Saturday, February 28, 2015

Wisconsinites Rally to Stop ‘Right-to-Work’ Bill

Wisconsinites Rally to Stop ‘Right-to-Work’ Bill

"Late Wednesday night, the Wisconsin Republican-led state Senate voted 17–15 to advance a "right to work" bill that has been widely criticized as harmful to the working families of the state. Thousands rallied in Madison outside the Wisconsin Capitol on Tuesday and Wednesday in opposition to the legislation."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Obliterates Scott Walker With Just One Sentence

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/28/sen-elizabeth-warren-obliterates-scott-walker-sentence.html
"Walker’s claim to fame is his attack on unions. He can’t run on his terrible economic record in Wisconsin. The governor has already demonstrated that he is a foreign policy buffoon. All Walker has worked for him is his union busting. The comparison of peaceful protesters and public servants to ISIS may play well at CPAC, but it would make Walker unelectable in a general election."

This SCOTUS destroyed America: How Citizens United is ruining more than our elections

This SCOTUS destroyed America: How Citizens United is ruining more than our elections

"At the time that the ruling was delivered, Kennedy’s faith that access and influence would not corrupt the system was exceeded in curiousness only by his belief that the American people would feel similarly. But as the years have passed, and as studies showing the U.S. to be a donor-run system akin to oligarchy have gone mainstream, his declaration has begun to make a bit more sense. Just so long as “the electorate” is defined as the lobbying industry and its clients, his prediction looks downright clairvoyant. I bet the fine people at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America — who are probably investing right now in the Jeb Bush-affiliated Right to Rise “social welfare” group — would strongly agree."

The (not entirely new) Republican War on American History

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/28/1367083/-The-not-entirely-new-Republican-War-on-American-History
"it is far easier for conservatives to reintroduce Jim Crow-esque voting restrictions that largely fall on the shoulders of minority voters if history classes are compelled to pretend as if racial discrimination never existed in America in the first place.
It is easier to enact economic policy that is the essential re-enactment of the Gilded Age if any criticism of said Gilded Age is muted, on the grounds that it paints an image of America that is not celebratory.
It is easier to deny civil liberties to people if, as the Texas social science standards are compelled to do, it is drilled into students heads that said denial is vindicated over time by ferreting out souls with evil intent, and all at no real "cost" to the rest of the citizenry."

Papantonio: Jeb Can’t Distance Himself From Train Wreck Brother

Congress Manages To Pass Bill That Funds DHS…For A Whole Week

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/27/congress-manages-to-pass-bill-that-funds-dhs-for-a-whole-week/
"it would be nice if House Republicans would stop holding funding hostage, and actually grow up."

Bernie Sanders Tears Into House Republicans For Passing One Week DHS Funding Bill

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/28/bernie-sanders-tears-house-republicans-passing-week-dhs-funding-bill.html
"Friday’s fiasco in the House provided clear evidence that Republicans can’t govern. When left on their own, House Republicans can only agree on extremist legislation that will never become law."

Twisted By Obama Hate, Republicans Threaten To Overthrow Boehner If Clean DHS Bill Passes

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/28/twisted-obama-hate-republicans-threaten-overthrow-boehner-clean-dhs-bill-passes.html
"If all goes as expected, conservatives will be demanding that Boehner be removed from the speakership. In other words, a group of House Republicans hate President Obama so much that they are willing to jeopardize Homeland Security in an attempt to defeat him. They would deem Boehner’s clean funding of Homeland Security to be a fireable offense, and would seek to remove Boehner from his position as the leader of the House Republicans.
House Democrats have likely agreed not speak publicly about the deal, but it is clear that this situation is going to end with the Senate’s bill that funds DHS through September being passed, but because he didn’t sufficiently jeopardize national security, John Boehner might find himself out of a job."

According to Scott Walker, This Is What a Terrorist Looks Like

According to Scott Walker, This Is What a Terrorist Looks Like

"So when Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said that his experience with the protests prepared him for the fight against the murderous militants known as ISIS, jaws across Wisconsin hit the floor."

Scott Walker Compares ISIS Fighters to Wisconsin Protesters

Boehner’s Pathetic House Can Only Pass A One Week Funding Bill For Homeland Security

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/27/boehners-pathetic-house-pass-week-funding-bill-homeland-security.html
"The fact that Boehner had to rely once again on Democrats to get anything done is evidence that Republicans are completely incompetent and incapable of governing. The only reason Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats swooped in was that Boehner caved and agreed to a full funding vote next week.
The debacle in the House was a crisis that was manufactured by Republicans that they couldn’t get themselves out of. Instead of a confrontation with President Obama, House Republicans shot themselves in the feet. Earlier today, Boehner failed to pass a three week funding bill, and without Democrats, his one-week bill also would have failed.
The humiliations just keep coming for the pathetic John Boehner."

CPAC attendees: Let Homeland Security shut down!

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/27/1367488/-CPAC-attendees-Let-Homeland-Security-shut-down
"These people who are currently midway through a three-day orgy of pants-wetting over ISIS being in their bedroom closets don't have much faith that Boehner will really go through with shutting down the department, however."

Conservatives Try And Fail To Offer New Alternative To Obamacare

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/02/26/3627535/cpac-obamacare-panel/
"For instance, while the ACA extends insurance to some 30 million people, a 2009 GOP proposal would have only covered 3 million people."

UPDATED! Poll Added! Scott Walker's ISIS gaffe causes explosion of mocking images

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/26/1367228/-Scott-Walker-s-ISIS-gaffe-causes-explosion-of-mocking-images
"Earlier today, when asked about ISIS, presidential hopeful and current Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said that his response to the peaceful labor protests in Madison in 2011 prepared him to stamp out international terrorism. Apparently that means that in case of a terrorist attack he would sneak in and out of the White House via a not-so-secret rat tunnel and consult on the phone with bloggers pretending to be billionaire David Koch."

Obamacare is not some socialist marxist leftist plot…

Bill O'Reilly's Next Book: Killing Truth

Bill O'Reilly's Next Book: Killing Truth

"On Friday, the Washington Post reported that Billo's claims to have seen terrorist acts in Northern Ireland wasn't exactly true.

On Thursday, we discovered his claims to have been right smack-dab in the center of the LA riots was not true.

On Wednesday, it was his exaggeration about witnessing the murder of nuns in El Salvador.

Tuesday's story concerned the JFK assassination and his claim that he was present when George de Mohrenschildt killed himself."

CPAC: Icky Brown People Are Destroying our Country

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/27/cpac-icky-brown-people-destroying-country.html
"What is really being said here at CPAC is that “icky brown people” are destroying the United States. Multiculturalism, used this way, is simply a code word for “people who aren’t like us – i.e. not white.” And they’re not even really trying very hard to disguise that fact."

'Right To Work' Bill Copied Straight From ALEC

I was a right-wing sidekick: What I discovered working for the anti-woman right

I was a right-wing sidekick: What I discovered working for the anti-woman right

"Appeals to facts get nowhere with these folks because, like the women who are helping keep other women down, they don’t trust any sources but their own and listen only to what emanates from an alternative right-wing universe.

Thus arguments become circular. The more impartial the source, the more suspect it becomes. Propaganda, fulminating (and fundraising), and hatred of gays, women, our government, big-city folks, black people, the educated “elite,” everything-not-like-us-Real-Americans supplant compassion. And common sense."

CPAC 2015 Hashtag Campaign #EPICFAIL

CPAC 2015 Hashtag Campaign #EPICFAIL

"CPAC 2015's "Ask the Speaker" hashtag campaign didn't go so well."

'The Senator with the snowball'

Nevada Assembly Majority Leader Fiore: Fungus Equals Cancer

Nevada Assembly Majority Leader Fiore: Fungus Equals Cancer

"In another stunning display of Teabagged-idiocy, Nevada Assembly Majority Leader and soft pornography star, Michele Fiore, claims that Cancer is merely a fungus."

We can’t believe we have to explain this: Cancer is not a “fungus”

We can’t believe we have to explain this: Cancer is not a “fungus”

"Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (R), believes that cancer is a fungus, which can be flushed out from the body by means of an “inexpensive, cost-effective” and non-FDA approved treatment.

Welcome back to “We can’t believe we have to explain this,” the explainer series in which we pose questions to experts with answers that are so obvious, they probably feel vaguely insulted that we’re even asking them. Blame it on the politicians."

A shocking death in a harsh Republican primary in Missouri

Gov. Scott Walker says dealing with protesters is like dealing with ISIS. It does not go well.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/26/1367218/-Gov-Scott-Walker-says-dealing-with-protesters-is-like-dealing-with-ISIS-It-does-not-go-well
"If you were for some reason expecting that CPAC would be the time and place for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R-NotIndicted) to cast aside his magical cloak of generalizations and start mentioning, say, an actual policy opinion here and there, keep dreaming."

Christie Settles ExxonMobil Case At Hefty Discount After Firm Donates To RGA

Christie Settles ExxonMobil Case At Hefty Discount After Firm Donates To RGA

"Before Gov. Chris Christie’s administration abruptly settled long-running state environmental litigation against ExxonMobil for far less than originally expected, the oil behemoth donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Republican group that Christie ran and that financed his election campaigns. Additionally, the Christie administration office that engineered the settlement had been run by a former Exxon lawyer."

