Shout Out! To KCPT and ALL PBS viewers. Share your mind with KCPT about pulling the film “Citizen Koch” from the air.

Hello KCPT,

We, your viewers,  really want to see “Citizen Koch.” It should not have been pulled off the air. The public has a right to see the documentary and the station should not be fearful of upsetting the Koch brothers.

Public television should be used to inform us; that was the purpose of Independent Lens, was it not?

If you watch PBS, please call for the national showing of this important documentary.

That’s why I signed a petition to KCPT Public Television Station, which says:

“I think the public has a right to view the film “Citizen Koch.” We are requesting you to please show this film. Koch money shouldn’t influence what we can or can’t see aired on our PBS station.”

Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:

http://petitions.moveon.org/workingfamilies/sign/kcpt-kansas-city-air?source=s.fwd&r_by=642703

The people of Wisconsin have not given up. Why should the rest of us?

 

Raise your voice, Tweet, Facebook and reblog at will. Please help fight media control.

Thanks!

Mad-City Parent Steams about Walker in the land of Koch aka Wisconsin.

Well I could rant on about whatever the hell happened in Wisconsin yesterday regading the Recall Gov. Scott Walker effort. But I won’t. I think it’s much more appropriate to guest post the thoughts of a friend who resides in the state and worked hard for the effort.  Without further ado:

A Madison Resident steams in Mad-City:

Short answer:  Walker held on by outspending Barrett on tv ads by a margin of between seven and ten to one.  The ads were either a) the indisputable fact–and not campaign hyperbole–is that we saved Wisconsin by balancing the budget or b) Tom Barrett has turned Milwaukee into a hell on earth, as evidenced by this photo of a dead baby that Barrett is responsible for in some vague, non-actionable way.  Walker also got some cushioning from people who don’t personally like him but who are offended by the concept of the recall.  And finally, I think, despite the demonstrably crappy job he’s done as governor, Walker is still powered by an undercurrent of up-state envy, people who hate Madison liberals for being more affluent and educated and therefore more smug than they are.

Honestly, I don’t know who the hell Walker’s supporters are.  I really can’t fathom this.  He is as close to a mustache twirling villain as I’ve ever seen in Wisconsin politics, a demagogic bully who is willing to do anything to further his political aspirations, and who doesn’t care who he stomps on to do it.  As near as I can figure, I guess, is that his supporters are people, suburbanists especially,  who are afraid of losing their stuff and who are willing to let budget cuts fall on everyone else in order for them to maintain the subsidized lifestyle they somehow deserve.  And Walker understands that, and promises he’s the only one standing between them and the special interests, the bogeyman union bosses, who want to make them pay for incompetent, indoctrinating teachers they can’t fire and make them sit next to other people on crowded non-high speed trains, trolleys really, because they want to put the earth’s needs above people’s.

So, shorter answer:  Walker won because we live in uncertain times and he shows no uncertainty.

The worst part now is how smug Walker is going to be as he rolls out his next legislative session using the failed recall as a cudgel.  Of course, before that, we will be treated to Walker lapping up national attention as the new-flavor-of-the-month frontrunner in the VP sweepstakes, coyly declining consideration, finally, in the interests of running the state.  Which is to say that VP consideration for Walker will continue up to the point the Romney team does its background check and discovers just how dirty Walker is.  Walker’s lawyers spent the past six weeks before the election trying to get letters from both the Feds and the Milwaukee County DA’s office declaring that Walker wasn’t the target of an investigation–either when he was Milwaukee County Exec or sitting as governor–and they couldn’t get them.  Thirteen people around Walker have now been given immunity, so something’s coming down the pike.

Which points to what I hate most about Walker:  this may sound quaint but what I really can’t stomach is that he has no sense of fair play.  The whole John Doe investigation centers around his using his office for campaigning, for using the levers of power to help himself.  Ever since he got elected he has been working tirelessly to tilt the playing field for his own benefit.  He’s called special sessions to get around legislative rules and when that wasn’t enough he broke laws to muscle his bill through.  His legislators on redistricting met in secret and then passed a bill so gerrymandered that the courts struck parts of it down.  he passed a voter ID law to disenfranchise as many Democrats as possible.  And, of course, his whole emergency budget bill was less about a budget crisis and more about cutting off political opponents at the knees.  And all the while he crows hypocritically and piously (I can’t count the number of times he’s mentioned that he’s the son of a minister) about how hard he is working for Wisconsin, again, standing up against the special interests.  Every time he parrots that line I want to throw something at him, because how much more special an interest can you get than the Koch Brothers.

In other words, this one really hurt.  I put in a lot of get out the vote work, and I started letting myself get hopeful.  And now I don’t know anything anymore.

