Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hog Castrator Joni Ernst Hates Government Spending Unless She's The One Getting It!!!!

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Hypocrite [hip-uh-krit] noun: 1 A person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.
Hypocrite used in a sentence:  The newly elected Republican senator from Iowa Joni Ernst is a hypocrite.
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I am sure by know you are all painfully aware of Mrs. Ernst. She burst upon the political landscape with her now infamous ad entitled 'Squeal". In the ad she list among her bona fides that she is a "mother", a "conservative", a "soldier" and lest we forget a "hog castrator"!

In addition to these fine traits Ernst also offers an insight into what she will bring to Washington politics when she lets us know that her "parents taught us to live within our means". She claims that the qualitiy of self sufficiency that she was imbued with by her parents now give her the tools necessary to make "Washington do the same," and that she would "Cut wasteful spending" and "Balance the budget".

Watch the ad in all it's nutty glory here...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9Y24MFOfFU

With such a rousing message one would understand just why the Republican party chose to let Ernst give the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address last week.

In her response, she decided to beat a dead horse and once again let everyone know  of her family's humble beginnings saying...

"They had very little to call their own except the sweat on their brow and the dirt on their hands. But they worked, they sacrificed, and they dreamed big dreams for their children and grandchildren. And because they did, an ordinary Iowan like me has had some truly extraordinary opportunities because they showed me that you don’t need to come from wealth or privilege to make a difference. You just need the freedom to dream big, and a whole lot of hard work."

The most memorable passage in Senator Ernst's speech was when she spoke of her plight with fine footwear bemoaning...

"We were raised to live simply, not to waste. It was a lesson my mother taught me every rainy morning.You see, growing up, I had only one good pair of shoes. So on rainy school days, my mom would slip plastic bread bags over them to keep them dry..."
"Our parents may not have had much, but they worked hard for what they did have."
 
What a stunning and heart wrenching story... But, alas...

What Ernst failed to mention in the address was that her family did not suffer the misfortunes of poverty as profoundly as she would have us believe. You see, the truth of the matter is that Ernst's family received a whole lot of federal help from the government along the way:

Let's start at the top...

Ernst’s father, Richard Culver, was given $14,705 in conservation payments and $23,690 in commodity subsidies by the federal government–with all but twelve dollars allocated for corn support. Richard’s brother, Dallas Culver, benefited from $367,141 in federal agricultural aid, with over $250,000 geared toward corn subsidies. And the brothers’ late grandfather Harold Culver received $57,479 from Washington—again, mostly corn subsidies—between 1995 and 2001. He passed away in January 2003.

The farm subsidies weren't the only payments her family benefited from either...

A construction company owned by GOP Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst’s father received more than $200,000 in county contracts while she served as auditor of Montgomery County, Iowa, despite a strict conflict of interest code governing the provision of contracts to family members of county officials.

To top it off a new review of records — as well as an analysis of the Code of Iowa — by Salon revealed that the nature of the contracts and how they were promulgated, may have violated relevant county standards!

So the next time you see Senator Joni Ernst regaling an audience with "stories" about the hardships she faced toiling away over a bucket of pig nuts and having bread bag shoes just remember one thing... it's only a story.

Mitt Romney Says No to A 3rd Presidential Run

On a conference call with supporters on Friday, Romney said he was taking a pass on wasting America's time by taking a third unsuccessful shot at the Oval Office.

 Romney said on his "I'm conceding before I start" conference call that...

After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,”

Mittens then concluded the call by saying...

"Made ya look!"

I made that part up....

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sarah Palin Dropped An Incoherent Rambling Brain Fart On The Iowa Freedom Summit!

Over the weekend half-Governor Sarah Palin spoke at fellow loon Steve King's Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines . What she dropped on that audience was without a doubt this is one of the most cringeworthy speeches I have ever witnessed.

It was so bad that even the profoundly conservative rag, The National Review, described as...

"meandering and often bizarre." !!!

