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Very interesting, the FRC (Defined by the SPLC as a hate group) has long insisted that non-heterosexuality and pedophilia were connected, that people who were not men-loving women or women-loving men were highly likely to molest children. Their relative silence in the case of Josh Duggar reveals that they're embarrassed by a well-known heterosexual (Who was very highly judgmental of LGBT people as all being potential child molesters) was a child molester himself. D'oh! Gotta hate it when your pet theory gets blown up by the facts! Oh, and why were the girls relegated to second place in the news? The movement the Duggars are part of encorages submission to men.
Yeah, yeah, I know, Clinton is cozy with the bankers and other big money boyz, but this disrespecting of the hedge fund people is a smart move on her part and one we should cheer on.
Senate Majority Leader McConnell tried and failed to get NSA surveillance powers extended. It's now or never. The authority for mass surveillance sinks or swims within a week. McConnell tried hard to panic the Senate into passing the short-term extension. No luck.
Woo-hoo! Ireland passes marriage equality bill by 2:1 margin!
Interesting theory on "white fragility" pulls together lots of different threads. Well worth a read.
Whoa! Yup, y'all want your outrage for the day, here ya go! Couple tries to get satisfaction from gun retailers for Sandy Hook massacre, ends up owing a quarter-million dollars to the gun retailers!
Yeah, the whole “fiscally conservative but socially liberal” line is a crock. Piece makes excellent point about how Ferguson, MO supports town expenditures. They levy fines on poor blacks rather than tax richer whites. What's the effect of the "social liberalism" people feel? Zip. No, there's no compromise, you're either a liberal or a conservative.
PA Senator Toomey makes ludicrous overstatements about police weaponry. In Ferguson, MO last August, the police arrived looking as though they were fighting the Iraq War against heavily-armed insurgents as opposed to being a domestic police force trying to calm a tense situation. No, the police do not need to be armed with items like bayonets and MRAPs (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protection vehicles).
Very cool! I have co-congregants who work for the Boy Scouts. They were in favor of allowing gays in, but decided to join anyway and wait and see if the BSA "saw the light." Their faith was rewarded!
It's not just that Bush and Cheney, et al, told a few whoppers here and there or stretched the truth a bit now and then, it was that there was a deliberate, planned campaign to get Americans into a war with Iraq. Also, not surprising is that Americans have revised their memories (or just their stories) to fit with current conventional wisdom on invading Iraq. They were actually in favor of invading by 63% to 34%, but currently only 38% say they favored invasion while 47% say they opposed it.
These smear campaigns on the SNAP/Food Stamp program by Fox News and others cause very real and serious harm. The great majority of SNAP assistance goes to people taking care of dependants who aren't able to earn a salary for themselves, but the lazy, single, surfer Greenslate is presented as typical.
350.org says: "The Trans-Pacific Partnership is secret to all but a handful of approved negotiators.
The Republican Congress and Senate have really not distinguished themselves in the struggle over how to figure out how to fight ISIS.
Many years ago, Dan Quayle (Vice President under the elder George Bush) made the "error" of answering a pregnancy choice question honestly. Would he support his daughter if she wanted to have an abortion? He abruptly spun on a dime and did a 180-degree turn and changed from an absolutist, hard-core anti-choice stance to a thoroughly acceptable pro-choice stance because, hey, we were talking about a family member, not some anonymous woman somewhere who was probably just irresponsible. A Republican Representative from TN is making a very similar statement, saying that abortion is immoral, except for, y'know, when his own wife and mistress do it.
On NSA surveillance, the House has spoken and has said the right thing, that the telecommunications companies should hang onto all of the data and can make specific pieces available with a court order. Several Senators disagree, but haven't made a good case. Getting down to the wire on this.
Wow! The Republican Party is really going crazy with all of this anti-choice stuff! They've raised it up to a major priority of theirs For all women who care about choice, please read this and watch the Rachel Maddow video in it.
Just in case anyone is thinking that ISIS is not all that terrible a group, they're within a mile of Palmyra, one of the world’s most complete Roman archaeological sites. Archaeologists are deeply concerned tha they'll wreck the site. Uuuugh!!! It just hurts to see these ancient treasures destroyed. Also, ISIS has been carrying out serious atrocities against living people as well.
Florida Governor Rick Scott decides to preview what would happen if the Supreme Court rules against the ACA/Obamacare. And yes, Republicans have three competing plans for replacement, but they should have long since agreed on a single plan and should be ironing out details by now, not still arguing over basic architecture.
