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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Obamacare's successes hurting Republicans


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/26/1330700/-Obamacare-s-successes-hurting-Republicans?detail=email

Graphic showing change in CBO estimates of Medicare spending over time.

The remarkable declines in the growth of healthcare spending, particularly for Medicare, are upending Republicans' anti-Obamacare, deficit fetishist attacks on Democrats, allowing Democrats to turn the table on Medicare. Remember that $716 billion lie about Obamacare and Medicare? It has no resonance anymore.
“If Republicans are thinking about being Johnny One Notes and talking about health care only, I think they are going to be surprised by how little traction they get,” says Steve Bell, senior director of economic policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center and former staff director of the Senate Budget Committee. “I do think the decline in health care costs blunts the Republican message.”
What's the issue now? The Ryan budget, with its cuts to Medicare and other social insurance programs and its Obamacare repeal, as well as Obamacare's success in reducing the growth in healthcare spending.
Now, in elections around the country, the conversation about health care economics is changing. When the Obamacare website glitches dominated headlines in the spring, it looked like the entire election would come down to Republicans' unshakable opposition to the law. Yet, Democrats have managed to use the Medicare changes called for in a budget drawn up by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to paint GOP candidates as granny-killing extremists.
i believe they call this "their chickens coming home to roost"  what gets me with all the success they are and their water carriers are still trying to convince you that in order for you to have affordable health care in America it would be an abomination and according to Bachmann it will kill women and children and she's the cheer leader for the republican lie committee.  who are you thinking would be the better party to decide your family's future????

Republicans cry of money disparity that only exists in the future

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/26/1332616/-Republicans-cry-of-money-disparity-that-only-exists-in-the-future?detail=email




As we've seen the last several days, Karl Rove has been sounding the alarm about the GOP'ssudden money deficit. In short, the Democratic campaign committees and candidates have dramatically outraised their Republican counterparts. And that was fine until the Kochs decided to quit spending on TV for the duration of the cycle.
But that disparity is only an issue moving forward. From a DSCC email (emphasis in the original):
Over the course of the last two weeks, top national Republicans from Karl Rove to the NRSC have started complaining that they could fail (again) to win the majority because they are being outspent by Democrats. Nothing could be further from the truth. Although the DSCC has dramatically outraised the NRSC by $29 million and most Democratic candidates have outraised their opponents, Republican have ridden the Koch train to a huge spending advantage. Here’s the reality Republicans are hiding: In the 11 most competitive Senate races, Republicans groups and candidates have outspent Democratic groups and candidates by more than $20 million on TV. Democrats have spent $130 million to the GOP’s $153 million, a staggering $46 million from Koch funded groups.
  Woah, 30 percent of the GOP's spending in Senate races came from the Kochs alone? Of course, perhaps the Kochs quit the ad wars because that money bought them so little results, with Democrats remaining doggedly competitive in the key battleground Red states like Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Georgia. Oh, and Kansas.

okay this too should be an awakening they put money and it's abillity to broadcast their lies and misleading information to influence your vote, stop think for a minute have any of them even in past cycles given you a clear plan not just a title of a plan with out the body, remember 2012 they were ask for their plan on budget health care and they said they will tell us after the election they still 2 years later have not told us so one is to understand they will only tell us if we elect them if not we got nothing coming

Remember before the Iraq War? Remember that?


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/26/1332537/-Remember-before-the-Iraq-War-Remember-that?detail=email


Remember when there were just a few liberals on the left saying "Umm.... I dont think we should do this." Remember how Republicans said Democrats hated America and loved terrorists? Remember how even fellow Democrats were saying how could we tolerate people living under dictators and suffering massacres? Remember how they shouted "Holocaust!" and "Rwanda!" Outnumbered,  liberals said "You'll regret it!"
Then things didnt seem to go as planned. Because when plans meet reality, reality wins.
Then things began to change. And over time, after great cost, slowly everyone comes to realize that the Middle East is not a playground for America's intentions but a real place whose choices in how they govern themselves is just as valid as any white western nation. Slowly they realize that perhaps America does not know all, know best, and is omnipotent in ability. Perhaps those crazy reality based people knew what they were talking about after all.
But memories, schmemories. How can we repeat the past if we don't forget it?
And so here we are again.
The only question is how many trillions and how many people we will have to lose this time before folks come around.
Americans as a whole are a lot of adjectives and like racism refusal to admit leaves it adrift in our society. after ignoring warnings of Bin Laden intentions and thousands dead because of it we bought into the Cheyney/ Bush lie and created what is still going on 13 years later, kinda hard to remember before that time since all we've seen since is that time.
i case you hadn't noticed republicans are now trying to blame PRES. for middle east and ISIS saying he knew a year ago but did nothing we the people didn't want him doing anything over there while republicans pushed it going over there and adding their 1 cent to the efforts PRES. was trying to make IMO making it worse while blaming him.  one thing they left out ISIS ISN'T HERE AL QUEDA WASN'T IN IRAQ until republicans had their way, now to try and pin that tale on Pres. is juvenile at best.
if republicans weren't so busy trying to manipulate foreign oil and geographic locations by occupying and building bases maybe we wouldn't be as disliked as they have made us, saber rattling only embolden those who you threaten if they can't beat us they terrorize us and all because the GOP thinks they are GOD.  hard to convince others with a millennium of history to embrace their brand of democracy when they see and hear what republican democracy is doing to America they don't need more of the same and they don't need us before we destroy their way of life.

