this is a expression of my personal thoughts as well as an observance of what I as a Vietnam vet sees the United States that I fought for 46 years ago was and is returning to those dark times I am worried!!
House Republicans and big money conservative groups are going through a breakup.
Groups like FreedomWorks and Heritage Action demanded Republicans reject Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget deal — or else.
whoa, sounds like that republican gangster gov't making and offer they can't refuse, or are they?
But 169 Republicans approved it anyway Thursday night.
And even though the deal itself was relatively small, it’s still a big moment for House Republicans.
there's no deal to small to create controversy within that party.
For the first time since they took back the House in 2010, a strong majority of Republicans have rejected the political absolutism encouraged by the professional right that mired Congress in gridlock for years and culminated in a government shutdown this fall.
Speaker John Boehner could barely contain his glee as he knocked the outsiders for the second time in two days on Thursday afternoon."Frankly I think they're misleading their followers, I think they're pushing our members in places where they don't want to be, and frankly, I just think that they've lost all credibility," Boehner said during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill.
The groups — usually glad to cause a ruckus — have hardly responded, even when the writing was on the wall Wednesday.
this can backfire for both sides of republica divided they fall, split voting and dissension no shows coupled with their deceptions are clearer when you're not a happy voter. polls better ask somebody other than the usual suspects or you can end up with another 2012 of disbelief.
they talk about uncertainty what do they think this will do to there base?
The Republican congressman who thinks the American flag should only be lowered to honor U.S. citizens didn't appear to have any qualms with the wave of tributes for a deceased pontiff.
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) said last week that he objected to lowering the flag to honor late South African President Nelson Mandela, a tribute the congressman said "should be for mourning Americans and not for foreign leaders."
The last time flags were flown at half-staff to honor a foreign dignitary came in 2005, when former President George W. Bush issued the order to memorialize Pope John Paul II.
what we have here is all was well, ok routine until 2008 then all that was is no longer because a Black guy they want to nullify is back for round two and for four more all they liked and did as their jobs will once again not happen it will make him look good. people he can lock himself in the oval ofc bathroom till 2014 and still look better than they ever have, you cannot call him the do nothing Pres. what he couldn't do was obstructed by republican congress, place it where it fits.
And as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted, Sensenbrenner lobbied for a resolution in 2003 pushing Bush to award Pope John Paul II the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.
he wasn't Black or American is that hypocrisy bouncing across this page?
ent told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa that it won’t turn over documents related to the security of the Healthcare.gov website because it can’t trust him to keep secret information that could give hackers a roadmap to wreak havoc on the system.
Issa has issued a subpoena to MITRE, a government contractor, to turn over unredacted copies of security-testing documents by noon Friday. At issue are website development plans MITRE drafted for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is under HHS.
Already, Issa has been given access to the documents he seeks “in camera” — meaning committee staff were able to review them in a room but not keep them — but he is seeking physical copies.
they were able to review them what changes if he has them in his grubby hands and i believe their concern about him leaking them after all he's republican he invents his own case then search for liberal politicians to blame, they say they have no proof but make the allegation anyway and pursue it like a republican after your rights.
In a letter Thursday, Assistant Secretary for Legislation Jim Esquea told Issa that “the committee’s unwillingness to commit to undertake measures to address the security risks associated with further disclosure is troubling, particularly in light of reports that sensitive materials were disclosed through various investigations.” Administration officials worry that Issa intends to put them in the public domain, which Esquea argues could compromise the security of the site.
“As you are aware, MITRE shares our assessment regarding the risks from public disclosure of these documents and has warned, most recently in its letter of December 4, 2013, that the information they contain ‘could be used to hack the system … and may pose a risk to the confidentiality of consumer information accessible through healthcare.gov if disclosed,” Esquea wrote, further offering to let a third party determine whether their publication could imperil the website.
