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VIDEO: "They should start tying a bell around these [GOP fringe] guys so we can tell when they're coming."

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Rachel Maddow did a great job highlighting the fringiest of the conservative fringe. Here are excerpts of her segment wrap-up, but please watch the entire video. She nailed it, as usual, especially the bell-the-cat suggestion:

"They can mingle in"? What exactly is the argument here? Latinos crossing the border won't be able to tell if there's an Arab secretly trying to cross the border with them because they all look alike and they might accidentally help bring an Arab over here, mingled in?

Is that the argument? Seriously?

Louie Gohmert, Steve King, Donald Trump, that guy running in New Jersey, Art Robinson, okay. This guy's chair of the ... Armed Services Committee in the House, thanks to the Republican party!

They should start tying a bell around these guys or something so we can tell when they're coming.

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Arizona, meet North Carolina, your wannabe "Papers Please" law twin.

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Think Progress is reporting that North Carolina is competing with Arizona's asshatitude status when it comes to anti-immigrant laws, racial profiling, labeling, shaming, disrespect, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio-style despicability:

North Carolina is set to vote on a piece of anti-immigration legislation on par with Arizona and Alabama’s racially-tinged laws that drew national attention and ire from immigration advocates. The Reasonable Enactment of Comprehensive Legislation Addressing Immigration Matters (RECLAIM) in North Carolina Act, or HB 786 would expand the scope of law enforcement officials with “reasonable suspicion” to authorize immigration status checks on anyone who has been lawfully stopped. [...]

The measure also allows for law enforcement officials to have the ability to “securely transport an alien… to a federal facility” potentially without ever having seen a lawyer.

Here is what North Carolina conservative policy makers have previously been up to. Hint: They’re up to no good.

For people who claim to revere constitutional rights and freedoms, they sure have a funny way of showing it. Latino voters will surely warm to the Republican party now. How could they not?

I wonder how many Canadians and Swedes will be pulled over and questioned.

Please read TP for more details, but some of negative impact includes "severely undermining public safety benefits" because immigrants are likely to duck and cover, avoiding driver’s licenses that conspicuously feature the words “no lawful status.” Then there's that little problem of tourism dropping (that sound they'll hear is an economic thud) due to concerns about being asked about legal status.

I am becoming more and more concerned about the direction this country is taking, the intensity of conservative disdain, intolerance, and bigotry, and the perpetual obstruction that cuts any attempt at compromise or reasonable, constructive lawmaking off at the knees.

And those are just a few of my worries. I've resisted writing about this because I am not an alarmist and try not to indulge in overly negative feelings and writings that would bum everyone out, especially in my current state of mind.

But with all the gerrymandering and redistricting to assure Republican wins and single party rule in state legislatures, and the ease with which those on the right pass laws that are so unhealthy, so restrictive, and so hateful, it's not easy to feel optimistic about our chances of overcoming their perpetual obsessions, greed, backward attitudes, and power grabs.

We are all real, living, breathing, struggling, caring participants in this country. We the people. Immigrants are people, my friend. Corporations-- and sometimes it seems like Republicans-- are not.

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MUST-SEE VIDEO: Student protests commencement speaker Sen. Kelly "no interest in true social justice" Ayotte

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I've always adored children, teens, and twentysomethings. This video exemplifies exactly why I loved teaching so much, why I admire Erin Faith Page more than I can put into words, and why I do not admire the "honored keynote speaker" Sen. Kelly Ayotte in the least, nor the way she personifies the hypocrisy of that Very Serious Outreach Effort (scroll) by the GOP:

Below is a link to the petition we have made... sign it, share it, and stand with me for equality on every level. Contact me if you would like more information or would like to get involved in any way!

https://www.change.org/petitions/kell...

"Bringing someone who is racist, homophobic, transphobic, misogynistic, or openly discriminatory goes against everything that we are taught here at NEC."

