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Liberals Unite

Check this story out. The surprise at the end about the actual author of the article speaks to the real motives here. Bravo to how folks on ‘da Innerwebz responded!  It feels like we should insert some stuff here about bodies are bodies, and “attractivess” is dictated by the media, etc., but this clip actually handles that much better than we can.


Republican Refusal to Fix the Sequester Has Created a Death Panel For the Poor

Undoubtedly, we can count on the GOP to continue to not give a crap…


Throughout history, human beings have debated, and decided that the power of life and death is not within the purview of human beings except in times of war and in countries that cling to the barbaric practice of capital punishment. It is certainly true that no population would willingly give a government arbitrary power of life and death over its own citizens, and yet it became a popular claim shortly after Barack Obama became President. In 2009, the immutable American idiot, Sarah Palin, propagated what was deemed the “Lie of the Year” when she went around the country declaring the Affordable Care Act would impose a panel of bureaucrats who would hold the power of life and death over Americans.

Republicans however, have assumed the power of life and death over Americans in need of basic sustenance, shelter, and healthcare over the past two years in their pursuit of trickle down fiscal purity, austerity for austerity sake, and Draconian spending cuts targeting safety nets.  Despite warnings the sequester would arbitrarily cut access to food, housing assistance, and healthcare for the elderly, children, and Veterans, Republicans proudly imposed the sequester on the nation as a necessary step to abridge the phony debt crisis they manufactured with valuable assistance from ignorant Democrats anxious to join the austerity frenzy.

For four years, Republicans prevented the government from operating through obstructionism that effectively shut down normal government processes, and yet when their sequester inconvenienced affluent Americans with the horrid prospect of an hour-long flight delay, they jumped into action and passed legislation within a week to unburden their favorite Americans from sharing in the sacrifice the rest of the nation will suffer for over nine more years. However, their quick action did not go unnoticed by other Americans who face hunger, homelessness, and slow painful death as a result of sequestration cuts that are, for all intents and purposes, their version of death panels.

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Politically Correct ‘Pandering’: Malkin Trashes Holder On Fox For Warning Against ‘Stigmatizing’ Muslims


Speaking to the Anti-Defamation League on Monday, Attorney General Eric Holderdiscussed the Boston Marathon bombing and warned against “misguided acts of retaliation” and stigmatizing groups of people. Michelle Malkin joined Megyn Kelly on Fox on Tuesday afternoon, criticizing Holder for insinuating prejudice against the Muslim community when, she said, such “misguided” intolerance hasn’t actually occurred.

“But I also want to make clear that — just as we will pursue relentlessly anyone who would target our people or attempt to terrorize our cities — the Justice Department is firmly committed to protecting innocent people against misguided acts of retaliation,” Holder said. “As Americans, we must not allow any group to be stigmatized or alienated. We must not tolerate acts of hatred. And we must reaffirm every day — through our actions as well as our approach — that justice and public safety are not in tension. They rely upon one another.”

Holding up the text of Holder’s speech, Kelly highlighted how he spent majority of the speech devoted to the retaliation aspect. Though Holder didn’t explicitly speak about the Muslim community, Kelly and Malkin inferred as much from the attorney general’s implications (and, obviously, from the recent discourse about the issue).

Malkin expressed “disgust” and “befuddlement” at Holder’s remarks and the “warped priorities” of the Obama administration. The “pandering to the politically correct grievance mob” isn’t a new phenomenon, she argued. Their logic also contradicts the “say something, see something” idea, Malkin added.

“That’s the big life,” she asserted. “They don’t want you to say anything about these Islamic jihadi threats.”

“If there was some epidemic of retaliation against Muslims in the wake of what we saw two weeks ago, okay,” Kelly jumped in. “But there hasn’t been.”

Holder, she added citing Mark Levin, appears to be drawing moral equivalence between the attack and ignorance about Muslims. Malkin agreed, citing groups that have claimed a “climate of intolerance” and sought to find evidence of systemic discrimination.

In reality, she added, the administration “should be praising America for showing the kind of fair-mindedness and restraint in response to these terrorist attacks that you never see from the jihadis or the jihadi apologists themselves.”

