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|Why don't poor people just get jobs? Because they already did.
The contrast between hardworking Americans and shiftless, lazy, poor people is a favorite of Republicans as they try to cut safety net ...
|Mass Graves Found in Malaysia After Obama Opposes TPP Exclusion of Human Rights Violators
|Hellraisers Journal: Mary R. Alspaugh: "The United Mine Workers of Colorado are starving today."
The capitalist class is always on strike against the working class. -Mary R Alspaugh ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Tuesday May 25, 1915 From ...
|Teachers of the Year tell us what's holding students back and where they'd spend education money
President Obama with 2015 teacher of the year Shanna Peeples. Every year, each state chooses its teacher of the year. This year, the Council of Chief State School Officers and ...
|GOP Latino Outreach Parody
Republicans need to reach out to the strength of the Latino vote in 2016, but they don't always hit the mark when it comes to the message. https://youtu.be/N1u7qhXYnE0 Although this is a ...
|U.S. is paying the price for not investing in trains, and it's stupid
House Speaker John Boehner may think it's "stupid" to suggest that the recent fatal Amtrak crash had anything to do with lack of funding, but the evidence ...
|Imaginings Roll Out!
Over the next six weeks, U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (where I have the honor of serving as Chief Policy Wonk) Cultural Agents will host Imaginings in 15 different towns and cities across ...
“Unions were created to make living conditions just a little better than they were before they were created, and the union that does not manifest that kind of interest in human beings cannot endure.
|The Rick Smith Show||05/25/2015||3|
|When American troops were welcomed and remembered
with love and honor can be seen in a a piece in today's Washington Post titled Americans gave their lives to defeat the Nazis. The Dutch have never forgotten. It is about an American cemetery in ...
|The Justice Department on Netroots Radio Presents: "The Streets of His Soldier Mind"
| Aussie cops raid stoner's home, post his to-do list on twitter.
found on CNN Essentially, the police raided - actually raid is too strong: they executed a search warrant with no report of theatrics - this man's house and found this and posted it. It was ...
|"Black People Had War Declared on Them By Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf."
On Thursday, May 21st, 2015, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, in response to window breaking during ...
|$15 minimum wage in L.A. is great. But it was only necessary because a Democratic Congress blew it
If national Democrats had done their job, ...
|Hellraisers Journal: Labor Editor of Chicago Denounces Upcoming Convention of Industrial Unionists
You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Wednesday ...
|UPDATED: PERSONAL: Here's why I reacted so strongly to the "Attorney Chad" incident.
About a week ago, I posted an off-topic entry called "Attorney Chad" is about to have a really bad weekend. It appears that after the tragic Amtrak derailment a couple of weeks ago, a Philadelphia-...
|Absolutely Nothing: A Veteran’s Savage Indictment of the Iraq War
Is the title of this post by someone named Jim Wright, which I think you will want to read. It is a totally brutal putdown of the likes of Mitt Romney and John McCain, of the neocons who pushed us ...
|An image of Hillary Clinton that might surprise you
appears on p. 158 of the new book by former CIA #2 Michael Morrell, a book titled The Great War of Our Time: The CIA's Against Terrorism From Al Qaeda to ISIS . It is in the context of the planning ...
|Do not call me girl: Women in the workforce
Years ago, when my career depended on my being so much better at what I did than were the men I worked with, and my willingness to work twice as hard for 60.2 percent ...
|Building The Eighth Wonder of the World
On this day in Labor History the year was 1883. The “eighth wonder of the world, the Brooklyn Bridge opened for traffic. 600 men worked on the project, which took 14 years to complete. Between ...
|The Rick Smith Show||05/24/2015||3|
|This week in the war on workers: Who gets the benefits of trade deals?
The Senate advanced fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Thursday.
|Texas anti-union bill dies - Yay!
