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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Billionaires Trying to Buy this Electon: Former Canadian Cruz's Fearsome Foursome

Free at Last, Good God Almighty, Free at Last!!!

Here, Go Run for President
(call if you want or need more)


WASHINGTON, DC (re: The AP): Four of America's wealthiest businessmen laid the foundation for Ted Cruz's now-surging Republican presidential campaign with $36 million committed last year alone by these 4 donors. One of those donors is Texas billionaire who in fact moved his residence to Puerto Rico after that island government carved out a lucrative new tax haven for wealthy U.S. investors like him. His name is Toby Neugebauer, co-founder of Quantum Energy Partners, a Houston-based private equity firm, and who happens to be the son of Texas congressman Randy Neugebauer.  

Right next to Cruz is Rubio, who has many millionaires in his pocket. So, folks, when they say it’s not about the money, believe it – it’s about the money, and of course the loads of favors down the line for all that money.

How about this from Cruz – a partial list to date:
  • Cruz tried to claim that the radical Christian domestic terrorist that shot up a Planned Parenthood was actually a transgender liberal activist. (No, that’s not a joke.)
  • Cruz twice tried to exploit the graves of dead veterans to push an attack on President Obama that’s not based on any sort of reality known on this planet.
  • Cruz has done interviews with the American Family Association, an organization classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
  • Cruz as a member of Congress, helped perpetuate the belief that Army Operation “Jade Helm” was, in fact, President Obama’s attempt to declare martial law and confiscate guns.
  • Cruz spoke incredibly highly of former GOP Sen. Jesse Helms, saying we needed “100 more” just like him. Yes, that Jesse Helms, the man who once called UNC the “University of Negros and Communists.”  He also called the Civil Rights Act “dangerous” and he filibustered it trying to prevent it from allowing the creation of a federal holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Helms was also known to go out of his way to try to block the appointment of African-American judges. He was a supporter of South African apartheid. And in 1988, Helms openly blamed the AIDS epidemic on homosexuals.
  • Cruz recently tried to claim he had “lost” health care because of “Obamacare” – a statement his campaign eventually admitted wasn’t true.
  • Cruz called for “carpet bombing” of ISIS despite the fact that military experts have routinely said that you can’t “carpet bomb” ISIS because it would literally kill tens of thousands of innocent civilians.
  • But Cruz continues to use that phrase in an effort to come across and sound “tough on terror” when, in fact, by doing so he clearly shows that he has no idea what the hell he’s talking about.
  • Cruz once referred to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party as “bigots for defending voting rights.” 
Yeah, that Rafael Edward “TED” Cruz, call him the fake American born in Canada and only recently renounced that birth status re: this story from FOX (of all places):

Footnote from Austin, Texas: Cruz finally has given up his Canadian citizenship from his native country, thus making good on a promise he made in 2014. Cruz's Spokesperson, Catherine Frazier, said he, a TEA Party favorite, formally gave up his citizenship May 14, 2014, and he has received an official confirmation of the action at his Houston home Tuesday from Canada. 

Frazier added:  “Sen. Cruz is pleased to have the process finalized and that it makes sense he should be only an American citizen.” 

Note: Cruz was born in Alberta, Canada in 1970 to a Cuban citizen and American-born mother, thus by some reasoning that makes him eligible to run for president and thus sit in the Oval office of the White House.  Many say Trump would be a dangerous and incompetent president, which is happens to be substantially true, but Cruz would be worse by far. This GOP is weak all across the board.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 1, 2016

How to Spell Bigtime Weasel — With a Capital "B" as in Billionaire of Course

Here ya' go: For your campaign for Congress or the White House
(More if you need - just let us know)


Excellent piece here - FYI - that is for those interested in shutting off the greenback spigot in DC and around the country now in firmly in place since 2010 and that dreadful Citizens United 5-4 USSC decision. This piece originally appeared on Tom Dispatch

People often say (mostly those on the right wing side): "We have to take our country back." Which means in common lingo: take it back from current W/H occupant, Mr. Obama, and natch any DEM in office - ergo: we must stop their damage to the country and their zeal to "take away our guns," etc., etc., yada, yada, yap, yap.  Were it true.