But thanks for letting me vent.  That actually made me feel better.

A Mad-City Parent

Keystone XL Pipeline is a KOCH addiction. Oppose it BEFORE it Leaks!

Not ready to become extinct? Save Earth, Demand Oceans Without Oil and Clean Energy ASAP.

Earth Day approaches. What does that mean in the United States? Nothing as far as I can tell at this point in time. We are doing absolutely nothing to deal with climate change.  We’re doing almost nothing to protect the natural world we live in. Many are still in denial thanks to the misinformation efforts of the likes of the nefarious Koch Brothers—and their more invisible cohorts.  Think confronting climate change is overwhelming? Then consider the extinction of humans as a result of our own actions.

"Holy Water" @ eva wojcik

 

It’s been one year since BP’s destruction of the Gulf of Mexico environment commenced.  Dolphins, fish, turtles and people continue to sicken and die.  The oil and chemicals used to make it invisible continue to destroy the viability of the water environment. BP continues to do as it pleases and spins its image as best it can. Oil companies posted record PROFITS. Who gave them this profit money? We did. We do every time we purchase gasoline. 

What can each of us do? We can demand clean energy. We can change our own individual lifestyles regarding our energy. Use less oil. Use less gasoline. Conserve, use public transportation, walk, ride bikes instead of buying more SUVs. Oh yes, I see gas guzzlers every time I venture outside. A lot of people clearly don’t give a damn as long as they’ve got the money for gas at the pump. Get informed, get educated about the need for a healthy Earth for every living thing.   

Our government clearly does not give a damn about the Earth. Corporations clearly do not take any responsibility for their polluting actions that destroy the environment.

Do we care? Do we?  

I do not want any offshore drilling here.

"touching" @ eva wojcik

It’s time to think of doing things other than “Drill, baby, drill.” It’s time to CHANGE—and we’ve got to do it. No one else will. Follow Tim DeChristopher’s example and don’t wait for someone else to appear and lead. No one is coming. It’s up to us. Every single one of us, because we all live on the same Earth.  It’s time to take responsibility any and every way we each  can. It’s time to confront the reality of the destruction of our environment no matter how much it “hurts.” Adapt, change, transform or die.  Earth’s day is every day.
 
For extensive coverage of BP, the Gulf of Mexico, and offshore drilling visit

Red Alert All “Serfs”: Corporate hostile take-over of America is underway via Republican Governors at large.

 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

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/03/10330/corporate-politicians-helm-michigan-sell-out-local-democracy

 

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.  
 

“Koch Crisis” in Mad-City! Republican Senators Order Democratic Senators Arrested! All Will Do as the Koch Tool Walker bids at all costs! Obey! Obey! Obey Dictator Walker! “Resistance is Futile!”

It’s been another bi-polar fair weather day in Missouri. Cold front on the way to shove the springy warm sunnyshine on its way. Logged online this evening just in time to catch the breaking news that Republican Senators had ordered the arrest of the 14 Democratic Senators who have tossed a monkey wrench large enough and long enough into their nefarious Koch created “Budge Repair” agenda to raise the alarm among the Serfs of Wisconsin. I actually sat staring at my monitor in disbelief. Wow! What a hell of a story! I turned on my idiot box to see what PBS New Hour had to say on this latest development in the State of Cheese–and lo and behold there was Diane Woodruff  repeatedly mouthing Scott Walker’s misinformation regarding the collective bargaining rights of unions being responsible for the state’s budget problems as if it was gospel truth. Woodruff kept slinging the same bs at Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO without getting whatever bs she wanted out of him. Trumka knows the score and kept providing Woodruff with informed intelligent answers containing information the flustered Woodruff clearly was not prepared to hear or reply to as any investigative journalist worth a grain of salt would have.  Or perhaps she just really did not want to hear what Trumka had to say? I don’t know which it is–but I was seriously put out by Woodruff’s “insensibility” to the accuracy issues Trumka raised with his answers about public workers being paid less than their counterparts in the private sector. Oh and Richard Trumka made a point that ALL reporters seem to have forgotten–Public Employees PAY TAXES!  Who’d have thunk that based on the news coverage of the ilk of FOX News. (Just gotta love FOX’s palm trees in Madison video.) Yes, indeed, unionized public workers PAY TAXES. They pay a higher tax rate than the KOCH Brothers do.  Maybe Woodruff just hadn’t bothered to do any background digging on her own of the ilk done by Travis Smily in his recent interview of Mary Bell who laid it all on the hard line. Ten big points for Travis! Major Kudos to Mary Bell who responded to questions with clear, intelligent, well-informed, articulate answers. No wonder Dictator Scotty Walker hates the teachers in Wisconsin. When Mary Bell talks she makes sense. I’m sure Bell has all the goods on Walker’s fun and games in Milwaukee County that have resulted in LOTS of legal issues and LOTS of legal restitution to workers wrongly fired in that locale. Nothing to be proud of Mr. Walker–no siree. Oh, but you know what–NO mainstream news station has squeaked about Walker’s record in Milwaukee County. They’ve let him tout it –LOL–another GREAT story not being covered. LOL. OH but the downside would be all the sh*t that fan blows all over Rep. Gov. Walker–and we can’t have that, can we in the illusion creating world of corporate dictated media? Way too smelly for the nose of Judy Woodruff–and god forbid ABC’s Diane Swayer should get a whiff of it.  

