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It’s as though the right wing doesn’t realize or doesn’t care that, with a few pokes at the keyboard, the lies become evident. Perhaps they are relying on what they term “low information voters” – what the reality based community would call “stupid people”. The thing I fear the most is that they’re right. Far too many people will CHOOSE to be too stupid to believe the truth, preferring the spoon fed garbage that satisfies their own bigotries. It’s no wonder the right wing loves to hack and slash at education. Stupidity and willful ignorance have served them so well.
• Romney’s moment of cowardice – He can’t even muster the courage to correct a woman who says the president should be “tried for treason”: In hindsight, the last big moment of integrity for the Republican Party came when Sen. John McCain challenged an older white woman who called Barack Obama an “Arab” at an October 2008 campaign event. “No ma’am,” he told her wearily. “He’s a decent family man [and] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that’s what this campaign’s all about. He’s not [an Arab].” Since then, Republicans from Sarah Palin to John Boehner to Rick Santorum have had chances to slap down party members’ false and ugly allegations about the president, from his birthplace to his religion to his loyalty to the U.S., and they all failed. Mitt Romney had his moment Monday, when a woman at a town hall event said Obama should be “tried for treason,” and he failed too….I’ve said before that John McCain gets way too much Beltway credit for political courage. But credit where it’s due – he did the right thing in October 2008, and Romney did the wrong thing on Monday. There’s no better symbol of the GOP’s slide over the last four years than its presumptive nominee’s pathetic pandering. [salon/Joan Walsh/07 May 2012]
• Mitt Romney: ‘I’ll Take A Lot Of Credit’ For Auto Industry Recovery: Despite his 2008 call to “let Detroit go bankrupt,” presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Monday that he would “take a lot of credit” for his impact on the U.S. automobile industry’s comeback. [Huffington Post/Mollie Reilly/08 May 2012]
“Trimming the fat” from people you intend to starve – children you intend to starve – is obscene.
• Rep. McCarthy: Pushing 300k Children Off Lunch Program to Protect Military Spending is Trimming the Fat: House Republicans moved legislation forward aimed at preventing any reductions in military spending, even if that means cutting much needed programs for the nation’s poorest. The House Armed Services Committee’s bill provides $554 billion for the Pentagon — $29 billion more than DOD had requested — while the GOP-led Budget Committee packaged six bills that would “slice $261 billion from food stamps, Medicaid, social services and other programs for struggling Americans.” Last night on Fox News, House Majoriy Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) claimed that the Republicans were just trimming the fat from the budget and getting rid of wasteful spending…The New York Times today offered some details: The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the bill would push 1.8 million people off food stamps and could cost 280,000 children their school lunch subsidies and 300,000 children their health insurance coverage through the federal and state Children’s Health Insurance Program. Elimination of the social services block grant to state and local governments would hit child abuse prevention programs, Meals on Wheels and child care. [nationofchange/Ben Armbruster/08 May 2012]
• There is an obvious split in the Republican party over immigration policy, and at some point, Romney will have to decide if he stands by his harsh anti-immigrant positions during the GOP primary or if he will try to Etch-a-Sketch them away to appeal to more moderate voters.
• Mysterious Mitt: 5 Big Issues Romney Is Ducking: On Tuesday, the Republican National Committee’s National Hispanic Outreach Director claimed that Mitt Romney’s “still deciding what his position on immigration is,” kicking off a firestorm of criticism from reporters and bloggers wondering how the GOP’s presumptive nominee — a man who had been running for office for the last 18 years — had no defined view on immigration. The campaign walked back the remarks minutes later, linking to a page on the Romney campaign site touting his harsh immigration proposals. But this episode is just the latest in a series of instances in which the candidate and his campaign have been unsure, uncertain, or unwilling to articulate a clear stance on an important policy issue for fear of offending a particular political demographic. [thinkprogress/Igor Volsky/08 May 2012]
• This is the essence of retrograde, reactionary politics and there’s a long history of these “sovereign” states exercising their “rights” to deny minorities their freedom
• North Carolina Voters Ban Gay Marriage, Civil Unions: North Carolinians voted to change the state constitution Tuesday to say that the only valid “domestic legal partnership” in the state is marriage between a man and a woman, according to the AP’s projection. The amendment passed 61 to 39 percent with most counties reporting, making North Carolina the 29th state with a gay marriage ban in its constitution. The state already outlawed gay marriage, but the constitutional amendment makes it more difficult for politicians to ever change the law. The amendment also means that a handful of North Carolina municipalities that extended benefits to the domestic partners of their employees will no longer be able to do so, since marriage is now the only valid legal partnership in the state. [The Ticket/Liz Goodwin/08 May 2012]
• Republicans block Senate proposal to keep student loan rates low: WASHINGTON — The political battle over President Obama’s plan to keep student loan interest rates from skyrocketing escalated as Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic proposal to tax wealthier earners to pay for it. Republicans stopped the effort with a filibuster, even as some in the GOP view this as a politically risky move at a time when middle-class families continue to struggle to afford college. Rates for 7 million new undergraduate student loans are set to double to 6.8% on July 1 if Congress fails to act. The vote was 52-45, failing to reach the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome the GOP filibuster. All Republicans voting opposed the effort, except Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, who voted present. Democrats voted to advance the proposal. [latimes/Lisa Mascaro/08 May 2012]
Marvelous Paul Ryan again…
• Paul Ryan Suggests We Need To Shred America’s Safety Net Because Rich People Give Politicians Money: Ryan’s argument is both roundabout and silly. Rather than fighting to remove the corrupting influence of money on politics, he thinks we should simply pack up our bags and accept draconian cuts to Medicare and Medicaid — because such programs are doomed to be corrupted by the very donations Ryan’s Supreme Court allies authorized in Citizens United. It’s a bit like saying that, rather than banning drunk driving, we should simply tear up all the nation’s roads. [thinkprogress/Scott Keyes/08 May 2012]
Difficult is putting it mildly. I seriously doubt the Swiss would put up with bullshit from Crazy Eyes. It’s not that running would be difficult at all; it’s that the Swiss aren’t stupid enough to buy it.
