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“If I Was a Poor Black Kid…”


We witness GOP governors cutting education from their budgets and GOP candidates for president promising to abolish the Department of Education, low test scores in our schools, GOP unwillingness to upgrade our school infrastructure, etc.  Thanks to Sam Seder for this thought-provoking video in which he analyses an article he read in Forbes Magazine: “If I Was a Poor Black Kid…”:

‘If I Were a Poor Black Kid’ column is just plain stupid

By Mychal Denzel Smith

7:56 AM on 12/14/2011

Who Won in New Hampshire? Who’ll Win in South Carolina?


BIG MONEY, WHICH PAID FOR A WIN IN IOWA, TONIGHT WON BIG IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. REPORTS SAY BIG GAMBLING PROFITS ARE ON THE WAY FROM LAS VEGAS TO SEDUCE THE EVANGELICALS IN SOUTH CAROLINA!

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New Hampshire and South Carolina, Can Your Favorite Candidate Take Up Jesus’ Challenge…or Walk Away?


Evangelicals, imagine asking Jesus’ question to your candidate of choice when you vote in the primaries and the general election this year.

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SUPREME COURT MAKES RULING


“THE SUPREME COURT: The justices ruled 8-1 today (Ginsburg was the dissenter) that arbitration, not the federal courts, is the place for most disputes between consumers and credit card companies — because that generally business-friendly venue is what’s prescribed in the fine print of most agreements people sign before getting their plastic. The decision reverses a federal appeals court, which said a trial should handle the complaint of a group of low-income consumers who alleged they were promised an initial $300 in available credit — then charged $257 in first-year fees.”

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SOUTH CAROLINA: Nikki Haley’s endorsement curse or blessing?


WILL GOV. NIKKI HALEY RAISE HER NEGATIVE APPROVAL RATING AFTER ENDORSING INFAMOUS JOB-CUTTER, MITT ROMNEY?

Nikki Haley

Rick Santorum, I Think You Enjoy Being a Hater. I Think It’s Makes You Feel Superior.


Rick, we, who you persecute and oppress can laugh at you.  They call it a coping mechanism, I think.

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Mitt Romney, Being Able to Fire Your Insurance Company Is a Luxury We Poor People Cannot Afford 1


Mitt, you keep opening your mouth and proving that you are out of touch with regular people. You know, the poor and the middle-class.  Those who toil and sweat for our money. I am sure the stench of labor offends you greatly.  If you related to us, you would know that when we get insurance from our employers, we get a group insurance discount.  You are elite and rich and can afford any healthcare your wealth can buy.  You can afford to review the entire insurance industry (or have your lawyers do it for you) and pick the insurance that gives you the most bang for your buck and allows you the luxury and privilege of firing any insurance company that displeases you. We, ordinary Americans, cannot do what you take so much pleasure in doing.

New Hampshire (and soon South Carolina), you are expected to vote for Mitt Romney even though you don’t like him and don’t believe he speaks truthfully. You have  a curious quandary: You have to vote for someone who many think can win even though you don’t believe he will be good for the country. Do you hate Barack Obama so much that you can ignore Mitt Romney’s history at Bain Capital (which shows where his heart is) and inflict this man on our future…and demise?  When Romney’s past is fully disclosed, you will bless the day you did not vote for this notorious job-killer and “TOP 1%” protector! [His heritage!]

Alan Grayson, who is so passionate, can be very funny, too!


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It’s getting really hard to be topical.  In the issue of New Yorker magazine dated January 9, 2012 – that’s today — the lead article is about the rise of Newt Gingrich.

Newt who?  Newt Gingrich?  Is he the guy who thought that if he stuck four fingers between the buttons in his shirt, he actually became Napoleon?

(By the way, America, Newt Gingrich is very disappointed in you.  I just thought you should know that.)

But this note is not about Newt Gingrich; it’s about Rick Santorum.  Who remains topical until 8 p.m. tomorrow, when the polls close in New Hampshire.  Because New Hampshire Republicans are finding it difficult to square a Santorum state ban on contraception with the motto “Live Free or Die.”

But this note is not about contraception; it’s about weather forecasts.  Which are always topical.

Rick Santorum tried to ban weather forecasts.  Actually, not all weather forecasts.  Just government weather forecasts.

I realize that you could possibly be a little skeptical about that, so here is the bill, at the official Senate website.  Sections 2(b) and 2(d) of the National Weather Services [sic] Duties Act of 2005, S. 786, 109th Cong., 1st Sess.

By the way, Santorum introduced this bill a few months after four different hurricanes hit Central Florida, where I live.  In one of those hurricanes, a big chunk of my roof collapsed, right into the living room.  So weather forecasts are sort of important in my community.  A matter of life and death, you might say.

Now you must be thinking, “Wow, that guy Santorum is a REAL conservative.” Santorum recognizes that government weather forecasts are meteorological socialism; they are a serious infringement on your constitutional right not to know whether it will rain tomorrow.  Santorum sees that weather forecasts are a government takeover of the skies.  In fact, Santorum is such an astute and profound conservative thinker that he probably realizes that traffic lights are a government takeover of the roads.

But this note is not about traffic lights.  It’s about Rick Santorum and government weather forecasts.  And why Rick Santorum tried to ban them.

Here’s why.  It’s because AccuWeather is a commercial weather forecasting company, and AccuWeather employees gave Santorum more than $5,000 in campaign contributions. Then he introduced the bill.  Which subsequently and consequently led to Santorum being named as one of Congress’s “most corrupt politicians.”  Which is saying a lot.

I can picture the conversation:

AccuWeather lobbyist:  “Here is $5000 in bundled contributions from AccuWeather.  Now introduce a bill to ban government weather forecasts.”

Santorum:  “OK.  Sure.  Why not?  Whatever.  I love this cheesecake.”

And that is what I’ve seen over and over again.  This thing called “conservative ideology” has degenerated to the point where it exists simply to spew out rationalizations for something else entirely:  whatever the corporate lobbyists want.

A topic that will remain topical, I’m sure, well after the polls close in New Hampshire tomorrow night.

Courage,

Alan Grayson

GoodOleWoody’s Blog – 2011 in Review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 35,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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