Motley Moose – Archive

Since 2008 – Progress Through Politics

Where is the Outrage?

Seriously, we should be pissed and in the streets.  Have we just decided to accept whatever crumbs are handed to us?  Have we become so fearful that we take whatever our employers decide to give us?  The 99% by definition outnumbers the 1%; they may have more money and, as a consequence, more power but we have the numbers.  We do have the ability to affect how the we are treated if we’d just get UP!

I’m About to Lose My Sh*t

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Between yardwork, housework, two jobs, and a couple of health issues (I am officially old … have arthritis) about all I’ve been able to do is check up on world events via Twitter.  That’s enough to piss me off.  It has been building and building but today might have sent me over the edge…


Oh Oklahoma!

Clayton Lockett began to convulse and mumble before he sat up on the gurney and said “something’s wrong” about 15 minutes after the execution at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary began, KJRH-TV reported.

An Associated Press reporter noted Lockett was “breathing heavily, writhing on the gurney, clenching his teeth and straining to lift his head off the pillow.” Reports also indicate he uttered “oh, man.”

Prison officials closed the blinds minutes later ..…

Clayton Lockett died of a heart attack more than 40 minutes after the start of the execution.

And She Was This Close To The Presidency

I am putting this in a separate diary and on the front page for this marvelous bit:

If John McCain — and the entire goddamn Republican party, including the Republicans who pop up on liberal MSNBC — had had their way, we would now be in our sixth year of having this fking dimwit one short gasp away from the nuclear launch codes.

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A Long-time “Secret” Revealed by TMZ?

Making headlines in the sports world over the weekend were remarks purportedly made by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

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An audio recording purportedly of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks to his girlfriend is being investigated by the NBA.

In the recording, the man believed to be Sterling questions his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, about her association with minorities. TMZ reports that Stiviano, who is black and Mexican, posted a picture of her with Magic Johnson on Instagram, a photo that has since been removed.

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” the man believed to be Sterling says. He continues, “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.”…  

A Stopped Watch is Right Eventually (Charles Krauthammer on Bundy)

Ahhh, Cliven Bundy:  newest Conservative hero and, surprise! he’s a racist,too.

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I admit I haven’t paid much attention to the Bundy Ranch story.  Jan, IIRC, referenced it in a comment last week and there was a Twitter #bundyranch hashtag a few days ago but I’ve been busy with work and Spring and stuff so I have only a vague idea of thw whole story but what Krauthammer says about Bundy could be said about any number of people:

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: … why conservatives, or some conservatives end up in bed with people who, you know, he makes an anti-government statement, he takes an anti-government stand, he wears a nice big hat and he rides a horse, and all of a sudden he is a champion of democracy. This is a man who said that he doesn’t recognize the authority of the United States of America. That makes him a patriot? I love this country, I love the Constitution, and it is the Constitution that established a government that all of us have to recognize. And for him to reject it was the beginning of all of this. And now what he said today is just the end of this.

And I think it is truly appalling that, as Chuck says, there are times when somehow simply because somebody takes an oppositionist stand, he becomes a conservative hero. You got to wait, you got to watch, you got to think about it. And look, do I have the right to go in to graze sheep in Central Park? I think not. You have to have some respect for the federal government, some respect for our system. And to say you don’t and you don’t recognize it and that makes you a conservative hero, to me, is completely contradictory, and rather appalling. And he has now proved it.…

A More Purrrfect Union?

Football players at Northwestern University on Friday became the first U.S. student athletes to cast ballots in an election to decide whether to unionize.

The vote, which has the potential to upend college sports, was supervised by the U.S. National Labor Relations Board in a university building near the football field on the Evanston, Illinois, campus.

But the outcome will likely remain unknown for months. The NLRB is impounding the ballots cast by the players, who voted before and after workouts on a sunny, windy Friday morning, with small groups of four or five players wearing their Wildcats purple practice jerseys voting.…

Way to Miss the Point

What someone wrote on YouTube to describe a video created for Mellencamp’s song:

This song fits perfect with the Slide Show I put together!!!! The United States is a beautiful place, with many attractions!!!!!! Here you see America’s Landmarks, Cities, small towns, and everything else in between that makes up what the United States is today!!!! ENJOY!!!!!!

How Mellencamp describes the song:

“It’s really an anti-American song,” Mellencamp told Rolling Stone about “Pink Houses.” “The American dream had pretty much proven itself as not working anymore. It was another way for me to sneak something in.”…