Mar 282014
 

There is no depth of depravity to which Republicans refuse to stoop to get their way, and the Koch Brothers, fathers of InsaniTEA, lead the pack in that area.  Now they are bribing college students, some of whom may even be underage, with booze to oppose ObamaCare by refusing to sign up.

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Billionaire Koch brothers funded groups Americans for Prosperity and Generation Opportunity are supplying University of New Hampshire students with free alcohol tonight to encourage them to oppose Obamacare and not sign up for health coverage.

The “Thirsty for Freedom” event will be held at the Dover Brickhouse just off campus. It provides students with two free drink tickets to hear about “big governments war on youth” and is hosted by Koch-funded AFP, Koch-funded Generation Opportunity, Young Americans for Liberty, and the College Republicans… 

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Hat-Tip to Jo (a regular, both here and at Care2) for telling me about this event.

This is not new for Republicans. For example, in election year 2004, I left work downtown and saw a group of transients gathered around two Republicans, wearing Bush/Cheney buttons. They had apparently previously registered the transients. The Republicans found each transients names in a stack of prefilled ballots, got their signature, and handed it to them. Each transient then took their ballot to a van parked at the curb and traded it for a six pack of beer or a bottle of wine. I yelled at them, and pulled out my cell phone, intending to take a picture. Before I could, the Republicans jumped into the van and drove away. Then I had to run, confronted with some very angry transients. One more thing, the Republicans were both wearing "Jesus Saves" buttons too. I guess Republican Supply-side Jesus (the polar opposite of the real Jesus) saves by shopping at the beer and wine wholesaler.

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Mar 152014
 

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Here is the forty-first article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Austin Ruse from the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. He is so honored for blaming an individual choice on a whole class of educators, and then suggesting to deal with those people the way only Republican Supply-side Jesus would: killing them.

0315RuseIf it were possible for American Family Radio to go too far, it did today.  This morning, regular morning drive-time host Sandy Rios was off, so Austin Ruse of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute served as guest host.  Ruse’s organization is rabidly opposed to the United Nations.  For instance, when the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came up for ratification by the Senate, Ruse blasted out an email claiming that the UN would use it as an excuse to take kids from their parents.  In part due to hysteria stirred up by Ruse and other wingers, the treaty came up six votes short of the 67 needed for ratification.  That should tell you all you need to know about Ruse and his outfit.

But today, Ruse went several miles off the deep end.  As many of you know, a freshman at Duke University recently revealed she’s helping to pay her tuition by acting in porn films.  As degrading as that is, Ruse’s reaction was even worse.  He claimed that this is evidence liberal academics should just be "taken out and shot."  No, this isn’t snark–People for the American Way got a clip.

That is the nonsense that they teach in women’s studies at Duke University, this is where she learned this. The toxic stew of the modern university is gender studies, it’s “Sex Week,” they all have “Sex Week” and teaching people how to be sex-positive and overcome the patriarchy. My daughters go to a little private religious school and we pay an arm and a leg for it precisely to keep them away from all of this kind of nonsense. I do hope that they go to a Christian college or university and to keep them so far away from the hard left, human-hating people that run modern universities, who should all be taken out and shot.

This is unacceptable.  Period, full stop.  There is no way, no how that this sort of talk is protected speech.

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I not even going to touch the ramifications of a student paying for college with porn, except to say that, no matter how much I disagree with it, it remains her choice to make.  However, I trust I’m safe in believing that the Women’s Studies Department at Duke had nothing to do with her decision.  For Austin Ruse to propose murdering secular college administrators is hate speech, completely Antichristian, and obviously Republican.

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Feb 272014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, waiting for Store to Door to deliver groceries and getting as much rest as I can.  Tomorrow is a prison volunteer day.  It’s our annual Community Outreach meeting.  We’re bringing in a couple dozen college students, and groups of them will have round-robin sessions with groups of my guys.  It should be a pretty big deal.  Please don’t expect much from me for the next couple days.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:53 (average 5:25).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From PRWatch: Today, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) released a new short film "Keystone PipeLIES Exposed" and major investigative report debunking key claims of proponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline as the State Department solicits comments from the public on its controversial environmental impact assessment.

