The letters are the highlight of her shows.
The letters are the highlight of her shows.
I recently posted about WI Gov. Scott Walker suggesting stripping police and firefighter union rights. Without unions, workers suffer. (We all suffer.) They suffer because they have no rights to speak of, they can't fight for what should be their rights effectively, and their employers have no problem stomping all over them. That was made clear here: “Dignity… That was the message of the signs [the restaurant workers] carried: I am a man, I am a woman.”
Please take a look at why even conservatives should appreciate what unions do, and have done, for this country: What a difference a union can make! And that appreciation should extend to the U.S. Postal Service: “It’s called the U.S. Postal Service because it is a service, not a corporation.”
With that in mind, this clip is a must-watch. The entire segment is below:
All right. You got it? Unions not only gave us the weekends and health insurance.
Unions not only gave us the middle class.
Unions then gave that middle class a way to take part in the political process. In the significant part of the process that involves putting money into political campaigns.
And when union members get involved in campaigns, they tend to throw their considerable support behind Democrats. Not Republicans.
In other words, Republicans are trying to asphyxiate the Democratic party.
Here is the whole thing:
UPDATE: Here is the finished video: BLUNT VIDEO: Not Guilty– The George Zimmerman Verdict
Last night I couldn't stop crying after the George Zimmerman verdict was announced. I was dumbstruck, saddened, outraged, heartbroken, angry, confused, discouraged, defiant, troubled, and pained, but I was not surprised.
And please, dear Twitter followers, I don't mean to sound scoldy, but I'm very post-verdict cranky, so I'm going to ask that some of you resist asking me why I'm surprised every time I write a post expressing an opinion. One can be disturbed, agitated, angry, or bummed out without being surprised. One can even be shocked, but not surprised. So can we please-with-sugar-on-top stop asking, "Why are you surprised?" I rarely am. Thank you. Appreciate it muchly.
I am producing a new Blunt video, and I am asking you to send me your reaction, in 30 seconds or less (yes, I empathize and really do know it's difficult to keep it that short, but I can't make a 2 hour video that nobody will have the patience to watch) to what happened last night.
Even if you cry, send me your tears. Even if you yell, send me your screams. Even if you swear, send me your feelings. Even if you're dumbstruck, send me your silence.
But at least you have the ability to do any and all of those things. Trayvon does not.
Melissa Harris-Perry reacted shortly after the not-guilty verdict last night. Please watch the entire video, it's short:
What if George Zimmerman had been black? We sort of know that answer, right?
Because Melissa Alexander, an African-American woman in Florida who shot a ceiling-- let's be very clear-- she shot a warning shot into the ceiling when her admittedly abusive husband who had physically abused her on multiple occasions, and was threatening her at that moment, as he was walking toward her, she shot into the ceiling.
And she got 20 years in jail in Florida. 20 years for shooting a ceiling.
George Zimmerman is free tonight and we know without any doubt that he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. So i think we know the answer to what would happen had George Zimmerman been African-American.
George Zimmerman also gets his gun back now.
Please send your videos, of you speaking to the camera, or of your voice as the camera is focused on something else, to BLUNT @ ThePoliticalCarnival dot net.
Please don't be shy or reticent, be vocal. Please email me your video file within the next day or two if you can. Thank you.
Garry Trudeau continues his wickedly satirical story arc about the George W. Bush “lie-bury." Previously, he skewered W and his House O' Coloring Books and Propaganda in these posts: Doonesbury, Rachel Maddow and the Bush Lie-Bury: “You’re a top decisioner!” “Way to go, wusses!” and Doonesbury– Bush Lie-Bury “Decision Points” Option 2: “Fly over flooded city and look out window with concern.”
Melissa Harris-Perry didn’t hold back either, both in this terrific Maddow Show video, and now in a segment from her own show:
Melissa nailed it:
Dear President George W. Bush,
It’s me, Melissa.
Congratulations on the opening of your library. Now maybe you’ll go inside one. [...]
[A]s a resident of post-Katrina New Orleans, the one decision point that really has me fired up is how your library represents the choices you faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. [...]
Looting was the big problem?
As much as 80% of the city was flooded. Nearly a thousand Louisiana residents died, many in their own homes, drowned by storm surges that breached inadequate federal levees. Many thousands more were trapped in the Superdome and Convention Center for days without food, medicine, water, electricity, or working bathrooms.
And you were trying to figure out whether or not to quell an insurrection? These people were Americans, Mr. President. [...]
