Author Archives: Jim Vogas

About Jim Vogas

Texas A&M Aggie, Retired aerospace engineer, former union member, Vietnam vet, Demcratic Party organizer, husband and father.

Tracking the Growth of American Authoritarianism

“Can There Really Be Fascist People In A Democracy?”
Libertarians are stealthily taking over America.

Since the 1971 Powell Memo, America has moved closer and closer to Fascism.

 

Bad Deeds: Too Easy Edition

I had stopped publishing the Bad Deeds during election season because I need to spend all my time knocking on doors and making phone calls to voters, and you don’t need to be distracted from the task at hand either. … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-30-2012 (Republican Convention Edition)

The Lies in Paul Ryan’s Speech – Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech at the Republican convention contained several false claims and misleading statements. Delegates cheered as the vice presidential nominee: Accused President Obama’s health care law of funneling money away from … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-28-2012

Republican Redistricting Plans Are Discriminatory and Federal Court Says So – Republican leaders violated US Voting Rights Act in Congressional, State Senate and State House maps. A three-judge Federal District Court panel in Washington, DC has ruled that the redistricting … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-13-2012

Romney Got Several Years of Tax Returns From Pawlenty, But Only Wants to Give Us One or Two – Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was passed over for the vice presidential slot by presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Now Pawlenty … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-8-2012

Romney Avoided Over $100,000 in Property Taxes – “Mitt and Ann Romney were easily able to afford a $12-million La Jolla home. But that didn’t insulate them from the winds buffeting the real estate market in the months following their … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-6-2012

Republican Party’s New ‘Voter Fraud’ Expert is Ex-Lobbyist Convicted For Corruption – A former lobbyist convicted in the Jack Abramoff congressional lobbying scandal has found a new line of work while still on probation: becoming a spokesman and self-appointed expert … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-30-2012

Limbaugh Says Don’t Tell People on Welfare When the Election Is – Rush Limbaugh is calling on his listeners to keep the election date a secret from the poorest Americans. Limbaugh said, “We shouldn’t remind people on welfare when the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-24-2012

Republican Rep Says, I Don’t Think Someone Who Is Diagnosed With A Brain Tumor Should Have Health Care Provided – On Monday evening, Rep. David Dreier (R-CA) said that insurance companies should be allowed to discriminate against people with brain … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-13-2012

Republicans Shut Down TB Hospital Amid Worst TB Outbreak in 20 Years – Welcome to the Sunshine State: Republican-run since 1998, tea party-controlled since 2010, and fast becoming one of the lowest-service states in the nation. Which helps explain how … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-7-2012

Galveston County Commissioner in More Trouble – Galveston County Commissioner, Republican Ken Clark, who already is facing a state ethics commission investigation and is the target of a special prosecutor’s inquest, now faces a new allegation. This time the complaint … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-6-2012

The Terrifying Texas Republican Platform – The Texas Republican Platform wants to eliminate teaching of critical thinking skills, wants to cut funding to all levels of education, and wants to enact economic policies that experts agree would make the economy … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-5-2012

Republican Governor Cuts All State Funding for Libraries – No libraries for you, little people of Louisiana! Bobby Jindal just signed a $25 billion dollar budget that cut all state funding for libraries, which wasn’t exactly a huge porkfest to … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-1-2012

Pennsylvania Republican: House Leader Says Voter ID Laws Are ‘Gonna Allow Governor Romney To Win’ – This weekend, Pennsylvania Republican House Leader Mike Turzai (R-PA) finally admitted what so many have speculated: Voter identification efforts are meant to suppress Democratic … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-22-2012

Corporations That Make Billions Refuse to Pay Houston Janitors a Living Wage – Houston janitors of the SEIU clean the offices of some of the largest corporations in America that are reaping billions in profits, yet these hard-working men and … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-16-2012

Republicans Pass House Bill to Allow Mass Propaganda Campaigns on American Citizens – An amendment legalizing the use of mass propaganda campaigns on American audiences has been inserted into the latest defense authorization bill — and that bill just passed … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-5-2012

Only 3 Out of 27 Republican Candidates for Texas Board of Education Affirm the Importance of Public Education – At least 10 out of 27 Republicans who were seeking election to the State Board of Education (SBOE), which oversees public … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds: Republican Judge Has No Heart or Brain

Do Like Mitt Said. If You Don’t Have $20,000 to Start Your Business, Borrow It From Your Dad – By: Juanita Jean I want you to meet Diane Tran. She’s 17 years old and lives with one of her employers … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-9-2012

Republicans Plan to Fund Higher Military Spending With Cuts to Programs for the Poor and Working Class – House Republicans are set to advance legislation to replace automatic defense spending cuts they agreed to last year with cuts to programs … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-5-2012

Romney and Big Oil Team Up for Shameless Lies in New Ad – A new Romney ad is so blatantly false, the Washington Post said the “erroneous” attacks were made “without any shame.” The Washington Post also said, “There is … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-2-2012

Republican Congresswoman Says She Has Very Little Tolerance for People With Student Debt – Republican congresswoman Virginia Foxx told a radio interviewer last week that she has “very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4-18-2012

Tea Party Activists Guilty of Voter Fraud – More than a year since a state district judge ruled 10 Montgomery County residents voted fraudulently in a Woodlands election, a grand jury last week indicted seven of those individuals for illegal … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4-12-2012

Wisconsin Equal Pay Law Repealed Because “Money Is More Important For Men” – The Republican Governor of Wisconsin, with little notice or discussion, repealed the state’s Equal Pay law. For Scott Walker, it was no doubt the most logical step … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4-5-2012