This item in the Austin American Statesman. "Labor won a rare Texas victory Saturday, with the House Republican carrying an anti-union bill declaring it dead. Byron Cook, the Corsicana Republican ...
|Texas Republicans Deny Minimum Wage Increase to Millions
Texas’ House Joint Resolution 26, which would have allowed for a state-wide referendum on increasing the state minimum wage to $10.10, was defeated by Republicans in the Texas House on May 14, 2015.
|Hellraisers Journal: Joe Hill is "a true soldier in the army of labor," ready to die for the cause.
He's in their dungeon, dark and grim; He stood by us, we'll stand by him! -Ralph Chaplin ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Sunday May 23, 1915 ...
|How many minimum wage hours would you have to work to afford rent in your state?
Click map to enlarge Minimum wage increases passed by cities and states around the country are great news for low-...
|Bernie Sanders is for AMERICA
I’m fixing to deal with some grown up truth right now and I’d appreciate it if you’d hear me out. Bernie Sanders Bernie ...
|Obama and Human Trafficing
Respected voices among us have come to the conclusion that President Obama would desire tier three Malaysia, the hub of human trafficking, be included in the TPP without expecting that would make a ...
|Senate Blocks Renewal of Patriot Act Provisions
Last night, after a series of votes related to amendments and final passage of the Trade Promotion Authority, the Senate moved on to consider NSA-related legislation. First up was the USA FREEDOM ...
|Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees||05/23/2015||12|
A number with various connotation, none of which are relevant to this reflection. In this case it is merely a measure of longevity in years. My longevity. I can turn to my Facebook page as the ...
How can unionized workers and unemployed workers stand together? Perhaps we can look to the past for examples of the power of such solidarity. On this day in Labor History the year was 1934. It ...
|The Rick Smith Show||05/23/2015||1|
|Third American Constitution - Direct Democracy - Installment 15 - Article 1 - Section 9 - Items 1-9
Here I continue with more suggestions in response to the important mundane economic acts of governance that keeps the wheels of a nation turning. Some of the ideas below might be redundant, if "...
|Senate Passes Fast-Track Bill 62-37. Which 14 Dems Voted Yes?
The Senate just voted to pass Trade Promotion Authority (fast-track) ...
|Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees||05/22/2015||22|
|DFA: Help Stop Swiftboating of Elizabeth Warren
Progressive ideas have been getting a metric fck ton of increased media coverage due in a large part to the efforts of PCCC, DFA, and Dkos to get the word out on the courageous work of Senator ...
|Black Kos, Week In Review
Marijuana - The Playing Field is not Level Commentary by Black Kos Editor JoanMar I don't smoke. I have never lit up a joint in my life. But I know a lot about the good ol' Mary Jane . I can ...
|TPP Remains Classified after Trade Transparency Act is Blocked by Senate Republicans
Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Joe Manchin of West Virginia introduced S.1381 on May 19, 2015, which would have required President Obama to de-classify the Trans Pacific ...
|Please Sign Onto The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his nationwide 'Contract with America', which he is calling " The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality ". Like Newt Gingrich's Contract With America, the ...
|Hellraisers Journal: Clarence Darrow Testifies Before the Commission on Industrial Relations
You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Saturday ...
|Prediction: Hillary Will Be Pro-TPP
House Democrats control almost 2/3 of seats (121/188) representing 18 of the most export-dependent metros , and the amount of Democratic voters living in manufacturing-dependent cities keep on ...
|Which 48 Democrats Want to Privatize Outer Space?
Yesterday, the House passed the SPACE Act of 2015 (H.R. 2262), a bill designed to promote commercial space travel and exploration. Here is a summary of what the bill does: This bill is a ...
|Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees||05/22/2015||18|
|Fire the Liar? Rahm's schools CEO claims residency in two states
In October 2012, the Chicago Board of Education voted to hire Barbara Byrd-Bennett as the school system's "Chief Executive Officer" following the dumping of Jean-Claude Brizard. The ...
|Hyde Park Johnny||05/22/2015||9|
|When is a police dog a canary in a coal mine?
