Friday, February 26, 2010

"Tough Shit!" Jim Bunning Says


'Tough Shit!' Jim Bunning Says


Beam me the f*ck up! California's legislators are NOT the only ones displaying cussy verbal decorum, as at least one Kentucky Republican Senator may be harboring some kind of closet William Shatner festish after the naysaer shouted “Tough Shit” last night at Democrats who wanted to extend unemployment benefits for a measly 30 days.

HuffPo reports that Jim Bunning, a Republican United States Senator from Kentucky, is “single-handedly blocking needed Senate action to stop at least 1.2 million American workers from losing their unemployment benefits next month.” As Democratic senators pleaded over and over again for unanimous consent to a 30-day extension Thursday night, Bunning refused to go along,  telling Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley “Tough Shit.”

TOUGH SHIT! Jim Bunning Says.

Out of work Americans? Hahaha! Too bad. Yeah, too bad!  Politicians know there's big money for a select few corporate and political insiders in selling out American jobs to imported Indians, so what's the problem with not extending unemployment benefits another lousy 30 days? Why not ACCELERATE the pain 30 days sooner, haha, just for yucks.  Put 'em in their place.  What's a few more educated, Americans citizens to tumble out of the middle class onto the streets, just where the sociopathic, neo-frat boys and wannabes want 'em? Ain't it grand!

So, if your government is still selling out American jobs to cheap foreign workers which makes you unemployed with no job prospects in sight and you need (at least) 30 more days of benefits to do exotic things like splurge on a few cans of Little Friskies (not for their pets) or pay the rent –

TOUGH SHIT! Jim Bunning Says. Repeatedly, too!

Meanwhile, the One Big Party of Money continues to play the partisan plebes like a harmonica, as the insurance industry payday “health care debate” summit farce designed to force or mandate Americans to subsidize unaffordable insurance mafia plans at least keeps insufferable media hacks in the black. Of course, if there were jobs to pay for health insurance, then no problemo, yes? Hey Obama, how about that Job Bill?

Until then, Tough Shit! Like this nasty Republican says. And Democrats, nice try - but at the rate Congress and greedy corporate executives continue to sell out and labor arbitrage U.S. jobs to cheap foreign labor, a teeny 30 day extension on unemployment benefits for American citizens is like throwing a blanket on a ten-alarm fire. This problem won't go away until U.S. job outsourcing and insourcing labor practices are finally reformed.

Party on, plebes!

-2Truthy

Thursday, February 25, 2010

15 H-1B Companies BUSTED or "Disqualified"



Breaking News


All 50 States -- As the swelling numbers of unemployed and underemployed Americans see no end in sight, LWOH has learned today  about a list of 15 TOKEN companies that have been disqualified from applying for H-1B worker visas.  Although the list includes companies you may not recognize (hint - very small)  most of them appear to have something to do with IT and engineering. But wait - there is even a pool company on the list!

Recall that the intended purpose of the H-1B visa created twenty years ago was to recruit foreign "skilled" workers for highly paid jobs American companies claimed they could not find local professionals to fill. The article doesn't provide specific reasons why each company was "disqualified," but does offer the following slant, complete with a click through list of the disqualified companies:

"2009 was one of the most controversial years for H-1B visas. For the first time ever, nearly 20,000 H-1B visas went a begging even seven weeks after the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) started accepting applications for the financial year 2010.

With H-1B visas facing blame for the spiralling job losses in the US, the year saw numerous Bills being introduced for restricting the use of H-1B visas through legislation. This made US Department of Labor (DOL) and other US Immigration agencies tougher in approving H-1B visa applications.

Among all the brouhaha, many companies were also disqualified from applying for H-1B visas. A company faces debarment over what is seen as an H-1B abuse under US laws. The penalty of debarment means that a company is disqualified from obtaining approvals of employment-based, permanent and temporary petitions. This disqualification includes all H-1B, L-1, O-1, and P non-immigrant petitions, as well as all I-140 immigrant petitions, as part of the permanent residence process.

Here's over to the top 15 companies disqualified (starting November 30 2009)."


"Brouhaha"? Oh, the delusional arrogance that third world countries which think we are their job piggy bank bitch  weave...Anyway, their token,  puny list is a start - yet imagine if every U.S. company followed suit, what a dent that would make to America's winding unemployment line? To be sure, this news will be news when all of our corporations shun this cheap labor junkie.  If India had a growing unemployment crisis, would it keep importing workers from China? HA!

-2Truthy

California's Assembly Passes "Cuss Free Week" Resolution


California Passes 'Cuss Free Week' Resolution


For Immediate Release

Sacramento –- Hey all you potty mouths, California's Assembly approved a resolution today declaring the first week of March "Cuss Free Week" and the State's legislators need your help!

