Open Thread for April 15 2010

newjesustimes's picture

Here's an article tangentially related to the hot topic of the week
NYTimes Poll on Tea Party: Educated, Rich, White, & Racist

I wish I could elaborate but I must get some sleep now.

g'nite all!


tangentially related in many ways


One feature that stands out for me is that whenever the question comes around to whether government should be smaller or larger, the way to get smaller always seems to involve cutting domestic programs. We can have smaller government if we are willing to do away with Social Security, for example. Or we can have smaller government if we stop spending money on schools, or roads, or on people who need help. All these ideas get floated around, and normally it's the people who need help who get the short end of the stick -- but we're good at cutting funding to schools and roads too.

But the idea that we can have a smaller government if we simply stop waging war on the rest of the world, and defend ourselves by protecting our borders rather than destroying one country after another, is never mentioned. Why do you suppose that is? [You don't have to answer that one.]

my wife found out I'm crazy

After 20 years my wife has finally discovered that I am bonkers.

I'm not sure what to do about that but figured I may as well share it, since we have a new open thread and all...

20 years!

You kept this hidden for twenty years? How? We need to talk, Winter.

McJ's picture

Over 20 years.

My whole family thinks I'm bonkers and has for over 20 years! I'm wondering how you managed to keep it under the radar for so long. smiling

"The most unpleasant truth in the long run is a far safer traveling companion than the most agreeable falsehood." Emerson

Didn't the Tea Party Start Out..

raising hell about the Federal Reserve and all those billion/trillion dollar handouts to corrupt Wall Street banks?

Someone sure diverted them from exposing those gangs of cutthroats, didn't they?


Here is a good summary of what the Republican-led Tea Party movement is all about:

newjesustimes's picture

Thanks for the link T.E.

I've got a hostile "conservative" acquaintance trying to start an argument by asking "why do leftists feel threatened by the tea parties?". Well if those leftists also happen to be minorities, it's no wonder, after reading this!

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Some links relating to the Polish crash

Just adding these links here before I file them somewhere and then forget what I did with them. smiling
Swiss info site reports crash details at 9:02 am April 10, 2010. The crash happened at 8:56 at Zurich time (10:56 Smolensk time).

Poland Bubbles Up
" Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil Corp. are betting that Poland, which gets half of its natural gas from Russia, can yield a development boom in shale formations like those that drove a jump in U.S. output of the heating fuel.
The third- and fourth-biggest U.S. oil companies obtained exploration licenses this year covering hundreds of thousands of acres in Poland. The country, which imports 72 percent of its gas, could become an exporter of the fuel, said Maciej Wozniak, chief adviser on energy security to Prime Minister Donald Tusk.
....Successful drilling wouldn’t end Poland’s reliance on Moscow-based OAO Gazprom, which disrupted gas supplies to 20 European nations in January on a price dispute with Ukraine. Poland’s gas-distribution monopoly, Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo SA, agreed Nov. 3 to contract with Gazprom for almost three-fourths of its gas until 2037. The deal is pending approval by governments of both countries.
“It would have no choice but to pay the price agreed to in the contract even if the price on the cash market falls due to additional supplies from the shale formations,”

Poland Plane Crash Truth Video by Jane Burgmeister - Jane is the journalist that filed a lawsuit against Baxter ...for producing contaminated "bird flu" vaccine...when it became known that the company had sent out 72 kilos of live "bird flu" virus supplied by the World Health Organization in the winter of 2009 to 16 laboratories in four countries.-

The fellow who shot the video which was reportedly shot at the crash site - video which caught what could be gunfire (which is included in Burgmeister's report)- has been reportedly killed by assailants.

"The most unpleasant truth in the long run is a far safer traveling companion than the most agreeable falsehood." Emerson

newjesustimes's picture

someone sent me this yesterday

the video she's talking about

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