Thursday, August 21, 2014

Driven by religion? Get real.


It's an incredible universe


God's plan - is this REALLY the guy you want to worship?


Come next January, things could get REALLY interesting...

Guardian Of Gridlock Returns


Aug 20, 2014 | By CAP Action War Room
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Mitch McConnell Promises To Shut Down Government If GOP Takes Over Senate This November

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) just laid out the GOP strategy if it takes over the Senate. In short: if you think conservative obstruction is grinding Congress to a halt right now, you ain't seen nothing yet.
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Politico's Manu Raju reports on McConnell's plans:
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    Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration's policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown.
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    In an extensive interview here, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the environment to health care, consider using an arcane budget tactic to circumvent Democratic filibusters and force the president to "move to the center" if he wants to get any new legislation through Congress.
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    In short, it's a recipe for a confrontational end to the Obama presidency.
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    "We're going to pass spending bills, and they're going to have a lot of restrictions on the activities of the bureaucracy," McConnell said in an interview aboard his campaign bus traveling through Western Kentucky coal country. "That's something he won't like, but that will be done. I guarantee it."
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It appears McConnell, who proudly called himself the "guardian of gridlock," would take things to a whole new level if he takes control of the Senate chamber: use the threat of a shutdown in a proactive effort to undo the progress that we have made when it comes to health care, the environment, and more. There is little else that could be as destructive. Remember what happened last year when conservative opposition led to the first government shutdown in almost 20 years? The results were not pretty:
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    The shutdown cost the economy $24 billion.
    Federal employees were furloughed for a combined total of 6.6 million days at taxpayers' expense. At the peak of the shutdown, about 850,000 individuals per day were furloughed.
    Hundreds of patients including children were prevented from enrolling in clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health.
    The combination of the shutdown and debt limit brinksmanship resulted in 120,000 fewer private sector jobs created.
    National parks were forced to shut down, causing them to lose an estimated $414 million in visitor spending.
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The list goes on.
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At the same time, a media narrative seems to be forming that during this primary season the GOP's "establishment" candidates (with the exception of Eric Cantor) are fending off the Tea Party and winning their elections. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Rep. Cory Gardner of Colorado. And last night, Attorney General Dan Sullivan of Alaska. The reality is that "establishment" candidates still push for radical, out-of-touch policies: supporting an amendment to ban abortion and even some common forms of contraception; refusing to acknowledge man-made climate change; opposing marriage equality. And Mitch McConnell's plan to shut down the government again belongs at the top of the list.
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BOTTOM LINE: Mitch McConnell has made the GOP plan if it takes over the Senate clear: force a government shutdown. The last shutdown caused major damage to our economy, but that doesn't seem to bother McConnell and Republicans. McConnell isn't in it to help Kentucky or the country; he wants only to block President Obama and progress wherever he can.
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Shooting report

Nothing has changed - Americans are still getting gunned down and there's nothing being done to stop it.






Gun control - Because there's nothing about this that isn't a bit frighting


Fox contributor defends militarizing police because 'these extremist Muslims are coming back'

[Conservatives live their lives in fear which breeds hatred and aggression. Nasty folks. - Bozo]
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Rss@dailykos.com (jed Lewison)
Monday, August 18, 2014, 12:07 pm
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I know you won't be surprised that Fox News contributor Bo Dietl thinks decking out the Ferguson police with military-grade firepower is the right thing to do, but his explanation for why is nonetheless awe-inspiring:
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"They're coming back, they're coming back these extremist Muslims are coming back and they're going to do something in the United States and you can't fight them with pea shooters," Dietl said.
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What that has to do with the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown is anybody's guess, but Dietl is sure about one thing-the people who are outraged by Brown's death are a bunch of no-good racists:
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"We're dividing white and black again. America has no color, it's all one color," he explained.
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Funny thing about the panel on which Dietl appeared, however: It was an "all-white male panel of Fox News experts." Experts indeed: Experts at defending the indefensible.
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How will YOU vote? And WILL you vote?


"Stupid hypocrites" does not even begin to describe the GOP


An ideal proposal for the ladies of the U.S.


Corporations were created by humans to serve us, not bleed us dry.


Free enterprise or socialism? Which do you support?


Republican health care plan. Go ahead - elect them. I dare you.


The state of American government today


There are no grounds for impeachment, but that does not stop the conservatives


There IS voter fraud - real proof at last!


Don't be a follower - be a thinker


There is something seriously wrong with some Americans - seriously


The conservatives want to keep you ignorant - it makes you easier to control


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In a rational world, we wouldn't brainwash our children.


Relax - Satan is not going to toast you forever


The most potent force for atheism


Shooting report

The shootings continue. Only a well regulated set of laws will get it under control.







Gun control - Because we need to reduce America's fascination with things that kill.


