David Sirota: Texas is ground zero of corporate terrorism

There you go: if you wait long enough, eventually as many Texans will die of workplace accidents as Americans died on 9/11. What possible connection could there be between the two? David Sirota has the answer: Sept. 11 was the result of religious terrorism, while workplace deaths are the result of corporate terrorism, which apparently runs rampant in the absence of government oversight and regulation.

Where did this latest outrage come from? The New York Times implied this week in many, many words what cartoonist Jack Ohman managed to convey in one panel in his ghoulish “Business is booming” cartoon:  Gov. Rick Perry and the GOP don’t care who dies if they can make a buck.

This antiregulatory zeal is an outgrowth of a broader Texas ideology: that government should get out of people’s lives, a deeply held belief throughout the state that touches many aspects of life here, including its gun culture, its Republican-dominated Legislature and its cowboy past and present.

So, would stronger government oversight have prevented that fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas? The New York Times admits, “It is impossible to know whether tougher regulations would have prevented the disaster near West, especially since investigators remain unsure what sparked the fire that caused the fertilizer to explode.” But, corporate terrorism.

We reacted to 9/11 w/big spending on anti-terrorism regs/enforcement. We react to 9/11 levels of workplace death w/ more deregulation.

— David Sirota (@davidsirota) May 11, 2013

Religious terrorism prompts spending on security/safety. Corporate terrorism prompts budget cuts/dereg & less workplace safety/security.

— David Sirota (@davidsirota) May 11, 2013

Caution: disagreeing with David Sirota is an admission of stupidity and will likely result in a blocking.

@davidsirota For an “objective” look at Texas, you can always count on the Times! We Texans are really scared now!

— Ross Pollack (@Ross_Pollack) May 11, 2013

@ross_pollack facts are inconvenient. When u have some, let us know. Otherwise ur shoot-the-messenger misdirect is an admission of stupidity

— David Sirota (@davidsirota) May 11, 2013

@davidsirota The NYT did not state per capita deaths, which is an inaccurate representation of the situation. Stupid.

— Ross Pollack (@Ross_Pollack) May 12, 2013

@davidsirota would have also liked the author to state the per capita accident rate…

— paul zoric (@PZoric) May 11, 2013

True, the Times report refers only to raw numbers from the second most populous state in America, not percentages, and compares Texas to only one other state, Illinois. What more proof of a direct correlation do you need, stupid?

.@davidsirota You realize, of course, that the “article” you linked is utter bullshit, right? We have fire codes here. Lol.

— MavTwitmo (@TxTruth09) May 11, 2013

@txtruth09 facts are inconvenient. You have none so you deny them. That misdirect is an admission of stupidity.

— David Sirota (@davidsirota) May 11, 2013

I love this response to Texas leading America in workplace death – it is so revealing about the Idiocracy: twitter.com/txtruth09/stat…

— David Sirota (@davidsirota) May 11, 2013

We now pause for a quick reading comprehension break:

@davidsirota That guy was responding to the person who said Texas was worse to live than Mississippi, not to your link about workplace death

— JF (@IMaylinNow) May 12, 2013

Yes, he was.

@davidsirota Perry calls his agenda the “Texas Miracle” because it did the impossible. It created a worse place to live than Mississippi.

— TonyD (@Dogger55) May 11, 2013

.@dogger55 Absolutely ridiculous. Texas is an awesome place to live. @davidsirota

— MavTwitmo (@TxTruth09) May 11, 2013

White privilege apparently includes the right to take people out of context to ridicule them.

Facts: TX leads nation in workplace death. Response from TX GOPer: “But…but…Texas is awesome!” twitter.com/txtruth09/stat…

— David Sirota (@davidsirota) May 11, 2013

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/05/11/david-sirota-workplace-deaths-make-texas-ground-zero-of-corporate-terrorism/


Late to the party: Howard Kurtz asks ‘Where are the apologies to Hillary?’

