Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wisconsin Governer Walker Punked By Liberal Blogger provided this amazing video - click here.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker accepted a call believing he was going to be speaking with one of his corporate lords, but instead was pranked by Buffalo blogger Ian Murphy. It's hilarious to listen to. He laid out his whole union busting game plan, including how to lure Democrats back to the state by lying to them. Other tidbits? He's conspiring to withhold Democratic lawmakers' paychecks, threatening state workers with layoffs and how he considered planting fake protesters to cause trouble among the real protesters. He was on the phone for about 20 minutes and was quite full of himself! At the close of the phone call, the fake Koch says, "Well, I tell you what, Scott: Once you crush these bastards, I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time." In which Walker replies, "All right, that would be outstanding." You can't write this stuff! You know somewhere, the real David Koch was smacking his forehead saying, "You idiot!"

You know what I find funny? This weekend, the Tea Party showed up as a counter protest to the union members. If they were really about less government intervention in the lives of Americans, wouldn't they be supporting the members fighting for their rights as citizens instead of siding with government? The polls indicate that the majority is not with Scotty. People are for collective bargaining by a margin of 61% to 33%.  Way to go Wisconsin!!!

There's also a report from Madison police, that confirmed there have been no arrests and the protestors left the capitol cleaner than when they arrived! Damn union thugs...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Tellin' Like It Is...Again!

I have to admit that I was worried that the union protests in Wisconsin would fizzle out, but instead it's spreading to other states like Indiana, Ohio and beyond --- which is awesome! I personally have never been a union member, mostly because the opportunity never arose. Trust me, two of my past companies should have had unions. Not just because of pay, but because of working conditions. It's always been crystal clear to me that the very threat of a union keeps many companies "honest" with their employees. Senator Sanders conveyed what I have always felt, that destroying unions will have a true trickle down affect on ever working person in this country. These right wingers who seem to think union workers make obscene money with free health care and retirement are clueless. It's become very evident over the past two weeks. Stay strong, union workers. You have the support of many non-union workers. The very fate of the middle class is riding on your success.

Monday, February 21, 2011

High School Student Says What Democrats Are Afraid To

A 17 year old high school student named Jacob Fiksel explained to Greta Van Susteren what one of the unintended negative results of eliminating collective bargaining will have on Wisconsin. Even better, I love his ideas on how to solve the budget crisis'! What he said is applicable to all 50 states...way to go kid! Another reason I liked this video is, it gives me some hope that there are some young folks who's heads aren't totally up their behinds or glued to their PS3's. I'm no Greta fan, but she let him speak. Can you imagine what O'Reilly or Hannity would have done to this kid? I'm with Jacob.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Culture Wars are Alive and Well

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to strip Planned Parenthood of all federal funding for any purpose whatsoever. That means no funding to Planned Parenthood health centers for birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other essential care. Every woman in this country should be outraged at these ongoing attempts by the GOP to put women back to where conservative males think they belong; barefoot, pregnant and property. This seems to have begun with that ridiculous Stupak Amendment in the health care bill, and it's been open season on womens rights ever since. I thought the Republicans were elected to create jobs in November? They've been in power for over two months, but not one job bill has been proposed. However, anti-women bills are coming out on virtually a daily basis. I thought the teabaggers were only worried about fiscal responsibility?! A couple weeks ago, Rachel Maddow had Michael Steele on her show and she pointed out this new class of Republicans seems to have pulled out the culture wars playbook. He scoffed at the very notion as ridiculous. Really Michael, was it? Or were you just using another page out of the right wing distraction book, of just lie and deny?
Looks to me like she nailed it.

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GOP Goal: Bake Sales vs Billionaires

Rachel Maddow did this outstanding report about how the alleged Wisconsin budget problem is a canard to distract from the real Republican goal of destroying labor unions to remove election spending competition - and ultimately the Democratic Party itself. Thom Hartmann said today that he believes this scheme was hatched a couple weeks ago at the multi-billionaire Koch Brothers Retreat for the far right. It seems the governors and other politicians were given their instructions and this is the beginning of of what looks like attacks on organized labor with their eye on the big trophy - The Democratic Party's demise.

I'm very proud of these Wisconsin workers and there are reports that today, similar protest over similar legislation have broke out in Ohio. There are also reports that paid Tea Party thugs lead by right wing freak Andrew Breitbart (best known for his unscrupulous editing skills) are on their way to WI to start trouble with the folks who have been peacefully protesting for their rights.

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.”
- Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here (1935)

Ed Schultz on the ground defending unions in Wisconsin.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Power To The People! Wisconsin Getting It Done!

