Thursday, October 31, 2013

Dick Cheney, One-Man Zombie Apocalypse | Common Dreams

Dick Cheney, One-Man Zombie Apocalypse | Common Dreams

The former VP has returned from the shadows – weirdly, to court the Tea Party for daughter Liz's Senate run. Happy Halloween!

Haven't read the article, just loved the title ;)

25 Facts Right-Wingers Desperately Want Us to Forget | Alternet

25 Facts Right-Wingers Desperately Want Us to Forget | Alternet

There’s a word for willful ignorance: Ultracrepidarianism.

Surprise! Atheist Marriages May Last Longer Than Christian Ones | Alternet

Surprise! Atheist Marriages May Last Longer Than Christian Ones | Alternet

Conservative Christians see themselves as the last defenders of traditional marriage. Yet many don't quite live up to the ideal.

The National Memo » Obama ‘Not Happy’ Over Glitches With Healthcare Website

The National Memo » Obama ‘Not Happy’ Over Glitches With Healthcare Website

U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday he is “not happy” with the glitch-filled rollout out of his health reform program, as he renewed a vow to fix the problems.

Is There a Revolution Coming? Americans Finally Realize Global Capitalism Is a Murderous Sham | Alternet

Is There a Revolution Coming? Americans Finally Realize Global Capitalism Is a Murderous Sham | Alternet

Popular revulsion for the ruling elite is nearly universal. Are we going to see an uprising?

McCain Threatens To Hold Yellen Nomination Over Benghazi Details

McCain Threatens To Hold Yellen Nomination Over Benghazi Details

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Wednesday that he and Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) plan to delay the nomination of Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve in order to obtain information on the 2012 Benghazi attacks from the Obama administration, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Ractopamine: The Meat Additive on Your Plate That's Banned Almost Everywhere But America | Alternet

Ractopamine: The Meat Additive on Your Plate That's Banned Almost Everywhere But America | Alternet

The asthma drug-like growth additive has enjoyed stealth use in the US food supply for a decade despite being widely banned overseas.

Reid: Cruz 2016 'Would Be End Of The Republican Party'

Reid: Cruz 2016 'Would Be End Of The Republican Party'

If Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) claims the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) warned Wednesday, the GOP will have effectively destroyed itself.

The National Memo » 5 Obamacare Facts Republicans Don’t Want To Talk About

The National Memo » 5 Obamacare Facts Republicans Don’t Want To Talk About

Republicans who want to talk about the Affordable Care Act have two obvious goals: discrediting the whole law and somehow making it go away.

GOP Threatens Mass Blockade Of Obama's Top Judges

GOP Threatens Mass Blockade Of Obama's Top Judges

Republicans are threatening a mass blockade of President Barack Obama's three most important judicial nominees ahead of an expected Thursday vote on the first of them.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The National Memo » Prof. Clinton Explains The Far Right

The National Memo » Prof. Clinton Explains The Far Right

Bill Clinton, the nation’s politician-in-chief, is on a roll on behalf of his friend Terry McAuliffe, the frontrunner in next week’s election for governor of Virginia.

John Pilger: America Is Treating an Entire Contintent Like a Chessboard in Its Game to Dominate China | Alternet

John Pilger: America Is Treating an Entire Contintent Like a Chessboard in Its Game to Dominate China | Alternet

Where the Americans bring drones and death in Africa, the Chinese build roads, bridges and dams.

Will Rupert Murdoch's Media Empire End Up Owning Your Child's Student Data? | Alternet

Will Rupert Murdoch's Media Empire End Up Owning Your Child's Student Data? | Alternet

Where is the balance of power between commercial vendors and the public school system?

Nixon Proposed Today’s Affordable Care Act | Alternet

Nixon Proposed Today’s Affordable Care Act | Alternet

It's easy to forget amidst all of the conservative handwringing that this is the kind of plan GOP has always wanted.

Groundbreaking Study: 19 Percent of Americans Don't Consider Themselves Heterosexual | Alternet

Groundbreaking Study: 19 Percent of Americans Don't Consider Themselves Heterosexual | Alternet

It turns out people often don’t answer honestly even when they’re anonymous. A new study attempts to deliver solid findings about sexual preferences in spite of this.

Libertarians in 2013: The Even Whiter, Wealthier, WASPier Bastion of Republican Party | Alternet

Libertarians in 2013: The Even Whiter, Wealthier, WASPier Bastion of Republican Party | Alternet

They are not the same as Tea Partiers or the religious right; this is a different crowd.

The National Memo » It’s Hard To Run A Democracy With An Ignorant Public

The National Memo » It’s Hard To Run A Democracy With An Ignorant Public

Given the great hullabaloo in Washington over government spending, here are a couple of noteworthy facts. Under President Obama, the federal budget deficit has been more than cut in half, from a FY 2009 high of $1.55 trillion (largely inherited from George W. Bush) to an estimated $642 billion this year, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

However, a recent Bloomberg News poll shows that 10 percent of American voters are acquainted with this indisputable fact — 59 percent mistakenly believe that the deficit has risen under Obama. Another 26 percent think it’s remained approximately the same. It’s hard to run a democracy given such widespread public ignorance.

The National Memo » Anti-Tax Lobbyist Grover Norquist Blasts Ted Cruz (Repeatedly) And Discounts Republican ‘Hiccup’

The National Memo » Anti-Tax Lobbyist Grover Norquist Blasts Ted Cruz (Repeatedly) And Discounts Republican ‘Hiccup’

Over the past three decades, nobody in this country – from Ronald Reagan to Paul Ryan – has devoted more energy to slashing taxes and government than the Washington activist and lobbyist Grover Norquist. His ambition, as Norquist once quipped, is to shrink government until it’s small enough to fit into a bathtub, “so we can drown it.”

A Mini-Bargain? Path Emerges In Congress For Budget Deal

A Mini-Bargain? Path Emerges In Congress For Budget Deal

When the big, bipartisan budget committee kicks off with its first meeting Wednesday, conferees will be given a daunting task: bridge the chasm that has divided Congress for years and left the country lurching from one crisis to the next.

The prospects for a comprehensive agreement -- or a "grand bargain" -- are virtually nonexistent. Republicans won't touch tax revenues and Democrats won't agree to cut Social Security or Medicare without significant new revenues.

Why Extending The Obamacare Deadline Could Hurt Democrats In 2014

Why Extending The Obamacare Deadline Could Hurt Democrats In 2014

With HealthCare.gov's problems piling up last week, a small coalition of Democratic senators formally urged the Obama administration to extend the deadline for enrolling in a health plan beyond March 31, 2014, which is when the enrollment period ends now. They said that, given the website's problems, an extension only makes sense. People should be given enough time to sign up for coverage.

The insurance industry is lobbying senators to give up that fight, saying that it would be bad actuarial policy. But there's another, more nakedly political element to the pitch: New higher rates for 2015 would become public right before the 2014 elections. 

Obama, Congress Owe Snowden Thanks, and a Pardon | Robert Scheer

Obama, Congress Owe Snowden Thanks, and a Pardon | Robert Scheer

Now we know that even the president needs leaks from Edward Snowden to be fully informed about the dastardly acts of his own top spy agency. It was Snowden's recent revelations that led Obama to order an investigation into spying on private communications of 35 world leaders, including our closest allies, a clear betrayal of the trust needed to establish a more peaceful world.

Why Dianne Feinstein Is Suddenly Upset About the NSA | Alternet

Why Dianne Feinstein Is Suddenly Upset About the NSA | Alternet

One of the National Security Agency's biggest defenders in Congress is suddenly at odds with the agency.

