Monday, August 31, 2009

Bush Twin Jenna is a Reporter: Breakfast at NBC's

-Breakfast at NBC's with One-Half of Bush Twin, Jenna B. Hager-

-Breakfast at Tiffany's with Audrey Hepburn-



Breakfast at NBC's

(Special Thanks to Huey Lewis and the News)


Washington – Congratulations to the former First Daughter! This news might hurt the head, and however classy, sassy or crassy -- it's time to embrace American royalty.
 
Glenn Greenwald at Salon reports that one-half of the Bush twins (Jenna Bush Hager) has taken on a new assignment at NBC's Today Show as a “reporter.”
The Salon article highlights that it's time to embrace American royalty, and although our downsized and sacked friends from Medill are positively reeling over NBC's latest addition, nepotism in and about the news room is nothing new. If we can endure Maria Shriver (OK, I'll admit – Shriver at least studied the field and delivered good gravitas), Meghan McCain and Luke Russert to cut in line to the cameras, why not Jenna? Just because her father was practically the worst POTUS in history ever is no reason to believe the former first half of one Bush twin couldn't do a better job than trained journalists with years of experience who are eating cat food and living in their cars.
Greenwald offers the following send-up about NBC's latest hire where Atrios observed
"If only the Villager values of nepotism and torture could be combined somehow." The American Prospect's Adam Serwer quicky [sic] noted that they already have been: "Liz Cheney." Liz Cheney is really the perfect face of Washington's political culture, a perfect manifestation of all the rotting diseases that define it and a pure expression of what our country has become and the reasons for its virtual ruin. She should really be on every political TV show all day every day. It's almost as though things can't really be expressed thoroughly without including her. Jenna Bush as a new NBC "reporter" on The Today Show -- at a time when every media outlet is firing and laying off real reporters -- is a very nice addition though.”
Others are wondering what the 2009 NBC Christmas Party scene will look like after Rachel and Keith extra-spike Jenna's eggnog and get her all chatty...
Good Luck, Jenna!
-2Truthy

Friday, August 28, 2009

Chinese Pharmaceuticals Swamping Your Medicine Cabinet?


(Very Special Thanks to Cab Calloway & his Orchestra)
Turn up the Volume


We love Cab Calloway! Time to Kick the Gong Around...

Ever wonder why you can't turn on the tee-vee screen without being treated to an agonizing commercial about dreadful side effects from lipitor, viagra and other exotic elixirs to treat diseases contracted in the body's nether-regions of intimate space? Mysterious drugs whose impossible names you can't even pronounce because hey, some of them may even be in Chinese? Well that's because they are!

This latest TradeReform.org report reveals that Chinese pharmaceuticals are the next wave of products destined to swamp our medicine cabinets tsunami style. Ohhhhh, this all so good for us, too, because it's cheaper to buy drugs that could kill you or to feed our pets deadly dog food that, yeah, even kills them.

But given the shoddy and lethal quality problems of imported defective products and drugs, this news ought to make readers feel a whole lot better about our government's “thought leaders” and advisors on the Obama team since all of that hope and change under Obama's latest sellout to the drug kingpins of Big Pharma has to benefit somebody, even if it's not the taxpayers who are footing the bill. We are, if nothing else – a nation of risk takers and good, God fearing Christians with free-market principles who have no compunction whatsoever in sacrificing the lives of our dogs and the health and safety of ourselves and our children to disembowel our economy and our bowels, PLUS give away our jobs. (Click to watch video Obama Sells Out to Pharmaceutical Companies.)
TradeReform explains:

“Chinese pharmaceutical companies are showing startling growth and increasing economies of scale, according to a report published by Peking University's Center for Pharmaceutical Economic Research, China’s top pharmaceutical industry magazine, and H&J Vanguard Consulting Co Ltd. Between February and July, the report surveyed 50 experts and analyzed 132 publicly traded Chinese pharmaceutical companies with annual sales exceeding RMB 100 million ($14.64 million) in 2008, Russia’s Interfax News Agency reports. Seven companies examined averaged 50 percent growth between 2006 and 2008 while over 80 percent of them recorded 20 percent average growth. The report said 11 Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturers had RMB 2 billion ($292.83 million) in sales revenue last year, and four reported revenue exceeding RMB 4 billion ($585.65 million).”

Last year, LWOH reported here that the FDA had announced the U.S. government was blocking imports of thirty drugs by an Indian drug manufacturer at two of its sites for “failure to correct significant problems” that could pose potential health threats to American residents. The report explained:

“India’s “giant” drug manufacturer Ranxbary Laboratories has failed to correct “significant manufacturing problems that could lead to allergic reactions or other problems.” No mention was made of which specific drugs were being blocked or what kind of “other problems” loom at large. The FDA is, however, allowing India’s Ranxbary Laboratories to “continue selling medicines made at any of its other factories.”

Splendid. Maybe we could start making some of these drugs here?

Happy Friday, Loserettes!

-2Truthy

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Remembering Ted Kennedy

Farewell, Teddy

(February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009)


Ted Kennedy loved politics and from his earliest days in Congress, he was a consummate politician who knew how to get things done in Washington. He was also a very wealthy man who knew very little about the actual lives of millions of educated middle class workers whose visa labor legislations he sponsored would adversely affect them. I've often wondered if he had ever predicted just how badly this legislation would eventually be for middle class Americans, or if he had been well, would have lived spending his time in the Senate working to reverse it. I guess we'll never know, but I'd like to believe if he were still around, he would have tried.

He's gone now, as his family mourns his life and their precious moments together along with his friends and millions of Americans who will never forget his dedication to rights issues affecting the poor and disenfranchised in this country.

