Stories to watch: 5/6/14.
A new front in the GOP Civil War: Republican senators don’t want Republican senators to run for president in 2016. The argument against a run from the Senate is that Washington is so toxic to voters that a senator doesn’t stand a chance. The problem with that argument is that Hillary Clinton, who’s far and away the current favorite, is just as much a creature of Washington as any of them. When you look at the GOP senate frontrunners — Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio — it becomes obvious that the argument is less about DC and more about the Republican Klown Kar. GOP Governors like Jeb Bush or Scott Walker aren’t guaranteed losers (they’re just extreme longshots), so their boosters trot out the “toxic Washington” argument as a smokescreen.
Republican congress critters are busy elbowing each other out of the way to get on Boehner’s select committee on BENGHAZI!! That’s truly bizarre if you this about it; GOP opportunists fighting over the scraps of an imaginary scandal. Harry Reid says there won’t be a Senate panel, surprising no one.
Mozilla, the organization behind the popular Firefox browser, offers the FCC a credible third way to maintain net neutrality.
The Stanford University endowment divests all investment in coal. “Moving away from coal in the investment context is a small but constructive step while work continues at Stanford and elsewhere to develop broadly viable sustainable energy solutions for the future,” Stanford president John Hennessy says. While they don’t give away specifics of their investments, the endowment’s total worth $18.7 billion — with a B — so the divestment could be very substantial. According to Wonkblog, Stanford is the “twelfth and most prestigious university to divest under pressure from foes of fossil fuels. There’s a surprisingly successful divestment campaign going on out there and it’s flying under the radar. Here’s hoping it’s not too late.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller calls out Republican racism.
Finally, the Koch brothers attack the Columbus Zoo of all places.
[cartoon via Truthdig]
Stories to Watch: 5/2/14.
Boehner decides to waste everyone’s time with a House select committee probe into BENGHAZI!! The most pathetic part of all of this is that the story that triggered the latest outbreak of BENGHAZI!! fever has already fallen apart. This is going to be a three ring circus, with bullshit in every ring.
We got some good jobs numbers this month — although not so good as they might seem.
Wisconsin Republicans make themselves a national joke with a convention vote insisting the state has the right to secede from the union. A lot of Wisconsin soldiers died for a cause that held the exact opposite — that no state has the right to secede — and these Tea Party fuckwits are pissing all over their graves. Because “patriots” renounce America when things don’t go their way, I guess. I am so tired of these whiny intellectual lightweights who pretend to be patriots but are willing to kill Americans (i.e., “tyrants”) and abandon the country if it suits them. They’re just children having a tantrum because a black Democrat is in the White House.
The Republican plan to wipe out the Tea Party.
So, are white Republicans really more racist than white Democrats? Prepare to be whatever the opposite of surprised is.
Finally, a Satanic monument will go up in the Oklahoma capitol and it looks like something off a Black Sabbath album cover. While I appreciate the First Amendment argument behind the move, the way to turn Oklahoma into a more enlightened state is probably not to convince conservatives that they’re literally battling Satan. You want conservative voters to stay home, not to run to the polls in a blind panic. Still, cool statue — so metal.
[cartoon via TruthDig]
Stories to watch: 5/1/14
Wisconsin Rebublicans say they won’t try to patch their voter ID law before the election, because there isn’t enough time. The law was struck down because of its blatantly racist nature and fixing it to pass constitutionmal muster would mean rewriting it so that it didn’t disenfranchise minority voters — i.e., eliminating the whole purpose of the law. If this ruling survives an appeal, expect the voter ID effort in the Badger State to quietly die. If it’s not keeping minorities away from the polls, what would be the point?
Antonin Scalia goes the extra mile to prove he’s a terribly incompetent Supreme Court Justice.
