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GOP Gov. Susana Martinez "can be nasty, juvenile, vindictive, appears ignorant about basic policy"

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"Somebody told me he's absolutely eloquent in Spanish, but his English? He sounds like a retard."

Yes, New Mexico's GOP Susana Martinez laughs and played along as an aide says that about Ben Lujan (former Speaker of the House and father of NM Congressman Ben Ray Lujan).

ProgressNow reminds us that Governor Martinez has "actively promoted her own advocacy for her developmentally disabled sister in campaign ads, media pieces and slickly-produced profiles of her. 'Retard' as a descriptor of people like her sister has long since been considered inappropriate." How's that GOP outreach workin' for ya, Sue?

Mother Jones posted a whopper of a story about a side of Susana Martinez we haven't seen. And by whopper I mean, ouch! Apparently the private Susana Martinez differs from the public Susana Martinez. And as you may recall, public Susana Martinez has been the darling of many a Republican, not to mention a possible 2016 contender.

That may change:

No wonder, then, that many see Martinez, who turns 55 in July, as the party's future. Fox News host Greta Van Susteren touts her "great resume": America's first Latina governor. Former district attorney of a border county. Guardian of her mentally disabled sister. Tax cutter, gun owner, daughter of a sheriff's deputy. The Koch brothers invited her to speak at one of their secretive donor enclaves. Karl Rove singled her out in Time's list of last year's 100 most influential people as a "reform-minded conservative Republican." The Washington Post put her at the top of a list of likely 2016 vice presidential candidates; Romney has boosted her as a presidential contender.... In the media, Martinez is often compared to Sarah Palin [...]

Internal campaign records and interviews with former aides suggest that she didn't dig too deeply into the details of her own proposals: "Aren't we the ONLY state in the US that provides a NM drivers license to illegal aliens?" she asked in a November 24, 2009, email. (At the time, seven other states had similar policies.) [...]

Listening to recordings of Martinez talking with her aides is like watching an episode of HBO's Veep, with over-the-top backroom banter full of pique, self-regard, and vindictiveness. As Martinez and her campaign staff rewatched a recent televised debate, Martinez referred to Denish, her opponent, as "that little bitch." After Denish noted that the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce had given her an award, McCleskey snapped, "That's why we're not meeting with those fuckers." [...]

A major postelection interview with Latina magazine became a punch line after Martinez asked her interviewer to "remind me" what the DREAM Act was.

As ProgressNow notes, Susana Martinez has no problem with references to Democrats as “Little Bitches” and “Little Retards.” There is more audio at that link.

If this is the real Susana Martinez, if this represents what she really thinks about teachers, women, the mentally disabled, and Hispanic business, she's going to have a lot of explaining to do.

There's a lot more where that came from.

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The Obama/Mandela Tribute Faux Pas Heard 'Round The World

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Mandela's dead. We all know that by now. But the controversies surrounding his tribute are still going strong.

For the Republicans in the US, death for the South African hero wasn't good enough. First they had to publicly denounce the late freedom fighter and politician as a fascist, a communist and a murderer. Despite common courtesy of tempering criticisms of the recently departed out of respect, the GOP amped up their attacks. Even when Tea Party whackadoo Ted Cruz had given a lukewarm acknowledgement of Mandela's passing in a tweet, his own faction of his party turned on him. Evidently even common decency is shunned by the Tea Party and their main mother ship, the GOP.

Okay, Republicans, get over it. For a party that never truly understood Apartheid, Soweto or even that the country has three capitals, you sure get a charge out of criticizing a nation struggling to get a handle on poverty, crime and corruption.

On a day celebrating the life of Mandela, thousands of countrymen, women and children turned out to celebrate his life, not mourn. Millions watched on their TV's. Whether or not you agree with all of his politics, the man had greatness in him. And ultimately the world benefited from his 95 years among us. Leaders past and present, from approximately 100 different countries, turned out to share memories and pay tributes to the late leader. It wasn't a funeral -- but a tribute. And so it's quite amazing the outrage over this event and accusations of wrong doing by President Obama.

First, the "selfie." Obama Selfie

Since when is it wrong, bad or out of place to take a "selfie?" This wasn't a funeral. This was a celebration. The funeral will be in a few more days. Ever been to an Irish wake? Yesterday's event was that kind of uplifting tribute, not the solemnness of  interment. So let's cut the sh** and lose the holier than thou act.

Next, lets move onto the handshake:

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Yes, a common gesture shared by mankind in many parts of the world. Sometimes it seals a deal. Other times it's just a tradition or courtesy. It's meaning is no  more than saying "Gesundheit," "Salud," or "God bless you" after someone sneezes.

That is unless you're looking to make a statement, searching for anything to criticize. Then, the simple, the mundane becomes an atomic cloud of fallout. And so we have the controversial Obama/Castro handshake. Oh, and when I say Castro, I'm not talking about the one that's famous, one that everybody would recognize, Fidel. It's Raul. Think of him as the Doug Pitt, Brad's younger brother of the acting Pitt Brothers-- or Casey Affleck, Ben's little, but talented bro. This is not to diminish the younger siblings or their accomplishments, but they are dwarfed by their older siblings.

