Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Well, folks, here's new one in voter suppression. If shortening hours, closing polling places, requiring specific forms of ID (gun licenses, say, but not college student ID), fingerprinting, not giving correct information to people at wrong polling places, holding on to mail-in ballots or sending out just plain misleading packets (ala Koch Brothers)….just tell folks that their vote doesn't really count anyway.

"Again, the idea is to make voting a troublesome and an almost unnecessary act that in the big picture isn't worth the effort. “Maybe not this time” we'll say, due to that 20 minute drive to the other side of town where we’ll wait in a 3 hour line……

…...There’s no shame in it, your vote is statistically unlikely to affect the outcome of an election. "
http://tinyurl.com/qcrevqz   (Thanks Democurmudgeon)


Speaking of those students having a tough time voting where they attend college….why not just tell 'em  "forget about voting…we don't even want you to register."


Later, she added: “If it’s not done the way we did it back in 2012, I’m not—I’m not good with it.”

Friday, October 3, 2014

My, my, how far we have progressed as a country. 

DALLAS, Texas (Reuters) March 2003-- There are a lot worse things in country music than your wife leaving you or your dog dying. There's stations not playing your music because you done gone and said some things against the president.

Music superstars the Dixie Chicks are finding out that criticizing President Bush's plans for war in Iraq can cost you air play, big time.
Country stations across the United States have pulled the Chicks from playlists following reports that lead singer Natalie Maines said in a concert in London earlier this week that she was "ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."
Station managers said their decisions were prompted by calls from irate listeners who thought criticism of the president was unpatriotic.

"People are shocked. They cannot believe Texas' own have attacked the state and the president," 

http://www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/Music/03/14/dixie.chicks.reut/


"After all, we’ve got a chai-swillin’, golf-playin’, basketball trash-talkin’, leadin’-from-behind, I-got-no-strategy, Osama-bin-Laden-is-dead, GM-is-alive, community-organizin’ commander-in-chief.
Karl Rove on FOX two weeks ago.
http://tinyurl.com/k35yhgs

Crickets……..

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Information

Since the GOP is intent on making it hard….if not impossible…for lots of folks to vote, we have to be extra vigilant and knowledgable on the subject. FOX and many other media outlets are reinforcing this nonsense about "voter fraud" like the good little paid corporatists they are. 

Along with the tried-and-true gerrymandering, shortening of hours and locations, the GOP is going full-tilt on voter ID. For good information on the topic….if you can get your Uncle Harry or your Tea Party mother-in-law to listen….start here:

"Questions for American Leftists on the subject of voter ID"
While I can't speak for "American Leftists", I'll try to answer your questions as an American.

"1. Can you name countries where ID is not required to vote?"
Can you name countries where ID is required to vote, but NOT supplied to every voter in the nation, as is the case in the U.S.?
Moreover, you do realize that ID is required for registration by every voter in the U.S. in all 50 states under federal law (HAVA), right? ID is also required for voting in a majority of states without a problem. It's only those Republican-run states where they have implemented very strict types of state-issued Photo ID (which they know millions of largely Dem-leaning voters don't have) where it is a problem.
You knew all of that right? If you did, why would you be asking these silly questions?

"2. Why is the requirement to show ID an impediment to voting?"
It isn't. The requirement to show a very specific TYPE of state-issued Photo ID that many largely Dem-leaning voters don't have is, however, an impediment to some 21 million legally registered voters who do not own that type of very narrow, state-issued Photo ID. That, of course, is exactly why Republicans are attempting to require it. (For example, a state-issued gun license is fine for voting in many states where the GOP is trying to suppress the vote with these laws. But a state-issued student ID is not fine for voting in those same states. Now why would that be the case?)


This is a must read if you find yourself involved in such an "debate". Maybe it will help….

Friday, September 26, 2014


Remember, folks:

Your right to vote…..your duty actually…is being chipped away nefariously state to state, under the guise of "doing away with rampant voter fraud." If you don't have policies that the people are receptive to, you resort to other means. Don't let the Kochs and ALEC take this vote away from you. (Even if they try this: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/26/koch-brothers-voting-_n_5888110.html )




"As ALEC co-founder, Paul Weyrich, so chillingly observed during his 1980 remarks to a right-wing Christian audience (see video at right), their side does better when the number of citizens who vote goes down.



Thursday, September 25, 2014

I used to be very proud

…….. of my former city, Beavercreek, where I graduated high school and my kids are raising their families. We moved just four years ago. It is a very diverse place with great schools, college, Air Force, former rural area now with lots of technical and medical industry..…but on the fringes is the usual "redneck" sensibility. (Yes, I said that.)


Then THIS happened: 
all because some wanna-be military type white guy Ron Ritchie, who LIED about his "service," got scared of a black guy with a gun and called 911...


"The attorney said as Crawford leaned on the pellet gun like a cane, he was “shot on sight” in a “militaristic” response by police.

Monday, September 22, 2014


When the Tea Party has a few hundred people meet in a "protest the Kenyan America-hating black guy for president" rally the entire media world is in attendance. FOX does their blow-by-blow coverage. They also host events for the GOP in their off time.

When the largest protest in the history of NYC, and the country, is held to draw attention to climate change, global warming, and what we can do NOW to ensure the future of our planet………NADA, not one word. The ralliers made sure Wall Street heard it, too. And this was a protest heard around the globe….NOT just in this country. 

"Cable news, with the
 exception of Al Jazeera America, mostly looked the other way, besides a couple of segments on CNN and MSNBC."



A look at NBC's website revealed….nothing. Same with CBS. CNN had this blurb along the side: 




Leave it to Al Jazeera (that evil old Arab-sounding site…) to have an entire article: 


"Protesters 'sound the climate alarm' in global marches
Tens of thousands in noisy march through the streets of New York City to call for carbon-free future ahead of UN summit " http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/9/21/climate-march-nyc.html

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Just facts, folks…...

I will unabashedly repost this thought-provoking article from EZKOOL for those of you who have never followed the site….

By Mike Caccioppoli
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"So Obama comes out and says that he really isn’t sure of a strategy at this point and of course this becomes a clarion call for every hard-on right winger who wants to blame him and call him indecisive"