Friday, March 6, 2015

The GOP Frontrunner

Merle Haggard - "It's Almost 'Criminal' What They Do To President Obama"

My friend Chuck likes to say: "Obama is my favorite Republican president."


"Obama Hatred"

"Wingnuts And President Obama"
Harris Poll Results

238 Presidential Historians Rank Obama Near The Top: Dubyah Near The Bottom

Canadian Letter To The Editor: "You Americans Have No Idea How Good Obama Is"

The American Conservative: "Obama Is A Republican"

Merle Haggard - "It's Almost 'Criminal' What They Do To President Obama"
Leslie Salzillo

A Merle Haggard quote has been circulating social media over the last two days, almost as if it appeared in response to the incredible disrespect shown to President Obama by Republicans in Congress and foreign leader, Benjamin Netanyahu. The quote is from a 2010 Rolling Stone interview. Patrick Doyle spoke with music legend Merle Haggard, who was attending the 33rd Kennedy Center Honors. Haggard was invited to the White House to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Doyle asked Merle Haggard about President Obama, and the traditional 'stone-country' singer-songwriter said he enjoyed meeting Obama and found the President to be quite different from what he had seen in the media. That's when Haggard interestingly added:
Merle Haggard:
"It's really almost criminal what they do with our President. There seems to be no shame or anything. They call him all kinds of names all day long, saying he's doing certain things that he's not. It's just a big old political game that I don't want to be part of. There are people spending their lives putting him down. I'm sure some of it's true and some of it's not. I was very surprised to find the man very humble and he had a nice handshake. His wife was very cordial to the guests and especially me. They made a special effort to make me feel welcome. It was not at all the way the media described him to be."
Doyle asked, 'What's the biggest lie out there about Obama?'
Merle Haggard:
"He's not conceited. He's very humble about being the President of the United States, especially in comparison to some presidents we've had who come across like they don't need anybody's help. I think he knows he's in over his head. Anybody with any sense who takes that job and thinks they can handle it must be an idiot."
When Doyle asked if Haggard talked to the President much, the interview took a much lighter tone:
Merle Haggard:
"I told him, "You and I have something in common: our wives are both taller than we are." And he said "No! She's got on 3-inch heels! And she is not that tall!" He was like me. He grabbed that real quick."
Merle Haggard's compassion and straightforwardness seem to be just want many of us needed after the GOP once again shamed themselves, and this nation, by seditiously spiting the President of the United States. Reading Haggard's words again, was like a glorious breath of fresh air - an affirmation and validation of the thoughts many of us have been feeling.
Merle Haggard was 73 at the time the Rolling Stone interview. That night he stood alongside other living legends like Sir Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey. And this was not his first invitation to the White House. Merle Haggard has also been the guest of both President Nixon and President Reagan.
It's easy to see why Merle Haggard is loved by millions. He's the 'real deal'. Having been involved in the music industry in Nashville, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Haggard years ago - a truly charming man. It's as if that rough exterior, from once leading a very rough life, just sort of melts away when you shake his hand. You can feel his warmth. And looking into his eyes, you can almost see through to his heart of gold.
Visit/Like Merle Haggard's Facebook Page here. At 77, he is still touring, and last year Merle teamed up with pals Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson to make an album.
Thank you, Merle Haggard. You are loved.

Compendium Of Best Pax Posts: Plutocracy, Economic Inequality & Collapse Of Conservatism

"Plutocracy Triumphant"
Cartoon Compendium

"Politics And Economics: The 101 Courses You Wish You Had"

Teddy Roosevelt: "Malefactors Of Great Wealth... Are Curses To The Country"

What's Wrong With Conservatives? Seriously. What's Wrong With Them?

"The Rich Aren't Just Grabbing A Bigger Slice Of The Pie. They're Taking It All"

Inequality: Joseph Stiglitz Brilliant Reflection On Obama's State Of The Union Address

"Of The 1%, By The 1%, For The 1%,"
Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz

Bizillionaire Nick Hanauer: Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down

Bizillionaire Nick Hanauer Calls For Radical Wealth Redistribution

Bizillionaire Nick Hanauer: Stock Buy Backs Are Ruining The Economy

"The Pitchforks Are Coming... For Us Billionaires," Amazon Financier, Nick Hanauer

1910 Income Tax Promised To Never Shift Burden From Richest 1 - 4%

U Mass Professor Emeritus Richard Wolff Provides Out-Of-The-Box Views

It's Not About Income. "It's About Net Worth, Stupid!"

American Plutocracy: Who's Punished And Who's Not

George Soros: On The Coming Class War In The United States

The Bank Of America: Too Crooked To Fail
Matt Taibbi

Taibbi: $9 Billion Whistle Blower At JPMorgan. Financial Thuggery At The Top

The Bank Of America: Too Crooked To Fail
Matt Taibbi

Federal Reserve Bank Investigator Carmen Segarra Fired For Holding Banks Responsible

American Banking: A New Mafia In Three Piece Suits. Bank Of America Spearheads The Thuggery

Compendium Of Best Pax Posts On "Too Pure Principles" And The Collapse Of Conservatism

G.K. Chesterton: "The Anarchy of The Rich"

Chesterton Viewed The Rich As "Oppressive" "Scum" And Failures

Aristotle On Democracy: Rule By The Needy

Princeton Researches Conclude That The United States Is No Longer A Democracy

G.K. Chesterton: "The Anarchy of The Rich"

Chesterton Viewed The Rich As "Oppressive" "Scum" And Failures

Major General Smedley Butler: Do Wars Really Defend America’s Freedom?