Inside a White Supremacist Conference Aimed at Millennials | Alternet

Inside a White Supremacist Conference Aimed at Millennials | Alternet

Young white supremacists gather in D.C. to talk Ayn Rand, race and IQ, economic collapse. We crash the sad event.

Republican Says He'd Bring Back Slavery If His Constituents Asked Him To | Alternet

Republican Says He'd Bring Back Slavery If His Constituents Asked Him To | Alternet

Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler's comments to fellow Republicans sparked an uproar from his colleagues.

My Confederate Town: Where Civil War-Era Politics Still Dominate | Alternet

My Confederate Town: Where Civil War-Era Politics Still Dominate | Alternet

I feel hostility every time I walk out my door in Front Royal, Virginia.

The Number of Billionaires Is Growing Across the Planet, as Global Inequality Spreads | Alternet

The Number of Billionaires Is Growing Across the Planet, as Global Inequality Spreads | Alternet

Gone are the days when U.S. billionaires accounted for over 40 percent of the list.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The National Memo » If This Is What 2016 Is Going To Look Like, The GOP Is In Big Trouble

The National Memo » If This Is What 2016 Is Going To Look Like, The GOP Is In Big Trouble

“In your lifetime, much of your potential — or lack thereof — can be known simply by swabbing the inside of your cheek,” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said at Liberty University on Monday, during a rally for the Virginia GOP’s nominee for governor, Ken Cuccinelli. “Are we prepared to select out the imperfect among us?”

WTF?

The National Memo » Food Stamp Cuts Coming For Everyone — Including Nearly A Million Veterans

The National Memo » Food Stamp Cuts Coming For Everyone — Including Nearly A Million Veterans

Nearly 48 million families will see a cut in their Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits this Friday, resulting in a reduction of 16 meals a month for a family of three. These cuts to food stamps, as SNAP is more commonly known, are the result of expiring stimulus programs and are likely to be compounded by further cuts in the upcoming federal budget agreement and restrictions being implemented by the states.

Next Ploy to Sabotage Obamacare: Beating Up on Sick People | Alternet

Next Ploy to Sabotage Obamacare: Beating Up on Sick People | Alternet

Now they're focusing on the people who will see an increase in insurance costs, and will try to pit them against the people who really need insurance.

How Alan Greenspan Destroyed America | Alternet

How Alan Greenspan Destroyed America | Alternet

The former Fed chair is promoting his new book. He should admit his role in the housing crisis, not insult our intelligence.

Ex-GOP Senator: Republican Party Totally Disconnected from Reality | Alternet

Ex-GOP Senator: Republican Party Totally Disconnected from Reality | Alternet

Former Republican senator and independent Gov. Lowell Weicker has harsh words for his party.

Republican Party Continues To Struggle One Year After Mitt Romney Loss

Republican Party Continues To Struggle One Year After Mitt Romney Loss

A year after losing a presidential race many Republicans thought was winnable, the party arguably is in worse shape than before. The GOP is struggling to control tensions between its tea party and establishment wings and watching approval ratings sink to record lows.

Uber and Lyft Get a Lot of Hype -- But Ridesharing Is a Parasitic Business Model | Alternet

Uber and Lyft Get a Lot of Hype -- But Ridesharing Is a Parasitic Business Model | Alternet

There's a lot of attention on the 'disruptive' ride share business, but its effects aren't pretty overall.

Are Special Laws For Sex Offenders on Halloween Legit? | Alternet

Are Special Laws For Sex Offenders on Halloween Legit? | Alternet

Research shows no evidence of increased child sex abuse on Halloween, so why the fear-mongering?

The Fallacy of the Republican 'Moderate' | Alternet

The Fallacy of the Republican 'Moderate' | Alternet

A raft of news coverage points back to the good old days, when Republicans were reasonable. The history is way off.

5 Reasons Why Cutting Social Security Would Be Irrational | Alternet

5 Reasons Why Cutting Social Security Would Be Irrational | Alternet

Even for Congress.

Meet 3 Master Manipulators of America’s Oligarchy | Alternet

Meet 3 Master Manipulators of America’s Oligarchy | Alternet

Financiers Stanley Druckenmiller, Pete Peterson and John Arnold form a trifecta of treachery.

The National Memo » First, Admit The Problem

The National Memo » First, Admit The Problem: Here’s the mistake made by President Obama and the Democrats that nobody is talking about: They have been too fearful of confronting our country’s three-year obsession with the wrong problem.

And here is the Tea Party’s greatest victory: It has made the wrong problem the center of policymaking.

The wrong problem is the deficit. The right problem is sluggish growth and persistent unemployment.

The National Memo » Flawed Assumptions Plague Latest Deficit Panel

The National Memo » Flawed Assumptions Plague Latest Deficit Panel

The U.S. budget deficit is worse than ever. Taxes already have been raised, so efforts to narrow the shortfall should focus only on spending. The only fair deal is a straight trade: relief from the cuts under sequestration in return for reductions to entitlements. Yet there’s no incentive for Democrats to go along.

All of these statements are accepted by the public and important politicians. All are false.

The National Memo » Ted Cruz Can’t Lose — As Long As He’s Tearing Down The GOP

The National Memo » Ted Cruz Can’t Lose — As Long As He’s Tearing Down The GOP

The game is fixed.

The Republican base is sure that the only reason their party ever loses is because they don’t fight. And when they fight, they know that the only reason they don’t win is because their “moderates” give up.

Newsmax/Zogby Poll: Libertarian Hurting Cuccinelli in Va. Gov. Race

Newsmax/Zogby Poll: Libertarian Hurting Cuccinelli in Va. Gov. Race

A Newsmax/Zogby Poll shows that with one week to go before Virginians elect a new governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe is leading Republican Ken Cuccinelli by a margin of 35.5 percent to 30.4 percent, with Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis gathering enough support to tip the balance.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Walmart | Rcooley123's Blog

Walmart | Rcooley123's Blog

Nearly everyday, commercials air on TV and radio touting the great low prices available to consumers shopping at Walmart. Other ads discuss how the company prides itself on the upward mobility of its employees within the corporate structure from hourly associates up through the ranks to store management positions. Deeper analysis of Walmart’s policies and practices with regard to its employees show it to be far from the paragon of employer virtue that the advertisements would leave one to believe.

'Shock Doctrine' Americana: Endless War as the Ultimate Business Model | Common Dreams

'Shock Doctrine' Americana: Endless War as the Ultimate Business Model | Common Dreams

Disaster Capitalism on the battlefield and in the boardroom

Urban Shield: 'The Epitome of State Repression' Coming to Town Near You | Common Dreams

Urban Shield: 'The Epitome of State Repression' Coming to Town Near You | Common Dreams

Meeting of SWAT teams and military contractors from around the world faces local opposition in Oakland, CA

Absent Progressive Uproar, Social Security and Medicare Face Axe | Common Dreams

Absent Progressive Uproar, Social Security and Medicare Face Axe | Common Dreams

The lines are being drawn for a 'Grand Bargain' and the Democrats' continued willingness to give away role as defenders of safety net and earned benefit programs, say critics, is deeply worrying

How the Wealthy Wage War on Democracy Itself | Common Dreams

How the Wealthy Wage War on Democracy Itself | Common Dreams

If the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling was not devastating enough for American democracy, a new case could wipe away any remaining vestige of election integrity. The nation’s highest court heard oral arguments in McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission this month. If the court rules in favor of Alabama mining CEO Shaun McCutcheon, rich Americans could make unlimited amounts of campaign contributions directly to political candidates and parties. Currently, the federal limit for individual contributions is $123,000 over two years, a figure that the majority of Americans don’t even earn as basic income during that time span.

