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#RANpaul, #WarOnWhites & More GOP Insanity

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I don't know which on is more offensive - Congressman Steve King's comments to the DREAMers who dared question him about his desire to deport them, or Senator Rand (Ran) Paul's dine and dash upon hearing them identify themselves as DREAMers!

I began the show with the whole video, embedded below for your convenience, and remind you why DREAM Action Coalition co-director Erika Andiola and fellow DREAMer Cesar Vargas wanted to talk with him in the first place.

You'll remember that, in a Newsmax interview in July of 2013, Steve King likened DREAMers to drug smugglers with calves the size of cantaloupes

Then we learned, thanks to Right Wing Watch, that

During a conference call last month with the National Emergency Coalition, Rep. Steve King said that the U.S. needs to crack down on immigration because our nation’s borders were established by God. Disrespecting the borders, the congressman suggested, is disrespecting God’s will.

He also blamed the child migrant crisis not on drug-war-related violence in Central America but on President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, or as he calls it, “deferred action for criminal aliens.”

Steve King, who has been one of the loudest voices trying to undo DACA (President Obama’s Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program), even went so far as to call for the president's impeachment over the immigration issue on Fox "News" Sunday.

 Now you can watch the DREAMers confront the man who would have them deported..

If that wasn't enough to make you wonder what planet these idiots arrived from, how about the Alabama Congressman who insists that the Democrats are engaged in a "war on whites," implemented by Barack Obama. Seriously... Listen here (the pertinent part comes in at around the 11:40 mark).

Should you not care to click on that link (and I don't blame you), here's what transpired yesterday, courtesy of Dave Weigel at Slate:

On Monday morning Brooks went on Laura Ingraham's show (which is to immigration restriction what Epic Meal Time is to calorie consumption) and engaged in 12 minutes of predictable recapping about the border fight. Then things got real. Ingraham played Brooks a clip of National Journal's Ron Fournier, warning that the GOP could not survive as the "party of white people." Brooks' response?

"Well, this is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party," he said. "And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It's part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well, that’s not true, OK? And if you look at the polling data, every demographic group in America agrees with the rule of law and securing our borders." He told listeners to seek out a speech Rep. Raul Labrador (whose family is Puerto Rican) gave about the rhetoric. "The Democrats, they have to demagogue on this, and turn it into a racial issue."

Ingraham let all that flow, then gave Brooks a chance to walk back. "I don't think Raul Labrador would probably say there's a war on whites," she said.

"That is in effect what they're doing," said Brooks. "That's the political game."

"They're playing the race card, they're playing the war on women card," said Ingraham. "That's what the left does, but I don't think 'war on whites' is the best phraseology."

Amazing.

This morning I welcomed Lee Fang back to the show to talk about his reporting for Republic Report on civil rights groups who sold out on Net Neutrality - a sickening enough story on its own.

..a massive coalition of Asian, Latino and Black civil rights group filed letters arguing that regulators should lay off of Internet Service Providers regarding Title II reclassification and accept FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s original plan. In other words, something close to half of the entire civil rights establishment just sold out the Internet. 

But soon after that article was picked up by lots of other sites, one very observant reader noticed that the post had been taken down from one news site geared toward the African-American community. After doing some research, Fang discovered that the order to delete the article came from the website’s parent company, a business partner to Comcast. 

According to discussions with several people at NewsOne, including an editor there, the decision to take down the article came from corporate headquarters. NewsOne editor Abena Agyeman-Fisher told Republic Report, “the company didn’t feel it was appropriate to have up and we were suppose to take it down.” NewsOne is owned by Radio One, a company with a 50.9% stake in a business partnership with Comcast known as TV One. 

This just underscores the need for independent media outlets -- like Radio or Not!

While I had Lee Fang on the line, I also asked him about his latest piece for The Nation, "The Real Reason Pot is Still Illegal." Great reading, great reporting!

