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Saturday, October 17, 2015

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Paul Krugman Exposes Massive Wall Street Screw Up

Paul Krugman’s daily blog is always a good read, but sometimes he makes such an important point that it’s hard to believe he just kind of tossed...

Bernie's Definition of Democratic Socialism Is What Most Americans Yearn For

Bernie won all the focus groups and online polls — so why is the media saying Hillary won the debate?

This combination of photos shows 2016 Democratic presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillay Clinton (AFP Photo/)
What the public wants out of a candidate and what the beltway press wants appear to be two entirely different things.

Texas Republican admits Bernie Sanders isn't a Nazi – then compares him to Stalin

Texas Republican admits Bernie Sanders isn't a Nazi – then compares him to Stalin

Bernie Sanders Topples Trump To Become The New King Of Google

There is one presidential candidate who had Americans turning to Google every time he spoke. Bernie Sanders has toppled Trump as the most Googled candidate.
According to The Washington Post:
For the non-Hillary Rodham Clinton, non-Bernie Sanders Democrats participating in the first debate on Tuesday night, there was one goal: Get noticed. A look at the candidates being searched on Google during the debate shows that one candidate managed to do that.
Bernie Sanders.
Sanders repeatedly saw spikes in Google interest after he spoke. After his intro. After he talked about guns. After basically everything else he said.
What’s more, Sanders actually overpowered the long-term king of Google, Donald Trump. During the debate, Sanders continually attracted more Google interest than Trump.

It makes sense that viewers wouldn’t Google Hillary Clinton. Her name recognition is near 100% nationally. Everyone knows former Sec. Clinton. Much of the country did not know Bernie Sanders. Unless one reads politics online or watches cable news, the odds are Sen. Sanders was a new face for many viewers.
The fact that Sanders was the most googled candidate illustrates that for many Americans he is a political outsider, and his message had people running to find out more about him.
Trump loves to brag about his popularity, but it is a safe bet that he won’t have anything to say about the candidate who he recently described as a communist being more popular than he is.
Sen. Sanders isn’t a blip on the election year radar. He is a powerful populist force who is making millions of Americans take notice of the inequality around them.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe tightens gun control rules, creates task force

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe tightens gun control rules, creates task force

