Sunday, March 29, 2015

Exhaustive review of states' paper trails throws cold water on Obamacare challengers' case


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/26/1373316/-Exhaustive-review-of-states-paper-trails-throws-cold-water-on-Obamacare-challengers-case?detail=email

Supreme Court Justices John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Anthony Kennedy

The Supreme Court might have already held its vote on King v. Burwell, the case challenging federal tax credits to people buying Obamacare health insurance on the federal exchange because they live in states which did not create their own exchanges. The challengers posit that Congress intended it this way—that they wrote the law to explicitly exclude these millions of people from subsidies as incentive to states to create their own exchanges. The main problem for challengers is that pretty much nothing in the record of the law—from the very first meetings and hearings all the way through the rule-making process after it passed—confirms that interpretation.
Here's even more evidence—or more accurately, complete lack of evidence—to show that the King lawyers' case is constructed out of basically nothing.
Over the past year, The Huffington Post has filed public record requests with multiple states and the Department of Health and Human Services to see if there was ever any discussion among federal and state officials about this very topic.
HuffPost examined results from within a specific time frame—after the passage of Obamacare and before August 2011, when the IRS issued its public ruling that subsidies should be universal—and focused on states that chose not to set up an exchange. In addition, HuffPost looked at more than 50,000 previously released emails from the governor's office in Oklahoma.
Among all the emails, letters and press releases reviewed, there was not a single instance of an administration official warning that if states decided not to run their own health care exchanges, their citizens would not be eligible for the tax credit subsidies. Nor was there a single instance of a state official recognizing or anticipating such consequences. As states faced the choice of establishing their own exchange, creating a hybrid exchange with the federal government, or letting the federal government have full control, no one appeared to be discussing what plaintiffs now say is the most consequential financial element of the whole arrangement. Only when the issue began percolating on conservative news outlets, and had life breathed into it from conservative think tanks, did officials start to notice.
The most infuriating information HuffPo collected comes from Oklahoma, one of just a handful of states that filed an amicus brief in support of the King plaintiffs, asserting that they knew all along they would be penalized for not creating an exchange. In the 50,000 emails from Gov. Mary Fallin's office, there was not a single hint that this was the understanding of state officials and the issue wasn't even mentioned until Nov. 16, 2011, when the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by the legal minds behind this challenge posing the theory. Throughout 2011 and 2012, Fallon was actually advocating that the state set up an exchange. That's until her attorney general, Scott Pruitt, wrote to her saying that he was going to sue the federal government, and if she pursued the state-based exchange and got it, "I will have to dismiss the lawsuit."
Suing the Obama administration was far more important to Fallon and Pruitt than making sure their constituents had affordable health insurance. 
this has become an embarrassing phenomenon for republicans they jump out on a limp lie and mislead while trying to deny American citizens it seems with the assumed position that those of like politics will back their play regardless to it's authenticity.  like when Fox's O'Reilly told all those lies and assumed others would sully their names and reputation and become complicit in his farce to fool the people.  now will the scotus be duplicitous or will they act in favor of millions of Americans who want then to.  are we experiencing a almost obsolete occurrence the people speaking and the right wing listening???????  let's not get to jiggy with it they still haven't handed down the decision until then just pray.

Illinois State Police raid St. Louis area police dept. over missing gun and drugs from evidence room


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/26/1373488/-Illinois-State-Police-raid-St-Louis-area-police-dept-over-missing-gun-and-drugs-from-evidence-room?detail=email

Illinois state police collecting evidence at the Brooklyn, IL police department

A Brooklyn, Illinois police department is in hot water after one of their detectives was featured posing with evidence, evidence that is still missing:
Allegations against the Brooklyn Police Department include mishandling of evidence. Former detective Chris Heatherly is accused of taking an AR-15 rifle out of an evidence locker and keeping it in the trunk of his car. Heatherly is also accused of posing for a picture with the rifle in hand. The photo was used in a police department calendar.
In a letter, St. Clair County's State's Attorney said the action is flagrant violation of police protocol and said it breached the integrity of the evidence in the case.  The prosecutor also said he would not prosecute any more cases where Heatherly is relied on as a witness, and added the ammunition and suspected drugs that were seized in connection to the investigation involving the AR-15 have not been found.
Ammo and drugs are also missing.
No word on when Detective Heatherly left the police department, but the Illinois State's Attorney's office claims Detective Heatherly basically helped himself to the AR-15:
- He kept this rifle in the trunk of his squad car in a case he had purchased for it.
- He attached his own sling to this assault rifle.
- While on duty he posed for a picture while holding this rifle, and the picture was used in a department calendar.
Furthermore, St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly had this to say:
“While it appears, from the evidence available to my office at this time, Mr. Heatherly had no criminal or malicious intent, I am struck by the fact that he is a veteran police officer who knew or should have known that his actions breached the integrity of the evidence in a criminal case. Mr. Heatherly’s choice to remove a rifle from evidence on a pending case constitutes a flagrant violation of fundamental police protocol and thus creates an irreparable credibility deficit,” Kelly wrote.
this kind of action is obviously permitted in these places tampering with evidence or stealing it for your own advantage.  what got this up front in the media was the audacity of arrogance the guy posed for a photo opt on a police calendaer of a criminal act.  everyone should know by now you take no picture that can't be published at some point people have auto uploads for pics on their phones to cloud or one drive or skydive, but in the moment of selfiemania they forget and do dumb crap like this.  i'm not pushing so much for smarter cops except for those who have homicidal tendencies, because they give themselves away and it might for now be the only way we can weed out the rotten ones.

