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Mike Weinholtz Versus Governor Herbert In Televised Debate


This second debate took place on September 26th, and will most likely be the last one, as governor Herbert would rather keep his governmental matters close to the vest and probably only showed up to the first one at the last minute because he didn’t want to be called, “Unavailable Jones” at that event.

Weinholtz came out swinging like a real democrat should with the problems the GOP has left us in this state and the rest of the country as well, but he has already proven he can work with the other side on the issues.

I hope all those people who showed up to wait in line for hours to register and vote for Bernie Sanders will see that this is the year to get democrats in office again in Utah. The governor’s office has never been in Republican hands for this long in Utah before, (32 years). It’s time for a change with REAL values instead of the stagnant cronyism we see today.

Short post-debate question and answer session:

The first debate was not televised, so I took this from a citizens cell phone recording.

NOTE: You can stop the unwanted soundtrack by going near the bottom of the page, and pausing the video, or going to the comments section.


Wheel of Fortune

Not meaning to be heavy, but people are going to be in the streets without food, while the childrens, childrens, children of the wealthy won’t have any idea how to spend the money.


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Binders Full of Women!

I have been waiting for almost a full year now for women or climate to matter to the race for president. This is simply amazing to me. First of all, women are both a majority of the population, and a majority of voters. Given those facts, you would think that at least one party, if not both, would consider the radical notion of actually speaking to women. Instead, one party attacked women, and called the only women’s issue they even think about an issue of religious freedom instead.

“What’s that? Contraception? The single biggest impact in a woman’s ability to gain an equal education and choose to hold a job or not? Clearly a regions freedom issue! Why would you girls even have an opinion on that? Don’t worry your pretty little head over it. Did you bring me that sandwich?”

Climate seems to be in a similar boat. Recent polls shows a majority of people want to see the issue addressed, and are concerned about it. Maybe we can rephrase that for the campaigns. Voters. A majority of voters, especially independents, would like to hear about climate issues. And who can blame them? After the summer of drought and wildfires, with a background of arctic ice measurements that should make anyone with an understanding of basic science soil themselves in fear, maybe global warming is a topic that the candidates should consider addressing.

Last night we finally got a brief statement about women. Kind of. Read the rest of this entry »


Romney’s Hard Slog

I’m not going to say that I was real close to my dad when he came back from WWII. If he were alive today, it’s possible I could be, but he never talked about it, mostly drank too much and died early.

My wonderful mother was the breadwinner in our family and kept an amazingly decent roof over our heads, even though she never had a very good job and it has always been harder for women to succeed. This was the fifties and sixties in America.

My mother was exceptional though. She worked two jobs, and landed us a house on the hill with her skills at shear frugality and hard work.

Compare any of this with Romney’s plight:


Fake Citizens or Something Much Better

You decide:


When do you stand up for yourself?

Dear People,

I’m not so convinced you are aware of how bad things can get if you don’t stand up to corporate greed. In my travels around the world, I’ve seen countries in various levels of rise and decay.

I assure you, things can and will get much worse.

Earlier this week I met a man that claimed to make 600 million dollars a year. I asked him to stop raping the American dream. (Did I go to far?) I think not. Something happened to you America and there are very real reasons the world hates you. This black Friday, that I made a point not to buy a single thing, is a great opportunity to share with you where your Christmas presents come from.

The truth is that all these things and all these factories could be in America, and all these employees could be paid a real wage. The only thing that stops them is the drive for Billions of dollars in only the pockets of executives. Keep in mind when you walk into Wal Mart almost everything there was made in a place like I’m about to show you.

You have a sense of detachment I’m sure. Those people (and children) are thousands of miles away. I take this opportunity to reinforce my statement from my first post. IF THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO PAY YOU MINIMUM WAGE… THEY WOULDN’T.  Think about it Social Security, Medicare, Minimum Wage, Job Banks, even your Military, all of the government blankets that protect you. Can and will be taken away by the very people that tell you that tell you, you have the capitalistic opportunity to make as much as they do.

The top 1% actually believes that your stupid enough to buy into their scam. I cannot legally condone violence against wall street. so I hope you will help them collapse by the same greed that got them there.

Happy Christmas shopping,

Thank you and Semper Fidelis,

Martin Bammes


Oda’s Odious Resolution

(I’ll be updating this post a little later with some additional thoughts)

Could someone explain exactly why is it that conservatives have decided every current social issue needs to be decided by amending the Constitution?  When did it become ridiculously important that we make sure the state Constitution bans all the current right wing hobgoblins?  (And do let’s be honest – these efforts will in not so many years remind people of Prohibition – something driven by short term popular passions that utterly failed as effective policy.)  If I had to guess, it comes down to the realization that a great many right wing policy proposals are patently unconstitutional and rather than abandon their bankrupt, brutal and flawed ideology, they figure they’ll just change the constitution to permit them to “permanently” prevent whatever it is they’re currently upset about. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Without food stamps we’d probably be starving’

Food stamps

The consequences of a decade of Republican wealth redistribution are all around us. The New York Times reports:

About one in 50 Americans now lives in a household with a reported income that consists of nothing but a food-stamp card.

…The surge in this precarious way of life has been so swift that few policy makers have noticed. But it attests to the growing role of food stamps within the safety net. One in eight Americans now receives food stamps, including one in four children.

…“Without food stamps we’d probably be starving,” [says a Florida man].

Utah reported 39,321 food stamp recipients with no other source of income, up 87 percent in the last two years.

Neil Irwin, writing in the WaPo:

There has been zero net job creation since December 1999. No previous decade going back to the 1940s had job growth of less than 20 percent. Economic output rose at its slowest rate of any decade since the 1930s as well.

Middle-income households made less in 2008, when adjusted for inflation, than they did in 1999 — and the number is sure to have declined further during a difficult 2009. The Aughts were the first decade of falling median incomes since figures were first compiled in the 1960s.

And the net worth of American households — the value of their houses, retirement funds and other assets minus debts — has also declined when adjusted for inflation, compared with sharp gains in every previous decade since data were initially collected in the 1950s.

In other news:

A year after taxpayers saved the finance industry from collapse, the big banks will hand out billions of dollars in bonuses in the coming weeks — at a time where unemployment tops 10% and many people are still losing their homes to foreclosures. To say this rankles in some quarters is an understatement.

UPDATE: According to a report on Corporate Governance by Professor Emma Coleman Jordan of the Georgetown University Law Center, 92% of the management and directors of the banks who precipitated the 2008 economic collapse and accepted federal bailouts still have their jobs.

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Equal Pay – It’s the Law

equalpayToday President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter equal-pay legislation, allowing women greater opportunity to sue in cases of salary discrimination. As I understand it, under old law, a woman had just 180 days to file a suit from the time the discrimination began; that is, when the employer first began paying the woman less. But the new bill, restarts the six-month clock every time the worker receives a paycheck.

From the LA Times:

Lilly Ledbetter, now 70, discovered late in her career that the male supervisors at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant where she worked in Alabama were making 40% more for doing the same work. Though a jury found the company liable, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote, found that she could only recover for the first 180 days of the disparity.

Today, with Ledbetter looking on, Obama signed a bill that essentially overturned the Supreme Court decision by allowing workers who have experienced discrimination to recover for longer periods of time.

Almost a year ago, then-presidential candidate John McCain chose to miss the vote on this legislation, saying Read the rest of this entry »

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