H.R.589 - Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act of 2011

To amend title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for additional weeks of first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. view all titles (4)

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  • Official: To amend title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 to provide for additional weeks of first-tier emergency unemployment compensation, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Expansion Act as introduced.
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  • WasMiddleClass 11/17/2011 9:18pm


    You used my picture before. Can’t find a good one of our own?


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    where 11/18/2011 9:36am

    Ok ok, New pic, is here. Truth is both party’s are working overtime to screw the 99% The GOP has no interest in doing the right thing, And the Dem,s are in a mad dash to destruction.

    We is the poor, that they dont give a crap about. I wonder when the rid the world of the middle class, Who do they think will do the work? Im not going to take there trash out.

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    WasMiddleClass 11/18/2011 9:01pm

    Much more fitting pic :)

  • WasMiddleClass 11/17/2011 9:33pm

    From the link nancym posted,

    What’s the takeaway? We live in a country of principles like civil liberties and the rule of law. Power and authority aren’t owned. They are shared. But the evacuation of Zuccotti Park and others around the country casts a sickening pall over such ideals. Worse are the media images of the past week, especially in New York where it all began, and what they might suggest.

    Cops dressed like soldiers in body armor, face shields and helmets deploying excessive force against peaceful protesters. Such images call to mind dictatorships, not the land of the free.

    Perhaps we are merely seeing a duality that has been there all along. On the one hand are the American dreamers hoping for a renewed promise of opportunity, equality and justice. On the other are the guardians of the corporate state accountable no one but the wealthy and powerful.

  • WasMiddleClass 11/17/2011 9:56pm

    And who the hell is paying for protecting this moron now?

    Herman Cain receives Secret Service protection



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    nancym 11/19/2011 8:26am

    I’m convinced that Herman Cain is being financed just to make Michelle Bachmann look intelligent and classy by comparison. :)

    (Anyone who reads my comments knows how low my opinion of Bachmann is, so saying I’d pick her over Cain is saying what an absolute joke I think he is.)

  • WasMiddleClass 11/17/2011 11:31pm

    I have to comment further on Cain getting Secret Service protection…

    Why the hell do all taxpayers have to pay to protect him?

    Where is his supposed Tea Party support with all their guns?

    From what the media tries to tell us I would think that he has a army of legal gun owning Americans ready to defend him against anything…

    Maybe some of the true Tea Party ones are the ones he needs government protection from?

    God knows those “Left” types hate guns…they try to tell us…

    Maybe many know he is totally fake, and part of the elites game too???

    How long before we pay to protect that old zombie Newt too? I thought the Republicans killed him way back when…

  • WasMiddleClass 11/17/2011 11:47pm

    Now some out there may ask why Herman Cain should get taxpayer funded Secret Service protection while you or I would not if we decided to run for President…

    The answer is it depends on how much MONEY you have…

    Imagine that!

  • WasMiddleClass 11/18/2011 9:02pm

    Over and over, day after day we here on our media that the Democrats and Republicans can not agree on anything at all anymore.

    Is that REALLY true?

    One of the most important bills of our time (HR3261) is not even talked about in the main stream media, and has bipartisan support.

    Why is that?

    How many Americans would support this bill if they really knew the true ramifications of it?

  • WasMiddleClass 11/18/2011 9:03pm

    Internet Community Shut Out of Stop Online Piracy Act Hearing – Again

    This morning, EFF’s staff and concerned netizens across the country tuned into the live webcast of the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261). At least we tried to. Unfortunately, we were confronted with an incredibly poor webcast stream for much of the hearing. We find it ironic and deeply concerning that Congress is unable to successfully stream video of an event this important to all Internet users, even as they are debating a dangerous plan to change the Internet in fundamental ways and deputize Internet intermediaries to act like content police.


  • WasMiddleClass 11/18/2011 9:04pm

    Twenty-one Members have joined House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.), IP Subcommittee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) in sponsoring the bill.


