For the upcoming Wisconsin recall election:
May 28th, 2012
For the upcoming Wisconsin recall election:
May 28th, 2012
In a further sign that large factions of the “Democratic” Party are enemies of democracy, the Charlotte Observer reports that the Democratic National Committee is asking the site of the 2012 Democratic Convention to ban camping in order to avoid Occupy-inspired protests:
o prepare for the Democratic National Convention, the city of Charlotte is considering an ordinance that would prohibit camping on all city property, which could stifle the ongoing Occupy Charlotte protest.
In addition, the ordinance would prohibit the possession of “noxious” substances, along with items such as pipes, chains or padlocks if their intended use would be to block a street, sidewalk or building entrance.
The proposal comes as some cities are trying to evict “Occupy” protesters, including Oakland, Calif., where a protester was injured this week when police dispersed a crowd. In addition, Charlotte and Tampa, the host city for the Republican National Convention, are studying how to manage expected crowds and protests for next year’s conventions.
The DNC and many Democratic mayors and Governors around the country are working hard to convince the progressive base, especially activist young people, to stay home come election day 2012. They may just succeed.
October 28th, 2011
October 28th, 2011
Starring: Molly Erdman
Directed by: Brian Shortall
Written/Produced by: Eddie Geller
Edited by: Richard Klopfenstein
October 12th, 2011
The earth heats up and, still, no rationale discussion of what to do if possible. New Republican golden boy Rick Perry says its all a matter of scientific fraud.
It is now extremely unlikely that the human race will escape massive disasters from global warming. It is virtually impossible to imagine anything being done when the current President, who knows the danger, says nothing and his opposition engages in denial. as Al Gore said recently:
“President Obama has never presented to the American people the magnitude of the climate crisis…. He has not defended the science against the ongoing withering and dishonest attacks.”
1 comment August 17th, 2011
The researchers David E. Campbell of Notre Dame and Robert D. Putnam of Harvard started interviewing a cohort of 3,000 Americans in 2006. Using this longitudinal data set, they explore the attitudes of Tea Party supporters years before the Tea Party existed. As they explain in a New York Times Op Ed:
Beginning in 2006 we interviewed a representative sample of 3,000 Americans as part of our continuing research into national political attitudes, and we returned to interview many of the same people again this summer. As a result, we can look at what people told us, long before there was a Tea Party, to predict who would become a Tea Party supporter five years later. We can also account for multiple influences simultaneously — isolating the impact of one factor while holding others constant.
What they found was that the Tea Party was neither a grass roots movement, nor was it people inspired by the recession. Rather, it consisted of long-term right wing Christian conservatives:
Our analysis casts doubt on the Tea Party’s “origin story.” Early on, Tea Partiers were often described as nonpartisan political neophytes. Actually, the Tea Party’s supporters today were highly partisan Republicans long before the Tea Party was born, and were more likely than others to have contacted government officials. In fact, past Republican affiliation is the single strongest predictor of Tea Party support today.
What’s more, contrary to some accounts, the Tea Party is not a creature of the Great Recession. Many Americans have suffered in the last four years, but they are no more likely than anyone else to support the Tea Party. And while the public image of the Tea Party focuses on a desire to shrink government, concern over big government is hardly the only or even the most important predictor of Tea Party support among voters.
So what do Tea Partiers have in common? They are overwhelmingly white, but even compared to other white Republicans, they had a low regard for immigrants and blacks long before Barack Obama was president, and they still do.
More important, they were disproportionately social conservatives in 2006 — opposing abortion, for example — and still are today. Next to being a Republican, the strongest predictor of being a Tea Party supporter today was a desire, back in 2006, to see religion play a prominent role in politics. And Tea Partiers continue to hold these views: they seek “deeply religious” elected officials, approve of religious leaders’ engaging in politics and want religion brought into political debates. The Tea Party’s generals may say their overriding concern is a smaller government, but not their rank and file, who are more concerned about putting God in government.
August 17th, 2011
And the Colbert SuperPac: Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. Iowans, today is tomorrow, vote.
August 13th, 2011
February 24th, 2011
Clarence B. Jones, who worked for the Eugene McCarthy campaign that knocked out President Johnson, calls for a primary challenge for Obama.
The punch line:
It is not easy to consider challenging the first African-American to be elected as President of the United States. But, regrettably, I believe that the time has come to do this.
It is time for Progressives to stop “whining” and arguing among themselves about whether President Obama will or will not do this or that. Obama is no different than any other President, nominated by his national party. He was elected with the hard work and 24/7 commitment of persons who believed and enlisted in his campaign for “Hope” and “Change.”
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist nor have a PhD in political science and sociology to see clearly that Obama has abandoned much of the base that elected him. He has done this because he no longer respects, fears or believes those persons who elected him have any alternative, but to accept what he does, whether they like it or not.
It is time for those persons who constituted the “Movement” that enabled Senator Barack Obama to be elected to “break their silence”; to indicate that they no longer will sit on their hands, and only let off verbal steam and ineffective sound and fury, and “hope” for the best.
The answer is blowin’ in the wind
The pursuit of the war in Afghanistan in support of a certifiably corrupt Afghan government and the apparent willingness to retreat from his campaign commitment of no further tax cuts for the rich, his equivocal and foot dragging leadership to end DADT, his TARP for Wall Street, but, equivocal insufficient attention to the unemployment and housing foreclosures of Main Street, suggest that the template of the 1968 challenge to the reelection of President Lyndon Johnson now must be thoughtfully considered for Obama in 2012.
December 12th, 2010
As the Obama administration and the Congressional Democrats cower in front of Republicans, its a pleasure to see Alan Grayson take them on directly. I’m well aware that there are limits to Grayson’s positions. In particular, he does seem afraid of the pro-Israel lobby. But, still, he stands head and shoulders above most politicians today, who don’t know how to talk to anyone but lobbyists, wealthy contributors, and their fellow spineless colleagues.It’s a pleasure to see a politician willing to fight for something, other than making the wealthy wealthier. Here’s his latest add:
Here’s what Digby said about the ad:
I’m sure people will call for the smelling salts over this ad — it’s quite shrill after all, but it’s finally got the local press looking into Webster’s extremist views. This is what’s known as aggressive, hardball progressive politics. It’s not something you see every day.
Here’s Grayson’s ad in its entirety. There’s not an untruth in it:
September 25th, 2010