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  • The New Cruzians Are Ready to Make Life Hell for Mitch McConnell

    11/17/2014 7:36:33 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 43 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 11.17.14 | Patricia Murphy
    A few bipartisan bills to show everyone a GOP Senate means business? Pledges to keep the government open for business? Not if these three new conservative senators can help it. Congratulations, Mitch McConnell! You now have the hardest job in Washington. That dubious distinction used to belong to belong to House Speaker John Boehner, who has struggled since 2011 to manage a GOP majority so unwieldy he called it everything from “frogs in a wheelbarrow” to the “knucklehead” caucus.     But as the incoming Senate majority leader, it will now fall to McConnell to receive legislation from the House,...
  • Why many aren’t celebrating low US unemployment (disingenuous AP)

    11/08/2014 9:32:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 8, 2014 11:53 AM EST | Josh Boak
    The unemployment rate no longer seems to reflect America’s mood. Friday’s strong jobs report showed that the jobless rate—the most closely watched gauge of the economy’s health—is down to 5.8 percent. A year ago, the rate was 7.2 percent. Five years ago, it was 10 percent. It’s the kind of sustained decline that would normally suggest a satisfied public. Not so much anymore. […] Many Americans don’t feel they've benefited from falling unemployment any more than they have from a sustained rise in the stock market or from solid U.S. economic growth. Some hints of their discontent can be found...
  • Jimmy Fallon thinks Mia Love can be black or Republican, not both

    11/07/2014 11:08:36 PM PST · by Ripliancum · 37 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
    jimmy fallon @jimmyfallon Utah made history by electing Mia Love to Congress. She is a black female Republican Mormon. Even Unicorns said "Not buying it." #FallonMono
  • Report: ISIS Birthplace Traced to US Prison in Iraq

    11/07/2014 1:48:42 PM PST · by PROCON · 11 replies
    WAPO ^ | Nov. 7, 2014 | Edwin Mora
    The birthplace of the Islamic State (ISIS) has been traced to Camp Bucca, a detention center that was operated by the United States military during the Iraq war. According to The Washington Post, many ISIS leaders, including Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, “were incarcerated and probably met” at Camp Bucca, “which had detained some of the war’s most radical extremists along the Kuwait border.” “According to former prison commanders, analysts and soldiers, Camp Bucca provided a unique setting for both prisoner radicalization and inmate collaboration — and was formative in the development of today’s most potent jihadist force,” reports the Post.
  • Arizonans Just Elected Ice Cream Man Doug Ducey Governor

    11/05/2014 7:22:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/5/2014 | By ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    Former ice cream man Doug Ducey scooped up a sweet win today in the Arizona gubernatorial race. The Republican and former CEO of ice cream chain Cold Stone Creamery most recently served as Arizona's state treasurer, however it was his cool past that Ducey frequently invoked on the campaign trail. In the heat of the Arizona summer, he handed out mini containers of Cold Stone ice cream outside his campaign office, according to the Arizona Republic. On Ducey's website, he listed "ice cream" as the No. 3 reason to vote for him, writing: "The experience Doug gained as Cold Stone...
  • Trading Places: It's Time to Trim the Debate Moderators' Role

    11/02/2014 9:56:20 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 2, 2014 | Clarice Feldman
    As this campaign season draws to an end, doubtless many will comment on what was right and what went wrong for each party. Let me beat the crowd by stating whatever the outcomes of the Congressional and state races the notion of Republicans continuing to allow Democratic operatives posing as newsmen and women to act as moderators in candidate debates is one of the most inexplicably stupid blunders of all. And yet each election it is repeated. Let this be the last time. Here are some names and incidents that should be engraved forever on the RNC steps and in...
  • Facebook data mining for political views

    10/31/2014 11:02:58 AM PDT · by leapfrog0202 · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/30/2014 | Hadas Gold
    Facebook is mining its data of users' posts to find out how users feel about certain candidates or issues and sharing that data with ABC News and BuzzFeed for use in their 2016 reporting, the social-networking site will announce on Friday. The data will be gathered from the posts of Facebook users in the United States 18 and older, classifying sentiments about a politician or issue as positive, negative or neutral. The data can also be broken down into sentiments by gender and location, making it possible to see how Facebook users in the key primary states of Iowa or...
  • LOL: Lizz Winstead Blames Wendy Davis Defeat on . . . 'Redistricting'