House Republicans release a survey showing that the number of people with health insurance is much lower than the 8 million Obamacare signups would suggest. One tiny little problem: it’s bullshit. “The survey was so incredibly rigged to produce this result, it was a joke,” said a source in the company that produced the report. “Everyone who saw it knew exactly what the goal was.” Jonathon Cohn compares the GOP’s approach to Obamacare to their approach to BENGHAZI!! — i.e., the narrative isn’t being adjusted to agree with the facts, the facts are being adjusted to support their obsession with a predetermined narrative.
Netflix is not giving up on net neutrality. Neither should you.
A South Dakota Republican freaks out about gay buttsex.
Finally, Seattle will have a $15 per hour minimum wage — the highest in the nation. Expect conservatives to ignore how the city fails to collapse into economic chaos.
Stories to watch: 4/29/14.
The United Church of Christ is suing North Carolina, arguing that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the church’s First Amendment rights. That’s right, a christian congregation is suing because banning marriage equality violates the church’s religious freedom to perform such ceremonies. Just a reminder that the shrieking bigots who say they speak for all Christians do not and that religious liberty is restricted when religious ceremonies are criminalized, not when they’re allowed. The haters have the argument 100%, completely bass-ackward. UCC is the denomination that the pilgrims of Plymouth Rock founded, by the way. You don’t get any more American than that.
The Tea Party simply will not give up on the “death panels” lie. The truth is that it’s fostering entrepreneurs — which is kind of surprising from something that’s supposed to be runaway naked Marxism.
Now that Don Sterling is functionally kicked out of the NBA, Fox News is in total panic mode. And it’s not hard to understand why — Cliven Bundy goes down in flames, Sterling goes down in flames. Hell, that’s their business model and suddenly everyone’s realizing it’s hate. What do they do now, stick to reporting facts?
And it’s not just Fox, other rightwingers are rushing to defend Sterling. Because if a billionaire can be brought down through his intolerance, what hope is there for the less influential bigot? And of course, there’s the obligatory conspiracy theory.
But despite the fact that conservative racism has been big news lately, WingNutDaily founder Joseph Farah goes on the radio to insist that "you just don’t find racism" in the Republican Party. Meanwhile, the head of the Repudblican Party of Illinois apologizes for comparing Pres. Obama to “the offspring of a donkey and a zebra, black and white legs, rest all donkey.”
Finally, Cliven Bundy’s supporters are reportedly setting up armed checkpoints — because some fucking nutjob sore-loser sticking an assault weapon in your face is liberty. And the right calls teachers “thugs.” I’m against drone strikes, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t starting to see the attraction. Someone needs to shut these goons down.
Stories to Watch: 4/28/14.
Remember when Harry Reid called Cliven Bundy supporters “domestic terrorists”? Yeah, they decided to respond to that percieved insult by proving him right, because ‘baggers are smart like that.
If you’re wondering what the next rightwing victim card freakout will be, this seems like a good candidate: Google has announced it will no longer feature ads for “crisis pregnancy centers.” These centers are basically one big lie meant to misinform women about abortion. They can’t lie to frightened, worried women anymore — how terrible.
People believed that Obamacare meant that everyone would literally have a microchip embedded in their bodies. And not just a few nutjobs — the lies have kept people who would benefit most from even considering signing up. I don’t know whether to be angry at Republicans for being such shameless liars or disappointed with the people who believe them for being so limitlessly gullible, so I guess I’ll do both.
Speaking of shockingly gullible Republican dupes: a look at life at the Bundy Ranch.
High school graduation rates reached a record 80% in 2010-11 — I guess because Obama’s Department of Education and those crazy moonbat ideas from teachers union thugs are all so terrible.
Not even the rightwing National Review can stomach Sarah Palin’s self-promoting nonsense anymore.
More than 4% of death row inmates are likely to be innocent. Supporters like to say that the death penalty protects people. But when the state is literally killing innocent people , the idea that this is protecting those same people is ridiculous horseshit. The death penalty is human sacrifice, plain and simple. It didn’t have a place in the 20th century, let alone the 21st.
[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]
Stories to Watch: 4/22/14.
