Jul 162014
 

There is now sufficient evidence that shows that mostly black Democratic voters, who voted in Mississippi’s Republican primary allowed Thad “Farmyard Fun” Cochran (R-MS) to defeat Chris “Bagger” McDaniel.  The InsaniTEA and Theocon wings of the party are screaming bloody murder, saying that only Republican votes should have counted.

Senate MississippiNewly released data of the Mississippi runoff for U.S. Senate between Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) reinforce the claim that Cochran won through a surge of votes from African-Americans and Democrats.

Since the runoff McDaniel and his supporters have complained that McDaniel actually won the Republican vote in the runoff and Cochran was only the winner through getting African Americans and Democrats to vote for him.

As The New York Times’ Upshot blog notes, Cochran won 92 percent of the votes in the precincts that are Democratic strongholds. President Barack Obama won 99 percent of the vote in those precincts in 2012. Cochran won those precincts by 3,889 votes, or more than half of his margin of victory in the runoff over all. With those votes, Democratic votes in other parts of the state could have cleanly brought Cochran over the finish line in the runoff, even with Republican voters in those precincts going for McDaniel.

An important data point to keep in mind also is that in historically Democratic-dominant places like Hinds County, one of the most densely populated counties in Mississippi, turnout wasn’t especially large (7.4 percent of the 2012 general election numbers) — but with runoff voters going 92 to 8 for Cochran, it would be enough to move the race in Cochran’s favor…

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McDaniel’s complaint appears to have  some merit.  It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to have an open primary, until you understand it’s true purpose.  Historically, before Republicans sowed the wind by embracing hate-filled TEAbuggery, Republican primaries have featured an uncontested or barely contested candidate, while Democratic primaries have often been more hotly contested.  In states with open primaries, Republican voters have crossed the line for years to ensure that the least worthy candidate becomes the Democratic nominee.  In some states the Democratic nominee is nothing more than a Republican plant, such as Alvin Green in SC in 2010.  Republicans have been trying for years to get Oregon to adopt an open primary without success. 

So what we have here is nothing more that an old Republican dirty trick at work.  That it is causing Republicans grief could not be more appropriate.

Anyway, now we know how to keep Thad Cochran off the Senate floor.  Just put a Black Sheep  in the Senate cloak room.

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Jul 102014
 

The closer to an election we get, the greater the likelihood that the Republican bubble machine will invent an eleventh hour scandal.  More often than not, Republicans just invent the lies that they present as news.  However, in 2012, it’s possible that a foreign government may have used the Republican bubble machine to propagate a lie that almost cost an innocent Senator his job.

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Sen. Robert Menendez is asking the Justice Department to pursue evidence obtained by U.S. investigators that the Cuban government concocted an elaborate plot to smear him with allegations that he cavorted with underage prostitutes, according to people familiar with the discussions.

In a letter sent to Justice Department officials, the senator’s attorney asserts that the plot was timed to derail the ­political rise of Menendez (D-N.J.), one of Washington’s most ardent critics of the Castro regime. At the time, Menendez was running for reelection and was preparing to assume the powerful chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

According to a former U.S. official with firsthand knowledge of government intelligence, the CIA had obtained credible evidence, including Internet protocol addresses, linking Cuban agents to the prostitution claims and to efforts to plant the story in U.S. and Latin American media… [emphasis added]

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Rachel Maddow provided in depth coverage of the history of political hooker scandals, focusing on the hypocrisy of Republicans, and demonstrating how Republicans create news.

 

Internationals, for whom MSNBC video is blocked, can see this clip on YouTube.

It’s a shame I lost content on Blogger prior to 2010, because I had some great fun with the Jeff Gannon incident.  A couple old timers might remember me saying that perhaps he gave Cheney poo fun times in an undisclosed location.  Prior to this family-values Republican being outed, Ann Coulter, the Coultergeist, had gone on about how hot he is.

The hypocrisy of Tucker Carlson’s transformation between Diaper Dave Vitter and Menendez is a perfect example of hypocrisy the Republican Party personifies.  And consider this.  If that “former US official” cited in the Post article is a Republican, I consider it quite probable that this source was just trying to deflect blame to Cuba for what was just another Republican attempt to steal an election with an invented eleventh-hour scandal.

