Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bundy's Friends Have Become the Kochs' Useful Idiots

Bundy's Friends Have Become the Kochs' Useful Idiots

"Like those millions of Republican supporters, the militia groups occupying the land around the Bundy Ranch want real change in this country and are frustrated with an economy that doesn't work for them and a government that seems like it only cares about making things easier for the one percent.
They've just been duped by the wealthy right-wing media and the billionaires into believing that real change will only come about by destroying the federal government and handing federal lands - and pretty much everything else - over to the oligarchs."

Koch Brothers, Major Corporations Sponsor Pension Reform Seminar for Judges

Koch Brothers, Major Corporations Sponsor Pension Reform Seminar for Judges

"In all, about three dozen corporations — Ford Motor Co., General Electric Co., ConocoPhillips, drug maker Pfizer and the Dow Chemical Company also among them — are sponsoring the conference. Other funders include trade associations such as the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and conservative foundations such as the John William Pope Foundation and the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation."

With Unlimited Financial Campaign Contributions, One Robber Baron Can Control a State

With Unlimited Financial Campaign Contributions, One Robber Baron Can Control a State

"If you want to see how just one Wall Street robber baron can squash democracy for the sake of greed and privatization, just look to the Missouri legislature."

Senate Republicans Show They Don’t Care About American Workers And Block A Minimum Wage Raise- Again

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/04/30/senate-republicans-show-they-dont-care-about-american-workers-and-block-a-minimum-wage-raise-again/
"Let’s take a step back and look at what we’ve got here: the same people who continuously complain that there are too many people on food stamps, too many people on welfare, too many people on unemployment, who haven’t passed a single jobs bill, and who think liberals are being too hard on Walmart just blocked a minimum wage raise – again.
The bill failed to pass because of a nearly party-line vote of 54-42. Even though the Democrats hold the majority in the Senate, supporters fell short of the 60 votes that would have been needed to end a procedural roadblock. Even though the Democrats have the majority, the Republican minority can say ‘no way, Jose’ and obstruct critical access that will help nearly 28 million Americans."

Ted Cruz Votes Against Minimum Wage To Help Young People, Huh?

Ted Cruz Votes Against Minimum Wage To Help Young People, Huh?

"One can usually hear some pretty silly reason politicians give for voting for or against a bill and in this case Senator Ted Cruz came out with a very laughable idea for voting down a minimum wage increase."

Senate Republicans Shoot Down Minimum Wage Hike

Senate Republicans Shoot Down Minimum Wage Hike

"US Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a hotly-contested measure to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, smothering President Barack Obama's priority effort to improve pay for working-class Americans."

Glenn Beck: Hillary Clinton Will Have Sex With A Woman On White House Desk To Get Elected

Glenn Beck: Hillary Clinton Will Have Sex With A Woman On White House Desk To Get Elected

"Glenn Beck went on one of his customary homophobic jags on his radio program and as usual set his sights on Hillary Clinton by saying she'd become a lesbian to get elected and then painted a horrifying picture about it."

Bunkerville Held Hostage By Extremist Militia Members With Guns

Bunkerville Held Hostage By Extremist Militia Members With Guns

"In some areas, according to the letter, militiamen have set up checkpoints where drivers are stopped and asked to provide a proof of residency."

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

How Republican Obamacare Lies Nearly Killed A Man

www.politicususa.com/2014/04/29/republican-obamacare-lies-killed-man.html
"Angstadt would probably be dead if he didn’t have a friend who cared about him enough to fight and educate him about the ACA. Dean Angstadt got lucky. He had a friend who was willing to fight to get him to sign up, and he signed up during the open enrollment period.
His story is a reminder that the Republican lies about the ACA have real life and death consequences. Some of the people who believe the Republican misinformation campaign, and don’t get health insurance, will get sick and die before the next open enrollment period begins. It is twisted, but some opponents of the law view every person who doesn’t sign up and gets sick as proof that Obamacare doesn’t work.
The results of scaring people away from signing up for the ACA include crippling debt, people not going to see a doctor when they are sick, or even death."

Iowa Senate Candidates: Federal Judges Must Follow Biblical Law

www.thinkprogress.org/election/2014/04/29/3432089/iowa-senate-biblical-law/
"Despite the Republican Party’s efforts to reach out to a more moderate audience, this year’s crop of Republican primary candidates nationwide seem to be competing to hold the most extreme views."

PERRspectives: GOP's Grimm is the Face of America's $500 Billion Tax Gap

PERRspectives: GOP's Grimm is the Face of America's $500 Billion Tax Gap

"As it turns out, Rep. Grimm's jihad against the IRS was ironic and personal. On Monday, the former FBI agent surrendered to federal authorities who charged him with defrauding the United States out of over $1 million owed by his small business called--wait for it--Healthalicious."

Unskew this! Desperate GOP Obamacare ploy fails, again

Unskew this! Desperate GOP Obamacare ploy fails, again

"Not only was it announced that Obamacare sign-ups hit 8 million, almost simultaneously, Gallup reported that states that fully embraced Obamacare — setting up exchanges and expanding Medicaid — reduced their percentage of uninsured residents by 2.5 percent, compared to just 0.8 percent for states that resisted on one or both counts. The success of the law and the failure of opposition to it came as a one-two punch. And now we’re even starting to see Democratic healthcare ads."

Rick Santorum Rebrands Himself As Working Class Populist, Promptly Announces Opposition To Minimum Wage Hike

www.thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/04/29/3432020/rick-santorum-against-minimum-wage/
"Indeed, Santorum’s 2012 economic plan would have only widened the growing gap between the richest Americans and everybody else."

A Million Veterans Would Benefit from a Minimum Wage Increase

A Million Veterans Would Benefit from a Minimum Wage Increase

"We ask a lot of our armed forces. They serve our country in some of the most dangerous environments and difficult situations faced by any American. Yet having endured those experiences, too many veterans returning to civilian jobs find themselves in work that barely pays enough to live on. In fact, of the roughly 10 million veterans working in America today, 1 in 10—that’s one million veterans—is paid wages low enough that they would receive a raise if the federal minimum wage were increased to $10.10 per hour, as proposed in the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013."

Show Me the Money: Meet the Multimillionaire Squeezing Missouri's Schools

Show Me the Money: Meet the Multimillionaire Squeezing Missouri's Schools

"You've probably heard of the billionaire Koch Brothers by now, and their sinister push to distort our democracy. But you may not have heard of Rex Sinquefield.
Unlike the Koch Brothers, who made their money the old-fashioned way, by inheriting it, Sinquefield is a self-made man, who earned a fortune in the stock market by investing in index funds.
He's a major funder of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and he has also bankrolled the Club for Growth.
Though he was born in Missouri, he didn't move back there until 2005, after being away nearly four decades.
Now he claims to know how to "fix" the state. To an astonishing degree, over the last few years, Missouri's political landscape has been dominated by the wish list of just this one man.
Sinquefield is doing to Missouri what the Koch Brothers are doing to the entire country. For the Koch Brothers and Sinquefield, a lot of the action these days is not at the national but at the state level.
By examining what Sinquefield is up to in Missouri, you get a sobering glimpse of how the wealthiest conservatives are conducting a low-profile campaign to destroy civil society."