"I will not keep quiet on such an important and personal issue."

"There are times when I didn't want to wake up."

"I hated school. Not because I was dumb, but because I had never been surrounded by a community that believed in me."

"May 18th will be the second most important day in my life... I get to look into the crowd knowing that in this moment, I am stronger than I ever thought possible."

"I am confident because I finally believe in myself."

"Because of my experiences at New England College, I was in absolute shock when the news of Senator Kelly Ayotte being our keynote speaker and recipient of an honorary degree was released. I cannot believe that they would choose someone who was the exact opposite of what I believe our school exemplifies."

"Why would we align our name with someone who has no interest in true social justice? Senator Kelly Ayotte is an avid anti-gay marriage, anti-same-sex adoption, and anti-choice senator... She has worked hard to create a state where myself and others are not seen through the same lens, and are not worthy of equal treatment under our laws."

"...I've learned how to tell people like her... that they are wrong."

"This protest is not about Republicans or Democrats. This is about standing up for human rights."

"I want every person on this planet to know that they are worth something. I want the suicides of our LGBT youth to end. I want sexism to be a story of the past, and I want us all to be equal under our law."

Via Miscellany: Blue:

Erin Faith Page, a 24-year-old self-identified lesbian, will be the student commencement speaker next week at New England College. She made this video to protest the selection of Sen. Kelly Ayotte to give the keynote address at the graduation ceremony.

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The world Republicans live in: "Greed and selfishness and push for laws that benefit them"

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Andy Marquis is our guest blogger of the day. He used to consider himself a Republican but not any more.  He changed his voter registration to Independent in 2011 and says that’s how it will remain.

Here’s his latest guest post:

The World They Live In

A young girl was raped by the star players of a high school football team someplace, somewhere. Nobody tried to stop it. A child, wondering whether he or she is attracted people of the same gender, has been bullied and harassed by others in his local middle school. Nobody tried to stop it and the child has killed himself. An honors student is not able to pursue her dream because she was brought here, illegally, by her parents when she was just a child herself. A mother and father are burying their child because a madman that had access to war weapons has gunned them down while they were sitting in their elementary school classroom. That’s the world we live in.

Republicans don’t live in that world. Their world is black and white, right and wrong. You’re either a friend or an enemy. There is no middle ground. They do not see the world in color. The girl who was raped isn’t responsible for her actions because she should’ve known that boys will be boys and she shouldn’t have taken that shot of vodka. The child who is bullied should be grateful to those who tear him down because it somehow makes him stronger. The honors student should be sent to Mexico to be gunned down by a drug kingpin because she should bear the burden of her parents’ decisions. Those children gunned down are merely collateral damage in a war in the streets of America. That’s the world Republicans live in.

When it comes to guns, they see an armed society, not as a fearful society or a society that will be embolden to confront others with violence, but as a polite society that will magically do the right thing. They see everyone who owns a gun legally and think they will be the one to stop the rape of a girl in an alley in Downtown Baltimore somewhere – not as someone who will sit back and do nothing. Those parents who bury their child shouldn’t mourn their loss and expect government to do anything to stop it from happening. They should think about the gun that was used to murder their child in cold blood and think about how it might save someone else’s life someplace somewhere. That’s the world they live in. And if you do not live in their world, you are the enemy of freedom.

The couple that has been together for 27 years and wants to get married shouldn’t be allowed to because it goes against someone else’s moral beliefs. If a criminal is in illegal possession of a firearm, we shouldn’t take that firearm away because the Second Amendment should be absolute. We shouldn’t limit the access to weapons of war to the public because it might eat in to the profits of an American industry. We shouldn’t do anything to promote cleaner, sustainable energy resources because BP cannot profit from it right now. That’s the world they live in.

If a man rapes a woman against her will, well, imagine what she could have done if she had access to a loaded firearm. Weapons of war should be available to the general public because they will have to shoot an army of seven intruders in their home one day or because they will need to take up arms against Barack Obama. That’s the world they live in.

