Wednesday, December 3, 2008


From Think Progress

Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson “was awarded a $4 million bonus in 2008” and was granted 225,000 shares of restricted stock. He will also receive a 10 percent increase in his annual salary in 2009, raising his base salary to $2.06 million.

SMH=Shaking My Head

R.I.P. Odetta,

NEW YORK — Odetta, the folk singer with the powerful voice who moved audiences and influenced fellow musicians for a half-century, has died. She was 77.

Odetta died Tuesday of heart disease at Lenox Hill Hospital, said her manager of 12 years, Doug Yeager. She was admitted to the hospital with kidney failure about three weeks ago, he said.

In spite of failing health that caused her to use a wheelchair, Odetta performed 60 concerts in the last two years, singing for 90 minutes at a time. Her singing ability never diminished, Yeager said.

"The power would just come out of her like people wouldn't believe," he said.

With her booming, classically trained voice and spare guitar, Odetta gave life to the songs by workingmen and slaves, farmers and miners, housewives and washerwomen, blacks and whites.

First coming to prominence in the 1950s, she influenced Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and other singers who had roots in the folk music boom.

An Odetta record on the turntable, listeners could close their eyes and imagine themselves hearing the sounds of spirituals and blues as they rang out from a weathered back porch or around a long-vanished campfire a century before.

"What distinguished her from the start was the meticulous care with which she tried to re-create the feeling of her folk songs; to understand the emotions of a convict in a convict ditty, she once tried breaking up rocks with a sledge hammer," Time magazine wrote in 1960.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Birthday to Pittsburgh - 250th Anniversary

Another Song and Video by Mike Stout

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Rachel Maddow Show: Auto Workers Being Blamed for Problems

Arlo Guthrie - I'm Changing My Name To Fannie Mae

Arlo "updates" Tom Paxton's "I'm Changing My Name To Chrysler" for these times.

Arlo Guthrie [1987] Alices Restaurant "Reprise"

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dixie Chicks - Travelin' Soldier

Monday, November 24, 2008


Saturday, November 22, 2008

How Bout One From My Union Brother

Stand or Fade - Mike Stout at the Pump House, Homestead PA
More of Mike's Music and Concert Info @ Mikes Facebook Site

Saturday with Bruce and Woody

Asshole of the Week

From Think Progress

In its “sprint to the finish,” the Bush administration is working tirelessly to enact or alter a wide array of federal regulations that would weaken government rules protecting consumers, workers, and the environment.

As Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, told the Wall Street Journal, “This administration will stop at nothing to jam through as many reckless proposals as they can before the clock runs out.”

The Wonk Room and ThinkProgress are keeping a close eye on Bush’s Backward Sprint to the Finish, and have compiled a document to keep tabs on both the proposed and already enacted changes. Here are some examples:

Cutting back Medicaid: New rules “narrowed the scope of services that can be provided to poor people under Medicaid’s outpatient hospital benefit.”

Allowing mining near the Grand Canyon: A proposed rule by the Bureau of Land Management would prevent Congress from ordering emergency withdrawal of federal land from mining claims. The House Natural Resources Committee “issued such a withdrawal order in June for about 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon.”

Allowing more emissions from power plants:: The Environmental Protection Agency is “finalizing new air-quality rules that would make it easier to build coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and other major polluters near national parks and wilderness areas” by weakening the Clean Air Act.

From Crooks and Liars

A last-minute Bush administration plan to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections, including a strenuous protest from the government agency that enforces job discrimination laws.

Hillary and Patty Murphy Are trying to Stop Bush's BullShit

The proposed rule would prohibit recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to perform or to assist in the performance of abortions or sterilization procedures because of their “religious beliefs or moral convictions.” It would also prevent hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and drugstores from requiring employees with religious or moral objections to “assist in the performance of any part of a health service program or research activity” financed by the Department of Health and Human Services. The counsel, Reed L. Russell, and two Democratic members of the commission, Stuart J. Ishimaru and Christine M. Griffin, also said that the rule was unnecessary for the protection of employees and potentially confusing to employers. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 already prohibits employment discrimination based on religion, Mr. Russell said, and the courts have defined “religion” broadly to include “moral or ethical beliefs as to what is right and wrong, which are sincerely held with the strength of traditional religious views.”

Political Cartoon of the Week

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Rush Limbaugh thinks you should work till you die

From Crooks and Liars

The anti-union movement is on, and it all is centered around the automotive industry's quest for a rescue package/loan from the government. Limbaugh leads the charge in his Monday, Nov. 17 broadcast.

