Archive for GOP schmucks

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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outreach my ass reach out inclusive

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MI GOP official won't resign over Facebook post about "filthy homosexuals" who "account for half the murders in large cities"

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fb page dave agema GOP winger 4He's MARRIED and MALE and don't you forget it!

The Detroit Free Press is reporting on what Republican national committeeman Dave Agema's posted on Facebook during the Supreme Court oral arguments on marriage equality.

LANSING -- A prominent Michigan Republican was not backing down or apologizing Thursday as he faced calls for his resignation over an antigay posting on his Facebook page. [...]

The post depicts gay people as sexually promiscuous, rife with sexually transmitted diseases and responsible for "half the murders in large cities." It cites 30-year-old studies for some of its statistics and sources such as the Congressional Record and special-interest groups for others.

The article he posted is titled "Everyone Should Know These Statistics on Homosexuals." You can link over and see the despicable content for yourself.

Here's how it appears on his Facebook page:

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See? "Dave likes" that article!

After criticism poured in, he responded with this:

"It's not hate. It's facts derived from several studies. The trouble is many don't like facts."

"Many don't like facts" but "Dave likes" that article!

The next day he said that it was worth sharing, plus this:

"Some publications and even a few liberal Republicans have chosen to take the words of someone else and cast them as my own... I will not back down... I will dig in and fight even harder to defend our conservative values from these attacks by liberals in the media, and even in our own party."

Of course he also insisted that he doesn't hate or discriminate against anyone.

Of course not. Why would anyone ever suggest such a thing? But Dave sure "likes" that article!

Just to be clear about what kind of extremist nutball this guy is, here are a couple of other items he has posted on his Facebook page:

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fb page dave agema GOP wingerYip! That's what he do!

How’s that reachy-outy thing workin’ for ya, GOP?

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What a difference a union can make!

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Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, so these must be worth millions (keep scrolling to see who wants to destroy unions and why):

labor unions brought usunions gave usunions make more money infographic via moveon

We are also cross-posting this new graphic with permission:

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This is the union difference for our members working in the food service industry. Reblog if you agree food workers deserve a good wage AND paid sick days!

Of course Republicans are doing their level best to crush unions, because organized labor is a major source of support and donations to Democrats, although no match for big corporations:

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For example, Michigan Dictator, er, Gov. Snyder is no fan of unions, nor is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. But at least, after “Right to Work”, Snyder’s popularity plummeted. By the way, Michigan’s “Right to Work” law contains verbatim language from an ALEC model bill.

And don't get me started on how they're trying to do away with the USPS. Psst! “It’s called the U.S. Postal Service because it is a service, not a corporation.”

Did I mention Sen. Rand Paul submitted a national “right to work” (for less) bill? Or how emails linked the Jeb Bush foundation, corporations, ALEC, and education officials? Guess who benefits? Corporate funders.

And then there's this post about Reince Priebus who thinks the Republican platform is just dandy, it's the way they talk about it that needs fixing. He'd love to see unions go away.

Oh, and “Right to work” is a lie.

And finally, courtesy of Daily Kos’s TheNewDeal00Follow, Thank a Union: 36 Ways Unions Have Improved Your Life:

36 Reasons Why You Should Thank a Union

Weekends
All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
Paid Vacation
FMLA
Sick Leave
Social Security
Minimum Wage
Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
8-Hour Work Day
Overtime Pay
Child Labor Laws
Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
40 Hour Work Week
Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
Unemployment Insurance
Pensions
Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
Employer Health Care Insurance
Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
Wrongful Termination Laws
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
Whistleblower Protection Laws
Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
Sexual Harassment Laws
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Holiday Pay
Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
Privacy Rights
Pregnancy and Parental Leave
Military Leave
The Right to Strike
Public Education for Children
Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

I could go on about union busting, but I'm trying to keep my lunch down. I knew you'd understand.

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Va. Senate districts redrawn. Dem. Senator: "It's an underhanded sneak attack." Gov. McDonnell condemns the move.

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Oh those wacky, zany Republicans and their laughable self-righteous, "we're the moral ones" 'tude... as they sneak around and redraw legislative districts while their fellow senators are at events like, you know, presidential inaugurations.

Via TPM, we see that even GOP Gov. Bob"Ultrasound" McDonnell "condemned his own party’s political gamesmanship," although he hasn't said yet if he would veto this plan:

Republicans took advantage of the absence of a Democratic state senator (and civil rights leader) to push their surprise legislative redistricting through what is usually an evenly divided state Senate. State Sen. Henry Marsh’s (D) trip to the inauguration of President Obama briefly made the Senate makeup 20-19 in favor of the GOP, letting Republicans launch their surprise attack.

