Thursday, June 7, 2012

Headlines - Thursday June 7

This is pretty bad. From Media Matters:
The Associated Press published an article implying that Democrats are not focused on jobs and the economy, and are instead pandering to women by pushing a measure to protect women from workplace discrimination. In contrast, AP reported that the Republican agenda focuses on job creation.

The article, written by Laurie Kellman, reported on Senate Republicans' efforts to successfully block a law that would have required equal pay for women. The piece included a passage that strongly suggests that Democrats are not focused on jobs, while portraying concerns over fair pay to be hollow:
The vote was the latest effort by Democrats to protect their lead among critical women voters this presidential and congressional election year. Republicans are focusing on the No. 1 concern for all voters: jobs and the economy.
In suggesting that Democrats are not focused on jobs and the economy, AP ignores President Obama's repeated calls for Congress to pass a jobs bill. Friday, when the Labor Department reported that jobs growth slowed during May, the president again called on Congress to "get to work" and pass a jobs bill that economists say could create 2 million jobs.
So, Democrats are focusing on a bill dealing with women's jobs, but that's not "jobs" to the AP. The Republicans, who have pretty much been trying to force the country back into a Depression from the first day of Obama's term, are the only party "really" focusing on jobs and the economy.

I guess in fairness to AP they the Republicans are focusing on jobs and the economy... in order to destroy them in time for the election.
The good news: Turnout in Wisconsin was massive yesterday. The bad news: the election wasn't about Scott Walker at all, but whether or not recalls over policy were even appropriate…and Wisconsin said "no".
Republican Gov. Scott Walker has won the Wisconsin governor's recall over Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, holding onto his job after his push to slash collective bargaining rights for public employees sparked intense statewide backlash.

Walker's win caps a chaotic year in Wisconsin, marked by heated demonstrations, endless campaigning and a flood of outside money, all of which vaulted the state from ordinary battleground to Ground Zero of the national political debate — and elevated Walker to national superstardom among the Republican faithful.

Walker was favored from the outset, bolstered by an enormous cash advantage, and a firewall of support from national Republican figures.

And Walker went on to win by pretty much the 7 point margin all the polls were predicting, 53-46. So what happened? It's actually quite simple if you look at the exit polls. The final question there was the key to the entire recall election. When asked "Do you think recall elections are appropriate" some 60% of Wisconsin voters said "Only for official misconduct" and another 10% said "never". And despite the allegations of Walker's shadowy dealings, the 60% who said that policy wasn't a reason to recall Walker voted 68-31% for Walker.

That was your ball game, right there. Scott Walker's $30 million plus convinced voters that a recall over policy and allegations alone was unusual (it was) and unprecedented (also true given only 2 other sitting governors being recalled) and harmful to the democratic process (something I'd have to agree with). Walker's massive cash advantage painted the recall process itself as the bad guy here, not Barrett and certainly not Walker himself. All but one of the down-ticket Republicans survived their recall as a result. Some 18% of folks who favor Barack Obama in November voted not for Scott Walker, but signified that the bar of recalling Walker had simply not been met.

Anyone who tells you this has to do with unions, President Obama, the economy, jobs, Mitt Romney, same-sex marriage, the transit of Venus or the season finale of Mad Men is full of crap. This recall election was about precisely one thing—the recall election itself—and it lost pretty resoundingly. That's it. That's the entire election. Republicans spent a huge amount of cash convincing people to vote Walker as a protest against being able to exercise their rights to vote to be able to remove a sitting politician. They used tens of millions to define the election on terms favorable to Walker and the GOP, and it worked as intended as all nearly all incumbent Republicans survived.