FBI criticizes Apple and Google for giving people what they want: privacy


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/26/1332567/-FBI-criticizes-Apple-and-Google-for-giving-people-what-they-want-privacy?detail=email

FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices — even when they have valid search warrants.
"Even when they have valid search warrants"! Also when they don't. Thanks, Google and Apple, for getting the intrusive security state off our backs! It's much appreciated.
His comments were the most forceful yet from a top government official but echo a chorus of denunciation from law enforcement officials nationwide. Police have said that the ability to search photos, messages and Web histories on smartphones is essential to solving a range of serious crimes, including murder, child pornography and attempted terrorist attacks.
very rarely does the gov't give the people what they want, mostly IMO because we don't know until the issue is brought up, Dems as well as republicans go on info mode i'm biased here i think we are more honest than republicans who tend to tell us what we want, need and it seems to always differ in many respects, their point is always about what we the people can do for them and their party we tend to tell you what we can do for you, which more than not seems to fall on deaf ears clouded by the republican denial of all and never really offering any substantive remedy, yet polls say more tend to believe them than the truth.

we have heard ginned up opposition to our privacy being breached by vendor giants and gov't i agree with it to a point i have yet to realize because intercepting terrorist is numeral uno but eavesdropping on innocents i don't know don't you have to listen to determine if they are or are not terrorist therein lies my conundrum.  we also know social media is a big communication vehicle for all, those who supply it are responsible to protect our privacy but if they can discover a plot isn't it worth it especially if you are not a terrorist but just a criminal or unfaithful spouse?  in the end it's still what price freedom?



Hospitals will save $5.7 billion this year because of Obamacare

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/24/1332178/-Hospitals-will-save-5-7-billion-this-year-because-of-nbsp-Obamacare?detail=email#

A motion blurred photograph of a patient on stretcher or gurney being pushed at speed through a hospital corridor by doctors & nurses to an emergency room.

The expansion of health insurance and Medicaid across the country has reduced the number of unpaid hospital bills dramatically, according to a new report from Health and Human Services on the progress of the law. The agency projects the savings to the nation's hospitals for 2014 alone will be $5.7 billion. In the states that have expanded Medicaid, unpaid bills have fallen by one third.
“Hospitals have long been on the front lines of caring for the uninsured, who often cannot pay the full costs of their care,” said HHS Secretary M. Sylvia Burwell. “Today’s news is good for families, businesses, and taxpayers alike.  It’s yet another example of how the Affordable Care Act is working in terms of affordability, access, and quality.”
Projections from today’s report suggest that hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will see greater savings than hospitals in states that have not expanded Medicaid. Hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid are projected to save up to $4.2 billion, which makes up about 74 percent of the total savings nationally this year.  Hospitals in states that have opted not to expand Medicaid are projected to save up to $1.5 billion this year, and which is only 26 percent of the total savings nationally.
 Chart from HHS showing amount of uncompensated care for states that did accept Medicaid expansion vs. those that did not.

for those out there who are thinking of voting republican just another POV this is what they've lied to you about and tried to dissuade you to stay in the barrel of disillusioned ins. policy holders of pre ObamaCares.  those graphs below the line would be still above the line had they been elected, with all you've herd and seen as to their treatment of "we the people" the blatant lies and they are still telling them today who do you trust your lying eyes and ears or right wing propaganda?

Monday, September 29, 2014

It is Time for Peaceful Christians to Speak Up for Coexistence


http://www.politicususa.com/2014/09/29/time-peaceful-christians-speak-coexistence.html

ted cruz sarah palin

According to the Religious Right, Islam is the enemy, and ISIL, or ISIS as it is often called, is a manifestation of all the hate and intolerance inherent in the world’s second largest religion. When President Obama says that ISIL is not Islam, the Religious Right quakes in outrage. Islam is the enemy! Sarah Palin thunders as she tries to remember which state she is in.
But while Religious Right figures are quick to assign religion and religious bigotry to ISIL, they are blind to their own. And while they lambast the Qur’an as the source of much of this intolerance, they ignore the cries of It is interesting that people should have so difficult a time imagining a repressive and intolerance Christianity when there are so many examples of it in our own time. I am speaking not only of the largely Protestant Religious Right, but of the Roman Catholic Church under Pope Benedict XVI, who said “truth” trumps tolerance.their own god to smite the unbeliever.
pot kettle syndrome permeates the right wing to quote Bill Clinton "takes a lot of brass to accuse someone of what you do".  I believe most allow themselves to believe this while forgetting this they don't want to hear that they put all their tithes in a republican hate basket being able to blame another helps some reconcile their own guilt you can only fool your subconscious for a minute than reality seeps through I would have to think those who know are just what the evangelical God ordered.
Santorum told the Daily Beast the other day that Christianity has set aside the whole conversion “by the sword” routine and discovered that “religious liberty, freedom of conscience, and that persuasion is the way to spread the faith.”
But this is the same Rick Santorum who doesn’t believe in separation of church and state, who attended an event that told non-Christians to get out of America and who told Puerto Ricans that they must speak English if they want to be Americans.
The Baptist may not be holding a bomb or a gun, but he is more than happy to deprive non-Christians, and even non-Baptists, of their religious freedom, and Santorum himself has said that mainline Protestants are not really Christians at all.
we can't call those like him Bible thumpers so what do we call them Bible debunkers because what rhetoric comes from them is not taught in my Bible.

