U.S. Politics

Conservatives Spew Racist Hatred At ‘Filthy’ ‘Monkey’ Obama Because They Believed Satire (SCREENSHOTS)

Courtesy of The New Yorker | Photography By Brendon Smialowski/AFP/Getty

In this instance the people mentioned in the article below ran with a piece from a satirical column (The Horowitz Report) and believed it to be true.

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In yet another instance of conservatives accepting satire as reality, right-wingers were apoplectic after reading an uncited piece onQPolitical that claimed President Obama signed an executive order ripping away their beloved Ted Cruz’s access to insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

“In the midst of ISIS, Hillary, and Bergdahl- Obama has found time to make an executive order banning Ted Cruz from Obamacare. This is ridiculous,” writes “NPO” at QPolitical. What followed was a delusional rant that may dwarf anything Cruz himself could produce:

The dramatic action is Obama’s response to Cruz’s discussion about Obamacare with CNN. Cruz expressed his displeasure with being forced to sign up for Obamacare- like infinite politicians have previously. But for some reason Obama felt this extraordinary measure of singling out Cruz was necessary.

“Clearly the hardship of receiving Obamacare was causing Ted a great deal of pain. This should take care of that,” Obama said.

You can feel the insincerity in Obama’s remarks.

Obama then had the audacity to call the executive order designed specifically to make Cruz ineligible for Obamacare a “humanitarian gesture.”

“I never said I didn’t want to have it. I said I didn’t want everyone else in the country to have it,” Cruz said in an official statement after the childish executive order was signed.

Obama’s distortion of Cruz’s opposition to Obamacare and prioritization of this unnecessary executive order reveals a White House that is fundamentally flawed. What do you think of Obama’s latest executive order?

To most, this sounds like something one would find in a satirical Andy Borowitz piece for the New Yorker — and those people would be correct.

While QPolitical chose not to cite sources, the “information” seems to come from Borowitz’s March 24 column, which clearly notes it is satire right at the bottom.


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Recently, Cruz signed up for Obamacare — the very thing he and his friends shut down the government trying to stop. The Senator was widely mocked for his choice to utilize the very benefits and protections of which he wants to deprive others.

It’s almost baffling that conservatives are so desperate to hate our President that they will quite literally believe anything — even if the source is clearly identified as satire  — just to have more ammunition to throw at the President.

The Week's "10 Things..."

10 things you need to know today: March 31, 2015

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Week

1.Germanwings co-pilot had been treated for suicidal tendencies
German prosecutors said Monday that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had been treated for “suicidal tendencies” years before he crashed the airline’s Flight 9525 in the French Alps last week. Lubitz locked the plane’s captain out of the cockpit and was alone at the controls when the flight went down, killing all 150 people on board. Lubitz, 27, was treated “over a long period of time” but showed “no signs of suicidal tendencies or aggression toward others” in follow-up visits, the public prosecutor’s office in Dusseldorf, Germany, said.

Source: The New York Times

2.One killed by gunfire as stolen vehicle approaches NSA security checkpoint
Police officers shot and killed a person in a stolen Ford Escape when the occupants tried to drive through a security checkpoint outside the National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, on Monday. The two men in the car reportedly were dressed as women. The second occupant and an NSA officer were hospitalized. Investigators did not believe the incident was a terrorist attack, and are looking into whether the men were under the influence of drugs after a night of partying. Cocaine was allegedly found in the car.

Source: CNN

3.Talks heat up hours from deadline for Iran nuclear deal
Negotiators from the U.S., Iran, and five other nations made a final push to reach a deal curbing Tehran’s controversial nuclear program hours ahead of a Tuesdaydeadline. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, returning to Switzerland to rejoin the talks, said “chances are high” for an accord on preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, but diplomats said any agreement would be preliminary and incomplete, leaving key issues, such as uranium enrichment and lifting sanctions, for later.

