Jueseppi B.:

Simple, beautiful, few words spoken, visual image set. Good post Ms. Lee.

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entitled:  Ode To A Butterfly
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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Tells GOP Obstructionist: Suck It


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gestures as he speaks during a news conference at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, December 12, 2012….where he announced his plans to stimulate a sluggish U.S. economy.

 

 

US Central Bank Adopts New Stimulus to Boost Economy

 

VOA News  December 12, 2012

 

 

The U.S. central bank says it is embarking on a new plan to buy government securities, its latest effort to keep borrowing rates low and to boost the sluggish American economy.

 

Federal Reserve policy makers in Washington agreed Wednesday to buy $45 billion worth of government bonds each month, beginning in January, in addition to the $40 billion worth of real estate-related securities the central bank already is buying monthly.

 

Taken together, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the asset purchases should exert “downward pressure” on long-term interest rates to encourage U.S. business growth and expand its labor market.

 

The Federal Reserve also said it would keep its benchmark lending rate at between zero and a quarter of a percentage point, and maintain it at that historically low level as long as the nation’s jobless rate remains above 6.5 percent and consumer price inflation is limited. The U.S. unemployment rate has been falling, but still was pegged at 7.7 percent in November.

 

In a statement after a two-day meeting, the Fed said it felt compelled to start the new bond-buying program because “without sufficient policy accommodation, economic growth might not be strong enough to generate sustained improvement in labor market conditions.”

 

Bernanke said it could be mid-2015 before the U.S. jobless rate goes down to 6.5 percent. He said high unemployment has been devastating for the country.

 

Read the entire report on the Federal Reserve Chairman’s agenda here at VOA News.

 

 

The objective of this move by Chairman Bernanke is two-fold:

Keeping interest rates low:

The Fed predicted the U.S. economy could advance by as much as 3 percent next year and 3.5 percent in 2014.

 

Helping offset the impending “fiscal cliff”

The central bank adopted the new stimulus as President Barack Obama and Congress are engaged in contentious negotiations on how to resolve key government tax and spending issues by the end of the year. Bernanke said it is critical that they reach a compromise.

 

 

Remember all those TeaTardedRepubliCANTS who wanted the Federal Reserve abolished?

 

Yeah.

 

Abolish anything that helps America remain solvent. Obstruction comes in many shades of caucasian.

 

 

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Jueseppi B.:

Jesus said for us to feed, clothe and shelter the needy, as he himself would do.

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Some in Washington are now saying that even the poorest among us must pay slightly more in taxes so that they too will share the suffering. That is nonsense. The poorest among us cannot afford proper food, healthcare and shelter as it is without adding to their burden. What does Washington expect the poorest among us to give up? Their shelter, nutritious food or needed medication? There is a recession every few years and it is always, always, the poor who suffer. The well-off have enough to weather the lean years, the poor do not. It is past time to end this boom and bust cycle where the 1% and the politicians do not share the suffering.

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You Think That’s Stupid….Look At This…..


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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Scalia: It’s ‘effective’ to compare homosexuality to bestiality and murder

 

By David Ferguson For The Raw Story
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

 

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told an audience at Princeton University on Monday that comparing same sex coupling to bestiality and murder is politically “effective.”According to the Associated Press (AP), Scalia was explaining to a question by a gay student, Duncan Hosie, who asked the conservative judge why he considers it necessary to draw parallels between laws banning LGBT sex and laws banning bestiality and murder.

 

“I don’t think it’s necessary, but I think it’s effective,” Scalia replied, adding that he believes legislative bodies are within their purview to ban acts that they believe are immoral.

 

The Reagan-appointed justice has been touring the country promoting his new book, Reading Law. He said that he was not equating homosexual sex with murder, but rather saying that laws against them serve the same purpose, as moral safeguards on society.
IF you wish to read the complete story…..go here…..Raw Story 

 

 

 

Virginia State Senator Proposes Election Rigging Scheme To Help Elect A Republican President

 

By Josh Israel on Dec 10, 2012 at Think Progress

 

 

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Virginia State Senator Charles “Bill” Carrico Sr. (R)

 

Virginia State Senator Charles “Bill” Carrico Sr. (R) has become the latest swing state-Republican to propose a scheme to rig presidential elections for future Republican candidates. Blue Virginia reports his proposed SB 723 would award the state’s electors based on which candidate gets the majority of votes in each gerrymandered Congressional district — rather than based on who gets the most votes statewide.

 

The Carrico bill would award one of Virginia’s 13 electoral votes to the presidential candidate who gets the most votes in each of the Commonwealth’s 11 Congressional Districts. The remaining two electors would go to the candidate who won the majority of Congressional Districts. With a Republican-controlled redistricting passed earlier this year, Virginia Democrats were heavily packed into three districts. Under these maps, Obama won Virginia by almost a 4 point margin, yet he carried just four Virginia Congressional Districts. Were Carrico’s scheme in place, Mitt Romney would have received seven of Virginia’s 11 electoral votes despite receiving just 47.28% of the vote statewide.

 

Carrico’s proposal is part of a troubling national trend by Republican legislators in GOP-controlled states won by President Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections.

 

Read more by going here…..Think Progress.

 

 

 

 

 

Did Republicans deliberately crash the US economy?

 for The guardian.co.uk.

