North Mississippi AllStars:
Anyone who doesn’t want the Pentagon to put out the money to sponsor it is a Marxist and should be killed.
And really, who can argue with that logic?
Florida’s loony Gov. Rick Scott’s just dancing with the Tea Party whackjobs what brung him!
Wisconsin’s Democratic Senators have decamped to Illinois, denying the Republicans and the governor a quorum. They say they won’t come back until union-busting’s off the table.
These are real Dems! God bless ‘em all.
I was impressed — not just at his range of knowledge, but in his willingness to incorporate anything that works. It was a real change from the orthopedist assembly line routine; the appointment lasted almost an hour.
During that time, he was only the second specialist to actually feel around my ankle, work the joints and try to assess its current condition. He said he thought an entire cluster of minute muscle fibers hadn’t healed properly, and that when I put weight on it, it simply tore them again.
So he stuck in some acupuncture needles really deep. (“The concept is kind of like tenderizing a steak,” he told me.) Then he did a very deep stretch on some of my leg muscles and now that’s all loosened up — except now I’m out of balance again. So he showed me some balancing exercises to do.
He said it would take a little while but he was pretty sure the acupuncture was going to help.
I’d actually gone to get an opinion on whether I was ready to start a walking program. He said no, not even yoga. He wanted me to do water therapy first, and wrote me a PT prescription. (There used to be a free program at one of the city pools, and I hope it’s still there.)
But I feel like he knows what he’s doing, and he’s cheap. So that’s good.
This is happening in every state with a Republican governor. You’d think some reporter would connect the dots:
Wisconsin’s new Republican governor has framed his assault on public worker’s collective bargaining rights as a needed measure of fiscal austerity during tough times.
The reality is radically different. Unlike true austerity measures — service rollbacks, furloughs, and other temporary measures that cause pain but save money — rolling back worker’s bargaining rights by itself saves almost nothing on its own. But Walker’s doing it anyhow, to knock down a barrier and allow him to cut state employee benefits immediately.
Furthermore, this broadside comes less than a month after the state’s fiscal bureau — the Wisconsin equivalent of the Congressional Budget Office — concluded that Wisconsin isn’t even in need of austerity measures, and could conclude the fiscal year with a surplus. In fact, they say that the current budget shortfall is a direct result of tax cut policies Walker enacted in his first days in office.
“Walker was not forced into a budget repair bill by circumstances beyond he control,” says Jack Norman, research director at the Institute for Wisconsin Future — a public interest think tank. “He wanted a budget repair bill and forced it by pushing through tax cuts… so he could rush through these other changes.”
“The state of Wisconsin has not reached the point at which austerity measures are needed,” Norman adds.
“>Ironic, don’t you think? I know Ray McGovern, I’ve spoken with him. He’s a radical Catholic who used to work as a CIA analyst, and is now a peace activist:
As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her speech at George Washington University yesterday condemning governments that arrest protestors and do not allow free expression, 71-year-old Ray McGovern was grabbed from the audience in plain view of her by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized and left bleeding in jail. She never paused speaking. When Secretary Clinton began her speech, Mr. McGovern remained standing silently in the audience and turned his back. Mr. McGovern, a veteran Army officer who also worked as a C.I.A. analyst for 27 years, was wearing a Veterans for Peace t-shirt.
Blind-sided by security officers who pounced upon him, Mr. McGovern remarked, as he was hauled out the door, “So this is America?” Mr. McGovern is covered with bruises, lacerations and contusions inflicted in the assault.