Christie pollution deal with Exxon surprises

Scott Walker Loses His Mind: What’s Behind His Delusional ISIS-Unions Comparison | Alternet

Scott Walker Loses His Mind: What’s Behind His Delusional ISIS-Unions Comparison | Alternet

"Walker is already complaining that this is another “gotcha” moment by the media, in the wake of those “gotcha” questions about whether Obama loves America or is truly a Christian as he publicly declares. As Digby reminds us, the Urban Dictionary aptly defines a “gotcha” question as one Sarah Palin is too dumb to answer."

Walker unscripted falls flat

Friday, February 27, 2015

Boehner Can't Even Get His Own DHS Funding Bill Passed While Shutdown Looms

Boehner Can't Even Get His Own DHS Funding Bill Passed While Shutdown Looms

"There's only one vote necessary: A vote on the clean Senate bill fully funding the DHS for the entire year. If a shutdown happens now, it's because Boehner catered to conservative hissy fits instead of doing the responsible thing."

You're Not the Boss of Me! Why Libertarianism Is a Childish Sham | Alternet

You're Not the Boss of Me! Why Libertarianism Is a Childish Sham | Alternet

"Who then are the libertarians rebelling against? The most powerful sector of the society is corporate America, and it profits and benefits most from the deregulatory and anti-tax measures libertarians champion. That sector of society also happens to own the federal government. Through large campaign donations and aggressive lobbying – the very corruption that libertarians help enable by defending Citizens United and opposing campaign finance reform – they have institutionalized bribery, transforming the legislative process into an auction. Libertarians proclaim an anti-government position, but they are only opposing the last measures of protection that remain in place to prevent the government from full mutation into an aristocracy. By advocating for the removal of all social programs, libertarians are not rebelling, as much as they are reinforcing the prevailing ethos of “bootstrap” capitalism. The poor are responsible for their plight, and therefore deserve no sympathy or assistance."

Who's Behind the Secretive Group Bashing Elizabeth Warren's Favorite Agency?

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/cfpb-us-consumer-coalition-brian-wise-elizabeth-warren
"But he has an unusual résumé for someone who supposedly represents the interests of consumers. Before he became a consumer advocate, the press often described Wise as a Republican political consultant. His LinkedIn page describes expertise in "developing and executing public policy campaigns and corporate image campaigns through the use of non-profit organizations, grassroots mobilization, and strategic communication strategies"."

Jon Stewart Buries Fox ‘News’ With Their Own Lies In Six Seconds (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/26/jon-stewart-buries-fox-news-with-their-own-lies-in-six-seconds-video/
"Stewart explained that the prime directive of Fox is to lash out at anything that discredits their lies and distortions or threatens their effort to achieve ideological purity in America. Despite conservative claims that they love America and only want to fix things, their only goal has been to sabotage what actually works and turn it into something that reflects their extremist view."

Thursday, February 26, 2015

We Won on Net Neutrality! FCC Designates Internet as a Public Utility | Alternet

We Won on Net Neutrality! FCC Designates Internet as a Public Utility | Alternet

"The fact that a coalition of concerned customers and content providers could overcome the telecom lobby and their GOP apologists in Congress is noteworthy."

The Conservative Attempt to Re-Write Our Progressive History

A Historic Day For Every American As The FCC Passes Net Neutrality Rules

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/26/historic-day-american-fcc-passes-net-neutrality-rules.html
"History was made today as the FCC voted 3-2 in favor of changing the rules to keep the Internet open and neutral for all."

Net neutrality will mean a UN takeover of the internet and other Republican myths

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/26/1366870/-Net-neutrality-will-mean-a-UN-takeover-of-the-internet-and-other-Republican-nbsp-myths
"Since Republicans are not interested in either the public interest or businesses being just and reasonable, they're gearing up for a big fight in Congress to legislate those rules, and they're telling a lot of lies to do it. This time around, though, the fact-checkers don't seem to be willing to let them get away with it."

Full Video: Obama's Immigration Town Hall

GOP's Frightening Plot to Build Laboratories for Plutocracy in States They Control | Alternet

GOP's Frightening Plot to Build Laboratories for Plutocracy in States They Control | Alternet

"With these wide majorities, these Republicans are using these laboratories to put into action some of their wildest plutocratic legislative dreams, everything from enacting discriminatory legislation against gay and lesbian Americans to assaulting the rights of workers, to clawing back laws at every level that protect the public interest."

Victory for the internet in the FCC!

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/26/1367059/-Victory-for-the-internet-in-the-FCC
"The Federal Communications Commission has just voted to save the internet in two party-line votes, 3-2. It would be impossible to overstate just how critical these votes taken by the commissioners today are to making the internet accessible to everyone. Those two votes were to prevent states from limiting competition in broadband service by blocking localities from developing municipal broadband services. That's big. To go even bigger, the FCC voted to reclassify broadband and to extend to it the strongest rules to protect the internet."

Senator Elizabeth Warren - Middle Class Prosperity Project Forum Opening Statement

I’m not racist or sexist, says NY school official who sent ‘run, n****r, run’ image, horse-on-woman video

I’m not racist or sexist, says NY school official who sent ‘run, n****r, run’ image, horse-on-woman video

"After he sent a video titled “Obama Inauguration Rehearsal” that showed African tribesmen dancing, one recipient complained and Paladino responded."

Civil Rights Groups Slam GOP And CPAC 2015 For Ties To White Nationalists

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/26/civil-rights-groups-slam-gop-and-cpac-2015-for-ties-to-white-nationalists/
"If you didn’t already know, CPAC 2015 (Conservative Political Action Conference) is this weekend. CPAC is a yearly gathering of the right’s most extreme elements where they don’t even try to hide their racism, misogyny, and ignorance. It’s like an orgy of rage and fear.
In other words, it’s the right wing with its mask off."

Following Pro-Secession Remarks, Ron Paul Says the Black Caucus Was Only Anti-War Because Food Stamps

http://thedailybanter.com/2015/02/following-pro-secession-remarks-ron-paul-says-black-caucus-anti-war-food-stamps/
"Right, so the congressional Black Caucus is only anti-war because of food stamps. Gotcha. It couldn’t possibly be because another war in Iran, or wherever else, was a terrible idea with two other wars happening at the same time. Only Ron Paul and his libertarian Ayn Rand cultists are wise enough to know that. Everyone else (blacks) just wanted more hand-outs from Uncle Sugar, according to him.
So, not only does Ron Paul think secession is a great idea, and not only does he think we’d be “better off” without the Civil Rights Act, but now he’s going down the “blacks are lazy takers” road. It’s unclear what else he could say that’d make him look more like an 1850s era fire-eater, short of announcing that it’s a business’s right to purchase slave labor because libertarianism and the free market.
Since leaving office in 2012, Ron Paul has become increasingly unguarded, finally saying what he really means, and each thing is more horrendous than the last. And to think he duped some liberals into supporting him."

Ron Paul Says Black Caucus Opposes War Because They Want Money for Food Stamps

Ron Paul Says Black Caucus Opposes War Because They Want Money for Food Stamps

"When people within your party continue to defend the Confederate flag; are constantly caught saying overtly racist things; and seem to feel that a president “isn’t one of us” because he just so happens to be half African-American – that’s not all just “random coincidences” coming together. That’s a systemic problem with racism within your party."

Papantonio: Scott Walker Scandal Much Worse Than You Thought

Benjamin Netanyahu Has Been Lying to Americans For 20 Years | Alternet

Benjamin Netanyahu Has Been Lying to Americans For 20 Years | Alternet

"But Netanyahu's politicization of the Iran situation is nothing new. For decades, he has misled if not outright lied to Western allies about Iran's nuclear program as well as Iraq's. It's a record that Members of Congress should ponder on before they leap to applaud for his upcoming address."

Israeli PM Netanyahu Is Coming To The U.S. To Lie Us Into Another War

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/24/israeli-pm-netanyahu-is-coming-to-the-u-s-to-lie-us-into-another-war/
"On March 3, Israeli PM Netanyahu will be speaking to Congress in defiance of the American President – and he is coming to lie us all into another war."

Leaked Spy Cables Shows Netanyahu Lied About Iran In U.N. Speech (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/23/leaked-spy-cables-netanyahu-lied/
"Netanyahu certainly will not be the first liar to testify before congress but he will be the first liar, who happens to be the leader of a foreign government, who does so."

LEAK: Netanyahu Lied About Iran Nuclear Threat

Koch-Funded Allies Descend on Wisconsin to Push Right to Work

Koch-Funded Allies Descend on Wisconsin to Push Right to Work

"Fortunately, the Wisconsin GOP had the full support of the Koch-funded "think tanks" that are a critical part of the right-wing infrastructure."

BUSTED...Koch Brothers caught funding climate deniers

Aaron Schock’s high-flying lifestyle: GOPer enjoys private planes and Katy Perry concerts — paid for by donors and taxpayers

Aaron Schock’s high-flying lifestyle: GOPer enjoys private planes and Katy Perry concerts — paid for by donors and taxpayers

"Already encountering mockery for his Downton Abbey-themed office, facing scrutiny for selling his home to a donor at an above-market price, accepting the resignation of his top aide following revelations of the aide’s racist Facebook posts, and confronting an ethics complaint over the use of taxpayer funds to decorate the aforementioned office, Rep. Aaron Schock’s (R-IL) public relations mess just got deeper."

