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#RANpaul, #WarOnWhites & More GOP Insanity

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I don't know which on is more offensive - Congressman Steve King's comments to the DREAMers who dared question him about his desire to deport them, or Senator Rand (Ran) Paul's dine and dash upon hearing them identify themselves as DREAMers!

I began the show with the whole video, embedded below for your convenience, and remind you why DREAM Action Coalition co-director Erika Andiola and fellow DREAMer Cesar Vargas wanted to talk with him in the first place.

You'll remember that, in a Newsmax interview in July of 2013, Steve King likened DREAMers to drug smugglers with calves the size of cantaloupes

Then we learned, thanks to Right Wing Watch, that

During a conference call last month with the National Emergency Coalition, Rep. Steve King said that the U.S. needs to crack down on immigration because our nation’s borders were established by God. Disrespecting the borders, the congressman suggested, is disrespecting God’s will.

He also blamed the child migrant crisis not on drug-war-related violence in Central America but on President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, or as he calls it, “deferred action for criminal aliens.”

Steve King, who has been one of the loudest voices trying to undo DACA (President Obama’s Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program), even went so far as to call for the president's impeachment over the immigration issue on Fox "News" Sunday.

 Now you can watch the DREAMers confront the man who would have them deported..

If that wasn't enough to make you wonder what planet these idiots arrived from, how about the Alabama Congressman who insists that the Democrats are engaged in a "war on whites," implemented by Barack Obama. Seriously... Listen here (the pertinent part comes in at around the 11:40 mark).

Should you not care to click on that link (and I don't blame you), here's what transpired yesterday, courtesy of Dave Weigel at Slate:

On Monday morning Brooks went on Laura Ingraham's show (which is to immigration restriction what Epic Meal Time is to calorie consumption) and engaged in 12 minutes of predictable recapping about the border fight. Then things got real. Ingraham played Brooks a clip of National Journal's Ron Fournier, warning that the GOP could not survive as the "party of white people." Brooks' response?

"Well, this is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party," he said. "And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else. It's part of the strategy that Barack Obama implemented in 2008, continued in 2012, where he divides us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things. Well, that’s not true, OK? And if you look at the polling data, every demographic group in America agrees with the rule of law and securing our borders." He told listeners to seek out a speech Rep. Raul Labrador (whose family is Puerto Rican) gave about the rhetoric. "The Democrats, they have to demagogue on this, and turn it into a racial issue."

Ingraham let all that flow, then gave Brooks a chance to walk back. "I don't think Raul Labrador would probably say there's a war on whites," she said.

"That is in effect what they're doing," said Brooks. "That's the political game."

"They're playing the race card, they're playing the war on women card," said Ingraham. "That's what the left does, but I don't think 'war on whites' is the best phraseology."

Amazing.

This morning I welcomed Lee Fang back to the show to talk about his reporting for Republic Report on civil rights groups who sold out on Net Neutrality - a sickening enough story on its own.

..a massive coalition of Asian, Latino and Black civil rights group filed letters arguing that regulators should lay off of Internet Service Providers regarding Title II reclassification and accept FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s original plan. In other words, something close to half of the entire civil rights establishment just sold out the Internet. 

But soon after that article was picked up by lots of other sites, one very observant reader noticed that the post had been taken down from one news site geared toward the African-American community. After doing some research, Fang discovered that the order to delete the article came from the website’s parent company, a business partner to Comcast. 

According to discussions with several people at NewsOne, including an editor there, the decision to take down the article came from corporate headquarters. NewsOne editor Abena Agyeman-Fisher told Republic Report, “the company didn’t feel it was appropriate to have up and we were suppose to take it down.” NewsOne is owned by Radio One, a company with a 50.9% stake in a business partnership with Comcast known as TV One. 

This just underscores the need for independent media outlets -- like Radio or Not!

While I had Lee Fang on the line, I also asked him about his latest piece for The Nation, "The Real Reason Pot is Still Illegal." Great reading, great reporting!

