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Regular Guy Zillionaire Mitt Romney (Supposedly) Stands in Line to Mail His 2013 Tax Return

Mitt Romney’s son Josh tweeted out a pic of his dad supposedly standing in line to mail/pay his taxes today.

Give me a break.  Takeaway here: We Romneys are so arrogant we think the American people are idiots who will believe Mitt did this and they won’t think this is staged. I mean, maybe the Mittster did stand in line to mail his tax return (or pay his taxes — there’s a difference) but don’t tell me (1) he filled the form out himself (think an army of tax preparers) or that (2) his return isn’t hiding millions of dollars in overseas bank accounts or (3) he isn’t taking advantage of loopholes we haven’t even heard of.

Romney filing tax return via

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Oh, and why in the world does Josh think anyone cares about what his father’s doing today?  I swear, the Romneys have generational problems with relationship with their fathers.  Mitt is still — apparently — trying to win the presidency his father failed to get and now Josh is (delusionally, imho) thinking we care about his dad…or something.

Ugh.

A screwed up family laid bare.

 

 

April 15, 2014 at 5:45 PM 1 comment

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) is a Liar

 

Republican Dinasour

After Senate Republicans spent the week blocking a bill to strengthen equal pay for equal work, they used their weekly radio address this morning to claim ah, they’re for equal pay for equal work:

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., made the case.

“There was plenty of talk in Washington this week about equal pay. it was just that: more talk,” she said.

No, it wasn’t just “more talk,” Ms. Rodgers.  There was an actual bill on the floor of the Senate that you guys blocked!

“As a woman who worked at McDonald’s to get through college…. as the mom of two young daughters  … and as the elected representative of thousands of hardworking women, I have always supported equal pay for equal work.

“And if a woman is being paid less than a man because of gender discrimination, that is both wrong and against the law. “

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I’m sick of words like “misspoke” or “untruth.” Let’s tell it like it is:  Lying sacks of sh*t.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/04/12/224235/gop-uses-saturday-address-to-insist.html#storylink=cpy

 

April 12, 2014 at 10:01 AM 1 comment

What if Republicans Could Run Jesus for President?

The way Republicans talk these days, if Jesus was around, he’d be their guy for president.  Or would he?

Oops!

 

April 10, 2014 at 4:27 PM 1 comment

If Obama Wanted to Spread Islamic Law in the U.S. He’d be a Republican

Maybe the GOP yelling about Obama being a secret Muslim is meant as a distraction for the Islamic-like values they’re pushing:

GOP Muslim 4-8-14

(Via.)

April 8, 2014 at 11:17 AM 1 comment

Breitbart “News” Launches “Breitbart California” With Foul Photo

I have a feeling Breitbart so-called “News” is going to end up taking this down so I wanted to grab a screenshot of this photoshopped hatefulness.  They’re using it in their “Breitbart California” launch (link above) and it depicts Nancy Pelosi as Miley Cyrus.

Geezus.  Get some class guys!

Breitbart Nancy as Miley

(Image via Breitbart.com)

(Via.)

April 7, 2014 at 1:19 PM Leave a comment

Donald Rumsfeld Says Obama Worse Than a “Trained Ape”

Donald Rumsfeld via DonkeyHotey on flickr

(Image via DonkeyHotey on flickr)

This would be the totally classless Donald Rumsfeld on Fox last night:

“Take for example that we have status of forces agreements probably with 100, 125 countries in the world,” the former secretary of defense ranted angrily. “This administration, the White House and the State Department, have failed to get a status of forces agreement [with Hamid Karzai]“

A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement,” he added. “It does not take a genius.”

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Are there any Republicans left who won’t stoop this low?

March 25, 2014 at 11:51 AM Leave a comment

Let’s “Invade the Sun and Take Its Oil!”

Bill Maher Wikipedia

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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 example:

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.

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B R A V O!  My God Democrats.  Listen to this guy!!!

