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Ohio’s turn to revolt: Thousands flood statehouse over anti-union bill

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, February 18, 2011 15:53 EDT
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The massive, government-crippling protests in Madison, Wisconsin have now spilled over into Ohio, where over 5,000 rallied Thursday in opposition to a bill that would eliminate collective bargaining rights for state workers.

Ohio’s Senate Bill 5 is essentially the same as what Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proposed, and it seems to be recieving about the same response. Just last week, more than 800 people showed up to protest the bill while it was still in committee, packing out the statehouse in a show of numbers that Thursday’s demonstration easily topped.

The collective bargaining power of unionized workers is a key bullwark for American laborers, who’ve often been forced to organize throughout US history to force management into offering better pay, health insurance, greater job security, vacation time or even maternity leave. Without collective bargaining, the power of unionized workers would be reduced to their last and most extreme tool in their set: the general strike.

Teachers in Wisconsin showed earlier this week what that may look like, with more than 1,100 of them calling in “sick” and not showing up for work for one single day, to emphasize their importance in the education system.

Estimates on the number of protesters who turned out in Columbus, Ohio on Friday differed, but Cleveland’s WTAM 1100 News Radio put the figure at “thousands,” noting that it had grown from prior protests. The station also added that Friday’s demonstration also drew a counter-protest from a group of tea party Republicans, who were “far outnumbered” by the workers.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Friday’s protest attracted “about 3,500″ demonstrators, with the Republican counter-protest stacking up at just over 200.

“Instead of focusing on solving the economic problems facing Ohio and creating family-sustaining jobs for the 500,000 Ohioans who still remain jobless, Sen. Jones and Senate GOP leadership are trying to scapegoat hard-working public service workers for our economic and budget woes,” Tim Burga, president of Ohio’s AFL-CIO labor union federation, said in a statement.

“This bill is a partisan assault on working families and does nothing but punish workers and hurt the middle class, plain and simple. This bill would destroy the middle class because the working families this bill affects not only provide vital services, but put money and resources back into their communities, which support local merchants and other small businesses.”

This video was published to YouTube by user truthaboutbills on Feb. 17, 2011. It contains adult language.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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  • Guest

    Are “We the People” FINALLY finding our power and voices?

    It has been a long time since I’ve written these words referring to the state of the country: I AM HOPEFUL! Get out there, Ohioans and join the brave ones already there.

    Bring it on to PA next!!! And then to….

  • Anonymous

    Tallahassee, get ready.

  • Anonymous

    I love America

  • Guest

    Very good news indeed.

    I speak as a citizen of a “right to work for fair and just wages” state, and I applaud you Ohioans!

  • Anonymous

    How ever will the Tories (FASCISTS) spin this one ?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Good! The sheeple are actually waking up. I’ll be damned! I heard that there are also protests in TN but haven’t been able to find substantiation to that. And, I hope y’all were paying attention to the protests in Egypt because what played out there is what is going to be played out everywhere. In fact, this shows it:

    The station also added that Friday’s demonstration also drew a counter-protest from a group of tea party Republicans, who were “far outnumbered” by the workers.

    Mubarak’s thugs! These bastards are all one and the same. The world is being run by a very small, select elite and they’re all using the same tactics and techniques and cross-training each other. In fact, I can point to Tel Aviv with all certainty as the nerve center of it all since I know personally of one group that is diligently trying to shut down a massive, state-wide ‘law enforcement’ program with Israel which consists of sending a dozen or so local cops to Israel to train (on the Palestinians no less) on riot control techniques. Of course, all of that is founded by our tax dollars. Grab the irony. We pay for training the goons on the techniques to suppress us if we dare raise against what they are doing to us. Orwell! Wherever you are, buddy, I hope you watching this cause you couldn’t have made this up yourself!

  • Anonymous

    YOU should start it in PA!

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Is there a massive power black out in the country or did all the teevees go out at once?

  • Anonymous

    I guess the Egypt effect is spreading to our oligarchy. The people who really need to protest are the people in private jobs that don’t have health benefits and pensions. Republicans always go to the lowest common denominator. After all, they didn’t (and in most cases still don’t) support social security, 40 hour workweek, child labor laws, minimum wage laws etc. If the taxpayers in the state all had the same fair pay and benefits as state workers, they wouldn’t need budget cuts because tax revenue would be much higher.

  • Anonymous

    I think this is the very beginning of something that is going to be very big.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s show the world that “Liberal” and “Progressive” are NOT words to be ashamed of. And, PLEASE, lets keep these protests peaceful. BIG, Huge, Gigantic, but peaceful.

  • Anonymous

    Yay! It’s true! LET THIS SPREAD! This is an actual grass roots movement by real Americans. Not that stupid teabagging shit.

  • PrissyPatriot®

    Keep up the pressure! Kasich needs to learn it’s We the People who own him-we Ohioans are not his serfs. The funny thing is, a lot of those are people who voted republican-now with a bad case of voter’s remorse. They cannot believe their party is stabbing them in the back like this. Good grief I’m glad they are finally waking up-what did they expect??

  • Anonymous

    “Eh oh ,way to go Ohio!”

  • Guest

    “We pay for training the goons on the techniques to suppress us if we dare raise against what they are doing to us.”

    Well, then it’s time to STOP PAYING TAXES! The elite have already! Exxon income tax in 2010? ZERO!!!

  • Anonymous

    Finally, There IS a real Domino theory Virginia !

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    Wisconsin, then Ohio, — can’t be very long before New York, Florida, Illinois and California join in. Then National Guardsmen are going to be leaving Afghanistan and Iraq for deployment in the streets of American cities. Kent State II before June I reckon. Can you say “Class War”.

  • Guest

    Probably use the usual line of “unpatriotic”.

  • Guest

    I’m working at it but there isn’t a similar bill here YET. All I can do is communicate to the best of my ability until it’s “street time”. Since the Steelers are the religion here and they lost the Stupid Bowl, I’m thinking there’s some anger that could be channeled. (-:)

    (I’m not a resident. Heading back to the relative sanity and Progressiveness of Oregon in June.)

  • Chicago “FOX”

    If you TEA PARTY TYPES think you can just waltz into any state Governorship and “Union Bust”at will when any thinking American knows it was you Republicans who caused all this CHAOS with the Incredibly inept BUSH Admin. at the helm for so many years ,,Also total control of House and Senate from 2001-2006,,Remember Sen FRIST,,,TOM DELAY who ran their chambers as if they were plantations………Rep Boehner passing out checks on the House floor (WOW),,,Abramoff running wild with the “K” Street lobbyists……The Supreme Court being stacked with Right Wing Extremists,,,Alito,,,Roberts,,,,Thomas and Scalia having paved the way with the Republican Party as their cheer-leaders………..Now Walker,,Kasich,,Christie with the support of the KOCH Brothers and the Citizens United Case and of course the FOX NOISE REPUBLICAN PROPAGANDA MACHINE at their backs want to make us a BANANA REPUBLIC who will settle for working for $7.50/hour so you and your bretheren can sport about in your Armani Suits and PRADA shoes …….Some of you can’t even remember how many homes you have (McCain).!……………..We progressives,,Liberals will never use violence as a means to oppose you,,,,,,,CAN YOU SAY THE SAME ? ?………………………………………….Charles Belenchia

  • Carol Davidek-Waller

    This is part of yet another GOP campaign to bust unions. Expect more of these attack bills to make their way around the country. Hopefully it will provoke a long overdue uprising.

  • Anonymous

    GET THEM RETARDS RETHUGS OUT OF POWER AND YOU WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT UNIONS BEING BUSTED UP.WARS AND ECONOMIC WOES ALWAYS HAVE BEEN RETHUG GENERATED.ARE PEOPLE IDIOTS NOT TO SEE THAT??.WELL THEY DO THREATEN SOME DEMS AND BLACKMIL THEM ..AS I KNOW THEY DO AND THEY’RE DOING IT TO PRES. OBAMA NOW AS WE SPEAK..BET THEY’RE THREATENING HIS FAMILY’S LIVES IF HE DOESN’T GO ALONG WITH THEIR AGENDA…TYPICAL RETHUGS ACTION AND ALL THEIR SUPPORTERS HAVE TO BE BRAIN DEAD ALIEN ROBOTS AS IS .ANYONE WHO WATCHES FAUX NEWS CHANNEL

  • PrissyPatriot®

    The only problem for the GOP is many of those Guard people are also union employed cops and firefighters…this isn’t the same Guard of Kent State-a small group of badly trained young hot heads like the Kent State boys. I guess the Governor forgets the State Troopers-the same ones he’s busy union busting-are the same ones who ‘guard’ him and his family.

  • Guest

    You are absolutely right and that is why conservatives must destroy unions, public, or private (which are few now). Unions are the only remaining obstacle to destruction of our middle-class. Once achieved – thanks to the Citizens United decision – our government will become their government.

  • Anonymous

    The colonies in revolt? Well I never thought i would see the day….

  • Anonymous

    regression and repression for the American public

    affirmation and freedom for the rich and corporations.

    i mean they want to gut EPA, SEC net nuetrality etc which help people – and of course getting rid of them will help big energy, big banks, and of course big insurance.

    and the lemmings in this country get down on their knees to their lords the rich and vote for repubs. amazing isn’t it.

  • TJeffersonTrue

    And then to A ONE DAY NATION-WIDE WORKERS STRIKE.
    This is SO overdue!!

  • Ma’at

    Oh little TeaBaggers … America has FINALLY started paying attention. Remember Egypt. ; )

    You will never, ever be allowed to run America. If it takes millions of us showing up and overthrowing you. So be it. It will be done.

  • Guest

    You are right. Liberals/progressives don’t need to use violence. We need to use our noggins and remain attentive. Conservatives always pay agitators to start trouble and blame on demonstrators. Then in comes the police. Egyptians understood the game.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JETED5IFXLBHDCPATGS3JUS5HU Dip Stick

    Prudence … will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

    THOMAS JEFFERSON, Declaration of Independence

    It’s time to stop the abuse of power by those in power.

