Monday, August 25, 2014

From Sleight of Hand, Switcheroo & Flim-Flam to Enlightenment

Now Watch This 

GOP Stance on the ACA (Obama-care)
(Call it a Rick "Oops" Perry Moment)

Excellent rundown on the GOP's backpedaling, repealing efforts, kill it approach, defund it threat, just throw is away, eliminate it, or just simply ignore it (it will die on the vein) tactics about the new health care law (ACA) that they have called every name in the book including a “job killer” (about 9 minutes):

BTW, it all started with this train wreck. The GOP even said it was “Obama's fault. Blame him” for the disaster ahead. 

Credit: Mike Luckovich ... he nailed it!!!

Finally, these seven GOP disaster predictions about Obama-care that never happened. 

Sorry guys, nice try. Wanna try again or just stick with the oops.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

In Office Doing Nothing About Anything and Getting Paid

Congress Rated as Likable in Between Chavez and Castro - oops

We all love to hate Congress and rightly so. Consider Public Policy Polling (PPP), frequently uses Congress as a punching line. They released a poll in October 2013 that showed Congress was less popular than hemorrhoids, toenail fungus, dog poop, among other things. They had a job approval rating then of some 5%... today: about what: 8 or 9% — progress, right? Ha… 

What is a voter to do?  What is the state of politics in America today?

Who runs for office? We see or end up with a whole lot of slick, polished, well-funded (#1 polish), camera-ready, toothy, well-spoken and PR savvy types in and seeking office who won't or can't or are unable to lead on most critical issues but who are great at BS-ing about how they will “solve problems for the ‘American’ people, create jobs, and cut taxes.”  And, boy, don’t you just hate that phrase, “for the American people” every time we hear it on the House floor in those hot air speeches to an empty chamber. Issues that matter to the general public are in last place especially when they interfere with an incumbent’s chances for survival in office, unless you happen to have a fat check for them or can sponsor a million-dollar fund raiser for them in Vegas or aboard you yacht. 

At the end of the day, voters are often left with only two choices as they ponder how to exercise their cherished right to vote, which also assumes they even get the chance to invoke that right in view of all the voter suppression crap we have seen over the years

Those two choices are

Thus, the question is: Why do we, the people as they say, tolerate such a low standard?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FOX Gets It "Right" With Only One View, One Slant, One Spin

FOX News on Duty

FOX has a so-called “expert opinion maker” on one of their shows ... then they spin in their crap during the interview that ends up not being news at all – just more “misleading and misinforming, or worse passage of disinformation.” 

Yet, the loyal FOX viewers stay glued for more “fair and balance reporting” that in essence is really “unfair and unbalanced” crap passing as news and information (that is if you like one-sided reporting as it were). 

Let’s face it – it’s an old tried and true stunt approved by Roger Ailes and Uncle Ruppy in their sustained money-making PR tactic that is clever, slick, somewhat appealing, but fake, false, and one-sided as the #1 cheerleader for the Republican Party. That is unmistakably true.  

Case in point: Watch and listen to this short segment with FOX's Steve Douche bag and his nitwit panel. 

Enjoy if you can.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gov. Rick "Oops" Perry: Grand Jury Indicts for Abuse of Power

How many charges: Um ... one, two, oops!!!

From the AP here, posted in total. A very short article of this breaking news:

“Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted for abuse of power after carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors.”

“The Republican governor's accused of abusing his official powers by publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit at the Travis County District Attorney's office. He was indicted by an Austin grand jury Friday on felony counts of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Maximum punishment on the first charge is five to 99 years in prison. The second is two to 10 years.”

“Perry said he'd veto the funding if the district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, didn't resign.”

“Lehmberg had recently been convicted of drunken driving. When Lehmberg refused, Perry carried out his veto.”

