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Poor Florida Seniors: Get Ready to Die

Apropos of this, there’s this:

rick Scott

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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

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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

(Image via TeaPartyCommunity.com)

So things are going swimmingly thus far.

February 11, 2013 at 12:36 PM 3 comments

Fox News Being Destroyed By a Monster It Helped Create

Good article over at PoliticusUSA:  Obama’s Reelection is Literally Destroying Fox News:

Fox News Alert

However, the biggest problem for Fox News is that they were wrong. FNC was so blinded by their partisan mission that they got the 2012 election completely wrong. They were wrong about Obama’s vulnerability, wrong about Romney’s victory, wrong about who would show up to vote, wrong about Republicans retaking the Senate, and most importantly, they were completely wrong about the direction of the country. The success of Obama’s tax message, the popularity of ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and his action on immigration were a clear signal that the country was moving left. Instead of injecting a bit of reality into their coverage, Fox News kept trotting out people like Sarah Palin and Dick Morris to tout the inevitability of Romney’s victory. Viewers reacted to Fox’s propaganda over facts attitude by giving award the network their lowest trust ratings ever. Except for the political right, viewers don’t trust Fox.

The third wheel to fall off the Fox News juggernaut is the now out in the open civil war between the Republican Party establishment, and the tea party. Fox News employs both Karl Rove, the leader of the establishment push back, and several tea party darlings, like Mike Huckabee. Fox News was a big factor in the promotion of the right wing billionaire backed AstroTurf movement known as the tea party in 2009 and 2010, but over the past year, they have been trying to distance themselves from the monster that they helped create. President Obama’s landslide reelection turned what was stealth conflict inside the Republican Party into full on public warfare. Fox News is going to be forced to alienate a portion of their audience by picking a side. So far, the network has tried to straddle the middle publicly, but the firing of Sarah Palin made it clear that Murdoch and Ailes are siding with the party establishment.

More at the link above…

What poetic justice.  I remember the likes of Fox’s Neil Cavuto going to Tea Party rallies in ’09 and ’10 and egging attendees on.  They helped create this monster and now they’re stuck with it.  I love it.

We will see what happens next.  I’ve heard a number of talking heads say they think the Tea Party wing of the party will win this battle.

February 9, 2013 at 5:39 PM 1 comment

Ohio — ObamaCare’s Biggest Red-State Catch

I have a good friend who lives in Ohio and she says everything Governor John Kasich does is self-serving:

John Kasich

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John Kasich’s Obamacare Flip Burns Conservatives

Conservative groups wanted to stop the march of Obamacare expansion at ground zero: the states.

But one of their best hopes just caved.

John Kasich, the fiercely conservative governor of Ohio, announced Monday that he’s going to expand Medicaid dramatically using federal money — a 180-degree turn from what conservative groups swore their allies in governors’ mansions would do when the Supreme Court gave them an out last year.

That leaves Kasich, who built his political identity arguing for smaller government, at odds with the same movement conservatives who propelled him to victory in Ohio and have eyed him for a presidential run in 2016.

“I think it’s definitely going to weaken him with the conservative base,” said Chris Littleton, the Ohio director for American Majority Action.

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Yeah, it probably will “weaken him with the conservative base” — as in the 26%ers —  but it will help with independents, moderates and who knows, maybe even some Democrats, so this move sure points toward him eying a run for prez.

Now it’ll be interested to see what the wackos do.

 

February 5, 2013 at 3:48 PM Leave a comment

Karl Rove Too Liberal for Tea Partiers

Republicans have a real mess on their hands thanks to their own doing, as in creating the Tea Party:

Tea Party Misspellings 8-5-10

Conservative Victory Fund, New Karl Rove Super PAC, Seeks To Block Tea Party Influence On Senate Races

No more Todd Akins. No more Richard Mourdocks. No more Republican primaries that produce divisive, gaffe-spewing GOP candidates.

That’s the aim of a new super-PAC, the Conservative Victory Fund, spearheaded by Karl Rove and his big-money juggernaut, American Crossroads.

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So there’s that and now Rove is the bad guy because — oh my God, I can’t believe I’m tying this:  he’s too liberal.  Check out what’s going on over at “CrushRove.”  It’s vicious.

