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Another Sunday. More outrage to report.


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In what seems like another lifetime ago, our old pal and brilliant colleague Cliff Schecter used to write a Friday “Cliff’s Corner” post at AMERICAblog that always started out with, “Another week. More preposterousness to report.”

As I said in a previous post, I am tempted to take it from there on a weekly basis: Another Sunday. More outrage to report. I can’t and won’t watch all the Sunday talk shows, and sometimes I refuse to watch any of them. However, today I caught some of “This Week” and a few minutes of the"Meet the Press" panel.

Big mistake on my part.

I listened as the commentators praised George W. Bush for (paraphrasing) being a terrible president but a (not paraphrasing) "good man." A good man? Really? To repeat, a "good" man would not have:

  • Ignored clear warnings in a memo about the impending 9/11 terrorist attacks, resulting in the single largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil
  • Tortured people
  • Lied us into a fraudulent war or invaded a country that never attacked us
  • Embraced people like Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, FEMA director Mike Heckuva Job Brownie, Scooter Libby, Alberto Gonzalez, John Yoo, Jay Bybee, to name a few.
  • Joked about WMDs while troops were dying in his illegal war
  • Ignored Katrina victims
  • Lied about the link between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda

I left out a few items from the other post because some of his policies were not due to his being an unethical guy, but because he is a Republican and disagrees with Democratic positions. I can't hold that against him personally; that doesn't necessarily make him a "good" or "bad" man. Torture, on the other hand...

Moving on. I then wasted minutes of my day that I'll never get back watching as most members of the panels lit into President Obama and their criticisms were virtually unchallenged. That despite the inaccuracies and misinformation being thrown around. And their TV audience was, again, being fed propaganda and opinion as if it were fact.

The most positive-- come to think of it, the only positive-- thing that was said about the president was that he killed it last night at the White House Correspondents' Dinner and should think about a career in stand-up comedy.

To recap, Bush is a "good man," President Obama is a good comic.

Nearly every week I post about media bias and how Sunday after Sunday, Republican talk show guests (often conservative) outnumber Democratic ones, and how real Progressives are rarely represented at all. Today the split was more even, but there were still very, very few authentically liberal liberals. Maybe one.

And week after week, propaganda and lies are disseminated, and Americans who rely on these shows receive a limited, and often biased, view of current events.

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What else would we expect from Karl Rove?


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As usual, Karl Rove has no concept of reality, truth, or common decency:

"George W. Bush's flaws are greatly overshadowed by his virtues, starting with his moral clarity."

- Karl Rove, writing in the Wall Street Journal, via Taegan

Hey Turdblossom, if Bush had any moral clarity whatsoever, he wouldn't have hired you, relied on you, or befriended you.

He also wouldn't have:

  • Ignored clear warnings in a memo about the impending 9/11 terrorist attacks, resulting in the single largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil
  • Tortured people
  • Lied us into a fraudulent war or invaded a country that never attacked us
  • Created the worst economy since the Great Depression
  • Cut taxes for the wealthy, showing utter disdain for the 99%
  • Appointed right wing ideologues to the Supreme Court and other federal courts
  • Embraced people like Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, FEMA director Mike Heckuva Job Brownie, Scooter Libby, Alberto Gonzalez, John Yoo, Jay Bybee, to name a few.
  • Joked about WMDs while troops were dying in his illegal war
  • Ignored Katrina victims
  • Lied about the link between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda
  • Authorized warrantless wiretapping

And that's just for starters.


Congress "turns a deaf ear to the people they represent. Why listen to us?" Here's why.


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Another guest post is by our pal and regular TPC contributor, David Garber:

Thank You, Congress

Congress has it right.  They consistently turn a deaf ear to the people they represent.  Why listen to us?
After all, if you would let the public's opinion sway things, consider the many ways life would dramatically change. (oh, and feel free to add to this list of ills we'd be perpetrating on ourselves if given just half a chance.) We can't be trusted because left to our own devices, we would be demanding:
  • No touching Social Security
  • No touching Medicare
  • No oil company bailouts
  • No too large to fail or jail banks
  • No gerrymandering of voting districts
  • No warrant-less reading of our emails
  • No war in Afghanistan
  • No torture
  • No off-shore tax haven accounts
  • No tax write-offs for shipping jobs overseas
  • No tax breaks for yachts
  • No interference in the privacy of our bedrooms
  • No tax breaks for private Jets
  • No tax-less corporations like G.E.
  • No polluted air
  • No more secret and unaccountable defense spending of billions
  • No more free wars
  • No unreasonable filibuster.  Standing filibuster only.
  • No blocking investment in alternative fuels
  • No unnecessary forced ultrasound for pregnant women
And while losing all that, think of what we'd be burdening ourselves with, demanding:
  • Jobs bills
  • A reasonable Minimum Wage
  • Full recognition for same-sex marriage
  • Improved infrastructure
  • Legalized, taxed and regulated marijuana, like liquor
  • A full citizenship path for undocumented workers
  • Strict gun control
  • National fair voter registration laws
  • Tariffs on imported goods when fair trade is violated
  • Clean air
  • Fair and equal pay for Women
  • Abortion rights as upheld by Roe v. Wade
  • Restored relations with Cuba
  • Election funding reform -- limits
  • Accountability with foreign aid distribution
  • Sane banking laws
  • Abolishment of lobbyists
  • Open competition in pharmaceutical markets
Congress please -- protect us from ourselves... 
Thank the good lord we have the likes of John "The Boner" Boehner, Eric "Banter" Cantor, Rand "Ru" Paul, Paul "Ayn Rand" Ryan, Michele "Bonkers" Bachmann and Mitch "TheBitch" McConnell to look out for us.  Oh, and if Harry "Creepy" Reid ever wakes up from his coma, let's thank him too.
For the past 25 years, David Garber has been serving as the show runner and or writer on some of television’s biggest hits… Saved By The Bell, Power Rangers, 227, Bill Cosby Show and many other network series. His writing and producing have also netted David two very prestigious awards:the PRISM AWARD and the TV CRITICS AWARD – TV SPECIAL OF THE YEAR. Currently he’s authoring a short story series called “A Few Minutes With…”

Poll-itics: Congress' disapproval rating is 79%.