March 23, 2014 at 3:02 PM Leave a comment

Fox’s Maria Bartiromo Is Worried About 1%ers Being Shut Out of the Sunday Shows

Maria Bartiromo on Twitter

(Image via Maria Bartiromo on Twitter)

Read that headline again.

Geezus.

Pity the 1%, right?  They never have a say.  According to Fox’s Maria Bartiromo, “business people” haven’t been heard enough of late so damnit, she’s going to fix that:

There’s a void in the market. We never hear business people as part of the conversation on a Sunday. I only hear politicos doing their talking points. I want to get the guy on the front line, the gal on the front line, telling us why they’re not taking money from overseas and putting it here, what should tax reform look like, what should immigration reform look like. So I’m going to bring business people into the conversation on a Sunday morning.

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If I didn’t have a life I’d spend two hours researching and posting links as to why this is so f*cked up.  “Business people” need a louder voice? Really? For starters, they own D.C. so there’s that.  I mean, come on.

When was the last time the corporate opened a whole new network devoted to homeless people 0r poor people or people struggling on a retirement income or people without health care?

Fox Business Use

March 18, 2014 at 7:59 PM Leave a comment

The War on Cancer: The United States Lost

Bad news:

C  A  N  C  E  R

Cancer Soon to Become #1 Killer in America

Here’s a depressing stat: Within the next 16 years, cancer will be the number one cause of death among Americans, according to a new report from the American Society for Clinical Oncologists (ASCO).

In their first report of its kind, ASCO dug into the prevalence of cancer in the U.S. and its projected rise, as well a number of pitfalls in our current medical system that will make treating all those cancer cases increasingly difficult. In fact, the report notes, the field of oncology is under such strain from skyrocketing medical costs and doctor shortages that the Institute of Medicine has called it “a system in crisis” in need of “urgent intervention.”

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Why do we have “skyrocketing medical costs” and “doctor shortages?”  I’m definitely not an expert on that but I would suggest unrestrained corporate greed might have something to do with “skyrocketing medical costs” and low wages and the high cost of a college education (not to mention medical school for crying out loud) might have something to do with it.

That said, due to the corporatocracy buying off the folks who are supposed to represent and protect We the Little People, we know there are chemicals in our soil, chemicals in our air, chemicals in our water, chemicals in our clothes, chemicals in our food, chemicals in our building materials and chemicals in our baby bottles.  There’s no end to the list.

I’m 61 and I’ve been lucky.  No cancer (other than some basal cell carcinoma on my nose from spending my teen years roasting in the sun).  Living 61 years — factoring in climate change — might be a thing of the past for today’s little ones.

Oh, and remember when Dick Nixon (R) declared a “War on Cancer?

We lost.  Our tax dollars went to “defense spending.”  Never mind that cancer has, and will, kill more of us than the boogeyman out there.

 

March 13, 2014 at 7:34 PM Leave a comment

Trump: “The Late, Great Jimmy Carter?”

Donald Trump proved (again) what a bimbo he is today at the CPAC conference:

Jimmy Carter’s still alive.

March 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM Leave a comment

John McCain: Least Popular Senator in the Country

John McCain via Donkeyhotey on flickr

Image via DonkeyHotey on flicker)

John McCain features prominently in the Rolodexes of D.C. and New York television bookers but as for his popularity in the far-off hinterland of his own state, not so much:

PPP’s newest Arizona poll finds that John McCain is unpopular with Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike and has now become the least popular Senator in the country. Only 30% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing to 54% who disapprove. There isn’t much variability in his numbers by party- he’s at 35/55 with Republicans, 29/53 with Democrats, and 25/55 with independents, suggesting he could be vulnerable to challenges in both the primary and general elections the next time he’s up.

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Shorter:  He’s universally disliked by every constituency in his state.

