Archive for Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 7:00 pm

Video Overnight Thread- Neighborhood Roaming Lion Turns Out To Be Labradoodle

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Dog is too damn cute. Via.


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Dems, what are you thinking? Chris Christie? Really??

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Someone with a functioning brain please explain what Democrats could possibly be thinking. Via Taegan:

A new Public Policy Polling survey shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Chrisitie (R) is now actually more popular with Democrats nationally than he is with Republicans.

I'm sorry, but ...

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I refer you to my post of a few days ago, which I strongly suggest you read, Think for yourself. Ask questions. Do your homework. Here's an excerpt:

Suddenly, because of one moment of justified outrage by this conservative, egocentric blowhard, I’m hearing how Democrats who couldn’t stand the guy are now saying they’re “fans.” That’s the word I’ve heard today, “fans.” And as I wrote in that very post, Chris Christie is indeed charismatic, even entertaining, and of course, blunt. But let’s not forget that he’s still rude, nasty, and this guy: Link. Link.

That Link. Link part? You may want to check those out. Here's a sample or three from of one of them:

Christie's Political Views

Health Care: Chris Christie is a strong opponent of the health care reform bill...

Education: Christie has been a strong critic of government spending on schools and strong favors the use of school vouchers. ["Dems believe in teacher's unions; we believe in teachers." (Aug 2012)]

Social Issues: On abortion, Christie has described his position as "pro-life, I believe in exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. That's my position, take it or leave it." Christie supports civil unions for same-sex couples, but is opposed to gay marriage.

Yay Chris! Right Dems?

use your head

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When US Doesn't Prosecute Wall Street Fraudsters, Taxpayers Get the Blowback

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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

What happens when the government gives a get out of jail free pass to executives who run financial entities "too big to fail"?  The US taxpayers get the blowback.

The stockholders of A.I.G. -- the company which most came to symbolize egregious arrogance and double standards of banks and hedge funds ("no government financial regulation, but the taxpayers should bail us out when we gamble and lose") -- are in the process of suing the federal government.  [...]

But the "taxpayer assumes responsibility for our gambling, but we get all the profits from being bailed out" attitude doesn't sit well with some lawmakers, such as newly elected Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), according to The NYT. Warren issued a statement that included a stern rebuke to A.I.G. and its shareholders [...]

Meanwhile, the honchos at Goldman Sachs just executed a scheme to avoid higher tax rates on their multi-million dollar bonuses, as reported by journalist Susan Antilla [...]

As Antilla, who regularly writes for the Bloomberg View, opines:

Goldman and its too-big-to-fail brethren are banks that accepted welfare and are in debt to U.S. taxpayers for averting disaster. This hasn't been about hard-nosed capitalism since those first TARP wire transfers made their way into Goldman Sachs' coffers.

While the DOJ and SEC should have been regarding the 2007 economic crash as a crime scene, they treated it like something deserving a parking ticket for the financial elite.

As a result, the same people who were responsible for so much economic misery have been emboldened to once again let greed trump accountability.

Please read the whole post here.

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Here we go again: Paul Ryan is cosponsoring another fetal personhood bill

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Before another minute goes by, I want to remind every woman who just found out she was pregnant (congratulations!) to remember to arm your zygote (revolvers are more practical since they're so small), buy it some cute outfits (it may be difficult to find the right size), and maybe provide it with some good reading material, since it's stuck in one place for months. Don't waste time reading this, ladies, take my advice and start treating your cells as people!

Oh, and when you go to the movies, make sure to sit in the front row so it can see better. Here's a helpful hint: When a police officer tries to ticket you for driving alone in the carpool lane, smile smugly and point to your abdomen.

I could go on.

And why, you might be asking, am I rambling on like an idiot with such inane suggestions to pregnant women? Here's why, via HuffPo:

Despite the deep unpopularity of fetal personhood bills in 2012, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has again decided to cosponsor the Sanctity of Human Life Act, a bill that gives full legal rights to human zygotes from the moment of fertilization.

Ryan, who reportedly has 2016 presidential ambitions, had to de-emphasize his opposition to abortion without exceptions during the 2012 election...

But see, now that it's 2013 and there are new elections on the horizon, Todd Akin's former BFF and personhood bill co-sponsor will be a keynote speaker for an anti-abortion group, because he's anxious to please them again after fake-positioning himself with Willard Romney as a more moderate phony, er, Republican. So back he goes, sniffing around for fresh support for a stale idea, and idea that voters have already rejected.