When I say Marco, you say Polo -- not Rubio. But the Cuban connection is a good transition. But what's even better is the explanation and consternation of Jon Stewart in last night's Comedy Central. He shows the inanity of the GOP'ers who are outraged and yet guilty of the very same "crime," a handshake: McCain/Kadafi, Reagan/Gorbachev, Nixon/Mao, Jerry Ford/Leonid Brezhnev, G.W. Bush/Uzbekistan dictator Islam Karimov and finally Poppi Bush/Hugo Chavez -- all Republican Presidents with despots and all exchanged handshakes.

So, here's four minutes which could soon be tagged with the moniker, "classic."

Now if the GOP is really that concerned with the hand gestures of political leaders, maybe this recent picture of Republican front runner for President in 2016, Chris Christie should be of more concern. Here's a picture worth more than a thousand words. Here's the New Jersey Governor recently and I don't think he was just reaching for a cupcake with a cherry on top:

Chris Christie cops a feel

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Ann Coulter: A Bigot For All Reasons

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Well, there's something about an equal opportunity offender. They're crazy whenever they speak.

Her latest rage focuses on, what else, Obamacare. In her recent column To Speak To A Nigerian Prince About Your Health Care, Press 1 she attacks the Obama administration for allowing the federal government to hire health care “navigators” without requiring them to pass a criminal background check. These navigators are charged with taking down applicants’ personal information when they apply for health care.

I'm sure every recently released convict is flocking to get a gig on Healthcare.gov. Yeah, I see a huge risk here. Just think of all of the personal identity theft that must be getting planned. And by whom? Why the people with foreign sounding surnames who have been involved in healthcare scams before. She's done her homework. She's singled a few out a few key examples:

Mehran Javidan, owner of Acure, a home health care company in Oak Park, Mich., was paid more than $2.2 million from Medicare based on fraudulent physical therapy files he submitted between December 2008 and November 2010.

Eliza Lozano Lumbreras, San Juanita Gallegos Lozano, Manuel Anthony Puig and Romelia Puig used their operation of the Mission Clinic and La Hacienda Family Clinic to submit false claims to Medicare and Medicaid, stealing approximately half a million dollars from the taxpayers between 2001 and 2006.

Karen Kallen-Zury, Daisy Miller and Christian Coloma were convicted for receiving approximately $40 million from Medicare for patients not eligible for psychiatric treatment because they were not severely mentally ill.

Jose Rojo, Antonio Macli, Jorge Macli and Sandra Huarte in Miami paid patient recruiters to refer ineligible Medicare beneficiaries to their clinic for services that were never provided. They were paid more than $11 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare.

Godwin Umotong, Leslie Omagbemi, Munda Massaquoi, Comfort Gates, Ovsanna Agopian and Boghos Babadjanian were convicted of fraudulently billing Medicare of millions of dollars for office visits and diagnostic tests that were never performed, more than $1.3 million of which Medicare paid.

The problem is, none of those people are working as healthcare navigators. And none of their crimes had anything to do with identity theft. Hmm. Whatcha say to that, Annie?

She paints with a broad brush -- of ignorance. She ignores surnames don't change over the years that people have been legally here. So you may be a fourth generation American Gonzalez or Chan, but  to Sweet Annie, if you've got a foreign sounding last name, you're not one of us. (whoever us is)

Here's a few things that the Xenophobic Miss Coulter has missed while spewing her brand of hate.

Crime rates are lower among immigrants than the native born, according to a study cited by Pew last month.

A.C.  has continually raised alarms about the possibility of reform including a pathway to citizenship, saying it would create a primarily Latino underclass of welfare recipients that deplete government resources. In fact, Latinos use less than their fair share of government benefits according to a study released last year by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, there were about 11.1 million undocumented immigrants in the country as of 2011, not the 20 million that Coulter claims.

Miss Annie says Latinos are lazy. But in fact, the Hispanic community is highly entrepreneurial. Latinos opened twice as many businesses as the national average in the 2000s, according to U.S. Census data cited by Businessweek.

"Undocumented workers are here to collect public assistance and government benefits." Well, if she took the time to look she'd know that The vast majority of undocumented immigrants are not legally eligible for most government assistance.

Then there's Blondie's argument that Hispanics are becoming poorer over time. Really? That's based on what? Here's the facts, Ma'am: Each generation of Latinos tends to do better economically than the generation that preceded it, according a 2011 study by the Migration Policy Institute.

Finally, not really, but this post is getting long with all of the lies Coulter has been spreading-- Latinos are more dependent on government benefits than Whites. Truth: Hispanics use less than their fair share of government benefits, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Latinos make up 16 percent of the population, but receive 12 percent of benefits. Non-Hispanics whites, by contrast, account for 64 percent of the population, but receive 69 percent of entitlement benefits.

I guess this bigot who roared can't handle the truth. Then where would she be? Maybe among the 64 percent of the white population who are receiving government benefits.

I got it-- she could become a healthcare navigator -- that is if she has a clean record.

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Cartoons of the Day- Stop and Frisk?

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STATUE OF LIBERTY????

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Stop and frisk… what so wrong?

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Cartoons of the Day- GOP Torpedos Immigration Reform

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Cartoons of the Day- The House and Immigration Reform

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Cartoons of the Day- The GOP and Border Security

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