D – 91 and counting*
"Because you never asked. People like to be asked." -- Tip O’Neill's Mrs. Cleary story
Montreal. "The familiar cling-clang of pots and pans heard every night in the streets of Montreal was heard last night in Berlin, as the casseroles protest went global." Chloe Rogrigue, waitress, student at Dawson: "Are you worried about how any disruptions to F1 might affect your livelihood? I am kind of worried, but at the same time, not so much. They cancelled the free day, so I know that’s going to be a slower day. Some people are really not aware of what’s going on in Quebec right now, so I think there are still going to be a lot of tourists." Think piece from Quebec: How ordinary people can get politicians to change the world using examples from Ontario anti-extractive economy efforts. "Employees of the École nationale de police du Québec have just completed a 24-hour strike." "[Le Devoir] obtained confidential minutes of a technical committee meeting on the election of an advisory panel for the Directeur général des élections du Québec in which it was stated the Liberals did not want booths in any educational institutions." CLAC: If it bleeds, it leads. Gorgeous pictures in the Atlantic (a few NSFW). Tonight, "didn’t seem to be very many identifiable protesters (50-100?) for a disproportionate amount of cops (100-200?) and a HUGE crowd of people standing about watching a show of police flexing. With the F1 crowd in the street and the police not wanting to attack festival goes, it was just really weird." "Just a thought, but maybe what’s bad for #Montreal’s reputation is out of control cops beating people in the streets. #ggi #manifencours"
CA. "Nearly 900 homeless men and women have filed claims for reimbursement for bicycles, tents and other items seized by city police during raids of illegal campsites." "[Derrick Gaines of San Bruno's] killing is the latest in a spate of officer-involved shootings in the Bay Area, including two in Vallejo."
CO. Fracking at the Erie Elementary School photo shoot. Farmer: "We’re on well water, so it’s a little disconcerting.” And read the comments.
CT. "Joshua Nassi, the fired congressional campaign manager for [D] House Speaker Christopher Donovan, has been identified by sources as the third alleged co-conspirator mentioned in a federal affidavit about how thousands of dollars ended up in Donovan's congressional campaign from hidden donors."
FL. "We’re just not going to do [the voter purge],” said Leon County’s elections supervisor, Ion Sancho... 'I’ve talked to many of the other supervisors and they agree.' 'The list is bad. And this is illegal'." Crazy baldheads: "Investigators say Wyczlinski and 12 others were planning attacks against other groups, and preparing for an inevitable race war."
IA. Restaurant owner of Romney visit: "I don't care as much about the picture but at least let me meet the guy who I tore my place up for." Except the quote (cited by Political Wire) doesn't exist at the URL given, which includes "-biz-owner-in-council-bluffs-we-were-disrespected/," implying quote did once exist. On tearing the place up: "[T]hey removed half his wife’s doll collection from a shelf to make the backdrop look appealing for a presidential candidate. The dolls were 'thrown in the backroom.'" WTF? Romney's royal progress? "Rev Keith Ratliff announced this week that he is resigning as president of the IA/NE branch ... 'due to the NAACP's position and support of same sex marriage.'"
MI. "[P]etition drive to seek a referendum on MI's controversial emergency financial manager law took another strange twist today as a state appeals court panel ruled that it should go on the ballot, then stayed its own order to poll the entire appellate bench on whether to review the issue further." Weird. If the decision gives a reason to poll the entire bench, I can't find it. Readers?
MT. If initiative CI-108 makes it to the November ballot and is passed, "it would define 'personhood' under the Montana Constitution as beginning at the moment of fertilization. So, fertilized eggs would be granted full rights and privileges delineated in the state constitution." Like open carry?
NV. "The Culinary Union's chief, expressing disappointment with Ds and a determination to focus on other priorities, said the union and its political organizers may, in effect, sit November out." Heh.
NY. "[T]he movement to prevent shale gas development in NY started in June, 2008 with unanswered questions raised by local residents, planners and elected officials at town hall meetings." Luke 10:37.