 

 

February 4, 2013 at 8:24 PM Leave a comment

House Republican Leaders: Our Tea Party Members Are Crazy, We Can’t Control Them So Give Them What They Want

This is what Republicans call compromise:

Old GOP logo via nation.foxnews.com

Republican leadership officials, in a series of private meetings and conversations this past week, warned that the White House, much less the broader public, doesn’t understand how hard it will be to talk restive conservatives off the fiscal ledge. To the vast majority of House Republicans, it is far riskier long term to pile up new debt than it is to test the market and economic reaction of default or closing down the government.

GOP officials said more than half of their members are prepared to allow default unless Obama agrees to dramatic cuts he has repeatedly said he opposes. Many more members, including some party leaders, are prepared to shut down the government to make their point. House Speaker John Boehner “may need a shutdown just to get it out of their system,” said a top GOP leadership adviser. “We might need to do that for member-management purposes — so they have an endgame and can show their constituents they’re fighting.”

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January 14, 2013 at 9:45 AM Leave a comment

Former Republican Congressman Urges Followers to Break Laws They Don’t Like

Talk like this is so dangerous, especially when it comes from someone people see as an authority figure.  If it hits just the wrong, insane ears, who knows what could happen:

Joe Walsh image via Wikipedia

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CHICAGO — Tea Party favorite Joe Walsh says conservatives are losing the “war” for U.S. voters and encouraged his backers at a South Loop rally to engage in civil disobedience to defy the Affordable Care Act or new gun regulations.

At his most aggressive, he told dozens of supporters [yesterday] to “defy and or break the law and engage in civil disobedience” if faced with federal health care law restrictions or new gun laws.

He paraphrased Thomas Jefferson in saying, “We may have to shed blood every couple hundred years to preserve our freedoms.”

The one-term McHenry County congressman, who lost his re-election bid to Democrat Tammy Duckworth in November, openly contemplated breaking away from the Republican Party during a Wednesday rally at Blackie’s, 755 S. Clark St.

And in the end of the rally he began organizing a statewide movement he said would “scare Republicans and Democrats.”

“No rah rahs,” he said as he kicked off his address with tough love. “We’re losing.”

Conservatives are losing to progressives, he said, because “our side doesn’t understand we’re at war.”

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So irresponsible.  So self-serving.  So frightening.

Oh, and BTW, this is the same Joe Walsh who didn’t pay child support for his three kids — to the tune of $100,000.  I guess he practices what he preaches so-to-speak.

 

 

January 10, 2013 at 6:43 PM Leave a comment

The Tea Party is Toast

Tea Party Express Bus

Just 8% Now Say They Are Tea Party Members

Views of the Tea Party movement are at their lowest point ever, with voters for the first time evenly divided when asked to match the views of the average Tea Party member against those of the average member of Congress.  Only eight percent (8%) now say they are members of the Tea Party, down from a high of 24% in April 2010 just after passage of the national health care law.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 30% of Likely U.S. Voters now have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party. Half (49%) of voters have an unfavorable view of the movement. Twenty-one percent (21%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 3-4, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports.

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Even though their membership and approval numbers are low, the Tea Party has a disproportionate amount of influence in the Republican party.

Man, did they ever create a monster.

January 10, 2013 at 12:31 PM 1 comment

Tea Party Republicans Ignore Hurricane Sandy Relief, Prepare to Spend Millions Defending Discrimination

Tea Party priorities (hate and divisiveness appear to be at the top):

Tea Party

It’s emerged that House Republicans have decided to continue to spend taxpayer funds defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court. GOP lawmakers gave the green light to this idea in a private meeting last night, and it is expected to pass the House as part of a rules package when it is voted on today.

The optics of this move are intriguing. DOMA has already been found unconstitutional by lower courts. The House GOP has already spent over $1.5 million paying outside counsel to defend this law, and while the amount it will ultimately spend on this means little in the larger fiscal scheme of things, it comes just after House Republicans took a beating for failing to vote on aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

“They found the time to appropriate extra money to defend discrimination, but they didn’t find the time or money to push the hurricane relief bill through,” prominent gay advocate Richard Socarides told me today.

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Smaller government.  Less spending.  Yeah, right.

