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Matt Lee-Ashley, director of the Public Lands Project at the Center for American Progress, writesHow Politicians Are Using Taxpayer Money To Fund Their Campaign To Sell Off America’s Public Lands

The recent Cliven Bundy debacle in Nevada put a national spotlight on the long-running, and long-failing, effort by right-wing Western legislators to seize federal public lands and either turn them over to the states or sell them to the highest bidder.

While the renewal of this so-called “Sagebrush Rebellion” has thus far been carried out with limited resources by part-time legislators like State Rep. Ken Ivory (R-UT), new research shows that its leaders are now using taxpayer money from at least 42 counties in nine Western states to advance an aggressive and coordinated campaign to seize America’s public lands and national forests for drilling, mining, and logging.

According to a ThinkProgress analysis, the American Lands Council (ALC) — an organization created to help states to claim ownership of federal lands — has collected contributions of taxpayer money from government officials in 18 counties in Utah, 10 counties in Nevada, four counties in Washington, three counties in Arizona, two counties in Oregon, two counties in New Mexico, and one county in Colorado, Idaho, and Wyoming. In total, county-level elected officials have already paid the ALC more than $200,000 in taxpayer money. A list of these counties and their “membership levels” can be seen on the ALC website.

Since its inception in 2012, the ALC has been working with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative front group backed by the oil and gas industry and billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, to pass state-level legislation demanding that the federal government turn over federally owned national forests and public lands to Western states. So far, Utah is the only state to have signed a law calling for the seizure of federal lands, but Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana have passed bills to study the idea and further action is expected in statehouses during 2015 legislative sessions.

Legal experts report that Utah’s law, and similar bills being advanced by ALC and ALEC are in clear violation of Article IV of the Constitution, are in conflict with the laws that established Western states, and would be overturned if ever tested in federal court. […]

ALC’s use of county funds adds to the growing cost to taxpayers of the right-wing land seizure movement. The state of Utah, for example, has already spent more than $500,000 to study a takeover of federal land and has set aside an additional $3 million for legal fees to fight the federal government in court. In Idaho, when the Attorney General’s office questioned the legality of seizing federal lands, legislators in the state spent more than$20,000 on private counsel. In Nevada, a federal land seizure study cost taxpayers more than $66,000, while a special task force to study the issue in Wyoming cost taxpayers$30,000.

In addition to using taxpayer funds to advance unconstitutional bills to seize federal lands, the ALC also relies on financial support from the mining industry and fossil fuel interest groups. Americans for Prosperity, for example—another group financed by the Koch brothers—is listed as a “Bronze Member” of ALC. Mesa Exploration, a mining company whose recent proposal to build a potash mine in an area that the Donner Party crossed in 1846 was recently nixed by federal land managers, is also listed as a “Bronze Member” on ALC’s website.


Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2011Think Big: Real family values:

Americans love to talk about family values. That is to say, they love to express outrage—at Janet Jackson's exposed breast; at a politician's adulterous indiscretions; at the sexual orientation of their children's favorite underwater sponge—and slap a "family values" label on their outrage.

While "family values" makes for a convenient bumper sticker slogan for politicians running on a platform of discrimination, the reality is that our nation's domestic policies demonstrate that, in fact, we don't really value families at all. Those who claim to advocate for family values are far more concerned with narrowly defining what constitutes a family than with promoting policies that support and strengthen existing families. Relatively few governmental programs exist to assist families and those that do are laughably underfunded and restricted, and under constant attack from the very people who feign outrage at faux issues.

We could do this. Other countries around the world that have claimed an interest in helping families have invested resources in effective programs rather than propaganda. From family planning to family leave to subsidized health care and education, there are policies that do work. Unfortunately, our "family values" debate in this country dismisses such policies as socialism and sinfulness. So instead of investing in what works, our resources are diverted to propaganda that doesn't.
But it doesn't have to be that way.


