Wednesday, July 30, 2008
William Bradley: 13 Things To Know About The 3rd Straight Mac Attack Ad
McSpin-a-Lie has struck again. Ain't he great, folks? And this is who people want as their president?!
Posted by Am Kshe Oref - A Stiff-Necked People at 7/30/2008 01:21:00 PM
When my wife and I decided to leave LA because of the high cost of living and really crappy Jewish day schools (with all the money floating around there, with all the choices of schools, it was a question not of which school is the best fit for my children; it was, rather, a question of which school SUCKED the LEAST), people started saying how awful it was that we were leaving LA. "Where are you going?" they'd ask. "The Midwest," we'd answer. "The MIDWEST?!?! But it's so COLD there!" would invariably be the incredulous response.
Many people who live in LA or want to move there are there because the weather is just so fantastic. Except it's not. They get (even closer to the ocean, and certainly in the valleys) unbelievable heat waves that make the summer humidity in the Midwest look like a cakewalk. And they have NO seasons. Especially, no Autumn. And the cost of living there is just INSANE.
So, my wife sent me this email. It's about one other problem with living in LA:
"Earlier this year, scientists calculated thatGO WIFE!! :)
California faces a 99.7 percent chance of a
magnitude-6.7 quake or larger in the next 30 years."
For anyone who doesn't know, earthquakes are relatively common in LA, and most of them usually measure under 5.0 on the Richter Scale. But every so often, they get a big one. San Francisco had one DURING the World Series in 1989. LA had a huge one with the Northridge earthquake in 1994. That one was BAD. People died. Homes collapsed. And it measured 6.7 on the Richter Scale.
But... THE WEATHER!!! Bah on the weather. At least one can prepare for bad weather, be it a blizzard or a hurricane. You just CAN'T prepare for an earthquake. I know. I've lived through them. By the time you get under a desk or doorpost, it's usually over. Certainly, if it's in the middle of the night an it jolts you awake.
I'll take bad weather over earthquake country any time, any day, any way. Hands down, no contest.
And for that people pay up to (sometimes OVER) $1,000,000 (yes, that's ONE MILLION DOLLARS) for a lousy little three bedroom house?! For a bit of sunshine?
Posted by Am Kshe Oref - A Stiff-Necked People at 7/30/2008 12:31:00 PM
Funny. I've asked several conservative friends of mine why they'll vote for McCain over Obama, and the answer, invariably, has been "because in our experience, Obama, a Democrate will raise taxes, and McCain, a Republican won't and Democrats have a track record of raising taxes while Republicans always cut them."
What a stupid, un-researched, idiotic answer.
Here's what's happened. In the last 28 years, we've had (alas) twenty years of Republican catastrophes and eight years of Democratic rule. I don't care what Clinton did in his personal life, who he did and where. He WAS a good president who was hounded day and night by assholes like Ken Starr, who was hired and paid WAY too much money to go after Clinton for anything and everything. And Clinton did NOT raise taxes. In fact, part of the reason he got elected to office was because Bush 41 (the dad) actually BROKE his campaign promise and DID raise taxes. Bush
reneged on his promise not to raise taxes (see below).
signed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 in August 1993, which passed Congress without a Republican vote. It cut taxes for fifteen million low-income families, made tax cuts available to 90% of small businesses, and raised taxes on the wealthiest 1.2% of taxpayers. Additionally, through the implementation of spending restraints, it mandated the budget be balanced over a number of years.
expanded the Earned Income Tax Credit, a subsidy for low income workers  and passed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 in August 1993, which passed Congress without a Republican vote. and passed the It cut taxes for fifteen million low-income families, made tax cuts available to 90% of small businesses, and raised taxes on the wealthiest 1.2% of taxpayers.
Reagan, on the other hand, did INDEED raise taxes, despite popular belief. It's just that HE called them "REVENUE ENHANCEMENT," not tax hikes.
And now it's McLiar's turn:
Now comes Republican candidate John McCain, eager to reassure conservatives he's no tax raiser, yet also intent on letting voters know he will "do the hard things," as he often said in the primaries.And the more the campaign denies it, my dear conservative friends, the more there is to fear:
"I don't want tax increases. But that doesn't mean that anything is off the table" when it comes to Social Security, he said over the weekend.
*SNIP* (And don't worry, I'm not taking anything here out of context or tailoring it to my own purporses.)
"We hope you will clarify where you stand on this important issue and reaffirm your commitment to eschew all tax increases," wrote Pat Toomey, the group's president.