Oddly enough, though is those same voices seldom if ever mention the handful of billionaires buying and selling candidates for their own greed and power extension, as if it weren't long and deep enough already. But, I digress.

From the story with this introduction, in part:

Q: How do you respond to a rampaging bull of a billionaire in the political arena?  

A:  In America in 2016, the answer is obvious. You send in not the clowns, but the matador: another billionaire, of course. 

Now, Michael Bloomberg is threatening to enter the race as a third-party candidate. According to the New York Times, he’s considering spending at least $1 billion of his $36 billion (or is it almost $49 billion?) fortune if it looks like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders (just about the only candidate in the race not backed by billionaires and so an obvious threat to any billionaire around) might truly be nominated for president. 

Of course, if he wanted to, Bloomberg could dump billions into an election run, since he may be worth 11 or more Donald Trumps.  If he could potentially tip the election to the Republicans or, if no one ends up with a majority in the Electoral College, even put it in the House for resolution thus making Speaker Paul Ryan the equivalent of the Supreme Court we saw in Bush v. Gore after the 2000 mess.

From the NY Times this short reminder:

Just 158 families, along with companies they own or control, contributed $176 million in the first phase of the campaign, a New York Times investigation found.
Not since before Watergate have so few people and businesses provided so much early money in a campaign, most of it through channels legalized by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision five years ago.

Stories continue at the two links. Enjoy and then if you can pitch in try and help reverse this mess — the "how as always" is the imperative.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

How ISIS Grew Into What They Are Today and Cause to Eliminate Them ASAP

ISIS "Leader" today is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 


An excellent short video follows which shows how they rose to the status they have today:



That speaks to who they are and how they rose to basically who and what they are today. As the world knows, they are not shy about showing their brutal tactics with their videos of hideous crimes, mostly against innocents who disagree with them.

This is the image of the ISIS brutality the world has seen in far too many instances in recent months:


The issue today is as simple as this infantry mission motto applies: To locate, close with, and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver” and that includes every last one of them.

Thanks for stopping by.



Sunday, January 24, 2016

Psst Sir, FYI: IRAQ Does Not Have WMD's Thought You Have a Need to Know

Rummy to Dubya: I have some really big news after all these years
(and all after the fact)


I call this Rummy’s “Shock and awe shit” moment... (not, but today).

As I like to say and most GOPers are loathe to hear:

THE TRUTH ALWAYS COMES OUT OVER TIME AND IN THE END OPINIONS GIVE WAY TO FACTS …!!!


While the threat posed by a nuclear-armed Iraq was at the heart of the Geo. W. Bush administration's case for war, a recently declassified JCS report conceded in part:

“Our knowledge of the Iraqi (nuclear) weapons program is based largely — perhaps 90% — on analysis of imprecise intelligence.”
The rationale for the invasion has long since been discredited, but the JCS report, now declassified, which a former Bush administration official forwarded in December, nevertheless has implications for both sides in the 2016 presidential race, in particular the GOP candidates who are relying for foreign policy advice on some of the architects of the war, and the Democratic front-runner, who once again is coming under fire from her primary opponent for supporting the invasion.

Finally, I would add this that I cannot believe any “news” agency or outlet would print this with a straight face:

Rumsfeld was not under any legal or administrative obligation to circulate an internal DOD report, but not doing so raises questions about whether the administration withheld key information that could have undermined its case for war.”

Time and again, in the fall of 2002 and into early 2003, members of the administration spoke forcefully and without qualification about the threats they said Saddam Hussein posed. 

The JCS report undercut their assertions, and if it had been shared more widely within the administration, the debate would have been very different.
 
