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How does GOP lure supporters? By giving away lethal weapons.

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because FREEDOM

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Gun owners are passionate, and the GOP knows it, which is exactly why they use lethal weapons to bribe entice them. Nothing says "right to life" like an AR-15... unless, of course, you get Second Amendmented by one. That "culture of life" "freedom loving" conservatives love to trumpet is nothing more than a culture of violence and intimidation.

And gun violence abruptly ends the freedom to breathe.

The New York Times:

Online gun sweepstakes have become one of the most useful tools for campaign outreach in the 2014 Republican primaries. Across the country, from a race for sheriff in California to the United States Senate primary in South Carolina, candidates are using high-powered pistols and rifles as a lure to build up their donor lists and expand their base of support.

The method may be new, but the concept is actually a durable campaign device. Take a group of possible supporters who are highly motivated around an issue, in this case gun ownership and Second Amendment rights, and pique their interest with good marketing. Then, once you have their attention, solicit their personal information and follow up to ask for support and money. [...]

[The NRA] employs a range of online campaigns, including Facebook-based contests that provide the organization not just with people’s names, but also with their information-rich public profiles and lists of their friends. Millions of people have entered these contests, the group said.

Zac Moffatt, who oversaw Mitt Romney’s digital strategy in 2012 and founded a firm that develops online campaigns, notes that dangling lethal weapons in front of gun fondling voters "could get you a couple extra thousand votes you didn’t otherwise know about.”

How "pro-life" can you get?

And speaking of hypocrisy, in order to qualify for a chance to win a killing machine, you have to pass a-- wait for it-- background check. But... but... gun zealots hate those pesky background checks! What gives?

Says Lee Bright, a state senator from South Carolina who is primarying GOP Senator Lindsey Graham, “You definitely don’t want [a weapon did not fall into the wrong hands]... Not in the middle of the campaign.”

Ahhh, the old "it's campaign time, so we better look over our shoulders up our hypocrisy game play it safe" plan.

Apparently ex-Congressman Tom Tancredo is throwing caution to the windbag. He's relying on Ted Nugent to get his message out. Nugent:

“We all better wake up and fight back together before it’s too late,” Mr. Nugent wrote in an email to Tancredo supporters. “Enter to win a semiautomatic AR-15 – when you’re done, consider making a donation of $25 or more to help Tom keep our freedoms protected.”

Give us all your money and you could win a chance to own a brand new deadly weapon with which you can kill another human being! But first and foremost, donate! Because... freedom!

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GOP councilwoman asked to resign after saying fatal police shooting “saved us a trial.”

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Lucille Kring is a councilwoman from Anaheim, the city in which Disneyland-- "the happiest place on Earth"-- is situated, right here in my home state of California. The councilwoman may not be a councilwoman for long at the rate she's going. Nor is much of that Disney happy rubbing off on Anaheim at the moment.

You see, Councilwoman Kring isn't serving her "pro-life" Republican party very well after her Kring-worthy, er, cringe-worthy praise of the killing of a suspect. Yes, she actually gave a thumbs up to a police shooting that ended a young man's life.

Oh goody, the guy's dead so we don't need a trial! "Always a good outcome," she gushed.

But how do you really feel, Lucille?

Via the Los Angeles Times:

An Anaheim councilwoman is under growing pressure to resign following her online remarks that a fatal police shooting of a 21-year-old man had “saved us a trial.”

Lucille Kring, who now is running for mayor of Orange County's largest city, quickly apologized for her remarks, but some residents pushing for her resignation said it was too late. [...]

“The shooting saved us a trial. Always a good outcome,” Councilwoman Lucille Kring wrote on an online thread for residents of the city’s Colony District. [...]

Genevieve Huizar, who recently lost a wrongful death lawsuit for the officer-involved shooting of her son Manuel Diaz, called Kring’s statements sickening.

“Lucille, apology not accepted,” Huizar said. “How dare you? How dare you?”

Kring's resignation, now that would be a "good outcome."

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Hey WI Gov. Scott Walker, explain what will happen to 77,000 parents forced off Medicaid. #Obamacare

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family values my ass

Hey Gov. Walker, it was your choice to to have the federal government run Wisconsin's health care exchange.

Speaking of which, how nice that you allow yourself the freedom of choice, but you refuse to make that option available to women who seek health care services, including abortion. In fact, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says, ""We have a pro-life majority in the state Senate right now, and because of that there's always a willingness to work on" anti-abortion legislation, which caused one Wisconsin state Dem senator to expect "all out hell."

