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Maine’s Republican Governor Says the IRS is Out to Kill a Lot of People


Is there any end to the crazy?  How far are Republicans going to push this insanity?

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) elaborated on his controversial comparison of the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo on Thursday, saying the U.S. government agency is “headed” in the direction of becoming the infamous Nazi secret police.

The controversy arose last week, when LePage blasted the Supreme Court’s health care ruling, arguing that it had “made America less free.”

“You must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo — the IRS.,” he said.

In an interview with Paul Heintz of Seven Days on Thursday in Vermont, LePage stood by his controversial characterization.

“What I am trying to say is the Holocaust was a horrific crime against humanity and, frankly, I would never want to see that repeated. Maybe the IRS is not quite as bad — yet.”

LePage then said, “They’re headed in that direction.”

Heintz asked LePage if he knew what the Gestapo did during World War II, to which the governor replied, “Yeah, they killed a lot of people.” When asked asked whether the IRS was headed in that direction, LePage responded, “Yeah.”



July 12, 2012 at 7:31 PM 1 comment

Being First Lady While Black


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The Metropolitan Police Department’s internal affairs division is investigating a report that a D.C. police officer working as a motorcade escort threatened first lady Michelle Obama, the Washington Post reports.

An officer, who hasn’t been named, allegedly said he would shoot President Obama’s wife, and displayed a photo of the gun he would use on his phone on Wednesday morning, according to the report. A Secret Service spokesman said the agency was aware of the situation and would follow up.


I credit the likes of Fox and Rush for this.  They think this kind of thing is what’s known as patriotism.

July 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM 1 comment

Obama’s Biggest Mistake as President

From CBS:

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President Obama’s biggest mistake during his first term, he told CBS News in an exclusive interview, has been putting policy over storytelling.

Mr. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sat down Thursday with “CBS This Morning” anchor Charlie Rose in the White House Blue Room, where they discussed the failures and successes of his administration as he heads into another election, among other things.


“When I think about what we’ve done well and what we haven’t done well,” the president said, “the mistake of my first term – couple of years – was thinking that this job was just about getting the policy right. And that’s important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism, especially during tough times.”

“It’s funny – when I ran, everybody said, well he can give a good speech but can he actually manage the job?” he said. “And in my first two years, I think the notion was, ‘Well, he’s been juggling and managing a lot of stuff, but where’s the story that tells us where he’s going?’ And I think that was a legitimate criticism.”


For more of the interview with President and Mrs. Obama, watch “CBS Sunday Morning” this Sunday, July 15, and “CBS This Morning” on Monday, July 16.

Um.  I have mixed feelings about this.  Still puzzing.

July 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM 2 comments

Priceless Crowd Shot from Romney’s NAACP Speech Yesterday

I love this shot of two women listening to Romney speak at the NAACP convention yesterday in Houston:

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July 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM 1 comment

Inching Toward Slave-Free Tomatoes

In this day and age, this takes guts of steel.  It’s a wonder Gargiulo Inc. didn’t tell these workers to go to hell and fire them.  Maybe they learned something based on what happened in Alabama.

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More than 250 workers employed at Gargiulo Inc., a Florida-based fresh tomato company with operations in the Central Valley, voted today [July 11, 2012] to join the United Farm Workers of America.

On Monday, Gargiulo workers at a field in Firebaugh, located in Fresno County, walked out on strike protesting unfair labor practices by the company. A large majority of workers joined the concerted activity asking the company, which grows and harvests fresh tomatoes, for fairness.

The workers filed a petition for a union election Monday and cast their vote Wednesday morning supporting the union by a 186 to 40 vote.

“This is a historic win. The workers, through their vote, sent a clear message to the company that they want to be represented by the UFW. We call on Gargiulo’s management to respect the will of the workers and immediately engage in good faith bargaining negotiations, so workers can have a union contract,” said UFW Vice President Armando Elenes.

Last month, some 800 employees at Pacific Triple E, one of the largest fresh tomato companies in the United States, signed their first union contract, making them the best paid fresh tomato workers in the country.


To learn more about the push for slave-free tomatoes, go here.

July 12, 2012 at 3:51 PM Leave a comment

Pot / Kettle


The Romney campaign released a new ad today pushing back on the big Bain news.  Mental health professionals call this projection:

UPDATE:  I saw it just now — at 5:23 MT — on TheDenverChannel.

July 12, 2012 at 3:50 PM Leave a comment

Washington Thinking of Making Investigative Journalism Illegal

This could be seen as a shot from Washington across the bow to reporters all around the country:

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In response to New York Times stories that relied on leaks of sensitive national-security information, a House of Representatives panel on Wednesday discussed legislation that could allow journalists to be prosecuted for disclosing such information.

Army Col. Ken Allard testified to a House Judiciary subcommittee that the extent of national security leaks is “unprecedented” in American history. Recent examples include the Times’ investigations of President Barack Obama’s terrorist “kill list” and American cyberattacks on Iran.


The First Amendment says:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

This is a dangerous road to go down.  We need to know about “kill lists” and cyber attacks on other countries.  Those are things our elected officials — who answer to us — are doing in our name.  We have a right to know about them.  The government is us.  It’s not a power unto itself like a dictatorship or a monarchy.



July 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM Leave a comment

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