Benjamin Netanyahu · iRAN dEAL · Republicans · Treasonous relationship with Congress

Netanyahu Admits He Is Helping Treasonous Republicans Try To Sabotage Obama Iran Deal

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu indirectly admitted that he is working with Republicans in Congress to kill President Obama’s Iran deal.



DICKERSON: I know you’re talking to lots of people. You’re talking to us, obviously. Will you lobbying members of Congress against this deal? NETANYAHU: Look, I feel it’s my obligation as the prime minister of Israel to speak out against something that endangers the survival of my country, the security of the region, the security of the world.

And I obviously make my case. I think that is important. It’s not only important for us. I think it’s important for the entire world.

DICKERSON: You have said that this is a catastrophic and historic mistake. President Obama once said that he had Israel’s back. Do you think that he’s betrayed you here with this deal?

NETANYAHU: Look, I appreciate President Obama and the United States’ ongoing commitment to Israel’s security.

That’s always something that’s important. But this deal, on this, we have a disagreement, an honest disagreement, a respectful disagreement among friends. I think that people say, well, everybody agrees with this deal except Israel. Not true.

Netanyahu’s behavior is a continuation of his treasonous relationship with Congressional Republicans. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell aren’t acting in the best interests of the American people by opposing this deal. Boehner and McConnell are pushing the pro-war agenda of Netanyahu.

The Republican Party is actively working with a foreign against the foreign policy of the President Of The United States. Republicans have no alternative plan to keep Iran from developing their own nuclear weapon that does not involve war.

Netanyahu admitted that he is “lobbying” members of Congress, and by lobbying he meant conspiring. For a Republican Party that many though could go no lower, this is a new low.

Politics News · Pope Francis · Republicans

Pope Francis makes Tea Party heads explode: Why Steve King & Louie Gohmert have it in for the pontiff

Pope Francis makes Tea Party heads explode: Why Steve King & Louie Gohmert have it in for the pontiff
Steve King, Pope Francis, Louie Gohmert (Credit: AP/Reuters/J. Scott Applewhite/Max Rossi/Photo montage by Salon)


GOP members are worried about what Pope Francis will say in his speech to Congress, and it’s great

The Bishop of Rome is coming to Washington in September to address a joint session of Congress, and boy are things already getting frisky. Pope Francis is an extraordinarily popular Pope who’s not afraid to wield that popularity for human rights and economic justice. In other words, he’s well to the left of most members of Congress, and he may well get up in their faces about issues near and dear to him. Since you’re sort of required to clap for the Pope, this is going to make for an interesting scene.

In late 2013, not long after his election, Francis wrote an extensive document making economic justice a centerpiece of his papacy. “Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life,” he wrote, “today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality.”

“Such an economy kills,” wrote Pope Francis, denouncing the current economic system as “unjust at its roots” and one “which defend(s) the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation.” Such a system, he warned, is creating a “new tyranny,” which “unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules.”

On foreign affairs he’s made his priorities known, too. Earlier this year, Francis helped broker the thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba, and just this week,the Vatican announced that it would sign a treaty recognizing a Palestinian state. As Patricia Miller writes in Salon, these sorts of moves aren’t some radical break in policy for the Vatican. It’s just that American conservatives were able to turn a blind eye to these actions before “rock star Francis” commanded their attention. “It’s more accurate,” Miller writes, “to view this particular step in the Vatican’s relationship with Palestine both as a continuation of the Holy See’s long-standing support for Palestinian statehood and as an expression of Francis’ overriding interest in fostering international peace—and his unique ability and willingness to put his finger on the scales to do so.”