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Jul 042014
 

4th of July 2013

Like many holidays, Independence Day has become highly commercialized, so often Independence Day Sale often comes to mind before the patriots who risked everything to stand for the ideals of representative government.  Let us take a moment to consider the document they signed on July 4, 1776.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

These men were true patriots.  Unfortunately, there are Republican ethnic nationalists claiming the heritage of these men, and falsely calling themselves patriots.  However our founding fathers rebelled against policies imposed on them by a government in which they had no voice.  In sharp contrast today’s false patriots propose revolution and ‘Second Amendment Solutions’, because they don’t like the laws passed by their own elected representatives.  That is not patriotism.  It is sedition.

Enjoy your holiday weekend. 

The graphic and the video are of fireworks over my town.

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Jun 192014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, and while I’m not back to 100%, I am well enough to put away my groceries from Store to Door and write articles for tomorrow.  Nevertheless, I shall be brief.  Day 59.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:02 (average 5:15).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: There are plenty of folks in this country who still aren’t comfortable with marriage equality or even the fact that gay people exist. I don’t think that necessarily makes them bad human beings. However, I do think that makes them fair game for public shaming, especially when they’re being hypocrites about it. Thankfully, Anderson Cooper is on the task.

 

Isn’t it nice that CNN wasn’t acting like the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, for a change. When two men kiss in a celebratory manner, it doesn’t bother me at all, but as much as I hate to admit it, when two guys start getting hot and heavy, I do feel a little queasy. However, I recognize that it’s the aftermath from years of gay-hate programmed into me from before I can remember. I did not see the light until my late 40s.  I can’t help that, but I can and do choose to respond, instead, based on what I know, that their feelings are just as authentic as any I have ever had toward a woman.

From The New Yorker: Citing the deteriorating situation in the war-torn nation, Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) on Saturday called for Congress to convene an emergency blame game on Iraq.

“This is a dire crisis,” McCain said. “It’s time to roll up our sleeves and do some serious finger-pointing.”

McCain said that he hoped Congress would act swiftly to assign blame to a long list of culprits he identified, including President Obama, the Joint Chiefs, the media, and everyone who did not vote for him in the 2008 election.

Did Andy peg McConJob, or what?

From Daily Kos:

Here’s another example to point to when opponents of a higher minimum wage claim that it would cost jobs. The minimum in San Jose, California, has gone from $8.00 an hour to $10.00 and then $10.15, and University of California-Berkeley economist Michael Reich has been studying the results:

[The minimum wage increase] directly and indirectly affected 70,000 of the city’s 370,000 workers, Reich says.

San Jose restaurants, which Reich says were most affected by the pay increase, raised menu prices by an average 1.75%, according to his study. He says there has been no discernible impact on employment.

The unemployment rate in the San Jose metro area, in fact, has fallen to 5.4% from 7.4% in March 2013. The San Jose Downtown Association says the number of restaurants in the district has increased by 20% the past 18 months.

That’s good ammo, but if the Republican is also an Ammosexual (likely), don’t bother. They have lost the capacity for thought.

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May 252014
 

I’ve seen school lunches.  I don’t see how one could cost more than a couple dollars.  I’ve seen how people, who have to live on food stamps eat.  Calling it meager is an understatement.  On the other hand, in my youth, I used to wait tables in some rather high end establishments, and have seen wall street types drop several hundred dollars (in 1960s money), while partying on the company credit card.  So, what do these have in common?

0525BusDinAh, progress! In the 2012 elections, Republicans cast themselves as budget balancers by promising to whack welfare programs for the poor, snarling that such people are "takers" and "moochers."

Such vindictive sourness didn’t play too well with voters, and Republicans now seem to have learned their lesson. Oh, they’re still going after food stamps, school lunches, etc. with a vengeance – but this time, with a gentle, even loving tone.

The GOP’s official message massagers now have their members saying that they want to "help the poor" by eliminating those programs, referring to them as soulless giveaways that sap their initiative and tether them to the cold, uncaring hand of government. The message is: We’re doing this for the poor people’s own good. Their chief budgeteer, Rep. Paul Ryan, trotted this theme out at a recent right-wing rally, condemning school lunches as unloving "Obamafare" plopped on plates by unsmiling cafeteria personnel: "What they’re offering people is a full stomach and an empty soul," he oozed.

If that doesn’t make you gag, try another subsidized lunch program that tender-hearted GOP budget whackers never mention, much less demand that it be eliminated. It’s the tax subsidy for corporate meals, drinks, and entertainment. Multimillionaire CEOs can go wining and dining on your and my dime, writing off their high-dollar lunches, cocktails, dinners, and club hopping as a business expense. And expensive it is for us taxpayers – this subsidy adds up to more than $12 billion a year… [emphasis added]

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What they have in common is that YOU pay for both of them.  Personally, I’m happy top kick-in for school lunches, but not for Bankster banquets.

