Thursday, May 29, 2014

An Open Letter To Darrell Issa | The Everlasting GOP Stoppers

An Open Letter To Darrell Issa | The Everlasting GOP Stoppers



Neighbor Darrell gets schooled.

Gay couple kicked out of east Texas BBQ joint: ‘We don’t serve fags here’

Gay couple kicked out of east Texas BBQ joint: ‘We don’t serve fags here’



There are gay people in East Texas? I thought they all moved to Dallas, or at least to Tyler! :)

5 Republican Leadership Conference Speakers Who Should Embarrass Republican Leaders - The National Memo

5 Republican Leadership Conference Speakers Who Should Embarrass Republican Leaders - The National Memo



For 5 more reasons I tend to think Repugs are stupid, we present their All-Star lineup. I'm not sure whether to be frightened or nauseated. Again, I'm leaning toward 'both' ;)

Burr doubles down on his attack on veterans' groups

Burr doubles down on his attack on veterans' groups



'Support our troops, except, of course, for actually doing anything for them. As for ex-troops, well, fuck them!' seems to be the attitude.

Republicans think veterans deserve accountability, just not from Republicans

Republicans think veterans deserve accountability, just not from Republicans

Judicial nominee Michael Boggs's claim of ignorance of abortion debate rings hollow

Judicial nominee Michael Boggs's claim of ignorance of abortion debate rings hollow



I've always said Repugs were stupid. Well, either this clown is incredibly stupid, or thinks we are. Personally, I'm inclined to lean towards 'both' as the answer.

Kentucky newspaper slams Mitch McConnell's Obamacare doublespeak

Kentucky newspaper slams Mitch McConnell's Obamacare doublespeak



We are governed by monumentally stupid people. (facepalm)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Solar Roadways | Indiegogo

Solar Roadways | Indiegogo



WHOA!

This is not what democracy looks like: The long, slow death of Jefferson’s dream - Salon.com

This is not what democracy looks like: The long, slow death of Jefferson’s dream - Salon.com



From Thomas Piketty to Cliven Bundy to GOP climate trolls, democracy is in deep crisis. What comes next?

Thanks to the Roberts Court, Corporations Have More Constitutional Rights Than Actual People | The Nation

Thanks to the Roberts Court, Corporations Have More Constitutional Rights Than Actual People | The Nation



The big media talk a lot about stalemate in Congress, but they are missing the real story. While representative democracy is dysfunctional, the Supreme Court has taken over with its own reactionary power grab. In case after case, the court’s right-wing majority is making its own law—expanding the power of corporations and the very wealthy, while making it harder for ordinary citizens to fight back. 



Worst of all, the Roberts Court is trying to permanently inhibit the federal government’s ability to help people cope with the country’s vast social and economic disorders.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Why You Need to Tell the FCC to Save Net Neutrality Now | The Nation

Why You Need to Tell the FCC to Save Net Neutrality Now | The Nation



The commissioners are considering rules that would allow telecom giants to control it with “pay to play” schemes.

Can a New Populist Movement Fight Off American Oligarchy? | Common Dreams

Can a New Populist Movement Fight Off American Oligarchy? | Common Dreams



Amid push for "new populist" agenda, can progressives ignite a grassroots insurgency, battle both parties, and save the democracy?

The Right-Wing's 5 Most Insane Conspiracy Theories This Week | Alternet

The Right-Wing's 5 Most Insane Conspiracy Theories This Week | Alternet



Slow week for the Crazy Train. i mean, there's some seriously crazy shit in here, but nothing amusingly crazy :)

Is Not Knowing Something A Sign of Weakness? Creationists Think So | Alternet

Is Not Knowing Something A Sign of Weakness? Creationists Think So | Alternet

 

The anti-science patrol is again attacking Neil deGrasse Tyson, this
time over his take on the origins of life, the economy and climate
change.




Will no one rid us of these turbulent priests? (apologies to Henry II)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Darrell Issa Declares War on John Boehner as Benghazi Investigation Turns Into a Total Circus

Darrell Issa Declares War on John Boehner as Benghazi Investigation Turns Into a Total Circus



How does a circus turn into a circus?

Asshole Of The Day, Judge Kurt Eisgruber, Asshole of the Day for May...

Asshole Of The Day, Judge Kurt Eisgruber, Asshole of the Day for May...



Scorecards! Getcher Scorecards! Can't Tell the Players Without Your Scorecards!


5 of the Most Dangerous Delusions of the Far Right | Alternet

5 of the Most Dangerous Delusions of the Far Right | Alternet



That the conservative movement is built on a bunch of misinformation, strange fantasies and outright lies has been the subject of thorough documentation, particularly in the past few decades. Conservative leaders deny inconvenient facts, make up lurid tales to justify their beliefs, and outright lie, if it suits their agenda. But these lies and myths rarely just sit in amber. They tend to evolve and get stranger and more baroque over time. Just when you think conservative misinformation can’t get any weirder, it does

The Privatization Scam: 5 Horror Stories of Gov't Outsourcing to Greedy Private Companies | Alternet

The Privatization Scam: 5 Horror Stories of Gov't Outsourcing to Greedy Private Companies | Alternet



For decades we’ve been subjected to constant propaganda that government is inefficient, bureaucratic and expensive. We’re told that the answer is to “privatize,” or “outsource” government functions to private businesses and they will do things more efficiently and everyone comes out ahead. As a result we have experienced decades of privatization of government functions.

10 Foods That Were Touted As Health Miracles, Then Vilified As Health Hazards | Alternet

10 Foods That Were Touted As Health Miracles, Then Vilified As Health Hazards | Alternet

Why Neil deGrasse Tyson Is the Lightning Rod for the Major Threat Science Poses to Creationists | Alternet

Why Neil deGrasse Tyson Is the Lightning Rod for the Major Threat Science Poses to Creationists | Alternet



"What he means to say is parents should erase the actual education their kids receive and replace it with the biblical nonsense of their choosing..."

