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Fags, Baby-Killers, Wetbacks and Rubio

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If you're trying to figure out which of those four -- Fags, Baby-killers, Wetbacks or Rubio is most offensive, let me help. The last one.

Why? Because Marco Rubio is anti-LGBT, anti-abortion and anti-immigration. It's worth repeating. Marco Rubio is anti-LGBT, anti-abortion and anti-immigration.

For a man with his lofty political ambitions, to become the president of the United States, he's tossed away any realistic chance to get his party's nomination with his stance. But that's not the biggest concern.

To be competitive in the Republican Party today -- that's combining the Tea Party faction with the conservatives and the moderates (a silent minority) -- you have to race to the right. Way right. Like off the map, right. You have to out conservative the most extreme elements that the GOP can muster. And therein lies the rub.

What we will see is not the party taking a shift toward common sense and human respect. They will go as hard as they can for regression. They really do want to see Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians "put in their place." Women having babies and not asking any questions. And stopping all immigration, legal or otherwise. They want us armed, uneducated and letting Wall Street and Big Banks have their way. They don't want the rich to be taxed and they don't care to uphold human rights. If you're not straight, there's no place for you here. Homosexuality is to them, a jail-able offense.

HuffPo has this headline:

MARCO RUBIO TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT ANTI-GAY GROUPS ANNUAL EVENT

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is scheduled to serve as the keynote speaker at the "conservative dinner event of the year": the Florida Family Policy Council’s 8th Annual Policy Awards Dinner on Nov. 16.

The FFPC, a staunchly conservative nonprofit dedicated to promoting anti-gay and pro-life policies, is run by John Stemberger, an outspoken anti-gay activist who supports banning gays from participating in the Boy Scouts.

That's some company Rubio is keeping. And it gets worse. Marco is actually going back against a bill that has his name on it, the senate immigration bill. The junior senator from Florida is accusing Obama of being a liar on keeping your health care plan if you want. Well Marco's no less a liar when he pushes through a bill, votes for it, then pulls his support once it passes.

He strongly opposes all LGBT rights while he supports a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He doesn't seem to care that the Supreme Court has made rulings which indicate that ain't gonna happen. Just this week Illinois passed a bill to legalize same sex marriage and Hawaii is poised to do so as any day now.

Look at some other issues this Party of No member has recently recently cast support to. He voted to keep the government shut down as well as voting against the Employment non-discrimination act.

So LGBTer's, women, immigrants, Jews, poor, young, old -- if you want or need a champion, this is not your man.

He's setting the bar way to the right and sadly, I fear we're going to see the other GOP candidates tack even further to his starboard side. Watch out America. The racists and haters aren't just coming. They've already arrived.

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Cartoons of the Day- Congress Cuts Food Stamps

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Bill Moyers Calls Out the GOP -- And Good

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Bill Moyers

There's something about the congenial way newsman and journalist Bill Moyers captures the essence of what's going on around him -- soft spoken, folksy and stingingly right on. He's blessed with acute observational skills, an even-keeled disposition and a soothing sanity. As they said about Orson Welles, "he could read you the phone book and make it sound interesting."

Maybe it's his years of experience, his dulcet tones or that his guiding light is his moral compass, but when you want to know how things are in America, there's no greater source or voice of sanity that Moyers. He's not afraid to call out any inconsistency with human nature, no matter what political side your political beliefs. He doesn't really take sides. He observes and he comments. During the government shutdown he made an amazingly astute video.

Veracity Stew:

Moyers not only pointed out the shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act, but also reminded us of the days before this lunacy, when law was law, and lawmakers worked to change laws they didn't agree with, rather than deliberately sabotage the economy, stability, and reputation of the nation in childish protest:

“When the president refused to buckle to their extortion, they threw their tantrum. Like the die-hards of the racist South a century and a half ago, who would destroy the Union before giving up their slaves, so would these people burn the place down, sink the ship of state, and sow economic chaos to get their way. This says it all, they even shuttered the Statue of Liberty.”

If it were my choice, I'd make it mandatory viewing for any incoming or incumbent congress person or senator.

See if you don't agree.

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Cartoons of the Day- The GOP and Food Stamps

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VIDEO: Gun deaths o' the day: A three-year-old girl and a "blind," "deaf" 107-year-old man

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I've mulled doing a regular Gun Death Report, but @KagroX is way better at documenting stupid shootings than I am. However, occasionally, there are killings that scream for attention, as do the two I'm writing up here. One involves a three-year-old child, and the other a 107-year-old blind, deaf man. The disparate ages of the deceased and all-too-common egregiousness were equally appalling.

