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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

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

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

Hate Groups Decrease in Number After Hate Goes Mainstream

Southern Poverty Law Center

From the Southern Poverty Law Center:

After four years of spectacular growth driven by the 2008 election of President Obama and the nearly simultaneous collapse of the economy, the radical right in America saw its first significant decrease in 2013. The shrinking numbers of hate groups and, especially, antigovernment “Patriot” groups appear to be the result of a host of factors, ranging from the co-opting of their issues by mainstream politicians, to an improving economy, to law enforcement crackdowns.

More on that second reason for the decrease, the “co-opting of their issues by mainstream politicians,” as in Republicans and Tea Partiers:

Finally, many issues championed by the radical right have been adopted by purportedly mainstream politicians, in much the same way that a number of state legislatures stole away the core ideas of nativist extremist groups, leading to their rapid diminution in recent years. The idea, for instance, that the United Nations sustainability program known as Agenda 21 is a one-world government conspiracy originated in radical groups like the John Birch Society. But in January 2012 the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution describing it as a “destructive and insidious” scheme that will impose “socialist/communist redistribution of wealth” on America. In fact, the plan, which was signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1992, is completely voluntary and can force no one to do anything.

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Similarly, laws meant to prevent Islamic Shariah law from being imposed on American courts — a totally unnecessary measure, given that the Constitution does not allow for such an eventuality, but one that has been pushed by Islamophobes on the extreme right — have passed in Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Tennessee, and are being considered elsewhere.

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I heard a report about this on CBS radio news the other day.  The reader only talked about the number of hate groups dropping, not about why.  The why is pretty darn important.

 

 

March 4, 2014 at 1:22 PM 1 comment

The GOP Officially Begins Writing Sarah Palin Out of Its History

Sarah Palin via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia)

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.”

More…

 

March 1, 2014 at 2:01 PM 2 comments

Guns on Campus: Idaho Professor Wonders When It’s Okay for Him to Shoot a Student

Man-oh-man, does this ever zero in on the insanity of allowing college kids to carry guns on campus:

Boise State Univesity Logo

When May I Shoot a Student?

BOISE, Idaho — TO the chief counsel of the Idaho State Legislature:

In light of the bill permitting guns on our state’s college and university campuses, which is likely to be approved by the state House of Representatives in the coming days, I have a matter of practical concern that I hope you can help with: When may I shoot a student?

I am a biology professor, not a lawyer, and I had never considered bringing a gun to work until now. But since many of my students are likely to be armed, I thought it would be a good idea to even the playing field.

[...]

I assume that if a student shoots first, I am allowed to empty my clip; but given the velocity of firearms, and my aging reflexes, I’d like to be proactive. For example, if I am working out a long equation on the board and several students try to correct me using their laser sights, am I allowed to fire a warning shot?

[...]

My current students have grown up learning responsible weapon use through virtual training available on the Xbox and PlayStation. Far from being enamored of violence, many studies have shown, they are numb to it.

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I want to applaud the Legislature’s courage. On a final note: I hope its members will consider my amendment for bulletproof office windows and faculty body armor in Boise State blue and orange.

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Thanks wingers.  You’re proposing legislation that will lead to a fucking legal mess (and loss of  lives too).  You’ll have your precious guns by your side. What I want to know is what about the rights of people who don’t want to be terrorized by people who walk around with guns and trigger fingers.  As usual, it’s your way or the highway.

February 28, 2014 at 7:50 PM 1 comment

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

(Image via Wikipedia)

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.

More…

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

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

About Last Night’s Debate Between Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and Ken Ham, the Creationist

As for that debate, here’s my Tweet of the Day which is so spot on:

Tweet of the Day 2-5-14

February 5, 2014 at 8:50 PM Leave a comment

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

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

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

Jack Kingston (R-GA): Against Lunch Programs for Poor Kids But For Lunch Programs for His Staff

What’s that saying?  When you have one finger pointed at someone else you have four fingers pointed at yourself?

Serious question:  How do these guys sleep at night?

Jack Kingston R-GA via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia.)

Georgia GOPer Attacking Free School Lunch Expensed $4,200 In Meals

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) warned that there’s “no such thing as free lunch” for school children in Georgia, but he seems to have enjoyed a few.

