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I have been stuck on day shift Adult Crisis the past couple of days, a much different shift than my usual all night work and frankly, as much as I enjoy the work it’s been pretty fucking awful. Yesterday, a nine hour shift turned into an eleven plus hour shift because I wasn’t able to get to any of the paperwork until new workers came on. I visited every hospital emergency room in the county, some more than once and at one time, I had people in three separate rooms with doctors, police officers and social workers all vying for my attention…
It was pretty brutal, hardest day I’ve had since returning to the Midwest, the kind of day that when it was over all I could do was hit a Mexican restaurant for food and margaritas before heading home to collapse, only to wake up and come right back into work.
And here I sit, slow so far, but who knows where this day will go, but for now…some thoughts on the mind:
When the hell did it become standard for a potential Presidential candidate to pump up their resume by trashing the state they’ve been elected to govern? Walker fucked Wisconsin. Jindal fucked Louisiana. Brownback was considering it until Kansas decided to fuck him back for all the fucking he did over the past few years and now in Illinois, Governor Rauner appears to have paid close attention to Walker and Jindal and in gearing up for a possible campaign in 2020 has dropped his pants and is prepared to fuck the hell out of Illinois.
Speaking of Governors, namely Walker, Jindal and Rauner, did the GOP realize this whole “voting against their interests” thing might finally be jumping the shark so they’ve decided to up the ante by making higher education an unaffordable joke in their states, some sort of last ditch effort to keep their electorates dumb? Jindal cuts almost a billion over the past few years, Walker cuts $300 million from Wisconsin colleges while Rauner does the same in Illinois. It’s one more attempt to keep people focused on bumpersticker slogans as thought, as opposed to any kind of nuanced argument, the kind of argument that often fails the GOP and to be honest, a lot of Democratic political theories also.
Rahm Emanuel: This guy fucked the south and west side of Chicago, cutting public sector jobs, closing mental health clinics and schools and the rest of the time, pretty much just ignored any of their wants and needs. These neighborhoods are primarily Hispanic and African American. So then, right before the mayoral election, Barack Obama rides into town and praises Rahm all over the place, which Rahm quickly turns into local headlines and campaign commercials. This, from the President who was once an activist working primarily on the South Side of the city. And it didn’t work. Rahm still didn’t get enough votes to avoid a run-off election, embarrassing him and the President as African Americans abandoned him and his mayoral re-election campaign en mass. Good. Fuck them both for ignoring people in favor of all the moneyed interests, banks and corporations and essentially employing the kind of politics that makes Bill Clinton’s presidency appear in hindsight as the second coming of Albert Parsons.
Did you hear the one about the Chicago Police Department creating their own domestic “black site” in the city of Chicago? Yes. Apparently they have been operating a secret interrogation facility known as Homan Square where they routinely deny basic constitutional rights. Pesky things, like lawyers and phone calls. People are disappeared there for up to seventeen hours where according to the Guardian American citizens are kept out of official booking databases, are beaten by police and shackled for prolonged periods. Some of the people who have been held here off the books have been as young as 15. The CPD of course denies all of this, but the CPD has a long history of fucking people, just ask anyone who met Jon Burge and his merry band of torturing Chicago Police officers. Hell, ask anyone who has police contact on the South and West side. Oh yeah, and of course Rahm Emanuel knew about it. Maybe Homan square is the fucking no go zone Jindal keeps yelling about…then again, maybe he was talking about the LSU system.
Oh, and speaking of Bobby Jindal, did you hear that he has now rejected Jesus Christ and is planning a new event at the Maravich Center called “The Damnation?” After those latest polls came out showing people still don’t know who the hell he is, even after all the blathering and yelling and headline whoring he’s been doing for the past several months, even after his big prayer rally went and amped up all the faithful to do some faithing…nothing. Chirp fucking chirp in the national polls and as a result, the governor has decided to change tactics and put himself in league with Satan. The soon to be scheduled Damnation will feature Marilyn and Charles Manson, Satan for Peace, Goatwhore, a reformed Venom and a flock of goats to be burned in a bonfire while Kat Von D tattoos an inverted cross on his left bicep. It is reported Jindal will open and close the rally with a monumental black mass and LSU textbook burning, probably just throw them on the goat carcasses. Said Governor Jindal, “If people don’t know who I am after this, I mean…fuck! I don’t know what a guy’s got to do to get his name out there but hell, least I’ll get the satanic vote and frankly, that’s more votes than I’m getting right now.”
