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Hagel & Miller Pissing Contest Results In Bergdahl Firestorm

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Seems like the Republicans, sharks that they are, can't wait to taste the meat behind the Bergdahl blood in the waters. They realize that healthcare is a bust for them. The IRS scandal flamed out. Benghazi and the special hearings have taken a seat further back since the Eric Cantor massacre.  What's left?

The freshest meat in the Obama butcher shop -- the POW for Gitmo Prisoner Exchange. There's really nothing else for them to run on. And with Cantor being bounced from office, there's no new business that's going to transpire until, sadly, January of 2015 when the 215th Congress is called to order.

To distract the public's attention away from the anti-incumbent wave started by Majority Leader Cantor's demise, the GOP are push-push-pushing hard to get Bergdahl home so they can grill him. This is the GOP's last best chance to shake out voters and get them into the polling places in the November general election. A solid embarrassment for Obama and the administration could keep Democrats home and bring the fringe Republicans to the polls with their "white people's" ID's, ready to bring home a GOP Senate AND House.

So to goose things along before America's notorious short attention span -- just a few weeks ago it was the Benghazi special committee which was usurped by Hillary Clinton's head injuries "lingering effects." From there in America's short attention span theater, interest moved to the VA/Shinseki scandal, then came the Isla Vista Shooting and now it has turned to Eric Cantor. The Republicans in Congress are trying to right their tattered ship with the hull was punctured by the David Brat iceberg in Virginia's 7th District. The GOP urgently needs to grill our "no soldier left behind.", embarrass him, paint him a traitor and maybe they can limp into port with some sort of victory.

But that isn't easy to do when Bergdahl's not here in the US to interrogate. That's not stopping the GOP. Yesterday they called Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to the Hill to answer questions about the recovering ex-POW. Things got hot and testy. Florida's Rep. Jeff Miller (R) went on the attack, basically accusing the Defense Department of hiding the swapped soldier. His health be damned. Don't listen to the U.S. doctor's treating him in Landstuhl, Germany. Bring him to us NOW!!! -- preferably in shackles. (I added that last part).

Here, courtesy of NBC News is that short, but fiery exchange. When these two men, Hagel and Miller are rubbed together, there's more than smoke on the Hill. There's a huge conflagration.

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Georgia's Anti-Gay GOP Peach of a Candidate

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Boy, has the state of Georgia's Republican Party hit an all time low with their senatorial candidate, U.S. Representative Phil Gingrey! He's evidently the conservatives' conservative. There's no level too low for him not to try stooping to. He better hope Georgians are homophobic and idiots if he thinks he's got a scintilla of hope as he fights in the primary. Maybe it's that desperation that allowed him to put out this campaign ad:

So just what is this Youth Pride organization that Gingrey is so opposed to? From Youth Pride's website:

For 18 consecutive years YouthPride has remained committed to the LGBTQQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning] youth it serves. Nothing has stopped YouthPride providing critical services to LGBTQQ youth and their families at no charge. YouthPride has prevented 28 suicides in 2013.

So this organization is saving lives, counselling and helping young people deal and cope with the hands they were dealt in life. This isn't a recruitment organization as this conservative moron would have the people of Georgia believe. Rather they are a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, uniting, and dignifying the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth and young adults. Neither coming out nor living in the closet can be easy. But if voters allow a candidate's disparaging of a life-saving organization to impact their vote, they deserve the horrors and repression they'll get if they elect Congressman Gingrey to the senate.

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Golden Showers Rain Down In Oregon GOP Party Race

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When you gotta go, you gotta go -- pee, that is.

All candidates running for office, even the super wealthy ones, look for campaign contributions. That's just a given. But usually what they want from you is money. Not so with one candidate, Art Robinson. He wants you to send him your pee. Yes, your urine. I guess he wants to piss you off.