GOP’s Schock betrayed by Instagram pics as AP finds donors funding his awesome social life

GOP’s Schock betrayed by Instagram pics as AP finds donors funding his awesome social life

"Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) spent taxpayer and campaign funds on private plane flights, massages, and pop music concerts, according to a new report."

O'Reilly's Lee Harvey Oswald Lie Proves His Lying Goes Back Decades

Chris Christie can't keep breaking pension law, judge says

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/24/1366511/-Christie-can-t-keep-breaking-pension-law-judge-says
"The Christie administration responded by blustering about "liberal judicial activism," ignoring that Jacobson was appointed by former Republican Gov. Christie Todd Whitman and that Jacobson was just holding Christie to his own law."

While Christie Blames State Pensions, NJ's Money Goes To Fat Wall Street Management Fees

While Christie Blames State Pensions, NJ's Money Goes To Fat Wall Street Management Fees

"Chris Christie tripled the NJ investment management fees. (Including paying the company that employs his wife.)

Did he do it to build up Wall Street support for his presidential run? (Gee, what do you think?)"

David Corn on being threatened by Bill O'Reilly

Jon Stewart Destroys Fox News, Exposes 50 Of Their Lies In 6 Seconds (Video)

Jon Stewart Destroys Fox News, Exposes 50 Of Their Lies In 6 Seconds (Video)

"Almost everything they believe isn’t based upon reality, facts, common sense or even science – it’s entirely based on being a conservative. Even if what they believe is flat-out wrong (and most of it is), it doesn’t matter. They are literally so brainwashed by conservative propaganda that we’re now having to debate facts because they’ve simply chosen to believe that if facts don’t support what they want to be real, then those facts are no longer valid.

It’s insane."

Bill O'Reilly threats against reporters indefensible

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bernie Sanders Lays Into John Boehner, “No More Excuses” Do Your Job

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/25/bernie-sanders-lays-john-boehner-no-excuses-job.html
"Sen. Sanders’s statement perfectly stated the situation. The Senate united in a bipartisan agreement on a clean Homeland Security funding bill. The blame for the Homeland Security funding fiasco is squarely on the shoulders of the House Republicans. If recent history is a guide, Boehner will eventually cave and bring the Senate bill to the House floor for a vote. Boehner will be able to cobble enough votes together in the House leadership to pass the bill with the support of Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats."

Senate Democrats Force Mitch McConnell To Cave As Clean Homeland Security Bill Moves Forward

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/25/senate-democrats-force-mitch-mcconnell-cave-clean-homeland-security-bill-moves.html
"The stage is now set for the Senate to quickly pass a clean Homeland Security funding bill, and place all of the pressure on Speaker of the House John Boehner. The Senate agreement does not mean that a Homeland Security shutdown has been avoided. Boehner and the House Republicans have given no indication that they will pass a clean funding bill."

West Virginia Republicans Want To Throw People In Jail For Helping Uninsured Get Obamacare

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/25/west-virginia-republicans-throw-people-jail-helping-uninsured-obamacare.html
"This is a strong contender for craziest proposed law of 2015. It will probably come as a surprise to Republicans, but they can’t declare a federal law invalid and make it crime to enforce the law. The proposed Republican bill is unconstitutional on many levels."

WI Republicans Start The Fast Track To 'Right To Work' Ruin

WI Republicans Start The Fast Track To 'Right To Work' Ruin

"The Republicans really, really don't want the people to know what they are about to do to them."

Telecoms, GOP Launch 'Last Ditch Effort' to Undermine Net Neutrality

Telecoms, GOP Launch 'Last Ditch Effort' to Undermine Net Neutrality

"Ahead of 'most important victory for the public interest' in FCC's history, corporate interests entertain Republican-controlled House committee with industry talking points"

These Cities Built Cheap, Fast, Community-Owned Broadband

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/29295-these-cities-built-cheap-fast-community-owned-broadband
"Just before his State of the Union address last month, President Obama showed up in the small city of Cedar Falls, Iowa, to highlight the work of Cedar Falls Utilities, a publicly owned utility that operates an Internet network in the city. Cedar Falls has one of the oldest community-owned networks in the country and, with recent upgrades, is now one of the fastest. In addition to having higher-speed connections than neighboring communities in Iowa, the publicly owned network's more than 11,000 subscribers pay around $200 less per year."

Shameless WI Republicans Shut Down Public Comments On Right-To-Work And Run Like Cowards (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/25/shameless-wi-republicans-shut-down-public-comments-on-right-to-work-and-run-like-cowards-video/
"Inside the building, public testimony repeatedly torched the legislation and called for the committee to vote it down. In typical GOP style, Republican Senators in charge of the committee shut down testimony, called for an early vote and then ran away as fast as they could."

Wisconsin Workers Fight Back Against Right To Work

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/02/24/3626213/right-to-work-hearing/
"Speakers cited studies that found that all workers in “right to work” states, regardless of whether they belong to a union, lose an average of $1,500 a year in wages as a result of these laws. Others focused on how Wisconsin workers have already been hit by Scott Walker’s policies over the last few years. According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, median household income in Wisconsin has dropped since the passage of the Act 10 in 2011, and is currently about $800 below the national average."

The Insidious Acceleration of Corporate False Fronts Attacking Environmental Safeguards

The Insidious Acceleration of Corporate False Fronts Attacking Environmental Safeguards

"Given that the corporate mainstream media avoids ferreting out the truth in most cases, "studies" from innocuously named think tanks are quoted to represent the anti-EPA position without noting the fact that they are backed by polluting industries. Even if the mass media did actually investigate the origin of the funding for such "studies," Berman knows how to hide the funders, so it is even more difficult to prove that the fossil fuel industry is backing what is offered as "unbiased" research and analysis.

What is most ominous about Berman's recent "false front" initiatives - which bring him extremely healthy fees from corporations - is that they represent the expanding stranglehold of big money on government. From lobbying to campaign finance to alleged think tanks and "studies" - and other tools to control public policy, regulations and legislation - corporations and the wealthy have not only largely captured the electoral process; they have also crafted finely tuned ways to influence the mass media with false information and analysis."

Today's Supreme Court Has Turned its Guns On "We the People"

Why the Right-Wing Is as Obsessed with Brainwashing Your Kid as With Looting Social Security | Alternet

Why the Right-Wing Is as Obsessed with Brainwashing Your Kid as With Looting Social Security | Alternet

"In light of Oklahoma's recent attack on AP History, it would be easy to argue that today's Republicans don't recognize the value of a good education. However, the reality is that they do, and that the spreading attack on public education is far more sinister."

Always on the Wrong Side of History: A Look at Many of the Constitutional Rights Conservatives Have Opposed

Always on the Wrong Side of History: A Look at Many of the Constitutional Rights Conservatives Have Opposed

"as we all know, conservatives love to point out that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and he was a Republican. That’s true, but he wasn’t a conservative. It’s as if conservatives willfully ignore the fact that the states which fought with the South during the Civil War are also the states that opposed integration, voting rights and the Civil Rights Act – and now almost every single one of them is strongly Republican."

The Conservative Attempt to Rewrite the United States' Progressive History

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/29270-the-conservative-attempt-to-re-write-our-progressive-history
"Name a great achievement in US history and conservatives were against it.
This isn't opinion, it's just fact, and it's the real reason why conservatives are going absolutely bonkers about the AP US history curriculum.
They're worried that if young people study real history, not the Reaganized fluff Republicans are pushing, they'll realize that conservatives have been on the wrong side of history for the past 200 plus years.
From a conservative perspective, banning AP history makes perfect sense.
Not only would doing so keep the public in the dark about what it really means to be conservative, it would also - and this is really important - make it harder for young Americans to discover the truth about this country's progressive past."

Brewing 'Perfect Storm,' GOP Lawmakers Push Millionaire-Friendly State Tax Schemes

Brewing 'Perfect Storm,' GOP Lawmakers Push Millionaire-Friendly State Tax Schemes

"Despite unfair burden on lower- and middle- classes, conservative-led state governments push regressive tax plans"

GOP plays politics with security funding amid terrorist threats

AUDIO: Idaho Republican asks if a woman can swallow a camera for gynecological exam

AUDIO: Idaho Republican asks if a woman can swallow a camera for gynecological exam

"Idaho state Rep. Vito Barbieri (R) was well on his way to becoming a national laughingstock on Monday for his bungled understanding of the female anatomy"

“Death by a Thousand Cuts” and ALEC’s Local Strategy for Attacking Unions

“Death by a Thousand Cuts” and ALEC’s Local Strategy for Attacking Unions

"The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) made headlines last week after Wisconsin Republicans introduced a virtually word-for-word copy of the ALEC “model” Right to Work Act, following on the heels of Michigan and other states that have taken up the ALEC-inspired anti-union measures in recent years."

Scott Walker’s economic mess: How worker wages were gutted in Wisconsin

Scott Walker’s economic mess: How worker wages were gutted in Wisconsin

"Since Walker wants to bring this policy menu to the rest of the country in 2016, people on Main Streets outside of Wisconsin should take note."

Here Is What The Koch Brothers Bought With $67 Million Dollars (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/21/koch-67-million-dollars/
"It is no secret that the Charles and David Koch funnel millions of dollars into elections. The billionaire brothers are by no means the only people influencing votes and public perceptions about critical issues such as, climate change, income inequality, and health care reform. They are however, some of the most egregious participants in the oligarchical takeover of American democracy."

