Sunday, February 19, 2012


(original pdf can be found here)



(Limited to the words allotted to us)


SAG relies upon a “Feasibility Review.” While it concluded that a merger would be legal, no one ever doubted Mergers are legal. What about our benefits?

SAG did not request any actuarial study regarding whether a merger would be financially safe.

Why? They know, like the AFTRA Trustees, that the merger of pension and health funds as large and divergent as the AFTRA and SAG plans raises complex and unique financial, legal and benefit issues which can only be addressed through a comprehensive analysis performed by the funds.”

Despite the express statements in Appendix I to the SAG Constitution, and Board Resolutions, no study was conducted to assess the financial impact of a merger of Pension or Health Plans.

Are your benefits safe? The SAG and AFTRA P&H&R Plans are extremely different. Consider merging these factors:

• SAG pension accrual rate: 2% of earnings: AFTRA: less than 1% of earnings.

• SAG early retirement penalty: 3% per year. AFTRA: DOUBLE: 6% per year.

• SAG Plan 2 annual premium (family of four): $1,620: AFTRA Individual Plan annual premium (family of 4): $17,260

The merger plan does not even attempt to reconcile these and other differences. Experts addressing the financial impact issues are convinced SAG members will likely suffer diminished future benefits.

Highly respected pension and health experts Brucker & Morra have concluded:

Until a full and formal ERISA Impact Report of how to address and quantify these problems is completed, no one, not even pension experts, can intelligently evaluate or quantify the probable negative impact on the members’ pension and health benefits. The union merger is so inextricably interconnected with the plan merger that members cannot be asked to evaluate and vote on the Union Merger until issues relating to the Plan Merger have been resolved and concrete proposals formulated so the members can make informed choices.”

The issue has always been the impact on SAG member benefits, when merged with lower AFTRA benefits. If the merger of unions is approved, SAG members will never have any right to vote to protect their benefits by preventing merger of the Pension or Health Plans.

If you vote to merge the unions, you are removing a major hurdle to later merger of those plans.

Once the unions are merged, individual members will have no vote and no recourse regarding a merger of Pension and Health Plans.


The merger Plan does not even address, much less solve our split earnings issues. Rather, it will codify the problem. If merger is approved, the stated plan is to CONTINUE to split your earnings, just like during the last 12 months. If the proposed merger is approved, without signatures from 15% of the approximately 158,000 members, you will have no further right to vote on this issue either.


If merger is approved, over 70,000 SAG-only members' base dues will increase from $116 to $198.

BROADCASTERS - Preferential Treatment

Broadcasters in the merged union can still work NON-UNION on basic cable networks (ESPN, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FOX NEWS, etc.), with drastically discounted dues compared to actors.

Broadcaster work dues from $0 to $100,000 will be the same as actors at 1.575%. Broadcaster work dues from $100,000 to $250,000 can be drastically discounted to .274% (and capped at $250,000) with maximum dues of $2,184. Actors, however, will pay 1.575% on ALL earnings up to $500,000, with maximum dues almost 400% higher: $8,073.


The much maligned and poorly regulated Three Voucher entry requirement for SAG will continue.

Merging unions does not guarantee more Background jobs. It can only result in more competition for the same covered jobs.


There is no plan to streamline or eliminate duplicated services post merger. The new union will keep all 635 SAG and AFTRA employees. Nor is there a plan to equalize the existing SAG staff (3.5%) and SAG member (2%) pension accrual rates.


Convention will be the highest governing body in the merged union - higher than the Board of Directors. Convention will have the authority to MERGE with more unions, set policy, control the Constitution, without giving the membership any direct vote on such matters.

8 out of 10 National officers will be CHOSEN at Convention; not by direct member vote.

The ELECTED President will be able to delegate authority to the Executive VP, also chosen by the Convention, not directly by members.


The SAG Constitution prohibits paying elected officers and board members. The new union Constitution opens the door for payments, currently not permitted.


Hollywood represents the majority of SAG members, and the majority of revenue. If merged, when Hollywood has a majority, it must secure an additional 5% from other Locals, regardless of its majority vote.