Stay tuned – more to follow. So, will Texas “justice” prevail or will “real” justice prevail? We are about to find out.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

GOP Post-2012 Election Autopsy: They Still Have Not Learned

Extract from the RNC Self-Analysis Report
(Wonder if anyone of them read it)

GOPer Accuses DEMS of "War on Whites"
(FYI: I am white, asshole and resent your implication)

March 13, 2013: A reminder of that RNC post-2012 election loss, in part follows:

In what they called the most comprehensive post-election review ever made of an electoral loss, the Republican National Committee and a group of project co-chairs unveiled a report today saying that they need to open their playbook and put their cards on the table face up in order to win presidential elections in the future.

While unveiling the 100-page report at the National Press Club today, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said he wanted the report, or autopsy, to be “honest and raw.” He stressed the message of inclusion to Americans who might not be on board with all the party's policies.

Priebus then summarized that this way: “Our message was weak; our ground game was insufficient; we weren't inclusive; we were behind in both data and digital; our primary and debate process needed improvement. There's no one solution. There's a long list of them.”

Here is another reminder too (about 8-minutes) seen in this segment:

I say, it's all pretty funny in a sick pathetic sort of way. That RNC report gives no mention of any “DEM War on Whites.” It does not put forth a new call for the GOP to adopt a “War for Women” which is something they recently adopted as another PR sound bite.

It all sounds very PR savvy but also kind of like doublespeak, too. What do you think? Just another PR stunt or gimmick, or factual? Seems to me they are adding more straws to try and grab hold of before the midterms. Good luck with that one, Mr. and Mrs. Gee Old Poops.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GOP "SOP" (Standard Operating Procedure) = "Silly Old Poops"

GOP & Fox: One. DEMS: Zero (then) - (now) a Rick "Oops" Perry Moment 

GOP-run House Benghazi Report: I can't look...
(Obama not to blame or involved in hanky panky)

The Next Number Up Is "B" 14 - snooze. Bingo!!!

News headlines today and suddenly FOX goes dark ... why is that?

Fox News Quiet After Congressional Report Finds No Benghazi Scandal 

Just keep on praising FOX, Mr. and Mrs. Gee Old Pee. 

From the story:

FOX News has gone silent on Benghazi amid reports that the House Intelligence Committee concluded that there was no intentional wrongdoing in the Obama administration's response to the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on August 1 that the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee voted to declassify findings from its investigation into the 2012 attacks on U.S Diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, and “concluded that there was no deliberate wrongdoing by the Obama administration in the 2012 attack.” Further, these key points are important:

1.  “The intelligence community did not have specific tactical warning of an attack before it happened.”

2.  “The process used to create administration talking points was flawed but reflected the conflicting intelligence assessments in the days immediately following the crisis.”

3.  “There was no stand-down order given to American personnel.”

Why are those points important? FOX used them in carefully scripted, clinical point-by-point talking points for nearly 2 years. Refutation now is the operative word and FOX left the airwaves.

Further, FOX made no mention of the report on their Monday shows per se. That is in sharp contrast to its current silence, when House Speaker John Boehner announced the formation of a select committee to investigate Benghazi in June, Fox devoted at least 225 segments to the topic over just two weeks, an estimated publicity value of more than $124 million.

Fox's sudden lack of interest in congressional investigations into Benghazi comes less then one week after Rep. Trey Gowdy, GOP picked to head up a select committee, announced, in what Fox News billed as an “exclusive interview” that he would hold more public hearings on the attacks in September. 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Flip-Flopping Weasel Ready for 2016 Run: Marathon Paul Ryan

Oh, God, Another Flip-Flopper — Mercy, Please. I Can't Bear to Watch

Gearing Up for 2016

Simple answer the Vox question: "Why should anyone trust Paul Ryan's poverty plan?"

It believe that nobody should trust him or his poverty plan. It is painfully obvious that Ryan is jockeying for a run in 2016, minus Mitt Romney at the top of the ticket ... 

But, across the room, maybe, Mittens is working the circuit to make it look like he has the full support this time (3rd time) to win ...

