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.
After the hounds of Limbaugh hell were unleashed this week, I thought it might be worth spending some time checking into what's going on with his radio show. I'm pleased to report that he's doing even worse than I expected.
The Muslim apologist in Chief, President Barack Obama can never call Muslim extremists true followers of Islam, and Fox News wants him to denounce the religion in its entirety. The president, as do most educated people, knows that most Muslims are not maniacal Jihadists. A Moore, Oklahoma man beheaded a coworker, savagely employing a barbaric and medieval method of murder. Fox and Friends wants President Obama to comment on this particular incident by using the correct language: terrorism. Savage as it was, hundreds die every week from gunshots, but this particular death must warrant a statement by the Muslim in Chief.
Ironically, Clayton Morris, the guy who isn't Tucker Carlson, read a post from Alton Nolen's Facebook page (who changed his name to Jah'keem Yisrael) and focused mainly on the spelling issues. He said, erroneously that Yisrael said "an Muslim" where the graphics totally contradict that. The Muslim convert spelled America "Amerika," which probably was a dig at the KKK.
Oh, we've never seen this happen before, have we?
Hundreds of North Carolinians – and one cat – have received incorrect voter registration information, according to the N.C. State Board of Elections.
The information – an “official application form” – was sent by Americans for Prosperity, a national conservative group with a state chapter based in Raleigh.
Since then, hundreds of people who received the forms have called and complained to the State Board of Elections, said Joshua Lawson, a public information officer for the board.
“It’s unclear where (Americans for Prosperity) got their list, but it’s caused a lot of confusion for people in the state,” Lawson said.
One resident even received a voter registration form addressed to her cat, he said.
“The phone calls have consistently been all day, every day,” Lawson said.
Adam C. Nicholson, a spokesman for Americans for Prosperity, declined to say how many people were sent the forms, how the group obtained the voter lists or how the mistakes occurred.
The form includes incorrect or conflicting information, as outlined below, according to the State Board of Elections.
The Washington Post breathlessly reported a "tense situation" last week when the Daily Show's Jason Jones "suddenly confronted" them by bringing on a larger group of Native American activists. One woman was so alarmed, we were told, that she fled " in tears and felt so threatened that she later called the police." None of that footage made the final cut.
Now, to be sure, The Daily Show is a comedy show, and what is described by the Post so feverishly doesn't sound funny, nor was it supposed to, which seems to be the point. Fear sells. Controversy sells.
Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" aired a controversial report Thursday night, which involved a group of Washington Redskins fans being confronted by Native Americans who want the NFL franchise to change its name and logo.
'We work very hard to find real people who have real beliefs and want to express those beliefs on television, and we work hard to make sure the gist of those beliefs are represented accurately, albeit sometimes comedically, on our program.'
- Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
The theme of Rand Paul's Values Voters Summit speech was simple: Obama is an uppity dictator who has no respect for his white Congressional overlords.
Over and over again, he cited example after example of how President Obama arrogantly acts on his own without Congress behind him, and of course, he can't resist mentioning how he would do it ever so much better. CNN:
"The resident acts like he's a king. He ignores the Constitution," the Kentucky Republican said. "He arrogantly says, 'If Congress will not act, then I must.' These are not the words of a great leader. These are the words that sound more like the exclamations of an autocrat."
That quote is about three minutes into the video. The first minutes are spent railing against Obama's foreign policy, which isn't all that different from Baby Paul's. In essence, he tells the audience he, too, wants to rain bombs of hell down on the Middle East, but without spitting on the Constitution.
Also he would like those bombs to magically miss all of the persecuted Christians, because Rand Paul has shed his isolationism to defend the Persecuted Ones.
But did anyone in our uncritical media (AHEM -- CNN) consider the possibility of pointing out that Congress voted for appropriations and then went home without debating the larger question of whether or not we should be dropping those bombs or not.
What the hell? The days of friendly Officer Pete and career day fun are long gone. Now the cops bring tasers to teach kids what happens when they disobey.
A 10-year-old boy attending a Tularosa, N.M., Intermediate School’s Career Day expected it to be fun and educational, but instead he ended up in the emergency room.
The boy, identified as R.D., blacked out after receiving 50,000 volts of electricity when struck by a police officer’s Taser gun.
Rachel Higgins, a guardian appointed by the court to protect the child’s privacy filed a lawsuit Oct. 26 in 1st Judicial District Court in Santa Fe County against Police Officer Chris Webb and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety on behalf of R.D., claiming that Webb fired his electronic control weapon at the boy on May 4, 2012.
Webb has been charged with battery, failure to render emergency medical care, unreasonable seizure and excessive force.
Higgins will appear in court to represent the boy because the family members live in a small town and do not want to reveal their identities.
The lawsuit claims police officers drove their patrol cars onto the intermediate school campus, where Webb asked a group of boys which one would like to clean his patrol unit.
R.D. raised his hand to say he did not want to clean the police officer’s car.
You might ask yourself what could possibly be deemed offensive in this statement made by Michelle Obama in her speech earlier this week at the United Nations.
“We must look inside ourselves and ask, do we truly value women as equals, or do we see them as merely second-class citizens? We must look around at our societies and ask, are we clinging to laws and traditions that serve only to oppress and exclude, or are we working to become more equal, more free? These are the very questions we are asking ourselves every day here in the United States.”
