The Rent Is Too Damned High – For Us [Shorter Question Everything]

If it were only Minnesota, it would be bad enough, but this seems to be a chronic problem with the GOP. There is, of course, that moment of schadenfreude that the Republicans are having the same sort of trouble that the average American is having, but your average American isn’t operating on the notion that those without gagillions of dollars are losers that should be left to whatever horrible fate they find themselves. These Republicans are the same guys that want to hack and slash at the few meager protections your average American has left, and pass on that moolah to the ‘haves’. Of course, in most cases, the ‘haves’ are either Republicans themselves, or Republican buddies. So it’s interesting that these guys can’t seem to make the rent. That some big guy like Gingrich would bounce a cheque. I get that it’s possible for any party to have money trouble, but it’s the Republicans, the whole of the right wing, that preaches to everybody else about ‘bootstraps’, and how they are fiscally sensible folks that should be trusted not to drive the country over a cliff. Yet, these guys can’t pay rent and are writing rubber cheques? The GOP already has one hell of an awful image problem but this is supposedly one of ‘their’ things, this whole money thing. If they can’t be trusted to get this right, why should they be trusted with anything else? Why should they be trusted with the whole of the American economy if, to use their own finger pointy ways, they can’t get their own house in order?

Newt Gingrich’s Check Bounces: Now that Rick Santorum has dropped out of the presidential race, Newt Gingrich is trying to position himself as the challenger to Mitt Romney — or as he said in an email to supporters today, “the last conservative standing.” But that may be difficult, given the former House speaker’s anemic fundraising and non-existent campaign organization. Case in point: A $500 check Gingrich wrote bounced. Gingrich’s campaign filed papers and the $500 filing fee to enter Utah’s primary, but the check didn’t go through, and the campaign has not returned calls from the state, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. [thinkprogress/Alex Seitz-Wald/10 Apr 2012]

Trickle Down Fail: Minnesota GOP Can’t Pay Rent: Republicans say we don’t need revenue to run this country, we need to cut spending. This is why they worship Saint Reagan by suggesting that the rich and corporations shouldn’t have to be burdened with taxes. Reagan called it trickle down when he “lowered” tax rates to rates far exceeding what they are today. This little fact goes unacknowledged by the current Republican Party. It didn’t work under Reagan and it didn’t work under Bush.
Most tellingly, it isn’t working for the Republican Party itself.
In Minnesota, the Republican Party is unable to pay the rent for their headquarters. They are $1,232,341.50 in debt according to Politico.
The GOP’s Secretary Treasurer (since Republicans like to make analogies to running our government like we run our families, this would be the person in your home who writes the checks and balances the checkbook) wrote in a report first obtained by Politico,
“… we continue to be in a precarious working capital position. Consequently, please note that we are not paying our office lease rent payment currently (but have been in discussions with our landlord) and have not yet negotiated long-term payment schedules and/or negotiated settlements relating to most of the vendors on the accounts payable aging (see accompanying financial statements and schedules for summary accounts payable aging reports as of February 29 and January 31, 2012).” [politicususa/Sarah Jones/10 Apr 2012]
George Zimmerman’s Lawyer Has a Fool For a Client: [singlepic id=266 w=320 h=240 float=right]I love this tag line at the bottom of the page, don’t you? Also the big American flag sends a message. Of sorts.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men do nothing. – Edmund Burke.

It seems ill-advised to me to put up a website that looks like a patriot or militia site with a quote they’re fond of asking for donations, one day after Fox News reports that white supremacists are now ‘patrolling’ Sanford, to say nothing of the bad taste it displays. But there it is, waiting for the donations to pour in.
That’s not even the worst part. The Daily Caller has a report on a furious letter sent to Eric Holder by an unnamed relative of George Zimmerman. [crooksandliars/karoli/10 Apr 2012]

America’s “go to guy” for racism: George Zimmerman has an unusually long-list of defenders who haven’t spoken to him much: Joe Oliver; his next door neighbor; his lawyers.
But one man he’s spoken to, Sean Hannity.
What a predictable person reach out to if you have a problem with mistreating a black person, Sean Hannity knows in advance who the real victim is, the one with less melanin. [firedoglake/Attaturk/11 Apr 2012]

Santorum Drops 2012 Bid for President: Rick Santorum announced Tuesday afternoon that he is ending his campaign for the presidency, effectively closing out the GOP primary season and cementing Mitt Romney’s status as his party’s presumptive nominee… Santorum did not endorse Romney in his afternoon remarks. Hogan Gidley, a spokesman for his campaign, said in an MSNBC appearance that Romney had reached out to Santorum to request a meeting about an endorsement. [Politico/Alexander Burns, Maggie Haberman, Juana Summers/10 Apr 2012]

