Marco Rubio said this weekend "The enormous, vast, and overwhelming majority of Republicans are supporters of legal immigration, are compassionate to the plight of illegal immigrants, but understand that America cannot be the only country in the world that doesn’t enforce its immigration laws."
Maybe next Senator Rubio will tell us the majority of Republicans understand the importance of paying your taxes, or providing for the less fortunate, or ensuring women have access to their healthcare. Watch it.
I had a dream: scalia was offered a million dollars/year to pontificate on fox news. Of course, scalia would want to remain an extreme court justice, but wants to be on fox because then he could really be a richer hater. Scalia, always working to screw the American people.. remember who appointed GW Bush!
TAX THE RICH!!
6/25/2012 7:47:27 PM
Where is our own accountability? America! When are we going to wise up? Why do we continue to blame our elected officials, and the business sector for mistakes that we have made ourselves, and then when they don't deliver on what we want them to do, what do we do, we get mad! One example of this is credit card debt, no-one forced your hand behind your back, and made us charge like crazy on plastic cards, then blame credit card companies, for the high interest rates, If we hadn't run up the bills, then we wouldn't be paying the charges. Those credit card banks, and companies, do bear some responsibility, for what they do wrong, but we have to take our own responsibility for our own actions also. I am in no way saying not to use them at all, I am just saying we as a culture went way too far, using these cards, and then wanted to find someone else to blame for it. Having said all of this, I will give credit to the things that we are doing right, and there are some things. What I am really saying, is, stop being lazy, and complacent, and glued to the tube, change your own life in all of the little ways that you can. Get out, and become involved, because, some of the busiest people in the world do it all the time.
6/25/2012 6:49:19 PM
See here we are back at the 24-7 news cycle again, so I will instead, change the subject. I will say it again, that I am sad that Dylan Ratigan is gone from MSNBC, he and Thom Hartmann, are so right when they say they our culture has lost its focus on what is truly important in our lives, and in being independant in the small ways thay we need to be in our own daily actions. It is partly about sustainability, and partly about not making certain folks do some of the things that we should be doing in our own lives.It doesn't matter whether that person is a teacher, or banker, or retail store, or cop, or firefighter. America needs to pry their trifling lazy butts away from reality TV. When was the last time, the average person, read a really good book, or re-educated themselves on some part of American History, or began studying the Constitution, again, or became familiar with what is in many of the laws that are passed, or became uo to date with what organic farmers really do with their crops, or to do something with their hands, like sew something from scratch, and not using a sewing machine, etc. "I THOUGHT SO!! The silence is deafening!!!
6/25/2012 5:43:08 PM
The Supreme Court ruling today just reaffirms why Democrats need to keep fighting for President Obama. I write over at the "Ed Show blog" at MSNBC. The right winged trolls over there are hopeless and pathetic. You can not reason with them because they are totally unreasonable and in many cases totally ideologically driven regardless of facts. Take discussion I have had with numerous right winged trolls about peak world oil. The International Energy Agency wrote in its "2010 World Energy Outlook" presented in London that the world reached peak world oil production for conventional petroleum in 2006. This is precisely the year the oil geologist, professor Hubbert predicted peak world oil to be in 2006. Hubbert predicted U.S. peak production in 1969 and actually it was in 1970. Hubbert's statistical methods also predicted accurately peak oil production in the Former Soviet Union. Hubbert's methods are complex but simple to understand. Oil is a finite source. If you look at roughly three sets of data: statistics of the oil fields found, how many proven barrels of oil reserves that country has, and the rate of production and total AMOUNT of oil produced out of those fields you can start making assumptions about when that oil runs out for that country. According to Professor Hubbert we have roughly a little less than 40 years left of oil once we peak. But what Hubbert did not live to see was the rise of Asian oil demand. China and India and the other BRIC and Asian Pacific countries will produce or buy 200 million more automobiles by 2020. So the "2010 World Energy Outlook" written by the International Energy Agency predicts that the age of cheap oil is over with. Once the current recession ends, China and India will go back to robust growth and consume ever larger amounts of oil.
Checkout Kenneth Deffeyes 2005 book "Beyond Oil, the view from Hubbert's peak"
published by Hill and Wang Inc in New York, for an explanation at about Hubbert's Peak oil theories. Deffeyes also has youtube videos giving lectures about peak world oil.