So, stay tuned. The GOP flip-flopping has not even begun to warm up yet, but this is a quick start for Ryan.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Everyone Likes Polls Favorable to Your Agenda and Message

BTW: The GOP-run House and GOP-Filibustering Senate Has 7% JAR

Yet, GOP Thrives on This Sort of Stuff
(Chart Credit to great Mother Jones Illustrator: Steve Brodner )

GOP/TEA/Rightwing (mostly) conspiracy theories are a cottage industry and they have been since 2008. All of them are directed towards and against Mr. Obama. 

My question is: Is this the same country we hear all Republicans say they love and worship and serve with honor and dignity and integrity? Hardy seems so in view of the fact that most of them have never bothered to dispute the garbage we have seen and heard even today (as the chart above clearly points out).

Another example is that all GOPers (mostly men BTW) say there is no “War on Women,” yet we see this in this kind of thing in the Senate - bottom line: they can run but they can't hide:

They oppose the right of a woman to control her own body. They oppose giving women equal pay in the workplace. They oppose free and easy access to contraception for women. They oppose health care reform (Obama-care) which outlaws higher insurance premiums for women. They want to defund Planned Parenthood (which provided needed health care for poor women). And they want to slash social programs (where the majority of participants are single women with children).

That would be enough to convince any sane person that the Republicans are truly waging war on women. They consider them to be second-class citizens – undeserving of equality with white men. And just to drive that point home, 31 Republican senators (all white men) have voted against the “Violence Against Women Act” (VAWA). This move was so far over the line that all five Republican women in the Senate abandoned their own party and voted with the Democrats.

If there is a need for anyone to see a vivid picture of that Senate VAWA vote, then this chart meets that requirement:

Graph Provided by Think Progress

And, about the job approval ratings in DC … the chart above (from here) explains it all. The GOP silence in the background is deafening.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The People's House - Serve the Public - Sworn Duty: BÜLLSHÏT

150% Grade AAA Pure Bullshit
(Congress Serves Themselves)

Congressional Workdays Until Midterms in November
(How many days will you work at your job during the same time)

Rachel Maddow explains it best of all ... (about 10 minutes):

Guess what? Most of them will get reelected right Mr. and Mrs. Gee Old Poops?

You betcha'... velkom to the new Amerika.

Monday, July 28, 2014

GOP-Christian-Conservative-Family Values Sort of Weasel

Before I Was Saved and Saw the Light

Me Today: A New Man - Praise the Lord

Meet what Texans call a “real man” – South Texas businessman Chris Mapp, age 53. He told this editorial board (and much more at that link) that ranchers should be allowed to shoot on sight anyone illegally crossing the border on to their land. He referred to such people as “wetbacks.” He also called President Obama a “Socialist son of a bitch.”

Never heard of him… Well, he was one of 6 Republicans who challenged Sen. John Cornyn in the Texas Republican primary for the Senate seat.

In Texas they call that kind of a guy: “A real American.”

He is one with strong family and Christian values. He is an honest and open member of the GOP and proud member of Conservative wing.

His party is one of strong convictions. Why would the GOP not support this kind of person in his free speech rights, or even carrying forth what he wants to do?

Hallelujah. Praise the Lord.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

No Unarmed Kids in U. S. — With Bombs in Israel Okee Dokee

You're Too Young Right Now — So, Can I Have Your Virgins????

My Name: Said el Cooliman

More Kids, More Future Fighters - Our Duty
(Praise Allah)

Buried in a number of foreign media reports from Gaza are acknowledgments that amid the images of Palestinian civilians, Hamas terrorists are operating among the population.

Here are some examples:

1.  Globe and Mail correspondent in Gaza, Patrick Martin, wrote in his article from 20 July: The presence of militant fighters in Shejaia became clear Sunday afternoon when, under the cover of a humanitarian truce intended to allow both sides to remove the dead and wounded, several armed Palestinians scurried from the scene. Some bore their weapons openly, slung over their shoulder, but at least two, disguised as women, were seen walking off with weapons partly concealed under their robes. Another had his weapon wrapped in a baby blanket and held on his chest as if it were an infant.

