Jul 282014
 

Every week, Republicans join a competition to see who can say the most outlandish things, and in the process, every week they push the envelope on just how despicable InsaniTEA can become.  I trust that you will believe it, when I tell you that last week was no exception.

FoxFandBHannity invites Palestinian guest on his show and proceeds to yell at him the whole time.

Fox’s Sean Hannity’s position on the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is that if you have any sympathy for Palestinians including civilians in Gaza, you sympathize with terrorists. Or maybe you are a terrorist. All the more so if you are a Muslim. And so, perhaps, it should not have been surprising when he invited Yousef Munayyer, the executive director of The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development and its educational program, the Palestine Center, on his show in order to shout at him, and not let him speak.

The exchange, and we use the word 'exchange' loosely, went something like this:

“Is Hamas a terrorist organization?” Hannity asked.

“Do I get to actually speak now?” Munayyer answered.

“You have to answer the question, it’s a simple yes or no question,” Hannity said.

“Sir, you invited me on here as a guest,” Munayyer said. He continued to try to speak, but Hannity wasn’t having it.

“I’m asking a question. Is Hamas, whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel, is that a terrorist organization?” Hannity shouted. “That’s a yes or no question.”

“Thank you for your question, now I will provide an answer,” Muayyer said.

Hannity kept shouting. Somehow Munayyer could be heard saying:  “It’s very telling to me, and it should be telling to your viewers as well, that the moment you have a Palestinian voice on your program who begins to explain the legitimate grievances of the Palestinians, not just Hamas…”

Hannity cut off Munayyer, shouting at him to answer the question. At one point, Munayyer said that “the United States certainly considers Hamas a terrorist organization we all know that.”

“Is Hamas a terrorist organization? What part of this can’t you get through your thick head?” Hannity said.

Yeesh, rude much?

At the end of the exchange, Munayyer asked again if he would “get to say anything in this conversation.”

Hannity responded, “You had your chance, you didn’t say Hamas is a terrorist organization. Goodbye.”

That’s dialogue, Hannity style…

Inserted from <AlterNet>

Is their any question about where gun-toting Republican street screamers get their hate?  This is only the first of six despicable Republican moments from last week alone.  Click through for the other five.

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Jul 282014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 98.  I had planned to get up early this morning to do the evil task, but I must be more tired that I thought.  I found myself completely unable to move my butt, so I sat on it instead.  The evil task still awaits.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:07 (average 5:00).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: The apparent collapse of the veteran’s aid in conference committee seems to underline just how uninterested the House continues to be in actually governing. We’ve got Rep. Jeff Miller managing reconciliation from the House side, and he’s let his Senate counterpart, Sen. Bernie Sanders, know that the House will be dictating the reconciliation terms.

The most peeved, however, was Sanders. He hastily organized a press conference with fellow Senate Democrats in which he rapped Miller for demanding a vote on a proposal that, according to an aide, did not adhere to the outlines of earlier discussions.

“You cannot talk about negotiating, you cannot talk about a conference committee, when somebody is asking you to join you … for a formal vote on ‘this’ proposal,” said Sanders.

Well no, having an unofficial "conference committee" meeting consisting entirely of House members and then telling the Senate that their new plan is what you’ll be having a vote on is not quite how the process usually goes, but it certainly underscores the House’s insistence that it’s either their way or the (badly underfunded) highway.

Did anyone expect anything more than sabotage of our Vets from the Republican Reich? Click through for more.

From AlterNet: Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist who hosts the hit show "Cosmos," was a guest on Bill Maher’s "Real Time with Bill Maher" on HBO Friday night, and Tyson received standing ovation. Rare for a scientist, Maher joked.

Thinking by voters is forbidden in GOPerville.

From Crooks and Liars: The yappers over at Faux "news" are very upset that the Democrats have teachers knocking on doors for the midterm elections because they might not be able to paint them as the stereotypical union thug as they’re used to getting away with week after week on their network. How terrible it is that people might look at them as actual human beings and not someone to kick to the curb and actually listen to what they have to say.

Bulls & Bears host Brenda Butter started things off with regular John Layfield, who went right after the teachers for heaven forbid, exercising their right to participate in politics, pretended that this is somehow going to take away from them having time to do their jobs, and he laid all of the problems with our educational system on the backs of the teachers’ unions.

Barf Bag Alert!

 

I’ll leave it to the teachers among you to explain just how full of crap this propaganda for the Republican Reichsministry of propaganda is.

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Avril’s Dream :-)

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Jul 272014
 

Corporations are taking advantage of a tax loophole that Republicans created to kelp them avoid paying their fair share of taxes.  Democrats have made several attempts to close that loophole, and of course Republicans blocked them.  Barack Obama and one of America’s national treasures are calling them out on it.

0727CorporateInversionU.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday hammered U.S. companies that avoid federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas in deals known as "inversions" and called on Congress to pass a bill to end the practice.

During remarks to a rowdy crowd at the Los Angeles Technical College, Obama promoted what he called "economic patriotism" and made clear he believed the companies that were engaging in such practices were not being patriotic. The president is in California on a three-day fund-raising swing for Democrats.

So-called inversion deals occur when a U.S. company acquires or sets up a foreign company, then moves its U.S. tax domicile to the foreign company and its lower-tax home country.

Nine inversion deals have been reached this year by companies ranging from banana distributor Chiquita Brands International Inc to drugmaker AbbVie Inc, and more are under consideration. The transactions are setting a record pace since the first inversion was carried out 32 years ago…

Inserted from <Chicago Tribune>

Photo credit: Nation of Change

I do disagree with Obama on one point.  There is only on corporate emotion.  It is not patriotism.  It is greed.

