political/personal observations

Thursday, April 24, 2014

New Records: IRS Targeted Progressive Groups More Extensively Than Tea Party

Elijah Cummings, Darrell Issa
A series of IRS documents, provided to ThinkProgress under the Freedom of Information Act, appears to contradict the claims by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that only Tea Party organizations applying for tax-exempt status “received systematic scrutiny because of their political beliefs.” The 22 “Be On the Look Out” keywords lists, distributed to staff reviewing applications between August 12, 2010 and April 19, 2013, included more explicit references to progressive groups, ACORN successors, and medical marijuana organizations than to Tea Party entities.
and all this time republican have been riding that dead horse of being picked on by the IRS, self important rant or delusions of grandeur, or just strait up exaggeration to try and garner the pity vote and bloody the nose of those mean gov't agencies they are trying to dissolve?
Explicit references to “Tea Party,” included in the “emerging issues” section of the lists, also began in August 2010 — but stopped appearing after the May 10, 2011 list. From that point on, the lists instructed agents to flag all political advocacy groups of any stripe.
 The documents instructed the agents to forward any “organization involved with political, lobbying, or advocacy” applying for 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) status be forwarded to “group 7822″ for additional review. Groups under both categories are limited in the amount of of lobbying and political activity each can undertake.
why wasn't Issa concerned about other agencies and not just right wing ones, maybe because it would not drive his deceptive witch hunt and nullify the fact that he was wrong and still spending tax payer money for his own folly.  and no republican has voiced a "this is too much" and shut his millions in failed self made scandals.  who is the drunken sailor with a blank check now?


WATCH: Jon Stewart 'Doubles Down' on Sean Hannity Feud
On last night's Daily Show, host Jon Stewart hit back at Sean Hannity after the Fox host claimed that Stewart was "obsessed with him"
Stewart replied that he, in fact, was obsessed with Hannity's program, in much of the same way that he's "obsessed with antibiotic resistant superbugs, the Pacific garbage patch, or the KFC Double Down."
On Tuesday, Hannity attempted to mock Stewart after the Comedy Central Host called Hannity out for his vapid support of rancher Cliven Bundy. Hannity showed a video of Stewart onstage at a rally with Yusef Islam (nee rock star Cat Stevens). Islam once said he supported a fatwah against author Salman Rusdie after the publication of "The Satanic Verses" in 1988. 
"Correct, Mr. Hannity, mistake. I should have looked into it more, I should have known better," admitted Stewart. "I'm just not sure you're the best guy to make the guilt-by-musician-association point." The show then cut to a video of rock guitarist Ted Nugent holding an automatic weapon and suggesting gun violence against Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. After the playing of the clip, Hannity called Nugent a "friend and frequent guest" on his program. 
that was a up front and personal in your face kiss off Hannity statement  "BOOYAH"!   you don't pick on a quick witted talented comedian without plenty of comebacks, but then again if you lie about everything then you can have no comeback just more breaking of your face. 
actually he hit him with something he is not familiar with humbleness,  lights out everybody go home Hannity can't comeback from that he's like a blind man in the dark in another world.

WATCH: Rand Paul Says Jimmy Carter Was Better on the Budget Than Ronald Reagan The Kentucky senator has been hailing Reagan lately. But a few years ago, Paul routinely knocked the Republican icon as a fiscal failure

truth or gaffe, old news they stopped dragging Reagan's dead carcass out and hoisting it on their shoulders when they were re-informed that he raised taxes and the deficit in record amounts.

As Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) ponders a presidential bid, he has lately made efforts to wrap himself in the banner of Ronald Reagan. In op-eds and speeches, the libertarian tea partier has increasingly invoked the Republicans' most holy icon, especially after being attacked by members of his party's establishment who have accused him of isolationism.Writing in the Washington Post last week, Paul likened his nuanced approach to foreign policy to what he claimed was Reagan's embrace of "strategic ambiguity."
 A few days earlier, at a so-called "Freedom Summit" in New Hampshire, Paul hailed Reagan as the last president who presided over the creation of millions of jobs, asserting that after the Gipper lowered tax rates, 20 million jobs were created and "more revenue came in." ( concluded that Paul was "falsifying evidence"—and ignoring that more jobs were created during President Bill Clinton's tenure when tax rates went up.)
 But Paul hasn't always cast himself as much of a Reagan fan. In fact, when he stumped for his father in 2008 and again when ran for Senate in 2010, Paul often referred to the grand old man of the GOP with a touch of disappointment and criticism. And he routinely made an assertion that might seem like blasphemy to many Republicans: President Jimmy Carter had a better record on fiscal discipline than Reagan.

this guy really has a authenticity issue he seems to do better when plagiarizing then speaking his own words that is until he's busted for doing it without giving credit to the real authors.  he's trying to hard to be something he's not, an honest politician.  in his and his party's zeal to paint Pres. as ineffective and not knowing what he's doing the end up wearing that mantle themselves, that is a side effect of embellishing a lie you get so entangled you lose track of yourself and then the can of worms is opened for all to see.

Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution: A Review

we have sat by not turned out for elections bought into the rhetoric and now to our surprise republicans have taken over and trampled every thing that is the constitution while wrapping themselves in it.

In the wake of the unprecedented level of gerrymandering that followed the 2010 elections, as well as the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act and campaign finance laws, it has become very clear that a constitutional amendment may be required in order to preserve the right to vote in this country. While I have not read Stevens' previous book, I've heard good things about his writing, so I've been looking forward to reading his latest offering.
 It was announced early on that he would take on the second amendment, which guaranteed that the book would be controversial, but I was more interested in the other five amendments he intended to offer. Although Stevens spent nearly 35 years on the high court, he seems to feel that it has taken on excessive power, and here he advocates returning power to the people’s representatives in Congress.
After a quick review of the successful amendments thus far, Stevens proceeds to a discussion of the Supremacy Clause and whether the federal government can compel state officials to enforce federal law, given that the language specifically calls out judges (“and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby”); he recommends adding the words “and other public officials”, with the reasoning that often state officials are in the best position to enforce federal law. Stevens clearly considers this to be a clarification rather than a change, but one which would overturn past rulings of the court.
republicans fight against this they parrot each other talking about sending laws and such back to the states because there they can become the dictators they accuse Pres. of being.  we saw what happened 2010 the promised jobs and immediately busted the unions, enacted voter obstruction changing laws in place for years, all with the help of the scotus.
representatives in congress are not there for us to go to them for resolution they are there for the perks of big money and power w are a smile on their faces after they've given us nothing but a good screwing.  realize the power we have together and be a team player Nov. 4th.

Conservative hero Cliven Bundy: 'I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro ...'

another racist bastard spewing his non existent knowledge of Black people, this is the guy that right wingers rushed to support now the more prominent ones are backing off as the sheet comes off his head.

Rancher Cliven Bundy poses at his home in Bunkerville, Nevada, April 11, 2014. Armed U.S. rangers are rounding up cattle on federal land in Nevada in a rare showdown with Bundy, a rancher who has illegally grazed his herd on public lands for decades, as c
"I wish I was in the land of cotton, old times they are not forgotten ..."
What a surprise: It turns out that Cliven Bundy, the deadbeat cattle rancher who has become ahero to conservative politicians and pundits, is nothing but—well, besides that whole deadbeat cattle rancher thing—a racist:
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro ... because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
Coming up next: Watching conservatives awkwardly distance themselves from the remarks themselves while still embracing their hero's "principles."

still haven't learned their "PRINCIPLES" formerly known as "VALUES" is the heart of their problems running around embracing the lawless like Zimmerman and this 'ol boy just to have to back off because they judged the book by it's cover, and as expected he's just like them and getting over on their tax money too.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NYT Poll Blows Up The GOP’s Obamacare Narrative

AP Photo / Rogelio V. Solis

Up in Arms: Georgia Governor To Sign Controversial Gun Bill Wednesday
Image: Handguns are displayed in the sales area of a gun club.
ATLANTA – Its official name is the “Safe Carry Protection Act.”
But critics are calling it the “Guns Everywhere Bill.”
At noon Wednesday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is scheduled to sign the sweeping legislation into law. One of the most permissive state gun laws in the nation, it will allow licensed owners to carry firearms into more public places than at any time in the past century, including churches, bars and government buildings that don't have security checkpoints.
The law also authorizes school districts to appoint staffers to carry firearms. It allows churches to "opt-in" if they want to allow weapons. Bars could already “opt-in” to allow weapons, but under the new law they must opt out if they want to bar weapons.
 Permit-holders who accidentally bring a gun to an airport security checkpoint will now be allowed to pick up their weapon and leave with no criminal penalty. (At Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, a record 111 guns were found at TSA screening areas last year.)
i'm back again quoting Joan Walsh's book title "what is wrong with white people", this is more license to murder and in bars and churches why????  makes no sense it is just a play to reign in radical gun grippers and solidify their vote, but at who's expense your 3 year old or your grandma or you?
what do you think Jesus would say about bring weapons of mass destruction in to a house of "worship"?  drunken haters are bad enough but an armed drunk is murder and mayhem looking for victims.  well NRA is happy that's all that matters in republicanland because American lives sure don't matter.

