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Media Pretends It Doesn’t Get It

Let me just preface this by saying that I don’t believe that the media… print and or broadcast has failed America. I believe from the depths of my soul that they have SOLD OUT America and to me there’s a world of difference between an honest but possibly unsuccessful attempt and a deliberate sellout. All they have to do to get back to where they once were is simply to once again put honesty and integrity ahead of rock star paychecks, $$ driven agendas and recreate the environment where the “truth” is not simply something the highest bidder says it is.

So… another day and another story or three or four about the Television “news” media and their refusal to accept the blame for their own failures. Wendy Gittleson @ Addicting Info informs us that Fox and CNN are the biggest failures, something that will come as no surprise to most folks who used to watch the TV machine to get actual… you know… NEWS .

Seems that Fox has seen it’s ratings plummet by some 27% compared to the same period last year which should be telling it something but of course doesn’t. But by far, the biggest flop over the past year has been Fox Lite, or CNN as it still insists on calling itself, as we’ve seen CNN lose 50% of its overall audience and 60% of its viewers in the 25-54 age bracket, a demo considered crucial if you’re gonna stay in the news business. If I was running CNN, I’d find the person or persons that came up with the “We have to outFox Fox” thing and the suits they sold it to and exile them so far out in the boondocks their biscuits would have to be airdropped to them.

MSNBC… which is perceived as being the most liberal of the three… actually managed to GAIN 3 percentage points in its overall viewership… which also should be a message for some… but lost 3 points in the age 25-54 demo so it’s kind of meh.

As you would expect from our modern crop of “journalists”, speculation is rampant among them as to what has caused and is causing them to slip from favor with the public and, as you would also expect, that speculation ranges from somewhere south of stupid (“there is no news”) to the other side of ridiculous and never once manages to even allude to the simple fact that the days of rock star journalism are rapidly drawing to a close.

People simply no longer want to see a damned bunch of millionaires sitting in front of a camera and spewing their personal opinions or… worse… the opinions of the people who have bought and paid for the chair they’re sitting in and the microphone they’re blathering into. People are finally waking up to the fact that what they get from “journalists” today is not news and indeed quite often has nothing to DO with actual news. It has no basis in fact unless that “fact” supports the agenda of the people writing the checks and truth… hell, that’s just another euphemism for propaganda.

News… especially television news is simply a bunch of one percenters doing their best to support the one percent by trivializing, marginalizing and demonizing the other ninety-nine percent and if there was ever any doubt in your mind about that then let me refer you to the coverage of the Trayvon Martin travesty. It’s the only microcosm you’ll ever need, although I have no illusions that there will ever be a shortage of examples.

For me, news is pertinent and accurate information that I can use to make rational, informed decisions that affect my and my family’s foreseeable future. News organizations once existed to provide me with that information until certain people decided they didn’t WANT me… or any other member of the 99%… to be able to make rational, informed decisions. The result is organizations like Fox and CNN and the myriad of other practitioners of the propaganda arts that tell us we need to love the oligarchs even as they disembowel us in the public square.

I can’t begin to express the disgust and contempt that calling someone like Wolf Blitzer a “journalist” or alluding to Fox and CNN as news organizations arouses in me. That’s the honest, unvarnished truth and nobody pays me six figures annually to say it as publicly and as often as I possibly can. Too bad Wolfie can’t say the same about most of the stuff he blathers, innit?

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

The Time Has Come To Think About Fascism in America

“The time has come”, the Walrus said, “to talk of many things”.

Dodgson could have written those words at nearly any time in human history and they would have of course been apt, but it is perhaps today that they have their deepest meaning for each of us as individuals.  It is today when the most powerful people in the most powerful nation on Earth seek to consolidate and even to increase their power over the rest of humanity.  They choose to do this through their shrill and incessant attacks on the weakest and most vulnerable among us.

Our elderly, our sick and lame, our children… all have had a turn at being squarely pegged in the bullseye… of being favored targets for the wrathful selfishness that governs the waking thoughts of the parasitic non-producing idle rich who occupy their “rightful” place at the top of the food chain that they have created and that the rest of us are expected to live in our allotted positions on.

