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In 1913, Henry Ford wrote the following as the directors had been reaping the rewards of profits - "The wages we pay are too small in comparison with our profits. I think we should raise our minimum pay rate".

Thursday, February 17, 2011

So, think about this

Using your Critical Thinking skills, ponder the question, "why would a group seek to hamper education?"

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What are Anti-Choice People really asking for?

Anti-Choice people are asking :

Please, give us 1.37 million new, unwanted people added to our population per year.

Please, give us 123,300 more people in the Unemployment lines per year.
 [Update : 4/5/2011 :
  I have come to believe that this is exactly the driving force behind the Republican embrace of government interfering in the Health and Life decisions of women (and men) to outlaw abortions.  They seek to flood the labor market to lower wages and provide corporations with a limitless supply of desperate job-seekers ]

Please give us 178,100 more people stuck in poverty, many of those going hungry or starving, per year.

Please give us 42,470 more people who have committed crimes and are living in Prisons per year.

Please, let us have 5,891 more murder victims per year.

Please give us 493 more kids in foster care per year.

Please give us 2,877 more homeless people per year.

Those numbers assume that with the extra population things will stay statistically the same instead of getting even worse - as having more population usually means.  For one instance, Hunger will greatly increase because food production will decrease as farmland is cleared to house the increased population.

So, where is the morality in that?  Is increasing those numbers really the responsible thing to do?

Nobody is Pro-Abortion and Anti-Choice people are certainly not "Pro-Life" as they claim. Pro-Choice is a matter of Personal Responsibility. I choose Quality over Quantity of Life.

Based on the following statistics and information :

Number of abortions per year: 1.37 Million (1996)

U.S. Population 310,825,933 as of 20:28 UTC (EST+5) Feb 15, 2011

Unemployment rate 9.0%

13 percent of people living in the United States live in Poverty

United States: 0.042802 per 1,000 people murdered (0.00428%)

13,636 murder victims in 2009 (0.00439% of U.S. Population above)

115,000 U.S. children in foster care (0.00036% of U.S. Population)

671,859 people experiencing homelessness on any given night (0.0021 % of U.S. Population)

Why is Fox Misinfotainment so Successful?

One research team seems to know, according to Bill Moyers.  Yes, its a long read, but well worth it.  Even following the link to the article he cites online.

As Joe Keohane reported last year in The Boston Globe, political scientists have begun to discover a human tendency "deeply discouraging to anyone with faith in the power of information." He was reporting on research at the University of Michigan, which found that when misinformed people, particularly political partisans, were exposed to corrected facts in new stories, they rarely changed their minds. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Facts were not curing misinformation. "Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger." You can read the entire article online.
I won't spoil it for you by a lengthy summary here. Suffice it to say that, while "most of us like to believe that our opinions have been formed over time by careful, rational consideration of facts and ideas and that the decisions based on those opinions, therefore, have the ring of soundness and intelligence," the research found that actually "we often base our opinions on our beliefs ... and rather than facts driving beliefs, our beliefs can dictate the facts we chose to accept. They can cause us to twist facts so they fit better with our preconceived notions." 
However successful they are, we do have some hope :

DH: Do you think much about Fox? Olbermann and O'Reilly had this ongoing clash. Has that preoccupation with Fox faded from the air?

Cenk Uygur: To be honest, I think Fox News is very relevant. For so long, they have controlled the national conversation by incessantly talking about the stories they want to drive home. They do it until the other cable news outlets and eventually the whole press picks up on it. I want to drain them of that power. I want to put them back in the cave they came from.

So, yes, I think defeating Fox -- and more importantly, getting the rest of the media to understand they do not do legitimate news -- is very important. I hope to do that through pointing out their hypocrisy, propaganda and general foolishness. But I also plan to beat them in the ratings and make them fear me. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Bigger the GOP, the Bigger the Hypocrisy

Okay, so, the GOP passed a House Rule that states a requirement to cite the constitution as specifically as possible that empowers congress to enact the bill.


January 4, 2011 (10:18 p.m.)

(1) In clause 7 of rule XII, add the following new paragraph:

 ‘‘(c)(1) A bill or joint resolution may not be introduced unless the sponsor submits for printing in the Congressional Record a statement citing as specifically as practicable the power or powers granted to Congress in the Constitution to enact the bill or joint resolution. The statement shall appear in a portion of the Record designated for that purpose and be made publicly available in electronic form by the Clerk.

 ‘‘(2) Before consideration of a Senate bill or joint resolution, the chair of a committee of jurisdiction may submit the statement required under subparagraph (1) as though the chair were the sponsor of the Senate bill or joint resolution.’
And the memo warned that any bill that is filed without the requisite “constitutional authority statement” will not be accepted by the House clerk and will be returned to the sponsor.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1210/46565.html#ixzz1DwZpeANn
 So, on the first day of the new Congress, they violated the Constitution by having two members who did not take the oath of office overseeing subcommittees and voting.

Then, after that was resolved in a GOP-promise-and-rules-violating way, they went about their business of ruining the country.  A little while later, they have shown their own disdain for the rule they passed.  They "Forgot" to follow their own "cite the Constitution" rule for introducing Bills.

For one, when Weiner is citing the rule and reading the attachment provided, it is clear that the citation is non-existent.  They failed to follow their own rule.  The GOP tries to start arguing that the law the bill is seeking to repeal is unconstitutional.  Not the point.  Your rule was not followed, start over.  Then, a GOP Rep starts citing Article 1, Section 1 :
"All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."
 Okay, fine, you want to weasel around your own rules, cite Article 1, Section 1 in the bill - which has not been done.  Start over! The House Clerk should have, according to the GOP memo, rejected the bill and returned it to the sponsor.  Instead, they are just pushing it through.

I like that Rep. Frank Pallone then proposed the real reason they did not include the citation - they can't.

Seriously - even though it is very long, watch the video!

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You know, maybe the reason the Male GOP want to prevent abortions so bad is so that they can marry little girls...