As a crisis worker, I’m about to go to an emergency room to explain to a person that he makes too much to get insurance under the affordable care act, and because his governor is running for President, he and his health needs fall into a gap created by his governor’s denial of ACA funds so yeah, good luck with that whole insulin thing. Diabetes, what a bitch! Sorry about that…but hey, vote GOP. They might have a bootstrap or two for you to pull yourself up by. Show some responsibility you fucking moocher.
Okay…I’m back, and guess who else is back in the news…British Petroleum! Yeah, after the Deepwater Horizon Catastraphuk, BP promised everyone a new climate of safety, safety first, safe as a motherfucker, so safe danger is a name never again spoken…until of course the United Steelworkers Union went on strike and the BP Whiting refinery on Lake Michigan, the same one that leaked all that oil into the lake, the same one that under heavy criticism just stopped delivering poison petcoke to the south side of Chicago where it was leaving schools and residential neighborhoods covered in a fine dust (probably now being shipped to Louisiana, why not? I mean…Jindal…amirite?) and the same refinery that is now operating at half staff because of the aforementioned strike…that same one…yeah, the picture to the left continues to be what safety looks like to British Petroleum, what the company is calling a minor flare-up.
Sheriff Gusman! You had one job! One! Yet still, you seem completely incapable of doing it. As the New Orleans Advocate reports, people locked up in your jail still suffer from a far too high rate of beatings, death and other assorted whatnots you’ve been tasked to prevent. According to a 140 page report published by a team of court appointed experts who toured the jail last month, the court ordered reforms are not moving “with the sense of urgency required given the tasks at hand.” Fucking serious? One job! How long have you had to work on this? How many violations do you get before they throw you in your own fucking jail? It would be interesting to see how quickly things get moving if you are mandated to reside at OPP.
Also on my news feed this morning, I’m reading about Kansas politicians who want to criminalize teaching about nude art and “harmful” books, about Idaho politicians backing a faith healer who wants to know what’s wrong with letting their child be with God, about Pat Robertson telling NASA that God didn’t put life on barren rocks and oh gee, O’Reilly apparently lied again. I call that Wednesday. I also call these people crisis clients, the only real difference being they have money, connections and television cameras. That, and unlike the majority of crisis clients I work with, these guys don’t have the insight to want any fucking help.
I’m really tired of all these fucking GOP politicians working so hard to get rid of all the public sector unions…well, all the public sector unions except for the unions belonging to cops and fire fighters, who traditionally vote Republican. Fuck that. That is political cynicism at its worst. You either are for or against these unions. They are either all bad or all good. Fuck you and your ilk for playing politics with peoples livelihoods awhile calling it responsible government. Seriously, fuck you and the Koch you rode in on…and okay.
Things are starting to pick up round here…
Before me sits a phone with many flashing red lights, which means many problems in my community, smaller problems in the grander scheme of things inasmuch as they are problems I can personally affect, do something about so I guess, it’s time for me to go…
But before I do, I gotta add that the only way I would actually vote for Jindal, or vote period for that matter would be if the governor does swear an oath to the dark lord.
At least that would make sense, considering his priorities.
It’s all about the hope, seriously.
Have a nice day…
Dax Riggs – Living is Suicide
A recent editorial in the New Orleans Times-Picayune celebrated House Passage of an amendment to the transportation bill which mandated 80% of Clean Water Act fines levied against British Petroleum for their catastraphuk be earmarked to the Gulf States who suffered the damages. The editorial called this first step important. It noted how this was the House of Representatives making a public commitment to the Gulf Coast and never shall it be torn asunder.
I would love to be so optimistic.
I really would, but I can’t. History just won’t allow it.
Back in April of 2010, very soon after the Deepwater Horizon exploded, we were greeted with congressional slogans and promises by so many members giving impassioned speeches from the floor or telling any media outlet they could find just how they would take immediate action to ensure something like this oil spill would never happen again.
We’ll make drilling safer! We’ll make it clean! As your elected Congress, we will not rest until we fix the problems that led to this horrible, ongoing disaster…
And what laws were passed?
