Archive for February 23, 2011

US Uncut

Check out US Uncut.org — as in uncutting the cuts that have been and are being made to We the People:

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February 23, 2011 at 11:42 PM Leave a comment

Working Class America

(Damn.  I can’t figure out why I can’t embed Vimeo videos.  It’s driving me nuts.)

If you have three minutes, watch this gorgeous thing.

February 23, 2011 at 10:19 PM 1 comment

Gossip

(Love this image — it’s of an appliquéd block — via.)

•••  Clarence Thomas’ Ex-Girlfriend Reveals Relationship Details in Memoir Isn’t it amazing how some things happen — like the writing of this book — and you don’t see the author on television or hear a word about her or her book?  It’s like the proverbial tree falling in the forest.

•••  Georgia GOP Rep. Would Force Women to Prove Miscarriage Happened Naturally or Face Felony Charges.  I am so sick of men telling women what they have to do to with their own bodies.  How about we introduce a bill saying that when a man has semen on his dick he has to prove he wasn’t masturbating.

•••  Kim and Kourtney Kardashian leave the house without makeup.  Now there’s a

for ya.

•••  Do you live in one of America’s Smartest Regions for Transportation?  I’m lucky because I do.  Yey Boulder!  I can ride my bike all over town on miles of bike paths and if it’s raining or snowing, I can take the bus just about anywhere.  It’s wonderful not being dependent on a car.

•••  On average, 34 Americans are murdered with a gun every day.  No comment. Our gun policies are insane.

•••  Assistant Indiana A.G. Jeff Cox, who tweeted that protesters in Madison should be dealt with using “live ammunition” has been fired.  We’re talking an assistant Attorney General here.  A lawyer.  A man whose job it is to uphold the laws of the State of Indiana and of the United States of America.  And that person thinks American citizens who are assembling peacefully to petition their government should be shot?  No words.

••• I want a Himalayan Salt Plate.

•••  Maryland Advances Same-Sex Marriage Law.  Good to know that compassion is still alive in some parts of the country.

•••  A D.C. Federal Judge Has Upheld the Constitutionality of Health Care Reform.  You didn’t know about this?  You’re kidding.  Remember back in January when Judge Roger Vinson ruled that “Obamacare” violates people’s rights by forcing them to buy insurance?  That dominated the “news” for at least three days.  Maybe the “liberal media” find the time to report this tomorrow or Friday, heh?

•••  Christine O’Donnell is considering an offer to be on Dancing With the Stars.  This is a Very Serious Person?

Image: CDI/Newscom

 

February 23, 2011 at 8:55 PM Leave a comment

Give Corporations a Tax Break, Cut School Budgets?

Folks, look around.  We’ve been cutting taxes on the rich and on corporations for years and gosh golly gee — where are all those trickle down jobs?  When, for God’s sake, will that lie die?

In Florida, the state’s more than $3.5 billion budget gap isn’t stopping Gov. Rick Scott from pushing $2 billion in business and property tax cuts.

“We’re going to become the number one state for job creation,” Scott told a raucous tea party crowd when he presented his two-year budget Feb. 7. Scott’s plan reduces the corporate income tax – already one of the lowest in the nation – by 45 percent, and phases it out entirely by 2018.

Meanwhile, to balance his gift to corporations, Scott proposes,

a 15 percent cut in public education, from $22.5 billion to $19.1 billion.

The difference between the two is obvious:  Cut business and property taxes (which largely fund schools) by $2 billion and pay for it by cutting funding to public education by roughly the same amount.

This is so crazy I’m having a hard time keeping the facts straight.

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February 23, 2011 at 7:15 PM Leave a comment

How Far Apart Are the Earth and the Moon?

Break time!

(Via.)

 

February 23, 2011 at 5:55 PM Leave a comment

Images from Christchurch

The scope of the tragedy in Christchurch, New Zealand is beginning to unfold.  Check out these horrific images:

Sheer force: A buckled rail line after the 6.3 magnitude earthquake ripped through Christchurch

 

Destroyed: Murray and Kelly James look at their ruined house in central Christchurch

More here.

