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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:
Yo, GOP: Good luck.
Uh oh. It looks like Fox and Limbaugh and all the rabid wingers who go out of their way to make even the slightest blip having to do with Barack Obama an impeachable offense have something new to sink their teeth into today:
Sunny Obama, the second Portuguese water dog the Obamas adopted in August, was part of a minor incident in which she caused a 2-year-old White House guest Ashtyn Gardner to fall over.
Sunny jumped up on the toddler during the 2013 White House Holiday Press Preview, in which First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the White House’s holiday decorations with families of military service members. Ashtyn was there with her father, John Gardner, a member of the Navy who later said that Ashtyn was fine.
Both Sunny and Bo, the Obama’s other Portuguese water dog, remained in the room afterward and there were no other incidents. Sunny apologized right after the incident by licking Ashtyn’s face.
How long will it be before this becomes, “Obama’s dog mauls sweet, little, innocent 2-year-old girl?”
I want to say this is tongue-in-cheek but hey, I wouldn’t put it past them.
Here’s a shocking article about how austerity cuts are affecting the health of folks in the U.K.:
Malnutrition a Public Health Emergency, Experts Warn
Malnutrition is something most of us associate with the third world or even the world of Dickens. But new figures show hospital admissions in England have nearly doubled in the last five years.
A group of scientists and public health experts is warning the rise is evidence of a “public health emergency” which could be linked to changes to benefits.”
They cite government statistics that show there were 5,500 hospital admissions for malnutrition between 2012 and 2013 compared to just over 3,000 in 2008.
They also point to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies that found families were buying cheaper more unhealthy food.
This has all the signs of a public health emergency that could go unrecognised until it is too late.
Letter to the British Medical Journal
In a letter to the British Medical Journal, David Taylor-Robinson from the University of Liverpool and six other academics warn: “This has all the signs of a public health emergency that could go unrecognised until it is too late to take preventive action.”
They say they are particularly worried about the number of children with malnutrition because it can cause cardiovascular and other chronic diseases in adulthood.
They believe the rise in cases of malnutrition, and the increase in the use of food banks, could be linked to welfare reform.
So, that’s austerity, U.K-style.
Meanwhile, this is what’s happening here in the U.S.:
Meanwhile, there may be no way to prevent Congress from allowing 1.3 million people to lose their unemployment benefits, or reversing the sharp cuts to food stamps, which are one of the most destructive forms of austerity. (In fact, Republicans demand much, much greater cuts to food stamps.)
As the CNN report says, the ostensible reason to cut spending and/or raise taxes is to keep the budget deficit low. But government borrowing costs are still near historic lows, and the budget deficit is plummeting like a stone. Meanwhile, unemployment is still high, inflation is still low, and hysteresis is turning unemployment into long-run structural damage.
Overall, the austerity binge has cost the economy about 3 million jobs at this point. Put simply, this is insane, and there is no sign Congress will stop it anytime soon.
I volunteer at a food bank. Food banks in the area just held their big annual food drive. We collected something like 6,000 pounds less than we did last year. Last year we collected roughly 13,000 pounds less than the year before that. At some point, food banks are going to get crushed under the weight of so many starving people and hey, maybe then we should get together with the U.K. and have a malnurishathon.
Geezus. I think it’s immoral to cut services to the poorest, most desperate segments of a society.
USA, USA, USA!
This is despicably ironic coming from the party that has run on yikes-there’s-a-black-guy-in-the-White-House for the last five years.
Republicans have no shame. None. These are the damn facts. Republicans are lying (so what else is new?):
The internet is ablaze with some fairly shocking news: Obama is closing the Vatican embassy! “Obama’s call to close Vatican embassy is ‘slap in the face’ to Roman Catholics,” proclaims the Washington Times, in an article that has attracted more than 2700 comments and was prominently featured on the Drudge Report. “OBAMA ‘INSULTS’ CATHOLICS IN VATICAN-EMBASSY SHUTDOWN,” reports WND. The Daily Caller piles on with “Catholics furious over Obama plan to close Vatican embassy site.” Breitbart reports that “the Obama administration is trying to diminish and discredit the Vatican’s role in the world because it’s pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious freedom values is at odds with the Regime’s pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage stance.”
There are no embassies for any country in Vatican City itself — there is simply no room. All countries locate their embassies in the city of Rome. The United States has decided to move its embassy from its current location — an unremarkable converted residence — to the same compound as the U.S. Embassy to Italy. It will have it’s own separate building and a separate entrance on a different street. The new building is actually a tenth of a mile closer to the Vatican than the old one. There will be no reduction in staff or activities.
The folks who are promulgating this bull crap probably think of themselves as Christians and intellectually they probably think lying is a sin. So what do they do? Go to confession every other hour?
Add vaginal probes and making it hard for people to vote and this pretty much sums what Republicans are all about right now:
I think it’s time to re-post the most iconic Thanksgiving YouTube video of all time:
Add not bombing Syria (remember, just weeks ago?) to that list.
