Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NRA Top Lobbyist: Obama Admin. Proposal To Ban Armor-Piercing Ammo Is Actually A Move Against Women

Chris Cox, the National Rifle Association's top lobbyist, falsely claimed that a recent move by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to ban a type of armor-piercing ammunition is motivated by animus towards women. In fact, the proposal aims to protect law enforcement officers.
On February 13 the ATF published a letter describing its intent to ban the importation and manufacture of a type of armor-piercing ammunition commonly called "green tip" that is used in AR-15 and other "AR-type" assault weapons. Because the "green tip" round contains a steel penetrator, it is more powerful than some other types of ammunition used in such firearms, and its use is already banned at some shooting ranges, including the NRA's.
The ATF is moving to ban "green tip" because it can penetrate a law enforcement officer's body armor when fired from a pistol. While in the past "green tip" ammunition was subject to an ATF exemption, the agency has become concerned in recent years over the growing popularity of AR-15-style pistols that accept "green tip" ammunition.
He then claimed that the move was motivated because the Obama administration allegedly doesn't like that women use AR-15 rifles, saying, "They're banning that ammo because they don't like the fact that women like the adjustable stock and the low recoil" found on the AR-15 platform. In urging supporters to oppose the ATF's move, Cox added, "if we stick together and stick to the right message we can turn this thing back around."
this has got to be the dumbest thing i've ever heard in my life, armor piercing bullets are self explanatory they are made to pierce armor worn by military and police. to make a suggestion that this WH has some kind of animosity toward women because they like a certain type of weapon, they will accuse of what they do but deny it if you reverse the allegation, it's for those who don't challenge what they are told and will go away with a new hate point for the Progressives that want them to stop killing their children and themselves.

In fact, the ATF's stated motivation is the safety of law enforcement officers, not an attempt to limit women's use of the AR-15. As the ATF's letter explains, the agency regulates the importation and manufacture of armor piercing ammunition pursuant to the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act of 1985, a piece of bipartisan legislation signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.

Why Louisiana Is Facing A Health Care Disaster

Bobby Jindal

On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court hears a case that if successful, could strip away health insurance from millions of people who depend on federal subsidies.
But Louisiana Governor and likely presidential candidate Bobby Jindal says he welcomes such a ruling, telling reporters at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference: “When the subsidies go away, the individual mandate goes away, the employer mandate goes away. That’s a great thing. That’s a tax cut.”
actually i could stop right here did you see what he said that's a great thing, why is he still in office where is the noise???  
But the impact of this “tax cut” could be dire in Louisiana. Because Jindal has refused to set up a state health care exchange or expand Medicaid, as many as 250,000 Louisianans could lose their coverage.
The damage could be exacerbated if the state legislature approves the budget Jindal released last week. Faced with a $1.6 billion budget shortfall and unwilling to raise any taxes, the Governor’s new proposal would further slash spending from an already struggling state health care system. Louisiana’s hospitals say they need a $142 million increase in funding to be able to serve the population — especially the poor and uninsured who turn to emergency rooms for primary health care. Instead, Jindal’s budget cuts funding for the Department of Health and Hospitals by nearly $15 million.
Soon, these cuts will have a real impact. In less than a month, the emergency room at Baton Rouge General Hospital — which saw more than 45,000 patients last year — will close its doors. Urgent care clinics in the area are currently scrambling to expand in time to take on those additional patients. And if the legislature can’t find about $10 million in funding, a network of health clinics that serves about 60,000 New Orleans-area residents will also shut down.
“Some folks think just the uninsured will be impacted, but folks all over the city will be impacted by longer wait times in the ER,” Rep. Ted James (D-Baton Rouge) told ThinkProgress, noting that the city lost another major charity hospital in 2013. “We’ve seen frustrated doctors and nurses and people suffering because of lack of services in the North Baton Rouge area. The clinics that will try to take on the new patients, some of them only have nurses and physicians assistants, and our folks deserve to see doctors when they have an emergency.”
 i'm becoming more and more convinced that the stupid of the party of stupid are it's base voters why are they allowing this to happen to them republicans have been nothing but Obama objectors Bush let New Orleans sink don't even mention Brownie.  there should be federal law that when a gov. is this hands off and derelict in their duties they should be taken to fed court and explain their malfeasance.

and to add insult to injury they are talking about a run for 2016 president if he muffs up his state this irresponsibly what do they think he'll do to all 50 of them recognize

Republican vows to fight 'illegal' Internet rules

FCC, Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission has reached beyond its jurisdiction and needs to be reined in, according to one of its top congressional overseers.
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), who heads the House Energy and Commerce's Communication Subcommittee, attacked the agency for expanding its power with new net neutrality regulations and said Congress will flex its muscle to fight them.
have you noticed every agency and admin cabinet offices when they take action to protect Americans from victimization of those business that seek to raise prices at their whim?  they always say from Pres. on down they are overreaching, overstepping their authority and of course the iconic entry og Obama bashing putting the whole thing in his lap.  

they ignore and never mention they are and have been doing the same thing, they have been in charge 2 months and have not overreached or overstepped but leap tall buildings in the right wing agenda trampling all over legislation that has been put into law calling it illegal, unconstitutional renewing all the skulduggery of last 6 years voter suppression and the ever ready repeal of ObamaCares, LGBT laws, food stamps and you name it if it screws your life up it's in there.
The new rules are “a total overreach,” Walden said at a Wednesday industry summit hosted by the American Cable Association, a trade group for small cable providers. “I think it’s illogical and illegal. It didn’t have to be this way.”
“It is a fiction that the FCC is an independent agency anymore,” he added, echoing complaints of Republicans who say the agency has been bullied by the Obama administration. ”It is a relationship directly out of the White house, as we now know, and that is tragedy for the professionals at the FCC.”
they like every other regulation that protects us from them it's about preserving the status quo for big business to keep on keepin' on do it to us when they can regulations nah that would require fair and ethical practices something also missing in the republican gene pool. we let them back in they promised everything the Progressives have and have done except they true to form grab the giant shears and set about cutting and obstructing 3rd time you fell for it since 2010 jobs promise Mr. Speaker where are those jobs? 2012 Romney Ryan lie fest 2014 "we can govern" tired of hearing that sucking noise every election it's the sound of those who oppose being sucked into the right wing vacuum of  deception.  defend yourself 2016