We’ve seen and still see ongoing attacks on the very social fabric of the nation as one by one the self-styled “upper class” have rained or attempt to rain destruction on those ideals and institutions that supposedly made us something other than just another Fascist dictatorship.  In so doing, we have become… or are very close to becoming exactly that.  There is little in the master plan that governs the actions of the corporate oligarchy that is executing its takeover of the United States as we speak, that would differentiate it those put forth by Mussolini himself, often touted as the “father of modern Fascism and other Fascist leaders of the “modern” era.

The goal of our American Fascists is the same goal that Fascism has had throughout its history… to establish a regime that…  exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition (Mirriam Webster).

Each wannabe dictator has had his (or her) minor variations on the theme but they’ve all had the common goal of making sure that all power was concentrated in the hands of a tiny number of the “right” people and again it is those self-same “right” people who get to determine who the “right” people are.  Since money is seen as the primary measure by which power can be quantized and measured against that of others, it is only reasonable that those with lots of money be granted power over those without, hence the concept of “haves” and “have-nots” and the notion that “the rich get richer while the poor get poorer” is somehow a normal and even desirable state of affairs,                 .

To a “have”, making sure that you have nothing is just as important as he or she having it all because either way allows that person to display their power while demonstrating that you have none and this is the primary motivating force behind what we refer to as the “one percent”.  It’s the thing that Mitt Romney simply cannot stop doing, even while he’s trying to make us think that somehow… in someone’s unimaginably twisted, totally perverted imagination… he’s one of us.

And the horrible thing is that fascism not a new phenomenon.  None of this is anywhere near new, by any means.  We’ve been watching it happen right here in America for decades, yet the majority of us have still… by dint of hard work and supreme effort of will… managed to remain almost totally ignorant that it’s taking place.  Ask a lot of people why we got into a ground war in Europe during the 40s and they’ll tell you it was “to stop the spread of fascism”.   Actually, that was only partially true.  It was mainly to stop the spread of fascism by the Axis powers until we were ready to start spreading our own and that wouldn’t occur until it had been established as our form of government beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Former Vice President Henry Wallace managed to become a tad famous in certain circles for some rather poignant observations on the emergence of military/corporate Fascism, not only in Europe during the decades between the world wars, but right here in our own country, and I’ll bet that if you stop and think about it… which I’m not too sure some of our friends on the far radical right are capable of doing… I’m sure you’ll see the parallels between Wallace’s Fascism of the 20s and 30s and that being propagated in our own country today.  For example:

  The symptoms of fascist thinking are colored by environment and adapted to immediate circumstances. But always and everywhere they can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power.

I’m pretty sure there’s nobody out there that would even try to deny the relevance of that statement… made some 70 or so years ago… to what is occurring today.  The same can be said for just about everything he ever said about the subject.  The entire drive toward a Fascist dictatorship in the United States has been characterized by a slow steady advance punctuated by hiccup and do overs.  The most recent of these was of course, the need to subvert the “Fourth Estate”.  He also said:

The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism.

Come on now, are you actually going to try to tell me that’s not exactly what is going on today?  Can you honestly look out upon the wreckage of what we once called “journalism” and tell me that the vast majority of those who either call themselves “journalists” or would like to, haven’t sold their very soles to those who would use them for their own ends and not those of “the people”?  Of course they have.  How about:

Our chemical and other manufacturing concerns are all too often ready to let the Germans have Latin American markets, provided the American companies can work out an arrangement which will enable them to charge high prices to the consumer inside the United States.

Substitute oil/energy for chemical, Chinese for Germans and Middle East for Latin America and you’ll see it’s a matter of “Same sh*t, different era”.  Hell, they even had Limbaugh, O’Reilly and Hannity types in old Hank’s day:

The obvious types of American fascists are dealt with on the air and in the press. These demagogues and stooges are fronts for others. Dangerous as these people may be, they are not so significant as thousands of other people who have never been mentioned.

Like… until recently… the Kochs.  And last but not least:

If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States.

And if we don’t admit to another freeping thing, the one inescapable fact that we can’t duck, dodge or hide from is that there are indeed millions of Americans from one end of the country to the other who do exactly that… either because they are conscious turdminions in the overthrow of democratic principles in the US or… as in the vast majority of such cases… have remained blissfully ignorant of the situation.  This ignorance is quite often a product of deliberate choice, wherein these folks have developed the kind of mentality that fights being informed because being informed might require them to get up off whatever piece of La-Z-Boy furniture they’ve got their ample asses planted on at the moment and do something about the situation.

The world could be ending on Monday, but that green flag or kick-off or tip-off better damned well go down on Sunday or there’s gonna be hell to pay.  Another game the Fascists play quite well… remember “Hitler’s Olympics”?

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Starting Small_Is It New Mexico’s Turn?

I’m going to have to Google to find out what percentage of New Mexico residents outside of Santa Fe and maybe Albuquerque will fit the little niche this casting company has created for people to be in for a tourism promotion featuring “the people” of New Mexico.  One thing is clear though… New Mexico needs to stop going out of state to hire people to promote their state and stick with folks who know a little about their subject.  Here’s the requirement as per the Santa Fe edition of The New Mexican:

Remember, this advertising campaign, by the Texas-based company, filmed by a California crew, is designed to rebrand New Mexico so affluent people in Houston and Chicago stop confusing us with Oklahoma or Arizona. Here’s what the creative minds behind it see when they think “New Mexico” based on the casting call posted by On Location Casting (with offices in New Mexico, Texas, Nevada and California).  The New Mexico offices are important, because the casting company has been cited as the New Mexico part of this $2 million contract — and what the casting agent called for to portray New Mexico was this.

First, “real families … Mom & Dad 35-40 years old, fit and attractive, brown or black hair.” The kids were to be 8-14, “everyday kids,” but fit and cute. The notice also called for “real couples preferred but NOT required,” 30-40 years old. In all cases, mountain biking, hiking and climbing experience was called a plus, with an ability to swim a necessity. Oh, and the other common requirement? Only “Caucasian or light-skinned Hispanic” folks needed to apply. The filming was scheduled for early March.

Ruh Roh!  Only Caucasian or “light-skinned Hispanic” folks?  Ok, it’s obvious that really none of the requirements have anything to do with any real  “average” or “typical” New Mexican family demographic.  They’re based on a demo perceived as representing a happy little upwardly mobile American population, safely ensconced in the mid to upper middle class and able to afford all those other things.  Not a big deal… all states do this in their tourism promotions and I would have been surprised if this one had been any different.  Hell I used to laugh my ass off at those ads featuring Ahnold and Maria sitting at some beachfront country club as all those Armani wearing white folks with perfect bodies frolicked on the beaches or played golf here in California.

But really now… only Caucasian or light skinned Hispanics?  I suppose so they could not so much try to pass them off as Caucasian but mainly so as not offend the sensibilities of the target audience, which is after all, upper and upper middle class white folks in other states with enough money to spend on a New Mexico vacation.  Those kind of people aren’t coming to New Mexico to see an “average” New Mexican.  They want to see folks just like themselves.

In all fairness, there’s no evidence that there were any New Mexicans involved in this little promotional Freudian slip.  “On Location Casting” is named as “having offices” in New Mexico, Texas and California” but somehow I envision that New Mexico office as being along the lines of Goldman Sachs’ Cayman Island branch… just enough substance to claim it’s there without being outright liars.  In any event, the New Mexican explains:

Of course, Hispanos, even the dark-skinned ones, can be Caucasian — that’s something New Mexicans know but people in other states often forget. Indians are going to be in the commercial — Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson, when asked about the out-of-state film crew pointed out that Native dancers were being used.

We’d wager that there are more than a few active Native climbers and bikers, couples and families even. Native people dance and make art, yes, but they are fully in the modern world. They, along with dark-skinned people, even take vacations. That’s why the call for “light-skinned” applicants is wrong-headed. Hearing that term brings to mind a vision of casting agents holding up paper bags next to people’s faces to ensure they can pass. We don’t know, of course, who made it into the shoot and how New Mexico will be presented to the world once the campaign is unveiled. But really, light-skinned only? What were they thinking?

Native dancers are being used?  That’s it?  Their only function in your little commercial is as a prop?  As an entertainment venue for rich white folks?  Look New Mexico, we realize that they’re right next door to you and that they’ve been getting all the publicity lately but really,  you do NOT need to be resorting to the kinds of tactics that have GOTTEN them all that attention.  I live right next door to them on the other side and realize that this is exceedingly small potatoes as such things go but hey, I used to visit Arizona on a regular basis before their own version of small potatoes bloomed into overt racism that exceeded batshit crazy several years ago and possibly the cruelest result of all, having Leatherface for their governor.

I don’t go there anymore and would probably gas up in Needles and travel across their state without stopping to get to yours… solely in order to avoid spending a nickel of my money in Arizona or a minute more there than I absolutely had to .

The time to nip it is now, while it remains small potatoes.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

A Worm’s Eye View_Do Elections Matter?

Dennis Loo had an interesting piece at OpEd News this morning that asks a question all of us need thinking about the answer to.  Basically, Mr. Loo wants to know if elections even make any difference anymore.  My first instinct was to resort to my usual feeble-minded sarcasm and flip something like “as if they ever did” or some such out there but it struck me that this was a pretty damned serious question in view of all that we have ever claimed to be in this country and that it deserved at least an attempt serious answer.   I find myself basically in agreement with some of his conclusions but having arrived at those conclusions by a couple of different routes.

If I could only answer yes or no my answer would be no for reasons that should be obvious to anyone that has taken any note at all of what’s been going on around him for the past 30 or so years and that actually would be an accurate assessment, at least in the case of presidential elections.  The simple fact is that the outcome of presidential elections have had little to no effect on the downward spiral this country has found itself in since 1980.  The reasons are again obvious to anyone capable of turning his head left or right.

There simply isn’t enough difference between the two major parties for  any choice we make to have a significant impact on our slide into Fascism.  In 1980, we elected the Patron Saint of the Downward Spiral, Ronald Reagan and that served to unleash the dogs of deregulation and “small government”.  From that time on we have had three Republicans and two Democrats in the White House and we’ve still managed to get to where we are with little to no hindrance from the White House during the times it was occupied by a Democrat.

Let’s dispose of this whole idea that it makes much… if any… difference who’s in the White House.  If it didn’t mean the doom of my worldview I’d have to laugh at the Teapers screaming that Clinton and Obama are both “Socialists” and that they’re taking us down t he road to Socialism on a wagon with no brakes.  If Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are Socialists… or even Liberals… we’re going to have to come up with new names for the few REAL Socialists and Liberals left in the country.

As a matter of fact, a TON of damage occurred to the working classes… including the much whined about middle class… during Clinton’s time in office.  Among Mr. Clinton’s “accomplishments” was the one that most people now judge to be his “landmark”, THE one that… as far as I’m concerned… sealed our doom as a free society.  I’m talking the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which… by offering American corporations a myriad of incentives to move their manufacturing facilities to foreign countries and make major investments in the infrastructure of those countries instead our own while avoiding US taxes on those investments… practically guaranteed the exodus of millions of manufacturing and related skilled labor jobs in this country and led to the financial sector replacing manufacturing as the key player in our pseudo-capitalist system.  From that point on, the bankers owned the joint and the rest of us played by their rules or we got out.

Of course the jury is still out on Mr. Obama.  Only history can judge the effectiveness of a president over the long haul and his final legacy is going to depend on whether or not he gets a second term.  In contrast to Mr. Clinton, his “landmark” accomplishment, the Affordable Health Care Act is actually somewhat defensible in terms of the fact that it has helped people who would otherwise have gotten no help.  But actually, the AHCA does little to stem the obscene profits of the insurance companies, basically shifting the cost of private insurance from the individual to the taxpayers and actually depriving MediCare and MedicAid recipients of benefits in order to provide funding for doing so.

In other areas, Mr. Obama has shown himself to be pretty much to the right of even Ronald Reagan himself when it comes to curbing the excesses of the Wall Street fraudsters which led to our financial meltdown under GWB and the subsequent raid on the US treasury by those same Wall Street dog robbers and in fact often  seems to be trying to outdo Bush in service to the Wall Street parasites.

Everything it would have taken to finally put a stop once and for all to Wall Street’s ruination of an entire planet for the money and power it would bring to the one percent was taken off the table before any discussions ever took place and every panel, committee or commission he’s slapped together has taken months and millions of bucks to finally spit out the same conclusions we knew they were going to.  And in spite of the “reform” that DID supposedly come about, Wall Street continues to laugh all the way to the Cayman Island bank and add insult to injury by funding Mitt Romney’s bid for the presidency.  Maybe Mr. Obama intends to come out kicking ass and taking names during his second term and maybe his next “landmark” will be a landmark that everyone can rally around and that won’t line the pockets of the insurance and medical industries whose profits are already obscenely bloated.   I’ll certainly be voting for him and hoping so.

But in the meantime, the answer is no.  In these modern times, given our current party and a half system,  presidential elections matter little in the overall scheme of things and the direction the country takes long-term.  The two parties are too much alike and while voting one way may prevent X from happening, it’s usually because we give up Y to get it.  Next time around it will be the opposite and we’ll swap X for Y instead.

Congress?  Hah!  Now that’s a whole ‘nother can of worms and that veritable pantheon of junkies and pimps and whores is where your future and that of your descendants is actually determined and your ability to separate the flim from the flam is a definite factor.  We’ll talk about that later.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Bread & Circuses

If you’ve read my little thing here at all, from time to time you’ve probably noticed me referring to the bread and circuses aspect of the Fascist takeover which has resulted mainly from the corporate take over of not only professional sports but… at least to a certain degree and in a certain ways… collegiate sports too.  Most of you understand the reference but for those that might not be able to relate the phrase to the situation in the US today, I offer the following from Wikipedia:

Bread and Circuses” (or bread and games) (from Latin: panem et circenses) is a metaphor for a superficial means of appeasement. It was the basic Roman formula for the well-being of the population, and hence a political strategy unto itself.  In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion, distraction, and/or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace.  The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the common man (l’homme moyen sensuel).

In modern usage, the phrase is taken to describe a populace that no longer values civic virtues and the public life. To many across the political spectrum, left and right, it connotes a supposed triviality and frivolity that characterized the Roman Republic prior to its decline into the autocratic monarchy characteristic of the later Roman Empire‘s transformation about 44 BCE.

So far, our little New World empire has only lasted about a tenth as long as that of the Romans but during that relatively short length of time we’ve managed to repeat every stupid mistake the Roman populace ever made and managed to come up with a few that they never thought about due to the fact that their eventual downfall as a republic was largely due to external forces acting on the weaknesses created toward the end by a corrupt government and inept leadership whereas our own collapse has been deliberately engineered from within as a (hopefully) bloodless coup with the cessation of any and all democratic process and the establishment of a Fascist dictatorship with concentration of all wealth and power in the hands of as few people as possible as the primary goal.

We keep talking about our politicians as if they were morons incapable of rendering a cogent decision when the actual truth is exactly the opposite.  These people have been handpicked for the jobs they hold and barring a few minor hiccups and glitches, they’ve done a damned good job of keeping us distracted while their lords and masters and Wall Street executed their takeover.

Of course that credit has to be tempered by the fact that we Americans are pretty goddamned easily distracted to start with.  In fact, our attention spans can be likened to those of gnats and we do love us some bright shiny objects like ball games and car races, blockbuster movies and big assed TV shows.  That old saying, “When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag.”, had already been amended to include “and carrying a Bible“.  Now we can add “It will be  riding into town in a NASCAR racer and its first rally will take place at half time during the Super Bowl” because the major weapon of mass distraction in the corporate arsenal today has got to be our corporate sports industry.

Now I’ll admit that I took a hell of a long way around to get to this but there was a story in my feed from the Chicago Sun Times today explaining how the poor working folks in Sacramento had apparently been about to lose their NBA franchise because their “home” team didn’t like the arena they were playing in and thought the taxpayers ought to build them a new one. (LINK).  This excerpt kind of explains what happened:

Congratulations, Sacramento, the good news is you’ve kept your NBA franchise. The bad news is that you’ve struck another deal against common sense and civic responsibility.

Yes, once again, ordinary citizens will pay an extraordinary price to pay for a new rich-people’s playpen. To prevent the Kings from leaving, a compliant Sacramento city council voted 7-2 to foot two-thirds of the cost of a new arena. The arena project was spearheaded by former NBA star Kevin Johnson, who was elected mayor of Sacramento but acts more like mayor of the Sacramento Kings.

Of course Sacramento isn’t the only place this kind of thing has been happening nor is it even the first time it’s happened in Sacramento.  It’s even happened right here in our little town where the 99% of the population who don’t watch the games got to fund a multimillion buck renovation of the local minor league baseball field for the 1% or so that do.

On the ultimate scale, that monstrosity the Cowboys play in comes to mind as a perfect example of a government bailout… yeah, that’s what it is, don’t give me that “It pays for itself” crap… that actually DESERVES the derision the Republicans heap on our auto industry turnaround because you know what?  The average Joe today will certainly never see the inside of one of those luxury sky boxes they paid for and in fact, the vast majority of them will never see the inside of that Taj Mahal POS .  Scaling it back again:

In 2006, Sacramento voters overwhelmingly rejected funding an arena through a sales-tax increase. The city had already helped build two other arenas since 1985 —the feckless civic leaders there are serial subsidizers. And, now, Sacramento will contribute $255.5 million to the cost of the Kings’ new $391 million palace, largely through parking revenue.

