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  1. 1

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    GOP Candidate Says Mosques Should Be Banned

    Never mind the Constitution (Republicans don’t respect it anyway), Herman Cain says communities have “a right” to ban mosques.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43.....sion_2012/

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: This guy obviously isn’t going to be president, so I won’t bother to discuss the chutzpah of a guy who thinks being a CEO qualifies him to lead the Free World.

    Instead, I want to focus on his pandering, bigoted remarks. When somebody puts on bedsheets and starts fomenting religious and racial hatred among the rubes, you’d expect the media to jump all over his ass — and run him out of town.

    So why don’t they? Why does our degenerate media treat demagogues like this as though they deserve to be taken seriously?

  2. 2

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Well, I guess we’re making some sort of progress when black guys can wear bedsheets and form their own KKK chapter.

  3. 3

    Steve spews:

    I love this comment by Pudge posted over at (un)SP,

    Now, tc, you will not post again unless it is to apologize for saying I lied. You did not even ATTEMPT to show I was lying in this comment, as I asked you to. Any further comment from you that isn’t an apology for wrongly saying that I lied will get you banned. And NO comment from you will also get you banned.

    Posted by pudge at July 15, 2011 01:53 PM

    I wish everybody would quit lying to Pudge. Can’t you see that it makes him cry?

  4. 5

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Not much will happen in the budget standoff this week. Basically, GOP leaders are moving to prove to House Teahadists that a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution can’t get a 2/3rds vote in a Democrat-controlled Senate. So we’re going to have “show and tell” time in kindergarten, followed by recess, for the next several days. But even though the GOP Congress is standing still, nervous financial markets aren’t; the Dow is off about 160 points this morning. Does anyone in Wall Street, London, Bonn, or Bern believe GOPers will pull the default trigger? Nah, not really, not yet, 160 points is nothing. When it sinks in that these people are as crazy as they tell us they are (anyone who wanted to know what Hitler would do if he got into power only had to read his book, so why did it comes as a surprise?), the REAL selloff will begin — wait until you see the Dow drop 3,000 points in 30 seconds! Where is this all going? I’ll tell you. GOP leaders will emerge from smoke-filled rooms, put their plan on the House floor for a vote, and their own members will vote it down. Then, all hell will break loose in the financial markets.

  5. 8

    rhp6033 spews:

    Some encouraging earnings reports this morning, but the stock market is seriously down as investors take out cash as debt ceiling talks fail to yield fruit.

    Stocks slump amid debt talk worries

    Geitner says leading Republicans are backing away from default, but it’s not clear if that includes the Tea Party fringe on the far right, who could scuttle any deal by refusing to vote for it in the House.

    Top Republicans take default off table:Geithner

    In the meantime, gold hits a new high at $1,600 per ounce.

    Gold rallies to record highs, hits $1,600 an ounce

    I’m not sure if everyone knows the back-story on this, but one of the problems with gold as an investment was that you had to store it somewhere. You could store it in a commercially available secure space, but regular storage fees would apply, eating away at your investment. Or you could store it at your house, and pray nobody broke in and stole it. Selling it required a physical transfer of ownership.

    A few years ago this changed when a new “investment vehicle” was approved, allowing shares of firms holding gold to be bought and sold as simply as buying shares of stock. This allowed investors to begin investing in gold at rather modest levels, without having to worry about the storage fees, etc. (the company who’s stock they own takes that all into account).

    Once President Obama was elected, and even before he took office, this investment vehicle was marketed agressively on AM radio, particularly political talk-show format. This meant nationwide, it was primarily marketed on right-wing radio, since those having a more liberal format make up a small fraction of the market. Although the companies themselves only taughted gold as a good investment generally, the radio hosts used fear of an upcoming economic disaster, massive terrorist attack, racial warfare, etc. to predict the imminent collapse of economcy, society and order soon after President Obama’s inaugeration.

    Which makes me wonder a bit – how much do the folks behind the financial interests of the Republican Party stand to gain by the run-up of gold? You can be sure it’s going to collapse as soon as a deal is reached, so it’s the suckers who are buying gold now who will lose their shirts. The big guys are the ones who are either already selling (somebody has to sell if others are going to buy), or will sell in earnest as soon as they receive back-channel updates that a deal is in the works. this smells like a bubble, and it’s about to pop.

    It reminds me a lot of the “Black Friday” collapse of gold prices in 1869, after Jay Gould and “Diamand Jim” Fisk ran up the price of gold and then sold it just as the last suckers were climbing on board.

  6. 9

    spews:

    http://blogs.villagevoice.com/.....a_righ.php

    Exploring the Right Wing Blogosphere

    Ooga Booga: Rightbloggers Warn America of a Non-Existent Black Crime Wave

    By Roy Edroso Mon., Jul. 11 2011 at 12:32 AM

    You probably know that, over the past few decades, crime rates in America’s major cities have dropped sharply. New York, which was once a symbol of urban menace, is particularly safe, and tourists freely roam Bed-Stuy and Central Park at night. Even historically troubled Oakland has recently seen its crime rates fall.

    Plain as this change may be even to casual visitors, rightbloggers don’t seem to notice it. Instead, they’ve taken to telling readers that crime in America is actually spinning out of control — and it’s all the fault of black people.

