Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Today In GOP Sensitivity

And Up From The Ground Come A'Bubblin' Crude - Esquire:

I have to say that Wasilla, Alaska has to be the single greatest place on earth right now. It seems that Congressman Don Young came by to give the young folks a talk about suicide. Things did not go quite as planned, Wasilla water apparently coming from a deep underground reservoir of pure, crystal-clear crazy...

Will Global Warming Create A 51st State?

South Miami commissioners propose seceding from Florida - CNN.com:

Miami-area lawmakers are proposing adding a 51st star to the American flag.

City of South Miami commissioners have approved a resolution that calls for splitting Florida in half. The resolution outlines a new state, made up of 24 counties in the southern part of the peninsula...

Amendment Clash

1st v 2nd Amendment: Anti-gun activist outs concealed-carry license owner with lawn sign — RT USA:

A difference of opinions between a lawful gun owner and a concerned neighbor has caused a commotion in Rochester, Minnesota over the rights protected by the First and Second Amendments to the United States Constitution.

The debate at hand involves a local woman’s recent decision to post a sign on the front lawn of her Rochester home announcing to passersby that an area man, Matthew Halleck, carries a concealed handgun on him every day when he walks his two daughters past her property on his way towards Harriet Bishop Elementary School...

Demographic Change In Iowa

With Farms Fading and Urban Might Rising, Power Shifts in Iowa - NYTimes.com:

...Those changes have turned Iowa’s older, Republican precincts even redder and its younger, Democratic districts even bluer, while giving rise to suburbs whose politics can be harder to categorize — a mixture of millennial generation religious conservatives, baby boomer libertarians and Generation X liberals...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ebola Vaccine Nuts

Here's Some Stupid For Lunch - Esquire

Joon Noel · Top Commenter

When these holier-than-thous start adopting multiple unwanted, uncared for and especially, unwanted disabled and mentally retarded children with Duggarish enthusiasm, I'll be more inclined to listen to their whining about saving snowflakes and zygotes. There are hundreds of thousands of living, grown, walking around children needing saving right this minute. How many have opened their homes and hearts to them? It's just so much easier to adopt a cardboard sign.

Monday, October 20, 2014

GOP Top Ten Stupids

10 Of The Most Outrageous And Idiotic Statements By GOP Hopefuls - Liberals Unite | Liberals Unite:

 1) “Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.” —Michele Bachmann, June 2011, getting her John Waynes mixed up during an interview after launching her presidential campaign in Waterloo, Iowa, where she grew up. The beloved movie star John Wayne she was referring to was born in Winterset, Iowa, three hours away. The John Wayne that Waterloo was home to is notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy...
In case you've forgotten why you should be voting.

Trolls Beware

Internet Trolls Could Get Two Years in Jail : Discovery News:

People found guilty of Internet "trolling" in Britain could be jailed for up to two years under government proposals outlined on Sunday, following a number of high-profile case of abuse on Twitter...

A Real American Hero

Captain America - Esquire:

...And then, when confronted by Robinson with this covert campaign of decency and integrity, this is how Moulton explained it.

In the interview, Moulton asked that the Globe not describe him as a hero. "Look,'' he said, "we served our country, and we served the guys next to us. And it's not something to brag about.' The greatest honor, he said, his voice choked with emotion, had nothing to do with the medals. "The greatest honor of my life was to lead these men in my platoon, even though it was a war that I and they disagreed with."
Nobody who reads this blog can be unclear about where I stand on how I hope the midterms play out. But I can honestly say that there's only one person for whom I am shamelessly rooting. That person is Seth Moulton and, if the veterans of our 21st century wars are looking for their own JFK, be that John F. Kennedy or John Forbes Kerry, I think they've found him...

Have We Become A Nation Of Cowards?

