know yer’ gop–‘some misogynists, a d-bag and a kardashian wannabe walk into a bar …”

After Saying Women On Medicaid Should Be Sterilized, Russell Pearce Resigns From Arizona GOP

The Huffington Post  | By Paige Lavender

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assholeFormer Arizona state Senator Russell Pearce resigned as Arizona Republican Party’s first vice chair late Sunday after receiving criticism over recent comments he made about women on Medicaid.
Pearce made the controversial comments on his weekly radio show.
“You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I’d do is get [female recipients] Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations,” Pearce said, according to the Phoenix New Times. “Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job.”
Pearce said “people out there [who] need help” should get it from “family, church, and community,” not the government.
According to the Washington Post, Pearce said the comments were “written by someone else” and said he “failed to attribute them to the author.”
“This was a mistake,” Pearce said. “This mistake has been taken by the media and the left and used to hurt our Republican candidates.”
The Arizona Republic reports several Republicans in the state, including nominees for governor, secretary of state and attorney general, criticized Pearce for the remarks after Arizona Democratic Party Executive Director DJ Quinlan pushed for them to do so in a news release.
Read more on the controversy over Pearce’s comments at the Arizona Republic.

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KLONDIKE KARDASHIAN UPDATE …
the word salad continues …

word salad by hip is everythingSarah Palin: ‘I Owe America A Global Apology’

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said she owes America a “global apology” for the 2008 GOP presidential ticket’s loss to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
During an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Palin spoke about Obama’s long-term strategy for defeating the Islamic State — a militant group formerly known as ISIS or ISIL — that he laid out in a speech Wednesday night.
“As I watched the speech last night, Sean, the thought going through my mind is, ‘I owe America a global apology. Because John McCain, through all of this, John McCain should be our president,'” Palin said.
Palin went on to compare the Islamic State to Hitler and questioned how seriously Obama is taking the group.
“So when Barack Obama, like the rest of us, hear these bad guys, these terrorists, promising that they will raise the flag of Allah over our White House, for the life of me I don’t know why he does not take this serious, the threat. Because yes, it’s more than a vision,” Palin said. “They’re telling– just like Hitler did all those years ago, when a war could’ve been avoided, because Hitler, too, did not hide his intentions. Well ISIS, these guys aren’t hiding their intentions either.”

oh shit, and here I thought she was going to apologize for the douche rocket teabilly dustup at last weekend’s snowmobile tag-team wrestling match where she, toad and the critters took on all comers …

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Paycheck Fairness Act Blocked Again By Senate GOP

Posted: 09/15/2014 6:01 pm EDT Updated: 10 minutes ago

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Senate Republicans on Monday blocked for the fourth time a bill that would strengthen federal equal pay laws for women.
The Paycheck Fairness Act would ban employers from retaliating against employees who share salary information with each other, impose harsher penalties for pay discrimination and require employers to be able to show that wage gaps between men and women are based on factors other than gender.
The bill needed 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster and advance to a final vote on passage, but it fell short Monday by a vote of 52 to 40. Senate Democrats have brought the bill to the floor four times since 2011, and each time Republicans have rejected it.
Republicans say
they oppose the bill because they believe it would discourage employers from hiring women, out of a fear of lawsuits. The GOP has accused Democrats of staging a “show vote” on the bill in an election year, knowing it won’t pass.
“At a time when the Obama economy is already hurting women so much, this legislation would double down on job loss, all while lining the pockets of trial lawyers,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said before the last vote on the bill in April. “In other words, it’s just another Democratic idea that threatens to hurt the very people that it claims to help.”
Women working full-time in the U.S. earn an average of 77 cents for every dollar men earn, according to the Census Bureau. A small portion of that gap, economists say, is due to employers paying women less than men for the same work.

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just for some sh*ts ‘n’ giggles …

haven’t really been here to post much these days …
busy and all ya’ know, but …
just came across this in my daily meanderings and had to share …
you really can’t make this shit up …
so …
for yer’ ‘I really need a quick break from work’ laffapalooza moment …
enjoy …
I know it made me smile, but hey, I’m easily amused …

Police: PALIN FAMILY Involved In 20-PERSON BRAWL At Party

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The Palin clan, including Mama Palin herself, was allegedly involved in a huge verbal and physical fight over the weekend when they got drunk at a friend’s party. Punches were thrown, lips were bloodied, and Sarah Palin reportedly scream, “Do you know who I am?” at people telling her to calm down. According to Alaskan political blog, The Immoral Minority, the Palins were at a party when – allegedly fueled by alcohol – Track Palin (that would be Sarah and Todd’s oldest son) confronted a man who had formerly dated one of his sisters. Words are exchanged, then Bristol (that would be Sarah and Todd’s oldest daughter) started punching people.Eventually the entire family is yelling and fighting. One source claims Todd was calling people the C-word and acting belligerent. Somewhere a reality tv executive is crying at the lost potential. Blogger Amanda Coyne did some investigating and found multiple sources that paint roughly the same picture The Immoral Authority first heard about.
Spoiler alert: It’s incredible:

The night before, Saturday, was a doozy. The details are a little sketchy, but there’s enough of them, from enough different sources, that a story emerges, a story that according to the gossip Gods, looks kind of like this: There’s some sort of Iron Dog/snow machine party in Anchorage. A nice, mellow party, until the Palin’s show up. There’s beer, of course, and maybe other things. Which is all fine, but just about the time when some people might have had one too many, a Track Palin stumbles out of a stretch Hummer, and immediately spots an ex-boyfriend of Willow’s. Track isn’t happy with this guy, the story goes. There’s words, and more.
The owner of the house gets involved, and he probably wished he hadn’t. At this point, he’s up against nearly the whole Palin tribe: Palin women screaming. Palin men thumping their chests. Word is that Bristol has a particularly strong right hook, which she employed repeatedly, and it’s something to hear when Sarah screams, “Don’t you know who I am!” And it was particularly wonderful when someone in the crowd screamed back, “This isn’t some damned Hillbilly reality show!”
No, it’s what happens when the former First Family of Alaska comes knocking. As people were leaving in a cab, Track was seen on the street, shirtless, flipping people off, with Sarah right behind him, and Todd somewhere in the foreground, tending to his bloody nose.

MORE HERE …

Track seems nice. The Palins have yet to comment on the incident, but the Anchorage Police Department seem to have confirmed most of the details when Wonkette called them up.

Anita in the Anchorage Police Department’s communications office is sitting at her desk at 7:15 a.m. on a Tuesday, so probs they are waiting for a whole mess of calls from Jake Tapper or whatever, and Anita confirms that a huge bloody mess of a brawl between multiple subjects took place Saturday night, and that the Palins were “present.” However, since nobody wanted to arrest anybody else, the names of the “subjects” remain not yet released.
MORE HERE … 
MORE HERE …

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know yer’ gop … the ‘he said what?!?’ edition

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from fox news 14 in salt lake city … figures …

State Representative to Legislature: hospitals can be dangerous

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s health care debate took an unexpected turn at the State Capitol, where a lawmaker who is also a doctor argued that access to health care can be a bad thing.
Representative Mike Kennedy, a Republican from Alpine, made the comments in a Health Reform Task Force meeting, in reaction to a story from another doctor.
Doctor Kyle Jones told the legislature’s Health Reform Task Force about a neighbor who was in a car crash. That neighbor suffered a rare response to pain medicine called toxic encephalopathy. The condition has caused memory loss, seizures and depression, according to Jones.
“Sometimes access actually can mean harm,” said Representative Mike Kennedy, a family physician.
The Republican from Alpine repeated the argument more than once: “Sometimes access to health care can be damaging and dangerous. And it’s a perspective for the [Legislative] body to consider is that, I’ve heard from National Institutes of Health and otherwise that we’re killing up to a million, a million and a half people every year in our hospitals. And it’s access to hospitals that’s killing those people.”