    10/31/2014 12:49:01 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 47 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As the co-founder of the Daily Show, Lizz Winstead might be a funny lady. But what she came up with today was surely an unintentional laugh line. Appearing on Joy Reid's MSNBC show this afternoon, Winstead blamed Wendy Davis' impending thrashing in her race for Governor of Texas on . . . "redistricting." Lizz, last time we looked, there is no districting—"re" or otherwise—when it comes to statewide races. The entire state is one big district that gets to vote for Governor. Oh, and for good measure, Lizz laid the rest of the blame on "the media." Right. In a...
  • Left-leaning "friends" on social media (Vanity)

    10/30/2014 1:42:52 PM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 104 replies
    On social media websites, how do you handle "friends" with completely different political viewpoints? Suppose you want to keep in contact with family members. So you sign up for Facebook. Almost all of your "friends" are relatives. Some are Republicans, others Democrats. You love them all. But your news feed shows their "likes" and their comments on many different issues. And some "friends" go to extremes, even using profanity and insulting conservatives. Do you "like" the comments you agree with and ignore the ones you oppose? (This is what I've been doing so far.) Or do you jump into every...
  • Why cats aren't Republican (BARF)

    10/28/2014 2:49:35 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 40 replies
    Messaging Matters in an email I received | October 25, 2014 | Liberal Idiots
    Living with a cat for the first time, you quickly pick up on its behavioral quirks, many of which are common among other cats. What you soon find out is that cats aren't Republican. Here are 12 reasons why not: 1. Cats are curious about what you do in your bedroom, but they don't try to legislate away your freedom to do it. 2. Cats may take away your cushion, but they'll give it back to you with a gentle push. 3. Cats give you attention and sympathy when you're sick. 4. Females are treated with importance in the...
  • Ex-CBS reporter: Government agency bugged my computer

    10/27/2014 6:39:08 AM PDT · by detective · 125 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 27, 2014 | Kyle Smith and Bruce Golding
    A former CBS News reporter who quit the network over claims it kills stories that put President Obama in a bad light says she was spied on by a “government-related entity” that planted classified documents on her computer. In her new memoir, Sharyl Attkisson says a source who arranged to have her laptop checked for spyware in 2013 was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” at what the analysis revealed.
  • Big laugh line by Greg Abbott surrogate has Wendy Davis going to hell

    10/26/2014 1:42:09 PM PDT · by DFG · 32 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Wayne Slater
    Hear the one about Wendy Davis going to hell? A Republican state representative got a big laugh Saturday from Abbott and a roomful of supporters with a joke at Davis’ expense. Abbott faces Davis, a Democratic state senator, in next month’s general election for governor. On Saturday, Abbott and GOP attorney general nominee Ken Paxton were campaigning at a Tex-Mex restaurant in Frisco. Abbott was introduced by Frisco state Rep. Pat Fallon, who opened with a joke in which Wendy Davis visits a grade school and sees a boy reading a book about whales. Here’s the joke Fallon told: The...
  • Giffords calls on women to highlight gun violence

    10/21/2014 3:47:34 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 44 replies
    yahoo ^ | 10/21/14 | STEVE PEOPLES ap
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords charged Tuesday that "dangerous people with guns are a threat to women" as she worked to rally female voters across Iowa and inject gun control into one of the nation's marquee Senate contests. "Women can lead the way," Giffords told domestic violence leaders gathered in Iowa's capital city during a 43-second speech that was halting and slurred at moments, but largely clear. "We can change our laws. We can change elections."
  • MARK CUBAN: Here's What Republicans Should Do Next

    10/22/2014 9:30:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/22/2014 | Colin Campbell
    Billionaire investor Mark Cuban has some advice for the Republican Party: Drop the social issues. "If I was going to give guidance to the Republican Party, ... I'd say, 'Stay completely out of social issues," Cuban said Tuesday morning on CNBC's "Squawk Box." The "Shark Tank" star and Dallas Mavericks owner said this would allow the GOP to communicate a strong message on the economy. "If you stay out of social issues, then the conversation from that side will only be about economics, and business, and growing business, and ideas," he said. "It should be easy!" Cuban also said he...
  • Paying Taxes and Going to Jail Like Adults; Teens Deserve the Right to Vote, Too (Daily Beast)