First, the story about the 107-year-old who died at his home after SWAT officers returned gunfire. An investigation is ongoing.

Via Guns.com:

Pine Bluff [Arkansas] Police Lt., David Price, told KATV-TV that officers responded to Monroe Isadore’s residence after he brandished a weapon at two people inside his house.

Officers escorted the threatened pair from the home, but Isadore had locked himself in a bedroom. As officers approached, shots rang out. Isadore fired through the closed door, but nobody was injured. [...]

...S.W.A.T. officers released gas into his room.

When S.W.A.T. officers made their way into the house, Isadore allegedly shot at them, so they shot back, killing him.

Larry Smith, who was an attendee of New Direction Baptist church with IsadoreSmith told KLRT-TV:

“He couldn’t hear. Somebody should’ve told the [police] he couldn’t hear.”

Monroe Isadore's friends said that he was legally blind and believe he must have been confused. So he was legally blind and couldn't hear. Call me crazy, but I'm thinking he was the one at a disadvantage. Then again, Iowa Debates Permitting Blind People To Carry Guns In Public.

Now on to the fatal shooting of a 3-year-old at Yellowstone National Park, a case that is also under investigation. Via the Los Angeles Times:

The child’s mother told emergency dispatchers that her daughter shot herself with a handgun, park officials said in a statement.

Saturday's shooting occurred at the Grant Village Campground, where an emergency medical team tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the girl, the statement said. [...]

Carrying guns in national parks and federal wildlife areas is permitted as long as federal, state and local laws are obeyed. That policy came about because of the 2009 credit card reform bill, to which Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) offered the gun provision as an amendment. The Senate passed the bill, 90 to 5. The measure also passed the House, and President Obama signed it. The law took effect in February 2010.

But firing a gun and hunting are banned at Yellowstone.

Dear dead child's mom: Who negligently made a loaded gun available to a toddler?

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Which Bush Is Right, Or Is It None Of The Above?

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The three Bushes

If you picked none of the above, you were going with the odds on favorite. But guess what? There is one who was correct. Hint: it's not the guy in front or the one bringing up the rear. It's Jeb.

Here's Jeb Bush's recent statement:

Bush said "If you look at the number of illegal immigrants coming into the country, it is net zero. It’s been that way now for almost two years."

This statement has been verified by the Pew Hispanic Center and found to be true.

The sharp downward trend in net migration from Mexico began about five years ago and has led to the first significant decrease in at least two decades in the unauthorized Mexican population. As of 2011, some 6.1 million unauthorized Mexican immigrants were living in the U.S., down from a peak of nearly 7 million in 2007, according to Pew Hispanic Center estimates based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Okay, let's just buy into this for a moment, because whether or not the issue is the number is up a percent or down a percent, it's staying relatively the same -- net zero. Therefore, to a great sense, this isn't a problem. Not a significant one at that.

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So when 6 weeks ago the senate voted to add $46 Billion for border security, I was confused. What seems to be the problem. Illegal immigration isn't running rampant like it did during the 8 Bush years. It's steadily decreased. We don't seem to have any argument there. So whatever we're doing, seems to be working. Then why $46 Billion above and beyond the current budget?

If we've got $46 Billion to just toss into the pot, how about spending the money where it is needed. And on our own people. Our elderly who are being treated like discards at the very best and pariah's at most often. Here's people who worked their entire lives and we're not giving them the support they need when they can no longer work.

Watch this short clip of  Cheryl Tenicat in her own words: “$624 a month. That’s what I live on. 99 of that goes to my Medicare Part ‘A’ and ‘B’. After I get my check in two weeks, it’s gone. I have nothing. I live on what I eat here (at the senior center). I don’t want my cost of living cut because I’ve paid in since I was 16.”

If everyone of the social security participants got to keep the $64 per month which is the currently proposed cut, that would still be $2 Billion less than the $46 Billion additional money to be tossed into a problem that DOES NOT exist. So we expect our seniors to be paying for additional border security instead of food? That's insane. And that's the Republican plan which Obama is okay with.

So we have $46 Billion available for a problem that doesn't exist, but we have to steal that money and food out of our senior citizens who have nowhere else to go? Sadly, for many now and many more to come in the ensuing years, Social Security may be our only bulwark against starvation. Let's address programs where there is a problem, and let's not waste money when there isn't one. We have enough problems to deal with, and starting with our senior citizens isn't a bad place to begin.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Mystery Grandma Stuns Drum Shop Staff with Killer Skills

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Rocking. Via.

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