Ed Schultz interviewed our national treasure on this issue and on the Republican attempt to stall VA funding.

According to the article, Republicans say they support closing the Inversion Loophole, but only as part of restructuring the tax code.  That’s RepubliSpeak for raising your taxes and giving massive tax cuts to billionaires and giant corporations.

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Jul 272014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 97, and I’m feeling almost human again, after sleeping almost all day yesterday.  Unfortunately the dreaded task awaits.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:22 (average 5:22).  To do it click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football:

We have our own Fantasy football league on NFL.com called Lefty Blog Friends.  I just learned that one of the players withdrew without notifying me, so we have an opening.  You don’t have to be an expert to play, and it is a lot of fun.  It’s not just for men.  In fact four of our nine players are women.  If you’d like to play, please let me know ASAP.  Our live draft is on Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 9:00am PDT.

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: The war between Congress and the White House took a turn for the worse on Friday as House Republicans sought to prevent President Obama from ordering new office supplies.

The House panel that mandated the office-supply freeze denied that it was politically motivated, citing “budgetary concerns.” “It’s time President Obama learned a tough lesson,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters. “Being President does not entitle you to a spending spree at Staples.”

At the White House, the President blasted the Republicans’ move to strip him of legal pads, pencils, and other office essentials, calling it “just their latest attempt to keep me from doing my job.”

Is Andy covering up Obama’s Kenyan, Socialist, Muslim paper clips?

From Daily Kos: Take a look at what homegrown hatred looks like full stop. This disgusting comment was made by Barry Dile [Republican racist delinked] about a missing 16-year old girl from Tennessee.

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No doubt he is a devout follower of Republican Supply-side Jesus (the exact opposite of the real Jesus).

From Think Progress: During a congressional hearing Thursday, Foreign Policy reports, a member of Congress mistakeningly assumed that two senior U.S. government officials were actually representing India.

The Congressman, Rep. Curt Clawson, told the officials “I love your country” and offered to do “anything… to make the relationship with India better.” The officials, Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar, are both U.S. citizens who work for the Obama administration. Here’s the super awkward exchange:

I found the same video in a format you all can view.

I guess this folks weren’t quite white enough for this Republican racist, but any competent Representative would know who is coming to a hearing in advance.  Republicans are not.

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Jul 262014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 96, and this is the only article.  Last night was election night for the group of prisoners I help.  I was pleased with their choices.  I could not help thinking that I wish Republican candidates had 10% of the integrity of those convicts.  After that I worked one on one with a few new guys.  I was happy that one in particular responded to questions by realizing how he could have intervened with better choices that would have prevented the entire situation, in which he felt he had no choice except to act.  One of the most valuable lessons learned is that today’s seemingly unimportant decisions constrain tomorrow’s available choices.  Today, I’m quite pooped.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:49 (average 5:15).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: If — like me — you’re a sucker for the very small human stories behind huge historical events, you’ll want to hear this from Lt. Dan Choi, who chained himself to the White House fence in 2010 and helped bring down "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" less than a year later. Make sure you check out 2:18 for his amazing love story, 6:30 for what happened when he came out to his parents, and 10:40 for the heartwarming, totally unexpected email he received from an Iraqi doctor. But really, you’ll want to watch the whole thing.

 

One need not be gay to be inspired by the honor, courage and commitment displayed by Dan Choi.

From The New Yorker: In his boldest move yet to address the immigration crisis, on Thursday Texas Governor Rick Perry dispatched the Dallas Cowboys to the United States’ border with Mexico.

In a photo opportunity with the Cowboys and several of the team’s cheerleaders, Perry explained the rationale behind his latest decision. “Those who would cross our borders illegally will have to contend with the power and fury of America’s Team,” he said.

As Andy goes on to explain, the Cowboys’ defense doesn’t stop anything, but there may be another way. If he has the cheerleaders invade Mexico, the men will want to stay there.

From Daily Kos: It is good to know that some in government are indeed still worried about privacy… too bad its not ours. And as people think it is a wise idea to send armed troops to ‘protect’ the Texas border we should probably be concerned that something like this happens on the U.S. Canada Border:

A central Iowa Boy Scout troop just returned from a three-week trip they will likely never forget.

Boy Scout Troop 111 Leader Jim Fox spelled out what happened to him and the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Troop 111 as four van-loads of Scouts and adult volunteers tried to drive from Canada into Alaska.

Fox said one of the Scouts took a picture of a border official, which spurred agents to detain everyone in that van and search them and their belongings.

“The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison,” Fox said.

Dang!! I thought Bloody Barbie had resigned! Click through to see how these Republicans threatened children with guns.

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Joanne asked for this.

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Jul 252014
 

RepublicansOnParade

Here is the fifty-fourth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. He is so honored for suggesting that the US invade another sovereign nation.

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It took long enough for Sheriff Joe to weigh in on the border issues, didn’t it? But when he did, he did it with the usual hefty dose of stupid.

We begin with the obvious: Sheriff Joe is very, very angry with Mexico because Mexico is not very happy [Faux Noise delinked] about Governor Dick Perry sending National Guardsmen to the border. Mexico’s objection is a fair one. They believe militarizing the border is not the answer to a humanitarian crisis.

But Sheriff Joe? Oh, he’s so angry about it he could spit nails. Really angry. So angry, in fact, that he thinks the Border Patrol should rush right over the border and just take over — bilaterally, of course…

Inserted from <Crooks and Liars>

Barf Bag Alert!

 

Crazy Joe would have us invade Mexico to stop what he considers to be the Obama conspiracy at the root of the border crisis. TEAbuggery  doesn’t get much more Republican that that!!

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