    10/21/2014 2:26:08 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 61 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10/06/14 | Jillian Keenan
    Right now, millions of Americans are disenfranchised by our political process. They can pay taxes and contribute to social security, but they can’t vote. They can be sentenced to life in prison, but they can’t vote. Every day, their bodies, lives and futures are affected by politicians and policies they did not choose. Who am I talking about? Felons? Guess again. We need to lower the voting age. This is a prime moment to ask ourselves whether our voting system is yet fully equitable. Last month, Scotland made history when, for the first time in British politics, 16- and 17-year...
  • “Abortion Barbie” becomes “Dildo Davis”: democrat candidates get desperate

    10/21/2014 10:54:25 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 46 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-21-14 | DrJohn
    Boy is it getting ugly. As democrat candidates lose ground, they become more desperate and vicious. Wendy Davis has already derided Greg Abbott for being in a wheelchair and now she slides right into the gutter: Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis earlier this month was pilloried in the press for her attack ad that prominently highlighted the fact that her Republican opponent Attorney General Greg Abbott uses a wheelchair. Davis took her attacks to a new level on Monday by strongly implying Abbott would support an interracial marriage ban, despite the fact that Abbott is married to a Latina....
  • Schools failing to teach gay, lesbian history

    10/19/2014 9:34:50 PM PDT · by rey · 46 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | October 19, 2014 | MATT BROWN
    California public schools do an inadequate job of teaching students about gay and lesbian history, despite a 2011 law that requires schools to teach such lessons, according to a national panel of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history scholars led by a Sonoma State University professor.
  • White Voters More Likely to Support Voter ID Laws When Shown Images of Blacks Voting (AFRO Reports)

    10/20/2014 7:44:20 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 32 replies
    The Afro ^ | 10/17/14 | Roberto Alejandro Special to the AFRO
    White voters are more likely to say they support voter ID laws if primed with a picture of an African American voting, versus a White person voting, or no picture at all, according to a recent study. In order to examine the way bias might play a role in support for voter ID laws, researchers with the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication conducted an online survey in 2012 of a nationally representative sample of 1,436 adults.
  • Cruz sidelined in midterm push

    10/15/2014 5:36:36 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 31 replies
    Republican candidates are not trotting out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the midterm election campaign, despite his status as one of the party’s rising stars. While Cruz is a hero to many conservatives, some candidates are leery of appearing with him because he is a polarizing figure who could turn off independents and centrist Republicans.
  • Andrea Mitchell Is Skeptical That Greg Abbott Is Actually Disabled

    10/14/2014 6:35:37 PM PDT · by blueyon · 35 replies
    Twitter, Twitchy.com, TheDailycaller ^ | 10/14/14 | Twitter, Twitchy.com, Jim Treacher
    Earlier today, Alex Griswold told you about Wendy Davis doubling down on her campaign-imploding “Look at the cripple” ad. Or tripling down, or quadrupling down, or however many times it’s been at this point. She told Andrea Mitchell that the ad was “fair.” Oh, and Abbott is “working to kick that ladder down.” Well said, Wendy. But believe it or not, Mitchell said something even dumber. At about the 1:00 mark in the above video, she emitted this brainfart:.....
  • Republicans Need to Call Off the Voting Wars—for Their Own Good

    10/14/2014 9:33:21 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 43 replies
    The New Republic ^ | October 13, 2014 | Alec MacGillis
    We are now three weeks to Election Day, which means we are deep into another round of the voting wars—the ceaseless legislative, legal and regulatory battle over which Americans can vote, and when and where and with what paperwork they must do so. Here's a modest proposal: How about we finally call off the fight? Forget it, you say. There is no way the Republican Party and conservative movement, which have invested so much time and effort in restricting the franchise to serve partisan ends, are going to give up now. But what if there are some good reasons why...
  • Lena Dunham Warns Women GOP Could Affect Your Sex Life: Steps into toss-up Senate races

    10/01/2014 7:22:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/01/2014 | Rod Kackley
    Women have been warned in a Planned Parenthood Action Fund email [1] that Alaska Republican Dan Sullivan, who is running for the U.S. Senate, and three other GOPs could “affect their sex lives.”The warning came from Lena Dunham, the creator and start of the HBO series Girls. In the email Dunham urged women to remember Thom Tillis, who’s challenging Sen. Kay Hagan (D) in North Carolina, “stuck a bunch of abortion restrictions into a bill that was supposed to be about motorcycle safety.”She also wrote that Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa running for the Senate who made hog...
  • THE LIST: EVERY JOURNALIST IN THE GAMEJOURNOPROS GROUP REVEALED