Traditionally, seats on negotiating committees were based on Division/Local earnings. That would no longer be true. The President can simply choose members with National Board approval. Those earning the majority of revenue on specific contracts will no longer be guaranteed majority say on those negotiating committees.


The unions have not exchanged actor contract details. We have no idea how-what-when-why AFTRA gives away residuals in made-for-basic cable shows or other concessions to management.


If merged, the Board, without a member vote, can alone decide whether agents can own or be owned by production entities. The SAG membership rejected the last agent agreement because of this potential conflict of interest.


SAG and AFTRA have been negotiating jointly since 1981. How has that benefited SAG members? AFTRA has routinely undercut SAG interests. A merger of actors is all that is necessary. This merger merely handcuffs SAG.


The current merger plan solves almost nothing and adds too many inherent problems. Vote NO and demand that our union leaders conduct the necessary due diligence to create an agreement which will not harm actors.

For more detailed information –

In Solidarity:

Scott Bakula Ed Harris Joe d’Angerio Anne-Marie Johnson Elliott Gould David Jolliffe Valerie Harper Martin Sheen

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sunday, August 31, 2008

healed! hallelujah!

after only a day of incommunicado w/skippy international's original home, blogger has fixed the problem and we are now able to post back at the wonderful skippy the bush kangaroo.

thanks to all of you readers who followed us here to skippy junior, and we hope you'll continue to enjoy our work back at the original site.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

the over-flow from the mix tape

hello, moue magazine readers! welcome to the 12 songs we couldn't fit onto the original mix tape.

in no particular order, they are:

b 52’s - dance this mess around

johnny cashhurt - brilliant rendition of the nin song. also, we believe, the man in black's last music video.

roger waters - pros and cons of hitchhiking - from post-floyd waters, who was much better than post-beatles mccartney, the p&c of h manages to echo the weirdest parts of such prior hits as the dark side of the moon and wish you were here (tho he's no syd barrett).

ludwig van beethoven - symphonie no. 9 in d minor, opus 125 - here conducted by leonard bernstein upon the occasion of the fall of the berlin wall, the participants included musicians and singers from major orchestras all across europe and america.

flying lizardsmoney - the third best cover song ever recorded; the second being by the scissor sisters on the first part of this mix tape; and the first being restricted by the record company, or else prince..

tone loc - funky cold medina

buck owens - act naturally - buck holds a special place in skippy's heart...the skippy's would often celebrate their wedding anniversary by driving from los angeles up to bakersfield to see buck's show at the crystal palace. they would alwasy request this number, and he would always perform it for them. once he used their anniversary for a punchline for a joke on stage, giving mr. and mrs. skippy great delight...even in his old age, buck gave a hell of a show. he will be missed.

the nails - 88 lines about 44 women – we couldn’t find an official video for this, so we’re using a homemade specialty by some fanboy who happens to luv kim possible...early 21st century cartoons set to mid-80's new wave...somehow, strangely, it works.

the platters - only you & the great pretender – upon the sad occasion of zola taylor’s passing.

sleater-kinneyentertain – too bad these girls broke up; they rock our world.

lee ann rimes - how do I live? – tho trisha yearwood had a bigger hit w/this number, we like lee ann’s version.

weird al yankovicbob – read it backwards!

happy pdb day

graphic by tengrain

whiskeyfire reminds us, it was 7 years ago today that awol ignored the pdb warning that "bin laden determined to strike in us."

skippy's lunch hour music club

we were quite flattered when skippy was asked to do this week's mix tape for moue magazine. go over and check out skippy's selections (plus the overflow at skippy jr.)!

that's hot

sign the petition to tell obama to pick paris as veep!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

the only response imaginable

in light of mcmuffin's recent spate of attack ads, here are the only sane responses we could hope for:

mccain girl and the enchantd republican forest
via all spin zone

see more funny videos at funny or die

paris hilton responds to the attack ad
via balloon juice

taking a bite

we opened memeorandum today to find a myriad of articles showing how the polls in the presidential race are now neck and neck. concern troll david brooks wonders where's the landslide?

