Saturday, April 19, 2014

Weasel Droppings Passing as News is Raw Fox Propaganda

The worst part: They get paid mega bucks

Fox Covers the Bundy-BLM/Cattle Standoff
(Worst Part: Fox favors the law breaker, Bundy)

People on the GOP's rightwing, their supporters, and obvious cheerleaders like FOX, always yap about the DEMS destroying America, or how vile and evil President Obama is and how they have combined to wreck the country with their plan. 

However, from what I have seen, heard, studied, and seen analyzed by people a lot smarter than me who track this stuff, is that the faces posted above who are propped up and funded on the airwaves with tons of money from FOX are at the top of any evil pyramid.

FOX gives constant exposure to the likes a Sean Hannity and many others as seen in this very good analysis about the Bundy-BLM-Cattle standoff in Nevada



The actions by the people in support of Bundy are nothing short of total insanity. In fact, it is they and not Mr. Obama and the DEMS who pose the greatest danger to society with their message of hatred and bigotry. 

Make no mistake about it, they are good and they have lots of followers, who happen to be heavily armed like we saw in Nevada. They have a popular message and they get big money to spread it. It a collection of well-written and well-scripted propaganda spread 24/7. It would make Herr Doktor Goebbels envious.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wrong Wing Talk Radio Hosts Are Takers Who Dish Garbage



Bully O'Lielly says: "We can't do this at FOX — take money for canned messages. Not even our janitors can do that."

Another WTF moment. Watch this great documented segment. It's a keeper:


I post, you decide. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wild, Wild West Right Wing Range Wars Cir 2014: Mad Weasels

Back to the Future 
(Not the movie version) 

Words, Actions, Proposals, and Deeds 
(Hard to dispute the facts


This story is not only hard to take and even fully comprehend, but tough to answer this one simple question: Why???

There is a some very scary stuff in this story, specifically the part about “… an order to shoot the women first (if Feds got too close and were to shoot first) was a decision being considered.”

All I can say, is man, oh, man, what the hell is wrong the Second Amendment rights people in our country – have they totally lost it? It sure seems like they have based on this story.

The specific part I refer to regards one man, Richard Mack, a former Arizona county sheriff and founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs.  Mack said that the gathered self-described militia had considered using women as human shields if a gunfight with federal officials erupted. He elaborated on those comments in an interview with radio host Ben Swann, saying in part:

“It was a tactical plot that I was trying to get them to use. If they’re going to start killing people, I’m sorry, but to show the world how ruthless these people are, women needed to be the first ones shot. I’m sorry, that sounds horrible. I would have put my own wife or daughters there, and I would have been screaming bloody murder to watch them die. I would have gone next, I would have been the next one to be killed. I’m not afraid to die here. I’m willing to die here.” (Note: This part of that story was flagged by the Raw Story). 

What have seen there in this case, and indeed all across the land is raw, ugly, nasty, and down utter madness about guns and the utter disregard for law and order, all the while the gun nuts profess loving the country and rule of law – but apparently only the parts they pick and choose – sorry, boys, it don’t work that way.

We are a nation of laws and not men, and especially armed men out of control with ideas that belong in a movie but not in real life. If there were one word to describe this type of activity or “movement” and be sure, it is growing, that word would be: Insane.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weasel Rally: GOP Not Most Wanted — What Say You America

Cruz, Paul, Lee, Gohmert, Huckabee, Trump, Blackburn, and King
(Oh, God, Spare Us)

General Theme: Repeal Obama-Care
(Every Single Word)

I will post this very good segment showing a rally for the above eight potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates. It was held in New Hampshire on April 12, 2014. 

The event was sponsored by “Americans for Prosperity” (yes, the Koch brothers group) celebrating the “Citizens United” rulings as evidenced by the label on the speaker's backdrop seen in the video. Don't you just love those catchy patriotic titles? 