    Remarkably, not only is crime down in our cities — it’s down everywhere. The FBI reported in May that “in 2010, all four of the violent crime offense categories — murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault — declined nationwide compared with data from 2009.” Even the crap economy seems not to affect it.

    Here’s how the corporate masters pay the puddybitch back for being sooooooo loyal.

    Yikes!

    With friends like these…I’m just sayin’.

    PS…Wasn’t “Troll” pimping this meme a while ago?

  7. 10

    Steve spews:

    From Fox and Friends on Sunday,

    “Well the Christian coalition, I think he could get a lot of money from that,” host Ainsley Earhardt predicted. “Because Romney, obviously not being a Christian — Rick Perry, he’s always on talk shows — on Christian talk shows. He has days of prayer in Texas.”

    So Romney is not a Christian. I can damn near feel sorry for Mitt, being stuck as he is in a party of haters.

  8. 11

    spews:

    The shock and awe waged by the Republicans in the midwest, in WI and MI in particular – where did that come from????

    Look no further:

    http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed

    In December of 2008, while the economy was shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs a month, one group was treating the catastrophe as a terrific opportunity. Governor Mitch Daniels reminded an ALEC gathering that the collapse of the U.S. economy was “a terrific time to shrink government!”

    In 2010, Republicans won the governorship and control of both houses in 21 states. ALEC shock troops swung into high gear. In Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Maine a steady stream of bills emerged from Milton Friedman’s shop.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....01029.html

    Disaster oligarchy at its finest.

  9. 12

    spews:

    The shock and awe waged by the Republicans in the midwest, in WI and MI in particular – where did that come from????

    Look no further:

    http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed

    In December of 2008, while the economy was shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs a month, one group was treating the catastrophe as a terrific opportunity. Governor Mitch Daniels reminded an ALEC gathering that the collapse of the U.S. economy was “a terrific time to shrink government!”

    In 2010, Republicans won the governorship and control of both houses in 21 states. ALEC shock troops swung into high gear. In Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Maine a steady stream of bills emerged from Milton Friedman’s shop.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....01029.html

    Disaster oligarchy at its finest.

  10. 14

    ArtFart spews:

    @1 The Stranger ran a very worthwhile article the week before last for which one of their reporters made the great personal sacrifice of seeking out what’s apparently the only remaining Godfather’s in the Puget Sound area (in Federal Way) and attempting to suppress his gag reflex enough to actually eat a meal there. If the “turnaround” of that particular restaurant chain is supposed to be Herman Cain’s great achievement in life to date, no doubt he’d attempt to run the country in an equally unappetizing manner.

  11. 15

    ArtFart spews:

    28 At this point, the gold spike is probably the suckers jumping in who have no business playing with the big kids. I’ve been hearing from friends who’ve been seeing spam emails and ads on Web sites screeching that they’ll starve to death in the gutter if they don’t sell all their stock and jump into precious metals and other commodities right away. I tell them not to pay any attention.

  12. 17

    W. Klingon Skousen's log removal service spews:

    re 10: The interesting thing about Perry is that he wants to simultaneously secede from the Union AND be president of same Union.

    Some smart Democrat in Texas should challenge Perry to sign a loyalty oath. The man’s obviously a traitor.

  13. 19

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Want Republicans Want To Cut

    “The new plan promises to cut $35 billion more from so-called mandatory programs like farm subsidies, food stamps and Medicaid, the health program for the poor and disabled, but doesn’t say where they would fall.”

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43.....itol_hill/

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: No mention of cutting defense, corporate subsidies, or spending on surveillance and incarceration! They just want to cut things that help working-class Americans.

  14. 20

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Let’s talk about political reality for a moment. Republicans and Democrats have very different visions for America. The GOP wants to deregulate business, eliminate taxes on capital, make government much smaller and less effective, and eliminate the safety net. A large majority (two-thirds) of the American public doesn’t support this agenda and Republicans don’t have the votes to enact it. So what do they do? They try to coerce the rest of us into accepting it by holding their own money hostage. You see, Republicans own most of the wealth in this country, they’re the ones who will be hurt by the financial crash that a federal default would trigger. I think we should let them shoot their money.

  15. 21

    Steve spews:

    I’d count all of the Republican lies and atrocities of the past few days but there’s just too damned many of them.

  16. 22

    rhp6033 spews:

    As Lilly Tomlin said: “I try to be cynical, but it’s so hard to keep up.”

    The Murdoch/News-of-the-World scandel keeps growing, and it’s hinting that tapping a few celebreties and crime victim’s phones is just a part of it. It appears that Murdoch’s reach into the bowels of the British government, and control over the police and the politicians, was to the point where few politicians would dare to cross Murdoch’s interests. A previous British Prime Minister recounted how he was was informed of his fate at an event, when a News-of-the-World editor told him that since he wouldn’t play ball with them, that NewsCorp. was going to “crush him”. And they proceeded to do so, with daily negative press and exposes of “shocking” goverment misconduct, with news announcers all agreeing that it was time for him to go.

    But over here, the FBI says it’s only investigating whether NewsCorp. employees tapped a couple of celbrity phones in the U.S. But there are some dark hints that quite a bit more is afoot.

