Occupy South Bay San Diego

Harris County has been the greatest supplier of mortar for the careers of state politicians for some time. What’s more, law enforcement there is paranoid about their practices, refusing to expose the process in which they arrest protesters.

So, no - there is no justice in Houston; something sinister festers in that part of Texas in its place.

That’s Reaganism in a nutshell: take $1.5 trillion from the middle class and hand it to the already rich. Every year. And Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are champing at the bit to take even more.

Zompist’s E-Z rant page (via azspot)

I remember these Reagan years.  The US Army drove tanks into the suburbs, raided homes, and then delivered the loot to men in mansions.  And yes, this happened every single year.  It was an awful time that never happened. (via jeffmiller)

Taking money from the middle class via taxation, then handing it to wealthy through privatization and vastly disproportionate tax cuts is what he’s talking about, but keep on with the history rewrite, Jeff, it’s working for you.

(via jonathan-cunningham)
I don’t have a wife yet, Kuya, but I hope one day I will. And you know what? I hope my wife will be like Jinkee. I hope I’ll have a wife who will wait for me beyond the ropes as I step into whatever ring requires my own personal fight. I hope I’ll have a wife who forgivingly remains with me, in spite of any fits of un-Catholic disloyalty that may grip me. I hope I’ll have a wife who will tell everyone that she believes in my power, despite my ridiculous, laughable acts. I hope I will deserve that kind of wife. I hope I will be that kind of wife.

Kuya Manny, why would you deny this of me? In those quiet moments I imagine for you, when you ask yourself how you survived, I believe that your wife, more than anyone, is the one who helps to lessen the loneliness of your greatness. Ask yourself: Could you have survived all of this without her?

theyoungturks:

Via AmericaBlog: Campaign for a Fair Settlement, a liberal housing group which formed to pressure state Attorneys General like California’s Kamala Harris to not agree to a bad robosigning settlement deal, has released a poll that paints a brutal picture of how voters in swing states view President Obama’s handling of the housing crisis. The poll also shows that voters think the President hasn’t done enough to hold banks accountable and that criminal behavior by Wall Street has driven the crisis. The poll surveyed independent likely voters in Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, Nevada and North Carolina, all of which are states which have been devastated by the foreclosure crisis…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

So what do you do when you’re accused of hitting up sick patients in the hospital to pay their bills — sometimes even before they get treatment?

Well, if you’re Chicago-based Accretive Health, under fire by not only the Minnesota Attorney General but key members of Congress and possibly the Obama Administration, you fight fire with fire. You line up your own set of political defenders.

[…]

So now Accretive is upping the ante. It has enlisted a veritable who’s who in health policy to come up with “national standards for how hospitals and other providers interact with patients regarding their financial obligations.” In other words, how aggressive can debt collectors be without running afoul of federal law, various or regulation or good public relations.

The group includes some well-connected heavy-hitters, including former Bush administration Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt and Medicare chief Mark McClellan, former Senate GOP leader Bill Frist,. There some prominent Democrats too, including former Clinton Administration HHS Secretary Donna Shalala and former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle.

For all of Accretive’s alleged misdeeds, however, the collection of outstanding bills is a serious one for hospitals, particularly as they await the Supreme Court’s decision about the 2010 health law. Hospitals agreed to take significant reductions in Medicare payments with the expectation they would make that money back when currently uninsured patients whose care now goes unpaid would gain coverage.

Should the high court strike down the requirement for most people to obtain insurance, however, that could leave hospitals in a financially difficult spot.

More evidence demonstrating that it’s time for single payer health care.

Adams told the Guardian that the commissioner made the comment during a 2010 meeting challenging the department’s use of a stop-and-frisk database.  According to Adams, Kelly said: “He wanted to instil the fear in black and Hispanic youths that every time they leave their homes they will feel that they could be stopped and searched by the police.”

This is consistent for a guy like Ray Kelly who rationalizes the development of a surveillance apparatus in New York City and raises an alleged rapist.<.>

The press still thinks [global warming] is controversial. So they find the 1% of the scientists and put them up as if they’re 50% of the research results. You in the public would have no idea that this is basically a done deal and that we’re on to other problems, because the journalists are trying to give it a 50/50 story. It’s not a 50/50 story. It’s not. Period.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, podcast interview (via pieceinthepuzzlehumanity)
Concentration of wealth yields concentration of political power. And concentration of political power gives rise to legislation that increases and accelerates the cycle. The legislation, essentially bipartisan, drives new fiscal policies and tax changes, as well as the rules of corporate governance and deregulation. Alongside this began a sharp rise in the costs of elections, which drove the political parties even deeper into the pockets of the corporate sector.
Since the recession hit in 2008, students and graduates have been faced with the reality of not finding a decent-paying job right after graduation, if they can even find a job at all. More often than not, graduates find themselves moving back home after graduation because even if they can find a decent-paying job, high loan payments can keep them from getting their own place to live. Many students will scramble to find work immediately after the ink dries on their diploma only to find that the jobs they thought would be there are most definitely not there. Often they find themselves unemployed for long stretches of time. Employed or not, the loan companies expect repayment of loans to start six months after graduation.