  • Guest

    Long overdue come-uppance for conservatives!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V5XKDORJ6HIVIZ6V5OTK76KTEY Immortal

    America “pulling an Egypt”? May God surprise us?

  • Anonymous

    Hey, the Tea Party got it right – it’s time for a revolt..

    ,.. too bad they got hooked on the wrong cause!

  • Anonymous

    Excuse my language,but I detest these motherfucking republicans.I live in Ohio,but if you need me in Ctown,I’ll be there.I hope the people in Ohio are happy that they put that asshole Kasich in the governors mansion.

  • Anonymous

    What I’d like to see is hospital beds filling up with Republican Politicians!

  • Anonymous

    I know a lot of people in the Warren/Youngstown area that are ready to rock and roll.Egypt is the only way out of this mess.

  • Anonymous

    But my refund was so nice!

  • Anonymous

    Hello. California. When? When?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UAYWWQ6PIS523OZNUGILXEGOPU Patty

    The American people know what the ‘Baggers’ and Repugs are up too. This has nothing to do about money, it’s about busting unions. Unions are the only thing that the Working Man can rely on.

  • Anonymous

    Progressive I can except but I wouldn’t call what’s happening in the Middle East as “Liberal”. If we’re to emulate that movement, then we have to have everyone’s anger on our side, Liberal or not. Imagine if those Tea Party activists here who had the counterprotest were instead convinced to join the side of the workers? And then the state police? They’re all fucking middle class who are getting shit on by the plutocrats.

  • http://twitter.com/Bootstrapbettys Bootstrap Betty

    Taxpayers also want to cut WASTE at the state level. Next time you pass road construction, see how many DOTD employees are just sitting all day. CUT THE WASTE!!!!

  • Anonymous

    God dammit, don’t you see that in order for a real movement to happen you’d need that “stupid teabagging shit”?

  • Guest

    From an undisclosed location deep in the red state of Mississippi, I applaud all of you demonstrators. Yankee ingenuity, indeed!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t leave out New England. Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont and Maine are all ready and willing.

  • Anonymous

    I can see republicans and their fellow travelers being drummed out of power once again for a good thirty years or so. It happened once and it will happen again.

  • Anonymous

    Okay, so in the 1960′s when the protests were being led by the conservatives and the wars by the liberals, and the majority of those protests were nonviolent, they were conservatives? Actually, now that I think of it, weren’t the Weather Underground all liberals? Oh my god that left/right paradigm CONFUSING me again.

  • Anonymous

    Bring it on.

  • Anonymous

    Cleavland rocks.

  • Anonymous

    Stop screwing the damn working class people!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you need freakin money to run this country rescind the damn bush tax cuts for the rich!!!!! Go to the freakin bankers and get money from them they are all raking in big bonuses! WTF?????? Stop destroying our country!!! You lazy ass politicians!!! BONER WHERE ARE THE FREAKIN JOBS? WHAT HAVE YOU ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISHED SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN SPEAKER YOU PIECE OF CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????????

  • Anonymous

    We now need Al Jazeera to broadcast what is really happening in those demonstrations rather than the reports from the Corporate NEWS (NBC, ABC, FOX, etc)

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Yeah…thats its GOP…improve the economy by getting rid of the last few jobs that still pay anybody real money…because what we really need is to make sure that last 2 or 3 percent of Americans that make up the middle class are also broke and can’t shop…once everyone is equally underpaid and miserable and no can shop…

    …wait…there may have been a miscalculation somewhere…

    damn…we’d better hope yacht and mansion sales amongst millionaires pick up the slack.

  • RottenJohnny

    It’s about time main street started standing up for themselves.

  • Anonymous

    And so it begins. We will be silent no longer. There is no doubt in my mind that this will spread throughout the entire United States. I’ve never felt this hopeful before! I didn’t think it would happen in my lifetime, but it looks like we could see revolution in the United States.

    Massive uprisings and revolution spreading like wildfire across the Middle-East; Europe swept by student riots and anti-government protests; WikiLeaks and Anonymous laughing as they mercilessly trash every security apparatus in the world, and now this.

    There is a definite feeling that profound change has come to the world. I really think it is over for those who rule and oppress us. They may still be in power for now, and there are many hard battles ahead, but they’ve already lost and I think they know it. Let the Tea Party try to stop us. We will utterly destroy them.

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    the sleeper has awaked

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    what, some billionaire telling deluded idiots that he’s in their favor?
    I don’t think so. This is what ‘grassroots’ is about. Birch slapping some arrogant politician.

    I can only dream recalls start and all these right wingers get crushed.

  • Anonymous

    Bah, the Tea Party and these workers fighting are on the same side. It’s not until they realize that and work together that proper movement will form. Like in Egypt.

  • http://twitter.com/Howieisright Howieisright

    Wait till all the jobless, homeless truly screwed over start protesting. Those state workers think they have it bad they have nothing on the impoverished Americans.

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    maybe if these ‘teabaggers’ would quit swallowing the koolaid of hate and blame they would join this true grass root movement. But unfortunately the teabaggers seem to be the most misinformed group since the know nothing party.

    case in point
    birther
    death panels
    etc

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    so you had to go back to the sixties?

    let’s see more recent history, the olympic village bombing, the murder of doctors who offer legal services, the bombing of family planning clinics, the flying of a plane into and IRS building in Austin, the shoot out with law enforcement.

    Need I go further. The sixties were a revolution against the entrenched power elite, (white men). I don’t condone violence but I’m sick and tired of these false equivalency.
    The right has used fear and eliminationist rhetoric for far too long and then say, “well they do it too”
    BS

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure there are things you can agree upon. Like the ousting of the President. Think about how gun-loving hunters and tree-loving environmentalists can come together on wildlife issues.

  • Anonymous

    Obama’s advisors are telling him to press the Internet Kill switch now that we only have 2 states in a revolt.

    However Obama is having problems distinguishing the RED BUTTON and the INTERNET KILL BUTTON recently installed by Lieberman, they think he is color blind. However his trusted and highly intellectual Vice President Biden (yes, the one that said Mubarak is not a dictator) came out with a solution that if there is a “Significant Emotional Event” to press both of them at the same time. SMART VERY SMART!!! How come we could not think about that before!!!

    http://www.endofworld.net/

  • Anonymous

    Currently the bill is being heard in the Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee. Republicans (those who sponsored the bill) hold a 23-10 majority and need 17 votes to pass it. There are about 7 Republicans Senators who are holding out. No dems are expected to support it. The lack of full republican support will keep the bill from going far. This legislation will certainly undergo an amending process between the version that is being heard now and what will be heard by the full Senate. My guess is that it will be rewritten with specific language saying police and firefighters are exempt from everything. Then, things may be different. But right now it looks like it doesn’t have the votes.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. I also live in a Right To Work state and it has been devastating for workers and the middle-class. We are now one of the poorest states in the union. This whole area is extremely hostile to labor. The corporations make billions in profits while the rest of us suffer. Many of the towns around here have a per capita income of only $12,000 or so.

    The Republicans make sure that those in power remain firmly in control and have all but destroyed the labor movement in this state. This is exactly what will happen in other states if they have their way. Once the unions are beaten down and your state becomes a Right to Work state, you’re fucked. Greed is destroying this country and these fascists must be stopped.

  • http://harry-canary.myopenid.com/ Harry Canary

    Start by cutting the salaries of al of the anti government republicons. Then cut the sales commissions for the salesboys who lobby for privatisation. The biggest waste in this country is all of the republicon voting salestrash and marketeering consultants who do nothing of value. Yet nobody says a word about this drain on real productivity.

  • http://harry-canary.myopenid.com/ Harry Canary

    They do not claim to have it bad. They want to keep from being pushed into the same position as the walmart “associate”. If there is really such a crisis then why is the governor retaining his salary, benefits, chauffeur, limousine, etc. etc. etc.?

  • Anonymous

    Not too fuckin’ many, Betty.
    Get a life.

  • http://harry-canary.myopenid.com/ Harry Canary

    The teabaggers are not likely to help. They are a bunch of spoiled, self centered loudmouths in love with the sound of their own voices. They are already out trying to fight against the protests. There is not a bigger bunch of idiots in the world.

  • http://harry-canary.myopenid.com/ Harry Canary

    The president that needed to be ousted was bushjunior. They were not saying too much then. The teabaggers are all one sided and in love with their own voices. There is nothing of any value there and nothing that can be depended on except loudmouthed arrogance.

  • Anonymous

    Not when it’s orchestrated by the Koch bros. Wake up, will ya?

  • http://harry-canary.myopenid.com/ Harry Canary

    No they are not. The teabaggers are already out fighting against this. The teabaggers are the same ones like buttstrap betty above posting crap about how lazy the state workers are. The teabaggers cannot be depended on for anything except to sell out honest people.

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    Really! On the same side?
    Just what teabaggers are you taking about?
    Teahagger in chief Bachmann? House spitter/crier Boehner? Or the darling of the teabaggers, Rush and Beck?
    Each and everyone of them has come out attacking the people. Saying they support the asshole governor. Once again, teabaggers really seem to have trouble with reality. The protesters want to protect workers rights, the teabaggers are blaming the workers for the financial industries destruction of our economy. And NOT ONE BANKER has been charged yet.
    Funny.
    so, sorry, but no. the baggers are not on the right side on this one.

  • http://harry-canary.myopenid.com/ Harry Canary

    You are full of crap and deliberately trying to confuse the issue. The CONservatives (nixon, reagan, wallace, all pro war) are like your buddy buttstrap betty posting above about how lazy the state workers are. The teabaggers are the folks who will yell and scream and whine then sell us out when the going gets tough.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe they should focus on the 2/3 of corporations who are not paying taxes! Heaven forbid the Repub or any other politician make sure greedy corporations pay taxes. Get rid of the lobbyists because thats who the politicians work for!

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    nope, not a one, I actually read history, study it.
    I like science and try to understand our effect on our world
    baggers want to say their sky god will take care of everything so no worries.
    I believe the earth is round not flat. So I doubt very much if we have much to agree on.
    And the only president I wanted ousted and now I want in prison is that war criminal George Bush.

