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Monday, November 23, 2015

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Dear World: I Would Like to Apologize for the Republican Cabal

by Allen Clifton
The Iraq War is a prime example. Because of the shrub’s incompetence, much of the Middle East has been destabilized which has led to hundreds of thousands of deaths (including over 4,400 American soldiers) and the largest terrorist uprising we’ve ever seen.
Even when it comes to climate change, instead of being the global leader, setting the example on green energy that other nations would certainly follow, we’re stuck arguing with idiots who bring snowballs to Congress to “prove” that climate change isn’t real.
As thousands of Syrian refugees desperately seek a place to go, the United States should be leading the charge to reach out and help these folks find a place to escape almost certain death. Instead, Republicans are too busy playing petty partisan politics, fear-mongering for the sake of exploiting hatred for votes.
It’s sickening.
Instead of being a nation pushing the idea that terrorists are the enemy – not all Muslims – we have one leading Republican pretender candidate suggesting that we should track Muslims in a database much like the Nazis did to Jewish people, while another leading candidate compared refugees to “rabid dogs.” To say nothing about the others who only want to grant access to 'christian' refugees – a move that only ends up helping Islamic radicals.
The United States is supposed to be a beacon of hope and acceptance; instead, we have tens of millions of Republicans driven by irrational paranoia and fear. These are people who claim to love America, while seemingly hating the majority of Americans.
The United States is not what Republicans are trying to turn it into. We’re not a nation where any religious litmus test must be passed; where one religion is meant to rule over others; where discrimination is legal; or where hate and intolerance are widely accepted “values.”
We’re not ignorant fools like Trump, Carson, Cruz, or Huckabee. We’re not people who embrace stupidity while attacking education. People who view diversity as some sort of “attack” on our “American values.” At least we’re not supposed to be, but that’s clearly the type of country Republicans are trying to create.
As a progressive, I promise that myself and many others like me will continue to speak out against the idiocy many Republicans seem so proud to display. We’ll continue to stand against racism, sexism, discrimination, injustice and the ongoing desire by many within the Republican cabal to turn the United States into a “white religio-wingnut 'christian' theocracy” built upon inexcusable bigotry that’s in complete contrast to what this nation stands for.
While it won’t be easy, I do believe ultimately that we will win. As long as the resolve amongst progressives and liberals stays strong, and they show up to vote (which is key), there’s nothing keeping us from saving this country – and in many ways much of the world – from the dangerous ideologies that drive the Republican cabal.
But in the meantime, let me apologize to everyone for the Republican cabal and their stupidity. As a progressive, I am absolutely ashamed that these folks represent part of my country.
I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that the entire world doesn’t have to endure another Republican in the White House. The last thing any of us should want, be it in the United States or abroad, is a repeat of what we all had to endure during the shrub junta.

