Story Here Though I like what the Miami Herald wrote about the guy who went off on a Starbucks employee which started this dumbassery. Lead line: David Sanguesa said he was having a bad day. ….. Previous bad days: the one in 2008 when he was arrested on a DUI charge. The one a week later when he was again charged with DUI. And the day in 2014 when he was charged with domestic violence, which was later dropped. And there were all those days, going back years, when he emailed the Miami Herald with rants against Cubans, women, immigrants, … Continue reading Friday Cat Blogging: Reading Headlines To Buddy
I wanted to take a break from US news, so I checked out what’s going on in Canada only to find our nightmare becoming theirs as well. In an editorial from the Toronto Star, on the appointment of Steve Bannon, we learn this: The message Trump is sending has implications beyond the United States. The bigotry let loose by his campaign knows no borders. Several posters popped up in Toronto this week calling on white people “sick of being blamed for all the world’s problems” to join the alt-right movement. On Monday, an Ottawa rabbi woke up to find an … Continue reading Hate knows no borders
The Hill reports that former Texas Governor is being considered for Energy Secretary and reminds us of Perry’s Oops moment During a presidential debate in 2011, Perry forgot the Energy Department as he tried to list the three agencies that he pledged to eliminate as president. “It’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone: commerce, education, and the uh … what’s the third one, there? Let’s see… The third one. I can’t,” he said, adding “Oops.” Continue reading Your Cabinetmaking Is Killing My Irony
I know I said I was back but now I can’t find the words. But that was a sentence. Given my one word vocabulary (fuck) on Wednesday and 2 word vocabulary (fuck me) on Thursday, I am making progress. I wrote a to do list today. 1) Read as much as possible to understand what happened. 2) Get your passport renewed just in case. That’s as far as I got. I combed Twitter and did find links to interesting analysis articles. Well a few at least. Twitter is a mess for the most part. That is except for the alt-R and … Continue reading Pardon me, I’m stuck between alts
I was having a really nice life, chilling in the woods, taking photos of birds the past few years and then this guy hits my backyard: And he’s not leaving soon enough so I need you folks. We all need one another right now. I’ll have more to say in future posts but today my vocabulary seems to be limited to One word: There goes the neighborhood scout Continue reading I’m Baaaack!
A coalition of scientists, environmentalists and politicians on Tuesday told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close — once and for all — a shipping channel that scientists say contributed to the devastating deluge of parts of eastern New Orleans, including the Lower 9th Ward, the home of Fats Domino.
The Corps is expected to release a report next Wednesday to outline what should be done with the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, a channel built in the 1960s that has destroyed hundreds of square miles of wetlands. It was built as a shortcut to New Orleans and a way to kick start the development of reclaimed swampland east of New Orleans that wound up drowned by Hurricane Katrina.
The coalition also issued a report, which said in part, “The Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, known locally as Mister Go, was a bad idea when constructed and has become a worse one every year.”
The document, unambiguously called “Mister Go Must Go,” was handed out to members of Congress, who will have a say on what direction the Corps takes.
It is indeed time for MRGO to go. Click Read More for the reasons.
Yesterday Athenae posted a video of the arrests at the Solidarity Sing Along. As a result of yesterday’s arrests a much larger crowd attended the sing along today and the arrests continued. About a dozen officers would enter the rotunda led by one officer who would walk through the crowd and point to someone: Other officers would then arrest that person. The officers would lead the individuals out and to the basement where they were issued citations. After about 10-15 minutes the officers would return and more arrests would begin again. The lead officer would walk through the crowd and … Continue reading Arrests Continue at WI Capitol
“Divide and Conquer”–That was Walker on film giving his union strategy to billionaire supporter Diane Hendricks who has since given the Governor $510,000 in campaign contributions.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinenal reported the story last night: In the video shot on Jan. 18, 2011 – shortly before Walker’s controversial budget-repair bill was introduced and spawned mass protests – Hendricks asked the governor whether he could make Wisconsin a “completely red state, and work on these unions, and become a right-to-work” state. Walker’s reply: “Well, we’re going to start in a couple weeks with our budget adjustment bill,” Walker said. “The first step … Continue reading Walker–“Divide and Conquer”
Here are some photos from the Unity rally along with some commentary.
John Nichols was one of the speakers and he is always great to listen to because he can get quite fiery.
I love the reaction of this young member of the audience to the fiery Nichols:
Senator Fred Risser, one of the WI 14 and the longest serving state legislator in our nation’s history, is beloved here.
Mahlon Mitchell, who was a Madison firefighter, is the current President of the Fire Fighter’s Association and now the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor, has been continually present since the early days of the protests and is also very well liked and respected here.