Judge Slams Voter Suppression Law — ‘Why Does The State Of North Carolina Not Want People To Vote?’

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/09/29/3573080/judge-slams-voter-suppression-law-why-does-the-state-of-north-carolina-not-want-people-to-vote/


Legislative Protests

Voting rights advocates in North Carolina caught a lucky break on Thursday, where it was revealed that the panel of three judges who would consider that state’s comprehensive voter suppression law included one Clinton appointee, Judge Diana Gribbon Motz, and two Obama appointees, Judges James Wynn and Henry Floyd. Last month, a George W. Bush appointee to a federal trial bench in North Carolina allowed the law to go into effect during the 2014 election, the panel of three judges from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit are now considering whether to affirm or reverse that decision. They heard oral arguments in the case on Thursday.
Several provisions are at issue in this case that all make it more difficult for residents of North Carolina to cast a vote. One provision cuts a week of early voting days. Another restricts voter registration drives. A third implements a strict voter ID law, although that provision does not take effect until 2016, so it would be reasonable for the court to decide not to suspend it during the 2014 election.
One provision that received a great deal of attention from the judges during Thursday’s oral arguments in this case is a change to the state law that causes ballots to be tossed out if a voter shows up in the wrong precinct. For the last decade, voters who showed up at the wrong precinct would still have their votes counted in races that were not specific to that precinct, so long as they voted in the correct county. The new law prohibits these ballots from being counted at all. According to the Associated Press, that means thousands of ballots will be thrown out each election year.
Judge Wynn, the only member of the panel who lives in North Carolina, appeared baffled by this provision. Explaining that he lives very close to a precinct that is not his assigned polling place, he asked the state to justify why his vote should be thrown out if he did not travel to a precinct that is further away from his home. At one point, his questions grew quite pointed — “Why does the state of North Carolina not want people to vote?” Wynn asked. At another point, he described a hypothetical grandmother who has always voted at the same place. Why not “let her just vote in that precinct?” he wondered?
An attorney defending the North Carolina law spent a great deal of his time at the podium arguing that it would be too disruptive for a court to suspend parts of North Carolina’s election law this close to the November elections. As a legal matter, this is a strong argument. In a 2006 case called Purcell v. Gonzalez, the justices reinstated a voter ID law that had been halted by a lower court. They explained that “[c]ourt orders affecting elections, especially conflicting orders, can themselves result in voter confusion and consequent incentive to remain away from the polls. As an election draws closer, that risk will increase.”
okay enough of the elephant dung short and sweet it's rigged gerrymandering, the scotus right wing gift of suppression and the defense of a defenseless law that is designed to do nothing but suppress the Black voters rights to have their voices heard and their votes counted.  the put out misinformation about voting times, places and days then penalize the legitimate voters who show up where they were directed that is fraud against voters the real crime not the misleading republican lie of voter fraud.

the even bigger criminal fraud perpetrated on Black and Progressive voters the scotus will not resend their racially decision to disenfranchise American voters in order to rig elections for republican false wins,  last cycle 2012 republicans loss house by over a million votes while bragging the people re-elected them in fact their gerrymandering stole over a million votes and silenced over a million voters.

this is the best reason to recall scotus and pass legislation no more lifetime appointments for any gov't post ever.

Chris Wallace To Fox Contributor Ben Carson: "At Best, You Are A Distinct Long Shot" For President


http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/09/28/chis-wallace-to-fox-contributor-ben-carson-at-b/200926


 













i watched this interview he was quietly answering the questions and not the vitriolic ranter he's been to when the hearts of the haters but didn't learn the lesson of Allen West who was kicked out of everything republican and the army after rising to rank of colonel.

i think the interview was not the cotton ball toss he give the "other" republican guest but clearly the lead question in title is a message they don't want him he is not the comedy relief Herman Cain was and all he's said to demean PRES. won't go away if he was to run for anything Iowa caucus or not he will not lead over the "others".  i believe he shot bhis self in the back 6 vtimes with a repeating rifle while handcuffed in the front with the acid rhetoric he espoused since he showed up on the republican stage just another token wannabe House "N".