    09/22/2014 6:10:12 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    Last week, Breitbart News revealed a secret video game journalist mailing list used by a clique of influential writers, editors, and bloggers, some of whom attempted to bully their colleagues with it in an attempt to shape the news agenda for political purposes. We can today reveal the complete list of journalists, some 150 key industry figures, on the list. Outlets with representation span the entire video games journalism universe and include Polygon, Ars Technica, Wired, Eurogamer, Destructoid, Kotaku, Joystiq, TechRadar, and many other well-known brands in games publishing. But they also include freelancers and staffers for publications as solidly...
  • 7 women working tirelessly to attack equal rights for women (barf alert)

    09/15/2014 8:12:07 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    salon ^ | Amanda Marcotte,
    A lot of people assume the term “female misogynist” is an oxymoron. How can a woman be opposed to the fight to help women achieve equality? The sad fact of the matter is, as long as there has been feminism, there have been women who find it personally advantageous to reject feminism and instead argue for continuing social systems that perpetuate women’s inequality, male dominance, and even violence against women. (There were even plenty of women who were willing to argue against women’s suffrage back in the day.) Here is a list of nine women who have made a career...
  • D.C. Public Schools homework assignment asks 6th graders to compare Bush to Hitler

    09/11/2014 9:54:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 09/10/14 | Andrea Noble
    A D.C. public school gave a sixth grade class a homework assignment that required students to draw comparisons between former President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler.
  • Republicans Mum on ISIS Until They Can Attack Obama's Plan

    09/10/2014 9:18:28 AM PDT · by Jim from C-Town · 38 replies
    The Wire ^ | 9/9/2014 | Russell Berman
    Republican congressional leaders are deflecting the tough questions about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria until they hear President Obama's plan for defeating the terrorist group. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was repeatedly pressed by reporters Tuesday about whether he believes U.S. ground troops are needed in the Middle East and whether Congress needed to authorize an expanded military campaign.
  • Letter: Holder Aide Accidentally Calls Issa Staff for Help Spinning IRS Scandal

    09/09/2014 2:36:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 182 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Jonathan Strong
    A senior communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder seemingly called House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa's staff by accident and asked for their help spinning new revelations about the IRS scandal, Issa said in a September 8 letter to Holder. The aide, Brian Fallon, is a former senior aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a well-known personality on Capitol Hill. The letter describes Fallon as “audibly shaken” when he realizes his request to leak documents to help get ahead of news stories about them was mistakenly made to the very office he was seeking to undermine. Issa believes...
  • Toronto: Dan Rather Scandal Movie 'Truth' Gets Greenlight (Exclusive)

    09/04/2014 3:42:50 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 97 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 09/04/2014 | Pamela McClintock
    James Vanderbilt's Truth, the high-profile movie chronicling the scandal that derailed Dan Rather's career, has gotten the greenlight to begin shooting this fall. Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment and Echo Lake Entertainment will finance the movie, starring Robert Redford as the iconic news anchor and Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes, Rather's producer. At the same time, FilmNation has come aboard to represent international rights and will pre-sell the project to foreign buyers at the Toronto Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday night (based on the cast, it's sure to whet appetites). Mythology Entertainment is the driving force behind Truth, which was...
  • Moderate Republicans can neutralize right wingers

    09/03/2014 5:09:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 47 replies
    Since 2012, Americans’ approval of their Congress has fallen to levels not seen in modern times. No longer does the average citizen believe that his children will live a life better than he has. What happened? The election of a class of far-right Republicans running in gerrymandered districts, coupled with the current House Speaker’s commitment to the unconstitutional “Hastert rule,” has allowed this anti-government minority to distort the character of the Grand Old Party, render its moderate members powerless and bring the normal functioning of the entire government to a virtual standstill. In the last few years, the United States...
  • Obama: GOP captive to ideologically rigid group