why isn’t barack obama doing better? why, after all that has happened, does he have only a slim two- or three-point lead over john mccain, according to an average of the recent polls? why is he basically tied with his opponent when his party is so far ahead?
nice of you to worry so much, dave! but in answer to your question, we would posit that the eternal repetition of mcmuffin's negative slime ads in the past week are to, at least partly, be blamed for america's uncertainty about obama.

when it came to the negative ads in the last few days, the media was rather like the blue-nosed censor showing off his collection of illegal pornography: "look at this! how terrible! and look here! it's disgusting! take a long, hard look! revolting! and look at this one! the one with paris and britney! cute girls! hot bods! phallic symbols! dis-gusting!"

we were subjected to showing after showing of mcmuffin's lies and out-of-context quote-twistings. no wonder that the polls started to seem like perhaps they appeared that maybe things were on an even basis.

but then, two things happened today. reality bit back. and so did obama. tpmemo:

obama is ahead of his republican rival 47 percent to 41 percent, the associated press-ipsos poll showed. the survey was taken after the democratic senator from illinois had returned from a trip to middle eastern and european capitals, and during a week that saw the two camps clash over which had brought race into a campaign in which obama is striving to become the first african-american president.

mccain, the senator from arizona, is leading by 10 points among whites and is even with obama among men, groups with whom republicans traditionally do well in national elections.

obama leads by 13 points among women, by 30 points among voters up to age 34, and by 55 points among blacks, hispanics and other minorities, the poll shows.
even worse for the gopers, obama has called them on their bs. abc's political punch:

at a town hall meeting in berea , ohio, today, sen. barack obama, d-illinois, pushed back against the gop attack on his advice to a voter last week that having a tuned up car and fully inflated tires would help save energy….

"so i told them something simple," obama said. "i said, 'you know what? you can inflate your tires to the proper levels and that if everybody in america inflated their tires to the proper level, we would actually probably save more oil than all the oil we'd get from john mccain drilling right below his feet there, or wherever he was going to drill.'"

(note: that's not accurate, as we fact-checked last week. but the larger point about energy savings is correct.)
[ed. note: that note about that not being accurate is not accurate. political punch took obama's suggestion and inserted some figures of the percentage of cars w/under-inflated tires from somewhere (read: out of their asses) and then concluded obama was wrong. see our post where the asspress and time magazine used official figures to find that obama was right. but political punch's larger point about obama being correct is correct.]

obama continued:

"now two points, one, they know they're lying about what my energy plan is, but the other thing is they're making fun of a step that every expert says would absolutely reduce our oil consumption by 3 to 4 percent. it’s like these guys take pride in being ignorant."
thank you, sen. obama. it's nice to hear the vanguard of the democratic party tell it like it is. the hardly-ever-right does indeed take pride in being ignorant. they continuously deny established facts in favor of their negative talking points, and when real facts are presented in arguments, they simply ignore them.

they not only take pride in being ignorant, they take pride in preaching ignorance.

we are glad barack "to the future" obama has found the balls to say as much.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

skippy junior's sunday nite music club

electric light orchestra - evil woman

mcmuffin has a senior moment

via the jed report, gramps spaces out:

steve benan of the carpetbagger report points out that even after mcmuffin got back on point, he misconstrued his real position on mlk.

(thx to memeorandum for the links!)

in other knews, satan purchased a new pair of ice-skates

we are proud of our good friend and original benefactor jerlayn merritt of talkleft.

there was hardly a more ardent supporter of hillary clinton than jeralyn, and she was faithful thru-out the senator's campaign.

let it be said here that we often were on record as having the opinion that sen. clinton would make a better president than sen. obama, but we thought obama had a better chance of getting elected. (tho after the events of the last few days, we wonder if any democrat will ever have a fair chance of being elected ever again.)

but we digress, which is, after all, the very reason we write this blog in the first place.