As the clip unfolds it appears that his own boss was trying to get him to change the topic. A caller who self-identifies as a Republican tries to shoot down some of the myths of the UAW that Limbaugh pushes on his flock on a daily basis. When asked about working past 67, he spins it by saying you shouldn't retire at 55.

It's a long clip, but this is what's being said. His boss even freaks out on him at the end:

Limbaugh: You're a nice guy and I'm sure that you are a salt of the earth guy but since you asked, What I am supposed to do, go back to work at 67? No, you're not supposed to retire when you're 55. You sound to me like you are totally capable of still working. Unless you work for a place that forces you out and says 55 you can no longer do the job, you got no business retiring at 55 IF you can't afford to retire. What's wrong....My boss is having a conniption there. What's wrong? Is that the unpolitick thing to say? I have not ... the American Dream. I have not redefined the American Dream. The American Dream is retire at 65. People are retiring now at 50 and 55 and so forth when they are still capable of working. According to the tables at 55, you've got 22 years left...

I have not redefined the American Dream. I have not redefined it. ... I don't understand what I said that's wrong here.

What planet is this man living in? He keeps digging deeper and deeper. Does he even know what the American Dream is?

h/t to C&Ler Dan for sending in the audio and says:

Rush basically tells auto workers that if their pension plans go bankrupt, they should go back to work.

Limbaugh obviously has no idea what concessions the UAW has already made. "GM, Union Agree on Contract to End Strike"

And this:

For General Motors (GM), a new labor contract represents a step forward. For the United Auto Workers, a big step back.

The two sides came to a tentative agreement on a new, four-year labor pact at 3:05 a.m. EDT Sept. 26, ending a two-day strike. If UAW President Ronald Gettelfinger can get the deal ratified by his 74,000 GM workers in the coming days, the contract will pull the automaker much closer to Toyota's (TM) cost structure. But for the UAW, it will roll back contract benefits and wages won over years of collective bargaining.

Many in the progressive movement did not like these concessions, but they happened. We can debate that later, but to gasbags like Limbaugh, if you work for a company for 30 years, you shouldn't get a pension and should work till you die. Does he hate policemen and firemen as well? Should they not be able to retire with a pension after trying to keeping us safe for thirty years on the job?

Music from 8 Mile - Eminem - Lose Yourself

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Through the GOP Looking Glass

A video mashup by Blue Gal

Saturday, November 15, 2008

This is Cool - PSP 3000 Inside-Out

I own a PSP (Playstation Portable) 2001.This is a cool video of the new model being taken a part in timelapse photograpy. Only difference between the 2001 and the 3000 is a brighter screen and a built in mic. PSP's are not only a game machine. I have 150 songs and 5 movies loaded into mine. I have the 4 gig card. It also has a web browser, Skype, an RSS reader, internet radio, and some other net stuff that use the built in WIFI. I love my PSP.

It's a New Day -

Asshole of the Week

Bill O’REILLY: So you can see the debate over gay marriage is now a full fledge national battle. As talking points said last night the election of Barack Obama has emboldened secular progressives who feel it is their time. Gay marriage just the beginning. Other cultural war issues will also be in display very shortly. These include limiting gun possession, legalizing narcotics, unrestricted abortion and the revocation of the Patriot Act.

Political Cartoon of the Week

Friday, November 14, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Maddow Wears PJs To Show Solidarity For Bloggers

From Think Progress

Last night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow showed a clip of Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) complaining about being criticized by “some blogger” sitting “in their parents’ basement.” Maddow — who later said she saw herself as “a blogger on TV” — did the show in her pajamas to show solidarity with bloggers

Conservatives love to blast bloggers. Defending Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Joe Scarborough mocked bloggers “just sitting there, eating Cheetos” in “their underwear,” while Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) complained that bloggers add “vituperation toxicity” to the political debate.
I've Posted about Neo-Con attacks on Bloggers a few times on this blog. Just thought yunz would like to know what I look like while I'm working on MadPoet.

Keith Olbermann on Prop 8

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Homestead Town by Mike Stout

Friday, November 7, 2008

Rockin with Stevie Wonder

Political Cartoon of the Week

Asshole of the Week

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

One of my favorite songs of the Civil Rights Movement

Thirsty Boots

Quote of the Day

"What do you think of Community
Organizing now, Pasty-Assed Mother-effers?"
-- Wolcott in Vanity Fair

President-Elect Barack Obama in Chicago

CNN Takes A Look At The Campaign That Was

The Only thing I can Say is


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

People Have The Power

Monday, November 3, 2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008

If You Live in Cali Vote NO on Prop 8

Talkin Bout a Revolution Saturday


Asshole of the Week

Dole's 'Godless' ad causes stir

(CNN) — The already-contentious North Carolina Senate race took a brutal turn Wednesday after incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Dole released a television ad suggesting challenger Kay Hagan is "Godless."