    It seems that about a year ago, Roger Ailes called an agent to insist that he stop representing a former colleague of Ailes. I’m not sure if the threat was literal or implied, but the gist was that the agent’s professional career would be in tatters if he didn’t do as Ailes said. So the agent calls his client, and asks him what in the world caused this phone call. His client said nothing – except that he had decided to write a book about Ailes and Fox News. The problem was, only two people in the whole world knew about the project – him, and a reporter who would help him write the book. They had both agreed early on to discuss it with no one else, they hadn’t even told their own agents or spouses yet.

    So how would Ailes have known about the project? The probability that Ailes had the former colleague, the reporter, or both bugged seems to be looking like a high probability right now.

    Add this to the rumor that since there is a room at Fox News headquarters which is off-limits to most Fox News personnel. Ostensibly it is a “research” department. But no research seems to go into, or out from, that department. It seems to have an agenda all it’s own.

    And if someone operating under the cover of Fox News IS tapping phones here, what are the probabilities that they are tapping the phones of U.S. politicians here, as well as in Britain? Where is that info going? And did they get the assistance of the Bush administration, especially under the auspices of data gathered by Homeland Security under the Patriot Act?

    Remember what Nixon’s colleagues said about Nixon after he resigned from Watergate. They said he tried to cover it up not because of the failed burglary. It was because he didn’t want the investigation to go further, into other areas where the Nixon White House was breaking the law. We know they bugged Daniel Ellsburg’s phsychiatrist, gave a list to the I.R.S. with instructions that they should perform “special audits” of those individuals, and kept an “enemies list” including the names of quite a few journalists. We also know that Young Republicans and College Republicans were used as recruitment and training sessions for political dirty tricks (Karl Rove was involved at the time). It makes you wonder what else went on, that we didn’t discover?

  17. 23

    rhp6033 spews:

    Oh, and to top it off, the whistel-blower who initially started this investigation was found dead today. Police won’t say much, except that his battle with alchohol and drugs was “well known”.

    Nothing to see here, folks. Move along. Nothing to see, move along.

  18. 24

    rhp6033 spews:

    Whatever the reasons for his death (see # 23 above), it serves as a potent warning for those who News Corp. employees who might be thinking about cooperating with the prosecutors. Nobody has to prove that anything nefarious was behind the death, the mere speculation it would naturally entail would be enough to have the intended effect.

  19. 25

    rhp6033 spews:

    # 17 said: “The interesting thing about Perry is that he wants to simultaneously secede from the Union AND be president of same Union.”

    We should print up our own bumper stickers:

    “Jefferson Davis & Rick Perry for President”.

    When he can’t avoid the substantitive media interviews, someone whould ask Rick Perry:

    “You’ve advocated having Texas seceed from the Union – again. If you were elected President, would you enforce the Union, as Pres. Lincoln did, or would you watch it being dismantled, as President Buchanan did?

  20. 26

    Ekim spews:

    How would you destroy 500 DVDs?

    Anybody have a practical way to destroy a large number of disks? Other than bonfire or shotgun? Content is not super secret but I am obligated to destroy them.

  21. 28

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @22 If God has any love for this world, perhaps we’ll be able to add Rupert Murdoch to the roster of toppled tyrants in this decade’s rebirth of democracy.

  22. 30

    rhp6033 spews:

    1. Dig a hole in the ground.
    2. take a small grate from a BBQ, place in bottom of hole leaving about six inches of space between the bottom of the hole and the grate.
    3. Put a layer of charcoal on top of the grate.
    4. Make a grid of dry kindling on top of the charcoal.
    6. Add charcoal lighter juice (or Boy Scout water, as we used to call it). Soak charcoil and kinling liberally (of course).
    7. Add disks on top of grate made from kindling.
    8. Add lit match.
    9. Take out the marshmellows, a few green sticks, and sing Kumbaya as the disks are destroyed (optional).
    10. After destruction, fill in hole with dirt.
    11. Be sure to make a video recording of the entire proceeding, to satisfy the curiosity of whoever insists the CDs be destroyed.

  23. 31

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Republicans Threaten Consumer Nominee

    After President Obama nominated Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today, Republican senators immediately threatened to block his confirmation — and anyone else, too.

    “Republicans fought fiercely against the creation of the bureau last year and have been trying to place restrictions on its work. …

    “On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell [said] ‘we’ll insist on [changes] to the agency before we consider any nominee to run it.’

    “The financial industry has also expressed concerns about the agency, worrying that it would restrict new products just when companies are seeking to replace profits squeezed by the new financial rules.”

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43....._business/

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Yep, that’s what it’s all about, Republicans will oppose anything that keeps the rapacious banking industry from taking more money from us. Why would any consumer ever vote for any Republican?