After racially motivated attack, former STL Cardinals player says he may leave St. Louis


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/26/1373512/-After-racially-motivated-attack-former-STL-Cardinals-player-says-he-may-leave-St-Louis?detail=email

Curt Ford in 1986

Former St. Louis Cardinal Curt Ford says he was attacked at a gas station:
St. Louis County police from the Fenton Precinct arrested James Street, 37, of the 400 block of Saline Road, a white man who allegedly slugged the black former Cardinals player after shouting racial slurs at him and telling him to "go back to Ferguson," the Post-Dispatch has learned.
"I was sucker-punched, blindsided," Ford said. "I was walking into the store and hit from my blind side."
The argument occurred with the two men pulled up to the same gas pump. Ford says he loves St. Louis, but this might be enough to make him move:
"I'm going to let the authorities handle this situation, but I've had enough of St. Louis," Ford said in a phone interview Thursday. "You hear about this kind of stuff happening, and I always knew it existed because of my previous experience working here in St. Louis, but you try to keep away from it and there is just no way you can do that unless you stay inside like a hermit.
"I just want justice. It's all I want."
this should be a learning time even though a few bigots and racist get fired for acts of civil discrimination it really does not much when the whole of the down not the target of such disgusting behavior are of the same mind and defending their perceived right to be that way.  it's not but it won't change with a few out of play, or are they the same crowd they hung around is still there talking the same smack, nothing changes till they all join in.

It's so hard to be an Obamacare-hating Republican these days


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/29/1373514/-It-s-so-hard-to-be-an-Obamacare-hating-Republican-these-days

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) pauses as he addresses the Heritage Action's second annual Conservative Policy Summit in Washington January 12, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4L6A6

One of the more striking features of the contemporary conservative movement is the extent to which it has been moving toward epistemic closure. Reality is defined by a multimedia array of interconnected and cross promoting conservative blogs, radio programs, magazines, and of course, Fox News. Whatever conflicts with that reality can be dismissed out of hand because it comes from the liberal media, and is therefore ipso facto not to be trusted. (How do you know they’re liberal? Well, they disagree with the conservative media!)
-- Julian Sanchez
Julian Sanchez, a CATO Institute fellow who specializes in the areas of privacy and surveillance, was perhaps the first to concisely distill the alternate reality that has been created by the continuously cross-referencing circle of conservative media outlets. Conservatives live in a bubble of epistemic closure in which narratives and ideas that feed a particular narrative are introduced, reinforced and then judged to be accurate simply by virtue of having been presented by the correct media authorities. It doesn't matter if whatever is being claimed has an actual basis in objective reality: once an idea that pleases the conservative id has taken root, it is mighty hard for truth to pierce the bubble of fantasy.
This is why President Obama can in the conservative mind be a Kenyan, a Muslim, a socialist, and a black liberation theologist all at the same time. It's why no amount of evidence can ever convince conservatism the climate change is real. It's why they view it as a fact that Obama is killing jobs and exploding the deficit, even as the facts are exactly the opposite on both counts. And it's also why the Affordable Care Act is simply known to be a disaster that is ruining lives, damaging employers, and constraining freedom, even as in reality it is reducing costs, saving lives, and making health insurance affordable for people who have gone far too long without it.
But when conservatives are forced to venture outside the circle of epistemic closure and actually confront the world outside the bubble, the results are hilarious, as we've seen this week with certain Republican opponents of the Affordable Care Act.
Let's take what happened this week to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who was selected to deliver the official Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address last year. On Monday, Rodgers took to her Facebook page to ask her supporters and constituents to share the ways in which the Affordable Care Act has negatively impacted their lives. The conservative narrative about health insurance reform, of course, is that it has jacked up premiums, made taxes more difficult, and made employment harder to find.
Rodgers' fishing expedition didn't go as planned: the thread was deluged by dozens, perhaps hundreds, of comments in support of the law. Individuals described how either they or family members who could not get coverage previously due to pre-existing conditions were now able to get themselves insured. Others discussed how the law's subsidies had drastically reduced their insurance premiums. Healthcare providers told stories about how their clinics were seeing a massive influx of people who had finally gotten health care after going far too long without it. 
that is oh so true it's incomplete though because it's hard being a republican period.  they have spent now going on 7 years damming Pres. and the ObamaCares lie it's a train wreck, abomination now that we all see "THEY LIE" it's hard to say anything negative about it but some still do.  i wonder about Cruz did he agonize over admitting he was signing up no i don't think so it's the law he and they have always painfully been aware of that so throwing his hat in the ring required him to get right with the law of the land this was a necessity move not one of  surrender.  what now will be interesting is if he continues to bemoan the relevancy of the law or just shuts up till after the 2016 contest.  

that might be difficult seeing as how the party requires them to go stage right off the cliff to win a primary than slingshot back to center right for general election,  that i see as their conundrum you over embellish,  lie like a dog,  engage in the who hates Pres. and Hilary the most then you change face and become the reaching out to you lying candidate, and that is why they lose elections and have to cheat they confuse already under informed and confused voters with who the hell are they really voting for primary liar or general liar btw did i mention the lies change also with whatever election is going on?