“A leader of the Godless Americans PAC recently held a secret fundraiser for Kay Hagan,” the 30-second ad says before showing clips from members of the group declaring God and Jesus do not exist.

“Godless Americans and Kay Hagan. She hid from cameras. Took godless money,” the ad's narrator also says. “What did Kay Hagan promise in return?”

Watch: Dole hits airwaves with 'Godless' ad

The ad ends with an unidentified female voice declaring, "There is no God."

The Dole campaign says it's basing its charge on Hagan's attendance at a fundraiser that was in the home of an advisor to the Godless Americans’ political action committee, a group that promotes rights for atheists.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Hagan said she has never heard of the Godless PAC "before Lydie Dole sent out a press release on this," and said the fundraiser in question had more than 40 hosts, including Sen. John Kerry. She also said she has contacted her lawyers to issue a cease-and-desist order on the commercial.

"I am absolutely appalled at Elizabeth Dole's vile tactics," Hagan said. “This is politics of the worst kind, and I know it has been rejected by North Carolinians at every level. It is so unbecoming of a woman like Elizabeth Dole. This is a fabricated, pathetic ad."

Hagan went on to strongly defend her faith: "I am a Sunday school teacher, I am an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, my family has been going to this church for over 100 years, I have raised my children there. I have been involved in youth missions."

A National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman defended the ad.

"Kay Hagan recently attended a fundraiser held in the home of a founding member of the Godless Americans PAC," Online Communications Director John Randall said. "Now Hagan believes it is unfair to associate her with the group even though the soiree raised her thousands of dollars in campaign cash. I guess money is more important to Hagan than principles."

Recent polls suggest Hagan — a Democratic state senator from Greensboro who began the race at a major money disadvantage to Dole — is now leading the incumbent slightly with only days remaining before Election Day.

Political Cartoon of the Week

Friday, October 31, 2008

R.I.P. Studs Terkel

I Was Wrong! Alan Greenspan

Nas - Sly Fox

So we look at what's going on -- this as an EXTREME aggression, um
I'm also hearing about it from EVERYWHERE!
It's-it's on the islands, it's on the continent, it's here: it's everywhere!
And this is, if you will, a WAR -- An all out assault by...

[Verse 1:NaS]

The sly fox
We locked
In the idiot box
The video slots
The Waco Davidian plots
They own YouTube, Myspace
When this ignorant shit gon' stop?
They monopolizing news
Your views
And the channel you choose
Visual cancer
The eye
In the sky
Number five
On the dial
secret agenda
Frequency antenna
Doctor mind bender
Remote control
Your brain holder
Slave culture
Game's over
What's a Fox characteristic?
Slick shit
Pimp the station
Over stimulation
Comcast digital Satan
The Fox has a bushy tail
And Bush tells
Lies and Foxtrots
So I don't know what's real


Watch what you watchin'
Fox keeps feeding us toxins
Stop sleeping
Start thinking
Outside of the box and
Unplug from The Matrix doctrine
But watch what you say Big Brother is watchin'

Watch what you watchin'
Fox keeps feeding us toxins
Stop sleeping
Start thinking
Outside of the box and
Unplug from The Matrix doctrine
But watch what you say Fox 5 is watchin'

[Verse 2:NaS]

The Fear Factor got you all rattled up
O' Reilly
Oh really?
No rally needed
I'll tie you up
Network for child predators, settin' 'em up
[Sly Fox Lyrics On ]
Myspace pimps, hoes, and sluts
Ya'll exploit rap culture, then ya'll flip on us
And you own the post, and ya'll shit on us
What is they net worth?
They gon' try to censor my next verse?
Throw 'em off the roof neck first
While I'm clicking my cursor
Reading blogs about the pressure they put on Universal
It gets worse while I'm clicking my mouse
While they kickin' my house
They figured us out
Why a nigga go south
It's either he caught a body, no sleep they watchin'!
I watch CBS
And I See B.S.!
Tryin' to track us down with GPS
Make a nigga wanna invest in PBS


