Will the Real Tea Party Movement Please Stand Up?
Have you wondered how the Tea Party, portrayed as a “grassroots” movement, could possibly raise enough money in one year to procure a professionally-painted, luxury motor coach and send it on two highly-publicized national tours? Or how the Tea Party so quickly developed the expertise to plan, organize and execute the tours, and consistently draw major media attention to them?
The answer is that the Tea Party Express is not a “grassroots” effort. The Web site Politico.com obtained and posted a proposal (pdf) showing that long-time Republican party operatives are, in fact, directing the “Tea Party Express” portion of the movement. The “group” and its activities are the result of efforts by a Republican-affiliated political consulting and public relations firm, Russo Marsh & Rogers, based in Sacramento, California. PR executive Sal Russo of Russo, Marsh & Rogers is also the chief strategist for the Our Country Deserves Better, political action committee (PAC) formed in 2008 to oppose then-candidate Barack Obama.
Cuban aid to Haiti is 250 times greater than US per GDP but ignored by US media.
Media blind to Cuba’s Haiti effort
Trinidad Tobago Express
Thursday, April 22nd 2010
At the recent UN Donor Conference on Haiti, Cuba announced a programme to rebuild that country’s entire national health service. Although this was, arguably, the most ambitious and impressive ’pledge’ of the 59 governments, regional blocs and financial institutions that made commitments, it was largely ignored by the leading US media-and hence overlooked by most of the world.
The Cuban programme, which is based on the highly effective system developed in that country, embraces primary, secondary and tertiary health care, and medical training. Some of the highlights of the Cuban plan are:
Big labor doesn’t endorse in race for governor; backs Saidel
Pennsylvania’s organized labor community can’t come to a consensus in the four-way Democratic primary for governor.
The state AFL-CIO, the state’s largest umbrella union organization, overwhelmingly endorsed former Philadelphia City Controller Jonathan Saidel for Lieutenant during a meeting of its executive committee over the weekend in Pittsburgh. But no top-ticket candidate was able to garner the two-thirds vote needed for a formal endorsement.
An AFL-CIO official couldn’t be reached for comment. But a labor insider said the votes were, for the most part, “well distributed” between Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and Auditor General Jack Wagner, with Onorato faring well with the building trades and Wagner finding support from public employee unions. Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel also found patches of support.
Joe Hoeffel Picks up Two More Endorsements from Western Pa.
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Democrat Joe Hoeffel, candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, has picked up two new endorsements from Southwestern Pennsylvania, demonstrating that momentum is builidng statewide for his candidacy. Last week, the 4th Congressional District chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America announced their unanimous decision to endorse Hoeffel. He picked up the vote from Pittsburgh’s 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club yesterday.
The 4th CD Progressive Democrats of America Chapter, centered in Beaver County, sent an announcement of their decision to members in a letter from Tina Shannon, pointing out his positions on numerous issues important to the region, including the fact that “Joe has called for safe drilling practices in the Marcellus Shale and a gas extraction tax.”
by Bob Schmetzer
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA
The Mayor and a resident of Dish, Texas came to town to inform Pennsylvanians of some problems their community experienced from fracking style drilling that is now coming to Pennsylvania.
Mayor Calvin Tillman and Tim Puggiaro explained with a slide show and examples what made the people in their town sick. The community leaders complained to Texas state agencies for over a year about foul air.
The state let the drillers try to find out what the problem was. The drillers claimed the smell was from the odorizers. The problem got worse.
It took 2 years for the state to go to the compressor sites for air monitoring. 94 sites at 44 locations showed benzene was present and an imminent danger. A continuous air monitor was installed.
A health questionnaire was distributed to the residents. A biological test was given to 75 households who participated. What were found in their blood and urine were the chemicals coming out of the drill site. They were Chloroform, 1,4 Dichlorobenzene, toluene, styrene, oxylene, ethylbenzene, and others.