Nixon faces impeachment

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon
Gov. Jay Nixon
No, not that Nixon. He's dead. Missouri's Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has pissed off a bunch of Republicans in the state House, apparently just by being a Democrat in the governor's seat. So they're going to impeach him. Is that because of his high crimes and misdemeanors? Treason?Hardly.
One legislator has lodged a complaint over Nixon’s executive order last year that directed state tax officials to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples who were legally married in other states. Nixon said in November, when he issued the order, that the state should accept the same sorts of tax returns as the Internal Revenue Service, which accepts joint returns from same-sex couples.
Another legislator said Nixon hadn’t moved fast enough to call special elections in three state House districts and a Senate district left vacant by resignations. State law directs the governor to call elections “without delay”; state Rep. Mike Moon’s (R) legislation accuses Nixon of breaking that law.
And a third legislator says Nixon deserves the boot for insufficiently punishing officials at the state Department of Public Safety for releasing a database of Missourians with permits to carry concealed weapons. In 2013, the state Highway Patrol said it had given the list of 163,000 concealed carry permit holders to a Social Security Administration agent in relation to an investigation into fraudulent disability claims.
seems like he's being a governor of the people not the party so now that reaches the heights of impeachment i guess they are confused with him doing his job since that is an alien concept to them. never any shame in the game i guess because it always stays the same, idiotically confused.

The Latest Plot To Undermine Obamacare And Prevent Millions From Enrolling In Medicaid

It’s actually quite easy to explain. The reason why 19 states have refused to expand Medicaid has nothing to do with the cost — the federal government would cover the full cost of the expansion for the next two years, then 95 percent of the cost thereafter. It definitely doesn’t have anything to do with a lack of need for such a solution.

This, as with the refusal to establish healthcare marketplaces (exchanges), has everything to do with Obama Derangement Syndrome — Republican governors who refuse for a variety of cheap political excuses to attach their names to Obamacare. By doing so, they’re hurting their own people, including Republican voters in numbers into the hundreds of thousands per state.
looks like i stand corrected yesterday i wrote it was about republicans not wanting to spend money on Americans i will say this forever they claim doing these things deny the Pres. success but in reality they deny you health care no matter what they say even though they don't call your name they are trained on you like a laser may be Pres. is the picture on the bulls eye but believe it peel it back and there you are.

all the opposition from the water carriers is a by product of concentrating on them, G W Bush, "you can fool some of the people all of the time and those are the ones you want to concentrate on", kinda bears my theory out.

Meet The Militia Rushing To Cliven Bundy’s Defense

James Yeager is calling from Cliven Bundy’s front yard, where he’s one of several (he won’t say how many) providing 24-hour security to the Bundy family. He and his friend packed up “a full medical kit and a camera” and drove 26 ½ hours from their home in Camden, Tennessee last week to document what he calls “a tremendous overreach of federal power.” He’s been posting daily videos to his YouTube site.
When asked if he also packed weapons, Yeager said, “of course. I’m always armed. This is not any different than any other day for me.”
James Yeager with rancher Cliven Bundy.
James Yeager with rancher Cliven Bundy.
Yeager is one of hundreds of supporters who journeyed to Bunkerville, Nevada in support of the rancher’s standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management. Though federal agents released Bundy’s cattle over a week ago, many have remained on the ranch to protest and protect the rancher’s family.
 They’ve hailed Bundy — who owes the federal government over $1 million in unpaid grazing fees — as an “American hero.” The Mormon father of 14 has even inspired futuristic fan fiction from his most ardent admirers: “Yes, it’s been a great half-century for America, and we owe much of our good fortune to the bravery of Cliven Bundy.”
wonder how many of these good 'ol boyz know he's Mormon?  and would love to see a report quiz them on camera about that i would think most are evangelicals who now appear to be embracing Mormons. what will the other haters think?  riding around like it's 19th century and they are waving an American Flag while crapping on all it stands for.

Polling Confirms That Obamacare’s Birth Control Coverage Is Very Popular

birth control
About seven in ten Americans support the Obamacare provision that requires employer-sponsored insurance to cover the full cost of contraception, according to a new surveypublished in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That particular aspect of the health reform law is the subject of a pending Supreme Court challenge, as two for-profit companies claim that covering birth control violates their religious beliefs.
Sixty nine percent of respondents reported they support “mandated coverage of birth control medications in health plans.” The study found that women, African Americans, Latinos and parents living with children under the age of 18 were more likely to support this policy than the people in other demographic groups.

