Archive for February 2011

Video Overnight Thread- Craig Ferguson, "If you don't vote, you're a moron"

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I was talking with someone earlier discussing what a smart, smart man Craig Ferguson is, and I was reminded of this video. Saw it half asleep and immediately jumped out of bed to find it and post it. What an incredible declaration. Dedicated to the folks in Wisconsin who stayed home last November.

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Video- Dr. Oz helps a lady overcome an unusual phobia

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Seemed appropriate for today.

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If Wisconsin voters could do it over today they'd support Barrett (D) over Walker

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A neener nanner via Taegan:

A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that if Wisconsin voters could do it over today they'd support Tom Barrett (D) over Gov. Scott Walker (R) by a seven point margin, 52% to 45%.

Key finding: "The difference between how folks would vote now and how they voted in November can almost all be attributed to shifts within union households. Voters who are not part of union households have barely shifted at all- they report having voted for Walker by 7 points last fall and they still say they would vote for Walker by a 4 point margin. But in households where there is a union member voters now say they'd go for Barrett by a 31 point margin, up quite a bit from the 14 point advantage they report having given him in November."

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Poll-itics: Majority Opposes Weakening Bargaining Rights for Public Workers

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I just got this New York Times email alert:

As labor battles erupt in state capitals around the nation, a majority of Americans say they oppose efforts to weaken the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions and are also against cutting the pay or benefits of public workers to reduce state budget deficits, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

However, and as you know, there's always a however, labor unions are still not popular.

Americans oppose weakening the bargaining rights of public employee unions by a margin of nearly two to one: 60 percent to 33 percent. While a slim majority of Republicans favored taking away some bargaining rights, they were outnumbered by large majorities of Democrats and independents who said they opposed weakening them. Those surveyed said they opposed, 56 percent to 37 percent, cutting the pay or benefits of public employees to reduce deficits, breaking down along similar party lines. A majority of respondents who have no union members living in their households opposed both cuts in pay or benefits and taking away the collective bargaining rights of public employees.

I'm sure Scott Walker will ignore this. Or maybe he can call Fake (or real) David Koch and figure out a way around public opinion.

Much more here.

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R.I.P. Jane Russell

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Heavy sigh:

Actress Jane Russell, who became a star with the 1943 release of "The Outlaw," Howard Hughes' challenge to the Hollywood production code, has died. She was 89.

Russell went on to play Calamity Jane opposite Bob Hope in "The Paleface" (1948), and she starred with Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 musical "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

R.I.P.

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PhotOh! One protester's invitation to Fox viewers

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ClusterFox viewers got an invitation to this evening's protest. See how big tent union supporters are? Why can't the GOP be like them? Screen grab via the Fox (yes, Fox) feed, that includes no commentary, just a live stream:

Added: If you can't read it, it says, "Hey Fox viewers! Come to the rally at the Capitol at 6 pm. Love, Democracy." I can't make out the little tiny print to the left, though.

The sign in the bottom photo above the Fox sign reads, "Anyone in the media hiring? We need about 1,200 press passes."

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Anti-gay preacher arrested for obscenity, masturbating near playground

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Allow me to introduce you to the Bible-thumping Rev. Grant Storms:

NEW ORLEANS -- The Southern Decadence Festival, a gay celebration that begins Friday in the French Quarter, is expected to draw more than 100,000 people to the city for the annual event. But on Monday, a Christian conservative leader announced his own plans for a parade and rally.

The Rev. Grant Storms said his parade... will take place Friday while the festival is in full swing. Storms and his group don't want Southern Decadence in New Orleans, and they believe their presence will prove a point.

Now allow me to RE-introduce you to the Bible-thumping Rev. Grant Storms:

The Rev. Grant Storms, a Christian fundamentalist best known for his bullhorn protests of the Southern Decadence festival in the French Quarter, was arrested for allegedly masturbating at a Metairie park Friday afternoon.

The bigger the hypocridiots, the harder they fall.

Sordid details at the link.

H/t: rfrancisr2010

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