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This was so good I almost put it in my Saturday Fun post but moved to Sunday since Bill Kristol has been a Sunday pundit forImage result for image, wrong years.  If you wonder how when he is so consistently wrong, you are not alone.  Kathleen Parker shares your bewilderment…

One can understand why the Weekly Standard’s William Kristol would try to nullify Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy, but smearing all baby boomers in the process seems a stretch of veracity in the service of a blank page.

In the June 1 issue of the conservative magazine he co-founded, Kristol writes that we’ve had enough already with boomer presidents. They’re all a bunch of losers, he says in so many words, causing exactly no one to lose sleep.

I don’t usually single out other commentators, but I’m making an exception — not because I’m a woman, or a boomer, or a Hillary Clinton supporter (though Kristol makes me want to be one), but because despite being wrong about most everything, he remains an influential voice in politics.

I enjoyed this bit of snark…

Whose parents? Kristol’s weren’t exactly manning the dikes — or the ’burbs. His father, Irving Kristol, was a public intellectual and columnist, and his mother, Gertrude Himmelfarb, is a scholar and historian.

What wonderful good luck to be born of such parents, who could indulge their children with an intellectually stimulating home and a fine education, and to be spared the earnest pursuits of the bourgeoisie.

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Jon Stewart goes after the mainstream media coverage of Bernie Sanders is this segment.  Enjoy!Image result for bernie sanders for president 2016 bumper sticker

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Syndicated columnist Dana Milbank shares his story and why he is committing himself to the union movement…

I am proud to be a card-carrying member of Local 32035 of the Communications Workers of America.Unioncard

It was not always thus. The Post is an open shop, and I dropped my membership several years ago when the union was encouraging readers to cancel their subscriptions to protest some management action. I didn’t see much sense in paying dues to accelerate the destruction of the newspaper business.

I don’t expect to gain much personally from rejoining the union faithful, because I’m in the top decile of American wage earners who have prospered in recent years. I signed up because income inequality, after years of worsening, has reached a crisis — and the decline in union membership is partly to blame. Rejoining the labor movement is my small, symbolic protest.

The gap in wealth and income between rich and poor is the worst since the Great Depression, and the gap between the rich and the middle class is at its highest since the government began keeping such statistics 30 years ago. After more than three decades of income growth for the wealthiest 10 percent and stagnation for everybody else, the top 3 percent now has more wealth than the bottom 90 percent.

And Americans are angry about it. The percentage of Americans who believe you can get ahead through hard work has declined about 15 points over the past 15 years, according to polling by Gallup and the Pew Research Center.

This Week’s audio netcast:  At this patriotic time of year, celebrating Memorial Day, journalist David Shipler says President Obama’sOnairradio campaign against whistleblowing reminds him of covering Cold War Russia. Sociology professor Andrew Cherlin, at this time of graduations and weddings, notes that the growing economic disparity is having a negative effect on higher education and marriage rates. And Congressman Dan Kildee takes on the president over trade in an interview on the Bill Press show.

My friend and one of the best State Representatives currently serving is taking the fight to the next level.  Bill Otto has announced he will be running for U.S. Representative from Missouri’s 2nd district.  This seat is currently occupied by Republican fundraiser Ann Image result for iMAGE, Missouri's second congressional districtWagner.  Check out Bill’s announcement and help him out if you can.  We will only move this country forward by investing in progressive candidates.

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You are invited to an informational meeting hosted by members of the community and Washington University environmental attorney, Maxine Lipeles.
Details: TUES, May 26th 6:30 p.m. at the Pilgrim UCC Church at 301 Academy St, Labadie MO 63055. No need to RSVP. If you know of others who should come, please feel free to invite them.
Find out what has transpired, what will be discussed at the June 11th final hearing of the Franklin County Commission (John Griesheimer, Tim Brinker) and get answers to your questions so you feel good about participating in the hearing. We have asked the commission to hold an informational meeting of their own, but we are not certain that will happen. The changes are convoluted and confusing at best. Take advantage of this opp ortunity to talk w/ others and the attorney most versed in what the regulations mean.
Thank you to those who testified and/or provided letters to the commission during the previous set of hearings. We need you attend the last hearing, June 11th starting at 9 am with evening hours. We need as many people as possible to articulate their concerns and recommendations to the commission before they make their decision.
If you cannot attend the hearing on June 11th, you can submit comments by email or mail to the County Commission. An email will be provided and we will let you know those details when they become available. Also check our Facebook page for updates: Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO). It is not unlikely that some changes will occur before the hearing date. Check our Facebook page for any last minute changes before driving out t o Franklin County.
FC Commission Hearing Details: June 11th, Franklin County Government Center, 400 E Locust in downtown Union MO 63084. Sign-up to testify before 8:30 a.m., testimony begins at 9:00 a.m. w/ Ameren, then LEO then public at large. Breaks at lunch and dinner. Evening testimony begins after dinner and continues until 8:00 p.m.
If you need additional information, feel free to call me at the number below.
Regards,
Patricia
Patricia Schuba, President
Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO)
P.O. Box 112 Labadie MO, 63055
c:  636.392.0018 (NEW 3/30/15)
prsmail@gmail.com

Yes, I do subscribe to several different conservative news and commentary sites.  I do have a strong stomach.  This article from ListeningGOPUSA, Republicans lose faith in party leadership, sheds light on how things look from their side of the fence.  It’s definitely not greener if we judge by the numbers.  It also highlights how the trade debate is exposing the corporate lackey’s to their friends on the right.

A new Pew Research Center poll shows that America is unhappy with the GOP led Congress. In fact, Americans are disgusted as Republican congressional leaders only registered a 22% overall approval rating.

What is especially significant is that the poll shows this anger is bi-partisan. Only 41% of Republicans approve of the performance of the GOP congressional leadership. This is much lower than the 60% approval rating GOP leaders received in 2011 and the 78% approval rating they received from Republicans in 1995, months after the party took control of Congress for the first time in 40 years.

Looks like many conservatives share progressive views on American jobs…

This trade promotion authority would force Congress to accept the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership between the United States and 11 other nations without any amendments. It would require Congress to schedule an up or down vote on the trade pact, creating “fast track” legislation. Many conservatives are leery of any trade deal that gives the President more power and might lead to the further dissolution of American manufacturing jobs. Both Boehner and McConnell are supportive of this agreement, which critics label as another gift to big business at the expense of middle class America.

And fourth amendment privacy…

After passing a trade deal, McConnell will turn to renewing the Patriot Act, despite major NSA abuses and a significant invasion of the privacy of ordinary Americans. It is another issue that pits GOP leadership against the majority of Republicans.

And for someone to govern of, by, and for the people and not the corporations  Even if Mitt Romney thinks corporations are people…

Clearly, congressional Republicans are not advancing a conservative agenda or stopping President Obama. This betrayal of conservatism is reflected in the Pew poll. The stage is now set for the 2016 presidential race where true conservative candidates will be facing establishment backed candidates like former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

If an establishment Republican is nominated, millions of conservatives will be disgusted and will bid farewell to the GOP. This will insure that the Republican Party, which has lost the popular vote in 5 out of the last 6 presidential elections, will lose again.

Are you listening Blaine Luetkemeyer?  His campaign donors look like Blaine is an establishment vote for sure.  What do you think?  These are the top four groups in dollars contributed.

Industry Total
Commercial Banks $153,750
Insurance $127,700
Finance/Credit Companies $89,500
Securities & Investment $66,100

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