The Revolution Starts . . . Now

I’m Calling Bullshit On Homelessness. I have never lost a flame war yet, and I’m not about to start with this one. In two recent diaries over at MyDD, Tax Welfare For Billionaires and Tax Welfare For Billionaires II I pointed out that tax cuts for billionaires were nothing more than thinly disguised welfare programs for the ultra rich. Since homeless Americans and working Americans have a greater need for economic assistance in these perilous economic times, I decided to take over Birch Park just south of downtown Santa Ana (page 829 in your Thomas Guide at E3) as a statement of my discontent with the current economic conventional wisdom that providing welfare to billionaires will eventually trickle down to the rest of us.

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Flight 93 Markets To Conservative Blogs Only

In MyDD :: United Flight 93 Chris Bowers asks why the new movie Flight 93 purchased ads on every “conservative” blog and no Liberal blogs.

I am the manager of the Liberal Blog Advertising Network, which has 86 member blogs that combine for 17.78 million page views per week. It is the second largest advertising network at Blogads. From what I can tell, not a single blog in that network features the Untied 93 advertisement that apparently was purchased on all 103 members of the Conservative Blog Advertising Network. That network has 4.37 million page views per week, just under 25% of our traffic.
Why did the marketers of United Flight 93 decide to only advertise on conservative political blogs? The Liberal Blog Advertising Network is four times as large, and is even a 20-30% better deal per page view (or CPM, to use the relevant industry term). Do they think that attack is only relevant to red America? Do they think that only Republicans were attacked on 9/11? Do they think that only conservatives remember that day? Do they think that the only people who took action on United Flight 93 had voted for George Bush one year earlier?

Governor Warner

I attended an event in San Francisco where unofficial Democratic Presidential candidate and former Virginia Governor Mark Warner spoke and took questions. (Here is his blog and I am assured by an astonished aide that he actually spends time on it.) The event was a fundraiser for Heath Schuler who is running for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th District against one of the typical Republican Culture of Corruption Congressmen. First, I have to say that Schuler is GOOD. He is a good speaker, and comes across very well. Here’s his blog. He’s also a former NFL quarterback. Let’s wish him well! Send him a few bucks.
It was very crowded (even so I knew about 1/4 of the people there including the guy who put it together – for various reasons I seem to end up at number of events in this circle of funding types…), but I had a chance to chat with Gov. Warner for a bit. I have to say that was very impressed. We had a good chat. I asked him if he or anyone on his staff has their brain around the conservative movement and what it is, and he had pretty good knowledge.
Then I asked him what he’s going to do when they smear him. He said they’ve already tried. So I think he might need some work on understanding what they are going to do — that they’re going to just make up really, really nasty shit and spread it everywhere before anyone can respond…

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The McCarthy CIA Firing

For some reason everyone thinks CIA employee Mary McCarthy leaked information about secret prisons to the press. Right-wngers are calling it treason. Others are calling here a hero.
But both McCarthy AND THE CIA say she didn’t leak that to the press.
Broder:

For the first few days after the action was announced, the agency and the White House let stand the impression that McCarthy had been a source for the stories about secret U.S. detention centers in Europe that won a Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post’s Dana Priest. But when McCarthy’s lawyer said she had no part in that transaction, CIA officials confirmed that was the case — leaving it unclear exactly what she had done to bring down the punishment. [emphasis added]

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Action Alert

The Republicans are trying to give phone companies the right to decide which web sites they will allow to be seen on the internet lines they bring to your house. This is the “Net Neutrality” issue that you might have heard about.
This is up for a vote in a Congressional comittee today. Here are four reps that are moveable on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Please contact them and ask them to please protect internet freedom from corporate interests by voting for Ed Markey’s amendment on network neutrality.
Bart Stupak (D- Michigan, 1st)
http://www.house.gov/stupak/IMA/issue2.htm
(202) 225 4735
(202) 225 4744 – Fax
Tom Allen, (D – Maine, 1st)
http://tomallen.house.gov/article.asp?id=75
(207) 774-5019 (phone)
(207) 871-0720 (fax)
Mike Ross (D – Arkansas, 4th)
http://www.house.gov/writerep/
1-800-223-2220
(202) 225-1314 (fax)
Jim Davis — (D – Florida, 11th)
http://www.house.gov/jimdavis/message.html
tel: (202) 225-3376
FAX: (202) 225-5652
For a full list of all reps on the Energy and Commerce Committee, go here: http://savetheinternet.com/=map

Miserable, Miserable Falure

The headline reads, Percentage of Uninsured Americans Rising, but “rising” is a dramatic understatement:

The percentage of working-age Americans with moderate to middle incomes who lacked health insurance for at least part of the year rose to 41 percent in 2005, a dramatic increase from the 28 percent in 2001 without coverage, a study released on Wednesday found.

28 to 41 percent in five years! Actually, the story itself calls it an “explosion.”

The report paints a bleak health care picture for the uninsured. “It represents an explosion of the insurance crisis into those with moderate incomes,” said Sara Collins, a senior program officer at the Commonwealth Fund.

And people without insurance put off treatment until things get very expensive – or worse.
Bush’s forced decline of America accelerates.

Magic Act Video

The other day I wrote about a Magic Act Video — How The Right-Wing Does It. Now I have it up at YouTube: Never mind — it was too long for YouTube. Use the same old location:
See the video (Note, this is an ‘mp4″ file which requires Apple’s QuickTime. You can download QuickTime by clicking here.)
Return on Investments display (Small PDF document)
Return on Investments references (Small PDF document)
PS Al Mite TeDollar told me the performance was based on these two reports — and there is a lot more information on this subject available here at Commonweal Institute’s collection of articles, reports and resources for studying the right-wing ideological movement.
And, finally, if you want to do something about the Right’s message machine, get involved.

Bush Was BUYing Oil At These Prices!

The news in Bush Eases Environmental Rules on Gasoline is worse than you think.
First the bad news,

President Bush on Tuesday ordered a temporary suspension of environmental rules for gasoline…

Making it sound to the public like protecting the environment hurts regular people…
Now the worse news,

He also halted for the summer the purchase of crude oil for the government’s emergency reserve.

The reason this is such bad news is this means the Bush WAS BUYING OIL UNTIL NOW at these inflated prices, driving prices up even higher, pumping government money to the oil companies and Saudis!!!!!
This also means, by the way, the perception that oil prices are dropping just as the election approaches.

More WATB Republicans

You often see the letters “WATB” on blogs these days, usually describing Republicans who whine and cry about how everyone is so mean to them and persecutes them. WATB stands for “Whiney Ass Titty Baby.” And without further ado, here is today’s example. Drudge headline, “JAGGER REFUSES TO GIVE BUSH HOTEL ROOM…” which links to News: Mick beats George to suite,

“Bush’s people seemed to be under the impression that they would just hand over the suites but there was no way Mick was going to do that.”
The classically-designed suite is said to be among the top 100 hotel rooms in the world. It boasts a 7ft 4in bed, chandeliers and oil paintings.

OK, just imagine that Clinton was still President. How would this story be covered? Clinton demanding that people give up their rooms so he can sleep in luxury, etc.
By the way, did you know that Bush travels with a special pillow, that he calls his “pilly”?