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VA Senate Committee Kills Vote Rigging Plan

crooksandliars - Mon, 01/18/2038 - 22:14

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ProgressVirginia reported Tuesday afternoon that the Virginia Senate’s Privileges and Elections Committee killed Sen. Charles “Bill” Carrico Sr.’s electoral college-rigging bill, despite an offer by Carrico to amend the bill to award electors in proportion to the state’s popular vote. The vote was 11-4 against the bill, although it will not be official until the close of the committee meeting.

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Ted Nugent Attacks Wendy Davis Campaign As 'Lying, Scamming, American-hating, Texas-Hating Scammers'

crooksandliars - 1 hour 27 min ago

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Why Republicans Always Get Away With It, MSNBC Edition

crooksandliars - 1 hour 27 min ago

Our current political media's largest failure has been their well-practiced ability to not only excuse Republicans' bad behavior, but to conveniently forget about it, too. This is why we have midterms where everyone is shrugging and exclaiming that they've never seen an election like this where everything is so...tied.

Here's why that happens. Chris Christie goes out and bullies a constituent, making the fatuous claim that Christie, and Christie alone, was taking care of Sandy victims after the cameras left, unlike that rude man with the sign who just wants to heckle him.

We now know from Chris Hayes that the gentleman holding the sign took a month off work without pay to go and help with the Sandy cleanup. And yet Andrea pronounces the entire episode some "great TV." Cillizza nods and agrees wisely, as if he knows exactly what she means while both of them gabble about whether it's "presidential."

The other side of that coin

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Hear Corporate PR Scum Richard Berman Make Slimy Pitch To Energy Companies

crooksandliars - 2 hours 27 min ago

Well, well, our friend Richard Berman is back in the news, this time for offending one of the oil industry executives he was pitching enough that the man recorded his talk and sent it over to the New York Times for publication.

Berman was full of his usual hate and vinegar, too, but he may have given out just a little too much information.

Mr. Berman repeatedly boasted about how he could take checks from the oil and gas industry executives — he said he had already collected six-figure contributions from some of the executives in the room — and then hide their role in funding his campaigns.

“People always ask me one question all the time: ‘How do I know that I won’t be found out as a supporter of what you’re doing?’ " Mr. Berman told the crowd. “We run all of this stuff through nonprofit organizations that are insulated from having to disclose donors. There is total anonymity. People don’t know who supports us.”

So much for all that altruistic talk about how 501c4 organizations are just patriotic, free-speech machines, eh?

Berman also hates unions more than Satan himself.

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Fox News, Limbaugh Slime Teacher With Racist Lies

crooksandliars - 3 hours 27 min ago

This story must begin with the ending, which you will only read here. You will only read it here because Rush Limbaugh and Todd Starnes, speaking for Fox News, have spoken and written lies about an elementary school teacher in Tennessee which they do not appear to be willing to retract.

Here, then, is the official statement from the Elizabethton Superintendent of Schools.

In response to yesterday’s coverage by Fox News of an occurrence involving a sheet of paper taken home by a third-grade student at Harold McCormick Elementary School, the following is an accurate clarification: First, when this circumstance was first brought to my attention yesterday afternoon in a phone message, I immediately called the school Principal and obtained the details. I then call the individual at Fox back and relayed the specific information I had just gotten. The Principal quickly had done a thorough investigation and found the following (all of which was given to Fox News, prior to his national news report): 1) the sheet in question was not a hand-out sheet distributed to the students; 2) the sheet had been generated from internet information (on Mount Rushmore for a classroom history lesson) for the purpose of providing background material for a teacher observation; 3) the location of the sheet was on a separate teacher table adjacent to the teacher’s desk; 4) the student (without permission) took the sheet from a “ton” of discarded teacher’s material on that table; then, the student took it home and gave it to the parent.

I was able late yesterday afternoon to obtain the sheet (via fax) and saw why it was, in fact, discarded by the teacher as material to utilize in her presentation. Now, the thought that we as public educators would deliberately distribute such material is absolutely absurd! What was reported (which had been rebutted prior to the airing) was misleading and totally incorrect. I can only think it was shown for its sensational effect. Sadly, regardless of any follow-up report, our System has been defamed (possibly permanently). Should you need more information or if you have questions, please call or e-mail me.


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Here's what happened: The teacher was preparing a lesson plan on Mount Rushmore, and printed out information from the Internet, where you're just as likely to see something from the John Birch Society as you are from the Nation of Islam. That teacher appropriately curated the material and put the discards on a table adjacent to her desk.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

crooksandliars - 3 hours 27 min ago

Southern Beale: The war on Halloween.

No More Mister Nice Blog: The scary truth.

World O' Crap: If Cyrano de Bergerac were a mortician.

Goblinbooks: What Dracula can teach you about the Bible.

Lawyers, Guns & Money: Boris Karloff's guacamole recipe.

Finally, thirteen classic scenes that explain how horror movies work.

