Archive for June 2011 – Page 2

Bachmann Family Clinic may have violated contract: "No religious based counseling"


My original 2010 post about Marcus Bachmann and his "ungay" clinic. Others here.

Below is a screen grab of an excerpt from the Bachmann & Associates, Inc. clinic overview, the same clinic run by Michele Bachmann's husband, the same clinic that received "big government handouts", the same handouts that Michele denied she and Mr. Michele benefited from.

In the contract with the U.S. government was this provision:

XXIII.3 “GRANTEE agrees that no religious based counseling shall take place under the auspices of this grant.”

Now here is just one excerpt from the "program overview". There are others that are similar:


If she and her husband can't adhere to such a simple rule, and if Candidate Michele can't comprehend basic facts and/or rules in general, it's a safe bet to state unequivocally, right here and right now, that she is unqualified to hold the office of president, or vice president... or any other public office, for that matter.

Think Progress has more.


Wisconsin union leaders promise action + free I.D. for voters offered by WI Dep't. of Transportation


Wisconsin unions aren't exactly lollygagging around nursing their wounds after being assaulted by Governor Scott Walker. Walker, in the short time he's been in office, has done everything he can to eliminate major segments of the population, right along with democracy itself; he has done everything in his power to obliterate unions, a major source of funding for the Democratic party; and he and his thugs have publicly treated regular people like dirt.

And the unions are fighting back.

Via JSOnline:

As the state's new collective bargaining law took effect Wednesday, public employee union representatives said they would become more visible in their communities, speaking out on workplace issues at school board, city council, village and county board meetings, now that the law allows certified unions to negotiate only wages.

Prohibiting public unions from helping to resolve disputes over safety, seniority, hours, working conditions and other issues with human resources departments will move the discussion to public meetings, said Rick Badger, executive director of AFSCME Council 40, the union representing about 33,000 members of nearly 600 locals throughout the state outside Milwaukee County.

And here's a special bonus, by way of the Maddow Blog: The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will begin to issue FREE Wisconsin ID cards for voting:

A free ID card is available under Wisconsin law to anyone who:

  • will be at least 18 years of age on the date of the next election and;
  • requests an ID card for the purpose of voting.

A free ID card is NOT available under the following circumstances:

  • If you currently have a valid, unexpired  driver license (DL), you are not eligible under Wisconsin law to obtain an ID.
  • If you will not be at least 18 years of age on the date of the next election.
  • If you already have a Wisconsin ID card that is not eligible for renewal (you may renew your ID card up to one year prior to its expiration date).
  • If you are not eligible to vote in Wisconsin.

Those recall elections can't come soon enough. Well, after everyone is in possession of a valid I.D. that is.


Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner Considering Leaving After Budget Deal


No final decision yet, but look what Bloomberg is reporting:

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner has signaled to White House officials that he’s considering leaving the administration after President Barack Obama reaches an agreement with Congress to raise the national debt limit, according to three people familiar with the matter. [...]

Geithner, 49, has told associates that he needs a break from government service after dealing with the turmoil that followed the collapse of Wall Street firms including Bear Stearns Cos. and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., first as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and then as Obama’s treasury secretary.

Family considerations also are playing a role in Geithner’s deliberations, according to the people. His son has decided to finish his final year of high school in New York.

I'm not anticipating too many sniffles over this one.


Justice Department Launches Criminal Probe Into Deaths During CIA "Interrogations"


I'm glad to see there will be an investigation, but I have very low expectations. A.G. Holder's statement:

"Mr. Durham [Bush prosecutor] and his team reviewed a tremendous volume of information pertaining to the detainees. That review included both information and matters that had never previously been examined by the department. Mr. Durham has advised me of the results of his investigation, and I have accepted his recommendation to conduct a full criminal investigation regarding the death in custody of two individuals. Those investigations are ongoing... The Department has determined that an expanded criminal investigation of the remaining matters is not warranted."