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Gee, ya think their low approvals have anything to do with things like the tweet from Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) saying, “Our campaign bumper sticker: If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted”? Or Congress's inability to pass decent gun legislation? Or the Paycheck Fairness Act? Or the constant GOP obstruction? Or Harry Reid's broken promises to reform filibuster? Or the plethora of anti-abortion bills instead of jobs bills? Or taking so much time off instead of doing the people's work?


And that's just for starters.



As Congress debates legislation on gun control, immigration reform, and the federal budget, it continues to get a vote of no confidence from the American people. Fifteen percent of Americans now approve of the way Congress is handling its job, essentially unchanged from 13% in March and 15% in February. Congress' disapproval rating is 79%. [...]

Congress' approval remained low at 15% in April, and is still at the low end of the historical trend. Americans' low approval likely contributes to their overwhelming support for members of Congress to voluntarily return part of their salary as a result of sequestration.


Gov. Bobby Jindal’s 2016 resume goes down in flames, an "ominous sign for national Republicans"


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I love that headline, shamelessly stolen from a TPM post. We've already seen Bobby Jindal’s approvals take a dive in Louisiana; nearly half give him a failing grade due to voter dissatisfaction with state fiscal and education policies, according to this poll.

He's in meltdown mode because of his now-pulled his tax plan, the one that would have replaced the income and corporate tax with a new sales tax. As TPM notes, he made the tax proposal a centerpiece of his second term agenda.

More from TPM, including a reminder that Paul Ryan's/the House GOP budget is a losing proposition:

Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA), considered a leading presidential contender in 2016, is suffering a political meltdown in his home state... In an ominous sign for national Republicans, the immediate cause is a sweeping economic agenda with strong parallels to the House GOP’s latest budget. [...]

His retreat was a concession to the reality that the [tax] proposal was headed towards a humiliating defeat — and taking Jindal down with it along the way... [His] plans generated complaints from economists that they would require regressive tax increases on the poor and middle class to secure lower taxes for the wealthy.

He's going down in flames because of "his political style, his travel out of state, his budget cuts, additional talk of more budget cuts, and of course the tax plan," per pollster Bernie Pinsonat.

It doesn’t help that Jindal refuses to take federal money from the Affordable Care Act to expand the state’s Medicaid system.

How's that austerity thing workin'  for ya, GOP? And of course, their spiffy little Republican Renovation isn't exactly a rousing success, either.

keep up the good work


Poll-itics: Bobby Jindal's approvals take a dive in La.; nearly half give him a failing grade


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Bobby Jindal needs a time out.

Via the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

Gov. Bobby Jindal's approval rating dropped from 51 percent in October to just under 38 percent in March due to voter dissatisfaction with state fiscal and education policies, according to a poll released Tuesday.

"Educational policies." They must be talking about all those cuts to higher education and, well, these educational policies:

Crazy Crawfish:

[U]nder Jindal’s guidance, Louisiana is encouraging voucher schools to open up and teach that slavery was just a choice, and not an entirely bad one.

Of course his spokescomedian said, "We care more about the unemployment numbers than approval numbers..." Now that's funny.

Speaking of which, 63% were opposed to his tax swap plan which would get rid of some income and corporate taxes in favor of higher state sales taxes.

Close to that number didn't think much of his budget cuts to education and health care, nor were they fans of his voucher school fixation.

Maybe Bobby needs to go back to school, because his state report card is abysmal:

grade D

When asked what letter grade they would give Jindal, nearly half gave the governor a D or F, with 29 percent giving him an A or B.

grade F

For someone who ordered other Republicans not to be stupid...

Here's the result I got when I clicked on a poll at the same site that asked, "A new poll released Tuesday shows 49 percent of Louisianans would give Gov. Bobby Jindal a D or F grade. What grade would you give him?"

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Oh but wait. It gets so much better:

The poll, conducted by Southern Media & Opinion Research with funding from conservative businessman Lane Grigsby, showed President Barack Obama is currently more popular than Jindal in the state, eking ahead of the governor five points.


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VIDEO: Oopsie! Fox-CT's TV coverage of Woman's Day at the Capitol shows mostly women's breasts


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Women's History Month and Connecticut's Women's Day at the Capitol were reported on with a heaping spoonful of disrespect on Fox-CT, a Fox affiliate.

An apology was issued, but only after the 13 or so seconds of cleavage shots were called out. And to make matters worse, according to HuffPost, the footage was used twice. That was no mistake.

fox tweet apologize for airing breast footage

As for all the achievements that should have been lauded, the timing couldn't have been worse. At about :18, one of the questionable visuals coordinated perfectly with the words "women's accomplishments."

Leave it to Fox.

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