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The GOP Explains Globalization In Three Words


two men dining

h/t Andrew Meyers.

A Republican and a Democratic congressman were dining together inside the beltway. The GOP-er was excited about his party's chances for the 2016 Presidential election. “I’ll put up Cruz, Paul, even Christie against anyone you've got.”

The Democrat looked up from his vegetarian plate and just smiled. The Republican offered, “the problem with you Democrats is you don’t understand globalization.”

“Globalization? You, the party of no favored-trade agreements? Do tell,” muttered the bemused Democrat.

The Republican nodded, “I’ll put it in easy terms, so even a bleeding heart liberal like you can understand. Three words: Princess Diana’s death.”

The stunned Democrat looked at him. “How do you figure Princess Diana’s death defines globalization?

“Actually, it’s the perfect example. Start with an English princess. She has an Egyptian boyfriend. Together they crash in a French tunnel, riding in a German car with a Dutch engine, driven by a Belgian who was drunk on Scottish whisky. They were followed closely by Italian Paparazzi, on Japanese motorcycles, treated by an American doctor, using Brazilian medicines.

The stunned Democrat could only shake his head.

“I’m not done yet,” replied the Republican. “All this, I learned using American Bill Gates' technology, on material downloaded off Australian Rupert Murdock’s Fox News feed on my computer, that uses Taiwanese chips, and a Korean monitor, assembled by Bangladeshi workers in a Singapore plant, transported by Indian truck drivers, hijacked by Indonesians, unloaded by Sicilian longshoremen, and trucked to you by Mexican UPS drivers... So, in 2016, tell me how you're going to beat that," boasted the proud Republican?"

I will, and like you, in three words-- Hillary Rodham Clinton.”


Fags, Baby-Killers, Wetbacks and Rubio


no human rights

If you're trying to figure out which of those four -- Fags, Baby-killers, Wetbacks or Rubio is most offensive, let me help. The last one.

Why? Because Marco Rubio is anti-LGBT, anti-abortion and anti-immigration. It's worth repeating. Marco Rubio is anti-LGBT, anti-abortion and anti-immigration.

For a man with his lofty political ambitions, to become the president of the United States, he's tossed away any realistic chance to get his party's nomination with his stance. But that's not the biggest concern.

To be competitive in the Republican Party today -- that's combining the Tea Party faction with the conservatives and the moderates (a silent minority) -- you have to race to the right. Way right. Like off the map, right. You have to out conservative the most extreme elements that the GOP can muster. And therein lies the rub.

What we will see is not the party taking a shift toward common sense and human respect. They will go as hard as they can for regression. They really do want to see Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians "put in their place." Women having babies and not asking any questions. And stopping all immigration, legal or otherwise. They want us armed, uneducated and letting Wall Street and Big Banks have their way. They don't want the rich to be taxed and they don't care to uphold human rights. If you're not straight, there's no place for you here. Homosexuality is to them, a jail-able offense.

HuffPo has this headline:


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is scheduled to serve as the keynote speaker at the "conservative dinner event of the year": the Florida Family Policy Council’s 8th Annual Policy Awards Dinner on Nov. 16.

The FFPC, a staunchly conservative nonprofit dedicated to promoting anti-gay and pro-life policies, is run by John Stemberger, an outspoken anti-gay activist who supports banning gays from participating in the Boy Scouts.

That's some company Rubio is keeping. And it gets worse. Marco is actually going back against a bill that has his name on it, the senate immigration bill. The junior senator from Florida is accusing Obama of being a liar on keeping your health care plan if you want. Well Marco's no less a liar when he pushes through a bill, votes for it, then pulls his support once it passes.

He strongly opposes all LGBT rights while he supports a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. He doesn't seem to care that the Supreme Court has made rulings which indicate that ain't gonna happen. Just this week Illinois passed a bill to legalize same sex marriage and Hawaii is poised to do so as any day now.

Look at some other issues this Party of No member has recently recently cast support to. He voted to keep the government shut down as well as voting against the Employment non-discrimination act.

So LGBTer's, women, immigrants, Jews, poor, young, old -- if you want or need a champion, this is not your man.

He's setting the bar way to the right and sadly, I fear we're going to see the other GOP candidates tack even further to his starboard side. Watch out America. The racists and haters aren't just coming. They've already arrived.

Rubio, Paul, Cruz


Gang Of 8 Now Down To 7


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What's a two word phrase, both words five letters, that means GOP hypocrite? Try M-A-R-C-O  R-U-B-I-O. Yep, Marco Rubio. The junior senator from Florida.

When Rubio got elected, many in the GOP thought they had found their savior. He was the bright shining beacon that would cause the South to rise up again. The damaged Phoenix would take flight on his back. Atlas would lift up the Republican world. Oh, happy day.

It didn't take the heralded right wing Tea Party savior long to make a name for himself. One of his first tasks in putting an inviting face on his aging white, old man's, party was to deliver the official response to Obama's state of the union speech. You all remember Marco's Gulp-gate speech. I think it was cotton-mouth's finest moment.