Of his legacy, Ted Kennedy leaves a mixed bag. For all of his noble, sincere and valuable work in leading civil rights and human rights legislation along with supporting increases in minimum wage for the working poor, his major role in unfair labor practices against the U.S. educated American middle class was his only shortcoming. In his death, there are those who choose to condemn him with bad character labels for his tragic car accident in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. (The sad truth is that if anyone could suffer the “T” in human tragedy, it was the Kennedy family.) What kind of mean-spirited hypocrites are these people to live in glass houses and deem themselves above human failing and forgiveness in the face of some of life's worst human tribulations?

As in all of life's imperfect shadows, so does death lift them.

I'm going to miss this old fighting Irish guy, this “fiery liberal” in the Senate – this man who fiercely opposed discrimination with the big heart “of a lion.” When my grandmother in Ireland died, Teddy made a phone call for my aunt whom he knew in Massachusetts - her passport had expired but he got her on a flight out of Logan that evening. He did that good deed for my family, and in my family -- as is the Irish way – no kind deed goes unnoticed. And although his kind act cost him nothing, its merit demonstrated that good character when called upon, knows no price.

R.I.P., Ted Kennedy, and may God bless your family who will dearly miss you,

-2Truthy



Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Chicago Priest Steals from North Side Parish

Go Live in Your Mother's Basement!”

-Pope Benedict XVI


Hellatious Heist Rocks Chicago North Side Parish

Chicago, IL – Roman Catholic clergy and parishioners across the Windy City have an unusually chaotic and embarrassing public relations problem on their hands.

Today, the Chicago Tribune reports this bizarre revelation that a Roman Catholic priest pleaded GUILTY not to molestation charges as it is accustomed, but to stealing more than $12,000 from his former North Side parish! In addition to being banished from his former parish, the disgraced priest received a 4 year probation sentence for the theft and is reported to be living with family members in an undisclosed location – most arguably the worst of all punishments.

This latest stain on the Church Roman Catholic prompted a comment from one high-ranking Italian VATICAN CITY official who wished to remain anonymous:

Amidst this radical deviation from the norm and other bizarre scandals plaguing the Church, I am fairly certain that the accused priest's admission to guilt in this theft is not what Pope Benedict XVI meant with his recent letter CARITAS IN VERITATE.”

-2Truthy

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Laborless Left?

I can begin to imagine a progressive coalition that doesn't have organized labor, as we know it, at its core. But I don't want to imagine one that doesn't have those concerns at its heart.”

-Mark Schmidt, The American Prospect


A Progressive Movement Without Labor


When the hubris disease strikes, it will make the Swine-flu look like a mild case of indigestion, as “progressives” excuse Democratic leaders for throwing a monkey wrench at organized labor.

In A Laborless Left, this American Prospect article by Mark Schmidt ponders the following question: Can you envision a vibrant Liberal movement without labor? Schmidt answers “We might have to envision it” and explains why:

At a time when workers in the private sector are more vulnerable than ever, organized labor represents only 7.6 percent of them. Labor's best hope of reversing that trend, the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), doesn't have enough support to pass in its original form, which includes the "card check" provision allowing a majority of employees to form a union without the current gauntlet of obstacles employers put in their way.”


Doesn't have enough support? How'd that happen? Where are all of our elected Democrats to support labor? Note that Schmidt says “we might have to envision” a vibrant Liberal movement without labor unions. Why “might” we? Isn't it the job of Republicans to quash organized labor? Isn't the current Democratic majority supposed to be the Party of labor?

The answer depends on whose labor is being supported, and in this case the only Democratic labor being supported are the individual Congress members in the form of backroom deals and lobbyist money. Forget the middle class American worker, as their job is to be fleeced by corporate welfare queens via legalized labor arbitrage and imported cheap labor abuses. To corporate management, American middle class workers don't need unions; they just need smiley faced corporate, neo-feudal frat boys with uber guidelines to dictate to them from spreadsheets solutions to execute labor conditions and wages. After all, the U.S. is sliding into third world status (courtesy said feudal frat boys) and it is the divine responsibility of our corporations to wheedle in oh-so-gently this neo-feudal slave lord labor edict to finally finish off what's left of organized labor in this country.

The Laborless Left globo-corporate mission statement is to reign supreme over the U.S. workforce. Period. It will be accomplished through the delivery of rules and regulations that decides what is fair and balanced and globally equitable, not locally. With no interfering body of united local workers formerly known as labor unions to have any ultimate bargaining power in labor outcomes, who would have thought that our Democratic leaders (and their elitist, fawning minions) could finally be bought off to snuff their base?

What flavor of Kool-Aid have the Left's progressive movement Pooh-bahs been passing out? Schmidt points out what a Laborless Left might look like here:

{But} it's also dangerous. A political coalition that doesn't need Joe the -- fake -- Plumber (John McCain's mascot of the white working class) can also afford to ignore the real Joes, Josés, and Josephines of the working middle class, the ones who earn $16 an hour, not $250,000 a year. It can afford to be unconcerned about the collapse of manufacturing jobs, casually reassuring us that more education is the answer to all economic woes. A party of professionals and young voters risks becoming a party that overlooks the core economic crisis--not the recession but the 40-year crisis--that is wiping out the American dream for millions of workers and communities that are never going to become meccas for foodies and Web designers.”

Participatory structure? Schmidt cites the Dear Leaderism Moveon.org as one of a few prog organizations that could replace traditional labor unions with ostensibly a kinder, more genteel form of bargaining power with what he refers to as a “participatory structure.” Hmm. So how would that work? Joe the (real) Plumber doesn't like what management is doing and is given a five minute sushi and sake hearing with the brass to think about it or hit the road with no formal redress? Moveon.org's internet campaigns have only succeeded in mobilizing their own elitist, ideologically driven mutual admiration society rather than uniting the vast group of middle class voters in a common ground of economic support.

