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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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Wall Street will pay taxes for speculation, ‘whether they like it or not’

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) appears on 'All In' on Sept. 10, 2015. [MSNBC]

Bernie Sanders Says Campaign Will Expand Beyond Early States

Bernie Sanders Says Campaign Will Expand Beyond Early States
Bernie Sanders says his campaign will look beyond the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire and place resources in states that will vote on Super Tuesday.

Bernie Sanders Explain How Trump Is Using Racism To Get The Republican Cabal Votes

Sanders on CNN“I am sad to say that in the year 2015, people like Trump are using racism as a way to attract votes.”

One Statistic Reveals Why The Rest Of Us Think Republicans Are Crazy

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A new CNN/ORC poll summed up why many non-Republicans think that the Republican cabal has gone insane. Close to half of all Republicans, and 54% percent of Trump supporters still believe that President Obama is a muslim.
Among all adults, 39% say they believe Obama is a protestant or other christian, 4% think he’s catholic, 2% mormon, 1% jewish and 1% something else. Another 11% say he’s not religious, and 14% that they just don’t know. There’s a wide education gap here, with most college grads believing Obama is a protestant (63%) compared with just 28% of those who do not have college degrees.

The partisan divide is nearly as large, with 61% of Democrats saying Obama is a protestant, vs. 32% of independents and 28% of Republicans. But the 43% of Republicans and 54% of Trump supporters who say they believe Obama is a muslim is a smaller share than in other recent polling which asked only whether Obama is a christian or a muslim.
When the argument from the pollster is, “Republicans aren’t quite as crazy as we first thought,” things are bad.
It has been seven years, and almost half of the Republican cabal still refuses to believe that President Obama is a christian. The Republican answer to this question is why most Americans who aren’t Republicans think the Republican cabal is insane. The rest of the country gets that Obama is a christian, but many Republicans refuse to embrace reality and join the rest of us.
It is also not a coincidence that the majority of the residents of Republican crazy town support Trump. The mainstream media talking point to describe the rise Trump and Carson is that Republicans don’t want experienced politicians as candidates.
No. A sizable number of Republican voters are bat shit crazy. That’s the real explanation for what is going on. The Republican refusal to join reality in reflected in their polling. Trump and Carson represent the strain of insanity that has taken over the Republican cabal.
The media needs to stop treating Republicans like sane people, and instead accept that the lunatics are running the Republican asylum.

43% Of Republicans Say They Support A Military Overthrow Of The U.S. Government

Republicans are Traitors, pure and simple

Government Shutdown Looms As House “Freedom Caucus” Ignores Boehner and Obeys Cruz