Conservative Media Revive Death Panel Myth Amid Good Obamacare News

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/09/26/conservative-media-revive-death-panel-myth-amid/200915



 Obamacare

Conservative media attempted to revive the "death panels" zombie lie amid several weeks of good news about the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) success. 
In a September 17 piece for The Atlantic, former White House health care adviser Ezekiel J. Emanuel outlinedhis opinions on end of life healthcare and argued that 75 is the ideal age to die.
Right-wing media jumped on Emanuel's comments as an opportunity to resuscitate the thoroughly debunkedclaim that the ACA would create "death panels" to ration health care and slow the growth of medical costs.
A September 24 post from National Review Online claimed that Emanuel's Atlantic article demonstrated that conservative warnings that the ACA was "a first step toward medical rationing" were plausible: "Read Emanuel's diatribe against living too long, and suddenly Sarah Palin's attack on Obamacare's "death panels" does not seem so far-fetched."
Fox News also used Emmanuel's comments as an opportunity to discuss "death panels" in a September 26 segment on Fox & Friends. Responding to Emmanuel's suggestion that there is an ideal time to die, Fox contributor Dr. Marc Siegel asked if that means they should "write off" patients at a certain age, suggesting the Post Office or IRS may one day get to make that decision. Co-host Steve Doocy added, "Maybe you're talking about those death panels that have been rumored for so long."
aw another grain of salt they can spin,  Doocy's remark is inaccurate it should have read,
Maybe you're talking about those death panels that have been rumored for so long." correctly "we've been spreading that lie since the health care issue first came out of Obama's mouth"  debunked but still in the right wing rumor mill. i once asked you to ask yourself why can i post so many different articles with corroborating links about so many different republicans and issues and they can after 6 years only keep rewarming the same 4 or 5 debunked spun out of context lies, i'm asking again.
On September 18, the Obama administration announced that 7.3 million Americans had enrolled in health insurance plans through the Obamacare exchanges and paid their premiums -- a number that is "much higher than the 6 million that the Congressional Budget Office forecast would be covered this year," Politico noted, anddebunks conservative allegations that the administration is "cooking the books." 
But this wasn't the only good news for the health care law. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell recently reported that the ACA has reduced the amount of uninsured people in the United States by 26 percent. A recent report from the Commonwealth Fund also found that the health care law had decreased the uninsured rate by as much as 13 percent among Latinos, a group that has "historically suffered the highest uninsurance rate in the U.S," according to the Huffington Post.
interesting watch and see they will attack with the same old same old death panels was just a start the rest of the twisted misinformation of the past soon to rear it's ugly republican face.

Not The Onion: Forced-birthers getting the vapors over abortion costing 1 penny too little.


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/26/1332571/-Not-The-Onion-Forced-birthers-getting-the-vapors-over-abortion-costing-1-penny-too-little?detail=email
Health Reform and Abortion
A couple of weeks ago, a GAO report concluded that a dozen or so insurance companies, along with the Washington State ACA exchange, weren't fully complying with the "no federal funding of abortion" provision within the Affordable Care Act:
The ACA allows insurers to sell policies that cover elective abortion on the state health-care exchanges—unless state law says otherwise—but it governs key aspects of those policies. The law and its implementing regulations prohibit the use of federal subsidies to pay for elective abortion coverage. To make sure that doesn’t happen, insurers selling such plans on the health-care exchanges must do three things:  
They have to estimate the monthly cost of elective abortion coverage on an average actuarial basis, which cannot be less than $1 (that prevents insurers from giving it away). Then they must collect from enrollees a separate payment equal to that cost. Finally, after they receive that payment, issuers have to segregate it from any other premiums collected from the enrollee. But before the insurer even gets to the billing stage, regulations require that potential customers be able to tell whether the policy they’re considering covers elective abortions. That was the plan, anyway. But it doesn't look like things are proceeding according to plan.
The GAO found a host of problems with the insurers they contacted. Two of the insurance companies were charging less than $1 for elective abortion coverage, in violation of the law. Others determined that the actuarial cost of such coverage was less than $1, but rounded up to comply with the ACA.  
Another insurer reported that when factoring in administrative costs it was charging less than the mandated amount—and that this arrangement was approved by state regulators. In another state, regulators correctly instructed one of the surveyed insurance companies to charge at least $1. The Washington Health Benefit Exchange wasn’t even charging a separate premium for elective abortion coverage. They said they’re working to address that oversight.
Yes, that's right.
The GOP is in an absolute tizzy because some insurance companies have been charging $0.99 for a legal medical procedure instead of $1.00, and then printing the invoice as "$200.00/month" instead of "$199/month + $1.00 for having an abortion".
Meanwhile, in Michigan, up to 200 rape victims per year will be fined and/or punished as a result of this idiocy.
I'm a women's rights advocate and I see instead of allowing women the right to decide they are upset that wording doesn't restrict them but still seek to punish, my friends they can say what they like but this is part and parcel a war ion women splitting hairs and the right wing going bug crap crazy that somehow there was a go around to their domination of women and their bodies, sorry Charlie you say there is no war against women well tell us why do you hate them so much?