Over the past seven months, CMD has interviewed experts and activists in Port Arthur, Texas; Detroit; and Washington, DC; and examined detailed tax, safety, economic, environmental, and campaign finance studies in assessing the claims made by proponents of the pipeline, which would carry more than 3/4 million barrels of tar sands oil a day from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.

 

Keystone PipeLIES Exposed – Spills from Center for Media and Democracy on Vimeo.

There can be only one answer to Keystone XL: NO!

From Daily Kos: So take a gander at the states with the most miserable people:

10. Louisiana

9. Oklahoma

8. Missouri

7. Tennessee

6. Arkansas

5. Ohio

4. Alabama

3. Mississippi

2. Kentucky

1. West Virginia

Mississippi is thrilled that it didn’t top this list. West Virginia topped it by just being absolutely despondent about their future. And really, can’t say I blame them when water in Mexico is safer than the stuff coming out of their own tap.

Here we have a list that could be entitled "Who’s Who in InsaniTEA"!

From Washington Post: The annual Conservative Political Action Conference has long courted controversy over what its attendees and speakers say. For the past few years, they’ve almost earned more coverage for who they don’t invite to speak or attend — and what that says about the future of the furthest right fringe of the Republican Party.

Yesterday, CPAC organizers announced that they had changed their mind about inviting American Atheists to set up a booth at this year’s conference, which will be held March 6-8 at National Harbor. The group’s president said he was "really disappointed, but … not at all surprised" by the reverse of their fortunes. "We were going to CPAC specifically to combat the notion that one must be Christian in order to be conservative. We wanted to bring that to the forefront."

Lawrence O’Donnell offered excellent coverage.

If you don’t believe in Republican Supply-side Jesus (the antithesis of the real Jesus) and hate gays, blacks, Muslims, Latinos, libruls, and/or women who are not pregnant or wear shoes, you aren’t a real Republican and C-PUKE doesn’t want you.

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Feb 092014
 

I’m writing for tomorrow, struggling with my COPD, watching snow, and enjoying Olympic coverage.  The US and Canadian women’s teams won their first ice hockey games.  The figure skating prelims have been elegant.  A young Russian girl turned in the best short program I’ve ever seen.  A European team swept the 5K individual speed skating, but I just can’t remember which one, or whether they have any speed skating history. ;-)

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:51 (average 4:42).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: Billionaire Sam Zell today:

"I guess my feeling is that he’s right," Zell said when asked by Bloomberg’s Betty Liu how he felt about Perkins’ stance [which was that minor criticism of the 1% equaled the Kristallnacht by the Nazis]. "The 1 percent are being pummeled because it’s politically convenient to do so."

Zell then said the problem is that all non-rich are just jealous that they don’t have the same work ethic that the country’s wealthiest do.

"The problem is that the world and this country should not talk about envy of the 1 percent. It should talk about emulating the 1 percent," he said. "The 1 percent work harder. The 1 percent are much bigger factors in all forms of our society." [emphasis original]

The big irony here is that the fool actually believes that the money earns, not him, entitles him to evade paying for the things we all built, without which, his money could not make more money for him.

From Right Wing Watch: This week, President Obama nominated five people to federal judgeships in Florida and New Jersey. Three of these nominees are already judges; two are accomplished attorneys. But what is more relevant to the right-wing Liberty Counsel is that, according to the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow, “among the nominees are four African Americans, one of them homosexual.” (That’s not actually true: one of the nominees is African American, one is Latino, and three are white).

Liberty Counsel head Mat Staver told OneNewsNow [pseudo-Christians delinked] today that these judicial picks show “ideological bankruptcy” on the part of a president who is “destroying the judiciary.”

"So he gets a black man, who is a practicing homosexual, and now he wants to put this individual in an appointment for life on the federal bench," Staver lamented, referring apparently to Darrin P. Gayes, a state circuit judge in Florida who Obama nominated to a federal district court.

At no point in the article does Staver or OneNewsNow touch on the nominee’s qualifications, other than to note vaguely that “all five nominees are considered liberals.”

Black, gay and librul?!!? Republican Supply-side Jesus must be cringing in his grave!!