Between her nails on a chalkboard voice and the utterly inane word salad she spews it is an unmitigated train wreck!

Here is an excerpt...

"Things must change for our government. Look at it. It isn’t too big to fail. It’s too big to succeed! It's too big to succeed, so we can afford no retreads or nothing will change with the same people and same policies that got us into the status quo. Another Latin word, status quo, and it stands for, ‘Man, the middle-class everyday Americans are really gettin’ taken for a ride.’ That's status quo, and GOP leaders, by the way, y'know the man can only ride ya when your back is bent. So strengthen it. Then the man can't ride ya, America won't be taken for a ride, because so much is at stake and we can't afford politicians playing games like nothing more is at stake than, oh, maybe just the next standing of theirs in the next election."

Here is a snippet from the horror for your viewing "pleasure"...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=84838260&x-yt-ts=1422327029&v=RrzD-zqWwWc
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Click HERE if you have the stomach to watch the whole thing.

In addition, for all her taunting of President Obama and his "teleprompter", I'll give you one guess what she blamed her wacko speech on... You guessed it, the teleprompter!

You cant make this shit up!

The Democratic National Committee issued a two-word statement concerning Palin's speechifyin'...

Thank you!”

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Alabama's Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down!

Yes, I said ALABAMA!

A federal judge has ruled that the State of Alabama's "Sanctity of Marriage Amendment" and the "Alabama Marriage Protection Act" are unconstitutional because they violate the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment.

U.S. District Judge Callie Virginia Smith "Ginny" Granade, who was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush, wrote in her wonderful ruling...

"If anything, Alabama’s prohibition of same-sex marriage detracts from its goal of promoting optimal environments for children. Those children currently being raised by same-sex parents in Alabama are just as worthy of protection and recognition by the State as are the children being raised by opposite-sex parents. Yet Alabama’s Sanctity laws harms the children of same-sex couples for the same reasons that the Supreme Court found that the Defense of Marriage Act harmed the children of same-sex couples .... There has been no evidence presented that these marriage laws have any effect on the choices of couples to have or raise children, whether they are same-sex couples or opposite-sex couples. In sum, the laws in question are an irrational way of promoting biological relationships in Alabama."

The suit was brought against the state by Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand, who had to travel to California to get married in order to become the legal parents of their son.

Searcy told the Associated Press in May...

"I am a parent in every way to our son, but legally I am still considered a stranger. We just want our son to have the same protections and securities as other Alabama families."

Alabama Republicans obviously went insane over the ruling and felt the need to issue many statements condemning the ruling!

Republican Governor Robert Bentley, who expressed extreme disappointment in the ruling, released this statement...

"The people of Alabama voted in a constitutional amendment to define marriage between a man and a woman. The Governor is disappointed with the ruling today, and we will review the decision to decide the next steps."

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) is speaking out, promising an appeal. His statement reads as follows...

"It is outrageous when a single unelected and unaccountable federal judge can overturn the will of millions of Alabamians who stand in firm support of the Sanctity of Marriage Act. The Legislature will encourage a vigorous appeals process, and we will continue defending the Christian conservative values that make Alabama a special place to live."

The Alabama GOP echoed Hubbard's statements, calling the ruling part of a

"left wing radical agenda."

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has immediately filed a motion that asked the judge to stay the decision until the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals or the U.S. Supreme Court makes a ruling.

Stay Classy Republicans!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2014 Was The Hottest Year Recorded... EVER!

Federal scientists have reported that their data revealed that the globe experienced it's hottest year on record.

Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA calculated that in 2014 the world had its hottest year since it started keeping records 135 years ago. Earlier, the Japanese weather agency and an independent group out of University of California Berkeley also measured 2014 as the hottest on record as well.

Here are some of the statistics...

  • NOAA said 2014 averaged 58.24 degrees Fahrenheit, 1.24 degrees above the 20th-century average.


