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.
Here's your so-called "liberal media" at work folks. Rep. Karen Bass found out the hard way what happens if you try to get a word in edgewise between host Dancin' David Gregory, and grifter Ralph Reed (who ought to be in prison instead of appearing on Meet the Press) while Reed is trying to pretend that Republicans actually care about the working class in America.
RALPH REED: --this, David, you see this at C.P.A.C., you're going to see it as this field begins to shake out as we move through 2014 and '15. A lot of this is about connecting with voters and constituencies that haven't always felt welcome in our ranks.
You know, my good friend, the late Jack Kemp, used to say that people don't care what you know until they know that you care. And the Republican Party has got to do what Francis is doing what the Catholic Church. Francis is putting the poor and care for the poor and amelioration of the poverty where it belongs, which is at the center of the Gospel.
If people who are lower middle class, who are struggling, who are poor, who are wanting to climb that ladder of opportunity but they're having a hard time grabbing that first rung, if they don't think conservatives and Republicans have a vision for the future that includes them--
DAVID GREGORY: Then the--
RALPH REED: --their message will be badly damaged.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) dumbfounded ABC's Jonathan Karl in a recent interview by sticking to his claim that President Barack Obama will be forced to repeal his signature health care reform law.
During his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, Cruz had told the crowd that he would fight to repeal "every single word of Obamacare."
"We can acknowledge that that's not going to happen while Barack Obama's president," Karl told Cruz in an interview that aired on Sunday.
"I'll give you one scenario where it could," Cruz replied. "If there's one thing that unifies politicians of both parties, is there top priority is preserving their own hide. If enough congressional Democrats realize, they either stand with Obamacare and lose or they listen to the American people and have a chance at staying in office, that's the one scenario we could do it in 2015. If not, we'll do it in 2017."
"So you honestly think there's a chance you could get Obamacare repealed? Every word, as you say?" Karl asked.
"Every single word," Cruz insisted.
"With Obama being in the White House?" Karl pressed.
"You know what's funny, Jon, is the media treats that as a bizarre proposition," Cruz opined.
"Well, it is!" the ABC reporter exclaimed. "He's not going to sign. It is a bizarre proposition."
Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday advised Republicans that it would be easier to oppose equal rights for LGBT people, roll back reproductive rights for women, and cut the social safety net if they adopted the rhetoric of Pope Francis.
The day after the close of the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference, host Christ Wallace told Santorum that a viewer had asked how the Republican Party could win the presidency with a far-right candidate if a majority of the party was more moderate.
"I care about the economy but want the government to stay out of many social issues," the viewer explained.
Santorum pointed to conservative Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott as someone who had won without changing his position on social issues.
"We've done a very bad job of connecting with working Americans, and we're out there in a very stressful time in American history," Santorum noted. "People are full of fear and anxiety about their future, and we're out there talking about cutting things."
"And I'm for reducing the size of government, I'm for reducing taxes," he added. "But when your whole answer is, 'I'm going to cut your benefits, I'm going to cut taxes for rich people,' you're not cutting it with average people. And that to me is the real missing link here."
The former Pennsylvania senator argued that part of the solution was to talk more like the pope.
As Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch and Roy Edroso at Raw Story both noted, this is what passes for a "debate" at CPAC 2014, with writer Mickey Kaus pretending to be the "liberal" and Anne Coulter playing the conservative in what was described as a "tribute to William F. Buckley Jr.'s Firing Line."
And it wouldn't be CPAC without pundits like Coultergeist throwing plenty of red meat out there for the attendees: Ann Coulter: If Immigration Reform Passes, 'Organize The Death Squads For The People Who Wrecked America':
Libertarian Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said on Sunday that he would have responded to Russia's invasion of Ukraine by "drilling every possible conceivable place" in the U.S. if he were president.
Following his Saturday win in the Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll, Paul was asked by Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday if he was willing to let Russian President Vladimir Putin have the Ukraine peninsula of Crimea.
"If they annex Crimea, Ukraine will almost certainly come within the Western orbit," Paul explained. "So, it will backfire on them. Because you will be taking Russian-speaking voters that have been speaking for Russian-speaking presidents of Ukraine, you'll be taking them out of the population."
