Saturday, April 19, 2014

Yankee Rebels

And you thought that was a Law & Order bike gang.

Wisconsin Republicans To Vote On Secession:

Wisconsin Republicans will vote next month on whether they support allowing the state to secede from the United States of America.

Last month, one of the Republican caucuses in the state passed a resolution asserting the state's right to secede...

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fox News Advocates Sedition

Fox News Carnival Barkers Gin Up A Range War | Blog | Media Matters for America:

Media Matters examined Fox News' weekday programming from 4 p.m. through 11 p.m. ET since it first started covering the story.

Fox News began agitating for a range war on April 9, sympathetically portraying Cliven Bundy as a folk hero based on the Nevada rancher's refusal for two decades to pay the required fees for grazing his cattle on public land. While Nevada reporters have made clear that Bundy is "clearly wrong" and "breaking the law," Fox has waged a PR campaign romanticizing Bundy and the armed militia groups that fled to his ranch and forced a standoff with federal agents who were executing a court order that allowed them to impound his cattle...

Advice For Dems

The Master Of Bad Timing - Esquire:

...It's now becoming pat to say this, but Democratic politicians in this year's elections should run on their support for the law -- if, for no other reason, than the fact that the Republicans are going to hang the ACA around their necks anyway. They should hammer hard on the indecency of the Republican governors who, out of rancid ideological meanness, refuse FREE MONEY (!) to provide their poor people with health care, especially now that people are starting to die for the lack of it. There should be ad after ad of people who demonstrate the sheer relief of not having to worry about choose between sick children or hungry children...

The Special Xians

Cliven Bundy syndrome: Why Christian conservatives think they’re above the law -

...When Justices Kagan and Sotomayor pressed Clemente to explain how being able to opt out of the contraception mandate wouldn’t lead to being able to opt out of offering insurance that covers vaccines or blood transfusions, Clemente waved their concerns off, saying that contraception was “so religiously sensitive, so fraught with religious controversy” in a way those other things aren’t. But, of course, there are religious groups that do think vaccines or blood transfusions are just as “fraught” as contraception, if not more so. The only difference is those groups don’t have the backing of the Christian right. Even without stating so explicitly, therefore, Clemente’s arguments rested on the assumption that the opt-out opportunities he’s pushing for would be for Christian conservatives and only them. The rest of you can go hang...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Reid Lays Out The Obvious Truth

Boom! Harry Reid Calls Renegade Nevada Rancher Bundy and Supporters 'Domestic Terrorists' (Video) | Progressive Populist:

Finally, a politician has the stones to call law-breaking Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his fervent supporters exactly what they are – domestic terrorists.

Nevada Democratic Senator Harry Reid did just that on Thursday afternoon as he addressed an audience at a Las Vegas Review-Journal “Hashtags & Headlines” event at the Paris Hotel and Casino.

“They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists,” Reid said. “I repeat: what happened there was domestic terrorism.”

“Clive Bundy does not recognize the United States,” Reid continued. “The United States, he says, is a foreign government. He doesn’t pay his taxes. He doesn’t pay his fees. And he doesn’t follow the law. He continues to thumb his nose at authority...”

What The Kochs Want

Who are the Koch Brothers and What do They Want?�|�Sen. Bernie Sanders:

... And let's be very clear. Their goal is not only to defund Obamacare, cut Social Security, oppose an increase in the minimum wage or cut federal funding for education. Their world view and eventual goal is much greater than all of that. They want to repeal every major piece of legislation that has been signed into law over the past 80 years that has protected the middle class, the elderly, the children, the sick and the most vulnerable in this country. Every piece of legislation!

The truth is that the agenda of the Koch brothers is to move this country from a democratic society with a strong middle class to an oligarchic form of society in which the economic and political life of the nation are controlled by a handful of billionaire families.

Our great nation must not be hijacked by right-wing billionaires like the Koch brothers.

For the sake of our children and our grandchildren, we must fight back.
But but Benghazi! Guns! Gays! Abortion!  Jesus! Football! NASCAR! Freeeeeeeeeeeedom!

Clinton Leader Of The Pack

Clinton way ahead among 2016 Democrats; Republican field scrambled | Washington | Modesto Bee:

Hillary Clinton's way ahead in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and the Republican field is scrambled with no clear front-runner, according to a new Fox News poll.

The April 13-15 survey found that among Democrats, the former Secretary of State was far ahead with 69 percent. Vice President Joe Biden trailed with 15 percent and Sen. Elizaveth Warren of Massachusetts was next at 6 percent...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fire In A Crowded Fox Theatre

Is Sean Hannity Trying To Provoke A Bloody Conflict With Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy And Feds? | Crooks and Liars:

...I can't believe Hannity is ratcheting this situation up. Here we have commando militia freaks joining in with anti-federal government types. just waiting to see if they can make this into the Gunfight at the OK Corral.

If there is gunfire, I'll put a lot of blame on Hannity's shoulders. He's acting like a demented instigator. I truly believe he's hoping for an armed conflict to happen so he can make cash from the suffering and boost his ratings.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

And You Support These Idiots?

Women On Front Of Bundy Standoff - The Latest From The Front - Esquire:

...Mack made the chilling revelation on Fox News' "The Real Story" Monday, two days after the tense standoff between Bundy and the federal government came to a peaceful end. "We were actually strategizing to put all the women up at the front," he said. "If they are going to start shooting, it's going to be women that are going to be televised all across the world getting shot by these rogue federal officers."

