Monthly Archives: May 2012

Jay Townsend, GOP Spokesman: ‘Let’s Hurl Some Acid At Those Female Democratic Senators’

Jay Townsend

These people are nuts!

The Huffington Post

A spokesman for Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.) is facing criticism after advocating violence against female Democratic senators in a Facebook post.

Jay Townsend, the official campaign spokesman for the freshman representative, went on a vicious online rant on Saturday, which he began by taunting a constituent who voiced criticism about an earlier post on gas prices. “Listen to Tom. What a little bee he has in his bonnet. Buzz Buzz,” Townsend wrote.

“My question today… when is Tommy boy going to weigh in on all the Lilly Ledbetter hypocrites who claim to be fighting the War on Women? Let’s hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators who won’t abide the mandates they want to impose on the private sector.”

He attached a link to a Free Beacon article that claims female senators pay their male staffers more than their female staffers.

A moderator of the NY19 U.S. House of Representatives Civil Discussion Center page responded to Townsend, asking him to “please refrain from calling our members names.” The unnamed moderator also asked if Hayworth knew about his comments or whether he had “gone rogue.”

Comments from outraged constituents quickly followed. “‎’Hurl some acid’ Jay Townsend? Do you realize what that means?” wrote one person. “Acid attacks are particularly brutal, aimed almost solely at women, with the intent to maim and disfigure. I couldn’t imagine a worse piece of invective from someone who puts the Republican war on women in quotes.”

Another commenter: “Mr. Townsend, do you think we live in Afghanistan?”

Richard Becker, a Democrat running to challenge Hayworth this year, released a statement on Townsend’s incendiary comments.

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BREAKING: Federal Judge Blocks Florida Voter Suppression Law

Thank goodness…

Think Progress

A federal judge blocked much of Florida’s year-old voter suppression law today as an unconstitutional infringement on speech and voting rights.

Last year, the Republican-held Florida legislature passed HB 1355, which imposed harsh new restrictions on third-party voter registration groups, requiring them to turn in completed registration forms 48 hours — to the minute — after completion, or face fines. Outside groups often register hundreds of people at a time and, before this law, had used a quality-control process that took days to ensure the accuracy of submitted forms. With the onerous restrictions now in place, some groups like the League of Women Voters were ultimately forced to cease registration drives in the Sunshine State.

In blocking the new law, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle wrote:

The statute and rule impose a harsh and impractical 48-hour deadline for an organization to deliver applications to a voter registration office and effectively prohibit an organization from mailing applications in. And the statute and rule impose burdensome record-keeping and reporting requirements that serve little if any purpose, thus rendering them unconstitutional even to the extent they do not violate the NVRA. [...]

The plaintiffs will suffer irreparable harm if an injunction is not issued, first because the denial of a right of this magnitude under circumstances like these almost always inflicts irreparable harm, and second because when a plaintiff loses an opportunity to register a voter, the opportunity is gone forever.

Though state judges and the Department of Justice have already taken steps to prevent voter disenfranchisement, Hinkle’s decision is the first time a federal court has blocked one of the most recent round of state voter suppression laws.

Voters have already begun to experience the effects of new anti-voting laws. Minority voter registration is down significantly from the 2008 election. Among Latinos nationwide, voter registration has dropped five percent; for blacks, registration rates are down seven percent.

New York University’s Brennan Center, which studies voting rights issues, hailed the decision. “Florida’s law and others approved in the past year represent the most significant cutback in voting rights in decades,” said director Wendy Weiser. “Today’s decision will help turn the tide.”

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Bank Of America Reaches A New Low In Scumbaggery

I’ve written a few posts on Bank of America‘s heartlessness in the past.  Here’s another one…just as or even more egregious than the other BOA articles on this blog.

By the way, are these massive layoffs around the country conveniently timed for the election season by raising the number of unemployed in the country, thus keeping the economy weak for the purpose of making President Obama look inept?

Do these corporations, who are allegedly deemed to be “people“,  even care about The United States of America?  Does the GOP care?  They all seem to be doing their best to sabotage President Obama’s chances of winning a second term, even at the cost of Americans’ losing their jobs and their homes.  I’ve concluded a long time ago that the GOP and their Corporate buddies hate America!

Addicting Info

It’s like a bank heist in reverse, Via Mother Jones:

Bank of America, which last fall announced plans to lay off 30,000 workers, is about to go on a hiring spree—overseas.

