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Thursday, November 12th, 2009
11:06 pm
[peim1985]


На Невском Пятачке вновь планируется стройка на костях
Sunday, June 21st, 2009
7:15 am
[abcdavid]
OBAMA vs A FLY (the conspiracy) pretty funny haha.
president obama fighting a protesting fly that happened to be flying near-by...a conspiratorial assassination of the third kind before it had a chance to speak its truth.



Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
10:14 pm
[fallonmay]
Well, hi.
You're friendly neighbourhood lesbian again.

Marriage Equality Florida is marching in the Stonewall Pride Parade. Join us and help organize more people to fight for our marriage equality.
http://eqlmarriagefl.blogspot.com/2009/06/details-for-parade.html

Details for Stonewall Pride Parade
Date: Sunday, June 21, 2009
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Ft Lauderdale High West Parking Lot
City/Town: Wilton Manors, FL
Phone: 954-703-0691
Email: ithesiren@hotmail.com

PLEASE RSVP! Either at the FaceBook page, by phone or by e-mail. You can text me too.

We can have up to 35 people march in the parade, if you're interested in marching please RSVP and I will send you more details.

You must be there no later than 6pm!

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=90647344382

Right now we've only got Three People.

Current Mood: hopeful
Saturday, January 31st, 2009
6:37 pm
[capthek]
Krugman does some schooling as to the advantages of Obama's stimulus
January 31, 2009, 6:37 pm
Another temporary misunderstanding
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/

Brad DeLong links to Megan McArdle saying something wrong about the effects of a temporary increase in government spending. But he fails to note that it’s not just wrong, it’s 180 degrees wrong: a temporary increase in government spending should have a larger impact on demand than a permanent increase, not a smaller impact.

And that’s actually an important point: one way to explain why government spending is better than tax cuts as a stimulus is to say that temporary tax cuts aren’t effective at increasing demand, but temporary spending increases are.

Here’s the logic (which follows directly from Milton Friedman’s permanent income hypothesis, by the way): suppose that the government introduces a new program that will cause it to spend $100 billion a year every year from now on. To pay for this, it will have to raise taxes by $100 billion a year, permanently — and if consumers take this into account, they might well cut their spending enough to offset the increase in government purchases.

But suppose the government introduces a one-time, $100 billion program to repair bridges over the next year. The government will have to issue debt to pay for this, and will have to service that debt, requiring higher taxes — say, $5 billion a year. That’s a much smaller impact on consumers’ future after-tax income than the permanent program. So much less of the spending rise will be offset by a fall in consumer demand. (I’m not considering the effect of the spending in raising income, which would probably cause consumer demand to rise rather than fall.)

So economic theory — Milton Friedman’s theory! — says that spending is a more effective form of stimulus than tax cuts.
Thursday, January 8th, 2009
11:56 pm
[capthek]
Great review of a recent Karl Rove article...

I don't have a photo of Rove, so here ya go...

Karl Rove’s Factually Challenged Housing Revisionism
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By Barry Ritholtz - January 8th, 2009, 7:13AM
http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2009/01/karl-roves-revisionism/
As the saying goes, you are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. The instant historical revisionism by Karl Rove in today’s WSJ — mythmaking writ large — contains an egregious combination of false statements, crucial omissions and misleading assertions.

A few thoughts are required to correct Rove’s attempt to create a false and deceptive narrative. Consider these few corrections:

1. “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were among the principal culprits of the housing crisis” Wrong. Fannie and Freddie were cogs in the giant mortgage machine, but they had nothing to do with the abdication of lending standards from 2002-07. That was a function of the Lend-to-Securitize business model of the sub-prime mortgage originators. THAT was the primary cause of the housing boom and bust, along with Ultra-low rates and a lack of Fed regulation of these sub-prime lenders.

