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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.
From David Sirota over at Pando.com in an article titled: For Economic Stimulus, Pensions Beat Stadiums and Server Farms.
There [in Detroit], as if proudly advertising its reverse-Robin Hood class war, the city is simultaneously seeking bankruptcy to avoid pensions payments, while pledging $400 million to build a new hockey stadium.
I would much rather have my tax dollars go toward pensions instead of a hockey stadium. Geezus. It’s a no-brainer.
Remember when the Republican Party said it had to “rebrand” its message and they came out with their “Growth and Opportunity Project?”
The RNC’s Growth and Opportunity Project, an effort to take the existing party engine and give it a top-to-bottom tuneup, has solutions that include: A $10 million-dollar effort to better connect with minority communities…
That was in March.
This would be the speaker of the Republican party today:
Yo, GOP: Good luck.
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.
This is despicably ironic coming from the party that has run on yikes-there’s-a-black-guy-in-the-White-House for the last five years.
Republicans have no shame. None. These are the damn facts. Republicans are lying (so what else is new?):
The internet is ablaze with some fairly shocking news: Obama is closing the Vatican embassy! “Obama’s call to close Vatican embassy is ‘slap in the face’ to Roman Catholics,” proclaims the Washington Times, in an article that has attracted more than 2700 comments and was prominently featured on the Drudge Report. “OBAMA ‘INSULTS’ CATHOLICS IN VATICAN-EMBASSY SHUTDOWN,” reports WND. The Daily Caller piles on with “Catholics furious over Obama plan to close Vatican embassy site.” Breitbart reports that “the Obama administration is trying to diminish and discredit the Vatican’s role in the world because it’s pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious freedom values is at odds with the Regime’s pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage stance.”
There are no embassies for any country in Vatican City itself — there is simply no room. All countries locate their embassies in the city of Rome. The United States has decided to move its embassy from its current location — an unremarkable converted residence — to the same compound as the U.S. Embassy to Italy. It will have it’s own separate building and a separate entrance on a different street. The new building is actually a tenth of a mile closer to the Vatican than the old one. There will be no reduction in staff or activities.
The folks who are promulgating this bull crap probably think of themselves as Christians and intellectually they probably think lying is a sin. So what do they do? Go to confession every other hour?
Republicans at work, killing stuff, which they’re so good at:
Usually when energy development moves into deeper waters to harness marine energy resources, coastal residents have nightmares of risky technology and oil spills.
But not when that development means floating wind turbines.
Statoil, the Norwegian-based oil and gas company, received approval from the United Kingdom’s Crown Estate to build five floating wind turbines in 100 meters of water off the coast of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Combined, they will generate 30 megawatts of energy, and the planned hub will be the largest in Europe.
Offshore wind is big in Europe, but turbines are limited to shallow waters (around 60 meters) because the pylons that support them have to be blasted into the seabed. Floating turbines, however, just require a few cables to keep the floating shaft in one spot, and they can be installed in water as deep at 700 meters.
Statoil successfully demonstrated the world’s first floating turbine off the coast of Norway in 2009. In October, Statoil pulled the plug on a $120 million project off the coast of Maine due to regulatory uncertainty. Republican Governor Paul LePage had long opposed the project, which would have made his state a center of global offshore wind innovation, and pushed a law through the legislature that forced a delay in the negotiations over Statoil’s contract.
Wow. Astonishingly shortsighted on LePage’s part but of course he’s got to be loyal to his oil energy masters. Not only that, I’m sure this project would have created a lot, lot, lot of jobs and isn’t that what Republicans are always squawking about?
Add vaginal probes and making it hard for people to vote and this pretty much sums what Republicans are all about right now:
Add not bombing Syria (remember, just weeks ago?) to that list.
Unemployment Increases in Louisiana by 13,000 Year-Over-Year Yet Bobby Jindal Says Unemployment Rate “Dropping”
Check out this perky, laudatory tweet Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal sent out today:
As a matter of (inconvenient) fact, the number of unemployed people in Louisiana in October increased this year over last by 13,000:
Louisiana’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 6.5 percent in October, according to figures released Friday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The jobless rate showed improvement from August (7 percent) and September (6.8 percent). The unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in October 2012.