“However, if you do not accept MITRE’s or our assessment of the risks from disclosure of these documents, we will make them available, with appropriate parameters governing the use of the material, for other independent security experts to judge the potential impact,” he added.
kudos he saw it that's it content won't change in his hand better take that one back he is a republican and he does make up charges without any guilty and has yet to prove any of his fruitless witch hunts, btw how much is this costing "we the people"?
On June 15, an intoxicated drive around town by several North Texas teens ended with four dead and at least two others critically injured. The driver, 16-year-old Ethan Couch, stole beer from a Wal-Mart before speeding his pick-up truck with seven passengers down a dark rural road, and ramming into four pedestrians attending to a broken down car.
Prosecutors sought the maximum 20-year sentence for Couch. But after Couch pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter, he wassentenced to 10 years probation and no jail time. Instead, he will spend time in a long-term, inpatient rehabilitation center in Southern California,
after his father agreed to pay the $450,000-per-year bill. If he violates probation, he could spend ten years in jail. But the sentence is nonetheless a deviation from other recent punishments in Texas for similar crimes, all of which had a smaller death toll.
another American staple gets pulled out, some people are above the law and money can buy you out of a murder charge. there is no lesson learned or penitence paid pops paying the rent he will have the run of the place and liberty to do whatever.
Miller said Couch has a mantra of, “if it feels good, do it,” stemming from a childhood without parental role models or rules. “He never learned that sometimes you don’t get your way,” Miller said. “He had the cars and he had the money. He had freedoms that no young man would be able to handle.”
He said his divorced parents had a contentious relationship. His father “does not have relationships, he takes hostages,” and his mother used her son as a tool to manipulate the father, according to the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.
In agreeing to his father’s proposal, District Judge Jean Boyd reasoned that the California facility would provide better treatment than juvenile treatment centers in Texas. Boyd told Couch during sentencing that it was he, and not his parents, who was responsible for this accident, and told the victims there was nothing she could do to lessen their pain.
wonder how much went to the judge, this is why they fight so hard to keep status quo they control their fate how ever f'd up it is with a dollar bill buying justice and gov't whats next the sun?
But the victims’ families thought otherwise. Eric Boyle, whose wife and daughter were killed, said, “Ultimately today, I felt that money did prevail. If [he] had been any other youth, I feel like the circumstances would have been different.” Shaunna Jennings, who lost her husband, said, “You lived a life of privilege and entitlement, and my prayer is that it does not get you out of this. My fear is that it will get you out of this.”
Black and Hispanic kids do uit because of broken family, rich Whites do it because they just have too much of everything only excitment left is get high or drunk and kill people and hand the parents the bill, imagine the character that guy will grow into or take alook at right wing congress pretty much all are millionaires, makes them insensitive to everyday people.
But many responses have (unsurprisingly) been negative. I’ve been labeled a “racist” more times than I can count, and more than one person has wondered whether or not I think snow should no longer be white. Some of it’s pretty amusing, actually.
But the “controversy” reached its apex last night when Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, along with three (white) guests discussed the topic on her show, The Kelly File. Just before diving in, Kelly made sure to emphatically declare, “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white.” It doesn’t get much better from there:
Since Fox didn’t bother reaching out to me personally to debatethe issue at hand, I’ll offer up my own response here. Kids, look away …
Santa isn’t real.
Sure, as Kelly File guest Monica Crowley notes, Santa is loosely based on Saint Nicholas, a fourth-century Greek bishop known for secret gift-giving. But while the names “St. Nicholas” and “Santa Claus” are often used interchangeably, modern-day Santa hardly resembles his supposed inspiration, who was depicted as tall and thin and, you know, Greek.
He did not have a workshop in the North Pole nor eight faithful reindeer. Santa as we know him today is the result of wild imaginations and creative input from many people across centuries, including, as I noted in my piece, Washington Irving and Clement Clark Moore. He’s utterly divorced from his religious and historical roots.
why is it necessary to tell kids young enough to believe that santa is white, will they suffer a disassociation with reality like Black kids have from being deprived of their reality and only being taught and subjected to commercials that portray and are for Whites, sticking a token in only magnifies the discrepancy.
