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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

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

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler: A Republican’s Republican

Colorado’s Republican Secretary of State, Scott Gessler, is catering to the business community to such an extent he’s practically bankrupting his office:

Scott Gessler image via sos.state.co.uk

(Image via SOS.State.CO.US)

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler is blaming an election bill passed by Democrats for wrecking his budget, but a closer look reveals that it was Gessler’s own choices that largely account for a $5.1 million loss.

Gessler’s office was running a $7 million surplus, so large it violated the law, in June 2012. A year later, it had fallen to less than $2 million, and now legislators are worried his budget will need extra money to keep it afloat.

Most of the shortfall traces back to Gessler’s cuts to business filing fees, according to budget numbers the Herald obtained through the Colorado Open Records Act. He also spent money on website upgrades to make it easier to register a business in Colorado.

Gessler, a Republican, is running for governor, and he touts his cuts to business fees on the campaign trail. But under the Capitol dome, he places blame for his collapsing budget on House Bill 1303, a mail-voting bill that Democrats passed last spring.

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The math, however, shows the opposite.

On five occasions, Gessler cut business fees, either temporarily or permanently. The biggest one was a three-month fee holiday from December 2012 to February 2013, when fees of up to $125 were reduced to $1. Gessler’s office lost $3 million in revenue those three months.

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Ah yes. Catering to business at the expense of everything and everyone else. Oooh yeah!  Republicans seem not to know any other way.

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler is blaming an election bill passed by Democrats for wrecking his budget, but a closer look reveals that it was Gessler’s own choices that largely account for a $5.1 million loss.

Gessler’s office was running a $7 million surplus, so large it violated the law, in June 2012. A year later, it had fallen to less than $2 million, and now legislators are worried his budget will need extra money to keep it afloat.

Most of the shortfall traces back to Gessler’s cuts to business filing fees, according to budget numbers the Herald obtained through the Colorado Open Records Act.

Gessler, a Republican, is running for governor, and he touts his cuts to business fees on the campaign trail. But under the Capitol dome, he places blame for his collapsing budget on House Bill 1303, a mail-voting bill that Democrats passed last spring.

“The issue basically with the budget is 1303’s been a budget-buster. It’s blown our budget out of the water,” Gessler said at a Dec. 19 oversight hearing at the Legislature.

Sen. Matt Jones, D-Louisville, disputed Gessler’s argument.

“I don’t think one bill is causing a $5 million deficit,” Jones said.

“I’m sorry that you find that hard to believe,” Gessler answered. “I’m happy to show you the math.”

The math, however, shows the opposite.

On five occasions, Gessler cut business fees, either temporarily or permanently. The biggest one was a three-month fee holiday from December 2012 to February 2013, when fees of up to $125 were reduced to $1. Gessler’s office lost $3 million in revenue those three months.

- See more at: http://www.chieftain.com/news/politics/2203809-120/gessler-budget-fees-million#sthash.VXjEfGvn.dpuf

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler is blaming an election bill passed by Democrats for wrecking his budget, but a closer look reveals that it was Gessler’s own choices that largely account for a $5.1 million loss.

Gessler’s office was running a $7 million surplus, so large it violated the law, in June 2012. A year later, it had fallen to less than $2 million, and now legislators are worried his budget will need extra money to keep it afloat.

Most of the shortfall traces back to Gessler’s cuts to business filing fees, according to budget numbers the Herald obtained through the Colorado Open Records Act.

Gessler, a Republican, is running for governor, and he touts his cuts to business fees on the campaign trail. But under the Capitol dome, he places blame for his collapsing budget on House Bill 1303, a mail-voting bill that Democrats passed last spring.

“The issue basically with the budget is 1303’s been a budget-buster. It’s blown our budget out of the water,” Gessler said at a Dec. 19 oversight hearing at the Legislature.

Sen. Matt Jones, D-Louisville, disputed Gessler’s argument.

“I don’t think one bill is causing a $5 million deficit,” Jones said.

“I’m sorry that you find that hard to believe,” Gessler answered. “I’m happy to show you the math.”

The math, however, shows the opposite.

On five occasions, Gessler cut business fees, either temporarily or permanently. The biggest one was a three-month fee holiday from December 2012 to February 2013, when fees of up to $125 were reduced to $1. Gessler’s office lost $3 million in revenue those three months.

