The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday called for a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones and text messaging devices while driving.
The recommendation is the most far-reaching yet by the NTSB, which in the past 10 years has increasingly sought to limit the use of portable electronic devices.
If adopted by states, the recommendation would outlaw nonemergency phone calls and texting by operators of every vehicle on the road.
It would not apply to hands-free devices, or to passengers. [QUOTE: CNN]
We know who we are. We are the 99% of Americans who no longer have a voice in our government. We go through the ritual of voting, but, our power of the ballot is supplanted by the tax loopholes favoring rich corporations, business friendly only laws and regulations, a right-wing conspiracy to seize and concentrate municipal assets into the hands of the rich and powerful, another right-wing conspiracy to suppress the vote of various minorities, especially blacks, descendants of African slaves who had neither voice or vote and a sinister plot to keep poor Americans poor and unable to attain the American Dream…fodder for the grist mill of cheap and uneducated labor. It was a serious blow to the American psyche when the US Supreme Court ruled that “corporations are people.” How do we reverse the Supreme Court? Well, the framers of the Constitution gave us a way. Want to learn more and get involved? Click here.
So who among us are the TOP 1%? Where does their wealth come from? How do they stay rich. You might find this chart informative:
House Budget Chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan wants to end Medicare as we know it. He devises coupons for healthcare insurance and cuts in reimbursements for doctors’ services…if we can afford it. What doctor would want to treat us Medicare patients if the Republican 28% cut in federal reimbursement goes through? Republicans try to make entitlements sound evil. They want the middle-class and the poor to suffer to reform and restore our economy which they destroyed. They do not include the rich retirees in their reforms and will not tell us why? Read about how they prosper with federal aid that would be used more equitably to help the poor and middle-class:
The Richest 1% Get $10 Billion A Year From Uncle Sam
By JOHN MERLINE INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY
How can our society survive with no regard for rights and health of children, women, minorities, the elderly, sick and infirm? There is no society with only one class – the moneyed-class! Republicans are not blind fools. They know that they are ending the greatest empire in history. But, I ask myself, “To what end? What vision do they have of their future in a world that does not revolve around the economy, majesty and might and quest for global democracy with human rights for all? Do they see themselves as “kings” in a new world order, one that cannot last? They put their faith in enormous sums of money which will at great risk from thieves. They will build their grand mansions on sifting sand forgetting lessons learned as a child. They and their accumulations will pass away. Life was this way when Jesus was among us. It will not change until He returns and establishes The New Jerusalem. In the meantime we can at least try to through the shackles that bind us to suffering. We must begin with a new crop of legislators. Honest men and women who will toil in our legislatures for the right reasons and who are able to resist corruption and the lust for money. No. There are no simple solutions. But the data are in. Income inequality is ruining our future and hope for success. The 99% are not jealous of the TOP 1% and their financial success. We want a return to an American were all citizens have the opportunity to prosper, have a good and happy life, and die with the satisfaction that we can depend upon God‘s promises for a new and glorious life after the one we know now. Republicans, remember the America you knew and loved as children. Turn away from the path you follow. Join with Democrats and honor the blood spilled for the United States of America!
Former Rep. Bob Walker (R-PA) appeared on Chuck Todd‘s news show, “Daily RunDown” (MSNBC) this morning and defended Newt Gingrich‘s racist comments on the Palestinian people. He and Newt feel that it is so important to “out” the Palestinians as Arabs. Chuck Todd tried to get Walker to realize that all of our labels are manmade and to question who gets to decide which and when labels are applicable…and just. Walker went on with his mission to justify Newt Gingrich’s insult that said the Palestinians are an “invented people.” Here we go, again. Republicans delight in trying to be the arbiters of right and wrong. They reserve all judgments to themselves and, even, ignore the will of Republicans who might support them. They will lose in November 2012. The American people have had enough of racism, gridlock voter suppression and refusing to pass laws that will create jobs and reform and revitalize our economy. The 14 million unemployed Americans will vote to re-elect Barack Obama as President of the United States.
