Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A Last Word

Some of you know I lost my husband just a few weeks ago, on February 29.  The next day I looked back and said, "That's the lowest point in my life," and, with the help of family and friends, I kept moving.  It has been hard, it has been painful, but there was a light in my tunnel--distant, dim, flickering--but a light.

I continued my blog and my FB page, because it filled 3 or 4 hours in my suddenly empty days; it forced me to focus.

Yesterday, I found out that I am not eligible for my husband's full monthly police officer's retirement benefit.  I've been broke before--who hasn't--but there was always a way out and around it..a tweek here, a month of peanut butter and ramen there, skipping an outing to save gas, a minimum payment on a bill, you know the drill.  But this gap is too big to fill with a tweek or ramen, and it is permanent with no way out.

With the full retirement coming in, I could have survived.  I wasn't going to have a new car or travel, but I could pay my bills, take care of my dogs, and buy groceries.  With the greatly reduced amount, I will be losing everything: my home, the trappings of 32 years of marriage, my life as a human being.

Emotionally bereft, financially bankrupt, I just can't work up any real outrage at our political leaders, so I'm closing down my blog and my FB page.

I thank everyone who has followed and commented and posted.  Please, keep fighting.



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

America, circa 2016




Two More Stories from Political Pollution

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"The company lit up its HQ, the 48-story Duke Energy Center tower, in the colours of the transgender flag for the International Day of Transgender Visibility last week.  The pink, white, and blue lighting was topped off with a giant pink triangle, which could be seen for miles across Charlotte."

m'eye thoughts:  They should leave this lighting up until NC repeals its right to hate law.

Read more at Pink News

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Widdle Ricky got hims widdle feelings hurted.

"It's inevitable that prominent figures in public life, most notably politicians, are occasionally going to be confronted by critics.  There are, however different ways to handle hecklers...

...(But) since when do political operations tied to elected officials go after regular, private citizens?  Is there any precident at all for a sitting governor's PAC launching an attack ad against a constituent?

For that matter, just as an issue of tactical wisdom, it's hard to see the benefit of playing hardball like this.  Yes, when the governor faced coffee-shop heckling last week, it generated some attention.  But it was a one-day story on its way out--right up until Rick Scott's PAC decided to shine a light on the incident all over again."

Read more at MSNBC

Monday, April 11, 2016

Quote for Monday, April 11

I'll admit that I didn't think much of Jimmy Carter while he was in the White House, but I do think that he is the best ex-president this country has seen in a very long time, perhaps forever.

I also believe that he's the Christian Jesus had in mind when He left his words for His followers.

monday quote:
"Homosexuality was well known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born, and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality.  In all his teachings about multiple things, He never said that gay people should be condemned."
Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, 1924 -        ) 




Trump's Philanthropist Card is Full of Holes -- Big, BIG Holes

what eye thynk:   What a prince.

(Any underlines are mine.)

EYE RECOMMEND:
A PORTRAIT OF TRUMP THE DONOR: FREE ROUNDS OF GOLF, BUT NO PERSONAL CASH, by David A. Fahrenthold and Rosalind S. Helderman 
Since the first day of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has said that he gave more than $102 million to charity in the past five years. 
To back up that claim, Trump's campaign compiled a list of his contributions--4,844 of them, filling 93 pages. 
But, in that massive list, one thing was missing. 
Not a single one of those donations was actually a personal gift of Trump's own money
Instead, according to a Washington Post analysis, many of the gifts that Trump cited tp prove his generosity were free rounds of gold, given away by his courses for charity auctions and raffles.