2.  Canadian TV correspondent Janis Mackey Frayer tweeted the following on 20 July: Inside Shejaiyya we also saw several #Hamas gunmen. One passed dressed in a woman's headscarf, with the tip of a gun poked out from under cloak.

3. Washington Post correspondent William Booth reporting from Gaza, wrote in an article from 15 July:  At the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, crowds gathered to throw shoes and eggs at the Palestinian Authority’s health minister, who represents the crumbling “unity government” in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The minister was turned away before he reached the hospital, which has become a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices.

4.  Another report by Washington Post correspondents from 17 July recounts: During the lull, a group of men at a mosque in northern Gaza said they had returned to clean up the green glass from windows shattered in the previous day’s bombardment. But they could be seen moving small rockets into the mosque. 

5.  The Japanese daily Mai-Nichi correspondent in Gaza reported on 21 July: Hamas criticizes that “Israel massacres civilians.”  On the other hand, it tries to use evacuating civilians and journalists by stopping them and turning them into “human shields” counteracting thoroughly with its guerrilla tactics (extract translated into English from Japanese). 

This story is still not complete ... but the PR game (from all sides) is in full swing.  The B/L if there can ever be a bottom line: The U.S. must always stand by our Allies.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Drop It, Shït For Brains: Aw Crap, Never Mind — Oops

Rick "Oops" Perry: Gets the Drop on the Hombre Trying to Sneak into Texas

If the GOP thinks that guns everywhere, anytime, slung over your shoulder or strapped on your hip for any reason will somehow be the defining issue to sweep them into power, or that dismantling the Federal system while keeping minorities at bay (i.e., women, Asians, Latinos, African-Americans as well as a huge chunk of DEM-leaning voters with crazy-ass voter suppression laws), then they have another think coming – they are in a word: sadly mistaken.

Photos like that of Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) and other macho types are disgusting and the worst kind of pandering the lowest stupid common denominator about on any critical and important subject worthy of a presidential candidate from either side. Those gimmicks will not fly with the vast majority of the public ... perhaps with redneck goobers, sure, but not with the general public.

They insult the voters to think otherwise. Then add this equation – GOP re-branding:

George W. Bush ran as a “compassionate conservative.” Look how that all turned worked out.

As the Washington Post notes in this piece (paraphrased): “In 2012, the Republican field was the most-confrontational, unbending in recent memory. Mitt Romney said he was “severely conservative” and got caught mocking the “47 percent.” Rick Perry called the Federal Reserve “treasonous.” Rick Santorum said he was “for income inequality.” What a difference a disastrous election, two years and terrible polling make. If 2012 was a contest to be the toughest, the 2016 presidential Republican primary is likely to include a competition to appear the most compassionate - the most warm and fuzzy candidate as it were.”

However, knowing the GOP the way we do, well ... that won't last very long. The warm will become an iceberg, and the fuzzy will likely turn into barbed or razor wire. 

But, it will fun to watch their re-branding effort that is now taking center stage all across la-la land. Stay tuned.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The World is in Ugly Turmoil, but the GOP is in Worse Shape

The GOP Base Advocating 'Change'
(Agreed: Change is needed right now)

 While Acting Like Dirty Harry
(Minus the Empty Chair)

The so-called “Arab Spring” in Egypt and Libya and elsewhere; Iraq festering again; Afghanistan (U.S. still engaged there); mess in Syria; Ukraine-Russia turmoil; Yementhe renewed Israel-Hamas fighting; North Korea still in the wings; the Central American kids rushing here to avoid their own drug-infested-murderous countries; the back and forth with Iran; and, a few more hot spots, and all in recent years.

