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Sunday, October 18, 2015

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It has been a great few weeks - even with the massive amount on rain a few days back - around here.
Our new gal everything Brooke is working out nicely.
She has taken a lot of the job of editing The Truth Be Told over and is doing a wonderful job of it.
Which has left us freer to do other things now that the Mrs., is back to full speed as it were from her health scare of the last decade so she is taking a more active role in working the farm like she did when we first got the place - of course her specialty is the animals and the herb garden so the farm staff take care of the bulk of the farming.
My emeritus status at the university allows me to research and teach as I please and I have begun to teach more classes, there is an encouraging trend just beginning to form among young college students ... a love and desire and desperate need to learn science ... after an entire generation of glorifying the stupid and ignorant the light begins to shine bright again. Of course the stupid and ignorant are fighting the losing battle to retain their status ... one needs only to look at the political circus in the U.S. to recognize that (though only if you are not those of the stupid and ignorant variety).

‘Driving is a privilege, but voting is a right'

Black man voting in 1945 - Wikipedia/public domain
“Black people made it past the poll tax, literacy tests, everything, to get the right to vote," Ralph Ervin said. “Too many people fought and bled and died for the right to vote, and now they’re taking it away.”

Hillary Clinton Treats The Bogus Republican Benghazi Investigation Like The Joke That It Is

Hillary Clinton spent her latest interview on CNN treating the partisan Benghazi investigation like the joke that it is. When Jake Tapper tried to ask a question about her emails, Clinton laughed in his face.
Transcript via CNN:
TAPPER: I know Bernie Sanders said that, quote, “the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails.”
But there are a lot of people who are not.

Jake Tapper tried to ask about Clinton’s emails, and he was met with laughter. His claim that a lot of people are interested in her emails was a bit of Fox News like verbal sleight of hand. By a lot of people, Tapper meant Republicans, because polling has consistently revealed that Democrats and Independents don’t care about her emails.
Earlier in the interview, Clinton took down the Benghazi committee by questioning their objectives, ” I’ve already testified about Benghazi. I testified to the best of my ability before the Senate and the House. I don’t know that I have very much to add. This is after all the eighth investigation. Other committees of the Congress, standing committees with other experienced members of staff have all looked into this and basically just rejected the conspiracy theories that are still floating out there in some circles. So, I really don’t know. I will do my best to answer their questions. But I don’t really know what their objective is right now.”
Hillary Clinton’s laughter was a sign that she is no longer going to indulge the media on the email questions. Two Republican members of Congress and a former Republican investigator on the Select Committee have all admitted that the investigation is a pretext that is being used to gather dirt on Hillary Clinton.
The game is over for the media. Clinton is treating the partisan Benghazi investigation like the bad joke that it is.

Bill Maher reveals how Republicans’ ‘heads explode’ every time Bernie Sanders speaks

Bill Maher on 'Real Time' on Jan. 30, 2015 [YouTube]
Bill Maher reveals how Republicans’ ‘heads explode’ every time Bernie Sanders speaks

Billionaire Class Should Be Scared Because 99% Of Bernie Sanders Donors Can Give Again

Bernie Sanders Portland, Maine
Here is a statistic that strikes a blow against Citizens United and should worry the billionaire class who are attempting to purchase control of the United States government. Bernie Sanders raised $41.4 million, and 99% of his donors can give to his campaign again.
Here are the basic numbers from the Sanders campaign:
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ raised $26.2 million during the third quarter of this year – all of it for use in primaries and caucuses – in a grassroots presidential campaign that has drawn 1.3 million small donations since it began.
The average donation was $30 apiece.
The campaign closed the books at the end of the Sept. 30 reporting period with almost $27.1 million in the bank after spending about $11.3 million, according to a report filed on Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.
Since his White House bid was launched last April 30, Sanders has banked a total of about $41.4 million, according to the report.
Only 270 of Sanders’ 650,000 donors gave the maximum $2,700 allowed.

That last sentence is what should scare the billionaires who are trying to buy the US government. Bernie Sanders was able to raise more money than every Republican pretender candidate, and he did it by not maxing out his donors. At thirty bucks a pop, his donors could give to him 90 times before they would max out and hit their contribution limit for the primary.
The billionaires can give unlimited funds to super PACs thanks to Citizens United, but the limitations of super PAC are becoming very obvious. Perry and Walker both had millions of dollars in super PACs, and both are no longer running for president. Jeb’s super PACs have raised hundreds of millions of dollars, but he is stuck in single digits even after spending millions of super PAC dollars on ads in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Super PACs have yet to prove that they can elect a pretender candidate. The best way to directly aid a candidate remains a contribution to their campaign.
The billionaires have the dollars, but Bernie Sanders has the numbers. Sanders is demonstrating that the collective power of small donors can power a presidential campaign.
Sanders supporters are outnumbering the billionaires, and taking back the corrupt campaign finance system one thirty dollar donation at a time.

