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GOP candidate Tim Donnelly: Breitbart CA site A-OK, undocumented immigrants are rapists, child molesters

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Former Minuteman and Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Hesperia) speaks at a state Capitol rally in support of his legislation, AB-26, on April 4, 2011.

Meet conservative California GOP candidate for governor, Tim Donnelly. Actually, you'd be better off avoiding him. He's hoping to beat Gov. Jerry Brown. Good luck with that, Tim. Why? Well for one thing, per the Los Angeles Times, he's fine with his columns appearing in a new ultra-conservative website, one that features an appallingly controversial image:

Republican candidates for governor are using the website to publicize their platforms.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) wrote a column criticizing Democrats’ education policies, including a recent attempt in the Legislature to restore affirmative action to university admissions in California.

Donnelly said Monday he had not seen the Pelosi image, but he was happy to have his column gain a wide audience.

Here's the ABC headline describing Rep. Nancy Pelosi's reaction to the image: "Nancy Pelosi Says Breitbart-Altered Pic of Her Twerking Is ‘Tasteless.’"

Here's the image:

pelosi breitbart twerking

Gee, that's not at all sexist, completely offensive, and infantile. But the new Breitbart California site defended it, because, you know, Benghazi. Or Obamacare. Or sick and desperate. Or something.

Let's move on to the second L.A. Times article that goes into more detail about the real Tim Donnelly.

For starters, Tim Donnelly was a leader of the Minuteman organization, a group of militia men ("bigots and weekend warriors") that got off on patrolling the US-Mexico border. They "thought it should be legal to kill illegals."

In a speech a few years back, Donnelly described undocumented immigrants as "an insurgency," and compared crossing the border to war.

Note to Donnelly: "Illegal aliens" is a slur. These are people, and people are not illegal. Their acts may or may not be, but they are human beings, not "illegals." Tim Donnelly, in his own words:

"Right now, in the United States of America, there are 850,000 gang members, two-thirds of whom are illegal aliens," he said. [...]

In the 2006 speech, Donnelly painted an alarming picture of illegal immigrants' effect on the United States. They have caused the destruction of schools, the bankruptcy of hospitals forced to provide them free medical care and led the government to abandon its citizens, he said, asserting that the country was on the brink of a battle similar to the Civil War.

The notion that illegal immigrants come to this nation for a better life "is one of the lies," he said. "At least 20% are coming to commit the crimes that American criminals will no longer commit."

He paused as the crowd laughed, then continued: "Of that 20%, how many are rapists? How many are murderers? How many are child molesters? And how many are terrorists? We don't know."

"Crimes that American criminals will no longer commit"? What, American bad guys started boycotting certain crimes? They look down their noses on some criminal acts as beneath them, do they? Certain ones have fallen into disfavor, have they?

Here's the real crime: Everything he said, plus the crowd's disgusting response. I wonder if any of his audience members might have been rapists or child molesters? Oh, sorry, my bad. It was likely a monochromatic group (read: white), and we all know white people don't commit despicable acts like those.

He's all yours, GOP. By the way, how's that outreach thing workin' for ya?

You can read more about him at the link if you can stomach it.

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Eric Cantor: We can't pass immigration reform because, #Obamacare

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blame obamacare

Nancy Pelosi posted on her Facebook page that the House of Representatives has the votes to pass an immigration reform bill:

This morning, Speaker Boehner told two young women that it's "not easy" to pass comprehensive #immigration reform. But with 190 cosponsors on the bipartisan House bill and 28 Republicans vowing their support, we now have the votes to get the job done. So, actually Speaker Boehner, it is easy. #TimeIsNow

Eric Cantor is one of many Republicans who are obstructing any progress on that front, once again proving how sincere his party is about that Very Important GOP Outreach Message.

Because we all know what happens if immigrants are granted a path to citizenship: More votes for Democrats.

Think Progress provides the transcript. Here's the video.

HOYER: Bring it to the floor and see if the House thinks it’s a bad bill. See if the House believes that it’s a bill that is not worthy to be considered and passed as a fixing of a broken immigration system … He has the power to bring that bill to the floor.

CANTOR: We don’t want a repeat of what’s going on now with Obamacare. That bill, constructed as it is by the Senate, last-minute-ditch effort to get it across the finish line … let’s be mindful, Madam Speaker, of what happens when you put together a bill like Obamacare and the real consequences to millions of Americans right now, scared that they’re not going to even have health care insurance that they have today come January 1. [...]

[...] I’d say to the gentleman again. The track record of this administration and the majority in the Senate has indicated an unwillingness to sit down and talk. They’ve not done so, certainly the White House has not done so on the immigration issue, did not do so on the health care issue, and again it doesn’t help the American people for their insistence on a “my way or the highway” kind of mode of operation.

I don't have it in me to go into another rant. You probably have your own, or even mine, memorized by now anyway. Just know how fed up I am with the destructive political games that the GOP is playing, games that affect, and often cost, lives.

I've had it up to here with your bs

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Video- The Late Show: Nancy Pelosi Top Ten List

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VIDEO-- Nancy Pelosi: Dems can win the House. Oh, and she's totally into Hillary.