Rigging The Rules: Congress Moving Corporate Tax Breaks

Rigging The Rules: Congress Moving Corporate Tax Breaks

"Republicans in the House are getting ready to push permanent tax breaks largely for corporations. They don't intend to offset them by closing other loopholes or raising rates. This is a case study in how the game is fixed and the rules are rigged."

Monday, April 28, 2014

PERRspectives: The GOP Has Made the Red State Health Care Deficit Worse

PERRspectives: The GOP Has Made the Red State Health Care Deficit Worse

"To put those findings in terms Republicans can understand, up to 3,000 of Rick Perry's Texans will needlessly die each year. Those dead will joined by up to 671 from Scott Walker's Wisconsin, 1,176 in Nathan Deal's Georgia, 2,221 in Rick Scott's Florida and 1,145 in Pat McCrory's North Carolina."

Surprise! Tea Party Groups Picking The Pockets of Their Base

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/04/27/tea-party-con-men/
"These are the people, the organizations, that advocate for smart spending, honest and open political discourse, and they spend near-to-nothing of their bases’ contributions on candidates. They spend it on retirements, lavish decorated offices, and 6-figure salaries for their leaders. Wake up Tea Partiers, you’re being manipulated out of your money!"

Republican Senate Candidate Says Women Cause Divorce Because They Love Their Children (VIDEO)

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/04/26/women-cause-divorce/
"According to Bowers, in 95 percent of failed marriages, the reason the husband ran off is not because he is a despicable human being incapable of honoring his commitment to his wife. No, in Bowers world, the reason the husband ran off to the arms of another woman is because his wife loves the children more than she loves him. He refers to that love of one’s children as “an abominable idolatry"."

Now That Solar Capacity Is Soaring—Koch Brothers Demand Tax on the Sun

www.alternet.org/environment/now-solar-capacity-soaring-koch-brothers-demand-tax-sun?page=0%2C0
"The Kochs have been pushing, through AFP ads, the dishonest meme that rooftop solar owners aren't carrying their fare share of utility system costs. The dishonesty lies in the failure to mention how rooftop solar and distributed power helps reduce the demand for peak power in mid-summer allowing power producers to avoid costs for building new power plants to meet peak demand. Moreover, power distributors not in the generation business are able to avoid paying for the most expensive peak power. But that's not what the utilities are telling the politicians and public. They are lobbying that solar power generators are freeloaders."

PERRspectives: Memo to Republicans: Comparing Everything to Slavery Won't End Well for You

PERRspectives: Memo to Republicans: Comparing Everything to Slavery Won't End Well for You

"It seems that everything these Republicans oppose is as bad or worse than slavery. Except, apparently, slavery itself."

Rand Paul Risks Wrath of Conservatives by Exposing the Truth About Their God, Ronald Reagan

www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/many-gops-modern-day-hypocrisies-start-ronald-reagan-just-ask-rand-paul
"It’s hard to overstate how severe this self-inflicting blow is to both his political ambitions and the legitimacy of movement conservative’s ideology. It’s a blow because Paul’s recollection of the Reagan presidency is consistent with reality."

7 Absurd Right-Wing Follies This Week: Bundy/Hannity Breakup Edition

www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/7-absurd-right-wing-follies-week-bundyhannity-breakup-edition
"If there is a more perfect example of Fox and the right being exposed as the utterly backward haters they are, we cannot imagine it."

How Maryland's Domestic Violence Laws Became A Right Wing Weapon Of Personal Destruction

How Maryland's Domestic Violence Laws Became A Right Wing Weapon Of Personal Destruction

"When a group of right-wing bloggers discovered a convenient legal loophole gave them a way to harass and bully a disabled man, they used it with all their might."

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Republican Senate Candidate Blames Women for Divorce Even When Males Were Unfaithful

www.forwardprogressives.com/republican-senate-candidate-blames-women-divorce-even-males-unfaithful/
"Yes, that’s a male Republican Senate candidate saying that women are often the reason why men cheat because they love their children more than they do their husbands, and that women should love their husbands more than their children because he chose them, whereas their children didn’t."

Koch Brothers Group Caught Blatantly Lying To Voters About Voter Registration In West Virginia

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/04/25/koch-brothers-voter-fraud/
"AFP is notorious for distributing this type of misinformation. During the Scott Walker recall election, the Koch backed organization sent mailings to democrats with bogus instructions for filling out absentee ballots.
While AFP remains a tax exempt organization, and one which is supposed to be barred from direct lobbying in support of candidates or issues, they spend billions of dollars across the country, doing exactly that. They’ve come under fire consistently for publishing misleading and dishonest ads and engaging in all kinds of illegal lobbying activities. In 2011, the organization even posted fake eviction notices on the homes of Detroit residents.
It’s important to get the message about the dishonest tactics used by AFP out to those who may not be aware. Literature mailed to voters, such as the leaflets sent to West Virginia residents, can have a negative effect on voter turnout. Let people know that republicans are up to their usual dirty tricks, trying to suppress the vote by keeping democrats home. The only trustworthy source for election and voting information is your state office or your county election commission."

Friday, April 25, 2014

Conservative Christians Don’t Want You To See This Clip Of Porky Pig Reciting The Pledge (VIDEO)

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/04/23/porky-pig-pledge-of-allegiance/
"Written by Baptist minister Francis Bellamy in 1892, the Pledge of Allegiance has been part of our nation for well over 100 years. But what most Americans don’t realize is that for half of that time, the words “under God” were never part of it. Not at all." 

SC GOP candidate: Women cause ’95 percent’ of divorces by loving their kids too much

www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/25/sc-gop-candidate-women-cause-95-percent-of-divorces-by-loving-their-kids-too-much/
"One of the six Republican primary challengers to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) once blamed women for causing most divorces – even when their husbands are unfaithful.
Det Bowers made the remarks during a sermon at the Christ Church of the Carolinas, where he served for more than a decade as pastor. The sermon was available for download until the podcast was removed recently ahead of the June 10 primary."

The Post Office Was Targeted By Bain Capital Vultures All Along

The Post Office Was Targeted By Bain Capital Vultures All Along

"The 109th United States Congress held a vote back in 2006 that did irreparable harm to one of the largest unions in the country and one of the most functional institutes of our government.  A Republican Congress—acting at the behest of the Bush-Cheney administration—enacted a law that required the postal service to “pre-fund” retiree health benefits seventy-five years into the future. NO corporation has ever been asked to shoulder such insane financial burdens and Americans had no idea this was even happening. The US Post Office is one of the top employers of veterans.  Yet the GOP has repeatedly slashed any means of assistance for the “troops” they claim to support. Not only did those brave men and women fight a senseless war without being properly equipped with safe gear, but their means of livelihood when they return to civilian life has been systematically eradicated by Republicans."

Karl Rove and Americans for Prosperity Join Forces to Aid ALEC Stalwart in NC Race

Karl Rove and Americans for Prosperity Join Forces to Aid ALEC Stalwart in NC Race

"Tillis is a longtime member of ALEC, but has gone beyond the normal duties of copying and pasting corporate-approved legislation in North Carolina's state house. Tillis has become an important leader in ALEC.
He is one of just 21 state legislators from across the country on ALEC's national board. The legislative board meets jointly with the corporate lobbyists on ALEC "private enterprise" board, which includes top political givers like Koch Industries, Exxon Mobil, AT&T, and PhRMA."

