Friday, January 31, 2014

Which matters to you more -- guns or children?

Right Wing kitty, kitty, kitty

Seriously? Does anyone think it is appropriate for animal control to purchase bullet proof vests, sniper rifles and 65,000 rounds of ammunition, or to masquerade as the state police?

The story of corruption in Hunterdon, New Jersey, Chris Christie and Sheriff Trout expands and becomes even more bizarre.
This goes to making a very convincing argument that Chris Christie is corrupt, and that from the beginning he instituted a corrupt administration his first term, which only became MORE corrupt as he campaigned for his second term.

I will be very surprised if Christie makes it through his full second term as Governor of New Jersey.

Friday Fun-Day -- new Mark Fiore animations!

Conservative Policies Are a Failure

Minnesota is better off under a Democratic legislature and Democratic Governor than Wisconsin is under a Republican legislature and Republican Governor. Right Wing Economic Policies are a failure; Right Wing political policies are oppressive and not productive of equality of opportunity OR equality of rights.

It tends to be true not only of Wisconsin, but every red state.

Voter Suppression IS WRONG, BAD, UN-AMERICAN

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thug: — n 1. a tough and violent man, esp a criminal (world english dictionary)

Thug is the new dog whistle word on the right used to replace the 'n' word. Thug actually means a criminal, but because conservative white men, no matter how physically imposing they are themselves, appear to be consistently afraid of any black man who is angry, no matter how justified, how provoked and antagonized.

Those angry old white men who are conservatives don't make the distinction between someone male and black who is verbally expressive, and someone who is an actual physical threat. I'm not sure they are capable of making that kind of distinction, because their prejudices get in the way.

We have not only racial and ethnicity discrimination in this country, but we have gender biases as well. We cannot reasonably expect men to be free from emotion any more than we would expect it of women or children.

This is a thug, this is a man who is using larger size and threats of physical harm to intimidate. He is actively being investigated for real crimes.

This is not a thug. This is a man who happens to be black, who is expressing anger with a member of the opposing team who not only rejected his attempt to shake hands and congratulate him on a good game, the opposing team member verbally and physically taunted and provoked him, resulting in intense words.  He is not a criminal, and is not threatening anyone for doing their job.

The white thug is abusing a reporter; the black athelete is not.

"We would love to work with the President" is a lie from the right, one of many.

The Daily Show and Jon Stewart nail the hypocrisy and blatant, bold face dishonesty of the bi-partisan desires of the right. 

No one could say it better.

Republicans and Tea Partiers willingly and happily will trash this country in order to gain power.  They don't give a damn about the nation, they are not patriots, they loathe and despise their fellow citizens and the history of real patriots who made this nation, including those who DID find honest and respectful compromise in our past.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

GOP = Hypocrisy, Economic Ineptitude, Fiscal IR-responsiblity

We saw the MN GOP talk talk talk talk talk talk talk about fiscal responsibility and limiting spending.

The result was that they didn't pay their bills, including paying counties for the recount expenses and not paying the rent, resulting in eviction proceedings.

They still have refused to do the responsible thing, that should be done after that kind of screw-up -- have an outside professional audit conducted, with public results.

Time after time, we've seen the MN GOP leadership demonstrate a lack of ethics and a lack of responsible conduct, ranging from Michael Brodkorb and his upside down notions of family values that he helped promote with the MN GOP candidates, and the shabby bankruptcy, both of the business he ran into the ground, and his personal finances.

We've seen Michel Bachmann and her family, profiting by providing substandard professional services, raking in lots of nice government money for it, along with big, generous subsidies for the family farm that she and her husband partly own.  That would be Michele Bachmann with the most costly office in D.C. of all the representatives and senators from Minnesota, with poor constituent service and the worst attendance of any member of the House or Senate from Minnesota.  But no money for food stamps or extended unemployment for the people who genuinely NEED it in this state, the working poor.

Now we see ANOTHER example.

Take federal money, apparently making him flush enough to fund his own campaign with a loan, repeatedly, but not to pay back that loan.   And we're supposed to believe that doesn't reflect on how he does his job in the legislature?  It reflects PRECISELY on his personal relationship to government and money, and directly to how he got his job in the legislature.

RIP, Pete Seeger, American Icon

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Conservatives hate their fellow Americans

And conservatives are not too fond of each other, either.

Funny always, but the musical numbers are the best

Hey, Sean -- don't just leave New York, leave the country, better yet, leave the planet.

and the witty entertainment continues in the second clip:

Because Hannity you are a dishonest man, a hate-promoting and fear-mongering, lying propagandist and scam artist, including but not limited to your charity scams that raised money for your own luxury life style, using the children of our dead soldiers to sucker people out of money. 