So, Mr. and Mrs. War Hawk GOP: Tell that to the families who lost loved ones in Iraq and to the 32,000 plus wounded – many who live with lifelong wounds that the invasion may have been an error and mistake (as if we didn’t f**king know or suspect from day-one).

Okay, so who can we hold accountable? WTF – no one can since we can’t go back and sue an official like Rummy or Bush or Cheney, et al. So, that’s it then?

All right, then it’s on to November and the current field of GOP hawks just itching for war with Iran or North Korea, or God knows with whom else.


Thanks for coming by.

Friday, January 22, 2016

What Number Has Done Harm to Our Democratic System: 5 to 4 Seems About Right


This is All it Took in 2010 to Get the Ball Really Rolling)

Chief Justice Roberts WTF Moment for Sure


A condensed and re-edited (only in a few spots to make it fit this blog) the following is from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law (via my email), in part here.

On the sixth anniversary of USSC (5-4) ruling in Citizens United (2010), the political landscape it helped create has become clear: (1) Million-dollar contributions funding Super PACs, (2) Individuals can write $5 million checks directly to candidates and their parties, and (3) the odds that an ordinary citizen can successfully run for office have grown longer and all the handiwork of only five Supreme Court justices  —  and only in the last decade. 

There is nothing about today’s money in politics rules that is permanent or inevitable. It’s worth considering how four widely-deplored elements of today’s campaign finance system came about in such a short time. Only ten years ago, elections weren’t fueled by secret money, and outside groups were restricted in their election spending. 

Then the High Court loosened those restrictions in 2007’s Wisconsin Right to Life, and then eliminated them totally in the Citizens United ruling – ergo: outside spending surged.

Making matters worse, the FEC and the IRS are either unable or unwilling to enforce regulations that would require disclosure of donors by certain outside groups. For all intents and purposes, so long as these “social welfare organizations” and trade associations don’t spend too much money on politics, they need not disclose their donors.

Super PACs, which can raise unlimited money but only spend those funds on activities that are allegedly independent of a candidate’s campaign, have become one of the most powerful vehicles for election spending. But six years ago, they didn’t even exist. That’s because there were limits on how much a donor could give a PAC, no matter how they spent their money.

That all changed with Citizens United, when the Court reasoned that as long as the expenditures are independent of a candidate, there’s no risk of corruption. Only two months later, a lower court followed the Supreme Court’s logic and ruled that there’s no need for contribution limits if a PAC only spends independently of a candidate. Thus, today’s super PAC was born. From 2010 to 2014, super PACs spent more than $1 billion, and more than $600 million of that came from just 195 donors and their spouses. And the failure to enforce the “independence” rule means that super PACs often function effectively as arms of candidates’ campaigns.

The 2014 ruling in McCutcheon was the most recent ruling to stymie longstanding limits on election spending. Before that decision, one person couldn’t give more than $123,000 directly to all candidates and parties combined in a single election cycle. That limit prevented the wealthiest from having outsized influence, and ensured donors could not easily circumvent contribution limits by giving money to parties and candidates who could easily shuffle it between then. The Court struck it down in another 5–4 ruling, and today one person can give $5.1 million. The result of that case and ruling was immediate and striking. 

In the 7 months between that 5-4 ruling (McCutcheon vs. the FEC) and the 2014 midterm election, almost 700 donors exceeded the old limits. That same year in December, Congress exploited the decision by creating a handful of new political party accounts that can collect contributions of $100,000 each. Now both major parties are soliciting million-dollar contributions.

A decade ago, the campaign finance system was far from perfect, but ordinary citizens had a stronger voice, could more easily run for office, and were better informed about the special interests supporting each candidate.

However, the above mentioned of 5–4 USSC decisions beginning in 2007 have gutted that system. Today’s status quo is not the result of some inescapable or long-standing reading of the First Amendment.

The reality is that one vote on the Court is all that stands between the citizesn (the people) and the creation of a system that values average citizens’ voices and election integrity.