From Crooks and Liars: Last weekend, Gov. Chris Christie’s office circulated an email to friends and supporters slamming David Wildstein, the former Port Authority official at the center of the George Washington Bridge scandal.

Now, citing two people familiar with the matter, a report by Politico.com today claims that aides never ran the memo by Christie — who is entangled in a widening scandal that he says a renegade deputy chief of staff and others are responsible for — and that the governor didn’t read it himself before it went out.

If you actually believe that PIGnocchio did not know everything that was in it, before it went out, even if he didn’t "read" it himself, I’d like to sell you the George Washington Bridge. Since a traffic study revealed some minor delays, I can give you a discount.

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Kudos to Cheryl Maas!

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Dec 242013
 

If you are a member of one of over a million American families, you may awaken tomorrow morning to discover that Republicans have stolen the presents from under your tree.  That is because Republicans have a Christmas present for America in keeping with the false gospel of Republican Supply-side Jesus.

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Three days after Christmas, unemployment benefits end for 1.3 million people who have exhausted their state unemployment benefits, but still can’t find a job.

To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you have to be actively looking for a job. Virtually all of these people would rather work, but can’t find a job in today’s economy where there are three applicants for every job available.

But when the budget deal was negotiated in Congress over the last several weeks, Republican negotiators refused to agree to continue those unemployment benefits. And at the same time, they demanded the continuation of tax breaks for big oil companies and loopholes for Wall Street billionaires who get their income from hedge funds.

Merry Christmas from the GOP.

Of course this kind of Christmas cheer comes from the same gang that routinely drags out the well-worn charge that progressives and Democrats are engaging in a "war on Christmas". Maybe someone should force Republican Members of Congress to sit through a showing of "A Christmas Carol" and then explain why they think Ebenezer Scrooge is the hero.

Over the last decade the far right, that now dominates the GOP, has conducted a real war on the values that we celebrate at Christmas… [emphasis added]

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Whether or not you choose to believe this, Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ and should focus us on the values he taught.  He reiterated over and over again that the highest level of care for those in need is integral to authentic faith.  Sadly, this example is all too typical of how Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians do the exact opposite.  While they accuse us of a war on Christmas, we fight only against the false Republican gospel of greed, which has absolutely nothing in common with authentic Christianity.

I am a poor man, but tomorrow I will share my table with people less fortunate than I, because that is following Jesus’ example.  It’s a very small thing, but enough small things can make a difference.  Another way to make a difference is to remove Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians from office.  No matter what you believe, authentic faith means we take care of each other, not just billionaires.

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Dec 122013
 

Yesterday I moved.  The day had two low points.  The first was discovering that, after losing my appointment for yesterday, Comcast cannot install my service until Tuesday, and learning that the landlord dies not allow a dish, so I can’t tell them to take a long flying ____ off a short pier.  The second was discovering that, after I had carefully left the wires attached to network equipment, the movers pulled them all off, leaving me with electronic spaghetti.  Kudos to me.  Everything works.  The high points were looking out my window onto 4th Avenue, Chinese food delivery, crawling into bed, and writing to let you know I’m back.  Today is a rest day, and tomorrow comes the task of unpacking lots more boxes.  Hopefully, I’ll be back to full time blogging within a week to ten days.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:58 (average 4:42).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Upworthy: A Congressman Loses His Temper When Told To Not Talk About The People Suffering In The Room.

 

Kudos to both Democrats. Polis is right. It IS simple!  Americans overwhelmingly favor common sense reform, not racist Republican exploitation.

From The New YorkerWith six fingers of Johnnie Walker swirling in his favorite tumbler, John Boehner speaks with the quiet assurance of a man on the brink of something big.

Just three workdays remain until Congress packs it in for 2013, and the House that Boehner presides over is about to set the record for the least productive year in its history—a quixotic goal that the tawny Ohioan set for himself when he arrived in Washington, in 1991.

“Like most of us, I came to this town hoping to make history,” he says, refilling his tumbler. “And, damn it, that’s what I’m about to do.”

Downing his glass in one gulp, he reflects upon “all the little things that had to go right” to make the year of epic underachievement possible…

Andy is so right. Agent Orange and his cronies have been the least productive Congress in history.