As the Huff Po noted:

CREW, VoteVets File IRS, FTC Complaints Against Sean Hannity Charity Freedom Concerts

Freedom Concerts, Sean Hannity's scholarship charity for the children of fallen soldiers, has violated its charitable tax status, according to a Washington advocacy group.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington alleges that Hannity's Freedom Concerts has "engaged in deceptive and illegal marketing practices by suggesting that all concert ticket sale revenue goes directly to scholarships for children of killed and wounded service members." CREW and veterans group VoteVets have filed complaints with the IRS and the Federal Trade Commission about Freedom Concerts, Freedom Alliance, and Lt. Col. Oliver North.
The two groups hosted a joint press conference Monday to discuss their complaints. VoteVets Chair Jon Soltz questioned Freedom Concert's priorities. "It's appalling and absurd that... 80-90% of the money [raised] is going toward overhead, not scholarships," Soltz said.
"They've made statements that 100% of [all] funds go toward scholarships," said Melanie Sloan, the executive director of CREW. "This is the kind of deceptive marketing the FTC looks poorly upon."
Mother Jones did an excellent assessment of how the right wing cheats and profits from their dumb, blind and gullible followers who comprise their base, including Hannity's apparent rip-off of them.

Hey, Hannity, take Bill-O with you.  Both NYC and the state of NY would be better off.

Call for Gender Equality, Oppose Conservative efforts to undermine it.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Conservatives are not only racist, they are sexist and misogynistic – and equally insensitive to the differently abled

Greg Abbott is ‘running’ against Wendy Davis
for governor of Texas
Conservatives continue to wage war on women, in spite of losing women in droves from voting for their candidates.  They are however running just fine, with lots of money, and lots and lots of tone-deaf women-hating statements.

We are used to seeing MCPs (male chauvinist pigs) like Rush Limbaugh speak of and about women in the most demeaning and factually inaccurate terms. We are accustomed to a lot of  old white men more officially  speaking for the GOP  doing so regularly and often, on every possible topic, from rape to reproductive rights, to earning unequal pay and other unequal treatment insensitively and offensively. Contraception and other reproductive-related health care is just one example.

A couple of examples gained the right notoriety this week. When women contribute to their husband progressing, they’re just wives. When a husband contributes to his wife’s advancement which benefits their family, he gets called a “Sugar Daddy”. When women want equal treatment, including reproductive care coverage under insurance mandates, we see fat old white men like Mike Huckabee referring to that equal treatment through government regulation as “Uncle Sugar”.

Of course, Huckabee exempts himself from those who are sucking down on “Uncle Sugar” — presumably he still receives some sort of state-provided insurance coverage, as a former governor.  And let’s not forget that Mike Huckabee HIMSELF signed state-wide legislation in Arkansas that required that insurance coverage in that state provided contraceptive coverage, virtually identical to the ACA coverage.  That presumably makes him “Uncle Sugar” himself.

It must be that abstinence only sex ed that misinforms conservatives about the facts of sex and sexuality, including libido and contraception. Because the ignorance on the right about sex is shocking, as is the hypocrisy about sex and sexuality — and health insurance.

As noted by Julie Lapidos in the New York Times:
A lingering question: If a woman actively wants the government to compel her employer to cover her birth control, is she helpless?
One other nitpick: If an individual state, rather than the federal government, were to pass a contraceptive mandate, would that be condescending to women? Because as Bill Scher has pointed out, when Mr. Huckabee was governor of Arkansas he signed a law mandating that insurance plans provide contraception coverage. The law did not exempt church-affiliated organizations.

Then we have Texas conservatives referring to gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis as “Abortion Barbie”. Davis is blond, slender, and attractive, and dresses well. She is pro-choice, and pro-health care, including reproductive health care.

A recent Minnesota attack on Davis by a local blogger faulted her for referring to campaigning for office and her differences in struggling because of a less affluent background as “running for office” and her opponent as someone who “had not walked in her shoes”. Her opponent, Texas Attorney General Abbott, is in a wheel chair. One MN pundit opined from this that Democrats “hate cripples”, suggesting Ms. Davis had somehow been insulting her opponent by using common descriptive language and was prejudiced against people with disability because of doing so.
I was stunned by the statement.  I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at the degree of obnoxious dishonesty that comes from the right, ever, but it still caught me off-guard.