2. “Fannie and Freddie were too large and overleveraged” True. This had been pointed out by many people, before Bush and afterwards, that Fannie was a problem. Chief amongst the Fannie critics was Fed Governor William Poole. He deserves credit for his many early warnings about Fannie Mae and the GSEs. He was ignored by Alan Greenspan. Also ignored was Fed Governor Edward Gramlich, whose early warnings about subprime and predatory lending and were both timely and prescient.

3. Democrats controlled the Congressional Debate on GSEs: Rove somehow fails to note the GOP controlled Congress from 1994-2006, including the first 6 years of the Bush Presidency. If the President wanted to rein in the GSEs, he needed only make it a major priority, and not a footnote in the 2001 budget.
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Monday, November 10th, 2008
8:18 pm
[mcgonagallrules]
The wisdom of Yoda
I have always said that I believe Yoda has all the answers to life's great questions. Now I give you Yoda's answer to the current political hatred and bigotry that seems to be running rampant in this country. Listen and learn we must!!




Current Mood: frustrated
Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
3:48 pm
[climbfall78]
Just a little something I found online:
I think this sums up Obama's persuit for the White House:

3:25 am
[mcgonagallrules]
Oh Happy Day!!
We dreamed the impossible dream...and now we see it come true!!
 
 
President Elect Obama Acceptance Speech
 
 
 
Indiana OFFICIALLY went BLUE on the National map at approx. 2:30AM 11/05/2008 
 
 
 Indiana Official went Blue on National map
 
 
We have come a long way in this election. But, there is still much to do!
We can do it...we can change the world! YES WE CAN!!
May God Bless and keep our New President-Elect and Vice President-Elect and their families.
And may God Bless America!
 
Jenn



Current Mood: ecstatic
Friday, October 31st, 2008
11:29 pm
[hallyluia]
As a conservative democrat I have voted both sides in the past elections. This election I have concerns like never before about who my party has picked.

Check this out and see if you too feel concerned:



THE RISE of the UNITED SOCIALIST STATES of AMERICA
5:56 am
[mcgonagallrules]
My latest video

Nothing is Impossible!
These are pictures from various rallies across the country.
Hope you enjoy it!
Obama/Biden '08 Yes We Can!!



Current Mood: hopeful
Sunday, October 26th, 2008
6:04 pm
[capthek]
Another interesting article about the death of the objectivist and libertarian worldview
This new discourse out there is very interesting, and a long time coming.

RIP John Galt
by Devilstower
Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 03:06:15 PM PDT
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/10/26/18615/754/931/640790
In 1966, Ayn Rand collected a series of essays into the book, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. Twenty of the essays in the were written by Rand. The rest came from a trio of Rand's acolytes, followers who had already been writing the newsletter of her "Objectivist" cult for more than a decade. Among these were three essays from a member of Rand's inner circle; an economic advisor and dropout from the graduate economics program at Columbia -- Alan Greenspan.

Greenspan was such a close friend of Rand's, that she passed him manuscript pages of Atlas Shrugged while the book was being written. He paid rapt attention to her tale of mysterious genius John Galt -- brilliant engineer, physicist, philosopher, and organizer. Galt, who shows the world who is really in charge by leading a rebellion of industrialists against laws that interfere with their companies, was in perfect agreement with the essays that Greenspan was writing at the time. In those essays, Greenspan rails against the "statists" and their desire to blame failures leading to the Great Depression on greed and unsafe lending practices. Instead, says Greenspan, the economy was experiencing a "mild contraction" which would have amounted to nothing, had the government not overreacted. Greenspan also attacks the "welfare state" and its schemes to "confiscate the wealth of the productive members of society."

When John Galt leads his his own inner circle of polymath geniuses to abandon the working classes and form a objectivist paradise, Greenspan must have cheered.

The essays Greenspan contributed to the 1966 collection, like the rest of the book, praised the idea of unfettered, unrestricted, unregulated, laissez-faire capitalism. Sure, there were problems in the system as it existed at the time, but those problems were not the fault of capitalism. Real capitalism, pure capitalism, had never been tried. Under pure capitalism, there would be a complete "separation of capitalism and state," and the resulting markets would be self-governing and self-correcting. It was only the intrusion of regulations into the system that brought on instability and immorality. Kick government out, and the system would not only flourish, but express the innate reasoning and positive force of selfishness.

