Posts Tagged ‘California’

Five Democratic members of Congress arrested during Darfur protest (video)

April 27, 2009

Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), John Lewis (D-Ga.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), were arrested Monday during a protest to end the genocide in the Darfur region of the Sudan.

A video of the arrest is available here:

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California GOP cries racism over popular Tea Party sign

April 23, 2009

At the tea party I attended, I saw little to no racist signs.  One loon in the corner that was yammering about Obama’s birth certificate aside, the protest mostly focused on demonizing the Democratic leadership.  I know that isn’t what the teabaggers wanted me to get out of it, but that is what it ultimately was.

Several days after the tea parties have ended, the California GOP is actually accusing tea baggers of racism.  Who saw that coming?  Anyway, the sad part about their cries is that the sign in question is simply not racist.  Apparently, their just not as used to playing the race card as the Democrats are.

This is it.

This is it.

Aside from being one of the only truly bipartisan signs, this is an odd message for any Republican to be delivering.  But that’s the point.  This sign was actually created by Ron Paul supporters.  The GOP in California wants to back as far away from this sign as possible.

If Israel didn’t have a Star of David on their flag, then maybe this sign could be considered racist.  But the first thought that went through my head upon seeing it was this:  We give money and weapons to Israel who end up killing a whole bunch of Palestinians.  That isn’t an opinion.  That’s fact. The last scuffle between the two ended with several hundred dead Palestinians and two dead Israelis.

You could make a similar sign using hands from Hezbollah and Hamas dumping cash into a funnel with a Palestinian flag on it and ending with dead Israelis.  That’s not racist.  It’s fact.   People have a right to be mad about shit like this.

The bottom line is that the word “racist” is thrown around far too much these days.  If the California GOP deems this sign “racist” then that stops all real discussion about the policies that the sign is critiquing.

RWP Rating: Bizarre

Full Story:  Concord Monitor

California Democrat nailed for trying to reduce charges against Israeli spies

April 20, 2009

The National Security Agency is about to release an entire uterus-worth of period blood all over California Democratic Representative Jane Harman’s face.   NSA officials wiretapped Harman and discovered that she was planning to lobby the Justice Department for reduced sentences for two American Israeli Public Affairs Committee officials that are currently being held for espionage.  In exchange for helping AIPAC, Israeli agents offered to lobby then Majority leader Nancy Pelosi to appoint Harman chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

I cannot confirm or deny that Harman also broke the trade embargo with Cuba.

I cannot confirm or deny that Harman also broke the trade embargo with Cuba.

All this shit went down in 2006 after the Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives.   What’s really bizarre in this story is that Harman realized that she may have been wiretapped during the phone call.  Like anyone that has just left a paper bag of dog crap on their neighbor’s doorstep, Harman quickly ran for the proverbial bushes saying:

This conversation doesn’t exist.

And then hanging up the phone.

I suppose this lays to rest the speculation that the New York Times released last week when they said that an undisclosed member of Congress had been warrant-lessly (new word?) wiretapped by the NSA.

Being a deeply cynical asshole, I immediately thought that Bush had wiretapped a congressperson for completely political reasons.  But right now, the report seems pretty legit.  However, this whole thing could end up like the Eliot Spitzer scandal.  The one motherfucker that could have blew the whistle on the shady side of Wall Street just so happens to be involved in a prostitution sting before he can pursue further banking regulations.

Spitzer broke the law, no doubt about it.  But I would bank on the fact that Washington and your local capital is so dense with corruption that the only people who really get “caught” are the ones that are about to lay the hammer on a large business or a political opponent.

Harman is ready for the damage control, releasing a statement immediately:

I never engaged in any such activity. Those who are peddling these false accusations should be ashamed of themselves.

I’m guessing the NSA has some pretty convincing evidence.  Ironically, Harman voted for FISA.  Karma is a bitch.  Expect this ALL DAY on Fox News tomorrow along with veiled allegations waged at Pelosi.

RWP Rating: Real Fucking Weird

Full Story: CQPolitics

Republican Congress members attending Tax Day Tea Parties

April 15, 2009

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Never missing an opportunity for some fake populism, several Republican Congress members are planning to attend Tea Parties today.  No Democrats are currently slated to show.

Dont get screwed by the IRS.  Vote for the people who invented the offshore tax haven.

Don't get screwed by the IRS. Vote for the people who invented the offshore tax haven.

House minority leader John Boehner (R-OH) will attend a Tea Party in Bakersville, CA.  Apparently he needs to work on his killer tan.  House Budget Committee Chair and writer of the idiotic alternate Republican budget Paul Ryan will attend a Tea Party in Madison, WI.  Madison, known for it’s hippies, gays, atheists, environmentalists, feminists, stoners, and out-of-control Halloween parties will let out a proverbial fart in his general direction.

Former Speaker of the House and newly baptized Newt Gingrich will head up to New York for an event.  No word yet on when he will be divorcing his third wife.  We’re pulling for sometime next Thursday immediately after she is diagnosed with incurable and heavily-mutated tuberculosis.  That seems to be his style.

RWP Rating: Unusual

Full Story: The Hill

Quick Link: Auditor in California wants state to sell San Quentin, other federal land

April 2, 2009

Republicans in the California state legislature have some interesting ideas on how to raise enough money to make up for the state’s deficit.  One of them includes selling public land to private companies.  Who needs Yosemite?

RWP Rating: Strange

Full Story: Los Angeles Times

California pol resigns after attending taxpayer-funded Justin Timberlake concert trip

March 28, 2009

Democrat Carrie Lopez, the Director of Consumer Affairs for the state of California, resigned on Friday after a mess of taxpayer-funded expenses was discovered by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s finance office.  The expenses included a trip Lopez took with her daughter to a Justin Timberlake concert.

Crooked Carrie Lopez accepts an award on behalf of her former crooked boss Rosario Marin.

Carrie Lopez accepts an award on behalf of her former boss Rosario Marin.

Aaraon McLear, a spokesperson for the Governator said that Lopez would have to repay the expenses that violated new California ethics rules.

The Department of Finance did a full audit of Director Lopez’s expenses, and found some questionable expenses,” said Aaron McLear, a spokesman for the governor. “She will be given the opportunity to justify those expenses. Any expenses she cannot justify, she has agreed to repay to the state.

Lopez contends that she discussed state business at a dinner before the concert.  Additional expenses targeted by the finance office include travel to a retreat for a non-profit organization for which Lopez is a board member.

Lopez’s boss Rosario Marin resigned earlier this month amid questionable money she made as a public speaker.

RWP Rating: Unusual