“Follow the money,” he said…

Remember when right-wing commenter “Steve T.” told me to “follow the money” http://bloggingblue.com/2010/08/13/president-obama-supports-mosque-near-911-site/comment-page-1/#comment-31022>not once, but twice in reference to who was funding the Islamic center near Ground Zero? I remember Steve’s challenges to me quite vividly, and while I didn’t “follow the money,” Jon Stewart did, and something tells me Steve-O isn’t going to like where the money leads:

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“Follow the money” behind the Islamic center near Ground Zero and it leads right back to Fox News and one of that company’s largest shareholder, Saudi prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, who happens to be connected Imam Rauf of the proposed Islamic center through the “Kingdom Foundation.”

Tim John nails the point on central city unemployment!

I started working on this blog about a week ago and then set it aside when Tim John posted that he was attending Drinking Liberally. I thought I’d talk to him a bit and add any new information before posting. Well he showed up but I got distracted by other conversations. Well after reading Eugene Kane’s column in this morning’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the tenacious candidate, I thought I’d better dust this off.

Many of you have probably seen some of the videos that Tim John has created for his campaign and hopefully you’ve read Zach’s interview with the candidate. I first became aware of Tim John at a Jazz in the Park concert early this summer when two young ladies thrust a Tim John for Governor brochure in my hand. After a brief scan of the brochure I had to ask which party Mr. John belonged to. Like a lot of other candidates, party affiliation isn’t included in the literature. I saw Mr. John at the Democratic convention in June but I don’t believe he spoke and I was surprised that he wasn’t cruising for signatures on his nomination papers like every other candidate in the place.

When asked what he knew about the candidate, Zach pointed me at Mr. John’s campaign website and videos. If you’ve seen Mr. John’s videos you know that he doesn’t take himself particularly seriously and for the casual viewer it is hard to take him at face value. Almost all of his videos are pointless…not pointless like Mayor Barrett has more money, more name recognition and the party’s backing…but pointless in, what are your positions, what are the issues, what do you stand for? Well it seems like he was making it up as he was going along. I was lucky enough to attend the first Drinking Liberally when Mr. John visited as part of his campaign. He is a bright energetic individual who is very passionate about a few issues and obviously in love with the English language and holds his poetic license in high regard (see his bio and vision at his website at www.timjohnforgovernor.com). Whether that is sufficient to get him elected Governor of Wisconsin is up to you… apparently he didn’t make a gubernatorial impression on Mr. Kane.

Unemployment in the central city of Milwaukee is the issue that is most important to Mr. John. He put out a video on the topic that absolutely nails it…here it is and that’s all I’ll say for now:

David King: let’s use government resources to promote religion!

Via Milwaukee News Buzz and through the illusory tenant comes this nugget (emphasis mine):

[Milwaukee pastor “Apostle” David King] also wants to use [the Wisconsin secretary of state’s office] as a platform for community outreach. The outreach, however, would be done by expanding God Squad. King denied that such a plan would constitute an intrusion of religion into government.

So as Wisconsin’s Secretary of State, David King would use his office – and presumably its taxpayer-provided budget – to expand his God Squad to do community outreach. Putting aside the fact that “community outreach” isn’t mentioned in the Wisconsin Constitution as being one of the responsibilities of the Secretary of State, there’s the whole issue of government promoting religion, as King is proposing to do. While King denies expanding his God Squad using a government office and public funds would represent an intrusion of religion into government, let’s take a look at how the God Squad’s website describes the group’s mission:

Milwaukee God Squad Mission Statement: Milwaukee God Squad is organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, and educational purposes. Our goal shall be met by its taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

If the stated goal of the God Squad is to “[take] the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world,” then I’d like to hear someone explain how exactly would using the official office of Secretary of State not constitute a Constitutionally-barred promotion of one set of religious beliefs – in this case Christianity – by the government?

Then again, as the illusory tenant points out, maybe David King just thinks he’s running for Secretary of Jesus.

Tim John: the other Democratic gubernatorial candidate!

I’ll admit that I don’t typically read Eugene Kane’s column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, but upon noticing Kane’s most recent column was written about underdog Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tim John, I had to give it a read. As Kane notes in his column, John may not have a snowball’s chance in heck of beating Democratic frontrunner Tom Barrett on September 14, but he’s still got a right to run:

Underdog or not, John has as much right to run for the Democratic nomination in the Sept. 14 primary as anyone else. If he’s able to bring more attention to black male unemployment rates, so much the better.

As I’ve written before, I can’t help but root for the underdogs in 2010’s political races, and whether he has a chance of beating Tom Barrett or not, Tim John is certainly worth checking out, especially his YouTube channel.