This segment comes from the ED SHOW on MSNBC — enjoy:

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kim Jong-un Great Successor: Not Missing Meals As Kids Starve

Has Packed on the Pounds 
(Sure not missing many meals)

Across Town
(Kids Starving in North Korean Streets )

Update to the post that follows. This from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) speaking along with the potential 2016 GOP field of Sens. Rand Paul, Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz, and Mike Lee in New Hampshire.  Here is what Huckabee said in part in his remarks

“My gosh, I’m beginning to think that there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States. When I go to the airport, I have to get in the surrender position, people put hands all over me, and I have to provide photo ID and a couple of different forms and prove that I really am not going to terrorize the airplane – but if I want to go vote I don’t need a thing,” he concluded.

WTF: More freedom in North Korea than here, Mr. Huckabee? Okay, go ahead and blow up a voting booth, just not an airplane ... savvy? Or go live in North Korea. I will even pay your way there, full expenses, one-way of course.

BTW: Huckabee and Kim, Jong-un would make nice bookends: Two fat f**ks.

Original post: Kim, Jong-un for sure is not missing many meals. He is busy succeeding at being great, I guess??? That must take a lot of energy and thus he burns a lot of calories, so he needs lots of food. The people like a fat, happy, well-fed leader there we surmise (because we know what happens when they are not happy followers: they are fed to the hungry dogs just like Kim's uncle was according to some reports).

North Korea as we have known since WW II has been run by only one family, Certain Kim family: Founder and Father (Kim, Il-sung), then his son (Kim, Jong-il), and now his son (Kim-Jong-un). 


Children in North Korea at Risk for Starvation 

That was not the first report and certainly not the last. This report of a 2012 trip to North Korea with some 40 dramatic photos come from a Danish source (click here).

The photographs by themselves are eye-opening for anyone who does not know the harsh conditions and realities of life in North Korea. Those conditions are what the government there ignores out of some misplaced pride or whatever – and that which they refuse to acknowledge.

What caused the mess there? In the wake of the poor harvests of the past few years, a series of natural disasters and the chronic crisis of North Korean agriculture, close to 400,000 North Korean children have been threatened by extreme malnutrition. The pictures tell the stark story.  

Meanwhile, Great Successor Kim, Jong-un enjoys great meals three or more times a day and at the people’s expense.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Weasels that Discriminate for Any Reason: Many in the House

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

Sitrep: Any military type knows that SITREP means situation report, so here is the sitrep on this piece of legislation called ENDA.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is proposed legislation that would prohibit most employers from discriminating on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The Senate passed the bill in November 7, 2013, however, is still languishes in the House as Speaker Boehner sits on his hands.

The LBGT community called for ENDA because Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, and disability, does not mention sexual orientation. Historically, courts have refused to recognize claims by gays and lesbians under Title VII as a form of sex discrimination. A thin line of cases holds that some claims by gays and lesbians might count as impermissible “sex-stereotyping,” but these cases have been limited to scenarios in which the employee was targeted because of an appearance or demeanor that didn’t conform with traditional gender roles, not necessarily because of her sexual orientation.



Congress needs to act to ensure that LGBT individuals have the same workplace protections that apply based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, and disability (Title VII law for decades). Three quick and important points:

  1. The reality remains that it is legal to fire or refuse to hire someone based on his or her sexual orientation in 29 states. 
  2. Those who are transgender can be fired or denied employment solely based on their gender identity in 33 states.
  3. This view is shared by the overwhelming majority of the American public, including majorities of self-identified Democrats, Republicans, and independents. A 2011 poll found that 73 percent of likely voters support protecting LGBT people from discrimination in employment.
Such numbers demonstrate the need for the federal government (specifically this GOP-run House) to expand employment non-discrimination protections to LGBT workers and pass this bill.

My memo to Mr. Boehner: Get up off your hands and move this bill for a full House vote - the sooner the better. Psst: This could impact the midterms, too. Whoops ... that ought to get some movement from him to act, but will it?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fox Keeping the Propaganda Machine Well Oiled

Steve Douchebag
 (Misinformation and Disinformation Spreader)

Fox News Prez 
(Mostly Chief Propagandist)

"Unfair and unbalanced" and living up to their reel name: FOX strikes again.