 

 

 

February 23, 2011 at 3:46 PM Leave a comment

Rupert Murdoch’s “The Daily” iPad App Not Doing So Well

This from paidContent.org:

News Corp.‘s The Daily [Rupert Murdoch's stab at an online newspaper] launched Feb. 2 with a two-week free trial sponsored by Verizon, ostensibly enough time to give potential subscribers a full taste. But launch glitches that stretched out for a week kept a lot of those potential subscribers from getting a good picture of the News Corp (DSNQ:NWS  iPad app. The first update came with extensions—and now Publisher Greg Clayman tells paidContent the free trial extensions will continue for several more weeks, at least.

The endpoint for the extended free trial has yet to be determined but a decision may come this week. (Given that users are still reporting frequent crashes and glitches after the Feb.9 update, they may want to wait for another iteration.) Verizon continues as the trial sponsor.

Shorter:  The Daily isn’t going over very well so News Corp. is going to offer it free for an indefinite period of time to see if it’ll take.

February 23, 2011 at 3:34 PM 1 comment

Providence, R.I. Sends Lay-Off Notices to Its Nearly 2,000 Teachers

Let’s cut corporate tax loopholes, raise taxes on the rich, and pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan before we start freakin’ laying teachers off:

The financially troubled city of Providence on Tuesday issued layoff notices to all its nearly 2,000 teachers because city officials say they must make an unknown number of cuts in the budget, and they want “maximum flexibility.”

State law requires school departments to notify teachers by March 1 if they will be laid off the following school year. The notices do not mean that the teachers will lose their jobs, just that they could at the end of the year.

School Superintendent Tom Brady on Tuesday wrote to teachers that the school budget outline for the next academic year is dire, with a projected deficit of nearly $40 million.

Providence Teachers Union President Steve Smith told The Providence Journal the decision was “beyond insane” and creates chaos and anxiety among teachers.

 

February 23, 2011 at 3:28 PM Leave a comment

Is John Boehner’s Spokesperson Drunk?

OMG.  At the same time Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (and other  conservative governors) are trying to destroy unions, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) is blasting President Obama for is decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):

What?  Is Boehner’s spokesperson drunk or high or just a total moron?

February 23, 2011 at 2:04 PM Leave a comment

Gov. Scott Walker Punked by Fake Koch Brother

Paul Fallon, a blogger at the BuffaloBeast (which is, for some reason, down right now) was sitting around yesterday morning,

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.’”

So he decided to call Walker and pretend he was David Koch.  Lo and behold, after making his way through several screeners, Walker got on the line.  Not only did Walker take the call, he ended up spilling the beans about how his government is ready to do whatever the Kochs want.  It’s government by the corporations, for the corporations.

(Image via.)

Listen:

Per Greg Sargent at the Washington Post, reports that Walker’s office has confirmed that it is in fact Walker on the phone and that Walker will hold a news conference today at 3:30 p.m. ET address this.

Now that should be interesting.

February 23, 2011 at 1:42 PM Leave a comment

Fox Reverses Poll Results Showing Support for Collective Bargaining

Seriously folks, Fox has got to drop the word “news” from its name:  Fox Reverses Poll Results to Falsely Claim That Most Americans Favor Ending Collective Bargaining:

On Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade claimed, along with an on-screen graphic, that a recent USA Today/Gallup poll found that “61 percent” of Americans are in favor of taking away collective bargaining rights from public unions. In fact, Fox aired the results of the poll completely backward: the Gallup poll found that 61 percent of Americans are opposed to taking away collective bargaining rights.

Not only did Brian Kilmeade report this falsehood — see the video here — Fox put up a graphic reflecting it as well:

See the USAToday/Gallup Poll results here.

Amazing, isn’t it, that this “mistake” (what Fox would call it if pressed)  just happens to support Fox’s anti-union stance?

Don’t forget:  Watch Fox and get stupid.

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February 23, 2011 at 10:55 AM Leave a comment


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