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Bernie Sanders Puts A Bull’s Eye On The Billionaires With Bill To Raise Taxes On The Wealthy

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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has introduced a bold new bill to combat income inequality by increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans.
Sanders said, “Our nation cannot survive morally or economically when so few have so much while so many have so little. We need a tax system that asks the billionaire class to pay its fair share of taxes and which reduces the obscene degree of wealth inequality in America….The fairest way to reduce wealth inequality, rebuild the disappearing middle class, and preserve our democracy is to enact a progressive estate tax on multi-millionaires and billionaires.”
The Sanders tax plan would only impact the nation’s wealthiest millionaires and billionaires. 99.75% of all Americans would not pay a penny more in estate taxes.
Here is what the Sanders bill does:
– Lowers the estate tax exemption level from $5.4 million to $3.5 billion for individuals and from about $11 million to $7 million for couples.

– Increases the marginal tax rate to 45 percent on estates between $3.5 million to $10 million, 50 percent on estates between $10 million and $50 million, and 55 percent on estates over $50 million.
– Creates a new billionaire surtax of 10 percent that would only impact 530 billionaires who are worth a combined $2.6 trillion.
– Ends loopholes allowing billionaire families to set up dynasty trusts to avoid taxes.
– Closes loopholes used by the wealthy to avoid estate taxes.

– Protects family farms and conservation easements.
The Sanders legislation addresses every excuse that Republicans use to oppose raising the estate taxes. The tax policies of the last thirty years have played a major role in widening the gap between the rich and the poor.
What Sen. Sanders is proposing is the future of tax policy. There is widespread support across party lines for making corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share. For Republicans, trickle-down economics is an ideological belief. For the rest of the country, taxes have become a moral issue.
Liberals and Democrats have successfully made the argument that the getting the wealthy to pay their fair share is a matter of fairness. Those who make the most money should have a higher tax burden than everyone else.
Bernie Sanders knows exactly what to do to address income inequality, and it begins by making the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share.

Filing for moral bankruptcy

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us that “budgets are moral documents.” If you believe that, as I do, then our state lawmakers are not only leading us toward financial bankruptcy, but moral bankruptcy as well.
For the past two years, we have watched our state gamble with our tax code as if were chips at a roulette wheel. And just like a casino, the odds are stacked against us.
As in the past, legislators have doubled-down on proven losers such as corporate and personal income tax cuts that have benefitted those at the very top, siphoned resources out of the economy, and weakened the building blocks of a strong economy like schools, community colleges and courts.
What exactly does this budget propose to do (and more importantly, not do)?
  • Eliminating over 8,500 teaching assistants
    North Carolina already has 7,000 fewer teaching assistants than before the recession, but the Senate budget would decimate the remaining TA numbers. Slashing 8,500 TA jobs would amount to the largest layoff in North Carolina history.
     
  • Eliminating over 500 pre-kindergarten spots
    North Carolina was once the national model for early childhood education. Unfortunately, the further cuts this budget would make to pre-kindergarten programs would further erode North Carolina’s legacy. This budget would fund almost 7,000 fewer pre-K slots than in FY09.

  • Ignoring veteran teachers once again
    Despite promises of a 4% average raise, teachers with over 25 years of experience would get absolutely nothing. This is the second year in a row that lawmakers have left veteran teachers out in the cold, with many receiving raises as low as 0.29 percent last year.
     
  • Forcing community colleges to raise tuition
    Lawmakers are forcing community colleges to raise tuition to make up for cuts to higher education, placing more of a financial burden on students -- increasing their student loan debts and reducing their options once they graduate.
     
  • Failing to end tax hikes on small business owners
    Many small business owners were hit with huge tax hikes this year thanks to lawmakers’ decision to eliminate deductions on the first $50,000 of small business income. The Senate budget fails to restore these deductions, which means small business owners will continue to struggle under the added burden.
     
  • Betraying promises to voters on the Education Lottery
    This budget would replace $350 million in permanent education funding with lottery money, violating the entire purpose of the education lottery. Lottery money was always meant to supplement the education budget by funding school construction and tuition for pre-school and college. Lottery money was never meant to replace state revenue. Lawmakers have gone back on their promise to voters.
     
  • Eliminating nearly a billion dollars in revenue
    Lawmakers’ reckless tax handouts to big corporations and wealthy individuals have already cost the state billions in lost revenue. By doubling down on their failed tax scheme and throwing more good money after bad, lawmakers are setting up even more cuts to needed services -- and making it even harder for working-class North Carolinians to recover from the recession.
     
  • Failing to return textbook funding to pre-recession levels
    The proposed $59.6 million in textbook funding is still a far cry from the $101 million funding level before the recession. Students will still have to share textbooks in classrooms while lawmakers continue tax breaks for purchases of big boats and planes.
  • Failing to save the Teaching Fellows program
    This budget ensures that this year’s graduating class of Teaching Fellows will be the last. This program has been a model of how to recruit and retain the best and the brightest teachers for our schools. Eliminating it is short-sighted.
     
