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FDL Membership Drive Right NOW: Looking For A Few Good Folks

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 17, 2011

Jane Hamsher wants to talk to you RIGHT NOW about becoming an FDL member:

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Call Jane and the gang now at 202-506-3907 to become an FDL member. More on this here. Here’s an excerpt:

We had a FANTASTIC webinar conference with our members last week. We wanted to know what they thought FDL’s role should be in the 2012 election, and beyond. Every person who wanted to speak about their ideas got the opportunity to do so, and we got to hear a lot of amazing suggestions…


Clearly there are a lot of different ideas that need to be explored further. Everyone’s suggestions were treated with respect, and we focused on what kind of “next steps” we could take as a group to learn more about them.

We’re in the exploratory phase right now, and we’re going to be inviting experts on to talk with our members on future webinars before any conclusions are reached. We want to create an environment for learning about what’s possible. We’ll also be dividing up into member committees to explore different options.

And we’ll be constantly asking our members what they think, and what they want to do, in surveys that we share with them so that we can all have an idea of where we stand as a community as we make our plans for the future.

I’ve been writing for FDL for many years now. I was around for FDL’s coverage of the Scooter Libby trial. I watched as Jane and the gang accurately predicted nearly a year ahead of time what a disaster passing the WellPoint-Baucus version of “health care reform” would be, both for the Democrats and the nation. When our corporate-owned media and even many of the institutional left have been applauding every time a Democrat does something that hurts his or her party’s principles or the well-being of most Americans in the push to chase corporate campaign cash, FDL strives to keep our politicians honest at best, and to expose their hypocrisies and betrayals when they fail us.

Give Jane and Ryan a call right now at (202) 506-3907. Tell her what you think, and offer her your support. Together, we are strong.

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DSK Replacement Coming From Deutsche Bank?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 17, 2011

Ever since seeing Eliot Spitzer taken down just as he was about to get medieval on Wall Street, it’s hard for me not to wonder about the timing or intent of sex charges filed against certain prominent people who are almost never conservatives. (Google “arnold schwarzenegger rape” and you’ll see that all sorts of dark stories, going far beyond his serial gropings, followed the Gropenator all throughout his time in office, yet he never had to do a perp walk. He was so well protected that he was able to wait until after he left the Governor’s Mansion in Sacramento before he confessed to Maria that he’d fathered a kid by their longtime housekeeper. This triggered a divorce, but of course Arnold doesn’t need Maria’s Kennedy money any more — he’s got lots of his own by now and since he’s retired from politics, he doesn’t need her for window dressing any more either.)

As is well known by now, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, as IMF head, favored restructuring the debts of debtor nations like Greece rather than forcing them into economy- and people-destroying austerity plans just to please various German banksters. So now that he’s been taken down in a sex/rape scandal — something he predicted back in late April, by the way (though whether he did so to pre-emptively cast doubt on charges that might have been true is anybody’s guess) — he’s probably going to be replaced by the CEO of Deutsche Bank:
Handelsblatt is saying that Josef Ackermann, the CEO of Deutsche Bank, is being considered for the head IMF role

Pardon me while my eyebrows are raised a few inches. No wonder Nouriel Roubini thinks this stinks to high heaven.

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Just watch it

Posted by Charles II on May 17, 2011

Andrew Breitbart and anyone else associated with this need to suffer the full punishment of the law.


Two Missouri labor professors have been vindicated after a right-wing smear campaign almost cost them their jobs. Last month, the website—run by right-wing blogger Andrew Breitbart—posted footage of a labor relations class taught by University of Missouri professors Judy Ancel and Don Giljum. In the video, the professors appeared to make a number of statements backing the use of violence in the struggle for labor rights. But it turned out the video was edited in a way to distort their words—similar to recent video campaigns against ACORN, Planned Parenthood, NPR and former FDA official, Shirley Sherrod. “I was just appalled. I knew it was me speaking, but it wasn’t saying what I had said in class,” said Judy Ancel, Director of the Institute for Labor Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The man has a lawsuit against him by Shirley Sherrod. He should be enjoined from publishing anything anymore until that lawsuit and whatever action Judy Ancel may file are resolved. I agree that the students who participated in that class may well have cause for civil suits against the student who copied, falsified, and disseminated the video. I hope Breitbart “excites” himself into contempt of court.

