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


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

Watering Hole: Monday, May 30, 2011 – Memorial Day

We are a warring nation.  Some served in our military voluntarily while others were drafted.  Regardless as to why someone served, today is a day to remember those that served and lost their lives.

A list of wars:

  • American War of Independence – 1775 to 1783
  • Northwest Indian War or Little Turtle’s War or Miami’s Campaign – 1785-1795
  • Franco-American Half War – 1798-1800
  • Barbary Coast War or Tripolitan War – 1801-1805
  • War of 1812 or Second War of Independence – 1812-1815
  • Second Barbary War or Algerian War – 1815
  • First Seminole War – 1817-1818
  • Arikara War – 1823
  • Winnebago War orLe Fèvre Indian War – 1827
  • Black Hawk War or Black Hawk Campaign – 1832
  • First Sumatran Expedition – February 6 – 9, 1832
  • Second Seminole War or Florida War – 1835 – 1842
  • Texas War of Independence – 1836
  • Mexican War or U.S.–Mexican War – April 25, 1846 – February 2, 1848
  • etc…

There are 61 more wars to add to this list.  You can view the rest here.

Let us not forget the “TV” war – Vietnam.  If George W. Bush actually fought in Vietnam, he would not have been so eager to invade Iraq.  Approximately 58,220 American soldiers lost their lives in Vietnam.  This doesn’t include the millions of Vietnamese that were killed.  War is not the answer.  After all, what is war good for?

This is our Open Thread – Speak Up!  Our freedom demands it.

Sunday Roast: Pyramids Found?

BBC News

More than 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements were also revealed by looking at infra-red images which show up underground buildings.

Initial excavations have already confirmed some of the findings, including two suspected pyramids.

Science is so cool.  Why would anyone reject it?  They put satellites in space above the Earth, and by using infra-red imaging, they found evidence of an entire city that was no longer visible to us — including at least two pyramids!

How does that work anyway?

Ancient Egyptians built their houses and structures out of mud brick, which is much denser than the soil that surrounds it, so the shapes of houses, temples and tombs can be seen.

Just imagine the possibilities for future archaeological projects, or examining a site before a road or building is built on it.  I wonder if they can  help me find my keys…?

[Dr Parcak] also hopes the new technology will help engage young people in science and will be a major help for archaeologists around the world.

“It allows us to be more focused and selective in the work we do. Faced with a massive site, you don’t know where to start.

Like I said, science is cool.  If you don’t think so, I think you need your head examined…with science.

Here’s a radar image of the Sahara, showing the riverbeds under the sand:

For more radar imagery, go here.

This is our daily open thread — Feel free to discuss this, or any other topic!

The Watering Hole: May 28 – The Tri-State Tornado

The single most deadly Tornado storm system in US history hit the Tri-State area of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana on March 18,1925. More than 747 lives were lost to the system, 695 in a single ground track. 2298 injuries were also reported from this same storm system.

What could have happened in Joplin, Missouri was averted through modern construction techniques, an early (but short) warning, human daring, storm shelters (including refrigeration units) and a smaller affected population along the storm’s ground track.

Actually, the 2011 toll was greater from the April 26th to 28th out-break where more than 340 lives were lost compared to about 145 for the Joplin storm system, including those lost outside the primary area.

The total lives lost reflects on the fact that The United States’ preparations for severe storm systems are based on costs and priorities rather than human life. Approximately 800 people could be sheltered with the equivalent of what it costs to place a single pair of boots on the ground in Afghanistan

This is our Open Thread. Please feel free to present your thoughts on any topic that comes to mind.

The Watering Hole: May 27, 2011 — Timelapse Tornadoes

NOAA put together this timelapse video to illustrate the seemingly unrelenting series of tornadoes this Spring.

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.

I’ve lived in hurricane country a couple times, and experienced the edge of Hurricane Camille in 1969 while living in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — which was far worse than any full force hurricane I experienced living in South Central Louisiana in the early 80s; and I’ve lived in earthquake country most of my life, but just missed the big Loma Prieta shaker, having left the Bay Area for Oregon only weeks earlier, via the freeway that collapsed.  Yikes.  You know, stuff happens.  The earth is constantly in motion — the air, the surface, the flora and fawna, and the shifting plates under our feet.

Having said that, the most terrifying thing I can imagine are tornadoes.  They are just so random.  I know, I know, so are earthquakes and hurricanes, but you can gather a certain amount of information about the impending doom.  Tornadoes happen quickly.  Sometimes they’re relatively small, and you can see them; sometimes they’re ginormus and you can’t see them — until they engulf you; my house is fine, but my neighbor’s house is the size of toothpicks.

Okay, tiny panic attack happening right now.  Breathe deeply, you’re in Northern Idaho, you goofy girl — no tornadoes!!  Pretty much…so far…

Anyhoo, the only time I remember being truly scared I was going to end up in Oz, was toward the end of a stint in Urbana, Illinois, during which I was in a hotel room, looking out the window at a storm that would have drowned elephants, and hearing this god-awful siren noise.  Apparently that was a siren warning of impending tornadoes.  Hell, I’ve never heard one in my life, so I’m looking out the window!  I learned later that I should have huddled in the bathtub and prayed to the Flying Spaghetti Monster to spare my life — that’s when the retroactive scaredy cat thing kicked in.  I also learned that standard hospital procedure was to move patients into the hallways, away from the windows.  My poor claustrophobic Mom got to experience the whole thing crammed together with other patients in the hallways, all with varying degrees of hysteria.  Luckily, she was still too cool to be flying off the handle in front of others.  She was awesome that way.  🙂

I don’t know if it’s Global Climate Change causing this or something else, but I know it’s bad.  People in this country have lost EVERYTHING to this series of tornadoes.  EVERYTHING.  You know, we cool kids like to do the minimal possessions thing — not that there’s anything wrong with that — but none of us would want to lose our children’s baby pictures, our important papers, or every stitch of clothing we own.  They’ve lost it all.

Here are a couple places to start finding ways to help in Missouri & Minnesota, and Joplin, MI.  Thanks.

Timelapse video found at MaddowBlog.