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Fridgegate: Oh, SNAP, Chris #Christie! (VIDEO)

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Ruh roh! Chris Christie has another gate to contend with besides Bridgegate (scroll): Fridgegate. No, stop that, it's not what you think. I shy away from jokes about his weight (or anyone's for that matter). This gate is all about SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), also known as food stamps.

Funny (meaning, sad) how someone who claims to care so much about his fellow New Jersyians refuses to help the hungriest among them:

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Chris Hayes:

For governors this wasn't about cheating. It was about maintaining a lifeline for poor people who desperately needed the assistance. And it wasn't just Democrats. Pennsylvania's Republican governor Tom Corbett, a tea party ally, is one of the governors who moved to preserve food stamp benefits for his state....

Most of the states that made the move to maintain food stamp benefits are concentrated in one region, the northeast. But there is one state in that region, a state where the governor often claims to put his own people above politics, that notably has not.

Chris Christie:

I've got a job to do here in New Jersey that's much bigger than presidential politics. And I could care less about any of that stuff. I have a job to do. If you think right now i give a damn about presidential politics, then you don't know me.

Hayes:

The same governor Chris Christie who professed to be disgusted when Congress initially did not approve billions in Sandy aid has been silent when it comes to finding a way to keep an estimated 160,000 New Jersey residents from losing out on food stamps.

Of course, unlike helping people affected by Sandy, getting food stamps is politically toxic for Republicans. The last thing Chris Christie wants to be talking about as he eyes a presidential run is how he expanded food stamps in his state.

We reached out to Governor Christie's office about this and received a fact sheet in response that did not address the issue.

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NRCC on moving on from "repeal #Obamacare" efforts: "No, we can't."

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nrcc alert so sick of your sh..t

The NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) wants to take health insurance away from millions of people. They're not even trying to hide that nasty little fact. In fact, they made it very public. After President Obama's Affordable Care Act Signed up 8,000,000 People victory lap yesterday, the NRCC decided they would remain in their Bubble O' Obstruction for the foreseeable future. They said as much in this tweet:

nrcc tweet Obamacare

That should go over well with Americans who are now covered, who are now able to afford to treat their illnesses and injuries, whose children are covered, and who are no longer turned away when they have pre-existing conditions. Like being a woman, for example. Or having cancer.

See how "pro-life" they are?

Do they not realize that, in addition to Obamacare consumers, this also benefits their corporate Big Insurance buddies?

How's that outreach thing workin' for ya, GOP?

Here are a few of the replies they got on the Twitter Machine:

 

 

 

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Bill O'Reilly: I could have been the Marlboro Man (VIDEO)

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Bill O'Reilly 1979 via WFSB NewsImage via WFSB News, re-aired footage of O'Reilly in 1979

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Bill O'Reilly didn't wanna be a cowboy! But he was (allegedly) approached to be one, sort of. He claims he could have been a rough, tough, rugged, cigarette-smoking, cancer-peddling Marlboro Man.

Bill O'Reilly:

"While I was covering the News in Denver, I was approached by a modeling agency to be the Marlboro guy dressed as a cowboy! I'm from Long Island...

But smoking marijuana is quite the opposite. That’s on the rise, as pot use is considered cool in many circles, and above all it is political correct."

Who's kidding whom here? O'Reilly couldn't have been a Marlboro Man even if he wanted to. No cowboy hat would have ever fit over that big ego head of his.

H/t: Talking Points Memo.

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How does GOP lure supporters? By giving away lethal weapons.

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because FREEDOM

Via .ecobumperstickers.com

Gun owners are passionate, and the GOP knows it, which is exactly why they use lethal weapons to bribe entice them. Nothing says "right to life" like an AR-15... unless, of course, you get Second Amendmented by one. That "culture of life" "freedom loving" conservatives love to trumpet is nothing more than a culture of violence and intimidation.

And gun violence abruptly ends the freedom to breathe.

The New York Times:

Online gun sweepstakes have become one of the most useful tools for campaign outreach in the 2014 Republican primaries. Across the country, from a race for sheriff in California to the United States Senate primary in South Carolina, candidates are using high-powered pistols and rifles as a lure to build up their donor lists and expand their base of support.

The method may be new, but the concept is actually a durable campaign device. Take a group of possible supporters who are highly motivated around an issue, in this case gun ownership and Second Amendment rights, and pique their interest with good marketing. Then, once you have their attention, solicit their personal information and follow up to ask for support and money. [...]

[The NRA] employs a range of online campaigns, including Facebook-based contests that provide the organization not just with people’s names, but also with their information-rich public profiles and lists of their friends. Millions of people have entered these contests, the group said.

Zac Moffatt, who oversaw Mitt Romney’s digital strategy in 2012 and founded a firm that develops online campaigns, notes that dangling lethal weapons in front of gun fondling voters "could get you a couple extra thousand votes you didn’t otherwise know about.”

How "pro-life" can you get?

And speaking of hypocrisy, in order to qualify for a chance to win a killing machine, you have to pass a-- wait for it-- background check. But... but... gun zealots hate those pesky background checks! What gives?

Says Lee Bright, a state senator from South Carolina who is primarying GOP Senator Lindsey Graham, “You definitely don’t want [a weapon did not fall into the wrong hands]... Not in the middle of the campaign.”

Ahhh, the old "it's campaign time, so we better look over our shoulders up our hypocrisy game play it safe" plan.

Apparently ex-Congressman Tom Tancredo is throwing caution to the windbag. He's relying on Ted Nugent to get his message out. Nugent:

“We all better wake up and fight back together before it’s too late,” Mr. Nugent wrote in an email to Tancredo supporters. “Enter to win a semiautomatic AR-15 – when you’re done, consider making a donation of $25 or more to help Tom keep our freedoms protected.”