Bill O'Reilly Attacks New York Times Reporter

Bill O’Reilly’s Latest Whopper Lie is Also His Most Bizarre Lie So Far

http://thedailybanter.com/2015/02/bill-oreillys-latest-whopper-lie-also-bizarre-lie-far/
"O’Reilly’s lies are more outlandish and bizarre — and getting more so every day."

Bill O'Reilly's Most Bizarre Lie Yet Centers On JFK Assassination Figure

Bill O'Reilly's Most Bizarre Lie Yet Centers On JFK Assassination Figure

"The lie about the Falklands doesn't hold a candle to this one. DeMohrenschildt has long been the mystery man in the whole JFK assassination body of investigation. Leave it to Bill-O to inject himself falsely right into the middle of that story."

Bill O’Reilly Caught In Another Lie, And It’s His Most Embarrassing One Yet

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/24/bill-oreilly-caught-in-another-lie-and-its-his-most-embarrassing-one-yet/
"This lie, however, is so bold and unequivocally false that it will be fascinating to see how O’Reilly’s network, Fox News, justifies dishing out no disciplinary action against their star host because of it."

Jon Stewart Shreds Rudy Giuliani: Stop Trying To ‘Crassly Exploit’ 9/11 To Spread Obama Hatred (Video)

Jon Stewart Shreds Rudy Giuliani: Stop Trying To ‘Crassly Exploit’ 9/11 To Spread Obama Hatred (Video)

"a lot of this nonsense is rooted in the reality that Giuliani realizes nobody cares what he has to say, so in a last grasp of desperation, he’s trying to say anything to remain even the slightest bit relevant."

Bill O'Reilly's "War Zone" Footage Released By CBS News

Reporter Recounts Memories Of Argentina And Bill-O

Reporter Recounts Memories Of Argentina And Bill-O

"We -- meaning the American networks -- were all in the same, modern hotel and we never saw any troops, casualties or weapons. It was not a war zone or even close. It was an "expense account zone"."

Why Bill O'Reilly Will Skate

Why Bill O'Reilly Will Skate

"The folks in the mainstream press won't hold O'Reilly to the same standard because he and his defenders will shout and bray and beat their chests, and the MSM will shrink back from this dominance challenge. O'Reilly's doing that already"

Bill O'Reilly's "Combat Situation" Reporting, In His Own Words

http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/02/20/bill-oreillys-combat-situation-reporting-in-his/202605
"O'Reilly has repeatedly created the impression he was in a combat zone."

Military Veterans Declare War On Bill O’Reilly For ‘Stealing Valor’ With War Zone Lies

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/20/military-veterans-declare-war-on-bill-oreilly-for-stealing-valor-with-war-zone-lies/
"Understandably, the military veterans group expects Fox News to do the right thing and take Bill O’Reilly off the air. After all, O’Reilly has been blasting NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams for lying about his own service in a war zone."

This Politician Is REALLY Confused About Women's Anatomy

Giuliani’s Biographer Destroys Him In Scathing Op-Ed On How Rudy ‘Loves’ America

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/20/giulianis-biographer-destroys-him-in-scathing-op-ed-on-how-rudy-loves-america/
"Wayne Barrett is the author of “Rudy: An Investigative Biography,” so he knows a lot about what Giuliani knows about love and patriotism. To put it bluntly, Giuliani doesn’t know sh*t about either."

After Giuliani’s Ugly Attacks, #ObamaLovesAmerica Explodes On Twitter (TWEETS)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/21/obama-loves-america/
"After the irrelevant and insignificant Rudy Giuliani made racist and unfounded remarks regarding President Obama’s loyalty and patriotism, Twitter blew up with supporters praising Obama’s love for our country"

President Obama Rips Mitch McConnell A New One After He Tries Taking Credit For Economic Turnaround (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/20/obama-trashes-mcconnell/
"But McConnell wants to cash in on the countries economic turnaround by taking credit after being Majority Leader for a month."

States That Accepted Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion Are Creating More Jobs

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/02/20/3625237/medicaid-expansion-job-creation/
"The new study, published by the market trend research group FitchRatings, found that Medicaid expansion states experienced 30 percent faster growth in health sector jobs in 2014, compared to the states that haven’t accepted the expansion."

Anti-union derby for 2016 nomination

Scott Walker Says He’ll Sign ALEC-Echoing ‘Right to Work' (For Less) Legislation | The Nation

Scott Walker Says He’ll Sign ALEC-Echoing ‘Right to Work' (For Less) Legislation | The Nation

"Plenty of Walker critics in the labor movement and the legislature expressed skepticism about the governor's temperate statements. After all, when one of his wealthiest supporters, Wisconsin billionaire Diane Hendricks, had asked in 2011 about making Wisconsin a "right-to-work" state, Walker was caught on tape replying: "The first step is we're going to deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions, because you use divide and conquer." That did not sound like a man who had any qualms about signing anti-labor legislation.

Yet, throughout the high-stakes 2014 campaign, the governor stuck to his newly moderate line, presenting himself as a smart manager who wanted to get things right rather than the rigid ideologue he had been portrayed as during the 2011 conflict.

That was then.This is now."

The Kinds Of Things You Might Learn In An Oklahoma AP History Course

The Kinds Of Things You Might Learn In An Oklahoma AP History Course

"In its place, the lawmakers propose replacing the course with a farrago of blather, half-truths, and right-wing religious propaganda."

Fox News is Apparently Very Annoyed that President Obama Keeps Taking Shots at the Network (Video)

Fox News is Apparently Very Annoyed that President Obama Keeps Taking Shots at the Network (Video)

"As most of us know, Fox News is nothing more than a right-wing propaganda network."

The Corporate Debt to Society: $10,000 Per Household, Per Year | Alternet

The Corporate Debt to Society: $10,000 Per Household, Per Year | Alternet

"The corporate debt to society: $10,000 per household, per year. That estimate is based on facts, not the conservative-style emotion that might deny the responsibility for any debt to the American people."

Walker's 'dangerous' union-busting policy

Monday, February 23, 2015

Wisconsin Introduces Word-for-Word ALEC Right to Work Bill

Wisconsin Introduces Word-for-Word ALEC Right to Work Bill

"Wisconsin Republicans have called a special session to take up a "right to work" measure attacking private sector unions--and the text of the bill, the Center for Media and Democracy has discovered, is taken word-for-word from American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model legislation."

Scott Walker's Political Record of Lies, Deceit, Corruption and Revenge | Alternet

Scott Walker's Political Record of Lies, Deceit, Corruption and Revenge | Alternet

"Stepping back, it is clear that Walker is positioning himself to be the political water boy for the enormous fund-raising machine led by the libertarian industrialist Koch brothers, who have said they will try to raise nearly $900 million to spend on the 2016 elections. Walker hopes his combative and bullying style will allow him to win the White House and impose a 21st-century version of robber-baron capitalism on America."

The othering of the president

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/22/1365647/-The-othering-of-the-president
"Characteristically, over the six years of his presidency, he didn't get mad, he got even. In the face of Republicans who wanted to "let Detroit go bankrupt," President Obama rescued the American auto industry and with it one million U.S. jobs. In the wake of the greatest financial collapse since the Great Depression, Obama and his Democratic Party saved the U.S. economy despite the Republican austerians in Washington and the states who tried to kill it. He put the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, pushed comprehensive immigration reform and put his support behind marriage equality for all Americans. Oh, and one other thing. Barack Obama enabled some 19 million Americans to obtain health insurance even as the growth in premiums and total national spending on health care slowed to their lowest levels in years.
Sounds like a man who loves his country and its people to me."

5 Insane Right-Wing Moments This Week: Giuliani Becomes Totally Unhinged | Alternet

5 Insane Right-Wing Moments This Week: Giuliani Becomes Totally Unhinged | Alternet

"There is one sure sign of America hatred, and it is running for and winning the presidency twice. While black. Another sign of hating America is not being Rudy Giuliani, and not having had the specific experiences that he has had. Like marrying your cousin, avoiding the draft, dumping your wife on TV, race-baiting your way to the mayoralty, backing police brutality against minorities and acting somewhat more like a like a leader than George Bush on 9/11.

In what some see as his most desperate bid to remain relevant yet, the increasingly unhinged, totally self-deluded ex-Mayor continued his quest to become the new Donald Trump this week."

Scott Walker Green Lights Stealth Attack On Unions

Scott Walker Green Lights Stealth Attack On Unions

"They're not going to stop until the entire country is working for minimum wage and no benefits. And even then, they won't stop until they've eliminated minimum wage."

Why the Public Has Every Right to Know if Scott Walker Believes in Evolution | Alternet

Why the Public Has Every Right to Know if Scott Walker Believes in Evolution | Alternet

"Just posing that question to a GOP candidate is perceived as something inappropriate."

Republicans are Nothing More Than Cheerleaders for Hate, Ignorance and Intolerance

Republicans are Nothing More Than Cheerleaders for Hate, Ignorance and Intolerance

"when it’s all said and done, they’re really nothing more than cheerleaders for anyone who can get on a stage and preach hate, ignorance and intolerance."

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Watch: Scott Walker Charms Conservatives with Assault on Education

Watch: Scott Walker Charms Conservatives with Assault on Education

"Scott Walker's been tugging at conservative heartstrings with a story about a teacher who supposedly got fired despite being named "teacher of the year"; though the story has holes big enough to drive a truck through (check out Jud Lounsbury's takedown), that hasn't stopped Walker from using it to charm the conservatives he hopes will support him in a 2016 presidential bid."

