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Bill Maher has some good insight on how maddeningly inept Democrats are at selling ideas (and how good Republicans are at it):
Bill Maher had a lesson in language and wordsmith that should be heeded. The reality is those that have been trying to provide Americans with fact based information in the aggregate have failed. Why is that the case? It is because of the deceptive use of language. The essence of communicating one’s thought is the effective use of language.
For decades now liberals pushed the issue of assisted suicide and it got nowhere. Then they started to call it aid in dying and its approval shot up 20 points and it is now legal in five states. … That’s the power of language.
That success and the success the Democrats had rebranding gay marriage as marriage equality means they’ve finally caught on to what Republicans learned a long time ago from their guru on words, … Frank Luntz. Frank is the genius Right Wing wordsmith who taught Republicans instead of saying ‘estate tax’, say ‘death tax’. Instead of saying poor people, say the takers.
Being a Republican means starting with a bedrock principle like rich people shouldn’t pay taxes. … Did I say don’t tax rich people? I meant encourage the job creators. Did I say don’t let Black people vote? I meant clamp down on voter fraud.
Perhaps you noticed how everyone on the Right universally decided at the exact same moment that Obama’s ‘weakness’ is what ‘emboldened Putin to take Crimea. At that’s not a matter of great minds thinking alike because for that you would need great minds. …
That’s because once the word is decided on, every single Republican from the presidential contenders on down to the feces throwers on hate radio … all chant it like rain man over and over until it is beaten into our skull.
B R A V O! My God Democrats. Listen to this guy!!!
This happened 11 years ago tonight:
Watch it. I’m serious. It’s amazing how much pleasure CNN got from showing live video of bombs blowing people up.
I remember thinking how thrilled Americans would be about this: explosions, patriotism and oh yeah, they’re gonna pay! We bad!
Eleven years on:
Jim Himes is the Democratic congressman from Connecticut’s 4th District. The 4th District consists of New York City “bedroom communities” like Greenwich. Mr. Himes, “began his professional career at Goldman Sachs & Co. where he worked his way up to Vice President over the course of a 12-year career. There he worked extensively in Latin America and headed the bank’s telecommunications technology group.” He “lives in Greenwich with his wife Mary and two daughters Emma and Linley.”
Here are some factoids about the 4th District:
– The 4th Congressional District is 5th out of 436 other congressional districts [in the country] in income per capita.
– The 4th Congressional District is 22nd out of 436 other congressional districts [in the country] in income per household.
– The average income per household is: $82,174.
Bearing all of the above in mind, read this clueless tweet Himes sent out today:
And Greenwich, Connecticut is?
(He’s dissing NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, members of his own party who are trying to represent We the People as opposed to his constituents, the 1%ers.)
There is no way the United States can say a thing like this ever, from now, until the end of time:
Kerry Condemns Russia’s ‘Incredible Act of Aggression’ in Ukraine
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday condemned Russia’s “incredible act of aggression” in Ukraine and threatened economic sanctions by the United States and allies to isolate Moscow, but called for a peaceful resolution to the crisis.
“You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text,” Kerry told the CBS program “Face the Nation.”
If Republicans ever – ever — bring up the supposed scandal that was Benghazi again, I hope every single Democratic politician and journalists everywhere will wave this in their face:
GOP Report Acknowledges That The U.S. Military Couldn’t Have Changed Benghazi Outcome
In a new report released on Tuesday, the House Armed Services Committee concludes that there was no way for the U.S. military to have responded in time to the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya to save the four Americans killed that night. In doing so, the report debunks entirely a right-wing myth that says the White House ordered the military not to intervene.
The Democrats on the panel asked their Republican colleagues if they could finally move on from Bengahzi. “This report, produced by House Armed Services Committee Republicans, should finally bring an end to the politicization of the heinous attacks on brave Americans in Benghazi,” HASC Ranking Member Rep. Adam Smith (D-CA) and Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA), the HASC Oversight and Investigations subcommittee’s ranking member, said in a statement. “It is time to move forward, take the real conclusions we have arrived at and establish how to best protect our citizens around the globe. It is our hope that today’s report, which was authored by Republicans, finally brings this attempt to manufactured scandal to an end.”
