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“Roger Ailes to be Indicted”

Posted by Charles II on February 28, 2011

That’s what Barry Ritholtz says.

It might even be true, but I’m not holding my breath.

If it does turn out to be true, watch out for airborne swine.

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More News The National Media Won’t Tell You RE: Wisconsin

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 28, 2011

— Instead of kicking out all of the protesters for “cleaning” as Scott Walker ordered (despite the fact that the protesters have been working with the cleaning and maintenance personnel to keep the place clean the entire two weeks they’ve been there), the cops only partially cleared out the first floor — and even then there were still lots of people there. Everyone else got to stay.

There’s a rumor going around that Wisconsin Republican state senator Dale Schultz may defect and vote against the Walker bill, but I’d take that with a grain of salt; I suspect it’s a ploy to lure Senate Democrats back for a quorum to get the bill passed. But if it’s true, it means that just two more defections from the Republican side would suffice to kill the bill.

— In the two weeks since the start of the protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, there have been no arrests — zero, zip, goose egg, nada — of any protesters for conduct-related reasons. The “union thuggery” hyperventilatings of FOX and its copycats in the rest of the GOP/Media Complex were groundless.

Stay tuned for further developments. This isn’t over yet.

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Honduran dictatorship, day 417

Posted by Charles II on February 27, 2011

As usual, Adrienne, RAJ/RNS, and Brother John are doing the heavy lifting on covering this story. Adrienne helped co-edit an issue of NACLA that reviews the three recent coups in the Western Hemisphere, i.e. Venezuela, Haiti, and Honduras. Behind the paywall, Rodolfo Pastor Fasquelle has an article. Also, Adrienne makes available Dario Euraque’s opus on the coup, which I may get to read some time in 2012. RNS has some important posts (here and here) on the price of beans and how government subsidies appear to be instead simply used to help speculators drive up prices. IMO, Bush played a similar game with the national oil reserve, so this is a theme that we should be aware of. Brother John has a good post on the moral blindness that lets the wealthy of a nation ignore their role in poverty.

The Resistance, which our media mischaracterizes as “Zelaya supporters” has reportedly decided not to engage in the upcoming elections. I’m waiting for an official announcement on Vos el Soberano or some source more reliable than the Associated Press, but it’s probably true.

There was a march bycamisas blancas in San Pedro Sula. Just not against state violence. The Alianza Democratica refused to talk politics. Incredible that an anti-Zelayist organization gets international press for getting 25,000 people to agree that violence is bad, while the Resistance gets no press for a million signatures demanding a Constitutional Convention.

There’s much more going on. The Resistance is still very much alive.

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Why The GOP/Media Complex Will Largely Ignore Anonymous’ Attack On Koch

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 27, 2011

It’s usually a really big deal in the press when some corporation or other large entity has its websites hacked and cracked. But it won’t be today — and not just because it’s Oscar night.

The reason? The attack was launched against Koch Industries by the collective “Anonymous” in an effort to draw attention to the extent of Koch’s holdings, and drawing attention to the extent of Koch’s holdings — and thus their vulnerability to boycotts — is not something the media outlets, ever hungry for advertising dollars in a world where the internet is taking away the profitability of all other media, are willing to do even if the media moguls weren’t themselves GOP-friendly.

As Anonymous stated the day before when their intentions were announced:

Koch Industries, and oligarchs like them, have most recently started to manipulate the political agenda in Wisconsin. Governor Walker’s union-busting budget plan contains a clause that went nearly un-noticed. This clause would allow the sale of publicly owned utility plants in Wisconsin to private parties (specifically, Koch Industries) at any price, no matter how low, without a public bidding process. The Kochs have helped to fuel the unrest in Wisconsin and the drive behind the bill to eliminate the collective bargaining power of unions in a bid to gain a monopoly over the state’s power supplies.

The Koch brothers have made a science of fabricating ‘grassroots’ organizations and advertising campaigns to support them in an attempt to sway voters based on their falsehoods. Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth and Citizens United are just a few of these organizations. In a world where corporate money has become the lifeblood of political influence, the labor unions are one of the few ways citizens have to fight against corporate greed. Anonymous cannot ignore the plight of the citizen-workers of Wisconsin, or the opportunity to fight for the people in America’s broken political system. For these reasons, we feel that the Koch brothers threaten the United States democratic system and, by extension, all freedom-loving individuals everywhere. As such, we have no choice but to spread the word of the Koch brothers’ political manipulation, their single-minded intent and the insidious truth of their actions in Wisconsin, for all to witness.