In U.S., Fear of Ebola Closes Schools and Shapes Politics - NYTimes.com:

...A crowd of parents last week pulled their children out of a Mississippi middle school after learning that its principal had traveled to Zambia, an African nation untouched by the disease...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Comment Of The Day: Phony Patriot Edition

A Texas Border Militiaman Reconsiders the Mission


I spent 24 years in the US Army, all of it in combat arms. I'm entitled to wear the Combat Infantryman's Badge on appropriate occasions. Most of the guys in these militia organizations seem to be people who never had what it takes to volunteer for military service where they might actually have to put their lives on line for the nation. Doing this sort of crap makes them feel all manly and important, but, as the article points out, what they are mostly doing is chasing down people who are tired, hurting and dehydrated, and then abusing them once they catch them. We used to have a term for people who beat up on people who can't fight back, and it wasn't a nice term at all. 

You will have noticed, haven't you, that none of these militias are offering to go over to the Middle East and help the Kurds fight ISIS? Says a lot, right there.

NRA & Ebola

Howard Dean Slams Rick Perry As Know Nothing 'Ignoramus' On Ebola | Crooks and Liars:

...HOWARD DEAN: I think it's fine. He's a manager. He's not a doctor. Look, the Republicans just slay me. They are just so ridiculous. So they had an Ebola czar. His name is Vivek Murthy. He's President Obama's nominee for Surgeon General which the Republicans have been stalling at the request of the National Rifle Association since February. So, the Republican's idea of how to practice medicine is to listen to the National Rifle Association. I discount everything they say, they know nothing. They're not interested in health; they're interested in politics. We've got to manage this thing. I think Klaine is a good manager...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ginsburg Gets Real

Justice Ginsburg sees what motivates Texas' voter ID law: racism - LA Times:

As one might expect, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had no difficulty putting her finger on the point of Texas' voter ID law: it's openly racist...

Muslims In India

Why India’s Muslims Haven’t Radicalized - NYTimes.com:

...Back in 2009, the New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman reported on a growing trend among Indian Muslims wherein community members refused to bury the bodies of suicide bombers. “That’s why India’s Muslims, who are the second-largest Muslim community in the world after Indonesia’s, and the one with the deepest democratic tradition, do a great service to Islam by delegitimizing suicide-murderers by refusing to bury their bodies. It won’t stop this trend overnight, but it can help over time,” he wrote.

“The fact that Indian Muslims have stood up in this way is surely due, in part, to the fact that they live in, are the product of and feel empowered by a democratic and pluralistic society,” Mr. Friedman explained. “They are not intimidated by extremist religious leaders and are not afraid to speak out against religious extremism in their midst. It is why so few, if any, Indian Muslims are known to have joined Al Qaeda...”

Friday, October 17, 2014

Inequality Number One

Americans consider inequality world’s greatest danger | Making Sen$e | PBS NewsHour:

Nuclear weapons. Ethnic conflict. Global warming. Americans have a lot to be worried about these days. But what do they see as the biggest threat to the world? Inequality.

Americans aren’t alone. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, Europeans, too, rank inequality as the top threat. People in the Middle East, meanwhile, are most concerned about religious and ethnic hatreds, while Asians worry about pollution and the environment. For Latin Americans, nuclear weapons pose the greatest global threat, and for people in African nations, it’s AIDS and other diseases. Note that the survey was conducted between March 17 and June 5 — before either ISIS or Ebola had become big international stories...

Good News In WI

Scott Walker fighting for his political life as voters reject his callous policies - Salon.com:

Less than three weeks before voters head to the polls, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker finds himself in a struggle for political survival, with a new survey from the state’s most respected pollster finding that his lead over Democratic challenger Mary Burke has vanished.

The poll, from Marquette University Law School, shows a dead heat between Walker and Burke, with each candidate garnering 47 percent among likely voters. Two weeks ago, Marquette’s survey had given Walker a five-point lead. RealClearPolitics’ polling average now gives Walker just a 0.4 point edge over Burke...

A Touch Of FL Justice

Michael Dunn gets life in prison for killing teenager over loud music - CSMonitor.com:

A man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Florida convenience store was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Goating Of Todd

Dem rallies for Grimes: McConnell can’t win with ‘words that come out of Chuck Todd’s goatee’:

...“And what the national folks haven’t seemed to catch on to is this, this election is not going to be won by some party hack or words that come out of Chuck Todd’s goatee!” Conway exclaimed. “It’s going to be won by you on the ground, and your hearts and minds, and Allison’s hard work!”...

