2/11-13 Weekend News Roundup and Open Thread The Progressive Wing Posted on February 11, 2023 by jcityboneFebruary 13, 2023 I’ll start with a Burt Bacharach song and bad Cal Dem Reps
San Jose is divided among four! districts, two of which are represented by reps on the list below (Espoo and Panetta).
All four (including Khanna and Lofgren) voted for the horrors of socialism bill.
Bunch of overrated stupes. Signed, a DC native. 🙄🤮
California, the bluest of the blue, is anything but. Away from the coasts and outside of the major cities things get pretty red, and the drop off is fast. It’s a good thing that these areas are pretty much unpopulated. And even in the blue areas corporatism runs high. Remember the Democratic Primary, in 2016? I sure do.
Us old farts remember when California was deep red for Reagan
T and R x 2, jcb!!🎼🙂☮️✊ I’ve been checking out Burt Bacharach’s oeuvre. 🎼Wow! He wrote “Anyone Who Had a Heart” which I was nutso over as a little kid. Just adds more to the fact that I was privileged to grow up during an actual Renaissance. Only this one was in popular music.🎼🎼🎼👏👏
The attack ads against Janet are well under way by the CFG and WMC-the usual Koch-Roachs political smear groups
What’s with the ‘liberal’ labeling? Just more FRightwing manipulation and destruction of our language. I really despise these MFers! 💩💩💩
When Hubster was still working, one of the big Turkey Day deals down here was the Thanksgiving Day 🏈game between Florida A & M and Bethune-Cookman, two black colleges. The night before, their bands would do a live performance between them in the O-rena, an informal Battle of the Bands. 🎼🏈🙂 I never saw it but from all reports, it was a KILLER of a show!👏
There’s a good interview with Bernie at the link. It was difficult to copy for here and I got locked out as a nonsubscriber, but it’s worth reading
Rolling Stone is one of the few I’ve seen that won’t allow even one access during any given month. Even Bloomberg will permit reading at least one article per month.
I actually got one in on both regular and incognito but the copying foiled me. Lots of annoying ads
Yea ita a pain in the ass to copy on some sites, lots of editing before i post a comment. To much unwanted content comes with the copying.
It’s the usual behind-a-paywall BS. I already know what the subject is so I skip it. They want my coin, they have to earn it, and my linguistical standards are pretty high.
Some times at Reddits R-politics someone will add a link to a site where they post that link that goes around the paywall. Its hit or miss during my lurking at thier site
How many of you are rooting for the Eagles tomorrow? I live in a KC household, so I’ll be rooting for them. Also, Mahomes is a “alum” (he didn’t finish, but he’s still considered one of theirs) of Texas Tech; I’m an alum of TTU too.
Probably the Eagles but no big whoop either way for me
🙂 gettin old 🧓, had one of those and remember the SB as well for an important reason, Child hood sports idol Bart Starr, was lucky enough to meet him as a youngin and he didnt disappoint like so many stars do today.
Packers are the only team owned by the fans. Bucs should have been but the NFL ownership screwed them.
Still BS. The original NFL Championship Game was light-years better and worth watching.🏈🏈👍
dont care either way, was going with the team that had ex Badgers on them but they both do so there goes that to decide
I was going to skip the Stupid Bowl, but my sis has a former student who plays for the Eagles 🦅. So, sister solidarity. ✊🙂🏈 Plus, I’m curious about these idiot Christian ads on there.
This time of year there’s always rumblings from some craprate idiot that’s wants to PPV this game. That would be the end of the NFL as fans would organize some sort of boycott.
Wouldn’t that 7 mil per ad they dropped best be served helping the poor with food and other necessity’s?
Meanwhile in WI the Foxxconned deal by Walker continues to keep on giving;
Federal class action lawsuit alleges Foxconn not fully paying Wisconsin employees
Corrinne Hess, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Fri, February 10, 2023 at 3:00 PM CST
Foxconn employees working at the company’s Mount Pleasant facility filed a federal class action lawsuit alleging the company regularly shaved time off from their weekly timesheets and failed to pay them earned overtime.
The lawsuit, filed Feb. 7 in the U.S. Eastern District of Wisconsin, by Scotty Allen against FII USA, inc. doing business as Foxconn, alleges the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and Wisconsin’s Wage Payment and Collection Laws.
The lawsuit gives a small glimpse into what is happening at Foxconn where little is known, despite the company saying it employs about 1,000 people and receiving $37.4 million in state tax credits.
In a statement, Foxconn Technology Group said it would not comment on the specifics of the lawsuit.
“At this time, we are currently looking into the matter and have no comment regarding the allegation,” the statement said.
Hourly employees repeatedly not paid
Allen was hired as an hourly employee in August 2022, the lawsuit says. He was fired by the company in January after complaining about his timecard being altered, according to the lawsuit.
Allen was an assembly operator. The class action lawsuit says it represents all “current and former hourly employees who perform similarly-titled positions.”
According to the lawsuit:
Foxconn does not fully compensate hourly employees, instead the time clock rounds to the closest hour, to the detriment of the employee.
Employees were not paid bonuses, overtime and other incentive awards.
On multiple occasions employees complained to supervisors about unlawful practices of changing or altering time clocks.
On Jan. 19, Allen complained to his supervisor about altering his “clock in” and/or “clock out” times during the workday. His supervisor allegedly did not respond and Allen was instead terminated on Jan. 30 because of his complaints.
The plaintiffs are seeking a jury trial.