Watch what you watchin'
Fox keeps feeding us toxins
Stop sleeping
Start thinking
Outside of the box and
Unplug from The Matrix doctrine
But watch what you say Big Brother is watchin'

Watch what you watchin'
Fox keeps feeding us toxins
Stop sleeping
Start thinking
Outside of the box and
Unplug from The Matrix doctrine
But watch what you say Fox 5 is watchin'

[Verse 3:NaS]

They say I'm all about murder-murder and kill-kill
But what about Grindhouse and Kill Bill?
What about Cheney and Halliburton? (Halliburton?)
The backdoor deals
On oil fields
How's NaS the most violent person?
Ya'll don't know talent if it hit you
Bringin' up my criminal possession charges with a pistol (pistol)
I use Viacom
As my firearm
And let the lyrics split you
Who do you rely upon?
They shoot shells at Leviathan
I'm dealing with the higher form
Fuck if you care how I write a poem?
Only Fox that I love was the red one
Only black man that Fox loves is in jail or a dead one!
Red rum
Political bedlam
Don't let the hype into your eyes and ear drum
Murdoch on Fox
Not 18 with Barracas
And he hate Barack cause
He march with the marchers


I pledge allegiance to the fair and balanced truth.
Not the biased truth
Not the liar's truth
But the highest truth
I will not be deceived
nor will I believe
In the Propaganda
I will not fall for the Okey-Doke
I am tuned-in


Watch, cause they're watching
Watch what you're watching

Better watch, cause they're watching
Watch what you're watching

Misleading ya

Watch what you're watching

Missy Elliot - The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Jim Quinn is a Local Asshole

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Let's Put An End To McCain's Lies About Obama's Tax Cut Plan

Obama Rally - Pittsburgh, PA

Obama had a huge rally in Pittsburgh last Monday. I didn't go cause I hate lines and people started lining up out side the Mellon Arena at 5am. The Area (where the Penguins Hockey Team Plays) holds 18,000 people. Not everyone could get in. The Pictures are from 2politicajunkies website.

Quote of the Week

Obama - "Lately he's called me a socialist for wanting to roll back the bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans so we can give some tax relief to the middle class. I don't know what's next. By next week he'll be calling me a secret communist because I shared my toys in kindergarten. I shared my peanut butter and jelly sandwich."

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Obama Resoles His Shoes While Palin Spends $150K

by enamore22 

While Politico reports on the RNC spending $150,000 to 'accessorize' Palin and her family, I stumbled upon this picture of Senator Obama .
He's got holes in the bottom of both his shoes from walking so much on the campaign trail. And as the caption explains, he's already resoled them once.

Some Sunday Joy with Lucinda Williams

Asshole of the Week

from Think Progress

Right-Wing Florida News Anchor Asks If Obama Is A Marxist; Defends Questions As ‘Probing'

Yesterday, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) sat for an interview with Barbara West of WFTV Orlando. West loaded her interview questions with right-wing smears, likening progressive tax policies to Marxism. Biden responded to West’s ridiculous line of questioning with disbelief:

WEST: You may recognize this famous quote, “from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” That’s from Karl Marx. How is Sen. Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?

BIDEN: Are you joking? Is this a joke? … Or is that a real question? (LAUGHTER).

“I don’t know who’s writing your questions,” Biden told West later in the interview. When West asked if Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) wanted to “turn America into a Socialist country like Sweden,” Biden said, “I don’t know anybody who thinks that except the far right-wing of the Republican Party.”

Political Cartoon of the Week

Friday, October 24, 2008

Who dishes out the PORK?

According to Los Angeles Times, Gov. Sarah Palin’s “approach to government was business as usual.” One quarter of state posts went to campaign donors or relatives — “without regard to qualifications.” Leading donors “received state-subsidized industrial development loans” and an ethics complaint is pending against Palin “for allegedly helping another donor and fundraiser land a state job.”

Thursday, October 23, 2008

There Is Just One America

With the challenges and crises we face right now, we cannot afford to divide this country by race or class or region; by who we are or what policies we support. There are no real or fake parts of this country. We are not separated by the pro-America and anti-America parts of this nation - we all love this country, no matter where we live or where we come from.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Michelle Obama talks about Fashion

Fox News Spins Palins Wardrobe

Yawn! Thats right folks, The RNC spent $150,00 to dress up Palin. I wonder why these idiots on Fox never mentioned all the time they spent talking about Edwards $400 haircut or Clintons Haircut on Airforce 1? The Hockey Moms I know buy their clothes at K-Mart. I know I promised to post only about the Issues of this Election but I couldn't let this sillyness go - wolf

From Daily Kos

On FOX News Channel, they are truly hilarious in their spin on the Palin wardrobe shopping spree, initially spinning that the shopping budget is the reason why she looks so good, and then quickly sputtering themselves into a strange rant on sexism and how TV personalities always get free clothes anyway.

