John Kerry: ‘The vote of a lifetime’

ohn Kerry: ‘The vote of a lifetime’,

Many people seem curious or even skeptical why United States Senators believe it’s so important to take a stand against the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court — why we’re willing to take on a fight that conventional wisdom suggests we will lose.
The reality is simple. We care about the future of our country. We care about the millions of Americans who expect Congress to stand up and fight for their rights and their freedoms, and we also know that the Supreme Court, again and again, is the battlefield on which those rights and freedoms are decided.

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Biggest Profit Ever For A U.S. Company

Exxon Mobil Sees Record Profit for U.S. Co.,

Exxon Mobil Corp. posted record profits for any U.S. company on Monday — $10.71 billion for the fourth quarter and $36.13 billion for the year — as the world’s biggest publicly traded oil company benefited from high oil and gas prices and demand for refined products. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations and Exxon shares rose nearly 3 percent on premarket trading.

More on this later, but let me say now that Exxon Mobil is one of the prime corporate funders of the Republican machine.

Climate Tipping Points

In case you have missed this today, please read Debate on Climate Shifts to Issue of Irreparable Change. There is increasing concern that we are approaching “tipping points” beyond which global warming becomes irreversable and the climate rapidly shifts, with each effect increasing the warming even more.
One example of a tipping point is the potential for fresh water coming from ice melting in Greenland disrupting the North Atlantic current. This would bring the average temperature of Europe down by about 9 degrees in a few years. This happened about 8,200 years ago. Current estimates for the odds of this happening again are at 50 percent.

Taxpayer AIDS Money Funding the Right

Religious Groups Get Chunk of AIDS Money,

President Bush’s $15 billion effort to fight AIDS has handed out nearly one-quarter of its grants to religious groups, and officials are aggressively pursuing new church partners that often emphasize disease prevention through abstinence and fidelity over condom use.
Award recipients include a Christian relief organization famous for its televised appeals to feed hungry children, a well-known Catholic charity and a group run by the son of evangelist Billy Graham, according to the State Department.

Billy Graham’s son is Franklin, known for saying this:

“The God of Islam is not the same God of the Christian or the Judeo-Christian faith. It is a different God, and I believe a very evil and a very wicked religion.”

The other day I wrote about Pat Robertson receiving millions in funding from the government. This is just one more example of how The Party is converting the government into a Republican campaign financing system.

Where the Pension Money Went

Almost every conversation I have with someone over a certain age turns to how they have either lost or afraid they will lose their health insurance and pension.
In the Reagan days, they sold people on the idea that 401Ks were somehow a good thing, and started moving everyone off of pensions. But a pension means your company puts the money away for you, on top of your pay. A 401K means it is entirely on the worker to fund retirement out of a shrinking paycheck. And people just can’t do that – take home pay goes almost entirely to the bills.
Meanwhile corporate profits are WAY up since pensions were replaced by 401Ks. Part of that if from the money that had been used for worker retirements and gave it out as profits instead.

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Call Senators

I’m linking to a post at firedoglake, asking you to go there and get the numbers to call enators and encourage them to support the filibuster of Alito. Go visit Strip Search Sammy Fax Fest Continues to get some numbers to call. Sending FAXes is also good.
This “Get to work” post by Georgia10
has phone numbers, advice on what to say, and updates.
(I was on this call, but only now am starting to have a chance to be on the computer…)