January 3, 2013 at 12:09 PM 3 comments

John Boehner Taking His Toys and Going Home

This is encouraging:

John Boehner Crying 12-22-10

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is signaling that at least one thing will change about his leadership during the 113th Congress: he’s telling Republicans he is done with private, one-on-one negotiations with President Obama.

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The influential editorial page of TheWall Street Journal on Wednesday urged Boehner to “from now on cease all backdoor negotiations and pursue regular legislative order.” Linking to the article, a top adviser to Boehner posted on Twitter: “That’s the plan.”

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Poor John.  First there was the failure of his famous “Plan B” just before Christmas and today New Jersey Governor Chris Christy read him the riot act over the House’s failure to pass a Hurricane Sandy relief bill which the Democratically-controlled Senate did weeks ago.  It’s a beautiful thing:

No wonder the folks in New Jersey love Christie.  I’m a raving liberal I love his guts and straightforwardness.  I wish some (no, a lot) of it would rub off on timid Obama.

Anyway, so how does Mr. Tough Guy Boehner respond?  He takes his toys and retreats into his office.

Maybe being an ass will help him win re-election as speaker.  You know, solidify his bona fides with the Tea Party crazies.

One thing’s for sure, we’ve got to ahem, admire, is his love of self country.

January 2, 2013 at 6:33 PM 1 comment

Remember When the Police Beat Tea Partiers and Infiltrated Their Group?

Me neither:

FBI Investigated ‘Occupy’ As Possible ‘Terrorism’ Threat, Internal Documents Show

According to internal documents newly released by the FBI, the agency spearheaded a nationwide law enforcement effort to investigate and monitor the Occupy Wall Street movement. In certain documents, divisions of the FBI refer to the Occupy Wall Street protests as a “criminal activity” or even “domestic terrorism.”

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According to the documents, the FBI coordinated extensively with private companies, including banks, that feared they could be affected by Occupy protests. Occupy, which took root in New York City’s Zuccotti Park in September 2011 and spread to cities across the country, targeted corporations and other forces it believed to perpetuate social inequality. The FBI’s investigation included the movement’s manifestations in New York; Milwaukee; Indianapolis; Anchorage, Alaska; Jacksonville, Fla.; Richmond, Va.; and Memphis, Tenn., among others.

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According to the new documents, the FBI began meeting with representatives of the New York Stock Exchange and other businesses as early as August 2011, a month before the Zuccotti Park protests.

Occupy Wall Street via Washington Post.com

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I get it.  The FBI is protecting the corporatocracy.  Tea Partiers are essentially on the side of the corporatocracy, so they’re good.

December 23, 2012 at 8:00 PM Leave a comment

The Tea Party: A “Grassroots” Organization?

Imagine how the media would laugh (its ass off) if a founder of the grassroots Occupy Wall Street movement got an $8 million buyout:

(Image via CBSNews)

(Image via CBSNews)

Dick Armey left the deep-pocketed tea party group he helped build over a clash with a top lieutenant who Armey and others in the organization believed was using the group’s resources to pad his pockets, POLITICO has learned.

Armey received an $8 million buyout to step down as chairman of FreedomWorks at the end of last month…

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Let’s stop playing this game.  The Tea Party is not a “grassroots” organization; it just uses the grassroots to push its pro-corporate, anti-grassroots agenda.

December 5, 2012 at 9:54 AM 1 comment

The Tea Party Gets Their Own “News Network”

Hah!  I can only imagine the kind of “news” the Tea Party News Network will carry:

Tea Party conservatives are getting their very own news site.

The Tea Party News Network, self-described as “the only trusted news source and the antidote to mainstream media bias,” is already live but will announce its launch tomorrow morning, with plans to start live video on election day. TPNN claims to have a “war room of 40-plus volunteers” who will operate out of the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, and has established partnerships with the Talk Radio Network and radio host Rusty Humphries, who will be co-anchoring the election night coverage.

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So, this band of  “40-plus volunteers” is operating out of the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas?  Sounds so grassrootsish.

 

 

November 2, 2012 at 3:33 PM Leave a comment

Scientists Adopt a Tiny Washington Island to Track Climate Change

Food for thought tonight (warning to those who are science and fact adverse):

(Image via CascadeClimbers.com)

From a stretch of rocky shoreline on this tiny island [Tatoosh Island, Washington], one can, on any given morning, watch otters floating on their backs, elephant seals hauling out of the water and a bald eagle flying past murres huddled along a cliff face. The startled birds perform a synchronized dive into the sea, their ovoid black-and-white bodies resembling miniature penguins.

