August 24, 2011
Can hardly wait!
After you read John Nichols' piece on Bernie Sanders, our Fighting Bob Fest keynoter (along with Thom Hartmann, Nichols, Dennis Kucinich, Jim Hightower, Ellen Bravo and Cornel West), you will be as eager as I am to get Fighting Bob Fest number 10 underway on September 17. Thousands of rabble-rousers will fill Dane County Coliseum (a/k/a Alliant Energy Center) and I am certain they will provide great music from the Raging Grannies and Peter Leidy, speeches to inspire, Spotted Cow and follow-up organizing plans. We need you to be a soldier in this campaign to regain democracy in Wisconsin. See also this week's Democracy Convention in Madison for hands-on coalition building. (This the first time Bob Fest is being held outside Baraboo--and the reason is, in large measure, the danger of a rain-out in Sauk County.)
Remember, admission is free but you (willingly) pay to get out!
I am so tired of the wing-nuts running for president spewing absurd plans to kill Social Security, abandon the disabled, and repeal health care, that the question arises, why can't a Bernie Sanders run? As a Democrat, a Republican or as a Progressive? As Nichols puts it so well, "He is making more economic and fiscal sense than anyone who is running--for either party nominations in 2012." I hope the White House is listening.
I have often wondered whether the Wisconsin State Journal is a spoof or real. Is it an uptight version of The Onion or are they really trying? Today the evidence points toward spoof. Read the editorial entitled "Labor Board Should Back Off." Whoa Nelly!
The best you can say about this nonsense written about the NLRB is that it is consistent with the State Journal's dislike of of all elections--they want to appoint the Supreme Court and all other judges. Now it is clear that they have no idea what the law calls for in labor disputes, or they are just lazy.
Having organized unions in Canada and the U.S., I would urge the State Journal to take a trip north and discover real democracy in the workplace not American-style-union-busting-brass-knuckled advisers paid to kill unions. Get Serious WSJ. Get Serious.
The Bob LaFollette Award of the week goes to Madison teacher Madeleine Para, who left Wisconsin to join Bill McKibben in jail in D.C. to espouse the Keystone XL pipeline to stop the tar sands project. Our good friend Peter Anderson is also in jail. Hooray for Peter and Para.
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Can you imagine being an elected official and then charging your constituents money in order to get your ear? Check out this Paul Ryan crap: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/61454.html
He's not alone. Whose fault will it be if these fellows get reelected?
-Maria Caliente | Middleton, Wisc. | August 24, 2011