  • NASA, which calculates temperatures slightly differently, put 2014's average temperature at 58.42 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 1.22 degrees above the average of the years 1951-1980.


  • The global annual temperature has increased at an average rate of 0.11°F (0.06°C) per decade since 1880, and at an average rate of 0.28°F (0.16°C) per decade since 1970.


  • Earth broke NOAA records set in 2010 and 2005. The last time the Earth set an annual NOAA record for cold was in 1911.


  • Nine of the 10 hottest years in NOAA global records have occurred since 2000. The odds of this happening at random are about 650 million to 1, according to University of South Carolina statistician John Grego. Two other statisticians confirmed his calculations.


  • Every year in the 21st century has been in the top 20 warmest years on record, according to NOAA.


  • Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies data says that temperatures have risen by about 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit since the mid-19th century and pre-industrial times


  • NOAA estimated that last month was the hottest December on record. 


  • Last year also saw the hottest December on record.


  • Six months in 2014 set marks for heat. 


  • The last time Earth set a monthly cold record was in December 1916.


  • According to NOAA this was the 38th year in a row that the world was warmer than the 20th century average.


  • Most people in the world and the United States were born after 1976 and have never lived in a cooler than normal year.


  • Last year's warmest global temperature record made for the highest average temperature recorded in 135 years, surpassing previous records set in 2005 and 2010 by 0.07°F (0.04°C), according to the report. The fourth warmest year was recorded in 1998.

2014's heat was driven by record warmth in the world's oceans that didn't just break old marks... It shattered them. Record warmth spread across far eastern Russia, the western part of the United States, interior South America, much of Europe, northern Africa and parts of Australia.


Here are some Quotes...


Jennifer Francis. climate scientist at Rutgers University

"The globe is warmer now than it has been in the last 100 years and more likely in at least 5,000 years. Any wisps of doubt that human activities are at fault are now gone with the wind."

Tom Karl, director of NOAA's National Climatic Data Center said...

"Every continent had some aspect of record high temperatures"


Michael Mann, Pennsylvania State University professor...

"We are witnessing, before our eyes, the effect of human-caused climate change,"

Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies says temperatures will continue to rise with year-to-year variations and he wouldn't be surprised if 2015 breaks 2014's record and that...

"The increase in greenhouse gases is unrelenting and that in the end is going to dominate most things going on."

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Despite all these statistics and all the quotes from scientists climate denial sites are still touting claims that the world has not warmed in 18 years.

President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Speech (VIDEO) • #‎IWonBothofThem‬

Last night President Barack Obama delivered the 2015 State of the Union speech in front of a joint session of Congress, laying out his policy vision for the next year. This is his sixth State of the Union address since becoming President in 2008. In addition it will be his first before a Republican majority in both chambers.

In the SOTU the President did not shrink from bold and empowering ideas as he started the speech off strong stating...

"We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. It has been, and still is, a hard time for many...
But tonight, we turn the page."

Watch the entire speech here...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1421782837&x-yt-cl=84359240&v=cse5cCGuHmE

You can also read the full transcript HERE

 If you were looking for President Obama's finest moment in the SOTU it was without a doubt when he said the line...

"I have no more campaigns to run,"

In response to this comment the Republicans began an obnoxious round of applause at which point the president smiled and delivered this ad-lib...

"I know, because I won both of them."

Oh, SNAP... SOTU slam! Check it out here...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqygEWx2gIo
‪#‎IWonBothofThem‬

Monday, January 19, 2015

10 Stunningly Prescient Quotes From Martin Luther King Jr • MLK Day | 1.19.2015

In honor of Martin Luther King Day here are 10 astounding quotes that speak just as loudly today as when Dr. King spoke them...

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.” Where Do We Go From Here? August 1967 speech.

“We must develop a federal program of public works, retraining, and jobs for all – so that none, white or black, will have cause to feel threatened … There is nothing except shortsightedness to prevent us from guaranteeing an annual minimum and livable income for every American family.” Where Do We Go From Here?