  • No change in North Carolina’s ranking for per-student education funding
    North Carolina’s per-student education funding currently ranks 46th in the nation. This budget would do very little to change those figures, which means North Carolina would still rank dead last in the Southeast for what we spend to invest in our children’s education.
     
  • Still no plan to raise teacher pay to the national average
    This budget fails to take a comprehensive approach to the teacher pay crisis in North Carolina. The Senate offers no long-term plan to raise teacher pay to the national average. Under this plan many of our best teachers will continue to leave the profession, leave the state, or take second jobs to make ends meet.
A race to the bottom on taxes is a race to the bottom in quality of life. Unfortunately, both the Senate and House budget proposals include loss of revenue for these critical areas to provide more corporate income tax cuts.
It’s time to our lawmakers that we’ve had enough of their games.  Please sign this petition from our friends at the NC Budget and Tax Center demanding state legislators and the Governor to reject proposals to cut income taxes further that put core public services at risk.
North Carolina’s exceptionalism in the South and the country has always come from our commitment to each other. A commitment that meant asking each of us to contribute to building something bigger than ourselves. Now is the time to make sound public investments that will put North Carolina on solid ground for the future.
We are better than this. Let’s show it.

Donald Trump refuses to release birth certificate and passport records

Hypocrisy Much?
The Republican pretender candidate had called Barack Obama the country’s ‘least transparent president’ for refusing to release the same documentation.

Scott Walker: Clinton Using Equal Pay To 'Pit One Group Of Americans Versus Another'

In an interview with Boston Herald Radio, Wisconsin's own idiot Scott Walker attacked Hillary Clinton for her advocacy for equal pay legislation, saying that she was just following in the footsteps of President Obama in trying to “pit one group of Americans versus another.”  
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Let's see - Equal Pay For Equal Work ... that's about as American as it gets. 
No wonder wingnuts hate the idea

Here Is The Stunning Utter Failure Of The Republican Misled Congress In One Chart

The first 170 days: Republicans passed zero jobs bills but raised the deficit by $610.7 billion dollars by passing more permanent tax cuts for the rich/corporations …
mcconnell-boehnerDemocratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office put out a statement about the first 170 days of the Republican Congress that is basically telling the story of utter fail.
Worse yet, it’s not just Democratic spin. This stuff is real. Republicans did nothing for 18 days, zero jobs bills passed but raised the deficit by $610.7 billion dollars by passing more permanent tax cuts for the rich/corporations while voting to raise taxes on middle class families with children, voted against training resources for veterans, voted 7 times to repeal Obamacare, ignored student loan debt bills, wouldn’t even allow a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act…
This is a Congress that only functions for the top 2%.
Here’s the breakdown from Pelosi’s office:
THE FIRST 170 DAYS OF THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS:
BY THE NUMBERS
170:  June 24th was the 170th day of the 114th Congress
87:   Days the GOP House has been in session, including 18 pro-forma days in which the House gaveled in & out in a matter of minutes & no legislative business was completed
1.5 million:  Number of private-sector jobs created or sustained by Export-Import Bank since 2007
4:   Times House Republicans voted against renewing the job-creating Export-Import Bank charter before it expires on June 30 (2015 Vote #1162015 Vote #1262015 Vote #3712015 Vote #379)
ZERO:  GOP jobs bills passed in the 114th Congress
Just 25:  Bills signed into law by President, including 2 that were unfinished business from the 113th Congress and 15 noncontroversial modest suspension bills
 $610.7 billion:  Amount the deficit is increased by the 11 GOP permanent tax cut bills the GOP has already passed in the 114th Congress so far
100:  Percent of House Republicans who voted against bringing up the student loan refinancing bill
7:   Additional times the House GOP has voted in the past 170 days to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act (2015 Vote #142015 Vote #452015 Vote #582015 Vote #142, 2015 Vote #1832015 Vote #3752015 Vote #376)
60:  Times House Republicans have voted to repeal or undermine the ACA since 2011
241:  Republicans voted against bringing the Help Hire Our Heroes Act – a bill to provide training resources for veterans seeking good-paying jobs – to the floor for a vote.
99: Percent of House Republicans who voted to allow predatory lenders on military bases
$251 million: Cut to Amtrak funding passed by House Republican members of the Appropriations Committee one day after a deadly train accident in Philadelphia.
 100: Percent of Republicans twice voted against authorizing & funding the Positive Train Control Program which would have prevented the Amtrak derailment, one week after the accident.
 6:  Times GOP voted against bringing a clean bill to fund DHS to a vote even as a shutdown loomed (2015 Vote #342015 Vote #712015 Vote #772015 Vote #862015 Vote #922015 Vote #100)
 2:   Times GOP has blocked bigger paychecks and better infrastructure so far in the 114th Congress (2015 Vote #42015 Vote #5)
2.9 million:  Number of jobs that would be destroyed under the House GOP FY 2016 Budget
$2,000: More in taxes for middle-class American families with children greenlighted by the final FY 2016 Republican Budget
 $200,000:  Average tax break for the wealthiest Americans making $1,000,000 or more greenlighted by the final FY 2016 Republican Budget
 $269 billion:  Tax breaks House Republicans have passed for the wealthiest 5,400 estates - 0.2 percent of Americans - in the country.
99: Percent of House Republicans who voted against allowing a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act – a bill to ensure equal pay for equal work


You can’t make this stuff up. This is a big old middle finger to everyone but the top 2%. It’s a middle finger to families with kids, veterans, students, women… It’s a middle finger to America.
It used to be just the House that was dysfunctional, now it’s the entire Congress, thanks to the Republican takeover of the Senate. And this is what a Republican-controlled Congress looks like. If anyone asks you what Republicans believe in, show them this. Policy is king.