This is like saying someone hates blind people if you happen to use the phrase, “see what I mean” in conversation with someone who has a visual impairment.

The irony — and the ignorance — of the Republican blogger that relates both to those who are disabled, including paraplegia like that of the Republican candidate Abbot, and to the reason that we have such a desperate need for the health care insurance mandate is this, from the Texas Tribune that shows how little regard Texas conservatives have for those who are similarly injured and the extent of their suffering and need:
Abbott Faces Questions On Turnabout and Fair Play
When Greg Abbott’s spine was crushed by a falling oak tree in 1984 he had no health insurance, no paycheck and no feeling in his legs.
But he had a good lawyer and, back then, access to a civil justice system that was generally hospitable toward plaintiffs. So Abbott did what many people would do in his situation: he sued.
Nearly 30 years later, as Texas attorney general and the leading candidate for governor, Abbott is facing new questions about the multimillion-dollar settlement he was awarded and about his advocacy of laws that critics say have tilted the judicial scales toward civil defendants.
Those critics, generally Democrats who oppose the Republican-backed lawsuit curbs, say the policies Abbott has fiercely promoted over his career as a judge and elected official make it virtually impossible for a plaintiff to win the kind of award he got.
“You would think that a young man, at the start of his career, crippled by an injury, would want to make sure that others that may have the misfortune to follow in his footsteps would ensure that those people had the opportunity to be compensated for their injuries in the same way he was,” said Tommy Fibich, a Democratic donor and personal injury lawyer. “He instead closed the door because that would help him get re-elected.”

Conservatives, and Racism in Minnesota

This is the Geography of Hate map for the nation, reflecting an analysis of the use of the word Nigger, as well as other racial and ethnic slurs, sexual orientation slurs, and a slur on the disable, in Minnesota tweets done about a year ago by  Humboldt State University in California.  One survey of the data in the study noted:
Areas in Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, and Alabama show up bright red on the map, as do areas in more central states Indiana, Iowa, and Minnesota.
Twitter ‘Hate Map’ shows where racist, homophobic, and offensive tweets originate

It shows that we have as severe a problem as any southern part of the nation, even worse than some parts of the deep south.  We have other racist problems, notably derogatory Asian prejudice, as well as hateful references towards people by sexual orientation.

The mapping of tweet slurs in the state of Iowa to our south  reflects similar pattern of intolerance and bigotry.

I took those maps, and compared them to where the conservatives are most populous, and which towns and cities provided the largest Republican donations. I looked at the representatives in the legislature for those parts of Minnesota -- and they were Republicans.  I looked at which areas were clearly conservative, as well, regardless of party affiliation, for example, based on votes, in Congress.

We have seen racist social media in Minnesota, and now recently we see the same thing in Iowa:

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And of course, we have the Popsie Sarah Palin, darling of the ignorant Tea Party:
Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card.
The unpleasant reality is that we have disparities of race and ethnicity, between people of color and the white dominant majority. And the equally unpleasant reality is that the conservatives in that white majority have perceptions and assumptions and beliefs about people of color as well as people who are part of the LGBT segment of our population, that are inaccurate and horribly derogatory.

And of course, no survey of right wing racism is complete without mentioning the birthers, who include an estimated 64% of Republicans.  Nothing says racism like asserting a black man could not possibly be American, the ultimate in us vs. them thinking along racial lines.

In order to try to deflect accountability, conservatives whine about playing the race card. That is their disparaging term for the reality of racism, a reality that like so many other aspects of reality, that they try to deny, in spite of the overwhelming evidence to the contrary - including their efforts to deny people of color the opportunity to vote.

It is not only that conservatives appear to routinely deny anything they don't like,regardless of evidence and fact, it is also that they appear to be incapable of acknowledging their own hypocrisy and double standards that they apply to white people they see like themselves, versus the standards and accountability they apply to those they see as different.

They are ideologically incapable of admitting fault, while they are equally dishonest about assigning it to others.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Mispalced hero worship

Benghazi was a minor tragedy, compared to this monstrous mistake by secular conservative saint Ronnie Ray-gun.

Here is why you are a racist - glad we could straighten you out.

Walker can really pick some losers

Barber, waving in the photo below is a level 3 sex offender in WI. Level 3, per the statutes, involves sexual acts without consent (although apparently not violence), including but not limited to, ejaculating on someone, or peeing or pooping on them for the perpetrator's sexual arousal.

Go ahead, Governor; shake his hand.

Reagan was NOT a great president (this incident, Iran Contra, "star wars initiative", etc.)

