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Four Car Companies Considering Leaving Alabama Because Of HB 56

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 14, 2011

Courtesy of Sally Jo Sorensen, we have this bit of news:

First, farmers saw the immediate economic catastrophe in Alabama because of the state’s draconian immigration law HB 56 as immigrant workers fled and their crops rotted. Then two high-profile arrests of foreign autoworkers legally in the state potentially put international investment in Alabama at risk. As a result, business leaders are now joining the chorus of voices against HB 56 because of serious economic consequences the anti-immigrant law is having on the state — while the state’s governor is playing damage control with the four foreign automakers that employ tens of thousands of Alabamians.

Hint to foreign auto company executives: Anti-union “Right to work” states are that way because unions fight for the rights of all workers, including non-white ones and those born outside of the US. There’s a reason that the “right to work” concept is most strongly upheld in the former (?) slave states, and that reason has a lot to do with the corporate-bigot alliance called “The Southern Strategy”.

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Thursday Evening News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 23, 2010

So much for Republican outreach to the Latino community. A group of conservative Hispanic business leaders set up a forum, the first Hispanic Leadership Network conference scheduled for next month in Miami, and promoted it as a way for Republican presidential hopefuls to interact with the community — and virtually all the big names — Romney, Thune, Daniels, Perry — flatly turned them down, with a number of others not bothering to respond even in the negative to the invitation. The only potential candidate to accept the invitation was Tim Pawlenty, who has less of a chance than I do of becoming president — and I have a feeling he probably only agreed to come as a favor to Norm Coleman, who helped organize the thing.

— Remember when a little bit (or even a lot) of snow didn’t faze state and local governments in Minnesota? Nowadays, budgets are so starved after decades of tax cutting that cities have to essentially pray it doesn’t snow.

Check out the video of David House’s interview with Bradley Manning (and wonder at how Manning could be rotting in solitary confinement for seven months on the say-so of the somewhat dodgy Adrian Lamo).

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Unemployment Recovery Similar To Previous Recent Recessions

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 22, 2010

Bonddad discusses why all of the ideological camps discussing the current state of the economy have an interest in poor-mouthing it.

By way of backing up his argument, he cites the fact that the unemployment rate recovery has been so far quite similar to those of past recession recoveries.

Something to ponder.

Posted in big money, economy, employment | 7 Comments »

Show This To Your Koch-Confused FOX-Watching Climate Denialist Kin

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 14, 2010

Darryl Cunningham does us all a favor and explains the science of climate change — and the motivations of the obscenely-rich oil and coal barons funding the denialist groups, people like the multi-billion-dollar Koch brothers.

(H/t PZ Myers.)

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The Fiscal Blockade: Wikileaks’ Ultimate Target

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 4, 2010

Julian Assange did a live Q&A session at the Guardian yesterday.  The transcript is right here.

Here’s a key sample therefrom:

Q. tburgi:

Western governments lay claim to moral authority in part from having legal guarantees for a free press.  Threats of legal sanction against Wikileaks and yourself seem to weaken this claim.

(What press needs to be protected except that which is unpopular to the State? If being state-sanctioned is the test for being a media organization, and therefore able to claim rights to press freedom, the situation appears to be the same in authoritarian regimes and the west.)

Do you agree that western governments risk losing moral authority by attacking Wikileaks?  Do you believe western goverments have any moral authority to begin with?

A. Julian Assange:

The west has fiscalised its basic power relationships through a web of contracts, loans, shareholdings, bank holdings and so on. In such an environment it is easy for speech to be “free” because a change in political will rarely leads to any change in these basic instruments. Western speech, as something that rarely has any effect on power, is, like badgers and birds, free.

In states like China, there is pervasive censorship, because speech still has power and power is scared of it. We should always look at censorship as an economic signal that reveals the potential power of speech in that jurisdiction. The attacks against us by the US point to a great hope, speech powerful enough to break the fiscal blockade.

