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Allen West Loses His House Seat

Rep. Allen West (R-FL) delivers the keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. on February 12, 2011.

Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL)

This is the icing on the cake.  Alllen West was an arrogant Tea Party backed Congressman from Florida who attacked President Obama and his supporters on a daily basis with vitriol even the staunchest Republican may have been shocked to hear.  Good riddance.

TPMDC

Republican Rep. Allen West (FL), the bomb-throwing tea party darling elected during the 2010 tea party wave, was projected as defeated in a close race by Democrat Patrick Murphy.

NBC News projected the race for Murphy. With 99 percent of the vote in, he was up by some 1,500 votes.

The Floridian freshman quickly gained a national profile with his scorched-earth rhetoric against President Obama and his initiatives. He rankled many earlier this year when he claimed that dozens of congressional Democrats were closet communists — comments he repeatedly stood by.

West was a prime target for Democrats this cycle. He opted to run for a different House seat this cycle after his district was redrawn to include a larger fraction of Democrats. Despite his best efforts to soften his image, he was an imperfect fit for the evenly divided district.

And Democrats were gleeful about Murphy’s victory.

“We congratulate Congressman-elect Patrick Murphy on defeating Tea Party crony Allen West,” said Florida Democratic Party chair Rod Smith. “Murphy is a rising star in the party and will be a strong voice for the people of Florida in the United States Congress. Tonight, the people of this district rejected divisive, hateful rhetoric in favor a fresh-faced, bipartisan approach centered around the issues important to Florida’s middle class families.”

The race was hard-fought, with brutal attack ads from both candidates bankrolled in part by outside groups, who made their mark on the race.

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Opelousas Massacre Occurred On This Date In 1868, Hundreds Of Blacks Slain Over Voting Rights

Opelousas Massacre

The picture on the left  is not a pretty sight.  It reminds me of what was and what still is…albeit with a more “legal” façade.  Voter suppression then and voter suppression now is unconstitutional.

NewsOne

The Opelousas Massacre in St. Landry Parish, La., has baffled historians over the years. From varying accounts, hundreds of Blacks were reportedly killed, because of their desire to join a local political group that included racist White Democrats. The Seymour Knights violently drove potential Black voters away from the Democratic Party, prompting White Republican reporter Emerson Bentley to write that Blacks should remain loyal to the Republican Party in local paper The Progress.

A school teacher by day, Bentley was beaten by a group of Whites as a result of his article, which some in the town saw as an affront to the powers that be. Black Republicans, looking to defend and find Bentley, gathered to confront the Knights and other Democrats with both sides armed for war.

It isn’t said who struck first, but it is known that the White Democrats had the numbers and weapons advantage. On this date in 1868, the groups squared off in town in the early morning.

As the battles raged on well in to the afternoon and evening hours, several Blacks were caught, shot, and some later executed for the uprising. The White militia forces drove the resistance in to neighboring swamps and captured or killed the opposition on sight, in most cases.

Twelve leaders of the Black Republicans who were seized were lynched the following day, which sparked a round of anti-Black violence and sentiment throughout the region. In the end, an estimated 150 to 300 Blacks were killed as a result of the race riot and an accurate number has yet to be determined even after years of research. Whites were also killed, with the numbers varying between 30 to 50 in most reports.

Although hard numbers cannot be confirmed, what is universally recognized is that Black lives were lost on that day as a result of voter and racial oppression.

As tensions rose in the South for decades after the massacre, the lack of justice and information about the standoff shows that care must be taken to preserve the African-American legacy for future generations.

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Todd Akin’s Greatest Hits

Todd Akin

As most of you know, this blog is about “sorting out the crazies”.  Todd Akin may be at the top of the list in the GOP Crazies category.

TPMDC

An untold number of Americans first met Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) — the GOP’s nominee to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) — on Sunday, after he falsely claimed that women have a natural defense against becoming pregnant from what he called a “legitimate rape.”

Though the outlandish claim represents a fairly common view in the pro-life movement and the GOP, the backlash was so fast and severe that some GOPers are calling for Akin to abandon his candidacy, so somebody less tainted can take his place.

But even if Akin hadn’t exposed that he holds this controversial view, his candidacy wouldn’t have been a cakewalk. Although until this weekend he enjoyed a small lead over McCaskill, his record is thick with the sort of fringe views that prevented several GOP challengers from defeating Democrats in 2010. That’s why McCaskill, an unpopular incumbent, worked hard to assure Akin won his party’s nomination.

Here are some of Akin’s greatest hits.