Tweet of the Day:  

Finally some white males get a chance to lead the House Republicans.
@LOLGOP


On today's Kagro in the Morning show: an underreported detail from a recent shooting. Did the hero have a near miss? Greg Dworkin collected stories making the case that McCain is out of touch & no one cares what he says. Same with Cheney, and even Fox knows it. Iraq in disarray: why won't Obama lead & fix it already? Speaking of which, Norm Ornstein addresses polarization. Armando opines on DC football, Iraq, upcoming SCOTUS decisions, and newspapers plan a new online comment system. (Ours.) NYT ends The Gun Report, and there's a labor backstory. But Times editors say it was just getting boring or something. All the more reason for GunFAIL to continue.



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  •  On the way out and soon to be forgotten (15+ / 0-)

    My action diary, definitely a green diary about serious environmental issues and the destruction of natural beauty and also a boycott diary might still be worthy of a little effort.  

    Posted originally as “Before LG Destroys the Beauty” and deleted due to lack of interest, I picked a more aggressive title and started over with LG is a Scumbag Company.  

    Why don’t you sign the petition, post it to your Facebook page and tweet the diary. Help make consumers aware of what one bad company and a few rotten politicians are doing to destroy the beauty of the Palisades.

  •  1,037,313 registered users on dKos now. (10+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not spammers.)

    Kory909fn
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    Marciih
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    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #1,036,700: Joshua3195wdj1
    #1,036,800: Ulyssesyrk (already banned)
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    #1,037,100: gailag
    #1,037,200: Ervinhd (already banned)
    #1,037,300: TMiller44

    We've added 701 more users in the last 24 hours.  There's definitely been a recent increase in spammers in the last couple weeks, and it seems to be getting even faster now.  This is getting a bit insane.


    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's El DeBarge's "Rhythm of the Night".

  •  MSNBC: Iraq & GOP governor scandals (7+ / 0-)

    The big news, of course, was what's going on in Iraq.  Chris talked about it with Richard Engel, former ambassador Christopher Hill, Spencer Ackerman, and Brandon Webb.  Rachel talked with John Stanton.  Ari Melber, still filling in for Lawrence, talked with Eugene Robinson and Rajiv Chandrasekaran.  And Ed talked with Kelly O'Donnell and Joe Sestak.




    The other big news today was the double whammy of breaking news regarding the scandals surrounding Govs. Scott Walker (R-WI) and Chris Christie (R-NJ) that had been simmering for a while.  Chris talked with Ruth Conniff about Walker's troubles, and with Scott Raab about Christie and Bridgegate.  Rachel also had a rundown of these governors in trouble.  Lawrence talked with Brian Murphy about Christie's troubles, and David Samson's role in all this.  Ed talked with Wisconsin state senator Lena Taylor (D) and Ruth Conniff.




    Oh, and Rachel had a surprise guest on tonight, Lawrence O'Donnell!!!  He also made another appearance on his own show.  He'll finally be back next Monday.  Yay!

    You also NEED to watch this incredible segment from Rachel about the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer march in Mississippi, where a producer went down there and talked with Ruby McFarland about what's happened since then, and where we are now with voting rights in 2014.

    Chris also noted that in the Mississippi Senate GOP runoff, Thad Cochran seems to be trying to reach out to... Democrats.  He also talked with Ali Noorani about Rupert Murdoch taking to the Wall Street Journal to beg for immigration reform.

    Rachel also looked at the House GOP leadership election that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) easily won.

    Ari noted that the Tea Party actually won the House GOP leadership election today, talking with Steve Schmidt and E.J. Dionne, because Tea Partying Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) won the Whip position.  He then talked with recalled Colorado state senator John Morse about Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's (D) disappointing backtracking on the gun control legislation they passed.

    Ed also talked about the Keystone XL pipeline vote in the Senate with Jane Kleeb.  He also blasted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for saying Obama's presidency is "over".  He then talked about GMO food labeling with Ben & Jerry's Jerry Greenfield.

    •  Tonight it took (6+ / 0-)

      11 minutes and one complete shutdown to load this diary.

      Is this BruinKid's Open Thread for Night Owls or is it one that we all can join in on? I know I'm not the only one, another poster told you about when I complained the other day.

      A couple videos is one thing but you have done 13 and a music video. I'm tired of waiting for the OT only to find I can't load it up. All I'm asking for are links to the stories and less downloads. I don't think I'm being unreasonable.

      Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. They lie through their teeth with their head up their behind. You open up their hearts and here's what you'll find - Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. John Prine

      by high uintas on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 09:05:56 PM PDT

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      •  How about this? (1+ / 0-)
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        Aunt Pat

        When you click on the diary, don't click "Expand", but rather "Shrink", so you only see the subject headers.  Then you can open up just the comments you want to read without opening up anything I posted so that it won't load.

        •  Tell ya what (3+ / 0-)
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          navajo, Eric Nelson, Aunt Pat

          I will try it tomorrow night. Everything starts to lock up the minute I open the diary, I can see the different MSNBC videos are downloading while I impatiently tap on the table.

          If doing that will let me get in here, I'll do it 'cus it's very frustrating.

          Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. They lie through their teeth with their head up their behind. You open up their hearts and here's what you'll find - Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. John Prine

          by high uintas on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 09:33:36 PM PDT

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        •  The diary (5+ / 0-)

          would have to load first before Shrink could be selected. It could be set in preferences but then all diaries would be affected.

          You're determined, aren't you.

          I don't know what's worse, the getting older or the getting wiser. -- G. Callen.

          by OLinda on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 09:35:12 PM PDT

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        •  No. How 'bout this? (9+ / 0-)

          You post your own separate diary noting video heavy in the headline. Post it right at the same time as this diary. You have a VAST fan club. They all can enjoy your offerings and more as you see fit at this very time slot. Why slow down this community diary for your sole convenience?

          Your contributions are greatly appreciated at Daily Kos, hence your front paged pieces. They are fantastic! Thousands love them. They stand on their own.

          However, our site has many readers with slow connections and YOU should be considerate of them. This is NOT the first time they've asked. This is their community diary also.

          high uintas is not the only one who can't access this open thread. Readership in Night Owls goes down when you over post vids. This diary has been up for an hour and only 32 comments.

          Just because ONE person tells you to keep on doing what you do is not good consideration of your part. You've been asked by more people to be considerate than those who've flippantly encouraged you to continue the Bruin Kid show during N.O.

          Do the right thing, S.

          I have a fast connection and no problems. I'm representing those who would like to participate but can't because you are hogging the web.

          I'd like to be the first to rec your stand alone diary at this time slot. Send me a kosmail and I'll be there for the door buster.

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          by navajo on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 09:51:00 PM PDT

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          •  Thank you navajo! (7+ / 0-)

            I love to end my evenings here and on nights when BK doesn't do the videos I have time to read comments and talk with people I may not have seen since the night before. But, the videos makes it so that I spend what is left of my evening just trying to open the diary.

            I would love to be able to rec a stand alone diary and when I get a faster connection I will but until then I have a hard time with all the downloads.

            Thanks again, now I have to close up shop and go to bed.

            Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. They lie through their teeth with their head up their behind. You open up their hearts and here's what you'll find - Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. John Prine

            by high uintas on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 10:02:31 PM PDT

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          •  All right. (1+ / 0-)
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            I'll limit the number of videos to only those I think are critically important, and only link to the other clips.  The reason I had been putting up so many was because I didn't want to discriminate between the top stories of the day and then get attacked for not including it.

            (Now watch, once I do this, someone will then complain that I didn't include a video on a certain topic, and attack me for not considering it important enough.)

            •  And others of us will push back. n/t (4+ / 0-)
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              BruinKid, emmasnacker, navajo, high uintas

              Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

              by Meteor Blades on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 02:40:39 AM PDT

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            •  How many attacks do you get? (0+ / 0-)

              It seems to me that anyone who wanted to see what was on Rachel could go see it themselves. I haven't seen people yell at you for missing a story.

              What I don't understand is why you don't do your own diary. People who are interested in the videos will come, your fan base will follow you.

              This is the OT, not the BK show. You could still post your new user counts or take them to your diary, IMO you would get more one on one traffic and enjoy having a diary that is all yours.

              Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. They lie through their teeth with their head up their behind. You open up their hearts and here's what you'll find - Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. John Prine

              by high uintas on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 07:40:48 AM PDT

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              •  And another thing (0+ / 0-)

                You told me this before only to have "video creep" take over. I even complimented you when you only did a few but sure enough, you were back to 10 and over in no time.