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May 092014
 

Republicans claim that their new select committee on Benghazi is serious investigation.  Let any Democrats question this, and these Republicans accuse them of spitting in the faces of four murdered heroes.  In that case, what is it when these same Republicans ignore the head of that committee to use both him and it as an opportunity for their second favorite (behind election theft) activity: sheeple-fleecing.

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Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) told a Morning Joe panel Wednesday morning that the GOP should not use the Benghazi Select Committee — of which he was just appointed chairman — as a fundraising tool. But as he spoke, a National Republican Campaign Committee website was doing just that.

“I have never sought to raise a single penny on the backs of four murdered Americans,” Gowdy said on MSNBC. “There are, even in a culture of hyper-partisanship, certain things that ought to be above politics, like the murder of our four fellow Americans.”

But BenghaziWatchdogs.com [Republican Party delinked], an NRCC-run website, proclaims, “House Republicans will make sure that no one will get away from Gowdy and the Select Committee… [emphasis original]

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Republicans are always desperate for a meme to distract, energize and fleece their rabid base.  Chris Hayes explains their motivation in much greater detail.

This is hypocrisy at its worst.  The so-called rationale for this investigation is that the second Whitehouse document dump at Congress’ request contained an email that had been omitted from the first document dump.  Therefore Republicans claim a Democratic cover-up.  However, that email had no information that was not also included in several other documents that were released.  If effect, Republicans are  accusing the Obama administration of a cover-up for withholding information that the Republicans already have from them.

This is how Republicans in Congress are spending $millions of YOUR tax dollars!

Every Republican in office is one Republican too many!

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May 062014
 

I’m writing for tomorrows, and it’s late in the day, as I’ve been busy with a variety of tasks.  Good news!  I got the word that phase one of my formal volunteer training has been approved, and I’ve been scheduled for phase two, institution specific training at OSP.  I’ll be spending two nights away from home early next month.  Fortunately I’ll be staying in a motel, not a cell.  :twisted:  Let’s see… should I stay at the Super 8 Motel I used the last trip down, or the Motel 6 I used the trip before that? ;-)  Tomorrow morning I have a Podiatrist appointment for my quarterly surgery to cut the growth from my foot.  Therefore I may have little or nothing for you on Wednesday.  Day 15.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:57 (average 5:42).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From NY Times: Last week, House Republicans released a deliberately misleading report on the status of health reform, crudely rigging the numbers to sustain the illusion of failure in the face of unexpected success. Are you shocked?

You aren’t, but you should be. Mainstream politicians didn’t always try to advance their agenda through lies, damned lies and — in this case — bogus statistics. And the fact that this has become standard operating procedure for a major party bodes ill for America’s future.

About that report: The really big policy news of 2014, at least so far, is the spectacular recovery of the Affordable Care Act from its stumbling start, thanks to an extraordinary late surge that took enrollment beyond early projections. The age mix of enrollees has improved; insurance companies are broadly satisfied with the risk pool. Multiple independent surveys confirm that the percentage of Americans without health insurance has already declined substantially, and there’s every reason to believe that over the next two years the act will meet its overall goals, except in states that refuse to expand Medicaid.

Paul Krugman went on to say that Republicans will not admit they were wrong. I agree with him, and American voters must be informed over and over again that they are lying, until after they stop.

From Alternet: Lie number one: The rich and CEOs are America’s job creators. So we dare not tax them.

The truth is the middle class and poor are the job-creators through their purchases of goods and services. If they don’t have enough purchasing power because they’re not paid enough, companies won’t create more jobs and economy won’t grow.

We’ve endured the most anemic recovery on record because most Americans don’t have enough money to get the economy out of first gear. The economy is barely growing and real wages continue to drop.

We keep having  false dawns. An average of 200,000 jobs were created in the United States over the last three months, but huge numbers of Americans continue to drop out of the labor force.

This is just one of Robert Reich’s four biggest Republican lies about inequality. Click through for the other three. As always, the Reich on the Left is right and the Reich on the Right is wrong.

From TPM: Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer’s attempt to lure Charles and David Koch out of the shadows appears to have fallen short.

Steyer had challenged the conservative benefactors to a public debate on climate change. But the brothers aren’t interested.

“We are not experts on climate change,” Koch spokeswoman Melissa Cohlmia in told the Wichita Eagle in an e-mail on Friday afternoon. “We do believe there should be free and open debate on the climate issue and it should be based on sound science and intellectual honesty."

For guys who claim not to be expert, they sure spend a lot of $millions convincing sheeple that climate change is a hoax. What hypocritical cowards they are!

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