Louisiana had 136,000 unemployed people in October, down from 142,000 in September but still up from 123,000 in October 2012.
Bottom line? Jindal is counting on his tweeps to be idiots and not to look into the facts for themselves.
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.
This is the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
This is what Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Oil) is working on in D.C.:
This week, the House will vote on a bill [introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn] that could impose a $5,000 fee on any person who opposes a proposed drilling project. The bill, also known as the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act, will make it easier for oil and gas companies to drill on public lands…
Should the bill become law, onshore drilling permits will automatically be approved if the Department of the Interior (DOI) does not act on the permits within 60 days. It will also require any individual who wishes to oppose a proposed drilling project to pay $5,000 to file an official protest.
Imagine the Founding Fathers writing an amendment that read something like this:
Congress shall require that a $5,000 fee be paid by any member of We the People who object to an oil and/or gas company drilling wherever it wants.
You go Doug. You probably wear a flag pin on your lapel too, huh?
Red hot Wingnut / Teabagger alert here:
More on this and other so-called “missteps” in Christie’s political career here.
Former Republican State Chairman and one-time gubernatorial candidate Jack Kimball is urging his followers to “be alert” for an impending United Nations invasion of the Granite State.In an email intercepted by NH Journal, Kimball relays a story that family members told him up to 60 white, “unmarked” military vehicles are “headed South [sic] toward NH.” Kimball comments that the “white vehicles sound more like UN trucks.” The trucks were hauling “fuel or water” and “other types of supplies,” according to Kimball.
Hi Folks,Just a quick heads up. This morning my Daughter and Son-in-Law were on Route 95 headed North to Maine where they observed 40 – 50 unmarked white trucks and humvee type vehicles headed South toward NH. There were also some cammo painted military type unmarked vehicles. All of these trucks were being driven by Military personnel. Some of them were clearly carrying fuel or water. Others were carrying other types of supplies. There were also some white buses interdisbursed in the group. A bit later they encountered an additional ten 18 wheeler’s that were being driven by military personnel but were, once again, unmarked. That’s roughly 60 vehicles. Don’t know what they were doing or where they were going but the white vehicles sound more like UN trucks. Be alert.Jack
Geezus. Forget freedom fries. I guess we’re free to call them French fries again because the socialists in France scuttled a peace accord with Iran today and Republicans are so happy they’re orgasmic. I mean, they’re virtually making out with socialists tonight. That’s how big a deal leaving the potential for nuclear war on the table is to them:
Western and Iranian negotiators were putting the finishing touches on a far-reaching nuclear deal. Then, at virtually the last minute, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius joined in the talks. It didn’t take long for the negotiations to unravel — and for Fabius to publicly declare this round of the talks to be over.
It wasn’t the answer U.S., European or Iranian teams had been expecting. One Western official said Paris hadn’t been particularly involved in the painstaking negotiations that had taken place in the run-up to this weekend’s talks in Geneva. “The French were barely involved in this,” one Western diplomat said. “They didn’t get looped in until a few days ago.”
Yet the French response shouldn’t have been a total surprise. The socialist government of French President François Hollande has adopted a muscular foreign policy that has put it to the right of the Obama administration on Libya, Mali, Syria and now Iran. Along the way, it has also become Israel’s primary European ally and — after the U.S. — arguably its closest friend in the world.
“Thank God for France,” South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a longtime Iran hawk, told CNN. “The French are becoming very good leaders in the Mideast.”
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, another hardliner, busted out his own basic knowledge of French to praise the Hollande government in its own language.
“#France had the courage to prevent a bad nuclear agreement with #Iran,” he wrote on Twitter. “Vive la France!”
Woohoo. It’s party time. There’s still a chance John McCain will get his wish: To bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran!
I’m loving this. Keep it up Republicans. Appeal only to your personalized closed loop base of Teabaggers, Faux watchers and Limbaugh listeners and you’ll go far (wink, wink):
Earlier this year, the Republican Party released an “autopsy report” highlighting sweeping changes that needed to be made to make the party viable again in presidential elections.