Right Scrambles over Red-Hot Indictment of Inequality and Capitalism | Common Dreams

Right Scrambles over Red-Hot Indictment of Inequality and Capitalism | Common Dreams

"As a book by French economist Thomas Piketty has soared to the top of U.S. best seller lists and the public discourse surrounding inequality has popularized the once rare term "oligarchy" in recent weeks, the American rightwing appears flabbergasted about how to respond to the seemingly red-hot rise of the idea that modern capitalism has become a failure by creating a permanent ultra-rich ruling class to the detriment of the overall economy and everyone else."

Charles Krauthammer Blasts Conservatives Supporting Cliven Bundy

Charles Krauthammer Blasts Conservatives Supporting Cliven Bundy

"Sean Hannity and Rand Paul just got ripped by their compatriot Charles Krauthammer for supporting the anti-government zealot, Cliven Bundy."

22 Crazy Right-Wing Delusions about the Absurd Cliven Bundy Stand-Off

www.alternet.org/22-crazy-right-wing-delusions-about-absurd-cliven-bundy-stand
"A good deal of them, alas, come from Sean Hannity."

Colbert Salutes Hannity For Bravely Standing Up For Cliven Bundy

Colbert Salutes Hannity For Bravely Standing Up For Cliven Bundy

"Colbert: Hannity and Bundy go together like Ku And Klux"

Jon Stewart’s Takedown Of Sean Hannity Has To Be Seen To Be Appreciated (VIDEOS)

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/04/24/stewart-hannity-feud/
"All-in-all, this was one of the best skewerings in The Daily Show‘s history"

NH Republican Will Infanite: Women Don't Deserve Same Pay As Men

NH Republican Will Infanite: Women Don't Deserve Same Pay As Men

"New Hampshire State Representative Will Infantine infuriated many of his colleagues when he publicly stated that men deserve more money than the ladies."

After Championing Cliven Bundy, Fox News Studiously Ignores His Racist Meltdown

www.thinkprogress.org/home/2014/04/24/3430708/cliven-bundy-fox-news/
"The blackout is not unusual for Fox News. The network has ignored a number of major news stories that are bad for conservatives. For instance, Fox was virtually silent during the firestorm surrounding Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) claim that women could not become pregnant from “legitimate rape,” as well as failed Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s claim that rape pregnancies were “a gift from God"."

Radical racist context missed in rancher hype

Armed militia unwanted by rancher’s neighbors

“Patriot” Rancher Cliven Bundy Says “Negroes” Were More Free During Slavery

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/04/24/bundy-says-negroes-better-slaves/
"Just a little “FYI” for any “patriot” or “militiaman,” especially those from the Bundy ranch, who happen to be reading this:  If president Obama were the tyrant that you and Fox News continuously make him out to be, you and all of your friends who thought it’d be fun to point guns at federal agents to circumvent and overthrow the law of the United States of America… wouldn’t even be around to annoy us anymore."

Fox News’ new laughing stock: Cliven Bundy — and Stephen Colbert — will destroy Sean Hannity

Fox News’ new laughing stock: Cliven Bundy — and Stephen Colbert — will destroy Sean Hannity

"Sean Hannity's done. Roger Ailes booted Glenn Beck when he became a liability. A Colbert clip might make it so"

Fox News’ worst Cliven Bundy lies: 22 right-wing delusions about the absurd standoff

Fox News’ worst Cliven Bundy lies: 22 right-wing delusions about the absurd standoff

"Why do so many lunatics defend this racist? The crazy tales they're hearing. We explain why their claims are wrong"

Sean Hannity Denounces Cliven Bundy's Racism, Then Stands By Him

Sean Hannity Denounces Cliven Bundy's Racism, Then Stands By Him

"Sean Hannity was forced to respond to the bigoted and racist statements made by his militia hero, Cliven Bundy, Thursday night."

Dana Loesch: Cliven Bundy Just Needs A Little Media Training

Dana Loesch: Cliven Bundy Just Needs A Little Media Training

"To Cliven, being a slave and learning to pick cotton is the best life for blacks in America, Nuff, said right there. So Dana, the fact that he's a racist doesn't weaken his case because he already has no case to begin with. He's wrong about his personal gripes with the BLM and he's also a racist."

UPDATED: Cliven Bundy Muses On What He Knows 'About The Negro'

UPDATED: Cliven Bundy Muses On What He Knows 'About The Negro'

"Rand Paul (predictably) distanced himself from Bundy's remarks, saying "he completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy's appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way."

However, let's not forget that Rand Paul's former social media director and book co-author Jack Hunter would be quite in agreement with Mr. Bundy. Senator Paul also supported doing away with the Civil Rights Act, and his former spokesperson Chris Hightower also posted racist remarks on Facebook. Sometimes actions speak louder than the strongest condemnation of someone else's opinion."

Roger Ailes owns Cliven Bundy now: How dumb opportunism became a right-wing nightmare

Roger Ailes owns Cliven Bundy now: How dumb opportunism became a right-wing nightmare

"Sean Hannity has been the racist rancher’s top backer, and Fox and the GOP made him a cause. Now he's their problem"

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Rand Paul Distancing Himself From Bundy After Racially-Charged Comments

Rand Paul Distancing Himself From Bundy After Racially-Charged Comments

"Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is moving away from his support of Cliven Bundy after comments Bundy made about “Negros” came to light."

Revealed: ALEC’s 2014 Attacks on the Environment

Revealed: ALEC’s 2014 Attacks on the Environment

"The boom in solar generation is increasingly becoming a threat to the high polluting industries, like the coal companies and oil processors that underwrite ALEC. Longtime ALEC funders includes behemoths like Peabody Energy, Koch Industries (controlled by the infamous Koch Brothers), ExxonMobil, BP, and other global multi-billion dollar corporations."

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GOP’s super-secret actual road map for winning more races (Hint: It’s not the one released to the public)

GOP’s super-secret actual road map for winning more races (Hint: It’s not the one released to the public)

"It should come as no surprise, then, that rather than adapting their policy positions to a changing nation, Republicans have simply adopted cynical tactics that work to minimize the electoral power of these demographic groups at every turn. If the GOP can’t convince minorities and young people to vote against their own interests, perhaps they can prevent the poor, the young, and minorities from voting in the first place."

Koch Brothers, ALEC, Grover Norquist Target Solar Energy

Koch Brothers, ALEC, Grover Norquist Target Solar Energy

"The Koch brothers, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and some of the nation's largest power companies have backed efforts in recent months to roll back state policies that favor green energy. The conservative luminaries have pushed campaigns in Kansas, North Carolina and Arizona, with the battle rapidly spreading to other states."

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Oklahoma Governor Sides With John Birchers On Minimum Wage

Oklahoma Governor Sides With John Birchers On Minimum Wage

"Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a ban on minimum wage increases this Monday. Defending her remarkable decision, Fallin issued a press release that indulges all the usual thoroughly-debunked talking points, including the long-discredited notion that only teenagers have minimum wage jobs."