"The other thing I've said is, that I would do something differently from the president," the Kentucky Republican added. "I would immediately get every obstacle out of the way for our export of oil and gas."
"And I would begin drilling in every possible conceivable place within our territories in order to have production we can supply Europe with if it's interrupted from Ukraine."
Wow, time flies when you're having fun. Thanks for your clicks, comments and content contributions. It's been a pleasure, as always.
On to the Round-Up!
Ramona’s Voices takes a good, hard look at Paul Ryan’s horrible CPAC speech.
David Futrelle at Manboobz reminds us that Warren Farrell is an Ass, Man.
The Stay At Home Feminist Mom notices the Pro-War Right really hates Veterans.
And finally, Allen Cliffton at Forward Progressives examines Texas Governor Rick Perry’s CPAC speech.
For your edification and review…
The Chronicles Of Vladimir. Part 6: Vladimir And The Pearl:
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From this Saturday's CPAC conference, former vice presidential candidate, reality show star and grifter Sarah Palin got her chance to weigh in and throw a ton of read meat for the people who actually take her seriously at this event, and after god knows how many personals shots at President Obama, she somehow decided that this was a good idea:
Sarah Palin was in rare form tonight at CPAC. The crowd loved her, more than any other speaker. She said if she doesn’t run for President, she loves Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.
Though she gave a rousing rendition of a rage-filled Green Eggs and Ham riff, proving that she is still the Queen of mean girl spite, Palin predictably tripped over reality when she was instructing President Obama on foreign policy. “Mr. President,” she spat, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke.”
Translation: Nuke Russia now or else it’s green eggs for you, Mr President! Neener-neener!
First she mocked Obama for being weak with Putin, and backed up her nastiness with a bunch of lies about Obamacare and all of the things Obama promised us that haven’t happened in her Barbie Princess Politics world. Obama promised a perfect world and it didn’t happen!
Fleetwood Mac -- Never Going Back Again
I don't know how many of you watched the Rachel Maddow-hosted special "Why We Did It" this week. I spent a disproportionate amount of time yelling at my screen. Because *we* didn't do it (meaning invade Iraq). There were many of us in that all-encompassing "we" who knew it was all bullshit and yelled and protested and fought like hell to be heard over the roar of the media. Maddow claims that the meda was fooled and duped, just like the rest of us Americans. Well, no, actually, I don't think that's true. They weren't duped. They were active misinformers, just like CBS was in this egregious report on Obamacare this year.
Active misinformers. Just like David Gregory, Bob Schieffer and GeorgeStephanopoulos.
*We* didn't do anything. *They* have failed us. And continue to do so.
ABC's "This Week" — Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.. Roundtable: Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, Republican strategist and ABC News contributor Ana Navarro, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, and former Obama White House senior adviser and ABC News contributor David Plouffe. Misty Copeland.
(Credit: Kevin Burkett)"The Colbert Report" star discusses his new role as Paul Peterson in "Mr. Peabody and Sherman."
(Credit: plural)Many will point out that he's continually getting stronger as a filmmaker, although many others will argue that his best works are way behind him.
Remember Herman Cain? I know you do, but most Americans won't. If they do, it's probably not because they know he was the CEO of Godfather's pizza. It might be because he, like so many other Republicans who ran in the 2012 GOP presidential primary, was in the lead at one time for the Republicans. He also made a hilarious splash with his ludicrous 9-9-9 economic plan.
But the real reason he was popular for a NY minute was that he is a black conservative. He never had a chance in the GOP primary (but he did get a recurring role on The Daily Show for his troubles) because the GOP as a whole has a big racism problem, but it won't stop them from trying to make believe they would actually vote for a dark-skinned guy.
Neurologist Ben Carson is the next would be 2016’s sleeper presidential contender. You won’t find him in early polls, and he doesn't make headlines for huddling with top advisers in primary states.
(Credit: Justin in SD)'Rocky' is coming to Broadway.
Hearing what UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has to say about progress for women, it's appalling how far we still have to go in THIS country as well.
Open thread below...
