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ChristieGate: The Nation reports on another bridge scheme

Bayonne Bridge

Governor Christie announces that work has begun on a $1.3 billion Port Authority to renovate the Bayonne Bridge, June 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) | H/t: The Nation

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ChristieGate? BridgeGate? BridgeGate II?

The Nation reported today that Chris Christie’s “hatchet men” Bill Baroni and David Wildstein, along with the Port Authority’s Chairman David “The General” Samson, headed a scheme to reconstruct the Bayonne Bridge ten years before it really needed it. Christie touted the efforts in his recent successful reelection bid.

I didn’t see this diaried yet, but I will take it down if someone else covered it already. 

The Nation‘s Christie Watch crew does an excellent job of reviewing the nefarious deeds of this crew, including this weekend’s release of the toll hike theater. Today’s post focuses on the Bayonne Bridge project, a $1.2 billion project awarded to construction firm Skanska Koch, a client of, wait for it, Wolff & Samson. The project also won the support of the Laborers’ International Union.

The Bayonne project existed before Christie was elected to his first term, but really took off after his administration was installed. Baroni rallied his troops around him and pushed the project through with the help of Wildstein and, it would seem, Samson. The Nation’s sources claim Samson was a hands-on manager who would meet with Baroni and Wildstein for two hours at a time.

They created a “climate of fear” inside the PA, the source said. And, he added, Baroni and Wildstein were often closeted with David Samson, the PA chairman and Christie’s political mentor. Samson, who has been accused of using his position as PA chairman to benefit his law firm, and whose resignation has been demanded by the Star-Ledger, was a highly engaged and activist chairman, said the source, adding that that was very unusual for a chairman. “Samson was in the office a minimum two, sometimes three times a week and [Baroni and Wildstein] would be behind closed doors with the chairman for two hours at a time,” he said.Baroni and Wildstein, the latter of whom maintained a secret list of favored officials, conspired inside the PA to press for the toll hikes. Along with $1.8 billion in federal and PA funds used by Christie for pet projects after he canceled a plan to build a new Hudson River transit tunnel, the toll hikes and the PA’s more recent PA’s capital spending plan created a tidal wave of new cash for Christie to spend as saw fit. In an editorial on March 4, the Star-Ledger said in an editorial that all these funds created a “piggy bank” for Christie, and it quoted John Wisniewski, chairman of the committee investigating the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, who said, “It’s a slush fund.” According to the Star-Ledger’s news article, Baroni and Wildstein also organized a cabal inside the PA over the toll hikes.

The article is totally worth the read, whether you follow every twist and turn or if you need a primer.Thanks for the recs! Please visit jamess’s diary, “It’s a slush fund.” He had the story first.

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Sunday Talk: Good to the last drop

I love this weekly feature on Daily Kos.  I’m always compelled to share it with TFC readers.

This week’s intro is particularly humorous…

By: Silly Rabbit  for Daily Kos

On “Blue Monday,” millions of Americans—chief among themformer POW John McCain—watched the second inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama, and hoped/prayed that he would apologize for decisively winning the past two elections.

Much to their dismay, however, instead of surrendering to some bullshit fantasy of theirs, Obama forcefully made the case for progressive values.

His words proved to be too much for top Republicans; some went into hiding, while others went off the deep end—all but accusing him of lip-syncing to an audiobook of The Communist Manifesto and/or MeinKampf.

Now, I’m not a psychiatrist, but if I were one, I’d say that the GOP’s problems are rooted in stupiditypsychopathyvaginaphiliaracismobjectivismmisogynyxenophobiahomophobia, and stuff.

Alsotoo.

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Morning Lineup:

Meet the Press: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); Roundtable: Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, NAACP CEO/President Ben JealousBob Woodward and Andrea Mitchell (NBC News).

Face the Nation: Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA); NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly; Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA); Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN);Roundtable: Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter, Romney Campaign Senior Adviser Kevin MaddenDavid Sanger (New York Times) and David Ignatius(Washington Post).

This Week: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ); ScreenwriterMark Boal; Author Mark BowdenRoundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Rep.David Schweikert (R-AZ), Democratic Strategist Donna BrazileSteve Inskeep (NPR) and Chris Hughes (The New Republic)

Fox News Sunday: Retired Col. Martha McSally; Retired Gen. Jerry Boykin; Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN); Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); RoundtableBrit Hume (Fox News), Jeff Zeleny (New York Times), Kimberley Strassel (Wall Street Journal) and Juan Williams(Fox News).

