Friday, April 18, 2014

The GOP is EXTRAORINARILY good at twisting words.

Holder: I Wasn't Talking About Race, I Was Commenting On 'Civility' (Click here to read more)

Caitlin MacNeal - April 14, 2014, 3:44 PM EDT
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Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday that when he was criticizing the way he was treated by congressional Republicans last week, he was not referring to race.
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"I didn't say there was a racial component. I was very careful not to say that," he told the Huffington Post.
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Last week during a speech at the National Action Network, Holder deviated from his prepared remarks to comment on his interaction with House Republicans, specifically Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX), at a Judiciary Committee hearing.
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Holder said during his speech that he has faced "unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity" over the last few years.
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"And if you don't believe that, you look at the way - and forget about me, forget about me - you look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee," he said. "That had nothing to do with me. Forget that. What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?"
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Following Holder's comments, various journalists and news outlets interpreted Holder's comments as a reference to his race, prompting coverage of race, the Republican party and the Obama administration.

You've got to follow stories like this to realize how totally screwed up some of our citizens are.

Oklahoma school district OKs 'Bible curriculum' created by Hobby Lobby president (Click here to read more)

By Scott Kaufman
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:50 EDT
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According to the Religious News Service, the "Museum of the Bible Curriculum" created by Hobby Lobby's President Steve Green will be beta-tested in Oklahoma's Mustang Public School district beginning in the Fall of 2014.
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Green hopes the program - which will be overseen by Jerry Pattengale, head of the Green Scholars Initiative - will be placed in "hundreds" of high schools by 2016, and "thousands" by 2017. It is a four-year elective course in which students will study the narrative, history, and impact of the Bible on Western Civilization. Because the book is being taught within an academic purview, it does not violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Abington School District v. Schempp.
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"Nothing we have said here indicates that such study of the Bible," the Court decided, "when presented objectively as part of a secular program of education, may not be effected consistently with the First Amendment."
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Statements made by Green when he received the 2013 Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities strongly suggest that the material in the Museum of the Bible Curriculum will neither be "presented objectively" nor "part of a secular program."

Homegrown terrorism

Rachel Maddow: Why is the U.S. so reluctant to confront its own right-wing terrorists? (Click here to read more)

By David Ferguson
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:59 EDT
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Tuesday night on her MSNBC show, Rachel Maddow discussed the real threat of violence from right-wing extremists here in the U.S. as opposed to Islamic terrorism, which most Americans are much more afraid of.
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She began by detailing the arrests in the late 1980s of several members of the Aryan Nation gang, a ring of counterfeiters and criminals who hoped to bring about an all-white homeland, or at least a section of the country devoted to the white race.
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In 1987, 15 neo-Nazi leaders of the Aryan Nation were arrested and charged with sedition.
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"So that was in 1987," Maddow said. "Really ambitious prosecution brought against all those different white supremacist leaders. They're going after them for trying to overthrow the U.S. government."
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By 1988, however, the whole case had fallen apart. One of the government's witnesses, Frazier Glenn Miller, fled his home state of North Carolina, changed his name, and all but disappeared until this past weekend, when he opened fire at a Jewish community center in Overland Park, KS, killing three people.
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"Heil Hiter!" shouted Miller at news cameras from the back of a police cruiser.
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After he was arrested, Maddow said, "there was still some confusion about his identity" because of his multiple aliases. Miller had been active on the Internet at right-wing sites, posting over 12,000 messages to racist message boards and websites.
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One of those message boards, the white supremacist Stormfront.org, was also home to the man who shot up a Sikh temple in Wisconsin before killing himself, a Pittsburgh neo-Nazi murderer and others.

A study on spanking

 You know what spanking teaches children? That physical violence and bullying are proper responses to behavior you don't like in other people.

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 Study: Spanking doesn't work, but average 4-year-old is spanked 936 times per year anyway (Click here to read more)

By Scott Kaufman
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 11:45 EDT
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New research published in the Journal of Family Psychology indicates not only that parents punish their children more frequently than they admit, but that the form of the punishment - spanking - is an ineffective means of behavioral modification.
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The study analyzed real-time audio recordings of parents interacting with their children. The parents had been given guidelines: spank infrequently, only for serious misbehavior, and only as a last resort.
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Thirty-three families were recorded for between four and six evenings, and in 90 percent of the incidents involving corporal punishment, the immediate cause was "noncompliance," such as a refusal to stop sucking fingers, eating improperly, leaving the house without asking permission. In 49 percent of the spanking incidents, the parent sounded angry prior to initiating the spanking.
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"The recordings show that most parents responded either impulsively or emotionally, rather than being intentional with their discipline," lead author George Holden, a psychology professor at Southern Methodist University, said. On average, it only required 30 seconds for nonviolent discipline to escalate to corporal punishment.