  24. 32

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Federal Budget By The Numbers

    Total spending: $3.83 trillion

    Discretionary spending:
    — Defense: $895 billion
    — Other discretionary: $520

    Mandatory spending:
    — Social security: $730 billion
    — Medicare: $491 billion
    — Medicaid: $297 billion
    — Interest on debt: $251 billion
    — Other mandatory: $621 billion

    Total revenues: $2.57 trillion
    — Individual income taxes: $1.1 trillion
    — Corporate income taxes: $297 billion
    — Social security and payroll taxes: $934 billion
    — Excise taxes: $74 billion
    — Estate and gift taxes: $25 billion
    — Customs duties: $87 billion
    — Other: $87 billion

    Deficit: $1.27 trillion

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....dget-2010/

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: To eliminate the deficit just by cutting discretionary spending, you’d have to cut 80% of all discretionary spending, which would leave us with a Defense Department not much bigger than a metropolitan police force. Eliminating Medicare altogether, which would empty America’s nursing homes, would close less tan a fourth of the deficit gap. You could get there — barely — by totally eliminating Social Security and Medicare for senior citizens — but only if you make workers keep paying nearly a trillion dollars a year in payroll taxes for benefits they will never receive — this would then simply become an income surtax. The bottom line is that it’s going to take a combination of higher revenues, discretionary and mandatory spending cuts, and continued borrowing. If a major entitlement program must be jettisoned, the logical one to go is the most recently enacted, Bush’s prescription drug program — which is very costly and was designed to mainly benefit the pharmaceutical industry. And I can’t visualize any plausible scenario under which you don’t pare a couple hundred billion dollars a year from defense by closing some overseas bases, exiting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, procuring fewer new weapons, downsizing the active aircraft carrier and SLBM fleets, and through force reductions.

  25. 33

    Ekim spews:

    Roger @27, I wish.

    rhp6033 @30, I’ve already ruled out bonfire. And I’m too lazy to dig said hole. ;-)

  26. 36

    ArtFart spews:

    @26 Look up Datasite NW on the Web. They’re one of the outfits that serves the needs of big businesses by showing up on-site with one of those roaring shredder trucks…but they also have three drop-off locations in the area. One’s on Aurora in N. Seattle. We just availed ourselves of their services to dispose of 25 years’ worth of old canceled checks and financial records. Cost $30 for about 200 pounds of stuff. Their machines can gobble optical media as easily as they do paper.

  27. 37

    ArtFart spews:

    @32 You know that’s not going to happen. Social Security may be in the crosshairs, but the military-industrial complex ain’t gonna go away quietly. Iraq and Afghanistan winding down? Someone will find a way to start a new adventure in Iran or someplace else.

  28. 38

    ArtFart spews:

    @22 That “room” at Fox was probably (and perhaps still is) as directly connected to the “rooms” at the telco facilities as the corresponding “room” at Homeland Security. In fact, you can probably think of it as a three-way party line.

  29. 39

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Wisconsin Update

    Wisconsin holds the second of four recall elections tomorrow. Last Tuesday was a primary contest in which 6 bona fide Democratic challengers to GOP senators facing recall defeated 6 “fake Democrats” recruited by the GOP.

    Tomorrow’s election is a primary to choose 2 GOP candidates to face off against 2 Democratic senators facing recall, and a general election for a seat currently held by the 3rd Democratic senator facing recall.

    General elections for 6 GOP seats and 2 Democratic seats will be held on two separate dates next month.

    Tomorrow’s general election should be a slam-dunk for the Democrat. The challenger is a flake with several criminal charges and at least two convictions in his past. The Democratic incumbent has raised $318,000 to the challenger’s $2,000. The challenger is relying on his pesonal doorbelling to take his message to voters.

    In the other 8 senate districts, though, Republicans are mounting major ad campaigns, but still are being outspent 2-to-1 by Democrats. Total spending on all 9 races is expected to exceed $20 million — an incredible amount for legislative races. Much of the money is coming from out-of-state; these 9 recall races effectively are a national election on GOP fiscal and labor policies.

    The outcome may be very close, with 2 of the 6 GOPers considered very vulnerable, and 1 of hte 3 Democrats being heavily targeted by the GOP. The Democratic strategy necessarily is to defend that seat if possible but to win at least 2 more GOP seats in case a Democrat loses. The Democrats need a net gain of 3 seats to take control of the state senate and stymie Gov. Walker’s remaining legislative agenda.

    http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/125723823.html

  30. 40

    proud leftist spews:

    I think Rupert should suffer the public humiliation of a good old-fashioned tar-and-feathering. I wonder if anyone is still around practiced in the art . . .

  31. 41

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @37 It’s very simple. If Republicans want to maintain the current level of defense spending, they’ll have to borrow for it, and they can’t borrow that money unless they raise the debt ceiling. If they go the default route the administration, not Congress, will decide which half of the government’s bills get paid. If Obama stiffs debt service, the GOPers’ rich buddies won’t get their interest payments; or, he can decide that Social Security recipients won’t get their checks — and blame the Republicans. Heads, Obama wins; tails, Republicans lose.

  32. 43

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Add to #39: Expect more vote-counting shenanigans in Wisconsin counties with Republican county clerks.

  33. 44

    ArtFart spews:

    @41 OK, let’s get something straight here. The Republican officeholders collectively don’t give a rat’s ass about balancing the budget or the debt limit or “controlling spending”. They want to borrow and spend as much as the Democrats and more…but they want to make damned sure it all goes into corporate coffers and the already well lined pockets of their rich friends. There are only five reasons for all the theatrics right now:

    (1.) Dump on Obama and kick him out of office next year.

