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Monday, February 28, 2011

Where in the world is Carmen San... Er, Phil Moffet?

Seems as if David Adams just likes to be the center of attention and his candidate be damned. This probably would have made a bigger splash had Moffitt been present.

Wait, what? Wisconsin public workers contribute 100% to their own retirements?

Why Mr. Governor, the truth comes out finally! You were in such a rush to pass this before all the facts were out huh?

Yeah, you're done buddy, caught red handed.

via Forbes:

"Gov. Scott Walker says he wants state workers covered by collective bargaining agreements to “contribute more” to their pension and health insurance plans. Accepting Gov. Walker’ s assertions as fact, and failing to check, creates the impression that somehow the workers are getting something extra, a gift from taxpayers. They are not. Out of every dollar that funds Wisconsin’ s pension and health insurance plans for state workers, 100 cents comes from the state workers."

Kathy Stein at the pro-Union rally.

From Hillbilly:

Also from Hillbilly, lol, I've seen this clip used for just about everything!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Faux (Fox) News Chairman gets indicted? Grab the popcorn!!!

Sooo sad... Guess you shouldn't encourage your employees to lie to Federal Investigators huh?

'Here's financial commentator Barry Ritholtz:
Someone I spoke with claimed that Ailes was scheduled to speak at their event in March, but canceled. It appears that Roger’s people, ostensibly using a clause in his contract, said he “cannot appear for legal reasons.”
I asked “What, precisely, does that mean?”
The response: “Roger Ailes will be indicted — probably this week, maybe even Monday.”
If the scuttlebutt is true, THIS will be the trial of the century."

Wisconsin holds largest rally yet! 70,000 strong!

"But remember, this power of the people on top depends on the obedience of the people below. When people stop obeying, they have no power." -Howard Zinn

From Huffington:

MADISON, Wis. — Chanting pro-union slogans and carrying signs declaring "We are all Wisconsin," protesters turned out in cities nationwide to support thousands of public workers who've set up camp at the Wisconsin Capitol to fight Republican-backed legislation aimed at weakening unions.

Union supporters organized rallies from New York to Los Angeles in a show of solidarity Saturday as the demonstration in Madison entered its 12th straight day and attracted its largest crowd yet: more than 70,000 people. Hundreds banged on drums and screamed into bullhorns inside the Capitol as others braved frigid weather and snow during the massive rally that flooded into nearby streets.

"I want to thank you for coming out here today to exercise those pesky First Amendment rights," actor Bradley Whitford, who starred in television's "The West Wing," said as he rallied his hometown crowd. "This governor has to understand Wisconsin is a stubborn constituency. We fish through ice!"

Republican Gov. Scott Walker has introduced a bill that includes stripping almost all public workers of their right to collectively bargain on benefits and work conditions. Walker has said the bill would help close a projected $3.6 billion deficit in the 2011-13 budget, and argues that freeing local governments from collective bargaining would give them flexibility amid deep budget cuts.

The bill has sent Democrats and unions into an outrage. They see it as trampling on workers' rights and as an attempt to destroy Democrats' strongest campaign allies.

Some protestors have even been sleeping in the Wisconsin Capitol. Police planned to let protesters stay overnight Saturday into Sunday but are expected to finally close the building Sunday afternoon for cleaning.

"Wisconsin is opening up people's eyes a little bit," said Jay Van Loenen, a teacher who attended a rally in Denver that attracted about 1,000 people. "So I think that the move is to try to get people more involved in their unions and create a stronger front so that if something happens here, we are prepared."

Follow this link to read the rest

Wisconsin cops tell the gov "We're standing with the teachers union!"

Saturday, February 26, 2011

True taxpaying Kentucky patriots defend Unions and the Middle Class against attacks

In Frankfort KY today via Bluebluegrass:

(The pictures are bleeding into the links, but I felt it worth it to have the entirety of the pictures up.)

What's that you say?! Rush Lim­baugh and Glenn Beck are union members?! Why yes they are!

From PRM:

By Wal­ter Brasch (Spec­trum) There are a lot of ironies in the Wis­con­sin fight between the Republican-​​dominated leg­is­la­ture and the work­ing class.

On Tues­day, Feb. 22, the State Sen­ate unan­i­mously passed a res­o­lu­tion to honor the Green Bay Pack­ers for win­ning the Super Bowl. Every one of the play­ers is a mem­ber of a union.