When you let the brainless take charge.


Blame Obama!


The problem with being a bigot is that you only see OTHERS as the problem


Yeah - way too many Americans HAVE noticed - from their jail cells.


Especially the Republicans


The founding fathers left scratching their heads.


And yet the GOP keeps raising fears about GOVERNMENT being in your health care system...


And most suffer from mental illness.


Our federal budget


If you're stupid enough, you don't realize just how stupid you look.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lack of belief is nothing new.


How we see God.


Governor Christie's shenanigans still rasing quite a ruckus

Port Authority Official Resigns After Word Of Second Criminal Investigation (Click here to read more)

Eric Lach - April 14, 2014, 1:58 PM EDT
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A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioner resigned Monday following news of a second criminal investigation into the agency's ties to Gov. Chris Christie, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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Anthony Sartor, a New Jersey appointee, has been chair of the agency's subcommittee on World Trade Center redevelopment, and he submitted his resignation just a few days after the news that Manhattan's district attorney had opened an investigation into the agency's work rebuilding the World Trade Center, according to the Journal.
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A number of Port Authority officials have resigned in recent months as separate investigations into the George Washington Bridge lane closures have intensified. Most recently, David Samson, a close ally of Gov. Chris Christie (R), announced his resignation as chairman of the agency.

Our own government agencies think they are above the people

FBI abruptly leaves Senate hearing after being asked about 'Insider Threat' program (Click here to read more)

By Techdirt
Monday, April 14, 2014 17:45 EDT
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While we've been disappointed that Senator Chuck Grassley appears to have a bit of a double standard with his staunch support for whistleblowers when it comes to Ed Snowden, it is true that he has fought for real whistleblower protections for quite some time. Lately, he's been quite concerned that the White House's "Insider Threat Program" (ITP) is really just a cover to crack down on whistleblowers. As we've noted, despite early promises from the Obama administration to support and protect whistleblowers, the administration has led the largest crackdown against whistleblowers, and the ITP suggests that the attack on whistleblowers is a calculated response. The program documentation argues that any leak can be seen as "aiding the enemy" and encourages government employees to snitch on each other if they appear too concerned about government wrong-doing. Despite all his high minded talk of supporting whistleblowers, President Obama has used the Espionage Act against whistleblowers twice as many times as all other Presidents combined. Also, he has never -- not once -- praised someone for blowing the whistle in the federal government.
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Given all of that, Senator Grassley expressed some concern about this Insider Threat Program and how it distinguished whistleblowers from actual threats. He asked the FBI for copies of its training manual on the program, which it refused to give him. Instead, it said it could better answer any questions at a hearing. However, as Grassley explains, when questioned about this just 10 minutes into the hearing, the FBI abruptly got up and left:

Shooting report

Once again, it is so important to point out that allowing more and more guns into circulation means more and more guns will be in the hands of people who will use them to shoot others. We need better gun control laws now.












Gun control: Because we are our own worst enemy.


Graphics to Enlighten You on Federal Taxes







Republicans want you poor and desperate enough to work dirt cheap.

Governor Bans Minimum Wage Increases And Paid Sick Leave Laws (Click here to read more)

By Bryce Covert on April 15, 2014 at 9:41 am
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At a time when many states and cities are working passing minimum wage increases, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has gone in the opposite direction and signed a law banning cities from passing higher wages. The bill also bans them from enacting paid sick days or vacation requirements.
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The law will stymie the efforts of activists in Oklahoma City, where a labor federation has led the push on a petition to raise the city's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The state's current minimum has been set at the federal level of $7.25. In 2012, 64,000 workers in the state earned $7.25 an hour or less, making up 7.2 percent of all hourly workers, a larger share than the 4.7 percent figure for the country as a whole.
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Fallin said she signed the bill out of the worry that higher local minimum wages "would drive businesses to other communities and states, and would raise prices for consumers." She also argued that "most minimum wage workers are young, single people working part-time or entry level jobs" and that "many are high school or college students living with their parents in middle-class families." She warned that increasing the minimum wage "would require businesses to fire many of those part-time workers" and harm job creation.


Just when you think you've found the lowest life-form on earth, a new one, even lower, comes to the front.

