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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: 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.
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?
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 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.

Corrupt Scott Walker Gave $124 Million Of Taxpayer Money to His Corporate Donors

One of Scott Walker's creations shortly after being sworn in as Wisconsin's moron released a report that exposed yet another Walker junta scandal involving taxpayer money …
It is getting to the point that learning a Republican moron is embroiled in some kind of corruption scandal is so normal that it is easy to regard it as little more than business as usual in Republican state politics. It is unclear which Republican moron is more inclined toward corruption involving campaign money for favors, but it is safe to say that two of the leaders are New Jersey's Chris Christie and Wisconsin's Scott Walker. Walker is particularly suspicious due to being owned by the Koch brothers who have anointed him as their choice to occupy the White House and hand them control of the government in return for buying him the presidency. It is no surprise, then, that late last week one of Scott Walker’s creations shortly after being sworn in as Wisconsin’s moron released a report that exposed yet another Walker junta scandal involving taxpayer money going directly to Walker’s campaign donors.
When Walker took office, one of his first self-appointed tasks was creating the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) that he touted as a “private-public hybrid” to allow “greater flexibility” in offering free taxpayer money to Walker-friendly corporations that promised to expand in Wisconsin and foster a job-creation bonanza the like the nation has never before seen. As Walker’s self-professed “signature initiative,” the WEDC would be chaired, controlled, administered by none other than moron Scott Walker. He was, after all, the creator of the WEDC and no-one in Wisconsin was better suited to hand out free taxpayer money to corporations in return for campaign donations than a noted Koch acolyte and corrupt Republican like Scott Walker.
In an article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, revelations exposed how Walker’s junta found what it labeled “creative ways” to give free WEDC money to corporations and ignore legitimate concerns about the abilities of corporations to deliver on promises they had no intention of fulfilling; something Scott Walker was well aware of when he created the WEDC and appointed himself its chairman. Now, some of the dirty details have been revealed with hardly any mention or attention from conservative main stream media. Even corporate media knows not to cross a Koch surrogate like Walker no matter how corrupt he is or how much taxpayer money he steals from Wisconsin residents to give his corporate donors and friends.
In a WEDC report curiously released late Friday, Walker’s corporate welfare project revealed the scandalous $500,000 WEDC loan to Building Committee Inc. (BCI). BCI is a corporation owned by someone who gave moron Scott Walker’s campaign the maximum donation allowed by law; the scandal is that Wisconsin taxpayers saw their $500,000 loan to Walker’s corporate donor never get repaid by design of Walker’s pet project. Before any American, or Wisconsin taxpayer, gets exercised over Walker’s half-a-million dollar corporate welfare gift to a campaign donor, they should know that the WEDC also revealed all of its other records regarding “loans and grants” to corporations without any oversight, review, or accountability except by the WEDC’s chairman and man-in-charge, moron Scott Walker.
The WEDC provided the results of a review of the awards that It made from July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2013, and revealed that 26 separate awards were made without any formal Staff Review; a “Staff Review” is the alleged WEDC accountability mechanism that is supposed to be responsible for underwriting the so-called “job-creating awards.” All the awards took place within the first 15 months of Walker creating the WEDC under the guise of a public-private hybrid to create jobs and foster outrageous economic growth for Wisconsin taxpayers; something that has not occurred. One cannot fathom any state’s agency handing out  26 taxpayer-funded “awards” without some kind of formal review or oversight mechanism in place to protect taxpayer’s investment, but when one realizes it is Scott Walker handing out a whopping $124 million of Wisconsin taxpayer’s money to his corporate donors, corruption and cronyism makes perfect sense. Remember, the Koch brothers believe if government has to exist at all, it is only to take taxpayer dollars and transfer them directly into corporate coffers and in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin, taxpayer money is transferred without review or oversight.
Some of the notable “awards” under Walker’s “guidance” besides the half-a-million to a campaign donor without remuneration were to major Wisconsin corporation as ‘incentives’ to expand operations and create an overabundance of jobs. Corporations such as Spectrum Brands, Kestrel Aircraft Company, Plexus Corporation, and Kohl’s department store that Walker regularly touts as the best “business approach and economic model” to govern the United States. Of the 27 awards without any WEDC oversight except Governor Scott Walker’s, the largest was worth $62.5 million of Wisconsin taxpayer money to Kohl’s Department store. The second largest ‘gift’ went to Kestrel Aircraft to the tune of $18 million and to no-one’s surprise Kestrel has not built one airplane in the 3 ½ years since it got free taxpayer money. Third highest, and likely most offensive to Wisconsin taxpayers, was a $15 million taxpayer gift to the Plexus Corporation that promptly sent 116 Wisconsin residents’ jobs to foreign countries instead of creating them. Walker promised that investing taxpayer dollars in already-profitable corporations would ‘encourage them to expand’ when he announced his signature public-private hybrid initiative to create jobs for Wisconsin residents.
In yet another WEDC scam, Walker attempted to hand out an additional $55 million to corporations and sought to exempt the payouts from open records requirements. Whether it is due to the state’s budget woes or just fear of being ensnared in Walker’s corruption, the state legislature’s Joint Finance Committee put a screeching halt to the “secret” gifts. After the release of the WEDC report last week, it is glaringly obvious why Walker was so anxious to conceal the proposed $55 million gifts from taxpayers to corporations friendly to Scott Walker.
Walker cannot possibly slough off revelations of his blatant corruption and cronyism as a plot by school teachers, public-sector employees, Democrats, or unions to undermine his White House ambitions. WEDC and its unaccountable corporate welfare is Walker’s creation and signature ‘job creation’ initiative, and he was the chairman of the board while $124 million in taxpayer dollars were handed out as gifts to corporations without oversight, accountability, or in Wisconsin parlance “staff reviews.” Walker being in complete control of the WEDC informs why the corporations that received free taxpayer dollars have not even attempted to create jobs or expand operations in Wisconsin and why should they?
Scott Walker’s name is as synonymous with corruption and cronyism as it is with the Koch brothers, and it is beyond comprehension why Wisconsin voters tolerate his criminality or why the Koch puppet is not preparing to spend a decade or two in a federal penitentiary for campaign finance violations. However, this is America and campaign finance laws are so regularly violated by Republicans that it appears even the Federal Elections Commission regards it as business as usual. It is either that, or the FEC has had its budget slashed so viciously by the Koch Congress that it is ill-equipped to pursue someone as well-connected to the Kochs as Scott Walker. What is beyond reason is why Wisconsin residents continue tolerating a corrupt Republican like Scott Walker and it leads one to marvel at the idiocy of Wisconsin voters who obviously love the idea of their Koch surrogate giving away $124 million of their hard-earned tax dollars to his corporate friends and campaign donors.