Ha! Moveon.org has not ever addressed once the economic damage from U.S. corporate welfare sponsored job outsourcing/insourcing which has caused the demise of American labor practices in the form of lost jobs and plummeting wages. Moveon.org has in fact, ignored the abusive H-1B and visa programs in support of their corporate welfare sponsors. The author does, however, offer one possibly viable alternative by suggesting that that labor unions could be replaced with “more fluid, transactional means of politically empowering working people, like the AFL-CIO's Working America affiliate.” The AFL-CIO is a good organization, but it remains to be seen how far they could go the distance to support the labor rights of American workers without the existence of formal union representation.

Since the Right has historically owned the podium for anti-labor aficionados, one would shudder to see what 'political empowerment' for working people will look like once a corporate welfare enabled, Laborless Left ushers in the new establishment rules to replace the principles of organized labor that the Democrats (before they sold out to corporate welfare queens) once owned.

Laborless Left? Can corporate sponsored political organizations play the role of labor unions? As long as Democrats perceive themselves the winners of what yours truly described here regarding James Carville's declaration of victory in “the culture wars”, Schmidt nonetheless entertains the idea that its day will come. He at least reminds us that somehow, progs may have a hard time pulling this thing off without trying to somehow embrace or at least feign a sense of morality when it comes to American middle class, non-elite workers here:


“The rest of the progressive world needs to feel a sense of moral obligation about questions like the future of American manufacturing and the working middle class.”

Indeed. All hail the middle class worker wealth transfer up to the burgeoning neo-frat boy corporate state, where a legion of tattooed “Trust Me, I'm a Progressive Democrat” acolytes shall be your guide.

In the meantime, at least we have the EEOC to file discrimination lawsuits against corporate bodies that seem hellbent on displacing American middle class workers.

-2Truthy

Monday, August 24, 2009

James Carville's New Book: 40 More Years "Come Hell aw Highwauta"

"Change Without Clues"
-Planet of the Oligarchs-
 


Here is James Carville's latest political manifesto released in May, 2009 entitled 40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation.
 
40 more years? Is that so?

Although his petty moves to discredit DNC chair Howard Dean were reprehensible, Carville provided plenty of campaign trail entertainment value for the Democrats as he and George Stephanopoulos delivered victory to Bill Clinton. In his latest book, Carville boldly claims that the GOP is toast.

But didn't Democrats vote for hope and change and for getting out of Iraq? Didn't Democrats vote against the Patriot Act, illegal wiretapping and other assorted privacy invasive, erosion of civil liberties abuses that were accelerated for eight years under the Bush Administration? And what about the legalized white collar jobs giveaway to imported third world citizens and the wholesale U.S. jobs sellout that has contributed to this tanked economy? Is THIS a sampling of what the next 40 years will look like?

Does the fiercely partisan Carville have any idea how close 2010 is? Harry Reid is on the ropes. Which will be the 'party of intolerance' next year?

And how's that pro- insurance industry health care 'debate' squaring up? (Looks like we've all been played by that.) Has Carville strolled down Main Street lately?


At this rate, the country does not need 40 more years of Democrats ruling anything. Since neither party of the One Oligarch represents the American people, we need to start electing strong, independent-minded citizens into public office from the bottom up – candidates who are independent of this failed two-party system who possess the integrity, conviction and strength of character to serve the people in our communities across the country. Cleaning up the Swamp of these star-power seeking, arrogance laced back-room dealers for personal profiteering between corporations, Wall Street, and those prostitutes in Congress is what we need over the next 40 years. That – and maybe a few books about the staggering greed and hubris that have taken over our government.

-2Truthy

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Blood Sucking Medical Leeches

These aren’t just swamp leeches, these are highly trained medical leeches. These are not just some low level scavengers; we’re talking high level blood suckers.”

-Demi Moore


Elites Survive, American Middle Class Doomed to Dark Shadows


Bloody Hell News (AP)

Transylvania, USA – Did you know that leeches detoxify the blood? In this David Letterman interview, actress Demi Moore explained her cleanse trip to Austria where she imbibed in an exotic form of medicinal leech therapy. Bloody fun. (It would be my first guess that Demi Moore would also advocate for Single Payer, as would yours truly if it were on the table.) But for many Democrats following the current health care debate who truly want to see a health care delivery system for all with teeth, the thinking follows that if Single Payer HR-676 is off the menu, then anything else the Democrats cook up must be good, right?

The Lakoffian framing of the Democrat vs. Republican paradigm in the corporate wealth care sponsored health care debate is as diseased as the ambulance it rode in on and the I.V. drip, administered courtesy of Goldman Sach$ is deceptively full of One World pathogens.

So what's the cure? Bring on the leeches!

Let's call this so-called health care debate the Barnarbus Collins of delivery schemes, as elitist One World leeches are coming to an insurance provider near you. “Ill be with you always” is their motto. For underneath the epidermal layer of “health care for all Americans” lies the blue-blooded, deadly truth: the bipartisan insurance/tech lobby are sucking mightily on the blood of what's left of America's middle class, and their antidote for elitism's survival is to export America's health care. Today's AP report explains it all for you as Insurance providers want to send middle class Americans to the third world for medical treatment by creating a have and have not health care delivery scheme. Clearly, driving a stake through the insurance lobby's heart is the only way to avoid a lifetime of doom being stalked by these damned vampires and leeches.

The article explains how insurance companies and their corporate customers are working together to locate third world health care providers for Americans to receive care by taking polluting flights to the third world instead of seeking care from local practitioners. In this day and age of climate change protection, who would think this viable? It is expected that the medical tourism industry will pick up as more health insurers offer the option "as more people wind up with high-deductible plans" and their only affordable choice will be to travel to third world countries, such as India, to receive health care:

Health care costs for employers who offer insurance to their workers were projected to rise 9.2 percent this year and another 9 percent in 2010, according to the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. That could mean double-digit percentage increases for employees through higher premiums, deductibles or copays.