• Rep. Michele Bachmann a Swiss citizen: WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) — Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who now holds dual Swiss-U.S. citizenship, told a Swiss broadcaster Tuesday that running for office there would be difficult….Bachman automatically became a Swiss citizen in March with her husband, Marcus. “Congresswoman Bachmann’s husband is of Swiss descent, so she has been eligible for dual-citizenship since they got married in 1978. However, recently some of their children wanted to exercise their eligibility for dual-citizenship so they went through the process as a family,” Bachmann spokeswoman Becky Rogness said. [upi/09 May 2012]
All those Nazis running around in Florida? Yeah, not so much a good idea.
• White supremacists accused of planning for ‘race war’ in Florida: Members of a white supremacist skinhead group called American Front trained with AK-47s, shotguns and explosives at a fortified compound in central Florida to prepare for what its reputed leader believed to be an “inevitable race war,” prosecutors said Tuesday. According to court documents, members of American Front discussed acts of violence that included causing “a disturbance” at City Hall in Orlando, shooting at a house and attacking an anti-racist skinhead group. At least 10 members of the group, which authorities described as a militia-styled, anti-Semitic domestic terrorist organization, have been arrested in Florida since the weekend, including at least three people on Tuesday. [msnbc.com/James Eng/08 May 2012]
• Allen West Joins Hate Group Advisory Board: Allen West has already distinguished himself as a commie-phobic, Nazi-baiting extremist who engaged in mock executions against innocent Iraqis before leaving the Army and running for congress. He has not even completed his first term yet he has offended millions of Americans as well as his colleagues. He called Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz “the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the US House of Representatives.” And he hired a staffer who excited her Tea Party audience by declaring that “If ballots don’t work, bullets will.” Now West has added to his resume his participation as a member of the advisory board of the Thomas More Law Center, a notoriously aggressive group of Christian extremists with a record of blatant bigotry. [newscorpse/Mark/08 May 2012]
• GOP Newsletter Calls for Armed Revolution if Obama Re-Elected: The Greene County, Virginia Republican Committee publishes a monthly newsletter for members called “The Constitutional Conservatives.” The newsletter is heavy on Tea Party rhetoric about how Obama and liberals are ruining America, and so forth. But even by these standards, an item in the March newsletter stands out. In the “Whitehouse Watchdog” column, editor Ponch McPhee says that American cannot survive four more years under Obama, a “political socialist ideologue” who is “unlike anything world history has ever witnessed or recognized.” McPhee argues that Americans will have no option “but armed revolution should we fail with the power of the vote in November” [rightwingwatch/Josh Glasstetter/08 May 2012]
• Sen. Claire McCaskill Getting Beefed Up Security After Tea Party Activist Declares ‘We Have To Kill The Claire Bear’: Police are assigning extra security to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) after a Tea Party activist declared at a rally last week, “We have to kill the Claire Bear ladies and gentlemen.” The rally was hosted by the group Tea Party Express, which is endorsing McCaskill challenger Sarah Steelman (R), who was in attendance at the rally. [thinkprogress/Alex Seitz-Wald/08 May 2012]
• Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) lost his primary on Tuesday, becoming the latest Republican to fall victim to a tea party-fueled opponent. “He [Mourdock] has pledged his support to groups whose prime mission is to cleanse the Republican party of those who stray from orthodoxy as they see it.”
