Archive for October 6, 2010
In a matter of days we’ve seen a man’s house burn down because he didn’t pay a $75 fee.
We’ve seen Glenn Beck hatefully mock that same man.
We’ve seen Republicans blast the minimum wage even though a majority of of Americans think we should raise it.
Now we have cops shootingg an 11-year-old arthritic black Lab with hip dysplasia because it barked and growled at them while in its own backyard:
Police in Oakland shot and killed an arthritic, 11-year-old yellow Labrador in its backyard Tuesday while responding to a burglar alarm the dog accidentally tripped while her owner was out running errands. Officers said the dog, Gloria, growled and barked at them. They left her owner a note.
“Oakland police responded to your residence to investigate a burglar alarm,” the note read, the San Francisco Chroniclereports. “While circling the rear perimeter, lab advanced on officers in a threatening manner before being shot and killed.”
One of the two officers shot Gloria three times with a .40-caliber Glock.
The Chronicle has a follow-up. Officer Victor Garcia told his supervisors he shot Gloria because he believed his life was in imminent danger. Hallock isn’t buying that explanation; Gloria had hip dysplasia.
“It takes a bit for her to get up and get moving. If she was down and resting, she couldn’t get to a full run,” she said.
The United States is going insane.
One question for Nevada’s Sharron Angle: How much will it cost?: If I win, I will get any constituent who wants a meeting in to see powerful GOP senators.
So any ol’ Nevada rancher or hooker or casino worker or miner will be able to walk into your office in D.C. and get in, “to see powerful GOP senators?”
Yeah. Sure. (Not that they’d li$ten.)
••• Linda McMahon, the GOP candidate for the senate in Connecticut wants to “review” the minimum wage but she doesn’t know how much it is.
••• GOP Chair Michael Steele doesn’t know what the minimum wage is.
••• Joe Miller, the GOP candidate for the senate in Alaska promises to lower the federal minimum wage — to reduce the “government’s reach.”
Two-thirds of Americans support raising the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour, according to a new poll. The federal minimum wage rose in 2009 to $7.25, which amounts to about $15,000 a year.
“This poll is yet another affirmation that maintaining a strong minimum wage is a core American value,” said National Employment Law Project director Christine Owens in a statement. “Americans overwhelmingly support a minimum wage rate that will help working families make ends meet and provide the boost the economy needs for full recovery.”
The survey, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute to plumb American attitudes on religion, values, and politics, found that 67 percent of respondents favor hiking the minimum wage to $10 an hour. Even a majority of Republicans — 51 percent — favor the higher minimum wage.
I love us. We care about each other (despite what the hate-filled right would have us believe).
Glenn Beck and his cohort mock Gene Cranick, and Beck chastises you and me for being so ballsy (or stupid) as to expect fire protection.
Shut up Little People! You’ll get what we give you.
You probably heard the news about Fox & Friends getting punked when it lifted a bogus story off of the website, the Weekly World News, about the Los Angeles Police Department supposedly buying $1 billion (that’s with a B) worth of jet packs.
Fox is so obsessed with promoting the GOP’s shrink-government propaganda (as in you pay a $75 up-front fee if you expect firefighters to come to your house if it’s burning down) that it apparently bought the story lock-stock-and-barrel.
You’ll see headlines like,
Fox used the story to insinuate that governments are wasting money they don’t have — and what better a place to point to than hippie-liberal-Hollywood California.
This was no accident. Fox didn’t care if the jet pack story was true or not. All it cared about was dissing “big government.” It knows the majority of the people who saw that story believed it and that they will never read this post or any other posts disproving it.
So, facts be damned. Mission accomplished.
I find it endlessly astonishing that Repubs enact laws, like the Bush tax cuts (here we are folks — how many jobs did they create?) and the Arizona immigration law, without any apparent thought to the potential consequences:
In a new twist in the fight over Arizona’s immigration law, Republican Gov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday asked a federal court to disallow foreign governments from joining the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit to overturn the law.
The move comes in response to a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued Monday, allowing nearly a dozen Latin American countries — Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Chile — to submit friend-of-the-court briefs in Justice’s challenge to SB 1070, which Brewer signed into law in April and is considered one of the nation’s toughest immigration-enforcement measures.
And then when there are consequences, they act like abused victims and blame everyone but themselves. (Oh, and on the flip side, they want us Little People to take responsibility for everything we do.)
Wooah — the Tea Party is bring out the best and the brightest:
It’s not every day you get to see the Naked Cowboy and the Naked Cowgirl together in Times Square.
But then again, it’s not every day the Naked Cowboy announces his candidacy for President of the United States for the 2012 election.
Although a press conference had been planned, the news came through the cowboy’s official website, nakedcowboy.com.
Calling himself “a testament to America’s promise of individual liberty” and “an American success story”, he says “Today, in defense of individual liberty, I am announcing my candidacy for the 2012 election for the office of President of the United States of America”
The announcement goes on with a list of government programs and promises, such as:
“I will balance the budget”
‘I will cut the capital gains tax, corporate income tax and individual income taxes”
“I will relentlessly remind Americans we are in a never-ending war against radical Islamics” and “will take nothing less than the defeat of the Taliban in Afghanistan”.
“I will once and for all close and secure the borders of the United States to illegal immigration by building all necessary barriers”
“I will fight multiculturalism and bilingualism in public institutions” and “make English the universal tongue of the people”.
“I will support all legislation designed to uphold the vitality of the Second Amendment…believing it is the right of the American people to bear arms to protect themselves and their families and their communities”.