This installment by Batocchio. E-mail tips to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com. Image above via here.


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Open Thread - Trick Or Treat, Bucko!

crooksandliars - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 22:30

More at Mandatory.

Open thread below...


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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With The Dee Dee Dums

crooksandliars - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 22:00

The Dee Dee Dums is what happens. I always find it interesting when I stumble upon the early projects of an artist that I like. I feel that it gives the listener a perspective on how the artist was able to evolve their sound and mature into their current style. That's made especially apparent on this song, which is actually an early version of a Tame Impala song, "Half Full Glass of Wine." Here's the link to that song so that you can compare the two:

What are some of the early projects of your favorite musicians?


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Something I Agree With Rand Paul On: 'The GOP Sucks'

crooksandliars - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 17:00

As our readers know, I'm no fan of Senator Rand Paul or his phony libertarian beliefs, but he did say something mildly entertaining and (at least partially) I can agree with.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) acknowledged Wednesday a problem that many Republicans admit only privately: their party brand “sucks.”
The weakness, Paul added, is particularly serious when it comes to appealing to black voters.

“Remember Domino’s Pizza? They admitted, ‘Hey, our pizza crust sucks.’ The Republican Party brand sucks and so people don’t want to be a Republican and for 80 years, African-Americans have had nothing to do with Republicans,” he said.

“Why? Because of a perception,” he said. “The problem is the perception is that no one in the Republican Party cares.”

“We’re also fighting 40 years of us doing a crappy job, of Republicans not trying at all for 40 years, so it’s a lot of overcoming,” he said. “You got to show up, you got to have something to say and really we just have to emphasize that we’re trying to do something different.”

Yes, the GOP brand sucks, on that we can agree, but it's always sucked much worse than Domino's Pizza every has and for a far longer time.

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New Insight Into A Progressive Populist Path To Victory

crooksandliars - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:21

Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg is not all doom and gloom about the Democratic Party's chances of keeping control of the Senate. The polls may suggest otherwise, but Greenberg still sees a way for Democrats to have a good outcome Tuesday – and it's through the Democratic Party's base in the "rising American electorate" of single women, millennials and people of color.

But to get to that path of victory, Democrats will have to pivot much more strongly and convincingly toward a populist economic message that identifies the villains responsible for economic inequality and middle-class decline as well as the policies needed to address those problems.

These are the themes that emerge in a slide presentation prepared for The Wednesday Group, a private meeting of progressive leaders organized by the Campaign for America's Future that takes place every two weeks. (Greenberg made the slides that accompanied the presentation public.)

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Giuliani's Mayoral Duties Were Much Like The U.S. President's

crooksandliars - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:00

Oops, we have upset our friend and ally in the Middle East, the State of Israel, by offending Netanyahu yet again. Never fear, Fox News is here to castigate the 'feckless' president once more. Mayor 9/11, Rudy Giuliani, told Greta Van Susteren, that his mentor Ronald Reagan said that the only real Mideast ally:
(they are) one of America's few good friends in the world... One of those friends is the State of Israel."

Recent events caused the Administration to criticize Israel for policies that are geared more towards political cowardice and less towards tough peace negotiations with the Palestinians. An Israeli source reports:
As the ongoing crisis in U.S.-relations continues, a report by The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg cites a senior U.S. official as saying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “a chickenshit prime minister,” who only cares about his political survival.

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He Wanted 'Any Reason To Shoot Us': Cop Holds Latino Ex-state Senator At Gunpoint For Honking

crooksandliars - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:49

A former Arizona state senator explained this week how a police officer threatened to kill him after he honked at an unmarked van to avoid a traffic accident.

Armando Ruiz told KPNX that he was on his way to church on Monday night with fellow churchgoer Monica Rivera when 51-year-old police officer Jeremy Sweet cut him off in the unmarked van.

Ruiz, who spent nine years in the state House and one year in the state Senate, said that he honked and swerved to avoid a collision, and then Sweet slowed down to about 10 mph, allowing him to pass. That's when the officer tried to "ram" him.

According to Ruiz, the officer eventually pulled around him, and forced him to stop. He then saw Sweet pointing a handgun at them through the passenger-side window of the van.

"As I turned around and I looked at him, I just saw that gun with his arm sticking right at us," Ruiz recalled. "I looked at the gun, I looked at the edge, the barrel of it. And in my mind, I said, 'This is an officer's weapon.' And then I looked up his arm and I saw the city of Phoenix police patch. And I said, 'This is a police officer.' And I could see the glare of his badge."

"He was just looking for any flinch on my part, any flinch on Monica's part, any reason to shoot us," he continued.

Rivera said that the only thing that she could remember was that Sweet "put his finger on the trigger."

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Ted Cruz Asked To Comment On Apple CEO Coming Out Gay: 'I Love My Iphone'

crooksandliars - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:30

Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a wonderful piece today about how proud he is of being gay, and as usual a homophobic GOPer was asked about Cook's coming out moment. Senator Ted Cruz, one of the most anti-gay members of Congress was appearing on CNBC when he was asked to comment on Tim Cook's announcement and as usual took the low road in his response.