in light of jeralyn's staunch insistence in all things hillary, no one is happier than we to see these words on talkleft:

what's up with maureen dowd? now she's suggesting american women, specifically those who supported hillary, dislike obama and won't for him. her reasons are rather odd. first she compares obama to romantic figures in pride and prejudice and bridget jones' diary, saying women think obama is arrogant and prideful, then she says it's because he's too skinny and then she makes it all about race.

i hate when writers paint with too broad a brush. i haven't heard a single woman say they would never vote for a man again.

i'm a former hillary supporter who will gladly vote for obama over mccain or a third party candidate. taylor marsh, among the most ardent hillary supporter on the blogs during the primaries responds, criticizing the hillary supporters who can't move on..

jesse taylor at pandagon is even harsher with dowd and a great short read. also see sadly no. ann althouse responds with a question back to dowd.

the primary is over. sen. barack obama is our party's nominee. hillary supports him. all three of talkleft's authors support him (even though many of our commenters of both sexes haven't come around.)

i think most american women who are democrats do support obama. if there's an objection to him, the one i hear most is his lack of political experience at the national level, not his life, his wife, or his weight. and that objection disintegrates in my view now that we are faced with the alternative of john mccain and another four years of republican rule.
of course, the village can't stand the idea of a united dem party, because that interrupts the ongoing narrative that the left is in shambles in the face of the monolithic, gigantic conservative force that rocks their world.

we ourselves keep seeing stories about people who supported clinton and will therefore vote for mcmuffin or someone else rather than cast in favor of obama. it is our learned opinion that such people, if they exist, are outliers, on the fringe, and are of such insignificance that the lyndon larouche followers will impact the election on a greater scale than they.

conflict is what sells papers, bub! what good is the idea of a nation united against its corporate sell-out puppet masters? no, no, a horse race is what makes tv exciting! that, and an all-out, knock-down, drag-out brawl! that's what's going to make august television exciting!

down the penrose lane


Saturday, August 02, 2008

skippy junior's saturday nite music club

kitsch rules tonite...

olivia newton john - xanadu

the finale from the 80's movie, currently reborn as a hit broadway play (where, we understand, they play it for laughs).

at least here you get to see gene kelly on roller skates...

happy blgiversary

to left i on the news!

5 years, and that's 102 in blog years! here's to another 5 years!

you know things are bad if you're a repubbblican and even howard kurtz disses you

john mcmuffin's latest ad campaign (comparing barack "to the future" obama w/paris & britney) has drawn the ire of most dems and progressives.

but worse for mcmuffin, the usually-gop-brown-nosed howard kurtz thinks it's dumb:

at the same time, analysts questioned what message mccain was sending by interspersing footage of his democratic opponent before a huge crowd in berlin with that of two socialites famous for their irresponsible antics.

"i don't get it," said ken goldstein, a professor of political science at the university of wisconsin at madison. "is it valid to go after barack obama on inexperience, being a bit glib, perhaps even a bit arrogant for doing the european tour? absolutely. but you just sound dopey when you put paris hilton in an ad."

shanto iyengar, a professor of political science and communications at stanford university, said mccain needs "to come up with a more affirmative narrative for his candidacy -- why is he running? what does he stand for? -- before going after barack obama." but he added: "mccain has lost the free media contest over the past couple of weeks; he's desperate to make the news, and controversial attacks are more newsworthy than boilerplate positive ads."

we have to agree. and, apparently, so do independent voters, the bloc that mcmuffin needs the most. joe gandelman at the moderate voice:

john avalon, who is perhaps the most prominent independent political book writer, columnist and speaker in the u.s. today, has told cnn that republican party presumptive nominee sen. john mccain’s negative ads against rival democratic sen. barack obama could cost him the support of independent voters.

independent voters need to read this story in full, but here’s a meaty excerpt with a few comments from yours truly (who was described in a recent book on california arnold schwarzenegger as a quintessential california independent voter):

q: how does the negative campaigning play with independent voters?

avlon: independent voters are very sensitive to when politics takes a negative turn. and you know it’s august, and the heat’s turning up on the campaign trail, and so is the rhetoric.

