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I've been quiet for a while. After this some may well conclude that they were the good months. Months without Twigg, months of calm political discussion, months where progress was made ...

Unfortunately they have been months where the pre-eminent Liberal, Progressive Blog on the Intertubz has all but anointed another neo-liberal as our standard bearer.

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Investigative journalists, Democratic state legislators, fellow bloggers, Government Accountability Board members, amateur muckrakers, and members of the Jeb Bush Opposition Research Team, this is for you...

In light of the news that Gov. Scott Walker's Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) gave a highly-questionable unsecured loan to a large campaign donor at the urging of his Secretary of Administration, I thought it would be useful to check on what other WEDC awards might also be worthy of further scrutiny.

I looked at the list of WEDC awards (available as a searchable database or as a spreadsheet) and cross-referenced it with large campaign donations and layoffs. Keep in mind that campaign contributions included in the list below should be considered low-end estimates as they do not include "dark-money" donations to groups like Club for Growth, and many large donors list their employer as "investor" or "homemaker," etc.

The list of, um, interesting WEDC awards is distressingly long, and not in any meaningful order. It's entirely too large for any single person to investigate, so this is where I need your help: Please review the list (bookmark it and come back if necessary), and pick out a few that are in your neck of the woods or otherwise pique your interest. Then forward them on to journalists or legislators you trust, or start digging on your own. While we can make inferences based just on the political donations, what we really need are records requests to determine what (if any) vetting was done and who may have been lobbying internally for each of these awards. If we can get to that level, I'm sure there's a compelling story or twenty in here.

Note that this list does not include WEDC awards that have already made headlines:

Without further ado, here's what I found...

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As I said, Aileen was Scottish and Lakota. And I am basically Irish and Spanish. So, we're watching Braveheart.. And at that point int the movie as Mel Gibson is rushing into battle, along with the women  bare breasted and painted. Aileen makes a fist and hits her chest saying. "my people".

And I'm thinking... 'yeah. I know. Her people rushing into battle fighting for freedom.... I get it...

So three days later we're watching the movie "Crazy People" with Dudley Moore. And as Dudley walks into the mental ward, with the people there resembling a bunch of politicians who've drinking from water laced with LSD. I make a  fist, and pound my heart, saying, "Hey Leen! My People!".

She started laughing, and couldn't stop for the next ten minutes...Finally saying, "Right! Your people. Of course! Which is why I'm driving this bus."

love and godspeed.

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Welcome to the debut of Midnight Catitude the late-night version of The Pootie Diaries.  We are Legion!  

We are also......late.  I had intended to launch this semi-irregular series a week or two ago.  Sadly, that pesky thing called Life interfered with my plans.  

I managed to outrun, dodge, and otherwise evade all that adult nonsense....and here we are!

So, cuddle up next to the interwebz machines and have a good time!



Welcome to Midnight Catitude/Open Thread For Night Howls The same rules apply here as in the daytime Pootie Diaries, but as a gentle reminder:

  • Be nice to each other.
  • No trolling the diary.
  • If you hate pootie diaries, leave now.
  • Share any and all pootie/woozle photos or issues you have.  When it comes to problems, we just may have someone with experience who can help.
  • Whatever happens in the outer blog STAYS in the outer blog. Bringing that stuff in here will be dealt with the same way we deal with trolls. This is a place to relax and play; please treat it accordingly.
  • There is no such thing as stealing a photo around here, all are offered with love.

    Bring your pics, your tunes, your fun, your sass...relax and have a good time!

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I just watched the Jon Stewart segment where I could hear Hillary Clinton lathering up her "southern accent" while giving a speech in South Carolina. I read about this earlier today, and even found some commenters defending her: "She is from Arkansas."

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Presidential candidate and paid paranoid Marco Rubio has joined the irrational chorus of Christian Conservative presidential contenders now peeing their pants in fear at the thought that the Supreme Court may legalize, a.k.a. legitimize, marriage equality in the United States.

In a recent interview with CBN, Rubio echoed Mike Huckabee when he told David Brody that marriage equality represented a threat to the survival of Christianity.

First of all I would say to him the very same thing I said to the Huckster. Christianity is under no threat whatsoever. According to the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) 26,344,933 make up the membership of mainline churches; even more, 39,930,869 make up the membership of evangelical Protestant churches. That’s mainstream Christian. PewResearch also estimates 51 percent of the LGBT community also make up part of this religious population. That means if every atheist/liberal/gay person in the country teamed up against the Christians, we’d still be so outnumbered we’d have our asses kicked in only a matter of days.

So contrary to Rubio’s “belief,” Christianity is under absolutely not threat: at least not from us. The threat is in their heads.

The reality is, Christians in the ilk of Rubio LOVE persecution. They thrive on it. They live to play the martyr. Their entire ideology—not to mention their fund-raising—is built around it. Which, ironically, means that they then create it.

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What does it mean when I say your Moon is in Aries or Capricorn or Virgo or any of the other astrological signs?

Most likely, I'm talking about the sign your Moon was in at birth.  Because of the way our society is structured, many astrologers will tell you the Moon is the second most important planet in your chart.  They believe the Sun is the most important planet to look at in a chart.

I'm a bit of an outlier - though not alone - in believing the Moon and Sun have equal importance in a birth chart.

The Sun represents - through archetypal energy - our basic core, our life purpose - why we are here; how we get to the place where we fulfill our life purpose, and what makes us feel important or unique.

Just as important, our Moon represents - also through archetypal energy - what nurtures us, what makes us feel loved and what environments give us the most comfort.