State of the Union: Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal; Former CIA Director Michael C. Hayden;  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R); Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R)l Saratoga Springs, Utah Mayor Mia Love (R); Former Commerce Secretary Carlos GutierrezReliable SourcesBob Costas (NBC Sports); David Frum(Newsweek/Daily Beast); Clarence Page (Chicago Tribune); Amy Argetsinger(Washington Post).

The Chris Matthews ShowChuck Todd (NBC News); Kathleen Parker (Washington Post); Radhika Jones (TIME); Chris Frates (National Journal).

Fareed Zakaria GPSKing Abdullah II of Jordan; Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Up with Chris Hayes: Former US Ambassador to Austria Swanee Hunt; Author Robin Wright; Syracuse University Prof. Horace CampbellJoshua Trevino (Texas Public Policy Foundation); Vince Warren (Center for Constitutional Rights); Phyllis Bennis(Institute for Policy Studies); Adam Serwer (Mother Jones).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a joint interview with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (preview); and, a report on the fall of Lance Armstrong (preview).

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Sunday Talk: Precious metal

I like Daily Kos’ Sunday Talk  lineup.   Wanted to share this feature once again with TFC readers.

Thank you for visiting this blog on a regular basis.

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Long before Joe Biden confirmed their worst fear—that President Obama is planning to go all Mr. Bananagrabber on them—those at the forefront of America’s civil gun rights movement began making their doomsday preparations; and with good reason.

Ever since he first took office, Obama has been promoting so-called “infrastructure” projects—just like Hitler did.

And now, in the wake of the Newtownschool shooting (which could’ve been stopped by an armed sex offender), he wants to expand his dictatorship in ways that would make Stalin blush.

Adding insult to injuryObama’s administration has refused requests by we the people to build a Death Star, purportedly because there isn’t enough platinum in the world to pay for it—a claim belied by algebra and science.

If this keeps up, it may soon become necessary to set the building on fire.

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Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Former Secretary of State Colin PowellRoundtable: Newark, NJ MayorCory Booker (D), Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R), GOP Strategist Mike Murphy and Andrea Mitchell (NBC News).Face the Nation: Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal; Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Sen.Joe Machin (D-WV); Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D); RoundtableRajiv Chandrasekaran (Washington Post), Amy Walter (Cook Political Report) and Jon Dickerson (CBS News).

This Week: Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI); Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN); Richard Haass (Council on Foreign Relations); Martha Raddatz (ABC News); Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV); Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R); RoundtablePaul Krugman (New York Times), Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), Al Hunt (Bloomberg News), Judy Woodruff (PBS) and Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker.

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT);RoundtableBrit Hume (Fox News), Bob Woodward (Washington Post), Kimberley Strassel (Wall Street Journal) and Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN).

State of the Union: NRA President David Keene; Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D); Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV); Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R); Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD); Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN); Reliable SourcesPaul Farhi(Washington Post); Robert Costa (National Review); Keli Goff (TheRoot.com); Christine Brennan (USA Today); Gail Shister (TV Newser); Adam Buckman (Xfinity TV);Rebecca MacKinnon (CNN).

The Chris Matthews ShowHoward Fineman (Huffington Post); Liz Marlantes(Christian Science Monitor); John Harris (Politico); Kasie Hunt (NBC News).

Fareed Zakaria GPSPeter Beinart (Daily Beast); Bret Stephens (Wall Street Journal); Hermitage Capital Management CEO William Browder; Author Stephen Cohen; Author Bruce BartlettJeffrey Toobin (CNN).

Up with Chris HayesJoy Reid (MSNBC); Columbia University Prof. John McWhorter;Eli Lake (Newsweek/Daily Beast); Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!); Dave Zirin (The Nation); Tara McGuinness (Center for American Progress Action Fund); Chris Anders(ACLU).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a report on technological advances, especially robotics, that are revolutionizing the workplace, but not necessarily creating jobs (preview); an interview with Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayer (preview); and, a report on the extreme sport of free diving, in which divers reach great depths on one breath (preview).

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Tuesday Blog Round Up 8-7-2012

Video of Mars landing

Daily Kos Radio is on the air!

Is ‘Obamacare’ on the Rebound?

Christie Back in the Mix for Veep?

Between Politics And Precedent

Fight over voting rights sharpens in Ohio

Meanwhile, in other stories of intolerance

Guess Who’s Profiting Most From Super PACs?