America’s second-largest bank is relocating its business-support operations to the Philippines, according to a high-ranking Filipino government official recently quoted in the Filipino press. The move, which includes a portion of the bank’s customer service unit, comes less than three years after Bank of America received a $45 billion federal bailout.

BoA continues to spit in the face of the country that kept its bloated ass afloat when it got in over its head. Will it lower its fees now that it’s saving all that money by utilizing dirt cheap labor? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Of course not! It’ll just go to pad the bonuses of the CEO and other executives!

The GOP would have us believe that what’s good for the big banks is good for America. The theory, as usual, is the prosperity of the “too big to fail” banks will somehow magically translate into prosperity for the country. For instance, the right insists that raising taxes or eliminating subsidies will force banks and corporations to pass the increased “burden” on their customers. Yet, despite three decades of decreasing taxes, outsourcing and regulations, these banks have not passed the “savings” on its customers. They have, however, passed a whole lot of money onto its executives. So I guess it works! But only for a privileged few.

Alabama Republican Spencer Bachus infamously stated that “In Washington, the view is that the banks are to be regulated, and my view is that Washington and the regulators are there to serve the banks.” This means that any attempt to penalize banks that outsource American jobs will be met with stiff resistance from the GOP. Remember the GOP slogan “Country First?” Not so much when it comes to American jobs. These are the same people that made sure Dodd-Frank would not be able to stop a new round of bail-outs if the banks collapsed under the weight of their greed again. Indeed, the GOP ensured that such a collapse is all but inevitable since they watered down the regulations that would have prevented the kind of gambling that caused the original collapse. We saw the results of this obstruction just a few weeks ago when JP Morgan announced it had lost at least two billion (with a “B”) dollars on said gambling.

How long before Bank of America returns with its hat in one hand looking for taxpayer money while holding a knife behind its back with the other? We deserve better than BoA. Pull your money out and move it to your local Credit Union. It’s the only sane thing to do.

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New Obama campaign video hits Mitt Romney’s record as governor

Clearly, this is a topic that Mitt Romney does not want to talk about…

Daily Kos

The newest video from the Obama campaign is a four-plus minute indictment of Mitt Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts—and a reminder that, as he is doing in 2012, Mitt Romney in 2002 staked his campaign on his experience at Bain Capital, saying that his private sector record would enable him to bring jobs to Massachusetts.

But as the video points out, Mitt Romney had a miserable record of job creation in Massachusetts. Under his leadership, the state ranked 47th in the nation.  He now defends that lousy record by saying he inherited a recession, but not only did President Obama inherit an even deeper and longer lasting recession, but an apples-to-apples comparison of President Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s jobs records shows that Obama has had the better one.

The video also hits Romney for failing to keep his promises to get the state out of debt and in not raising taxes and fees. According to the video, the state’s debt increased $2.6 billion during Romney’s one term in office and he raised more fees than any other state in the nation in his first year in office.

The video is clearly targeted at people who are following the campaign closely—it isn’t in the style of a 30-second or minute-long ad—and the testimonials from public officials in Massachusetts aren’t nearly as emotionally gripping as testimonials from workers whose lives were upended by Mitt Romney at Bain. And Bain itself is basically missing from the video, except for the clips at the beginning of Mitt Romney saying in both 2002 and 2012 that his private sector experience will enable him to create jobs. But while the video itself isn’t a summer blockbuster, it does contain all the fundamental elements that we’ll see in attacks on Romney’s economic record in Massachusetts as the campaign progresses.

We’ll probably see other elements of Romney’s Massachusetts record as well—specifically, Romneycare and his flip-flop on abortion—but as far as the economy goes, the video makes the core argument that we’ll be hearing throughout this election: that Mitt Romney’s claim to be an economic savant is no more credible in 2012 than it was in 2002, and the proof is in his record as governor—a record which Mitt Romney, not surprisingly, does not want to discuss.

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Outrageous: Kid Sings “Ain’t No Homo Gonna Make It To Heaven” – Church Cheers (Video)

It appears to me that the folks that may not make it to heaven are those in the church teaching that little boy hate…

Class War Exists

The other day – Aphrodite wrote about these cute kids who talked about presidential history and one of them said basically he supported President Obama because gay people could marry.  And while that is something that IACWE supports wholeheartedly…the point was made and I think rightly so – we need to be very careful about using children as props.  I think it’s great that kids have a good heart…but at the end of the day – they will tend to support the position of the households they’re raised in.  You can find that video HERE.

