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Your Minnesota GOP: Attacking Modest Office Furniture

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 21, 2011

If the Republican Party of Minnesota is good for nothing else — and the evidence seems to show that this is the case — it’s always good for a laugh.

To wit (pardon the pun), we have them claiming that actually being fiscally prudent is a sign of — well, I’m not quite sure what it’s supposed to be a sign of; the Republican bloggers trying to push this whatever-it-is don’t want to spell it out, perhaps out of fear of having to actually offer proof that would stand up in court if it came to that.

Anyway, they seem to think that Governor Dayton’s choice of modest and sensible office digs and furniture, in keeping with the theme of true fiscal prudence sounded by his administration, is somehow a sign of the apocalypse. Well, whatever, gang.

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Chip Cravaack Versus The Public Good

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 21, 2011

Sally Jo Sorensen and a few other sharp-eyed folk have noticed that freshman congresscritter Chip Cravaack thinks Calvin Coolidge is like the Best President Evarrrr. This despite (or because of?) Coolidge’s staunch opposition to anything that might risk inconveniencing the rich for the public good: Flood control, aid for farmers (as opposed to the corporate entities that drove them off their land), that sort of thing.

Then again, we’re talking about Chip Cravaack, the young ‘un who managed to tick off his biggest boosters, the Republicans running the Duluth News Tribune, when he came out against Federal spending on improvements for Duluth’s airport.

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NPR Smears Wisconsin Workers, Again: TOTN Edition

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 21, 2011

The following is from an e-mail received from a reader of MR. Said reader has given me permission to reproduce it here, with spelling edits:

Just tried to call in to Talk of the Nation while they were doing a program on Wisconsin.

Back in the old days, the show used to allow various comments so long as they were on topic. But today, the FIRST thing the screener said was “With a state budget deficit of $2 billion, what should public employees be expected to give?”

When I tried to say “They’ve ALREADY given sixteen furlough days in the past two years!”, the screener cut me off, saying that they wanted only people who were going to answer their (loaded) question. She was quite brusque, too.

NPR: not even Nice Polite Republicans any more.

(Crossposted to MyFDL.)

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Bye-bye elections in Germany

Posted by Charles II on February 21, 2011

Helen Pidd, The Guardian:

Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) suffered a humiliating defeat in a key German regional election – something that will make governing all the more difficult for her already shaky coalition.

Exit polls released after polling stations closed suggested the German chancellor’s CDU had lost control of Hamburg to the opposition SPD party.

One poll, conducted by the state television channel ZDF, projected that the centre-left SPD was set to win 50% of the vote.

The CDU took just 20%, according to the pollsters – the worst result for the party in the port city since the second world war.

The dramatic plunge in support for Merkel’s party, which polled 42.6% of the vote at the last election in Hamburg in 2008, can be attributed to voter dissatisfaction with the chancellor’s handling of the euro crisis as well as problems within her own party at home and particularly in Hamburg.

It’s just one regional election, and a lot of times local issues dominate. But I think the SPD–all of the European left, as a matter of fact–needs to think through what it is going to do if it does win power. There is a lot of dissatisfaction focused on unemployment, foreign workers/immigrants, and so on. There need to be alternatives that make people happy.

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Tea Partier Plans to Go to Madison Posing as Union Member So He Can Start Fights

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 21, 2011

While the national media is busy yammering about nonexistent “chaos” even as the Madison cops still haven’t found anything that rates writing out an arrest warrant, a really stupid teabagger named Mark Williams wants to get together with his buddies and go to Madison to cause actual trouble while posing as SEIU members:

we are going to target the many TV cameras and reporters looking for comments from the members there (5) we will approach the cameras to make good pictures… signs under our shirts that say things like “screw the taxpayer!” and “you OWE me!” to be pulled out for the camera (timing is important because the signs will be taken away from us) (6) we will echo those slogans in angry sounding tones to the cameras and the reporters.

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Our goal is to make the gathering look as greedy and goonish as we know that it is, ding their credibility with the media and exploit the lazy reporters who just want dramatic shots and outrageous quotes for headlines. Even if it becomes known that we are plants the quotes and pictures will linger as defacto truth.

This is exactly the sort of thing right-wingers love to do. See, for example, Mitch Berg and his buddies at “Protest Warrior”. So it’s no surprise that they’re trying the same old agent proschlockateur silliness.

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