Dear Denny…

April 6, 2011 at 1:37 PM (Fiscally Loons, Good Resouce For Loon Watchers, Participating is Patriotic, Politics)

Got an email asking me to  contact my Congressman regarding cutting Department of Defense budget instead of increasing it, as the GOP wants to do, while they are cutting the budget for everything else and creating some real hardships for a lot of good, productive Americans.

USA Action/True Majority http://act.truemajorityaction.org makes it easy to be a part of the voice that doesn’t come from the paid propagandists or the bought-and-paid-for politicians the Hoarder Class hired to make Americans think it’s a good thing to be bent over and, um fleeced.   Not a bad mailing list to sign up for; they remind you to take your mad and do something useful with it. Better than just stewing about things until your potatoes get all burned up and the smoke alarm goes off.

If you want to send a message to your congressman about this budget, here is an easy method:

Click the link, or copy and paste it in your brower’s address bar.

http://act.truemajorityaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=202

You’ll get to a page where you put in your zip code and it brings up contact to  your congressman. It opens a message that you can add to. I added to mine, as Denny Rehberg just isn’t serving me, or the interests of my state and I am damned well calling him on it.  Again.

The robo form text is in blue in the quote of my missive to Denny below. You can just sign and send as it is, backspace it out if you don’t like the message and put it in your own words, or you can keep it and embellish with your own ruffles and flourishes, like I just did. My additions are in red, because, frankly, I am seeing red about the GOP trashing of America and hurting the majority of us while funneling more to those who already have most. I am seeing red at their attacks on necessary programs under the banner of the need to cut the deficit while they don’t actually do anything which  will really cut the deficit.

The House GOP’s proposed budget is upside down. It cuts important health care programs we need and increases spending in areas we do not, notably the military.

Please reject Rep. Ryan’s proposal and instead look first to the Pentagon for cuts. Stop being a blind partisan follower; that’s what got ya piled up on those rocks after that drinkin and boatin evening. Be a leader. Do what is right, not what the hoarder class and their hired hands in the GOP leadership tell ya to do. Get some gumption! Show me your head is more than just a place to hang that fancy hat you think fools me into thinkin’ you’re a hard working Montana rancher. That hat never shows sweat stains, Denny. Use your head, not that hat!

If the deficit is so critical, close the tax loopholes that allow companies like GE to turn BILLIONS in profits without paying taxes. Raise the capital gains tax, 15% is too low for the hoarder class who made fortunes on the infrastructure paid for by all of us and the labors of the average American worker! Raise the tax rates on the top 1%! And end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan!

Those wars are only making more enemies for America, they are not making us safer and we all know it!

Stop chanting that we have to cut government spending while winking and giving a pass to that which costs us the most. Stop blaming the people with the least for the problems created to assure people with the most get even more!

We are watching, Denny, and so far, we have yet to see you take a bold stand for THE PEOPLE of Montana. Not all of us have FOX News/Noise in our ears and Koch tea in our eyes. When Japan got hit by the devastating events of last month, were you out there trying to make sure the people of Japan had food and the producers of Montana had buyers for grain and meat? No, you were too busy cuddling with tea bagging fools and Michele Bachmann, trying to raise funds for your senate run! Yeah, we noticed that. So, bigger and better for Denny is more important that hungry people and floundering producers who could be helping feed a nation in need?

War is OK but help for the most at risk is too costly? That is NOT a family value we can live with! Low taxes for the hoarder class DO NOT create jobs. Trickle down is a myth. People are dying so military contractors can make more and more money?

If the budget needs to be cut and deficit reduced, cut DOD and raise taxes on those who have hoarded so much already and have prospered in this economy where the bulk of good, decent, hard working Americans have already suffered so much and facing more still. Really, students, the elderly poor, working poor, and what’s left of the middle class has to keep tightening their belts while DOD contractors keep getting richer and not paying taxes? Really, Denny? No, it isn’t necessary and it isn’t right!

And please note my location. That, along with my words should tell you the jig is up on this business of saying what ya think we wanna hear while runnin’ with a herd that is dead set against our best interests. If somebody in my deep red ‘hood can see through the GOP budget dog and pony show, you know it isn’t playing like ya hoped!

We are watching. Do right by us.

