More than thirty minutes out of every hour, our elected officials are begging for money rather than leading. Over 50% of the time our president is on his knees begging someone for money. Goldman Sachs, big oil, the uber-wealthy elite, are all part of our leaders daily grind. Without the big money, the political system doesn’t work. (see Open Letter to Al Franken)
But with the big money the political system has gotten so corrupt our politicians are marketers rather than leaders. Let’s look at the government shutdown that has amazingly devastating effects for our economy and immediate hardships on our most needy citizens.
The emails are arriving in my inbox daily about pitching-in to help defeat one side of the other. (Of course mine are scewed, but I’m sure the GOP is doing the same blitz on their conservative side.) But it’s not about the issue, it’s not about the shutdown or what the issues are. The messaging blitz is for one thing: Raise Money.
And then thing that really seems broken, is the fundraising, while cloaked in “shutdown mania” and “take back congress” messaging points, the actual money is not ear-marked for fighting the shutdown. The money they are asking for is just plain and simple fundraising.
Here’s Al Franken’s latest. (FYI: I like Senator Franken and what he fights for – most notably Against Citizens United.)
The rub is, this “$5 or more today” has nothing to do with the shutdown. It is about Mr. Franken’s October Goal. The political process has become more about raising money than fighting for issues.
Imagine the president’s State of the Union address spliced every three minutes with a 30-second fund-raising commercial. I’d like to do a video example of what this might look like. We’d be sickened to know how much of the time our president (and everyone in the system below him) is on his knees begging special interest groups for money.
And you know the GOP, they have a different plan. They got Citizen’s United passed. They’ve got the loophole of SuperPac money that creates an immediate and untraceable trough of money. Now they are lobbying the Supreme Court to lift all restrictions on individual contribution limits. What would be the benefit of that? What’s the goal of that plan?
The Koch brothers self-funded Mitt Romney’s campaign and came up empty. And today, whatever they are doing to pull the moneyed puppet strings on the Tea Party funded and fed GOP congressmen, it’s not working. And a tiny bit of the curtain is being pulled back from the huge money machine of OZ-Washington.
Can we take this outrage all the way to the process and begin to pull back the 1%’s influence on politics? Can we dust our president’s knees off, and wipe his chin, and let him govern rather than fund-raise?
The answer is money out of politics. The reality is that is a long fight. The bigger question is, can we keep the 2013 outrage inflamed until 2014 and 2016 when we have an opportunity to change some of the mix?
It’s easy to get discouraged and give up the fight. But that’s been the 1%’s strategy all along. People give up when the odds seem overwhelming. People forget when the media tells them Mylie Cyrus is more important than Citizen’s United. It’s all one big entertainment channel to most of the American public.
But as these GOP “leaders” come up on the wrong side of history, and they begin to really lament ever coining the term Obamacare, let’s see if we can carry some of them out of their offices and back to their homes. Dancing with your constituents should be the role of the politician. Today it’s only “dancin with the one who brung ya,” and that’s good old boy MONEY.
We Can Change This,
In: 99% majority rules, additional action items, money out of politics · Tagged with: 99spring, al franken, asking for money, cause-based fundraising, cause-based marketing, get local and get involved, money out of politics, moveon.org, occupy washtington, politicians on their knees, the government shutdown
What’s up Time Warner? Why are you the evil villain in the new story of TV Cable – Internet monopolies, now being kicked around on The Daily Show and South Park as an example of a huge disapproval rating?
The mention of Time Warner on “The Daily Show” last week came in a segment on the government shutdown by correspondent John Oliver. “Congress already has a 90 percent incumbency rate that goes along with a 10 percent approval rating. The only previous instance of that level of disapproval combined with that level of market-retention is Time Warner Cable,” Oliver said. This prompted Stewart to counter, “If I’m hearing you correctly, you’re saying that Congress is the Time Warner Cable of democracy.”
UM… Let me tell you why.
Because your policies and customer service really do suck. Let me give a couple examples from my own life.
- I can upgrade my services online, why can’t I downgrade them too?
- Call customer service for any downgrade changes, um, yeah, I’d rather wash a cat. I see what you’re doing here.
- Delete Comedy Central from your streaming app. Why, I’m still paying for your service, why can’t I see ALL the channels on my iPad? That’s how I watch your damn service.
- I call, and go through your horrible robot voice tree (Siri has better manners) to see what I can do about KILLING MY TV SERVICE and just paying for my Time Warner High-Speed Internet. And the packages are all really expensive.