Whatever! That’s neither here nor there; what’s really important is some faux outrage over daring to question the veracity of any statements made by Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration.

https://twitter.com/HowardKurtz/status/287906598242897920

As Twitchy reported, members of the media have been breathlessly gasping over Concussion-gate. Questioning lying liars who lie politicians? Unacceptable! As always, Howard Kurtz was late to this “scoop.”

https://twitter.com/Remus_Redbone/status/287952608969228290

Facts shmacts!

Twitter users rightfully give Kurtz the business, and wonder whether other apologies will be forthcoming (of course not; they are only required if one has an (R) next to his name).

https://twitter.com/dmcginity/status/287946253772414976

https://twitter.com/justhefax_mam/status/287961714987782144

https://twitter.com/SHannitysHair/status/287910434969886720

https://twitter.com/RayvensD52/status/287913020406001664

https://twitter.com/SHannitysHair/status/287914305146458112

https://twitter.com/Remus_Redbone/status/287956859544027136

https://twitter.com/jackievasser/status/287909532875780096

Heh. Right on, Twitter. And this Twitter user brings it all home.

https://twitter.com/StephenChengMD/status/287259851757850626

America is still waiting.

Related:

Trig truther Andrew Sullivan thinks it’s ‘perverse’ to question Hillary Clinton’s medical condition

Concussion-gate: BuzzFeed, WaPo, other media politicize Hillary Clinton’s illness, happy warriors push back

Howard Kurtz personally offended that Lance Armstrong might have lied to media

Howard Kurtz: Fiscal cliff? Who will think of the ‘pissed’ journalists forced to work New Year’s Eve

David Gregory defender Howard Kurtz schooled on DC gun law enforcement

Zing! Iowahawk smacks Howard Kurtz, highlights journalistic perks

Howard Kurtz: David Gregory’s only crime was loving gun control too much

Howard Kurtz: Only Glenn Beck would make art out of urine

Howard Kurtz, Rick Klein, other media squee: Obama is ‘rising above,’ totally meant to give lame DNC speech

Lapdogs: NRA’s LaPierre on ‘Meet the Press,’ David Gregory blatantly lets gun-grabber bias show; Updated

#HowardKurtzTweets: ‘Real Journalist’ fails to keep up with ‘just bloggers,’ instant gold

 

 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/01/06/late-to-the-concussion-gate-party-howard-kurtz-asks-where-are-the-apologies-to-hillary/


Glitch-fest, day 4: Progress! New website errors offer previews of Obamacare

Open for business” so you can #GetCovered? Unlikely:

Things are really coming along, complete with error messages that sum up where American health care is headed. “Thanks for your patience” and “try again later,” guys.

Despite Thursday’s big story that one OFA volunteer won the Obamacare signup lottery, on day four of the HealthCare.gov rollout, insurance shoppers are still unable to find out what’s in it.


http://twitter.com/#!/jrborreggine/status/386111680465629184

Progress, Obamacare style:

A preview of what’s to come?

Forward.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/10/04/glitch-fest-day-4-progress-new-website-errors-offer-previews-of-obamacare/


Law firm that has repped Anonymous signs on to defend Matthew Keys

Reuters’ currently-suspended deputy social media editor was indicted yesterday by the DOJ for allegedly conspiring with hacker group Anonymous in late 2010. Last night, an Anonymous “citizen journalist” offered Keys some assistance. Keys declined:

https://twitter.com/TheMatthewKeys/status/312422225858924544

https://twitter.com/punkboyinsf/status/312422306305699841

https://twitter.com/anonimous93/status/312548492449034243

Keys will still have some help from Anonymous allies, however. This afternoon, criminal defense firm Jay Leiderman Law tweeted that it would be representing Keys in court:

https://twitter.com/JayLeidermanLaw/status/312644718490181633

https://twitter.com/TorEkelandPC/status/312653873665941505

Naturally, the law firm has ties to Anonymous:

https://twitter.com/YourAnonNews/status/312651529352011776

At the very least, we may be in for quite a spectacle.