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Tim Tebow

Are Tim Tebow’s Fans Destroying His NFL Career by Turning Him Into Sarah Palin?


Just sayin’…


After the Jets waved Tim Tebow, it’s time to ask if his rabid fanbase is actually destroying his NFL career by turning him into an overhyped football version of Sarah Palin.

The Jets released Tebow today in most matter of fact way possible. In astatement the team said, The New York Jets have waived quarterback Tim Tebow.” After giving a short paragraph overview of his career stats, they included a quote from coach Rex Ryan, “”We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow. Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped. Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this offseason. We wish him the best moving forward.”

It sounds like Ryan was trying really hard to say something nice about a player who was brought in with great hype, but couldn’t get on the field. I have always suspected that the Jets acquired Tebow, because they thought he was a more developed player than he actually was. Once they got Tebow into camp that realized that he can’t read defenses, and his arm isn’t very accurate. Tebow was successful in Denver because the coaching staff changed their offense to hide his weaknesses and play to his strengths. The Jets expected Tebow to fit their offense, which made him a square peg in a round hole.

One has to wonder if Denver would have drafted Tebow in the first round, or if the Jets would have pulled the trigger on that trade if Tim Tebow’s faith based rabid fanbase wasn’t such a 24/7 hype machine for their guy. (ESPN, CBS, and college football in general created the Tebow media hype, but lots of college football players become media stars and then flame out in the NFL.)

Tim Tebow is a great athlete. He was able to use his superior athleticism to dominate at Florida, but being a quarterback in the NFL requires skills that Tebow doesn’t possess. The fact that he isn’t a very good QB hasn’t stopped his fans from pointing to the one playoff game that he has won as proof that he should be a starting QB in the NFL. (Just like how Sarah Palin’s fans point to her one half term as governor, and say that she should be president.)

Tebow’s fans create a complete circus around whatever team he joins. The minute after Tim Tebow signs his next contract his fans will call for him to be named the starter. If Tebow were to sign in New England, some of his fans would expect him to replace Tom Brady. His fans worship Tebow with a religious zeal that tends to block out all logic and common sense. (Again, logic and common sense are things that Sarah Palin has never been on a first name basis with.)

Tebow’s career path, his fans’ worship of him, and mainstream media’s love of covering him is starting to remind me of a certain former Alaska governor.

The cult of Tebow vastly exaggerates their hero’s skills, and they become an immediate pain in the neck for any GM or coach that has the quarterback on their roster.

If Tebow really wants to be an NFL starting quarterback again, he needs to tell his fans to shut up. They aren’t helping Tebow by turning him into a walking quarterback controversy. Tebow also needs to take himself out of the media spotlight. He needs to learn how to play his position. He can’t do this if his fans are constantly screaming for him to start. The best situation for Tebow is one where he could be a second string QB on a successful team. He could be taught all of the things that he never learned under any of his coaches at any level.

Tim Tebow is the NFL version of Sarah Palin. He was put into a role he was not ready for, and now he is on the cusp of falling completely out of his profession. Like Palin, Tebow has a devoted cult like fan base. Tim Tebow is most like Palin in that he is in over his head, but so far has been resistant to the idea of taking a step back before he moves forward.

For Tim Tebow, former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels is his John McCain. Tebow like Palin was elevated to things he wasn’t ready for by a man who was desperate to win. There is also the similarity that both Palin and Tebow have trademarked their names or versions of them.

The Christian right tends to over inflate their heroes, and then blame the media when they crash and burn. Sarah Palin is a flaming pile of rubble, and Tim Tebow is starting to smolder.

If Tim Tebow pulls a Sarah Palin and insists on being the star(ting quarterback), he may find himself out of the NFL. Sarah Palin burned all of her bridges in media and politics in part because she believed her own hype. If Tebow buys into his own hype, he too could see his NFL dreams burn out and fade away.

U.S. Politics

Governor Explains Away Poor Jobs Numbers: Most Unemployed People Are On Drugs

Unfortunately this sought of thing is group-think among certain politicians…

Seen on You Tube post:

Another Republican that stereotypes the less empowered and believes in “liberty” only for a ruling class. What a surprise.

