Give’em Hell, Malone

Ving Rhames, Thomas Jane, crime noir, movie? Umm yes please

While I wasn’t a huge fan of the interesting but flawed Punisher movie, Thomas Jane is rapidly becoming one of my favorite actors. That being said I’m glad to see him getting leading roles in more movies. As anyone who’s enjoying season 1 of Hung can attest Jane definitely has the acting chops. Now he just needs a breakout film to go along with his breakout show. That and a non girly last name.

PS True Blood is retarded.

My Life According To UnderOath

I usually ignore these random facebook “games” but this one seemed kind of interesting. Since I’m in an Underoath kind of mood I decided to use their song titles. I’ve hyper linked my anwsers to the lyircs of each song. Click on them; you might find something you like. Enjoy!

Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Pass it on to 12 (or a million) people you like. You can’t use the band I used. Do not repeat a song title. It’s a lot harder than you think! Repost as “My Life According to (BAND NAME)”

Pick Your Artist: Underoath

Are you a male or female?

A Boy Brushed Red … Living In Black And White

Describe yourself:

Young and Aspiring

How do you feel:

I Don’t Feel Very Receptive Today

Describe where you currently live:

The Created Void

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:

A Moment Suspended In Time

Your favorite form of transportation:

Moving For The Sake Of Motion

Your best friend is:

Everyone Looks So Good From Here

What’s the weather like:

Short Of Day Break

Favorite time of day:

When The Sun Sleeps

If your life was a tv show, what would it be called:

In Regards To Myself

What is life to you:

Breathing In A New Mentality

Your relationships:

Anyone Can Dig A Hole But It Takes A Real Man To Call It Home

Your fear:

Casting Such A Thin Shadow

What is the best advice you have to give:

It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door

If you could change your name, you would change it to:

Burden In Your Hands

My soul’s present condition:

Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape

My motto:

I Got 10 Friends And A Crowbar That Says You Aint Gonna Do Jack

Secretary Gates: Wasteful Defense Spending Hurts Troops

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates makes an excellent point about the pork projects included in defense spending:

The grim reality is that with regard to the budget we have entered a zero-sum game. Every defense dollar diverted to fund excess or unneeded capacity… is a dollar that will be unavailable to take care of our people, to win the wars we are in, to deter potential adversaries, and to improve capabilities in areas where America is underinvested and potentially vulnerable. That is a risk that I will not take and one that I cannot accept,” he said.

Gates took particular aim at proponents of the futuristic, $250 million-a-pop F-22 stealth dogfighter. Senior military leaders all say they have plenty of the planes, to ward off any potential foe. Congress keeps trying to force the Pentagon to pay for more — despite the threat of a Presidential veto of any defense bill which contains more F-22 cash. It’s typical, he observed, of a Beltway process that keeps defense programs going forever, regardless of their military value. It’s exactly why Gates’ largely common sense overhaul of the Pentagon’s arsenal is, in its own way, so radical.

Ain’t that the truth.

The Proposed Health Care Tax Republicans Are Raising Hell Over

OMIGOD OMIGOD OMIGOD DEMOCRATS ARE RAISING TAXES!

REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH!

CLASS WARFARE!

Republicans are notorious for wanting to have their cake and eat it too. When Democrats first proposed health care reform Republicans cried “it’s too expensive…the deficit is already too high”. When Democrats promised to make any health care bill deficit neutral, ie paid for without deficit spending, Republicans cried “Oh no, you can’t limit our tax breaks for the supremely wealthy.” Now Democrats have proposed a minor surtax on families in the top tax bracket. “That’s class warfare! Rich people can’t afford it! No more taxes” cry Republicans.

From the sound of it you’d think democrats were planing to levy some huge tax on the American people. That has to be true right? Well here’s  the proposed surtax:

Starting in 2011, a family making $500,000 would have to pay $1,500 in additional income tax to help subsidize coverage for the uninsured. A family making $1 million would have to pay $9,000.

Yep, an extra $9,000 a year on millionaires.

This my friends is the health care tax Republicans are trying to kill health care reform over.

Politics Over People: The Republicans Playing Deadly Game on Health Care Reform

This is your modern day Republican party:

Conservative leaders will push delay any vote on health care reform until after the August recess to capitalize on what they say is a growing tide of opposition to reform measures, they said on a conference call with “tea party” participants today.

“I can almost guarantee you this thing won’t pass before August, and if we can hold it back until we go home for a month’s break in August,” members of Congress will hear from “outraged” constituents, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint said on the call, which was organized by the group Conservatives for Patients Rights.

“Senators and Congressmen will come back in September afraid to vote against the American people,” DeMint predicted, adding that “this health care issue Is D-Day for freedom in America.”

“If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him,” he said.

Republicans delay health care reform meanwhile sick people die, children go without necessary treatment, and small businesses continue to crumble under the weight of rapidly growing health care costs. I wish this was hyperbole but sadly its a grim reality.

But I wish I could say that I’m surprised by the GOP’s usage of obscure political tricks to block health care reform. Despite popular support from the majority of Americans and their concession during last year’s election that health care reform was important, Conservatives are sticking to their bread and butter…not small government and free markets, no they don’t actually support those. I’m talking about shady tactics used to delay, hold, and filibuster any legislation looking to  address the need of the average American. (Instead of the special interests who pour millions dollars into Republican campaign coffers.)

Of course, a lot of people would will probably respond with some prepacked conservative talking point about how “socialized medicine” is horrible or the high costs of the democratic plan.  But that misses the point. Aside from the obvious facts those rhetorical musings  get wrong, democrats aren’t proposing a socialized health care reform and their plan is deficit neutral, the real focus of Republican’s demagoguery should be on the conservative alternative.

…oh wait… there isn’t one.

And therein lies the real problem with the Republican party’s strategy. It isn’t their policies or, and I emphasize, alleged support of  “conservative” principles. The problem is the fact that the Republican strategy on health care reform, like many other important issues, is to to avoid the issue altogether. In other words: 1) admit that the issue needs to be solved while emphasizing that it needs to be done “right” 2)  attack the proposals being offered by democrats 3) Demagogue, delay, and filibuster proposed bill in order to kill it 4) High five each other and pound their chests once the bill is killed and the issue has been tabled for future considerations, ie never.

That might be a good way of accomplishing short term political gains but its an even better way of sitting around and watching as American society crumbles.