Overnight: Mexico: Baja California: La Paz

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From YouTube:

Honoring its name, La Paz [peace] is a refuge of salt and sand, sun and sea, ideal for weary travelers or those wanting to temporarily retreat from daily chaos, a site full of natural wonders and human touches.

Read more about La Paz in MexicoShowroom:
http://mexicoshowroom.com/location/la-paz

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Elizabeth Warren: "And We Will Fight For It!"

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Just give Elizabeth Warren 3 1/2 minutes and you'll see why America needs her leadership. What she lays out in her plan for the U.S. is exactly the blueprint Democrats MUST use as they run in 2014. She's precise, clear and distinct. Hillary, are you listening?

If Democrats get people to the polls this fall, they will not only retain the senate, they can retake the House. Hard to believe? Watch this:

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"I don't recall 'if you're comfortable with it' qualifying any of Jesus Christ's commandments."

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Regular readers know that I'm a big Michael Hiltzik fan, and for good reason. He's good at spreading the-- What's it called again? Oh yeah-- truth. One of his latest columns dealt with the truths regarding the Supreme Court's wrongheaded Hobby Lobby ruling in favor of allowing bosses to make health decisions for women. The consequences of that one were fairly easy to predict. Not only are businesses trying to use their "religious beliefs" against access to contraception, but now the decision is oozing into other areas of discrimination, as in gay and transgender targets. But hey, it's all cool, because it's in the name of Religion, with a capital R. In short: Blame Jesus.

Where's an impartial Supreme Court when you need one?

Which brings us to today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Plaudits to Michael Hiltzik for highlighting how the U.S. Supreme Court's outrageous Hobby Lobby decision may abet religious zealots' discrimination against gays and transgenders in the business world. ("Hobby Lobby's harvest: A religious exemption for LGBT discrimination?," July 16)

Hiltzik's telling parallels with mid-20th century racism ring true. For pious segregationists, the 1896 decision Plessy vs. Ferguson served to keep public schools segregated until Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954.

That epic reversal set the stage for civil rights legislation enacted during the next decade, which served to counter persistent racism.

Hiltzik's apt insights suggest that the 5-4 Hobby Lobby decision won't, like the Plessy ruling, endure for decades. All that's needed is one more high court justice who favors equal rights over faith-based discrimination.

Devra Mindell, Santa Monica

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On Monday, President Obama issued an executive order barring LGBT discrimination by federal contractors. To protect their organizations from feeling "very uncomfortable" and to perpetuate "diversity of opinion," Pastor Rick Warren and other religious leaders, in a July 1 letter to Obama, argue their right to discriminate against the LGBT community while still receiving federal (taxpayer) funding

There is a disgraceful hypocrisy lurking in a request by Christian church leaders for religious exemption from an anti-discrimination rule. I don't recall "if you're comfortable with it" qualifying any of Jesus Christ's commandments.

Ellen Chavez Kelley, Santa Barbara

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Hiltzik's excellent column was deficient in only one respect. He failed to ask Warren or Father Larry Snyder where in the fundamental documents of their faith they find their God commanding them to discriminate against LGBT people in terms of employment. Are they discriminating on religious grounds, moral grounds, or do they want to discriminate because they're simply bigoted?

Additionally, if their consciences won't allow them to treat LGBT people equally, they're always free to say "no" to the taxpayers' money.

John Gibson, Los Angeles

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"It's Arm the Rebels o'clock. Do you know where your Senator John McCain is?"

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How many times have we been subjected to John McCain's myopic rants about arming the rebels in any given civil war or in any given area of conflict?

Rachel Maddow:

It's Arm the Rebels o'clock. Do you know where your Senator John McCain is?

Per McCain, it really doesn't matter much where or who they are, if they're rebels, just arm them. Especially if President Obama is taking a more measured approach. Grampy McDrumbeat is just itching to hand over lethal weapons of war to someone, anyone, because if fits into his whole Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb [insert country here] mentality: the more explosions the better. Especially if we aid and abet some of them. Blow 'em up! Kill [insert bad guys' name here]! What a blast! (Pun intended.)