[…]

U.S. Product Boycott List

* Vanity Fair
* Quilted Northern
* Angel Soft
* Sparkle
* Brawny
* Mardi Gras
* Dixie

European Product Boycott List

* Demak’Up
* Kitten Soft
* Lotus / Lotus Soft
* Tenderly
* Nouvelle Soft
* Okay Kitchen Towels
* Colhogar
* Delica
* Inversoft
* Tutto

To identify these brands, please look for the following logo anywhere on the packaging:

The media may not give this as much attention as, say, Charlie Sheen’s latest meltdowns. But rest assured that the game is on and the gauntlet thrown. The Kochs will now be going after Anonymous full-bore — quietly, obviously, but no less fiercely for all that. With any luck, it might serve to distract the Kochs from destroying America’s middle class.

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Walker Orders Capitol Police To Clear Building At 4PM – But Will They?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 27, 2011

As David Dayen, who is reporting from the Rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, mentions, the Capitol Police have been ordered by Scott Walker to clear the building by 4:00 pm today.

But will they? A recent Dayen Tweet calls this into question:

My sense is that the Capitol police don’t quite know yet how they will clear this building

Sit tight, everyone. Things could get interesting. Smoke ’em if ya got ’em.

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There were dozens of protestors

Posted by Charles II on February 26, 2011

Long-hairs, playing drums, hoisting obscene placards like “Scott Walker sucks Koch.” .

Of course, there were about a thousand more rather ordinary people who the media won’t report were present.

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Wisconsin Police Join Protesters In Capitol: Eat THIS, Walker!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 26, 2011

The Capitol Police were ordered by the Republican-controlled legislature to kick out the protesters. Instead, they’ve joined them:

Police have just announced to the crowds inside the occupied State Capitol of Wisconsin: ‘We have been ordered by the legislature to kick you all out at 4:00 today. But we know what’s right from wrong. We will not be kicking anyone out, in fact, we will be sleeping here with you!’ Unreal.”

Face it, Walker: You’re done.

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Fianna Fáil Fail? /Updated

Posted by Charles II on February 26, 2011

I’ve never followed Irish politics, but this election will matter, since whether Ireland goes along with the German extend and pretend model of ignoring financial crises away or whether it decides to screw the banks and tax the rich to prevent great suffering among working people may hang in the balance. Not that anything really radical is likely to happen. Ireland is far too deep in hock to the multinationals for that to happen.

Here it is, from right to left as I understand it:

Country clubbers/Christian Democrats: Fine Gael
Neo-liberals/corporate libertarians: Progressive Democrats (disbanded 2008)
The consensus party, center/right: Fianna Fáil
Center left: Labour
Left/nationalist: Sinn Féin
Left/environmentalist: Green

The current parliament has 70 from Fianna Fáil, 51 from Fine Gael, 20 from Labour, 6 from the Greens, and 5 from Sinn Féin.

John Murray Brown of the FT predicts a Fine Gael-Labour coalition, with Fine Gael taking around 40% of the vote. Fine Gael could win an outright majority.

So, at this stage, extend and pretend looks to win the day. Not a good omen.

Frank Schnittger of DK has more on the polling.
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Update: From CMike in comments at Avedon’s Sideshow, a very interesting read by Michael Lewis in Vanity Fair to get the flavor of how the Irish crisis developed.

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Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on February 25, 2011

Posted in Alexander the Great, Friday Cat Blogging | 2 Comments »

Right-Wing Agents Proschlockateur Already At Work?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 25, 2011

Remember my post on how teabaggers planned to pose as union members and cause trouble so it would get blamed on the unions?

Remember, also, how Scott Walker himself approved of the idea but reluctantly decided not to implement it himself?

Well, guess what — the right-wing “Patriot Action Network” reports its first assault by a “union thug”:

On Wednesday, members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) took their labor union protests to the Washington, D.C. offices of FreedomWorks, a conservative activist organizations.

One of the young conservatives at the scene was Tabitha Hale, a tea party activist, blogger and FreedomWorks employee.

As Hale filmed a heated debate between one of her colleagues and a CWA union organizer, the man violently smacked Hale and her camera away:

see video at The Blaze:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/thats-assault-union-protester-whacks-young-freedomworks-activist/

Now, did you have your bullshit detector turned on when you were reading that? Good. Because lookiee here:

The following is taken from a website named “The Patriot Action Network” on a page titled: “Get ready: SEIU’s Purple Army nationwide protest schedule; teachers’ unions pressure members to show “solidarity”” This section of the site references and links to Mark Williams “MarkTalk.com” blog, but at the moment, I am unable to verify if this post is, in fact, from that site as I am getting 404 errors for both the link that’s supposed to go to the specific entry as well as the blog itself. I am leaving the links intact, however, so they’re available if the site returns.

Yup, the Patriot Action Network may be linked to and assisting Mark Williams, the disgraced teabagger I mentioned in my earlier post.

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