The shocking resolution will disabuse their right to “Dirty Free Speech” by assigning no-cuss jars to all 120 legislative offices in the Capitol and issuing a fine for offenders. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who may head the pack, will also be required to drop a few coins every time a naughty word slips out.

“WTF?” No cussing and most likely high-finger salutes, too, they say! I swear it's true:

Once the Senate follows suit, say good-bye to four-letter words, a few choice compound words and probably certain gestures, too. Not that police officers will be waiting with soap. That's isn't the point.”

Call in the Nannies! Who knew the State's legislators swore like a bunch of drunken sailors and would seek to restore “a little civility” to the Capitol by sprinkling a bit of the outrageous Mary Poppins about? If the ban is successful, LWOH Sacramento operative 'Linda' reports that the “Cuss Free Week” tour may soon hit the nation's schools, businesses, massage parlors, restaurants, crackhouses, trains, buses, planes, airports and houses of worship. Do we really have to say it? OK. FTS!

Pinky: Are you thinking what I'm thinking? So much for that good old U S of A 'Free Speech' thing, suckaz.

-2Truthy

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Whole Foods Market 'Organic' Food Made in China




Chumpsville, USA -- The above shocking video outs Whole Foods for importing all kinds of super pricey, fancy freezer-bagged "organic" fruit and vegetable items from...China!  When you thought you were preparing young Thurston a delicious, nutritious organic strawberry sundae with "organic" fruit and protecting your precious cargo against nasty pesticides that if, the foods were grown here would hopefully be monitored by the USDA, you WEREN'T! And at the rate the questionable "organic" food news is unfolding, you won't even wanna ask where those nuts for the sprinkle topping come from, either.

Don't feel bad. You're not the only ninny or  simpleton who would plunk down $4 or $5 dollars or MORE for a small bag of frozen fruit or vegetables with confusing labeling on the back that reads "Organic" and then in teeny, teeny little letters says...here it is..."MADE IN CHINA" from the nation's most overpriced, green store to the Stars and other garden variety insufferables. Maybe they don't grow these exported foods next door to the local e-waste dumps, either.

-2Truthy

NCR, GE and Dow "Backshoring" as Boeing Profits, Plans 10,000 Layoffs


(Very Special Thanks to James McMurtry)


NCR, GE, DOW “Backshoring” Manufacturing While Boeing Profits, Plans 10,000 U.S. Layoffs


There is hardly a media story to stumble upon these days that doesn't reveal overeducated Americans whining about not being able to get hired despite their educational training and years of experience and/or how their college educated children are living at home with them because Americans need not apply. Meanwhile, others wonder what U.S. politicians and their corporate paymasters are doing to reverse the disastrous H-1B visa program that began in 1990 to give American jobs to foreign workers. So, what is being done to address the need to reform U.S. labor and quality of goods and services delivery negatively affected by outsourcing/insourcing?

Over concern that outsourcing “distanced its designers, engineers, IT experts, and customers” from optimal manufacturing processes and output, NCR Corporation has decided to bring back ("in part") or “backshore” their operations. (h/t Rob Oak at The Economic Populist.) Now, General Electric and Dow Chemical are also following suit, and while the concept of bringing jobs home is every politician's populist wet dream of a slogan, what's behind it? If these jobs are coming back home, one would think this means they are returning so American citizens can get back to work while we stop importing cheap labor. While the manufacturing sector is now talking the happy talk, what is the software sector doing? Computerworld's Patrick Thibodeau explains that Boeing last week issued 1,000 layoff notices to employees, many of them working in IT, with an overall plan to layoff 10,000. Non-personhood Boeing, btw, showed beaucoup profitability and, as one commenter notes:

While profits are up, let's fire some more Americans! IBM opened a new research center in India and laid off thousands of Americans. Microsoft, Intel, Boeing and who even knows what other companies are doing the same.”

Software, as a sector, by no means compares to the detrimental environmental emissions as the polluting manufacturing sector. So hey, why NOT bring it back here to level the third-world playing field? Why should China and India have to breath all that crap? Isn't America a third world country now? Here is what manufacturing companies like NCR, GE, and DOW are doing to “backshore” jobs and consolidate them back here:

For years, the NCR Corporation simply followed the pack. Like many other large U.S. manufacturing companies, in the past couple of decades the maker of automated teller machines (ATMs) relied heavily on offshoring and outsourcing to trim factory costs. By making much of its equipment in cheaper offshore locations in the Asia/Pacific region, and by hiring Singapore’s Flextronics International Ltd. to make other equipment, NCR could slash hundreds of millions of dollars in plant expenses and be reasonably certain that its ATMs met quality standards.
But recently, NCR has rejected this strategy — at least to a degree. In 2009, the company decided to move its most sophisticated lines of ATMs from its plants in China and India, and from a Flextronics facility in South Carolina, and instead manufacture the machines in Columbus, Ga., not far from the NCR innovation center, where its new technology is on display. The reason: The company was concerned that outsourcing distanced its designers, engineers, IT experts, and customers from the manufacturing of the equipment, creating a set of silos that potentially hindered the company’s ability to turn out new models with new features fast enough to satisfy its client banks."