As I said earlier, unless the McCain campaign figures out how to bury this story, nine times out of ten this will be the moment when not just reporters but also Republicans start talking about the McCain-Palin campaign in the past tense.

John McCain Is A Socialist!

McCain Agrees with Murtha in Moon, PA

Does it shock you when I say the part of PA I live in is Racist? I agree with Murtha! - wolf!

Help spread the truth about ACORN

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Shades of Hunter S. Thompson

In the book "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail" Hunter writes about how he was ejected from the Nixon press plane. One of my favorite scenes in "Where The Buffalo Roam" Bill Murray as H.S.T. brilliantly recreates that passage from the book. My favorite scene happens when Bill as H.S.T. pisses on Nixons feet in the bathroom at the airport. I doubt if this really happened and it is deleted from the DVD. Now McCain has kicked Joe Klein off the McCain plane.

From Politico

Time columnist Joe Klein, who’s been a forceful critic of the McCain campaign (and already said he’s unwilling to accept a post-election apology), has found himself without a seat on the McCain or Palin planes the past four months.

In June, Klein was kept from boarding the McCain plane over what they said had been a security issue. More recently, when trying to fly on the Palin plane last week, Klein told Politico over e-mail that the campaign's response was he “couldn’t be accommodated at this time.”

“I’ve done nine presidential campaigns and this is the first time this has ever happened to me,” Klein said. “I was even allowed—I won’t say welcomed—on the Clinton plane in the summer of 1996 after I was revealed as the author of Primary Colors.”

“I rode with McCain during the primaries, but not since I asked him—at a June press conference—whether he really believed Ahmadinejad was the ‘leader’ of Iran, since he has no control over foreign policy or the nuclear program,” Klein continued. “That was when they suddenly told me that I hadn’t called in time to get secret service clearance. (I had called more than a day in advance.)"
But he’s not the first high-profile critic to get the cold shoulder.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that she had been “banned” by the campaign for what they told her was “the foreseeable future.” Despite Dowd being kept off the planes, The Times continues to have reporters travel with the campaign. Similarly, other Time magazine staffers, including Washington bureau chief Jay Carney, " reporter Michael Scherer, and Mark Halperin (The Page), have not had a problem with access.

Palin Claims The Vice President Is ‘In Charge Of The U.S. Senate’

I wrote about this after the Biden, Palin debate. It's seems she hasn't learned anything about the US Constitution yet or just doesn't give a Damm.

From Think Progress

Yesterday, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) sat for an interview with KUSA, an NBC affiliate in Colorado. In response to a question sent to the network by a third grader at a local elementary school about what the Vice President does, Palin erroneously argued that the Vice President is “in charge of the United States Senate“:

Q: Brandon Garcia wants to know, “What does the Vice President do?”

PALIN: That’s something that Piper would ask me! … [T]hey’re in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom.

Indeed, while Palin suggests that questions about what the Vice President does is something only her daughter Piper would ask, Palin herself asked this very question on national television in July. Apparently, she still hasn’t learned the correct answer.

Article I of the Constitution establishes an exceptionally limited role for the Vice President — giving the office holder a vote only when the Senate is “equally divided”:

The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided.

Moreover, the U.S. Senate website explains that the modern role of Vice Presidents has been to preside over the Senate “only on ceremonial occasions.” ThinkProgress contacted Senior Assistant Paliamentarian Peter Robinson, who also disputed Palin’s characterization of the Vice President’s role:

In modern practice the Vice President doesn’t really control the Senate. … If anyone has a responsibility to try to govern the Senate, it’s the responsibility of the two leaders.

Watch Palin’s interview below (exchange 0:45 from the end): Read the rest of this entry »

Special Comment on Pro-America & Anti-America Psychos

Monday, October 20, 2008

Tell it Joe!

Palin and McCain are Dividing this country. To say that some folks are pro -Americans insinuates that some of us are not Pro American. Belive me; It's happened to me right here on this blog. One of the commenters said in a Post, Love it or Leave it. It's not the first time and it won't be the last. So when Palin said the following some of you might have heard me scream at the TV.

"We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. We believe" -- here the audience interrupted Palin with applause and cheers -- "We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation."

