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This Video Has GOP Shaking In Their Boots

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The issue is the minimum wage. If you watch nothing else today, or even tomorrow, you'll want to see this. The Republican Party has a huge reason to be scared. Very scared. The reason is demonstrated in this video. People of all walks of life, of all races and genders are fed up, mad as hell, and not going to take it (the GOP lies) anymore. THE RAW STORY:

A Florida GOP congressman faced pushback from his constituents over raising the minimum wage, with one man directly challenging him to work at a local fast food restaurant for a day, Think Progress reported.

“Lay your tie and your suit down, just for a day, 24 hours, and take a walk in my shoes,” Shaneeka Rainer told Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) in video taken from a town hall meeting in Tampa. “The people that I work with, we’re keeping the economy floating and going in the cycle. But the people that hire, they’re just paying money, just throwing money. But I’m actually working every day. So why wouldn't you support it?”

Watch Congressman Ross try to fake rage and school an Arby's worker. What he gets in return is a schooling himself, and the GOP is scared sh*tless you'll see this.

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Minnesota Republican Seeks Office So His Daughter Won’t Have To Learn Evolution

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Minnesota Republican Seeks Office So His Daughter Won’t Have To Learn Evolution (via Liberaland)

Aaron Miller is seeking to replace Democratic Rep. Tim Walz. That way, he can single-handedly stop science from being taught to his kid. Miller first mentioned his daughter’s evolution lesson at the Blue Earth County convention in March, according…


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Expert on cultural production of ignorance "watches Fox News all the time"

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One of my favorite columnists, Michael Hiltzik (scroll), along with most sane people (read: not right wing extremists), does not think ignorance is bliss. In fact, he points out how the commercialization of ignorance has not only dumbed down America, it has endangered it. Hiltzik describes how industries thrive on disseminating public misinformation while they profit off of selling harmful concepts and products, exploit a willing media, all at the expense of increasingly oblivious consumers.

He cites the work of Robert Proctor, a professor of the history of science at Stanford and "one of the world's leading experts in agnotology, a neologism signifying the study of the cultural production of ignorance."

Hiltzik's piece in the Los Angeles Times is one that should be read in its entirety, but the highlights alone will make your hair stand on end. Alcoholic beverages and/or sedatives strongly recommended prior to reading:

Robert Proctor doesn't think ignorance is bliss. He thinks that what you don't know can hurt you. And that there's more ignorance around than there used to be, and that its purveyors have gotten much better at filling our heads with nonsense. [...]

The tobacco industry was a pioneer at this. Its goal was to erode public acceptance of the scientifically proven links between smoking and disease: In the words of an internal 1969 memo legal opponents extracted from Brown & Williamson's files, "Doubt is our product." Big Tobacco's method should not be to debunk the evidence, the memo's author wrote, but to establish a "controversy."

Yes, infuriatingly, they peddle doubt and go out of their way to create controversy in order to implant big question marks in the minds of an unsuspecting, undereducated public. By inducing the media to "present both sides" when, in fact, there may not be two legitimate sides (science, anyone?), they divert focus and evade facts. For example, we've seen how they "sow doubts about the safety of childhood immunizations" (coughBachmann!cough) and deny climate change. And don't get me started on the lies about the Affordable Care Act:

When this sort of manipulation of information is done for profit, or to confound the development of beneficial public policy, it becomes a threat to health and to democratic society. [...]

And all those fabricated Obamacare horror stories wholesaled by Republican and conservative opponents of the Affordable Care Act and their aiders and abetters in the right-wing press? Their purpose is to sow doubt about the entire project of healthcare reform; if the aim were to identify specific shortcomings of the act, they'd have to accompany every story with a proposal about how to fix it.

My head couldn't stop nodding in agreement when I caught this part:

"Nonsense is nonsense, but the history of nonsense is scholarship." As part of his scholarship, Proctor says he "watches Fox News all the time."... Citing the results of a 2012 Gallup poll, Proctor asks, "If half the country thinks the Earth is 6,000 years old, how can you really develop an effective environmental policy? This sort of traditional or inertial ignorance bars us from being able to act responsibly on large social issues."

He goes on to explain how Big Tobacco exploited the tea party's obsession with what they love to call "freedom" and "choice," which of course plays into their anti-government meme, a position that consequently benefits the cigarette industry. Hiltzik emphasizes the importance of educating Americans in order to renew their trust in science. Competent journalism wouldn't hurt in that regard, now would it? He ends with this quote:

The effort needs to begin at a young age, [Proctor] says. "You really need to be teaching third-, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-graders that some people lie. And why do they lie? Because some people are greedy."

in greed we trust

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Women have abortion rights, so why can't men rape them? asked now apologetic GOP lawmaker.

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Laffy Note: Apparently David Garber and I both decided to post about this pathetic excuse for a human being, and for good reason. It happens. Two writers, two different takes on the same topic.

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Republican Maine State Rep. Lawrence Lockman says he's sorry for appalling statements he made in the '80s and '90s about women's and gay rights, rape, abortion, AIDS, sodomy, and progressives.