Think Progress

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) is facing an uphill fight for re-election as he battles negative job approval ratings and a slow economic recovery. The state’s unemployment rate has dropped to 7.9 percent, but the “number of people working in Pennsylvania tumbled by about 14,000 in March, following a drop of 6,000 in February.” Private employment has remained flat for 13 months, “growing by a mere 1,000 jobs” and landing the state “49th in the nation for job creation during March.”

During an appearance on a local radio show this week, Corbett sought to explain away Pennsylvania’s less than stellar performance, arguing that the state gained 111,000 private sector jobs since he took office and is “doing better than other states.” But then he grew defensive and complained that “a lot” of businesses are still having trouble filling their ranks because too many Pennsylvanians use illegal drugs:

CORBETT: The other area is, there are many employers that say we’re looking for people but we can’t find anybody that has passed a drug test, a lot of them. And that’s a concern for me because we’re having a serious problem with that.

Watch it:

A Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll released on Monday found Corbett trailing potental Democratic opponents by at least nine points.

Earlier this month, a state senator introduced a bill requiring drug testing of all recipients and applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families in Pennsylvania. The state is currently “conducing a pilot program in 19 counties of testing only those convicted of felony drug offenses.” Since January of 2012, just two people have failed.


U.S. Politics

10 things you need to know today: April 30, 2013

Bangladeshis display pictures of missing relatives outside the site of the devastating building collapse.
Bangladeshis display pictures of missing relatives outside the site of the devastating building collapse.

The Week

Israel said Tuesday it had killed a Palestinian man who was involved in the firing of a rocket from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel on April 17. The airstrike hit a motorcycle, killing the driver — whom Israel identified as an al-Qaeda linked militant — and wounding a passenger and a bystander. It was the first such strike in Gaza since an Egyptian-brokered truce took hold in November, and the biggest test yet for the already shaky ceasefire. [USA Today]

Jason Collins won praise from fellow basketball players Monday when he became the first active professional male athlete in a major American team sport to come out as gay. “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” Collins, who finished this season with the Washington Wizards, wrote in an article for Sports Illustrated. “Proud of @jasoncollins34,” L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant tweeted. “Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others.” [New York Times]

Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch and Republican Mark Sanford clashed in an aggressive debate on Monday night — the only one they’ll have before next week’s special election to fill a vacant South Carolina congressional seat. Sanford called Colbert Busch, the sister of comic Stephen Colbert, a tool of Nancy Pelosi who’s too liberal for the conservative district. Colbert Busch called Sanford a hypocrite for preaching fiscal responsibility after using taxpayer money to fly to Argentina to visit his mistress. [Politico]

Rescuers in Bangladesh said Tuesday that they had given up hope of finding more survivors in the rubble of an eight-story garment-factory complex that collapsed last week, killing nearly 400 people. The news stoked anger over unsafe conditions and low wages in the South Asian nation, which relies on clothing production for 80 percent of its exports. Protesters are demanding that the government enforce tougher building safety standards. [Reuters]

Investigators say they have found female DNA on a fragment of the pressure-cooker bombs used in the deadly Boston Marathon attack. Federal agents collected DNA samples during a search of the Rhode Island family home of suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s widow, Katherine Russell, on Monday. Law enforcement sources said, however, that the presence of the DNA on a bomb piece doesn’t necessarily mean a woman helped with the plot — the DNA could have come from someone like a store clerk or victim. [CNN]

The U.S. and South Korea wrapped up two months of annual joint military exercises on Tuesday. The drills involved 10,000 U.S. troops, and angered North Korea, which threatened war after the United Nations tightened economic sanctions as punishment for Pyongyang’s recent nuclear and missile tests. During the drills, which North Korea called “attack rehearsals,” the U.S. flew nuclear-capable bombers in South Korean airspace. [BBC News]

British entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic took a step toward its goal of launching a commercial space flight service on Monday, when the company’s new spaceship fired up its rocket engine in flight for the first time. The SpaceShipTwo craft broke the sound barrier during the 16-second power-up over California’s Mojave Desert. Branson plans to be one of the first non-test pilots to ride the spaceship in about a year. Customers are lining up to pay $200,000 per ride. [Reuters]