Romney keeps wrestling with tax returns claim

Indefinite Detention Ruling Appealed By Federal Prosecutors

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President Obama’s Outrageous Donation

The following item found at Daily Kos is an exercise in sarcasm.  Surely the right-wing haters of the POTUS will find many things wrong with his socialist donation list! (Snark)

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President Obama’s 2011 tax returns reveal that he made charitable donations to 39 organizations (totaling $172,130). Of those 39 organizations, one is so shocking, so scandalous, that it may justifiably derail his chances in 2012.

And he will have only himself to blame.

The culprit – which stunningly stands out in stark relief – can be seen in this image taken from his returns:

Obama Donations

If you notice, the largest donation Obama made – $117,130 – went to a shady organization with unmistakable communist ties. That organization, The Fisher House, is infiltrating many of our military complexes. It’s shaping the minds and lives of many of our country’s future communal and political elite. And because of donations like Obama’s, its influence is growing.

Here’s how they unabashedly describe themselves:

The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

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Tennessee Senate Approves Bill To Warn Students That Hand-Holding Is A ‘Gateway Sexual Activity’

What the heck is wrong with GOP legislators?

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Like any state legislature dealing with 8 percent unemployment and thousands of itsresidents facing disenfranchisement, the Tennessee Senate is targeting the menace of underage hand-holding.

Last week, the Senate passed SB 3310, a bill to update the state’s abstinence-based sex education curriculum to define holding hands and kissing as “gateway sexual activities.” Just one senator voted against the legislation; 28 voted in favor.

Since the bill specifically bans teachers from “demonstrating gateway sexual activity”, educators would be prohibited from even demonstrating what hand-holding is. Breaking these laws could result in a lawsuit, as Hunter from Daily Kos notes:

If your teacher teaches you anything about sex that isn’t specifically on the approved curriculum, like demonstrating “holding hands” for the class instead of quietly talking about the dangers it poses, they can be sued.

Still, this anti-hand-holding push may only be the second-worst bill passed in Tennessee this month. Nearly a century after the Volunteer State played host to the Scopes Monkey Trial, the legislature has now enacted a new law allowing educators to teach creationism alongside evolution.

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At this point, being a conservative isn’t a political philosophy, it’s a personality disorder

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If you LOVE Rush Limbaugh you probably suck to be around. Unhappy, unpleasant, racist, backwards, sexist, homophobic conspiracy theorists who hate hate hate and fear fear fear. At this point they should replace the elephant with Chicken Little.

Image Hosting by PictureTrail.com    Dear Conservatives, all of your ideas, when practiced, result in Epic Fail. Drill baby drill, BP Oil Spill. Let the banks get Too Big To Fail and police themselves, massive bank collapse. Teach abstinence only, teen pregnancies go up. Cut taxes for the rich while waging war, create a massive deficit. Trust me, I could go on.

Your political philosophy is a joke, a tiresome reel of you as Sideshow Bob stepping on rakes, yet no matter how hard your ideas fail you insist that it is only your leaders who fail the ideas, so you have doubled down on stupid and insisted that by being really, really conservative, this time its’ going to work, seriously.

Modern day conservatives are trying as hard as they can to bang a square peg through a round hole, but don’t even get me started on Marcus Bachmann.

It is not your conservative “family values” nonsense that you love to harp on that really matters, ask anyone who voted for Newt Gingrich this primary season. No, what binds the conservative movement at this point is hate, hate of government and socialism and liberals, Saul Alinsky and Reverend Wright and ACORN and Van Jones and whatever else they’ve been prattling on about on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh. Conservatives love it and hate everything else, which brings me to my main point, which is at this point, being a conservative isn’t a political philosophy, it’s a personality disorder.

I’ve tried, I’ve really really tried to reach out to conservatives and find areas where we can work together to fix the country, but we want different things. I want to make life better for the vast majority of Americans and fix our broken system and you want to let the Government of the State of Virginia shove things inside a woman’s vagina whether she wants you to or not while screaming about an out of control government. I just can’t take you anywhere.

So I’m not going to try to pretend that you don’t have this problem, Conservatives, because its’ your problem, not mine. You have a personality disorder. You treat people like shit, you don’t like any of my friends and all of your ideas suck for everyone but the wealthiest 1% and corporations. Frankly, it’s over. I’m leaving you, and I’m taking the kids with me.