Republicans surprised by their own dysfunction

U.S. Senator Richard Burr speaks during the National Rifle Association's 139th annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina May 14, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2DVZ2

It was completely predictable that Republicans would take control of both Houses of Congress and immediately start overstepping what they could actually do. Predictable—but somehow the resulting problems have come as a surprise to the Republicans themselves. (To be fair, I'm not sure anyone thought they'd be this spectacularly messed up by the beginning of March of their first year in power. But still.)
The results are entertaining. Indiana Sen. Dan Coats isn't even sure he'll run for re-election:
“I thought we were off to a good start with Keystone, but now we’ve hit a wall, so I’m trying to weigh where we are going for the next 18 months or so,” Coats said. He added: “We have been at this for two months now, and we are already hung up in terms of not being able to govern.”
is he saying because keystone was a no brainer to be vetoed he wonders what he'll do the next 18 months, how about pass some bills that don't screw American taxpaying citizens.
Senators are pointing fingers at the House. North Carolina's Richard Burr, for instance:
... asserted that Boehner “just might not be able to do it with all Republicans.”
“And that’s something that Republicans need to decide: whether they want to marginalize themselves in that fashion,” Burr said. “The reality is we have to govern. And we have to get legislation to the president’s desk — if, in fact, that we want to prove we can govern. Just to kill things in Congress, we’re pretty good at that.”
And, of course, members of the House are pointing fingers at the Senate:
“I’d hate to be a U.S. senator and go home and defend my actions,” [Rep. Paul] Gosar said. “We just started ramping up this fight against our senators, making sure they have an obligation to do their constitutional duty and debate this and not hide behind Robert’s Rules of Order.”
Note that, if you listen to House Republicans, the Senate's constitutional duty is basically signing off on whatever the House does. Then again, if you listen to them, the president doesn't even exist as a part of the legislative process; he's just someone to point fingers at, with no legitimate role in, say, signing bills into law.
 how many months or years more are they going to note the obvious than saying "if we want to prove we can govern", well they have proved that they can't they got what they wished for now they are like a school of fish and somebody throws a rock in the water and the all scatter in every direction as if confused well there's no doubt republicans are confused they are even having trouble inflicting their usually planned pain on us, are they just too high on the power that they just can't handle the truth they are not qualified.

Netanyahu rejects Obama criticism of Iran speech

Ben Gurion Airport (Israel) (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday brushed aside criticism from US President Barack Obama of his speech to Congress, in which he warned Washington was paving the way to a nuclear-armed Iran.
The White House was infuriated by Netanyahu's address Tuesday to a joint session of the US Congress, where he laid out Israeli concerns at an emerging world deal with Iran on its nuclear programme.
Obama, who refused to meet Netanyahu during his 48-hour visit to Washington, dismissed the speech as containing "nothing new," saying the Israeli leader "did not offer any viable alternatives".
Netanyahu, however, insisted on Wednesday that he had "presented a practical alternative, which would impose tougher restrictions on Iran's nuclear program, extending Iran's breakout time by years".
"I also called on the P5+1 (world powers negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran) to insist on a deal that would link the lifting of those restrictions to Iran's ceasing its sponsorship of terrorism around the world, its aggression against its neighbours and its calls for Israel's destruction," he said on his return to Israel.
when you are supposedly going to another to seek their support and help especially the kind of help that could lead ti the deaths of that countries citizens you don't bring bluster and condemnation covered in condescending cracks about what you are doing is all wrong.  do they have bees in Israel, because he needs to know you catch more bees/supporters with honey than you do with salt.  typical right wing biting the hand that could feed you.  you also don't run around preaching your pending doom and gloom and dissing one source some say the source of support, he's gone manic in his need to go to war with Iran, but the other countries affected in the mid east not so much and their butts are in the jackpot too.  why would Pres. meet with him he along with Beohner flipped Pres. the birdie, Pres. returned the salutation only he had class, something devoid in genes of right winger's.

Israelis Worry About Inequality, Not Iran
With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scheduled to address Congress on Tuesday, his speech is seemingly the only Israel-related subject receiving attention in the American press. Today’s New York Times had two prominent stories about Israel: one about the dilemmas Netanyahu's speech is creating for Jewish Democrats in Congress and a second that said the speech is a highly divisive topic in Israel.
That latter claim is true, but it mischaracterizes the nature of Israel’s national conversation. With the speech just a day away, it's not surprising that much of the Israeli press is giving it play. But most of the vitriol leading up to Israel’s March 17 elections has been about Netanyahu’s handling (or mishandling) of the economy and the growing gap between the wealthy and the poor in Israel, and not on the congressional
Haaretz, Israel’s left-leaning newspaper of record, gave the speech top billing Monday morning, but, in its Hebrew version, it peppered its website with many more stories about economics. The paper reported that at Sheba Medical Center, one of Israel’s leading medical establishments, overcrowding is so great that the hospital has asked ambulances to bring no more patients. 
Haaretz attached a photograph of a patient being treated in the hallway. Haaretz also reported on a small revival of the tent city that had sprouted in Tel Aviv two summers ago to protest the high cost of housing. The paper covered a court ruling that said teachers cannot stage a semi-strike over changes in their working conditions, and discussed what has emerged as the top symbolic issue of rich versus poor in the Israeli press: the investigation of alleged financial mismanagement and excessive expenditures in the prime minister’s residences.
right wing politics are a biatch everywhere, healthcare, poor, housing, work conditions, concessions to the rich, banks and leader abusing his power, that sounds exactly like America no wonder the republicans were back slapping, clapping and thumbs up high fiving the right wing Israeli leader they are bonded together in idiotology. i'm rooting for the Israeli liberals more peace less war.