Well–yes, Walker wants those 14 civilly disobedient Democratic Senators hauled back inside the capital building so that he can get his KOCH agenda underway. Koch Industries is losing all sorts of capital gains tax exclusions every day that they haven’t possession of the state’s energy works via their uncontested bids approved by Walker.

Now apparently there is some legal question about the right to actually arrest the 14 Dems.  This could work for Walker along the lines of his antics in Milwaukee County–which turned out to be illegal. Who knew?

 Straight from Madison, news of the Republican Senate Order for the arrest of the Democratic State Senators foiling Dictator Walker’s Koch Agenda: 

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_8d9ad090-45bd-11e0-bf68-001cc4c03286.html

FYI:

PRwatch, a project of the Center for Media and Democracy serves just “What Else Is In Walker’s Bill?”

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2011/02/10139/what-else-walkers-bill

And, simply because I could not resist–>

I sure hope those AWOL Senators have news media on speed dial for news coverage of WI Police hauling them back to Mad-City.  Best bets would be Reuters, AlJazeera English and Democracy Now! because other options have conflicts of interests it seems when it comes to mainstream journalism in America.

Catch this Koch “capital gains” tax gift direct from Walker.

More  budget creating chaos from Dictator Republican Gov. Scott Walker as he strives to destroy the economy of the state of Wisconsin in order to do the bidding of his right-wing corporate masters David and Charles Koch. Walker’s plan is to CUT tax revenue and blame the shortfall on all public workers. He’s declared outright war on the entire education system in Wisconsin from elementary to the university system.   

Among all the tax cuts and budget cuts and service cuts in Republican Gov. Scott “Koch tool” Walker  there’s this gem:

“Walker asked for 82 million dollars in tax cuts, including an expansion exclusion for capital gains realized on investments made in Wisconsin based businesses.

Who will benefit from this capital gains exclusion? KOCH, of course. They wallow in their record profits after getting their greedy corporate claws into Wisconsin’s currently public energy works after they’re put up for sale by Walker’s REPAIR Bill.

The Legislature previously approved more and 117 million dollars in Walker backed tax cuts that take effect later this year.”

Yesterday  REPUBLICAN Gov. Scott Walker defied a court order to open the capital building. Clearly he believes he is above the law. Clearly he has no stomach for the people he is supposed to “represent” and whom do not agree with his Koch cooked agenda.

AP Philip Elliot offers this quote from Obama:

“The thing about governors is that you’re in charge and people know where to find you, and they expect you to help them in tough times.”

If you’re a teacher  and Republican Gov. Scott Walker is your governor you don’t need help, you need protection–including the restraining order taken out to allow access to your capital building.

According to Democracy Now!’s report Tuesday, March 1st, the police chief walked off the job at the Madison capital saying, “I am not a palace guard.” 

REPUBLICAN Governor Scott Walker:  a Man who CREATES TOUGH TIMES for the working classes in order to  increase the profits  for private corporations investing in Wisconsin. 

Protest with your ever dwindling pocketbook. Just say NO! to these KOCH products:

U.S. Products:

Angel Soft

Vanity Fair

Quilted Northern

Sparkle

Brawny

Mardi Gras

Dixie

Any product bearing the Georgia-Pacific Logo.

European Products:

Demak’up

Kitten Soft

Lotus/Lotus Soft

Tenderly

Nouvelle Soft

Okay Kitchen Towels

Cohagar

Relica

Inversft

Tutto

Yes, we have choices regarding our TOILET PAPER.  Make your TP talk.

Is the goal of Republican governors to create One Nation of Serfs Under right-wing feudal lord corporate domination? It sure looks that way.

Find coverage of Wisconsin, Idaho, Iowa and Indiana  labor protests at www.democracynow.org  .

Want some WI Energy? Contact Gov. Scott Walker to make a deal.

