Aug 062014
 

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.

0806SovCitIn 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]

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Ed Schultz covered this story in two segments. In the first he discussed the upshot and blowback of Republican hero, Cliven Bundy, including how a Bundy follower, Jared Miller, murdered three people.

In the second Ed interviews SPLC expert Ryan Lenz and Nevada journalist John Ralston.

US Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) called these people patriots, so any attempt to deny the connection between them and the Republican Party is a lie.

I have been saying for years that Al Dubya is a greater threat to America than Al Qaeda ever was.  I was right.

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Aug 062014
 

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?

Short Takes:

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.

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Sep 302013
 

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?

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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…

 

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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.”

Gotcha!

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!! ;-))

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Obama must not make the same mistake with Republicans.

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Sep 272013
 

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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.

27RiosYesterday, 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. 

Nonetheless, the wingnut fringe seized on it to peddle claims that Obama endorsed Odinga and actively campaigned for him.  Moreover, Odinga isn’t a Muslim–he’s a born-again Christian… [emphasis added]

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Is that a major whopper or what?

Ed Schultz has his own exposé on this.

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Of course this liar is a Republican. When she’s not propagandizing for them, she’s raising money for their candidates.

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Sep 232013
 

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?

Short Takes:

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.

The study confirms what I recently posted about the effects of allowing the fossil fuel industry to externalize the costs of their harm to people and the environment. This subsidy of suffering must end!

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Sep 212013
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, day 99, and hoping for some rest today as stuck on stupid neighbor and guitar man tag teamed my sleep yesterday.  The honcho from the company that owns the building and the agent from the county are meeting today, so hopefully I should know next week and may be able to move as soon as next month.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:22 (average 4:56).  It reminded me of Congress  :-(  To do it. click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: Saying he was “sorry it had to come to this,” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said today that he was forming an “independent search committee” to select a new Pope.

The visibly upset jurist appeared at a press conference with the sole other member of the newly formed search committee, Justice Clarence Thomas.

Justice Scalia said he had “no other alternative” but to pick a new Pope himself after reading what he called a “disturbing” interview with Pope Francis today: “The Pope said he doesn’t want to speak out against abortion and gay marriage. Well, sorry, my friend, but that’s the entire job description. You should have thought of that before you let them blow that white smoke in Rome.”

Dang! Has Andy stopped satirizing and started reporting?

From Daily Kos: MSNBC host Chuck Todd said Wednesday that when it comes to misinformation about the new federal health care law, don’t expect members of the media to correct the record.

During a segment on "Morning Joe," former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) speculated that most opponents of the Affordable Care Act have been fed erroneous information about the law. Todd said that Republicans "have successfully messaged against it" but he disagrees with those who argue that the media should educate the public on the law. According to Todd, that’s President Barack Obama’s job.

This is a host on the channel Republicans say is 100% librul. Since when is informing the public, as to what is true and what isn’t, not the job of the fourth estate?  Hat-Tip to Patty for Credo’s petition to NBC about Todd.

From MSNBC: Ed Schultz reveals the Republican heart.

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I’m pleased to report that not one single Democrat goose-stepped with the Republican Party’s War on the Poor. Every penny Democrats spend on hungry children is a penny Republicans can’t give to a billionaire. As for the Republican heart, there is none. In effect they are saying that to take away poor people’s subsistence will lead them to economic success, in the same way they seem to think that taking away their health care will lead them to good health. The bill passed the House.

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Sep 192013
 

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Here is the twenty-seventh article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Reince Priebus, Republican mouthpiece and close associate of the infamous Fartfuhrer of Fitzwalkerstan.  He is honored for trying to make it appear that the Navy Yard shooting was timed to help Obama shut down the government.

19HewittReinceRepublican National Chairman Reince Priebus believes that it’s not the GOP that wants to shut down the government, but President Obama. He told Hugh Hewitt on Monday that Obama really wants a government shutdown over Obamacare, a move that he said is even alienating some Democrats.

Hewitt said all the big news over Syria and now the Navy Yard shooting is masking the “domestic paralysis” going on in Congress, saying the media isn’t talking about the nation being “on the brink of a shutdown orchestrated by the president.”

Priebus responded, “I think he wants this thing to happen, a shutdown of the government…

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Ed Schultz debunked Reince’s lies.

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What extreme projection. Priebus is doing nothing less than attempting to blame a potential government shutdown on Obama, as if the timing of the shooting, made possible because a mentally unstable person with a history of gun violence was able to own assault weapons.

Republicans can’t get away with claiming Priebus isn’t one of them Priebus heads the RNC.

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