Category Archives: The Corporatocracy

Koch Bros Convention draws plenty of protesters

From LAT

The rich folks in Rancho Mirage were not amused by protesters that showed up to voice their distaste with the Koch Brothers Billionaire Caucus this weekend. To which I say: Too effin bad mutha fuckas! From Dave Dayden’s piece over at FDL:

Twenty-five protesters were arrested in Rancho Mirage, California today, at a protest in front of the Rancho Las Palmas resort, site of the “Billionaire’s Caucus,” an annual meeting put on by the Koch Brothers and other corporate entities and conservative movement operators.

Riverside Sheriff’s deputy Melissa Nieburger said that the sheriff’s department did have contacts with protest organizers, which included the California Courage Campaign, CREDO, MoveOn.org, 350.org, the California Nurses Association, United Domestic Workers of America and the main sponsor, the good-government group Common Cause, prior to the event, and that they were aware that some protesters would seek to be arrested for trespassing. She would not guarantee that all 25 who were arrested were part of that coordinated operation. The police, who wore riot gear, batons and helmets, did put the arrested into plastic handcuffs. Nieburger described them as “passive restraints.” They were being processed at press time, and Nieburger would not say whether they would be released or would spend the night at the jail in Indio. Read the rest of this entry

Issa asks big business what they want him to change.

First off, you have to give Darrell Issa credit for not hiding who he represents..big business. From the yokels at Politico:

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wants the oil industry, drug manufacturers and other trade groups and companies to tell him which Obama administration regulations to target this year.

The incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – in letters sent to more than 150 trade associations, companies and think tanks last month – requested a list of existing and proposed regulations that would harm job growth.

Darrell, you really do have a large set of nads dude. Yes, jobs are important, but to sell our souls for jobs is not only a bullshit reason to undo regulations, it shows us who you support..and it ain’t the folks on Main Street you bag of sheep shit. I would hasten to bet that you would love to roll back the minimum wage to two bucks an hour ..am I right on that point you worthless douchenozzle?

Darrell is worth a minimum of $250 million dollars, so it should come as no surprise that he represents The Corporatocracy. At least we know who he represents, as most Rethugs will bust their asses to hide that fact…but not Cali’s Darrell Issa..oh hell no..he is proud of that fact.

Issa will probably be our Fucktard of the Year…anyone wanna bet?

Ayn was so full of sh*t- bet her eyes were brown.

The rightwingers really love the hell out of….cough..so-called philosopher, but really just a fucking novelist with only two big sellers, Ayn Rand. Personally, I think the broad was nothing more than a rich, uppity cunt that thought the majority of the world was there to make her and her buddies in the Corporatocracy more money.

The idiot that started our financial slide into hell, Alan Greenspan, was a friend and follower of Rands btw. She later cast him aside after he went to work for the gasp…government.  Matt Taibbi says it best for me in the latest Alternet Q&A with him regarding his new book:

She was this great novelist who wrote all these very ponderous long novels like The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. The general theme of all of them was that there were two classes of people: the producers and the parasites. In her books, the producers were the great industrial figures who actually created businesses and commercial empires, and everybody was somehow feeding off of them. You were either making something, or you were a parasite. That ethos is still very much alive; it’s part of the Tea Party rhetoric. They talk about “water carriers and water drinkers” and split the world up into those two categories. Greenspan actually spent a lot of time with Rand, they had these little tea parties at her house, and he was under her tutelage. He was one of her protégés who directly carried the flame for her religion. But it was ironic that he ended up being the chief regulator of the economy that had been an anathema to everything that she believed, being a government regulator. Yet he somehow did it and didn’t feel contradicted about it.

The religion of Ayn Rand…how telling is that? Talk about class warfare, that nasty cunt believed in two classes, the have’s and have not’s who’s only goal in life should be to service the rich…or as she thought of them…the producers. I got a good view of how popular this cunt has become by reading this article entitled: 10 Shameless Right-Wing Tributes to Ayn Rand That Should Make Any Sane Person Blush.The article points out that since it seems the religious wingers are taking a backseat to the teabaggers now, Rand has been elevated to the pinnacle of Nutterville, thanks to the likes of Glen Beck and other alum’s of Nutter U. The article identifies Rand’s followers as Randroids…I love it! Here is an interesting passage:

An excellent example is this March 2010 nugget from the Christian Science Monitor:Apple vs. GM: Ayn Rand knew the difference. Do you?