Supreme Court Rules That Routine Strip Searching Is Legal Even If You Haven’t Been Charged With Any Crime – No matter that you’re not actually guilty of anything, or that you haven’t even been charged. All they need to do … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds: Republican Galveston County Clerk’s troubles prompted alert to courthouse officials

Galveston clerk’s troubles prompted alert to courthouse officials – After admitting to beating his wife in December, a DWI charge and threats that forced the lockdown of a school last week, Galveston County’s District Clerk Jason Murray was the subject … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds: Republican Galveston District Clerk accused of threatening wife, arrested for DWI

Republican Galveston District Clerk accused of threatening wife – former 2008 Harris County Judicial nominee – A Galveston county official was barred Monday from contacting his wife after being accused of threatening to kill her last week. Jason Murray, the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3-29-2012

Republican Lawmaker Thinks Women Are Better Off Beaten Than Divorced – Meet Wisconsin Republican Rep. Don Pridemore. He’s best known for his avid support of Wisconsin’s puppy mills, but he is the co-sponsor of the bill that declares single mothers … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3-21-2012

Military Members Were Among the Worst Victims of Fraudulent Practices of Wall Street Banks – In 2010, more than 20,000 active-duty veterans and reservists with government-sponsored mortgages lost their homes, a 32-percent increase from 2008 and the largest loss since … Continue reading

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Bad Deed: Domestic Terrorism Is Still a Threat

Texas Democratic Senator Wendy Davis’ Fort Worth Office Hit With Molotov Cocktail – A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the front door of Davis’ third floor office in the West 7th area near Montgomery Plaza. Anthony Spangler, the senator’s communications … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds: It’s War!

Republicans love war. Lots of war! Such as: War on Social Security! War on consumers! War on improving America’s vital infrastructure! War on Medicare! War on home owners! War on credit card holders! War on the Veterans Administration! War on … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3-10-2012

Privacy Nightmare: McCain Bill Could Have Military Monitor The Internet – New bill by John McCain would result in the military monitoring the civilian Internet. House Republicans Vote Against Keeping Keystone XL Oil In America – When the House of … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-29-2012

Wyoming, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Texas. If your state has Republicans, your rights are in danger. Wyoming Republican Wants His Landlocked State to Acquire an Aircraft Carrier for Use in Doomsday Event – On Friday, the Wyoming House of Representatives advanced a … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-27-2012

Republican Representative Says “Killing a Couple” of Democrats Only Way To Pass Ryan Budget – Oklahoma Republican John Sullivan told the crowd, “Like I said, after this last election, the first order of business is pass a budget. Now, I … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-23-2012

Texas State Revenue on the Rise, But Republicans See No Reason to Reduce School Cuts – At a Texas House budget hearing Tuesday, state officials confirmed that state revenue is rising rapidly enough to produce a surplus of $1.6 billion … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-20-2012

Our Absentee Governor – In the first 16 days since abandoning his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Perry has been to his office just three times and stayed no longer than three hours each time. In 11 of the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds: Conservative Group Plans to Teach Our Kids Anti-Science Rhetoric in Schools

The following excerpts are from an article in the highly-respected Scientific American magazine: – Leaked documents from the free-market conservative organization The Heartland Institute reveal a plan to create school educational materials that contradict the established science on climate change. … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-16-2012

Anti-Gay Conservative Radio Talk-Show Host Identified in Hit-and-Run at Houston Gay Bar – Security camera footage from a well-known gay bar has played a key role in a hit-and-run investigation of a former Houston City Councilman, who is now a … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-15-2012

Romney’s Tax Plan Helps Millionaires and Hurts the Middle Class – Closer scrutiny of Romney’s actual proposal reveals that it’s very good for the wealthy—and very bad for everyone else. Turning his back on the American middle class at a … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-13-2012

While Digging Up 1,235 Acres For His Golf Course in Scotland, Donald Trump Says Wind Farms Are ‘Destroying’ Scotland – After starting construction on a 1,235 acre coastal golf course on rural land in Scotland that will feature two golf … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-12-2012

Republicans Attempting to Weaken Laws Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault – The Violence Against Women Act was first passed in 1994, providing billions to enhance investigation and prosecution of violent crimes perpetrated against women. It was most recently reauthorized … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-9-2012

When Mitt Romney Came To Town – Watch the video. Ari Fleischer Secretly Involved in the Komen Foundation’s Strategy Regarding Planned Parenthood – Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush and prominent right-wing pundit, was secretly involved in … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-6-2012

Texas Attorney General Misleads on Redistricting “Deal” – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced he had reached agreement on most parts of the Texas redistricting maps with most of the parties involved. However, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, the NAACP, … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-4-2012

Romney Has Proposed Weakening the Same Safety Net That He Says Is Why He Doesn’t Worry About the Very Poor – Coming off his big win in Florida, Republican front-runner Mitt Romney told CNN, “I’m not concerned with the very … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-2-2012

Texas Legislature Intentionally Under-Funded Medicaid – The Texas Legislature passed a so-called “balanced” budget by intentionally under-funding the Medicaid program by $4.5 billion, essentially choosing to postpone payment of that bill until 2013. Now, escalating caseload growth will bump that … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds: The bad ole boys of Galveston County

The bad ole boys of Galveston County By Lloyd Criss Special to The Daily News Published February 2, 2012 On the national scene, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are viscously engaged in a no holds barred battle for the GOP … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds: How Mitt Romney Became Successful

In 1994 Bain purchased Baxter International and renamed it Dade International. Bain partnered with Goldman Sachs for the deal. The company was purchased for $442 million, but since it was leveraged, Bain put in less than $30 million. They also … Continue reading

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