“A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.” Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, April 1967 speech.

“The profit motive, when it is the sole basis of an economic system, encourages a cutthroat competition and selfish ambition that encourages men to be I-centered rather than thou-centered.” Where Do We Go From Here?

“Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.” Letter From a Birmingham Jail, April 1963 open letter.

“An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself. This is difference made legal.” Letter From a Birmingham Jail

“When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” A Testament of Hope (posthumously published essay).

“There is also the violence of (African Americans) having to live in a community and pay higher consumer prices for goods or higher rents for equivalent housing than are charged in white parts of the city.” A Testament of Hope

“Congress appropriates military funds with alacrity and generosity. It appropriates poverty funds with miserliness and grudging reluctance. The government is emotionally committed to the war. It is emotionally hostile to the needs of the poor.” Domestic impact of the war in America, November 1967 speech.

“I had to answer by looking that person into the eye, and say ‘I’m sorry sir but you don’t know me. I’m not a consensus leader.’ I do not determine what is right and wrong by looking at the budget of my organization or by taking a Gallup poll of the majority opinion. Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” Domestic impact of the war.



Thank You to Campaign For America's Future

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Fox News' Col. Ralph Peters Calls For All Out War That Would "Leave Behind Smoking Ruins & Crying Widows"

The other night on the O’Reilly Factor bespeckled NeoCon wing-nut Lt. Col. Ralph Peters was looking to take Judge Jeanine Pirro's title of "Death Mongering Wacko of the Week" award with his own unhinged war rant.

On the show Peters submitted a detailed plan on how he would fight terror and it went off the rails right from the start. Peters began with this homicidal screed...

One: You accept that you are in a war. Two: You name the enemy, Islamist terrorists. Three: You get the lawyers off the battlefield […] you accept there will be collateral damage and you do not apologize for it. You do not nation build, you don’t try to hold ground. You go wherever in the world the terrorists are and you kill them, you do your best to exterminate them, and then you leave, and you leave behind smoking ruins and crying widows. If in five or 10 years, they reconstitute and you gotta go back, you go back and do the same thing, and you never, never, never send American troops into a war you don’t mean to win,”

Here is the video of Perer's describing what appears to be his own homicidal wet dream...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuQBKIIL880

Appearing on the show along side of Col. Peters was Col. David Hunt who insisted that there must be economic pressure in addition to the military campaign that Peters detailed. Hunt said that just killing terrorists has not worked to which Peters replied....

Killing them is the only thing that works!!!”

And the title of "Death Mongering Wacko of the Week" goes to...?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Fox News' Jeanine Pirro Goes On A Death Crazed Fear Rant Excaliming: "We need to kill them. WE NEED TO KILL THEM!!!"

Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill.........
Here we go again.

I understand why Fox News pundits use patriotic bombast when appealing to their target audience. At some point though, when taken too far, appealing to the fear based lizard brain ultimately reveals itself as parody.

This is precisely what happened when imbecilic hate monger Jeanine Pirro took to the airwaves to tell every one watching that they were all going to die! This wind up, NeoCon, kill happy, air raid siren has done this before evidenced in her now infamous: "Bomb them! Bomb them! Keep bombing them, bomb them again and again" rant that was so over the top it even drew the ire and ridicule of famous comedian Russell Brand (a must watch!).

This time, in what appears to be the 2nd verse of the same tune, Pirro warns her viewers that once again they were all going to die. This time the only thing that will save everyone is if we "KILL" every single last "radical Muslim terrorist"... to death!

Pirro starting off the show by subtlety stating...

"We need to kill them. WE NEED TO KILL THEM! – The radical Muslim terrorists hellbent on killing us. You’re in danger, I’m in danger. We’re at war, and this is not going to stop. After this week’s brutal terrorists attacks in France, hopefully everyone now gets it."

Her answer to the problem is to...

"Arm Muslims to the teeth, give them everything they need to take out Islamic fanatics let them do the job while we simply look the other way."