Source: Reuters, The New York Times

4.Prosecution rests at Boston Marathon bombing trial
Prosecutors rested their case Monday in the Boston Marathon bombing trial. The state’s 92nd and final witness, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Henry Nields, brought jurors to tears as he described the devastating and fatal injuries suffered by 8-year-old Martin Richard, the youngest of four people killed in the twin April 2013 bomb blasts. Next Tsarnaev’s lawyers will begin their defense. Seventeen of the 30 charges faced by Tsarnaev, 21, carry the death penalty.

Source: Boston Herald

5.States and cities ban official travel to Indiana over “religious freedom” law
Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy on Monday signed an executive order barring state-funded travel to Indiana, which just approved a controversial new religious freedom law criticized as anti-gay. “We are sending a message that discrimination won’t be tolerated.,” Malloy tweeted. Washington state, Seattle, and San Francisco have enacted similar bans in response to the law, which critics fear would allow people and businesses to cite religious beliefs to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Source: NBC, Fox News

6.Strike kills at least 40 at Yemeni refugee camp
An airstrike targeting Houthi rebels in north Yemen killed at least 40 people and wounded another 200 at a refugee camp on Monday. Yemen’s state news agencySaba, now controlled by Houthis, said Saudi planes had intended the bombs for a rebel camp nearby. Saudi military officials said they were trying to confirm what happened. “It could have been that the fighter jets replied to fire, and we cannot confirm that it was a refugee camp,” Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri said. A humanitarian worker said the strike hit a truck filled with Houthi fighters at the camp gate, killing nearby residents as well as fighters.

Source: Reuters

7.Arizona governor vetoes bill on keeping officers’ names secret after shootings
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Monday vetoed a bill that would have temporarily blocked the release of the names of police officers involved in shootings. Proponents of the legislation said it would allow a 60-day cooling-off period to prevent retaliation against officers, and protests like those that broke out after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, last year. Critics, including many police chiefs, said the measure could have escalated tensions by fueling distrust of police.

Source: The Arizona Republic

8.Obama plans first presidential trip to Kenya
The White House announced Monday that President Obama will co-host a Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya in July, his first trip to his father’s homeland as president. It will be Obama’s “fourth trip to sub-Saharan Africa and the most of any sitting U.S. president,” note National Security Council staffers Grant Harris and Shannon Green, comparing the Kenya visit to “President Kennedy’s historic visit to Ireland in 1963.”

Source: The New York Times

9. Jay-Z relaunches Tidal, a high-def, higher priced rival to Spotify
Music mogul Jay-Z on Monday relaunched Tidal, the high-definition music streaming service he acquired this year for $56 million. Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, promised “a new direction for the music industry from both a creative and business perspective.” Tidal will charge $19.99 per month, compared to $9.99 per month for established rival Spotify, but hopes to offer users earlier access to new releases by big-name musicians.

Source: Techcrunch

10.Trevor Noah picked as Jon Stewart’s Daily Show heir
South African comedian Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show, Comedy Central announced Monday. Noah, 31, made his first appearance on the popular satirical news show in December, when he gave his thoughts on Ebola, Boko Haram, and police brutality in the U.S., from the perspective of a biracial South African. Stewart, 52, announced in February that he was leaving later this year after 16 years, although neither he nor Comedy Central has given a date for his last show.

Source: The Washington Post

2016 Hopefuls · Indiana's "Religious Freedom" Bill · U.S. Politics

Cruz, Bush, Rubio, Carson — the whole GOP clown car — cast their lot with Indiana’s anti-LGBT stance

‘Ted Cruz takes the wheel of the Republican Clown Car’ by DonkeyHotey via Flickr Creative Commons.

The Raw Story

While Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) has been the target of widespread criticism, he has garnered support from not only prospective Republican presidential candidates, but the first official entrant in the race, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

According to ABC News, the Tea Party favorite released a statement commending Pence for signing Senate Bill 101 — the so-called “religious freedom” bill — into law last week.