Student Loans

In April, Akin cited a law Democrats passed in 2010 that saves billions of dollars by preventing private banks from profiting, risk free, on federally backed student loans as an example of the notion that “America has got the equivalent of stage three cancer of socialism, because the federal government is tampering in all kind of stuff it has no business tampering in.”

When offered the chance to clarify, he declined, saying “I called a spade a spade.”

Social Security

During a CSPAN appearance on March 2011, Akin raised strong objections to one of the nation’s most popular federal support programs. “Social Security, through the years, for many many people, has been a terrible investment. It’s really a tax is all it is. Social Security is a tax. The government is taking the tax — there’s more money coming in than going out — and we spend it. That’s not responsible. I don’t like it. I didn’t design Social Security. It was — it actually came from Bismark. FDR put it in place.”

First Amendment

In June 2011, Akin told Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, that “the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God.”

Marital Rape

In 1991, as a state legislator, Akin questioned whether anti-marital rape legislation might be used “in a real messy divorce as a tool and a legal weapon to beat up on the husband.” He ultimately voted for the bill.

Civil and Voting Rights

Akin recently claimed that elections “historically have always been a state thing.” Without expressing opposition to the Civil Rights Act and other federal protections for ethnic minorities, Akin noted “I think we’ve come a very long way from those days,” adding, “I think we need to make sure that everybody has a right to vote — once,” a transparent nod to the inaccurate notion that voter impersonation fraud is a persistent problem that requires legal restrictions on voting.

School Lunches

In 2010, he was one of 13 to vote against expressing support for the goals and ideals of the National School Lunch Program.

Missing And Exploited Children

In 2003, he and 13 other Republicans voted against a five year reauthorization of a law that provides support for missing and exploited children.

In 2005, he was one of 52 congressmen to oppose legislation to create a national sex offender registry, compel convicted sex offenders to register, and impose mandatory sentences for convicted child molesters.

Anti-Abortion Violence

When he first ran for Congress in 2000 he fell under scrutiny for writing a 1995 letter of support to the 1st Missouri Volunteers — a fringe, anti-abortion private militia.

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Shaking Up CNN

Mario Piperni channeled my thoughts on CNN’s programming and the media in general.

More on CNN’s  problems can be found here.

Mario Piperni

CNN doesn’t need a shake up in their leadership, they need a shake up in their programming.

I’m tired of all the partisan hacks — including John King and Wolf Blizter. About the only show CNN has that’s worth watching is GPS. State of the Union is better with Candy than John King, but it’s just another forum for the political hacks to spread more BS.

Here’s some free advice CNN.

How about educating the public on the facts contained in the bills and the consequences of them by the non-partisan wonks who can report facts not lies and spin.  Instead of having the politicos smearing them with their ideological spin, how about interviewing those who study the bills for their impact from, say, the Congressional Research Service — you know those really smart folks who write up the reports that apparently many members of Congress don’t bother to read?  Or someone from the Government Accountability Office, or some non-partisan think tanks that actually understand the impact a bill will have?

Let’s go behind the scenes and expose the back room deals and fund-raising meet-ups with the lobbyists!  Let’s raise some questions about the abuse of power, whether it be by Democrats or Republicans.

If we want D.C. to be cleaned up, then we need the media to get out of bed with the political class and start doing some real reporting. Who cares what the pols have to say — when it’s spin, CYA, or out and out lies? I’m tired of it — I love Rachel cause she goes after all of them with real facts and she takes on Democrats and Republicans.  She’d spend more time on the Democrats, if the GOP didn’t give her so much fodder.

If you want me to tune back in, ditch the pundits, commentators, politicos and start dishing out the truth and nothing but the unvarnished truth. We’ll never straighten out the mess we’re in, until we can agree on the facts and demand solutions.

Example — instead of all the spin about the health care bill, they should have brought in people who study the problems. There was a great white paper The Cost Of Lack Of Health Insurance by the College of American Physicians and by  who wrote The Cost Conundrum in the New Yorker. No one ever asked them a single question to explain the problems and discuss solutions.

The media is pathetic. Cronkite would cry.  And to my shortened post on this over at HuffPo, one response was “Murrow would puke.”

The American public is craving honesty in D.C. — how about setting a new trend CNN?

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‘You Know You’re a Liberal If…’ 33 Litmus Tests for Liberals

Addicting Info

  1. You can discern the geographic distance between Kenya and Hawaii.
  2. Bernie Sanders is one of your favorite senators.
  1. You’re seriously considering dropping Verizon and switching to Credo Mobile.
  1. You get much of your news from Rachel Maddow, Bill Maher and/or Jon Stewart.
  1. You’re in favor of tax increases to support the common good even if you have to pay more yourself.

