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Health Insurance Industry Tells the Koch Brothers And GOP To F*ck Off

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One of the worst kept secrets is that the Koch Brothers are funding “Generation Opportunity,,” GO is the “grassroots” (I do not think that word means what you think it means) organization that is trying to convince college age students to not sign up for health insurance. The idea is to keep the young and healthy, the people whose premiums will subsidize the old and sick, away so the entire program crashes. You know, the exact opposite of letting the free market work.

As I’ve said a number of times before, if Obamacare is so dreadful and doomed, why is the right trying so very hard to sabotage it? Shouldn’t it fail on its own no matter what?

Turns out that some other people are pretty sure that Obamacare is going to work just fine and they’re planning on making sure of it:

In all of 2012, health insurers spent $216 million advertising on local television stations. But that’s nothing compared to what they’re about to spend. According to trade association TVB, insurers will spend more than $500 million on local television ads in 2014. And that’s to say nothing of cable television ads and social media campaigns.

Insurers look at these next few years as a gold rush. Tens of millions of people will be buying private insurance of the exchanges. It’s a swarm of customers like nothing they’ve ever seen. And they plan to capture them — even if they need to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to do so.

Yeah, I think the right is about to get an unpleasant lesson about the “free market” they claim to worship. Usually, big money gets spent to push back against Democratic legislation. I look forward to the bitching and moaning from conservatives about “fascism” and how unfair it is that corporations are in Obama’s pocket. Where’s my popcorn?


Germany Still Leading The Way On Solar Power

I’m embarrassed to be an American sometimes.

Germany just broke its monthly solar power generation record once again. In July, the grey-skied country logged 5.1 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity from solar power, slightly better than the 5 TWh of electricity generated by wind turbines it produced in January.

Germany. GERMANY! A country known for being cloudy and dreary, Germany has the average sunshine of Alaska. You know Alaska, right? The state that has so little sunlight that the inhabitants need tanning booths so they don’t develop Vitamin D deficiency? Yeah, Germany is that dismal.

And yet, they are on track to produce 80% of their electrical needs from renewables.

“Oh but Justin! Germany is so smalllllll!”

Yawn. The United States has over 200,000 square miles of desert (some of it extending into Mexico). Let me think…what is the desert best known for? Sand, rock, little rain and something else that’s relevant here….oh yeah! Sunlight. We can literally fit the entire country of Germany inside of our sun-drenched deserts. And that’s not even including the rest of the country, almost all of which is far superior to Germany in average yearly sunlight.

Set up a smart power grid and we could stop burning harmful fossil fuels in just a few years. Will it be more expensive? Not if we lavish the kind of subsidies on solar power that we lard on to coal and oil. That’s something the dirty fuel industry always seems to forget to mention when whining about how green energy will bankrupt the country. And when you add on the savings from less pollution, reduced health care costs (asthma, cancer, etc.) the price is far lower than fossil fuels.

But then how will the Kochs make more money to buy our government with? And that’s the REAL reason we’ve let Germany kick our ass in green energy usage. This from the country that went to the Moon and back. Pathetic.

Koch Brothers Really Are Controlling The Right Wing

You know how conservatives are always babbling about the evil super-genius George Soros and how he’s undermining America with his money and power? Just for the record, I’m STILL waiting for my first paycheck as part of the vast left wing conspiracy to destroy America.

Anyway, all the Soros whining always strikes me as a desperate attempt to justify the numerous billionaires that are bankrolling numerous “grassroots” organizations like the Tea Party. If we’re doing it then it MUST be OK for the Koch brothers to buy elections, right?


Mother Jones obtained details of an upcoming Koch brothers retreat where they “will unveil a new plan to recruit and train political candidates who will advance their free-market worldview. Another priority is improving the conservative movement’s outreach to ‘growing demographics’ such as Latinos, young people, and women.”

“Another big item on the Kochs’ agenda is a long-awaited post-mortem on last year’s elections. Charles Koch announced in December that he was pushing back the winter retreat from January to late April so that an internal review of his circle’s election strategies could be completed.”

Imagine if then name “Koch” had been replaced with “Soros.” There would congressional hearings, lawsuits, death threats and all kinds of frothing anger from the paranoid right wing. But as long as it’s the right wing Kochs? Meh. Who cares?

I wonder if the right will ever figure out that the Kochs are not interested in making their lives “freer” and certainly not better. The Kochs are interested in establishing an American Aristocracy in which the rich can openly dictate the lives of the little people instead of having to hide and bribe politicians.