Consider this a public service announcement. According to the Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s website “Wisconsin is Open for Business.”  Now it’s not clear exactly whose business or what sort of business, but judging from the information in Walker’s Budget Bill there will be an opportunity to purchase Wisconsin Energy operations via Uncontested Bids. Now if you’re interested  in getting your hands on some gas and electric providers in Wisconsin you’re going to have to run fast to beat the Koch Lobbyists to this governor’s sale. 

Walker’s site proclaims–>

“Feel free to contact us at any time.” 

email: govgeneral@wisconsin.gov

phone: 608-266-1212

address:  Office  of Gov. Scott Walker, 115 East Capitol, Madison, WI 53702

http://walker.wi.gov/section.asp?linkid=1714&locid=177

Ready to place your “bid” for energy in Wisconsin?

Attention FOX News! Gov. Walker killed 800 million dollars for Wisconsin light rail for Koch oil??? Dig FOX! Dig! The information gold is everywhere for your finding.

Is this a communist public workers’ plot? Sorry FOX News, it’s not. Wisconsin Rep. Gov. Scott Walker killed  800 million dollars in federal funding for high speed light rail in order to focus on “roads.”  Yes, the Governor of Wisconsin declined $ 800 MILLION for a public transportation project in Wisconsin for “roads.” What uses roads? Cars. What do cars use for fuel? Gasoline. Who is heavily invested in oil? Koch Industries.  Mystery solved! Republican Governor Scott Walker declined $800 MILLION of federal funds in order to provide his Koch backers with more “oil” and other energy opportunities.  What a way to connect the dots.

Oh and there was a SURPLUS in the Wisconsin budget UNTIL Walker arrived and pushed through $140 Million in NEW spending for special interest groups. This wiped out the 2009-2011 surplus.  Huh, I wonder where Koch Industries lands in that package.

Here’s another “dot”–the Budget Repair Bill allows for UNcontested bids for purchase of WI public energy works. Who want this juicy energy cash hog? Koch Industries of course. Why else open a brand spanking new office for an army of Koch Lobbyists in Madison?

So did the public workers’ unions create a budget issue in Wisconsin? No–REPUBLICAN Gov. Scott Walker created it all by himself–and apparently he did it for the right wing tea party playing Koch brothers–David and Charles. Still looking forward to a fun time in California with David Koch, Dictator Walker?

Who will save the serfs? Not Walker and certainly not Koch Industries. Hey, Citgo, you amigos down in Venezeuala got some heating fuel for Cheeseheads? Cause I think they’re gonna need it if Wisconsin becomes WisKochLand. Hola Chavez, want to trade some heating oil for cheese?  Go for the Munster…….

Oh folks this is OLD news, it’s everywhere to be found on the web. Connect the dots yourself.

Concerned Madison Parent SNAPS at Saturday Protest

 Now that Wisconsin Rep. Gov. Scott Walker has publicly stated that he will not take any “calls” from Wisconsin residents,  ONLY from David Koch–and impersonators thereof–it is clear what he represents and that is The Corporate Big Brotherhood–and its energy investment interests.  In case you’ve missed it in the mainstream news–the Budget Repair Bill would allow UNCONSTESTED bids for selling off public energy works.  What do the Koch Brothers invest in? Oh yeah, ENERGY–for example, oil.  Yeah, I don’t think FOX News is going to be chatting about those connecting dots any time soon–unless that falls under FOX’s idea of a “communist plot”.

All these photographs were shot Saturday 26 February 2011 by that “Concerned Madison Parent” whose vent I recently posted.   

The Serfs are  Marching!

Mad-City Serfs

 
and they’re tripod armed!
 

Don't Rush Home

 
and it’s hard-working out-of-state but 14 Democratic Senators are doing just that.

Wild Rumpus & GOP SALE

 
and KOCH sales anyone?
 

International Brotherhood

 
and this ain’t local anymore.
 

Orwell's New Animal Farm

 
and what happened to George’s “piggies”?
 

LaFollette

 
and how the DEAD outshine the living. Hey, folks in Wisconsin know their state’s political history! Who taught them that?
 

She Jokes

 
and jests–or not–and very seriously too!
 

Just say NO to KOCH

and NO!
 

Hold Fast

and –yeah, follow Walker’s lead?
 

For Sale

and what else can we say?
 

Democracy is not a spectator sport.

and despite what Dictator Walker believes.

Silenced

and but not today.
 

Solidarity

and Wisconsin knows snow and cold and now Walker’s true colors.
 

Standing Room Only

 
and ain’t not tea at this party. Huh? Yep, no sightings reported. 
 
Much thanks to “Concerned Madison Parent” for sharing your Cheesehead views!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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