Netanyahu Speech Plays as Campaign Ad
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hadn't exited the U.S. House chamber Tuesday when the Israeli press began its analysis of his talk. Across the political spectrum, there was consensus that Netanyahu is an excellent speaker (a long recognized attribute) and that he crafted an excellent speech. Even Zahava Gal-On (the leader of the very-left-leaning social-democratic party), acknowledged that the prime minster has performed admirably.
Yet Shelly Yachimovich, former head of the Labor Party and still a high-ranking member, said that Isaac Herzog, the Labor Party’s candidate for prime minister, would have done just as well and in English no less mellifluous. By bringing up Herzog immediately, she raised one of Israelis’ main objections to the speech. With elections scheduled for March 17, many saw Netanyahu’s standing in front of Congress to successive standing ovations as a transparent political ploy. In what is perhaps a cruel coincidence for Netanyahu, Tuesday was also the evening (always two weeks before elections) when Israel began airing TV campaign videos. The prime minister’s speech thus struck many as a more opulently staged political message.
if you watch the video republicans took every opportunity to clap and cheer him on, problem they were just cheering one of their own right wing saber wavers, Beohner had a frozen crap eating grin on his face i'm sure he was thinking how he's gotten back at Pres. for going around them on EO, but he was played he gave Netanyahu the political ad he couldn't purchase even though his right wing may go along they also have a liberal opposition who thinks he was wrong to do this without the Pres. being in the loop. 

and regardless to his claim of not trying to dis Pres. he went right into dissing him say his talks and plan are wrong he mentioned Iran 100 times during his speech he is obsessed with going to war with them but he doesn't feel like they can do it without big brother.  that said that was his objective get the already war ready congress to convince and influence sending more young Americans to their deaths but i really don't believe he gives a gnat's crap about Israel he wants to best Pres. and create more war in the middle east IMO also creating long term dissention and possibilities of even more wars that they like their last ones will leave that bill on the grand children.
Amnon Avromovich, a Channel 2 commentator, speaking with clips of Netanyahu receiving successive standing ovations running in the background, noted that in Israel’s pre-election season, Netanyahu needed that boost. “There is not a single audience in Israel that would greet the prime minister that enthusiastically.” And, he noted, the speech would influence only two groups: Netanyahu's supporters in the U.S. and Israeli voters. No member of Congress learned a single thing from the prime minister, he said, and Netanyahu had not changed a single vote in that chamber. “It’s all politics” was the consistent theme.
The looming question is whether Netanyahu’s undeniably admirable performance will have any effect on the disposition of the Israeli electorate. One expert pointed out that any shift generally shows up in polls about two weeks after an event. And two weeks from now, he noted with a smile, is when Israelis head to the polls.
and there it is the 2fer  Netanyahi hopes to accomplish but the opposition also has a 2fer in mind, he played the US congress like a bucket a string and a pool cue stick but as Beohner he'll probably say "i got 90% of what wanted".  no way to run a gov't just goes to show their promise th show us they could run the gov't was just another republican lie.

Paul Ryan Thinks We're Fools

Just how stupid does Paul Ryan think we are?
The Wisconsin Republican and two other House committee chairmen claim in an op-ed today that they are just about ready to propose an Obamacare “off-ramp" if the Supreme Court decides in King v. Burwell to destroy the federal health-insurance markets in more than half the states.
No fooling around. “House Republicans have formed a working group to propose a way out for the affected states if the court rules against the administration.”
A working group!
No, I’m not impressed. Remember the pledge Ryan and four House committee chairmen made Jan. 20, 2011, in another op-ed?:
We will hold hearings in Washington and around the country. We will invite affected individuals and job creators to share their stories and solutions. We will look to the Constitution and common sense to guide legislation.
Replacing this law is a policy and a moral imperative. We reject the premise that the only way to improve access to quality coverage is to dramatically expand the federal government's reach into our lives. On the contrary, we are dedicated to solving the underlying problems in health care by prioritizing affordability, improving transparency, and creating a true, functioning marketplace for health insurance.
The committees we lead will tackle these challenges with the seriousness and steadfastness of purpose they deserve.
Those hearings never took place. The replacement bill never materialized. The “policy and moral imperative” was limited to frequent efforts to repeal or undermine the health-care system paired with occasional claims that a Republican alternative was just around the corner.
It isn't that Republicans can't generate ideas for reforming health care: Philip Klein has a whole book about them. But any plan requires trade-offs, which would entail considerable political risk. And it would require hard work on policy, something that Republicans in general and House Republicans in particular have shown zero interest in over, say, the last decade or so.
 It’s much, much easier to throw around talking points (2011: “fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms”; 2015: “toward a patient-centered system”) and to promise the moon than it is to design a policy that would really work. Or, for that matter, any policy at all -- one with details that can be studied by the Congressional Budget Office and outside independent analysts.
Instead we get a "working group" and another promise that their plan is in the mail. C’mon. 
Barack Obama and the Democrats were also guilty of promising the moon – but they put together a plan that is more or less doing what it was intended to do
 first if you look at the wording they still don't have a plan and who doesn't believe their holding of hearings will be cherry picked in those red states that the gov. has refused to accept ACA or expand medicaid?  the fact that those states are still in revolt and denying their constituents healthcare they can afford and that has a standard of care not pot luck medicine those people have obviously not been informed of the facts and just the misleading by republicans decides their decisions i believe they are called under informed.