Jim Jordan and Ted Cruz
The Republican war on woman reached a new low with House Republicans led by government shutdown ringleader Cruz threatening to shut down the government unless Planned Parenthood is defunded.
The prospect of a shutdown increases each day as Boehner continues to prove as incapable of leading his caucus as he was the last time Republican extremists engineered a government shutdown.
In 2013, Cruz led off the rails ideologues forcing a shutdown because Cruz and his followers don’t believe the government should pay its bills. This time, they are holding the government hostage in an effort to destroy women’s access to healthcare. It’s the war on women all over again – this time in an effort to destroy the country’s biggest reproductive healthcare provider.
The common element in both cases is we have ideologues pushing a government shutdown over a policy objective that will never pass. Even if the House tries to defund Planned Parenthood, there is zero chance of success. The Senate won’t pass it and President Obama will veto any budget that attempts to defund it. Still Cruz and his followers march on pandering to evangelical lunatics and, perhaps, garnering some free publicity for Cruz’s failing pretender campaign.
Combine Cruz’s lust for publicity to breath air into his campaign and Boehner’s incompetence as Speaker, and it means the House doesn’t have enough votes to pass a budget that has funding for Planned Parenthood in it.
The Orwellian sounding “Freedom Caucus” is another player behind Cruz and his attempt to defund Planned Parenthood’s reproductive health services by way of threatening a government shutdown. Led by Jim Jordan (R-OH), The “Freedom Caucus” is also behind efforts to remove Boehner as Speaker. So the fact that they ignore Boehner and obey Cruz comes as no surprise.
They’re milking a severely edited propaganda video for all its worth. The video was produced by David Daleiden, a Republican cabal hack, who probably learned his Goebbels level propaganda techniques from fellow video fraudster and friend, James O’Keefe. Because of the editing involved, it appeared that Planned Parenthood was selling “baby parts” for profit – an illegal practice. Facts never matter when you are waging war on women’s health and using the increasing prospect of a government shutdown to make it happen.
As noted by the Boston Globe, the unedited version of this video makes crystal clear,
There is nothing illegal about what some Planned Parenthood facilities do: provide fetal organs, donated by consenting patients, to medical researchers, while charging a nominal fee that covers the cost of storage and delivery.
Once again, there is nothing illegal about this. Planned Parenthood is not selling “baby parts” nor is it making a profit from the legal practice of providing fetal organs, donated by consenting patients.
Despite the facts, House Judiciary Chair. Bob Goodlatte, said he won’t vote for a budget that includes funding for Planned Parenthood even if it means a government shutdown. During an interview with The Hill, Goodlatte admitted that he is a “long-time opponent of funding for Planned Parenthood.” In other words the doctored Daleiden video is a ruse that Goodlatte latched on to in the name of defunding the largest provider of reproductive health services.
Planned Parenthood receives government funding under Title X, a program that provides low income women with access to family planning services, excluding abortion. The funds it receives under Medicaid allows payment for abortion subject to Hyde Amendment restrictions. In other words, Planned Parenthood is already complying with the same restrictions that apply to any healthcare provider that receives Medicaid payments.
When you consider that 97% of Planned Parenthood provided services are cancer screenings, contraception and tests and treatment of sexually transmitted services, the fact is Republicans are waging war on reproductive health services for women, especially women living on low incomes. These are services that save lives and reduce healthcare costs. Take them away and lives will be lost and healthcare costs will increase. Cruz and his off the rails ideologues in the House are willing to shut the government down in the name of holding women’s health hostage.
Cruz is one of the 3 Republican pretender candidates on record to support defunding Planned Parenthood. Paul and Huckabee are the others. Cruz also held “shutdown strategy talks” with Congressional wingnuts a few days ago.
This time, off the rails ideologues are holding the U.S. government at gunpoint in the name of taking cancer screenings, birth control and treatment for STD’s away from women. The war on women continues.

Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein: Trump Is 'Hate Speech Personified'

My dad would have been ‘appalled’ by Trump

Presidential contender Donald Trump, Pres. Ronald Reagan - (Screenshot/Wikipedia)Reagan son: My dad would have been ‘appalled’ by Trump

A Tale Of Mythos, Pathos & Dysfunctional Hero Worship

Trump Creepily Jokes About Lusting After His Daughter … Again

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Wingnuts need to get their shit together and ask themselves whether they really want a creepy old guy who jokes about lusting after his own daughter to lead their cabal.

Desperate Walker Cancels Republican Cabal Coven Speech In California To Rescue Dying Campaign

Walker abruptly cancelled his keynote speech in a desperate attempt to resuscitate his dying pretender campaign.…

Walker's latest attack on unions is straight out of ALEC's playbook

Walker's latest attack on unions is straight out of ALEC's playbook

Another Republican Lie Goes Down In Flames: Iran Won’t Be Self-Inspecting Nuclear Sites

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Another Republican falsehood has been blown to pieces as it has been confirmed that Iran will not be self-inspecting their sensitive nuclear sites.
Here is what Boehner said on the House floor on Friday:
Was this agreement built on verification?
No. It appears a side deal will trust Iran to self-inspect a key site where the regime conducted tests on nuclear detonators. Of course we haven’t seen that actual side deal, and we don’t know if there are any other secret components.
Boehner was not telling the truth.
Reuters reported:
United Nations inspectors will be present with Iranian technicians as they take samples from a key military site, two Western diplomats said, undercutting an objection by U.S. Republicans to the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

The diplomats were familiar with details of a confidential arrangement between Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog for inspections at the Parchin site, where some countries suspect nuclear weapons-related tests may have taken place.