A little bit surprising to see that Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death. We knew, at the absolute rock-bottom, bare minimum, he was in for life in prison without parole, but I thought he wouldn't be executed.
ISDS (Investor-State Dispute Settlement) is a very troubling aspect of the TPP and reason enough to oppose TPP and all of the NAFTA-style treaties all by itself. TPP is also bad for both the climate and the environment.
Pundits have been claiming that "Gee, if members of the parties only got together and drank and schmoozed and let their hair down and got to know each other, politics would work so much better!" Majority Leader McConnell says "Nope. Not gonna happen." (He didn't use those exact words, of course) and pops the bubble of a nice fantasy.
Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia when taking a sharp curve at high speed. Of course, the derailment is blamed on conservatives underfunding of our infrastructure. Conservatives get very upset and claim that the time isn't right to bring up underfunding, but if we observed such “rules,” it would never be brought up at all! Of course, Congress then votes to cut Amtrak funding still further, thereby making more accidents more likely. And as Rachel Maddow points out, it's not like we don't know how to prevent derailments like what just happened in Philly. It's not like we don't have the technology to fix this problem. It's far more a matter of just spending the necessary money than it is of inventing something new.
Excellent piece on negotiations over nuclear weapons, with first North Korea and then Iran. Many right-wingers have claimed that Clinton messed up and signed a lousy deal with North Korea. This piece makes it clear that Republicans made a good deal impossible by insisting that it had to be heavily lopsided to favor US interests. Kim Jong Il refused to be thusly humiliated and thereby went ahead and produced a nuclear bomb. Again, the perfect is the enemy of the good.
This is why political commentary is difficult these days. I completely disagree with the President on the TPP and Fast Track. but he's 100% correct on how Fox News covers poor people. It all depends on the particular issue we're talking about. Rush Limbaugh demands to know when Fox has ever used terms like “sponges” and “leeches” to describe the poor. Jon Stewart obliges and produces those exact terms being used by Fox.
Good piece on the recent ruling on NSA surveillance. On the section concerning "Relevance," it's good to keep in mind the "Pizza Hut connection." Back in the early 2000s, law-enforcement authorities were continually sent on wild goose chases. Suspect A and Suspect B would both make calls to a phone number. "Bwah-hah!" the NSA reasoned, the phone number must belong to Suspect C, who must be one step up in the chain of command shared by A & B. Actually, C was usually a fast-food delivery place and both A & B would have similar tastes in delivery food. This wasted a hue amount of time and resources.
Jeb Bush says he would have gone to war against Iraq even knowing what we know now. Jeb belongs nowhere near the Oval Office! G.W. Bush didn't make mistakes in the intel concerning Iraq. He wanted to invade Iraq well before he took office. There was never a time when he was actually hesitating or truly analyzing the intel. We went to war based on consciously, deliberately told lies. Jebyn defends his comment, saying that he would have re-produced his brother's catastrophe. He claims the real problem began with the occupation of Baghdad, which yes I agree, was horribly done and the war was waged in a reasonably competent manner up until then. Of course, the failure to secure the ammo dump at Al Qaqaa was a major screw-up and it was due to not having enough troops to stay behind and guard it. Jeb claims through a spokesperson that he misheard th question. There's video of Megyn Kelly asking the question. Not plausible that he didn't hear her properly.
Comment on the really horrid state of tunnels that go from NJ to NYC: "That it isn't a priority for Christie shows how little he understands the economy of his own state (or doesn't care). Northern New Jersey is increasingly a bedroom community for NYC. Sure there will still be the PATH trains, but take out the NJT/Amtrak tunnels and you have serious problems."
Russia celebrates the 70th anniversary of VE Day..
For Bernie Sanders to raise as much money as he did, as quickly after his announcement as he did, is significant and should cause Hillary Clinton some concern. Meet The Press, as usual, falls down on the job and fails to cover him (Chuck Todd complains about FAIR's criticism and their response is worth reading).
Very not good! Passing 400 parts per million (ppm) of CO2 in the atmosphere is not a one-time thing, the amount goes up and down. For the month of March 2015, the world sustained the level of 400ppm all month long. 350ppm is the preferred concentration of CO2.