how is denying ACA or expanded medicaid a moral imperative literally what he's saying is that your morals will be offended and compromised if you except ObamaCares, that's as dumb as it's an abomination to give millions of American citizens real healthcare not over the counter off the shelf ins. co.'s plan. looking to the constitution by them has put us in this 6 year down turn and how would they know they don't read bills or anything longer than a paragraph.

they are serious about fixing the underlying problems of affordable healthcare they are the underlying problem of affordable healthcare, have they forgotten their 6 year effort to beat it down and convince you it's an abomination and a train wreck or are they hoping we have.  when the smoke clears there will be nothing but a reworded Ryan voucher plan.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

David Petraeus To Plead Guilty In Connection With Disclosing Classified Information To Mistress --
Image result for david petraeus

Former military commander and CIA Director David Petraeus agreed Tuesday to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of removing and retaining classified material, admitting to providing his mistress with that material while he headed the CIA.
The plea deal, revealed in documents filed in federal court in the Western District of North Carolina, means that Petraeus will likely avoid prison time. Federal prosecutors will ask for two years of probation and a $40,000 fine under the terms of the plea agreement.
Petraeus was long believed to have given classified information to Paula Broadwell, a woman he had an affair with who also wrote a biography on the general. According to a court document laying out the factual basis for the plea agreement, Petraeus maintained eight "black books" that contained classified information, including notes from his discussions with President Barack Obama. He provided the books to Broadwell and delivered them to a residence in Washington, D.C., where she was staying in 2011.
Two senators who had previously spoken in support of Petraeus and did not believe he should have been charged said Tuesday they hoped the resolution of the case would allow him to move on.
"Now he can put this behind him and move on and continue to serve the country," said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). "All of us in life make mistakes."
"I have a great respect for the service he's given our country," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), adding that she thinks Petraeus will get past the scandal. "I think it's not the best of all outcomes, certainly not the worst."
I remember republicans getting their panties in a bunch when someone coined th phrase "David Betraeus"  oh it was so disrespectful he's a hero. now we have two republican senators saying this act of treason should be allowed to let him put it behind him while pitching one about Hilary's emails?  the hypocrisy sits on top of the growing pile of elephant dung creating a whole other stink.  think what you would be hearing from them if it was a Progressive that passed on top secret papers to someone they were sleeping with, Fox would be smoking through the roof the host would be backstabbing each other to break it first, and bilo well he would get the nod because he would have been under the bed when the secrets were passed/s

How the white imagination of a black threat continues to make justice elusive

Kendrec McDade, Amadou Diallo, Tamir Rice
Kendrec McDade, Amadou Diallo, Tamir Rice

As long as the law allows white men to act on their imagination of a black threat of violence, justice will remain a rare, elusive occurrence in America. It cannot and should not be enough for police or citizens to simply believe, based not on facts, but the possibilities of their own imagination, that they may be in grave danger at the hands of black boys and men who actually posed no threat to them whatsoever.
The threat must be verifiably real, true, actual, factual, or it is, no matter how police unions or the members of the press who do their bidding want to spin it, unjust, through and through, to threaten, assault, or murder based on the disproven reality that a threat could've existed because your imagination said so.
The reality is that Kendrec McDade, a completely unarmed and innocent all-state athlete posed absolutely no threat to the police or anyone else the day Pasadena, CA police shot him over and over again after imagining that they both saw and heard Kendrec shoot at them. They only found a cell phone. The white imagination of a black threat was enough in our justice system.
This is not OK.
The reality is that Amadou Diallo, a completely unarmed, hardworking man on his way home from work, posed absolutely no threat to the police who shot at him 41 times on the doorstep of his own home. They only found a wallet. The white imagination of a black threat was enough in our justice system.
This is not OK.
The reality is that Tamir Rice, a sweet 12-year-old boy playing in his neighborhood park, posed absolutely no threat to the police who shot him in less than two seconds of seeing him. Not only was Tamir not armed with a real gun, even the toy pistol he had wasn't loaded and he never ever pointed it at police or brandished it as they have repeatedly said. If playing with a toy gun is enough to warrant death by police, then they should be banned. The white imagination of a black threat was enough in our justice system.
This is not OK.
The reality is that John Crawford, a gentle young father of two young babies posed absolutely no threat to the police or anyone around him the day police shot and killed him within mere seconds of showing themselves. John only possessed a toy gun that was on the shelf of the Walmart and was literally talking on the phone when he was shot at close range. The white imagination of a black threat was enough in our justice system.
This is not OK.
The reality is that Ramarley Graham, a beloved Bronx teenager, was completely unarmed when police chased him into his own home and brutally shot and killed him in front of his family because they believed he had a gun on him. Ramarley posed no physical threat to the police whatsoever. The white imagination of a black threat was enough in our justice system.
This is not OK.
The reality is that Trayvon Martin, a completely unarmed teenager was talking on the phone with a friend, walking home in the rain with some candy and a drink to snack on while watching the NBA All-Star game weekend festivities when George Zimmerman believed him to be a threat. Calling 911 and ignoring their request for him to remain in his car, Zimmerman literally began running and weaving through the apartments chasing Trayvon—all because he imagined him to be a threat. The white imagination of a black threat was enough in our justice system.
This is not OK.
Akai Gurley, a completely unarmed man walking through the hallways and stairwells of his own apartment building with his girlfriend, posed no threat to anyone. He wasn't a suspect in a crime, but because officers imagined a threat existed there, they were walking through the stairwell with guns drawn and fingers on their triggers—which is against NYPD policy. When Akai stepped into the stairwell, he was shot and killed, and then completely ignored by officers who began to cover their own asses immediately. If you've ever pulled the trigger of a gun, it requires force. While some charges are pending, it appears that the white imagination of a black threat may again be enough in our justice system.
the racist sect of White America has done an excellent job of broad brushing Black people and the perception of danger. every since they brought us here they have been paranoid and challenged in their manhood so to relieve that all the vitriol and torture and murders were a necessity in order to keep their sense of i'm more man than those animals that too i think was an subconscious admission of physical superiority and attractions by their women to them, IMO that is why such harsh punishment like murder was committed even if the woman suggest any impropriety, they could not look at White women in the eye paranoid White men would feel the need to exercise their false sense of superiority in their minds they did have control but it was never enough so just a perceived look could end a life.

