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The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism

I don’t even know which information source got me to do it, but this week I recorded Bill Moyers Journal on PBS. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I’ll be damned if the topic wasn’t about the conscience of American capitalism. Something that, when I’m not thinking about… you know… tv shows, I think about way too frequently. Bill Moyers’ guest, John Bogle, was voicing the thoughts that have been going on in my head for a long time now. Okay, well, he has a far more knowledgeable take on it, but we arrive at the same conclusion. He is the author of “The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism” and it was both heartening and disturbing to hear what he had to say. I’ve put a hold on his book at my library and look forward to perusing it. I’ve got Greenspan’s book on my library list too.

Money has been becoming a larger concern and it just blows my mind the way I see some people spend it. It was reassuring to me when some of my like-minded friends vented about the same thing when we were driving somewhere last week. It’s not just me who is frustrated by the indiscriminate way that some people handle their money while other hard-working people end up paying for the others’ actions in the long run. Will those people get their comeuppance? Is that mean of me to say?

I am trying to become a smarter consumer and more frugal person. I get some help from The Consumerist on that, but it still worries me to hear some of these rich old men raising red flags about the economy. How can you feel comforted when the president says, “You know, you need to talk to economists. I think I got a B in Econ 101. I got an A, however, in keeping taxes low and being fiscally responsible with the people’s money.” What a tool. I don’t think that Bush should be allowed to use the words “fiscally responsible” without first saying “My administration is not”.

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Mitt Romney – Republican who believes in free will rather than censorship?

Well, I was doing an excellent job of wasting valuable time and came across this blog post on Pandagon:

Mitt Romney Criticized for Hardcore Hotel Porn

Tee hee — that’s the AP headline. The fundies are mad at the Mittster for not doing anything about Marriott Hotels offering in-room porn to its customers when he was on its board. (KUTV):

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, who rails against the “cesspool” of pornography, is being criticized by social conservatives who argue that he should have tried to halt hardcore hotel movie offerings during his near-decade on the Marriott board.…”Marriott is a major pornographer. And even though he may have fought it, everyone on that board is a hypocrite for presenting themselves as family values when their hotels offer 70 different types of hardcore pornography,” said Phil Burress, president of Citizens for Community Values, an anti-pornography group based on Ohio.

…Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a leading conservative group in Washington, said: “They have to assume some responsibility. It’s their hotels, it’s their television sets.”

Burress, you might recall, also owns the web site CleanHotels.com, a listing service to alert travelers where there is no availability to order such pay-for-play content. Pay per view porn generates up to $500 million for the hotel industry, so it’s not going away.

Never mind that a ChristiaNet poll last year found 50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women are addicted to pornography. One assumes some of them are ordering up porn when they are on the road.

Romney brushes aside the criticism, apparently giving porn the thumbs up for adults — he’s just concerned about kids.

Romney said his current concern is not about pornography per se, but children unwittingly stumbling upon it on the Internet or television. “I am not pursuing an effort to try and stop adults from being able to acquire or see things that I find objectionable; that’s their right. But I do vehemently oppose practices or business procedures that will allow kids to be exposed to obscenity,” the former Massachusetts governor said.

Well, I hate to tell him, but that answer isn’t going to appease the bible beaters, who don’t want any eyes on fornication on the idiot box.

I am pleasantly surprised that a Republican presidential candidate took a stand for personal choice like that. I completely agree with the last statement. The religious right will not like this one bit, so he’s going to lose all those points he made by advocating “enhanced terrorism techniques” torture in the political debates. That is the kind of compromise that we need. I support your right to limit what your children watch, but don’t limit my choices as a result.

It’s the whole Grand Theft Auto argument all over again. One strike against Hillary on that in my book. People on the left and right saying it’s violent and overtly sexual blah blah blah. Yeah. It may be, but the ESRB initially rated it M for mature and should not have been sold to anyone under 17. The powers that be lobbied and got it changed to Adults Only… 18 and older. Stupid. Watch and limit what your children are doing when they are playing games. Bah.

Keith Olbermann says Bush and Cheney Should Resign

July 4th falling on a Wednesday has made this whole week strange. One day off in the middle of the week, lots of people missing from work, nothing at all on television. So after a quick trip to the library for the first time in years, I turned on the television while I ate a late dinner. The television turned on to MSNBC and Keith Olbermann’s Countdown. My jaw literally dropped. I almost stopped watching to call a friend to turn her television on to watch this, but I was glued and I didn’t know how long it would last.

This man speaks so eloquently and he said exactly what I’ve been feeling about the whole affair. It’ll never happen, but thank god for the free press. Rock on, Keith… You’re doing well to fire up the left.


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