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Union busting Chris Christie wannabe, Scott Walker is finding out that screwing the middle class instead of making the wealthy pay their fair share has consequences. The unions and their members are fighting back...finally! I had almost given up hope that Americans would finally see how the politicans and the wealthy are turning the US into a third world nation--and are starting to fight for what is right! I am in solidarity with the people on the streets of Madison and I hope for their success.

Tuesday’s mid-day protests drew crowds estimated at 12-15,000, but Wednesday's mid-day rally drew 30,000 according to some estimates. This protest is getting stronger, not weaker, even under the threat of National Guard intervention threatened by the new governor who has stopped just short of calling for Marshall Law. Madison Police Chief Noble Wray, a veteran of 27 years on the city’s force, said he had has never see a protest of this size at the Capitol.

Maybe this is what we needed to get people to wake up; a Republican govenor acting like a fascist dictator. These guys will destroy America unless they're stopped and that means more demonstrations. It was unions who made this country strong, not the obscenely wealthy. I hope this is an awakening for all non-millionaires. These demonstrations could become more frequent and possibly violent if Republicans, blue dog Democrats and Obama keep cutting social programs instead of making the wealthy pay their fair share. That means no loopholes, no rewards for off-shoring jobs and a decent living wage. Are they watching or listening?

I will say that with the exclusion of MSNBC, the news outlets have been extremely slow to cover this uprising, if at all. It's interesting that if 10 teabaggers gather in a liberal state, it gets national media attention, but thousands of angry union members who's lifestyle could be changed forever with negative impact barely gets mention. Another example of the liberal media lie.

Thanks to MSNBC, Ed Schultz who has been donating entire shows to this ongoing event, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell, Cenk Uygur and even Chris Matthews for giving this the attention it deserves.
Go Badgers!

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lara Logan Sexually Assaulted - Heartless Morons Celebrate

I'm sure anyone reading this has already heard about CBS correspondent Lara Logan's sexual assault in Egypt, but if you haven't, here's the story. On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, she was covering the story in Tahrir Square for a 60 MINUTES story when she, her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous mob of over 200 people within the celebration. In the crush of the frenzied mob, she was separated from her crew. According to numerous reports, she suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. Tragic, right?

Not so fast. Debbie Schlussel, a frequent Fox contributer seems ecstatic about the sexual assault on Lara Logan that occurred in Egypt. Think I'm kidding? Check this out:
As I’ve noted before, it bothers me not a lick when mainstream media reporters who keep telling us Muslims and Islam are peaceful get a taste of just how “peaceful” Muslims and Islam really are. In fact, it kinda warms my heart.
... How fitting that Lara Logan was “liberated” by Muslims in Liberation Square while she was gushing over the other part of the “liberation.”
Hope you’re enjoying the revolution, Lara! Alhamdilllullah [praise allah].
And to be fair, a left leaning journalist also decided to participate in heartless commentary via Twitter. NYU research fellow Nir Rosen tweeted “Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson. Where was her buddy McCrystal” referring to Logan’s defense of Gen. Stanley McCrystal in the wake of a Rolling Stone profile that cost the general his job and the beating that Anderson Cooper sustained in Egypt a couple weeks ago. He followed with: “Yes yes its wrong what happened to her. Of course. I don’t support that. But, it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too.” Yeah, because he's allegedly gay. Just hilarious, Nir.

I know very little about Lara Logan, but know all I need to know about Schlussel and Rosen. To celebrate and joke about a life-altering, violent attack is the lowest of low. At least Nir Rosen has resigned his position at NYU. If there is a hell, there's a special place for monsters like Schlussel and Rosen.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

SD Opening the Door To Making 'Some' Murders Justified

What on earth is going on? I thought Republicans were swept into office to create jobs?  That's what they said they were going to do.  As of yet, no jobs bills, but plenty of anti-womens legislation. According to Talking Points Memo, State Rep. Phil Jensen (R), introduced the bill which makes it a "justifiable homicide" for someone to kill someone attempting to harm an unborn child. At first glance, it appears innocuous enough. However, the fear is this law will create open season on abortion providers. Alisha Sedor, the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota, said she was worried the legislation could trigger attacks on abortion providers if it was not amended. "I don't believe the intent is malicious," Sedor said. "But the potential legal implications of the bill are what make it dangerous.  If it passes without an amendment exempting attacks on providers, it could incite violence from individuals who believe their actions will be found justifiable in court." While they acknowledge that abortion is legal, we're talking South Dakota and you know there's some slick right wing lawyers ready to make this a showcase. In the past five years, state legislators passed laws twice banning most abortions unless they were necessary to save a woman's life. In both cases, the laws were subsequently overturned by the state's voters at the polls.

Elizabeth Nash, a policy analyst at the Guttmacher Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based pro-choice group that has been tracking state abortion laws since the early 1970s, said, the proposed law was the first of its kind. "We have not seen anything like this before," Nash said. "It's really chilling."