Republicans live in a world where Americans do the right thing. They don’t see the rape culture that exists, or the gun culture. And they sure as hell don’t give a damn about the child who was brought here when she was a child. They believe that gay marriage will lead to the destruction of a society that is already beyond saving while ignoring the social destruction that comes from divorce and addictions to drugs, alcohol and pornography.

Our society is cruel and heartless. We don’t live in a society where others will split up the fight or stop the bullying. We live in a society where a girl being beaten up in the suburban streets of America is met, not with those who intervene, but instead those who pull out their smartphones to record the video for entertainment. The poor boy that is starving is greeted with those who tell him he should fend for himself and display their practice of their religious beliefs by eating at Chick-fil-A instead of donating to a food bank somewhere.

There are good people in America. I do believe in the compassion of those. But it’s become a minority since the start of the Bush Recession. Our society has become fearful, selfish and paranoid ever since Wall Street manufactured a recession.

No longer do “compassionate Conservatives” act out of compassion for others. Instead, they act out of greed and selfishness and push for laws that benefit them by saying other people will be generous. No longer do we invest in our infrastructure or our schools because it’s more important to Republicans that we cut taxes for Donald Trump instead. They see the world in simplistic black-and-white when the world is truly complicated and colorful.

I can only envision what would’ve come if this mentality had controlled the national conversation when I was a child. When two maniacs armed with war weapons were gunning down women and children at gas stations and high school parking lots in Washington, DC, what would they say? Would they have told me that we needed more guns in the streets? Would they have gone on television and stood up for John Allen Mohammed and Lee Boyd Malvo’s “Second Amendment” rights?

We need to quit blaming rape victims for the trauma that’s been forced on them by another human being. We need to feed our poor. We need to tell those who boost their egos by preying on the vulnerable that it is not okay. We need to tell our children that guns do kill people and that life is not a videogame. We need to give the college student who was brought here when she was just a child herself a break and a chance to pursue happiness. We need to protect our children (and yes, this includes putting armed police officers in schools – among other things). We need to care for the weak, the vulnerable and the poor – not blame them for the problems in our society.

Conservatives don’t believe in that America though. They think the woman who was raped in a dark alley should be forced to have her rapist’s child – only for her and her child to be cast out in to the cold. Education should be something that only those born in to privilege should achieve. The poor child who is starving should be left to die. That’s the world they live in.

The world we really live in really does prey on the vulnerable. The banks caused the recession, not poor minorities. Barack Obama was born in America. Sandy Hook really did happen. Bullying does cut people down, not make them stronger. Rape does happen and it does cause pregnancy. Guns don’t kill people but they sure make it a lot easier for people to kill people. That’s the world we live in.

Republicans don’t care that they are disconnected. They don’t give a damn. Their “principles” are more important to them. And their principles are simple: The government should leave me alone and do so by treading on the minorities and on the gays and the college students and anyone else who, realistically, don’t subscribe to their beliefs. As for the Constitution – they don’t give a damn about that either. Listening to the NRA push for a mental health database, the same type of database they oppose when it comes to guns, and listening to them push against the background checks that would enforce that database shows that Republicans truly only care about the Second Amendment.

A world where we scapegoat minorities, Muslims, gays and poor people and stand up only for the rights of gun owners and billionaires – that’s the world they live in. And it’s the world they will push for as they continue to rig elections and disenfranchise voters.

As they do so, our infrastructure will continue to fail. Our poor will become poorer. Our dependency on unsustainable fossil fuels will increase while other nations prosper with sustainable energy solutions. The poor will continue to starve while the rich become richer. Those college students won’t contribute to our country and we will rely on the spoiled sons of privilege who care only about themselves. And all this is because a segment of America sees only black and white.

The survivalists and the greedy, people like the NRA and the big bankers – they’re the bad guys. And we cannot sit back and do nothing and let them win.

