Harlequin WuggaWugga 
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Updated on April 12, 2011 at 9:31 PM

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Re: “Fat Cat Bash

Oh, and Mr. Jones commenting here should realize that the real "lost puppies" are actually those few Americans who still retain a rabid but simplistic faith in the laissez-faire system regardless of its crimes and catastrophes.

Such Free Market Fundamentalists claim their system doesn't work because it's not applied fully enough but isn't that just what the Communists said about their system when it began to fail?

Posted by Harlequin WuggaWugga on 10/20/2011 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Fat Cat Bash

Oh, let's all take up a collection for those poor Plutocrats! Brumfield's "ill-focused rage" in his anti-OWS essay reveals a clear pro-corporate/anti-Obama bias but adds little of value to the conversation with its cliche "analysis" of the Richmond Occupiers. "Fat Cat Bash" rehashes the same deliberately ignorant questions corporate media have been asking: "Whatever do they want?"

Anyone who asks this is either wearing blinders and ear-plugs or has not been paying attention to protester signs and statements, not to mention recent US history.

Brumfield's essay is a bit incoherent in terms of logical flow but it taps the traditional status-quo argument that suggests if we shop or use an i-Phone we have no right to protest against corporate greed.

Except for the Amish, nobody is outside of the system, so to suggest that the protest of corporatocracy is invalid because they use modern technology or don't criticize Steve Jobs seems more of a red herring than reasoned argument.

As for his repeat of the "48% of Americans who pay no income tax" this is just another repeated "factoid" of the right that gains traction in spite of its falsity. For more accurate info on this see the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities response "Misconceptions and Realities About Who Pays Taxes" http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&…

Those with snide assumptions that the unemployed are lazy or 'deserve' unemployment should reconsider their lack of compassion - or ruefully remember it when they get canned by a greedy corporation. Such assumptions are little more than the objectivist mental pollution of the Ayn Rand cult.

If these folks would just quit reading Rand's fiction Atlas Shrugged and start reading Zinn's non-fiction A People's History of the United States they might begin to awaken from the intoxication of selfishness before it takes them down with it.

Posted by Harlequin WuggaWugga on 10/20/2011 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Invasive Politics

...and perhaps Orwell has some insight for us in part 2, chapter III of 1984:

"Unlike Winston, [Julia] had grasped the inner meaning of the Party’s sexual Puritanism. It was not merely that the sex instinct created a world of its own which was outside the Party’s control and which therefore had to be destroyed if possible. What was more important was that sexual privation induced hysteria, which was desirable because it could be transformed into war fever and leader worship. The way she put it was:
‘When you make love you’re using up energy; and afterwards you feel happy and don’t give a damn for anything. They can’t bear you to feel like that. They want you to be bursting with energy all the time. All this marching up and down and cheering and waving flags is simply sex gone sour. If you’re happy inside yourself, why should you get excited about Big Brother and the Three Year Plans and the Two Minutes Hate and all the rest of their bloody rot?’ "

Posted by Harlequin WuggaWugga on 10/02/2011 at 2:03 AM

Re: “Invasive Politics

McDonnell is no genius with his silly scheme to privatize the ABC stores but at least it seems he's not quite the fanatic that Cuccinelli is.

Nevertheless, McDonnell is homophobic enough to make one of his first moves in office an attack on state non-discrimination policy.

We have to wonder about their obsession with homosexuality when so little is written about it in the Bible where there are many times more verses about socioeconomic justice.

I guess it wouldn't go over so well with their plutocratic donors if they emphasized the challenge Jesus made to the rich young ruler in Matthew 19 to sell all he had and give to the poor. I guess it's a lot easier to persecute homosexuality, and it really fires up their right-wing base as could be seen with the ugly booing of a gay soldier during a recent Republican "debate."

Why are some Americans so afraid of "Sharia law" but so few of us are concerned about our own creeping religious fanaticism?

Posted by Harlequin WuggaWugga on 10/02/2011 at 1:58 AM

Re: “Unlocking Carytown

It's not fully clear to me, but if Brown is suggesting we block off a part of Carytown like the C-ville mall, I'm all for it and it is completely possible. Besides, with Richmond's unchecked reckless driving problem it's only a matter of time before a troop of trendy shoppers is run down by a Suburban.

How sweet would it be to shop without fear of hit-and-run or to lounge over lunch on one of several shady cafe terraces?

Naturally the suggestion provokes the knee-jerk naysayers who grouse about how it "can't be done" and this is one of the reasons Richmond is not cooler and more evolved than it is. I mean, how long has the downtown canal space been a barren concrete wasteland when it's long had potential for so much more?

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Posted by Harlequin WuggaWugga on 10/02/2011 at 1:33 AM

Re: “High On Tide

I can't wait to go to Norfolk for a ride!

Corporate Clones are always telling us how smart they are but they consistently demonstrate a discouraging dullness and lack of creativity. For example, if the "leaders" at Dominion Power had the qualities of creativity and intelligence, they would see what a PR boon it would be for them to vigorously support local light rail or even the revival of our first-in-the-nation electric streetcar service.

Alas, the best Dominion can do is to suggest that we be gullible enough to accept another nuclear plant after Fukushima and our own earthquake that stretched the limits of their capacity.

Sometimes the stupidity is surreal.

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Posted by Harlequin WuggaWugga on 10/02/2011 at 1:25 AM

Re: “Cantor’s Charade

Galuszka accurately names Cantor as "Boy Wonder" and "Ambitious Eric" - the combination of names captures his key traits well. Cantor is the pipsqueak sidekick to Boner but he's also the striving stripling hoping to play with the big boys. What's most astonishing perhaps is that his petty personal motivations are so invisible to him and so obvious to us.

Now, if he were a smart and strategic guy, his recent performances might at least have been interesting, but as it stands his behavior is more akin to the spoiled child who disrespects his elders and stomps out of the room when he can't get his way.

Can't you just see him in his little knickers with that spiral lollipop and a big scowl on his face?

How does Cantor get away with such behavior? Like most Republicans who have been intoxicated by tea party politics:
by avoiding open public debate that expose limited grasp of issues, and by parroting effective but misleading conservative slogans so he appears as a principled champion rather than a short-sighted, fanatical opportunist.

Perhaps the most insidious rhetorical ruse repeated by Cantor has been the phrase "job creators" meant to mislead us into believing that small businesses that actually *do* create jobs have the same interests as huge, subsidized, tax-advantaged, corporations. When we should be thinking of tax-free GE or plan-free BP the phrase "job creators" diverts our attention to our relatives and friends that own small businesses, pay their taxes and are good *local* corporate citizens.

As we all know, the big corporations are *not* "creating jobs" even though they currently enjoy the privileged tax & subsidy status they are so fearful of losing. It is a dogma of fundamentalist free-marketeers to believe that protecting corporate privilege improves employment. That "trickle-down" ain't wealth - ever wonder why it feels like rain?

A second rhetorical deception used by Cantor is using the phrase "increase in taxes" in reference to what is more accurately described as the expiration of a public subsidy,
or the end of corporate welfare, or getting CEOs off the dole.

By subsidizing profitable, polluting corporations:
WE the People pay increased taxes to subsidize their profits
WE the People pay increased taxes to clean up their messes as corporations skirt regulations to maximize profits.

It's the perfect scam: Public SUBSIDY of PRIVATE Profit.

The evidence is legion.

Posted by Harlequin WuggaWugga on 08/04/2011 at 2:15 PM

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