that attitude is alive and well and more in tune with those who propose to take their country back it is open carry and open season on Black men especially just as viscous as it was 4 centuries ago just more localized.  with all those who believe the myths just know Black people are not a menace to society society is a menace to Black people.  all Whites are not racist or bigots just as all bigots are not racist but all racist are bigots.

Texas lawmaker on his fifth marriage filed complaint against judge over same-sex marriage

Rep. Tony Tinderholt

Rep. Tony Tinderholt, valiantly protecting the right for straight people to get married an infinite number of times.
Texas Rep. Tony Tinderholt, who is currently on his fifth marriage, is doing everything in his power to the protect the sanctity of marriage. When a Texas probate judged ruled the same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, Suzanne Bryant and Sarah Goodfriend didn't waste one minute:
Suzanne Bryant and Sarah Goodfriend, who have been together for more than 30 years, wed Thursday morning at the Travis County Clerk's Office after State District Judge David Wahlberg ordered Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir to issue a license to the couple.
The ruling only applied to this couple and the judge cited special circumstances:
The clerk's office emphasized that it will not issue more same-sex licenses, stating in a Facebook post Thursday that the the couple is "medically fragile" and "may not get the chance to hear the outcome of this issue because (of) one person's health."Rep. Tony Tinderholt was outraged. OUTRAGED! He immediately filed a complaint against the judge with State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Unfortunately, he got it all wrong:
▪ First, he complained about the wrong judge and case.
▪ Then, he applied the law the wrong way in his complaint.
▪ Had he managed to apply the law the right way to the right judge, he still would have come out wrong.
Tinderholt, 44 and in his fifth marriage, said in a published statement that he wants a judicial system that “respects the laws” and separation of powers, as if judges shouldn’t declare the Texas Legislature’s laws unconstitutional without prior permission from the Legislature.
“It’s a shame that someone who’s taken on the responsibility of writing our laws has so much misunderstanding of the law,” Thompson said.
the republican party of stupid does seem to get it backwards or is this a clever ploy to get their agenda up and running  they always pick the most least responsible or qualified person to head committees one of the most glaring oxymoron of an appointment Michelle Bachmann to the senate intelligence committee  check this link it will show you the committees and who chairs and are on them go through it and see if you recognize names and states you've heard in a not so flattering way i mean stupid way.
remember "you're doing a heck of a job Brownie" Bush as New Orleans was sinking from Katrina?

back to this guy does he think 5 failures makes him the spokes person for hetero marriage wonder what is ex's say about that.

LA Times eviscerates 'Meet the Press' over climate change jokes

Chuck Todd on the set of Meet the Press

Climate change denier Sen. James Inhofe, who also happens to chair the Committee on Environment and Public Works, got a lot of attention last week after he pulled a moronic stunt on the Senate floor by throwing a snowball to somehow disprove climate change.
While discussing the stunt on Meet the Press, Chuck Todd and guests had a good laugh (seen here around the 48 min mark of the show) about Inhofe's stunt. Watching a key member of the Senate, who has absolutely no understanding of climate science, make a mockery of the serious issue of climate change is oh-so-funny! Well, LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzik took note and let loose on Chuck Todd:
"Meet the Press" likes to swank around as though it's our premier network public affairs program. Yet somehow its producers and host think it's all right to treat a manifestly ignorant statement about climate change as "a fun moment" involving a "fun little prop" -- and to pander to American anti-intellectualism by implying that the global warming debate is just too serious and boring to waste time on, like high school kids grousing about having to go to math class. One can almost hear the producers of "Meet the Press" going, "What, climate change again? Cue up the escaping llamas."
How low can the news departments of our major networks sink? We've already reported on the decline of journalistic standards at CBS' "60 Minutes," in the context of its flawed and credulous reporting on disability and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. And now "Meet the Press," by endorsing a display of pure ignorance about an urgent issue of public policy as a "fun" prank, cedes the last shred of its credibility.
It's true that there's room for levity in reporting on politics, but this effort was spectacularly tone-deaf. Ridiculing or minimizing climate change as a topic only wonks care about -- or conniving with our least-informed political leaders to do so -- is an abandonment of every principle "Meet the Press" should stand for.
there is no doubt that NBC/Comcast as well as other networks have all been leaning right even before the announcement that they were chucking the liberal host i wrote about it calling them Fox and friends illegitimate cousins i guess they think it will boost their ratings since Fox appears to be the leader at present, with the o'reilly scandal opens more minds that might go away and than will they have made to move to soon losing the more Progressive viewers.

as far as MTP it has been a travesty and indelibly soils the name and respect that it once had. i think this may backfire right wing ideology is losing altitude and high ratings are coming down with it. i feel cheated by them and no longer have faith i'm considering dropping my Newsvine column owned by NBC.  i will still view my favorites on MSNBC as long as they are true to themselves, listening to part of Morning JOE this morning it was ever present the switch to republican opinion TV it made me sick, even some of the guest who you could count on not to smear the elephant dung were out their in the pile.

if this is a cloning of Fox it won't work unless they are willing ti fabricate and outright create their own stories without the theatrics and sensationalism sprinkled with repetitive lies "THE FOLKS" won't bite.