The National Memo » 6 Other Times Republicans Admitted Voting Restrictions Are Just About Disenfranchising Democrats

The National Memo » 6 Other Times Republicans Admitted Voting Restrictions Are Just About Disenfranchising Democrats

“This country has many distinctions as a democracy,” The Nation‘s Ari Berman writes in his new review of Gary May’s Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy. “The saddest is that it is the only advanced democracy ever to disenfranchise, enfranchise and disenfranchise again an entire segment of the population. What should be its most settled right—the right to vote—remains the most contested.”

The National Memo » Voter ID Laws Have But One Intent: To Limit The Franchise

The National Memo » Voter ID Laws Have But One Intent: To Limit The Franchise

Belatedly, federal Judge Richard Posner has arrived at the obvious conclusion about voter identification laws: They are enacted as a barrier to the franchise, an un-American tactic hatched by conservatives to prevent certain people from voting. It’s too bad that his epiphany came so late.

The Lies That Will Kill America | Alternet

The Lies That Will Kill America | Alternet

Ideology and self-interest trump the facts or even caring about the facts, whether it’s banking, Obamacare or global warming.

Friday, October 25, 2013

A More Perfect Union: Being Gay in America | Arianna Huffington

A More Perfect Union: Being Gay in America | Arianna Huffington

In the preamble of the Constitution, we are told that we are constantly moving toward a more perfect union. And while people in every age think they're living in a time of transition, ours truly is an age of transition when it comes to the rights of gay Americans. It's in the zeitgeist -- in the courts, in pop culture, in the business world and in people's voices online and offline. You can hear the echo of Frederick Douglass' truism: "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will..."

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Wells Fargo Survey: 34 Percent of Middle Class Expects to Work Until They're 80

Wells Fargo Survey: 34 Percent of Middle Class Expects to Work Until They're 80

Many middle-class Americans apparently aren't expecting to live their golden years in leisurely retirement.

A hefty 34 percent of them think they will work until at least the age of 80, because they haven't saved enough for retirement, according to a Wells Fargo study survey conducted by Harris Interactive.

NSA Disinformation: There's No Evidence That Massive Data Collection Thwarts Terror Attacks | Alternet

NSA Disinformation: There's No Evidence That Massive Data Collection Thwarts Terror Attacks | Alternet

Politicians keep repeating the talking point that the NSA has prevented 54 attacks. But the evidence isn't there.

Why Have Young People in Japan Stopped Having Sex? | Alternet

Why Have Young People in Japan Stopped Having Sex? | Alternet

What is "celibacy syndrome" and why has it taken over Japan?

4 Things You Need to Know About the Plot to Sell Off Your Pensions to Wall Street | Alternet

4 Things You Need to Know About the Plot to Sell Off Your Pensions to Wall Street | Alternet

What your state legislators actually mean when they start throwing around the Orwellian phrase “pension reform."

If Only the Tea Party Crowd Knew Where Their Ideas Came from | Alternet

If Only the Tea Party Crowd Knew Where Their Ideas Came from | Alternet

Tea Partiers should learn their history.

6 Most Brazen Right-Wing Lies About Obamacare | Alternet

6 Most Brazen Right-Wing Lies About Obamacare | Alternet

The campaign to recast a program that makes health insurance accessible to millions of Americans as a plague of locusts has risen to fever pitch.

Ted Cruz's Wife Confirms He's Covered Under Her Blue-Chip Health Plan

Ted Cruz's Wife Confirms He's Covered Under Her Blue-Chip Health Plan

The wife of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who led a vocal effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, confirmed in a New York Times interview published Wednesday that the senator receives health care coverage through her blue-chip employer insurance plan.

The National Memo » Will The Christie Juggernaut Roll Over Ted Cruz And Rand Paul?

The National Memo » Will The Christie Juggernaut Roll Over Ted Cruz And Rand Paul?

With his impending re-election in “Blue Jersey” evidently assured and his national profile rising, Chris Christie is a formidable presidential hopeful. If not always a voice of reason, the blustering governor usually sounds sane in a Republican Party where conspiracy, paranoia, and extremism reign. His decision to abandon the state’s legal appeal against gay marriage exemplified the canny pragmatism that worries Democratic strategists looking forward to 2016.

Inside The Meeting Where Obama And Reid Vowed Not To Be 'Taken In By These Crazy People'

Inside The Meeting Where Obama And Reid Vowed Not To Be 'Taken In By These Crazy People'

Barack Obama and Harry Reid needed to clear the air. The relationship between the president and the Senate majority leader had been deteriorating since 2011, with Reid losing respect for Obama's ability to negotiate with Republicans and Obama unsure if Reid had as much control over his Senate Democratic caucus as he liked to say.

10 Reasons Why the Tea Party is So Unpopular | Alternet

10 Reasons Why the Tea Party is So Unpopular | Alternet

One-quarter of Republicans don’t think like them, Pew finds.

Libertarians Are Trying to Co-Opt an Anti-NSA Rally for Their Own Agenda | Alternet

Libertarians Are Trying to Co-Opt an Anti-NSA Rally for Their Own Agenda | Alternet

Hard-right, anti-government ideologues make poor coalition partners, even if they're right on surveillance

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

How Obamacare Will Save The Federal Government $190 Billion | ThinkProgress

How Obamacare Will Save The Federal Government $190 Billion | ThinkProgress

Lower than projected premiums under the Affordable Care Act will save the federal government $190 billion over 10 years and increase the law’s deficit reduction by 174 percent to almost $300 billion, a new analysis from the Center for American Progress has found. The report, from Topher Spiro and Jonathan Gruber, bolsters President Obama’s claims on Monday that despite the ongoing technical problems surrounding HealthCare.gov, “the product of the Affordable Care Act for people without health insurance is quality health insurance that’s affordable.”

The Triumph of the Right | Common Dreams

The Triumph of the Right | Common Dreams

Conservative Republicans have lost their fight over the shutdown and debt ceiling, and they probably won’t get major spending cuts in upcoming negotiations over the budget.Republican Congressman from Wisconsin Paul Ryan. (Photo: AP)

But they’re winning the big one: How the nation understands our biggest domestic problem.

Is the End of the School Library Upon Us? Budget Cuts Hit Librarians Where it Hurts | Alternet

Is the End of the School Library Upon Us? Budget Cuts Hit Librarians Where it Hurts | Alternet

Citing fiscal pressure, some NYC schools want to use in-classroom libraries and parent volunteers instead of certified librarians. Critics say kids need more than that.

This is just not acceptable. Not for NYC, not for anywhere.

Three Extreme Right-Wing Ideologies Have Taken Over the Republican Party -- and Could Destroy It Forever | Alternet

Three Extreme Right-Wing Ideologies Have Taken Over the Republican Party -- and Could Destroy It Forever | Alternet

The overlapping ideologies of Ayn Rand capitalists, Christian fundamentalists and neo-Confederate white supremacists is a toxic mix

Ted Nugent To Serve As Co-Chairman Of Texas Pol's Campaign

Ted Nugent To Serve As Co-Chairman Of Texas Pol's Campaign

Promising to "raise as much hell" as he can, gun-loving rocker Ted Nugent said Tuesday that he will play a leading role in one candidate's bid to be Texas agriculture commissioner.