We all know that networks and reporters slant the news, and we know about their on-air goofs and gaffes, and about gaps in their reporting to keep the public hooked on the story), and yes, we even know about errors that can be proven as such, but most people I think have a low tolerance for outright lying to the public and doing it knowingly like this story reveals (once again via Fox). It may well be "freedom of the press,” and rightly so, but blatant lying the way Fox does like this should be of grave concern – and the public should react accordingly.

The latest stunt seen in this segment from FOX – keep in mind that FOX, owned by Murdoch and run by Ailes, know exactly what they are doing to further undermine America and our system of government one broadcast at a time.

Do they report for the sake of betterment of the general public? Nope. Do they do it for the sake of good news to inform and enlighten the public? Nope. Do they seek to make improvement in society? Hell no.

The bottom line is the bottom line: More higher ratings and more greedy profits.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Can GOP Red Weasels Swim Without Water Wings

U.S. Going Down the Drain as GOPers Blame Obama and DEMS
(And, avoid looking in a mirror)

A very interesting story and study from here (Alternet.org). Kinda scary headlines to kick things off: 

Global Rankings Study Depicts an America in Warp Speed Decline

From access to health care and education, gender equality, attitudes toward immigrants and minorities, the U.S. looks like a second-rate nation.

Wow — talk about an attention getter. Let's explore this article a bit more for a some data:

Right up front let me say that GOPers will not see the report for what it is. Instead, they will use it like another tool in their bag of tricks and stunts: “Blame Obama and the DEMS.”

If America needed a reminder that it is fast becoming a second-rate nation, and that every economic policy of the Republican Party is wrongheaded, it got one this week with the release of the Social Progress Index (SPI).

Harvard business professor Michael E. Porter, who earlier developed the Global Competitiveness Report, designed the SPI. It’s a new way to look at the success of countries. The SPI studies 132 nations and evaluates 54 social and environmental indicators for each country that matter to real people.

Rather than measuring a country’s success by its per capita GDP alone, the index is based on an array of data reflecting suicide, ecosystem sustainability, property rights, access to health care and education, gender equality, attitudes toward immigrants and minorities, religious freedom, nutrition, infrastructure, and more. The index measures the livability of each country about what  average people everywhere depend on and care about – that is similar things.

THE PARTIAL SCOREBOARD FROM THE REPORT AS IT WERE – CAUTION: IT IS NOT PRETTY:

  1. The U.S. enjoys the second highest per capita GDP of $45,336.
  2. We rank in 16th place overall among all the countries. Then it goes downhill.
  3. We rank 70th in health care.
  4. We are 69th in ecosystem sustainability.
  5. Then we are 39th in basic education.
  6. Then 34th in access to water and sanitation.
  7. We are in 31st place in personal safety.
One footnote or redeeming feature to all this, I guess: If the index is an affront to your jingoistic sensibilities, we (the U.S.) remains in first place for: the number of incarcerated citizens per capita; adult onset of diabetes; and for believing in angels. So wave the flag and yell: “Hooah, we are #1” (rubber fingers not provided).  

If one word were used to describe all this, it might be:  “Ouch – that hurts” (actually that was three words) ...

Friday, April 4, 2014

GOP Fear Mongering: One Note Johnny and a Flat Note to Boot

All Together Now: "Obama-care is a Job Killer"
(A-one, and A-two, and A-three)

Wait - WTF!!! Where'd These Facts Come From??? .... Damn
(49 straight months since Obama-care signed and no job losses)

Forty-nine straight months since Obama-care was signed into law and no job losses - how can that be - who says so??? Oh, Department of Labor, I see, I see. 

Okay, guys, fall back and punt. Boy, you have to love the GOPer and their statements. In their own words, not mine:


As they say (whoever "they" is) ... B.S. Mr. and Mrs. Gee Old Poops. Nice try, but no cigar!!!






Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sen. Rand "Goofy Weasel" Paul Shares Dystopian Nightmare

Rand Paul's Dystopian Nightmare View of America
(Which way is he looking? Maybe he watched a rerun of The Exorcist)

Dystopian:  “An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror” (or here: from GOPers like Rand Paul spouting Libertarianism).

