VAN TOBIN FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT "a little handgun in each child's sock"
Good news for folks on the far right,
as we approach this Christmas night.
Old Santa’s been hired by the NRA,
he’s hired Ted Nugent to drive his sleigh.
He’s putting a little handgun in each child’s sock,
sometimes a Colt, but more often a Glock.
Tossed beneath the tree as he races the clock,
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An unwavering belief in the free market leads to some comical statements. Milton Friedman once said "The free market system distributes the fruits of economic progress among all people." In response to the mortgage collapse the Chicago Tribune gushed: "Let the market do its job." And Mitt Romney's reaction to J.P. Morgan's profligate trading was "The market will take care of it."
But it's no laughing matter that the free market has done a good job for the small percentage of people that it represents so well.
Also left off the list are a few of the fiendishly frivolous footprints despoiling the sands of this annum horribilis such as Lindsay Lohan’s continuing struggles with sobriety, that curious craze called Gangnam Style, the introduction of the iPhone 5 and Facebook’s roller coaster IPO.
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A white Ford F-250 pick-up rumbled through town, a Confederate rebel flag on a pole behind the cab; on the rear bumper were a pro-life and three Anti-Obama stickers, two of which could not be revealed in a family newspaper.
It wasn't a lone wolf protest; several cars, trucks, and homes in the area sport similar flags and messages. During the summer, when a 4-wheel Jamboree and a Monster Truck rally are held at the local fairgrounds, attracting thousands from a multi-state area, many trucks fly rebel flags, insignia, and political statements. During the annual eight-day fair at the end of September, vendors sell all kinds of items with the Confederate battle flag, most of them made overseas.
The rebels say they are fierce independents. But, being a "rebel" doesn't mean you can complain about paying taxes, while also denying climate change and evolution. Nevertheless, those flying rebel flags, although they may be disenchanted and alienated from the mainstream, are still part of traditional mainstream America.
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I awoke to TV pundits discussing the remarkable Obama Campaign team and their brilliant strategy. Certainly, the Obama Campaign deserves credit for a masterfully implemented plan, but let's not forget that the President’s successful campaign was not just based on its manager’s wizardry; it was built on a solid foundation of real, factual differences between the candidates and the core of their respective parties.
- The Republican "war on women" was not an advertising strategy invented by political operatives to sell a candidate; it was a theme that grew out of a reality-based differences between the policies of Barack Obama and those of Mitt Romney and his Republican colleagues. The Obama Campaign did not create Richard Mourdock or Todd Aiken. Nor did the campaign employ ventriloquists to fill their mouths with stupid, insensitive, and misogynistic sound bites about women and rape. The campaign did not force Romney to challenge the inclusion of birth control in the Affordable Care Act or to persist in his cloistered silence on equal pay. To the extent women favored President Obama over Mr. Romney, their preference was grounded in facts.
- The Auto Bailout was not an Obama-come-lately campaign initiative; it was a policy from the early days of the Administration undertaken with the understanding that government intervention is sometimes necessary to steady sectors of the economy, save an industry, and, most importantly, protect well-paying jobs for America's families. By reminding Americans of what Obama did, the campaign pursued a fact-based defense of an Obama administration policy. Of course, the Auto Bailout also brought a campaign bonus. That bonus was the decision of Romney, an allegedly moral and upright former Bishop of his Church, to launch an assault on the truth about the Bailout by claiming Obama was behind a lying assertion that Chrysler was moving 1500 Jeep jobs to China. This unprecedented desperate move brought auto industry spokespersons, including the CEO of Chrysler and GM spokeseprsons, into the campaign to remind voters that the Romney Campaign was not telling the truth.
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The Republicans have repeatedly turned against middle-class and low-income Americans in their legislative proposals over the past two years. Here are some of the sordid details.
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