Chief Disciple Greenspan carried this torch for the next half-century and beyond. Pro-business conservatives (not surprisingly) found great comfort in a philosophy that said squeezing every dime out of the system was not only fair, but the only moral solution. Not long after the publication of his essays in Rand's book, Greenspan was invited to become an advisor to the Nixon administration. When Ford replaced Nixon, Greenspan became the chair of the Council of Economic Advisors. And when Reagan took power, Greenspan was no longer the voice crying in the wilderness, he was the very center of the establishment. Objectivism and Conservatism had united in Market Fundamentalism, and that force was on a jihad against regulation of any kind.
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Sunday, October 19th, 2008
1:26 am
[mcgonagallrules]
My first YouTube video!

I wanted to pay tribute to the words and wisdom of all the Democratic Presidents of the Twentieth century who have paved the way for our future. It is also my tribute to Barack Obama's campaign for hope and change.
Please remember to do your civic duty and vote in the upcoming election!


Monday, October 13th, 2008
7:35 am
[tri_blog]
Obama_2008 profile page. Obama's plans. Obama's greatest speeches.
Wouldn't it be sweet to have all of Obama's best speeches, videos, and policy plans on one convenient page?

I have changed the profile page for obama_2008 into a one-stop shop for everyone: Obama supporters, election addicts glued to the news, and people who know nothing about him.

http://community.livejournal.com/obama_2008/profile

Please tell your friends, family, undecided voters, and McCain supporters about this page. I include:
- His policy plans in simple, video form. I call it "Obama's Plans."
- His best speeches and appearances. If you have suggestions for more videos to add, please tell me. I only want to include the BEST. I call it "Obama's Greatest Hits."
- Links to his video biography and all his 3 books.
- All voting and voter registration info. Links to all the main pages on Obama's site. All his speeches and YouTube videos. All the Democratic National Convention videos.
- Links and graphics of all the major national polls.
- Links to the best sites and blogs for latest political news.
- Links to all the major fact checking sites.
- Links to all the debates, their fact checks, voter reactions, and Tina Fey parodies.
- Some of the best new speeches and videos by Obama and his campaign. Includes "Keating Economics" video.
I will regularly update these videos and links, so please give me your suggestions and feedback.

To all the Christians out there, you will be especially interested in Obama's eloquent, thoughtful statements on religion and faith. Please watch his fascinating 1-hour Q & A with Pastor Rick Warren at the Saddleback Civil Forum in August 2008. Also, see his beautiful speeches at the Ebenezer Baptist Church (Martin Luther King's former church) in January 2008 and at the Call to Renewal conference in June 2006. I've linked all these videos in "Obama's Greatest Hits."

If anyone wishes to copy the HTML for this page, for your own blog, I have put all the HTML in a text box below.

Enjoy! Tell me what you think!

Polls and News | Obama's Plans | His Greatest Hits | Get HTML for this page

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Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
12:37 pm
[severe_scented]
During a forum today, Tom Delay said that the Dems have a better ground game than the Republicans.

lets keep the momentum going by actually making sure that we get out the vote in November.

_________________


On that note, I would like to rally all democrats, liberals, independents, and yes even republicans who support Barack Obama and Joe Biden to join us at some point over the next few weeks and to become a part of this campaign.

From the start Barack Obama said that this campaign was unlike any other, and if you look at what's driven it you'll notice that it's people. It’s up to us to use every bit of energy and enthusiasm that we have to help Barack Obama get elected and change the course of our nation.

Now, you might not have a lot of time to help out or get involved or you don't have money to donate. But this campaign is not just about money or for hiring staffers to do all of the organizing. It's about us getting to know our neighbors and to actually use this campaign to transform our communities by becoming more involved in them. Just last week I met a 38 year old woman who can only volunteer for 2 hours a week, so she began to have phone banking events right from her living room, and she didn't even spend a dime on it. She used her free weekend cell phone minutes.