PA. "So the Scaife-funded Judicial Watch is defending legislation that came from the Scaife-supported ALEC while the Scaife-owned paper is both silent on those connections and yet still accuses the DOJ and the ACLU of being in 'cohoots'."
VA. "The spread in Ms. includes photos of the Mar 3 protest at the state Capitol [against the ultrasound bill] by hundreds of abortion-rights activists, 30 of whom were arrested by police in riot gear."
WI. Athenae: "We weren’t a blended purple. We were oil and water. Shake us up as hard as you want, but we will eventually separate out along a clearly demarcated line." Maybe. But see Rigcath at DK, of all places: "[Barret] didn't just not have a clear, coherent ideological platform; he seemed to be relying entirely on Walker's radicalism to make his case for him. Clearly this strategy isn't working. It didn't work for John Kerry in 2004 or Congressional Ds in 2010, and it didn't work on Tuesday." "People like to be asked." "[T]he Doe probe is run by a retired judge from Waukesha who has publicly stated the probe is not a politically-motivated process."
Inside Baseball. "On June 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, issued a short, thoughtless opinion in Libertarian Party v District of Columbia Board of Elections. It says that because the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992 said that the U.S. Constitution does not require states to print write-in space on ballots, therefore it follows logically that if governments do allow write-in space, the same government can refuse to count them." Romney speaks for his campaign; Obama uses more surrogates. Statistics, chart. "[Republican political groups] are relying on community banks that few Americans have heard of as they prepare to dole out cash at record speeds." “You know what race does in this election?” an old Kennedy D I know is saying on Thursday. “It takes Mormonism off the board. Gone, goodbye. So there’s that. And here’s something else that works against the President. Romney’s not picking a bad vice-president. His pick might not be very exciting. But it’s not going to be Palin.” Of Corey Booker: "'He’s dead to us,' one ranking administration official said." "[O]f those who disagree with [ObamaCare], only a third oppose it because it's too liberal, while one in six oppose it because it doesn't go far enough." Could the one in six figure (16%) be a proxy for the size of the "third pole in American politics" today?
Grand Bargain™-brand Cat Food Watch. Said Clinton: "I'm very sorry about what happened. I thought something had to be done on the 'fiscal cliff' before the election. Apparently nothing has to be done until the first of the year." So who just decided nothing "had to be done"?
Jawbs. On the Bernanke: Atrios goes with evil (as the answer to the eternal question: "Are the elite stupid and/or evil." Important milestone!
Let it be noted: FDR created the WPA and 8 million jobs by Executive Order. We're still using WPA infrastructure today. Obama could do tomorrow what FDR did. He doesn't because he doesn't want to. The responsibility for that policy choice is squarely on Obama's shoulders, and nowhere else.
Green Party. NY-24, Ursula Rozum: “We believe that the private job creators just aren't getting it done. They're sitting on $5 trillion in corporate cash and unrepatriated foreign profits and these business lobbies and their paid for politicians want more corporate tax cuts.”
Obama. The normally astute Charles Pierce: "... [T]he sudden re-emergence of polite, but pointed, PUMA-ism.... If it weren't for the concerted effort by people to roll back the stone from the tomb, the president wouldn't have had to abandon his completely legitimate campaign criticism of Romney's time at Bain Capital." Huh? Cory Booker, Deval Patrick, and "sensitive" Ds are PUMA-ists? Rolling back what stone? Whose stone? Luke 24:2? WTF? Obama: "The notion that my [our, nominally] White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive. It's wrong and people I think need to have a better sense of how I approach this office." So now Holder has to appoint two prosecutors, and the politics will be proving a negative: Prove the White House didn't leak. The Rs didn't manage to deke Clinton into trying to prove he didn't get a blow job. Can't anybody here play this game? I'd feel sorry for Holder, but then I'd have to feel bad for the ? miserable Alberto Gonzales.
"Doing Fine" flap. ABC: "Fundamentals– Was he right or wrong? Did he clarify quickly enough?" Fundamentals of what? Klein, even: "I don’t, for the life of me, understand why people get so excited over things like this."