Republicans + Corporations = (Greed + Serfdom) X Infinity

Any questions?

In Eric Cantor’s February 2013 speech, he said he wanted to propose Federal Law that would end overtime pay for hourly workers.  Currently, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, mandates that certain workers get paid “time + 1/2” for overtime work.  Eric Cantor wants to eliminate that law.  Because — ya know — workers not getting paid for overtime hours worked out so good for workers before FDR enacted that Law.

In 2003, when the Republicans tried to end the requirement that hourly workers get paid overtime, they tried to sell it in good-old fashioned GOP Propaganda Minster: Frank Luntz terms.  They used words like “Family Flex time” … and … “work longer hours so you can have half a day with your family, maybe

Cantor’s goal in allowing the interview with the New Yorker Magazine, was to re-market the GOP draconian policies.

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Erasing the Concerns of People – Single and Coupled – Who Live in Jurisdictions Without Employment Anti-Discrimination Protections

That’s Suze Orman!

That nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage is encouraging progress for those of us who believe that everyone deserves to have basic civil rights. But, even if every state in the country could pass a similar legislation, it would not be enough. What we need is for our federal government to step up and make this basic right a law of the land.

Beyond the social discrimination, the refusal of our federal government to legally recognize same-sex marriages imposes steep financial penalties on same-sex couples. That two of the most costly penalties are triggered upon the death of one partner just adds to the ache of the senseless discrimination.

Sorry, Suze, but the MOST costly penalty is being prevented from ever attaining employment commensurate with one’s education and ability to begin with.

But I’m certain that you and others afflicted with Marriage Derangement Syndrome either don’t know or don’t care about that.

Protecting Gay, Inc,-ers’ married money.

That’s all that now matters.

Addicted to False Equivalency

By now most folks have heard about the Onion’s sub-misogynistic tweet about 9 year-old Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis last night.  Unlike so many – mostly on the right (though also a select group who claim to be liberal and/or feminist) – the Onion realizes when it screws up and, here, screwed up badly and admitted so.

On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.

No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.

The tweet was taken down within an hour of publication. We have instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again.

In addition, we are taking immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible.

Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry.

Sincerely,

Steve Hannah
CEO
The Onion

Memo to Republicans (and Bil Browning, et. al.): THAT’S a REAL apology. 

But, unsurprisingly, the Imaginary PC Police (not imaginary police that are PC mind you, but those who police imaginary instances of political correctness) are up in arms.

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Here’s the problem with that: However obnoxious the comment about Wallis was – and I think we can all agree that it was – it was about an entertainer who won’t be eligible to run for either the prsidency or the vice-presidency for 26 years and has done nothing other than appear in a movie and at the Oscars (and, importantly, she’s not an adult under any moral or legal framework in the United States.)

Palin(s)?

Even though many versions of the questions about Trig Palin’s ancestry were posed obnoxiously, the questions themselves were quite legitimate given (1) the visual questions regarding images of Sarah and Bristol from the period when Sarah, according to official narrative, was pregnant with Trig, (2) Sarah’s then-status as someone claiming to be worthy of holding America’s vice-presidency, (3) Sarah’s then-status as actual chief executive of the State of Alaska, and (4) the seriousness of the matter of whether someone with the status of (2) and (3) had ever lied on any official documents (much less to the electorate) regarding who the father and the mother of Trig are.  So what if Bristol was only 17 in 2008?  That’s already actually an adult in some states and certifiably so in any state whose penal system might want to lock her up.  If the kid is actually Bristol’s (irrespective of who the father actually is), then she was then and still is a participant in an ongoing fraud.  Personally, despite making several posts about it at the original ENDABlog, I do think the visual evidence was pretty flimsy (though, as a purely legal matter, the bare questions were far more legitimate than anything that was being asked re: Obama and Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers.)  Nevertheless, as usual with the Palin Defense League: Massive Fail.

Mama, When I Grow Up I Want to be an Economically Treasonous Societal Leech Who Does Nothing Even Remotely Close to Productive (as that Word is Understood by Common, Working People) but Instead Gets Paid Millions Upon Millions of Dolllars for Building Shell Game on Top of Ponzi Scheme on Top of Three-Card Monte Game…

all while being aided and abetted by a legal framework that I bribed into existence with the ill-gotten gains from my previous shell game that was built on top of a ponzi scheme on top of three-card monte game.

It’s that time of year again. Most of the nation’s big banks have disclosed how much chief executives earned in 2012. While some had their compensation cut, others received hefty raises.

Lloyd Blankfein: $21 million

The CEO of Goldman Sachs (GS), took home a pay package totaling $21 million.

On top of his base salary of $2 million, Goldman Sachs’ board granted Blankfein a nearly $19 million bonus: $13.3 million in stock and $5.6 million in cash.

Still…

I definitely don’t want to be a payday loan shark lender or a lawyer who works for them (a gal has to have some standards.)

Takei in ’14

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The More HRC Changes…

Oh wait, that’s right….

HRC never changes.

Posted to Facebook this morning by Janice Covington:

As of this moment I resign from the HRC Charlotte Steering committee because of what went on last night.

Last night at the HRC Gala in Charlotte, I felt very sick inside, not because of the food but because of the propaganda that was being feed to us from the stage. HRC at one time called this a Gala, a fun event. Now it’s nothing more than another way to get at your money. They had the audacity to ask people to donate $1000,00 $5000,00 then $25,000,00. I am appalled and insulted. If it weren’t for the many people in attendance being my friends whom I wanted to see I would have got up and left the building.

In 1969 when I lived in San Francisco, I belonged to the very first national LGBT organization called the Imperial Court. Unlike today the Imperial Court was for all of us, they didn’t separate Gay men, Lesbian woman and Transgender people into separate classes within the movement because of financial status. We were all one, for a common cause. The organizations of today like HRC want to rate the rich Gay man and Lesbians as the supreme leaders of the LGBT community. The more bucks they make, the more rungs they climb on the ladder of self [righteous] leadership. The more money these people give the more they are catered to.

Many of our brothers and sisters didn’t have the same advantages as the financially secured Gays and Lesbians of our so called united society of people. We as individuals experience a variety of harassment’s in our life such as non-family support, bulling in school causing our young to drop out, even suicide. The rejection that some in our community receives from others in life, affect how we progress in life, leaving many not as fortunate.

Let me tell you, in my opinion we are being lied to by organizations like HRC with their give us your money attitude, not knowing what it is used for. What you don’t realize is they need to survive by making sure they have a pay check. Lots of your money goes to lobby politicians for rights like ENDA, DADT and Marriage Equality, but in the end many of the politicians who receive your dollars back peddle during a vote for fear of not being reelected back home because their supporters don’t support LGBT.

Who gave the right for organizations like HRC to make the decision to go after Marriage Equality that has only a short history in comparison to the Employment Non Discrimination Act that we have been fighting for since 1974[?] If they want our money they will have to start listening to the people they represent rather than make their own decisions, it’s our money that they depend on. I will along with my friends make sure they are out of work too. No money no job. HRC you better straighten up and fly right.

The problem, of course, is that HRC has always been straight-leaning (which is kinda ironic don’tcha think given that its sycophants’ criticism of trans people is that – in their heads anyway – none of us are L or G?) and, when it counts, that leaning is to the right of center.

Methinks a Lot of Radphlegms Would Like to ‘Fix the Debt’ as Well

Just a thought.

A thought worth thinking about….

more than once.