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Dick of the Week

Haven’t done one for a while

Right now someone who is really getting under my skin is … Paul Ryan

To start off with is his budget in and of itself.  A budget he has introduced twice, and which is utterly and cravenly plutocratic.  Crucify the poor and middle class while maintaining our bloated military-industrial complex and handing out big gifts to the wealthy and corporations, or as he likes to call them – Job Creators.  Nice euphemism for plutocrats.

Then there is the deception underlying it

“Do you acknowledge poor people will suffer under this budget?” [Ann] Curry asked Ryan.

“No,” Ryan responded…

Really? let’s see what is contained herein

  • $2.4 trillion in reductions from Medicaid and other health care for people with low or moderate incomes.
  • $134 billion in cuts to SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.
  • At least $463 billion in cuts in mandatory programs, such as farm programs and federal employee retirement.
  • At least $291 billion in cuts in low-income discretionary programs, like Head Start, child care, K-12 education, job training, Pell grants and services for the elderly.

nooooo that’s not going to hurt one little bit.  But it all consistent with his Catholic faith … except for the fact the Catholic Church itself completely disagrees with his aims,

A just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons; it requires shared sacrifice by all, including raising adequate revenues, eliminating unnecessary military and other spending, and addressing the long-term costs of health insurance and retirement programs fairly.

and

We support proposals in the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget to strengthen programs that serve poor and vulnerable people, such as Pell Grants and improved workforce training and development. We also support proposals to restore cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as well as efforts to make permanent recent expansions of low-income tax credits.

oops…

But the military should be happy because he wants to give them more money than they asked for since they lied about how much they needed, right?

ROBERTS: Why did the committee choose to go against the advice of the generals?

RYAN: We don’t think the generals are giving us their true advice. We don’t think the generals believe that their budget is really the right budget. I believe that the president’s budget by virtue of the fact that when he released his budget number of about $500 billion, the number was announced at the same time they announced the beginning of their strategy review of the Pentagon’s budget. So what we get from the Pentagon is more of a budget driven strategy, not a strategy driven budget.

Wrong

“There’s a difference between having someone say they don’t believe what you said versus … calling us, collectively, liars,” Gen. Dempsey (Chair of the Joint Chiefs) told reporters aboard a U.S. military aircraft after a four day visit to Latin America.  ”My response is: I stand by my testimony. This was very much a strategy-driven process to which we mapped the budget.”

The deficit reduction is a fraud, as the CBO scoring is based on unrealistic assumptions, like health care cost growing only at the rate of inflation – here.

And finally he doesn’t even have the balls to specify specific cuts to programs, but only cuts to categories so that he can dodge any hard choices or responsibility,

This is an argument over semantics, and both sides have a point. Ryan’s budget sets numbers for categories of spending (see the tables at the end of this document). So “Transportation” gets $787 billion over the next decade. “Income Security” gets $4.7 trillion. “Global War on Terrorism” gets $494 billion. But there’s no specificity within these categories. It doesn’t drill into those categories to say what, exactly, gets cut, and how much it gets cut by.

So how big of a cut does the Bureau of Land Management take? We don’t know. How big of a cut does the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s weather forecasting services get? No clue. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? Sorry. The “Concurrent Resolution on the Budget” offers some “Illustrative Policy Options” for each category, but nothing like a specific list of cuts to programs. Ryan — arguably properly — is leaving that for the relevant congressional committees to decide. In his speech, Obama anticipated this critique:

Now, you can anticipate Republicans may say, well, we’ll avoid some of these cuts — since they don’t specify exactly the cuts that they would make. But they can only avoid some of these cuts if they cut even deeper in other areas. This is math. If they want to make smaller cuts to medical research that means they’ve got to cut even deeper in funding for things like teaching and law enforcement. The converse is true as well. If they want to protect early childhood education, it will mean further reducing things like financial aid for young people trying to afford college.

Yes Paul, YOU are my Dick of the Week

 

 

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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Economy, Politics

 

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Dick Of The Week

Ok, in the interest of full disclosure, before I start bashing away, I am employed by a university, in a research department where I work on research (duh) and help train the next generation of scientist and engineers.

Now with that out of the way, my dick of the week is …

RICK SANTORUM (R-delusionland)

There are many things that make him a dick, but his latest bit of dipshitism REALLY gets under my skin.  During a speech yesterday he chose to bash higher education and Obama for supporting higher education in the SOTU (here and here)

“It’s no wonder President Obama wants every kid to go college,” Santorum said Wednesday in Florida, according to CBS News. “The indoctrination that occurs in American universities is one of the keys to the left holding and maintaining power in America. And it is indoctrination. If it was the other way around, the ACLU would be out there making sure there wasn’t one penny of government dollars going to colleges and universities, right?”