The question I have for average Americans is quite simple: What are you prepared to do to help reverse this insanity and really (to coin a fav GOP phrase) “help save our country?” For yes, the entire system is in serious jeopardy and no, I don’t mean the TV game show version, although sometimes the answer is given before seeking the question. (I like that analogy – do you?) (Smile).

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Fastest Creatures on 2 or 4 Feet: GOPers Spreading Fear, Hype, and Benghazi Lies

Michele Bachmann Left Her Mark Forever on the GOP


Right now might be an excellent time to review the whole Benghazi issue and especially in light of the new movie, “13 Hours” that just came out that is giving the GOP fits along with a batch of kittens.

Most of them claim (as often as they have in the past) that this is the “Smoking Gun” that will end Hillary's campaign and her ambition to be president and things like that – merely rehashing old lies with a new spin – the movie will set the record straight where ten different congressional committees and over 30 hearings all failed in that same effort – even by their own admission in several quotes, primarily like this:

In a September 29 interview with Fox News Channel, House Majority Leader (and then-speaker-in-waiting) Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was pressed by Sean Hannity to name an accomplishment in the Republican-led Congress. He said in part:

“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? They're dropping.”

Whew boy. The new interesting story here with this title:

“Review: Michael Bay's 13 Hours is a Coded Message to Benghazi Conspiracy Theorists” 

At that link are 4 big GOP lies; not one, but 4 - call it a bonus:
  


Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, January 8, 2016

2016 Weasels and Scaredy Cats: Not Much Difference Within this GOP Field


Scaredy Cats R Us, too

Here Climb Aboard — Plenty of Room


More dumb cluck GOP crap and scare tactics:

FACT: Most Republicans paint any fight against ISIS as a grander war between Islam and the West that they call “A Clash Civilizations.” 

Several examples:

Rubio: “This is a clash of civilizations … There is no middle ground on this. Either they win or we win. And we need to begin to take this seriously. These are individuals motivated by their faith.”

JE Bush: “This is an organized effort to destroy Western civilization and we need to lead in this regard.”

Carson: “We are currently facing a clash of civilizations, between radical Islam and western values.”

Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz along with “The Donald” both have not used the exact words “Clash of Civilizations,” but have used their choice rhetoric:

Trump: Calls to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. 

Cruz: Equates Syrian refugees to Jihadists.

That is how those two have made that same leap.

Let’s be honest shall we. This GOP basically is a bunch PR savvy slick, yet scaredy cat experts.

Let’s also be just clear on this. ISIS is not a state. They are not country with boundaries or decent population and citizens who follow them except by fear and force.

They are no more than a rag-tag bunch of thugs who have nothing better to do than preach and show hatred. They are extremely PR and Internet savvy and use both to their advantage with the greatest and most-horrible impact possible.

The United States is greatest power on Earth. For anyone seeking the highest office in the land to equate them to us, or to compare them to us by calling us weak against them is both sickening in tone and volume and disgusting in the whole political arena.

Anyone who says ISIS is a serious threat to us is sick and quite frankly dismissive of our country – the country they say they want to lead.\

Thanks for stopping by, and remember “Friends don’t let friends vote GOP.”


Gun Nuts Basically Have No Critical Thinking Skills: Two Charts Explain Why

Guns Worldwide: We Are Number One
[click to enlarge graph]

American Deaths Since 9/11
(Guns vs. Terrorist Attacks)


From CNN filesDeath and guns in the USA: The story in six graphs.

The two charts above are the two I wanted to focus on to counter the NRA and GOP PR hype about gun deaths and the need to have “more” not “less” guns to stop the gun-related killings.

I can’t figure out their “logic” that they apply that says: “We need more guns to stop the growing number of gun deaths…!!” Seems to me that more means more.  
It seems to follow the old logic of cutting personnel hired then advocating “we can do more with less.” I always thought you did less with less? 

And, yes, I understand robots can do the work that five people used to do, or that computers have speeded up data keeping and such, but what about the people who did those jobs. 