Typical Republicans

US climate deniers call Paris summit 'a threat' to the world

US climate deniers call Paris summit 'a threat' to the world
The thing is ... the deniers ARE a definite threat to the world not those trying to alleviate some of Climate Change's already devastating effects. 

Lowest Water Levels EVER In Lake Mead May Trigger Rationing

Lowest Water Levels EVER In Lake Mead May Trigger Rationing: Still Think Climate Change Is A Hoax? (IMAGES)
Still Think Climate Change Is A Hoax? 
Lake Mead, the reservoir behind Hoover Dam, is at its lowest level ever. People in Las Vegas may be looking at rationing if this continues.

Wingnuts Introduce Bill Based On The Insanely Idiotic Idea That Environmentalists Caused California’s Drought


Scientists have linked California's drought to climate change -- not environmentalists.

ALEC Plans Corporate Control and Privatization Of Every City In America

It is true the Koch's are poised to spend nearly a billion dollars to put a Koch surrogate in the White House, and to completely take over …
alec-acceThe idea of absolute control means exerting one’s will over every aspect of an organization from the very top down to the lowliest position. In their drive to control America from the top down, it is insufficient for the Koch brothers to control Congress and the Supreme Court without owning the occupant of the White House any more than controlling every Republican state legislature without control over those state’s city and county governments. It is true the Koch’s are poised to spend nearly a billion dollars to put a Koch surrogate in the White House, and to completely take over the entire nation they are paying an American Legislative Exchange Council subsidiary to impose their corporate agenda on every town, village, city, and county in America.
Many Americans have never heard of the Koch brothers much less their legislative arm in Congress and, more importantly, state legislatures across the country. What the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) does is allow corporations to write legislation for Republicans to introduce and then pass into law. Corporations pay the Koch brothers’ ALEC for the privilege of allowing their operatives to write corporate legislation for Republicans and it makes ALEC, and now a subsidiary, more powerful than any special interest, lobbyist, state legislator, and in the majority of cases informs how and why corporations control Republican state governments. Apparently, though, controlling state legislatures is not enough for the Kochs and their corporate cabal so they set their sights on local jurisdictions like city councils, mayors, school districts, and county supervisory boards to round out their sphere of corporate influence on America from the federal government down to the local village council.
The American City County Exchange (ACCE) is an offshoot of (ALEC) that describes itself as “America’s only free market forum for village, town, city and county policymakers.” Beginning in 2015, ACCE became an ALEC-operated project and not a separate Koch-funded social welfare 501(c)(3} charitable non-profit organization. Like its mother organization ALEC, ACCE is wholly funded by corporations whose operatives write and vote for “model legislation and measures” for city and county governments to give the Koch brothers and corporations complete control of every jurisdiction in the nation regardless of size.
The only difference between ALEC and ACCE is that where ALEC (the Kochs) exerts complete control over the United States Congress and state legislatures, ACCE will seize control of all city and county governments in the nation. As the Guardian accurately reports, with Koch and corporations funding their operations, ALEC and its subsidiary ACCE have effectively handed “corporate America a direct conduit to control the policy making process of city councils and municipalities” in every state in America. It is a bloodless coup d’├ętat, but bloodless or not, it is still a complete takeover of every legislative body in America with absolutely no opposition or outrage; that is the effect and consequence of a nation with an incredibly ill-informed and stupid population.
Despite controlling most of America’s government, the Kochs just were not getting the results they wanted fast enough using ALEC as its legislative arm in Congress and state legislatures along with ALEC’s sister organization, the State Policy Network (SPN), SPN is tasked with abolishing public pensions, unions, minimum wage, and employee benefits like sick leave, overtime pay, and worker’s compensation in state legislatures, but they have not succeeded fast enough for the Kochs and it is not for lack of trying. So the Koch’s decided to create and use ACCE to impose corporate control of city and county governments with the goal of imposing corporate control over school districts, banning city and county-level union representation, privatizing local public school districts, eliminating prevailing wage laws, abolishing commercial zoning regulations, and eliminating local environmental provisions their corporate funders and churches claim are either communist intrusions on the ‘free market’ or a vicious liberal government attack on religious liberty.
The American City County Exchange held its organizational meeting last month in Dallas to help its corporate operatives push policies important to advancing the Koch corporate libertarian vision on all Americans. According to Jon Russell, ACCE’s national director and  town (not city) council member in Culpeper, Virginia,  “There are some really good ideas out there that are percolating, and those are the kinds of out-of-the-box thinking that we are really pushing hard.” The “out-of-the-box thinking” Russell wets his knickers over includes pushing corporate  operation of city and county services like garbage pickup and providing water and sewer services, eliminating collective bargaining and unions, banning prevailing wage and overtime laws, and imposing corporate control of public schools. ACCE’s goals are imposing ALEC’s state-level corporate control over every municipality in America under the guise of free markets and fiscal responsibility.
As a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who specializes in campaign finance, Jessica Levinson, noted, like ALEC, ACCE’s mission is not fiscal responsibility, helping municipalities, or improving conditions for Americans. Levinson is completely correct in saying that “There’s a lot of money to be made in local government,” and that for the Koch brothers “privatization makes perfect sense, working hand in glove with corporations makes perfect sense, and expanding (ALEC’S) corporate agenda to county and city governments makes perfect sense.” A research analyst at Common Cause, Jay Riestenberg, echoed Professor Levinson and said that ACCE opens the door for corporate influence over local governments and profit from that control. Riestenberg said, “This’ll ease the way for corporations to take over all local services. The public sector is a $6 trillion enterprise, and this is a huge money-making opportunity for them.”
It is true there is an inordinate amount of public money corporations and the Kochs want to steal, but absolute control of every aspect of American government is much more important to the Kochs. As Professor Levinson said, everything about using an ALEC subsidiary to impose corporate control of government and pillage town, city, and county coffers makes perfect sense to the Koch brothers. Because they will never be satisfied until they have imposed corporate-ownership libertarian-style on all aspects of American government. The new ALEC subsidiary, the American City County Exchange (ACCE) will give the Koch’s the control they so desperately lust, and the Koch cabal’s corporations running local governments will profit handsomely from all American taxpayers.