- See more at: http://www.chieftain.com/news/politics/2203809-120/gessler-budget-fees-million#sthash.VXjEfGvn.dpuf

January 18, 2014 at 12:04 PM Leave a comment

SCOTUS Refuses to Affirm Arizona’s 20-Week Abortion Ban

Supreme Court building via smithsonianmag.com

Good:

The Supreme Court has rejected Arizona’s bid to put in place its ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The justices on Monday declined to reconsider a lower court ruling that the law violates a woman’s constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy before a fetus is able to survive outside the womb.

“Viability” of a fetus is generally considered to start at 24 weeks. Normal pregnancies run about 40 weeks.

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It looks like the Constitution is getting in the Tea Party’s and the religious right’s way, though they claim to be its great defenders.

January 13, 2014 at 10:05 AM Leave a comment

Republicans Kick a Million+ Lazy Ass Americans Off Their Unemployment Insurance

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<—-  <—-:

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GOP not working-

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…

 

December 28, 2013 at 8:44 PM 2 comments

The Phil Robertson Thing Isn’t About Freedom of Speech

From the Tea Party News Network:

"Sanity Prevails" via TPNN.com

(Image via TPNN.com)

Sanity? Yeah.  Right.  It’d say this is more about making us more insane if anything.  A&E had a teachable moment here:

Teabaggers claim this is all about free speech and that silencing Phil Robertson goes against the First Amendment of the Constitution.  Problem is, as is so often the case, they’ve apparently never read the one itty bitty sentence that comprises that amendment; they’re misinterpreting something that’s really, really clear and simple:

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.

Translation:  The First Amendment is about our government — as in Congress (hello, see above) — not passing any laws “abridging the freedom of speech.”  It isn’t about being able to say whatever the hell you want or to yell “fire” in a movie theater.

Stupid is the new cool.

December 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM Leave a comment

GOP Rep. Joe Barton Sold His Soul to the Fracking Industry

Fracking Money to congress via Mother Jones

(Image via Mother Jones)

The growing fracking industry is “yielding gushers” of campaign donations for congressional candidates—particularly Republicans from districts with fracking activity—according to a new report from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

The report, “Natural Cash: How the Fracking Industry Fuels Congress,” examines data compiled by MapLight covering a period spanning from 2004 to 2012. In that time, CREW finds, contributions from companies that operate hydraulic fracturing wells and fracking-related industry groups rose 180 percent, from $4.3 million nine years ago to about $12 million in the last election cycle.

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Rep. Joe Barton, a Republican from Texas, was head and shoulders above his fellow candidates in donations from the fracking industry. Barton accepted more than half a million dollars—$100,000 more than any other candidate. In the past, he chaired the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and he sponsored legislation in 2005 to exempt the fracking industry from the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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Check out Barton’s Wikipedia page.  Scroll down and read the paragraph titled:  “Barton Family Foundation.”  What a piece of work this guy is.  He probably thinks of himself as a good Christian too.

December 27, 2013 at 9:03 AM Leave a comment

Big Balls Boehner?

So John Boehner is a hero because he stood up to the people who hated his budget before they read it?

Yeah.

Right.

This is what’s really going on here (heads up Tea Partiers — they’re playing you for fools):

Big Bals Boehner 12-15-13

December 15, 2013 at 8:54 PM Leave a comment

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet Sarah

There’s this: Sarah Palin said she’s “taken aback” by Pope Francis’ “liberal” statements.

And then there’s this, my Tweet of the Day:

11-14-13She’s going to be really ah, “taken aback” then.

November 14, 2013 at 2:58 PM Leave a comment

Crack Republicans At It Again

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:”

Paul Broun via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia.org)

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.

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Hey, who cares if the facts don’t fit the dogma.  The dogma’s all that matters!

 

October 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM Leave a comment

Is Obama Supposed to be Super-Human?

UPDATED.

From Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Facebook:

Dick Durbin on Facebook

(Image via Dick Durbin on Facebook)

Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say President Obama just doesn’t try hard enough to communicate with Republicans. But in a “negotiation” meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: “I cannot even stand to look at you.”

What are the chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful?

SMDH.

UPDATE:

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.

