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"We Can Kill You Now Or We Can Kill You Later," Rick Perry

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Remember those old Fram auto filter TV ads -- "you can pay me now or you can pay me later?" Well, there's a bit of that philosophy in Gov. Rick Perry's latest goofball thinking.

Today Texas Republican Governor Rick "Oops" Perry is about to make another "Oops." He's going to commit an estimated $12 million a month to send the National Guard to his state's southern border. The question is why? What are they supposed to do? Will they take positions on the borderlines and mow down with their high powered rifles every man, woman and child who approaches the Texas border from Mexico?

The truth is that these immigrants are not sneaking over the border. They're crossing the border and immediately turning themselves in. They're actually seeking out border patrols and surrendering. They're announcing "Here I am. Please take me. Please!"

The unaccompanied kids are the big Republican talking point as they're protected more than the adults who cross into the US without proper documentation. This is thanks to a bill the Republican President, G.W. Bush signed into law in 2008. To be balanced and fair, most Democrats voted for this bill as well.

So should Texas, a state that's refused the Medicare expansion for its own poor yet legal residents, order body bags for the refugee children the National Guard is going to shoot? Of course not, because the Guard is not going to shoot anyone. What they are going to do is become a political charade. They will be armed baby sitters, child wranglers and guardians for the safety and welfare of the poor kids trying to escape death and torture in their own countries. They aren't coming here for holiday. They're flocking to America for safety and for their lives.

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Point a gun at a kid who's made the harrowing, dangerous thousand-plus mile journey to America, threatening them that they'll be shot if they cross our border or be shot and killed after a thousand mile journey returning back home and there's no choice. They'll take the executioner's bullet right here and right now. That sure will make an interesting political election poster for Gov. Perry -- piles of dead kids on his border. Maybe he'll even stand in a big game hunter's pose with one leg up, resting it on a pile of dead children. Don't put anything past Tricky Rick.

The Texas boob governor has no plan other than trying to drum up publicity with this stunt. And for what? He's got zero chance at the GOP presidential nomination. And he's not running for re-election.

The answer, to the surprise of few, is ignorance. The governor's ignorance. He simply lacks a comprehensive and humanitarian plan. And instead of helping out the people of his state by accepting Medicare help for constituents, he's robbing them of tight money the Texans really need for more important matters.

Texas leads the nation in uninsured citizens. Medicare would take millions of uninsured and cover them, allowing hospitals to receive much needed funds to stay open. That $12 million per month could greatly raise the living conditions in the state. Perry is robbing his state's coffers of tight cash they need for so many other pressing issues -- for the unemployed, the uninsured, infrastructure, public safety, education, etc.

So Texas is about to burn $12 million a month while Gov. Nero Perry fiddles. Perry has a dream. It's just a dream. It's to move from soon-to-be ex-governor of Texas to larger pastures -- the White House. Well there's about as much chance of that happening as Michelle Bachmann winning a Nobel Prize in science. But while he wastes his state's money on a political fantasy, the good people of the Lone Star State starve and can't afford medical care which could save lives. Instead, in Rick's fantasy world, he's ordering the armed National Guard to his borders to keep kids out.

What's next for this moron? Bear traps, sarin gas and land mines?

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Bridge-it Loves Christie

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What is it with boys and their toys? They just won't leave them alone sometimes. They have a fascination that they can't give up -- until they break them.

And NJ Governor Chris Christie may just have crossed that bridge too far.

Now comes another bridge scandal. No, really. Another bridge scandal. You just gotta love this guy, Christie. He doubles down when he thinks he can get away with something. He's determined to leave no bridge unturned.

Here's the latest from the Daily Beast:

The New York Times reported Tuesday that the Manhattan district attorney and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating Christie's office for lobbying the Port Authority to divert $1.8 billion away from a canceled rail-tunnel project and towards repairing the Pulaski Skyway bridge. Pulaski is a state bridge, outside of the Port Authority's purview. The Christie administration recast the bridge as an access road to the Lincoln Tunnel (they're not connected) in order to justify using Port Authority funds. The move is under scrutiny for potentially defrauding bond holders. Under the Martin Act, prosecutors could bring felony charges without proving intent to defraud. The SEC could also take civil action.