France, faced with weak economic growth, is freezing its military spending over the next three years, the government announced Monday. To maintain the ability to act alone, as it has done recently in Mali, France said it would cut nearly 10 percent of defense jobs but spend more money for high-tech equipment. The decision means that the government of President Francois Hollande will have to cut back elsewhere to keep a promise to slash $79 billion in state spending over the next five years. [New York Times]

NASA has released an image taken by the Cassini spacecraft showing a massive storm on Saturn’s north pole with an eye spanning 1,250 miles — 20 times the size of the eye of a hurricane on Earth. The space agency calls the vortex “The Rose” — scientists gave low clouds a false reddish hue to distinguish them from higher clouds. NASA said the clouds on the storm’s edges were flying at 330 miles per hour. [NPR]

The New York Jets announced Monday that they had cut quarterback Tim Tebow after a failed experimental year. “Unfortunately,” coach Rex Ryan said in a statement, “things did not work out the way we all had hoped.” The controversial player still has legions of fans, many of whom admire him for his strong Christian beliefs. But some sportswriters say his NFL career might be over now, and suggest that his next move might be to play in the Canadian Football League. [USA Today]

U.S. Politics · Washington is Broken

Obama’s Judicial Nominees Blocked On All Sides By Senate Republicans

Obama Judicial Nominees

One of the most frequent commentaries about President Obama is that he doesn’t reach out to Republicans so that bi-partisanship can work.   For some reason, those same critics seem to have a myopic view of what the POTUS is up against.  The GOP leadership (as well as the rank and file members) want nothing more than to stop the president’s agenda at all costs.

This has been going on since day one when several GOP elite gathered together at a restaurant in DC the evening of Obama’s first inauguration in 2009 to map out a plan assuring his failure on every legislative achievement he put forward, according to the book Do Not Ask What Good We Do.

So, once again, the following article speaks to yet more attempts of achieving the goal set forth 4.5 years ago…

The Huffington Post

It’s bad enough that there are 82 vacant federal judge slots around the country, a level so high that many observers have deemed it a crisis situation.

But perhaps even more startling is the fact that of those 82 vacant slots, 61 of them don’t even have a nominee.

On its face, the absence of nominees would appear to be a sign that President Barack Obama is slacking. After all, he is responsible for nominating judges, and he did put forward fewer nominees at the end of his first term than his two predecessors. But a closer look at data on judicial nominees, and conversations with people involved in the nomination process, reveals the bigger problem is Republican senators quietly refusing to recommend potential judges in the first place.

The process for moving judicial nominees is simple enough. A president takes the lead on circuit court nominees, while, per longstanding tradition, a senator kickstarts the process for district court nominees, which make up the bulk of the federal court system. Senators make recommendations from their home states, and the president works with them to get at least some of the nominees confirmed — the idea being that senators, regardless of party, are motivated to advocate for nominees from their states. The White House may look at other nominees on its own, but typically won’t move forward without input from the corresponding senators. Once a nominee is submitted to the Senate, he or she receives a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. If approved, the nomination heads to the Senate floor for a full vote.

It’s hardly news that the judicial nomination process is gummed up. Democrats regularly blast Republicans for blocking Obama’s nominees after they clear the Senate Judiciary Committee with broad support, making them wait an average of 116 days for a confirmation vote. That’s three times longer than the average wait for President George W. Bush’s nominees. But these obstacles come at the end of the nomination process. It’s now clear that there’s a serious problem at the beginning, too.

It turns out that since Obama took office, senators from some states — particularly those represented by two Republicans — have simply refused to make recommendations, according to data recently published by the Alliance for Justice, a left-leaning association of more than 100 organizations focused on the federal judiciary.

Take Kansas, for example. The state is represented by Republican Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, neither of whom has put forward nominees for a district court slotthere that has been vacant for 1,246 days. Their inaction hasn’t gone unnoticed — both senators have taken heat for not participating in the nomination process.

Or look at Texas, where Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz have not moved to fill seven vacant judicial slots, two of which have been vacant for 1,733 and 1,034 days, respectively, without a nominee. At least one Texas paper ran a piece suggesting Cornyn and former Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison were holding off on making judicial recommendations because they were hopeful Mitt Romney would become president in 2012.