Of course, only the 19 Repub­li­cans in the cham­ber voted for the res­o­lu­tion; the 14 Demo­c­ra­tic sen­a­tors, co-​​sponsors of the res­o­lu­tion, were in Illi­nois. They were in the neigh­bor­ing state because newly-​​elected Gov. Scott Walker, sup­ported by Big Busi­ness, the Tea Party, and far-​​right con­ser­v­a­tives, had ordered the union­ized state police to bring every Demo­c­ra­tic sen­a­tor into the capi­tol in order to assure a quo­rum. Need­ing one more mem­ber, the Sen­ate couldn’t pass any fis­cal legislation.

Walker and the leg­is­la­ture thought they could ram through a union-​​busting mea­sure, dis­guis­ing it under a cloak of bal­anc­ing the state bud­get. All they needed were 20 senators—19 Repub­li­cans and, for that elu­sive quo­rum, one Demo­c­rat, even if he or she voted against the bill. The only rea­son the state had a deficit, they lied, was because of union wages and benefits.

The unions had already said they would accept what amounts to an 8 per­cent cut. But, Walker, act­ing more like a car­i­ca­ture of a Fat Cat Boss, refused to nego­ti­ate. His demands, if put into law, would essen­tially “gut” pub­lic worker unions.

****Here's the best part though:

"And in the ulti­mate irony, Rush Lim­baugh, who called union work­ers “bottom-​​feeding free­load­ers,” Glenn Beck, who mirac­u­lously linked trade union­ism with Com­mu­nists, social­ists, the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, and the United Nations, and numer­ous other con­ser­v­a­tive com­men­ta­tors are all mem­bers of the Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion of Tele­vi­sion and Radio Artists (AFTRA), an AFL-​​CIO union."

Contribute to the Wisconsin state Senators standing up for the Middle Class!

$14 dollars, one for every state Senator that's putting their foot down against this robbery of Middle Class Americans.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Paul Krugman: Shock Doctrine U.S.A.

From the NYT:

"Here’s a thought: maybe Madison, Wis., isn’t Cairo after all. Maybe it’s Baghdad — specifically, Baghdad in 2003, when the Bush administration put Iraq under the rule of officials chosen for loyalty and political reliability rather than experience and competence."

"What’s happening in Wisconsin is, instead, a power grab — an attempt to exploit the fiscal crisis to destroy the last major counterweight to the political power of corporations and the wealthy. And the power grab goes beyond union-busting. The bill in question is 144 pages long, and there are some extraordinary things hidden deep inside."

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Democracy or oligarchy?

"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both."

-Louis D. Brandeis (Supreme Court Judge)

Great piece on inequity from Mother Jones:

"A huge share of the nation's economic growth over the past 30 years has gone to the top one-hundredth of one percent, who now make an average of $27 million per household. The average income for the bottom 90 percent of us? $31,244."

Daily Beast strikes again in setup phone call with Union hating (R) Scott Walker

"Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day."
Theodore Roosevelt, April 19, 1906

From HP:

Here's something for your "can this possibly be for real" file this morning. Over at the Buffalo Beast -- the former print alt-weekly turned online newspaper founded by onetime editor Matt Taibbi, typically best known for its annual list of "The 50 Most Loathsome Americans" -- there appear to be recordings of a phone call between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and current editor Ian Murphy. Now, why on earth would Scott Walker want to talk on the phone with the editor of an online site in Buffalo? Well, he wouldn't.

But what if said editor pretended to be David Koch of the famed Koch Brothers? Well, that's a different story altogether, apparently! And so Walker, believing himself to be on the phone with his patron, seems to have had a long conversation about busting Wisconsin's unions.

Buffalo Beast Publisher Paul Fallon told The Huffington Post that the audio is "absolutely legit." That the call took place as described by the Beast has been confirmed by Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie.

"Basically what happened was, yesterday morning [Murphy] was watching television about this Wisconsin stuff and he saw a report where he saw Walker say he wasn't going to talk to anybody," Fallon said. "And he said, 'I bet he would talk to somebody if he had enough oomph behind him.'"

Audio below:

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tim Profitt stalls yet again

5 months and we haven't even seen a trial, Tim Profitt was in court again today and won't be back for another month. Via HL:

"A pretrial conference for Tim Profitt, a former Rand Paul supporter accused of stomping on a liberal activist, was postponed Tuesday after his attorney filed a motion to dismiss the case.
The motion says Profitt was justified in the use of force when subduing Lauren Valle, a activist who rushed toward Paul outside a debate to present him with a mock award.
According to Kentucky Revised Statutes, "a person is justified in the use of force in defense of a third person," the motion says.