but candidates need to be very careful, because hypocrisy is the unforgivable sin in politics. both john mccain and barack obama have campaigned as being a break from the politics of personal destruction we’ve seen in the past. so, whenever the campaign takes a negative turn, independent voters notice, and they’ll punish the candidate that takes it too far.
gandelman's co-blogger elrod also thinks mcmuffin is "setting his own trap" w/the celebrity gambit.

the catch, however, is that barack obama is an extremely intelligent man. and in october, american voters are going to see that in three debates. there is no way you can watch him in a sit-down interview, or a one-on-one debate and conclude that he is a ditz over his head. you might disagree with his positions. and he might squirm if cornered on a few ambush questions. but you’ll never get the feeling that he’s unable to think through complex political issues on his feet. so, mccain is actually lowering the bar for obama in the debates.

in fact, this whole gambit is reminiscent of jimmy carter’s 1980 campaign against ronald reagan. carter regularly mocked reagan as a b-list hollywood actor with no brains. for much of the summer the charge worked. the polls were tied, even in the height of the iran hostage crisis and economic problems. but then came the debate. and reagan showed himself in command of the issues, poised under fire, and reasonable. reagan pulled away the last week and won by 10 points.
and the kurtz piece mentions:

even some mccain allies have winced at the paris/britney spot. republican strategist dan schnur, a former mccain adviser, said that "most voters won't see the parallels between a presidential candidate and two party girls. so a legitimate point about inexperience gets lost in the appearance of name-calling."

still, mccain has succeeded in using meager ad buys to generate free news coverage.

evan tracey of the campaign media analysis group said the ad on the canceled troops visit, which dominated cable news for days, has aired just nine times.

"if you're running against a rock star and have a huge disadvantage in money, you do the oldest trick in the book," goldstein said.
well, we thought prostitution was the oldest trick in the book. oh wait, this is politics after all.

Friday, August 01, 2008

skippy's friday nite music club

jenny lewis & the watson twins - rise up with fists

interesting video making fun of hee haw, and since jenny & the twins are part of the new alt-folk scene, it works. but what the hell is sarah silverman doing there?

we like jenny's solo work much better than her stuff w/rilo kiley; maybe it's because she was a former child actress, and skippy can relate.

technical difficulties? must be a lefty conspiracy!

skippy junior, as you may know, is the temporary home of skippy international, and eveyone who has made their way here (both of you) are aware that blogger has blogged up and incorrectly "locked" several blogs, which were mistakenly designated as "spam blogs" by the blogger bots.

on today's blogger buzz page, there was this message:

spam fridays

while we wish that every post on this blog could be about cool features or other blogger news, sometimes we have to step in and admit a mistake.

we've noticed that a number of users have had their blogs mistakenly marked as spam, and wanted to sound off real quick to let you know that, despite it being friday afternoon, we are working hard to sort this out. so to those folks who have received an email saying that your blog has been classified as spam and can't post right now, we offer our sincere apologies for the trouble.

we hope to have this resolved shortly, and appreciate your patience as we work through the kinks.
apparently, some hardly-ever-right wing blogs have been locked also. so what do the rightists do? of course: blame the left.

tell me once more how progressives love free speech.

this blog has been locked due to possible blogger terms of service violations. you may not publish new posts until your blog is reviewed and unlocked. this blog will be deleted within 20 days unless you request a review.
its the same message concrete bob received and rosemary posted for him.

this is bulls**t as it appears that someone does not approve of the idea of free speech especially when the speech doesn't conform to their ideas.

online activists thought to be loyal to barack obama are once against using google's software tools to target rival political blogs for elimination as spam blogs. this occurred earlier this year when democratic bloggers with a preference for hillary clinton also found themselves locked out of their own blogs, all because of spurious and apparently orchestrated claims that these blogs are spam blogs. pro-obama activists were blamed for those attempts at censorship as well.

like john at argghhh!, i don't think for a second that the obama campaign has any official knowledge of this attempt to hamstring or terminate rival political viewpoints, but as obama once won an election by exercising procedural tricks to have his rivals thrown off the ballot, it is certainly in line with the kind of character he has displayed in the past.

that's right. a world-wide breakdown of cyber communication has to be because of obama supporters. because after all, those uppity negro-lovers are just clever enought to shut down a handful of small-traffic rightist blogs, without being able to disable fox or rush limbaugh's blog or anything, because, come on, confederate yankee is soooooo threatening to our fearless leader's socialist agenda.

who's writing confederate yankee these days? joe lieberman?

