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What We Know About The 300 ISIL Sympathizers In The U.S.

There is a “small but active cadre of individuals infatuated with ISIS’ ideology” in the U.S. according to a new report from the Program on Extremism at the George Washington University.



Obama Rips Wingnut Candidates For Betraying Our Values During National Address

Obama National Address On Terrorism
During his address from the Oval Office, President Obama ripped the proposals for discrimination against Muslim-Americans that are being offered by Republican presidential candidates like Trump and Cruz.
The president laid out his plan defeat ISIL and some blunt criticism for what the Republican pretender candidates are offering.
After rejecting sending ground troops back to the Middle East, the President said:

But just as it is the responsibility of Muslims around the world to root out misguided ideas that lead to radicalization, it is the responsibility of all Americans of every faith to reject discrimination.
It is our responsibility to reject religious tests on who we admit into this country.
It is our responsibility to reject proposals that Muslim-Americans should somehow be treated differently.
Because when we travel down that road, we lose.
That kind of divisiveness, that betrayal of our values, plays into the hands of groups like ISIL.
Muslim-Americans are our friends and our neighbors, our coworkers, and our sports heroes, and yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defense of our country. We have to remember that.

The President reminded the country that freedom is more powerful than fear. President Obama also talked about the San Bernardino shootings as an act of terror, and he repeated his plea for Congress to pass common-sense gun laws.
This address was partially an explanation of his ISIL strategy, but just as importantly, it was also about pushing against the climate of fear and discrimination that Republicans like Trump are attempting to build and exploit. Each of the proposals that Obama urged the nation to reject have been offered by Republican pretender candidates.
President Obama was correct. The Republican pretender candidates are trying to convince the American people to betray our core values. The President addressed pushed back candidates who are trying to frighten people into voting for them.
Republicans are attempting to revive the cynical post-9/11 politics of fear, but President Obama used his bully pulpit to appeal to our better natures. Obama is standing tall, and not about to let the nation that he leads be defeated by fear.

Obama’s national security speech made wingnuts’ heads explode

America’s angry, wingnut cranks were quick to respond to President Barack Obama’s speech last Sunday night about national security in the wake of last week’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.

Bernie Sanders Releases Climate Plan

Republicans Try To Kill Climate Deal While Democrats Work To Save The Planet

10 Democratic senators have flown to Paris to tell climate negotiators President Obama has strong support for an international climate deal.…
COP21 - US Senators
With the first week of the U.N. climate summit coming to a close, the world appears increasingly closer to reaching to an international deal on climate action.
Back in the United States, a coalition of Republican senators and representatives have been hard at work to stymie such a deal, voting to derail President Obama’s signature Clean Power Plan and threatening to hold climate funds hostage in the year-end budget.
But in Paris, a group of 10 Democratic senators lead by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-NM) had a different message: President Obama has strong support for an international climate deal.
“What you see here are people who are going to protect what the president is putting on the table here in Paris as a promise from the American people to the world,” Ed Markey, (D-MA), said during a press conference held Saturday. “We are going to back up the president every step of the way.”
As the Guardian pointed out, Markey, a long-time champion of climate action who co-wrote a 2009 climate bill that passed through the House, was hardly the only long-time advocate of climate action to make the journey to Paris, as he was joined by both Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who has given over 100 speeches related to climate change on the floor of the Senate, and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), who recently co-sponsored a bill that would end the extraction of fossil fuels on public lands. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Chris Coons (D-DE), Al Franken (D-MN), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Tom Udall (D-NM), rounded out the coalition.
“We are moving in the right direction and we are not going to back down,” Udall said. “We have the president’s back and we are going to make sure we keep moving in the right direction.”
Republicans have threatened to undermine the climate talks for months, but recently have begun to take concrete steps towards that end. Last week, the House passed two joint resolutions that would essentially kill the Clean Power Plan, largely considered to be Obama’s signature climate policy. A similar pair of resolutions also passed in the Senate last month. Republican senators have also threatened to deny Obama any climate funds in the 2016 budget, something that Obama has previously requested. Such a move could potentially undermine the United States’ position at the bargaining table, causing key players like India to be more reticent in agreeing to a deal. Obama has threatened to veto any attempt to override the Clean Power Plan, and Democratic legislators have been vocal in their opposition to Republicans denying funds via the year-end budget.
Still, the Democratic senators’ visit to Paris comes at a crucial time in the negotiating process, as a draft of a potential deal was recently sent to the ministers of participating nations. The draft, which observers are calling more “streamlined” than previous drafts, will serve as the basis of upcoming negotiations.
Environmental groups praised the senators’ trip, with Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune calling it a “clear message to COP21 negotiators.”
“American leadership has helped drive momentum around the globe to ensure these negotiations would be successful, and it’s clear that American leadership will help ensure the implementation of a strong agreement that will grow our clean energy economy and protect our families and our communities,” Brune said in a press statement.