                Please don't do that again. Just please...

                Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. They lie through their teeth with their head up their behind. You open up their hearts and here's what you'll find - Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. John Prine

                by high uintas on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 07:44:33 AM PDT

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                •  Sorry. (1+ / 0-)
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                  high uintas

                  I figured something like getting into another war in Iraq was, you know, important enough to get as many perspectives on the situation there.

                  But all right.  I know now that's not what's wanted here.

                  •  BK (1+ / 0-)
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                    BruinKid

                    It is huge news and you are right in bringing it to everyone's attention, but in the time it takes you to ready the vid to post your could write something about it and post a link.

                    Like I said a few aren't bad it's when you get up to the 10 and above range that makes it hard. Actually anything over 5 takes time but not that much and it doesn't cause the page to crash like last night's or a couple of days ago.

                    That is all I'm asking is that you hold them down a bit or if you are really into posting them why can't you do it in a diary. I would think that people would see that the diary's author is BruinKid and want to click on it.

                    I actually really like your contributions here, I don't want to make you feel bad or make an enemy out of a friend. I think we can come to a compromise is we try.

                    Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. They lie through their teeth with their head up their behind. You open up their hearts and here's what you'll find - Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. John Prine

                    by high uintas on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 09:24:48 AM PDT

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  •  Brett Favre backs Cochran.. hanging on too long? (6+ / 0-)

    I uh..

    Outside of the fact he's starting to look like Milton Berle, is it just me or is there something kind of hilarious about a guy like Brett Favre, who was accused repeatedly of 'hanging on too long' now coming out and endorsing Cochran, who was accused of the same thing?

    Just a minor chortle.

    http://abcnews.go.com/...

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    by Chris Reeves on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 08:38:17 PM PDT

  •  CA-Controller (8+ / 0-)

    Yep, still counting.  The battle for 2nd place in our top two system for Controller is still too close to call.  How close?  The Secretary of State's website now has it as:

    Betty Yee (D) 870,535
    John Pérez (D) 870,217

    That's a 318-vote lead out of over 4,413,374 ballots counted so far.

    The unprocessed ballots .pdf file seems to be a little behind, or the counties simply haven't updated that file after updating the vote totals.  But from what it seems, Fresno, Humboldt, Kern, Modoc, Nevada, and Tuolumne counties may actually be completely done.

    The problem is the uncounted ballot numbers were flat out WRONG for certain counties.  Sacramento County reported they only had 3,200 ballots left to count as of last week.  But in yesterday's final update, they actually added an additional 4,579 ballots, and that was JUST in the Controller's race (which some people leave blank when voting for Governor).  Oy.  So if the number of uncounted ballots itself is way off in some of these counties, who the hell knows???

    Like, when Contra Costa claims they have EXACTLY 4,000 provisional ballots and EXACTLY 10,000 other ballots as well left to count, please take that with a HUGE grain of salt.

    So my updated meaningless projection, based on the percentages so far reported, and the reported number of ballots left to count (which could be totally wrong now), has Betty Yee winning by about 1,800 votes.

    If that happens, a certain front pager will probably not be happy, as he's Pérez's campaign manager.  :-\

  •  We'd need several institutes of full time (9+ / 0-)

    employees just to keep up with the nefarious dealings of ALEC.

    We need to make affiliations with this sordid organization such a social embarrassment that respectable organizations withdraw from it.

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    by HoundDog on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 08:48:55 PM PDT

  •  HUGE VICTORY IN THE HOUSE TONIGHT! (11+ / 0-)
  •  We are all such small points in the universe. (17+ / 0-)

    Milky Way photo OverTheTop_Perrot950_zps33ed2bb5.jpg

    The central bulge of our Milky Way Galaxy rises above a sea of clouds in this ethereal scene. An echo of the Milky Way's dark dust lanes, the volcanic peak in foreground silhouette is on France's Réunion Island in the southern Indian Ocean. Taken in February, the photograph was voted the winner of the 2014 International Earth and Sky Photo Contest's Beauty of the Night Sky Category.
    NASA Image of the Day

    Must see --> Other winning images here.