Art Robinson is the head of Oregon’s Republican Party. Pretty big job. He's also a congressional candidate (he's run twice, lost twice). But he's taking time from his third try going to Washington to solicit people’s urine for a scientific experiment. And not just Oregonian liquid waste. He wants volunteers from anywhere in the U.S. He's not particular where his contributions come from nor how large these are. I wonder if this is all part of the Citizens United ruling prohibiting limits on campaign contributions. 

Here's a look at how Rachel Maddow sees the situation:

In case you think this unorthodox candidate is a certifiable nut case, consider this: he's got followers. He's the Republicans choice in Oregon to seek a seat in the House. And how can you question this man's credentials? He's at the forefront of science. Among his discoveries is the secret information that AIDS was actually a government conspiracy. And one of his theorems is that radiation is a good thing. So good he's proposed it be put into water and sprinkled over the entire population.

And who said the GOP is anti-education? Anti-science. Global warming deniers?

So, take up Art Robinson on his quest to get you to do your share for man or womankind. Next time you have to relieve yourself, don't waste it. If it's brown, flush it down. But if it's yellow, send it to Art Robinson, currently in Oregon but ready to travel to Washington D.C., through your contributions.

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Obamacare Puts Egg On Florida Gov. Rick Scott's Face

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So what happens when you go campaigning in seemingly comfortable waters and things don't go as planned? Let's ask Florida Gov. Rick Scott. He went to a senior center in his state to warn about cuts he said that Obamacare is forcing in a popular version of the Medicare health program. His anticipation was to gain an attentive ear and even to collect senior's horror stories to add to his arsenal.

What he found instead was a satisfied group with few complaints. As a matter of fact, the seniors, by and large, had compliments to say about Obamacare. They even went out of their way to say they liked it.

The Sun Sentinel:

“I’m completely satisfied,” Harvey Eisen, 92, a West Boca resident, told Scott.

Eisen told the governor he wasn’t sure “if, as you say,” there are Obamacare-inspired cuts to Medicare. But even if there are, that would be OK. “I can’t expect that me as a senior citizen are going to get preferential treatment when other programs are also being cut.”

Ruthlyn Rubin, 66, of Boca Raton, told the governor that people who are too young for Medicare need the health coverage they get from Obamacare. If young people don’t have insurance, she said, everyone else ends up paying for their care when they get sick or injured and end up in the hospital.

So all that was left to do was enter spin mode when called out by the press on what happened. One bad story out of 20? If numbers matter, that's half a percent. More than that were offended by his tie.

Maybe running against Obamacare isn't the right plan for Republicans. Does it make you wonder if Scott's going to be blanketing the state, moving from retirement center to assisted living facility running on this issue.? After all, they don't call Florida 'God's waiting room' for nothing. They lead the nation in retirees. And seniors are happy with Obamacare overall. Keep it up, Gov. Rick. Soon Florida will be calling their chief executive, Governor Charlie Crist once again.

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Issa Sings Flip Flop Solo In Bonus-Minor

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Ever defiant, but also ever evolving, Rep. Darrell Issa can add flip-flopper to his resume of skills -- maybe next to arson and car theft.

The chairman of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has never seen the wrong side of an issue where he couldn't find some Democrat or plot to blame and waste our government money investigating. When you think about it, what does he really know about costs and spending anyway? He's one of the three richest members of Congress -- and there's a lot of scratch in that group. His money is important to him. Government money isn't.

Okay, maybe he didn't get rich without being a good businessman. He must have some special business acumen -- after all, he knew exactly when it was time to strike some "Jewish Lightning" to raze his businesses, Quantum Enterprises and Steal Stopper, literally.  

Wikepedia:

Issa appeared to prepare for that fire by increasing the fire insurance policy by 462% three weeks previously, and by removing computer equipment holding accounting and customer information, preventing authorities from seizing it. But what a lucky guy to have removed all the plans and private documents a day before the fire struck from the very building that would burn down.

So if Issa's got that knack of timing, bless him. But where was that timing over the past five years? It's only this past week that he's done a complete turn around on criminals, criminal activity and corporate bonuses. Oh, and whose bonuses is he calling into question? Why none other than the IRS. How about that?

