GOP Governors working hard to get Obama re-elected in 2012

TPM

By passing all manner of radical legislation that will make people’s lives more and more difficult, Republican governors could turn out to be the biggest recruiters of Democratic votes in 2012.  All have approval ratings in the toilet, but they keep pushing their hard-core agenda.

In Florida:

A Quinnipiac poll released last week found that just 29% of voters approved of [Rick] Scott’s job performance, while a 57% majority disapproved.

In Ohio:

[U]nion-busting Gov. John Kasich is now so unpopular that a recent PPP poll showed him losing a do-over election by an astounding 25-point margin.

In Wisconsin:

[Scott] Walker’s approval rating tanked, capped off last week when a PPP poll found that a 50% majority of voters wanted to remove Walker from office.

In Michigan:

Then there’s Michigan’s Rick Snyder, whose “financial martial law” bill — which would allow appointed bureaucrats to dissolve municipal governments in struggling cities and void union contracts — sent his approval rating down to 33%, with a 50% majority of voters disapproving of his job performance.

If you don’t know why these poor governors are feeling the wrath of the voters, the TPM article has the gory details.

All this might tempt us to feel a bit giddy about the prospects for a landslide of epic proportions for Democrats in 2012, and on one level I’m feeling it.  But right this very minute, the above mentioned Republican governors, as well as others not making so much noise about their despicable policies, are ramming every piece of legislation they possibly can through the process, and happily signing laws that will make their citizens suffer — while siphoning off that money for tax cuts for the rich and big corporations.

Recall doesn’t come quickly or easily, and some states (Florida) don’t have recall for governors, so these pigs have lots of time to a HUGE amount of damage.  So the Democrats might win big in 2012, particularly President Obama, but there’s a lot of suffering between now and then.

Did someone hack the Fox News building in New York?

This is pretty clever really.. At the very least, creative.

My guess is that this is a faked video, but regardless, it is still pretty funny. As one commenter put it, “A fake story about Fake News? Impossible!!!!”

The story goes (from Raw Story):

In a video published to YouTube, a hacker appears to have changed the text scrolling along the side of the News Corporation building in New York City.

“I accessed the Fox ticker basically to get your attention,” YouTube user hiropro999 wrote. “Also because Fox deserves it: they’re the 24/7 mouthpiece of the right wing. They are huge perpetuators of the big lie.

“This country isn’t broke. Question is: where is the money going?”

The message goes on to blame corporations and tax breaks for wealthy Americans, and it specifically said the individual behind the stunt was not from any hacker group like Anonymous or others.

I still like the message. It would be the closest FOX has come to printing anything resembling the truth in a very long time (if ever..)

Tornados of April 2011

What a crazy, terribly tragic month for weather.

This was a fascinating video. From the NOAA site:

The U.S. experienced unprecedented tornado activity throughout the month of April 2011. The NOAA Storm Prediction Center received 875 tornado reports during that month alone; 625 have been confirmed as tornadoes, so far. Many of these storms were concentrated during 7 different major outbreaks, mostly in the Southern U.S. The largest of these outbreaks occurred during April 27-28, leaving over 300 people dead as over 180 storms were reported from Texas to Virginia.

This animation shows the GOES-East infrared imagery from April 1-30, along with the locations of each tornado that formed during the time (symbolized as red dots). Though tornadoes cannot actually be seen by GOES, these satellites are instrumental in being able to detect the conditions associated with their formation. As the resolution of GOES has increased with each successive satellite series, so have the warning times for tornadoes. The future GOES-R satellite will provide even higher resolution and storm prediction capability, especially with the use of the Geostationary Lightning Mapper sensor. The actual tornado locations are acquired from the Storm Prediction Center, which uses both NEXRAD radar and ground reports to generate a detailed database of tornadoes in the U.S.

And we are only about halfway through tornado season.

Read this post today by Chris Hedges at Truthdig:

The Sky Really Is Falling