(tip o the kangaroo tail to tbogg for the heads up about this nefarious conspiracy!)

vote now!

usatoady is running a poll: who released the first negative ad?

go vote at the bottom of the article, tho you may not need to. at this point, the repubbbs are leading, 77% to 17%

brother, can you spare a job?

while the great echo chamber makes fun of tires, the real stories, as usual, are getting the short shrift.

unemployment rises to almost 6% as job losses mount. nytimes:

the nation’s employers eliminated 51,000 jobs in july, the seventh consecutive contraction in the labor market, as the unemployment rate reached a four-year high, signs that the pressure on business owners and consumers was likely to continue…

the rough job market worsened in july, with the unemployment rate rising to 5.7 percent from 5.5 percent in june, its highest level since march 2004.

“it’s not that unemployment is rising because a lot of people are coming into the labor force,” mark zandi, the chief economist at moody’s, said. “it’s rising because employment is falling.”

of course, obstinates among us are saying that it's a good labor report, because the number of unemployed was way under the expected 75,000. but that's rather like saying, well, mrs. lincoln, there was only one shot to the head.

(links via memeorandum)

How Did This Happen?

Hello, folks. It's me, Jim. And I have no idea what Blogger is doing with skippy's main blog. All I'm certain of is that skippy's being railroaded.

Had this happened at some earlier time, I would have automatically assumed it was something I wrote that caused it -- I've mutated into a bit of a black sheep over the years. But I haven't contributed any posts lately, in large part because I feel like I'm the black sheep of the flock, so I don't think I had anything to do with it. Therefore, what is going on?

In the meantime, skippy's more than welcome to ply his trade at my own blog, Mockingbird's Medley, both until and after the issues with his blog are settled. (I decided not to take away any of my own contributors' keys after the second time I quit blogging -- now it turns out there was a good reason why.)

Til further on -- and good luck with Blogger, skippy...

Thursday, July 31, 2008


godsmack - whatever - live!

live at camp pendleton...w/special guest shredder sgt. wesley dimwitty


to spook and muffin's relaxed politics


we are as proud as a platypus for our blog buddy mad kane, whom bob newhart hand-picked to win the 2008 robert benchely award for humor.

mr. benchley himself wasn't available for judging, having died in 1945, but had he been, we are sure he would have agreed w/bob and given mad the award.

mad tells us:

back in june i was thrilled to announce that i was a 2008 robert benchley society award for humor competition finalist. (the humor column that got me onto the finalists list is guide for the opera impaired.)

well, i’m now beyond thrilled because bob newhart, the finalists judge, picked me as the first prize winner.

mr. newhart even sent me a handwritten personal note (reproduced below) explaining why he named me for the top robert benchley society humor award.

right now i’m verging on euphoria —a dangerous condition for a satirist. but just to be mentioned in the same sentence as mr. benchley and mr. newhart is almost beyond comprehension.
be sure to visit mad kane's site for a look at the hand-written note bob newhart sent to her, which, we are sure, will pull in a pretty penny on ebay!

congrats, mad! we are so happy for you!



We are so sorry but Blogger has locked Skippy the Bush Kangaroo until further notice.

For some reason the Blogger bots have determined that Skippy is a "spam blog." Or else they are in cahoots w/Karl Rove.

Until we can resolve this issue, please visit us here at Skippy Jr. for your daily dose of News and Snark.

update: rants from the rookery tells us several blogs have been blocked:


sinfonian of blast off

libby of the impolitic

fourlegs at plush life

dr. dawg at dawg's blawg

addendum: the guys from area 51 have also been blocked!

double addendum: and maru! and carrie!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

pick hillary's theme song!

it's the end of the world as we know it - rem

comfortably numb - pink floyd

money - flying lizards

second hand news - fleetwood mac

sister madly - crowded house

psycho killer - talking heads

the temples of syrinx - rush

FFO FFO FFO and I have an idea of how the only real and I have the veteran of the psychic wars - blue oyster cult

lyrics to you don't want to f*ck with me - old dirty bastard (youtube had no video for this one)

same story with 10 cents a dance by rogers & hart , but here's an amazon sample of ruth etting singing it.