Essentially, none…in fact, what happened was quite the opposite as new laws were voted on which would accelerate the rate of drilling and open up newer, more sensitive areas to oil exploration all the while listing the same safety precautions that failed in the Gulf as their rock-solid protection against any future spills. So, with that recent history, you’ll have to pardon my lack of enthusiasm when it comes to passage of this amendment, because I just ain’t buying it this time. I want it to, but I have my doubts it’ll happen like they say, uh-uh, too easy. Congress is way too distracted with their endless pursuit of politically winning nothing at the expense of the other party.
But wait a minute, to be fair, it did pass and that’s something…right right?
Right, even though the amendment doesn’t actually authorize any payments, it only requires that the money be placed into a special fund. It is the RESTORE act, yet to be passed, which will do the dirty work of allocating these funds to the states. That’s when the politics will really come into play I fear – How much money does each state get? What can the money be used for, and how much? What do the states, and then the counties and then the towns have to do to get this money? And when do they get it?
Republicans will probably want to earmark as much money as possible for commercial development purposes at the expense of the overall environment, while the Democrats will be focused more on actual coastal restoration, and that’s when this whole thing will get so complicated, and so politicized and overwrought we get delays, name-calling and other assorted grandstanding bullshit on various news channels, so much so the whole process will take so much longer than it needs to, playing games with time the Gulf Coast is running out of.
Oh, and let’s not forget that the amendment itself was attached to a bullshit transportation bill which would not give enough money to maintain highways and roads, wind up cutting funds to public transportation all while it opens environmentally sensitive areas for more oil drilling, not to mention the bill also authorizes the Keystone XL pipeline, which the President has already come out against…
In other words, this bill is terrible and shouldn’t pass. This isn’t a first step, this is a political ploy and a dodge by the House of Representatives.
Can’t you just hear it?
Gosh golly gee, Louisiana, we wanted to give you guys all that money, but the Democrats and that damned White House…well, they said no way and voted us down…but we tried.
Right, though another way of putting this would be how hopefully, the Democrats refuse the GOP’s blackmail tactics, the same shit they’ve been running for the past year with the whole government shutdown, deficit reduction and ceiling, super committee give us everything we want or you get nothing…well, until the payroll tax extension blew up in their face.
Even the author of the amendment, Steve Scalise, isn’t making a whole lot of sense:
“Now that the House is on record supporting the dedication of these fines to the Gulf Coast states and to fully restoring the ecosystems and communities of the region, we will continue pressing forward with our colleagues in the Senate to pass the entire RESTORE Act into law.”
Again…so what if the House is on record? Who’ll call them onto the carpet if they change their minds, or water the amendment down, make it 60% or maybe 55% because you know, we have a deficit and those are federal funds…and Louisiana? You’re America’s sewer anyway so you’re used to getting screwed…oh, and on those same lines, I would appreciate if Mr. Scalise could explain to me just why the hell I’m supposed to suddenly believe the GOP House is committed to restoring ecosystems?
These are the same guys who are pushing forward the wholesale destruction of mountains in Appalachia, not to mention the poisoning of our nation’s water supplies through natural gas fracking. The destruction of ecosystems is kind of a GOP trademark. The Democrats aren’t innocent either, but at least they pretend to care and pass half-measures. Hell, the House GOP wasted how much time bringing back incandescent light bulbs?
And at what point does Eric Cantor finally find himself a microphone and demand spending cuts to offset this money because even though the cash’ll be coming from BP, it would normally go to the Federal treasury so in not doing so this time around, isn’t that really additional Federal spending, albeit indirectly? So we better cut Medicare, Social Security and oh, why not food stamps this time if you want your money. Why wouldn’t he try it? This is the same high-strung yuppie villain who initially demanded offsets for disaster funding going to tornado victims in his own state, and he’s in the House GOP leadership.
You really think he cares about states he doesn’t live in?
So yeah, the editorial board at the Times-Picayune calls this amendment an important step forward, and I want to believe it but I have to disagree. I think right now, I can’t consider this more than wishful thinking…because if there’s one thing we know to watch out for when it comes to the first steps of politicians, it’s to dodge immediately left so you don’t get run over when they take their two steps back.
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Have a nice day.