Fox News' Dash Gets Censored On TV

Wingnuts on TV are losing all perspective and have been continually using inappropriate language since the 2016 presidential primaries have begun.

In A New Low Even For Fox An Hack Calls President Obama A ‘Pussy’ In Unhinged Rant

In A New Low Even For Fox An Analyst Calls President Obama A ‘Pussy’ In Unhinged Rant (VIDEO)
This is a pathetic low, even for Fox. Shame on them.

This teabagging birther is frighteningly close to giving white rural voters even more influence over your life

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments beginning Tuesday in a tebagger agitator’s challenge of fundamental voting rights that could hand Republicans a major advantage in congressional elections

Rubio promises to turn back the clock on LGBT progress

Marco Rubio, via Gage Skidmore / FlickrRubio promises to turn back the clock on LGBT progress
The wingnuts’ fresh face for a New American Century is rather old-fashioned.

Ryan’s Response: Less American Values and More Assault Weapons to Terrorists

Responding to Obama, Ryan said nothing about gun sales to terrorists or the dangers of radicalizing Muslims with more Republican hate…

President Obama ripped Republican candidates for betraying our values during a national address. He also called on Congress to stop the sale of assault weapons to terrorists, something Republicans controlling Congress have refused to do, while insisting Obama is not tough enough on terrorism.
Ryan (R-WI) was, of course, quick to respond:
“Our primary responsibility is to keep the American people safe from the real and evolving threat of radical Islamic terrorism. That will require the president to produce a comprehensive strategy to confront and defeat ISIS. The enemy is adapting, and we must too. That’s why what we heard tonight was so disappointing: no new plan, just a half-hearted attempt to defend and distract from a failing policy.
“American families should have confidence that our leaders are working together to address this threat. That’s why this week the House will vote on a bipartisan bill to update our visa waiver program to reduce the risk of an extremist entering the country from abroad. This legislation builds on a recent bipartisan vote to strengthen the certification requirements in our refugee program.
“But the ultimate solution is a comprehensive plan to eliminate the extremist threat, and only the commander-in-chief can provide that. The horrific events of recent weeks remind us that any hope to contain ISIL has been a failure. Until we hear from the president what more can be done —with our military, our intelligence-gathering, and our international partners — we will remain one step behind our enemy. This is not just the next president’s problem. It is our problem, and we must confront it today.”
Nothing was said by Ryan about common sense gun laws. Nothing about why Ryan wants terrorists to be able to buy assault rifles.
As the White House tweeted Sunday night,
The White House @WhiteHouse
"What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semi-automatic weapon?" —@POTUS
It was certain from the moment the identity of the killers broke, that the San Bernadino mass shooting would be treated differently than any other shooting, because our other recent mass shootings have been carried out by white men – not by Muslims, but by 'christian' domestic terrorists.
The Planned Parenthood shooting is absolutely an example of Republican thinking gone awry. It was committed by a white man who had been influenced by Republican hate speech and support for a faked video about Planned Parenthood. Every Republican candidate is partly to blame for what happened. Congress is responsible as well, for not embracing common sense gun laws.
Who is going to keep us safe from domestic terrorists like him? Who is going to keep us safe from Ryan and a Republican-misled Congress?
Nothing was said by Ryan about betraying our core values by imposing religious tests on refugees, or profiling them on the basis of religion. Their recipe of hate is only going to radicalize more Muslims, just as their recipe of hate continues to radicalize “white 'christian' Republicans.”
While Ryan insists Obama develop a plan to protect us from Islamic terrorists, he wants no action taken at all to protect us from domestic terrorists. In fact, by promising to continue with the hate speech that has become the knee-jerk response to all things Islam and abortion, Ryan promises to make us less safe.
Remember this?
Yeah…it’s not. It’s the same old day. New face, same narrative.
CBS, introducing the address, put hack Chuck Todd on camera to tell us that the president should have addressed the nation already. Nothing about Obama will ever satisfy the conservative trolls who dominate the mainstream media. Nothing Obama says will change the Republican response in Congress, which is at this point as predictable as death and taxes.
It is Republican politics as usual, in a speech that could have as easily come out of the mouth of Boehner. Nothing changed when Boehner stepped down and nothing is going to change. Republicans want to to back to September 12, 2001. They want fear and they want hate, they want a compliant president who will do their bidding – and they want war, endless war.
Republicans will complain about President Obama’s address Sunday night on the basis of this or that, but until they embrace American core values and common sense gun laws, they have no right at all to claim that it is Obama who is doing nothing about terrorism.