I know these guys hate ‘obamacare’, but really guys? … it’s come to this???
really??? …

srsly

vexed, lies and videotape–an election season primer

with the stupid season upon us, I figured I’d do my part with a quick primer on all the shit yer’ about to be completely inundated with …
hang on kiddies, it’s gonna be a long couple of months …
and then we’ll be swinging into “2016” where it will get even dumber and uglier …
if that’s even possible …
set yer’ face-plants to stunned …

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the vexed …

the war on Christmas …Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi … The fake IRS ‘scandal …’They’re coming for yer’ guns”…the president was born in Kenya …FEMA camps for Christians …the Illuminati and Obama’s One World Government …  Obama is a Muslim… Hillary is gay, Obama is gay, everyone on the left is gay … speaking of ‘the gays’ – they are indoctrinating yer’ kids at public schools … we ‘need to take our country back’ … Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi … the war on Christians … Fast and Furious is Obama’s fault …There is no such thing as evolution … gay marriage will lead to pedophilia and bestiality … anything that falls out of Alex Jones’ pie hole … ditto on Glenn Beck, Hannity the manatee, Billo the clown, Faux and Fiends, Mike Hucksterbee, McShill Bachmann or Lyin’ Ryan … also, ditto on KKKarl Rove, Michelle ‘I hate eveybody’ Malkin, Anne Couletgeist, and Lil’ Dick Cheney and his demon seed Lizzie … Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi … Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi … Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi …
I’m not even going to waste my time on this particular shit, just go Google it all or You Tube ‘em … it’s all just ‘tears of impotent rage’ … nothing more …

 

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the lies …
’facts schmacts’ …

Obama doubled the deficit

Nope…
Utter bullshit kids…
This was a favorite of the Mittens campaign. Throughout 2012, Romney repeatedly said, “The president promised to cut the deficit in half. He’s doubled it!” …  Nope … he hasn’t …
First of all, this line o’ crap depends entirely on voters not understanding the difference between the deficit and the debt …
In fact, the president has already cut the deficit by way more than half in his first five years. When he took office, the deficit for 2009 was projected to be $1.4 trillion. The deficit at the end of 2014 will be $514 billion, just three percent of GDP. That’s a nearly $1 trillion reduction in five years …
Not only that, but the administration boasts the lowest year-over-year increase in government spending since Truman, and it’ll be one of just three administrations in the last 50 years that will have ended with a lower deficit than when it began. The last Republican to leave the White House with the same record was Eisenhower.

Obama is destroying the economy …

Nope … another one that is just plain bullshit …
Corporate earnings and profits are at historical highs, wall street just set ANOTHER all time record … the deficit is shrinking …. jobless numbers are lower than at any time since the shrub was president … and the economy in the U.S. expanded more than previously forecast in the second quarter, propelled by the biggest gain in business investment in more than two years that bodes well for the rest of 2014 … even gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced, rose at a 4.2 percent annualized rate, up from an initial estimate of 4 percent and following a first-quarter contraction, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 77 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 3.9 percent gain. Corporate profits climbed by the most in almost four years.

Man-made climate change is a hoax and “Most scientists don’t believe the effect of human activities on climate is sufficiently well understood to make predictions about future climate conditions, with many believing that the modest warming that may occur would be beneficial.”

This crap completely dismisses two separate peer-reviewed studies  (PNAS, 2010 and Environmental Research Letters, 2013) showing 97-98 percent consensus among active climate scientists about the existence and cause of global warming. Nor does this lie acknowledge the review of thousands of peer-reviewed papers on climate change, concluding that only 24 of 13,950 rejected global warming.
And here’s the really sad and tragic part: Heartland Group, a favorite among conservatives ranting and railing about climate change cites a 2009 survey by Peter T. Doran and Maggie Kendall Zimmerman that supposedly shows “most scientists do not side with Greenpeace on the issue.”
Except that’s not what the study concludes at all …
Again, more bullshit …
The Doran and Zimmerman study found a 96-97 percent consensus (kind of a big number eh?) among specialized scientists that took part in the survey who agree that the earth’s temperature is rising and humans are the cause. The end of the paper specifically points out the greater understanding of climate change by scientists who took part in the survey and those without scientific expertise: “It seems that the debate on the authenticity of global warming and the role played by human activity is largely nonexistent among those who understand the nuances and scientific basis of long-term climate processes.”

Cold weather disproves climate change

Another right-wing fave in the eternally factually bereft fantasy world of the Fox Noise inspired and ‘informed’ ‘climate change is a myth’ crowd is an annual favorite …
Every fucking time it snows, and it tends to do that every single winter folks, you see the same old ‘bullshit machine’ rolled out. Whenever there’s a snow storm everyone from Hannity the manatee to Rush Limpballs suddenly acquires woodys hard enough to cut diamonds with …
And then out comes the oxy-contin/greed inspired lies that climate change can’t possibly be real because it’s fucking snowing somewhere.
What these clowns fail to explain to their low information disciples/ditto-heads is that Chicago, or St. Paul, or even Podunk isn’t the entire planet …
Small thing I know, but hey, it makes a difference Cletus…
Actual climate scientists (NOT the oil giants funded ones) base their global warming observations on global temperature averages …
So while it may be snowing outside Snitch McConnell or McShill Bachmann’s house, average temperatures year after year are indeed growing progressively higher at alarming and unsustainable rates.

Still on the climate change denier front – we are all exhaling releases “dangerous” CO2 , so therefore, climate change MUST be a lie

This easily ranks as the most ridiculous climate change lie of all time. Yuppirs kids, even more ridiculous than the blizzard thing, if that’s possible …
It’s truly fucking amazing to me that anyone except a half-a-brain dimwit would actually believe this one …
Or spew it …
Speaking of half-a-brain dimwits, here are some prime examples:

Glenn Dreck: “Carbon dioxide is basically this. (Exhales.) Look at how much pollution I just put out.”
While I totally agree that what Glenn expels is pollution, the COis by far the leats serious crap that comes outta that boy …

Rush Limbpballs: “We exhale CO2. If were a poison, it wouldn’t be part of the way we stay alive.”
Rush must have read the same science texts that Billo the clown read (see: the moon and it’s effects on the earth and it’s tides) 

McShill Bachmann: “Carbon dioxide is a natural byproduct of nature.” therefore, no problemo kiddies … 

Mitt ‘the Twit’ Romney: “Now I know there is also a movement to say that carbon dioxide should be guided or should be managed by the Environmental Protection Agency. I disagree with that. I exhale carbon dioxide. I don’t want those guys following me around with a meter to see if I’m breathing too hard.”
Well, as you proved in 2012 Mittens, not many people will be following you for any reason, so in the words of Uncle Louigi, “Make a relax” Mitt…

The ignorance displayed here is completely mind boggling …
Not to mention dangerous …
At fist glance , this “exhaling” crap sounds like it might actually contain a grain of truth to it and have at least some merit …
That is, if you’re really and totally into uneducated, unproven, ridiculously simplistic, factually starved explanations for what are very complex and serious topics …
But alas, nope …
Not only does human breathing not even make the list of greenhouse gases but, and major point here folks, the ecosystem is NOT built to scrub out and ‘take care of’ the unprecedented levels of CO2 released by the burning of fossil fuels …
Therefore all of that excessive CO2 we are constantly pouring into the atmosphere is just hanging around in the atmosphere, trapping heat and screwing with the weather patterns …
And destroying any hope that our children and grand-children will have anything remotely resembling a safe and livable world to inhabit …
You’re welcome kids …