Mitt Romney, the presidential candidate one pundit described as the candidate who most looks like the guy who laid you off during the recession had this to say in New Hampshire today:
“I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”
Granted, the line was taken out of context as he was discussing how people dissatisfied with the service they are getting should be able to take their business elsewhere…but seriously, this is politics so you can take your “out of context” and put it in the same fucking coal bin as your “it’s not a lie, it’s spin…” argument.
All of them…this charade…Republican and Democrats where these tools march around stages, smile insincerely and tell you whatever you want to hear, whatever they think we need to hear to make us feel better, more positive, as completely in the dark as possible…
Well, I like being able to fire people too…
And I’d like to fire the entire mainstream news media for participating in this bullshit charade, then heading off to the bar to pat each other on the back for the service they’ve done for nobody.
And speaking of bullshit disservice…
How about Chefs Emeril Lagasse and John Besh, doing their part to feed the BP Public Relations Machine…
There’s some firing to do…
But more on that for tomorrow…
Have a nice day.
At the end of this month the payroll tax holiday will expire, and if allowed to lapse, it will come as a tax increase for working lower and middle class Americans. The Democrats, including Obama, are in favor of an extension while many Republicans are not. Many Republicans are demanding the extension be offset by spending cuts elsewhere or simply done away with altogether.
According to Macroeconomic Advisers, allowing it to lapse “would reduce GDP growth by 0.5 percent and cost the economy 400,000 jobs.” An analyst at Barclay’s estimated that letting the cut expire would knock 1.5 percent off of first quarter growth next year. Ameriprise Financial Services, meanwhile, estimated that extending the cut “is likely to add between 750,000 to 1 million jobs.” “Payroll tax cuts are very powerful,” added Allen Sinai, chief economist of Decision Economics. “They provide a boost to direct income and, in turn, spending, which is important to growth.”
Oh wait…forget that part…no, the reason some Republicans would be so willing to let it expire is our out of control deficit…fiscal prudence at its best, yes-sir, so fiscally responsible these Republicans, the cult of Norquist clan, they would allow a tax cut to expire. What an example of sacrifice? Imagine that, they finally agreed, not all tax cuts could be forever sacrosanct…oh, and the fact this party is oft accused of defending only the wealthy, and the fact this tax cut only benefits the working poor and middle class, not the wealthy…
I’m sure this is coincidence.
Has to be.
Just as I’m also sure it is only coincidence the Bush tax cuts, those gifts to the rich and a large part of our current deficit, weren’t required to be paid for while the payroll tax holiday, so many Republicans demand, must be offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget.
Yes, this Republican coincidence is but one of many these days…
Take a look at the job creators, for instance. Nick Hanauer, a successful venture capitalist recently wrote an op-ed, stating:
Consider, for example, that a puny 3 percent surtax on incomes above $1 million would be enough to maintain and expand the current payroll tax cut beyond December, preventing a $1,000 increase on the average worker’s taxes at the worst possible time for the economy. With a few more pennies on the dollar, we could invest in rebuilding schools and infrastructure. And even if we imposed a millionaires’ surtax and rolled back the Bush- era tax cuts for those at the top, the taxes on the richest Americans would still be historically low, and their incomes would still be astronomically high…Rich businesspeople like me don’t create jobs. Middle-class consumers do, and when they thrive, U.S. businesses grow and profit.
Yet, the Republicans would rather it be discovered they wet the bed than raise taxes on the wealthy, on those job creators…God save the job creators, even if they call bullshit on their actual ability to create jobs…and I suppose this only makes no sense at all, none…I mean, the Bush tax cuts have been in effect for what, 10 years or so, yet strangely enough we’ve had a recession, we’ve watched a looting of pension plans, a housing collapse and high sustained unemployment for years… And through it all, the fact those taxes on the wealthy, meant to create jobs have done everything but create jobs?
But I digress, back to that tax break the Republicans are so sketchy about, the one that coincidentally doesn’t help the wealthiest of this country…when John Boehner was asked if letting the tax cut expire would hurt the economy, he replied, “I’m not an economist. I don’t know what kind of impact it’s going to have on the economy.”
Not an economist?
Yet he was sure the deficit didn’t matter when Bush was president, growing exponentially due to unfunded wars, tax breaks for the wealthy and that huge gift bag to pharmaceutical companies.