The Crazy


Trump Demands Obama Show Him Muslim Sports Heroes, Forgets His ‘Friend’ Muhammad Ali

Image via TwitterTrump really needs to think before he tweets because this is just embarrassing.

How Trump Gets Away With His 9/11 Lies

What are Facebook and other social media doing about Trump?

What are Facebook and other social media doing about Trump?

Britons launch campaign to ban Trump from the UK over hate speech violations

Britons launch campaign to ban Trump from the UK over hate speech violations

Trump: Ban All Muslims From Entering The United States

Trump: Ban All Muslims From Entering The United States
Because of course!

Cruz Has Been Ridiculed for Years by His Former College Roommate Who Turned into a Successful Screenwriter

Cruz vows to outlaw abortion

Ted Cruz - screenshotCruz vows to outlaw abortion — and he won’t wait for overturn of Roe v. Wade

Cruz Tells Fabricated Story About A Girl Threatened With Jail For Saying ‘Jesus’

Cruz Wants To Bomb ISIL Until 'Sand Glows In The Dark'

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San Bernardino Truthers Blame Obama Conspiracy ...

'We Do Not Have One Year Left To Live Out This Administration'
Conspiracy theorist hate radio hack Jones doubled down today on his claim that the San Bernardino shooting was a false flag attack, speaking with fellow lunatic fringe conspiracy theorist  Pieczenik about why they believe the tragedy was an Obama administration plot to push gun control. Pieczenik said it was... MORE

Time to Stop Blaming the NRA for Gun Violence and Focus on Cowardly Republicans Instead

