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Rep. Louie Gohmer Pleads Guilty To Child Sex Trafficking - Implicates White House

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Louis Gohmert

According to HuffPo:

...[Congressman Louie Gohmert R-Texas] accused the White House and Congress of being "complicit" in the sex trafficking of undocumented minors on Monday.

So the White House and Congress, if Gohmert's confession is to be believed, are really responsible in the child sex slavery business. What could be more horrendous than child sex abuse?  Furthermore using children for some political gain is shameful. Are you listening, Louie?

car jack

To understand the congressman's accusations, you first have to understand a concept a "Jack" story. Think of an automobile  jack which you used to lift your car to change a tire. Each pump or thrust of the handle jacks up the car a bit higher.

To demonstrate this concept, in case I'm not as clear as I would like, watch this short commercial. It starts with a simple premise, "when your cable company keeps you on hold," and ends up with your dad being punched in the stomach over a can of soup.

Using that "Jack Story" logic of the ad, let's see how soft-brained, dim-witted Rep. Louie Gohmert (R. - Texas) uses that step by step reasoning to bring us to the conclusion that Congress and the White House are ensconced in the child sex slavery business.

It starts with Congress debating immigration reform. From there:

... the debate over comprehensive immigration reform is prompting undocumented minors to enter the United States illegally.

"When legal status and amnesty is talked about here in Washington, it becomes a magnet and draws people in.

"And for all of the children that are drawn in illegally, you know that some get sucked into sex slavery,"

Because of the talk of amnesty in this town and because we do not have a secured border, then this administration, and this Congress also, is complicit in helping lure people into sex trafficking,

Now Rep. Goober, or Gohmert, how can anyone question your logic? So perhaps you'd like to take a leadership role. Be the first congressman to head over to the proper authorities and turn yourself in and plead guilty to child sex trafficking. You've already confessed publicly. Why not do it officially? Don't you owe it to these child victims? To America?

As a parting comment, Louie, you're worse than just bat shit crazy. You're a self-confessed sex offender if you're to be believed. Throw yourself on the mercy of the court. From your past public statements, you'll have no trouble getting them to give you leniency if you plead insanity.

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Could A Pro Pot, Lesbian, Women's Rights, Progressive Lead Maryland?

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Maryland

Heather Mizeur is everything in the headline of this post. And she's currently running for Governor of Maryland, to replace a popular liberal Democrat, Governor Martin O'Malley who's retiring after two terms to seek a run at the President of the United States office.

Right now there are three Democrats in the Maryland Governor's race. Along with the 41-year old Mizeur is Attorney General, Doug Gansler, and so far, the Democratic party's anointed successor to the throne, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown. There’s no question, though, that Mizeur is running on the most left-wing platform of the bunch.

Here's a taste of what Mizeur, a two-term member of the Maryland House of Delegates, is expounding, according to The Daily Beast:

...criminal justice reform, drug policy reform, tax cuts on poor and middle class, tax hikes on wealth, school construction policy, minimum wage increases, anti-fracking, campaign finance reform, health care, family planning, plugging corporate tax loopholes, universal pre-kindergarten, and marriage equality, to name a few.

Well, to win with those stances, you'd have to come from a state that thinks the same way as she does. And guess what, Maryland is just such a state:

...in recent legislative sessions, the Maryland General Assembly has passed and he has signed into law bills legalizing same-sex marriage, instituting a state-level “Dream Act” offering in-state tuition to certain undocumented immigrants, putting in place strong “common-sense gun safety measures,” and repealing the death penalty. Both the same-sex marriage and Dream Act measures were upheld by surprisingly strong margins in statewide referenda on the 2012 general election ballot.

I'm not saying that Heather Mizeur is going to win, place or show in the primaries. But she sure is a refreshing candidate and if progressives are going to make a move, she's the kind of candidate who might just make that happen. Let's keep an eye on her. Certainly she stands out. Hopefully she can get elected and run Maryland. That's a social experiment I'd love to see.

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"And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border"

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outreach my ass reach out inclusive

Please meet an amazing writer and investigative journalist, David Neiwert, who has just published And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border. I was fortunate enough to make David's acquaintance at Netroots Nation and immediately fell in like. He has put together an amazing case about what's happening at the border, one that needs to be a part of the immigration debate.

The very idea of immigration reform has made right wing extremists more extreme, and big mouths like "Big Melon Calf" Steve King even bigger-mouthed and more crass. The hysteria created in Washington and the frenzied fear-mongering by the likes of Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh, not to mention the tea party mentality of those who frantically thrive on spreading misinformation, are a dangerous mix that will lead to more violence. The following case, and the people behind it, need to be understood. David Neiwert provides that understanding.