The Vatican’s recognition of a Palestinian state under Francis comes at a time when the Republican Party is more reflexively “pro-Israel” — which is to say, pro-Netanyahu — than ever. It’s become routine, if not an outright litmus test, for Republican presidential candidates to reject the pursuit of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, a position that both Democratic and Republican standard-bearers have held for decades. The Obama administration has gone to great lengths to veto U.N. resolutions recognizing a Palestinian state as a favor to Netanyahu’s Israel, and yet Republicans still assault Obama as working hand-in-hand with the Iranians to assure Israel’s destruction. And now we’ve got an actual religious and political leader who has recognized a Palestinian state coming to address Congress.

The fine congressional reporters at Politico did that thing where they asked the usual funny, good-for-a-quote Republican suspects for their opinion on Francis’ upcoming speech in light of his treaty recognizing Palestine and other heretical moves, like his criticism of unregulated capitalism. And the members were, indeed, good for various funny quotes.

Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina is stunned to see the Pope getting so “political” and demands he rein in his activities to more traditional church-y stuff. “It’s interesting how the Vatican has gotten so political,” Duncan said, “when ultimately the Vatican ought to be working to lead people to Jesus Christ and salvation.” Iowa’s Steve King echoed Duncan, saying he’snot sure that he’s as good of a politician as he is a Pope.”

Know your place, sweetheart.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp holds the interesting position that Catholicism is agnostic on issues of poverty, and Francis should stick to what he describes as Catholicism’s “non-negotiables,” like its opposition to abortion and gay marriage and its support for school choice. “How do you deal with a poverty problem? There’s not a Catholic [fix], contrary to the arguments of certain economists that work at the Vatican… But there’s a Catholic view on life, on marriage, on the rights of parents and education. So I hope he sticks to this.” As for foreign policy, Huelskamp gives Francis his permission to speak to “faith and morals… but on foreign affairs, maybe not.” Because morals certainly have no place in foreign affairs.

The quotiest of them all, Rep. Louie Gohmert, describes the Palestinians as “haters” and wants the Pope to know that they don’t take too kindly to his style of Popin’ down in East Texas. “The Pope is the head of his religion, and he makes those calls for himself,” Gohmert generously concedes, “but I represent 700,000 people from East Texas and a vast majority agree with me.”

There’s a whole lot more in here, including Rep. Trent Franks questioning Pope Francis’s grasp of scripture.

It’s fascinating to see these members trying to impose constraints on what’s acceptable for the Holy See to say in his address to Congress. Just a few months ago, conservatives were apoplectic that anyone would dare criticize Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to trash the President’s foreign policy before a joint session of Congress. The man has a right to speak his mind! It helped, of course, that Netanyahu’s mind and the Republican mind were one and the same. Now the Pope might come and say “Palestinians have rights too” and everyone’s all, Whoa whoa whoa, let’s stick to the fetus here, guy. 


2016 Hopefuls · Conservatives · Republicans · Sen. Ted Cruz

Good news: Ted Cruz recuses self from having opinions on anything that happened before 1970

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) pauses to look at the crowd as he confirms his candidacy for the 2016 U.S. presidential election race during a speech at Liberty College in Lynchburg, Virginia March 23, 2015. Cruz, a conservative firebrand who frequently clas
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) pauses to look at the crowd as he confirms his candidacy for the 2016 U.S. presidential election race during a speech at Liberty College in Lynchburg, Virginia March 23, 2015 | REUTERS

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This is a political trend I’d like to see more of: I wasn’t alive then, so don’t ask me!

[Q]: A third Texas president, L.B.J., created Medicare in themid-’60s. Your hero Ronald Reagan campaigned vigorously against that, saying it would lead to socialized medicine, would end liberty in the United States. Who was right: L.B.J. or Reagan?[Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz]: It’s not worth tilting at windmills. I don’t know. I wasn’t alive then.

Who was right? Who’s to say? That was in the before-times. I have no opinions on the before-times. Now maybe Medicare ended liberty in the United States, maybe it didn’t, let’s just leave that one to the History Channel to sort out.

