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Chicken Lady = Sue Lowden

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Jason Linkins at Huffpo was writing today about Chuck Shumer v Dick Durbin in case Harry Reid loses in November.

If the 2010 election doesn’t go Senator Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) way, and he loses his reelection race to ol’ what’s her name — that Chicken Lady — the Democrats will have to find themselves a new leader in the Senate. And that’s where things get interesting!

Sue Lowden as Chicken Lady. Hmm. Here is the Chicken Lady I remember best:

And who can forget

Henceforth Sue Lowden should always be referred to as “Chicken Lady Sue Lowden”. Certainly it is a construction Nevada Democrats should use whenever possible.

You’re welcome, Nevada Democrats. You too Sue.

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April 23rd, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Chomsky: U.S. like Weimar

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Noam Chomsky brilliantly states the obvious, unlike a certain corporate media I could mention:

Noam Chomsky, for many years the leading left-wing intellectual in the country, warned last week of signs that fascism may be coming to the United States.

“I’m just old enough to have heard a number of Hitler’s speeches on the radio,” he said, “and I have a memory of the texture and the tone of the cheering mobs, and I have the dread sense of the dark clouds of fascism gathering” here at home.

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“The level of anger and fear is like nothing I can compare in my lifetime,” he said. He cited a statistic from a recent poll showing that half the unaffiliated voters say the average tea party member is closer to them than anyone else.

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There is class resentment, he noted. “The bankers, who are primarily responsible for the crisis, are now reveling in record bonuses while official unemployment is around 10 percent and unemployment in the manufacturing sector is at Depression-era levels,” he said.

And Obama is linked to the bankers, Chomsky explained. “The financial industry preferred Obama to McCain,” he said.

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Chomsky invoked Germany during the Weimar Republic, and drew a parallel between it and the United States. “The Weimar Republic was the peak of Western civilization and was regarded as a model of democracy,” and he stressed how quickly things deteriorated there.

“In 1928 the Nazis had less than 2 percent of the vote.” And he warned, “Two years later, millions supported them. The public got tired of the incessant wrangling, and the service to the powerful, and the failure of those in power to deal with their grievances.”

Chomsky said the German people were susceptible to appeals about “the greatness of the nation, and defending it against threats, and carrying out the will of eternal providence.”

When farmers, the petit bourgeoisie, and Christian organizations joined forces with the Nazis, “the center very quickly collapsed,” Chomsky said. No analogy is perfect, but the echoes of fascism are “reverberating” today. “These are lessons to keep in mind.”

As they say elsewhere, read the whole thing.

Oh and Canada, here is your word for the day. Can you say Anschluss? I knew you could.

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April 22nd, 2010 at 1:18 am

CSNY: Southern Man

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This one goes out to my close personal friend Bob McDonnell and alla my teabaggin’ buds.

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April 9th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Dancehall Girls: Fraser and Debolt

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One of my favorite songs of all time, originally done by Fraser and Debolt

These kids have a good time with it. Note that everybody has their shoes off. Canadians too nice to go to somebody’s house and track in mud and snow.

I’m working on a punk version with my band.

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April 8th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

McDonnell Says He’s Sorry – Yeah, Right

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By now, the universe knows that Governor McDonnell of Virgina issued a proclamation making April Civil War month in the Commonwealth, and then had to apologize and rewrite it because he forgot to mention slavery.

Sorry, no sale.

McDonnell may not win a Nobel prize for being smart but he has attended some well regarded universities: undergrad at Notre Dame and post grad at Boston College. He did get his law degree from Regent College, but presumably that experience did not kill all of his brain cells.

Furthermore, he has been in elected politics since 1992. He has been around the block more than once. He is not a spring chicken. He knows his way around politics.

He did not issue his racist original proclamation by mistake. he did not forget what the Civil War was about. Rather, he was pandering to that part of his constituency that wants to pretend slavery was not the cause off that conflict.

He knew all along that he would have to issue a revised version. His original proclamation was a signal to Virginia white supremacists that he is with them and is looking out for their interests. He is looking to his political future and a possible run for Senate or the White House. He is an extremist who fooled enough Virginians to get elected last fall, but my hope is that more little tricks like this one will make “moderates” think twice about voting for him again.