Fruit Company Will Pay $330,000 To Farmworkers Who Got Fired After Reporting Sexual Abuse

Four victims -- both male and female -- and other farmworkers reported the harassment "on several different occasions."

Whole Foods Under Investigation After Hugely Overcharging Customers For Food

Whole Foods Under Investigation After Hugely Overcharging Customers For Food. “The potential number of violations that Whole Foods faces for all pre-packaged goods in the NYC stores is in the thousands,” the DCA states.

Clarence "Absolute Moron" Thomas: We Don’t Need The Fair Housing Act Because The NBA Is Mostly Black

Justice Thomas: We Don’t Need The Fair Housing Act Because The NBA Is Mostly Black
Because life is just like the N.B.A.
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Hey, he is not called 'Slappy' for nothing you know. 
He's an idiot of the highest (lowest) order. 

3 Black Cults burnt in North Carolina, Georgia and S.Carolina in 5 days

It is currently 5 cults by post time ...
Following the Attack on Emanuel AME, Two Recent Fires at Black Cults Strike at the Heart of Black America
In Charlotte, N.C., authorities say a June 24 fire at Briar Creek Baptist Cult was the result of arson and is being investigated as a possible hate crime. NBC News reported that more than 75 firefighters were needed to extinguish the three-alarm fire, and an hour passed before the blaze was under control. Two firefighters received medical treatment for heat-related injuries. The cult sustained $250,000 in damage, including a collapsed ceiling and significant damage to a space used for a children’s summer camp. The sanctuary was spared, sustaining smoke damage along with the gymnasium. A June 23 fire at dog’s Power Cult of christ, a predominantly Black cult in Macon, Ga., has been ruled as arson, although there is no indication it was a hate crime. As was reported in the Macon Telegraph, the front doors of the cult were locked and wired shut when authorities arrived, but a side door was unlocked. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives was called, as is the case with cult fires, and authorities also noted that electronics and other air conditioning equipment had been stolen from the cult in two burglaries. A $10,000 reward is available through the Georgia Arson Hotline for information leading to the arrest of an arsonist.
According to this report at Raw Story 'hate crime' has yet to be suggested to determined
Macon-Bibb County fire Sergeant Ben Glea­ton told the newspaper that while the investigation into Tuesday’s fire at the dog’s Power Cult of christ continues, enough evidence had been discovered to rule the blaze had been deliberately set. The arson ruling came a day after North Carolina authorities said a predominantly black cult in Charlotte was purposefully burned, and roughly a week after a gunman opened fire in an African-American cult in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people.
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Gleaton told the Telegraph newspaper there was nothing yet to suggest that the fire at the Macon cult was a hate crime.
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Early Morning Fire Destroys Tallahassee Cult
June 26, 2015 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- An early morning fire has destroyed a Tallahassee church.
Firefighters responded to the blaze around 5:20 a.m. at Greater Miracle Apostolic Holiness cult near the intersection of Wakulla Street and Campbell Street.
No one is believed to have been in the cult at the time of the fire. Power lines were also down in the area.
The cult was described as completely destroyed on the inside. South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida*.
*Florida fire, per an update is that the fire was electrical, caused by a limb falling on power lines.
Just a bunch of coincidences?
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FYI: the word CULT is the proper term for ALL religions and their institutions both metaphysical and physical. The term however has been appropriated by those same religions to denigrate and degenerate ALL OTHER religions and thus over time the term received a negative connotation in the warped deluded minds of those who blindly follow religion. Get over it. The term is used by all sane and normal people and will be for all time foreseeable.

