Ask Republican Leaders to Boycott the Rush Limbaugh Show

We know the despicable things that Rush Limbaugh said about women. There has been lots of pressure on his advertisers to pull their ads and it is having tremendous success.

However it is time for our republican elected officials to step up and support the women in this state. Wisconsin is one of the epicenters of the political landscape in the United States this year. We need our Wisconsin elected officials to tell Rush no when he asks them to be on his radio show and stand up for the Women in our state. They need to take a leadership role and tell him what he said was unacceptable and they do not want to be associated with such rhetoric.

Please sign our petition and tell the elected republicans of our great state to tell Rush Limbaugh NO. They have no interest in being a guest on his radio show!

Please sign the petition here and let your voice be heard!

Thank you!

The Defects of the Gold Standard and the Ignorance of Ron Paul

This is the best, simplest explanation of the reasons the gold standard is so profoundly broken.  Are you listening, Ron Paul?

In short, there is a really serious problem inherent in any banking system in which the standard is itself a medium of exchange. The very fact that gold is money means that, in any fractional reserve system based on gold, there is an inherent tendency for the system to implode when there is a loss of confidence in bank money that causes a shift in demand from bank money to gold. In principle, what would be most desirable is a system in which the monetary standard is not itself money.  Alternatively, the monetary standard could be an asset whose supply may be increased without limit to meet an increase in demand, an asset like, you guessed it, Federal Reserve notes and reserves. But that very defect is precisely what makes the Ron Pauls of this world think that the gold standard is such a wonderful idea.  And that is a scary — as in terrifying — thought.

About that Iron Mine…

Yeah…  Economist Joseph Stiglitz points to the kind of economic policies pursued by the Walker administration, and Republicans in general, that create the kinds of economic distortions that drive levels of inequality higher in America.

Inequality is bad for growth, stability and efficiency. … Inequality peaked both before the Great Depression and before the Great Recession, and it’s not an accident. So basically, when we have a lot of inequality, demand goes down. … All this inequality was offset by creating a bubble. The bubble allowed people to consume more. Now we have the inequality but we don’t have a bubble, and that means that we will have persistent, weak demand, and therefore unless we create another bubble it’s going to be very difficult for us to get back to full employment.

A lot of the inequality that we have in the United States is created by distortions – excessive financial sector, monopolies like Microsoft … giving the oil companies, mining companies resources at a discount. … These things distort the economy, while they create wealth at the top. So it’s not wealth creation – it’s wealth redistribution, which makes the size of the pie smaller.

This kind of trickle-up economics, where private companies blackmail the public with threats of job loss or job non-creation if these companies aren’t given all kinds of breaks is the kind of corporate welfare is insidious.  It shifts money from citizens to corporations.

Commies Infiltrate Insurance Industry

Everyone knows that the theory of man-made climate change is just a cover for a Marxist takeover of the entire globe, right? You betcha!

But did you ever imagine that the Commies were so devious, so sneaky, and so adept at appearing to be normal people that they could infiltrate an industry as historically conservative as the insurance industry? Well, it’s happened.

Here’s what Komrade Franklin Nutter, president of the Reinsurance Association of America, recently had to say:

“From our industry’s perspective, the footprints of climate change are around us and the trend of increasing damage to property and threat to lives is clear,” said Franklin Nutter, president of the Reinsurance Association of America. “We need a national policy related to climate and weather.”

Holy Bejeezus!

Where will the Commies strike next? The banks? Wall Street? Corporate board rooms?

Wait! That’s already happened!

Poor America – P a n o r a m a [B B C]

Shocking…

With one and a half million (1.5 million) American children now homeless, reporter Hilary Andersson meets the school pupils who go hungry in the richest country on Earth. From those living in the storm drains under Las Vegas to the tent cities now springing up around the United States, P a n o r a m a finds out how the poor are surviving in America and asks whatever happened to the supposed ‘government’ and the Real People in charge – those who you ‘don’t see’ pulling on the strings; and their vision and welfare for the country.

Could this be a form of ‘Social cleansing’ without the need of war or disease inflicted by the orchestrators – simply a controlled bout of poverty? Or is this the forced education that only condition children to know only a certain amount of knowledge that can only ever see them progress in working environments such as confined offices within the ‘Human Zoo’ qualities within the desperately overcrowded cities.

Why are our children not educated properly – to be able to survive communally with real craft and building skills? Is the social mobility (as in other ‘rich countries’ such as the UK) only fairing the rich; the wealthy and the ‘clever elite’; the white collar criminal, as per usual?

Broadcast Date: 13th February 2012

Verify the Recall – Has Been Verified

The results are in – they should be advocating for stronger public schools!

