The National Education Association, the nation’s largest union, endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday.
The union’s campaign arm had indicated that it was recommending the endorsement earlier this week, as Politico first reported. Members of the 3-million-strong union who support Clinton’s main rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), have already protested the move, just as Sanders supporters from the American Federation of Teachers did when Clinton secured that union's endorsement in July...
Sunday, October 04, 2015
Hillary Clinton Earns Backing Of Nation's Largest Union:
Saturday, October 03, 2015
Hullabaloo "Truth Is No Longer An American Value":
...It reveals "a structure of thought," as Perlstein once put it that Steven Colbert's faux-conservative parodied with "truthiness," that "quality of seeming or being felt to be true, even if not necessarily true." For the Fiorinas, the Trumps and their followers reality is now as bendable as Dali's clocks. It bends according to the tribal affiliations of the person making the truth claims. "True facts" support their underlying ideology. These they open wide for. Garden-variety facts are suspect, and they clamp their mouths shut like toddlers to strained spinach.
Truthiness is not funny anymore.
An Oregon teacher’s letter to lawmakers: We don’t need your prayers, we need your courage - Salon.com:
...I could tell them that your thoughts and prayers are with us. I could tell them we have your deepest sympathies. But I am teaching a class on argument, instructing my students on the importance of facts. So instead I will tell them the truth: They have to be prepared to hide out of the line of fire, and I to fight for our survival, because you, our lawmakers, haven’t done your jobs. I will tell them that their rights, my rights, the rights of my 5-year-old, to attend school without fear of facing senseless slaughter by machine-gun fire, are not important to you, that we must be prepared to fight tooth and nail, stapler and whiteboard marker, because you refuse to fight the gun lobby in this country...
Friday, October 02, 2015
How the Outrage Over the Pope's Kim Davis Meeting May Have Paid Off in a Big Way�|�Michelangelo Signorile:
...In that case, Liberty Counsel, the anti-gay legal firm associated with the late Jerry Falwell's Liberty University and which represents Kim Davis, would have gotten away with using the pope and the Catholic Church for its hateful, hideous, law-breaking agenda. So, actually, we did the pope a favor in forcing the Vatican to speak out. And more importantly, we exposed Liberty Counsel and pressured the Catholic Church, in a rare instance, to slam an anti-gay entity by exposing its lie. In its now-thwarted master plan, Liberty Counsel expected the Vatican to simply do what it has done in the past: Put out a vague comment and let it stand, thus allowing Liberty Counsel to continue to control the narrative. But the outrage -- and only the outrage, from millions of people globally -- changed that: Now the church controls the narrative while Liberty Counsel is rebuked even as it is now trying to continue a war of words with the Vatican...
Looks like Pierce was right.
Pope Francis’ Meeting Wasn’t an Endorsement of Kim Davis’s Views, Vatican Says - The New York Times:
Pope Francis’ Meeting Wasn’t an Endorsement of Kim Davis’s Views, Vatican Says - The New York Times:
Pope Francis’ encounter with Kim Davis last week in Washington, which was interpreted by many as a subtle intervention in the United States’ same-sex marriage debate, was part of a series of meetings with dozens of guests and did not amount to an endorsement of her views, the Vatican said on Friday...
Cathy McMorris Rodgers Booed Over GOP's Benghazi Probe:
...Prior to creating the Benghazi committee, the GOP investigation already encompassed 13 hearings, 25,000 pages of documents and 50 briefings. But they still haven't found anything incriminating about Clinton.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
...Another fraudulent story: The headline seems quite striking, at first glance -- "Emails: Russia-linked hackers tried to access Clinton server." Those who do not read past the headlines will have more fuel for their mindless Clinton-hate. Those who read the actual text will learn the truth: That email account received several deceptive "click on this attachment" messages from hackers...
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Bernie Sanders Exposes 18 CEOs who took Trillions in Bailouts, Evaded Taxes and Outsourced Jobs:
...Many of the CEO’s who signed the deficit-reduction letter run corporations that evaded at least $34.5 billion in taxes by setting up more than 600 subsidiaries in the Cayman Islands and other offshore tax havens since 2008. As a result, at least a dozen of the companies avoided paying any federal income taxes in recent years, and even received more than $6.4 billion in tax refunds from the IRS since 2008...Go to the link for the list.
Indiana GOP’s House Leader resigns after texting sexually explicit video of himself cheating on wife to everyone on his “Contacts” list - Salon.com:
The controversial House Majority Leader in Indiana — he cosponsored the state’s “religious freedom” law — resigned suddenly on Tuesday after a sexually compromising video was sent to all of the people on his “Contacts” list, the Advocate’s Bil Browning reports...
Carly Fiorina Really Was That Bad - The New York Times:
HER silver tongue honed by decades in corporate marketing, Carly Fiorina has used two debates, and a steely determination on the campaign trail, to climb near the top of the polls for the Republican nomination.
But Americans should pause on her biggest professional credential for our highest office: a short, disastrous stint atop one of America’s iconic technology companies, Hewlett-Packard...
New Lawsuit Paints Troubling Picture Of Police Conduct After Killing Teen:
A federal lawsuit filed Monday claims the last words that 19-year-old Zachary Hammond heard were from a Seneca, South Carolina, police officer shouting, "I'll blow your fucking head off." Seconds later, the officer unloaded two bullets into the unarmed teen, killing him as he sat in his car in the parking lot of a Hardee's on July 26...