10 Ridiculous Republican Facts That Are So Absurd They Seem Like They’re Made Up

by Allen Clifton
I was joking with a buddy of mine that with Trump as the Republican front-runner for pretender, the Republican cabal has officially become a really long, unfunny Saturday Night Live skit. The fact that there are literally millions of people who think Trump would be a good pretender is a testament to the idiocy that drives millions of wingnuts.
But the truth is, while Trump’s name might be one of the most talked about, this level of lunacy is found all throughout the Republican cabal.
So I thought I’d list 10 indisputable facts about the Republican cabal that are so incredibly absurd, they sound made up.
1. Rubio and Cruz – the children of Cuban immigrants – have gone at one another publicly while trying to prove who’s the most anti-immigrant.
2. Carson, neurosurgeon and leading Republican cabal pretender candidate, thinks evolution is satanic; has spread anti-vaccine myths; believes the Earth was created in six days; and thinks the pyramids were biblical grain storage. Yes, Republicans managed to find a brain surgeon who doesn’t  believe in science.
3. Trump, Gingrich, Limbaugh and Kim Davis all oppose same-sex marriage, claiming to be supporters of the “sanctity of marriage.” Fun fact: Between these four individuals, they’ve accumulated a grand total of 14 marriages and multiple adulterous affairs.
4. Many wingnuts have spoken highly of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “strength” and bravado against terrorism, often in an attempt to bash or mock the “weakness” of President Obama. Meanwhile, Putin has strong ties to the Iranian government which supports Hezbollah – a terrorist organization which, along with Iran, would like to see Israel destroyed. The same Israel that Republicans have claimed “Obama has turned his back on.”
5. Jeb once criticized President Obama’s plan to combat ISIL… for being too intelligent.
6. Around 75 percent of everything Trump says seems to be a lie – yet he’s managed to become the Republican cabal pretender front-runner and has even seen his lead increase again in some recent polls.
7. Despite the fact that a Republican pretender hasn’t balanced the budget since the 1950’s, Republicans continue to claim they’re the cabal for “fiscal responsibility.”
8. While Republicans fear-monger against accepting Syrian refugees, the United States has taken over 80k Iraqi refugees since 2007 who come from the actual country where ISIL formed – none of whom, to the public’s knowledge, have committed any act of terrorism.
9. President Obama sent a draft to congressional Republicans asking for the authorization to do more in Syria to combat ISIL – and they refused to give him that power. Now these same Republicans are complaining that he hasn’t done enough to combat ISIL.
10. Republicans don’t blame the shrub for ISIL, or the 9/11 attack, despite the fact that the rise of the terrorist organization is a direct result of his botching of the Iraq War and he was given intelligence prior to the largest terrorist attack in our nation’s history yet did nothing; meanwhile, many Republicans have blamed President Obama for the terrorist attack… in France.
Alright folks, there you have it.
Ten ridiculous Republican facts that are so completely absurd, they sound like they can’t be real.
Go ahead, fact-check me.
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A photograph of Charles Darwin by Herbert Rose Barraud taken in 1881. [Wikipedia Commons]
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Cruz: If Elected, I Would Jail ‘Communist’ Obama & Murder Iran’s Supreme Leader

Cruz (R-TX) has officially declared himself to be a threat to our national security and to the pursuit of peace across the world. The firebrand pretender candidate and teabagger darling is known for saying disturbingly ignorant things, but this time he has barreled right over the line of decency and reason. This morning, with the taste of Boehner’s metaphorical blood still fresh in his mouth, jackal Cruz addressed the Value Voters Summit, energized by his victory over the last semblance of moderation that the House still had.
He decided to open by making a joke about President Obama, who is apparently “the world’s most powerful communist”, and then swung right into calling for the President’s arrest: “If they can project a rainbow on the White House, maybe they can put bars on the windows!” His speech went downhill from there.
In a breathtaking show of dangerous extremism and astounding disrespect for the our nation, our president, and the international community, Cruz announced that on his first day as President, he would “rip to shreds” the Iranian nuclear peace deal and threatened to kill Iran’s leaders. “If the ayatollah [Sayyid Ali Khamenei] doesn’t understand that, we may have to help introduce him to the 72 virgins” (Referring to the misconception that virgins await Islamic martyrs in heaven). The enormity of those statement is simply astounding and enormously offensive. This man, who is apparently running to be the leader of the free world, finds it acceptable to make casual death threats toward world leaders and speaks frivolously about starting major international wars.
What is perhaps even more terrifying is the response from the crowd, which was several standing ovations. There is quite possibly nobody more unqualified to be in government than Cruz. While he dances on the grave of Boehner and ties on his legislative kamikaze bandanna, it is important for us to take stock of just what an ambitious lunatic he really is. This is no way for an elected official to behave, no matter how crude and malleable your support base is. Cruz has proven he has no intention of governing as a Senator; he’s given no indication that he would do any better as President. Statements like these have absolutely no place in the realm of rational and reasonable politics, and Cruz does not deserve a place in our national discourse.