However, on this topic I wonder if any high-level NRA official types or GOPer in elected office has ever lost a loved one to gun violence and if so, were they heavily armed or not, and if not, why not? 


I’m done now. More good stuff at the CNN link above. Enjoy.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Winners of the 2015-2016 Mental Health Award Goes To: The Envelope Please

Where Both Are Housed (or at least should be)

The Trophy for Max Disgrace and Dishonor 
(13% Job Approval Rating = 77% disapproval)


The $1.1 trillion budget bill signed into law by President Obama was the last thing Congress passed before adjourning for the year and heading home.
Lawmakers knew this was a must-pass bill to avoid a government shutdown, so they made sure to pack it full of goodies for their top donors. What’s been largely missed in the breadth of coverage about this bill is just how atrocious many of these last-minute provisions are, that were hidden in the bill’s enormous volume of text at late-night hours.
What follows is the worst from their goody list in the bill they often refer to as “the must-pass” bill. What a crying shame, too. This all-GOP run congress continues to blame and accuse Mr. Obama for “not doing his job or for everything wrong in the world” yet all the while the GOP (mostly GOP) ducks responsibility as they ram crap like this into a “must-pass” bill and then they head home to spread the good news to their (mostly) big donors. Payback is a truly a bitch, ain’t it (the kind they call good). 
They knew the president would sign the bill since many provisions in it is what DEMS and the country needs – just not the pork and other favors – but really important stuff, and not most of what is listed below. So, I wonder, why not call it the “blackmail” bill – that seems apropos. 
1. Ban on domestic oil exports lifted: This move will benefit the big oil companies in a major way, rewarding them for their investment in lobbying and campaign contributions. In 2013 and 2014 alone, Big Oil spent over $326 million on buying politicians and Congressional votes.
2. Ban on studying gun violence maintained: While Republicans were successful in lifting the ban on domestic oil exports, Democrats failed to lift the ban on publicly-funded scientists studying the underlying origins of gun violence. So far in 2015, more than 457 people have died from 357 mass shootings. The total number of gun deaths this year is terrifying: 12,783 people have been killed by guns this year, and another 25,828 were injured, according to gun violence archive.orgCongress still won’t allow the CDC to study these incidents and learn about what leads to gun violence, extending the ban on public gun violence research earlier this year. The NRA has been a fierce opponent of gun violence research, saying that government scientists were using science to push for gun control. Their lobbying and campaign spending remains fierce: In the 2014, the NRA spent nearly $1 million on contributions, $6.77 million on lobbying, and a whopping $28.2 million in independent expenditures.
3. There’s enough corporate tax breaks to provide free college to everyone for 9 years:  One of the major provisions of the spending bill was the “Tax Extenders” package, which makes a vast number of tax breaks permanent. While some of the tax breaks will help working families, like the extension of the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, 60 percent, or roughly $350 billion of the tax breaks are for corporations. This includes a tax break called active financing which helps corporations keep money made in the US stashed in overseas tax havens. The $622 billion in tax breaks is enough to fund tuition-free public college for 9 years.
4.  Ban on IRS action against organizations abusing their tax exempt status: This will likely pave the way for politically-active C4 organizations, like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, to take in even more money from undisclosed donors. Theoretically, this could mean that foreign governments could spend money influencing American elections. 
5.  Corporations don’t have to disclose political activity to shareholders:  On page 1,982 of the budget bill, Republicans concealed language that prevents the Securities and Exchange Commission from requiring corporations disclose their political activity to shareholders. This is likely a response to grassroots mobilization among shareholders demanding the companies they invest in disclose how they spent their vast reserves to influence elections. With the passage of this bill, there’s no way the federal government can require disclosure.
6. CISA surveillance bill added: In the wake of the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, Congress renewed its push for the Cyber Internet Security Act (CISA) a controversial internet surveillance bill that would give private companies legal immunity from sharing users’ most intimate data with the federal government. 
Speaker Paul Ryan snuck CISA into the must-pass budget bill to bypass procedural holdups. It would also make it even easier for the government to spy on citizens’ Internet activity, streamlining the process between the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency, and federal courts.
7.  Country of origin labels (COOL) on meat repealed: While the food industry didn’t get the GMO labeling ban it lobbied for, it did get a major win in the budget bill as Republicans repealed Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for beef, poultry, and pork. COOL is a common-sense measure that helps grocery shoppers make informed decisions by letting them know where their food comes from. As a result of COOL repeal, American livestock farmers will lose business when competing with factory farming operations overseas.
8. Wall Street deregulation: The deregulation bill reverses portions of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act of 2010, and allows big banks to get away with the same high-risk gambling on complex financial instruments that caused the 2008 financial crisis. Wall Street lobbyists actually wrote most of the language in the bill that was snuck into last year’s budget bill.