Mack obviously was inspired by the hundreds accounts of how the Minutemen hid behind their wives' skirts on Lexington Green and Concord Bridge, and of how the ladies of the Old North Church were arrayed in battle lines up on top of Breed's Hill in Charlestown. And surely I can't be the only one who noticed that Mack's account is remarkable devoid of comment from the actual women he says he was going to use as human shields. I'm sure this is an oversight...

Cumo In Trouble

Why New York Democrats Have Turned Against Andrew Cuomo - Alex Seitz-Wald - The Atlantic:

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo once earned plaudits from liberals for his tough talk on gun control and success in legalizing gay marriage in the state. But, lately, he's found no shortage of frenemies to his left.

In the past month, liberal protesters outside Cuomo's office have dubbed him "Governor 1 Percent"; a prominent progressive activist has suggested that he run for reelection as a Republican; the head of a major labor union has called for someone to challenge the governor in the Democratic primary; and a series of behind-the-scenes feuds between Cuomo and other top Democratic officials have spilled out into public view...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tea Baggers Make WI Error


...But today's Tea Party-led GOP has no use for an intelligent and principled legislator like Petri, or reverence for the party of Lincoln, founded in Ripon (part of Petri's congressional district). Gov. Walker and the Tea Party / GOP-led legislature have turned the Wisconsin Idea upside down. All historic pacesetting reforms of Wisconsin progressive Republicans are being eviscerated or eradicated. Political debate has become toxic mudslinging. No internal dissent or independence is tolerated. The extreme, narrow and super-ideological Wisconsin GOP is no longer the party of Lincoln. It is now the party of "Loony Tunes". However, the changing demographics of Wisconsin, coupled with a Tea Party-led GOP marching backwards, will eventually end this bad nightmare. All the Walker shenanigans to curtail voting only postpone the future. Better days are coming.

The End Result Of Con Rhetoric

Kansas City Shooting - It's A Day For All This - Esquire:

... I am sensing a theme on today's blog. This is the vicious Id of so much of the conservative rhetoric that is leaching far too close to mainstream conservative thinking. This is where loose talk about "sovereignty" ends up. This is where the loose talk about the Tenth Amendment, and nullification, and secession ends up. This is where the crazed rambling about the president's secret plans to grab all your guns ends up. This is where the fire stoked by people like Wayne LaPierre and Sarah Palin ends up, burning out of control. This is the dark side of Cliven Bundy's ranch.

Wealth Discrimination

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights Act: We need to redistribute wealth -

...As Thomas Piketty’s groundbreaking book “Capital in the 21st Century” has detailed: wealth has a tendency in a capitalist economy to concentrate into the hands of a few and travel down generations through gifts and inheritances. Even if racism were wiped out tomorrow and equal treatment became the norm, it would never cease being the case that the average white person has more wealth than the average black person. We could equalize everything else in society, and racial wealth inequality–plus all of the political power disparities that accompany such a thing–would continue into perpetuity.

Thus, those actually serious about righting the wrongs of enslavement and Jim Crow apartheid must support more drastic leveling efforts. Beefed up anti-discrimination, which is both necessary and good, will not be enough. Ideally, we could work towards reparations in the form of redistributing wealth along racial lines. With that an unlikely possibility though, we can at least think about ways to redistribute wealth more generally from those with wealth to those without it, something that would have a similar, albeit more attenuated, effect as reparations given who the wealthy and non-wealthy happen to be.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Examine Judicial Failures!

Don't Let the Prosecutor Off the Hook�|�Bennett L. Gershman:

Jonathan Fleming is the 1,350th person officially exonerated in the U.S. since 1989, when the National Registry of Exonerations began to record wrongful convictions. He spent nearly 25 years in jail for a murder he didn't commit. He had a powerful alibi that the prosecutor didn't believe. And he was represented by an attorney who was no match for the prosecutor. The media's report of Mr. Fleming's ordeal, and exoneration, is similar to the hundreds of other reported exonerations -- dry, clinical, and not overly curious about how it happened. It appears from the reports that Fleming was a victim of a tragic mistake, and a series of blunders by law enforcement that caused an innocent man to spend half of his life in prison. But nobody, certainly nobody in the media, has attempted to examine this case more closely and to ask probing questions about how this human tragedy could have happened? Indeed, almost never do commentators, reporters, or the U.S. justice system itself ask this question. There is hardly ever a postmortem of a derailment in the criminal justice system, as there typically is when a train derails, or a plane crashes....
Couldn't agree more with this post.

Climate Deniers Dinged

Global warming is man-made with 99.9% certainty, study says - Nature & Environment Israel News | Haaretz:

... In a paper enticingly titled "Scaling fluctuation analysis and statistical hypothesis testing of anthropogenic warming," Shaun Lovejoy can't prove a negative – that humans aren't ruining our planet. What he can do is demolish the claim that natural variability is the root cause of the warming world, not to mention extreme weather phenomena the world has been experiencing.

"This study will be a blow to any remaining climate-change deniers," Lovejoy said in a statement. "Their two most convincing arguments - that the warming is natural in origin, and that the computer models are wrong - are either directly contradicted by this analysis, or simply do not apply to it..."

Dems Get Rights Message?

Democrats finally make voting rights a top priority | MSNBC:

For years, voting-rights advocates have been quietly urging Democrats and the Obama administration to fully embrace the fight over access to the ballot as a defining civil-rights issue of our day. This was the week when it finally happened.

The heightened rhetoric, which came from President Obama and other heavyweights in his party, is the latest sign that voting rights are likely to be a front-burner issue when Americans go to the polls this fall—at least if Democrats have their way...