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Mary Barra-ly Telling The Truth About GM Related Deaths

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Sometimes people just aren't the right people to ask when something goes wrong. But in the case of GM and the multiple deaths attributed to a faulty ignition switch design, you'd think the government had found the right person to quiz.

There was an apparent `cover-up and to get to the bottom of this, General Motors tabbed the CEO of the company to come in and answer official inquiries by both the House and Senate committees into what happened, how it happened, when the company knew about it and what steps did they take to correct the situation?

Simple enough questions. And Mary Barra, the GM CEO, should be ideally suited to answer these questions. That is, if GM had nothing to hide. Sadly, they do and she did. She showed up to the Senate hearings and played the typical ignorance game -- she defended her lack of knowledge in this deadly issue by playing dumb. Truth is, she's anything but. She claimed that she is new to her job and she needs time to look for the answers. Currently she just doesn't know enough to comment on her company's potential criminality nor their alleged cover-up.

That wasn't good enough for committee chairperson, Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-Missouri). She got right to the point to tear apart Barra's 'neophyte status' defense. Checking out Barra's resume, which McCaskill does so deftly, you can see why her "I wasn't aware of a problem" defense" was shred into itty-bitty pieces.

It's time for GM to stop lying to buy time and confess to their liability. Thirteen families have been devastated by their actions. We Americans have put a lot of money into big corporations to save them. Maybe they should start coming clean with us on their actions.

If the American public is going to subsidize you, (hear that big oil), you better come honest and prepared to our elected officials when summoned or face the consequences next time you look for us to give you any help.

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What's A Tea Partier Thinking? You Assume They Think

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I would have to say that the radical spokesperson for Freedom Watch, President Larry Klayman, would be speaking for his people when he takes to the podium to address the crowd. He's the group's leader. His words are the movement's gospel. And if you accept that premise we're in trouble. Klayman is seemingly deranged out of his gourd as he speaks for this far right coven. They have become a cancer that's overtaking it's host (the GOP). We can pray for the patient, and hope there's some way to put the disease into remission.

If you can stomach it, you really should watch this clip of them calling for a "peaceful" revolution. You'll learn that Obama bows down to Allah, he reads the Koran, he's not a true American. Their solution is for him to "surrender" and come out and face this mob, submitting to them by holding his hands out -- for shackles, or up -- so they can more easily slip a noose around his neck and lynch him. Peaceful?

I'm not sold this group knows the meaning of the Constitution nor the laws the cherished document represents. It appears from their rhetoric that this land is their land, this land ain't my land.

If here's any doubt that the vile and disillusioned Republican wing known as the Tea Party is now over the cliff, out of their minds and dead-on ignorant, your veil of confusion is now lifted with this Klayman clip. And what's behind the "curtain" is nothing short of shocking. I'd prefer spending  an evening dining with the 'walkers' in Walking Dead, than popping open a cold one with this wackadoo.

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VIDEO: Andrea Mitchell clashes with GOP Rep. Duffy over military death benefits, #GOPshutdown, #Obamacare

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As Paddy said to me on the phone, this is about as close as we'll ever get to Andrea Mitchell saying "F*** you" to someone. I was right there with her, he was obnoxious. The look on her face in my screen grab above says it all:

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Here are some excerpts: Andrea Mitchell:

We are now in day eight of the government shutdown that we have been told was unthinkable and wouldn't happen. Now we learn that the families of our soldiers killed in Afghanistan are being denied benefits because of this colossal failure of leadership. [Please read David's post, U.S. Shutdown Denies Fallen Soldiers Survivor's Benefits] How do you tell that to the families whose loved ones gave their lives for all of us?...

But the larger point, Congressman Duffy, is these mini CRs-- mini continuing resolutions-- that's the whole question of taking little pieces of the government. The issue is not that this is a small matter, it's a very big matter, but so is the matter of the kids in Head Start.

So is the problem of the single moms who aren't getting food stamps and aren't getting their help.

So down the road are the survivors benefits and that fund is going to run out in weeks if not months.