The largest items on the list were not cash gifts, but land-conservation agreements to forgo development rights on property Trump owns...
...In addition, many of the gifts on the list came from the charity that bears his name, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which didn't receive a personal check from Trump from 2009 through 2014, according to the most recent public tax filings.  Its work is largely funded by others, although Trump decides where the gifts go.
Some beneficiaries on the list are not charities at all:  They included clients, other businesses, and tennis superstar Serena Williams...
...His giving appears narrowly tied to his business and, now, his political interests.
His foundation, for example, frequently gave money to groups that paid to use Trump's facilities...
Trump wanted the V Foundation, a group that funds cancer research, to rent his California winery for a charity event.  The Trump Foundation donated $10,000 to the V Foundation.  The group rented the winery.  
...(The foundation) donated to conservatives who could help promote Trump's rise in the Republican Party.
When a group that was trying to raise $110,000 to build a handicapped-accessible playground asked Trump for a $10,000 donation, he gave them $7,500.  (Guess there wasn't enough in it for him; unlike the $50,000 donation he made a month later to the American Conservative Union Foundation. That donation won him a prime speaking spot at the Conservative Political Action Convention.
The foundation's second-biggest donation described on the campaign's list went to the charity of a man who had settled a lawsuit with one of Trump's golf courses after being denied a hole-in-one prize. 
I love this story:  Martin Greenberg was participating in a charity event at Trump's golf resort in Briarcliffe NY.  A $1 million prize was offered to anyone who made a hole-in-one.  Trump denied Mr. Greenberg his prize by citing the small print.  Trump said the shot had to be at least 150 yards and Trump's course had (whoopsie!) made the hole too short.  Mr. Greenberg received nothing and he sued.  The day he settled his suit with Trump, the Trump Foundation made its first and its only donation to the Martin B. Greenberg Foundation.  Not bribery, just a coincidence, I'm sure.


...Allen Weisselberg, chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, said Trump had, in fact, given generously from his own pocket.  But Weisselberg declined to provide any documentation, such as saying how much charitable giving Trump has declared in his federal tax filings.
Which we're still waiting to see.
The most complete public accounting of Trump's actual charity so far is the $102 million list provided by his campaign last year, titled "Donald J. Trump Charitable Contributions."
In places, it appears to be an unedited mash-up of internal lists kept by Trump's golf clubs, noting all the things they'd given away to anybody...freebies given away at sales meetings, followed by entries in cryptic internal shorthand.  At a Trump golf course in Miami, for instance, the recipient of an $800 gift was listed only as "Brian." 

...The Post estimated that Trump claimed credit for at least 2,900 free rounds of golf, 175 free hotel stays, 165 free meals and 11 gift certificates to spas...
...But Trump's list was also riddled with apparent errors, in which the "charities" that got his gifts didn't seem to be charities at all.
Trump listed a donation to "Serena William Group" in February 2015, valued at exactly $1,136.56.  A spokeswoman for the tennis star said she had attended a ribbon-cutting at Trump's Loudoun County, Va., golf course that year for a new tennis center.  But Trump hadn't donated to her charity.  Instead, he had given her a free ride from Florida on his plane and a free framed photo of herself...
...Trump counted $63.8 million of unspecified "conservation easements." That refers to legal arrangements--which could bring tax breaks--in which a landowner agrees to forgo certain kinds of development on the land that he owns.  In California, for example, Trump agreed to an easement that prevented him from building homes on a plot of land near a golf course.  But Trump kept the land, and kept making money off it.  It is a driving range...
So, if you spend big bucks to rent a Trump facility, he'll give you a donation or maybe a free round of golf.  On the first, he personally makes money while donating the money other people give to his foundation--it's a classic case of I'll scratch your back if you'll scratch mine; only Trump uses someone else's backscratcher.  The second costs him nothing.  

Trump's approach to philanthropy seems to have very little to do with actual philanthropy and a lot to do with what's in it for Trump.  

As I said at the beginning, what a prince.
You can read Mr. Fahrenthold and Ms. Helderman's entire article here

Democracy or Theocracy?


Well, which will it be?

The Tale of Two Governors from Political Pollution

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 https://www.youtube.com/watchtime_continue=2&v=vqVRdrj7-Mg

Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) is asked if he would have signed North Carolina's transgender bathroom bill.  

He responds, "Probably not," delivered with all the enthusiasm you would expect from your Basset Hound on a Sunday afternoon in July. 

m'eye thoughts:  PROBABLY not?! PROBABLY?  What a ringing censure.  Surely John Kasich deserves a medal  for Bravery in the Face of Bigotry! And maybe a special master-politician ribbon for keeping his options open.                                                                                                                                                                               

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Take that, Southern bigots! 

