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Five Children Murdered After They Were Deported Back To Honduras

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So now the United States [and the budget conspiracy theorists] has gots some 'splainin' to do.

And by Hannity tonight, by O'Reilly tonight and after Rush Limpbaugh pulls a girl with terrible taste off him and lights a cigar at tea-time, we are going to see a boatload of blame offloaded on the president.

Starting to think Extreme Religionists, Open Gun Fondlers, Homicidal Abortion Opposition and the ones that are really engaged in a war on women should get their own little country.

Graphic courtesy MemeCenter.com

 

ThinkProgress has details about this heart-wrenching cycle of poverty and no allocation of resources funded or enforced. Almost seems like a long, long way from Lady Liberty's message.

Between five and ten migrant children have been killed since February after the United States deported them back to Honduras, a morgue director told the Los Angeles Times. Lawmakers have yet to come up with best practices to deal with the waves of unaccompanied children apprehended by Border Patrol agents, but some politicians refute claims that children are fleeing violence and are opting instead to fund legislation that would fast-track their deportations.

San Pedro Sula morgue director Hector Hernandez told the Los Angeles Times that his morgue has taken in 42 dead children since February. According to an interview with relatives by the LA Times, one teenager was shot dead hours after getting deported. Last year, San Pedro Sula saw 187 killings for every 100,000 residents, a statistic that has given the city the gruesome distinction as the murder capital of the world.

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This is a truly awful American Exceptionalist category to win.

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Republicans Admission - Today There Is No Republican Party

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Well, some people are just plain party poopers. They're Donald or Debbie Downers when it comes to today's GOP. Need proof that the Red Party has gone off the deep end? Look at the reasons former Republican Governor Charlie Crist gives for his movement away from his former party.

Daily News America:

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he left the Republican Party and joined the Democrats because of racism.

"They're perceived now as being anti-woman, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, anti-gay, anti-education, anti-environment," Crist, who switched to the Democratic Party in 2012, told Fusion TV about the GOP. "I just wasn't comfortable."

Boy, that's an awful lot of "anti's" according to former Gov. Crist, who's not alone in that thinking. He's leading in the polls in Florida.

Further indications that the GOP has gone off the deep end and has nothing to offer America is their uniformed main target of Benghazi. It seems they've clearly lost the Obamacare wars and need something to rally their troops. And what better topic than a well-worn, already eight times investigated non-issue like an outpost in Libya? Talk about your beating a dead horse...

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While Democrats are looking to take care of kitchen table and pocketbook issues like minimum wage, fair pay, non-discriminatory employment practices, long term unemployment and the biggie -- immigration reform -- the Repugnants are sticking with Benghazi.

The other day, on Morning Joe, Donny Deutsch  suggested that pocketbook issues weigh more heavily on voter's minds at the polls than Benghazi does. Republican CNBC anchor Brian Sullivan attempted to disagree, but in doing so, skewered himself and his affiliated party.

It's always fun to see people heap mud into the wind and have it blow back into their faces.

Over the past few days polling information is indicating that in the deeply Republican south, a number of Democrats are pulling even or ahead in their 2014 midterm election polling over GOP rivals. There's still a ways to go, but when you see Republican Brian Sullivan's rant above, you can start to see why. As the Benghazi hearings eventually commence, I think you'll see even more dissatisfaction with the Grand Old Party.

You can tell how desperate the GOP has become when they dispatch Karl Rove to go on the air and claim Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton has brain damage. Perhaps he should have his oversize head checked, because the words coming out of his mouth sure resemble the ramblings of a troubled, perhaps damaged mind.

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Calling Robin Hood -- Nefarious Sheriff of Nottingham Has Just Returned

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As a boy growing up outside Boston, I had a wild imagination and a lot of heroes. There was cowboy favorite Roy Rogers, future space adventurer, Buck Rogers, but most fun was the legendary outlaw, archer Robin Hood. He and his men (plus Maid Marion) were a band of outlaws who found ways to disrupt the mad rantings and oppressive actions of the evil and despotic Sheriff of Notttingham. Let's face it. Without a really awful foe, there's just not a great hero or heroes. And the meanest of the mean was the Sheriff raiding Sherwood Forest.

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With the good king Richard away fighting religious wars on behalf of  his people, the royal brother and evil, calculating Prince John took the reins of England and trampled justice wherever he found it. His pleasure was in sticking it to the masses and stripping them of all of their earthly possessions. And his did it with his man, the Sheriff of Nottingham.

The results were catastrophic for all but the rich. That select few thrived while the Sheriff demonstrated villainy at the highest level. This guy stopped at nothing as he represented the top 1% of the richest royals out there.

So much for folklore. Whether there really was a Robin Hood or a Sheriff of Nottingham is debatable. The same could be said for Superman, Mighty Mouse, even Underdog.

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To get a taste of what's going on in real life, we have to look at the real Sheriff of Nottingham who comes to us straight out of the the Sherwood forest of Wisconsin . The kings of the rich, the Koch Brothers, have deigned him with the powers of the purse-strings. The Sheriff is merely a puppet and he's doing their bidding. With the new Ryan budget, the GOP kings have unleashed the Sheriff on the US masses.

To provide more riches and power for the super rich, they want to destroy every and all of the people's programs of survival. They wish to cut Medicare, education funding and loans, Social Security, women's rights, Food assistance, and Health Care. In return the rich get tax relief and the poor get worse living conditions. It must sound fair if you're a royal, but most of us aren't.

There is a Robin Hood who is trying to once again split an arrow down the middle to show up the mad and unconscionable Sheriff Paul Ryan. He's Bernie Sanders. And if you want to see his proclamation of war against the evil doers and their merry band of morons, check this out:

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Balance Budget Or Else -- Cut Your Pay

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Well you have to hand it to the Republicans, or actually two of them. Both from Michigan, they want to put their money where their mouth is -- and they want the rest of Congress to join them.

Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) on Wednesday proposed a new bill that would require congressional salaries to be cut 15 percent any time Congress fails to balance the budget.

Bentivolio said his Spending Accountability Act, H.R. 3993, is needed to give Congress an incentive to cut the annual budget deficit, which is now at $600 billion per year and expected to rise.

"I think my colleagues need a little more motivation to do the right thing and balance the budget," Bentivolio said Thursday. "They're hitting the American taxpayer in the pocketbook by accumulating so much debt.

Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) and his co-sponsor is Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.), and must feel they have no chance at re-election because they're pulling out all of the stops to make one last, desperate attempt to woo voters and to keep their jobs. They're challenging all of their fellow Congress persons to balance the federal budget or take a pay cut. This certainly won't get them invited to too many congressional parties.

Voting against this bill would make the rest of Congress look like the money grubbing representatives they generally are. Gee, I kind of like that. Put up or shut up. 

Of course this bill will never see the light of day, but even if, miracle of miracles, Boehner brought it to the floor, it wouldn't have much effect. If the bill were passed into law, it would not apply to the current Congress due to the 27th Amendment, which says pay adjustments can only apply to the next Congress, not the current one.

But you can't fault these two GOP'ers for trying -- at least they're willing to pay a price for not doing their jobs. Of course when you make a base pay of $174,000 a year, after taking a 15% pay cut, you're still doing okay -- $147,900. Not too shabby for working less that 120 days a year.

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Cartoons of the Day- GOP Vs. The Tea Party

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Video- President's Weekly Address: Weekly Address: Working Together on Behalf of the American People

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Cartoons of the Day- Bipartisan Budget Deal

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