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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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You Agree with Us … Or You Suck

You Agree with Us … Or You Suck
How did this happen?
We’ve all read the Constitution.
We’ve all studied its amendments.
We all understand the concept of democracy.
We all know how government is supposed to work.
We all understand free speech.
We know what compromise should look like.
Yet, here we are. If I criticize your favorite candidate, I become the enemy. If you criticize my favorite candidate, you’re the enemy. Doesn’t matter if we’re the same party.  Doesn’t matter that we’re all Americans. Doesn’t matter that we’re all human beings.
You are either like me or you’re not. When did our great national debate become a feud?
Our hatred for one another appears greater than our understanding. Is this really what we ALL want?

Winds Of Change Blow Through South As Democrats Are Winning Special Elections On Wingnut Turf

For the second time in less than a month, a Democrat has pulled off a stunning victory over a Republican candidate, by flipping a State House race in an almost hopelessly red legislative district.  Democrat Cyndi Munson scored an improbable 54-46 victory in Oklahoma’s House District 85, a suburban district Northwest of Oklahoma City. Since 1965, when the district was first created, it had never been won by a Democrat. That changed on a Tuesday night.
The 85th District went 61-39 for Mitt Romney in the 2012 election. Yet, on Tuesday night, in a traditionally low turnout special election, the district turned a surprisingly solid shade of blue. Speaking to supporters after she’d won, Munson acknowledged the magnitude of her achievement, proclaiming:
Each time I heard it was an uphill battle I got more strength. This is amazing!
Munson lost her race for the same seat in 2014 by 13 points, but she battled back and emerged on Tuesday night a winner. She ran on a platform supporting education and women’s health, while opposing income tax cuts for top earners. In a deep red district her message resonated with voters, weary of the Republican cabal’s extremist stranglehold on Oklahoma politics.
As astonishing as Munson’s victory was, it was not the first Democratic upset of its kind this summer. In August, Democrat Taylor Bennett pulled off a similar surprise in Georgia’s 80th House District. Despite being outspent 2 to 1 in a district Mitt Romney carried by a 56-43 margin over Barack Obama in 2012, Bennett coasted to a 55-45 surprise victory over his Republican opponent, Max Davis.
Bennett won not by following the conventional wisdom of downplaying social issues in the South, but by being outspokenly liberal on social issues and standing firmly in support of LGBTQ equality. Like Munson, he won in a special election, when turnout is usually down and as a result, Republicans historically have enjoyed an advantage. Not this time.
While it may be too optimistic for Democrats to take the results of two special elections and call it a trend, it is worth pointing out that in two heavily Republican districts in the South, Democrats have overcome long odds to flip seats from red to blue. Maybe, just maybe, those two victories are a sign of more to come, as conservative voters join the rest of American in becoming fed up with the Republicans’ inability to govern.

Even Bernie Sanders Is Surprised By His Recent Boost In The Polls

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Bernie Sanders Goes Into The Lion’s Den and Tears Apart Republican Cabal Religio-Wingnut Hypocrites At 'Liberty'

bernie sanders speaks at liberty university
In an amazing speech, Sen. Bernie Sanders went to Liberty 'University' and gave the lunatic fringe religio-wingnut evangelicals a dose of progressive faith, and tore apart the hypocrisy of supposedly faith-based Republicans defending immoral economic policies.
Sanders explained why he agreed to speak at Liberty, “I came here today because I believe that it is important for those with different views in our country to engage in civil discourse – not just to shout at each other or make fun of each other. It is very easy for those in politics to talk to those who agree with us. I do that every day. It is harder, but not less important, to try to communicate with those who do not agree with us and see where, if possible, we can find common ground and, in other words, to reach out of our zone of comfort.”
Later Senator Sanders turned the Republican support of inequality on its moral ear:

Let me be very frank. I understand that issues such as abortion and gay marriage are very important to you and that we disagree on those issues. I get that. But let me respectfully suggest that there are other issues out there that are of enormous consequence to our country and the world and that maybe, just maybe, we don’t disagree on them. And maybe, just maybe, we can work together in trying to resolve them.

It would, I think, be hard for anyone in this room to make the case that the United States today is a just society or anything close to a just society. In America today, there is massive injustice in terms of income and wealth inequality. Injustice is rampant.