Poor guy.  Maybe he can take some comfort in known that the Sunday talk shows love him but why they don’t feel the same way the folks in Arizona do is a mystery:

If you watch the Sunday shows, the only thing you’ll be surprised about is that McCain hadn’t passed Dole (or anyone else) already. In fact, I wrote a column three whole years ago asking why the hell anyone still cares what John McCain thinks, and the question has become even more relevant in the time since. He’s a member of the minority party in the Senate who is not part of the leadership and has virtually no influence over his fellow senators. In 29 years in Congress, he has managed to produce exactly one significant piece of legislation (the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law), which got gutted by the Supreme Court. His knowledge of and ideas about policy are notoriously shallow and self-indulgent, running more toward phony moralism about tiny earmarks than the search for actual solutions to thorny problems. In his supposed area of expertise, national security, he can be relied on to offer the most simple-minded and uninformed opinions possible (Of course we should use military force! Which country were we talking about again?). So the public needs to hear his sage words in about the same measure as they need to hear those of other presidential losers.

 

March 6, 2014 at 1:14 PM Leave a comment

Republicans Have Wasted at Least $50 Million Voting to Repeal Obamacare

In July, 2012, just after Republicans voted — for the 33rd time — to repeal Obamacare, CBS reported that Republicans spent roughly $50 million of our tax dollars and two full work weeks on those votes knowing full well there was no way Obama was going to sign a bill voiding his own legislation.

Again, that was almost two years ago.  Since then, the GOP has voted an additional 14 times for repeal, underscoring the hypocrisy of their screams about reducing the deficit and working to create jobs, neither of which they’re doing.

When I see polls and read articles about how the Republicans have a good shot at retaining control of the House and of taking the Senate in the fall, I wonder what in the hell people are thinking.

March 5, 2014 at 10:50 AM Leave a comment

About the Republicans’ Chicken Shit Use of the Words “Resolve” and “Leadership”

John McCain via Donkeyhotey on flickr

(Image:  Donkey Hotey on flickr)

The next time you hear the likes of John McCain or his sidekick Lindsey Graham accuse Obama of a lack of “leadership” or “resolve” in all things foreign policy, remember, when they use those words, they’re counting on us presuming they have detailed, deeply considered plans of their own.

Chances are good they don’t:

The Cliches of “Leadership” and “Resolve”

It’s true that hawks typically assume that real “leadership” requires the use of force or at least the threat to use force, but it can also function as a generic euphemism for U.S. hegemony. In this usage, there is really only one kind of international leadership that qualifies, and this is one in which the U.S. is dominant, preeminent, and preoccupied with policing the globe. This tends to view leadership more as an exercise in giving orders and dictating terms.

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As with its ugly cousin “resolve,” one can always get away with insisting that a particular president isn’t showing enough “leadership” in the world, because there is no way to measure these things and no way for the complaint be remedied. Because it is so ill-defined and frequently abused, it can be applied to every issue without even having to think about the specific details. “Leadership” is always the correct response, and “leadership” can’t fail, because it means everything and nothing at the same time.

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Too bad the “liberal media” doesn’t press them by asking, and following up on one simple question:  “What would you do?”

March 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM 3 comments

How Could John Kerry Say This With a Straight Face?

John Kerry via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia)

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.”

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Ahem.  Iraq.

 

March 2, 2014 at 11:23 AM Leave a comment

The GOP Officially Begins Writing Sarah Palin Out of Its History

Sarah Palin via Wikipedia

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RNC Chair Reince Priebus issued a statement today celebrating the beginning of Women’s History Month and marking women’s “contributions to our country throughout our history.”

Here it is.  (Try not to vomit when you get to the part about how he’s “inspired” by the struggle for voting rights because if Republicans have their way, we’ll have to struggle for voting rights all over again.)

Today marks the beginning of Women’s History Month, which gives us all the opportunity to celebrate women’s contributions to our country throughout our history—and especially to honor those women who fought to make this country a more just and equal place,” said Chairman Priebus.