Inside the Troubling Rise of Fascist Parties Across Europe | Alternet

Inside the Troubling Rise of Fascist Parties Across Europe | Alternet



History is repeating itself as Europe's political leadership puts the needs of the banks first and the people last.



Everyone, altogether now, sing....o/~  It's Springtime for Hitler and Germany......

A Powerful Long-term Alliance Between China and Russia Is Unnerving Washington | Alternet

A Powerful Long-term Alliance Between China and Russia Is Unnerving Washington | Alternet



The deal aims to turn the region into a privileged gas hub for Japan and South Korea.

Pat Robertson: 'You Have to be Deaf, Dumb and Blind to Believe in Young Earth Creationism' | Alternet

Pat Robertson: 'You Have to be Deaf, Dumb and Blind to Believe in Young Earth Creationism' | Alternet



Uh oh, Pat's getting so senile, he's forgetting which lies he's supposed to tell when...

Neil deGrasse Tyson Slams CNN for Its Stupidity on Climate Change | Alternet

Neil deGrasse Tyson Slams CNN for Its Stupidity on Climate Change | Alternet



Scientists 'debate' things like how bad and how fast global climate change will affect us. The conservatives and the religious right debate things like whether a witch will float...

Koch brothers’ Detroit abomination: Stunning avarice and cruelty reaches new low - Salon.com

Koch brothers’ Detroit abomination: Stunning avarice and cruelty reaches new low - Salon.com



Speaking of evil, corrupt ultra-wealthy serpents, here are the Koch bros in action! Bring on the guillotines!

Republicans' Attempt To Woo Women At Gubernatorial Debate Fails Miserably | ThinkProgress

Republicans' Attempt To Woo Women At Gubernatorial Debate Fails Miserably | ThinkProgress



Rule Number One... when in a hole, shut up and stop digging!

Why American Conservatives Are Suddenly Freaking Out About Guillotines | Alternet

Why American Conservatives Are Suddenly Freaking Out About Guillotines | Alternet



Are they afraid the people’s patience is not endless?

– Corporate America’s Newest Scheme To Deprive You Of Your Constitutional Rights

– Corporate America’s Newest Scheme To Deprive You Of Your Constitutional Rights



Corporations are interested in protecting their own interests, increasing profits and lowering costs. It does not take a genius to figure out that protecting the consumer is the last thing on their agenda.

How Right-Wingers Are Amping Up Their War on Science and Reality | Alternet

How Right-Wingers Are Amping Up Their War on Science and Reality | Alternet



Republicans are taking their science denialism to striking new levels.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

AR-Gov: Asa Hutchinson (R) Turned Away from Polls Because of Voter ID Law

AR-Gov: Asa Hutchinson (R) Turned Away from Polls Because of Voter ID Law



ROFL

This GOP Senate Candidate's Company Paid Millions to Women in Discrimination Cases | Mother Jones

This GOP Senate Candidate's Company Paid Millions to Women in Discrimination Cases | Mother Jones



Guess it's pick on Georgia Day :)

With Reid saying he's a no vote, Michael Boggs's federal court nomination appears to be in trouble

With Reid saying he's a no vote, Michael Boggs's federal court nomination appears to be in trouble

WATCH: Georgia GOP Primary Gets Ugly In Home Stretch - The National Memo

WATCH: Georgia GOP Primary Gets Ugly In Home Stretch - The National Memo



Republicans risk a once-safe Senate seat, as homophobic slurs and wild
attack ads turn their primary into a circular firing squad.

NC Republicans shill for industry in bill that would jail anyone who discloses fracking chemicals

NC Republicans shill for industry in bill that would jail anyone who discloses fracking chemicals



WTF is wrong with NC?

Republican science denial - a clear and present danger to U.S. national security

Republican science denial - a clear and present danger to U.S. national security

Yet another GOP candidate for Congress: same-sex marriage is like losing a parent in a car accident

Yet another GOP candidate for Congress: same-sex marriage is like losing a parent in a car accident



I think his summation is very accurate!

Exposing the Koch Brothers and the Price We all Pay

Exposing the Koch Brothers and the Price We all Pay



If there can be such a thing as a typical American billionaire, David H. and Charles G. Koch do not fit that bill.

'American Spring' organizers baffled as to where their 10-30 million 'patriots' went

'American Spring' organizers baffled as to where their 10-30 million 'patriots' went

In surprising twist, Mitch McConnell calls for his own retirement

In surprising twist, Mitch McConnell calls for his own retirement



OOPSIES!

Germany got 74% of its electrical power from Renewable Sources the other day

Germany got 74% of its electrical power from Renewable Sources the other day

Texas Drought Spawning Fires and Dust-Bowl Like Conditions | Alternet

Texas Drought Spawning Fires and Dust-Bowl Like Conditions | Alternet



Like California, Texas is on the verge of an epic drought that can devastate the state's livestock and agriculture industries and force consumers to ration water in the next several months. Moreover, the threat of dust storms and wildfires continue to grow as the drought continues into the Spring and Summer.

In Georgia, You Can Carry a Gun, But You Need a Prescription for a Vibrator | Alternet

In Georgia, You Can Carry a Gun, But You Need a Prescription for a Vibrator | Alternet



Giving out prescriptions for vibrators seems more like a doctor's bad pick-up line than good public policy. But in Sandy Springs, Georgia, you really do need a medical reason – and a doctor's prescription – to buy a sex toy.



Somebody's priorities are really screwed up.

Glenn Beck's Supporters Turn on Him After 'Operation American Spring' Total Fail | Alternet

Glenn Beck's Supporters Turn on Him After 'Operation American Spring' Total Fail | Alternet



Glenn Beck's natives are getting very restless, and many of them are now taking their frustrations out on him.

