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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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R.I.P Republican Cabal

The Slow Death Of The Republican Cabal
ID-10045104Looking at the chaos within the Republican cabal, one cannot help but think of the boiling frog anecdote. It is a tale of slow death. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death.
Starting with the junta of Ronald Reagan, who famously stated at his first inauguration, “Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem,” the cabal of Lincoln and Eisenhower has had the heat slowly turned up on itself by a lunatic fringe that always existed within its ranks. The slow process of listing further right over the years culminated with the wholehearted embrace of the radical teabaggers after the election of Barack Obama in 2008.
The problem with the Republican cabal isn’t only with what’s taking place in the House, where a small group of mostly teabaggers, paradoxically calling themselves the Freedom Caucus, will not support any Speaker who dares speak the word “compromise,” it can also be seen in the Republican pretender nominating contest.
The Republican frontrunner for the nomination is a TV celebrity/ real estate billionaire who is as loony as they come. The man with zero political experience is followed by a 'christian' fundamentalist doctor and a failed CEO… all with the same political experience: zip, nada. Could there be more of a repudiation of the cabal establishment than this?
But all this begs an important question: who is the party establishment? Who are the leaders of the Republican cabal? If you were to answer Roger Ailes or Rush Limbaugh, you’re probably not far off. That listing boat is today totally rudderless.
What we are witnessing is something not very often seen … the death of a political cabal as we once knew it. The process leading up to its demise was slow and steady, too gradual for the republican cabal to notice and jump out of the pot.
The story of the frog in boiling water is a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of someone or something to react to threats that occur gradually, such as having your political party hijacked by a bunch of political nihilists.
R.I.P Republican cabal. Sorry, but no one will miss you.

A House Divided Against Itself

by John DeProspo
On June 16, 1858, at the Republican State Convention in Springfield, Illinois, a lanky, rather homely politician was chosen as the party’s senatorial candidate. When it was time to address his Republican colleagues, the nominee uttered these famous words, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Of course the politician, Abe Lincoln, would lose that particular election but go on to bigger and better things.
To say the Republican house (both literally and figuratively) is in disarray is beyond an understatement. It is what happens when a national party sells its soul to the Devil for short-term political gain.
By embracing the teabagger fanatics only a few years ago, the Republican cabal is reaping what it sowed. The lunatics have taken over the asylum. The welcomed guest is about to devour its host.
By voting in radicals whose mantra was Reagan’s  “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem;” and who believed the Federal government should be shrunk in size so it could be “drowned in a bathtub,” Republican voters are now seeing that those “fresh, new, anti-establishment” teabaggers they liked so much actually meant what they preached.
The United States House of Representatives, divided against itself, needs a new Speaker… but no one wants the job! It’s a dead-end; a career-ender for any ambitious politician. That is why Ryan, the one person with the most support, keeps saying ‘no’ to what was once seen as a dream job. What Speaker wants to be the adult in the room with a group of spoiled children who refuse to share or compromise? Who would want to preside over such a dysfunctional mess? No thanks!
Reed (R. N.Y.), a big Ryan supporter and fellow member of the House Ways and Means Committee, is just one of many House members begging Ryan to become the next Speaker.
“Obviously, being a vice pretender candidate, there’s a calling to serve,” Reed said. “I think what he’s going through is making the analysis of how best can he serve the country, how best can he serve the American people. And that’s why this is a tough decision for him.”
No, Reed. Ryan is not thinking of how best to serve his country or the interests of his cabal. He is looking out for what’s best for a young politician who has aspirations much greater than House Speaker. Even though Speaker of the House is only second in line to the presidency, his sights are set on something much higher: the Oval office.

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Fox News Uses BS Data To Claim Soldiers And Other Federal Workers Are Overpaid

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Fox News Blames Jews for Dying During the Holocaust