I'm very surprised that the number of people who voted for Walker in that 60% of people who said a recall was only appropriate for official misconduct was roughly two-thirds. it should have been 80%+. Walker would have won by 15-20 points, except massive turnout in Democratic areas of the state limited the margin to just 7 points. And even then, a significant percentage of Democrats voted not for Walker, but against the recall process. Barrett didn't have a chance in hell with $30 million in ads going "You don't want to be responsible for such an awful precedent on recalls, do you?" even with the better than 2008 turnout. As mistermix said, it was a heavy lift in the first place and the Dems get credit for making it as close as it was.

End of story.



Wisconsin Brain Death Trip






He can't spell either.


Have You Considered the Priesthood? - Joel W. Hochmuth was sentenced yesterday to one year in jail with work release privileges and 10 years probation for the possession of child pornography. Previously, Hochmuth was the Spokesperson for anti-gay Lutheran Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). He could have earned $20,000 and a clear record if he had joined Benny-the-Rat's church.


War on Women, Cont. - The well-documented War on Women (a front in the larger War for Theocracy) has taken yet another blow: the Senate minority lead by chinless turtle enthusiast Mitch McConnell filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act, and so once again The Senate proves itself to be useless. (People for the American Way)



The EPA is not suing coal companies for burying freshwater streams in Eastern Kentucky. The EPA is suing coal companies for failing to file paperwork before burying the streams. 


Bill Estep at the Herald:

Mining companies buried sections of streams in Eastern Kentucky without getting proper permits, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The companies should restore the sites or pay for mitigation projects elsewhere, or both, the agency said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Pikeville Wednesday.

The EPA suit also seeks damages that could, in theory, run into the millions of dollars.

Damages that won't, in reality, run into actual money at all.

No, Kentuckians can't look to EPA for protection from Big Coal. Instead, we have to stand up for ourselves, like these Kentuckians arrested in Washington yesterday:

Police arrested more than 20 opponents of mountaintop mining at four U.S. House offices Wednesday, including six people from Kentucky who had pushed to meet with Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers.

Police charged the activists at Rogers' office after they started singing in a waiting room and stayed despite warnings to leave, according to U.S. Capitol Police and others who were there.

About 20 people from Kentucky went to Rogers' office in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning in hopes of meeting with him, said Kevin Pentz of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.

Members of the group said they wanted to discuss opposition to mountaintop mining and other issues, such as support for renewable energy and help for displaced miners.

Bill, Bill, Bill - it's not "mountaintop mining." They are not "mining" the "mountaintop." They are blasting the living fuck out of the top of the mountain and shoving it down the slope to bury freshwater streams. That's why we call it "mountaintop removal." Because it removes the mountaintop.


Love how Rmoney's team misspelled Saint Reagan who was president of Amercia!



Republican House Candidate Shoots A Hole Through Obamacare | Ron Gould, a conservative Republican running for Congress from Arizona, is out with a new ad touting his opposition to government expansion and the Affordable Care Act. The spot opens with pictures of guns and scenes of Gould smiling and standing defiantly. He then picks up his gun, launches the text of the health care law up in the air, and shoots a hole through it. Watch it:


Before Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss USA last week, she answered a question about transgender contestants in the pageant, openly embracing their inclusion. But Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin was really put off by the realization, resigning in protest that the competition had opened to transgender women. In an email to the Miss Universe Organization she explained just how she really felt about trans people:

[I refuse to be] part of a pageant system that has so far and so completely removed itself from its foundational principles as to allow and support natural born males to compete in it. This goes against ever moral fiber of my being. I believe in integrity, high moral character, and fair play, none of which are part of this system any longer.

Were these comments not offensive enough, she then posted false statements about her resignation on Facebook, claiming that the real reason she quit was because she believed the pageant was rigged. Donald Trump responded that he believes "her primary issue is that she lost and she's angry about losing. And frankly, in my opinion, I saw her barely a second and she didn't deserve to be in the top 15."

The Miss Universe contest opened to trans candidates earlier this year after Jenna Talackova sought to compete for Miss Canada. She ultimately finished in the Top 12 and was named Miss Congeniality.



No comments: