Why So Many Support the Untrustable Hillary

Apr. 25, 2016  By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING, creator and chief author over at Fair And Unbalanced.com – dee my Blogroll in the lower right column).

Happy start of a new week, everyone! As the race for the 2016 Democratic Party nomination for President heats up, podcaster extraordinaire BURR DEMING provides an insightful narrative as to why candidate Hillary Clinton retains popularity among so many Democrats. His reasoning is sound and his presentation is quite fair and balanced, as you’ll see by listening to this. In burr demingBurr’s own words: “It isn’t because of her political positions.

It isn’t because of her qualifications.

It is something more basic.”

Podcast link: 
http://traffic.libsyn.com/fairandunbalanced/Why_So_Many_Support_the_Untrustable_Hillary.mp3  

Transcript link:

Why So Many Support the Untrustable Hillary

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HATS OFF TO ELIZABETH WARREN!

Apr. 21, 2016  By Jack Jodell.  

SAD TED CRUZLike far too many of today’s Tea Party-infested reactionary Republicans, Texas Senator and presidential wannabe Ted Cruz is often much too self-absorbed and self-centered for this blogger’s liking. From his “notice ME!” grandstanding efforts to shut down the federal government to his latest whining about the sacrifices and hardships he has had to endure during his soon-to-be-aborted run for the White House to, really, his entire career in the Senate, this opportunistic blowhard has shown an appalling  lack of sensitivity toward not only his Senate colleagues but also toward his fellow citizens as well. Here is what this selfish crybaby Cruz addressed to his campaign staff:
cruz l“You see, running for President of the United States is a significant sacrifice. Only by the grace of God – and with unwavering help from wonderful supporters like you – have we reached this point – on the verge of capturing the Republican nomination.
And while I’m on the verge of victory, I need to share something with you.
The sacrifices for our campaign are steep, but I’m proud to be making them on your behalf:
The constant attacks never stop. The liberal media, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump know the best way to defeat me and score another win for the Washington cartel is to tear me down. I face a constant barrage of political and personal attacks daily.
Time with my family is non-existent. Spending almost every day on the campaign trail means precious little time spent with my wife, Heidi, and my daughters – the very family that gives me the motivation and drive to fight.
Health and sleep are limited. Fighting morning and night for the future of our country means long nights and early mornings resulting in little or no sleep.
Personal time is not possible. You think of this the least, but as a candidate, my days are no longer my own. Days start before dawn and don’t end until early the next morning. There is almost no personal time when you run for president.

Friend, let me be clear. I’m willingly making these sacrifices, despite the high cost…” What a load of sanctimonious, hypocritical nonsense! I haven’t read such self-serving,wallowing in self-pity bullshit since I long ago read Richard Nixon’s pathetic Six Crises. Perhaps Cruz can’t be fully blamed for his delusional views: after all, he was raised by a wacko father who brainwashed him into believing that the elevation of his son Ted to the presidency would herald the second coming of Christ – God forbid! Thankfully,most people see the insanity of Ted Cruz’s deluded extremism.                       . 

ELIZABETH!One Senate colleague, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, had enough of Cruz’s self-pitying bellyaching. She deservedly lowered the boom on him two says ago in a Twitter rant, which I am quoting here:
“Yesterday @TedCruz sent a campaign email whining about the “significant sacrifice” he’s made to run for President. .Are you kidding me, @TedCruz? We’re supposed to pity you because trying to be the leader of the free world is hard?! 2 words: Boo hoo…Know whose health is limited? Workers w/ no paid leave who can’t stay home when sick or caring for kids. @TedCruz won’t support it..Know whose sleep is limited? Working parents who stay up worrying about getting kids thru college w/o big debt. @TedCruz blocked #refi…Know who gets no personal time? People who work 2 min wage jobs to support their families. @TedCruz opposes giving them a raise..Know who gets no family time, @TedCruz? Moms w/ unfair schedules who drop kids at Warrendaycare & find their hrs cancelled. @GOP won’t help..Know who’s facing ‘constant attacks,’ @TedCruz? Hardworking American immigrants, Muslims, LGBT folks, women. Your constant attacks..And @TedCruz? Working people work more, get paid less, can’t save, get mistreated, struggle with illness & family – but they don’t whine..They don’t throw tantrums or try to shut down their workplace because they don’t get their way – & then turn around & demand promotions..You chose to run for President, @TedCruz. You chose to make your “sacrifices.” Working people don’t have a choice..Hey @TedCruz: Maybe you should spend less time complaining about your ‘significant sacrifices’ – & more time doing something about theirs.”  

