Serendipity SOUL-Monday Open Thread

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  1. Ametia says:

    CNN is going on and on about Americans being seized by Somali pirates.

    The headlines should read:


    • Ametia says:

      There is a FIRE in the house, and the firefighters are ready to go in and help put out the fire. Thank you, Mr. Mitchell!

  2. Rush Limbaugh: Michelle Obama ‘Doesn’t Look Like’ She Eats Healthy Foods (AUDIO)

    Rush Limbaugh called Michelle Obama a hypocrite on his Monday show, saying that, while the First Lady advocates healthy eating, she “doesn’t look like [she] follows her own…dietary advice” and would never be put on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue.

    Limbaugh was reacting to a report from Colorado which mentioned that Obama ate ribs at a restaurant during her skiing holiday there this past weekend. He said this was evidence of Obama’s hypocrisy around food.

    Obama’s campaign to curb obesity and promote healthy eating has become a bête noire for many conservatives, who have cast it as an example of big government overreach. Last week, a controversial cartoon depicted Obama as overweight and binging on hamburgers even as she talked about eating healthy foods.

    “If we’re supposed to go out and eat nothing, if we’re supposed to eat roots and berries and tree bark, show us how,” Limbaugh said. He continued:

    “The problem is, and dare I say this, it doesn’t look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice. And then we hear that she’s out eating ribs at 1,500 calories a serving with 141 grams of fat per serving…I’m trying to say that our First Lady does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue or of a woman Alex Rodriguez might date every six months or what have you.”

    I hope he meets his maker soon. And may he be tormented in hell throughout eternity!

  3. This bish here…

    ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ To Receive $1.2 Million In Tax Credits

    “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” the 8-part TLC reality show, is set to receive $1.2 million in tax credits, helping the program’s producers recoup a third of the $3.6 million they spent filming in the Frontier State.

    According to a measure, signed into law by then-Gov. Palin in 2008, crews filming in Alaska are eligible to receive subsidies for around 30 percent of their operating costs.

  4. Ametia says:

    Breaking News Alert: U.S. orders non-essential staff to exit Libya
    February 21, 2011 1:29:08 PM

    As Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s regime showed more signs of crumbling and violence increased in that North African nation, the U.S. State Department today ordered all non-essential diplomats and embassy family members to leave the country.

  5. Ametia says:

    Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 02/21/2011
    This goes far beyond Wisconsin
    By Greg Sargent
    Paul Krugman frames the stakes in the Wisconsin standoff:

    In principle, every American citizen has an equal say in our political process. In practice, of course, some of us are more equal than others. Billionaires can field armies of lobbyists; they can finance think tanks that put the desired spin on policy issues; they can funnel cash to politicians with sympathetic views (as the Koch brothers did in the case of Mr. Walker). On paper, we’re a one-person-one-vote nation; in reality, we’re more than a bit of an oligarchy, in which a handful of wealthy people dominate.

    Given this reality, it’s important to have institutions that can act as counterweights to the power of big money. And unions are among the most important of these institutions.

    You don’t have to love unions, you don’t have to believe that their policy positions are always right, to recognize that they’re among the few influential players in our political system representing the interests of middle- and working-class Americans, as opposed to the wealthy. Indeed, if America has become more oligarchic and less democratic over the last 30 years — which it has — that’s to an important extent due to the decline of private-sector unions.

    And now Mr. Walker and his backers are trying to get rid of public-sector unions, too.

    Absolutely, but another crucial piece of context here is that people on both sides of this fight view it as a precedent-setter for other similar efforts that are currently being planned to roll back public employee union rights in other states. As I noted here last week, and as Ben Smith and Maggie Haberman report out in more detail today, one key reason national unions are staking so much on this fight is that a victory by labor here could put other governments mulling similar efforts on alert: If they move forward, they can expect another massive war on the scale of the one in Wisconsin. This is why ActBlue has already raised $250,000 to support the efforts of Wisconsin Dems who are holding out against Governor Scott Walker.