This is Joe Biden's Answer to Sarah Palin's Dumb Remark!

I'm not Surprised

I'm not Surprised that Fox News, Rush Bimbo and others are calling Colin Powell a Racist.
From Think Progress

A new cartoon by syndicated cartoonist Gordon Campbell hits Gen. Colin Powell for endorsing Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). The cartoon shows a picture of Revolutionary War general Bendict Arnold — who infamously committed one of U.S. history’s greatest acts of treason — in blackface, followed by the line: “Benedict Arnold…Race Patriot“:

Politicker reports Campbell also stated that Powell “wishes to see someone who looks like himself in the White House.” Similarly, Rush Limbaugh is now saying that Powell endorsed Obama only because they are both African-American, and a prominent Maine GOP activist claimed, “If Obama was a white man, Powell would not have made the endorsement.”

An "Assault On Democracy"

Keith Olbermaqnn & Bob Bauer on ACORN

Seems The GOP are the ones involved in voter registration fraud
From Daly Kos

So, now that a Republican has been arrested and charged with voter registration fraud, I'm sure that the GOP will be claiming that Republicans are trying to "rig the election," right?

SACRAMENTO -- The owner of a firm that the California Republican Party hired to register tens of thousands of voters this year was arrested in Ontario late last night on suspicion of voter registration fraud.

State and local investigators allege that Mark Jacoby fraudulently registered himself to vote at a childhood California address where he no longer lives so he would appear to meet the legal requirement that signature gatherers be eligible to vote in California.

Jacoby's arrest by state investigators and the Ontario Police Department comes after dozens of voters said they were duped into registering as Republicans by his firm, Young Political Majors, or YPM. The voters said YPM tricked them by saying they were signing a petition to toughen penalties against child molesters. The firm was paid $7 to $12 for every Californian it registered as a member of the GOP.

Oh, that's right. When fraud is committed against ACORN, that's Democrats trying to steal an election. When Republicans are arrested for voter registration fraud, that's a different story...

Colin Powell Decimates McCain's Rationale

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Ellen Urges Californians to Vote No on Prop. 8

Saturday Blues with Lady Day

Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit

Political Cartoon of the Week

Asshole of the Week

In his efforts to attack Barack Obama, John McCain appears to have turned to the same political consulting firm that was responsible for spreading vicious smears about the Senator during the 2000 South Carolina GOP primary.

The Robo Call

Hello. I'm calling for John McCain and the RNC because you need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers whose organization bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge's home, and killed Americans. And democrats will enact an extreme leftist agenda if they take control of Washington. Barack Obama and his democratic allies lack the judgement to lead our country. This call was paid for by McCain/Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee at (202) 863-8500.

BTW: Bill Ayers and the rest The Weather UnderGround never KILLED anyone. After The Weathermen broke up a former member that was in another group called the Black Liberation Army killed a policeman. He is in prison doing Life in Attica State Prison. Three Weathermen died in a Townhouse in NYC when the bomb they were making went off accidentally. For information about the Weathermen check out the Documentary "The Weather Underground."

Friday, October 17, 2008

Bachmann Calls For McCarthy-Like Investigation Into Anti-American Activities Of Liberals

This Story from Think Progress really really pisses me off! Are we ready to go back to Red Baiting and the McCarthy Era of Politics because we have a different view than the Right Wing Aholes?

Appearing on MSNBC’s Hardball today, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) attacked the patriotism of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), based on his alleged relationship to former Weather Underground member William Ayers and the values of Obama’s former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. “I’m very concerned that he may have anti-American views,” said Bachmann. “That’s what the American people are concerned about.”

She then went further, suggesting that all liberal views — held by people such as Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, professors, and all Americans who identify themselves as “liberals” — are “anti-American.” When host Chris Matthews, stunned by her remarks, asked Bachmann how many people in Congress hold anti-American views, she responded, “You’ll have to ask them.”

Bachmann called on the media to conduct investigations into the anti-American activities of members of Congress, similar to Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s discredited House Un-American Activities Committee hearings in the 1950s. “I think people would love to see an exposé like that,” she claimed.

Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) made similar comments at a fundraiser yesterday, saying that she loved to visit “pro-America” areas of the country — “small towns” where “hard working” people are “very patriotic.”

Palin loses bid to block beluga whale protection

Palin wants Polar Bears off the Endangered Species List and now this story from  MSNBC about Whales. Do you really think Palin is a animal rights person? - Wolf

Federal government declares population off Anchorage 'endangered'

WASHINGTON - The federal government on Friday determined that a species of beluga whale native to an inlet off Anchorage, Alaska, is endangered and will require additional protection to survive.