Today’s Earth Day headline, courtesy of National Journal: “Not a Single Republican Has Mentioned Earth Day in Congress Since 2010.”
Global warming will hit Florida especially hard. Might be a good time to stop voting for Republicans there.
Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent in today’s Affirmative Action ruling pulls no punches. She is not happy — and she’s completely correct.
Republican Senator John Boozman of Arkansas undergoes emergency heart surgery. He’s expected to make a full recovery.
Is Republican opposition to marriage equality crumbling?
The conception mandate in Obamacare is actually very popular.
Finally, Canada’s middle class surpasses America’s for wealth, while a new study shows that one in three US deaths is the direct result of income inequality. Pointing this out is, of course, “class warfare” — except the last time inequality was this bad, angry French mobs dragged guillotines through the streets looking for the “job creators.” I’ll take the “let’s do something rational to fix this” approach over actual class warfare any day.
[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]
Stories to Watch: 4/15/14.
Republicans are clawing their own eyes out in fake outrage over news that the Obama administration is adjusting census healthcare tracking. “They’[re trying to cover up what a trainwreck Obamacare has become!!!” the right is shrieking with ear-piercing hysteria. Sarah Kliff points out a big, big problem with this argument: “What’s being missed here is that the Obama administration will use the new survey questions to collect data for 2013, the year prior to Obamacare’s health insurance expansion,” she writes. In other words, the Republican Outrage of the Day is the same as what every other Republican Outrage of the Day — carefully packaged horseshit.
If Republicans were really interested in convincing people there is no War on Women, they’d actually wage war on women like Phyllis Schlafly, who inexplicably seems to despise her own gender.
The situation in Ukraine is rapidly deteriorating.
Florida Republican Rep. Ted Yoho tells an African-American constituent that he’s not “100 percent” sure the Civil Rights Act is constitutional. I’m not 100 percent sure Ted Yoho has a functional frontal lobe.
This one’s sure to generate an avalanche of victim cards: following an antisemitic mass shooting in Kansas, CNN crunches the numbers and finds that rightwing extremists have been more dangerous and deadly post-9/11 than Islamic jihadists. We told you so.
Finally, a few tax day facts from ThinkProgress.
[Cartoon via Truthdig]
Stories to Watch: 4/14/14.
From Michael Tomasky at the Daily Beast, where the headlines says it all: “The GOP Just Screwed Ukraine Out of Billions to Hurt Obama.” Republicans can stop pretending they’re foreign policy geniuses now. They can also stop pretending that they give a damn about Ukraine. Like BENGHAZI!!, Republicans only care about Ukraine to the extent that they can use it to bludgeon the president. This would make Putin their ally, while they insist he’s America’s foe. If politicizing the conflict means actually making the situation worse, then they’ll go ahead and sabotage it — despite the fact that such an action could come with a death toll. Republicans are not good people.
Mike Huckabee says that sometimes he thinks people in North Korea are freer than Americans. This is the most hyperbolic thing anyone on Earth will ever hear in any one’s entire life, by a factor of about a jillion. it says a lot about the GOP base that the way to win their hearts is to say things that are unbelievably dumb. Needless to say, the Huckster also dives into the stupid end of the pool on the subject of marriage equality as well.
Apparently, Pinterest is for godless, hellbound heathens. Conservative Christians often create “Christian alternatives” to mainstream sites, warning that using the original version will somehow harm your family. It strikes me that this is less of real concern and more of a way to rationalize stealing an already successful idea. It’s a con. I’m waiting for the Christian alternative to Resume.com, where you can safely peruse people’s work histories without being subjected to all that graphic porn people put in heathen resumes.
A conservative “rising star” compares Stephen Colbert’s satire of rightwing blowhards to racist blackface acts — because that’s not unbelievably offensive and insensitive at all. It takes a conservative to make an offensive argument while playing a phony victim card. Again, these are not good people. And they wonder why people keep saying they’re racists.
