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How The President’s Arctic Visit Could Shape His Climate Change Legacy

The president’s Arctic sojourn, and his policies that affect the region, are destined to shape his climate change legacy.

White House Releases Official Video Exposing Dick Cheney’s Lies

White House Releases Official Video Exposing Dick Cheney’s Lies (VIDEO)
The White House just released an official video exposing Dick Cheney’s lies.
This is unprecedented.

Bernie Sanders Declares War On America’s Corrupt For Profit Prison System With New Bill

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Bernie Sanders is striking back at corporate America’s prison industrial complex with a new bill that abolishes for profit prisons.
In a statement, Sanders discussed his new legislation:
It is clear to most Americans that we need major reforms in our broken criminal justice system. We need to end the tragic reality that the United States has more people in jail than any other country on earth, and that the people being incarcerated are disproportionately black and Hispanic. We need to take a hard look at why the rate of recidivism in this country is so high and why we are not developing successful paths back to civil society for those who serve prison time. Further we need to end, once and for all, the disgraceful practice of corporations profiting from the incarceration of Americans.

As a nation, our goal must be to do everything we can to create the conditions that prevent mass incarceration. At a time when we are spending $50 billion a year on our correctional system, it makes a lot more sense to me to be investing in jobs and education for our young people than in more and more jails. Not only can we prevent thousands of lives from being destroyed, we can save billions of taxpayer dollars. Locking people up is a lot more expensive than schools.

Overall, we need bold change in our criminal justice system. A good first step forward is to start treating prisoners as human beings, not profiting from their incarceration. Our emphasis must be on rehabilitation, not incarceration and longer prison sentences. The basic decisions regarding criminal justice and public safety are, without a doubt, the responsibility of the citizens of our country and not the investors in private corporations.
My legislation will eliminate federal, state and local contracts for privately run prisons within 2 years. It will reinstate the federal parole system. It will increase oversight and eliminate the overcharging of prisoners by private companies for banking and other services. It will end the mandatory quota of immigrants detained. It will require ICE to improve the monitoring of detention facilities and eliminate private detention centers within 2 years.
The private prison industry makes money by keeping individuals incarcerated. The motivation in a for-profit prison system has nothing to do with the common good or the benefit of society. Private prisons make money for their corporate owners by keeping as many people locked up as cheaply as possible.
A study from the University of Wisconsin found that private prisons keep inmates locked up longer to boost profits. The extra time that inmates are locked up costs taxpayers an average of $3,000 more per prisoner.
The for-profit prison industry is one of the main reasons why the nation’s criminal justice system is in desperate need of reform. Senator Sanders is correct. Republicans have been lining corporate pockets for decades by privatizing prisons, but it needs to stop now.
The nation needs real criminal justice reform, and the first step in fixing the broken system is abolishing private prisons.

Hillary Clinton Has A New Plan To Combat Big Money In Politics

Critics say the plan could go further, and point to Clinton's own use of the super PACs and mega-donors the plan would crack down on.

How Sexism Underpins The Media Criticism Of Hillary Clinton

How Sexism Underpins The Media Criticism Of Hillary ClintonThe media is reporting on the least important aspect of Hillary Clinton's campaign for president, while ignoring what really matters to the lives of Americans.

Wingnut voter anger finally directed at the real menace—the Republican Cabal

by Kerry Eleveld
Donald Trump giving the peace sign.
Why is the wingnut base backing Trump—the anti-establisment Republican candidate? Because they're fightin' mad and Trump's a slap in the face to wingnut orthodoxy. Establishment Republicans have spent several election cycles riling up their base over promises they couldn't keep—like repealing Obamacare—and the base is just starting to catch on, reports Mark Z. Barabak.
The Republican cabal stole control of the House in 2010 and four years later stole the Senate. Yet even with those majorities, Republican lawmakers have failed to achieve such wingnut priorities as rolling back Obamacare, their derisive name for the national healthcare law, or cracking down harder on illegal immigration. The controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline is no closer to being built – indeed, it may soon be dead – tough antiabortion legislation has languished in the Senate, and a fiercely disputed nuclear deal with Iran seems virtually certain to take effect, despite near-unanimous opposition from Republicans in Congress.
In short, as many see it, the promise of the 2010 teabagger lunacyt and its 2014 pale echo have been dashed on the marble steps of the Capitol.
This is why 90 percent of Iowa Republican voters said in a Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll that they're unsatisfied or "mad as hell" at the federal government (two chambers of which are owned by the Republican cabal) and 91 percent of Iowa wingnut voters said they were unsatisfied or "mad as hell" at politicians in general (not just Democrats). The Republican cabal establishment has been riding a wave of anger at a bogeyman they couldn't slay, and the cabal's voters are finally figuring out that they've been duped. They don't seem to know why or how, but they know they've been had. They're mad as hell and the Republican cabal establishment built that.