This, of course, is an ironic look at how Republicans see Liberals. http://www.peoplescube.com

  1. You recognize that marijuana is physically less harmful than either cigarettes or alcohol.
  1. You understand Citizens United is about 5 conservative justices who are united against citizens and who favor the corporate control of elections.
  1. You get that Ron Paul is no better than the Tea Party.
  1. You’ve pissed off a conservative in your life by railing against Fox News or Sarah Palin.
  1. You have an “Obama ‘08” or “Obama 2012” logo riding on your bumper.
  1. You are a fan of a dozen or more liberal pages on Facebook.
  1. At some point, you wore dreads or went barefoot in public – or you know a few people who fit this description.
  1. You read food labels.
  1. You have gay friends and you respect them.
  1. You probably graduated from college and your degree probably isn’t in marketing or business administration.
  1. You post to Facebook and Twitter in support of liberal causes. A conservative friend may have un-friended you because of your posts.
  1. You support the middle class.
  1. You don’t think NPR is biased.
  1. You think the Koch brothers are evil.
  1. You’ve been following the dogged and brave uprising in Wisconsin.
  1. You prefer to breathe non-cancer-causing air and drink non-toxic water.
  1. You value a good standard of living for the public over corporate profits.
  1. You believe people should be able to choose, in private, the family planning option that’s right for them.
  1. You use hash tags like #p2, #p21, #topprog, and #taxtherich on Twitter.
  1. You are serious about recycling.
  1. You actually care that the ice caps are melting, coral reefs are dying and bio-diversity is diminishing.
  1. You can find Iraq on a map while realizing that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.
  1. You’ve been called a hippie, a bleeding heart or a tree hugger.
  1. You believe education and health care should be subsidized for the common good.
  1. GOP voter suppression is ticking you off enough to mobilize the vote within your circles.
  1. You’ve given to a homeless person – ever.
  1. You cringe when you hear Obama referred to as a “one-term president.”
  1. You have gotten into a heated online debate with a Republican troll and even though you didn’t change their mind it still felt good to defeat their logic.

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POLL: ‘Progressive’ Is The Most Positively Viewed Political Label in America

It’s always good to be on the  correct side of any issue…

Think Progress

new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press out yesterday shows that “progressive” is the most positively viewed political label in America, with 67 percent holding a positive view compared to just 22 percent who view the term negatively:

 

 

The poll found that the term progressive is viewed positively by a majority of all partisan groups — including 55 percent of Republicans, 68 percent of Independents, and 76 percent of Democrats.

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Political Cartoon – Bipartisan Boogie

 
 

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Paladino’s Hometown Paper Endorses Cuomo

Surely this comes as no surprise to anyone…

Associated Press

Republican Carl Paladino’s hometown Buffalo News on Sunday endorsed his rival in the New York governor’s race, declaring “there is no choice” but Andrew Cuomo.

The endorsement continues a sweep so far for the Manhattan Democrat. Cuomo’s endorsement include The New York Times, New York’s Daily News, the New York Post, Newsday, and the upstate newspapers in Rochester, Poughkeepsie, Kingston and Glens Falls.

“While it has become trendy to sneer at ‘career politicians,”‘ Sunday’s Buffalo News editorial stated, “the fact is that a good one knows his stuff: How to work the levers of power to best advantage; who the players are; where the bodies are buried. Cuomo knows all that and he has laid out an approach for taking the state back from the special interests and the lawmakers they have bought.”

The editorial states that although Cuomo is “a powerful political insider,” the newspaper believes the son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo “will lead.”

“If he accomplishes only half of what he says he wants — detailed in a series of (policy) books he has released — he will have rendered a historic service to the state,” the newspaper said.

The Buffalo News also warned, however, that Cuomo needs to stave off his special interest supporters from whom he “has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars … and, while we recognize that money is the lifeblood of election politics, it is also the grease that has crippled a once proud state.”

Paladino spokesman Michael Caputo said Sunday that the News’ endorsement “has always been the kiss of death in Western New York … now Carl’s supporters here will come out even stronger.”

Recent polls have shown Cuomo with a growing double-digit-percentage lead ahead of the election Nov. 2.

Paladino never accepted an opportunity to make his case to the editorial board, although Cuomo did.

Instead, Paladino over the weekend tried to highlight an article from another newspaper’s news section. A Wall Street Journal article cited records that criticize Cuomo’s governance as federal housing secretary under President Bill Clinton.      Continue reading…

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