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Sunday, September 27, 2015

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President Obama Blasts Fox News In Speech

President Obama Blasts Fox News In Speech

Obama Blasts Fox For Pretending He Doesn't Support Police Officers

Obama Blasts Fox For Pretending He Doesn't Support Police Officers

Republicans Reeling After ObamaCare Enrollment Surges To 17.6 Million

President Obama’s signature health care law is surging past 2015 expectations as 17.6 million Americans have signed up under Obamacare.
HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced the new numbers during a speech at Howard University today:
According to a study we are releasing today, as the ACA’s coverage provisions took effect, an estimated 17.6 million Americans have gained coverage. And this progress has been even bigger for people of color: The uninsured rate among African-American adults has declined by more than 10 percentage points, compared to about 7.7 for the total population.”


The ACA is about more than the Marketplace. People are beginning to understand that the ACA is improving their care no matter where they buy their insurance. With new protections and required benefits, like preventive services at no extra cost, it’s improved the quality of coverage for all Americans.
The promises made by Republican pretender candidates to repeal and replace Obamacare are looking like a political suicide mission as ACA enrollment continues to grow. By Election Day 2016, it is possible that the Republican nominee will be running on a platform of taking health care away from 20 million Americans.
President Obama’s health care law has not only been a political victory, but the President has changed health care delivery in a historic way. Thanks to the election of Barack Obama to the White House tens of millions of people have access to healthcare that they didn’t have before.
Hundreds of millions of Americans are benefiting from the protections offered to consumers under the ACA. Obamacare has been a raging success, and Republicans are reeling as they to figure how to reconcile their repeal and replace rhetoric with the real life outcome of taking access to health care away from 17.6 million people.
Republicans have been captured in their own Obamacare trap, and the biggest winners aren’t Democrats, but the 17.6 million people who now have access to affordable health care.

People From These 5 States Will Soon Need Passports to Fly Within the U.S.

No reason was given for why these states and regions were singled out.
Thanks to provisions in the little-known Real ID Act – passed in 2005 – five states will soon require a passport to fly even within the continental United States.
The Department of Homeland Security has named New York, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, American Samoa, and New Hampshire as locations where the residents will be required to use their passports to fly on commercial airplanes. Although there is no reason given for why these states and regions were singled out, it could possibly be because driver's licenses – the traditional form of identification used at airports – have to be compatible with Real ID requirements, and it's possible that the licenses in these states are not.
As an alternative, the Transportation Security Agency will accept Enhanced Driver's Licenses, which are used in some border states to allow travel to Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean, but few Americans have them.

The Federal Government Can Now Punish Cities That Criminalize Homelessness

In Florida, Only 1 In 8 Of The Unemployed Get Benefits

Mathematician suspicious of election fraud hires lawyer to force Kansas to hand over voting records

“I don’t understand why those patterns are there, the patterns are very definitely real. But we don’t know what’s causing them or why they’re there,” Wichita State University statistician Beth Clarkson said.

Jefferson on progressive taxation

I am conscious that an equal division of property is impracticable, but the consequences of this enormous inequality producing so much misery to the bulk of mankind, legislators cannot invent too many devices for subdividing property, only taking care to let their subdivisions go hand in hand with the natural affections of the human mind. … Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions or property in geometrical progression as they rise.
~ Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, October 28, 1785

[Apparently Carson said progressive taxation is socialist. He now joins the ranks of those who should be prohibited from throwing the word “socialism” around until they look up an actual definition.]

Is America Ready for a Socialist President?

Bernie Sanders Backs Wage Protest By US Capitol Workers

The Wall Street Journal's Attempt to Take Down Bernie Sanders Backfired

With One Tweet, Hillary Clinton CRUSHES Biotech Stocks After Hedge Funder Raises Drug Price 5,500%

With One Tweet, Hillary Clinton CRUSHES Biotech Stocks After Hedge Funder Raises Drug Price 5,500% (SCREENSHOTS) Twitter is a powerful tool, as we learned from 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton last Tuesday. Echoing Bernie Sanders’ call from that...