Thank a Union: 36 Ways Unions Have Improved Your Life


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/15/1092027/-Thanks-a-Union-36-Ways-Unions-Have-Improved-Your-Life?detail=email
This is repost of a blog I wrote in winter of last year when the protests against Governor Walker and union busting were gearing up.
Way beyond my wildest expectations, this post actually went viral.
I've decided to post this again here, not to try and prolong the success of it or recycle it, but because I feel it is still very relevant and can't be said enough. Especially with the Wisconsin recall elections less than a month away.
The right has made unions the boogeymen of our time. It is our duty to set the record straight.
Please share this with everyone you know. I don't care about credit. You can put your name on it for all I care. I just want the message out.
Unions are not a bad thing. In fact, we should thank them everyday of our working lives.
God Bless Unions!
Solidarity Forever!
Let's get one thing straight...
Employers and Corporations did not feel generous and decide to give you two days off every week to have a social/personal life. (We now call them weekends). Corporations did not just feel like being nice one day and give their employees paid vacations. CEOs didn't get together in a board room and say "Let's give our employees more rights at work" or "Maybe there should be laws to limit our power over an employee".
Virtually ALL the benefits you have at work, whether you work in the public or private sector, all of the benefits and rights you enjoy everyday are there because unions fought hard and long for them against big business who did everything they could to prevent giving you your rights. Many union leaders and members even lost their lives for things we take for granted today.
The right-wing attack on unions is nothing more than ignorance, lack of education, and propaganda.
If republicans would rather support corporations instead of organized groups of workers working to secure a fair work environment A.K.A a union, I ask them to walk the walk as well. Give up every benefit and right that you use that unions are responsible for.
 for those of us who are not unionized or had occasion to have a union rep intervene on your behalf against a job related problem safety, wages this might help to better understand what republicans are trying to accomplish by killing them and hopefully those right wing base members see they too bare the brunt of the loss of another form of your voice being heard,  voter suppression being the first. recognize  we hear those states that produce oil and coal ranting against regulation that is republican driven noise but you don't hear those same states talking about work safety and fair wages and hours, not a republican talking point.  sure i understand having a job but what good is it if you die before you can retire and enjoy a pension that you wouldn't get anyway.  unions they are for you, republicans they are for business and selves. take a pick!!!

Video: Courageous Parent Takes on Tea Partiers' Bigotry Against 4th Grade Transgender Student


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/27/1373732/-Video-Courageous-Parent-Takes-on-Tea-Partiers-Bigotry-Against-4th-Grade-Transgender-Student?detail=email

remember all bigots are not racist, but all racist are bigots
Tuesday night, the Stafford County (Virginia) School Board, prior to voting on whether or not to abide by federal law, took public feedback on a debate over transgender students' bathroom access. For some background,  see Think Progress, which explains:
Hartwood Elementary School, part of the Stafford County school system, started by accommodating the student’s identity. She was allowed to use the girls’ room per her gender identity and in consultation with her parents. When another parent complained, the district’s Executive Director of Human Resources, Rick L. Fitzgerald, released a message on behalf of the district referring to recent guidance from the Department of Justice that indicates that the “sex” protections under Title IX protect transgender students’ use of facilities that match the gender with which they identify. Allowing the fourth-grader to use the girls’ room was simply the district complying with the law.
...The transgender student’s father, Jonathan Adams, also testified. He admitted to having some of the same misconceptions when the child he thought was his son insisted she was a girl. “And then I watched my little girl grow up,” he said. Adams proclaimed that he was “very proud to have a special little girl,” and implored others “not to trade understanding for fear or trade misconceptions for hate."
Later in the evening, however, the school board voted 6-0 to direct the superintendent to restrict the girl’s bathroom use.
Also interesting were the comments by the public. For the entire debate, most of which involved parents opposed to allowing the transgender student (who identifies as female) to use the girls' bathroom, see here. The above video is of a courageous parent of two students in the Stafford County school system, delivering an impassioned plea for respect and tolerance for the transgender student. Sadly, her pleas feel on deaf ears...and a cowardly School Board.  
Also note that this courageous woman was outnumbered probably 10:1 by Tea Party/Fox/Rush-style speakers (sporting Orwellian "Save Our Schools" stickers - save them from WHAT? a fourth grade transgender girl who's not a threat to anyone?!?) at the event. For "highlights" of their ignorant, bigoted, hysteria-infused remarks, see the "flip."
as we see it only takes one bigot to go into an hysterical twit and democracy and fairness and non discriminate practices become practiced victimization's by the multitude.  there was no mention that during the period she was granted appropriate facility use of any kind of discrepancy or other kids crying foul so what the fuss?????  those parents who might think they are protecting their kid benefit of the doubt, but from what, life?  

transgender and gay people are here as long as the rest of us will be predictably some of those being "PROTECTED" might very well end up married to those their parents chose to oppose.  perceived threats are just that perceived and embracing of comes at the people involved discretion,  is the real fear the potential perceived child's weakness of mind to be influenced, also being perceived as parental failure????????? just sayin'

Special needs student forced to remove letter jacket after parent complained he didn't earn it


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/27/1373746/-Special-needs-student-forced-to-remove-letter-jacket-after-parent-complained-he-didn-t-earn-it?detail=email


