On illegal immigration I am of mixed opinion. On the one hand I believe that someone who is willing to work hard and to contribute to society and the economy, who is looking to make a better life for him or herself and his or her family is someone we should welcome to our country. We should respect the pursuit of happiness.
On the other hand we should also respect the rule of law, and for good or ill, we have immigration laws in this country.
When it comes down to it Hollywood wants to make money. Sure it may rail against “capitalism” and “greed” and the town may be full of people who would swear that they are anything but capitalists. But it costs money to fill swimming pools and party in “The Hills.” And so the movie industry has largely abandoned the once Golden State.
I’ll say this. The Lego Movie is good fun. I went with my entire family to see it last weekend and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I still can’t get this song out of my head.
We wrote a couple of weeks ago that Bitcoin was under all out assault. The cryptocurrency was being attacked (and it continues) on all fronts, legally, through DOS attacks, in the media, by Jamie Dimon who surprise surprise said that the government would just regulate the alternative currency out of existence and “that would be the end of them.” Of course JPMorgan, Dimon’s company, has been trying to get its own rival “alternative” currency off of the ground.
The yin to the Koch’s yang, Soros seems to have a hand in nearly everything “progressive.” From Media Matters, to The Center for American Progress, to support for Bill DeBlasio, to Obama’s Organizing for Action, to literally dozens of other political non-profits and advocacy groups, the man likes to spend his money on things which grow the state.
You may remember that NBC was going to do a mini-series featuring Hilary Clinton but backed down in the face of a groundswell of criticism. Another network however, Univision, has readily embraced the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. The Hispanic network just signed a deal with the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation to promote “Pequeños y Valiosos” (Young and Valuable) which helps young presumably Spanish speaking children learn English (?) Seems like a reasonable thing to support for sure. But many people just see the program as a thinly disguised effort to get in front of Hispanic voters. Which it basically seems to be.
“It’s not just about staying in office because you like the power. It’s about staying in office because it generates huge amounts of cash for your family.”
Austerity? Austerity involves tax increases and big time spending cuts. I saw some taxes increased but I didn’t see much in the way of spending cut. What tiny bit was cut in sequestration was reinstated thanks in large part to the Republicans who couldn’t bear to see money to the military contractors reduced.
Boeing is working the system from every angle. From sweet taxpayer funded defense contracts to the sweet taxpayer funded Export Import Bank which subsidizes its civilian efforts, to only God knows what else, Boeing gets crony capitalism. It’s a master.
Attached in an interesting and disturbing article from Truthout.com, a generally progressive site. It says that those “terms and conditions” contracts we sign when we get a credit card or sign up for iTunes represent a new form of “fascism.”
Though the article acknowledges the actual definition of fascism, that is the marriage of government and business, it argues that something which doesn’t involve the government can also constitute “fascism.”