When marijuana starts getting relegalized. Pot Legalization Casualties: Oregon Drug Dogs Get the Pink Slip As Oregon prepares for the advent of legal marijuana beginning July 1, there are already ...
|For a Brooklyn Woman with ALS, Social Security is Elusive
Hi, friends. There are, like, eight other posts that I’ve been drafting, but this is a way more pressing matter. It is a call to action and a call for help. I mentioned in my last post that I ...
|HI-Sen: Brian Schatz (D) Fights Back Against Fast Tracking The TPA
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D. HI), who has been an adamant opponent of the TPP, is now focusing on stopping the TPA:
|Daily Kos Labor digest
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to buy votes for his anti-worker agenda .
|IL-Sen: Mark Kirk (R) Gets His Facts Wrong Regarding Nelson Mandela & South Africa's Nuclear Program
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R. IL) has been pushing his Iran Sanctions Bill which would greatly undermine President Obama's negotiations with Iran: http://www.niacouncil.org/much-more-is-needed-from-...
|Hellraisers Journal: Socialist Preachers Forced to Stifle Themselves For Fear of Landlord's Ire.
Definition of Socialism from the Socialist Party of Oklahoma: Collective ownership and democratic management of things collectively used and private ownership of things privately used. ```````````
|If Hillary Clinton isn't talking to reporters, who should she be listening to?
Some enterprising reporters have moved on, as New ...
|Justin Amash and John Lewis Lead 58 Colleagues in Bipartisan Letter Calling for Real NSA Reform
Yesterday, Republican Justin Amash (MI-03) and Democrat John Lewis (GA-05) as well as 58 of their colleagues sent a letter to the Senate calling on them to pass real NSA reform as opposed to the ...
|Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees||05/21/2015||2|
|House Passes Bill to Gut Science & Research Funding
Yesterday, in addition to passing a deficit-funded corporate tax break for R&D, the House passed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 , a funding bill for federal scientific programs ...
|Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees||05/21/2015||18|
|Monty Python and The Holy Grail as you have never seen it before
This is worth the 155 seconds it takes to watch, if for no other reason than it will bring a smile to your face. A friend once told me that the secret of Monty Python's success was that the ...
|Which 37 House Dems Say Deficits Don't Matter When It Comes to Corporate Tax Breaks?
As we all know, Republicans only care about deficits when it comes to spending that benefits working- and middle-class Americans. When it comes to corporate tax breaks, they couldn't care less about ...
|Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees||05/20/2015||6|
|CA-Sen: Watch Kamala Harris (D) Rock The California Democratic Party Convention
Received this e-mail today from Attorney General Kamala Harris' (D. CA) U.S. Senate campaign:
|McDonald's can't ignore worker protests before shareholder meeting||Laura Clawson||05/20/2015||14|
|MD-Sen: Donna Edwards (D) Goes After The Medicare Cuts In The TPP||poopdogcomedy||05/20/2015||6|
|Hellraisers Journal: Fifty Striking Chicago School Children Supporting Teamsters Arrested and Jailed
If they want to fight, let them come on. We will call out every member of our union rather than give up. -Teamster President Cornelius Shea `````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
|Walmart's leaked anti-union video is crazy
Look, I used to be an actor in a union job A Walmart anti-union video leaked onto the internet yesterday. It's been pulled down from YouTube. UPDATE: It's back up! Walmart has had problems with ...
|WA-Gov & Sen: PPP Has Inslee (D) & Murray (D) Starting Off Looking Strong For Re-Election
Some good news today from PPP out of Washington: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2015/05/washington-voters-grow-further-in-support-of-gay-marriage-marijuana-background-checks....
|WI-Sen: Sherrod Brown (D. OH) Helps Russ Feingold (D) Get Ready To Defeat Ron Johnson (R)
Received this e-mail from one of my favorite U.S. ...