https://twitter.com/jacobsoboroff/status/312682865475338242

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Related:

Glenn Greenwald decries ‘prosecutorial overkill’ in Matthew Keys hacking case

Matthew Keys retweets story about his indictment, promises ‘business as usual’ tomorrow

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/03/15/law-firm-that-has-repped-anonymous-signs-on-to-defend-matthew-keys/


From Saints to Aints: NFL hands down suspensions on Bountygate players

It took over a month for the NFL to finally discipline the New Orleans Saints players involved in Bountygate, but finally commissioner Roger Goodell decided to lay down the hammer.

As expected, linebacker Jonathan Vilma was hit the hardest after receiving a one year ban from football. Other players receiving suspensions include defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove (eight games), defensive end Will Smith (four games) and linebacker Scott Fujita (three games).

Here’s what people were saying when they heard about the suspensions…

I feel for u J.Vilma! Goodell not the entire season! We only get a average of 3years to play and u have taken a entire season from a man.

— Derrick Mason (@deemason85) May 2, 2012

Player punishments are extremely harsh but Goodell needed to send same message to players he sent to management.

— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) May 2, 2012

I wonder how much of a bounty Roger Goodell gets for delivering that punishment.

— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) May 2, 2012

Hey Goodell…now that the Saints have been thrown under the bus, can we please get our $36M in stolen cap back? Thanks. #HTTR

— Elan (@HitchensSKINS) May 2, 2012

I hope Roger Goodell gets hit by a bus and his corpse gets gang-banged by a bunch of homeless guys. I hate him w/the fire of 1000 suns.

— Becky Brees (@blmaniscalco) May 2, 2012

Leadership, thy name is Roger Goodell. Bravo for having the courage to punish.

— Chadd Scott (@ChaddScott) May 2, 2012

The Saints fans need to put a bounty on Roger Goodell cuz he tryna turn yall back into the Aints.

— I TOLD YOU (@CallMeKennyG) May 2, 2012

Its funny how "22 to 27 players" were involved but only 4 get suspended. Goodell=sorry bitch

— Joe Micheline (@Joe_M41) May 2, 2012

Goodell making the Saints the only team to have a lockout this year

— Jalapeño Business (@and1grad) May 2, 2012

Pretty bad deal for Jonathan Vilma. For offering a $10,000 bounty on Warner & Favre, he will lose $2.6 million.

— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) May 2, 2012

Jonathan Vilma got jerked

— El Presidente (@ReginalThomas) May 2, 2012

I don't think the player suspensions were tough enough. Vilma should have received a longer suspension. #bountygate

— Zach Lind (@zlind76) May 2, 2012

Vilma gone for the season!!! Smith for 4 games!!!!! Never pays to cheat!!!!! #bountygate #cheatersneverwin

— Aaronsermon (@aaronsermon) May 2, 2012

The Saints D is going to be awful this year #bountygate

— Mike Edwards (@m_edwards88) May 2, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/05/02/from-saints-to-aints-nfl-hands-down-suspensions-on-bountygate-players/


Dude, where’s my refund? Frustrated filers vent about delayed tax refunds

Has there been something going on with the IRS and taxes this year? It’s been almost two weeks and still no refund :(

— Nate Gorby (@nategorby) February 22, 2013

But don’t worry your pretty little heads about the Internal Revenue Services’s involvement in implementing the Obamacare mandate. It’ll go swimmingly.

The tax filing season was delayed this year as the IRS, tax preparers and software companies struggled to catch up with fiscal cliff-related tax code changes.

TAX CODE CRAZY; RETURNSDELAYEDdrudge.tw/VQiQen

— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) February 21, 2013

The IRS didn’t begin accepting individual taxpayer returns until Jan. 30, and now the agency is reportedly way behind on issuing refunds. That’s not working out so well for retailers like Walmart.

