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VA Senate Committee Kills Vote Rigging Plan

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


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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Morning Joe Team Jousts Over St. Ronnie's Response To Korean Air Downing

crooksandliars - 1 hour 22 min ago

Here is a couple of hosts on our so-called "liberal" cable media station fighting like 2-year olds over whether or not Saint Ronnie reacted like a real man when the Korean Airlines jet was shot down by Russia.

This is the Myth of Saint Ronnie, compared to Joe's Obama cartoon character with a hat tip to fellow idiot Jon Karl. Their caricature of Obama is a big fat cheeseburger-eating coward who won't get down off his high horse and handle Russia like a man. Like Saint Ronnie.

Yes, that Saint Ronnie, whose reaction Steve M. already explained so well in his earlier post.

Scarborough finally admitted his error on Twitter after the whole ridiculous spat was over. I'm certain that was no mistake on his part. He intentionally misled viewers and then corrected himself in a venue where no one would notice. Good one, Joe.

Here's the thing that bothers me most. There are actual serious things happening in the world today. Who gives a flying f*ck what Saint Ronnie did or did not do? Obama isn't going to go drop Special Forces into Ukraine or declare war on Russia. That means sanctions and diplomacy, which are actually doing what they're supposed to do.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

crooksandliars - 1 hour 22 min ago

Sarah Jones: No, Republicans, people aren't getting tired of Hillary.

Fair and Unbalanced: Conservatives lie about history -- remember the truth.

Jobsanger: Texas should stop embarrassing itself over license plates.

Mock Paper Scissors: Don't let the righties forget their affection for Putin.

Blog round-up by Infidel753. Tips to mbru [at] crooksandliars [dot] com.

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Open Thread - New Dictionary Definition

crooksandliars - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 22:30

Via Young Progressive Voices. Open thread below...

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Gov. Rick Perry Plans To Deploy 1000 National Guard Troops To The Border

crooksandliars - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 22:28

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his latest stunt to make himself look like tough guy on the issue of immigration with the recent influx of refugees fleeing violence in Central America, and of course, guess who he wants to pay for it?

Perry: Federal Government Should Reimburse Texas For Troop Deployment:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Monday officially announced that he will deploy about 1,000 members of the National Guard to the border, and said that he expects the federal government to reimburse the state.

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Von Hertzen Brothers

crooksandliars - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 22:00

Tonight's Music Club is brought to you by Finnish prog rock. While still a bit obscure in the States, the VHB have enjoyed a lot of success in their home country and in Europe. It's well-deserved too; the guys all have chops and play tightly as an ensemble. On top of that, their songwriting skills are very well-refined, as they often make use of unorthodox song structures and complex melodies. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a sound that's mature while still fun.

Got any favorite music from up in the Nordic countries (or down in the Nordic countries if you live in the Arctic Circle)?

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Why Tiger Woods Will Never Win Another Major

crooksandliars - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 21:55

It's Thanksgiving Day, 2009. Tiger Woods is happily married, he's everybody's favorite golfer, and he owns 14 major golf championships. It is pretty much assumed that at some point in the coming few years he will tie and surpass Jack Nicklaus' record 18 majors, cementing himself as the greatest golfer in history.

That evening - and here the details are a bit fuzzy - but it seems that his wife Elin finally realizes that her devoted husband has been serial humping every cocktail waitress on five continents and in a fit of ... call it dismay, I guess ... attempts to neuter him with a 9 iron.

Let's review Tiger's competitive results since that moment:

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True Blood's Ted Cruz Fundraiser At Bush Library Driving Wingnuts Crazy

crooksandliars - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 18:07

The evil Hollywood liberal elites have done it again to the poor, weak and defenseless conservatives. Sunday Night's episode of True Blood featured a few scenes where Eric and Pam visit a Ted Cruz fundraiser hosted at the George Bush library and the two were looking to kill Sarah Newlin, a sworn enemy. To say there weren't kind to the conservative icons is pretty tame.

They arrive in Dallas to locate Sarah's vampire sister to pump information out of her. Amber tells them that Sarah probably went to the Ted Cruz fundraiser to meet up with her parents.

Amber: You’ll never get in. You’re vampires. Security’s going to be tight and they only invited assholes.

Eric: You don't know us sweetheart. We can be assholes.

After Eric acquires a fancy dress for Pam to wear, she replies after checking herself out.

Pam: Oh, my God. I'm a Republic*nt.

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Rush Limbaugh: St. Louis Rams A 'Social Experiment' Because Of Michael Sam

crooksandliars - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:12

Former football head coach and now-NBC analyst Tony Dungy told the Tampa Bay Tribune that he wouldn't have picked Michael Sam, who's the first openly gay college player to be drafted, because of all the media scrutiny and the homophobes in football teams locker rooms.

“I wouldn’t have taken him,’’ said former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy, now an analyst for NBC. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.

“It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.’’ The Rams say they are ready for the scrutiny and the dynamics.