The thing that drives conservatives bonkers is that Hubbert anticipated in his calculations the impacts of greater technology. Hubbert's just merely said that increased technology will remove oil out of the ground from known oil fields FASTER. New technology for oil drilling will not create more reserves of oil it just helps us deplete those fields that are known at a much more rapid rate. Recently 40 out of 54 oil producing countries reportedly had reached peak oil production. The 14 countries that remained had authorities reporting that they did not think they could maintain the current level of oil production for many more years into the future. So many of these 14 countries are also at or near peak oil production themselves.
Here is an article written by Colin J. Campbell and Jean H. Laherrare, "The End of Cheap Oil", Scientific American, March 1998. This article discusses peak world oil production and uses Hubbert's statistical bell shaped curve to predict peak world oil to be during the first decade of the 21st century or perhaps slightly later. Conservatives despise these two oil geologists/scientists with 40 years experience for each, because no one has been able to prove them or Hubbert wrong.
Remember a couple of things about peak oil. We are not immediately running out of oil we are just running out of known cheap sources of oil. But we need to remember that 80% of the oil we consume was found in oil fields discovered before 1973. There are very few big new oil field left to find except some way out in the ocean or other remote areas. Most of the oil that is going to be produced has already been discovered many years ago. The rate at which we find new oil will not keep up with the level of consumption especially from the BRIC and Asian-Pacific countries.
Flat earth conservatives don't want to believe any of this discussion about peak oil. The problem is that oil geologists with PHD's and decades of experience are not finding enough oil fast enough. We are running out of oil folks its just that simple. Look the Europe we will find plenty of answers to what policies we need to follow: 50 MPG turbo-diesel cars used for short trips, commuter rail, commuter bus service, and TGV bullet trains are exactly what the Europeans do because their fuel costs $8 to $9 per gallon. Peak oil does not have to be a crisis it can actually be an opportunity towards a much better tomorrow. All we have to do is just look at Germany and make Germany fit here wherever we can which is just about everywhere. Solar, wind, geothermal, coal gasification, and perhaps fast neutron plants are important but the most important things are mass transit and 50 MPG turbo-diesel cars or all electric cars. Ford is coming out with a 1.0 liter turbocharged engine used its Fusion version in Europe that gets 50 MPG. Who says we can not bring Europe to the U.S. Our corporations are already doing all of this stuff in Europe anyway. Its just a matter of getting the right frame of mind and getting the political courage to get on with it. When fuel is $10 per gallon even conservatives will have political courage for green energy.
6/25/2012 5:22:21 PM
True. Republicans love everyone that they can exploit.
6/25/2012 3:20:49 PM
the dream act pass the house 216 to 198 and the senate which rubio is part of voted 55 for the bill which included some gop and some dems voted against and this wouldnt be a problem if the senate ran like the rest of the world a simple majority rules, but under the senate rules HaHa they need 60 votes to get it to be passed. What a fraud when he said the president could have passed this bill, and L gram said before that the president should work with the senate and house to pass and as soon after they had a vote in the senate he said the president should forget it as the bill was doomed. Good logic by him if we kill it then you should not do a thing. these people are fools and liars and each time the say something it makes them out liars.
6/25/2012 10:27:06 AM
How can anybody take Rubio seriously? What a liar. The Supreme Court just shot down the majority of Arizona's immigration law. Score one for anti- blatant profiling.
6/25/2012 7:47:12 AM
During the Bush Administration, no comprehensive immigration law was passed. Since President Obama took office, the GOP has refused to enter into a real conversation. A Dream Act bill was passed in the House and had enough votes to pass in the Senate but the GOP under McConnell filibustered that bill. So this appears not to be an important issue for the GOP or that Mr. Rubio and his fellow GOP really do not have any answers. His tone of voice in this interview is like his political cohorts, harsh and condescending. The GOP is ONLY focused on defeating President Obama and creating a future in which they can implement further their libertarian ideology whereby they can enrich themselves and their financial benefactors with increasing wealth and power at the cost to the rest of us. This phenomena appears to be a pattern not only in the US but in many counties around the world and people are organizing to protest against this selfish mentally.