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Mined Over Matter

Mined Over Matter

Since my recent mining redux has generated more comments than any scribble in the nearly two-year-long tenure of this blog — even more than the name-calling, rotten produce throw, shit show that the “Unplanned Parenthood” piece inspired (feel free to seek it out if you’re feeling frisky for a cat fight) — what better idea could there be than continue yet anew with it.  Here’s the gist: Part 1 is about the money behind the mine.  Part 2 makes an argument to support Democratic state Senator Tim Cullen’s alternative mining bill.

Ready, set, Gogebic!

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Undermining Credibility

Undermining Credibility

With only three weeks to go til Valentine’s Day, the Republicans in the State Legislature of Wisconsin are doing what no men ever do: shopping for their beloved before the last minute.  Indeed, in what can only be called a sweetheart deal to both Gogebic Taconite and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation – the former an out-of-state mining company, the latter a much-flawed private entity (that used to be a public one before Scott Walker took over) – the Republican juggernaut essentially promises what any sugarcoated candy on February 14th does: “be mine.”  Only in this sense it’s not just a command in the possessive sense; it’s also the Republican diktat that the Gogebic mine be.  Corporate profit and bought-off lawmakers, true love if there ever was.
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We Are(n’t) Wisconsin

We Are(n’t) Wisconsin

No, it wasn’t — stolen that is, the recall election, though the same may not be said about our hopes and faith in this state.  If prayer is the last refuge of a scoundrel (at least according to Lisa Simpson — who may or may not have been unwittingly subverting the famous quote by Samuel Johnson, for whom “patriotism” was the last refuge), then I would add that denial and conspiracy are the last bastions for liberals to talk amongst themselves, scuttling underground while licking their wounds after losing an election.
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Russ and Them

Russ and Them

Not to put too fine a point on it, but sometimes I swear that all there is to one politician’s attack on his or her rival is an extroverted confession of their own flaws and sins.  Take for example all the hoopla Wisconsin Republicans have made about “outside money” and “out-of-state union thugs” meddling in Madison and running the recalls.  Saying little of how next to nothing could be further from the truth, one needn’t do anything more than keep tabs on the company our politicians keep to understand whose pillow talk lies in bed with creeps.  Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Do U.C. What I See? or, Pike’s Pique

Do U.C. What I See? or, Pike’s Pique

Imagine a world where racists and white supremacists are beaten with clubs, barked at by dogs, and hosed down by fire hydrants.  Where the Joint Chiefs of Staff are sprayed with gas and bullets.  Where extreme religious clerics are tortured and thrown in solitary confinement for preaching violence.  Where business executives are robbed and raped.  Where bankers and brokers are pepper sprayed.  Where polluters of the environment are tagged as “ecoterrorists” and conservationists hailed as heroes.  Where the complacency of casual bystanders blamed the perpetrators, not the victims, and questioned authority, instead of despising those with that bumper sticker on their car or blaming them — Blacks, gays, Jews, feminists, pacifists, communists, environmentalists, Native Americans, Latinos, Muslims, unions, liberals, artists, colleges, freedom fighters — for everything wrong in society.  This would be, or could be, our opposite world, a world not of shadows but of light.  A world where progress is not repressed, gagged, water-boarded, dehumanized, treasoned, trialed and tribulated, before the slow-witted yokels of everyday are finally told that this kind of hate is no longer OK.

As W.E.B. DuBois famously stated, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress … Power concedes nothing without demand.  It never did and it never will.” Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Plutocracy’s a Goofy Prosperity or, The Hedgefund and the Foxhole

Plutocracy’s a Goofy Prosperity or, The Hedgefund and the Foxhole

Running a government is not unlike being a soccer mom: you’re a chaperone and chauffeur, you’re in charge of seat belts and timing belts, gas in the car, breakfast in the kids’ bellies, the right uniform(s) washed the night before, the right equipment packed this morning; you remember to pick up the extra cones or water bottles, to pick up some other kids in the car pool; you’re capable of coaching or reffing if needed, but if not you make at least three calls on your cell during the game: to your aging mother and did she take her medicine, to your other sister and how did her second date go with that new guy, and the bakery to order the cake for your best friend’s surprise 40th birthday.  It is multitasking to the nth degree, with an almost superhuman awareness of needs and sensibilities.  Running a business is more like being a professional field goal kicker: you’re here to do one thing and one thing only.  Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Scared Sacrifice

Time for a little show and tell:

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Tell It Like It Is

Since the so-called Tea Party appears hell-bent on dragging the entire country with its affinity for self-annihilation, and the Religious Right is dying to die for Jesus, it’s only appropriate for progressive Democrats to ratchet the rhetoric.  Enter stage left U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, representing the 35th district of the State of California:

 

United Citizens Against Citizens United

United Citizens Against Citizens United

Need a new mantra?  How about “The Day When $$$$ Equals Speech”?

I caught word this morning that the good people at The Center for Media and Democracy are calling for an online day of action today and so wanted to spread the message in hopes of others doing likewise.  The cause in question concerns the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court last year that not only codifies gobs of filthy lucre as being the equivalent of free speech, and thus protected under the First Amendment, but allows corporations (and yes, unions*) to conceal both the amounts they spend on elections AND where that money is coming from.  Keep reading and kindly click on a couple links if you’ve wondered any of the following:

~  How the hell a yahoo know-nothing nobody the likes of Ron Johnson could oust the venerable Russ Feingold from office;

~ How Republicans swept the halls in 2010, particularly in state legislatures and governors’ mansions;

~ How the no-dialogue ideologues of the so-called Tea Party, despite their fringe freak show, have accomplished as much as they have since January 20, 2009;

~ How anonymous, no-limit contributions and ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) have so adroitly gutted the democratic process;

~ How over $30 million was spent on the eight recall elections in Wisconsin in only the last four months (compared to the $3.75 million that was the sum of all the State Legislature races in 2010!); or

~ How this gargantuan harangue will play itself in next year’s presidential election (think lots of drunk, angry elephants in a cutesy boutique china shop).

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Such Great Heidts

Such Great Heidts

One of the best aspects to living in Madison is when you cast a vote in an election, it’s not the typical predicament of choosing the lesser of two evils, but rather the boldest of the best.  A case in point is the special election on Tuesday, July 12, to fill the vacant seat in the 48th District of the State Assembly.  There are six excellent candidates running to represent this liberal district — no Republicans or Independents vying for the seat; so whoever wins the primary is the de facto winner in the general election next month.  But in this field of six, one alone stands above the rest: Andy Heidt. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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