Archive for September 22, 2011

Is Rick Perry Gay?

Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt is putting GOP Presidential candidate Rick Perry in his crosshairs … he’ll be offering up to $1 million for anyone who can prove Perry has had an illicit sexual liaison … TMZ has learned.

The ad — which Flynt will take out in various newspapers — says, “Have you had a gay or straight sexual encounter with Governor Rick Perry?”

More…

The beltway scuttlebutt is that Rick Perry is gay.  The “liberal media” isn’t talking about it much though, just like they didn’t talk about John F. Kennedy’s affairs.

I’m not into outing people willy nilly but if someone’s in the closet and part of their platform in their run for the President of the United States of America is anti-gay hate rhetoric, that tends to tick me off.  So I’d like to know — once and for all — what’s up with Rickie boy.

September 22, 2011 at 7:50 PM Leave a comment

The Rich Want Us to Shut Up

This would be our tweet of the day:

I would modify it a bit:  “Nothing terrifies the rich more than the thought of everyone under them refusing to take it anymore and revolting.”

But, that’s what we’ve gotta do.

September 22, 2011 at 5:38 PM Leave a comment

Florida Pizza Drivers Form a Union

Finally, some good news for a change:

 

He said he got on the Internet and found St. Louis labor attorney Mark Potashnick, who worked on unsuccessful organizing efforts by pizza workers in Ohio, Michigan and St. Louis. He coached Pohle on submitting a petition to the NLRB.

Eleven Domino’s employees hoping to make a little more dough and get a bigger slice of the profits have formed the nation’s first union of pizza delivery drivers.

The American Union of Pizza Delivery Drivers won recognition from the National Labor Relations Board over the summer as the bargaining agent for drivers at a Pensacola franchise.

The union organizing drive was started by Jim Pohle, a 37-year-old Domino’s driver who said he delivers pizzas because he likes to sleep late, smoke on the job and listen to the radio.

“When they declared us tipped employees and refused to pay us the Florida minimum wage of $6.40, I was kind of angry. I came home that night and I told my buddy, I said. ‘We are forming a union,”’ he said.

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Rodney Johnson, a regional director for NLRB, said the union appears to be the first of its kind.

In the meantime, the franchise owners have raised the pay of some drivers at their six nonunion stores, Pohle said.

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What a wonderful, power-to-the-people story.

September 22, 2011 at 4:11 PM 2 comments

Since When is a Net Worth of $250 Million “Middle Class?”

Mitt Romney is purportedly worth somewhere between $190 and $250 million.  He’s spending God’s knows how much money to replace his puny 3,000 sq. ft. beach house in LaJolla, California with an 11,000+ sq. ft. monstrosity.

Yet last night the Mittwit said he is a member of the middle class:

Mitt Romney may be a multimillionaire, but on Wednesday he set his net worth aside and declared himself a member of “the great middle class.”

“We ought to provide help to the people who have been hurt most by the Obama economy. And that’s the middle class,” Romney said at a town hall meeting in Miami. “It’s not those at the very low end; it’s certainly not those at the very high end. It’s for the great middle class — the 80 to 90 percent of us in this country.”

Poor guy.  He’s a grown-up, handsome version of a socially inept 14-year-old.

September 22, 2011 at 3:48 PM Leave a comment

Yo, Mittwit, What Exactly Do You Believe?

Here’s our quote of the day:

Tonight, for the first time since May, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson will be included in a Republican presidential debate. I chatted briefly with Johnson to see how he’s going to approach it.

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Slate:  Have you brainstormed any questions for your fellow candidates?

Johnson: I would ask Mitt Romney: “What is your position on anything?”

Love it!!!

September 22, 2011 at 3:30 PM Leave a comment

Heads Up Minnesota

Watch this badass video:

(Via.)

 

September 22, 2011 at 3:20 PM Leave a comment

American “Democracy” Circa 2011

This headline alone just about says it all in terms of where we are in this country.  I.e., banksters and corporate CEOs walk away after wrecking the economy and/or killing people, but a guy who was sentenced to die under very, very dubious circumstances is executed.