Why Trump Will Not Be Pretender

by John DeProspo
melania-trump-wallpaper-631426173For all those worriers who are beginning to believe a Trump junta may be possible; to all those delusional supporters who believe the man has more than a snowball’s chance in hell of becoming our nation’s 45th president, I have only one thing to say: Melania Knauss-Trump.
The news media has been so consumed with covering the improbable rise of Trump that very little time has been devoted to Melania, Trump’s third wife. Since the Republican cabal’s mouthpiece, Fox News, has not covered the potential First Lady, wingnuts don’t have a clue what they’re dealing with.
Safe to say no First Lady has ever posed nude for a magazine spread, as did Mrs. Trump. Nor has any other First Lady talked about her incredible sex life (with Trump) on the Howard Stern show. If the puritanical, family-values religio-wingnut base were to see what many others around the world saw in a 2000 issue of British GQ, their knickers would be in a bunch!
Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against the current Mrs. Trump. In fact, I would be more than pleased to call Melania my First Lady. She is not an airhead. Many have likened the former Slovenian model to Jackie Kennedy, in her style and grace. But as hypocritical as christian wingnuts may be, they could never abide a nude model in the White House. We, as a nation, are just not as hip as the French or Italians.
If true craziness were to take over a majority of the electorate, voting Trump in as our next Commander in Chief, I can just hear Pat Robertson now … “We have revisited Sodom and Gomorrah. Another clear sign that the End Times are nigh!”
Hillary, for her part, has dispatched a cadre of staff members to dig up dirt on Melania, just in case. “I’ve learned the hard way that it ain’t over until the fat lady sings. I’m taking nothing for granted.”

Trump says going to military school gave him 'more training' than actual service members

Trump says going to military school gave him 'more training' than actual service members

Gohmert Vows To Quit Congress And Await 'Nuclear Holocaust' If Iran Deal Passes


Camerawoman fired after attacking Syrian refugees works for 'wingnut' 'news' network

Petra Laszlo is seen kicking refugees trying to escape from a camp near the Serbian border. [AJ+]
The N1TV network’s website contains stories with headlines including, “migrants have swarmed all over the shops,” and suggesting that Hungary was about to become Guantanamo Bay.

A Mexican Man Hilariously Trolls A Teabagger Anti-Immigration Rally By Smiling & Dancing

A Mexican Man Hilariously Trolls A Teabagger Anti-Immigration Rally By Smiling & Dancing (VIDEO)
The teabaggers don’t seem to like him very much. 
He doesn’t seem to care. 
This is pure awesomeness.

More Proof That Immigrants Aren't All Criminals

The statistic seems to go against the Department of Homeland Security's announcement that its immigration agency would go after individuals who pose a "demonstrable risk to national security."

Republicans Worry Trump Gives Cabal Racist Image

Republicans Worry Trump Gives Party Racist ImageRepublicans are concerned that Trump is branding the cabal as racist. Nothing like being a day late and a dollar short.

Trump’s Dad Was Arrested In 1927 Ku Klux Klan Brawl With Police

Republicans Busted In New Report For Unsubstantiated, Coordinated Attacks on Planned Parenthood

