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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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HUFFPO:

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.

Photo: nbcchicago.com

Photo: nbcchicago.com

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.

Image: Chicago Tribune

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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Rush Limbaugh As Genuine As A Knock-Off Louis Vuitton Hand Bag

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Oh, leave it to Rush Limbaugh to jump on any bandwagon, just so long as it's heading to Idiotsville. He's got a knack for catching the late wagon pulling out of the station every day. He's such a regular on the next four-wheeler to Nutsville that he's got a seat with his own name on it -- the Big Bozo Barcalounger.

His recent railing against Texas state Senator Wendy Davis is truly amazing. In what sounded like, "Stop the presses, fast breaking news," we got nothing more than nuanced minutiae. Once again, the mouth that roared took to the airwaves like a starving tiger to raw meat only to find out it was a vegetarian patty made of dairy products and he's lactose-intolerant.

"Liar!" "Fake!" "Fraud!"

Oh, Rush had a number of insults and accusations he leveled against Ms. Davis. And to be fair, he was right, if you really want to get technical. She was inaccurate, or perhaps nothing more than a bit careless in details. But in the overall picture, you have to weigh the level of  these transgressions.

Let's break down some of the lies of Ms. Davis. According to an article in HuffPo:

Radio host Rush Limbaugh called Davis "fake" and a "genuine head case," while the campaign of Davis' Republican opponent, Texas state Attorney General Greg Abbott, warned voters not to "indulge her fanciful narrative."

The discrepancies pointed out by The Dallas Morning News in Davis' tale of past hardships were relatively minor. Davis has said she was a divorced single mother at 19, when she was only separated at 19. Her divorce did not become final until she was 21.

What can we say here? Separation or divorce, the marriage ended and the two of them split when she was 19. If it wasn't legally finalized for two years, then lets say she wasn't clear. I think we're dealing with technicalities, not reality. But give that to Rush. His eagle-eyed attention to detail, just like his labeling Sandra Fluke a slut, are utterly amazing. I guess it all comes down to what your definition is of "divorce" or "slut."  Technically on this one, let's give a nod to RL.

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She has told stories about the difficulty of living in a trailer with her daughter, but the article noted they lived in that mobile home for just a few months.

How long do you have to reside in a trailer park mobile home to say you've experienced the difficulties of  living in a trailer park mobile home? An hour? A week? A month? Six? Ask anyone who's lived in one and most likely they'll tell you it's been too long. But once you're there, you're there. Once you lost your virginity, it's gone. You can't get it back. Once you've lived in a trailer park, you've lived in a trailer park. You own it at that point. So this time, Rush, you're just plain wrong.

Davis mentioned in 2012 that her mother had a sixth-grade education; in fact, her mother has a ninth-grade education.

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Well, move over Sheldon and Leonard on BIG BANG THEORY. Wendy's mom is in your league. The bottom line is not the grade level Senator Davis' mother achieved, it's that she never went to High School. Back in that day, in Texas there were no middle schools. You went to K-6 (elementary school) 7-9 (Junior High) and 10-12 (High School). Wendy Davis' mom did not graduate from high school under any degree of this interpretation. And that's the point. She didn't get a high school education. Fact checking here puts another black mark against Limbaugh's rant.

Bottom line, Rush, you may want to attack Wendy Davis. She's a political candidate and character assaults are common place. They come with the territory. But when you as a political commentator get caught lying about a candidate, it should hurt your credibility. And you know what's sad? It hasn't put a dent in yours. And the reason is simple, you don't have any. That went away with your drug addition, your lies, and your previous unjustifiable saber-rattling.

With actions like Mr. Limbaugh's, I'd advise any of the four women he's been married to, to take a trip to the jeweler and have your wedding rings examined. Don't be surprised if you're wearing a Cubic Zirconium and not the real thing. He might have spent that money on more OxyContin. Rush is prone to stretching the truth and weakness when it comes to drugs and politics.

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Brit Hume Admits Gay Bromance With Chris Christie

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Has Brit Hume, Fox News mainstay blown his cover and outed himself -- like in gay outing?

If you watched him in action this past Sunday, he did everything but openly profess his love for the tarnished and perhaps criminal New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. I guess Brit just loves those "bad boy" types. If I was Mrs. Gov. Christie, I'd keep my man on a short leash. If he starts asking you what drawer he can find his leather chaps in, gather the kids and start packing.

Watch this and you'll understand:

To Christie's defense, he hasn't returned the love -- yet. But even in the unrequited state, this public display of affection is causing tongues to wag.

Now if I was God -- there's a scary thought -- and I was going to make little boys and girls, I would start with the basics from the nursery rhyme:

What are little boys made of?
What are little boys made of?
Slugs and snails
And puppy-dogs' tails,
That's what little boys are made of.
What are little girls made of?
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice
And everything nice,
That's what little girls are made of.

But Brit Hume has more on his LGBT leaning agenda. And good for you Brit. It takes all kinds in this world. This newsman's set his "ideal man" agenda to include "masculine and muscular," "old-fashioned and tough" and risk takers to the point of being a bully. His foremost model of this? Chris Christie.

Really? Boil this down, then, Brit. Chris Christie is a today's man because he's muscular? Where? This man is obese, not muscular. He didn't work out to be that large. He let himself go. And masculine? Really? Nerd maybe, but masculine. Being petty, arrogant,and insulting are hardly traits one associates with "a man." You might find those attributes in a stereotypical characterization on a bad gay affectation on Will and Grace.

The truth is that love between any two legal age, consenting people is fine in my book. But I think Christie is already spoken for, Brit. So maybe you should put on your leathers and beat it down to a West Hollywood gay bar and cruise. There's sure to be some bear who meets your criteria for a manly lover.

But please do us all a favor. If you're going to come out to America, please don't revolt us with your pick. Just keep it to yourself. Your bromantic leading man might soon find himself out of a job and perhaps even behind bars. Do you really want to be one of those prison widows left waiting 10-20 for your "man" to come home?

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