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Real Reason Why Oklahoma Republicans are Trying to Ban AP History

The Real Reason Why Oklahoma Republicans are Trying to Ban AP History

"Republicans don’t just dislike reality, they’re actually trying to change what “facts” really are. They’ve set out to distort and destroy education as much as they possibly can because they know that by doing this they can then rewrite textbooks in their own ideology, essentially creating new “facts” that they’re comfortable with."

Conservatives Attack History Education In Oklahoma

Republicans are Gutting American Education

http://quietmike.org/2015/02/20/republicans-gutting-american-education/
"Do you see the theme here? Republicans win through stupidity. And the less educated (and more stupid) the average American is, the better the GOP will do. And that’s just what we’re seeing in Oklahoma. And Texas. And Kansas. And Wisconsin. And Florida. And Mississippi. And…
You get the idea."

5 Valiant GOP Efforts to Make Americans As Dumb As Possible | Alternet

5 Valiant GOP Efforts to Make Americans As Dumb As Possible | Alternet

"If you ever want to make a conservative touchy, the quickest way---out of many quick ways---is to hint that the connection between ignorance and holding right-wing views is more than a coincidence. But when you look at what Republican politicians get up to these days, especially in state legislatures, it starts to look like Republicans are purposefully trying to make Americans more ignorant. The attacks on education are, if anything, just getting bolder all the time."

The GOP was wrong, wrong, wrong on Obamacare

President Obama Descends from 14 Revolutionary War Soldiers

https://suite.io/rosemary-e-bachelor/471h25d
"This genealogy means Obama can join Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and female descendants can join the Daughters of the American Revolution."

Yes, Let's Talk About 'Upbringing,' Rudy

Yes, Let's Talk About 'Upbringing,' Rudy

"Barack Obama's grandfather fought in World War II. Rudy Giuliani's [father] was barred from military service because he was a felon.

Yeah, maybe Giuliani's right. Maybe we really are formed by the character of the people who raised us."

Even This Former Romney Advisor Calls Giuliani’s ‘Obama Doesn’t Love America’ Remark ‘Insane’ (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/20/romney-advisor-call-giuliani-obama-comment-insane/
"If you’re having trouble finding something to be thankful for today, be thankful former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani is nothing more than a loud-mouth has been."

President Obama Shreds Mitch McConnell For Trying To Take Credit For The Economy

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/20/president-obama-shreds-mitch-mcconnell-credit-economy.html
"The president was right on the money. All of the Republican predictions about the impact of President Obama’s policies on the economy were wrong. Republicans predicted that Obamacare would bring about death panels and the collapse of civilization as we know it, and they were wrong.
Republicans predicted that Obama’s policies would increase the deficit. Wrong. Republicans predicted that the president’s policies would prevent the economy from growing. That one was really really wrong.
Mitch McConnell deserves to be mocked for trying to take credit for the growth of an economy that he had spent the first six years of the Obama presidency trying to destroy."

Obama rallies Democrats in rousing speech

Drop-Out Scott Walker Calls Critics Of His Smarts ‘Elitist’ As He Sandbags State’s Universities (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/18/dropout-walker-calls-critics-elitist/
"Just after securing his second term as Wisconsin’s governor (what the hell, Wisconsin?) Walker proposed a $300 million deduction from the state’s budget for universities. Ironically, at the same time, in a move echoing Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s Red Wings arena hijinks, Walker also proposed spending $500 million on a pro-basketball, NBA arena. As a result, people became fed up with the flunky governor and began demonstrating against his asinine proposals, which led him to speaking with Kelly about the recent protests that had begun assembling outside Walker’s parent’s home."

Crunched By His Big Tax Cuts, Scott Walker Will Skip $108 Million In Debt Payments

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/02/19/3624622/walker-budget-debt-payment/
"Walker has pushed for and enacted more than $2 billion in tax cuts since he took office in 2011. Although the state had a surplus of $759 million last year, it now faces a projected shortfall that could wind up being more than $2 billion for the next two budget years."

Jeb Bush has a Bush Problem

Jeb Bush Says He’s His Own Man Then Surrounds Himself With Brother’s Team

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/18/jeb-bush-man-surrounds-brothers-team.html
"The simple fact that Jeb Bush is willingly taking advice from the very people who pushed America into the Iraq War under false pretenses is enough to disqualify him from being elevated to Commander-in-Chief of the nations’ Armed Forces. The nation can not afford another Bush presidency. Nor can the rest of the world."

PERRspectives: For CUFI and ISIS, It Was the Best of Times, It Was the End of Times

PERRspectives: For CUFI and ISIS, It Was the Best of Times, It Was the End of Times

"With the carnage in Syria, the sectarian bloodbath in Iraq and the beheadings, these are not good times in the Middle East. Unless, that is, you believe we're living in the End of Times. And you very well might, if you're a member of the Islamic State (ISIS) or a supporter of Christians United for Israel (CUFI)."

Jeb Bush Hires Same Foreign Policy Experts That Lied US Into Iraq War

Jeb Bush Hires Same Foreign Policy Experts That Lied US Into Iraq War

"Jeb "I Am My Own Man" Bush, declared today that he would shape his own foreign policy when he gave a speech in Chicago today. However, I'm not sure hiring almost everyone one of his father and brother's advisors is going to help him very much since they all have blood on their hands after the Iraq war debacle."

PNAC Signer Endorses Jeb Bush As A 'Real Conservative'

PNAC Signer Endorses Jeb Bush As A 'Real Conservative'

"Vin Weber's one of those behind-the-scenes power brokers, a signatory to the infamous Project for A New American Century letter (you know, the one calling for America to dominate the globe through military force), and a major player in the private for-profit schools industry. So when Vin assures us that Jeb Bush is a "real" conservative (one who now has Paul Wolfowitz and James Baker as advisers), we should all pay very close attention"

Jeb Bush Just Like His Brother In The Scariest Way

Jeb Bush to roll out ‘Bush Doctrine II: Electric Clusterf*ck’ to a sadder but not wiser nation

Jeb Bush to roll out ‘Bush Doctrine II: Electric Clusterf*ck’ to a sadder but not wiser nation

"With the exception of James Baker — who was probably thrown into the mix to send a thrill up the legs of David Gergen and Ron Fournier … and only them — this is basically the same crew who trashed the place, drove the cars into the swimming pool, set the house on fire, and fed chocolate to the dog from 2000 to 2008 — and the black guy in the White House still hasn’t finished cleaning their mess up.

Particularly odious — an impressive feat with Michael Hayden on the list — is the inclusion of Paul Wolfowitz who once gave an answer that sums up with exquisite simplicity why these people, who exhibited profoundly poor judgement and failed so miserably at their jobs in the past, are continually called back into service.

Asked by a reporter at the National Press Club, “How do you account for the intelligence failures regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?” Wolfowitz replied, after a pause: “Well, I don’t have to.”

We are so doomed.

Again."

The Same People Who Lied To You About Iraq Are Now In Charge Of Jeb Bush’s Foreign Policy

http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/02/18/3624114/people-lied-iraq-now-charge-jeb-bushs-foreign-policy/
"The remarks come just days after Bush brushed aside questions about his view of President George W. Bush’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and as the Florida governor and presumptive GOP frontrunner works to define himself in the early days of the 2016 campaign.
Yet Jeb Bush’s efforts to distance himself from his brother’s foreign policy may only be skin deep.
According to Reuters’ Steve Holland, Bush has tapped a “diverse” roster of former George W. Bush and George H. W. Bush officials to advise his burgeoning campaign on foreign policy, including key architects of the 2002 invasion of Iraq.
The list of advisers provided to Reuters by a campaign aid includes Paul Wolfowitz and Stephen Hadley, as well as former George W. Bush Homeland Security Secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, and Bush adviser Meghan O’Sullivan."

Michael Hayden Forgets His Illegal War Precipitated The Rise Of ISIL

Michael Hayden Forgets His Illegal War Precipitated The Rise Of ISIL

"Actions have consequences, especially military actions rooted in manufactured, false evidence. The Bush Crime Family launched THE illegal Iraq war which created the forces that are driving ISIL today. By eradicating the livelihood of Saddam Hussein's sizable and well-trained army, we have inadvertently created this awful quagmire in the Middle East. Incidentally, the organizational masterminds, two deputies to the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliph, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, are former Baathists from Saddam's army. Let's not forget this, because the Republican warmongers would certainly prefer Jeb Bush's amnesia regarding his brother's reign of terror, over a lucid recollection of history."

Scott Walker Ably Demonstrates GOP Is Still the Party of Stupid | Alternet

Scott Walker Ably Demonstrates GOP Is Still the Party of Stupid | Alternet

"The sad fact is that polling shows fewer and fewer Republicans believe in evolution."

How Republicans turn fewer votes into more legislative seats

Thursday, February 19, 2015

This is what Republican governance looks like: Bruce Rauner’s frightening agenda

This is what Republican governance looks like: Bruce Rauner’s frightening agenda

"Amid depressed turnout and pent-up frustration with the Springfield status quo, Illinois voters last November ousted Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, awarding billionaire venture capitalist Bruce Rauner a five-point victory. The five weeks since Rauner took office as Illinois’ first Republican governor in a dozen years have offered a vivid illustration of the truism that elections have consequences — consequences that will be paid disproportionately by the state’s poor, working class, and middle-income citizens."