“The Republican Party is proud to have played a leading role in securing women’s right to vote. When Susan B. Anthony defied the law and voted in 1872, she proudly voted the Republican ticket. She and other suffragists worked with her friend Republican Senator A.A. Sargent to introduce the 19th Amendment. And it took a Republican Congress to finally pass it in 1919.

“The Republican Party continues to uphold the principle of equal opportunity for all that has guided us from the very beginning. And as we celebrate the women of our party and country this month, we continue our fight for equal opportunity.”

“I’m always inspired by the stories of our country’s strong-willed women. I’m especially inspired by those suffragettes and their decades-long fight for voting rights,” said Co-Chairman Day.

“Republican women have a history of being trailblazers, breaking ground and glass ceilings — from Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to be elected to both the House and the Senate, to the nation’s first Latina governor, Susana Martinez of New Mexico and the country’s youngest sitting governor, Nikki Haley of South Carolina.

This is where you’d think mention would be made of Sarah Palin.  She not only was a governor (albeit a half-governor) but she was nominated as the first female vice presidential candidate.  But no.

“Republicans continue to offer a positive agenda for America’s women, as we work to create more job opportunities, lighten the tax burden, and reduce the cost of healthcare. Our policy goals are driven by the desire to do what’s best for women—not by scoring cynical political points.

“Today my granddaughters have opportunities that past generations could only dream about, but we can’t forget women in countries around the world who don’t enjoy equal rights and the same opportunities. Let’s rededicate ourselves to being a beacon of freedom and opportunity this Women’s History Month.”

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March 1, 2014 at 2:01 PM 2 comments

National Hispanic Bar Association Pulls its 2015 Convention from Arizona

Here’s their press release:

ispanic Bar assn

(Image HNBA.com)

The Hispanic National Bar Association Pulls its 2015 Annual Convention From Phoenix in Response to Arizona’s SB 1062

Washington, D.C. – The HNBA announced today that it has pulled its 40th Annual Convention previously scheduled for Phoenix, Arizona in September 2015.

On Monday, February 24th, the HNBA denounced the Arizona legislature’s passage of SB 1062.  The HNBA also called for Governor Jan Brewer to veto the legislation and still hopes that she will do so.  As set forth in its February 24th press release, SB 1062 discriminates against members of Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.  

The proposed legislation also impacts other citizens that are either traveling through Arizona or that are doing business or have business interests in the state.  Accordingly, the HNBA’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to immediately pull the Annual Convention.

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February 26, 2014 at 2:49 PM 4 comments

Memo to Arizona’s “Religious Freedom” Fighters: If I Don’t Like Your Mail I Might Not Deliver It

Fireworks via Wikimedia commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Yo, Arizona, do you really want to go down the road where anyone and everyone can refuse services to people they perceive as violating their “religious freedom?”

Let’s pretend I’m your letter carrier and I’m on my route walking toward your house.  While sifting through the envelopes I’m carrying I see a letter or a solicitation from the NRA or Planned Parenthood.  I’m opposed to one or the other so — per my “religious freedom” and the bill sitting on Governor Jan Brewer’s desk — I refuse service because delivering that letter would go against my “religious freedom” and I toss it.

That’s where you’re going.

Do you want letter carriers to decide what mail you get based on their “religious freedom?”

Seriously?  Think about the ramifications.

(P.S.  Here’s the definition of ramification.)

Oh, and I love how Republicans seem to have driven over their infamous rebranding plan.

February 25, 2014 at 8:53 PM 3 comments

Have Conservatives Gone Over the Cliff Pushing Their Favorite Social Issues?

Wingnuts via Wikipedia

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Here’s a perceptive and interesting read from Ed Kilgore over at Talking Points Memo asking whether the right’s so-called “religious liberty” campaign is backfiring:

In 2012, the conservative “campaign for religious liberty” looked like a smart and possibly winning strategic gambit. Aimed specifically at the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, nestled in a broader claim of institutional and individual exemptions from complex and sometimes unpopular laws and regulations, the campaign linked the Conference of U.S. Catholic Bishops with conservative evangelicals and both to the Republican politicians (including presidential candidate Mitt Romney) who made it a new front in both their anti-Obamacare and “family values” messaging.

