Letters from the Lunar Outpost

Character is that which can do without success.
- Emerson, American Poet and Essayist (1803-1882)

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles County’s homeless population has grown by 12 percent during the past two years amid a sluggish economic recovery that has left the poorest residents of the second-largest U.S. metropolitan area falling farther behind, a study released on Monday found.

 

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s report cited stagnant or falling wages among the lowest-income earners, a local jobless rate that remains above state and national averages, and a worsening lack of affordable housing.

source: Reuters

The ranks of the homeless are swelling, but you’d never know it from the nightly news broadcasts. I find it fascinating, because I’m old enough to remember the days when Reagan was president and if you’re old enough to remember the 80s, you’re old enough to remember that there was no issue the media pushed harder on its broadcasts than the plight of the homeless in Reagan’s America.

Just a couple of weeks ago I was reminded of that ’80s fixation at the grocery store as they piped over the speakers Phil Collins’ song “Another Day in Paradise”, a #1 hit from 1989 which spotlighted the problem in both the video and its poignant lyrics:

She calls out to the man on the street
‘Sir, can you help me?
It’s cold and I’ve nowhere to sleep,
Is there somewhere you can tell me?’

 

He walks on, doesn’t look back
He pretends he can’t hear her
Starts to whistle as he crosses the street
Seems embarrassed to be there

 

Oh think twice, it’s another day for you and me in paradise
Oh think twice, ’cause it’s just another day for you,
You and me in paradise, think about it

It wasn’t just the news media and the musicians whose hearts were swollen with concern for the homeless back in the 1980s, even a sitcom like the Golden Girls devoted an episode to the folks in a homeless shelter, complete with a dialog-free three-minute-long video montage as a singer crooned, “Brother Can You Spare a Dime.” Now that was from the heart, how often do you see a sitcom breakout with a three-minute video montage?

And then Clinton was elected president and suddenly, I guess the homeless must have magically disappeared, because in Hollywood and all across the news media, the plight of the homeless was no longer even mentioned.

So now we see that homelessness is on the rise again, but outside of a brief mention flashed across the Reuters’ wire, somehow the rest of the news media doesn’t find it even worth a mention. Not as long as ABC-NBC-CBS-PBS-NPR-CNN-MSNBC have their man in the White House.

If you care about the homeless, if you want to raise awareness about the homeless, the solution is simple. Vote Republican in 2016 and watch how quickly the media rediscovers the plight of the homeless in America.

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Perhaps the greatest tragedy of Donaldgate is that one woman's life is ruined.  How can V. Stiviano ever recover from being introduced to America as the woman who was willing to sleep with THAT guy - Donald Sterling - just so she can live a lavish ifestyle?

Perhaps the greatest tragedy of the release of the Donald Sterling tape is that one woman’s life is ruined. How can V. Stiviano ever recover from being introduced to America as the woman who was willing to sleep with THAT guy – Donald Sterling – just so she can live a lavish lifestyle? She did it to herself, but it’s still pretty sad.

So yesterday, a secret recording was released of L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling in which he was exposed as a full-blown racist:

– “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” (3:30)

– “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that . . . and not to bring them to my games.” (5:15)

– ”I’m just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.” (7:45)

– “…Don’t put him [Magic Johnson] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.” (9:13)

Source: The Daily Caller via TMZ

No way you can walk back those comments. And in a sick way, I bet you Donald Sterling probably thinks of himself as a liberated mind, you see, he doesn’t have any hangups if his girl is having sex with them black folks (interracial sex is usually the biggest nightmare in the minds of these mental defectives) no, he doesn’t care if you sleep with them, he just doesn’t want to have to see it or hear about it on social media and at his sports arena. Seriously, I bet he really believes that somehow makes him a bit elevated from your garden variety racist.

When the story broke, after I got past the nausea and disgust that people like this still are still walking the earth and have yet to be completely shamed into non-existence, my very next thought was, “Please don’t let him be a Republican, please don’t let him be a Republican . . . ” While I know that racists come in all shapes, sizes and party affiliations, if this guy had turned out to be a Republican, the media would never let us hear the end of it.

Well, if you want to know what political party someone subscribes to, just follow the money. It turns out that racist Donald Sterling is on the books as having donated to disgraced California Democrat Governor Gray Davis, he’s donated to Democrat Senator Leahy, the lefty from Vermont, as well Democrat senator and presidential candidate Bill Bradley.

So he’s donated to Democrats and no one but Democrats. How else can you tell that Don is a dyed in the wool Dem?

