Cognitive Dissonance

"Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!" - Allen Ginsberg

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The threats may continue, but they are not working. And they will never work. Because this is a democracy. And in a democracy, hostage tactics are the last resort for those who can’t otherwise win their fights through elections, can’t win their fights in Congress, can’t win their fights for the presidency, and can’t win their fights in Courts. For this right-wing minority, hostage-taking is all they have left. A last gasp of those who cannot cope with the realities of our democracy.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on the shutdown of the federal government and the desperation of the right-wing.

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Mitt Romney Loses the Cowboy Vote, or the Launch of Pistol Pete 2012

Taking the UW shuttle this morning, I had the opportunity to eavesdrop on two cowboys (and veterinary science majors) discussing Mitt Romney’s 47% gaffe. This is why I carry a small notebook always:

1st cowboy: Did you know 47% percent of people don’t pay taxes? Moochers. That’s what Romney said this morning. If that’s real, then 47% of America needs to get off their lard asses.

2nd cowboy: Did you pay taxes this year? I didn’t. 

1st cowboy: No, but I’m a student. Like you.

2nd cowboy: Then Romney thinks you’re suckling the government tit. Freeloader.

1st cowboy: Am not.

2nd cowboy: According to Romney, yeah you are. 

1st cowboy: Fine. Shut your mouth. He’s lost my vote. He lost it a long time ago anyhow. 

2nd cowboy: Eh, Romney’s a prissy asshole. But I’m not voting for Obama. I can’t. Obama sucks.

He pauses.

2nd cowboy: Hold on. We should write in Pistol Pete!

1st cowboy: FUCK YEAH!

They high-five

Me: Wait. Is that a win or a fail for democracy?

1st cowboy: We gotta win something, right?! Pistol Pete 2012!

He’s right… our football team is 0-3 right now. For the record, meet Pistol Pete, the University of Wyoming mascot:

If it gets them to the ballot box, it’s a win. Right?

Right?

Maybe this one’s a draw…

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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NDAA Set To Become Law: The Terror Is Nearer Than Ever

It turns out that destroying the American democratic republic was easy to accomplish, historians will write someday. Simply get the three major cable news networks to blather on about useless bull**** for a few days, while legislators meet in secret behind closed doors to rush through the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA), and its evil twin sister, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is a clever name for an Internet censorship bill straight out of an Orwellian nightmare.

Sure, some independent media web sites and Jon Stewart warned us about this. Ron Paul & Son warned us about this. Amnesty International and the ACLU have been screaming from the rooftops, crying bloody murder. But the American people let it happen, because the vast majority of us simply didn’t find out in time.

And now President Obama’s advisers are saying he is withdrawing his veto threat against NDAA, so it will become law.

True story. I commend Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., for voting against this. Her statement on the bill:

Although the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contains important provisions for national defense, after careful review of the legislation, I believe that the language in the bill muddies the water concerning the due process rights granted to American citizens by the Constitution. Granting authority to indefinitely detain American citizens suspected of terrorism without charge and without sufficiently addressing what rights an American citizen has if they are suspected of terrorism and arrested on U.S. soil, sets a troubling precedent.

This bill is horrifying. For those who are saying, “Meh, big deal, we detain people already…” - yeah, we have, and that’s wrong. NDAA is much worse. It is authorizing detention of American citizens without due process if they’re suspected of terrorism, and that detention will occur on American soil. This is further encroaching our rights and turning the military against the American people.

NDAA is the PATRIOT Act on steroids. 

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Is it a radical statement to say the president should have issued this statement long-ago in regards to Occupy Wall Street? Because he hasn’t. I’d like to take this moment to point out how much Wall St. gave Barack Obama in 2008…
Goldman Sachs: $1,013,091
JPMorgan Chase & Co: $808,799
Citigroup Inc: $736,771
UBS AG: $532,674
General Electric: $529,855
Morgan Stanley: $512,232
Latham & Watkins: $503,295
 Total: $4,636,717
Here’s the top two recipients of donations from the financial/securities and investment sector since 2012:

As far as Wall Street, Obama’s already received over a third of what they donated in 2008 for the entire cycle. Though we can see who Wall Street’s favorite is for the GOP side. I don’t think it’s possible to deny the influence of corporate Wall Street dollars in our elections. 
Let’s take Goldman Sachs as an example. Here’s their break down for 2012: They’ve donated a total of $1,858,958 thus far, $508,609 to Democrats and $1,350,349 to Republicans, for a 27%/73% split.
Compare to 2008. By the end of the election cycle, Goldman Sachs donated $6,025,681. Of that, $4,489,893 went to Democrats, and $1,525,448 went to Republicans for a 75%/25% split.
This is why I laugh nearly uncontrollably when I hear Fox News talking about Obama’s occupiers. He’s not on our side, guys.
Essentially, we’re supposed to support democratic movements elsewhere, not here at home. God forbid you actually participate.
Gotcha.

