Sunday, March 24, 2019

Idiot Shows Up at Kamala Harris Rally with an AR, Mercilessly Mocked on Twitter.

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Ben Carson’s daily schedules suggest he’s not exactly burning the midnight oil over at...

The results of Freedom of Information Act requests for Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson's daily schedules are finally in. It's not clear why a FOIA request was even needed to retrieve the work...
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Trump to nominate right wing nut-job and crank Stephen Moore to Federal Reserve Board

He isn’t really an economist, but he plays one on TV. WASHINGTON—President Trump said Friday he intends to nominate former campaign adviser Stephen Moore to serve on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors. Mr. Trump told...

The Republicans wubs dem some “states rights.” Until…

It really is a fundamental difference in ideology between the two parties. Liberals believe that the federal government should at least take a passing swipe at making things easier for the less fortunate among us, while the Republicans take a more “lift yourself up by the bootstraps” attitude of individual responsibility, and any assistance should come from the state or local level. So it shouldn’t be surprising that the national GOP has literally spent decades campaigning on a platform of hearty, almost exclusive states rights. Not only have they championed states rights, but they have found it a very convenient hammer to slam down on the head of anything that they personally don’t like. Should the women of this country have the right to an abortion? That’s up to the states to decide! Should every citizen have the right to healthcare coverage? Hey! They live in a state, don’t they? Let the states figure that out. Should background checks be universal for gun sales? Nope, every state can decide the level of citizen arming they want. Should gays be allowed to marry, and enjoy the same receptions as everybody else? Not our call, let the Governors and state legislatures decide. The Republican party is madly, passionately, Trump horn dog style in love with states rights. Right up until the moment it becomes inconvenient. States and cities across the country have made the simple, jurisdictional decision to not force, nor even allow, their local police to assist ICE in rounding up undocumented immigrants for deportation. What?!? They can’t do that! Cut off their federal grants for law enforcement until they come to their senses! States have passed laws that tell those states bakers and caterers that they have to feed gay wedding parties, just like straight ones? What?!? We’ll let the Supreme Court tell them that they can’t do that. So, there! How’d that feel? Nowhere is the GOP’s hypocrisy regarding states rights more brazen or evident, than in the building of Trump’s stupid vanity wall. One would think that the single, most fundamental right that a state could have is to determine what can and can’t be done with its own, physical land. Apparently not when it means that His Lowness can’t play with his toys. In failing to override the $1 store Caligula’s veto on congress stopping his emergency declaration to build a wall, what Trump and the GOP congress by default has said is that not only does the state not have a say on what goes on their land, but individual, private landowners will have to accept whatever paltry sum the federal government decides is fair compensation under eminent domain, to allow the construction of a wall the majority of the residents don’t want. If there are two emptier words in the Republican dictionary than “states rights,” I quake to hear what they are. The true test of the ideological chops of a political party is not what their core principles are, it’s what the party does when adhering to one of those principles becomes personally or politically inconvenient for the party. And in the age of Trump, the GOP has not only failed the test, they’ve been expelled from kindergarten. From this point on, anybody who hears the words “states rights” slip from a Republicans lips without rolling their eyes, […]
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to stay in his post ‘a little longer’

It's difficult to say what, if anything, we can discern from this, but MSNBC's Pete Williams reported this morning that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will not be leaving the Justice Department imminently, as...
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The GOP’s “Age” Old Problem Has Gotten Worse.

