Archive for April, 2012
Oops. Somebody leaked the NYPD’s plans for potential May Day protests tomorrow. They’re filed under “NYPD Shield — Countering Terrorism Through Information Sharing.”
See the six page “Shield” plan here (pdf). It’s incredible what they’re freaking out about: a few bicyclists here, a high school walkout there. They’re afraid of their own shadow and their goal is to protect the corporatocracy.
It drives me insane when the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee endorses Republicans-lite. We’ve got a lot of work to do to purge the people at the top there. Give voters a choice for God’s sake. If they believe what Republicans believe, they’ll vote for the real Republican, not for the Blue Dog “Democrat.”
Give the people a choice between a Republican and a real Democrat you idiots.
Earlier today I posted about my fun morning watching Fox’s Gretchen Carlson lie about how the Tea Party organization “True the Vote” is bipartisan. But I forgot add a little tidbit to that post about something else that happened — a “This Day in History” blurb.
Everyone is marking today as the 1st anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden (even though he was killed on May 2, so I don’t quite get it). If a Republican was in the White House and he or she had killed bin Laden, as President Obama did, that person’s face would be on Mt. Rushmore by now. But — Fox is so freaking obvious — with a Democrat having done that deed, the “This Day in History” blurb Fox aired this morning on Fox and Friends wasn’t about bin Laden, it was about how Michael Jackson’s album, Beat It, was released on this day in 1983.
Remember when Teapartiers were rallying against “government handouts” and bailing out the banks and then in 2010 they elected all those ahem, patriots to congress who were going to kick some ass?
Well lookie here. What a difference two years make:
Tea Party favorites such as Stephen Fincher of Tennessee were swept into Congress on a wave of anger over government-funded bailouts of banks.
Now those incumbents are collecting thousands of dollars for re-election campaigns from the same Wall Street firms whose excesses they criticized. They have taken no significant steps to curb them or prevent future taxpayer-financed rescues.
Republican freshmen have made clear their disdain for expanding government, and openly opposed a financial regulatory overhaul enacted by Democrats in 2010 before the newcomers arrived in Washington. Their ranks include ten Tea Party-backed freshmen on the House Financial Services Committee, part of a force that won election in a populist backlash to government spending that included emergency lending to major banks and bailout of firms including U.S. automakers.
The political action committees of those institutions have distributed $169,499 through March 31 to the campaign coffers of the ten freshman Tea Party-backed lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee, according to an analysis of campaign finance disclosure records.
Fincher, a gospel musician from Frog Jump, Tennessee, has received $11,500 from the political action committees run by Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. Citigroup’s political action committee had not contributed to the lawmaker through the end of March.
Two other members of the committee not listed as members of the Tea Party Caucus yet who won election to the House with Tea Party support are Representatives Steve Stivers of Ohio and David Schweikert of Arizona. Both ran ads attacking bailouts.
This morning on DemocracyNow! I listened to a spellbinding segment about a brave and proud African-American named Booker Wright:
In 1965, Booker Wright, an African-American waiter in Greenwood, Mississippi, dared to be interviewed by NBC about racism in America, a decision that forever changed his and his family’s lives. Wright said during the interview, “I always learned to smile. The meaner the man be, the more you smile. Do all your crying on the inside.” He would later lose his job, be beaten by police, and ultimately be murdered. Wright’s story is told in the new documentary film, “Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story,” a collaboration between our two guests: co-producer, Yvette Johnson, Wright’s grand-daughter; and director Raymond DeFelitta, whose father, Frank DeFelitta, originally filmed the interview with Wright and later said he regretted it.
I’m making a note to see “Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story.” It sounds wonderful. (The DemocracyNow! interview about Booker Wright is pretty wonderful too. It’s unconscionable that Wright isn’t a household name. Watch/listen at the link above.)
FYI, here’s the trailer:
As one who spent 4-1/2 years monitoring Fox’s weekday “premiere business news show,” Your World w/Neil Cavuto during the making of Outfoxed and then at the Newshounds, I know Fox like the back of my hand and I also know better than to spend so much as a minute watching the liars over there. But alas, I slipped up this morning and took a peek at Fox and Friends and now, here I am, posting about what I saw. Again, I know better.
I happened to turn to Fox during an interview between co-host Gretchen Carlson
and Catherine Engelbrecht, who Fox identified in the chyron at the bottom of the screen as the “founder” of “True the Vote.”
According to the portion of the interview I watched, “True the Vote” is dedicated to battling supposedly rampant “voter fraud,” something that is in fact extremely rare. Fox however has lead in telling the lie that it is pervasive in order to convince people that voter suppression laws being implemented by Republicans around the country are righteous and protective of our democracy, while nothing could be farther from the truth.
Anyway, what struck me was Carlson’s insistance that “True the Vote” is a bipartisan organization. She specifically asked Engelbrecht if it was BIPARTISAN, practically screaming that word into her mic, and of course Engelbrecht said yes it was.
This from PRWatch: “True the Vote? Or Skew the Vote?“
Since early February, groups involved in the “Verify the Recall” effort have been recruiting volunteers from around the country to enter the Wisconsin recall petitions into a massive online database. “Verify the Recall” is a joint project between the Houston-based nonprofit “True the Vote” (a project of the Texas Tea Party group King Street Patriots) and the Wisconsin Tea Party groups Grandsons of Liberty and We The People of the Republic.
Or this headline from the Houston Chronicle: Catherine Engelbrecht, Leader King Street Patriots, Responds To Chronicle Article.
Or this quote from a video posted at MSNBC: “…s[S]ure, True the Vote was started by the King Street Patriots, which is the Tea Party in Houston, Texas.”
Want to watch Fox lie? Turn to the channel for three minutes. That’s all it takes.
I wish I had the money to hire someone to take over for me when I want to sit down at the end of the day, take my head off, set it down and have a rum and coke, but I don’t. So here’s my end of the day, rum and coke, things you’ve got to see and know newsletter:
Watch Romney’s point man — the guy who’s was sent out to put the ahem, lie to the Republican war on women — treat Rachel Maddow like a child.
••• Read about how a police chief in Wisconsin begged the state senate not to allow habitual criminals to have gun permits. The response he got?
“Here’s the phone number of the National Rifle Association lobbyist in Washington, D.C. If it’s O.K. with him, it will be O.K. with us.”
••• Really important and informative article: Far Right Conservatives Invent New Language. Longish but worth it. This photo included:
••• The Economist freaks out about the possibility of a Socialist becoming France’s next president. Monsieur Hollande is “rather dangerous” it says. Yeah, “dangerous” to the corporatocracy.
••• Watch a 50-foot puppet emerge from the waters off Liverpool, England and march down the street. I don’t do it justice. (Want to get back to that rum and coke.) It’s amazing. We think we here in the US pay homage to the Titanic? This will blow your mind:
More about the “Sea Odyssey Giant Spectacular” here.