March 11, 2011 at 5:21 am (culture, education, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, journalism, life, politics, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: business, class warfare, corporations, culture, dark humor, Economy, education, ethics, Facebook, government, history, hostile take-over, humor, ideas, Koch, labor, labor movement, Lansing, life, Madison, media, Michigan, news, opinion, people, photograh, photography, politics, random, Republicans, right-wing, rights, sarcasm, Self Determination, serfs, Snyder, state sign, teachers, thoughts, Walker, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Resistance Radio, working class
It’s official folks. The corporate take-over of America is well underway around the USA. Oh yeah. No doubts about it. Just survey what every Republican Governor is up to in every state and it’s absolutely clear that this is an organized attack on the working classes en masse. The goal is absolute control, dominance and power over the population. Does that sound paranoid? Yeah, well it’s reality, fellow serfs. You think Wisconsin has ISSUES? Well, while we’ve all been watching the antics of Republican Dictator Walker and his hench-people, especially the extremely adorably arrogant Senator Fitzgerald, a very nasty power grab has been conducted in Lansing, Michigan. Oh yeah, what’s worse than snidely cutting the feet out from the working class by stripping them of collective bargaining rights? Float this in your boiling brainpan:
In an extreme move to take away power of local governments, the Michigan Senate voted yesterday to allow the appointment of so-called emergency financial managers to take control of cities and school districts that the newly elected Republican governor in the state unilaterally declares to be “financial emergencies.”
The new bill was passed 26-12 by the Republican-controlled Senate in Lansing and allows newly-appointed financial managers a broad range of powers over local governments. Newly elected Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s new budget bill slashes aid to local governments and many towns are expected to fall into the financial emergency zone as a result. Governor Snyder will then appoint financial managers to oversee these towns.
The bill was passed first in Michigan’s Congress and will now await some changes in wording before being sent to Snyder’s desk for his signature. After the bill is put in effect, the financial managers will be allowed to “reject, modify or terminate the terms of an existing contract…or a collective bargaining agreement.”
They will also be able to “suspend or dismiss local officials, “disincorporate of dissolve entire city governments” and “recommend…that a school district be reorganized with one or more contiguous districts.” Jennifer Page, “Corporate Politicians at Helm”, The Center for Media and Democracy’s PRwatch
Michigan’s Governor is a Republican and by now we all know what that means—right wing Koch Brothers and Cohorts MONEY puppet. Now that Snyder has established his right to slash and burn cities and school districts all by himself –and then to appoint “new managers”–the door is open for Koch and like-minded right-wing Corporate Cohorts for more “hostile take-overs” of cities and schools. Why bother with purchasing individual energy works when you can bleed an entire city and its population to suit your own agenda?
What are we Serfs going to do?
Whatever happened to self-determination in America?
Is this still “America”–land of the FREE? Is it?
The rules have changed folks. In case you haven’t noticed, these Republicans don’t adhere to laws, fair play or honesty. They don’t give a damn about working class people of any ilk. In Wisconsin they have abandoned all pretense of integrity. They’re not elected officials anymore. They’re arrogant, power hungry, control monsters bent on imposing their way–as the only way in much the same vein as the most repulsive manipulative television evangelists. The right-wing corporate Republican way is The Only Way. I sense that “loving kindness” will not get us Serfs anywhere with these people because such is out of their ken. They’re proving it with every move they make. If the Republicans in Wisconsin are so proud of their handiwork, why do they run away from the capital escorted by police, through tunnels and unto dark buses to avoid the wrath of the people they’re supposed to REPRESENT? Do they fear a modern form of being tarred and feathered? Why do they keep trying to keep their handiwork from public view? Because they know it’s “wrong” yet they intend to do as their corporate funders demand any way they can.
Posted on Wisconsin Resistance Radio, Facebook
Note: For those of you who don’t understand what unions and collective bargaining rights mean for working classes–do some homework–start with the Ludlow Massacre and learn about those and other people who died in order for there to be a 40 hour work week, no child labor, and decent living wages. Yes, people fought and died in order to end ruthless exploitation by the rich elite who took everything and gave nothing for the labor of others. Corporate created textbooks don’t present much information on the dark side of the labor movement. Explore America’s dark labor history before you decide unions don’t matter.
March 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm (culture, drama, education, ethics, humor, journalism, life, politics, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: 14, abuse, capital building, copy machines, court order, culture, Democratic, Democrats, entertainment, ethics, fine, GOP, humor, law, life, Madison, musings, news, opinion, people, politics, psychology, random, Republicans, Senators, thoughts, Walker, Wisconsin
The Grand Old Party in Wisconsin is probably sending a dear old dead WI Republican friend of mine screaming in disbelief in his grave. Even before his death he said he couldn’t recognize the current ideology of the GOP. He didn’t know for sure where his own political thinking placed him any longer. He’d been something beyond what would be currently considered a progessive Republican–a mentality that no longer exists within the Republican party from what I can tell. How far beyond? He was a Republican who wanted to work for the ACLU. Wisconsin Republicans have sunk soooo low as to deny Democratic staff access to the copy machines in the capital building. Furthermore, they’ve voted to fine the 14 Democratic Senators taking a stand against their callous efforts to utterly destroy the working class and the educational system throughout the entire state. Yes, it’s going to cost the absent Democrats $100 a day for every day they’re absent without leave. And they’re to pay the “cost” of whatever it takes to bring them “back.” No word on if this applies to any Republicans who don’t show up for “work.” Furthermore, the oh so law minded Republican Gov. Scott “Koch Tool” Walker continues to DEFY a court order to OPEN the capital building to the public–as is the LAW.