The Wall Street Journal called it a “scathing self-analysis” that “describes the party as ideologically ossified, unable to speak to a wider electorate and increasingly seen as representing the rich and the old.”
Today was a very bad day on Capitol Hill for Republicans who hoped their party might remake itself as more tolerant and inclusive in time for the 2014 midterm elections.
Here’s what happened:
1. A majority of Republican senators voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would finally put an end workplace discrimination against gay Americans, Roll Call reports.
2. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced legislation that would ban abortions nationwide for women more than 20 weeks pregnant, the Washington Post reports.
3. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) told Greg Sargent that House Republicans would not hold a vote on immigration reform this year and that “the window for getting anything done next year is closing fast.”
Good luck guys. You’ll need it. The world is changing but you’re not.
Maybe — just maybe — a time will come when Republicans learn that when you oppress people and pick away at their rights they tend to ah, you know, get pissed off:
Shortly after passing the country’s worst voter suppression law, North Carolina Republicans targeted student voting.
The GOP-controlled board of elections in Pasquotank County voted to prevent a student at a historically black college from running for city council where he attended school. The GOP-controlled board of election in Watauga County shut down an early voting site at Appalachian State University in Boone and placed the general election polling place at a campus nightclub instead of the student union.
Both of these moves backfired badly on the North Carolina GOP in the 2013 local elections.
The North Carolina state board of election ruled that Montravias King, a senior at Elizabeth City State University could indeed run for the city council where he attended school, which he said was his primary residence. On October 9, King was elected to the Elizabeth City city council, winning the most votes of any candidate. He’s now the youngest elected official in the state.
In Boone, Democrats swept races for mayor and three city council seats on Tuesday. Voter turnout increased compared to municipal elections in 2009. “This result in some ways speaks to the visceral reaction people have when you try to take people’s voting rights away,” said new Mayor Andy Ball, a former ASU student. Boone Democrats said the Republicans they canvassed were equally unhappy with the board of election’s decisions and didn’t turn out as a result.
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.
Check out how often the United States House of Representatives isn’t going to be in session in 2014:
Larger (pdf) version here.
(The party that’s in control of the House sets the schedule and in this case that would be Republicans.)
That’s a nice gig if you can get it.
Those of us who work a real full-time job will, if we’re lucky, get something like eight or nine days off next year (Presidents’ Day, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the 4th of July, etc.) and maybe, MAYBE a week or two of vacation but we sure as hell won’t make $174,000 per year like these guys do. Or, if you’re John Boehner — Speaker of the House – that would be $223,500.
Our tax dollars at work people.
I’m thinking we should go back to something like this: “From 1789 to 1855, members of Congress received only a per diem (daily payment) of $6.00 while in session.”
Republicans in Hawaii doing what Republicans do:
Help us keep our ad on the air! Please donate $10, $20, $100 or $1,000 today. The Hawaii Republican Assembly (HIRA) is sponsoring a campaign of radio advertising during October 2013 to warn Hawaii voters what their elected officials are attempting to do during the “special session” of the state legislature starting on 28 October 2013. Democrats are poised to change the definition of marriage to include homosexuals, transvestites, transsexuals and eventually bisexuals with multiple partners. Such radical alterations to society have already led to even more radical demands in other states. Your support is needed to spread the word and warn and mobilize voters by keeping this and other ads on the air.
Geezus. I live in Colorado where “homosexual” civil unions are legal and I haven’t seen any “radical alterations” to life whatsoever.
I was getting ready to post my Tweet of the Day when I inadvertently took a detour through this paragraph:
…[A] slew of other laws passed in the two years following the 2010 right-wing electoral romp. Among them: Michigan banned safety regulations covering repetitive motion. Florida banned local paid sick leave mandates. Wisconsin banned compensatory and punitive damage suits over employment discrimination. New Hampshire made it easier for companies to classify workers as “independent contractors” lacking the legal rights of employees. Maine allowed employers to apply for employees to be considered disabled, and to determine what fraction of the minimum wage to pay employees classified as such.