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There's just one problem with that mania, Senator McDrumbeat. It can backfire.

Take Guatemala, for example. Via the Los Angeles Times:

Perez Molina said the violence and crime in Guatemala were a byproduct of the Cold War when the U.S. and the Soviet Union were funding opposite sides of civil wars in Central America to gain influence.

Perez Molina was a top intelligence officer in the Guatemalan military in the 1980s and ’90s.

Moral of the story: Don't listen to John McCain.

Real moral of the story: A more rational, measured approach is most often very wise and can save lives.

Other moral of the story: The road to more violence and crime is paved with shortsighted intentions.

Immoral of the story: Stop treating horribly abused child refugees like criminals.

In related news, there was an L.A. Times letter to the editor that is worth a share. I'd link to it, but I can't find it on the Times site, so I'm transcribing it verbatim:

Re: "Texas to send Guard troops to border," July 22

I hear echoes of Kent State University. What are the National Guard troops to do to these migrant children in Texas: shoot them?

Pat Mauer, Pasadena

What is it with Republican presidential hopefuls and violent troubleshooting? (Pun intended.)

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Flashback Friday: NN14 and Steely Dan Y2K

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What a week this has been! I can't say I'm sorry to see it end.

This morning on the show, we flashed back to last week and to February 2000.

Last week was easy. I flew to Detroit for Netroots Nations following a few days in Los Angeles for the American Federation of Teachers convention. Although I did live shows from Netroots on Thursday and Friday, I recorded a bunch of interviews on Saturday, some of which we heard earlier in the week.

Today, we began with Mike Rogers of Raw Story and Netroots Connect, and a conversation about almost everything!

Next up was John Bradshaw, executive director of the National Security Network, a progressive DC-based think tank dealing with foreign affairs. Given the events of the week leading up to Saturday, it's needless to say it was a fascinating conversation.

We end each week with a visit to my radio past. Today, it was February of 2000. I was working at Channel 103.1 in Los Angeles, and was invited to fly to NYC to interview Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, better known as Steely Dan, to interview them and host the nationally syndicated World Premiere Broadcast of Two Against Nature, their first studio album in 20 years. That album went on to win the Album of the Year Grammy award. It was also one of the high points of my career.

And with that, it's another week in the books... er, archives.

I'll be back Monday, rested and raring to go... radio or not!

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Fox Noise Blames the War On Women for Barbara Comstock's GOP Fail

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Under the category "You have to be kidding us or it's scary" with this foolishness about females, this way the hell wrong about women, file this nugget of nonsense over at Fvx Nation this morning.

They are less reporters of any calibre and just fixers of blame on the president and everyone who might not thoroughly loathe him, and that applies to every situation … every time … no matter what.

Particularly over at Fvx and Friends. Barbara Comstock, apparently having gotten quite a verbal assault by Dem Op Paul Begala, was whining away to Hasselbeck about how liberals are the ones who actually limit women. [You know the hypocritical, regressive Palin Schtick.]

Newsflash, Palin and Pundettes: your candidates suck. They are ill prepared, insincere, and are clearly working against their own best-interest in virtually every aspect a woman could be dwelling on and they do not seem to even be aware of the clearly reversed flow of time.

Laffy has nailed it here in the past, there's a zombie,'zombette' Stepford-esque quality to an alarming number of conservative spokes-pundettes, political candidates all over this country and certainly amongst Fox Watchers that cannot be missed.

Part denial, part lockstep? It's the worrying combination of fear and distaste you get whenever Elizabeth Hasselbeck opens her mouth. Or worse, the Ultimate Blonde Pin-Up Pundette for the old and new GOP, Ann CocoLoco Coulter. She crossed from traditional support right to the Tea Party without missing a beat to say something offensive about how dumb liberals are.

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Then, this.

Republican congressional nominee a victim of 'war on women'?
Jul. 25, 2014 - 4:14 - Barbara Comstock under attack from veteran Clinton operative

The following morning, Fox has it in the spin cycle. Go, Hasselbeck.

From Politico, a quote from Paul and another short excerpt, catch the entire story here, they really pump the old Clinton War Bellows over there.