And finally on top of all that, this GOP-run Congress once again puts pressure on the healthcare bill (ACA) and Planned Parenthood with this headlines: 
GOP promises House vote to repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood
A few details surround this their latest tactic (which is not new at all): 
  1. Another year, another effort to repeal Obamacare.
  2. House Republicans are starting off 2016 with a renewed legislative push to roll back the president's landmark health care legislation, with proposals to defund Planned Parenthood tacked onto the bill.

More from CBS News here. All in all, it's kind of disgusting again isn’t it?
So, how about two of these this time; seems to fit nicely:

 

Thanks for stopping and be sure to vote and return them all to office next year (said with a cynical smirk).






Monday, January 4, 2016

Biggest Known Weasel on Earth Found: The U.S. Congress (L: Stuckus я Us)

Wounded War Vets 

I saw the clip linked below on PBS News Hour, re: This subject and all I can say is shame on the entire GOP.

“The most anti-woman Republican Party in American History escalated its attacks on women to deny wounded female veterans fertility treatments (IVF) from the VA that would help them to have children in spite of wounds suffered while defending our country - either for themselves a severely wounded spouse...”

The focus in the News Hour clip was on a young badly wounded Marine and his wife. He had lost both legs, his right arm and most of left arm and his reproductive ability and yet he is denied IVF treatment from the VA so that he and his wife can have children … the VA via this GOP congress says in part: “It is too costly and our base has religious convictions about this (IVF) procedure.”

I can't say how pissed I am at this GOP who cites it as “too costly and for religious reasons.” (VA IVF ban was passed in 1992 and now the cost is the reason for not lifting the ban for some 1,800 Vets who could benefit by the treatment).

So, let me ask you, Mr. and Mrs. GOP in Congress and elsewhere: “How much is that young Marine’s legs, both arms, and reproductive rights worth?

Every Republican in the country should be angry about this. Just listen to the doctor in the clip explain the IVF procedure and such and misinformation about it.

The PBS segment can be seen here ... PBS News Hour Stream (click top right segment picture of Judy Woodruff to access it)... seen at the 41:25 mark (should open automatically).

Then write your GOP member of Congress and give them your opinion on that young man’s behalf and guess what – there are a lot of others just like him.

All they want is a chance to have a family like the ones they protected and gave so much for in war … we must return the favor and honor to them – don’t you think??

Related article from here (Washington Post) earlier in 2015.

Thanks for stopping by. Pass this along as much as possible. I suspect Congress will act soon to “fix” this – stay tuned.


Saturday, January 2, 2016

"Open Carry" Insanity Sweeps the Country: We Should Be Scared and Ashamed

One Imagine Sticks All Day
(John Cole nails it)

How the Rest of World Sees Us
(pride, right - yeah, right)


“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” – does that mean with a gun or rifle strapped on your hip or slung across your shoulder while banking, ordering a double cheeseburger, waiting to get a haircut, getting your annual PE, dental checkup, or filing up your car?

