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A Populace Pump For Electile Dysfunction

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Electile Dysfunction

It doesn't get much funnier than this -- and what candidate hasn't worried at one time or another of suffering from "ELECTILE DYSFUNCION?" This one may actually give you a boner, er, Boehner. See if the orange-tinged House Speaker knows the difference as his opponent seeks to pump up the votes against him.

From Raw Story:

House Speaker John Boehner’s Tea Party challenger in the Ohio Republican primary, J.D. Winteregg, released a parody advertisement today that accuses the speaker of suffering from “Electile Dysfunction.”

The Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC decided to back Winteregg after internal polling revealed that only 25 percent of Rep. Boehner’s constituents favored him over a generic Tea Party challenger. The PAC initiated a “two-pronged approach” similar to the one that Scott Brown used to catapult him into office: a dedicated “ground game” on the local front coupled with a national fundraising campaign.

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Koch Brothers Caught Again In a Lie -- What's Else Is New?

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The Koch brothers put millions of dollars into the anti-Obamacare campaign, and here's what they came up with for all those bucks.

It sure does sound convincing -- heart tugging. Gut wrenching. Here's poor Julie Boonstra painstakingly confessing that she was diagnosed with leukemia five years ago. Then, after Obamacare her health insurance plan was canceled. "Now, the out-of-pocket costs are so high, it's unaffordable," she says in this commercial. It sounds like this lady's gonna die.

What's a poor afflicted woman supposed to do? Damn that Obamacare.

Well, before we do anymore damning, let's examine this a little more closely. I'm sure the Koch brothers won't mind. Thanks to some fact checking at HuffPo:

Before her plan was canceled, Boonstra was paying a $1,100 monthly premium. That's $13,200 a year, without adding out-of-pocket expenses like co-pays and prescription drugs. But under her new plan, the Blue Cross Premier Gold, Boonstra's premiums are down to $571 a month, and out-of-pocket costs are capped at $5,100. That's a maximum annual expense of $11,952 a year.

She's actually saving $1,248 a year with Obamacare. Now why would Ms. Boonstra mislead us like that? It couldn't be political, could it?

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Boonstra told The Detroit News she had never been politically active before joining the anti-Obamacare campaign. The newspaper reported her ex-husband, Mark Boonstra, had served as chair of the Washtenaw County GOP, and was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder (R) to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 2012.

Gotta take her at her word -- for as far as I could throw her. She twisted the situation with her illness, using it to drum up sympathy while lying through her teeth. And then she continues to lie saying she has never been politically active while her husband has been the beneficiary of GOP political appointments. Talk about splitting hairs.

Thanks Koch brothers for another enlightening episode of "My GOP addiction to Koch." As Rev. Al would say, "Nice try, but we gotcha!"

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Bigotry And Sexism All Under One Tent - The Tea Party

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MSNBC and Reince Priebus had a little skirmish around the time of the Super Bowl. It had to do with a questionably accusatory statement released on a tweet by an employee of the cable news outlet. In that twitter remark, the staffer implied that Republican right wingers might not be happy over a new, interracial commercial for Cheerios, to debut during the big football event.

Via Talking Points Memo:

Last year, the cereal brand Cheerios released a commercial that featured an interracial couple and their biracial daughter. The racist backlash against seeing a black man with a white woman was so severe that Cheerios had to disable comments on its YouTube account. During the Super Bowl this year, the brand double-downed on its efforts to be reflective of a diverse nation and released a second commercial featuring the same family.

So based on history, the staffer made his/her comment. Phil Griffin, the head of MSNBC apologized in print and over the phone with RNC Chair, Priebus. He also fired the employee.  I'm not sure why Griffin felt this was necessary as history had spoken on this issue. But being the man he is and feeling it was in everyone's best interest for the network not to appear insensitive by painting all right-wing conservatives with the same brush, Griffin did what he did. Sadly, Priebus wasn't quite so gracious in his handling of the apology. He accepted the actions, but with strings and a stern warning attached, "We'll be watching you."

If only that were true -- maybe the troubled GOP would learn a thing or two.

Well, the Super Bowl comes and goes, and there were some rumblings about the inter-racial family once again, but nothing like the last time. There was more of an outrage over America The Beautiful, just a song, not an anthem as many have claimed, sung in different languages. Somehow, the self-stamped,  true-blooded Americans were outraged that the song could be co-opted for singing (respectfully) by anyone other than a card carrying American citizen. I'm sure many of those same folks might take offense at Obama singing this song as his origins are still fodder for many right-wing discussions and accusations.

So, getting back to the racism issue and the TPM article -- there's a bit more to this undercurrent. It seems that there are levels of implied tolerance.

The American public seems more willing to accept (or ignore) seeing a black woman with a white man than a black man with a white woman.

So how's that match up with society as it really is?

According to reports, black men have a higher rate of interracial marriage than black women, which means it’s more common, and yet it also launches more racist backlash.

Backlash? By whom? Who has the right to criticize?

While bigots focus on tearing down the significance of the family in the Cheerios commercials, advertisements featuring white men with nonwhite women are overlooked. Commercials with white men coupled with black women don’t cause nearly as much disagreement as the inverse.