Red states, and Conservative Policies and Politics, are an epic failure

There is no justification or adequate explanation for these people being elected, or re-elected.

Forty-one years ago, the SCOTUS made women more free

Attempting to overturn Roe v. Wade is bad, and is wrong.

Unlike Limbaugh's Boner Pills

Women do not take more contraception if they have more sex and less if they have less sex.

How much sex women do or do not have is no one's business but their own.  Having appropriate access to affordable contraceptive is good public health policy.

No Dak White Supremacist Makes Plea Deal, Testifies against OTHER White Supremacist

Reuters reports that one of the two White Supremacists arrested on multiple charges made a deal that includes testifying against his buddy, Craig Cobb.

The younger of the two racists has agreed to testify against the other.
Accused North Dakota 'white supremacist' makes plea bargain
By Carey Gillam  Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:07pm EST
(Reuters) - A man charged with threatening residents of a small North Dakota town pleaded guilty on Friday to lesser offenses and agreed to testify against a white supremacist who had been working to establish an all-white enclave there, his attorney said.

Kynan Dutton, 29, pleaded guilty to seven misdemeanors and agreed to testify against co-defendant Craig Cobb in a deal with prosecutors that reduced his charges from seven terrorizing felonies, Dutton's attorney, Robert Quick, said.

Dutton had moved to Leith, North Dakota, a town of about 20 people, to help out Cobb, Quick said. His plea agreement allowed him to be released from jail on Friday.
Dutton and Cobb, 62, were accused of brandishing firearms and sticks and threatening residents of the town in November. They have been in jail since their arrests on November 16.

"There is no law against being a jerk," assistant state's attorney for Grant County, Todd Schwarz, said in an interview in November. "You have a constitutional right to be a jerk if you want to be. When you start bringing guns and threats into it, it's beyond the First Amendment or anybody's rational interpretation of it."

It is also fair to argue that the conduct of these two thuggish racists has no valid relationship to the 2nd Amendment either.

The Reuters article goes on to report:
As part of the deal with the county prosecutor, Dutton pleaded guilty to five counts of misdemeanor menacing and two counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct, Quick said. He agreed to two years of supervised probation and to provide information about Cobb to prosecutors, he said.

Quick said his client was not a white supremacist but was someone who happened to favor the National Socialist Movement. He is a father with no criminal history and a U.S. Marine who served in Iraq, Quick said.

I find the idea that Dutton is not a white supremacist ludicrous, given the activities of Cobb and his followers during their time in Leith. Anyone with the proper anatomy can be a father, and it is sadly true that an estimated 1/2 of those in the various militia and white supremacist movements not only have served in the U.S. military, but were introduced to it in our armed forces.

As noted in a 2012 piece, also from Reuters:

U.S. Military Battling White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis In Its Own Ranks

By Daniel Trotta

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Aug 21 (Reuters) - They call it "rahowa" - short for racial holy war - and they are preparing for it by joining the ranks of the world's fiercest fighting machine, the U.S. military.

White supremacists, neo-Nazis and skinhead groups encourage followers to enlist in the Army and Marine Corps to acquire the skills to overthrow what some call the ZOG - the Zionist Occupation Government. Get in, get trained and get out to brace for the coming race war.

If this scenario seems like fantasy or bluster, civil rights organizations take it as deadly serious, especially given recent events. Former U.S. Army soldier Wade Page opened fire with a 9mm handgun at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Aug. 5, murdering six people and critically wounding three before killing himself during a shootout with police.

The U.S. Defense Department as well has stepped up efforts to purge violent racists from its ranks, earning praise from organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has tracked and exposed hate groups since the 1970s.

Page, who was 40, was well known in the white supremacist music scene. In the early 2000s he told academic researcher Pete Simi that he became a neo-Nazi after joining the military in 1992. Fred Lucas, who served with him, said Page openly espoused his racist views until 1998, when he was demoted from sergeant to specialist, dis ch arged and barred from re-enlistment.

While at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina, Page told Simi , he made the acquaintance of James Burmeister, a skinhead paratrooper who in 1995 killed a black Fayetteville couple in a racially motivated shooting. Burmeister was sentenced to life in prison and died in 2007.

It is not as if this is the only instance of a White Supremacist trying the strategy used by Craig Cobb, of buying up a small town.  It was a problem in Nevada this past November:

The UFO capital of the U.S. gets new residents: White supremacists buying up Nevada land

The tiny town of Rachel, Nev., next to mysterious Area 51 site, is being bought up by church with white supremacist ties, locals say. Desert enclave is home to annual gathering of UFO hunters.