It would be so cool if every so-called journalist and every so-called news reporter knew that President Obama has issued fewer executive orders than any modern president. And it would be so cool if they’d print a copy of this chart and whip it out when people like Rand Paul accuse Obama of “arrogance” or of issuing “threats” when he says he just might issue executive orders to get some things done around here.
This spate of retirements (and who knows how many more there are to come in the next, well, hours) goes to show that Democrats have completely given up on retaking the House in this election or any election in the near future. And that’s perfectly rational, because they’re not going to!
In 2012, Democrats won a handsome victory of all votes cast for House members, on the tails of a reelected Democrat president, and still only managed to pick up a handful of seats—nowhere near what they needed to regain the majority. In 2014, by comparison, Democrats are expected to suck. And Republicans have drawn the map in their favor.
For Democrats to regain a majority, they basically need a good state-level election in a Census year by which they can redraw the map to something a little more in their favor…
But surely powerful figures in the minority can “get things done,” even little things, by working with the majority, right? Ha no. The most “action” that House Democrats have seen since they’ve been in the majority has been in helping to bail out John Boehner on things like debt ceiling hikes or funding agreements. There’s really no point to being even a veteran in the House minority at all anymore if there’s no chairmanship on the horizon. House Republicans will not bring up any bill of yours, because why would they? They’re trending more conservative, and House Democrats, at least rhetorically, are trending more liberal. Even if you’re a powerful member of the House minority, like [Jim] Moran [D-VA - 12 terms] or [George] Miller [D-CA - 20 terms], the best you can do is sit quietly during a hearing as a ranking member while the clown chairman berates some mid-level bureaucrat about creeping communism.
This morning I came across this:
ALEC Plans Massive Environmental Attack for 2014
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has a big year ahead of them, as they attempt to dismantle a slew of environmental protections from state to state. More specifically, the corporate front group is hoping to pass dirty energy friendly legislation to ease the rules for electric utilities.
From state to state, ALEC is drafting legislation that would cut renewable energy, increase dependence on coal and dismantle energy efficiency standards.
And then I remembered reading about this a few days ago:
[Colorado's "Democratic"] Governor Hickenlooper has chosen Glenn Vaad, a former state representative from Weld County, as the newest of the three-member Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Mr. Vaad is no friend of clean energy for Colorado—his voting record allied primarily with the fossil fuel industry at the expense of Colorado’s clean energy economy. Mr. Vaad is also a former high-ranking member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a powerful corporate lobbying group whose members include Koch Industries and others pushing state legislatures to turn back the clock on adoption of renewable energy in Colorado and elsewhere.
If a so-called Democratic governor is appointing “former high-ranking” members of ALEC to state boards — any board — we’re doomed. Seriously. It illustrates the fact that this isn’t about Republicans versus Democrats anymore — they’re all being corrupted — it’s about the corporatocracy and the monied class against the rest of us.
The House and Senate reconvened on Monday, January 6 — you got it, just ten working days ago — after a three-week vacation.
Now they’re heading off on another week-long vacation next week:
After that, they’re taking the week of February 17th off, the week of March 17th, and then in April they get two weeks off — April 17 – 27. After that they get one week off in May, June and July and then they get the whole month of August off. Check out their schedule here.
Unreal. It’s not as if there’s nothing to do.
I’m thinking we should do away with their salaries and pay them by the hour.
John Hickenlooper: Colorado’s Beer Mogul Governor Wants to Quash Weed Sales to Protect His Alcohol Business
Oh the irony: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D), a guy who made millions and connected with the establishment by selling alcohol at his bars, is slamming the voter-approved legalization of weed in Colorado.
Yep. Looper is one of those “new Dems.” Dems who aren’t really Dems and who I, for one, am stick as hell of.
