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 for 1-31-2012

Republican Senator Threatens to Block All of President Obama’s Nominees – During an appearance on Chris Matthews, Republican Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) aid that he would bring America down if Democrats didn’t vote to force the American people to live … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1-30-2012

Republican Wants to Bring Back Public Hangings – There’s something about a public hanging that strikes me as very oh, I don’t know, “cruel and unusual” and offensive to every last bit of human decency. Not so for North Carolina … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1-28-2012

Ron Paul Signed Off on Racist Newsletters in the 1990s, Associates Say – Ron Paul, well known as a physician, congressman and libertarian , has also been a businessman who pursued a marketing strategy that included publishing provocative, racially charged … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1-24-2012

Swiss Mitt! – Mitt Romney Tax Returns Released: Paid Just 13.9% Rate In 2010, below that of most wage-earning Americans, had Swiss bank account. Rick Santorum Campaign Staffer Says It Is Against God’s Will to Have a Female President – … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1-23-2012

  The Very Well-to-Do Mitt Romney Wants to Give Himself a Tax Break – Mitt Romney pays a tax rate lower than most middle-class Americans. Even though Mitt is worth as much as $250 million, Republican candidate Mitt Romney believes … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1-21-2012

  Civil Rights Voting Score For Republicans in the First Session of the 112th Congress is Dismal – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has released their report on the voting record for the first session of the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1-17-2012

  On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Romney Campaigning With Anti-Immigrant Official Tied to Hate – On a day set aside to honor civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., Mitt Romney plans to tout his extreme immigration positions during … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1-16-2012

  The Republican Party’s History With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Today, we celebrate the life of a truly great man, who — armed only with his bravery and powerful words — brought Jim Crow to its knees. It’s … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1-11-2012

  Rick Santorum Used $100,000 of Pennsylvania Tax-Payer’s Money to Home School His Kids in Virginia – Santorum has campaigned on the fact that his seven kids have been home-schooled. Between 2001 and 2004, a Pennsylvania cyber charter school allowed … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1-1-2012

  Another Galveston County Republican Elected in 2010 Now in Hot Water (It’s Like a Bad Parade) – A League City lawyer elected as a county court judge lost a libel lawsuit against his then-estranged wife’s attorney, but the attorney’s … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 12-30-2011

  93-Year-Old Tennessee Woman Who Cleaned State Capitol for 30 Years Denied Voter ID – A 93-year-old Tennessee woman who cleaned the state Capitol for 30 years, including the governor’s office, says she won’t be able to vote for the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 12-26-2011

  Fox News Guest’s Ugly Racist Remark About President Obama – Fox News continued its pattern of directing attacks with racist undertones at President Barack Obama on Thursday night when Brent Bozell of the conservative Media Research Center said that … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 12-23-2011

  Contributor to Republican National Committee Faked Military Record to Obtain More Than $6 Million in Government Contracts – The United States Attorney’s Office District of Kansas indicted 69-year-old Warren K. Parker, a contributor to the Republican National Committee, for … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 12-21-2011

  Boehner’s Office Cuts Off C-SPAN Cameras as Republicans Take Verbal Beating – As Rep. Stenny Hoyer (D-MD) attempted to call for a vote to extend a payroll tax cut to middle class and working Americans, his Republican colleagues adjourned … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 12-19-2011

  Rick Perry Starts Drawing $90,000 Annual Retirement while Teachers and Other State Workers Suffer – Rick Perry — who isn’t stepping down as governor — nevertheless was able to officially “retire” this year for benefits purposes, a move that … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 12-15-2011

  Republican Operative Guilty of Voter Suppression – A jury has found a former aide to Gov. Bob Ehrlich guilty of conspiring to suppress the black vote by using robocalls during last year’s gubernatorial election. The robocalls went out to … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds: ALEC

  Right-wing States Rights – Conservatives talk a lot about how states should retain their individual control over how they handle issues. But at the same time, they are attempting to secretly impose one-size-fits-all legislation at the state level through … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 12-8-2011

  New Bill Allows Military To Detain You Indefinitely – It’s a bad sign when George W. Bush’s defense team thinks that a military bill goes too far in violating your rights. But we’ve got just that with the passing … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 12-7-2011

  Romney Spent Nearly $100,000 to Hide His Records – Mitt Romney spent nearly $100,000 in state funds to replace computers in his office at the end of his term as governor of Massachusetts in 2007 as part of an … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 12-4-2011

  Galveston County Judge Presides Over Legal Cases With No Law Experience and Only 46 Hours of Training – In Texas, county judges are primarily administrators who sit on County Commissioners Court. They are not expected to handle criminal matters. … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 11-30-2011

  Mitt Romney Puts “Political Implications” Ahead of the Lives of 11 Million People – At a debate last week Mitt Romney placed himself further to the right on immigration than any presidential candidate in recent history. He said he … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 11-21-2011

  Republicans Try to Reduce Postal Service, Kill Postal Workers’ Union – Last month, anti-worker Republicans quietly pushed H.R. 2309 through Committee vote, mandating $3 billion in cuts to the U.S. Postal Service. The bill would close facilities, end door-to-door … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 11-13-2011

  Republican Texas State Rep. Joe Driver to Plead Guilty to Felony – State Rep. Joe Driver, who candidly acknowledged pocketing taxpayer reimbursements for travel paid by his campaign, will enter a guilty plea on abuse-of-office charges, a third-degree felony, … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 11-8-2011

  Galveston County Democratic Chair Was Denied His Right to Vote Today – From Lloyd Criss: Today I went to my voting precinct today at City Hall in La Marque to vote on the Constitutional amendments. I produced my voter … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 11-3-2011

  Republican Committee in Virginia E-mails Graphic Featuring a Zombie President Barack Obama With a Bullet Hole in His Forehead – A Halloween-themed graphic featuring a zombie President Barack Obama with a bullet hole in his forehead provoked widespread outrage … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds: Republicans Blocking Measures

  Republicans Blocking Measures That Would Be Good for America – Here’s just a short list of some of the bills that Republicans have blocked, or attempted to block, since Obama became President: Tax on Companies That Ship Jobs Overseas … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds: Why Are the Brothers Who Bankroll the Tea Party Against Regulation of Pollution?