“While the Supreme Court considers if corporations can be required to cover birth control in insurance plans like other preventive care, the American public is abundantly clear: we’re all for it,” Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, noted in a statement.
it is a blessing to hear that so many have not been infected with republican hoof in mouth disease you know the one that has had them all barking at the moon with imaginary outcomes if you were to embrace it, none of which has come true as well as the plan they've been "working on" if they spent 1/3 a much time on helping this would have been history years ago the years that it hasn't blame it on them.
this Pres. knows there is more than one way to skin a republican and it's opposition to you.

Health Care Experts Rip Ben Carson's "Near Worthless" Health Care Plan

Health care policy experts are speaking out against Dr. Ben Carson's proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act with a healthcare savings account and $2,000 annual federal stipend, calling it "near worthless" and a plan "for the very rich."

Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and Fox News contributor, is beloved by conservatives for his vitriolic attacks on Obamacare. He has received a raft of recent media attention due to the strong fundraising totals posted by the independent National Draft Ben Carson political action campaign, which promotes a Carson 2016 presidential run.
In an interview with Politico Magazine, Carson says that he supports eliminating Obamacare and that under his plan, "The only responsibility of the government would be providing $2,000 per year for every American citizen -- around $630 billion annually, about 20 percent of what we currently spend on health care -- to provide everyone with a health savings account." 
Carson says the current health care system has created "generation upon generation of people who just live that way, waiting for government handouts."
But as Politico Magazine notes, while Carson's celebrated medical record "puts weight behind his criticisms of Obamacare," his acknowledged skill as a surgeon "does not imply an elevated or even rational perspective on health-care policy."
they say a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client, did this wannabe operate on himself?  wonder what he expects to gain by associating his "expertise" with republican propaganda on ACA, he only shows himself as unreasonably void of truth and concern for fellow Americans, isn't the Hippocratic oath "first do no harm", well he ought to have his license revoked misleading people away from health care in favor of vouchers and low scale half ass care, wonder what his family thinks of him as they sign up for ACA.

Hannity Continues Move Toward The Fringe As Guest Accuses Liberals Of Contributing To A "Modern Day Holocaust"

Radio host and Fox personality Sean Hannity hosted founder David Horowitz to engage in an unimpeded rant that described President Obama as a "menace to American security" and accused Democrats and the "American left" of pushing the nation toward a modern day Holocaust. Hannity's promotion of the extreme figure may have completed his transition from conservative mouth piece to right-wing fringe promoter.

On the April 22 edition of his radio show, Hannity discussed the alleged growth of anti-Semitism around the world, comparing the phenomenon with Obama's purported support of the Muslim Brotherhood. Hannity asked his guests, Horowitz and writer Joel Rosenberg, whether anti-Semitism in recent news stories had the potential of turning into a "modern day Holocaust." Horowitz replied (emphasis added):
HOROWITZ: I think that's exactly accurate. There's normal anti-Semitism which has been going on for thousands of years. And this Kansas City shooter, I mean he's a Klu Klux Klaner, he's a Democrat -- lifelong Democrat, Klu Klux Klan racist and anti-Semite. But he's obviously been encouraged. The irony of course is that he killed three Christians. Um, obviously encouraged by the American left. Max Blumenthal, who is the misbegotten son of Sidney Blumenthal who worked for the Clintons in the Clinton White House, has written a book filled with Jew hatred about Israel, which this guy read and cited as one of his inspirations. I actually pointed this out in a book I wrote about ten years ago.
 The alliance between the American left and the Islamo - I don't call them Islamo-Fascists anymore, they're Nazis. They preach the same doctrine that the Nazis did, they were allied with the Nazis during the second World War. The destruction of Israel, which is welcomed by you know, like I say normal anti-Semites. But after the Second World War, there was a certain intolerance towards these types of attitudes thanks to the American left which goes right into the White House. Obama is also responsible for this - attacking Israel.
what the racist promoter leaves out is Democrats back then were the upstart of republicans today same game another name, and as you see the rest of his rant is just calling names of buzz word notoriety same things they are now saying about Pres. and have been since 2008.  think have you ever heard the vitriolic rhetoric that is daily speak for republicans come from any Dems they claim they do but as with all their fraudulent claims there is never any proof just mean spirited accusations.