It's Tuesday, so The Political Carnival's GottaLaff joined me to talk about the rest of the news, including these stories:

Ebola for Dummeez, att: Donald Trump

Gov. "Ultrasound" McDonnell probed, media mounts soap opera defense for him

And if you were as annoyed by all of those damned fundraising emails - growing more frequent and frenetic as it grew closer to the end of the month (and fundraising quotas), then you'll love the new tumblr set up by someone who was equally annoyed, called Emails from the DCCC. Click and enjoy.

If you tuned in this morning to hear Congressman Alan Grayson, he'll be on first thing Thursday morning, followed by economist Stephanie Kelton!

Tomorrow, Crooks & Liars' Susie Madrak returns from her vacation to chat with me about the latest news, and the woman challenging Andrew Cuomo in NY's gubernatorial primary, Zephyr Teachout, returns to the show... Radio or Not!

 

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On November 4, Florida may become the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana. I certainly never think of FloriDUH as a trend leader and, in this case, we'd be in the middle of the pack. But that's certainly better than dead last or bringing up the rear as is usually the case.

On the ballot on election day, Floridians will get to vote yes or no on constitutional amendment 2: Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions.

Although many groups and factions got together to make this dream a reality, United for Care led the charge in the petition drive, and garnered the almost 1 million signatures necessary to get the amendment on the ballot.

Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United for Care, joined me on the show this morning to talk about the amendment as we near the final test- the Nov. 4 elections!

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows sky-high support for the measure.

88 percent of voters support the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes, while 10 percent do not. Those attitudes were unchanged from May, but support was six percentage points up from November.

The levels of support among different demographic groups is surprising due to the great numbers.

quinnipiac mm FLWith such huge numbers, especially among the youth voters, Democrats, women and independents, you'd expect that the Democrats elected to represent Floridians would be on board too.

And most are. But not Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. The congresswoman from Weston who also chairs the DNC is at odds with her base, her party and her constituents.

Not only does she oppose Amendment 2, putting her in league with her Republican friends, but she was one of only 17 Democrats, mostly Blue Dogs or the equally reprehensible "New Dems," to vote against a measure to cut funds for Drug Enforcement Agency raids on medical marijuana operations in states where medical marijuana is legal.

When asked about her opposition to medical marijuana, Wasserman-Shultz was wishy-washy,

Wasserman Schultz, up for re-election in November, has criticized Florida's ballot initiative, saying it is written too broadly and does not ensure strong regulatory oversight.

"My view is that approval of the use of marijuana as a medical treatment should be handled responsibly and in a regulated manner that ensures its approval does not do more harm than good," she said on her website.

Perhaps someone should ask if her opposition to to ending marijuana prohibition is at all related to her support of the private prison industry.

[Wasserman-Schultz] initially called a town hall meeting to allow residents to voice their opposition and learn more about the project. After more than 250 people showed up to let CCA and the town council know they didn’t want a private prison, Wasserman, who had called the meeting, decided she would support the project.

Howie Klein, a regular contributor to this program, wrote about Wasserman-Schultz' cozy relationship with the private prison industry at DownWithTyranny back in 2012. Just sayin'.

Mike Rogers of Raw Story and Netroots Connect was on the show this morning, filling in for the vacationing Susie Madrak, and he stayed on for the Ben Pollara interview.

When the questioning got to Charlie Crist (who apparently supports Amendment 2, though his representatives haven't responded to numerous interview requests from me), Mike alluded to Charlie's wife not having much influence over him, as it's believed by most who have done any research on Crist's private life that he's a closeted gay man. (A bit of background here, should you care to go down that road.)

We certainly don't shy away from controversy here. I have no problem with whatever Crist does in the privacy of his bedroom, but when he works against the LGBT community and is ashamed of who he is, then I do have a problem. And yes, I'll be voting for Nan Rich in the gubernatorial primary.

Ellen Ratner called in with an update from the Talk Radio News Service, and let us know that she's headed back to South Sudan next week. Should you care to help the people there, visit the charity site Ellen put together, Goats for the Old Goat.

And finally, Anat Shenker-Osario joined me for the last segment of the show to tell us about a new study she published along with pollster Celinda Lake and the Center for Community Change: Redefining the way we talk about poverty.

