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Thursday Blog Round Up

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A Frosty Meeting for Obama and Brewer

The 20 Most Dangerous Conservatives And Their Organizations : politics

Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews Disagree Over Mitch Daniels’ State Of The Union Response

New York Bill Would Make SAT Cheating A Felony

Gingrich Pledges To Establish Permanent Base On The Moon

Santorum: Rape Babies are Gifts from God

Video: Romney on the wrong side at the wrong time

Video: Politifact, you’re fired

U.S. Commandos Free 2 Hostages From Somali Pirates

Who are the SEALs?

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Conservatives Plot to Burn, Shred, and Sabotage Scott Walker Recall Effort

The fact that Conservatives always want to play dirty, will be the chief reason for their loss in the upcoming Scott Walker recall…

Mother Jones

This post has been updated. Click here for the latest.

A group of self-identified conservatives say they plan to sabotage the effort to recallWisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker, which begins on Tuesday, by burning and shredding recall petitions they’ve collected and misleading Wisconsinites about the recall process.

These plans, discussed in Facebook posts that were first reported by the blog PolitiScoop, entail posing as recall supporters and gathering signatures, only to later destroy the petitions. They also include telling Wisconsinites that they can only sign one recall petition (which is false—they can sign different petitions as long as they each correspond to a different organization) and directing signature collectors to the homes of registered sex offenders. (Requests for comment were sent to each of the Facebook posters who allowed messages from other users.)

In one post, Will R. Jenkins says, “I’ll be able to destroy 15-20K signatures.” If things go well, he adds, he might even “be able to destroy upwards of 15-20% of the entire collected ballots in the state of Wisconsin”:

Jenkins’ Facebook profile lists his profession as “UNION SLAVE LABORER” at the Kenosha Unified School District, located in southeast Wisconsin. His description reads, “Dealing with white trash, illegal immigrants, and criminal gang black kids isn’t fun and games.” Jenkins’ interests are listed as “Greeting A Liberal,” “Beating A Liberal,” Strangling A Liberal,” Burying a Dead Body,” and “Having a Few Beers.”

Another person posting under the name Terry Dipper quips, “I bet I can heat my house the whole winter with what I collect”:

Poster Matt Wynns in Eagle, Wisconsin, doubles down on the idea of burning recall petitions:

And finally Facebook users Matt Wynns and Terry Dipper discuss telling Wisconsinites that it’s illegal to sign more than one recall petition—a false statement:

(You can read more of these posts at PolitiScoop, which posted nine different screen shots from Facebook.)

Michael Maistelman, a Wisconsin attorney and election law expert who reviewed screenshots of the comments, says the postings could raise serious legal issues if the plan is to tamper with official recall petitions. “If a person fraudulently solicits recall petitions and then destroys those petitions, they will probably go to jail,” Maistelman says. “The law is very clear on this.”

[UDPATE]: Reid Magney, a spokesman from Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, says destroying or defacing an official recall petition would violate state law. (Here’s the relevant statute.) Such a violation, he adds, would be a class I felony in Wisconsin, which carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to three-and-a-half years in jail.

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Oh, You Mean That “Random Person” Sitting Right Next To Me?

Why are Conservatives such liars?  The real issue is that they are so bad at it, so why bother to lie?

Also, why don’t the news people who ask the question(s) call them out on their lies?

Right Wing Watch

Just [Wednesday], the Washington Post noted the bizarre stranglehold that Grover Norquist and his anti-tax zealotry has over Republicans in Congress.

[Yesterday], during his weekly press conference, House Speaker John Boehner was asked by NBC’s Luke Russert what he thought about Norquist’s influence on Republicans, to which Boehner responded with a bizarre dismissal:

BOEHNER: Our focus here is on jobs. We’re doing everything I can to get our economy going, to get people back to work. It’s not often I’m asked about some random person.

RUSSERT: To your conference, is Grover Norquist a random person?

BOEHNER: Listen, our focus is on creating jobs, not talking about somebody’s personality.

Ummm …really? Because the last time we checked, it was rather uncommon for “some random person” to be seated right next to high-ranking GOP leaders like John Boehner:

 

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Mitt Romney Explains His Inconsistency as Being ‘Human’

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Macy’s store mannequin and Republican frontrunner (just don’t tell Republicans that), Mitt Romney,  is notorious for taking a position, tergiversating on that position, and then choosing a new position on which to tergiversate to reflect the latest poll or Republican talking point de jour.

