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Labor Daze, A Dickensian Contrast

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Labor Day actually falls ON Labor Day this year. Monday, September 1, 2014.

It was the strangest of days, it was the  most predictable of days.

Happy Labor Day.  Are Unions Dead?
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic

—  An interview with Rich Yeselson, labor strategist and expert … Are unions dead?  —  No.  —  Explain, please.  —  Their power has declined enormously, obviously, but unions, especially the largest ten or so, are still significant American institutions….

Yes: who could have predicted that, having literally bought themselves the best legislatures and Supreme Court that money could buy, that unions would be systematically crushed, beginning with that old “Union President” Ronald Wilson Reagan and the flight controllers’ union, the bastards, wanting sane working conditions for insane jobs!

But consider what happened the LAST time that Labor Day actually fell on Monday, September 1:

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In Which I Scare Eric O’Keefe

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I’m getting sick and tired of these fellows who bluster and bully airwaves claiming that I scare them and require idiots like Sean Hannity to exclaim in horror:

Joining us now from the Media Research Center is Brent Bozell. You know, I know there’s a lot of hatred now towards conservatives, Brent. Where could this go legally? And what if it was a conservative that said this, either a blogger or a talk-show host?

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BOZELL: I think it’s terrible that you say something like that. I have no question about it.

And when Ted Nugent claims that he and his family live in fear of their lives because of “me”: Continue reading

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Our Unseen Kleptocrat Masters

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They wait in darkness for their minions’ reflexive
and libelous* attacks on their enemies.

[* Thanks to SCOTUS, it is virtually impossible to libel a "public figure," however, and very easy to become one for the purposes of shysters' defenses.]

The media manipulators scream and squeal that media manipulation can’t be true:

Obama: Media makes you think ‘world is falling apart’
Justin Sink / The Hill

—  President Obama on Friday said social media and the nightly news are partly to blame for the sense that “the world is falling apart.”  —  “I can see why a lot of folks are troubled,” Obama told a group of donors gathered …

Eeek! Squeals Powerline (and the usual suspects from yesterday, you might note): Continue reading

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Treason Re-emergent and Triumphant

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Desperate GOPs attempt to launch a new fake scandal for the election.

Well, considering that Benghazi fell flat, the IRS “scandal” went nowhere, Obamacare no longer worked as an issue and birtherism died a protracted and hideous death, what NEW scandal can the GOPs come up with to tide them over the November elections? Ahhh, the old “Nine Lebbin” hates and fears!

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judicial watch attempts to spread mindless fear

Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning By Feds on US Border
Judicial Watch

Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED).  High-level federal law enforcement …

So: IF what they are “reporting” is correct, “outing” it here represents a grotesque interference with law enforcement. But who cares? After all, this isn’t about stopping “terrorist attacks” but, rather, conflating the racist animus against “illegal aliens” with the bowel-voiding fears of terrorism re-ignited by the endless chittering of the chattering class about ISIL*.

More importantly, look WHO is pushing this meme hard into the blogosmear [emphasis added]:

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Priebus To Nowhere

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Reince, Reince!

Chuck Todd Pushes RNC Chair: ‘Too Many Crazy White Guys’?
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo

On MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” host Chuck Todd asked Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, on Thursday about report commissioned by two conservative groups that found that the Republican party is still lagging behind the Democratic party with women voters.

According to the report, obtained by Politico on Wednesday, women said the GOP was “stuck in the past” and “intolerant.” The poll found that 49 percent of women view the Republican party unfavorably and 39 percent view the Democratic party unfavorably….

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The Invasion Is On

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People yell as Ukrainian prisoners are paraded through
Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on August 24

Russia finally openly invades Ukraine. I look forward to hearing Russian apologists rationalize this one:

Official: Russian forces back rebels with tanks in eastern Ukraine  —  Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) — Pro-Moscow rebel forces in eastern Ukraine, backed by Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers, battled government forces on two fronts Thursday, a Ukrainian military official said…

I realize that columns of tanks and military equipment can be rationalized as “humanitarian aid” but, seriously, Putin is determined to grab all the real estate he can without ever doing a damn thing to improve the lives of the people living ON that real estate. Continue reading

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How Mitch McConnell sells out the American People to Kochs + Cronies

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When I told you that the Kochs were engaged in a hostile takeover of the GOP, I never realized how high up the food chain it went. The Nation has obtained audio of their Summer Kleptocrats’ Konvention in Dana Point, California. Old Mitch McConnell is cleanly in the pocket of Boss Tweed Koch:

Lauren Windsor / The Nation

Caught on Tape: What Mitch McConnell Complained About to a Roomful of Billionaires (Exclusive)  —  At a secret meeting of elite donors convened by the Koch brothers, McConnell laid out his plan for shrinking the federal government and whined about having to vote on minimum wage bills….