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But for over four decades, with the blessing of Makah leaders, Tatoosh has been the object of intense biological scrutiny, and scientists say they are seeing disturbing declines across species — changes that could prove a bellwether for oceanic change globally.

Cathy Pfister and Timothy Wootton, both biology professors at the University of Chicago, have been trekking to the island since the 1980s, often accompanying their former graduate adviser, Robert T. Paine, a nominally retired zoology professor from the University of Washington. At 79, Dr. Paine still returns to Tatoosh several times a year to continue the ecological research he began in the 1960s.

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Among the declines the researchers are noticing: historically hardy populations of gulls and murres are only half what they were 10 years ago, and only a few chicks hatched this spring. Mussel shells are notably thinner, and recently the mussels seem to be detaching from rocks more easily and with greater frequency.

Goose barnacles are also suffering, and so are the hard, splotchy, wine-colored coralline algae, which appear like graffiti along rocky shorelines.

While not entirely understood, the declines are not entirely mysterious. Biologists suspect that the shifts are related to huge declines in the water’s pH, a shift attributed to the absorption of excess carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in ever-greater amounts by the burning of fossil fuels for energy.

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“You can predict change,” Dr. Paine said, “and most of the changes are going to be in a direction we don’t want.”

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October 6, 2012 at 7:56 PM 1 comment

Time to Think Twice About Watching the Discovery Channel

I guess the Discovery Channel is turning into the Discover Racism, Hate and Bigotry Channel.  Check this out:  VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED: Discovery Channel To Air Special Starring Ted Nugent.

October 1, 2012 at 2:37 PM Leave a comment

I’m Thinking Romney Might Regret Picking Paul Ryan as His VP

More evidence of what a mess Mr. Fix It’s campaign has been:

(Image via M. Spencer Green / AP)

Thanks to Ryan’s Medicare plan, Medicare may well be eclipsing Obamacare — which was supposed to be one of Obama’s leading liabilities — as an issue. Today’s new Post poll finds that Ryan’s scheme is overwhelmingly opposed in Ohio, Florida, and Virginia. The poll finds that this opposition is powering a 19 point advantage for Obama in these states on who is more trusted to handle Medicare. Republicans won a huge victory in the 2010 elections, largely because of Obamacare, by claiming (falsely) that the health law cut Medicare benefits for seniors. The GOP ticket reprised that attack this year.

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Whoda thought?  No, seriously, this was a predictable result of picking Ryan, which makes his pick seem like an impulsive, knee-jerk attempt on Mitt’s part to endear himself to “the base,” but the thing is the base is on, and likes, Medicare too.

Oops!  Sh*t happens when you live in the Fox bubble.

September 27, 2012 at 4:14 PM Leave a comment

Romney Goes Birther

An apparently desperate Romney, who has been whining for weeks about how mean Democrats have been to his poor self, went birther today:

(Video via.)

I love being home, in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born.  Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital, I was born in Harper Hospital. No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate; they know that this is the place that we were born and raised.

Romney knows Obama was born in the U.S. but — really? — he just joined the folks who believe Obama perpetrated an elaborate plot to fake his birthplace and ascend to the presidency. Really?

Willing-to-say-anything Mitt.

Disgusting.

August 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM 1 comment

Why Isn’t the Tea Party Throwing a Fit About This?

We have bipartisanship in D.C.  Woohoo:

House Votes to Appropriate $607 Billion for Defense

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved $607 billion in defense spending for next year after two days of debate that saw lawmakers from both parties line up to condemn the ongoing war in Afghanistan as a waste of lives and money.

Yet they voted to keep the war going anyway.

What I want to know is how the “deficit hawks” justify this.  Why isn’t the Tea Party throwing a fit?

July 19, 2012 at 7:30 PM Leave a comment

Why Wingnuts Want to See Obama’s College Records

Ever wonder what the big fuss over on the right is about seeing President Obama’s college records?  Me too.

Now we know:

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In context of the “mounting pressure” for Mitt Romney to provide more tax and employment records, a reporter recently asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney whether President Obama would set an example in transparency and release some of his records that critics have asked for.

