Friday, January 11, 2013

Gun Nuts Go CRAZY

Unhinged "Load Your Damn Mags and Get Ready to Fight" Guy May Have Gone Just A Wee Bit Too Far | Common Dreams

Citing a "material likelihood of risk of harm to the public," Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security officials have suspended the handgun carry permit of James Yeager, who went online this week to rant somewhat scarily that he'd "start killing people" if Obama and his commie cronies move ahead with gun control measures. Yeager is the CEO of Tactical Response, which offers training in weapons but has reportedly iffy credentials. Given that Mr. Yaeger is likely some unhappy with the state's move, we can't help but wonder what comes next. Other than the usual gun-related tragedies, that is; in thelatest, a 12-year-old in Alabama accidentially shot and killed his cousin with the shotgun he got for Christmas.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

"Fiscal Cliff" Deal Passes House

The House passed the Senate "fiscal cliff" deal, not sure to cheer or not.  The tax cuts for incomes below $400,000, not $250,000 are all made permanent, which means less tax revenue.  The temporary payroll tax cut is gone, so all working class taxes go up some (some prog. opposed it to begin with because it came out of Social Security), on the other hand, unemployment benefits are extended and the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credits are extended, a victory for progressives.  And the GOP were not able to add any cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits, they are saving that fight for the Debt Ceiling cliff, so hand on for the next ride... it ain't gonna be pretty.  Now the Republican, and some corporate Democrats, will be pushing AUSTERITY (cuts to social programs)

Fiscal Cliff Deal Passed by Congress After Republicans Cave

Reich: Lousy Deal on the Edge of the Cliff

On the Left, Seeing Obama Giving Away Too Much, Again

Everything You Need to Know About the Emerging "Fiscal Cliff" Tax Compromise

Forget the "Fiscal Cliff"

Krugman:  Uninformed Politicians Pushing Us Toward Austerity