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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Blogcation Part Two

We came down the mountain for Pizza with friends and WiFi is available so we thought we'did update this blog.
We are camping with friends on the mountain top and playing in the river.
We have had  so much  fun the last few days we all decided to make a full week of it, so, we will be returning to our regular postings about Wednesday.
Be Happy and Have Fun.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Blogcation

We will be taking a 'Blogcation' for the next few days.
The need to rest and recharge has overtaken us and the wilds of the woods are calling us unto them.
Several days with the only thing churning is the white water in the river and not our stomachs from all the idiocy of the wing nuts is going to be wonderful.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Daily Drift

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Two people were in the news last week who represent the opposite extremes of public life in America

One is a profoundly decent man, deeply modest, humble and soft-spoken, who for years has worked quietly to improve human kind and achieve a more humane world, helping the poor, and shunning publicity. 
The other -- well, let's just say he doesn't share these same traits. 

You Called Me A ‘Liberal Prop’ 2 Years Ago – Let’s Review Your Shameful Failure To Lead Since Then

by Madison Kimrey
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Hello, Governor McCrory! It’s the two year anniversary of you calling me a liberal prop, so I thought I’d drop you a line. I’ve been really busy over the last two years. It’s amazing just how many citizens and leaders in our state and federal government don’t think my desire to talk about getting young people involved in the democratic process and preparing them to vote when they turn 18 is ridiculous.
While I’ve been talking to people all over the country about the importance of responsible citizenship and encouraging the involvement of next generation of leaders, you have done nothing to promote the core values of our democracy to the youth of our state, seek our input, or demonstrate that you are listening to our concerns.
I had the honor of attending the President’s remarks to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act earlier this month. Here are some parts of what the President said:
“There are all kinds of battles we have to fight.  But we miss the forest for the trees if we don’t also recognize that huge chunks of us, citizens, just give away our power.  We’d rather complain than do something about it.  We won’t vote, and then we’ll talk about the terrible political process that isn’t doing anything.”

“…how do we mobilize, how do we galvanize, how do we get people focused not only on laws but also on our habits — our habits of citizenship?  How do we instill in people a sense of why this is so critically important?”

“The bottom line is everybody here has a part to play.  Members of Congress need to do the right thing.  State legislators and governors, they need to do the right thing.  Businesses — make it easier for your employees to vote.  Do the right thing.  Universities, other civic institutions — help register people to vote; provide civic education.  Do the right thing.”
Governor McCrory, you have not done the right thing. Two years ago, when you called a then 12 year old girl’s request to meet with you ridiculous and called her a liberal prop, when you failed to even read the part of the bill that eliminated the pre-registration program that registered over 160,000 teenagers in our state along with the education programs that went along with it before you signed the bill, and when you later called opportunities for our students to be educated and prepared to vote a bureaucratic burden, you did not do the right thing. By your continued failure to put in place a reasonable alternative to the eliminated programs that have been proven to increase voter turnout among our young people, you have not done the right thing.
But it’s not too late. It is not too late to demonstrate the qualities of leadership our youth need to see modeled by the person occupying the highest office in our state. Last year, to commemorate our very special anniversary, I presented the idea of you making a video to be shown to high school students across the state to encourage them to become lifelong voters. President Obama recently honored one of our state’s citizens, Miss Rosanell Eaton, in a letter to the editor published in the NY Times. Miss Rosanell has been a personal inspiration to me. Every time I see her, she encourages me, and even though there is an 80 year age difference between us, we share a passionate desire to improve our state and our country and an affinity for awesome hats. What can you do to honor this great citizen of our state, Governor, and learn from her example? What can you do to bridge the gap between generations and show our young people they can join with people of all ages, races, backgrounds, beliefs, and political leanings to make our state great?
When I traveled to Washington State earlier this year to speak in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr, I said:
“In our steadfast and faithful watch over the American dream, we are each other’s keepers. And when we sense indifference in any of our fellow watchmen, it is our duty to shake them awake and remind them that what they guard is precious and has been granted only through the sacrifices made and the blood shed by those who came before them… The task before us is to engage our neighbors in democracy. And that doesn’t mean only those neighbors who we know are going to vote the same way we will. No, we must fight against the polarization and divisiveness of our current political landscape and reclaim OUR role as the government of the UNITED States of America. Because the short space across the aisle is not the Grand Canyon and when we focus less on commentary and more on the common good, we will find solutions to the problems we face and find that the path to progress and prosperity is not as treacherous as we once thought when we walk it together.”
Wake up, Governor McCrory. In the 2014 election, more than 75% of voters under 30 across the country and more than 80% of voters under 30 in our state failed to participate in the voting process.
In 2013, you said, “I had a 12 year old girl outside my gate at 10:30 at night, saying that she was hungry.” My response was that, “The young people of this state and this nation will stand at every gate and we will make our voices heard at every hour. Make no mistake what it is we are hungry for.” The young people of our state are still hungry for the kind of leadership we deserve, Governor.
My baking skills have improved a great deal over the last two years. My offer is still open if you’d like to sit down over a piece of cake and discuss how we can work together to educate and encourage the youth of North Carolina to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.
Forward Together,
Madison Kimrey