• Anderson Cooper Questions North Carolina Republican Birther Candidate on Forgery Claims: Anderson Cooper just simply asked Whitley for what proof he had that the birth certificate was a forgery and allowed Whitley to spin himself into looking completely ridiculous. Whitley’s proof that the birth certificate was a forgery? Wingnut Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “investigation” that we wrote about here: Arpaio Probe Offers Boilerplate Birtherism in Dramatic Presser. When asked who any of Arpaio’s so-called experts were that he was relying on, Whitley couldn’t name them. When asked how he knew his friend’s birth certificate was legitimate, his answer was basically that he’d looked at it himself, even though he concurred that he was not an expert on evaluating documents and records. I really wish these yahoos would get called out for exactly what they’re doing in one of these interviews, which is race baiting. [crooksandliars/Heather/07 May 2012]
• Operative duped al-Qaeda in plot: A man who al-Qaeda hoped would carry out a plot to blow up a U.S.-bound airliner is a mole who infiltrated the terrorist organization and thwarted the attack, U.S. and Yemeni officials said Tuesday. The secret operative — working for CIA and Saudi intelligence handlers in Yemen — provided the U.S. with key information on a nearly undetectable bomb that al-Qaeda hoped would destroy a plane and usher in a new era of terror, the Associated Press reported. [USA TODAY/Donna Leinwand Leger and Bart Jansen/08 May 2012]
• Billions go missing in Libya: Months after rebels brought down the extravagant dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi, the disarray in Libya’s state finances at the end of last year was so bad the new leadership did not know the size of state assets, how their money was being spent, or what had happened to more than $2 billion transferred from the sovereign wealth fund….campaigners for financial transparency say that the disarray in tracking government finances creates a fertile environment for abuse to occur, particularly when Libya is now earning over $2 billion a month from selling crude oil. [Reuters/09 May 2012]
• Kelly Thomas video: ‘Dad, they are killing me’ : The sounds of the baton and a fist hitting the homeless man can be heard on an audio recorder that one of the officers had on his belt. Several spectators in the courtroom left during the video, and the judge paused it at one point as people in the crowd groaned. Two officers, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, are charged in Kelly’s death. The video begins with Thomas being detained, uncooperative to a point at which officer Ramos appears to grow angry. “See these fists,” the officer can be heard saying. “They’re getting ready to f— you up,” he adds after putting on a pair of gloves. A short time later, Ramos can be seen hitting Thomas with his baton and heard saying, “get on the ground.” Thomas repeatedly apologizes to Ramos and a second officer. “I am sorry, dude. I can’t breathe, dude,” Thomas says. One of the officers can be seen kneeing the 37-year-old homeless man. Several people in the court left the proceedings, and Orange County Superior Court Judge Walter Schramm paused the tape at one point because of gasps in the courtroom. …”You are covered in blood, dude,” one officer can be heard saying to another. Cicinelli adds: “He is the one you’re gonna need to look at.” [latimesblogs/07 May 2012]
• Canadian doctors ready to test Ebola vaccine on humans: Canadian doctors recently announced they are preparing to conduct human clinical trials on a new vaccine against the Ebola virus. Researchers from Winnipeg’s National Microbiology Laboratory said they will hold talks with Health Canada next month about conducting human studies on a vaccine that has been shown to cure animal subjects within 24 hours after exposure, according to TheGlobeandMail.com. [bioprepwatch/Ted Purlain/08 May 2012]
• Naked woman seen in new Canadian $20 bill:
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OTTAWA, May 8 (UPI) — Focus groups say Canada’s coming new plastic $20 bill has images of a naked woman and New York’s World Trade Center towers, CTV News reported….Another image shows the World War I Vimy Memorial in France that honors thousands of Canadians who fought and died in the battle that helped turn the tide of the war. [upi/08 May 2012]
• Kansas Bill Permits Doctors to Refuse to Administer Chemotherapy to Pregnant Cancer Patients: The Kansas Senate has approved a bill that literally prioritizes a doctor’s personal beliefs over women—currently alive, breathing women—by permitting doctors and other healthcare providers to refuse medical care to a pregnant woman if such care might end her pregnancy. And here’s the kicker: the healthcare provider would not be under any obligation to refer the patient elsewhere. So, if a woman develops breast cancer while pregnant, or if a woman with breast cancer becomes pregnant, her doctor could refuse to provide chemotherapy treatment to her, and the doctor would not have to tell her why she was being refused treatment and would not have to refer the patient to another doctor who would provide chemo. We’re familiar with abortion laws that prioritize the lives of the unborn over the lives of women. This bill now prioritizes a doctor’s personal beliefs over the life of a human. THIS IS MADNESS. [balloon-juice.com/ABL 2.0/08 May 2012]