Miss Mexico Crowned Miss Universe – Brewer, Gingrich, McCain & Prejean in Shock

Given all the hoopla surrounding their brown-skinned visitor, resident and illegal alien unfriendly laws as evidenced by SB 1070, Jan Brewer, the septuagenerian, immigrant-bashing sweetheart and 22nd Governor of AZ was shocked to learn that the Mexican beauty Jimena Navarrete, from Guadalajara was crowned Queen of the Universe.

Jan responded to this nomination of the universe’s queen with her usual chilly, silly, disarming, charm –

Goodness gracious, Mexican’s crossing our border are drug dealers, be-headers and baby makers, so let’s hope that Ms. Universe is able to keep from evidencing any of these characteristics as she visits and resides in America over the next year.  While she’s welcome to visit AZ, we expect her to have not only her Universe credentials for display at all border crossings and on demand by our troopers, but also to demonstrate evidence of non-pregnancy considering our desire to limit alien births in AZ.

Congratulations Ms. Universe!

During the highly contested beauty pageant, alleged 2012 Presidential contender, Newt Gingrich faced the conundrum of whether to support Miss USA, the first American Muslim contestant for Miss Universe; condemn Miss Mexico or look for a third fourth wife among these beauties of the Universe.  Instead Mr. Gingrich decided to go on a rampage against the Muslim Community Center being planned for an abandoned Burlington Coat Factory site 2 blocks away from Ground Zero.  He was seen smirking and winking at Ms USA Rimah Fakim, as he began his campaign against the constitution.

Meanwhile surgically-enhanced Carrie Prejean was found drinking a Pina Colada with a Corona & Jose Cuervo tequila chasers on a bar stool in Phoenix, AZ yelling – “Deberia haber sido Reina!”.  Joining her at the bar was former Presidential candidate John “flip flop” McCain who is now for immigration given the beauty of Mexican women.

While we weren’t able to find footage of this fictional quote from Ms. Brewer, an actual recording of Newt Gingrich’s thoughts or photos of Ms. Prejean with John McCain, we were able to find a news report on Miss Mexico’s big win.

unfortunately more on the “mosque”…

Recently there was huge discussion on this very blog, and joined in by many of our right wing friends decrying the horror of putting the Mosque up on Ground Zero. As usual, our right wing friends were not being truthful, and we find out that the Mosque isnt a Mosque, but a community center. Then we find out it isnt even at ground zero but a few blocks away, just like these \”sacred\” buildings.

The truth coming to light, did not make the right wing apologize or admit their error, they just changed the narrative. They changed it to how harmful the intentions of Imam Feisul Abdul Raif are. Predictably, shortly thereafter, the real truth comes out. The huge outcry of right wing talking heads, such as Karen Hughes and the insane Glen Beck, shows us how willing the right wing is to lie to gain political points.

Lets not also forget this gem, that the same Saudi prince who owns Fox “news”, also funds the

Ground Zero Mosque Imam.

Here it is explained point by point!

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Yea but George Soros…

In the 90’s the republican party could not stand the fact that they no longer had the presidency, so the billionaires of the party(Richard Mellon Scaife), started the Arkansas Project, strictly to discredit Bill Clinton. The whole time, in order to distract from what they were doing, complained about the one liberal billionaire, George Soros.

Now that the republicans lost the presidency again, we are subject to the same game with different players. Jane Mayer, one of the top investigative journalists in the business, just came out with a brilliant piece on the Koch Brothers war against President Obama.

Some highlights:

* With his brother Charles, who is seventy-four, David Koch owns virtually all of Koch Industries, a conglomerate, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, whose annual revenues are estimated to be a hundred billion dollars.

* The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests.

* In a study released this spring, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries one of the top ten air polluters in the United States. And Greenpeace issued a report identifying the company as a “kingpin of climate science denial.”

* Americans for Prosperity Foundation—an organization that David Koch started, in 2004

*In 1977, the Kochs provided the funds to launch the nation’s first libertarian think tank, the Cato Institute.

*n the mid-eighties, the Kochs provided millions of dollars to George Mason University, in Arlington, Virginia, to set up another think tank. Now known as the Mercatus Center, it promotes itself as “the world’s premier university source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems.” Financial records show that the Koch family foundations have contributed more than thirty million dollars to George Mason, much of which has gone to the Mercatus Center, a nonprofit organization. “It’s ground zero for deregulation policy in Washington,” Rob Stein, the Democratic strategist, said. It is an unusual arrangement. “George Mason is a public university, and receives public funds,” Stein noted. “Virginia is hosting an institution that the Kochs practically control.”

*In 2004, David Koch and Richard Fink started a new group, Americans for Prosperity, and they hired Tim Phillips to run it

Read the full story here.

As Ms. Mayer does a great job of documenting, the Kochs tried to run for office and got a whopping 1% of the vote, and realized that the public would never buy what they were selling. They then turned their money and efforts into playing the republican party, and the “tea partiers” like a marionette.