After Rosenberg disagreed with Horowitz' claim of the growth of anti-Semitism in the American left, Horowitz retorted, "On the campuses across this country the American left is calling for the destruction of Israel. How can you say there's no anti-Semitism? The American left is the fountainhead of anti-Semitism now," concluding that it is only a matter of time before the left commits violence against Jews

have you heard any such dissent coming from the Progressives i haven't not our nature but we know who's nature it is.  for even more ridiculous mindless ranting read the rest of the article and make your own judgement.

Love it or hate it, Obamacare is accomplishing its mission

Is it working?

After six months of partisan drama over the Affordable Care Act, there’s finally enough reliable information to assess whether the law is doing what it was supposed to do. The qualified answer seems to be yes.
There have been too many controversies over the ACA to count, and it will be a long time before it becomes clear whether Obamacare, as it’s known, is smart, cost-effective policy. But the law is fulfilling its main purpose: To provide health care for more people and reduce the portion of Americans without health insurance. “What’s pretty amazing is the number of people who seem to have gotten coverage, even with all the problems,” says analyst Gary Claxton of the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation.
Most of the attention has been focused on the politically charged question of whether enrollment through one of the exchanges created by the law would hit thresholds predicted before the ACA went into effect. So it was a victory of sorts for President Obama when he was able to announce recently that 8 million people have enrolled in Obamacare, considerably more than earlier predictions of 6 million to 7 million.
What has gotten less attention, but is equally important, is a surge in the number of people who have gotten insurance through a source other than Obamacare so far in 2014. The upshot is that the number of uninsured Americans--which totaled around 47 million in 2013--is likely to drop sharply this year. The data is still incomplete, but there are three credible sources that all show the same trend, more or less:
know this there would not be as much confusion had it not been for republican misleading the people with misinformation and exaggerated lies that now have come home to roost in their front yard.  it's becoming more and more evident that they deceived "we the people" in favor of keeping a status quo that the people don't and have not wanted for decades and if so bad why are the insurance co.'s not making any noise, or are they content to let the republicans carry their water of which almost all has been spilled.  
either way the title says it all "love it or hate it" llucky for those who still want to hate it we'll still cover you too.

States that Opted Out of the Medicaid Expansion Have the Worst of Both Worlds

Lawmakers in Georgia and Kansas have just passed bills that will effectively prevent Medicaid from expanding in those states, according to Talking Points Memo. And yet, both states saw an increase in Medicaid enrollments this year. The states, along with several others that declined the expansion, will enjoy the worst parts of Medicaid: increased costs from new enrollees who were already eligible for Medicaid and thousands of uninsured residents still in the coverage gap. 
The new bills would require any Medicaid expansion to be explicitly approved by the state's (likely) Republican legislature. So even if Democrats win the governor's race this year, they won't be able to approve the expansion. That means roughly 400,000 Georgians and 77,000 Kansans will remain without Medicaid coverage for the foreseeable future. But as Bill Toland at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes, the overall increase in Medicaid enrollment in states that opted out means that states like Kansas and Georgia will still end up insuring more people, but without 100 percent federal support.
 "It’s a positive for health overhaul advocates," Toland writes. "But for those who were against 'Obamacare' to begin with, it’s a case study in unintended consequences since new enrollees will mean new expenses for the state." 
what is it that makes them think in an election year they can crap on voters with impunity?  are the voters in those states so concentrated on that they don't question why they are being singled out for republican governors to deny Pres. well in their confused minds they are not denying Pres. they are denying their constituents namely "YOU".
For years Obamacare critics have been worried about the "woodwork effect" — the theory that the publicity surrounding the Affordable Care Act (and the individual mandate) would drive people who were already eligible for Medicaid into the program.
 Those people would come out of the woodwork, costing states money — on average, the federal government foots the bill for just 60 percent of non-expansion Medicaid enrollees. "The state's complaint is, 'We said we would cover these people and now we're going to have to actually cover them and pay for them,'" Stan Dorn, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, told The Huffington Post in 2012.

that sounds awfully indifferent, "we said we would cover these people" with what the same thing they are trying to get away from the things that ACA corrects the substandard policies that can drop you, deny you or ignore you, that's not insurance that's pot luck and republicans just spit in the pot.

all about the Benjamin's they are telling them their lives are not worth the additional money to handle them, Dems need to run on these apathetic gestures by the republicans and assure them the security of affordable and dependable health care whether it's from your old doctor or a new one you are covered be thankful you no longer have to be subjected to republican health care, ER'S vouchers.