Archive for March 10, 2011

Governor Walker — What Are You Afraid Of? Sign That Bill

John Nichols was on TheEdShow just now and he made a good point: Why didn’t Governor Walker, the dictator of #FritzWalkerStan, sign that anti-worker bill immediately after it passed the Republican-controlled Wisconsin assembly today?

Per Nichols, he’s “huddling with his lawyers” because he knows what he’s doing is against the law.

That’s why.

He’s huddling with Fox News, the Koch brothers, John Boehner, the Chamber of Commerce, Newt and Karl, et al  — crafting the spin — before he signs it — so they’ll all be on the same page:  Against us.

March 10, 2011 at 11:23 PM Leave a comment

A Placebo, Please

I can’t decide whether this is about the power of positive thinking or the power of negative thinking but whatever it is, the next time I need a pill, give me a placebo!

(YouTube link.)



March 10, 2011 at 10:09 PM Leave a comment

Peter King Inadvertently Elevates the Status of Muslims

NY Representative Peter King (R-Look at Me!) held his long-awaited hearing today on the  supposed “radicalization” of Muslim Americans.

Oops.  Looks like King’s attention-grab backfired because Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) won the day.

Ellison is one of two Muslims in congress and at King’s big ol’ macho hearing, he genuinely choked-up while talking about a man who died in the Twin Towers on 9/11, trying to save his fellow Americans:

(YouTube link.)

Petey boy, this is a complicated issue.  You’re in over your head.

March 10, 2011 at 9:01 PM Leave a comment

Frightened Workers in Wisconsin

I came across this tweet a few minutes ago and I thought hey, I’ve got a blog so why not help tell the story.

So sad:

From this day forward, I hope the whole country understands that to vote Republican — never mind the glitzy ads that promise morning in America — means to vote for quashing workers — their rights and their wages — and creating a system that allows for unlimited corporate profit.

For example, do you want your Republican-run government to have the power to fire your democratically elected city council and turn the management of your city or town over to oh say, Halliburton?  Blackwater (now deceptively known as “Xe“)?  Or GE?

That’s the reality in Michigan as of yesterday.

Think about it.

March 10, 2011 at 8:12 PM Leave a comment

The Coup in Madison Will Not Be Televised

Here is a YouTube video posted by BrendaKonkel of members of the media in the anteroom of  the Wisconsin capitol being turned away today.

I like it because it captures the tension as well as the positive energy inside the building but also the difficult position the poor State Troopers are in.  They’re caught in the middle of this whole thing, which must be so tough on them.

(I was grooving on the music for about a minute until it started driving me nuts.  Can’t imagine listening to that all day.)

The larger issue here of course is that Governor Muammar Walker is trying to control the message (it’s commonly referred to as propaganda) — he doesn’t want media outlets showing video of protesters chanting SHAME!, SHAME!, SHAME! while he and his fellow Republicans complete their coup d’etat.

March 10, 2011 at 7:28 PM Leave a comment

FitzWalkerStan, Formerly Known as Wisconsin

Tweet of the day:


March 10, 2011 at 4:59 PM Leave a comment

John Boehner Sends Staff Member to $5,800 Etiquette Class

Good grief, couldn’t Boehner save some money by simply picking the brain of someone who already knows this stuff? You know, someone who already has “dining skills?”

John Boehner famously grew up mopping the floors of his father’s bar, so presumably he knows little about hobnobbing with foreign royalty, one of his duties as Speaker.

So in December, the Ohio Republican’s office spent $5,800 to register a staff member for a protocol class to learn the niceties of exchanging gifts, arranging seating plans and organizing large events with visiting dignitaries.

The class is run by an accredited private academy, the Protocol School of Washington. The five-day training to take place in May — Boehner’s office saved $500 on the tuition by registering ahead of time — covers topics such as dining skills, titles and forms of address, gifts, and flags and logos, according to an agenda posted on the school’s website.

Don’t ya love how Paul Singer, the Roll Call staffer who wrote this article, makes excuses for Boehner and lets him off in the very first sentence?


March 10, 2011 at 4:38 PM Leave a comment

The Koch Brothers — Exposed

Robert Greenwald is taking on the Koch brothers.  Here is a short video with some info about the Kochs and a plea for a donation, if you can swing it:

(YouTube link.)

March 10, 2011 at 3:23 PM Leave a comment

Memo to Peter King: Muslims Have Been Victims of Violence Too

In light of the witch hunt Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is conducting today regarding the “radicalization” of Muslim Americans, I thought a little perspective might be in order.  Namely, a compilation of the acts of violence done to Muslims and mosques in the the United States over the last several years.

There have already been two incidents in 2011, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg:

February 2011: The Abdul-Majid Karim Hasan Islamic Center in Hamden, Connecticut, was vandalized with an expletive spray-painted in red. In September 2010, the Center was similarly vandalized with offensive images.

January 24, 2011: Roger Stockham of Imperial Beach, California, was arrested with explosives in his vehicle in the parking lot of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan. According to the authorities, he had the intention of blowing up the mosque, where mourners had gathered for a funeral.

March 10, 2011 at 12:43 PM Leave a comment

Cool Show (Pun Intended) on Animal Planet Tonight

I’m definitely going to watch this tonight — Animal Planet @10:p.m. ET:

POLAR BEAR: SPY ON THE ICE follows polar bear mothers Aesa and Svanna as they lead their cubs on a journey across frozen land in arctic Norway. Their destination: sea ice on the edge of the polar ice cap surrounding the North Pole – the ultimate hunting grounds for life sustaining seals. It’s an expedition that will take months and the perils will be especially great, with brand new cubs in tow. Each mother will need endurance, ingenuity, and steadfast determination to safely make it through this incredible journey alive.

The show was produced by the BBC.  Here’s more info on it from them:

Innovative wildlife filmmaker John Downer  uses covert digital technology to bring human audiences astonishingly close to the most reclusive wild animals. With elephants and tigers as previous subjects, Downer’s latest offering is focused on the beautiful but endangered maritime species in Polar Bear:  Spy on the Ice.

Downer employs three types of cameras to track the lives of two mother bears as they lead their clubs across Arctic Norway in search of seal hunting grounds for the den’s survival. Not letting any of the frozen conditions get in the way of filming, the three cameras each offered a unique way of capturing the bears. The Snow-cam, disguised as a lump of snow, was equipped with four-wheel drive and tundra wheels to get across land and ice. The Blizzard-cam is rigged with propellers, allowing it to reach speeds of 37 mph, while the Iceberg cam was thoroughly waterproofed to maneuver between sheets of ice and under water to capture the polar bears swimming under the ice.

The cameras didn’t always blend into the Arctic’s barren environment though, and late last year an adult male polar bear smelled a ruse, discover he was on candid camera, and destroyed more than $200,000 worth of equipment with his mighty paw. Fortunately secondary cameras caught the entire act, showing the bear’s impressive cunning and stupendous strength.

As the Arctic ice recedes the show offers a glimpse into a disappearing world that scientists fear could be lost forever this century.

For once, something interesting to watch on corporate television.

March 10, 2011 at 12:25 PM Leave a comment

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