Anti-Government Militia Considered Using Women as Human Shields (Click here to read more)

April 15, 2014 By Allen Clifton
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I've made it pretty clear that I'm by no means a fan of the tea party, and I believe their movement to be based on delusional radicalism and dangerous anti-government rhetoric.  I've encountered many tea party supporters living in Texas and they're some of the most hateful, judgmental and misinformed people I've ever met.
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While a debate with a "moderate" Republican rarely results in either one of us agreeing on much, a discussion with most tea party supporters is like talking to someone from another planet.
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A prime example of this radical lunacy can be seen in Nevada where Cliven Bundy maintained that federal lands in Nevada belonged to the state and not the federal government.
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But the shocking part of this whole story isn't just Bundy's anti-federal government ignorance, but a revelation that came to light when former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack was interviewed on Fox News.  Mack revealed that he and others who had gone down to support Bundy had planned to use women as human shields against the Bureau of Land Management in case officers began shooting.

Yes, my friend, we really do have an oligarchy.

Study: American policy exclusively reflects desires of the rich; citizens' groups largely irrelevant (Click here to read more)

Cory Doctorow
Sunday, April 13, 2014, 6:22 pm
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In Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens [PDF], a paper forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics by Princeton's Martin Gilens and Northwestern's Benjamin Page, the authors analyze 1,779 over the past 20+ years and conclude that policy makers respond exclusively to the needs of people in the 90th wealth percentile to the exclusion of pretty much every one else. Mass-scale intervention from citizens' groups barely registers, while the desires of the richest ten percent of America dictate practically the entire national policy landscape.
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In a summary in the Washington Post, Larry Bartels writes,
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    Alas, no. In their primary statistical analysis, the collective preferences of ordinary citizens had only a negligible estimated effect on policy outcomes, while the collective preferences of "economic elites" (roughly proxied by citizens at the 90th percentile of the income distribution) were 15 times as important. "Mass-based interest groups" mattered, too, but only about half as much as business interest groups - and the preferences of those public interest groups were only weakly correlated (.12) with the preferences of the public as measured in opinion surveys.  

God forbid that college athletes should have some say in their own future...

Ohio Republicans trying to prevent college athletes from unionizing (Click here to read more)

Rss@dailykos.com (laura Clawson)
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9:16 pm
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Republicans are always all about markets and free choice right up until they're not, and the moment they're not somehow always turns out to be about workers choosing to join together to get more from their employers, or women exercising control over their own bodies. So it's not a big surprise that Ohio Republicans are trying to prevent athletes at state colleges and universities from unionizing.
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Northwestern University is currently appealing a National Labor Relations Board decision that its football players are employees who are eligible to unionize. That decision would only apply to private universities, though, so the Ohio legislature is trying to be proactive about keeping the state's college athletes fully exploitable:
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    An Ohio House committee added an amendment to a state budget bill Monday that says students attending state universities in Ohio "are not public employees based upon participating in athletics for the state university."

How to Run a Government - For Dummies


Letting the wealthy slide, asking the poor to pay the bills.


Go ahead, GOP - keep cutting the IRS budget so they can't hire auditors.


Even the in-bred realize that we've got a problem!


Capitalism - any wonder that the wealthy love it in its most unrestricted form?


Mindless climate denier.


No shit, Sherlock!


When we sell out to big business, big business pays us back


Speaking of laws that make income inequality worse...


Republicans, Democrats: they are all bought and paid for.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sorry, GOP - the U.S. was NOT founded to be a religious nation.


How do you convince the ignorant?


It's just so - I don't know - Republican?

Family values groups demand GOP reject Las Vegas as possible 2016 convention site (Click here to read more)


Rss@dailykos.com (hunter)
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:31 pm
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But it's so 'Murica.
Good luck with that.
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    Some of the heaviest hitters on the religious right are pressuring GOP leaders to cross off Las Vegas as a potential host city for its 2016 convention, warning that putting the next convention in Sin City will harm the party's image and drive away supporters. [...]
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    Leaders from the religious right who have joined the effort include Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association; Phyllis Schlafly, founder of Eagle Forum; Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition; Paul Caprio, director of Family-PAC; and James Dobson, president of Family Talk ministry.
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    "The GOP is supposedly interested in reaching out to conservatives and evangelicals. Maybe that's just a front, but if they really mean it this is not the way to do it," Dobson said Tuesday. "Even though Vegas has tried to shore itself up and call itself family-friendly, it's still a metaphor for decadence. There's still 64 pages of escort services in the yellow pages. … You can't have it both ways."
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Some poor intern had to somehow lay his or her hands on a Las Vegas telephone book in order to count how many pages of escort services there were.

Shooting report

The news media continues to push the "normal" shootings to the back pages of their publications while dealing with the multiple shootings at the Jewish Center in Kansas City.









Gun control: We need effective background checks so people who preach racism and hate can't get guns.