Cars kill tons of people and no-one wants to ban them

Fuck me Mabel <faceplant>, where do I even start on this one? …
Unlike firearms, cars and drivers are heavily regulated by the government at all levels, from emissions standards to annual inspections to safety features, and on and on and on …
So are the flying of planes, doing surgeries, operating heavy machinery, and if the right has it’s way, everything to do with contraception and whether or not you can vote …
You can’t legally drive a car that doesn’t feature seatbelts, or has no headlights, license plates or mirrors, or drive a car that spews too much exhaust into the air …
You have to take both a written and a behind-the-wheel test to get a license to operate a car, you have to renew that license at regular intervals and, if you’re older, you have to prove that you’re physically capable of driving a car…
You can’t drive a car while drinking alcohol or impaired by other chemicals …
Or legally blind … <click link for a guaranteed face plant moment> …
And you can’t drive yer’ car into schools, Taco Bell OR Chipotle’s …
And in case no-one has noticed there are thousands of cops patrolling the highways and byways and, as most of you have seen at one time or another, they will penalize or arrest you for improper handling of a car – with literally thousands of laws to abide by, and penalties, ranging from fines to imprisonment to the government stripping you of your right to drive a car at all …
So if the NRA and its supporters are going to keep using this lame-assed car analogy, then let’s be fair and  talk about regulating guns and gun owners the same way we regulate cars and drivers …
Just sayin’ … fair is fair guys …
On a side note, many years ago, when a couple of kids crawled into some abandoned fridges and were trapped inside and died, there was an almost immediate reaction by government to regulate the disposal of old fridges and to regulate the manufacturing guidelines so that it couldn’t happen again …
The companies that make fridges were neither financially harmed, nor went out of business because of the new regulations, so the idea that some common sense approaches and guidelines for the manufacture and distribution of guns will somehow damage the gun manufacturers (see ‘smart guns’) is pure and utter crap …
And in case some of you haven’t noticed, thousands of kids a year are being killed by guns …
Further more, let’s all actually read the second amendment before waving that tired argument around … it doesn’t say that everyone and their dog (blind or not) has a god given right to wield weapons of any caliber … it says ‘well regulated’ militias do …
Not yer’ ‘don’t tread on me’ flag wavin’ uncles Cletus and Billy-Joe-Ray-Bob …
Also, the constitution is not ‘God given’ for Christ sake, it is a man made document …
It was written in fact, by a bunch of guys who had had enough of the church run governments of Europe … they, their fathers and grandfathers had fled the church run oligarchies in Europe to escape their ‘under my thumb’ approach … remember that one peeps? …
‘the revolution’ ring a bell anyone? …
In fact, a couple of those very same ‘founding fathers’ that Palin the Failin’, McShill Bachmann, Ted ‘I’ll say anything for a buck’ Cruz and their ilk love to ‘quote’ actually wrote extensive and long winded essays on how the constitution was NOT inspired by any god, religion or church, and that the country should NEVER be influenced by them …
Read a little history people and STOP listening to Fox Noise …
And Sarah, maybe you could have someone read it to you …

The Affordable Care Act covers abortion-inducing emergency contraception

There are so many Obamacare myths to choose from that it’s hard to even list ‘em all, but here’s some of the more prolific ones for ya’: death panels, IRS goon squads raiding homes, it’s a “job killing” law, it’s a “government takeover,” etc. …
These are all a pile of shit and definitely worth mentioning, but the lie about emergency contraception coverage might be the worst of the bunch and is so pervasive and ‘oft repeated’ that it even manages fool some liberals …
Contrary to the myriad of lawsuits by various ‘religious’ businesses and organizations, and the non stop ranting at Faux Noise, the various forms of emergency contraception covered by the law do not block implantation of a fertilized egg …
If these medications were indeed abortifacients, they wouldn’t be covered because it’s illegal for the government to do so …
(In fact, the current GOP house is so worried about this one that they have passed laws that enforce the laws that enforce the laws that are ALREADY on the books)
This one’s real simple people – while some emergency contraception blocks implantation, the emergency contraception that’s covered in the law blocks ovulation – not implantation …
But they’re not abortifacients, so guess what? … they should be covered …
Of course that won’t stop the lawsuits or factor into the bought and paid for opinions of the Roberts’ Court …
Alas, sad, but true …

It’s safer to have a gun in your house, or a concealed weapon on your person

Again, nope! …
So I’ll just let an actual Republican hack debunk this one …
David Frum: A gun in the house minimally doubles the risk that a household member will kill himself or herself. (Some studies put the increase in suicide risk as high as 10 times.) An American is 50% more likely to be shot dead by his or her own hand than to be shot dead by a criminal assailant. Also, more than 30,000 Americans injure themselves with guns every year.

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people

Bullshit!…people with guns kill people …
People without guns generally tend to just ‘injure’ people …
And guns without people just tend to lie there, doing nothing …
Argument over …
Get over it …

Voter fraud is a real and serious issue that requires strict new voter ID laws

Nope …
Not even close to true …
Prosecutions of voter fraud cases barely amount to one one-hundredth of one percent of total votes cast in a single general election. In Ohio, for example, Secretary of State Jon Husted scored big with zealots and bigots everywhere with his war against fraud by nabbing a whopping 20 potential cases …
20 out of nearly six million votes cast in that state in 2012 …
The Bush Justice Department found that there were as few as 80 successful prosecutions of voter fraud cases out of hundreds of millions of votes cast since 2000. For this ratio of possible-fraud-to-votes-cast we’re told we need laws that make it more difficult to vote?…
Not to mention the Republicans who just came right out and said it: this is all about electing Republicans.
Study after study proves that lower turnout favors the GOP, and voter ID laws are nothing more than voter suppression of the very people that may vote Democrat …

All Obama does is vacation and play golf …

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President Obama has spent 138 days of his presidency on vacation. The Republican led House of Representatives was scheduled to be in session for only 124 days in all of 2014. This means that John Boehner and company will spend fewer days at work this year than President Obama has spent on vacation in his entire presidency. The numbers are actually worse when one considers that the House is only scheduled to work for 97 days between January and Election day in November. Members of the Senate, like Ted Cruz, have had nearly as many days off this year as the president has had since taking office.

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Tax Cuts Do More to Stimulate The Economy Than Food Stamps and Unemployment Benefits.

This one’s simple …
According to Moody’s Analytics:

  • Every dollar spent on unemployment benefits generates1.61 in economic growth.
  • Every dollar spent on food stamps generates 1.74 in economic growth.
  • But every dollar spent on rolling tax rates back to Bush-era levels only creates .32 in economic growth – that’s a 68-cent loss on investment.

    again …I call bullshit on this one

     

    lies on video

    the videotape …

    this one’s a simple one too guys … if you’re going to spew nonsense it is more than likely going to end up on You Tube, so think before you speak, and when you do spew the bullshit we all know yer’ gunna spew, give up trying to deny it after the fact over there on Faux and Fiends … we ALL have access to YouTube and it just makes you look like the fool you are …
    And if you right wing zealots and wannabes don’t believe me, ask yer buds about shit like “the 47%” or “macaca” or “legitimate rape and women’s bodies having a way of shutting that whole thing down” …

    jesus … my brain hurts already and we haven’t even started the stupid season …
    stay tuned, the clown car crash is only just beginning …

     

  • the turtle speaks

    a great read from samuel-warde.com …

    Secret Recording Reveals Mitch McConnell’s Promises To Big Donors

    August 27, 2014 | Posted by: Nicole Girard

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    Mitch McConnell really does not care about our problems. The way he talks about the needs of average Americans, you’d think we were his sworn, personal enemy.
    At a Koch Brothers Summit in Dana Point, California this summer, the conscience-less, corporate shill basically promised our country’s head on a gold platter to his billionaire gang of perverse, psychotic donors.
    In a leaked audio-recording, the Kentucky Republican swore to devote himself to the singular task of more fully lining the pockets of his audience: people so rich they could survive any tragedy, any sort of economic downturn, another of McConnell’s government shut-downs, effortlessly and without a care.
    His words are revealing:

    No money can be spent to do this or to do that.