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When the reporter got specific and asked if Obama would release his college records, Carney replied: “Right, this is the Donald Trump question.  It is preposterous.  This is from the guy who insisted he didn’t believe the president was born in the United States.”

Asking for college records is preposterous?

Writing for the TheBlaze.com, Jason Howerton suggests:

Carney was obviously trying to lump those who are interested to see what types of college courses Obama took in college into the same category as ‘birthers.’ However, many who want to see the president’s college transcripts say wanting to see the president’s transcripts has nothing to do with his citizenship. Rather they argue it could help provide insight into the types of courses Obama sought out while in college, which some believe promoted radical ideologies.

Yes, many want to see Obama’s college records for grades and courses (as with G.W. Bush and others).  But in Obama’s case, the primary reason to see his college applications is to learn whether the president applied for college in the U.S. as a foreign student.

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Imagine thinking that’s the most important, urgent thing going on around here.

July 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM 1 comment

Colorado Springs Begging for Our Tax Dollars — Tea Party No-New-Taxes Policy a Failure in Light of Waldo Canyon Fire

I’ve written extensively over the years about how Colorado Springs — a Tea Party haven — has slashed its budget (turning off street lights, deputizing cabbies as “police officers,” letting the grass in parks die, etc.) because of its obsessive adherence to the Tea Party way of governance, i.e., no new taxes.

I hate to kick the second largest city in the state when it’s down, but now they’re begging for help from the federal government (meaning they want our tax dollars) because of the Waldo Canyon fire and frankly, that ticks me off.  You get what you pay for folks, now live with it.  Or at the very least, learn from this please.

(Image via AP / John Wark)

Wildfire Tests Police Force in Colorado Anti-Tax Movement’s Home

As Colorado Springs battles a rash of burglaries after a wildfire that still licks at its boundaries, it does so with fewer police and firefighters.

The city where the Waldo Canyon fire destroyed 346 homes and forced more than 34,000 residents to evacuate turned off one-third of its streetlights two years ago, halted park maintenance and cut services to close a $28 million budget gap after sales-tax revenue plummeted and voters rejected a property-tax increase.

The municipality, at 416,000 the state’s second-largest, auctioned both its police helicopters and shrank public-safety ranks through attrition by about 8 percent; it has 50 fewer police and 39 fewer firefighters than five years ago. More than 180 National Guard troops have been mobilized to secure the city after the state’s most destructive fire. At least 32 evacuated homes were burglarized and dozens of evacuees’ cars were broken into, said Police Chief Pete Carey.

“It has impacted the response,” said Karin White, a 54- year-old accountant, who returned home June 28 to a looted and vandalized house, with a treasured, century-old family heirloom smashed.

“They did above and beyond what they could do with the resources they had,” she said. “If there were more officers, there could have been more manpower in the evacuated areas.”

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Colorado Springs, which depends on sales tax for about half of its revenue, was hit harder than most. The city — the birthplace 20 years ago of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, which later passed statewide and has been pushed around the country to restrict government spending — became a high-profile example of cost-cutting. The law restricts government spending to the previous year’s revenue, adjusted only for population growth and inflation.

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The city, home of the evangelical Christian group Focus on the Family, is known for being conservative and libertarian. It “was the Tea Party before the Tea Party was cool,” Dunn said.

Six of the nine candidates in last year’s nonpartisan mayoral election, including the victor, Mayor Steve Bach, signed the no-tax pledge pushed by Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Richard Skorman, one candidate who didn’t, was flooded with angry e-mails after saying in a debate why he opposed such a pledge. What, he asked, if the city got hit by a major wildfire?

And here we are.

The city has been aggressive in applying for federal grants, too, which have funded wildfire mitigation efforts, said Bret Waters, emergency management director.

Dunn notes that the city, where there is strong anti- federal government sentiment, is now turning to the U.S. for assistance. Before visiting Colorado on June 29, President Barack Obama declared the state a disaster area, which frees aid for communities affected by the wildfires.

“Ironically, Colorado Springs is going to rely heavily on federal funds for rebuilding,” Dunn said. “But it won’t cover everything.”

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It isn’t “ironic.”  It’s totally predictable.