Here’s The Insane Conspiracy Theory Wingnuts Are Blaming SCOTUS Obamacare Ruling On

Here’s The Insane Conspiracy Theory Conservatives Are Blaming SCOTUS Obamacare Ruling OnUnable to cope with losing their last shot at destroying Obamacare, conservatives are diving head first into laughably crazy conspiracy theories.

Alabama's idiot Roy Moore vows to block ‘illegitimate’ marriage equality ruling at state level

Alabama’s grandstanding wingnut 'christian' idiot Roy Moore has vowed that he and his religio-wingnut cabal will defy the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality at the state level.
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Texas; idiot AG echoed this moron's lunacy by declaring that county clerks could deny marriage licenses to 'gay' couples. Trouble is they can't, they HAVE to issue licenses - it's the law.

Here’s what wingnuts promised would happen if gays got marriage equality

Horned Devil with tract (Shutterstock)
Now that the Supreme Court has ended the discriminatory ban on marriage rights for gay people, we're curious to see the relative accuracy of various prophesies wingnuts have advanced in recent months surrounding legal gay marriage’s impact on the country.

Wingnuts Freak Out And Call For The Abolition Of All Civil Marriage After Same-Sex Legalization

steve-king-marriageRepublican morons like Steve King (R-IA) have responded to the legalization of same-sex marriage by calling on the states to abolish civil marriage.
King said, “Now, there’s no point to having civil marriage in this country whatsoever. So I’m calling upon the states, just abolish civil marriage. Let’s go back to holy matrimony. Do that alone. By the way, I want to send a message to the Supreme Court, a good strong message, and in the next few days or weeks, I’ll be introducing legislation to do just that.”
Texas' idiot Greg Abbott thinks that Texas has the power to ignore the Supreme Court, “Despite the Supreme Court’s rulings, Texans’ fundamental right to religious liberty remains protected. No Texan is required by the Supreme Court’s decision to act contrary to his or her religious beliefs regarding marriage. The Texas Constitution guarantees that ‘[n]o human authority ought, in any case whatsoever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion.’ The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion; and the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, combined with the newly enacted Pastor Protection Act, provide robust legal protections to Texans whose faith commands them to adhere to the traditional understanding of marriage.”
Meanwhile, in Louisiana, insane Bobby Jindal, thinks wingnut 'christians' have the constitutional right to discriminate against gays, “The government should not force those who have sincerely held religious beliefs about marriage to participate in these ceremonies. That would be a clear violation of America’s long-held commitment to religious liberty as protected in the First Amendment.”
The idea that Republicans could abolish all civil marriage if same-sex marriage ever became legal in all fifty states has been floating around for years in bigoted circles of social wingnuts. The notion that Republican governors can nullify the Supreme Court ruling was echoed by Abbott. This path is also very likely to be pursued by some Republican leadership in red states.
The three statements listed above demonstrate the freakout that is occurring within the Republican Cabal. Social wingnuttery is declining in the United States, but Republicans feel compelled to appeal to this extremist segment of American society.
An abolition of marriage would be the equivalent of Republicans taking their ball and going home. It would be the spiteful and petty move from a party that has shown itself to be incapable of more than the spiteful and cynical politics of hate that the Republican Cabal has fully embraced.

Glenn Beck Warns That His Hate Speech Radio Program Could Be Shut Down Because Of Gay Marriage Ruling

And now, from the land of utter delusion ...
Glenn Beck reacted to the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage today by declaring that he will now begin to look for different ways to broadcast his message in case the FCC attempts to strip him of his broadcasting license because his mormon cult will not perform same-sex marriages.... 
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Hey moron, when the FCC strips (there will be no 'attempt' they will DO it) you of your license it will because of your hate and fear mongering. Both of which are illegal, but lax enforcement has given you and your ilk the delusion it is your 'right to free speech' to spew vitriol and bile and not face the consequences of said 'free speech'.
However when you are subjected to the same 'free speech' you demand censorship of those handing you your comeuppance.

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Daily Drift

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VA Needs Doctors

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The Veterans Administration needs more doctors
Problems with the VA’s medical system are exacerbated when they can’t hire enough people.

Priorities!

Even China Cares More About America Fixing Broken Bridges Than Republicans Do

Even China Cares More About America Fixing Broken Bridges Than Republicans Do
Investing in ourselves is good for not only our own economy, but the entire world.