 General Electric and Dow are also backshoring, with the siren song of calling to bring jobs 'back home":

 General Electric Company Chief Executive Jeff Immelt recently attracted attention for remarks he gave to a West Point leadership conference calling for U.S. companies to make more products at home. Demonstrating Immelt’s commitment, GE announced in the summer of 2009 that it would build two new plants in the U.S. — a factory in Schenectady, N.Y., to make high-density batteries and a facility in Louisville, Ky., to produce hybrid electric water heaters currently made in China. Dow Chemical Company CEO Andrew Liveris similarly has appealed for a renewed focus on manufacturing in the United States.”


The U.S. founded, multinational mega-behemoth GE knows how to fan the deck, too, when it comes to “partnering” with exceptional outsourcing companies like Wipro as this article explains GE, Wipro, to integrate healthcare units:


As per the consolidation plan, several existing standalone business units and manufacturing plants of GE Healthcare in India would be integrated under the Wipro GE Healthcare entity. The companies said the strategic move would help in effective management, resource mobilisation and accelerating the growth for GE Healthcare, the $17 billion healthcare business of GE through Wipro GE Healthcare's large distribution network.”


Before we applaud the remote possibility that U.S. CEO's have shunned the sociopathic practice of kicking American workers to the curb in favor of foreign slave labor, the crucial question to ask is “will those jobs coming back home be filled by Americans or is 'backshoring' going to pave the way for MORE unnecessary imported foreign workers here?” Is the manufacturing backshoring trend a Trojan Horse for building a bridge to immigration or temporary cheap labor (Ron Hira h/t No Slaves) that completely fails to reform harmful American worker labor practices? It doesn't take an economist to figure out that if rising numbers of millions of Americans are unemployed, millions of imported workers are not required. It is good news to read U.S. companies are bringing jobs home. But will the “jobs coming home” move temporarily bring a few jobs to a few Americans at lower, third world labor arbitraged wages?

Jobs for U.S. citizens are not commodities like GMO crops under some skewed NAFTA agreement. But for many years of job outsourcing,  to  caste-minded neo-frat boy bean counters running U.S. corporations,  a slave is a slave is a slave.  Maybe companies like these who are bringing jobs back home will change all of that  and this country can work to reform  labor rights and hiring practices that put  citizens first just as other countries protect jobs for their citizens. I think of the unemployed, intelligent, fifty something woman with two masters degrees and her unemployed, college educated son living at home and ask: if Americans can't make it here anymore, where will they and how?

Party on, plebes!

-2Truthy

Monday, February 22, 2010

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland Woos TCS, Presses India for Jobs


Ohio Woos TCS as US States Beg India for Jobs


Dayton – The Business Standard reports today that Democratic Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has “enticed” Indian outsourcing company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to open up shop in Cincinnati by throwing $19 million in tax credits and an invitation to a state dinner at the governor’s mansion. Strickland said “The economy is difficult and I will go wherever I can to find jobs.” He will go wherever he can to find jobs? To Indian outsourcers? What is wrong with that picture? Why are American governors pressing or begging Indian outsourcing companies “for jobs”? To read his quote, one would think that Ted needs a job. By the way things are looking for his approval ratings, however, he may have to find a new gig real soon, as Strickland’s approval ratings are in a free fall and now he finds himself dead even with Republican challenger John Kasich. Although the TCS website says they “offer a wide range of of IT services, outsourcing and business solutions”, don't we have enough American corporations and contractors that also provide these “solutions” who could use the work? Could Strickland's freewheeling handling of the people of Ohio's taxpayer money have anything to do with his sudden unfavorability?

I certainly don’t see it as consorting with the enemy,” says Strickland, who ended up sharing a table with Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata and India’s Commerce Minister Anand Sharma at the November 25 White House State Dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “These are good, solid jobs,” adds the governor. “Jobs that we feel will be long-term, and that we hope will increase in numbers.”