Read more at news.groopspeak




Sunday, April 10, 2016

G.O.Pocrisy


Benghazi Committee Still Burning Money in Washington

Trey Gowdy and fellow Republican members of the
House Select Committee on Benghazi, October 2015
Remember the House Republican's Benghazi Committee?  It was nearly six months ago that the GOP-led panel held a farcical, 11-hour hearing with Hillary Clinton, which only reinforced suspicions that the committee served no legitimate purpose.  

That was October of last year.  Believe it or not, the investigation still exists, and the panel's Democratic minority issued a statement (on Thursday) announcing the committee's newest milestone.

"Thursday marks the 700th day since the authorization of the Select Committee on Benghazi.  During this time, Republicans have discovered no new evidence that contradicts the key findings of the previous bipartisan and independent investigations."...

...What's more...the Benghazi investiation, which has cost American taxpayers over $6.5 million, isn't done.  There is no end date in mind... I suppose it's possible that it will simply continue forever...

...Seven separate congressional committees investigated the Benghazi attack before the Select Committee was even created.  This was already one of the most scrutinized events in American history.  Republican lawmakers, however, didn't quite care for what the evidence told them, so they effectively concluded, "Maybe an eighth committee will tell us something the other seven committees didn't."...

...If there's a coherent defense for this exercise, I can't think of it.

eye'm thynkin':  700+ days of putting American taxpayer money to the flame that burns in the hearts of congressional Republicans.  Fiscal responsibility at its finest.

Read more at MSNBC

More Stories from Political Pollution

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The unions argued that Wisconsin's law was an unconstitutional seizure of union property since unions now must extend benefits to workers who don't pay dues.  Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust agreed.

He said the law amounts to an unconstitutional governmental taking of union funds without compensation since under the law unions must represent people who don't pay dues.

m'eye thoughts:  Finally someone "gets it."   You want to belong to the club, you want to reap the benefits of membership, pay the dues.  

Read more at Addicting Info

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A protester at the Indiana statehouse last week.
Me either!




















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No payback here, really, just doing my job, keeping the legislature safe, honest.

Read more at Winning Democrats








Saturday, April 9, 2016

Republican War on Women - Missouri, a State That Just Won't Give Up

This is the forty-third in a series of articles on the subjects of women, abortion rights and the Republican Party. 

Republicans continue to say they don’t have to change their core principles, they only have to change the language they use to get their message out.  One perception they want to alter is the idea that they are running a “War on Women”.  Looking at the news over the past few years, I’d say the Republican Party has a long way to go on this subject.
  • Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky): “Talk about a manufactured issue.  There is no issue.” 
  • RNC Chairman Reince Priebus:  “It’s a fiction.”
The Missouri Front

Last year, following the release of highly edited videos that attempted to show Planned Parenthood was selling baby parts, 12 states and the U.S. House of Representatives launched investigations into the alleged wrong-doing.  Each of the 13 investigations ended with the conclusion that Planned Parenthood had done nothing wrong.  Texas even handed down indictments against the people responsible for the phony videos; and California is also looking closely at those responsible.

One of the states that looked for, but found no evidence against, Planned Parenthood was Missouri. You would think that, once the results were announced, the Missouri legislature would be able to find other issues on which to spend taxpayer money.  But you'd be wrong.


Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri
On Thursday, a state Senate committee voted to hold Mary Kogut, CEO of PP's St. Louis region, in contempt of the state Senate for not cooperating with their ongoing, money-wasting vendetta against her organization.

The contested point is not the six years of documents showing how the organization handled and disposed of fetal tissue--Planned Parenthood has made it clear they are prepared to hand over that information (again).  GOP Senators however, want more.  They are insisting that PP also provide them with six years worth of abortion consent forms--essentially, they want Planned Parenthood, the only abortion provider in Missouri, to publicly identify every woman who has had an abortion in the state since 2010.  

Not only is Missouri's Republican dominated legislature willing to trample all over patient privacy, but they are willing to ignore federal laws as well.  As the Guardian reported, Planned Parenthood says that to turn over patient records would violate federal privacy laws.  

Nevertheless, the full Senate will begin debating the contempt charge on Tuesday--something that has not happened in Missouri for 113 years. 

The Republican War on Women is "fiction?"

WHAT YOU DO SPEAKS SO LOUDLY
THAT I CANNOT HEAR WHAT YOU SAY.

Three Stories and a Couple of Smiles from Political Pollution

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m'eye thoughts:

A) Over the past 6 years, the Trump Foundation has raised just $75,000 for veterans.