As Governor of a liberal blue-state, Mitt Romney was pro-choice (or multiple choice as Ted Kennedy once derided during a debate). He was also one of the lone moderate Republicans to actually heed the advice of celebrated climatologists (instead of the janitor at Exxon) regarding climate change, only to repudiate his belief in man-made activities contributing to climate change. And, most notorious, Romney has devoted most of his time on the stump –and debates– meticulously renouncing his mandate health plan he created in Massachusetts, which served as a template for Obama’sAffordable Care Act.

Regarding his abrupt change in philosophy, Romney said “‘What works in one state may not be the answer for another.”  It looks like the Gordon Gekko candidate is more like Gordon Chameleon, carefully changing and saying anything and everything that teabagger republicans want to hear in order to get elected. The Obama relection campaign has publicly cited plans to devote a portion of its campaign strategy on this very phenomenon.

Realizing his flip-flopping is an Achilles heel, Romney finally addressed this problem earlier today.

When pressed by a New Hampshire editorial board about his  famous vacillations on kep political issues over the last decade, Romney  this to say:

 ”I’ve been as consistent as human beings can be.”

Are you serious, Mittens? That’s the type of verbal gymnastics and philosophical expostulating one would expect from former president Bill Clinton when confronted with the meaning of blow jobs.

Romney has formally said that “corporations are people,” and since humans are prone to err, is he saying that he is about as consistent as a corporation. Or, is he making a commentary on human beings’ inability to be consistent.

I don’t think Lao Zsu himself could wax philosophical on the intrinsic meaning behind Romney’s justification for lying and changing his position on everything under the sun, including the sun. Then again, Romney can pretty  much say anything with the pizza perv receiving so much media scrutiny over his past sexual shenanigans.

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Democracy Is Un-American

 

The Supreme Court of the United States has given corporations unprecedented power to literally buy elections. The powerful have no use for the poor voting in any election.  Matthew Vadum is the only one actually saying that the poor should not be allowed to vote, but the rich and powerful (politicians included) have been implementing ways to prevent the poor from voting for decades…

Firedoglake

Via Rick Hasen, right wing “VOTER FRAUD ACORN OMG” nut Matthew Vadum explains why “Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American”:

Why are left-wing activist groups so keen on registering the poor to vote?

Because they know the poor can be counted on to vote themselves more benefits by electing redistributionist politicians.  Welfare recipients are particularly open to demagoguery and bribery.

Registering them to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals.  It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country — which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote.

So let me see if I have this right: Helping millions of poor people to vote for someone they hope might occasionally represent their interests is “antisocial and un-American,” but a tiny minority of ridiculously wealthy people and corporations spending gobs of money to put the government securely in their pocket is “free speech”?

Of course, we won’t mention that most of the poor are “nonproductive” because none of the politicians who slid into office on avalanches of corporate money give a damn about creating jobs.  Or that obscene wealth does not necessarily equate to productivity.  Or that “productivity” is not actually a requirement for voting eligibility in the first place.

Still, I’ll give Vadum credit for coming out and saying that he just doesn’t want poor people to vote.  Usually the right pretends that they’re terribly concerned about the imaginary threat of voter fraud, in much the same way that they’re terribly concerned about the sanctity of marriage, the lives of unborn babies, the threat of terrorism, and the morale of our troops.

The only thing un-American about poor people voting is that it doesn’t give them a voice, even when their candidates win.

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The Insane Conservative Attempt to Link the London Rioters to Obama

Conservatives, thy name is “insanity”

The New Republic

With all the chaos and rioting in the streets of London, it’sproven quite difficult for the media to parse out exactly who is participating in the unrest and what sort of grievances or agenda they might possess. Some have located the cause in the police shooting of Londoner Mark Duggan on Tuesday, August 4. Others have taken a more sociological approach, pointing to issues of race, class, and social alienation in the city’s poorest neighborhoods. But now, thanks to rightwing pundits like Rush Limbaugh and Stanley Kurtz, we have a new, intriguing theory that’s gaining popularity: The rioters are Obama supporters, of course, or, at least, they’re just the sort of people who would support Obama, or, perhaps, they’re being egged on by liberals, or something. Whatever it is, Obama’s to blame:

Rush Limbaugh, “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” August 9, 2011:

Most people have no clue whatsoever what the London riots are really about, and it’s not hooliganism. Hooliganism is the result. Hooliganism is what’s happening, but it isn’t why. I’m gonna play for you why, and what you’re about to listen to is the equivalent of Obama voters in this country and we’re not far from this. This is last night on the BBC. During the riots, the BBC’s Leana Hosea interviewed two unidentified women protesters, and this is how it sounded.