So, if you have just 15-30 minutes a week or if you want to go all out and volunteer for 1 or 10 hours a week. We need you! There are even ways to help out and volunteer right from HOME. If you have free weekend minutes you can help us make phone calls, send messages, sign postcards, etc. So regardless of your situation you can still own a piece of this campaign and be a part of it.

To find out how to help out from home or right in your community please check out http://www.mybarackobama.com where you will have to register (no spam) and after that you can click on Action or Events - The Events feature is amazing! all you have to do is type in your zip code and you'll be able to see all the local Obama related house party, voter registration drives, book reading meetings, church events, and a variety of other local event that are both Obama and non-Obama related. So if you want to be a part of this historic campaign or if you just want to learn more about local politics, check out the "events" site feature. Below are some other ways to get involved.


Get Involved with your Local Field Office

The very first thing you should do is contact your local field office. The campaign has opened dozens of offices in states across the country. Check out this National map and find the office closest to you,

Your local field office will ask you to help in their efforts on the ground.

Get Organized Locally

In some cases, there may not be a local field office nearby, or you may be excited to get started organizing in your own town.

In order to help you in that process, we’ve created a step-by-step guide with all the resources and advice that you may need in that process.

First off, let us know that you are committed to getting your group organized! If you let us know that you're working in your local community, we can better help to empower you.

Don’t be shy in trying to get the word out. The more people that know your event is happening, the more likely you’ll get a sizable crowd.

Finally, make sure your local campaign field office knows about your event. You can find the office closest to you by visiting BarackObama.com and selecting your state.

You can also advertise your event by going to the Events site

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I personally know so many first times ranging from 16 - 72 years old who have gotten involved for the FIRST time. People who can only help out from home for 1 hour a week, and individuals who come in and volunteer every single day. What matters is that we need YOU to help us create positive change in our local communities and in turn help to change and reform this country. What matters is that we don't stay home and just talk about this stuff, but actually turn out the vote and get out there and get to know others who are trying to help our country.

Feel free to call your field office or leave me a message w/ any of your questions.
Monday, August 11th, 2008
2:00 pm
[ben_ramman]
1:59 pm
[ben_ramman]
!!!
Hi, this video is directed to an American public and the rest of civilized Western world. I am a Russian citizen, I live in United States for a long time, for over 10 years. I happened to be in Russia now and I caught all this "action" that's taking place in South Ossetia, a region in Georgia. I never posted on youtube, but I couldn't hold myself from doing it now. I had to do this.
My message to American public is meant as a wake up call. American and other Western media especially CNN is feeding you complete horse shit! Russia did not invade and did not attack Georgia. It was a response to a horrible war crime committed by Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili, this irresponsible man who just can't stand Russia, hates us, and will kiss America's and Europe's ass just to get a chance to join NATO and European Union. America has always supported Georgian "democracy" and I suspect actually that it was America who instigated Georgia to commit this crime.... on the first day of Olympics! How ironic is that? But please don't take this allegation too close heartedly, my point is not about whether or not U.S. government had any role in this, my point is to give you truth about what really happened Thursday night

So again, Russia did not invade or attack Georgia, as your media outlets are saying.

A brief geography and history lesson. South Ossetia is a very small region about 40 miles by 40 miles in the northern Georgia. It's population is around 70000 people. It borders with Russia. Today, many of the residents of South Ossetia are Russian citizens holding Russian passports, it's our people. South Ossetia had claimed independence from Georgia in 1992. Obviously it was never recognized by any international organizations. In 2006, they held an election where 99% of the voters supported independence from Georgia, and the turn out rate was 95%, it was monitored by a team of 34 international observers from the West. It still was not recognized by the world. As an analogy I would like to bring Kosovo situation, Serbian region in the south that was illegally snatched from Serbia and made into an independent country. Please look it up on Wikipedia and see how similar this situation is. How ironic is that America never supported Southern Ossetia same way it supported Kosovo. Obviously, it was made to show Russia how unfriendly the rest of the world is towards us.