5 Examples Showing the Differences Between Liberals and Wingnuts on “Religious Freedom”

by Allen Clifton
I’ll give wingnuts this much – when they latch onto a piece of propaganda, they sure as heck dedicate themselves to it. For years they’ve been trying to violate our First Amendment by interjecting religion into our laws. And on some levels they’ve been successful. But generally they’ve been defeated because our First Amendment is pretty clear that laws cannot be based on religion.
Though the newest “trick” Republicans have tried to employ is the argument they call “religious freedom.” Essentially it’s their way to try to discriminate against people, or deny others their rights, based on the argument that not allowing them to discriminate against certain individuals based on their religious beliefs is somehow a violation of their “religious freedom.”
Though I find it amazing how these people have deluded themselves that attempting to restrict the freedoms of others is somehow “defending liberty and freedom.”
So I thought I’d give 5 examples showing the differences between how liberals and wingnuts view “religious freedom.”
1. Abortion
Liberals: Tend to support the right for a woman to decide for herself whether or not she will have an abortion. Even many christian liberals are pro-choice. Though I’ve rarely met anyone who’s “pro-abortion.” There’s a difference between supporting someone’s right to have control over their own body and liking the decision they make. I’m pro-choice yet anti-abortion. Being pro-choice means that every single American woman has the right to decide for herself what she should do with her own body. If you want to have an abortion, go for it. If you don’t, then you don’t have to. But the point is, liberals support the right for every woman to have the freedom to choose for themselves. If a woman objected to abortions based on her religion she wouldn’t have to have one. But that would be her choice, someone else wouldn’t be making that choice for her.
Wingnuts: Under their system of delusions, abortion would be completely banned. No woman would have the right to have control over her own body. The moment she became pregnant she would lose almost all control she has over what happens to her body over the following 9 months. Under their delusional system, every single American woman would be forced to adhere to the religious delusions of a certain percentage of the population whether they shared those views or not. A woman who didn’t believe in any kind of dog whatsoever would be forced to abide by laws restricting the control she has over her body based on a dog in which she didn’t believe. Where under the liberal pro-choice banner every woman has the right to choose for herself, if wingnuts had their way every woman in the United States would lose the freedom to choose for themselves.
2. Same-sex Marriage
Liberals: Most liberals support same-sex marriage. Under liberal beliefs every American (gay or straight) would have the freedom to marry whomever they love, as long as it was another consenting adult. Americans would have the freedom to choose for themselves who to marry. It’s pretty simple: If you don’t support gay marriage, that’s great, nobody is forcing you to marry someone of the same-sex. But at the end of the day, nobody’s right to marry another consenting adult is restricted – and no church’s right to perform those marriages is restricted either.
Wingnuts: Most wingnuts believe same-sex marriage is against what their false bible does not define marriage as. If wingnuts had their way, millions of gay Americans would lose their right to marry whomever they love based on the religious delusions of other people. Under this situation (as we still see in many states right now) rights of Americans are restricted based on the views of others. So even if a 'christian' cult wants to marry a gay couple, if the state still doesn’t allow gay marriage, that cult’s “religious freedom” is restricted because a few other cults don’t believe that they should have that right. Under wingnut delusions on marriage, millions of gay Americans would be denied their rights to marry the person they loved.
3. Birth Control
Liberals: This kind of ties in with the abortion issue. See, most liberals (as I said earlier) aren’t pro-abortion. And the best way to lower abortion rates is to increase the accessibility and availability of birth control. Even if some liberals might oppose some methods of birth control, they don’t mandate that other people must be restricted from using them. Again, liberals support the right for Americans to choose for themselves. And being that for many women birth control is an actual health issue, not just a way to help prevent unplanned pregnancies, it’s vital that health care plans offer access to these contraceptives. For liberals it’s about people having the choice to choose for themselves. If people want to use them, great, they have the freedom to do so. If some people object to contraceptives, that’s fine too, they don’t have to use them.
Wingnuts: Many wingnuts oppose birth control. They believe it’s against their delusion. If it were up to many of them they’d do as much as they could to limit and restrict access to all forms of contraceptives. Even in the Hobby Lobby case, one business owner argued that their business should have the right to deny thousands of women the choice of birth control methods based on their religious delusions. By winning that case, one person’s religious delusions are now being forced on thousands of women who might not share them.
4. Prayer in School
Liberals: This one is pretty simple – keep religion out of public school. If some students want to personally pray while they’re in class, they’re more than free to do so silently to themselves. I know I did. But guess what, nobody ever knew. Because I kept it to myself. Religion has no place in a place of public education. No one is saying people can’t pray to themselves in class, we’re just saying public schools shouldn’t promote or organize religious prayers or events. That way nobody is forced to observe the religious practices of religions in which they do not believe.
Wingnuts: Many wingnuts believe that public school should include religion. Heck, many believe that creationism should be taught alongside evolution. They also often support organized prayer in school ('christian' of course). If wingnuts had their way millions of American students in public school would be forced to observe religious rituals that they do not follow. The right to freedom from religion for those students (and parents) who don’t want themselves or their children subjected to delusions that they don’t follow or believe in would be violated.
5. Freedom of Religion in General
Liberals: For liberals, it’s pretty simple. If you want to believe in a particular religion, you’re free to do so – privately. People can go to church 7 days a week if they want to and read the Bible every single day. People can believe in whatever religion they want. If people chose to not believe in any kind of religion at all, that’s perfectly alright too. The issue is that every American is free to live their personal lives as religiously, or as detached from religion, as they want. If someone believes that all homosexuals are going against dog, that’s their right to personally feel that way. Just don’t try to tell others they have to share that particular view. In the liberal world, every American gets to choose for themselves. In the liberal world every single religion is viewed equally and not one single American would be forced to follow laws based on a religion in which they do not believe.
Wingnuts: Many believe that this country was founded, and should be based on, christianity. They want laws to be written from scripture. To them our First Amendment only applies to 'christian' Americans and not Americans who follow other religions or don’t follow any religion at all. Many wingnuts believe that denying them their right to impose their delusion on others violates their rights – yet they don’t seem to believe that others who don’t share their same deluded views should be given any kind of religious rights. Under their ideology, one religion would rule over 330 million people.
Notice the difference? When it comes to “religious freedoms” and wingnuts, it’s all about them forcing their views on others. When it comes to liberals, it’s all about keeping religion private and out of government so that not one single American is forced to adhere to laws based on a delusion they don’t follow.
So, while wingnuts go on and on about “religious freedom” what they really mean is their “right” to have one religion ruling over 330 million Americans. When it comes to liberals, it’s about actual freedom. It’s about letting every American decided for themselves what religion (if any) that they’ll follow.
Because true “religious freedom” is about letting every individual decide for themselves whether or not they’ll follow a particular religion. It’s not about telling millions of Americans that they must adhere to the rules set by a certain delusion whether they believe in it or not.