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Two years later, the “religious liberty” crusade shows signs of backfiring. This very day, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer may veto a bill just passed by a legislature controlled by her own party that provides a broad exemption from discrimination laws to businesses and individuals claiming compliance violates their beliefs. And more generally, an argument that once distracted from the extremist nature of conservative Christian objections to gay rights and reproductive rights is drawing attention to them in a dangerous way.

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Perhaps some non-sectarian Americans instinctively identify with “bakers of conscience” or wedding planners who consider themselves in danger of hellfire for booking hotel ballrooms for Sodomites. But like the fight for the freedom to treat IUDs as death machines, the fight to provide the conservative Christian elements of the wedding industry with plenary indulgences from obedience to the law tends to elicit less sympathy than ridicule from the non-aligned.

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Again, I recommend the whole article.  I think Kilgore may be right.  In their desperation to hold on to the guns, God and gay crowd, conservatives have likely gone too far.  Yes, their base loves what they’re doing but chances are independents are shaking their head at the extremism of it all, this being the most recent example:  Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman on Monday said he is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from joining the National Football League.

February 25, 2014 at 11:32 AM Leave a comment

Bravo to Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizza in Tucson, Arizona!

I love this:

Rocco's Little Chicago Pizza

(Image via RoccosLittleChicago.com)

 

Arizona Pizzeria Refuses to Serve Legislators

In the wake of Arizona’s legislature recently passing a law that allows for discrimination (under the guise of religious freedom), a pizzeria in Tucson has decided that it will no longer serve Arizona legislators.

Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizza is taking a stand against the politicians who have voted in favor of Senate Bill 1062 which gives Arizona business owners the right to deny service to gays and others on the basis of religious freedom.

On Thursday the pizzeria posted a photo to its Facebook page (seen above) along with the message “”Funny how just being decent is starting to seem radical these days.”

“A customer posted the sign to my Facebook feed, so I printed it up and laminated it,” owner Anthony Rocco DiGrazia told The Huffington Post Friday (via Facebook). “The response has been overwhelming and almost all positive from across the globe. I just want to serve dinner and own and work in a place I’m proud of. Opening the door to government-sanctioned discrimination, regardless of why, is a huge step in the wrong direction. Thanks for all the support.”

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If you want to send a note of support to Rocco, the address is pizzarocco@gmail.com.

Good move guys!

 

February 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM Leave a comment

Ted Nugent: God Created Buffalo For Us to Kill

Christians say God created the Heaven and the Earth; that He created — everything.

They say we should love and worship all of God’s creatures. (Bravo!)

Ted Nugent says he’s a Christian.

Here’s Ted Nugent’s take on one of God’s animals:

Ted Nugent 2-21-14

February 21, 2014 at 9:11 PM Leave a comment

This Should End All Talk of a Benghazi “Scandal”

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.

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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.”

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February 13, 2014 at 4:28 PM Leave a comment

When You’re Embarrassed to Admit You’re a Republican

GOP Dinasour

After the 2012 elections, when Republicans and conservatives spent more than $1 billion trying and failing to unseat President Obama and win back the Senate, they concluded that they had fallen dangerously behind Democrats in the realm of technology. Now, with midterm elections just nine months away, the right is investing tens of millions of dollars to match the interactive platforms, grass-roots databases and sophisticated data analytics that allowed Democrats to identify voters, reach them with precision and persuade them to vote.

But first, the Republicans need the talent. In an industry where partisan politics has little cachet, and where prominent Republicans — like Meg Whitman of Hewlett-Packard — are relatively rare, the task of finding skilled programmers and engineers has fallen to scouts like Mr. Ginn.

Mr. Ginn, who worked on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, describes himself as socially and fiscally conservative. But not right away. Instead, he takes a back-door approach to finding like-minded people with tech skills. He picks gently around the issues, rarely even mentioning the party name. “I avoid saying ‘Republican’ so people don’t think I’m part of crazy right-wing stuff,” Mr. Ginn said.