McCain provided his answer in Sparks, Nev., on Tuesday, when a girl asked him whether he would ever raise taxes.
"No" was the answer, a paragon of simplicity in contrast to the parsing by aides seeking to explain his earlier remarks.
Regardless of his answer, McCain's underlying problem is a lack of trust among economic conservatives in his own party. There's no surprise in that. Citing deficit concerns, he voted against the tax cuts the current President Bush pushed through Congress in 2001.
Now, with red ink headed into record territory, he favors a permanent extension of the same cuts he once opposed, saying anything else would be a tax increase.
Democrats call that a politically motivated flip-flop. By any name, it seems to make Toomey nervous.
Challenging Reagan for the presidential nomination in 1980, Bush had deemed it "voodoo economics" to claim taxes could be cut without increasing the deficit. It was at the core of the supply-side economics Reagan championed and, not surprisingly, conservatives were slow to warm to the vice president.Anyone ever hear the phrase "methinks thou doth protest too much?" And there's an awful lot of protesting going on here. Especially considering the Republican Party's anti-Republican Party Big Government and Lots of Spending policies, the money's going to have to come from SOMEWHERE. Where's it going to come from? The poor and working class? How much longer, in this depressed economy (yes, folks, despite numerous protestation and rosy outlooks, it IS a depression, and the Federal Reserve HAS admitted it, at least internally), do they think that'll work before a real revolution gets underway? You can only stamp and stomp on people so far, you know...
Eight years later, he was still trying to make amends when he delivered his speech accepting the nomination at the party convention.
"The Congress will push me to raise taxes, and I'll say no, and they'll push, and I'll say no, and they'll push again, and I'll say to them, 'Read my lips: No new taxes,'" Bush said to applause that night.
He won the White House but, within two years, Congress pushed him to raise taxes and he said yes as part of a deal with Democrats to reduce deficits. Without the support Reagan could fall back on, Bush then lost at the polls in 1992, in part because conservatives abandoned him out of anger at his reversal.
Fearful of the same treatment, McCain's aides worked overtime to contain the damage.
"He's said again and again that he's not going to raise taxes," spokesman Tucker Bounds told Fox News, a statement of fact that stopped short of a promise not to do so in the future.
Bounds also said Social Security was a different kind of debate and to "really take this challenge on, we're going to have to be honest."
In conclusion, he added: "There is no imaginable circumstance where John McCain would raise payroll taxes. It's absolutely out of the question."
So, I'm not exactly sure why my conservative friends insist that Democrats ALWAYS raise taxes, and Republican NEVER do. It's just a lie, pure and simple.
And again, when Obama talks about raising taxes, it's for the wealthy, who SHOULD be taxed more. He has stated again and again (and we have no reason to doubt him as he has ALWAYS championed the working, poorer classes) he will lower taxes for the less privileged and raise them for the rich.
My heart goes out to the rich. Those poor, suffering souls. They had it so good under Reaganomics' "trickle down" because NOTHING EVER TRICKLED DOWN!!
Posted by Am Kshe Oref - A Stiff-Necked People at 7/30/2008 08:15:00 AM
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Send Karl Rove to Jail!
Great video presentation, especially at the end, where Scott McClellan is asked if he would trust Rove to tell the truth if he (Rove) were NOT under oath and McClellan says that based on his own experience, he would NOT!!
Posted by Am Kshe Oref - A Stiff-Necked People at 7/29/2008 05:04:00 PM
Ok, I know this is a REALLY LONG post, but I didn't actually write it, which means I didn't actually spend all that much time on it. Sources for the following information follow the information itself. After seeing this list, seriously, while I understand not all Christians are bad (in fact, some are pretty darned good!), why on Earth would I, or ANY Jew, want ANYTHING to do with a religion that has done THIS to us?! How is this Emes to a Jew in ANY way?!