House Passes Chemical Reform Bill, Delighting Chemical Industry

by Shawn Drury
One of the biggest applause lines at a rally for a Republican presidential hopeful comes when the candidate bashes the EPA. It’s nearly Pavlovian at this point. Thanks to the public relations arm of the GOP known as Fox News, there are segments of the population who see the EPA as nothing more than a bunch of bureaucrats standing in the way of endless riches for small businesses.
The fact is, environmental regulations keep us safe. Without these laws there would be an untold amount of chemicals in our air, land, and water. And some of those laws, like the Toxic Substance Control Act, are woefully out of date. Passed in 1976, the TSCA is both obsolete and toothless. Critics say the TSCA did not give the EPA the ability to label something as toxic and gave it little guidance on the chemical regulation process.
For example, the chemical that spilled into a West Virginia river last year, which caused tens of thousands of people to go without water for months, was not considered toxic. Believe it or not, asbestos is still legal in the United States. The EPA tried to ban it, but it lost in court in 1991. It hasn’t tried to ban a chemical since.
State environmental agencies could conceivably fill in where the EPA has not, but many of those, thanks to governors like Rick Scott in Florida, have seen their budgets slashed.
An attorney and advocate for chemical-regulation reform told Think Progress that 85,000 chemicals have been commercialized since 1976 and only a thousand have been “well-tested for their human health and environmental effects.”
But the House of Representatives is on the case. On Tuesday, the GOP-led body passed a reform to the TSCA. The bill requires the EPA to test at least 10 chemicals a year, but offers little else in the way of keeping our air, land, and water clean. The new bill requires the EPA to prove a chemical is dangerous before testing it.
In a statement, the Environmental Working Group noted:
The bill would allow chemical companies to pay for quick reviews and approval of their favorite chemicals. But promised reviews of the truly dangerous chemicals that persist in the environment and build up in Americans bodies could languish for lack of funding Congressional appropriators.
Coming out in favor of the bill? The American Chemistry Council.
The Senate is expected to take up a similar bill before it goes to summer recess. That legislation was more to environmentalists’ liking, but it too has been criticized for being too friendly to the chemical industry. How friendly? Well, Hearst got a hold of an early draft of the bill which showed the author to be…The American Chemistry Council.
That’s right; lobbyists for the chemical industry were literally writing the legislation that is meant to prevent them from polluting.
I don’t think this is what the framers had in mind when they put pen to paper and began work on the Constitution.

ACA Ruling Safeguards Subsidies No Matter Who Occupies The White House

ACA Ruling Safeguards Subsidies No Matter Who Occupies The White House

Here’s How Republican Pretender Candidates Are Responding To Obamacare Decision

Here’s How Republican Presidential Candidates Are Responding To Obamacare DecisionIt turns out Republicans will reveal their health care alternative AFTER they are voted into office.

Scalia’s Obamacare Dissent Was Really Just A Childish Temper Tantrum

Scalia’s Obamacare Dissent Was Really Just A Childish Temper Tantrum
Scalia’s temper tantrum is meme worthy. Any takers?

Obamacare victory shows the failure of Scalia’s wingnut 'revolution'

Justice Antonin Scalia (Flickr/Stephen Masker)
One can debate the appropriate moniker for the ACA, and one can debate whether we should call this the Roberts Court or the Kennedy Court, but what is beyond debate is that this is not the Scalia Court.

No Wonder ...

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Kansas Abortion Law - NO

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From the "What an Idiot" Department:
Donald Trump speaks to Fox News (screen grab)Donald Trump vows to sue Univision for cancelling Miss USA: It’s ‘common sense’ that Mexicans are rapists

Texas' Greg Abbott picks homeschooler to chair State Board of Education

Donna Bahorich picked to chair Texas State Board of Education (Facebook)
A Texas watchdog group expressed concerned this week after Gov. Greg Abbott named a new chairperson to the State Board of Education who has never sent her own children to a public school.
If you want an education better not go to Texas. If you want to be a stupid, ignorant moron, then by all means head to Texas.

E.W Jackson: Charleston Cult Shooter Was A Left Wing Socialist

Anti-gay religio-wingnut agitator and Virginia Republican idiot E.W. Jackson stopped by Colorado Republican  moron Gordon Klingenschmitt's hate speech program recently to rant about his 'theory' that the murder of nine black cultgoers by a white supremacist gunman in South Carolina ... MORE
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It may be just an old wives tale, but look at those eyes - those are crazy eyes. He is certifiably insane so there is something to that old 'crazy eyes' adage.

Want to spread islamic law - Be a Republican

Traffic wardens gave two parking tickets to car with a dead man in driver's seat

parking-ticketMamadou Barry, 47, racked up two parking tickets in New York while sitting in his car. He was dead at time. "Officials said they were investigating why wardens had failed to give Mr. Barry a third ticket," reports Biebuzz.

Bad Cops

Pepper spray cannister (Shuttershock)
Charles Edelen was arrested on battery and criminal recklessness charges.

Why Do Racists Always Support Republicans?

Ever notice how when a horrifically racist organization gets entangled in politics, it's always one cabal that racists support

Black Cult Set Ablaze In NC

Investigators Haven’t Ruled Out Hate Crime
Image via Twitter/CharlotteFDBased on our nation’s history of racially motivated cult burnings – this one is certainly suspect.

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President Obama Takes Down A Heckler Who Tried To Disrespect Him In The White House

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President Obama wasted no time taking down a heckler who tried to disrespect him during an event at the White House.:
Transcript via The White House:
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, hold on a second.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Inaudible), President Obama!

