More on robocalls: "I just called Wisconsin Right to Life (877-855-5007) and a very argumentative lady said that yes, they were behind the calls and they’ve been making them for the past few days.
She said they’re offering to mail people absentee voter applications, that it’s perfectly legal, and when I said I thought it was potentially election fraud to confuse and decieve voters on an election day she said “well then go vote for your democrat and make yourself happy.” - comment at my blog on this post -"Right to Life" Robocalls from D.C. tell Wisconsin recall voters to stay home
I was stunned. Now I’m angry.
If anybody has a recording of from what I hear in reports is likely a criminal call, please hold onto it for dear life. It should be shared with your county D.A., G.A.B., and the U.S. Attorney General.
And Wisconsin: vote and get others to vote.
1-The polls are open until 8PM today. Please go vote today in your district if it has a recall primary. It is crucial to ensuring that the real Democrat on the ticket moves forward to his/her final election and a FAIR chance at an ultimate victory.
2-Please take a few extra moments to tell friends in your recall district that polls are open until 8PM today and that they really should vote. You do not have to by law bring a photo I.D. at this point, though you certainly could in case we have people of the low caliber of Wisconsin Right to Life working at your poll.
#wirecall Another twisted election tactic: Just lie. Robocalls are telling people not to vote in WI recall primaries tomorrow. Read on: "There's a robocall telling people absentee ballots are in the mail and telling them NOT to go to the polls tomorrow. It's coming from the 703 area code (D.C.), and we need to get a recording of it and the phone number.
SPREAD THE WORD and ask people to help. Added information is: 703 is Northern Virginia but the recording said it was Wisconsin Right to Life.” - I got this note from a facebook friend
#wirecall Soooo...who's the out-of-state agitator? "Just got a recorded phone call from VIRGINIA from the right to life people, saying that they would be mailing me an absentee ballot, for the upcoming recall elections, within the next few days
and they would appreciate it if I would sign it and return it within the next five days! WHAT THE HECK IS THAT ALL ABOUT! I’m pretty sure that if I need an absentee ballot that I have to get it from my town clerk…..the recording said that if I had questions, I could reach the right to life offices at 877-855-5007. The phone call came from 703-410-3201.” - Note from the facebook page - Stand With Senator Dave Hansen
Warren Buffett said U.S. Cogress is playing Russian roulette by risking default. Bush raised debt ceiling 7 times.
Buffett said if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, the U.S. would default on its debt and that is unprecedented and we simply don’t know how that would turn out. That’s why he compared the situation to a game of russian roulette. He said five times out of six everything would be fine but that one bullet could do a ton of damage. Playing, he said, is “silly.”
"We raised the debt ceiling seven times during the Bush administration" he said. "Now in this administration they are using it as a hostage. You don’t have any business by playing russian roulette to get your way in some other matter. We should be more grown up than that." - from NPR.org
One speech by TUC head Brendan Barber might have sounded familiar in Wisconsin or Ohio:
“The burden of deficit reduction is being piled unfairly on to millions of low- and medium-paid public sector workers who did nothing to cause the crash.”….
Even the doctors’ union, the staid British Medical Association, voted overwhelmingly at its recent convention to ballot for “all forms of industrial action” if the government does not retreat on pensions.
Britain’s public employees will soon be joining their European counterparts in escalating labor unrest. More from
British Strike Begins Drive to Save Public Pensions
Independence Day: I had wine, cheese, and fruit and tried to avoid talking
about politics for a couple of hours with my guy in the Orton Park gazebo. That was a struggle. For example I’d get him to talk about bees, his big hobby, and then I began talking about how bees remind me of human society and how everything needs to work together and then I was onto criticizing libertarianism.
The last time we were there it was an Alt Brat Fest, raining cats and dogs, and there was a reggae band in the gazebo. We joked that we feared we would get all settled in and another reggae band would come by and kick us out. Oddly enough a jazz band was playing lounge music in somebody’s front yard on Jennifer Street during the whole thing. It was a bizarre, charming Fourth of July soundtrack.
We packed up and headed to B B Clarke beach where a mix of young families, young adults, a couple of drunk guys, and a picnicking group enjoyed the evening. No conflict. No yelling. Just all completely relaxed as we should be at the end of a 3 day weekend. The lull of water noise, the setting sun, and people watching helped me completely forget about politics and really everything that might trouble a person. We took photos of ourselves and laughed at our big heads too close to the camera. We looked happier than usual and we really were.
Each summer, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas invites his four new law clerks to his home to watch a movie.
Not just any movie, but the 1949 film version of the classic of libertarian conservatism, Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead.”
“Conservative scholars who admire Thomas say he, more than any justice, exemplifies the legal theory of “originalism” ” the idea that the Constitution must be interpreted solely as its words would have been understood by those who approved it 222 years ago.”
“Nowhere is the difference more apparent than in cases involving prisoners. Marshall wrote the court’s opinion holding that deliberately subjecting prisoners to cruelty, including refusing them needed medical care, can violate the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
Thomas, alone among his colleagues, continues to oppose that ruling. The constitutional ban has nothing to do with what happens to an inmate in prison, he argues; it only limits what sentence the defendant may receive. “Judges or juries ” but not jailors ” impose punishment,” he said. By that standard, brutal beatings meted out by a guard do not qualify as unconstitutional punishment.”
Thomas has been on the court for 20 years and says he wants to stay another 20. This is what makes elections so important.
#Madfire Update on about 30 Madison residents displaced by fire
"Capitol Hill Residents are staying with us, they just lost everything in a fire and could really use some clothes. All adults, 50/50 male/female. Just drop off items at our front desk and we’ll take it from there." - The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club announced this. Map - Concourse Hotel
"A group of neighbors is also lending a hand by starting a group called Friends of Capitol Hill Apartment Residents. They are collecting goods and are accepting monetary donations at UW Credit Union branches." - More at Channel3000
“The Governor is throwing a big party at his tax payer funded mansion. Guests are going to be arriving around 3pm.
You can greet the guests at the mansion at 3pm if you’d like. Some people will make signs at Zoma on Atwood at 4PM. Flotilla boats will meet at Burrows Park off Sherman Ave at 5pm with paddleable boats, motor boats canoes…. It is a short paddle. I don’t have many boats signed on for this so please tell your boating friends.”
“It’s awesome that a movement of women supposedly hating men is complete and irrefutable proof that [women are] wrong, but all the woman-hating men are Great Men and great artists and cool, admired role models, like rappers or rock stars or all of those philosophers who thought women were inferior. Imaginary man-hating is condemned and yet real woman-hating is celebrated. Why shouldn’t I hate men? Clearly they hate me and that impacts my life daily.”—
I want this remembered every time feminists feel the need to apologize for the movement because some members of it have been accused of man-hating. I will not consider it a legitimate criticism until this culture has been purged of its need to glorify men who hate women - indeed, until they’re no longer elected to legislative positions.