B) During a snit with the media, Trump skipped a debate to hold a fundraiser for vets where he said he raised $6 million.

C) The Wall Street Journal reports that 19 of the 22 veterans organizations on Trump's list of recipients have received a grand total of $2.4 million. 

"As PoliticusUSA first reported in January 2016, the first clue that something wasn't right with the Trump vets fundraiser was that although Trump claimed that 100% of the money raised was going diretly to veterans groups, the money was actually going into Trump's foundation." 

D) SO WHERE'S THE REST OF THE MONEY, DONNYBOY?

Read more at Politicus USA

--2--

Thank you, Mr. Springsteen.

Read more at













--3--

Thanks to my friend David McCann for this.













--4--

Because sometimes you just need a good laugh.














--5--

Now that they're finally behind bars, suddenly the Bundys are victims.  Yeah, someone held ol' Cliven down and wouldn't let him mail those grazing rights checks for 26 years.  Poor ol' Cliven, and his poor sons who thought they'd got some of that free American land for themselves.  Kinda makes you want to weep for the injustice of it all, doesn't it?

Read more at Raw Story


Friday, April 8, 2016

Why is this so difficult to understand?


Mississippi - a REAL Christian Speaks Out

(Mitchell Moore), the Republican owner of Campbell's Bakery in Jackson (Mississippi) told NPR during an interview on Wednesday that Gov. Phil Bryant (R) and GOP lawmakers were actually violating Christian principles with a new law that claims to protect the "sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions" of business owners.

"I'm here to bake cakes and to sell those cakes," Moore explained to NPR host Renee Montagne. "I'm not here to decide arbitrarily who deserves my cake and who doesn't.  That's not what I do.  That's not my job."...

..."I can actually say I think the law of unintended consequences is going to come back to bite the people who signed this bill... If it is my sincerely held religious belief that I shouldn't serve them, then I can do that.  And I can hide behind that language.  But that language is so vague it opens a Pandora's box.  And you can't shut it again."

According to the bakery owner, there (is) no such thing as "a deeply held religious belief that you should not serve people... There is no sincerely held religious belief to think that I am better than other people."...

Moore asserted that lawmakers were wasting time instead of focusing on the real problems facing the people of Mississippi...

..."We rank number one--our state government is the most dependent on federal money.  We are the third most obese state.  We rank at the bottom in employment, in education.  We've got crumbling infrastructure.  None of them are being tackled.  Instead, we are passing, hey-let's-discriminate bills...It boggles the mind."

eye'm thynkin':  But it does keep all those good ol' Southern pseudo-Christians happily gorging on their full plate of red meat!  

Read more at Raw Story

Family Research Council, the Newest Inductee into the Hypocrisy Hall of Fame!

Family Research Council
Pres. Tony Perkins
The anti-LGBT law passed by the North Carolina legislature last month has prompted a few corporations to either leave the state or avoid moving there in the first place.  One of those corporations was PayPal, who scraped a plan to build a headquarters there.  This is costing the state hundreds, perhaps thousands, of jobs.

Anti-LGBT groups have applauded the new law, of course.  Predictably, one of those groups is the Family Research Council...

...(Tony Perkins, head of the FRC) loves the new North Carolina law and the similar one Mississippi just passed.  He isn't worried about the loss of jobs in North Carolina.  He is so not-worried that Mr. Perkins had very strong words for PayPal and their hundreds of jobs.

"Good riddance!  Anyone with half a brain shouldn't want that kind of extremism operating out of North Carolina anyway... If you have a PayPal account, let the company know where you stand on their decision to side with extremists over public safety and privacy."

Well.  He doesn't spell it out but the implication is there. So, hey, let them pull their accounts, right?  Oh, wait.  Not so fast.  Better keep that PayPal account just a little while longer.


eye'm thynkin':  Congratulations to the Family Research Council, the newest inductee into the Hypocrisy Hall of Fame!  

Mr. Perkins may not like PayPal, but he sure does like your money, especially if you send it via "The Safest, Easiest way to pay...PayPal!"

Read more at If You Only News

More Stories from Political Pollution

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m'eye thoughts:  Stop! If you're a Bernie supporter but Hillary gets the nomination, or vice versa, are you really going to NOT vote? Why not just show up and vote for Trump instead? 