An investigation by Georgia’s WSAV channel 3 found that Kingston, who is currently running for Senate and recently suggested students work cleaning cafeterias in exchange for lunch, had expensed as much as $4,182 worth of lunches for his office over the past three years.

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January 10, 2014 at 7:59 PM Leave a comment

Hippie Nation

The U.S. is a “center right” nation?  I don’t think so.  A majority want single-payer health care.  A majority now support gay marriage. There’s huge support for extending unemployment insurance and now — now  — most of us support legalizing marijuana:

CNN Majority Support Legaliing Marijuana

(Image via TheLead.Blogs.CNN.coom)

D.C. pundits, receiving text messages from conservatives as they speak, insist we’re, ah, a conservative nation but no we aren’t.

 

January 7, 2014 at 6:23 PM Leave a comment

Threaten To Assassinate the President, Get a Spot on Fox

My Tweet of the Day

Tweet of the Day 1-3-13Here’s the article linked to in the tweet:  Fox’s Benghazi Expert Endorsed Assassinating Obama Last Week.

I remember seeing Michael Scheuer interviewed over the years.  Lately, he really seems to have gone off his rocker.  But hey, if he thinks it’d be cool to assassinate the president, Fox is bound to love him.

January 3, 2014 at 3:28 PM Leave a comment

Ted Cruz, Ashamed of His so-Called Filibuster, Blames Government Shutdown on Democrats

Ted Cruz via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia)

Ted Cruz wants to be the President of the United States of America.  In September he staged a so-called “filibuster” and bullied his Republicon colleagues into going along with his plan to shut the government down. We the People saw through his egomaniacal grandstanding; polls showed it was a bust for both Cruz and the GOP.

Now, Cruz, who is counting on his followers being idiots and not knowing how to do the Google, is trying to cover his sorry ass:

Cruz Still Blames Shutdown On Democrats

Presidential material or not even trust worthy as a dog catcher? I vote for the latter.

Geezus.  What a slimebag.

 

December 29, 2013 at 8:18 PM 1 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<—-  <—-:

—->  —–>

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

Christianity in the World — a Quiz

Heavenly light via Wikimedia Commons

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

From Pew:

The World’s Christian Population – Take Our Quiz

Shocking (not):  There are fewer Christians in the world that the U.S. corporate media would have me believe.

December 23, 2013 at 8:58 PM Leave a comment

Bad News for Ducks

Bravo!  New Mexico yesterday, Utah today:

Gay Flag - Best OneA federal judge has struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, saying it is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling Friday saying Utah’s law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples’ rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment.

Shelby says the state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages in any way, and the state’s unsupported fears and speculations are insufficient to justify deny allowing same-sex marriages.

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This is about human rights — civil rights — not religious rights.

Geezus.

A federal judge on Friday struck down Utah’s Amendment 3 — which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman — finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment.

Within hours, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill confirmed that, in light of the ruling, he saw no reason to prohibit Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Read more at http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=28099570#rD2ckcLMeoBJeh26.99

A federal judge on Friday struck down Utah’s Amendment 3 — which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman — finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment.

Within hours, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill confirmed that, in light of the ruling, he saw no reason to prohibit Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Read more at http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=28099570#iVOjV1C51Z2Wq0S0.99

A federal judge on Friday struck down Utah’s Amendment 3 — which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman — finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment.

Within hours, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill confirmed that, in light of the ruling, he saw no reason to prohibit Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Read more at http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=28099570#iVOjV1C51Z2Wq0S0.99

A federal judge on Friday struck down Utah’s Amendment 3 — which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman — finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment.

Within hours, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill confirmed that, in light of the ruling, he saw no reason to prohibit Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Read more at http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=28099570#iVOjV1C51Z2Wq0S0.99

December 20, 2013 at 7:33 PM 3 comments

Are We Talking Ducks Tonight?

My Tweet of the Day:

Tweet of the Day 12-19-13

What? Are we talkin’ Peking Duck? I love Peking Duck.

The pancakes are key.  I have a delicious and easy recipe for them if you’re interested.