No wonder Walker approved the recent appointment of Stephen Fitzgerald to the head of State Police. apparently he senses a need for protection of his ass-ets.
Why do right winging Republicans so hate the working class and so love corporate billionaires? Is doing the bidding of their corporate masters a way to vicariously live the life of the elite rich by association? Professional articles have been written about the psychology of the far right, tea party folks and extreme conservatives. They desire complete authority, control and domination of their peers. They lack empathy. They adhere to “right father” mentality. They have no regard for the consequences of their actions–especially if they do not suffer the consequences. WI Republicans seem to be fitting the profile so far. I think I will peruse those articles further. Never know what else might be discovered. A tool or two perhaps?
Btw, if you’ve been considering placing your bids for Wisconsins energy-works, better do it in writing because the phone is not being answered at the Gov.’s office.
UPDATE: Want to know who had easy access to the capital building? PR Watch says they’re very well heeled –>
February 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm (education, ethics, journalism, life, politics, random, religion, Uncategorized)
Tags: abuse of power, Amy Goodman, Assembly, Bill Kramer, business, corporate personhood, corruption, culture, Democracy Now, Economy, Issues, journalism, Koch, life, Madison, media, nbc15.com, news, opinion, people, police, political process, politics, protest, Republicans, right-wing, serfs, Walker, Wisconsin
Heads up all future Serfs in America! Though if you are employed by Wal-Mart and its ilk, you already know something about being 21st century Serfs to your Corporate Feudal Lords:
According to nbc15.com the Wisconsin Assembly has passed the much protested REPUBLICAN ”Budget Repair Bill” under very questionable circumstances. REPUBLICAN Speaker Pro Tem Bill Kramer grabbed the spotlight when he denied the 15 remaining Democrats a chance to speak, opened the roll for all of 17 seconds for a vote and then quickly exited with a HEAVY Police escort. Is there no end to Koch bank-rolled Republican arrogance? Seems not! Republicans have clearly demonstrated that they are prepared to do the Koch bidding at any cost. Or did REPUBLICAN Bill Kramer just want some media attention all on him for a change? After all, why should Dictator Scott Walker get all the juicy television spots he so obviously relishes for displaying his uncompromising heavy-handed mentality while the rest of his merry band lurks in his shadows? Out front and center now stands Kramer.
Will protestor HEAT melt the snow in Wisconsin?
Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman will be broadcasting from Madison today. You can watch online at www.democracynow.org .
And you can garner updates straight from nbc15.com regarding the Koch owned Republican party in Wisconsin online at
So much for the political “process” in America. First corporations become “persons” for political money funding purposes –and now we are harvesting the fruits of the right-wing corporate world and Supreme Court’s labors.
Is this the beginning or the end of a rumble in America?
February 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm (culture, drama, education, entertainment, environment, ethics, history, journalism, life, politics, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: budget, business, collective bargaining, culture, Democrats, Economy, education, embassy, Erpenbach, family, grassroots, Green, green zone, Issues, journalism, life, Madison, media, money, nbc15.com, news, opinion, people, politics, protests, rants, Republicans, Senators, state, union busting, vents, Walker, war, Wisconsin, working class
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According to a statement posted on nbc15.com this Saturday online by Democratic State Senator Jon Erpenbach the workers as willing to concede everything BUT are NOT willing to give up their COLLECTIVE BARGAINING Rights.
Now the “ball” is in Rep. Gov. Scott Walker’s court. Previously he has absolutely and publicly REFUSED to negotiate at all with anyone. Erpenbach won’t call Walker a “dictator” but I sure will. What kind of democracy is this when one man cracks the whip and everyone else is supposed to jump his way? Well 40,000 protestors in Wisconsin aren’t jumping. They closed down the Milwaukee school district on Friday. Oh yes, children are getting an education–a lesson in politics and government and news coverage and civil disobedience. Despite all the “child care” problems this causes the fact remains that this is EDUCATION in American state government that can’t be gotten from any corporate created TEXTBOOK.
Oh if you’re so inclined you too can email Gov. Scott Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org According to Scott Walker, 19,000 emails supporting his Bill are more important than 40,000 people protesting in Madison. This is an example of Walker’s deliberate inability to recognize which number is larger than another. (See “A Concerned Madison Parent Vents” to learn a tad more about Scott Walker.)
