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  •  Costa Mesa Events Being Ignored (24+ / 0-)

    Not only is this very sad suicide being ignored, but this is he first I've read about Costa Mesa's desire to outsource their entire government. I live in OC and it is worth noting that my local Yahoo feed of top news story has not seen fit to pick up on any of this, meaning local media is not ranking this an important story.

    I did read a piece a couple of weeks ago in the OC Registery by some guy extolling the virtures of privatizing Ambulance Services for all of OC. The arguments were so non-sensical that even all of the Rightwingers who make up the bulk of the commentors thought it was a stupid idea.

    •  It's happening everywhere. It's as if (20+ / 0-)

      a secret memo went out to tea baggers in every state and municipality, saying: READY, SET, JIHAD!!!!

      Another example that nobody knows about: the new Palin-endorsed governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez:

      Unions Challenge Gov. Martinez
      By Deborah Baker /Journal Staff Writer  
      Wednesday, 16 March 2011 20:30

      Claiming that Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is trying to turn New Mexico into "another Wisconsin," labor unions on Wednesday filed suit in the state Supreme Court challenging her dumping of the Public Employee Labor Relations Board.

      The unions allege that Martinez exceeded her authority when she fired the board - which enforces public sector bargaining rights and handles disputes - and its executive director...

      The New Mexico Federation of Labor AFL-CIO and individual unions are asking the high court to order the reinstatement of the labor-recommended member and the jointly recommended member, and to recognize their authority to hire an executive director...

      The lawsuit says with no board and no executive director, there is no way to file and process complaints, petitions for union elections, or applications to approve local labor relations boards...

      Allowing the governor to remove board members would give her the power to quash complaints brought by workers against her and state agencies, the federation said.

      Andrew Padilla, president of AFSCME Council 18, said in a statement that Martinez "is trying to exploit the difficult financial conditions of our state to serve a highly politicized conservative agenda, with organized labor as her big target."...

      (You can access the full article via the above link by accepting a "free daily trial".)

      "But there is so much more to do." - Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008

      by flitedocnm on Fri Mar 18, 2011 at 01:38:27 PM PDT

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      •  when you say (14+ / 0-)
        It's as if (4+ / 0-)
        a secret memo went out to tea baggers in every state and municipality
        that is exactly what happened.
        It is clear that this legislation has been packaged and ready-to-go in whatever states and municipalities has "leadership" ready to adopt it.  They are being much more ruthless about showing their true intentions than in times past, and it's much more mainstream than it was before.  Time was, ideas like these privatization schemes would be considered fringe and off-the-charts.  Now, it's all in a day's work.  Fox and the disinformation campaigns by rw think tanks and pr firms have framed these ideas as "necessary" and "brave." And local actions like these are applauded, at least in private, by the right wing of the national party and Congress.

        Either the media doesn't recognize the danger in our midst, or else they are choosing to ignore it because they are directed to do so by their bosses.

        But heartbreaking responses, like this poor man's suicide, combined with more and more public outrage by workers and their families/supporters, will bring it to the public's attention.  We can only hope it's not too late.

        Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

        by SottoVoce on Fri Mar 18, 2011 at 03:01:09 PM PDT

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        •  It would be interesting to (0+ / 0-)

          compare the wording of the legislation.

          I'd like to find out if these assholes actually wrote it, or just copied it.

          "YOPP!" --Horton Hears a Who

          by Reepicheep on Fri Mar 18, 2011 at 08:33:00 PM PDT

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