 

~ attila the blond

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No sense nonsense

April 2, 2011 at 11:27 AM (Politics, Uncategorized)

Why is it that so many seem unable to ask themselves analytical questions about what they hear or read, especially regarding politics? We have Newt claiming we are about to become a secular country on the one hand, but on the other hand also claiming we are about to become fundamentalist Islamists. Say what? And then Palin stating we should enforce a no-fly zone over Libya and then ripping Obama a new one for doing that same thing. Oh, let’s not forget the GOP foaming over about the Libya thing and forgetting all about their rush into the Iraq mess.  I know our politicians are looney but have all our citizens lost their senses too?

And don’t get me started about people not thinking about consequences!  Cut the budget, cut all the social programs, fire public employees and what will happen?  More homeless? More unemployed?   Fewer people buying things?  And this is going to help how?

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Sill Fine to Text While Driving in Montana

March 19, 2011 at 11:48 AM (Loon News, Politics)

Somebody get this one out to the deer and antelope playing near Montana’s highways and county roads ASAP!

Those loony buffoons who want to overturn the wishes of Missoula voters and meddle in the sex lives of Missoula renters, do not think it’s the business of government to say no to TWD (texting while driving).

http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/article_2ff25aa0-51a5-11e0-9804-001cc4c002e0.html

Senate Bill 251 would have let police pull a driver over for using a cell phone to send text messages, with a $100 fine for violators.

The Senate rejected the proposal Friday on a 31-18 vote.

So, what local voters approved for their local areas re not allowing landlords to discriminate on tenants based on sexual preferences is the stuff the state government should try to overturn?  Giving law enforcement the tools to stop drivers from engaging in dangerous distractions, probably saving the lives of many,  some of whom are  young and less experienced drivers and anyone on the roads with them,  is not something government should do?

Yeah, it’s not like there are ever bad road conditions, snow, blowing snow, snow on ice, ice, wind that can move a cow, cows (alone or in herds being moved by ranchers), deer, antelope, or other people on the roads.

Drivers in Montana have nothing to pay attention to, right? Sure, let them use their thumbs on devices so small it requires both hands to be close together, not on a steering wheel! It’s not government’s business to set standards and laws that might keep people safe on public roads. Sure, let people engage in conversations which require their ears and eyes to be distracted from what might exist on the road ahead! It’s not like there is anything or ANYONE who might cause a hazard that needs to be dealt with quickly.

Sadly  Legislative Loon-acy is not endangered in Montana. Drivers on public roads, well they are endangered and quite likely to remain so beyond the naturally occurring risks.  Good judgment is rare with recent legislative crowds. Common sense just ain’t common.

Well, Governor Schweitzer did point out that liquor sales go up in Helena when the state legislature is in session there.

-attila the blond

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‘You Lie!’ <— one guesses it is projection, since THEY lie.

March 7, 2011 at 10:31 AM (Loon Liars Pants on Fire, Loon News)

WI official lied (in court, isn’t that, like, um PERJURY?) that protesters did about $7.5 MILLION worth of damage/mess to the capitol building.

Jeff Plale, administrator of state facilities for WI, made the guesstimate in court proceedings where GOP guv and legislative loons were arguing for restrictions on public access to their public building.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/wis-official-backs-away-from-claims-of-multi-million-capitol-damage.php?ref=fpc

Boy,  somebody’s crony was gonna make a killing on THAT clean up, huh? Or Walker has been ordered by some fat cat to cough up another gimme for about that amount. Remember, he gave tax breaks for businesses for about the sum he claims the state is in the red over, and blaming the hard working public employees.

Besides pulling that $7.5 Million number out of someone’s ass at best, and need to hide some other use for that sum at worse, many protesters and some union painters scoffed at the clean up estimate and even volunteered to do it for free. What the duck are legislative leaders and/or Gov Don’t Make Me Fire You up to now that they need cover for a chunk of cash?

Well, the Walker mal-administration and GOP pols in the building are walking it back now.

They admit it will be about $350,000 to clean up. Big difference from what was stated in court.

http://www.wifr.com/news/headlines/117501349.html

Walking it back because they got caught in a rather obnoxious lie and liable! Mendacity, such a good word for the actions of legislative loons, comes to mind.