In a Thursday morning interview with CNBC, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) commented on Apple CEO Tim Cook’s decision to come out as gay by calling Cook’s orientation a “personal choice,” but went on to say, “I’ll tell you I love my iPhone.”


The Hill blog reported Thursday that Cruz was opining that same-sex marriage is a matter best left up to individual states to decide, although he was careful to stipulate that he believes that marriage should only be between “one man and one woman.”

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Ernst Lies, Gardner Won't Answer Questions, And Other Tales From Koch-fueled Election

crooksandliars - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:30

Every election has some strangeness to it, some quirks that make old pols like me shake our heads and say "really?" But this one could be the strangest of all. Just when you think a race is on the verge of being written off, a whole new set of polls comes out to show it is tight as can be -- the Senate races in GA, KY, and most recently AK are all cases in point. Democrats that everyone thought would be safe at the beginning of the cycle, like Martha Coakley in MA, are in real danger. Heavily Republican states like KS and SD have become wildly unpredictable battlegrounds. What has seemed at times like a predictably Republican year has over 20 different Senate and governor races too close to call less than a week from Election Day. Will we find ourselves surprised next Tuesday night? The odds are definitely in favor of pundits being embarrassed.

What is highly predictable is the massive spending by the Koch brothers' front groups and others of their ilk. It seems to have no end. And of course, it is also no surprise that the candidates being helped by them doing their best to pretend there is no connection.

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Worst Candidate Of The Day: Scott Brown

crooksandliars - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:14

Scott Brown is running as xenophobic a campaign as he can and lying like Richard Nixon seems to come very natural to him.

We can only hope that voters reject him for it.

Scott Brown, more frequently and with more aplomb than any candidate this year, has reacted to crises by telling potential voters how their government is failing them. It started in the summer, with the child migrant crisis, and it's continued with Brown warning that ISIS might cross the border, or that they might bring Ebola with them. In an interview with NH1,Brown rejected the idea that he was running on "fear"–Ebola, he said, was the "No. 1, 2, and 3" issue on the minds of voters he talked to.

"Carrying diseases doesn't need to be Ebola," said Brown. "but the whooping cough and polio and other types of potential diseases are coming through."

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Autopsy Reveals Black Man Was Shot Five Times In The Back In 'Self Defense' By Cops

crooksandliars - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:00

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Student's Mom Says Teacher Told Class She'd Kill All Black People If She Had 10 Days To Live

crooksandliars - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:51

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Mitch McConnell Limps Through His Reelection Campaign's Closing Hours

crooksandliars - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:30

Carly Fiorina was there. Hugh Hewitt was there. Mitch McConnell was there. Bobby Jindal was there. The only people missing were interested voters.

The Lexington Herald-Leader described it as a "quiet conservative rally." Boy howdy, I guess so. Not even the Big Heavy Conservative Hitters could turn out for it, not to mention his paid supporters, which were nowhere to be seen.

The former candidate's remarks came at the beginning of a two-hour event that was more seminar than pep rally as McConnell tries to unite Republicans behind his effort to hold off Grimes and win a sixth term that potentially could him becoming majority leader of the U.S. Senate.

Though there were plenty of empty seats in the convention center, the crowd seemed appreciative of the remarks by Bevin, McConnell, conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, former California U.S. Senate candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Hewitt, whose radio show is adored nationally by conservatives, said after McCon nell spoke that "it will be a much better America on Wednesday if he's the leader of the Senate."

The common thread running through each of the speeches was a scathing rebuke of President Barack Obama and Grimes.

That first sentence description hits it right on the money. Check the slides on the screens. No rah-rahs here, just some drab PowerPoints and a lot of Obama-bashing.

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In Private Papers, A More Candid Tim Geithner Speaks Out

crooksandliars - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:06

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Ernst Lies, Gardner Won't Answer Questions, And Other Tales From This Koch-fueled Election

crooksandliars - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:04

Every election has some strangeness to it, some quirks that make old pols like me shake our heads and say "really?" But this one could be the strangest of all. Just when you think a race is on the verge of being written off, a whole new set of polls comes out to show it is tight as can be -- the Senate races in GA, KY, and most recently AK are all cases in point. Democrats that everyone thought would be safe at the beginning of the cycle, like Martha Coakley in MA, are in real danger. Heavily Republican states like KS and SD have become wildly unpredictable battlegrounds. What has seemed at times like a predictably Republican year has over 20 different Senate and governor races too close to call less than a week from Election Day. Will we find ourselves surprised next Tuesday night? The odds are definitely in favor of pundits being embarrassed.

What is highly predictable is the massive spending by the Koch brothers' front groups and others of their ilk. It seems to have no end. And of course, it is also no surprise that the candidates being helped by them doing their best to pretend there is no connection.

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