Oligarchy Defined: Koch Brothers Worth $100 Billion, Buy GOP For Just $412 Million

Oligarchy Defined: Koch Brothers Worth $100 Billion, Buy GOP For Just $412 Million

"This is the opposite of democracy: the richest people in the world essentially own an entire political party, and the movement which animates it, at a cost of approximately 0.04% of their fortune. That spending includes all the weird and misleading advertisements driving a wedge between common people and their own interests. It all works to the self-interest of the Kochs, who see themselves as the rightful owners of America, if not the world."

Oklahoma Provides A Win For ALEC’s 50-State Campaign Against Democracy

Oklahoma Provides A Win For ALEC’s 50-State Campaign Against Democracy

"All of this illustrates that with even the most popular laws, the influence of money in politics creates roadblocks that can be difficult to overcome. As Gordon Lafer put it, “You can buy a state legislative race for $50,000 in a lot of places. Most people don’t know who their state legislator is. And so we’ve seen a lot of laws passed that are unpopular with the public, but are being passed by legislators who are backed by corporate lobbies"."

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bernie Sanders Continues To Hammer Kochs For Extreme Libertarian Agenda

Bernie Sanders Continues To Hammer Kochs For Extreme Libertarian Agenda

"Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to expose the Koch brothers' extreme right wing agenda for America."

The Ryan Budget Is a Broken Record of Failed Trickle-Down Economics

www.americanprogress.org/issues/budget/news/2014/04/01/86873/the-ryan-budget-is-a-broken-record-of-failed-trickle-down-economics/
"For the past three years, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been trotting out the same conservative, top-down policies that have failed the nation’s middle- and working-class families, seniors, and the economy. The House Republican budget is built around the tenet that nearly everyone else must sacrifice in order to continue to give billions of dollars in tax breaks to millionaires, big corporations, and Big Oil. At every turn, the House Republican budget reveals its vision of an economy and government that only works for the wealthiest individuals and special corporate interests at the cost of everyone else.
Now for the fourth consecutive year, the House Republican budget proposes dismantling traditional Medicare and slashing investments that drive our economy, all while cutting taxes for the rich and protecting taxpayer subsidies for big businesses and oil companies. The American people have seen this before, and we know how it ends—with millionaires, big corporations, and Big Oil as the only ones who are better off."

JP Morgan Admits Trickle Down Economics Has Completely Failed

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/04/18/jp-morgan-admits-trickle-down-economics-has-completely-failed/
"That example is very simple, but it illustrates the buying power of the middle class — IF they have the money to spend. That buying power has been steadily eroded over the past 30 plus years of Reagan’s trickle down economics. Add to the mix the offshoring of jobs, a move from a manufacturing economy to a service economy, and a tax structure that favors the wealthy. The middle class has watched the failure of trickle down from the time it started. Now at least some in the financial sector are starting to see it as a failure as well. When will Republican politicians stop worshiping at the alter of trickle down? Don’t hold your breath while waiting."

Possibility of GOP taking over Senate has Republican immigration reform supporters scared

www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/18/1292972/-Possibility-of-GOP-taking-over-Senate-has-Republican-immigration-reform-supporters-scared
"In other words, Republicans who support immigration reform want to act now because they're afraid of what would happen if Republicans were to take full control of Congress. In a way, that makes sense, but it's also a damning indictment that the possibility of winning the next election is one of the biggest fears of the GOP's immigration reform supporters."

Cliven Bundy, John Birch Society, And Koch Industries

Cliven Bundy, John Birch Society, And Koch Industries

"It may be true that the Koch family left the John Birch Society back in the 50s, but you can't take the John Birch Society out of them. Americans for Prosperity wasn't created to compete with the JBS. It was intended to expand its capacity. In fact, I would argue that the sons rejoined the ranks of the Birchers, given the tribute on the JBS website to Fred and Koch Industries.
What we have here, folks, is yet another push toward culmination of the Birch Society's ultimate goals, which they will continue to use in pursuit of fascistic policies that do grave harm to everyone but their oligarch founders."

The real ‘Grievance Industry’

Why the rich never stop complaining

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Conservative crybabies lose again: The right’s laughable new Obamacare conspiracies, officially debunked

Conservative crybabies lose again: The right’s laughable new Obamacare conspiracies, officially debunked

"As all the GOP's Obamacare attacks are proven wrong, one by one, a new phony conspiracy emerges. It's bunk, too"

GOP's Obamacare Chickens Are Coming Home To Roost

GOP's Obamacare Chickens Are Coming Home To Roost

"This year's town hall meetings are nothing like they were in 2009, as Rep. Dennis Ross discovered. He can kiss that Tea Party money goodbye too, after his answer."

The Disinvestment Budget: Government Investments to Improve Our Economic Future Would be Crushed Under the Recently Passed House Budget

www.americanprogress.org/issues/budget/news/2014/04/16/88090/the-disinvestment-budget-government-investments-to-improve-our-economic-future-would-be-crushed-under-the-recently-passed-house-budget/
"A United States that undergoes the dramatic erosion of regulatory structure, services, and government investments required by this budget would be a United States plagued by anarchy and deprived of the basic infrastructure necessary for growth and prosperity. The 1 percent will do well, but the rest of us will be forced into lives far harsher than those we now have. Let’s hope there are enough people ready to say no."

Paul Ryan’s phony existential drama: How a P.R. stunt took on a life of its own

Paul Ryan’s phony existential drama: How a P.R. stunt took on a life of its own

"Ryan is basically running this same con again. After decades of supply-side economics, upper-income tax cuts, and anti-estate tax activism, the Republican Party is widely and rightly viewed as the party of the rich. Ryan has been an enthusiastic supporter of each of those policies, but in the post-Romney, post-“47 percent” political world, a Republican who can convincingly demonstrate concern for the poor would be a rare animal. That’s the space Ryan wants to inhabit."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Threat of armed conflict subdues in Nevada

Nevada Journalists: Conservative Media Darling Rancher Is Clearly "Breaking The Law"

www.mediamatters.org/blog/2014/04/16/nevada-journalists-conservative-media-darling-r/198910
"Local journalists covering Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's case stress he is no victim and is breaking the law, regardless of conservative media's sympathy for his defiance of government orders to remove cattle from federal land."

Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Banning Mandatory Minimum Wage, Vacation & Sick Leave

Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Banning Mandatory Minimum Wage, Vacation & Sick Leave

"Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin took extraordinary measures to thwart the will of her voters and any progress for her constituents by banning a mandatory minimum wage."

Meet the NC officials who promoted a far-right conspiracy theory to discredit environmental sustainability

www.southernstudies.org/2014/04/meet-the-nc-officials-who-promoted-a-far-right-con.html
"The state of North Carolina has no shortage of serious environmental problems to worry about, from coal ash contaminating rivers, to massive sewage spills, to rising seas caused by manmade global warming.
But in recent years, some of the state's elected officials have devoted time and energy to fighting a fictional problem cooked up by far-right conspiracy theorists aiming to discredit environmental sustainability initiatives."

Bundy Ranch Supporters Eating Glenn Beck ALIVE For Not Supporting Armed Insurrection (Screenshots)

Bundy Ranch Supporters Eating Glenn Beck ALIVE For Not Supporting Armed Insurrection (Screenshots)

"Glenn Beck probably regrets all of that time that he has spent fearmongering and whipping his followers into a frenzy–because he is now experiencing the results of simply saying that armed confrontation is not the appropriate response to a rancher facing the consequences of twenty years of evading fees and defying multiple court orders to remove his cattle from land he does not own, on which they have been grazing."