HATS OFF TO ELIZABETH WARREN! She nailed this scoundrel as he deserves to be nailed! Her words should serve as a warning for ALL warring Progressives to UNITE behind and VOTE FOR whomever gets the Democratic Party’s nomination for President this year, be it Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, to prevent the disastrous election of charlatans like Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, or John Kasich to that high office!
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Because Political Faith Demanded It

Apr. 18, 2016  By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING of FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my blogroll at lower right).

Happy Monday to all of you, readers! Our Master Podcaster, the gifted BURR DEMING, slipped out of town to visit his grandchild for a few days. Before he CRIMINAL SNYDERleft, though, he shared this latest gem dealing with the horrible way reactionary Tea Party-infested Republican governor Rick Snyder of Michigan successfully took over his state and then poisoned the people of Flint by switching their drinking water supply from a safe source to a cheaper, deadlier, and corrosive source.  

BURR!In Burr’s own words, The conservative political faith of Governor Rick Snyder became more important to those in charge than any other consideration.

Ideology became more important than facts, evidence, or those affected.

People were sacrificed.

People died.

It hasn’t stopped.”

link: http://traffic.libsyn.com.fairandunbalanced/Because_Political_Faith_Demanded_It.mp3
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IT’S HIGH TIME OUR REGULATORY AGENCIES STARTED DOING THEIR JOBS AGAIN!

Apr. 14, 2016  By Jack Jodell.

Republicans (especially the misguided  Libertarian and pro-corporate ones) love to say that the Federal Government is far too restrictive, inefficient, and should get off of everyone’s back.  What they really mean, of course, is that, in their view, the government should be stripped of nearly all regulatory authority and that almost all government functions should be privatized, so that people could make money off a lot of its services. They continue to cry out loudly for state’s rights and for deregulation. They conveniently overlook the fact that many of the regulatory agencies they complain about were started under REPUBLICAN Presidents and that some of them have been corrupted by repeated REPUBLICAN efforts to transform them into  mere industry-friendly rubber stamps of approval, again under Republican Presidents. In this post I will illustrate an important example of what I have just alleged here.  