Please follow  me below the orange curlicue for a brief discussion of each Moon sign.

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As you can see by Itzl's concerned look, this group gives Kossacks a safe place to check in, a daily diary where we can let people know we are alive, doing OK, and not affected by such things as heat, blizzards, floods, wild fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, earthquakes, or other such things that could keep us off DKos. It also allows us to find other Kossacks nearby for in-person checks when other methods of communication fail - a buddy system. If you're not here, or anywhere else on DKos, and there are adverse conditions in your area (floods, heatwaves, hurricanes, earthquakes etc.), we and your buddy are going to check up on you. If you are going to be away from your computer for a day or a week, let us know here.  We care!
IAN is a great group to join, and a good place to learn to write diaries.  Drop one of us a Kosmail and ask to be added to the Itzl Alert Network anytime! We all share the publishing duties, and we welcome everyone who reads IAN to write diaries for the group!  Every member is an editor, so anyone can take a turn when they have something to say, photos and music to share, a cause to promote or news!  
We do have a diary schedule. But, when you are ready to write that diary, either post in thread or send FloridaSNMOM a Kosmail with the date. If you need someone to fill in, ditto. FloridaSNMOM is here on and off through the day usually from around 9:30 or 10 am eastern to around 11 pm eastern.
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It took long enough.

U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller of Alabama, who last summer was arrested on charges he beat his wife in a hotel room in Atlanta, announced today that he will resign his lifetime appointment.

Fuller -- the judge who presided over the case of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman -- wrote a letter to President Obama and the 11th Circuit saying he will step down on Aug. 1.

Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, said she welcomed the announcement from Fuller and is relieved that Congress can avoid going through an impeachment process.

"Justice was not served. We sent the wrong message to victims of domestic violence by allowing a federal judge to collect a paycheck — without managing a caseload — and ultimately having his record expunged," Sewell said. "Judge Fuller failed to uphold the values we hold dear."

Alabama's GOP congresswoman was also happy to see him go.
Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said Fuller made the right decision to resign.

"I hope this situation has brought more attention to the issue of domestic violence, both locally and nationally. Domestic violence is an all too common problem in our society. Violent acts against loved ones cannot not be tolerated, and we have to ensure victims are empowered to seek help," Roby said.

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Standing your ground
Now, on a previous trip to the Orlando swamp to see my great-aunt Flora, I came across a peculiar sight.  There it was, unfolding right in front of me--I saw one of my distant cousins, standing, facing off what I presumed was a Repuglican.  

Of course, the picture above shows only one side of the story.  We do not know what is transpiring here, except for an Alligator defending its rights to be in a particular place at a particular time.  I sensed that things could get ugly here.  Indeed they did.  For that Repuglican seem unnerved by the sight in front of him (my cousin).  It started to make loud, trumpeting noises; then stamping its feet--quite loudly too.

Why I wondered to myself.  Just then my great aunt swam up to me and gave me some background.  Flora told me that a humanoid named Jebbie Bush had pushed through a law in the State of Florida, called "Stand Your Ground."

So I asked Flora just what that meant.  Here's what she said, all the while the scene was unfolding in front of us:  This here law is supposed to protect the weak and defenseless or even just plain citizens from assault by persons they feel endangered by."

I replied:  "Sounds reasonable enough."

But then Flora went on to explain that those Floridians--and even tourists--were allowed to use measures up to and including deadly force to "protect" themselves.

Because of my military background, I asked Flora about the rules of engagement for such a confrontation.  Generally that means a particular set of instructions regarding what is necessary to enable force to be used in a situation,

So Flora enlightened me:  "It simply means that when a humanoid fears for his/her life, that force can be used to prevent self-harm."

"But Aunt Flora, that seems to be a pretty vague standard.  What constitutes fear in one person's mind might not in another's; so how do we judge that."

Aunt Flora reminded me about Trayvon Martin, a dark skinned human who was confronted by a Zimmerman (this I am told is a type of humanoid).  Zimmerman immediately recognized two things:  first, that dark-skinned humans were not often seen in that part of the swamp;  Second, that the mere appearance of such a dark skinned human "was sufficient cause to be fearful."  Kinda Res Ipsa Loquitor for those of you who like a little Latin to enrich your diary-reading.  Yes the mere sight of such a human in certain parts of the swamp could be sufficient.

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Wow!  That means that most humanoids in the Florida swamps would immediately be afraid of someone simply based on their appearance.  

"Yes, true, true." said Flora.  You see, those humanoids can feel that the mere glance of a dark skinned human is sufficient enough cause to justify the use of deadly force.  "This even includes police", continued Flora.

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Oakland's Mayor Schaaf is seeking outside expertise to assist with the  squashing of dissent, enforcing her protest curfew, and improving her popularity. Pepper Spray Cop brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Oakland and will be working with Mayor Libby on her Protest Management and in distributing and dispersing Oakland's "Secret Sauce."

Mayor Libby Schaaf and Pepper are teaming up for the Oakland's Secret Sauce campaign-"In Your Face!"

Pepper Spray Consultant Cop's previous position was:
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Pixie's Puppy update: In Foster!!

by Birddroppings

Last week, I posted about a special needs puppy at the Lack Jackson, Texas,  SPCA shelter. Everyone was amazingly thoughtful, helpful, and kind in getting the word about the little guy who is gonna need all the help in the world... I am proud to report that he is now fostered! We also have additional video here: https://www.youtube.com/...

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