Archive for March 9, 2011
You won’t see this on the “liberal media:”
People power in Madison, live, right now. Listen. Watch. Pay attention.
This is what the “liberal media” doesn’t want you to see or hear:
Don’t forget: A riot is the language of the unheard. MLK.
The special conference committee in Wisconsin — convened in order to strip out the fiscal elements of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill, in order to pass the anti-public employee union proposals and avoid the state SenateDemocratic boycott of the three-fifths budget quorum — just met for roughly five minutes and passed the bill.
Shorter: Republicans needed a quorum — those 14 Democrats who are in Illinois — to pass legislation having to do with budget issues. So they separated the collective bargaining issue from the budget legislation and voted it in.
Yep. They love democracy and they respect the law (more on that later — they violated it).
Fox’s spin (Democrats are the dirt bags of course):
I’m watching the local evening news on CBS4/Denver. They’re doing a story about a new surgery for carpel tunnel syndrome. In it, they focus on a painter who had the surgery after years of taking ALEVE. They show a picture of a bottle of ALEVE:
Be a savvy news consumer. If this “news” story wasn’t about ALEVE, at least partially, the reporter would/should have said the painter spent years taking a painkiller. But no. She spent years taking ALEVE.
The corportocracy is running wild.
For me, the effect of the Obama administration breaking its promise to close Gitmo by January 22, 2010 is that I don’t believe a thing it says anymore: Obama Administration Pledges to Hold Gaddafi Accountable for War Crimes.
(Remember back in the day when a man’s word was his bond? When you could take a man’s (and a woman’s) word or handshake to the bank? Unfortunately, that isn’t part of Obama’s character. Great lesson for our kids, huh?)
This is January 22, 2009 video of Obama signing an Executive Order stating, unambiguously, that Guantanamo will be “closed no later than one year from now.”
More than two years later: Obama’s About-Face on Guantanamo.
It’s not only that he broke a promise, it’s that — he’s a lawyer for God’s sake — he doesn’t seem to trust or respect our system of justice:
As a retired CIA officer, I’m not “soft” on terrorism. I’m not advocating that we release dangerous terrorists. I am not saying that U.S. laws should apply to the detainees as for citizens. But even our enemies deserve due process under the law. Even our enemies—especially our enemies–deserve a form of swift and fair justice. If some of these men are released and return to threaten us one day, then so be it; we must not be guided by fear. Terrorists can never achieve their aims through violence if we do not allow them to subvert our values. The far greater threat lies in not defending what this country stands for. Give these men their rights, as we would like for ourselves, as Americans. Then close Guantánamo.
Ah, yo, Associated Press: Exxon’s CEO is going to have an objective take on oil prices and the economy? Is this a joke?
The tweet of the day from a dead serious, world-renowned economist:
Ulysses S. Grant V, the last surviving great-grandson of the nation’s 18th president, died Wednesday in a southwest Missouri home brimming with artifacts from his great-grandfather. He was 90.
His death was confirmed by a grandson, Ulysses S. Grant VI.
Mr. Grant, who lived in the small town of Battlefield, south of Springfield, spent part of his youth in the home of his grandfather Jesse Grant, the president’s youngest son.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jean; two sons, Millard and Matthew; a daughter, Bonnie; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Last month an explosive device was found along the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade route in Spokane, Washington:
The Spokane office of the FBI confirmed late Tuesday morning that a suspicious package found along the route of the Unity Parade on Monday morning was a credible threat that had the potential to cause “multiple casualties.”
Today, the FBI made an arrest in the case:
The FBI has made an arrest in connection with the attempted bombing along the route of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in downtown Spokane.
An FBI source in Washington, D.C., said one man was arrested east of Spokane. Agents, including a bomb expert from Quantico, Va., were preparing to search a house where others associated with the suspect were living, the source said.
The suspects are apparently affiliated with white supremacists.
Folks, we get what we pay for:
Would you like some salmonella with those budget cuts? If Republicans have their way, food safety could fall casualty to the congressional budget-cutting fervor. Buried in the House GOP’s budget bill, which passed last month and would axe $61 billion in spending, are major funding reductions for agricultural inspections. And consumer advocates warn that these cuts could escalate outbreaks of food-borne illnesses.
The House budget bill slashes $88 million from the agency that inspects the country’s meat and poultry, which could reduce its operations by 18 percent for the remainder of the year. The cuts to the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service could furlough thousands of inspectors and decrease the number of inspections at the nation’s slaughterhouses and meat-processing plants. With fewer inspectors on the job, the quality of inspections could also fall by the wayside, explains David Plunkett, a senior staff attorney at the Center for Science in the Public Interest: “They could be windshield inspections—when they show up, look through the windshield, and then drive off.”
Rather that cutting food safety (how crazy is that?!) why don’t we close one or two of the 600+ bases we maintain around the world? Hey, I’m all for cutting waste but come on. What are our priorities around here?
You’ve gotta hand it to the wingers in the Arizona state senate — they’re buckling down and getting things done dammit. Yesterday they voted to make the Colt Single Action Army Revolver the state gun and to give the Tea Partiers their very own license plate:
The Arizona Senate on Tuesday passed measures that would give married couples adoption preference, movie companies tax credits, the “tea party” a state license plate and make the Colt Single Action Army Revolver the state firearm.
The Senate voted down a proposal to allow the Legislature to decide which federal laws Arizona would follow and which it would not.
The bills that passed now go to the House for consideration.
You go guys. Good for you that your state is running so smoothly you can spend your time on this stuff.