One of my favorite memes thus far…
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H/t: Bruce Waynekkrp
From what I hear CNN has been emulating Fox News on much of their programming. CNN used to be my go to network for news. That stopped about eight years ago…
The blog Fox Nation tweeted out an article on Wednesday night with the headline “Climate Doesn’t Cooperate With Al Gore’s Group’s Visit to Denver EPA Hearings.” The article, which was aggregated from The Washington Times, detailed Climate Reality Project’s recent trip to Denver.
The climate group, which was founded by former Vice President Al Gore, recently launched an “I’m Too Hot” campaign and was seen passing out free ice cream at the Environmental Protection Agency’s hearings in Denver this week, according to the article.
“The plan was to tout the EPA’s emissions proposal as a solution for hot weather brought on by global warming, but when the hearings began at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Denver, the temperature was a chilly 58 degrees. Plus, it was raining,” Washington Times’ staff writer Valerie Richardson wrote.
Apparently bothered by the Fox Nation tweet, Weir responded minutes later, tweeting “weather is not climate, you willfully ignorant f**ksticks.”
— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) July 31, 2014
Here was the original Fox Nation tweet:
Climate Doesn’t Cooperate With Al Gore’s Group’s Visit to Denver EPA Hearings http://t.co/0VAYmvsZ1f
— Fox Nation (@foxnation) July 31, 2014
On Thursday afternoon, Weir apologized on Twitter for his “dumb move.”
The glop of Midwestern guilt stuck in my chest prob won’t go away until I apologize to @foxnation for name-calling. Dumb move. My bad.
— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) July 31, 2014
Speaking with Katie Couric on Yahoo Global News, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that five of her male counterparts on the court have “a blind spot” when it comes to women’s issues.
After noting that all three female justices were in the minority in the recent Hobby Lobby decision, Couric asked Ginsburg whether she “believed the five male justices truly understood the ramifications of their decision.”
Following a long pause, Ginsburg said, “I would have to say, ‘No.’”
“But,” she added, “justices continue to think, and can change. So I’m ever hopeful that if the Court has a blind spot today, its eyes can be opened tomorrow.”
“But you do, in fact, feel that these five justices had a bit of a ‘blind spot’?” Couric asked.
“In Hobby Lobby?” Ginsburg replied. “Yes.”
“Because they couldn’t understand what it is like to be a woman?” Couric asked.
“They all have wives. They have daughters. By the way, I think daughters can change the perception of their fathers.”
Ginsburg went on to note that her opinions on these matters are contained in her dissents, and that there is a tradition of dissents becoming “unquestionably, the law of the land.”
In her scathing dissent in the Hobby Lobby case, Ginsburg noted that the majority’s willful misreading of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act would have unintended consequences.
“Little doubt that RFRA claims will proliferate, for the Court’s expansive notion of corporate personhood – combined with its other errors in construing RFRA – invites for-profit entities to seek religion-based exemptions from regulations they deem offensive to their faith,” she wrote.
Earlier this week, in fact, the Satanic Temple declared that it would use the majority’s interpretation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act just as Ginsburg predicted groups would.
A Texas state legislator used the term “coonass” in reference to Louisiana children who had to attended school in the Lone Star state after Hurricane Katrina hit.
Video footage was released of Texas state Rep. Dennis Bonnen making the comment during a state government hearing, while comparing the cost of educating children from Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina to the cost of educating children from Central America arriving on the United States border, The Times Picayune reports.
“I want to be clear — a Katrina child is far different. We can make jokes and pick on Louisiana and it’s fun and all that, but it’s a hell of a lot different bringing a kid over from Louisiana than a child who’s just made a treacherous journey,” Bonnen said, according to a video from Progress Texas.
Bonnen went on to say, “There’s a significant difference. We had to have a teacher who could do coonass in English, but here we have to do Spanish and English, maybe, and there’s a higher marker.” (KS: Emphasis are mine)
“When you make a deliberate comment like that, how can I not get offended as a Acadiana American?” State Sen. Norbert Chabert said, who represents the Houma area.”It’s insulting to our accent. It’s insulting to be called that by someone from out of state.”
Barry Ancelet, a professor of Francophone Studies at the University of Louisiana said, “coonass” is never appropriate to use.
“Whoever said this ought to be derided as the racist that he is,” Ancelet said. “If he had any sense of decency, he would apologize.”