Let Your Voice Be Heard SAVE THE INTERNET: How You Can Stop Net Neutrality

Let Your Voice Be Heard SAVE THE INTERNET: How You Can Stop Net Neutrality

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Watch Rand Paul: Poverty Wages are ‘Tough Love People Have to Accept’ | Occupy Democrats

Watch Rand Paul: Poverty Wages are ‘Tough Love People Have to Accept’ | Occupy Democrats



As an example of the ideas expressed below :)

Arizona GOP Candidate Says Democrats Are Behind Most Mass Shootings

Arizona GOP Candidate Says Democrats Are Behind Most Mass Shootings



I wonder what the weather is like on Cloud Cuckooland Planet?

Libertarians’ reality problem: How an estrangement from history yields abject failure - Salon.com

Libertarians’ reality problem: How an estrangement from history yields abject failure - Salon.com



It has long been customary to divide the Republican Party into three “camps”: big business or “Wall Street” Republicans, the religious right and neoconservatives or “national security” Republicans. The third group, it must be admitted, somewhat unsteadily combines neoconservatives proper (such as William Kristol) with old-fashioned defense hawks (such as Donald Rumsfeld), but perhaps this is the Republican “big tent” we keep hearing about. 



In any case, this neat three-part logic was roiled by two events in 2008: the “Great Recession” and the election of Barack Obama as president.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Texas Church Organizing Rally Against Climate Science | National Report

Texas Church Organizing Rally Against Climate Science | National Report



National ReportPolling data shows that one in four Americans believe that climate change is a hoax, and Baptist Minister George Davis is definitely one of them. And with help from his congregation of 213 climate change deniers, he hopes to emcee the largest rally against climate science in history this August, in his home city of Fort Worth, Texas.



I swear to God they must be handing out stupid pills in Texas...

Warren Slams TPP


Friday, May 16, 2014

Diane Ravitch Backs Louis C.K., Blasts Newsweek Piece: 'Your Belief...Has No Research to Support It.' | Alternet

Diane Ravitch Backs Louis C.K., Blasts Newsweek Piece: 'Your Belief...Has No Research to Support It.' | Alternet



Wow!

Right-Wing Senator Attacks Retired Military Brass for Concluding Climate Change Is Strategic Threat | Alternet

Right-Wing Senator Attacks Retired Military Brass for Concluding Climate Change Is Strategic Threat | Alternet



The finest mind in Oklahoma speaks, and world tries not to roll in the aisles laughing...

Bible-Thumping Pastor Believes Women Shouldn't Interfere with 'God's Will' In Pregnancy—Except His Own Wife | Alternet

Bible-Thumping Pastor Believes Women Shouldn't Interfere with 'God's Will' In Pregnancy—Except His Own Wife | Alternet



Speaking of brain damaged religious conservatives, here's one most 'gals' will want to take a swing at. You may also want to do a litle stomping on Martin Luther, but you missed your chance there ...

8 of the Worst Right-Wing Wackos This Week: War on Science Edition | Alternet

8 of the Worst Right-Wing Wackos This Week: War on Science Edition | Alternet



Speaking of traumatic brain injuries.... apparently, there's been a rash of them in the religious right this week :)

Privatization Is the Problem, Not the Solution | Common Dreams

Privatization Is the Problem, Not the Solution | Common Dreams

Stephen Colbert looks at Rove's smear against Hillary

Stephen Colbert looks at Rove's smear against Hillary



Copro-encephalopathy, God I love Colbert! :)

Idaho Republican gubernatorial debate was a thing of beauty

Idaho Republican gubernatorial debate was a thing of beauty

Operation American Spring Fizzles, Twitter Trolls Hold Major Mockfest

Operation American Spring Fizzles, Twitter Trolls Hold Major Mockfest



Looks like the Hillybilly Militia Hoedown scheduled for today fell short of their estimates by a factor of about a million. Instead to 30million enraged patriots, they have 30 Rascal mounted militia cavalry at the Washington Monument :) OOOPSIES!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Rate of US honeybee deaths 'too high for long-term survival' | Environment | theguardian.com

Rate of US honeybee deaths 'too high for long-term survival' | Environment | theguardian.com



This is only a problem if you have a dependency on food or air. Otherwise, feel free to disregard this issue.

What does U.S. look like with a 10 feet rise of sea level asks Climate Central

What does U.S. look like with a 10 feet rise of sea level asks Climate Central

Watch: Homophobic Host Gets Called Out, Flips Out, and Storms Out | Occupy Democrats

Watch: Homophobic Host Gets Called Out, Flips Out, and Storms Out | Occupy Democrats



A bit of hometown fun. For the Dallasites out there, we've got Dale Hansen on one side and Suzie Humphries on the other. It's like KVIL in the 90s ;)

To Curb Big Money's Political Corruption, Larry Lessig Makes Promising Start With a Million For People’s Super PAC | Alternet

To Curb Big Money's Political Corruption, Larry Lessig Makes Promising Start With a Million For People’s Super PAC | Alternet



Is Lessig headed in the right direction?

7 Mindblowing Economic Trends You Need to Know About | Alternet

7 Mindblowing Economic Trends You Need to Know About | Alternet



Which country is considering a $25 minimum wage? That and more...

Latest Right-Wing Propaganda Ploy: Bullies of the Christian Right Pretend They're Oppressed | Alternet

Latest Right-Wing Propaganda Ploy: Bullies of the Christian Right Pretend They're Oppressed | Alternet



They act like they're the real victims.