Do u know? Wal-Mart: Tax refund delay, high gas prices to flatten sales – Los Angeles Times ow.ly/2v1o05

— Antonio (@FerriusUS) February 21, 2013

The IRS is so swamped by requests, the call center is unable to keep up with the demand.

IRS stinks. 3 hours and 4 different departments. Still on hold waiting for next department.

— Steven (@mmacrue) February 20, 2013

A HUGE shoutout to the IRS for putting me on hold for hours multiple times, wasting 4.5 hours, and not even answering my fucking question

— Gavi (@gavielaa) February 15, 2013

okay, IRS, please take me off hold & answer your damn phone…52 mins on hold. #aintnobodygottimefordat

— Chloe. (@_CBabyyy) February 19, 2013

Trying to get on the phone with the IRS is like waiting for rain in a drought…not possible.

— Danielle (@xoxo_dani94) February 20, 2013

Calling #IRS today? Expect delays during our busiest period for phone calls. Try IRS.gov instead. #IRScallwait

— IRS (@IRSnews) February 20, 2013

Great idea! Point frustrated taxpayers to the IRS website!

#IRS refund info is updated nightly. No need to check #refund more than once a day.go.usa.gov/4FQe

— IRS (@IRSnews) February 21, 2013

Irs kick me off they website cuz I kept checking to see when my money gon be here lmao

— B0$$_Lady (@lil_ms_B0SS) February 22, 2013

@forbes #IRS Overwhelmed With #Refund Requests, Asks Taxpayers to Slow Down onforb.es/W5VBHE #taxseason

— Michael Rozbruch (@taxresolution) February 21, 2013

Many tax filers, already frustrated by higher payroll taxes and insurance premiums, are left wondering when they’ll finally see those refunds they’re expecting.

Got an IRS envelope. Got excited. It was only a letter telling me to expect my tax refund in 3-4 weeks. #great

— Eishah (@ESaidThis) February 20, 2013

Dear government, it has been 21 days. Where is my tax refund? Sincerely, pissed off student who needs her money.

— Chrystal Saccavino (@ccsacs) February 21, 2013

#Waiting for my Tax Refund , I think they are slow this year..#damn I got it in a week last year #wtf been like 3 weeks #FuckADuck #haha

— ★The Cinema Fan ★ (@thecinemafan) February 22, 2013

WTF is taking my tax refund so long!!! I want my money!!!

— Joe Gonzalez (@JoeGon7) February 20, 2013

My tax refund is taking FOREVER to process.

— Jermaine Minor (@Born_2_Differ) February 21, 2013

Federal tax refund is still “pending”. WHY? I received my state refund last week. Show me my money Uncle Sam!

— sharon tincher (@sharontincher) February 20, 2013

i’m still waiting on my tax refund. fts.

— ɋℓℓɩƐ (@alliex2oxenfree) February 22, 2013

I hate being broke, where the fuck is my refund?!? #IRS #EIC 💰💰💵💵

— Leigh Craft (@Leighbeeotch) February 22, 2013

I get up every morning at 7 to call the irs refund hotline as soon as they open. it never says anything new tho -__- back to bed!

— Lauren Slye (@Slyelauren) February 22, 2013

IRS be so quick to tax my checks but so slow to send my refund back , yall some hoes

— deveyUNO (@iKnoowDCit_) February 22, 2013

the IRS is sure taking their sweet time with my Tax Refund #IWantMyMoniesNAO

— Bobby(@therealRo_bear) February 22, 2013

Refund still processing.. IRS can suck my dick.

— OCFromTheNati (@LCFromTheNati) February 22, 2013

dear IRS… I’d really like my tax refund like right meowwwww. #takingforever #$$$

— kailen (@miss_starryeyed) February 22, 2013

Where is Benzino and @irs where is my refund? #QuestionsThatNeedAnswers

— LilAlbertinaWalker (@Court8311) February 22, 2013

According to the IRS I was supposed to receive my refund today…. I have yet to see a penny.