It was a film location for "The X-Files" and is home to a yearly convention of UFO seekers. But residents of Rachel, Nev., are not happy about the newest visitor to their outpost in the wilderness — church members with white supremacist beliefs.

At the Little A'Le'Inn, proprietor Connie West complained of a mystery man who came to town and started buying up parcels of land. "Who is this person and why are you keeping yourself so secret from this community, because he didn't actually show his face to anybody," she told KLAS-TV.

Richard Bunck, according to property records, bought the town gas station, a convenience store, and a mobile home park, then closed them and evicted the trailer residents.

Pastor Robert Kenniston of the local Baptist Church said his congregation has dwindled to nearly nothing as people left the desert spot next to Area 51, the famous secret military base near the Nevada Site.

Kenniston said Bunck recently visited him, "And he looked at me and said, 'There's a story going around town that I am a neo-Nazi and a white supremacist, and I believe you are the reason for that story.' And I said, 'I believe you are the reason for that story,' and that was the end of the conversation, he told Channel 8.

Residents also said FBI agents had visited and asked questions about what Bunck and his affiliated JHM Church planned to do in the area.

The church is part of the Christian Identity movement, which believes whites are the true descendants of God.

It's not like No Dak and Nevada have a monopoly on the racist militias; we have had our own problems here as well -- and the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified MN as having more than or fair share.  From the AP via KARE 11, back in 2012:
MINNEAPOLIS - A federal affidavit says two Minnesota men with ties to white supremacist groups amassed several weapons as part of a plan to attack the government, minorities and others.

The FBI began investigating 31-year-old Samuel Johnson of Austin and 42-year-old Joseph Thomas of Mendota Heights in 2010.

Johnson is indicted on weapons charges, and Thomas faces drug charges.

According to an FBI affidavit unsealed this week, Johnson is a former member and Minnesota leader of the National Socialist Movement. He formed his own supremacist group and was planning to recruit others to attack the government and minorities.

The affidavit says Thomas told an undercover agent he also tried to get explosives and automatic weapons to attack "left-wing individuals."

Cross posted from MNPP

The Differences ARE Important!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Kessler update, Friday January 24, 2014


He should get NOTHING. He deserves nothing; he should be paying the town back for being such an unprofessional and dangerous jerk who embarrassed the place where he lived.

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Conservatives, the party of the rich, the party of the corporate interests, the party AGAINST ordinary people

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State of the Union Rebuttal:
Why it is NOT from our region this time

cross-posted from MN Political Roundtable:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, left, applauds as Christopher Barber of Two Rivers, a welder at Ariens Co. in Brillion,leaves the podium during Walker's State of the State address at the state Capitol in Madison on Wednesday.
Walker didn't know that Barber is a registered sex offender with two feloniesand three drunken-driving offenses. / AP[/caption]

When Michele Bachmann made her cray-cray-KaRAYZEE -eyed rebuttal on behalf of the Tea Party, it was not well received. In point of fact, pretty much all of the right wing rebuttals have crashed and burned, although perhaps not as badly as the CD 6 representative from Minnesota's efforts.

 In an attempt to get it right for the right wing, this time we have not only the official GOP rebuttal, but TWO additional Tea Party replies, who were named earlier this week. One of those who had been touted as a potential rebuttal speaker did not make the cut -- Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin.

Walker has terrible numbers, the kind of failures in areas like job creation that don't fare well, although it seems that the radical right is perfectly willing to overlook those failures at other times. I would argue that instead, given the many scandals following around Governor Chris Christie at the moment, there is a new and additional scandal following Governor Walker like a long, dirty wet piece of toilet paper stuck to his shoe, after his own recent state of the state address in Wisconsin. Presumably the GOP is now distancing itself from their troubled and scandal-ridden governors, including Walker for appearing with a convicted felon sex offender.

As covered by the Manitowac Hub (Manitowac is the county where Chris Barber, the convicted felon resides, in Two Rivers) notes:
Barber wore his welding helmet and work gloves on stage. He waved to the audience in the Assembly chamber as he left the podium and Walker turned around and applauded.
“Every time we help someone find a job, it makes for a strong home, a stronger community, and a stronger state,” Walker said during his speech as Barber and the others stood behind him.
Walker didn’t know that Barber is a registered sex offender with two felonies and three drunken-driving offenses. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported on his criminal record Thursday.
Online court records show that Barber was convicted of third-degree sexual assault in 2005 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Clearly, Barber got out early, presumably for good behavior. And now, after helping to make Scott Walker look good, he is likely to be fired, and to have a harder time getting employed anywhere ever again after receiving national attention for his criminal background, in spite of apparently otherwise staying out of trouble and not re-offending. He will be lucky if he can continue to live where he has resided up until now. It is fair to say his life has been ruined, affected far more than the life and image of Scott Walker.

