A report says Gov. Scott Walker’s administration gave the Capitol Police chief and his top deputy double-digit pay raises after moving them on paper to fake jobs for two weeks and then back to their real posts.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Chief Dave Erwin, who has overseen a crackdown on anti-Walker protesters, got a salary hike of nearly 12 percent to over $111,000 a year.
The newspaper reports that raise was possible only because Walker officials transferred Erwin to a ghost position in another department. Then he was shuffled back to his real job as head of the Capitol Police force. They took similar steps to skirt civil service salary limits for Deputy Police Chief Dan Blackdeer.
Walker’s staff says he had no hand in authorizing the raises.
If you say “I’m a conservative” openly and unapologetically, then we can’t be friends.
Because it means that you’re content to align yourself with an ideology which, in this country at least, stands for profits over people, supports the rich and derides the poor, takes malicious glee in attacking everyone who isn’t a richstraightwhitecisdude (or corporation), doesn’t believe food and healthcare are human rights, and believes that the very humanity and rights of people are up for debate.
Individual conservatives may be good people, some of them, maybe. But if you overtly identify yourself to me as a conservative, no way in hell am I giving you enough benefit of the doubt to find out. I don’t extend full-faith-and-credit to members of borderline hate groups. And that’s how bad the conservative movement of this country has gotten.
Sorry not sorry.
Dear Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, and the Texas GOP,
You don’t know me, and I’m not a Texan in any way, shape, form, or fashion. So I’d say you won’t care what I think about this fiasco - except that you’ve already made it abundantly clear that you don’t care what anyone thinks of what you’re doing here, whether they’re a constituent, a politician with the opposition, or God Herself, so I know it’s nothing personal.
Since my words, and indeed, my very existence mean nothing to you, I will feel free to speak my true mind on this in very blunt terms.
You are the biggest pack of filthy hypocrites I’ve ever seen.
You (the wider GOP) venerate the Founding Fathers, who fought a war and founded a nation over the right to be treated with respect and have a say in one’s government - and yet you blatantly disrespect the modern people of that nation when they gather by the hundreds and thousands to tell you to STOP. You idolize (and I mean that in the truest sense of idolatry, by the way) a group of men who are remembered for, among other things, decrying “taxation without representation” - and yet you will happily impose far more intimate regulations on your constituents’ very bodies while silencing their representation, whether it be through their elected officials or through their own voices raised in protest.
You use procedural trick after procedural trick to try to force those elected voices to shut up, eventually forcing them from the floor under guise of respect for parliamentary procedure - and yet you’re quite happy to blatantly violate the same rules you insist everyone else abide by as soon as it suits you, by altering documents and timestamps to literally rewrite history once it became clear you’d lost.
Do you know why I am political in the ways that I am, Mr. Perry (et al)? Because I still believe in - still want to believe in - the the noble ideals I was told we as a country stood for, as a child growing up in America. I want this country to offer liberty and justice to all. I want a government that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people.
And you people claim to love the Constitution, love the Founders, love what this country “stands for” - that is, what we claim to stand for - and yet your actions tell a terrifyingly different story.
Because when you are faced with The People Themselves, in the flesh, by the hundreds, literally raising their voices to prevent you from making unjust laws that trample on their rights…
And your response, after every dirty trick and lie and machination you used failed you, is to say “That’s fine, we’ll just try it again next week"…
You are not acting in the spirit of the lofty goals of liberty and justice and freedom. You are channeling King George. (Hell, at this point, I’m inclined to say you’re channeling Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine too, but that’s my penchant for hyperbole and my geekishness sitting down for a drink together, so.)
You are liars. You are hypocrites. You are power-hungry tyrants unfit to wield authority over an ant colony, much less millions of human beings. And you need to fucking stop.
With intense loathing,
For a party that positively fetishizes the American Founders, the GOP has a real problem with actual citizen participation and democracy in action.
It’s as if they forget that we literally would not have a country if not for people standing up to a government they perceived as oppressive and corrupt and yelling NO FUCK YOU (with guns).
They pull every dirty procedural trick in the book (and make some more up, for good measure) to maintain their deathgrip on power, seemingly utterly without the self-awareness to realize that they are King George in this scenario. They are the powerful, the established government refusing to hear the voices of the governed. Only it’s not just taxation without representation now, it’s violatingly intimate regulation of people’s own bodies, not just *without* representation, but actively *over and in opposition to* representation.
This country was born of defiance and rebellion. If they don’t want a front-row seat to a reenactment of that process, they should probably stop giving We The People so much to rebel against.
I normally cringe at this phrase, but those who do not learn from history…
The rhetoric from the right has been getting more and more frenzied these past couple years. I suppose that’s what happens when your absurdly racist party is simultaneously confronted with a Scary Black Man President and increasing evidence of your slide into irrelevance as your single priority of “taking care of rich straight cis white Christian male businessmen” becomes ever-clearer at the same time that that particular demographic is shrinking compared to the size of every other demographic that you’ve made it quite obvious you hate. So the bit I came across today isn’t *surprising*, but it is, I think, something to note.