Laws like his would make birth control, like the morning-after pill or IUDs, illegal. Plus, abortions would be prohibited “from the moment of fertilization” which means that doctors would be hesitant to perform in vitro fertilization because they'd worry about being subjected to criminal charges if an embryo didn’t survive.

These are bad laws, period. A Virginia personhood bill even died in the Senate.

When will it dawn on conservatives that they're going through a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad dissension-slash-implosion, realize why they lost in November, and start learning from their mistakes, like pushing ideas from previous centuries? Take that War on Women for example. It did not serve them well at all:

chart women vote 2012 election

Moving on:

The personhood bill, first introduced in 2011 by Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and reintroduced by Broun last week, specifies that a "one-celled human embryo," even before it implants in the uterus to create a pregnancy, should be granted "all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood."

As Lalo Alcaraz so astutely put it in his La Cucaracha comic strip, “When will the GOP agree to ‘personhood’ for women?”

 ryan women war on women

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There goes another GOP talking point... this time on immigration.

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That big ol' super liberal President Obama has been way too easy on undocumented immigrants and so frustratingly lax on the ol' border fence security thing, hasn't he? We need to spend more on enforcement or all of them "illegals" will start crawling under, bursting through, and climbing over the very tall, electrified, barbed wired wall into our very own grassy, pool-laden, hammocky, swing set-filled back yards! STAT!

Why, before you know it, some taco restaurant will start selling "witty and comical" “How to Catch an Illegal Immigrant” t-shirts! Oh wait.

Sorry, just a moment. I'm hearing something in my imaginary earpiece. What? None of that is in the least bit true? (Except the t-shirt debacle.) Oh noes! What will conservatives have to kvetch about now?

L.A. Times:

A report released this week says that the U.S. government spends more on immigration enforcement than all other federal law enforcement combined. That should help silence Republican lawmakers who have steadfastly insisted that the Obama administration is doing too little to combat illegal immigration. [...]

[T]he number of people detained by federal officials nearly doubled from about 200,000 per year in 2001 to close to 400,000 in 2011, according to the study by the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan Washington-based think tank. [...]

In reality, the number of agents assigned to patrol the border has nearly doubled over the last seven years, even as the number of immigrants attempting to enter the United States illegally appears to be at a near 40-year low. [...]

The administration has done what it can administratively; now it's time for federal lawmakers to provide a true legislative fix for a badly broken system.

Agree or disagree with all or part of the Obama administration's immigration policies-- and they are not perfect-- he has managed to make a mockery of the Republican Faux Complaint Machine. Too bad it still won't get them to turn it off.

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Quickie- Trump releases birth certificate to Bill Maher, demands $5M

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Doesn't seem to be iron clad proof to me, need something more like a dna test. (Tell me that pic doesn't look like an angry orangutan!)

Donald Trump has placed himself in the middle of another controversy involving a birth certificate—this time his own.

In a letter obtained by Yahoo News, the real estate mogul and de facto leader of last year's "birther" movement against President Barack Obama sent a copy of his New York City birth certificate to comedian Bill Maher, who earlier this week made a Trump-like demand to see it.

On Monday's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno," Maher said he would donate $5 million to the charity of Trump’s choice (Maher suggested Hair Club for Men, among others) if the "Celebrity Apprentice" host could prove he is not the "spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan." Maher was mocking Trump's much-publicized announcement in October that he would donate $5 million to charity if Obama would release his college records.

On Tuesday, a lawyer for Trump sent the letter to Maher with the birth certificate attached, asking the "Real Time" host to make good on his late-night offer:


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Richard Blanco: First Latino, Gay Man Selected as Inaugural Poet

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This president sure is full of firsts.

There has not been another inaugural poet like Richard Blanco.

Out of the five people selected to read an original poem at a presidential inauguration, the 44-year-old Blanco will be the first Latino, first gay man, and youngest person to serve the role. The presidential inaugural committee officially announced the choice of Blanco, the son of Cuban exiles, on Wednesday.

"Even though it's been a few weeks since I found out, just thinking about my parents and my grandparents and all the struggles they've been through, and how, you know, here I am, first-generation Cuban-American, and this great honor that has just come to me, and just feeling that sense of just incredible gratitude and love," he said in an interview with NPR.

Renowned poets such as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou has previously served the role. In the next 11 days, Blanco will write an original poem and recite it at the public inauguration ceremony on Monday, Jan. 21.

"It is an honor to have Richard Blanco in our second inauguration," Obama said in a statement. "His contributions to the fields of poetry and art have paved the way for future generations of writers. Richard's work is well-suited for an opening that will celebrate the strength and diversity of our great country."

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