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Candidate Trump - Good For America

by John DeProspo
Muslim terrorists have long pushed the narrative that they are at war with the west in a “clash of civilizations.” It’s the death match they so long for between Islam and the infidels of western society. For most of post 9-11 America, this notion has been rejected by a majority of Americans. But, as we have seen since the Paris attacks, this idea of a “clash of civilizations” is gaining wide acceptance among a fearful American populace. A large segment of Americans now believe all Muslims are terrorists, or all terrorists are Muslim, and that we are indeed at war with the Muslim faith.
While this narrative is patently false, it is being shamefully hyped by many of the Republican pretender candidates, most notably Donald Trump. The frontrunner for the Republican nomination has irresponsibly called for warrant-less searches of mosques and tracking Muslim Americans in a database or giving them “a special form of identification that noted their religion.”
Once again, as Trump’s rhetoric has become more repulsive, he has seen a spike in his poll numbers. In a recent NBC/SurveyMonkey online poll following the Paris attacks, Trump’s support is at 28%, Carson 18% (down eight points from the previous survey), Cruz 18%, Rubio 11% and Bush at 4%.
What Trump’s ascendancy as the leading Republican candidate has done is put our country in a clash of its own; a clash of identity and direction; a fight for the soul of the country. And this is a good thing!
We, as Americans, need this fight. Whether it’s Trump or one of the other Republican fear-mongers, the results of the upcoming presidential election will show the country who we are as a nation and inform the world if we are the America they have long respected and admired.
While the Republican establishment will do all it can to derail a Trump nomination, it may be too late. Having Trump as the Republican standard bearer would be the best thing for our country. It could very well signal the death of the Republican cabal or the start of a dark future for the land of the free.
Every election is billed as the most important election we will ever face. This time around, it may actually be that.

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Against NRA Opposition Senator Feinstein Pushes To End Gun Sales To Suspected Terrorists

Senator Feinstein is leading an effort to bar gun sales to people on the Terrorist Watchlist, but the NRA is fighting her efforts.…
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California Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) is renewing efforts to prohibit people on the FBI’s Terrorist Watchlist from purchasing handguns and military-style rifles. Congressional Republicans have consistently opposed legislation designed to prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing guns. However, with wingnut lawmakers still recoiling in fear from the Paris attacks, some Republican members of congress might reconsider their position that arming suspected terrorists is an acceptable policy.
Under current federal law, affiliation with a known terrorist organization doesn’t bar an individual from purchasing or possessing firearms or explosives. While restricting rights based on suspicion of terrorist activity is a delicate matter, Feinstein made her point rather bluntly, by stating:
I think this is a no-brainer. If you’re too dangerous to board a plane, you’re too dangerous to buy a gun.
Members on the Terrorist Watchlist are banned from boarding commercial flights, but between 2004 and 2014 individuals on the list made at least 2,043 legal gun purchases in the United States.
Democrats and a few Republicans, including New York Rep. Peter King and former president George W. Bush tried to pass legislation closing off suspected terrorists’ legal access to guns, but they were blocked by NRA-friendly congressional Republicans at every turn.
Predictably, the NRA has voiced their opposition to Feinstein’s proposal. NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker stated:
It is appalling that anti-gun politicians are exploiting the Paris terrorist attacks to push their gun-control agenda and distract from President Obama’s failed foreign policy.
In the wake of 129 people getting murdered by terrorists, the idea of making it more difficult for suspected terrorists to arm themselves probably won’t seem “appalling” to most Americans.
What may come across as appalling is the NRA’s dogmatic insistence that guns continue to be made readily available to almost anyone who wants to have one. The NRA and their Republican stooges in congress are so indoctrinated into the gun cult, that they won’t even approve of legislation designed to keep guns out of the the hands of suspected terrorists.

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ISIL Says Anonymous Are Idiots But Anonymous Shows Who the Real Idiots Are

Back in January, in the wake of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, the Anonymous collective declared war on the Islamic State with #OpParis (Operation Paris).
Recently, they sort of declared war again, releasing a video Monday in response to the latest Paris terrorist attacks. TheHackerNews.com called it a declaration of “total war.” Anonymous told the world that they were about to “launch the biggest operation ever,” and in the video, warned the Islamic State to “expect massive cyber-attacks.”
“Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down. You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go.”
In response Monday, the Islamic State released a statement of its own, resorting to the always effective tactic of name-calling:
“The #Anonymous hackers threatened in a new video release that they will carry out a major hack operation on the Islamic state (idiots).”