Bernie Sanders Gets His Boogie On While Making His Debut On ‘The Ellen Show’

Bernie Sanders Gets His Boogie On While Making His Debut On ‘The Ellen Show’ (VIDEO)
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Bernie Sanders Met Sandra Bland’s Mother And Sister By Chance, Here Is What Happened

Bernie Sanders Met Sandra Bland’s Mother And Sister By Chance, Here Is What Happened
Bernie Sanders promised the family he would continue to #SayHerName. Five days later he kept his promise.

Bernie Sanders Says NO To Donation From ‘Poster Boy For Drug Company Greed’ Shkreli

Bernie Sanders Says NO To Donation From ‘Poster Boy For Drug Company Greed’ Shkreli“Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli tried to donate thousands to Bernie Sanders, but the 2016 Democratic hopeful told him where he could stick it — in a health clinic.

‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli whines about Bernie giving his money to charity and Twitter tears him a new one

Pharma bro says "Bring it on." Consider it brought-en.
The man-child known as “Pharma Bro” — also known as Martin Shkreli — is an absolute wonder when it comes to public relations.

Paul Goes Off On Sanders, Compares Him To Pol Pot

Rand Paul Goes Off On Sanders, Compares Him To Pol Pot

Republicans Are An Ungovernable Mess, So Media Shouts 'Both Sides!'

Money For Nothin' And Your Hicks For Free

Money For Nothin' And Your Hicks For Free Once again, absolutely no one in the Beltway media wants to hear a peep out of those of us who have been right about the wingnuts all along. Instead, we have a media in which Trump can literally dictate the terms of the Republican pretender 'debate': 

3 Good Reasons You Should Mock Wingnut Economists

Free Market Laughs In Lying Republican Cabal’s Face: Greedy Walmart Heirs Lose $41B, Costco Profits Soar

Free Market Laughs In Lying GOP’s Face: Greedy Walmart Heirs Lose $41B, Costco Profits Soar
The Walmart heirs just lost $11 billion in a single day, but Costco’s stock is exploding. Looks like the invisible hand just smacked down some Republican Cabal bullshit…

Dear Republicans, Could You Please Stop Crying And Do Your Jobs For Five Minutes?

With all of the drunk-quitting and SEX SCANDALS and absolute all-out civil war DRAMA in the Republican cabal, and grown-ass men crying (literally, CRYING!) because the nihilist wing of the party is so mean, you probably forgot there’s this small matter of keeping America, you know, open: In a letter to Boehner, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew warned on Thursday that the government could run out of enough money to pay its obligations by Nov. 3 instead of Nov. 5, as ...

DOJ Creates New Post To Focus On Threats From Lunatic Fringe Wingnut Radicals And Other Domestic Terrorists

RNC head: We’re ‘cooked as a cabal’ if we don’t take the White House in 2016

The head of the Republican National coven forecast a bleak future for his cabal, saying a failure to recapture the White House in 2016 means his cabal is “cooked.”

Trump's Freak Show

George Carlin's daughter Kelly: My dad would be having fun with Trump's 'freak show' campaign

Noonan: You Know What Else Is Obama's Fault? The Rise Of Trump.

Peggy Noonan: You Know What Else Is Obama's Fault? The Rise Of Donald Trump.

Trump continues Twitter war with ‘pathetic’ Jeb over 9/11 comments

Trump called Jeb “pathetic” and doubled down on earlier comments indicating former pretender the shrub should be held at least partially responsible for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Trump Hits The Shrub: ‘The World Trade Center Came Down During His Reign’

Trump: My Health Plan Isn't Socialized Medicine Because 'I Don't Put A Label On It'

Republican pretender front-runner Trump, who previously endorsed single-payer universal health care but has since retreated to vague and bombastic descriptions of a “terrific” replacement for Obamacare, is planning on releasing a more detailed health care plan soon and join... MORE

