Archive for April 19, 2012

NBC Goes After Green Dollars on Earth Day

It’s so cute, isn’t it, that NBC/MSNBC greens its logo right about now what with Earth Day coming up on Sunday?

Dig a little deeper and the “news” isn’t so green:  Climate Coverage Plummets 80% On Broadcast Networks From 2009 To 2011.  As a matter of fact, it isn’t green at all:

Nice try NBC/MSNBC.  I think I know what kind of green you’re aiming for.

 

 

 

April 19, 2012 at 7:38 PM Leave a comment

Mitt Romney is a Liar

We have six more months to go listening to a man lying his ass off who claims he has the intellect and the character to hold the most powerful office on the planet.  And this is just the beginning:

LORAIN, Ohio — Just a day after President Obama visited this crucial swing state, Mitt Romney spoke at a shuttered drywall company visited four years ago by then-candidate Obama to make the argument that Obama’s record has yet to live up to his lofty rhetoric.

On an empty warehouse floor, Romney laid the blame for the company’s fate squarely on Obama.

“Had the president’s economic plans worked … it would be open by now, but it’s still empty,” Romney said. “It underscores the failure of this president’s policies with regards to getting this economy going again. The other day, the president was in Ohio, and he said that this campaign was going to come down to his vision. His vision for America. If you want to know where his vision leads, open your eyes, because we’ve been living it for the last three years.”

The company actually shut down in June 2008…

My God.  George W. Bush was president in June, 2008. Google it if you don’t believe me.  Obama took office on January 20, 2009.

Romney is a f*cking liar.

April 19, 2012 at 6:16 PM 2 comments

I Don’t Like to Dust All That Much

I lived in Southern California when I was in junior high school.  I remember endless Santa Ana winds roaring out of the east bringing with them amazing amounts of dust that coated everything in the house — even if the windows were closed — with a thin layer of grit.  Those winds made life very, very uncomfortable so I’m empathizing with the folks in Egypt:

(Image via NASA)

After dust blew off the coast of Libya and over the Mediterranean Sea for two days, a wall of dust moved eastward over Egypt. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image on April 18, 2012.

The dust plume extended roughly north-northeast to south-southwest, and the dust was thick enough to completely hide the land surface below. On either side of the plume, skies were mostly clear—along the Libya-Egypt border, and over part of the Nile River Valley. A ghostly outline of the Nile Delta appeared through the northeastern edge of the dust storm.

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I can only imagine women (and maybe a man or two) all over Egypt dusting like mad and people everywhere wiping their eyes and trying to clear their throat.  Oh, and if you wear contacts, forget it.

April 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM 2 comments

No “Liberal Media,” Ahmadinejad Did Not Threaten To Wipe Israel Off the Map

Okay folks, let’s put this lie to bed once and for all:

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor acknowledged on Al Jazeera English (4/14/12) that Iranian leaders have never called for Israel to be “wiped” off the map.

Meridor agreed with interviewer Teymoor Nabili’s suggestion that the supposed remarks  were never actually made; Iranian leaders, Meridor said,

come basically ideologically, religiously, with the statement that Israel is an unnatural creature, it will not survive. They didn’t say “we’ll wipe it out,” you are right, but [that] it will not survive, it is a cancerous tumor, it should be removed.

Hostile words, to be sure, but not the menacing threat endlessly reported in corporate U.S. media in recent years. (Iran, Israel and “wiped off the map” occur together more than 8,500 times in the Nexis news database in the last seven years.)

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This has been a case of the U.S. media terrorizing its own citizens.  So I’m sure we’ll be seeing corrections all over the place any minute now, you know, like all those corrections we saw after it turned out Iraq didn’t have any “weapons of mass destruction.”  (Yeah, right.)

April 19, 2012 at 4:12 PM 2 comments

The University of Colorado Set to Trample All Kinds of Rights Tomorrow

UPDTATED @9:04 ETBoulder judge denies request to block CU from closing campus on 4/20.

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The University of Colorado at Boulder (a public university paid for by Our Tax Dollars) is literally going to be on lock-down tomorrow to try to keep its annual “4/20″ celebration from happening.  The “4/20″ event is a marijuana smoke feast held for years on April 20 that last year drew 10,000 people.  Check out the purple haze hanging over the crowd at last year’s “4/20:”

(Image via Colleen Whitfield)

Thin skinned CU administrators hate the smokeout because they say it’s “ruining” CU’s reputation so the public space that is the university campus will be shut down tomorrow in an effort to put an end to it once and for all.  Actually, much of the city of Boulder will be affected.  This is how CU police spokesman Ryan Huff described what’s going to happen:

“We’re going to have electronic message boards at all major thoroughfares that lead into campus, so people will have plenty of warning that the campus is closed to visitors on Friday. And we’ll have officers at all the major entrances to the campus — both pedestrian and vehicle entrances. They’ll be checking IDs and educating people about the closure, and if people don’t have IDs, they’ll be asked to turn around. They won’t be ticketed at the edge just because they approach the campus, but if those people who don’t have IDs do not leave, that’s when they could face a ticket for trespassing.”

I read somewhere too that the grounds people are going to spread stinky fish emulsion fertilizer on the lawn of the Norlin quad (the area in the photo above) so people won’t want to hang out here.

The CU campus is essentially in the middle of town.  I live in South Boulder and on Friday morning I volunteer at a food bank in North Boulder and I snake through campus on my way.  I called the CUPD earlier today and asked if I would be able to take my usual route tomorrow and they “strongly suggest” I not, even though I pay taxes that fund and maintain the university.  Again, it’s a public space.