Overseas care can lead to price breaks of more than $40,000, not counting travel costs, for procedures like knee replacement surgery or heart bypasses. Insurers, or employers who provide their own insurance, can save between 50 percent and 90 percent on major medical claims.”

Feeling better now?

While you looked the other way, the insurance industry has delivered its have and have not “global” leeches treatment plan: to ship your physician and dentist seeking, worthless carbon footprint derrière out of Dodge for (substandard) healthcare. That's right. The insurance/tech lobby complex is working 24/7 for low-level scavengers (read middle class Americans) to take highly polluting airplane trips to the third world to get your substandard health care. (Maybe Al Gore can help nix this. He is, after all, the Nobel prize winning, anti-pollution crusader who sits on the board of Kleiner Perkins and Google, one of the biggest recipients of the $30 billion AARA taxpayer electronic medical records (EHRs) subsidy. How could he, after all, support such an anti-local, polluting and leechy scam?)

For those who still believe the current “health care debate” is framed around putting the health of you and your family above insurance industry profits, here comes more proof of the sanctimonious One World push: the insurance industry and its U.S. corporate customers are now heavily promoting Medical Tourism to third world countries like India. If the good 'ol U.S. insurance/tech lobby sponsored, blood-sucking Democrats keep up their “compromising”, America's “swamp leeches” otherwise known as the middle class will be stuck with third world, swamp leech providers while privileged elites secure exclusive rights to local U.S. physicians and dentists.

Why should U.S. taxpayers subsidize the insurance industry/health care medical complex only for insurance companies to then turn around and tell them they can only afford to go to their own local doctors and dentists? During this unprecedented U.S. economic downturn, aren't we supposed to be looking for ways to bolster our own local economy by supporting physicians and dentists at home?

Why should middle class Americans be locked out of health care delivery by local physicians and dentists?

There's plenty of thanks to go around to the I Got Mine Democratic Fat Cat leaders like Tom Daschle and others, for once again (never mind the fact that we are still in Iraq, Bush Cheney got off scott free, etc., torture is still de rigeur, etc.) betraying America's white collar middle class by unleashing the rabid, yet oh-so en vogue “let's all hate Whitey and Jesus” faux-progessive, One World, helium think-tank gassed up, grass-roots PR campaign under the “pro-India” 24/7 PR media banner. One would think that Democrats wouldn't suck up to divide and conquer...

Thanks also to moronic Republicans, for blindly insisting that anything with the word “government” in it – like a government sponsored and delivered health care program such as Kucinich's Single Payer HR 676 – couldn't possibly perform as mightily as the failed and corrupt, current debacle known as the hallowed U.S. insurance industry. While BOTH bipartisan party leaders are sucking the life out of America's middle class on behalf of the One World tentacled insurance and tech lobbies, the final thanks goes to the idiots who voted for this latest incarnation of G.W. Bush.

As Matt Taibbi so illustriously described here, Goldman Sach$ is one mofo bloodsucker, but it didn't just stop at Wall Street with “jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.” It's tentacles are also hooked into health care via the insurance and tech lobbies, leeching onto the cash cow of Indian outsourcing to exploit cheap human labor and compromise U.S. universal healthcare for American citizens. The GS advisory team on Obama's health plan is behind the unnecessary giveaway of $30 billion AARA tech lobby subsidies as LWOH reported in Pizza Order 2012 and Your Healthcare.

Maybe this is where Middle Class Czar Joe Biden can help. He was in Chicago this past week as he visited Mt. Sinai Hospital to promote the taxpayer funded electronic health care record tech lobby payday. The bipartisan goal of this health care debate is tor rope in the tens of millions of uninsured expressly to increase insurance and tech industry profits by forcing a mandate of unnecessary and costly insurance and technology subsidies instead of applying those funds on the much needed expansion of health care delivery by hiring more local doctors, nurses, dentists and their infrastructures.

As Steve Lendeman explains in his excellent analysis entitled The Obstacles to Real Health Care Reform, a public option is moot without Single Payer and without it, is nothing short of a corporate welfare enabling giveaway to the insurance and tech lobbies:

It's a scheme to ration health care, enrich corporate providers, and leave a broken system in place. It's a patchwork idea to repackage failure and claim success. It's a corrupted way to sacrifice real needs on the alter of marketplace medicine by doing too little and leaving growing millions out in the cold, on their own, and at the mercy of for-profit predators. The solution is everybody in, nobody out under a universal, single-payer system. It's time has come, and no one should accept anything less or politicians who won't provide it.”

So, America – when it comes to your health care and local economy, what's it gonna be? Low-level scavenging, swamp leeeches or highly trained medical leeches?

-2Truthy

Friday, August 21, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

AT&T Age Discrimination Suit

Who ARE these “good neighbors” in our Congress and the White House who are killing jobs for the people of this country? We have been betrayed by our own people in this country. Vicious, mean-spirited and ‘brilliant’ bankers and businessmen who have squandered the treasure and the labor of honest Americans.”

-Mel Toast's Manifesto


AT&T Age Discrimination Suit Filed by U.S. Department EEOC

Booming News

New York (AP) – How many outsourcing/insourcing hubris diseased, sociopathic CEOs does it take to change a high-speed internet connection AND screw American white collar workers out of jobs at the same time?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is on a roll, as they are now going after the suits at AT&T who allegedly cooked up a policy in 2006 to overlook their retired, older workers to come back and apply for work at the country's largest telecommunications provider. The EEOC is alleging that AT&T discriminated against older employees “by denying them the chance to be rehired solely because they retired under early retirement plans” including the Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program (VRIP), the Enhanced Pension and Retirement Program (EPR) or other retirement plan.