But after that fiasco, the Tea Party wasn't going to jettison him. So he took his shot of confidence and embarrassment and was determined to carry the banner. Waiting in the wings, in case he failed was another freshman, Rafael Cruz, and though only partially Latino and foreign born, Raffy was ready to pounce. He was just waiting for his moment.

And it came. With POTUS eyes, Rubio calculated a risk -- he and the GOP need Latino votes. With his seemingly Italian surname he knew he wasn't guaranteed to bring in the desired Latin demographic, so he joined seven other senators and wrote a bill that became known as the Rubio Immigration Bill. He gave it that name, until he started to get backlash from his own conservative followers. What the hell was he doing giving undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship?

Oops. He hadn't calculated that. But what was he to do. Turn his back on his Latino heritage or turn his back on the old white men of his party? The one's who had the money. Here he was with the Rubio Immigration bill. He was stuck.

Or was he? He immediately went to the press and hammered over and over again that this was the Senate immigration bill, not his. And for a while, he pulled the wool over the eyes of the voracious Fox News talkers and Rush Limbaugh-type radio jawboners. He convinced them that his name shouldn't be associated with this bill. It was the Gang of Eight's bill or even better, the Senate bill. And soon people forgot in who's name the bill was really branded. Rubio.

Now, seeing a little daylight and a chance to pounce, Cruz who's name sounds more Latino but in reality he's only half, jumped in and took on even more right wing Tea Party issues -- shutting down the government. That left Marco battered and bruised. Though he's tried to hold onto Rafael's coattails, he's falling farther and farther behind. Now, most in the party have pretty much given up on him. He's too liberal.

Leave it to Chris Hayes to put it all in perspective. Marco, you can hide, but here's a hint-- you're hiding in plain sight.

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The Perfect Candidate For President 2016


Campaign 2016

Talk of the 2016 Presidential candidates is open and clear, despite the fact that Rachel Maddow has banned it from discussion on her show until after the mid-term election in 2014. It really can be silly talking about it so soon after we've just completed our last general election.

But I'm with a lot of pundits and am impatient. I like listening to all of the chatter and blathering. Already some names have exploded on the scene and some have already started to fizzle. Burnout and sharper observation have begun to winnow the list. It started with these kinds of names:

Democrat: Clinton. Biden.

Republican: Cruz, Rubio, Bush, Lee, Paul, Christie, Cantor and Ryan. Even a resurgence by Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, possibly McConnell just bring me to tears.

It's obvious the Republicans have a void in finding people American can get behind.

So I did a little unscientific survey to see who would people like to have leading us. Who is that man or woman who can inspire us to be the best that we can be? There must be someone.

And there is. Look at a partial his list of accomplishments:

He has won the lifetime achievement award, twice.

His business card simply says “I’ll call you.”

Cuba imports cigars from him. 

Mosquitos refuse to bite him purely out of respect. 

Once while sailing around the world, he discovered a short cut.

When he drives a new car off the lot, it increases in value.

 He is fluent in all languages, including three that only he speaks.

His beard alone has experienced more than a lesser man’s entire body.

On every continent in the world, there is a sandwich named after him.

 He lives vicariously through himself.

If he were to punch you in the face, you would have to fight off the urge to thank him.

 He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels.

When it is raining, it is because he is thinking of something sad.

You know the guy. He's the Most Interesting Man in The World. See for yourself:

There is no doubt he would win hands down, taking a majority of both parties. There's only one problem; he's too smart to be a Republican.

Don't let the accent fool you. He's more American that Rafael Ted Cruz. This man was born in the US, but he's a citizen of the world.

If Hillary decides to run, it'll be because he told her to. And if she asked him to be in his cabinet, he'd be named, Secretary of Everything. What else would call the Most Interesting Man In The World?!


Rubio Redundancy - He's Stupid, He's Stupid



Government is full of redundancies, back-up systems to back-up systems. Despite all the problems with the Obamacare rollout of enrollment, there are in place rules to cover the exigencies of a breakdown. Of course there are. This is the government after all.

You would think a potential presidential candidate and outspoken opponent of the LAW would have read the document. But alas, Marco Rubio hasn't had time since it was signed into law a few years ago. But he shouldn't feel bad. He's not alone. Even some White House correspondents haven't taken the time to read it either as Lawrence O'Donnell points out with some glee.

In a segment called, Are You Smarter Than A White House Correspondent a reporter asked about the possibility of a delay in the individual mandate -- a penalty that would be assessed to anyone who did not sign up for health insurance by the end of March, 2014. Jay Carney gave the answer, but as usual, it was meandering and tangentially touched upon the factual answer. (Caution: it's a tad long, so if you can fast forward to the 6:33 mark and watch the final two minutes)

The bottom line is "No." Nobody will be ever be fined for two reasons. First, the provision of the Affordable Care Act Law -- yes Republicans, Obamacare is a law, not a bill -- and it says:

(A) Waiver of Criminal Penalties

In the case of any failure of a taxpayer to timely pay any penalty imposed by this section, such taxpayer shall not be subject to any criminal prosecution or penalty with respect to such failure.

B. Limitations on liens and levies. The Secretary shall not (i) file notice of lien with respect to any property of a taxpayer by reason of any failure to pay the penalty imposed by this section or (ii) levy on any such property with respect to such failure.