  • mjcc1987

    Time to kick these fuck’n baggers out

  • Guest

    It ought to be…it was YOUR money held by the government for THEIR use WITHOUT paying interest!!!

    If you would have invested that money instead of GIVING it to the I.R.S., you would have MORE than what you got back of YOUR money!!! (That is IF you invested WELL.)

  • Anonymous

    Okay so if in the sixties we were fighting against the entrenched power elite, who are we fighting now? Not the entrenched power elite? Now give me a minute I’m trying to think of ways to portray John Walker Lindh as a liberal.

  • Anonymous

    Probably would have just bought an ounce or two. Not much of an investment.

  • hourglass1

    no
    yes
    yes
    no
    maybe
    yes
    no/no
    no
    none/yes

  • Anonymous

    Well, I guess the only way to do that Betty would be to watch then all day and that would be a big waste of my time. You will find that people who do hard bloody labor like street repair take breaks or they would fall over dead. Wake the fuck up Betty.

  • Anonymous

    So, Obama’s not a war criminal?

  • Anonymous

    I disagree. Westboro Baptists take the cake.

  • Anonymous

    A top priority for new Gobner here in Michigan is to institute right to work zones…
    Gradually changing the landscape so the opportunity to voice dissent passes without notice and you are divided without noticing.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    I’m don’t mean on this issue, boys, I meant on the global scale of things. Tea Party wants a change, Progessives want a change. You don’t think there’s anything in there you can agree on?

  • Anonymous

    Hey man, I’m awake. I’m not the one throwing around words like liberal and conservative.

  • Anonymous

    Dude, don’t confuse me with whoever Buttstrap Betty is. I am in support of the protests. I am talking about the greater good of the country. Trying to use this issue to discuss the greater one. I agree the conservatives are pro-war. So are the liberals, Kennedy, Johnson, Clinton and Obama are all war-mongers. Carter too if you count training the mujaheddin.

  • Anonymous

    Remember: their plan is to wipe out the Union supply line that organizes the people in the Union Halls, meetings, over a beer, etc. They want a one party system that will bring Charles Dickens to the 21st Century to America.

  • DesertSun59

    As Rachel Maddow so cogently said, this is not about anything more than the elimination of GOP competition.

    How long will it be before the nation realizes that the Koch brothers are this nation’s worst enemies regardless of the amount of money they give PBS.

  • DesertSun59

    Limbaugh already did it for his ‘people’.

  • DesertSun59

    Gov. Walker in WI gave away approx $140M in tax credits to businesses in his state, producing a $140M budget hole.

    That’s who you need to talk to first.

  • DesertSun59

    Homeless people don’t join protests.

  • DesertSun59

    Nice Dune reference.

  • Anonymous

    This is the strategy that the koch brothers planned at their meeting a few weeks ago. Cut off the supply lines from the Union to the people. You Ohioians need to bring up “Employee Free Choice Act” in your congress. This will throw sand in their gears.

  • Anonymous

    The elite are making their move to send us back to feudalism. Time for a new economic order. They have money; we have numbers. Without us and our labor and our productivity (physical or mental) their fortunes will evaporate. They need to have this slapped into their face.

  • Anonymous

    The elite are making their move to send us back to feudalism. Time for a new economic order. They have money; we have numbers. Without us and our labor and our productivity (physical or mental) their fortunes will evaporate. They need to have this slapped into their face.

  • Guest

    O.K. Granted…that’s a good investment, (-:) but I was thinking of like gold or silver.

  • Anonymous

    In the UK, there’s a left-wing tea party that has formed. It’s growing, innovative, and it’s having an impact. Read this recent article in The Nation and apply similar methods in Wisconsin & Ohio:
    http://www.thenation.com/article/158282/how-build-progressive-tea-party
    While protesting may be effective, so is blocking businesses and exerting pressure by cutting off the money supply to businesses.

  • Anonymous

    And while you’re at it, click on the “Stand with Walker” ad above a few times. The conservative shill organization will have to pay a few bucks for each click.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=530821179 Risa Bear

    Careful, they’ve been moving productivity offshore for decades for this very reason. Our leverage has close to evaporated. While hitting the streets is still a possibility, forming an alternative economy in which we create our own goods again instead of running down to the Walmart may serve us better in the long run.

  • Anonymous

    20,000,000 people in the streets across this great land all yelling in unison – Abolish the GOP and TAX the Rich, Abolish the GOP and TAX the Rich, ………

  • Anonymous

    The republicans have openly declared war on the people of the US.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TRCGTVH7SXIVAQMN6VHRMIG6ZM john wilson

    I may not be 20 like I was during Vietnam, but I still know how to yell like hell! Far past time for the streets to come alive with a million voices and make Wall Street and K Street a very unsafe place to work.

  • Anonymous

    Can I have a link to Exxon’s zero income tax in 2010?

  • Anonymous

    May I have a link to this info about Exxon? I’d love to share it!

  • Anonymous

    I’m waiting for the real women in this country to go vigilante and start hanging the mysogenists in congress. They want you on your knees barefoot and pregnant. Enough of the culture war.

  • Anonymous

    Hey bootstrap Betty,Is your ass as big as your hole??Get a life woman and join the rank and file of humanity!!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/XZOZFUWR3YKJ25ZUAQQZWO7R6I SR

    These events are contrived/astroturfed. You should be very worried when party leadership condones seemingly choatic behavior. Its like an uprising to support the machine that already exists– laughable.

  • Anonymous

    Hey! Low life politicians! STOP DUMPING ON THE WORKING CLASS!!!!!!! End the freakin tax cuts to the rich and stop funding the wars and leave the working class people alone!! The Unions Built this country and the greedy ruling elite wants to break the unions and take our wages!! Greedy freakin bastards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3WYAWTN4LJ2TAZGFCL3U4H6AWM TheGuru

    The spirit of Samuel Gompers lives on. Collective bargaining is a cornerstone of Democracy. Common people collectively have the power to counter the money of corporations. STAND FAST MY FRIENDS, AMERICA IS WITH YOU!

    These aren’t “bottom feeders” Rush, they are real Americans. Finally, they are learning that the Corporatists are coming for them. The Middle Class will prevail.

  • enorceht

    that’s an amazing chant … i love it

  • http://twitter.com/honorablelordk Karim Walker

    All it takes is one voice crying out, “No”

  • enorceht

    the spin doctors are already working on it … and glen bunk already has his egypt / wisconsin conspiracy theory

  • Anonymous

    O.K.people of Ohio,whether you are a union member or not,this is an assault on the dignity of every individual in the state of Ohio.I didn’t vote for this idiot of a governor(Kasich)and I am certainly glad I didn’t.However,I am very disappointed that we have this stupid bastard as our governor.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    That’s what I’ve never been able to understand. There are millions of people who lost their homes. About 20 million lost their jobs. Another 50 million have no health insurance. Many millions more lost their life savings, retirement, children’s education funds. Where the hell are they all? But now, they threaten the ones in WI who are unionized and all hell breaks lose. I truly can’t figure Amerikans out. No matter how hard I try. Not that I’m even trying anymore.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Bums don’t joint protests but hard working people who have been swindled out of their homes and have lost their jobs and have no way of supporting a family should. The ones in WI are protesting for a lot less than that.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    DemocracyNow! touched on that today. It was really interesting. Apparently, there is no crisis. The budget is being used as a tool to take away the last vestiges of anything left for us little people.

    http://www.democracynow.org/2011/2/18/its_people_power_as_tens_of

  • Anonymous

    Hey Bootstrap Bertty,Go give your brain a good douche.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    I hope you’re right. I heard this morning that the protests were taking place in WI, OH and TN but couldn’t verify it. The news came out here on RS about OH but don’t know about TN. I truly have visions of this catching like in Egypt. There’s some truly scary shit going on and if we don’t stop these mother fuckers soon, we’ll be shut down and shot at. They’re plotting a coup which is nearly complete. It has to stop! After that, all Republicans should be arrested, tried and the rest of the party outlawed like the Muslim Brotherhood was in Egypt.

    Again, I hope you’re right, bruther. I lost my hope a long time ago and have regained some – if not for the USans but for humankind – watching the Egyptians.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Oh, please! Don’t even go there. You should see how much money they have wasted in my town doing absolutely useless construction which served only to back up traffic and annoy people. It has been going on for like a year, I can imagine they’ve blown millions on this.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad you brought up “Class War.” That’s is exactly what it is.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Check Yahoo. That’s where all the lines surface first. Straight from the FIXED clowns’ traps to Yahoo.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    So you know, all states are “right to work” state. Another little scam designed by the elites in order to screw us out of our rights.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Nothing I would love more! If every working person in the US took to the streets, like the Egyptians did, we could bring radical change to this country in less than a week. My first demand would be: arrest all the Republicans/Teabaggers, try them and ban the entire party.

  • Anonymous

    Note, those evil Packers have come out in FAVOR of the Unions!! Remember, the PEOPLE own the teem there, not fat cat owners.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Nothing I’d love more. As soon as I can figure out a way to have my employer stop witholding my taxes, how to stop paying sales and real estate taxes, I’ll stop paying them. In the meantime, it’s not as if paying taxes is a matter of choice.

    And, yes, I am aware of the painful irony of us paying for their training to beat us up, kill us, spy on us, repress us, oppress us, rob us. I know…

  • Anonymous

    Please, show me where state employees, including teachers, are over compensated compared to the private sector, given same level of education and service, I want data, not just teabagger replies.

  • http://twitter.com/Bootstrapbettys Bootstrap Betty

    If you lay this solely on Republicans, you’re as lost as the ones we’re complaining about..

  • Anonymous

    That is such a tired, over-used cliche. Have you ever been involved in a construction project? There is a sequence that must be followed. Certain skilled tasks must be performed in the correct order. Not everybody can jump in at once.