As LWOH recently reported in this post Corporate Welfare Roulette, the lure of a State's taxpayer dollars to corporations doesn't tend to hold up to the promise of actually delivering jobs, or at least delivering near the promised number. The Business Standard article notes that although TCS hired a few hundred American employees in 2009, it “took on tens of thousands of newbies in India.” Does this mean that TCS may have a problem attracting American employees at U.S. compensation levels? In addition, TCS now has more than 11,000 Indians working in the US on temporary visas, while another Indian outsourcing company, Wipro has 7,000. With soaring levels of unemployment for US citizens, these figures add up to mean that there is a 17,000 Indian surplus here on temporary visas who could return home so Americans can take those jobs.

As far as Strickland's most generous offer to lure the foreign based outsourcer, how many American corporations would have taken this Cincinnati deal said to “create” jobs for American citizens in the state of Ohio? This report doesn't say, but maybe the last Thanksgiving shindig at the White House might suggest a few other possible reasons why America's governors are chomping at the bit to sell out U.S. jobs and infrastructures to India by systematically disabling the US economy from the inside out and creating record income/wealth gaps in this neo-frat boy serf lord state formerly known as America.

Hey, ho, a-way to go Ohio!

Party on, plebes!

-2Truthy
It's Not the Economy, Stupid. It's YOUR JOB.

Wipro 'Fraudster' Committed Suicide - Two Months Ago




'Fired' Employee of Outsourcing Giant Wipro Died Two Months Ago
 
The Business Standard reports today that a Wipro employee who was fired for allegedly committing fraud by embezzling $4 million had committed suicide two months ago. Why is news of this man's death only now starting to make the media rounds? In addition to the media delay in reporting his alleged suicide, I guess they have their own way of doing business and handling crime in India:

"Anoop Kumar Agarwal, a chartered accountant, was found dead on a railway track between K R Puram and Byappanahalli railway station. The railway police came across the body on the morning of December 23 last year."

The article noted that when asked to comment on the issue just today, Wipro stated “We cannot share any information on the employee for reasons of employee confidentiality.” It also stated that media reports about an employee committing fraud within Wipro’s finance department apparently appeared a few days ago after “speculation” on Agarwal's whereabouts began to surface:

Wipro officials maintained that they had managed to recover about half of the embezzled money ($2 million) through “persuasion”. The company had recently told this paper that it had decided not to file a case against the person, “who was from a respectable family”, based on a suggestion made by their internal committee that included external counsels. Wipro had hired investigative and legal agencies in the wake of the embezzlement.
Meanwhile, a PTI report citing unnamed sources in Wipro said the extent of the embezzlement was expected to be far more.”

So, here is a guy who embezzles millions from his employer, gets fired, no charges were filed, allegedly commits suicide December 23, and two months later it is revealed by Wipro's “internal committee” through something called a “group of external counsels” that the dead guy was from a “respectable family.” Could that high falutin' family ties thing have driven this man to kill himself? Or did he have some help being thrown onto the railroad tracks?

The 'good' news for Wipro is that at least they got about half of the stolen money back through “persuasion.”

-2Truthy

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Obama: Social Security Fix Would be Simple



HENDERSON, Nev. – Is Barry blowing more smoke up our skirts or does he mean it this time? He says he knows how to fix Social Security, so will he? If so, when?

President Barack Obama was in Nevada, you know, the same state that Harry Reid is from and whom Republicans are targeting for defeat in November's midterm elections. So why is it that politicians start talking sense right before every election cycle after they have left behind a trail of broken promises? (h/t David Sirota.)

Barry knows that the Social Security system is  running out of money but he now says that it can exist well into the future "with a slight fix." Currently, the system is funded with a tax on earnings up to $109,000 a year but Obama says  lifting that cap to tax a larger share of income would solve the problem. Without this adjustment, Social Security will begin to run out of money in  20 years as more people start to collect benefits.

This would, of course, also  be very unpopular with others  like the Michele Bachmannites who preach 'Social Security and Medicare' are the Devil's own spawn who have dodged the tax, but hey, WE like this whole Social Security deal and if he really means it, Yay  Obama! 

-2Truthy

Obama's Top Ten Health Bill Items to Ease Bipartisan Distinction Between Sausage and Baloney


(Obama's Physician Prescribes Single Payer)

Top Ten Little Known Items in Obama's Health Care Plan

Obama to Serve Up Sausage and Baloney Summit

WASHINGTON — Administration officials announced that President Obama will put forward comprehensive health care legislation intended to bridge differences between Sausage and Baloney ahead of a summit meeting with Republican naysaers next week. Although Congressional Democrats haven't even seen Barry's proposal or know what the hell is in it, the NY Times article reports that the bill leaves “abortion is a wild card” and would also include the middle class killing mandate to force Americans to obtain unaffordable health insurance or be faced with criminal fines. So far so good? It would ALSO give tax subsidies to help “moderate-income people buy private insurance,” which means MORE propping up the insurance companies. Splendid! Just as insurance companies are astronomically jacking up their hideously unaffordable rates and U.S. corporate “leaders” like Bill Gates can't sell off American jobs to India fast enough, never fear: Barry to the rescue with the “Public Option.” Or will it look more like Rahm's Placebo Health Care Bullet?