The possibilities here are endless. Sen. Ted Cruz, do you think the American Revolution was a good idea or a bad one? Your party tends to mention Hitler a lot—have any thoughts on the fellow? You have spoken endlessly about your father leaving Cuba, but we cannot help but notice you were not alive then—are you sure you are qualified to discuss this?

The good news, if we can hold him to this, is that Sen. Ted Cruz has now recused himself from having any opinions on anything that happened before December 22, 1970. Not just Medicare but the civil rights struggle are out of scope, but the development of the automobile, the highway system, electrification, indoor plumbing, the Crusades, and sedimentary rocks are all off-limits. As is the Constitution, which is worth more than all the others combined; if we can convince Ted Cruz that he is no longer qualified to give his opinions on what the Constitution says or what the Founding Fathers were thinking during any given lunchtime, we could render the man nearly silent in one stroke.

Other candidates have declared that they are not scientists, recusing them from climate discussions; Ted Cruz considers anything that happened before the Earth was graced with his bare-bottomed presence to be off-limits. Now that’s dedication to not answering the question.


ABC Poll: Republicans About As Popular As Ebola.

Polls can be manipulated so I take little stock in them, but the headline is hilarious!

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We love to bash Republicans around here, but we’re pretty much political Junkies and know a good deal more about what they’re doing to our democracy and country than most of the general public.  But even if you’re a member of the uninformed public that neglects your responsibility to be an informed citizen, you just can’t avoid realizing just how awful these people really are.

Of course if you’re uninformed enough, you fall into the false equivalence of they’re all the same, and you buy into the meme of a pox on both your houses, so some of this discontent rubs off on the Democrats.

From a new ABC poll

I’ll try to build a little table with some of the results.

Here’s the results for Republicans

                               Favorable            unfavorable
All Adults                       35                       60Registered Voters            38                       60

Democrats                     14                       85

Republicans                    79                       21

Independents                 31                       61

Male                             38                       59

Female                          33                       62

<$50K                          32                       63

$50K-$100K                   38                      56

>$100K                        39                       61

Liberal                          16                       80

Moderate                     32                       66

Conservative                 59                      38

Hard to find anyone who is satisfied with the dysfunctional party the Oligarchs have built.  But what about the Dems?

                               Favorable            unfavorable
All Adults                       49                       46

Registered Voters            51                       46

Democrats                     85                       14

Republicans                    15                       85

Independents                 41                       50

Male                             44                       52

Female                          54                       40

<$50K                          51                       44

$50K-$100K                   46                      48

>$100K                        53                       46

Liberal                          73                       24

Moderate                     52                        45

Conservative                28                        70

Now these aren’t the types of numbers that Democrats can jump up and down over, but they’re sure a lot better than the Republicans.  The Dems do better than the Republicans in almost everycategory.  I was pretty surprised to see those numbers broke down by income.  Even the rich are turning against the radicalized Republicans.So this is a ray of hope for Nov.  The question becomes, how many of these people will show up at the polls, and how many will once again vote against their own interests.


Why Would Anyone Vote Republican? Let’s See…

4.Allen West Makes Up A Top 10 List To Vote Democrat - Let Us Return The Favor On Republicans
When Republican Allen West made his “Top 10 Reasons To Vote Democrat In 2014″ he relied upon misrepresentations and lies. We thought to return the favor, but with a heavy dose of truthiness – Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore via

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Tea Party lunatic Allen West, who lost his bid for reelection  in 2012, is also somewhat of a comedian. On his personal page,, West posted a rather funny article called the ‘Top 10 Reasons to Vote Democrat in 2014.” The article lays out just what you would expect: liberals are taking your money, liberals want to take your guns, liberals elect activist judges to “rewrite the Constitution”, etc. etc. Very funny, coming from the guy who nearly has a 3:1 lie-to-truth ratio on Politifact. West, who does not shy away from controversy, told his readers that they would “get a kick” out of it. So to our readers, you’ll certainly get a kick, and a sucker punch with this.