2Let us begin with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  This once-great agency came into being during the great Progressive era of the early 20th century, during the administration of, and carrying the blessing of, then-President Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican. Unlike the members of today’s Tea Party-infested, corporate-dominated and reactionary Republican Party, Teddy was a fighter for the common man, the small businessperson, workers, and those whom he saw had become victims of corporate greed at the hands of various big business robber barons. In those days, there was very little regulation of industry and the government didn’t even try to exercise any oversight of the business community. Roosevelt and like-minded progressive followers launched an era of badly-needed and long overdue reforms. They correctly viewed the government’s role as being one of protecting the public from the greed and excesses of wealthy predator capitalists. Prior to this time, unrestrained free-market capitalism completely controlled our economy. With nothing or no one empowered to keep this system in check, snake-oil salesmen and other swindlers arose, peddling all sorts of crazy, worthless so-called remedies as supposedly healthy tonics and elixirs, and made a lot of money fleecing the public as a result. Cocaine was once used as an additive to carbonated cola drinks and other products for ingestion, and no one could stop anybody from marketing and selling potentially dangerous products to an unsuspecting public.  With the signing of the Food and Drug Act in 1906, progressives made it illegal for pill-pushers to doctor food and other products, and made their manufacturers and distributors liable for what they were making and selling. Over the next few decades, muckrakers and consumer advocates successfully pushed for even greater federal regulatory authority over food and drugs to ensure the public would always be given safer products, free from harmful additives, and to ensure the public was actually getting its money’s worth. Similar bills were 1944 fdrpassed and signed into law as a result of this grassroots activism, leading to the enactment of the 1938 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which Teddy’s cousin Franklin signed into law as part of his massively beneficial New Deal agenda during his second term in office. This increased federal jurisdiction over the manufacture and sale of these items and expanded their categories. Subsequent administrations even gave more power for the federal government to regulate these categories until, finally, pharmaceutical conglomerates devised a sneaky way to circumvent the FDA and force them to lessen their regulatory activity and weaken its effectiveness. These corporate giants, and many other industries, hired skilled attorneys, lobbyists, and media personalities to simultaneously bribe congresspersons into easing their regulatory restrictions and allowing also the direct appeal to consumers with ads for new drugs. This unprecedented direct marketing approach circumvented not only the FDA but also many physicians. The U.S. and New Zealand became the only two countries in the world to allow drug companies to solicit sales directly from their prospective targets! Patients began clamoring for these new drugs, and, as the nation became caught up in a ridiculous frenzy of anti-government deregulation efforts in the late 1970s hateful reaganuntil today, thanks in large part to the ascendancy of Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and their reactionary minions, the FDA was transformed from a once-powerful regulatory agency dedicated to public safety to a weak rubber-stamp of approval for the release of new drugs dominated by huge hateful stupid bushcorporations dedicated primarily to the profits of those ungodly greedy corporations. Both Reagan and Bush selected corporate-friendly infiltrators to head major regulatory agencies, and the end result has been terrible! Aside from being bombarded with ads over the years featuring drugs like Vytorin, Nexium, Viagra, Humira, and many others, years of study have shown that perhaps some of them were released too early – without enough necessary  pre-testing and clinical study – and, as a result, serious and even life-threatening or fatal  side effects have resulted.  Remember the food additive called Olestra? This was a food-additive developed by Proctor and Gamble which was released after far too little research. It made its way into a boatload of snack products, from Fritos to “Wow” brand potato chips in the late 1990s and was hailed as a healthy fat substitute which would enable fat-conscious overweight Americans to enjoy snack foods without gaining weight. We never hear of this additive today, because it was found to cause diarrhea and other digestive disturbances. The corporate-owned media made little notice of this as products containing Olestra suddenly vanished from grocery store shelves. Perhaps soon we will see the same event for products containing Aspartame (aka NutraSweet), an artificial sugar substitute used by diabetics and calorie-conscious types. For it, too, has been found to cause adverse side effects. While having taken the diet products world by storm many years ago, there is strong evidence that ingesting large amounts of products infused with this stuff may actually cause its users to GAIN  rather than lose weight! Vytorin was already proven to not be the miraculous cholesterol-reducing drug it was once touted to be, and recent studies regarding the safety of Nexium, Humira, and Viagra have all yielded questionable results regarding the safety of taking those drugs, too. That is why we see so much legal activity springing up around compensating victims of these supposedly healthy and safe drugs. Undoubtedly, had corporate America NOT so greatly compromised the effectiveness of the FDA, there would be far less victims and far fewer costly lawsuits@ This is just the effect deregulation and corporate infusion has had on only one federal regulatory agency – regrettably, there is much,much more! In future posts I will examine  the negative effect deregulation and corporate intrusion has had on many other agencies.  

Don’t you agree with me that it’s high time our regulatory agencies started doing their job again?  
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The Long Awaited Return of … BURR DEMING!