Again, he’s a beer magnate. He blows off the will of the people — Democratic values redux I guess — and now he wants to regulate weed “more strenuously” than alcohol.
Bottom line: Colorado’s “Democratic” Governor wants to quash the will of the people in order to maintain his monopoly on the drug that made him rich.
What a guy:
As legal recreational marijuana settles in across Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper said he isn’t about to lead the way in promoting marijuana business.
“I hate Colorado having to be the experiment,” he said Friday in an interview with The Durango Herald editorial board.
Colorado has gained international attention for legalizing recreational marijuana sales Jan. 1. Some communities, including Durango, have moratoriums or bans in place.
Hickenlooper said he wants to reduce youth marijuana use, an ambitious goal in a time of greater availability. Hickenlooper pointed to evidence that smoking marijuana harms long-term memory.
“We should not try to get people to do more of what is not a healthy thing,” he said.
Hickenlooper opposed Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana in the state. Now that it’s on the books, Hickenlooper said he’s committed to regulating it more strenuously than alcohol.
The U.S. is a “center right” nation? I don’t think so. A majority want single-payer health care. A majority now support gay marriage. There’s huge support for extending unemployment insurance and now — now — most of us support legalizing marijuana:
D.C. pundits, receiving text messages from conservatives as they speak, insist we’re, ah, a conservative nation but no we aren’t.
As I’ve mentioned before, six or seven years ago I read a quote somewhere from someone (don’t remember any of the particulars) about why so many Republicans appeared on “talk news” shows. The answer was, “They’re the ones in power.”
It made sense at the time but whoever said was obviously full-o-crap. Democrats are in power now but Republicans still dominate. The blue lines are Democrats, the red lines are Republicans:
Larger version here.
Not only that, the Democrats, left to right, are Joe Manchin (Coal Industry-WV), Chuck Schumer (Wall Street – NY) and Dick Durbin (In Favor of cutting Soc. Sec. benefits – IL). Manchin and Schumer are corporate Democrats. Something happened to Durbin along the way because he’s itching to cut Social Security. If they switched parties no one would notice. All these guests have pretty much the same point of view. It’s misleading to think that just because someone labeled a Democrat is on with a Republican at any given time, the audience isn’t actually hearing differing opinions. For all intents and purposes all of these guests are Republicans.
The next time I hear the term, “liberal media,” you’ll probably be able to hear me scream.
Ah duh. Since Democrats seem to be suffering from Stockholm syndrome (going on 30 years now) and they’re incompetent when it comes to messaging, wouldn’t it be nice if someone put into context the Republican claim that extending unemployment benefits will break the bank?
Thank you Dean Baker. I mean, how hard is this:
Scream about this Democrats.
Got that? Earlier this month, Republicans refused to extend unemployment insurance to more than a million Americans because they’re lazy a++holes and if we coddle them they’ll just keep on keepin’ on sucking the tit of the American taxpayer.
Dear god of the universe: If only we really did have a liberal media here in the U.S., they’d be screaming about this: <—- <—-:
And if we had Democrats here in the U.S. who made some serious noise, who had guts and a willingness to stand up to the corporatocarcy (thank you Justice Roberts and your ruling on Citizens United), We the People might stand a chance…
So John Boehner is a hero because he stood up to the people who hated his budget before they read it?
This is what’s really going on here (heads up Tea Partiers — they’re playing you for fools):
What was President Obama supposed to do when he encountered Cuban President Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela’s funeral yesterday? Punch him in the balls?
Geezus. The faux outrage generated by Republicans over this is ridiculous. Once again, they’re perfecting the art of being on the wrong side of history.
That said, take this: Ronald Reagan meeting with the Taliban in the f-ing Oval Office no less:
So let’s drop it already.
Ugh. If we aren’t going to get money out of our elections, I wish a $330 billion company that funded flaming progressive organizations would come along sometime (soon):
Google, the tech giant supposedly guided by its “don’t be evil” motto, has been funding a growing list of groups advancing the agenda of the Koch brothers.