10. I’ll vote Republican because even though I’m a woman, I love being told that I shouldn’t be paid equally because of the “free-market.” I also love being told that I’m not allowed contraception, or my legal right to an abortion (but a man can have Viagra and penis pumps no problem).

9. I’ll vote Republican because we must suffer the deaths of 31,000 men, women and children a year in order to preserve the option of assassinating our democratically elected politicians with our guns we bought at Walmart.

8. I’ll vote Republican because I work hard for my money, and nothing makes me happier than my tax dollars going to subsidize Big Oil and the major banks that crashed our economy in 2008. I also love that the Republicans are blaming the “lazy” minority for my economic woes.

7. I’ll vote Republican because I believe a President who gives Americans healthcare is a “terrorist dictator” but a tax-evading rancher in Nevada who uses women as human shields is a “patriot.”

6. I’ll vote Republican because we are the “pro-life” party, even though our deepest cuts go to feeding, housing, clothing, educating and medically treating low-income children, elderly and returning veterans.

5. I’ll vote Republican because rather than admitting our world’s climate is changing, I’ll sit around with my thumb up my butt and deny science so billionaires like the Koch Brothers can pollute the Earth and give more to my campaign.

4. I’ll vote Republican because even though our Founding Fathers have claimed we are not a “Christian Nation,” I still want my Christian faith to dictate who can and cannot get married, what children may learn in public schools, and what holidays may and may not be celebrated in public.

3. I’ll vote Republican because every judge who upholds the right to get married, to get an abortion, or be treated like a decent human being is an “activist judge,” but the judges who allow dirty money to pollute our elections are “freedom-loving.”

2. I’ll vote Republican because I support the gap between the richest and the middle class to widen because our policies only pander to the rich, and then complain that there is “class warfare” against us.

And finally, the number 1 reason I’ll be voting Republican:

1. I’ll vote Republican because I can’t get over the fact that President Obama was democratically elected twice, so I’ll make up a barrage of fake scandals like voter fraud, IRS, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, FEMA camps, to dumb down and inject fear into the GOP base so they don’t see how destructive our policies are.

These are the top 10 reasons why we MUST let the GOP take back the Senate and keep control of the House!

Reince Priebus · Republicans

A Serious Question for Reince Priebus

Thanks Ted, for bringing this article to my attention.  It’s clear, accurate and well written.

H/t: Ted.

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Dear Sir:

Since the first inauguration of Barack Obama, members of the party of which you are the nominal head have made statements which have become increasingly odd and outside the mainstream of American thought and tradition.

A sitting congressman shouted, “You lie!” on the House floor during a State of the Union address. Sitting members of congress and state legislators, as well as presidential candidates of your party, have spent years promulgating a bizarre theory that the president was born in Kenya. The state GOP in Wisconsin has voted “yes” to a platform plank in favor of secession. Last year, 44% of people identifying as Republicans said they might approve of violent revolution against the elected government of the US. This January, a congressional candidate of your party called for the execution of the president of the United States.

I won’t attempt to to make a comprehensive list of these events. To do so would exhaust me and any readers.

What strikes me is that, throughout all these events, and others even more, shall we say, unusual, you have said nothing. You, as leader of the Republican Party, have condemned not one statement of anyone in your party. No action, no matter how unhinged, unpatriotic or even, by any definition, treasonous, has merited your condemnation. Nothing is, apparently, beyond the pale.

Which leads directly to my question, which I ask in all seriousness:

Is there anything a Republican could say or do which would make you, in your official capacity, say, “Enough–this is not what Republicans are?”

This is a real question. You and others in your party say you want to be seen as something other than “the crazy party,” “the party of stupid.”

But you, as head of that party, have never once defined the limits of acceptable discourse. By your own silence, you appear to condone any and every kind of opposition, even calls to murder.