THE PRESIDENT: Okay, you know what — no, no, no, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: President Obama —
THE PRESIDENT: Hey —
AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Inaudible.)
THE PRESIDENT: Listen, you’re in my house. (Laughter and applause.) You don’t — come on. It’s not — you know what, it’s not respectful when you get invited to somebody —
AUDIENCE MEMBER: President Obama (inaudible).
THE PRESIDENT: You’re not going to — you’re not going to get a good response from me by interrupting me like this.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: President Obama —
THE PRESIDENT: I’m sorry. I’m sorry.
AUDIENCE: Booo —
THE PRESIDENT: No, no, no, no. No, no. No. Shame on you. You shouldn’t be doing this.
AUDIENCE: Obama! Obama! Obama!
THE PRESIDENT: Can we escort this person out? Come on.
You can either stay and be quiet, or we’ll have to take you out. All right, can we have this person removed, please?
THE PRESIDENT: Come on.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: President Obama —
THE PRESIDENT: Come on. Come on. Nope. No. Come on. Come on, guys. I’m just going to wait until we get this done.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Inaudible) deportations! No more deportations!
THE PRESIDENT: Okay, where was I? (Laughter and applause.) So as a general rule, I am just fine with a few hecklers — (laughter) — but not when I’m up in the house. (Applause.) You know what I mean? You know, my attitude is if you’re eating the hors d’oeuvres — (laughter) — you know what I’m saying?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: I do.

THE PRESIDENT: Okay. And drinking the booze. I know that’s right.
President Obama has demonstrated incredible patience with hecklers throughout his presidency, but to come to the White House and disrespect the President is a different story.
The event that the President was hosting was an LGBT Pride Month reception to disrupt this event with a protest on an unrelated issue was disrespectful of the LGBT community.
Obama was also correct. The people attending that event were invited by the White House. This was not an open to the public gathering. It is a different story if hecklers want to protest at a public event, but not at the White House.
The heckling of Obama was especially unfair because this President has tried to do more for undocumented immigrants through his executive actions than any other political leader in the country. The was uncivil, inappropriate, and deserving of the President’s scorn.
It’s not too much to ask for people to have a little bit of respect for the man and the office.

Democrats Unveil Bill To Restore Gutted Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Advancement Act, a stronger bill than the version introduced in 2014, has no Republican co-sponsors.

North Carolina Relaxes Voter ID Law

North Carolina Relaxes Voter ID Law

Bernie Sanders: Unlike Hillary Clinton, ‘I’ve Taken On The Big Money Interests.’

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On MSNBC, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders strongly contrasted his record with Hillary Clinton’s by saying, “I have taken on every element of the big money interests in this country.”
Bernie Sanders was asked if the big crowds he is drawing can translate into votes. He answered, “I truly absolutely think that they can. Look, what exists in the real world, whether it’s Denver, Minneapolis, New Hampshire, Iowa, or Vermont is very different than the kind of discussions that take place here in Washington where so much of what Congress does is dominated by big money. Look, the average American understands that our middle-class is disappearing. Ninety-nine percent of all new income is going to the top one percent and that we need some fundamental changes in economic and politics so that the government begins working for all of us, not just the billionaire class.”
When Mika Brzezinski pointed out that this is the same thing that Hillary Clinton is saying, Sanders replied, “No, I don’t think it is. And I think if you look at my life’s work, what I’ve been struggling with for the last twenty-five to thirty years, I have taken on every element of the big money interests in this country. Whether it is Wall Street. Whether it is the pharmaceutical industry. Whether it’s the Military Industrial Complex. People can judge Hillary Clinton’s record on their own.”
Sen. Sanders also pointed out that Hillary Clinton has yet to take a position on TPP.
Bernie Sanders didn’t mudsling, but the message was clear. Hillary Clinton is a new convert to the fight against the big money interests, while Sanders has been fighting these forces for decades.
The discussion that Sanders and Clinton are creating within the Democratic Party is important. Democrats are resolving as a party to take on the big money interests in American politics. The question is which candidate do voters trust to lead this fight?
In a discussion of records, Bernie Sanders clearly has the longer record of fighting against the big money interests in our political system. Sen. Sanders is contrasting himself with his opponent’s record, and he has a message to voters. Both candidates may be saying the same things, but only one candidate has spent decades taking up the fight.
Hillary Clinton is more liberal than many give her credit for, but compared to Bernie Sanders she looks like a right-wing conservative, which is why Sen. Sanders could be a thorn in her side all through the Democratic primary campaign.