A new House report busted Congressional Republicans for conspiring with the Center for Medical Progress and others on a coordinated campaign to discredit Planned Parenthood …
The videos Republicans are using to try to defund Planned Parenthood don’t show what they claim the show. We have all known this since they came out. There is nothing illegal in them, and they were edited misleadingly. But Democrats felt compelled to investigate anyway, with bipartisan briefings no less.
The Energy and Commerce Committee has an on-going investigation into the matter and today Committee Democratic staff released an in-depth memo which “clearly discredits” the Republican claims that Planned Parenthood allegedly sold fetal tissue for profit. There is no evidence of this at all.
From the memo (my emphasis):
This memorandum serves as an update on the Committee’s ongoing investigation into claims regarding the alleged sale of fetal tissue by affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) to tissue procurement organizations (TPOs). The review has included bipartisan briefings by Planned Parenthood officials as well as representatives from StemExpress, Novogenix Laboratories, and Advanced Bioscience Resources – three TPOs that partner with Planned Parenthood affiliates and other healthcare providers to collect specimens to supply to researchers working with fetal tissue.
In addition to these briefings, the Committee has received documents and written responses to a series of questions it posed in writing to PPFA regarding its “practices relating to fetal tissue collection and sale or donation.” To date, the Committee has received no evidence to substantiate the allegations that Planned Parenthood has engaged in the sale of fetal tissue for profit. Furthermore, the Committee has received no evidence to support the allegations that fetal tissue was procured without consent, that Planned Parenthood physicians altered the timing, method, or procedure of an abortion solely for the purposes of obtaining fetal tissue, or that Planned Parenthood physicians performed intact dilation and evacuation in order to preserve fetal tissue for research. Thus far, the investigation has revealed that PPFA requires all affiliates to ensure compliance with all state and federal laws and that specific PPFA guidance requires affiliates to ensure that reimbursement for fetal tissue is limited to actual costs.
And they found nothing. There is zero evidence that any laws were broken. Zilch.
“Over the last month, we have carefully reviewed the facts at hand and the materials provided to us as a result of the majority’s inquiry,” said full Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO). “Despite the incendiary rhetoric, we have looked strictly at the facts. We are continuing to do our due diligence, but we have found these claims to be unsubstantiated. Instead, these attacks appear to be part of a coordinated campaign on the part of the Center for Medical Progress and others, to simply discredit Planned Parenthood and undermine a woman’s legal right to safe reproductive health care.”
Yes, this is a Democratic Committee, but Democrats are usually the first to turn on their own, so that’s not a solid argument against the findings. What is a solid argument is that this entire thing has been done the wrong way. We shouldn’t be wasting millions of taxpayer dollars and facing yet another Republican shutdown showdown over a made up, fictional, non-existent issue.
We shouldn’t have to investigate unsubstantiated claims to prove they are not true. This is, quite simply, ridiculous.
This is the old “When did you stop beating your wife” set up. It’s supposed to work the other way around. Accusations and investigations should be based on some evidence that something is amiss.
Meanwhile, the Guttmacher Institute destroyed the Republican argument that after they defund Planned Parenthood, the sole safety-net provider of contraceptive care in some areas and also the provider of cancer screening and other important health care, other providers would fill the hole. In fact, they say, “credible evidence suggests this is unlikely.”
So what you have here is Republicans investigating the agency that is doing the most of any agency or organization to actually reduce abortions by offering birth control to women. They are doing this over a claim that was never substantiated by the videos their activist arm released. Even after the videos were discredited, Republicans began “investigating” Planned Parenthood with an eye to defund them completely.
ForAmerica, a conservative group whose head endorsed Cruz — the guy set to pull yet another shutdown self-aggrandizement stunt, is calling on Republican 2016 candidates to have the DOJ investigate Planned Parenthood, and vow to defund them.
All of this is over an issue that is not happening, and if done will result in MORE abortions. Republicans are banking on the gut reaction people will have to the term “fetal tissue”, but they ignore that fetal tissue is a critical tool for biomedical research. The report cites the Department of Health and Human Services on this issue, “fetal tissue continues to be a critical resource for important efforts such as research on degenerative eye disease, human development disorders such as Down syndrome, and infectious diseases, among a host of other diseases.”
Perhaps Republicans should tell voters exactly what research they want to cancel.
It’s another Republican O’keefe style hack hit job meant to make headlines on Fox News and incite conservatives. It has done these things, but the claims are also completely unsubstantiated, which is awkward when a party is threatening to shut down the government over them.
Republicans clearly can’t handle doing actual work, they are more comfortable with manufactured investigations and trying to control women than they are with the real work of Congress. Someone should be investigating the alleged coordination behind these videos and when Republicans knew about them and why they waited to release them, but that won’t happen because Republicans would never investigate themselves. They leave things like self-negating integrity to the Democrats.

28 Republican Men Threaten To Shut Down The Government Unless Planned Parenthood Is Defunded

Twenty-eight Republican men are threatening to shut down the government unless women are denied critical health care services through the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
In a letter being circulated by Heritage Action, the 28 House Republicans said:
It is with great urgency that we write concerning Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

We are deeply disturbed at recent reports that Planned Parenthood has been selling the tissue of unborn babies for profit. As firm believers in the sanctity of life, beginning at conception, we are horrified at these reports. It is imperative that Congress do everything within its power to investigate these reports and take immediate action to stop them.

In the meantime, we must act to fully defund Planned Parenthood. Please know that we cannot and will not support any funding resolution – an appropriations bill, an omnibus package, a continuing resolution, or otherwise – that contains any funding for Planned Parenthood, including mandatory funding streams.
In addition, we think that it would be helpful to all House Republicans to have a special conference at the earliest possible date to discuss how best to address these atrocities.

