September 30, 2009

Census Bureau reports 39.8 million Americans live in poverty

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 11:45 pm


The U.S. Census Bureau released a report on Tuesday, part of the American Community Survey (ACS), that found that the overall poverty rate in the US rose to 13.2 percent in 2008. That statistic represents approximately 39.8 million Americans. See:

This report is the most recent one that measures the impact of the recession on working class families and the poor. Based on the changes between 2007 and 2008, the first full year of the recession, its findings do not reflect increases in poverty and joblessness this year as the consequences of the economic crisis have become even more severe.

When Ben Bernanke said that the recession is ” very likely over,” he must have been referring to his buddies on Wall street and not the average American.

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Sarah Palin’s New Book

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Filed under: Toon — Peregrin @ 3:20 am

By now I should be FLYING my car to work

History channel contradicts itself

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 12:37 am

Just for the record, I am not a conspiracy theorist. I do however, support a new scientific, forensic and independent investigation into what really happened on 9/11. There are too many questions that Lee “whitewash” Hamilton painted over.


To what temperature do steel core columns in buildings have to be heated in order to sufficiently weaken and enable a collapse of the building?

According to the History channel, it is both “about 1100 degrees Fahrenheit” and “well over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit.”

Which is it?

The History Channel’s new documentary Life After People points out that steel structure buildings can withstand temperatures of well over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit without being compromised, while in their documentary 9/11 Conspiracies: Fact or Fiction, structural engineer Matthys Levy stated that fires burning “at a temperature of about 1100 degrees [are] sufficient to cause the steel to lose half its strength [and lose] the ability to support the floors above it.”

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Link includes video clips.

September 29, 2009

Tales from the FOXholes, Part 6


The Fool

Filed under: Toon — Peregrin @ 3:17 am

His initials are Jon Stewart

Eric Cantor: dumbass

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 3:14 am

Bruce in WA state wants you to check out the post titled Eric Cantor’s insane rant at a Town Hall meeting. Just go broke and find a government program to help you or beg for charity. You can view it at this link:

Additionally, Bruce had this to say to Cantor’s office:
“Eric Cantor is a stupid son-of-a-bitch. Just looking at him I want to kick him in the face. What an asshole.”

Bruce is a an ex-army Capt that served for 7 yrs. in the 173rd airborne. He currently works in Yelm, WA near Seattle.

Street report from the G20

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 1:38 am


The following article is something I cannot write because I was not in Pittsburgh for the G20 summit. It is, however, relevant information and well-worth reprinting here. A lot of people have been very vocal in protesting things such as government spending, high taxes, and “socialized” health care. But there are a few that believe that 20 countries controlling 80 percent of the world’s natural resources is unacceptable. Here’s how they were dealt with:

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P.S.: This one made Mike Malloy’s story time with Mike last night.

September 28, 2009

MI6: Saudis will let Israel bomb Iran

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 6:45 pm


A British newspaper, The Daily Express, reported on Sunday that Saudi Arabia is “ready to allow Israel to bomb Iran’s new nuclear site.” The report cites a meeting in London between MI6 intelligence chief Sir John Scarlett, Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Saudi officials. British intelligence officers helped to uncover the plant three years ago, in the side of a mountain near the ancient city of Qom.

The city of Qom where the plant is reported located near, is one of the holiest cities in Shi’ite Islam. An attack by Israel near the city would almost certainly provoke outrage. It is uncertain how Russia, with many vital interests in Iran, would react to such an attack. Any flare up of tensions in the middle east would likely send oil prices skyrocketing.

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Yes, extreme Right

Filed under: Commentary — Tags: , , — Bob Patterson @ 3:32 pm


War Mongers’ Trifecta

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The Warmongers’ Trifecta


Hearing the news about the announcement of the existence of an Iranian secret atomic facility and the fact that President Obama’s attitude seemed very much like George W. Bush’s would have been if he had made the announcement plus the fact that news was being delivered on the day after seeing a Thursday night showing of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, it seemed obvious that there was no other possible reaction but to shrug and mumble some platitude about the conservatives’ prayers have been answered.  Some wars, it seems, are just meant to happen.


Will conservative patriotic American Christians have any reluctance about such a conflict or will they enthusiastically pray for a war with the unmanageable heathens?  Haven’t they already come to a decision about the morality of a preemptive attack? 