WaPo: O'Reilly Also Lied About Bombings in Belfast, Ireland
From The Washington Post:
O’Reilly has said he has reported from Northern Ireland, where the sectarian “Troubles” resulted in nearly 4,000 deaths and thousands of injuries over 30 years — before a peace settlement was reached in 1998.
In his 2013 book, “Keep It Pithy,” the Fox News host recounted,“I’ve seen soldiers gun down unarmed civilians in Latin America, Irish terrorists kill and maim their fellow citizens in Belfast with bombs.”
But in light of a week-long controversy surrounding other comments that O’Reilly has made about his career, those statements bear closer examination.
O’Reilly traveled to Northern Ireland in 1984 to research a book about the Troubles, according to Fox News. The book was never finished, and it’s not clear whether he covered the conflict for any news organization. At the time, he was working for a Boston TV station, WCVB, but his then-boss, Philip S. Balboni, said that O’Reilly covered only local news and did commentary for the station.
Here's the kicker: a spokesperson for Fox News now says that Billo was referring to photographs of the bombings that he was shown by Northern Ireland police. That's pretty much the same excuse he used regarding the murder of nuns in El Salvador.  
well i guess we can nominate him for best sci-fi screenplay and book writing, he obviously took G W Bush to heart "you can fool some of the people all of the time and those are the ones you want to concentrate on".  this should have been suspect long ago he wrapped himself in the cloaks of Superman, Batman and all the Marvel characters the Hulk , Capt. America i'm surprised he wasn't Wonder Woman too because he would truly have to be the 8th wonder of the world to accomplish all this stuff, bilo Indiana Jones o'reilly the next great comic book super hero, already in stores get your copy before they all get yanked off the shelves.

Now, this is how you trickle down

Tom and Georgia Barnett in the car they won for being

Tom and Georgia Barnett own and operate 24 Burger King stores and were recently awarded "Franchisee of the Year" by Burger King, an award given for outstanding reviews and inspections. Burger King rewarded Barnett Management with a Rolex watch and the keys to a brand new car. Instead of rolling around town in their new convertible, Tom Barnett and his partners did something more meaningful:
Barnett and the other franchise owners sold the car and watch, added more of their own money to the pot, and divided it up among their employees.
More than 100 Burger King employees received bonuses, which ranged from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
Employees were overjoyed:
"I just couldn't believe it. I was in shock," Charity Callahan, a 15-year employee, told 3TV. "It was almost an entire month's worth of pay for me. They made us all feel appreciated."
this is a really good thing for these guys to do, it promotes loyalty and generates a good work ethic and that my friends result in happier consumers sitting at their tables.  the Walmarts of the world would do themselves a solid if they just took a hint, this story gets out and those that patronize his stores will only grow.  recognizing that your employees are what got you there and contrary to republican myths no you did not build it yourself you and your staff built it as long as one remembers where it came from they can only excell as will their faithful employees.  God Bless them

A message to Republicans: millions of Americans won't forget how you treated their mom and dad

Congressman Luis Gutierrez dropped a simple fact during the House Judiciary Committee a couple of days ago. While republicans denounced the President's executive action on immigration reform and tried to pretend that they are not holding the Department of Homeland Security hostage, Mr. Gutierrez had this to say:
This is a very perilous place for my friends in the majority. Because you have 5 million American citizen children who are never going to forget for a generation how it was you treated their mom and their dad. How it was you treated their mom and their dad; and if you treated them in a cruel manner.
You can take that to the bank.
each generation not just Hispanics but all are getting away from the bigotry the republicans are trying to make law that they learn how to do it in school.  desperation is making them do all sorts of horrible things and they are inflicting them on the children IMO because they will be the one's left to cohabitate with those their ancestors hated and tried to encourage them to follow suit.  kids to day and for awhile now are seeing not the horror or terror they made their schoolmates out to  be but kids like them that like the same things do the same things are the same things color is skin deep and dialect and language is dictated by where you grew up hate racism and bigotry are dictated by who you grew up with.

Republican National Committee's block on 'liberal' interviewers backfires at CPAC 2015

Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) speaks at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, MD, February 26, 2015. Potential Republican presidential candidate Walker told grassroots conservatives on Thursday that his battle with labor unions as Wisconsin's governor had given him the mettle needed to take on militant groups like Islamic State.     REUTERS/Joshua Roberts    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4RCSY

Ever since the GOP's failure to capture the popular vote for five of the last six presidential elections, many Republicans framed their issue as a messaging problem: If only they explained their antiquated anti-woman, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, anti-LGBT views better, voters would embrace them. Then that tiny messaging flaw turned into this: "If we just change who's asking the questions, our answers will be golden."
Let's check in with reporter Jon Ward on how that's working for 'em at CPAC 2015, where all the interviewers are conservative stalwarts.
[Laura] Ingraham’s session with Christie heavily focused on Christie’s vulnerabilities — his recent political struggles, his volatile temperament and his changes of position — while Hannity’s briefer interview with Cruz was marked by an awkward exchange over former President Bill Clinton’s libido. And Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gave an ill-advised answer to a totally innocuous foreign policy question, an unforced error.
Hard to believe Republican candidates are stumbling … seemed like such a surefire plan.  
The irony here is that because all these interviewers are ideological firebrands, their questions will inevitably pull the candidates further right—a terrible proposition for the general election. Like in this exchange where Ingraham pesters Christie about his support for Common Core education standards.
Ingraham then asked Christie why he had signed on to Common Core in 2010, forcing him to admit he regretted doing so. She pressed even further. “Not political regrets? These are regrets, real regrets?”
“Well these are implementation regrets,” Christie said.
you know like the Nazi's and Hitler the republicans have this purity test thing going on it let's them weed out those they consider not conservative enough you know like the tea party people think they are.  this is a great plan but for who that's up for grabs they get to weed out we get to wade in and give our opinion as to who their gaffe ridden candidates really are.  had they allowed liberal interviewers the questions believe it or not might not have come across as so condemning when you send in attack dog personalities you get attack dog personalities, they come at those guys like they are suspected FBI infiltrators trying to get into the KKK  Mike Wallace was like that Sunday here's a link
This is only going to get better over the coming months. Thanks Reince, for your masterful stewardship of the RNC.