IRS Getting Pressured To Crack Down On Televangelists Following John Oliver’s Segment

The IRS is getting pressured to begin cracking down on televangelists following a John Oliver segment on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight.”
Oliver blasted televangelists this past Sunday for what he called “seed faith,” where they tell donors they will reap the rewards by giving money to them.
“They preach something called the prosperity gospel which argues that wealth is a sign of dog’s favor and donations will result in wealth coming back to you. That idea sometimes takes the form of seed faith – the notion that donations are seeds that you will one day get to harvest,” Oliver said in the segment.
He continued, “The argument is ‘sow your money into the ground, you will reap returns multiple times over,’ except as an investment you’d be better off burying your money in the actual ground because at least that way there’s a chance your dog may dig it up and give it back to you one day.”
People have donated millions to televangelists through the “prosperity gospel,” believing by giving money, dog will help them.
“They keep trying to send more money, more money, more money so they can get healed,” Trinity Foundation president Ole Anthony, whose group investigates religious fraud, told CBS News.
Anthony explained to CBS News that televangelists are able to receive millions because the IRS has turned a “blind eye” to their tax-exempt cults.
“A few years ago, the IRS named Scientology a cult. Since that happened, anybody can call themselves a cult,” Anthony said.
CBS News reports the IRS only conducted three cult audits from 2013 to 2014 after suspending them completely from 2009 to 2013.
“You are always going to find abuses and excesses in the non-profit community, and even in the church world,” Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Erik Stanley told CBS News.
He added, “There is no surer way to destroy that free exercise of religion than to begin to tax it.”
Oliver set up his own cult called “Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption” to prove his point.
“Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption will not be able to accept donations from Cult supporters from the states of Mississippi, Nevada, Pennsylvania, or South Carolina. We apologize for any inconvenience. Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption may choose to wind down and dissolve in the near future,” the website states. “Upon dissolution, any assets belonging to the Cult at that time will be distributed to Doctors Without Borders, a non-profit charitable organization that is tax-exempt under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN: 13-3433452) and which provides emergency medical  aid in places where it is needed most.”

Wingnut Website Owned By Republican Cabal Debate Sponsor Directs Threats Against Women, Minorities

Michelle Malkin, Twitchy Founder
Women, minorities singled out for abuse by this site.
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BLM Activist Accused Of ‘Being White’ Stands Up To His Critics

BLM Activist Accused Of ‘Being White’ Stands Up To His Critics–He’s No Rachel Dolezal Last Monday, Breitbart began a despicable campaign against a man who has proven himself a devoted activist and leader for the Black Lives Matter movement....

Scumbags Infamous For ‘Sting’ Operations Against Liberals Target Hillary, Get Exposed Immediately

Scumbags Infamous For ‘Sting’ Operations Against Liberals Target Hillary, Get Exposed Immediately Project Veritas, a collection of wingnut serial misinformers who target liberal groups as part of a broad scheme to influence elections and push wingnut delusions ...