I recently asked "who is going to verify the "Verify the Recall" group? Luckily for us, our friends at PR watch did just that:

Findings released this week from the Tea Party-led “Verify the Recall” effort allege that recall proponents fell short of the 540,000 signatures necessary to recall Governor Scott Walker. However, a cursory review of the pages they allege are erroneous actually include the information they claim is missing. Signatures the groups deem “ineligible” are very clearly legitimate. Some of the problems appear to arise from data entry errors on the part of True the Vote volunteers.

VTR said that they supposedly had approximately 4700 “volunteers” from across the country(who all shall remain anonymous) who entered 820,000 names and 138,203 petitions. The problem though was 1,000,000 names and 152,508 petitions were submitted. Oops. That means they flat out did not “verify” almost 60,000 signatures. According to their logic, if they did not enter the names they have to be ineligible. VTR also “flagged” another 228,940 for”further investigation”. Again, VTR logic states if they flag it, it must be ineligible.

Brendan @ PR Watch went through these and found a pattern. The “ineligible” signatures were embarrassingly to VTR eligibile. Let’s look at some examples:

The following examples are not isolated — many, many similar mistakes were quickly found in the True the Vote data set:

True the Vote discounts the signature of Mary Babiash (page 980) because she added the state abbreviation “WI” to her zip code. Her address is otherwise correct.

The group calls Clifford Winkleman’s signature (see page 3) ineligible because it has a “bad sign date.” The date section on his petition is completed, but it looks like he pushed hard when he wrote the “10” in “01/10/2012.” Linda Winkleman, who lives at the same address, signed below him, and also on 01/10/2012.

The group would not count Joshua Epps’ signature (see page 250) because he forgot to add the year when he dated his otherwise-valid signature.

The signature from Tyrell Luebkes (see page 983) would not be counted because he entered his city in the “street address” section, and vice versa.

They would not count Cheryl L Koch’s signature (see page 497), saying she had a “bad sign date” of 1/91/12 because of a stray pen stroke behind the “9” on the correct sign date: 1/9/12

I know! I know!

But Wait There's More:

According to VTR, data entry errors makes signatures ineligible:

True the Vote appeared to mark other signatures “ineligible” because of data entry errors on the part of True the Vote volunteers.

True the Vote considers Heath Beacher’s signature (see page 497) ineligible because “1/6/ 2012” (note space) was entered into the database, causing the software to mark it with a “bad sign date.” The date on the original, handwritten petition is legible and valid. This data entry error is enough to invalidate her signature.

Keith Iverson’s signature (see page 259) is given a “bad sign date” of “Dec 2, 2011,” apparently because the volunteer entering the information into the True the Vote database wrote “Dec.” rather than “12.” This flags his signature as “Invalid.”

Kelly Ullrick signed a recall petition with her full name, but the True the Vote volunteer entering her into the database (see page 984) failed to include her last name. The software tagged this as an “incomplete record,” and thus ineligible, due to a missing last name, even though her last name is clearly visible on the original petition.

Similarly, Alexandra Aulisi’s signature (see page 9) is ineligible because of a “bad sign date,” after the volunteer entering data wrote the letters “ll” rather than the numbers “11” for “11/15/ll”.

Meghan Walsh’s signature (see page 168) is deemed invalid for a “bad sign date,” because the True the Vote volunteer entered “!!/!^/!!” instead of 11/11/2011.

True the Vote considers Jocelyn Tilsen’s signature (see page 2) ineligible as a result of a “bad sign date,” because one of their volunteers entered “1/1O/12” (note O) instead of 1/10/12.

Review the data for yourself here!

While the VTR/TTV folks are adamant on remaining anonymous during this process, Blogging Blue was able to get exclusive footage of their initial motivational, informational meeting!

Seriously though the VTR/TTV people are like bad karaoke singers who everyone encourages to keep singing so they can be made fun and do not get that they are the joke and not part of the joke. I am starting to feel sorry for them.

There is a reason that even Scott Walker will not take them seriously.

The Plutocrat Protection Act

The Georgia State Senate Labor and Insurance Committee unanimously passed a bill on Tuesday that would criminalize picketing and protests outside of private residences and businesses.

The bill was drafted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and targets, in particular, union led protests.

It’s no wonder, then, that Caterpillar chose Georgia as the place to build a new manufacturing plant.

No wonder either that right wing smartass David Blaska would like to see Wisconsin become more like Georgia.

If Scott Walker and the Fitzgerald boys remain in power Wisconsin may become a right-to-work for even-less-than-you-make-now state. And who knows, maybe the criminalizing of dissent won’t be far behind?