Take Action to Prevent Fast Lanes on the Internet! - Public Knowledge

Take Action to Prevent Fast Lanes on the Internet! - Public Knowledge

Monday, May 12, 2014

A Florida Town Has a Choice to Make: Allow Satanic Prayer or Violate Supreme Court Ruling

A Florida Town Has a Choice to Make: Allow Satanic Prayer or Violate Supreme Court Ruling



Unintended
consequences. That’s generally the moral of the story when it comes to
the phrase “be careful what you wish for.” While conservatives spend a
lot of time trying to interject religion into places it doesn’t belong
(most notably government legislation) they fail to understand that our
Constitution gives Americans the freedom of religion. Which can also be
freedom from religion.

See more: A Florida Town Has a Choice to Make: Allow Satanic Prayer or Violate Supreme Court Ruling http://www.forwardprogressives.com/allow-satanic-prayer-violate-supreme-court-ruling-florida-town-choice-make/

Terrible Net Neutrality Plan Will Get A Makeover, Still Be Terrible

Terrible Net Neutrality Plan Will Get A Makeover, Still Be Terrible



FCC Chairmain Tom Wheeler is taking another stab at that whole "net
neutrality" thing, after over 100 tech companies blasted his recent
proposal for new net neutrality rules as weak and biased towards wealthy
companies that can pay extra to have their sites load more quickly on
the web.

Must-Watch: How to Talk to Your Kids About Michael Sam

Must-Watch: How to Talk to Your Kids About Michael Sam



Amazing video!

Pulling back the curtain on Sam Brownback's Kansas financial meltdown

Pulling back the curtain on Sam Brownback's Kansas financial meltdown



 "...What did Chinn find? Well, in terms of job creation since 2011, it's clear: The more liberalism, the more jobs. What's that you say? That's right. "Pro-business" policies stink at creating jobs. Progressive policies, however, do the job far better..."

Is there anyone on the planet who is a bigger ass in a wig than George Will?

Is there anyone on the planet who is a bigger ass in a wig than George Will?



NO

Bush Revisionism Is Back: Why You Should Not Fall for this Lame and Dangerous Ploy | Alternet

Bush Revisionism Is Back: Why You Should Not Fall for this Lame and Dangerous Ploy | Alternet



Don't let the pundits fool you. "W" was just as bad as his rep.

VIDEO: Michael Sam's Big Gay Kiss Was Unforgettable! That's the Point | Alternet

VIDEO: Michael Sam's Big Gay Kiss Was Unforgettable! That's the Point | Alternet



NFL's first openly gay player signals that things have changed, homophobes.

Paul Krugman on the Coming Onslaught of Crazy Right-Wing Climate Economics—From Scalia, Rubio and Pals | Alternet

Paul Krugman on the Coming Onslaught of Crazy Right-Wing Climate Economics—From Scalia, Rubio and Pals | Alternet



Paul Krugman took a look into his incredibly accurate crystal ball in today's column and predicted that, now that the Obama Administration is intent on actually doing something about indisputable man-made climate change, conservatives will, of course, keep attacking science, but also call any attempt to regulate or address the problem a Marxist plot. 



 Because that's just how they roll.

John Oliver, Bill Nye Hold A Real Climate Change Debate (VIDEO)

John Oliver, Bill Nye Hold A Real Climate Change Debate (VIDEO)



Great Video

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Marco Rubio Goes Full-On Climate Denier | ThinkProgress

Marco Rubio Goes Full-On Climate Denier | ThinkProgress



Is there a stupidity test to be allowed to run for office as Republican? This level of (suicidal) denial is just amazing. All I can figure is 'science make brain hurt!' We'd be better off with single celled critters than these guys.... at least, they can't talk :)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Not Satire: Obama Administration Bans Officials from Mentioning the News

Not Satire: Obama Administration Bans Officials from Mentioning the News

GOP’s demented “Benghazi!” disease: Why conservatives so desperately need a scandal - Salon.com

GOP’s demented “Benghazi!” disease: Why conservatives so desperately need a scandal - Salon.com



National security is one of the right's best organizing principles. But first they need a controversy

6 Diseases That May Come Back to Haunt Us as Antibiotics Lose Their Power | Alternet

6 Diseases That May Come Back to Haunt Us as Antibiotics Lose Their Power | Alternet



Still think of TB, typhoid and gonorrhea as infections from the past? WHO's terrifying report will make you think again.

What French People Really Think Of The U.S. - French Attitudes Toward Americans

What French People Really Think Of The U.S. - French Attitudes Toward Americans



The French have a lot of things to explain to us about Paris, but turns out they also have a lot of things to explain to us about... erm... us.

Romney: 'I Think We Ought To Raise' Minimum Wage [Video] - The National Memo

Romney: 'I Think We Ought To Raise' Minimum Wage [Video] - The National Memo



Former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney broke with his party on Friday, echoing President Barack Obama’s repeated calls to raise the federal minimum wage.



Sounds like Mitch is getting ready to run again, altho this will piss off the extremists in the GOP (ie, all of them!)

The Marxist Pope? Limbaugh Slams Francis' Call For Legitimate Wealth Redistribution - The National Memo

The Marxist Pope? Limbaugh Slams Francis' Call For Legitimate Wealth Redistribution - The National Memo



Add another statement by Pope Francis that may sound a little too liberal to Sarah Palin. Speaking to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other UN executives Friday, Francis offered an economic vision for the world consistent with his previous statements about the global economy — and horrifying to American conservatives. 



 Most notably, Francis called for the “legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society.”

Friday, May 09, 2014

5 Nobel Prize Economists Call for End to Failed War on Drugs | Alternet

5 Nobel Prize Economists Call for End to Failed War on Drugs | Alternet



London School of Economics released a report calling for experimentation in drug policy.

Wait, What’s the Real Story of the Democrats and Minimum Wage? | Alternet

Wait, What’s the Real Story of the Democrats and Minimum Wage? | Alternet



In his monumental book, Capitalism in the 21st Century, Thomas Piketty reminds us that the minimum wage plays a key role in the formation and evolution of wage inequalities. Raising the minimum wage helps protect workers from exploitation and the gross imbalances that are threatening our society. It’s good for America, and the vast majority of citizens want it. But “we” just can’t seem to get it done.