Wha-wha-what ?!? Christ! No dipshit, colleges and universities do not indoctrinate students in left wing dogma,  they give students knowledge and teach them how to think critically.  Yes there are subjects where things can be seriously slanted left or right such as economics and philosophy, but a majority of topics such as math, physics, history don’t.  They’re just facts and principles.  There is nothing left wing about Newton’s equations of motion, or the fall of the Roman Empire.  I think what Rick really means is that colleges and universities encourage people to think, and if people think for themselves they may see through the bullshit and outright lies you and your brethren tell.

Now with religion, in particular the Judea-Christian and Islam variety, we have textbook examples of indoctrination.  Methinks you are looking in a mirror … but continue …

Santorum said that if higher-education institutions “taught Judeo-Christian principles,” “they would be stripped of every dollar.”

“If they teach radical secular ideology, they get all the government support that they can possibly give them,” Santorum continued. “Because, you know, 62 percent of children who enter college with a faith conviction leave without it.”

ahhh … So, the evil left wing cabal of professors is trying to convert Christians to secularism … I see.  But all would be okay if they taught Christian principles.  I wonder how the Jews, Muslims, Buhddists, etc would feel about that.  And where do you get this 62% figure from?  Out of your ass most likely (oh, Dan Savage …)  Sorry buddy, I have been in and around colleges and universities for 20+ years now and I have seen very few people ‘lose’ their faith, maybe the pick up of Buddhism or Hinduism here and there, but that is about it.  Maybe Rick, those people weren’t so faithful to begin with, maybe those kids were just going to church and saying those prayers as duties, much like taking out the trash or washing the dishes, and when away at college where they don’t HAVE to do them anymore … they choose not to.  Not because some evil prof as lured them away, but because, well, maybe they just weren’t that into it in the first place.

“I’ll bet you there are people in this room who give money to colleges and universities who are undermining the very principles of our country every single day by indoctrinating kids with left-wing ideology,” he said. “And you continue to give to these colleges and universities. Let me have a suggestion: Stop it.”

That’s right Rick! Let’s starve our universities!  Pull your kids outta college folks!  That’s right, let’s turn our country into a third world backwater.  You jackass, where to you think people are going to get the skills to compete on the world stage?  College homeschooling?

But on the flip side it would sure help with your global warming denialism – tax breaks to the rich will save us –  there is infinite oil – meme … if people are too dumb to look up or consider the facts for themselves there’d be no arguing with ya. Dick ….

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Rant

 

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Dick of the Week

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon— who took offense to the fact that people were beating up on the rich guys. And just how unfair that is.

JPMorgan Chase: Not Bad To Be Rich

When asked the increasingly negative view of banks, best represented by the Occupy Wall Street movement, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon responded, “Acting like everyone who’s been successful is bad and that everyone who is rich is bad — I just don’t get it.”

I found this letter by Josh Brown that gives Mr. Dimon the lowdown on (what should be) the REAL reasons that average American people are giving him some flack. Deservedly.  Continue past the break to read this delightful letter in it’s entirety.

Dear Jamie Dimon,

I hope this note finds you well.

I am writing to profess my utter disbelief at how little you seem to understand the current mood of the nation. In a story at Bloomberg today, you and a handful of fellow banker and billionaire “job creators” were quoted as believing that the horrific sentiment directed toward you from virtually all corners of America had something to do with how much money you had. I’d like to take a moment to disabuse you of this foolishness.

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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Economy, Humor, Rant

 

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Dick(s) of the Week

So many to choose from,….. but I’ll pick this topic because I don’t know if enough people are aware of what these dicks are trying to ram (sorry) through.

There’s been a concerted effort in the last year by republicans, to legislate much stricter voter registration laws. In the name of curbing voter fraud at the polls. — Voter fraud that doesn’t exist.—  It’s being billed as a preemptive measure,…. you know,…. just in case someone TRIES to committ some kind of fraud. And, (not-so) coincidentally, this would erase many votes that would normally go to a democrat.  Imagine that. Disenfranchise your opponent. Voter suppression.

Dennis Baxley, Sponsor Of Strict Florida Voting Law, Admits No Widespread Fraud

Here’s the, (IMO), most important fact in this story,      —–      Sharpton questioned the need for more restrictive laws, noting that there has only been 31 cases of alleged voter fraud in the past three years. Baxley said it doesn’t matter. 

 31 cases of alleged fraud in 3 years,—- yep, I’d say we need to write a whole new set of laws for that.  I’m not sure you could come up with a more blatant abuse of legislative power, with a more transparent reason.     Dicks.

