The Republican Party must be very anxious to make an impression on American voters, considering that their candidates have already opened the campaign season. Therefore they chose the person who most truly represents who they are to gibe the Republican Response to Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) will deliver the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced at the House and Senate GOP retreat in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
"Sen. Ernst brings a unique perspective to the Senate. She is a mother, a soldier and an independent leader who serves in Washington because Americans voted for change in the last election, and Joni understands that middle-class Americans want Congress to get back to work and that they want Washington to get refocused on their concerns, instead of those of the political class,” McConnell said in a statement Thursday.
Ernst was elected to the Senate in November, becoming the first woman elected to federal office from Iowa. She said she’s "truly honored" to deliver the GOP address.
House Speaker John Boehner praised Ernst after the announcement Thursday…
The oppressed people of the Republican Fascist Plutocracy of Fitzwalkerstan, formerly Wisconsin, have another opportunity to reclaim their state from the evil Fartfuhrer, Scott Walker, who has not yet had the courtesy to enter the cell waiting for him. The Fartfuhrer is making it easier for you. He’s acting just like a Republican.
Oh, look. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been saying (or not saying) very different things on the public campaign trail and privately to far-right groups. Walker hasn’t wanted to talk publicly about his position on marriage equality during this campaign, but as part of his effort to get an endorsement from Wisconsin Family Action, Walker wrote to the group that:
… he was defending the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He said he swore an oath to uphold the constitution and he supports "marriage between one man and one woman."
"I would hope that my record and the stark contrast with my opponent’s positions would garner your support," the governor wrote.
Click through for more. Just in case you have forgotten, the Fartfuhrer exposed himself quite well in 2011, when reporter Ian Murphy punked him with a prank phone call. Ed Schultz gave us the story of how Republicans like Walker act, when they think they are sucking … nevermind. He actually admitted criminal intent. That was two years ago, and he’s actually gotten even worse.
Let us rid ourselves of Scott Walker and all like him. To begin, we must…
I’ve certainly had no shortage of writing about one Republicans that the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, has praised and interviewed completely, Cliven Bundy. He has found his way back into the news in an indirect sort of way. According to a study of law enforcement professionals, Sovereign citizens are the greatest terrorist threat Americans face.
In a new study conducted by researchers tasked with studying of the root causes and consequences of terrorism in the U.S. and abroad, the sovereign citizen movement was perceived to be the gravest terrorist threat, rivaling Islamist extremists and militia/patriot groups.
According to National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism —better known as START— sovereign citizens were the top concern of law enforcement, even as a belief that some domestic groups including the KKK, Christian Identity, and neo-Nazis represent less of an actual terrorist threat when compared to a previous study.
The report, complied by START researchers David Carter, Steven Chermak, Jeremy Carter and Jack Drew, is drawn from surveys with more than 364 officers representing 175 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. Those surveys asked respondents to to gauge their perception on the threat of terrorism, the nature of information-sharing, and their belief as to whether their agencies are prepared to deal with terrorist attacks… [emphasis added]
I’m writing for tomorrow, day 107. I don’t know why, but I just could not get comfortable last night, and I could not sleep. I had a short nap this morning, but it was nowhere near enough. I’m hoping I can catch some serious Zs, when I finish writing.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 5:02 (average 6:24). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From Daily Kos: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren cares a lot about making student loans affordable—and she happens to be a bankruptcy expert. This week, she turned that passion and that wealth of knowledge on Richard Hunt, president and CEO of the Consumer Bankers Association.
You would think bankers would learn not to try to get sneaky in response to Warren’s pointed questioning. But this one had not learned that.
Was Lizzie munching on Bankster Butt or what? Bankruptcy relief should include student loans, and the death of the borrower should terminate any student loan.
From YouTube: Another Journey into the Parallel World of ALEC
Kudos to Chris Taylor and Ed Schultz. When Republican politicians introduce ALEC boilerplate, they must be exposed and dumped.
From AlterNet: What someone is paid has little or no relationship to what their work is worth to society.
Does anyone seriously believe hedge-fund mogul Steven A. Cohen is worth the $2.3 billion he raked in last year, despite being slapped with a $1.8 billion fine after his firm pleaded guilty to insider trading?
On the other hand, what’s the worth to society of social workers who put in long and difficult hours dealing with patients suffering from mental illness or substance abuse? Probably higher than their average pay of $18.14 an hour, which translates into less than $38,000 a year.
How much does society gain from personal-care aides who assist the elderly, convalescents, and persons with disabilities? Likely more than their average pay of $9.67 an hour, or just over $20,000 a year.
As always the Reich on the left, Robert Reich, is right, while the Reich on the Right, the Republican Reich, is wrong. Click through for in depth coverage of this subject.
I’m writing for tomorrow, day 108. as we come to the end of another month. It’s a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid orb, and a worship service is on as I write. Later the Broncos worship with the Philadelphia congregation, and it will be televised here, so I shall be meditating deeply.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:51 (average 4:50). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From Raw Story (Hat-Tip to Lynn): A Rutgers University student who found himself being cited by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as a cautionary tale told MSNBC host Ed Schultz on Friday that Cruz distorted his story for the purposes of arguing against the Affordable Care Act…
Cruz is no different than any other Republican Senator in one respect. They all have to lie, because, if they told the truth, not even the most stupid sheeple would vote for them. This student’s story is a perfect example of that.