Racists Flip Out Over Town’s Plan To Rename Road ‘President Barack Obama Highway’

Racists Flip Out Over Town’s Plan To Rename Road ‘President Barack Obama Highway’ (VIDEO)
A proposal to rename a section of highway in a Florida town after President Obama is not going over too well with some.

Congressman Enraged At Private Email Double Standards

Congressman Enraged At Private Email Double Standards — What About Iraq? (AUDIO) When it comes to investigating things, Republicans really couldn’t give a rat’s ass if they’re wasting time, or if they are actually...

Perkins Says President Obama Treats ISIL Better Than 'Christians'

Tony Perkins Says President Obama Treats ISIS Better Than Christians
The “christian persecution” lot are getting desperate to stay relevant.
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Santorum: Let’s Spend MORE Money Making MORE Immigrant Children Wards Of The State

Featured image by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rick_Santorum_CPAC_FL_2011.jpg#/media/File:Rick_Santorum_CPAC_FL_2011.jpgBecause we don’t already spend too much money on other things, to say nothing of what this says about Santorum’s so-called “family values.”

Kentucky Republican cabal votes to let Paul run for his Senate seat in 2016 in case that Pretender thing doesn’t work out

Republican cabal pretender candidate Paul on Saturday convinced Kentucky Republicans to allow him to run for reelection to his Senate seat while running for pretender, in case the latter doesn’t go his way.

Iowa Republican cabal chairwhimp: dog raised Cruz specifically to be our next pretender

Image: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX (Gage Skidmore, Flickr Creative Commons)Republican cabal pretender hopeful Cruz is the anointed one, according to Iowa state campaign chairwhimp Matt Schultz.

Walker: "Handful Of Reasonable, Moderate Followers Of Islam"

Walker: "Handful Of Reasonable, Moderate Followers Of Islam"

Trump Actually Kept A Book Of Adolf Hitler’s Speeches By His Bedside

Donald Trump Actually Kept A Book Of Adolf Hitler’s Speeches By His BedsideTrump has a white supremacy problem. No, it’s not his scores and scores of white supremacist followers. It’s not even the guy who screamed...

Trump Vows To ‘Assault’ The ‘War On Xmas’ And 'Christianity'

Donald Trump Vows To ‘Assault’ The ‘War On Christmas’ And Christianity (AUDIO)
Fox News just got its poster child.
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Carlson Calls ABC Reporter 'Sensitivity Enforcer' For Asking Trump About 'Anchor Babies'


Buchanan Defends Trump: 'Political Correctness Is Killing This Country'

Trump Declares War On Oreo Cookies: ‘I’ll Never Eat Them Again!’

Donald Trump Declares War On Oreo Cookies: ‘I’ll Never Eat Them Again!’ (VIDEO)
Perhaps Trump should be in a mental hospital rather than a pretender primary?
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Daily Drift

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In A Fiery Speech, Bernie Sanders Calls On Men To Join With Women To Fight For Equal Pay

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In the first stop of his campaign swing through South Carolina, Senator Bernie Sanders called out the disgrace of women earning less money than men, and called on men to join with women to fight for equal pay.
At a rally in Greenville, SC, Sanders said:
It is not a radical idea. It is an American idea that if somebody works 40 hours a week that person should not be living in poverty.
Brothers and sisters when we talk about fair wages, I hope every man in this room will stand with the women and fight for pay equity for women workers.
There is no rational economic reason why women should earn seventy-eight cents on the dollar compared to men, and that has got to change.
The senator from Vermont made an important point. President Obama has spent his entire presidency fighting for pay equity. Equal pay is not just a “women’s issue,” as wingnuts suggest.
Equal pay is a moral issue. There is no good reason why women are paid less than men. This sexist practice harms the US economy.
According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, closing the gender wage gap would grow the US economy by 3%-4%. For the sake of comparison, the stimulus package that President Obama signed in 2009 grew the economy by 1.5%. Eliminating the gender pay gap would produce a stimulus that would be at least twice as big as the one that President Obama signed into law.
President Obama has spent years discussing the issue of equal pay, and the call for action by Senator Bernie Sanders is a solid reminder that men can’t sit on their backsides and tune out the equal pay issue, because they think it is a “women’s issue.”
The gender gap is a disgraceful stain on America’s image that citizens of genders should unite together to fight.

