Wisconsin governor gets Punk’d!

I loved this one.  A blogger called up the Wisconsin governor pretending to be one of his billion dollar benefactors and actually got put through.  Not only that, he had a 20 minute conversation with Gov. Walker about the current battle over removing the collective bargaining rights of Wisconsin’s public employees.  The gov says he’s not going to address the call as it was just a prank.  Me, I’m laughing out loud at how easily his true agenda was outed.  You’d think if the Koch Brothers gave him so much money he’d at least recognize their voices over the phone.  I wonder if they’ll get put through the next time they really do call him.  LoL!

Government shut down a non-starter

Seems like all the talk around Washington this week is about the Republicans threat to “shut down the government” if their spending bill isn’t passed.  They say it like it’s a foregone conclusion.  Even Alaskan whack job Sarah Palin is on board suggesting that shutting down the government could be a solution to our debt crisis. Ummm…how?  Besides our government doesn’t currently have a kill switch.  You can’t just shut it down when you’re having a fit.  There are people and services at stake.  Think about it.  Government shuts down, you’re not getting that tax return you are so anxiously awaiting in the mail, grannie isn’t getting her social security check or her Medicare, and no one will be inspecting your food, planes, highways, the list is endless.  As much as I want to see the debt reduced, this is just plain nonsense and it has to be taken off the table.

Reaping what you sow

Dear America –

When you voted in the mid-term elections to put those Republican asshats back in power you thought you were doing the right thing. Well, the chickens are comin’ home to roost y’all. They announced this week a large round of spending cuts, $60 billion dollars worth. What are they cutting you ask?

– scholarships

– family planning

– the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

– AmeriCorps

– the COPS Hiring program

– Food safety, nutrition programs and the FDA

and much, much more.  What they won’t touch is defense spending.  The real elephant in the room.  You want to balance this budget and save your children from ruin?  Cut defense.  Plain and simple.

So if you thought the government was going to help fund your kids underfunded education or little Jimmy would get a scholarship to college, you can think again.  Just remember America.  You did this to yourselves.

Do nothing Congress does something for me

I read with glee yesterday that the House of Representatives failed to pass an extension of some key components of the Patriot Act.  Woo hoo!  Break out the champagne.  Turns out the Republicans underestimated the number of votes they had in the bag.  They brought the legislation to the floor needing a two-thirds majority, but with a couple of dozen Tea Party defections they failed to get it.  I have to say my jaw dropped on that one.  Tea Partiers voting against the Patriot Act?  Sounds ironic to  me.  That is until I learned that their long term plan is to make these provisions permanent.  Boo.  All I can say to them is think about this people.  You believe in liberty and your constitutional rights.  You came to Washington to protect them.  If you really want to put your money where your mouth is don’t vote for this when it comes to the floor again.  Law enforcement has plenty of tools in their box.  And any way, in my Country you don’t need to spy on your own citizens.

If you thought Julian Assange was unbearable before…just wait

It was announced today that Wikileaks has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.  Yup, Norweigian lawmaker Snorre Valen nominated them for the award.  It’s important to note that Valen didn’t nominate Assange personally.  And I appreciate that because let’s face it, Assange can be, well, kind of a dick.  I’ve watched his interviews and followed his progress.  He likes sticking it to people.  And if I’m honest, I like watching him do it.  I believe that he did us a great service.  He showed us our government in it’s meanest form.  Duplicitous, obnoxious and arrogant.  I never blamed him for publishing the things he did because let’s face it, if our government wasn’t doing nefarious things they’d have nothing to hide.  Transparency is what keeps them honest and the gross lack of it over the past 10 years has been a crime.  So I guess I’m saying, I hope they win.