What's it all mean? Fraud.

Christie, who boasted he could balance the state's budget in his reelection stump speeches, couldn't. So he diverted funds from a public source, the billion dollar rail-tunnel project. Christie cancelled the project which was already underway then took the unspent funds and used them for repairs that were not authorized. He did it by claiming the bridge was an access road.

A bridge became an access road? Okay, that's stretching it, but we'll move on.

He then claimed this "access road" connected to the Lincoln Tunnel. It does NOT  lead or connect in any way, shape or form to the Lincoln Tunnel. That's like saying the Bridge over the River Kwai connected Burma with London.

So, just when you thought it was safe to return to New Jersey, think again. You may be following road signs from Trenton to New York City and end up in Pennsylvania thanks to Gov. Christie and his new road connection designations.

But if you want to speak to him, you better do it quickly. He may be moving his office to the New Jersey State Department of Corrections.

Looks like he's gonna have a bit more 'splainin' to do, Lucy.

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Could A Pro Pot, Lesbian, Women's Rights, Progressive Lead Maryland?

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Heather Mizeur is everything in the headline of this post. And she's currently running for Governor of Maryland, to replace a popular liberal Democrat, Governor Martin O'Malley who's retiring after two terms to seek a run at the President of the United States office.

Right now there are three Democrats in the Maryland Governor's race. Along with the 41-year old Mizeur is Attorney General, Doug Gansler, and so far, the Democratic party's anointed successor to the throne, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown. There’s no question, though, that Mizeur is running on the most left-wing platform of the bunch.

Here's a taste of what Mizeur, a two-term member of the Maryland House of Delegates, is expounding, according to The Daily Beast:

...criminal justice reform, drug policy reform, tax cuts on poor and middle class, tax hikes on wealth, school construction policy, minimum wage increases, anti-fracking, campaign finance reform, health care, family planning, plugging corporate tax loopholes, universal pre-kindergarten, and marriage equality, to name a few.

Well, to win with those stances, you'd have to come from a state that thinks the same way as she does. And guess what, Maryland is just such a state:

...in recent legislative sessions, the Maryland General Assembly has passed and he has signed into law bills legalizing same-sex marriage, instituting a state-level “Dream Act” offering in-state tuition to certain undocumented immigrants, putting in place strong “common-sense gun safety measures,” and repealing the death penalty. Both the same-sex marriage and Dream Act measures were upheld by surprisingly strong margins in statewide referenda on the 2012 general election ballot.

I'm not saying that Heather Mizeur is going to win, place or show in the primaries. But she sure is a refreshing candidate and if progressives are going to make a move, she's the kind of candidate who might just make that happen. Let's keep an eye on her. Certainly she stands out. Hopefully she can get elected and run Maryland. That's a social experiment I'd love to see.

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When's An Apology Not An Apology? When It Comes From Ted Nugent

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Rocker Ted Nugent has reportedly apologized for calling President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel," according to the Ben Ferguson Show and CNN.

During an interview on the Ben Ferguson Show Friday, Nugent apologized for the comments, which he made in January 2014.

In case you missed Nugent's assessment of the President, here it is, verbatim, via The Wire:

I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the acorn community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America.

Here's the Facebook announcement about the apology today. From this you'd think Nugent woke up this morning with a whole new attitude. Think again as you read on:

BREAKING NEWS: TED NUGENT JUST SAID HE IS SORRY TO PRESIDENT OBAMA ON THE SHOW!
In fact, Nugent did not apologize to to the President, but did apologize for using the term, "subhuman mongrel." What the Right wingnut did apologize was for anyone linking that comment to Texas attorney general Greg Abbott -- who is campaigning for governor. Nugent called Abbott his "blood brother."