The finding could even have presidential implications: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain's running mate, had questioned scientific evidence that the population was declining.

"In spite of protections already in place, Cook Inlet beluga whales are not recovering," James Balsiger, assistant administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service, said in a statement

Follow the Link for the rest of the story

The Difference between McCain supporters and Obama supporters

I have been off Line for awhile. Looking into a better net connection. Look at the Difference between McCain supporters and Obama supporters. The Racist Money person at the Palin Johnstown Pa Rally vs The Polar Bear Protesters protesting Palin in Pittsburgh this week because Palin wants polar bears to be hunted from planes and taken off the Endangered Spices List.

Racist Monkey

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Toning it down?

Ever since last weekend, when Palin first accused Obama of "palling around with a terrorist," referring to 1960s radical William Ayers, rowdy crowds have called Obama a liar, terrorist and worse.

At an event Friday in Lakeville, Minnesota, McCain referred to Obama as a "decent person" and praised him as a "family man" after two voters expressed fear over Obama being elected.

But the Arizona senator was met by a sea of boos when asking the crowd to be more respectful toward Obama.

When the crowd began to boo, McCain told them "No, no. I want everyone to be respectful."


I don't know if this is true where you live but I am still seeing those Obama hangs around with terrorists ads on my TV. - wolf

And today in Philly Obama said:

"But here's the thing Philadelphia. They can run misleading ads, and pursue the politics of anything goes, they can try to change the subject. They can do that what they want to do because the American people understand what's going on -- but it's not going to work. Not this time."

Song of the Season with Eva Cassidy

Eva Cassidy - Autumn Leaves

Asshole of the Week

Palin is so wrong. Do we really need another self absorbed power hungry VP?

Body blow for McCain as Palin found to have abused powers

At the end of the 10-week investigation into the so-called Troopergate affair, Palin was found to have breached the ethics rules which govern her conduct as governor of Alaska. The findings, delivered by an investigator who had been hired by the Alaskan state legislature before she was picked as McCain's running mate, are certain to lead to questions over his judgment, and to queries and challenges as to her suitability for national office.

Political Cartoon of the Week

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Sidewalk to Nowhere, McCain Supporters in Bethlehem, PA

Big Anti-Palin Rally being held in Pittsburgh as I post this. Hope to have more info ASAP
I feel bad for the McCain people in this Video, Real Sickos

I guess Cindy Forgot

Like Beating A Dead Horse

Stock market drops 107 points during Bush’s speech on the economy.

Today, President Bush gave an eight-minute speech on the economy, which was meant to reassure the markets. “This is an anxious time,” said Bush. “But the American people can be confident in our economic future.” However, ABC News notes that during those eight minutes, the Dow Jones dropped another 107 points. The Dow was down 78.70 at the beginning of Bush’s address, but at 185.66 by the end.

from think progress

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

What A Sad Scary Clown He Is

McSame Loses Another Debate

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

McCain's question inspires audience member to call Obama a 'terrorist'

Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic notes that when Republican presidential nominee John McCain asked supporters in Albuquerque yesterday "who is the real Barack Obama," a man shouted out "terrorist!"

Marc has the video/audio evidence here. As CNN's Political Ticker notes, it's unclear whether McCain heard the shout. The candidate did not respond.

Also yesterday, someone shouted out "kill him!" when GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was talking about former Weathermen Bill Ayers to a crowd in Clearwater, Fla.

And So, McCains Negitive Bullshit Has Come To This - It's Sad -Wolf

Olbermann's Special Comment

Monday, October 6, 2008

Spiral Dance Ritual

The Comment Section is Open

I will close it again if people refuse to follow these simple rules.

1. No Violent Posts
2. No Threats on my life or others
3. No Bashing Religion, Race or Women
4. Do not expect me to change my views or this blog because you disagree with what is posted.
5.  If you want to read right-wing BS go to another blog, you won't find it here.
6. Fact Check your comments as I do when I post to the blog.

McCain and the Keating Five Scandal

Who is hanging around Terrorists now?

I really wanted to stick to the issues on the blog but since Palin wants to take it to the gutter lets do it!

Joe Vogler head of theAlaska Independence Party (AIP), the secessionist group once said: 

The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government...and I won't be buried under their damn flag...I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions.