This year, Minnesota joins the states with "Ban the Box" laws, that make it easier for former felons to rejoin society and especially the work force after completing their sentences. Wisconsin does not have such legislation, and Walker has been vocal about opposing it, in spite of the logic that former criminals cannot exist in limbo and will not become productive members of society if they are ostracized and so severely stigmatized they effectively have no life going forward. From the August, 2013 NELP Resource Guide:
In a recent National Employment Law Project (NELP) report, we estimated that 65 million Americans or one in four adults have a criminal record that may show up on a routine background check.
At the same time that the numbers of workers with criminal records have risen, the background check industry has expanded and overall, more employers are now using background checks as an employment screen than ever before. This resource guide documents the cities and counties that have recognized the devastating impact of these trends and taken steps to remove barriers to employment for qualified workers with criminal records,specifically by removing conviction history questions from job applications --a reform commonly known as “ban the box.”
In contrast to the intelligent, enlightened, and compassionately progressive approach we have taken here in Minnesota, Governor Walker and Republicans have chosen alternatively to persecute and attempt to infringe on the civil rights of former felons.

For example, there was this from Project Vote in 2008:
Project Vote asks WI for Clarification on the Eligibility of Former Felons to Help Register Voters
October 15, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC – In response to “accusations” by the Republican National Committee that voter registration drives in Milwaukee had employed former felons to help collect voter registration applications, Project Vote today sent a letter to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board seeking clarification of apparently conflicting legal guidelines regarding whether former felons are in fact allowed to help register voters. As reported in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on October 2, Sean Cairncross, chief counsel for the Republican National Committee, attacked the community organization ACORN for employing “at least seven felons as voter registration workers” in Milwaukee during the course of ACORN and Project Vote’s joint voter registration effort, which succeeded in registering over 31,000 low-income and minority voters in that city.

When confronted with this question, all the right does is whine incoherently

Mark Kessler 1 year anniversary - a year of epic failure for a loud, foul-mouthed, violence-obsessed gun nut

This date, this month, marks the one year anniversary of the epic fail, crash and burn that is Mark Kessler.

Here is the latest of his failures.  Presumably he is only dragging this out because it might provide some form of benefits to himself and his family while the termination process continues.  It's not like anyone is beating a path to his door to employ him in any other capacity, or likely to again, ever.  Kessler has literally shot himself in the hand, and figuratively shot himself in the foot, while his foot was in his own mouth.

Kessler has conducted himself in a consistently unprofessional, unethical, inappropriate and uncivil manner that has resulted not only in his job loss, but in leaving his municipality open to law suits. How prophetic when he speaks here of taking off his uniform that he has been defrocked, as it were, as a member of law enforcement.

In the interim of this past year, Kessler has been at the center of a series of increasingly vocal, and subsequently embarrassing epic failures, each one larger than the preceding disaster he has orchestrated. He is left with nothing but his well-deserved notoriety for failure and foulness.

The conduct of Kessler is so excessively unprofessional, that it is being used as an example in law enforcement training on HOW NOT TO DO THE JOB OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.

Kessler is not alone among law enforcement in the incorrect interpretation of the rights and duties of law enforcement. ONLY our judicial system is permitted to rule on the legitimacy of a law or executive action. ONLY the legislative system is permitted to draft and pass legislation, which then requires the executive branch signatures to be valid, conditional on the decision of the judicial branches of government at all levels.

Anyone attempting to make their own individual determinations in law enforcement are over-reaching their authority and violating the foundational terms and conditions on which that authority is predicated. However at least the law enforcement figures below are conducting themselves in a more professional manner, although they should all still be removed from office in their respective jurisdictions for their failure to enforce the law, or executive orders, unless so directed by the judiciary.

Of course, whether it is Kessler or Arpaio, or any of the rest of these guys, the radical right need to be removed from office for their failure to conduct their respective offices in a professional and responsible manner. Here is another example of how foolish and ridiculous what these people believe:

It's Friday Fun Day

Roe v. Wade -- STILL the law of the land, as it should be

GOP = Lies.....and lying is losing

Conservatives - defined by consitently believing things which are not true, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary

Fewer Unions? Yup, more poverty, more misery, more despair!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tea Partiers -- out of touch with reality, out of touch with fact

Martin Luther King Jr. made his "I have a dream" speech during the March on Washington FOR JOBS AND FREEDOM

Remember these, if not word for word, the meaning and intent, the next time you hear a conservative whine, bitch, and complain about 'class warfare'. 

