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VA Senate Committee Kills Vote Rigging Plan

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

Link:

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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EBOLA INVADES NYC!

crooksandliars - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 01:43

It seems hard to believe but a doctor who returned from Guinea after working with Ebola patients decided the best thing to do was to go out in public. On a packed subway. Seems like he's a good guy with bad ideas. Soooo, not the doctor I'll be going to any time soon. You?


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Bill Maher Tears Into Chuck Todd For Aiding And Abetting Sam Brownback

crooksandliars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 23:24

During his New Rules segment this Friday night, Real Time's Bill Maher took a shot at the "easily distracted" voters of Kansas, who may actually reelect their Governor Sam Brownback for another undeserved term after he wrecked the economy of their state, but the better part of his ire was reserved for the likes of Chuck Todd and Meet the Press, who allowed Grover Norquist to come on last month and attack Brownback's opponent, Paul Davis, for going to a strip club sixteen years ago.

MAHER: I like Kansas. I go there. This is not just about Kansas. This is a national disease, an unholy alliance of easily distracted voters and a shameful pandering media which used to have the integrity to filter out shit like this. But today what happens is this story ran in the local press.
Within hours Politico picked it up, and a day later Meet the Press, yes, Meet the Press further dignified the story by allowing Grover Norquist to talk about it, to say about Paul Davis that he is "not the kind of person you could ask your sister to vote for."

Hey sis I... never mind. Which led to the director of the Kansas Republicans saying about Davis, "the question becomes, is he fit to govern?" Fit to govern? Because a lady touched his pants with her ass two years before the invention of the iPod? What?

After showing another one of the attack ads airing in the state, Maher continued.

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Open Thread - Old White People Complaining About Halloween?

crooksandliars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 22:30

cartoon h/t Ravens Fan. (Via Amato)

Has anyone else noticed Tis the Season for people (the ones I've heard are seniors) kvetching that kids from "other" (ahem, brown) neighborhoods are being "dropped off" in their neighborhood to get free candy?

I like the response here, that maybe kids from poor areas just want to see how self-selecting privileged snots in de facto red-lined neighborhoods live.

Open thread below...


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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Tweedy

crooksandliars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 22:00

The collaboration between the two came to fruition in the form of their debut album with this project, Sukierae. I haven't heard the rest of the album, but after hearing this song, I'm eager to. It's got Tweedy's good lyrics plus the music is interesting and well-arranged. It was originally going to be a solo release by Jeff featuring his son playing drums, but he ended up getting involved in "[helping] the songs take shape." If you get the chance to hear the rest of the album, let us know what you think of it in the comments.

Got any favorite musical projects made up of members of the same family?


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So Allen West Wants To Shut Down 'Dens Of Sedition'?

crooksandliars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 21:44

You know how conservatives -- especially Tea Party conservatives -- fetishize the Constitution and Bill of Rights? They claim they are the Supreme Documents, at least, until they're not.

Allen West, lunatic and teapartyer, has some advice for the government, particularly with regard to Muslims in the United States.

Media Matters:

Fox News contributor Allen West believes the Western world should respond to the Ottawa terrorist attack by shutting down "the mosques and Islamic Centers where these individuals are attending" and deporting the imams. West added that closing these places "of so-called worship" is "the only way we send a message into the Muslim communities" that we're "not going to tolerate these snake pits of sedition."

West was speaking on the October 23 edition of BlogTalkRadio's REELTalk. Here's his reaction to the Ottawa attack:

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Colorado Reporters Fact-Check Malkin And Kelly On Voting Rules

crooksandliars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:00

Well, it certainly made a great line for a movie promo. Too bad it's completely false, but Michelle Malkin hasn't ever really been a fan of facts anyway.

Earlier this week Malkin pimped her shiny new Citizens United "How Colorado Is Turning Into The Land of Liberals and Druggies" movie on Megyn Kelly's show. During the interview, Kelly spouted off about how horrible it was that voters could just print their ballot at home and mail it on in.

Too bad it wasn't true.

KUSA-TV brought some facts into the debate.

Kelly referenced Gov. John Hickenlooper's (D-Colorado) signing of a new election law advanced by his fellow Democrats in the state legislature in 2013.

The host described it as a "first of its kind election law: a set of rules that literally allows residents to print ballots from their home computers, then encourages them to turn ballots over to 'collectors' in what appears to be an effort to do away with traditional polling places."

While traditional polling places are a thing of the past (in-person voters can go to Voter Service Centers instead of traditional precinct polling places) because of the law, the claim that it allows for home-printed ballots is simply false.

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High School Freshman Kills Self, Critically Injures Three Students In Snohomish Co.

crooksandliars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 15:04

Another mass shooting tragedy:

MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- A freshman student opened fire at a high school north of Seattle, critically injuring three other students, then killing himself, based on police, student and hospital reports. Maryville police did not confirm any other injuries.