October 23, 2013 at 9:06 AM 1 comment

Palin / Cruz Crowd Heckles D.C. Cops: “Looks Like Something Out of Kenya”

This is how insane the Tea Party wing — the wing currently in control — of the Republican party has become:

Something Out of Kenya

(Image via Mediaite .com)

As we reported earlier, a protest that started at the World War II Memorial [on Sunday] ended up in front of the White House, where protesters piled up barricades that had been used to keep people out of the memorial during the government shutdown. Police, some in riot gear, were called in, and while news reports showed some of the confrontation, raw Youtube video of the protest reveals members of the crowd heckling the officers, calling them “brown shirts,” the “Gestapo,” the “Stasi,” and opining that the unit “looks like something out of Kenya.”

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I can’t find a copy of the video anywhere on YouTube but you can view it here.

Anyway, wow.  The hate these people have for that black guy Obama is driving them insane.  They’re completely irrational.

October 14, 2013 at 10:11 AM Leave a comment

Poor People Don’t Matter, As Usual: Outage Shuts Food Stamp Program in 17 States

I’ve got to start keeping track of the infrastructure failures that are occurring all across the United States;  everything from water main breaks to computer glitches. I read about them here and there almost every day.    They seem small on their own but together, they add up.

Our country is falling apart.  Literally.  The thing is, the failures aren’t happening in areas where rich white people live so we aren’t hearing about them.

Food Bank

Case in point.  This is an emergency:

Power Outage Shuts Down Food Stamp Program In 17 States

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Food stamp recipients in 17 states lost access to the electronic system used by stores to verify their benefits on Saturday, leaving many unable to buy groceries, the company that manages the system said.

People enrolled in the government food assistance program use plastic vouchers similar to debit cards. Starting at about 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), some of those cards stopped working, Xerox spokesman Kevin Lightfoot said.

A power outage that started the problem was fixed within 20 minutes, Lightfoot said, but shoppers continued to run into difficulties throughout the day. By early evening, the problem still had not been fixed.

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States States experiencing problems included Alabama, California, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois,Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio,Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, Lightfoot said.

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My food bank-volunteer-self knows this is going to hurt so many people in so many ways.  The ripple effect will be tremendous lest it’s fixed tonight. Get that “electronic system” up and running ASAP! Oh, wait, the government’s shut down.  Shi*t.

H/T Republicans.

 

 

October 12, 2013 at 8:28 PM 2 comments

Great News for Cory Booker: Sarah Palin Campaigning for Steve Lonegan in New Jersey Senate Race

I just got this email from the Tea Party Express.  The election to replace the deceased Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey is Tuesday.

Tea Party Campaign 1 10-10-13Tea Party Campaign 2 10-10-13

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.

Booker leads Lonegan 53-41 among likely voters, a Quinnipiac University poll found
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/capitolinq/Lonegan-leads-independents-Booker-lead.html#MmQYv6dZ6wZDsJ0K.99
Booker leads Lonegan 53-41 among likely voters, a Quinnipiac University poll found
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/capitolinq/Lonegan-leads-independents-Booker-lead.html#MmQYv6dZ6wZDsJ0K.99

October 10, 2013 at 4:33 PM Leave a comment

When Americans See Teabagger Darlings in Action, They Don’t Like What They See

I’m so old I can remember when Ted Cruz was going to be the Republican party’s savior and Mike Lee was going to be his backup:

Laughing 1-25-11

Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) favorability rating has collapsed as the public has become more familiar with him, according to a Gallup survey released on Thursday.

The survey found that 26 percent have a favorable view of the Texas Republican, against 36 percent unfavorable. That makes 62 percent of the public that has an opinion on Cruz, up from 42 percent in June, when 24 percent had a favorable view of him against 18 percent unfavorable – a 16-point negative swing.

The Gallup poll comes on the heels of a Brigham Young University survey that found Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) losing favor in his home state. Lee has seen a 20-point negative swing in his favorability rating from the same poll in June, and now sits at 40 percent favorable and 51 percent unfavorable in Utah.

Lee and Cruz led the charge in provoking a government shutdown over the funding of ObamaCare.

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October 10, 2013 at 2:57 PM Leave a comment

Closed for Business

The Teabaggers got their way overnight and shut the government down.

This NY Daily News front page pretty much captures the mood of everyone else this morning:

NY Daily News Turds 10-1-13(Via.)