“Today we are facing a concerted assault on the First Amendment, on the right of every American to seek out and worship God according to the dictates of his or her conscience. Governor Pence is holding the line to protect religious liberty in the Hoosier State,” Cruz said. “Indiana is giving voice to millions of courageous conservatives across this country who are deeply concerned about the ongoing attacks upon our personal liberties. I’m proud to stand with Mike, and I urge Americans to do the same.”

McClatchy Newspapers reported that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) also endorsed Pence in an interview on Monday with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

“This is simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express their beliefs, to be able to be people of conscience,” he said. Bush also compared the Indiana law to both the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and a similar law in Florida. However, Fox News’ Bret Baier pointed out earlier in the day that the Indiana law is broader in nature than either of those laws.

CNN reported that the majority of the rest of the possible GOP primary contenders — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Marco Rubio, former Rep. Rick Santorum and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson — all joined in on defending the bill, which has been met with outrage in several other quarters.

Rubio, in particular, rejected the comparison between same-sex marriages and interracial marriages in a Fox News appearance Monday evening.

“Here you’re talking about the definition of an institution, not the value of a single human being. That’s the difference between the civil rights movement and the marriage equality movement,” Rubio argued. “I think people have the right to live out their religious faith in their own lives. They can’t impose it on you in your life. But they have a right to live it out in their own lives.”

Carson, who was blasted himself earlier this month for arguing that prison sex proved homosexuality was a choice, weighed in on the issue after saying he was no longer willing to touch it.

“It is absolutely vital that we do all we can to allow Americans to practice their religious ways, while simultaneously ensuring that no one’s beliefs infringe upon those of others,” he told Breitbart News. “We should also serve as champions of freedom of religion throughout the world.”

So far, none of the prospective presidential candidates has commented on Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard — a fellow Republican — openly defying the law on Monday by signing an executive order requiring local businesses to follow the city’s non-discrimination statute.

“Discrimination is wrong,” Ballard said. “And I hope that message is being heard loud and clear at our Statehouse.”

Jon Stewart · The Daily Show · Trevor Noah

How Trevor Noah will transform the Daily Show, explained in 7 of his funniest clips

If you’ve never seen this man perform, the clips below will let you see just why he was tapped to be Jon Stewart’s replacement on The Daily Show, the clips following this article will allow you to see why he was chosen to replace Stewart.


In December, when The Daily Show introduced its newest correspondent, Trevor Noah, audiences did not realize they were meeting Jon Stewart’s eventual replacement as host. Many Americans likely did not know him at all.

Comedy Central, which is appointing Noah to take over as The Daily Show‘s new host, is banking that Americans will not only forgive Noah for being quite different from Stewart, but will come to love the comedy style that has already earned him a large following abroad.

What follows is a brief introduction to Noah, as well as to some of the work that has made him so popular and that will make his tenure at The Daily Show a fresh and perhaps invaluable contribution to how we talk — and joke — about race and nationality.

The one clip that shows what makes Trevor Noah great

Watching this bit from Noah’s 2013 show in London, where he talks about his upbringing and about coming to America for the first time, is by far the best way to understand his comedy and what makes it both great and potentially perfect for The Daily Show.

Noah, in just a few minutes, jokes about being a South African, about growing up during apartheid, and about having a white father and a black mother, all of which then becomes the lens through which he — and his audience — see the US for the first time. (He also does the greatest Adolf Hitler impression I have ever heard.)

As a foreigner, someone with no stake in American racial identities, Noah’s different perspective lets him talk about American racial issues as the hapless but curious outsider. He uses this to wonderful effect in the above clip (about three minutes in) when he anticipates how when he comes to the US, he’ll be treated as simply black rather than as “mixed” or “colored” as he was in South Africa. “I’m gonna get a piece of that black,” he says.