Give us all your money and you could win a chance to own a brand new deadly weapon with which you can kill another human being! But first and foremost, donate! Because... freedom!

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US economy heating up

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It's the economy stupid pin Clinton US economy

The US economy is on its way back! Want to know how I know that? I mean besides the stats and other technical stuff like that. I know that the US economy is recovering because Fox Biz has told me so in yet another email alert. And because we all put our trust in Fox more than any other news source, we believe them:

Economic activity is bouncing back from winter doldrums across most of the Federal Reserve’s 12 districts, according to the central bank’s anecdotal Beige Book report. At the same time, labor market conditions were seen as ‘mixed but generally positive,’ while price pressure remained subdued.

I think we all know what's coming next, right? Say it with me...

blame obama Bush's fault smaller

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GOP Gov. Susana Martinez "can be nasty, juvenile, vindictive, appears ignorant about basic policy"

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"Somebody told me he's absolutely eloquent in Spanish, but his English? He sounds like a retard."

Yes, New Mexico's GOP Susana Martinez laughs and played along as an aide says that about Ben Lujan (former Speaker of the House and father of NM Congressman Ben Ray Lujan).

ProgressNow reminds us that Governor Martinez has "actively promoted her own advocacy for her developmentally disabled sister in campaign ads, media pieces and slickly-produced profiles of her. 'Retard' as a descriptor of people like her sister has long since been considered inappropriate." How's that GOP outreach workin' for ya, Sue?

Mother Jones posted a whopper of a story about a side of Susana Martinez we haven't seen. And by whopper I mean, ouch! Apparently the private Susana Martinez differs from the public Susana Martinez. And as you may recall, public Susana Martinez has been the darling of many a Republican, not to mention a possible 2016 contender.

That may change:

No wonder, then, that many see Martinez, who turns 55 in July, as the party's future. Fox News host Greta Van Susteren touts her "great resume": America's first Latina governor. Former district attorney of a border county. Guardian of her mentally disabled sister. Tax cutter, gun owner, daughter of a sheriff's deputy. The Koch brothers invited her to speak at one of their secretive donor enclaves. Karl Rove singled her out in Time's list of last year's 100 most influential people as a "reform-minded conservative Republican." The Washington Post put her at the top of a list of likely 2016 vice presidential candidates; Romney has boosted her as a presidential contender.... In the media, Martinez is often compared to Sarah Palin [...]

Internal campaign records and interviews with former aides suggest that she didn't dig too deeply into the details of her own proposals: "Aren't we the ONLY state in the US that provides a NM drivers license to illegal aliens?" she asked in a November 24, 2009, email. (At the time, seven other states had similar policies.) [...]

Listening to recordings of Martinez talking with her aides is like watching an episode of HBO's Veep, with over-the-top backroom banter full of pique, self-regard, and vindictiveness. As Martinez and her campaign staff rewatched a recent televised debate, Martinez referred to Denish, her opponent, as "that little bitch." After Denish noted that the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce had given her an award, McCleskey snapped, "That's why we're not meeting with those fuckers." [...]

A major postelection interview with Latina magazine became a punch line after Martinez asked her interviewer to "remind me" what the DREAM Act was.

As ProgressNow notes, Susana Martinez has no problem with references to Democrats as “Little Bitches” and “Little Retards.” There is more audio at that link.

If this is the real Susana Martinez, if this represents what she really thinks about teachers, women, the mentally disabled, and Hispanic business, she's going to have a lot of explaining to do.

There's a lot more where that came from.

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No one said affordable health care would be free

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Obama you're welcome affordable health care obamacare

Affordable health care means just that: health care we can afford, not health care that's provided to us at no cost. Unfortunately, the vehement anti-Obamacare opponents on the right are pushing lies, and the news dee jays need to diligently call them out. The letters below refer to one case that is being exploited.

Like Barbara Garnaus did, there are Americans out there who become ill and then complain that they have to pay for health services. But some of the most vocal critics fail to put their stories into context. Garnaus, a cancer patient, wasn't covered at all. Obviously (at least to most people), the Affordable Health Care Act says you still have to pay for services, but in most cases, you get more bang for your buck.

It also means that some people are struggling to make payments because they are unable to earn enough money to afford much of anything in the first place. Increasing the minimum wage would help rectify the problem.

And with that, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "For working poor, new health premiums can be a burden," April 14

The headline on this article is very misleading. The impression given is that Obamacare places an undue burden on low-income citizens.

This story is about someone — 63-year-old Barbara Garnaus — who went for years without any insurance, relying on good health and free clinics. Now she has cancer and has bought insurance under Obamacare.

Before healthcare reform, she probably would not have been able to obtain insurance at all after the cancer was diagnosed.

So yes, her $13.50 monthly premium is more than she paid when she had no insurance and was in good health, but it's a lot less than it would cost for the same healthcare without insurance, which is where she would have been without Obamacare.

Sure, paying premiums costs more than not paying them, but healthcare with insurance costs a lot less than healthcare without insurance.

Perry Valantine

Costa Mesa

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A $13.50 monthly payment for health insurance is amazingly low. The Times should applaud the program that allows a person who could never afford healthcare to receive medical treatment for cancer.

The cost of healthcare under the Affordable Care Act isn't the source of Garnaus' troubles. Rather, she is struggling to pay for healthcare because of her extremely low salary.

Until hardworking Americans like Garnaus receive wages that allow them to pay for a place to live, housing, transportation and, yes, healthcare, they will struggle as she does.

But don't blame the Affordable Care Act — it has brought affordable healthcare to millions of previously uninsured Americans.

Jo Perry

Studio City

blame obamacare health insurance

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