 And just for good measure,…. so that you don’t think this is an isolated incident,…. here’s an article from March of this year————–  http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/03/05/147035/state-disenfranchisement-schemes/       Baxley didn’t come up with the idea himself. 

 And my personal favorite from an a-hole in  New Hampshire——- 

In a recent speech, New Hampshire state House speaker William O’Brien called student voters foolish and implied that they only vote liberal because they lack life experience, reports the Washington Post.
  Trying to tell us that young people just ain’t bright enough or experienced enough to trust with the vote.    Hmmnnnnn,—-  I think I’ll stick with my old philosophy on that.  If they are old enough, bright enough, and you can trust them enough to——– fight wars, give birth to and take care of children, work and therefore pay taxes, or study and pick up a degree ——– You have the right to vote.   Call me crazy and irresponsible.

Bonus – Dumbass Of The Week

A little addendum to Dick of the Week from Toph here.

Got a note from a friend of mine in Austin, TX, “Hey, Chris, our governor is stupider than your governor. And way more entertaining!” … too true

And with that lead-in, our Dumbass of the Week goes to Rick Perry for the icing on his blooper-ridden cake of a campaign. When you post a homophobic campaign video, you might want to disable the Like/Dislike function.

As of 9pm MST, the counter was still rolling here

And a special thanks to all our readers out there – we’ve hit 2000 views in just under 8 weeks in existence. Thank you all from the bottoms of our hearts!

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2011 in Humor, Politics, Rant

 

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Dick(s) of the Week

The Toph man asked me if I could do (what is likely to be the 1st of a few, there seems to be an abundance of ), Dick(s) of the Week today. It seems he’s gotten himself involved with this thing called a job,— which periodically takes up quite a bit of his free time, apparently. Sounds like a nasty business to me, I’m glad I’m not involved.

Luckily, I didn’t have to look much further than this article that comes from  Richard RJ Eskow’s blog. It actually provides several D of the W’s all in one fell swoop.

The Greatest Hoax in the History of Money: The Fed, The Banks, The Lies

Just a couple of examples……..

>It took the journalists at Bloomberg News two years – and presumably lots of legal fees – to pry information out of the Federal Reserve that should have been made public long ago. We now know that the Fed’s secret $7.7 trillion lending program wasn’t just the most massive bank bailout ever seen, and it wasn’t just free money for mega-bankers – though it was certainly both of those things. It was also the greatest hoax in stock market history.<

Robert Rubin made an estimated $155 million during his tenure at Citigroup.

One in four mortgages in this country is still underwater.

Brian Moynihan at Bank of America got promoted, then made that ‘homework’ wisecrack.

Twenty-four million Americans are un- or under-employed, including record numbers of young people and African-Americans.

The CEO of Goldman Sachs , Lloyd Blankfein, still has his job.

Poverty has soared to record levels since the financial crisis.

Erin Burnett, who made fun of a young demonstrator for not being aware of the misinformation she had repeated, still has an evening news program on CNN. She is engaged to be married to a Citigroup executive.

College graduates’ unemployment rate rose last month, while the total amount of student loan debt in the United States is now greater than the total amount of credit card debt.

Jamie Dimon made a second career out of complaining that bankers are being unfairly criticized, even as Chase became the largest bank in the United States – and the world.

Jefferson County, Alabama, where Chase was forced to settle charges of bribing local officials, recently declared bankruptcy.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Economy

 

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And Our Dick of the Week Is ….

Belatedly, Newt Gingrich

Actually, he’s always a dick, but he’s got some beauts this past week …

“I tried for years to have a very simple model. These schools should get rid of unionized janitors, have one master janitor, pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work; they’d have cash; they’d have pride in the schools. They’d begin the process of rising.”

So you get rid of unionized janitors – kick them out of a job – so you can pay some kids shit money to do the same job.  I see, and applying this at a non-public level and you have a lovely justification for union busting and lowering salaries.  It’s a generational outsourcing if you like.  Of course it is all for the good of the kids

  • Newt Gingrich On Occupy Wall Street: Protesters Should ‘Get A Job’ And ‘Take A Bath’

No matter how he tries to spin this he is a hypocrite.  He/His company took $2 million from Freddie and Fannie … to be a “historian” ???  Now we see that he got money from Big Pharma,

So we know he was paid consultant for drug makers. That’s the first criterion for being a drug lobbyist.

Here’s the second criterion: While some consultants simply provide strategy or advice, Gingrich directly contacted lawmakers in an effort to win their votes.

I think those are three fine criteria for Dick of the Week

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Politics

 

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Dicks of the Week

Herman Cain

Herman Cain’s Plan To Help The Poor: Gut Worker Protections

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2011 in Politics

 

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