Micheal Kelley in his basketball uniform, pictured with a friend

Michael Kelley is a special needs student at Wichita East High School in Kansas. Like most Kansans, he loves basketball and plays in a recreational league. His parents are proud of his dedication to the game and bought him a letter jacket that he wore with pride. That is, until this week:
“Another parent, from what I am told, was upset that my son was wearing his letter jacket.”
The mother claims her son was asked to take that jacket off and was given a sweat shirt to wear instead.
The school claimed it was school policy, but the Athletic Director for the entire school district says it is NOT district policy:
The family turned to J. Means, USD 259’s Athletic Director. He told the family that when he was the athletic director at Northwest High their policy was to allow special needs students to earn letters, just like other athletes.
Jolinda Kelley wants the school to change the policy so that athletes of all abilities can show their school pride:
“It’s not just my son. It’s every student that was out there last night. It’s every student that’s there on Fridays that plays their hardest and to the best of their capability regardless what that is.”
there is so much discrimination in this country it's a miracle we are still here and have gotten past a lot but nowhere near enough attitudinal changes.  like the racist SAE frat in OK they IMO rightly said they were taught it, well it's true if i can borrow lyrics from a rap song "the message",  "a child is born with no state of mind, blind to the ways of mankind",  we all are taught it's called passing down from generation to generation what is passed is what creates the machinations of  collective and individual racial identity.

why, are those who oppose so insecure and paranoid they think that it lessens their kid who earned it's credibility or that it could be seen as they are equal to and not better than a special needs kid, i think that would be more in God's realm to qualify. embracing a special needs kid by top jocks goes further to advance that person who does than the one who throws his dog a bone but won't let another kid have a moment.


California AG takes aim at 'kill the gays' ballot initiative


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/26/1373503/-California-AG-takes-aim-at-kill-the-gays-ballot-initiative?detail=email

California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks at the Center for American Progress' 2014 Making Progress Policy Conference in Washington November 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Gary Cameron    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4ERRL
California Attorney General Kamala Harris is no fan of the ballot measure proposal that calls for gay executions and she is seeking permission from a state court to quash it. The initiative, called the "Sodomite Suppression Act," commands that gays and lesbians "be put to death by bullets to the head or by an other convenient method."
Here's what Harris had to say:
"As Attorney General of California, it is my sworn duty to uphold the California and United States Constitutions and to protect the rights of all Californians. This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society," Harris said. 
The attorney general in California is tasked with making an official title and summary of every proposal so that its backers can petition for signatures to qualify for ballot. By design, the attorney general is supposed to do so whether she or he agrees with the proposed initiative or not.
Harris, who earlier in her tenure refused to defend a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages when it was challenged in court, said that unless a judge rules otherwise, she will have no choice but to move the measure through the normal channels. 
Matthew McLaughlin, the Orange County lawyer who paid $200 to submit the initiative, did not respond to a telephone call seeking comment.

no need to tell you what political affiliation this ............ you fill in that blank is.  can you believe this passing a law to kill people seeking their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness guaranteed in  the constitution they say Pres. is ignoring and trampling on, misleading those who don't know their rights or where they are stated and guaranteed to them.  but kill people because of their bigoted minds,  that my friends is another attempt to legalize murder like stand your ground.  

everyday no reaching out as promised just more hateful rhetoric born of bigotry and they saqy these things like "WHY NOT"?

Clueless Republicans gloat over Reid retirement


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/27/1373716/-Clueless-RNC-gloats-over-Reid-nbsp-retirement?detail=email

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (2nd L) stifles a sob as he awards astronaut Neil Armstrong (L) with the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington November 16, 2011. Also pictured is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (2nd R)

Way to stay classy, Republican National Committee:
The RNC today released the following statement in response to Democrat Leader Harry Reid announcing his retirement:
"With the Democrat Party already in disarray, a national committee struggling to raise money, and a scandal-plagued presidential frontrunner, it's no surprise Harry Reid realized he was about to suffer a humiliating defeat and decided to step aside," said RNC Press Secretary Allison Moore.
Right. You stick with this story for the next 22 months, as Harry Reid continues to drink Mitch McConnell's and John Boehner's milkshakes. Let's see, he's kept his caucus united and stymied Republicans on Department of Homeland Security funding (and what an embarrassment for Boehner that one was) and poison pill anti-abortion legislation. That's just three months' worth of work for him.
And let's just see how Republicans pull together to finally pass that Obamacare replacement plan they've been floundering on for—what is it, now? Oh, yes—five years. The definition of disarray since 2010 has been John Boehner House of Representatives. But hey RNC, go with what you've got. Harry Reid's going to make the next two years hell for your boys, so enjoy it while you can.
i keep seeing them make these unfounded rants that are exactly either what they are doing or what is happening to them, they say we are in disarray but all news and media repeatedly says that about them then they go and prove it by not being able to display any kind of skills to handle governing the country.  they are split 3 ways  traditional, tea people, libertarian all with their own different agenda's they are so disjointed Beohner can't even pass gas but they say it's us they are really getting old with attacks that news squarely puts them as their faux pas.  
A faux pas (/ˌfoʊˈpɑː/ plural: faux pas /ˌfoʊˈpɑːz/) is a socially awkward or tactless act, especially one that violates accepted social norms, standard customs, or the rules of etiquette.[1]

Ohio lawmaker's personal story of rape and abortion interrupted by male colleagues laughing

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/27/1373677/-Ohio-lawmaker-s-personal-story-of-rape-and-abortion-interrupted-by-male-colleagues-laughing?detail=email#