- Finally, IF and when I do decide to KILL MY TV SERVICE FROM TIME WARNER, guess what… I have to wait for a technician to come unhook my service. It’s like the South Park Episode about you guys. It’s true.
But guess what, You’re only competition in my neighborhood is UVERSE. I’m thinking about it.
I’d almost rather give AT&T more of my money, rather than deal with you. Almost. But I’m thinking about it, and that’s not good news for you, Time Warner. What’s it gonna take for you to clean up your act. Didn’t ComcastCares give you any ideas? Because we KNOW TIME WARNER DOES NOT CARE.
We can change this.
- OnlineSentinel post about disgruntled Time Warner customer in Maine.
- South Park (NSFW) Parodies Time Warner Cable in Informative Murder Porn in recent episode
- Time Warner’s Residential Cable Offerings
In: time warner cable · Tagged with: cutting off time warner, cutting the cable, how bad is time warner cable, i hate time warner, informative murder porn, killing my cable, south park parodies time warner cable, time warner dead last, what's not bad about time warner?, what's so bad about time warner, why does america hate time warner, why does time warner suck
(cross-posted from sister site 99 Voices / 99 Stickers)
Dear Al Franken,
I’m behind you 100%. But there’s something I don’t understand. And you are just like everyone else in asking for the donations. You even make a joke about it. But can you help me understand?
Is this cause-based funding or cause-based marketing?
See, Mr. Franken, I simply don’t get what you’re talking about. In principle I do, but you seem to be trying to enlighten me, perhaps you can take it all the way to the (bank) goal line for me.
Here are my questions.
1. “Our political system is so screwed up” you say, therefore give me money. Huh? What does “Our budget requires that we raise $175,000 from our online community,” you say. OR WHAT? What happens if you fail to raise your online contribution budget? And what does it matter to me as a citizen of the US, but a resident of Austin, Texas? I don’t care about the end of the “third fund-raising quarter.” What does that have to do with anything?
2. Stuff you need. Um, the 3d bumper sticker was a stupid example. Rent, materials, salaries for staffers. Those are things I understand. But again, how does this ”third fund-raising quarter” have anything to do with me, or your budget requirements?
3. Yeah, everyone is fundraising. A government shutdown threat = DCCC fundraising letters. War in Syria = fundraising letters. Obamacare = fundraising. Okay, so how do these $3 “campaigns” actually contribute to any of the causes that you are using to drive the urgency of your demand? You see, it’s not the cause, it’s the frequency and relentless ask for money that causes so many of your subscribers to UNSUBSCRIBE. I’m still trying to figure out how MY $3 contribution to the OBAMACARE campaign has any significance at all. Are these EVENTS, just like you ”third fund-raising quarter” just slogans and mottos to try and get more money from the American public?
I understand the system is broken, but your letter didn’t address any of the broken issues, it simply used them to ask for more of the same.
I am not interesting in “impressing the Washington pundits” for your benefit or even the benefit of the entire country, if that’s what this is about.
I am about getting this crazy flow of money into politics OUT of politics. And I believe you are the man for the job. I know this is one of your key issues. And if you showed me how I could contribute to THAT cause, to earmark my $5 contribution just for that effort, I might be interested.
But honestly, I think you even know, that showing me the “impressing the Washington pundits” card and the “our political system is seriously screwed up” card are NOT compelling reasons for me to give you ANY money. And I think you know it. But you don’t have an answer, so you keep moving in the same direction as the herd.
And all this seems to be building to something. Even you say you need my help to “build a winning campaign.” But what campaign? You’re already elected. Are you talking about your re-election campaign? The 2016 presidential campaign? Or just a marketing campaign based on ”third fund-raising quarter?”
Your interested fan,
- Al Franken’s Facebook page
- Senator Al Franken’s website
- Visit the 99 Voices Facebook page and join the conversation.
In: 99% majority rules, actionable items (friends) · Tagged with: 99 voices, money out of politics, open letter to Al Franken, senator Al Franken
I am through with the Huffington Post. I’m not sure where I’m going, but I’m really angry at some of their trends, culminating today with their large photo, front-page, glory for the Navy Yard shooter.
I’m not sure where, besides Comedy Central, to go for my news source, but I’m tired of NIP SLIP journalism and sensational traffic grabbing tactics like the gross front-page story above.
Fuck you Huffington Post. I hated when you went from News and Politics to Celebrity and Boobs, but there’s no going back. So I’m done with you.