    (2.) Short-term profit for the “investor class” from a temporary US credit default or the threat of one, by playing commodities against greenbacks and treasuries.

    (3.) Dump on Obama and kick him out of office next year.

    (4.) Push the majority of Americans into further hardship and desperation, bust what’s left of organized labor and turn the entire country into one big sweatshop.

    (5.) Dump on Obama and get him out of office next year.

  34. 45

    proud leftist spews:

    44
    Additionally, a number of congressional Republicans are acting the way they are because they truly are batshit crazy. Plus, they are being pumped up by a blogosphere of similarly batshit crazy folks who make the batshit crazies in Congress think they actually know what they’re talking about.

  35. 46

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    Once President Obama was elected, and even before he took office, this investment vehicle was marketed agressively on AM radio, particularly political talk-show format.

    That’s why George Soros has 11 Tons of Gold in his stash rhp6033? Right wing AM Radio?

    Cass Sunstein’s malleable Homer Simpson idiot strikes again!

    Each week you deliver another wormburner!

  36. 47

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    Much of the money is coming from out-of-state; these 9 recall races effectively are a national election on GOP fiscal and labor policies.

    So with DUMMOCRAPTS outspending Republicans we know who are funding the DUMMOCRAPTS from the OUTSIDE eh Dumb Bunny? And if the Republican win Roger Dumb Rabbit… what will be your next pellet load?

  37. 48

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    To eliminate the deficit just by cutting discretionary spending, you’d have to cut 80% of all discretionary spending, which would leave us with a Defense Department not much bigger than a metropolitan police force.

    Butt Roger Dumb Bunny, just tax the rich and you’ll get $1.27 Trillion…

    Or NOT!

  38. 49

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    I don’t know why Chrome double posts like that..

    PEBCAK!

    LMBBAO!

  39. 50

    Michael spews:

    I woke up with Jesus’s visage shaved shaved into my left ass cheek after a hard night of drinking once.

    I should, totally, be beatified by the catholic church.

  40. 52

    spews:

    Looking forward to:

    The rout of the degenerate Republicans in WI.

    The complete implosion of the House of Murdoch..

    The teahadist head explosions in the House of Reps..

    Gonna be interesting

  41. 53

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    No mention of the Atlanta Public School Cheating Scandal. OF course not… Just a whole bunch of DUMMOCRAPTS in action. Nothing new here move along. Just 178 Atlanta Public School teachers and principals so far involved!

  42. 54

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    Did Puddy say something truthful of yelling loser boi?

    PEBCAK!

  43. 56

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    Hey yelling loser boi ask about this regarding your wife’s union…

    SEIU is in federal court defending itself against charges of racketeering and extortion filed by one of its unionizing targets, the catering company Sodexo Inc.Sodexo’s court discovery recently revealed an SEIU “Contract Campaign Manual” on “Pressuring the Employer.” Union pressure is nothing new, but what SEIU recommends is not limited to organizing drives and strikes. Rather, the pressure takes the form of a so-called corporate campaign, whereby the union allies itself with outside third parties to raise intimidation to a new level.

    SEIU’s manual details how “outside pressure can involve jeopardizing relationships between the employer and lenders, investors, stockholders, customers, clients, patients, tenants, politicians, or others on whom the employer depends for funds.” The union advises using legal and regulatory pressure to “threaten the employer with costly action by government agencies or the courts.”

    Wait for it… ekim will crawl out of his goat’s ASS and say something STOOOOOOOOOOOPID!

    So a simple question for the simpletons who call themselves leftists… How does the claim “good intentions” make law breaking OK?

  44. 57

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    Huh??

    PEBCAK!

    A popular term among office network engineers and IT support departments, it arose due to a need to discreetly describe arrogant users (who falsely believe the system or computer is at fault) in their presence with a suitably technical and legitimate-sounding term. – Urban Dictionary!

    Describes the utterly arrogant yelling loser boy who blames Chrome for his keyboard lunacy!

  45. 58

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    GOP Candidate Says Mosques Should Be Banned

    Cain sez… “Our Constitution guarantees the separation of church and state,” he said. “Islam combines church and state. They’re using the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their morals in that community, and the people of that community do not like it. They disagree with it.”

    Amazingly PMSNBC leaves this comment out of their story. Now why did these leftist pinheads over there do that? Because kook-aid drinkers like Roger Dumb Bunny wouldn’t dig deeper and read the whole transcript!

  46. 59

    czechsaaz spews:

    @53…

    Gee Pud, i would have thought you could figure this out.

    Just ask Michelle Rhee what happens when you tie school funding and teacher salary directly to performance on standardized tests by students. No one could have ever imagined that some would cheat and elevate the scores of certain sub-par students. No one could have imagined that some chronically underfunded districts would cheat to keep from exacerbating their funding problem.

    No one could have imagined that “No child left behind” would be a giant failure.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/e.....ting_n.htm

    BTW, you are aware that the Georgia legislature that funds public education in Atlanta and mandates student performance be a part of teacher review (that pesky “get them to pass or lose your job rule) is hugely majority REPUBLICAN. Missed those details, did you?