Should we heed his warnings? Hell, who knows outside of Rand Paul, I suppose… This article from Alternet is pretty darn good (*even with my editing to fit this Blog).

Paul drew a largely friendly reception at the University of California-Berkeley (yes, that Berkeley) as he skewered the intelligence community and trying to “recruit (I guess)” young voters, like the ones who always surround a Paul, just like they did his dear old dad, Ron Paul.

His strategy, not unlike his father's, is to package a fairly old-school brand of economic conservatism under the trendier name of “libertarianism.” That’s not just a labeling change. It also means Paul has paired his retrograde economic ideas with a very outspoken stance against militarism and the espionage state. It’s a mixture that Paul hopes can make inroads with groups that are not traditionally Republican voters.

But, buyer beware as they say:  Here are 10 reasons why Millennials (don't you just love how we label young folks these days (Millennials, Baby Boomers, Gen X, the Drop Out's, et al). They should all be extremely wary of Rand Paul as pointed out in the article linked here (check them out).


Rand Paul — the worst nightmare? For all of us.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

War on Public: Education, Schools, Teachers, Unions, and Kids

Public Schools Give Way to Vouchers and Charter Schools
(If not a Socialist, then what???)

After a Nice Meal, a Nice Dessert
(Pick the Public Pocket for a Huge Profit)


Update (April 2, 2014) for the following with this key question: Are private schools (the Charter Schools run by business like a business) in for the money or for education excellence? 

I offer this as you answer that question: Public education (those Charter schools set up to take over from bad or failing schools) is becoming big business as bankers, hedge fund managers, and private equity investors enter what they consider to be new and “emerging market.” Consider this, too from Rupert Murdoch, yeah that Rupert Murdoch, News Corp / and FOX news, etc., who was interviewed in November 2010 right after he hired education reformer and former New York City Chancellor of Education Joel Klein to head up News Corporation’s brand new deal.

Murdoch had just bought Wireless Generation, a privately-held education technology company for about $360 million. In the press release making that announcement, Murdoch said to reporters: “When it comes to K through 12 education, we see a $500 billion sector in the U.S. alone that is waiting desperately to be transformed by big breakthroughs that extend the reach of great teaching with thins like this deal will offer. Wireless Generation is at the forefront of individualized, technology-based learning that is poised to revolutionize public education for a new generation of students.”  

Murdoch and those like him have no problem about taking public money from public schools and giving it to parents for use in Charter Schools (run by their private Corporation buddies). But, is it an idea out of control. How and why would we know? 

Simply stated, Charter Schools take money away from the problem they say they want to solve while creating new problems and leaving public schools in the ashes as they work for profits while picking and choosing which students to enroll and teach ... public schools take all kids.

Most of these schools are as I said, for-profit business charters. They are in business for one reason and one goal and that is the so-called “bottom line” (yeah, that bottom line: huge profits for investors). They pick and choose the top kids that they want to enroll with the aim of making themselves look good while public schools still take all kids, and try to help them all, but then with reduced funding and enrollments.  One wonders how parents and taxpayers can tolerate that system especially with their record. So, let’s ask a few questions and see the real “bottom line:”

1.  Why are public schools accountable to the public and charter schools are not?
2.  Why do many charter schools specifically cater to "gifted and talented" children, focusing on fine arts and college preparation, while public schools take all children - regardless of their backgrounds?
3.  Why do many charter schools offer no programs for students requiring special education, yet public schools are mandated to offer spec educ?

4. Why are public schools ostensibly obligated to school boards, standardized testing, the government, and parents, whereas charter schools in many places have few, if any restrictions on staff and teachers and many charter school officials (CEO's) are especially vulnerable to political pressures whereas public schools are not.
5.  Why are Charter schools allowed to market the idea of smaller schools and smaller classes to ensure personalized learning, yet they end up being specifically tailored to the outliers in the public schools system, chiefly troubled and marginal students, and at the other end of the spectrum, artistically gifted or otherwise advanced students whose parents can afford the tuition. And public schools can’t do that?