What else does “Public Option” mean for the disappearing American Middle Class? Will it also include a have and have-not menu of physicians that prohibits middle class citizens from visiting our nation's best hospitals/clinics and  selecting good doctors, only to be matched instead by some busy-body insurance clerk with newbie Dr. Sawbones from a far-away, distant land? Although Barry's own doctor prescribed Singe Payer  (click on video above) as the only affordable and quality driven health reform that will benefit the people of this country, let's review the list that yours truly offered last year in this Top Ten Little-Known Items in Obama's Health Care Plan:

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

Party on, plebes!

-2Truthy

Friday, February 19, 2010

Microsoft to Outsource Legal Work to India

Bill Gates to American Professionals: "Buzz Off!"


Biting News

Redmond, WA -- Do educated American professionals bug the King of the Hubris Disease, Bill Gates, so much that he now wants to  swat more of them by outsourcing legal work to India, too? 

Yes! Despite the fact that millions of educated American engineers and legal professionals are unemployed and underemployed, where is the sense of community and conscience among U.S. corporate "leaders"?

This new report from the UK based Law Society Gazette reveals that Microsoft will begin outsourcing general legal work to India after signing a deal with legal process outsourcing (LPO) company CPA Global. The news comes as CPA outlined plans to expand its Indian workforce from 600 to 1,000 by the end of 2011, and even "hinted at opening another outsourcing centre." CPA said it will be taking on ‘multi-jurisdictional legal research’ for Microsoft, but would not disclose further details, citing client confidentiality. A CPA spokesman stated that the south Indian cities of Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai are being considered as locations for a new CPA office.

This latest American job insecticide move from Microsoft to outsource legal work to cheap labor in India is not surprising (yours truly has reported here) as corporate America has relied on pricey legal firms like  Cohen & Grigsbygate to instruct them on how not to hire American workers.  When a country full of bon vivant lawyers team up with corporate executives to take away white collar jobs from American citizens and hand them over to foreign workers for a lucrative fee, it's only a matter of time when their greedy practices come back to bite them in the butt, too. Time to outsource the sociopaths?

Party on, plebes!

-2Truthy

Shatner Cast in 'Shit My Dad Says'

 William Shatner to Star in 'Shit My Dad Says'

Scatalogical News

Hollywood -- It's official! The Hollywood Reporter reports that William Shatner has been aptly cast in the starring role of Shit My Dad Says, the new sitcom based upon  the Twitter sensation of the same name that features the random, "often non-PG-rated", outrageously delightful non-PC musings of creator Justin Halpern’s own 73-year-old father. 

We can't wait. Beam us up, Potty! Scotty!

-2Truthy

Thursday, February 18, 2010

UCSD Condemns "Compton Cookout" Celebration in Honor of Black History Month


Black History Month'sCompton Cookout” Condemned by UCSD Administrators


San Diego – In an attempt to celebrate Black History Month, an intrepid group of UCSD students linked to a popular fraternity (who denied involvement)  cooked up a “Ghetto Themed Party” whereby a special “Compton Cookout” invitation allegedly instructed  participants to “wear chains, don cheap clothes and speak very loudly.” Special instructions were also included to female party-goers with “ghetto chick” style directions like "they also have short, nappy hair, and usually wear cheap weave..."

Cheap weave!

Don't worry. The event, which one student described as “derogatory” was naturally condemned by UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, and no disciplinary action was taken.


Read the  unedited invitation to the "Compton Cook Out," as posted on Facebook:

"February marks a very important month in American society. No, i'm not referring to Valentines day or Presidents day. I'm talking about Black History month. As a time to celebrate and in hopes of showing respect, the Regents community cordially invites you to its very first Compton Cookout.
For guys: I expect all males to be rockin Jersey's, stuntin' up in ya White T (XXXL smallest size acceptable), anything FUBU, Ecko, Rockawear, High/low top Jordans or Dunks, Chains, Jorts, stunner shades, 59 50 hats, Tats, etc.
For girls: For those of you who are unfamiliar with ghetto chicks-Ghetto chicks usually have gold teeth, start fights and drama, and wear cheap clothes - they consider Baby Phat to be high class and expensive couture. They also have short, nappy hair, and usually wear cheap weave, usually in bad colors, such as purple or bright red. They look and act similar to Shenaynay, and speak very loudly, while rolling their neck, and waving their finger in your face. Ghetto chicks have a very limited vocabulary, and attempt to make up for it, by forming new words, such as "constipulated", or simply cursing persistently, or using other types of vulgarities, and making noises, such as "hmmg!", or smacking their lips, and making other angry noises,grunts, and faces. The objective is for all you lovely ladies to look, act, and essentially take on these "respectable" qualities throughout the day.
Several of the regents condos will be teaming up to house this monstrosity, so travel house to house and experience the various elements of life in the ghetto.