  47. 60

    czechsaaz spews:

    @58

    There is no law in the U.S. governing the eating of shelfish. Shall communities have the right to disallow the building of an Orthodox Haissidic Temple because their ecumenical leaders insist that their congregants adhere to laws beyond the U.S. or State? Shall we eliminate any future Catholic Cathedrals as the church will not allow comon law divorce even though it is permissable under the laws of all 50 states?

    Man, you are stupid and easy to pick apart. The full transcript shows every bit the lack of constitutional grasp as the excerpt. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

    Why do you hate the Constitution Puddy? Why do you hate your country?

  48. 62

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @58 How is using the power of government to ban a religious group from a community not a violation of the First Amendment?

    Oh, and one more thing, dumbass — no matter what a Muslim community’s attitude toward Sharia law is, Sharia law is not law in the U.S. It is, at most, a membership condition imposed on the members of a private religious group which can be enforced only by denying membership.

  49. 63

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @48 “Butt Roger Dumb Bunny, just tax the rich and you’ll get $1.27 Trillion…”

    No, you won’t, and I never said you would — dumbass. What I actually SAID was higher taxes has to be part of the mix or you can’t get there.

    Let’s recap: Republicans slashed taxes and went on a spending spree, turning surpluses into gargantuan deficits — and now they’re complaining about the deficits THEY created!!! The solution obviously is to let Bush’s tax cuts and spending increases expire.

  50. 64

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Oh yeah, one more thing, pussybutt — it was George W. Bush who decided to throw hundreds of billions at bank bailouts to prevent the total collapse of our economy.

    That was the ONE thing he did right. (Much as I hate banks — and believe me I do hate banks — the financial system HAD to be saved or we would all sink with it.)

  51. 65

    czechsaaz spews:

    @62

    Well, since Cain and Puddy are so unfamiliar with the Constitution it isn’t surprising that they don’t get that any bit of Sharia Law if used as a defense against Federal or State law will run headlong into Article VI and the supremacy clause. Honor Killing…won’t be legal. Beating women…not legal. Not following Sharia Law, grounds for divorce in most states under irreconcilable differences.

    FEAR the Muslims.

  52. 66

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    You don’t hear much about Libya anymore. That’s because, when wars turn into a dogged slog, the media loses interest in them. Executive summary: Gadhafi’s days are numbered and the clock is ticking down.

  53. 67

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Rethinking Employment

    This guy is on my wavelength (except for his half-cocked ideas about inflation). To wit: The employer-employee relationship is slavery, is not needed anymore, and everyone should work for himself from now on.

    I’ve been saying this all along, of course. One of the CHEAP LABOR CONSERVATIVES’ favorite taunts is, “How much should the minimum wage be?” They think there shouldn’t be one. I tend to agree — there should be no legal minimum wage, and for a social-justice liberal like me, that works just fine because I think there should be no employees, either.

    I think EVERYONE should be self-employed so they can take advantage of the tax breaks the self-employed get. This would satisfy the teabaggers, too, because if everyone is self-employed no one will pay any taxes, and how much more teabag can you get than that?

    As I’ve said before on this blog, our economy doesn’t need $5.15-an-hour waitresses. We shouldn’t have any waitresses at all. They should all be replaced by self-employed “hospitality consultants” who charge fees of $50 an hour and up. That way, restaurant owners wouldn’t have to hassle with hiring, training, and supervising employees; wouldn’t have to pay payroll taxes; wouldn’t have to screw around with benefits; they’d simply contract with independent consultants and pay consulting fees of $50 – $100/hr. to have them wait on customers. Everybody will be rich, nobody will pay any taxes, and everyone will be happy. In fact, this system would create a vast new market for restaurants: When their former waitresses are making $50 – $100/hr. they’ll be able to afford to eat in the restaurants they work in.

    Anyway, read this article and get a new perspective on the concept of working. This will, of course, mainly be of interest to those so unfortunate as to have to work. Me, I’m a fucking capitalist, so I don’t do any work or anything else that can be remotely described as productive.

    http://www.economist.com/blogs.....t-and-jobs

  54. 69

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    We neglect cities even in good times, so why shouldn’t we neglect them in tough times?

  55. 70

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @65 “since Cain and Puddy are so unfamiliar with the Constitution”

    Cain is a pizza peddler, so you don’t expect him to know anything about the Constitution; but what’s pussybutt’s excuse?

  56. 71

    ArtFart spews:

    @70 “Cain is a pizza peddler”

    You mean he was a pizza peddler. Now he’s more like the startup company hypothesized by Doonesbury in the late 1990’s whose only product was its own stock.

  57. 72

    ArtFart spews:

    @67 One of the many revelations we experienced during our visit to New Zealand earlier this year was that nobody tips. Anywhere. This is because hospitality employees there actually get paid a living wage, and trying to “bribe” for better service than someone else is getting is considered an insult. The only exception to this that we observed was that some establishments had a Christchurch donation jar next to the cash register.

