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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Blame the President for Everything...

Republicans are out blaming $4.00 a gallon gas on President Obama's temporary moratorium on deep seat oil drilling (despite it only effecting a hand full of rigs out of thousands), when in reality speculators are influenced by the upheaval or "Arab Spring" in the Middle East and are open about it.

And people believe the campaigners who know what they saying is false (they are not unintelligent or uninformed).

Interesting considering that the oil lobby gave to Republicans this last election cycle by more then a three to one margin, and the oil lobby is second only to the National Rifle Association in lobbyist and number one in dollars spent in Washington.

Obama is being criticized for the lack of job growth, and criticized for programs that did create jobs (and will even more over time) by calling it a "failed" stimulus and "failed" job bail out program.

He is being criticized for the human and monetary costs begun under the Bush Administration, for stimulus programs also begun under Bush and a "failed" health care program most of which has not even taken effect and which has had no impact on health care costs (but of course Republicans now blame Obama for normal increases in rates by insurance companies and health care providers).

It's not about reality, but perception; about truth but positioning; about facts but reality but who wins in the end ("the end justifies the means...to hell with ethics and morals...")




Wisconsin Update

Todd Hissong, Vice-Chair, Regional Branch Division, Screen Actors Guild
Hope.

news.yahoo.com
A Wisconsin judge ruled Thursday the state's divisive new collective bargaining law was not in effect — a clear warning to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's administration that it risks sanctions should it continue with its preparations to begin deducting money from public employees' paychecks.
"The hard right — which these days is more or less synonymous with the Republican Party — has a modus operandi when it comes to scholars expressing views it dislikes: never mind the substance, go for the smear."


Click here for the New York Times Opinion Article the above statement is from...


"What’s at stake here, in other words, is whether we’re going to have an open national discourse in which scholars feel free to go wherever the evidence takes them, and to contribute to public understanding. Republicans, in Wisconsin and elsewhere, are trying to shut that kind of discourse down. It’s up to the rest of us to see that they don’t succeed."

Movie piracy isn't just Hollywood's problem, MPAA's Dodd says
Those who view stolen or pirated movies are shortchanging the entire film industry and are contributing to an ongoing "American problem," according to Chris Dodd in his first speech as chief executive officer of the Motion Picture Association of America. "I am deeply concerned that too many people see movie theft as a victimless crime," the former U.S. senator from Connecticut said. "It is critical that we aggressively educate people to understand that movie theft is not just a Hollywood problem. It is an American problem." Home Media Magazine

He said those who steal movies fail to recognize that nearly 2.5 million people work in the film industry, including “middle-class folks, working hard behind the scenes to provide for their families, saving for college and retirement.”
“Those who steal movies and TV shows, or who knowingly support those who do, don’t see the faces of the camera assistant, seamstresses, electricians, construction workers, drivers, and small business owners and their employees who are among the thousands essential to moviemaking,” he said. “They don’t see the teenager working their first job taking tickets at the local theater, or the video rental store employees working hard to support their families.”
-Home Magazine, top paragraph from CEA Smart Brief