Apr. 11, 2016  By Jack Jodell (in association with Burr Deming of FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM)

burr demingHappy Monday, everyone! It is with great delight I announce today the return to this blog of podcasts from the very insightful and greatly talented writer BURR DEMING (creator and chief writer at the blogsite Fair and Unbalanced.com – see my blogroll at the lower right of this page). Today, Burr treats us to THREE of his excellent podcasts, which you can hear by clicking onto their respective links each listed below. Burr’s own site was down for a few months, but now it is up and running again, and I am happy to be able to once more feature his wit and wisdom here. For those not aware, the breadth and depth of Mr. Deming’s intellect will astound you, as it often does me. So turn up your speakers, put on your thinking caps, and enjoy these gems!

The Scalia Temptation
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=144
In interpreting the law, Antonin Scalia followed a rigid version of Original Intent.
That version presents a predictable legal temptation, a temptation that eventually swallowed the Supreme court Justice.

Trapped in the Palace of Cows
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=276
Who Destroyed the Republican Party, and How?
The real answer is hidden in plain sight.

Would You Believe?
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=398
It is reminiscent of old comedy routines.
Why do mainstream news outlets keep tripping into the same journalistic trap, set by conservatives?

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WHEN THE CAT’S AWAY, THESE RATS WILL DEFINITELY PLAY!

Apr. 8, 2016  By Jack Jodell.

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”
 – Lord Acton –

Libertarians, Tea Party-infested reactionary Republicans, and even some “Third Wave” corporatist Democrats have long opposed government regulations and have successfully rolled many of them back. That is most unfortunate, because many of these types have done things which need to be overseen or outright regulated for the public good. Proof of this lies in the recent release of a record number of incriminating documents known as The Panama Papers.

These documents, much more massive than either the 2010 WikiLeaks revelations or the 2013 Edward Snowden NSA Files document dumps, are causing quite a lot of uproar across the globe. They were released by a conscientious whistleblower to a German newspaper, the  Suddeutsche Zeitung, and were subsequently shared with and investigated by hundreds of investigative journalists working for more than 100 news organizations in 80 different countries for more than a year. They detail a huge level of corruption and tax evasion occurring worldwide among government leaders, businesspersons, arms traders, hedge fund managers, drug dealers, con artists, and even human traffickers. This list implicates 12 current or former heads of state, plus their families and friends. Pedro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, and King Salman of Saudi Arabia (both of whom are close allies of the West) are directly implicated, as well as DICK Cheney’s, Donald Rumsfeld’s, and George W. Bush’s favorite ex-interim prime minister and one-time vice president of Iraq  Ayad Allawi, and even the prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif. Along with them are the prime minister of Iceland, Sigmundur Davio  Gunnlaugsson (who has just resigned as a result), close friends of Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, plus many more;  even the father of British prime minister David Cameron!

This gargantuan leak contains an astonishing 11.5 million documents from the world’s fourth-largest foreign law firm, Mossack Fonseca, which is based inPanama. These Panama Papers spill the beans on roughly 14,000 clients over a nearly 40 year period. This law firm is a registered agent for greater than 200,000 companies. It is one of the largest creators of shell companies (phony entities which make it possible for greedy corporations to do business and make huge profits without having to claim ownership of any assets). The tax havens this firm operates are set up in numerous countries, including Switzerland, Cyprus, Hong Kong, and the British Virgin Islands, plus others. A number of “too big to fail” banks have strongly pushed for the creation of these bogus companies, with political and economic big shots collaborating to keep this corruption as difficult to trrace as possible. Plus, as one might expect, many of these questionable transactions were deliberately falsified, backdated,  or even destroyed altogether to protect the greedy wrongdoers.  The Panama Papers were leaked to the press by an anonymous, unnamed source, who said,“I want to make these crimes public.”