So, again, I ask, is there anything so egregious, so vile, so treasonous, that you would stand up and say, “No, this is not us?”

Republicans · U.S. Politics

Republicans are Outraged

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Republicans are Outraged — that Americans are getting Affordable Health Care.

Republicans are Outraged — that Americans are NOT getting Affordable Health Care, fast enough.
Republicans are Outraged — that Americans have to pay Taxes.

Republicans are Outraged — that America’s Debt is NOT being paid down, fast enough.

Republicans are Outraged — that the Voter’s Right Act used to make them let everyone Vote.

Republicans are Outraged — that in Texas, North Carolina, and Virgina, there are way too many Women, Students, and poor people voting.

Republicans are Outraged — that so many Americans want to Vote.

Republicans are Outraged — that even with all their Gerrymandered Districts, they still lose Elections.

Republicans are Outraged — that so many Americans do NOT hate Government like they do.

Republicans are Outraged — that so many Americans just want a Government that works —because as recent history shows, that’s just NOT what they DO!
… Provide us a Government that works?  Hah!

Because in their world-view, THAT would be simply Outrageous!

H/t: DB

113th Congress · Democrats · Republicans

Poll: Republicans ‘Badly Damaged’ By Shutdown Battle


This is what happens to lemmings when they fall over a cliff due to mindless loyalty…

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The Republican Party has been “badly damaged” by the government shutdown, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday evening, which finds public opinion souring on the GOP and some of its core positions.

Americans blamed Republicans over President Barack Obama for the shutdown by a margin of 22 percentage points, with 53 percent saying the GOP deserved more blame, and 31 percent saying Obama did. Approval ratings for the Republican Party and the tea party were at 24 percent and 21 percent respectively — both record lows as measured by NBC/WSJ.

Democrats aren’t wildly popular either. Obama’s approval rating is a marginally positive 47 percent, while the Democratic Party is at 39 percent, and congressional Democrats are at 36 percent.

A slim plurality of Americans say Obama should negotiate with Republicans, even before they agree to a deal that reopens the government or raises the debt ceiling. The president’s approval has remained stable since the shutdown, and there are signs that Democrats may get a boost from the shutdown’s political effects.

Voters were 8 points more likely to say they’d prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress over a Republican-controlled Congress, a 5-point shift toward the Democrats since last month. Support for the new health care law, the touchstone of the government shutdown, rose a net 8 points from September, while the belief that government should do more to solve problems was up 8 points from June.

“That is an ideological boomerang,” Bill McInturff, the GOP pollster who conducts the NBC/WSJ poll along with Democratic pollster Peter Hart, told NBC. “As the debate has been going on, if there is a break, there is a break against the Republican position.”

The poll found that 42 percent think the economy will worsen over the next year, nearly doubling since September, and nearly eight in 10 think the country is on the wrong track. The number who think the country is on the right track has fallen by half since September.

WSJ/NBC pollsters said the survey showed some of the most dramatic shifts they had seen in decades in public attitudes toward the well-being of the country, the direction of the economy and wider political sentiment, according to the Journal.

“What is stunning about these results is just how hard and how quickly public attitudes have landed on the shutdown,” said Hart, a Democratic pollster, according to the Journal. He said the poll showed “a broad disgust for the political system.”

The NBC/WSJ’s findings are largely in line with other recent polling, but with some differences. A Gallup survey released Wednesday found the Republicans’ favorable rating the lowest for either party since 1992. While an AP-GfK poll found the president, as well as Congress, taking a serious approval hit, other surveys found Obama’s approval either stable or down by 1 or 2 percentage points.

Polls on who’s to blame for the shutdown have generally shown Republicans being faulted most, but the margin varies, with some surveys last week showing the blame more evenly distributed.

The NBC/WSJ poll surveyed 800 adults by phone from Oct. 7 to Oct. 9.


