Archive for April 7, 2011

America — Land of the Richer and Richest

This is the kind of news that makes me want to puke because how the hell do we stop it?  One would think — after the 2008 crash, when we bailed out the banks — someone — Bush?  Obama?  — would have said this ain’t gonna happen anymore.

But no:

J.P. Morgan’s Jamie Dimon gets 51% pay raise.  That was today.  This was last Saturday re the CEO of Goldman Sachs:  When Was the Last Time You Got a 50% Pay Raise?

This is where we are — in the land of the likes of the Vanderbilts (this would be the cabin Anderson Cooper‘s family spent the summer in):

April 7, 2011 at 9:14 PM Leave a comment

“Thousands of Uncounted Votes” Found in Wisconsin

Does this sound fishy or what?

Officials in Waukesha County on Thursday said a final review of paperwork and other records from this week’s closely watched Wisconsin Supreme Court election had uncovered thousands of uncounted votes, a potentially stunning development that could upend the contest.

Unofficial returns on Wednesday had given the union-backed challenger in the race, JoAnne Kloppenburg, a narrow 204-vote statewide lead over Republican David Prosser.

But late Thursday, the county clerk in Waukesha, a Republican stronghold, said workers had found 7,582 votes uncounted votes for Prosser.

Here’s a little primer about the “officials” in Waukesha County:

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus’ decision to go it alone in how she collects and maintains election results has some county officials raising a red flag about the integrity of the system.

Nickolaus said she decided to take the election data collection and storage system off the county’s computer network – and keep it on stand-alone personal computers accessible only in her office – for security reasons.

“What it gave me was good security of the elections from start to finish, without the ability of someone unauthorized to be involved,” she said.

Nonetheless, Director of Administration Norman A. Cummings said because Nickolaus has kept them out of the loop, the county’s information technology specialists have not been able to verify Nickolaus’ claim that the system is secure from failure.

“How does anybody else in the county know, except for her verbal word, that there are backups, and that the software she has out there is performing as it should?” he said.

Time for the Justice Department to ignore the porn thing and impound these ballots and go to the heart of this.  We must, MUST, be able to trust our ballot system.


April 7, 2011 at 6:44 PM 2 comments

Scott Walker’s BS Excuse For What Happened on Tuesday

Wisconsin’s punk Governor, Scott Walker, took to the microphone on Wednesday and tried to explain what happened Tuesday when the state held its spring election — and a Democrat won his old seat and a wingnut Supreme Court justice who was supposed to waltz back onto the bench finds himself in a neck-and-neck fight with a previously unknown candidate:

Gov. Scott Walker said this afternoon that the spring election results show there are “two very different worlds in this state.”

“You’ve got a world driven by Madison, and a world driven by everybody else out across the majority of the rest of the state of Wisconsin,” Walker said at a press conference in the Capitol.

Yep.  So predictable.  Blame the liberal hippies.

Here’s the fact as to how the state voted:

Here’s a map of Wisconsin (via).  See Madison down there at the middle-bottom?  Place it in the map above and you don’t see that spot surrounded by a sea of red.

Scott Walker, you’re a liar.

(H/t Smoky for alerting me to the “Scott Walker’s Wisconsin” chart.)

April 7, 2011 at 5:08 PM Leave a comment

Pornography is One of Our More Pressing Problems?

Nearly half of the members of the U.S. Senate are urging Attorney General Eric Holder to step up federal prosecutions of adult pornography.

In a letter sent to Holder earlier this week, 42 senators encouraged Holder instruct prosecutors and FBI agents to counter what the lawmakers called “the growing scourge of obscenity in America.” Anti-pornography activists have noted with alarm that, under President Barack Obama, the Justice Department has not filed a single new obscenity case anywhere in the country.

“We write to urge the Department of Justice vigorously to enforce federal obscenity laws against major commercial distributors of hardcore adult pornography,” the senators wrote. “We believe it is imperative that the Department, with cooperation by the FBI, investigate and prosecute all major producers and distributors of adult obscenity. We need your leadership.”

The signatures on the letter from socially-conservative Republicans like Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and Jim Demint of South Carolina are unsurprising. However, some fairly liberal Democrats also joined in: Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Tom Carper of Delaware and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Also on board from the Democratic side, though less surprisingly: Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.


It blows my mind that our Dear Leaders are spending time on this given that the country is crumbling down all around us.

April 7, 2011 at 4:15 PM Leave a comment

Hey, Looks Like We Might Send Troops Into Libya After All

What was it President Obama said about Libya?

A matter of days, not weeks?  Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice…

The U.S. may consider sending troops into Libya with a possible international ground force that could aid the rebels, the former U.S. commander of the military mission said Thursday, describing the ongoing operation as a stalemate that is more likely to go on now that America has handed control to NATO.

But Army Gen. Carter Ham also told lawmakers that American participation in a ground force would not be ideal, since it could erode the international coalition attacking Moammar Gadhafi’s forces and make it more difficult to get Arab support for operations in Libya.


Don’t do it Obama.  Please, please, please.  Please pull out of Libya now.  Pull out of Afghanistan.  Pull out of Iraq.  For God’s sake, we’ve got to pay attention to our own country.

April 7, 2011 at 4:08 PM Leave a comment

Mike Pence Says: “Shut it Down!”

This would be Republican Mike Pence on the floor of the House today:

He attempted to blame Democrats for the impending government shutdown, and then said: “Shut it down, and I’m certain the American people are going to know who to blame.”

In other words, he hopes the American people blame the Democrats.

This would be Mike Pence yesterday:

(Video via.)

Geezus.  I wouldn’t want to negotiate anything with these sleazeballs.

April 7, 2011 at 3:51 PM Leave a comment

Who Should Replace Glenn Beck on Fox?

TVNewser is running a poll on who should replace Glenn Beck on Fox.  Go here to vote.

As you can see, their suggestions are all more of the same ol’ same ol’.

If the station is ahem, “fair and balanced,” why not hire someone like Noam Chomsky for one hour — one hour! — to balance the 23 hours of hard right righties?  So that’s who I voted for.

April 7, 2011 at 3:20 PM 2 comments

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