My Personal Walmart Nightmare: You Won’t Believe What Life Is Like Working There | Alternet

My Personal Walmart Nightmare: You Won’t Believe What Life Is Like Working There | Alternet

The Hedge Fund That Ate Chicago | Alternet

The Hedge Fund That Ate Chicago | Alternet



A political fight in Chicago could determine the future of pensions and public services.

Cliven Bundy Too ChickenSh*T To Step Foot Off Ranch -hmmm... Fear of Arrest?

Cliven Bundy Too ChickenSh*T To Step Foot Off Ranch -hmmm... Fear of Arrest?



An update from Crazyville... aka the Bundy Ranch.

Piketty's Translator on Why 'Capital in the 21st Century' Has Taken the U.S. by Storm (And Whether it Will Change Anything) | Alternet

Piketty's Translator on Why 'Capital in the 21st Century' Has Taken the U.S. by Storm (And Whether it Will Change Anything) | Alternet



Piketty's book has touched the nerve of America's growing alarm over inequality.

A 'scandal' over Sunday morning talk show talking points

A 'scandal' over Sunday morning talk show talking points



There really is something with their brains over at Fox!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Listen To Willie


Health insurance execs deal another blow to Obamacare 'repeal' crowd

Health insurance execs deal another blow to Obamacare 'repeal' crowd

Stephen Colbert's short and sweet takedown of Fox's Eric Bolling

Stephen Colbert's short and sweet takedown of Fox's Eric Bolling



Robert Reich: 6 Principles that Populists on the Right and Left Agree On | Alternet

Robert Reich: 6 Principles that Populists on the Right and Left Agree On | Alternet



The establishment should be very worried!

Huge coalition led by Amazon, Microsoft, and others take a stand against FCC on net neutrality | The Verge

Huge coalition led by Amazon, Microsoft, and others take a stand against FCC on net neutrality | The Verge



A sizable coalition of technology companies has today taken a stand in favor of net neutrality in the form of a letter to the Federal Communications Commission. The group, led by giants including Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, and Yahoo, challenges a proposal the FCC is considering that threatens net neutrality.

The Wars to End All War | Common Dreams

The Wars to End All War | Common Dreams



“Peace, as we have seen, is not an order natural to mankind: it is artificial, intricate and highly volatile. All kinds of preconditions are necessary.” — Michael Howard, The Invention of Peace 


And here comes World War I, wrapped in World War II, wrapped in the Cold War: tremors on one of Planet Earth’s human fault lines.

Republican Party wants to limit primary debates: The GOP wants to assert itself in 2016.

Republican Party wants to limit primary debates: The GOP wants to assert itself in 2016.



Do you remember the Republican reality show of 2012? There were 20 episodes. Some people called them “primary debates.” In New Hampshire in January, one debate was held on a Saturday night and another the following Sunday morning, less than 12 hours apart. “The number of debates has become ridiculous,” wrote the authors of the post-2012 election GOP autopsy report commissioned to help the party determine what went wrong in the previous election.

Watch Ted Cruz: Christians Shouldn’t be ‘Forced’ to Do Business With Gay People | Occupy Democrats

Watch Ted Cruz: Christians Shouldn’t be ‘Forced’ to Do Business With Gay People | Occupy Democrats

How Many?


New Gallup Poll Decimates Conservative Media's 'Uninsured-By-Obamacare' War Cry | Blog | Media Matters for America

New Gallup Poll Decimates Conservative Media's 'Uninsured-By-Obamacare' War Cry | Blog | Media Matters for America



A new Gallup poll shows that the number of uninsured is the lowest ever recorded, a finding that punches holes in the right-wing narrative that few uninsured individuals have gained coverage under Obamacare.

The Already Asked-And-Answered Questions Fox Wants To Know From The Benghazi Select Committee | Research | Media Matters for America

The Already Asked-And-Answered Questions Fox Wants To Know From The Benghazi Select Committee | Research | Media Matters for America



Fox News has pushed reset on many of its favorite Benghazi myths that have already been put to rest in the wake of the recently released Rhodes email and the House GOP's announcement of the formation of a Select Committee to investigate the attacks.

The last thing this country needs is Cruz-control!


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

“Look at my gun!” Why NRA’s scary “open carry” craze is not about freedom - Salon.com

“Look at my gun!” Why NRA’s scary “open carry” craze is not about freedom - Salon.com



Comcast Internet Service: Level 3 attacks TWC, Cablevision, more ISPs | BGR

Comcast Internet Service: Level 3 attacks TWC, Cablevision, more ISPs | BGR



Level 3, a tier 1 Internet service provider based in Colorado, has called out Comcast, Charter, Time Warner Cable and other top U.S. ISPs for “deliberately harming the service they deliver to their paying customers.”

Charlie Crist: ‘Intolerable’ racism and hate for Obama is why I left the GOP

Charlie Crist: ‘Intolerable’ racism and hate for Obama is why I left the GOP



In an interview with Jorge Ramos of Fusion TV, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist explained that he left the Republican Party because the racism toward President Obama was “intolerable.” 



Huffington Post reported that the now-Democratic candidate for governor said, “I just couldn’t take it anymore” in the GOP. 



“I saw what was happening with the Republican Party,” said Crist. “They’re perceived now as being anti-woman, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, anti-gay, anti-education, anti-environment. I just wasn’t comfortable.”



PERCEIVED!?!?!?!? ROFL

Insurers Plan To Debunk GOP's 'Rigged' Obamacare Study In Front Of Congress

Insurers Plan To Debunk GOP's 'Rigged' Obamacare Study In Front Of Congress



Insurance companies plan to effectively debunk the House GOP's much-derided Obamacare survey at a Wednesday hearing. 



