Bob Higgins

What is the Middle?

Posted in Politics by Bob Higgins on November 9, 2012
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OK My friend you’ve given me a lot to deal with but I’ll take a swat at it.

1. I never said Bush actually had the mandate. I’m just saying that is probably why he said that. Obama certainly does not have the same situation to be able to claim a mandate since the Democrats don’t control all of congress.

We can argue all day (and the media mavens will go on for months) whether the President received a mandate. Finally it makes no difference, he was reelected to a second term, picked up a few seats in the Senate, some state legislatures and the Dems received about 12 million more congressional votes than Republicans. Call it what you like. I like mandate.


2. There is no doubt that we hand out too much of the treasury to corporations who in turn hire more people to lobby for more money. It is a ridiculous waste of the public’s money and needs to stop. Unfortunately that would require hiring a lobbyist to try and kill their own job. Not going to happen. True government reform is needed… not just in campaign funding but in the entire system. Term limits that would not allow someone to be groomed to be a career politician who is owned by special interests is a good start. Removing all SuperPACs is another step. PACs can be used but only for issues… not for candidates. You want to run an add about allowing gay marriage or abortion? Great. You don’t run an add saying that Obama is pro-choice or that Romney hates women or gays.

We have term limits, they’re called elections. Remove the polluting power of corporate money and the people will decide who stays or goes without interference. The major problem with term limits is that as these elected officials rise and fall due only to the passage of time the power inherent in the office transfers to unelected staff people and legislative aides who continue on as part of the office furniture and they absorb the power. Within a few cycles we will have a congress answerable to no one but lobbyists and their filthy lucre. Yes, I know, but much worse.

Corporations are not people, money is not speech. Eliminate the absurd ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and super PACS are neutered. I think we have eleven states on board so far to amend the constitution to sweep this dangerous concept out the door. (more…)

Garbage in Garbage Out, Another Story From The Corporate Right

Posted in Humor, News, Politics, Pop Culture by Bob Higgins on November 6, 2010
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Glen Beck Tinfoil Hat

Beck, Dressed For Success

A couple of days ago the Goebbelian maniacs of the corporate far right exploded onto the airwaves with the ridiculous claim that Obama’s trip to India was going to cost $200 million a day, a figure so obviously exaggerated that if I heard it from someone next to me at the local tavern I would grab my beer and move down a few stools.

Most stories that emanate from the tinfoil lined cesspool of right wing propaganda are easy to fact check, you need no internet, no Google, just sniff them. If they smell like bullshit, well then… .

I find it amazing that people listen to Limbaugh, Savage, Bachman and the rest of the Goebbelian crowd that the corporate world has loosed on the public, however, anyone who wants to sit down and absorb the feast of lying filth that they spew onto the airwaves is entitled. I find it sad, and sometimes infuriating but that’s what they give me these little pills for.

Remember though, “garbage in, garbage out,” be wary of what you eat because that’s what you’ll become.

It’s also annoying that the so called MSM emphasizes these incendiary lies as a way of showcasing their own responsibility and journalistic integrity. What they are actually doing is driving ratings with repetition after repetition of nonsense in these mini debates over obviously idiotic claims made by people who are well paid professional liars.

A simple refutation should be all that is necessary, along with a statement of the facts as far as they can be known and then move on.

I change the channel to avoid these stupid debates as quickly as I skip past the original purveyors of the trash in question. I really don’t want to be known or ever referred to as a member of their audience.

Bob Higgins

Donald Duck Meets Glen Beck

Posted in Financial Crime, Humor, News, Politics, Pop Culture by Bob Higgins on October 11, 2010
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By Jonathan McIntosh, Rebellious Pixels

This is a re-imagined Donald Duck cartoon remix constructed using dozens of classic Walt Disney cartoons from the 1930s to 1960s. Donald’s life is turned upside-down by the current economic crisis and he finds himself unemployed and falling behind on his house payments. As his frustration turns into despair Donald discovers a seemingly sympathetic voice coming from his radio named Glenn Beck.

Will Donald’s feelings of disenfranchisement lead him to be persuaded by his radio’s increasingly paranoid and divisive rhetoric? Or will our favorite Disney duck decide that this voice is not actually on his side after all? Watch and find out! (more…)

Look Out Islam: Here Comes the Texas Board of Education

Posted in Humor, News, Politics, Religion by Bob Higgins on September 23, 2010
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The so called free market seems to be driving the fundamentalist push in Texas to revise the histories of the state, the country, the world, and now Islam to reflect the views and protect the sensibilities of Baptists, evangelicals and deep south fundamentalists in general.

Should you find that your kids are coming home spouting a lot of junk history and religious claptrap filtered through some deep fried fundamentalist lens, blame the Texas State Board of Education and the text book publishers who pee their pants when the board snaps their fingers or passes a resolution.

“The sheer size of Texas’ textbook market means that the state’s requirements and sensitivities have considerable influence on what publishers produce.”  Texas school board debates ‘pro-Islamic’ bias in textbooks Kari Huus

Texas buys enormous quantities of textbooks. The market says that the biggest most profitable customers get what they want. Texas wants to decide what is, or is not, historical truth. The market decides who will write history. (more…)

Reply to a “Traditional Conservative”

Posted in Arts and Entertainment, Environment, Humor, News, Politics, Pop Culture, Religion by Bob Higgins on September 22, 2010
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This is from a comment thread to Bob Cesca’s post at Huff Post titled “Despite America’s Temper Tantrum, It’s Still a Center-Left Nation”

Fair TV a self proclaimed “traditional conservative” launched an attack on Democrats and Liberals.
FAIRTV Commented:

Ah, the once proud Democratic party. Are there no democrats left who will stand up to the Idiot Left with their frontal assault on American Freedoms?
You Coastal Elite…..watch what the American People can do when they find their freedoms under attack by the Fringe Left.
If this is a center left country, why are the Lefties afraid to even use the term “Liberal” any more instead choosing the more “acceptable” “Progressives?”
Democrats today are held hostage by Thug Union Bosses, Wacko Environmentalists, Pro-Abortionists, the Radical Gay Lobby, Anti-gun zealots, Anti-religious bigots, and dim-witted Hollywood types. It’s a shame to see a once proud Democrat party reduced to a National Joke.


TraceyES Comment in reply to FairTV:Er…can you enumerate your freedoms which are currently under assault by Democrats? Go ahead, make a list for us. Waiting…waiting…


FAIRTV Responded to TraceyES:The right to life
The right to bear arms
The right to live in a country with secure borders
The right to live in a country with laws that are enforced
The right to First Amendment speech, in spite of the language police
The right to believe in God and tell others about that faith
The right to hold conservative, traditional views without being labelled a “racist.”


Bob Higgins Responded to FairTV: (more…)