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Overnight: If My Uterus Were a Gun

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Many thanks to Lauren Mayer (here's her website!) for this great 'overnight'. Lauren is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.

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Mary Barra-ly Telling The Truth About GM Related Deaths

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Sometimes people just aren't the right people to ask when something goes wrong. But in the case of GM and the multiple deaths attributed to a faulty ignition switch design, you'd think the government had found the right person to quiz.

There was an apparent `cover-up and to get to the bottom of this, General Motors tabbed the CEO of the company to come in and answer official inquiries by both the House and Senate committees into what happened, how it happened, when the company knew about it and what steps did they take to correct the situation?

Simple enough questions. And Mary Barra, the GM CEO, should be ideally suited to answer these questions. That is, if GM had nothing to hide. Sadly, they do and she did. She showed up to the Senate hearings and played the typical ignorance game -- she defended her lack of knowledge in this deadly issue by playing dumb. Truth is, she's anything but. She claimed that she is new to her job and she needs time to look for the answers. Currently she just doesn't know enough to comment on her company's potential criminality nor their alleged cover-up.

That wasn't good enough for committee chairperson, Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-Missouri). She got right to the point to tear apart Barra's 'neophyte status' defense. Checking out Barra's resume, which McCaskill does so deftly, you can see why her "I wasn't aware of a problem" defense" was shred into itty-bitty pieces.

It's time for GM to stop lying to buy time and confess to their liability. Thirteen families have been devastated by their actions. We Americans have put a lot of money into big corporations to save them. Maybe they should start coming clean with us on their actions.

If the American public is going to subsidize you, (hear that big oil), you better come honest and prepared to our elected officials when summoned or face the consequences next time you look for us to give you any help.

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Koch Brothers Caught Again In a Lie -- What's Else Is New?

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The Koch brothers put millions of dollars into the anti-Obamacare campaign, and here's what they came up with for all those bucks.

It sure does sound convincing -- heart tugging. Gut wrenching. Here's poor Julie Boonstra painstakingly confessing that she was diagnosed with leukemia five years ago. Then, after Obamacare her health insurance plan was canceled. "Now, the out-of-pocket costs are so high, it's unaffordable," she says in this commercial. It sounds like this lady's gonna die.

What's a poor afflicted woman supposed to do? Damn that Obamacare.

Well, before we do anymore damning, let's examine this a little more closely. I'm sure the Koch brothers won't mind. Thanks to some fact checking at HuffPo:

Before her plan was canceled, Boonstra was paying a $1,100 monthly premium. That's $13,200 a year, without adding out-of-pocket expenses like co-pays and prescription drugs. But under her new plan, the Blue Cross Premier Gold, Boonstra's premiums are down to $571 a month, and out-of-pocket costs are capped at $5,100. That's a maximum annual expense of $11,952 a year.

She's actually saving $1,248 a year with Obamacare. Now why would Ms. Boonstra mislead us like that? It couldn't be political, could it?

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Boonstra told The Detroit News she had never been politically active before joining the anti-Obamacare campaign. The newspaper reported her ex-husband, Mark Boonstra, had served as chair of the Washtenaw County GOP, and was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder (R) to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 2012.

Gotta take her at her word -- for as far as I could throw her. She twisted the situation with her illness, using it to drum up sympathy while lying through her teeth. And then she continues to lie saying she has never been politically active while her husband has been the beneficiary of GOP political appointments. Talk about splitting hairs.

Thanks Koch brothers for another enlightening episode of "My GOP addiction to Koch." As Rev. Al would say, "Nice try, but we gotcha!"

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What's Next, GOP? Food Stamps Can Be Used For Space Flights?

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Remember Herman "999" Cain? He not only ran for President in the primaries leading up to the 2012 elections as a Republican, he was at one time their leading candidate. Then even the Republicans questioned if they'd trust this guy enough to buy a pizza from him.

Now in the Republican party, we all know that you can fall quickly -- take 2004 GOP nominee, John McCain. He's been having his problems of late, according to yesterday's story in Politico:

Sen. John McCain is the least popular senator in the country of those surveyed by Public Policy Polling, with low marks from members of his own party, independents and Democrats.

Ah, John. So universally disliked. I guess that's why the Republicans turned to a food expert to deliver the latest lie about food stamps and how they can be used. Those rascally Republicans, they just removed the "Mc" from McCain and got good ol' Cain. Herman Cain. Food entrepreneur and prevaricator extraordinaire.

Jon Stewart calls him out on it quite eloquently.

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Good News Deflects The GOP's 'Chicken Little' Theory On Obamacare

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One thing about government statistics, they generally lag well behind actual events so while something is happening, good or bad, we don't get to say "Hey, wow, that's fantastic," or "Jeez, how'd we ever let this happen?"