  • http://twitter.com/Bootstrapbettys Bootstrap Betty

    Hardly, most state’s DOTD’s are the biggest lump of waste. That’s because there’s a good ol’ boy hiring attitude with no oversight. Sorry if I stepped on your cash cow, how many of you does it take to fill a pothole?

  • Anonymous

    Way to go Ohio! I’m so proud of you.

  • Anonymous

    Thank You my friend.. May the younger turn off the Idiot Box & take to the streets. May us older stop sitting quiet & help them financially and any way we can.

  • Anonymous

    I believe you. I only ever here his Derek is on Raw or Huntington. He & his Ilk are poisonous lies.

  • Anonymous

    Its about time we woke up!

  • Anonymous

    I believe you but Beck is so far over the top. I know two people who ‘Know’ Fox is the truth and they are BOTH on disability working & paid in cash . I refuse to take their calls for I am guilty for paying one in cash for work.

  • http://twitter.com/Bootstrapbettys Bootstrap Betty

    Wouldn’t gutting the SEC and Net Neutrality be a GOOD thing?

  • http://twitter.com/Bootstrapbettys Bootstrap Betty

    Hallelujah! Someone gets it!

  • Anonymous

    Funny how 30,000 people in Wisconsin and 5,000 in Ohio get so little press, but if two dozen nutty ‘tea partiers’
    stand on a corner with signs it’s a huge story.

  • Anonymous

    God dammit, don’t you see what an ill-informed moron you are? The teabaggers have already announced COUNTER PROTESTS! They are against the rights of workers in Madison because teabaggers are corporate shills who hate actual democracy. We can NEVER work with teabaggers any more than we can work with al Qaeda. Every last one of the bastards ought to be rounded up and shipped off to Guantanamo. This movement in Madison may very well be the beginning of the end of the bowel movement that is the Koch Brothers “tea party.”

  • http://twitter.com/Bootstrapbettys Bootstrap Betty

    Harry Canary’s job is to keep everything as left/right as humanly possible. If anyone makes a “lets come together to overcome” comment he loses it.

  • Anonymous

    Gee, Wino-Boner might not even be able to set foot in his own state anymore.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Egypt is coming to the USA. Hang criminal Republicans and their handlers on Wall St. and the Board Room.

  • http://twitter.com/Bootstrapbettys Bootstrap Betty

    :)

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Yes indeed. What most stupid Americans do not realize is that the budget crisis has been in the works for years. Started by George Bush, the tax cut was a calculated long term plan to make even more money for the wealthy,and drive the Nation into bankruptcy in order to destroy the middle class safety net. Meaning Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. This is not an accident…the criminal Republican party has been hostile to these programs since their inception, and has planned this crisis to achieve that goal.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    You are so correct. Stupid Americans have no idea about the history of the labor movement, and how many died for what we take for granted: 40 hour work week, child labor laws, health insurance, vacations, and more. The criminal corporations would have everyone working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week for Chinese labor wages. No benefits, the return of child labor. Hang every dam criminal Republican in the Nation. Before our very eyes they are turning the clock back 200 years.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Well, if he stays governor, it will be a disaster. He and Wanker and the rest of their kind have to be eliminated one way or the other unless you’re prepared to accept them as dictators.

  • Anonymous

    And don’t forget their Democrat enablers. Honest politicians are a fraction of all politicians.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like repeated showings of Norma Rae, On The Waterfront and the little-known The Garment Jungle are what America need right now to wake the stupid asses up.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    No government containing this subhman filth should be allowed to stand another day.

  • Anonymous

    If you don’t want to have an abortion, then don’t have one but otherwise, keep your god-damned mouth shut about what women do with THEIR OWN BODIES!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    The Internet Kill Switch is strictly for political consumption. From the technical point of view, it’s less “for real” than Star Wars or the Patriot missile.

    Those at least included actual physical systems, however useless. The Kill Switch is just an authorization to shut down the Internet. No specific technical means of doing so exists or is feasible at present.

    Even if such a thing were possible, the howls of outrage from the disrupted felons of finance would rupture every eardrum in America.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XQJPHEJGCUI4V5FUSENC5L5RCI Alex Thompson

    I am from Wisconsin and well we are fighting as hard as we can! 50,000 people tomorrow at the capital and 100,000 by the end of the week. ON WISCONSIN! ON UNIONS AND RIGHTS FOR ALL WORKERS!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Wisconsin and Ohio don’t amount to much right now. Withdraw the news cameras, let fly a hail of bullets, and with a few months of rightwing lies passed on by the MSM, why, poof! Nothing to see here.

    But if this movement grows–and can resist being co-opted–the sky’s the limit.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Yeah, and give the Dumbass Craps some good Socialist competition.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    The bastard is lying. Worthless filth that it is.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XQJPHEJGCUI4V5FUSENC5L5RCI Alex Thompson

    Oh yes all who are saying bring on the Bills. Its aweful. It is just so aweful to have our state divided in two. Its terrible when neighbors literally hate one another now. I hate the republicans because they have gone to far. They are trying to hurt my state.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Amen

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    You can be shot for spreading that kind of Communist sedition.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    No. Shut up and finish your Sugar Pops.

  • Anonymous

    First off, I don’t go around calling anyone names. That’s just silly. I realize the Tea Party has announced counterprotests. I realize they are against the rights of workers in Madison. I was not saying anything to the contrary. What I WAS saying was that when it comes down to it, the Tea Party and these workers are fighting the same fight against the ruling elite and SHOULD work together.

    And shit, I think we could learn some fourth generation warfare from Al Qaeda. John Walker Lindh did. Yes! I brought it back to JWL! Haha!

    And on a side note, you think that the Tea Party should be sent to Guantanamo for their political beliefs? Now THAT’S scary.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Yes! but how to make it last ….

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    You got it brother/sister.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Where will we get the support the Egyptians got from the army? And if we can get it, how do we prevent it from betraying us as the Army has betrayed the Egyptians?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TF72KWIG5DGSPE3ZXDK6FX4KTQ Robert Burned

    Islamofascist liberal Communist Nazi homosexual womanizing criminals!

    Ronald Reagan would of smote them.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Bring the SPIRIT OF EGYPT TO Washington, D.C.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Valentine/1277133078 Michael Valentine

    Right to work three jobs to make a living states?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Bring the SPIRIT OF EGYPT to Washington DC. Let these damn Congressmen and corporatists tremble for their lives and their fortunes which have been stolen from the middle class.

  • Anonymous

    Our nation is behaving like animals, just fighting over the last morsels of food, instead of finding and investing in ways to rebuild our economic strength. We have paniced men who have no idea what they are doing, and just try to cut out the other guy’s share. Raising wages is the answer, and it will raise all ships. Trickle down has dissapated our economic strength. It is time for trickle up. Our wages have fallen to the point that we cannot keep up our house payments. We cannot afford to buy cars. Cutting spending puts people out of work and slows the velocity of money. Raising wages will drive up revenue enough to pay for itself. Parsimony is a short term plan, which enters a spiral downwards. There is no way to have prosperity without everyone prospering.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Three jobs? Are you kidding? Today, you’re lucky if you’ve got one – part time – much less three. Those days are long gone.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    The jury is still out on whether the army was really on the people’s side or not. I say they weren’t. In fact, rumor has it they’re still arresting and disappearing protesters. And don’t dream, it will never happen here. The army here will only be too happy to open fire on the masses. These are some sick, twisted psycopaths with no mercy for anyone not even their own mothers.

  • Anonymous

    I call them the American Taliban.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Animals do not sell out their own.

  • Anonymous

    Why do you think Boner wants to stop funding NPR and PBS? They’re giving commercial media too much competition. The American Taliban wants to defund public radio and TV to pay back the main stream media for not doing a job.

  • Anonymous

    Gave our kind too much credit, that animal would be an improvement? Might be.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/XIWZRWAXJQKAJ4QEHKMVMCMLAY brian

    When does it stop? When we’re all slaves?

    I’m getting tired of fighting. At least a slave knows where his next meal is coming from.

  • kiboshki

    Also effective? If 30 million people suddenly stopped paying off mortgages, credit cards, car loans and other debts to Big Corporate entities.

    Heck, make April a national no-pay month. And may as well tack on May, June and July, just to make ‘em sweat.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Yes, most of the Dems are equally guilty and have sold out the electorate. However, I believe that the criminal Republicans..as a group…are more greedy and dirty deed inclined.

  • kiboshki

    But the thing is that money spent on stuff like that (infrastructure, many earmarks, agency jobs and contractors, etc) isn’t a complete “waste”.

    Whether or not a laborer fills the pothole he’s supposed to fill, the money he gets paid still goes back into the economy when he buys groceries, gets his car fixed or whatever. Money goes from taxpayer to government to worker to business to its workers to another business to… etc etc. In other words, the average worker is very efficient at cycling money into the economy.

    On the other hand, when a bankster is bailed out and then gets an obscene bonus on taxpayer’s dime, most of that money ends up in investments like real estate speculation or a stock portfolio. That’s “wealth” and looks nice on paper, but for the “real” economy, it’s basically worthless because it’s locked up in an account somewhere as an electronic number. That money goes from taxpayer to government to richster… and then stays there for a long time earning him interest or dvidends or rent or whatever and making him wealthier. Relatively little of the richster’s cash is actually spent on real products and services. In other words, the wealthy are inefficient at cycling money into the economy, and do little to fuel real commerce; on the contrary, they suck money leech-like from the system, depriving it of momentum.

    So yeah, all “waste” is not created equal. Ignoring pseudo-moral judgment-making, the goal of government spending should be to get money out of investment lockboxes and into the real, productive economy. If the occasional lazy worker is the only price to pay for keeping open my favorite diner or garage or bookshop, then sign me up for that wasteful spending.

  • kiboshki

    Not holding my breath for it to happen here in Texas, though.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Let’s wait and see. And hope for the best. Look, I didn’t even think WI was going to happen.

  • Anonymous

    Twisted psychopaths like you that want to arrest people for their political beliefs and ban their political parties?

  • Anonymous

    Here’s your homework, research logical fallacies and the spacebar.