Trust Bill O'Reilly to be offended, but I'm thinking perhaps there was a bit of projection in his outrage, accompanied by a healthy dose of corporate protectionism.
It is true that only 15% of women hold top executive positions in the Fortune 500 companies, and it is also true that an old boy network makes it tougher for the ladies to gain establishment power.
That does not seem to be fair, but life is not fair.
Aw, damn. Suck it up, baby and live with it because well, you're a woman and you're emotional. That excuse preceded this pronouncement. Women are emotionally different and somehow that means the old boy network wins.
Then there was this:
Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party will try to convince voters that the fix is in against American women. That theme will be front and center in the upcoming presidential campaign.
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Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) September 27, 2014
Congratulations to the proud parents and grandparents. I remember when Chelsea was the butt of right wing jokes, and yet she's grown into a lovely young woman, who is now a proud mom.
Wait for the wingers to go nuts in 3, 2, 1...
I'm sure Hillary will still be able to be a Grandma and run for President, no matter what they say.
Caribou Barbie didn't sound quite as bad as she did during her appearance in Denver earlier this year, but her speech at this weekend's Values Voters Summit wasn't a whole lot more coherent.
After rambling on and pretending that the only headline she didn't care for in the "lamestream media" of late was one saying that she and Todd were going to get divorced -- and completely ignoring the Palin family drunken brawl up in Anchorage earlier this month -- Palin went on to play the poor picked on conservative Christian card -- and managed to get the White House address wrong while she was doing it.
The lies that they tell about you. Calling you the intolerant ones, the haters, the bigots. Oh, and that disgusting charge of being racist. I’m speaking to the most slandered group in America today. Join me in telling the lamestream media then that we wear your scorn with pride. The lies that you tell about us, well you can’t defeat our arguments, so all you can do is change the subject, so we win.
Does that make imaginary WMD's like masturbation? Oh wait...
Via Mock Paper Scissors. Open Thread below...
But, fortunately, he can be funny about it. He's a very clever writer and also a talented singer and piano player. It's too bad that people aren't listening to guys like Bo rather than the people he's parodying.
Got any favorite pastiches?
When the court ruled to not give jail time to convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza, he breathed a sigh of relief, but not everybody is happy with the verdict.
Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza's ex-wife alleged in a letter sent this week to the federal court that heard his criminal case that D'Souza was abusive, that he lied in his defense against the criminal charges, and implied D'Souza had manipulated the couple's daughter into making positive public statements about him.
On the day before D'Souza was sentenced, Dixie sent a letter to U.S. District Judge Richard Berman and, after outlining allegations of lies and abuse, urged him to "impose a just sentence." The letter was published by the Smoking Gun.'The D'Souzas are in the midst of a divorce battle, according to the New York Daily News, and Dixie has accused D'Souza of infidelity.
To start, Dixie contradicted the claims made by D'Souza's attorney Benjamin Brafman in his defense. She quoted Brafman saying that she had "implicitly authorized him over the course of their marriage to handle all of the couple's financial affairs."
Whether we like or not, we are in a war. Granted, it's a war in the air and not on the ground, but it's a war nevertheless.
In times of war it's perfectly fine to protest it, refuse to support it, vote against it, and speak out against it. But it is not perfectly fine to be an elected representative encouraging active-duty generals to resign to undermine the President's foreign policy. That's what Doug Lamborn claims he and others are doing:
"A lot of us are talking to the generals behind the scenes, saying, 'Hey, if you disagree with the policy that the White House has given you, let's have a resignation,'" Lamborn said Tuesday, adding that if generals resigned en masse in protest of President Barack Obama's Middle East policy, they would "go out in a blaze of glory."
As Steve Benen notes, he might be talking smack, or he might not be. And if he isn't, then there's a real problem.
But if Lamborn was serious, and a member of the House Armed Services Committee actually met “behind the scenes” with U.S. military generals, suggesting they should resign in order to undermine U.S. foreign policy during a war, that’s … a little crazy.
The Washington Times lives in an alternate universe where proud and funny moments in the Obama Presidency are viewed as disastrous. The list of twenty-five faux pas in the Times' article Coffee cup salute and Obama's other biggest White House fails was ridiculous throughout. I summarized the list so you don't have to scroll through this painful drivel. What many normal Americans would consider routine or even happy events, the Washington Times uses to show their racist hate by denigrating every gesture President Obama makes.
THE "LIST" (and no, it wasn't taken from The Onion)
1. Bumping head on Marine 1 (It was early in the administration and he made a human error)
2. Tea cup salute (Bush saluted with a dog)
3. Kathleen Sebelius resigning (cabinet members resign all the time)
4. Benghazi hearings (wasting millions on baseless hearings)
5. Going for a bike ride (Bush did that too)
6. Obama shooting a shotgun
[Cross-posted at Orcinus.]
I see that a claque of conservatives in charge of Jefferson County, Colorado's education board have decreed that learning about the complications and ugly side of American history will not be tolerated any longer:
The materials should not include selections or works that encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife, or disregard of the law. Violence, if it appears, should be treated in the context of its cause and consequence. It should not appear for reasons of unwholesome excitement or sensationalism.
(i) Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.
This is probably the kind of history they are wanting to obliterate:
Here's the link to sign up for a shift:
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