Wisconsin Republican Jeff Fitzgerald is running against Sen. Tammy Baldwin, (D-Wis.) for the U.S. Senate. Fitzgerald is BFFs with Gov. Scott Walker and used the Dropkick Murphys song “Shipping Up To Boston" at the GOP Convention this weekend. This is the same band who released "Take ‘Em Down" in support of Wisconsin’s unions and the protesters at the state capital, and have long been friends to organized labor.
Well, they found about Fitzgerald’s musical selection.
We just got word that Wisconsin State Rep and Speaker of the State Assembly Jeff Fitzgerald used “Shipping Up To Boston” as his walk-on song yesterday at the Wisconsin GOP Convention in Green Bay.
The stupidity and irony of this is laughable. A Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidate - and crony of anti-Union Governor Scott Walker - using a Dropkick Murphys song as an intro is like a white supremacist coming out to gangsta rap!
Fitzgerald: if you and your staff can’t even figure out your music you might wanna give up on the politics!!!!!
We stand beside our Union and Labor brothers and sisters and their families in Wisconsin and all over the U.S!
Fitzgerald on Monday said he meant no harm, and has simply always liked the band and that song, which was featured in the Martin Scorcese film, “The Departed.” He said he doesn’t plan to play the song anymore, but doesn’t know what song he will chose next.
The Departed? Hey, way to burnish your image with a song featured in a movie about the Irish mob… if that’s your reasoning. “Ooh, that one song in that movie I like…”
I challenge Jeff Fitzgerald to name one other song by Dropkick Murphys he likes.
I’ll bet it’s not “Take ‘Em Down.” Or “Worker’s Song”…
You probly don't know, but I've been following you on here for a loong time lol but never realized you were from wyoming, I follow you mostly for political things but you have a dope blog. And I used to live in wyoming actually, I just made a post like an hour ago about wyoming actually haha so I just thot that was crazy. (btw I lowercase the w cuz I hated it there lol)
I alternate between loving and loathing Wyoming sometimes. The politics can be maddening, and I miss the big cities. But I also love being 10 minutes from anywhere in town, low tuition, and gorgeous views.
We’ll see how much longer we stay here. Andrew and I don’t want to live in Wyoming forever, that’s for sure. It’s not for everyone, especially when Laramie becomes a frozen tundra of windy sadness for winter… I’m not sure this place was ever meant to sustain life.
And the politics, man…
As a retired Wyoming rancher once said, “Reality’s never been of much use out here.”
Hi Meg, I want to point out that Mexican Mitt Romney is a creation of cartoonist/comedian Lalo Alcaraz. The Mexican Mitt song debuted on his website (pocho-dot-com/mexclusive-video-mexican-mitt-romney-for-president-the-musical/) and he also has a twitter feed which is freakin' hilarious though you may want to brush up on your Spanish/Mexican-Spanish slang to fully appreciate it.
Thank you! I found the video and it brings the lulz. I’m following him on Twitter, too. My Spanish isn’t too bad, but with slang I’m horrible. I can catch some of it though.
I lived in Marin county for seven and half years. I can't tell you how thrilled I am at George Lucas's decision. The homeowners of Marin are collectively the definition of "not in my back yard" and the land where this housing will be built is some of the most prime real estate in all of Marin. What George Lucas has to do to make his neighbors happy is ridiculous, this is the biggest "fuck you" ever and I love it.
Homeowner’s Associations are notorious for this kind of thing. This makes my day, truly. If there’s something that areas like Marin county need, it’s more low-income housing.