California Democrats Show Republicans What Good Government Looks Like

There is one example of a state that leads the nation in economic growth, job creation, and the ability to govern for all the people.
Over the past three years there has been no dearth of examples of what Americans have to look forward to if Republicans ever gained control of all three branches of government. States like Kansas, Louisiana, and Wisconsin are prime examples of Republicans piling up crushing debt, cutting services, destroying education, and killing jobs by pandering to the ultra-rich and corporations. It is obvious that in Republican-misled states, like the United States Congress, wingnuts have demonstrated their ineptitude to govern as a matter of course, and if they do govern, it is only to benefit a very small portion of their populations.
There is one example of a state that leads the nation in economic growth, job creation, and the ability to govern for all the people. This week, in a seriously stunning editorial by a very wingnut newspaper they readily admit and praise California with its Democratic super-majority and governor as the model the rest of the nation and Republicans in Congress should follow.
There were several notable points the wingnut authors cited about how good efficient government is supposed to work for the people, but it was their remarks that “Democrat Jerry Brown is a centrist;” not a socialist, not a Marxist, not liberal, or not progressive. They admitted that Brown might strike the rest of the country as alarming, “but it is all the more reason for the rest of the country to take note of the momentum here” and learn a valuable lesson that government can, and does work for all the people when Democrats are in charge.
The editorial first noted that Governor Brown signed a nationally-watched compassionate and humane bill making assisted suicide legal in California for the terminally ill. The editors also praised Brown’s signing Democratic legislation that contains the nation’s most strident gender pay equity protections; “protections that immediately raise the bar for the rest of the country to aspire to.” The very next day Governor Brown signed “landmark bills” forcing state contractors to extend employment benefits to transgender employees. And, with help from the Democratic legislature “radically upped the ante” on the use of renewable energy in the Golden State; legislation the Koch brothers’ lobbyists fought hard to derail.
Then, the Governor and Democrats handed the Kochs another righteous smack down by passing and signing legislation banning the nation’s largest public pension system, California’s, from investing in coal as part of “a diversified investment portfolio.” The same day Governor Brown put California’s substantial clout behind the national movement to stop plastic microbead pollution, after earlier enacting legislation phasing out plastic bags. Still not finished, the governor signed a bill regulating medicinal marijuana as well as legislation automatically registering Californians to vote when they obtain or renew a driver’s license.
Those recent displays of how a government can, and should, work “for the people” are in addition to bills passed, and signed into law, earlier this year that “deflated the insanity-driven and dangerous anti-vaccination movement.” Unvaccinated children will no longer jeopardize the lives of California’s student population because their seriously disturbed parents deny science and get their medical advice from a washed-up Playboy bunny and her comedian former husband.
Add to that a new racial profiling bill that law enforcement despises because it mandates that California police, sheriffs, and highway patrol officers do what law enforcement officials across the country resist as a matter of course; gather hard empirical data to back any claim that they do not stop and detain any California resident based on their race, ethnicity, or “suspected” Middle Eastern religious affiliation.
While Republicans in Congress have made immigration reform a national joke and portrayed immigrants as pariahs, Governor Brown and Democrats have taken steps that the very conservative newspaper’s editorial board labeled “humane and intelligent policies.” Policies to ensure that, “as long as undocumented people are here, they won’t be increasing the ranks of the state’s sick or uneducated, or drive without a license.”
The same editorial board, after mocking Congressional Republicans for saying “I’m not a scientist” to avoid addressing climate change, simply gushed that Democrat Jerry Brown is “inking subnational agreements” all over the globe to reduce greenhouse gases. Despite California’s robust environmental regulations, there is still a lot of work to do to reduce the Golden State’s unhealthy air quality across the state; all while the Kochs are spending tens-of-millions to kill clean air standards.
Finally, as America lags the rest of the developed world in providing mass transit, and California Republicans in Congress vow to never allow it to progress, over nearly three dozen private-sector companies are vying to partner with California to build the nation’s first high-speed rail line. It is a project that will create hundreds-of-thousands of living wage, and permanent, jobs in what will be the greatest Earth-moving project in California’s history. It is also a project the Koch brothers have worked tirelessly to stop because more mass transit options means fewer gas-guzzling vehicles on California’s already over-crowded highways.
Now, if one listens to Republicans, whether in red states or Congress, each and every achievement a Democratic majority legislature with a Democratic governor has accomplished California should be struggling, hemorrhaging jobs, and piling up unsustainable debt. However, that is certainly not the case in California and that is including being in the early stages of a drought of historically epic proportions. The conservative editorial board is spot on about Jerry Brown; he is a centrist. What could be more “centrist” than a governor calling for decent wages, compassionate immigration policy, care for the environment and tax rules that do not give everything to the rich and corporations?
California still has a long way to go to completely dig itself out of a deep dark hole from previous Republican administrations and legislatures, but it is making significant progress simply because the legislature and governor work for all the people. The rest of the nation should take a long, hard look at how a state with a Democratic super-majority and governor is able to govern effectively. As an aside, no American should think for a minute that the Democratic legislature is completely enamored with Governor Brown because he is not a hardline progressive and has governed from the middle. One would hope that Republicans in Congress would take a page out of California’s Democratic legislature and governor’s steady hand in governing for all the people, but that would require them actually wanting to govern for the people; something that is never going to happen.

Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out

Poll Shows Americans Happy To See Boehner Go
boehner-face-485-wideJohn Boehner’s approval rating went up by 12 points with Independents and 11 points with Democrats after he announced that he was quitting Congress, but his disapproval rating remains higher than his approval rating. It’s clear that the American people are happy to see Boehner go.
According to Gallup:
Americans’ opinions of Boehner are still negative, but they have improved since he announced last month that he would resign his position. Currently, 31% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Boehner, up from 23% in August. This is his best reading since April 2014.
Interestingly, Republicans’ views of Boehner are unchanged since Gallup’s last measurement in August, while independents and Democrats now view him more favorably. This may be the result of recent attention paid to lunatic fringe wingnut Republicans’ role in forcing Boehner to step down, perhaps leading some independents and Democrats to view him as more of an ally. Nevertheless, Democrats and independents still view him more negatively than Republicans do.

By the numbers, Boehner’s approval rating went from 19% with Democrats to 30%, and from 17% to 29% with Independents. His unfavorable rating went from 59% with Democrats to 54%, and from 57%-43% with Independents. His numbers with Republicans remain unchanged. His favorable rating went from 37% to 36%, and his unfavorable rating stayed at 42%.
Boehner is experiencing a wave of popularity since announcing his retirement. There is going to be very little nostalgia associated with the Boehner era. Boehner was viewed as part of the problem, and we’ll see how big of a part of the problem he was after he is gone, and new Speaker takes over.
The Gallup poll reveals that the American people aren’t going to miss Boehner and that Republicans would love to have the kind of poll numbers that President Obama has. Boehner is at his second highest point of popularity, and President Obama remains 15+ points more popular than the top Republican.
Boehner’s lack of popularity is a symptom of larger contempt and distaste that the American people have for the Republican cabal as a whole.