Unemployment Increases in Louisiana by 13,000 Year-Over-Year Yet Bobby Jindal Says Unemployment Rate “Dropping”
Check out this perky, laudatory tweet Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal sent out today:
As a matter of (inconvenient) fact, the number of unemployed people in Louisiana in October increased this year over last by 13,000:
Louisiana’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 6.5 percent in October, according to figures released Friday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The jobless rate showed improvement from August (7 percent) and September (6.8 percent). The unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in October 2012.
Louisiana had 136,000 unemployed people in October, down from 142,000 in September but still up from 123,000 in October 2012.
Bottom line? Jindal is counting on his tweeps to be idiots and not to look into the facts for themselves.
Red hot Wingnut / Teabagger alert here:
More on this and other so-called “missteps” in Christie’s political career here.
Hey “liberal media:” Stop adopting the ridiculous and insulting memes the wingnutosphere rolls out, okay? Stop normalizing crazy.
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:
Former Republican State Chairman and one-time gubernatorial candidate Jack Kimball is urging his followers to “be alert” for an impending United Nations invasion of the Granite State.In an email intercepted by NH Journal, Kimball relays a story that family members told him up to 60 white, “unmarked” military vehicles are “headed South [sic] toward NH.” Kimball comments that the “white vehicles sound more like UN trucks.” The trucks were hauling “fuel or water” and “other types of supplies,” according to Kimball.
Hi Folks,Just a quick heads up. This morning my Daughter and Son-in-Law were on Route 95 headed North to Maine where they observed 40 – 50 unmarked white trucks and humvee type vehicles headed South toward NH. There were also some cammo painted military type unmarked vehicles. All of these trucks were being driven by Military personnel. Some of them were clearly carrying fuel or water. Others were carrying other types of supplies. There were also some white buses interdisbursed in the group. A bit later they encountered an additional ten 18 wheeler’s that were being driven by military personnel but were, once again, unmarked. That’s roughly 60 vehicles. Don’t know what they were doing or where they were going but the white vehicles sound more like UN trucks. Be alert.Jack
Here’s Glenn Beck in May, 2010.
I’m thinking this audio could be relevant in roughly August, 2016.
Check out how often the United States House of Representatives isn’t going to be in session in 2014:
Larger (pdf) version here.
(The party that’s in control of the House sets the schedule and in this case that would be Republicans.)
That’s a nice gig if you can get it.
Those of us who work a real full-time job will, if we’re lucky, get something like eight or nine days off next year (Presidents’ Day, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the 4th of July, etc.) and maybe, MAYBE a week or two of vacation but we sure as hell won’t make $174,000 per year like these guys do. Or, if you’re John Boehner — Speaker of the House – that would be $223,500.
Our tax dollars at work people.
I’m thinking we should go back to something like this: “From 1789 to 1855, members of Congress received only a per diem (daily payment) of $6.00 while in session.”
Republicans in Hawaii doing what Republicans do:
Help us keep our ad on the air! Please donate $10, $20, $100 or $1,000 today. The Hawaii Republican Assembly (HIRA) is sponsoring a campaign of radio advertising during October 2013 to warn Hawaii voters what their elected officials are attempting to do during the “special session” of the state legislature starting on 28 October 2013. Democrats are poised to change the definition of marriage to include homosexuals, transvestites, transsexuals and eventually bisexuals with multiple partners. Such radical alterations to society have already led to even more radical demands in other states. Your support is needed to spread the word and warn and mobilize voters by keeping this and other ads on the air.
Geezus. I live in Colorado where “homosexual” civil unions are legal and I haven’t seen any “radical alterations” to life whatsoever.
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:”
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.
Hey, who cares if the facts don’t fit the dogma. The dogma’s all that matters!
Republicans who were stunned Romney didn’t win last November (the polls were “skewed!”) didn’t learn a thing. If they can’t pull their heads out of the closed loop belief that people who watch Faux and listen to Limbaugh are representative of Americans as a whole, they’re going to be pedaling up hill for a long time.
My Tweet of the Day:
Yup. My Tweet of the Day:
What are the chances of an honest conversation with someone who has just said something so disrespectful?
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.
Slowly but surely:
Several members of the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football crew will wear purple tonight in recognition of Spirit Day, Outsports has learned via NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello and NFL Network commentator Michael Irvin.
Outsports had made the request to the NFL earlier this week, after our earlier article regarding the NFL’s support of Spirit Day. We have found the NFL to be incredibly supportive of the LGBT community over the years, and today’s outward show of support for bullied LGBT youth will be the latest example. According to Aiello, host Rich Eisen will wear purple and will also mention Spirit Day during the broadcast; Steve Mariucci and Michael Irvin will also be adorning purple.