Sen. Mike Lee Takes Heat At Home Over Shutdown

Sen. Mike Lee Takes Heat At Home Over Shutdown

The campaign to defund the Affordable Care Act may have endeared him to the tea party, but Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) is facing an increasingly disgruntled constituency at home for his leading role in the quixotic effort that led to the government shutdown and brought the United States close to default.

The National Memo » Poll: McAuliffe Opens Up 17 Percent Lead Over Cuccinelli In Virginia Gubernatorial Race

The National Memo » Poll: McAuliffe Opens Up 17 Percent Lead Over Cuccinelli In Virginia Gubernatorial Race:

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has opened up a stunning 17 percent lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia’s upcoming gubernatorial election, according to a new poll from Republican-leaning Rasmussen Reports.

The National Memo » Block A Grand Bargain With Bold Progressive Solutions To Social Security And Medicare

The National Memo » Block A Grand Bargain With Bold Progressive Solutions To Social Security And Medicare

Going into the post-shutdown budget discussions, progressives should take the offensive with proposals that would fix problems with Social Security and Medicare without any cuts.

The next food stamp crisis is about to hit - latimes.com

The next food stamp crisis is about to hit - latimes.com

If you've been following the food stamp debate in Washington, you know it's about whether to cut food stamp benefits for the disadvantaged by $4 billion a year (the House proposal) or only $400 million a year (the Senate plan).

CEO-to-worker pay gap is obscene; want to know how obscene? - latimes.com

CEO-to-worker pay gap is obscene; want to know how obscene? - latimes.com

Corporate America is fighting a proposed SEC rule requiring companies to calculate the ratio of their CEO's pay to the median pay of all their employees.

Poof goes the middle class - latimes.com

Poof goes the middle class - latimes.com

With wages falling and inequality increasing, new ideas are needed to prevent the emergence of a new underclass.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Poll: More Than Half Says GOP House Control 'Bad for Country'

Poll: More Than Half Says GOP House Control 'Bad for Country'

More than half of Americans believe it's bad for the country that the Republican Party controls the House of Representatives, according to a new poll.

Pope Francis: 'Ideological Christians' Are a 'Serious Illness' | Alternet

Pope Francis: 'Ideological Christians' Are a 'Serious Illness' | Alternet

Pope Francis continues to shake up the Catholic Church. As Raw Story noted, he criticized what he called “ideological Christians” at mass last Thursday.

Even Older Voters Are Mad at GOP | Alternet

Even Older Voters Are Mad at GOP | Alternet

There are signs of GOP erosion where they can't afford it.

AFL-CIO Head to Democrats: Cut Social Security or Medicare, And We'll 'End Your Career' | Alternet

AFL-CIO Head to Democrats: Cut Social Security or Medicare, And We'll 'End Your Career' | Alternet

Richard Trumka's blunt remarks were made Monday to a conference for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

Texas Republican Judge Switches Party, Denouncing GOP as Party of Bigots and Hate-Mongers | Alternet

Texas Republican Judge Switches Party, Denouncing GOP as Party of Bigots and Hate-Mongers | Alternet

GOP now known for "pettiness and bigotry."

Daily Kos: CNN poll: Obamacare more popular than Republicans

Daily Kos: CNN poll: Obamacare more popular than Republicans

That CNN poll that demonstrates that yes, Republicans really did shoot themselves in the foot with their government shutdown and debt ceiling brinksmanship, also demonstrated, again, that Obamcare isn't so unpopular these days.

Daily Kos: Texas Has Found A Way To Deny Women The Vote. Voter Suppression?

Daily Kos: Texas Has Found A Way To Deny Women The Vote. Voter Suppression?

You have got to give it to Republicans, they are efficient. Why should they spend their time trying to adopt women centric and women friendly policies, when they can simply reduce their impact on elections? They simply institute another form of voter suppression.

Daily Kos: Obama strikes at the heart of Reaganism

Daily Kos: Obama strikes at the heart of Reaganism

Barack Obama took to the podium a few hours after his unyielding stance had forced Republicans to cry uncle, raising the debt ceiling and allowing the government to reopen in return for a sandwich full of sawdust. The president spoke about the real pain that the Republican shutdown of government inflicted on the American people. He then used that pain to strike at the very heart of modern Republicanism, the myth put forth by Ronald Reagan that "government is the problem." With one deft stroke, Barack Obama made clear that the shutdown and the threat of a national default flowed directly from Reaganism, that the tea party Republicans are no fringe element, but rather represent the core values of today's Republican Party

Daily Kos: Maddow Said It: Sedition

Daily Kos: Maddow Said It: Sedition

Daily Kos: Don't Laugh. Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) Urges GOP To Declare War On Ted Cruz. Stop Laughing.

Daily Kos: Don't Laugh. Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) Urges GOP To Declare War On Ted Cruz. Stop Laughing.

This is one of those weeks that puts a smile on my face, a song in my heart and a spring in my step. The GOP are crushed and humiliated; Cory Booker wins his Senate race; hostilities break out between Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter; and The Houston Chronicle suffers buyers remorse over Calgary Ted. Could it possibly get even better?

Daily Kos: Oregon Tea Party founder hasn't paid his mortgage in three years

Daily Kos: Oregon Tea Party founder hasn't paid his mortgage in three years

Christie Drops Opposition to Gay Marriage, Now Legal in Jersey

Christie Drops Opposition to Gay Marriage, Now Legal in Jersey

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday withdrew legal opposition to gay marriage, making same-sex nuptials the law in the state.

Tom DeLay: GOP 'Surrendered' to Obama on Shutdown

Tom DeLay: GOP 'Surrendered' to Obama on Shutdown

Republicans "lost their fight" and "surrendered" to President Barack Obama during the government shutdown, former Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas says.

Bloomberg to Spend $1.1 Million for McAuliffe

Bloomberg to Spend $1.1 Million for McAuliffe

Billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's pro-gun-control super PAC will finance $1.1 million in advertising for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe in the final weeks of the race, Politico reported Monday.

Wow, even DINO/RINO (whichever he is THIS week...) Bloomberg thinks the Cooch is too extreme and MUST be defeated. I love Bloomberg, the service, but have always been iffy about Bloomberg, the pol. Maybe I'll start adjusting my opinion :)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Who has the Wealthiest Middle Class? : Quiet Mike

Who has the Wealthiest Middle Class? : Quiet Mike

The United States is the richest country on Earth. The US has the most millionaires and the most billionaires; in fact 28% of the world’s millionaires are from the United States. Given that the US is the wealthiest country with all these rich people, if you believe in the theory of trickledown economics it would stand to reason that the US also has the wealthiest middle class. Well, guess again.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Wrong Lessons From the Shutdown | Common Dreams

The Wrong Lessons From the Shutdown | Common Dreams

As the national news media works overtime to vilify the Republicans who refuse to abandon their objectives in the interests of reopening the government and allowing business as usual, the lesson seems unmistakable: anyone who stands by his or her principles is obstructionist, extremist and hopelessly out of touch with the majority of Americans and in sharp contrast to the reasonable, patriotic members of Congress ready to put partisan principles aside for the common good.

Greenwald: 'Most Shocking' NSA Stories Yet to Come | Common Dreams

Greenwald: 'Most Shocking' NSA Stories Yet to Come | Common Dreams

Greenwald, Snowden in daily contact to reveal massive trove of revelations

10 Reasons Why the Tea Party is So Unpopular | Alternet

10 Reasons Why the Tea Party is So Unpopular | Alternet

Now that the federal government has reopened and its debt limit raised, the Tea Party is more unpopular with Americans than ever—including among moderate Republicans—polls are finding, with analysts asking if the Tea Party is part of the GOP at all.