Here is her "Opening Statement" segment in all it's unhinged glory...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w2ZS231BAQ
WE'RE ALL GONNA DIEEEEEEEEE!

I can now state unequivocally that Jeanine Pirro is beyond all professional help.

Republican Congressman Randy Weber Says Obama Worse Than Hitler

Ultra conservative Tea Party infused Congressman Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) has gone and compared President Barack Obama to the German dictator Adolf Hitler.

The Texas lawmaker has deemed the comparison a just one to use in his tweet that criticizes the president for not traveling to Paris on Sunday to attend a massive unity rally against terrorism.

Here is Weber's tweet, in which he likens Obama's rally no show to to Germany's occupation of Paris in 1940...

A quick note to Randy: You misspelled Hitler's first name.

See, makes perfect sense!

Countdown, 3-2-1... and on cue, in a statement issued on Tuesday by his office, Webber apologized for the comparison saying...

I need to first apologize to all those offended by my tweet. It was not my intention to trivialize the Holocaust nor to compare the President to Adolf Hitler. The mention of Hitler was meant to represent the face of evil that still exists in the world today. I now realize that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate,"

 And magically all is forgiven.

As far as President Obama's absence from the French rally, the White House on Monday admitted that it erred by not sending a high-level U.S. official overseas. Moreover, according to Politico...

"aides were so caught off guard by the march’s massive size and attention that they hadn’t even asked President Barack Obama if he wanted to go."

This is not the first time Webber has taken to Twitter to blast the President. Minutes before the president's last State of the Union address, Weber offered up this tweet...

I am assuming that it is supposed to read "Kommandant-In-Chief" not "Chef"


Classic.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ex Gov. Huckabee Says Barack And Michelle Obama Are Bad Parents Because... Beyonce'!

Here's Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, jammin' for the lord!
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has passed judgement on President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle and accused them of bad parenting. He has handed down this sentence in light of their unforgivable crime of allowing their daughters to listen to the music of... Beyoncé.

In an interview published in People Magazine Huckabee says that the Obama's are hypocrites because even though they shelter their daughters from some things they still deem it appropriate to allow their daughters to listen to the vocal stylings of the Queen Beé.

While promoting his new book, Huckabee told the mag...

"I don't understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything - how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school ... and yet they don't see anything that might not be suitable" in the lyrics and a Beyoncé choreography "best left for the privacy of her bedroom."

Makes you wonder what Huck's boudoir looks like... ((urg...))

Just for an added zing Huckabee also describes the Grammy Award-winning Beyoncé in his book as "mental poison."

But don't think old Huckabee has left Beyoncé's husband out of the fray. In the same book Huckabee also refers to Jay-Z as "a pimp" for...

"Jay-Z is a very shrewd businessman, but I wonder: Does it occur to him that he is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp by exploiting his wife as a sex object?"

Stay classy minister!

While you're here why not give a listen to Beyoncé singing the National Anthem at the 2013 Obama Inauguration! It's so good it's "mentally poisonous"!
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Newest Charlie Hebdo Cover Features Muhammad Holding 'Je Suis Charlie' Sign

The cover of Charlie Hebdo's first edition of their satirical magazine the first since last week’s terrorist attack on its offices that left 12 people dead, is a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad holding a sign that reads. ‘Je suis Charlie’.

Above the artwork the cover reads "All is forgiven."

Today, Charlie Hebdo’s lawyer, Richard Malka, said that despite the deaths of nine contributors the magazine was created solely by members of the original team. Speaking on France Info radio he said...

We will not give in, otherwise all this won’t have meant anything,”

A record 3m copies are to be printed, in 16 languages.

Terrorism loses again and always.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Cartoon: A False Sense Of Complacency!

Here is a wonderful cartoon from Matt Wuerker.  Wuerker is a political cartoonist for and founding staff member of Politico and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.