So you can't take this piecemeal, Congressman. Isn't the issue that someone has to sit down and figure out what to do about the stalemate that has led to this disgrace?...

Congressman, you're asking him -- that's a nonnegotiable demand. Why not sit down and negotiate over entitlement reform, which is something you all have been demanding and that he has offered in his initial budget? You're putting on the table a nonnegotiable demand.

Then Duffy went on a rant blaming the media for, well, everything. That didn't sit too well with Andrea Mitchell.

We've asked questions of both sides. that's not fair.

But Duffy kept ranting and browbeating.

Mitchell:

With all due respect, this is about military death benefits to kids, 19-year-old kids who died in Afghanistan and who are not returning home, this is about what their families are entitled to by law and what they are not getting.

This is not about what you want in Obamacare and not about what the president wants on the debt ceiling.

Duffy:

Don't spin that on me.

Pot. Kettle. Spin.

Mitchell:

You consider it a small ask that he gets rid of the central part of his health care plan that was upheld by the vote, of a presidential election and the United States Supreme Court?

Duffy:

Andrea, hold on. That's your spin.

Mitchell:

That's not spin.

Deaf ears, Andrea, deaf ears...

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U.S. Shutdown Denies Fallen Soldiers Survivor's Benefits

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How outrageous and tragic! Over the weekend, defending our country in Afghanistan, a number of soldiers were killed. Let's not sugar coat it and say they died. They were killed, violently. They knew the risk, they took it and paid the ultimate price. Since the shutdown, nearly 20 soldiers, brave men and women have died. Each minute means another could be added to the roster of fallen soldiers.

The U.S. has a responsibility to these fallen heroes. And in the past we always accepted it, proudly, genuinely and irreversibly. With the shutdown this has become a tradition of the past. Game playing by the Republicans and their refusal to pass a continuing resolution, has now shown to the Nth degree the atrocity of the Republican party, specifically Ted Cruz and Speaker John Boehner. This is at their footsteps. This is their fault.

So what is the Republicans response to this? They want to pass a mini-CR to fund this -- nothing more. All they have to do is vote the clean CR and all of these travesties are covered. Each day we find new issues the GOP has closed down and we find are essential. Why the piecemeal? Simple. They want to hold us all hostage. Now's the time to go on the attack. Contact your congressman or woman. You must speak up. We have to pay our bills. We have to keep the country running. And we have a way to make it happen, even if it means putting their head on a spit for the next election.

The Republicans and the Tea Party hostage takers should be ashamed of themselves for betraying America over gamesmanship and dick-measuring. I know I'm ashamed and incensed. I bet you are as well.

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VIDEO-- Chris Matthews: "Is that something women really worry about? Men being brutal? In the home." Uh, yes.

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As they have non-stop, the talking heads on MSNBC have been discussing a Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016 (enough already!). Chris Matthews is no exception:

And while many may think this was Hillary's coming out party for 2016, it was Biden who may have stolen the show, many say.

He and Andrea Mitchell-- who sounded nearly as flabbergasted as I felt-- were having a conversation about it when this jaw-dropping Moment of WTF happened:

Matthews:

Is that close to the bone? The idea of wife beating some old f... or beaters?

Mitchell:

It was part of it.

Matthews:

Is that something women really worry about?

Mitchell:

Yes.

Matthews:

... Men being brutal?

Mitchell:

... The Violence Against Women Act--

Matthews:

...In the home. In the home.

Mitchell:

Yes. domestic violence.

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Yes, Chris, domestic violence. As in the Violence Against Women Act that you covered last May and as late as March 21st of this year:

MATTHEWS: What does he think he`s accomplishing the minute people notice that the wine tastes like the old stuff or they notice that whatever it is, it`s still what it was? What are they going to do? They`re not going to join the Republican Party.

SCHRIOCK: No, they`re absolutely not, particularly -- you talk about young people, you know, we talk about women -- there`s been a continuing growing gender gap. And they still are just pushing policy after policy -- the Ryan budget, devastating to women and families, Violence Against Women Act -- it took a year-and-a-half to get it reauthorized.