  58. 73

    ArtFart spews:

    @23 Contrast the deadly silence from the righties about Sean Hoare with their hysterical bleatings about Vincent Foster back in the day…

  59. 74

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    checksaaz,

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

    Talk about thick and stupid. Shellfish, Divorce. Poor examples from the “self-proclaimed genius”. Does the Catholic Church tell it’s adherents to call gentiles infidels and kill them? Since you are an infidel, you are on their list. When the NYC Bomber who chose to become a US Citizen was asked why did he plant the car bomb, do you remember his answer checksaaz?

    It’s your kind who screams separation of church and state. It’s your kind who gets all a tizzy about anything a Republican says about religion. Leftist Pinheads. So Herman Cain places a suggestion and you all now support church and state?

    Man you leftists are a scary bunch.

  60. 75

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    Well, since Cain and Puddy are so unfamiliar with the Constitution

    Ummm Roger Dumb Rabbit… which side of the political spectrum screams separation of church and state everyday in every way? IT’S NOT REPUBLICANS Roger Dumb Rabbit! It’s the slothful DUMMOCRAPTS.

    Once again you demean yourself with your own idiotic commentary!

  61. 76

    czechsaaz spews:

    @74

    Puddy is really out in the weeds, eh?

    There are hundreds of “Baptist” congregations that preach that murder of living adults is acceptable to end abortion. You ready to eliminate all future Baptist churches?

    Still having trouble grasping the Supremacy clause? Why do you hate the words of the founding fathers? Why do you hate the Constitution? Why do you hate our country? You must hate the troops since you hate the country.

  62. 77

    correctnotright spews:

    Herman Cain is an idiot – a dangerous bigoted idiot. His idea that Islam should somehow be treated differently from other religions is just plain stoopid and wrong. Sharia law – that is just BS. Yes, all religions have laws that may not conform to the US laws.

    That is like saying that the Amish will all make us ride buggies with horses, or that the Catholic Church will make us not get divorces, or that certain evangelicals will make us all give up our possesions for the “coming” rapture….

    Mainstream Islam does not preach that the infidels should be killed – that is just a lie and a fabrication. You could say the same of Judaism from passages in the bible – but no one says that of mainstream Judaism.

    Only a simple-minded fool would make that patently absurd argument.

  63. 78

    Steve spews:

    @55 “Huh?? Do I hear some babbling from a right wing stooge?”

    Yup!

    The final straw for me was when that dumbfuck started boring me to death. I no longer bother to read his comments. Hell, it’s to the point now where I get bored just reading his stupid fucking screen name.

  64. 79

    rhp6033 spews:

    Funny how the Puddy tries to use links to articles in the Moonie-owned Washington Times to support some of his arguments, then he supports Cain in the argument that some religions should be prohibited in the U.S., despite the 1st Amendment.

  65. 80

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Police And Prosecutor Misconduct In Anthony Case

    In any criminal trial, prosecutors are required to disclose any exculpatory evidence in their possession to the defense.

    A Canadian computer expert (and former police sergeant) who was called as a prosecution witness during the trial said today he told the police and prosecutors in June that analysis of Anthony’s computer showed one search for the word “chloroform,” not 84 searches.

    The claim that Anthony sought information about chloroform on the internet dozens of times was a key element of the prosecution’s case against her.

    But they never told the defense about their witness’s analysis and conclusion. Had Anthony been convicted on the strength of this prosecution claim, the conviction would have been overturned.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43.....ork_times/

  66. 82

    proud leftist spews:

    81
    Indeed, the litmus test for GOP presidential candidates is being a simple-minded fool. And, being a nativist bigot is a big help.

  67. 83

    ArtFart spews:

    @79 “Funny how the Puddy tries to use links to articles in the Moonie-owned Washington Times”

    A little like Cynical’s erstwhile “Rasmussen dances”. Actually, Cyn seemed to have a better sense of rhythm.

  68. 84

    proud leftist spews:

    At a time of great urgency, House Republicans push a constitutional balanced budget amendment that cannot possibly become law. I cannot imagine a legislative body acting in a more childish fashion. We really need to replace these juvenile panderers with adults.

  69. 85

    spews:

    http://slog.thestranger.com/sl.....k-santorum

    Speaking of Rick Santorum

    Posted by Dan Savage on Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Rick Santorum didn’t like what I had to say about him—not what I said about Republicans generally, which I didn’t mean and immediately apologized for—on Real Time with Bill Maher last week. Comedian and podcaster Marc Maron said something about wanting to hatefuck Michele Bachmann. To keep things from seeming all sexist and shit, I graciously offered to “whip up a little santorum in Santorum.” Rick’s feeling a little buttsore about that:

    That’s why maxeeeee always smells a little funny. It’s the santorum.

  70. 86

    spews:

    Puddydope once claimed that his ancestors came from Europe.

    Here’s scientific proof:

    The ancestors of Neanderthals left Africa about 400,000 to 800,000 years ago. They evolved over the millennia mostly in what are now France, Spain, Germany and Russia. They went extinct, or were simply absorbed into the modern human population, about 30,000 years ago.

    http://news.discovery.com/huma.....10718.html

    Now what was that Ted Kennedy said about Neanderthals again?

  71. 88

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    Funny how the Puddy tries to use links to articles in the Moonie-owned Washington Times to support some of his arguments, then he supports Cain in the argument that some religions should be prohibited in the U.S., despite the 1st Amendment.

