Aug 012014
 

While this has not played out completely yet, I’ve been following one of the most profound examples of Republican incompetence and hypocrisy we have seen to date, and considering the length of that list, it’s extreme beyond belief.  The GOP could not even pull off a meaningless Kabuki stunt.

0801boehner-sadI don’t think the House leadership intended this to be funny. But it’s pretty funny.

Faced with a rebellion from the right, House Speaker John Boehner a short time ago pulled a bill that would have authorized $659 million in emergency spending to try to deal with the flow of unaccompanied minors across the Mexican border. It was a paltry sum and inadequate to the task, but at least it was a bill. The Democratic-controlled Senate was looking at a $2.7-billion measure. The Obama administration had requested $3.7 billion…

…Boehner was able to get enough House Republicans on Wednesday to vote to sue Obama over his implementation of the Affordable Care Act – which the House keeps trying to repeal – because, the Republicans say, Obama abused his authority by delaying a provision that would penalize businesses if they failed to offer basic healthcare to workers.

So what did Boehner and the rest of the House leadership have to say after they failed to wrangle enough support among their own members to pass a simple spending bill?

“This situation shows the intense concern within our conference – and among the American people – about the need to ensure the security of our borders and the president’s refusal to faithfully execute our laws," they said in a statement [Agent Orange delinked]. "There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action, to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries."… [emphasis added]

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There you have it, the day after voting to sue Obama for acting unilaterally, Agent Orange is blaming Obama for NOT acting unilaterally!!!

Nancy Pelosi commented on Congressional dysfunction.

Here’s a late update from Chris Hayes.

Republicans are huddling behind closed doors, but I’m  certain that the most they will accomplish is a bill so tainted that the Senate won’t touch it.

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Aug 012014
 

Here are the results of our Which Wing Worst Poll.  Politics Plus Polls are not scientific, because those who respond are not balanced according to demographic categories.   Therefore, we do not accurately reflect the makeup of the US population.  Nevertheless, our polls are often both accurate and indicative of the nation’s view.

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And here are your comments.

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Posted by Lynn Squance  July 28, 2014 at 9:10 pm.  

 

It was a toss up between corporacon and plutocon, so I went with plutocon. When I think of the Koch brothers, I think plutocon then corporacon. But they are also feeding the insantiTea and theocons . . . I believe it is called leveraging their options. And the neocons will ante up to do the plutocon’s dirty work as long as they can make money, the greedy war mongering ba*tards they are.

 

But no matter, they all will end the American empire, one way or another. Have a look at this Alternet article about the American empire that I posted on Care2.

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http://www.care2.com/news/member/775377582/3791607

 

Posted by Jerry Critter  July 28, 2014 at 9:46 am.  

 

That’s a tough choice. They are all bad. Combined together, the Republican party is the worst.

 

Posted by mamabear  July 23, 2014 at 11:38 am.  

 

All of the above. But one seems worse In sane TEA wing (Why) they are the racist. That seems the hardest to fight Because most racist do no even know they are(right they know but pretending to be a Palin on getting a ticket for speeding."’I Wasn’t Speeding, I Was Qualifying’ They are just plain nuts and they like it

 

Posted by Patty  July 21, 2014 at 6:23 am.  

 

I agree with most that "

I agree with the others that "All the above" would be my answer if it was available. Since I had to choose, Corporacon is my choice. All the biggies encompassed therein feed the rest of them and they in turn feed off the smaller groups.

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They are all evil.

 

Posted by Arielle  July 20, 2014 at 3:06 am.  

 

Sorry, I can’t pick just one – they are all crazy, dangerous, deranged, and despicable.

 

Posted by Terrie C. Williams  July 19, 2014 at 5:01 am.  

 

Actually….ALL of the above….but I especially loathe Fascists…and they come in all of the above colors. Theocratic Fascists are the worst and that is the Tea Baggers in a nutshell.

 

Posted by gene jacobson  July 18, 2014 at 7:40 am.  

 

They’re all bad but I went with Theocon because there is nothing more difficult, in my opinion, to deal with than someone who thinks God told him to do whatever the H it is he/she is doing. Reason does not work with people who believe their way is the only moral option available. All of the others you can bargain with at least, not easily but you can. Not religious extremists though. No give in their positions at all.

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Posted by Edie  July 16, 2014 at 5:12 pm.  

 

I agree with others that all of the above would have been good. I voted for Insanitea because they work so hard to make the rest of us conform to their ideas.