Think Progress reports:
The term “coonass” refers to people of Cajun descent. It is considered an offensive slur by many Cajuns, and Dictionary.com describes it as a “vulgar slang term” that is “used with disparaging intent and is perceived as insulting.” The Louisiana Legislature formally condemned the use of the word in 1981. In 2007, University of Alabama football head coach Nick Saban used the word while telling an anecdote, and prompted national news coverage that led to a public apology.
On an aside: When Katrina hit, my family fled New Orleans with most of them ending up in Lafayette until it was safe to return. The people there rallied around and helped others who were escaping the devastation. The people he refers to as “coonasses” had more compassion for others than this jerk. God bless Lafayette.
It’s unfortunate that people mostly see Russell Brand as a drug induced menace but after watching him interact with Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe last year, I sort of did a double take and realized he’s not necessarily a spaced out druggie. He actually appeared to have some workable grey matter in that skull of his.
Sean Hannity fired back tonight against Russell Brand, who mocked his Israel coverage and remarked that Hannity sounds like a terrorist. Hannity dismissively called Brand “ignorant” and his comments “not funny.”
He charged that Brand completely mangled his history on Israel and Gaza, telling Brand, “I need to educate you, ’cause you’re kind of dumb and ignorant.” He refuted Brand’s arguments about Palestine and was amazed how “Russell can’t get it through his thick head” that he’s blaming the wrong people.
Bernard McGuirk and Dagen McDowell joined Hannity to continue the pile-on. McGuirk said Brand has a “skanky look” to him, while McDowell wondered why Brand doesn’t have any words of scorn for the actual terrorist group inflicting suffering upon Israelis.
Watch the video below, via Fox News:
And you can watch Russell Brand’s original comments here:
House Republicans vote to sue Obama, the Peace Corps leaves West Africa over Ebola outbreak, and more
1. House GOP approves lawsuit against Obama
House Republicans voted Wednesday to authorize Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to file a lawsuitagainst President Obama for allegedly abusing his power with executive actions, including delaying parts of his signature health-care law. “This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats, it’s about defending the Constitution that we swore an oath to uphold,” Boehner said. Obama called the move a “political stunt.” [The Washington Post]
2. Peace Corps volunteers leave West Africa as Ebola spreads
The Peace Corps announced Wednesday that it was pulling its 340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea because of an Ebola outbreak that has killed 456 people in West Africa. The World Health Organization has confirmed more than 800 cases, although there could be as many as 1,200. “This epidemic is without precedent,” said Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders. [CNN]
3. Second quarter economic growth jumps to four percent
The economy grew by an unexpectedly strong four percent annual rate this spring, according to government data released Wednesday. The rebound was fueled by robust spending by consumers and businesses rebuilding their inventories. The numbers marked a stark contrast with the first quarter, when harsh winter weather weighed on growth. [The Washington Post]
4. Russia scoffs at new U.S. and European Union sanctions
Russia reacted defiantly on Wednesday to harsher new economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and Europe over its support for Ukrainian separatists, saying the measures would only push it to strengthen its economy while worsening its relations with the West. Ukraine welcomed the measures and vowed to continue an offensive against the pro-Russian rebels. [The New York Times]
5. Bank of American fined $1.3 billion over Countrywide loan program
A federal judge in New York on Wednesday ordered Bank of America to pay $1.3 billion in penalties over a mortgage program that Countrywide Financial ran. Insiders referred to the program as “the hustle.” It involved the fast-tracking of mortgage applications from August 2007 through May 2008, ending shortly before Bank of America bought Countrywide, so the parent bank is paying for mistakes made before it took over. [Los Angeles Times]
6. Ex-IRS official said some conservatives were “crazies”
Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner referred to conservative talk radio hosts as “crazies” and “a**holes” in emails released Wednesday by House Republicans. The messages were part of a collection of evidence delivered to the Justice Department by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) to support a GOP call for a special counsel to investigate the IRS’ Tea Party-targeting scandal. [Politico]
7. Argentina misses a debt-payment deadline
Argentina defaulted on its debt when it missed a deadline for paying interest on $13 billion of restructured bonds on Wednesday after talks with bondholders failed. It was the second default in 13 years for the South American nation, which has $200 billion in foreign-currency debt, including $30 billion in restructured bonds. The court-appointed mediator in New York said the consequences were uncertain, “but they certainly are not positive.” [Bloomberg News]
8. Economy gains 218,000 private-sector jobs
American companies hired 218,000 workers in July, falling slightly short of projections and the figure for June, according to a survey released Wednesday by private payroll firm ADP. It was the fourth straight month in which the U.S. gained more than 200,000 private jobs. Economist Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics said the figures indicated “a steadily improving job market” on target to “return to full employment by late 2016.” [Reuters]
9. Netanyahu says Israel will destroy Hamas tunnels, even with a truce
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel would destroy all of the tunnels Hamas militants have used to launch attacks in Israel, “with or without a ceasefire.” Israel, which just called up another 16,000 reserves, has dismantled most of the 32 tunnels it has uncovered, and expects to demolish the rest within a few days. Neighboring Arab states, wary of Islamist groups like Hamas, are quietly siding with Israel over the Palestinians. [CBS News, The New York Times]
10. George W. Bush writes his father’s biography
Former president George W. Bush is writing a biography of his father, former president George H.W. Bush, that will be released in November, Crown Publishers told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The book, which does not have a title yet, will cover the elder Bush’s life and influence on his son, from their earliest campaign trips together to the younger Bush’s own two-term presidency. [The Associated Press]
In spite of all their talk about God and faith, it seems that republicans are actually living in fear most of the time. That seems contrary to their constant rhetoric about an almighty and all powerful God who is supposedly their protector and benefactor.