Is it a radical statement to say the president should have issued this statement long-ago in regards to Occupy Wall Street? Because he hasn’t. I’d like to take this moment to point out how much Wall St. gave Barack Obama in 2008…

  • Goldman Sachs: $1,013,091
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co: $808,799
  • Citigroup Inc: $736,771
  • UBS AG: $532,674
  • General Electric: $529,855
  • Morgan Stanley: $512,232
  • Latham & Watkins: $503,295
  • Total: $4,636,717

Here’s the top two recipients of donations from the financial/securities and investment sector since 2012:

As far as Wall Street, Obama’s already received over a third of what they donated in 2008 for the entire cycle. Though we can see who Wall Street’s favorite is for the GOP side. I don’t think it’s possible to deny the influence of corporate Wall Street dollars in our elections. 

Let’s take Goldman Sachs as an example. Here’s their break down for 2012: They’ve donated a total of $1,858,958 thus far, $508,609 to Democrats and $1,350,349 to Republicans, for a 27%/73% split.

Compare to 2008. By the end of the election cycle, Goldman Sachs donated $6,025,681. Of that, $4,489,893 went to Democrats, and $1,525,448 went to Republicans for a 75%/25% split.

This is why I laugh nearly uncontrollably when I hear Fox News talking about Obama’s occupiers. He’s not on our side, guys.

Essentially, we’re supposed to support democratic movements elsewhere, not here at home. God forbid you actually participate.

Gotcha.

Filed under Occupy Wall Street OWS Occupy Everywhere brutality Obama Barack Obama Politics protest free speech democracy 2008 Wall Street Bought and paid for Goldman Sachs JP Morgan Chase Citigroup GE General Electric GOP Republican republicans Democrat democrats campaign contributions

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This is a deeply uncanny and very troubling development, it exists, and it wants to take us back. It wants to take us, I mean, way back. I mean sure, they want to go back before the 70’s and the 60’s to the 50’s, no doubt about that. They also want to go back before the New Deal to the 20’s, well they also want to go back before the Progressive Era to the Gilded Age. Well, not quite, they also want to go back before the Emancipation Proclamation to the days of slavery, not even, what they want to do is take us back to a moment prior to the Enlightenment; they want to take us back to a moment when faith registered more than reason. They want to take us back to an imaginary age of absolute moral clarity, when good was good and evil was evil and everyone could see the difference. They want to take us back to an imaginary Manichean age when you’re either with us or against us, which means you either are us or we’ll exterminate you because we can only tolerate ourselves, we can only tolerate those who share our values. If this movement were to be given a name, I think it would most appropriate to call it Christo-Fascism, and if anyone objects to my using the word fascism, because it seems so redolent of the Axis powers, and after all we valiantly defeated fascism once, well, understand this about fascism - when it arrives it never shows up in the discarded costume of some other country, and when fascism comes here, its not going to be wearing a toothbrush mustache with a Luger in his belt and go goose-stepping around the mall, because that’s Germany. And its precisely characteristic of fascism, that it seems absolutely, totally expressive of the homeland, it seems completely familiar, it’s when 150% America puts a flag on its lapel and a cross around its neck and a real folksy way a talkin’, but just because it’s red, white and blue, doesn’t mean it’s American.
A Patriot Act, written by Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media studies at New York University

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A union member, a tea partier, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, looks at the tea partier and says, “Watch out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie.”

Laughing keeps me from screaming.

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Wisconsin Police Union Announces Solidarity with Occupation of State House: UPDATED

The presence of blue collar workers in the Capitol has made it more difficult for Republican Gov. Scott Walker or Capitol Police to kick protesters out. “Each night one union will take a shift and send down a hundred of its member to sleep in the Capitol. One day the firefighters will come, the next the construction unions,” said Edward Sadlowski. “The labor movement understand they have to stand in solidarity with the young people who started this occupation.”

"Right now the only thing we are disrupting is this Capitol," said Sadlowski. "As long as we hold onto this Capitol, we have a chance."

Solidarity! Seriously, the only thing I can add to this is dancing for joy.



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"Take ‘Em Down!" by Dropkick Murphys

Hey Everyone, the Dropkick Murphys would like to take a moment to acknowledge the struggles of the working people of Wisconsin and to pledge our support and solidarity by releasing the song “Take Em Down” from our upcoming album. We think it’s appropriate at the moment and hope you like it.

We have also created a limited edition “Take ‘Em Down” t-shirt which will be available for sale shortly at www.dropkickmurphys.com/merch. Proceeds from the “Take ‘Em Down” t-shirt sales will benefit Workers’ Rights Emergency Response Fund (https://afl.salsalabs.com/o/4002/wi-response).

We’ll see you in Wisconsin in a few days,

The Dropkick Murphys Stand With Wisconsin !!!!!

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