Organizations that received “substantial” funding from Google for the first time over the past year include Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, the Federalist Society, the American Conservative Union (best known for its CPAC conference) and the political arm of the Heritage Foundation that led the charge to shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act: Heritage Action.
Republicans are vicious, cold-hearted partisans who are willing to see over a million people suffer because they don’t want anything — anything — good to happen on Obama’s watch:
If Congress does nothing, and fails to extend a jobless-aid program, 1.3 million people will lose unemployment insurance only a few days after Christmas — perhaps leading to a series of stories about real people’s economic travails during the slow-news holiday season.
I’m told House Dems will hold a hearing on Thursday into the plight of those set to lose unemployment insurance if Congress fails to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, as part of an effort to pressure Republicans to agree to an extension. Sources tell me it will be presided over by Dem Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Chris Van Hollen, Sander Levin, and others, and will hear from witness who stand to lose those benefits.
Meanwhile, sources tell me that in private discussions, House Republicans are giving the thumbs down to Dem entreaties for an unemployment benefits extension. According to a senior Senate Democratic leadership aide, Dems have pushed for the extension to be included in ongoing budget conference talks. “So far, they’ve resisted,” the aide tells me. “They don’t want to do that.”
I wish “senior Senate Democratic leadership aides” like the one Greg Sargent spoke to above, would be a little, no, a lot less charitable when talking about this. It’s just outrageous what Republicans are doing here.
SMDH. This is really upsetting. It’s a case of the House of Representatives voting 100% against the interests of We the People and in favor of corporations that pollute the planet:
On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that will block the Department of the Interior (DOI) from regulating fracking in states that already have regulations in place. The bill, H.R. 2728, passed the House in a 235 – 187 vote. Twelve Democrats voted in favor of the legislation and two Republicans voted against it.
“Hydraulic fracturing has been safely and effectively regulated by states for decades,” said Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), according to The Hill. “So the Obama administration’s proposed regulations are unnecessary.”
On Tuesday, Hastings added a last-minute amendment to another piece of oil and gas industry-friendly legislation that was also passed by the House on Wednesday. His amendment to the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act cuts government funding for renewable energy projects by 50 percent.
If there is a God and if there is a Heaven and a Hell, Rep. Hastings will go to hell. He wants to cut government funding for renewable energy projects by 50 percent (as do his 234 colleagues who voted in favor) when we’re on the cusp of tipping into irreversible global warming? I don’t think God takes kindly to people who want to destroy our lovely planet and everything on it.
Senate Democrats might, just might (and that’s a big might) change the rules regarding the filibuster today. If the heretofore wimps actually go through with it, Fox and Limbaugh and the whole wingnut scream machine will immediately go into a giant convulsion, claiming Democrats have hijacked the government and blocked their voice. When that happens, bear in mind that this is what prompted the Democrats to act because, of course, the wingers who will scream about it won’t talk about the backstory.
UPDATE: They did it! The Senate has altered the rules to — don’t forget, Republicans will say this is really radical — allow for confirmation of judicial nominees via a simple majority vote. Hell. That’s the way everything should be voted on…a simple majority. Yes or no. Period.
Here we go. Fox blasts out this headline:
What Senate Democrats did was remove the ability of Republicans to block votes on Obama’s judicial nominees. Period. Republicans were abusing their power.
One of the images that is seared in my brain is that of President-elect Barack Obama walking up the stairs of conservative columnist George Will’s Georgetown D.C. brownstone in January, 2009 — after he was elected president but before he was sworn in — “to dine with a host of right-wing luminaries.”
At the time I thought wow, this is not good. Obama won by a huge margin but the first group he courted were wingers? He didn’t meet with those who made his win happen?
Fast forward to 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Obama and his White House staff continued to freak the f**k out about what Republicans wouldl think or say about them and voila, we have the mess that is the Obamacare rollout.
Obama and his BFFs weren’t puffed up and proud about what they were doing; confident that it was right and good. They were cowed and intimidated and scared about what Republicans would think or say: HealthCare.gov: How Political Fear Was Pitted Against Technical Needs.