We will be serving 40's, Kegs of Natty, dat Purple Drank- which consists of sugar, water, and the color purple , chicken, coolade, and of course Watermelon. So come one and come all, make ya self before we break ya self, keep strapped, get yo shine on, and join us for a day party to be remembered- or not."

-2Truthy

Friday, February 12, 2010

Calling Obama's Health Care Bluff


"But if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for seniors, and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. (Applause.) Let me know. Let me know. (Applause.) I'm eager to see it." 
 
-President Obama, State of the Union 2010


Dr. Margaret Flowers has a better approach, along with millions of others who understand that Single Payer works for the following reason: it changes the current for-profit insurance industry's incentive from making and increasing profits to instead improving the health of people. Conservative estimates reveal that over 30% of U.S. health care dollars fund insurance industry bureaucrats instead of directly paying health care providers (physicians, nurses, and associated care delivery professionals.) This insurance industry bureaucracy exists to limit and deny health care claims as much as possible, and by eliminating this for-profit health insurance industry entirely, Flowers estimates that at least $400 billion on administrative costs alone would be saved annually and be applied to directly pay for health care delivery costs. It's time for the teabaggers (the hands-off my Medicare  "insurance companies are people, too” variety) and the fleabaggers  (who attack single-payer ideology and argue to scrap it in order to pass something, anything with a “D” on it) climb out of their double-wides and groupthink tanks to learn the difference between legislation that supports people vs. plutocrats. Dr. Flowers explains:

Concerned citizens should realize that they can't trust the new administration or Congress to enact health care reform in their (the public's) best interest if we (the public) don't pay attention and demand it. The plan that they are pushing through right now is a bailout for the private insurers.”

When it comes down to doing the right thing on health care, will the Obama Administration, that has placated the profit hungry, parasitic insurance industry  end up placating the plutocrats? If so, it won't be from any lack of support from the people, and, without Single Payer, the best thing Obama could do for himself, the Democrats and everybody else would be to kill it.


-2Truthy

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Corporate Welfare Roulette


Corporate Welfare Roulette


It's Not the Economy, Stupid. It's YOUR JOB!

Jim Hightower takes us for a spin inside the sleazy game of Corporate Welfare Roulette where politicos plunk down large sums of taxpayer loot in front of out-of-state corporations as “incentives” to win businesses to their regions ostensibly to “hire some people.” But Hightower reveals that jobs for local citizens don't appear to be a top priority when out-of-town corporations set up shop, as in the case of corporate person Dell Computer - who came to town, took millions of dollars in taxpayer money and then closed up shop to hire cheap labor in Asia instead.

Six years ago, Texas based computer giant Dell Computer headed to Winston-Salem, N.C. with the promise of delivering up to 1,500 jobs after being lured there by the “local poobahs.” After $318 million in tax giveaways, cash and other freebies to land the prize, and in October 2005, the town celebrated the glorious grand opening of Dell's $7 million plant. For everyone, it seemed, “the future was bright” – just not for the locals who needed jobs:

However, one thing that governors and mayors absolutely hate to do is to face up to the fact that their prize has reneged, failing to deliver the promised number of jobs. Real bad politics.
Last October, four years and two days after Dell's gala opening in Winston-Salem, the giant suddenly upped and left! It abruptly announced that it would soon cut out for the cheap-labor havens of Asia, shut down the still-sparkling assembly plant, discard the 900 people it had hired (600 short of its promise) and kiss off North Carolina. Thanks for the memories. Adios, chumps.
Formerly gleeful politicos were now howling, demanding "every red cent of incentive money" back. But they had put down their money and taken their chances, and corporate gods are notoriously fickle. While much of North Carolina's subsidy had not yet been doled out, taxpayers still took a hit of about $17 million for its fling with Dell.
Meanwhile, the roulette wheel continues to spin, and more and more taxpayers across the country are learning that they're getting stiffed, receiving only a fraction of the jobs they were taxed to bring to their area.”


Got that? U.S. taxpayers ARE PAYING greedy corporate and politico pit-bosses for the privilege of being thrown out of local jobs in favor of cheap outsourced and insourced labor.  And if that isn't enough to finally banish the Plutocracy's annoying, educated white collar American citizenry from the middle class, Rob Oak at The Economic Populist explains that the $787 billion in stimulus funds isn't translating into jobs for Americans, either, but is instead going to foreign workers.