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Oh, for Fox sake! Wingnuts disgrace Whitney Houston’s [Death] with massive N-bombing

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As much as I hate the content of what I’m about to report here (via Daily Kos) this story must be exposed.  Warning, these people hate Blacks and show it in every possible way…

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I said it before, I’ll say it again, when America elected a black man as President, it broke the brains of the racist people.

Case in point, Fox News. They pander to an increasingly openly racist and bigoted base. They can’t help but be blatantly racist after 40 years of Southern Strategy social conditioning, even if it means showing zero respect to the recently deceased. Take this as a disgusting example.

H/t to littlegreenfootballs.com

Singer Whitney Houston Dies at 48 | Fox News.There are almost 5000 comments posted in the thread — these are from the first few pages. Notice that the racist bastards deliberately misspell their slurs or insert random spaces, so they aren’t caught by word filters. And many of the worst comments have numerous “likes” from other commenters.

   A tragedy is when someones passes away from a terminal disease or something else that no one saw coming.Whitney is just an inferior lo w life ni gg er that needed to go,no tragedy,no loss.    […]

Any death is a tragedy you heartless bástard.

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not nignogs their death is a plus

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SHe couldn’t even sell issues of “the national enquirer” anymore. Everyone was tired of the TNB. Niqqer flaps her lips and screeches, niqqer becomes rich. Niqqer ends up nearly broke after spending all of her money. Niqqer in constant fights and drug binges. Niqqer ODs when she learns she’s nearly broke and she is so wasted physically she can’t make another album. Niqqer hit the end of the road, niqqer thinking and niqqer behavior led her to where she had nothing. She couldn’t face life without the “bling bling”, she knew she would never have any more “kaching kaching”

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I am now patiently waiting for the grand messiah Obama to have a blk fundraiser in honor of Whitley with Kevin Costner as guest of honor with all the Hollywood elites invited along with Alan Colmes, Al Sharpton, Jeremia Wright, Charles Rangel, etc. with a menu featuring blk eyed peas, grits, Imported Kobe steak, Dom Perignon, sweet potato pie and a mus lll im scarf as a momento of this great occasion.

Of course the door prize will be an all expense paid trip to Kenya to visit the Obama tribe and birthplace of his ancestors while the American people still look for this imposter’s birth certificate in Hawaii !!!

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This is typical of the blk gene pool; it happens all the time. They cannot handle fame and fortune whether it’s derived from music, acting, sports or just plain entertainment. Too much fame and too much money at one time will ki ll ll you.

How many blk people have died from drugs including alcohol that have been in the sports and the entertainment industry or screwed up their married lives like Tiger Woods or worse, OJ Simpson !!!

This is the same disease that got Obama voted into the White House.

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i don’t even consider them to be included in the human race let alone on a pedistal. the people that do are a bunch of loosers.

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Story goes Obama sh0ved to much cr@ck up the wh0res @zz when he was going to sniiff it…

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Obvious the use of to much hair strengthener did her in.That s_t will peel paint!

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    unfortunately like most nignog crack hoes she was able to apply her trade on “da streets”

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    Another nignog off the public social rolls

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    BIack females are the fattest segment of the population. BIack males are the most murderousss segment of the population. Africans have the lowest IQ of all people.

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    Like most of her species, she suffered from chronic stupidity.

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    tough break niqqer.

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    Nothing wrong with Coors, what is good about it most_n i g g e r s don’t like it

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oh niqqa please,nigga please.

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one of the only b l a c k chics i would have ever banged…..once you go c r ack er…..you dont do cr a c k

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Woo Hoo One less obama voter

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Whitney who?!? some //iggress music artist that had a couple of hits in the early 90’s. She’s since been forgotten and now she’s dead.. Who cares..

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Africans love their drugs.

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Jungle Buggie ??

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This is a good lesson for all of you God loving Christian girls out there, stay away from “Jungle Love.”

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One less bIack crack addict in the world today. Not such a big loss.

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We Whiteys dont care about some monkey crackhead, change the headline!

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How funny would it be if they fuckedup the tombstone.

WHITEY HOUSTON

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Their are B L A C K S and their are N i G G A S, which class do you put her mentor Bobby Brown into??? Whitney chose ???

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Who cares? Black_trash gone is enough.

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She is just like any other gh e tto queen.I hope the rest of these worthless piles in the inner cities follow her act .

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What a waste of a good slit.