    And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

    by noweasels on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 08:53:53 PM PDT

  •  Repubs are family-value oriented, indeed. (4+ / 0-)

    It's just that some have trouble deciding which family they value more.

    Free Will is the only moral law.

    by franklyn on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 08:56:52 PM PDT

  •  Through the Ron Paul mirror. (4+ / 0-)
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    My Ron Paul friend thinks liberals think this about Iraq now.

    "No it's not a war!!! It's a time-limited, scope-limited military action, in concert with our international partners, with the objective of protecting civilian life!" -shit statists say
    Of course, what's noteworthy is that for all their bluster over how this is so bad, as Stephen Colbert noted earlier this week, they are similar to the neocons in that they HAVEN'T SUGGESTED SHIT on what we should do.  They're simply completely silent on that aspect, and are simply saying Obama is doing the WRONG thing.  There are a few who say we should do nothing, and when you ask them what they think will happen there then, they either have no answer, don't care, or think magical sparkle ponies will shoot out of the Iraqis' butts causing an everlasting "peace" in the land.

    Also, Lew Rockwell (yes, that Lew Rockwell, who wrote the racist Ron Paul newsletters) wrote:

    "It is a good thing that King Obama is apparently focusing his efforts on trying to get the Washington Redskins to change their name. It diverts his time away from getting us involved in more wars and adopting more of his beloved communistic domestic policies. The Dallas Cowboys may well be next on King O’s hit list, as well they should be. After all, it was cowboys who shot and killed all those redskins (er, I mean, Native Americans) as depicted in hundreds of movies and television shows known as 'Westerns.' Then there are the Buffalo Bills. The so-called “Buffalo Soldiers” of the late nineteenth century were ex-slaves recruited into the U.S. Army to assist in the army’s campaign of mass murder and genocide against the Plains Indians. This cannot stand. The Lake Erie Muskies or the Lake Erie Cohos (as in Coho Salmon) would be much more politically correct," says Thomas DiLorenzo.
    Yeah, because the President cannot multi-task whatsoever.  And because Obama personally controls the Patent and Trademark Office with his mind-control device.

    Oh, the Paul fans are geeking out over the news that Ron Paul himself will make a cameo appearance in Atlas Shrugged Part 3.  So will Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.

  •  ALEC depends heavily on the left's ignorance of rw (7+ / 0-)

    radio

    sorry mb, i have to say it again

    any cursory study of local rw radio content will show close correlation with the ALEC/GOP/COC stink tanks, from the early morning drive time show to the late night shows.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 09:13:22 PM PDT

    •  You're right (5+ / 0-)
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      at least for here in Utah. The morning line up of dipshits drive the agenda and our idiot legislators are more than happy to dance to their tune.

      Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. They lie through their teeth with their head up their behind. You open up their hearts and here's what you'll find - Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. John Prine

      by high uintas on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 09:16:53 PM PDT

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      •  that relationship completely eludes liberals and (3+ / 0-)
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        high uintas, Eric Nelson, Aunt Pat

        dems and has for 25 years

        This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

        by certainot on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 09:19:46 PM PDT

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        •  The bottom line (4+ / 0-)
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          tho is how do we change it? Short of pulling the plug on the transmitters I don't know how to stop it or counter it's impact.

          Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. They lie through their teeth with their head up their behind. You open up their hearts and here's what you'll find - Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. John Prine

          by high uintas on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 09:23:18 PM PDT

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          •  here's four ways, plus (9+ / 0-)

            from:http://www.dailykos.com/...

            and adding to 1

            http://www.dailykos.com/...

            Four ways Democrats and progressives can challenge the talk radio advantage before the 2014 elections:

            1) Right wing radio has been successful because it has been ignored. Use the latest transcription software to make transcripts of the major local RW talkers available for searching and reading. Lies and distortions can be responded to in other media, or with picketing at stations, BEFORE they hurt Democratic candidates and progressive causes. Most advertising the GOP and its candidates do is built on and reinforced by lies and distortions popularized and made acceptable with the unchallenged repetition that only talk radio is capable of. Correcting the talk radio gods and their propaganda publicly will reduce the effectiveness of those ads and the numbers of disinterested fence-sitters the dittoheads and teabaggers can mobilize on election day.