He added: “People have branding trauma. If I identify myself as this, they think I am best friends with Sarah Palin.”

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February 8, 2014 at 1:50 PM Leave a comment

Senator Pat Roberts Doesn’t Live In Kansas But He Pays a Couple There 300/Mo to Use Their Address

Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) is one despicable dude:

Pat Robertson Kansas via wikipedia

So, are lapel flag pins out or does the flag in the background suffice? (Image via Wikipedia)

DODGE CITY, Kan. — It is hard to find anyone who has seen Senator Pat Roberts here at the redbrick house on a golf course that his voter registration lists as his home. Across town at the Inn Pancake House on Wyatt Earp Boulevard, breakfast regulars say the Republican senator is a virtual stranger.

“He calls it home,” said Jerald Miller, a retiree. “But I’ve been here since ’77, and I’ve only seen him twice.”

The 77-year-old senator went to Congress in 1981 and became a fixture: a member of the elite Alfalfa Club and the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which made him a regular on the Sunday talk shows. His wife became a real estate broker in Alexandria, Va., the suburb where the couple live, boasting of her “extensive knowledge” of the area.

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In an interview, the three-term senator acknowledged that he did not have a home of his own in Kansas. The house on a country club golf course that he lists as his voting address belongs to two longtime supporters and donors — C. Duane and Phyllis Ross — and he says he stays with them when he is in the area.

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Mr. Roberts is now desperate to re-establish ties to Kansas and to adjust his politics to fit the rise of the right in the state.

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Mr. Roberts moved his address from a rental property he owned in Dodge City but had long since leased to tenants, and got a new driver’s license giving the golf course home as his address.

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He began paying the Rosses $300 a month to allow him to stay overnight with them occasionally. “We’re not going to get Lugar’d,” said David Kensinger, an adviser to Mr. Roberts.

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Reading this made my brain vibrate like when fingernails are dragged across a chalk board.

February 7, 2014 at 8:50 PM Leave a comment

I Got a Free Mammogram Thanks to Obamacare

Obamacare 2-6-14

I had a mammogram on December 21.  Today I got the “Explanation of Benefits” from my insurance company. It categorized the procedure as “preventive care.”

Preventive care?  What a concept.

Billed Charges:  $380.00

Less Discount Disallowed:  $239.40

Insurance Paid Provider:  $140.60

Patient Liability:  00

This is the first time in my life (that I remember) I haven’t had to pay a cent for a mammogram.

Yeh!

A mammogram should be seen as “preventive care” and it should be fully covered.  Why wouldn’t an insurance company want to catch something early?  It could save itself  hundreds of thousands of dollars.

But no.  It took what was practically an act of god to instil that thought into the American psyche and yet Republicans have voted 46 times to repeal it.

I’m a Medicare-for-all gal but I’m so thankful for this change (and for an end to nixing people with a pre-existing condition too — what a relief).

So, thanks.

 

February 6, 2014 at 8:46 PM 3 comments

Executive Orders

Image via Georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov:news:orders:

(Image via GeorgeWBush-WhiteHouse.Archives.Gov/News/Orders)

This is a post for everyone out there who is outraged, outraged!, that President Obama would suggest issuing Executive Orders to get done some of the things he thinks should get done.

You should know that your so-called leaders, like Rand Paul, John Boehner, Michele Bachmann and Ted Cruz, are playing you for absolute idiots when they scream about Obama being a “traitor,” of “acting unilaterally” or of working outside the “legislative process.

First of all, Obama has issued fewer Executive Orders (EO) than any modern president, something the screamers on your side don’t mention.  They figure you have no idea how many EOs presidents usually issue so you’ll go along with their ranting and raving: Obama’s going roguer than rogue!  Put more simply, they think you’re stupid and uninformed and they know you won’t take time to look up the facts about EOs on your own.

