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Jul 272014
 

Corporations are taking advantage of a tax loophole that Republicans created to kelp them avoid paying their fair share of taxes.  Democrats have made several attempts to close that loophole, and of course Republicans blocked them.  Barack Obama and one of America’s national treasures are calling them out on it.

0727CorporateInversionU.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday hammered U.S. companies that avoid federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas in deals known as "inversions" and called on Congress to pass a bill to end the practice.

During remarks to a rowdy crowd at the Los Angeles Technical College, Obama promoted what he called "economic patriotism" and made clear he believed the companies that were engaging in such practices were not being patriotic. The president is in California on a three-day fund-raising swing for Democrats.

So-called inversion deals occur when a U.S. company acquires or sets up a foreign company, then moves its U.S. tax domicile to the foreign company and its lower-tax home country.

Nine inversion deals have been reached this year by companies ranging from banana distributor Chiquita Brands International Inc to drugmaker AbbVie Inc, and more are under consideration. The transactions are setting a record pace since the first inversion was carried out 32 years ago…

Inserted from <Chicago Tribune>

Photo credit: Nation of Change

I do disagree with Obama on one point.  There is only on corporate emotion.  It is not patriotism.  It is greed.

Ed Schultz interviewed our national treasure on this issue and on the Republican attempt to stall VA funding.

According to the article, Republicans say they support closing the Inversion Loophole, but only as part of restructuring the tax code.  That’s RepubliSpeak for raising your taxes and giving massive tax cuts to billionaires and giant corporations.

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Jul 272014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 97, and I’m feeling almost human again, after sleeping almost all day yesterday.  Unfortunately the dreaded task awaits.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:22 (average 5:22).  To do it click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football:

We have our own Fantasy football league on NFL.com called Lefty Blog Friends.  I just learned that one of the players withdrew without notifying me, so we have an opening.  You don’t have to be an expert to play, and it is a lot of fun.  It’s not just for men.  In fact four of our nine players are women.  If you’d like to play, please let me know ASAP.  Our live draft is on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 9:00am PDT.

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: The war between Congress and the White House took a turn for the worse on Friday as House Republicans sought to prevent President Obama from ordering new office supplies.

The House panel that mandated the office-supply freeze denied that it was politically motivated, citing “budgetary concerns.” “It’s time President Obama learned a tough lesson,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters. “Being President does not entitle you to a spending spree at Staples.”

At the White House, the President blasted the Republicans’ move to strip him of legal pads, pencils, and other office essentials, calling it “just their latest attempt to keep me from doing my job.”

Is Andy covering up Obama’s Kenyan, Socialist, Muslim paper clips?

From Daily Kos: Take a look at what homegrown hatred looks like full stop. This disgusting comment was made by Barry Dile [Republican racist delinked] about a missing 16-year old girl from Tennessee.

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No doubt he is a devout follower of Republican Supply-side Jesus (the exact opposite of the real Jesus).

From Think Progress: During a congressional hearing Thursday, Foreign Policy reports, a member of Congress mistakeningly assumed that two senior U.S. government officials were actually representing India.

The Congressman, Rep. Curt Clawson, told the officials “I love your country” and offered to do “anything… to make the relationship with India better.” The officials, Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar, are both U.S. citizens who work for the Obama administration. Here’s the super awkward exchange:

I found the same video in a format you all can view.

I guess this folks weren’t quite white enough for this Republican racist, but any competent Representative would know who is coming to a hearing in advance.  Republicans are not.

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Jul 262014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 96, and this is the only article.  Last night was election night for the group of prisoners I help.  I was pleased with their choices.  I could not help thinking that I wish Republican candidates had 10% of the integrity of those convicts.  After that I worked one on one with a few new guys.  I was happy that one in particular responded to questions by realizing how he could have intervened with better choices that would have prevented the entire situation, in which he felt he had no choice except to act.  One of the most valuable lessons learned is that today’s seemingly unimportant decisions constrain tomorrow’s available choices.  Today, I’m quite pooped.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:49 (average 5:15).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: If — like me — you’re a sucker for the very small human stories behind huge historical events, you’ll want to hear this from Lt. Dan Choi, who chained himself to the White House fence in 2010 and helped bring down "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" less than a year later. Make sure you check out 2:18 for his amazing love story, 6:30 for what happened when he came out to his parents, and 10:40 for the heartwarming, totally unexpected email he received from an Iraqi doctor. But really, you’ll want to watch the whole thing.