He just didn't want Abbott to take any blame -- but Nugent still evidently stick by his vile name calling. Again from HUFFPO:

"I do apologize -- not necessarily to the President -- but on behalf of much better men than myself," Nugent said, calling the comments "street fighter terminology."

Just who are those better men he refers to:  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas.). And quite surprisingly, both criticized the rocker for his outrageous statement, but then quickly added their support for the Attorney General and his campaign for Governor. What do you think they told their candidate? Why "Rock on," of course.

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"Why Save Lives? That Costs Money," Maine Gov. LePage

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HuffPo:

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) appears set to oppose a bill increasing access to a lifesaving anti-overdose medication because of concerns rejected by public health experts that it could encourage more drug abuse, according to the bill's chief sponsor.

Fatal heroin overdoses in Maine quadrupled from 2011 to 2012. Naloxone is a drug that can reverse overdoses from heroin and other opioids like morphine. State Rep. Sara Gideon (D) is sponsoring legislation that would place the drug [naloxone], which is sold under the trade name Narcan, in the hands of police, firefighters, at-risk users and their families.

With statistics like those above, why wouldn't any caring public servant not want to provide all possible life-saving options to all first responders? Do they send firemen to fires without water? Do they send cops out on the street without guns? So why this stand by the governor, and why now?

Part of the problem is this man is insane. He's no stranger to controversy. For a quick refresher course on his antics, he's the man who  had some words for Democratic State Senator Troy Jackson, whom he battled over the state's budget.

"Senator Jackson claims to be for the people but he's the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline," LePage told Portland station WMTW.

So now who's shoving something where it doesn't belong without lube? Here's LePage's twisted logic: he believes increasing the availability of Narcan will lead the drug user or drug abuser to have this feeling of invincibility. Therefore, why save their lives? Why should we keep alive someone who's a drug user?

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Ask Janis Joplin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, River Phoenix, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cory Haim, Lenny Bruce, Billie Holiday, Heath Ledger, Jimi Hendrix, Chris Farley, Curt Cobain, Whitney Houston, or tragically so many more. Maybe the cost of carrying the drug on first responders is a concern. But think of the value these drug overdosers' lives would have had for all of us if they had lived. You can't put a price on a life, but this GOP ultra-conservative believes he can. And he's not alone. Maybe they need to look at this:

In 2010, police and firefighters in Quincy, Mass., started carrying Naloxone as part of their standard equipment -- a scenario similar to that envisioned in Gideon's bill. Since then, Naloxone has been credited with reversing 188 overdoses in Quincy alone, and the head of the Boston suburb's police narcotics unit has become a Naloxone evangelist.

People of Maine, you deserve better. Whatever your reasons for putting your life into this wachadoo's hands, he has certainly not earned your trust. Make sure your state representative knows that the cost of saving lives is nothing compared to what a living person can contribute to you and the rest of society.

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Republican Candidate for Illinois Governor 'Not Being Gay' with 'that man'

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From the alternate world of Republican 'wide stance' reality...a cross post from our wonderful friend Anomaly at FreakOutNation.

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Republican candidate for Gov: I was not being gay with that man. We were double-bunking to save money

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, an unmarried 58-year-old and Republican candidate for governor, regularly stayed overnight in hotels and a Chicago apartment with his executive assistant, The Chicago Tribune reported on Wednesday. But he can explain all of that.

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Image: Chicago Tribune

Rutherford told the Tribune that he has shared a room with his executive assistant, Joshua Lanning, scores of times since taking office in 2011, to save money for his campaign fund. And we totally believe him.

Image; Gawker

Image: Gawker

Here  is Rutherfod saving money on the beach and not being gay with Lanning. 

Rutherford said, “We double-bunk in the campaign. We always double-bunk when we can. Totally as a cost-saving measure.”

Being a good fiscal Conservative, Rutherford shared a room with Lanning at at least 50 times between 2011 and mid-2012. During that same time, the two also shared hotel rooms at least a half-dozen times while traveling on state business, including overnights in Chicago, Bloomingdale and Danville, and billed the state, according to records.