Tuesday, July 11, 2006

contents of email from the jawa report to skippy:

skippy –

i can't think of a non-lefty blogger who doesn't despise and publicly denounce fred phelps. (i use "non-lefty" instead of "conservative" because i don't necessarily consider myself a "conservative.") i don't regularly correspond with that many lefty bloggers, but i assume they feel the same way.

if you think the non-lefties have anything at all in common with the evil freak that is fred phelps, you completely fail to understand us and what we stand for. in case you missed it: i hate fred phelps.

phelps never fails to draw derision from the non-lefty bloggers whenever he pops up his nasty head. he is one of the figures most hated by the group--likely even more so than ted kennedy and jacques chirac (if you can believe that).

believe it or not, we even denounce ann coulter on occasion when her behaviour calls for it. for example, when ann used the word "raghead" in a speech last year, michelle malkin didn't hesitate to pounce on her, and with good reason. when pat robertson runs his big mouth, there are plenty of us more than happy to give him the rhetorical "stiff arm" when it's called for.

below are a few recent posts relating to phelps & his crew, some from names you probably know. after you read these posts, i'd be curious to know whether you continue to believe that non-lefty bloggers coddle or ignore phelps, or do anything other than unequivocally denounce him.

back to the post at skippy tbk

Friday, June 16, 2006

Skippy Live Blogs Yearlykos

Day One

plame part one - jane hamsher's intro
plame part two - amb. joe wilson
plame part three - dan froomkin
plame part four - murray waas
plame part cinco - empty wheel
plame panel inadvertantly not numbered - larry johnson
plame part 666 - christy hardin smith
plame part seven - q & a

science panel w/gen. clark

sen. barbara boxer

MetaKos Panel
MetaKos Q&A

Day Two

Progressive Infrastructure 1
Progressive Infrastructure 2
Progressive Infrastructure 3
Progressive Infrastructure 4
Progressive Infrastructure Q&A 1
Progressive Infrastructure Q&A 2

Privacy Rights 1
Privacy Rights 2
Privacy Rights 3
Privacy Rights 4
Privacy Rights Q&A 1

The South in Politics 1
The South in Politics 2
The South in Politics 3
The South in Politics Q&A 1
The South in Politics Q&A 2

Gov. Mark Warner Speech

Net Neutrality 1
Net Neutrality 2
Net Neutrality Q&A

Friday, June 02, 2006

take back america conference

looks like the ykos won't be the only bang-up conference for progressives this june. the very next week after what happens in vegas stays in vegas, the right coast will be seeing the "take back ameria" conference, hosted by the campgain for america's future.

we're sorry we can't be there (we can only afford one gigantic progressive convention per june), because the line up of speakers looks even more impressive than ykos!

some of the all-stars slated to speak are: robert redford, barack obama, hillary clinton, bernie sanders, russ feingold, john kerry, barney frank, and more!

toby chadhuri of the c for a's f writes us:

hi skippy. the campaign for america's future announced an all-star line up of speakers and instructions to obtain media credentials for the "take back america" conference today. please share the news release below with others at skippy the bush kangeroo and tell me if you need more information. hope to see you there. in the meantime, stay tuned for more news about the conference. toby.

for immediate release:
thursday, june 1, 2006
contact: toby chaudhuri or noreen nielsen at 202-955-5665

progressives announce prime time speakers for “take back america” conference election-year gathering to lay out bold ideas to promote the “common good” monday, june 12 to wednesday, june 14