By pouting and staying home because your fav isn't on the ballot, you'll be handing the presidency to Trump, whose supporters will be out in force.  And nobody sane wants that.

Your vote counts.  Every vote recorded for a Democrat means the Republican candidate needs two to beat us.




--2--

From my friend, Matthew.  He posted this on his page, I stole it because, really,when are they going to just stop?!

Read more at
  







--3--

Way to go, Governor Scott!  (or: How a Republican Governor says "I care.")

"Let's say you're a Florida doctor, a heart specialist who spends one day a week in a state-run-clinic treating poor children with heart conditions under the state's Children's Medical Services program.  You're doing this because you're, well, a decent human being.

And then you get a letter from the state saying they're going to start billing you for the privilege of treating those kids."

Read more at Daily Kos

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Does Harry Reid Have a Way Around the GOP's SCOTUS Blockade?

Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada)
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid knows the rules, procedures, and tactics of the Senate like the back of his hand.  I'm convinced he could recite them back to you should you have the time to listen.  And...Senator Reid may have just found a way around the impasse over the nomination of Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court.

What does Reid have up his sleeve?  Well, it's known as a "discharge resolution," and it could well pave a road completely around Senate Republicans--including Majority Leader Mitch "Turtle" McConnell...

...A discharge resolution would function in this case as so:  A Democratic senator would make a motion of a resolution to "discharge" Garland's nomination from the Judiciary Committee.  What this means is the the nomination would be moved into an executive session, which completely overrides the 60-vote minimum needed to do so.

eye'm thynkin':  It could backfire by putting the 17 Republican Senators who favor a vote back on the wrong side of the fence; but oh, the fun of watching all those Republican heads explode if Senator Reid pulls this off.

Read more at Liberal America

Trumpenstein Knows Walls and How to Pay for Them


what eye thynk:  In a memo to The Washington Post, Donald Trump has finally answered the question of how he plans to pay for that big wall between the U.S. and Mexico: He's going to conviscate the money Mexican immigrants wire to families back home every month.  Or, he says, the Mexican government can make a one-time payment of $5-10 billion, after which he will allow the flow of immigrant money to continue onto its south-of-the-border destination.

"It's an easy decision for Mexico," Trump's memo claims.  It's also an example of another not very well thought out La Donald idea--like deporting all illegal aliens and doing it humanely but without breaking up families. (Do you ever wonder if he gets these ideas in his sleep and wakes up before the common sense fairy appears?)

Republicans have whined, cried, screamed, beat their chests, threatened impeachment (whatever happened to that idea, guys?) over what they perceive as Barack Obama overstepping his rights as President; but here's Mr. Rich White Trash announcing that he will force Mexico to pay by using the Administrative Procedure Act to claim the existence of a non-existent emergency in order to personally change a rule in the USA Patriot Act anti-terrorism law, all to facilitate his grand scheme.  And from the GOP?  Silence.

Beyond the questionable legality of this insane idea, there are the logistics. How does he plan on identifying money sent by illegal residents from that sent by legal residents? Or from people who aren't of Mexican heritage at all? As President Obama said, "The notion that we're going to track every Western Union bit of money that's being sent to Mexico, good luck with that."

And let's not forget that aforementioned plan to wash U.S. soil clean of all illegal residents.  Once they and their families are all on the far side of the border, whose money does he intend to confiscate to pay for this monument to Trumpist stupidity?  

Maybe he can solve that conundrum during a nap between rallies in New York this week.  I can't wait.

Would this really be any worse than what we have now?


Today's Political Pollution Posts

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m'eye thoughts:   The Republican Politician's Handbook, 2016 edition - When your popularity at home is taking a hit, it's always good to look for someone else to blame for your untenable position.  

Read more at Talking Point Memo




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Sometimes it must hurt to be Cruz.

Read more at If You Only News


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Applause! Applause!


This is a photo of a recent Target book department display.

(Just in case you need another reason to shop at Target.)

I couldn't agree more.


California Raids Home of Man Behind False Planned Parenthood Videos

Things just keep getting worse for David Daleiden. the founder of the Deceptively named Center for Medical Progress was indicted along with co-conspirator Sandra Merritt by a Texas grand jury in January after a long, taxpayer dollars-wasting witch hunt aimed at Planned Parenthood...