26 Major Corporations Paid No Corporate Income Tax For The Last Four Years, Despite Making Billions In Profits: Last year, Citizens for Tax Justice found that 30 major corporations had made billions of dollars in profits while paying no federal income tax between 2008 and 2010. Today, CTJ updated that report to reflect the 2011 tax bill of those 30 companies, and 26 of them have still managed to pay absolutely nothing over that four year period [thinkprogress/Pat Garofalo/9 Apr 2012]

Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Legal Bulldog Faces Disbarment: If things went differently, Andrew Thomas might have had a bright career in Arizona politics.
In six years as the top prosecutor in Maricopa County, he stood side-by-side with Sheriff Joe Arpaio and earned a reputation as an aggressive and ambitious politician. A pair of conservative warriors in a Republican stronghold, the two teamed up to push for tougher treatment of illegal immigrants and to pursue what they saw as widespread corruption by local government officials.
But somewhere in the process, according to ethics investigators who scrutinized his actions in recent years, Thomas became obsessed with his political enemies. With Arpaio’s help, he targeted them with criminal investigations, had some of them arrested and some charged with crimes. The evidence he and Arpaio used in the process was often questionable. The charges rarely stuck.
Later today, the former prosecutor, who graduated from Harvard Law School the same year as Barack Obama, is facing the possibility of being disbarred for his role in the crusade. [talkingpointsmemo/Nick R. Martin/10 Apr 2012]

Iran says ‘Israel terror group’ found with bombs, machine guns: Iran said the “major terrorist group” it found and which they claim was affiliated to Israel was arrested “while preparing to carry out terrorist acts”, adding that a considerable number of bombs, machine guns, military and communication equipments were seized. [ynetnews/10 Apr 2012]

Report: Israel Could Attack Iran Just Before US Elections: An Israeli attack on Iran could occur in the crucial weeks leading up to the US presidential election this fall, according to a report from an Israeli newspaper. The paper, Maariv, a daily Hebrew language newspaper based in Tel Aviv, quotes anonymous officials who said that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has assured the United States that it would hold off on an attack on Iran until at least the fall. Netanyahu, however, would not promise US officials he would hold off on a strike until after the November elections, the article reports. Due to weather that would complicate air strikes in Iran, this gives Israel a small window of time to make an attack, and could result in such a bombing campaign occuring right before the elections. This scenario could complicate President Obama’s re-election campaign and give Israel leverage in negotiations with the US. [Common Dreams/haaretz/10 Apr 2012]

Tulsa men confess to shooting rampage in black neighborhood: Two Tulsa, Oklahoma men have confessed to a shooting rampage last Friday morning that left three dead and two injured, police said Monday night in an affidavit. Jacob England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, were charged in court on Monday with several counts of murder and attempted murder, and illegally possessing weapons. Their bail was set at $9.1 million apiece. It’s not yet clear what their motive was for the rampage, but England’s father was shot and killed by a black man in 2010. Just one day before the shootings, and on the second anniversary of his father’s death, England published a racially fueled screed online admitting, “it’s hard not to go off.” The man who shot England’s father was ultimately not charged with the shooting under a “Stand Your Ground” law which permits lethal force in cases of self defense. He did however face several other charges and was sentenced to six years in prison. [RawStory/Stephen C. Webster/10 Apr 2012]

Police mysteriously lose video of Megaupload raid: Video footage of a police raid on the home of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is missing, and authorities claim they’re not quire sure what happened to it.
…Following the raid, New Zealand’s highest court chided authorities for filing the wrong paperwork for their warrant, then filing the right request after the raid already transpired in hopes of making their request retroactive. The site’s founder has since claimed key pieces of evidence against him are actually files he legally owned, indicating that the prosecution’s case has some serious weaknesses.
And now, a new wrinkle: Police reportedly agreed to let Megaupload’s IT expert download a copy of security camera footage stored on Dotcom’s personal file server, which was seized by police during the raid even though it was not among the evidence they claimed to be pursuing. [RawStory/Stephen C. Webster/9 Apr 2012]

Tsunami alerts after powerful quakes hit off Indonesia: Updated at 7:16 a.m. ET: Tsunami alerts were issued for the entire Indian Ocean Wednesday after a powerful 8.6-magnitude earthquake and a strong aftershock were recorded off Indonesia’s coast.
The U.S. Geological Survey said, in its latest revised statement, that the initial quake happened about 14 miles beneath the ocean floor and 270 miles from Banda Aceh, the provincial capital of Aceh, at 2:38 p.m. local time (4:38 am. ET). [ Jamieson and Ian Johnston/11 Apr 2012]

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