You may wonder what “Apple vs. GM” means. (God help us, not an iCar!) But Yaron Brook and Don Watkins of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights aren’t talking about anything so dull as a market conflict — they’re talking about a moral struggle between “producers” like Apple — those few, sterling individuals who wrest value from the earth — and “looters” like GM, whom they describe as “pseudobusinessmen” whose “business isn’t business, but political pull.”

You’d think Brook and Watkins could find better examples of looters than GM — Enron, say, or Goldman Sachs, or Jack Abramoff. But Randroids are generally quiet when such people use political pull to amplify profit, even illegally. (In fact, way back in the scandal-ridden days of 2002USA Today did a story about suits who found themselves harassed by “prosecutors, regulators” and “a Republican president”; these poor, rattled execs read Ayn Rand, USA Today said, to “remind themselves that self-interest is not only the right thing to do from an economic standpoint but is moral, as well.”)

Apple has it’s products manufactured in China. This is interesting to me since Apple computers are the most expensive fuckers on the market.  HP also manufactures most of it’s systems overseas as well, but at least I can friggin afford one of those. GM manufactures all but 15% of their vehicles in the US and all Enron ever did was drive the price of electricity through the fucking roof…But back to the Randroids…They have been waiting forever for the movie version of Atlas Shrugged. Well, it went from a major studio $70 million dollar production with Angelina Jolie to an indy version with a paltry budget of $5 million bucks. Again, from the Alternet 10 Shameless tributes  writeup:

The $5 million project is now only part one of a proposed Atlas Shrugged trilogy (the three parts to be titled Atlas Shrugs, Atlas Takes a Load Off and Atlas Shows All You Bastards, presumably). Mediaite’s Frances Martel is dazzled: “The progress on the set of Atlas Shrugged,” she gushes, is really “a much more important story to both pop culture and the political world” than, say, the recent Shirley Sherrod scandal, which the damn liberal media chose to follow instead “because race is a sexy thing to cover,” unlike wonkish subjects like Hollywood movies.

I rest my case…the Randroids are such fuckwads, it gives me a migraine just thinking about them and their allegiance to Rand and her self-absorbed bullshit that masquerades as philosophy.  Besides, if Limbaugh, Beck and other extreme rightwing nutters quote this woman, it shows you how fucked up she really was.

RepubliCorp!

Love it…from MoveOn’s twitter feed:

How corporations have laundered campaign money.

RawStory has a how-to regarding the corporations and how they have managed to fund political ads inspite of the FEC laws. Of course it utilizes Swiss bank accounts and the assholes at the Chamber of Commerce. The new ruling from SCOTUS just makes it that much easier for these greedy carpetbaggers to affect our public elections for their own personal gain. From the RawStory link:

The Supreme Court’s seismic January ruling that corporations are free to spend unlimited amounts of their profits to advertise for or against candidates may have been the latest shakeup of campaign finance – but gaping holes already allow corporations to spend enormous sums without leaving a paper trail, a Raw Story investigation has found.
Campaign finance experts confirmed that though disclosure rules remained intact in the new Supreme Court decision, there are effective methods to circumvent them.
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, an attorney and campaign finance expert at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, said corporations already effectively end-run campaign finance law by shuffling money through trade associations.
“One of their favorites right now is spending through trade associations,” Torres-Spelliscy said.
Trade associations are considered tax-exempt non-profit organizations under US law. While they must report contributions received from other corporations to the Internal Revenue Service, the document itself remains confidential and is not made available to the public.
“Money coming through the trade association doesn’t get disclosed,” Torres-Spelliscy explained. “You can’t tell if it came from particular corporations.”
For example, she said, “The disclaimer form is likely to just say, ‘This is brought to you by the Chamber of Commerce,’ with no extra ability to see behind that.”
The Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest trade association representing at least 300,000 businesses and organizations.
A fellow non-profit that works on campaign finance, the Center for Political Accountability, calls trade associations “the Swiss bank accounts of American politics.”

God Bless those Fucking Loopholes! But the corporations don’t have to rely loopholes now..oh hell no..SCOTUS made it legal for them to lie and obsfucate against candidates that represent the people instead of the Corporatocracy.

It’s an educational read over at RawStory. Check out the entire piece here.