they should have kept the Black guy Richard Steel at least they won with him but i guess they rather lose with the White guy Reince Preibus.

The Return of the 19th Century

 A friend once told me that the wealthy elite didn't want to just "roll back" the New Deal, they wanted to roll back the entire 20th Century. His point was that all the social gains of the 20th Century were granted to us in order to combat global communism, and that with the collapse of communism the wealthy elite are going it take it all back.
   I didn't fully appreciate his sentiments until recently.
The recent upsurge in global piracy seems strange and exotic in today's world, but in fact it is rather appropriate in the full context of national events. Below is a list of trends which show the 21st Century is going to look a lot more like the 19th Century than the 20th Century. 
Big Labor 
Can we finally stop saying "Big Labor"? Last year labor union membership had shrunk to 11.8% of the total workforce and only 6.6% of the private sector.
   You have to go all the way back to 1900 to find such a small union footprint in the private sector.
Second Gilded Age
Along with the destruction of labor unions and the middle class we've see a dramatic rise in inequality. The U.S. has the worst inequality in the developed world.
   Inequality has hit levels not seen since the Robber Barons.

In fact, inequality has reached levels not seen since the 18th Century.
  American income inequality may be more severe today than it was way back in 1774 — even if you factor in slavery.
 The New Asylums
  50 years ago people were horrified that the mentally ill were being "warehoused" in mental institutions. So the government turned the mentally ill out to live in the street. Now we have come full circle and the mentally ill are being warehoused again, but this time in dangerous prisons.
  The most vulnerable in our society have been completely abandoned by our society.
It appears that the lessons in humanity that people learned 150 years ago have been forgotten.

this is not what the majority of those running around saying take our country back really has in mind because this would include them who do not have a 8 digit bank acct.  they are cheering for their own demise and ignorantly looking forward to it.

The country's three biggest jail systems—Cook County, in Illinois; Los Angeles County; and New York City—are on the front lines. With more than 11,000 prisoners under treatment on any given day, they represent by far the largest mental-health treatment facilities in the country. By comparison, the three largest state-run mental hospitals have a combined 4,000 beds.
   "In every city and state I have visited, the jails have become the de facto mental institutions," says Esteban Gonzalez, president of the American Jail Association, an organization for jail employees...
   Two centuries ago, reformers were disturbed to find large numbers of the mentally ill in jails, paving the way for the development of state-run institutions.
Worse than Slavery
  With the end of the Civil War, employers all over the south were confronted by the reality of the end of free labor. They appealed to their state representatives for help and their representatives responded by finding a pool of free labor previously untapped - prisoners.
   It was called Convict Leasing. The prisoners would work for companies during the day outside of prison, and then return to their cells at night. Neglect, brutality, and abuse of the prisoners were rampant, as was official corruption. The conditions were so harsh that prisoners rarely survived longer than 10 years, but everyone was making money from it (except for the prisoners, of course) so the system remained.
There are 220,000 people in private prisons right now (around 1 in 10 prisoners), and the states have quotas to meet to make sure that they stay full.  In 2010, two prison corporations made $3 Billion in profit.
   This is wrong on so many levels that I can't even count them all, but one of those levels is conflict of interests.
Then it became known that two of the judges were taking bribes from the owners of two private prisons for prescribing the harshest sentences for convicted juvenile offenders to ensure that these two prisons were kept pretty much full of gratuitous labor. The total amount of bribes was $ 2.6 million.
maybe this is what some envisioned just not for themselves, it's already started.  i know this bit of history is something reasonable people would not wish on other Americans but when the right wing divider machines makes distinctions between them and us creating bogeymen out of their own false stories has half hating with no idea why.  this very well could be our future allowing the republicans to hijack the house and billionaires to buy them and the rest of the gov't it would be just a hop skip and a jump away. 2016 recognize

Uninsured wing-nut, anti-Obamacare ex-sheriff raising money for medical bills

Sheriff Richard Mack speaking at the 2014 PrepperFest Expo at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Ah, life.
Former Arizona county sheriff Richard Mack, a fierce opponent of Obamacare and a leader in the "constitutional sheriff" movement, is struggling to pay his medical bills after he and his wife each faced serious illnesses. The former sheriff and his wife do not have health insurance and started a GoFundMe campaign to solicit donations from family and friends to cover the costs of their medical care. […]
"The States do not have to take or support or pay for Obamacare or anything else from Washington DC. The States are not subject to federal direction," he wrote on his website, outlining how state governments can block President Obama.
That was Mack then. This is Mack now."Since it appears that recovery will take a good deal of time with associated expenses, I struggle to not feel stress—both the stress of thinking about huge hospital and other medical bills as well as regular living expenses while I am unable to work—and also the stress of not being able to accomplish what I am so passionate about doing for others," Mack wrote in a note on his GoFundMe page. "It is difficult and humbling to say that we need your help, but we do."
Because I am a human being, I hope that Mack and his wife recover. Hell, I even hope they find enough like-minded people willing to spend their own money to help them in their time of great need. Because being a human being should mean believing that we should help one another. One way of doing that, I'd gently point out to Mack, is to join with the rest of society in buying health insurance, which creates great big pools of people paying into a system that takes care of everyone.
sometimes LIFE seems to take on a life of it's own and it serves more of a moral compass then anything else.  it tends to slap us the hardest when we are arrogant and deny it's influences in our lives, willing to deny others and make yourself literally the decider of who lives or dies tends to irk LIFE the most it's like LIFE takes it as a thumb in it's eye of existence and it teaches us that there are real rules to coexistence with the rest of the world and LIFE itself.