July 3, 2012 at 5:24 PM 3 comments

Michele Bachmann Proves Me Right

What did I tell you?  That the neocons would start railing against “activist judges” because they don’t like SCOTUS’s decision on health care?

Well, thank you very much Michele Bachmann:

Bachmann Rails Against Activist Court After Health Care Ruling

These guys are so boringly predictable.

Oh, and look at the time on that screenshot (see larger version at the link above).  It says 8:37 PT.  That means she was doing the “activist judges” thing at 10:37 ET, roughly 90 minutes after the decision was announced.  She obviously turned to the GOP talking points manual and looked under disagree-with-court-decision and found:  Scream:  Activist judges!

June 28, 2012 at 4:18 PM Leave a comment

Cons Moving to Canada Because of Obamacare

Checkout the tweets Buzzfeed assembled sent by people who are fed-up with the United States and all the “socialism” going on around here thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare this morning.

Here’s a taste:

More here.

Now, welcome to the Canadian Health Care’s website:

Canada’s health care system is a group of socialized health insurance plans that provides coverage to all Canadian citizens. It is publicly funded and administered on a provincial or territorial basis, within guidelines set by the federal government.

Under the health care system, individual citizens are provided preventative care and medical treatments from primary care physicians as well as access to hospitals, dental surgery and additional medical services. With a few exceptions, all citizens qualify for health coverage regardless of medical history, personal income, or standard of living.

Ahahahhahahhhahhhha!

Geezus.

June 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM 5 comments

Things I Didn’t Have Time to Post

Here are some things I heard about today that I thought were interesting but I’m too tired to put an individual post up about:

France Moves to Cap Executive Pay at State [Funded] Firms

France’s new government will flesh out plans to cap the pay of top executives at state-controlled companies by mid-June, laying down a marker in a Europe-wide debate fuelled by waves of austerity and rising unemployment.

Elected this month promising to curb the privileges enjoyed by France’s wealthy and powerful, Socialist President Francois Hollande pledged during campaigning to limit senior executives’ salaries [paid by taxpayer's money] to a maximum of 20 times that of their lowest-paid employee.

The tax dollars French citizens are paying are funding these “state” firms so no question about it.  Executives shouldn’t reap huge salaries paid for by tax dollars.  A no brainer imho.  I mean, let’s cap the executive pay of defense contractors wo suck off of the boob of the U.S. tax payer.  The scary –yikes! —  Socialism can be a good thing.

North Carolina Republicans Protecting Home Builders — Want to Hide Climate Change-Induced Sea Rise From Buyers

Ah yes.  Republicans.  Always looking for a way to protect the corporatocracy and to rip We the People off:

North Carolina science people have determined that coastal sea levels are expected to rise 1 meter [3.28 feet] by 2100 — far more than they’ve traditionally risen, due to the expected impacts of climate change. But developers in 20 coastal counties, see, have determined that such a rise would be bad for development prospects. So they’ve lobbied the state to lower that forecast to only 15 inches instead, because why not? Fifteen’s a nice number. Arbitrary, sure, but can’t the scientists just shut up already?

The difference between 3.28 feet and 15 inches isn’t all that much right?  [Yikes!] So hey, WTF.  Everyone involved will be dead and buried (w/millions passed on to their ALEC-member-kids who will control the world my neighbor’s 3-year-old boy will live in.)

It’s Casserole Night in Canada

The sound of casseroles, or banging on pots and pans, has become a common sound of Montreal’s nightlife for the past week or so.

Tonight, the sound is spreading to the rest of the nation as protesters in over 60 cities across Quebec and Canada (and some international locations like Brussels, London and Madison, WA). Organizers want to emulate Quebec’s casseroles movement, which has its roots in the Chilean cacerolazos, anti-goverment protests in the 1970s and ’80s. Tonight’s Facebook page humourously dubs the event “Casseroles Night in Canada.”

The movement in Montreal was sparked by the ongoing opposition to tuition fee hikes and the introduction of Bill 78. Protesters gather on neighbourhood street corners during the evening, clanging pots, pans, and anything else they can grab, and march all over Montreal. Supporters along the way join in by making noise from their balconies, front doors and windows.

One of the things Canadians are protesting is a new law — designed to quash protests (crazy gets normalized) — requiring them to submit a map outlining their protest route eight hours in advance.