The Koch Brothers Are Looking To Buy Major Media Outlets? What Could POSSIBLY Go Wrong?

Via Addicting Info:

It is now reported that the Koch brothers are looking to purchase several major American newspapers that include the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, and the Los Angeles Times. The Nationreported that the Koch Brothers’ newsletter:

In his letter, sent to tens of thousands of employees through the Koch Industries’ “Discovery” newsletter, Koch warns that “November’s election results … are part of a trend that, if not reversed, will destroy the American dream.”

The letter hits familiar themes, claiming regulation and taxation will ruin the economy and posits Koch’s political intervention as our only savior. Koch also implies more big-money spending on campaigns and political groups, writing, “As a company, we are committed to doing what is right in every aspect of our business. That is why we will continue doing everything we can to persuade politicians to put what is good for the country first, before it is too late.”

Rupert Murdoch and his conservative media empire is a blight on the human race but he’s really just in it for the money. If liberalism were more profitable, Fox would make Current TV look right wing in comparison.

The Koch brothers, on the other hand, are ideological zealots that want more than money; they want the power to reshape the country into their Randian wet dream of peasants and royalty. Using the media under their control to push their message (and they most certainly will, make no mistake about it), will do more damage than Fox could ever dream. And that’s saying something. This is possibly the most unsettling development I’ve seen in quite some time.

Douchebag Of The Day: Herman ‘I Hate America’ Cain

With a health dose of racism thrown in!

Awarded to Herman Cain for the following exchange with a caller on the Neal Boortz show:

MARK: Is it wrong that since gas prices have been going up like 30 cents in the last month, month and a half. That for a while I’ve been hoping that gas would hit $4 so people would realize that we need a Republican in the presidency so that on November 7th, gas will be slashed to like $2 a gallon?

CAIN: That’s not wrong at all. If it hits $4 a gallon nationally, that would be a huge wakeup call for a lot of people who, quite frankly Mark, aren’t paying attention. And the other reason that I would agree with you that it was not wrong in order to wake people up in that manner because sometimes you don’t wake them up until it hits their checkbook or their pocketbook is the fact that some of the times when gas prices go down it’s manipulated. It’s manipulated by the oil-producing countries. There are some countries that are really really big as far as oil production that want Barack Obama to win.

OK, first, Mark, the caller, is a goddamn moron. Even if the president of the United States had direct control over the price of gas (he really, really doesn’t), a newly elected one doesn’t take office until January. November 7th? What the frakk is he talking about?! This is the sign of an imbecile that’s brought into the right wing myth that the president can just snap his fingers and POOF gas prices are cut in half! This myth, by the way, will persist until the very second that a Republican is sworn into office, at which point Bill O’Reilly will be on the air insisting that anyone who says the president controls gas prices is a pinhead. You can set your watch to it.

Second, Herman Cain is literally rooting for economic pain and suffering for the American people. Gas prices affect the price of just about everything else; they go up, everything else goes up, too. With so many people still out of work because of Wall St.’s scumbaggery and the GOP doing everything they can to extend the economic slump, to so boldly state that punishing the country would be good for the Republican Party should be the real  wake up call. The GOP doesn’t give two tugs of a dead dog’s tail about the middle class or the poor. They only care about the mega rich and corporations. How much clearer can it possibly get? Do they need to tattoo it to their foreheads?

For engaging in the blind pursuit of power at the expense of the entire country while smugly ignoring that your buddies, the Koch brothers, have been artificially inflating the price of gas for years for both political and financial gain, Congratulations, Herman Cain! You’re a douchebag!

Obama Single-Handedly Lowers Gas Prices! He’s The Greatest President EVER!


Oil has taken a beating in recent days, similar to the beating that the Chicago Cubs took earlier this year, losing 12 consecutive games in a row. While oil prices can’t boast the loss record that the Cubs did during that stretch, I don’t think anyone will complain. Oil prices today stand at their lowest level since October 4, 2011.

Obama deserves all the praise we can give him for lowering gas prices!!!

At least, that’s what conservatives should be saying if they had any intellectual integrity (or intellectual capacity). Fox and the rest of the right wing machine spent weeks telling us that rising gas prices were all Obama’s fault and he should be impeached or something for it.  WHY it was his fault was a little less clear but it was definitely his fault because he’s the president. Just like they told us it wasn’t Bush’s fault when he was president because the president has no control over gas prices.

Wait, what? So, Bush couldn’t control the price of gas so he’s totally blameless but Obama can so he should be impeached or something? Ah. Conservative logic.