If she wins, she will no doubt practice the same politics of personal destruction she and her ilk practiced in the Clinton days,” said Paul Begala, a former political adviser to Bill Clinton who has assumed the role of Comstock attack dog. The Republican, he said, has a “really almost sick, sort of stalker-like obsession with President Clinton.

That sounds about right. Comstock was twenty years younger then and overtly the Linda Tripp type, made no bones about being on archeological offensive digs for the best Clinton Dirt and must have been good at it - look at her opponents. She was also dying to be canary in the coal mine for Benghazi, we suspect she's still researching that. Politico continued:

Comstock — a 55-year-old, Georgetown-educated lawyer widely regarded as one of the premier opposition researchers of her generation, with a “wonderfully devious mind,” in the words of one reporter who witnessed her at the peak of her sleuthing — declined to speak for this story. But she is already hinting publicly that she’s itching to take on the Clintons again.
“We need to get to the bottom of the truth in Benghazi, and I will do that because I’ve done that before as a chief investigator in Congress,” she said at the Virginia state GOP convention recently, referring to the 2012 attacks that left four Americans dead and marred Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

"Sleuthing" is hilarious, I don't know if she has a PR guy that good, or if it's a term Politico uses often and I just haven't seen. If this politics thing doesn't work she can pop right over the pond and give the fellows at Scotland Yard a paw.
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Phuque Feck, Abby Huntsman et al Conservative Bimbette Pundits

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I have had it up to here with Feck, so excuse my language.

Her little schtick ought to be called 'Abby's Road To Nowhere', and did we learn nothing from The View about shiny-eyed, shiny-haired young conserva-babes? Surprisingly lifelike but not going to bring anything new to the table?

Hannity and Limbaugh have already 'been in', so to speak.

She might as well call the president gay. It would almost be a relief if dis-compassionate conservatives of Abby Huntsman's calibre just showed the entire spectrum of their Winger Delusions in week one. Be straight up.

Specious smile … Hi. Isn't it a lovely summer day? I'm Sally Lynn, and I'm a Tea Party Era Republican who will snidely condemn every damn thing that abhorrent black man does, whatever it is, until said impertinent man drags his free stuff out of the White House and white people get back to running things.

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We knew it was going to be offensive, Abby was perfection, etiquette wise, and politely warned us early on that a rant about a lack of leadership (in the West Wing, allegedly, not on the 3 PM EST hour of messnbc daytime when the younguns' have at it) was our 3:28 minutes of punishment at the end of the hour.

And not to be catty, but that dress? She is aware that True Blood wrapped already? Ted Cruz had a once in a lifetime shot there, but he got that cameo-Get. Maybe Scandal has something in the conservative cable news pundit slash spokes-bimbette category for next year.

And not to be anti-Mormon, but isn't Abby one of the tribe of Utah extreme 'religionists' [Lucian's splendid term which I poached but need to cite] who truly believe that Jerusalem has to be safely, securely, strongly in em … Judeo-Christian possession … by Armageddon and Rapture? Huntsman was moderate in some social and scientific senses, but Dude still sported the undergarments.

And to be snide, but does Israel even want this Feck obsessed chick defending them? Maybe over Hasselbeck, that you could see.

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So Miss Huntsman's underlying nerves and anxiety have less to do with a need for President Obama to look like he has Feck to spare and could ride a bear and is a capital L Leader of the free world … but more with thinking, nay believing deeply, let's not be judgmental, that her immortal soul and future in the hereafter weren't intertwined with what's going on in Tel Aviv?

It's been an entire week of conservative whiney women bitching about the president's lack of Feck, and frankly we've had enough. Phuque Feck, what Feck seems to conflate to over ta' Fvx Nation and all of that Reaganesque Marlboro Man bullshite … these neo-con women need to stick a pin in it.

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La Palin first, all she's done for seven years is squawk about President Obama being a wuss in equitable times, she'll ultimately allegorically implode soon in a very True Blood sort of 'last life', writhing morass of idiocy and evil intent, with some moose entrails and a tacky lipstick shade thrown in.

And steaming piles of Feck.

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