Thank God for these conscientious whistleblowers! Their very existence proves decisively that big business needs to be regulated – ALWAYS! The Koch brothers and their like-minded allies can piss and moan all they want about regulation – or scheme to get rid of it – but the fact remains, and has been repeatedly proven all throughout history, that government oversight is needed to protect society at large from these greedy, narcissistic sociopaths who are drawn to leadership and big business and all the profit they can plunder from it.  These charlatans claim to be lovers of “free market” economics, but in reality, they practice a sordid game of self-enrichment more often than not at the expense pf everybody else. They must be reined in and kept under control, lest we all suffer needlessly. When the cat’s away, or not looking, these rats will definitely play, and this malarkey must stop! That is why we have got to remain ever-watchful and keep a steady eye on our business leaders and elected officials, for democracy can’t protect itself all by itself: it needs EACH of us to be a good, wary cat! We have plenty of wealth to go around in this country, and there is absolutely no need for the richest 1% to lie, cheat, and steal to keep it from being much more equitably distributed. The 99% MAJORITY below them deserves far better, and, damn it, we’re going to get it! So I urge you ALL to begin paying much more attention to both politics and business, regardless of how disgusting you may or may not find them to be! Contrary to what some Libertarians may mistakenly believe, these rats are NOT omnipotent beings who can do whatever they damn well please! Mere ownership does NOT give one license to do as one pleases without question. Think of it this way: most of us wouldn’t dream of hiring an employee for roughly $175,000 (or more) per year, and then ignoring that employee as he or she steals us blind, would we? Consider politicians and business leaders to be your own personal employees. Make them EARN their bloated paychecks, show responsibility to those whom they are supposed to be serving, and let them know you are keeping your eyes on them! And when they talk of deregulation, look at them even more closely – and – if necessary – FIRE them when justified!
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A CALL FOR REASON IN THIS CHAOTIC 2016 ELECTION YEAR!

Apr. 3, 2016  By Jack Jodell.   

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
– A very profound Benjamin Franklin – 

I often wonder what those who live outside of our borders really think of the methods we employ to win elective office, particularly the presidency, in this, the supposed “land of the free” known as the United States of America. Our corporate-owned, profit-driven, conflict and spectacle-ridden mainstream media is so obsessed with ratings and dollars that it fails miserably in actually educating the public as to specific issues, and instead tries constantly to oversimplify what are often very complicated and involved topics. Even worse, this terrible media often distorts, misrepresents, and/or completely ignores many vitally important pieces of background information. Rather than presenting serious, topical debates, corporate television, radio, and newsprint revel in presenting verbal slugfests replete with catchy soundbites and “gotcha” moments rather than giving a complete examination of the ideas and issues being raised.

Foreigners must certainly think we (or at least some of our candidates) have completely lost our minds.  Who could honestly blame them?

Michelle Bachmann, Tea Party Leaders Hold News Conference On IRS Scandalsmug trumpOn the Republican side, we have Donald Chump (er, Trump) and Ted Cruz constantly lying about and insulting each other, and making outrageous statements and promises they know damn well they will never be able to keep. They deliberately refrain from deeply discussing policy, perhaps because each h clintonangry bernieof them lacks any realistic policy initiatives to offer. On the Democratic side, we see Hillary Clinton (or one or more of her spokespersons) misstating the positions taken by her opponent Bernie Sanders. Why try to lie to demean the opponent? The truth is by far the best convincing argument: it will yield both the strengths and weaknesses in a specific position. I don’t believe in the axiom that “all is fair in love, war, and politics.”    Realistically, they are not fair in the least: lies are a sign of fear and weakness – not strength – and they show contempt for not only the one being lied about, but also the one being lied to. With the horrendous level of lying occurring in political campaigns, it is little wonder that so many find politics abhorrent and utterly disgusting, and prefer to take a wide berth from the matter. This is, of course, very dangerous for our country and also for the world. Ignorant nations cannot prosper. Only when people are well-informed and can think critically and effectively can they achieve lasting greatness. In the absence of these attributes lie irrational fear and missteps which can and often do lead to lead to injustice, slavery, and war. It can also lead to rash judgments, and the populace being manipulated into supporting leaders and policies which will actually work against their best interests.