This is the map they submitted last Wednesday:

 

Thumbs up casserole people oh, and if I were you, I wouldn’t buy a home on the Florida coast.

 

 

May 30, 2012 at 8:36 PM Leave a comment

Cross Burning is Cool Again in North Carolina

Wow, North Carolina is moving back to the 1950s with lightening speed.  Having just passed a constitutional ban on gay people loving each other, now every single white person is invited to a good ol’ fashioned cross burning lighting:

(Image: Wikipedia)

KKK Flier in Reidsville Invites ‘White People Only’ to ‘Cross Lighting’

The Ku Klux Klan protested in Eden last week, and this week some of its members have been passing out fliers inviting people in Reidsville to a cross-burning.

The fliers were placed in and around Sherwood Drive, Linville Drive, Reids School Road and Poplar Street in the city.

Annie P. Pinnix and her husband were among the residents who received the flier.

“I’m a little bothered by it,” Pinnix said.

Pinnix said the flier was found in her and her neighbors’ driveways, rolled up like a newspaper and tied with a yellow rubber band. Reidsville Police Chief Edd Hunt confirmed other residents found the fliers in a similar fashion.

The flier reads: “Join us, the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, for a rally and cross lighting, Saturday, May 26, Harmony, North Carolina. Free Admition (sic)-White People Only. No alcohol, drugs, fighting, glass bottles or weapons. Free on site camping-all major motels in area. Souvenirs. Vendors. Food and beverages for Sale. Cross lighting at dusk-a white unity event. Live country band. Security provided by LWK.”

The flier also provided contact information for those wanting to attend the event.

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North Carolina is reminding us of what the mythical “good old days” that the Republicans want to take us back to looked like.

 

 

May 23, 2012 at 8:05 AM 3 comments

“To Palin”

My Tweet of the Day:

May 18, 2012 at 9:21 AM Leave a comment

Anti-Bailout Tea Party Congressmen Taking Money From Banks

Remember when Teapartiers were rallying against “government handouts” and bailing out the banks and then in 2010 they elected all those ahem, patriots to congress who were going to kick some ass?

Well lookie here.  What a difference two years make:

Tea Party favorites such as Stephen Fincher of Tennessee were swept into Congress on a wave of anger over government-funded bailouts of banks.

Now those incumbents are collecting thousands of dollars for re-election campaigns from the same Wall Street firms whose excesses they criticized. They have taken no significant steps to curb them or prevent future taxpayer-financed rescues.

Republican freshmen have made clear their disdain for expanding government, and openly opposed a financial regulatory overhaul enacted by Democrats in 2010 before the newcomers arrived in Washington. Their ranks include ten Tea Party-backed freshmen on the House Financial Services Committee, part of a force that won election in a populist backlash to government spending that included emergency lending to major banks and bailout of firms including U.S. automakers.

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The political action committees of those institutions have distributed $169,499 through March 31 to the campaign coffers of the ten freshman Tea Party-backed lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee, according to an analysis of campaign finance disclosure records.

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Fincher, a gospel musician from Frog Jump, Tennessee, has received $11,500 from the political action committees run by Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. Citigroup’s political action committee had not contributed to the lawmaker through the end of March.

Two other members of the committee not listed as members of the Tea Party Caucus yet who won election to the House with Tea Party support are Representatives Steve Stivers of Ohio and David Schweikert of Arizona. Both ran ads attacking bailouts.

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April 30, 2012 at 1:23 PM Leave a comment

A Tea Party Leader’s Crazy Rationale for Supporting Mitt Romney

A group of Tea Party House members had a little get-together on Tuesday to talk about conservative issues and the 2012 election:

And when Texas Representative Louie Gohmert [R] chipped in his two cents, he not only confirmed the lack of excitement and growing desperation, he accidentally slammed Romney for his excessive flip flopping on the issues.

“If you’re not sure about whether to support Mitt Romney, whether you’re liberal, or whether you’re very conservative, you ought to be excited, because he’s been on your side at one time or another.”

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Talk about dumbed down.  I can see the new political strategy now:  Be for everything at one time in your life (flip flipping is good!) so you can appeal to virtually everyone because you’ve been on everyone’s side “at one time or another.”

Aye yie yie.

April 18, 2012 at 9:14 AM Leave a comment

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