Wednesday, February 16, 2011

As Von Would Say, Fridge Note

Went out and bought a cruciform lug wrench today... it's a multitask tool, good for removing tires, and for repelling vampires.

Haven't heard a goddamn thing on the "all news, all the time" radio station about the pro-union protests in Madison, Wisconsin. Protests in the Middle East get coverage, protests in the Midwest don't. That being said, I really think that Wisconsin is the proverbial "line in the sand" as far as workers' rights go. If the odious Scott Walker is successful, the assault on labor will contine with renewed fervor.

I think a lot of the hatred of public employee unions is based on racism. Just as Reagan's "Cadillac-driving, fur-coat wearing welfare queen" was a dogwhistle meant to conjure up an image of a black woman in the troglodytes' minds, "lazy public union worker" is meant to conjure up an uncooperative, African-American DMV clerk, making the poor beleagured white Heartlander wait on line for hours. Employment by the public sector has been a gateway to prosperity for minorities and women who were scorned by private sector employers for much of the nation's history, and this drives the knuckle draggers crazy.

The doctored video of Shirley Sherrod's speech, which led to her ouster by the USDA was, in part, an attempt to foster this antagonism against African-American public sector workers. The image of the uncooperative, "uppity" black bureaucrat, using her authority to keep down the beleagured white man, plays into the conservatives' narrative of victimhood. Hopefully, the woman who saved a white farmer's home can take a white framer's home.

It's forty-odd degrees out today, and will hit the fifties tomorrow... damn, I never knew I'd be so disgusted with winter.

Finally, I found the "Riddled" post I was referencing in my post about weaponized Brussels sprouts. I was looking for a post titled "Martial Rose Library", when I should have been looking for Winchester, England. Winchester, whodathunkit?

3 comments:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Protests in the Middle East get coverage, protests in the Midwest don't.

I think it's more than just a matter of occurring in flyover territory, BBBB. There was plenty of coverage of tiny teabagger events all over the Midwest.

I might as well re-post my comment at S.B.'s:

Covering the teabaggers suited plutocrat interests. Covering big anti-war rallies, such as occurred in D.C. in protest of the war on Iraq, does not. Here we have another example.

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Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I think it's more than just a matter of occurring in flyover territory, BBBB. There was plenty of coverage of tiny teabagger events all over the Midwest.

Damn straight- a dozen teabaggers trump 15,000 progressives in Corporate Media World. Those people in Madison just don't fit the narrative.

I think a general strike is what the country needs.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Maddow did a helluva good segment on it last night, featuring Feingold.

We might even get some attention. Not as much as if it was 6 Teabaggers, but at least the signs were spelled correctly.