I wonder how many “For Sale” signs will go up in the neighborhood…
George Lucas’ rich neighbors don’t want him building a movie studio in their backyard. His response is the best thing he’s done in years.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, for four decades Lucas has owned a large swath of land in Marin County in the North San Francisco Bay and has spent the past few years trying to transform the ranch on it into a massive, nearly 300,000 square foot, state-of-the-art movie studio complete with day care center, restaurant, gym and a 200-car garage. His neighbors, however, have rejected it every step of the way. Despite the promise of bringing $300 million worth of economic activity to the area, the already-well off neighbors are worried about years’ worth of construction activity and the additional foot traffic it will bring into their neighborhood once completed. … So what is George Lucas going to do with his property now that he’s tired of his rich neighbors putting up a not-in-my-backyard stink? He wants to transform the property into low-income housing, naturally, ending their official statement with this zinger, “If everyone feels that housing is less impactful on the land, then we are hoping that people who need it the most will benefit.”
He’s working with the Marin Community Foundation to instead construct affordable housing for either low-income families or seniors living on small, fixed incomes. In order to smooth along the development, he’s already given them all of the pricey technical studies and land surveys Lucasfilm spent years conducting. And we think that’s just great. Because if there’s one thing rich people will hate more than having movie magic made in their backyard, it’s poor people moving in.
Dude. I take back every terrible thing I have ever said about George Lucas. Well, almost. There’s the whole trilogy issue, but really… Bravo, sir.
I hate it when jackass don’t signal. I guess you just think other people can read your mind and know when you are going to switch lanes. I hope a slice of dorito taco gets wedged between your tooth and gums and really burns because the sauce.
Yeah, dude. I didn’t say I didn’t signal. I said the officer said I didn’t signal and that was his grounds for pulling me over. Get it?
“Unfortunately, a lot of young folks haven’t had the opportunity to really understand how the economy works, and what it takes to put people to work in real jobs, and why we have banks, and what banks do. It’s a very understandable sentiment. If you don’t find a job, and you can’t see rising incomes. You’re going to be angry and looking at someone to blame.”—
Mitt Romney to WBTV in Charlotte, N.C., discussing the protests at Bank of America.
Oh, we young people don’t understand “real jobs” and “what banks do,” yeah?
I argue we do. There’s a lot of us working two and three minimum wage jobs, going to school, graduating, barely surviving, or some combination of the above.
We’re consistently screwed by people like you, Mitt, who gambled with our parents’ retirement, who ensured most of us can never retire, who foreclosed on our families, who laid us off in the name of savings, who pissed away bailouts in executive bonuses and back slaps, as you grin in your expensive suits and tell us repeatedly that we DON’T GET how it works, as you reach into our back pockets for yet another checking account usage fee because we can’t keep a minimum balance, let me tell you…
WE GET IT.
We are fully proletarianized, working ourselves to the bone, paying the same tax rate as you, and praying to whatever is sacred that we do not get sick or injured because we are one paycheck or missed unemployment check away from completed ruin, while you and your cronies line up for another spin at the roulette wheel, your wallets fat from the products of our intellectual and physical labor.
FUCK YOU and your patronizing condescension. Fuck you with the all the fucks my exhausted self has left to give.
Just a question: Do you remember doing your show last week? Because it was groovy loopy and I want to know the song you played when you were talking about the lab school kids.
Yes, I do remember doing the show. And I suspect my epic no-sleep stretch is the reason anon is asking this question. The last two days of finals week, I was awake for roughly 42 hours. By the time I went on-air, I had been awake for 36 hours and my husband had to drive me to and from my show. I felt like I probably could drive, but had enough cognitive functioning left to realize it was a really bad idea.
Anyhow, your song. Checking the recording, it was “Daylight” by Matt & Kim.
San Francisco teachers voted overwhelmingly to support a strike Thursday night, with 97 percent saying yes in what was the first of two required votes.
"Last night the teachers of San Francisco sent a message loud and clear to the San Francisco Unified School District," said Dennis Kelly, United Educators of San Francisco President, in a statement after votes were counted Friday. "It is time for the district to stop seeking unilateral cuts and sweeping program changes, and to start treating the teachers and paraprofessionals with respect and to recognize what we have done to keep this district afloat."
About 1,900 teachers voted. A second vote required to give union leadership the ability to call a strike has not been scheduled.
Fuck yes. The union is pushing back on more cuts to the education budget and layoffs. Way to send a message.