 

October 1, 2013 at 8:32 AM Leave a comment

Not the Smartest Taco in the Bag

Here’s my Tweet of the Day.  I would say something like yowzers but this is pretty much par for the course when it comes to how ahem, knowledgeable Tea Partyers are:

Tweet of the Day 9-11-13

 

 

September 11, 2013 at 5:37 PM Leave a comment

Exempt America from Obamacare!

The Tea Party is holding a rally — or trying to anyway — in front of the Capitol in Washington today.  You can read all about it here.  The Tea Party News Network was showing a live feed, here, but they’ve since replaced it with an advertisement for the rally itself.

I dipped in a few minutes ago and took this screenshot and, as you can see,

Tea Party Exempt Obamacare Rally 9-10-13it was packed!

September 10, 2013 at 1:52 PM Leave a comment

In the Tea Party, Republicans Created a Monster That is Killing Them

I’m headed out the door but I wanted to alert everyone to this must-read article about Mitch McConnell specifically and the Republican party in general.  In sort, the Tea Party has the GOP by the balls and it’s going to be hell around here until at least November, 2016.

A Pathetic Day for the Republican Party

McConnell holding nose 8-9-13

August 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM 1 comment

Reporter Tries to Explain Why Fox is Too Liberal for the Tea Party

If you don’t have time to watch this, here’s all you need to know:  “We don’t really rely on facts.  We rely more on our feelings and our emotions.”

(Via.)

March 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM Leave a comment

Did You Know Obama Just Instituted 13 New Tax Increases?

I just got this email from Tea Party Nation:

Obama’s Latest Screw Up May Lead to Impeachment.

Dear Concerned Reader,

Fearing the very worst, the nation’s super-rich are unloading their stocks at an alarming rate.

Even more troubling, the wealthiest 1% of Americans, who typically know the most, are the ones most anxious to sell.

You see, Obama just allowed 13 new tax increases to further slow the economy, wreck the stock market and make it even harder on the 12 million Americans already looking for work.

The bigger question is this…Is Obama’s Latest Tax Screw Up Grounds For Impeachment?

The poll results are likely to shock you.

Cast your vote now to see what America thinks.Yes, impeach President Obama? Or No, higher taxes were necessary?

Thanks for your time on this urgent matter.

When you click on the link to vote, you’re taken to a website called the, ahem, Wall Street Daily.  Nowhere (that I could find) are the “13 new tax increases” outlined or explained.  There is no information whatsoever about them.  Yet, 92% of the respondents think Obama should be impeached for these phantom tax increases.

Impeach Obama 3-19-13

Amazing.

Oh, and as to those billionaires unloading their stocks?  Really?  March 5: Dow Hits Highest Close Ever.

 

 

March 19, 2013 at 8:58 AM Leave a comment

Republicans in Big, BIG Disarray

First, there’s this from Politico:

Right Blasts RNC ‘Autopsy’ as Power Grab

That headline cracks me up.  The RNC is off the edge to the right but the folks to the right of the right of the RNC are blasting it?

Tea Party Express Bus

Okaay.

Then there’s this from a new CNN/ORC Poll: The Tea Party: Favorable 28% / Unfavorable 48%.

So what does the RNC do?  Cave to the folks to their right, i.e, the 28%ers or tack to the left like their newly unveiled “Growth and Opportunity” outreach report says they should?

They created the Tea Party as an anti-Obama faction and now look where they’re at.

Man oh man. Are they ever in a hell of a fix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 18, 2013 at 7:50 PM Leave a comment

Red Meat

Even though it’s early, here’s my Tweet of the Day.

The operative word here is “fantasy.”  Obamacare isn’t going to be repealed and Paul Ryan knows.  But in order to maintain his street cred with the Tea Partiers, he’s got to play this game and throw them some red meat, even though he’s wasting everyone’s time doing it.

Tweet of the Day 3-12-13

 

March 12, 2013 at 7:08 AM Leave a comment

Tea Party: Only Fund the Parts of Government We “Really Need”

I’m on the Tea Party Nation’s email list and I just got this email from them.

Poor things.  Obamacare isn’t going to be defunded because Republicans already feel it’s too popular.

And my one question for the Tea Party is:  Which parts of the government do we “really need” as they say repeatedly?

Tea Party Nation logo
M. –

In the next few days, the Republicans in the House of Representatives will meet with Barack Obama and Harry Reid to discuss and ultimately pass a continuing budget resolution to fund the government for the rest of this year.