|MO-Sen: Jason Kander (D) & VoteVets Push Congress To Give Veterans Free Access To Public Parks
Received this e-mail today from VoteVets and Secretary of State Jason Kander's (D. MO) U.S. Senate campaign: I ...
|CT-Sen: Richard Blumenthal (D) Keeps Up The Fight For Mandatory GMO Labeling
Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D. CT): As a dad, it’s always been ...
|House Passes Bill That Undermines Its Ability to Do Its Own Job
Yesterday, the House passed its FY 2016 appropriations bill for the Legislative Branch. Since taking control of the House in 2010, Republicans in Congress have succeeded at cutting the funding for ...
|Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees||05/20/2015||9|
|Daily Kos Labor digest
Five ways to help nail salon workers. Better than swearing off manicures now while the subject is on your mind, then slinking ...
|WI-Sen: Ron Johnson (R), 'I May Trust Ayatollah Over Obama On Details Of Iran Deal'
More words of insanity from one of the most vulnerable Tea Part U.S. Senators: http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/senate-homeland-security-chairman-ayatollah-could-be-more-tr?utm_term=.
|Let The Public Read The Completed Parts Of The Trans-Pacific Partnership
The president says the pubic can’t see the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it is still being negotiated. So let us see the parts that are not still being negotiated.
|Thirteen Things I Learned in Iran
[This piece originally appeared at Huffington Post .] Istanbul, Turkey - I just experienced the blessing of visiting Iran for the first time. Here are some things I learned. 1. If you are visiting ...
|Bernie Sanders and 17 Democrats Urge Obama to Make the Government a "Model Employer"
Yesterday, a group of 18 senators, led by Bernie Sanders, wrote a letter to the president urging him to heed the calls of the growing Fight for $15 movement and use his executive power to make the ...
|Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees||05/16/2015||30|
|Which 41 Democrats Just Voted to Allow the Pentagon to Bypass Sequestration Caps?
Earlier today, I wrote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment votes that the House took yesterday. Today, the House finished the amendment votes and then voted on the final bill.
|Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees||05/15/2015||10|
|House Votes to Keep Gitmo Open Indefinitely. Which Dems Said "Viva la Cárcel"?
Yesterday, the House started voting on amendments to the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). I am going to highlight the amendments on which the Democratic caucus split. On Mo ...
|Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees||05/15/2015||3|
|How the Jeb Iraq Q Sanitizes the Iraq Debacle
I really like Greg Sargent's take on how the Iraq Q is sanitizing the runup to the Iraq Debacle, for everyone but Jeb. and that's not right. Sargent writes: Jeb’s contortions make good fodder ...
|Which 13 Democrats Just Voted for Cloture on Fast-Track?
After party leaders negotiated a deal that would allow for a vote on a trade enforcement bill, the Senate took a cloture vote to proceed with debate on the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), or "fast-...
|Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees||05/14/2015||386|
|A MUST-READ from Mark Bittman
titled No Justice, No ... Anything . As expect, he starts by writing about food, about talking about food. But as he makes clear, even as he returns to food again and again, the real issues are ...
|The House Passed Watered-Down NSA "Reform." These 41 Democrats Wanted Real Reform.
Today, the House voted to pass the USA FREEDOM (Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring) Act of 2015, a watered-down version of NSA ...
|Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees||05/13/2015||10|
|Which 24 Democrats Just Voted to Hobble Clean Water Regulations?
Yesterday, House Republicans did one of their favorite things: attack the EPA. They did this in the form of the so-called "Regulatory Integrity Protection Act," a bill that would overturn an EPA ...
|Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees||05/13/2015||7|
|Obama's Anti-Populist Attack On Warren On Trade
As the Senate begins consideration today of the "fast track" trade promotion authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, President Obama says that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is expressing concerns ...
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