In: actionable items (friends) · Tagged with: huffington post, navy yard shooter, nip-slip journalism, the huffington post
Update 5-24-13: Abercrombie’s sales plummet in the first quarter of the year.
Social media loves to find valid targets. We’ve found a few things about Abercrombie and Fitch’s newest media snag. Hate on them all you want. They deserve it.
For their use of children as sex objects, I have refreshed the hashtag on one of the ads on their home page. Here’s a revisited hash tag for them. #abercrombiefk
Here are two examples of original social media response to their crappy corporate citizenship.
111 Shirtless Men in Abercrombie
MindStream kids respond to Abercrombie’s shitty CEO
However you stand on the issues of children as sex objects, plump women not wanted here, or shirtless male models are okay, but shirtless men are not… Please let A&F know how you feel.
It’s no wonder my 10-yo daughter is possessed by A&F. They are selling directly to her. Trying to make her more sexy and grown up than she should be, at her age.
At least she’s got a shirt on this time. Does A&F care? About what?
Hot male models, obviously.
Maintaining presentation standards? I wonder what that is.
Well, one thing is for sure, they are not interested in hearing from you. There navigation has no hint of FEEDBACK or CUSTOMER SERVICE.
Let’s just take it straight to Twitter. https://twitter.com/abercrombie < tell’m #abercrombiefk
Shared by a friend.
UPDATE: In an effort to repel those not already repelled. Of course I mean, attract those not already attractive, the dick in this story responds.
“I want to address some of my comments that have been circulating from a 2006 interview. While I believe this 7 year old, resurrected quote has been taken out of context, I sincerely regret that my choice of words was interpreted in a manner that has caused offense. A&F is an aspirational brand that, like most specialty apparel brands, targets its marketing at a particular segment of customers. However, we care about the broader communities in which we operate and are strongly committed to diversity and inclusion. We hire good people who share these values. We are completely opposed to any discrimination, bullying, derogatory characterizations or other anti-social behavior based on race, gender, body type or other individual characteristics.” – Jeffries responds on HuffPo
No, sir, it was not the context or the interpretation of your words. It was what you said that was offensive to those not of your breeding or preference. You’re sexist company can burn in it’s own froth.
We Can Change This.
In: actionable items (friends), additional action items · Tagged with: a & f, a & f teen porn, Abercrombie, abercrombie and fitch, abercrombie sells sex, adbusters, ban a & f, boycott a & f, fk abercrombie, kiddie porn, kids as sexual targets, sex sells, sexist ads
Below, a list of the Twitter handles of all of the senators who voted NO on the measure, excluding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who voted against the amendment on procedural grounds. Please tweet at these jerks and let them know how you feel. hashtags: #guncontrol #voteYES
- Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) – @SenAlexander
- Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) – @KellyAyotte
- Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) – @SenJohnBarrasso
- Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) – @MaxBaucus
- Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) – @SenatorBegich
- Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) – @RoyBlunt
- Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) – @JohnBoozeman
- Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) – @SenatorBurr
- Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) – @SaxbyChambliss
- Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) – @SenDanCoats
- Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) – @TomCoburn
- Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) – @SenThadCochran
- Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) – @SenBobCorker
- Sen. Jon Cornyn (R-Texas) – @JohnCornyn
- Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) – @MikeCrapo
- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) – @SenTedCruz
- Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) – @SenatorEnzi
- Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) – @SenatorFischer
- Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) – @JeffFlake
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) – @GrahamBlog
- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) – @ChuckGrassley
- Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) – @SenOrrinHatch
- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) – @SenatorHeitkamp
- Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) – @SenDeanHeller
- Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) – @SenJohnHoeven
- Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) – @jiminhofe
- Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) – @SenatorIsakson
- Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) – @Mike_Johanns
- Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) – @SenRonJohnson
- Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) – @SenMikeLee
- Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) – @McConnellPress
- Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – @JerryMoran
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) – @lisamurkowski
- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) – @SenRandPaul
- Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) – @robportman
- Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) – @SenMarkPryor
- Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) – @SenatorRisch
- Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) – @SenPatRoberts
- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) – @marcorubio
- Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) – @SenatorTimScott
- Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) – @SenatorSessions
- Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) – @SenShelbyPress
- Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) – @SenJohnThune
- Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) – @DavidVitter
- Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) – @SenatorWicker
Please tweet at the assholes. Let them know how you feel.
And here is Mitch McConnell’s Facebook Page (Mitch McConnell for SALE)
We Can Change This.