Kochonomics: Koch Goes Local

The Koch Brothers Are Rigging The System At The Local Level No Matter Who It Hurts

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Much has been written about the efforts of billionaires Charles and David Koch to exert influence at the highest reaches of government through shadow groups, lobbying, political action committees, think tanks, and more.
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In recent years, the Koch brothers have expanded their efforts to another area as well: local elections and local government. Through their front groups, most notably Americans For Prosperity (AFP), the Koch network has waded into county tax debates, city transportation decisions, and even school board elections. As Eli Miller, director of the Ohio chapter of AFP, put it: “There is no issue we won’t get involved in.”
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In a new report, the Center for American Progress Action Fund digs up a number of examples of this approach. It’s part of the broad strategy on the part of the Koch brothers that we call “Kochonomics”: limit government as much as possible, resulting in a system that benefits their business no matter the potential harm to everyone else. We’ve found that this local approach is an increasingly important prong in their multifaceted effort. Here are several examples of Kochonomics in action:
  • Putting Politics Over Kids In Illinois: In two separate Illinois school districts, AFP defeated initiatives intended to update school facilities, reduce class sizes, and avoid cuts to school staff positions and programs. The initiatives would have raised taxes by about $3 per week for the average homeowner.
  • Polluting Water Sources In Iron County, Wisconsin: Koch interests ignored the environmental consequences and the opposition of native tribes in the area by swaying the outcome of a local board election in Iron County, Wisconsin, to expand mining operations.
  • Denying A Beloved Columbus Landmark: AFP’s Ohio chapter mounted a campaign to defeat a $23-per-household tax increase for the popular Columbus Zoo, depriving the Ohio institution of a stable revenue source and the ability to grow. In just example of how Koch interests can often part ways with normal business interests, the zoo levy was endorsed by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the fiscally conservative Columbus Dispatch.
  • Derailing New Mass Transit In Nashville: AFP’s Tennessee state director lobbied to ban a locally designed mass transit system in Nashville that would improve the city’s connectivity and reduce commuting times for residents. When the state legislature passed a law that erected barriers to the project’s completion, the official opposition group publicly thanked AFP in its press release. Local business interests supported the project.
  • Opposing Emergency Funds In Fremont, Nebraska: In 2013, the town of Fremont, Nebraska, with a population of roughly 26,000, considered increasing the food and beverage tax to help fund capital improvement projects that were “emergenc[ies],” as the Mayor put it. The tax would have raised the price of a $20 meal by 35 cents. It took just one month for the Koch brothers and their AFP arm to put the kibosh on those plans.
  • Nixing Funding For Public Safety In Gahanna, Ohio: City leaders in Gahanna, a near suburb of Columbus, thought it necessary to ask voters to adopt a 1 percentage point income tax increase, meant to prevent cuts to public safety, save jobs, and keep community centers open. AFP misled voters by distorting the size of the tax increase, and it went down.
  • Undermining Public Education In Communities Nationwide: In a number of cases, the Koch network has used its resources to influence school board elections and develop school initiatives that undermine public education. They promote policies that would defund public schools and redistribute resources to private schools, fund groups that blatantly spread lies about the Common Core, and attack teachers. 
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Learn more about these and other examples in the full report here.
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BOTTOM LINE: Despite having the support of Republican elected officials, these examples demonstrate that the Koch brothers are not trying to take power away from the federal government and give it to states and localities to make their own decisions. As the Koch influence continues to grow, the true agenda of Kochonomics becomes clearer: using the network’s vast resources to take power away from officials at all levels of government and give it to a pair of billionaire brothers and those who agree and profit with them.


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Ferguson Police Busted - Attempt To Defame Shooting Victim Blows Up In Their Face

[N.B. - this was posted on what I thought was a fairly reliable web site, but I've not seen any verifying story from a major news outlet - Bozo]
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Author: Nathaniel Downes
August 18, 2014 5:00 pm
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When the Ferguson police department released the name of Darren Wilson, they also chose to release video footage which they claimed was of Michael Brown robbing a convenience store for some cigars.
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The problem is, the video shows Michael Brown at the register, paying for the cigars.
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From observation, it looks as if he had tried to buy more, but then was unable to afford it, hence why he left several packets on the counter. This prompted the store owner to come out from behind the counter and have a discussion with him, which prompted the shove witnessed in the full video.
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Whatever words were exchanged between the man in the video and the store owner, they were not considered very serious, as the store owner nor the employees did not report a theft at the store. According to the stores attorney, the owners were bewildered when the police approached them demanding the surveillance tapes.
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The store owners are now afraid of themselves becoming a target, due to the Ferguson PD's attempt to tie their store to the fateful shooting. A gross abuse of police authority, one which now puts someone else at risk.
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Even if Michael Brown were a petty thief, this does not excuse the cold-blooded shooting death of the 18-year-old. Of course the right-wing took the robbery claim at face value, and began labeling Michael Brown as a 'thug' who did not deserve due process.
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But instead it looked like he was a teenager who was enjoying a few cigars which he purchased at the local store. The store owners did not claim he stole from them. Video evidence shows him paying for the cigars found on him. The police attempt to paint Michael Brown as anything but a victim is a complete and total fraud.
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Michael Brown was to start college last Monday, and was preparing to start his own business upon graduation. Officer Wilson cut short a promising young man before he could truly get his start in the world. It is a story so tragic due not to this isolated case, but for how common this is in America.
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The United States is racing the results of decades of legitimized racism. Ever since President Reagan made it ok to bash the poor, so long as they were black, the progress in race relations in this country has been undone. Now we are facing the obvious result of this criminalization of African-Americans in the US. Is it not time to say enough is enough, and stop putting the blame on the victims?
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The Affordable Care Act - it's helping people.


Really - the GOP isn't even afraid to suggest stuff like this. How can average people even THINK of voting for them?


The Republicans don't even TRY to remain consistent any more


Republican lies


I can't relate, not even a little bit, to conservatuive fear and hate.


Is the Internet a conduit for free speech, or another tool of the corporations?


If you starve your employees, you'll starve the demand for your products


White people only need apply


Where's the justice?


Really, really proud


Demilitarizing America


Our militarized police - cartoon