It’s Time to be Honest: The Tea Party Has Become a Terrorist Group

www.forwardprogressives.com/time-honest-tea-party-become-terrorist-group/
"They’ve done everything possible to hold our country back economically, threatened to force our country to default on our debt for the first time in history, shut down the government and have wasted millions of taxpayer dollars blatantly trying to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. But as time goes on, more of these tea party politicians are speaking out against civil rights (even suggesting the Civil Rights Act is unconstitutional), pushing for laws that allow for religious discrimination and the anti-government rhetoric continues to expand within the Republican party."

Is Sean Hannity Trying To Provoke A Bloody Conflict With Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy And Feds?

Is Sean Hannity Trying To Provoke A Bloody Conflict With Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy And Feds?

"I can't believe Hannity is ratcheting this situation up. Here we have commando militia freaks joining in with anti-federal government types. just waiting to see if they can make this into the Gunfight at the OK Corral.

If there is gunfire, I'll put a lot of blame on Hannity's shoulders. He's acting like a demented instigator. I truly believe he's hoping for an armed conflict to happen so he can make cash from the suffering and boost his ratings."

Bonkers Texas Preacher Says Blood Moon is a Sign the World is Coming to an End, Another Blames it on Obama

www.forwardprogressives.com/bonkers-texas-preacher-says-blood-moon-sign-world-coming-end/
"It’s just amazing to me that here we are, in 2014, and we still have people living in such an ignorant delusional world that they choose to pretend our understanding of science hasn’t advanced at all in hundreds of years. You really have to be insane or just plain willfully ignorant to believe this nonsense."

Rick Perry Dismantled Texas' Public Integrity Unit. Now He's Facing a Grand Jury

www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/04/rick-perry-texas-grand-jury-investigation-public-integrity
"Rick Perry Dismantled Texas' Public Integrity Unit. Now He's Facing a Grand Jury."

Paul Ryan and the GOP's Anti-Robin Hood Spending Plan—Less Money for Poor Kids, More for the Rich

www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/paul-ryan-and-gops-anti-robin-hood-spending-plan-less-money-starving-kids-more
"Ryan and his right-wing crew focus on the demands of the wealthy and ignore the values of the vast majority of Americans."

American Democracy No Longer Works

American Democracy No Longer Works

"Thomas Jefferson once said that, "Those seeking profits, were they given total freedom, would not be the ones to trust to keep government pure and our rights secure. Indeed, it has always been those seeking wealth who were the source of corruption in government..."
The only other time in American history when the influences of money and corruption were as rampant as they are today was during the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, and that period of corruption directly led to the crash of 1896, the worst crash we have ever seen."

The Prophet Glenn Beck Says Everything God Warned Him About Is Now Happening | Right Wing Watch

The Prophet Glenn Beck Says Everything God Warned Him About Is Now Happening | Right Wing Watch

"Glenn Beck's transformation from a one-time "rodeo clown" into a quasi-prophetic religious leader of a doomsday cult continues to pick up steam"

Sen. Jeff Sessions Goes Full John Bircher

Sen. Jeff Sessions Goes Full John Bircher

"This notional plot to undo America has a long pedigree. In 1960, it was visible in the uprising against water Fluoridation and billboards calling for the impeachment of Earl Warren over the Supreme Court’s decision to integrate public schools. Diminished during the Reagan Years, it came back to prominence on talk radio and within the militia movement. Finally, with the arrival of tea parties in 2009, the John Birch Society returned from its years in the wilderness to become the soul of a movement. Right wing political activism today has an agenda that is almost indistinguishable from the JBS agenda, and that probably has something to do with the fact that the sons of Fred Koch, the organization’s founder, have been funding the tea party movement since before anyone heard of it."

SCOTUS To Hear Case About Political Ads Spouting Lies

SCOTUS To Hear Case About Political Ads Spouting Lies

"I would assume that if the Supreme Court were to rule that lying is fine in campaign ads, it's also fine for corporations, so truth in advertising laws would be as dead as our democracy. But never underestimate the Roberts court. I'm sure they can come up with some way to corrupt elections even more than they already are."

Tea Party Rep. Ted Yoho 'Isn't Sure' Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional

Tea Party Rep. Ted Yoho 'Isn't Sure' Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional

"Tea Party Congressman Ted Yoho joined a growing number of Conservatives who are questioning if the Civil Right's Act is even constitutional."

Right-wing radicals linked to lethal violence

Right-wing extremist attacks on the rise

Tea Party Terrorists To Use Women As Human Shields In Nevada Ranch Stand-Off (VIDEO)

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/04/16/gun-toting-tea-partier-want-use-women-human-shields-nevada-stand-video/
"No, it’s not radical Islamic terrorists who are wanting to use women as human shields. It’s just your typical gun toting, government hating conservative."

Freeloading off government he won’t recognize

Ohio ‘secretary of suppression’ keeps it up

Badgering the government into secession

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands

www.thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/04/15/3426856/prominent-republican-women-need-to-be-paid-less-than-men-so-they-can-find-good-husbands/
"Schlafly has long been crusader for “traditional values” within conservative movement and the Republican party, serving as a member of the National GOP Platform Committee as recently as 2012 and as a delegate to the National Convention. Her Eagle Forum PAC has also donated thousands to prominent Republicans like Eric Cantor, Michele Bachmann, Steve King, and Ted Cruz."

Oklahoma Governor Sucker Punches Workers, Bans Cities from Raising Minimum Wage

www.politicususa.com/2014/04/15/oklahoma-governor-sucker-punches-workers-bans-cities-raising-minimum-wage.html
"Mary Fallin had a consistently anti-union record as a member of Congress, including opposition to allowing collective bargaining rights even for police officers, fire fighters and emergency medical services personnel. Now as the chief executive of the state of Oklahoma she continues to demonstrate her hostility towards improving pay or working conditions for ordinary workers. Fallin joins other GOP Governor’s like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Michigan’s Rick Snyder, in fighting to keep workers from getting paid what their labor is worth."

WATCH: Congressman Tells Black Constituent He’s Not Sure The Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional

www.thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/04/15/3426672/ted-yoho-civil-rights-act/
"Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), a freshman congressman aligned with the Tea Party, held a town hall Monday evening in Gainesville where he fielded a wide range of questions from constituents. One such voter was Melvin Flournoy, a 57-year-old African American from Gainesville, who asked Yoho whether he believes the Civil Rights Act is constitutional.
The easy answer in this case — “yes” — has the benefit of also being correct. But Yoho found the question surprisingly difficult."

Will the Wisconsin GOP Vote to Secede?

www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/will-cheesehead-republicans-vote-secede
"At the Wisconsin Republican Convention next month, committee members will vote on a question whether the state party should support secession"

Allies Of Lawless Rancher Planned To Put Women ‘Up At The Front’ If Showdown With Feds Turned Violent

www.thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/04/15/3426702/militant-former-sheriff-planned-to-put-women-up-at-the-front-if-violence-erupted-in-ranch-showdown-with-feds/
"But after Tea Party public figures including Fox News’ Sean Hannity and Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity celebrated Bundy’s defiance, supporters that included several militia groups pledged to provide an “armed response,” culminating in a showdown Wednesday in which federal rangers deployed stun guns and police dogs."