In: 99% majority rules, additional action items, gun control · Tagged with: background checks, gun control, nra, nra lobby, nra owns washington, vote against gun control
Sure, we’ve all got to work, but the top 1% are protecting and enriching themselves.
We need to do something about it.
Go visit our sister site – 99 Voices – 99 Stickers.
In: 99% majority rules · Tagged with: enriching the rich, inequity, rich get richer, wealth
View Amplicate’s GoDaddyHate page.
Confession: my domains are registered with GoDaddy.
I hate their advertising. Their CEO has been playing the pervy old man schtick for a long time. And their superbowl ads are legendary for their sexist content. But controversy is good for business, right? I was thinking about showing you a picture of the CEO’s website, but you’ve seen the crap Go Daddy shows. Why would I give them more promo space. Rather, let’s help the GET OFF. (pun intended)
So who’s going to make it easy to migrate my GoDaddy registrations to their site? I will move in a heartbeat, give me a script, make me an offer, get me off Go Daddy.
Their service has been okay for me. Their control panel for managing your domain DNS stuff is okay.
BUT there is no place for sexist ads. Why? What’s the point? Sure, advertise in Penthouse and Playboy, and you’re welcome to free speech, but your use of T and A to sell web hosting is deplorable.
Let’s move our domains: GET OFF GO DADDY. [I will update this page with any easy to migrate domain registration offers.]
We Can Change This!
In: additional action items, get off go daddy · Tagged with: get off go daddy, get off godaddy, go daddy, godaddy, hate godaddy, let's move our domains, say good bye to go daddy, sexist, why we hate godaddy
Dear David, How Much Money Does the City of Westlake Make On Frivolous Traffic Tickets?
I’m going to come off as a whiney white guy on this one, so let’s get that out of the way right here. I’m white, middle-class and male, and I drive a nice German car. So what!
A week ago I was cruising along my neighborhood, being a good citizen and driver. It was a nice Thursday evening and I wasn’t in a hurry or stressed. I made my way through a meandering road, past a radar speed station “You are going 32 mph!” It flashed at me. It was a 30 mph zone.
Two turns and one stop later the policeman appeared out of nowhere.
“Do you know why I stopped you?” the young officer asked.
“I couldn’t have been speeding.” I said. I was quite surprised by his appearance behind me and was unprepared for what he said next.
“No sir, you ran that stop sign back there.”
“You’ve got to be fkin kidding me,” I said, almost reflexively. “Pardon my French. (Pause) You’re going to write me a ticket for rolling that stop sign back there?”
“So, you’re saying I just blew right through it? I was endangering someone or something? The only one around was YOU under the canopy of trees, I guess.”
“Yes sir, you didn’t come to a complete stop.”
“Oh I’m sure I was crusing!”
“Can I see your driver’s liscense and proof of insurance, please, sir?”
“You’ve got to be kidding me. You’re gonna write me a ticket for rolling a stop sign with no one around. What was I going 3 mph? This is ridiculous.”
“Yes sir, the neighbors are complaining.”
I handed him my documents and the STFU. Better for me. I could uncork my anger somewhere else.
Tomorrow I’m submitting an OPEN RECORDS REQUEST to the City of Westlake and my friend, the mayor, Dave Claunch (who also drives a fancy German car, his has a convertible top.) Because I want to know, when they write these kind of other-than-protect-and-serve tickets, in an affluent neighborhood, how much of does this type of nonsense law enforcement generate for this sleepy Austin suburb generate annually. (Considering a Travis County request as well, because they LOVE to run speed traps 100 feet from the Speed Limit signs. But starting with the local government and somewhere I actually know the mayor, well… Let’s see what happens.)
I’m guessing that the contested ticket incidence is low. I mean, who has time to go sit at the Westlake City Courthouse on a weekday morning for 1 – 3 hours, for a ticket that’s easier to pay. And that’s the heart of my question. Is the Affluent Neighborhood Speed Trap about safety or is it about revenue? I think I KNOW the answer, but what I actually know is NADA. I’m going to change that part of the equation for all of us.
We Can Change This!
File under: Westlake speed trap, useless speed trap, local law enforcement, speeding ticket revenue, bogus ticket revenue, open records request
In: additional action items, local police · Tagged with: city of westlake, dave claunch, protect and serve, speed trap, speeding ticket, the mayor of westlake, the mayor of westlake hills, westlake hills, westlake hills police department, westlake police, westlake speed trap, what's the point