Map Madison Wisconsin in1867 – Republicans Have Redacted Ninety-Nine Percent of the Constitution


Map Madison Wisconsin in1867

Map Madison Wisconsin in1867. Perspective map not drawn to scale. the legend on this beautiful map lists notable sites such as the capitol building, the German Catholic Church, the Soldiers Orphan Home and the local “lunatic asylum”.

Tombstone Arizona Mines Map1881

Tombstone Arizona Mines Map1881. I just liked this quirky map so much I had to post it today. I have a copy twice this large and you still cannot read the small print of the individual mines. Yet it is an a nicely done piece of historic art if nothing else. a Mr. Frank S. Ingoldsby put a lot of thought and consciousness attention to detail. Though the beauty of the map does obscure the terrible legacy of what many of those mines, pretty much unregulated, left as their environmental legacy on the land and local water supply.



Bill Maher continues to be an equal oportunity offender, though this says more about the blatant hypocrisy of a certain political partay and the fact that they are clueless to that hypocrisy,

During the last segment of Bill Maher’s show on Friday, he criticized both gun owners and liberals who appeared not to care that the majority of our civil liberties have been compromised as they duke it out over gun control.

“New rule: someone has to tell America’s gun nuts to stop wetting their amy surplus pants about losing the Second Amendment. It’s not your Second Amendment rights that are under attack — it’s all the other ones,” he began.

He went on to say that last month, the Senate voted to reauthorize a program that can “collect data on any American citizen and hold onto it forever. They can look at your emails, your texts, your Skypes, and not a peep out the crowd that’s always bitching about what the framers intended. In fact, the answer from almost everyone seems to be, ‘Oh what the hell, the airport screeners have already seen my ass anyway.’”

“Call me old school, but I don’t want the feds googling what I’m googling. It’s bad enough when Netflix pries into my private life. ‘You watched the Walking Dead and Zombieland. You might also like this interview with John McCain.’”

“Doesn’t anyone care that this is the new normal? I guess not, because gun nuts don’t care and neither do liberals,” he said, reminding liberals that they accused Bush of “wiping his ass with the constitution” for the warrantless wiretapping program but seem to have no problem’s with Obama doing the same thing.

“The only thing that still has bipartisan support in Washington is not giving a shit about privacy,” he said.

He also said that while gun owners feel that guns protect them more than laws or courts. “They think that’s what prevents the government from going too far. Without guns, Obama would become an emperor and force everyone to gay marry, but he can’t because a guy in Kentucky named Skeeter has a .22.”

But while they were buying guns, “that’s when we lost all the stuff in the Bill of Rights, about trials and juries and warrants” and that there is “nothing left for the guns to protect.”

There is some Democratic hypocrisy and I appreciate the humor pointing that out, though I would include the the circumstances of that hypocrisy. During the 2008 and 2012 elections there were political choices on the table. In neither case Obama versus McCain or Obama versus Romney would liberals get everything on their wish list. We were adults. We looked at the candidates, we checked off the list of pluses and minuses and voted accordingly. Certainly the recent renewal of domestic surveillance provisions in the Orwellian named Patriot Act contains some repugnant legislation. That does not mean they are not on the list of things that the Democratic base is working on and would like to see revised. In comparison, the people who think guns equals rights, that think semi-automatics with large magazines and guarantees of freedom are one and the same, have no problem with the tyrannical government talking away a big chunk of their civil liberties. If guns are not their to protect your first, fourth, freedom from cruel or unusual punishment, freedom from fines without due process, the right of habeas corpus or the right to an independent judiciary, than the only right conservative gun fetishists care about is the right to have an urban assault weapon to protect themselves from overly aggressive deer. This is a wonderful post that puts things in proper moral perspective, As gun biz was hiring 13,000 people a year, its product was being used to kill more than twice that.