From Daily Kos: Al Sharpton did some great work on Monday’s PoliticsNation where he further exposed the politics of cruelty that have possessed the Republican Party.

Republicans want to cut food stamps, believe that kicking people off of unemployment insurance who cannot find a job in an economy where there are 3 people for every available position, and that a particularly evil and twisted version of "Christian faith" justifies punishing and hurting poor people as righteous deeds and acts that mark conservatives as the elect who are destined for heaven.

I am not a "Christian". But my understanding of the "historical" Jesus was that he was a man who died fighting State tyranny and would do anything to help the poor, the weak, and the vulnerable. The Tea Party GOP’s bastardization of Jesus Christ remakes him into a figure who puts his foot on the throats of the hungry, weak, the vulnerable, and the needy, in order to motivate them into self-sufficiency–or alternatively die from a lack of breath.

For the Tea Party GOP, either outcome is acceptable…

As a rule, I’m not a big Sharpton fan, but once again he deserves major kudos. Historical Jesus and Republican Supply-side Jesus are polar opposites.

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Dec 072013
 

I’m writing for tomorrow.  Leave it to me to schedule my moving week to coincide with an official Winter Storm Warning with high temperatures in the mid to high 20° range (very rare here), wind at 20 – 30 MPH with gusts up to 50 MPH, and snow.  It’s cold enough to freeze the ObamaBalls off a brass Nevada Leg Hound!  I had planned to go do some work at the new place, but see today’s cartoon.  Worse than the weather, the Guitar Freak woke up. 

Late Update:  Guitar Man terrorized the building all day.  No sleep.  Argh!

Later Update: Guitar Man just went to jail.  :-D  Good night!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:42 (average 4:44).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From Daily Kos: …FLOWOOD, MS, 11/24/13: Churchgoers got quite a scare at Pinelake Church in Rankin County Sunday morning. Flowood Police say a man’s gun accidentally discharged as he was sitting down. Officers took Joseph Edgar Ray into custody. He was in possession of a 9mm handgun. According to police, Ray’s gun was in his front right pocket and went off as he sat down. He’s been charged with Discharging a Firearm in the City. Ray will appear in Flowood Municipal Court Jan. 9. MORE: Authorities tell us Ray has an enhanced carry gun permit, which gives him the right to carry a concealed weapon in public. Pinelake has posted signs prohibiting weapons on church property. The signs are not clearly visible so Ray may not have seen them, officials say. There were no injuries. But one woman was hit on the leg by the bullet after it ricocheted off the floor. [Ed. note: What?]…

Click through for lots of other good reasons why only Democrats should be allowed to own guns. Republicans, like this one, are just too damn stupid to be trusted with a knife and fork, let alone a gun. ;-)  Seriously, I suppose a woman in MS is considered nobody.  I guess packing heat in church shows the love of Republican Supply-side Jesus (not the real Jesus).

From CREW: Map: States Where the Fracking Industry is Active

CREW’s report shows fracking industry contributions flow to congressional candidates from fracking districts. The map below compares the change in fracking industry campaign contributions between Senate election cycles in 21 states where fracking is taking place. Depending on a state’s Senate election cycle, CREW compared contributions for either the 2004 and 2010 campaign cycles or the 2006 and 2012 campaign cycles. CREW also included information about the top recipient of fracking industry campaign contributions in each state.

Click through for the report PDF and a map, of what Republican (mostly) mother frackers are doing.

From NY Times: Much of the media commentary on President Obama’s big inequality speech was cynical. You know the drill: it’s yet another “reboot” that will go nowhere; none of it will have any effect on policy, and so on. But before we talk about the speech’s possible political impact or lack thereof, shouldn’t we look at the substance? Was what the president said true? Was it new? If the answer to these questions is yes — and it is — then what he said deserves a serious hearing.

And once you realize that, you also realize that the speech may matter a lot more than the cynics imagine…

To do justice to this superior editorial by Paul Krugman, I would have to reproduce the whole thing, which would infringe on the ©. So you click through and read it, please.  Personally, I believe Obama meant what he said, which means we will have lots of opportunities to keep exposing that Republicans represent only the super-rich and corporate criminals. They do NOT represent YOU!

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