Welcome back readers! Today is Tuesday, and it’s been a whirlwind day of news! Yes, Chris Christie isn’t running for president… but that was to be expected and I don’t feel the need to discuss the situation. Here are today’s important news stories.
Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Everything
The Movement Broadens and Expands First, the Occupy Wall Street support is growing from powerful nationwide unions. The Communication Workers of America have pledged their support and that of their 700,000 members. Also, according to Labor journalist Mike Elk, AFSCME the United Steel Workers and the AFL CIO will all also pledge support. This thing is getting beg folks, get excited. Follow the first link to see Mother Jones’ overview of the movement from the beginning and use the interactive map to find the #Occupy protest nearest to you. Become part of the solution!
Dems Trying to Salvage Jobs Bill With Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act languishing in Congress, Democrats are trying to entice the public opinion needed to override the intransigence of the Republican House. The one thing that the American public can agree on in a bipartisan manner is taxing the rich. As a part of the Super Committee, Dems are trying to pass a Millionaires surtax that would more than pay for Obama’s Jobs Bill. Who knows how the political system will actually work this situation out, the public’s views are clear. In a recent CBS poll, 51 percent agreed that The Buffett rule (which would raise taxes on the super rich) would not affect the amount of hiring in the country. This flies in the face of how the mainstream media is reporting the story. Maybe the public is smarter than we give them credit for.
Right Wing Extremist Calls for Mass Murder John Joseph Jay is an Anti-Muslim extremist who has clear ties to Pam Gellar. Gellar is an ‘expert’ that Fox News uses again and again to explain issues regarding Muslims. Jay, in his personal blog, explicitly called for the mass murder of Congressmen, members of the media, professors, liberals and Muslims. Yes, all Muslims should be forced to leave the country or be murdered and all mosques should be burned to the ground. This obviously batshit crazy individual helped found the American Freedom Defense Initiative with Pam Gellar. This association tells you all you need to know about who Fox brings on to discuss Muslims. Even a slight connection would be damning.
The Approaching Political Threat Really interesting post from Digby on the possible political future of David Petraeus. Already the hero of the right wing, he has been given legitimacy by the Obama Administration and his political star appears to be very much on the rise. Looking beyond the fact that Counter Insurgency has been a devastating failure in Afghanistan and his apparent role in the coverup of the death of Pat Tillman, my main problem with Petraeus as a Presidential candidate is this – in a time where we’re in at least four wars, the last thing we need is a General President (even in 2016). To help this nation, we need to be ending wars… and I don’t see Petraeus doing that.
Gay Men Offered Fewer Job Interviews The American Journal of Sociology put out a study that found that gay men were 40% less likely to be offered job interviews. This discrimination was particularly heinous in the Midwest and the South. It’s examples like this that prove that we have a long way to go before we can consider ourselves an equal society.
Occupy the NBA With the announcement that a labor agreement between the NBA and the Players Association is not anywhere on the horizon and the Preseason and possibly the Regular Season might be cancelled, Dave Zirin has a plan – Occupy the NBA. In a world where owners blackmail governments to hand over billions of dollars in public money that results in private wealth, the people should rise up and stand with the Players in this struggle. I can’t do the piece justice, read Zirin’s post because it’s fantastic.
Thanks for reading and staying informed! Keep reading The Progressive Playbook and come back tomorrow for another Daily News Drop!
Sources: Mother Jones, The Raw Story, Talking Points Memo, Think Progress, Digby’s Hullabaloo, The Advocate, Edge of Sports
Norway Bombing and Shooting It seems, at the top of Friday’s news, we should be talking about the bombing of a government building in Oslo and shooting at a Labour Youth Camp at Utoya Island, Norway. So far, the death toll is up to 92, and they’re still searching for victims. So, so sad and senseless.
Debt Talks Crumble… Again Once again, our fearless leaders have reached an impasse as the rest of the country stares at doomsday.
DADT is Finally Dead (Really) Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is finally a thing of the past. All the extensive “how to deal with alien gay people” training has been completed and the military is finally ready to accept openly gay people. It sure is nice of them to finally get around to enforcing the repeal bill that was signed by President Obama last year! Hopefully as a country we can now move forward and maybe give all of those discharged under DADT their jobs back?
The FAA Debacle Thanks to our elected officials, who have proven unequivocally that they are completely unable to govern, the FAA has furloughed thousands of workers. Basically, Congress failed to reauthorize funding for the FAA because of their inability to compromise. The House and the Senate both passed budgets, but of course, the Republicans had to inject a measure that would make it harder for industry workers to unionize. Great!
Mental Illness Discrimination? Sallie Mae has a policy that allows people to buy tuition refund insurance, but apparently only pays 75% of tuition back if a student leaves due to mental illness rather than a physical ailment. This really makes no sense and mental illness can be just as debhilitating as a physical problem. This is sad news and something that must be changed ASAP!
Please come back later for Saturday’s Daily News Drop, and stay informed!
Sources: CNN, The Huffington Post, Reuters, Psychcentral.com