Saturday, January 10, 2015

U.S. Adds 252,000 Jobs In December & Unemployment Rate Dips To 5.6%

2014 was America's best year of job growth since 1999!


With Republicans and conservatives constantly bemoaning that Democrats are socialist, job killing, tax raising, business hating, capitalism killers I imagine that these latest economic numbers must come as a shock as the "Obama Economy" continues to roll along.
Check these stats!

  • The private sector has added 11.2 million jobs over 58 straight months of job growth (extending the longest streak on record!)
  • The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years
  • The unemployment rate reached a six-year low
  • Employers added 252,000 jobs last month
  • The unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent from 5.8 percent
  • The unemployment rate is at its lowest point since 2008
  • Car sales jumped 6 percent last year to the highest level since 2006
  • The number of people who have been unemployed for more than six months fell 27% last year
  • The number working part time who would prefer full-time work dropped 12 percent

What makes the bullet points even more impressive is that American businesses have been largely shrugging off signs of economic weakness overseas and continuing to hire at healthy rates. This is what makes the U.S. economy's steady improvement all the more striking compared with the weakness in much of the world.

An added bonus is that with oil and gas prices plummeting there has been more money in consumers' pockets, enhancing their ability to spend. Goldman Sachs estimates that the additional spending will lead to the creation of 300,000 more jobs this year!

The only sour notes that could be heard come in the form of wage growth that remains weak. In addition the unemployment rate fell partly because many of the jobless gave up looking for work (due mainly in part to an aging population who are choosing to retire) and so were no longer counted as unemployed.

But with the horror-show that was our economy a mere 6 years ago all this positive economic data should be nothing but music to our ears.

Friday, January 9, 2015

12 Right Wingers & Republicans Who Found A Way To Blame President Obama And Liberals For Terrorist Attacks In France

On Wednesday armed gunmen burst into the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a newspaper known for its defiant publication of satirical cartoons, and shot dead ten people including two police officers.

While all of France lamented their loss the nauseating right wing media and gutter dwelling Republicans have been hard at work trying to figure out ways to blame the President and liberals.

So much for a day of mourning.

Send in the clowns...

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Rush Limbaugh says it was BENGHAZI!...

By going to the UN and saying a video is responsible for the death of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans when it wasn’t. By sending Susan Rice on five Sunday morning talk shows to spread that lie, to run ads in Afghanistan or Pakistan starring Obama and Hillary, continuing this lie — these actions have consequences, ladies and gentlemen... We got a false narrative ever since Benghazi happened. And my point is this country’s leadership has fed the beast. This country’s leadership has fed the rage. And not just this country’s — all of western civilization, which is cowering in fear. All the civilized world afraid to deal with this for what it is. All the western thinking closing Gitmo will solve it, getting out of Afghanistan will solve it. All we’re doing is trumpeting our weakness. But when Obama shows up, the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam, then you have the president of the United States rationalizing barbaric behavior and punishing some poor oaf who just made a video that nobody ever saw. So, these actions have consequences.”

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said President Barack Obama‘s policies and campaign promises are “getting a lot of people killed” because he refuses to acknowledge that the France attacks and others are motivated by religion.
I think he believes that strength is offensive, that he doesn’t want to be bold because he may offend somebody — it’s not offensive to say that these are religious fanatics that don’t represent Islam, that have to be dealt with, they have to be killed or captured.”

 “When he (Obama) left Iraq, he did so on a campaign promise. He’s trying to close Gitmo based on a campaign promise. His campaign promises are getting a lot of people killed. Our intelligence-gathering abilities have been compromised. The only way you can stop these attacks is to find out about them before they occur. We’re reducing our military spending at a time when we need it the most. These policies driven by President Obama of being soft and weak and indecisive are coming home to haunt us.”

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Bill O’Reilly went after President Obama for being “very quiet” about the terrorist attack saying that for years, the president has been downplaying the threat of Islamic extremism in the world and he won’t admit how dangerous it saying...