I am glad that you are slowing down, catching your breath and finding a way to live life to the fullest. In the meantime, tens of thousands of New Orleanians are still trying to find a way home, still displaced by the policies of your administration, still reeling from the failures of your decisions.
But hey, “Heckuva job, Dubya.”
I cannot thank Melissa Harris-Perry enough for including this segment on her show. Regular readers know I've been covering Guantanamo Bay detainee/torture/indefinite detention stories for years, focusing primarily on one innocent, non-terrorist detainee, Fayiz Al-Kandari, and his attorney, Lt. Col. Barry Wingard.
Please, please read and share this post: No charges, no trials: “After 11 1/2 years, these men live in animal cages… essentially dead men who just happen to breathe.”
Now please watch this report:
"...Make no mistake, political prisoners are not a thing of the past. Currently 166 prisoners remain detained at Gitmo, the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo, Cuba. In February, detainees began a hunger strike, protesting searches and seemingly unending detention. The official number of hunger strikers stands at 37 with 11 of them being force-fed through tubes. while the Pentagon remains mute about the situation, the White House had this to say on Wednesday..."
Joshua Earnest, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary:
"I can tell you that the White House and the president's team is closely monitoring the hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay. For details about what is actually happening there I would refer you to the Department of Defense. But I can tell you that the administration remains committed to closing the facility at Guantanamo Bay. Progress has been made under this and the previous administration, but given the legislation that Congress has put in place, it's clear that it's going to take some time to fully close the facility."
"So while Congress continues to make it impossible to close Gitmo, human lives are hanging in the balance."
All my previous posts on this subject matter can be found here; That link includes one specific to only *Fayiz al-Kandari’s story 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’d like to see ways you can take action, go here and scroll down to the end of the article.
More of Fayiz’s story here, at Answers.com.
Today while I was on with Nicole Sandler doing my weekly radio spot, she ended the show with this must-see PSA aimed at teenage boys on what to do with a girl who’s passed out on your couch.
I had never seen it, and immediately teared up. What a simple and perfect message about respect and compassion:
To the Steubenville rapists...or any rapists out there.
It was posted on March 22, and already has 1,282,067 views.
Check out this comment that was posted under the video on YouTube:
This society has far more misandric beliefs then it does misogynist beliefs at this point. The man hating is at a ridiculous level in every aspect from elementary school to Prison sentences.
"real" Feminist always claim to be fighting for the rights of both genders but you NEVER see this in action. In actions all you see is feminist trying to gain more and more PRIVILEGES(not rights) for women and ignoring an issues dealing with men.
The radfems are heading the Feminists movement now.
Yeah, we "radfems" hate men so much that we try to prevent and cope with the devastation of rape.
Melissa Harris-Perry must be trying so hard to "gain more PRIVILEGES" that she showed all kinds of compassion to rape survivors, having been one herself. She's clearly "ignoring all those issues dealing with men," those poor men who brutally abuse women, when she said to the Steubenville survivor, you “are not alone. We have failed you. I believe in you.”
What a radfem.
Melissa Harris-Perry was on a roll today. First she opened her heart to the 16-year-old Steubenville rape survivor: You “are not alone. We have failed you. I believe in you.”
Here are another couple of segments, this time on the Affordable Care Act. By the way, Huffington Post reminds us that the Senate has voted 36 times to repeal the health care law.
Jay Angoff, former Health and Human Services Dep't. official:
Exchanges are websites. They're places to buy insurance. And today, for most people, the place will be the Internet. So regardless of what state you live in, if you don't get insurance at work, you'll be able to go on the Internet, punch in the answers to four questions which are: Age, location which will be zip code, family size, and whether you smoke or not. And based on those four questions, you will get quotes from every insurance company selling insurance through the exchange. That's a terrific thing.
And so people won't be turned down because of health status. they won't be able to be charged more based on health status... this will facilitate competition, allow people to make apples to apples comparisons. They'll see which company is selling the best product for the lowest price. That should drive down prices.
Insurance companies have to sell through the exchanges. They can't afford not to. This is a huge new market of an estimated 16 million people. Insurance companies have to sell to these people. In addition, they're losing people now. So they have to sell to the exchanges.
Here is the segment on Medicaid:
It's not just poor people who want this. And this is why I think even people like Governor Perry ultimately will accept the Medicaid expansion. The hospitals want it. The hospitals need to get paid. And even the Chambers of Commerce who are not generally thought of as advocates for the poor, the Chambers of Commerce want it because it's good for business. So because it's good for hospitals, because hospitals need to get paid, because the Chambers of Commerce want it, I think even governors like Rick Perry in Texas will accept Medicaid.
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