Of course, there is no guarantee that charges will be brought. And further investigation into other cases? "Not warranted." No need, look forward, not backward... BushCo skates. I can't imagine why other "remaining matters" don't also deserve deeper probes.

In a way, it's reminiscent of the way the John Ensign matter was handled, and how the Senate dug up more than the Justice Department did, which caused DoJ to renew its own investigation. Come on, DoJ, you can do better.

There may be all kinds of reasons, both political and legal, why investigating the Bush Torture Corporation might cause problems for a lot of public officials, but breaking the law is wrong, as is setting the wrong precedent. We are a nation of laws, so let's abide by them.


here; That link includes one specific to only *Fayiz al-Kandari’s story here (very similar to Hicks’ in that he was sold for bounty).

Here are audio and video interviews with Lt. Col. Wingard, one by David Shuster, one by Ana Marie Cox, and more. My guest commentary at BuzzFlash is here.

Lt. Col. Barry Wingard is a military attorney who represents Fayiz Al-Kandari in the Military Commission process and in no way represents the opinions of his home state. When not on active duty, Colonel Wingard is a public defender in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

If you are inclined to help rectify these injustices: Twitterers, use the hashtag #FreeFayiz. We have organized a team to get these stories out. If you are interested in helping Fayiz out, e-mail me at The Political Carnival, address in sidebar to the right; or tweet me at @GottaLaff.

If you’d like to see other ways you can take action, go here and scroll down to the end of the article.

Then read Jane Mayer’s book The Dark Side. You’ll have a much greater understanding of why I post endlessly about this, and why I’m all over the CIA deception issues, too.

More of Fayiz’s story here, at


VIDEO- Cliff Schecter: "I'm not sure I'd take personality lessons from Chris Christie."


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Our own Cliff Schecter was a commentator on Cenk's show yesterday, including popping out with how Chris Christie may have an appetite for voters. Not votes, voters. Watch.


"I am so tired of people complaining about taxes as if they get nothing in return."


Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

A budget for California

Re "Austerity budget is passed," June 29

I went through one day recently being mindful of what taxes do for me. I took a shower in clean water. I drove to work over well-maintained streets. I worked because I got my degree at a state school.

On the way home, I stopped at a federally insured bank. I bought food that is safe to eat thanks to government regulations. I took my dog for a walk at a beautiful regional park.

Government exists to provide us with tangible things that an individual cannot provide for himself. I am so tired of people complaining about taxes as if they get nothing in return.

I am disappointed that the Legislature passed a budget that cuts services from the poor, the disabled, higher education, courts and parks. They could have been grown-ups and raised revenues, but instead they are allowing California to become a Third World country.

Susan Wong



VIDEO: "Mr. Colbert, you may form your PAC..."


Stephen Colbert's super PAC slogan is, "Making a better tomorrow, tomorrow." Of course it is.

None of this would have taken place had the Supreme Court not ruled for Citizens United and equated corporations with people. Of course, Colbert knows exactly how to draw attention to the issues using his humor, snarkitude, and most of all, brains.

Via USA Today:

The Federal Election Commission today voted 5-1 to approve Colbert's political action committee, giving him a shot at doing what political types such as Bush strategist Karl Rove and former Obama aide Bill Burton are already doing to finance TV ads ahead of next year's elections.

I love it. Colbert: the new Rove.

Colbert sought a so-called media exemption that would allow him to use airtime, staff and other resources from The Colbert Report on campaign activities such as TV ads without having to disclose any of those expenses as in-kind contributions.

In an advisory opinion adopted by the commission today, the FEC said "some of Viacom's activities would fall within the press exemption, others would not."

Specifically, any ad produced for and shown on Colbert's program would fall within the exemption and the costs incurred don't have to be reported. But those Viacom-produced ads can't be shown on other shows or networks, unless their costs are disclosed.

The FEC also said that the parent company's administration and operation of the Colbert PAC would have to be reported "because these activities are not legitimate press functions."

Here is the video I posted previously in which he said that he would be provided "a megaphone made of cash":

H/t: Leftpalm