“There’s a 90-man roster right now,’’ said St. Louis wide receiver T.J. Moe, who played with Sam at Missouri. “It doesn’t go 89, and then Michael Sam’s over there — this is the gay team, this is the straight team. Michael Sam is on this team and he’s treated just like anyone else.’’
Not every player is as enlightened as Moe ... and Sam knows it.

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Rev. William Barber Calls Out Deficit Scolds For Promotion Of Cruel Tax Policies

crooksandliars - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:30

While I'm somewhat encouraged that it appears Bill Maher has finally evolved somewhat on the issue of Social Security and the fact that it does not contribute to our deficit, Maher can't seem to stop continually siding with the deficit scolds who want to find any excuse possible to gut our social safety nets if given the chance.

Following a discussion during this Friday's Overtime segment of Real Tim on racism in the United States, voter discrimination and whether we're really willing to talk honestly about race, The Daily Caller's Jamie Weinstein asked Rev. William Barber about his claim that the denial of Medicaid is one based on race. He then proceeded to recite the deficit scolds' favorite talking points about how Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and interest on our debt is going to supposedly take up all of the revenue being brought in by the federal government, and asked him whether he thought it “was a serious problem” or not.

Before he could answer, Barber was interrupted by Bill Maher rightfully pointing out that Social Security is solvent for decades to come. Then the audience was treated to former Rep. Jane Harman and Maher both giving credence to just how “reasonable” a so-called “grand bargain” would have been that we all know Republicans were never, ever going to agree to, disregarding the fact that anything that was on the table was extremely one-sided towards the one percent and calling for further cuts that many seniors cannot afford with the proposal for chained CPI.

After that discussion, Barber got a chance to speak and respond to Weinstein:

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Black Panther Spends 35 Years In Solitary, Warden Finally Hints It Was Political

crooksandliars - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 14:33

The warden of America's largest prison said that he was considering letting a Louisiana inmate out of solitary confinement for the first time in decades so that he could participate in religion-based rehabilitation programs.

Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore has spent 35 years in what officials call closed cell restriction since being sentenced to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola for second-degree murder in 1977. Whitmore, who has been in solitary for the last 28 consecutive years, reportedly attributes his vision damage, hypertension and other problems to the confinement.

Angola Warden Burl Cain, who has been running the prison for the past two decades, told students at The Medill Justice Project that he was thinking about allowing Whitmore to return to the general population.

But Cain argued that Whitmore's relationship with the Black Panther Party could continue to make him a threat to prison security.

“The Black Panther Party advocates violence and racism—I’m not going to let anybody walk around advocating violence and racism,” he said.

“We will get him out,” Cain predicted. “We’d rather him out. I need his cell. I’ve got some young people, predators, that need to be in that cell. When I can conclude he’s not going to cause me the blues, then he can come out of the cell.”

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Data From Skewed Polls Portray President Obama Unfairly, Media Buys It

crooksandliars - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 13:04

Based on the barrage of attacks on Democrats from the  Sunday morning GOP talk show circuit, I found any realistic reminiscing of the twenty-first century is close to impossible.  

History, just a decade and a half old, is being rewritten right before our eyes.  I never believed history would be kind to GWB, but somehow they've pulled this miracle right from their collective pundit posteriors.The years following the appointment of President George W. Bush by the Supreme Court were tumultuous and terrifying.  We were "surprised" by the attack on our soil on September 11, 2001.  The inexcusable negligence and downright laziness of ignoring CIA warnings and taking the longest presidential vacation on record just prior to the monumental attacks were basically forgotten, as the nation rallied around the Bush Crime Family, the unsuspecting victims of terrorism.

The Bush Era came to a close in 2009 and Obama inherited a plethora of problems. Just two years into President Obama's second term, he has had quite a few successes which have been quickly forgotten, yet the Democrats fail to capitalize on these accomplishments because they have to defend President Obama from the bizarre portrayal of his record. Somehow they omit:

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Who Advised Cuomo On Mortgage Industry Investigation? A Mortgage Lobbyist

crooksandliars - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:41

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Detroit Stops Water Shutoffs -- Temporarily

crooksandliars - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:47

After last week's high profile protests and a stern rebuke by the bankruptcy judge, Detroit Water and Sewage Department is suspending water shutoffs in order to give people who cannot pay their bills an opportunity to work out a plan.

Detroit Free Press:

The department’s decision comes on the same day that a group of Detroit residents filed a lawsuit in the city’s bankruptcy case asking U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes to restore water service to residential customers.

The residents, backed by a coalition of activist and community groups, allege that the city is violating the constitutional rights and contractual rights by shutting off water for those who owe back payments.

Johnson said he was unaware of that lawsuit.

Darryl Latimer, director of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, told Rhodes today the city will kick off a blitz in the media, social media and though churches and community groups to get information out about payment plans and financial assistance for people with documented inability to pay bills.

