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Tim McFarlane

"If ObamaCare had been as unpopular as conservatives believed, their plan for the shutdown — that there would be a public uprising to force Democratic senators in close races in 2014 to defund it — would’ve worked. It didn’t. Not a single senator budged.
 
Their tactic failed, and now what they are left with is House Speaker John Boehner basically begging the president of the United States to negotiate with him.
 
One thing we know for sure is that it’s not an equal fight, this fight between a man who received 65 million votes nationwide and a man who received 246,000 votes in one congressional district in Ohio."

- Suicide of the Right by John Podhoretz, who is no friend to Democrats. (via hapaxlegomina)

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"So, no, the shutdown is not generalized dysfunction or gridlock or stalemate. It is aberrational behavior by a political party that is willing to take extreme and potentially damaging action to get its way. And by not calling it what it is, the political press is enabling it."

- Shutdown coverage fails Americans (via cancerninja)

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Instead of providing aid for the hungry, House Republicans want to reduce the food stamp program — the most basic part of the social safety net — with $40 billion in cuts across the next decade. A showdown vote over this cruel plan is expected this month. The House majority leader, Eric Cantor, is leading a propaganda drive that invokes reform as its cause while blaming the victims of hunger simply because the food stamp rolls had to double to nearly 48 million people in the crunch of recession.

The Cantor plan would force an estimated four to six million people to lose the food stamps that now sustain them. It would invite state governments to ratchet benefits back further because they could use savings wrenched from the pantries of the poor for various other programs, including tax cuts. The measure’s “work requirements” provide no job training funds yet mandate that able-bodied, childless adults who cannot find at least part-time employment will lose their food stamps after 90 days, even if the local unemployment rate is prohibitively high….

The falsehood that cutting food stamps is about saving government money is evident when the House plans rich increases in crop insurance subsidies for farmers. Representative Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, a Tea Party favorite who wants food stamps cut, collected nearly $3.5 million in government farm subsidies from 1999 to 2012. Yet he declared in a debate over food stamps, “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

The Republicans play up a few abusers of the program to mask the central fact of their plan: the tens of millions of Americans who rely on food stamps are children, the disabled, the elderly and low-wage families. For their sake, Congress should reject the Cantor proposal as the national embarrassment it plainly is.

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Mindlessly Gutting Food Stamps - NYTimes.com

Such callousness.

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More Republican fuckery…to be continued, no doubt…

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palestinianliberator:

sandandglass:

The Daily Show explains Western imperialism in the Middle East. 

This is probably the most accurate and concise summary of why the Middle East has been in such chaos since the first World War

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priceofliberty:

living-liberty:

Secretary of State John Kerry referenced this photograph when making his speech today, trying to drive home how awful the Syrian chemical attack was as he tried to convince us why we should go to war. One problem. The picture isn’t even from Syria. It’s from Iraq in 2003. The photographer, Marco di Lauro, said he nearly “fell off his chair” when he saw it was being used to promote a war in Syria. It’s getting pretty disturbing to see how far our politicians, both Republican and Democrat, are willing to go to drum up support for a war nobody wants.(Not my original content.  The image is set to click through to the original post this was taken from.)

In fact, that’s not the only time THIS photo in particular has been used as propaganda to fuel war with Syria. In May, 2012, di Lauro said he was “astonished” at the failure of the BBC to check their sources. The BBC had “accidentally” used this picture taken in to illustrate the senseless massacre of children in Syria.

The picture, which was actually taken on March 27, 2003, shows a young Iraqi child jumping over dozens of white body bags containing skeletons found in a desert south of Baghdad.
But John Kerry doesn’t care. He said during the same speech that “some of what we know will only be released to members of Congress, the representatives of the American people. That means that some things we do know we can’t talk about publicly.”
That’s right folks. They know WHY they want to go to war in Syria. They just can’t tell you. They’re gonna tell Congress, though, who presumably will have to pinky-swear not to tell what they know until the war is over.
If you aren’t hoarse in the throat after reading this, you should reconsider your priorities in life.
cartoonpolitics:

Racism in Italy -  Cécile Kyenge, Italy’s first black minister and target of increasing racial slurs, had bananas thrown at her while making a speech .. the lady responded coolly that it was ‘a waste of food’..  (more here)
nappysupastar:

cartoonpolitics:

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum, even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.” ~ Noam Chomsky

