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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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The Horrifying Terror Attack Last Week that You Aren't Hearing About

While Republicans Screech, The Obama Administration Just Killed Two ISIL Leaders

One of the most insidious myths about terrorism that many Americans still believe is that Republicans are better at keeping the country “safe,”...

Paris Massacre, Obama’s Fault … As Usual

by John DeProspo
President George W. Bush makes a statement in the White House Rose Garden on March 28, 2006, with Vice President Dick Cheney looking on.It didn’t take long. While paramedics were still attending to the dead and injured in the Paris massacre, the word was out: it’s all Obama’s fault.
The lunatic fringe radical wingnuts, in essence, blamed President Obama for failing to thwart the Paris terrorist attacks. In fact, some commenters on the blogosphere suggested our Muslim, terrorist- loving president was glad to see the carnage take place! The usual suspects labeled our Commander-in-Chief weak and detached. A modern day Neville Chamberlain, if you will. As one writer observed, “We should have nuked Syria when Assad crossed over Obama’s red line.”
In an ironic juxtaposition, many blog sites today carried the story of ex-CIA George Tenet and Cofer Black’s blistering critique of the shrub junta’s failure to heed warnings, in the spring of 2001, of an impending Al Qaeda attack within the U.S.
In a bombshell interview with Politico, the former CIA director during the shrub’s junta claimed his department informed White House officials over imminent Al Qaeda attacks months before the president received the infamous “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” presidential briefing.
But the shrub-Cheney team didn’t seem to care much about the intelligence the CIA chief was making known them.
“To me it remains incomprehensible still,” said Black, the CIA’s chief of counterterrorism. “I mean, how is it that you could warn senior people so many times and nothing actually happened? It’s kind of like The Twilight Zone.”
What many Obama-blamers do not comprehend is that the world is the mess that it is due directly to the actions (inaction) of the Bush administration. They do not see the link between the shrub’s destabilization of the Middle East with a war of choice against Iraq and the hell that is the Middle East today. They do not understand that in reality, the shrub, not Obama, is responsible for the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Whether the shrub and his gang of neocons willfully ignored the pre-9/11 warnings or were grossly negligent in responding to those warnings needs to be determined once and for all. Whether the shrub and Company fabricated the WMD story as a pretext for war, we as Americans deserve to know. And if war crimes were committed, those responsible need to held to account so that justice can prevail.
A Cheney behind bars and the shrub committed to a mental institution would send a powerful message to the world about American values.

Fox Hack Calls French Muslims ‘Welfare Queens’

Wingnuts Lose Their Shit On Twitter Because Democrats Won’t Condemn All Muslims After Paris

Repubs Lose Their Sh*t On Twitter Because Dems Won’t Condemn All Muslims After Paris (TWEETS)Wingnut candidates, leaders and media can’t understand why not everyone hates as much as they do.

Wingnut media does ghoulish victory dance over Paris attacks

Wingnuts across the American media landscape are speaking with one voice after the attacks that left scores of French civilians dead and hundreds maimed Friday: Terrorism has a religion, and it is Islam. The messaging has not been subtle.



Fox Hack Calls Jennifer Lawrence an “Idiot” For Telling the Truth About its War on Women