            2) More than 28% of Limbaugh stations piggyback publicly funded schools. I don't think the RW radio monopoly can survive without its parasitic relationship with our institutions of higher learning. Shame colleges and universities that broadcast sports on RW radio stations. Get them to honor their mission statements and look for apolitical alternatives. The benefits those schools get from their associations with the loudest stations in the state pale in comparison to the damage RW radio has helped shills like Walker do. The RW stations and their talkers use college sports logos to boost their community credibility and attract advertisers while they help ALEC and the Koch brothers and their candidates defund and privatize public education, attack teachers and unions and Democratic candidates, and deny global warming and other science. Those stations also weigh in on elections of regents and the short lists of candidates for school presidents. The radio component of the media licensing revenue a school receives (usually packaged with all media) may be minuscule compared to total licensing revenues and schools need to be asked to reveal those details. What's the price to get a university to trash its own mission statement? The amount may be surprisingly small.

            3) Support the Rush Limbaugh boycott efforts and extend it to all advertisers on right wing stations. Most stations include some innocuous and apolitical programming during the week but they are primarily part of the larger RW propaganda operation. Any damage done to progressive radio will made up for many times over as the right wing radio monopoly disintegrates and stations become available.

            4) Where appropriate, include radio stations and talk show hosts in peaceful protests. For 25 years a few hundred RW talkers with big soapboxes have attacked, distorted, and sabotaged the citizen activism of millions- with little protest or acknowledgment from the 'Left' or it's organizations. Protests at state capitols are routinely minimized by the state RW stations and their carnival barkers. Those attacks can continue long after the protestors go home. Almost any major issue is appropriate, from social justice and equality, fair wages, global warming, the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking, media and election reform, voter suppression, gun control, wall street, and political corruption. All could legitimately be picketed at those giant megaphones - the true source of 'popular' power of the new irrational Republican Party. Media and politicians used to being intimidated and enabled by RW radio and its made-to-order think tank talk radio constituencies, will notice.

            This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

            by certainot on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 09:50:39 PM PDT

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            •  Thank you for the suggestions (3+ / 0-)
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              Eric Nelson, Aunt Pat, certainot

              I know the station in SLC that does talk radio and it might be the one that the U of U uses for their games, if it is they might respond to protest, if it's BYU's games then it's hopeless.

              The other suggestions are worth saving as well, so I am.

              Thank you.

              Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. They lie through their teeth with their head up their behind. You open up their hearts and here's what you'll find - Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. John Prine

              by high uintas on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 10:08:31 PM PDT

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    •  I have never complained about your crusade. :) n/t (5+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Eric Nelson, navajo, Aunt Pat, JeffW, certainot

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 10:11:56 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Been meaning to ask this for a while (0+ / 0-)

    but what's the story behind the Air Wolf font?

  •  kleptocrats trying to loot the public treasury (5+ / 0-)

    in the form of land taken for stewardship like trying to loot social security and making more weapons than we need

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 09:15:24 PM PDT

    •  Utah made money during (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      annieli, Jeff Y, Aunt Pat

      the government shut down by keeping the Nat. Parks open. They want more of that sweet, sweet cash.

      Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. They lie through their teeth with their head up their behind. You open up their hearts and here's what you'll find - Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. John Prine

      by high uintas on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 09:26:11 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  New name for a band: (4+ / 0-)

    Scott Walker and the Criminal Scheme.

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 09:20:00 PM PDT

  •  Oregon counties and ALC (3+ / 0-)
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    high uintas, Eric Nelson, Aunt Pat

    I wasn't surprised to see Wallowa County on ALC's list.  It's a very rural and depressed county at our Northeastern corner bordering Idaho and eastern Washington state.  Eastern Oregon is very red.  Its only major industry, timber, has been reduced by 90% because of changes in forestry management on federal lands.  I, of course, support those changes, and ALC's "solution" is not the answer, but I understand the desperation of the people in that county.

    Timber is also the issue in Klamath county, although it was not nearly as hard hit as Wallowa, having a more diverse economy.  It, too, is a very red area of our state.

    I'm going to send a link to the ALC article to the Rural Organizing Project's affiliates in those two counties.  They need to be aware, if they aren't already.

