Friday, September 09, 2005

How to exploit a national tragedy to further a radical agenda

Hey while he's at it, why not suspend child labor prohibitions? After all, why would we want quaint laws like that to get in the way of rebuilding?

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Blogger pawlr said...

Davis-Bacon mandated wages for each LA parish. We're not talking Halliburton contract prices, here people. We're talking a fair price that keeps families out of poverty. ($10-$20/hr in Orleans parish, $7/hr for common labor).

Friday, September 09, 2005 7:24:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Further irony - why the government can use it's power to negotiate the lowest price on labor but cannot use it's power to negotiate the lowest price on medicine. Democrats should immediately propose a specific amendment allowing Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate the lowest price on medicine as hundreds of thousands of Katrina victims will now be added to these programs.

Friday, September 09, 2005 8:25:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

These people are criminals.

Worst of it, on NPR's 830AM lead news story, you could not have told the difference between it and FOX. The entire segment on Katrina was "framed" as "...only one week after the President asked for no finger-pointing, plenty of finger-pointing has occurred..." and went on to cast Pelosi's eminently sensible request to have FEMA put under new control as "taking attention away from the affected."

These cocksuckers are using the very people they abandoned to cover for their own incompetence. 9/11 redux.

They knew all they needed to do was to threaten CPB with a full cut and they'd fall right into line.

Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac" on August 1 featured the birthdays of several writers, as per usual. One was Herman Melville, a writer of no small note, I should think. Another (writer?) was Rush Limbaugh. Who got the full treatment/biography, in mellifluous and laudatory tones? No, not Melville. Limbaugh. Now, maybe Keillor's dry wit was lost on me, but I think not.

National Pravda Radio. I'm sticking with DemocracyNow! If I want that bullshit, I'll get it straight from Fox.

Friday, September 09, 2005 9:02:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

With NPR, its "live by the funding, die by the funding". Public broadcasting makes sense if there's a firewall - once its breached, game over.

Talking to Demo yesterday, he made the point that the FCC's "equal time provision" began the most recent decline in media standards. We now have a media that is "balanced" but totally unobjective. The government (and their apologists) can adopt any position, no matter how absurd, and be guaranteed positive coverage.

What I'd like to see is a "fact-checking" desk that would apply equally to both parties, that would run on news shows so that all politicized claims could be verified by referencing a database or just plain googling independent organizations and papers of record. Sort of like what they occasionally do for political advertisements during national campaigns.

I think such a segment would do pretty well. Hey, Soros and Gates, how about taking over MSNBC and trying this out?

Friday, September 09, 2005 9:30:00 AM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Paul,

I posted something about this reworking of the rules last week, after seeing a Republican Congressman from CA talking about how waving building regulations allowed San Fran to rebuild faster after the earthquake. The "let's remove regulation in LA" theme has been echoed by a number of the talking heads on MSM. How many of you are aware that immediately following Katrina Bush issued and "emergency" executive order removing regulations on gasoline producers to produce clean burning, non-toxic gasoline? The argument was that oil companies couldn't afford to produce the much needed gasoline without skipping the steps that would make the gas cleaner burning, higher octane, and lower emission. So, not only do folks in the storm's path have to suffer an environmental tragedy, we get to join in too! What a wonderful man Bush is, he's helping to spread the pain.

Friday, September 09, 2005 11:21:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

I heard about that, Demo -- the fucking same folks who are making RECORD profits for any corporation on Earth in all of human history need this help?

Patriotism, I guess, is not for the wealthy. I wonder how much in taxes ExxonMobil paid last year?

Friday, September 09, 2005 12:13:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I have come to the conclusion that this government is preying off its own people.

They prey, ask us to pray, we pay. Lovely.

I'm so into 2006 House races, I can't even tell you. Senate, too, but I want fucking subpoena power in the House in 2006. Impeach them all.

Friday, September 09, 2005 12:15:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Doug,

Normally I would be opposed to new prison construction, but with the possibility of a Democratic victory in the House in 2006, and the consequent aquisition of subpeana powers, I think we might need the extra space.

The Democratic mistake following Watergate was to not follow-up. We are dealing with the same cast of characters today who should have been banned from politics for life. This time around we need to root out the evil right down to the local level.

Friday, September 09, 2005 4:45:00 PM  

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