  • http://twitter.com/Howieisright Howieisright

    I look down my street and I see nothing but empty homes due to foreclosure. And over 100 people always applying for the same crappy jobs. Those union workers are lucky I worked in a trades union and construction trades for over 10 years and now they are finished. Internet bubble no big deal,housing bubble we are pissed off, Student education bubble now you pissed the youth off who have allot of the initiative.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    You figure, everybody in every sector of the population was been screwed to the wall, still, there aren’t pissed enough to do anything about it. Even those 30,000 in WI, that’s pitiful.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Oh, wow! You came up with the term “twisted psycopath” how smart! And creative too! Now, you wouldn’t happen to be one of ‘em twisted psychopaths who deserves to have his ass thrown in jail for trying to hijack the country, thwart democracy and fuck the people, would ya?

  • Anonymous

    Reagan is a piece of trash.

  • Anonymous

    Yahoo is packed with goobers. They hate 24/7 and regurgitate the Fox News [sic] line. Good call.

  • Anonymous

    A “right to work” state:
    prohibits agreements between labor unions and employers making membership or payment of union dues or fees a condition of employment, either before or after hiring.

    In other words, a “right to work” state makes it difficult or illegal to unionize and bargain collectively. You have the right to work but not to confront your employer together or strike. They want to take that right away everywhere in the USA (via republican legislative railroad) to make it easier to steal elections in 2012.

    Republican legislatures: Americas only working railroads.

  • Anonymous

    Finally the middle class is fighting back. For 30 years the multinational corporations and their wholly owned politicians have been destroying the American economy. I hope this movement grows to include not just the rights of labor to organize, but the prevention of outsourcing of jobs.

  • Guest

    This bill is a partisan assault!

    Now that’s a battle cry.

  • Anonymous

    Johnny, obviously you are of limited intelligence and creativity to come up with a rebuttal like that. Maybe, just maybe you should stick to what you do best….making houses out of cards and playing pick-up-sticks…

  • Anonymous

    Johnny, you’re obviously not wanted here…maybe you should pick up your ball and go play on another playground….you’re bullshit won’t fly here

  • Guest

    You forgot humanist.

  • Guest

    How quickly you forget… the neocons are still in power and they have a lot of unused camps just waiting for circulation. And oh, how the money will flow into the privatized incarceration houses.

  • Guest

    How uniquely American…

  • Guest

    She’s right… the dems are just as impotent and corrupt.

  • Guest

    Ccccooool.

  • Guest
  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ODHDTSN5TFE24TZS22LJWXHO6I Rash Lameballs

    “The secret of freedom lies in educating people,the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.”
    Maximilien Roperspierre

  • http://thejoesteelblog.blogspot.com/ Joe Steel

    Nice to see these large turn-outs but we’d be better-off if we had them on election day.

  • DesertSun59

    Unless these protests happen all over the US, nothing will stop the GOP. They have a very well thought out plan backed by tens of millions of dollars that the Koch brothers have supplied.

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    You want to be effective?
    Take Your Money OUT OF THE BANKS!
    Use a credit union or put it under the mattress.
    The banks and their bought and paid for reps are paying for their attack on americans with YOUR MONEY!

    Wake up, take back YOUR POWER!

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    There is no budget crisis in WI. The governor gave away 150 million dollars to business cronies and all of a sudden there’s a $137million budget crunch.

    This IS NOT about the budget, it’s about Republicans attempt to take away worker’s rights. And check a little deeper, Walker also slipped a little ditty about the governor being in charge of the state Medicare/Medicaid, Guess what he’ll do with that.

    THIS IS NOT ABOUT BUDGET, IT’S ABOUT WORKER’S RIGHTS.

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t you get a job doing that very thing then get back to us with stats? Perhaps in mid-summer when the day’s temps START in the 70′s. We could use some real research on the matter.

  • Anonymous

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    So, you decide to insult the victims. “Bums”.
    Just how would you expect these displaced people to join the protests?
    They don’t have access to a computer, tv or for the most part even our biased media.
    Instead of attacking the downtrodden, how about a little for those who got us in this mess, the right.
    They’ve spent the last 30 years stripping away protection/regulations. Constantly harping that “Government is the problem”. Funny, it is when they are in charge.

    I’d look in the mirror before you start casting blame on those who have nothing. That’s the problem we have now.

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    I love these
    BS
    so you want anarchy??
    Or you just want to distract? Sounds more like the latter.
    Read history, don’t revise it.
    Right wingers don’t like democracy, they have no interest in governing, they want to Rule, BIG DIFFERENCE>

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    Reagan, raised taxes almost every year he was in power,
    Reagan negotiated with terrorists.
    Reagan pardoned law breakers, (Iran/Contra)
    Reagan destroyed Savings & Loans (taxpayer bailout)

    So yeah, Reagan who started us on this downward spiral, let’s hear for St Ronnie of the right…

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    yeah, I’m a geek…

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    +2

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    Right wing fascists. Same as they always were.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, and those ‘damned union’ nurses and orderlies on strike.

  • Anonymous

    Do try living on those ‘overpaid’ workers salaries and then get back to us. Feel free to work their same hours while you’re at it. How about trying a teacher’s job for a month? Let us know if you can manage even a week.

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t that serve them right!

  • Anonymous

    Actually, those two games take some forethought and hand/eye coordination.

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    A fun idea, hit the “WE SUPPORT WALKER” button above, and sign in as a Fascist leader from WWII or your favorite totalitarian. Could be fun.

  • Anonymous

    This article was shared above. Keep passing it on. http://www.thenation.com/article/158282/how-build-progressive-tea-party

  • maritimer

    Would have or would’ve you illiterate cretin. Reagan was a sissy.

  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    from another poster

    A “right to work” state:
    prohibits agreements between labor unions and employers making membership or payment of union dues or fees a condition of employment, either before or after hiring.

    In other words, a “right to work” state makes it difficult or illegal to unionize and bargain collectively. You have the right to work but not to confront your employer together or strike. They want to take that right away everywhere in the USA (via republican legislative railroad) to make it easier to steal elections in 2012.

  • maritimer

    All day, huh? You park your car somewhere and surveil them all day? And they sit around ALL DAY? Do you have a job? I would love to watch you all day just to catch you sitting or taking a break.

  • maritimer

    Why don’t you stop humping his leg already…he’s got the right to be here just like you.

  • Anonymous

    watch for the meme from the right wingers and the MSM that the state workers get paid too much for their hard work and that costs the taxpayers just too much. And that these workers should have no bargaining rights, because we taxpayers pay for it. It should be up to us! Yeah! NEVERMIND that elected officials get to vote themselves nice rich packages, and we taxpayers have no say in that.

    NEVERMIND that the “recession” was caused by the criminal financial schemes by Wall Street and Banksters. NEVERMIND that they are rolling in big bonuses after being bailed out by the taxpayers. NEVERMIND that the bush tax cuts have cause more pressure on state and local governments to find revenue.

    It’s all the unions fault!

  • maritimer

    It’s not hard to get homeless people involved if they are willing to do so. You hand out flyers. Revolutions happened long before there was internet. That’s how Egypt kept going when Mubarak pulled the plug.

    And they want to pull the plug here so let’s keep an eye open and folks, get to meet your neighbors and join a local group if you can..they won’t kill the land lines and most cell lines cuz the cops use them now too, but they will jam internet and sms.

  • maritimer

    You are right. The teabags are rightfully angry, but they are angry at the wrong people for the wrong reasons. It’s not left vs right, it is the rich and powerful vs the rest of us ordinary folks and when the teabags see that they will understand. I blame a lot of this misdirected rage at our media, especially fox and Limbaugh and the like for stirring up anger at fellow Americans and not at the real root of the problems we have here.

  • maritimer

    Yes, the birther nonsense and all the other carefully engineered distractions that are yanking them down the wrong path were implemented deliberately to manipulate these people. If they could be convinced that truly, we are all in this together, we would be a force to be reckoned with.

  • maritimer

    It’s a damn shame too because these people are largely in the same boat as the rest of us. I am sick to my stomach at the thought of how much money was spent by the Koch bros and other rich fat cats to manufacture the propaganda and lies that were force-fed to these people (the way you feed a pate goose). I was on another board where one of them was spreading the lie that Wisconsin teachers all-ALL- make 100k a year. Same crapola like they pulled about GM workers and their allegedly sky-high pay. All lies and they suck it up gladly.

  • Anonymous

    These Teabaggers are so stupid, they actually thought labor would go without a whimper. May I point out, most states already prohibit Public employees from striking. This being the case, what is the point in these laws ?Basically, these new laws are intended to reintroduce political patronage into the various state’s civil service. I live in Michigan. We are probably next. There is already a bill in the hopper over here to totally defund and destroy the Michigan Occupational Health and Safety ACT. About 1/4 of our workforce will be without any workplace protections. Michigan is doing the same thing as Wisconsin, giving huge tax break to the rich and screwing the middle class under the guise of job creation. Hey Teabaggers, the jokes on you!

  • Anonymous

    http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Tax/ge-exxon-paid-us-income-taxes-09/story?id=10300167

    This is a Forbes report on ABC News report entitled “GE, Exxon Paid No U.S. Income Taxes in ’09.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3WYAWTN4LJ2TAZGFCL3U4H6AWM TheGuru

    You know, Upton Sinclair was required reading when I went to high school. I guess the powers that be don’t think that his works can educate young people anymore. Scott Walker must have skipped that class when he went to school. It’s probably why he flunked out of college.

  • Anonymous

    Actually I took the term from you? And I’m sorry, I still don’t think people should be arrested for their political beliefs.

  • Anonymous

    You are so right, Joe. If the voters had turned out on election day we wouldn’t be in this pickle. Now we’ll all have to pay. The saying is that we get the government we deserve. I worked for the democrats in my state this past election cycle and we still got a slew of righteous, christian, arrogant congress people who hold the future of our country and who clearly intend to take it back a century. So RATS to all of you who didn’t bother to vote, or voted for the other side to teach the incumbents a lesson, a strategy that makes no sense at all in fact it’s stupid. That’s why we’re are now dealing with the fallout from your failing.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QIJ4LGZX6PZOJSD57QIC3NRAA Straw

    Ironically enough, FDR was against public unions. If public workers want a pay raise, benefit increase, etc., then they need to get the largest union to okay it – the People.