Noah riffs at length about issues of race and identity, topics that are not exactly new to American comedy, using his personal background as the premise. It’s less threatening because he doesn’t have as much of a personal stake. And he’s looking at American issues from a totally different angle. That allows his viewers to see them from a totally different angle, and that’s powerful.

You’ll also notice something: the more Noah wades into his personal history or into highly sensitive issues (what could be more sensitive than the legacy of apartheid?), the lighter his comedic style becomes. He gets sillier and more self-effacing, and the audience responds by letting its guard down. That’s been essential for allowing Noah to take on such thorny topics, and it’ll be even more important for him as he takes over The Daily Show‘s now-institutionalized platform for satirical political commentary.

Teasing Americans as a foreigner could help them see what they otherwise might not

Continue reading and viewing more clips here…

Inequality · Working Poor

The Rise of the Working Poor and the Non-Working Rich

The Huffington Post ~ Robert Reich

Many believe that poor people deserve to be poor because they’re lazy. As Speaker John Boehner has said, the poor have a notion that “I really don’t have to work. I don’t really want to do this. I think I’d rather just sit around.”

In reality, a large and growing share of the nation’s poor work full time — sometimes sixty or more hours a week — yet still don’t earn enough to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

It’s also commonly believed, especially among Republicans, that the rich deserve their wealth because they work harder than others.

In reality, a large and growing portion of the super-rich have never broken a sweat. Their wealth has been handed to them.

The rise of these two groups — the working poor and non-working rich — is relatively new. Both are challenging the core American assumptions that people are paid what they’re worth, and work is justly rewarded.

Why are these two groups growing?

The ranks of the working poor are growing because wages at the bottom havedropped, adjusted for inflation. With increasing numbers of Americans taking low-paying jobs in retail sales, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, childcare, elder care, and other personal services, the pay of the bottom fifth is falling closer to the minimum wage.

At the same time, the real value of the federal minimum wage is lower today than it was a quarter century ago.

In addition, most recipients of public assistance must now work in order to qualify.

Bill Clinton’s welfare reform of 1996 pushed the poor off welfare and into work. Meanwhile, the Earned Income Tax Credit, a wage subsidy, has emerged as the nation’s largest anti-poverty program. Here, too, having a job is a prerequisite.

The new work requirements haven’t reduced the number or percentage of Americans in poverty. They’ve just moved poor people from being unemployed and impoverished to being employed and impoverished.

While poverty declined in the early years of welfare reform when the economy boomed and jobs were plentiful, it began growing in 2000. By 2012 it exceeded its level in 1996, when welfare ended.

At the same time, the ranks of the non-working rich have been swelling. America’s legendary “self-made” men and women are fast being replaced by wealthy heirs.

Six of today’s ten wealthiest Americans are heirs to prominent fortunes. The Walmart heirs alone have more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans combined.

Americans who became enormously wealthy over the last three decades are now busily transferring that wealth to their children and grand children.

The nation is on the cusp of the largest inter-generational transfer of wealth in history. A study from the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy projects a total of $59 trillion passed down to heirs between 2007 and 2061.

As the French economist Thomas Piketty reminds us, this is the kind of dynastic wealth that’s kept Europe’s aristocracy going for centuries. It’s about to become the major source of income for a new American aristocracy.

The tax code encourages all this by favoring unearned income over earned income.

The top tax rate paid by America’s wealthy on their capital gains — the major source of income for the non-working rich — has dropped from 33 percent in the late 1980s to 20 percent today, putting it substantially below the top tax rate on ordinary income (36.9 percent).

If the owners of capital assets whose worth increases over their lifetime hold them until death, their heirs pay zero capital gains taxes on them. Such “unrealized” gains now account for more than half the value of assets held by estates worth more than$100 million.

At the same time, the estate tax has been slashed. Before George W. Bush was president, it applied to assets in excess of $2 million per couple at a rate of 55 percent. Now it kicks in at $10,680,000 per couple, at a 40 percent rate.