What a difference three years can make! As AT&T retirees have helplessly watched the economy tank, the government loot their pensions, their housing values plummet while insurance premiums, food, gas and cost of living expenses skyrocket, many 40 plus retirees and others now need to go back to work. So why would the suits at AT&T want to discriminate against their trusted, former workers? In a non-sociopathic work world, the spirit of community and neighborhood would prevail. But this is America.

For a refresher regarding the average CEO discriminatory war against educated American workers in frequent favor of cheap, imported and outsourced foreign workers, LWOH has reported here and here on AT&T's inhumane, discriminatory cheap labor practices and its feudal slave lord, CEO Randall Stephenson.

The EEOC said that the effect of this denial by AT&T “leads to a disproportionate number of older workers not having the same opportunity to apply for re-employment with the company as younger workers” which would amount to age discrimination.

John Yates, who originally filed the discrimination charge with the EEOC, and all other retirees who are age 40 or older are supposed to be protected by law from discrimination because of their age. But the result of AT&T's policy is to exclude this class of older workers because of their age from being reemployed by AT&T regardless of their qualifications. This violation has been ongoing since at least October 1, 2006, the EEOC said:

"We've been taking a new and hard look at age discrimination recently, and we're intent on enforcing the ADEA strategically and vigorously," said EEOC Acting Chairman Stuart J. Ishimaru. "This particular case highlights the Commission's commitment to combating age-based disparate impact discrimination."

EEOC Trial Attorney Louis Graziano said, "Federal law prohibits employers from instituting policies that adversely affect workers because of their age. AT&T's policy has that effect."

EEOC New York District Director Spencer H. Lewis added, "All employees, regardless of their age, should be permitted to complete for jobs equally. That is the fundamental right that the ADEA grants to older workers. We hope this lawsuit sends a message to such employers that the EEOC will seek relief when it finds the law has been violated."

Is it any wonder age discrimination is rampant in this country? Age discrimination has been propped up via back-door use and abuse of H-1B and green card visa programs for over twenty years. Many U.S. corporations exploit H-1B visa green card visas under the myth of a U.S. Great Labor Shortage to ship our jobs out of the country and simultaneously import cheap, foreign workers to work for less when older, educated American college graduates want and need to work, especially in this unprecedented economic downturn.

Still buying American worker hating, hubris diseased, ousted former HP CEO Carly Fiorina's old, greedy 2004 sentiment:

"There Is No Job That Is America's God-Given Right Anymore"?

Fast forward to 2009. After firing 18,000 employees, Fiorina's new incarnation as a Republican senate seat-seeking candidate now suddenly observes that Californians "have serious concerns about job creation." Ya think?

Yes, indeedy! Fiorina may be (feigning) that she got religion, as yesterday's Los Angeles Times quotes her latest mantra:

The people of California have serious concerns about job creation, economic growth and the role of government in solving problems that touch each of our lives.”

It's not the economy, race or religion. It's a class war, stupid. It is time to put the brakes on importing cheap labor and exporting our jobs.

It's time that the EEOC, DHS, FBI, DOL and DOJ all investigate and prosecute Obama's appointees and other profitable backroom dealers of best and brightest “thought leaders” and politicians who cut special deals with India, Inc. - their favorite stealth, Cash Cow of Indian Outsourcing, cheap labor human trafficking go-to shop. How can American workers meaningfully contribute to the growth of their communities when U.S. corporations and politicians discriminate against them through illegal and legal hiring practice loopholes and sentiments? Where are the “progressive” voices to protest this practice, or is their collective self-loathing drowned in delusion?

In the meantime, support for the Durbin-Grassley S.887 - H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2009 – a bill to reform and reduce fraud and abuse to aid the legal displacement of American workers – will help remove corporate age discrimination practices by forcing U.S. companies to reengage once again with underemployed and unemployed local community professionals like John Yates and others who deserve to contribute in rebuilding the robust community character and corporate infrastructure of this once great nation – before it was hijacked by the hubris stuffed MBAs, accountants, and their bicycle shorts clad, VC enablers.

Party on, plebes!

-2Truthy

Monday, August 17, 2009

Cocaine Laced Money


Dust Off Your Benjamins


Blowing News

Washington – Put THIS in your crackpipe and smoke it...The long-arm of America's brilliant and ingenious War on Drugs has succeeded in importing the dreaded Bolivian marching powder to a wallet near you. Talk about blowback...

That's right. Your own wallet is now officially a prime candidate for rehab, according to a shocking new scientific study that reveals 90 percent of U.S. money is laced with cocaine! The study reveals that traces of cocaine taint “up to 90 percent of paper money in the United States” and lists the top offenders below.

The scientists determined that larger cities like Baltimore, Boston, and Detroit had among the highest average cocaine levels. But guess which city topped the list? You guessed it – Washington, D.C.!

Our nation's capital ranked above the average, where 95 percent of the banknotes sampled were “contaminated with the drug.” No surprise here! Leave it to our venerable cartel of the real thing - this calliope of clowns (public servants) in D.C. to taint and horde all the Benjamins! (Could this explain why the Democrats can't hammer out a Single Payer healthcare bill?)

Don't worry. If you fear your own wallet may be at risk, you can always count on the Mormons to provide shelter from these godless sodomites spreading the sniff around: the study found the lowest average cocaine levels in U.S. currency appeared on bills collected from Salt Lake City. The reserachers did find, however, unusually high traces of powdered sugar and prozac on the Salt Lake City bills, which initially confounded their results.

-2Truthy


Saturday, August 15, 2009

I Remember Woodstock

(Very special thanks to Crosby, Stills & Nash)

A Long time Gone

Bethel, NY – I remember Woodstock.

Although I was too young to have actually gone to Yasger's farm, I was old enough to know and love and listen to the musicians who played that historical, magical outdoor festival. My Woodstock story is about how I got to know and love my friend Lois Yasger, my own little piece of timeless Woodstock.