Fortunately there's some of the good news to talk about with the latest government statistics for January, 2014. It's something pretty fantastic that will probably be music to your ears if you care about the economy and your personal wallet, but a screechy, cacophony of irritating sounds to conservatives and Obamacare doomsayers. From HuffPo:

President Obama's 2010 health law was responsible for about three-quarters of a surprising January rise in U.S. consumer spending and American income growth, according to calculations by the Wall Street Journal.

Is this enough to send us into the streets dancing? Hardly. But it's a strong rebuttal to:

Glenn Beck once said Obamacare would mean "the end of prosperity in America forever." But so far, it turns out President Obama's 2010 health law is actually putting money in Americans' wallets.

Money in our wallets. Ours, not Wall Street's, big oil or big banks. And here's the most amazing part of it --

The growth came in spite of the expiration of unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed and all that horrible winter weather.

Now I'm sure the GOP operatives and mouthpieces won't be heralding this positive news at all, let along anytime soon. And with the horrible situation in the Ukraine raging on, it's understandable that it might get overlooked. The Republicans are too busy blaming those "Russian/Ukraine tensions" of the invasion on Obama. And some, like Lindsey Graham, are being more specific as to Obama's responsibility in this international showdown. He's mentioned Benghazi, the IRS scandal and certainly he and his other nutcases have made their allusions that this was instigated somehow with the birth of Obamacare. If you look deep enough, there's even Tea Party rumors that trace the Ukraine/Russia showdown to Obama being foreign born -- and to some extent, his being half black. As Bill Maher would say, "Go ahead and moan. You know it's true."

While we all wish for peace in Europe and a return to sanity for Vladimir Putin, it's nice to have a little bit of good news. And hopefully the Democrats will seize this statistic and run on it during the 2014 elections. Obama might be right when he says that Democrats need to embrace the ACA, not run away from it. This economic news is just the ammo to load into their guns.

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When It Walks Like A Duck And Quacks Like A Duck...

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"Just foolin' with ya."

That's what  Representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) is trying to tell us about his being MIA. Seems the congressman has been so out of sight that even his staff didn't know where he was. He wasn't in Washington nor in his native state of Texas. Actually, the "radio silence" combined with his Claude Rains, Invisible Man act, is is quite an oddity considering in the middle of a "heated" election campaign.

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) has barely been seen in the past month, despite all the legwork that needs to be done in his uphill bid to defeat Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). He's missed 17 straight votes since Jan. 9, and he's largely been a nonentity on the campaign trail. But on Monday, Stockman finally decided to make his existence known again, insisting he has been traveling abroad on official duties as well as spending time campaigning in Texas.

So, Stockman's story now that he's returned is that he's been traveling overseas. His timing of this seems a bit peculiar. Actually the last time a top public figure of his stature went missing is when then Governor Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) went MIA. He too was traveling out of the country, though officially he was out hiking. Truth is he was visiting his South American mistress for whom he's since dumped his wife. But America can be a forgiving place. At least South Carolina is. They elected the disgraced, resigned former governor as a member of their U.S. congressional caucus of representatives.

Now I'm not saying Stockman has a mistress, but how interesting he chose to say he was overseas and his own staff had no idea. You'd think they would know. This makes you pause, doesn't it? I suppose if he was out of the country and it kept him from 17 votes in the House, it must have been some kind of official business. Here's Stockman's story, via HuffPo:

In comments to Breitbart News, Stockman said he traveled to Russia, Egypt, Israel and England as part of an official 10-day congressional delegation trip.

"There was 5 of us on the trip. They were laughing at the whole Steve is missing thing," Stockman told Breitbart via text message [supposedly] from London. He also claimed that reporters knew about the official trip and simply "pretended" he was missing.

Oh, those crazy reporters, pretending and giving us all a startle like that. Shame on them.

None of the other members of the trip, however, missed the House votes. Stockman said he was missing for those because he was campaigning.

Campaigning? In London? He's running for the Texas senate seat, not a House of Commons wig.

The four other Congresspeople have not yet come forward to confirm  if he was on the trip or not. Doesn't that make you a bit suspicious? He says he was with them but so far silence from his four supposed travel companions?  

WAPO:

The AP reported on Stockman being MIA last week, writing, "Stockman's staff won't say where he is. They have ignored more than six weeks of emails, telephone messages and social media posts from The Associated Press and other news outlets."

So, missing votes. Missing campaign stops. A staff not knowing where their boss is. Unanswered emails and telephone messages. Silent travel companions. Does this sound like a man who's just too busy traveling the world on official business, or more like Florida Congressman Trey Radel?  Radel was missing because of his stint in a rehab clinic. Has anyone asked if Stockman was his roommate there? That would make more sense than the stories Stockman's trying to pass off now that he's resurfaced.

I'm not saying he's a druggie and he was away, drying out. I'm not saying he was off with his mistress. I'm just saying that his stories don't pass the sniff test at the moment. And what walks like a duck and quacks like a duck oftentimes is a duck.

What kind of duck do you think Rep. Steve Stockman is?

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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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