Yes Chris, domestic violence is real and it really worries women. And yes, Chris, "men are brutal in the home, in the home." I can personally attest to that, as can millions of other women. You didn't know that? Seriously? That's news to you? Because if it is, then you're in the wrong business.

Here is the entire segment:

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Brief encounter with Mr. & Mrs. Alan Greenspan: "Chairman Greenspan, how's that trickle-down economics working for us?"

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Photo of Andrea Mitchell in limo by @Rousseau_ist

Yesterday I posted Source– John McCain on economic inequality: “I don’t care, nobody cares.” That story was about and by one of my Twitter pals, @rousseau_ist, who came face to face with John Sidney McCain at the Alfalfa Club where he asked, “Senator McCain, what your your thoughts on the current state of economic inequality?” His response:

“I don’t care, nobody cares.”

Of course he didn't care. He has eleventy-two homes and is married to Mrs. Wealthypants.

Today Rousseau sent me the sequel to that story. This one involves Alan Greenspan and his wife Andrea Mitchell. It was another brief encounter that I will let him to describe in his own words:

MSNBC DC Bureau Chief Andrea Mitchell dove into her limo at the Alfalfa Club billionaires annual pow wow Saturday Jan. 26th, stranding her feeble husband to find his own way to the opposite side of the vehicle. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan hunched over, appearing confused, is finally helped to the other door.

As they came towards me, I ask, "Chairman Greenspan, How's that trickle-down economics working for us?" ~ I would have offered an explanation as to how it was working for us, but I felt badly for him. (Imagine that) ~ Here is a guy barely able to stay on his feet and his wife expects a busy doorman to assist her husband. They people have the nerve to say poor people feel "entitled."

This was my moment of being discreet by not bullying a husband and wife I can't stand more than most individuals in this country.

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Photo of Alan Greenspan by @Rousseau_ist

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VIDEO-- Andrea Mitchell to Haley Barbour on election-rigging schemes: Are Republicans "trying to game the system?"

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Andrea Mitchell:

"What about the electoral college... to make them proportional... If it were done nationally, Mitt Romney would have been taking the oath of office...

Barbour:

"States have the right to do that... "

Mitchell:

"Doesn't this make it look as though the Republicans are trying to game the system? Isn't it a bad tactic for the Republican party to take... ?"

Barbour:

"I don't know how you can ask that question when you in the immediate previous breath told me that the Republicans aren't even gonna let it out of committee...  Maybe there's somebody in Virginia who happens to be a Republican, but when some Democrat offers some stupid legislation that the Democrats won't let out of committee, usually the Democratic party doesn't have to answer for what can't get out of committee."

Mitchell:

"... Other states are proceeding: Republican legislatures in Michigan, in Pennsylvania, in Ohio are proceeding with it. I'm just asking, is this the right move for the party nationally?"

Barbour:

"Well as I said, I would not be for it. I don't think there's any sort of national movement, and you've sort of convinced me that in Virginia, there may not even be any state movement, it may be an isolated legislator.... But I think it is wrong to judge it that there is some big Republican conspiracy to try to change this."

No state or national movement? What about this? And this:  Finally! WaPo front-pages election-rigging scheme. Plus, glimmers of hope in Virginia, Florida.  And this via HuffPo:

One of Michigan's top Republican lawmakers is interested in a proposal to change the way the state allocates its electoral college votes, in a way that would have handed Michigan to Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election despite the fact that he received a minority of the popular vote.

On to common sense gun safety proposals...

Mitchell:

"The Supreme Court has already ruled in the Heller case that there can be exceptions, that the DC gun law was unconstitutional but other assault weapon bans might not be unconstitutional, so the Constitution does not preclude other restrictions on guns and background checks and other measures that are being considered and that have widespread support. Do you think that Republicans should take a closer look at some of these other options in the aftermath of Newtown?"

Barbour then started babbling about "mentally ill, deranged people," or as I call it, Haley Barbour.

FYI, here is a back story on what Mitchell and Barbour were discussing at the top of the video:  Why Bobby Jindal is aiding and abetting the transformation of the GOP into “the stupid party”  

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