I wish more organizations stopped inviting Republicans to events honoring things they don't support. May I suggest Tom Morello instead?
Community parades often feature local politicians waving to the crowds, but this year's annual Labor Day parade in Wausau may be short a few elected officials.
That's because the head of the group that sponsors the Wausau Labor Day Parade, the Marathon County Central Labor Council, is telling Republicans lawmakers from the area that they're not welcome on Sept. 5.
"Usually they've been in the parade, but it seems like they only want to stand with us one day a year, and the other 364 days they don't really care," said Randy Radtke, president of the Council. The Council is made up of about 30 local unions from the Marathon County area.
In a statement, Radtke added that parade is intended to celebrate working men and women and what the labor movement has given them: weekends, a 40-hour work week, child labor protection and a safe working environment.
"It should come as no surprise that organizers choose not to invite elected officials who have openly attacked worker's rights or stood idly by while their political party fought to strip public workers of their right to collectively bargain," Radtke said.
At least 29 people were killed today, including MP Khalid al-Fahdawi, and 38 others were wounded when a suicide bomber attacked Umm al-Qura Mosque in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad today.
August has been the latest of several bloody months in Iraq, with attacks centering around Ramadan commemorations. This included a serious of strikes two weeks ago, which killed at least 74 people in a single day.
Too bad our anti-war president doesn't see this epic fail and get us the f**k out of there.
Glenn Beck says that Hurricane Irene is "a blessing from God".
With this kind of religious insanity it's no wonder America is in trouble. So as a Liberal Atheist I have to respond with, "May God bless Glenn Beck as well." Marc Perkel
A Dog's Heartbreak: Loyal Pooch Waits by Slain Navy SEAL's Coffin
Ranger's Widow Expelled from Rumsfeld Book Signing
The "vast majority" of Bradley's victims were under 3 years old, lead prosecutor Paula J. Ryan stressed in urging the harshest possible sentence for the once-respected physician whose crimes sent shock waves throughout Delaware and beyond and ranked him among history's worst pedophiles. "Earl Bradley committed unspeakable acts upon those who could not speak for themselves," Ryan told the judge. "He deliberately manipulated the parents of these children. He manipulated those who worked with him, and he repeatedly and intentionally -- without remorse or hesitation -- attacked and sexually assaulted toddlers and nonverbal children. "To make indescribable and horrific matters even worse, he videotaped these incidents for his own perverse pleasure, endlessly editing and copying, permanently memorializing his attacks on these children for his own twisted collection," she said.The American people need to rise up and demand that heterosexual men be banned from any job that provides access to our nation's vulnerable children!
Months after sweeping into power in the state legislature, Indiana's teabaggers instituted the nation's strongest school voucher system, which allows parents to use taxpayers' money to pay the tuition for private Christian schools. And things are turning out exactly like you'd expect.
Weeks after Indiana began the nation's broadest school voucher program, thousands of students have transferred from public to private schools, causing a spike in enrollment at some Catholic institutions that were recently on the brink of closing for lack of pupils. It's a scenario public school advocates have long feared: Students fleeing local districts in large numbers, taking with them vital tax dollars that often end up at parochial schools. Opponents say that violates separation of church and state. Supporters respond that parents, not government, decide where the vouchers will be spent.
Not only are these kids suffering through the brainwashing of a private Christian school, YOU are paying for it.
Anti-gay Puerto Rican GOP territorial Sen. Roberto Arango has resigned after he was discovered showing his anus on the gay hook-up site, Grindr. Arango initially dismissed the revelation, saying that he was only uploading photos to show off his recent weight loss. IN HIS ANUS.
A Puerto Rico lawmaker has resigned following reports that explicit photos of him surfaced on an iPhone application for gays and bisexuals, the head of the U.S. territory's Senate announced Sunday. Sen. Roberto Arango, a Republican who represents the capital of San Juan, presented his letter of resignation after a weekend meeting, Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz said. Schatz did not release the lawmaker's letter, but said the circumstances that led to the resignation "are very lamentable." Local news media published photos from the application showing a man's nude upper body with a cellphone obscuring his face. Another photo showed a rear view of a nude man on his hands and knees. Another showed a fuzzy image of a face that seemed to match Arango's.
Governor Chris Christie held a press conference today estimating that the damaged caused by Hurricane Irene could be in the tens of billions of dollars. Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul made the case for abolishing FEMA. Again.
Will the free market pick up the tab for cleanup and reconstruction? How many residents of New Jersey even have flood insurance? I'd guess very few.
How are all of those privately run shelters working out?
Oh wait, they aren't privately run. No private company is going to open a private disaster shelter as some things simply aren't meant to be profitable.
Jesus Ayn Rand do?
Mario: Krugman on the right's willful ignorance.
More of this, please .....
GOP Rep. Dan Lungren, a member of the House Leadership, encountered hostility from his constituents at a second town hall over the weekend. But, unlike an event earlier this month in which a young woman in the audience who challenged him on the issues was forcibly removed, this time it was Lungren who threatened to leave, eliciting a chorus of "boos."
One of the nation's foremost experts on climate change was arrested outside the White House on Monday morning after he joined a protest against a planned Canadian tar sands pipeline.
Dr. James Hansen, who runs NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was arrested along with 139 other protesters taking part in a series of demonstrations against the planned $7-billion Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport 500,000 barrels of crude per day from America's neighbor to the north all the way to the Gulf coast of Texas.
The term you're looking for is "crony capitalism" -- and Leon Panetta veritably defines "crony" so don't look for it to change any time soon. "Nearly half of the approximately $300 billion of taxpayer money the Department of Defense spent on projects in 2010 was awarded for no-bid contracts -- some of which weren't necessary, the Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News reported on Monday. ... The cost of the non-competitive contracts the U.S. military has tripled in the last 10 years, now tallying up to $140 billion of taxpayer money per year on quick solution defense spending. ... Though competition amongst companies saves taxpayer money, the stated urgent nature of the military's needs pushed aside fiscal concerns. In 2001, the Pentagon's non-competitive contracts cost around $50 billion. In 2010, nearly a decade after the war on terror began, that spending has risen to around $140 billion. Only 55 percent of contracts awarded in the first two quarters of 2011 were competitive."
US government scientists spent 1940s infecting Guatemala with STDs
Fun with science: a U.S. presidential panel has discovered six decades too late that from 1946-1948, U.S. Public Health Service scientists were trolling the insane asylums, prisons and hospitals of Guatemala looking for brown people to inject with syphilis and gonorrhea, "just to see what would happen." The report notes that "new information indicates that researchers were unusually unethical, even when placed into the historical context of a different era." Thanks, presidential panel! U.S. officials now have a copy-paste template for the 2081 report uncovering the actual extent of the hellacious torture methods the CIA was busy trying out "just to see what would happen" on its detainees in various other brown people countries across the world. READ MORE »