Sharron Angle

Grim: “You Almost Have To Feel Sorry For Sharron Angle” (VIDEO)

Huffington Post

Huffington Post political reporter Ryan Grim went on MSNBC’s Hardball this evening to discuss Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle, specifically a recent interview with Fox News’s Carl Cameron in which Angle came out and explicitly stated that she wants the press to “ask the questions we want to answer, so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported.”

“You almost have to feel sorry for Sharron Angle,” Grim began, “because she’s been treated with kid gloves by the conservative media for so long that you can almost forgive her for thinking that there is some kind of alliance there between these two.”

Grim went on:

We should be applauding her for her honesty, because this is very clearly exactly what she thinks. She thinks that Fox is there to help her candidacy. Can you imagine how much fun our political system would be if people were this honest all the time?

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McCain: ‘I Support The Concept Of Holding Hearings’ On Overturning The 14th Amendment

Let me see if I get what those on the right are saying.

They are in favor of abolishing all or part of the fourteenth amendment which states:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

My understanding of the above Constitutional amendment, which, by the way, was created to make sure that slaves born in this country would be considered citizens of the United States and the state where they lived.

Further understanding of the above bill protects anyone born in this country with citizenship.  That includes babies born to immigrants who don’t have legal permission to be here.  The GOP claims that is why they want to abolish the 14th amendment.  They claim that immigrants are purposely coming here to have their babies (called “anchor babies” by the GOP, so that down the line, when confronting immigration procedures, they can claim that their child(ren) are American citizens.

 However, in my view,this political move may go furtherand much deeper than what appears on the surface.  Here’s what the 14th amendment covers:

  • allows citizenship to any person born into the United States (that included slaves and former slaves)
  • forbids any state to deny a person his or her natural rights “life, liberty, and property without due process of law or
  • deny any person within a jurisdiction the equal protection of it’s laws
  • It ensured that blacks would be considered citizens.

That being said, it seems to me that Gay Rights is covered under the “equal protection” clause.  Could it be that the GOP wants to kill the metaphorical “two birds with one stone”?  Could it be their intent to not only quash the so called “anchor babies” theory but also the claim by many gay rights advocates that gays are protected from discrimination based on the 14th amendment’s “equal protection clause”.

However, for now, the GOP is just using the “birthright” issue to attack the 14th amendment and children born to undocumented immigrants.  So much for “compassionate conservatism”.

John McCain (R-AZ)  said today: “I support the concept of holding hearings,” McCain told reporters in the Capitol.

Lindsay Graham (R-SC) said yesterday:  

“I may introduce a constitutional amendment that changes the rules if you have a child here,” Graham said during an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “Birthright citizenship I think is a mistake, that we should change our Constitution and say if you come here illegally and you have a child, that child’s automatically not a citizen.” […]

“I’m a practical guy, but when you go forward, I don’t want 20 million more 20 years from now,” he said. “I want to be fair. I want to be humane. We need immigration policy, but it should be on our terms, not someone else’s. I don’t know how to fix it all. But I do know what makes people mad, that 12 million people came here and there seems to be no system to deal with stopping 20 million 20 years from now.”

Sen. John Kyl, R-Ariz., said today:

…that Congress should hold hearings to look into denying citizenship to illegal aliens’ children born in the United States, as the fight over immigration widens into the explosive “birthright” issue

In my opinion this move to overturn one of the most effective and important amendments in the constitution will be an uphill battle.  I’ll be curious to see just how far those politicians will go.

Rand Paul

Paul claims mine safety regulations are unnecessary because ‘no one will apply’ for jobs at dangerous mines.

Uh, Mr. Paul?  How would someone applying for a job at a mine know if the mine is safe or not?  Will the mine owners tell him not to apply? 

Think Progress

In April, two miners were killed at the Dotiki Mine in Western Kentucky after the mine’s roof collapsed. The non-union mine had been cited for 840 safety violations by federal inspectors since 2009, and the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing issued 31 orders to close sections of the mine or to shut down equipment during the same period. But when asked about the incident, Kentucky’s Republican Senate candidate, Rand Paul, said “maybe sometimes accidents happen.” And as it turns out, Paul doesn’t believe that the federal government has any responsibility at all to set safety standards to protect mine workers:

“The bottom line is: I’m not an expert, so don’t give me the power in Washington to be making rules,” Paul said at a recent campaign stop in response to questions about April’s deadly mining explosion in West Virginia…“You live here, and you have to work in the mines. You’d try to make good rules to protect your people here. If you don’t, I’m thinking that no one will apply for those jobs.