Well, it’s not like they can say that they weren’t warned. The “autopsy report” following the 2012 election was both blunt, and honest. It said that the GOP, in its current iteration, was dying. It’s core constituency was mainly white, older, rural, less educated men, heavy emphasis on the older. Every year, more and more older GOP voters were finding out firsthand what “God friended me” really means, and little to no fresh, new blood was coming to replace them. The report admitted that an overhaul of this magnitude was going to be a multi cycle undertaking, but stressed that it had to be done to save the party from extinction. It advised slowly and gently extricating the party from the far right wing Evangelicals who gave it a rather extremist religious image, as well as maintaining their core principles, but relaxing the rigidity of the orthodoxy to attract new members, as well as becoming more culturally tolerant in regards to sexual orientation and minority status. The document was a well researched, well thought out, well planned path forward for the party. Which meant that the RNC was able to save money on the cost of Charmin for a few months. Rather than turn to the difficult path of ensuring the party’s long term viability, the GOP decided to try to squeak one more election out, win the Presidency, and start the rebuilding process in the next 8 years. I think. It’s impossible for a mind that can comprehend the purpose of shoelaces to interpret Republican thought. But instead of rebuilding from the foundation up, the GOP turned to a racist, narcissistic, 70 year old Tasmanian Devil, who promptly finished the job of demolishing the GOP’s “Big Brothers House.” Well, if Donald Trump was supposed to be a dessert in the going away party dinner for the retiring old GOP, he turned out to be a slice of moldy pound cake, and guess what? The waiter just slid the little plastic tray with a piece of paper on it onto the table. Yep boys, the check is due. Over the weekend on MSNBC, Voto Latino president Maria Theresa Kumar snagged my attention. In the interview, she said that their polling and statistical analysis showed that in 2020, for the first time, there would be more voters under the age of 46 than there would be voters over the age of 46. Yep, the Baby Boomer train is pulling into the terminal. The voting population is finally becoming a majority that is younger, darker, and more feminine, exactly the three demographic groups that the GOP, under the tutelage of the Tangerine Tantrum, has done everything in their power to alienate. One would think that this wold make 2020 a walk in the park, but as with most things in life, there’s a catch. Voters under 30 tend to be the most erratic, unreliable voters since the Nikelodeon Kids Choice Awards. They are not ideology or dogma driven, eschew labels, and tend to show up only when issues that directly affect them are at stake.But younger voters also tend to be more progressive and tolerant, and mostly also still tend to believe in facts, something that the GOP ties to a stake and sets fire to a mound of branches under at every chance it gets. In 2018, the Democrats benefited […]
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‘Why Educate the Public When You Can Give Billionaires Tax Cuts’: Trump Budget Would...

Despite new research showing that the arts contribute over $760 billion to the American economy each year—in addition to their many non-economic societal benefits—President Donald Trump's budget proposal calls for eliminating all federal funding...
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Trump Insults George Conway, Digital Director Lies, and Family Feud Escalates

This isn’t right, but it isn’t surprising either. Brad Parscale, one of Trump’s digital media directors, lies about George Conway “desperately wanting” a job from Trump, and Trump chimes in “total loser,” a sophomoric insult on top of a lie. Sounds like vintage Trump administration so far. A total loser! https://t.co/vm3Vv2f9jf — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2019 It also didn’t happen that way. George Conway was offered a job in the Justice Department and he turned it down, in 2017. “I am profoundly grateful to the President and to the attorney general for selecting me to serve in the Department of Justice. I have reluctantly concluded, however, that, for me and my family, this is not the right time for me to leave the private sector and take on a new role in the federal government,” he said in a statement.”Kellyanne and I continue to support the President and his administration, and I look forward to doing so in whatever way I can from outside the government,” he added. Conway, however, was not to be outdone, and this was his reply. Congratulations! You just guaranteed that millions of more people are going to learn about narcissistic personality disorder and malignant narcissism! Great job! https://t.co/Dk9bI3sBs7 — George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 19, 2019 This was the article that first got me to really understand you, @realDonaldTrump. Once someone understands narcissistic personality disorder, they understand you—and why you’re unfit and incompetent for the esteemed office you temporarily hold.https://t.co/5RPQL9xntA — George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 19, 2019 As stated before, what I wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall of the Conway kitchen.

The Freedom Caucus White House coup is done, Mick Mulvaney to be permanent chief...

If there's one thing that really sums up just how profoundly messed up the Trump White House is, top to bottom, it's this: The one person capable of making Trump and Co. happy in...
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Labor Secretary Acosta allowed plea deal letting Epstein avoid being registered as a sex...

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta's role in the 2008 plea deal for billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein just keeps getting more and more vile. The latest reporting from the Washington Post reveals that despite the fact...

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