Boehner’s Reign Of Crises Will End Not With A Bang But A Whimper

‘Moderate’ Republican Cabal Candidate Releases Extreme Plan To Gut Poverty Programs And Give Handouts To The Rich

Huckabee agrees with pro-slavery radio hack

It’s better that prisoners be indentured so that they must “spend their time not sitting on their stump in a jail cell — they’re supposed to be working off debt."

'Fuck You Jeb'

Alabama's Idiot Dismisses Outcry Over DMV Closures

Maine Charter School: Yes, We Fired Democrat After Teabagger Wingnut LePage Threatened Us

Trump Threatens To Pull Out Of Next Republican Cabal 'Debate' If Demands Not Met

Republican cabal front-runner Trump reportedly threatened to pull out of the next Republican pretender 'debate' on Thursday if his demands for the event aren’t met.

Trump Rally Turns Violent As His Supporters Push And Spit On Immigrant Advocates

Employees are too lazy to ‘work their tail off’ if a living wage replaces tipping

Stupidity like this should be extremely and relentlessly painful for the sufferer of the stupidity not those who suffer from their stupidity!

Feds arrest Fox News ‘terrorism expert’ for pretending to be a former CIA agent

Wayne Simmons speaking to the Citizens Commission on Benghazi (Screenshot/YouTube)
CNN pointed out that Simmons had a pattern of making “extreme and factually dubious” claims about terrorism, including a claim in January that there were “at least 19 paramilitary Muslim training facilities in the United States.” .

Total Freak Out at Fox & Friends Over Democratic Debate and “Free Stuff”

The Fox and Friends crew loves handouts to the wealthy but spend to help working class Americans and all they see are freebies to buy votes…
A lot of people took away many different things from the first Democratic debate. A lot of people. Unfortunately, only some of them were paying attention, not including our Republican friends. What Democrats saw was their presidential hopefuls tell us what they were for, and what they were against.
For example, let’s save the environment for our children. Let’s close private prisons. Let’s de-militarize the police. Let’s regulate Wall Street so we can avoid a repeat of the GOP’s 2008 “good old days.” Let’s address gun violence. Let’s save Social Security. You know, real issues. Issues Americans care about.
Republicans? You’d think the Democratic debate was advertising for some sort of fire sale.
They freaked out at Fox News’ Fox & Friends yesterday, where Elisabeth Hasselbeck and her friends typically failed to understand a single thing said (not that they wouldn’t have just invented a whole bunch of stuff even if they had).
According to Hasselbeck, Doocey, Kilmeade and their guest Stuart Varney, the Democratic candidates just promised a whole bunch of free stuff to people who will vote for them (Who knew educating our children was a “freebie”?) They even made some flashy graphics to show what tax payers can be expected to pay for (you know, as opposed to wars, or giving billions to oil companies, or National Parks to the Koch Brothers, or sacred Native American land to foreign mining companies, or a wall to keep Mexicans out…):
Watch courtesy of Media Matters for America:
STEVE DOOCY (HOST): Ok, so with all that free stuff they’re giving away, what’s it going to cost you, the American taxpayer?
DOOCY: Stuart Varney joins us live. You’re right, a lot. How lot? Big lot.
VARNEY: Look, if you go with the Wall Street Journal, they say that Bernie Sanders’ program costs $18 trillion over 10 years. Having listened to Hillary last night, I mean she’s somewhere up there with all the freebies that she’s going to give away. So this is going to cost an arm and a leg. They want to tax the rich, tax Wall Street, tax the big corporations, topple the 1 percent.
BRIAN KILMEADE (HOST): And give us what?
VARNEY: And give us freebies.
ELISABETH HASSELBECK (HOST): A long list. Public college, paid family leave, health care, health care for all children, prescription drugs, expanded Social Security, childhood education, higher minimum wage. It goes on and on. You can’t even fill the screen with it here. I think everyone who’s a good person, has an ounce of mercy in them would say “we’d love to be able to do this.” The problem is, it ends up coming back to bite us if we can’t afford it. Is that right?
VARNEY: Absolutely. If you do all of that, all of the above, all of those freebies that you just mentioned, they’re going to pay for it by taxing the rich. If do you that, if you take all that money off the rich, you end up with a recession, if not a depression.
HASSELBECK: And who does that hurt?
VARNEY: That hurts everybody. There’s far fewer jobs and less tax revenue coming in. So you’ve got an even bigger deficit and even more money to borrow.
KILMEADE: The one person who was targeted or the one group of people that were targeted all night was Wall Street. They talked about the collapse of 2008. Something is telling them that people aren’t over that and they’re probably right. And they also were saying that the middle class are getting screwed by the millionaires and billionaires. In fact, Bernie Sanders is running against billionaires, the 500 in our country, the ones that are really burning Bernie.
VARNEY: Yeah, look, they are giving stuff away. They’re giving stuff away. In fact, I keep going back to this. They’re buying votes. “Vote for me and look what I will give you.”
As opposed to the Republican system of saying “Vote for me and look what I will take away from other people.”
There is no pretense at Fox & Friends of actual journalism; You have to especially love how “tax the 1 percent” turns, for these clowns, into “topple” the 1 percent. Sorry Varney, nobody at the debate was selling the French Revolution.
The difference between the Democratic debate, where actual policy was discussed, and the Republican, where fake facts and insults were thrown about with the sole purpose of making white people hate everybody else, was that between night and day, and the concept of actually addressing the facts of our daily existence really seems to throw conservatives.
Living in the Fox News reality bubble 24/7, doing the sort of math Republicans do to make themselves feel better, leaves them with no context.
Republicans love spending money. They will throw your tax dollars at their rich friends like there is no tomorrow. The Gods forbid a single penny of it gets spent on making life better for the average American. Then suddenly its freebies. The average American, I am sorry to say, doesn’t know what freebies are, because we’re not oil companies or billionaires or defense contractors.
All we want is roads, and bridges that do not fall down, safe air to breath, food to eat, and water to drink. We want education and opportunities and we want them equally for all. I don’t think that’s too much to ask when you put it against the desire to spend trillions murdering people in other countries, and here, on our own streets.