Secondly, go to the White House website here and scroll down, through page after page of EOs issued by the most recent Republican president, George W. Bush.  It’ll take a while because there are a whole lot of them there.  Again, the folks you’re listening to on Fox and talk radio are taking you for idiots and fools on this issue.

Prove them wrong.

 

February 3, 2014 at 10:50 AM Leave a comment

Trump to Obama: Wear a Tie!

Donald Trump's Hair

What would we do without The Donald pointing out, and commenting on, the important issues of our time?

Reality TV star Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at President Barack Obama as “sloppy” and “not appropriate” because he had chosen to not wear a tie in a Super Bowl pre-game interview.

While speaking to Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in an interview which aired during the Super Bowl XLVIII pregame show, the president opted for dress casual, wearing a jacket and a white dress shirt without a tie, just as he had in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

“I definitely think he should have worn a tie,” Trump complained to the hosts of Fox & Friends on Monday. “You know, he’s the president of the United States, let him put on a tie. Bill was wearing a tie, not that he has to follow Bill. But Bill was wearing a tie. He’s the president. It’s a formal position, I think he should wear a tie.”

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“It’s sloppy, it’s not appropriate, it’s not presidential,” Trump opined. “He’s the president of the United States, let him put on a tie.”

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February 3, 2014 at 10:26 AM Leave a comment

Christie: He Knew, He’s Done

First this:

Christie Knew About Lane Closings, Ex-Port Authority Official Says

The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening, and that he had the evidence to prove it.

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And here’s the headline on Drudge.  If Drudge is putting it this way, Christie truly is done:

Drudge re Christie 1-31-14

(Image via DrudgeReport.com)

Here’s the letter (pdf).

January 31, 2014 at 4:09 PM Leave a comment

What Republicans Refused to Applaud at the State of the Union Last Night

Telling what Republicans sat on their hands for last night:

GOP Dinasour

  • That it’s a good thing that after 12 long years the war in Afghanistan is finally coming to an end
  • That Congress shouldn’t shut down government or threaten the full faith and credit of the United States
  • That Congress should pass legislation to put more Americans to work in the tech manufacturing sector
  • That he’ll protect natural lands with his executive power
  • That Congress should repeal tax breaks for Big Oil
  • That Congress should restore unemployment insurance that it let expire at the end of the year
  • That women deserve equal pay for equal work
  • That nobody who works full time should have to raise a family in poverty, so Congress should raise the minimum wage to $10.10
  • That Congress shouldn’t have another 40+ votes to repeal Obamacare
  • That votes, not money, should drive democracy
  • That he’ll work to prevent more tragedies like Sandy Hook

January 29, 2014 at 2:20 PM Leave a comment

About the Right’s Faux Freakout About Obama Issuing Executive Orders

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.

Executive Orders by President

(Via.)

January 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM 2 comments

House Republicans Get to Work Creating Jobs

Geezus.  When you see Republicans on the tube all they talk about is jobs, jobs, jobs but this is the kind of thing they spend their time working on behind the scenes:

Eric Cantor via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia)

House Republicans Send Anti-Choice ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion’ Bill to the Floor

With action yet to be taken on the long-delayed passage of an agriculture bill or the restoration of emergency unemployment insurance benefits to the 1.3 million out-of-work Americans who lost that lifeline in December, the Republican majority on the House Committee on Rules set the stage on Monday for a Wednesday floor vote on HR 7, a sweeping anti-choice bill packaged—deceptively, say opponents—as a piece of taxpayer-protection legislation.

In a play to the Republican base in an election year, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) promised anti-choice activists at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., on January 22 that he would schedule a vote on the bill as soon as possible. On Monday night, the Rules Committee met to put that vote in motion.

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Voting to repeal or dismantle Obamacare — which they’ve done 46 times — is high on their list too.

They claim “government doesn’t work” and they’re out to prove it.

January 28, 2014 at 10:37 AM Leave a comment

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