Eat The Poor

So, this piece of idiocy won’t die:

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Now, the major problem with this nonsense is the 4th Amendment, which protects citizens from unlawful search and seizure by the government, requiring a warrant and probable cause. Being poor is not a probable cause, so piss-testing the poor is unconstitutional. However, the 4th Amendment does not protect citizens from their private employers, so having to pee in a cup at work is not unconstitutional.

Sadly, a depressing number of people seem to be too stupid to make this very simple … There’s more of this shit. Click here.

Unity In The Atomic Age

If you’re at all like me, you might have asked yourself some of these questions over the past few years:

Why is it so hard to find any unity among Democrats?
Why is the conservative base so angry and so seemingly misinformed?
Why can’t our elected representatives ever, you know, represent us by enacting legislation they know is overwhelmingly supported by the people?
Why do so few people know what regressive taxation is?
How, for pity’s sake, do the greedy, the soulless, and the superwealthy keep getting away with what at times actually … There’s more of this shit. Click here.

What Passes For Debate

Recently, as many of you are aware, radio personality and reactionary right figure Rush Limbaugh was part of a consortium who’s intent was to buy the St. Louis Rams.

Unfortunately for Rush, being a polarizing figure did not help him in his quest to become part-owner of one of the worst teams in football. After much protest and public display, the group intending to bid on the Rams decided that Limbaugh was simply too much of a distraction, and cut him loose.

Let me reiterate the facts to date: Rush Limbaugh was … There’s more of this shit. Click here.

The Profit Motive, Part Two

Much as I am loathe to take cues from Bill Maher, he had a point recently that spoke to my last entry regarding the ubiquitous “What’s wrong with making money?” dodge.

Put simply, not everything should make a profit.

The news, for example.

As Ben Bagdikan pointed out in The Media Monopoly, in 1983, over 90% of all media (movies, television, radio, magazines, books, newspapers, the recording industry, photo agencies, etc) was in the hands of about 50 corporations.

As of 2004, that number has dropped. … There’s more of this shit. Click here.

The Profit Motive

I hear it all too often: “What’s wrong with making money?!?”

Of course, this little bit of misdirection is usually delivered in an angry tone by someone who is oblivious to the nonsensical non sequitur it is. Whenever the argument is made that perhaps those who have benefited greatly from the past 30 years of deregulation, massive decrease in taxation, massive public subsidy, criminal refusal to enforce laws protecting labor, the environment, public interest – you get the idea; you’ll be treated to a rousing chorus of that dogmatic propaganda line so inextricably driven into the public … There’s more of this shit. Click here.