The Republican cabal just went to war against the top-paid actress in Hollywood, the star of the Hunger Games trilogy as Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence told Vogue in an interview published Wednesday that she was brought up as a Republican but that the GOP’s treatment of women was difficult for her:
“I was raised a Republican but I just can’t imagine supporting a cabal that doesn’t support women’s basic rights.”
At this point you can say good for her! She called out the Republican cabal for its War on Women. Women’s Reproductive Rights are under attack everywhere Republicans hold sway, not only abortion rights, but the right to contraceptives and even to health care through attacks on Planned Parenthood.
She told the magazine,
“It’s 2015 and gay people can get married and we think that we’ve come so far, so, yay! But have we? I don’t want to stay quiet about that stuff.”
Lawrence has a reputation for speaking what’s on her mind, and she did not hold back, and cemented her place as a tough, intelligent young woman, going after both Trump and Kim Davis:
“My view on the election is pretty cut-and-dried,” she told the magazine. “If  Trump is president of the United States, it will be the end of the world. And he’s also the best thing to happen to the Democrats ever.”
And Kentucky clerk Kim Davis?
“Kim Davis? Don’t even say her name in this house.”
“[She is a] lady who makes me embarrassed to be from Kentucky. All those people holding their crucifixes, which may as well be pitchforks, thinking they’re fighting the good fight.”
“I grew up in Kentucky. I know how they are.”
Needless to say, Republicans are not amused at being called out for their medieval attitudes. The crew at Fox News’ Outnumbered for example, had their usual idiotic pablum to say.
Tantaros reacted to Lawrence’s words by saying, “Wow, I’m embarrassed for Jennifer Lawrence, I’m embarrassed to be a woman, Harris, to listen to a female spout some idiocy.”
Seeing his cue, Harris Faulkner spouted, “I just — I don’t believe it’s reality.” This is the network, mind, that hosts the Republican cabal’s completely invented reality.
Tantaros answered, “These are pretty dumb remarks.” She then went on to question Lawrence’s First Amendment rights:
“She insulted quite a few people in that rant that she did, Stephen. I just want to know what rights does Jennifer Lawrence not have?”
Stephen Hayes allowed that she had the right to say what she wanted, but said, “If you don’t have anything intelligent to say, you’re better off remaining quiet.”
If Fox News took his advice, you would hear nothing but silence on that channel. Certainly, Andrea Tantaros would be easier to watch. The same holds true over at Red State, which characterized Lawrence’s fight for equal pay for women as a “bratty display from a wealthy youngster.”
Right. Because if you’re a woman and you want to get paid the same as a man for doing the same job, you’re a brat. At every opportunity Republicans seem eager to prove Lawrence’s point, don’t they?
Hilariously – since we say the exact same thing about Tantaros and her crew here at PoliticusUSA, Tantaros concluded that “as long as liberals keep saying dumb stuff, we’re gonna cover it right here on this program.”
Dumb stuff – as in facts. CNS News predictably rant with the headline “Jennifer Lawrence attacks 'christians',” which she did not. She attacked medieval attitudes. There are plenty of christians – most in fact – who agree with Lawrence, as polls demonstrate.
That doesn’t stop the misinformed and vile haters who read this stuff from coming to the fore:
electric123 • 
What this Hollywood Slit says, doesn’t hold a pile of beans to the working class, and she will find out on her own judgment day.
RM • 
Ah yes, another actress who’s whored herself to the devil for the fame and pleasures of this world. Hollyweird is full of those who have sold their souls for this earths fame and pleasures. What a shallow/vapid person, who threw her immortal soul away for a bowl of gruel.
The fact is that Tantaros and the rest of her ilk at Fox News lie regularly as part of their jobs at Fox News, making being offensive a career. They regularly say dumb things yet call Jennifer Lawrence stupid for telling the simple, undeniable truth that the Republican cabal does not support women’s basic rights.
Tantaros, for example, is the one who, apparently eager to vie with the vapid intellect of Hasselbeck asked during the Rachel Dolezal imbroglio, “If I self-identify as a cat, a feline, do I have to pay income taxes? I mean, I’m just wondering.”
Even Trump has admitted Kim Davis has to obey the law of the land, and recognized that the law of the land happens to be the United States Constitution, not the bible.
Facts, Tantaros. In response to facts, all Fox News has are insults. Tantaros made no attempt to prove Lawrence was wrong in any particular. She couldn’t. So she mocked her instead.
Jennifer Lawrence is right. The Republican cabal doesn’t respect women’s basic rights. And how could they when they don’t respect women?

Here are the Republican pretender candidates’ top 7 distortions, disconnects and outright lies — so far

The rnc’s plan to keep the 2016 Republican primaries from being a clown show hasn’t worked out very well.

President Obama Completely Destroys Trump’s Campaign Platform In Just Over 1 Minute

It’s no secret that Trump has built his campaign on a platform of racism and bigotry of massive proportions. “We’re gonna build...

Clinton Says Taxpayers Shouldn't Be Paying To Send Trump's Kids To College

Clinton Says Taxpayers Shouldn't Be Paying To Send Trump's Kids To College

We’re missing the real Rubio scandal: The problem isn’t his financial trouble, it’s that he’s a corruptible sneak