Breaking: Massive Backlash from Parents and Students in Oklahoma After State’s Attempt to Ban AP History

Breaking: Massive Backlash from Parents and Students in Oklahoma After State’s Attempt to Ban AP History

"This whole thing is absolutely absurd. This is nothing more than Republicans trying to change and alter history for their own partisan benefits. It’s just another ignorant right-wing attack on facts and education because neither usually support the rhetoric the GOP is constantly spewing."

Oklahoma Bill Confirms That Republicans are Trying to Change Facts, Alter History

Oklahoma Bill Confirms That Republicans are Trying to Change Facts, Alter History

"If you haven’t heard, the state of Oklahoma is waging an all-out assault on Advanced Placement U.S. history in their public schools. Apparently, Republicans within the state legislature feel that telling the truth about our nation’s history is simply not patriotic."

Incredibly Stupid Things Republicans Make Up

http://quietmike.org/2015/02/19/incredibly-stupid-things-republicans-make/
"If there is some far-fetched theory that lacks a basis in reality the Republicans will polish it up and make it part of their official platform. Fox News will then step in and turn it into “news” complete with 25 percent facts and 75% lies."

Republicans in Oklahoma Seek to Replace History Classes with GOP Speeches, Ten Commandments

http://thedailybanter.com/2015/02/republicans-oklahoma-seek-replace-history-classes-gop-speeches-ten-commandments/
"George Carlin once said that it’s “selfish, ignorant citizens” who give us “selfish, ignorant leaders,” and it’s the dumb leaders who can be easily puppeteered. This year, we’re looking at two Republican presidential candidates with shaky educations. Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) never graduated from college, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) lied about having graduated from Baylor. Six years ago, we watched in bemused horror as the GOP nominated a vice presidential candidate who couldn’t describe the vice president’s constitutional duties. We won’t even go into the previous chief executive except to note that when he was asked about Native American tribal sovereignty and the relationship with the federal government, he responded, “Tribal sovereignty means just that. It’s sovereign. You’re a — you’re a — you’ve been given sovereignty and you’re viewed as a sovereign entity.” Doofus citizens won’t notice crap like that, so let’s make more. And if we can pan-sear Bush 43 speeches, Ronald Reagan speeches and theocratic dogma into the heads of impressionable children at the same time, bonus!"

GOP’s middle class charade: Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh and the real threat of the Christian right

GOP’s middle class charade: Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh and the real threat of the Christian right

"Republicans desperately want you to believe they care about income inequality. The party's history says otherwise"

State Regulators Told To Ignore GOP Lawmaker’s Disgusting, Unlicensed And Illegal Hog Farm (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/18/state-regulators-told-to-ignore-gop-lawmakers-disgusting-unlicensed-and-illegal-hog-farm-video/
"Holt is disgusting. He has absolutely no concern for human health and safety. His number one concern is profit. He claims that government regulations are the problem. His hog farm gives us only a tiny glimpse at what the world would be like without them. Dead rotting pig carcasses. Sh*t in the trees. Black creeks. Food contaminated with God knows what diseases. No pesky regulators or inspectors to make sure the food supply isn’t filled with meat from sick and diseased animals. That’s the Republican wet dream for America. Free enterprise, meaning you’re free to spread all the hog sh*t you want wherever you want. Free to leave a hog’s dead, rotting carcasses lying around for months on end, all without interference from those pesky, meddlesome ‘big-evil-government’ rules."

Crunched By His Big Tax Cuts, Scott Walker Will Skip $108 Million In Debt Payments

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/02/19/3624622/walker-budget-debt-payment/
"Walker has pushed for and enacted more than $2 billion in tax cuts since he took office in 2011. Although the state had a surplus of $759 million last year, it now faces a projected shortfall that could wind up being more than $2 billion for the next two budget years."

Danny Glover fights to save US Postal Service

White House: Obamacare enrollments reach 11.4 million

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/18/1365158/-White-House-Obamacare-enrollments-reach-11-4-nbsp-million
"That's a lot of people. A lot of people who now have affordable health insurance. Charles Gaba puts the total, including all the young people who've been able to stay on their parents plans, the people who are in expanded Medicaid and the regular enrollees at 32 million. That's the primary success of the law but it's only part of the success. Healthcare spending has slowed, dramatically. Like the lowest growth in half a century dramatically. A slowdown in Medicare spending is already reducing the deficit and extending the life of the Medicare program. Somewhere around 50,000 lives have been saved because of measures in the law that make hospitals safer.
That's what Republicans want to repeal, make go away entirely and have absolutely no intention of replacing should the Supreme Court decide to cut one of the most critical components out from under it."

How many truthful attacks have Republicans launched against Obamacare? (Spoiler: still zero)

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/18/1365226/-Is-there-any-Republican-criticism-of-Obamacare-that-s-nbsp-true
"It's really no wonder that Republicans are utterly bankrupt when it comes to healthcare reform. At one time they had some ideas, and some of those ideas ended up in Romneycare, and from there some of them ended up in Obamacare. Which caused them all to have to be completely repudiated by all right-thinking Republicans and replaced with, well, platitudes and gibberish."

Obama Reminds Republicans That They Were Totally Wrong About Obamacare

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/18/obama-reminds-republicans-totally-wrong-obamacare.html
"Republicans responded to the news by saying nothing. The offices of Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had nothing to say about the news that the health care law that they are trying to destroy is exceeding all expectations.
The president pushed back on the outright falsehood that the ACA is a government takeover of healthcare by mentioning the benefits that free market competition have brought to the healthcare system. The Republican critics were, and continue to be, wrong about the Affordable Care Act.
The ACA is not only exceeding expectations as far as sign ups are concerned, but also the law is also performing better than even supporters thought was possible. President Obama didn’t point a finger and say you were wrong, and I was right, but reminding everyone that the Republican critics have been wrong since the beginning, the president reinforced the idea that Republicans are more interested in partisan politics than health care policy that works."

White House comedy stints wield huge influence

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Comcast feathering nests of anti-net neutrality Republicans

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/17/1365028/-Comcast-feathering-nests-of-anti-net-neutrality-Republicans
"It's always helpful to have a good sense of what motivations could be behind the actions of members of Congress. It's even more helpful when those members are hell-bent on doing something that not just a majority of voters is opposed to, but is nearly universally opposed. That's the case with net neutrality. The public has spoken, and net neutrality is possibly even more popular than Social Security."

The Cruel Politics of One GOP Governor's Agenda to Fleece the Public | Alternet

The Cruel Politics of One GOP Governor's Agenda to Fleece the Public | Alternet

"The new governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, is a hedge fund manager whose salary last year was $60 million. He spent $65.9 million—including $27.6 million of his own money—buying his last election, and he’s about to introduce an austerity program that will make most folks in Illinois think they are living in austerity-wracked Greece, with less idyllic weather."

Oklahoma Lawmakers Want To Ban High School AP History Courses

Oklahoma Lawmakers Want To Ban High School AP History Courses

"This shouldn’t be surprising considering the fact that this is the same state that couldn’t find money for tornado shelters in schools, but had no problem handing out huge tax breaks to energy companies. Keep the kids ignorant and teach them a right wing Republican-approved, white-washed version of our nation’s history. That’s the real ‘Murican way."

Pinterest takes down Rand Paul's sexist Hillary Clinton trolling

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/18/1365205/-Pinterest-takes-down-Rand-Paul-s-sexist-Hillary-Clinton-trolling
"When the time comes for senior superlatives to be doled out for the Republican Presidential Primary Class of 2016 yearbook, Rand Paul is clearly hoping to be named class clown. But creepy troll might be more apt.
Paul has followed up his "secret tape" between "Hillary Clinton" and "Jeb Bush" with a nasty sexist Pinterest page targeting Clinton alone. Paul's page, which pretended to be from Clinton herself, was taken down by Pinterest, because even if you're a senator and potential presidential candidate, you don't get to put up a fake page for a public figure."

$15 Now Under Attack – Republicans To Eliminate Popular Law

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/18/15-wage-under-attack/
"The GOP lawmakers in Olympia,Washington are in panic mode over the upcoming $15/hr minimum wage increase in Seattle. Not that it will hurt businesses, or cost jobs, but because in the little experiment over it in the town of Seatac, the opposite has happened, demonstrating to one and all that the rhetoric against the minimum wage is complete and total rubbish. So now they are scrambling to cut it off before it spreads from the small enclave next to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to the nation’s 21st largest city, Seattle."

Oklahoma Bill Banning AP US History Would Make Students Study Ten Commandments, 3 Speeches By Reagan

http://thinkprogress.org/education/2015/02/18/3624062/oklahoma-bill-banning-ap-us-history-make-students-study-ten-commandments-3-speeches-reagan/
"An Oklahoma bill banning Advanced Placement U.S. History would also require schools to instruct students in a long list of “foundational documents,” including the Ten Commandments, two sermons and three speeches by Ronald Reagan."

ACCE Wants Your Town to Subsidize ALEC-Style Corporate Lobbying

ACCE Wants Your Town to Subsidize ALEC-Style Corporate Lobbying

"the American City County Exchange (ACCE) was formed in 2014 as a local government version of the state legislature-focused American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The new group's structure mimics its parent organization, with corporate lobbyists paying between $10,000 and $25,000 to sit side-by-side with city and county elected officials and vote on legislation that all too frequently benefits ALEC's corporate members.