That is a dog whistle for supporting social injustice, and the oppression of others.

Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes from

"You know my friends, there comes a time when people get tired of being trampled by the iron feet of oppression. There comes a time my friends, when people get tired of being plunged across the abyss of humiliation, where they experience the bleakness of nagging despair. There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life's July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November. There comes a time."
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Montgomery Bus Boycott speech

"I understand that you have an economic system in America known as Capitalism. Through this economic system you have been able to do wonders. You have become the richest nation in the world, and you have built up the greatest system of production that history has ever known. All of this is marvelous, but Americans, there is the danger that you will misuse your Capitalism. I still contend that money can be the root of all evil. It can cause one to live a life of gross materialism. I am afraid that many among you are more concerned about making a living than making a life. You are prone to judge the success of your profession by the index of your salary and the size of the wheel base on your automobile, rather than the quality of your service to humanity. The misuse of Capitalism can also lead to tragic exploitation. This has so often happened in your nation. They tell me that one tenth of one percent of the population controls more than forty percent of the wealth. Oh America, how often have you taken necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes. If you are to be a truly Christian nation you must solve this problem. You cannot solve the problem by turning to communism, for communism is based on an ethical relativism and a metaphysical materialism that no Christian can accept. You can work within the framework of democracy to bring about a better distribution of wealth. You can use your powerful economic resources to wipe poverty from the face of the earth. God never intended for one group of people to live in superfluous inordinate wealth, while others live in abject deadening poverty. God intends for all of his children to have the basic necessities of life, and He has left in this universe "enough and to spare" for that purpose. So I call upon you to bridge the gulf between abject poverty and superfluous wealth. "
- Martin Luther King, Jr., sermon, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

Go Smart; go green!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Jesus love me, this I know......or ?

Too often true about religion and religious intolerance, from facebook:

"Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, "Don't do it!" He said, "Nobody loves me." I said, "God loves you. Do you believe in God?"

He said, "Yes." I said, "Are you a Christian or a Jew?" He said, "A Christian." I said, "Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?" He said, "Protestant." I said, "Me, too! What franchise?" He said, "Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?" He said, "Northern Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?"

He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region." I said, "Me, too!"

Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912."

I said, "Die, heretic!" And I pushed him over.

And this is not ONLY picking on Baptists - a notoriously conservative group of Protestants; there are similar chasms of belief between different groups of Lutherans, Catholics, Jews and other religious groups, largely based on whether or not they are conservative or liberal, etc.

That the larger, more important message is lost in the push for heterodoxy seems to get missed, in so many ways and in so many different aspects of our lives.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Conservatives - trying to get their way by fair means or foul, including violence to liberals

GOP – MN GOP – Still the bigoted Party that cultivates Racists unashamedly

We have seen Minnesota racism in the social media of county MN GOP postings, Chisago and Winona, respectively  – see below.

You can see this in the “Geography of Hate map” analysis of tweets using the word nigger from Humboldt University, done less than a year ago.

You can see this in the Rochester, MN GOP/ tea party group that promote a fake ‘birther’ oriented ID for Obama.

We like to think that racism is a uniquely deep south problem among conservatives.

It is not.

The GOP is the party of racism and intolerance. We’d like to think it is, at the very least, more subtle here, than in the deep south, but the reality is that it can be as blatant here as often as it is hidden, but that right wing racism is still very real, and completely systemic.||

Cross-posted from MNPP

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Justice and Compassion for all, not just for some

Photo: Important day in history. #mlk enjoy your monday!

GOP - Grand Old Party of Racists and other Bigots

"Many of the ugly pages of American history have been obscured and forgotten. A society is always eager to cover misdeeds with a cloak of forgetfulness, but no society can fully repress an ugly past when the ravages persist into the present. America owes a debt of justice which it has only begun to pay. If it loses the will to finish or slackens in its determination, history will recall its crimes and the country that would be great will lack the most indispensable element of greatness — justice. "
- MLK, Jr., "Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?" 1967

This is the danger of right wing revisionist history.

One week ago, to the day, Jimmy LaSalvia, co-founder of GOProud left the Republican party, because of right wing intolerance and bigotry.