Today a growing attitude about “open carry (a gun just about anywhere) seems to say yes, that’s great – it's our Second Amendment right, i.e., “It is my right to be fully armed like Wyatt Earp on his way to the OK corral. Simply shoot first, even in doubt or fear of harm (real or perceived, or not. Then plead your rights after the other guy's funeral.”

I say this about that: Imagine two people arguing in a parking lot over a parking slot, or during road rage, or facing a young punk screaming at you with a ton of 4-letter words while giving you the middle finger, or how about over a dog owner who won’t clean up after his/her dog messes in your newly trimmed lawn, or how about slow service someplace where you are in a hurry and the person helping you is not. 

All of these are possible scenarios in everyday situations where one side may whip out their gun and open fire and say: “I feared for my life.”  What a moment frozen in time. Oh, yeah, BTW: what if the other person is also packing heat? Or what if an innocent bystander or two or more are shot in the process? A simple oops won't suffice, will it?

Arming America to the teeth with these crazy “open carry” gun laws is just like a passing, yet deadly fad. In a word, they are totally insane. Yet, we have the gall to call ourselves civilized and progressive and compassionate people. Just listening to any NRA spokesman or “gun nut” rebuttal is enough to reinforce my point.

Finally, remind me why we are paying billions and billions for police and SWAT teams and security like it was 1984, when in fact we could just buy a pair of matching Colt .45’s or an AR-15 or two, and call it “in the name of public safety and my right to defend myself.”

M1911 Colt .45 Pistols 
(military got a lot of use out of them - I know I did)


Finally, with this asinine "open carry" gun policy that we see more and more in these crazy times, it appears to me that this is the real gun we all face.


Thanks for stopping by. And, thank you, Mr. President for speaking out and getting ready to seek a more concise and perhaps extensive background check - good luck with that. It is surely a critical step to helping stop this insanity.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

FOX Finally Got Something "Right" About T-rump: Middle Finger Salute Primary Poll

First Impression of FOX Graph: Looks Like Trump's One-finger Salute to America


The story and graph from here with this story headline:

The 2015 Fox Primary: It's Trump and Then Everyone Else 

Two highlights from the piece I found interesting: 
  • First is the time GOP candidates appeared on FOX.
  • Second is the leading FOX host (interviewer) is Sean Hannity (surprise, surprise, surprise).

Details:
  
From May 1 to December 15, leading Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump lapped the rest of the field in interview airtime on FOX News. 

Trump's 22 hours and 46 minutes of airtime was more than twice as much as any other candidate during the period that was studied. 

Trump racked up more airtime on the network than Cruz, Bush, and Rubio combined.

Interviews with the Republican field have been a near-constant fixture of Fox News' programming during the second half of 2015.

The Fox Primary is showing no signs of slowing down as we approach 2016 and the first primaries. 

So far this cycle, the network has already surpassed coverage of the 2012 campaign season: During the period studied, Fox News aired more than 117 hours of interviews with Republican candidates. 

Over a similar time frame (June 1 to January 22, 2012), Fox devoted 77 hours and 24 minutes to interviews of the then-candidates. (The disparity is even more striking considering the 2012 report included appearances on Fox News' sister network, Fox Business.)  

Lagging well behind Trump were Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio, and Carly Fiorina, who round out the top five. Each spent less than 10 hours on Fox over the same time period.

Why anyone is not surprised that FOX is the leading mouthpiece for the GOP on any issue. I wonder why FOX Chief, Uncle Ruppy Murdoch and Roger Ailes, former media consultant for Presidents Nixon, Reagan, H.W. Bush, and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani don’t become co-chairs for the RNC?

Now that makes perfect dollars and sense. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Name the New Class of Cry-Baby Russian Weasel: Владимир Путин (V. Putin)

Putin Pissed that Former USSR "State" Invited to Join NATO


This story caught my eye for one reason. It shows to me at least that Putin is a cry baby on the inside and a thug on the outside.