I'm disgusted at the backwards track this country is taking. Somewhere along the way, it appears that conservative "men folk" decided that the liberation of women has proved to be a disastrous experiment and it's time to return women to their humble beginnings ... barefoot, pregnant and property. I totally expect the 19th Amendment to be challenged next in the Republican controlled House. Don't forget, the unwanted children of the today's poor will be the next generations soldiers for our perpetual war machine.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Jess McIntosh Discusses Boehners' America - Men Folk Know Better

EMILY's List Spokesperson, Jess McIntosh appeared on MSNBC today to discuss the GOP's bait-and-switch with American voters. The House Republicans are trying to restrict women's access to health care rather than focusing on job creation as they had pledged to do. I wasn't particularly impressed with Tamron Hall's line of questioning either. Very weak interview.

How can any self-respecting woman or any evolved man vote for anyone in the Neanderthal Party? This non-stop attack on womens rights since the regressives took over the majority of Congress in January is sickening. I find it appauling that middle-aged dudes on viagra are dictating womens reproductive rights. C'mon liberals, fight back before they successfully take us backwards!

The Tragedy To Risky To Cover...Evidently

Shawna Forde: Guilty of all eight counts in the Flores family murders, including two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder for the shooting of the nine-year-old's mother, and an assortment of burglary, robbery and aggravated assault charges.

The bigger question is, how many people even know what I'm talking about? I haven't yet seen a single cable-network report on the story -- not MSNBC, not CNN and certainly not FNC.

Here's the short version. According to what the Arizona Daily Star reported, prosecutor Rick Unklesbay told jurors last week, Shawna Forde thought so highly of herself she believed she could create a new world, decide who was a drug dealer and who wasn't and who should live and die. Unklesbay spent approximately 90 minutes Thursday going over the evidence he says proves Forde, 43, was the mastermind behind a May 30, 2009, Arivaca home invasion that left Raul Junior Flores, 29, and his 9-year-old-daughter, Brisenia, dead of multiple gunshot wounds. The prosecutor reminded jurors that at least four witnesses testified Forde bragged about her plan to fund her Minutemen American Defense organization by robbing drug-cartel associates during home invasions. Among those witnesses were her sister, two FBI informants and Oin Oakstar, an Arivaca drug smuggler.

For two weeks, we watched non-stop coverage of the other Arizona tragedy, the one leaving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords with a bullet shot through her brain and six dead, including nine-year-old Christina Greene. Certainly a tragedy that deserved the coverage it received, but what's up with not covering a right wing militia madam who masterminded the execution an innocent man and his 9-year-old daughter? Is it because the media does not want to report anything that reflects poorly on the right wing or is it because Brisenia Flores was Hispanic. I suspect a little bit of both, but I lean more towards the former as several under-reported attacks incited by right wing media, particularly Glenn Beck have been mostly buried. Off the top of my head: A cop killer in PA, church killings in TN, murder at the Holocaust Museum in DC, doctors who perform abortions, Carlsbad, CA where a shooter yelled "Death to Obama" while firing his gun on a playground, etc... Luckily the police pulled over a crazed heavily-armed Beck fan on his way to the Tides Foundation in an attempt to assassinate the progressive organization's employees based on his Becktrination. On the other side of the coin, a young right wing punk set up ACORN with heavily edited videos to make them look like they were trafficking prostitutes, Fox ran the story on a 24/7 loop, CNN and other MSM picked it up and ACORN was defunded by our Democratic led House. By the way, they were later cleared of wrong doing once the video was proven to be edited. Too late for them though. Right Wing mission accomplished.

Getting back to the story at hand. Now that the verdict is in with the Forde case, I wonder of any of the so-called liberal media (so says the right wing) will touch this now? I'm afraid this is just another example of what our corporate owned media does. We're only allowed to see what they want us to see. If a left wing group had been accused in any organized illegality of any kind, this would be getting 24/7 coverage, led by Fox, but with the others joining in. I'm really frustrated at the direction this country is going. The pendulum should've swung back after the Bush Debacle, but instead, the right is doubling down and getting a foothold. Another tragic reminder of how Ronald Reagan began dismantling this country with deregulation. Best of luck to Keith Olbermann on Current TV with no corporate backing.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Community Owned Green Bay Packers - Cheeseheads of the People

I knew the Packers were community owned, but I didn't know the history of how that came to be or how they were named. Pretty cool story. I've also wondered why the Steelers logo is only on one side of their helmet; mystery solved! Last night, TRMS filled us in. Thanks Rachel!
In keeping with my most likely possible SB winning "squares," and staying with the team I hope wins, Packers 34-28!

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