture apart from America.

Oh, Daily Squib… you and The Onion make me fear the future through satire.

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