A photo from Tuesday night, after the election had been called for Walker. As a young man held a sign of support for Walker, two young women posted themselves by him in opposition. The expressions on their faces… (Photo by: Scout – June 5, 2012) Continue reading Facing the Future
A new poll shows the state’s in a dead heat at 49% per. From Greg Sargent at The Plum Line: A new poll taken by pollster Celinda Lake — who is a Democrat but is well respected by polling professionals — has found that the battle between Scott Walker and challenger Tom Barrett is now deadlocked, at 49 percent each. The poll — which will be released later today and was comissioned by the pro-labor Greater Wisconsin Committee’s political fund — also finds that independents are breaking towards Barrett, 49-44. VOTE! Walker thinks you won’t… New ad: Behind the Recall: … Continue reading 49’r state
From a CNN report today on the Road Home program in Louisiana… SUSAN ROESGEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over: An empty lot is all that’s left of Antoinette Page’s New Orleans home after hurricane Katrina. But she’s still paying the mortgage on this invisible house and getting deeper in debt. Insurance paid just $2,400 and Paige has been waiting almost a year to get help from a Federally funded program called the road home. PAGE: This is unbelievable. I never thought the day would come that this would happen to the citizens of Louisiana and I know it’s just not me. A … Continue reading ICF bonuses
From the Irish Times… A wild golden eagle has been hatched in Ireland for the first time since it became extinct here nearly 100 years ago. The chick, now five weeks old, was hatched in Glenveagh National Park in Co Donegal as part of the golden eagle project to reintroduce the bird into Ireland. Continue reading Chick blogging
Stars and Stripes has been trying to find out why but can’t get an explanation… ARLINGTON, Va. — The Army is late in delivering newer, lighter body armor to soldiers downrange. In April, an official with Program Executive Officer Soldier (PEO Soldier) said that soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan would begin to receive the Improved Outer Tactical Vests that month. “The Army will begin fielding the IOTV April 07 as directed by [Headquarters, Department of the Army/ Army Central Command],” said Steven Pinter in an e-mailed response to questions to Stars and Stripes last month. But the Army has not … Continue reading Body armour was promised for April–Contract has not even been awarded yet
Earlier this week AP reported on how the aging QuikScat satellite used for predicting the intensity and path of hurricanes could fail at any time. Bill Proenza, director of the National Hurricane Center has been outspoken on this but was warned by superiors to stop commenting on it… On Friday, Proenza was given a 3-page letter from the acting head of the Weather Service, Mary Glackin. Proenza’s recent statements “may have caused some unnecessary confusion about NOAA’s ability to accurately predict tropical storms,” Glackin wrote. Glackin, who visited Proenza’s office at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said that talking … Continue reading Hurricane Center director warned by superiors to stop commenting on hurricane satellite possibly failing
Well CNN spent quite a bit of time today covering the suspicious packages in Boston. Then they learned it was a hoax which had CNN anchors Kyra Phillips and Mike Brooks calling for stiff consequences for those responsible. Little did they know they were hitting sooo close to home… PHILLIPS:As Mike was saying, obviously, definitely a sick joke in light of 9/11 what, we saw happen there. And then you see this type of scare hit a city. Of course, the media covering it and all the response. I mean, this costs a lot of money, when you have all … Continue reading CNN teh so funny
This is from an email I received that I think is making the rounds but it’s Friday and it made me laugh so… Excerpts from a Dog’s diary Dog… 8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing! 10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!12:00 pm – Lunch! My favorite thing!1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!3:00 pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing! 5:00 pm – Milk bones! My favorite thing!7:00 pm – Got to … Continue reading Friday Cat Blogging
Lieberman is threatening to leave the party again.Kos says this… I WISH he’d bolt, but he won’t. He has more influence doing his periodic threats. I wish Reid would simply strip him of his committee assignments and bid him adieu. I agree and especially regarding Lieberman’s chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Hillary Clinton recently introduced legislation to “restore FEMA to an independent, Cabinet-level agency, with an administrator who would report directly to the president and have authority to take whatever action is necessary during emergencies.” This is a much needed change yet Lieberman has … Continue reading Strip Lieberman
Todd J. Gillman of the Dallas Morning News has been reporting and blogging about his travels with Cheney in the Middle East. From his blog post on a meeting between Cheney and the Saudi king… Several photo ops. Moving from tea to a meeting room, photogs from two countries were scurrying to round a corner and pass thru a doorway ahead of the two. The king paused and gestured for the photogs to pass. Cheney, who has a reputation of disdain for the news media, quipped, “You’re too kind.” Continue reading Oh that Dick and his love for the Press
First we see CNN’s David Mattingly being attacked from 2 camera angles by mean fish. Then Fox News is shocked their producer was able to call and get a hostage on the phone in the midst of being held hostage (hmm maybe they picked up the phone thinking it was a hostage negotiator?) Whatever… Fox was so proud that their producer “was able to generate so much information” via her super duper producer power of “just reading into it” as well as being able to see through the phone as to what was “possibly” occurring. (Length: 2:40) Continue reading Today’s Cabloid Follies
( Sign seen in Lakeview neighborhood of NOLA, August 2006: Photo scout) “Allstate SUCKS” just does not do justice to describing what the company has done in handling Katrina claims. I’m thinking more like— Allstate: Criminally Fraudlant Bastards. But they have Sucked up YOUR tax dollars. From the Times Picayune… If Allstate attributed the damage to wind or rain, for example — putting it on the hook for payment under the customer’s homeowner policy — the company priced the cost of removing and replacing the drywall at 76 cents per square foot. But if the damage was blamed on storm … Continue reading Allstate Sucks Up Your Tax Dollars
I hadn’t written about the Presidential directive on continuity of power which sounded quite scary because I was not sure there was all that much there, there. TPM takes a look at with this post and found experts that seem to think that is the case… When a presidential directive appeared on the White House’s Web site on May 9, seemingly expanding the president’s powers after a catastrophic attack, readers began emailing us asking why there had been no uproar in the media or amongst civil liberties groups. The consensus amongst experts seems to be that the directive, aimed at … Continue reading OK maybe that’s not scary but what about…
The Army Corps of Engineers used pump specs for bid solicitation right out of the catalog of Jeb Bush’s old company–MWI…the company that ended up getting the bid. NEW ORLEANS—A review of documents by The Associated Press found that when the Army Corps of Engineers solicited bids for drainage pumps for New Orleans, it copied the specifications — typos and all — from the catalog of the manufacturer that ultimately won the $32 million contract. SNIP While it may not be a violation of federal regulations to adopt a company’s technical specifications, it is frowned on, especially for large jobs … Continue reading Oh My! Government Bid Solicitation for those Defective New Orleans Pumps Used Specs from Catalog of Company that got Bid