"It is long past time that President Obama and all the other western leaders stop talking nonsense and begin formulating a coordinated plan, and it is time to stop making excuses for Muslim nations who don’t fight the jihad,"

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) implied that the Paris attack was due to President Obama’s release of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay prison.

What we've heard is that they've gone back to their homes. So this is a real risk of people who we had captured getting back in the fight against not only our troops, our allies, and that's real American lives at risk.”

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Rep. Peter King on CNN seemed to imply that it the attack was somehow tied to a lack of funding to our Homeland Security program (?) ...

We have to make it clear that Homeland Security — at a time we saw this massive attack in Paris — that we can’t be cutting funding or programs which would protect Americans from a terrorist attack.”

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Mollie Hemingway senior editor for The Federalist website wrote a column titled "How President Obama Sold Out Charlie Hebdo" in which she says claims both Obama's and Hillary Clinton's cowardly stance on terrorism is to blame...

"The problem of such cowardly rhetoric in the face of Islamist violence certainly didn’t begin with President Obama and Hillary Clinton but they should be called to account for their tepid defense of free speech and freedom of the press."

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Ben Shapiro columnist for Breitbart.com decided to use the terror attack to have some fun at President Obama and Hillary Clinton's expense and tweet out what he considers to be humor...


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Eric Bolling from Fox News claimed the "left" is at fault for demilitarizing the police
"There’s been a very serious push from the left saying ‘let’s not over-militarise our cops.’ That [the Paris massacre] should put an end to that discussion. We should over-militarise."

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Gretchen Carlson from Fox News blamed Barack Obama because he does not call terrorism, terrorism quickly enough...

"It is what it is. It, meaning terrorism. Terrorism is what it is. So why does the administration continue to have such a problem telling the American people and the rest of the world just that? Is that a disservice to all of us? In some way giving us a false sense of security? That since our own leaders don't see any of these attacks as terrorism right away, neither should we?"

Carlson also went on to insinuate that Obama's policy of releasing prisoners from Guantánamo Bay may lead to a Paris-like attack in the US:

"Keep in mind this administration is more concerned about executive actions for manufacturing and even climate control today, and releasing Gitmo detainees. We now know many of those detainees go back to join the jihad. So at this crucial moment, after a horrific attack on one of our allies, will politics continue to trump the reality... In the last few months we've seen terrorism hit Australia, Canada, and now France. Will the United States once again be next?"

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Thomas McInerney, retired U.S. general and Fox News contributor exclaimed that President Obama's political correctness is killing us and "emboldened" the terrorists when they attacked in France...

"The President of the United States has to stand up an lead the world. We cannot lead from behind. The President should really say: 'We have a global war against radical Islam. It is no longer an overseas contingency operation. I was wrong. I'm no longer going to release any more prisoners at Guantanimo.' He went on to say that "He (Obama) has never used the words radical Islam to identify the threat."


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Imbecile Donald Trump responding to the attack in a series of tweets also criticizing Obama's Gitmo policies...


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Jim Hoft (The Gateway Pundit) from Fox Nation blamed President Obama because in 2012 he didn't care for a Charlie Hebdo anti-Islamic cartoon. Hoft penned an article titled "Remember When the Obama Admin Condemned the Charlie Hebdo Cartoons?". The only problem is that it Obama never did it! Hoft makes his argument by posting an answer Jay Carney gave at a press briefing...

Question: The French government has decided to temporarily close their embassies and schools in several Muslim countries after a satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, that published cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad. Is the White House concerned that those cartoons might further fan the flames in the region?
Jay Carney: Well, we are aware that a French magazine published cartoons featuring a figure resembling the Prophet Muhammad, and obviously, we have questions about the judgment of publishing something like this. We know that these images will be deeply offensive to many and have the potential to be inflammatory. But we’ve spoken repeatedly about the importance of upholding the freedom of expression that is enshrined in our Constitution.