This is only one of many examples in recent memory of Democrats showing their true inner racist when they didn’t know they were being recorded:

150 years ago, the nation was fighting a war to liberate blacks from Democrat plantation owners, today the NBA has to liberate itself from a Democrat team owner. On both moral grounds and from a purely business standpoint, there is no way the NBA can allow itself to continue associating with an owner who is on public record spewing that level of bigotry.

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Let’s review a little history of government shutdowns, because none of this was mentioned anywhere across the Obama State Media:

  • During the Ford presidency, a Democrat-controlled Congress started the history of government shutdowns with a 10 day shutdown from Sept. 30 to Oct. 11, 1976
  • The Democrat-controlled Congress shutdown the government during the Carter presidency FIVE TIMES.
  • Congress shutdown the government EIGHT TIMES under President Reagan, the first six under split houses, the last two with . . . you guessed it, a Democrat-controlled Congress.
  • Democrats shut down the government once again during George H.W. Bush’s presidency.
  • Then came the two previously most recent shutdowns in Clinton vs. Gingrich I and II.
source: WaPo

For those of you not keeping count, that’s seventeen government shutdowns since 1976.

But then something interesting happened on the eighteenth government shutdown . . .

It happened during Obama’s presidency and suddenly, for the first time in 18 shutdowns, we were told OH MY GOD, IT’S RACISM!

Obama zombies like Robert Redford speaking on CNN, Chris Noth appearing on MSNBC, Joyce Jones of BET, Roger Simon of Politico, Zack Beauchamp of Think Progress and Salon’s Joan Walsh (just to name a few) these people can’t resist pulling the race card any more than the lab rat can resist a cocaine pill:

17 previous shutdowns in 37 years, but this time it’s RAAAAAACIST!

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I really don’t understand why all the wingnuts on the right are making such a big deal about Obama’s latest statement:

Two Presidents Knew They Were Lying, Obama Was Simply Stating a Fact

Two Presidents Knew They Were Lying, Obama Was Simply Stating a Fact

You know I love Obama, he is a man with a heartfelt conviction that it is he and only he who could remake America into some sort of college thesis utopia – if only it weren’t for that pesky Constitution. (And it’s a damn shame for the entire world that Barack Obama has kept his college thesis under lock and key.)

So when Barack Hussein Obama says, “I am not a dictator,” you have to feel for the man because he knows he’s smarter than any man who ever started a business and actually created jobs by hiring employees.

Go to hell all you right-wing wingnuts! The comparison between Obama and Nixon and Clinton is totally unfair because in the case of Nixon and Clinton, they made those two quotes knowing they were full of shit.

In Obama’s case, he says “I am not a dictator” as a statement of fact, which he deeply regrets.

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The Des Moines Register has the highest circulation of any newspaper in Iowa, one of the all important swing states in this election. For over forty years, the newspaper has been staunchly loyal to the Democrat party in the issues they champion and the candidates they support.

The Register has supported the Democrat nominee in eleven of the last twelve presidential races. The last time they came out in support of a Republican presidential nominee, it was forty years ago.

Des Moines Regsiter Presidential Endorsements:

• 2008: Barack Obama (D) – won
• 2004: John Kerry (D) – lost
• 2000: Al Gore (D) – lost
• 1996: Bill Clinton (D) – won
• 1992: Bill Clinton (D) – won
• 1988: Michael Dukakis (D) – lost
• 1984: Walter Mondale (D) – lost
• 1980: Jimmy Carter (D) – lost
• 1976: Jimmy Carter (D) – won
• 1972: Richard Nixon (R) – won
• 1968: Hubert Humphrey (D) – lost
• 1964: Lyndon B. Johnson (D) – won

source: Des Moines Register

So imagine the shock and dismay felt throughout the Obama campaign when they found out that a loyal and influential Democrat newspaper such as the Des Moines Register has turned its back on Obama in asking it’s readers to give him another four years!!!

It shows you just how dismal this presidency has been when the Des Moines Register felt compelled to break 40 years of tradition in backing Democrat presidential candidates to support Mitt Romney for president.

The case they make for Romney is articulate, compelling and convincing and well worth the readThe case they make for Romney is articulate, compelling and convincing and well worth the read as The Register tells it’s readers they endores Romney because he offers a fresh economic vision.

The endorsement is well worth the read, but if a picture is worth a thousand words, these two pictures from Thursday’s front page shows the choice we have and the stark contrast between the two candidates in vivid detail.

Des Moines Register Gives Romney a Shock Endorsement in Important Swing State

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