  • Anonymous

    A dead, senile piece of shit!

  • Guest

    It’s naivete to think the dems aren’t as corrupt.

  • Anonymous

    So every time we go to the streets and exercise our rights, its a revolt? Seriously, I know your trying to sell stories, but don’t call it a revolt. It isn’t, its Americans exercising their rights to free speech and assembly.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! Sorry for the double post. I thought the first one had not gone through.

  • Anonymous

    First they came for the Unions –
    They will eventually come for YOU

  • Anonymous

    “humanist” was forgotten, because a humanist, by definition, is concerned with humans. Rather obviously, Robert Burned is not.

  • Anonymous

    only if you watch fox

  • Anonymous

    Ah yes, I concur grammarsnare! I too desire the arrested in Guantanamo be released.

  • Anonymous

    I’m no fan of Bush Sr., but it always struck me how when he ran against Reagan, he was portrayed as a wimp.
    He parachuted out of a plane after it was hit in WW2 while Reagan stayed home and pretended to be a soldier in movies, yet the media proclaimed Reagan the brave tough guy and Bush the wimp.
    Reagan’s image was a complete fabricated charade. Reagan was merely an actor with a growing Alzheimer’s problem.
    He didn’t even know the difference between his fantasy and true reality at times during his Presidency.
    He also set the precedent for having a fratboy dimbulb, dunce Bush Jr, who couldn’t ride a bike and chew a pretzel at the same time as Prez.
    Reagan was one of the worst things that ever happened to the country.
    When Reagan cut out of Lebanon, he showed terrorists that one man with a truck could change the foreign policy of the most powerful nation on earth.
    Terrorists were watching and they took note of that.
    btw; I don’t blame him for cutting out, but he should have never gotten us into that position in the first place by inserting us into their civil war..

    His Administration was also one of the most corrupt in U.S. history with dozens being indicted, but our media propaganda machine will never talk about the truth when it comes to Reagan.
    They only perpetuate lies and myths and keep Americans ignorant of actual facts.

  • Anonymous

    Tea Baggers should stick to sucking testicles. Leave the protesting to folks that have a clue.

    http://www.RepublicansAreADisease.com

  • Anonymous

    Yahoo has some of the stupidest posts anywhere on the internet.
    I really have to wonder why that is.
    I can only read about three before I move on in search of intelligent life.

  • Anonymous

    The Dems are VERY corrupt.
    The GOP is almost completely corrupt.
    They both have corruption problems, but the GOP is more corrupt and also more blatant and unapologetic about it.

  • Anonymous

    Some say that Betty sits on her fat ass and complains about those that actually do physical labor for a living.
    We report, you decide.

  • Anonymous

    Political and economic three card monte, hoping the corporate media is keeping the population stupid and ignorant enough to fall for it.
    Sad thing is they’ve been getting away with it for years and they see the end of the game is in sight.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah state workers get paid too much, but shipping plane loads of pallets of shrink wrapped hundred dollar bills to Iraq and having a welfare system for wealthy banksters….no problem with that.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/KNS2UDSXYOFR5C3KCW2SYW3FLI Dolly Dagger

    Reagan was very concerned with alien invasion ya’ know.

  • Anonymous

    You mean “sucking billionaire testicles”.

  • Anonymous

    Wait, if you are a republican woudln’t your time be better spent looking at like gay porn or Jeff Gannon;s ‘Bulldog’ pics like your boy GW and everybody else at the fucking RNC.

  • Anonymous

    The Dispatch is lying about how many TeaBirchers were present. Plunderbund has a photo on his website showing no more than 100 Teabirchers, and that was people from all over the state, not just the Central Ohio area. And the protesters numbered between 3500 – 5000. There will another big rally this Tues. at 1 pm at the Ohio Statehouse, and I’m going.

  • Anonymous

    The peasants are revolting. How they dare to challenge the elites. We need to do something before we go the way of Egypt.
    U.S. attorney general Eric Holder : “The threat has changed from simply worrying about foreigners coming here, to worrying about people in the United States, American citizens — raised here, born here, and who for whatever reason, have decided that they are going to become radicalized and take up arms against the nation in which they were born,”
    After see this video I happen to agree with him that According to the 2010 census we have now 308,745,538 citizens involved in suspicious activities like taking over Statehouses and making all kind of demands like freedom to belong to unions. Disgusting !!!

  • Johnny Warbucks

    You “borrowed” that from me? No foolin’ – wow!

    And people shouldn’t be arrested for their beliefs insomuch as you share those beliefs, right? And when those beliefs become dangerous and threaten the welfare and the greater good, should they still be left to roam free?

  • Anonymous

    Well then, I guess he kept us safe from alien invasion, as we’ve never had one.
    Maybe I’m mistaken about him.
    Maybe he was the great man that the propaganda machine tells us he was.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    jamzz, obviously you are of limited intelligence and creativity to come up with a rebuttal like that. Maybe, just maybe you should stick to what you do best…making houses out of cards and playing pick-up-sticks…

    Well, I see we’ve met before. You know me so well…

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Exactly. See, what I can’t comprehend – no matter how hard I try – is how Americans can’t see what is being done to them. Unbelievable! I just saw another propaganda piece at Yahoo spinning ‘unemployment insurance’ and blah blah blah and, immediately, a swarm of idiots screaming about how bad it was and people are lazy and the usual Republican crap. Don’t these people realize how they are leading themselves back into the abyss? I give up, man. Amerikans are one stupid bunch.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJJ4KEVT2Z5RDHTIRGJOUWL2EA Paul M

    PHAR088; Right on target. It would be very difficult to “purge” our government of the republican zionist agenda, those siding dems also, by any conventional means…votes or virtual protests. The elites are betting on two possible “outcomes” of their fascist take over.

    1-If many states start to protest, like i.e. Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, etc.. then government can declare america a “police state”. And enact FEMA on us. And start the actual incarcerations in interment camps of it´s citizens under the patriot act provisions. Now the foreign troops and american mercenaries can earn their pay by cracking down on the people crippling their will to protest and fight back, this means the door of no return is starting to close fast.

    2-Willfully, giving in to the new order and not fighting back at all and hoping that some righteous politicians will stand up in our defense holding a copy of the constitution? You see, these “elites” have technology that WE could only perceive in sci fi movies. They have a “technological arsenal” waiting to implement on us, to make sure their plans are a success. Nothing can stop them , nothing, short of the people in all states, en masse, coming out, it´s do or die!

    When the President knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that ALL the people are with him, he will start purging the government, yeah, even cutting the cord with our most supposibly number “1″ ally in the ME…..he will act on what we demand, knowing then and only then that he is protected by the people COMPLETELY. He, the prez, is the one in the “House” to bring us back, the elites know this also. To them Obama has turned “rouge” towards them.

    They want a way to get to him, but they know if that happens, all their efforts will be severely compromised. They are watching us closely to see OUR next MAJOR move. The President WILL do the right thing when WE do the right thing.

  • Anonymous

    No? I don’t support the KKK.. but they can still rally. You’re getting into some scary shit, man.

  • Anonymous

    And why’d you put borrowed in quotations? Like I said borrowed? I never said borrow.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Is that what I’m doing? Insulting the victims or differentiating between ‘bumbs’ and the victims? Another Amerikan with no reading comprehension in his own language. How sad!

    Once you have tainted my comment with your own bias, there is absolutely nothing further that I can say. You have already filled in the blanks with whatever it is that you want to hear or think.

    Have a good one. And don’t let that keyboard hurt you.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    So, you propose protesting only when the Democrats are in power then?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    I’m sorry, sometimes I forget that English is not Amerikans’ first language. Let me explain it to you the way I explain it to my kindergarten students: by placing quotation marks around the word borrowed, I am implying (with a bit of sarcasm which also escapes you some how), that you have STOLEN the phrase. Do I need to explain the word stolen to you also at a kindergarten level or should I go lower?

  • Johnny Warbucks

    No, it’s obvious that you don’t support the KKK. It’s also becoming obvious that either you need meds or have taken too many. Or booze, perhaps.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Oh, I beg your pardon, your Highness. I wasn’t aware that you own the blog. In that case…

  • Johnny Warbucks

    And you are entirely too stupid, self-centered and self-righteous to realize that someone with 22 comments to his/her name, doesn’t necessarily express the consensus of the majority. Now, if I were you, I’d go back under that rock you came from before you waltzed in here all of about 24 or so hours ago. Giddy up! Off you go, troll!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCHLMPBJKYTW3LJBHZEZMO3TXQ What Ever

    Protest doesn’t always come out well in Ohio, thinking Kent state.

  • Anonymous

    I got into a conversation this morning with a lady who works part-time on week-ends at a pet food store to help make ends meet. She’s been a teacher here in Ohio for 32 years and, like me, she was planning on retiring this year. Except now her plans are being thrown out the window because if Kasich and the Ohio legislature has their way she’s about to lose her pension and any hope of retiring. She and a group of her co-workers are getting on a bus on Monday (school holiday) and heading to Columbus to protest this assault on people who have dedicated their lives to serving the people of Ohio. I’m still in tears thinking about her and all of the other Ohio public servants who are being punished for the sins of a bunch of politicians who spent us into huge deficits. Shame on all of the people of Ohio who voted to hand control of our state over to a bunch of soulless Republicans.

  • http://clintjcl.tumblr.com/ ClintJCL

    The reason our enemies The Republicans win so many elections is because of people like you who can’t actually formulate cogent arguments related to the issues at hand. Name calling accomplishes very little. Asking to lock up people who disagree with you actually hurts your cause as bad as the patriot act hurt America.