Note that Republicans who shed tears over the prospects of not having a 13 shot mag for their 9mms have no problem with Republicans laying financial Russian-roulette for the nation’s economy, The Republican Debt Ceiling Gambit Is Unconstitutional

House Republicans are backing away from their threat to plunge the United States into a catastrophic budget default and will instead pursue the somewhat less reckless strategy of passing a three-month increase in the debt limit. According to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), the bill will also contain a provision cutting off congressional pay unless both houses meet a particular milestone: “If the Senate or House fails to pass a budget in that time, members of Congress will not be paid by the American people for failing to do their job. No budget, no pay.”

Before Cantor gets too excited about this plan, however, he may want to familiarize himself with the Twenty-Seventh Amendment to the Constitution:

No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

There is no election between now and three-months from now, so no law that would cut off congressional pay can take effect then. The Constitution is very clear on this point. Indeed, Republicans should have discovered this fact when House members read the Constitution aloud on the House floor last Tuesday.

To be sure, it is good news that House Republicans appear to be realizing that they can no longer hold the fate of the entire world economy hostage to their narrow agenda. But they aren’t allowed to violate the Constitution either.

Buzzfeed’s John Stanton reports that Republicans claim their “no budget, no pay” provision is constitutional because “it doesn’t change the level of pay but withholds it” until a subsequent date. This claim, however, is not consistent with the text of the Twenty-Seventh Amendment. The Constitution forbids laws “varying the compensation” of members of Congress, not just laws that change the amount of their pay. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, the verb “vary” means “to make a partial change in : make different in some attribute or characteristic.” Changing the timing of congressional pay makes a change in some attribute or characteristic of how members are compensated.

Maybe we could start an exchange program. Conservatives turn in their assault weapons and get a free copy of the constitution the rest of us read, the one with all the amendments.



I’m going to try not to do much in the way of loner posts about this apparently growing phenomenon, but i will mention stories as they develop, Sandy Hook truther won’t quit
Florida professor James Tracy tells Alex Jones’ radio show that like 9/11, Newtown was “a drill that went live” VIDEO

Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy is standing by his controversial views on the Sandy Hook massacre, saying in a radio interview today that “crisis actors” may have been used to “embellish” the shooting, just as they did in 9/11.

[WATCH] Actor Danny Glover tells students 2nd Amendment was created to protect slavery. It’s all faux outrage in the comments. Glover is crazy, doesn’t know history, etc. No one bothered to look past the garbage history that conservatives regularly swallow from the Limbaughs, Drudges and Gleen Becks. Slavery might not have been the only reason for the way the 2nd amercement was worded, but preserving slavery was a large part of it.

Ralph Nader has developed some quirks I don’t care for over the last 10 years, but he can still do some math, Open Letter to Mark Duke, CEO of Walmart: Take the Lead on Raising Minimum Wage

Walmart has about one million workers, give or take, in the U.S. who are making less per hour, adjusted for inflation, than workers made in 1968. This is remarkable for another reason – today’s Walmart worker, due to automation and other efficiencies, does the work of two Walmart workers from 40 years ago. A federal minimum wage, inflation-adjusted from 1968, would be $10.50 today. The present federal minimum wage is $7.25 – the lowest in major Western countries. In Western Europe and Ontario, where you have operations, you must currently adhere to minimum wages of $10.50 or more.

[  ]…Raising your workers’ wages to a $10.50 minimum would cost your company less than $2 billion (deductible) on U.S. sales of more than $313 billion. Fewer Walmart workers would have to go on varieties of government relief. Some of that $2 billion would go to social security, and Medicare with more going back into purchases at Walmart.

If America’s CEOs in general would act like moral patriotic Americans it would solve a lot of problems including Medicare funding and boosting the economy by increasing the buying power of millions of workers.

Limbaugh Goes on Another Racist Rant

Civil Rights Leader Rep. John Lewis Responds To Limbaugh’s Gun Claim: We Chose Non-Violence

Earlier on Friday, Limbaugh had asked on his radio show, “If a lot of African-Americans back in the ’60s had guns and the legal right to use them for self-defense, you think they would have needed Selma?” He continued, “If John Lewis, who says he was beat upside the head, if John Lewis had had a gun, would he have been beat upside the head on the bridge?”