ABC’s new right-wing hack: Why a network is paying for Laura Ingraham’s vile racism

ABC’s new right-wing hack: Why a network is paying for Laura Ingraham’s vile racism

"In apparent effort to counter non-existent "liberal media bias," here's what ABC News will get from Laura Ingraham"

Arpaio Tells Anti-Semitic Paper Immigration Reform Meant 'To Pacify The Hispanic Community' | Right Wing Watch

Arpaio Tells Anti-Semitic Paper Immigration Reform Meant 'To Pacify The Hispanic Community' | Right Wing Watch

"In an interview with an anti-Semitic and conspiracy-theory promoting newspaper last month, Sheriff Joe Arpaio claimed that President Obama’s support for immigration reform is an attempt "to pacify the Hispanic community"."

Facts just killed the Obamacare haters: How the lunatics finally lost all credibility

Facts just killed the Obamacare haters: How the lunatics finally lost all credibility

"Previously, Republican lawmakers' hysteria was taken seriously. But in the face of stunning data, it's a new day"

Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws

www.thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/04/15/3426716/oklahoma-ban-minimum-wage-paid-sick-leave/
"At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages. The bill also bans them from enacting paid sick days or vacation requirements."

A Reporters' Guide to the Koch-funded Rich States, Poor States ALEC Report

A Reporters' Guide to the Koch-funded Rich States, Poor States ALEC Report

"ALEC brings together corporate lobbyists and state legislators to vote on "model" legislation behind closed doors which are then introduced by ALEC legislators across the country. ALEC is almost entirely funded by industry, including Koch Industries, which has long served on the ALEC board along with Altria/Phllip Morris and Exxon Mobil."

GOP schizophrenia on display at state level

Monday, April 14, 2014

Republicans are Trying to Mix the Ideologies of Jesus Christ with an Atheist and That Doesn’t Make Any Sense

www.forwardprogressives.com/republicans-trying-mix-ideologies-jesus-christ-atheist-doesnt-make-sense/
"They want to call themselves the party of “Christian values,” while supporting economic policies based on the beliefs of a woman who lived her life in direct contrast to Christianity."

Devastating New Poll: GOP In Danger Of Losing House In November

Devastating New Poll: GOP In Danger Of Losing House In November

"A newly released poll from Public Policy Polling shows that the GOP is by no means assured of retaining control of the House after the mid-term elections next fall.  Apparently, a major factor in turning the electorate against many Republican incumbents was their vote to shut the government down last October."

Cliven Bundy And Pals Planned To Use Women As Human Shields

Cliven Bundy And Pals Planned To Use Women As Human Shields

"Cliven Bundy and the militias supporting him had plans to put women in front in case there was shooting to elicit sympathy for their cause."

Wisconsin Republicans Will Vote On Right To Secede From America

Wisconsin Republicans Will Vote On Right To Secede From America

"Walker is trying to distance himself from the measure, but when they unleashed the wingnut Kraken to counter Obama's election in 2008, that insanity that isn't going to go away easily."

Texas Gov. Rick Perry hires high-powered lawyer to defend him in bribery, coercion probe

www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/14/texas-gov-rick-perry-hires-high-powered-lawyer-to-defend-him-in-bribery-coercion-probe/
"Texas Governor Rick Perry has hired a high-profile Austin defense attorney to represent him in a criminal investigation into whether withholding money from a Travis County district attorney’s office broke state laws relating to bribery, coercion, or the abuse of authority."

PERRspectives: Makers, Takers and Fakers at Nevada's Bundy Ranch

PERRspectives: Makers, Takers and Fakers at Nevada's Bundy Ranch

"If nothing else, the tense standoff at theBundy ranch in Nevada provided a helpful reminder of what it means to be a patriot in America. There are many things one may do and a small handful of things one must do to be considered a true patriot. Real patriots vote. They vaccinate their kids. Real patriots pay their taxes. And genuine patriots don't threaten government officials with violence over laws with which they disagree. Especially when they use lofty rhetoric about "sovereignty" and "liberty" and "tyranny" as a cynical fa├žade for illegally padding one's own bank account."

From Death Panels To Death Spirals: The Right-Wing Media's Epic Five-Year Health Care Disinformation Campaign

www.mediamatters.org/research/2014/04/14/from-death-panels-to-death-spirals-the-right-wi/198876
"In the five years since President Obama's health care reform plan -- which became the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- was first introduced, the right-wing media has waged a continuous campaign to attack the law through misinformation, deception, and outright lies."

Walker Asks WI Supreme Court to Review John Doe Dark Money Probe

Walker Asks WI Supreme Court to Review John Doe Dark Money Probe

"At least some members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court have a potential conflict of interest in the case. Two of the groups under investigation in the probe, Wisconsin Club for Growth and Citizens for a Strong America, played a key role in electing the four justices in the conservative majority and have been among the top spenders on Wisconsin Supreme Court races in recent years."

What If Hobby Lobby Wins? | Right Wing Watch

What If Hobby Lobby Wins? | Right Wing Watch

"David Barton, an influential conservative activist who helped write the Republican Party’s 2012 platform, argues that the Bible opposes the minimum wage, unions and collective bargaining, estate taxes, capital gains taxes, and progressive taxation in general. Should a company whose owners share Barton’s views be allowed to ignore laws that protect workers by claiming that those laws violate the company’s religious beliefs?

That’s a questions being asked as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether it will recognize for the first time ever that for-profit corporations can make religious freedom claims under federal law."

Won't You Help Find Mitch McConnell His Forever Home?

Won't You Help Find Mitch McConnell His Forever Home?

"The fabulous Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead and her equally amazing compatriots at Lady Parts Justice are creating campaigns targeting anti-choice politicians and promoting pro-choice politicians. Here's their first, focusing on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Like so many creeps that won't take a hint and leave you alone, sometimes the best tactic to take is full-on mockery"

Meet the Twisted 'Pioneer' of the Right-Wing War on Women

www.alternet.org/gender/meet-twisted-pioneer-right-wing-war-women
"Charles Keating was best known for his shady financial dealings, but his politics were even more destructive."

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Republicans Haven't Changed Much

Republicans Haven't Changed Much

"A recent Pew survey underscores just how deep a hole the GOP is in. Young people vote heavily Democratic, and they believe in an active government that seeks to solve problems and provide more services. On fiscal issues, about six in 10 young Americans oppose benefit cuts as a way to strengthen the social safety net, and today even 61% of young Republicans support marriage equality. With good reason, these young voters see the GOP as the party of the past."

PERRspectives: In Arkansas and Georgia, an Obamacare Tale of Two Clinics

PERRspectives: In Arkansas and Georgia, an Obamacare Tale of Two Clinics

"For the two clinics, it was the best of times and the worst times. In Mena, Arkansas, the 9th Street Ministries free clinic is closing its doors after 16 years, its services no longer needed by the poor residents who have now obtained health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act. But in Glenwood, Georgia, the Lower Oconee Community Hospital has closed, largely because the low income denizens of Wheeler County did not. And with 94,000 Arkansanscovered by the expansion of Medicaid spearheaded by Democratic Governor Mike Beebe while Republican Governor Nathan Deal left over 600,000 Georgians without, the tale of two clinics is bound to be repeated in the months ahead."