Charter School Record (their report card): With fewer than half of the over all state charter school laws earning a satisfactory grade, policymakers now are faced with enormous challenges. The success of these new schools is unparalleled with more than 2 million students enrolled in excess of 6,000 charter schools. However, fewer than half of the states meet the demands of parents and educators who want the freedom to choose charter schools, state laws simply must improve to ensure growth and sustainability. That is their PR challenge – keep selling the product no matter what and hope for the best.

How about some proof from that pudding? What is the final grade for those Charter Schools? 

Well, among the nation’s 43 charter school laws by state we see that:
  • Four got a grade of A.
  • Nine got a B.
  • Nineteen got a C.
  • The remaining eleven earned either a D or F.

 So, in the world of wanting more control parents could logically conclude, if they dare speak out: “There ain’t no there there – at least not much.” That’s why I call this the R.O.A. report: Ripped Off Again...

Original Posting Starts From Here: March 30, 2014, updated for this site, in part:

Education historian Diane Ravitch says the privatization of public education has to stop. As assistant secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush, she was an advocate of school choice and charter schools; under George W. Bush, she supported the No Child Left Behind initiative. But after careful investigation, she changed her mind, and has become, according to Salon, “the nation’s highest profile opponent” of charter-based education.

Her interview was with Bill Moyers at the link, titled: “Diane Ravitch Tells Bill Moyers Why School Privatization Is Turning into a Disaster...”

One Word That GOPers Who Are Hooked on This Issue Can't Even Spell


In 2012, Gov. Piyush "Bobby" (his Reel name) Jindal (R-LA) introduced legislation allowing parents to use public tax dollars (for a voucher) to send their children to a private or religious school of any kind.

Vouchers are supposed to work something like a scholarship where poor students may be taken out of what the GOP calls “failing public schools.” The money then flows to the private or religious school. 

Jindal in fact only placed about 8,000 poor students in the entire state into those private or religious schools. The from the LEAP testing done each year showed that those students in those schools scored drastically lower (40% at or slightly above grade level than the state average of 69%). Another success story at the tax payer's expense that the GOP peddles as a "solution" while fooling anyone who will listen.

A lot more here.

Original post starts from here: Public money for voucher program – that is for private or religious-based schools is on the rise. Have you ever wondered why and what do they teach or what textbooks they use – like where are they produced – where do they come from and what do they contain? I have – take a look here at a few eye-brow raising facts:

The books and the “facts” that they supposedly contain come from at least one big time Christian publisher, named A Beka Book.  A Beka was founded in 1972 by Arlin and Rebekah Horton, thus the origin of their name: “A. Beka.”   

This company churns out a significant number of the textbooks used by voucher schools and a good many Christian-based schools, too. About 43% of the religious voucher schools that responded to a 2003 Palm Beach Post survey said their curricula for the classrooms were based on textbooks published by either A Beka or the Bob Jones University Publishing.

A Beka Book estimates that around 9,000 schools utilize their books. What follows here are some titled of the subjects taught ... a full explanation and more can be seen at the link.

I want to be perfectly clear – I have no problems with school choice, home-schooling, or religious or church-based schools – none whatsoever, but I do have a problem with tax dollars going to those schools. Since it does, the façade is “parents are taxpayers and they have a choice as to where their tax dollars are used” along those lines.

The link and list examples of what they teach from those textbooks can be seen here:

1. The Great Depression: Made Up to Spread Socialism
2. Nazis: Brought to you by Karl Marx and Charles Darwin
3. The Post-WWII Era: A Time of Crusades and Constant Praying
4. The '60s and '70s: Everything Goes to Shit, Mainly Because the State Stops Killing Born People and Starts Killing Pre-Born Babies and... Freud.
5.  Freedom of Speech: Gateway to Porn
6.  Justice Clarence Thomas: Greatest Example of Black American Achievement Yet
7.  The Clintons: Draft-Dodging, Economic-Crisis-Creating, Joint Presidents
8.  George W. Bush: Awesome President Invades Iraq and Saves Mid-Born Babies
9.  Barack Obama: Great for the Homosexuals

Sadly, many people ask and wonder if we have become so dumb that all public schools have failed and only A. Beka textbook supplied schools are the answer, or as George W. Bush once asked: “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”  — Florence, SC, January 11, 2000

I rest my case, but the case isn't going anywhere soon. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

GOP: Change, Rearrange, Distort, Shuffle, and Rewrite History

On this Topic

All the While Smiling 



Good example here - can't suppress the black vote, then just ignore them everywhere.