Thanks to the fine people over at Huffington Post, we have this little video to see Issa flipping around like a freshly landed tuna on the deck of a fishing boat. It's actually fun to watch. Hope you will.

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Sen. Begich Debuts Outline For Democrats To Retain Senate

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It's not all that complicated for Democrats to hold the Senate. It really isn't. And from the largest state in the union, Alaska, comes the way to do it.

Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) released a new statewide radio ad Monday in which he hits his Republican opponents for their records on abortion, contraceptive coverage, equal pay and the minimum wage.

President Obama asked the most salient question of Republicans regarding Obamacare and they still haven't answered -- Why is the GOP so determined to keep millions of Americans off of affordable health care?

Begich points out Democrats have to ask their opponents why they feel women are second class citizens, incapable of taking care of themselves. Why are they letting old white men tell them what they can and cannot do with their bodies? Why shouldn't women get the same pay for the same job as a man? Why not raise the minimum wage? The last vote on minimum wage was 2007. Isn't it time we bump it up to a livable wage? And though this is not an gender issue per se:

Center For American Progress Action Fund:

In 2011 more than 62 percent of minimum-wage workers were women compared to just 38 percent of male minimum-wage workers. Slightly more than 2.5 million women earn the minimum wage or less, while approximately 1.5 million men do. This imbalance is even more drastic once you consider that women were just 46.9 percent of all employed workers in 2011.

If Democrats run on these issues, as well as immigration reform, they're going to hold the Senate. The House Dems need to take on and point out the same forceful issues, plus tabbing the $26 Billion cost of the Republican-led government shutdown and million more on 50+ votes against Obamacare to their campaigns. The refusal to vote on the unemployment extension will also take its toll on the Republicans. They're not looking as rosy red as they might try to make us believe. They are truly vulnerable despite gerrymandering and voter repression.  Reclaiming the House altogether isn't totally outside of reality, though it's going to take huge get-out-the-vote organization.

This isn't rocket science.  It's common sense.

WaPo:

Republicans have watched with rising alarm as female voters, especially younger and unmarried ones, have moved toward ­Democratic hopefuls. Democrats have exploited inarticulate or sexist remarks by some Republicans and harsh antiabortion measures passed in GOP-led legislatures or sponsored by party candidates.

So let's keep reminding the populace of the Republican "Hos and Bitches" way of addressing women and their issues. The lawless Republican Party of Cliven Bundy supporters is making noise. But with common sense and our votes, we can defeat them.

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Granite-Thick Skulls In Granite State of New Hampshire

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New Hampshire is known as the Granite State. We all know granite. It's one of the hardest rocks in existence and it's the high end of kitchen counter tops. Granite has a new purpose now--it's used to describe the thick head of Sstate Rep. Will Infantine (R) from New Hampshire. He took to the floor of the state house yesterday to explain away why women don't DESERVE as much money as men for doing the same jobs. He was pushing for defeat of a fair pay act in the New England state. Oh, and he's quite eloquent. Just listen.

His exact words, reported in HUFFPO:

“Men by and large make more because of some of the things they do. Their jobs are, by and large, more riskier ” (sic)

“Men work five or six hours longer a week than women do. When it comes to women and men who own businesses … women make half of what men do because of flexibility of work, men are more motivated by money than women are.”

To be that big a moron and say these ridiculous statements in fighting against a fair pay bill should single this man out for Ass-wipe of the year consideration. But you know something, he's not alone -- not by a long-shot in that thinking. The New Hampshire House voted yesterday 187-134 on Wednesday to give preliminary approval to the Paycheck Equity Act, the bill seeking to eliminate wage discrimination on the basis of sex. But it should have been 321-0.

133 other members of that state lawmaking body agreed with Representative Dufus Infantine. Women are second class citizens and don't deserve to be treated equally. Think this is amazing?

It's sickening. And it's not going away. Republicans nationwide are trying to keep fair pay out of the hands of women. And this has got to be stopped. Period. Triple exclamation point!!!

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