Finally, changing Santa does not mean we’re being “politically correct.” It means we’re expanding our perceptions of the “norm.” The argument that Santa must be white spills over into conversations about other, equally fictional characters.
Can James Bondor Spider-Man be played by people of color? Why not? And yet some people will tell you—believe me—that they have to be white. Of course, some people also believe that characters who were written as people of color are not actually people of color.
Which goes to show how deeply rooted the idea of “whiteness” as the default really is. And that presumption carries over into our everyday lives as well, sometimes with sad results.
those my age can remember the White indians, and any other darker skin peoples being portrayed by the current White stars in makeup, they then got give a damn about it and scratched the makeup, the reign of White everything is coming to it's end minorities are now majorities and since they discriminated across the board we all are now a super majority and need to make the first shot across their bow Nov. 4th 2014, be there
General Motors is ‘Government Motors’ no longer. On Monday, the government sold the last of its stock in the company. GM is once more a profitable, private business. Overall, the country is in better shape because of the auto industry bailout, while the GOP is left to fume over the fact.
The GOP wants to discredit the enormous success of the auto bailout.
Our results show the U.S. government saved or avoided the loss of $105.3 billion in transfer payments [i.e., unemployment benefits and Medicaid payments] and the loss of personal and social insurance tax collections—or 768 percent of the net investment. Additionally, 2.6 million jobs were saved in the U.S. economy in 2009 alone and $284.4 billion in personal income saved over 2009-2010.
that will never be spoken among the republicans, they will focus on the half truth of the sale being less than the bailout.
people there is something wrong when some have nothing positive to say just gloom and doom but every other outlet tells you thing are getting better over 200,000 jobs last month none of which were republican generated, the train wreck abomination is surviving their agenda to convince you it's not.
do you believe those with the record of skulduggery and fraudulently being paid to do nothing and they talk about cutting social nets because of waste who's zoomin' who?
The figures bear repeating: we avoided paying out $105.3 billion and saved $284.4 billion in personal income, on which income taxes have been paid. We saved the equivalent of 768% of the investment.
To say nothing of the 2.6 million jobs rescued in 2009 alone. In addition, about 600,000 retirees from both GM and Chrysler would have faced reduced pensions and the loss of health benefits without the bailout.
But the GOP wants to focus on the $11.8 billion that the sale of stock didn't recoup. And in their condemnation there is, of course, no acknowledgement that the beginnings of the auto bailout took shape in 2008, under the George W. Bush administration.
you are being decieved and misinformed you have to be dead not to know this after 5 years of non stop deception. what do you think of yorself if you pull the lever or puch the button or punch that hanging chad that those you voted for prevented your neighbor or relative from voting, proud? Romney wanted them to go bankrupt and he's the businessman or is he?
“That’s really what that is,” Deace continued. “And if you think I’m wrong – OK — how about we put forth a pro-life bill that will save every kid but those born to Muslims? They are only 0.7 percent of the population. In fact, there are more kids conceived in rape or incest in America – about one percent – than the total population of Muslims in America.”
sounds like this guy has Muslim and Jewish issues or he's just another blow hard right wing racist, let's go with the latter.
“So we make rape and incest exceptions all the time and say those things don’t matter, so why don’t we just put forth pro-life bills that say, ‘Hey, if you’re a Muslim you can abort your kid if you want, we will let you kill it.’ Why wouldn’t we do that? Why isn’t that the same thing?”
He said the same thing could apply to people of the Hindu and Jewish faith.
it seems pretty obvious that all those who have a conniption when they are called racist, they lie or are the most gullible o this earth. yet another "christian talker" spreading the right wing gospel according to the evangelical God, they listen, believe and carry the water but they are not them.
“In fact, there is even a historical precedent for that,” Deace remarked, referring to the Holocaust. “Why make exceptions for kids conceived in rape and incest — if they don’t matter, why do the Jewish, Hindu, or Muslim kids matter?”
