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Recently, I setup a script to automatically publish Joe Nocera’s daily Gun Report to my Twitter feed. We have to get the word out about how our country is suffering from gun violence and accidental deaths. Joe is going his part, and I want to help him.
Every day, Nocera cites news reports of gun deaths from across the country. From Tuesday’s report…
Take a look at the second shooting in today’s Gun Report. A toddler gets a hold of a loaded gun and kills himself. I keep coming back to this particular kind of shooting: children killed or maimed after finding a loaded gun. Not because they are so heartbreaking, but because they seem so preventable. I wrote a column 11 days ago about the possibility of childproofing guns. Not surprisingly, gun absolutists find this idea appalling.
I’m just not really even sure what to say about the chart below.
How do you want to solve this country’s financial problems: by increasing taxes for the poor or wealthy?
When the data shows that cutting taxes does not grow the economy, then how do we get our country’s financial house in order by cutting taxes for everyone except for the poorest of the poor?
I know how I feel about it: I want to live in a country where those who can afford it give a little extra to carry the burden of the load for others. Humility and generosity, plain and simple. Read the rest of this entry »
President Obama gets this exactly right:
When some people question why I would challenge [Mitt Romney's] Bain record, the point I’ve made there in the past is, if you’re a head of a large private equity firm or hedge fund, your job is to make money. It’s not to create jobs. It’s not even to create a successful business – it’s to make sure that you’re maximizing returns for your investor. Now that’s appropriate. That’s part of the American way. That’s part of the system. But that doesn’t necessarily make you qualified to think about the economy as a whole, because as president, my job is to think about the workers. My job is to think about communities, where jobs have been outsourced.
I came across this chart recently while discussing the upcoming US presidential election. It shows the general level of debt during each presidency.*
If you look carefully, you will notice two things about this chart.
First, every single Democrat since the end of WWII has reduced our debt.**
Upon complaining about the online activism of SOPA opponets, one Congressional aide remarked:
Why can’t they just hire a lobbyist like everyone else?
Well, maybe because we don’t have the money that the major media corporations do!
Cheezburger recently turned 5 years old! Hooray for us! Who would have ever thought that a silly web site about cats could transform into the leading destination for online humor?!
Sadly, after 5 years, Cheezburger, and the entire Internet, are facing the most serious thread of censorship that has ever existed in the United States: SOPA.
The span of history is a never-ending conflict between the haves and the have-nots:
…the Department of Homeland Security had participated in an 18-city mayor conference call advising mayors on “how to suppress” Occupy protests…when you connect the dots, properly understood, what happened this week is the first battle in a civil war; a civil war in which, for now, only one side is choosing violence.
This article from which this quote comes is worth the read…it presents the Occupy Movement in rather clarifying terms.
From Occupy Protesters and the Police Clash in Lower Manhattan: Bloomberg backs the police in Occupy violence.
I thought Bloomberg was The Great Independent. The Benevelont Billionaire.
Are his true colors starting to show? Is he really just an ordinary oligharch…using the police and state to protect his interests?