In what seems to me to be a bone the administration is tossing to the kids who might otherwise attend the smokeout, Wyclef Jean will headline a free, students-only concert tomorrow night at the largest event venue on campus, the Coors Events Center.  (Yes, paid for by the radically conservative, ALEC-member Coors family.)  But there’s a catch:

The contract between the University of Colorado and Wyclef Jean — the former Fugees member who is headlining a free, students-only concert at the Coors Event Center on Friday — prohibits the performer from mentioning marijuana or 4/20 during the show.

The agreement, dated March 1 and released today by CU’s student government, directs Jean to avoid “making direct references to marijuana and other illegal drugs or make 4/20 related remarks as this is a university sponsored event.”

Exactly.  This is a university in the United States of America for God’s sake.  A university is leading the way in restricting the movement of the public onto land and into spaces the public owns, and a university — a public university! — is restricting what a person can and cannot say.  I thought universities were all about freedoms and the exchange of ideas.

What is happening to our country people?!

Oops…I just saw this headline:  Hearing set for 3 p.m. in lawsuit to block CU-Boulder from closing campus on 4/20:

A Denver attorney active in marijuana issues this morning filed a request in Boulder District Court for an injunction to stop the University of Colorado from closing the Boulder campus to visitors on Friday in its efforts to prevent the annual 4/20 smokeout from occurring there.

A hearing has been scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Boulder County Justice Center in front of Judge Andrew Macdonald.

They are represented by Robert Corry, a Denver attorney who has been a prominent voice for marijuana legalization and the rights of medical marijuana patients.

“First and foremost, I’m not aware of any case where a public university has shut down its entire campus for a peaceful protest that takes place on 2 acres of that campus,” Corry said in an interview. “It’s an extreme overreaction to this protest. Second of all, it’s important that this protest continue. It is a peaceful protest on an important issue of the day.”

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“Not all learning takes place in the classroom,” he said. “Squelching the marketplace of ideas hurts the university. This is far more important than marijuana.”

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Corry notes that he can find “no reported cases from any jurisdiction permitting such a closure.”

Even during the “darkest, most violent days” of the Vietnam War era, campuses weren’t closed, Corry said, though the National Guard was deployed at many public universities.

I will update this post when I know more.

April 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM Leave a comment

One Guy, $10 Million

Think your $20.00 donation to a candidate or a cause counts?  Think again.  This is what we’re all up against.

Talk about a mega-donor. Of the $28.4 million in donations banked in 2011 by Republican outside money group Crossroads GPS [founded by Karl Rove], a whopping $10 million of it came from just one donor. That’s 35 percent. From one person, or one corporation.

Crossroads GPS, which does not disclose its donors, is the brainchild of GOP political mastermind Karl Rove. Founded in 2010, the group is technically a tax-exempt non-profit, known as a 501(c)(4), that can spend money on political advocacy so long as politicking isn’t the majority of what it does. To comply with federal tax law, Crossroads must focus most of its work on issues, not candidates; otherwise, the group would have to file as a political action committee and reveal its funders. Crossroads’ critics say the group does far too much political advocacy, and that the IRS should not grant the group permanent (c)(4) status.

Crossroads has repeatedly insisted its activities are perfectly legal, and the IRS has not given any clear indication that it is investigating the group.

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We must overturn Citizens United otherwise our democracy (such as it is) is doomed.

April 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM Leave a comment

Conservatives Send Warning to Republicans About the Hispanic Vote

Conservatives over at Resurgent Republic seem to be sending a shot across the bow to Republicans with their new site — HispanicVoters2012 — dedicated to facts about Hispanics in the United States.  It’s as if they’re saying they’re here, get used to it and deal with it.

Really well done site.  Easy to use, informative and interesting.  Check it out here.

 

April 19, 2012 at 1:17 PM Leave a comment

Did E. J. Dionne Just Get the Memo?

Is this news to E.J. Dionne, a dean of the Washington punditocracy?

(Image via Wikipedia)

Two-paycheck couples, working because they must

Instead of fighting a phony mommy war over what Hilary Rosen said about Ann Romney, we should face the fact that most families these days cannot afford to have one parent stay home with the kids. This is not about “lifestyle” or “values.” This is an economic struggle highlighting yet again the social costs arising from decades of stagnating or declining wages and growing income inequality.

There is a profound class bias in our discussion of what mothers should or should not do. The public debate seems premised on the idea that all two-parent families have a choice as to whether one or both work. That’s still true for the better-off. But this choice is denied to most American families. They have had to send two people into the workforce whether they wanted to or not.

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Ah, yeah, and that’s been true since about 1980 E. J.  You really should get out more.

 

April 19, 2012 at 9:24 AM Leave a comment

Good Riddance to the UC-Davis Police Chief

Hey, some good news to start the day.

Remember this from last November at UC-Davis?

Here’s an update:

The police chief who oversaw the University of California, Davis, police department during its notorious pepper-spraying of Occupy protesters said she is retiring.

Annette Spicuzza told the Sacramento Bee that she does not want the Nov. 18 incident to define her or the university, and she’s stepping down so everyone involved can move forward.

Spicuzza has been on paid leave since the incident, along with Lt. John Pike, who sprayed the orange liquid into the faces of seated protesters.

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Good.  Five months late but better late than never.  Oh and btw Ms. Spicuzza, this incident will “define” you.

 

April 19, 2012 at 9:12 AM 1 comment


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