And the ugly side of that coin is indoctrination in all of it’s nastiness.  Watch the video…and see how the church filled with adults ERUPTS with pride to see this young kid sing and no sooner than he says “ain’t no homo gonna make it to heaven”…it was a deafening set of cheers.  That. Is. Indoctrination.

Courtesy of a local Indianapolis channel HERE:

“The Bible is right, somebody’s wrong. Romans 1 and 27, ain’t no homo gonna make it to heaven,” the boy sings as congregation members cheer and clap. The video appears to show The Rev. Jeff Sangl, the pastor and founder of the church, according to the church’s website, laughing and congratulating the child after he finishes the song.

 

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Mediaite Launches ‘Trump Watch’ To Hold Cable Networks Accountable For Trump Airtime

This sounds like a good idea.  I’m not necessarily a Mediaite fan, but I do give them credit for conceiving this idea.  Donald Trump and his birther nonsense needs to be addressed by cable news outlets and call him out on his incessant lies.   They also need to reduce the air-time they have given him these past few days.

Mediaite - March 29, 2012

On the heels of Tuesday’s fiery Donald Trump birther showdown with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, we here at Mediaite would like to finally hold his enablers accountable (and, of course, then in some meta way, we would continue to be enabling the enablers). It’s time for the cable networks to stop giving Donald Trump airtime.

Your willingness to give him airtime is precisely why Trump continues to make outlandish statements on every network within phone’s reach. We understand that he is in the news because of the Romney campaign, but even the sharks are complaining that they are tired of being jumped.

The usually-stoic Wolf Blitzer did a fine job of flogging Trump, making it clear that his birtherism is tiresome nonsense. But the mere fact that Blitzer had Trump on the air, despite Trump having no credibility, is maddening even to those of us who report on the reporters.

And so starting today — the first day of what most assuredly looks to be Trump Week — we here at Mediaite begin our official Trump Watch™. Each day, we will take note of how many times each cable network gives Trump the fumes of airtime that serve as his sustenance.

Today’s tally seems relatively small — CNN and CNBC are, so far, the only guilty parties. Trump is also slated to appear tonight on Greta Van Susteren‘s Fox News program. And we have no doubt that in the coming days, many others will cash in their Trump minutes. And we will be there to count the chips.

We will also track how often each network simply mentions Trump. According to TVEyes, on Tuesday, cable news outlets mentioned Trump for a combined 150 times. More than half of those came from MSNBC alone. And the day isn’t even over!

Stay tuned for our daily Trump Watch.

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CNN Moves To The Right and Loses 52% of Its Viewers

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CNN’s abandonment of news to climb in bed with the tea party has turned into an epic disaster as the network has lost 52% of its viewers.

In a month where all three cable networks had ratings declines, no one did as badly as CNN. The network lost 52% of their total viewers (Run, Anderson, run. Imagine what a Cooper/Maddow primetime could do for MSNBC). Wolf Blitzer’s The Situation Room was down 46% in total viewers and 61% in the demo. How bad for have things gotten for CNN? In my recent travels, I passed through four airports, and not a single one had CNN on. The channel that I have been seeing more public televisions tuned to is The Weather Channel. Yes, even the weather is more interesting than CNN.

CNN’s problems started when the network bosses got the bright idea that they should try to copy Fox News, and move to the right. After climbing into bed with the Tea Party Express and hiring far right wingers Erick Erickson and Dana Loesch led to the current ratings disaster, what would you expect CNN to do?

If you said hire more right wingers and conservatives, congratulations, you are qualified for an upper management position at CNN. The network’s latest hire, Fox News cast-off Margaret Hoover,  let the cat out the bag, “Executives at CNN have been looking for fresh faces and new talent with conservative perspectives, and in the end, offered me an opportunity that was too good to pass up. Indeed, competition, that sturdy pillar of capitalism, is alive and well in the cable news industry.”

Despite the fact that their network is dying because they hired a bunch of conservatives, executives at CNN are looking to hire… more….conservatives.

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Joe Walsh: Democrats Want Hispanics, African Americans ‘Dependent On Government’

Joe Walsh

This guy and Alan West are the biggest buffoons in the GOP…

The Huffington Post

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) made another controversial remark last week, telling constituents that Democrats want Hispanics to be dependent on government — and claiming that African Americans already are.

“The Democratic Party promises groups of people everything,” Walsh, a conservative freshman from suburban Chicago, said during a Schaumburg, Ill., speech caught on video provided by CREDO SuperPAC, an anti-tea party group. “They want the Hispanic vote, they want Hispanics to be dependent on government, just like they got African Americans dependent on government. That’s their game.”

