Apr 172014
 

I have long said That Al Dubya (as in G Dubya Bush) is far more dangerous, when it comes to terrorism in the US, than Al Qaeda ever was.  For out latest example, here’s a white supremacist hate-crime, how his tea party mayor supports him, his sordid history, and how the hate groups that the Republican Party has embraced are linked together in a terror network.

0417MillerThe mayor of a small Missouri town has mostly nice things to say about the white supremacist accused of killing three people at Jewish facilities last weekend.

Marionville, Mo. Mayor Dan Clevenger spoke warmly this week of Frazier Glenn Miller, who allegedly went on a killing rampage on Sunday in Overland Park, Kan.

"He was always nice and friendly and respectful of elder people, you know, he respected his elders greatly. As long as they were the same color as him," Clevenger said while laughing, according to television station KSPR. "Very fair and honest and never had a bit of problems out of him."

Clevenger said he sympathized with some of Miller’s views, but didn’t like to broadcast that.

"Kind of agreed with him on some things but, I don’t like to express that too much," Clevenger, the owner of a local repair shop, said… [emphasis added]

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Miller is not the lone nut-job the media is making him not to be, but part of a well organized web of terror.

Rachel Maddow had more to say about Miller, after an extensive discussion of some of his allies.

I think it’s long past time to release that Homeland Security report on rabid right terrorism, r4egardless of Republican objections.  Furthermore, DOJ needs to return to indicting these terrorists for sedition, in spite of their Republican support.

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Feb 242014
 

I’m working for tomorrow and rushing because I have so much work to do preparing for tomorrow’s board meeting in my apartment.

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Today’s took me 3:55 (average 5:19).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From The New Yorker: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said today that she was reluctant to sign an anti-gay “religious freedom” bill passed by the Arizona state legislature this week, telling reporters, “I believe that bigotry and hatred should be free of government regulation.”

She said that while many Arizona business owners currently enjoy employing hateful practices, “I worry that if big government gets involved, that’ll ruin everything.”

“Don’t get me wrong—I think the anti-gay bill that the legislature passed was well-meaning,” she said. “All I’m saying is, let’s leave it to the private sector.”

I think Andy’s satire missed the boat on this one. Brewerstan’s Death Angel, Jan Brewer, infamous for killing her own citizens by refusing them life saving transplants for which they were already scheduled, is a strong supporter of government-based hatred. Consider her support for racial profiling in "papers please".

From Alternet: Ted Cruz: Pray for discrimination.

What is Texas’s Tea Party senator seeking now? This week Cruz called on supporters to “simply pray” that LGBT Americans did not get equal legal rights because same-sex marriage was “heartbreaking.” Yes, pray for a new Jim Crow.

In an interview with conservative radio host Janet Mefferd, Cruz started by saying that he introduced the “State Marriage Defense Act” to undo the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down parts of the federal government’s ban on marriage equality. He accused liberal groups of using “brute power” to wage an assault and “subvert our democratic system.” Then the Harvard Law School graduate, who forgets that an elite Republican lawyer argued for expanding gay rights before the court, issued his hateful hope.

Cruz said that gay marriage threatened liberty and he urged people to pray to God that gays and lesbians don’t get equal marriage rights. “I think the most important thing your listeners can do is simply pray, because we need a great deal of prayer,” he said. “Because marriage is really, really being undermined by a concerted effort. And it’s causing significant harm.”

When right-wingers like Cruz pray for discrimination, a curious thing happens. God doesn’t RSVP ASAP. But other right-wingers do.

Cruz’ Republican hate mongering is just on of six examples of Republican psychosis from the last week alone. Click through for the other five.

From Crooks and Liars: Homeland Security warned us in 2009 that right wing extremism is on the rise–something we are seeing in recent conservative pushes to overthrow the government. The report stated, among other things, that  “Heightened interest in legislation for tighter firearms…may be invigorating rightwing extremist activity, specifically the white supremacist and militia movements,” as we have seen exemplified in a Tea Party attempt to construct an anti-Muslim death ray.

Now, Three Georgia “Patriots” tried to buy pipe bombs and other explosives to aid in their effort to attack power grids, water treatment facilities, and other infrastructure. Brian Edward Cannon and Cory Robert Williamson appeared in court on Friday, and Terry Eugene Peace is due for his first appearance on Monday.

The three are charged with conspiring to acquire firearms, pipe bombs, and thermite grenades. Between Jan 23 and Feb 15, the three militia members chatted on Facebook about plans to launch guerrilla-style attacks on government facilities, according to the FBI…… [emphasis original]

Once again, we see Republicans too stupid to realize that plotting a Republican terrorist conspiracy on Facebook just might have legal ramifications. Once again, we see that the party that embraces them is not competent to run a lemonade stand, let again a government.