So – what can the U.S. possibly do? What do some people want the U.S. to so? From the GOP side of the equation, they are content just to blame President Obama and in every sound byte, appearance on Fox and Talk Radio, in Op-ed pieces, and even on the House and Senate floors they call him every name on the GOP dirty tricks handbook (written by Karl Rove, et al) like he is weak, ineffective, and not decisive – the worst president in history (which is totally false). That is their sole aim and has been since January 20, 2009 – a trail of facts, not just my opinion. 

This GOP will do, say, pay, try, lie, or imply anything to blame and bash Mr. Obama about any and everything no matter how trivial at every opportunity – all the while they say they serve the best for the country – Bull.

So, how much more can they blame Mr. Obama. This 12-minute segment from HARDBALL pretty much nails it - worth watching:

Thanks for stopping by. Come again.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

GOPers Warming Up for 2016 Run (Some Again) — Please Run

In the "Bull" Pen Warming Up For 2016
(Bachmann, Cain, Perry, Romney, Santorum)

The Most-Serious Candidate 
(at least from his fan club)

The headlines of this story got my attention - how about you??? 

Five 2012 GOP Primary Candidates Who Want Another Shot

Once I stopped laughing I decided to post this for my “fan club” (smile), so stay tuned, much more later I am sure, and as they say “… it could be a hoot and holler.” (very huge smile). All I can say is please, oh pretty please, run — all of you run, please for goodness sake, run like there's no tomorrow because I am pretty confident  there would be plenty of cheering and I suspect, some jeering.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Spelling Bee Champ Correctly Spelled Weasel = Darrell Issa

The Record is Clear, Honest, and True: Mr. Issa's is Pure BS

Chairman Issa Shuts Off DEM Mic and DEM Speakers

A new Democratic staff report released today by House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) shows months of interviews by Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) majority staff yielded absolutely no evidence of White House involvement or political targeting in the IRS’s enhanced screening of Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status.

Though Issa has refused to release the entire transcripts — as he pledged to do in June 2013 — the report contains the public portions of all 39 interviews interviewed by the Republican majority. The report notes that those interviewed include “employees from the Cincinnati and Washington D.C. offices at every level — from Screening Agents to the former IRS Commissioner to the Chief of Staff to the Treasury Secretary,” and “Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and individuals with no political affiliation.”

Each of the witnesses was asked whether they had any knowledge of White House involvement or political motivation. None reported any. This appears to contradict the allegation by Issa last May that this “was the targeting of the president’s political enemies effectively and lies about it during the election year, so that it wasn’t discovered until afterwards.” That claim was repeated by a wide array of House and Senate Republicans.

Here are two things that have Issa and his Witch Hunters in full apoplexy and denial:

WASHINGTON — Amid a flurry of Republican calls for a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s alleged targeting of conservative groups, the Justice Department is set to defend its own probe of the matter as exhaustive and sufficient during a House hearing Thursday on the department’s response to the scandal. A top Justice Department official will tell the hearing that the department is now looking at how some of former senior IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails disappeared -- a new area of inquiry, Attorney General Eric Holder told ABC News in an exclusive interview Friday.

“We've expanded the scope of the IRS investigation to deal with these lost emails,” Holder told ABC News’ Pierre Thomas. Specifically, the Justice Department and FBI are looking into “the circumstances of the lost emails,” Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole will tell a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee Thursday, according to excerpts of his prepared remarks provided to ABC News.

That was based on this: The IRS earlier had said that Lois Lerner's computer hard drive was destroyed three years ago, ending any chance of retrieving her lost emails. In court papers, the IRS said the hard drive was destroyed after two sets of trained technicians tried to retrieve the data. The tax agency said it was standard procedure to destroy old data storage equipment that may have contained confidential taxpayer information.

Here from Politico in part:  The IRS declared under oath and penalty of perjury on Friday that Lois Lerner’s hard drive is irrecoverable after being wiped clean by tech staff and recycled with an outside contractor, according to a court filing. Although an outside company was able to identify the serial number for the computer, the hard drive was wiped clean or “degaussed” and then recycled after several attempts to recover the data by IRS tech personnel, including a career forensic specialist with 25 years worth of experience.