    Let’s stop right there. “This or that,” huh? What is “this or that?” Everything non-billionaires need?

    We’re going to go after them on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency. All across the federal government, we’re going to go after it.

    We’ve known for a while McConnell and his donors are contemptuous of the non-rich but it’s a bit of an eye-opener to see that these essential issues are mere objects of annoyance to the unimaginably privileged. Those whose only fear is that the lowly masses may take an unnoticeable crumb of their corrupt and ill-gotten fortunes.

    And we’re not going to be debating all these gosh darn proposals. That’s all we do in the Senate is vote on things like raising the minimum wage (inaudible)—cost the country 500,000 new jobs; extending unemployment—that’s a great message for retirees; uh, the student loan package the other day, that’s just going to make things worse, uh. These people believe in all the wrong things.

    Perhaps one of the most offensive parts is his use of the term, “gosh darn.” Really, Turtle? You’re nothing less than ruthless, cussing would probably be the kindest thing you’ve done all week.
    The fact that we live in a time of historic income inequality is no accident. It’s been engineered by puppets like McConnell. The standard CEO, who now earns eight-figures, is paid roughly 257 times what the average worker earns. Economists concede that while we need inequality to thrive, the level of inequality we currently have is unsustainable. They support the Democrat proposed minimum wage hike to $10.10 an hour, which would lift 4.6 million people out of poverty:

    That’s a significant increase in the quality of life for our worst off that doesn’t require the government to tax and spend a single additional dollar. And, given that this policy is self-enforcing with virtually no administrative costs while challenging the employer’s market power, it is a powerful complement to the rest of the policies the government uses to boost the living standards of the worst off, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, food stamps, Medicaid, etc.
    A higher minimum wage will lead to a significant boost in incomes for the worst off in the bottom 30th percent of income, while having no impact on the median household.

    Seems like a no-brainer, but, it would make McConnell’s wealthy donors sad. So Turtle-brain will fight it.
    And student loan reform?

    Forty percent of households headed by someone under the age of 35 are saddled with student debt, unable to buy homes, raise families and secure their futures. This doesn’t just hold back individuals — it holds back our economic recovery. Meanwhile, Congress manufactures false debt crises instead of solving this very real one… The United States could and should do much more to help middle- and low-income families afford postsecondary education — especially at a time when our economic growth depends on an educated workforce.

    This loathsome obstructionist vows to not even allow a debate on the very things stopping members of the middle and lower classes from getting anywhere in life. Gee thanks Turtle breath, you’re a stand-up guy.
    The mounting evidence that we need real economic reform on every level is undeniable but it’s so clear this shell of a man is barely even in possession of himself. The lengths to which McConnell’s donors own him comes through in these cow-towing reassurances that he will, in fact, eviscerate the middle class and poor like a dutiful little boy. What a disgrace. He’s no leader.
    McConnell’s thug-filled audience is living proof of the bizarro-world extent to which greed can corrupt. I can’t imagine why these billionaires are never satisfied. Why are they so afraid of allowing hard-working, average people to live with some small semblance of comfort and dignity? What more do they need?
    McConnell is, and for a very long time has been, nothing but a detriment to the government and the country. He is the opposite of a patriot and is not fit to lead. It’s time for him to hole up in his shell where he can only cause harm to himself.

    Please Kentucky, VOTE HIM OUT.

    Nicole Girard is a political writer with a passion for civil rights and the truth. Follow her on facebook or twitter.

    reposted from samuel-warde.com

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    snakes on a plane?

    This just in from the WTF!?!? Department …
    (from addctinginfo.com)

    via Twitter

    Westboro Baptist Church Says It’s Going To Iraq To Protest ISIS

    Westboro Baptist Church, the hate group that masquerades as a religious organization, is known for their publicity stunts, but they may have bit off more than they can chew with this one. After a comedian offered to pay for them to fly to Iraq so they can protest real Christian persecution at the hands of Islamic militants, the group tweeted that they have accepted his offer. They want to take their picket signs and head over to a country currently occupied by a group that beheads Christian children without hesitation – this ought to go well.
    To bring you up to speed: Last week, Australian comedian Adam Hills gave an brilliant, hilarious proposal to the WBC after learned that they planned to – surprise, surprise – picket Robin Williams’ funeral. On his show, The Last Leg, Hills pointed out that the infamous “God Hates Fags” group is quick to march around with signs protesting American hedonism, but don’t have the courage to protest the daily persecution Christians in Iraq are facing at the hands of “the people threatening to behead Christians if they don’t convert.”
    Hills tells the group:
    “If you really believe in standing up to those threatening the christian way of life, Westboro Baptist Church, how about putting your money where your mouth is, taking a direct flight to Iraq.”

    Westboro Baptist @WBCSays
    We accepted! Whence tickets? @PhilCooke: An offer to fly WBC members 2 Iraq 2 protest. Sounds like good idea to me: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/19/adam-hills-westboro-baptist-church-iraq-robin-williams_n_5692172.html …
    1:40 PM – 21 Aug 2014

    If the two sides manage to work something out and the WBC winds up in Iraq, it’s safe to say that their lives would very much be in danger. Iraq, especially large swaths of it now occupied by IS militants, is extremely unfriendly to American citizens, Christian, but most particularly American Christians carrying signs reading “Muslims Die, God Laughs.”
    Just this week an American journalist was beheaded by ISIS and they are threatening to do the same to another one. At the same time, ISIS has exiled thousands of Iraqi Christians, killing those who don’t leave.

    From Think Progress:

    ISIS has been targeting Christians ever since it first got started. As a militant group fighting against both the forces of President Bashar al-Assad and rebel groups in Syria’s civil war, ISIS wreaked havoc on Syrian Christians, torching churches in the historic Christian city of Maaloula and kidnapping bishops. Still, Mosul’s large Christian population remained determined to remain in the city where their ancestors have lived for 1,600 years.
    That all changed when ISIS issued a statement last Thursday ordering the city’s Christians to convert, pay a hefty religious tax, or face execution on Saturday.

    Since then, there have been reports of mass killings and targeted murders of Christians in Iraq. If the Westboro Baptist Church chooses to walk into that, it would be the first time in the church’s history that they would actually be protesting something worth protesting. It may also be short lived. Depending on where they chose to stage their protest, they may need to start planning a protest of their own funerals.

    srsly

    d-bag of the week … out of the mouths of boobs

    golden d-bag of the week award by hip is everything

    this week, i’m going to dispense with the usual rundown of douchebaggery that has occurred in the last seven days, and i’m not going to bother with the usual alliteration and cheap shots at the usual list of d-bag of the week contenders …
    yeah, there were the usual bunch of d-bags, doing their thing and lettin’ their d-bag voices ring, there always is, but …
    this week we just have an out and out winner …

    so without further ado …
    ladies and gentlemen …
    the envelope please …

    the latest winner …
    of the sometimes coveted, always deserved …
    golden d-bag award
    and this weeks award goes to …
    drum roll please …

