Thursday, December 16, 2010

Throwing Darts... Minimum Wage... Constitution... Bill of Rights... Bush Jr.... Cheney... Scalia... Thomas... Koch Industries... Noam Chomsky... More...

["Noam Chomsky Compares Right-Wing Media to Nazi Germany"; as submitted to You Tube by ForaTV; October 14, 2009;
["Smart is the New Rich: Declining Minimum Wage"; as submitted to You Tube by plumstreetmusic;; November 20, 2010]

"The principle of the minimum wage comes with an inherent debate: Some argue that it contributes to an increased unemployment rate; others say that the minimum wage is crucial in keeping poverty levels low. It’s a debate that’s been going on since the establishment of a federal unemployment rate in the 1930s, but it has become even more relevant during these difficult economic times... 

Though the study presents interesting information, it’s especially compelling given the recent midterm elections, which could have an impact on both the minimum wage and employment. Here are a few things to keep in mind about the minimum wage:

Historically, the Democratic Party has proposed increases to the minimum wage, while the Republican Party has been in favor of capping or eliminating the minimum wage.

According to the 2000 Census, there are more than 10 million minimum-wage workers in the U.S.

In 2006, nearly half of surveyed economists said the minimum wage should be abolished. Only one-third said it should be increased.

Washington state has the highest minimum wage, at $8.55, followed by Oregon, at $8.40.

In January 2011, the minimum wage in San Francisco will be raised to $9.92. San Francisco also has one of the nation’s highest costs of living.

Five states in the U.S. have no minimum-wage requirement: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Working a job at the current federal minimum wage, $7.25, for 40 hours per week, all 52 weeks of the year produces an annual, pre-tax income of $15,080. If about one-third of that income is paid in taxes and benefits, net annual income becomes $10,556.

In Oklahoma City, the major U.S. metropolitan area with the lowest average housing costs, one year of rent averages $8,676.

The poverty line for a family of four is an annual income of $22,050."

Source:  "A Few Things You Should Know About Minimum Wage"; Kaitlin Madden; ]

Study Cited in Article:


"Reports that two Supreme Court Justices have attended seminars sponsored by the energy giant and conservative bankroller Koch Industries has sparked a mild debate over judicial ethics.  []  On Tuesday evening, the New York Times reported that an upcoming meeting in Palm Springs of "a secretive network of Republican donors" that was being organized by Koch Industries, "the longtime underwriter of libertarian causes." Buried in the third to last graph was a note that previous guests at such meetings included Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, two of the more conservative members of the bench..."

Source:  "Justices Scalia and Thomas's Attendance at Koch Event Sparks Judicial Ethics Debate"; Sam Stein; Huffington Post; 10/20/2010 (First Reporting);

["Documentaire: [ASTRO] Turf Wars Koch Industries"; as submitted to You Tube by MrWonkish; November 27, 2010]..

["Scalia to Teach Bachmann's Constitution Class"; as submitted to You Tube by RWW Blog;]


Interesting Link:  "Nominee had role in recount" - "Orlando Sentinel";


Clarence Thomas, who was appointed to the Federal Supreme Court by President George W. Bush Jr., is (or was) "a staunch Roman Catholic Right Wing Conservative... allegedly associated with Opus Dei, a cultic rigid faction (sometimes referred to as the 'Holy Mafia') of the Catholic Church."
Antonin Scalia, who was appointed to the Federal Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, "appears to be opposed to homosexual rights, pro-life (yet in favor of the death penalty), and pro-Christian Theocracy.  Scalia (along with Clarence Thomas and Rick Santorum) has also been associated [allegedly] with Opus Dei, a very rigid cultic faction (sometimes referred to as the "Holy Mafia") of the Catholic Church; and he [Antonin Scalia] appears to be [This may be past tense...] particularly close to Nebraska-born former Halliburton executive and [former]... Vice President (Under George W. Bush Jr.) Richard 'Dick' Cheney, who is [or was] allegedly the real power in the White house and a member of the 'Project for the New American Century', a little group that would apparently like to exploit the masses on a massive scale."

"Ode to the Wicker Man (Book II)"; 2007; NS [Bracketed Info Corrected and/or Updated]; p. 435 [Further sources noted in Reference Section of Book (Email for more information regarding this book...]]

It should be noted that I did not state that either Scalia or Thomas are [or were] members of Opus Dei, but that they were reputedly "associated" with Opus Dei.  These and some other issues apparently remain a matter of debate; but there are other issues [evaluate at your own discretion] that do not...

"Opus Dei Cult (members include clarence thomas and scalia) - Democratic Underground";

"Ratbang Diary Opus Dei and the Republican Party";

"YouTube - Justice Scalia defends torture (MUST WATCH!!!)";

"YouTube - Clarence Thomas Hearings Biden Questions Thomas 1";

"Clarence Thomas « Court Beat";

"ThinkProgress » Exclusive Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito Dismisses His Profligate Right-Wing Fundraising As ‘Not Important’";

"Nigeria charges Cheney in bribery case - World news - Africa -";

"The BRAD BLOG Cheney Charged";

"YouTube - Nigeria Issuing Arrest Warrant For Dick Cheney!";


BTW, being a "person of faith" is one thing...  but should any of these people (a sincere question) really even be in the political arena?  Where does "separation of church and state" begin --- and where does it end?????

"How Sarah Palin Is Reshaping the Religious Right - Newsweek";

"Mitt's Mission - Newsweek Mitt Romney";

"What If Huckabee Were the Nominee - Newsweek";


Whatever the case, I would suggest that any aspiring politician, from a City Councilman to a United States Congressman, look up - study - and (within reason) memorize the "United States Constitution", the "Bill of Rights" and other such pertinent information at: 

"'Bill of Rights (United States Constitution)' -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia";

And  --- if they want an hour study period on the "US Constitution" and the "Bill of Rights" every day?  Cool. 

But lets leave the Supreme Court Judges (all of them / this certainly seems unconstitutional to me...) out of it --- eh?

[If any errors are noted, please let me know and I will make any necessary corrections after having researched the issue further.  Thank you.]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great stuff