‘‘This city is on the verge of insolvency,’’ said councilwoman Sandy Sheedy, a rare dissenting voice who contends the project ‘‘will scoop up every nickel and dime’’ left in the budget.

The happy recipients of the city’s largesse are Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof, broke millionaires getting a bailout from people who can’t even afford to attend NBA games.

(If you want to go to this Sunday’s Timberwolves-Kings game in Sacramento, a good mid-court ticket will run you $169, something behind the basket costs $114 and the nosebleed seats go for $50 a pop. If a family of four goes the cheap route, it’s still $250 with parking and concessions.)

I’ll leave all y’all (that’s the way you really say it, Mittens) to figure out how we arrive at situations in which at LEAST two-thirds of the people who are footing two-thirds of the cost for this new sports palace will be unable to afford tickets to see the games, but it just looks like good old modern American capitalism to me.

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Lewis Black’s Truths

@TheLewisBlack is one of the most underrated social pundits of our time. He never fails to point out… in his own unmistakable fashion… the intrinsic stupidity of the babble ensuing from the forces of the creeping Fascism overtaking the country and he’s more than earned a place alongside Stewart and Colbert as one of the three premiere satirists of our time. Here is one of his “quieter” moments  (Video).  (My apologies for not embedding the video… didn’t know the free version of WordPress wouldn’t allow it’)

 

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

The Rats Are Crawling Down The Anchor Chains

Wisconsin State Senator Pam Galloway, having found herself squarely in the sights of a bitter and hard fought recall campaign, has become the first rat to jump ship rather than face the music.  In a variation on the old “resign to spend more time with my family” routine used almost invariably by every political cockroach unable to escape the light of public scrutiny, Senator Galloway said today:

Today I am announcing my retirement from the Wisconsin State Senate. After a great deal of thought and consideration, I’ve decided to put the needs of my family first. My family has experienced multiple, sudden and serious health issues, which require my full attention. Unfortunately this situation is not compatible with fulfilling my obligations as State Senator or running for re-election at this time.

I thank my colleagues for all their support, and I wish them all the best in their work to rebuild this state. For the sake of the electorate, I hope that better days are ahead for this institution.

I wish Ms. Galloway the best in regard to any health issues being faced by any members of her family but I’m just not buying it as her sole reason for quitting and would bet my best saddle that had she not been the subject of the recall and or had recall supporters been unable to garner the required number of signatures to put the lady’s job on the line, the thought of bailing would never have entered her mind, especially given some of the collateral damage that will be inflicted on her party which… as in the case of every radical conservative… has always come before anything else.  And let’s face it folks, nobody takes themselves off the more than generous Koch funded payroll unless there’s something huge about to come out.

From TPM: 

Wisconsin state Sen. Pam Galloway (R) is resigning from the chamber today, citing a family health situation. Galloway was one of the targeted incumbents in upcoming recall elections.

This also means that as of now, the Republicans have officially lost their Senate majority, leaving the chamber split 16-16. The recall elections to come will determine who takes the majority.

The recall for her seat, however, is still going ahead as scheduled, though Republicans will have to find a new candidate in what is now the special election for an open seat. The recall rules do provide, however, that her name will not be on the ballot if she resigns this soon.

State Senator Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R), who is also facing a recall, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he was confident Galloway would have won her election.

Uh huh.  That’s why all those people signed those petitions to require Ms. Galloway AND Mr. Fitzgerald to hump themselves into the court of public opinion and explain to the Wisconsin taxpayers just why they have done the things they’ve done… both the ones we know about and the ones we don’t.

As far as I’m concerned, whether shes just trying to scurry out of the spotlight or not, what she’s doing by resigning is a lot more beneficial to the good folks of Wisconsin that electing to brazen it out and try to force themselves down the throats of the people again like Mr. Fitzgerald appears more than ready to do

I seriously doubt that Ms. Galloway will be missed by anyone other than possibly Mr. Fitzgerald and the rest of their democracy destruction crew who will do so if for no other reason than they’ve lost their ability to arbitrarily inflict stupid crap on the people of their state and especially those who oppose them.  In the meantime, congratulations Wisconsin, that’s one down.  Don’t let up on the rest of them.

 

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Uncategorized