From Daily Kos: Could it be that the excoriation received by Chuck Todd by a multitude of reputable online news sources is reframing the actions of some traditional journalists? Is it the fear that as Americans see the truth they will justifiably stop accepting the traditional media as one of their major sources of information?
Lemons had recently been a ‘yes man’ for Bill O’Lielly. I’m glad he decided to come clean and hope more media people do.
From Alternet: NRA Lobbyist: Opposing Elephant Slaughter Is Hitlerian Animal Racism
Here’s the background: There’s this show on NBC Sports called “Under Wild Skies” featuring an NRA lobbyist and all the animals he likes to hunt and kill. Some people think this is fun to do and watch. But, some people also objected this week when the show featured the gun lobbyist in question, Tony Makris, shooting an elephant in the face, and then drinking champagne. About 50,000 people objected and suggested NBC cancel the show.
This upset Tony Makris, who feels, as many gun nuts do, very oppressed by the fact that people want to deprive him of his liberties to shoot and televise his kills, and celebrate afterwards. These dang animal nuts are exactly like Hitler, he said in an interview with NRA talk show host Cam Edwards.
To be clear, Makris explained, he is a hunter, a non-dsicriminatory [sic] hunter. “I hunt all things,” not just elephants. Animal rights people are too soft on elephants. Nobody objected about his shooting ducks, pigeons, rabbits and squirrels, let alone deer. “So I can shoot all of those, but not an elephant?” he asked rhetorically.
This, he said, is animal racism. And to those who would argue that elephants are different, bigger, more special, smarter and more sensitive, he said. “Hitler would have said the same thing.”
This is just one of seven examples of Republican TEAbuggery in just the last week. Click through for the other six. (We need to send this elephant hunter to the US House!! ;-))
Obama must not make the same mistake with Republicans.
Here is the twenty-ninth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Republican Radio Host and Propagandist, Sandy Rios. She is honored for a a conspiracy theory so daft, that it proves she needs Cruz Control almost as desperately as Ted.
Yesterday, American Family Radio morning drive-time host Sandy Rios used the Westgate Mall shooting in Nairobi to promote birther lunacy. In the process, she pushed claims that have been debunked several times over–not that anyone who listens to AFR would know.
According to Rios, that reports of at least three Americans with ties to al-Qaeda raises staggering implications, given that "this is the country from where our president hails." She then doubled down, claiming that Obama’s cousin is former Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga, "a Muslim Communist." No, this isn’t snark–People for the American Way got a clip.
Odinga claimed back in December 2007, in the wake of the Kenyan presidential election, that he was Obama’s cousin. appeared to form the basis of a long-circulating email claiming that Obama and Odinga have long been in cahoots with each other, and that Obama even donated a million dollars to the Odinga campaign. Not so, says Snopes–which points out that Obama and Odinga are not biologically related and that at least one other candidate in the Kenyan election claimed to be related to Obama.
I’m writing for tomorrow, day 101, and getting my arse kicked un fantasy football, but it’s still early. It ain’t over ‘till the fat TomCat purrrs!! Update: Not even Garfield can save me on this one.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 4:13 (average 5:14). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From Daily Kos: Last Friday MSNBC Ed Schultz had a town hall in Alabama. He wanted to go to the deep South and talk directly to the people. He complained about the right-wing talking heads using a narrative of dependency as well as race bating to create a level of angst within the white community. One wonders if he expected to have two women in the audience with prescient stories that put it all in a microcosm.
Not all Republicans are racist, but most racists are Republican, because the party has opened its doors and put out the welcome mat for hate mongers.
From Alternet: He’s back. Steve “cantaloupe calves” King opines some more on undocumented immigrants.
Saying irresponsible, racist things about immigrants is Iowa Tea Party Rep. Steve King’s brand, and he continues to hone and promote it. At a recent anti-immigration rally in Omaha, he out and out called “illegal immigrants” a murderous mob. King recounted to the already-converted-to-hate audience a conversation he had recently with INS agent Mike Cutler at a congressional hearing. “How many Americans have died at the hands of illegal immigrants? What’s the price Americans are paying for an open door policy?” King asked Cutler.
To which, King claims Cutler helpfully replied: “‘I don’t know the answer to that, but I can tell you it will be in multiples of the victims of September 11th."
Good at math King, randomly multiplied 9/11’s death toll of about 3,000 by four and told the hate rally that 12,000 murders were likely committed by these out-of-control immigrants, who would be crashing planes into our buildings if they could, but sometimes just have to settle for raping and murdering us.
This is just one of seven vile statements made by prominent Republicans in the last week alone. Click through for the other six. I must admit surprise, however, that King was actually able to multiply 3,000 by 4.
From NRDC,org: It’s less costly to get electricity from wind turbines and solar panels than coal-fired power plants when climate change costs and other health impacts are factored in, according to a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.
In fact—using the official U.S. government estimates of health and environmental costs from burning fossil fuels—the study shows it’s cheaper to replace a typical existing coal-fired power plant with a wind turbine than to keep the old plant running. And new electricity generation from wind could be more economically efficient than natural gas.