From Time Magazine:
I am not leaving because of one issue. I have never been a single-issue voter. If I were I would have left a long time ago, frankly. It is about a culture, and it is about what is acceptable in American life today and demonizing other Americans simply because of who they are, whether it is their ethnic or religious background or their sexual orientation, whatever it is, is not acceptable.
From LaSalvia's blog via Huff Po:
The other reason I am leaving is the tolerance of bigotry in the GOP. The current leadership lacks the courage to stand up to it - I'm not sure they ever will.  ...but there is more work to do to root out the anti-gay and other forms of bigotry in the party.

One of my greatest irritations on celebrating the holiday that honors Martin Luther King, Jr. is to hear our modern radical right Republicans making the claim that they are the party of Lincoln, that the civil rights movement succeeded because of Republicans, and that Democrats are the party of racists and racism, because of the events that occurred during the period of the Civil Rights Movement in which Martin Luther King, Jr. was prominent, and was assassinated.

It irritates me because it does not correctly reflect history then or now.  The Civil Rights Movement than - and now - was and is NOT about Democrat and Republican, but about Conservative and Liberal.  It was and continues to be the case that CONSERVATIVES have opposed racial equality and have appealed to the racists.

If you doubt that, look at this article from Salon that cites efforts at the time to discredit King and to oppose this holiday.  I've heard this same argument years later -- that the violence of southern racists was really all MLK's fault, not the fault of those who were violent (so much for the party of personal accountability):
that “violence was exactly what he wanted,” citing King’s own article in the April 3, 1964, Saturday Review. There King laid out his strategy: Nonviolent demonstrators went into the streets to exercise their rights, and racists resisted by unleashing violence against them, which led “Americans of conscience” to demand federal intervention and legislation. “So,” Stang concluded, “the violence he [King] got was not a surprise” and King “did not dislike it. He wanted it in order to pressure the Congress to enact still more totalitarian legislation.”

Continuing from the same Salon piece:
John Ashbrook did not show up for the hearing, but he joined McDonald in submitting a written statement. “It is not popular and certainly not politically advantageous to speak in opposition to a man who has been canonized by the news media and by many . . . who profess to advocate civil rights,” Ashbrook acknowledged. But “Rev. King’s motives are misrepresented. He sought not to work through the law but around it, with contempt and violence. How soon we forget. When will politicians learn to accept history as it really happened instead of history as told by the Washington Post?” The issue was whether Congress would “support the fictional assessment of Dr. King” by adopting a holiday that would “take the taxpayers for a ride to the tune of millions and millions of dollars” and whether America’s children would “be misled into believing” that King was a great man and learn to speak of him “with the same reverence” they now reserve for Washington and Lincoln.

Opponents to the MLK holiday have included President Reagan and Senator and presidential wannabe John McCain. Reagan actually BLAMED MLK for being assassinated, not the assassin for being racist:
The murder “was a great tragedy that began when we began compromising with law and order and people started choosing which laws they’d break.”
Because apparently civil disobedience is what is wrong when MLK was killed, not racism and a willingness to engage in unlawful violence?
This conforms to what I have so frequently observed in our modern conservatives, the pattern of falsely claiming to be victims when they are not.  The claim that someone made you attack them, with clubs, and police dogs, and firehoses when they exercised the same rights as white Americans is patently wrong on the face of it.  But conservatives eat up that nonsense with a spoon -- a BIG spoon -- and swallow it down with a smile.

Back in the 1950's and 60's, there were liberals and there were conservatives in BOTH the Democratic and the Republican party.  The liberals in the Democratic party, like Minnesota's own Hubert Humphrey, put platforms supporting civil rights in the Democratic platforms as far back as the latter 1940s - around the time that Democratic president Harry Truman desegregated the U.S. military in 1948.

Dixiecrats were the original DINOs, Democrats in Name Only.  After the passage of Civil Rights legislation in the 1960's, and the support of the federal government for civil rights protesters and desegregation, those Democratic conservatives began the great migration to the Republican party where they were welcomed, and where racism continues to be welcomed.  Conservatives were racist back in the day when MLK was alive, and they continue to be.

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Remember and Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Doesn't seem fair, does it?

Liberal democrats have stood up for students facing debt.

Conservatives seek to burden students with more debt, and were instrumental in making that debt undischargable in bankruptcy.

Does that sound to YOU like government FOR THE PEOPLE, to use the words of Lincoln --- or more like special interest/ corporate puppetry service by conservatives?

The History of English in 10 Minutes

We still don't know how toxic the WV chemical spill really is

Blame Conservatives -- they deserve it