    08/30/2014 7:01:44 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 35 replies
    CNS Bews ^ | 08/29/2014 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    President Barack Obama on Friday blamed dysfunction in Congress on a Republican Party he said is captive to an ideologically rigid, unproductive and cynical faction, urging like-minded Democrats to show up for November's midterm elections. Addressing Democratic donors at a fundraiser in Rhode Island and another in New York, Obama said Republicans had realized that blocking all progress led Americans to become cynical about government. Republicans consider that "a pretty good thing" because they don't believe in government to begin with, Obama said. "It doesn't have to be that way," Obama said during a barbecue in Purchase, New York. "There...
  • Poll suggests Romney on top in Iowa if he runs again

    08/27/2014 1:23:12 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/27/14 | Paul Steinhauser
    He keeps saying no to third run for the White House, but another new poll – this time in Iowa – indicates Mitt Romney would be the front runner for the Republican presidential nomination if he changes his mind. A USA Today/Suffolk University survey of Iowa voters released Wednesday should add to the feeding frenzy over a possible 2016 presidential bid by the 2012 GOP nominee. While the former Massachusetts governor's repeatedly said he's not running again, the attention such speculation captures is a sign of the wide open nature right now of the upcoming Republican nomination race.
  • Hey GOP: Don't rig the vote, rock it

    08/21/2014 10:51:45 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | 8-21-2014 | Eric Liu
    This month, a federal judge allowed North Carolina to put into effect new laws that would make it more difficult to vote. Most of the American public didn't notice. The Republicans pushing to restrict voting rights nationwide are betting on such inattention. Emboldened by a recent Supreme Court case limiting the reach of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, GOP legislators have moved swiftly in numerous states to cut early voting and same-day registration, and to require ID cards at the ballot box. Democrats claim these measures will discourage young and nonwhite voters from voting, who tend to vote more often...
  • Michael Brown, Gaza, and Muslim Americans

    08/20/2014 5:58:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 20, 2014 | Dean Obeidallah, American/Italian/"Palestinian comic"
    It’s never been exactly cozy between American Muslims and African Americans. But with Ferguson—and Gaza—that’s changing.The Muslim-American community of which I’m part hasn’t been great in standing up with and for African Americans. A lack of empathy and racism are the main culprits. What makes this especially astonishing is that 30 percent of the Muslim-American population is African-American. You would think that there would be natural alliances, but that hasn’t been the case. At least not up until now. The shooting of Michael Brown and the heavy-handed response by the police that followed has struck a nerve among Muslims. It...
  • Driving While Black in Ferguson

    08/19/2014 11:16:13 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    newsweek ^ | 8-14-2014 | Victoria Bekiempis
    “You go to all of these damn courts, and there’s no white people,” one defendant, slated to appear before a municipal court in St. Louis County, recently said. “In Dellwood, Ferguson, basically, in North County, if you’re black, they’re going to stop you,” the resident said according to a new report on policing in the area. For residents of Ferguson, Missouri, and surrounding municipalities in St. Louis County, it’s not surprising that racial tensions have boiled over. In a town of 21,000, two-thirds of the residents are African-American, and many reports have highlighted a fraught relationship between Ferguson's residents and...
  • It’s time to end anonymous comments sections

    08/19/2014 7:44:13 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 103 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 19, 2014 | Kevin Wallsten and Melinda Tarsi
    Anonymous comments, even positive ones, damage trust in the news media. Despite their ubiquity on news sites around the Internet, a movement against anonymous comments sections has slowly gathered steam over the past few years. The first call to action came in 2010 when the American Journalism Review said, “It is time for news sites to stop allowing anonymous online comments.” Since that bold declaration, a wide variety of media outlets, including ESPN, the Huffington Post, Popular Science, Sporting News and USA Today have either banned anonymous posts on their sites or eliminated comments sections altogether. In August 2013, the...
  • No Arrest for Gov. Perry but Mug Shot to Be Taken

    08/18/2014 4:00:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 79 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 18, 2014 | By PAUL J. WEBER and WILL WEISSERT, AP
    A Texas judge opted Monday not to issue an arrest warrant against Gov. Rick Perry, but the Republican still faces the unflattering prospect of being booked, fingerprinted and having his mug shot taken — and has assembled a team of high-powered attorneys to fight the two felony counts of abuse of power against him. "This is nothing more than banana republic politics," Tony Buzbee a Houston-based defense attorney who will head a cadre of four lawyers from Texas and Washington defending Perry, said at a news conference. A grand jury in Austin, a liberal bastion in otherwise largely conservative Texas,...
  • Rick Perry indicted on two felonies