Ohio state Rep. Teresa Fedor on the house floor

Ohio state Rep. Teresa Fedor took the microphone as lawmakers were debating a bill that would ban abortions if there is a detectable heartbeat—as early as six weeks of pregnancy:
Abruptly asking to speak during debate on a bill to outlaw abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, the Toledo Democrat and 15-year veteran of the legislature stood and revealed a long-kept secret. She was raped, became pregnant as a result and had an abortion.
“You don’t respect my reason, my rape, my abortion, and I guarantee you there are other women who should stand up with me and be courageous enough to speak that voice,” she told colleagues. “What you are doing is so fundamentally inhuman, unconstitutional, and I’ve sat here too long. I dare every one of you to judge me. ... How dare government get in my business.”
A very courageous speech, indeed. But, in the midst of her impassioned speech, she suddenly had to pause—because at least one male lawmaker in the room was laughing.
I see people laughing and I don't appreciate that. And it happens to be a man who is laughing. But this is serious business right now and I'm speaking for all the women in the state of Ohio who didn't get the opportunity to be in front of that committee and make this statement.
She noted her own military service (she served in the Air Force and the National Guard) and that our military women who are rape survivors deserve to make their own personal choice—and that is when the laughter started.

incidents like this make my thoughts of republican appeasing of rapist and those who violate women all the more real,  they were really late getting on board with the violence against women act, they talk about ACA putting gov't between you and your Dr. then go one better by putting your boss between you and your husband with them your boss deciding if and what birth control you should get,  we know about their drive to close all abortion clinics so much concern to an unborn unrealized person but which they give rights to but no prenatal if they are born crickets nothing coming but denial and snatching food stamps and no post natal and te coup de grace they give the rapist visitation rights.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/02/why-would-anyone-oppose-the-violence-against-women-act/273103/

http://thinkprogress.org/progress-report/gop-votes-to-put-your-boss-in-your-bedroom/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/01/us-usa-congress-foodstamps-idUSBRE97012420130801

http://www.christianpost.com/news/rapists-can-claim-custody-visitation-rights-for-victims-babies-80656/

Friday, March 27, 2015

Senate passes Republican budget with deep safety net cuts


http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/senate-passes-republican-budget-with-deep-safety-net-cuts/

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaking at CPAC 2011 (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The Senate passed a Republican-authored budget plan early on Friday that seeks $5.1 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years while boosting military funding.
The 52-46 vote on the non-binding budget resolution put Congress on a path to complete its first full budget in six years. It came at the end of a marathon 18-hour session that saw approval of dozens of amendments ranging from Iran sanctions to carbon emissions and immigration policies.
Two Republican senators who are running or considering running for president, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, voted against their party’s budget plan, which is similar to one passed by House Republicans on Wednesday.
In addition to aiming to eliminate deficits within 10 years, both documents seek to ease the path for a repeal or replacement of President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform law.
But differences between the two documents still need to be worked out and a combined budget passed next month by both chambers. Doing so would allow Republicans to invoke parliamentary rules to repeal “Obamacare” with a simple majority in the Senate rather than a tough-to-achieve 60 vote threshold.
He added that once a final budget is passed lawmakers would begin to work to find alternate savings that would allow them to ease statutory budget caps on military and domestic programs.
The Senate budget seeks to eliminate U.S. deficits by 2025 without raising taxes through deep cuts to social safety net programs, investments in transportation and education and other domestic programs.
At the same time, it proposes to boost defense spending by adding about $38 billion to an off-budget war funding account, and offers core Pentagon budget increases in subsequent years.
with what i see as two bone throws the whole thing was about dismantling as much of Pres.'s laws as possible by extension and after the fact new legislation to further eliminate all traces of Pres., with the jackpot being the snatching out from under millions of American citizens healthcare but don't worry they will pout it all back like it was with you now being the jackpot.  deception is vulnerable to light of day,  if we blink and stay home we are toast burnt toast, while they have fish and steak they are trying to prevent food stamp recipients from being able to buy.


Republicans blame Obama as Saudi Arabia bombs Yemen rebels


http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/republicans-blame-obama-as-saudi-arabia-bombs-yemen-rebels/

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, pictured here in Washington, DC on March 12, 2015, has accused Obama of softening America's power in the Middle East (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)

 US Republicans warned Thursday that Saudi-led air-strikes in Yemen, apparently conducted without US coordination, show Arab allies have lost trust in the Obama administration as it navigates delicate nuclear talks with Iran.
As warplanes from Saudi Arabia and other allies pounded Huthi Shiite rebel positions for a second straight day, hawkish US lawmakers expressed alarm at the “proxy war” unfolding in the Middle East, and pinned part of the blame on President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.
The Saudi-led intervention without notifying Washington ahead of time “signals a reality that the countries in the region no longer have confidence or are willing to work with the United States of America,” Senator John McCain told reporters.
He said he heard “repeatedly from leaders in the region that they believe that we are forming some kind of Faustian bargain with the Iranians, which would then lead to the great danger to those countries.”
have you noticed that after taking office and before they have been amping up the accusations of Pres. being responsible for every mid east ramblings of war and Isis and Iraq and you name it he had a hand in it.  but they never seem to touch on things that won't inflame foreign leaders who thank God no better or Americans still 6 years later under informed or misinformed, things like this link,  plenty of homespun scandals and lies but never even a "HECK OF A JOB BARRY", is that reasonable to think so many bad things yet we are coming back despite the republicans not helping to clean up their mess.
note they always leave out the good things that have helped we the people and the country so take a look at what they intend to dismember word by word according to their front runner 2016  also they kill me with they always have talked to people they don't have excess to in foreign countries and people here always walk up to them and slam ObamaCares and the Pres., if they exist they should be proud to go on record for what they say they believe refusal implies it's what they were told they believe.

