WELCOME TO OZ!

A fantasy land where a cable station that broadcasts nothing but fantasy is #1 for news. That being the case it’s no wonder the country is in such a state of chaos and disarray. What’s up is down.and what’s down is up. It’s the land where millionaires become billionaires while the middle class shrivels into a low(er) class while waiting for something from the top to “trickle” down to them. 

 

So, millions of us watch FOX so as not to taste the bitter pill of reality as it bites into our hind sides. 

 

Fox News Tops 2012 Cable News Network Ratings; MSNBC Up Big

THE 2ND COMMANDMENT

After reading an article in the LA Times; 

The pontiff dressed to reflect the beauty of the faith.

February 17, 2013|By Charlotte Allen
It got me to thinking about how far we have strayed from the path that God (Jesus) laid out for us. Especially when it comes to what we idealize; hero worship for lack of a better label. I went to the Christian version of the Constitution; the 10 Commandments, to do some comparisons on how we behave and the code of conduct we were given from up above; in this case the 2nd Commandment which reads;

“You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.”

 

Then I looked at a few pictures to help me put a face on what I believe Christianity represents.

 

the lost sheep      Mother Teresa   Twitter trolls attack the Pope!

 

WHO WOULD YOU PICK?

 

 

This then got me to wondering how Ms. Allen,followers of the “wealth based” branch of Christianity reconcile their beliefs with the Commandments. Praising the leader of the Catholic church for the way he dresses rather than his “works” which in this case are questionable, seems misguided and naive. And, if we believe in the Commandments, the path we are on spells nothing but doom and gloom for our children, and their children. Maybe it’s time to reset our “moral compass.” 

 

 

Pope Benedict XVI, the pontiff of aesthetics

MORAL INJURIES

They say, “war is hell” and, for those that physically survive them, many of them find themselves in Dante’s Inferno.  

Though it’s not talked about much there is a big difference between “offensive” wars driven by profits like those in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan and “defensive” wars driven by self/community preservation like WWI and WWII. Even though the mechanics are the same, there are stark psychological differences. It’s referred to as “moral injuries,” an offshoot of PTSD, or what you could simply call “guilt.” With the exception of psycho or sociopaths most of us experience guilt in difference degrees throughout our lives. But, most of it is transitory and fade quickly like when you’re caught with your hands in the cookie jar.

The guilt we experience in wars is much different and can stay with us for life.  That’s especially true when we cannot reconcile the difference between defensive vs. offensive wars.  Iraq and Afghanistan are prime examples of offense, profit driven wars. Neither of these countries posed a threat to us. Even though we were fooled into believing that they had something to do with 9/11 that reality is that we were attacked by a rouge gang of Saudi Arabians based in Pakistan who’s leader was a Saudi and not a citizen or official of either of the countries we attacked. This was not “Pearl Harbor” regardless of how it was spun and those who fought in these wars are the victims/causalities of that great deception.  

 

War zone killing leaves troops with ‘moral injury,’ may rival PTSD cases

WELFARE KINGS

It’s not just the NFL. Retired non-California professional athletes from Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL are all filing for workers’ compensation in California.

 

A study commissioned by all four leagues estimates the total cost of workers’ comp claims filed in California by non-California professional athletes will reach $1.2 billion.

 

 

NFL players can file for CA workers’ comp thanks to loophole

 

 

Let me see if I understand this correctly.  Professional football players are able to collect “taxpayer funded” Workers Compensation for injuries sustained while playing a game they know full well will leave them, as one player put it, “after you play 10 to 12 years you’ve got the body of a 60 year old man”. I also need to understand how these worn out football giants qualify for benefits from a state (California) where they neither live nor are actually employed in. If that’s the case I assume a Greyhound bus driver who lives in New York can collect benefits in California because he drives through the state once in a while.

 

Finally, I’d like to have someone explain why tax payers; which include many who are not football junkies, are being asked to pick up the tab for the injuries these overgrown adolescents incurred while making millions of dollars for themselves and their handlers.

 

Maybe those politicians (especially Republicans) who scream and moan about “welfare queens” should take a look at this much larger dole out that goes to fewer people who are much less in need of help and, even though they are no longer able to play the game, they are still playing the system. 

WELFARE KINGS

It’s not just the NFL. Retired non-California professional athletes from Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL are all filing for workers’ compensation in California.

 

A study commissioned by all four leagues estimates the total cost of workers’ comp claims filed in California by non-California professional athletes will reach $1.2 billion.

 

 

NFL players can file for CA workers’ comp thanks to loophole

 

 

Let me see if I understand this correctly.  Professional football players are able to collect “taxpayer funded” Workers Compensation for injuries sustained while playing a game they know full well will leave them, as one player put it, “after you play 10 to 12 years you’ve got the body of a 60 year old man”. I also need to understand how these worn out football giants qualify for benefits from a state (California) where they neither live nor are actually employed in. If that’s the case I assume a Greyhound bus driver who lives in New York can collect benefits in California because he drives through the state once in a while.

 

Finally, I’d like to have someone explain why tax payers; which include many who are not football junkies, are being asked to pick up the tab for the injuries these overgrown adolescents incurred while making millions of dollars for themselves and their handlers.

 

Maybe those politicians (especially Republicans) who scream and moan about “welfare queens” should take a look at this much larger dole out that goes to fewer people who are much less in need of help and, even though they are no longer able to play the game, they are still playing the system. 

CHICKEN LITTLE AT THE PENTAGON

 

These guys are well trained to barf up the “talking points” and throw out the “buzz words” like “threat”, “danger”, “national security” “job loss”, blah, blah, blah.

If we cut their budget the country will self-destruct! The “end of days” are here!

They make nonsensical statements about cutting the civilian work force as if that’s where the spending cuts need to be made while they conveniently ignore the billions they waste on useless weapons, nukes that will never be used, armed forces in countries that are allies, $600 toilets, and last, but not least, “private contractors” and the CEO’s they pander to.

 

 

Here’s a few facts that the talking points don’t cover;

 

Given the apocalyptic rhetoric some of these CEOs are using to describe planned reductions in Pentagon spending and their poor track record on job creation, we at POGO wanted to see just how many jobs could be provided for the price of just one of these CEOs. Here’s what we found:

  • The average worker in the U.S. earned $45,230 last year. These CEOs were paid more in an average day than the average American worker was paid all of last year.
  • According to a 2011 Congressional Budget Office analysis, the median compensation (including basic pay, allowances for food and housing, and tax advantages) for enlisted U.S. military personnel with ten years of experience was about $64,000. Thus, the Pentagon could afford to pay the salary of 335 soldiers with the money from just one top defense contractor’s compensation package.
  • The CEOs of these top Pentagon contractors are also making significantly more than their own workers. According to a Deloitte study, the average wage (just salary, not benefits) for the entire aerospace and defense industry in 2010 was $80,175. For the price of one CEO then, these firms could pay the salary of 268 defense and aerospace industry workers.
  • Even compared to other CEOs these Pentagon executives are making an enormous amount of money. An Associated Press study of S&P 500 CEO’s (i.e. the largest publicly traded companies) found that the typical CEO received $9.6 million in total compensation last year. Thus, the top Pentagon contractors could afford two CEOs with the compensation they’re using to pay their current CEOs.

CEOs vs. Workers

 

Click here to see just how much more defense CEOs make than workers.

 

These five CEOs weren’t even the highest paid heads of Pentagon contractors. That honor goes to David Cote, the CEO of Honeywell, whose $35.7 million compensation package made him the sixth highest paid CEO in the U.S. last year, according to the Associated Press study.

 

 

 

Pentagon Contractor CEO Compensation is Second to None