There’s plenty to unpack in this particular off-the-rails screed from Don Feder of World Congress of [Cishet 2-Parent Unlimited-Children White Christian] Families about how Obama is totez gonna start rounding up conservatives and putting them in concentration camps any day now (and what IS it with these people and their Holocaust-appropriation fetish anyway?), but there was one line in particular that jumped out at me.
Recall Obama’s bitter-clinger remarks from the 2008 campaign – identifying resistance to his message primarily among those who cling to religion, guns and “anti-immigrant” sentiment. Think of his anti-nationalism (including the rejection of American exceptionalism) and attacks on the family, via same-sex “marriage” and taking medical decisions out of the family’s hands.As an aside, “taking medical decisions out of the family’s hands” is something to condemn when it’s Democrats making it possible for people to even *consider* making medical decisions at all via expanded access to health insurance and health services, but taking medical decisions out of people’s hands is awesome when it comes to Republicans legislating pregnancy and reproductive decisions? Uh huh. We see you, hypocrites.
But the part that got me here was the bit about “rejection of American exceptionalism” as equivalent to anti-nationalism.
If you don’t believe the U.S. is inherently superior to all other nations on this planet, you are anti-nationalist. If you do not believe we’re better than everyone else, you hate America. There is no middle ground. There is no patriotism that allows for any understanding or critical examination of this nation’s flaws. If you don’t uncritically laud everything America does as awesome simply because it was done by “the best country on Earth”, it’s a sign that you hate America and everything the country stands for.
(Considering that, if you look at our history, we have spent a lot of time and effort on standing for greed, corruption, imperialism, colonialism, warmongering, and genocide, I’m not sure why we *shouldn’t* hate at least a solid portion of what this country “stands for”, but that’s a whole other conversation.)
Twelve years ago, Dubya famously said, “If you’re not with us, you’re with the terrorists.”
They’ve put it in fancy euphemisms and made a dog-whistle of it, but it’s the same sentiment. If you fail to believe 100% that this is God’s Country and we can do no wrong, if you fail to uncritically support everything this nation does, you are the enemy.
And they wonder why I’m far more afraid of conservatives in my own country than I’ve ever been of nebulous “terrorists” halfway across the world.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) said just hours after a major tornado ravaged his state that he would use the federal relief funds as a cudgel to force Democrats into accepting more spending cuts to programs like Social Security and Medicare.
The death toll in Oklahoma as of Tuesday morning stood at 24, seven of them children, according to revised figures from the state’s medical examiner’s office. Earlier death reports included much higher numbers, but officials later said that some of the victims were counted twice amid Monday’s chaos. Local hospitals took in hundreds of people injured by flying debris as well, including 70 children. Authorities in Moore, Oklahoma have said they expect the death toll to rise.
The Oklahoma Republican revealed his plans Monday night, speaking to a reporter for CQ.com, a subscription-only service. CQ’s public-facing side reported on the comments later that night, saying Coburn will “absolutely” demand spending cuts to offset his state’s need for federal aid after Monday’s devastating tornadoes.
Dave Johnson / Seeing the Forest blog
Do you remember last year when insider stock purchases by members of Congress was in the news? I had this over at Truthout: License to Profit:…
Every day, these fuckers prove over and over that those who seek power are inevitably those most ill-suited for it.
Just as a rule of thumb, I have found that if there’s ever a proposed bill or government program that’s complicated or weird enough that I’m having a hard time figuring out its effects and which side is the right side to be on, all I have to do is ask one question:
Does the local Chamber of Commerce support or oppose this?
If the CoC supports it,
If the CoC opposes it, odds are it’s at the very least not a *bad* idea, and may well be a seriously good one.
For issues I’m not that up-to-speed on the nuances of, the CoC’s support or opposition makes a great and almost scarily reliable basis for snap judgment.
According to Stephen Colbert tonight, this is the link for a new GOP survey aimed at ‘younger voters.’ Oh sweet lord, the questions on this thing are hilarious and painful and EVERYONE ON TUMBLR NEEDS TO FILL THIS OUT RIGHT NOW
AHAHAAHAHAAHA THIS SURVEY IS HILARIOUS. ”Do you know any gay,lesbian,bisexual, or transgender people?” or “If you met a political candidate and they were nice would you vote for them specifically because they were nice?”
THIS SHIT IS CONDESCENDING AS FUCK. And terrible. XD Go fill it out.
Ohhh, that was fun. There are some good text boxes if you want to vent your spleen at them, too. *satisfied sigh*
I will also note that, ew gross, they specifically talk about undocumented immigrants as “illegal people”. Literally, that is the exact phrase they use. The question was about whether you support building a wall along the US/Mexico border, “to keep out illegal people”.