“We need to time to make sure our aggressive communications efforts reach customers,” the deputy director of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, Darryl Latimer, told Detroit’s bankruptcy judge, Steven Rhodes, this morning in federal court.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Tells Netroots: 'Push Back And Fight Hard'

crooksandliars - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:00

Senator Elizabeth Warren took her fight against a rigged system to the Netroots Nation gathering in Detroit Friday morning, saying that she is fighting back, and if We the People "push back and fight hard, we can win."

Outside the hall, people were passing out "Ready for Warren" hats and signs. Inside the hall, the hats and signs were everywhere.

Fighting back against a rigged system was the theme of Warren's rousing speech to Netroots. She began by briefly telling the story of how the about Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) came to be. She had the idea for the agency, started talking about it, people told her it was a great idea and badly needed, but said to her, "Don't do it because the biggest banks in the country will hate it and you will lose."

She said they had that half right. "They spent more than a million dollars a day for more than a year lobbying against financial reforms. But we fought back and we won. We won because you and a zillion other people across the country got in the fight. We said we the people will have this agency and we won."

And now we have the CFPB and it has already returned $5 billion to people that the big financial firms tried to steal, she said.

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Snakes And Ladders At Netroots Nation

crooksandliars - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:00

At the emotional high point of this year’s Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, Rev. William Barber II concluded his roof-raising opening-night invocation by asking, “Can I be a preacher for three minutes?”

“My son is an environmental physicist,” Rev. Barber said, “and he told me, ‘Daddy, if you ever get lost in mountainous territory … don’t walk out through the valley but climb up the mountain to higher ground.”

The reverend spoke of the “snake line,” above which dangerous reptiles cannot live. “Reptiles,” Barber intoned, “are cold-blooded. They can’t survive up there.”

“In America,” he said, “we’ve got to get our policies above the snake line! We’ve got to get to higher ground.”

Barber was just warming up. “There are some snakes out here!” he continued. “There are some low-down policies out here!” He rocked back and forth, testifying. “Going back on voting rights, that’s below the snake line! Going back on civil rights, that’s below the snake line!”

The Reverend mopped his forehead and continued. “Touch your neighbor and say ‘Neighbor, we’ve got to take our country above the snake line!”“… Say ‘We’re on our way to higher ground!’”

The good word

The word “snake line” immediately entered the conference lexicon. By late evening it was affectionately being used in everything from philosophical debates to bar conversation. “These chicken wings,” someone announced at a late-night drinking session, “are definitely above the snake line.”

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Cosmic Insight: Stronger Because Of The Storm

crooksandliars - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:08

During the last four months of Saturn retrograde, life had slowed down considerably; and possibly coming to a standstill for a few. Between the heavy weight of life’s responsibilities and then trying to create balance with the Libra Mars transit… well… moving forward might have become a difficult chore. And despite the obstacles, pessimism and distrust that confront us, life was lovingly teaching us about who we are; through our own efforts and personal responsibilities. Call it tough love.

So depending on your professional goals with career, business and finances, or your personal hopes in relationships, romance, and family – if nothing was genuinely deposited - then nothing will be the reward. Karma.

Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey

Through the dark, humbling months of Saturn retrograde, we were approached by inner weaknesses, but also with an opportunity to finally face some of our fears and reality.

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Huckabee Refers To Palestinians As Vicious, Mad Dogs

crooksandliars - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:00

Mike "HuckaJesus" spent some time Sunday stoking the fear fires so Americans could have more hatred toward Palestinians than they already do. After assuring the audience that Israel was just the opening course, and warning that the US was the main course for Palestinians' appetites for death, he went on to say this:

Huckabee said that Palestinians wouldn’t haven’t have died “if Hamas didn’t insist on acting like vicious, mad dogs intent on making mayhem."

Like it or not, Hamas is the elected government of the Palestinian people. They were elected by the people and we're supposed to respect democratic elections, right? So when Fox says their government is behaving like "vicious mad dogs," there's no separation there between the governed and their government, such as it is. By extension, Huckabee has just extended his indictment to each and every Palestinian living in Gaza.

Is that really helpful on any level? After all, the pictures I'm seeing are of dead Palestinian children on the ground. Israelis seem to be able to keep their children from harm. The pictures of poor people fleeing Gaza, of their children being felled by missiles, and their fear is heartbreaking, regardless of what "side" anyone takes.

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Fox's Ashburn Accuses Activist Jose Vargas Of Pulling A 'Selfish' Stunt At The Border

crooksandliars - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 09:00

Someone please let me know when Howie Kurtz's buddy Lauren Ashburn is going to start criticizing the likes of Glenn Beck, Ted Cruz, Louie Gohmert, or Rick Perry and their cohort at Faux "news" Sean Hannity for "pulling a stunt" for publicity at the border.

Apparently none of those people were looking out for their own self-interests, political gain or for a ratings boost, but if you're Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who went down to the border and found himself being detained and arrested, it's merely some cheap theater to raise your own personal profile and make some book sales.

As always, IOKIYAR. Here's more from the panel segment from this Sunday's Media Buzz on Fox:

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Hospitals In Medicaid Opt-Out States Are Beginning To Face Money Problems

crooksandliars - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 08:49

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