There is no justice when the top one-tenth of 1 percent own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. There is no justice when all over this country people are working longer hours for lower wages, while 58 percent of all new income goes to the top 1 percent.

There is no justice when, in recent years, we have seen a proliferation of millionaires and billionaires while, at the same time, the United States has the highest rate of childhood poverty in the industrialized world. Twenty percent of all children – and 40 percent of African-American children – now live in poverty.
There is no justice when, in a rigged economy, the 15 wealthiest people in this country in the last two years saw their wealth increase by $170 billion. That is more wealth, acquired in a two-year period, than is owned by the bottom 130 million Americans.
There is no justice when low-income and working-class mothers are forced to be separated from their new babies one or two weeks after giving birth because they must go back to work to sustain their family and because the United States is the only major country on earth that does not provide paid family and medical leave.

There is no justice when thousands of people in this country die each year because they don’t have health insurance and don’t get to a doctor when they should.
Republicans don’t have an exclusive on morality, justice, and faith. Senator Sanders called out the Republican hypocrites who warp the bible to defend income inequality. Senator Sanders was brilliant. He turned the Republicans’ moral argument in defense of the billionaires against them.
Bernie Sanders made the inequality and poverty in the United States a moral issue. His argument was compelling. He discussed the immorality of the wingnuts’ economic policies. To progressive christians, how some Republicans have warped religion to defend policies that harm millions of Americans in need is a matter of outrage.
Senator Sanders said that the poor and the wretched had a right to go to a doctor when they are sick. Sanders said, “Money and wealth should serve the people. The people should not serve money and wealth.”
Sanders struck at the heart of a basic ideological hypocrisy, and in the process found some common ground with the students at Liberty 'University'.

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Teabagger Crazies Give ‘Jaw-Droppingly Shocking’ Alternatives To ‘Iran Deal’

Tea Party Crazies Give ‘Jaw-Droppingly Shocking’ Alternatives To ‘Iran Deal’ (VIDEO)When teabagger agitators were asked what they would do in place of the Iran Peace Deal, they gave some pretty shocking answers.

Who Gave the Constitution to the Republican cabal?

America's Oligarch Problem

How the Super-Rich Threaten US Democracy
An Essay By Markus Feldenkirchen
America's Oligarch Problem: How the Super-Rich Threaten US Democracy
The sky's the limit when it comes to the United States' campaign finance system. Increasingly, the country's richest sector is gaining influence and control over America's politics. The development threatens the country's once proud democracy. More

The Republican cabal’s autocratic “businessman” obsession

It had been Romney.
Now it's Trump.
Republicans are in love with the idea of the pretender as CEO

The Republican cabal’s epic flops

Salon examines the state of the Republican cabal's sorriest campaigns

Republicans Are Committing Suicide Right Before Our Eyes

By all rights, the 2016 pretender race should belong to the Republicans.
Historically, the independent voters that tend to decide elections feel that...

Cruz, Paul Are Insiders Running In An Outsiders' Game

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Clinton Calls Walker 'A Tool Of The Koch Brothers'

Clinton Calls Walker 'A Tool Of The Koch Brothers' 

Walker’s New Plan To Gut Unions Also Strips 5 Million Americans Of Overtime Pay

Walker says he'll eliminate the National Labor Relations Board, ban federal worker unions, and repeal prevailing wage laws nationwide.

RNC Chairwimp Warns Trump And Other Republican Cabal Candidates About Their Racism

Image of Reince Priebus by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Image of Donald Trump  by Gage Skidmore Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr. Images merged by Rika ChristensenThe wingnut base is highly racist, so tempering remarks to be less so will anger the base.

The Brits Just Played A Genius Twitter Prank On Trump, And He Fell For It

The Brits Just Played A Genius Twitter Prank On Trump, And He Fell For It (TWEETS)
Trump just got punked by the Brits.
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Anti-Immigration Religio-Wingnut Sheriff Joe Arpaio Says Trump is Wrong About Mexicans

Anti-Immigration Sheriff Joe Arpaio Says Trump is Wrong About Mexicans (VIDEO)When the biggest xenophobe in the country disagrees, you know Trump has lost it.