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If There Are ‘New Clues’ Why Isn’t This Getting Any Attention?

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Brown paying for cigars at counter (see video)

CNN brays that there are “new clues”:

Holly Yan / CNN
New clues in Michael Brown shooting?  —  (CNN) — Could a newly released audio provide more clues on what led up to Michael Brown’s shooting death?  —  The FBI has questioned a man who says he recorded audio of gunfire at the time Brown was shot by Ferguson police on August 9, the man’s attorney told CNN…

OK, how about this: Michael Brown PAID for those cigars.

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Puling Against One’s Own Self-Interest: Sound Familiar?

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Easy to sit on the sidelines and criticize

Cornel West (aided and abetted by the increasingly cranky Thomas “What’s the Matter With Kansas? Frank) has decided to help the Republican Confederate Party by giving them cover.

Thomas Frank / Salon

Cornel West: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit.  We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency”  —  Exclusive: Cornel West talks Ferguson, Hillary, MSNBC — and unloads on the failed promise of Barack Obama …

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Facebook The Music, or, I’d Rather Be Periphrastic Than Bombastic

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Every so often, it’s important to note the Mission Objectives of this blog.

Formerly, they were encapsulated in “The Unicorn’s Tears” which you should read very soon, because it’s coming down for the Short Story collection and will be behind the pay wall forevermore.

Former Mission

Originally, this blog was about making things better in the Real World, and the Mainstream, and certainly proved its meddle by c0vering the 2006 story that the mainstream press refused to pay attention to: a Koch political organization in 2006 as they attempted stealth “takings” and “term limits” measures in states from LITERALLY coast to coast: from Washington State to Florida; from Maine to California. And in each state, the “BIG” paper ran about ONE article where they “discovered” that Howard Rich was doing something … IN THEIR STATE ALONE … and then promptly went back to sleep. Continue reading

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Non-Caddy Black Man on Golf Course Offends GOPs

Updated below.

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Here we go again: those who defended war crimes, those who defended torture, those who defended over a year of vacations for the Usurper, the SCROTUS-selected, have a bug up their asses:

Jennifer Epstein / Politico

W.H. defends post-Foley golf game  —  The White House on Friday defended President Barack Obama’s decision to head to the golf course earlier this week just moments after condemning the killing of American journalist James Foley.  —  While principal deputy press secretary Eric Schultz declined …

Why should the White House HAVE to defend the President “being uppity” or “not doing his job” while Congress has taken a vacation MORE than a month-long while being the LEAST productive Congress in American history? Continue reading

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Meet The Music, Face The Press

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Thanks for reminding me, sir:

Ryanschuessler / Ryan L. Schuessler:
I will not be returning to Ferguson  —  I had been on the ground helping Al Jazeera America** cover the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., since this all started last week.  After what I saw last night, I will not be returning.  The behavior and number of journalists there is so appalling …

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A Steep Hillary To Climb, or, Because She’s There …

Disclaimer: I take no position on Hillary Clinton, pro or con. This isn’t about that. Anyone who foolishly decides that this is their soapbox for their feelings about Hillary, pro or con, will find their commentary exiled permanently to electronic limbo. Now, read with comprehension:

Synchronicity:

Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online

Clintonphobia: Why No Democrat Wants to Run Against Hillary  —  Strong frontrunners have drawn challengers before.  But given the Clintons’ reputation for retaliating for betrayals, it’s just not worth it in 2016.  —  The mystery of the 2016 Democratic presidential race isn’t why Hillary Clinton seems likely to run….

I had been thinking abut this over the last couple of weeks, and, evidently, I am not alone. I am worried.

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Maine Senator Ed Muskie circa 1972

You see, I remember Ed Muskie in 1972, or, actually, late 1971.

Muskie was, at that time, the overwhelming favorite to capture the nomination and take on Tricky Dick Nixon in a rematch of 1968. But Muskie was out almost before New Hampshire. What happened? Wikipedia: Continue reading

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Romney Far Worse Than Advertised

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Mitt lies to Arizonans

Mitt Romney has never particularly been a nice guy.  This  won’t particularly improve that image:

S.A. Miller / Washington Times:

Mitt Romney: Obama worse than even I expected … BECKLEY, W.Va. — When Mitt Romney stumped here Tuesday for a trio of Republican candidates for Congress, the event had all the trappings of a “Romney for President” rally.  —  The crowd chanted, “Mitt!  Mitt!  Mitt!”
Ah,  but here’s where Mitt the Dick comes out loud and clear:

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