Federal figures show reductions in government, business and manufacturing sectors.
Federal figures show reductions in government, business and manufacturing sectors.
… Consider the reception to the current Fox Cosmos series, hosted by physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Right-wingers are gaining media attention by attacking the show for its “biases” against creationism and “intelligent design” theory, the (slightly) more sophisticated version of creationism. Typical was the complaint of Danny Faulkner of the creationist group Answers in Genesis: “Creationists aren’t even on the radar screen for them.”
It’s true that Cosmos has not given equal time to creationists—because, as deGrasse Tyson points out, the origins of the universe and the theory of evolution are settled questions as far as science is concerned. He told CNN:
I think the media has to sort of come out of this ethos that I think was in principle a good one, but doesn’t really apply in science. The ethos was that whatever story you give, you have to give the opposing view, and then you can be viewed as balanced. You don’t talk about the spherical earth with NASA and then say, “Let’s give equal time to the flat-earthers.”
oh shit! Hammering Hank is still swinging for the fences and knocking some political-truth-grand-slams into the faces of racist white Americans.
In an interview with USA Today published Tuesday, Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron described the racist letters he re
ceived as he closed in on Ruth’s milestone. Four decades later, Aaron says he still keeps the letters in his attic to remind himself of the United States’ persistent racism.
"We are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record,” he said. “If you think that, you are fooling yourself. A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go. There’s not a whole lot that has changed.”
Aaron pointed to Republicans’ obstruction of Obama as one area where not much progress has been made.
"Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated," he said. "The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts."
Aaron, who is now 80, made history on April 8, 1974 when he hit his 715th home run, breaking Ruth’s all-time record. Aaron ended his career with 755 homers, which stood as the record until Barry Bonds hit his 756th in 2007. He was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002.
report from North Carolina on the Moral Movement that is standing up to the right wing’s political assault.
SOME 100,000 demonstrators converged on Raleigh, N.C., on February 8, in the largest protest in the South since the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march at the height of the civil rights movement.
… The real power of the revitalized Moral Movement isn’t its connections to the other mainstream political party, but its grassroots strength. Will Bunch, in his blog for Philly.com, described the Moral Movement as an expression of a growing frustration with austerity:
The fierce urgency of now is the real significance of the “Moral Monday” movement. It’s that tens of thousands of people don’t want to wait until the next election cycle…they want their voices heard right now. It’s in some ways an outgrowth of Occupy and other movements built around the recognition that democracy—as it’s practiced in America right now—has failed to help the middle class.
The exciting potential of this Southern wave of protest can’t be overstated. The Moral Movement is spreading to neighboring states—to Georgia and South Carolina. In right-to-work states, teachers are standing up to attacks on education, and low-wage and agricultural workers are also organizing. Among the crowd at the Moral March in Raleigh were doctors, nurses and medical students in lab coats, demonstrating their support for expanding Medicaid. The Moral Movement’s ties to the labor movement—organized and unorganized—will be key.
Above all, the movement’s strength lies in continuing to emphasize solidarity across struggles. Forward together—not one step back!
According to Lafer’s report, “The Legislative Attack on American Wages and Labor Standards, 2011-2012,” within those two years 15 states passed new restrictions on union collective bargaining or paycheck deductions; 16 passed new restrictions on unemployment benefits; four passed new restrictions on state minimum wage laws; and four reduced limitations on child labor. The child labor changes range from a Wisconsin law ending limits on 16- and 17-year-olds’ work hours to an Idaho law letting 12-year-olds be hired for manual labor at their school for 10 hours a week. Lafer notes that a Idaho school district spokesperson said that would both cut down on labor costs and teach kids “you have to be on time” and “do what you’re asked …”
Not even a full day after he appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, North Carolina county precinct GOP chair Don Yelton has lost his job. Correspondent Aasif Mandvi interviewed the Republican leader about the state’s suspicious voter fraud laws, which opponents claim are nothing but thinly veiled rules constructed to limit minority votes. During Mandvi’s interview Yelton explained why the newly-enforced laws, which says all voters must produce a photo ID before voting, are not racist. He tried to prove his point, but failed miserably. He ended up explaining to Mandvi that one of his best friends is black; he expressed his confusion over why black people could call each other the n-word but he couldn’t and he justified the law, in part, by saying so be it if it “hurts a bunch of lazy blacks who just want the government to give them everything.” Nathan West, a spokesman for the Buncombe County Republican Party said local GOP leaders asked for Yelton’s resignation in “direct response to the interview,” according to Business Insider. Watch the full interview below.
i don’t like to try to predict the future — because, well, i often end up being wrong. so much can change as a result of unforeseen events.
but anyway, i’m calling it now. If Obama ends up going through with an attack on Syria, the Democrats are going to get UTTERLY eviscerated in the next election, and, frankly, it will largely be for all the right reasons, even though the result, a GOP majority, will be a DISASTER.