Ohio Governor Ted Strickland is quick to admit that he doesn’t “particularly enjoy heights.” So why would he climb into a cherry picker to be lifted 40 feet in the air? To show off a 196,000-square-foot office park in the Cincinnati suburb of Milford to executives from Tata Consultancy Services, India’s biggest tech company and a thriving part of the Tata Group conglomerate. To sweeten the deal, Strickland threw in $19 million in tax credits and invited the TCS crew to a state dinner at the governor’s mansion.”

What are the people of Ohio doing about it? I wonder how the blatant, great American jobs sell off is going down amongst the Ohio teabagger set, or if their unemployed and underemployed counterparts on the left, the fleabaggers, are still deploying racist epithets to assuage their doomed dope-man's burden in this war on America's middle class. Oh, and that Economy thing? How about some good old fashioned job and trade protectionism? You know, the same kind that actually works but the plutocrats told us was so bad? 
 
Adios, chumps!


-2Truthy

20,000 Tons of Pubic Hair Trimmed in Preparation for Valentine's Day

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20,000 Tons of Pubic Hair Trimmed in Preparation for Valentine's Day
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Waxing News

Sao Paolo – Pubes may not be for lovers, as this buzz from the Onion plumbs the depths of pubic region trimming, “a ritual as old as time itself” just in time for Valentine's Day said to yield a record breaking 20,000 tons of pubic hair.

While most lovers agree that parting with the nubs is preferable, when it comes to mandating a specific holiday to roll out the razors for the indulgence, not all share the same view:

"If I trim the shrubs, the tree looks bigger," said Jeremy Wertz of Boise, ID, standing in front of his hall mirror with a pair of scissors taken from his employer's supply closet. "See? Worth the itching, if you ask me."

But Marcus Shannon of Denver begs to differ:

"I'm not going to let corporate America dictate the date or time at which I choose to groom my genitals," "invented by the razor industry" to sell grooming devices. "If you really love somebody, you should shave your pubes year-round."

Me? I'll stick with the roses, cheap liquor and sappy Hallmark card.

Cordially,

Mel Toast

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Michele Bachmann: America 'Cursed' by God 'If We Don't Reject' Social Security, Medicare, Probably Not GMO Food


 Michele Bachmann Speaking through Yahweh, Abraham, Maybe Chertoff, Too


Land of Ten Thousand Flakes -- OK, at least one...Break out your snow plows, North Dakota! LWOH has learned here that Michele Bachmann has recently been preaching her own brand of craaazy, apocalyptic Fire 'n Brimstone scripture to some Jewish Republican big shots in Los Angeles. She will then be keynoting something called the Take Back Washington North Dakota event in exotic Bismarck this Friday night to spread her holy, terrifying warning word that God Himself “handed down” Israel to the United States. Bachmann threatened that if America should “pull back support for Israel”, we will all most assuredly go straight to absolute seed and “cease to exist.”

Cease to exist? Heavy stuff, here, and  Miss Christian  High Priestess probably is not talking locusts. More like a  post-empire, pre-seventh circle of hellish, poxy repeat performance of the Christmas Crotch Bomber evil stunt that actually works, maybe? We don't know! But her ominous havoc 'n mayhem cease to exist sermon to the L.A. temple dwellers might suggest what's coming will make Sodom & Gomorrah look like a moonlit, midnight walk in Central Park with beefy security detail - if you're into that sort of thing.

Here’s a transcript of some of her remarks at the RJC event, where we briefly summarize Bachmann's cryptic, Armageddonish sermon:

I am convinced in my heart and in my mind that if the United States fails to stand with Israel, that is the end of the United States . . . [W]e have to show that we are inextricably entwined, that as a nation we have been blessed because of our relationship with Israel, and if we reject Israel, then there is a curse that comes into play. And my husband and I are both Christians, and we believe very strongly the verse from Genesis [Genesis 12:3], we believe very strongly that nations also receive blessings as they bless Israel. It is a strong and beautiful principle.”

OK. What is likely meant here is that the U.S. only receives “blessings” when we don't piss off Rahm Emmanuel and his friends to avoid being mercilessly “cursed” at by Rahm with his overuse of the “F” word.
Right now in my own private Bible time, I am working through Isaiah . . . and there is continually a coming back to what God gave to Israel initially, which was the Torah and the Ten Commandments, and I have a wonderful quote from John Adams that if you will indulge me [while I find it] . . . [from his February 16, 1809 letter to Fran├žois Adriaan van der Kemp]:
I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations.”

We think this must have something to do with banking, although the passage “Right now, in my own private Bible time, I am working through Isaiah...” could "Isaiah" be a shadow contact involved in arms smuggling and or Nigerian money laundering?