Oh dear. I’m sure that hurt. It was, in fact, the cause of great hilarity.
This video was sent to News2Share by Anonymous ...
We can agree or not agree that our leaders have failed us. What is certainly correct is that governments by their very nature have limited options. Political will is the fuel that drives military operations. Before both world wars, the United States lacked the political will to get involved until certain conditions were met.
Al Qaeda discovered that America does have the political will to do what must be done in response to terrorist attacks, as the shrub junta chased them running with their tails between their legs from Afghanistan in 2001. The Invasion of Iraq in 2003 was far less successful. Nonetheless, the United States sustained a decade-long effort to defeat its enemies in the Middle East, including enemies it had created in the process.
That will, as a result of the cost of that long war, has eroded America’s ability to respond as it once might have. President Obama is constrained by this reality. Anonymous is not.
While Russians and Americans and Iraqis and Kurds and other local groups pound the Islamic State both on the ground and from the air (something of which Anonymous does not approve), Anonymous has gone for their soft underbelly in an effective cyberwar.
ISIL called Anonymous “idiots” but it is Anonymous, by shutting down over 5,500 Twitter accounts belonging to Islamic State members in the first 24 hours, Anonymous showed who the true idiots are. The Islamic State had sent advice to its members on how to avoid being hacked, but this was just more cause for humor among the hacktivist group:
So ineffective were these measures that on Wednesday, Anonymous announced in another video that the count was now at 20,000 accounts. Their masked spokesman announced “this is only the beginning” and that there is no longer “any safe place online”:
Hello citizens of the world, we are anonymous.
It is time to realize social media is a solid platform for ISIS’s communication as well as neutering there ideas of terror amoung youth, but at the same time social media has proven that it is an advanced weapon. We must all work together and use social media to eliminate the accounts belonging to terrorists. More than 20,000 Twitter Accounts belonging to ISIS were just taken down by Anonymous. You can find a list of all the Twitter Accounts in the description. This is only the beginning.
ISIS; we will hunt you, Take down your sites, Accounts, Emails, and expose you…From now on, no safe place for you online…You will be treated like a virus, and we are the cure.
They closed with their signature warning:
We are anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
ISIS…it is too late to Expect Us.
If the Islamic State wanted attention, they have gotten it. It seems very unlikely they will enjoy the result.

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Rick Perry Loses, Ordered To Stand Trial For Felony Abuse Of Power

From the Archives:
 by Ann Werner 
Rick Perry
Things are not looking so good for presidential hopeful, former Texas Governor Rick Perry.
U.S. News and World Report is reporting that the 3rd Court of Appeals today threw out one of the charges against him but ruled he still has to answer for the abuse-of-power accusations against him.
A grand jury indicted Perry in 2014 for using his executive power to try to force Travis County’s Rosemary Lehmberg to resign. Perry threatened to veto $7.5 million (2 years) in state funding to Lehmberg’s Public Integrity unit after she’d pled guilty to drunk driving and served 45 days for the offense. A state funded watchdog, the Public Integrity Unit investigates charges of public corruption. When Perry called to demand she resign, she refused; he then vetoed funding for the agency. The grand jury issued two indictments: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. A guilty sentence on both counts could have put Perry in the slammer for 109 years.
The 3rd Court rejected the coercion of a public servant count on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment but upheld the first count, saying Perry’s actions were unconstitutional. That charge is a first-degree felony and carries a maximum sentence of 99 years.
His attorney, Tony Buzbee, made this statement at a news conference in Houston: “One down, one to go. The court today threw out what we consider to be the greater of the two charges.” According to Buzbee, the abuse of power charge is “hanging by a thread.”
Seeing that the coercion of a public servant charge carried only a 10-year maximum sentence and the abuse of power carries a considerably longer sentence, one has to wonder what Buzbee is talking about and if he even knows what he’s doing.
Director Craig McDonald of the left leaning Texans for Public Justice  was quick to point out that the judges who handed down today’s ruling are Republican. He stated they could have thrown out the entire case but instead, their decision “leaves a criminal indictment hanging over Perry’s head.”
The Perry campaign had no comment other than Buzbee’s statement.