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Koch Fib Files: The TV Ad’s Apolitical Cancer Patient

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 11, 2014

Remember the anti-Obamacare ad created by Karl Rove’s Koch-funded group “Americans for Prosperity” that featured a lady cancer patient who tried to make it sound like her health care costs were going up?

Well, it turns out that she’s actually going to save over $1000 a year because of Obamacare:

Before her plan was canceled, [Julie] Boonstra was paying a $1,100 monthly premium. That’s $13,200 a year, without adding out-of-pocket expenses like co-pays and prescription drugs. But under her new plan, the Blue Cross Premier Gold, Boonstra’s premiums are down to $571 a month, and out-of-pocket costs are capped at $5,100. That’s a maximum annual expense of $11,952 a year.

Oh, and here’s something else that won’t surprise anyone at all who’s been paying attention over the last four decades:

Boonstra told The Detroit News she had never been politically active before joining the anti-Obamacare campaign. The newspaper reported her ex-husband, Mark Boonstra, had served as chair of the Washtenaw County GOP, and was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder (R) to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 2012.

What was that about being apolitical again, Ma’am?

(Crossposted to MyFDL.)

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Yves Smith Catches A Koch Operative Posing As A Progressive

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 17, 2012

The sad irony that the overall utterly unacceptable Ron Paul — unacceptable, that is, if you like among other things Social Security, paved roads, and birth control (for starters) — is on some issues better than many Democrats, including Obama, is the stuff of unending arguments online these days.

In the course of fighting with Veal Pen types deceitfully conflating comparing Ron Paul and Barack Obama on foreign policy and civil liberties with being hardcore Paul worshippers, Yves Smith discovered something interesting about one of the lead attackers:

Who is Megan Carpentier? She’s currently the executive editor at Raw Story. And reading her salvo at Greenwald, most readers would assume she’s a progressive. She’s hectoring Greenwald from a presumed leftist position.

In fact, Carpentier is no such thing. She is a conservative opportunist using her feminist fundamentalism as a cover. She was a lobbyist for seven year and wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post which is noteworthy for trying to improve the public image of lobbyists by stating that they weren’t obscenely well paid, that they really were interested in politics, and that they provide helpful research to Congressional staffers.

But Carpentier is less than forthcoming about her history and her ideological leanings. Her last gig as a lobbyist was for the Tax Foundation, which was an early anti-New Deal outfit founded in 1937 by reactionary oligarchs like GM Chairman Alfred Sloan. It was “financially troubled” when the Koch brothers purchased its name and other assets and made it a unit of their’ “Citizens for a Sound Economy” (CSE in 2004 split into Americans For Prosperity and FreedomWorks). The Tax Foundation newsletter that announced she had joined touts her “extensive experience in promoting sound economic and tax policies to Congress and state legislatures.” In other words, she is a loyal and effective foot soldier for the right.


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Scott Walker Will Be Recalled in 2012

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 26, 2011

That’s as close to a lead-pipe cinch as I can see right now:

…The Democratic recall drives in five Republican-friendly districts have yielded roughly 115,000 signatures. There are 33 state Senate districts. If the pattern were to hold statewide, that would yield roughly 760,000 signatures — probably considerably more when heavily Democratic areas such as Madison and Milwaukee are added to the mix.

The baseline number of signatures needed to recall Walker, in a process that can begin next January, is 540,208. Do the math and it becomes clear that, while 2011 is shaping up as a remarkable political year, 2012 could well be the year when Wisconsin shows the whole country what democracy looks like.

Scott Walker, this is for you:

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The Kochtopus In Minnesota: Laura Brod, ALEC Stalwart

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 26, 2011

As you may have heard, the Wisconsin Republicans are trying to make life hell for a college professor who dared exercise his First Amendment rights. His subject: The influence of ALEC, the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, which crafted the templates for the anti-worker legislation being pushed nationwide by Republicans at the state level.

Who are the representatives of the Kochtopus in Minnesota? Hard to tell, as ALEC is a very secretive group that likes to fly under the radar. But Sally Jo Sorensen of Bluestem Prairie has a few clues:

Laura Brod is a past state chairman for ALEC; current state senator Gen Olson was her co-chair in 2010. (Current chair? Mary Kiffmeyer).

Want to set the Red Alert klaxons screaming at GOP Central? Dare to talk about ALEC.

Just as Professor Cronon’s ALEC phillipics have frightened the Wisconsin Republicans enough for them to try some really breathtakingly stupid intimidation and silencing tactics, Sally Jo Sorensen’s dissemination of the fact that Laura Brod, Gen Olson and the supremely nutty Mary Kiffmeyer are all prominent ALEC operatives has sent the Republicans into a Twitter frenzy. As Sorensen Tweeted in reply: “Love it when people spend hours insisting something isn’t important. Nice work if you can get it.”

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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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Things The GOP/Media Complex Won’t Tell You About Wisconsin, Part 2

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 19, 2011

Since the national media is pretending that average Americans, unpaid by the Koch family, who protest for their rights are somehow agents of “chaos”, and that members of Koch front groups like the Tea Party and Americans for Prosperity are solid citizens, I have decided to forego linking to them unless they tell the unspun and whole truth, or I can mock them in some way.