    08/16/2014 11:37:56 AM PDT · by PapaNew · 51 replies
    dallasnews.com ^ | Aug 15, 2014 | Christy Hoppe
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry was indicted on two felony counts for abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant late Friday by a Travis County grand jury. The case stems from Perry’s vetoing the $7.5 million biennial funding for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit last year. He threatened to withhold the money unless District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg resigned. In announcing the indictment, special prosecutor Michael McCrum of San Antonio said he felt confident of the charges brought against the governor and was “ready to go forward.”
  • Latino Life: Living in 'Gringolandia'

    08/11/2014 5:04:20 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 33 replies
    NBC ^ | 8/10/2014
    “I can count the number of Latinos in this state in one hand, and most work in my restaurant,” he said jokingly of the Hispanic population in Maine. But the real cultural shock for Diaz, who lives with his wife and 12-year old daughter, wasn’t that he couldn’t find an eatery that carried his favorite delicacy when the craving hit. His big culture shock involved soccer, his favorite sport. “In my old neighborhood I could walk to almost any public park on any day of the week and pick up a game of futbol,” he explained. “Since moving here, I’ve...
  • CHENEY: The Obama Administration 'Can't Blame George Bush Anymore'

    08/10/2014 11:52:24 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 10,2014 | COLIN CAMPBELL
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney lashed out again at President Barack Obama on Sunday, repeatedly accusing him of projecting "weakness" abroad and "crippling" the U.S. military. The frequent Obama critic told radio show host and GOP megadonor John Catsimatidis that he traces "most" of the problems of Washington to the current administration. "They can't blame George Bush anymore," Cheney quipped on AM 970 The Answer's "The Cats Roundtable." "I think he's been a failure as a president. I think the scandals, wth respect to the Veterans Administration, with respect to the IRS, these are bad situations." Nevertheless, Cheney said there...
  • Dumb Things Feminsts Say (Caught On Social Media)

    08/09/2014 1:29:59 PM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 14 replies
    Poletical ^ | August 1st, 2014 | R. Rados
    The world of feminism is a strange one. Some of us might see the cause as lost and irrelevant, while others might see it as an essential part of equality. There may have been a time when feminism served its purpose in North America, but it's difficult to justify its need today, especially since most of the archaic laws that barred women from doing basic things have been abolished. Since women won the right to vote and become CEOs, modern feminism seems to have deteriorated into mindless sophistry. From advocating for free contraception to complaining about "cat calling" and exaggerating...
  • 'War on whites'? No way

    08/10/2014 10:02:18 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 10, 2014 | Clarence 'the Cross-eyed' Page cpage@tribune.com
    U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., claims liberals are waging a "war on whites." If so, Barack Obama must be at war with himself. That's how goofy Brooks' logic sounds. But he's not nuts. It is an old reflex, when cornered in politics, to lash back with the same charge others have leveled at you — or, put another way, to project your own flaws onto other people. What's sad about Brooks' claim is his feeble attempt to play the white victim card, plucking the strings of white nationalism, just to have his way with the nation's immigration policy.
  • Unlike previous midterm election years, no dominant theme has emerged for 2014 [so MANY]

    08/10/2014 6:08:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 9, 2014 | Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and Matea Gold
    Ask voters in North Carolina’s Research Triangle what November’s midterm elections are about and one will tell you drones. A second will say closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Yet another, the middle-class squeeze. At a Sunday school classroom in Ypsilanti, Mich., voters are concerned about deteriorating roads, teen sex parties, truancy in schools and violent crime. Six hundred miles west at a Republican campaign office in Urbandale, Iowa, people fear that America is on an irreversible decline — like Germany after World War I, as one man predicted. Across Colorado, voters are thinking about a whole other set...
  • The so-called 'war on whites' is a fight the GOP can't win [Commentary]

    08/10/2014 7:26:18 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 39 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 8-10-2014 | Leonard Pitts Jr.
    At this point, you really have to wonder: Is it still news when a Republican says something asinine? On the off chance it is, let us spend a few moments pondering the strange case of Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, who said last week that the Democratic Party is waging a "War on Whites." Yeah, he actually said that. You can look it up if you want. Mr. Brooks was responding to radio talk show host Laura Ingraham, who had asked him to comment on a remark from National Journal columnist Ron Fournier to the effect that the GOP cannot continue to be competitive in national elections if it...
  • Have You Taken Your Obama Loyalty Oath?