Putin is upset about this story: “Russia and NATO are set on a collision course after the tiny former Yugoslav state of Montenegro was invited to join NATO. The 28-nation US-led group agreed to start the entry process at a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels this morning, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. The move will be seen as a warning to the Kremlin that its influence in the region is waning, despite a show of strength during last year's annexation of Crimea and the subsequent bombing campaign in Syria. In retaliation, Russia has warned that Montenegro will be punished for the action.” 

Okay, I say that if Mr. Putin is so upset, then why not ask to join NATO. That way Putin can help the world truly be united in peace and cooperation and stuff he often talks about rather than him running around the globe complaining about good causes and work other nations try to do for stability while as he leads Russia down a road, and let’s call it for what it is: “His one-man outlaw Syrian road show.”

So, what do you say about that idea, Mr. Putin? Ask to join NATO and see how the world reacts. And, this time truly do it for the Russian people to show real humanity that you brag about so much. Just a thought. I'm sure Russians would like that aspect, too. 

The ball is in your court, Господин Президент (Mr. President).


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Canadian-Cuban-American Weasel: Nastiest Most Racist-Loving on Stage Today

Cruz Admires Helms and Asked for More Like Him in the U.S. Senate
(see video clip below)


Cruz is not the first person in the Senate to praise an old racist like Jesse Helms as seen in this short clip. It relives some of that, and it is worth remembering now that Cruz is moving up on the GOP sweepstakes polls in the run for the White House.
And this from Iowa with Cruz along with his headline – kind of related: 
“Ted Cruz Unsure If He Should Attack Mexican Immigrants or Syrian Refugees More…”
(Note: Humor is sometimes needed to offset all this craziness – this is some of that - the rest is real).
Cruz, for sure by all accounts is a top-notch debater; he knows the rules, style, format, etc., to gain max impact. But, he is greatly lacking in key elements to be the CINC and President of this nation, such as:
S U B S T A N C E
F O R E T H O U G H T
P L A N N E R
L E A D E R S H I P
L I K E A B I L T Y

I predict he will crash and burn just like those before him.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

White American Weasel: 23-Year Old Bombs Mosque as Possible Revenge

California Mosque Bombing Suspect - story below


COACHELLA, CA (KABC NEWS). What an angry young man. But, not yet declared an act of terror. We had better check in with Faux Gnus to get the latest “unfair and unbalanced” update, I suspect.
This story: Carl James Dial, a 23-year-old man from Palm Desert (CA) was arrested on suspicion of a hate crime and arson related to a fire that broke out at a Coachella Valley mosque on Friday (December 11, 2015.
Dial was taken into custody around 9 p.m. and booked on five felony charges, including (1) commission of a hate crime, (2) arson, (3) maliciously setting a fire, and (4) second-degree burglary according to Riverside County Sheriff's Department jail records.
Authorities found Dial in the 700 block of Country Club Drive in Palm Desert where he was arrested and booked at the Riverside County Jail.

The Motive: Obviously on the surface is looks like revenge for the Farook-Malik team shooting at social center in San Bernardino as the most likely reason.
Coachella info here ... The current Mayor Steven Hernandez says via FOX: “We see this as a cowardly act of vandalism that we will not tolerate in our community.”
I note: Vandalism – why, not based on the young man’s age and ethnicity, I hope.
More later as details emerge — stay tuned.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sen. Rafael Edward "TED" Cruz Defends Terrorists Over American Policy Otherwise

Sen. Cruz (R-TX) Should Be Censored for his Remarks


This post and contents is more than merely Sen Cruz’s “freedom of speech” rights.  It is downright insulting ... to wit:
I ask: Will Sen. Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz (R-TX), ässhöle par excellence tell American families who lost loved ones in Iraq somehow died for nothing tossing out Saddam Hussein because Cruz implies he favors Saddam type over American policy to have removed someone like him.
The whole story about that is here with this headlines. Read it and figure it out for yourself about what Cruz says and means:
I find his remarks totally sickening and insulting and demeaning.  
The Senate should censure him. The voters should toss him out of office next cycle, in my humble view.