GOP congressman says he's urging American generals to resign rather than follow president's orders


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/26/1332639/-GOP-Congressman-says-he-s-urging-American-generals-to-resign-rather-than-follow-President-s-orders?detail=email

Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn (R) speaking at CPAC conference

wait till you read this then sit down and hold your stomach tightly.
Rep. Doug Lamborn says he and like-minded House Republicans are trying to destabilize the American military in order to foil American foreign policy abroad. No really, he's bragging about it.
[T]hat is exactly what Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) told a group of voters he wants to see happen, the Colorado Independent reported. “A lot of us are talking to the generals behind the scenes, saying, ‘Hey, if you disagree with the policy that the White House has given you, let’s have a resignation,’” Lamborn said Tuesday, adding that if generals resigned en masse in protest of President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy, they would “go out in a blaze of glory.”
can you believe this idiot he's telling Generals to commit treason blow off their jobs, pensions and lives so they can agree with him, disregarding almost all spokespersons for the tight have said they agree with Pres. and support his decision, not to mention the multiple foreign countries who have committed to help in his plan. making him wing nut of the year. who will command the armed forces certainly not him not supporting troops or working against keeping us safe you pick the anti patriot and name those who are meeting in secret behind closed doors to defy their Commander in Chief, sounds more and more like treason.
Lamborn, it should be noted, is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Remember the Bush years, when we were being told that not supporting the president during a time of war was tantamount to hating America, and that we had to "watch what we say," and American intelligence agencies were monitoring anti-war groups like the Quakers under the suspicion that they might damage the war effort.
If you're meeting with American military generals and telling them to quit en masse to be able to undermine the president's ability to conduct military operations, what the hell do you call that?
"TREASON"
 

treason

 
[tree-zuh n]                 
noun
1.
the offense of acting to overthrow one's government or to harm or kill its sovereign.
2.
a violation of allegiance to one's sovereign or to one's state.
3.
the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.


Senate Dems have more money, because Citizens United is killing Republicans


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/26/1332345/-Senate-Dems-have-more-money-because-Citizens-United-is-killing-Republicans?detail=email

Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove is seen at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 27, 2012.


Democrats will match, or in some cases exceed, the GOP's spending in most of the Senate battlegrounds in September, according to a review of ad spending and reservations. The Democrats' newfound wealth is mostly a function of their own candidates' prodigious fundraising, the Democratic Senatorial Committee's financial edge over the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the well-funded Senate Majority PAC. Meanwhile, the biggest money-machine on the GOP side -- the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity and the affiliated Freedom Partners -- has dramatically scaled back its own TV spending [...]
The biggest problem for Republicans isn't the spending that's happened. It's the spending that's yet to come. Ad reservations shared with National Journal Hotline show big gaps in scheduled spending in states like Colorado, Iowa, and New Hampshire. The DSCC is slated to spend more than twice as much as the NRSC in some coming weeks [...]
Democrats locked in lower rates when they bought months ago.

thought the republicans were the business oriented party you would think they would know about early buying gets the better price or were they to busy with that persistent Obama business if not for him they wouldn't be in this abyss they find themselves in now it's all Obama's fault.  it also appears their wells are running dry or those billionaires didn't get that way by hitching their wagon to insane elephants they don't want to end up looking like Donald Trump whose spiral down was all PRES.'S fault too. actually it's called OBSESSION!!

A lot to unpack here. First of all, party committee fundraising has absolutely gone strong in the Democrats' favor. Per Open Secrets, Democrats as a whole have outraised Republicans $595 million to $461 million. That's a stunning $134 million difference. Why? Because rich Republican fucks decided to quit their parties and put their money into vanity projects like Americans for Prosperity. The Citizens United campaign finance regime has actually hurt Republicans. Meanwhile, Democrats benefit from a robust small-dollar donor operation. Indeed, about half the money they raise comes from contributions of less than $200.
On the Senate side, Democrats have raised $111 million to $83 million, a difference of about $28 million. Again, stunning.
remember the last two tears the republicans have berated or tried to PRES. for fund raising well while they spent their time again on Obama they got out raised and now crying in their cocoa 6 years of doing nothing but attack PRES. and still they've learned nothing could it be because their "
PRINCIPLES" formerly known as "VALUES" in their estimation are without fault?

please read the rest of the article very informative

Pittsburgh man tasered at hospital bedside while grieving for his stepson


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/26/1332570/-Pittsburgh-man-tasered-at-hospital-bedside-while-grieving-for-his-stepson?detail=email

Rev. Earl Baldwin Jr. being tasered by police

The Rev. Earl Baldwin Jr. said when his stepson, Mileek Grissom, died in UPMC Mercy Hospital’s emergency room, police officers crossed the line. “I needed to tell him his family was going to be OK.  I was going to do everything I could to make sure they were OK,” Baldwin said.
Video shows Baldwin being ripped away from Grissom by a group of police officers.  One officer used a Taser on Baldwin.
UPMC claims Baldwin was interfering with attempts to revive his stepson.
“Watch the video.  Not only was the child not being treated.  The child was dead,” said the Baldwin’s family attorney, Joel Sansone.
The incident happened in 2012, but Reverend Earl Baldwin Jr. has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the police department.
Pittsburgh police ER Taser video: Earl Baldwin Jr. shocked in ER.

another Black man assaulted at the hands of multiple White police officers and since this happened in 2012 tells me nothing was ever done to the assaulters.  did you pick up on this excuse just as ridiculous as the others.
UPMC claims Baldwin was interfering with attempts to revive his stepson.