LORD, SAVE US FROM JOHN BOEHNER
Although most Americans(including most Republicans) have indicated in polls that they want taxes raised on the TOP 1%–the rich in America— Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Senate and Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the House continue their campaign to insulate highly profitable corporations and the wealthy from the economic hardships being experienced by 99% of Americans who do the real sweating of labor and dying in war to keep the United States at the front of global politics and economy. The 99% give so much more than their fair share of the national effort. They earn their money the old fashioned way: They sweat and toil. No derivatives! The Republican leaders with cold unfeeling eyes still refuse to tell us why they refuse to require the TOP 1% to carry their fair share of the load. It can’t be solely about large campaign contributions because Democrats receive them, too. There must be some secret Republican plan so vile and monstrous that it would rock the nation if revealed. Yesterday, a reporter confronted Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) with the one question that we all ask: “Why do you protect the TOP 1%?” Without a pause Boehner mumbled a quip, turned and walked away from the camera refusing to be accountable to the people who “hired” him. Are Republican leaders above the people? They are the faces of untold special interests who have led this country to ruin for 30 years. Disgraced ex-Speaker Newt Gingrich taught them how to govern this way years ago. Now, Newt seeks title and ultimate power. He wants the power of the world’s only super power and the title of President of the United States. WE MUST DENY HIM AND HIS REPUBLICAN CRONIES WHO TURN A DEAF EAR TO THE VOTERS WHO PUT THEM IN OFFICE AND NOW SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES. Surely, the framers of the Constitution gave us the means to remove them from office. Surely there is some Abramnoff-esque obscure law, rule or procedure that we can use to reclaim the Congress and restore its honor. It will take a bi-partisan effort of great thinkers, movers and shakers to plot their destruction. And, the time for them to begin that work is NOW! McConnell, Boehner and Cantor think that they are unstoppable. But, God is always on the side of goodness and has promised to help us. It may have been awhile, but, let us all renew our faith in the true God and pledge our lives and our country to doing His will. Pray for His guidance in restoring the middle-class and the character upon which America was founded. We were created to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The greedy and corrupt among us have brought nothing but misery to us, the 99%, and ever-increasing profits for themselves, the 1%. Let us be comforted by these words from the Bible: “Money is the root of all evil.” Jesus Christ will destroy all evil and bless us. In His name we ask for divine assistance in getting our country back! Those who do evil in the dark to accumulate money and call on God’s name in the light, will hear Him say, “Depart from Me. I never knew you!”
AMERICA, YOUR SOULS ARE ON THE LINE: CHOOSE!
$1T-plus spending bill taking shape in Congress
St. Petersburg Times
Mon, December 12, 2011 12:00:00 AM CST
Chris, I agree with your lead that Newt Gingrich is a bomb thrower who will say anything to anybody if it suits his purpose. I send you this Newt, “the Bomb Thrower”, cartoon and hope it gives you a chuckle as you remember the substance:
I just heard a popular pundit call Newt Gingrich “a bald face liar” on cable TV. This was her response to hearing sound of Newt lying to himself about why he resigned as Speaker of the House. How stupid and ill-informed does Newt think the American voters are? Why my morning began with a sound byte of Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina admitting that the plot to force the hated (sic) Speaker out of office began in Senator Graham’s office. Six hours later I watched Newt nervously spin a yarn about his disgraceful departure from the Congress and his punishment for wrong-doing in the form of a $300,000 fine. I wish a psychiatrist would come forth and explain how more than one truth of a situation can exist in that enormous head of Newton Gingrich. [Note: Only a big head could contain Newt’s super-size ego. Someone is working overtime to keep this monster ego fed!] I recall that some time today I used this graphic in which Newt promises that he cheats but he does not lie:
How Can Christian Conservatives Approve of These Morals?
Also, I laughed when I heard Newt’s defense of marriage with a pledge of fidelity to his current wife swearing off future divorces. Newt, your wife may be the only one, if any, who believes you. ONCE A CHEATER…ALWAYS A CHEATER. In Saturday’s debate your adultery was made an issue…an issue you continue to minimize relative to you but one which you seized upon in the Bill Clinton impeachment. So, morality is for us lesser mortals. Right? Let’s watch contemporaneous Newt:
Newt Gingrich Schools Chris Wallace on Clinton Impeachment
As I write this writer, Judson Phillips (@JudsonPhillips) is making a case for ignoring Newts sins and flaws and questionable history and beliefs “BECAUSE NEWT IS THE SMARTEST MAN IN THE ROOM.” Someone said that the line between super intelligence and madness is very thin. (Hence the call for a medical professional.) Judson, there have been a lot of smart men in history who have been given power and caused great harm to the world. (Newt could give a lecture.) We cannot trust a man who is not proven honorable and trustworthy. Sorry, Newton! That is why “Tricky Dicky” had to leave office as President. Lightning does strike twice in the same place!
The Notorious Gingrichs
Flags of Israel and Palestine
Celebrity “historian”, Newt Gingrich, has made remarks on the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, who Newt call “an invented people. Only a candidate for the presidency, Newt’s comments could undermine decades of diplomacy in the area where the two people still trade bombs over the border. Inflamed passions could continue until the Republican Convention in Florida which is heavily Jewish and has survivors of the Holocaust. Newt takes pride in speaking his mind, no matter who may get hurt. He imagines this is a characteristic of being strong. 😦