N.J. Democrat Steamed Over Possible $1 Trillion Hike In Fed Deficit

N.J. Lawmaker Steamed Over Possible $1 Trillion Hike In Fed Deficit

The Cabal Of Stupid Just Can’t Help Itself

by John DeProspo
One of the smartest things ever uttered by Jindal came right after the Republican cabal lost the 2012 presidential race and saw Democrats gain seats in both chambers of Congress. Jindal famously scolded Republicans attending their annual rnc winter meeting, saying, Republicans “must stop being the stupid cabal.”
Fast forward to September 2015, it does not appear the Republican cabal has been able to shake off its simpleton past. Not only is a modern-day P.T. Barnum leading the field of 2016 Republican pretender candidates, but the other two leading prospects, Carson and Fiorina, are political neophytes with the same amount of governing experience as Trump: zero. Could there be a more unmistakable repudiation of the cabal’s establishment candidates as this? Why can’t the cabal learn its lesson?
At that 2013 meeting, which doesn’t seen so long ago, Jindal rightly observed his party needed a complete recalibration. He suggested Republicans, “stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.” Jindal accused his cabal of “looking backwards” and having an obsession with “identity politics.”
A populist-sounding Jindal went on to warn his audience, “We must not be the party that simply protects the well-off so they can keep their toys. We have to be a party that shows all Americans how they can thrive.”
What ever happened to that guy? The 2015 version of the sage Rhodes scholar and Republican governor is nowhere to be found. The 2016 Republican pretender candidate is sounding just as stupid as the rest of the field of wedge-issue addicts.
I believe that Jindal, as do all Republican politicians, does not suffer from a short memory. The truth is that if any Republican pretender candidate wants to become the cabal’s pretender nominee in 2016, he or she must cater and pander to the cabal’s base of low-information, intolerant, religious fundamentalist voters.
If it seems Republicans are on the same suicide mission as before – blocking immigration reform, trying to curtail a woman’s right to choose, defending religious intolerance – you would be right. But it’s the bed they made long ago; they simply can’t help themselves.
While the old Republican playbook may still work well on the state level, as for national elections, you can quote the leading Republican pretender candidate, “fuggedaboutit!”

Wingnut Breaks Protocol To Silence Latina Colleague Speaking Against ‘English-Only’ Bill

by Emily Atkin
A Pennsylvania wingnut who wants to make English the “official language” of the state silenced his Latina colleague on Monday when she attempted to speak out against his legislation, saying she was taking too long to make her point.
Daryl Metcalfe, the Republican chairman of the House State Government Committee, had convened a hearing on the “English-only” bill, which he co-sponsors. Under that bill, all state and local government records would have to be in English, something Metcalfe says would save money and “help immigrants to assimilate.”
Rep. Leslie Acosta — who is herself an immigrant and the state’s only Latina legislator — disagrees with Metcalfe’s justification for the bill. However, while she attempted to lay out her argument before asking a question at Monday’s hearing, Metcalfe interrupted her, and turned her microphone off.

French lunatic fringe wingnut leader to face trial for inciting racial hatred

French lunatic fringe wingnut leader to face trial for inciting racial hatred
Now if only we would do this here in the U.S.

Sputum from a diseased deranged mind

The Coulter Edition:
Coulter: Deport Immigrants Who Vote Democratic, Keep The Wingnuts
In a hate filled diatribe Coulter repeated her idiotic and insane claim that Democratic candidates are “winning elections they never could have won before” because they used the immigration system to “bring in ringers” ... MORE
Coulter: US Must Reject Christian Refugees Fleeing ISIL
At a hate fest in St. Louis earlier this month, Ann Coulter stuck with her standard insane shrieking about how the legal immigration system was set up by Democrats to destroy the Republican cabal and, by extension, America, while praising Trump for bringing anti-immigrant rhetoric into the forefront ... MORE

Rubio Says You Can Use Parts From Dead Babies, But Only When Dog Kills ‘Em

Answers is tough and is not my favorite.
Rubio (R-Serious Pretender Candidate, Allegedly) is so done being a senator. That’s why he’s stopped showing up for work to vote on legislation, even the bills he says he really cares about. He’s over it, man, and besides, he’s too busy running for pretender to do his actual job, for which he is paid by the taxpayers, you’re welcome, Rubio. So even though his Senate colleagues are all het up about trying to defund Planned Parenthood (which ...

Hitler Art Collector Held Rubio Fundraiser

Hitler Art Collector Holding Marco Rubio FundraiserAn eccentric, wingnut multi-millionaire with an art collection that includes work by Adolph Hitler hosted a fundraiser for Rubio ...

Stephen Colbert Demolishes Cruz’s Homophobia, Gives Him A History Lesson

Stephen Colbert Demolishes Ted Cruz’s Homophobia, Gives Him A History Lesson (VIDEO) Stephen Colbert took the opportunity on last Monday night’s Late Show to confront his guest, Republican pretender candidate Cruz, about his anti-gay...