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Was this decision Constitutional?

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Feb 122014
 

There a few things that the Republican base know, beyond the slightest shadow of a doubt.  One of them is that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton murdered four Americans in Benghazi.  The Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, have broadcast repeatedly that Obama officials ordered the military to stand down, to prevent them from saving the Americans from Obama’s Muslim terrorist allies.

0212BenghaziIn a new report released on Tuesday, the House Armed Services Committee concludes that there was no way for the U.S. military to have responded in time to the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya to save the four Americans killed that night. In doing so, the report debunks entirely a right-wing myth that says the White House ordered the military not to intervene.

For months after the attack that resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, conservative media was awash in reports that on the night of the assault the Obama administration at some point ordered the military not to take action that would have saved lives. This supposed “stand down order” led to a bevy of right-wing conspiracies [propaganda delinked] about why the President and his administration had let the Americans die.

“Who told the SEALs to stand down?” Rep. Steve King asked in Nov. 2012, in just one of many interviews with Republicans referring to the response to Benghazi as “worse than Watergate.

As Media Matters reports, Fox News cited reports of a stand-down order no fewer than 85 times during prime-time segments as of June 2013. As the new report — which the Republican majority of the committee authored –makes very clear in its findings, however, no such order ever existed. “There was no ‘stand down’ order issued to U.S. military personnel in Tripoli who sought to join the fight in Benghazi,” the report says, noting that the military was not positioned to respond to the attack.

Given the military’s preparations on September 11, 2012, majority members have not yet discerned any response alternatives that could have likely changed the outcome of the Benghazi attack,” the report concludes… [emphasis added]

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There was just no way that even the Republicans, who quietly issued this report, could twist the evidence to conform with their conspiracy theories.  Nevertheless, they knew that the report would do little damage, because most Republican voters will never know it exists.  Why?  It will never be reported on Faux Noise, or anywhere else within the Republican media bubble.

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Oct 142013
 

Whether or not we can avoid the disaster of a Republican default, remains an open question, but the deeper public opinion of the Republican Party, who are fully at fault for this crisis, plunges, the stronger the Democrats’ negotiating position becomes.  Even Harry Reid (D-NV) is looking like a strong person, while Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has his panties in a bunch.

14SenateDealSenate Republicans are holding the line against Democratic demands for a framework to alleviate the across-the-board spending cuts established by sequestration as part of any deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

In talks between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the main sticking point is now where to establish funding levels for the federal government and for how long. The Republican offer made on Friday — to set spending at sequestration levels of $988 billion for the next six months -– was rejected by Reid and others on Saturday on the grounds that it was too favorable to the GOP position and discouraged future negotiations.

By Sunday morning, little notable progress toward a resolution had been made. McConnell, according to sources, was adamant that the spending cuts of sequestration be maintained in any final arrangement…

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That article has a right-slant, but it does get the basic facts right about what they are negotiating.

Steve Kornacki and his panel provided an update this morning.

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Steve is right to point out that Obama was wrong to cave-in in 2011. Ceding to terrorists’ demands invites more terrorism. I’m amazed to see how well Leg Hound Harry is wearing his shiny new Obamaballs and negotiating from the majority point of view. I agree that Obama and the Democrats need to establish that they will not cave-in to Republican extortion.  When this is over, Republicans must see it as such a costly mistake that removing such sedition from their playbook is in their own best interest.

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Oct 072013
 

I’m writing for tomorrow and rushing to get done in time to meditate on my Bronco’s worship in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:32 (average 5:03).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Religious Ecstasy:

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Short Takes:

From Daily Kos (Hat-Tip Nameless): Republican idea of compromise summarized perfectly in one tweet

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Does that nail it, or what?

From NY Times: The Supreme Court begins a new term on Monday, even as the landmark rulings of last term continue to reverberate. The court has agreed to hear more than 50 cases so far on disputes both familiar and fresh: from affirmative action and freedom of speech, to campaign finance and the president’s power to make recess appointments.

Tome to stock up on barf bags and blood pressure meds. Just like in Poltergeist, judicial venereal disease, aka SCROTUS, is ba-a-a-a-a-a-ck!

From MSNBC: The Rosetta Stone of TEAbuggery

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When the Rosetta Stone of a movement centers around Christine "I am not a witch" O'Dingbat, that movement is completely off the deep end! As for the Republican legislators, who fear being TEAbuggered, putting theirs jobs on the line to represent your constituents and convincing them to vote in primaries to protect them from the Baggers is their job.  Representing only a minority, because they fear fear them is simple incompetence.