C'est la vie... And so it goes.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Colorado Springs NAACP Office Bombed In Suspected Act Of "Domestic Terrorism" (UPDATE : Suspect Sketch)

In what is being called an act of "domestic terrorism" an improvised explosive device was set off near the Colorado Springs NAACP Chapter on Tuesday.

No one was injured but sources say it could have been worse considering that a container filled with gasoline placed next to the device failed to ignite. Nevertheless the resulting explosion knocked items off the office walls and left scorch marks in and around the building.

According to the the FBI, officials are seeking a "potential person of interest," described as a balding white male, about 40 years old driving a “2000 or older model, dirty, white pick-up truck with paneling, a dark colored bed liner, open tailgate, and a missing or covered license plate.”

Authorities have released this composite sketch of the man they believe detonated an explosive near the offices of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP. The FBI and the ATF are also offering a $10,000 reward for information on the Tuesday explosion.

The NAACP chapter’s president, Harry Allen Jr., told The Gazette he would wait for the outcome of the investigation before labeling the explosion a hate crime. 

"This won’t deter us from doing the job we want to do in the community," adding "I don't want anyone to use the detonation of a device at the building that occupies the Colorado Springs NAACP, I don't want them to use that for a division of our nation and our community,"

Though The office was closed Wednesday volunteers were back at work today.

Anyone with information was urged to call (303) 435-7787.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Bob McDonnell Goes To Prison

Believe it or not former Republican Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was once heralded as a rising star and widely thought of as GOP presidential material. He began his political career at Pat Robertson's (yes, that Pat Robertson) Regent University. In his campaigns throughout the years McDonnell consistently ran as a conservative, Christian, pro-marriage, pro-family, pro-gun, anti choice, anti-woman and anti-gay candidate. McDonnell was even tapped to give the Republican party's 2010 rebuttal to President Barack Obama's State Of The Union Speech that year.

As of September 4, 2014 all of that hard work has all come crashing down as both McDonnell and his wife (not sentenced yet) were found guilty on corruption charges. Yesterday McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison by a federal judge.

The 11 charges that put McDonnell in the stripy hole were related to his accepting roughly $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams to promote his vitamin supplement company.

No, really... Vitamins. I'm not kidding.

Prosecutors had wanted McDonnell to spend more than 10 years in prison, but U.S. District Judge James Spencer had different ideas. Even after stating that he could not set aside the jury's verdict, Spencer said...

"A price must be paid. Unlike Pontius Pilate, I can't wash my hands of it all. A meaningful sentence must be imposed."

...Then despite his ominous words proceeded to impose a sentence much more lenient than was anticipated based on McDonnell's crimes.

So even though U.S. Probation Office officials had calculated that McDonnell's sentence should be 12 years behind bars the Reagan appointed judge saw fit to impose a sentence of one sixth of that.

In light of such a lenient sentence McDonnell's lawyers plan to appeal the conviction.

No One Rewrites George Carlin!

This is a new low for the right wingers.

A billionaire-funded conservative think tank named The Heartland Institute rewrote a George Carlin bit so right wingers would "Like" it on their Facebook page.

That's not kosher.  It's not kosher to rewrite anybody's words to fit your social or political agenda let alone a comic genius like Carlin! The evil here is that this vile group of scumbags rewrote Carlin's bit so it would come off diametrically opposed to the actual meaning he intended it to have. In doing so they unwittingly prove his point perfectly. The point being that "big wealthy business interest" cock-suckers don't give a fuck about you and want you "dumb", "passive" an subservient.

Here is the Carlin "quote" the way the swine at the Heartland Institute posted it...


 Here is the original as Carlin wrote it...

Thanks to AnnieJo over at The Daily Kos For the graphics!

Here is the response from George Carlin's daughter Kelly...

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If you would like to see George Carlin perform his brilliant 2005 bit live it is posted here on the Youtubes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_Zqbg6QThg
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Friday, January 2, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Have A Happy 2015 Everyone!