Friday, October 18, 2013

You Think You Knew Crazy? Think Again. 10 Shockers from the Increasingly Unhinged Right Wing | Alternet

You Think You Knew Crazy? Think Again. 10 Shockers from the Increasingly Unhinged Right Wing | Alternet

Nothing shuts down America's far-right lunatic fringe.

Here’s Why Sen. Ted Cruz is Blocking FCC Nominee Tom Wheeler | TIME.com

Here’s Why Sen. Ted Cruz is Blocking FCC Nominee Tom Wheeler | TIME.com

Rachel Maddow On Federal Shutdown: Republicans Got NOTHING | Alternet

Rachel Maddow On Federal Shutdown: Republicans Got NOTHING | Alternet

Maddow explains how the GOP's “ransom note” of endless demands utterly backfired.

The Government Shutdown's Incalculable Damage to Scientific Research | Alternet

The Government Shutdown's Incalculable Damage to Scientific Research | Alternet

Now that the whole bizarre episode appears to be over, it's a good time to look at what it cost American taxpayers – and the science which we collectively support.

False Equivalence: How So-Called 'Balance' Makes the Media Dangerously Dumb | Alternet

False Equivalence: How So-Called 'Balance' Makes the Media Dangerously Dumb | Alternet

Not all sides are equal when it comes to climate change and the shutdown. Journalists should be unbiased but not brainless.

Fox News Under Fire for Guests' Victim Blaming: "I'm Not Saying She Deserved to Be Raped, But ..." | Alternet

Fox News Under Fire for Guests' Victim Blaming: "I'm Not Saying She Deserved to Be Raped, But ..." | Alternet

“What did she expect to happen at 1am in the morning after sneaking out?” said Criminal Defense Attorney DiBenedetto.

Fox News Coverage Of Obamacare Was Extremely Misleading | Alternet

Fox News Coverage Of Obamacare Was Extremely Misleading | Alternet

Fact-finding expedition on Sean Hannity reveals Fox News deceived audience

In other news, water is extremely wet!

DOJ Brings Fresh Manslaughter Charges Against Blackwater Mercenaries for Iraqi Massacre | Common Dreams

DOJ Brings Fresh Manslaughter Charges Against Blackwater Mercenaries for Iraqi Massacre | Common Dreams

Four private military contractors reindicted for their role in 2007 Nisour Square massacre that left fourteen Iraq civilians dead

Snowden: NSA Is Most Dangerous Because No Oversight Exists | Common Dreams

Snowden: NSA Is Most Dangerous Because No Oversight Exists | Common Dreams

Whistleblower explains why internal complaints would have 'been buried' and why he knows Russians cannot access secret files

The Democrats Can’t Defend the Country from the Retrograde GOP | Common Dreams

The Democrats Can’t Defend the Country from the Retrograde GOP | Common Dreams

STFU Ralph! If it wasn't for your monumentally stupid vanity campaign in '00, we wouldn't be in half the mess we're in. So shut up and let the country try to recover from your little stunt. Asshole!

Is Wal-Mart Heading for Disaster? (WMT)

Is Wal-Mart Heading for Disaster? (WMT)

Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT ) was once the shining example of how to run a growing U.S. retail chain efficiently and profitably. Sam Walton built stores in cities and towns neglected by big-box stores, and once the company built the scale needed, it was able to squeeze suppliers to provide better prices and different products than its competitors. Combine that with a superior inventory management and distribution system, and you have a market-crushing company that beat Kmart, Target (NYSE: TGT ) , and others to dominate discount stores.

This strategy worked for more than four decades, but nothing works forever, and cracks have recently formed in Wal-Mart's foundation

One can hope :)

The War on Pensions Goes Federal | Alternet

The War on Pensions Goes Federal | Alternet

Congress could apply a ‘haircut’ to previously sacrosanct pensions.

The Time Is Now: Why I'm Joining the Global Frackdown on Saturday and You Should, Too | Alternet

The Time Is Now: Why I'm Joining the Global Frackdown on Saturday and You Should, Too | Alternet

Oil and gas development is polluting our water and air, heating the planet and delaying the development of clean energy. On Saturday a global movement will unite against it.

Why I Will Never, Ever, Go Back to the United States | Alternet

Why I Will Never, Ever, Go Back to the United States | Alternet

After a year of traveling, I had planned a last, short trip. Border control had other ideas.

Spreading love around the world and we didn't even have to leave home. God, no wonder, other countries despise us.

8 Ways WikiLeaks Cables About a Tiny Country Like Iceland Expose the Dark Depths of American Empire | Alternet

8 Ways WikiLeaks Cables About a Tiny Country Like Iceland Expose the Dark Depths of American Empire | Alternet

A Chelsea Manning-leaked cable showed how Iceland asked the U.S. to stop European "bullying," just the first of a deluge of revelations detailing how America throws around its weight.

The Myth of Christian Persecution | Alternet

The Myth of Christian Persecution | Alternet

Why are messages about martyrdom and victimhood so galvanizing to a group of people who are objectively not being persecuted?

Projection, maybe?

7 Horrifying Things About the Chicken You Eat | Alternet

7 Horrifying Things About the Chicken You Eat | Alternet

Many people eat only chicken to avoid the health and environmental questions surrounding red meat. Yet the track record of US chicken may be worse.

Reid: Cruz 'Can't Talk Down To Anyone Anymore'

Reid: Cruz 'Can't Talk Down To Anyone Anymore'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Thursday that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) should understand that he's dealing with intellectual equals in the upper chamber.

I would never insult myself enough to claim that I was as dumb as Ted Cruz :)

The National Memo » WATCH: John McCain Points Out That Louie Gohmert ‘Has No Intelligence’

The National Memo » WATCH: John McCain Points Out That Louie Gohmert ‘Has No Intelligence’

The National Memo » This Week In Crazy: It’s Time To Impeach The President (Again), And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

The National Memo » This Week In Crazy: It’s Time To Impeach The President (Again), And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

Everyone's favorite post! And joy of joys, three of the five are from Texas! Apparently, my leaving my homeland drove everyone batshit crazy! :)

The National Memo » Peterson Study: Tea Party Extremism Cost Millions Of Jobs — And Risks Millions More

The National Memo » Peterson Study: Tea Party Extremism Cost Millions Of Jobs — And Risks Millions More

If Americans learn anything from this month’s shutdown-and-debt-ceiling debacle, they ought to realize that political extremism brings real costs—denominated in dollars and jobs as well as national cohesion and prestige—and that those costs are not small. So long as the Tea Party faction continues to wield its malign influence over the Republican leadership in Congress, the threat of further, even worse damage will not subside.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cruz' Father Suggests Ted Cruz Is "Anointed" to Bring About The "End Time Transfer of Wealth" | Alternet

Cruz' Father Suggests Ted Cruz Is "Anointed" to Bring About The "End Time Transfer of Wealth" | Alternet

In a sermon last year at an Irving, Texas, megachurch that helped elect Ted Cruz to the United States Senate, Cruz' father Rafael Cruz indicated that his son was among the evangelical Christians who are anointed as "kings" to take control of all sectors of society, an agenda commonly referred to as the "Seven Mountains" mandate, and "bring the spoils of war to the priests", thus helping to bring about a prophesied "great transfer of wealth", from the "wicked" to righteous gentile believers.