So true
recall-all-republicans:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Ladies and Gents, We Have The First Republican To Directly Blame President Obama For The Deadly EF-5 Moore Tornado And Outbreak
Just as extreme weather season kicks off, freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) demanded that President Obama apologize to Oklahoma for allocating funding to climate change research. Bridenstine, a climate denier who serves on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, plans to introduce a bill that defunds climate change research.
“Even climate change alarmists admit the number of hurricanes hitting the U.S. and the number of tornado touchdowns have been on a slow decline for over 100 years,” Bridenstine said on the House floor Tuesday, according to Raw Story. “But here is what we absolutely know. We know that Oklahoma will have tornadoes when the cold jet stream meets the warm Gulf air, and we also know that this President spends 30 times as much money on global warming research as he does on weather forecasting and warning. For this gross misallocation, the people of Oklahoma are ready to accept the President’s apology and I intend to submit legislation to fix this.”
Here is what Director of the National Climatic Data Center Tom Karl had to say about hurricanes, tornadoes, and climate change in 2011: “What we can say with confidence is that heavy and extreme precipitation events often associated with thunderstorms and convection are increasing and have been linked to human-induced changes in atmospheric composition.” Meanwhile, climate scientists are in near universal agreement that climate change is driven by human activity.
Bridenstine also recently accused Obama of “dishonesty, incompetence, vengefulness” in an unhinged speech on the House floor.
Related Posts:
Oklahoma and Texas, Hotbeds Of Climate Change Denialism, Wracked By Another Year Of Warming-Worsened Droughts
Oklahoma, Where The Denial Comes Right Behind The Drought

This is why it’s so important to vote in every election. When you don’t vote, we end up with pin heads like this Republican Clown.
foulmouthedliberty:

Too many facepalms for a single post.
black-culture:

Obama’s Kamala Harris ‘best looking’ comment crossed the line
California Attorney General Kamala Harris is brilliant, accomplished, and by all accounts has a very promising political future.
President Barack Obama and Attorney General Harris are close personal friends, so when he reportedly saidat a Democratic fundraiser about Harris, “She’s brilliant and she’s dedicated, she’s tough…She also happens to be, by far, the best looking attorney general,” the president certainly meant it as a harmless compliment about a friend.  But his comments about Harris’ looks in a public space are not appropriate.
President Obama is a feminist ally which is why it’s important to call this remark out, with love, in order to bring awareness to the issue of sexism in politics.
The focus on Harris’ looks is not new.  Harris’ run for district attorney in 2003 was wrought with sexism.
Salon’s Joan Walsh wrote yesterday, that while covering Harris’ race in 2003, she received calls from Democrats who wanted to comment on how Harris’ success was in part because she was physically attractive and had a past personal relationship with former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown.
Kamala Harris’ looks are irrelevant
Harris’ physical appearance is not relevant, in terms of how she does her job.  Harris is not a fashion model;  she’s the chief law enforcement officer in the state of California and should be judged on her credentials and nothing more.
Adding her looks to a list of adjectives describing her talent diminishes her accomplishments, even if the president said it in an off-the-cuff passing comment.  Harris should be praised for her record, not her physical allure.  Women are not objects who simply exist for male commodification.
Harris is by all accounts a very serious person, tackling important issues, including sex trafficking and the death penalty.  That’s all that matters. Her looks are not relevant to her skills and performance as attorney general and they don’t matter when she is evaluated for how she does her job.  Harris is not a fashion model or a woman up on display.
Good intentions don’t make it right
The president’s remarks, while mild mannered and with no malicious intent, are still problematic because they come in the context of a culture which more often than not values how a woman looks above everything else.  The context of the president’s comments matter both in terms of the public setting with which they were made, and the sexist culture with which they permeate in our collective psyche.
Calling out the president for these remarks doesn’t mean he’s a bad person or even that he is sexist.
As I said before, President Obama is an ally. This past weekend, Melissa Harris-Perry laid out a number of rules on how to be a good ally, which included, “be[ing] open to learning and expanding your consciousness by listening more and talking less.”
There are many allies and Obama supporters who don’t think what the president said is problematic and who think this is all much ado about nothing.  But it’s important to remind people that Attorney General Harris is a smart and successful person based on her merits and there are plenty of other compliments the president could have offered up in that public setting that would not have been inappropriate.
The hope is that Obama is listening and the next time he will simply say, “She’s brilliant and dedicated.  She’s tough,” and stop talking.
Follow Zerlina Maxwell at @ZerlinaMaxwell
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nypost:

New York Post front page for Friday, April 5, 2013

New York.  The city so nice, they bribed it twice.

Thanks to Congressional incompetence, Saturday mail delivery is history

bilt2tumble:

moniquill:

holzmantweed:

That’s not incompetence, that’s malice.

During the Bush administration, when Republicans had control of both houses, they passed a law that requires the post office to fully fund its pension for 75 years in advance, which effectively freezes most of its money.  If they could fund it, say, 30 years in advance, we’d be talking about the USPS’ profit.

The specific purpose is to render the USPS untenable in order to replace with with private carriers.

reblogging again for that comment

Concise, simple, accurate. Comment gold.

(Source: think-progress, via shangela-lansbury-deactivated20)