Speaking of 2011, Ed Michalowski, claimed in federal court that Rutherford made unwanted sexual advances toward him beginning in 2011.

Rutherford was sued in federal court on Monday by Michalowski, a former top manager in the office who accused the treasurer of repeatedly sexually harassing him and pressuring him to do campaign work at taxpayer expense. The ex-employee is seeking damages, including for medical issues he said were caused by the alleged harassment.

Rutherford tried to explain the expenses and accommodations to the Tribune saying, ”A constitutional officer travels overseas and has a staff member that accompanies them is not something that I think is inappropriate.”

He added, “There’s nothing wrong with being friends with employees. I consider myself friends with many in the office.”

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Move Over Hillary and Jeb -- The Next POTUS Is... 'The Body'

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Well, it was only a matter of time before the real choices for President were revealed. And Larry King, the master of peeling down the political onion and getting to core business just broke the story of 2016, right here in early 2014. The next POTUS is going to be James George Janos... If you want to see the video, click HERE. You won't be sorry you did.

Now take a moment and catch your breath. So instead of "The Gipper," or "W", or even the "Big O," the next president is going to be..."The Body." His real name is James George Janos but you know him better by his professional name, Jesse Ventura. Yes, those of us old enough to remember the days before he was Governor of Minnesota, he was a WWF star who went by the moniker, "The Body." Slam!

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And Jesse, more often than not, the bad guy in these contrived showdowns, did have the body. You don't mess with Jess. He could pile drive and body slam with the best of them. He even experimented with the "helicopter spin" and the "sleeper" hold. His motto in those days says it all:  motto "Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat!"

After a successful WWF career, and an earlier stint in the military as an underwater demolitions expert in Viet Nam, he entered politics. He ran and became Mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Then his aspirations grew.  Good to his word, he ran for and won the Governorship of Minnesota. No easy task for a relative political neophyte. What's even more interesting is that he ran his state successfully and despite pleas to run for reelection, he chose to walk and reenter civilian life.

I don't know about you but he's got the scent of a winner. A no nonsense tough guy. Something we could use in the White House. I don't want a wimp in the Oval Office. I want someone to knock heads together and get sh** done.  I want someone who can don a commando outfit, pack and fire an M16 A2 or the AT-4 Anti-Tank rifle-- and if he has to, go out and win a war all by himself. In a three-way match up with or without a standing ten count, I'd pick Jesse over  the tag team of Hillary and Jeb together any time.

Oh, of course this scenario that King exposes makes the assumption that Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton will be his two main opponents. He just might be right but they'll be cowering in their boots if "the Body" gets on all 50 state ballots. If that happens, watch out. My money has Ventura making good on his prediction he'll mop the political ring with his opponents weak-ass carcasses to become the 45th President Of the United States?

Maybe George and Ira Gershwin, if they were still around, would be revising their refrain of THEY ALL LAUGHED:

They all laughed at Christopher Columbus
When he said the world was round
They all laughed when Edison recorded sound
They all laughed at Wilbur and his brother
When they said that man could fly

But ho, ho, ho! Look At Jesse The Body
He's got the last laugh now!

Hey, you never know. But maybe we could do worse. Just look at the list of GOP hopefuls and tell me you wouldn't welcome a change. I can hear it now, Jesse's first State of the Union speech -- "Sit down, all of ya's! Today the state of the union is -- Kickass! That's right. And lets give a special shout-out to my cabinet: Gorilla Monsoon, Adrian Adonis, Bruno Sammartino, and Hulk Hogan. My Secretary of State Rowdy Roddy Piper isn't here tonight because he's out cracking some Taliban heads."

Now be honest, wouldn't you feel safer with a straight forward guy like Jesse in office, than Rafael 'Ted the Alien' Cruz, Rand 'Sissy boy' Paul, Marco 'the Thirsty Wimp' Rubio or Chris 'The Bridge' Christie calling the shots?

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