Andy Marquis: www.race22.com; Twitter: @amarquis32 ; Facebook.com/amarquis

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PhotOH! The GOP to-do list

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Above is the Republican to-do list (provided by someone with a photo editing program and an understanding of today's political climate). Sure brings out the ol' holiday spirit, doesn't it? Do you feel the warmth yet?

Are you inspired when you think of a vanishing middle class, no help for those at and below the poverty level, the sick and elderly losing what's left of their health, welfare, and dignity? And how about those civil rights? Hey, are you from another country? Then you're icky! (Unless you'll do our dirty work for nearly nothing) Need an education? Just ask the folks to fork over all that cash they don't have! Wanna vote? Too bad! Not a white male? Go sit over there... way over there.

Are you feeling the love yet? The family values? How about that "pro-life" compassion for those who are already, you know, living? Hmm?

Here's the Democratic to-do list. Compare and contrast:

  1. Win the presidential election. ✔
  2. Retain Senate majority. ✔
  3. Add seats to House of Representatives. ✔
  4. And this stuff. ✔

H/t: @GOTTDAMNNWRiTE

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Chart: Ruh-roh! Red state socialism alert!

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There it is, in black and white, red and blue. Takers and makers, moochers and givers, socialists and ...

Wait. Just. A minute.

Oh my GOD! Look at that chart! What's become of this country of ours?!  The Red State Socialists are winning! The Takers are Taking! Taking OVER, that is! Hide the kids! Everybody panic!

Or.

Or, just get a grip and realize that the government is there to represent us (aka elections), protect us, keep us safe, help us, and even provide opportunity. It's about time those on takers the right accept reality, take a hard look at facts, breathe deeply, and reset.

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"The America the Republicans want is not the one we have. They lost through willful blindness."

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Sandy Banks has an excellent column in today's L.A. Times about the bubble in which the Republican party resides. Memo to GOP: It's 2012, there is such a thing as voter diversity, extremists views are frowned upon (understatement), equal rights and voting rights exist, misogyny is not an option, white people are no more American than other people nor are they in any way superior, and young people are smarter and more informed than you think.

In short, ignorance and bigotry are not acceptable:

...GOP pundits: Romney might have won, they say, if he had eased up on illegal immigration and found a running mate who could attract Latinos or draw votes in swing states.

But this is not a matter of fine-tuning the message or rustling up a candidate with brown skin or serviceable Spanish.

The problem is a platform that staked out the far-right fringe on so many issues that it turned off immigrants, women, minorities, single mothers, young people, gays and lesbians.

The images of winners and losers on election night said it all: the Norman Rockwell tableau in Romney's sullen Boston ballroom versus the kaleidoscopic diversity of Obama's Chicago victory montage.

The America the Republicans want is not the one we have. [...]

Voters carried those slights and insults to the voting booth, tired of being treated with contempt by a party that doesn't seem to understand their realities. [...]

... Republicans weren't beaten only by arithmetic this time. They lost through willful blindness.

Reality has a way of sneaking up on the delusional.

By the way, speaking of voting rights, here's Reynolds v. Sims (1964):

Undeniably, the Constitution of the United States protects the right of all qualified citizens to vote, in state as well as in federal, elections. A consistent line of decisions by this Court in cases involving attempts to deny or restrict the right of suffrage has made this indelibly clear. It has been repeatedly recognized that all qualified voters have a constitutionally protected right to voteEx parte Yarbrough, 110 U. S. 651, and to have their votes countedUnited States v. Mosley, 238 U. S. 383. In Mosley, the Court stated that it is "as equally unquestionable that the right to have one's vote counted is as open to protection . . . as the right to put a ballot in a box." 238 U.S. at 386.

Not only does the Republican party need revamping, so does our voting system. Both are a disgrace.

Please read the entire article by Sandy Banks here.

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