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Kansas: "Another GOP state going to hell"

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This is why I adore John Dean. Well, one of 1000 reasons. His tweet about Kansas was spot on. Come to think of it, what is the matter with Kansas? Rhetorical. See: Brownback, Gov. Sam.

The New York Times' (and MSNBC's) Josh Barro has the story, a story that begins with the sentence, "Kansas has a problem." No kidding:

In April and May, the state planned to collect $651 million from personal income tax. But instead, it received only $369 million.

In 2012, Kansas lawmakers passed a large and rather unusual income tax cut. It was expected to reduce state tax revenue by more than 10 percent, and Gov. Sam Brownback said it would create “tens of thousands of jobs.”

Wait... don't tell me how this ends. Let me guess. GOP fail? Brownback fail? Republican tax cut obsession fail? All at the expense of hard-working people fail? Or people who wish they could work hard? People that voted against their own interests because they believed that Kansas Klown? All of the above?

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Barro explains how, if he were living in Kansas, his MSNBC income would be tax-free. Lotta good that would do Kansans. Please proceed, Josh:

While no state has gone as far as Kansas, four others — Missouri, Ohio, Oregon and South Carolina — have passed laws in the last decade that give some small-business owners lower tax rates than wage earners.

By creating this preference for some types of income over others, Kansas has run into at least five problems...

And then he enumerates the problems. Please link over to read the whole post, but here's one of my favorite excerpts:

The Kansas Legislative Research Department — the state-level equivalent of the Congressional Budget Office — issued a memo this month saying that “it appears that some of the fiscal notes associated with various income tax law changes enacted in 2012 and 2013 were understated.” Translation: It looks as if we gave out a bigger tax cut than we thought.

To quote Texas Gov. Rick Perry:

oops smaller

 

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#JaneCrow in Georgia - An ATL Call to Take Back Basic Women's Rights

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Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site:

Reverend Al Sharpton was doing the obligatory MSNBC on-location rope line in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday  evening when a woman of a certain age stood tall and stated what was on her mind about Growing Hope in Politics Nation Live from that historic civil rights venue ... "What about the new Jane Crow?"

Whiplash. #JaneCrow. Eureka, some Southern belle nailed it. [Video at footer of the good Reverend.]

Jane Crow. It's SO sadly, infuriatingly, effing accurate.

Minding the gender gap is about far more than poll numbers and swing states, if the Regressives get their way we will be looking at the same rights for women that our great-grandmothers enjoyed. Be it pay equity or being the acknowledged bosses of our own bodies, the GOP is brashly moving the goalposts back with very little impunity.

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Asshattery against women we would rather forget, never mind own as part of our collective Tea Induced history, is a motivating and mounting list of criminal Ick. 

  • God Given Rape or Legitimate Rape or any lunatic GOP Rape 'qualifier'.
  • Binders of Women with Raging Libidos wrangled by Uncle Sugar.
  • Trans-vaginal probes and the legislatures who love them.
  • Purity Balls and  birth control shaming, leading to rape or pregnancy shaming then capped with SNAP shaming.

And it isn't Regressive Ick restricted to the South. A frustrated friend in Kansas tipped me to this letter to the editor in the Topeka Capitol-Journal which sums up the Tea Party offenses against women handily from the heartland.

I can see that the tea party and Republicans have one thing in common — a desire to strip women of their rights as first-class citizens and take them out of the work force. Is this what they want for themselves and their daughters?

Hell Yeah! [But.But.But. … no, they really do want pre-Mad Men Amurrica back.]

Women and their spouses can talk Republican until they are blue in the face, but when it comes time to vote they are responsible for the choices they make in the voting booth.

That is the one place we are totally free, so I beg of women to use it wisely and vote Democrat in November to restore their place in society.

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YES! Don't let the work of the suffragettes and the dames that came up before us get systematically stolen back, fellow liberals. The opposition is sly, slick and has more money than their God. Make that vote count and make your indignant voices heard.