NBC Thumped As Americans Demand That The Network Dump Trump From SNL

NBC is facing an intense backlash as more than 18,000 Americans have signed a petition demanding that the network dump Trump as the host of the November 7 episode of Saturday Night Live.
The petition states:
By inviting Trump to host Saturday Night Live, NBC is demonstrating that it doesn’t care about its Latino and pro-immigrant viewers. It is providing a platform for Trump’s insulting attacks on immigrants and calling it entertainment — something we do not find funny.
It is shameful for NBC to allow Trump to host Saturday Night Live, a comedy show, when one of the main policies he has promised would rip apart millions of immigrant and Latino families.
NBC cannot bill hateful rhetoric as comedy, much less entertainment.
Juan Escalante, Digital Campaigns Manager at America’s Voice said, “After early support for the immigrant community, NBC is showing their true colors here. Donald Trump is running one of the most hateful and offensive campaigns in recent history and the fact that the network has decided to give him a megaphone is shameful and disappointing. This is a stark departure from the ‘dignity and respect’ they demanded from Trump in June and a slap in the face for the Latino and immigrant community.”
Added Alejandro Chavez, MoveOn National Field Campaign Organizer, “It is appalling to see NBC and ‘Saturday Night Live’ give essentially free campaign ad time to a candidate intent on spewing anti-immigrant hate. We are proud to stand with our allies at America’s Voice and our Latino and immigrant, documented and undocumented, brother and sister, and demand that NBC does the right thing, again, and dumps Trump — this time for good.”
It is ridiculous that NBC thinks that they can “cut ties” with Trump, and then bring him back for a shameless ratings grab on Saturday Night Live. Allowing a pretender candidate to host the show comes close to the line of violating campaign finance laws. If SNL has given Hillary Clinton a hosting slot, instead of a skit, Republicans would be demanding equal time.
NBC and SNL are going to allow Trump to deliver what amounts to a campaign ad wrapped around some comedy. Trump is running an entire pretender campaign that is centered around racism and hate. Both NBC and SNL are putting a cash grab ahead of doing the right thing.
You can tell NBC to dump Trump by signing the petition here.

Trump assumes Harvard student asking about South Korea is Asian — and pays for it

Republican pretender candidate Trump was quickly set straight on Thursday when he questioned why an Asian-American Harvard student would be asking him about South Korea.

Battle between Murdoch and ‘orangutoid’ Trump creates a nightmare for Fox News

Until Trump arrived, Murdoch owned the lowest common denominator in the media space. He didn’t just play to our worst instincts, he wrapped both arms around them and squeezed as hard as he could.

Christie Found A Way To Make 3,000 Disabled People Homeless Just In Time For The Holidays

Chris Christie Found A Way To Make 3,000 Disabled People Homeless Just In Time For The HolidaysHe can justify the $6 billion in corporate welfare, but the $16 million to keep these chronically disabled and terminally ill patients from homelessness is too much.

Cruz Misquotes Intelligence Director To Discredit Plan To Take In Syrian Refugees

Pataki Chokes During Live Interview And Reveals Why The Republican Cabal Has Already Lost 2016 Election

Pataki Chokes During Live Interview And Reveals Why The GOP Has Already Lost 2016 Election (VIDEO)This major slip up by Pataki revealed the truth about the wingnut delusion.

California Law Prohibits Phony Pregnancy Centers From Lying And Evangelicals Are Furious

