Department of What is WRONG with These People?
James Petras and Robin Eastman Abaya in “The Rise of the Police State and the Absence of Mass Opposition” take on the tragic phenomenon of our ever-expanding police state first under Bush and now Obama, along with why so many Americans have remained, especially under Obama, so very passive about the ominous threat to all of us and/or our progeny. Read more about Why Mass Citizen Indifference to the US Police State Monster?
TalkLeft until recently was a normal center-left board, but ever since George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense (Yeah, right.), the site and its owner have zealously pursued all aspects of the case. Front-page entries now include:
And her latest
has this fascinating intro: Read more about Former Progressive Blog Wacks Out on Zimmermania!
When Shakieta Smith, a homeless mother of two, called the District’s shelter hotline in March, she was told the city’s shelters were full — and then the intake worker added a chilling warning:
If she and her kids had nowhere safe to sleep, she’d be reported to the city’s Child and Family Services Agency for a possible investigation into abuse and neglect.
Family homelessness in the District has risen 74 percent since the downturn. Read more about Priorities
Across the country, cities are stepping up efforts to criminalize the public performance of simple, necessary acts of human existence such as sleeping and eating. According to our most recent national report on the topic, which surveyed 234 cities nationwide, 16 percent prohibit “camping” anywhere in the city.
Even as we speak, the troops are being rallied by this fine example of soul-stirring rhetoric:
It starts with an admission of defeat, and an explanation of why we should all be proud of "our" Dems anyhow:
We got our asses truly kicked in Wisconsin. The fight was worth it, because there are things worse than a good ass kicking, such as quitting before the fight. Dems and labor could have surrendered, but they did not. They tried.
Even though I disagree with his economics for the most part (my views are more in line with another candidate-- whom I will do a favor and not name-- who has a long record of supporting Keynesian economics), I just got back from voting for Ron Paul in the GOP presidential primary.
The reason I did is simply because Ron Paul is the only candidate who rejects the idea that the President of the United States has the legal authority to assassinate any or all of the People of the United States, something Attorney General Eric Holder had the balls to defend publicly... Read more about Why I Voted for Ron Paul
By now we have all read the story of the arrogant bankster who not only cheated a cabbie, but stabbed him into the bargain. I thought to myself that that would never happen here in the nation's capital, simply because the local oligarchs would worry that they might get caught, if not right away, it might come up at some future confirmation hearing.
So what is the Washington, DC version of this? I asked a cab driver: Read more about How cabbies get ripped off on K Street
In Tuesday's charlotteobserver.com:
Obama to speak at Bank of America stadium
Officials to confirm Panthers' home will host nomination acceptance.
By Jim Morrill
Posted: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012
On the final night of this fall's Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama will deliver his acceptance speech at Bank of America stadium, party sources told the Observer on Monday night.
That reminds me of a song: Read more about President Fuck You to the 99%: "Pppppfffffbbbbtttt!!!!!!!" (Part 3)
So is this an example of how the GOP wants to run gubmint like a business?
Jan Brewer on Monday asked lawmakers to buy back three buildings at the Capitol that were mortgaged off two years ago to balance the budget.
The move will cost the state $105 million out of its current budget surplus. Brewer press aide Matthew Benson said the state has the cash.
(Cross posted at The Montana Maven )
Newt Gingrich suggested that perhaps a good idea for poor highschoolers would be to work as the janitors in their high school in their off hours which would "be a way to instill a work ethic while also saving money". A lot of liberals jumped on him for this screaming, "That's an awful idea. That is child labor and it's racist to boot."
Well, it sounds racist. But most of all it sounds stupid and way out of touch with the lives of regular Americans. So it's not only racist, but it's elitist. Read more about Chores
This, after Darth Obama froze wages for federal employees; no collective bargaining allowed.
“Obama’s been criticized for not doing enough for his base,” Larry Scanlon, AFSCME’s political director, said in an interview. “So you always worry about the mood of your membership. But the depth of support in the room today for Obama surprised even me.”
Tuesday’s vote by the union board was unanimous.