Bring on the Lefteous Indignation. Jane Crow has got to go.

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University of Kansas professor on leave after tweet to NRA

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A professor apparently "disrupted the learning environment" at the University of Kansas with a tweet.

The NRA has disrupted America with its gun lobbying, but they're not "on leave." Wayne LaPierre has disrupted politics with his frequent, public, vile spew, but he's not "on leave." The consequences of their words and actions, all that shilling for the gun industry, have been tragic.

Mass murderers disrupt (read: end) lives but they're still out there, able to slaughter crowds with their semi-automatic weapons. The consequences of their actions have been tragic.

But a journalism professor didn't shoot a gun, he shot off his mouth and swiftly got silenced. He is now on indefinite administrative leave.

The NRA is still out there selling deadly firearms, and very little is being done to deny them their voices.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A University of Kansas journalism professor was placed on indefinite administrative leave Friday for a tweet he wrote about the Navy Yard shootings which said, "blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters."

David W. Guth, an associate professor of journalism, made the comment on Twitter after Monday's shootings in Washington, D.C., in which 13 people died, including the gunman. The tweet didn't attract much attention until Campus Reform.org posted a story Thursday, sparking a social media backlash that's spilled over into some state lawmakers calling for his dismissal.

Now personally, I don't agree with Guth's approach at all, but the point of this post isn't about the content of his tweet, it's about the backlash. Why isn't there an equally swift, equally effective response to those who actually contribute to cutting lives short?

Guth, who on Thursday told The Associated Press in a phone interview that his tweet "got a conversation going — that was exactly what I wanted to do," agreed Friday that the university's action was appropriate in light of email threats he and others at the university had received.

There are now calls for his dismissal, specifically by Kansas Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, a Republican who has received $2,500 in campaign contributions from the NRA since 2004.

And an NRA spokesman self-righteously declared, "This is hate speech. It is disgusting and deplorable. It has no place in our society."

But assault style/military style weapons with high capacity magazines that make it easy to mow down crowds but are unnecessary for hunting or personal protection do have a place in our society. Those aren't disgusting or deplorable at all. In fact, they're hunky dory.

Got it.

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Judge rules bomb threat letter is "free speech" in anti-abortion case

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Call me crazy, but I'm guessing our founders didn't think free speech meant writing a threatening letter to someone warning them that they were being watched and that their car would be bombed should they decide to continue their (legal) abortion training.

Did I say threatening? Pfft! Oh please. Nonono, there's no evidence of such a terrible, unChristian thing. The First Amendment covers all that, and besides, God said He was cool with it. We're good, go away.

Of course, this appalling story centers on the very same location where abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was murdered (in his own church, by the way).

Via CJOnline:

WICHITA — An abortion opponent’s letter to a Wichita doctor saying someone might place an explosive under her car is constitutionally protected speech and not a “true threat” under existing law, a federal judge ruled Thursday. [...]

It was a great victory for the First Amendment,” said her attorney, Don McKinney. “Obviously, we agree with the opinion. I appreciate the court held the U.S. Department of Justice accountable to the law and the evidence.”

Letter-writer Angel (yes, Angel) Dillard included this:

They know where you shop, who your friends are, what you drive, where you live,” the letter said. “You will be checking under your car every day <0x2014> because maybe today is the day someone places an explosive under it.

Who could possibly interpret that as a threat?

But Dillard included her return address, see, a fact that the judge, in all his judgy wisdom, used to support his ruling.

Here's an excerpt from Dillard's deposition:

“I did what the Lord asked me to do. He impressed upon me that I needed to write the letter and I did.”

Well, hey, if the Lord asked you to threaten a life, who are you to say no? So much for that whole "pro-life" premise, huh "Angel"?

Please read the entire story here. And for some background: Kansas women’s clinic follows in Dr. George Tiller’s footsteps.