On the other hand, a large compilation of research indicates that conservatives could probably really benefit from intensive counselling services, which could help them learn to cope with the underlying cause of their extreme ideology, fear. Of course they probably distrust counselors and think they will try to fill their heads with ‘liberal ideas’, so the odds of any of them getting help are pretty slim. For those of us who are not conservative, maybe understanding how the right wing thinks can help us figure out how to relate to them better.
Almost everyone has a negativity bias. It’s a phenomenon which makes people more receptive to recalling negative events, as opposed to recalling positive ones. As it turns out, conservatives have a greater negativity bias than other people, according to new research from John R. Hibbing, a political scientist at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Hibbing works with a team of researchers at the University Of Nebraska’s Political Physiology Lab, the only lab of its kind in the United States, to date. His latest paper was published in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences journal, in a paper titled”Differences In Negativity Bias Underlie Variations In Political Ideology.”
While Hibbings points out that conservatives are more tuned in to ‘perceived threats,’ his work reveals much of what we already knew about right wing ideology being entirely fear based.
In an earlier study by Hibbings group, both liberal and conservative participants were shown a group of images which included three that were ‘threatening,’ mixed in with 30 which were neutral. That study revealed that conservatives had a much stronger physiological reaction to the negative images.
Hibbings latest paper summarizes results from a broad range of studies, including those that involved self assessment and reporting by liberal and conservative research participants, a wide range of research into differences in physiological reactions and those that measured psychological responses. Finally, Hibbings relates the compiled research to the underlying negativity bias that drives conservative ideology. Using 26 separate studies to support his conclusions, Hibbings work has been well received by the overwhelming majority of scientists whose work was cited in his most recent paper.
As Hibbings paper illustrates, there really has been a great deal of research into the psychology of political positions in recent years. The research gives us a greater understanding of what motivates people to think and act the way they do.
We know that conservatives respond strongly to negative stimuli. We know that they are motivated by fear, or what researchers describe as ‘perceived threats’. We know that conservatives are often deeply insecure. Hibbings research also suggests that conservatives view themselves as part of a small group, and that they perceive those outside of the group as a threat to the well being of the group itself. That knowledge goes a long way toward explaining conservatives attitudes toward immigration as well as their hatred of minorities, non Christians and others who fall outside of their elite circle. Going one step further, it seems that there is a belief that everyone outside of the group is a threat to the group itself.
One thing we still don’t know is whether conservatives are born with these tendencies or whether they learn them throughout life. Is it nature or nurture? One thing is for sure, those at the top of the right wing food chain know very well how to exploit their base through fear and negativity. The extreme right wing operates very much like a religious cult. The main job of the cult leaders is to keep the members fearful and distrusting of everyone outside of the group, thus ensuring that they can continue to control the message.
I tend to believe that the right wing media is the cause of the underlying psychology that researchers observe in conservative personalities. Logically speaking, how many people would be afraid of absurd conspiracy theories likeAgenda 21 or Obamacare death panels or FEMA camps, if the right wing media didn’t disseminate so many lies? The same goes for just about any of things that conservatives fear, from immigrant children to any form of sane gun control, the conservative media keeps these people afraid at all times.
It may be true that certain people are more disposed to tuning into fear mongering right wing media outlets than others, but nearly everyone has seen a ‘normal’ friend or family member get sucked in by the exploitative tactics of the right wing. Filmmaker Jen Senko has a new documentary coming out this fall called “The Brainwashing of My Dad.” The film details how her very normal father, who she describes as a Kennedy democrat, got pulled in by the hate and fear mongering of right wing radio. Over time the constant exposure changed her father, as it has many other people who held entirely different views prior to being exposed to round the clock right wing propaganda.
