Archive for May, 2011

Did We Finally Awaken Badgers?

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2011 by rottenart

In case you forgot that cheese curds can be good for you, the good news is that all 6 recall petitions for the Dems in WI were approved. What’s more  uncertain is the attempt by Republicans to recall three Democratic state senators. Even if the Wisconsin GOP is successful, that’s still an overall win for labor. Remember that these are not statewide races so the shenanigans in the recent Supreme Court election shouldn’t come into play. Though it has fallen from the national radar, the fight in WI is still important to the country.

Thankfully, the over-reach from radicals and criminals is not going over well.  If we can help the public stay engaged through next year, this really may be the change we were waiting for.

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You Couldn’t Make This Up

Posted in Funny, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2011 by rottenart

Ted Haggard will be appearing in a Christian sex (?) comedy promoting abstinence.

What’s left after the death of irony? Sincerity? I don’t think we’re quite ready for that yet.

Meanwhile, In Spain…

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

Police are beating protesters (WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO!). Funny how you won’t hear about this in the Mostly Useless Media. The protesters, by the way, are demonstrating against high unemployment and the ongoing financial crisis hitting the middle and lower classes.

Wait a minute! That sounds like a place I know!

Here A Park, There A Park…

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

While I think there are many positive aspects to Oklahoma City’s rapid downtown development, at times it seems as though no one really has any clue what is going on from one day to the next. The competing economic development committees are one example, but much of that can be chalked up to plain old cronyism. More worrying is the fact that the proponents of the so-called “Core-to-Shore” central park didn’t notice that we already had an amazing central park in OKC being renovated under their very noses. Now we’re faced with the same dilemma that has plagued every new MAPS project since version 1.0: what the hell are we doing? Newly elected city council member Ed Shadid points to the heart of the problem with the two parks:

“This is an entity which is going to have tremendous firepower in terms of the financial backers,” Shadid said. “There will be no coordination between the public running the Core to Shore park and the Myriad Gardens. Do we have two ice skating rinks that compete against each other? We have the public competing against an endowment with $10 million.”

And for all the good that MAPS has done for the city, it’s getting harder and harder to dismiss the nagging feeling that OKC’s renaissance is a thin veil covering a massive get-rich-quick scheme for wealthy investors. From the shady Alliance for Economic Development to the plethora of rentable space in newly renovated Myriad Gardens, I wonder if Mick and the City Council should stop trying to dictate a different vision from day to day based on rates of revenue and take the organic,  bottom-up approach favored my own neighborhood (the thriving Plaza District).

If the only consideration for another giant park downtown is whether it will make the city money, then perhaps we’re doing something wrong.

What A Compassionate Conservative

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

Wow. I’ve seen some pretty sickening rhetoric surrounding abortion and rape but this might take the cake:

When asked during the debate about the likelihood of someone buying a separate policy that covers abortion, DeGraaf said, “We do need to plan ahead, don’t we, in life?” Then when asked how women are supposed to plan ahead for issues over which they have no control, DeGraaf responded, “I have a spare tire on my car.”

What the hell is wrong with these people?

Reagan Budget Director David Stockman Takes Responsibility

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

Despite all the evidence that tax cuts don’t raise revenue, Republicans are bound and determined to stick with the only idea they’ve had since 1980. It’s simply madness and I think they’re so far gone that they simply don’t care what the consequences of their actions are.

With that in mind, I wonder what David Stockman, Ronald Reagan’s budget director and architect of “Trickle-Down” economics has to say about the GOP’s idea:

My G.O.P. destroyed the U.S. economy.

Huh, imagine that.

Rep. Patrick McHenry is a Little Out of Line

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , on May 24, 2011 by rottenart

What an asshole.