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VIDEO- Veteran responds to Boehner's #GOPshutdown is "an epic battle": "I was in 6 epic battles fighting the Nazis."

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Getting a little sick and tired of all the government shutdown GOP talking points and hyperbole? Join the club.

I suggest watching this video, which is deliciously and honestly brutal... and so justified.

A World War II veteran puts things into perspective for Boehner in the Bubble. This, Drinker of the House*, is what the words "epic battle" actually mean:

"Congressman, your government shutdown is not an epic battle. It is bad governance."

"American veterans like me depend on the entire government being open."

"I served this nation with honor. Today I can't say the same about most Republicans in Congress."

oof

You want to do battle, Boehner? Because if you do, you probably don't ever want to go up against this Navy veteran. His name is Redge Ranyard. Care to do "epic battle" with him?

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*H/t: @Anomaly100

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DC bar: "Free water all day. Everything else will cost [lawmakers] double."

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The Los Angeles Times has an article titled, "Some businesses benefit from government shutdown" in which they report that "state parks, private museums and other venues are touting themselves as alternatives to closed federal destinations. An insurer marketing wedding policies cites canceled nuptials at national parks."

They go on to give details about businesses using the GOP shutdown as a marketing tool, but there was one passage that caught  my eye:

Shutdown specials have federal employees streaming into capital bars, some of which are kicking off happy hour in the early afternoon. There is just one group not welcome: members of Congress.

One D.C. bar enticing furloughed workers with a free shot of whiskey offers lawmakers their own deal: "Free water all day. Everything else will cost them double."

Since the GOP's favorable rating is now 28%, the lowest Gallup, has measured for either party in its trend since 1992, because they've hit rock bottom, all that's left to say is:

bottoms up

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VIDEO: Thank you Rachel Maddow, for allowing Mr. Clarence Jones to tell his story without interruption #MOW50

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This interview-- actually more of a stunning, riveting monolog by Clarence Jones-- touched me so deeply and was so fascinating that I watched it twice in a row. Mr. Jones has such a beautiful way with words and speaks with such humility and sensitivity, is such an important part of history, was so captivating, that I had to go back and re-savor every bit.

Thank you Rachel Maddow, for allowing Mr. Jones to tell his story without interruption. There are very few hosts who would do that, and very few guests who are as compelling and have the affect on me that he did.

I will not transcribe this video for you, because it wouldn't do justice to the segment or the emotion behind and value of his account.

What a day yesterday was. And how mind-boggling that there was ever-- and still is-- the need for civil rights/human rights marches.

People are people, equal in every way. It should go without saying that nobody should be diminished, belittled, persecuted, threatened, segregated or denied their rights because of their skin color, age, religion, rejection of religion, sexual orientation, height, weight, accent, heritage, gender, or any other distinguishing characteristic that I may have inadvertently overlooked.

That this is, or has ever been, an issue is absolutely baffling. We're all human beings, we all rely on each other to survive, and we have everything in common. Discriminating against our own makes zero sense. It's completely irrational.

To quote someone I never thought I'd ever quote ever in the history of ever:

ann romney stop it

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VIDEO: Pres. Obama's FULL Speech, March On Washington's 50th Anniversary #MOW50 #AdvancingTheDream

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ICYMI. It was damn good.

Obama March on Washington 2013

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1956 GOP platform: "Expansion of social security... Unions have grown... collective bargaining has been strengthened"

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Welcome to the 1956 Republican Party of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Here are excerpts from the GOP platform:

We are proud of and shall continue our far-reaching and sound advances in matters of basic human needs—expansion of social security—broadened coverage in unemployment insurance —improved housing—and better health protection for all our people. We are determined that our government remain warmly responsive to the urgent social and economic problems of our people. [...]

We shall continue vigorously to support the United Nations. [...]

That men are created equal needs no affirmation, but they must have equality of opportunity and protection of their civil rights under the law. [...]

America does not prosper unless all Americans prosper.

Government must have a heart as well as a head. [...]

The Federal minimum wage has been raised for more than 2 million workers. Social Security has been extended to an additional 10 million workers and the benefits raised for 6 1/2 million. The protection of unemployment insurance has been brought to 4 million additional workers. There have been increased workmen's compensation benefits for longshoremen and harbor workers, increased retirement benefits for railroad employees, and wage increases and improved welfare and pension plans for federal employees.

In addition, the Eisenhower Administration has enforced more vigorously and effectively than ever before, the laws which protect the working standards of our people.

Workers have benefited by the progress which has been made in carrying out the programs and principles set forth in the 1952 Republican platform. All workers have gained and unions have grown in strength and responsibility, and have increased their membership by 2 millions.

Furthermore, the process of free collective bargaining has been strengthened by the insistence of this Administration that labor and management settle their differences at the bargaining table without the intervention of the Government. This policy has brought to our country an unprecedented period of labor-management peace and understanding. [...]

