MoveOn has a good list of the right wing’s attack on women. A few excerpts:
1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t yet. Shocker.
2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”
State budget cuts will result in fewer campaign finance reports being available online. The state Department of State lists all reports from campaigns and political committees on its website. This is what I access when I conduct my research. reports for PAC’s submitted on paper may not be posted online. This will be an incentive for political action committees not wanting their contributors names on the internet to attempt to hide the information. This is just another example that democracy in America is dead. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool. We have an oligarchy now.
Reuters is reporting that mortgage services may finally face action after being caught committing fraud in the foreclosure process. To date none of the mortgage brokers who knowingly and willingly defrauded homeowners and those financing them have been prosecuted. Crooked bankers routinely falsified loan documents submitted for mortgages, defrauded buyers by not disclosing the onerous terms of their mortgages and then sold these as AAA rated securities when they were actually junk bonds. If you robbed a bank or stole from the people you’d be in jail.
Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church are being threatened by a group which calls itself ANONYMOUS. It is a group of sophisticated hackers which emerged from the WikiLeaks controversy. After major banks refused to transmit payments and contributions to WikiLeaks Anonymous attacked their servers and brought them to their knees. Now they are targeting Phelps’ band of insane protesters and saying they will shut them down unless they stop protests. While I love the letter they sent this also makes me nervous. A single anonymous group of computer experts playing internet vigilante can boomerang on all of us. What if they chose to come after liberal blogs, for example? Who is to say they won’t choose their targets carefully and responsibly?
A rogue State Trooper in the Pittsburgh area is costing taxpayers serious money in lawsuits. Samuel J. Nassan III already shot a 12 year old boy and now is being sued, for the umpteenth time, for allegedly beating a man. He has cost the Commonwealth $12, 762,930 in legal settlements thus far. He isn’t the sole rogue Trooper in this state though, only the worst.
The trial of State Sen. Jane Orie resumes today in Allegheny County. An interesting tidbit emerged last week: the intern who originally triggered the investigation first went to Attorney General Tom Corbett’s office. He was supposedly investigating all four legislative caucuses in Harrisburg for exactly this sort of corruption. The attorneys there told her to go to the Allegheny County DA instead. This means Corbett’s office willfully neglected their duty and their public position and passed the buck. It also tosses the Orie claim of political prosecution out the window.
Today is President’s Day. It was established because Southerners refused to honor Abe Lincoln’s birthday because he ended slavery.
Baseball has begun with spring training. Rumors that the Phillies have purchased the Pittsburgh Pirates to serve as a farm team are merely satirical. It will be fun watching the Four Aces all year.
The people of Libya are close to overthrowing Gaddafi after 42 years of brutal dictatorship. The regime has used artillery and machine guns to mow them down but the protests haven’t stopped. There were reports last evening that he had fled the country. Meanwhile in Bahrain the military stopped trying to massacre their own people. Last week they overran sleeping protesters before dawn and began shooting them as they slept in the square.
A couple years ago a right wing radical named Shawna Ford, a rabid anti-immigrant demagogue, murdered a child and her father in Arizona. Last week she was convicted of the murder of Brisenia Fiores. Ford invaded their home and shot them because of their race. The case received little to no national press. Why?
Tea bagger exile Mark Williams is leading an effort to infiltrate pro union rallies this week. He is encouraging his compatriots to disguise themselves as SEIU organizers. Doe she really think the real ones won’t understand they don’t know the imposters? Williams was kicked out of the Tea Party for his overt racism. Here’s what he’s suggesting:
Here is what I am doing in Sacramento, where they are holding a 5:30 PM event this coming Tuesday: (1) I signed up as an organizer (2) with any luck they will contact me and I will have an “in” (3) in or not I will be there and am asking as many other people as can get there to come with, all of us in SEIU shirts (those who don’t have them we can possibly buy some from vendors likely to be there) (4) we are going to target the many TV cameras and reporters looking for comments from the members there (5) we will approach the cameras to make good pictures… signs under our shirts that say things like “screw the taxpayer!” and “you OWE me!” to be pulled out for the camera (timing is important because the signs will be taken away from us) (6) we will echo those slogans in angry sounding tones to the cameras and the reporters. (7) if I do get the ‘in’ I am going to do my darnedest to get podium access and take the mic to do that rant from there…with any luck and if I can manage the moments to build up to it, I can probably get a cheer out of the crowd for something extreme.
I hope they show up in Philadelphia this week. I’ll gladly expose them with videos.