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Texas Politics · U.S. Politics

Rick Perry ‘Disgusted’ By Cartoon Linking Deregulation To Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Cartoon of Texas Governor Rick Perry saying “Business is booming” next to the exploding fertilizer plant

Gov. Rick Perry has been going around the country trying to recruit corporations and manufacturers to Texas.  His selling point has been that Texas has weak regulation rules for Businesses and Manufacturers.

Addicting Info

When Jack Ohman, a cartoonist for The Sacramento (CA) Bee and his editor, Stuart Leavenworth, ran the above cartoon in Sunday’s paper, they must have felt like a couple of kids who’d just set off a stink bomb on their mean and ornery neighbor’s porch, and run somewhere to hide, snigger up their sleeves, and wait for the fun to begin. The cartoon shows Texas Governor Rick Perry bragging about his state’s low taxes and lax business regulations (“Business is BOOMING in Texas!”) while something – presumably the fertilizer plant that exploded in West, TX on April 18 — goes “BOOM!”

Sure enough, Perry took the bait and fumed in a letter to the editor:

It was with extreme disgust and disappointment I viewed your recent cartoon. While I will always welcome healthy policy debate, I won’t stand for someone mocking the tragic deaths of my fellow Texans and our fellow Americans.

Leavenworth sharply retorted:

Jack Ohman’s cartoon of April 25 made a strong statement about Gov. Rick Perry’s disregard for worker safety, and his attempts to market Texas as a place where industries can thrive with few regulations. It is unfortunate that Gov. Perry, and some on the blogosphere, have attempted to interpret the cartoon as being disrespectful of the victims of this tragedy. As Ohman has made clear on his blog, he has complete empathy for the victims and people living by the plant. What he finds offensive is a governor who would gamble with the lives of families by not pushing for the strongest safety regulations.Perry’s letter is an attempt to distract people from that message.

Um, HELLO? Nobody’s mocking the 15 people — mostly firefighters and other emergency responders — who died fighting flames from the atom bomb-like blasts. We’re mocking YOU, Governor Perry, for being a callous, uncaring jerk who cares more about the well-being of your state’s businesses than about the people who live there. When the West Fertilizer Plant exploded, it leveled a four block radius, and witnesses reported that the blast was “like a tornado” or “like a nuclear bomb went off.” Yet, this could have been prevented: The plant was cited for a serious violation back in 2006, after receiving complaints about “a strong ammonia smell.” The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality investigated, but apparently nobody followed up. Furthermore, Theodoric Meyer from Salon reports that plant failed a partial inspection in 2011, and hadn’t had a full inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration since 1985. Nor did anyone from the facility bother to tell the Department of Homeland Security — as required — about all that potentially explosive fertilizer.

Perry loves talking about getting the government off our backs. In fact, Perry ran a series of radio advertisements throughout California back in February, sneering at the Golden State’s higher taxes and regulations, and urging business owners to move to the Lone Star State:

Building a business is tough, but I hear that building a business in California is next to impossible. This is Texas governor Rick Perry, and I’ve got a message for California businesses. Come check out Texas. There are plenty of reasons Texas has been named the best state for doing business for eight years running. Visit TexasWideOpenForBusiness.Com, and see why our low taxes, sensible regulation, and fair legal system are just the thing to get your business moving … to Texas.

Yet this hypocrite still has no problem with getting help from the Federal Government when it suits him. After cutting the state’s fire department funding by 75% in 2011 — causing unprecedented levels of fire destruction and loss of life — Perry asked for federal funds to combat wild fires back in 2011. Yep, everything’s cheaper in Texas. Maybe that’s because 33% of people there are uninsured; two of your counties — Cameron and Hidalgo — have the highest poverty rates in the United States (41%); and your legislature cut $5.4 billion from education two years ago (your House’s new budget proposal will barely make a dent in them). Apparently, pro-business folks have forgotten about the old adage, “It takes money to make money.”

Last Thursday, April 25, the president attended a memorial for victims of the explosion, gave a moving speech, and promised that the nation would help the town recover and rebuild. Strange, how you don’t hear Perry and his cohorts howling about government spending now.