Palin's complete dealings with the group isn't entirely clear, and unfortunately we can't ask Mr. Vogler about it since he was murdered in a plastic explosives sale gone bad," but we do know this: Sarah Palin probably attended the AIP convention 1994, the McCain campaign admits she attended in 2000, and as governor, Palin taped a welcoming message to them in 2006, saying:

Your party plays an important role in our state's politics. I've always said that competition is so good, and that applies to political parties as well. I share your party's vision of upholding the constitution of our great state... So I say good luck on a successful and inspiring convention. Keep up the good work, and God bless you.

Add to that, Todd Palin, aka, the "First Dude," was a registered member of AIP from 1995 until 2002, coincidentally changing his party affiliation when she began her first campaign for public office.

From The Daily Kos

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Palin is Whacked

McSame is losing so it's time for him and his soulmate to step up the personal attacks. Where did the man go who said he was going to run a respectable campaign?

Fact Checking the Obama/Ayers connection.

The Statement: Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin said Saturday, October 4, that Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is "someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country."

Verdict: False. There is no indication that Ayers and Obama are now "palling around," or that they have had an ongoing relationship in the past three years. Also, there is nothing to suggest that Ayers is now involved in terrorist activity or that other Obama associates are.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Billy Ray Meets Billy Ray

Billy Ray finally made his way to the Pittsburgh Zoo today to check out the tiger cub that was named for him. To play with his 40-pound namesake, Billy Ray had to don a protective coat. Yes, that's him in the black above.

Billy Ray told the news: "As I was petting him, I was telling him he's here for a reason -- to bring more attention to his species. There are only 300 to 400 left in the wild."

Billy Ray (the tiger) has had to be bottle fed since his mother rejected him. He was born on Mother's Day and has become somewhat of a celebrity. Check out the rest of the story and video here.

Kingston Trio's Nick Reynolds dies at 75

Saturday with Blackmores Night

The Classic Dylan Tune Performed by Blackmores Night

Political Cartoon of the Week

Asshole of the Week

Bill O'Relly - Loses it on Barney Frank

Friday, October 3, 2008

Barnes not down on mental health parity

This is something I fought for when I was President of the PA Mental Health Consumers Association.

Included in the massive $700 billion bailout bill Congress passed and President Bush signed today is a bipartisan mental health parity provision that gives employees the same treatment rights for mental illness as for other physical ailments. “Congress has given hopeto the millions of Americans and their families who live with mental illness,” said Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT). But last night on Fox News, the Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes coldly dismissed the measure, saying “it doesn’t belong” in the bill:

BARNES: I don’t care about the mental health parity, and some of the other things that don’t belong in there. On the other hand, we have a crisis, and we need to do something.

More details on the Mental Health Parity law here.

The VP Candidates on the Office of the VP

Biden Nailed It Here! One of the many things that Cheney has done that has pissed me off. Trying to change the Constitution to say that the Office of the VP is part of the Legislative Branch. Wrong Wrong Wrong!!!!

IFILL: Governor, you mentioned a moment ago the constitution might give the vice president more power than it has in the past. Do you believe as Vice President Cheney does, that the Executive Branch does not hold complete sway over the office of the vice presidency, that it it is also a member of the Legislative Branch?

PALIN: Well, our founding fathers were very wise there in allowing through the Constitution much flexibility there in the office of the vice president. And we will do what is best for the American people in tapping into that position and ushering in an agenda that is supportive and cooperative with the president's agenda in that position. Yeah, so I do agree with him that we have a lot of flexibility in there, and we'll do what we have to do to administer very appropriately the plans that are needed for this nation. And it is my executive experience that is partly to be attributed to my pick as V.P. with McCain, not only as a governor, but earlier on as a mayor, as an oil and gas regulator, as a business owner. It is those years of experience on an executive level that will be put to good use in the White House also.

IFILL: Vice President Cheney's interpretation of the vice presidency?

BIDEN: Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we've had probably in American history. The idea he doesn't realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that's the Executive Branch. He works in the Executive Branch. He should understand that. Everyone should understand that.

And the primary role of the vice president of the United States of America is to support the president of the United States of America, give that president his or her best judgment when sought, and as vice president, to preside over the Senate, only in a time when in fact there's a tie vote. The Constitution is explicit.

The only authority the vice president has from the legislative standpoint is the vote, only when there is a tie vote. He has no authority relative to the Congress. The idea he's part of the Legislative Branch is a bizarre notion invented by Cheney to aggrandize the power of a unitary executive and look where it has gotten us. It has been very dangerous.