It's Tuesday, so The Political Carnival's GottaLaff joined me to talk about the rest of the news, including these stories:

Ebola for Dummeez, att: Donald Trump

Gov. "Ultrasound" McDonnell probed, media mounts soap opera defense for him

And if you were as annoyed by all of those damned fundraising emails - growing more frequent and frenetic as it grew closer to the end of the month (and fundraising quotas), then you'll love the new tumblr set up by someone who was equally annoyed, called Emails from the DCCC. Click and enjoy.

If you tuned in this morning to hear Congressman Alan Grayson, he'll be on first thing Thursday morning, followed by economist Stephanie Kelton!

Tomorrow, Crooks & Liars' Susie Madrak returns from her vacation to chat with me about the latest news, and the woman challenging Andrew Cuomo in NY's gubernatorial primary, Zephyr Teachout, returns to the show... Radio or Not!

 

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Pastor on Fox Noise Freaks Out About Free Medical Marijuana in Berkeley

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It's [the Evil Weed] going to cause Berkeley to make the poverty rate and the income rate to move down over generations …

This is Fvx's new favorite irrational hate target:  The city of Berkeley and their 'free weed' giveaways to the low income population for healthcare' purposes. You won't believe it until you see it, so find those Fox Noise Nausea Meds and I'll meet you on the other side.

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They had former addict and practicing Religionist Bishop Ron Allen on to opine. Twas his erudite quote, above. Gag.

"Why don't Berkeley give 'em free pipes n' papers, also?!?" … This is going to go through generations, and be a really bad deal," summated Fvx's Bishop.

Oh My Christian God … The Good Bishop actually said pot makes you lazy and tripled down on Paul Boy Non-Wonder Ryan's 'generations of unemployed' meme.

Asshat of The Day Award, won.

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Afternoon-Evening Links

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Colbert's Brilliant Move To Strike Back At Amazon

Immigrants in Federal Prisons ‘Subjected to Shocking Abuse and Mistreatment’

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The Freezing, Hungry Lives of NHL "Ice Girls"

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The O.J. Simpson Saga Began 20 Years Ago Today — Here's Why His Son Should Be A Suspect

John McCain Tweets Congratulations to George W Bush on his 'victory' in Iraq.

Sarah Palin Threatens To Leave The GOP Unless Obama Flies Abandoned Kids to Mexico

Americans Will Tolerate a Variety of In-Laws. One Exception: Atheists.

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Is Fox News Trying To Kill The Republican Party? Or Is It Just A Happy Accident?

Stephen Colbert on Ted Cruz's citizenship

Tesla Release Electric Car Patents To Public

The Trader Joe's Incident: What Do We Do About Everyday Sexism In Our Lives?

Why Is a Most Prestigious Medical Journal Promoting the Feds' Anti-Marijuana Propaganda Line?

Why you should root for the World Cup protesters

Soccer and Internal Discord, on Display for World to See

Nadezhda Popova, WWII ‘Night Witch,’ Dies at 91

Separatists Down Military Transport Jet, Killing 49 in Eastern Ukraine

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NYT's Maureen Dowd OD's On Marijuana And Blames The Candy

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There's nothing like trying something before writing about it. And that's what New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd did recently -- and not without some lingering effects. For an article she was writing on Colorado's legal marijuana culture, she decided to try some of the "edibles" which contain cannabis. So far so good.

So, she bought a caramel-chocolate flavored candy bar which she said looked so innocent, like the Sky Bars she used to love as a kid. After she took one bite, then another, she didn't notice anything happening. Perhaps she was disappointed but for whatever reason, she decided in her impatience to gobble down the rest of the bar.

She waited, and then it happened. The effects began. In her NYT article, she writes:

But then I felt a scary shudder go through my body and brain. I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours. I was thirsty but couldn’t move to get water. Or even turn off the lights. I was panting and paranoid, sure that when the room-service waiter knocked and I didn’t answer, he’d call the police and have me arrested for being unable to handle my candy.