Today In Ebola Nuttiness

Conservative Activist Klayman: Obama Must Be 'Taken Alive' For Inflicting Ebola On White Americans | Firebrand Progressives:

The furor over the Ebola “outbreak”, the one that has affected a massive 3 people in the United States, has really exposed us for how collectively stupid we are. The media has most of us freaked out with their wall to wall coverage of the virus, to the point where many of us are sitting on the edge of our couches, scared that the next person who contracts Ebola just might be our next door neighbor. It’s like we’re all itching to go into panic mode. Maybe we’re just looking for an excuse to not go to work the next day, or maybe we’re all subconsciously hoping for a complete breakdown in society that many of us are not happy with....

Any Important Voice Against Police Militarism

WATCH: “My Son-In-Law Was Killed By The SWAT Team I Founded” Former Sheriff Turned Activist, Speaks Out:

William “Dub” Lawrence is a former city police officer, former US Marine, and former Sheriff of Davis County who has awaken to the reality of Police State USA. Sadly this awakening was sparked by the murder of his son-in-law by a SWAT team that he created.

In September 2008, he watched helplessly as the same SWAT team he helped create over 30 years earlier shot and killed Brian Wood, his 36-year-old son-in-law...
There is a contingent who say the SIL deserved shooting but that's another story.

PC Stupidity

Thanks, Duke English Department, for coming up with this "politically correct" nonsense. Liberals need to get away from this kind of energy-sucking crap and focus on important issues like income disparity. (A heavier teaching load for university faculty would have prevented pcism from taking hold.)



Despite Critics, Army Helicopters Named After Indian Tribes Are Not Racist - Investors.com:

Political Correctness: Despite the latest example of word-use insanity, naming a helicopter after the Indian nation that handed the U.S. Army one of its most ignominious defeats is a sign of respect, not racism...

Sermon Hysteria

No, The City Of Houston Isn't Bullying Anti-Gay Pastors - This Is Basic Lawyering | Blog | Media Matters for America:

...But the facts of the case - and normal legal procedure -- don't support right-wing claims of religious persecution:

The Subpoenas Are In Response To A Lawsuit Filed By HERO's Opponents. The subpoenas are part of the discovery phase of a lawsuit filed by HERO's opponents after they unsuccessfully tried to gather signatures to repeal the ordinance. The lawsuit claims that the City Attorney "wrongly determined that they had not gathered enough valid signatures" to qualify for a vote to repeal HERO. As one conservative commentator noted: "This is basic court procedure. But the headlines make it sound like a surprise attack by leftists advancing their agenda on unsuspecting Christians..."

Lying Liars Lying About Campaign Spending

Fox News Ignores "Dark Money" To Pretend Democrats Are Destroying Republicans In Election Spending | Blog | Media Matters for America: .

...But Fox News is trying to absolve Republicans by dismissing dark money and pretending it is not, as the Center for Responsive Politics says, "still dominated by conservative organizations."

As the amount of conservative-leaning dark money is expected to double between now and the election, this distinction could make a huge difference. Despite Fox News' protests, the Koch brothers and others who oppose campaign finance transparency are still very much one of the big stories of 2014...

Crazy In NC: Profitizing Children Edition

Charter School Power Broker Turns Public Education Into Private Profits - ProPublica:

...In that regard, Mitchell, 74, appears to be thriving. Every year, millions of public education dollars flow through Mitchell's chain of four nonprofit charter schools to for-profit companies he controls.
How Public Dollars for Charters Flow to For-Profit Companies

Over six years, Mitchell's two companies have taken in close to $20 million in fees and rent — some of the schools' biggest expenses. That's from audited financial statements for just two schools. Mitchell has recently opened two more.

The schools buy or lease nearly everything from companies owned by Mitchell. Their desks. Their computers. The training they provide to teachers. Most of the land and buildings. Unlike with traditional school districts, at Mitchell's charter schools there's no competitive bidding. No evidence of haggling over rent or contracts...