In this case, the mockery comes from a resident of Madison who is astonished at just how in the tank the national press is for the Koch-funded teabaggers:

I’ve been at the WI state capitol for the last 5 days. I run my own business a block from there and have been heading over during lunches and at the end of the days. The whole week has been unbelievable, and as you would expect, the national media isn’t doing it justice.

Today especially – the billionaire backed republican rally was so full of FAIL, I almost started to feel sorry for them. Almost.

It truly was laughable how small and insignificant the ‘baggers were. Official estimates are saying 70,000 just today alone, and I’d be shocked if the Koch Klan topped 1,000. So imagine my surprise when just checking in now to see how it’s being covered, and the AP article that seems to be all over the place online, focuses almost exclusively on the counter-protesters. I know we’re all aware of this thing they always do, but it’s extra disconcerting when you experience the deception so directly.

Whatever…It’s really incredible what’s happening here, and I’m very proud of how my fellow labor backers handled themselves going face-to-face with the crazies and being very respectful and staying on message, and not taking the bait. There are even volunteer groups forming each night to go around the grounds and cleaning up. Various unions are stationed around the grounds with grills set up and giving food and water for free. I’ve talked to some restaurant and bar owners around the square, and they’re saying this week will make their entire year, and having to place several orders a day with suppliers just to keep up (one is a friend and he’s ordering massive amounts from local farmers…they’re not sure if they’ll be able to meet demand if this keeps up). He also said many are placing large orders and asking them to pass it all out for free to protesters. It’s really great to see.

I haven’t seen any of this mentioned in any article I’ve read yet. Solidarity! Also. Too.

Another Wisconsinite chimes in to corroborate

Yeah, I was there about 11:30 to maybe 1:30 or so and I would be surprised if there were more than 200 teabaggers there. The pro-union people were shoulder to shoulder filling the streets around the capital. I imagine Fox is reporting 80-100,000 teabaggers though. It’s nice to see liberals standing up for themselves for a change!!

By the way: Despite the obvious jonesing for violence by the teabaggers (who flew in disgraced media hack Andrew Breitbart to address their miniscule crowd before they all left for the day), the Madison police department reports that as of 5:10 pm Central Standard Time, there have been no arrests of anyone during the week of protests.

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Some Things The GOP/Media Complex Won’t Tell You RE: Wisconsin

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 19, 2011

I see that the alleged fact-checkers of the rocking-chair media are trying to undermine the Wisconsin protesters. We have CBS Minnesota’s (formerly WCCO’s) Pat Kessler doing a typical divide-and-conquer piece on how allegedly rich are Wisconsin’s public employees, but what he chooses to ignore is that Wisconsin public workers haven’t had pay raises in two years and instead have done sixteen unpaid furlough days during that time.

There’s a reason that over two-thirds of Wisconsinites think Walker’s way out of line on this.

There’s a reason that even the Archbishop of Milwaukee, not known for lipping off to Republican pols, is calling Walker’s and the state GOP’s moves “immoral”.

By the way: That “budget deficit”? Walker created it, with his tax breaks for his buddies.

Also by the way, this is a Koch brothers production, from ALEC (the group behind the anti-worker bills in WI and elsewhere) to the “Stand with Walker” astroturf site to the teabaggers being bussed in from across the country much as Hosni Mubarak sent his paid goons to harass the protesters in Tahrir Square. (Though today’s teabagger presence is pitifully small — less than 1,000 compared to the 70,000-plus pro-worker folks, according to Madison residents — the national media continues to act as if they’re the only game in town.)

(Crossposted at Renaissance Post.)

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Kochtopus Coming To Hosni Scott Walker’s Rescue

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 19, 2011

Scott Walker, the newly-installed and Koch-purchased governor of Wisconsin, is pulling yet another Hosni Mubarak move. First he threatened to sic the national guard on protesters; now he’s calling on the astroturf wing of the Republican Kochtopus, the Tea Partiers, to go after the peaceful protesters in Tahrir Square the State Capitol:

In response to the growing protests in Madison, Koch fronts are busing in Tea Party protesters to support Walker and his union-busting campaign. Last night, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz reported on the involvement of Club for Growth and the Koch-financed Americans for Prosperity in the pro-Walker protest scheduled tomorrow.


Koch Industries is a major player in Wisconsin: Koch owns a coal company subsidiary with facilities in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Ashland and Sheboygan; six timber plants throughout the state; and a large network of pipelines in Wisconsin. While Koch controls much of the infrastructure in the state, they have laid off workers to boost profits. At a time when Koch Industries owners David and Charles Koch awarded themselves an extra $11 billion of income from the company, Koch slashed jobs at their Green Bay plant…

Koch front group ALEC — the American Legislative Exchange Council — helped Walker and the Wisconsin Republicans get elected, and also Republicans in other states, and is the driving force behind the anti-union legislation being readied in several states.

And now the Koch front group Americans for Prosperity is behind the “Stand with Walker” astroturf website: Hosni Mubarak is green with envy.

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