[…]

Conservatives. Rich people. The riots in London. They want you to believe that this is about some out-of-control police action, that the cops did something. It’s the corporate jet owners. It’s the corporate jet owners and those people not paying their fair share. Specifically, it’s rich people, “the people that got businesses.” If you got a business, you are a rich person. Now, this, folks, is what we have in store. We’re on this path. We’re on this track. I’m glad you’re laughing in there, Snerdley. We’re on this track. We already have near race riots at the Wisconsin State Fair in a state where that kind of thing is not known for. I’m telling you. These are the equivalent of Obama voters in the United States, people you just heard here on the BBC.

[…]

Clearly the women are funny. They’re drunk and they don’t know at what they’re talking about. It’s not a laughing matter. This is, in my estimation, precisely what we’re headed for — and I think if this were to happen, Obama would not be upset. Obama wants it.

Read other conservative pundit comments here…

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Wingnut Watch: “Liberals Hate God”

Here’s the thing…Republicans have hijacked God and religion as a whole.  People like Ann Coulter portray liberals/progressives “Godless”, “devils”, “evil” and a host of other synonyms.

The problem with the above hyperbole (Liberals hate God) is that they’re actually projecting their own shortcomings!

Think about it:

- Christians believe in Christ’s teachings

- Conservatives more often than not, refer to the Old Testament which I call the fire and brimstone books

- Jesus spoke about love for our fellow-man, brotherhood, sharing, sacrifice and good deeds

- Conservatives are too greedy to share, too filled with hate to love their fellow-man; has no clue what the word “sacrifice means”; and the only good deeds they understand is donating millions to GOP PACs to make sure Dems don’t win in any elections.

- By the way, why do Conservatives love the fetus (anti-abortion) but hate the child (reducing medical care for children, school lunches, Head Start, etc., ad infinitum)?

Rolling Stone

Yes, that’s right: according to Missouri congressman and Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin, “at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God.” Rep. Akin, welcome to the wingnut pantheon. (For more choice examples of political lunacy, idiocy and extremism, click through to the Wingnut Watch photo gallery.)

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20 lies (and counting) told by Gov. Walker

Russ’ Filtered News gave us the very popular An Open Letter To Conservatives and Muslims In America: The Shocking TruthNow it seems Russ has done it again with his new post entitled: 20 lies (and counting) told by Gov. Walker.

Here is an excerpt from Russ’ latest post:

We’re used to politicians stretching the truth, but the level of deception and dishonesty Wisconsin’s governor has exhibited in the battle over his union-busting budget repair bill (even the name is a falsehood) sinks to astounding new lows.  What follows are the 20 lies I’ve identified in a quick review of the record.  If you find or recall others, please let me know.  We’ll keep updating.Walker: His bill is about fixing a budget crisis.

The truth: Even Fox News’ Shepherd Smith couldn’t swallow that one, declaring that it’s all about politics and union busting, and “to pretend that this is about a fiscal crisis in the state of Wisconsin is malarkey.”

Walker: says he campaigned on his budget repair plan, including curtailing collective bargaining.

“We introduced a measure last week, a measure I ran on during the campaign, a measure I talked about in November during the transition, a measure I talked about in December when we fought off the employee contracts, an idea I talked about in the inauguration, an idea I talked about in the state of the state. If anyone doesn’t know what’s coming, they’ve been asleep for the past two years.”

The truth: Walker, who offered many specific proposals during the campaign, did not go public with even the sketchiest outline of his far-reaching  plans to kill collective bargaining rights. He could not point to any statements where he did.  In fact, he was caught on tape boasting to what he thought was his billionaire backer that he had “dropped the bomb.”

Walker: keeps saying that “almost all” of the protesters at the Capitol are from outside the state

The truth: “The vast majority of people protesting are from here — Wisconsin and even more from Dane County,” said Joel DeSpain, public information officer for the Madison Police Department.

Walker: He wants to negotiate.

The truth: He won’t negotiate, but he’ll pretend to so he can trick the 14 Dem senators into allowing a vote on his bill. Walker recently offered to actually sit down and speak with the minority leader – something he should have done anyway and long ago – but only if the rest of the senators came back with him. Why?