And I think really the media seems to have given President Clinton a pass on this. He took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office. There is no excuse for that, and that is predatory behavior, and it should be something we shouldn't want to associate with people who would take advantage of a young girl in his office. Someone who takes advantage of a young girl in their office? I mean, really. And then they have the gall to stand up and say, "Republicans are having a war on women"? So, yes, I think it's a factor.
And his attacks this time made about as much sense as his last one. This guy is pretty stupid as CPAC's leading presidential nominee for the GOP in 2016.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Friday knocked former President Clinton as a “throwback to a sort of troglodyte time,” where men took advantage of women in the workplace.
Well, I think they're soothing, anyway. But whether you feel the same way or not, you've got to appreciate what the man did for music (and the science of sound in general). In this piece alone, Stockhausen was able to take two differing styles of experimental electronic composition and bring them together seamlessly. I speak, of course, of the German Elektronische Musik and the French Musique Concrete, the former making use of synthesized sounds and the latter employing techniques such as sampling with tape loops. Two completely different ideals, the synthetic versus the concrete, brought together in perfect harmony by a man with a vision. This was but one of Karl's many sonic accomplishments, but definitely one of his most valuable.
Got any favorite electronic composers?
It looks like Jon Stewart's segment on The Daily Show this Wednesday, slamming Faux "news" for their constant attacks on those living in poverty and food stamp recipients, didn't sit too well with one of their regulars, Eric Bolling.
After opening up this Saturday's Cashin' In with yet more attacks on those receiving SNAP benefits, kids staying on their parents' health insurance, "Pajama Boy," the "Life of Julia" campaign, and claiming that liberals are teaching young people that they should "live off the government dole," Bolling played a tiny portion of Jon Stewart's segment from this week.
STEWART: Food stamps are used for food. It's a fact you can remember with this little mnemonic I use -- food. It stands for food stamps can only be used for food, oh, oh dummy.
Fox of course left out the better part of Stewart's criticism of their coverage and the fact that he did not say there was no fraud. He said you can't be sure the tales Fox has been telling on the air are true, and that they're not indicative of most people who use the program.
(Credit: Vince_Lamb)Ian Haney López, author of Dog Whistle Politics, talks to Bill Moyers about how the Tea Party movement has used strategic racism to get voters to the polls.
What a week! There is a lot of crazy going on. We can't ignore "Big Bad Russian" Vladimir Putin. His name makes him sound like a douche, and unfortunately he's turned INTO a douche. But here's my question: for a guy who is anti-gay rights, how many White Russians do you think he's swallowed?
From the war in Crimea to the war in our PANTS!
The Mormons have declared war on masturbation. They actually equate ignoring a masturbating roommate to "leaving your buddy on the battlefield". So many things wrong with that, what else can one say.
Finally, I'm sure you're all thrilled...CPAC is back! And with it comes some amazing stories. From bullies to guns, there's no shortage of old white men telling everyone what to do.
Activities, projects, and situations slow down, or come to a sudden halt now that Mars (action) and Saturn (responsibility) have both stationed retrograde last weekend. In retrograde, the fiery Mars energy that we boldly brew to create life and direction, will turn inward until May 2014. As this happens, some individuals can experience creative blockages, which can include heavy fatigue and frustration. And the harder that we press on the gas pedal to get where we’re going, the more we will encounter the brakes of Saturn, as well as the reaction of Mars shadow, which can include an increase of hurriedness, impatience, possible fits of rage, which can sometimes be displayed in violence. With Mars in Libra, our relationships with others will be influenced and affected, as well as the relationship that we have with ourselves.
A fire eater must eat fire even if he has to kindle it himself. And you, Lee, have got to worry even if you must kill yourself to invent something to worry about. Isaac Asimov
Time will seem to stand still during Saturn retrograde until July 2014. What we’ve relied on, in order to build stability in our world, could fail to provide us with the security we’ve gotten use to. We will push (Mars) ourselves (or push others) with steady pressure, to hold onto our control.. but nothing will seem to budge. Here is where we’ll be faced with the reality of our limitations, created within our own walls of resistance. And deeply embedded into these partitioned barriers (Saturn in Scorpio) are the darkest shadows of our inner demons.