All of the Republican 2016 candidates ‘are not that different’ from Trump

Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky: All of the Republican 2016 candidates ‘are not that different’ from Trump

What People Around the World Think of America After Trump's Bewildering Rise

Trump Declares Total War On Fox News, “Fair and Balanced My Ass”

donald trump fox news feud fakeThe on again/off again Trump and Fox News feud is back on in a big way after the Republican frontrunner went a Twitter tirade against Fox and O’Reilly.
Trump is creating a major headache for Fox News by doing what many believed was impossible. He is turning Fox News’s own viewers against the network. Trump is making viewers question the wingnut cred of Fox.
Unlike other Republican candidates, Trump doesn’t need the endorsement of Fox News or the free media that their coverage can provide. Trump is his own media machine, so he doesn’t owe Fox News anything.
On NBC’s Today, Fox News’s O’Reilly dismissed Trump as theater, “I’ve known Trump a long time, he wants people to like him. When people criticize him, he takes it personally. And this machine, this tweeting thing. The worst thing you can give Trump is this tweeting thing. I just think this is just an extension of his reality show, The Apprentice. This is just theater right now.”
The lunatic fringe is so fractured that the currently Republican frontrunner is in a state of war with the cabal’s in-house cable television network. The longer Trump is allowed to rampage the more damage his does to Republican chances of victory in 2016. So, Keep It Up, Trump!

Koch Brothers On Hold With Customer Service For Walker Refund

Koch Brothers On Hold With Customer Service For Scott Walker Refund

Crazy Gaffney Defends Carson's Islamophobia

Sparring with Alan Colmes, Gaffney reveals that he is just another Islamophobic Birther.

Carson Shatters The Religio-Wingnut ‘Christian’ Effort To Turn America Into A Theocracy In 30 Seconds

Featured image by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/13044343615/As Carson spoke to Hannity last Monday night, you could see the hopes and dreams of religio-wingnut “christians” across the country shatter into a million tiny pieces.

Yet Another Republican Failure

This Will Probably Be The Biggest Supreme Court Term For Reproductive Rights Since Roe v. Wade

Wingnut Cabal Seeks Help Rewriting the Bible Because It's Not Wingnut Enough

The King James bible and more recent translations are veritable primers of progressive agitprop, according to the founder of "conservapedia".
by Richard Schiffman
Liberal bias in the media pales in comparison to what you’ll find in your standard-issue bibles, according to conservapedia.com, a kind of Wikipedia for the religious right. The King James bible, not to mention more recent translations like the New International Version (NIV), are veritable primers of progressive agitprop, complains Andy Schlafly, the founder of conservapedia.com. (His mother, Phyllis, is an activist best known for her opposition to feminism and the Equal Rights Amendment.)
But not to worry. Andy Schlafly’s coven is on the case, and they have invited you to pitch in. Well, maybe not you, exactly, but the "best of the public,” whose assistance is solicited in proposing new wording for left-leaning bible verses.
Don’t know Aramaic, Hebrew or ancient Greek? Not a problem. What they are looking for is not exactly egghead scholarship, but a knack for using words they've read in the Wall Street Journal. They have a list of promising candidates on their website—words like capitalism, work ethic, death penalty, anticompetitive, elitism, productivity, privatize, pro-life—all of which are conspicuously missing from those socialist-inspired bibles we’ve been reading lately.
In the several years since their translation project was inaugurated, all of the new testament and several books of the Old have been thoroughly revised. But lots still remains to be done. If you've got a soft spot for Leviticus, the Book of Amos, Lamentations or Numbers, they are all still available for rewrite, so get cracking!
To give a sense of how to go about your own re-translation, here are some examples of changes the editors have already made.
Take that story where the mob surrounds a woman accused of adultery and gets ready to stone her, but Jesus intervenes and says, “He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone" (John 7:53-8:11). It might have been a later addition that wasn’t in the original gospels, according to some deluded-thinking, or rather wingnut-leaning scholars. So the editors have excised this bleeding-heart favorite from the good book, and they've also removed jesus’ words on the cross, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."
“The simple fact is that some of the persecutors of jesus did know what they were doing,” Schlafly points out, proving that, “jesus might never had said it at all.”
Another thing jesus might never have said at all is, “Blessed are the meek.” Change that one to, “Blessed are the dog-fearing,” the translation’s editors advise, which is far less touchy-feely than the King James version.