Pope Francis: "This Economy Kills"

Major General Smedley Butler: Do Wars Really Defend America’s Freedom?

Pope Francis’ Popularity Hits All-Time High Among US Catholics

Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of the general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 4, 2015.
Excerpt: "More white evangelical Protestants hold negative views about the pope than any other religious group. While 60 percent approve of the pope, 22 percent hold unfavorable views of him. That number is up 13 percentage points from days following Francis’ election." 
Zoe Mintz
Pope Francis is days away from completing his second year as leader of the Catholic Church – and his approval ratings are sky-high. Results from a Pew Research Center survey, conducted Feb. 18-22, show nine in 10 U.S. Catholics view the pope favorably.
This is Francis’ highest U.S. favorability ranking to date. Last February, 85 percent of American Catholics viewed the pope favorably. At the time of his election in March 2013, that number was 83 percent, followed by 79 percent in September of that same year.
The pope’s figures are comparable to those calculated during Pope John Paul II’s tenure, where 93 percent of American Catholics viewed him favorably when polled in 1990 and 1996. Pope Benedict XVI's highest favorability rating was 83 percent in April 2008. 
And it’s not just Catholics who admire the pope. Among the U.S. general public, 70 percent see the pope favorably, a 13 percentage point increase from March 2013 when he was elected. Sixty percent of Protestants and 68 percent of the religiously unaffiliated also view him favorably. The latter is up from 39 percent when polled immediately following Francis’ election.
“Francis’ favorability rating has risen as more people have gained familiarity with the pope and become able to express an opinion about him,” according to Pew Research Center.
Negative views of Francis have remained steady over time. Among the general public, 15 percent view him unfavorably. More white evangelical Protestants hold negative views about the pope than any other religious group. While 60 percent approve of the pope, 22 percent hold unfavorable views of him. That number is up 13 percentage points from days following Francis’ election. 

EPA Wants To Regulate Genetically Modified Corn Because It's Breeding Stronger Bugs

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to regulate genetically modified corn, saying it's breeding stronger bugs. "The plan is aimed at widely grown corn varieties sold by Monsanto Co. , the first to sell rootworm-resistant corn, and rival seed makers including DuPont Co. and Dow Chemical Co. Such corn seeds have been genetically modified to secrete proteins that are toxic to destructive insects, but safe for human consumption, helping to reduce farmers’ reliance on synthetic pesticides. ... Midwestern farmers’ embrace of pest-resistant corn since the first varieties’ launch in 1996 has diminished its power over some bugs like the corn rootworm, however. Repeated exposure to the corn’s bug-killing proteins means that the small number of rootworms that are able to consume the BT toxin and live can reproduce by the thousands and spread across fields that are used to grow corn year after year." Jacob Bunge in The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Oil Storage A Major Problem Driving Prices Lower. Does ANYONE Need Keystone Pipeline?

Where are we going to put all that oil? "U.S. crude-oil supplies are at their highest level in more than 80 years, according to data from the Energy Information Administration, equal to nearly 70% of the nation’s storage capacity. ... Some analysts predict prices, already down 50% since June, could spiral even lower as producers sell oil at a discount to the few remaining buyers with room to store it. Consumers, though, would continue to be big winners as refineries convert an ocean of crude into gasoline and other fuels." Nicole Friedman in The Wall Street Journal.

The Keystone Pipeline Has Produced 400 Times More Permanent Jobs Than The Keystone Pipeline Will

Each Senator Who Voted For Keystone XL Got $250,000.00 From "Big Oil"

Bloomberg News: Keystone Pipeline's Policy Significance Now Close To Nil

The Detroit Bailout Has Produced 400 Times More Permanent Jobs Than Keystone Pipeline Will

Alan: Obama's bailout of Detroit added 14,000 permanent jobs on top of tens of thousands of jobs saved by not going "belly up." 

According to the following Forbes article, the Keystone pipeline will result in only thirty five (35) permanent jobs and perhaps 5 thousand short-lived construction jobs.

The central attraction of Libertarianism is the purity of its principles.

But they are too pure. Too true to be good. And fundamentally unworkable.

At the heart of libertarianism is an essential selfishness that aspires to calm one's own demons at the expense of everything else.

It is profoundly satisfying -- and profoundly egotistical -- to support the demise of Detroit because "good government" doen't bail anyone out.

"Red State Moocher Links"

"The Party of Personal Responsibility" 
Is "The Party Of Personal Irresponsibility"

Republican Rule And Economic Catastrophe, A Lockstep Relationship