During the 1965 march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery in support of voting rights for African-Americans, state troopers beat the unarmed protesters on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Lewis suffered a concussion.

Responding to Limbaugh today, Lewis said in a press release:

“Our goal in the Civil Rights Movement was not to injure or destroy but to build a sense of community, to reconcile people to the true oneness of all humanity,” said Rep. John Lewis. “African Americans in the 60s could have chosen to arm themselves, but we made a conscious decision not to. We were convinced that peace could not be achieved through violence. Violence begets violence, and we believed the only way to achieve peaceful ends was through peaceful means. We took a stand against an unjust system, and we decided to use this faith as our shield and the power of compassion as our defense.

“And that is why this nation celebrates the genius and the elegance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s work and philosophy. Through the power of non-violent action, Dr. King accomplished something that no movement, no action of government, no war, no legislation, or strategy of politics had ever achieved in this nation’s history. It was non-violence that not only brought an end to legalized segregation and racial discrimination, but Dr. King’s peaceful work changed the hearts of millions of Americans who stood up for justice and rejected the injury of violence forever.”

There are a fw takeaways from the Limbattery of history. Limbaugh continues to seal his reputation for being both the titular head of the conservative movement and thus the most visible part of its racist elements. PBVV in the comments saved me the trouble of writing out the actual verbage of what Limbaugh said. If MM’s version sounds offensive, blatantly and unrepentantly evil, well it gets worse,

If John Lewis, …~long pregnant pause~…who sayz he wuz beat-up-side-da-head, ..~pregnant pause again~….if John Lewis had had a gun, would he have been
beat-upside-da- head, on the bridge?

His disgusting, racist mocking of John Lewis ( whose wife was just laid to rest last week) should be broadcast far and wide, all weekend.

While it was one of the first things that popped into my head on listening.reading that garbage, credit to conservative David Frum @davidfrum on Twitter for saying it as well, “And to this day, Limbaugh always on side of armed black protesters when they confront state troopers & sheriff deputies”. It certainly is not the John Lewises or Barack Obamas druming up racial divisions. In Sept. of 2009 Limbaugh and some other denizens of far Right conservative punditry seemed to be doing their best to start a national wave of race based animosity, I Believe Rush Limbaugh Calls For a Race War

Here’s Rush Limbaugh’s take on this all:

Hey, look, folks, the white kid on that bus in Belleville, Illinois, he deserved to be beat up. You don’t know about this story? Oh, there’s video of this. The school bus filled with mostly black students beat up a white student a couple of times with all the black students cheering. Of course the white student on the bus deserved the beating. He was born a racist. That’s what Newsweek magazine told us in its most recent cover. It’s Obama’s America, is it not? Obama’s America, white kids getting beat up on school buses now.

And then’s here’s the real story:

A student on a Belleville West High School bus was beaten for his choice of seat, not because he was white, according to a witness and police.

“The incident appears now to be more about a couple of bullies on a bus dictating where people sit,” said Belleville Police Capt. Don Sax, who originally said Monday’s attack may have been racially motivated.

Civil rights protesters should have guns – and one assumes use them to win their civil rights. But wait black kids across America are beating p white kids and it is all Obama’s fault (Drudge and Bill O’Reilly have contributed their share of venal hypocritcal narrative as well). Does it make sense when you read it in the same place. Is it a cogent narrative that has some legitimate concerns about race relations, violence, guns or civil rights. Of course not. Their minds are fetid swamps of vitriol. They just shovel it out to the public, trying their best to inflame resentment, if not violence.

True sons of freedom, 1918 by  Charles Gustrine

True sons of freedom, 1918 by  Charles Gustrine. African American soldiers fighting German soldiers in World War I, and head-and-shoulders portrait of Abraham Lincoln above. The quote from Lincoln reads, ” Liberty and freedom shall not parish.” There is a time and place for arms and using them to fight for freedom. Conservatives cannot seem to make those distinctions.