 

Posted by Yvonne White  July 16, 2014 at 9:34 am.  

 

There was no "All the Above". So I went with Corporacon because the Corporate Pirates fund all the Insanitea & Religious Reich’s craziness, the Corporations are run by Plutocons & turn out NeoCons..it’s the Circle of DEATH (not Life!

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that IS the GOP!

 

Posted by John Dasef  July 16, 2014 at 5:42 am.  

 

"All of the above" would be most appropriate. None of them have any redeeming qualities.

 

Posted by Joanne D  July 16, 2014 at 4:49 am.  

 

I agree it should be all of the above. I also agree with Phil and Lona the Corporacon wing is served by all the others. But the Theocons are giving a kind of halo of legitimacy to the other wings, and I think if we could get rid of that, we could get through to more ordinary people. The thing is, the whole "prosperity gospel" thing is the normal human mindset. It goes back past Calvin and the divine right of kings to prehistoric humans trying to figure out which gods or spirits to appease. Even Jesus’ disciples, when he said it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, said, "Well, dang! If the rich can’t, there’s NO hope for anyone else!"

 

Posted by Lona  July 16, 2014 at 12:11 am.  

 

We have a terrible household joke in the Netherlands that came to mind:

"How can you tell a bird is dead? Because it’s one leg is just as long".

Yes, that’s it, but it sort of summarises my predicament with this poll: what’s the bloody difference? So I went along with Phil, I think Corporacon outflanks the others and in fact uses the others to its own advantage.

 

Posted by Phil  July 15, 2014 at 7:51 am

 

"All of the above" would be the most accurate answer, but lacking that choice I voted for the Corporacon wing, because that wing is the only wing served by all the others.

I was not surprised that only one other person voted for Plutocons.  The vote does reflect commonly held thinking, but in my opinion, the commonly held thinking is wrong.  Here’s why.   Neocons, the party warmongers like ChickenHawk Cheney, have little influence at present, because America is sick of their failed wars.  Theocons are the Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians.  The party caters to them, because they get out the vote, but they are stupid enough to think what they are told to think, as long as they get to force their dogma on others.  The InsaniTEA wing is dangerous, because they are frequently the tail that wags the dawg.  But they are just the storm troopers, like Hitler’s SA.  If the party achieves their goal of dictatorial control, the Tea Baggers will be victims of a Republican night of the long knives, just like the SA.  The Corporacons are powerful, but they are unable to control the party, because another group controls too many of them.  That leaves the Plutocons.  They are the super-rich, like the Koch Brothers and the Waltons, the 0.1%  They bankroll and dictate policy to Neocon groups.  they support the Theocons and the InsaniTEA wing financially and tell them what to think.  They control the Corporacons, because they fill the key executive positions.  In short, they are the ones that the Republican Party truly represents.  That makes them worst for the US.

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Aug 012014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 102.  It will be a difficult day, because I have physical therapy during a heat wave.  It is also the day I normally spend hours collecting the data for and compiling the Monthly Report for Politics Plus to post on the second.  Because of the timing, the Monthly Report will be a day or two late, and I may have nothing at all to post on Saturday.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:54 (average 4:32).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: As much as people love sex, you’d think we’d know better! If we just got rid of myths like these, we’d feel a lot better about our bodies, our relationships, and our sex lives.

 

If you show this to Republicans, that are likely to become apoplectic. So many uninterrupted facts, without intervening lies is more than they can handle.  Now, if only I could remember what sex is.

From Daily Kos: If you haven’t seen this before, this really sums up what Republicans think of the Americans who work for a living.

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No Congress in US history has ever done so little.’

From TPM: Conservative rocker Ted Nugent published a lengthy and rambling rant hitting back at his critics on Wednesday, writing that the reason he’s been described as a racist is because he’s "doing God’s work."

Nugent’s comments came in a column posted [World Nut Daily delinked] on the conspiracy theory website WND, in which he reacted to the news that one of his concerts in Idaho had been canceled because of his incendiary rhetoric.

"For the lying freaks over at the Huffington Post, Moveon.org and the scammers at the Southern Poverty Law Center to go to such extremes to constantly lie about me is proof positive that I am not only on the right track doing God’s work spotlighting the current infestation of cockroaches amongst us, but that they are clearly scared to death of me and virtually incapable of debating me one on one," Nugent wrote.