Last year only 1.4 out of every 1,000 estates owed any estate tax, and the effective rate they paid was only 17 percent.

Republicans now in control of Congress want to go even further. Last Friday the Senate voted 54-46 in favor of a non-binding resolution to repeal the estate tax altogether. Earlier in the week, the House Ways and Means Committee also voted for a repeal. The House is expected to vote in coming weeks.

Yet the specter of an entire generation doing nothing for their money other than speed-dialing their wealth management advisers is not particularly attractive.

It puts more and more responsibility for investing a substantial portion of the nation’s assets into the hands of people who have never worked.

It also endangers our democracy, as dynastic wealth inevitably and invariably accumulates political influence and power.

Consider the rise of both the working poor and the non-working rich, and the meritocratic ideal on which America’s growing inequality is often justified doesn’t hold up.

That widening inequality — combined with the increasing numbers of people who work full time but are still impoverished and of others who have never worked and are fabulously wealthy — is undermining the moral foundations of American capitalism.


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Gov. Mike Pence · INDIANA

Ted Web: A Hat Tip To You…


Move Bars Gov’t-Funded Travel To Hoosier State Over ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill… Major Companies Condemn Law… Twitter Bashes… Wilco Cancels Concert… Duke ‘Deplores’… Thousands Of Businesses Stand Up For Diversity… Indiana Corporate Leaders ‘Deeply Concerned’… 
State GOP Leaders: Discrimination? What Discrimination?…

Thanks Ted Web…

U.S. Politics

My Family Outing That I Just HAD to Share…


(This is NOT an advertisement or endorsement.  It’s a review because I was REALLY impressed.)


My daughters are constantly on the go.  They take  a couple of cruises every year,  give cook-outs, take trips to their timeshare, etc.   According to them, their motto is “work hard, play harder.”  So, in that sense we are polar opposites.   I, on the other-hand  prefer quiet, relaxed times at home with music, TV or researching things on the internet.

Last Saturday they planned go to a place called The Carolina Kitchen in Hyattsville, MD. and asked me to join them. My daughters described the food as extraordinary  soul-food cuisine.   I love soul food and I hadn’t been out with them since I arrived a month ago, so I decided to visit this place they raved so much about.

Let me start by saying we were told there’d be an hour wait, to be seated.  It took two hours.  Yes, we stayed because my family insisted upon it. In that last hour my daughter sought out the manager or one of the owners (we weren’t sure which) and asked why it was taking so long to be seated.  After checking with the hostess he told us that there was a huge birthday party winding down and that the six seats we requested would be ready shortly.

Well, “shortly” finally came and we were seated.

Before I complete this story let be back up a bit.  The character and atmosphere of the place was impressive.  This was a relatively high-end dining atmosphere with personable hosts.   The menu was extensive and the food listed was quite appealing.

Our party of six (my daughters, my grands and myself) had a wonderful time.  My first experience definitely made me want to return at a later date.

Once again, the manager, Mr. Walter Wilmer was attentive to our needs and made sure we were doing okay on several occasions. for the rest of the evening.

All in all, needless to say we enjoyed the outing and plan to go back for my birthday in June.

So shout-out to Mr. Walter Wilmer for making sure we were given the finest service and for always checking to see if we needed anything and to the impressive college student clientele and wait staff who served us.

My family and I went home quite satisfied.

Discrimination · Gov. Mike Pence · Inequality

One Restaurant Already Celebrated ‘Religious Liberty’ By Turning Away Gays

Gay Marriage

Think Progress

An Indiana business owner went on a local radio station and said that he had discriminated against gay or lesbian couples even before Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a law on Thursday protecting business owners who decide to discriminate for “religious liberty” reasons. He then defended the practice and suggested he would do it again.