The hearing is a follow-up to last week's report from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and is hosted by one of its subcommittees, that found only 67 percent of Obamacare enrollees had paid their premiums as of April 15. An industry source described the survey to TPM as "incredibly rigged" because it excluded any premium payments that were due April 30 or later. 



Roughly 3 million of Obamacare's 8 million enrollees would have had payments due after April 15 because they signed up March 15 or later.

Republicans Block Hearing on Long-Term Jobless Benefits | The Nation

Republicans Block Hearing on Long-Term Jobless Benefits | The Nation



Before leaving for recess, the Senate finally passed a bipartisan five-month extension of benefits for Americans who have been unemployed for six months or longer. Since the benefits lapsed at the beginning of 2014, more than 2 million workers have been affected, and the economy lost $3 billion in January and February alone.

Damned Commie Liberal Socialists Trying to Take Away Our Medicare...


Michael Sam wins Arthur Ashe Courage Award - ESPN

Michael Sam wins Arthur Ashe Courage Award - ESPN

Monday, May 05, 2014

Is Elizabeth Warren the Only Person Standing Between You and Total Bank Domination? | Alternet

Is Elizabeth Warren the Only Person Standing Between You and Total Bank Domination? | Alternet



There’s really a storybook quality to Elizabeth Warren. How did this cookie-baking housewife from Oklahoma end up staring down the most powerful financial powers on Planet Earth, causing them to tremble in their wingtip shoes?

Reform Agenda? :)


Las Vegas Police Host ‘Choose Purity’ Event Claiming Premarital Sex Turns Girls Into Prostitutes

Las Vegas Police Host ‘Choose Purity’ Event Claiming Premarital Sex Turns Girls Into Prostitutes


Girls who are not sexually abstinent, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Regina Coward reportedly said, typically wind up victims of sexual assault. Or they become members of a gang. Or they take drugs. Or they become prostitutes.

Pass It On!


Why Isnt Darrell Issa In Jail?

Why Isnt Darrell Issa In Jail?

As we watch U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, whom Calbuzz first got to know during the 1998 Republican primary for U.S. Senate (won by Matt Fong, who later lost to Sen. Barbara Boxer), we keep wondering why our colleagues in the Washington press corps have not figured out the truth about this guy: he’s a thug.

Having landed by hook and by crook as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, he has used his position to investigate the Obama administration’s every move from Benghazi to Cincinnati, coming up empty at every turn and, along the way, embarrassing himself, the Republican caucus, the House of Representatives and, oh yeah, the state of California.

There's Yer Problem, Mac...


Sunday, May 04, 2014

ALEC Has A New Tactic It’s Using To Take Down The EPA

ALEC Has A New Tactic It’s Using To Take Down The EPA


The American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) mission to prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions has expanded into an “unusual” coordinated campaign involving state attorneys general, according to documents obtained by The Guardian and released Friday.

ALEC, an influential right-wing lobbying group funded in part by petrochemical billionaires Charles and David Koch, has been working to undermine anti-pollution and pro-clean energy policies for years. But in 2014, the group adopted a new tactic — seeking out friendly state attorneys and encouraging them to sue the EPA.

Medicaid expansion is the final battle in war over Obamacare - latimes.com

Medicaid expansion is the final battle in war over Obamacare - latimes.com



Includes one of the great quotes ever: "It really is just almost awesome in its evilness."


Dustin Lance Black puts Pasadena college out of commencement misery - latimes.com

Dustin Lance Black puts Pasadena college out of commencement misery - latimes.com



"The graduating class of Pasadena City College will, at long last, have a speaker.


Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who was invited, then
disinvited, then reinvited by school administrators put them out of
their public relations misery Saturday.



"I've said it before and I'll say it again,” Black told the campus
newspaper. “It will be my honor to deliver the commencement address for
PCC's graduating class of 2014."














Students were happy to put the embarrassment, which I wrote about here, here and here, behind them."



People be crazy.



The truth behind the spin: What BP doesn’t want you to know about the Gulf oil spill - Salon.com

The truth behind the spin: What BP doesn’t want you to know about the Gulf oil spill - Salon.com



Boycott the sons-of-bitches!

Wisconsin Republican Party to vote on whether their state has 'right to secede'

Wisconsin Republican Party to vote on whether their state has 'right to secede'

NRA board member calls Sandy Hook family 'a prop'

NRA board member calls Sandy Hook family 'a prop'



And in those days, assholes ruled the Earth....

UPDATE: Bundy Thugs "Poured Lighter Fluid Around Media Trucks & Issued Bomb Threats"

UPDATE: Bundy Thugs "Poured Lighter Fluid Around Media Trucks & Issued Bomb Threats"



These guys are nuts. I mean clinically insane. This will not end prettily.

MO Gov. Jay Nixon points to Kansas, Shuts down Legislative Republicans

MO Gov. Jay Nixon points to Kansas, Shuts down Legislative Republicans



'We can be just like Kansas....oh,... oops, never mind!'

Congresswoman storms out of National Day of Prayer event in protest

Congresswoman storms out of National Day of Prayer event in protest



Not a big Janice Hahn fan, but this could help change my mind. You go, gurl!

Schumer commits to vote on constitutional amendment on campaign finance

Schumer commits to vote on constitutional amendment on campaign finance



The Senate will vote on Sen. Tom Udall's constitutional amendment to reverse U.S. Supreme Court rulings that prevent limitations on campaign spending, campaign contributions and independent group spending. That's the word from Sen. Chuck Schumer, chair of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee which is holding hearings on "dark money."

