Monday, March 29, 2010

Great American manufacturing conversation on Thom Hartmann Show on Air America Radio

Thom Hartmann spoke this afternoon (March 29, 2010) with Scott N. Paul, executive director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing.
(See AAM's general site at

See their blog at "")

Paul debunked many trade myths, and he pointed out the heavy devastation that China has done to American manufacturing since 2000.

Go to this AAM site, "The China Job Drain: Millions of U.S. jobs lost in trade with China," for an interactive map on the loss of jobs in the United States, in every state, in every Congressional District.

Great links at AAM site:
At Daily KOS: "China Currency Manipulation Costs U.S. Jobs"
"WJBC News: A new report shows thousands [over 100,000] of IL jobs lost to China"

Militia terror mobilizes against police in Michigan and for armed rally across river from Washington

You thought that the right wing tea-partiers also known as tea-baggers were bad?

We've had frequent acts of right wing vandalism against Democratic office-holder and party offices since the longest weekend (March 21, 2010) House passage of the health care bill, H.R. 3962.

Now we've got a "Christian" militia group, Hutatree, mobilizing for attacks on local law enforcement in Michigan.
Justin Elliott, "Nine Christian Militia Members Charged With Seditious Conspiracy, Attempted Use Of WMD," as reported by
And see this CNN report, today, March 29, 2010: "'Christian warrior' militia accused in plot to kill police."

And, as DemocraticUnderground, TPM and OliverWillis tell us, the militia groups are mobilizing for an armed rally at Gravelly Point Park in Arlington, Virginia, across the river from Washington, D.C., on April 19, 2010. [See Mark Potok, of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Special Intelligence Report, Spring 2010Rage on the Right: The Year in Hate and Extremism.] You doubt this? Just google their code phrase, "open carry."
That is pretty scary. April 19 is a business day. The 111th Congress will be back in schedule, with the April Recess having finished a week before then.

The mainstream media have been slow to pay attention to this April 19 armed rally at Gravelly Point Park.
Greater attention, came first from the SPLC, Mother Jones and bloggers, for example: "Demagogues and Dictators," on March 25 called attention to this nasty mobilization, in "Upstaging Osama -- The Next Terrorist will be Domestic."

There are links between three extremist groups, the Oath Keepers, Committees of Safety, and the Three Percenter Movement, with the tea-party groups. Read Justine Sharrock's report in the March/April 2010 "Mother Jones": "Oath Keepers and the Age of Treason".
The left-leaning blog, The Raw Story, has compiled a series of incriminating videos, both by the armed factions of the right wing and by CNN.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Denouce the right's violent attacks against Democratic Congressmembers' families and offices!

Note these attacks and threats so far:

*Perhaps confusing Tom Perriello's brother's home for Congressman Tom Perriello's home, possibly vandals cut the gas line to the brother's home, CBS-TV news reported tonight. The online politics site, TPM Muckraker, reported on this potential political vandalism, Justin Elliott, "FBI Investigating Cut Gas Line At Home Of Dem Rep's Brother," dated March 24, 2010.
This came after "a tea party organizer (Mike Troxel) published the address of the brother of Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA) in a blog post urging anti-health reform activists to 'drop by,' someone cut a propane gas line at the house, Politico is reporting."
"Another tea party activist who reportedly posted Periello's brother's address online, Nigel Coleman of the Danville Tea Party, wrote in a blog comment after learning about the mistaken address: 'Do you mean I posted his brother's address on my Facebook? Oh well, collateral damage.'"

ALL OF THIS comes just days after the historic House of Representatives vote on the health care reform bill. --and this came after attacks on the same weekend against the offices of different Democratic Congress representatives.

In the early hours of Friday, March 19, 2010, a person threw a brick through the window of Niagara Falls, New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's district office. Elsewhere in the district, in Rochester, Monroe County, someone broke the window of the Democratic Committee office. A note attached to the window-smashing brick carried the conservative senator Barry Goldwater's legendary quote, "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice."
Other attacks occurred against Congress members or Democratic offices in:
*Tucson, Arizona
*Wichita, Kansas
*Cincinnati, Ohio

Republicans need to call out the extremists behind this violent harassment. They need to call out the voices of hate that created the groundwork for these attacks:
Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh.

See the Rachel Maddow video on the upper right, on MSNBC, denouncing this political violence.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

On ABC's This Week:Karl Rove has hissy fit vs. Plouffe on health care bill

Watch Karl Rove's meltdown, vs. David Plouffe
on ABC-TV's "This Week" (March 21, 2010):

And Part 2:

You need to click on the above addresses, as ABC has blocked embedding video code for inserting in blogs.