Walsh goes on to say that civil rights activist Jesse Jackson “would be out of work if [African Americans] weren’t dependent on government.”

Walsh was elected in 2010, part of a wave of tea party-backed candidates elected to the House of Representatives that year. His district in the northern Chicago suburbs is a key target for Democrats this year. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is putting its weight behind his opponent, Tammy Duckworth, as part of a “Red to Blue” effort to take back the House, the DCCC chairman, Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) said in March.

Walsh has a flair for the dramatic in his speeches, and last week’s was no different. He began to speak loudly, telling his constituents he gets “wound up” for them. “I am scared. I really am scared, Patrick, that we’re past the point — we have so many people now dependent on government, so many people want handouts,” he said.

Walsh also has a history of controversial remarks about race — and plenty of other issues. He said in April that Obama was elected because he’s black, telling constituents at another town hall that electing the first African American president “made us feel good about [our]self.”

He came under fire for comments to Politico in March about Duckworth, a veteran who lost both of her legs and part of an arm while serving in Iraq:

“I have so much respect for what she did in the fact that she sacrificed her body for this country,” said Walsh, simultaneously lowering his voice as he leaned forward before pausing for dramatic effect. “Ehhh. Now let’s move on.”

Watch Walsh’s remarks on Hispanics and African Americans below, or view a longer video of the town hall meeting here.

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Time for Romney to fire Trump

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Las Vegas Sun - 

Donald Trump is not important; he just thinks he is.

Trump is a small man who has big thoughts about himself, a vulgar attentionophile who cares not what damage he causes or whom he might hurt so long as he is in the spotlight. His loud, full-throated (is there any other way for The Donald?) embrace of birtherism is hardly surprising considering truth or consequences have never mattered much to the man George Will accurately described last weekend as a “bloviating ignoramus.”

But, alas, Will got it wrong — or, to be precise, he captured the mere essence of Trump (he’s a buffoon) but failed to properly describe the sheer ugliness of what the reckless, solipsistic clown is wreaking by continuing to espouse his belief that President Barack Obama is not a native-born American.

It’s one thing to boast about how smart and successful and rich he is — Trump does that every day. But to try to tap into the worst instincts of some folks in the GOP base — and, I fear, too many Democrats and independents, too — with his hardly veiled racism consigns Trump to a category of unconscionable scoundrels and power-hungry demagogues who must be denounced, scorned and vilified.

Hello, darkness, my old Mitt.

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H/t: Gilligan25

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Virtual Blackout From National Media On Voter Suppression In Florida

In 2000, Florida was the deciding factor in the Presidential race.  Both candidates were neck and neck with the vote tallies.  Complaints of voter intimidation by then Secretary of State, Katherine Harris who purged over 170,000 people as “convicted felons”.  The actual number of felons on the list was less than 60,0000.  This means that 110,000 innocent people (registered Democrats) lost their vote that day.  A number that would have pushed Al Gore over the top.

The same thing is being done in Florida today.  However, this time it’s not about felons, it’s about  citizenship “eligibility”.

George W. Bush (W)  2,912,790  -  Republican 

Al Gore                       2,912,253       Stats: Wikipedia

Think Progress

Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) has directed his administration to purge the state’s voting rolls of thousands of registered voters prior to the November election. But his list, which purports to include only “non-citizens,” targets mostly Democrats and Hispanics and, as ThinkProgress hasdocumented, may disenfranchise hundreds of citizens who are eligible to vote.

The story of a sitting governor of a state with a history of presidential election shenanigansknowingly purging his own, eligible constituents from the voter rolls is the definition of major news, and yet remarkably, in the first five months of the year, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today have published a total of zero articles about Scott’s actions. The New York Times did slightly better, printing one story on page 16 of the Friday, May 18th edition. The article ran under the credulous headline: “Florida Steps Up Effort Against Illegal Voters.”

Florida’s local newspapers, led by The Miami Herald, have been far more diligent in reporting the governor’s effort to disenfranchise eligible voters. While it may be easy to dismiss this as local fare, the implications of Scott’s purge could potentially swing the presidential election come November. Remember, months before anyone had ever heard of hanging chads, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris (R) conducted a similar cleansing of the voter rolls in 2000, which resulted in thousands of eligible voters being knocked off the rolls in time for the infamous Gore v. Bush election.

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