 

One need not be gay to be inspired by the honor, courage and commitment displayed by Dan Choi.

From The New Yorker: In his boldest move yet to address the immigration crisis, on Thursday Texas Governor Rick Perry dispatched the Dallas Cowboys to the United States’ border with Mexico.

In a photo opportunity with the Cowboys and several of the team’s cheerleaders, Perry explained the rationale behind his latest decision. “Those who would cross our borders illegally will have to contend with the power and fury of America’s Team,” he said.

As Andy goes on to explain, the Cowboys’ defense doesn’t stop anything, but there may be another way. If he has the cheerleaders invade Mexico, the men will want to stay there.

From Daily Kos: It is good to know that some in government are indeed still worried about privacy… too bad its not ours. And as people think it is a wise idea to send armed troops to ‘protect’ the Texas border we should probably be concerned that something like this happens on the U.S. Canada Border:

A central Iowa Boy Scout troop just returned from a three-week trip they will likely never forget.

Boy Scout Troop 111 Leader Jim Fox spelled out what happened to him and the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111 as four van-loads of Scouts and adult volunteers tried to drive from Canada into Alaska.

Fox said one of the Scouts took a picture of a border official, which spurred agents to detain everyone in that van and search them and their belongings.

“The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison,” Fox said.

Dang!! I thought Bloody Barbie had resigned! Click through to see how these Republicans threatened children with guns.

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Joanne asked for this.

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Jul 252014
 

RepublicansOnParade

Here is the fifty-fourth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. He is so honored for suggesting that the US invade another sovereign nation.

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It took long enough for Sheriff Joe to weigh in on the border issues, didn’t it? But when he did, he did it with the usual hefty dose of stupid.

We begin with the obvious: Sheriff Joe is very, very angry with Mexico because Mexico is not very happy [Faux Noise delinked] about Governor Dick Perry sending National Guardsmen to the border. Mexico’s objection is a fair one. They believe militarizing the border is not the answer to a humanitarian crisis.

But Sheriff Joe? Oh, he’s so angry about it he could spit nails. Really angry. So angry, in fact, that he thinks the Border Patrol should rush right over the border and just take over — bilaterally, of course…

Inserted from <Crooks and Liars>

Barf Bag Alert!

 

Crazy Joe would have us invade Mexico to stop what he considers to be the Obama conspiracy at the root of the border crisis. TEAbuggery  doesn’t get much more Republican that that!!

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Jul 252014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 95, before leaving to do volunteer work in prison.  The plan is to go to bed, when I return tonight, and then do the puzzle and upload the articles whenever I wake up.  I’ll be meeting with around 100 prisoners.

Late (Early) Update:

Meeting was fantastic.  I’m frazzled.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 5:21 (average 5:14).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: Britain’s Prince George, who is celebrating his first birthday this week, is facing a rising chorus of criticism within the United Kingdom, with many calling the first year of his reign a major disappointment.

Alistair Strott, a journalist and one of George’s most outspoken critics, calls the Prince’s first year “long on hype and short on solid achievement.”

“Like a lot of us, I followed the royal birth last year with a great deal of excitement and anticipation,” says Strott. “But one year in, we all have to look at each other and say, ‘That’s it?’ ”

While defenders of Prince George cite a packed schedule of events during his first year, Strott is unimpressed. “Yes, he’s been on TV and magazine covers,” he says. “So have the Kardashians.”

I trust Andy realizes that, on this side of the pond, the media have had little trouble assigning blame: it’s Obama’s fault.

From Daily Kos: In a new ad similar in style to her previous ad on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s support for Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare budget, Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Alison Lundergan Grimes is taking aim at McConnell’s statement earlier this year that creating jobs isn’t one of his jobs.

 

Bough Bitch Mitch’s job is to squeeze quarters so tight between his butt cheeks, that it kills the eagles.

From NY Times: The rush to purchase Piketty’s book suggested that Americans must have wanted to understand inequality. The apparent rush to put it down suggests that, well, we’re human.