Yeah, the author of “Clinton Cash” is obviously getting desperate for credibility. The statistic that "only 10% of the Clinton Foundation money goes to other organizations" is accurate and sounds really awful until you realize that the Foundations carries out most of its charity work itself. They don't outsource their charity work, they perform the work directly.
Behold! Trickle-down economics at work! “[Governor Scott] Walker set up the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation in 2011 in order to give taxpayer dollars to private corporations to help them create jobs for Wisconsin workers. But a new audit of more than 100 grants from the agency found that the WEDC failed to follow up on whether the companies were actually using the funds to create and retain jobs.”
Jebyn (Jeb Bush) makes major screw-up! He admits he takes advice on the Mideast from brother Dubya (G.W. Bush).
With the sole and lonely exception of Senator Tom Cotton (Leader of the #47Traitors), the Senate passed a bill to allow them 30 days to review a nuclear deal with Iran.
Five years after a brief mini-crash wiped out nearly $1 trillion in stock wealth, the stock market still can't fix the problem that caused that crash. Part of the problem is that the stock market conducts up to 58 billion trades a day by over 100 million actors. Putting in a tax of $0.001 per trade would not only make high-speed trading unprofitable, but would produce needed revenue from people who could easily afford it.
Poor Speaker Boehner! He's just convinced, convinced, I tell you!, that the ACA/Obamacare has failed and is making things tough on both consumers and especially employers. That gol-durned reality though! It keeps getting in the way of his talking points! A blogger takes a look at various predictions made about the ACA. The opposition party was way off!
NBC News is reporting two suspects dead and a security guard wounded at a so-called "free speech" event in Garland, Texas. The event was sponsored by Pamela Geller's American Freedom Defense Initiative. Briefing on who Pam Geller is. Any evidence that ISIS was involved with the shootings in Texas? Doesn't look like it. Appears that they're simply taking "credit" for it.
Tucker Carlson obviously works in an environment filled with "Beavis & Butthead" types. Guys, there are comments that should just remain private, y'know? People really don't need to know that you find a woman in the news to be attractive. Carlson seriously needs to hire some good editors that won't let this stuff out into the public eye.
Charles Murray is the author of "The Bell Curve." Jeb Bush "...added, I like Charles Murray books to be honest with you, which means I’m a total nerd I guess.'"
“Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby issued criminal charges against police officers involved in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray Jr.”
Gang members emerge in Baltimore as rational, sensible peacemakers.
Very cool! The US consumes 1,100 gigawatts (GW) of power from all sources. We have 66 GW from wind power (48,000 turbines), with over 13 GW being built. Not enough. We need to build much more, but an excellent start!
Nuclear diplomacy with Iran is unpopular with Republicans in the Fox News bubble (Which of course includes all of the Republican presidential candidates), but is really quite popular in the rest of the country.
Very cool! The Pope is solidly on-board with trying to combat climate change! Best. Pope. Ever!
Approaching the 70th anniversary of VE Day, I did a lot of reading on World War II when I was a young'un. The American-British air war cost Germany very heavily prior to the Normandy Invasion, but yes, the Eastern Front took up an enormous amount of Nazi resources. The US also heavily supplied the Soviets, so not sure which front was "more" valuable in bringing the Nazis down. It was a joint effort.
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10,000 peaceful protesters in Baltimore and the media focuses on the dozens of violent people.
G.W. Bush speaks on Obama's policy on Iraq. Yeah, he really shouldn't have.
Clinton's position on TPP, while not as good as we'd like to see, is nevertheless better than it could have been. She's very much aware that progressives are opposed, so she's "closely watching" the situation with that.
As of April 24th, the Hubble Space Telescope has been in operation for 25 years. It's had five repair-and-maintenance missions.
25-year old black man Freddie Gray dies in police custody in Baltimore. With a peaceful protest of over 4,000 marchers, a few destructive individuals grab the spotlight and the media presents them as representative of the protesters. “I asked the clergy what they thought of the State of Emergency that the Governor declared,” Weiner said. From Think Progress: “They said there has been a State of Emergency way before tonight in Baltimore City, an emergency in poverty, lack of jobs [and] disenfranchisement from the political process.” Round-up piece on Baltimore.
Two reasons we don't adopt a flat tax: 1. With a flat tax of 17%, the top 1% pays less, everybody else pays more, sometimes much more. 2. There's a separate reason for each and every tax break. Every single one of them can be separately defended and justified. You can't simply eliminate all of them.
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