March 27, 2015

Arizona Ethnic Studies Classes Banned, Teachers With Accents Can No Longer Teach English #p2 #tcot #teaparty

American culture is not one culture but a salad of cultures. Arizona is attempting to destroy that fabric in the most covert racist fashion. Rachel Maddow’s piece below shows the genesis of much of this calculated racism. … [Read more...]

What are you up to next Thursday? We need you. #p2 #coffeeparty

This week, Senate Republicans did all they could to block Wall Street reform. We beat back their obstruction to move forward with debate, but we know we're in for more of the same in the weeks ahead. So next Thursday, May 6th, OFA volunteers are putting together a Wall Street Reform Day of Action, to show that reform has bipartisan support across the country. In Texas, folks will be hosting what we're calling "Wall Street Reform Phone Booths" -- events where volunteers set up in a high-traffic area with information and signs, getting supporters to call their Republican senators and demonstrate their support for Wall Street reform. Can you help? I'm hoping that you -- as one of our most committed supporters -- can host a Wall Street Reform Phone Booth in your area. Can you make it happen? We've created an easy-to-follow host guide to help you through the process. You don't need any previous experience to host a phone booth -- just a desire to … [Read more...]

Duncan Hunter Forgot To Read Constitution As He Wants To Deport Natural Born Kids of Illegal Immigrants #p2 #tcot #teaparty

Duncan Hunter’s false patriotism has him objecting to the 14th amendment of the constitution. The Right Wing Republicans / Tea Party members love to wrap themselves in the Constitution. Maybe they should try reading it first. REAL REPUBLICANS, where are you? Reclaim the party please. We need multiple parties for check and balances, but both must be sane and at least marginally read. … [Read more...]

Counter Wall Street lobbyists! #p2 #tcot #teaparty

Minerva Novoa, Advocacy  Web Administrator The Wall Street CEOs got their taxpayer bailouts and huge bonuses – now they're trying to stop reforms that would protect us from getting the shakedown again! Debate begins today on the Wall Street reform bill and your Senators are hearing right now from deep-pocketed lobbyists trying to fill the bill with loopholes. They almost blocked the bill earlier this week – but your calls and emails beat back their efforts! Now we need your voice to get a strong bill passed. Each day that goes by the bank lobby makes more phone calls, visits and campaign contributions. Use our toll-free number right now – your personal call to your Senators' offices can counter the lobbyists' money!   … [Read more...]

Richard Trumka Gives A Tongue Lashing To Wallstreet. #p2 #tcot #teaparty

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka gives a strong interview on the ills of Wallstreet. … [Read more...]

Lawsuits Over AZ Immigration Law Filed By Police Officer, Latino Group

  BY JONATHAN J. COOPER and PAUL DAVENPORT 04/29/10 04:18 PM PHOENIX — Anger mounted Thursday over an Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigration as a police officer filed one of the first lawsuits challenging the law and activists gathered outside an Arizona Diamondbacks game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, chanting "Boycott Arizona." The lawsuit from 15-year Tucson police veteran Martin Escobar is one of two filed Thursday, less than a week after Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed the law that's sparked fears it will lead to racial profiling despite the governor's vow that officers will be properly trained. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said the federal government may challenge the law, which requires local and state law enforcement to question people about their immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the country illegally, and makes it a state crime to be in the United States illegally. Escobar, an overnight patrol officer in a … [Read more...]

BP Oil Spill Will Foul Our Local Seafood, Raise Prices At Our Restaurants, & Increase Unemployment #p2 #tcot #teaparty

  When these accidents occur, we are left with most of the cleanup bill, we are left with lost employment, and we are left with a lower tax base. … [Read more...]

Republicans & Bank Friendly Democrats Should Be Ashamed of Attempts to Weaken Consumer Protection Agency #p2 #tcot #teaparty

That the GOP and some Bank Supported Democrats would fight so hard to remove or weaken a Consumer Protection Agency speaks volume for the need of removing corporations completely from the ability to fund campaigns. Government that works dictates the need for a Consumer Protection Agency within the government whose interest is the interest of we the people. It's time for senators -- especially the Republicans -- to square their upcoming votes on financial reform with their long-professed desire to protect families, said consumer advocate and federal bailout watchdog Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday in an interview with the Huffington Post. "Everyone in Washington claims to be on the side of families and to support reform," said Warren, a member of the 2010 TIME 100 list of the world's most influential people. "But the test is who votes to paper over problems with another regulatory system designed to fail and who votes for real Wall Street accountability even if it means that some … [Read more...]

Louisiana Oil Spill Gets Worse: New Leak Increases Estimated Spill By Five Times

This accident is bad but may be a blessing in disguise. It will give us a reason to really push towards clean renewable energy, it will give material examples of why government regulation is imperative, and it will show that while in good times private corporations always want small government, they generally want larger government or bailouts when they get in trouble. NEW ORLEANS — A massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is even worse than believed and as the government grows concerned that the rig's operator is ill-equipped to contain it, officials are offering a military response to try to avert a massive environmental disaster along the ecologically fragile U.S. coastline. Speaking Thursday on NBC's "Today" show, an executive for BP PLC, which operated the oil rig that exploded and sank last week, said the company would welcome help from the U.S. military. "We'll take help from anyone," BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said. But time may be running out. Not only … [Read more...]

Bill Clinton Sees ‘More Immigrants’ As A Way To Reduce Deficit

  Former President Bill Clinton enthusiastically weighed into the blistering national debate on immigration today with a resounding assertion that America needs more immigrants -- not fewer -- to ensure its long-term fiscal future. At a symposium on deficit reduction today (see my earlier story), Clinton said that one key to avoiding massive debt is to maintain a good ratio between people paying into the system, and those receiving payouts (through such programs as Social Security.) That means more jobs and more people working, he said. "Which to me means more immigrants." Clinton said he supports immigration reform as proposed by President Obama or as supported by Sen. John McCain before he changed his mind. Clinton spoke glowingly of the immigrant experience in the United States. "We've got somebody from everywhere here, and they do well," he said. And looking at the overall budget numbers, comparing money in to money out, "I don't think there's any … [Read more...]