So let me satisfy this demand with my own “Idiot’s Guide to Inequality.” Here are five points:

First, economic inequality has worsened significantly in the United States and some other countries. The richest 1 percent in the United States now own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent. Oxfam estimates that the richest 85 people in the world own half of all wealth.

The situation might be tolerable if a rising tide were lifting all boats. But it’s lifting mostly the yachts. In 2010, 93 percent of the additional income created in America went to the top 1 percent.

This is worth the read. Click through for the other four points.

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Jul 242014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 94.  Yesterdays CoDA meeting in prison went very well.  I cleaned house this morning and an now waiting fore Store to Door to driver groceries.  Then I’m going to rest, because I have another volunteer day in prison tomorrow.  This is the general meeting with around 100 of my guys.  So this is tomorrow’s only article.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:53 (average 4:29).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: The BBC reports:

Iran has turned all of its enriched uranium closest to the level needed to make nuclear arms into more harmless forms, the UN nuclear agency says.

The conversion of its stock of 20%-enriched uranium was part of a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear programme.

The US said last week it would unblock $2.8bn in frozen Iranian funds in return for Iran’s compliance.

A four-month extension to talks on Iran’s nuclear ambitions was agreed on Friday between Iran and world powers.

This is a big deal.  A major foreign policy success.  Iran is ending its nuclear program.  All without a shot being fired.

The author goes on to say that because we didn’t bomb anyone, the media didn’t considerate it worth reporting. Is that sick or what?

From The New Yorker: An aide to Rick Perry is confident that the Texas Governor proved he “has what it takes to be President” with his decision on Monday to send troops somewhere for no reason.

By deploying a thousand National Guardsmen to the U.S.-Mexico border, Perry has shown that as President he would be “ready and willing” to use troops without a defined objective, mission, or exit strategy, the aide confirmed.

“Sending troops someplace with no clear idea of why they are going or what they are supposed to be doing once they get there is a key part of the Presidential skill set,” said the aide, Harland Dorrinson. “Rick Perry has just shown that he’s got that nailed down.”

Did Andy hide some satire in there?

From Huffington Post: An Arizona inmate gasped and snorted in an execution that lasted nearly two hours on Tuesday.

Lawyers for Joseph Wood had filed an emergency motion to abort the execution because their client was still alive more than an hour after receiving a lethal injection that was intended to kill him quickly and peacefully.

Their motion, filed in federal district court, failed to save Wood. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced that the 55-year-old convicted killer was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m.

Court papers said the execution started 117 minutes earlier.

"He has been gasping and snorting for more than an hour," Wood’s lawyers wrote in their hurried attempt to call off the execution and force Arizona to provide Wood with life-saving care. "He is still alive."

A journalist from the Arizona Republic who witnessed the execution said Wood gasped for air 660 times after the drugs were introduced through intravenous tubes.

If strapping down a human being and torturing him for two hours is not cruel and unusual punishment, what is?

No doubt the Arizona Death Angel, Jan Brewer, is partying tonight.

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Jul 232014
 

One of the worst things about international tragedies is that things tend to crawl out of the woodwork that should never again seen the light of day.  In just such a situation, I encountered an explanation for Flight 17 that is so totally stupid that it almost makes Vladimir Putin (R-RU) sound reasonable.

PaulMassaHe raises the possibility that the U.S. may be using the crash to start a war against Putin.

Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul claimed Sunday that the U.S. and European Union may share responsibility for the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last week.

“While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report,” Paul, a former Republican congressman from Texas, wrote on his website [racist gnome delinked]. “They will not report that the crisis in Ukraine started late last year, when the EU and U.S. overthrew the elected Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Without U.S.-sponsored ‘regime change,’ it is unlikely that hundreds would have been killed in the unrest that followed. Nor would the Malaysian Airlines crash have happened.”

Paul is the father of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul [Idiot, Son of Idiot, named after Idiot], who is ahead in polls of likely candidates running for the GOP nomination for president in 2016… [emphasis original]

Inserted from <TIME>

Like virtually everything else Ron Paul has ever said, his ANALysis has a foundation of lies.  The best think he could possibly do for America is to crawl back into his ignominy, and contemplate that his failure to wear a condom has created an national catastrophe.

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