But I digress.

So Scotty, explain to all those families exactly what contingency plans you have if Obamacare enrollment is still glitchy, or if the federal government makes your plan impossible to implement. 77,000-plus inquiring minds want to know.

Because, see, there's a time gap that will affect people who will lose their BadgerCare (Medicaid) eligibility but would then have to meet the deadline to enroll in the Affordable Care Act via the marketplace.

How's that GOP outreach thing workin' for ya, Scotty?

Via PostCrescent.com:

Wisconsin health care advocates want Gov. Scott Walker to say what will happen with 77,000 adults being shifted off Medicaid in January if they are not able to get coverage through the new health insurance exchange in time. [...]

In late September, the state notified 77,000 people, most of them parents, that they might be affected. But letters letting people know for sure won’t be sent until Nov. 23, when the state expects to be ready to use new federal criteria to determine eligibility. [...]

In late September, the state notified 77,000 people, most of them parents, that they might be affected. But letters letting people know for sure won’t be sent until Nov. 23, when the state expects to be ready to use new federal criteria to determine eligibility.

Just in time for the holidays! Which party is waging a "War on Christmas" again?

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"The ones who call themselves Christians have no idea what that word actually means."

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Today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Millions to feel food stamp cuts," Nov. 2

Cutting the food stamp and other domestic programs is contradictory to the image that the United States wishes to present to its citizens and the world as a generous and caring nation.

This ideal image is further contradicted by the enormous spending on the defense budget and the military/industrial complex, far surpassing the defense budgets of all other countries.

Looking at the statistics rather than the label "United States," our country's spending priorities do not show a benign nation.

This disparity in spending priorities reminds me of the former Soviet Union, where domestic spending — providing enough food and decent housing for its citizens — took a back seat to the defense budget. This is a disastrous model to emulate.

The concept of "defense" needs to be enlarged to include defense against hunger, squalid living conditions and huge disparities in opportunity.

Gretchen Hays

Pacific Palisades

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The Republicans in Congress evidently believe poor people are lazy moochers. They don't understand why the poor don't get better jobs, why they don't go back to school or why they aren't rich. Those Republicans fail to grasp the definitions of "conditions" and "circumstances."

And the ones who call themselves Christians have no idea what that word actually means.

It is a sign of a failed democracy when we spend so much on our many wars and our national security and surveillance states, and so little on the food-stamp recipients who have to struggle to survive.

Zareh Delanchian

Tujunga

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Hey GOP: How about doing something constructive and caring for a freakin' change?

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I've had it up to here with your bs

As I said in my previous post, Michael Hiltzik is on a roll these days, so much so that I'm sharing two of his L.A. Times columns in one day.

The first one involved debunking the Republican lies about the Affordable Care Act transforming America's workforce into part-timers. GOP: Wrong and wronger.

You know what else is wrong and wronger? The GOP depriving their fellow Americans of food. And by fellow Americans, I mean the ones who look and/or sound different from them.

Hiltzik starts his column by reminding us that Congress is debating whether the food stamp program will be cut by $4 billion a year (the House proposal) or only $400 million a year (the Senate plan). That's some choice, huh? Starved and starved-er. However....

Here's what you may not know: By its pure inaction, Congress is about to impose a cut in food stamp benefits that beats both. Next week, on Nov. 1, benefits will be cut by $5 billion for this fiscal year alone.

That number may be hard to grasp, but here's what it means on the ground. It means a loss of 21 meals a month for a family of four on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (the formal name for food stamps). About 47 million Americans will be affected by the coming 15% reduction in benefits across the board. [...]

It bears repeating that the food stamp program provides the No. 1 opportunity for members of Congress to display their hypocritical side. We've documented... the spectacle of conservative lawmakers voting to slash benefits... while collecting millions of dollars in farm subsidies for themselves.

And those frauds don't care a bit about disadvantaged Americans-- many of the recipients are working families or individuals-- who can't make ends meet due to the inaction of guess who... wealthy, white Republican Congress members. How about creating jobs instead of more poverty and starvation, hmm GOP?

How about doing something constructive and caring for a freakin' change?

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"Only Difference Between a Skinhead Racist and GOP Member Cutting Food Stamps Is Three Inches of Hair"

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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

So last week the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to cut food stamps by about $40 billion over a few years.  That compares to a proposed $4 billion cut in the senate... Studies on Food Stamps have shown that up to $1.70 goes back into the economy through the food distribution change for every dollar spent.  [...]