EXCLUSIVE: Creators Dropping Ben Carson's Syndicated Column


http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/03/25/exclusive-creators-dropping-ben-carsons-syndica/203045


Creators will suspend Dr. Ben Carson's syndicated column in "about 30 days," according to managing editor David Yontz, who told Media Matters the move follows Carson's description of himself as a presidential candidate in his latest column. Yontz said that Creators has removed the offending column from its website. 
In his March 25 column, which was reprinted in conservative outlets like The Washington Times, WND, and Townhall, Carson described the "learning curve of a candidate" and focused on how much he has "to learn in terms of becoming both a better candidate and a better potential president of the United States." Given the many concrete steps Carson has taken towards mounting a presidential run, Media Matters reached out to Creators to inquire about Carson's status as a columnist, given that he was apparently open to using the space to publish pieces that read like campaign press releases.
"In his latest column, Ben Carson talks about what he would do as an official candidate for president of the United States," Yontz said in an email to Media Matters Wednesday. "He ends the column by saying he wanted to communicate his thoughts as he 'consider(s) this monumental step.' But in the same column, he describes himself as a candidate for president. Consequently, we have decided to suspend syndication of the column, effective in about 30 days, until after he is no longer running for president, either officially or unofficially."
that doesn't sound like "he's to overboard bat crap crazy we don't want to any longer be associated with" it sounds like they are giving him time to fail before coming back at what a lower pay rate when he loses his bid his real estate of self goes down in value, and he cannot demand whatever he get's now.  is the questionable brain doc being out brained by media?

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if you lose the 999 Herman Cain made more sense than this guy most of the time

Is Fox News' Anti-Gay, Anti-Jewish, Anti-Catholic Pastor Being Courted By Rand Paul? Pastor Robert Jeffress Has Been Denounced For Extreme Rhetoric By Republicans Like Mitt Romney And Karl Rove


http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/03/26/is-fox-news-anti-gay-anti-jewish-anti-catholic/203050


Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has been meeting with conservative Christian leaders "to gain support for his presidential campaign," including Fox News contributor and Pastor Robert Jeffress, according to U.S. News & World Report. Jeffress has condemned the LGBT community, Mormons, Catholics, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, and Buddhists.
Reporter Kenneth T. Walsh wrote on March 26 that "Paul has been quietly meeting with scores of leaders from the Christian right to gain support for his presidential campaign" and added that he has "talked in recent months" with Jeffress. 
During the 2012 campaign, Jeffress created a firestorm when he denounced Mormonism, the faith of then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, as a "cult." Jeffress' remarks drew wide condemnation from Republicans. Then-Romney challenger Rick Perry was forced to distance himself from Jeffress, who had introduced Perry at an event.
Romney called the remarks divisive and said they didn't have a place in this country. Former Reagan cabinet member Bill Bennett said Jeffress was pushing "bigotry." Karl Rove said the remarks are "the kind of thing that doesn't belong in politics." Former Gov. Jon Huntsman called Jeffress a "moron." MSNBC host and former Rep. Joe Scarborough wrote: "Modern American politics as practiced by Jeffress and his ilk require that Jesus Christ be thrown under the bus with great regularity by the very same people who claim His name."
Jeffress has attacked other religions. He's said that "religions like Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism ... lead people to an eternity of separation from God in Hell." He's called Islam an "evil, evil, religion," referred to Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism as "false religions," and said Catholicism is a "counterfeit religion" that rose from a "cult-like, pagan religion." Jeffress said of Judaism: "Judaism, you can't be saved being a Jew, you know who said that by the way, the three greatest Jews in the New Testament, Peter, Paul, and Jesus Christ, they all said Judaism won't do it, it's faith in Jesus Christ."  
this kinda cancels out all the NAACP and Black and Hispanic voter reach outs claimed by him and the republicans.  instead of learning from their mistakes the compound them yearly with new acts of dumbness. you can't expect support by those who are the objects of racist agendas by those who you support, "DUH". they are now and will be for foreseeable future a lily white party of hate unfortunately for them not enough of them to win a national election despite all they and the scotus have done to assure a win. did i mention their numbers are dwindling by defection or awakening to facts of deception either or they are not the flavor of 2016 no matter what you hear because if it's positive for them they probably created it.

i knew he was disingenuously pursuing a path of radical change he is what he is republican like leopards they can't change their spots the party won't let them.

Mark Levin: President Obama "Is The Greatest Threat The Jews Face ... Since The 1930's"


http://mediamatters.org/video/2015/03/27/mark-levin-president-obama-is-the-greatest-thre/203064


i have just one thing to say if Pres. is the greatest threat why is Netanyahu the Israeli right wing liar trying to get him Pres. to help him and his war mongering party to bomb Iran why is he consumed with going to war with Iran instead of the greatest threat to Jews face Obama, and what does that mean anyway, Jews face????