Iran has denied that allegation, but agreed to accept comprehensive International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections of its suspect sites as part of the historic July deal in exchange for an easing of international sanctions.
The Iran government will not be self-inspecting, but this didn’t stop House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) from repeating the lie, “It relies on secret side deals that the American people’s representatives were not allowed to see. Inspections will no longer happen “anytime, anywhere.” Instead, Iran can delay and will reportedly self-inspect its own nuclear sites. Iranian officials have also declared military locations off-limits.”
The lie is dead, but Republicans are working day and night to revive it. Without a bogus reason to oppose the deal, House Republicans would be forced to admit the real source of their opposition. The truth is that Republicans favor military intervention.
Republicans are under the false impression that they will be able to win elections with their pro-war stance. This is it is vitally important for Democrats to send this Republican lie home to die.
President Obama won the vote, but the battle for peace has just begun.

Republicans Employ New Strategy To Derail Iran Deal: Sue Obama … Again

Featured image by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/6236356208 Republicans love to try and stick it to President Obama in any way they can. When the biggest and most grandiose plan isn’t going to happen, they...

Fox News Has Been Promoting War With Iran For Almost A Decade

Fox News Has Been Promoting War With Iran For Almost A Decade In 2007, our friends at Brave New Films put together a video showing Fox News' push for war with Iran. On Friday, they reminded us that nothing much has changed.

Fox 'News' Outraged That Colbert Wore 'Black Lives Matter' Wristband

Fox 'News' Outraged That Colbert Wore 'Black Lives Matter' Wristband
Just an awful triumvirate of racist jerks.

Huckabee Thinks Blacks Can’t Legally Be US Citizens

Mike Huckabee Thinks Blacks Can’t Legally Be US Citizens
Pretender candidate Huckabee actually believes blacks can’t legally be U.S. citizens.

Glenn Beck Just Blamed Iran Deal On … #BlackLivesMatter

The STUPID, Oh how it burns ...
Glenn Beck Just Blamed Iran Deal On…#BlackLivesMatter (VIDEO)These days conservatives must have a roulette wheel. Every time something happens that they don’t like, they spin the wheel of blame and whatever...

Glenn Beck Calls Palin A 'Clown,' Mourns His Irrelevance

He has always been irrelevant
Poor Glenn.
No one cares what he says anymore.

Cruz’ Grandstanding Over Planned Parenthood Infuriates His Fellow Republicans

Featured image by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/6236460239/
This is Cruz’ solution to absolutely everything. 
No wonder everyone is sick of him.

Diane Black Defends Planned Parenthood Witch Hunt

Congresswoman Diane Black Defends Planned Parenthood Witch Hunt

Scientists Discover New Human Ancestor, Creationists Lose Last Remaining Brain Cell Freaking Out

Scientists Discover New Human Ancestor, Creationists Lose Last Remaining Brain Cell Freaking Out
Scientists just discovered another nail in the coffin of creationism.

6 Republican Cabal Candidates To Speak At Event Hosted By Conservative Who Believes Women Belong In The Kitchen

Iowa Republicans enthusiastically endorse ‘diva’ Trump: ‘He’s a billionaire, are you?’

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts as he speaks at the 2015 FreedomFest in Las Vegas, Nevada July 11, 2015. REUTERS/L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas SunAt the tailgate outside Jack Trice Stadium in Ames on Saturday afternoon, hundreds of football fans gathered around a tent hosted by the Republican party of Iowa, hoping to see Donald Trump. They shouted for hours, tussled with protesters and then cried “Trump, Trump, Trump” when they saw a helicopter they thought he might be on.

Adulterous Republican Michigan wingnut resigns, fellow teabagger expelled by legislature

The bizarre and sordid saga of two Republican teabaggers in the Michigan House who were having an affair is drawing to a close.

Missouri’s Archaic Abortion Laws Come Unraveled – Thanks To Satan & Religious Freedom