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How interesting. So race and sex are intertwined when it comes tolerance. What's okay or "allowable" for one combination is seen as more offensive for others.

Maybe it’s because white men are seen as improving a black woman’s life, saving her from black men who are more interested in dating white women, if various statistics are to be believed.

I have to say, I don't believe this kind of thinking is coming from liberals. If this is the conservative way of thinking, who votes the conservative path? Mostly Republicans. And which branch or wing of the GOP holds racial feelings the strongest? If you ask me, it's the Tea Party.

So this brings me back to the MSNBC apology that the interracial Cheerios ad might have been offensive to right wingers. Well add a sexist angle to this as well. Racism is wrong on every level. But when you add sexism to the conflagration, watch out. Hatred is being fanned, and not by any one group -- though if you look at the statistics, you can see where it's festering the most.

GOP, you want to bring more people to your party, especially women, immigrants and people of color? Maybe start taking some responsibility and speaking out against ignorance. Reince, instead of feigning hurt, look into the accusations leveled at you and address them from within. Obviously when criticized from outside the party, the Republicans drop to the fetal position and sob they're being picked on unjustly. Look around you GOP. Where are your women, your people of color, your immigrants? They're under the Democratic and Independent tents seeking shelter from your rain.

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Right Comment on Right Wing - Just Wrong Commercial

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For those old enough to remember GET SMART, you'll remember the catchphrase, "I just missed it by this much."

I bet that's how MSNBC is feeling today. Earlier I posted a blog on the apology MSNBC made over an offensive tweet someone from the company put out last week stating that they thought the bi-racial Cheerios commercial would perhaps be unsettling to right wing viewers at the Super Bowl. It is called Reince Priebus, RNC Prince of Fools, Pulls Out Secret Card. In in, RNC Chairman Priebus was outraged and offended that the progressives at MSNBC would think that somehow the conservatives in the GOP would be offended by the ad showing that there are happy bi-racial families in this world.

Phil Griffin publicly apologized for that characterization of the GOP's right wing, even called the RNC chairman personally to apologize and also took the additional step by having the author of the tweet fired from MSNBC.

Apparently that wasn't good enough and the Amazing Mr. P. said he was putting MSNBC on notice. He'll be watching them -- (If only he would, maybe he'd learn something).

Well, a few days went by. Now it's Super Bowl Sunday. The Cheerios commercial airs and there's little to no hubbub or fallout over it this day after... Apparently MSNBC was wrong and perhaps they were wrong in making the perceived racist tweet: (via TPM)

Maybe the rightwing (sic) will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,” the tweet read.

So the time of reckoning came and passed. And the reaction to the Cheerios commercial was muted at worst. But...

BUT?

It seems MSNBC got the commercial wrong (Cheerios), but they got the comment right. Turns out it would be a Coca Cola commercial sung in English, Arabic and Spanish that would bring out the right wing wackadoos. In this ad, the song, America the Beautiful is sung in three languages. And the fact that it's belted out in English, Arabic and Spanish seems to have offended the Tea Party dingo birds here on our shores. The cuckoos have taken flight and are outraged. They want to destroy us the way Angry birds do the pigs in the video game.

The sky is falling, according to the Right Wing zealots:

Again from TPM:

Former tea party congressman Allen West even took time to write a blog post during the game to voice his displeasure. For West, the ad started out strong enough.

"Then the words went from English to languages I didn’t recognize," a troubled West wrote, calling it "a truly disturbing commercial."

Okay, now hold on. Perhaps this former Florida congressman didn't recognize the Arabic language, but are you telling me he lives in Florida and doesn't recognize Spanish? What mudhole has he been submerging his head in to avoid the real world?

Michael Patrick Leahy over at Breitbart was offended, too.

Not only did Coke use "a deeply Christian patriotic anthem whose theme is unity – in several foreign languages," but Leahy noted that the "ad also prominently features a gay couple."

Oh, my goodness. Since when did America The Beautiful become a Christian song? And what a shudder it must be to include a gay couple as part of the American fabric. Heavens.

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America The Beautiful is considered an American patriotic song, but it has no ethnic or religious priority. The lyrics were originally a poem written by Katherine Lee Bates, entitled Pikes Peak. The music was composed by Samuel A. Ward from his song O Mother dear, Jerusalem in 1882. Jerusalem? How's that for patriotic America. Jerusalem sounds more Arabic in locale than American.

We are America and we are a melting pot of so many nationalities. Singing this song (which is not a national anthem, just a song) is a tribute to our faith, love and belief in this country. You don't have to be born here to believe in what it stands for. Unity isn't just straight, white, Anglo-Saxon. Sorry all you homophobic, anti-immigrant, right wingnuts -- you're just plain wrong.

So, in rebuke to the critics like Reince Priebus who felt so outraged that their constituents would be offended by a racially questionable statement regarding Cheerios, here's the Coca Cola commercial in full -- let's see now who apologizes for their racially and sexually insensitive comments that this commercial is either un-American or un-patriotic.

C'mon Mr. RNC Chairman. Stand up for your bigot membership now. Let's see who goes on "double secret probation."

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