Southern strategy then and apparently today as well. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Medicaid Expansion: GOP-RED States Bash America's Poorest



Score card as of March 30, 2014:

  • 23 states are not expanding Medicaid in 2014.
  • 23 states (includes DC) are expanding Medicaid in 2014.
  • 4 states are expanding Medicaid in 2014, but using an alternative to traditional expansion.
  • 1 state with Medicaid expansion waivers pending approval from CMS.
From The Hill, in part:

There are more than 15 million uninsured or under insured people living below the poverty line in the 23 states that have refused to expand Medicaid under Obama-care, according to a new study by The Commonwealth Fund.  Many of these states have among the highest rates of uninsured or under insured people in the country, the study states:

“Without Medicaid expansion, this vulnerable group will remain at high risk for access, health, and financial problems. The vast majority of people struggling to afford health care are low- and middle- income, and exactly the people the Affordable Care Act was designed to help. This report demonstrates that the health reform law was accurately targeted toward the needs of the uninsured and under insured. However, if all states don’t expand Medicaid, millions will still go without health insurance and health care.”

For example, in Texas, nearly 40 percent are uninsured or under insured.

Florida, Idaho, Montana, Mississippi, Louisiana, Wyoming, Georgia and North Carolina also rank near the top of the list of uninsured or under insured.

However, Republican-led state legislatures and GOP governors in those states have so far refused federal dollars to expand Medicaid.

The question is why – why is the GOP so harsh on the people with the most health care need?


So, let's debate it shall we. That should be the American way. 


The federal government would pick up the tab for most of the Medicaid expansion when it is implemented in 2014, but states would be required to pay for 10 percent of it by 2020. 

Though a countrywide expansion would provide coverage for some 17 million Americans who otherwise do not qualify for Medicaid, some states, including Florida, Mississippi, Colorado, and Pennsylvania, say that paying for even 10 percent of the expansion is too much for their tight budgets.

Proponents of the health care law say that in the long-term, the Medicaid expansion will save both state and federal governments money while extending health care coverage to millions of lower-income Americans. 

Opponents say it is just another example of government overreach and that it is up to the states to determine whether they can afford such an expansion.

Is Medicaid expansion good for the states? Here is the Debate Club's take (see the responses at the link here).

White House official site for Obama-care facts - if you dare to read honestly. That's where the middle is: It needs a chance to work, and adjustments can be made later, just like all good programs need adjusting ... not repealing.

I am not a Kool Aid drinker, but I honestly believe we need to all stop the rabid partisan politics about this issue and pitch in and help make it work ... it is best for the country, but most-importantly, best for the people who need affordable, decent health care - think of it in those terms.

Stop by later for updates and do your own research, too. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Georgia, Georgia: The Whole Day Through — Guns on My Mind

New Law 
(But, probably without much order)...
Sing Along
(Destined to be a big hit and right on target)

The insane just went crazy as seen in this clip and shown in the above slide:


The view of an all-GOP run America: Armed to the teeth and ready to engage anyone anytime anywhere.

So, to the women in America: It's decision time:

GOP WANTS TO CONTROL THIS:


BUT, GOP WON'T COME CLOSE TO THIS
(at least now in Georgia)



Monday, March 24, 2014

Newly Discovered Weasels in Red States: Never Been Hungry

Red Weasels Favorite Pastime

Home of Most RED Weasels

Introduction from here (msnbc.com) — a 7-minute segment:

A new study finds Republican-leaning states (the RED ones) were more likely to have a greater percentage of residents reporting they struggled to afford food in 2013, while at the same time the GOP pushes policies that would cut from the safety net even further. w

Watch below


To be factual - FYI. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

How Much Are Female Weasels Paid Compared to Male Weasels

Women in America vis-à-vis Men in America
(Tell me this is fair)


I caught this segment today, on MSNBC's Morning Joe when co-host Mika Brzezinski highlighted the need for a national conversation on the gender wage gap and called on Republicans to either come to the table on the issue or be quiet. I totally agree her.

