Archive for April 9, 2012
This would be Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today:
McConnell calls GOP’s ‘war on women’ a ‘manufactured’ issue
“Talk about a manufactured issue,” McConnell said in an interview with local Louisville, Ky., radio station WHAS on Monday.
He said his female Republican colleagues in the Senate would agree with him on that.
“There is no issue. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison [(Texas)] and Kelly Ayotte from New Hampshire and Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe from Maine, I think, would be the first to say — and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska — ‘We don’t see any evidence of this.’ “
Nothing there ladies. Nothing at all.
Meanwhile, this would be Scott Walker and the Republicans in Wisconsin on Thursday:
A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill.
The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by giving workers more avenues via which to press charges. Among other provisions, it allows individuals to plead their cases in the less costly, more accessible state circuit court system, rather than just in federal court.
In November, the state Senate approved SB 202, which rolled back this provision. On February, the Assembly did the same. Both were party-line votes in Republican-controlled chambers.
In essence, Republicans don’t want women to be paid the same amount as men for the same job. Why? Because Republicans think women should be folding laundry; men are taking care of them (gag): Money is More Important for Men.
So Mitch. What was that you were sayin’? Your lie about there not being a Republican attack on women is an attack unto itself.
Obama, what were you expecting when you asked conservative gay-hating Rick Warren to give the invocation at your inauguration? A Kubayah moment when we’d all come together?
Huh? Have you had enough of that drug yet?
Yesterday I posted about a “My Fox” channel in Orlando, Florida referring to armed neo-Nazis who are “patrolling” the streets of Sanford, Florida (where Trayvon Martin was killed) as a “civil rights group.” (Fox has since taken the post down but I know their sleazy ways so I took a screenshot. Here it is.)
Something happened this morning that Fox would probably also define as the act of a “civil rights group” if they had the guts to report it at all. I checked both FoxNews and FoxNation and I don’t find a thing, but here it is:
An electronic road construction sign near Dearborn, Mich. displayed a racial slur early Monday morning, targeting a Florida teenager who was fatally shot in February.
The sign referenced Trayvon Martin who police said was killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in self-defense. It has yet been decided if Zimmerman will be charged in the shooting.
The Michigan Department of Transportation sign, which read “Trayvon a N*****,” is located on Interstate 94 near Addison Street, west of downtown Detroit, WDIV reports. MDOT said that the sign was hacked just after midnight. Passersby noticed the hacked sign about 1 a.m. and called police who said they received numerous calls about the incident.
Michigan State Police troopers responded and contacted a sign supervisor to fix the message.
The control box on the sign was unlocked and the keyboard used to write messages was missing.
Read more and see a video here.
When I hear about something like this the first thing that comes to mind is how wingers insist that liberals and progressives are the haters. That’s why a blackout on news like this by the likes of Fox is significant. What they don’t report is as important as what they do report.
Oh, and if I were an African-American living in the United States right now, I would be getting more and more nervous.
Geezus. I wonder how much Xcel Energy paid under the table for this:
Xcel Energy has struck an agreement with regulators, consumer advocates and businesses that would raise electricity rates in Colorado $114 million over three years.
The utility had originally sought a $142 million increase for 2012.
The settlement, which must be approved by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, would raise the typical residential bill, in three annual steps, by a total of $3.70 a month, or about 5.5 percent.
The original request would have raised the average monthly residential bill by $4, to $71, for 2012.
Xcel, the state’s largest utility, won the proposed rate hike in the face of stiff opposition from state regulators, businesses and consumers, and after failing to get an interim rate increase from the commission.
So Xcel got a rate increase of $114 million over three years. Here’s the kicker:
The utilities commission staff recommended that Xcel receive a $7.3 million hike. The state Office of Consumer Counsel, representing residential and small-business customers, suggested $9.4 million.
It isn’t clear whether the numbers immediately above are for one year or three, but it doesn’t matter. Xcel was cleared to hike rates $114 million over three years, hugely higher than the recommended amounts, even if they are multiplied by three.
How did this happen? How did Xcel get a hike so wildly and hugely above what was recommended?
There can be only one answer. Xcel owns some people. It’s called the corporatocracy.
Do Republicans see Mitt Romney as a doomed candidate whom they don’t want to be associated with?
She often makes the list of potential Republican vice presidential picks, but if asked to serve in the No. 2 spot, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said her answer would be “no.”
The first term governor cited her developmentally disabled sister and commitment to New Mexico residents as reasons for her decision.
“The family has to be a consideration, and for me to take (my sister) to Washington would be to separate her from … the family that’s down there, and that would be devastating,” Martinez told the Albuquerque Journal recently. “I just couldn’t do it.”
“I can’t do this halfway and jump into something else. It would distract from what we have to do here,” Martinez said.
While some potential veeps like Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia have left the door open (if only a crack), others like Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina have firmly shut it.
I thought capitalism was under attack: Facebook to Acquire Photo-Sharing Start-Up Instagram for $1 Billion.
Trying to increase his macho street cred, Mitt Romney will join a whole host of crazies at the NRA’s Annual Meeting in St. Louis on Friday.
See the roster here.
A whale prepares to clamp its jaws around a shoal of sardines in this remarkable underwater image.
Underwater photographer Doug Perrine travelled to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula to photograph the magnificent 50-foot-long Bryde’s whale.
Bryde’s whales are a type of baleen whale that feed on small fish and krill.
Surrounded by hungry marlins and sea lions, Doug and his fellow diver, Brandon Cole, found themselves in the middle of a feeding frenzy, which allowed them to witness, and get extraordinarily close to, this act of nature.
‘The whales would just appear out of nowhere and blindsided us,’ said Doug.
‘They came in so fast that they seemed to just appear out of nowhere right next to us – it was very unnerving.’