Providence Hospital said they have received four injured young people, three are in critical condition and in surgery.

Police said they do not believe there are any other shooters on campus. They are clearing the campus now.

The shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School took place at 10:39 a.m. Friday, according to Marysville police. The campus is on lockdown.

Aerials showed students being led out of the school and evacuated onto buses.

"We all heard the fire alarm. We didn't hear any gunshots because we were so far away," said Bryce Vitcovitch, student. "We all started to evacuate into the field. Right when we got to the field, a teacher came running out obviously in a hurry and he was yelling to go back into the classrooms...We got into the classrooms immediately and from there rumors started flying."​

Parents should not go to the high school. Police are setting up a transfer location at Shoultes Community Church.

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Another Reason Why People Hate The Rich

crooksandliars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 14:00

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays for two reasons: First of all I love horror movies and before Netflix and Amazon came along, there was always a marathon on some network leading up to the festivities of Oct.31. Also, I just love to hand out candy to children in their costumes.

I live in a pretty nice neighborhood in Los Angeles, but there aren't enough kids to come around for more than ten minutes, so it's great that children come from nearby locations to enjoy All Hallows Eve. All in all, it takes about an hour and a half of my time to fill up bags and pumpkin heads with treats. The smiles on the children knocking at my door is magical.

That's my take on Halloween, but here's another take from somebody living much better than most of America writing in to the Slate's "Dear Prudence" column:

Dear Prudence,

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Perry Escapes Blame For Texas Ebola, While Obama Is Faulted For New York Case

crooksandliars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 14:00

The first patient in the New York Metropolitan Area has tested positive for the Ebola virus, an inevitability in our global society. A travel ban from the afflicted West African nations is not recommended by anyone except Republican hacks looking to exploit the fear of a public whom they've irresponsibly misinformed. So a very well-prepared and well-informed New York medical community has, thus far, dealt with their first Ebola patient with the professional standards recommended by the CDC. The patient, Dr. Spencer, did go bowling with a low grade fever. This was the only misstep, but this is certainly not the fault of the New York medical community or the president.

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After Dodging The Real Press, Joni Ernst Sinks Into The Warm, Cuddly Embrace Of Fox News

crooksandliars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:00

Iowa GOP senatorial candidate Joni Ernst had been dodging Iowa reporters and editorial boards for weeks, (mostly because she doesn't like answering questions about Jesus, guns and the Kochs) but she fled into the welcoming embrace of Fox News. Via Media Matters:

Ernst has recently come under fire after cancelling or declining meetings with the editorial boards of major Iowa newspapers. Staff at key Iowa papers told Media Matters that Ernst's recent avoidance of them is nearly unprecedented and pointed to the importance of local papers as forum for candidates "to explain one's positions" to voters in her state.

But Ernst isn't avoiding the media entirely.

On October 24, Ernst sat down for a softball interview with the hosts of Fox & Friends. Fox ran two of Ernst's campaign ads -- her infamous pig castration spot and a recent sequel -- while co-host Peter Johnson, Jr. commented that Ernst had "captured the imagination of voters." Co-host Brian Kilmeade called her "one of the more exciting new candidates."

After co-host Anna Kooiman suggested that Ernst had set herself apart by not deciding to go negative, Fox aired a campaign ad on economic issues from her Democratic competitor, Rep. Bruce Braley, with an on-air graphic hyping "Democratic Attacks." The hosts gave Ernst the chance to criticize Braley but failed to press her for details about a platform many see as extreme:

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Hmm. Are Republicans Hanging Scott Walker Out To Dry?

crooksandliars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:07

Are Republicans cutting their losses in Wisconsin, where potential felon Gov. Scott Walker is running for reelection? Inquiring minds want to know! Via the Weekly Standard:

Is New Jersey governor and Republican Governors Association chairman Chris Christie undercutting Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's reelection effort? That's a question a number of influential Wisconsin Republicans have been asking behind the scenes over the past week after an October 16 Associated Press report indicated that Walker and his allies were being outspent by Democratic challenger Mary Burke and her allies.

"The Center for Public Integrity reported Thursday that Walker and his backers spent nearly $6.1 million on ads through Monday, while Burke and her supporters ran nearly $6.6 million," the AP reported on Thursday. On Sunday, Walker told the Washington Post's Robert Costa: "We are always looking for more help. Our main help has to be the RGA."

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Joni Ernst Dodges Iowa Press, Retreats To Fox News Instead

crooksandliars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:00

Ernst always has time for Fox News it seems, basically free advertising. She's made several other appearances on that network in the past week as well, but won't talk to the Des Moines Register, the largest daily in the state.

via Media Matters

After spending weeks avoiding interviews with Iowa newspaper editorial boards who threatened to ask substantive policy questions, Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst took refuge on Fox News, where hosts lavished her with uncritical praise.