But Food Stamps have been up there with Ronald Reagan's "welfare Mom in a pink Cadillac" stereotype for acceptable symbols of the white racist tribal identity edge of the social wing of the GOP.  This is the wing whose base prejudices are manipulated by the likes of the Koch Brothers' organizing groups to blame poor minorities for the increasing economic woes of the white working and middle class -- instead of where blame belongs on the upward distribution of money to the wealthiest in America. [...]

And what the GOP in the House wants to do is basically starve minorities because they are gaining too much voting power, and the GOP doesn't -- and hasn't -- ever wanted to split the wealth of America with the descendants of slaves or contemporary de facto slaves: Mexicans working in the US for barely survivable wages. [...]

[President Obama] has been hampered by the Grand Canyon of American politics: a very large percentage of white Americans are tribalists who don't want a black man in charge, and think blacks are somehow inferior to whites (the very whites who vote against their own economic interests: think Food Stamps, Medicare, Social Security and Veterans Benefits, for example).  In short, even if a black man offers a better financial deal to many whites, they will go with the white GOP leadership that is pickpocketing them purely due to white identity politics. [...]

The Root ran an article, "Poor White Cash: GOP and Food Stamps. Republicans have become so deluded that they're engaged in class warfare against their own loyal voters"[...]:

And of the 254 counties where the number of food stamp recipients doubled between 2007 and 2011, Republican candidate Mitt Romney won 213 in last year's presidential election. Bloomberg's John McCormick and Greg Giroux compiled research revealing that Kentucky's Owsley County -- which backed Romney with 81 percent of its vote -- had the largest proportion of food stamp recipients of all the communities where Romney won.  [...]

That translates to more than 80% of the counties in which food stamps doubled voting for Romney, the anti-47% moocher crusader. [...]

So, if you again think it is sensational to compare white Republicans (or Democrats, or independents) who avidly support candidates who vote to cut their own food supply because of racist stereotypes, then you should think again.

This is the battle of America now, whether racism is going to see a lot whites chewing off their own legs just to make sure a black president fails and minorities get their legs cut off too.

Please read the entire post here.

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GOP hypocrisy and apathy are only surpassed by their cruelty. "Watch out for that karma."

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Those who need federal assistance in order to be able to put food in their stomachs depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (aka SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program). Recipients are trying to stay alive, doing what they can to avoid starvation, but Republicans portray them as lazy, fraudulent moochers who hang out at their luxurious swimming pools nibbling on gourmet cans of Spaghetti-Os, laughing all the way to the grocery store on their extravagant $6.00 a day allowance.

The Los Angeles Times letters to the editor this week largely opposed the Republican-controlled House's vote to cut 4 million Americans from SNAP. A few of those letters are below.

And just to keep the Republicans Are Self-Serving, Hypocritical Douchebags theme going, there's this via TPM:

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) on Friday responded to a constituent opposed to drastically cutting food stamps for the young, elderly and poor by citing a Biblical quote: "If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat."

Once again, we have a religious "pro-lifer" (please follow that link) hypocritically denying a life-saving program that would keep children, the elderly, entire families, and the working poor, you know, alive. What would Jesus say?

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Here are some of the responses calling out the GOP's appalling legislation:

Altadena, CA resident J.H. Benson:

"House Republicans are badly in need of a moral compass. Their hypocrisy is only surpassed by their cruelty.

"The GOP says that the 4 million Americans who will be kicked off SNAP are capable of helping themselves. I hope that our very capable farmers aren't being subsidized while this assistance to the poor is deemed too expensive."

Long Beach, CA resident Matthew Black:

"The GOP has truly hit a new low. After increasing annual defense spending by more than $300 billion since 2001, spending $2 trillion on unnecessary wars and passing $1.7 trillion in tax cuts between 2001 and 2003 that primarily went to the wealthiest Americans, Republicans need to save $40 billion on food stamps.

"Way to go. Why do I feel I'm reading a Charles Dickens novel?

"And for those who might reply that Democrats should put their money where their mouths are, this week I donated another $250 to a local food bank. I contribute 5% of my disposable income to food banks."

Frances Terrell Lippman of Sherman Oaks, CA:

"I guess those Scrooge-like, coldhearted House Republicans thought of an early holiday surprise. How generous of them to think it would be appropriate just to remind people who are hungry and struggling that it would get a little more impossible for them to feed their families. Their apathy is only exceeded by their cruelty.

"Being hungry and homeless in America is this country's greatest shame, and yet our so-called leaders in Washington couldn't care less and only serve to exacerbate this terrible and fixable situation. Watch out for that karma."

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