  • http://clintjcl.tumblr.com/ ClintJCL

    But hardly anybody swallows the Baptists b.s. as fact. So while they may be bigger idiots, teabaggers are a bigger virus of idiocy that spreads :)

  • Ma’at

    It has finally arrived. America turns against Conservatism. It is over TeaBaggers. This is just the beginning of your end.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    The reason why “your enemies” Republicans or whoever you perceive them to be win so many elections is because there are way too many idiots such as yourself believing in the duopoly of the party system. Open your eyes and you’ll see how you – and the rest of the idiots on your side of the fence – have been had.

  • http://clintjcl.tumblr.com/ ClintJCL

    Well, you just went from me thinking you a bit foolish, to me thinking you a total idiot. I have voted for 18 years and never voted for Democrat or Republican. The fact that you not only cannot talk about issues, but cannot even identify the political affiliation of those you talk to online [but think you can] — just paints you more of a fool than I previously thought.

  • lilyannerose

    I’m challenging every big mouth who mouths opposition to the demonstrations to notify their employer or HR Department that they no longer wish the following benefits which are a result of the fight and hard work of the union labor movement:

    No more sick days.
    Acceptance of pay below the minimum wage
    No vacation pay
    No sick day pay
    No overtime pay
    12 to 16 hour work days
    Repeal of any and all work safety standards
    No lunch
    No breaks

    Feel free to add on!

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Well, you just went from being a bit foolish, to being a total idiot. But don’t stop now. Keep showing us all you’ve got. Remember, the more you talk, the more you remove all doubt.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/42THFKXIPMJHQBIH6OPI4RVIDY Thebes

    If you get hungry, you could always:
    EAT THE RICH

  • Anonymous

    that was our dear republican president nixon who sicked the national guard on our own citizens.

  • PrissyPatriot®

    Attention all Ohioans: Governor Strickland is calling for people to come to the Statehouse Tuesday at 1 PM to protest SB5. Be there!

  • PrissyPatriot®

    See you there!

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure you’ve noticed that there’s been a concerted effort to dumb down the US educational system ever since the evil Reagan days and that effort was redoubled under bush the lesser. And now we’ve witnessed in the last year efforts by governments all over the world to raise tuition so that only rich kids can go to college. The fight against it seems to be strong in Europe but here our facebook-addicted, sex obsessed kids could probably care less. But I do believe there are enough young people throughout the world who see through the transparent efforts to turn most of society into slaves of the rich, so I do have some hope.

  • Anonymous

    No, please, explain stolen to me.

    I always like your posts, Johnny, but today you have veered away from your amiable posts and resorted to name calling and sarcasm.

  • Guest

    Six of one… half dozen of the other.

  • Anonymous

    This needs to spill over into every state in the union…it’s time we confronted the Corporate Fascists and their Government patsies…IMHO….the teaprarty people (not the crazy fringe element, the Corporate dupes, the ones with “Christian” wedge issues, guns and racsim on their minds) but some of the more intelligent are half right…on the left, we are also half right… the real problem is that those two halves make the whole (problem)…Corporations greed, power, money + corrupt Government official’s, power = Corporate fascism…(we are living it)

  • Guest

    The dems are in power now. Were it repubs I would also protest.

    I am not happy until the false paradigm owns up to their shit and changes or we get something REAL in our place of governance.

  • Anonymous

    It’s sarcasm. Welcome to civilization.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Uh, huh. Good luck to you. You’re gonna be protesting for a long, long time. Or at least, till this shit collapses unto itself which may be pretty soon now.

  • yvonneo

    Yeah, and never mind that the union workers are also taxpayers.

  • Anonymous

    yes. that too….

    watch how the corp msm plays this finally….right now, they’re all for the protestes (they HAVE to be), but their corporate bosses will tell to change the meme….watch for it. It will be little steps so we won’t notice.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UJ4XRIA3A3E6MYGK755EGWLN4Q Dani A

    most of the ones who are aware, are now too poor to buy food, for being out of work for the last 2-3 years. let alone do anything about anything.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UJ4XRIA3A3E6MYGK755EGWLN4Q Dani A

    Thank you very much for that insightful post.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UJ4XRIA3A3E6MYGK755EGWLN4Q Dani A

    you bring up an interesting point.. When does betty drive by? hmm?
    probably around rush hour, when alot of the breaks are taken, simply because its most dangerous at that time, and frequently its meal time.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UJ4XRIA3A3E6MYGK755EGWLN4Q Dani A

    half of my family is out on the street in wisconsin, i would be too but I’m in virginia right now.

  • Anonymous

    I’m afraid someday that we will all wake up and ask ourselves: “What have we done?” Of course, spending and government need to be reared in, but I think that we are sadly mistaken if we think that thesenewly elected tough guy and tough love governors and legislators are going to do anythingmore than break the backs of the hard working middle class, the public employees and collective bargaining.They will bleed us for every drop of blood in the form of money that they can get from us. They will rip apart the fabric of this country-leave the people with no safety nets-while at the same time the special interest groups that have put these selfish people in office will be making the big bucks. Reminds me of Humpty Dumpty-when he fell and broke apart, “all the king’s horses and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again.” Please…wake up before it’s too late.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UJ4XRIA3A3E6MYGK755EGWLN4Q Dani A

    agreed, the bums dont protest, but the jobless, the homeless, and the people who are sick of it do.. if they are within walking distance :p

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UJ4XRIA3A3E6MYGK755EGWLN4Q Dani A

    No, obama isnt a war criminal, he was not giving orders to shoot on civilians, he was not covering it up. He did say he wasnt going to persue criminal charges, but that makes sense, only fight so many battles at once.
    I don’t even think bush counts as a war criminal, just incompetent.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UJ4XRIA3A3E6MYGK755EGWLN4Q Dani A

    they want opposite changes. Progressives want an efficient and benign government with a strong social service.
    tea party… cant make up its mind about what it wants, but for the most part, they dont want ‘that’ :p whatever the progressives want, they don’t want it. For the loudest, it seems they dont want ‘big government’ which is pretty silly to begin with. A government is as big as the services it provides, so what they dont want, is to be served by the government.

  • alfredo

    One reason the Great Depression went so deep and took so long to cure was that: 1. There were no Union contracts in force in industry or government. Consequently employers forced wages down so low that the purchasing power of the populace approached 0.
    This has not happened yet particularly among government workers. If for some reason the Worker-Haters can eliminate Unions among state and municipal workers then we will be in real trouble. This “Recession will undoubtedly become “The Great-Mega Recession” that would make the Great one look like a Girl-Scout Picnic.
    2. FDIC. This has, so far protected us from bankers’ corruptness.
    3. Social Security. This is a safety net that protect us from crooked employers and and unscrupulous insurance executives etc. etc.
    4. Medicare. See #3.
    5. Food Stamps.
    6. And more.
    the Republican, however, are working on doing away with all those and more.
    It’s totally beyond me that people of modest, or no, means support politicians that seek to ruin them and the country.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Woo hoo! We’ve got a winner over here.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UJ4XRIA3A3E6MYGK755EGWLN4Q Dani A

    net neutrality would be a bad thing, that would essentially allow them to say “you said bad things about some one we like… your net is canceled.” as one example.
    another is, “for arbitrary reasons, because you use the internet for X were going to charge you more than the person who uses it for Y” which means, if you only use a tiny bit of bandwidth, but you use it for X, your going to be charged through the roof.

    that is net neutrality.. sadly we dont yet have it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UJ4XRIA3A3E6MYGK755EGWLN4Q Dani A

    Accept disgrace willingly.
    Accept misfortune as the human condition.
    What do you mean by “Accept disgrace willingly”?
    Accept being unimportant.
    Do not be concerned with loss or gain.
    This is called “accepting disgrace willingly.”

    What do you mean by “Accept misfortune as the human condition”?
    Misfortune comes from having a body.
    Without a body, how could there be misfortune?

    Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things.
    Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things.

    Verse 13 of the Tao Te Ching

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Good for them. I wish them the best. They’re doing it for all of us.

  • Johnny Warbucks

    Do not underestimate those people though. It is the ones that have nothing to lose that take the first step. For as long as people have something to protest, they won’t take the risk.

  • alfredo

    Meet you in St. Louis then on to Kansas City,Topeka, Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Tuscan, San Diego, Delano, Salinas, Watsonville and points in between.

  • enorceht

    “Which Side Are You On?”Come all you good workersGood news to you I’ll tellOf how the good old unionHas come in here to dwell Which side are you on boys? Which side are you on? My daddy was a minerHe’s now in the air and sunHe’ll be with you fellow workersUntil the battle’s won Which side are you on boys? Which side are you on? They say in Harlan CountyThere are no neutrals thereYou’ll either be a union manOr a thug for J. H. Claire Which side are you on boys? Which side are you on? Oh workers can you stand it? Oh tell me how you canWill you be a lousy scabOr will you be a man? Which side are you on boys? Which side are you on? Don’t scab for the bossesDon’t listen to their liesPoor folks ain’t got a chanceUnless they organize Which side are you on boys? Which side are you on? “Which Side Are You On?”Come all you good workersGood news to you I’ll tellOf how the good old unionHas come in here to dwell Which side are you on boys? Which side are you on? My daddy was a minerHe’s now in the air and sunHe’ll be with you fellow workersUntil the battle’s won Which side are you on boys? Which side are you on? They say in Harlan CountyThere are no neutrals thereYou’ll either be a union manOr a thug for J. H. Claire Which side are you on boys? Which side are you on? Oh workers can you stand it? Oh tell me how you canWill you be a lousy scabOr will you be a man? Which side are you on boys? Which side are you on? Don’t scab for the bossesDon’t listen to their liesPoor folks ain’t got a chanceUnless they organize Which side are you on boys? Which side are you on? ~natalie merchant
    ~words Florence Patton Reece (UMW 1930′s) UMW (United Mine Workers)
    ~set to the tune of “Jack Monro”
    ~Chords = Dm – F – A7
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?vhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  • Anonymous

    Violence is the only way to get change. It worked for us in the 60′s.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FPBFO6RC5R2HHIP3VXSFU2RZQA mjj

    This won’t end until there is blood in the streets. The miserable republicans are jealous of those that have jobs and benefits and the RW media has brainwashed people into believing if they have good jobs with benefits they are robbing other people while making them believe that those who control big corporations are entitled to their fat salaries and benefits.

