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Weekend Edition – January 17, 2014

It must be the Mean Season on the Planet Teapublican – seemingly the only explanation for its followers in Congress insisting on continuing to deny benefits to the long term unemployed. Meanwhile, in an effort to repair the wreckage to the Voting Rights Act inflicted by the RobertsonScaliaThomasAlito cabal in the Supreme Court, Congress engaged in a bit of sleight of hand. And finally, while the celebratory skydive of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was covered in the news, Sarah Palin, the approximate cause of her discontent, got a free pass.

In the Land of Mean

Too many Americans know the stress and the shame and the pain of unemployment. The painful irony is that the longer that someone is unemployed, the more difficult it is to find a job. Indeed, some unenlightened employers refuse to even interview unemployed job applicants.

Over the last few years the federal government has extended benefits to the long term unemployed. It has certainly been a compassionate initiative and it has also been helpful to a hobbled national economy, provided direct infusions of cash to shops, stores and service providers each time those checks have gone out.

Now in step the Teapublican shock troops claiming that unemployment benefits, meager as they are, provide a disincentive for the unemployed to find a job. Heroic hypocrites like Congressman Paul Ryan – who grew up in a wealthy family that made its money as government contractors, used his father’s Social Security death benefits to attend college and who never had to look for a job in his life – claim that budget balancing is more important than saving the lives and self-respect of millions.

I am certain that Paul Ryan and his fellow Ayn Rand acolytes are good to their own children and family members. But it has been said that we measure the generosity of someone’s spirit in how they treat people that they do not know.

By that measure Paul Ryan and the Teapublicans come up short.

That Old Bad Magic

When observing events in Congress it is important to pay attention to the details. The seemingly laudable bi-partisan effort to repair the damage caused by the United State Supreme Court in virtually gutting the Voting Rights Act last year is a case in point.

The new legislation which seems to address many of the key elements of the Supreme Court’s attack on America, particularly black and Latino America, does not address the odious Photo I.D. legislation that is spreading across this country like some incurable cancer from KKK hell.

So we will read in the paper that Congress has passed a new Voting Right Act. Great news!

Race/racist driven Photo I.D. laws will still be the subject of trench warfare, state by state, county by county because Congress could not/would not act on this transparent strategy to suppress the voting power of people of color.

NOT great news!

Free Pass for Sarah Palin?

Last week most people of good will celebrated the fact that former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords celebrated her continued recovery from the Tucson Massacre by sky diving. Her recovery is an inspiring narrative and a tribute to the strength of her spirit and the support of her husband, family and friends.

But Sarah Palin, the Lady Macbeth in this story, was never mentioned in the news media. Somehow, only three years later, the mainstream media seems to have forgotten that it was on Sarah Palin’s website that a rifle scope was placed over then Congresswoman Gifford’s district – along with several others.

The fact that the man who shot Gabrielle Giffords in the head may not have been directly inspired by Sarah Palin’s cyber-obscenity does not diminish the fact that her overheated and gun-inspired rhetoric contributed to an atmosphere where violence entered into public and political discourse.

Sarah Palin should never get a free pass on this one.

Have a great weekend – stay strong and be great!

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One thought on “Weekend Edition – January 17, 2014

  1. Tom Avitabile says:

    Your assertion; “And finally, while the celebratory skydive of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was covered in the news, Sarah Palin, the approximate cause of her discontent, got a free pass” is fact challenged beyond Pinocchio scale.

    Despite the left wing’s echo chamber constantly repeating a false connection, even after one million repeats, does not make it true. You assert that 22-year old, Jared Lee Loughner, some how got a hold of Sarah Palin’s PAC poster and it spoke to him, ordering him to go out and shoot Giffords, and 20 others.

    Yet you conveniently left out a few inconvenient facts, to this date, no poster has been found in his possession or computer history. But by his own admission on his YouTube page he tells us that he was influenced by what he wrote were his favorite books that included both Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” and Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ “The Communist Manifesto.” And totally off your selective radar is the fact that he felt spurned by Giffords since way, way back in 2007 when she allegedly snubbed him or ‘dissed’ him at a political event by answering his insane question in Spanish. A ‘democratic’ political event! By the way police searching a safe in Loughner’s home found a letter from Giffords’ office thanking the shooter for attending an August 25, 2007 campaign event. At the risk of being indelicate, no letter from Sarah Palin or any Republican or Tea Party politician was found.

    Even the left leaning sheriff of Pima County, who would love to have it be otherwise, admitted that there was no evidence that the shooting was politically motivated. And as you know, when a political assassin is found to possibly have left leaning ties, he is immediately labeled in the media as “troubled” or “mentally unstable”. To all you on the left, “mentally unstable” is dog whistle for “Crap, he’s one of us.” So therefore, no political motive is found, political neutrality is bravely announced. It’s also a good under pinning and political cover for a democratic trial judge to find him mentally unfit to stand trial, lest his politics be aired during the trial and become a matter of public record.

    Here’s another echo, one that also got a free pass… The Communist Manifesto! Communist Manifesto! Manifesto!

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