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Breaking: Vermont Passes JRS 27 To Overturn Citizens United & End Unlimited Campaign Funding | Liberals Unite

Breaking: Vermont Passes JRS 27 To Overturn Citizens United & End Unlimited Campaign Funding | Liberals Unite



On Friday, May 2, 2014, in an effort to reverse Supreme Court decisions, Citizens United and McCutcheon v. FEC, Vermont became the first state to pass legislature aimed at changing campaign finance laws, and getting money out of politics.



I can't see it succeeding, too many Southern and Midwestern/Mountain state legislatures are action arms of ALEC to get to 37, but it's a start. And the more it stays in the news, the more people will get pissed enough to work to make action possible eventually. Yes, I'm a dreamer :)

Corporate Interests Calling the Shots at ALEC Kansas City Meeting | PR Watch

Corporate Interests Calling the Shots at ALEC Kansas City Meeting | PR Watch

The Entire GOP Agenda Is A Talking Point Designed To Mislead The American People - The National Memo

The Entire GOP Agenda Is A Talking Point Designed To Mislead The American People - The National Memo



Republicans just hate misleading talking points.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Cliven Bundy's Forces Run Amok: What Would Happen if a Black "Militia" Took Over a White Town?

Cliven Bundy's Forces Run Amok: What Would Happen if a Black "Militia" Took Over a White Town?

Kansas Economy Craters, Revenues down 45% as Brownback Blames Obama

Kansas Economy Craters, Revenues down 45% as Brownback Blames Obama



This what happens when the idiots take the wheel.... Hello ditch!

Media Matters Reports More Bad News for Rush Limbaugh… REAL BAD

Media Matters Reports More Bad News for Rush Limbaugh… REAL BAD



It's another bowl of crow for Rush Limbaugh to eat, and his bowls runneth over these days. Media Matters has just reported more negative ratings that began after Limbaugh made his move in January, to the new southern California station KEIB: 



Three months later, Limbaugh's KEIB is a ratings disaster, coming in 37th place in the second largest radio market in America with a .5 rating share in March, the most recent month available, according to Nielsen ratings. (A ratings share represents the percent of those listening to radio in the market who are dialed into a particular station.)

Maggie Gallagher throws in the towel

Maggie Gallagher throws in the towel



Maggie Gallagher has posted an astonishing piece on her blog this morning pretty much conceding defeat in her fight against marriage equality. The piece reads like a post mortem of the complete failures of NOM and other similar groups and questions the path forward for them as the country finds their bigoted views unacceptable in the public square.

Dozens Reported Dead in Odessa as Ukraine Chaos Spreads | Common Dreams

Dozens Reported Dead in Odessa as Ukraine Chaos Spreads | Common Dreams

Seething Hate Even Fox News Can’t Deny: Cliven Bundy Is Not an Outlier | Alternet

Seething Hate Even Fox News Can’t Deny: Cliven Bundy Is Not an Outlier | Alternet



No, all right wingers are not racists, but if you open your ears and listen to what the fringe hate groups that even the likes of Sean Hannity and Fox News can’t deny are racist are saying, if you take the time to read some of their broadsides and books (and especially their footnotes and bibliographies), you would realize two things. 



First, that that there is a not-so-golden thread running through American history that connects a certain brand of White Protestant Supremacism with a broad trend of rural populism. 



Second, that a lot of modern mainstream Republican wisdom comes down to pretty much exactly what Cliven Bundy said—that a dependence on the “free stuff” that the government hands out is just a more insidious form of slavery.

Say Goodbye to TV’s Golden Age: Why Comcast’s Rise and Net Neutrality’s Downfall Will Change Everything | Alternet

Say Goodbye to TV’s Golden Age: Why Comcast’s Rise and Net Neutrality’s Downfall Will Change Everything | Alternet



Viewers be warned! The golden age of television is coming to an end, and here’s how it’s going to happen: An unholy cabal of judges, government regulators and “cord-cutting” millennials will decapitate it. Like the similarly beheaded Ned Stark, on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” we will miss it dearly when it’s gone.

Republican Rich People Face Really Tough Choice Between Chris Christie and Jeb Bush | Alternet

Republican Rich People Face Really Tough Choice Between Chris Christie and Jeb Bush | Alternet



Pity the poor ultra-rich Republican donor who may be faced with a difficult choice in the 2016 presidential primary: Jeb Bush, or Chris Christie?

7 Questions for Bill Maher | Alternet

7 Questions for Bill Maher | Alternet

The comedian on drawing blue crowds in red states and his campaign to unseat a terrible Congressman.

Louis C.K. Has Done Us a Favor by Taking Aim at Common Core | Alternet

Louis C.K. Has Done Us a Favor by Taking Aim at Common Core | Alternet



There is a battle royal being waged across the nation about a set of national academic standards called the Common Core.

Paul Krugman: Economics Failed Us Because We Ignored Its Basic Precepts | Alternet

Paul Krugman: Economics Failed Us Because We Ignored Its Basic Precepts | Alternet



In his latest column for the New York Times, entitled "Why Economics Failed," Paul Krugman tries to explains why, when basic economics held the solution to the country's Great Recession—namely increase spending and demand—our leaders failed to take appropriate action.

Darrell Issa Subpoenas John Kerry To Testify On Benghazi

Darrell Issa Subpoenas John Kerry To Testify On Benghazi



To paraphrase Henry II, will no one rid me of this troublesome shithead? Any drunken barons or bishops in the audience, please feel free to go a-Becket-ing! (that should have an accent over the a, but screw ascii when I havent had my dinner yet!) :)

Asshole Of The Day, Is Scott Brown Asshole of the Day for calling Obamacare a disaster but supporting all of its features?

Asshole Of The Day, Is Scott Brown Asshole of the Day for calling Obamacare a disaster but supporting all of its features?



Everything after the second word 'day' in that question is unnecessary!