'HOLY' SHIT!  (no pun intended! :) )

Tea Party Insult Generator | As seen on John Boehner's Facebook Page

Tea Party Insult Generator | As seen on John Boehner's Facebook Page

Great Fun!

Poll: Minority Of Voters Wants To Repeal Obamacare

Poll: Minority Of Voters Wants To Repeal Obamacare

A minority of voters nationwide support the GOP's call to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to poll findings released Wednesday.

GOP Rep Looks To Next Showdown: 'We’re Going To Start This All Over Again'

GOP Rep Looks To Next Showdown: 'We’re Going To Start This All Over Again'

As Congress looked to end the budget and debt crises – at least for now — a Republican congressman offered an ominous outlook on Wednesday.

Pledging to vote against the plan to re-open the government until Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling until at least Feb. 7, Rep. John C. Fleming (R-LA) indicated that he's already looking toward the next showdown.

Don't Blame Boehner: House Conservatives Defend Speaker Over Shutdown Fiasco

Don't Blame Boehner: House Conservatives Defend Speaker Over Shutdown Fiasco

House Republicans hate the Senate deal to avert economic disaster and re-open the government. But they don't blame Speaker John Boehner for feeding them a bitter pill in the end. Far from it. They gave him a standing ovation for fighting the good fight, and vowed that his speakership would be secure.

Conservatives Learned The Wrong Lessons From The Shutdown Debacle

Conservatives Learned The Wrong Lessons From The Shutdown Debacle

For a certain block of House conservatives, the ones who drove Speaker John Boehner toward a government shutdown and near-default against his will, the lesson of the last few weeks isn't that they overreached. Not that they made unachievable demands, put their leadership in an impossible position, damaged their party's position with the public and left a deep uncertainty about whether the GOP conference can recover and legislate.

No, what they're taking away from the 2013 crisis is: They didn't go far enough.

How the Fast Food Industry Destroyed "Home Ec" to Hook Americans on Processed Crap | Alternet

How the Fast Food Industry Destroyed "Home Ec" to Hook Americans on Processed Crap | Alternet

Real Home Economics teaches children how to eat good food and budget. That was a threat to the processed food industry, so they destroyed it.

Sounds like the auto-related industries and the trolley car systems....

Is Our System of Government Incapable of Meeting the Challenges We Face? | Alternet

Is Our System of Government Incapable of Meeting the Challenges We Face? | Alternet:

In the long emergency ahead, the challenges to be overcome are first and foremost political, not technological or economic.

Backfire! GOP Hostage-Taking Boosts Obamacare's Popularity | Alternet

Backfire! GOP Hostage-Taking Boosts Obamacare's Popularity | Alternet

Polls find Americans want more healthcare options.

America Is Not a Christian Nation and Never Has Been: Why Is the Right Obsessed With Pushing a Revisionist History? | Alternet

America Is Not a Christian Nation and Never Has Been: Why Is the Right Obsessed With Pushing a Revisionist History? | Alternet

The Right has convinced itself that America is a theocratic nation and that our rights come "from God."

The GOP Has Surrendered for Now -- But It Will Try More Extortion Soon and Dems Have to be Strong | Alternet

The GOP Has Surrendered for Now -- But It Will Try More Extortion Soon and Dems Have to be Strong | Alternet

Democrats humbled the GOP this round, but they can't hand them what they want in the next.

Kick them while they're down, and keep kicking them while they try to get up.

A Simple Reform Could Save America From Wall Street and Boost the Economy: What’s Washington Waiting For? | Alternet

A Simple Reform Could Save America From Wall Street and Boost the Economy: What’s Washington Waiting For? | Alternet

Financiers have been getting a free ride for too long. Let's make them pay their share instead of robbing seniors.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

How the FBI Manipulates Grand Juries to Intimidate Political Dissidents and Radicals | Alternet

How the FBI Manipulates Grand Juries to Intimidate Political Dissidents and Radicals | Alternet

Grand juries have seen a resurgence as the FBI cracks down on radical communities.

The National Security Agency is Sweeping Up Your E-Mail Address Books | Alternet

The National Security Agency is Sweeping Up Your E-Mail Address Books | Alternet

It just gets better and better... well, worse and worse...

Don't Tell an Atheist She's Not an Atheist | Alternet

Don't Tell an Atheist She's Not an Atheist | Alternet

Winfrey disputes Diana Nyad's atheism—and she's the one who's wrong.

Police Lure Drug Dealers to Town, Set Up Stings, Make Busts, and Keep Millions | Alternet

Police Lure Drug Dealers to Town, Set Up Stings, Make Busts, and Keep Millions | Alternet

A six-month investigation into the Sunrise, Florida PD reveals that setups targeted poor and Hispanics.

We Are Witnessing the Emergence of a Political Process That Allows Right-Wing Billionaires the Power to Turn off Govt. Like a Switch | Alternet

We Are Witnessing the Emergence of a Political Process That Allows Right-Wing Billionaires the Power to Turn off Govt. Like a Switch | Alternet

The fiscal crisis in Washington is not simply a threat to economic and government stability, as serious as that is. It is a premeditated scheme.

Fast-Food Giants Make Billions While Their Workers Use Billions In Welfare Benefits | Alternet

Fast-Food Giants Make Billions While Their Workers Use Billions In Welfare Benefits | Alternet

Wages at America’s fast-food chains are so low that millions of employees have been receiving at least $7 billion a year in welfare benefits between 2007 and 2011, according to a new study by University of California and University of Illinois labor economists.

The National Memo » Boehner Surrenders: ‘We Fought The Good Fight, We Just Didn’t Win’

The National Memo » Boehner Surrenders: ‘We Fought The Good Fight, We Just Didn’t Win’

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has admitted defeat in the government shutdown and debt ceiling battles, releasing a statement on Wednesday afternoon signaling that the House will not block the bipartisan Senate deal to end the crisis.

Why does the phrase "Fuck You!" spring to mind?

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Confederate Flag Won't Help Conservatives Win the Shutdown - Connor Simpson - The Atlantic Wire

The Confederate Flag Won't Help Conservatives Win the Shutdown - Connor Simpson - The Atlantic Wire

Someone actually thought it was a good idea to bring a Confederate flag to protests at the White House, ones attended by Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz. Shockingly the flag's presence is backfiring for conservatives who hoped today's protests would be the big momentum turn in their favor.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Charge 'SHUTDOWN' politicians with Treason, Insurrection, and Sedition | CREDO Mobilize

Charge 'SHUTDOWN' politicians with Treason, Insurrection, and Sedition | CREDO Mobilize

Prosecute as traitors all congressmen (and at least one Senator) who pledged to orchestrate a government shutdown prior to taking their oath of office. Also prosecute those who have taken it upon themselves, specifically Ted Cruz, to bring about an unnecessary government shutdown.

Bernie Sanders: Repealing Obamacare Just The “Tip Of The Iceberg” Of Koch Brothers Agenda (VIDEO) | The Everlasting GOP Stoppers

Bernie Sanders: Repealing Obamacare Just The “Tip Of The Iceberg” Of Koch Brothers Agenda (VIDEO) | The Everlasting GOP Stoppers

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I) recently talked on the Ed Show about GOP House Speaker John Boehner, the Koch Brothers and their control over the Tea Party and the GOP.

When Will the Madness End?