Items on welfare, the environment and education are also mentioned in the platform as well as his views on immigration:
“Careless immigration policies are allowing foreigners to infiltrate the country taking jobs from legitimate citizens in addition to showering them with a host of unearned benefits compliments of the American Taxpayer”, he writes.
As of last night, Michael Steele, the head of the Republican National Committee (think about that for a minute) didn’t know what the minimum wage was:
RNC chairman Michael Steele has a penchant for putting his foot in his mouth. But confessing ignorance about the federal minimum wage in the midst of a campaign where Republicans are shouting “Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!” from every rooftop may rank among his recent highlights.
In an interview on Lawrence O’Donnell’s new MSNBC show last night, Steele first tried to change the subject before admitting he has no idea what minimum wage workers (Republican campaign ads refer to these folks as among the “average Americans”) are paid in the country Steele and the rest of his party is so desperate to “take back.”
“The reality of it is, that is not the most paramount issue that voters out there are facing,” Steele explained to O’Donnell after he was asked what the federal minimum wage is. “When you’ve lost your job, whether you know what the minimum wage is is not relevant.”
(Video at the link above.)
Hey, look, it’s a trend: Last week a prominent Republican said she wanted to “review” the minimum wage, though she too didn’t know how much it was.
We cannot — CANNOT — let this kind of thing catch on:
A parking lot company that charged pedestrians headed to Browns’ tailgate parties Sunday a $5 admission fee will get a review from Cleveland city leaders.
Unfortunately for Network Parking Co., one of those fans it charged was Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone.
Zone complained Monday afternoon to Michael Cox, director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Properties, during a council finance committee hearing.
Now the city’s Law Department is interested too.
Zone and his wife, Michelle, were meeting friends at the parking lot, a former city impound lot known as The Pit.
When they got to the lot, which is off West 3rd, Zone said an employee said they each must pay $5 to enter.
Zone said he was prepared to argue that it was unfair, but his wife insisted they just pay it.
“It upset me that they were charging people to walk through what I interpreted as a public space,” he said.
Even if it isn’t a public space, it’s a parking lot — ah, you know, where you PARK CARS. To charge a $5.00 fee to walk across it is beyond outrageous.
Senate Sitting on 420 Bills Passed by House
The House ran another legislative lap around the Senate in September, widening the gap in the number of bills the chambers have passed this Congress to more than 400.
With only a lame-duck session remaining, the House since January 2009 has passed 420 bills that have sat on the Senate shelf, according to an updated list provided to The Hill.
Rank-and-file House Democrats said the lack of Senate action on legislation they had cast tough votes on had left them twisting in the wind before an increasingly agitated electorate. At the top of the list was the June 2009 cap-and-trade energy and climate bill, which passed the House by a slim margin but never made it to the Senate floor.
The gap in approved legislation increased by 48 in the three weeks Congress was in session in September, and by 130 since The Hill first reported on the disparity in February.
Several months ago I came across “parmesan crisps” at Whole Foods. Don’t remember what they are officially called but they are essentially melted parmesan cheese (with maybe a bit of flour) crackers.
Anyway, they are fantastic! But, Whole Foods being Whole Foods, they’re expensive. So between the expense and the fact that I could eat a whole bag in one sitting, I don’t buy them often. But hey, now I don’t have to buy them at all, because here’s a recipe:
You gotta love The Onion, in this case making the ironic point that we Americans might want to hire our own lobbyists to bust through the corporate group-think in Congress, pitiful as that is because, ah, obviously, Congress is suppose to represent us to begin with.
WASHINGTON—Citing a desire to gain influence in Washington, the American people confirmed Friday that they have hired high-powered D.C. lobbyist Jack Weldon of the firm Patton Boggs to help advance their agenda in Congress.
Known among Beltway insiders for his ability to sway public policy on behalf of massive corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, Monsanto, and AT&T, Weldon, 53, is expected to use his vast network of political connections to give his new client a voice in the legislative process.
Weldon is reportedly charging the American people $795 an hour.
“Unlike R.J. Reynolds, Pfizer, or Bank of America, the U.S. populace lacks the access to public officials required to further its legislative goals,” a statement from the nation read in part. “Jack Weldon gives us that access.”
“His daily presence in the Capitol will ensure the American people finally get a seat at the table,” the statement continued. “And it will allow him to advance our message that everyone, including Americans, deserves to be represented in Washington.”
Nancy Pelosi gave an astonishing interview to the Huffington Post on Tuesday:
With less than a month until the election, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is urging her fellow Democrats to highlight the ties between Republicans and corporate interests and aggressively respond to attacks by Republicans that attempt to portray the Democratic Party as out of touch with the economic concerns of voters.
In an interview with The Huffington Post on Tuesday, Pelosi said she was unsure how much help Democrats will get from outside political groups that the Supreme Court has ruled can spend without limit on federal elections, and House Democratic candidates have grown increasingly nervous as corporate money pours into district after district, while union money and help from environmental and women’s rights groups has been much more restrained.
“Certainly I don’t know that, going into the election, there was any plan to do so,” Pelosi said when asked if liberal groups might be airing television ads backing Democrats. Corporate groups have been on the air since 2009 battering Democrats. “I hope so. I hope so. I hope so,” said Pelosi.
“Going into the election…?” Nancy, the election is just under four weeks away. It is upon us. It will be here and gone before we know it. You sound like you’re only now thinking about what you’re going to do — at some later date. It sounds like it hasn’t yet occurred to you to contact traditional, Democratic constituent groups to find out if they can or will help.
Hello. Anybody home?
It’s a good morning because when I took my speed walk this morning hoards of kids were on the street walking to school for International Walk to School Day and the atmosphere was festive and fun.