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Bill O’Reilly Declares War On ‘Anti-Fox Defamers’ ...

... Or as normal sane people call it ... Telling the truth.

House Votes To Weaken And Delay The EPA’s Climate Rule

The bill would allow governors to refuse to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan.

Study Shows What We Already Knew

Wingnut White People Are The Greatest Terror Threat To America 
Study Shows What We Already Knew: Conservative White People Are The Greatest Terror Threat To America (IMAGES)
Who saw this coming?
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SCOTUS Upholds ACA Subsidies, 6-3

This great event happened a few of days ago but anytime is the correct time to enjoy the wingnuts' humiliation 
SCOTUS Upholds ACA Subsidies, 6-3

Republicans vow to continue battle against Obamacare despite Supreme Court ruling

And the idiots continue to devolve ...
Republicans vow to continue battle against Obamacare despite Supreme Court ruling

Why It's A Big Deal That The Supreme Court Recognized The Continued Importance Of 'Unconscious' Discrimination

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The Free Market Is Closing Gay Hating Restaurant And Ted Cruz Is Blaming Liberal Fascism

The Free Market Is Closing Gay Hating Restaurant And Ted Cruz Is Blaming Liberal FascismThe free market is great until wingnuts don’t like the outcome.
Oh and FYI there is no thing such as "Liberal Fascism" both terms meanings and ideologies are polar opposites - they cannot be strung together ... except by morons (case in point above).

Judge Nixes 'Kill The Gays' Ballot Initiative

Judge Nixes 'Kill The Gays' Ballot Initiative

If You’re Anti-Gay, You’re Anti-Science

New Study Confirms Kids Of Same-Sex Couples Are Just Fine
If You’re Anti-Gay, You’re Anti-Science: New Study Confirms Kids Of Same-Sex Couples Are Just FinePeople who oppose same-sex parents aren’t just morally repugnant, they’re flat-out anti-science.