    Ummm Cass Sunstein malleable Homer Simpson idiot…

    Where do I SUPPORT Herman Cain?

    I’ll wait while you scour the nets. Meanwhile you use what? Left-wing puke and pablum or you make these generalizations with no links whatsoever to back up your “thoughts”

    You sure love to ascribe comments to me never made or written.

    Cass Sunstein loves peeps like you; malleable Homer Simpson Idiots!

  72. 89

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    His idea that Islam should somehow be treated differently from other religions is just plain stoopid and wrong. Sharia law – that is just BS.

    Oh really correctnutright? Did you know Britain has 85 sharia courts right now? Look up the Arbitration Act of 1996 and the clause they use. It’s the only religion where it’s adherents go out and kill on purpose.

    Let’s see your friends in action.

    FT Hood Killa.

    The Almost NY City Bomba.

    The Almost NY City Tunnel Bombas.

    Richard Reid Bomba.

    Underware Bomba.

    Bill Ayers?

    See ya!

  73. 90

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    Mainstream Islam does not preach that the infidels should be killed – that is just a lie and a fabrication.

    Who’s discussing mainstream Islam? Not me. It’s not mainstream Islam wanting sha’ ria law!

    Moron!

  74. 91

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @89 I’d post a list of Christians who have murdered people, but there aren’t enough pixels in the universe.

  75. 93

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Hey, don’t get me wrong, I think the people who flew the planes into the World Trade Center were real assholes.

  76. 94

    Michael spews:

    @89

    It’s the only religion where it’s adherents go out and kill on purpose.

    Thanks for the comedic relief. Those must have been Muslims that bombed abortion clinics in the south.

  77. 95

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    @89 I’d post a list of Christians who have murdered people, but there aren’t enough pixels in the universe.

    Yeah, how about atheists Roger Dumb Rabbit?

  78. 96

    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    “It’s the only religion where it’s adherents go out and kill on purpose.”

    And their ministers called for killings. Did Christian ministers do that Roger Dumb Rabbit?

  79. 97

    Ekim spews:

    As Steven Anderson told his congregation on August 16, 2009, “you have probably never heard a sermon like this before. Actually, you probably have if you have been coming to church here for a while. But you know what? Here is my sermon, why I hate Barack Obama. That’s my sermon tonight, because Barack Obama is coming to town tomorrow morning.”

    …Anderson preached an almost identical but even more virulently hateful version of the same sermon two days before Barack Obama was inaugurated, during which Anderson appeared to veer over the line into direct incitement, declaring “somebody should abort Barack Obama.”

    Feel that Christian love, ButtPutty?

  80. 98

    Michael spews:

    @96
    I’ve heard Christian minsters call for kill all sorts of folks, all though they tend to cloak their words a bit and I’ve marched with Christian misters in anti-war marches. The same can be said for Jewish rabbis and Muslim Clerics. Funny thing is, it’s always the left side of the isle that’s at the peace marches and the right side of the isle calling for blood to flow.

  81. 100

    Ekim spews:

    Pastor Wiley Drake is a Former Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention who also served as Alan Keyes’ American Independent Party running mate in the 2008 election. Wiley Drake has long been linked with the violent wing of the antiabortion movement and prior to the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller, Drake announced he was praying for Tiller’s death. After Tiller’s murder, during a June 2, 2009 appearance on Alan Colmes’ nationally syndicated radio show, Wiley Drake declared that his prayers had been answered and then went on to inform Colmes that he was praying for president Barack Obama’s death

    Another preacher showing his love, ButtPutty.

  82. 101

    Steve spews:

    @97 He can’t feel love. He’s a self-loathing, hate-filled wing-nut. And you know, of course, that wing-nuts are known to do very, very bad things to goats and other farm animals. Apparently they get a kick out of moral decadence and degradation.

  83. 102

    correctnorright spews:

    An idiot says:

    It’s the only religion where it’s adherents go out and kill on purpose.

    Hmm, let’s start with the crusades, move on to the inquisition, skip ahead to the past conflict in Northern Ireland, the treatment of the native Americans, include the white supremacist “christians” and the anti-abortion christians…and we have an idiot who claims Islam is the only religion that kills on “purpose”.

    The worst single terrorist act on Amerciasn soil until 9/11?
    Oklahoma city by a self-proclaimed white supremacist – of course, an earlier more religious group of “christians” called the Covenant, the Sword and the Arm of the Lord ALSO planned to blow up the same building but were arrested first.

    Only an idiot would write something so stoopiod and be SOOO ignorant. Grow up Puddy, learn to actually think and reason before you spout ridiculous stuff.

  84. 103

    czechsaaz spews:

    @89

    pudwacker is such a tool of the fear machine. The arbitration act you refer to allows parties to voluntarily, agreed by both parties, submit to arbitration. BUT non British law courts are STILL subject to appeal.

    Ever hear of Rabbinical courts in the U.S. Just like in the U.K., they can decide congregational matters but can’t make rulings that are against standing law. Just like Britain. If a sharia court orders a judgement that would fall outside common law, judgment invalid.

    Fear. Puddy afraid. Puddy no understand legal system. Puddy scared.