— Julian Villescas (@jjvillescas) February 22, 2013

Anyone receive their tax refund check yet?It seems like IRS is not issuing tax refunds this year.

— Kevin Hayes (@taxdoc4u) February 21, 2013

The IRS is messing crap up. I’m pretty sure Jan 13 came before Feb 14, I should have gotten my refund before my coworker. But I didn’t #IRS

— Mumble (@Andy_Rohani) February 21, 2013

Hi @whitehouse can you please have the IRS send my family’s tax return?We were supposed to get it tomorrow but it says it’s pending.

— Victoria ;Darling (@WEESHNAW) February 20, 2013

We’re sure the White House will get right on that.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/02/22/dude-wheres-my-refund-irs-overwhelmed-by-requests-leaving-many-filers-frustrated/


Humpty Dumpty Carney declares individual mandate ‘not a tax’

Have we all stepped through the looking glass?

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”

The Supreme Court upheld the Obamacare individual mandate as a permissible application of the congressional power to tax.

The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax.  Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.

But White House press secretary Humpty Dumpty Carney believes he can choose the majority opinion on Obamacare to mean, well, whatever he chooses it to mean. And he chooses it to mean that Obama didn’t break his commitment to not raise taxes on the middle class.

Let the verbal gymnastics games begin!

Though SCOTUS upheld constitutionality of healthcare mandate under tax law, WH says today the penalty for not buying insurance is not a tax.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 29, 2012

At a briefing on Air Force One, spksmn Jay Carney said "it's not a tax…it's a penalty" over which people have a choice.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 29, 2012

It’s not a tax, but collection will require thousands of new IRS agents?

Sure, the IRS is handling Obamacare, but it's not a tax. It's not like taxes are what the IRS is all about. #LeftyLogic

— Harold Stickeehands (@StickeeNotes) June 29, 2012

Sigh.

Yo cannot have it both ways! You SAID it was NOT a tax, BUT SCOTUS says a TAX is the ONLY WAY ITS CONSTITUTIONAL!! http://t.co/OSyKsP9E

— The Supreme (@1SupremeGoddess) June 29, 2012

White House doublespeak with forked tongue.

BREAKING NEWS…Obama Campaign asks http://t.co/uPojVhoD to redefine TAX as a #SCOTUS decision but rhetorically not a TAX #tcot

— RyanRhodes (@RyanRhodes) June 29, 2012

"it's not a tax. It's absolutely not a tax" "it's a penalty" Oh. But it's constitutional under congressional power to tax? Lol wut?

— Nick Carner (@_NicoSuave_) June 29, 2012

Kinda digging this new @PressSec spin that #ObamaTax "is a penalty, not a tax" #tcot #p2 http://t.co/9i5j7X2z

— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) June 29, 2012

Amazingly, Obama is still arguing that the mandate is not a tax. His capacity for evasion, sophistry, and contradiction knows no bounds.

— Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) June 29, 2012

If Obama is going to play this game:

and then I was like, it's not a tax! *guffaws* -Obama http://t.co/BMiMmPSt

— Karen (@Brazyn) June 29, 2012

Then this looks like a fair response:

@RBPundit If they want to insist that it is NOT a tax, can't we then say well, per the ruling, it's not constitutional….?

— sarainitaly (@sarainitaly) June 29, 2012

Yesterday a senior White House official told National Journal:

I’m sure they’ll nail us on taxes and I’m sure it will work.

Prescient!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/06/29/through-the-looking-glass-humpty-dumpty-carney-declares-obamacare-mandate-not-a-tax/


Dale Earnhardt Sr. comparisons sparked after Tony Stewart hits, kills Ward

As Twitchy reported, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart crashed into and killed another driver, Kevin Ward Jr., last night at a race in upstate New York. Some Twitter users are arguing that Stewart should not race today as a result of the fatal accident.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. whose father Dale Earnhardt, Sr., a beloved NASCAR driver who was also killed in a racing accident, tweeted his condolences.