 

 

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The Republican party congressional leadership (left to right): Senate Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell, House majority leader Eric Cantor, and House speaker John Boehner, after the 2010 midterms. Photograph: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

 

So why does the US economy stink?

 

Why has job creation in America slowed to a crawl? Why, after several months of economic hope, are things suddenly turning sour? The culprits might seem obvious – uncertainty in Europe, an uneven economic recovery, fiscal and monetary policymakers immobilized and incapable of acting. But increasingly, Democrats are making the argument that the real culprit for the country’s economic woes lies in a more discrete location: with the Republican Party.

 

In recent days, Democrats have started coming out and saying publicly what many have been mumbling privately for years – Republicans are so intent on defeating President Obama for re-election that they are purposely sabotaging the country’s economic recovery. These charges are now being levied by Democrats such as Senate majority leader Harry Reid and Obama’s key political adviser, David Axelrod.

 

For Democrats, perhaps the most obvious piece of evidence of GOP premeditated malice is the 2010 quote from Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell:

“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

 

Such words lead some to the conclusion that Republicans will do anything, including short-circuiting the economy, in order to hurt Obama politically. Considering that presidents – and rarely opposition parties – are held electorally responsible for economic calamity, it’s not a bad political strategy.

 

Read the entire article at The Guardian UK.

 

 

 

Everything You Need to Know About The GOP’s Opposition To Protecting Native American Women From Abuse.

 

By Guest Blogger on Dec 11, 2012 at Think Progress

Our guest blogger is Erik Stegman, Manager of the Half in Ten campaign for the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

 

 

As the last window of opportunity to pass a fully-inclusive Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization comes close to shutting in the final days of the 112th Congress, many are wondering why Republican House leadership, particularly Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), are so opposed to the provisions protecting Native American women on tribal reservations. Other Republican leaders — including Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA), John Kline (R-MN), Mike Simpson (R-ID), Tom Cole (R-OK), and Patrick McHenry (R-NC) — have proposed a reasonable compromise that protects Native women, but it puts them at odds with the Majority Leader.

 

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Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

 

With the Issa compromise on the table and backed by several House Committee chairs, what are Republicans like Cantor still so concerned about that they’re willing to hold up the landmark law that funds services, strengthens law enforcement for domestic violence, and increases accountability for offenders?

Here’s everything you need to know about the GOP’s opposition to new protections for Native women on tribal lands:

 

1) Non-Native men will continue to receive a jurisdictional free pass for abusing Native women.

 

2) Republicans are more concerned with Non- Native perpetrators than Native victims.

 

3) Local tribal law enforcement is more responsive to Native women.

 

 

Get the complete details on these 3 points and sign the petition to force passage of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization, go to Think Progress.

 

 

 

Michigan Passes “Right to Work” Containing Verbatim Language from ALEC Model Bill

 

by Brendan Fischer — December 11, 2012 for PR Watch

 

Amidst massive pro-labor protests, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed sweeping legislation attacking private and public sector unions, just hours after passing the lame-duck legislature. The operative language in the bills is nearly identical to the American Legislative Exchange Council’s “model” Right to Work Act.

 

Both HB 4003, which affects public sector unions, and HB 4054 / SB 116 affecting private sector unions, undermine collective bargaining by allowing workers to opt-out of paying the costs of union representation. As the Center for Media and Democracy’s Executive Director Lisa Graves reported today, the move is calculated political payback attacking unions for supporting Democrats. Wages are lower for both union and non-union workers in Right to Work states, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

 

The legislation is straight out of the Koch-funded ALEC playbook. Compare the language in HB 4003 and HB 4054/SB116 with the ALEC “model” Right to Work Act.

 

Visit PR Watch for the ALEC “model” Right to Work Act and to read the complete article.

 

 

 

And finally, a very appropriate end to this inaugural edition of “You Think That’s Stupid….Look At This…..”

 

Bachmann Compares Letter From Muslim Advocacy Group To Hitler’s Manifesto

 

By Annie-Rose Strasser on Dec 11, 2012 at Think Progress

 

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On a conservative radio program over the weekend, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) went on an anti-Muslim tirade, making accusations about Muslims that ranged from the offensive to the absurd. Within her long conversation with host Jan Markell and co-host Eric Barger, Bachmann suggested that Americans read Islamic study materials to learn about Muslims’ supposed plot to conquer Western civilization, comparing the tactic to reading Adolf Hitler’s infamous book, Mein Kampf.

 

During the interview, Bachmann said she had proof that there was creeping sharia law — or, Islamic law — infiltrating the United States. That proof? A letter signed by groups of Muslim-Americans asking the Department of Homeland Security to stop distributing anti-Muslim materials:

 

BACHMANN: That’s right. That’s why we need to know what their belief system is; we need to know what they truly believe. That’s why the most important thing a person could do in WWII was to read the book that the leader of Germany wrote.

 

BARGER: Mein Kampf.

 

BACHMANN: Because he laid out very clearly what his intention was, he wasn’t hiding it, the Islamist does the same thing. They do not hide it, they lay it out very clearly. But what we’ve never seen before is the United States aiding and abetting that goal.

 

 

Bachmann’s Islamophobia has been an important part of her congressional repertoire.

 

Read much more of Bachmann’s lunacy here at Think Progress.

 

 

 

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