Per Roanoke.com, the changes, which wouldn't kick in until the 2015 Senate elections, also create a new black majority district in Southside Virginia:

The move blindsided Senate Democrats and reopened partisan wounds inflicted last year, when Republicans used Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's tie-breaking vote to seize working control of the evenly divided chamber.

Democrat John Edwards of Roanoke said, "It's an underhanded sneak attack."

Republicans rely on dirty tricks more and more because they have no other way to win elections or legislative votes. If only their ideas had merit, if only they weren't so consumed with power grabs, maybe something could actually be accomplished. And maybe they could even earn a little trust.

Maybe.

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VIDEO: Still into Chris Christie, Dems? Not so fast.

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chris christie enough about me

In my previous post Dems, what are you thinking? Chris Christie? Really??, I asked why Democrats are so blinded by one or two decent moves (motivated by, among other things, ambition) by a nasty conservative, egocentric blowhard that they'd start referring to themselves as "fans" of his.

In another post, one that I strongly suggest you read, Think for yourself. Ask questions. Do your homework, I Link and Link to his disdainful attitude and his not-Democratic political views. This should not be necessary, but apparently, it is.

Let's not, as a party, contribute to very-Republican Christie's future success, okay, Dems? Can we at least stop fawning over someone who cares very little about us and very much about himself and his very-Republican career?

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Melissa Harris-Perry takes it from here, and for that she has my eternal gratitude:

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To Mr. 73% Approval/62% Dem Approval, from Melissa Harris-Perry:

"Let's hope you do a better job presiding over your state's storm recovery than you've done presiding over New Jersey's economic recovery... 47th in the nation in 2011. And right now the unemployment rate is 9.6%, surpassing the national rate by almost 2%."

"And so much for your reputation for telling the hard truth or telling the truth at all."

"You even went so far as to veto not once, not twice, but three times a tax increase on millionaires."

"Thanks to you, the women of New Jersey now have six fewer family planning clinics."

"That's fewer breast cancer exams, fewer cancer screenings, fewer lives that could be saved with preventive care. So yes, by all means, enjoy your moment, you've earned it! But thanks to your policy record, you've also earned what's coming to you in 2016, and I have a feeling America's voters are gonna give you exactly what you deserve."

Here's more on Chris Christie's political theater:

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Dems, what are you thinking? Chris Christie? Really??

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Someone with a functioning brain please explain what Democrats could possibly be thinking. Via Taegan:

A new Public Policy Polling survey shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Chrisitie (R) is now actually more popular with Democrats nationally than he is with Republicans.

I'm sorry, but ...

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I refer you to my post of a few days ago, which I strongly suggest you read, Think for yourself. Ask questions. Do your homework. Here's an excerpt:

Suddenly, because of one moment of justified outrage by this conservative, egocentric blowhard, I’m hearing how Democrats who couldn’t stand the guy are now saying they’re “fans.” That’s the word I’ve heard today, “fans.” And as I wrote in that very post, Chris Christie is indeed charismatic, even entertaining, and of course, blunt. But let’s not forget that he’s still rude, nasty, and this guy: Link. Link.

That Link. Link part? You may want to check those out. Here's a sample or three from of one of them:

Christie's Political Views

Health Care: Chris Christie is a strong opponent of the health care reform bill...

Education: Christie has been a strong critic of government spending on schools and strong favors the use of school vouchers. ["Dems believe in teacher's unions; we believe in teachers." (Aug 2012)]

Social Issues: On abortion, Christie has described his position as "pro-life, I believe in exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. That's my position, take it or leave it." Christie supports civil unions for same-sex couples, but is opposed to gay marriage.

Yay Chris! Right Dems?

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GOP Senate aide: "Opposing Susan Rice is a way to score points, even though it's a sideshow."

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Doyle McManus has an op-ed in today's L.A. Times about Susan Rice being targeted by Republicans until she felt she was becoming a distraction and withdrew her name from consideration to be the next Secretary of State. She didn't want time and energy to be spent on a bitter confirmation battle at the expense of other priorities on the president's agenda, like immigration reform.

He goes on in some detail about John McCain's role, the Benghazi excuse, and more, but this is the part that caught my eye:

A Republican Senate aide spelled out the situation for me more clearly, on condition he not be identified. "Voting for higher taxes is a tough vote," he said. "Opposing Susan Rice is a way to score points, even though it's a sideshow."

And there you have it. A moment of truth and repugnance all rolled into one big,  shameless, politicizing, obstructionist Ball of GOP.

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