Ernst has recently come under fire after cancelling or declining meetings with the editorial boards of major Iowa newspapers. Staff at key Iowa papers told Media Matters that Ernst's recent avoidance of them is nearly unprecedented and pointed to the importance of local papers as forum for candidates "to explain one's positions" to voters in her state.

But Ernst isn't avoiding the media entirely.

On October 24, Ernst sat down for a softball interview with the hosts of Fox & Friends. Fox ran two of Ernst's campaign ads -- her infamous pig castration spot and a recent sequel -- while co-host Peter Johnson, Jr. commented that Ernst had "captured the imagination of voters." Co-host Brian Kilmeade called her "one of the more exciting new candidates."

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South Florida City Council Votes To Secede From Florida, Citing Rising Seas

crooksandliars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:00

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Republican Congressman Unaware There Is No Surgeon General To Address Ebola - Or Why

crooksandliars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:00

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Connecting The Dots On The CIA Torture Report

crooksandliars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:00

I want to pull several details of the HuffPo’s last two pieces on the CIA torture report together (kudos to HuffPo for stealing Ali Watkins from McClatchy).Tuesday’s story presents conflicting claims about whether the CIA impersonated SSCI staffers to access the part of the server dedicated to their work.One side — explicitly relying on the CIA Inspector General’s own report — say the CIA impersonated staffers, and possibly worse.

According to sources familiar with the CIA inspector general report that details the alleged abuses by agency officials, CIA agents impersonated Senate staffers in order to gain access to Senate communications and drafts of the Intelligence Committee investigation. These sources requested anonymity because the details of the agency’s inspector general report remain classified.

“If people knew the details of what they actually did to hack into the Senate computers to go search for the torture document, jaws would drop. It’s straight out of a movie,” said one Senate source familiar with the document.

The quote from the other side issued a non-denial denial (though perhaps there was a more direct denial not quoted): CIA did not use Administrator access (which is not what the other source claimed).

A person familiar with the events surrounding the dispute between the CIA and Intelligence Committee said the suggestion that the agency posed as staff to access drafts of the study is untrue.

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Rep. Peter King Blames Media 'Morons' For Impeding More Muslim Surveillance

crooksandliars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:00

The same Peter King who helped raise money for the IRA is very, very upset about how dirty fucking civil liberties hippies and That Librul Media are stopping us from stopping Muslims and their terrible terror:

In response to this week’s deadly shootings at Canadian Parliament, perpetrated by a now-deceased Muslim convert, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) believes the United States should go “all out” in its surveilling of the Muslim community, placing blame on media “morons” for the currently limited amount of spying conducted.

Appearing Thursday on NewsmaxTV’s America’s Forum, the Republican lawmaker declared it’s not at all a “coincidence” that after ISIS militants suggested Western allies carry out attacks in North America, two assaults were carried out against the Canadian military.

King urged the U.S. to respond by heightening its domestic surveillance programs. “We can have all the technology in the world, the fact is we have to find out what’s happening on the ground in these Muslim communities and we can only do that through increased surveillance,” he told host J.D. Hayworth (once a congressman himself).

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First Look At A Mitch McConnell-Run Senate

crooksandliars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:00

This is a funny video but it's also so not funny. Mitch McConnell is easy to ridicule and yet he wields his power on behalf of the Kochs and other Republican billionaires. He's been a key player in the erosion of campaign finance laws. He is as corrupt as they come.

I love this video because it's funny, but it also lands the punch right where it belongs.

Blue Nation Review:

Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate Minority Leader, is shown being a “tool” for the Kochs and their self-serving agenda for 30 years and counting, promoting Big Oil, undermining financial reform and regulations, and fighting against a living wage for Americans.

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Health Care Worker In New York City Tests Positive For Ebola, Wingnut Heads Explode

crooksandliars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:44

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Bill O'Reilly Calls Muslim Terrorism The 'World's Number One Problem'

crooksandliars - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:30

Bill O'Reilly took his turn piling onto President Obama over the Ottawa shooting this week, and pretending that he just wants to coddle the Islamic terrorists during his Talking Points Memo this Thursday night. He also used the occasion to proclaim that our number one problem in the world is "Muslim Terrorism."

Not hunger, or poverty, or war, or income disparity, or disease, or the multitude of other problems that most people could rattle off pretty quickly if you asked them what real problems we have in the world that are making most of the world's population along with a good number of our fellow American citizens' lives miserable. Nope. The Islamic terrorists are coming to get you. Be afraid! Be very afraid!

As we've mentioned before, this is what we get to look forward to at minimum until the midterm elections get here. The yappers on Faux "news" have got to keep their audience worked into a frenzy from now until the election because they know fear will drive them to the polls.

Here's more on his rant from Fox's blog: O'Reilly: 'Muslim Terrorism Is Now World's No. 1 Problem':

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