How TV stations are letting political advertisers play hide and seek - Sunlight Foundation Blog

How TV stations are letting political advertisers play hide and seek - Sunlight Foundation Blog



We've told them once. We've told them twice. The third time, we're bringing lawyers.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Paul Ryan Won't Let Poor People Testify At Hearing About Poverty | ThinkProgress

Paul Ryan Won't Let Poor People Testify At Hearing About Poverty | ThinkProgress



On Wednesday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will hold a hearing on poverty called “A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Lessons from the Frontlines.” While it will feature three experts, none of them are actually low-income Americans who struggle to get by.



Hey! What would poor people know about poverty!?!?!

Oath Keepers Fire Back At Bundy Security: 'They're FBI Infiltrators' --LMFAO

Oath Keepers Fire Back At Bundy Security: 'They're FBI Infiltrators' --LMFAO



Once more down the rabbithole!

Yup. Watching Fox News can kill you. Literally

Yup. Watching Fox News can kill you. Literally



Republicans would rather kill off their strongest supporters than have them think that maybe that fellow in the White House—and his Democratic Party—aren't so bad after all.

Daily Kos :: News Community Action

Daily Kos :: News Community Action



Stay classy, Fox, stay classy....

My Protesting Isn't Terrorism: How Big Ag Teamed with Lawmakers to Criminalize Speech | Alternet

My Protesting Isn't Terrorism: How Big Ag Teamed with Lawmakers to Criminalize Speech | Alternet

Scott Walker, ALEC and RNC Lies Unmasked In Court Ruling Tossing Wisconsin's Tough New Voter ID Law | Alternet

Scott Walker, ALEC and RNC Lies Unmasked In Court Ruling Tossing Wisconsin's Tough New Voter ID Law | Alternet



No sane person would commit voter fraud, the federal judge said.

All of California Is Now Under Drought Conditions, and That's Bad News for All of Us | Alternet

All of California Is Now Under Drought Conditions, and That's Bad News for All of Us | Alternet



For the first time in 15 years, all of the Golden State suffers from a water shortage, and while that's very bad for the region, it may also send food prices skyrocketing throughout the country.

Breaking: Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law (Update)

Breaking: Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law (Update)

Bundy Ranch 'Oath Keepers Lucky They Didn't Get Shot In The Back For Deserting Bundy Battlefield'

Bundy Ranch 'Oath Keepers Lucky They Didn't Get Shot In The Back For Deserting Bundy Battlefield'



The more info that comes out on the whole Bundy affair, the scarier (and crazier) they seem to be. Stop waffling, Red... the scarier and crazier they ARE.

Rick Scott bombs with this crowd of seniors on Obamacare

Rick Scott bombs with this crowd of seniors on Obamacare



Well, this didn't quite go as planned for Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL). He's already abandoned the legislative session, and is out on the campaign trail, instead of at work in Tallahassee. One of those campaign stops was at a senior center in Boca Raton, designed to be a friendly media opportunity where Scott could commiserate with seniors about all those "Obamcare cuts to Medicare." You know, the favorite Republican Medicare lie?

Large Christian Organization Starts Petition Against Sarah Palin

Large Christian Organization Starts Petition Against Sarah Palin



Faithful America is the largest and fastest growing online community of Christians, putting faith into action for social justice. They have watched the right-wing political agendas highjack the true messages of Jesus, and this faith-based organization will no longer be silent.

Creationists Hit the Panic Button After Neil DeGrasse Tyson Destroys The Myth That the Universe Is 6,000 Years Old | Alternet

Creationists Hit the Panic Button After Neil DeGrasse Tyson Destroys The Myth That the Universe Is 6,000 Years Old | Alternet



This kind of thinking is what stunts scientific growth in the US and around the world.



This kind of thinking makes us a laughing-stock

GOP’s White Southern Men Problem: Why They Can’t Hold Dems Down Any Longer | Alternet

GOP’s White Southern Men Problem: Why They Can’t Hold Dems Down Any Longer | Alternet



The days of the left humiliating itself in an effort to woo these voters are over. They're the right's problem now.

Exclusive: Elizabeth Warren Discusses Her New Book, Thomas Piketty and the Disappearing Middle Class | Alternet

Exclusive: Elizabeth Warren Discusses Her New Book, Thomas Piketty and the Disappearing Middle Class | Alternet



Warren's book argues how she plans to keep the middle class from vanishing.

Tom Coburn: I Don't Believe There Should Be A National Minimum Wage

Tom Coburn: I Don't Believe There Should Be A National Minimum Wage



What a charmer he is.

This GOP Candidate Is Leading The Party Away From Obamacare Hysteria

This GOP Candidate Is Leading The Party Away From Obamacare Hysteria



While Republicans wobble on Obamacare, trying to strike a balance between feeding the conservative base and being forced to acknowledge the law hasn't been an abject disaster, at least one Republican Senate candidate has dispensed with the dance.

Antonin Scalia's Blunder Is Unprecedented, Legal Experts Say

Antonin Scalia's Blunder Is Unprecedented, Legal Experts Say



Justice Antonin Scalia's factual error in a dissenting opinion Tuesday has become the talk of the legal community as experts puzzle over the extraordinary nature of the Reagan-appointed justice's blunder, which the Supreme Court quietly corrected as of Wednesday morning.



He's always been a partisan hack and a jerk, but apparently he's now either a liar or senile. Or both. Retire, bitch!

Florida Poll: Hillary Has Double-Digit Lead Over Top Republicans for 2016

Florida Poll: Hillary Has Double-Digit Lead Over Top Republicans for 2016



Even in insanely stupid Florida, they're wise to the Repugs! :)

8 Ways to Protect Yourself From Microsoft's Dangerous Internet Explorer Bug | Entrepreneur.com

8 Ways to Protect Yourself From Microsoft's Dangerous Internet Explorer Bug | Entrepreneur.com



Three words (even the govt agrees with this)- Firefox or Chrome

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