Is there a bottom line here - any at all: Possibly “there is no there there.”

Mr. Issa can't stop issuing subpoenas. Since becoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in 2011, Issa has issued nearly 100 subpoenas – more than the last three committee chairman combined, according to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD).

Cummings points out that Issa's 96 subpoenas have been issued without any debate or vote in the committee. In a letter to Issa, Cummings argues that “issuing unilateral subpoenas with no legitimate justification undermines the credibility of this committee.” 

Finally the real Darrell Issa: Leading up to and following the 2010 elections, Issa was giddy at the chance of going toe-to-toe with Obama, whom he called “one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times” in an interview with Rush Limbaugh in October of that year. 

A month later, he walked back the claim. “If I had to do it over again, I’d have parsed my words a little more carefully,” Issa told CNN’s Situation Room. “Do I think the president is personally corrupt? No. I should never have implied that.”

Yeah, that Darrell Issa ... if anyone needs to be investigated, in my view, it should be Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Proof Positive of Texas Weasel Reading Fellow Texas Weasel

Meeting of the Minds Re: Influx of Kids from Central America

Perry on CNN - Being Held to Account for His Own Words

Friday, July 11, 2014

How Low Can FOX Go: How Low Can Whale Shït Sink

The President in the Middle of These Two ... What an Honor
(Half-term Gov. Palin and former one-term Rep. Allen West)

If you ever had any doubts about Fox News, lay them aside. They have now proven beyond any last remaining shadow of doubt about whether or not they have any shame; they do not. They remain shameless. They have zero credibility. 

This piece of crap, passing as a story about those two pieces of crap pictured above, passing as what FOX calls “prominent outside” conservatives, is utter bull shït. “Outside” – these two are or have been well-paid FOX contributors a long time.

Here is the story that is called the Fox News Impeachment Two-Step

Step One: Fox News contributors (aforementioned Palin and West) call for President Obama's impeachment.

Step Two: Fox News then reports about “some prominent outside conservatives” calling for President Obama to be impeached.

May I suggest a step three? Turn off FOX, stop giving the likes of Palin any national platform – the woman is certifiably batshït crazy, and West is a close second.  

Of course, Palin had a very well-known teacher to emulate. I give you Professor Batshit herself:

I rest my case.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Can the GOP Get Any More Weasel-like Than They Are Today

One-Note Party: To Get Obama Anyway Possible
(All together now: One-and-ah-Two-and-ah...)

Current Classic Example

This latest GOP AGM (Anti-Government Movement), and name I just made up, is very concerning and it should be to everyone... our future as a country,I think, is at stake, and for the record: I am not one to cry wolf of subscribe to any wild-ass conspiracy of any kind, period. As Jack Webb from the old Dragnet TV show fame used to say: “Just the facts, ma'am…”

Watch the first 7 minutes of this segment and see exactly what I mean ... it is chilling. The best way to label this is call it for what it is:  A New Nihilism That Threatens GOP’s Growth and the Country's Mental Stability (article from here).

One of several definitions of Nihilism that fits here is: “... the belief that a society's political and social institutions are so bad that they should be destroyed anyway possible, even at the barrel of a gun or by any other violent  means ... while calling it justified…”) – the Bundy ranch standoff is a classic recent example.

Then on top of all that we see the GOP right worshiping at this guy’s alter. Why I honestly ask, why indeed??

That story: Conservative writer and so-called “Obama documentary film” producer, Dinesh D'Souza, has pleaded guilty to charges that he asked two associates to donate $10,000 to the Senate campaign of New York Republican Wendy Long, then illegally reimbursed them.

D'Souza has also agreed not to contest any prison term between 10 and 16 months, though he won't be sentenced until Sept. 23, and it sounds like he's still hoping to avoid jail time.