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Second Republican Admits Benghazi Committee Was ‘Designed To Go After’ Clinton

Paul tells same-sex married couples: Keep your relationships out of the workplace

US Senator Rand Paul speaks to supporters during the kickoff of the National Stand with Rand tour on April 7, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky (AFP Photo/Michael B. Thomas)Paul tells same-sex married couples: Keep your relationships out of the workplace

Wingnuts Save Marriage With ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ Where Wolf Is All The Gays

Not even Edward Everett Horton could save this one
Fresh from the creative souls at the 'christian' action league, which RightWingWatch informs us is “the un-American anti-Family Asshat’s North Carolina affiliate,” comes the cautionary tale of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Very Gay Wolf, published Tuesday at Matt Barber’s home for all things homo-hatin’, BarbWire.com. Coincidentally, we think it may be the greatest modern update of a classic story since the 1996 Pamela Anderson pic Barb Wire plunked the plot of ...

Kim Davis Finally Throws In The Towel On Marriage Licenses

After presenting court filings on Tuesday, Davis' lawyers has acknowledged that the licenses are legal and will no longer be challenged.

Missouri wingnut wants to force Planned Parenthood to build ‘Vietnam Wall’ memorial for aborted fetuses

On Wednesday, Missouri House committees brainstormed new restrictions on abortion providers in response to videos showing Planned Parenthood employees discussing fetal tissue donations

The Anti-Choice Delusion Is Rife with Corruption

Anti-Choice Agitator Admits Regulating Women’s Sexuality, Not Abortion, Drives Planned Parenthood Attacks