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Mica Wants To Privatize Pornoscans, Not End Them

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 22, 2010

David Dayen has the scoop, discussing how John Mica’s (R-Florida) sudden opposition to Opt-Out Day reveals the true aims of Mica and of Republicans in general:

Now, Mica’s long-term goal is to get the TSA out of the transportation screening business. He wants to leverage public anger against “gate-rape” (h/t Marcy) to basically privatize the operation. I haven’t met anyone who thinks that would lead to a kinder and gentler security procedure, however. Mica and his cadres don’t really want to end the security state – they want to profit from it. Some of the civil libertarians in their midst may have different ideas, but when push comes to shove, their principles are being used by establishment Republicans to 1) hurt President Obama’s TSA and 2) legislate it out of existence, with private security taking over at airports.

Hell, the only reason TSA exists is because Bush’s brain Karl Rove and his fellow Republicans thought it would be a good way to try and break the Federal unions, using “national security” as the pretext. It must really burn their butts that TSA workers are now allowed to unionize. The fact that TSA employees now can join unions, just like their Customs and Border Patrol and DC Capitol Police brethren and cistern, is likely a big reason why Republicans who just loved TSA when Bush was in charge are now using the pornoscan controversy as a reason to dump TSA (but not the pornoscans).

By the way, if you’re looking for more effective and less costly ways to do screening than don’t involve repeated doses of radiation along with loss of dignity, this Mother Jones article has a few suggestions.

Posted in 2010, abuse of power, big money, privatization, Republicans, security theater, TSA, unions | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

US Chamber Of Commerce Shrinking As Businesses Reject Its Far-Right Politics

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 19, 2010

David Dayen at FDL has the details.

Let’s just say that it’s not what it claims to be. The Chamber, that is.

Posted in (Rich) Taxpayers League, 2010, abuse of power, big money, conservativism, corporatists | Comments Off on US Chamber Of Commerce Shrinking As Businesses Reject Its Far-Right Politics

The Hill Thinks Donations Made By Americans Living Overseas (Or Working For American Outlets Of Foreign Companies) Are “Foreign Money”.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 18, 2010

That’s the pretzel logic behind their latest efforts to rush to the defense of the Republicans, this time over the foreign-donations scandal:

See the obvious dots that The Hill is trying to connect? It’s trying to suggest because Democrats have accused GOP-friendly attack groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, of possibly using money foreign donations to help influence U.S. elections in the form of paying for relentless attacks ads targeting Democrats, that there’s some double standard in play because Democrats have cashed checks from “foreign-affiliated” PACs.

But of course there’s no comparison between the two. None. 

The questions that continue to swirl around the Chamber revolve around unknown donors who may live in foreign countries giving undisclosed amounts.

As for the PACs in question? Behold [emphasis added]:

The PACS are funded entirely by contributions from U.S. employees of subsidiaries of foreign companies. All of the contributions are made public under Federal Elections Commission rules, and the PACs affiliated with the subsidiaries of foreign corporations are governed by the same rules that American firms’ PACs or other PACs would face.

Like I said, this is The Hill trying to connect non-existent dots. And I’m sure the GOP and right-wing bloggers are happy to watch. 

Your GOP/Media Complex in action, folks.

(UPDATE: Thanks to ClassicLiberal2 for the correction.)

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Good News: The Foreclosure Fraudsters Are About To Get Slammed. Hard.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 3, 2010

Cindy Kouril, who has been all over this story, has the goods:

4closure fraud has a set of pleadings from Kentucky. It’s a class action suit based on the events of the last few weeks. A group of homeowners in Maine has also begun a class action suit. I believe that one is also in federal district court, though I have not yet seen those papers.

If there are enough class actions brought in enough district courts, based on the same subject matter and proof, the cases will likely be consolidated into what’s called a “multi –district litigation.”

This is snowballing so much faster than I dared hope.

The banks behind this are going to pay, and pay hard.

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The For-Profit College Welfare Scam: Minnesota Edition

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 10, 2010

The student loan scam has over the past three decades been crafted to rip off students and put them in near-perpetual penury while the loan companies rake in huge profits.

Of course, one way to make sure the student loan scammers have a large captive market is by removing all other options. As Aaron Klemz of The Cucking Stool explains, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is heavily involved in making sure that Minnesota’s public colleges are starved of public cash, whereas for-profit institutions get increasingly massive amounts of public welfare money to prop up their profit margins at student and taxpayer expense.

Check out Aaron’s article. It’s eye-opening reading.

Posted in (Rich) Taxpayers League, big money, education, Minnesota, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples | Comments Off on The For-Profit College Welfare Scam: Minnesota Edition