    The American Family Association’s BRYAN FISCHER

    The American Family Association‘s Bryan Fischer minced few words when it came to expressing his stance on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who seek public office. Fischer, whose anti-LGBT declarations have become a near-weekly staple of his “Focal Point” radio show, took to the airwaves again following news of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s indictment, Right Wing Watch first reported.
    Perry was indicted for abuse of power over efforts to force Travis County District Attorney
    Rosemary Lehmberg, who is openly gay, to resign from office after a drunk-driving arrest.
    Fischer pointed to Lehmberg’s sexuality in his broadcast, noting, “My view of public service is that somebody who is engaged in sexually deviant behavior is not qualified to hold public office.”
    Comparing LGBT people both to rapists and pedophiles, he added, “Now lesbianism is sexually deviant behavior because it deviates from God’s plan and design for human sexually. So I believe that this is a person who, because she’s involved in sexually deviant behavior, should be, ought to be disqualified from public service.”
    Last month, Fischer slammed LGBT rights advocates as “belligerent” and “intolerant bullies” who represented a “
    tiny little minority” of the U.S. population in a broadcast.
    He also denounced Burger King’s LGBT-friendly “
    Proud Whopper” campaign, arguing that the fast food franchise’s was a “bonehead move from a marketing standpoint.”
    “When people sit down to eat a hamburger, the last thing they want to be thinking about is two guys having sex,” Fischer noted at the time.
    reposted from: huffpo

    this guy could win this award pretty much every week …
    I mean, he’s like the energizer bunny o’ hate …
    he just keeps going … and going … and going … and …
    here’s just a couple of his past ‘hits’ …

    I am convinced that there is plenty of hatred in the debate over homosexuality, there’s a lot of hatred, there’s a lot of vitriol, there’s a lot of venom – it is coming from homosexuals themselves. The real haters are homosexuals. The real venom is coming from those that support the homosexual agenda, either homosexual activists, homosexuals, or those that support the homosexual agenda. They are the real haters. There is a heterophobic hatred, there is a Christophobic hatred that is just seething, there’s a dark, venomous, demonic hatred that is in the homosexual community.
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    2

     

    3

    Fischer said that the ‘Mark of the Beast’ occurs when there is a “demonically controlled government” that prohibits people of faith from buying or selling without a permit.
    A&E’s suspension of Phil Robertson fits this definition, according to Fischer. Christians have interpreted Revelation 13:16-18 to mean that there will be a marking of humans, or a “mark of the beast.”
    “This is what’s happening to Phil Robertson. He got bounced off his show, which is a source of income for him,” he said. “So his ability to be involved in the commerce that’s connected to that show has been terminated. That is the Mark of the Beast.”

    5

    “No evolutionist can be trusted with political power.”

    6

    According to Fischer, people who don’t own property are like people who don’t pay taxes: they “have no skin in the game.” He said, “…in the colonial period, you had to be a landowner, a property owner to be eligible to vote, and I don’t think that’s a bad idea.”

    “Homosexuals are rarely monogamous and have as many as 300 to 1,000 sexual partners over the course of a lifetime. … [T]he risk of sexual abuse in a homosexual household is much greater than in a heterosexual household.”
    – Bryan Fischer Web post, “The Truth about Gay Marriage and Civil Unions,” 2006

    “It is time, I suggest, to stop the practice of allowing Muslims to serve in the U.S. military. The reason is simple: the more devout a Muslim is, the more of a threat he is to national security.”
    – Bryan Fischer Web post, “No More Muslims in the U.S. Military,” 2009

    “Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews.”
    – Bryan Fischer Web post, “Homosexuality, Hitler, and ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,'” 2010

    “[T]he most compassionate thing we can do for Americans is to bring a halt to the immigration of Muslims into the U.S. This will protect our national security and preserve our national identity, culture, ideals and values. Muslims, by custom and religion, are simply unwilling to integrate into cultures with Western values and it is folly to pretend otherwise. In fact, they remain dedicated to subjecting all of America to sharia law and are working ceaselessly until that day of Islamic imposition comes.”
    – Bryan Fischer Web post, “Time to Restrict Muslim Immigration to the U.S., Send Them Back Home,” 2010

    “Many of the tribal reservations today remain mired in poverty and alcoholism because many native [sic] Americans continue to cling to the darkness of indigenous superstition instead of coming into the light of Christianity and assimilating into Christian culture.”
    – Bryan Fischer Web post, “Native Americans Morally Disqualified Themselves from the Land,” 2011

    “Welfare has destroyed the African-American family by telling young black women that husbands and fathers are unnecessary and obsolete. … We have incentivized fornication rather than marriage, and it’s no wonder we are now awash in the disastrous social consequences of people who rut like rabbits.”
    – Bryan Fischer Web post, “Jesus Groomed His Apostles for Political Office,” 2011

    The American Family Association’s BRYAN FISCHER
    This week’s d-bag of the week

    Bryan …
    hip is everything salute

    just in from the go figure dep’t.

    voter suppression by hip is everything

    Missouri GOP leader calls Ferguson voter-registration drive ‘disgusting’

    more here …
    Stay classy GOP.
    By Steve Benen
    Voter participation in Ferguson, Missouri, has been poor of late, with just 12% turnout in the most recent election. As the Rev. Al Sharpton, host of msnbc’s “Politics Nation,” said at the Greater Grace Church’s during Sunday services, “You all have got to start voting and showing up. 12% turnout is an insult to your children.”
    With this in mind, as we discussed yesterday, some in the community have set up a tent in Ferguson to host a voter-registration drive. As one volunteer put it, “We’re trying to make young people understand that this is how to change things.”
    When I noted this on Twitter yesterday, I was surprised by conservatives complaining about the voter-registration efforts. Apparently, I wildly underestimated how upset the right would be about this. Breitbart.com, a prominent far-right website, reported this morning, “Republicans are criticizing efforts by liberal organizers to set up voter registration booths at the site where Missouri teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a local police officer.”
    In an interview with Breitbart News, Missouri RNC executive director Matt Wills expressed outrage about the reports.

    “If that’s not fanning the political flames, I don’t know what is,” Wills said, “I think it’s not only disgusting but completely inappropriate.”

    Wills is described by the RNC as the executive director of the Missouri Republican Party.

    reposted from democratic underground

    man, these guys really hate it when ya’ vote … so vote!

    d-bag of the week …

    d-bag of the week by hip is everything
    well, it’s friday already …
    and yeah, before i get any more e-mails on the subject (and thank you all for the kind words, atta boys, and “where the fuck has the d-bag of the week gone?”) i figure i’ll get back to work here…hey, it’s summer, i been busy … well, not actually busy as much as lazy, but wtf, same thing …
    well kinda …
    you know …
    anyways, on with the show …
    because the douchebaggery has not abated in any way since our last douchebaggery award, and all the sliminess and slithering that passes for sentient behavior in the so-called corridors of power still seem to be as rampant as ever, it must be time to single out our d-bag of the week …as all good deeds truly deserve some kind of reward, it’s that time again …
    and (insert favorite deity here) knows, we certainly did have another week chock bloody full of scheming, lying politicians, incoherent, ass kissing, dog whistle blowing, incessantly blathering, windbag broadcasters, greedy, glamour glomming grifters and pointless, prevaricating and pontificating pricks …
    so, it’s time to answer the question that seemingly needs to be answered kids …
    just who took their act to the lowest of the low, the worst of the worst, the slimiest of the slimy, the doucheyist of the douchey? … are those even freakin’ words? …
    they are now i guess … lol …
    who was the king or queen of douchebaggery in the last seven days? …
    who was the grandest douche rocket of the bunch? …
    it was, as always, a week that was, full of some of the slimiest, sleaziest, slithering, scuzzball serpents the world of poll pandering, petulant and pithy partisan politics, fanatical, frenzied, far fetched faith freaks, and the exorbitant, exaggerated and exuberant elitist acquisitiveness, avarice and avidity that the preening power pricks(aka politics, religion and corporatocracy) has to offer …
    and this week was as bad as every other lately, the norm these days it seems, with more than it’s fair share of despicable, degenerate douche bag dancing, misogynistic, mean-minded and mendacious maneuvers, slimy, sickening, sleaze-ball slithering, repugnant, reprehensible, repulsive and revolting rantings and railings, and an out and out torrent of treasonous talk and treacherous temper tantrums …
    especially by the so-called “family values” gang over on the right and their bat shit crazy, bullshit bellowing, ideologically inane, greedy and groveling, greasy grifters and their prevaricating, petulant, pompous and pointlessly pious proponents …
    in the end, as we always do, we found our winner …
    and a rather deserving one, if I do say so myself …
    and even though this week’s douche-off was not without a copiously crammed cornucopia of conniving, classless, clueless, crass and cretinous challengers to that majestic mantle of  mediocrity, mendacity, meandering mindlessness and missteps we like to call the ‘d-bag of the week’, we do have a distinct winner …
    and who kids is the doucheyist of ‘em all this week? …
    the envelope please … 

    and our winner of  the always deserved, rarely accepted d-bag of the week is 

    steve ‘legs like cantaloupes’ king …
    renowned birther, bagger, blatherer, and bigoted bloviator …
    the master of mendacity, misogyny and meandering mindlessness …
    the gop’s master baiter of all that is progressive …
    steve king by hip is everything