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HER REAL NAME SHOULD BE KUNTA KINTI OR MOGUBA MAGABA, WHY AFRO-AMERICANS ARE USING ENGLISH NAMES AND LAST NAMES?….SHAME ON THEM!!

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You know what you call Whitney Houston in a bathtub? A dead n i g g a h

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Another buckwheat supporter bites the dust, oh well.

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hatesandniqqers 3 hours ago

phuk you w hore,,,,,,,,,

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Buckwheat is ne gro trash!

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Bammy should not have given her crack from his personal stash!

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B l a c k s have little to brag about about so they strut and crow about anything. The politically correct whites whine and cringe and try to be b l a c k themselves and identify with their “brothers”. Great singer but as stupid as her pal, the malignancy in the white house

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she still be voting for the head niggg this nov

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To bad it wasnt the monkey in the White House

Wow, keep it klassy, San Diego!

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At this point, they don’t even try to hide it anymore. This is who they are. Openly racist, totally out of touch with the majority of America, and their number one policy seems to be that if you are not a dittohead just like them, then they fucking hate you.

In short, they hate you. Period.They masquerade their bullshit in the words of Jesus and the all-knowing free market, but it is transparent what motivates them. Not love for their fellow man, not love for their fellow citizen, not love for country- what motivates them is hate for the other.

You.

They fucking hate you. They want you, and everyone who speaks for you, and every institution that represents your values, whether it be Planned Parenthood or food banks or ACORN- you name it. They want it destroyed.

I just do not understand why more people do not recognize this. The Republicans have declared total war on America, and people are responding like this is politics as usual.

They have declared war on the America that doesn’t fit in with what Rush Limbaugh tells them, but more than anything they have declared war on sanity. Nothing says that this is not politics like usual the way the revolting behavior detailed above does.

And they all watch the same news channel. Consistently the least informed people in America. Consistently the most hatefully blind, willfully ignorant, easily deceived people you could find. Not everyone who watches Fox News is racist, but racists sure do feel comfortable watching Fox News.

At this point, the GOP base is just to the left of Fred Phelps and his clowns, and yet the wingnuts just don’t get it. It’s not your candidates, Mitch Daniels or Chris Christie can’t save you. It’s you, Republicans.   The problem is you.

You can follow me on the series of tubes at Twitter @JesseLaGreca

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This week in the War on Voting: South Dakota’s shameful legacy continues

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The ACLU highlights just one story from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, one story that demonstrates the plight of hundreds of voters in the state.

South Dakota is trying to prevent Eileen Janis — and hundreds of other citizens — from voting.
Eileen grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and does suicide prevention work. She registered to vote for the first time in 1984. “I always vote because my mom told me to,” she says.But when she went to cast her ballot in the historic 2008 election, she found that she had been illegally removed from the voter rolls. Though she had been convicted of a felony, her sentence to probation meant that she had not lost the right to cast a ballot. “I went [to vote] with my son who had just turned 18. As soon as I tried to vote I was told no because I was a felon.”

South Dakota has a long and shameful history of disenfranchising Native Americans, so Ms. Janis’s story is far from unique. The ACLU sued on behalf of Janis and other disenfranchised South Dakotans and won. Which, of course, isn’t the end of the story. Here at Daily Kos, robbinsdale radical alerted us to the South Dakota legislature’s efforts to deny the franchise to those with criminal convictions, even those who were never sentenced to jail time. Native Americans are disproportionately represented in the South Dakota criminal system, and this effort would hit them particularly hard.

The ACLU tells how to take action:

Tell the DOJ to protect the right to vote in South Dakota and across the nation. Andurge Congress to pass the Democracy Restoration Act, which would let Eileen—and all Americans with past convictions who are living in their communities—vote in federal elections.

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John Boehner understands Occupy Wall Street ‘frustrations’ and hopes they don’t riot

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John Boehner has decided to weigh in with his deep thoughts on the Occupy Wall Street protests. He understands. He knows why people are “frustrated.” He knows that people have the right to protest. Oh, and please don’t riot:

Beyond that, I lived through the riots of the Vietnam War … and you can see how some of those activities got out of control. A lot of people lived through the race riots of 1968 that was clearly out of control, and I’m hopeful that these demonstrations will continue to be peaceful.

Well, sure. He understands, don’t riot. Great take-away.

And it’s a shame Boehner isn’t in a position to actually do anything about people’s frustration about jobs and the economy. Oh, wait …

 

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