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yes we can

pelosi on winning back the House

If Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were to become Speaker again, the House will finally pass a bill. And not just "a" bill, but a bill or three that would actually help this country instead of doing what the GOP does, and create gridlock in order to make President Obama look bad.

When she was Speaker, here's what was accomplished in two years:

accomplishments under Obama Pelosi

Since John Boehner became Speaker? Nada. Zero. Zip:

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Now The Hill is reporting that Nancy Pelosi is optimistic that Democrats will "of course" gain seats and may regain control of the House:

In a sit-down interview in her office in the Capitol, the House minority leader stopped short of predicting that Democrats would regain the lower chamber in the 2014 midterm elections, but she had no hesitation in saying what she would use a majority for. [...]

[S]he vowed her party would “of course” pick up seats next year. It is the first time Pelosi has guaranteed that Democrats will cut into the GOP’s majority. [...]

And although the odds are stacked against Democrats taking back the House, the shutdown has boosted Democratic hopes.

“I’ve changed my prediction … from, ‘We’re working to win the House’ to ‘We can win the House,’ ” Pelosi said.

One of her priorities would be a bill that would significantly expand federal childcare benefits.

And per the Hill, Pelosi "can barely disguise her delight at the thought of a Hillary Clinton White House. It would align the first female president with the Democrats’ women’s empowerment agenda." In fact, she even hinted that she might endorse Hillz.

Pelosi on Hillary Clinton

Let's just win the House first, okay? Okay.

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Video- Fox's Doocy Botches Deficit Reduction Numbers

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I think "botches" is generous, I'm inclined to go with "lies". Via MM.

This is false. The Congressional Budget Office reported September 17 that the annual federal budget deficit had fallen this year to "its smallest size since 2008: roughly 4 percent of GDP [gross domestic product], compared with a peak of almost 10 percent in 2009":

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Nancy Pelosi, House Dem leaders brainstorm ways to restore Voting Rights Act after SCOTUS decision

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voting rights Richard Ellis-Getty ImagesPhoto via Richard Ellis/Getty Images

Thank you Nancy Pelosi, for moving quickly to try to undo the damage that the Supreme Court inflicted on democracy. Key word: try. Unfortunately, there is no easy fix.

Via The Hill:

House Democratic leaders met Friday to brainstorm ways to restore the Voting Rights Act following the Supreme Court decision that voided the law's central provisions.

Assembled in the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the lawmakers reached no conclusions about a specific fix, according to sources familiar with the talks, though they outlined a legislative strategy that features outreach to Republicans sympathetic to their cause.

Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.) and James Sensenbrenner (Wis.) both promised "to work to ensure that the court's decision does not diminish minority voting rights." I posted "Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) calls for update of Voting Rights Act" a few days ago along with a hunk of skepticism.

Pelosi has appointed Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), a veteran of the civil rights struggle and the third-ranking Democrat in the House, to lead the Democrats' effort. Clyburn this week said the court's decision would likely empower conservative states — including his own — to launch redistricting efforts designed to marginalize minority voters, who tend to vote Democratic.

Excellent choice. And he's absolutely right, unfortunately. It's all about eliminating voters who support women's rights, gay rights, voting rights, reproductive rights, health care access, labor unions, public education, equal rights in general... all Democratic causes.

Of course, some conservatives in Congress think there is no discrimination any more, that it's all gone, poof! Like magic! Aren't they precious? Those would be the same conservatives who support restrictive Voter I.D. laws, cutting early voting, and other disenfranchisement and suppression measures, because, see, we're in a "post racial" era, see. Clearly, when something works as well as the Voting Rights Act, dump it. Duh.

However, per The Hill, some liberals are already wanting to include even more states than the original law did in 1965, states like Ohio.

When you add all this up, it leads to one (sadly) familiar conclusion: Stalemate.

More at the link.

voting rights  not entitlement

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What?! On Meet the Press this Sunday: Nancy Pelosi, TX State Sen. Wendy Davis, and Rachel Maddow

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Liberal-Definition

Nearly every week, I post my Media Bias Sunday Scoreboard in which I shine a spotlight on the regularity with which Sunday talk shows invite more Republican guests than Democratic. And when they do invite Democrats on, they are usually moderate to conservative Dems, not Progressives, while the GOP guests veer far right. In other words, there is no "fair and balanced" representation, and viewers get an unhealthy dose of misinformation and/or bias and/or asymmetric world views.

Meet the Press is notorious for this... until now. Apparently, they've temporarily acquired some sanity and a sense of fairness. In other words, they realize that, for at this week at least, liberals can attract viewers (read: higher ratings).

Check out their line-up for tomorrow's show:

meet the press pelosi, maddow, davis

huh wha dizzy

Your eyes do not deceive you: Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi), Texas State Senator Wendy "#StandWithWendy" Davis (@WendyDavisTexas), and Rachel Maddow (@maddow), all in one MTP airing.

Countdown to David Gregory's and his conservative viewers' heads exploding in 5...4...3...2...

head explode

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