Ignorance is Bred From Insecurity, and Republicans are Full of Both

www.forwardprogressives.com/ignorance-bred-insecurity-republicans-full/
"We elected our first African-American president, which brought out the racists who finally realized that this country is moving further and further away from racism. That triggered the radicalization of the Republican party in the form of “tea party patriots.” The more we progress as a nation, the more radical conservatives are going to become. Because that progress is a direct threat to their insecurity which will trigger a radical ignorant reaction to try to salvage their outdated ignorance. But the good news is, history tells us that while ignorance might win some battles, it ultimately loses the war. So while Republicans cling to their last grasps at relevancy, in the end – they’re going to lose."

How the Ryan Budget Fails Our Economy by Failing Economics

www.americanprogress.org/issues/budget/report/2014/04/09/87430/how-the-ryan-budget-fails-our-economy-by-failing-economics/
Like the earlier budgets written by Rep. Ryan, this one is not likely to be taken seriously by anyone but House Republicans, nor should it be. It relies on outdated economic theories that would be wrong for our economy’s actual problems even if they were not discredited."

Republican Governors and Legislatures Are Killing People by Not Expanding Medicaid

Republican Governors and Legislatures Are Killing People by Not Expanding Medicaid

"Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) and the Republican legislature in Florida are likely responsible for the death of 32-year-old Charlene Dill, a mother of three separated from her husband. Dill did everything the anti-poor warriors in DC demands of those with limited money: She worked three jobs, budgeted her expenses and cared for her children. But she couldn't afford adequate medical care."

If You Don’t Have Healthcare, The GOP Doesn’t Care If You Die

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/04/12/gop-doesnt-care-die/
"While prominent Republicans, like Mitt Romney, Jim DeMint and Haley Barbour have turned to the “ER’s will treat you” as a way to support the rejection of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, they are quickly changing their tunes. Now, instead of advocating for ERs to treat the uninsured like decent human beings, they aim to keep the uninsured from using emergency rooms at all. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is lobbying on Congress to allow hospitals to turn people away from emergency rooms who lack health insurance."

Saturday, April 12, 2014

GMO Lobby Works Tirelessly Against Mandatory Labeling

GMO Lobby Works Tirelessly Against Mandatory Labeling

"Pompeo is not well known for passing bills in Congress. He is known for being the single largest recipient of campaign funding from Koch Industries' PACs and employees in 2010. And h has introduced several bills friendly to the Koch brothers' interests, according to the Washington Post. The Huffington Post recently called him "the Koch brothers' point man in the House." Pompeo is Koch Industries' top recipient again in the current election cycle, according to OpenSecrets.org."

Louisiana Republicans Are Pushing A Bill To Adopt The Bible As The State Book (VIDEO)

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/04/11/watch-louisiana-gop-pushes-bill-adopt-bible-state-book/
"Louisiana Republicans are pushing forward with a plan to force Christianity upon everyone in the state. In a move that blatantly violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, the GOP is advancing a bill that would name the Bible the state book."

Iowa Governor Signs Away Separation of Church and State

www.politicususa.com/2014/04/12/iowa-governor-signs-separation-church.html
"Taken in context, the Brandstad Proclamation must be seen as just another aspect of the conservative knee-jerk reaction against their loss of privilege, and a stab at the religious (and other) liberties of all other Americans. This is “our” country, they are saying, “and you had better get used to that fact.” Payback is coming, they say. They use God’s name a lot but they are really thinking about their own vengeance, and how they will make the nonbelievers pay. Nationalism by itself can be scary enough, but ethnic nationalism, and worse, an ethnic nationalism fueled by religion, is a very real threat to American liberties. American would do well to take notice, and act accordingly."

Evidence of GOP Interference in VW Election Is Now Overwhelming

Evidence of GOP Interference in VW Election Is Now Overwhelming

"The evidence of unlawful interference at Chattanooga is now overwhelming. Republicans intimidated workers and misled them about the implications of their vote. Governor Haslam and Senator Corker deceived them about the nature and extent of their involvement in the campaign. The NLRB must now ensure they do not get away with this outrageous interference."

Paul Ryan Criticizes Your Work Ethic While Working 4 Days Before Taking an 18 Day Vacation

www.politicususa.com/2014/04/11/paul-ryan-criticizes-work-ethic-working-4-days-18-day-vacation.html
"Paul Ryan is the worst of them all because he has been a lifetime federal government “taker” and will spend a good part of his hiatus boasting to the filthy rich donors that his budget punishing “takers” passed the House earning him a well-deserved 18-day respite and millions in campaign donations. It is time to treat House Republicans the way they treat the American people and limit them to minimum wage, no overtime pay, no pension, no healthcare, no vacation time, and immediate termination for expecting more than one day off each week. Maybe then they will learn about the culture and value of work and realize the level of luxury they have working a third of the year earning bloated salaries, exorbitant pensions, and excellent benefits at taxpayer expense while doing absolutely nothing for anyone except their dark-money campaign donors the Koch brothers."

Virginia GOP Candidate: Sometimes Incest Is 'Voluntary'

Virginia GOP Candidate: Sometimes Incest Is 'Voluntary'

"Virginia Republican Congressional candidate Bob Marshall argues against abortion exceptions for incest, claiming incest can be voluntary."

Bernie Sanders Exposes Koch Brothers' Goals

Bernie Sanders Exposes Koch Brothers' Goals

""Every single one of these ideas is rooted in John Birch Society dogma. Just because Fred Koch left the Birchers back in the day doesn't mean he abandoned their overall goals. His sons are just expanding capacity for them now, not abandoning their principles."

Thanks, Kochs! PBS Infested With White Supremacist Charles Murray

Thanks, Kochs! PBS Infested With White Supremacist Charles Murray

"This is what happens when billionaires take control of public broadcasting after forcing Congress to defund it. They present bogus reports about ways the left and right can "come together" in order to dupe viewers into thinking libertarians give a damn about the social safety net."

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bob Marshall Reiterates Claim That Disabled Children Represent God's 'Vengeance' For Abortion | Right Wing Watch

Bob Marshall Reiterates Claim That Disabled Children Represent God's 'Vengeance' For Abortion | Right Wing Watch

"Virginia GOP state delegate and congressional candidate Bob Marshall is standing by his claim that disabled children are God’s punishment for women who have an abortion."

Michigan Republicans withhold road repair funds from Democratic districts to punish Democrats

Michigan Republicans withhold road repair funds from Democratic districts to punish Democrats

"If you needed any further evidence that Michigan Republicans are drunk with power and willing to do anything to maintain that power, even if it means harming Michiganders who live in districts they do not represent, this would be it. And not only did they do it, they are admitting to it, In fact, seem to be gleefully satisfied that it was appropriate."

Fox News Gives Lying Weasel Chaffetz Air Time To Lie For True The Vote

Fox News Gives Lying Weasel Chaffetz Air Time To Lie For True The Vote

"Chaffetz is breathlessly informing uninformed ignorant Fox viewers about a whole lot of nothing, carefully phrased to sound like something. Because it's really all about the black dudes voting."