Focusing on Rubio's poor money management obscures the much larger problems with his finances and policy record
Now that Rubio has vaulted himself into a front-running distant third place in the poll for the 2016 Republican nomination, he’s starting to come under harsher scrutiny from the press and his opponents in the Republican cabal field. For the moment, the focal point of that criticism is Rubio’s personal finances, as the New York Times reported this morning:
A decade after he began using a Republican cabal credit card for personal purchases like paving stones at his home, Rubio on Wednesday pledged to disclose new spending records from that account as he sought to inoculate himself against what could be his biggest liability as a pretender candidate: how he manages his finances.
The paper goes on to note that Rubio’s fellow aspirants for the Republican nomination “are rushing to resurrect the matter in an attempt to portray him as a careless money manager.” Donald Trump is “suggesting that the senator struggled to live within his means,” the Times writes, adding that the “risk” for Rubio is that this credit card issue “may become a symbol of a larger pattern of financial challenges in his recent past.”
Come on. The problem revealed by Rubio’s shady history with state party credit cards isn’t that Rubio is bad at “managing his finances” – it’s that he’s a weasel who cashed in on his position of (limited) authority. The image of Rubio as a poor money manager with massive debt isn’t as damaging as his opponents and the press might think. Pretty much everyone in the country has trouble handling debt, and far too many people are carrying way too high a balance on their credit cards. Framing it in these terms just allows Rubio to make the point that he’s not wealthy and he copes with the same financial difficulties as everyone else. The damning part of all this is that he abused resources made available to him as Speaker. I’m not especially bothered that Rubio can’t balance his checkbook, but I do care that he’s a corruptible sneak.
(However, if reporters and Rubio’s opponents are looking for a way to make his personal financial troubles relevant, try bringing them up the next time Rubio justifies a balanced budget amendment by saying the government must balance its books just like American families do.)
But that’s still not Rubio’s “biggest liability as a presidential candidate.” I tend to think it’s a little more significant that much of Rubio’s policy platform is based on lies and discredited economic theories. Just today he released his plan for exploding the military budget well beyond its current levels as part of his neoconservative foreign policy vision to pick fights and spread freedom at gunpoint. He’s going to provoke international conflicts and preside over a vast expansion of defense spending while also blowing a hole in the budget by slashing tax rates, eliminating taxes on investments, and creating new tax credits for the middle class. The last Republican president implemented a more modest version of this policy agenda, and the results – intractable military quagmires, exploding inequality, huge deficits – left him so widely reviled that he put himself in political exile, where he remains to this day.
And, of course, Rubio is still moving to the right on immigration in an attempt to mollify conservatives who disowned him for his past heresies on “amnesty.” He’s running to be the nominee of a party in desperate need of support from minority voters, and to secure that nomination he’s inching closer and closer to the immigration position of the party’s nativist wing. Seems like a pretty serious problem!
So if you want to focus on Rubio’s credit card shenanigans and his past life as a small-time charlatan, go right ahead. Just don’t do him the favor of believing that’s his biggest weakness as a would-be president.

He was the worst ...

He was the worst pretender until he was deposed by the shrub as the absolute worst in history

Carson: Anyone With 'Big Frontal Lobes' Knows That Syrian Refugees Should Be Banned

Ben Carson: Anyone With 'Big Frontal Lobes' Knows That Syrian Refugees Should Be Banned
Republican cabal pretender hopeful Carson argued on Sunday that anyone with "big frontal lobes" could see that the U.S. must not accept refugees from Syria. 

Carson Can't Name Any Of Our Allies For His International Coalition

Ben Carson Can't Name Any Of Our Allies For His International Coalition
Chris Wallace had to repeatedly ask Carson who would be part of his own international military coalition to fight ISIL. 

Carson Runs To Fox 'News' To Complain About The Media Lying

Ben Carson Runs To Fox 'News' To Complain About The Media LyingRepublican cabal pretender front runner Carson wants us to believe that Politico, CNN and the Wall Street Journal are all in the bag for Hillary Clinton.

Carson responded to charges that he’s politically inexperienced by writing in a Facebook post late yesterday that “every signer of the Declaration of Independence had no elected office experience.”

From Robert Reich:
Wrong. Most signers – including Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock -- had been elected to their colonial assemblies prior to signing the Declaration.
After being notified of his error, Carson changed his post to say the signers had no “federal” elected office experience. True, but neither did anyone else because at the time the Declaration was signed there wasn’t yet a federal government.
Carson thereby proves he’s not just inexperienced. He also doesn’t know American history, doesn’t know about the federal government, and doesn’t know the limits of his own ignorance.

Carson Fumbles BIG TIME, Admits Hillary Has The Experience To Be POTUS

Ben Carson Fumbles BIG TIME, Admits Hillary Has The Experience To Be POTUS (VIDEO)There you have it! Case closed. You know Carson’s campaign manager busted a blood vessel on this one.

Carson breaks with Trump on immigration, but his plan is no less insane

Ben Carson, via Gage Skidmore / FlickrCarson breaks with Trump on immigration, but his plan is no less insane
This policy is Pyramids-built-to-store-grain-level crazy.