If I were an atheist of the other sect, who believe or pretend to believe that all is ordered by chance, I should believe that chance had ordered the Jews to preserve and propagate to all mankind the doctrine of a supreme, intelligent, wise, almighty sovereign of the universe, which I believe to be the great essential principle of all morality, and consequently of all civilization.
. . . So that is a very long way to answer your question, but I believe that an explicit statement from us about our support for Israel as tied to American security, we would do well to do that.”

This lengthy passage reveals some mystifying confusion, starting with “If I were an atheist of the other sect...” What other kind of atheist sect is there? As far as we know, there is only ONE atheist sect whose holy charter is to die like dogs – unless she means the OTHER one is GOD – which is dog spelled backwards? Of course, this business about the supreme, intelligent, wise, almighty sovereign of the universe strongly raises some secretive relationships issues, as with chemistry research agencies to sow the seeds of terrestrial life throughout the universe. Everyone else on Bachmann's non-chosen list including those who want Social Security and Medicare can totally forget about that Armageddon Afterlife psychedelia shindig in the Sky.

Hey Michele - don't forget: The wife of Lot got turned to salt because she looked behind her.

-2Truthy

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"Christmas Crotch Bomber" ties to Israel, FBI, and India?

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Burning Pantsman's Potential Ties to Israel, FBI, and India


Other than the initial "Christmas Crotch Bomber" (yours truly prefers "Burning Pantsman) reports and the following  strange behavior from the authorities to the very competent eyewitness account of  passenger Kurt Haskell, this Online Journal article by author Jeff Gates raises a few questions about  the official story which include:  intentionally not enough kaboomie in the dude's underzone to render major damage, the guy who went on to Miami, the well-dressed, fiftyish  Indian man with an American accent in Amsterdam, Michael Chertoff's evil venture to irradiate airline passengers with his full-body scanner promoting business where "the stock of body-scanning firms soared $3 billion in value after this latest “terrorist” incident". I don't suppose there could possibly be any ties to India Inc. investment money in full-body scanners, although GE - one of the manufacturers -- is clearly bringing some good things to light with this U.S./India civilian nuclear pact said to undermine U.S. national security. 

It is important to understand that Rapiscan Systems, a "global"  backscatter X-ray systems manufacturer with its head office office in Hyderabad, is also owned by OSI, a subsidiary of GE who brings MORE good things to light with U.S. taxpayer ARRA funds:

"Rapiscan is in the process of filling a TSA order placed before the attack for 150 scanners, and the agency has inquired about the company's ability to increase production. The 150 Rapiscan devices were paid for with federal stimulus money."

Now, author Gates adds another  cup of soap to the smudgy "official" storyline about Nigerian Burning Pantsman's wealthy "banker" father who was said to have alerted the C.I.A. about his son's  jihady-like tendencies and Israel's money laundering machine, Nigeria, here:

"We were told about his father alerting the C.I.A. station chief in Lagos However, we were not informed that his father, a banker, oversaw a Nigerian defense firm that hired Israeli Defense Forces personnel to train Nigerians -- in security. Nor were we told that, for decades, Nigeria has been a central hub for Israelis laundering the proceeds of their transnational organized crime. That’s not all."


Gates' article does raise more questions: Could the Indian SDM (smart dressed man) that Haskell described have been an executive or investor in the backscatter business? Do Israel and India have a specific geopolitical interest in getting easily duped U.S. taxpayers to foot the bill for screening their perceived Uslim-May threats? What better day to resurrect rekindle (Christmas, for Christ sakes!) such threats, and  over the city of Detroit - Detroit --  a blighted, empty  decimated city  with miles of abandoned buildings with which to stage the false flag scare should something possibly go awry  in order to drum support for Chertoff  and friends' cancer causing full-body scanning industry. Gates asks:


"Recall our belief in Iraqi WMD? Iraqi ties to Al Qaeda? Iraqi mobile biological weapons laboratories? Iraqi yellowcake uranium from Niger? Iraqi meetings in Prague? All were false. All were traceable to Tel Aviv. Are you still having trouble connecting the dots?"

But "connecting the dots" is something that, as Gates says, MSM gatekeepers do not want American citizens to do. Many say people in this country are "angry" over the well-coordinated loss of American jobs to India, Inc. via disastrous work/study visa programs and the loss of affordable and accessible health care. Where is the collective outrage?  Time to ditch this deadly One Big Duopoly Party of Money? How can we  expect  the clueless teabaggers on the right and the  fleabaggers on the left who smugly bleat and moan - yet STILL are content to identify with the aggressor -- to unite anytime soon against corpofascism? To them, it's just all football, political football, all the time.

-2Truthy