I've been provided a brief synopsis:

It began with a frantic 911 call from a woman in a dusty Arizona border town. A gang claiming to be affiliated with the Border Patrol had shot her husband and daughter. It was initially assumed that the murders were products of border drug wars ravaging the Southwest until the leader of one of the more prominent offshoots of the Minutemen movement was arrested for plotting the home invasion as part of a scheme to finance a violent anti-government border militia.

And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing to the Dark Side of the American Border is award-winning journalist David Neiwert's riveting account of the life and death of America's Minutemen--and the terrifying story and psychology of movement leader Shawna Forde. A compulsive and brilliant portrait of cold-blooded killers and true believers, And Hell Followed With Her is at once a horrifying crime story and a frontline report on America's nativist foot soldiers.

Here are some of his most recent pieces in Salon about the border and the immigration debate.

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Video- The Colbert Report: Steve King's Dog Analogy

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VIDEO: Eric Cantor was against the DREAM Act before he was for it, but doesn't know what it is

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Panderers Box 

Think Progress:

In 2010, Cantor and 160 other Republicans voted against the DREAM Act, a measure that “would offer a pathway to citizenship for undocumented young people who attend college or serve in the military.”

Today, on Meet the Press:

See what happens when 70 percent of the Latino vote goes to a Democratic presidential candidate?

Can you say "pandering"? How about "phony"? No? What about "desperate"? Still no? Then try this: "Anything for a few more votes."

Via Think Progress:

CANTOR: I have put out a proposal. I don’t know what the DREAM Act at this point is. What I say is, we’ve got a place, I think, all of us can come together, and that is for the kids.

GREGORY: Can you bring conservatives looking to supporting a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who are here without having to first leave the country?

CANTOR: There is a lot of movement right now in the House and the Senate, both sides of the aisle, with folks having a lot of different ideas. I think –

GREGORY: Yes or no to that question? You could really do it. If you went all in, you could bring along the right in the House, couldn’t you?

CANTOR: I think a good place to start is with children. Here’s the difficulty in this issue, I think. And it is because we’ve got families who are here that have become part of the fabric of our country. And we want to make sure that we’re compassionate and sensitive to their plight. These kids know no other place as home. On the other hand, we are a country of laws. We have a situation of border security that we have to get straight. We have to secure our borders. There is a balance that needs to take place. But the best place to begin, I think, is with the children. Let’s go ahead and get that under our belt. Put a win on the board. And so we can promise a better life for those kids who are here due to no fault of their own.

"I don’t know what the DREAM Act at this point is." Yeah, you do.

"I think, all of us can come together, and that is for the kids." No, that is for the GOP.

"And we want to make sure that we’re compassionate and sensitive to their plight." And by "compassionate and sensitive" he means "holding our noses" and "hypocritical." Did I mention dishonest and pandering? Or pandering? How about pandering? Oh, sorry, I meant pandering. My bad.

"Let’s go ahead and get that under our belt. Put a win on the board." And by "put a win on the board" that is exactly what he meant.

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VIDEO: On Maddow show, Rosie Perez mocks Mitt Romney on immigration and his "joking" about how "it would be helpful to be Latino"

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The video within the Rachel Maddow Show video is brought to you by The Jewish Council for Education and Research and the American Bridge SuperPAC, and can be found at Actually.org. And it is excellent. In fact, so was the entire Maddow segment, both featuring my new Twitter pal Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn ), who is awesome.

As I've said in previous posts, humor can get a message across succinctly and effectively, often more memorably, sometimes even better than more serious efforts.

Let's hope Rosie and company can reach the people who need reaching, and quickly. If anyone can achieve that, she and Rachel can.

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So much for Romney's "softened stance" on immigration

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Here's why there's a fifty point (!) gap between President Obama and Willard Romney among Latino voters:

Romney campaign confirms to NYT they will halt deferred deportations for undoc immigrants when he takes office, if elected

— Julia Preston (@JuliaPrestonNYT) October 3, 2012

Romney campaign: he will honor deportation deferrals granted but halt the program when he takes office, seek “permanent” fix

— Julia Preston (@JuliaPrestonNYT) October 3, 2012

At least Preston didn't call undocumented immigrants "illegals" like Romney did during the GOP primary debates.

Tonight's debate should be... interesting.

Think Progress has details.

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