Non Sequitur

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The Republican’s Favorite Socialist Program Lost $8.5 Trillion And Will Bankrupt America

It is a common Pentagon practice to "regularly cheat on its accounting books" by submitting a falsely balanced budget to the Treasury…
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For several years, if not decades, Republicans have, and still do, claim that any American who is not anti-government, anti-taxation, anti-women’s rights, anti-immigration, anti-theocracy, and anti-democracy is a raving socialist. Cruz accused Hillary Clinton of being a “wild-eyed socialist” who will do serious damage to America, and it is so typical for a Republican to use that term because they know most Americans are ignorant of what socialism entails. Socialism is simply “an economic and political system where all major industries are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual companies or people, or a societal system in which there is no private property.” Obviously, neither Hillary Clinton, nor any Democrat supports or advocates for socialism, including Senator Bernie Sanders who claims to be a democratic socialist. In fact, democratic socialism isa political ideology involving a combination of political democracy with government ownership and control of all major industries.” Bernie Sanders is not any kind of socialist; not even a democratic socialist.
What most Americans are woefully ignorant of is that there is a socialistic program that Republicans not only advocate for, they are never at a loss for investing more taxpayer dollars into it with no return except for a growing deficit; one that will eventually break America like the former Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War. To make matters that much worse, and it is that much worse, the Republican’s favorite socialist program has completely lost track of where $8.5 trillion in taxpayer and borrowed money because the Department of Defense has no accountability to the American people or apparently the government that owns and operates it. The worst part is that despite this country’s only wasteful, unaccountable, and out-of-control socialistic program, Republicans want to sink more of Americans’ tax dollars into the defense budget.
It was barely reported again last January that after Congress had just allotted well over half the entire annual federal budget for the military, that the Department of Defense could not account for over $8.5 trillion between 2000 and 2012. In 2005, for example, the Department of Defense had contracts worth a bit over $3 trillion with various businesses, but the United States Treasury Department could not find any record of how those trillions of dollars, both taxpayer money and trillions borrowed, was actually spent. Apparently, it is a common Pentagon practice to “regularly cheat on its accounting books” by submitting a falsely balanced budget to the Treasury; in 2012 the Pentagon falsely reported “$9.22 billion to reconcile its spending with its budget.” And Republicans want to give the Defense Department even more money than over half the nation’s spending.
It is not that the Defense Department (DoD) is not required to do a full accounting of where every single penny of borrowed and taxpayer money goes. In 1990, Congress passed a then-new federal law requiring all government agencies to be audited, but the Pentagon, the only American socialist entity, is the only government agency that has failed to comply with the law because it is the military, national defense, support the troops, patriotism and war on terror. In fact, for the very same reason the DoD is allowed to lose $8.5 trillion without a national outcry is why Republicans constantly demand more money for the military.
What should be astonishing is that despite “reckless accounting” and “consistently fraudulent reporting,” there has been no investigations into where trillions-of-dollars of both borrowed and taxpayer dollars have disappeared, or who is responsible for increasing the deficit. There was a pathetic attempt to curb the Defense Department’s waste and bring some transparency to the nation’s only socialist program by mandating a reduction in weapons programs if the DoD fails to meet its budget, but socialist or not it is the military and Republicans want more funding despite the waste and fraud. The Government Accountability Office as well as the Department of Defense’s own inspector general admit that the lack of accountability makes it incredibly easy to conceal “outright fraud and inappropriate purchases” that also “affects military personnel’s salaries.”
There has been an effort to revamp the Department of Defense’s accounting system within two years, by 2017, but because it is a government owned and operated socialist “industry” there are absolutely no legal consequences or mechanisms in place to hold anyone responsible. Some leading officials claim that the only way to force the Pentagon to “straighten out” and “be accountable” like every other agency is if there was a means to bring “outside pressure to bear” from Washington, but with Republicans in control of Congress and the nation’s purse-strings, and crusading to increase defense spending, that is never going to happen; their campaign donors in the oil industry and military industrial complex will not allow it.
Republicans demand accountability from every government agency to devise new and devious means to cut spending under the guise of deficit reduction. However, the one and only socialist entity in the nation is not only unaccountable to the people, including losing $8.5 trillion over ten years, it is piling on debt like there is no tomorrow. It is important to remember, that Bush-Republicans started two completely unnecessary wars of aggression against Muslims for regime change without regard for funding or the deficit.
It is an abomination that while Republicans refuse to spend one penny for infrastructure, domestic programs, education, or renewable energy due to “America being broke,” they easily hand over half of the nation’s spending to a socialist program without any accountability. And it is pathetic that there is no major media outcry that literally trillions of dollars have gone missing while the Defense Department refuses to say where that borrowed and taxpayer money went. Something that every American should consider is that the $8.5 trillion the Pentagon “lost” represents over a third of the entire national debt, but that is just the money they will not, or cannot, account for. Trillions more, like “known waste such as $1.5 trillion for the F35,” of the deficit has been reported accurately and went to Republican military industrial complex donors and the national deficit.
Over the next sixteen months of an already incredibly long presidential campaign, every Republican seeking the nomination and candidate for Congress will scream that defense spending is woefully inadequate and call for a monumental increase; all while decrying that Democrats are socialists and call for domestic spending cuts. Democrats, no matter the office they seek, have to start explaining to voters exactly what socialism means, and point out that the one and only program that Republicans want more borrowed and taxpayer money for is the socialist Department of Defense despite it cannot account for $8.5 trillion that is gone forever but still has to be repaid.