However, such a turnaround will be difficult while FOX News remains the communications arm of the GOP, and as the network consistently perpetuates sexist rhetoric and dismisses workplace inequality as a myth not worth covering, rather than reality.

More from here: A recent report from the American Association of University Woman (AAUW) found that, one year out of college, women on average are paid just 82 percent of what men make and noted that the gap tends to grow over time. According to the report, this discrepancy between men and women's earnings has not improved in the past decade. 

A 2012 report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research explained that “women's median earnings are lower than men's in nearly all occupations — whether they work in occupations predominantly done by women, occupations predominantly done by men, or occupations with a more even mix of men and women.” 

As Think Progress has reported, women make less than their male peers regardless of their education level, industry, job, or location.

Project: Try and find GOPers in Congress who can support this —  good luck with that.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Weasels Need to Eat — Not With SNAP or WIC — Lucky Them

Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Line Only 
(Congressional Program Cutters Wait in Your Limo Outside)


Let's review the SNAP or Food Stamp Program, shall we, to put it in perspective truthfully. First, some facts here, in part:

The actual annual report (2012 data) from the United States Department of Agriculture shows:

  1. About 45 percent of food stamp benefits went to children under 18, totaling about 20 million youngsters. 
  2. Nine percent of recipients were age 60 or older.
  3. Nearly 10 percent were disabled adults who were under 60. 
Two more bad parts: Cuts to WIC and active duty Military families (about 5,000 families by DOD count) use Food Stamps that total about $104 million. Plus nearly 1 million Veterans in all categories use food stamps and other public assistance for their housing.

Back a few months when House Republicans argued for a food stamp cut of between $20.5 billion and $39 billion, the White House threatened to veto both of those proposals. However, the President did not say in February, when he signed the Farm Bill into law, whether he was satisfied with the final $8.7 billion cut, in fact, he did not even mention the cuts at all. Instead, he praised the food stamp program and said that the final Farm Bill preserved much-needed benefits.

Now and you won't believe this: some states are looking for ways to not cut the program by moving their own money around to protect the hungry and less-fortunate. But, old House Speaker, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and others basically saying that they are outraged and even told reporters that he (Boehner) and they (the House GOP) want Congress to “try to stop this cheating and this fraud from continuing.” Even Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), who helped write the relevant legislation, wants a full congressional investigation and new measures intended to guarantee food-stamp cuts.

How about a little shame here, from all sides? Shame, ha. Not with this lot – the GOP has no shame, and they remain shameless. However, despicable does come to mind. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Reince Priebus — Not a Toyota Car Wash: The RNC Chairman

Okay, Okay, 10 Debates, But Not Any More


Take a quick look back at the 2012 GOP presidential selection process, if you dare. Try keeping the RNC Chairman’s most-recent proposal in mind: “I think a traveling circus of debates is insanity in this party. We're proposing to have fewer than 10, and this time around, we're going to pick the moderators.”

The story is here:  Priebus said he is proposing to hold just 10 debates for the would-be GOP nominees in 2016, compared with the 27 they held in 2012 when produced former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as the GOP's nominee.  His reasoning? He seems to think with the headlines, and I guess, believes that the “Fewer Debates Will Strengthen Our Party...” Figure that one out.

His rationale, if we can call it that: “We don't want to discuss too many things too much, but we do want to keep our base in tow – so, remember to vote GOP, Okee Dokee?” 

That message, not so subtle, appears to be somewhat subliminal means: “The more debates we have the worse it would be for our side. Besides, the more that the voters are enlightened, the worse it could be for us like in 2012. But fear not, we will turn out our base and whoop some DEM ass. So, oh, yeah. So, are you with me?”