The popular movement in North Carolina led by the state’s NAACP chapter and marked each week with civil disobedience actions known as ‘Moral Monday’ protests swelled to their largest number yesterday, with organizers saying that as many as five thousand people marched outside the North Carolina State Legislative Building in Raleigh. Later, nearly 120 were arrested after refusing orders to disperse by police.
The latest arrests bring the total number to over 600 in the eight weeks since the protest movement began and occurred as those arrested in the first wave of protests faced trial at a nearby county courthouse.
As the local Charlotte Observer describes, the latest ‘Moral Monday’ protest took “labor issues, women’s rights and economic justice as their themes for the week” and “demonstrators hoped to halt what many described as ‘arrogant’ and ‘vindictive’ policies that favored the very wealthy and caused great harm to the state’s poorest and weakest.”
Here’s the Democrats for you — the friend of working people!
If 2 bullies approach you, and one of them threatens to beat you up unless you hand over $20, while the other one demands ‘merely’ $4, only a fool would call the latter bully their “friend.”
People who support the Democrats as the “lesser evil” in this respect are those who think “pragmatism” means just putting up with the “nicer” bully, rather than mounting a principled fight against all bullying everywhere, regardless of who is carrying it out.
The Senate passed a farm bill today that would, among other things, cut food stamp and nutrition assistance programs by nearly $4 billion over 10 years. The bill now moves to the House, where conservatives are probably going to take a cue from Republican Senator Ted Cruz and fight for much deeper cuts to food assistance programs, which make up the bulk of the farm bill spending. Somehow, we’re supposed to end up with one big compromise farm bill when this is all over. But how that’ll happen is still up in the air. No matter what, though, the rhetorical fight will probably focus on food stamps.
The Senate vote was pretty bipartisan — 66 to 27 — but that’s not likely to happen in the House, too. Many conservatives oppose the bill, which also addresses foreign aid, farm subsidies, and a host of other food-related spending measures, mainly because of the food stamp spending. A House version of the bill would cut spending there much more drastically, by $20 billion over 10 years.
Yesterday, Sen. Vitter of Louisiana offered up an amendment to permanently drop anyone ever convicted of a violent crime from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). According to Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Democrats in the Senate obliged him. The amendment is for a farm bill, which is currently being debated in the Senate.
The amendment would bar from SNAP (food stamps), for life, anyone who was ever convicted of one of a specified list of violent crimes at any time — even if they committed the crime decades ago in their youth and have served their sentence, paid their debt to society, and been a good citizen ever since. In addition, the amendment would mean lower SNAP benefits for their children and other family members.
So, a young man who was convicted of a single crime at age 19 who then reforms and is now elderly, poor, and raising grandchildren would be thrown off SNAP, and his grandchildren’s benefits would be cut. … Democrats accepted it without trying to modify it to address its most ill-considered aspects.
Two-thirds of SNAP recipients are children, elderly or the disabled, and two-fifths of SNAP households live below half the poverty line.
Did you hear of the latest Obama scandal? Apparently the President had two marines hold umbrellas over his and the PM of Turkey’s head at a press conference….
This just goes to show how utterly asinine both the GOP and the military is in this country. Apparently it is prohibited under the Marine Corps Uniform Regulations for a male Marine to hold an umbrella during inclement weather; however, a female Marine is allowed to hold an umbrella, provided she do so only with her left hand.
So the scandal here, according to the GOP, is that Obama let a male Marine rather than a female Marine hold an umbrella over his head …
America, you so dumb.
The GOP claims to be adamantly against using Medicaid dollars to help poor women obtain an abortion because of their deep commitment to the “sanctity of life.” Yet this is the same party which pushed a bill through the House of Representatives in 1995 to enable Medicaid recipients to obtain physician-assisted suicide services as a “cost-saving” measure … As one conservative advocate put it at the time, “Sick people are expensive. The dead are a burden on no one.”
How to OWN Your Republican Congressperson at a Town Hall (by SamSeder)