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Thursday, July 2, 2015

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Editor's Note: We would like to express our apologies for some of the recent days posting being a bit dated. The shear volume of bullshit, lunacy, utter stupidity and complete insanity coming from the wingnuts in the past week or so has been a bit much (it's as if they think that spewing so much filth they can cover up the fact they are morally and ethically bankrupt), it has made it somewhat difficult to keep up with them in our current format here at The Truth Be Told.
That coupled with all the wonderful news from SCOTUS there has been more than enough to post. We are trying to not be too far out on the timeliness so we have not posted about all of the idiotic things the wingnuts have done or said - if we ever did we'd never be able to post anything there's just so much ...
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Harry Reid tells BLM's Burning Man squad to suck it up

The senator from Nevada scoffed at the Bureau of Land Management's demand that Burning Man build it a $1m VIP compound with showers and flush toilets, saying that the festival's ethic of radical self-reliance should extend to its Fed minders.
“While I agree that the BLM should take its permitting duties seriously and work with Burning Man to both guarantee the safety of its participants and the protection of the environment, providing outlandishly unnecessary facilities for the BLM and its guests should be beyond the scope of the permitting requirements. Part of Burning Man’s philosophy is self-reliance and living with the elements is part of the experience. Flush toilets and laundry facilities can be found about ten miles away in Gerlach, Nevada, if BLM’s employees need such amenities,” Reid wrote, noting that he was an author of the legislation that designated the area a federally protected space.
According to the Reno paper, the request by the BLM is “unprecedented” in Burning Man’s more-than-two decade history, and would increase its 2015 permit fees to around $5 million. Burning Man organizers have refused so far to comply with the BLM’s request for the so-called Blue Pit compound.

Bernie Sanders Predicts He Will Win The Democratic Nomination And Be The Next President

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders predicted on ABC’s This Week that he will win Iowa, New Hampshire, the Democratic nomination, and be the next president of the United States.
sanders-predictions-this-weekDuring an interview on ABC’s This Week, Senator Sanders (I-VT) made series of bold predictions:
We are going to win New Hampshire. We are going to win Iowa, and I think we are going to win the Democratic nomination, and I think we’re going to win the presidency.
And I’ll tell you why, George, the American people are sick and tired of seeing the disappearance of the great middle class of this country. They’re sick and tired of working longer hour for lower wages while at the same time 99 percent of all new income generated is going to the top 1 percent and the top one-tenth of 1 percent now owns almost as much as wealth as the bottom 90 percent.
George, we have seen in the last 30 years a massive shift in wealth and income from ordinary Americans to the richest people in this country and the American people are saying, ‘Enough is enough.’ We need to create an economy that works for all of us and not just a handful of billionaires.
No political candidate is going to say that he/she has no chance of winning, but the confident attitude of Senator Sanders is increasing justified by the size of the crowds coming out to support him, the millions of dollars he is raising from small donors, and the gains that he is making in the polls.
The reason Sanders has seen such a surge is that he is the only candidate in either party who is addressing the anger and angst of non-wealthy Americans. Hillary Clinton is talking about programs to rebuild the middle-class. Republicans are dropping the words middle and class into all of their speeches as if they are the secret passwords needed to gain entry into the White House, but only Bernie Sanders is expressing the emotions and feelings of those who have been battered by the Great Recession.
People are hurting, and they are angry at an unfair system that is blocking economic advancement for most for the benefit of the few at the top.
Bernie Sanders is speaking to and for those people, and this is why a small Senate very liberal senator has become a serious threat to business as usual in Washington.