Although the NRA hands out millions to Republican congressmen, neither the NRA nor its insane leader, Wayne La Pierre, get to cast a vote…
NRA La PierreIt is excusable that some Americans are so disgusted over the level of gun violence that they desperately seek a villain to lash out against. Every time there is a mass shooting the usual targets, Republicans and the National Rifle Association receive the brunt of criticism but always emerge unscathed and more empowered to carry on. It is true that Republicans, and some Democrats, embrace the NRA line that any gun safety proposal is a war against good Americans that drives their votes to continue the NRA’s gun proliferation crusade unabated.
Whether gun safety advocates will acknowledge that there are no Senate or House members representing a state or district called “NRA” is irrelevant; they seriously need to stop blaming the NRA for the actions of congressional Republicans and terrified, angry, and religious conservative voters responsible for promoting guns to kill other Americans.
Obviously, and with seemingly valid reasons, a significant number of Americans are blaming the number and increase of mass shootings on the National Rifle Association and its lunatic executive vice-president Wayne La Pierre for doing what the NRA exists to do; sell millions of guns. Now there are more than Americans assailing the NRA including a British Broadcasting Company (BBC) host who decided to advise American citizens that if they are tired of mass shootings and needless deaths, they simply have to “break and dismantle the NRA.”
The BBC’s Aaron Heslehurst discussed America’s gun violence epidemic with columnist Maike Currie who agreed that the frequency and number of mass shootings plaguing America were “staggering.” Currie said the problem is that “everyone points to the Second Amendment that was set up in 1789 in a different world; something needs to be done about this.” Heslehurst agreed and threw out some “staggering statistics” he believes indicts the NRA for the number of Americans killed by guns, then counseled what it takes stop the carnage. He noted,
In the last 43 years, more Americans have been shot by another American — shot and killed by another American — than all of America’s soldiers killed in wars in the last 240 years. And you go where’s the priority? You talk about the NRA, right? If anyone really wants to get serious, that’s what you have to try to break, dismantle.”
Another pundit tended to agree with Heslehurst and focused on the NRA’s influence unrelated to the outrageous amounts of money the gun lobby spends on Republicans. Matt Yglesias has a valid point that although the NRA has donated close to a million dollars each to several leading Republicans, money is not the source of the NRA’s power and influence; frightened and dysfunctional wingnut gun nut fanatics who vote religiously are.
Yglesias notes, “lots of lobbying groups have more money than the NRA and almost none of their clout. The NRA’s true sources of power are people and focus.” Because the NRA has over 5 million real members who are terrified, religious, and angry to call their congressional representatives, volunteer and spread NRA fear and loathing with family, friends and acquaintances, Republicans get the message that gun maniacs pay attention to how Republicans vote and show up on Election Day.
The NRA’s focus is simple; oppose gun regulations using any means necessary. That laser focus makes them a very adept and successful corporate lobby, but they are not shooting people, casting votes in Congress or at the ballot box.
It is beyond dispute the National Rifle Association exists to sell guns to Americans, and it spends inordinate amounts of money buying loyalty from Republicans. Even pressuring legislators with the dreaded NRA “report card” is a ploy to sell more guns, but the organization is not shooting Americans; frightened, hate-filled, and religious Americans are and that is where the blame lies. Without a base to elect Republicans willingly doing the NRA’s bidding, the NRA would be as unsuccessful as the gun safety movement.
Although the NRA is handing out nearly a million dollars to several leading Republicans in Congress to block gun safety measure, neither the NRA as a non-profit organization, nor its insane leader Wayne La Pierre, are allowed to cast a vote in the House or the Senate. That decision lies with Republicans, and some Democratic cowards, who are terrified of receiving a failing score, or reduction in donations, from the NRA.
It is true that the NRA exerts inordinate power over legislators, but without frightened and gun-mad voters electing equally frightened Republicans to keep gun violence rising, the NRA would be impotent. It is time to stop blaming the NRA and focus on “breaking and dismantling their base of support and cowardly Republicans;” the two groups ultimately responsible for the increase in guns and gun violence.

Australians Marvel At The Stranglehold The Gun Lobby Has On America

'Christian' Pastor Orders Women To Obey Bible And Submit To Husbands Immediately

Image via Flickr
Men like this pastor are precisely the reason why we should reject theocracy.

Texas Wingnuts Decide To Leave Secession For Another Year

Texas GOP Decides To Leave Secession For Another Year

TV Host Admits She Wanted To ‘Slap That Bitch’ Coulter LIVE On Television

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Tennessee Wingnuts Demands University Admin Be Fired For Holiday Parties That Don’t Focus On Xmas

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