Harrisburg, PA under receivership that looks a LOT like a Mich Emergency Manager

Using financial crises to disenfranchise citizens

Last year, faced by over $300 million in debt from a failed trash-to-energy incinerator, Pennsylvania’s capital city Harrisburg attempted to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

They were, however, rebuffed. A law passed in earlier in the year specifically to prevent Harrisburg from filing for bankruptcy prohibits them from doing so until July 2012.

In December, David Unkovic became the state-appointed receiver for Harrisburg as the state took control over the city. The appointment of Unkovic was controversial because he has ties to some of the city’s main creditors. However, a judge okayed the appointment determining that Unkovic did not have any conflicts of interest.…

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Rush Limbaugh tries to rewrite history, scrubs transcripts calling Sandra Fluke a slut & asking for sex videos of her

Dude, ever heard of “Google cache”???

I can’t imagine why he thinks this is going to change one goddam think but human swine Rush Limbaugh has scrubbed the transcripts of the show where he called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a slut and where he said women receiving contraception through their health insurance should be required to post videos of themselves having sex onto the internet.

Scrubbed.

RushLimbaugh.com appears to have removed parts of his radio transcripts from February 29 and March 1 in which he called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and demanded a sex tape as a thank you to taxpayers for subsidizing her birth control.…
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Why Barack Obama’s Greatness Goes Unnoticed

BREAKING: Black man can’t get a little credit

Here’s Barack Obama’s problem: He makes it look too easy.

His is a presidency that is flooded with accomplishments and astoundingly lacking in gaffes and scandals. He has returned this economy to just about where it was before the Great Recession hit, reversing a tide of attrition that lasted nearly a decade. He ended systematic discrimination of gays and lesbians by our military and passed the first system of near universal health care in American history.

This all follows his ascent to become the first African-American president defeating the most entrenched and qualified opponent in generations.…

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Rage Against the Machine joins Peter Gabriel & Rush in telling Limbaugh to stop using their music

Better stick with Charlie Daniels, Rush

This is sweet. Like Peter Gabriel and Rush (the band, not the pig), the band Rage Against the Machine is telling Rush Limbaugh to stop using their music on his radio Hate Show. They did it via this most-awesome tweet from guitarist Tom Morello:

To Rush Limbaugh: Hey Jackass, stop using our music on your racist, misogynist, right wing clown show. Sincerely, Rage Against The Machine

— Tom Morello (@tmorello) March 9, 2012

What more needs to be said?

[Creative Commons image credit: Capital M | Flickr]

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Rush Limbaugh’s Hate Show is imploding

The Hate Show gets its comeuppance

Well, well, well. This is interesting. From my inbox this morning:

  • As of this morning, 50 companies and two radio stations have dropped Rush Limbaugh’s radio show.
  • Even one organization that gets free advertising on his show is demanding to be dropped.
  • So many advertisers have fled Limbaugh’s show that yesterday, 77 of 86 total ads were unpaid public service announcements.
  • The show is now also resorting to broadcasting dead air during times normally filled with ads.
  • One company has even filed a lawsuit to protect its brand name after involuntarily getting mixed up with another company that has advertised on Limbaugh’s show.
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Jocelyn Benson launches effort to remove corporate influence over our elections

Corporations are NOT people

One of my favorite Michigan political movers and shakers, Jocelyn Benson, has launched a petition drive to strip away corporate influence on our elections in Michigan. The petition drive, if successful, would lead to the formation of “The Corporate Accountability Amendment”.

Benson and others held a press conference yesterday on the steps of the state Capitol Building to kick off the petition drive:

It’s really important when you think about our role not just as voters, but as consumers – when we buy products, we deserve and we have a right to know if the money we spend on companies or on products are being spent to influence political campaigns or lobby elected officials.…
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Governor Rick Snyder’s Public Safety plan long on cops & courts, short on urban revitalization

Would you rather keep cleaning off oily ducks or stop the oil spill?

Yesterday, at a press conference in Flint, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder unveiled a plan titled “A Special Message from Governor Rick Snyder: Public Safety”. You can read his Special Message in its entirety HERE (pdf) and an Executive Summary HERE.

I’m ambivalent about his proposals. Michigan has four cities — Flint, Detroit, Pontiac and Saginaw — which are ranked among the top 10 most violent cities in the country according to FBI data. Clearly our citizens must be protected from criminal behavior and violence. To do this, more cops are needed.…

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Michigan Court of Appeals smacks down Republicans

Nice try, jerks

Last month I wrote about how my favorite judge, William Collette, had found Republican redistricting in Oakland County to be unconstitutional:

An Ingham County judge on Wednesday struck down a controversial state law that changed the way Oakland County’s commissioner districts are drawn.

Judge William Collette said the law was unconstitutional.

Plaintiffs hailed the striking down of what they described as a “Republican power grab.” Lawyers for Gov. Rick Snyder, a defendant, said an appeal is likely.

Collette ruled the law, Public Act 280, should have received a two-thirds majority vote because it dealt with a local matter; violated the Headlee Amendment against unfunded mandates, and impinged on the rights of county voters to petition for judicial review of their reapportionment plan.

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