Democrats · Republicans

Fifteen Differences Between Democrats And Republicans

According to…

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I’ve noticed over the years, there are some fundamental differences in the way Republican and Democratic politicians think. Here are just 15 examples.

Republicans fear that the government has too much control over corporations.

Democrats fear that corporations have too much control over our government. 


Democrats believe it benefits all of us to help the weakest and the poorest among us.

Republicans believe it benefits all of us to help the wealthiest and most powerful among us.


Democrats believe it benefits all of us to help the weakest and the poorest among us.

Republicans believe it benefits all of us to help the wealthiest and most powerful among us.


Republicans believe large corporations will always do what is best for the American people if the government stays out of the way. 

Democrats believe large corporations would disembowel you and sell your organs to the highest bidder if the government didn’t stop them.


Democrats believe everyone is entitled to health care regardless of their ability to pay.

Republicans believe everyone is entitled to jack squat if they can’t pay for health care.


Democrats believe too much of our money goes to crooked corporate executives who take government subsidies and pay themselves $80 million salaries. 

Republicansbelieve too much of our money goes to teachers who make $30,000 a year.


Democrats believe anything that helps the American people during a recession or a time of crisis is the true essence of patriotism.

Republicans believe anything that helps the American people during a recession or a time of crisis is the true essence of communism.


Democrats believe that we need to set high standards for clean air and drinking water.

Republicans believe that standards for clean air and water are burdensome over-regulation.


Democrats believe the President and Congress need to work together to create jobs during a weak economy.

Republicans believe that Congress should do nothing to create jobs and then blame the President.


Democrats believe that corporate polluters should be made to pay for the cleanup of their pollution.

Republicans believe that making corporations clean up their pollution is burdensome over-regulation.


Democrats believe our health care system exists solely for the purpose of making people healthy.

Republicans believe our health care system exists solely for the purpose of making a healthy profit.


Democrats believe Congress should be of the people, by the people and for the people.

Republicans believe corporations are the people.


Democrats believe that corporations have too much influence over Congress due to their lobbyists and huge campaign contributions.

Republicans believe the middle class has too much influence over Congress due to their voting and paying taxes.


Democrats believe we need to protect victims of corporate negligence by allowing Americans to file lawsuits against corporations.

Republicans believe we need to protect large corporations from lawsuits by Americans who’ve been victimized by them.


Democrats believe that the rich should be taxed more than the poor and middle class.

Republicans believe that the rich should be allowed to keep all their wealth, except for the millions in campaign contributions they give to politicians.


Democrats believe that too much money in politics produces corruption and destroys the American way of life.

Republicans believe that money and corruption in politics arethe American way of life.


These are just my observations from a lifetime of watching Democratic and Republican politicians. I’m sure some Republican will come up with their own clever list.



GOP Spending Cuts · Republicans

Bill Maher & Alexandra Pelosi: Republicans Want Spending Cuts But Can’t Name One. (VIDEO)


Check out some of Alexandra Pelosi’s similar videos here, here and here

Liberals Unite

What we need here is the government’s help.” New Jersey Republican.

In her latest short on Real Time with Bill Maher, Alexandra Pelosi illustrates that Republicans are simply not informed. She asks them what spending cuts the government should be making after they insist cuts should be made.

Pelosi asks them about specific cuts, such as education, Medicare, Sandy relief, healthcare, veteran benefits, unemployment benefits and the list goes on. The answer to each suggested cut is “no.”

Can you guess what they want to cut? The answer they give is not surprising. They cling to an ideology. They do so against their own best interest—against your best interest.

Wake up Republicans!!! If you think for five minutes about what you want and what you think you want, you will not be so quick to scream and assume Democrats just want handouts. We don’t have to be so divided. We actually want the same things in life. When will you understand this? When it’s too late?

My question to Republicans is, why do you want to insist on something you can’t even answer yourself?

I fear Maher is accurate when he says “the people are morons, they don’t know what to tell the politicians…, they don’t know anything.”

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