It is now 2014. Do the math, State Rep. Reprehensible (R- Busted), because your "mea culpa" is a tad overdue.

Via  the Morning Sentinel:

In a 1995 letter in the Sun Journal in Lewiston, a reader quoted a press statement by Lockman, then part of the Pro Life Education Association, saying, “If a woman has (the right to an abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases) result in anyone’s death.”

This Moment of WTF brought to you by "rape doesn't result in anyone's death" and "rapist's pursuit of sexual freedom," among other things. By the way, does this genius understand that men get raped, too?

So now he's apologizing, just as some Republicans are currently walking back, tempering, or avoiding their own controversial positions on similar issues with an eye toward future elections.

But that's not why Lockman hung his head, shuffled his feet, and mumbled his regrets about something he put out there years ago. Nope, he issued his apology because Progressive blogger Mike Tipping revived them in a very public way in a recent post. Call it a Tipping Point. Local Democrats demanded the State Rep's resignation.

So basically, he was sorry that his earlier vile remarks were rediscovered and spotlighted.

Lockman attributed his bigoted, ignorant, misogynistic idiocy to being "passionate about his beliefs" and declared that he holds " no animosity toward anyone by virtue of their gender or sexual orientation." Sure. Anything you say, Lawrence. I'm passionate, too, about exposing you, an elected official, who has displayed a jaw-dropping lack of judgment, sensitivity, awareness, and basic knowledge on the taxpayer's dime.

Mike Tipping has much more, including:

“In the overwhelming majority of cases, people are dying because of their addiction to sodomy,” Lockman wrote in a 1987 letter to the editor to the Lewiston Daily Sunarguing against funding for AIDS education. “They are dying because progressive, enlightened, tolerant people in politics and in medicine have assured the public that the practice of sodomy is a legitimate alternative lifestyle, rather than a perverted, depraved crime against humanity.”

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Gay Dads Get Hateful Birthday RSVP For Their Daughter

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Laffy Note: This turned out to be a hoax by some DJs. Here's the scoop via Joe My God.

So you're two proud gay dads and can't wait to throw your daughter the best birthday party imaginable. You send out invitations and you expect, out of respect for your daughter, you'll get mostly positive responses. That's not really too much to expect.
Let me repeat, two GAY dads.

So above is the RSVP response they got from the mother of an invitee via HuffPo:

Tommy will NOT attend. I do not believe in what you do and will not subject my innocent son to your "lifestyle." I'm sorry Sophia has to grow up this way. If you have an issue or need to speak to me: [number erased]

Ignorance does really start at home, but it's not started by the young. It's started by the old. It's the parents, not the innocent kids. Now there's so much wrong with that short response, but really, is this 2014 or the dark ages? What does Tommy's mother think is going to happen to her son if he attends? Is he going to be molested? Is he going to be sold into slavery? Is he going to be "indoctrinated?"

Obviously this mom thinks any or all of those will happen. What's her giveaway -- She highlights "lifestyle" as if it's a choice for these two men. They evidently missed out on getting into Marcus Bachmann's (Rep. Michele's husband) program of conversion therapy.

How awful to be brought up in a heterosexual household by ignorant adults rather than being the child of two same-sex, loving people who want to teach their child that there's more to life than news, weather, sports -- oh, and bigotry.

I wonder if the rack where they hang their house and car keys has the reminder, "Hate, don't leave home without it."

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Jobs: "There's a reason the U.S. eats China's dust."

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Jobs, income inequality, minimum wage, and the economy in general are expected to be major topics that will likely be covered extensively by the media and in campaign ads in 2014.

Speaking of which, are any of you fans of Jeff Danziger's political cartoons? I love his stuff, both artistically and politically. Why, here's one on income inequality now!

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Which leads us to his op-ed in today's Los Angeles Times on "where the jobs are." Please read the whole thing, because he has a lot to say and managed to say it in a relatively short piece.

Danziger simplified the issue so that even a Republican could understand it. He offered some real-life examples of how the "global economy" has affected all of us, including stories of people he knows personally or has simply encountered in his daily travels. And some of those people were woefully ignorant.

Here's an excerpt from the post, but again, this one deserves a read, so please follow the linky:

Over the last 20 years, countries around the world have ditched their communist governments, or at least turned their backs on strict communist economic principles. At the same time, India and other Asian nations have rapidly moved into global trade. This has meant billions more workers around the world competing with American workers to make stuff and offer services. At the same time, shipping has become more efficient and economical, and international communication has become cheap, instantaneous and simple. And since the international workers are willing to accept extremely low wages, they have the advantage. Around the world, subsistence farmers have transformed themselves into subsistence factory workers.

And during this entire period, what did the United States government do to meet this challenge? Nothing.

Happy New Year, Big Corporate Biz! Underpaid workers, among others, thank you, as do dying American industries.

As Danziger notes, "Perhaps unemployment is how we learn economics." That's us, alright, always learning the hard way.

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Video- Fox's Bernie Goldberg On Duck Dynasty: Conservatives 'Reflexively Defend Ignorance'

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Couldn't say it better myself.

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