“By taking a stand against bullying and voicing support for LGBT youth, the NFL is sending a powerful message to sports fans everywhere: homophobia has no place in the game,” said GLAAD’s Wilson Cruz. “Leagues including MLB, MLS, NHL, the NFL and the NBA, along with other sports groups, are redefining what it means to be part of the team today for Spirit Day.”
What I think of as I put this up are the people in the U.S. (and the world, for that matter) who are beating their heads against a brick wall — and losing — the fight to keep GLBT people in the closet. It ain’t gonna happen and I’m loving it.
“Southern pride,” not racism that is:
Racism is so embedded in conservative/southern culture — and it has been for so long — they can’t see the forest for the trees.
South Carolina’s former Republican executive director Todd Kincannon said that transgender people should be rounded up and “put in a camp.”
Kincannon, an attorney, was pushed out of his party’s leadership earlier this year, The Daily Beast reports. In 2012, he called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi a slur, and slammed an antiwar Iraq Veteran on Twitter by saying he wished “the Iraqis had better aim with his ass…I hope if that guy is ever in combat again, the enemy splatters his brain JFK-style. He deserves it.”
Give. Me. A. Break. It’s enough to gag me to hear Grover Norquist having a big huge faux sad over this party trying to “hurt people’s health care.” That bloodsucker hasn’t given a thought to anyone but himself in 30 years.
Grover Norquist isn’t happy with the Defunders. The Americans for Tax Reform president told reporters today that they have a lot of apologies to make and bridges to re-build.
“It’d be a good idea if they stopped referring to other Republicans as Hitler appeasers because they opposed the strategy they put forward which failed,” Norquist says. “I think if you make a mistake as big as what they did, you owe your fellow senators and congressmen a big apology — and your constituents, as well, because nothing they did advanced the cause of repealing or dismantling Obamacare.”
Norquist refrained from naming the specific people who he thinks owe apologies to the rest of the conservative movement, but his reference is transparent — during his lengthy floor speech, Senator Ted Cruz said Republicans who supported a CR that would fund Obamacare were comparable to Neville Chamberlain.
Norquist adds that the defund effort has hurt its proponents’ goals.
“They hurt the conservative movement, they hurt people’s health care, they hurt the country’s economic situation and they hurt the Republican party,” he says. “And a lot of congressmen and senators are not going to win because we spent three months chasing our own tail — or at least, parts of the conservative movement spent three months chasing their own tail.”
Now that polls show Republicans in the toilet, life-long mother f’ers like Norquist are running for the exits.
Oh geezus. Here we go again, for the third time:
A ballot measure about crimes and pregnant women will be on 2014 Colorado ballots.
Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced Monday that anti-abortion backers turned in signatures to put the ballot measure to voters next year. The question would direct state lawmakers to add “unborn human beings” to state criminal code.
Supporters say that state law doesn’t adequately punish crimes against pregnant women.
The measure is different than previous attempts to add so-called “personhood” measures to the constitution. Those measures have [already] failed twice in Colorado.
Abortion-rights advocates say the ballot measure under consideration this year still goes too far. They say the criminal code would curb abortion rights and some infertility treatments.More…
The zygote below is not a human being. We can’t leave the definition of “human being” wide open because then it could be which is exactly what the anti-choice folks (i.e. the people who want to force their religious views on everyone else) want.
This is how insane the Tea Party wing — the wing currently in control — of the Republican party has become:
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.”
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.
Here’s Faux News’ reporting on World War II vets “rising up” against the government “slimdown” at the World War II War Memorial in DC last week. (Note that Faux is calling this a “slimdown” instead of a shutdown. Sexier, and less threatening I guess. Anything to minimize the damage done to Republicans.)
Congressman Steven Palazzo was willing to go to jail.
The representative from Mississippi’s Fourth Congressional District was standing on the Washington Mall Tuesday – outside a barricade that had been erected around the World War II Memorial.
He was standing shoulder to shoulder with members of the Greatest Generation – 91 Mississippians who fought valiantly during World War II. Their families had also gathered along with eight members of Congress.
They had traveled many miles only to be told the open-air memorial was closed – on account of the federal government shutdown.
The memorial that had been built for the aging warriors was barricaded and roped off with yellow tape. The water features were turned off and the bathrooms were locked. Armed park police stood nearby.
The congressman worked in vain to try to convince the National Park Service to open the memorial.
He called the Department of Interior but they did not intervene.
He even wrote to President Obama – pleading with him to open the memorial so that the elderly men could lay flowers and pay their respects to fallen brothers. But the president remained silent.
“They did not lift one finger to help these veterans,” Palazzo told me. “It is sad that they would not even make an exception for our World War II veterans.”
What. A. Lie.
This is what really happened:
Yup. You have that right.
Faux News shouldn’t be allowed to call itself a news organization. It doesn’t report news as in facts. It’s a propaganda arm of the wingnutosphere.
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.
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.
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.
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.