Guess what is not in that Continuing Resolution?   Perhaps we should say, guess what is in there?

Included, at least as of right now, is full funding for Obamacare.

That’s right, the Republicans who have promised repeatedly to repeal or at least defund Obamacare, are fully funding it.

We the people have every right to be angry about this.

The Republicans lied to us.  They passed a couple of meaningless resolutions they knew would go nowhere.  Then when the time came, they fully funded Obamacare.

We should accept our portion of responsibility for this too.

When was the last time we were out telling the Republicans to defund Obamacare?

It is not too late.

If the Republican Leadership in the House and the Senate hear from the people, we can still get them to change their minds.

Take a minute to sign our petition.

When the Navy cannot sail because of budget cuts, Obamacare is the first thing that should be defunded.  When the government is releasing criminal illegal aliens because there is allegedly no money to hold them, Obamacare should be defunded and the savings used to cut our debt and pay for really important things.  When we are told we will see travel delays because the government is cutting air traffic controllers, we must defund Obamacare to fund the parts of government we really need.

Take a moment to tell the Republican leadership to stand up for the people who put them where they are.  Tell them to honor their promises and defund Obamacare in the upcoming Continuing Budget Resolution.

Share this email with your friends and members of your Tea Party group and ask them to sign this petition too.  Washington must hear from us now!

Tea Party Nation

March 3, 2013 at 3:34 PM Leave a comment

Hey Boehner, Maybe the House Should Get Off Its Ass

This morning Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Useless), trying (but failing) to look tough, told the Senate to get off its ass and get a move on in their work to avoid the sequester.

John Boehner Crying 12-22-10

So funny, because there’s this:

A meat cleaver hangs over the federal government, but the unflappable men and women of the House majority [Republicans] remain cool and poised.

With just four days left to stop automatic spending cuts from affecting everything from air travel to food inspections, House Republicans had but one item on their agenda Monday: renaming a NASA facility in California.

H.R. 667, as this urgently needed legislation is known, would “redesignate the Dryden Flight Research Center as the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center.”

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The naming proposal, sponsored by Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), was taken up at a time when House Republicans are pursuing a considered strategy of deliberate idleness.

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Of the 56 days so far in 2013, the House has been in session for 20 — and a large chunk of those have been pro-forma sessions without votes, or with ceremonial bills. After a week’s recess, the chamber returned Monday with just a few items on the calendar.

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Just infuriating.

February 26, 2013 at 12:58 PM Leave a comment

Poor Florida Seniors: Get Ready to Die

Apropos of this, there’s this:

rick Scott

(Image via Wikipedia)

Fla. Medicaid Privatization Plans Moving Forward

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Federal health officials said Wednesday they expect to approve Florida’s request to privatize Medicaid statewide as long as the state resolves several outstanding issues, including hiring an independent entity to monitor the process and having a robust plan to measure the quality of patient care in the controversial program.
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Rick Scott, Florida’s Tea Party Governor, the guy who’s moving this along should be in prison.  If you’ve got time, read this:  Rick Scott’s Dirtiest Deeds.

I predict Scott will privatize Medicaid in Florida right into the hands of his hospital chain / insurance company buddies and three, four years from now the “Medicare” system in Florida will be a corrupt mess. And people will have died as a result, including Tea Partiers who voted for this narcissistic monster.

 

February 20, 2013 at 8:15 PM Leave a comment

Buyer’s Remorse in Tea Party Florida

Voters in Florida are realizing that when Tea Party ideology is implemented in real life, it sucks:

Obamacare is a particular target of tea party wrath in Florida, but it’s hardly the only one in a state where the movement’s ideology has permeated every layer of government. In just one year, Scott and his conservative allies slashed state spending by $4 billion even as they cut corporate taxes. They’ve rejected billions in federal funds in one of the states hardest hit by the recession. They’ve axed everything from health care and public transportation initiatives to mosquito control and water supply programs. “Florida is where the rhetoric becomes the reality. It’s kind of the tea party on steroids,” says state Rep. Mark Pafford, a Democrat. “We’ve lost all navigation in terms of finding that middle ground.”

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Now, the Sunshine State may be a harbinger of another realignment: Support for Scott and the GOP is plummeting as Floridians see anti-government governance at work. But it may be too late for buyer’s remorse. After two years at the helm, the tea party’s legacy is likely to far outlast the movement.