Koch Brothers and Cancer in Arkansas New Film Exposes Connection Between the Kochs and a Small Community Dying of Cancer Suffering in the Shadow of Koch’s Dangerous Chemical Plants Film Alleges Koch Industries’ Dumping of Toxic Chemicals is Killing People … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-29-2011

  House Republicans’ Spending Cuts Destroyed 370,000 Jobs – Last spring the GOP succeeded in passing massive spending reductions as part of a continuing resolution that kept the government operating. According to a new report from the Center for American … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds: Texas State Rep. Larry Taylor Scores 0% on His Consumer Protection Legislation Voting Record

  29 bills; 28 votes unfavorable to consumers; 1 vote “present, not voting” Access to the Courts – Cut off all debate and precluded any amendments on major so-called tort “reform” legislation, which further restricts citizens’ legal rights and remedies. … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-22-2011

  Every Republican Senator Voted Against the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act – Late Thursday night, the U.S. Senate held a critical vote on the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act. Sadly, because of political … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-17-2011

  Exxon Aims to Bail on Payments for Valdez Damage – It’s been more than 22 years since the Exxon Valdez dumped 10 million gallons of crude into Alaska’s Prince William Sound, but you don’t have to look very hard … Continue reading

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Bad Deed: Herman Cain Connections To Koch Brothers

  Pizza Magnate Herman Cain Making Delivery To Koch Brothers – Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain has cast himself as the outsider, the pizza magnate with real-world experience who will bring fresh ideas to the nation’s capital. But Cain’s economic … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-11-2011

  Republican/Libertarian Senator Rand Paul is Blocking Pipeline Safety Legislation – Republican Sen. Rand Paul is single-handedly blocking legislation that would strengthen safety rules of oil and gas pipelines, despite the fact that the bill has industry support simply because … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 9-19-2011

  Republican Redistricting Committee Member Lied About His Involvement in Redrawing His District – In April, during floor debate on the state house redistricting proposal, Republican State Representative and member of the House Committee on Redistricting Aaron Pena emphatically and … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 9-16-2011 – Texas Race to the Bottom

  Republican Wants to Give Charter Schools a Free Pass – An amendment by Rep. Steve King, Republican of Iowa, to H.R. 2218, the Federal Charter Bill, would have removed a requirement that the performance of low-income and minority students … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 9-13-2011

  Texas Cut Volunteer Fire Dept. Spending By 75% – According to KVUE (Austin ABC News affiliate) the state of Texas, with Rick Perry as governor, cut funding for volunteer fire departments from thirty million a year to just seven … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 9-10-2011

  Ann Coulter Says Kindergarten Teachers Are Useless and Overpaid – On Wednesday morning’s “Fox & Friends,” Coulter said Teamsters Union president James Hoffa used to represent truck drivers and pipefitters. She said, “Now he’s representing public school teachers? Kindergarten … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds: Koch Brothers and Other Billionaires Know What’s Best for Our Children’s Education

  At Secret Billionaires Conference, School Teachers Are Announced as the Next Major Target – Charles and David Koch are co-owners of Koch Industries, an energy and chemical conglomerate inherited from their father that is currently America’s second-largest privately held … Continue reading

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Bad Deed: Chris Christie – The Authoritarian Governor Brags to His Rich Friends

  How to be a One-Man Dictator in America – At a secret billionaires conference hosted by the Koch Brothers, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recalled discussing the 2009 budget with his aides shortly after taking office. He claimed to … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-6-2011

  Republicans Determined to Hold FAA Reauthorization Hostage Again This Friday – Republicans in Congress will do anything they can to make it harder for workers to form unions. Last month they shut down the FAA when they attempted to … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds Special: Worst Governors in America

Cast your vote for the worst here. Gov. Scott Walker Wisconsin Eliminated collective bargaining rights for most public employees Enacted laws restricting voting rights Passed a budget that cuts services and gives tax breaks to the wealthy Turned down funding … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-31-2011

  Rick Perry Became a Millionaire While Serving in Office; Giving Favors to Chums – Since his first race for office more than a quarter century ago, Gov. Rick Perry has emphasized his roots as a rural farmer. Yet Perry’s … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-29-2011

  Republican Requests Funds From Program He Voted to Kill – Metrolink spokesperson Sherita Coffelt said the railroad crossing at Spring Road near High Street will be upgraded to enhance safety for rail, vehicles, pedestrians and commercial property patrons. The … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-28-2011

  Rick Perry Traded the Health and Safety of Texans for Campaign Cash – Harold Simmons, a Dallas mega-billionaire industrialist who has donated well over a million dollars to Perry’s campaign committees recently. With Perry’s eager assistance — and despite … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-26-2011

  Rick Perry Sought State Profits from Death Speculation on Teachers – According to the notes of a meeting in 2003, which were authenticated by a meeting participant, the Perry administration wanted to help Wall Street investors gamble on how … Continue reading

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