Many years ago, I worked as a counselor with Max Yasger's daughter, Lois.

We met in the college town of Urbana-Champaign, IL, where my field of study at the U of I was psychology. Lois was an R.N. and we worked together one year and became friends. We got to know each other, talking about life and school and acting, as I was involved in theatre, television and radio then and she had also dabbled in theatre while at school in New York. Lois was newly married to “the love of her life” Todd, and she was working full-time to put him through graduate school. She was so blissfully happy with him, as she would describe how she couldn't wait to get home to the farm house they were renting outside of town in the country, to make whole foods dinners (before it was trendy) and play her music as loud as she wanted.

Lois was unpretentious - the anti-hubris. She only told me that she was Max's daughter after several months had gone by when “A Long time Gone” happened to play on the radio and we both began singing along in harmony to it. I said it must have been so cool to have been there, and it was then that she nonchalantly told me she was Max's daughter. She said very little else about her “past life” with her father and her family and how her new beginning with Todd was a “high” like no other. God, she showed it, too. I can't begin to describe how impossibly and serenely happy she was, everyday. Her passionate zest for life was contagious.

That winter, Lois couldn't wait for it to end so she could plant a garden in the spring. She talked about having kids one day, and loved their dogs – once bringing one of them to work -- frightening some of the patients and pissing off the management. (We frequently giggled in our mutual disdain for pedantic and uptight authority figures.) She was a little older than me, and on occasion, when my dawning of the Age of Aquarius angst would sometimes submerge my thoughts, I would take great comfort in her opinions and sage advice. She was as fair as she was strong, and her steely resolve tempered with quiet widsom and sharp insights revealed a spirited, ancient old-soul.

On any given day, it was always me who would scramble to make it on time for work. When I'd arrive, Lois was always there first. Throughout our work together, she never took a sick day.

Despite this, it was hardly surprising for me to not see her arrive first one grey, dark December day, when we had a terrible ice storm which knocked the power out and made the streets treacherous to drive and the sidewalks dangerous to even walk on. If there were ever one time I thought she would stay home, it was that stormy day. Since I lived only three blocks from work, I would walk and did slip a couple of times on my way in during the icy rain and snow storm that left glistening icicles that were sharp as knives on the trees. The ice storm turned the streets into ghostly sheets of tread-less, deadly ice.

She never made it to work.

Lois died in a car crash on her way into town from her farm house, when the van she and Todd were riding in veered off the road into a ravine. They say she died instantaneously upon impact, which, whenever I think about her, always brings strange, cold comfort.

The oddest thing about her death is that even then, I never believed she had really died – just went away. I asked over and over how it could have happened, as if rehearsing it somehow, like our lines in a play, would bring her back.

This week, as we commemorate Woodstock, I think of Lois and still feel she is out there somewhere, spreading her joyous laughter and warm-hearted wisdom around to make this world a better place like she did mine, so many years ago. This, to me, is the essence of what it means to live an honest life of truth, integrity and zest for life in all of its goodness and community. Lois had no time for fools and fakes.

I don't really know if we die like dogs, but knowing Lois has made me realize that our lives, no matter how rich or poor, are only carried on by the love and goodwill we invest in them. To speak out against the madness.

That I had the great fortune to have known this beautiful, timeless soul, Lois Yasger, for just that fleeting time is worth a thousand miracles.

-2Truthy


Friday, August 14, 2009

Obama "Live" From Montana Town Hall

Barack Obama: The "Illinois Enema Bandit"

Bozeman, Montana -- No, he's not in Montana to investigate how to become a "dental floss tycoon..." Today's LWOH Happy Friday special edition features an exciting play-by-play from President Obama's town hall in a suburb of Bozeman.

Is he there to ask Max Baucus to step down?

As yours truly reported reported here last year, President Obama is one hell of a smooth speaker. (Now, if only someone would subtitiute the words "Single Payer" instead of "Public Reform" on his teleprompter...)

Not only is he a left hander like yours truly, but Barack Obama is undeniably an amazing orator. He is so smooth and convincing in his delivery that his speech writers could have him say ANYTHING and the masses would go right along with him. Don’t believe me? Try this: Let’s close our eyes and imagine Barry’s mesmerizing voice giving the following convincing, thought provoking speech:


“As a youth, growing up half-black and half-white on the dangerous streets of an exotic Hawaiian island, my highly-leveraged, white grandma gave me an enema. (Pause. Voice lowers.) We do the American people — and the enema manufacturers — no favors when we turn a blind eye to the excessive and dangerous risks of ALL enemas because "pain trickles up." As president, I will make it my first priority to ban the use of all enemas nationwide and to form a committee to round up all of those college educated hookers and undercover cops who are taking down the nation’s best connected governors, former presidents and gay senators. In Illinois, the police will say “you’re under arrest” if you tell hooker jokes but I say (in thunderous voice like Pastor Wright) “Hi Ho Silver, while the Glass Steagall Act was repealed in 1999 -- the $300 million lobbying effort that drove deregulation of all kinds of sh*t --- was MORE about facilitating mergers than creating an efficient enema regulatory framework and my opponent’s husband signed that repeal!” (Cheers and loud applause.)

Happy Friday, Loserettes!

-2Truthy

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Clinton, Congo, and Corporate America Rape: The Neo-Frat Boy Corporate State Redux


-Clinton, Congo, and Corporate America Rape-

Our last hope is to step outside of the two-party system and build movements that defy the Democrats and the Republicans. If we fail to do this, we will continue to undergo a corporate coup d’etat in slow motion that will end in feudalism.”

-Chris Hedges


Can Hillary Stop Congo Rape AND Corporate Rape of Middle Class Americans?