I don’t always agree with Chris Matthews, but he is spot on on this question. Behold:

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

And that Republican apologist Todd what’s his names just drives me up the wall. He knows he is lying for money and isn’t a good enough prevaricator to convince any objective viewer of his sincerity. I feel sorry for him and hope that someday he finds a soul.

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April 8th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Why Obama No Longer Has My Vote

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From Open Left

Obama’s grand accomplishment is not breaking a sweat while giving us a jobless recovery just like Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. His most-touted accomplishment is passing the REPUBLICAN alternative to HillaryCare from 15 years ago, but meanwhile tens of millions of people go without work, while homes continue being lost at an incredible rate, (The good news from USA Today: “Foreclosure rates up by smallest amount in 4 years”.)

I will never vote for a Republican at any level, but I simply do not understand why Obama is working so hard to lose my support.

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April 3rd, 2010 at 1:39 pm

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Huffpo’s Bill Lucey: A Nation Divided

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Bill Lucey has a Huffpo essay about why the U.S. seems so divided these days. This is an important question, if one assumes that division does in fact exist among Americans right now. Lucey’s attempt to answer this question is a worthy effort, but ultimately fails because the author feels compelled to hold everyone equally accountable, which is another way of saying no one is responsible.

He partially blames congressional district gerrymandering, which I regard as more of a symptom than a cause. He also appears to think that partisan media is partly to blame. Darn that Fox News and MSNBC anyway.

Maybe the nation has always been divided. When the U.S. was born it was part slave and part free. At one point it engaged in a great civil war and slavery was abolished, but for a century afterward the slave owners and white supremacists used violence to keep their power and status. Unfortunately, Lincoln may have lost the Civil War by winning it. Conquering the Confederacy meant that the Union would remain riddled with racist former slave owners and their overseers. The Confederacy stood for the noble proposition that some people are superior to others, modern American Conservatism in a nutshell.

After Lincoln, workers and bosses were divided and sometimes came to blows. The capitalists of the Gilded Age and those whose labor created their fortunes were often in conflict. Then the elites gave us the Great Depression and Roosevelt had to step in and save the wealthy from a fate like that of Marie Antoinette.

Through the Depression years, World War II and the Cold War, divisions were stifled. In the sixties, the pot boiled over, and conflict came with the civil rights and anti war movements, as well as other large, cultural changes.

In 1964, Barry Goldwater said that”Extremism in he defense of Liberty is no vice.” He lost, but sixteen years later the conservative reaction achieved its greatest victory by making Ronald Reagan President of the United States.

We are still suffering from the damage done by Reagan and the Bushes in massively transferring wealth from the middle class to the wealthy (which continues, mitigated only slightly by Obama’s policies). That was Reagan’s assignment from the powerful interests he represented: Bury the New Deal once and for all. Ensure that wealth and power remain where they belong, at the top. Of course, elected Republicans and too many Democrats also serve the rich and not their constituents.

Now, with the American economy in tatters, the Right (meaning the wealthy elite) fights back with everything it can muster. They have a lot of weapons too, one of them being Fox News and it connection to angry middle and lower middle class white people. They also have a lock on talk radio and make sure that 90% of the talkers are right wing hysterics.

Let us not forget the role of apocalyptic religion and its influence on many of the “patriot” militias now maneuvers in the woods of Michigan and other states. Also in Huffpo, here’s a well informed piece by Frank Schaeffer on that very topic. Scaeffer’s conclusion:

The truth is that the “crazies” in Michigan are just acting on what millions of evangelicals say they believe and I don’t only mean about the so called End Times. I also mean that these days the Tea Party movement is spouting a rhetoric of doom and extremism that holds that the American government and even the nation is no longer legitimate. Add in the theology and you have a self-fulfilling “prophecy” of Armageddon. Sadly we have not seen the last of such actions.

In short, if the U.S. is divided it is because the wealthy want it that way. Division is how they continue to rule and is the tool they use to advance toward the goal of absolute power over the economy and society.

You won’t hear talk like this on the radio or cable news channels – not even on MSNBC, still owned by GE. Maddow comes pretty close, though.

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April 1st, 2010 at 8:55 pm