Thursday night, Georgian military started an attack against South Ossetia. It was yesterday. They shelled the main city of Tshinkvali. They killed over a 1000 people. The excuse was to "restore the constitutional order in the region". BULLSHIT! This attack was an attempt to commit "ethnic cleansing", it was an act of genocide. They shelled civilian houses, schools, hospitals, without any warning. They also captured several villages near Tshinkvali. Reports say that they attempt to kill anyone of the Ossetian nationality. It was a pure act of Genocide. Wake up!

Russia couldn't watch this atrocity happening to its own citizens. We had no choice but to bring in our military into the region and protect our people. Whatever happens next the world needs to know, that the cause of this conflict is Georgia and its president. Before you accept what your media tells you, before you get fired up by McCains irresponsible allegations and comments, try remember all the lies that American media had always fed you, try to read news from other media outlets, not russian, but other parts of the world, other than U.S. or U.K.'s media.

America needs to wake up and stop doing what it's doing. Stop seeing an enemy in Russia. Stop using countries like Georgia, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, Estonia who are basically acting like prostitutes of U.S. government in their public acts of hatred towards Russia.

And finally need to say, Mr. SSHAshvili that's how we like to call him. S.SH.A stands for U.S.A in Russian. Mr. SSHAshvili will pay for what happened yesterday.
Saturday, June 21st, 2008
12:27 am
[fallonmay]
The booze isn't free but the hugs are.
Your friendly neighbourhood lesbian here, with a little last minute notice.

Stonewall Pride in Ft Lauderdale will have an Obama booth (right by the main stage!) June 22nd from 10am to 5pm and we will be marching in the parade June 21st at 8pm.


Over 28,000 people come out to celebrate the diversity of South Florida in Wilton Manors on the famous Wilton Drive from 16th Street to Five Points. Businesses and organizations are represented on the drive to meet with the community to expand both knowledge and relationships. Food and drink will be offered all day. The 9th Annual Stonewall Street Festival 2008: Sizzling with Pride! is a spectacular two-day event full of fun and friends and can't be missed!

Stonewall street festival and Exhibition 2008 (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Wilton Drive from 16th Street to Five Points: BOOTH G 2B (Obama Booth)
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311


The Street Festival MeetUp Sign Up.

The Parade MeetUp Sign Up.

I realize this is very last minute but for anyone who can make it we'd love the support.

Current Mood: if you play your cards right
Friday, June 6th, 2008
7:56 am
[capthek]
Bad news for our nation, and for Republicans in November...
I have lots of friends who are struggling with no, or only part time jobs (ya, me too). For all of us, a new administration can not come soon enough!

Jobless rates jumps to 5.5 percent — biggest rise since `86
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080606/ap_on_bi_go_ec_fi/economy;_ylt=AhsHdv7TQIBmHdIMbt80Xi2s0NUE
By JEANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics Writer 5 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - The nation's unemployment rate jumped to 5.5 percent in May — the biggest monthly rise since 1986 — as nervous employers cut 49,000 jobs.
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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
3:06 am
[fallonmay]
Hello South Florida people. Allow me to harass you.
Barack Beach Bash!
Come out to the beach for a full day of organizing, fun and sun! We'll have signs, buttons and stickers to hand out. We'll also be serving up some hot dogs and hamburgers (vegans we will have some boca burgers).

Anyone who would like to volunteer to help set up, clean up, bring materials (buttons, stickers etc...) to hand out or food to share please contact Lauren.

E-mail: ithesiren@hotmail.com
Phone: 954-703-0691

Pass the world along! Let's show people there's a presence for Obama here in South Florida.

Where: Pompano Beach, A1A off of Atlantic Blvd by the pier. If you need directions just harass me.
When: May 10th, starting at 8am and lasting all day.

Current Mood: hello?
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
12:10 pm
[peim1985]
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