JeffCo Colorado school board member opens her mouth, shows why students are right to protest

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/26/1332617/-Colorado-school-board-member-opens-her-mouth-shows-why-students-are-right-to-protest?detail=email

Students protest planned anti-protest history curriculum in Colorado.

Students in Jefferson County, Colorado, have continued walking out in protest of the school board's proposal to replace the AP history curriculum with conservative teachings that don't "encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law." It seems that at least one of the conservative school board members pushing the plan is as ignorant of history as she wants students to be:
"I'm not saying let's not teach history accurately," [school board member Julie] Williams told 9News in a phone interview. "What I'm saying is let's not encourage our children to disobey the law." When we asked for examples of historical events she fears are misrepresented, Williams couldn't point to one.
"I'm not familiar enough with everything that is in AP history to make that judgment," she said.
But in a recent press release, Williams said several historical figures were left out of the curriculum.
"Let me give you some examples of who is omitted," she wrote. "Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Franklin with not even a mention of Martin Luther King, Jr."

hasn't this been the way all a long?  when growing up there was no mention of anything Black White people did everything invented everything built everything and by self proclamation were everything to us not White.  then created  generations of Black ignorance to who we were and our contributions to "THEIR AMERICA" that they made according to "THEIR HISTORY BOOKS". BUT JUST FYI,

 http://www.blackinventions101.com/inventionslist.html

looks like mostly they didn't build that!

Kochs try to register a cat to vote in North Carolina

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/26/1332558/-Kochs-try-to-register-a-cat-to-vote-in-North-Carolina?detail=email#


Blue tabby cat with a raised paw on white


The Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity group has reportedly ended its advertising blitz for the cycle, and has shifted its effort to get-out-the-vote efforts. In North Carolina, it looks more like keep-out-the-vote. The group is behind a bunch of "incorrect" mailers, telling residents—and a cat—how to register to vote. Or rather, confusing them mightily about how to do it.
[H]undreds of people who received the forms have called and complained to the State Board of Elections, said Joshua Lawson, a public information officer for the board. “It’s unclear where (Americans for Prosperity) got their list, but it’s caused a lot of confusion for people in the state,” Lawson said.
One resident even received a voter registration form addressed to her cat, he said.
“The phone calls have consistently been all day, every day,” Lawson said.
Adam C. Nicholson, a spokesman for Americans for Prosperity, declined to say how many people were sent the forms, how the group obtained the voter lists or how the mistakes occurred.
 
Among the misinformation in the mailer: two different deadlines for mailing registration applications; instructions to return applications to the N.C. secretary of state’s office, with a return envelope addressed to the State Board of Elections—with the wrong zip code; directing people to the secretary of state for more information on registering, which that office does not provide; giving the wrong phone number to the secretary of state's office; telling people their county clerk will inform them of their voting precinct, which county clerks don't do.
Lawson says that, as of now, no one is accusing the Kochs of deliberately misinforming voters on registration information to suppress the vote, which is a felony. Yeah, sure they're not disseminating incorrect information on purpose. It's not like they have unlimited resources to use to research how voter registration works in North Carolina and to inform voters. Which they didn't do, also according to Lawson. The Board works with political groups to avoid this kind of thing. AFP didn't contact them.
 Among the misinformation in the mailer: two different deadlines for mailing registration applications; instructions to return applications to the N.C. secretary of state’s office, with a return envelope addressed to the State Board of Elections—with the wrong zip code; directing people to the secretary of state for more information on registering, which that office does not provide; giving the wrong phone number to the secretary of state's office; telling people their county clerk will inform them of their voting precinct, which county clerks don't do.
Lawson says that, as of now, no one is accusing the Kochs of deliberately misinforming voters on registration information to suppress the vote, which is a felony. Yeah, sure they're not disseminating incorrect information on purpose. It's not like they have unlimited resources to use to research how voter registration works in North Carolina and to inform voters. Which they didn't do, also according to Lawson. The Board works with political groups to avoid this kind of thing. AFP didn't contact them.
c'mon some are not deserving of the presumption of innocence before guilty when you try to over throw the gov't and buy it's politicians and have them kill bills that allow you to endanger the rest of Americans by deregulation you deserve nothing but disdain you show for America

every since the right wing of the scotus struck down that part of voter rights that required states who deliberately do things to suppress the vote GET GOV'T OKAY BEFORE CHANGING RULES the red states have gone buck wild.  the cat thing IMO was to point to how voter fraud can happen except there is more voter fraud on the right wing than all voting last 200 years IMO.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/voting-rights-act-supreme-court_n_3429810.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/texas-voter-id-law_n_3497724.html

http://www.propublica.org/article/voting-rights-by-state-map

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fox's Bolling Offers Second Apology For Calling Female UAE Pilot "Boobs On The Ground"

http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/09/26/foxs-bolling-offers-second-apology-for-calling/200921

BOLLING: A personal comment before we go to break. Earlier this week I made a comment that was wholly inappropriate, and I apologize for it. The comment became during K. G.'s One More Thing honoring UAE bomber pilot Major Miriam al-Mansouri, who bombed ISIS. My remark was not intended to be disparaging of her, but that's how it was taken. I should have known better and used better judgment.
Yesterday I made an apology on this show, but it was inadequate. Fox News has received letters from viewers including from women in the military, and I have taken them to heart. Therefore, let me speak clearly and sincerely. I'm sorry for what I said, I believe that Major al-Mansouri is a hero, she's courageous, brave, and she deserves our praise, not inappropriate jokes. I appreciate that she is fighting the extreme radicals that threaten all of us. She has my admiration and my very, very sincere gratitude. 