Troy Davis Executed, While CEO Responsible for Deaths of 29 Miners Sails Free

Last night at 11:08, Troy Anthony Davis was executed in the State of Georgia for the 1989 murder of a police officer. Much doubt existed in the case as seven of the nine witnesses recanted their testimony (one even claimed that an eighth murder witness was guilty) and no DNA or other physical evidence linked Davis to the crime.

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ast year on April 5, 29 miners died in a methane explosion caused by poor ventilation at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Raleigh County, W.Va. A report by the Mine Safety and Health Administration ruled that the event that caused the explosion could have easily been prevented by Massey Energy, which was well aware of a long history of safety problems in the mine. In the year leading up to the explosion, the Upper Big Branch Mine was cited 458 times for safety violations, with 50 of those violations being willful violations of the law—nearly five times the national average for citations of a single mine.

An investigation by the Mine Safety and Health Administration also revealed that Massey kept two sets of books—it recorded a clean safety record in one log book, which it provided to mine inspectors, while maintaining a private, internal log of known safety problems and the efforts made to fix them.

Despite this evidence of the willful violation of safety laws that could have prevented the miners’ deaths at Upper Big Branch, and despite evidence of widespread lying to federal investigators by Massey officials, CEO Don Blankenship is a free man allowed to enjoy the splendorous life of a multi-millionaire.

It’s hard to ponder this kind of thing because it’s so infuriating.

No wonder Don Blankenship is wearing a flag shirt and hat in this picture:

This country has been VERY GOOD to him.  It looked the other way despite the fact that 29 men died on his watch.

September 22, 2011 at 2:46 PM Leave a comment

Don’t Buy Gold, Buy Spam!

Here’s a funny (but serious) article about how sales of Spam are going through the roof:

AUSTIN, Minn. — The economy is in tatters and, for millions of people, the future is uncertain. But for some employees at theHormel Foods Corporation plant here, times have never been better. They are working at a furious pace and piling up all the overtime they want.

The workers make Spam, perhaps the emblematic hard-times food in the American pantry.

Through war and recession, Americans have turned to the glistening canned product from Hormel as a way to save money while still putting something that resembles meat on the table. Now, in a sign of the times, it is happening again, and Hormel is cranking out as much Spam as its workers can produce.

In a factory that abuts Interstate 90, two shifts of workers have been making Spam seven days a week since July, and they have been told that the relentless work schedule will continue indefinitely.

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Hormel declined to cooperate with this article, but several of its workers were interviewed here recently with the help of their union, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 9. Slumped in chairs at the union hall after making 149,950 cans of Spam on the day shift, several workers said they been through boom times before — but nothing like this.

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However, Hormel executives appear to be banking on the theory that Spam fits nicely into recession budgets. Workers on the Spam line in Austin — more than 40 of them work two shifts —see no signs that their work schedule will let up.

“We are scheduled to work every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas,” said Darwin Sellers, 56, a Spam “formulator” who adds salt, sugar and nitrites to batches of Spam. “Mr. Ettinger is negotiating with the man upstairs to get us to work eight days a week.”

Ah yes.  Good ol’ Spam.  When I was a kid my mother would fry slabs of it and we’d have it slathered in mustard.  We kind of thought of it as a treat.  Then again, we through bologna was pretty cool too.


September 22, 2011 at 2:32 PM Leave a comment

Cool Picture

A frozen Niagara Falls.  (I don’t know when this was taken but probably about 100 years ago judging from the way the women are dressed.)

(Thanks Dave.)

September 22, 2011 at 9:18 AM Leave a comment

Troy Davis Executed

It turned out just as I suspected it would.  Authorities delayed Troy Davis’ execution until late in the night when people were sleeping and the press frenzy had died down.

September 22, 2011 at 8:05 AM Leave a comment


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