The Reproductive Fact ACT that forces faith-based crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to stop lying and stop posing as medical providers.
Image from Cosmopolitan, Aug 2015One of the things parents teach their children from a very young age is not to lie and always be truthful. The prohibition on lying is included in all mainstream religions, but interestingly the only law against lying is if it is in a judicial proceeding or giving false information to law enforcement. Maybe it is because there is no law against lying that Republicans and Fox News lie pathologically and why evangelical 'christians' running phony women’s “crisis pregnancy centers” base their entire enterprise on mendacity. Now, however, crisis pregnancy centers in California will be required to follow their bible’s ninth commandment and stop lying because in the Golden State Democrats believe women deserve to hear the truth about their reproductive health choices.
Last week, in a signal that California Democrats believe that women warrant “reproductive freedom and dignity,” California Governor Jerry Brown signed a statewide bill, the Reproductive Fact ACT that forces faith-based crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to stop lying and stop posing as medical providers. Crisis pregnancy centers are religious anti-choice cabals that use the appeal of free pregnancy testing to trap women into suffering through a sermon where they are told blatant lies about abortion and birth control to discourage the use of both. The new law is not any kind of a burden for a legitimate business providing medical services, and primarily requires the churches to post signs alerting women that they are going to be given false information founded on religion, and that cult agitators are not really medical professionals or providers.
The overwhelming majority of CPCs, many funded by taxpayers, are no more “medical facilities” than a snake-handler’s revival tent, nor do they employ any medical staff. For the record, wearing a white lab coat or medical scrubs does not make one a medical professional; just a very bland, lazy, and unimaginative dresser. With the new consumer protection law, the churches posing as licensed medical providers are required to post a sign at the entrance, in plain view, that says:
This facility is not licensed as a medical facility by the State of California and has no licensed medical provider who provides, or directly supervises the provision of, medical services.”
The CPCs are also now required, by law, to inform every woman entering the ‘cult’ of all their reproductive health options with either an easily visible sign or clearly-stated handout that says:
“The State of California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services including all FDA-approved methods of contraception, prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women.”
The CPCs are also now required to list phone numbers and locations of county social services offices that are actual medical facilities with actual medical providers licensed by the state to provide the full range of reproductive medical care. The CPCs almost immediately filed suit against California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, for some bizarre notion that a law requiring truth in advertising, or prohibiting false advertising, is a gross violation of their freedom of speech and religious liberty to lie.
If the CPCs were not founded on pathological religious lies, nothing whatsoever about these “required disclosures” should bother them, particularly if they were real christians and not on a crusade to frighten women into giving birth when they do not want to. What should be welcomed by the CPCs is that there is nothing in the new law that prohibits them from preaching at women that “consequence free,” non-procreative sexual relations are an abomination and a mortal sin. But that was not enough of a concession for the religious right and they hope their appeal for judicial redress will allow them to continue using religious lies as sound medical advice.
What the CPC system is so terrified of with California’s new “truth in advertising,” or prohibition against “false advertising,” law is that the entire crisis pregnancy center system is founded on the principle that it is necessary and acceptable to lie to women to trick and frighten them into giving birth and in many cases getting pregnant. It is just a typical and standard anti-choice procedure closely related to the mormon delusion of “lying for the lord” which is all well and good to garner more tithing adherents, but it is unacceptable for deceiving women with “medical advice” borne of religious mendacity to make them birthing machines.
Many CPCs tell women the chance of miscarriage is much higher than it actually is hoping that a woman will take a chance rather than abort the unwanted pregnancy. Some lie and tell women how woefully ineffective and dangerous contraception is, or just drastically minimize the chance of getting pregnant if a woman does not use birth control to convince women to stop. The faith-based medical experts also greatly exaggerate the risks of having an abortion, or just do what comes naturally to liars and make up bizarre risks that have never existed or been documented. There is no end to the CPC lies to frighten women into believing that real medical experts intend to maim or kill any woman who believe it is their decision as to when they give birth.
However, the evangelicals at CPCs actually know for a fact, and believe, that not only is “abortion incredibly safe,” it is actually 14 times safer than giving birth. CPCs claim that “abortion is bad and has many adverse side effects. Abortion is associated with preterm birth, emotion (sic) and psychological impact, and spiritual consequences.” As the pro-choice organization NARAL reported in a study of California CPCs, lying is the norm and most important tool that CPCs use to pressure and frighten women into giving birth no matter the consequences to the woman. Lying for religion is what CPCs regard as sound, fact-based medical advice, and now the organization is very, very angry that California passed a law forcing them to be truthful.
In their lawsuits, the CPCs claim that the new truth in advertising law is unconstitutional and argue that “at minimum the consumer protection law unconstitutionally compels the clinics (churches) to speak messages that they have not chosen, with which they do not agree, and that distract, and detract from, the messages they have chosen to speak.” The also threw down the “religious freedom” to lie card and complained that the new “mandated state message is inconsistent with plaintiffs’ religious convictions.” And so there it is in their own words: lying is part and parcel of the CPC system’s “deeply-held religious convictions.”
One of the new law’s sponsors, Attorney General Kamala Harris said that,
“California has been a national leader in promoting and protecting equal access to the full range of women’s reproductive health care options. The Reproductive FACT Act will ensure that women are empowered to make informed and timely decisions about their health and their bodies.”
Harris’ statement was echoed by NARAL state director Amy Everitt:
California sent a clear message that women deserve information to help them make the best health care decisions for themselves and their families. With this law, California leaders are demonstrating to the rest of the country what it means to truly respect reproductive freedom and the dignity of women.”
One might hope the concept of “truly respecting reproductive freedom and the dignity of women” would be the law of the land, but this is America where evangelical liars and churches posing as medical facilities are just part of what Republicans love to claim make this country exceptional. In California, respecting and protecting women, their reproductive freedom and dignity is not exceptional, it is just what decent human beings do as a matter of course.