But Justin, you lying liberal bastard! You just admitted that you blamed Bush for the same thing!

I didn’t actually say that but, here, let me help: Bush was partially to blame for the increase in gas prices. Why? Part of what drives up the price of gas is instability in the markets. What drives instability in the markets? War and unrest in the Middle East. Who destabilized just about the entire region?

President George W. Bush.

Outside of large scale (and stupid) actions like that, the president does not have a lot of control over the market.

In all fairness, something the right is patently incapable of, a lot of liberals were blaming the Kochs for manipulating the markets to damage Obama’s chances of re-election. Either they’re not very good at it or they’ve weren’t manipulating it as extensively as we thought. I guess we’ll see what the price of gas is on election day.

Horror Novelist Stephen King Tells The 1% To Stop Being Selfish Pricks

Stephen King, master storyteller, has posted his thoughts on the rich who refuse to countenance the raising of their taxes. As a filthy (rich) liberal scum, he was not particularly kind to them:

Cut a check and shut up, they said

If you want to pay more, pay more, they said.

Tired of hearing about it, they said.

Tough shit for you guys, because I’m not tired of talking about it. I’ve known rich people, and why not, since I’m one of them? The majority would rather douse their dicks with lighter fluid, strike a match, and dance around singing “Disco Inferno” than pay one more cent in taxes to Uncle Sugar.

This is not the first time Stephen King has laced into the greedy right. His book, Under The Dome, might as well have been titled How The Right Will Kill Us All. It was a bit heavy handed but still a decent read and gave us a microcosm of the hypocrisy of the right on religion, ethics (or lack thereof) and climate change denial.

King takes on the argument from the right that the rich know better than the government how to handle their money:

What charitable 1-percenters can’t do is assume responsibility—America’s national responsibilities: the care of its sick and its poor, the education of its young, the repair of its failing infrastructure, the repayment of its staggering war debts. Charity from the rich can’t fix global warming or lower the price of gasoline by one single red penny. That kind of salvation does not come from Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Ballmer saying, “Okay, I’ll write a $2 million bonus check to the IRS.” That annoying responsibility stuff comes from three words that are anathema to the Tea Partiers: United American citizenry.

And hey, why don’t we get real about this? Most rich folks paying 28 percent taxes do not give out another 28 percent of their income to charity. Most rich folks like to keep their dough. They don’t strip their bank accounts and investment portfolios, they keep them and then pass them on to their children, their children’s children. And what they do give away is—like the monies my wife and I donate—totally at their own discretion. That’s the rich-guy philosophy in a nutshell: Don’t tell us how to use our money; we’ll tell you.

Annoyingly, this basic philosophical point eluded me. I knew that the rich should be paying the same tax rate (or more) as the rest of us and history has shown that the less they pay the more the country suffers. What I wasn’t entirely clear on was they thought they shouldn’t. I kept thinking it was just greed but I failed to make the connection to the basic premise of conservative politics: the rich are better than the rest of us.  Silly me. Thank you Mr. King for clearing up that point for me.

You and I don’t get to decide to where our money goes, why should the rich? I don’t like my money being pissed away on useless religious-based abstinence only programs in schools. Do I get to withhold part of my taxes and donate it to an atheist organization? No? Why not? That’s what the right is telling us we should allow the rich to do. What’s makes them so special? Oh, because they have money? So what? How many of them earned it from scratch? The Koch brothers certainly didn’t. They took a massive inheritance and their father’s connections and used it to make billions. So did Mitt Romney. Give me $20 million and a book full of industry connections and I’ll be a 1-percenter, too!

Mr. King also takes the right to takes for their “job creator” myth and the way they worship the rich as if being handed an inheritance makes you special. He speaks to the idea the right has that the rich are inherently better than “the little people” and should be treated as royalty, something I’ve discussed before. He ends his letter to the right with a warning:

Last year, during the Occupy movement, the conservatives who oppose tax equality saw the first real ripples of discontent. Their response was either Marie Antoinette (“Let them eat cake”) or Ebeneezer Scrooge (“Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?”). Short-sighted, gentlemen. Very short-sighted. If this situation isn’t fairly addressed, last year’s protests will just be the beginning. Scrooge changed his tune after the ghosts visited him. Marie Antoinette, on the other hand, lost her head.

Think about it.

Personally, I think the 1% has grown so arrogant and spoiled that they’ll just assume they can continue to steal our money, our democracy and our freedom at will. I think they’re in for a rude awakening.