Hispanic News Media Blast Ted Cruz's Policy Positions


http://mediamatters.org/research/2015/03/27/hispanic-news-media-blast-ted-cruzs-policy-posi/203061
Republican presidential-hopeful Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has faced criticism from Hispanic news media for his extreme conservative policy positions on health care and immigration, which are out of line with the majority of Latino voters.
Ted Cruz Announces His Candidacy For President, Bringing Media Attention To His Extreme Policy Positions
Ted Cruz Announces Presidential Bid For 2016 With Differing Spanish- And English-Language AdsOn March 23, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) officially announced his presidential bid at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Cruz also announced his run via a Spanish-language and English-language campaign ad. As Timeexplained, the Spanish-language ad focused entirely on Cruz's personal life story, while the English-language version discussed Cruz's policy positions, several of which are unpopular among Latinos:
Two of the policy positions Cruz doesn't mention in his [Spanish] YouTube ad -- his opposition to immigration reform and his plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act -- are unpopular in the Hispanic community. [Time3/23/15]
republicans saw him as their door to the Hispanic vote like Rubio, than a terrible thing happened the opened their mouths and out came the vitriolic bigotry and racism the staples of the republican party and to which he supports and intends to implement if elected.  the are basically in their faces saying "we don't want you in our America", electric fences, 13 year waits pay taxes after their battle for right to work they won't make enough to live and pay taxes than they have their excuse to expel and repeal any immigration law in place.  they see how hard they are fighting Pres.'s EO it's mean and exclusionary.

please check out the article chock full of republican political posturing by Cruz

The Pay-To-Play Allegation Walker's Watchdog Isn't Defending


http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/03/26/the-pay-to-play-allegation-walkers-watchdog-isn/203055


Mired in conflicts of interest, Watchdog.org's Wisconsin Reporter has remained silent as new information emerges concerning Governor Scott Walker's (R-WI) role in a potential pay-to-play scandal. The site, which echoed defendants calling the investigation a "witch hunt," has previously defended Walker from the allegations of campaign finance violations in over 150 articles.
The Wisconsin Reporter has been a staunch defender of Walker against allegations of wrongdoing stemming from the "John Doe" investigations, the protected state probes into Walker's campaign practices and possible illegal campaign coordination. Since January 1 of this year, the Reporter has published 19 articles either defending Walker or denouncing the validity of the investigations.The Reporter's website includes a special series on the "John Doe" investigations titled "Wisconsin's Secret War," which currently has 186 total entries.
But the Wisconsin Reporter has been silent as evidence reportedly leaked from the very investigation it has covered so heavily revealed potential instances of pay-to-play between a local business man and the Walker administration.
At issue is over $1.5 million in donations made in 2012 to the Wisconsin Club for Growth (WCG), a group that defended the Governor during his 2012 recall election and is directed by Walker's campaign advisor, Yahoo News' Michael Isikoff reported on March 23. The donations were made by hardware store franchise owner John Menard Jr. According to Isikoff, in the years after Walker survived that recall election, Menard's business has benefited from "up to $1.8 million in special tax credits from a state economic development corporation that Walker chairs."
the guy is more crooked than the Egyptian hieroglyphics look, he's a Koch whore bought and paid for.  when your defenders no longer are carrying your water they believe you are irredeemable and no longer want to be associated with you or your acts of skulduggery.  now i wonder the republicans and their base consider an unprincipled meandered deviate a perfect fit for their party all the criteria needed so will they still support him to lead the country,  after all they are collectively the party of stupid.???? 

GOP Congresswoman, Deluged in ACA Success Stories, Responds: Repeal Obamacare


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/26/1373574/-GOP-Congresswoman-Deluged-in-ACA-Success-Stories-Responds-Repeal-Obamacare
A most excellent front-page diary is viral-crawling its way across social media today:
GOP congresswoman gets surprise on Facebook after asking constituents for Obamacare horror stories
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R, WA-5) put up a Facebook plea for tales of Obamacare woe on the occasion of the law's 5th anniversary, and instead got pages full of comments like these:
My story is that I once knew 7 people who couldn't get health insurance. Now they all have it, thanks to the ACA and President Obama, and their plans are as good as the one my employer provides--and they pay less for them. Now, that's not the kind of story you want to hear. You want to hear made-up horror stories. I don't know anyone with one of those stories.
I work for cancer care northwest. We actually have more patients with insurance and fewer having to choose treatment over bankruptcy. Cathy, I'm a die hard conservative and I'm asking you to stop just slamming Obamacare. Fix it, change it or come up with a better idea! Thanks
With Obamacare, I saved 300 bucks a month premium.. I have more coverage.. I like ObamaCare and can't wait til we go to the next step... Medicare for ALL.
It's worth a trip over to the original plea to read more.  The pro-ACA sentiment is truly overwhelming.
And the diary concludes by asking:
Will she take their comments to heart and abandon attempts to take insurance coverage away from her constituents?
that last question is a toss up as we have seen  throughout they have no shame they are not embarrassed by their own imbecilic statements so caught in the headlights no problem ignore and talk around it loud and proud that you just muffed up but you got out of it unscathed, that is what a warped mind would tell you yet here i am relaying an article exposing the total incompetence of yet another republican now scathed big time.
...Despite the promises, five years later, this legislation has not delivered what was promised.  I wanted just to read some words from different corners of the country, voices that I believe deserve to be heard.
A woman from Georgia writes, "I'm a 62-year-old widow and only make $8.79 an hour.  I lost my insurance and cannot afford to pay for it."
A man from Pennsylvania says, "My family's health coverage was cancelled, and my new health care premiums increased 85% thanks to Obamacare."
The stories are repeated all across the country.  Obamacare has made lives worse.  And that's why our Balanced Budget for a Stronger America is so important.  We're bringing it to the floor this week.  It repeals Obamacare and makes government accountable to you....
NOT ONE WORD about the story after story after ACA success story.  Not a one.
And the commenters on the video post... umm, yeah, they noticed.
they make a practice of false accusations against ObamaCares herding up paid liars to testify i mean perjure themselves.  keep this stuff in mind 2016 before you push a button, punch out a tab, pull a lever think do you really want an idiot running your gov't one who over embellishes their own fantasies just to misinform and mislead you???