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Oct 062013
 

While the House Republicans scurry like headless chickens trying to decide what they are will take as a reward for depriving millions of Americans of basic government services, the Democratic Party has a long shot solution called a Discharge Petition to bring the clean CR, passed in the Senate, to the House Floor.  If the majority of Representatives sign it, there will be a vote, even over the objection of Agent Orange and the Republican leadership.

6CleanCRHouse Democrats announced Friday that they will try to force the House to vote on a measure to fully fund the government — and end the shutdown — with a procedural motion known as a discharge petition.

Democrats unveiled their plan at a Friday afternoon press conference. Their resolution would fund the government through Nov. 15 at the same levels as the Senate-passed continuing resolution. And, like the Senate bill, there would be no strings attached related to delaying or defunding Obamacare.

The effort, led by Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and George Miller (D-Calif.), has little chance of succeeding. The process can be time-consuming and it requires members of the majority party — in this case, Republicans — to buck their party leaders and sign a petition with the minority to force a bill to the floor. But it’s one of the few things Democrats can do as the minority to try to force action.

If all 200 Democrats sign the petition, 18 Republicans would have to join them in order to hit 218 signatures, the magic number needed to move forward with the petition. Democrats already know there are at least 21 Republicans who would support a "clean" government funding bill, with no strings attached. But declaring support for such a bill and signing a petition to force it to the House floor, against the will of House GOP leaders, are two entirely different things.

During Friday’s press event, Miller exuded confidence about Democrats’ ability to round up the votes…  [emphasis added]

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There’s certainly nothing to lose by trying.  It takes about a week.  Rachel Maddow explored the issue,

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It comes down to this. If the Republicans, who said they would vote for a clean CR, of only they had an opportunity, , actually sign the petition, there will be a vote and the Republican Shutdown will be over. If they refuse to sign it, they will have had the opportunity, and refused it, demonstrating that their protestations were nothing but a BS attempt to escape the consequences of their policy.

LaTourette’s suggestion to repeal the medical device tax would benefit me personally. I use an O2 generator at home, O2 tanks for out and about, an d a nebulizer, so that’s a tax that will come out of my pocket. Nevertheless, poor as I am, I prefer to pay that tax than to give Republicans even the slightest reward for harming millions of people, as they have.

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Oct 042013
 

Now, I’d like to sit down with you and work out a compromise, but the entire time we’re talking, I get to hold a loaded gun to your head, and if I don’t like what you have to say, I just might pull the trigger.  Could you negotiate effectively under those conditions?  Would you agree to do so?  I couldn’t and wouldn’t, so nobody should be surprised that Barack Obama is savvy enough to refuse to talk until ALL the loaded weapons are cleared from the table.

4YieldIn their first meeting since a budget impasse shuttered many federal operations, President Obama told Republican leaders on Wednesday that he would negotiate with them only after they agreed to the funding needed to reopen the government and also to an essential increase in the nation’s debt limit, without add-ons.

The president’s position reflected the White House view that the Republicans’ strategy is failing. His meeting with Congressional leaders, just over an hour long, ended without any resolution.

As they left, Republican and Democratic leaders separately reiterated their contrary positions to waiting reporters. The House speaker, John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, said Mr. Obama “will not negotiate,” while the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, said Democrats would agree to spending at levels already passed by the House. “My friend John Boehner cannot take ‘yes’ for an answer,” Mr. Reid said.

The meeting was the first time that the president linked the two actions that he and a divided Congress are fighting over this month: a budget for the fiscal year that began on Tuesday and an increase in the debt ceiling by Oct. 17, when the Treasury Department will otherwise breach its authority to borrow the money necessary to cover the nation’s existing obligations to citizens, contractors and creditors… [emphasis added]

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Linking the two prevents Republicans from settling this crisis and immediately causing another.

Alex Wagner covered how Obama explained his reasoning.

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Obama and the Democrats have always been willing to negotiate with the Republican Party. But they rightly refuse to do so under coercion. LaTourette is dead wrong. Both sides have not painted themselves into a corner. Only Republicans painted themselves into a corner. As much as Republicans are trying to blame the Baggers for this, the leadership are the ones responsible, because they refuse to put a clean CR on the House floor.

Chris Hayes explains just how far Obama and the Democrats have moved toward a Republican position.

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Kudlow. A Republican Corporacon, is so full of you know what that his eyes are turning brown. Democrats aren’t “getting religion” about budget levels. They are bending over backwards to bed agreeable to Republicans.  Look at that chart again yourself!

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In summary, Democrats have already given to much. For them to negotiate further concessions with a gun to their head would be patently absurd.

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