Amen.

His tweet also sparked comparisons to the accident that killed Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

Yes. While the deaths are of course tragic, they are not uncommon in racing.


http://twitter.com/#!/Mattley_Crue/status/498460911506845696
http://twitter.com/#!/jaymtz88/status/498462446260989952

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/08/10/dale-earnhardt-jr-sparks-earnhardt-sr-comparisons-after-nascars-tony-stewart-hits-kills-kevin-ward/


Rep. Mike Rogers says ‘we’re playing marbles’ while ‘Putin is playing chess’

#TheOnlyGameObamaKnows?

"Putin is playing chess and we are playing marbles.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers

— Tom T. (@VRWCTexan) March 02, 2014

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) blasted the Obama administration for allowing Putin to gain the strategic upper hand in Ukraine.

Here’s video of Rogers’ appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”

Related:

‘LULZ!’ This is how absurdly ABC spun Obama’s Putin phone call [pic]

CBS political director/Slate correspondent covers for absentee president

Forward! Smart(phone) diplomacy? Should this be the Obama administration’s new motto?

‘Brandishes phone at Putin!’ WH releases baffling pic of Obama phone call; Most disturbing part?

‘Useless appendage’: First look at upcoming ‘official’ WH pics of Obama at national security meeting?

‘Extraordinary standoff’: Ukraine troops won’t surrender in Crimea [photos]

‘The text does not limit it to Crimea’: Putin reportedly asks parliament to use military in all of Ukraine; Update: Parliament approves

CBS political director/Slate correspondent covers for absentee president

President Empty Chair skips Saturday’s national security meeting?

Is this how we’ll know when President Empty Chair means business with Russia? [pic]

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/03/02/only-game-obama-knows-rep-says-were-playing-marbles-while-putin-is-playing-chess/


Tori Spelling pregnant again, five months after giving birth

It looks like Tori Spelling has indefinitely put her acting career on the back-burner for a career in the baby-making business! Just five months after giving birth to her fourth child, she’s already expecting her fifth!

From US Weekly:

Just five months after giving birth to daughter Hattie Margaret, Tori Spelling is pregnant with her fourth child, she announced on her website Friday.

“Dean, Liam, Stella, Hattie, and I are beyond thrilled to announce that another little McDermott is on the way! We feel truly blessed that another angel has found us. Love, Tori xoxo,” read the announcement, which was accompanied by a pic of Spelling’s burgeoning bump.

The baby-to-be will join Hattie (who was born in October 2011), brother Liam, 5, and sister Stella, 3, the actress and reality star’s children with husband Dean McDermott. Spelling, 38, wed Canadian-born actor McDermott, 45, back in May 2006.

Tori Spelling is pregnant AGAIN? She most spend every waking moment in the bedroom. Good Lord.

— B (@61OH) March 23, 2012

Tori Spelling is pregnant again? She JUST gave birth to the last one.

— Brianti Downing (@brianti) March 23, 2012

Tori Spelling expecting baby number 4 five minutes after giving birth.

— Maddy Horowitz (@MaddyHorowitz) March 23, 2012

Tori Spelling is pregnant AGAIN? 4 kids all under the age of 5 … GOD Bless her heart.

— Dina (@Dina_the_Diva) March 23, 2012

Eww Tori Spelling needs to stop! How do you get preg 5 months after having a baby. So gross and unhealthy tbh!

— Queen Krys (@krysalicious) March 23, 2012

And seriously tori spelling is having another baby makes 4…and I can't make 1 :-/

— Christina Sanchez (@NurseXtina) March 23, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/03/23/tori-spelling-pregnant-again-just-five-months-after-giving-birth/