Democratic Policies Make Minnesota America’s Top State For Business

Minnesota is a shining example of how Democratic policies can help everyone prosper.…
(Image source: mprnews.org) An annual CNBC scorecard that rates each state on 60 measures of competitiveness finds that Democratic run Minnesota is the best state in the country for business in 2015. The same study found that while Republican-controlled states like Kansas and Arizona experienced sharp declines in their business competitiveness, Minnesota Democratic Governor Mark Dayton’s economic miracle has turned his state into the nation’s best state for businesses.
When Mark Dayton took office in 2011 he inherited a 6.2 billion dollar deficit from his Republican predecessor, Tim Pawlenty. Four years later, after passing a huge tax increase on wealthy Minnesotans, the state now has over a 2 billion dollar surplus, and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. Dayton’s Minnesota is the antithesis of Sam Brownback’s failed supply-side experiment in Kansas and Scott Walker’s union busting disaster in Wisconsin.
While the CNBC study acknowledged that Minnesota’s business tax rates were relatively high, they found that other factors like a strong education system and a good quality of life, offset high taxes in making the state more business-friendly than many other states with lower corporate tax rates.
In discussing the scorecard, CNBC’s analysts credited Mark Dayton for Minnesota’s success even though they acknowledged that his approach was not what economists or corporate leaders usually label “business-friendly” policies. The article reads in part:
But Minnesota doesn’t just stumble into the top spot by accident. The state’s path to the top is marked by a carefully crafted and still controversial strategy by Gov. Mark Dayton, the first Democrat to hold the office in two decades. The hallmark of his plan is something most governors seeking to win the hearts of business would never dream of: a big tax increase.
The tax increase on the wealthy worked. By increasing the state’s revenue and putting more money in the pockets of ordinary Minnesotans, Dayton’s economic plan spurred economic growth and reduced unemployment. The healthy economy that came about in the wake of those tax increases not only benefited workers, it also in turn proved good for business.
At some point supply-side loyalists will have to stop ignoring Minnesota’s economic success, and come to terms with the fact that the best place to do business in America isn’t where the taxes on the rich have been cut , but rather where they have been raised.
Minnesota is a shining example of how Democratic policies can help everyone prosper. Now if only the rest of America would start paying attention, instead of continuing to be hoodwinked by the empty promises of the Republican cabal’s trickle down fantasies bring about economic failure in practice.

Fact Checkers Deal A Blow To Republican Cabal By Finding Hillary Clinton Speaks The Truth On Voting Rights

Shot through the heart, and you’re to blame, fact-checkers.
In yet another blow to Republicans, their furious scrambling from 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and Secretary Hillary Clinton’s assault on their efforts to disenfranchise American citizens has been called out. They are wrong; Hillary Clinton was right. Ugh, reality, so mean.
Speaking at Texas Southern University on June 4th, 2015, Hillary Clinton charged that you can vote in Texas with a concealed-weapon permit, but not a student ID. Clinton said, “If you want to vote in this state, you can use a concealed-weapon permit as a valid form of identification, but a valid student ID isn’t good enough.”
PolitiFact Texas ruled her statement to be “true” because they found the following work for ID in Texas:
• A Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
• Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS.
• Texas personal identification card issued by DPS.
• Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS.
• U.S. military identification card containing the person’s photograph.
• U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph.
• U.S. passport.
So, yes to voting in Texas with a concealed handgun license but no-go for someone presenting a student ID.
PolitiFact’s “true” rating is defined as “The statement is accurate and there’s nothing significant missing.”
This was part of her larger call for something that terrifies Republicans – automatic voter registration. Republicans freaked out about her speech.
Naturally, there was outrage and denial at having their actual laws called out.
The wingnut National Review was outraged, declaring “Hillary Clinton made so many false assertions about voting in the speech she gave at Texas Southern University that it’s hard to know where to start. Contrary to her contention, no “barriers” are being imposed on eligible Americans.”
Much moving of the goal posts followed in order to end on high ground.
Americablog detailed a long list of Republicans outraged by Hillary Clinton calling out their efforts to disenfranchise large segments of the population who tend to vote for the opposition. Republicans pretended that they are making it easier for people to vote, sometimes clinging to the life raft of a law put into place that they opposed, pretending to own it, just to deflect and diffuse the harsh glare of reality steaming at them from Hillary Clinton’s warning shots.
PolitiFact’s Texas office stepped in to address the residual denials after the main PolitiFact found “mostly true” Clinton’s charge that a federal court pointed out that the purpose of these voter ID laws is to discriminate against minorities.
They say “mostly” because the judge did say this, but the ruling is under appeal. This is actually not “mostly true”, it is historically all the way true and it remains true today and there is data to back it up. There is no other reason for a party that can’t win if minorities vote to spend so much money misleadingly selling laws meant to make it harder for minorities to vote. Voter fraud is so rare that it is less likely than being hit by lightening. But whatever.
Now, what kind of patriot would argue against every eligible citizen being not just allowed to vote, but encouraged to vote by a process that was not such a hardship? The same kind of “patriot” who only wants those who agree with them to vote, which is to say, not a patriot at all.
Hillary Clinton scares Republicans. This is not the last time you will see them freak and scatter in reaction to her. This isn’t her first rodeo, Republicans better hang on.

Donald Trump Lies And Claims That He Is Drawing Big Crowds Like Bernie Sanders

donald trump cnn state of the union
During an interview on CNN’s State Of The Union, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump lied and claimed that he is drawing big crowds just like Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.
Transcript via CNN’s State Of The Union:
TAPPER: You think Bernie Sanders can beat her?

TRUMP: Well, he’s making a lot of progress. You know, you would have said, and I’ve watched him. I’ve seen his crowds. I get crowds that are fantastic too. He’s got that. He’s got a lot of people going to see him. Do I think so? No, I don’t think so. But you know stranger – hey, you been in this world a long time. Stranger things have happened.