Based on that experience, she's come to some conclusions. The biggest one being that the entire marijuana industry was set up for potheads, people who smoked frequently. This nascent business has to educate new or first time users prior to selling them the edible goods so people will know what to expect to feel.

That's not a bad idea. But her article goes on to condemn and point out the dangers of legalization, even trying to equate her unfortunate experience with people jumping off buildings and kids eating marijuana-laced goodies and ending up with irreparable harm. These are possible, but not probable. And the reason is, she OD'd because she lacked common sense.

The next day, a medical consultant at an edibles plant where I was conducting an interview mentioned that candy bars like that are supposed to be cut into 16 pieces for novices; but that recommendation hadn’t been on the label.

So in essence, she took 16 times the amount she should have taken. No wonder she got herself into a bit of a problem. If she had bought a fifth of scotch and drunk the whole thing, she would have gotten sick or drunk or both on that too. There's no suggested servings printed on a bottle of booze. So I find it a bit disingenuous that she faults the experience on her naivete. She's been around. She knows you don't go from one bite to the whole bar, just as you don't go from one shot glass of Glenlivet to the whole bottle.

Her suggestion that if this had been alcohol, she'd have known better doesn't really hold water. She claims in her article that people know you have to be careful in how much you drink, when only an idiot or the most simpleminded would think that taking too much of a marijuana laced edible wouldn't lead to some ill effects.

But that said, I do think the public has been so scared by lies and innuendos--the Reefer Madness syndrome--that more education of the public might not be such a bad thing. But Dowd's reckless accusations that it was the lack of full labeling or the implication that she needed more knowledge to safely ingest is a disservice to an industry. If she was new to this kind of purchase, why didn't she ask when she bought the candy bar how much she should take to feel some effects? The next day when she asked, she was told. A bad assumption on her part made an ass of her, not a better investigative columnist.

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The House Votes For Another Crazy Bill

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Smoking A Joint Raw Story:

A Republican congressman has successfully pushed legislation to pressure the U.S. Department of Justice to crack down on marijuana in states that have legalized its use. “It is with growing alarm that we see this administration selectively executing and enforcing federal law,” Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) said Wednesday on the House floor.

Growing alarm, huh?

On Friday, a seemingly contradictory measure was passed. The House of Representatives approved an amendment to prohibit the federal agency from spending taxpayer money on activities designed to stop the use of medical marijuana in states in which such use is legal.

Then comes this dickwad from Louisiana. Somehow he got enough other bozos in the House to go along with him in trying to step their foot back down on the accelerator to force more arrests by the Justice Department. All this at a time when it's become more clear that marijuana busts are a racial issue. The numbers are staggering. But how about this wacky logic by Representative Fleming?  He's pushed through the following (by voice vote):

Fleming’s amendment reduces the Department of Justice’s Salaries and Expenses, Legal Activities account by $866,000 until the Attorney General enforces the Controlled Substances Act in every state.

So, by cutting the Justice Department's budget, how can they step up enforcement? What Fleming and his ilk have actually done is made it more unlikely the DOJ has the money to take on these marijuana cases. I guess this means stupid is as stupid does. Good work Republicans. Now I feel safer lighting up a reefer because there's less money to apprehend me.

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Monday Links

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Ukraine crisis: Putin orders troops back from border

Operation American Spring Sprung a Leak Over The Weekend

The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying to Keep Marijuana Illegal

A Terrified Reince Priebus Admits The GOP is Trying to Scare Hillary Clinton Into Not Running

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Saturday Links

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The Great Unveiling: Iranian Women Are Ditching Their Headscarves on Facebook

Colorado Collects More Than $20 Million From Marijuana Sales

House GOP ignores deficit, approves massive tax break

Paranoid Memo Reveals That America Just Isn’t That Into The Kochs

Alison Lundergan Grimes Hits Mitch McConnell For Saying It's 'Not My Job' To Create Local Jobs

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Clemson coach accused of pushing religion on football team

Now Sheldon Adelson Has an ALEC-Like Lobbying Network in the States

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