Early reports suggest that ACCE's agenda is a familiar one: introducing local "right-to-work" bills that undermine collective bargaining, blocking local minimum wage campaigns, and privatizing government services to benefit for-profit corporations."

Judge Protects Koch Donor Names From Light Of Day -- For Now

Judge Protects Koch Donor Names From Light Of Day -- For Now

"A Koch brothers advocacy group can keep its donor list secret for now, with a federal judge ruling that revealing the identities would chill free speech.

The ruling comes as billionaires Charles and David Koch seek to raise almost $1 billion in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election."

Tax Cuts For Rich, Tax Increases For Everyone Else

Oklahoma Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History

http://thinkprogress.org/education/2015/02/17/3623683/oklahoma-lawmakers-vote-overwhleming-ban-advanced-placement-history-class/
"An Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly voted to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History class, persuaded by the argument that it only teaches students “what is bad about America.” Other lawmakers are seeking a court ruling that would effectively prohibit the teaching of all AP courses in public schools."

Mississippi Law Would Permit Unlicensed Drivers To Operate Buses Under Religious Exemption

Mississippi Law Would Permit Unlicensed Drivers To Operate Buses Under Religious Exemption

"why does a church get exempted from rules that are there to protect not only the safety of passengers in the vehicle, but also passengers in other vehicles or even pedestrians? "

Rick Wiles: Obama Will Seize Conservatives' Homes, Give Them To Immigrants | Right Wing Watch

Rick Wiles: Obama Will Seize Conservatives' Homes, Give Them To Immigrants | Right Wing Watch

"On Friday's edition of "Trunews," host Rick Wiles spoke with guest Brett Creamer about a "series of dreams and visions” Creamer had “in which he saw a tsunami wave strike the southeastern United States, and the aftermath of an economic collapse in which private property is seized from middle-class homeowners and given to illegal immigrants."

Wiles said that Creamer's dreams confirmed his suspicions that Obama may one day seize all private property, especially the homes of conservatives, and hand over the land to undocumented immigrants."

Oklahoma GOP Wants To Replace AP US History Course With Conservative ‘Christian’ Propaganda

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/18/oklahoma-gop-wants-to-replace-ap-us-history-course-with-conservative-christian-propaganda/
"Oklahoma students are mere steps away from being forced into conservative “Christian” indoctrination courses if Republicans have their way.
By an 11-4 margin party line vote, Republicans in a statehouse committee chose to ban AP US History courses across the state. And what do they want to replace the course with? Conservative propaganda, of course."

Conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza calls Obama a “boy” from “the ghetto”

Conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza calls Obama a “boy” from “the ghetto”

"Once hailed as one of the conservative movement’s leading intellectual lights, Dinesh D’Souza now spends most of his time churning out fourth-rate right-wing documentaries, appearing on deranged conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ show, and owning up to a range of shortcomings — adultery, campaign finance violations, and so on. In the age of Obama, he has also become notorious for his racist jabs at the president, and he dished out a particularly ugly one today, referring to Obama as a “boy” from “the ghetto"."

Residents Of America's Food Stamp Capital Continue To Vote Against Their Self-Interests

Dinesh D’Souza’s Latest Sad Cry for Attention Is a Shockingly Racist Tweet Aimed at Obama

http://thedailybanter.com/2015/02/dinesh-dsouzas-latest-sad-cry-attention-shockingly-racist-tweet-aimed-obama/
"It would be easy to point out how offensive it is for anyone to call the first black President of the United States “boy” and assume he came from the “ghetto,” which he didn’t."

Neo-Nazis Threaten To Murder Professor After Fox Hypes ‘Antiwhite’ College Class

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/18/neo-nazis-threaten-to-murder-professor-after-fox-hypes-antiwhite-college-class/
"These are the same people, Including Fox News (especially Fox News), that regularly marginalize minorities in America. They lament the lost days of slavery and Jim Crow even as Republicans pass new versions of them. They celebrate White Supremacy in America and want the status to stay very quo.
So why are they so angry that someone would discuss White Supremacy in a college classroom? That’s actually quite simple: As I’ve discussed before, modern White Supremacy only works as long white skin is invisible. That way, when a white person commits a crime, it’s only about that individual but when a black person does the same, magically it’s an indictment of all blacks.
If we start thinking of white people as “white” or, god forbid, stop thinking of black people as “black,” a lot of the advantages white people get for being the “right” color disappear. That is the most terrifying thing in the world to a White Supremacist. So, of course, discussing whiteness and White Supremacy in its proper historical context is, I kid you not, “anti white"."

The Unbearable Stupidity Of Obama's "Muslim Gang Sign"

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/02/18/the-unbearable-stupidity-of-obamas-muslim-gang/202550
"Conservatives have spent much of Obama's presidency laying out ludicrous theories for how Obama is secretly Muslim."

Convicted Conservative Felon D'Souza Shows His Ass Again

Convicted Conservative Felon D'Souza Shows His Ass Again

"Someone needs to tell Dinesh D'Souza to back away from the Twitter slowly and return to his cushy room at the halfway house where he's serving his term for trying to buy himself a Senator in 2012. With every tweet, D'Souza becomes a little more unhinged and a little more marginalized.

On the plus side, he does at least reveal the racism that drives conservatives to hate every single thing Obama does."

Mississippi Lawmaker Makes Racist Comments, Then Claims He's Not Racist

New report says conservative chumps sent $50 million to right-wing ‘scam’ groups like SarahPAC

New report says conservative chumps sent $50 million to right-wing ‘scam’ groups like SarahPAC

"Two Super PACs – Tea Party Army and Republicans for Immigration Reform – gave no money at all to candidates through independent expenditures or direct contributions, the study found.

Eight other groups – including The National Draft Ben Carson for President, Tea Party Express, SarahPAC, and Tea Party Patriots – gave less than 10 percent of their expenditures to candidates.

The bottom 10 groups surveyed spent more than $54 million last year but contributed slightly more than $3.6 million to Republican candidates."

Fox Host Reframes Income Inequality Report To Throw A Pity Party For The Rich

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/02/17/fox-host-reframes-income-inequality-report-to-t/202545
"Of course, income inequality is still at historically troubling rates, and could potential even worsen, as the Times repeatedly noted."

Americans Were Asked A Simple Science Question, Their Answers Will Make You Laugh…Or Cry (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/17/americans-were-asked-a-simple-science-question-their-answers-will-make-you-laugh-or-cry-video/
"Shockingly, 1 in 4 believed that the Sun orbits the earth.
To put this level of scientific understanding in perspective, the idea that the earth and planets revolve around the Sun has been accepted by scientists and much of the civilized world since the 16th century. Over four hundred years later, a quarter of Americans still haven’t found this fact out."

State Senator Tom Corbin: Women Are A "Lesser Cut Of Meat"

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

No AP History Credits For You, Oklahoma Students!

No AP History Credits For You, Oklahoma Students!

"An Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly voted to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History class, persuaded by the argument that it only teaches students “what is bad about America.” Other lawmakers are seeking a court ruling that would effectively prohibit the teaching of all AP courses in public schools."

Gullible Conservatives Finally Learn That Groups Like SarahPAC Took Them For Suckers

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/17/gullible-conservatives-finally-learn-that-groups-like-sarahpac-took-them-for-suckers/
"Among the groups were the Tea Party Patriots, Tea Party Army, Republicans For Immigration Reform, Tea Party Express, and SarahPAC. As we all know, SarahPAC is the group that Sarah Palin uses as her personal bank account. This hasn’t exactly been secret, but conservatives refuse to believe any report that one of their own didn’t put together. You know, because conservatives are dumb like that.
Anyway, Rightwing News found that these groups took in and spent over $54 million last year and only used $3 million of it to help Republican candidates. Sounds like a political ponzi scheme if you ask me."

4 Things You Should Know About Presidential Candidate Scott Walker Before It’s Too Late | Alternet

4 Things You Should Know About Presidential Candidate Scott Walker Before It’s Too Late | Alternet

"He is so corrupt the corruption itself gives him cover, because an objective description of it sounds like a hyperbolic screed, leading to an “Oh, come on, he can’t be as bad as all that” from people who don’t know his history.

He IS that bad."

Walker’s Punked Phone Call

http://scottwalkerwatch.com/koch-brothers/walkers-punked-phone-call/
Looks like the Koch brothers are going to get behind Scott Walker for 2016. Anyone remember this phone call? Good reminder of just how bought and paid for he really is. They owned him from the very start. (actual recording above the transcript)

Why Is No One Talking About the GOP’s Plan to Send Millions of Disabled Americans Into Poverty? | The Nation

Why Is No One Talking About the GOP’s Plan to Send Millions of Disabled Americans Into Poverty? | The Nation

"Despite their virtues, many conservative Republicans have an unfortunate habit of picking on the weak and disadvantaged, slandering the people least able to fight back."

Report: Overpaid CEOs hurt shareholders, employees and the nation as a whole

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/16/1364740/-Report-Overpaid-CEOs-hurt-shareholders-employees-and-the-nation-as-a-whole
"Some people may argue that it shouldn't matter to anyone but shareholders what a company pays its top executives. But the pay structures that allow this grotesquely out-of-whack compensation don't just harm shareholders, according to the report, "they also prevent corporations from paying decent wages to their employees." They also hurt taxpayers because the performance-based compensation is a write-off no matter how large. And, increasingly, that compensation is divorced from actual performance."