TAPPER: Some people look at you running for president and say, this is just about ego, getting his brand out there. What’s your message to those people?

TRUMP: My message is that they’re wrong. It’s something that I’ve looked at over the years. I looked at it very seriously as you know, four years ago. I’ve been thinking about it very seriously over the last period of time and I’ve decided I’m going to do it.
Bernie Sanders is drawing thousands upon thousands of people to his events while Donald Trump paid actors to dress up like supporters and cheer for him at his campaign launch.
The media has already been trying to create a false equivalency between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. The reality is that Sanders is a dedicated public servant who has held office for decades while Trump is a reality television star who has never done anything in the public service realm.
Sanders and Trump have nothing in common. Donald Trump is an example of the kind of entitled billionaire that Bernie Sanders is leading a revolution against. Donald Trump is a professional carnival barker and self-promoter who will do and say anything for media attention.
Bernie Sanders is leading a true grassroots movement that Donald Trump is trying to latch his bogus presidential campaign on to. Donald Trump is hiring actors to pretend to support him. There is no comparison between Trump and Sanders, and those in the media who are enabling Trump’s lies deserve the public’s scorn.

CNN In Epic Burn To Trump: ‘What’s Traditional About Being Married Three Times?’

CNN In Epic Burn To Trump: ‘What’s Traditional About Being Married Three Times?’ (VIDEO)
This. Was. Amazing.
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Donald Trump Piñatas Now Available For Mexicans Fed Up With Racist Badmouthing

Donald Trump Piñatas Now Available For Mexicans Fed Up With Racist Badmouthing (IMAGES/VIDEO)
This is pretty impressive…
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Last Week In Republican Stupidity

This Week In Republican Stupidity: The 5 Worst Right-Wing Quotes
The 5 Worst Wingnut Quotes
Get your brain bleach ready!

Inside the Republican war on vegetables

Republicans oppose new dietary guidelines.
Will the idiocy ever cease?
(Yeah, we know that is a rhetorical question.)

White supremacist who inspired Dylann Roof calls Charleston ‘a preview of coming attractions’

The wingnut sci-fi hack distances himself from the shooting, but his followers speculate if his work influenced Roof’s actions.
And why is this ass not behind bars?

‘Are we living in Nazi Germany?’:

‘Are we living in Nazi Germany?’: wingnuts freak out about imaginary ban on ‘Gone With the Wind’
Isn't it interesting that the Nazis are always yelling about others being the Nazis and not them - transference people ... look it up.

Wingnut Tells Fox News Americans Were ‘Just Fine’ Before Obamacare

Wingnut Congressman Tells Fox News Americans Were ‘Just Fine’ Before Obamacare (VIDEO) Out of all of the crazies and fanatics that make up the current Republican cabal, there are few, if any, who are crazier than Iowa's Steve King. King...

Serves them right ...


Utah Republicans Draft Bill To Get Rid Of All Marriages To Prevent Gay Marriage

Utah Republicans Draft Bill To Get Rid Of All Marriages To Prevent Gay Marriage How important is making sure same-sex couples don’t get married in Utah? Republicans are willing to burn the entire marriage business to the ground...

CNN thinks comedy dildo flag at London Gay Pride is "ISIL FLAG"

Dumb as planks.
Alright then, someone is trying to hide the fact they are oh so stupid - the accompanying video has been deleted and the account holder who posted it had their account terminated.
But any sane person seeing this flag would be able to tell if the images on it were Arabic script even if they were unable to read the script or not.
However the reporter who 'broke' this story obviously could not tell what Arabic script looked like or recognize silhouettes of various sex toys.
If they had reported the flag as containing 'alien' or 'extraterrestrial' script on it it would be more believable.

Diaper-fetishizing Republican David Vitter probably regrets sarcastic tweet against same-sex marriage

Twitter does not forget. That’s what David Vitter (R-Louisiana) learned the hard way when he lashed out at the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling Friday.

Santorum To Obama: Fight Gay Marriage Instead Of Global Warming 'For The Survival Of Our Country'

As if we needed further proof what an insane ass he is ...

Pastor Chickens Out

Pastor Chickens Out: I Didn’t Actually SAY I Would Self-Immolate Over Gay MarriageApparently, Pastor Rick “The Human Torch” Scarborough‘s convictions mean nothing to him. Just before the landmark Supreme Court ruling...
So that video with perfect audio of you saying exactly that was faked by you and your people, then?

Bad Cops

Cop Violently Assaults Man Holding Infant For Not Paying Transit Fare 
Cop Violently Assaults Man Holding Infant For Not Paying Transit Fare (VIDEO)
Even infants are not exempt from police brutality.
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