On Wednesday evening, both chambers of the Michigan legislature approved a measure that will require women to purchase an additional insurance rider if they want abortion coverage, even in cases when the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest.
It will take effect 90 days after lawmakers adjourn, making Michigan the ninth state to restrict coverage of abortion on the private insurance market — an increasingly popular method of imposing barriers to the procedure.
Opponents decried the legislation as a “rape insurance” bill, pointing out that victims of sexual assault would be forced to pay out-of-pocket for an abortion procedure unless they had thought ahead and purchased a separate rider.
In the lead-up to the vote, State Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) called the bill “one of the most misogynistic proposals” that has ever been up for debate in the legislature, adding that forcing women to consider purchasing extra insurance in case they’re raped in the future is “truly despicable.”
And during Wednesday’s floor debate, Whitmer revealed a personal story to illustrate her opposition to the legislation. The lawmaker tearfully spoke about her own experience with sexual assault, disclosing that she was raped two decades ago.
“As I was considering what to say in opposition to the rape insurance proposal in front of the Senate today, I made the decision to speak about my own story publicly for the first time ever,” the Senate Minority Leader explained. “It’s something I’ve coped with privately for many years now, but I felt it was important for my Republican colleagues to see the face of the women they’re hurting with their actions today.
Thank god I didn’t get pregnant as the result of my own attack, but I can’t even begin to imagine now having to think about the same thing happening to my own daughters.”
women if they haven't really need to think about who best reflects those things unique to them in society before casting a vote. it still amazes me how some can go along with this singularly aim at them laws and still vote that way.
those who vote out of misguided radical reasons IMO need to be informed and it they still support their own destruction, more power to them, but know they would be forcing their beliefs on those who are not trying to shoot themselves in the head.
Nonetheless, those personal stories didn't sway Whitmer's and Lamonte's colleagues. The anti-choice bill passed easily, almostentirely along party lines.
Despite the fact that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) opposes this insurance ban, and actually vetoed it last year, this measure will become law in March without the governor's signature. That's because there's an unusual state law in Michigan that permits "citizen-initiated" votes — so abortion opponents were able to simple circumvent the governor, collecting enough signatures to put the measure back before the legislature. This process ensures that it doesn't need Snyder's approval to become law.
ask yourself who knows best for you? those on the right who claim they listen and do your bidding, are they? one thging you should know by now, they don't care about you!
Ukiah, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 10. Three South Ukiah schools locked down after a report of a man with a rifle near the church behind one of the schools.
Hiddenite, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 10: Hiddenite Elementary school locked down after a nearby bank robbery.
Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, Dec. 10: Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School locked down after a “vague threat” found written on a bathroom wall.
Lake Villa, Ill., Tuesday, Dec. 10: Five Lake County schools locked down over two separate incidents, one involving a man wielding a rifle in his home during a domestic dispute, the other involving a student who brought a weapon to a middle school.
i saw this and thought good follow up to 6 yr. old Casanova. we have to be careful everything we do in their presence or things the see on TV goes to shape who they will be. those we herald and those we demonize were all subject to their life direction, we never know who will or won't be the next mass something or serial something else.
Every day in this country, a school goes into lockdown after a bomb or a gun threat, a neighborhood crime or domestic dispute, or a false alarm. To prepare for such events schools must have (asmandated in some states) lockdown drills to train students on what the appropriate lockdown procedures are.
I find myself joining many other parents who worry that in teaching our children how to behave when somebody storms their classroom with a gun, we have unloosed something dramatic upon them without much serious reflection. Lockdowns are simply what we do now.
My son’s elementary school was locked down the first week of school this fall when shots were heard in the neighborhood. He tells me they all pack themselves into the closet. He’s 8. But how often should we have lockdowns and why and when and how do they work? How are parents notified and what happens to the kids in the bathroom or off campus and who is studying the effects of all this
we have more control than we think, each identical situation is different and should be treated as such. human nature is a bottomless pit of if i coulda, woulda, shoulda, and while we stumble through that mine field what message are we sending our kids, panic and confusion helps no one.