Video showed Profitt and another person grapple with Valle as she tried to make her way toward Paul. While the other man was holding Valle down, Profitt stepped on her neck and shoulders.
Profitt is charged with fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.
A hearing on the motion to dismiss is scheduled March 21."

I hope the judge crucifies him over this stall tactic.

A Tea filled laugh riot in Frankfort

Aside from the revolts in the Middle East and the Democratic state legislators running for the borders to prevent session to begin there have been some funny developments in Frankfort.

Yesterday via HL:

FRANKFORT — Take Back Kentucky on Tuesday endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett — sort of.

Norm Davis, a member of the private property rights group, kicked off a press conference in the state Capitol by praising the conservative credentials of “Phil Harmon.” Unlike some politicians, “Mr. Harmon” takes the time to read materials and educate himself on important issues, Davis said.

“We need Phil Harmon,” Davis told a crowd of several dozen people. “I can’t think of anything we don’t agree on.”

David Adams’s campaign manager, finally approached Davis at the lectern and whispered in his ear.

“Oh, I’m sorry. Moffett!” Davis corrected himself. “He has a running mate named Harmon.”

State Rep. Mike Harmon, R-Danville, is Moffett’s running mate.

Moffett, a Louisville businessman, thanked Davis for the endorsement and called it “a big boost forward.”

Moffett went on to say that he disagreed with Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s call on Tuesday, before a state Senate committee, for a national constitutional convention to consider a balanced budget amendment. President Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders in Washington might repeal the Bill of Rights if given the chance to rewrite the Constitution, he said"

Read it again, that's right Democrats might consider repealing the Bill of Rights, ROTFLMAO!

But the laughs don't stop here. This happened just today at the capitol via HL:

FRANKFORT — At the urging of Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, the state Senate approved a measure Tuesday urging Congress to convene a national constitutional convention that would consider a balanced budget amendment.
The vote was 22-16 along party lines except for Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, who opposed the legislation.
In his nearly eight-minute speech to the Senate, Paul said the balanced budget amendment is necessary "to get our nation's fiscal house in order."
Paul, who ran last year on a pledge to seek a balanced budget amendment, said if federal spending is not limited, "within a decade the entire budget will be consumed between entitlements and interest. That means no money for roads, no money for education, no money for national defense."

Earlier in the day, Paul and Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, testified before the Senate State and Local Government Committee, which approved the resolution on a 7-3 vote.

Pay close attention because the Tea Party favorite Rand Paul is backing David Williams, a establishment Republican and effectively backhanding Phil Moffett the Tea Party favorite!

Oh and the hits just keep coming for these people...

Friday, February 11, 2011

Democracy in Egypt!

The people prevail!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Be scered of big goberment!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Rand Paul for President?

Christ, I'm packing my bags and heading for Canada/Europe if this happens:

From Huffington:

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Gotta love a populist revolution. Stand with the Egyptian people!

Solidarity with the Egyptian people!

Onion style website fools Rachel Maddow

This was pretty funny... Here's the website, these guys are really good:

From The Atlantic:

The Internet's finest satirists snookered a big fish in the media world last night. In an embarrassing segment on her MSNBC show, Rachel Maddow slammed conservatives for attacking President Obama's Egypt policies. Her targets included Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former ambassador to the UN John Bolton and Stephenson Billings at Only problem is Stephenson Billings is not a real person. He's a fictional byproduct of website that also warns readers that the Xbox Kinect is a terrorist training tool and the Japanese have created scary robot babies which "threaten humanity."

The article that caught Maddow's eye called for an "American-led invasion" into Egypt and begged former Alaska governor Sarah Palin to lead the war cry.

"The escalating crisis in Egypt could become a defining moment for Sarah Palin," Billings wrote. "Governor Palin needs to speak out publicly and forcibly for an American-led invasion to protect our interests in North Africa."

In the following clip (which MSNBC scrubbed from its website) Maddow falls for the article hook, line and sinker:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Some misquotes Paul'bots' like to use

I love in an attempt to discredit Democracy you have to misquote the founding fathers. This is so pathetic and telling, the powers that be will do anything they can to retain their stranglehold over the American people.

"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
(often misattributed to Benjamin Franklin)"
— James Bovard (Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty)

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
-Unproven! This quote was not found in the Jeffersonian Cyclopedia but several people have attributed this to Jefferson. This is still under investigation.