You can and should read the brief of their findings here, check out Anat's book, Don’t Buy It: The Trouble with Talking Nonsense About the Economy, and listen to the interview. I find the topic fascinating!

We'll be back tomorrow with another show, talking about the over population of the planet with Stephanie Feldstein of the Center for Biological Diversity.

Plus Amy Simon with some fabulous female facts, and Stephen Goldstein with the "No More Bullshit Minute," and whatever else the day brings us... radio or not!

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Pastor on Fox Noise Freaks Out About Free Medical Marijuana in Berkeley

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It's [the Evil Weed] going to cause Berkeley to make the poverty rate and the income rate to move down over generations …

This is Fvx's new favorite irrational hate target:  The city of Berkeley and their 'free weed' giveaways to the low income population for healthcare' purposes. You won't believe it until you see it, so find those Fox Noise Nausea Meds and I'll meet you on the other side.

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They had former addict and practicing Religionist Bishop Ron Allen on to opine. Twas his erudite quote, above. Gag.


"Why don't Berkeley give 'em free pipes n' papers, also?!?" … This is going to go through generations, and be a really bad deal," summated Fvx's Bishop.

Oh My Christian God … The Good Bishop actually said pot makes you lazy and tripled down on Paul Boy Non-Wonder Ryan's 'generations of unemployed' meme.

Asshat of The Day Award, won.

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Lurching Right, Chris Christie Enlists for the Mythical 'War On Drugs'

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Ohhhhh, Chris.

Chris 'I Know Nothing' Christie has taken the ignorance down a notch. This time:  the Evil Weed.

Is he expecting to get into a brawl with libertarian RWNJ Rand Paul, Paul the Younger? It's a Saint Reagan position, and a total throwback to the Nixon years. Clearly, The Big Guy is Running.

New Jersey only legalized medical marijuana under the last Democratic governor John Corzine in 2009, the numbers of grateful enrollees means nada to the New Guv'nah of Joisey … he has already ruled out Evil Legalization. Anything to do with upcoming primaries? You decide.

Declaring that 'low medical marijuana enrollment' by the pitiable people of New Jersey is clearly a window to the gateway of horrors that legalization 'will bring' just earned you some Regressive Asshat points. It's manure logic for starters.

"[What] There's a huge demand for is marijuana. Not medical marijuana," Christie said on his monthly radio broadcast earlier this week. "Because when we run a medically based program, you don't see the demand."

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But it is one of the first hard moves toward the hard Right, the Tea-ban Fringe, that of recent decades a clear signal for Primary Participation. Guess Bridgegate was just a blip on his radar.

Alternet covered this  factually and amusingly well, so am excerpting a couple salacious quotes for your enjoyment below. Groan along with if you like.

But patients, medical marijuana advocates and lawmakers say that New Jersey’s laws are to blame for the low enrollment. They point to strict regulations, outrageous costs and few medical professional willing to write prescriptions in the state. They say Christie's lack of involvement in enhancing participation is also partially to blame for low enrollment in the program.

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And now watch Christie magically shrink himself into a Teabagger.  Only earlier in 2014 on CNN,  he had told the mother of an epileptic chid that he would be sensitive to her and other parents' and patients medical cannabis needs. In just an April Town Hall in Sayerville, he implied he was open to edible medical marijuana options for those 18 years old and over

How charitable of him.  He's known for his compassion locally, I understand. {Guffaw away.}

Christie said that the medical marijuana program is not being used only to help sick patients, as it was intended, but as a political tool to legalize recreational marijuana in the state. He chided the dispensary owners: "If this was a medical program, what's everybody worried about making money for?”

"This program and all these other programs, in my mind, are a front for legalization,” he insisted.

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Bridgegate still has you twitchy, doesn't it? The Jimmy Fallon Dance Exhibition was a red flag, catch Laffy's witty reporting on that pitiful display at this link … once you've dragged the host of the Tonight Show through that fun cave underneath your crotch in a Doo Wop move, we assume you're planning on attending The Big Dance in 2016.

Launching a war on sick kids and those with debilitating chronic illnesses sounds about right for a GOP.Tea 2016 launch move.

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