    Look at that! They agree on one thing, censoring the internet…

  • WasMiddleClass 11/18/2011 10:55pm

    From one of my Libertarian friends. As usual, when the battle against the injustice of so many things these days feels almost overwhelming, her words make me step back and look inside to remember what I already knew for a long time. Though I do not agree totally with her, I do on much…

    Occupy Your Ownself

    Everybody, but everybody, wants to get in on the Occupy Wall Street act. Since the leaderless, focusless band of creative protestors began getting media coverage, all manner of commentators have commentated. Multitudes claim to know what OWS really is or really ought to be. Political people who may have something or nothing in common with the vague aims of OWS or the vague band of jugglers, gypsies, drummers, retro-hippies, sincere-if-ignorant fogheads, and genuinely angry activists are cautiously trying to bend OWS to their own purposes.

  • WasMiddleClass 11/18/2011 10:57pm

    The third-biggest bonehead ever to win a Nobel Prize, Paul Krugman, demonstrates what an old fogey and conventional thinker he is by urging OWS to coalesce around (his) establishment goals. Oh yeah. Infrastructure investment! That’s worth taking to the streets for.

    Democrat party leaders cautiously circle OWS, wondering if they can co-opt it as their R-comrades so quickly and successfully co-opted the Tea Party. When Obama so much as makes a wussy comment in favor of OWS, TV mavens say he wants an Arab spring (never mind that the Arab spring was all about toppling … oops, people like Obama). And R leaders screech that The Big O is supporting mob rule.

    The OWS is a bunch of teenage tyrants The OWS is full of freedom-fighters! Yes, they’re freedom-fighters, but they’re misguided. Let me show the way!


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    nancym 11/19/2011 8:22am

    I couldn’t possibly disagree with this article more. What an incredibly narrow view of history! Reads more like a long whine than any kind of real thought. I lived through the Viet Nam era also, and the very question of whether the marches ended the war is just too simplistic a notion. It’s always a process, and usually a long process of changing the culture, changing the conversation, changing the public focus, often led by the energy of the current drives of the youth. Anyone who ever thought a few marches, even a few injured and even killed, would instantly create major change is quite naive. Change takes time, and also hard work and clear-thinking strategy that uses all possible “weapons,” all the more need for long term thinking, not impatient whining when it doesn’t look like instant gratification.

    And the comment about Krugman is totally unjustified. He may be part of the media power structure, but he’s been on the side of sanity and the people for a long time.

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    WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 8:17pm

    I figured you would :)

    I think her point was ten years, Kent state, etc, etc, just to end a losing war, not even mentioning all our dead soldiers…

    I agree that all the huge protest did not do it. They did help though…

    @"And the comment about Krugman is totally unjustified. He may be part of the media power structure"

    Do you honestly believe we can change a totally corrupted system from the inside? We better find some good billionaires willing to fight too then…

    I watch some on the left say that Occupy should be fighting to get Obamas jobs bill passed. Even if they could influence Congress to do that, what REAL help would it provide for most of the millions and millions screwed now?

    You watcher Dylan Ratigans “rant”. I firmly believe he is 100% right.

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    nancym 11/19/2011 9:01pm

    “Do you honestly believe we can change a totally corrupted system from the inside? We better find some good billionaires willing to fight too then…”

    I have absolutely no idea how that statement is connected with my remark about Krugman- ? Do you honestly believe that every single person who has a job in the media or is famous can’t think for himself about these issues?

    I read Krugman often, and while I don’t agree with every little tidbit he writes, it’s not for nothing that he got that Nobel Prize. He’s an economist. His job is to write about economic issues that he has studied. And 99% of the time he has sound arguments against what is being done in our economy right now. Why vilify him? Other than his few paragraphs in the Times, he really has very little power. If you watch him on any of the political shows, he’s usually outnumbered by the real power elites, whom he takes on with words of logic, only to be ridiculed by people like the ridiculous Michelle Malkin afterwards.

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    WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 9:06pm

    You said this….

    “He may be part of the media power structure”

    Not to mention other things he is part of…

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    WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 9:08pm

    And I agree with things he says too.

    Just like Obama…


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    WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 9:23pm

    By the way…

    How many places of employment do you think there is where you can really attack the boss and not get fired?

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    nancym 11/19/2011 9:48pm

    Are you still referring to Krugman? He’s just like the Fox News props who are set up as foils for the pundits on the right, when the main stream broadcast media wants to make a show of being balanced. That still doesn’t make him wrong.