John Boehner’s only choice: Throw the Tea Party overboard

John Boehner’s only choice: Throw the Tea Party overboard

With House Republicans devolving into utter chaos, the prospects for any kind of deal to end the crisis has shifted over to the Senate, where Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell continue to negotiate over the terms of ending the government shutdown and lifting the debt ceiling. Senators had coalesced around a plan pushed by Susan Collins that would increase the debt limit into January and fund the government for six months, albeit at sequester levels, while delaying the medical device tax for two years...

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Daily Kos: McCain: The Shutdown is the Fault of the GOP

Daily Kos: McCain: The Shutdown is the Fault of the GOP

And he said it this morning on Fox News, no less. From Talking Points Memo:
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) channeled his inner-maverick Friday during an appearance on Fox News Channel, repeatedly reminding the conservative network that the government shutdown was brought about by the quixotic effort to halt the Affordable Care Act.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Daily Kos: The "Welfare Queen," The "Homeless By Choice": Reagan's Toxic Legacy

Daily Kos: The "Welfare Queen," The "Homeless By Choice": Reagan's Toxic Legacy

You remember the Welfare Queen, don't you? The welfare queen stereotype (circa 1976) is a picture that some whites still have in their heads about black women...

Daily Kos: PPP--"GOP could lose the House in 2014"

Daily Kos: PPP--"GOP could lose the House in 2014"

Public Policy Polling has just surveyed 24 House districts currently occupying by Republicans. In 17 of them, a generic Democratic candidate is ahead, in 4, a generic Democrat is ahead when the respondent is told the Republican supported the shutdown, and in only 3 is the Republican ahead...

Daily Kos: The Brainwashing Of My Dad By Limbaugh, Fox & GOP Media

Daily Kos: The Brainwashing Of My Dad By Limbaugh, Fox & GOP Media

This Hornet Will Be the Last Thing You See Before You Die

This Hornet Will Be the Last Thing You See Before You Die

Don't click the  link if you want to sleep ever again!

Daily Kos: Ha ha: Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas)

Daily Kos: Ha ha: Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas)

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Daily Kos: Endgame is here: Republicans are breaking

Daily Kos: Endgame is here: Republicans are breaking

Republicans are breaking.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the bedrock of traditional Republicanism, now says that it will get involved in Republican primaries by providing financial support to incumbent Republicans who vote to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. In other words, if some Republicans act responsibly and then have to face tea party challengers accusing them of being RINOs, the Chamber will have the back of those reasonable Republicans. It's a civil war within the GOP, folks...

BBC News - What John Boehner's ambition has to do with the shutdown

BBC News - What John Boehner's ambition has to do with the shutdown

Since the 1920s, Republicans have controlled the White House, Senate and House of Representatives at the same time only during parts of George W Bush's two terms. So modern House Republicans have had virtually no experience actually sharing the responsibility of governing. Their minority mentality lingers. And it shows...

Racism and Cruelty Drive GOP Health Care Agenda | Robert Scheer

Racism and Cruelty Drive GOP Health Care Agenda | Robert Scheer

Before he was disgraced into resigning his presidency over the Watergate burglary scandal, Richard Nixon had successfully engineered an even more odious plot known as his Southern Strategy. The trick was devilishly simple: Appeal to the persistent racist inclination of Southern whites by abandoning the Republican Party's historic association with civil rights and demonizing the black victims of the South's history of segregation...

Monday, October 07, 2013

Antonin Scalia isn't a charming old man. He's a cantankerous jerk.

Antonin Scalia isn't a charming old man. He's a cantankerous jerk.

More on Scalia article. I'm doubling up here cuz I really see him as the face of Evil.

Justice Scalia Is More Conservative Than You Think, And Further To The Right Than He's Ever Been | ThinkProgress

Justice Scalia Is More Conservative Than You Think, And Further To The Right Than He's Ever Been | ThinkProgress

A lot of headlines can be found in Jennifer Senior’s remarkable interview with Justice Antonin Scalia — the fact that Scalia almost exclusively reads conservative media, his belief in the Devil, his squeamishness about the fact that Hollywood depicts “ladies” saying the “F-word.” The interview paints Scalia as an anachronism even among anachronisms. He’s Archie Bunker in a less comfy chair...

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Peter King: GOP Shutdown Strategy 'Doomed to Failure'

Peter King: GOP Shutdown Strategy 'Doomed to Failure'

The budget strategy led by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz to defund Obamacare was destined for failure, and the events that unfolded in Congress last week prove it, New York Rep. Peter King said on "Fox News Sunday."

I think it'd a sign of the endtimes when Peter Fucking King is the voice of reason in your political party.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

The National Memo » Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Compares Same-Sex Marriage To Incest

The National Memo » Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Compares Same-Sex Marriage To Incest

In late August, Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett (R) faced a public relations nightmare when attorneys representing his administration compared LGBT couples to 12-year-old children. On Friday morning, in his ongoing attempts to undo the damage from the incident, Corbett may have made things much worse.

The National Memo » 5 Reasons The Republican Party Is Now The Tea Party (And 1 Reason This Will Tear It Apart)

The National Memo » 5 Reasons The Republican Party Is Now The Tea Party (And 1 Reason This Will Tear It Apart)

Right-wing billionaires have been trying to create a group like the Tea Party for more than a generation. The goal was a movement that combined the fervor of evangelicals with anti-government populism — contagious beyond the pews.

The National Memo » Animosity Towards Affordable Care Act Is Hard To Fathom

The National Memo » Animosity Towards Affordable Care Act Is Hard To Fathom

Rena W. is a 35-year-old small-business owner — the co-owner, actually, of an Atlanta hair salon. She works hard but doesn’t make enough money to purchase health insurance.

A mother of three, Rena has high cholesterol and hypertension. Last month, she suffered a mini-stroke, a calamity that brought confusion, a brief bout of aphasia and a trip to the emergency room. She has recovered, but now owes the hospital $17,000 for her treatment, a debt that she says will take her years to repay...

Friday, October 04, 2013

Arrested for Zero-Tolerance | ACLU

Arrested for Zero-Tolerance

I have zero tolerance for 'Zero Tolerance' policies.



The National Memo » This Week In Crazy: Craziness Runs In The Cruz Family, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

The National Memo » This Week In Crazy: Craziness Runs In The Cruz Family, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

The National Memo » Why The Tea Party’s Power Keeps Growing

The National Memo » Why The Tea Party’s Power Keeps Growing

Today, Democracy Corps is releasing findings from focus groups with evangelical, Tea Party, and moderate Republicans. Our conversations with these Republicans help explain why the GOP is committed to shutdown politics — and why in the future, its leaders likely will move more deeply into intransigent far-right conservatism.

How the Press Helped Cause the GOP Shutdown | Alternet

How the Press Helped Cause the GOP Shutdown | Alternet

Journalists continue to invoke the inapplicable "both-sides-are-to-blame" angle—they should know better.

How GOP Extortion Is Rooted in Southern Slavery | Alternet

How GOP Extortion Is Rooted in Southern Slavery | Alternet

The government shutdown is the culmination of an ideology that comes from slaveholders’ distortion of the Constitution.

30 Ways the Shutdown Is Already Screwing People | Alternet

30 Ways the Shutdown Is Already Screwing People | Alternet

The government shutdown is already wreaking havoc on the lives of Americans.

The Libertarian Billionaire Agenda Propelling the Tea Party Monster That Has Shut Down Congress | Alternet

The Libertarian Billionaire Agenda Propelling the Tea Party Monster That Has Shut Down Congress | Alternet

The Tea Party's astroturf roots should have been obvious to anyone paying attention to their rallies.

