Why just a week ago… Rush Limbaugh was some fat white dude that closet rednecks listened to in their pickup trucks out in back of the train station during lunch. Now he’s got a Great Hits video out, that features no less than seventy sexist smears or usages of ‘insulting word choices’, along with statements from forty-odd advertisers claiming that Limbaugh doesn’t match up with their corporate values. We haven’t dug very far into all these companies that are claiming to have given der Rushman das boot, but we’re pretty sure that the “My Little Pony” dolls sets were never a regular sponsor…
BREITBARTOCALYPSE! It was just a week ago that we surprised our regular readers by posting a not-mean obit about the death of right wing blogger Andrew Breitbart. Now, gasp, the truth is emerging that backs up all those conspiracy theories about how the President had him bumped off… it turns out that Breitbart was about to reveal that Barack Obama, back in his days as a State Senator, actually attended a play about dreaded community organizer Saul Alinsky. And, said future President actually participated in an after the show panel discussion about community organizing, which we all know is just commie double-speak for “kill the white man”.
Republicans pick VEEP while CNN is asleep at the wheel… It’s true! Ohio Governor John Kasich discovered the short road to the number two spot last week by bravely announcing that his State would Just Say No to offers of Federal Aid after five tornados ripped through his piece of the rust belt, leaving three dead and scores homeless.
After proclaiming that 2010 was gonna be the Year of the Republican Woman, things didn’t work out so well for the Grand Old Party. Meg Whitman, Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell and Carly Fiorina were all soundly defeated at the polls, even with the added magic of Sarah Palin sprinkling cash money around their campaign committees. Now that the GOP has ramped up its war on women with assorted assaults on birth control and a radio spokesman calling college students sluts, the Party is somewhat stunned to be learning, via polling results, that things aren’t looking so hot with women voters heading into the 2012 elections.
Congresswoman Michele Bachman is on the loose once again… Appearing on Glen Back’s online TV show Tuesday evening, she warned viewers that the Obama administration’s contraception insurance mandate could put America on a slippery slope — to a totalitarian one-child policy. Co-Host Amy Holmes followed up by asking: “Congresswoman, are you suggesting that this administration, or a next administration, would actually advocate a one-child policy like Communist China?”
Bachmann responded: “What I’m saying is that now that we know the President of the United States unilaterally can tell insurance companies, you must offer the morning-after abortion pill, you must offer sterilizations, you must offer contraceptives free to the recipients of those products, because we tell you to — which means they’re effectively setting the price, as well — that says that whoever the health care dictator, could conceivably make that order, as well.”
If you’d like to join the Republican Party and run for office in Laurens County, South Carolina, you’d better come prepared to sign a statement pledging that you’ve never ever had pre-marital sex — and that you will never ever look at porn again. It is unclear how they will precisely determine this (or regulate it), but an unidentified potential candidate for office in Laurens County told a local newspaper that candidates will be interviewed by a three-person subcommittee, who will then recommend to the full executive committee whether to allow the candidate on the ballot.
Musicians for the 99%… Once upon a time, way back when I lived with a bunch of other hippies down at the foot of Orchard Street, we had this fav band called the Chambers Brothers. Their hit, Time Has Come Today was always near the top of our greatest hits list. Now musician Lester Chambers, former lead singer of the band, has another hit on his hands: he recently uploaded a photograph to the Internet, holding one of his Gold Records in front of his face and declaring that “Only the 1% of artists can afford to sue. I am the 99%.” The photo and its message have gone viral.
“I am the former lead singer of a 60?s band,” his message reads. “I did not squander my money on drugs or a fancy home. I went from 1967-1994 before I saw my first royalty check. The music giants I recorded with only paid me for 7 of my albums. I have never seen a penny in royalties from my other 10 albums I recorded. Our hit song was licensed to over 100 films, TV & commercials without our permission. One major TV network used our song for a national commercial and my payment was $625 dollars. I am now 72, trying to live on $1200 a month. Sweet Relief, a music charity, is taking donations for me. Only the 1% of artists can afford to sue. I am the 99%.” (HT/ to Eric over at Raw Story)
Justice for Janitors will be Marching in Solidarity with International Women’s Day. Meet up at 6th & Broadway at noon.