Wingnut Voters Are Still Turned On By Trump’s Politics Of Insult And Division

A new CNN poll has Trump soaring to his highest numbers yet, as wingnut voters continue to embrace his politics of division and derision. …
GOP Voters Are Still Turned On By Trump’s Politics Of Insult And DivisionA CNN/ORC poll released on September 10th, shows Trump soaring to new heights in the Republican pretender race. The poll, conducted from September 4-8, found Trump gaining 8 percentage points since August. Trump now leads the Republican cabal field with 32 percent support, followed by Carson at 19 percent and Jeb at just 9 percent support.
Trump’s growing popularity was made possible by huge surges in support from college educated Republicans and from female Republican cabal voters. His campaign built on racist rhetoric and ridiculing others is now not only appealing to male voters and the uneducated, but it is increasingly capturing the hearts and minds of educated Republicans and female Republican cabal voters as well.
With Trump essentially winning across every significant Republican demographic, pundits are dumbfounded in trying to explain his popularity. None dare point out the obvious. Republican voters, by and large, support Trump’s loud mouthed bigotry and his unapologetic sexism. As unflattering as that conclusion may be, it is clearly demonstrated by Republican cabal voters continuing to flock to Trump as their first choice for pretender.
Trump’s latest controversial comments where he blatantly ridiculed Fiorina’s physical appearance are being rightfully criticized by journalists and fellow Republican cabal candidates alike. However, it is not likely to cost him votes. Since Trump’s insinuation that Megyn Kelly asked him tough questions because she was menstruating, helped him rise in the polls after the first Republican cabal 'debate', there is little reason to suspect he will suffer any fallout for him comments about Fiorina’s face. Mean-spirited Republican cabal voters after all, seem more interested in egging Trump on, than in penalizing him for his crude sexist remarks.
As long as Republican voters continue to reward Trump for being an obnoxious bully, he has no reason to stop hurling insults and zero incentive to dial down his inflammatory rhetoric. Journalists can criticize Trump all they want, but he is a symptom rather than the cause of the problem. He continues to perform well in the Republican polls, because Republican voters, male and female, educated and uneducated, seem to share his arrogant, simplistic and bigoted world view.

O’Reilly begs the Republican cabal field to be as ideologically excitable and politically incorrect as Trump

"The Trump-factor is obliterating standard campaign messaging and rhetoric," he said, so they need to up their game

Bachmann Says Bombing Iran Would Be An Act Of Peace

From a Deranged and Diseased Mind:
Former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann Says Bombing Iran Would Be An Act Of Peace (VIDEO)Bad pennies and wingnuts both have a way of turning up, again and again.

Wingnut Utopia

Conservative Utopia: Hungary Announces Plans To Prosecute Syrian Refugee ChildrenHungary Announces Plans To Prosecute Syrian Refugee Children
This is one of the most vile things you will ever read.

People Are ‘Doing Too Good With Food Stamps, Social Security’

Scott Fucks Over Florida’s Working Poor Again By Creating Commission Led By Corrupt Wingnut

Rick Scott F*cks Over Florida’s Working Poor Again By Creating Commission Led By Corrupt Repub.
There are not enough facepalms for this one.
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Kentucky Is Obamacare’s Undeniable Success Story

Mississippi’s Indefensible Campaign To Save Its Uniquely Anti-Gay Law

Louisiana Wants Your Eye Doctor To Take The Place Of Planned Parenthood

Louisiana Wants Your Eye Doctor To Take The Place Of Planned Parenthood
In Louisiana, Rand Paul could be giving pap smears. 
That’s frightening.

9-year-long cult vs strip club war continues as pastor sues over topless protesters

Topless protesters outside New Beginnings church in Ohio - (Foxhole North Facebook)
The war between New Beginnings and the Foxhole began nine years ago when cult members protested outside the club, taking down patron’s license plate numbers and imploring them to repent.

St. Louis man jailed for minor traffic violations left comatose after officers blocked paramedics

Emergency personnel wheel man on gurney (Shuttershock)
A St. Louis jail inmate who was being held on minor traffic violations is lucky to be alive after jailers refused to release him to paramedics who wanted to take him to the hospital.

Huckabee: Gay Marriage Ruling Is 'Illegal' Because It Confuses People

As Steve Benen noted after Huckabee claimed that the Dred Scott decision is still the “law of the land” and is just being ignored by elected officials, when it comes to the implementation of marriage equality, the lunatic fringe pretender candidate has invented “his own bra... MORE