7 Signs America Has Regressed Back To the Harsh, Cruel 19th Century | Alternet

7 Signs America Has Regressed Back To the Harsh, Cruel 19th Century | Alternet

We think we’re in the 21st century, but all the signs suggest we’re living in an earlier and harsher era.

Greg Abbott: The Republican Wendy Davis Will Have To Beat For The Texas Governorship

Greg Abbott: The Republican Wendy Davis Will Have To Beat For The Texas Governorship

State Sen. Wendy Davis's (D) official entrance into the Texas gubernatorial race on Thursday afternoon pits her against a tough Republican opponent: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott...

Report: Closed-Door GOP Meeting With Cruz Turned Into 'Lynch Mob'

Report: Closed-Door GOP Meeting With Cruz Turned Into 'Lynch Mob'

More details are emerging about Wednesday's closed-door meeting where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) evidently received an earful from his Republican colleagues, with one senator describing what transpired as a "lynch mob..."

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Twitter / RCdeWinter: Hate what's happening to the ...

Twitter / RCdeWinter: Hate what's happening to the ...

Five Years After the Big Bailout: Time to Begin Building a “New Economy” | Common Dreams

Five Years After the Big Bailout: Time to Begin Building a “New Economy” | Common Dreams

Five years ago today, on October 3rd, 2008, the federal response to the financial crisis began with the signing into law by then President Bush of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). After a half-decade of emergency measures—including not only the bailout, but the temporary nationalization of major auto manufacturers and round after round of “quantitative easing”—have we managed to put the economy back on a secure footing?

VIDEO: Jon Stewart Calls Out Republicans For Whining About Shutdown They Prompted—Calls Them 'Bald-Eagle Fellators' and 'Zebra Queefs' | Alternet

VIDEO: Jon Stewart Calls Out Republicans For Whining About Shutdown They Prompted—Calls Them 'Bald-Eagle Fellators' and 'Zebra Queefs' | Alternet

The comedian has a binder full of insults.

12-Year-Old Kidnap Victim Forced to Sit Out of Therapeutic Volleyball Game Because She Dressed Wrong | Alternet

12-Year-Old Kidnap Victim Forced to Sit Out of Therapeutic Volleyball Game Because She Dressed Wrong | Alternet

Coach and school refuse to bend rules for traumatized youngster.

Fuck zero tolerance. Zero tolerance almost always equals zero intelligence.

The National Memo » Drunk And Disorderly: How Republican Extremists Are Shredding Every Principle The GOP Claims To Uphold

The National Memo » Drunk And Disorderly: How Republican Extremists Are Shredding Every Principle The GOP Claims To Uphold

By Washington standards, the current government shutdown is an everyday disaster – of a kind we are gradually learning to expect whenever the Republican Party controls Congress. The impending breach of the nation’s credit, however, when those same Republicans refuse to raise the debt limit to cover the funds they have spent, threatens a singular catastrophe: unpredictable, global, yet entirely avoidable...

How Republican Idiocy Backfired — And Is Helping Obamacare | Alternet

How Republican Idiocy Backfired — And Is Helping Obamacare | Alternet

GOP's shutdown lunacy diverted attention from Obamacare's rough debut—giving a chance for a 2nd first impression.

Diane Ravitch: Charter Schools Are a Colossal Mistake. Here's Why | Alternet

Diane Ravitch: Charter Schools Are a Colossal Mistake. Here's Why | Alternet

The campaign to "reform" schools by giving public money to private corporations is a distraction from our system's real problems: poverty and racial segregation.

Texas Fundamentalists Pushing Public Schools to Teach That Garden of Eden Is Science | Alternet

Texas Fundamentalists Pushing Public Schools to Teach That Garden of Eden Is Science | Alternet

Christian fundamentalists on the Texas school board can force textbook publishers to rewrite entire portions of the books kids read in school.

Why Can't We Fix Outrageous CEO Pay? | Alternet

Why Can't We Fix Outrageous CEO Pay? | Alternet

CEOs should be forced to reveal how pay stacks up against the average worker. But not on the SEC's watch.

10 Past Republicans Who Would Never Make It in Today's Insane GOP | Alternet

10 Past Republicans Who Would Never Make It in Today's Insane GOP | Alternet

The party of Lincoln has become the party of Ted Cruz.

Price of Illegal Drugs Is Dropping, Purity Is Increasing, and the Global War on Drugs Is Failing | Alternet

Price of Illegal Drugs Is Dropping, Purity Is Increasing, and the Global War on Drugs Is Failing | Alternet

When dispassionate minds review the evidence, it is becoming exceptionally clear that the War on Drugs has failed.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Fukushima Failure: Radioactive Water Bursts from Tank | Common Dreams

Fukushima Failure: Radioactive Water Bursts from Tank | Common Dreams

Heavy rains further strain efforts to contain toxic water; no strategy to safely store or dispose of ever-increasing quantities

As US Government Shuts Down the Poorest Set to Lose Most | Common Dreams

As US Government Shuts Down the Poorest Set to Lose Most | Common Dreams

US Congress fails to pass budget legislation before midnight deadline, shuttering large portions of the government

Shutdown: What Happens Now? | Alternet

Shutdown: What Happens Now? | Alternet

Jon Stewart: Negotiating With Iran Easier Than Talking to GOP | Alternet

Jon Stewart: Negotiating With Iran Easier Than Talking to GOP | Alternet

The main message of the Daily Show last night: the Republican Party is utterly insane.

Williamsburg Accord: The GOP Pledge to Generate Crises to Get Their Way | Alternet

Williamsburg Accord: The GOP Pledge to Generate Crises to Get Their Way | Alternet

Why are Republicans careening toward a potential federal government shutdown? This is the inevitable product of a conscious party strategy.

4 Companies Screwing Their Workers Out of Health Insurance as Health Care Exchanges Open | Alternet

4 Companies Screwing Their Workers Out of Health Insurance as Health Care Exchanges Open | Alternet

Low-wage workers are now worrying about whether companies will cut hours to avoid the Obamacare employer mandate.

Multimillionaire Republican Lawmaker Says Government Shutdown 'Is My Idea of Fun' | Video Cafe

Multimillionaire Republican Lawmaker Says Government Shutdown 'Is My Idea of Fun' | Video Cafe

"This is my idea of fun," he added in conclusion.

69 Percent Polled Think GOP Acting Like "Spoiled Children" in Looming Government Shutdown | Alternet

69 Percent Polled Think GOP Acting Like "Spoiled Children" in Looming Government Shutdown | Alternet

Those numbers are absolutely dreadful for Republicans.

Paul Krugman: GOP Threats to Shut Down Government Have 'Terrifying Consequences' for Global Economy | Alternet

Paul Krugman: GOP Threats to Shut Down Government Have 'Terrifying Consequences' for Global Economy | Alternet

The New York Times columnist writes that a government shutdown could harm an American economy still reeling from recession.

NSA Launches Charm Offensive | Alternet

NSA Launches Charm Offensive | Alternet

That's why they call it Big Brother -- so people will feel comfortable.

Texas Store Owner Kills Man Over Stolen Beer | Alternet

Texas Store Owner Kills Man Over Stolen Beer | Alternet

51-year-old Rodney Duve shot and killed a customer trying to steal beer in the doorway.

21 Things Republicans Have Demanded In Exchange For Not Tanking The Global Economy | Alternet

21 Things Republicans Have Demanded In Exchange For Not Tanking The Global Economy | Alternet

A shutdown would cut off essential services for millions more Americans, while a default on U.S. debt could devastate the global economy.

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