"for years the right has had its way. it's now apparent that the conservative agenda simply makes things worse. americans have had enough. the public wants a different course, but timidity still chokes the political debate. progressives will challenge the limits of debate and offer a bold vision for change at this year's take back america conference." --toby chaudhuri, campaign for america's future communications director

washington – campaign for america’s future co-directors robert borosage and roger hickey today announced a lineup of prime time speakers for the annual “take back america” conference to be held at the washington hilton from monday, june 12 to wednesday, june 14. with a growing majority of americans believing the country is headed in the wrong direction, thousands of progressive leaders will gather to discuss strategy to create a political force that promotes the “common good,” in contrast with the corrupt special interests that have dominated washington over the last several years.

campaign for america’s future “take back america” event highlights

monday, june 12

10 a.m. news conference to release new polling data and brief reporters on key conference events.

11 a.m. robert borosage and stan greenberg deliver opening remarks.

12:45 p.m. sen. harry reid, d-nev., robert redford and jerome ringo speak at a major event about the apollo alliance’s plan for energy independence.

2:15 p.m. rep. jan schakowsky, d-ill., rep. barbara lee, d-calif., rep. maxine waters, d-calif., former sen. gary hart, d-colo., john sweeney and anna burger discuss bold progressive ideas for the “common good.”

tuesday, june 13

8:15 a.m. sen. hillary clinton, d-n.y., sen. john kerry, d-mass., and rep. nancy pelosi, d-calif., deliver major speeches.

9:50 a.m. rep. george miller, d-calif., discusses ways to make college affordable.

12:30 p.m. gov. tom vilsack, d-iowa, delivers a major speech.

12:45 p.m. authors michael tomasky, barbara ehrenreich and rep. mel watt, d-n.c., discuss a new “common good” framework for bold ideas for change.

2:15 p.m. rep. john conyers, d-mich., rep. barney frank, d-mass., former rep. david bonior, d-mich., deliver remarks.

4:15 p.m. state rep. joyce elliott, d-ark., state sen. g. spencer coggs, d-wis., state rep. dave mcalpin, d-mont., and county exec. ron sims, d-wash., deliver remarks.

7 p.m. campaign for america's future holds a gala dinner to honor progressive leaders, bernard rapoport, gloria totten and angelica salas.

wednesday, june 14

9 a.m. sen. russ feingold, d-wis., delivers a major speech.

9:45 a.m. rep. sherrod brown, d-ohio, gov. ed rendell, d-pa., and john podesta discuss bold ideas for the “common good.”

11:15 a.m. rep. lynn woolsey, d-calif., and rep. bernie sanders, i-vt., deliver remarks.

12:45 p.m. sen. barack obama, d-ill., rep. jan schakowsky, d-ill., and gerald mcentee deliver closing speeches.


media organizations wishing to attend should make written requests on letterhead with the names of news personnel, title (i.e., reporter, photographer, etc.) and the dates they wish to cover. space at the conference is limited. credential requests should be faxed to the campaign for america’s future press office at 202-330-5676. the deadline for credential requests is wednesday, june 7.

credentials will not be sent by mail. credentials will be available each day of the conference at the washington hilton, starting on monday, june 12 at 8 a.m. media credentialing will close promptly at 7 p.m. each day. current valid federal or state-issued photo and media identification will be required to obtain credentials. there will be no confirmation of credentials prior to the event. for more information about credentials, please contact noreen nielsen at 202-955-5665 x151 or via email at

filing center

a press filing center will be available in the washington hilton state room with soapbox technology to provide internet connections and telephone lines. to obtain high-speed internet access or voice service in the press filing center, please contact jim jiranek at 717-817-2370 or via email at

remote access

to coordinate satellite truck and microwave logistics, please contact tamara shear at 917-912-5074 or via email at


breakfast and lunch will be provided to media representatives in the press filing center in the washington hilton state room. there are no more discounted rooms available at the washington hilton. a limited number of discounted rooms are available at the crowne plaza silver spring hotel. the special rate is $130 per night for a single or double. discounted rooms can be reserved by calling 301-589-0800 and requesting the group rate for the campaign for america's future’s “take back america” conference.

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**note: times are tentative and subject to change. updated conference information will be made available at**

toby chaudhuri
communications director
campaign for america's future