Cross-posted to DKos and FDL.

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CAGE Match: MN GOP Trying To Have It Both Ways On Gambling

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 17, 2011

As two Republican lawmakers introduce a bill in Minnesota’s legislature to allow for gambling outside of tribal areas, and in a planned casino development in Minneapolis’ Block E, it looks as if the Republican Party of Minnesota is about to officially drop its long-held stance that gambling is icky.

Of course, the great thing about the Block E casino bill from the RPM’s point of view is that it allows them to screw over a key DFL constituency, Native Americans — who also happen to be a group that’s hated by much of the RPM’s constituency — while claiming to be all about helping out the poor neglected core cities from which they usually make political hay through bashing them. But a funny thing seems to be happening on the way to achieving the screwjob trifecta, and it looks like the Sutton family, which has long been associated with the anti-gambling group CAGE, may be trying to have it both ways:

The official news, in a Saturday disclosure dutifully reported that night by the Star Tribune’s Hot Dish blog was that GOP chairman stepping down from board of anti-gambling group. By the end of the weekend, Minnpost columnist  and pachyderm whisperer Cindy Brucato caught up with the failed burrito baron to deliver Tony Sutton resigns from anti-gambling group.


More to the point, I turn to Corey Sax’s conservative blog, a Stream with Bright Fish. In the post CAGE Board Member Bridget Sutton Emails to MNGOP Members, he looks at and shares epistles emailed by the other member of Clan Sutton. For while the failed burrito baron has abandoned CAGE and work with Public Affairs, Inc, the failed baroness remains on both the board and the public affairs firm:

Although Mr. Sutton has stepped away from CAGE so that he may be a more effective Chairman, according to the CAGE website his wife Bridget Sutton still remains on the CAGE board. In and of itself this is not a big deal, so long as she doesn’t use her husband’s influence for access to MN GOP assets in pushing CAGE’s agenda. However, there is circumstantial evidence from emails provided to me by a confidential source, that she may have done just [that]. My confidential source has forwarded me email communications sent by Bridget Sutton to Minnesota GOP delegates and elected officials urging them to oppose gambling legalization and to enforce the current Native American gaming monopoly. There are also emails from the Republican Party of Minnesota advocating the CAGE cause.

These emails should not serve as an accusation, but rather are intended to spark important ethical questions. Where did Mrs. Sutton get these email addresses? Did she get them from CAGE? If so, how did they get them? Did she get them from Mr. Sutton or from the MN GOP? If she did get these emails from Mr. Sutton or the MN GOP then does Mrs. Sutton’s participation on the CAGE board and her husband’s position in the party create a conflict of interest and a disservice to Minnesota Republicans?

What these emails do show is an effort by both the Republican Party of Minnesota and Mrs. Sutton to astroturf opposition to legalizing gambling. These emails provide Twenty-one different copy and paste letters provided by Mrs. Sutton that were disseminated to GOP leaders. Where did Mrs. Sutton get these emails and these contacts? Were the Republican leaders who forwarded these emails acting outside of the bounds of their elected positions? Perhaps the most important question of all, why would an organization that claims to defend free markets support a government backed monopoly for a special interest? I don’t have the answers to these questions, but hopefully the Republican Party of Minnesota will.

Go over there and read up.

Gee, I know that both Tony and Bridget Sutton need jobs, now that the Coopers have kicked them out of the Baja Sol disaster, but this is ridiculous.

UPDATE: Co-blogger Charles reminds me in the comments thread that this is awfully similar to the shakedown scam Jack Abramoff pulled against his Indian tribe clients.

(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)

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