These activities by Planned Parenthood cannot go unanswered by Congress. We look forward to your response and prompt attention in this matter.
Planned Parenthood isn’t selling fetal tissue for profit. They are donating the tissue, with the consent of their patients, for scientific research. The videos that the 28 Republicans are referring to have been debunked as edited fakes, but as President Obama said on Labor Day, Republicans never let facts and evidence get in their way.
Dozens of House Republican men are willing to shut down the government to take health care away from women. Twenty-eight men are willing to damage the United States economy unless women are stripped of vital healthcare resources.
It boggles the mind that Republicans are blind to how bad this looks. It is almost as if they are telling the majority of women in this country not to vote for them.
House Republicans are digging their own political graves. Planned Parenthood will not be defunded, and if the government shuts down, House Republicans will be blamed.
The government may shut down, but Planned Parenthood will continue to be funded as Republicans will lose again.

Jindal Blames Planned Parenthood For His State's Abysmal Poverty, STD & Teen Pregnancy Rates

Louisiana's idiot Jindal blamed his state’s high teen pregnancy rate, its third-in-the-nation poverty rate and its sexually transmitted infection crisis on Planned Parenthood, claiming that the women’s health provider, which operates two clinics in the state, had fail... MORE

Hate Monger Tony Perkins Introduces New Generation Of Persecuted 'Christians'

Tony Perkins Introduces New Generation Of Persecuted Christians
The hateful leader of the Family Research Council boasts of his meeting with Kim Davis and claims a 'christian' singer is persecuted for her delusion.

Ellen DeGeneres Calls Out Caitlyn Jenner’s Hypocrisy For Being Republican

Ellen DeGeneres Calls Out Caitlyn Jenner’s Hypocrisy For Being Republican (VIDEO)About time! Jenner also claims she’s a “traditionalist” and is still not quite on board with marriage equality…

Arkansas voters approve LGBT protections — which Duggars fought in jaw-dropping display of hypocrisy

Voters in Fayetteville, Arkansas voted on Tuesday to pass a civil rights ordinance the Duggars had campaigned against. The ordinance protects LGBT people from discrimination.

Huckabee Refuses To Support Muslim Flight Attendant's Religious Freedom

The hypocrisy is so thick you couldn't cut it with a chainsaw!
Mike Huckabee Refuses To Support  Muslim Flight Attendant's Religious FreedomHuckabee weaseled his way out of supporting Muslim flight attendant, who was suspended for following her religious convictions
Not supporting this woman and 'supporting' the Kentucky 'christian' bigot is par for the course to these religio-wingnut type troglodytes.
Neither woman should be 'supported' because they are using their religious bigotry to impose their religious bigotry (no, it is not 'freedom' it is bigotry), on others by refusing to fulfill the specified duties of their respective jobs.
Both should be terminated from their current employ and seek employment where their religious bigotry is a requirement of said employment.

Deputy clerk vows to defy Kim Davis and continue issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

Kim Davis' attorney said the Kentucky clerk would not return to work Wednesday, and it’s not clear whether Davis will abide by a federal judge’s orders on her conditional release.

Survivor Frontman FURIOUS Kim Davis Walked Out To ‘Eye Of The Tiger’

Survivor Frontman FURIOUS Kim Davis Walked Out To ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ (VIDEO/IMAGE)
Looks like more legal trouble for Kim Davis …
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... a 1.2 million dollar lawsuit more legal trouble filed by the band to be exact, if memory serves.

George Takei gives amazing civics lesson to pro-Davis trolls: ‘I know the First Amendment. Do you?’

Following Kim Davis’ release from a Kentucky jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Takei wrote that the spectacle had become a “circus.”

No Matter How Much 'Christian' Zealots Love Kim Davis, American Voters Despise Her

Poll: No Matter How Much Christian Zealots Love Kim Davis, American Voters Despise Her
With all of the media coverage and inspirational music you’d think she was more popular.
She’s not.

Watch what happens when a Fox guest tells a black man that Kim Davis is like Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bill Donohue and Eric Guster debate on Fox News (screen grab) Watch what happens when a Fox guest tells a black man that Kim Davis is like Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Republican cabal Establishment Apparently Doesn't Want A Second Front Of Craziness Opened

An effort is being made to end the martyrdom of Kim Davis. Someone forgot to tell Huckabee and Cruz.

Ten Horrific Things Kim Davis' Attorney Has Said About Gay People

Anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis was released from jail and almost immediately took the stage at a campaign rally for Huckabee, arm-in-arm with the Republican cabal pretender candidate and with her attorney, Mat Staver, the head of Liberty Counsel. This is the moment that Staver has been wait... MORE

'Old Testament’ Judge Refuses To Marry Couples Who Have Eaten Pork, Shellfish

'Old Testament’ Judge Refuses To Marry Couples Who Have Eaten Pork, Shellfish
A judge takes action on what she calls an egregious abuse of the Freedom of Religion.
Yeah, we know it gets tiresome, but we have to  anyway - For those of limited cognitive ability (read: wingnuts) it must be pointed out that this post is SATIRE .