As Amanda Terkel pointed out, a bunch of dirty coal groups lobbying for looser regulations have banded together to form a 527 to elect industry-friendly Republicans. One of the candidates they intend to back is, of course, Rand Paul. The Wonk Room takes a further look at how Paul’s positions favor law-breaking corporations over the safety of workers.

Nevada Senate Election · Sharron Angle

Angle: The Press Should ‘Ask The Questions We Want To Answer’ (VIDEO)

Oh really Ms. Angle?  Well, it doesn’t work like that…duh!

Huffington Post

Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle’s understanding of the political press appears to have even conservative outlets scratching their heads.

The Tea Party favorite made another peculiar remark during an interview with Fox News on Monday evening, explaining that she wanted “to have the press be our friend,” and “ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported.”

This may seem like a candid admission from a candidate who has experienced a rocky roll-out since winning the Republican nomination. But it has left traditionally sympathetic media figures perplexed if not uncomfortable.

Fox News’s Carl Cameron told Angle that she sounded “naïve” before resorting to somewhat nervous laughter. The National Review ran the exchange under the title “Did She Just Say That Out Loud?”

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Iraq War · John McCain

John McCain: President Obama ‘small-minded’


Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) accused the president Monday of being “small-minded” and “bizarre” in his presentation of American military success in Iraq.

The 2008 Republican Presidential nominee called out President Barack Obama for being a detractor of the surge policy in Iraq while he served in the Senate and then claiming the strategy as his own now that it has proven successful.

“He was so small-minded that he couldn’t give a moment’s credit to George W. Bush,” McCain told Don Imus. “For him to claim credit for a quote ‘new strategy’ is bizarre.”

McCain also expressed concern over the President’s approach to Afghanistan, saying that the United States can “get the situation under control” with the appropriate response to conditions on the ground.

The U.S. engagement in Afghanistan — now the longest War in American history — has come under renewed debate following the resignation of top commander Stanley McChrystal, the Wikileaks documents on Pakistan’s support for the Taliban and the record-high U.S. troop fatality rate in July.

 “Under the right strategy — a year to two years — we can get the situation under control like we did with the surge in Iraq,” McCain said.

The senior senator from Arizona added that the U.S. will not find success, “if our President doesn’t say that our withdrawal will be based on conditions.”

McCain is facing a tough primary election this month, with a strong challenge from the right. He coupled his strong stances on Iraq and Afghanistan with a criticism of a Federal judge’s decision blocking Arizona’s immigration law, which is popular with the GOP base there.

George Carlin

George Carlin: We Know What They Want – More For Themselves, Less For You


George Carlin performed this stage act a few years ago, but he tells us what we already know.  Heck, FDR spoke of the greedy bastards (Corporations, Bankers, robber barons, etc.) decades ago when  the most memorable part of that speech was,  “We have nothing to fear but fear itself…” 

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Fox Airs Segment On How To Sue Obama Administration ‘If You Want To Do It Yourself’

I wonder if the executives at Fox News Channel even have a clue about how they appear to the “sane” world? 

Think Progress

Today, the judge in Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act handed down a procedural ruling allowing the suit to move past the earliest stages of litigation. Because of this ruling, the meritless lawsuit will be resolved in the coming months, rather than waiting four years before it can be refiled.

While that frivolous challenge to the Affordable Care Act proceeds, the right is promoting yet another legal challenge to health reform which is no more likely to prevail. In a tactic better suited to late-night TV ads than to a “news” network, Fox News hosted attorney and Republican congressional candidate in Tennessee, Van Irion, last Friday night to discuss how you too can file a lawsuit against the Obama administration:

You’ve heard about states suing the federal government over health care, but what if you want to do it yourself? Turns out, you’re in luck. Our next guest is suing the feds and several top Democrats. … Tell us how can people join the lawsuit if they want to?

Watch it:

Of course, Irion’s challenge has virtually no chance of succeeding, as even ultraconservatives like Justice Antonin Scalia reject the constitutional arguments against health reform.  During the health care debate, Fox repeatedly touted Republican claims that eliminating frivolous health care litigation is the key to driving down costs nationwide.  Someone needs to tell Fox that tort reform starts at home.