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    WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 8:32pm

    And I lived trough it too…

    I had some very close to me die in it too.

  • WasMiddleClass 11/18/2011 10:57pm

    Freedom tomorrow

    Sometimes when I write about freeing ourselves rather than joining mass movements or flinging ourselves into political campaigns, somebody will accuse me of being nihilistic or advocating me-me-me values.

    If you’ve been around long enough, you know that’s not the point. The point is, of course, that true freedom can only arise from within the individual and spread from there. All “political” solutions are just band-aids on a wound if we’re not prepared to live free, to accord equal rights of freedom to our neighbors, and to personally oppose tyranny.

    Still, it’s understandable that people who’ve always thought of freedom only in terms of mass action miss that point. After the recent blog, “Occupy Your Ownself,” that notion came up again.

  • WasMiddleClass 11/18/2011 10:58pm

    I hate repeating myself, though after 15 years of doing what I do, I understand it’s a necessity. In this case, though, I stumbled upon an old Backwoods Home article that says some things that bear repeating.

    I found it in one of the ancient issues of BHM that came with the house I bought last year. It wasn’t online and I had long ago lost any e-copy on my computer. Fortunately, webmaster Oliver keeps everything. And he kindly put it online for me a couple of days ago. He even took the initiative to add a good collection of links (thank you, Oliver).

    So here is the first article I wrote for BHM after 9-11:“Freedom Tomorrow.”

    It’s dated now, of course. But it’s still a pretty good statement on how the act of living free can build freedom in the broader sense.


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    where 11/19/2011 3:24pm

    I kind of think politics is a vehicle to keep people from killing the greedy bastards who rape and pillage endlessly, Ah well it does serve other things, but really today the real rapists are counting on the political process to save them from what they so RICHLY deserve, As they laugh off the various groups out there protesting, They are truly clueless as to what they are playing with.

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    WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 8:26pm

    Their game is to keep everyone fighting in that fake left vs right box which gives the same results no matter who wins…

    They are getting worried now many are jumping out of the box…

  • nancym 11/19/2011 8:59am

    Greatest spotlight building projection EVER:


  • nancym 11/19/2011 7:16pm

    Gawd, what kind of mentality does this? Obey orders like automatons, no matter what, even orders from a college administrative bureaucrat, not even an elected official.

    UC Davis Police Pepper-Spray Seated Students In Occupy Dispute

    I have to say, it’s beginning to be more and more reminiscent of the 60’s and 70’s era in regard to the apparent giant break in empathy between the youth protest culture and the inflexible “establishment.” But it’s not really just a generational difference, and it really wasn’t just generational back then either, even though it was portrayed that way in terms of dress and haircuts. I sort of wonder if there will evolve some kind of “identity badge” like the long hair back then was a sign of someone you could instantly relate to if you were of the same “tribe,” like beatniks with berets, etc.

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    nancym 11/19/2011 7:17pm

    Of course a big difference now is that the actual military are not seen as the villains. And I wonder just how this will all play out when those thousands of troops start returning from overseas next year, coming home to no jobs and so many holes in the safety net. It’ll be a long hot summer I think.

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    WasMiddleClass 11/19/2011 8:22pm

    I posted this to one of my “conservative” friends. I’ll send it to you too…

    I really think you need to research the difference between Libertarian and Authoritarian, and not get wrapped up so much in the Liberal vs Conservative, both Authoritarian game…

    Left or right that wants to control everything we do is bad. That is what is happening.

    A sad thing about most Americans is that they equate Libertarianism (personal freedom) with Conservatism. They are in no way related at all.

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    nancym 11/19/2011 9:37pm

    Again, you hit me with this accusation that I’m “wrapped up” in some kind of left-right dogma, when I didn’t even use those words in the comment I posted. If you really did respect my views as you’ve said, you wouldn’t keep trying to pigeonhole me into some box that seems to exist only in your own mind about me.

    If I choose to support the stated VALUES that have always been espoused by many on the left, that has nothing to do with whether so many in power have sold themselves out on those issues. I make no secret that I believe in the same values put forth by those who believe in a government that has a place for a safety net and regulating human greed that goes against the common good. Anyone posting on this forum for unemployment benefits would be a hypocrite not to have those beliefs.

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