disengenuous and had not someone told him to apologize however half hearted we would not have heard a peep maybe more right wing takes but no apology

Allen West Tells Military To Disobey Commander-In-Chief


http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/09/26/allen-west-tells-military-to-disobey-commander/200916



Fox News contributor Allen West, who has previously called President Obama an "Islamist" with unclear "loyalties," is now calling on the military to ignore orders from its commander-in-chief.
The Military Timesreported that the Department of Defense will expand an existing program, Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI), to allow recruiters "to target foreign nationals with high-demand skills, mostly rare foreign language expertise or specialized health care training." The program "is capped at 1,500 recruits per year. Officials say it's unclear how many of those might be unlawful DACA status immigrants as opposed to others who are also eligible for military service under MAVNI, including those with legal, nonpermanent visas such as students or tourists."
The Times noted that "the military recruits about 5,000 noncitizens each year, nearly all of them permanent U.S. residents, or so-called 'green card' holders. Starting in 2006, DoD began accepting some foreigners with nonpermanent visas, such as students or tourists, if they had special skills that are highly valued. After entering military service, foreigners are eligible for expedited U.S. citizenship. Since 2001, more than 92,000 foreign-born service members have become citizens while serving in uniform."
Fox's token self hating house "N" again rears his ugly mouth and anti American rhetoric  as the article says we recruit 5,000 noncitizens annually after his party decimated our military with it's wars and multiple deployments and refusal to help vets returning where did he think the future armies will come from?  also note it said special skills our new inductee's might not have and have to learn either on the job or in school time we are left under protected.

West, a retired Army Lt. Colonel whose service ended in controversy, reacted to the news on his Facebook page by writing that "Barack Hussein Obama took out his pen and ordered our Military to enlist illegal aliens. In other words, this charlatan has allowed those who have disrespected our Constitution and are not citizens to take an oath to support and defend the very document, our rule of law, of which they are in violation."
He added: "This is an illegal order and should not be followed by our Military."
this wannabe has no creditable voice he is a failure that our military and congress as egregious as they are also kicked him out his 15 mins has long been expired.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/29/1137904/-Allen-West-Had-To-Resign-From-Army-To-Avoid-Court-Martial-He-s-Equally-Unfit-to-Serve-in-Congress

http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/why-would-republicans-support-a-war-criminal-like-allen-west/question-1701001/?page=10

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/23/allen-west-communists-naacp-event_n_1445242.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/30/allen-west-florida_n_2217342.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nOYySPTBlc

where is the credibility, why should we even listen to him???

Cheney outraged that Obama mentioned Ferguson in speech


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/25/1332346/-Cheney-outraged-that-Obama-mentioned-Ferguson-in-speech?detail=email

U.S. Vice president Dick Cheney (L) takes the oath for his second term in office from House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R) at inaugural ceremonies in Washington D.C. on January 20, 2005. Cheney's daughters Mary (2nd L) and Liz (2nd R) watched. REUTERS/Jason R
what came to be one of the saddest days for Americans and America

Toward the end of President Obama's speech to the United Nations on Wednesday—a speech that made the case for U.S.-led military action against ISIS and other "terrorists in Syria and Iraq"—he challenged America's critics to recognize that despite our imperfections, we are engaged in a constant struggle to become more perfect:

I realize that America’s critics will be quick to point out that at times we too have failed to live up to our ideals; that America has plenty of problems within our own borders. This is true. In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri – where a young man was killed, and a community was divided. So yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions. And like every country, we continually wrestle with how to reconcile the vast changes wrought by globalization and greater diversity with the traditions that we hold dear.
But we welcome the scrutiny of the world – because what you see in America is a country that has steadily worked to address our problems and make our union more perfect. America is not the same as it was 100 years ago, 50 years ago, or even a decade ago. Because we fight for our ideals, and are willing to criticize ourselves when we fall short. Because we hold our leaders accountable, and insist on a free press and independent judiciary.  Because we address our differences in the open space of democracy – with respect for the rule of law; with a place for people of every race and religion; and with an unyielding belief in the ability of individual men and women to change their communities and countries for the better.

Not only did the president say that the United States is constantly striving to become better, he said that our fundamental belief in democracy and freedom is the reason we succeed. And with all due respect to the president, it's not a controversial or novel argument—even Ronald Reagan acknowledged that the civil rights movement began because "America's democracy was not perfect," and that it succeeded in changing the country for the better because "America's conscience was a powerful force for reform."
Nonetheless, Dick Cheney is outraged at President Obama:
Dick Cheney says it’s “outrageous” that President Barack Obama mentioned the summer’s unrest in Ferguson, Mo., while speaking about ISIL during a speech at the United Nations.
“I was stunned,” the former vice president said on Wednesday during an interview on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

yes I guess he was stunned one who practices deception would be shocked at the truth getting out, one thing he needs to learn the world thanks to the internet is not as gullible as half of America they see and hear and read what goes on here including the republican agenda to sell off the gov't the things they do to us in the name of rightwing politics, there is nothing he can say they don't already know that IMO is why the PRES. is hesitant to tell republicans anything they will leak and criticize thereby alerting our enemies of what's on the stove.

at least the world recognizes Pres. as truthful and not the deceitful war mongers the republicans are that is not apologizing it's being honest that is the part that he Cheyney really finds outrageous.