Just think: One man’s insecurities can change the direction of a country (or a world for that matter). What we needed in Obama, imho, was a strong man who called out the Republicans as the paper tigers that they are, but no. He doesn’t have it in him.
The farm and pharmaceutical lobbies have blocked all meaningful efforts to reduce the use of antibiotics in raising livestock in America, a practice that contributes to a major public health risk, a study released Tuesday found.The report says Congress has killed every effort to legislate a ban on feeding farm animals antibiotics that are important in human medicine. Not only that, but regulation of livestock feeding practices has grown weaker under the Obama administration, the study says.
“Our worst fears were confirmed,’’ said Bob Martin, executive director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, which issued the report. The Food and Drug Administration’s statistics, he said, show that fully 80 percent of the antibiotics sold in this country are fed to food animals.
FDA guidelines in the pipeline, Martin said, would require the industry to stop using antibiotics specifically to bulk up cows and other food animals but would continue to allow their use for “disease-control.” What constitutes disease-control is so loosely defined, however, that there would be “no change” in the use of antibiotics, Martin said.
“In a couple of areas, the Obama administration started off with good intentions. But when industry pushed back, even weaker rules were issued,” he said. “We saw undue influence everywhere we turned.”
This article illustrates the incredible power of lobbyists. Surely just about everyone in congress, if they’d stop and think for a sec, understands that pumping feed animals full of antibiotics is a very bad idea. I mean, even doctors at the esteemed John Hopkins for God’s sake are telling them that but do they listen? No, because they’re more terrified of the lobbyists than medical experts or even of us, the voters.
Think about it for a second: The United States congress may singlehandedly be making antibiotics ineffective worldwide because it’s succumbing to bribes by corporate lobbyists, putting 7 billion people at risk.
How do these guys sleep at night?
I just got this email from the Tea Party Express. The election to replace the deceased Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey is Tuesday.
We are excited to have Governor Sarah Palin join us this Saturday. The momentum for Steve Lonegan continues to grow and Governor Palin’s voice will add immensely to that fact. Governor Palin has been a powerful leader for this movement and continues to spread a message that resonates with the people.
As of yesterday, Booker leads Lonegan 53 – 41 among likely voters, a Quinnipiac University poll found. Apparently Lonegan is suffering amongst women voters because of his anti-choice stand. Not only that, the news today about Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), Tea Party darlings who’ve lost huge amounts of support according to a poll released by Gallup, likely signals that people don’t like what they see when Teabaggers go into action, i.e., they shut the government down. So I’m not sure if it’s a good idea for Lonegan to be seen alongside Sarah Palin, especially at this moment in history.
Not only that, I find it so funny that the Tea Party Express’s email says Palin’s message “resonates with the people.” Ah, no it doesn’t. (More of that closed-loop thinking.)
Don’t get me wrong. I think Cory Booker is a weak, uninspiring candidate and if I lived in New Jersey I’d have to hold my nose to vote for him but I still think it’s going to be interesting to see what happens Tuesday night.
Why isn’t this — from Cox’s News reporter Jamie Dupree — breaking news everywhere?
How about some canned chili made with mystery meat that’ll last for a million years and oh, I don’t know, some canned green beans from who-knows-where? And let’s have some soggy brownish government-issued canned peaches for dessert.
Sounds yummy huh?
Catered meals? Really? That’s what you’re used to?
One of the most dangerous things happening in the United States today is the right’s willingness to disavow facts and to make up their own, as in this quote from Newt Gingrich in this article published today at CNN.com: Republicans: Don’t Cave on Shutdown:
The left has sold itself on a false history of the 2012 election. According to the left, Obama won the election…
Wow. And I mean WOW. Really? Is the right questioning the election results now?
The president nationally won 65.9 million votes — or 51.1 percent — against Republican challenger Mitt Romney, who took 60.9 million votes and 47.2 percent of the total cast, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
So Democrats supposedly stole or altered five million votes?
