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UPDATE: Regarding the Texas Ag. Commissioner Who Flipped Out Over Meatless Monday

Todd Staples via texasagriculture.gov

(Image via TexasAgriculture.gov)

On September 9 I posted about Todd Staples, Texas’s Agricultural Commissioner, who flipped out when schools in the little town of Dripping Springs decided to participate in the “Meatless Monday” movement.  You know, we’re talking Texas and beef! (it’s what’s for dinner) here.

Well, he resigned last Thursday:

Texas agriculture commissioner Todd Staples announced on September 18 that he will resign his office, an announcement that comes 10 days after he wrote an awkward editorial calling the Meatless Monday initiative a “carefully orchestrated campaign.”

According to his announcement, Staples will transition out of the position within the next two months, and will become president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association.

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Following the controversy, a nutritional fact sheet on the Texas Department of Agriculture’s website, which gave equal credence to beans as a source of protein, mysteriously disappeared on or about September 14.

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I guess implying it was a giant, sinister (no-doubt liberal) plot to encourage kids to eat beans one meal a week did kind of make him look like he was drinking some sort of secret sauce.  Now he can move on and make the Texas Oil and Gas Association look dumb too.

September 23, 2014 at 1:37 PM Leave a comment

The United States is Way Behind China in Preparing for Climate Change

Let’s ponder the long run for a sec here:  Who’s smarter?  Who’s doing the best job planning for the future?

Military v. Climate spending via Degrist on twitter

(Image via @Drgrist on Twiter)

I vote for China.

This is what the U.S. gets allowing itself to become a corporatocracy run by lobbyist$ who drain it via endless war.

September 19, 2014 at 8:58 PM Leave a comment

Senate Republicans Block Passage of Amendment Prohibiting Rich People From Buying Our Elections

Voting Machine

 

As soon as the Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions were handed down by the Supreme Court I knew it might be impossible to reverse them because as the minutes passed, rich donors poured money into the pockets of politicians, making them less and less likely to vote to overturn them:

Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a constitutional amendment meant to reverse two recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign spending.

Senate Democrats needed 60 votes to end debate on the measure, but fell short in the 54-42 party-line vote.

Earlier this week, more than 20 Republicans voted with Democrats in a 79-18 vote to advance the amendment in order to force Democrats to spend the week debating the merits of the measure.

Republicans “forced” Democrats to spend the week debating the measure so they could lay around, doing nothing, as is their wont.  They’re killing time until (at last) November 4, when they hope to regain control of the Senate and then, if they do, they’ll twiddle their fingers until the new electees are sworn in in January, 2015.  If they don’t win control of the Senate in November, they’ll be furious and they’ll dig in their heels until November, 2016 so keeping Democrats busy with meaningless debates lets them off the hook.

The amendment … would have needed to win two-thirds support to pass the Senate, and then would still have needed to move through the House and be ratified by two-thirds of the states.

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The 2010 Citizens United ruling struck down restrictions that had barred corporations and unions from spending money from their general treasury funds to support or oppose candidates. In McCutcheon, the court struck aggregate limits on individual contributions to candidates.

Democrats argued the Supreme Court decision has allowed billionaires to flood the campaign spending system with “dark money” in order to buy election results.

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Don’t you love it:  “Democrats argued the Supreme Court decision has allowed billionaires to flood the campaign spending system with ‘dark money’ in order to buy election results.”  That isn’t a partisan argument; it’s a fact:  Political Donations Soar After Supreme Court Rules Against Campaign Contribution Caps.  Too bad The Hill found it necessary to imply that’s some sort of dubious spin.  It’s verifiable and if they cared about informing their readers, they’d have included data proving it to be true.

So, at this point, I don’t see how we stop our elections from being bought.

September 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM Leave a comment

Dick Cheney As Wise Republican Elder Statesman

Dick Cheney via Wikimedia commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

You probably heard that House Republicans brought Dick Cheney in for a meeting yesterday so he — yes, he, most recently of blundered Iraq war fame — could strategize with them on the next go round in that miserable disaster.  They were more than happy to listen, according to Rep. Peter King (R-NY), “because most of us think we did the right thing in Iraq.”  Really?  Does that mean “most” of them still believe al Qaeda was there (it wasn’t) and Saddam Hussein had WMD (he didn’t)?