|224 C.E.||Italy||Forced Conversion|
|351 C.E||Persia||Book Burning|
|357 C.E.||Italy||Property Confiscation|
|379 C.E.||Milan||Synagogue Burning|
|418 C.E.||Minorca||Forced Conversion|
|489 C.E.||Antioch||Synagogue Burning|
|506 C.E.||Daphne||Synagogue Burning|
|519 C.E.||Ravenna||Synagogue Burning|
|554 C.E.||Diocese of Clement (France)||Expulsion|
|561 C.E.||Diocese of Uzes (France)||Expulsion|
|582 C.E||Merovingia||Forced Conversion|
|612 C.E.||Visigoth Spain||Expulsion|
|628 C.E.||Byzantium||Forced Conversion|
|629 C.E.||Merovingia||Forced Conversion|
|633 C.E.||Toledo||Forced Conversion|
|638 C.E.||Toledo||Stake Burnings|
|642 C.E.||Visigothic Empire||Expulsion|
|681 C.E.||Spain||Forced Conversion|
|693 C.E.||Toledo||Jews Enslaved|
|722 C.E.||Byzantium||Judaism Outlawed|
|897 C.E.||Narbonne||Land Confiscation|
|945 C.E.||Venice||Ban on Sea Travel|
|1012 C.E.||Rouen, Limoges & Rome||Massacre|
|1021 C.E.||Rome||Jews Burned Alive|
|1096 C.E.||Northern France & Germany||1/3 of Jewish Population Massacred|
|1099 C.E.||Jerusalem||Jews Burned Alive|
|1146 C.E.||Rhine Valley||Massacre|
|1147 C.E.||Belitz (Germany)||Jews Burned Alive|
|1147 C.E.||Carenton, Ramenu & Sully (France)||Massacres|
|1171 C.E.||Blois||Stake Burnings|
|1181 C.E.||England||Property Confiscation|
|1188 C.E.||London & York||Mob Attacks|
|1190 C.E.||Norfolk||Jews Burned Alive|
|1191 C.E.||Bray (France)||Jews Burned Alive|
|1195 C.E.||France||Property Confiscation|
|1215 C.E.||Rome||Jews Forced to Wear Badges|
|1215 C.E.||Toulouse (France)||Mass Arrests|
|1218 C.E.||England||Jews Forced to Wear Badges|
|1231 C.E.||Rome||Inquisition Established|
|1236 C.E.||France||Forced Conversion/Massacre|
|1239 C.E.||London||Massacre & Property Confiscation|
|1240 C.E.||France||Talmud Confiscated|
|1240 C.E.||England||Book Burning|
|1240 C.E.||Spain||Forced Conversion|
|1242 C.E.||Paris||Talmud Burned|
|1244 C.E.||Oxford||Mob Attacks|
|1255 C.E.||England||Public Hangings|
|1261 C.E.||Canterbury||Mob Attacks|
|1262 C.E.||London||Mob Attacks|
|1264 C.E.||London||Mob Attacks|
|1267 C.E.||Vienna||Jews Forced to Wear Horned Hats|
|1270 C.E.||Weissenberg, Magdeburg, Armstadt, Coblenz, Singzig, and Erfurt||Jews Burned Alive|
|1278 C.E.||Genoa (Spain)||Mob Attacks|
|1283 C.E.||Mayence & Bacharach||Mob Attacks|
|1285 C.E.||Munich||Jews Burned Alive|
|1298 C.E.||Franconia, Bavaria & Austria||100,000 Jews slaughtered|
|1308 C.E.||Strasbourg||Jews Burned Alive|
|1320 C.E.||Toulouse & Perpigon||120 Communities Massacred & Talmud Burned|
|1321 C.E.||Teruel||Public Executions|
|1328 C.E.||Estella||5,000 Jews Slaughtered|
|1348 C.E.||France & Spain||Jews Burned Alive|
|1349 C.E.||Worms, Strasbourg, Oppenheim, Mayence, Erfurt, Bavaria & Swabia||Jews Burned Alive|
|1349 C.E.||Heilbronn (Germany)||Expulsion|
|1354 C.E.||Castile (Spain)||12,000 Jews Slaughtered|
|1368 C.E.||Toledo||8,000 Jews Slaughtered|
|1370 C.E.||Majorca., Penignon & Barcelona||Mob Attack|
|1377 C.E.||Huesca (Spain)||Jews Burned Alive|
|1380 C.E.||Paris||Mob Attack|
|1384 C.E.||Nordlingen||Mass Murder|
|1389 C.E.||Prague||Mass Slaughter & Book Burning|
|1391 C.E.||Castille, Toledo, Madrid, Seville, Cordova, Cuenca & Barcelona||Forced Conversions & Mass Murder|
