Archive for April, 2011

The Onion or Oklahoma?

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by rottenart

It’s getting harder and harder to tell  the difference.

Ironically, Sally Kern’s subtly racist argument is precisely the reason why Affirmative Action is a necessity; ingrained bigotry such as Kern and Osborn’s will ensure unequal treatment for minorities if the playing field is “leveled” because they discriminate with abandon. Witness the intellectual prowess of the women who considers homosexuals a bigger threat than radical terrorism:

“We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and that’s tragic,” Kern said, “but are they in prison just because they are black or because they don’t want to study as hard in school?

“I’ve taught school,” she added, “and I saw a lot of people of color who didn’t study hard because they said the government would take care of them.”

I can’t wait for the first southern politician to just come right out and say what’s really on their mind: ‘niggers are lazy’.

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Unions are Bad; Security is Irrelevant

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by rottenart

Here’s an interesting piece about the way TSA workers were scapegoated with harrowing tales of intrusive pat-downs and videos of “don’t touch my junk”. Of course, as per usual, it’s all a well-funded attempt to keep those workers from organizing, complete with manufactured outrage and naked fear-mongering. It’s worth reading the whole thing to see just how far the Right will go to keep workers from exercising their right to fair treatment in the workplace.

Obviously the Budget Gap in OK is No Longer a Problem!

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2011 by rottenart

Why else would they waste time on inane laws like this? According to the OK Dept. of  Corrections website, the yearly cost of one inmate is ~$16,500, with around 24,000 people incarcerated today in the state. Another fun fact? “Oklahoma Correctional Industries generates between $15 million and $17 million in annual sales revenues”

Well, I guess it’s a good thing that we’ve decided making hashish, a by-product of marijuana, will now be a life sentence in OK. Can’t have those private prisons losing money or, god forbid, not getting their payments from the taxpayers.

Keep in mind, that I can’t even find statistics for hash use in Oklahoma. So, just to recap, we have no money for private prisons, no documented problem with hashish and yet we’re still determined to enforce a mandatory life sentence for the “crime”.

Obama is Bad for Business!

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , on April 26, 2011 by rottenart

Or… not. Somehow I don’t think this will shut up the “drill, baby, drill” crowd but it’s nice to know their screed is fact-free.

John Mccain Now Supports the Libyan Rebels

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2011 by rottenart

Oops.

Where Is The Outrage?

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2011 by rottenart
He Looks Pissed!

Grrr! Healthcare Evil!

Remember waaay back in August 2009, when members of Congress returned to their districts to meet with constituents and met with a Koch/Armey funded wall of nearly unintelligible anger? According to the screaming hordes, the ACA was a big ball of fascist socialism that would destroy the country as we knew it. All lies and ignorance, of course, but it’s a line that still gets traction.

One of the most repeated charges was that Obama was ‘cutting Medicare’. Predictably, seniors were pissed, even though the ‘cutting’ consisted mainly of reducing fraud and abuse and reining in so-called Medicare Advantage plans which cost much more, don’t offer any better care and primarily fund private shareholders.

Well, flash-forward to today. Republicans are back home in their districts after having voted to literally gut Medicare and change it into a voucher system. It would save money only by passing costs on to seniors, costing them around $6,500 more out of pocket for no longer guaranteed care, would actually increase the cost of care,  and it would be a windfall for private insurers.

So, will this Summer turn into a repeat of 2009? Will Grandma be protesting the GOP’s own version of ‘Death Panels’? Will old, white men stand up and tell the Republicans to ‘keep the government out of Medicare’? Don’t bet on it. The over-looked private funding of 2009’s town halls just isn’t there. Of course, we’re seeing some pushback but these are normal citizens who happen to be attuned, not bought and paid for agitators who have no idea what they’re talking about. There are no AFP buses to round up angry white folks. No astro-turfed mobs to bring firearms to democratic meetings.

Instead, the onus is on the Left to inform voters exactly what the GOP intends to do to the social compact. Given the odds and opposition machine stacked against us, it won’t be easy. Just keep one thing in mind: Republicans lied about Obama cutting Medicare; Paul Ryan’s budget actually destroys it.

Okie Union Bustin’

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2011 by rottenart

It’s official: union bustin’ fever has spread to Oklahoma.  On Tuesday, the state Senate passed House Bill 1593, a bill that would strip away Oklahoma’s requirement that large cities engage in collective bargaining with so-called “non-uniformed” city workers. Newly-elected governor Mary Fallin is sure to sign the bill, which is just the latest in a long line of anti-union legislation passed in OK over the years.

Parallels to Wisconsin are few, however. Whereas Scott Walker’s assault on unions created a groundswell of support across the state (ensuring recall elections against 5 state senators already), Oklahoma doesn’t have the union presence to counter-act the measure. Additionally, where Walker made sure to insulate firefighters and police from his bill, Oklahoma republicans have gone one further and included teachers in the excepted groups.  With only certain categories of “uniformed” municipal workers subject to the law, this is not likely to cause a stir with any remaining public employees.

To understand what possesses those who run our state government to get it so wrong, I offer up a quote from Choctaw Republican Sen. Cliff Aldridge, a sponsor of the bill, in an interview with the Tulsa World:

Aldridge said municipal workers should have the ability to discuss pay raises or other concerns with city officials without collective bargaining, and that workers always have a choice to seek employment elsewhere.

“We don’t need to mandate that they (city officials) listen,” Aldridge said. “That’s not our job at the state Legislature to make sure these people get paid what they ought to get paid.”

And that, my friends, is the perfect summation of Okie Republican’s view of governance: it’s not our job as your elected representative to make sure you’re treated fairly and if you don’t like it, you’re free to work somewhere else.