The best Scott Walker has been able to do is send out state troopers and demand that the Democratic State Senators “come home” to work HIS way. For Gov. Scott Walker “HIS” way has been the “ONLY” way so far.
And my rant continues:
Why do Republicans apparently have no regard for the working classes? Hey, for that matter neither do many Democrats in Washington either it seems. Actually it appears most polticians abhor the working class people. Does anyone care about people freezing to death–literally–by having fuel assistance cut off? apparently NOT as this is “shared suffering” according to Washington D.C. Oh yeah? Let’s turn off the heat in EVERY government building in our nation’s capitals and see how much money that saves everyone. Don’t like that notion? Consider this–cease waging war everywhere. Close down the Green Zone in Iraq where THE LARGEST Embassy in the entire world has been built by the USA. How much will that save the budget? Cease all covert operations and let’s see how much that balances the budget. Quit sending billions of dollars in military funds to everywhere in the world in order to assist in killing people. No more tanks. No more guns. No more drones. No more tear gas. No more exporting or importing any of these items. Alternative—green our economy, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, create a public education system that provides quality learning environments for EVERYONE–and I do mean EVERYONE. Clean up all our toxic waste dumps and waterways. Oh I’m sure there’s work for everyone to deal with America’s needs. It just requires a redirecting of focus, will power and funding.
Gee–what would Headstart do with all that money spent just on tanks?
Oh yesterday I received an invitation from Nancy Pelosi in my email box–an invitation to CONTRIBUTE $5 for a chance to “win” an evening dinner with our President and revel in his vision for a grassroots revitalization of America. Why would I give any politician any money at this point in time? Would you?
February 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm (culture, education, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, humor, journalism, life, politics, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: business, collective bargaining, culture, Democracy Now, Democrats, Economy, education, Facebook, firefighters, High School Students, history, journalism, Madison, media, news, people, police, politics, protests, Ray McGovern, Recall, Republicans, Scott Walker, teachers, truthout, unions, Wisconsin, working class
By golly, Ms. Molly! Looks like the cheesehead public working class in Wisconsin has already had enough of their Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to sell them out to private business interests, his outright false reporting of a non-existent budget crisis in Wisconsin and his effort to push through a bill while refusing to hear from the people he is supposed to represent. Want in-depth details? Visit http://www.truth-out.org/watch-live-blog-wisconsin-protest-rally-madison-wisconsin67866 for a complete breakdown of Walker and his fellow Republicans’ misrepresentation of dollar facts to suit their own purposes and to utterly destroy the collective bargaining rights of the working class. Plus, there’s information about some very shady dealings with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The photos are not to be missed-especially the “goats” sign and the guy wearing only candy necklaces and signs.
Also–Democracy Now! had extensive coverage of what’s afoot in Madison on this morning’s show–www.democracynow.org.
You can also catch up on Egypt, Bahrin, the intense crackdown on university students protesting in Puerto Rico, and the ironic arrest of Ray McGovern while silently protesting as Her Majesty Clinton publically yapped about freedom of expression on the internet. She didn’t even bat an eye as the old man was physically assaulted by security without cause during her speech in the aisle in front of her. Is that oil or iron in her veins?
February 18, 2011 at 5:21 am (culture, drama, entertainment, ethics, history, humor, journalism, life, politics, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: budget, business, culture, Democrats, Economy, ethics, history, humor, Issues, life, Madison, media, news, opinion, people, politics, protests, random, rants, Republicans, state, Walker, Wisconsin, working class, Writing
Whenever has American politics ever been so much deadly serious FUN? The most recent news out of Madison, Wisconsin is that the 14 Democratic State Senators have split up and are now in 14 different locations out of the state in order to put some brakes on Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s Repair the Budget Bill. Finally someone in the Democratic Party is showing some backbone and in the most creative way. The Republican majority is one warm body shy of a quorum and the Democratic minority is forcing them to a standstill by not offering a human sacrifice that would enable them to do exactly what Dictator Walker desires. With at least 25,000 working people protesting at the Capital the Democratic State Senators have taken the only avenue available to slow down the Walker regime–they’ve gone on the lam! Now even the Mayor of Madison is working with unions to extend their contracts in order to protect public workers from Walker’s ”Repair Bill”–a bill to fix what was not broken and to serve “private sector business interests”–read as rich corporate profit agendas.
I hope someone gives a heads up to Mr. Hope and Change aka President Obama to find out exactly what’s going on in Wisconsin prior to his next chat with the press about the protests. He did not come off as well informed this afternoon. Wakey, wakey, it’s time to think about DOMESTIC issues and the working class instead of all the military industrial complex’s shady dealings around the globe going haywire because of what the CIA can’t control: People who have had enough despair, domination and war. Unless of course, the working class in America is really none of his presidential concern despite all his fancy lip speak about sharing the pain. What a joke coming from any politician in DC. Politicians share no pain with the working people except in advertising schemes. Perhaps our president will just keep right on playing the world domination imperialistic war-mongering gig until working class America decides it has had enough austerity imposed upon it by the elite rich who so love the word “austerity” as it means nothing to them but profit.