Now, here’s that tweet:
Running for New Jersey governor in 2009, Jon S. Corzine, for using “one-shot gimmicks” to balance the budget, called it “unconscionable” to take away property tax rebates and railed against issuing more debt for transportation projects, promising to “start saying no to spending.”hammered the Democratic incumbent,
Fast forward to 2013:
Overall spending has risen 14 percent, and while state surpluses nationwide are growing, New Jersey’s has shrunk to its lowest percentage in a decade. The state’s bond rating is among the worst in the country.
Mr. Christie’s record is drawing scrutiny now, not only because he is emphasizing that he “restored fiscal sanity” to the state as he seeks re-election next week, but also because of his possible presidential candidacy.
And if Christie does run for president, you can be sure he will boast about “saying no to spending.” But take a look at how he’s basically rigging the books, robbing from Peter to pay Paul:
During the past two years, he took $175 million from the money paid to states to settle complaints of mortgage fraud, intended to help homeowners prevent foreclosure. (Nationwide, New Jersey has the second-highest percentage of homes in foreclosure.) Last year, he planned to take $166 million that towns were supposed to spend to build affordable housing. (The towns have sued to stop him, so the governor may have to fill an even bigger hole.)
He relied on an accounting switch earlier this year, announcing that instead of sending out property tax rebates in May, as has been the custom, the state would send them out in August, pushing $400 million onto the next budget.
Mr. Christie has been especially aggressive about taking funds dedicated to energy efficiency, to developing renewable energy and to reducing costs for rate payers. He has taken roughly $700 million in so-called clean energy funds, dumping most of that into the general fund, and using a smaller percentage to pay utility bills in state buildings. The transfers began small — $42.5 million in fiscal year 2011 — then more than quadrupled over the next three budgets.
He issued $4 billion in bonds, but said that to avoid future borrowing, he would increase the amount the state contributed toward the transportation trust fund every year. But when revenues came up shorter than his projections in 2013, he took the turnpike tolls intended for those contributions to the trust fund and used them to help balance the overall state budget. For fiscal year 2014, he again eliminated the planned payments.
I recommend the whole article. Christie’s hocus pocus “budgeting” is based on band-aides and fingers in dikes.
Food Network guy Andrew Zimmern has a saying: “If it looks good, eat it.” Republicans have one a lot like it: “If it sounds good, say it:”
In an interview with the Michael Opitz Show Thursday, Republican Georgia Congressman and Senate candidate Paul Broun claimed the World War Two Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial were never closed during a government shutdown.
The Lincoln Memorial was closed during one of the two shutdowns in 1995. During the second shutdown that went into 1996 only the visitors center was closed.
The World War Two memorial was built in 2004. Before 2013, there had not been a shutdown since 1996.
Hey, who cares if the facts don’t fit the dogma. The dogma’s all that matters!
Republicans who were stunned Romney didn’t win last November (the polls were “skewed!”) didn’t learn a thing. If they can’t pull their heads out of the closed loop belief that people who watch Faux and listen to Limbaugh are representative of Americans as a whole, they’re going to be pedaling up hill for a long time.
My Tweet of the Day:
Yup. My Tweet of the Day:
What are the chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful?
Wingers have been screaming all day about this (it couldn’t possibly have happened! — you know the drill) and some cowardly Democrats have tried to sweep it under the rug but as of 5:31 p.m. ET, Durbin is standing by it.
I saw this ad on my local Denver/ABC News station tonight. I guess I better run out and sign up to have “Energy From Shale” put five or ten fracking wells in my backyard tonight. Sounds so idyllic!
I’d never eat meat from Ms. Kern’s ranch and man-oh-man, I feel sorry for her kids. I have a bad feeling about this. I think she’s going to regret it. When you “talk with experts” from the fracking industry about fracking ah, yeah, it’s gonna sound great.
As an aside, Ault, Colorado is in Weld County. On November 5, Weld County will vote on seceding (or not) from Colorado.