Friday, February 15, 2013

State of The Union Speech Merely Theater And GOP Response Fails Again & Elizabeth Warren Stumps Regulators With a Simple Question And Assange 's Interview With Bill Maher

Elizabeth Warren asks the financial regulators about when the last time they took a Wall St. bank all the way to trial.
This should be an easy question to answer and if they don't have an answer why can't they just send a message to their office to find out using modern technology computers, black berrys and other new fangled devices.

Elizabeth Warren Asks The Most Obvious Question Ever And Stumps A Bunch Of Bank Regulators via Upworthy Adam Mordecai

Someone drank too much coffee this morning before a Senate Banking Committee hearing and decided to "do the job we hired her for" and ask the question the rest of us have been "asking for years." That someone is my new favorite senator, Elizabeth Warren. Someone go on another Starbucks run for her, pretty please?

Bill Maher interviews Wikileaks Julian Assange who is still living in Ecuador's consulate in London in order to avoid being arrested by UK police . If they arrest him they will deport him to Sweden and the Swedes would then send him to the USA where President Obama could Indefinitely Detain him as he has done to Bradley Manning who is alleged to have leaked documents to Wikileaks. Meanwhile others go free who have committed real crimes such as war criminals in the USA and Banksters who have stolen $trillions from the American people and the US government and from the rest of the world.

Here's one of the best analysis in our view of President Obama's State of the Union speech . William Rivers Pitt argue the whole thing is just a bit of theater in which the president makes up-beat talking points and shares his fantasies about what he'd like to accomplish as opposed to what he actually can or will even try to accomplish. Pitt adds that one need only watch the response of John Boehner to predict what will happen with any legislation Obama tries to have passed . Boehner did not clap or stand up at the end of each declarative sentence spoken by the president as the rest of the audience did this Pitt says indicates that the Republican are going to stall and stand in the way of any piece of legislation Obama might be in favor of.

William Rivers Pitt | Obama, Boehner and the American Theater William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed, Feb. 13, 2013

Here's the deal.

When you're talking about a State of the Union speech, you are talking about theater. Anyone who does not know that, who gets themselves all geeked up over what a president says during these things, who thinks real action is afoot in the chamber, who thinks even one word spoken has any meaning beyond political showmanship, has entirely missed the point.

These grandiose television programs are, in truth, a relatively recent occurrence; it was in the era of Ronald Reagan that these speeches became the Very Big Deal they are today, because Reagan's people knew that he could put on one hell of a show, and so they turned these yearly affairs into a great spectacle, because their guy could always be counted on to give a dominant performance...and every president since has been required to light up the room and the networks in similar fashion, with a performance that has everything to do with sounding good, and very little to do with actually getting anything done.

And Thom Hartmann skewers with tongue in cheek the poor performance of Marco Rubio who was chosen to give the Republican party's reply to president Obama's speech. Hartmann suggests that the failure of Republican responses to the speech each yaer is because they are taking an exotic drug Ibogaine invented by Hunter Thompson of course. Otherwise how does one explain this annual cock-up by the GOP when the president is a Democrat.

Marco Rubio and the Republican Ibogaine Problem By Thom Hartmann, The Daily Take | Op-Ed, Feb. 13, 2013

Yes, there was another Republican response to the State of the Union. And it was, yet again, a disaster.

After watching the President address Congress for more than an hour without taking a water break, the nation learned Tuesday night that Marco Rubio can't give a five-minute speech without awkwardly lunging off camera to wet his lips.

Most in the Republican Party cringed at the moment, muttering to themselves, "Oh no, not again."

And right away, the media jumped on the often-repeated meme that the Republican response to the State of the Union is a curse against any politician who offers it.

But I'm here to tell you that, in fact, there's a very real explanation – rooted in science – for why Republicans can't seem to get a State of the Union response right. It's highly likely it's because the politicians the Republican Party chooses each year to give the Republicans' response to the State of the Union are all using a drug known as ibogaine.

Democrats and non-Fox oriented American journalists and pundits have accused the Tea Party Movement of being a faux populist movement referring to it as being an astro-turf movement created by a group of fairly wealthy individuals and ultraconservative organizations to push their own agenda against raising taxes on the wealthy or in favor of less regulation of Wall Street, the Banks , investment firms and Big Business or calling for a reduction of Fossil Fuels which maybe causing catastrophic climate change.

A new study "funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health, traces the roots of the Tea Party's anti-tax movement back to the early 1980s when tobacco companies began to invest in third party groups to fight excise taxes on cigarettes, as well as health studies finding a link between cancer and secondhand cigarette smoke."

Now they are using the same type of Faux Science or anti-science to prove climate change is not happening and if it were its not because of burning fossil fuels.

Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaires by Brendan Demelle via Oped.News, Feb. 11, 2013

A new academic study confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene.

Far from a genuine grassroots uprising, this astro-turf effort was curated by wealthy industrialists years in advance. Many of the anti-science operatives who defended cigarettes are currently deploying their tobacco-inspired playbook internationally to evade accountability for the fossil fuel industry's role in driving climate disruption.

The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health, traces the roots of the Tea Party's anti-tax movement back to the early 1980s when tobacco companies began to invest in third party groups to fight excise taxes on cigarettes, as well as health studies finding a link between cancer and secondhand cigarette smoke.

Published in the peer-reviewed academic journal, Tobacco Control, the study titled, 'To quarterback behind the scenes, third party efforts': the tobacco industry and the Tea Party, is not just an historical account of activities in a bygone era. As senior author, Stanton Glantz, a University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) professor of medicine, writes:

"Nonprofit organizations associated with the Tea Party have longstanding ties to tobacco companies, and continue to advocate on behalf of the tobacco industry's anti-tax, anti-regulation agenda."

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