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Republican Candidate for Illinois Governor 'Not Being Gay' with 'that man'


From the alternate world of Republican 'wide stance' reality...a cross post from our wonderful friend Anomaly at FreakOutNation.



Republican candidate for Gov: I was not being gay with that man. We were double-bunking to save money

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, an unmarried 58-year-old and Republican candidate for governor, regularly stayed overnight in hotels and a Chicago apartment with his executive assistant, The Chicago Tribune reported on Wednesday. But he can explain all of that.

Image: Chicago Tribune

Image: Chicago Tribune

Rutherford told the Tribune that he has shared a room with his executive assistant, Joshua Lanning, scores of times since taking office in 2011, to save money for his campaign fund. And we totally believe him.

Image; Gawker

Image: Gawker

Here  is Rutherfod saving money on the beach and not being gay with Lanning. 

Rutherford said, “We double-bunk in the campaign. We always double-bunk when we can. Totally as a cost-saving measure.”

Being a good fiscal Conservative, Rutherford shared a room with Lanning at at least 50 times between 2011 and mid-2012. During that same time, the two also shared hotel rooms at least a half-dozen times while traveling on state business, including overnights in Chicago, Bloomingdale and Danville, and billed the state, according to records.

Speaking of 2011, Ed Michalowski, claimed in federal court that Rutherford made unwanted sexual advances toward him beginning in 2011.

Rutherford was sued in federal court on Monday by Michalowski, a former top manager in the office who accused the treasurer of repeatedly sexually harassing him and pressuring him to do campaign work at taxpayer expense. The ex-employee is seeking damages, including for medical issues he said were caused by the alleged harassment.

Rutherford tried to explain the expenses and accommodations to the Tribune saying, ”A constitutional officer travels overseas and has a staff member that accompanies them is not something that I think is inappropriate.”

He added, “There’s nothing wrong with being friends with employees. I consider myself friends with many in the office.”


Do we sense a pattern here, Gov. Christie?


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Here's a little nugget that's circulating around the Twitter Machine about Governor Guess Who?

If you said "Christie" you would be correct.

If you said, "I bet he is staunchly denying something again," you would be correct.

If you said, "Christie sure goes on the defensive a lot these days," you would be correct.

If you said, "How ironic that he is on the defensive a lot these days after having bullied others into defensive crouches for so many years," you would be correct.

Via Yahoo Sports:

Shortly before Carl Lewis officially entered the 2011 state Senate election for New Jersey's 8th legislative district -- a Republican stronghold located in Philadelphia's outer suburbs -- Gov. Chris Christie caught wind of the decision.

The Republican governor of New Jersey then called Lewis, a Democrat and nine-time gold-medal-winning Olympian in April of 2011.

Said Christie: "I'm going to come after you."

Here was the response to the story from Team Christie:

The Christie administration said that a phone conversation took place but has denied that the governor tried to dissuade Lewis from running.

If you said, "I sense a pattern here," you would be the smartest person in class.

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Kim Guadagno was the Christie official who overturned a judge's decision and forced Carl Lewis off the ballot.

— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) January 21, 2014

Yes, that Kim Guadagno.


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Yeah, after all, only 95% of scientists agree. Via MM.


The GOP's 5 Stages of Grief


Five Stages of Grief

Loss. It's a terrible thing and we're all called upon to handle it from time to time. It can be the loss of a family member, a pet, a business or a house -- but count on it along with death and taxes, you'll find yourself facing it one day. That day is here for the Republican party.

To better explain it, there is something known as the Kübler-Ross model, commonly referred to as the "five stages of grief",which is a widely respected hypothesis introduced by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her book, "On Death and Dying."  It's shorthand reference is DABDA-- Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.

The GOP is going through DABDA right now. And I'm going to show you what leads me to believe it's only a matter of time before the patient realizes that, as Judy Holliday sang in the musical, The Bells are Ringing, "The Party's Over."

DENIAL: After Obama was reelected, the GOP had lost seats in the House, didn't win back the senate as they predicted, they claimed the near landslide popular vote wasn't a mandate and the 332 to 206 loss in the electoral college was really a nail-biter.


ANGER - The GOP announces that they will delay or repeal all of Obama's programs. They'll hold the country hostage and take them over the sequester cliff just to show  they mean business.


BARGAINING: They''ll give in on an immigration bill that has no chance of passing in the House to look like they're doing something. The old "flim-flam-flummox." At the same time, they'll protect their filibuster option by giving in on a few presidential nominees assuring that their ability to use the filibuster power will still be available in the future.

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DEPRESSION: The polls.They show that there isn't currently a candidate from the GOP who can get within five percentage points of Hillary Clinton should she elect to run. And those current Republican frontrunners are all stumbling over themselves to make them even more distant from the mainstream. One by one, Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush -- they're all losing steam. And without steam, you lose your hot air, and that's what's kept the party afloat for so long.

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ACCEPTANCE: They are dead. The coroner's report is in. They died of public apathy after overstepping their rights and trouncing personal liberties. The last rights have been administered, the flowers have been ordered, and all that's left to be done is pick out the coffin for them to be buried in.



New Mexico county first in US to ban fracking to safeguard water: "I don't want to destroy our water. You can't drink oil."


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It's that time again, time to talk about about fracking (scroll). A reminder:

Fracking — “hydraulic fracturing,” technically speaking — involves drilling a pipe horizontally into an underground oil- or natural gas-bearing formation and pumping a slurry into the formation at high pressure to liberate the hydrocarbons trapped within.

Frackers worry that if local residents and authorities were better informed, they’d be able to more effectively push back. They continue to use secrecy by way of withholding of information as their weapon of choice. Ignorance is their friend, but it shouldn't be ours. Please educate yourselves about the repercussions of this toxic practice.

New Mexico did. Mora County, a poor, conservative ranching region of "energy-rich" New Mexico, became the first county in the nation to pass an ordinance banning fracking due the effect it has on water quantity and quality.

New Mexicans can feel the earth's temperature rising as we speak as they do their best to ignore the thought of flames pouring out of their faucets.

One resident, Roger Alcon, has "lived off the land for five generations" and would like to continue doing just that.

Via the L.A. Times:

"I don't want to destroy our water," Alcon said. "You can't drink oil."

In embracing the ban, landowners turned their back on potentially lucrative royalty payments from drilling on their property and joined in a groundswell of civic opposition to fracking that is rolling west from Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania in the gas-rich Marcellus shale formation. [...]

Among the leading concerns of opponents is the absence of any federal law requiring companies to fully identify the chemicals in their fracking fluids. Such formulas are considered by the industry to be a trade secret. Community-based anti-fracking campaigns — citing public health issues — call for complete disclosure of injection fluids.

Many of us have heard about the "trade secret" aspect of this story before, but are you aware of the assumptions by Big Gas and Oil about us, that we're too stupid to know what they're up to? Especially those annoying old people. And simpleminded country bumpkins. And those icky foreigners who come to our country but don't speak our language:

Sandra Alcon said her neighbors don't care about mineral rights or oil money. They are angry about the way energy companies' "land men" treated them. Residents here are seen as easy marks for hustlers offering little compensation for oil and water rights, she said.

"They know we have a lot of elderly and rural people; some don't speak English," she said. "They don't know that some of us went to college and some of us have the Internet.

"I may look stupid, but I'm not. I know what they are doing."

No, actually, the frackers are the ones who look stupid, stubborn, greedy, and incapable of seeing past their wallets. Keep up the good work, New Mexico. You know exactly what they're doing and what to do in return.


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