Here comes another Cuban Missile Crises type showdown, but before you make any bets about what’s going to happen, remember that a Muslim country will see that absorbing a devastating opening attack will just send legions of their armed forces off to a the reward with 72 virgins and that the Christians, if they show any reluctance for sustaining a massive retaliatory strike might be judged as lacking total commitment to their religions assurances that there should be no fear of death because an eternal for them is assured and will begin after their current life ends and the mushroom cloud climbs toward heaven.


About a half a century ago (give or take a few years) there was an article about nuclear proliferation in the New York Times’ Sunday magazine section.  The (as it turns out) prescient writer used an analogy to asses the most likely future:  the world would be like a roomful of card players who were all holding a loaded pistol and who didn’t like or trust each other.  Well, that nails the developing international crises just about perfectly, doesn’t it?


American conservatives have been eagerly anticipating a confrontation with the entire Muslim world since the PNAC document was written and. since George W. Bush couldn’t sell the third phase of the program to the American voters, it now falls to the Democratic President to “get ’er done!”


In the past, this columnist has encountered in the workplace, a member of management whose advice about what do in case of an atomic attack during working hours was:  “Run towards the flash!”  It seems that Republicans are more likely to enthusiastically embrace that philosophy than the Democrats.


In one of the news reports we heard, it was stated that American intelligence has been following the progress of the secret facility for some time.  Obviously then, the top Republicans would have known about it last year when the presidential election was being waged.  (Republicans wage a campaign; Democrats conduct one.)  If they earnestly wanted war with Iran back then, and realized that it was all but inevitable, perhaps it seemed like an opportunity to imitate the cartoon scene where the road runner hands a stick of dynamite to the coyote with a lighted fuse, and let the guy win and wait around to watch him force the Democrats to do what they fear George W. Bush was going to do before leaving office. If President Obama advocates a preemptive strike against this atomic facility, the conservative Republicans certainly won’t object, but they will have some good ole frat boy fun by tormenting him with name calling before he has to give the preemptive strike orders. 


Nothing a liberal pundit or even a large contingent of liberal pundits could do collectively will be able to convince President Obama that it shouldn’t happen, so why bother trying? 


One question, which a liberal columnist will be able to ask in the next few weeks as the tension for this new showdown builds is this:  Are the conservative Christians, when the prospect of a nuclear war becomes a certainty, going to go nuts if their kids want to join in any of the (almost inevitable) liberals Doomsday Orgy Parties? 


How many times in this Christmas Season-Doomsday confrontation period will people get to hear “My Way,” just to relish the line when old Blue Eyes croons “and now the end it near . . .”?


Some wars are inevitable and writing a column that isn’t a total commitment to backing President Obama on whatever course he chooses, would be like suggesting that a weatherman should be delegated to negotiate with a hurricane or tornado while it is moving towards your city.


Back in the Fifties, when the end of the world via a nuclear holocaust was a nightmare scenario, no one ever pointed out that since everyone has to die, it might be kinda cool to be around when “the whole shithouse goes up in flames.”  If you think of humankind as being a play, wouldn’t it be better to be on stage for the grand finale rather than croaking before that?  Everyone has to die, but what percentage of humans will get to see the end of the world?  Statistically won’t it be a privileged few?


So:  You go, Barry!


The WLJ quote wrangler has suggested that we wind up this column with one of the bodily fluids quotes from Dr. Strangelove, but the columnist will do a command override because he thinks that a much more appropriate line would be one from W. C. Fields:  “The time has come to grab the bull by the tail and face the situation.”


Now, since Dr. Strangelove ends with Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again” (a Best of Vera Lynn has just recently been re-released), the disk jockey will play that plus “My Way” and “I Won’t Back Down.”  It’s time to ring the curtain down.  Have a “run towards the flash” type week.  (Does anyone know where we can find a screening of “On the Beach”?)

Companies Love Health Care Misery


Early Costume

Filed under: Toon — Peregrin @ 3:14 am

April Fools day is further off

September 27, 2009

Glenn Beck: The Lord of the Lies


GOP Ouija board

Filed under: Toon — Peregrin @ 3:12 am

Don't ask again later

September 26, 2009

Number of Americans on food stamps reach record number

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 6:28 pm

The number of Americans receiving aid under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has reached the highest level since records began being kept by the USDA in 1969. Commonly referred to as “food stamps,” there are approximately 35 million Americans receiving aid under the SNAP, which represents about 12 percent of the population. This data does not include those receiving similar aid under state programs. See:

A look at the increase in the amount of people who qualify for government benefits paints a disturbing picture. The U.S. is in a deep recession and bailing out banks and industries may not be addressing the core of the problem. There may be no such thing as a “jobless recovery.”

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