December 19, 2013 at 7:59 PM Leave a comment

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Signs Bill Making it Easier to Keep Race-Based School Mascot Names

Red Man via Wikimedia Commons

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Some of the things Republicans choose to spend their time and energy on blows my mind.  Take this from Republicans in Wisconsin (who are not, by the way, doing much in the way of creating jobs):

Scott Walker Signs Indian Mascot Bill, Informs Tribes of Reasoning in Letter

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed the controversial Indian mascot bill into law Thursday, but not before informing state tribal leaders in a letter earlier in the day of his impending action.

In the letter, Walker stated “I share many of your concerns about some of the mascots and nicknames used in Wisconsin and across America. If it were up to me personally, I would seek viable alternatives that were not offensive to Native Americans.”

But the governor detailed his concerns that the previous law, whose provisions are largely rolled back by the new law, infringed on free speech rights.

“If the state bans speech that is offensive to some, where does it stop?” Walker stated. “A person or persons’ right to speak does not end just because what they say or how they say it is offensive.”

Barbara Munson, a spokeswoman with the Wisconsin Indian Education Association “Indian” Logo and Mascot task force, called his decision to sign the bill into law “egregious.”

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he new law stipulates any complaints will have to include a petition signed by members of the community equivalent to 10 percent of the district’s student population saying the logo or mascot is offensive, shifting the burden of proof to those filing the complaint.

Those who sign the petition must by 18 or older.

[...]

Michael Allen is the executive director of the Great Lakes Inter-tribal Council, a nonprofit organization of 12 federally recognized Indian tribes located in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

After reading Walker’s letter Thursday, Allen [said] the governor “has relieved Mukwanago and other recalcitrant school districts of the governmental responsibility to consider the rights and sensibility of an ethic minority.”

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So, Walker thinks that if a school wants to name its mascot something like, “The Squaw Hoppers” they should be allowed to because to deny them that right violates their freedom of speech?

What this boils down to is:  White people rule.

 

December 19, 2013 at 5:34 PM Leave a comment

Winger Iowa Secretary of State Spends $150,000 and 18 Months Looking for Voter Fraud — Finds None

Vote image via Wikipedia

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Here we have the latest example of a winger state official picking through the weeds looking for what he claimed was massive voter fraud in his state and again, not finding one single instance of it.

So, the next time Republicans and their buddies scream about all the voter fraud going on around here, can we please collectively laugh as loud as we can?

Thank you.

From the Des Moines Register:

The timing was perfect for Secretary of State Matt Schultz when he ran for office in 2010. The Republican was able to ride a national wave of trumped-up hysteria about hundreds of non-citizens supposedly voting illegally. Schultz made rooting out voter fraud the centerpiece of his campaign, and he won the election, unseating incumbent Michael Mauro.

After 18 months of scouring the state for voting scofflaws and spending $150,000 in tax money on the effort, what serious problems have been uncovered? None…

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December 18, 2013 at 12:55 PM 1 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

Sorry Fox, Most Americans Don’t Care

One of my least favorite holiday traditions is the right’s never-ending claim, led by Fox so-called-News, that there’s a massive “war on Christmas” here in the U.S.  It’s made obvious, according to them, by the use of the greeting, “Happy Holidays” instead of, “Merry Christmas.”

I don’t know about you, but I think this is getting really, really old.  And so, apparently, do a whole bunch of other people.  Check out this new Pew poll:

Pew Happy Holidays 12-15-13

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46% “say it doesn’t matter.”  Got that guys?

 

December 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM 1 comment

In Homage to Nelson Mandela, Rush Limbaugh Rips Civil Rights Leaders

Remember when the Republican Party said it had to “rebrand” its message and they came out with their “Growth and Opportunity Project?”

The RNC’s Growth and Opportunity Project, an effort to take the existing party engine and give it a top-to-bottom tuneup, has solutions that include: A $10 million-dollar effort to better connect with minority communities…

That was in March.

This would be the speaker of the Republican party today:

Rush Limbaugh via Wikipedia

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Limbaugh Uses Mandela’s Death To Slam U.S. Civil Rights Leaders

Yo, GOP: Good luck.

December 6, 2013 at 8:17 PM Leave a comment

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