A look back at the insane GOP fantasy version of Eric Holder's tenure


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/25/1332384/-A-look-back-at-the-insane-GOP-fantasy-version-of-Eric-Holder-s-tenure?detail=email

Eric Holder at the ABA annual convention in San Francisco, August 12, 2013


Anyone who might possibly be nominated to replace Attorney General Eric Holder after he steps down has to be looking at the treatment Holder has received and wondering if they really want the job. Republicans are always on the lookout to attack any and all high-profile members of the Obama administration, but as a black man charged with civil rights enforcement, Holder has certainly gotten more than his share.
Consider House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair Darrell Issa's response to Holder's plan to resign:
.@darrellissa: "Holder’s legacy has eroded more confidence in our legal system than any Attorney General before him."
@edatpost
 
he forgot something in his vdeclaration of eroded confidence remember Roberto Gonzales?
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dismissal_of_U.S._attorneys_controversy

To be fair, John Mitchell was no longer attorney general at the time he committed obstruction of justice and perjury for his role in Watergate, but ... never mind all the things Alberto Gonzales could not recall having done in his tenure under George W. Bush. It's true that Holder was the first attorney general held in contempt by the House, but that had a little bit more to do with the extremists who run the House than with anything Holder did. Even that wasn't enough for a few of the looniest, who called for his impeachment.

break here, quick question of the two who should be held in contempt and impeachment, the one who willfully waste millions of your money on a inquisition that continually eludes him or the one that is fighting for justice and fairness and for everyone not just the right wing and to satisfy his own insane assumption that they republicans are all crooked so the Pres. must be too? not all but those who hold the power are absolutely corrupted.

Then there was cable news. According to Fox's Eric Bolling, Holder might have been the second "biggest racist in the whole world right now." According to Fox's Andrea Tantaros, "Eric Holder is one of the biggest race baiters in this entire country. He runs that DOJ like the Black Panthers would." According to Fox's Brit Hume, "race has been a shield and a sword" for both Holder and Obama. And while those examples are all Fox News and we know how inflammatory and partisan Fox is, consider that far worse things were certainly being said about Holder in the fever swamps of right-wing radio and websites.

6 words, consider the source, consider the source. 

What the Right doesn't hear about Obamacare


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/24/1332144/-What-the-right-wing-doesn-t-hear-about-Obamacare?detail=email

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (C) and Senator Mike Lee (2nd R) speak to reporters about their opposition after the Senate passed a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, sending the issue back to the House of Representatives, at the U.S. Capitol in Washing


Continuing the months-long trend, recent Obamacare news has been really good. We know about the fact that a lot of people have insurance who didn't before, that premiums for Obamacare plans are going to be very reasonable for 2015, that people enrolled in Obamacare plans are quite happy with them, and that the people lucky enough to live in Medicaid-expansion states are particularly grateful.  
Insurance companies like it, too. There's a whole bunch more of them joining the exchanges for 2015. Oh, and there are 7.3 million paid-up Obamacare enrollees—a follow-through rate over 90 percent—smashing the Republican narrative that only a small portion of the people getting plans would end up paying for them.
So how is conservative media handling all this? Ezra Klein takes a look and finds what you'd expect: an awful lot of cherry-picking and obfuscating to avoid reporting any positive facts. He points this tweet from reporter Danny Vinnik, who posted this picture of the headlines he was receiving from the conservative YG Network:
Screenshot of tweet from Danny Vinik.

Ezra shoots down that first headline, "More bad news for Obamacare exchange customers," which is relying on a New York Times story. Actually, it's selectively choosing to report that "in many places premiums are going up by double-digit percentages within many of the most popular plans." What it doesn't include is the next part: "But other plans, hoping to attract customers, are increasing their prices substantially less. In some markets, plans are even cutting prices."
So are conservative readers going to know that, to get the best deal on Obamacare, they should shop around a bit? Not if they only rely on conservative media to find out about it. It's also putting conservatives in a bubble in which they are not getting the message that the law actually does work. That it's not bankrupting people and it's not bankrupting the nation. Of course, cynical Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz want to keep it that way.

okay he and his cohorts can bang and pound on desk and utter their acid rhetoric but facts remain like ObamaCares works, their predictions were all false and they tried to mislead you with misinformation away from ACA while after years of criticism they have nothing but a warmed over voucher plan that they don't mention any more, and to show their completely empty play book the only attacks they are able to muster are ObamaCares and Benghazi both proven to not be as they say they only have those because they are old and over.

those who are their friends this is your future more of the same there is nothing new on that side of the street and FYI they are not your friends, and your grass will not be greener because republicans are peeing all over it. recognize