What is Happening to America?
article-2518619-1B7B9B40000005DC-700_634x422Fox News medical quack, Ablow, states that Carson is right that the Jews in Germany were weak and scared, and significantly contributed to their massacre. Ablow and Carson claim that Jews should have taken up arms, refused to cooperate with the Germans, and began a rebellion. They should have done this even though they had no idea at the time they were being placed on trains and being shipped to death camps.
Ablow wrote the following, which is posted at FoxNews.com:
If Jews in Germany had more actively resisted the Nazi party or the Nazi regime and had diagnosed it as a malignant and deadly cancer from the start, there would, indeed, have been a chance for the people of that country and the world to be moved to action by their bold refusal to be enslaved.
Yes, that would have required immeasurable courage.  Yes, that would have required unspeakable losses.  But is that not the lesson of the Old Testament?  Does not Abraham bind his son Issac to an altar, willing to sacrifice his son’s life to God’s Word—to the truth?  Must not we all be ready to sacrifice ourselves to stand in the way of evil?
Granted, I was not there.  Granted, hindsight is 20/20.  But it turns out it was a bad idea for any Jew to have turned over a gun.  It was a bad idea for any Jew to have boarded a train.  It was a bad idea for any Jew to have passed through a gate into a camp.  It was a bad idea for any Jew to do any work at any such camp.  It was a bad idea for any Jew to not attempt to crush the skull or scratch out the eyes of any Nazi who turned his back for one moment.  And every bullet that would have been fired into a Nazi coming to a doorway to confiscate a gun from a Jew would have been a sacred bullet.
It is beyond offensive for Fox News to publish any type of suggestion that the Jews are to blame for the massacre of 6,000,000 Jews by the Nazi regime. Moreover, it fails to address the fact that the Nazis also killed approximately 5,000,000 non-Jews. Were these other 5,000,000 people simply cowards and weak who contributed to their own death? Fox News also fails to recognize that approximately half of those killed were women and children.
Finally, as always, Fox News fails to perform any research. There was Jewish armed resistance during the Nazi regime. It proved futile, as those resisting were trying to battle one of the most powerful military machines in history, which successfully conquered numerous countries.
As stated in WikiPedia:
Between April and May 1943, Jewish men and women of the Warsaw Ghetto took up arms and rebelled against the Nazis after it became clear that the Germans were deporting remaining Ghetto inhabitants to the Treblinka extermination camp. Warsaw Jews of the Jewish Combat Organization and the Jewish Military Union fought the Germans with a handful of small arms and Molotov cocktails, as Polish resistance attacked from the outside in support. After fierce fighting, vastly superior German forces pacified the Warsaw Ghetto and either murdered or deported all of the remaining inhabitants to the Nazi killing centers. The Germans claimed that they lost 18 dead and 85 wounded, though this figure has been disputed, with resistance leader Marek Edelman estimating 300 German casualties. Some 13,000 Jews were killed, and 56,885 were deported to concentration camps. There were many other major and minor ghetto uprisings, however most were not successful. Some of the ghetto uprisings include the Białystok Ghetto Uprising and the Częstochowa Ghetto Uprising.
To read the entire offensive article by Fox News,(if you can stomach the sputum, that is). click Why Carson is right about Jews, the Holocaust and guns.

New Mexico’s Republican secretary of state faces 65 corruption charges including identity theft

Image: New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran, left, sits in court with her attorney, Erlinda Johnson, in Santa Fe, N.M. (Luis Sanchez Saturno / Santa Fe New Mexican)
The New Mexico secretary of state, who oversees campaign finance reporting and once bemoaned a "culture of corruption" in the state, has been accused of using her election fund as a personal piggy bank at jewelry stores, ATMs and casinos.
Secretary of State Dianna K. Duran already faces allegations of financial crimes, stemming from a separate August indictment.
Late Friday, the New Mexico Attorney General's Office alleged in a criminal complaint that Duran also falsified campaign finance reports by forging the name of a former state Senate colleague and claiming him as her campaign treasurer.
The one-time colleague, Don Kidd, a banker in southeast New Mexico, denied any involvement with Duran's campaigns in 2010 and 2014.
When asked by an investigator with the Attorney General's Office why she would list him as treasurer, Kidd replied, according to the complaint, "Well, I have no idea. I just don't know, that's amazing."
Duran faces 64 charges related to fraud, embezzlement and money laundering. The Attorney General's Office alleged that she frequented casinos across the state, withdrawing $430,000 between 2013 and 2014 from her personal accounts while also depositing campaign funds into her personal accounts.
A 65th charge, identity theft, was added Friday after Kidd's interview with an investigator. Duran's attorney could not be reached for comment Saturday.
According to the charges, Duran's first statewide campaign in 2010 was the same year irregularities appeared in her campaign finance disclosure forms.
In 2014, investigators received an anonymous tip about cash deposits into Duran's personal accounts. When they dug deeper, they found large cash and campaign deposits transferred between campaign and personal accounts, according to the criminal complaint.
Some of the violations appear designed to avoid campaign finance reporting requirements, such as a $5,200 check from Mack Energy Corporation that was entered instead as a $2,900 contribution, according to the complaint.
The difference allowed Duran to register Mack Energy's total contribution — it had made other donations as well — as $10,400, the maximum allowed by the state, according to the complaint.
A Republican first elected as secretary of State in 2010, beating out the incumbent Democrat, Duran was part of a tide of conservative elected officials nationwide who won political points by focusing on possible violations of voter ID laws.
She took office in January 2011 and by March had referred 64,000 voter registration records to state police, citing irregularities. Duran then took fire from Democratic legislators, public interest groups and news organizations that said she overstated her case, scared voters and withheld proof of her claims.
But criticism of Duran largely subsided until Aug. 28 of this year, when the Attorney General's Office said that for years she had pilfered from her campaign account to cover personal expenses.
She has not stepped aside during the investigation, leading to further speculation about her finances.
"She wants to hang onto her $85,000-a-year job as secretary of State as long as possible," wrote Santa Fe New Mexican political columnist Milan Simonich. "Her record of bank overdrafts explains why."
The state has set aside $250,000 for an impeachment investigation into Duran.
The state's prosecution of its top electoral official will be the earliest and highest-profile test of New Mexico's public corruption law, passed in 2012.
The law permits prosecutors to request an enhanced sentence for any convictions of public corruption and to fine an individual in an amount equal to their pay and fringe benefits from the time of the earliest crime. In Duran's case, that would amount to close to $500,000.



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