His attorney, Benjamin Brafman, said in a statement immediately after the plea that he was hopeful that the judge “… will recognize Mr. D'Souza to be a fundamentally honorable man who should not be imprisoned for what was an isolated instance of wrongdoing in an otherwise productive life.” 

Oh boy … 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

GOP in 1956 Under Ike vs. Today: What Happened to Reality

Hard to Disagree with that Platform, Right Mr. and Mrs.  Gee Old Poops

[Click Image for Larger, More-Readable view]

Yes, that was nearly 60 years ago ... now look at the present-day philosophy of most GOP platforms.  Any of if back then sound familiar today? Yes, it happened a long time ago and yes, things do change. but this dramatically - that's a horse, or in this case, an elephant of a different color.

Seems the GOP got hijacked on the search for reality.

Here is link to main party platforms from day-one ... interesting stuff - enjoy.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Purveyors of Misinformation & Disinformation: Media Weasels

ISIS Map Getting a Lot of Attention 
(And, for the wrong reasons)

This post comes from here (and it has good links therein). 

Conspiracy and right wing nuts, being goaded by some media along with the standard flare of GOPer war hawks: the Cheney’s, William Kristol, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham, et al, and of course “paid contributors and consultants who opine on FOX," are all about to ramp up and get ready to again light the fuse and fan the flames for what appears to be what they see as WW III in the Middle East. 

They of course will want the U.S. to take the lead, even though most of them never served a day in combat, let alone ever wore the uniform (except McCain perhaps). Yet, they thrive on the crap in the story. They will start milking it and the maps depicted in the story for all it's worth, and to them, well, it’s worth plenty. 

Finally, I would ask everyone to carefully follow this story and the hype that surely will follow. Then ask yourself: "How gullible are we, really."  

I mean gullible like the run up to the invasion of Iraq. We may find out sooner than we think. Stay tuned.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

GOPers Dispute Facts, Deeds, and Words — Even Their Own

Rush Limbaugh "Mr. Republican" Said as Much

Post Hobby-Lobby (5-4) Decision
(Spreading Like Wildfire)

True: Hobby-Lobby Plan Covers Viagra for Men 
(Their plan also covers Vas snip-snip)

Yes, these are cartoons, but sometimes they make the point better than anyone else, and usually the image sticks. So, kudos for those I posted above.

Now, look at all the things wrong in America right now from the real obvious: poverty, lack of healthcare (and the assault on the ACA), guns, crime, education, unemployment, and the less obvious: pollution of both our air and drinking water, global warming on our weather patterns and what that holds for the future.

Then look at the Republican solutions ever since 2010 taken from here (there are more examples), and from here (original source story):

Legislation against the teaching of evolution, banning the word “gay” from schools, denying women control over their own uteruses and health care decisions, banning contraception (e.g., Hobby-Lobby), legislation to put children back to work and limit the pay of middle class workers, legislating the Ten Commandments, and BTW, none of these things address any of the real problems faced by Americans every single day. 

Even when they do touch on an actual problem – proclaiming days of prayer to combat drought – the solution is laughable. Somehow they think that will stick; it will with their base, but that's about it.

Obvious Fact: The GOP has no intention at all of addressing these or most other serious problems. 

They are, however, very anxious to address non-existent problems, to identify and then legislate against them. BTW: There has been no evidence of job creation legislation coming from the Republican-controlled House. Nothing at all.

Examples: Despite an electorate that is overwhelmingly pro-choice, there is no doubt that the GOP’s first goal is to deprive women of their reproductive rights and to frame that argument not as one of health but religion. It is in fact so important an issue to the GOP that out of some 40,000 laws of all types enacted in 2011, as RMuse wrote here recently, “there were nearly 1,000 bills in state legislatures to restrict a woman’s right to legal abortion services” (up from 950 in 2010). 