  • Anonymous

    And we still haven’t paid for his ‘Morning in America lies’ .

  • Anonymous

    The Bush bastards made Billions from Silverado

  • Anonymous

    RAISE THE TAXES ON THE RICH FOR GOD”S SAKE.
    pass this on, copy and paste.

  • Anonymous

    It’s time to start recalling all reslugliCON corporate whores in every state.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t he smash the air traffic controllers union?

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Day 75 of the revolution:

    The revolution continues to spread. Note: The Nova Police does not advocate the physical removal, tarring, and feathering of American governors.

  • Anonymous

    Rogan is normally a douche but he absolutely nails it here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl2JQfxnnHU&feature=feedf

    If you still have any doubts or want to spin what is happening then you are crazy or a shill.

    Really, enough is enough.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Did that bleeding pussy Holder really say that? Is this the same fagot who refuses to look at the 9/11 false flag operation? “Change you can believe in” my ass.

  • Anonymous

    hahahahahahaha: “The station also added that Friday’s demonstration also drew a counter-protest from a group of tea party Republicans, who were “far outnumbered” by the workers.”

    What you see here is the reality setting in for all those “cross-over Reagan Democrats”, mostly blue collar union workers, that voted to castrate themselves at msm propaganda urging agiasnt Carter, who had actually decreased oil imports through alternative energy programs……but had forced Israel to negotiate in good faith…can’t be having that occur, now can we?

    So, Ohio, now you have to show this old time union man, union family, that you realize the error, the folly, the indifference you displayed HAD CONSEQUENCES…and go kick some Tea bagging ass.

    Let’s see these big mouth Fox-watchers in 1700s garb can duke it out…or run. My money is on RUN. Chickenshit draft-dodging Republicans.

    Union members don’t kiss ass, we KICK ASS.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    And don’t forget that they contribute to their pension plans. They don’t come wafting down from heaven.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    That’s Robespierre, by the way.

    And don’t forget that the guy was eventually executed himself for his excesses during the Reign of Terror..

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    I think we should all “serve” the rich…

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Don’t you get it? It’s the old “good cop, bad cop” routine.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    “Over half of the country will stand with Governor Scott Walker. He is a breath of fresh air !

    “NoBama can just go eff himself !

    “So can the Unions and these thug teachers !”

    Just a random comment from Breitbart’s web site. “Thug teachers”! Can you even imagine how twisted these folks’ minds are that they can talk about “thug teachers”? And all because they stand up for their rights?

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Are you so stupid that you don’t understand how complex things are and that they can’t be explained by blaming everything on a few million people whose religion is different from yours?

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    I personally cannot understand the whole logic behind this kill switch notion. It would surely destroy the economy, as if it isn’t in back enough shape already. Are these folks really that stupid?

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Most “antireligionists” I know tend to support education and teachers. But then you wouldn’t know that being the phony that you are.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    One of the reasons people have been arrested for reading the Declaration in public.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    From the movie Freejack, which I find quite apropos in regard to your quotation from the Tao:

    Nun: [after being slapped violently] The Good Lord always says to turn the other cheek.
    [Swings foot up, kicking Michellete in the groin. Michellete moans in pain]
    Nun: But he never had to deal with dickheads like you.

    This isn’t “misfortune,” Sonny. Neither is it “disgrace.” It’s an organized political assault on the rights of the American middle class. I would suggest you turn your studies to Sun Tzu and The Art of War and leave the Tao to the monks.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    A word from our founder:

    LISTEN TO MY LAST WORDS anywhere. Listen to my last words any world. Listen all you boards syndicates and governments of the earth. And you powers behind what filth consummated in what lavatory to take what is not yours. To sell the ground from unborn feet forever -

    “Don’t let them see us. Don’t tell them what we are doing -”

    Are these the words of the all-powerful boards and syndicates of the earth?

    “For God’s sake don’t let that Coca-Cola thing out – ”

    “Not The Cancer Deal with The Venusians – ”

    “Not The Green Deal – Don’t show them that – ”

    “Not The Orgasm Death – ”

    “Not the ovens – ”

    Listen: I call you all. Show your cards all players. Pay it all pay it all pay it all back. Play it all pay it all play it all back. For all to see. In Times Square. In Picadilly.

    “Premature. Premature. Give us a little more time.”

    Time for what? More lies? Premature? Premature for who? I say to all these words are not premature. These words may be too late. Minutes to go. Minutes to foe goal -

    –William S Burroughs, Nova Express. http://hotlantis.blogspot.com/2010/01/last-words.html

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    I am continually amazed at the level of stupidity that comes from your keyboard.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

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  • Hassan i Sabbah

    You think the antiwar movement in the 60s was led by conservatives? Do you wear that stupid looking hat when you shove your head up your ass?

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Kennedy was murdered because he was antiwar. Listen to his speech at American University before they blew his brains out. NO ARMIES EXCEPT TO MAINTAIN INTERNAL SECURITY. Does that sound pro war to you? Wake up, Sonny.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    The tea smokers are a fraud. Brought to you by Fox News and sponsored by Cocoa Puffs.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AUQKQBLGKDCJ4XISXFONFM3EPI Jewels

    His administration resulted in the investigation, indictment, or conviction of over 138 administration officials, the largest number for any US president, 10.8% unemployment after 2.5 years as President, Iran-Contra Affair, lying to the American People about selling arms to Iran 3 different times, HUD and grant rigging scandals, Lobbying scandals, EPA scandals, Inslaw Affair, Savings and Loan crisis in which 747 institutions failed and had to be rescued with $160 billion of taxpayer monies, Grenada. Won’t even start with the crack epidemic. You should thank Reagan that he closed the insane asylums.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AUQKQBLGKDCJ4XISXFONFM3EPI Jewels

    Yes Corporate Reagan and his jihad against unions.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AUQKQBLGKDCJ4XISXFONFM3EPI Jewels

    Obama has continued Bush’s war policies. Please look up the definition to gullible.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UJ4XRIA3A3E6MYGK755EGWLN4Q Dani A

    The Tao does not say to turn the other cheek, I’m afraid. and as you may note, none of our leaders are humble, nor do they love their country as themselves. They do not deserve to care for it.

    anyway, i consider myself more monk than warrior, but I do hold my own in this endless battle.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UJ4XRIA3A3E6MYGK755EGWLN4Q Dani A

    and so we should drop everything we are doing, leaving the place in shambles, with anger and pain in our wake, to be a breeding ground for even more hatred of america? we could pull out, sure, but that would be worse for us in the long run. We are there, we have to finish what our foolish government started, because the alternative is worse.

  • Anonymous

    Ohio better get as many union supporters as they can..together and fast, as well as NJ, PA, FL IN…etc.,…because I have a feeling the Koch Brothers “paid for crazies”, the Tea Baggers are on their way to those states… those teabagger nuts need to see how outnumbered they really are, and get a good taste of their own nasty, intimidating tactics…maybe then they will go home and STFU

  • Anonymous

    Wow, that’s some ‘resume’.
    I never hear ANY of that mentioned by our modern day Pravda, known as the American corporate media.

  • Anonymous

    Also the media is going to gear up the propaganda to distort and discredit the protesters.
    The American corporate media serves the same function as the state media in Libya, etc.;
    To lie to and deceive the people.

  • Anonymous

    The 2nd largest investor in Fox News is a Saudi Prince with terrorist ties. Fox is a Saudi Arabian Psyops operation.

  • cannotvote

    When the minority dictates to the majority – but then since when was America a democracy – rome wasn’t!?

  • Anonymous

    Rome was a Republic for the first 500 of its 1000 years of existence, until it was overrun in 453 A.D. Although not everyone had the vote, it was at least as open as our Republic was as late as 1866.

  • cannotvote

    A republic is not a democracy – never was never will be. Once you vote ‘in’ your senator or your congressman – thats it! They then go about fulfilling their sponsors dictats, for their sponsors benefit and no one else. The rest is BS and lies, and until Americans wake up to that, you’ll always be slaves – which you all undoubtably are.
    Certainly, since Abe’s assassination by the Banks (re the greenback), the notion of democracy in America has been reconstructed, but even the FF’s were lead astray, half of them were functioning for private interests – funded by the same people that in 1913 started their absolute onslaught to control you all( the 3 try). All the good ones got removed by a dark hand – war is a racket – property is theft!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJJ4KEVT2Z5RDHTIRGJOUWL2EA Paul M

    This may not happen as “I” perceive it, but it is a possibility. Your comment (no comment) is your right.

  • Anonymous

    Not familiar with the term ‘blowback’, are we?

    In case you can’t Google; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blowback_%28intelligence%29

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think progressive necessarily means larger government. I support no government, I’d say that’s pretty progressive.

  • Anonymous

    Okay, but that still doesn’t prove your point. Still plenty of pro-war liberals.

  • Anonymous

    I wish you could just talk like a grownup.

  • Anonymous

    Until we all have studied how the FED, power and the Jesuits operate we will have no idea how badly we are being screwed.

  • Anonymous

    A state wide or perhaps a nation wide general strike needs to take place until Walker has been removed. We allowed Regan to get away with firing the Air Traffic Controllers and our unions have been slashed since.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UJ4XRIA3A3E6MYGK755EGWLN4Q Dani A

    I’m not sure how our rather public war can in any way relate to a covert action, but okay :p
    I’m not saying we should have been there in the first place, but we are there, we should finish what we started. If we have our hand in the pot, at the very least we might roll the dice in our favor, if we just up and leave.. there is no chance for us to fix our mistake.

  • cannotvote

    The church does work in mysterious ways, I agree! Especially when you realise how Constantine hijacked the whole Jesus thing – but also remember that he got real pissed off, when the fish heads anointed him with that oil stuff!?!

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