It’s easy to think of republicans as political adversaries or even as enemies. Research like this serves to remind us that there are a great number of people in the US who are living in constant fear. There is also a small number of unscrupulous people who have infiltrated US politics and media. Those people are more than happy to exploit others, feeding their fears and whipping them into a propaganda induced panic attack daily, for personal and political gain.
Hibbings paper shines a new light on the political divide. The average conservative voter is a victim of right wing manipulation and exploitation. Instead of viewing conservatives as our enemies, we need to look for new ways to reach out to them. As hard as it may seem to do, we have to acknowledge their fears and be open to discussing them, before we can hope to gain any new ground.
Most GOP lawmakers avoid MSNBC like the plague.
I have my issues with MSNBC in general but Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow represent the best of that network. Notice that Rand Paul went on a program from MSNBC’s afternoon lineup which happens to include several anchors one of which is the daughter of a former GOP politico.
Therefore, I suspect Rand Paul means Hayes, Maddow and O’Donnell. Those three have a “no holds barred” approach to their network broadcasts. By the way, it’s a known fact that virtually all GOPers stay away from anything resembling “truth”. Just sayin’…
In the interview on “The Cycle,” host Ari Melber probed Paul to discuss his apparent change of heart on the Civil Rights Act. Melber brought up the senator’s comments from 2010 in which he said he would have modified the act’s rules for private businesses. Paul responded to Melber by saying that he had always been in support of the act and that MSNBC had treated him unfairly.
“I learned my lesson: To come on MSNBC and have a philosophical discussion, the liberals will come out of the woodwork and go crazy and say you’re against the Civil Rights Act, and you’re some terrible racist. And I take great objection to that,” Paul said.
Paul went on to say he took “great offense” to people skewing his viewpoint, saying he was the biggest advocate in Congress for getting back people’s voting rights and “mak[ing] the criminal justice system fair.”
“The honest discussion of it would be that I never was opposed to the Civil Rights Act,” Paul interrupted as Melber continued to push for discussion on the senator’s past comments. “And when your network does 24-hour news telling the truth, then maybe we can get somewhere with the discussion.”
Once again I say…history will not look kindly upon those wack-a-doodles in the 113th Congress.
A bipartisan congressional resolution that would honor Pope Francis before his potential appearance in Philadelphia next year may not be acted upon because of Republican worries that the pontiff is perceived as being “too liberal,” The Hill reports.
House Resolution 440 aims to “congratulate Pope Francis on his election and recognize his inspirational statements and actions,” but according to one Republican backer of the legislation, the resolution is dead because Pope Francis is “sounding like Obama. [The pope] talks about equality — he actually used the term ‘trickle-down economics,’ which is politically charged.”
Republicans are upset because of comments the Pope made concerning the free market. Last November, for example, Francis published his Evangelii Gandium, in which he noted that “[a]s long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems.”
He also specifically attacked President Ronald Reagan’s signature economic policy, “trickle-down theory,” writing that “[s]ome people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.”
The resolution states that Pope Francis should be honored for, among other things, being the first pontiff from the Americas, as well as “his commitment to economic justice and improving the lives of the poor, and his outreach to individuals from all walks of life have been universally praised and are living examples of Jesus Christ’s message.”
Of the 221 co-sponsors of the legislation, only 19 are Republicans. Democratic Representative John Larson (CT) sent House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) a letter last Friday requesting a vote on the resolution.
“To my knowledge this would be an historic first. I ask that you take a look at a bipartisan resolution introduced by Representative Peter King and myself, acknowledging the first Pope from the Americas … it is my sincere hope that you will consider this resolution for the suspension calendar for a vote,” Larson wrote in the letter obtained by The Hill.
Talking to people who religiously watch Fox News is better than space travel. You get to see what life is like on another planet without the risk of explosive decompression. But if you’re a Fox News devotee and insist that the rest of the world is crazy, this list is for you. Please, get help.
1. You are OUTRAGED at how Obama has shredded the Constitution but can’t name any rights you’ve lost since January 20, 2009.
2. You think record breaking cold weather in the middle of winter disproves “Global Warming.”
3. You think record breaking cold weather in the middle of winter disproves “Global Warming” but record breaking heat waves in the summer are just a fluke.
4. You hate Obama for the almost 1700 American lives lost in Afghanistan under his watch but have no idea how many died in Iraq before he took office (Hint: more than 4000).