Kevin McCarthy Admits Benghazi Was All About Doing Political Harm To Hillary Clinton | Crooks and Liars:
Kevin McCarthy gleefully admitted to Sean Hannity Tuesday night that the entire purpose of the Benghazi Select Committee was to hurt Hillary Clinton's political chances...
Carly Fiorina lied about Planned Parenthood video: GOP debate fact-checking.:
...The enormity of the fabrication surprised me; the fact that nobody had ever seen this extraordinary smoking gun before stunned me; the fact that not one of the journalists moderating the debate followed up on her claim surprised me. The fact that contemporaneous mainstream media reports of the debate—more theater criticism than journalism—failed to fact-check it surprised me. The people who did fact-check it all immediately agreed that it wasn’t true, and yet Fiorina’s word-picture was touted for days as the emotional zenith of the debate. This all surprised me: the notion that journalism and fact-finding are demonstrably unrelated enterprises...
Rand Paul rebukes Ted Cruz as their rift widens - CNNPolitics.com:
The rift between Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, political allies turned rivals, widened on Tuesday when Paul decried his Senate colleague's hardline tactics.
Paul criticized Cruz for breaching Senate decorum, saying the Texan could not accomplish any of his legislative priorities because of how much his GOP colleagues despise him...
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Federal probe may right DHHS troubles | News & Observer:
...Dr. Aldona Wos’ tenure as secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services had a turbulent start and an oddly quiet finish.
Much of her time at DHHS was marked by computer boondoggles that delayed payments to health care providers, erratic hiring and firing and no-bid consultant contracts with ballooning costs. Then the news slowed. The state’s Medicaid program, which Wos had declared broken, was declared fixed. And the secretary whom it seemed no uproar or embarrassment could dislodge abruptly said last month that she was leaving her job to spend more time with her family in Greensboro...
driftglass:How To Fix The House Of Representatives
...-- there are 70 "moderate-conservatives" in the House of Representatives who are horrified by what the "Freedumb Caucus" is up to.
So in the words of The Untouchables' Jim Malone, "What are you prepared to do?" Because the Lord hates coward, boys and girls, and so far your grand strategy of sitting on your asses and doing absolutely nothing about the fascists who are eating your party alive doesn't seem to be yeilding terrific results.
Neither does holding group therapy sessions of your little Reasonable Republican club at which you can bitch safely and quietly about the problem between cocktails.
So if you want to do something to break the back of the beast that is wrecking the place, here is my suggestion: Go across the aisle and cut a deal with Nancy Pelosi...
After NASA Announces It Found Water On Mars, Rush Limbaugh Says It's Part Of A Climate Change Conspiracy | Video | Media Matters for America:
...but this news that there is flowing water on Mars is somehow going to find its way into a technique to advance the leftist agenda. I don't know what it is, I would assume it would be something to do with global warming and you can -- maybe there was once an advanced civilization. If they say they found flowing water, next they're going to find a graveyard.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Chuck Todd Gives a Masterclass in Beltway Non-Journalism:
...Yes. And I would challenge Planned Parenthood. Here's the deal. Yesterday, I was protested by Planned Parenthood people who were throwing condoms at me. I don't know what that has to do with this. They're trying to distract the American people from the hideous reality that Planned Parenthood is aborting fetuses alive to harvest their brains and other body parts. That is a fact. Planned Parenthood will not and cannot deny this because it is happening. It is happening in this nation. And taxpayers are paying for it. Planned Parenthood desperately wants everyone to think this isn't going on. Because when Americans realize it is going on, whether they are pro-life or pro-choice, they are horrified. This goes to the character of our nation and it must be stopped.
Let us count the lies, shall we?
PP is not aborting fetuses alive to harvest their brains and other body parts. This is exactly the same as listening to a candidate argue that aliens from Alpha Centauri are conspiring to fix the Kentucky Derby. And, in any case, Planned Parenthood not only can deny it, but it has denied it, over and over again. And taxpayers are not paying for it because it isn't happening, and because PP doesn't use federal money to pay for any of the three percent of its services that include abortion...
Jeb Bush, as dumb as his idiot brother: His latest nonsense should have you running scared - Salon.com: One of the most entertaining spectacles of this election cycle is watching Jeb! Bush try to marry his genial, moderate patrician demeanor to the kind of sneering, condescending Tea Party dialogue that, having incubated for years in right-wing media, has now burst out of the host Republican Party’s abdominal cavity to spray acid in the eyes of anyone who dares get near it. It’s the same awkward fusion Mitt Romney attempted four years ago, though no one really noticed until the general. Jeb has the decency to do it during the primaries so we’ll all have more time to enjoy watching him flail...
Corporations committed to Clinton Global Initiative: Objections:
...However, David Mastio, USA TODAY's deputy editorial page editor, recently claimed corporations were “abandoning” CGI. In fact, corporate support is extremely strong ("Obama admin, big businesses abandon Clinton Global Initiative: Column").No, that's not me. But the real Bob is glad the other Bob supports Clinton(s).
Sponsorship revenue is up, and 16 of the 30 companies in the Dow Jones industrial average are part of CGI. We have 33 new and returning sponsors, including Procter & Gamble, The Coca-Cola Co., Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Cisco, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Gap Inc., NRG Energy, Swiss Reinsurance Co., the Rockefeller Foundation and Western Union. Additionally, first-time CGI members include Apple, Cardinal Health, GlaxoSmith Kline, Xerox and Zurich Insurance.
Far from "abandoning" CGI, the few companies not returning (for company-specific business reasons) continue to fulfill their ongoing CGI commitments.
Bob Harrison, CEO, Clinton Global Initiative; New York