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3 members of 1972 Dolphins skip White House event over differences with Obama | Fox News

Of course, they wouldn’t go to the White House. Why would you enjoy a day with your teammates in celebration of a perfect season, a decidedly non-political event? This would be the perfect opportunity to make your political views the subject and detract attention for the perfect season, an accomplishment of an organization which won 17 games and brought football renown unparalleled to the state of Florida. After all, the nation is much more concerned about your personal political views than they are about the Dolphins’ perfect season. This is one way to make your self stand out when people are trying to focus on a “team’s” accomplishment. Of course no one would want to spend any time with that bunch of winners at the White House. This was the perfect way to show, (and something to ponder whenever you watch your favorite team and you think you’re all in it together), that even if you team has a perfect season, you’re bound to have, within it, a pack of losers.

But maybe they are right. Maybe black athletes should have always refrained from participating in such events based on the NAFTA’s effect on black employment and how trade policy has contributed in especially horrendous ways to chronically high unemployment in the black community above every other community. But, no. Such actions might break the spell cast by entertainment in this country, a spell which diverts attention, energy, emotion, and deep thought away from the class warfare of the last 30 years, with the virtually flat income for average workers masked by loose credit as corporate profits go through the roof and corporations and the Romney’s of the world legally hide income and profits offshore and defined benefit plans continually disappeared for the working class.

Well, maybe we should go back to wondering if the Tide will repeat as national champions and leave the real hard thinking to the Koch brothers and the Heritage Foundation which first proposed the individual mandate instead of universal healthcare, healthcare approaching the other major western democracies where people do not go bankrupt because of medical bills

3 members of 1972 Dolphins skip White House event over differences with Obama | Fox News

Autopsy of a Stimulus Slander (“Rest of Story?”, Really?”)

Marco Rubio in the Republican Response to President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address resurrected the Solyndra attack from last year’s Presidential election. Anticipating the resurrection of an attempt to attack the stimulus aka the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), I examine the guts of a letter-to-the-editor from December 2011, which are sure to be part of a RepubliZombie smorgasbord to come.

“Rest of Story” letter from 2011 (Critiqued)


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‘Rest of story’ on stimulus jobs | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

Republican Playing Voted ID Games(2)

Deciding whether to believe the Brennan Center study which “estimated 48,000 low-income Mississippians could have trouble obtaining government-issued photo identification” or an afterthought-study (no federal observers, eligible voter percentages) which suggests only 21,855 Mississippians total would need one?

Mind you, the afterthought was prepared by proponents who requested $395,000 for poll-tax (driver’s licenses aren’t free and Mississippi’s unexpired license requirement is tantamount to a recurring voting fee) ID litigation and requested none for related education and outreach.

A very conservative figure for a Mississippi education and outreach program would be $200,000. Georgia’s costs $840,000 and featured radio and TV public service announcements, direct mail, and packages to government agencies. And then there’s this post-Civil War purge element: “a person can obtain the free voter ID card at a clerk’s office by presenting the same material accepted to register to vote.”

This Haneyism, after Mr. Haney from television’s “Green Acres,” masks the fundamental change in Mississippi voting requirements. Proponent, Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann knows full well that Mississippians didn’t need to present a birth certificate to register to vote before the disenfranchisement legislation, therefore this implied ease is most disingenuous. And where, Mr. Haney, is the money for the clerk’s office “to access birth records” and who will pay?

Registered voters have registration cards, and in signing a voter roll are affirming their identity, like swearing to tell the truth in a court of law (without showing a photo ID to the judge). Mississippi Republicans have in effect established the presumption of guilt in voting law and suggest cheating is rampant, when nearly every statewide official is, ahem, Republican.