An incident where a nutjob threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton inspires a new conspiracy theory that’s taking the right by storm — “shoe trutherism.”
A University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh professor reminds everyone that when it comes to jobs, Scott Walker has turned Wisconsin into a smoking crater.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office revised it’s estimates and projected that the Affordable Care Act will cost even less than previously forecast — by a significant amount. Like $100 billion less. This is bad news for Republicans, because good news for America is always bad news for Republicans.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s got himself some very serious legal trouble.
Finally, marriage equality gets a foot in the door in Ohio. A federal judge rules that the state has to recognize marriages performed in other states. It’s not the full recognition of the right that comes with performing ceremonies in Ohio, but if past cases are any indication, it’s the beginning of the end for inequality there.
[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]
Stories to Watch: 4/10/14.
The Hill runs a story on Maine’s Indie Senator Angus King, sayng he’s dropping hints he may caucus with Republicans if the Senate switches. If it were true, it wouldn’t actually have any impact on control of the Senate, so it’s more of an “adding insult to injury” sort thing than an actual injury. In any, Josh Marshall files the story under “BS” — it just doesn’t make any sense.
Billionaire media mogul and Fox News owner Rubert Murdoch makes conservative heads explode by saying that he “could live with” a President Hillary Clinton. Across the nation, a confused cry rises up: “But… but… what about BENGHAZI!!!!”? Obviously, this opinion of Clinton isn’t exactly shared by the rest of the wingnuts.
A Justice Dept. report finds the Albuquerque Police Department exhibits a “pattern or practice of use of excessive force” in an investigation of the killing of 23 people over the course of four years. There are some departments in the US that are so riddled with thugs and goons that it would probably be easiest just to fire everyone and rebuild from the ground up. Albuquerque PD may be one of those departments.
Nancy Pelosi says that the GOP is avoiding immigration reform because of race. “I’ve heard them say to the Irish, ‘If it was you, it would be easy,’” the former speaker said during a news conference. Prepare for a blizzard of rightwing victim cards.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning.
Limbaugh says that the choice of Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman means that CBS is out to destroy middle America — as if a filthy rich rightwing blowhard is completely in tune with the Average Joe.
Finally, a Republican Wisconsin state Senator is caught on tape discussing illegal campaign coordination between himself and a PAC. It seems like once every couple of weeks, we get wind of one of these crooks trying to steal an election. The Wisconsin Republican Party has become a swamp of political corruption. I no longer have any faith that our elections are free and fair. At this point, we’re practically Florida.
[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]
Stories to Watch: 4/7/14.
Here’s hoping that Maine’s Democratic nominee for the US Senate represents the future of the Democratic Party.
It’s official: Florida’s gun laws are so weak and useless that they’ve become what might be the most pro-criminal state in the nation. If you run a drug cartel and you need to get a bunch of assault weapons like right now, the Sunshine State is your go-to.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says that polling shows 70% support his union-busting law. PolitiFact says otherwise. If it weren’t for flat-out lying, Republicans wouldn’t be able to say anything good about their policies.
Heavy rains, flooding hit the American southeast — i.e., the “red states” where people are most likely to be climate change deniers.
Maybe it’s just my opinion, but if you don’t get emotional about the subject of torture, then there’s something wrong with you. When it’s the other way around, that’s what mental health experts refer to by the deeply technical term “healthy.”
That Chattanooga VW plant where workers were bullied by Republican anti-union pressure might be getting a union regardless of how those workers voted.
In a case pitting Bobbie Jindal against free speech, free speech won. When it comes to blathering on endlessly about liberty, Republicans are champs — but when it comes to actually standing up for liberty, they really suck a lot. Case in point.
The President continues to put extending unemployment benefits center stage.
Finally, in a sign of the way the Supreme Court is moving, the court refuses to hear “a case filed by a New Mexico photography firm sanctioned for refusing to take a same-sex couple’s wedding photos.” Every day, we see more and more evidence of how this civil rights fight has been all but won.
[cartoon via Truthdig]