Nugent was reported to have used the term "unclean vermin" when discussing the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s decision to cancel a casino concert he was supposed to perform. The tribe canceled the concert after being contacted by the Southern Poverty Law Center and made aware of some of his past remarks, including some in which he called President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" and a "chimpanzee."

From his perspective, spewing racial hatred is doing God’s work, because his God is Republican Supply-side Jesus, the exact opposite of the real Jesus.

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Jul 312014
 

I fully support the First Amendment to the Constitution of the US, so I agree that an individual has the right to believe in a literal interpretation of the Old Testament, even though I do not.  However I do have a problem with public tax dollars being use to propagate Old Testament myths.  That is exactly what Kentucky Republicans are doing.

0731ArkA group that wants to build a Noah’s Ark theme park in Grant County [Pseudo-Christianity delinked] won preliminary approval Tuesday of state tax incentives of as much as $18.25 million to keep the controversial project afloat.

The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority voted unanimously to give preliminary approval of the incentives for the $73 million first phase of the biblical theme park.

An independent consultant for the state will take six to eight weeks to review the project. It then will come back to the state panel for final consideration of tax incentives…

Inserted from <Lexington Herald-Leader>

The Pentateuch is not without its uses.  I love the idea that I get to execute Republicans for eating a ham sandwich, and I still think I should get to own a Canadian, but I won’t ask others to pay to spread that belief.

Lawrence O’Donnell provided coverage.

International readers, who can’t view this video on MSNBC, can see it on YouTube.

Kentucky need to remember the Eleventh Commandment.

Thou shalt not commit TEAbuggery.

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Jul 312014
 

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Lynn has now won her ninth Big Mouth Award.  For over a year she has been our top commentator, and is also one of only two people, other than myself, that I have authorized to post articles here.  Lynn is a denizen of Care2, and is still a Canadian, unfortunately for the US.  I’ve said this before, but it still bears repeating.  If 10% of US citizens had half, or if half of US citizens had 10% of the knowledge of and insight into US politics that this Canadian gal regularly displays, our country would be far better off.  Congrats Lynn!  She is a treasure, whose contribution to this site cannot be overstated, but I am stating it again.

I have only one small complaint.  We are still waiting for the picture of her posing with the prize she won for posting the 50,000th comment months ago.

Please join me in congratulating her, thanking her, praising her and harassing her to send me that picture.

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Jul 312014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 101.  Store to door just delivered groceries and I have finished putting them away.  I’m tired, but not to tired to write.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:43 (average 4:45).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: Check out this progress report on world peace. The news is not all good, but, still, there’s a silver lining.

 

It’s hard to fond a more worthy investment than peace. Here’s that link.

From Daily Kos: Far-right groups said that the American government securing necessary materials for American companies to manufacture is "interference with the free market." Seriously, are they funded by China?

Last week one more example of Republican obstruction occurred – blockage of an important "Make It In America" bill – and one more time not a single corporate media outlet reported it.

The House Republican leadership last Tuesday blocked a bill to secure for American companies critical minerals used in the production of energy-efficient products, renewable energy systems, electronics and other technologies. The result is companies – and the Defense Department – continue to be forced to turn to China to make or obtain critical electronics components.

To understand the full extent of why Republicans have committed sedition here, you need to click through and read the while article. Please do. It’s important!

From YouTube: Rachel Maddow: The Kids Are Not From Mexico!

 

This may help explain why some people vote Republican. They are stupid.

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Jul 302014
 

Where is Bill Maher when you need him?  He would have so much fun with this one.  Gunny Boo Boo and his Ammosexual buddies are at it again in Austin, but now they are being mocked by group of courageous ladies that reason they should get to go topless, if these Republicans get to expose their manhood in public.

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Come and Take It Texas, a group affiliated with the open carry movement, is complaining [TEAbuggery delinked] that topless protestors are ruining their monthly walks in support of gun rights.

They are being “trolled by skanky topless libtards,” one post [Gunny Boo Boo delinked] on the group’s Facebook page reads. Another post [Gunny Boo Boo delinked] identifies the counter-protestors as members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA), even though they made no claim to being affiliated with that organization.

The topless counter-protestors carried signs that read, “You realize that everyone thinks you’re overcompensating for your teeny tiny ‘gun’ right?” and “Boobs for peace.” The women confronted the open carry advocates and said that as long as they openly carried their weapons, the counter-protestors would bare their breasts…

Inserted from <Raw Story>

Here’s the video:

Now are those really BIG boobs or what?  Of course I’m not talking about the women.  I’m talking about the idiots with guns.

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