can't help but wonder if enough people do come through and spare him and his wife will he go back to who he was before LIFE pulled his coat?  we get real humble when we draw the short straw and after cheating the outcome we tend to find that path that we were on before and continue in our former footsteps.

this from my friend Gloria "why doesn't he just get ObamaCares since there is no pre-existing clauses anymore why does he prefer to suffer and burden friends and relatives when the answer is at the feet of his denial, damn good question he'd rather beg and be a nuisance than just get the healthcare?

Republicans walk out during Jeb Bush CPAC appearance

Jeb Bush's reception at CPAC is not going very well. Early reports stated that there would be buses ready to take supporters to stack the room early. Because GOP shenanigans like this worked so well for Mitt Romney, and John McCain before him. From Slate:
It sounds like Jeb Bush’s supporters are taking CPAC pretty seriously this year. Emails provided to Slate show that backers of the former Florida governor are busing supporters from downtown Washington D.C. to CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland, and organizing to get them day passes into the event.
It is evident it was not as effective as they hoped. Boos throughout his talk were very audible.
Jeb Bush told the audience that over time they need to start standing for something again. "It's good to oppose the bad things," Jeb Bush said. "But we need to be start being for things."
Bush was not as vile in his attack on President Obama as Ted Cruz or others. He made the expected comments that President Obama jammed Obamacare, the stimulus, and Dodd-Frank down the throat of America.
Jeb Bush was asked about two major issues that divided him from conservatives, immigration and Common Core. He was booed when Sean Hannity mentioned he supported in-state tuition for undocumented citizens. He said he wrote a book about the issues and suggested that those opining buy his book Immigration Wars to be more informed on his position.
He did not address his support for drivers licenses for undocumented people or in-state tuition. Instead he acknowledged mass deportation will not occur. He accepted the right-wing false tenet of an unsecured border as a method of appeasement that proved successful with the crowd. He steered his Common Core support to his support for vouchers.
Here is the reality. Jeb Bush went into CPAC. Some people walked out. Some people booed. There were a couple of hecklers. But he said nothing to hurt his general election chances.
boy they cheat each other guess it's true no honor among thieves busing in people to cheer for you is disingenuous and first one that does it stacks the perception that they have the approval of the majority of the attendees. it's deception in order to get the band wagon voters on his side but as you can tell by the title it backfired. don't suspect Hannity did himself any good either as he was on stage promoting the last Bush.  i felt he was not destined to be the republican "ONE" when he said how proud he was of W and that he was a great president,  right wing doesn't talk much about him IMO because they know the truth about his tenure and the first thing Jeb does is bring it up on nat'l TV.  could that also be why his mother said "we don't need another Bush in the WH" because she knew he too was prone to saying dumb crap?

Monday, March 2, 2015

When is an Obamacare replacement plan not a plan? When it comes from Republicans

U.S. Senator Orin Hatch.  REUTERS/Chip East

Three Republican senators, Lamar Alexander (TN), John Barrasso (WY) and Orrin Hatch (UT) kick off this week in which the Supreme Court will decide whether to strip health insurance subsidies away from millions by penning an op-ed designed to tell the court "go ahead and gut the law, we have a plan." There's just one problem. It's not technically a plan. It's not even an outline of a plan. Here's the sum total of what they're offering.
We would provide financial assistance to help Americans keep the coverage they picked for a transitional period. It would be unfair to allow families to lose their coverage, particularly in the middle of the year.
How long is the transition period? Where will the money come from? We don't know because they don't say.
Second, we will give states the freedom and flexibility to create better, more competitive health insurance markets offering more options and different choices.
That's actually already in the law. States can apply for waivers beginning in 2017 to devise their own systems. How will this not-really-a-plan change that? Who knows!?!? Apparently not for Alexander, Barrasso, or Hatch, since they don't say.
That's it. That's what they got. This "plan" is so devoid of substance that this is how the AP is reporting it for their "Big Story": [The senators] provide no detail on how much assistance they would propose, its duration or how they would pay for it. Nor do they address how they would overcome GOP divisions or Democratic opposition to weakening the law."
Here's how the senators address that GOP divisions part: "We have had many discussions with our Senate and House Republican colleagues on this issue, and there is a great deal of consensus on how to proceed." Right, just like there's so much consensus about how to not shut down government between House and Senate Republicans. While the stalemate over Homeland Security funding bleeds into its second week, these three Senate Republicans want the people—and the Supreme Court—to believe that House Republicans would actually pass a fix to Obamacare that came from Senate Republicans. When House Republicans won't even fund national security.
i'm posting so much of this authors articles because as i read he was saying exactly what i would have, this is no more than an attempt to give the five right wing judges and excuse to, if i might quote Sarah Palin, IT WILL KILL AMERICANS AND CHILDREN, LET'S NOT KILL PEOPLE" paraphrased.  but they have pretty much done that by killing sect 4 of voter rights act.  republicans are trying to reinstate something the ins. co.'s don't want so much they like ACA they are making more money with more customers you would think they would have realized that decades ago, guess greed got in their eyes.  not like the scotus hasn't surprised us on both sides but yanking millions out of insurance????