    Rep. Steve King: Ferguson Protestors Are Of A Single ‘Continental Origin’

    Source: Talking Points Memo
    Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said on Wednesday that he saw no reason to be concerned about the possibility of racial profiling in police clashes with protesters in Ferguson, Mo. because the protestors all appeared to be of a single “continental origin.”
    King appeared on Newsmax TV on Wednesday where host J.D. Hayworth asked him about the escalating conflict in Ferguson. When asked about the concerns raised by members of the Congressional Black Caucus about the possibility of racial profiling, King said those were unsubstantiated.
    “This idea of no racial profiling,” King said, “I’ve seen the video. It looks to me like you don’t need to bother with that particular factor because they all appear to be of a single, you know, of a single origin, I should say, a continental origin might be the way to phrase that.”

    and exactly what continent is it that you speak of steve? …
    africa perhaps? …
    just wondering …
    douche bag …
    steve ‘legs like cantaloupes’ king …
    our d-bag of the week …
    steve-o …
    hip is everything salute

    word salad: the klondike kardashian edition

    word salad by hip is everything

    word salad is a “confused or unintelligible mixture of seemingly random words and phrases”, most often used to describe a symptom of a mental disorder. The words may or may not be grammatically correct, but the meaning is confused to the point that the listener cannot extract any meaning from it. from wikipedia

    taking a moment to pay tribute to those among us who seem to have a problem answering a simple question …
    or who just blather on and on about nothing really, all the while trying desperately to sound intelligent and serious …
    generally, while attacking their ‘enemies’ with talking points handed to them by some other idiot who seems to not have a secure handle on things like reality or facts …
    or common sense …
    or integrity …
    the nonsense and drivel that pours forth from the blathering and bloviating pie-holes of these morons is often priceless and would be hilarious if not for the fact that these baggerese and truthiness speakers are usually in some sort of power position in our society …
    still, they do deserve to be honored for their attempts at the language …
    or, called out for it … (i guess it all depends on how you view it)
    you’ve all heard it …
    like babs “crazy eyes” bachmann absolutely every time she opens her orifice o’ lies …
    or, if yer’ really in a depressed, masochistic, self flagellating mood, head on over to faux noise and catch as many minutes as you can stomach of “faux and friends” …
    (a health and safety warning really should come with this one though)
    it’s a veritable olympic games of far right talking points and fact free nonsense covered in a deep layer of bullshit and propaganda inspired, vile and bile soaked spewage and fear mongering …
    and today’s champion of cheap shots, craziness and crap is …
    the queen of drivel herself …
    the failin’ palin …
    the klondike kardashian …
    alaskan barbie …
    the one, the only, sister sarah no clue

    Palin’s Response to Elizabeth Warren’s Progressive Commandments**

    listen closely, i think it’s trying to communicate …

    someone please punch john mccain in the face, okay? …
    NOTE: this clip isn’t a blooper outtake, but actually part of the edited, finished video from sarah’s new ‘pay 4 view’ site …

    In·co·her·ent

    [in-koh-heer-uh-nt, -her-] adjective

    1. without logical or meaningful connection; disjointed; rambling: an incoherent sentence.
    2. characterized by such thought or
    language, as a person:incoherent with rage.
    3. not
    coherent or cohering: an incoherent mixture.
    4. lacking physical cohesion; loose: incoherent dust.
    5. lacking unity or harmony of elements: an incoherent public.

    ** and just as a point of reference the 11 tenets Warren listed were:

    - “We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.”
    - “We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.”
    - “We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality.”
    - “We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.”
    - “We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.”
    - “We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.”
    - “We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.”
    - “We believe—I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work.”
    - “We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America.”
    - “We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform.”
    - “And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!”

    Finally, the main tenet of conservatives’ philosophy, according to Warren is “I got mine. The rest of you are on your own.”
    (thanks to christopher foxx for the list)

    cost of ignorance

    tidbits from the grey matter …

    they say it’s good to get this shit out …
    and seeing as November is just around the corner, some shit ya’ just may wanna ponder …
    On Republicans and their ‘talking points’ – Life inside the bubble …
    tidbitz by hip is everything
    1. The GOP are the party of and for fiscal responsibility …
    which hasn’t been true since Dwight D. Eisenhower … He was the last Republican president to actually balance the budget – in the 1950′s … and as long as they aren’t in the mood for a couple of un-paid for wars, tax breaks for billionaires, tax breaks for big oil and coal, or big pharma, or corporations (‘cos theys peeps too ya’ know), or pretty much anyone with enough money to fund one of these prick’s election campaigns …
    2. They’re pro-life … as long as you’re talking about a fetus … After that, you’re on yer’ own pal, so grab yer’ bootstraps and start a pullin’ … Otherwise, they cut programs that help the poor, cut education, fight safety and environmental regulations at every opportunity, oppose universal health care (so people can maybe live a little longer), (pills for women – BAD, pills for woodies – essential medicine) … cut off benefits to veterans and 911 First Responders, and get big ole’ Cialis induced hard-ons bragging about the number of executions their particular state performs each year …
    Oh, and they love guns. You know, the tools largely responsible for around 10,000 homicides in the country each and every year (the one thing that America definitely is number one in … year after year, and getting worse … “USA, USA, USA!!!) …
    Oh and it’s always ‘instant chubbies’ all around if there’s a war to be had …
    3. They’re for small government – “Big government is BAD!” … until it comes time to restrict ‘The Gays’ from having equal rights, or blocking a woman’s constitutionally protected right to have an abortion, or letting minorities of any kind vote, or keeping out the immigrants and ‘illegals’, or enforcing unnecessary voter suppression laws, or fattening up the military industrial complex’s bank accounts …
    then yuppirs bucko, they love them some big government.
    4. The support the troops … by sending over 4,000 of them to die in a war based on blatant lies and hubris (and let’s not forget oil and profits) …  And by blocking veterans bills for the ones who do manage to make it home alive … And by cutting off funding to the families that those same troops leave back at home need to survive, while they fight and die for the personal profits of some rich, white, fat, aging billionaire back home … or blocking any progress in fixing or funding properly the Veterans Administration Agency …
    5. They’re for Constitutional rights … until someone with which they disagree is given rights they don’t think they should have, then they can’t stand the Constitution … I don’t actually believe for a split second that any one of these douchebags has even read the Constitution …
    6. They stand for religious freedom … for Christians … and ONLY certain types of Christians at that …  More specifically, conservative Evangelical Christians …  Because if you’re a liberal church that wants to marry a gay couple in a state which currently still has a ban in place on gay marriage, then suddenly conservatives don’t care at all about that church’s “religious freedom.” (this one also constantly proves my theory that none of them have actually read the constitution, instead like that other manuscript that they love to wave around so much, the Bible, they tend to just cherry pick the parts that serve their purpose at the time) …
    7. The Second Amendment says our right to bear arms shall not be in any way  infringed … always ignoring the entire first part of the Second Amendment that refers to “a well regulated militia” …
    8. Abraham Lincoln was a Republican … yup, true dat … but let’s get out the history books here and maybe even look at some facts (a scary concept for this herd) … Pretty much every state that fought with the Confederacy also opposed a woman’s right to vote, desegregation and the Civil Rights act.  Those states are to this day almost all “strongly Republican” states, and many are STILL pushing for these same bigoted ideals … Racism and discrimination that’s spanned nearly 200 years and passed on through several generations is still so prevalent that it has become the ‘policy du jour’ in many of these states …
    Did these guys conveniently forget about the Southern Strategy? …
    Or all the voter suppression actions the last few years? …
    9. You can’t trust the “lame-stream” media … said by the very same factually bereft, science denying’, low information sheep who worship Fox News, ‘the most watched cable news channel on television’ … being the “most watched” pretty much defines what it means to be “mainstream” guys … so …. just sayin’ …
    10. The government is corrupt and inefficient … said by the very same people who continue to elect politicians who run on the premise that the government is corrupt and inefficient, and once elected do their best to see that it is. (see: Boehner Congress; McConnell Senate; Do Nothing Congress; gridlock; filibuster; Ted Cruz, et al) …
    11. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people … yes they do, and they tend to kill one another far more often when guns are easily accessible within a society … plus, unless you put said gun in the hands of said ‘people’ no-one gets hurt in the making of this lie …
    sooo… it stands to reason that if maybe, just maybe, we take those same guns out of the hands of those same people, less people will get killed …??? … ya’ think? …sorta like every other civilized democracy in the world does (who pretty much all have a much lower rate of deaths by gun) … just sayin’ … it’s just plain physics/math kids … oh yeah, I forgot, you guys don’t believe in science, or math, or facts …
    12. The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun … I’m pretty fucking sure that the victims that the “bad guy with a gun” killed or injured before the “good guy with a gun” showed up and shot him feel differently …
    13. This nation was founded on Christianity … then why aren’t the words “Christian” or “Christianity” written in the Constitution even once? … hmmm, odd eh? …
    14. There is no such thing as ‘global warming’ or ‘climate change’ … fuck me Mabel, I’m not even doing this one … like gramps used to say, “You can’t teach a duck to play guitar, they don’t have the smarts, and it just pisses ‘em off – waste of everyone’s time” …
    15. Evolution is a lie! … again, follow above advice from Gramps …
    16. The whole “Job Creators” line of bullshit … see: the real job creators