Monica Miller of Citizens for a 'Pro-Life' Society admits what she opposes is "sex for recreation, sex for mere pleasure"…
Planned Parenhood 3
It is not very often, if ever, that Republicans, or any of their conservative cohort, tell the truth; it just is not a part of their character. However, for some mysterious reason a few of them are abandoning their penchant for mendacity as of late. First it was McCarthy (R-CA) coming clean about the Benghazi Select Committee illegally using taxpayer money for the rnc’s 2016 presidential campaign against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Then it was the typical lying Mormon Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) being honest and confessing that he could find no wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood despite a very thorough and comprehensive investigation. Now, unbelievably, an anti-choice activist was honest in boasting that the attacks on Planned Parenthood, and women’s reproductive rights in general, have absolutely nothing to do with abortion and everything to do with controlling when women have sexual relations; something evangelicals and catholics consider a mortal sin unless it is in servitude to a man or to produce offspring.
When Republicans and their evangelical base were desperate to restrict women’s access to any form of birth control, one of the complaints was that just the idea of a woman, married or not, having “consequence free sex” was an abomination that religious Republicans would not allow or condone. In their minds there has to be a severe, usually an 18 year and nine month, “consequence” for any woman who has sexual relations; even when their “man” demands being serviced” and the woman is ill. Now, a representative of one of the anti-choice cabals planning to harass Planned Parenthood clinics around the nation this weekend has admitted that the crusade against Planned Parenthood is a purely religious assault founded on ending the corrupt sexual ethic of promoting sex not intended for procreation.
The spokeswoman for Citizens for a Anti-Choice Society explained why evangelicals, the personhood movement, anti-choice fascists, catholic bishops, and their Republican facilitators are so intent on destroying Planned Parenthood, and it is not about banning abortion or protecting zygotes and fetuses. Monica Miller is one of this weekend’s ‘harass Planned Parenthood” rally organizers who was honest and angry when she said,
Planned Parenthood from the top to the bottom is a corrupt organization… corrupt in its view of the sanctity of life and corrupt in its view of human sexuality. I say even if Planned Parenthood didn’t perform one single abortion, just the mere fact that its sexual ethic is corrupted means right there, should be the reason right there, that they should not receive any federal money. The kind of sexual ethic that Planned Parenthood promotes is sex for recreation, sex for mere pleasure.”
Or in the words of more than a couple of patriarchal Republican misogynists; social conservatives demand a prohibition on American women, married or single, having “consequence free sex.” Of course the consequence in this case is producing an offspring annually, or being guilty of, according to the catholic humanae vitae, a mortal sin against god. To make their point and set American women on the religious path or righteous subjugation to a man, anti-choicers cite a woman who should be disgraced, Michelle Duggar of “19 Kids and Counting” fame, as the archetype of a “real christian woman.”
According to pro-lifers, women can only engage in sexual relations as a man’s property like a good submissive sex slave; even within the confines of marriage. Last week Michelle Duggar doled out some ‘righteous’ advice to women on their biblical role according to god:
So be available, and not just available, but be joyfully available for him. Smile and be willing to say, ‘Yes, sweetie I am here for you, no matter what, even though you may be exhausted and big pregnant and you may not feel like he feels. I’m still here for you and I’m going to meet that need because I know it’s a need for you.”
For Americans that are unfamiliar with the evangelical mindset of a woman’s role in the home and society, instead of taking any time to peruse the christian bible for instructions for being a good submissive wife, Duggar’s ‘advice’ to women fairly sums up exactly what the anti-choice crowd and catholic dogma require of a “good 'christian' woman,” and it is precisely what they demand all American women should aspire to.
Over the past four years Republicans have controlled the House, there have been numerous attacks on women’s reproductive rights and their goal is no different than that of Hobby Lobby’s owners, the United States coven of catholic blowhards (USCCB), personhood movement advocates, and social conservatives driven to destroy Planned Parenthood. It has never been about abortion or even banning contraception; it has always been about controlling women by putting them in the place their patriarchal mindset insists they belong; at home, producing offspring, ‘servicing‘ their man on demand, and emptying his chamber pot.
It is really unreasonable to claim categorically that where a person “falls on Planned Parenthood really reflects where they fall on the fundamental questions of sex.” It is likely there are some Americans that are genuinely sincere in thinking that protecting a single-celled organism or a non-living being fetus is about protecting life. But the religious zealots driving the pro-life movement are solely on a crusade to control women and their sexual activity. Anyone in their right mind understands that providing STD screenings and access to contraception to “make sure that sex is safe and without unintended consequences” accounts for the lion’s share of what Planned Parenthood does and the anti-choice movement knows it as well. The religious right and Catholic bishops are lying when they claim that legal abortion drives their campaign to dominate women, because their real motivation is, at its core, their vision of 'christian' liberty to regulate every American woman’s sexual activity.
At least now they are being honest and admitting that is, and has always been, their goal. Sadly, that idea of a woman existing as a sex slave for a man, any man, is a concept that is rampant among the male population that wants to “take their country back” to Puritanical America and put women in their biblical place. If any American, man or woman, thinks the pro-life zealots will not do their worst according to their misogynistic religion they are sadly mistaken and will likely be the first to be “regulated” by the anti-choice sex police. Americans should prepare for some serious christian Sharia if these evangelical zealouts acquire any more power because this vile anti-choice delusion’s assault on Planned Parenthood is a prelude to an anti-sex crusade and inquisition.

Propaganda trumps journalism in wingnut 'media' climate reporting

Propaganda trumps journalism in wingnut 'media' climate reporting