House Republican introduces bill to require religious pledge of military cadets


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/24/1373020/-House-Republican-introduces-bill-to-require-religious-pledge-of-military-cadets?detail=email

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I would like to know where this trope came from, the one that says America's famous theoretical protections of religious freedom do not prohibit government from requiring that their citizens recite religious oaths anyway.
A Republican congressman has introduced legislation that would force cadets at the Air Force’s Academy to say “so help me God” during their oaths every school year. He said the legislation is necessary because Americans don’t have “freedom from religion.”
Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) said the bill, called the Preserve and Protect God in Military Oaths Act of 2015, would protect the religious freedom of American troops.
Texas. Of course he is a Republican from Texas. It seems there is no manifestly stupid or shitty idea in Republicanism that does not sport an ultra-conservative Texas Republican sponsor or cosponsor. I do not know what has happened to Texas Republicans, or why the entire Texas Republican caucus acts as if they are the victims of long-term toxic gas exposure; we just take it for granted now that the words Texas Republican will trail the vast majority of stupid utterances and Constitution-shredding ideas.
Johnson said the Air Force’s Academy only made the end of the oath optional “because of one radical atheist group’s demands!”
“Let me be clear: Americans have the freedom of religion – but not freedom from religion. That’s why I am introducing legislation that requires Congressional approval before any change would be made to military oaths,” he continued.
Again, the premise here is that American citizens may be compelled by their government to assert particular religious phrases in order to serve in the military or, presumably, in whatever other government capacity Sam Johnson believes should be limited to god-botherers.
“The moral foundation of our country is in serious danger if we allow radical groups to dictate whether or not we can freely express our religious beliefs! It’s time to take a stand.”
But the point is not whether you can freely express your religious beliefs. The point is whether you can require others to express your religious beliefs. This is such a fundamental concept that I cannot believe Rep. Sam Johnson can get himself so tangled on it—all evidence suggests he can blink and breathe, and this is not a much higher bar.
okay republican right wing evangelicals are on the war path now for years saying Pres. is trying to deny them the right to religious beliefs, so what happened have they decided if you can't beat them join them?  republican laws forbid you to infringe on their right to worship but it's a-okay if they trample on your right to worship or not and distinctly use their words while your rigt is being usurped.
two faced hypocrisy do as i say not as i do.  if you still have questions remember the premise of this bill  says it all.  they want their freedom to have it and your freedom to be forced to do it, like they say,  "rammed down your throat"
He said the legislation is necessary because Americans don’t have “freedom from religion.”

Ted Cruz is just like Galileo

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/26/1373313/-Ted-Cruz-is-just-like-Galileo



In the early 1600s, Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) refined the recently developed telescope and pointed it to the heavens. There he saw lots of fascinating things, like tiny specks moving around Jupiter. Being a gifted artist, Galileo made great recordings of many celestial sites, including the Jovian moons and the phases of Venus, and came to realize the moons were circling Jupiter and Venus was circling the sun.
If moons moved around Jupiter and Venus around the sun, those bodies could not be circling Earth. Galileo became a proponent of heliocentrism, a sun-centered solar system. That's what got Galileo crossed up with church doctrine, which up to then taught geocentrism, the idea that the Earth was at the center of everything. Which brings us to Ted Cruz's latest mangling of science and history:
Speaking to the Texas Tribune on Tuesday, Cruz said that contemporary “global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers.”
“You know it used to be it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier,” he said. In Cruz’s opinion, when it comes to climate change, his denier position places him alongside 17th Century scientist Galileo Galilei, who was also considered to be denying the mainstream knowledge of his day. According to Cruz’s logic, he is taking the minority view that human-caused climate change is not happening, just as Galileo took the minority view that the scientific method should be trusted over the Catholic Church.
To Cruz's point, Galileo did not discover the Earth was round. Thanks to lunar eclipses and other clever observations, many ancients came to know that over two-thousand years ago. The Greek mathematician Eratosthenes accurately calculated the Earth's size and shape in about 240 BC. Columbus argued it decades before Galileo was born. Moreover, the scientific method hadn't been formalized yet, there were no scientists in the modern sense of the word, and thus there was no such thing as scientific consensus. But there were loads of people every bit as ignorant and self-righteous as Ted Cruz.
okay he's not a scientist, astrologer, meteorologist, bad politician, not historian, only ready for prime time on comedy central, definitely not Galileo so given all that he's not what is he he's beyond the extra extreme of republicans he is a good orator remember his Dr. Seuss's rendition of Green Eggs and Ham, he's a tea people favorite those being his only good points do really need such a shallow person in the big chair???  i'm sure there will be more con's as the months go by stay tuned.