The business owner, who would not give his name or the name of his business, said he had told some LGBT “people” that equipment was broken in his restaurant and he couldn’t serve them even though it wasn’t and other people were already eating at the tables. “So, yes, I have discriminated,” he told RadioNOW 100.9 hosts. The hosts were surprised the owner said he was okay with discriminating.

“Well, I feel okay with it because it’s my place of business, I pay the rent, I’ve built it with all my money and my doing. It’s my place; I can do whatever I want with it,” he said. “They can have their lifestyle and do their own thing in their own place or with people that want to be with them.”

The law has been highly controversial in the state, with many businesses — including the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Apple — saying they were disappointed in the law’s passage and some entities saying they would ban travel or future business in the state thanks to the law’s enactment.

Pence himself has tried to defend the law as not a means of discriminating but rather protecting religious freedom, but these claims run counter to text of the legislation, and in fact how this anonymous business owner seems to interpret it. The governor signed the law in a private ceremony on Thursday, and wouldn’t say who attended the signing ceremony.

Other states are considering following Indiana’s lead. A similar bill is currently being debated in Georgia. Nineteen other states, including nearby Kentucky and Illinois, have adopted religious liberty laws.

These laws try to codify some of what was established when the Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case last year, in which a craft store chain objected to covering certain types of birth control for its female employees on religious grounds even though the Affordable Care Act mandated that women must receive birth control coverage without a co-pay as part of its minimum standards of care.

The Supreme Court later established religious objections could apply to any type of birth control and now states are using this ruling to justify such religious liberty bills that aim to protect owners who refuse to serve people based on their religious beliefs.

Prison Industrial Complex

Corporation Literally Served Inmates Trash

Credit: Shutterstock

This is about a contractor that got caught.  How many other prison contractors around the country use the same despicable practice?

Think Progress

Two weeks ago Progress Michigan uncovered emails revealing that a prison food provider served cakes nibbled on by rats to inmates. They’ve now discovered that employees from this same food vendor, Aramark, served inmates at another facility an equally unsavory meal: garbage.
In an email exchange between the company’s general manager, Sigfried Linder, and the state’s Department of Corrections, Linder admitted that prisoners at Saginaw Correctional Facility were served food that was previously thrown in the trash. “Mr. Chisolm discarded the left-overs from the line before the last half unit was in the chow hall. He then realized that there were more inmates to serve so he rinsed them off, reheated them in the oven and instructed the inmates to serve them,” read one email. “They refused, so he and Miss Gibson proceeded to serve them to the remaining inmates.”

The privately contracted food vendor, which services “healthcare institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses in 22 countries around the world,” has come under fire for serving contaminated food and engaging in gross misconduct in prison facilities statewide. After maggots and fly larvae were found near a meal-serving line, at least 150 inmates were quarantined for symptoms characteristic of the flu. One inmate sued the company for serving spoiled meat and moldy bread. In other instances, the company breached contract by simply failing to provide enough food.

Detroit Free Press also discovered that one-fifth of Aramark employees were fired for unsanctioned sexual encounters with inmates, tried to sneak in drugs, and showed up to work inebriated.

“The fact that inmates refused to serve this food, and yet an Aramark employee felt comfortable doing so, speaks volumes about the company’s corporate culture,” Progress Michigan’s executive director, Lonnie Scott, explained. “This is just the latest — and one of the most disgusting — examples of Aramark’s incompetency in our state. The public has a right to know what is really going on with this contract and it shouldn’t take thousands of dollars and FOIA’ed documents to get the truth.”
But the company, which has fed inmates dog food, worms, and scraps of food from old meals, maintains a stronghold on correctional food service in Michigan. Despite threats to terminate its contract, Gov. Rick Snyder (R)  won’t let go of the company, which claims it will save taxpayers $12-16 million. Prior to hiring Aramark, Michigan refused to partner with private food vendors that could not realistically save the state money in the long-run.

(Emphasis are mine: ks)