Holy cow.  Is this really happening?

Today Cheney gave a speech at the ultra-conservative American Enterprise Institute and railed at Obama to do whatever it takes “to win,” even though he and Bush weren’t able to do that themselves.  What gall.

Anyway, what in the world are Republicans thinking bringing back this monster as an adviser?  The guy left office with a 13% approval rating and my sense is he’s still widely despised.  All I can think of is this is what happens when a bunch of people — as in House Republicans — live in Faux News/Limbaugh land.

 

September 10, 2014 at 5:26 PM Leave a comment

House Republicans Run Their Fall Agenda By Their K Street Handlers

(Image via KevinMcCarthy.House.gov)

 

I wish there was a way every American could know about this:

Senior House Republican leadership aides gave K Street lobbyists a peak at their September agenda, just days before lawmakers come back to Washington, according to several sources present.

The lobbyists were briefed the same day Republican lawmakers got a memo from Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) about the month’s agenda. In fact, the lobbyists got more information than the lawmakers did in their memo.

Tim Berry, McCarthy’s chief of staff, said in the meeting in the Capitol that the House would attempt to move a bill to fund the government next week.

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There were more than 50 lobbyists in the McCarthy briefing in the Capitol, including Elena Tompkins of Tompkins Strategies, Pat Raffaniello of Raffaniello & Associates, Missy Edwards of Missy Edwards Strategies, Con Lass of Ogilvy Government Relations, Manny Rossman of Squire Patton Boggs, Brian Vanderbloemen of McGuireWoods Consulting, Steve Tilton of Crossroads Strategies, David French of the National Retail Federation and Malloy McDaniel of Blank Rome Government Relations.

“It was a good chance when things are flat to meet with the policy team about what’s going to happen in the next two-week stretch,” said one lobbyist, who attended the McCarthy session.

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Get used to the name Kevin McCarthy.  He’s the new House Majority Whip now that Eric Cantor lost his reelection bid earlier this year.  Anyway, isn’t it just so nice of the Republicans to reassure their handlers the lobbyists that they’re thinking of them?

September 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM 1 comment

I Gather a President Can’t Do Much Worse Than Wear a Tan Suit

Watching the cables for a bit today I’ve come to realize that when a Democratic, African-American president wears a tan suit it’s a matter of national security and deep national embarrassment. Or something.

I had no idea.

HWBush in a tan suit

 

Reagan in a Tan suit

 

August 29, 2014 at 4:37 PM 1 comment

Is it Payback Time for Republicans in Georgia?

GOP Dinasour

Remember that we’ve-got-to-reinvent-ourselves post-12012 election evaluation GOP Chairman Reince Priebus was screaming about early last year?

“The way we communicate our principles isn’t resonating widely enough,” he said. “Focus groups described our party as ‘narrow-minded,’ ‘out of touch,’ and ‘stuffy old men.’ The perception that we’re the party of the rich continues to grow.”

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The party will make a concerted effort to elevate more women, Priebus said. He suggested that some “biologically stupid” remarks by Republican candidates turned off women voters. Female surrogates should be elevated, the report says, and women must be promoted within the RNC and included in messaging discussions ” to represent some of the unique concerns that female voters may have.”

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And remember how the party ignored that report?

Conservatives Argue Abortion Can be a Winning Issue for Republicans

Senate Republicans Block Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision

Senate Republicans Reject Equal Pay Bill

Well, it might be payback time, at least in Georgia:

Democrat Michelle Nunn has a sizeable lead over Republican David Perdue in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race, a new poll found, thanks in large part to a huge gender gap.

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Nunn has 47 percent in the new WSB-TV Channel 2/Landmark Communications poll, while Perdue has 40 percent. The big reason: The gender gap.

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“There’s a widening or stagnant gender gap. Mr. Perdue does not seem to be moving or closing his number,” said Channel 2 analyst Bill Crane in a story posted on the WSB site. “He’s about 20 points behind Michelle Nunn in females.

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Sorry, I know it’s tacky but I can’t help it:  Hahahahahahahah!

 

August 25, 2014 at 10:05 AM Leave a comment

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