“Well, all righty then” (Jim Carrey voice-over).

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Willie Horton in Swift Boat Heading for the White House Kenyan

Two Weasels Pictured in the Story 

 The Third One 
(The NT: nasty trio)


The base story is from here Smear Merchants Launch Super PAC and it's a good one. The highlights:

Three conservatives behind some of the worst political smear campaigns in history have started a Super PAC  — I call it our national “äwë shït” moment.

Background the NT:
  This Super PAC includes Joseph Farah, founder of the fringe conspiracy site WND; Jerome Corsi, a leading member of the Swift Boat and Birther campaigns; and Floyd Brown, producer of the infamous racist Willie Horton ads.

Their motto: “To win elections and take our country back from the liberals and socialists.” They exhort their potential donors. Their advisory board is seen here.

They also say: “If you're tired of putting your money to work for turncoats and traitors, join us.”

They claim that liberals want to “...eliminate: the right to privacy, the Second Amendment, religion, and then permanently enslave the American people with Obama-care and entitlements, and ultimately desire a tyrannical dictatorship.”

Oh, boy ... and wow. All that fear and expected tons of money. Folks we are in for a huge, huge shock and awe moment as I said. 

Natch, others will say this is just fellow Americans expressing their right of “Free Speech.” Perhaps is it but one also has to ponder does "free" speech necessarily equate to honest and truthful speech - oh, hell that doesn't matter as long as the message sells, the crap sticks, and the money flows. 

So, this ultra whatever fringe is about to be on full display with their version of the “Big Lie” – no surprise there.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Dark Dick and Marathon Paul: Earned this Medal — Congrats

Hero of the Old USSR Days


More pro-Russian and anti-Americanism from the GOPers — the more prominent, the better, right? Story from here.

Dark Dick:  Cheney attacked President Obama's foreign policy when asked about Putin's recent actions, saying:  “I think that Barack Obama has conducted himself in a way consistently for the past five years that conveys a real sense of weakness.”  

Marathon Paul: Ryan on FOX (where else as usual) blamed the Russian invasion on President Obama's foreign policy, saying: “Mitt (Romney) was right, I think the president was incredibly naive on his Russia policy. His reset has been a total failure and I think this is what happens when a superpower projects weakness in its foreign and defense policy, aggression fills that vacuum and I think that is what is happening right now.” 

Wear the Medals proudly you two. You earned them.

Friday, March 7, 2014

CPAC 2014: Highlights & Low Beams from Burned Out Pols

Passing the Baton
Four Top Waiters
Looking Towards Canada
Top Speeches
Supreme Court Rep Spreads the Word 


More at various sites on this recent gabfest in Maryland like from here: FOX, Day 2:

And from here, too. It all ends Saturday, March 8, 2014. 

I wonder if Ginni Thomas will share with Justice Thomas her thoughts about "The Obama team providing material support to terrorists in Benghazi" — you know: pillow talk??? I imagine Rep. Issa will look into that, eh!!!

GOP-Right Wing: Longing for the Good Old Days

Heavy Medal for the GOP


My Hero...


I'll make this simple, based on the following posts and all the praise I have seen and heard heaped on Vladimir Putin about his leadership while bashing President Obama every single day for a lack of it, I recommend we dig up the old "Hero of the Soviet Union" medal (seen above), mass produce it, and make it ready to award to a whole bunch of folks. I am sure they would be honored to receive one.

First example: Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, naturally on FOX and talking with Neil Cavuto, had this to say, in part:

“He (Putin) makes a decision and he executes it, quickly. And then everybody reacts. That’s what you call a leader.” In the same breath Rudy Gee then next compared Putin’s decisiveness to President Obama’s leadership saying he found our president lacking it this way:

“President Obama has gotta think about it, he’s got to go over it again, he’s got to talk to more people about it,” Mr. Giuliani joked.
Joked?

Joked? This is no joke, but Mr. Giuliani thinks it is right along side so many others who spew their obvious hatred for Mr. Obama while heaping praise on Vladimir Putin.

So the first, old “Hero’s” medal I recommend go to Rudy Giuliani.