The Bat-shit crazyness over the 2A has no limits, This outta workout great the inner-city drug areas
MISSOURI REPUBLICANS VOTE TO AFFIRM TODDLERS’ RIGHTS TO CARRY FIREARMS IN THE STREETS
Yes, it’s exactly as crazy as it sounds.
BY BESS LEVIN
FEBRUARY 9, 2023
In the year 2023, no one expects Republicans to have a reasonable take on gun violence (like that it’s a problem), or to do something about it (like pass meaningful gun control legislation). Still, you might think that conservatives wouldn’t be so thoroughly detached from reality that they would approve of—nay, fight for the rights of—small children being able to openly carry firearms in public places. Because that would just be, to use an official legislative term, f–king insane. Can you guess where we’re going with this?
In a turn of events that absolutely defies logic, the Republican-controlled Missouri House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to reject an amendment that would have banned minors from being allowed to openly carry guns on public land without adult supervision. Which, thanks to a 2017 law, they are currently free to do. (That law, which was vetoed by then governor Jay Nixon and overridden by the Missouri House, also allows Missouri residents to carry a concealed weapon without a permit, safety training, or criminal-background check. As Sgt. Charles Wall, spokesman for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “under current state law, there is no minimum age to lawfully possess a firearm.”) To be clear: The proposal rejected this week was not seeking to ban minors from openly carrying weapons on public land, period, but simply from doing so without an adult supervising them. But apparently even that was too much for the state’s conservatives, who quite literally believe it’s fine for actual kids to walk down the street carrying guns. The proposal was defeated by 104-39, with just a single Republican voting in favor of the ban.
State representative Donna Baringer, a Democrat who represents St. Louis, said she decided to sponsor the amendment after police in her district asked for stronger regulations to stop “14-year-olds walking down the middle of the street in the city of St. Louis carrying AR-15s.” With the proposal officially blocked, said 14-year-olds, and kids half their age and younger, “have been emboldened [to carry AR-15s], and they are walking around with them,” she said. Representative Lane Roberts, apparently the only Republican with any sense in the Missouri House of Representatives, had said prior to the vote: “This is about people who don’t have the life experience to make a decision about the consequences of having that gun in their possession. Why is an 8-year-old carrying a sidearm in the street?”
A great question! And one that his fellow GOP lawmakers obviously did not have any good answers for because if you’re a sane person, there is none. In a ridiculous attempt to justify that scenario, Republican state representative Bill Hardwick argued that he “just [has] a different approach for addressing public safety that doesn’t deprive people, who have done nothing to any other person, who will commit no violence, from their freedom.” As a reminder the people Hardwick is arguing must have the freedom to carry firearms on their person, are children, some of whom cannot even buy a ticket for a PG-13 movie.
In a bit of equally absurd “logic,” state representative Tony Lovasco told The Washington Post: “Government should prohibit acts that directly cause measurable harm to others, not activities we simply suspect might escalate. Few would support banning unaccompanied kids in public places, yet one could argue such a bad policy might be effective.” Right, yes, except one small thing: A kid hanging out in public without an adult is a much smaller risk to themself and others than a kid hanging out in public without an adult and carrying a gun. Someone—not us of course, definitely not us, but someone—might suggest this is the argument of a total moron.
Of course, all of this is happening less than a month after news of a Virginia six-year-old shooting their teacher and a viral surveillance video from Indiana that captured a diaper-wearing toddler carrying a handgun and firing it.
Meanwhile, as state representative Peter Merideth noted, conservative lawmakers in the state who think kids bearing arms is fine and dandy, are currently trying to pass a bill that would make drag performances on public property or seen by minors class A misdemeanors. “Kids carrying guns on the street or in a park is a matter of individual freedom and personal responsibility. Kids seeing a drag queen read a children’s book or sing a song is a danger the government must ban,” Merideth tweeted. “Do I have that right MO GOP?”https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2023/02/missouri-republicans-minors-open-carry
Word is out down here that the Tallahassee idiot squad is getting set to eventually approve OPEN carry with NO permit, period! Even the hardcore RWingers I know hate it.
Oh oh. Santos (or whatever his name is) the second being exposed.
Who votes for these 2-legged pieces of sh1t? And of course, she gets elected in my sh1t storm of a state.💩💩💩
Couldnt let this fly by😁😁
Have y’all seen this one?
She/It insults a great iconic painting. 🙁 Still it is clever in a negative way. 🙂
Now i have Thx Aint
The toonist needed to add; Remember Honey we STILL vote the R by the name!!!!
Samo old GQP today,Same old GQP back then sigh….
Bill Clinton Has Left the Building
Goodbye, Bill C. You look good gone. Ya got diamonds in ya back.
Gosh I hope so. But I would not be surprised if Chelsea runs for some public office in a year or two.
Video Raises Questions About Tortuguita’s Death at “Cop City” Amid Permit Appeal
The release of body camera footage and permit challenge come as one Atlanta Police Foundation board member steps down.
There’s more at Truthout –
Aint, has any kind of positive fallout happened from this yet?
Love me some Bernie. Love me some Lula. Loved me some Brazil in 2002 but I could never take a non-stop, 15 hours in the air, flight again.
Here’s today’s email from Bernie –
Got that, too, and read it. Don’t we wish we could vote for a Lula for POTUS? Sigh………
I can’t see Bernie hanging it up in 2025 when there is still potential for the Dems to take back the House and gain one more senator who is mostly progressive. But maybe Bernie would prefer to enjoy his life in Vermont full time.
I think he won’t hang it up if his health is still going strong but we will find out fairly soon.