“…legally, we believe, once they’ve gone into session, they don’t physically have to be there. If they’re actually in session for that day and they take a recess, the 19 Senate Republicans could then go into action and they’d have a quorum because they started out that way…But that would be the only, if you heard that I was going to talk to them, that would be the only reason why. We’d only do it if they came back to the capital with all 14 of them. And my sense is, hell, I’ll talk to them. If they want to yell at me for an hour, you know, I’m used to that, I can deal with that. But I’m not negotiating.”     More…

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A Liberal New Year’s Resolution

From the website Republican Dirty Tricks.  Illustrations are from The Fifth Column photo archives.

It’s time to stop pretending that Republicans (and their DLC Corporate Dem enablers) want the American Middle Class to be strong, vibrant and economically-secure, but just hold different ideas than liberals on how to get there. THEY DON’T. Conservative ideology is quite simple, as old as recorded history and can be boiled down to 2 words: CHEAP LABOR – and they won’t stop inflicting their greed-centered policies on us until the middle class are permanently relegated to status Conservatives consider their natural “place” – compliant Serfs.

One doesn’t have to stretch their imagination too far to glimpse this Republican vision of our future – just turn back the clock to the “Gilded Age” – when super-rich robber barons controlled their operatives in government, lived in opulence while lording over the common people.

All we have to do is look around at the world Republicans have created to examine the fruits of their ideology – and their insistence to remain on that path despite the damage it does to the American worker, and the truth is plain.

Don’t take my word for it… take if from the Republicans themselves. In spite of Republican Pollster Frank Luntz’s directive for Republicans to stay on their fake populist message, the compulsively pro-corporate, GOP class war agenda can’t help but slip from their well-fed mouths – thankfully, many times on camera.

From Joe Barton’s apology to corporate felon BP, to Republican Senate Candidate Sharron Angle’s view that unemployment benefits are ‘spoiling’ the lazy citizenry, GOP staffers are kept petty busy releasing retractions every time one of these out-of-touch bastards comes out of their gated communities to spit in the face of the middle class, destroyed by 30 years of Reaganomics.

But the facts are staring us in the face. For instance, Conservatives may long for a 1950’s America for its rigid social and gender mores and racial hierarchies, but not for the top marginal tax rate of over 90% which had American industry investing in America to the benefit of all. The numbers speak for themselves. In the 1950s, the ratio of the average executive’s paycheck to the average worker’s paycheck was about 30 to 1. Since the year 2000, that ratio has exploded to between 300 to 500 to 1. (for more stats, read the Business Insider article: 22 Statistics That Prove The Middle Class Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America)

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/22-statistics-that-prove-the-middle-class-is-being-systematically-wiped-out-of-existence-in-america-2010-7##ixzz19MIzLpxh

Concentrating more and more wealth into the hands of fewer people – the RIGHT people – is wonderful news for Conservatives! Alan Greenspan himself has boasted that his job as Fed chairman included the responsibility to create “worker insecurity”, so the plebs don’t get too uppity and pester their “betters” for a raise as their wages are driven into the ground for higher CEO profits. An appalling statement given the fact that real average hourly earnings (excluding fringe benefits) now stand roughly at 1974 levels. Meaning, there’s been no real wage increase in over 35 years despite an 86% increase in productivity. (Again, for more stats, read the Business Insider article: 22 Statistics That Prove The Middle Class Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America.)

So as John Boehner takes over the “People’s House,” to go to bat for his true masters – the rich and their giant transnational corporations – and the incoming chairman of the House banking committee, Republican Spencer Bachus, says Congress and federal regulators should “serve the banks,” let’s remember that nothing spells GOP recovery like a suffering American Middle Class. Despite the fact that the rich are doing fabulously well off of the sacrifices of the rest of us, Republicans will continue to demand more sacrifice from working people (Austerity! Austerity!) while shielding their rich benefactors from the repercussions caused by their own unbridled greed.

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An Extremely Important Message To Conservatives & The GOP From Rachel Maddow

I have never hidden the fact that I feel Rachel Maddow is by far, the best and most well prepared commentator on television today. 

 Her doctorate in political science shows in every broadcast.  She is not cocky or full of herself.  She’s not arrogant or belligerent to her guests or in her reporting.  When Rachel sees a problem in the political spectrum, she tells her audience about it and explains what may have caused that problem. 

The following video is one such case.  Her message is directed to her base audience, but more so to those who refuse to appear on her show, mainly conservatives and members of the GOP.

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