...On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that things are getting even worse for Daleiden, whose home was raided as part of an investigation--a different one, and apparently one of many.  In fact, multiple states are looking into the matter to determine if Daleiden's actions were criminal.

Investigators with the California Department of Justice on Tuesday raided the home of David Daleiden...

...Authorities seized a lap top and multiple hard drives from his Orange County apartment, Daleiden said in an email.  The equipment contained all of the video Daleiden had filmed as part of his 30-month project...

...A spokeswoman for California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) said she could not comment on an ongoing investigation; but the raid confirms that California is among the states looking into possible criminal activity on the part of Daleiden and his organization...

...Last year, Daleiden's lies made him a right-wing rock star.  In 2016, however, the criminal actions he committed while fabricating the videos are finally catching up to him--and it's delicious.

eye'm thynkin':  Sadly, the right-wing politicians who raised him to rock star status continue to use his false videos to pass more and more restrictions on a woman's right to choose; and, at the same time, make it more and more difficult for medical researchers to move forward with life-saving studies.

Read more at Winning Democrats


More Stories from Political Pollution

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m'eye thoughts:  What new wrinkle is the GOP thinking will improve their results in November? I'm shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you!

"I think Hillary Clinton is about the weakest candidate the Democrats have ever put up.  And now we have photo ID, and I think photo ID is going to make a little bit of a difference as well," Rep. Glenn Grothman, (R-WI).

Read more at MSNBC

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Of all the things a person could say about their 1-year-old child--she's funny, she's curious, she's smart, she's a ball of fire--King Combover proves once again that, to him, women have always been nothing but objects to be judged for their physical attributes alone, even his own tiny daughter.

Read more at Raw Story



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This is great: 

Donald Trump in Mean Girls


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgxzQVGkTHk&feature=share




Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Republican Pin-Up


Today's Political Pollution Stories

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m'eye thoughts:  "Department of Environmental?!"

How do I just know that this man hasn't read a book since he finished school? Even the rodent living on his head is embarrassed.

Read more at Occupy Democrats




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Another sex scandal exposed, another sex scandal denied, another sex scandal admitted, another sex scandal plea for forgiveness.

Or, as I call it, just another day in Republican-land.

Read more at Occupy Democrats




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WTF?!  Is this supposed to make me feel better? Why are Republicans even talking about punishing women at all? Can no candidate think beyond Mr. Rich White Trash?  He says something stupid and/or offensive, and they all follow by jumping in with their own ideas on how whatever stupid and/or offensive thing he has said will work when they're in charge.

And, John, your I'm-Not-Really-a-Moderate roots are showing.

Read more at Think Progress

Monday, April 4, 2016

Wisconsin's Not So Subtle Attempt to Eliminate Student Voting

(Any underlines are mine.)

University of Wisconsin students...can't use their student IDs at the ballot box.  Unless they have a Wisconsin drivers license or passport, they must go to a campus office, present their student ID, and request an additional voter ID that complies with Gov. Scott Walker's law...

While poll workers will accept an expired drivers license, passport, tribal ID, or military ID, the student voter ID must be less than two years old.  Students must additionally print out and bring a proof of enrollment, such as a class schedule...  And while poll workers are only mandated to look at a person's name and photo on most IDs, when examining student IDs they must also check for a signature.

Student leaders at the UW's flagship campus in Madison told ThinkProgress they feel singled out for extra scrutiny.  

"It seems like the state legislature doesn't want a bunch of students voting," said junior Jessica Franco-Morales, a member of the student council working on voter education and outreach on campus.  "(The lawmakers) could have changed the law to make our student IDs compatible, but they didn't.  Their attack on certain populations seems pretty blatant."...

...The legislature changed the law to include veterans ID cards, but ignored pleas from students to do the same for them.

eye'm thynkin':  Here's a photo comparing a UW student ID and a UW issued voter ID.  They're practically identical and include the same information.  The student ID even includes an expiration date--which would seem to eliminate the requirement to provide a class schedule to prove you're really a student.   



Looking at the evidence, one might be tempted to think Scott Walker and his Republican cronies are trying to stop students--who tend to be more liberal and vote Democrat--mucking up their cushy Republican haven. 