Preacher On Trial For Human Rights Violations Against Gays Claims He’s Not Anti-Gay (VIDEO)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/16/preacher-on-trial-for-human-rights-violations-against-gays-claims-hes-not-anti-gay-video/
"Now that he’s being sued, he’s not bragging about the ‘nuclear bomb’ he set off in Uganda. In fact, he’s claiming that the rise in persecution of gays in the country had nothing to do with him.
No one who has heard Lively speak would believe for a minute that he’s not ‘anti-gay.’
While Lively claims to ‘love the sinner but hate the sin,’ it’s abundantly clear that his actions have nothing to do with love."

Mississippi judge gets indicted for assaulting and calling a disabled African American a n*gger

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/16/1364750/-A-Mississippi-Judge-gets-indicted-for-assaulting-and-calling-a-disabled-African-American-a-nigger
"Throughout all of this, Weisenberger continues to be paid his full salary, and all of his previous sentencing in cases still remains valid. In spite of proposed bills requiring judges in Mississippi to have law degrees, only a high school diploma is required."

Sinister Law Brings Theocracy To Tennessee: The Christian Right Are Coming For Your State Next

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/16/sinister-law-brings-theocracy-to-tennessee-the-christian-right-are-coming-for-your-state-next/
"In fact, the Christian Right have been attempting to break the constitutional separation of Church and State since at least the latter half of the 20th century. Just look at what happened to the Pledge of Allegiance."

The Christian Right Is Quite Scary, But the GOP's Economic Agenda Is America's Big Nightmare | Alternet

The Christian Right Is Quite Scary, But the GOP's Economic Agenda Is America's Big Nightmare | Alternet

"America’s Christian right has a long history of demonstrating its devotion to fanaticism, extravagance and folly, but since the Reagan era, these tendencies have been deployed very effectively by politicians who want to appeal to sensibilities and loyalties of ordinary Americans while picking their pockets. That’s what this latest round of rabble-rousing is really all about."

Michael Cannon, CATO hack behind King v. Burwell, lying again about Ben Nelson

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/15/1363609/-Michael-Cannon-CATO-hack-behind-King-v-Burwell-lying-again-about-Ben-Nelson
"It is fun to see Cannon's own arguments contribute to the increasingly fast self-destruction of his own case."

In Case You Missed It: Joni Ernst Caught On Tape Saying Poor People Aren’t Entitled to Food, Clothing, or Health Care

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/16/in-case-you-missed-it-joni-ernst-caught-on-tape-saying-poor-people-arent-entitled-to-food-clothing-or-health-care/
"Congratulations, Iowa (where over 900,000 residents- or one-third of the state- receives some form of government assistance) on electing this woman who thinks you’re all just a bunch of lazy, entitled moochers, and who wants to inflict a “painful” ideology on you."

This Map Of Health Care Costs Around The World Will Make Your Blood Boil (IMAGE)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/16/global-health-care-cost-map/
"That means it costs four times as much to be treated in the United States as it does in France."

Rick Perry Makes Ridiculous Claim About Why Texas Leads the Nation in Number of Uninsured Citizens

Rick Perry Makes Ridiculous Claim About Why Texas Leads the Nation in Number of Uninsured Citizens

"the truth is, almost nobody wants him to be president - especially after his disastrous 2012 campaign. It doesn’t matter that almost every poll I’ve seen of potential 2016 GOP candidates has Perry at or near the bottom, he’s still clearly getting ready for another run at the presidency. I can’t really blame the GOP for not getting behind him. Why would they? He was an absolute embarrassment in 2012 and I can almost guarantee 2016 isn’t going to be any better. For example, recently Perry made a completely asinine claim that the reason why Texas leads the nation in the number of its citizens without health insurance is because that’s what Texans want. “Texas has been criticized for having a large number of uninsured,” Perry said. “But that’s what Texans wanted. They did not want a large government program forcing everyone to purchase insurance.” No, actually what most Americans want is true universal health care – but Republicans damn sure won’t allow that to happen. Currently, Texas leads the nation with 22 percent of its citizens living without health insurance. In a state of around 27 million people, that means about 6 million aren’t insured. And this isn’t a number that magically grew after the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. This has been a problem in Texas for years, so Perry trying to link this problem to the Affordable Care Act is just idiotic."

The 'absurdist comedy' that is the Obamacare challenge

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/12/1364073/-The-absurdist-comedy-that-is-the-Obamacare-challenge
"That fabric they manufactured is unraveling around them, exposing them as the unprincipled partisan hacks they are. But that's nothing compared to the egg on the Supreme Court's face for even taking this turkey of a case. Imagine how they'll look if they actually rule for the nut-jobs."

Rick Perry’s Absurd Healthcare Claim: Texans Like Being Uninsured! | Alternet

Rick Perry’s Absurd Healthcare Claim: Texans Like Being Uninsured! | Alternet

"According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 70 percent of uninsured Texans are in working families, with 40 percent living below the poverty level. Kaiser does not have statistics on how many consider their lack of coverage just another part of being liberty-loving Texans."

Hobby Lobby 2: Inside Republicans' Plan to Kill America's Most Effective Anti-Teen-Pregnancy Program

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/colorado-iud-teen-pregnancy-abortion
"Seven years later, the program has been, by most measures, a huge success. Teen birthrates are dropping across the country, but Colorado's has fallen faster than the nationwide average, allowing it to leapfrog 11 spots in the national rankings."

Papa John’s Stole Wages From Their Employees, Now They’re Paying An $800,000 Price Tag For It

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/10/papa-johns-stole-wages-from-their-employees-now-theyre-paying-an-800000-price-tag-for-it/
"Gee, it kinda sounds like John Schnatter literally got rich by stealing from his own employees. After all, parent companies get a slice of the profits made by their franchisees. Combined with his refusal to pay his workers a living wage and his refusal to provide them with health insurance, it’s no wonder why Schnatter is able to live in such opulence. Here’s an aerial photograph of his sprawling 40,000 square foot castle in Kentucky, which includes a pool, a golf course, a 22 car garage, and a drawbridge.
In addition, Schnatter owns two other homes in Florida and Utah. All generously and unknowingly purchased by workers for John Schnatter with their stolen wages while they slave away in kitchens across the country with no health insurance. And conservatives have the nerve to wonder why fast food workers are going on strike. It’s because of greedy jackasses like this guy."

It’s Time To Face The Truth That Republicans Are Traitors

http://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/09/its-time-face-truth-republicans-traitors.html
"The Republican drive to subvert this nation and its people’s well-being began when they met and secretly plotted to undermine economic recovery after they just spent 8 long years creating the Great Recession for the benefit of the rich; including starting two wars of religious aggression. At no time in history has a group of political leaders purposely conspired to destroy the nation’s economic well-being as Republicans did on Inauguration night in January 2009. They ramped up their war on the economy in 2011 when they nearly destroyed the full faith and credit of the United States that the Constitution states “shall not be questioned,” much less deliberately decimated. The constitutional betrayal garnered America’s first credit downgrade in history and a ploy they came precariously close to repeating in 2013 when they shut down the government by betraying their Constitutional mandate to legislate for the “people’s general welfare;” all over their opposition to Americans having access to affordable healthcare. It was a betrayal of their fellow citizens, and their oath to uphold the Constitution that tasks them to pass legislation, not shut down the government or threaten a credit default. Over the past six years, Republicans have shown that their allegiance to the Constitution is as non-existent as their allegiance to this country or their fellow citizens."

GOP Slickster Pleads Guilty To Campaign Finance Violation

GOP Slickster Pleads Guilty To Campaign Finance Violation

"Harber is well-schooled in the Morton Blackwell Leadership Institute Political Method, which is essentially one where you win at all costs. James O'Keefe is also a graduate of that particular institution. I like to call it the place where they train college students for their future in criminal politics."

Monday, February 16, 2015

Twitter Blows Up With Awesome #ILoveObama To Honor His Accomplishments (TWEETS)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/16/i-love-obama/
"Users of the social media site proudly proclaimed why they love the nation’s 44th President, for reasons ranging from things such as healthcare, gay rights, and abortion rights, to something trivial like, oh I don’t know, saving the world economy from the brink of destruction."

North Carolina GOP Looks To Raise Taxes On Students And Defrauded Homeowners

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/02/16/3623378/north-carolina-mortgage-relief-tax/
"Anyone in North Carolina who wins a write-down on their mortgage could end up owing the state thousands of dollars in extra income taxes under a Republican-backed proposal that cleared the state Senate last week."

GOP Launches Full Assault On Reproductive Rights

Jeb Bush Takes Cowardly Stance in Desperate Attempt to Distance Himself From His Brother

Jeb Bush Takes Cowardly Stance in Desperate Attempt to Distance Himself From His Brother

"If he doesn’t want to answer questions about his brother, or his family legacy in general, then he shouldn’t run for president. It’s really that simple. But if this is the strategy he’s planning to try to use going forward while hoping to avoid being linked to his brother, he’s in for a rude awakening. All that’s going to do is make him look as if he’s admitting that his brother was a failure, that he’s trying to hide something and that he’s too spineless to stand up for his own family."