|1399 C.E.||Posen (Poland)||Jews Burned Alive|
|1400 C.E.||Prague||Stake Burnings|
|1407 C.E.||Cracow||Mob Attack|
|1415 C.E.||Rome||Talmud Confiscated|
|1422 C.E.||Austria||Jews Burned Alive|
|1424 C.E.||Fribourg & Zurich||Expulsion|
|1431 C.E.||Southern Germany||Jews Burned Alive|
|1449 C.E.||Toledo||Public Torture &. Burnings|
|1463 C.E.||Cracow||Mob Attack|
|1473 C.E.||Andalusia||Mob Attack|
|1480 C.E.||Venice||Jews Burned Alive|
|1481 C.E.||Seville||Stake Burnings|
|1484 C.E.||Cuidad Real, Guadalupe, Saragossa & Teruel||Jews Burned Alive|
|1485 C.E.||Vincenza (Italy)||Expulsion|
|1486 C.E.||Toledo||Jews Burned Alive|
|1488 C.E.||Toledo||Stake Burnings|
|1490 C.E.||Toledo||Public Executions|
|1491 C.E.||Astorga||Public Torture & Execution|
|1506 C.E.||Lisbon||Mob Attack|
|1510 C.E.||Berlin||Public Torture & Execution|
|1539 C.E.||Cracow & Portugal||Stake Burnings|
|1556 C.E.||Sokhachev (Poland)||Public Torture & Execution|
|1569 C.E.||Papal States||Expulsion|
|1597 C.E.||Cremona, Pavia & Lodi||Expulsion|
|1635 C.E.||Vilna||Mob Attack|
|1637 C.E.||Cracow||Public Torture & Execution|
|1647 C.E.||Lisbon||Jews Burned Alive|
|1648 C.E.||Poland||1/3 of Jewry Slaughtered|
|1652 C.E.||Lisbon||Stake Burnings|
|1654 C.E.||Little Russia||Expulsion|
|1660 C.E.||Seville||Jews Burned Alive|
|1663 C.E||Cracow||Public Torture &. Execution|
|1664 C.E.||Lemberg||Mob Attack|
|1669 C.E.||Oran (North Africa)||Expulsion|
|1671 C.E.||Minsk||Mob Attacks|
|1681 C.E.||Vilna||Mob Attacks|
|1682 C.E.||Cracow||Mob Attacks|
|1687 C.E.||Posen||Mob Attacks|
|1740 C.E.||Liule Russia||Expulsion|
|1753 C.E.||Kovad (Lithuania)||Expulsion|
|1757 C.E.||Kamenetz||Talmud Burning|
|1768 C.E.||Kiev||3,000 Jews Slaughtered|
|1801 C.E.||Bucharest||Mob Attack|
|1804 C.E.||Russian Villages||Expulsion|
|1808 C.E.||Russian Countryside||Expulsion|
|1815 C.E.||Lubeck & Bremen||Expulsion|
|1843 C.E.||Austria & Prussia||Expulsion|
|1850 C.E.||New York City||500 People, Led by Police, Attacked &. Wrecked, Jewish Synagogue|
|1862 C.E.||Area under General Grant's Jurisdiction in the United States||Expulsion|
|1866 C.E||Galatz (Romania)||Expulsion|
|1871 C.E.||Odena||Mob Attack|
|1887 C.E.||Slovakia||Mob Attacks|
|1897 C.E.||Kantakuzenka (Russia)||Mob Attacks|
|1898 C.E.||Rennes (France)||Mob Attack|
|1899 C.E.||Nicholayev||Mob Attack|
|1900 C.E.||Konitz (Prussia)||Mob Attack|
|1902 C.E.||Poland||Widespread Pogroms|
|1904 C.E.||Manchuria, Kiev & Volhynia||Widespread Pogroms|
|1905 C.E.||Zhitomir (Yolhynia)||Mob Attacks|
|1915 C.E.||Georgia (U.S.A.)||Leo Frank Lynched|
|1919 C.E.||Prague||Wide Spread Pogroms|
|1920 C.E.||Munich & Breslau||Mob Attacks|
|1922 C.E.||Boston, MA||Lawrence Lowell, President of Harvard, calls for Quota Restrictions on Jewish Admission|
|1928 C.E.||Hungary||Widespread Anti-Semitic Riots on University Campuses|
|1929 C.E.||Lemberg (Poland)||Mob Attacks|
|1930 C.E.||Berlin||Mob Attack|
|1933 C.E.||Bucharest||Mob Attacks|
|Source: P.E. Grosser & E.G. Halperin, Anti-Semitism: Causes and Effects, New York: Philosophical Library, 1978|
|SimpleToRemember.com - Judaism Online|
Posted by Am Kshe Oref - A Stiff-Necked People at 7/29/2008 10:27:00 AM