    The flip side of this is that if labor loses after elevating the Wisconsin battle into a national battle, anti-labor activists will seize on it to embolden other governments to move forward. Indeed, I spoke to one anti-labor activist who said he’s relishing a defeat for labor in Wisconsin, because it will stiffen the spines of other governments eyeing similar efforts. In other words, what happens in Wisconsin could have major ramifications for whether the phenonemon Krugman describes — the undermining of one of the last institutions representing the interests of middle-class and working-class Americans — will continue apace with the further erosion of public employee rights in other states

  6. Ametia says:

    Egyptians Order Pizza for Wisconsin Protesters
    In an act of intercontinental solidarity, an Egyptian has ordered a pizza for Wisconsin protesters, reports Politico. The call from Africa is just one of many streaming into the Madison, Wisc., pizza parlor Ian’s from all over the world. So far, people from 12 countries and 38 states have rung up looking to help get free pizza to the Wisconsin protesters clustered in the Capitol. On Saturday, Ian’s distributed more than 1,000 free slices and sent 300 pizzas to the Capitol. The trend continued on Sunday, as staff member fielded calls from as far away as Turkey, Korea, Finland, China, and Australia. The trend began when a mother of a University of Wisconsin student called in offering to donate $200 to feed the people occupying the Capitol. The pizza chain’s postings on Twitter and Facebook soon led to so many donations that they had to shut down on Saturday night.

  7. Ametia says:


    Wisconsin governor rejects negotiations on controversial budget bill By the CNN Wire Staff
    February 21, 2011 8:40 a.m. EST

    MADISON, Wisconsin (CNN) — Wisconsin’s growing demonstration over a budget bill continues Monday with guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine fame planning to play for the protesters a day after Republican Gov. Scott Walker signaled no retreat on the measure. Supporters call the bill vital, but opponents label it union-busting.

    The growing crowds gathering daily in Madison, the state capital, over the issue exceeded 50,000 on Saturday, according to an official estimate, and shows no sign of abating.

    “History is happening in the streets of Madison, Wisconsin and I’m going to be there,” said a statement by Morello, who will perform in his solo identity as The Nightwatchman.

    Calling the proposed budget law “unjust,” Morello said he will join “teachers, students, firefighters, policemen, Green Bay Packers, nurses, steel workers, construction workers and religious groups that are filling the streets to protest.”

    He referred to Walker as “the Mubarak of the Midwest” in reference to the Egyptian leader ousted by popular protest, and accused the governor and unnamed corporate allies of trying to “rob American workers of their fundamental rights.”

    The budget repair bill proposed by Walker to address a $137 million shortfall through June 30 would increase contributions of state workers to their pensions and health insurance benefits. It also requires collective bargaining units to conduct annual votes to maintain certification, a costly procedure, and eliminates the right of unions to have dues deducted from worker paychecks.

    Last week, 14 Democratic state senators essentially boycotted the legislature and went to Illinois to prevent a quorum from passing the bill. The measure’s opponents say they won’t allow a vote unless Walker negotiates on the plan to eliminate collective bargaining rights for everything but wages.

    Walker rejected such a deal Sunday in an interview on “FOX News Sunday.”

    He called the Democratic complaint of union-busting “a red herring” and said significant changes were needed for budgetary reasons, but that powerful public employee unions had been able to block the necessary adjustments.

    • Scott Walker is a weasel bitch!

    • Ametia says:

      Walker would NOT negotiate with the unions. What does that tell you?

      • Edward Lazarus says:

        Gov. Walkers stance—refusing even to negotiate—is typical of those authoritarian types who believe that theirs is the ONLY right answer!
        What does it tell me? It tells me—quite clearly—that the ONLY right thing to do is to do what will eventually put DNC donors in a favorable position and bullies like Walker back on the streets where they belong….and to continue protesting! These GOP thugs couldn’t possibly hold the American working class in greater contempt.

  8. Ametia says:

    Ohio fights attack on labor
    Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, the state AFL-CIO and its affiliates have called for a massive turnout for a rally Tuesday at the Statehouse in Columbus to protest a Republican bill to repeal collective bargaining for public employees.

    In robocalls and emails sent throughout the state, Strickland said “the fate of Ohio’s middle class is on the line” and urged people “to join with the thousands who will gather to oppose Senate Bill 5 and the rest of our opponents’ backward agenda.”

    The agenda of Gov. John Kasich, who narrowly defeated Strickland in November, includes drastic cuts in health and education programs, abolishing the state’s tax on large inheritances, privatizing agencies, such as the turnpike and prisons, curtailing reproductive freedom and restricting rights of immigrants.

    “The people of Wisconsin are standing up and speaking out,” Strickland said. “We must do likewise. We must defend the people of our state.”


  9. Ametia says:

    I guess Bob Woodruff couldn’t help himself, after that traumatic brain injury he sustained. SMGDH

    ABC’s This Week Neglects To Identify Wisconsin Protester As GOP Official
    by Tommy Christopher | 4:12 pm, February 20th, 2011

    While the idea of a liberal or conservative bias in the media is a hotly-debated subject, viewers of Sunday’s This Week with Christiane Amanpour were treated to a stunning example of the mainstream media’s true bias, toward laziness and conflict. In a reported segment about the protests in Wisconsin, ABC’s Bob Woodruff blows it in reporting on Tea Party counter-protesters, creating the impression that there are two equal sides to a coin that’s actually a Krugerrand on one side, and a molecule-thin dime on the other.