Read more at Think Progress

Oh, the stupid. It "Berns!"


Republicans Say the Darndest Things: Oh, Blessed Irony

For this Monday Quote day, I have several...


First, God told Heidi Cruz that Ted should run (a story Rafael the elder is only too happy to retell and retell and retell:
"We were on our knees for two hours seeking God's will.  At the end of that time, a word came through his wife, Heidi...  And I'll tell you, it was as if there was a cloud of the holy spirit filling that place.  Some of us were weeping, and Ted just looked up and said, 'Lord, here am I, use me.  I surrender to you, whatever you want.'  And he felt that was a green light to move forward."

Next we witnessed an entire year of Ted on the campaign trail boasting that God speaks to him, that the country is in dire need of a spiritual revival, and that his presidency will bring God back to Washington.
"(God) speaks to me.  Literally.  In my head." 
"Any president who doesn't begin every day on his knees isn't fit to be commander-in-chief of this nation."

Then last Tuesday, at CNN's Presidential Town Hall, Ted said this:
"Listen, with me, as with many people in America, my faith is an integral part of who I am.  I'm a Christian and I'm not embarrassed to say that.  I'm not going to hide that and treat it like it's something you can't admit publicly and acknowledge.  It's an important part of who you are. 
But I also think that those in politics have an obligation not to wear their faith on their sleeve. There have been far too many politicians that run around behaving like they're holier than thou.  And I'll tell you, my attitude as a voter, if some politician stands up and says 'I'm running because God told me to run,' my reaction as a voter is 'Great.  When God tells me to vote for you, we'll be on the same page.'"

what eye thynk:  No words.  None.  --  Okay, one word: Hypocrite.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Gohmert: No STEM for Women - They "were created for one thing and one thing alone." (Correction addended)

(screen shot)
Texas Representative Louie Gohmert has just established himself as public enemy number one for women by publicly opposing H.R. 4742, a new bill that would increase federal support for entrepreneurial programs for women in STEM fields--science, technology, engineering, and math...

..."This program is designed to discriminate against that young, poverty-stricken boy and to encourage that girl.  Forget the boy.  Encourage the girl."

"And, you know, that's just not the way God intended us to be treating women.  I know that everybody is today talking about equality and we've got groups that are trying to make us believe that women are equal to men.  However, that's just not the case.  God didn't make us equal.  It is ourselves, we have created this illusion of equality.  And you want to know what the most powerful evidence of that there is?  Simple biology..."

"...Women were created for one thing and one thing alone.  We are insulting the Lord by allowing women to act like men.  Women are beautiful creatures, no doubt about that.  We marry them, we look after them, we provide for them and we love them, but that does not mean they are the same as us.  It is the job of a woman to stay at home, to maintain the household, to bear children and look after them after they're born.  Nowhere in the scriptures does it say that women should be chasing after fancy titles and knowledge.  The only knowledge they need is the one we men allow them to have."

eye'm thynkin':  You'll have to excuse me if I keep this short, but my head just exploded.

Republicans.  They just can't help themselves.

Read more at Bipartisan Report
You can watch Mr. Gohmert's entire speech here.

Addendum: An apology to my readers and to Mr. Gohmert.  

I try to be as accurate as humanly possible--that being said, I am in fact, human.  When I first read this story, I also checked other sites, sites that I trust, and at two of them I found the same quotes.  I listened to Mr. Gohmert's speech, and the first paragraph is quoted accurately.  I erred and assumed the other quotes were from other sources.  And so I reported it.

Yesterday, an anonymous reader said he thought it was satire.  So I did more checking and found the quotes on one other trusted site.  I checked one more place and finally found that the last two paragraphs actually were originally written as satire--the type of excellent satire that cleaves so closely to the truth that the boundaries are blurred.  The best satire is, after all, firmly rooted in reality.


Thank you to my anonymous reader for making me look further; but, think about this, how hard was it, in light of the GOP's attitude toward women in general, to accept this as true?  I realize that by misreporting this, I may have added to the anti-woman aura that swirls around today's Republican Party; but, really, they don't need my help. It's clear enough from the one paragraph that is completely accurate that Mr. Gohmert would prefer  women  always come second.