Also, as Lawrence points out, there is no mechanism to collect these penalties:

(2) Special rules :

Notwithstanding any other provision of law—

(A) Waiver of criminal penalties
In the case of any failure by a taxpayer to timely pay any penalty imposed by this section, such taxpayer shall not be subject to any criminal prosecution or penalty with respect to such failure.

(B) Limitations on liens and levies
The Secretary shall not—

(i) file notice of lien with respect to any property of a taxpayer by reason of any failure to pay the penalty imposed by this section, or

(ii) levy on any such property with respect to such failure.

So, with no penalties in place, what does Marco Rubio do to waste more time in the Senate? He comes up with a bill to suspend penalties for not being able to sign up for Obamacare because of glitches in the system.

How mighty nice of him. But perhaps if Rubio had taken the time while the government was shut down to read the ACA, he might have realized that the penalties don't even actually exist. But, that's not the Rubio method:


Marco Rubio

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio says he'll introduce legislation to delay the penalty that can be assessed on individuals who don't buy insurance under the government's new health care law.

The Florida Republican says people should not be punished for not buying the insurance when major technical problems have plagued the online sign-up process. Uninsured Americans have until about mid-February to sign up for coverage if they are to meet the law's requirement that they be insured by the end of March. If they don't, they will face a penalty.

Well, actually Marco, you're wrong -- again. So stupid is as stupid does. Today's moment of insanity and wasted public taxpayer money is brought to you by the senator from Florida, Markdown Rubio.


What giddy Republicans have said about their government shutdown, how one Dem responded


Government shutdown 2

Shortly before the federal government shut down at midnight, Rep. John B. Larson (D-Conn.) had a little something to say on the House floor.

"Do you stand with your country? Or do you want to take it down this evening? Stand up for your country!"

Here's what a few conservatives had to say about the shutdown, courtesy of an email sent to me by the Democratic party:

shutdown rubio

shutdown bachmann

shutdown cruz

They're positively giddy! Why? Because their little shutdown is intentional - The GOP Secret Game Plan.

Don't you think it's a little odd that Raffy Cruz, Michele Bachmann, and Marco Rubio are getting a chill up their leg over what they have done to us?

shutdown listAnd it's all because they:

  1. Hate President Obama
  2. Hate government (despite the fact that they have government jobs paid for by you and me)
  3. Hate the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), which means they...
  4. Hate keeping their fellow Americans alive and healthy. And finally, they...
  5. Hate looking forward to the day that they can't pull in donations by merely mentioning the word "Obamacare"

outreach my ass reach out inclusive


If Marco Runs For Prez in 2016, FL. Senate Seat Goes Democratic


Allen West

Boy, can it get much better than this? Former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) has announced that he will seek a U.S. Senate seat if, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) decides to run for president in 2016.

Can you imagine all the fun to be had there. First, there's Rubio who's a joke -- even the tea party is initiating a bill allowing for recalls in the state of Florida for it's Senators -- targeting Rubio because he supported legalization of immigrants in his gang of eight immigration bill. Senator R is such an easy target. It doesn't get much easier unless...

...You're talking about Allen West, former Florida tea-party congressman. He's a joke on a joke. If he seeks the junior senator's seat (because Rubio is POTUS hunting) that will just about guarantee the tea party will anoint him as their republican candidate. And with him as the GOP candidate, the Democrats could put up a picture of a cow and do better than West will do.

Think of this one -- Rubio, coveting the Tea party votes in the primary, will have to endorse and support West who's basically indefensible unless you're under heavy meds. Even then, it would be hard to take him seriously after his brush with the 111th congress.

I know, I'm just making fun of him because he's said a few outrageous things during his short-lived political career. In case you forgot or never heard these before, THINK PROGRESS has put together a compilation entitled, Rep. Allen West's 15 Most Outrageous Statements. Here's a sampling of Allen's Tea-Party thinking:






If you ever wondered Who put the bop in the bop shoo bop shoo bop? or Who put the Rube in the Marco Rubio, look no farther. It's everybody's favorite circus clown.


Obviously delusions of grandeur dance in his hollow head. But now I have a good reason to hope that Marco Rubio runs for president. The domino theory will give us Allen West running in Florida and some fine Democrat from the Sunshine State will end up  with that seat in an easy, breezy election. Florida does like conservatives, but they also know a horses ass when they sniff one long enough. They voted him out in 2012. Mr. West you've overstayed your visit to the rodeo.



Former Congressman Allen West is leaving his job at Pajamas Media after an altercation with a female staffer in which he allegedly called her a “Jewish American princess,” BuzzFeed learned on Thursday.

Reached by phone, West told BuzzFeed he was leaving his job voluntarily, though one source familiar with the situation told BuzzFeed he had been fired. He did not deny that an exchange with the employee had occurred, but said it hadn’t led to his leaving the company.

“No, I didn’t get fired,” West said. “I’m leaving to pursue political aspirations.

So, Marco Rubio, do the country a favor and run. Then we get West to bounce around once more, and add to the majority in the U. S. Senate.