    pop the gop bubble by hip is everything

    oh, please, please, please … do it!

    boehner and his gop clown car by hip is everythingWho says Christmas only comes once a year? …
    First we had ‘Oops’ Perry gearing up for the quadrennial clown car demolition derby I like to call the Republican Presidential Primaries …
    That alone promises that 2015 and 2016 will be filled with beyond epic clown car crashes, clusterfuck extravaganzas and comedy sketches that just write themselves …
    Then ‘Old Foamy’ Santorum started sniveling that he was up for the show again …
    And ‘Mittens are people too’ Romney seems to be sniffin’ round the trough again …
    Rand Paul seems almost certain to run as the representative of the ‘Paul Psycho Pinhead Parade’ …
    I guess that old crank Ronny has finally, officially gone completely off the deep end and is no longer deemed mentally or socially fit enough to carry the Crazy Old Coot flag …
    Pity …
    Even performance artist extraordinaire, Mr. 999, Herman Stain seems to be tossing his clown hat into the ring, although he never really runs, he just sorta grabs cash and bails …
    Still, he’s always a hilariously welcome addition to the ‘Battle of the Batshits’ …
    Old Jebediah from Florida, brother of the world renowned Texan ‘Cat Portraitist’ and finger painter ‘Georgie the Shrub’ has decided that he won’t run … phew! …
    Chris ‘Big Pussy’ Christie, the ‘Joisy Jerk’, will be running too, providing he’s not in prison …
    Ditto for Wisconsin’s Scott ‘The Lone Deranger’ Walker …
    No prison and he’s on this thing like shit on a warm wool blanket …
    I’m guessing that Newt Blingrich will be starting his quadrennial ‘I’ve Got A Book To Sell Tour’ at any moment, and his lying, bloviating, self-centered loser of a buddy Donald ‘Gasbags’ Dump, ‘The Bankruptcy King’ will also ‘announce’ … providing that urine colored ferret that lives on his over inflated head is willing and able …
    Oh, please. please, please …
    (bloggers everywhere, gimme a ‘Booyah!!’) …
    And now, we have the following (just to fill all the seats at the clown car wreck) …

    gop must be crazy by hip is everythingMichele Bachmann: ‘There’s A Chance I Could Run’ In 2016

    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said she has not ruled out another presidential run, saying the media shouldn’t just speculate about potential male 2016 candidates.
    “The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running,” Bachmann told RealClearPolitics in an interview Tuesday. “They haven’t speculated, for instance, that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run.”
    Bachmann ran in the 2012 Republican primary and even won the Iowa Straw Poll in August 2011. But after a poor showing in the 2012 Iowa Caucus, Bachmann ended her campaign.
    Shortly after conceding the race, Bachmann said she “was the perfect candidate.”
    Bachmann told RealClearPolitics she felt her 2012 experience could help her in another presidential bid.
    “Like with anything else, practice makes perfect,” Bachmann said. “And I think if a person has gone through the process — for instance, I had gone through 15 presidential debates — it’s easy to see a person’s improvement going through that.”
    In May 2013, Bachmann announced she wouldn’t seek re-election for Congress, saying she thought “eight years is also long enough for an individual to serve as a representative for a specific Congressional district.”  Read more from Bachmann at RealClearPolitics.

    whoaaa! and down the slope we go … again

    slipperyIn the wake of the Supreme Court’s historic decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, Gordon College President D. Michael Lindsay joined a group of other Christian leaders who sent a letter to President Barack Obama insisting that their “sincerely held religious beliefs” compel them to demand exemption from federal nondiscrimination laws.
    Gordon College, Lindsay argued, is “an explicitly Christian institution,” and as such, should be allowed to fire or to refuse to hire individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
    Some students and faculty reacted angrily, saying that Lindsay was making their school sound bigoted and backward. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges announced earlier this week that it is considering pulling Gordon College’s academic accreditation over its insistence on adhering to discriminatory policies, regardless of their religious foundations.
    Then came the city of Salem’s decision to cut all contractual ties with the college until its rules match the federal government’s.
    Pundit Glenn Beck’s website The Blaze and other right-leaning media outlets reacted to the city’s decision with outrage, exhorting conservatives to call the city and vent their anger at public officials over the decision.
    “Apparently, Glenn Beck is not happy about the City’s stance terminating our contract with Gordon College,” wrote Mayor Driscoll on Facebook.
    “(T)oday we had over 50 phone calls from ‘friends’ in Texas, Georgia and similar locales looking to connect with ‘the Mayor’ about this issue,” she said, noting that “Many of the callers began the conversation seeking to speak with the Mayor by asking if ‘he’ was available.”
    As a result of the flood of calls, Driscoll announced that the city will donate five dollars per angry caller to the North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth.
    “Feel free to join in on the pledge if you like!” she wrote.
    reposted from raw story