Two articles this week neatly converge on the subject of rape including Hillary Clinton's Congo (DRC) visit and most notably, Chris Hedge's excellent assessment: Nader Was Right: Liberals Are Going Nowhere With Obama in his interview with the man who should be president:

Our task is to build movements that can act as a counterweight to the corporate rape of America. We must opt out of the mainstream. We must articulate and stand behind a viable and uncompromising socialism, one that is firmly and unequivocally on the side of working men and women.”

Who are the political and corporate elites behind the Neo-Frat Boy Corporate State? As MSM media and MSM blogs chew up bandwidth over Hillary's Congo (DRC) trip where she visciously and oh-so-brutally browbeat a defenseless male Congolese student who asked her about her husband's thoughts here, many, such as yours truly, are questioning the non-story elements in the SOS's reaction to the student:

"My husband is not secretary of state, I am," she snapped. "If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion," she said. "I am not going to be channeling my husband."

Was Hillary 'snippy'? When was being no-holds-barred assertive by a woman ever considered anything less than snippy? Would this virtual non-story even have legs if she were male? Although the sexist framing of this story after the fact is arguably newsworthy, the fact that Hillary was on an anti-rape mission to the Congo to commit $17 million in aid relief while she simultaneously promotes the rape of white collar American jobs on behalf of corporate America and India Inc. is forcing citizens of all political stripes to ask why the SOS hasn't committed to taking care of the People's business at home.

Hillary the humanitarian? Not unlike resurrecting Harvey Keitel's memorable, underworld role as Victor The Cleaner in Point of No Return, leave it to the New York Times to make sure today that the world precisely knows that Hillary was visiting the Congo to exclusively and selflessly broker $17 million of humanitarian aid to Congo rape victims. As everyone knows, the USA loves people - especially its own! Even if it can't inspire its elitist political class to deep-six the insurance lobby and enact Single Payer or to stop selling off our jobs to India.

An excellent study published by the Project 2049 Institute entitled China and Congo's Coltan Connection shines a light on the estimated $24 trillion dollar Congo (DRC) mineral market. The NY Times article did not, however, discuss that the Congo (DRC) is embraced in a struggle between China and the U.S. over control of the country's lucrative mineral and coltan reserves. What is causing the rape of Congo women? Project 2049 responds:

Efforts to reduce demand for conflict materials through supply chain transparency are crucial steps towards ending the cycle of violence supported by mineral profits.”

One of the greatest things about being an American is to know that at least, in theory, we are supposed to be the world's Star of the Sea when it comes to humanitarian rights. And at one time, yours truly could also say that one of the best parts about being a Democrat was that I was a member of a party who cared about our neighbors. Sadly, this is no longer true of the Democrats, as it has morphed into the I Got Mine one-stop-cult club for disillusioned, dumbed-down elitist wannabes and mandarins tethered to the trough. This is why I say that I did not leave the Democratic party, it left me in support of Ralph Nader.

Corporate rape of America's middle class. Further, Hillary unfortunately has a track record of less than humanitarian efforts here in this country towards her fellow Americans, as she is a leading supporter and facilitator of outsourcing and insourcing American white collar jobs to India. It is disappointing to know that Hillary's indelible carbon footprint is all over the death of millions of American white collar workers' lives, as she profitably presides over handing American jobs to Indian businessmen - which she publicly and proudly shrugs off as “friendly competition.” Where is the humanity as Hillary sits at a table with a "Heal Africa" sign on it while she promotes American job outsourcing? (Coltan, btw, is a big, big ingredient that major technology manufacturers need in order to produce laptops and other fun gadgets that make the tech lobby go around.)

Rather than the MSM media (and their sycophant so-called “progressive” MSM blog teatfeeders) focusing on her role in the systematic rape of millions of white collar American jobs by corporate and political insiders, Democrats have to now wonder what exactly they got with their wasted Democratic vote. For too long, Democratic rank and file voters have hidden behind the illusion that there is no alternative to the GOP.

Chris Hedges recently reached Ralph Nader at his family home, and boldly and accurately declared “We owe Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney and the Green Party an apology” here:

The Democrats have been doing this to us since Bill Clinton. It is the same old merry-go-round, only with Obama branding. And if we have not learned by now that the system is broken, that as citizens we do not matter to our political elite, that we live in a corporate state where our welfare and our interests are irrelevant, we are in serious trouble. Our last hope is to step outside of the two-party system and build movements that defy the Democrats and the Republicans. If we fail to do this, we will continue to undergo a corporate coup d’etat in slow motion that will end in feudalism.”

Mr. Nader knows the Democratic party has been sold out, but the “base” is comprised of its own version of “teabaggy” mandarins who, at the bottom, are comfortable spewing hate-monger sentiments while on the dole and the at the top, hypocritical elitists who care nothing about the dreadful upper-middle or the non-portfolio working class that has been broken by the back-room dealing politicos:

How many times have their employers threatened them with going abroad? How many times have they threatened the workers with outsourcing? The polls on job insecurity are record-high by those who have employment. And the liberal intelligentsia have failed them. They [the intellectuals] have bought into carping and making lecture fees as the senior fellow at the institute of so-and-so. Look at the top 50 intelligentsia—not one of them supported our campaign, not one of them has urged for street action and marches.”

The working class is being plunged into desperation that will soon rival the misery endured by the working class in China and India. And the Democratic Party, including Obama, is a willing accomplice.”

It's also disappointing that the smart and otherwise talented former NY state Senator turned SOS Hillary would sell us out. The Democratic party has let liberals down, and yet I know a number of people who were once Republicans who came out in support of Ralph Nader, also. What does this mean? It means the One Party of Big Money has flagrantly turned against people from both parties and they are starting to get the hint that

IT'S NOT THE ECONOMY, STUPID. IT'S YOUR JOB!