Irrational fear can be a very effective and powerful political weapon.  It leads to mob rule rather than reasoned judgment, Stampeding bulls wreak nothing but havoc in their blind panic. Many often wonder how it was that tyrants like hitler rAdolf Hitler could come to power in a supposedly civilized nation like Germany. His brownshirts marched through the streets verbally and physically assaulting innocent Jews, Communists, and other perceived opponents. They were the Nazis on parade.epitome of intolerance and authoritarian mob rule. They had no respect for individual rights or opinions and viciously tried to stamp them out and completely eliminate them. We see this very similar form of intolerance today being exhibited by followers of each of our major presidential contenders. It is shameful and thoroughly unnecessary! Protestors at Trump rallies get punched in the face or otherwise manhandled. Cruz and Trump supporters both castigate immigrants, pro-choice people, and anyone who doesn’t agree with them politically or economically. Clinton supporters try to marginalize those of Sanders, and a number of Sanders supporters say they will never vote for Hillary no matter what, and will actually not vote or will offer a protest vote rather than voting for her. Such actions and beliefs are reprehensible to those who value democracy and endanger the future of this republic, and here is why.

First of all, NO candidate will give you everything you want – ever! Like it or not, taking a stance on an issue or a political platform means critically weighing a number of sometimes conflicting positions and then deciding which ones are best for you, the country, and the world in general. NO ONE candidate will ever be perfect. Each voter must decide for themselves which candidate best measures up with that voter’s preferences, and also gauge which candidate will have the best chance of winning against the opposition candidate. Should your desired candidate be defeated in primaries and become unable to attain the nomination of your party, the LAST thing one should do is not vote in the general election or waste your vote on a minor challenger as a means of protest! This represents an extremely foolhardy action which more likely than not results in dire consequences! A relatively recent example of how dangerous this can be occurred in the 2000 election in Florida. A number of Democrats were not pleased that Vice President Al Gore ended up with the Democratic nomination that year. Many stayed home and failed to vote, while others voted in protest for independent candidate Ralph Nader, who had absolutely NO chance of being elected President in 2000. Their foolhardy protest resulted eventually in the team of George W. Bush Bush-Cheneyand DICK Cheney capturing the White House, which led to a disastrous 9/11, and eventually to a very costly and unnecessary war in Iraq – complete with American war crimes, an escalation in terrorism globally, and the curtailment of individual freedom in this country. THAT is why ticket-splitting or failing to vote can prove to be literally deadly, and should be avoided at all costs!

For those of you progressives who still don’t comprehend for this 2016 election: not voting this year or voting for a minor candidate out of protest will have the same result as voting for Donald Trump or Ted Cruz! You will be dooming this country to a very nasty future that will undoubtedly prove to be catastrophic! THINK, people: the balance of the Supreme Court and the nature and scope of our time-honored social safety net is at stake here! If you don’t want Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or unemployment and disability benefits to be greatly cut or to disappear altogether, then you had HILLARY L 1damn well better vote this fall! Should Hillary Clinton receive the Democratic nomination, then all of us Bernie Sanders supporters MUST vote for Clinton and prevent the Tea Party-infested reactionary Republicans from gaining total power and ruining our country for generations to come! SANDERSAnd, should Bernie Sanders become the Democratic nominee, Hillary voters MUST vote for him as well! And, in 2018, we must all vote again to oust all vestiges of power this miserable far-right, worker and government-hating Republican Party may still hold and replace these fools with dedicated progressives who aim to see our nation become fairer and better! As the noted progressive TV and radio commentator Tom Hartman says, “Democracy is NOT a spectator sport – it requires your participation, Tag – you’re it!” Especially young voters: please follow the advice of millennial activist and Free Speech TV television host Eleanor Goldfield: “Eleanor to the pointJust fucking vote.” She passionately truly cares about our nation and fairness throughout the world as evidenced by the awesome job she does on her weekly show called “ACT OUT!” She, and all of us other activists of all ages, sizes, colors, and creeds, will help us all obtain a much brighter future – guaranteed!
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