Alternet lists the 10 worst states in which to be a woman. The lone piece of good news was the unexpected sanity of Mississippi voters. Interestingly, the GOP is now trying to co-opt the War on Women for their own, accusing liberals of waging war on “pro-choice” women, or declaring that Obama is waging a war on women and that the Obama White House has been a hostile work environment. This is while Congress, already in 2012, has taken no less than eight votes against women – in just three months. It is frightening to think what the final toll might be by December 31.

A recent report from the Guttmacher Institute details the extent of 2011’s war on Women’s Reproductive Rights.

GOPers who read this, and I doubt it would be many, will dispute, ignore and toss anything on this page, and that is their choice (wow, they support choice after all), but they can not dispute, ignore, or toss the truth (the facts) no matter how hard they try to bury and hide body of truth. I believe we will find out in November 2014 (I hope so) and certainly in 2016 (again fingers crossed for savvy voters). Stay tuned.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Women: Give This to Any Candidate Running for Congress

Credit and thanks to Being Liberal and Steve Marmel

A simple "yes" or "no" pop quiz as it were for every Congressional candidate this cycle.

I will post and then let it sink in ... enjoy it, I sure did. So, ladies: are you paying attention? I bet you are.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ISIS: Ugly, Nasty, Unpopular and a "Clear and Present Danger"

ISIS: Their Rule of Law and Justice 

The Road to Baghdad 

U. S. Left Iraq Military Well-Trained and Armed

Excellent visual report here from NBC reporter, Richard Engel, (about 9 minutes) who is on ground in Iraq. He is about one of the very best reporters these days over there.

The part that concerns me and apparently U.S. intelligence officials is the growing numbers of "foreign fighters" now signed on with ISIS, ones who still hold their native country's passports and could easily come to the U.S. or UK or other friendly western country and cause great harm... yes, it only takes a few to do great damage.

This is a major concern, and much more of a treat than we were told in 2003 in the lead up to the invasion of Iraq ... and, yes, I think they pass the "Clear and Present" danger test and seen here more precisely:

We have to step in and garnish wide support to stop them cold now. How, of course, is the question. But, it must be done... they cannot be allowed to gain total control of Iraq or any other country as a base of operations... period.

Worst Weasel Boogle: Those Who Travel in Groups of 5 to 4

USSC: The Fanciest Boogle in Town

The 5-4 Boogle, or Pack, or Gang

Change the Name to "For Men Only Club"

Hobby-Lobby Male Employee at Home

It is a well-known fact that I am upset, like millions like me, about the awful Hobby-Lobby (5-4) decision just handed down that hampers a woman's choice about her own health care and whether she wants to have a baby, or another baby, or more, or not.

But for men, well... that's a different story it seems as seen in this short clip from Huffington Post, seen here.

Hobby-Lobby and apparently the 5-4 old gents club it seems have no problems with a man stopping a pregnancy with his Hobby-Lobby-sponsored "snip-snip" health care plan coverage. Or if the man or men happen to have a problem say "getting it up or keeping it up" long enough to say, "complete the act" and try to get their wife or mate pregnant, well heck, that's covered by Hobby-Lobby's plan, too.

So, let me see if I have this correct: Religious beliefs that we saw in full display in this case, mean in essence that a woman working for Hobby-Lobby can't decide for herself not have a baby, or another one, or take preventive steps to prevent a pregnancy on Hobby-Lobby's dime (that is their health care plan).

But man at Hobby-Lobby who wants to stop a pregnancy (with his "snip/snip" procedure) or that certainly prevents one, can get it done by having his wings clipped as it were on Hobby-Lobby's dime. 

Worse, I think, is if the man or men need help in getting aroused to impregnate his wife or mate on Hobby-Lobby's dime (in their health care plan appendix, I guess), then that is fine and dandy.

Well, alrighty then. So, where are all these provisions in the Bible. Or, are they in the weekly scriptures or in Sunday school class? 

Hey, I'm just asking. For those who say the high court didn't this case wrong, I would remind them about Dred Scott and Plessy and badly the high court got them wrong. Oops.