5. You call Afghanistan “Obama’s War” but ignore the entire first eight years of it.
6. You think there’s no way Chris Christie knew about the scandal unfolding in his own office but Obama clearly knew what a small IRS office in Cincinnati was up to.
7. You think 4 Americans dying in Benghazi is “the worst tragedy since 9/11.“
8. You denounce Bill Clinton as an adulterer but give a pass to David Vitter and Mark Sanford because they apologized.
9. You are both convinced Obama is a secret Muslim and still go into a frenzy when someone mention Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
10. You really do think Obama is a secret Muslim terrorist that drinks beer, eats pork, attended church for years (ARRRGH! Rev. Jeremiah Wright!), had his daughters baptized, had bin Laden killed and has had more terrorist leaders assassinated than every president before him combined.
11. You think bin Laden was responsible for 9/11 because he ordered the attack but Obama gets no credit for bin Laden’s death because he only ordered the attack.
12. You swear that Obama is coming for your guns.
13. You’ve been swearing that Obama is coming for your guns since before he was elected.
14. You swear that Obama has actually reduced your right to own guns but you can’t explain how.
15. You have ever used the phrase: Obama’s Katrina to describe something that was not the bungled response to a major natural disaster.
16. You’re positive Obama isn’t a true Christian but then got mad he had too many Christmas trees (no, seriously, that was a thing).
17. You think Muslims are terrorists and religious fanatics but think protecting gay kids from bullies is an attack on your religious beliefs.
18. You constantly complain the liberal media takes things out of context but you’re deeply offended that Obama said “You didn’t build that.”
19. You think that ACORN stole the 2008 election. Maybe the 2012 one as well.
20. You think “voter fraud” is an actual problem but can’t explain how cutting early voting stops it.
21. In 2009, cutting the $1.4 trillion deficit in half was the most important thing in the world but in 2014, you could care less about how much the deficit was cut (Hint: in half).
22. You hate Obama for not having served a day in the military but voted for Mitt Romney.
23. You think Obama is the laziest president ever for taking so many vacation days but “forget” that it’s less than a third of his predecessor.
23a. Never mind how many days he took, the president shouldn’t take vacations during a time of crisis!
23b. Never mind that Bush took vacations during two wars and a recession! Obama is spending tax payer money to loaf about!
23c. I said WHO CARES that Bush took more than three times as much vacation time? It only counts when the black guy takes a vacation!
24. You think Obama embarrassed America by bowing to other heads of state but forgot about this:
25. You think Obama is terrible for the economy while the stock market continues to hit all time highs.
26. You think the stock market hitting all times highs doesn’t mean the economy is improving but you still believe in Trickle Down Economics.
27. You claim you don’t believe in Trickle Down Economics but insist that increasing taxes on the rich will hurt the economy.
28. You’re outraged OUTRAGED at Obama for not unilaterally launching a full scale war on Iran but call him a warmonger for joining an international coalition to stop a massacre in Libya.
29. You think Obama is “dumb.”
30. You really think a Harvard graduate is “dumb.”
31. You really seriously think a Harvard graduate and a former president of the Harvard Law Review is “dumb.”
32. You think Obama hates white people which would include his white mother and the white grandparents that raised him to be President of the United States.
33. You think Obama is a criminal mastermind that has broken dozens of laws involving thousands of government workers but no one can actually prove anything.
34. You think Obama is an absolute idiot who has broken dozens of laws involving thousands of government workers but no one can actually prove anything.
35. You think Climate Change is a vast liberal conspiracy to destroy Capitalism.
36. You claim evolution is a liberal hoax but still take your kids of their yearly flu shot.
37. You claim science is just a religion but do not think twice about boarding an airplane.
38. You think the private sector can completely replace government investments but you’re OUTRAGED Obama ended the Space Shuttle program.
39. You think using a teleprompter means you are stupid. But only if you happen to be the president. It’s OK for everyone else.
40. You think being asked to drink an extra glass of water a day is tyranny.
41. You think being asked to do more community service is tyranny.
42. You think being asked to help the poor get health insurance is tyranny.
43. You think being asked to let women choose to use birth control is tyranny.
44. You think being asked to respect other religions is tyranny.
45. You think being asked to leave homosexuals alone is tyranny.
46. You think being publicly shamed for your racism is tyranny.
47. You think not allowing criminals and the mentally ill to buy guns is tyranny.
48. You think allowing everyone to vote is tyranny.
49. You think Obama exercising his constitutional authorities is tyranny.
50. You grew up in America and think you actually understand what real tyranny is.