Weekend Hodge-Podge

how our media misdirects

how our media misdirects

One of the most interesting hypocritical aspects of the Republican (or Tea Party) is their stance on “pro-life.” They want to force women to give birth no matter the circumstances. Yet when it comes to things that sustain life like food and medical care they do all they can to take access to them away if the child’s family has commited the mortal sin of being poor. It is like the Tea baggers want to teach the poor a lesson by making them watch their children suffer.

Then the Tea party fights like hell to make sure that weapons of death are easily attainable thus putting everyone’s life in jeopardy every day.Plus their answer to every international crisis is sending military which almost always ends with some deaths of those military. Usually these dead soldiers are quite young, just out of their teens.

Branstad Scared?
Good Lord. I can’t turn on the TV and not get a damned Branstad commercial. Not just local stations which I seldom watch, but ESPN, MSNBC, TBS and multiple others. This is not on some local cable station, but on DISH. We know Branstad has a train load of money and apparently he is spending it. Nothing like taking advantage of the Citizen’s United decision, right Governor? He is trying to brainwash us so much that by November we won’t know he is even opposed. Sure would be funny if all his money and all those ads couldn’t cover the lousy job he is doing and he lost anyway.

It could happen. Iowans are not happy with the half-assed answers to problems like medicaid and education and especially jobs. Branstad lies, distorts and misleads but in the age of the internet it is getting harder and harder to cover a pile of manure. Saturating the airwaves, even the satellite companies shows me that Branstad is truly scared that voters know he is doing a crappy job. So his only hope is to try to cover it up. I would so love it if Iowa were the national leader in showing Republicans that vaults of money can’t replace the will of the people to have the government work for them, not for the rich.

Wikileaks revealed Thursday that there is yet another trade deal that is being negotiated in even deeper secret than either the Trans Pacific Partnership or it Trans Atlantic brother. Of course the main reason for super secret negotiations is that the terms will be disastrous for a vast majority of the world’s people.

From truthout.org:
“The whistleblower and transparency website WikiLeaks published on Thursday the secret draft text of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex, a controversial global trade agreement promoted by the United States and European Union that covers 50 countries and is opposed by global trade unions and anti-globalization activists.

Activists expect the TISA deal to promote privatization of public services in countries across the globe, and WikiLeaks said the secrecy surrounding the trade negotiations exceeds that of even the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) that has made headlines in the past year.

Demonstrations erupted in Geneva in April as diplomats met in secret for the sixth round of negotiations over TISA, which would cover international trade in a wide range of service industries ranging from finance and telecommunications to transportation and even local utilities such as water. Protesters demanded that the draft text be released, but it has remained secret until now.”

Much more at the link. Negotiations in secret never lead to good outcomes for the people. This is why we do things in the open in America.

This Really Nails It!

attribution: tom tomorrow at dailykos.com

attribution: tom tomorrow at dailykos.com


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