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Here are “a few” of the federal grants Florida has turned down under its balance-the-budget-at-all-cost, Tea Party government.  Amazing.

Grants Florida Has Turned Down

February 20, 2013 at 12:14 PM Leave a comment

Tea Party Booster FreedomWorks Made Video of “Panda” Having Oral Sex with Pretend Hillary Clinton

The only way I an think to preface this is to say yes, there are people whose mind lives in the gutter.  I mean, who thinks of something like this much less brings it to fruition?  This is perversion:

Freedom Works

An internal investigation of FreedomWorks—the prominent conservative advocacy group and super-PAC—has focused on president Matt Kibbe’s management of the organization, his use of its resources, and a controversial book deal he signed, according to former FreedomWorks officials who have met with the private lawyers conducting the probe.

One potential topic for the inquiry is a promotional video produced last year under the supervision of Adam Brandon, executive vice president of the group and a Kibbe loyalist. The video included a scene in which a female intern wearing a panda suit simulates performing oral sex on Hillary Clinton.

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Some FreedomWorks staffers worried last year about a promotional video created ahead of FreePAC, a FreedomWorks conference held on July 26, 2012, where thousands of conservative grassroots activists nearly filled the American Airlines Center in Dallas to hear from tea party favorites, including Glenn Beck and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). The short film hailing FreedomWorks was intended to play on the large video screens inside the arena.

In one segment of the film, according to a former official who saw it, Brandon is seen waking from a nap at his desk. In what appears to be a dream or a nightmare, he wanders down a hallway and spots a giant panda on its knees with its head in the lap of a seated Hillary Clinton and apparently performing oral sex on the then-secretary of state. Two female interns at FreedomWorks were recruited to play the panda and Clinton. One intern wore a Hillary Clinton mask. The other wore a giant panda suit that FreedomWorks had used at protests to denounce progressives as panderers. (See here, here, and here.) Placing the panda in the video, a former FreedomWorks staffer says, was “an inside joke.”

Another FreedomWorks staffer who worked there at the time confirms that “Yes, this video was created.”

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Brandon, a former FreedomWorks official says, defended the film, insisting it was creative and funny.

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Yeah, it sounds hilarious.

Geezus.

February 14, 2013 at 10:36 AM Leave a comment

GOP Rep. Invites Racist Hater / Washed Up Musician Ted Nugent to Tomorrow’s State of the Union

I see Republicans are doing that moderation thing, you know, trying to appeal to middle-of-the-roaders (not):

Steve Stockman via ThinkProgrsss.org

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Lots of chatter about the news that GOP Rep. Steve Stockman, who threatened Obama with impeachment over guns, has invited Ted Nugent to the State of the Union address. Nugent has accepted:

“I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama,” Stockman said in a press release.  “After the Address I’m sure Ted will have plenty to say.”

That’s a good bet; apparently Stockman is encouraging reporters to interview Nugent after the speech. Nugent, of course, is best known for making this claim, which was investigated by the Secret Service:

“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” Nugent said, according to a video that the NRA posted on YouTube. “If you can’t go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I don’t even know what you’re made out of.”

That’s bad, but if I were the GOP leadership, the prospect of further comments from Nugent after the speech would have me a bit worried. After all, there’s little doubt that reporters will seek him out, and there’s really no telling what Nugent will say. The GOP leadership has not commented on the news.

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So this should be interesting.  Nugent is so desperate for attention I wouldn’t be surprised if he yelled something out while Obama’s speaking.  He’s a live wire but if you don’t believe me, check out some of his more memorable quotes here.  He’s a real case.

But we can be sure, the 27%-ers will love Stockman for this!

 

February 11, 2013 at 5:38 PM 1 comment

Tea Party Launches Alternative to Facebook — UPDATED

Yep, the Tea Party has launched an alternative to Facebook.  Why, I don’t know. Is Facebook inherently liburl or something?  News to me.  It’s called “Tea Party Community.”  Check it out here.

Tea Party Facebook tea party community.com

(Image via TeaPartyCommunity.com)

Far as I know this launched within the last few days if not the last few hours and hey look, they’re already talking about assassinating Obama.

UPDATE @ 5:06 p.m. ET

I just tried to register and I got this message:

Tea Party Community

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So things are going swimmingly thus far.

February 11, 2013 at 12:36 PM 3 comments

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