    08/05/2014 4:16:09 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 5, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    Jonathan Alter at the Daily Beast has an idea that will infuse the president’s “economic patriotism” rhetoric with some bite: Compel companies to take “loyalty oaths” to prove their patriotism. You may find this suggestion a little creepy, maybe even a little fascistic; but Alter says that “it’s time for red-blooded Americans to take matters into our own hands.” And by taking the matter into “our” hands, Alter means that President Obama would unilaterally bar any company that practices “inversion” – corporate merging with foreign firms to save on U.S. tax bills – from doing business with the federal government....
  • Chris McDaniel Formally Becomes the Defeated Tea Party Candidate That Won't Go Away

    08/04/2014 2:15:48 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 40 replies
    The Wire/Yahoo ^ | 07/04/2014 | Russell Berman
    Tea Party hopeful Chris McDaniel lost his Republican primary challenge to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi on June 24. Cochran beat him by about 7,700 votes. On July 7, the state's Republican Party certified Cochran's victory. Six weeks after the run-off election, McDaniel is having a tough time moving on. On Monday, McDaniel, a state senator, announced he was formally challenging the results and asking the Mississippi Republican executive committee to declare him the party's nominee in the November general election. "Justice has no timetable, and yet here we stand," McDaniel, 42, told reporters assembled at a press conference...
  • Romney Loyalists Hyping Comeback: 'Republicans Are Dying to Be Associated with Him'

    08/03/2014 6:36:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 346 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 3, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Mitt Romney loyalists are trying to gin up the narrative that Republicans just can't get enough of Romney.“Democrats don’t want to be associated with Barack Obama right now, but Republicans are dying to be associated with Mitt Romney,” Spencer Zwick, "a longtime Romney confidant who chaired his national finance council," claimed to the Washington Post. The Chamber of Commerce, which has vowed to wage war on the Tea Party and push through amnesty legislation, glowingly praised Romney, alleging he would be in a "commanding position" if he entered the 2016 race. Romney is reportedly set to make trips to West...
  • Racism Is White America’s HIV

    08/03/2014 4:21:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 3, 2014 | Bishop Gene Robinson (Retired)
    For white America, confronting its own racism is a lot like attitudes surrounding the virus that can lead to AIDS.Witnessing the death of Eric Garner, at the hands of uniformed police in New York City, got me to thinking about racism in America. This African-American man was confronted by police for selling single, probably-untaxed, cigarettes on the street. When the man resisted, he was held in a chokehold – a practice deemed unlawful for over 20 years – which was horrifyingly caught on tape. The man was obese and carried no firearm, yet he was wrestled to the ground and...
  • Why Democrats Are Ditching the 'War on Women' Rhetoric

    08/01/2014 1:58:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Journal ^ | 08/01/2014 | EMILY SCHULTHEIS
    Democrats want to talk about "personhood" and reproductive freedom. They want to tell voters about a stubborn pay gap and women hurt by a low minimum wage. But what they don't want to do is talk about a "war on women." Indeed, the party that so effectively deployed the "war" rhetoric to help defeat Mitt Romney in 2012 has now sworn off its catch phrase, dropping it almost completely from a campaign strategy that, in so many other ways, is still very much about women's issues. "[Saying] 'Republicans are waging a war on women' actually doesn't test very well," said...
  • Why Democrats Love Giving Ted Cruz Credit for Republican Failures

    08/01/2014 7:15:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Slate ^ | 08/01/2014 | David Weigel
    As soon as the House GOP leadership fumbled its border bill, Democrats started blaming Ted Cruz. "Blaming" might be too strong a word -- Democrats were practically vibrating with delight at another chance to portray John Boehner as a simpering loser who keeps getting dunked on by a freshman senator from Texas. .@SenTedCruz Just thought I'd go right to the source, will the House be voting tonight? — U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) July 31, 2014 Democrats do this because Cruz is famous, and -- they believe -- primarily associated with the 2013 government shutdown. The press doesn't do much...
  • Boehner rules out impeachment: ‘Scam started by Democrats’

    07/29/2014 8:46:43 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 29, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Talk of impeachment was cooked up by a White House desperate for something to rally Democrats ahead of November’s elections, House Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday, flatly ruling out any action on the controversial suggestion. “We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans,” Mr. Beohner said. “Listen, it’s all a scam started by Democrats at the White House.”