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Thanks For Clearing That Up, Ted Cruz

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Hmm.  I see.  Senator Ted Cruz this week shed the light on his potential candidacy for President in 2016. He addressed the Obama birthers,while clearing the way for his run for the White House. You see Ted clearly was born in Canada, or so he says. Now if he was not a natural born citizen of the U.S., he wouldn't be eligible to serve as President under Article Two of the U.S. Constitution.

As far as we all know, Canada is not part of the U.S. So is this a problem?

According to Ted this week in a (campaign stop) in Iowa, absolutely not. Laura Bassett reports in HuffPo:

While Cruz would not exactly say whether he is gearing up for the primaries, he cleared up speculation that he is not eligible to run because he was born in Canada. “My mother was born in Wilmington, Delaware," he said. "She’s a U.S. citizen, so I’m a U.S. citizen.”

“I’m not going to engage in a legal debate. The facts are clear. I can tell you where I was born and who my parents were. And then as a legal matter, others can worry about that. I’m not going to engage.”

So according to Ted, his mother was born in the US, making her a citizen. Therefore, no matter where she was when giving birth to Ted, he is considered a natural citizen and thus legally able to serve as president. Okay. I buy that.

Now it seems to me, President Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, likewise, was born in the states if we consider Wichita, Kansas part of America. (B.O. was too, in Hawaii, but just go along with this tea party/birther argument that he was born in Kenya.) So if the president's mother was born in the U.S., then why is his eligibility any different from Cruz's? Aren't these two scenarios that same?

Thank you Senator Cruz for setting the record straight. Birthers? What say ye?

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Trusting Huelskamp

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Though Laffy posted this a few days ago, it's reverberations are still being felt. And with a h/t to her, I feel I must revisit this ignorant and outrageous conduct. Today I feel like fighting fire with fire. Forgive the insensitivity of what follows, but this guy just got my goat.

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Congressman, Congressman, Congressman. I love a witty quip, a snarky remark and even a pointed analogy. Certainly coming from your party, the GOP, you hear it all the time. But for a party who's killed more important Bills than the ovens at Auschwitz; whose forced transvaginal ultrasound probes have raped more women than Charles Ng or the Hillside Stalker, or who's... Oh, hell, I'm not going to waste any more writing about your inept, corrupt party (at least for today). I'm not going to lower myself to your base level.

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Your uncalled for attack on both President Clinton and President Obama assure you induction and a prime spot in the Asshat Hall of Fame. Perhaps nobody's blown more hot air up the collective behinds in Kansas than you since the 2007 Greensburg Tornedo or if you want to go way back, the Udall Tornado of  '55.

President Obama supports the immigration reform bill that passed in the Senate late last month. It's a legislation that includes an amendment that would drastically increase security at the border. In fact, even Republicans like Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who helped write the amendment, admitted that the border security provisions amounts to overkill. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said the bill will ensure that the United States has the "most militarized border since the fall of the Berlin Wall." These to hawks should be enough but not for you.

So, to go along with your ignorance on Gay rights, your voting against women, your personal anti-immigration platform, and your lack of trust of your fellow Republicans, and former Presidents, I can only wish you the best -- of what's promises to be the end of your final elected term in office.

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How Do You Spell Ignorant? H-u-e-l-s-k-a-m-k-p

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Now use it in a sentence.

When it comes to being out of touch with public opinion or constitutional rights, don't Huelskamp or you'll be justifiably ridiculed.

Unfortunately I can't provide a direct link. But click on the picture of Huelskamp below and you'll be taken to video courtesy of John Celock and HuffPo.  Please forgive the commercial up front.  It's worth the wait to listen to this man and judge for yourself why the GOP is out of touch with the world.

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He joins the likes of Michele Bachmann, Ted Cruz, Lindsay Graham, John McCain, Darrell Issa, Speaker Boehner, Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul Mitch McConnell -- hell, the list goes on and on. You'll see what I mean watching the video. When you don't let facts get in the way, you have an ignorant Republican.

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