    Just a thought …
    If that college really were “an explicitly Christian institution” would they not then, by definition, extend love and forgiveness to every human being, no matter what the person’s situation?…
    At least that is what I think I remember reading in that book they like so much to wave around while bleating about ‘their religious right‘ to force everyone else to live by ‘their’ rules…
    Maybe they are a business that just pretends to be Christian for the bucks …
    Hmmm …
    Just a thought …
    p.s. …
    and before any of the usual suspects waste any of their time writing to me that they agree with this college’s discriminatory ideology and that I am conducting my own personal ‘war on Christians’, let me first remind you that:
    1. by definition, writing that missive only proves what a bunch of fucking hypocrites you really, truly are …
    2. you probably really haven’t read that book you so like to wave at me when you compose (decompose?) the above mentioned emails …
    3. threatening me with that same, tired, old fairy tale about ‘rotting for an eternity in Hell’ because I believe that ALL people are EQUAL, a woman, and only a woman has the right to decide on what’s right for her with regards to her body and that a person’s sexuality is NOT to be determined by law or the church, and equal rights under the law should be guaranteed for ALL people regardless of their skin tone, religious beliefs or preference in a marriage partner is a complete waste of your time AND mine … in fact even if your threat were to come true I’d still spend eternity in a place where you people weren’t, so hallelujah! bring it on! …
    plus, then I could say ‘Hi’ to yer’ so called bud Jesus, because by your standards he’ll be there too …
    (tl;dr: fuck you hypocrites!)
    anyways … peace, have a good one …

    snips and clips … the good, the glad and the snuggly

    just some nice stuff I found while wandering the ole’ interwebs …

    Double Amputee Veteran’s Wheelchair Breaks In Lowe’s, Workers Drop Everything To Fix It

    The Huffington Post  | By Kimberly Yamsulsona

    Michael Sulsona of Staten Island, New York, has not led an easy life. The former Marine lost both of his legs in the Vietnam War when he was 20 years old, according to WABC. Sulsona has since used a wheelchair.
    Last Monday, his wheelchair broke in a Lowe’s store in Staten Island, and he found himself in a desperate situation. In a letter to Staten Island Advance, Sulsona wrote that three compassionate employees, David, Marcus, and Souleyman, sprung into action and placed him in a separate chair while they worked on repairing the wheelchair.
    “The actions of these three employees at Lowe’s showed me there are some who still believe in stepping to the plate,” the veteran wrote.
    Sulsona left the store filled with gratitude, and with a wheelchair that he says was “like new.” The veteran was especially moved by the employees’ actions, as he says he had been waiting for two years for a new wheelchair to be issued from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and that the agency told him that he is not eligible for a spare wheelchair.
    However, after his experience at Lowe’s attracted national attention, Buzzfeed reported that the VA delivered a custom wheelchair to Sulsona on Tuesday.
    “We were very sorry to hear about the reported circumstances surrounding Mr. Sulsona’s request for a new wheelchair,” a VA spokesperson told the outlet. “We quickly investigated and can report the veteran’s new custom wheelchair was delivered to him today and it along with his back up will be serviced by the VA as needed.”
    While Sulsona is grateful for his new chair which he described as “incredible,” he prefers to focus on the Lowe’s employees who helped him.
    This whole story is based around three good guys,” Sulsona told the Staten Island Advance. “I think it’s really important that we all be like these people who wanted to help me; things would be so much easier.”
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    Complete Strangers Photoshop A Picture Of An Infant To Help A Grieving Dad

    The Huffington Post  | By Mandy Velez

    A simple favor, turned into a beautiful act of Internet kindness for one dad on Reddit.
    Nathen Steffel posted a photo of his infant daughter, Sophia, on the site with one request: “My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children’s hospital. Since she was in the hospital her whole life we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes from this photo?”

    He explained that Sophia passed away in Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital after suffering a hepatic hemangioma in her liver at just 6 weeks old.
    What happened next stands as a testament that there really is good in this world. Users posted their photoshopped, painted or drawn portraits to the thread for the father to have.
    (Story continues after photos)

    Steffel loved all of the photos, but gained more than just images from the experience. “I was emotionally taken back by all the support and personal messages from families who shared a similar experience of grief,” he told The Huffington Post in an email.
    Seeing his daughter without all of the equipment meant a great deal to him. “Although we cherish her real photos because that’s how she was,” he said.
    The Redditors join a growing army of good samaritans hoping to help parents like the Steffels grieve a little easier. This past May, a man up-cycled a crib into a memory bench for a mother who had a stillborn son. Lisa Grubbs, founder of NICU Helping Hands, turns old wedding dresses into “Angel Gowns.” The organization “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep” provides free portraits to families who suffered through the loss of a baby.
    Those gifts go a long way, especially for Steffel. He posted his gratitude on the Reddit thread:

    This is really amazing. Everyone you have made my day. All I wanted was a nice picture. What I received was a lot of love and support from a bunch of strangers. A long with a lot of great photos, drawings and paintings. Thanks everyone!

    He and his wife plan to hang up a few of their favorites.
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    Entire Community Shows Up To Child’s Piano Recital, Makes Him Feel Like Beethoven

    The Huffington Post  | By Melissa McGlensey
    An 8-year-old’s piano recital may not sound like the musical event of the summer, but for one community in Minnesota, it was exactly that.
    On Saturday, Dylan Spoering’s front porch piano recital in Minneapolis drew hundreds of people, according to Fox 9 News. It all started when Dylan made posters for the performance he planned to hold on his front lawn, and a local musician named Thomas Rehbein saw the sign. Rehbein decided to make a Facebook page to encourage people to attend.
    I have no idea who Dylan Spoering is, but he made this sign and put it out in his front yard, which I saw while biking home,” Rehbein wrote on the Facebook. “Wouldn’t it be cool if a bunch of people showed up for his free concert?”


    Dylan with his homemade sign.

    Despite bad weather and rain, around 400 people showed up to support Dylan, KARE 11 News reported.
    The event was also streamed live online and nearly 10,000 people watched, according to Fox 9 News. The enthusiastic fans cheered Dylan on after he had finished the songs selected from his elementary school playbook, even demanding an encore from the delighted kid.
    Many of the fans who flooded the lawn brought signs, some even proudly called themselves “Dylan Heads.”

    All in all, it was an incredibly touching gesture by a community, and not a bad turn out for a child’s piano recital.
    We’re looking forward to your next performance, Dylan!
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    When he makes music he goes by the name DJ Focus. He has taught himself how to build batteries, generators, and transmitters, all from parts he finds in the trash. He’s the youngest person ever to be invited to the M.I.T. Visiting Practitioners Program. His next goal is to build a windmill in his Sierra Leone community that will provide his neighbors with electricity.

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    7 Year-Old Raises Over $50,000 For His Best Friend’s Surgery With Lemonade Stand

    Quinn Callander and Brayden Grozdanich, both seven years old, are inseparable. The best friends do everything together.
    But Brayden has cerebral palsy and needs surgery to help him walk unassisted.

    7 year old lemonade stand raise money
    Credit: David Callander

    Quinn wanted to raise money for his best friend’s surgery so they built a lemonade stand. The friends captured the hearts and minds of the local community and the boys quickly enjoyed widespread support.

    boy raises money lemonade


    Credit: YouTube

    Then Quinn, with the help of his mother Heather Roney, set up an online fundraising page where he posted this heartfelt video plea.
    As of July 14, the page has raised over $56,000 of their $20,000 goal. The surgery is not available in Canada so the money will also cover expenses for the trip to the United States.

    HAVE A GREAT ONE!
    PEACE …

    john dawson winter III … february 23, 1944 – july 16, 2014

    such sad news …
    RIP Johnny … you will be well and deservedly missed …
    Thanks for way too many hours of joy to be counted …

    johnny-winter

    Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and ’70s for his energetic performances and musical collaborations including with childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70.
    His representative, Carla Parisi, confirmed Thursday that Winter died in a hotel room in Zurich a day earlier. The statement said his wife, family and band mates were all saddened by the loss of one of the world’s finest guitarists.
    He had been on an extensive tour this year that brought him to Europe. His last performance came Saturday at the Lovely Days Festival in Wiesen, Austria.