    Woodruff starts out by pegging the protesters as “mostly teacher’s union members,” (significant numbers of them were workers from other unions and schoolchildren), and pegs their numbers at around 68,000. He then says, as he dubs this a “tale of two rallies,” that a Tea Party crowd arrived that was “smaller in size, but not conviction.”

    Set aside, for a moment, the value of the phrase “but not conviction” (the same could be said of that crazy John 3:16 guy). What does “smaller in size” mean? 67,000? 6,700? Six or seven? Woodruff doesn’t bother to say, and while there are published reports that put the Tea Party contingent at several hundred, you would never get the idea from Woodruff’s reporting that the Tea Party crowd was orders of magnitude smaller.

    Woodruff also says the crowd “came in from all around the state,” but fails to mention that they were bused in by Tea Party groups, despite the fact that he shoots part of his story aboard one of the buses!

    Most egregiously, Woodruff interviews Lou D’Abbraccio, identified only as a “Tea Party supporter,” aboard one of the buses, and while he identifies D’Abbraccio’s opposite number in the report as a chemistry teacher, he never mentions D’Abbraccio’s occupation. D’Abbraccio is a business consultant and an official with the Racine County Republican Party, and a former campaign chair for the McCain Palin ticket. Chemistry teacher vs. political operative kinda changes the story a little, doesn’t it?

    This is what America is passing off as the news, folks!

  10. Wisconsin Democratic Senators: We’re Staying In Illinois Until Gov. Walker Agrees To Negotiate

    WASHINGTON — It’s day four of exile for Wisconsin’s Democratic state senators, who crossed state lines in order to stall the expedited passage of Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) budget proposal. Although many of the governor’s supporters have called on them to come back to Madison, Democrats are ready to stick it out in Rockford, Ill. until Walker agrees to negotiate.

    “We’ll be here until Gov. Walker decides that he wants to talk,” said state Sen. Tim Carpenter (D) in an interview with The Huffington Post on Saturday. He added that so far, the governor refuses to meet with them or even return the phone calls from members of the Democratic caucus.

    “He’s just hard-lined — will not talk, will not communicate, will not return phone calls,” said Carpenter. “In a democracy, I thought we were supposed to talk. But the thing is, he’s been a dictator, and just basically said this is the only thing. No amendments, and it’s going to be that way.”

    “Clearly, we offered a viable compromise at the end of last week,” said state Sen. Robet Wirch (D), who is in northern Illinois, but not in Rockford with other members. “We wanted the clergy to come in and mediate this thing. But the governor just has his feet in cement.”

  11. Ametia says:

    Buchanan: Obama Is “Goading The Unions” In Wisconsin, “Reading His … Saul Alinsky”

    February 20, 2011 4:53 pm ET
    From the February 20 edition of CBS-syndicated The McLaughlin Group:

    And these folks should give you a clue who is against the REAL HARD WORKING AMERICANS


    Wash. Times: Obama Waging “War On Democracy” By Supporting Wisconsin Protesters

    Breitbart: Obama’s Support For Wisconsin Public Worker Protests Is “Un-American”

    Limbaugh: “We Are Either On The Side Of The Wisconsin Protesters Or We Are On The Side Of Our Country”

    Fox Falsely Blames Public Unions For WI Budget Shortfall*

  12. Ametia says:

    Senator Scott Brown is making the tv rounds about his book “Against All Odds.’

    Apparently he was sexually abused. I wouldn’t wish that heinous act on anybody. What I give the SEOD to is how the media is trying to set up him up with similarities to Barack Obama. They so desperately want the next great white POTUS!

  13. Ametia, I’m loving Maze! They’re going to be at Delta Downs on March 5th. I wanted to buy tickets yesterday but they were sold out already! Darn!

  14. Good Morning, 3 Chics, Friends & Lurkers!

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  15. Ametia says:

    Man Shot for Eating Popcorn Too Loudly During Black Swan

    Max Read — According to Latvian news agency Leta, a vigilante in the audience of a Latvian screening of Black Swan last weekend shot and killed another audience member “over how loudly the deceased man was eating his popcorn.” Say what you will about the suspect, but he wasn’t a hypocrite; he at least had the decency to commit his noisy crime during the end credits of the film.!5765798/man-shot-for-eating-popcorn-too-loudly-during-black-swan

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