Wonder how Dane County Judge John Albert feels about the governor’s aide who flat out lied, using the ridiculous clean up estimate to argue that protesters had to be kept out of THEIR capitol building! Perjury comes to mind.

Some people who actually were in the capitol, protesting, said the clean up  will mostly involve wiping down the walls to kill germs from so many people there during flu season. Seems they should be doing that routinely anyway. Any badgers out there know about basic routine cleaning at that lovely building? Thinking it  looks pretty clean and spiffy, which suggests the state spends $ regularly cleaning it anyway. Would love some badger backup of my hunch!

attila the blond

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Federal Budget is in bad shape so they give $$ to Big Oil

March 1, 2011 at 6:08 PM (Fiscally Loons, Loon News, Politics)

At this point, words fail me.

The GOP big birds on the Hill in D.C. are slashing programs millions of tax paying Americans rely on but voted, in lockstep, to continue federal corporate welfare subsidies to Big Oil.

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/03/01/house-gop-oil-subsidies/

Democrats offered a motion to recommit that would have stripped the five largest oil companies of taxpayer subsidies, saving tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer funds.  The motion failed on a vote of 176-249, with all Republicans voting against (approximately a dozen Democrats joined the GOP).

Help an old woman out here. Weren’t the big oil companies turning big profits, or did I just dream that? What the duck?

Legislative Loons at the top hate Americans but they loves them fat cats. It isn’t free market capitalism when the taxpayers are paying for some of it and the companies they are funding are dodging taxes.

attila the blond

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If the head loon in your lake is easily fooled, make it illegal to trick him!

March 1, 2011 at 2:45 PM (Loon News)

Some of the Legislative Loons in WI want to make prank phone calls illegal.

Oops, sorry, should have warned ya to swallow your sip of tea before I told ya that. Here, let me get you a napkin…

The Badger Hearld has the story of Legislative Loons trying to add yet one more unnecessary government restriction on citizens in their part of the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, roost of stoopid governor. Please note their party affiliation. Guess the Rs only want less government in their lives. They act like they are quite fine with more government in our lives.

http://badgerherald.com/news/2011/02/28/bill_circulating_in_.php

Sen. Mary Lazich, R-Waukesha, and Rep. Mark Honadel, R-Milwaukee, authored a bill that would prohibit tricking the call’s recipient into believing the caller is someone they are not for malicious purposes.

The bill language forbids a caller from intentionally providing a false phone number and convincing the person receiving the call that it comes from someone other than the actual caller.

So, will this ensure vigorous investigations and convictions of boiler room callers who tell us they are from XYZ Charity or an independent polling company? Nah, didn’t think so.

This is Legislative Loon stuff, a waste of taxpayer money on the man-hours legislative staff will spend on the bump and grind of pushing this one through the machine.

Legislative Loons need to recognize that time is money and their time needs to be spent addressing the problems of the people, not the gullibility of the governor and his staff.  Aren’t they trying to convince us that hard working WI public employees have to bend over for the good of the budget? Do they really have time/money to burn with this bird crap?

Curious about any WI laws governing taping phone calls without permission of all parties on the call. Anybody know? And how about laws re taping phone calls without consent in the state of who ever calls into WI to play show the fool for what he is? Thinkin in some states, it is OK to tape, but in others, not so much. How do Ms Lazich and Mr Honadel propose to keep it all straight and enforce the loon-acy they purpose?

Wouldn’t it just be easier to get a smarter governor? Or at least a silly one who does a better job of hiring staff bright enough to save him from himself?

Hope the good people of WI can take time out of their very important and impressive support of  their public employees to tell their state reps they can have their Prince Albert in a can cranks calls when they pry their phones  from their cold, dead hands!

Hey, Sen. Mary Lazich and Rep. Mark Honadel, I am General Electric and I am calling to inquire as to whether your refrigerators are running, for governor.  Come and get me.

attila the blond

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Democracy For America Night School

February 28, 2011 at 5:20 PM (Good Resouce For Loon Watchers, Participating is Patriotic)

Democracy For America offers free training for people who would like to take a more active role in being part of the solution.