So where is the collective will to unite against these elitist and greedy blowhards from BOTH parties? There are bottom feeders on both sides, Dem and Repub – whose intelligence levels are compromised by and/or equal to the number of digits on their extremities. The task is to unite, not divide at the middle class economic level by saying “No” to offshoring/insourcing our jobs. If the Internet has proved anything, it is that the MSM and in particular, its dull-normal MSM blog teetfeeders provide nothing in the way of uniting people to improve their own lives. Right here. But our leaders continue to see the corporate Cash Cow of Indian Outsourcing as their personal piggy banks:

They [administration leaders] don’t see the distinction between public power and corporate power,” Nader said. “This is their time in history to reassert public values represented by workers, consumers, taxpayers and communities. They are creating a jobless recovery, the worst of the worst, with the clear specter of inflation on the horizon. We are heading for deep water.”

It's time for Americans to Heal America.

Thus spake Nader, Hedges, and yours truly.

-2Truthy

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ferris Bueller's Day Off Director John Hughes Dies

-R.I.P. John Hughes-

NEW YORK - Talented screenwriter-director John Hughes has died today of a heart attack today during a morning walk in Manhattan while in New York to visit his family.

He was 59.

Hughes began his career as an ad copywriter at a modest Chicago agency, during which time he created the infamous Edge "Credit Card Shaving Test" ad campaign.

John Hughes was best known for directing and producing comedies including “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983), “Sixteen Candles” (1984), “The Breakfast Club” (1985) “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986) and others including "Home Alone" and "National Lampoon's Vacation."

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is my favorite.


(grim monotone)
CAMERON
1958 Ferrari 250 GTS California. Less
than a hundred were made. It has a
market value of $265,000. My father
spent three years restoring it. It
is joy, it is his love, it is his
passion.

FERRIS
It is his fault he didn't lock the
garage.

CAMERON
Ferris, my father loves this car more
than life itself. We can't take is out.

FERRIS
A man with priorities so far out of
whack doesn't deserve such a fine
automobile.

CAMERON
He never drives it, Ferris. He just
rubs it with a diaper.

FERRIS
We can't pick up Sloane in your car,
Cameron. Rooney'd never believe Mr.
Peterson drives that piece of shit.

CAMERON
It's not a piece of shit.

FERRIS
It's a piece of shit. Don't worry
about it. I don't even have a piece
of shit. I have to envy yours. Look,
I'm sorry but there's nothing else
we can do.

Oh Hell. Scenes like this one (and so many others in his repertoire) will forever live on in memory.

R.I.P., John Hughes.

-2Truthy

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Top Ten Obama Healthcare Public Plan Items - Pizza 2012

2Truthy's Top Ten Little-Known Items In President Obama's Stripped Down Pro-Evil Insurance Lobby, Have-Have Not “Public Option” Healthcare Plan


  1. Reusable tongue depressors.

  2. Free colonoscopy with oil change.

  3. New drive-up window for prostate exams.

  4. Breast implant specials: Buy One Get One Free.

  5. Free hot dogs with every in-office vasectomy.

  6. Barney Frank to become new Czar of Prostate Exams.

  7. Haggling over the price of surgery will be encouraged.

  8. Anesthesiology optional on ALL surgeries!

  9. Genetically Modified sperm ONLY available (unless accompanied by a note from your candy-ass Insurance Lobbyist.)

  10. Swine-flu patients (who survive) are eligible for exclusive “Pigs Don't Kill People 2009-2010” tattoo featuring a signed photo of LWOH celebrity guest blogger, Quincy.


Add a pizza and make that number 11.

As you may recall last week's LWOH post, even Obama's own doctor along with 450,000 others (and Obama himself favored it a few years ago, also) understand that Single Payer is the only fiscally and morally responsible option to insure that all Americans have access to quality healthcare.
Most doctors agree that universal single-payer is the right prescription for America.

As Steve Lendeman explains in his article Real Health Care Reform - Universal Single-Payer, this is the ONLY sensible option. In the healthcare debate as is, our choices are limited to what's ahead being one of two options - leaving today's woefully "dysfunctional system in place or making it worse." He also notes that either way, U.S. healthcare costs are still going go up and deliver less, and financial solvency ahead will more than ever depend on staying well because illness for most Americans will be unaffordable. Lendeman writes:

"Current congressional legislation "will fail miserably in its purported goal of providing comprehensive, sustainable health coverage to all Americans. And it will fail whether or not it includes a so-called 'public option'....."

"....single-payer national health insurance is not just the only path to universal coverage, it is the most politically feasible path to health care for all, because it pays for itself, requiring no new sources of revenue." It eliminates costly private insurance, achieves huge administrative savings (over $400 billion), and redirects them for care.

"Elimination of US-style private insurance has been a prerequisite (to achieve) universal (coverage) in every other industrialized country in the world." America's structurally defective model can't be fixed under current House and Senate proposals. Universal "single payer is the only fiscally responsible option. Two-thirds of (Americans) support it." Most physicians do as well plus the US Conference of Mayors, 39 state labor organizations, and hundreds of local unions across the country. This committee must take the lead to provide it."

What specifically would a Democratic majority run Congress have to give up or "sacrifice" in order to pass Single Payer now? Wouldn't it be great if Hillary could just step in and get this thing done? If anybody could, it would be her. (Too bad she sold out to the India lobby, although maybe she'll come around.)

But if staying "well" as Lendeman astutely says is imperative to keep healthcare costs down and would be best achieved through the Single Payer option, it is deeply troubling that Obama's public plan (see Lendeman's article) seeks to accomplish this through Big Brother technology funding that invests billions of dollars into wasteful technology that snoops on citizens (ala Pizza 2012 video) instead of actual health care contact with physicians and treatments along with vital healthcare R & D investments.


The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) keeps track of how loudly money talks. It says that during the 2008 election cycle, health sector political contributions totaled over $167 million, and for the first time since 1992, Democrats got more than Republicans.

-2Truthy