Politicians Are Beginning to Realize Voter Suppression Is a Bad Idea

Politicians Are Beginning to Realize Voter Suppression Is a Bad Idea

"As Wisconsin became the latest state to restrict voter access, state Republican Senator Dale Schultz condemned his party for trying to suppress the vote. “I’m a guy who understands and appreciates what we should be doing in order to make sure every vote counts, every vote is legitimate. But that fact is, it ought to be abundantly clear to everybody in this state that there is no massive voter fraud. The only thing that we do have in this state is we have long lines of people who want to vote. And it seems to me that we should be doing everything we can to make it easier, to help these people get their votes counted"."

6 Most Absurd Things Right-Wing Christians Have Blamed on Gays

www.alternet.org/belief/6-most-absurd-things-right-wing-christians-have-blamed-gays
"right wingers have a long history of blaming everything from earthquakes to recession to climate change on the advance of gay marriage, and they’re only getting more ridiculous."

Mitch McConnell Asks If Americans Prefer Him Or Harry Reid: Hilarity Ensues (Screenshots)

Mitch McConnell Asks If Americans Prefer Him Or Harry Reid: Hilarity Ensues (Screenshots)

"He was probably expecting an influx of “Get rid of Reid” style comments, but what he got was…stomped. The comment section flooded with remarks indicating that America does not want him to lead the Senate–or anything else"

What Do the Koch Brothers Really Want? | Common Dreams

What Do the Koch Brothers Really Want? | Common Dreams

"In other words, the agenda of the Koch brothers is not only to defund Obamacare.  The agenda of the Koch brothers is to repeal every major piece of legislation that has been signed into law over the past 80 years that has protected the middle class, the elderly, the children, the sick, and the most vulnerable in this country.



It is clear that the Koch brothers and other right wing billionaires are calling the shots and are pulling the strings of the Republican Party."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fox News Says It’s Good That Women Make Less Than Men And It Helps Them Keep Their Jobs (VIDEO)

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/04/10/fox-says-pay-gap-good/
"The gender pay gap is real, whatever conservatives like to say. Women make approximately 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, and it’s been that way for years"

Republicans Accuse Women of Lying About Being Paid Less Than Men

www.politicususa.com/2014/04/10/republicans-accuse-women-lying-paid-men.html
"Republicans are consummate bigots, and they hate women as much as they hate gays, minorities, and the poor. Although they regard women as only three-quarters of a man’s worth, women’s votes still count every much as any man; including those who are incensed their wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters who are better educated and informed than men earn 25% less for the same job. That is the price women pay for living in a society controlled by patriarchal Republicans who adhere to the religious belief their male god gave them dominion over women, but it is a condition they can bring to a quick end if they exercise the true power and vote."

One nation, under obstruction

New Rule Prohibits Voters In Miami-Dade County From Using The Restroom, No Matter How Long The Line

www.thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/04/10/3425252/new-rule-prohibits-voters-in-miami-dade-county-from-using-the-restroom-no-matter-how-long-the-line/
"But those with disabilities are not the only ones who would suffer disproportionately from this policy. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology analysis found that blacks and Hispanics waited almost twice as long to vote as whites in the 2012 presidential election. Another analysis found that this “time tax” also impacted young voters. And this would be one of a number Florida voter suppression policies that have a particular impact on the elderly.
The state’s next-most populous counties, Broward and Palm Beach, told the Sun Sentinel they would not implement this policy."

'Monsanto, Koch Alliance'? GOP Congressman Pushes Bill to Block GMO Labling | Common Dreams

'Monsanto, Koch Alliance'? GOP Congressman Pushes Bill to Block GMO Labling | Common Dreams

"In a move slammed as sealing "an unholy alliance between Monsanto and Koch Industries," a Kansas congressman has submitted legislation that would ban state-level GMO labeling laws."

The Conservative Death Panel

The Conservative Death Panel

"Right now, millions of Americans across 23 states are uninsured, because their Republican lawmakers have refused to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.

As a result, they fall into the "Red State Doughnut Hole," that was drilled into Obamacare by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and his four right-wing buddies. The Supreme Court said that states could refuse to take federal money to pay to insure working poor people, and Republican governs have jumped at the opportunity.

Millions of Americans are unable to afford life-saving health care, because Republicans would rather play politics than protect people's lives."

Sheryl Sandberg shuts down Megyn Kelly’s gender pay gap denialism

Sheryl Sandberg shuts down Megyn Kelly’s gender pay gap denialism

"Earlier this week, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly called the gender wage gap a “meme” and said that equal pay laws — like the executive actions taken by President Obama on Tuesday — are “infantilizing” to women. (It was kind of Kelly’s “Uncle Sugar” moment, if you will.) But on Wednesday night, Kelly interviewed Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who wasn’t having much of Kelly’s equal pay denialism, and so she toned it way, way down."

Rupert Murdoch: Fox News “has absolutely saved” the GOP

Rupert Murdoch: Fox News “has absolutely saved” the GOP

"The conservative media mogul gives up any pretense that his flagship station is fair and balanced"

Not One Law Republicans Passed Has Helped America In Over Forty Years

Not One Law Republicans Passed Has Helped America In Over Forty Years

"Everything the GOP stands for is rooted in religiously-based discrimination of some sort. Whether they are quashing the rights of women, the poor and minorities or relinquishing the rights to drink clean water and breathe healthy air, the GOP is always on the wrong side of history. They claim trickle down economics is the magical way the job-creator fairies instinctively share their wealth. Profit-gorging corporations care only about their coveted bottom line: earnings for the shareholders. They are not concerned with the middle class, as companies like Walmart have created the working poor as the new normal. The laws they’ve passed are unimaginably awful."

Every single Senate Republican voted to block the Paycheck Fairness Act. All of them.

www.freakoutnation.com/2014/04/09/every-single-senate-republican-voted-to-block-the-paycheck-fairness-act-all-of-them/
"Stuff for Republicans to know: Ken Cuccinelli was defeated in Virginia because of the female vote. Yes, it’s all true. We vote now. This isn’t the first time Senate Republicans have blocked this bill. It’s the third time."

Kansas GOP Legislature Eliminates Due Process For Teachers In War On Public Education

Kansas GOP Legislature Eliminates Due Process For Teachers In War On Public Education

"At the end of a marathon weekend session, both houses of the state legislature approved a school finance bill which takes away protection that teachers in the state have enjoyed since 1957, while providing tax breaks for corporations which supply scholarships to exclusive private schools.
It comes as no surprise that the legislation was backed and promoted by the Koch-owned Americans for Prosperity (AFP), who steal our country gradually by changing the laws first at the state level, working up to the federal level."

Sexist Senate Republicans Show They Hate Women By Blocking Equal Pay For Women, Yet Again

www.addictinginfo.org/2014/04/09/equal-pay-women/
"It’s amazing, really. The same party, made up of the same old white men, are still fighting equal pay for women, even in 2014. It’s not enough that women licked them and their ilk in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, with 56% and 55%, respectively, of women voting for the Democratic candidate, they have to continue to filibuster any attempt to shrink the gender gap of wage pay."