The Eisenhower Administration will continue to fight for dynamic and progressive programs which, among other things, will:

Assure equal pay for equal work regardless of Sex [...]

Extend the protection of the Federal minimum wage laws to as many more workers as is possible and practicable;

Continue to fight for the elimination of discrimination in employment because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or sex;

Provide assistance to improve the economic conditions of areas faced with persistent and substantial unemployment;

Revise and improve the Taft-Hartley Act so as to protect more effectively the rights of labor unions, management, the individual worker, and the public. The protection of the right of workers to organize into unions and to bargain collectively is the firm and permanent policy of the Eisenhower Administration. In 1954, 1955 and again in 1956, President Eisenhower recommended constructive amendments to this Act. [...]

We have provided more than 1200 badly-needed new post office buildings, and are adding two more every day... We have extended city carrier service to millions of new homes in thousands of urban and suburban communities which have grown and spread under the favorable economic conditions brought about by the Eisenhower Administration. [...]

The Republican Party will continue to fight for eagerly desired new advances for Government employees, and realistic reappraisement and adjustment of benefits for our retired civil service personnel.[...]

We favor self-government, national suffrage and representation in the Congress of the United States for residents of the District of Columbia.

We recommend to Congress the submission of a constitutional amendment providing equal rights for men and women. [...]

The Republican Party supports an immigration policy which is in keeping with the traditions of America in providing a haven for oppressed peoples, and which is based on equality of treatment, freedom from implications of discrimination between racial, nationality and religious groups, and flexible enough to conform to changing needs and conditions.

back to the future

H/t: @SherrieGG

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DC Council makes it easier for transgender people to get new birth certificates

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Need a Moment of Happy? I sure do! Why, here's one now!

Thanks to the Supreme Court's boost to marriage equality, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is slowly but surely benefiting, and the needs of transgender people, "who are seen as the most vulnerable of the four groups," are finally starting to be met.

That sound you hear is a collective sigh of relief (bigots and homophobes excepted, of course).

Via the Lost Angeles Times:

[T]he District of Columbia Council passed the country's most liberal policy for updating birth certificates, one that transgender activists hope will become a nationwide model. The mayor is expected to sign it Tuesday. [...]

The Washington measure eliminates requirements for surgery and a court order that, transgender rights attorney Lisa Mottet said, make it too expensive and inaccessible for most transgender people to complete a legal transition. [...]

Nationwide, only 24% of transgender people can get the gender changed on their birth certificates because of restrictive laws, according to a study by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, where Mottet works. This can create problems when they enroll in schools or apply for jobs [...]

Washington will grant new birth certificates to transgender people who provide a statement from a licensed healthcare provider that they have undergone "appropriate treatment" for a gender transition. The measure, which passed unanimously, also exempts them from a requirement to advertise a concurrent name change for three weeks in a newspaper.

Before this, people only got updated birth certificates after having sexual reassignment surgery, which is not exactly inexpensive or easy. And the birth certificate would be amended, not reissued, making it obvious that someone was transitioned, putting them at risk of being outed.

Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco, says that California will be the next state to adopt this new policy, hopefully by the end of the year. I am once again very proud of my home state.

And in an even Moment of Happier, Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) believes we're on a roll nationally, saying, "We're at the very beginning of a snowball starting to be created here."

This calls for a Moment of Snowball:

snowballing

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Darth Boehner

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Fear and Loathing

If there was ever a question of the Republican's feelings about legalizing undocumented immigrants, it's been answered. You're not wanted.

This according to the article by Richard Cowan and Rachelle Younglai:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prospects for congressional passage of a U.S. immigration overhaul looked bleak on Friday, but some House Republicans signaled they would offer a way for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country to get legal status that could be portrayed as something other than a pathway to citizenship.

Yes, it's called second class status. As Marco Rubio told Ted Cruz, "Ciudadanía de los Estados Unidos? Por encima de mi cadáver." Translated: U.S. Citizenship? Over my dead body.

And that leaves 11 million people to only hope.  I didn't say what they may be hoping.  But if I were you GOP, I wouldn't be expecting too much Feliz Navidad come December.

What douche bags the GOP-led house have proven themselves to be.  When it suits that orange skinned Klan leader Boehner, he invokes the non-official Hastert rule about not bringing a bill to the floor unless it has his party's majority interest.  Yet he's broken that rule a number of times and the country didn't explode like the death star in Star Wars episodes 5. So when it serves him or the evil empire, Darth Boehner invokes it as if it were law.  If only the Speaker understood the law.

So, it looks like the GOP doesn't just fear the Latin population, it loathes it.  He's living Hunter S. Thompson's book, only set in Washington, instead of Las Vegas. And he's gambling with our future. Pathetic.

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