Classes this March will run on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM, Mountain Time. Limited space so register as soon as you can @http://democracyforamerica.com/nightschool
  • March 2  covers Rallies
    • When are they appropriate/ when not
    • Logistics to help you hit your goal
    • Trainers for session from Common Cause
    • Case Study will be recent rally outside Koch Bros meeting
  • March 9 is on Press Conferences
    • How to get media attention
    • Effective, professional results
  • March 16 is on Petition Drives
    • How to plan and pull off effective drives
    • Empower citizens
    • Get the needed attention from elected officials
  • March 23 is on Constituency Meetings
    • How to set up meetings with officials or staff members
    • How to prepare for effective meetings
    • Setting up meeting agendas

Democracy For America’s previous Night School classes are archived and available from the above link.

Learning on the web is easy, fun, and might just lead to great things for you as you keep an eye on Legislative Loons who are not working in your best interests.

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WI: Staff of absent DEM State Senators locked out of copiers

February 28, 2011 at 2:13 PM (Loon News, Politics)

OK, now some Legislative Loons in WI are taking it out on staff just trying to do their jobs of responding to the public

Per a  motion from WI State Senator Scott Fitzgerald, Chairman, of the WI Committee on Senate Organization, time sheets of staffers of the DEM Senators who left to prevent a quorum now must be reviewed and certified by the majority leader.

Until further notice from the Majority Leader, timesheets of any employee appointed by a Senator who is absent without leave for 2 or more session days shall be reviewed and certified by the Majority Leader rather than the employee’s appointing authority. Until further notice from the Majority Leader, all copy machine access codes shall be deactivated for any Senator who is absent without leave for 2 or more session days. If an office requires assistance in making copies to respond to an open records request, the office may request the assistance of the Sergeant at Arms, who shall ensure that the cost of the copies is charged against the Senator’s office expense account. In addition, the Chief Clerk shall charge the office expense account of each such Senator for the use of the office printers. The amount shall equal the “per click” amount the Legislature is assessed under its printer maintenance contract.*

Ok, I can almost see the point re time sheets, after all, the staffers’ immediate supervisors, the elected officials who blew town to protect public workers’ right to maintain union bargaining power, are not there to keep track.  But face it, this  is really an attempt to bully and intimidate the staffers, using them as whipping posts. It is the sort of intimidation Legislative Loons like to pull to get their way when all logic shows them to be on the wrong side of things.

But copier restrictions? What the duck? Staffers of state senators who flew the coop need special permission and help to make copies? Boy, the loons really want to make it difficult for voters and the staffs of their elected representatives to do the people’s business! Some loons are just plain anti-representative democracy, we reckon. It is more important to the loons to punish and interfere with public employees/public servants who are really trying to take care of constituents than to make sure democracy, that covenant between The People and Their Government works on the day to day basis.

Bad Loons! No fish for you today!

 

attila the blond

* PDF of motion by Legislative Loon here: http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/SCAN_01_0.PDF

A tip of the birding binoculars to Huffington Post for helping spot this Legislative Loon-acy!

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No longer among the ranks of Legislative Loons!

February 28, 2011 at 10:53 AM (Good News, Loon News, Politics) (, , , )

Looks like there are breaks in the ranks of the WI Legislature. WI State Senator Dale Schultz will not, repeat, NOT vote for Walker’s bill! Send him some love folks!

Daily Kos: Breaking! Dale Schultz will not vote for Walker’s Union Busting Bill
http://www.dailykos.com
Dale Schultz, Senator from Wisconsin’s 17th Senatorial District will not vote for Gov. Walker’s Union busting Koch Bros. abomination. Not sure how many we need to stop this, but I heard a young lady say “we need two more” on the Qik feed. Cheers were audible as the announcement was made.

attila the blond

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Training for activists in Missoula, MT

February 28, 2011 at 10:30 AM (Good Resouce For Loon Watchers, Participating is Patriotic) (, , , )

Democracy For America is having a training session in Missoula March 26 and 27.

If you are annoyed that MT legislators think it is their business to spend time, and taxpayer money, overruling local Missoula citizen initiatives, might wanna check it out and see how to take action to effectively be a part of the solution.

Legislative Loons only win if we allow their actions to stand! Loon Watchers can stand up to bad legislative actions. It’s patriotic!

http://www.democracyforamerica.com

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