The Cabal Of White Identity Politics

Hasn't The Republican Cabal Been That For Years?
The Party Of White Identity Politics? Hasn't The GOP Been That For Years? Ben Domenech of the Federalist is worried that a surrender to Trumpism by the Republican cabal would be a surrender to the sort of identity politics common to many European far-right cabals.

O’Reilly Tells Cornel West: You And #BlackLivesMatter ‘Want To Take My Stuff And Give It To Other People!’

Bill O’Reilly Tells Cornel West: You And #BlackLivesMatter ‘Want To Take My Stuff And Give It To Other People!’

The Truth Be Told

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For Texans Perry and Cruz, Iowa polls are the end of the trail and Trump is to blame

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Texas Gov. Rick PerryThe unexpected appeal of billionaire developer Trump has thwarted the efforts of everyone in the 17-candidate Republican primary field — and Cruz in particular — to tap into the vein of voter anger with political business-as-usual and the desire for a fresh face that the Trump campaign has uncovered.

Trump won’t win the Republican cabal pretender nomination and here are the reasons why

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Gage Skidmore/ Flickr)
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Lunatic Gohmert: Trust Iran's Leaders Over US Officials, Who Are Inciting dog's Wrath


Lunatic Gohmert seized on a debunked report that alleged that Iranians will be allowed to inspect their own nuclear sites under the recent nuclear accord, telling anti-family research cabal pervert Tony Perkins on his hate speech radio spew that he’d “tend to believe the Iranian leaders... MORE

Tennessee Wingnut Wants Taco Bell Shut Down For ‘Being Too Mexican’

From the "Cuckoo's Nest called and said your suite is ready" Department:
Tennessee Republican Wants Taco Bell Shut Down For ‘Being Too Mexican’  
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And here we were under the impression that  actual Mexicans thought the offal offered by Taco bell was 'American' food (and bad tasting at that), when Taco Bell opened its first location in Old Mexico.
But, hey, what do they know, they're just Mexicans, so they don't know what 'real' Mexican foods is, anyway.

The Truth Hurts

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Federal appeals court upholds HHS’s Hobby Lobby workaround - Again

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Federal appeals court upholds HHS’s Hobby Lobby workaround - Again.
Once again, just because you won’t provide contraception doesn’t mean the government can’t.

Court Orders Home Care Workers To Get Minimum Wage Protections

Medical researchers increasingly fear domestic terrorism in Planned Parenthood attack

Fetal tissue research has been a staple of medical progress since the 1930s, including back in the 1950s in the development of the polio vaccine, as well as vaccines for diseases like chicken pox, rubella, and shingles. That's the part of the highly edited, deceptive "sting" videos attacking Planned Parenthood that's not getting a whole lot of media attention. But the backlash against the organization—with fetal tissue research at its center—has not gone unnoticed by the scientists. Having witnessed the reign of terror anti-abortion extremists have unleashed on the medical provider community, they're terrified they'll be the next targets.Over the past week, BuzzFeed News has written to more than 70 scientists who have received federal funding — ranging from around $50,000 to nearly $5 million — for research that involves human fetal tissue. They work on a diverse range of projects: understanding human blindness, developing vaccines, making better models of HIV, and creating therapies for liver failure, just to name a few. Most of these scientists have run their own labs for years, if not decades, and would normally be happy to talk to the press.
But just six agreed to talk about their use of fetal cells, and only under the condition of anonymity.
“What a chilling effect, you know?” one stem cell biologist working at a large public university told BuzzFeed News.
She requested to be anonymous for two reasons. “There’s crazy people out there and I have young children,” she said, adding that, so far, she has not received any specific threats. […]
Another scientist agreed to be on the record, then changed his mind two hours later, after talking to someone from his institution’s communications office.
Yet another researcher panicked because he didn’t get an email confirmation that BuzzFeed News wouldn’t use his name. Given the “toxic environment” to abortion in the U.S., he explained in a follow-up message, “[W]e scientists fantasize various kinds of horrible worst-case scenarios that could derail our research and family life.”
There's very good reason, apart from the murder of abortion doctors. Research clinics, too, have been the targets of bomb threats. The companies working with researchers to get the tissue aren't immune from threat, either. StemExpress, one of the companies targeted in the videos is losing contracts and one of its leader's home address was posted online, along with a message that she "should be strangled with a piano wire."
That's what terrorism does. That's what every elected Republican and every Republican candidate to be elected is bolstering: an environment of terror. That's institutional fear that they will become the target of either political or physical attacks and very real fear on the part of individual researchers for their safety. Because they are conducting perfectly legal and very important medical research that could save even more lives.

Josh Duggar posts apology for infidelity ...

Josh Duggar, screenshot via YouTube... then edits it to remove references to porn and molestation
After blaming his infidelity on the corrosive, addictive power of porn, Duggar changed (and shortened) his story.

The Puritanical Glee Over the Ashley Madison Hack

We love to think of ourselves as so progressive and advanced, yet so often leap at the opportunity to intervene and wallow in, and pass judgment on, the private sexual choices of other adults.

Monday, August 24, 2015

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New Hillary Ad Focuses on Reshuffling the Deck for the Middle Class

Clinton wants to reshuffle the deck for the middle class while the Republican cabal, led by Trump, just want to destroy them and then blame the Mexicans…
Hillary-ad (1) In her latest TV ad, a 30-Second spot which enters rotation in New Hampshire and Iowa this week, Hillary Clinton promises to ‘reshuffle the deck’ in favor of hard-working Americans. You can contrast this with the Donald Trump approach of first destroying the middle class and then blaming it on the Mexicans.
In the ad, Hillary speaks directly to the camera, “interspersed with archival photos of Clinton’s family and footage of her interacting with workers at their jobsites.”
When you see that you’ve got CEOs making 300 times what the average worker’s making you know the deck is stacked in favor of those at the top.
I want it to be back where it was when I came of age. Where my mom who never got to go to college could see her daughter go to law school.
We need to have people believing that their work will be rewarded. So I’m going to be doing everything I can to try to get that deck reshuffled so being middle class means something again.
The ad begins running this week in New Hampshire and Iowa and will run for five weeks. As of Wednesday, when the ad was posted to her YouTube channel, a CNN/ORC poll showed that Hillary’s lead over Bernie Sanders continues to diminish.
Clinton is an American success story, who herself comes out of the Middle Class. She remembers a time many of us remember, when Middle Class Americans had a reasonable shot at the American dream.
This is a theme Bernie Sanders is also hitting hard, with his oft-heard “collapse of the American middle class.” In fact, that’s all Sanders says he wants to talk about, not Hillary Clinton, which is all the media wants to talk about.
What Jason Horowitz wrote in The New York Times yesterday to describe the different approaches of Clinton and Sanders, is that “If Mrs. Clinton’s pitch to voters is that she can make the system more effective, Mr. Sanders is arguing that Mr. Obama was naive to even bother with a system that needs to be fundamentally changed.”
They each have different challenges as well. Obama being a black man in the White House when black men who are assertive are seen as “angry black men,” and Hillary as a woman in the White House when assertive women are seen as “bitches,” and Sanders finding support to make those fundamental systems in an entrenched system.
Republicans also hearken back to the 50s, but as a time when white 'christians' had unique access to America. When they look back, they don’t see economic hardship; they contrast that America with the imagined persecution of today’s white 'christians' now finding themselves on equal footing with people at whom they could once look down their noses.
If you wanted an honest campaign video from the Republican cabal, rather than the images used by Hillary, you would see KKK in hoods, crosses burning, people being bludgeoned in the street, and masses of Confederate flags on parade through black neighborhoods. You would see a mighty wall stretching across the Mexican border from sea to shining sea, and drones swooping in low for the kill, leaving human wreckage in their wake.
By comparison, Trump’s only mention of the middle class comes with his claim that immigrants are destroying the middle class. Not rich tycoons like him who send our jobs to Mexico and China, but immigrants who are coming here to find a better life.
And Trump doesn’t want to help the middle class. In fact, his recent proposal for saving the American auto-industry got him branded by the UAW president as “an enemy of the middle class.”
Trump just wants to hurt immigrants by blaming what people like him have done to the middle class on immigrants, and then hurt immigrants some more just because he can.
Those are the differences between Democrats and Republicans this campaign season. There is nothing in the Republican message for the American middle class but further loss of opportunity, nothing for the poor but continued poverty, and only fear and violence for immigrants.

Don’t Focus On Trump – He Is A Distraction From Seriously Dangerous Republicans

The vile remarks Trump made about Mexican immigrants during his campaign kickoff speech were staples of Republican cabal candidates going back to 2010
Donald Trump
In literature, and the theater arts, a primary component of any captivating story is having a villain-antagonist as a counter to the hero or main character; there just always has to be a bad guy to oppose or there is really no story. In politics, and governance, each side of the political spectrum chooses a representative ‘bad-guy” as a central character to rally against, something Republicans have been particularly effective at. Past ‘bad characters’ Republicans used to great effect to advance their agendas include Osama bin Laden to represent all terrorists and war, Saddam Hussein to represent a nuclear threat to America and more war, and over the past six years it has been President Barack Obama representing socialism as a threat to democracy; likely due to his race and political party. Even though Republicans know full well that Barack Obama is at best a Centrist Democrat, Republicans have branded him a Muslim, un-American, a socialist, a tax and spend liberal, and a warrior against 'christianity'. Of course none of the accusations are remotely true, but Republicans stole control of Congress and a majority of state governorships by being anti-Obama; something their base considers pro-America.
Democrats, liberals and progressives (there is a difference), have recently found their villain in reality television star Trump and the attention they are heaping on Trump, although possibly warranted, is misplaced. Make no mistake, Trump is worthy of the villain role he is being given by the left, but he is simply playing a part written specifically by teabagger Republicans and championed by establishment Republicans. Trump is an opportunist, a nasty opportunist, but he is an opportunist all the same. In fact, nothing in Trump’s campaign rhetoric is novel; he has simply distilled the last six years’ worth of Republican propaganda into an agenda that a well-conditioned base believes is the only solution to “take their country back.” That base, the one scientists and several studies filled with empirical data prove is inherently ignorant, innately cruel, and fundamentally racist, love Trump more than the other Republican candidates for pretender because he is the only one saying first and loudly what all Republicans believe. It is time for the left, all of the left, to start lumping the wingnut delusion, in its entirety, into a cabal representing the worst of humanity their supporters firmly believe is what makes American exceptional and stop focusing solely on Trump.
It was interesting to learn that Trump is getting pushback, as well as significant credit, from the left over the vicious beating of a homeless man in Boston by two thugs because they thought he was illegally in America. They are reported saying that “Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported,” so naturally Trump gets brunt of criticism when he is just parroting a shrieking point Republicans have campaigned on since 2010. It is true that Trump said that “Mexican immigrants are criminals, they are bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists” during his campaign kickoff speech, but those statements have been repeated ad nauseum by all manner of Republicans, and wingnut shrieking heads, for the last fifteen years.
Now, when Trump heard about the Boston attack, he said “I will say that people who are following me love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.” It is part of his “we gotta’ take this country back” spiel that he ripped off from teabaggers panting to return to 1860 America. It is the same slogan Republicans have used for the past six years to attack women’s rights, voting rights, public education, the federal government, regulations, and gays, and it really should surprise no-one that brash loudmouth Trump is benefiting from a purely Republican agenda. What is surprising is that the left has made Trump the object of their undivided attention when they should be assailing, with extreme prejudice, the entire Republican delusion because all the credit and criticism for inciting hatred belongs to the Republican cabal; it has been part and parcel of the Republican cabal’s agenda for the past six years and not only during election season.
It is unclear if the left understands that, just because Trump is out saying what the base wants to hear and what the Republican cabal represents as one of two major political parties, the rest of the Republican cabal field is equally hateful and every bit as dangerous as Trump; they are just attempting to appear moderate. Every one of the Republican candidates are anti-government, anti-women’s rights, anti-taxes, anti-immigrant, anti-democracy and anti-science; they are also all, save Trump, fierce advocates for imposing fundamentalist 'christianity' on the nation. However, make no mistake that when Trump realizes he may be alienating the evangelical religio-wingnut voting bloc, he will be the loudest advocate for the bible as law of the land.
Right now Trump is making inroads to the wingnut base with his blatant anti-immigrant rhetoric, even though three years ago he claimed Romney was “crazy and mean-spirited” for proposing self-deportation as a viable immigration reform policy. But the vile remarks he made about Mexican immigrants during his campaign kickoff speech were staples of Republican candidates and sitting congressmen and governors going back at least to 2010.
Everyone needs a villain to hate and rage against and Trump certainly fills that role very nicely; he is a very easy Republican to despise. However, he is just playing a role written by and for seriously nasty wingnuts who want to be enraged against their own set of villains whether they are gays, immigrants, women, non-christians, the government or the poor. It is what they have come to believe is necessary to “take their country back” to pre-Civil War days and why all Republicans, not just Trump, need to feel the rage of the left. Establishment Republicans, and their funding machine the Koch brothers, are never going to allow Trump to be the Republican nominee, but they will continue allowing him to incite the base and take the heat from the left while their equally vile candidate(s) appear moderate. The left has to stop focusing on a reality television hack just because he is the only one saying what all Republicans, including the seriously dangerous ones, advocate.

Women Roar With A Silent Protest Against Cruz At Iowa State Fair

ted cruz sign iowaAs Cruz vowed to investigate and prosecute Planned Parenthood while speaking at the Iowa State Fair, a silent protest that was visible throughout Cruz’s speech reminded Republicans that payback is coming on Election Day 2016.
A sign was visible over Cruz’s shoulder during his entire speech that said, “1950 called. They want their workplace policies back.”
Cruz joked that Hillary Clinton was a “wild-eyed socialist who has policies that are dangerous for America and the world.” The woman that visible holding up the sign that protested Republican positions that reinforce gender inequality in the workplace, along with millions of other men and women would strongly disagree.
Progress in catching up with what much of the rest of the world is already doing is not socialism. Hillary Clinton is not an extremist liberal. In fact, the debate among some Democrats is centered around whether Hillary Clinton is liberal enough.
Cruz threw the word liberty around a lot during his speech, but it is clear that when he speaks about liberty he doesn’t mean freedom for all. Cruz like the rest of his Republican colleagues is most concerned about liberty for millionaires and corporations.
The Republican definition of liberty remains straight out of the show Mad Men. Rich white males have all the liberty, and the rest of the country is a blind spot to be ignored.
One woman who was holding one sign sent a powerful message. Women who believe in gender equality are always there. They are watching, and on November 8, 2016, those women and men who are fighting for progress will be voting.