SEIU next for ACORNuts?

OK, this time it’s personal.¬† The Service Employees International Union is one of my labor unions, and they came to my aid when I was being targeted by management on the job apparently because I wasn’t enthusiastic enough about … well, that’d go off-topic. ūüėČ

As tonight’s Rachel jag continues(!), she’s revealed that, thinking prematurely that they’ve run ACORN into the ground [“Unless a seed falls to the ground…!”], the Right Wing Conspiracy — Big Business, Big Lobbyists, astroturf, AM radio, the Republican Party¬†— may target SEIU (video)¬†next for teaming up with ACORN to try to make poor people’s and workers’ lives a little less awful.¬† How does this hurt them?¬† Business has to pay slightly higher wages, sharing their massive profits (often already subsidized by one or more levels of government one way or another) with THOSE WHO ACTUALLY DO THE WORK THAT CEOs AND OWNERS GET THE CREDIT FOR.

And these guys attack US for “class warfare”?!! or “revenge”?!!

And if her guest’s idea that soon they’ll attack the National Council of Churches too, sounds exaggerated…¬† Conservative Evangelical leaders have long considered this Mainline Protestant ecumenical organization Communist.¬† (The Catholic bishops’ conference, too, though that group has swung Hard Right as they smell a Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade, and in reaction against same-sex marriage.)¬† Furthermore, they’ve been dancing on the grave of the Mainline for about a generation now, even though it’s not really going away (even though many of the Mainline¬†think it is too), and recent research suggests that the relatively slight gains of Evangelicals vs. Mainline proportionately, are only because Evangelical women/couples are adopting artificial contraception more slowly than Mainline women/couples.¬† The Evangelical ‘bulge’ (no pun intended) is already slowing, but will continue growing for about another generation before ISTM the numbers start returning to their classical proportions.¬† (This is research sociologist¬†Andrew Greeley has been involved in, but where I read it I can’t recall now.¬† [Many Years, Father!])

Two other things: What they’re now calling living wage has sometimes been called family wage.¬† So much for “family values”!

And another Greeley truism is that Democratic bigwigs, candidates, campaigns,¬†either take their Catholic voters for granted, or don’t care about/are embarrassed about them … risking losing them to the Reagans and Bushes of this world.¬† Are workers and unions in the same fix?¬† Just like Official Dems, natural allies of/advocates for¬†“bitter” small town and rural residents, don’t give them reason to switch their generation-long Republican voting habits?¬† Folks, I don’t see WASP “Limo Libs” reproducing fast enough anymore to warrant such a cavalier attitude towards our Party’s traditional coalition, the “Patchwork Quilt Majority”!!!¬† And many People of Color who get richer go Republican….


De-funding ACORN Unconstitutional

…as Rachel Maddow (video) documents.

BTW, re-fund ACORN via their website!

(Type carefully, or like I almost did, you might end up at the shiny new website of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese — force of habit!!)

And so the “glitches” begin.

…according to several stories I read on my phone while IBS’ing in a supermarket bathroom last night.¬† (On a related note, Donna Brazile tells it like it is!)

And the Repugs have so little confidence in their Indiana Jim Crow voter-i.d. law that they want to play judicial games now?¬† Disingenuous.¬† “Dishonorable.”

But PLEASE, don’t let them suppress your vote.¬† Go.¬† Vote.¬† Take or borrow a cell phone.¬† If they try to make trouble for you, go to¬†and tell the Obama campaign about it IMMEDIATELY.¬† UPDATED Sun 2 November: And/Or call the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition —¬†— toll-free at 1-866-OUR-VOTE, and/or use their website to report “glitches.”¬† Call the number for you LOCAL Democratic Party in the phone book and tell them.¬† Call the local TV and radio news departments.¬† If you have a liberal radio talk show in your market, call them too.

I swear, the Democrats better not leave GOP shenanigans to the Greens and Libertarians THIS time!


McCain and Repugs scream theft?

They charge Democrats and our supporters are stealing the election, and sue us?¬† That’s rich, and a classic case of misdirection, like sleight-of-hand magicians, considering McCain and the Republicans are publicly in the process of trying to prevent millions of us Democrats, poor, people of color, students, Blue-Staters, city residents, etc., from voting —¬†AND privately, most assuredly¬†rigging the e-voting machines or e-counting machines for good measure.¬† These are all repeats from 2000 and 2004, and possibly ’02 and ’06 too.

Lately we’re hearing that¬†racist voters might lie to pollsters about their willingness, or not,¬†to vote for Obama, excusing a discrepancy between pre-election surveys and the reported results or exit polls.¬† Is the re-surfacing of talk about this “Bradley Effect” preparing us for another stealth coup d’etat?¬† Nevermind that there might not have even been a Bradley Effect!¬† Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley, a Black man, ran for Governor of California in 1982, and led going into Election Day, but lost, inspiring this Bradley Effect theory.¬† But some analysts I’ve read (I can’t locate where now) say that since both his lead and his defeat were within the polls’ margin of error, the Effect may be an illusion.¬† So beware allegations of an Obama Effect in coming weeks before and after Election Day!¬† It’ll be like in Ohio in ’04, when we were told that Republican voters intentionally lied to pollsters or refused to respond, producing the “glitch” that seemed to say W. carried that State’s election results, and the whole enchilada.¬† Was John Kerry Black?!?!?!

(Reminds me of the line in The Commitments about a Dublin, Ireland, soul band: “The Irish are the Blacks of Europe.¬† Dubliners are the Blacks of Ireland.¬† Northsiders are the Blacks of Dublin.¬† So say it loud: I’m Black and I’m proud!“)


Vote Suppression ’08 UPDATE

GOP dirty tricks are once again in high gear.¬† “There you go again!”