Daily Archives: December 30, 2011


The Big Lie: Wall Street has destroyed the wonder that was America.

The article The Big Lie has the subtitle “Wall Street has destroyed the wonder that was America.”  At first, I wondered if the big lie was that Wall Street has destroyed the wonder that was America.

I think the following quote from the article should set the matter straight:

As 2011 slithers to its end, none of the major problems that led to the crisis point three years ago have really been solved. Bank balance sheets still reek. Europe day by day becomes a financial black hole, with matter from the periphery being sucked toward the center until the vortex itself collapses. The Street and its ministries of propaganda have fallen back on a Big Lie as old as capitalism itself: that all that has gone wrong has been government’s fault. This time, however, I don’t think the argument that “Washington ate my homework” is going to work. This time, a firestorm is going to explode about the Street’s head—and about time, too.

This article calls for a level of retribution, and perhaps violence, that the Occupy movement specifically abjures.


Compassionate Conservatism? An Open Letter to Newt Gingrich From the Child of a Janitor

A friend of a friend on Facebook led me to the article Compassionate Conservatism? An Open Letter to Newt Gingrich From the Child of a Janitor.

On more than one occasion my father, a janitor, had to take up a collection for a student to send home to their family, to help them buy a ticket if there was an emergency, or to subsidize the funeral expenses for one of his crew, or the part-timers, who didn’t have his years of seniority, and pay.

No child could do that job.

Why is it so easy for a person like Newt Gingrich to forget the humanity behind the people he disparages?  I suppose it is the same justification that applied to George W. Bush’s “compassionate conservatism”.  If you don’t really know any people outside your “class”, it is easy to wage class warfare without realizing you are doing it.  And that is being very  charitable to Gingrich and Bush.


Marisa DeFranco in Debate Among U.S. Senate candidates

I have edited the video of  debate at Stonehill College on December 6, 2011 to focus on Marisa DeFranco’s responses.  The intent is to give you easy access to her positions on various issues.

It cuts the video from of the whole debate from 90 minutes, to just under 23 minutes to focus on Marisa DeFranco.  This edit is not a commentary on what the other candidates might have said in the debate.


Notice how Elizabeth Warren also puts emphasis on public involvement in getting legislation to pass through the blockades in Congress. That is what I find so frustrating when Elizabeth Warren refuses to use her time in the limelight to educate the public on the issues that require their involvement.


Crackpot Anti-Islam Activists, “Serial Fabricators” and the Tale of Iran and 9/11

Truth Out has the article Crackpot Anti-Islam Activists, “Serial Fabricators” and the Tale of Iran and 9/11.

Behind a mysterious December 22 Associated Press story about “finding of fact” by a District judge in Manhattan Friday that Iran assisted al Qaeda in the planning of the 9/11 attacks is a tapestry of recycled fabrications and distortions of fact from a bizarre cast of characters.

Please remember this Truth Out article  when you hear the administration using this supposed connection of Iran to 9/11 for going to war against Iran. Past history of this administration and its predecessor makes it a near certainty that this fabrication will be used to get us into another war. This time it will be Iranian oil that is the real reason.  Just like Rudy Giuliani, it is “blah, blah, blah, 9/11.”