Just as he is now sure, that since Bush is no longer President, the deficit is destroying America as we know it, that if allowed to continue, not only will the deficit destroy our ability to manufacture American flags for the waving, but your mother’s apple pie? As a country, we will no longer be able to support the cost involved in using ovens, ever again. We will be one flag-less pie-less country, that much closer to gay marriage if we don’t do something about the deficit, like yesterday. He means…now.
Oh, but that Boehner suddenly lost his economist credentials, that he devolved into financial confusion when it was time for this tax break that doesn’t expressly help the wealthy?
Another matter of simple coincidence.
However…to be fair…Boehner has come around the past day or so, the GOP is coming around and now say the payroll tax holiday should be passed. John himself has said, ““The fact is that Republicans are doing everything we can to allow American families and small businesses to keep more of what they earn.”
Course, that was Public John Boehner. And what did Private John have to say about the payroll tax holiday?
Well, behind closed doors, he told his membership they were pushing a package that not only included the extension, but also more environmental deregulation, more sales of broadband spectrum and a change in policy to help pass the Keystone XL pipeline so, you know, he could turn “chicken shit into chicken salad.”
The ingredients of chicken salad of course being heavier pollution, sick kids, global warming, monopolies on spectrum leading to a lack of diversity on our airwaves, and a big fucking pipe to take oil all the way across our country from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, oil from tar sands development which is about as environmentally friendly as, well, as most Republican policy.
Oh, and that John Boehner didn’t refer to this tax break, which doesn’t help the wealthy, as “chicken shit” in public?
Coincidence…you know it.
Yes…coincidence…of course this is what it is, what all of this is.
Cutting taxes on job creators so they continue to not create jobs, unfunded tax breaks for the wealthy while tax breaks for the working poor and middle class must be offset by spending cuts, spectrum sales and pollution, and Boehners ability to be an arch-economist who sometimes, economically speaking, is dumb as a stump…
All of it coincidence…surely.
What other explanation is there?
Have a nice day.
…especially when they can’t control who will be in the audience?
…especially when many in that audience think Eric Cantor and the GOP response form a large part of the overall problem, championing many policies that cause much of the afore-mentioned economic inequality?
Okay then, glad we got that settled.
Eric Cantor and the GOP’s official response to issues raised by the Occupy Protests is as follows: gulp loudly, then don’t show up out of fear you won’t be able to control the crowd or the questions, with all of it on camera. Well played guys, and thanks for the update Eric…you complete and utter coward.
From the article in Firedoglake:
“Eric Cantor, staunch protector of the 1 percent and champion for that portion of the 99 percent duped into protecting the 1 Percent, but ever fearful of the mob, startled a disbelieving Beltway a few days ago by announcing that income and wealth inequality were real problems and that the GOP should do something about that.
In a moral universe, that epiphany should have been followed by lightning striking the man, as on the road to Damascus, but that didn’t happen.
Cantor promised to address those issues in a speech he planned to give today at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School. What would an unrepentant representative of the 1 Percent possibly have to say? Would he explain why the Senate members of his party unanimously opposed taxing the rich at one half of one percent on annual income over a million dollars so we could have 400,000 more teachers and thousands more first responders?
Well, we may never know. It seems Mr. Cantor has bugged out, after learning from his hosts that his speech might become the occasion for a mic check.
To continue reading about the credibility issues of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va), please…just click below:
Have a good day, a better day than the House GOP leadership when they meet tomorrow in Boehner’s office, to discuss how this fiasco played out for their side, across all forms of media…
…it would seem perfectly reasonable, if most any national-level politicians were to show up at any labor event, nationwide…the only appropriate response would range from politely asking them to leave to forcibly throwing them out…
If Republican, they actively attempt to stamp out unions that built the middle class, and if Democrats, their expression of support only rises to a level of occasional, mutual self-interest. After all, who else remembers the stark difference between Campaign Obama’s strong, unreserved support of unions and President Obama’s utter disregard as governors in Ohio, Wisconsin and elsewhere launched their attacks on collective bargaining.
So Happy Labor Day everybody.
Everybody except the politicians who use, or lie to the unions…and Herb Johnson.
Yeah, screw Herb Johnson too.
Have a nice day.