News & Notes May 29, 2012

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend and remembered our brave veterans, especially those who never made it home.  Every Memorial Day I remember my Dad who served in the Navy during WWII on destroyers guarding convoys crossing the North Atlantic.

Mitt Romney embraced Birtherism today by sharing an event with Donald Trump.  Isn’t it time someone fired this misfit?

Tom Corbett is slashing funding for schools and now they’re attempting to pass a state takeover bill for “distressed” school districts.  This is a naked power grab by conservatives to bypass democracy and give them power to dictate terms to your local school districts by strangling them financially.  Don’t allow them to do it.

The American Working Families Action Fund is targeting Corbett in a new ad:

From their press release:  

“Tom Corbett could be the worst governor in the nation for serving the middle class,” said Bud Jackson, who chairs the organization.  “That’s why tomorrow American Working Families (AWF) Action Fund will launch a long overdue effort to shine a brighter light on Tom Corbett’s record of rewarding his corporate friends and campaign donors while making things harder for the middle-class.  Our paid media initiative will total several hundred thousand dollars and will include television ads in each Pennsylvania media-market.”

“Tom Corbett chose tax-breaks for gas drillers over health care for children and chose to take taxpayer-funded SUVs and give-out pay-raises for his staff while slashing Pennsylvania schools by more than $1 billion,” said Jackson.  “Corbett has already inflicted serious damage to the middle-class for generations to come.  Our messaging will draw attention to his record.”

Rush Limbaugh must be on Oxy again.  He says he’s created more jobs than both Obama and Romney.  Since the President has put over 4 million back to work I suppose Rush has five million maids out buying him ilegal prescriptions.  That’s a lot of Oxy but it explains his actions lately.

Income equality can be seen from space.

The Sandusky trial begins next week and the prosecution still cannot identify the boy allegedy molested in the showers and caught by Coach McQueary.  How do you prove a crime was committed beyond a reasonable doubt.  The AG’s office spent three years investigating and this was all they came up with to go to trial?  This is going to be a laughingstock and people will begin asking why they destroyed the reputation of a great university based on such flimsy evidence.  He’ll never get convicted and Tom Corbett has to answer for why it was such a shoddy investigation.  

Florida is trying to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters.  This harkens back tot he 2000 voter purge by Jeb Bush.  Gov. Rick Scott is still doing his fraud act he perfected at taxpayer expense with Medicare funds by driving eligible voters from the polls.  I recall a SCOTUS decision (Bush v Gore) which decreed that disenfranchising voters is illegal.  I think it was based on Florida…

The Wisconsin recall election is next week.  Gov. Scott Walker can be ousted and working families can reclaim their rights but they need help.

They’re trying the same tactics here.  Protect teachers organizing rights!  These folks are always clamoring about loss of freedoms while they take ours away.  Ironic isn’t it?  Are you going to take it?

Bill Maher takes on Ted Nugent and the deranged Right.  Watch the video.

News & Notes November 22, 2011

Tonight’s GOP debate on national security should be interesting.  What great tidbits will we learn this time?  How much pounding of the war drums towards Iran will occur?  How many gaffes can Herman Cain make in one night?  Newt’s advantage tonight is that it’ll be tough to spin his adultery and ethics issues in a discussion of foreign policy.  Someone will try however.

Rick Santorum and Ron Paul have yet to gain their moments in the spotlight as front runners.  The former Senator is aghast at this as it would mean people would be Googling him.   Paul is afraid his white supremacist past will show up in internet searches.  What these guys need is a good white sheet.  Paul to wear and Santorum to contain all of that spreading stuff.

Ron Paul got mic checked in New Hampshire.

A Farleigh Dickinson poll shows that New Jerseans who get their news from Fox are less informed than those who don’t follow the news at all.  This, of course, is a result of their programming which feeds its viewers lies and propaganda instead of facts.

Rush Limbaugh called Michelle Obama “uppity.”  It seems she had the audacity to attend a NASCAR race.  The entire issue of being “uppity” is what fuels all the racist hatred against the President and First Lady.  Having those titles is the height of being uppity for African-Americans of course.  How dare they think they’re as good as white people?  At least conservatives no longer feel any obligation to hide their true feelings.  They do know there’s an election next year though, don’t they?

And, by the way, Obama didn’t call Americans lazy.  Check the context folks.

If corporations insist on being persons then their executives need to go to prison for the same offenses as you and I would.  Three executives from West Chester discovered this the hard way this week.

When Mitt Romney left the Governor’s mansion he had all of his aides wipe their hard drives so no documents were left.  He says he did this to prevent his political opponents from getting any dirt to use against him.  What, exactly was Mitt doing there in Massachusetts that necessitated such a grievous attack on open and transparent government?  More importantly what does that say about the type of president he’d be?

Alabama’s new anti-immigrant law has snared someone who may come back to haunt them:  a high executive of Mercedes-Benz.  Daimler Benz has a factory there and the German didn’t have all of his “papers” with him so was arrested.  hmm, will Alabama soon kiss all of those good jobs good-bye?  Serves them right for their bigotry.

Republicans are blaming the President for Congress’s failures.  Haven’t they read the constitution about all those separation of powers?  The Executive Branch is actually separate from the Legislative.  Of course Cain feels that, as president he can simply override the Supreme Court.  How, by assassination?  Perhaps he’d simply feed them some Godfather’s Pizza, give them an offer they can’t refuse.

The idea of proportioning our presidential electoral votes is finally dead.  It finally occurred to Republicans it could cost them several Congressional seats.

Rioting in Egypt is collapsing yet another government.  The military regime which took over hasn’t allowed democracy to the people took Tahrir Square once again.  Today they are engaging in a million man sit-in.  Imagine if a million Americans sat down on Wall Street or Capital Hill?

Occupy Philadelphia has decided to move.  The city wants to rebuild the plaza and the folks camped there decided not to stand in the way of good jobs.  Philadelphia gave them an ultimatum:  no more tents and protesting can only happen from 9 AM to 7 PM.  We’ll see how that flies…

Opponents of gas drilling rallied in Trenton yesterday.  The Delaware River Basin Commission postponed a controversial vote so people decided to have a rally anyway.  Gasland director Josh Fox called Gov. Corbett from the steps and got…no answer.  The lights are on at the Governor’s Office but no one’s home.

A report from NEPA about the dangers and risks of gas drilling hit the newspapers over the weekend.  This is must reading for anyone considering signing a lease.  This whistleblower tells what happened at one site near Dimock.  Cabot is now refusing to supply water for the people’s whose wells they poisoned.  What good are jobs and royalties if they’re going to kill us?

Why has New Mexico had relatively safe hydrofracturing for thirty years without all of these accidents, explosions and spills?  Regulations and taxes which fund the proper regulation and inspection of wells.  When I was in santa Fe last August I had a conversation with Dan Fuqua, the state geologist.  I simply walked into the offices of the New Mexico Land Commissioner and asked for an appointment.  They took me right up to see Mr. Fuqua.  Would that ever happen in Harrisburg?  No.

By the way he said if anyone from Pennsylvania wants to learn about what they do they’re welcome to come to Santa Fe and see him.