    •  The same is true in parts of Utah (3+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson, jgilhousen, Aunt Pat

      It's not forestry but mining regs and very depressed economies. I do understand what drives the people but IMO the state gov won't treat them any better.

      Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. They lie through their teeth with their head up their behind. You open up their hearts and here's what you'll find - Some humans ain't human some people ain't kind. John Prine

      by high uintas on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 09:43:04 PM PDT

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      •  I wish State government would treat them (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        viral, Aunt Pat

        better, but not in the way that they hope -- which is would usher in wholesale pillaging of our public lands.

        Rather, we need to wake our state legislators up to the reality of rural poverty, and the need for investment in environmentally sound and sustainable rural economic redevelopment.

        But you know that already.  I just needed to get it off my chest.

  •  Alaska uses the guise of "Mental Health Trust" to (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    high uintas, viral, Aunt Pat

    give one person in Anchorage sole discretion over leasing state lands to big mines and other private entities.  They are allowed to ignore public comment from local communities on potential impacts to wild salmon stocks and long term economic and physical and mental health of communities being impacted.

  •  Tim DeChristopher. (0+ / 0-)

    It's not just Right-Wing Western legislators.  It's the Bush BLM, the DoJ, and the President himself for failing to pardon.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    Let's not whitewash the consensus on this one.

  •  A few days ago, a county gave the feds 30 days (5+ / 0-)

    literally to get the heck out of Dodge and to turn over all federal assets within the county.  Sounds like a bad SNL skit only these folks really believe this stuff.

    This Sovereign Citizen stuff is getting to be more and more common as more and more people buy into the bizarro world view that the US is really the U.S. and we are not U.S, citizens and so don't have to pay taxes or buy car tags or any number of other things
    Here are a few of their recent antics:
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/...
    http://www.dailyrecord.com/...
    http://wonkette.com/...
    http://www.irehr.org/...
    http://www.8newsnow.com/...  

    •  It happens every time we have a Democrat (5+ / 0-)

      in the White House (see also, Bill Clinton).

      At the heart of all their bullshit, right wingers are basically just militant authoritarians. Their authority, not ours.

      “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

      by Jeff Y on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 10:05:22 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •   that order is null and void. No state (0+ / 0-)

      or any part of a state, can order the feds to turn over federal land. Supremacy Clause people. now the feds could, due to that clause require the states to turn over their holdings, but it would be a PITA to enforce. Utah may have a law on the books demanding the feds surrender the holdings in Utah -57% of Utah is federal- but that law is basically just wallpaper.

    •  Which county was that? (0+ / 0-)

      Not that it matters, a county cannot evict the feds. that order will be overturned in court, post haste.

  •  Dy-no-mite Night Owl Message tonight.. (7+ / 0-)

    FB'd & tweeted:

    That is a Bull's-eye -> the perfect wedge between the so-called Randian Liberty assholes and the every single republican that they will be forced to not vote for "out of principle" - right?.. oh principled libertarians ?

    and in combo with tonight's tweet & link - lol :)

    Thx MB  

  •  and for 25 years been using pubic airwaves (4+ / 0-)

    to sell ALEC agenda on rw radio

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 10:00:38 PM PDT

  •  "Can I take your order... ?" (6+ / 0-)

    Listen to The After Show & The Justice Department on Netroots Radio. Join us on The Porch Tue & Fri at Black Kos, all are welcome!

    by justiceputnam on Thu Jun 19, 2014 at 10:18:31 PM PDT

  •  NSA funding cuts WIRED reports that "the House ... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW

    NSA funding cuts

    WIRED reports that "the House of Representatives voted 293 to 123 to pass an amendment to a Department of Defense appropriations bill that would cut off all funds for two of the agency’s most embattled activities: First, using the 702 provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to perform searches of collected surveillance data that target Americans, and second, asking hardware markers and software developers to build backdoors into their tools designed to give the agency access to users’ communications. On that second count, the amendment specifically forbids funding for any agency attempt “to mandate or request that a person redesign its product or service to facilitate…electronic surveillance.”

    Can't figure out how to do a diary from my phone...

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