Newt is recklessly trying to stoke his base but again, this is so dangerous. What it makes for is nobody trusting anybody or anyone or anything, facts, processes and institutions be damned.
In the long run, chaos will result.
Luke Russert was just on MSNBC’s “Disrupt with Karen Finney” talking about the differences between the government shutdown orchestrated by Newt Gingrich in 1995/96 and the one Republicans are orchestrating now. He was talking about the fact that back in ’95 there was no Twitter and not much of a blogosphere to speak of but now there is. Even so,
“We don’t really listen to the American public up here on Capitol Hill as much as we used to.”
Ah yeah. We know. We’re thinking about raising money to hire our own lobbyists since the folks who are supposed to represent us don’t.
Ah yes, fickle Republicans strike again. Ethics? Morality? Character? Doing what’s just plain right to help their fellow humans? Nah. It’s all about what will get them re-elected:
As historic floods of “biblical” proportions continue to ravage Colorado, President Obama signed an emergency declaration on Sunday — a move that was encouraged by a bipartisan letter last week from the state’s nine-member Congressional delegation. But the four Republican Congressmen who are now supporting disaster relief for their own state were among those voting earlier this year against the emergency aid funding for Superstorm Sandy victims on the East Coast.
Colorado Republican Reps. Mike Coffman, Cory Gardner, Doug Lamborn, and Scott Tipton joined their delegation in asking the president to send emergency funds to help their constituents combat and recover from the more than 14 inches of rain that have flooded Colorado this month.
The next time you hear a Republican say he or she wants to “cut the deficit” laugh and tell them about this. What they bloviate about to their Fox & Friends has nothing to do with their convictions. It has everything to do with sticking one’s finger in the air and deciding which way the wind is blowing.Turning that upside down, both of Colorado’s Democratic senators voted for Sandy relief earlier this year, despite the fact that that that relief didn’t go to their state. Hello!
In a 62-36 vote, the Senate on Monday approved legislation providing $50.7 billion to help New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Hurricane Sandy.
All 36 “no” votes came from Republicans.
Last night Barack Obama told us to watch the videos of people dying in Syria after being gassed by President Assad and he said if the United States doesn’t lead in the area of humanitarianism — as it supposedly always has — who will.
What a bunch of crap.
Show me another country who’s launched significant
humanitarian military actions roughly every 40 months over the last 40 years starting in 1964 with the invasion of Vietnam, veterans of which we’re still caring for and victims of which are still suffering from birth defects from our use of the chemical weapon, Agent Orange.
I’m listening to a “liberal” radio talk show and the people who are calling in are astonished to learn that the United States isn’t the beacon on the big high hill they’ve been led to believe. I mean, they’re as bad as this guy.
Beyond what we did in Vietnam, below is the reality. Oh, and how about we start wars every couple centuries instead of every 40 months for god’s sake:
- 1965-1973: Cambodia. We dropped more bombs on the tiny country than had been used in all of World War II.
- 1965: Dominican Republic. President Johnson sent 22,000 troops to prevent communists from taking over.
- 1983: Grenada. In the comically named Operation Urgent Fury, we invaded the tiny island nation to stop the commies.
- 1986: Libya. After two Americans are among those killed in a terrorist bombing of a disco in Germany, President Reagan ordered the bombing of facilities controlled by Muammar Gaddafi.
- 1989: Panama. In Operation Just Cause, we invaded the country and deposed its leader, Manuel Noriega.
- 1991: Kuwait/Iraq. Operation Desert Storm.
- 1992-1995: Somalia. Operation Restore Hope. Didn’t end well.
- 1994: Haiti. President Clinton sent 20,000 troops to restore the government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
- 1995: Bosnia. US and NATO forces intervene in the civil war with a large bombing campaign.
- 1999: Kosovo. We bomb the Serbians to help the Kosovars.
- 2001: Afghanistan. Still going!
- 2003: Iraq.
- 2011: Libya.
- 2013: Syria
From the good ol’ Onion: