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Monday, May 25, 2015

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Once a Dirty Word, “Liberal” is Making a Comeback

“Liberal” is often considered such a bad word that even liberals won’t use it. Not to frame public policy, not even in reference to themselves. Unlike conservatives, who embrace their own ideological label as tightly as the last piece of pound cake, left-wingers have eschewed the term for decades.
While that trend may have been rooted in the Carter years, when Americans elected a bible-toting former Naval officer from South Georgia, it took hold during the Clinton administration. For the Democratic Leadership Council, who called themselves “new Democrats” and hailed a “Third Way,” liberal was an ugly word that lost elections. In the intervening years, words like “progressive” became en vogue.
Today, despite the disparaging context sometimes deployed by wingnuts, it appears “liberal” is making a bit of a comeback.
The percentage of self-described “liberals” is now equal to those who call themselves “conservative” on social issues. The Gallup poll also notes that percentage-wise, social wingnuttery has fallen dramatically.
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“Thirty-one percent said they were socially liberal — and 31 percent said they were socially wingnut,” according to POLITICO.
The current findings “mark the lowest percentage of self-identified social wingnuts and the highest percentage of self-identified social liberals” in the 15 years since Gallup began measuring ideological perspectives in the U.S.
Americans are still more likely to say they are conservative on economic issues, but who would tell anyone that they like being taxed and spending money?
In terms of what is driving the uptick, in all likelihood, the culprit is our increasing ideological divide. Americans are exceeding polarized politically, the evidence of which is on display in every presidential election. The fact is there are few “independents” left in U.S. politics and those that claim to be are almost assuredly telling a tall tale.
I wonder what polling results will look like when liberals stop hiding under independent labels.

Six Years In And Obama Is Getting More Popular

Poll: Six Years In And Obama Is Getting More Popular
And Congress is getting less popular.
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Forged Drug Lab Results Could Lead To Release Of Thousands Inmates

NSA Surveillance Bill, Patriot Act Extension Blocked By Senate

NSA Surveillance Bill, Patriot Act Extension Blocked By SenateIn a rare 1:00 a.m. vote, both the proposed Patriot Act's short-term extension and the USA Freedom Act failed to get the necessary number of votes.

$1 Million For Strippers And Gambling Was Charged On DOD Credit Cards In Spite Of Republican ‘Reforms’

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A report by the DOD is taking a slap at abuses by employees, but that’s just a distraction from the real story.

Bullshit Stripper

Republican Pretender Hopefuls Hamstrung By Budget Crises Of Own Making

* You say that like it's a bad thing ...

Jeb Bush Whines That Science Is ‘Arrogant,’ World Laughs In Disgust

by Allen Clifton 
The “debate” over climate change is one of the most absurd topics I write about. Here we have the overwhelming majority of the world’s scientists agreeing that humans are the leading driver of climate change, yet because many of our politicians have been bought and paid for by big oil, we’re forced to waste time dealing with complete idiots trying to perpetuate the idea that human-made climate change is just all one big liberal hoax.
But perhaps the most well-known line by many of our politicians who don’t want to seem quite like they’re denying climate change (but they sure as hell don’t want to say it’s real either), is, “Well, I’m not a scientist.” When I hear one of these politicians say that, all they’re doing is proudly showing off their stupidity.
Just ponder that for a few seconds. When presented with scientific facts that have been determined by scientists, their response is, “Well, I’m not a scientist.” Well, guess who is a scientist? The person who provided the scientific information you just dismissed.
It’s all just absolutely absurd.
Well, Jeb Bush decided to take this anti-climate change rhetoric a step further by calling scientists who overwhelmingly believe humans are driving climate change “arrogant.”
“For the people to say the science is decided on this is really arrogant, to be honest with you,” Bush said. “It’s this intellectual arrogance that now you can’t have a conversation about it, even. The climate is changing. We need to adapt to that reality.”
He also went on to say that he doesn’t view climate change as our biggest threat. I guess in his mind terrorism is a much bigger threat than not having a planet capable of sustaining human life. Then again, I guess that is the ultimate way to rid the world of terror, right? No human beings?
Though there’s a huge amount of irony in Bush’s statement. Here we have someone who’s not at all qualified to determine anything about climate change on his own, arrogantly telling those who’ve devoted countless hours and much of their lives to science that they are the arrogant ones for using science to come to the conclusion that humans are causing climate change.
I think Bill Nye says it best when he talks about people who deny science often using scientific uncertainty to create irrational doubt. Just because scientists can’t exactly predict how the climate will change, what timeline we’re looking at or what precisely is going to happen doesn’t mean that their determination that humans are causing climate change isn’t accurate.
Then again, none of this is really about the science behind climate change, but rather the money flowing into these politicians from big oil companies. Because it’s not a coincidence that practically every policy that Republicans support as it relates to energy, climate, the environment, drilling or regulations in general almost always favors big oil.

John Boehner Pathetically Tries to Exploit Death of Navy Seal to Blame Obama for Bush’s Mistakes

by Allen Clifton
When it comes to Republicans, they’re nothing if not predictable. Since the days of Ronald Reagan their polices from top to bottom have essentially remained the same – though socially they’ve definitely shifted to the far right. They’re essentially a broken record of propaganda and nonsense.
And over the last six years, when it comes to President Obama, they’ve essentially had two strategies:
Oppose everything he supports. Blame him for anything negative.
Hell, they’re even trying to blame the chaos in Iraq on him – even though it was George W. Bush who signed the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the Iraqi government requiring all U.S. troops had to be out of Iraq by 2009.
Well, John Boehner took it to a whole other disgusting level yesterday on Twitter when he essentially said that a woman’s son died for nothing since Ramadi has now fallen into the hands of ISIS:
Speaker John Boehner @SpeakerBoehner
It was a mistake for Pres Obama to abandon gains in #Iraq. He must not make the same mistake in #Afghanistan. #ISIL 
The story he linked is about a mother who wrote a very angry letter to General Martin Dempsey after he said that losing the Iraqi city wouldn’t be a huge setback in the fight against ISIS. The reason why his comments were so upsetting is because her son, Navy Seal Marc Alan Lee, died in Ramadi fighting in the Iraq War. She took these remarks as General Dempsey basically saying people like her son died for nothing.
I understand her grief and anger, but I feel that in this case it’s misguided. She’s upset that Ramadi felt into ISiS’s hands, but what’s her solution? To send more sons, daughters, mothers and fathers there to possibly die as well? Instead of being upset at those who are handling the ISIS uprising now, her anger should really be directed at those who sent her son (along with over 4,400 other Americans) to die in Iraq in a war based on lies.
But I felt Boehner’s tweet was completely inappropriate and flat-out deplorable. He’s using this woman’s tragic loss as a way to take a cheap shot at the president, insinuating that it’s his fault that her son died in a city now controlled by Islamic radicals. The truth is, it was Bush’s agreement with the Iraqi government - and Iraq’s desire to rid themselves of the American military – which is what ultimately led to the Middle Eastern nation spiraling into the chaos that we’re currently witnessing.
So, I guess Boehner feels more Americans need to die to avenge the death of her son? Apparently he feels that other mothers, fathers, sons and daughters should experience what it’s like to write similar letters in the future as they grieve the loss of a loved one? Is that the House Speaker’s “solution” to this?
That’s what it seems like to me.
But what this ultimately shows is that there really aren’t any depths to which Republicans will not stoop to levy some kind of petty partisan attack on President Obama – even if that means exploiting the tragic death of someone’s son.

Ted Cruz Brags About Beating A Homeless Man In Court

Watch Ted Cruz Brag About Beating A Homeless Man In Court (VIDEO)
To be fair, it doesn’t take lot to impress a room full of christian fascists.

Non Sequitur

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Crazy Alabama Supreme Court Justice Says dog’s Law Is Enshrined In ‘Pursuit Of Happiness’

Image via screen capture The Declaration of Independence contains these words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed...

Wingnuts Love This Video Of Ted Cruz Trashing A Reporter Who Asked Him About Gay Rights

Conservatives Love This Video Of Ted Cruz Trashing A Reporter Who Asked Him About Gay Rights (VIDEO) Well it had to happen sometime; Ted Cruz has gone completely insane. Cruz talked to reporters at a hotel in Beaumont, Texas. A reporter with KMBT, asked...

Religio-Wingnuts Keep Peddling Insanity, Saying Social Issues Here Are Causing Worldwide Chaos

Image by Rika Christensen/Liberalistics
The religio-wingnuts will apparently stop at nothing to convince us that Obama’s push for LGBT equality is going to destroy the whole world.

Wingnuts Falling All Over Themselves To Defend Child Molester Josh Duggar Because He’s Better Than LIBERALS, Dammit

Conservatives Falling All Over Themselves To Defend Kid-Toucher Josh Duggar Because He’s Better Than LIBERALS, D*mmit (SCREENSHOTS)Wingnuts are falling all over themselves to excuse Josh Duggar for abusing his sisters and other children — because at least he’s not a LIBERAL!

Hypocrite Mike Huckabee Criticized Obama’s Parenting But Supports Child Molester Josh Duggar

Hypocrite Mike Huckabee criticized President and First Lady Obama’s parenting because they allow their daughters to listen to Beyonce, but he is supporting Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the parents who covered up their son’s acts of sexual abuse.
In an interview with People, Huckabee criticized President and First Lady Obama’s parenting because they allow their daughters to listen to Beyonce. Huckabee said, “That’s the whole point. I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything – how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school and making sure they’re kind of sheltered and shielded from so many things – and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of BeyoncĂ©, who has sort of a regular key to the door” of the White House.”
In Huckabee’s view, the Obamas are bad parents because they let their daughters listen to Beyonce, but apparently Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar cover up of their son’s molestation of female family members is more in line with his kind of parenting.
While defending Josh Duggar, Huckabee wrote, “Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar family. Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable.’ He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities. No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story. Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things. The reason that the law protects disclosure of many actions on the part of a minor is that the society has traditionally understood something that today’s blood-thirsty media does not understand—that being a minor means that one’s judgement is not mature. No one needs to defend Josh’s actions as a teenager, but the fact that he confessed his sins to those he harmed, sought help, and has gone forward to live a responsible and circumspect life as an adult is testament to his family’s authenticity and humility. Those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins in order to discredit the Duggar family have actually revealed their own insensitive bloodthirst, for there was no consideration of the fact that the victims wanted this to be left in the past and ultimately a judge had the information on file destroyed—not to protect Josh, but the innocent victims. Janet and I love Jim Bob and Michelle and their entire family. They are no more perfect a family than any family, but their Christian witness is not marred in our eyes because following Christ is not a declaration of our perfection, but of HIS perfection. It is precisely because we are all sinners that we need His grace and His forgiveness. We have been blessed to receive God’s love and we would do no less than to extend our love and support for our friends. In fact, it is such times as this, when real friends show up and stand up. Today, Janet and I want to show up and stand up for our friends. Let others run from them. We will run to them with our support.”
In Huckabee world, the Obamas deserve criticism for raising good kids that are never in trouble while the Duggars deserve support for covering up and hiding their son’s acts of sexual abuse.
Mike Huckabee’s hypocrisy deserves to be called out. Many conservatives held up the Duggars as their vision of the ideal family while spewing hatred towards the Obamas. The Duggars covered up sexual abuse. What they did wasn’t just bad parenting, it was criminal.
Mike Huckabee owes President Obama an apology.

The Duggars’ Homeschool Curriculum Calls Sexual Abuse A Gift

Unbelievable – The Duggars’ Alleged Homeschool Curriculum Calls Sexual Abuse A Gift (IMAGE) The Duggars and their 19 kids have always seemed more like a cult than a family. They are hyper-religious. They are anti-gay, obviously anti-birth control...

Mega-Dump

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Monsanto paid internet trolls to attack activists
the military under-reports sexual assaults
Indiana cult plans pot smoking service to test religious freedom
Lindsey Graham: "i blame Obama for Iraq, not Bush"
Cheney thought al Qaeda was bluffing
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capitalism could not exist without slavery in the developing world
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how for-profit prisons became the biggest lobby nobody talks about
why birds don't crash
Canadians are using the prime minister's name as a swear word
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bat-winged dinosaur fossil found in china
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Mike Huckabee vs. the modern world
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help Baltimore by restoring voting rights to ex-felons
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the lost chapter from a wrinkle in time
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dispatch from Baltimore
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