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Scott Walker Is Trying to Mortgage Wisconsin’s Future to Fund his White House Bid

Scott Walker's lack of popularity in Wisconsin is certainly noticeable, but Walker's problem right now is his budget, which Wisconsin Republicans say is looking tailored more for out-of-state…
Scott WalkerScott Walker’s lack of popularity in Wisconsin is certainly noticeable. It seems everybody hates Scott Walker. Granted, I’m in among those “Madison liberals” Republicans despise so much, but you don’t see a lot of bumper stickers around these parts supporting Walker. You do see Obama bumper stickers and even anti-Walker bumper stickers, but nothing that makes you believe somebody might have violated the very laws of nature by voting for Walker. In a way, even the lack of bumper stickers is a damning silence.
A bigger problem for Walker right now, however, might be that his own party doesn’t like him. The New York Times yesterday characterized the situation as a “revolt,” a state of affairs certainly much worse than simple anger or a little grumbling.
Is his “big bold leadership” in trouble already?
The problem right now is his budget, which Wisconsin Republicans say is looking tailored more for out-of-state Republicans like voters in Iowa, than for Wisconsin.
Specifically, they say, some way must be found to pay for repairs to infrastructure – roads and bridges.
To listen to Scott Walker, Wisconsin can have its cake and eat it too, as he said with regards his last budget:
The 2013-2015 Budget allocates more than $6 billion to our transportation infrastructure. This significant investment by the state will make major improvements to our highway system and increase spending on harbor upgrades and freight rail. In addition, there are no gas tax increases, no mileage-registration, no fee increases, and there are no scheduled delays for any highway projects.
For the 2015-2017 budget, it is $7.36 billion he wants to devote to Department of Transportation spending. As is so often the case with Republican rhetoric, it just ain’t so. He can’t do the work without tax increases, fees, or delays.
If the Republicans who run the state can’t raise taxes (e.g. gas tax) or fees (like vehicle registration fees), and Walker says they can’t (And as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel points out, he is “Armed with the nation’s most powerful veto”), then where does the money for Wissconsin infrastructure come from?
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial said recently that the “State needs to start thinking creatively about road funding.”
Unless new sources of sustainable revenue are found to pay for maintenance and building, commerce could well choke on the potholes, crumbling pavement and weakened bridges that will become the hallmark of Wisconsin roadways.
Republicans are long practiced at performing sleight of hand and making money disappear into the pockets of the rich, but they can’t make money appear out of thin air. This analysis shows where cuts would be made in lieu of borrowing.
According to Robin Voss (R-Rochester), Speaker of the State Assembly, Walker has declined to have “an adult conversation” about infrastructure. Nor did he endear himself to some Republicans when he cut funding to the University of Wisconsin.
Voss argues on his website:
The state is expected to have a nearly $6 billion deficit in the transportation budget over the next decade and a significant shortfall in the upcoming two-year spending plan. Governor Walker has proposed borrowing $1.3 billion for road projects in the 2015-17 state budget. Assembly Republicans, from the very beginning of the budget process, have said that amount of bonding is too high. This is one of the last issues being ironed out in the budget process and it’s an important one for many reasons. It not only impacts the future funding of our roads, but also the entire fiscal health of our state.
So they talk about borrowing money. Walker wanted to borrow $1.3 billion for the roads. Arnold did that in (or “to”) California. They are still paying for it. I have a conservative friend in California who hates Arnold as much as he hates Hillary, and for better reasons, I’d say.
Doesn’t sound like responsible government to me. What happened to not passing your government debts on to our children?
According to Voss, “it’s much more conservative to spend only what you have, instead of running up the state’s credit card.”
Voss says that’s “irresponsible.” He even underlines it. “You can’t borrow your way to prosperity,” he says.
Ouch, Governor Walker. I think that was directed at you.
But Walker isn’t trying to borrow Wisconsin’s way to prosperity. He is trying to borrow his way into the White House.
Voss points to some problems Walker would probably just as soon pretend don’t’ exist:
If we approved Governor Walker’s proposed transportation budget with $1.3 billion in bonding, the state would have to spend 25 cents of every transportation dollar on debt service instead of using that money to build and fix roads and bridges. Looking at it another way, that is $443 million a year in payments on our road debt, or $8.5 million a week!
Or simply not doing the needed work on roads and bridges? That doesn’t sound very responsible either. Bridges fall down. People die. How is that responsible government?
Yes, Republicans, much as they claim to hate socialism, love the things socialism gives them – like roads and bridges. And no more than Democrats do they want them to collapse.
But there is also the problem of what sorts of projects transportation money is being spent on, like roundabouts (traffic circles) in remote areas, fishing piers (yes, with transportation dollars), decorative bridges (fancy lighting and murals), and Wisconsin’s very own bridge to nowhere.
It’s a conundrum, yes it is, and Kevin Drum at Mother Jones puts it well when he says,
As in so many other states, even Republican legislators are starting to glom onto the fact that if you cut taxes, you’re pretty likely to create a big budget hole. Unfortunately for them, they’re learning that there’s only so far you can go in crapping on the poor to close the hole.
Here’s the problem: Walker is running for president. Raising taxes and preserving his conservative bona fides are incompatible. The Republican legislature knows the role they played in Walker’s success. They are not running for president.
No surprise then they have different goals and incentives. Walker doesn’t care if he sticks it to Wisconsin or to the Republican legislature. He is in this for Scott Walker, not for anyone else. Even the Republicans in the legislature can see this.
He plans on living in a big white house in a little more than a year. The Republican legislators will be stuck here holding onto a big bag of bills and no money to pay them. They may not be thinking of right and wrong here, but they are definitely thinking about their jobs.