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New Orleans On Alert After Anti-choice Protests Surge - VIDEO

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As the courts bat the fee and subsidy strictures of the Affordable Care Act about, non-compassionate conservatives are busy taking away more female healthcare ad family planning options in New Orleans ... the Regressive Right are busy little bees.

Maddow covered the story well, highlighting the audacity of pulling off a cultural and legal Bait and Switch of this calibre, in such a major American city.

DuVergne Gaines, National Clinc Access Project Director for the Feminist Majority Foundation, joins the program to give Maddow the inside scoop on protests in Louisiana that reflect a growing frustration with the GOP War On Contraception. And women.

And buffer zones.

According to reporting at the local Uptown Messenger, the table has been set for this checkers match since long before Governor Boy Scout Bobby Jindal flubbed his first rebutt. The Lipton Brigade has deep roots in N'Orleans, don't forget.

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been encouraging Anti-abortion Activist Groups to swarm his fair cit for some time, in fact only Monday he formally recognized one of their ranking Anti-choice forces, by honoring them publicly.

Operation Save America were the enterprising Christians. Lauded for their: "service to the city".

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued an official welcome this week to Operation Save America, an anti-abortion organization that interrupted an Uptown church’s prayer service with its protests on Sunday and had plans to parade the alleged remains of a fetus around Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

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Oh, Mitch. Are the keys to the Quarters next? No? Just the homes of health providers? Should have known. The Uptown Messenger elaborated,

"In addition to protesting Planned Parenthood sites, Operation Save America is also holding demonstrations outside the homes of providers. A neighbor to one of those homes — who asked that his name be withheld out of concern that the group would target him — said his family has already endured two sessions of protests, with dozens of people holding signs on the sidewalk near his house featuring graphic images that he has done his best to hide from his young children.

“My kids are scared,” the resident said in an interview Monday afternoon. “It’s all these ugly pictures. They’re talking on the loudspeaker. I try to speak to them civilly, and it’s very difficult to do, because they’re looking for a confrontation.”

The pro-Lifers strike again. The pro-death penalty, gun fondling, woman-hating, borned child-fearing Regressive Right is now stirring up hate among various churches within communities who actually try to offer thinking women and families a type of Christianity they can still practice. Good luck with all that in Republican-led New Orleans.

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Leading from Imperiled Ego: Professor Nina Kruscheva on Maddow, On Putin

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Leave it to Maddow to do the research. And find actual experts. On someone as complex an individual as Vladimir Putin.

There are few scholars, particularly teaching in New York City that can speak to the USSR and Putin and His Russia with credulity, never mind credibility.

Rachel had one on air by 9:30 last night. Now teaching at The New School in NYC, Nina Kruscheva and Maddow had a worthy discussion of both background and possible paths forward.

Following Kruscheva's interview, Maddow pivoted to some superb and factual reporting about the Fvx Nation Revered Reagan response to the 1983 Soviet shoot down. Have a gander.

The zombie plane of corpses conspiracy was worthy of Hannity ... wait a minute ... is there a Russian Hannity feeding him bullshite blintzes and vice versa?!?

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Her next block brought the well-crafted story home.

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That photo of rows and rows of sunflowers being searched by off-duty Ukranian coal miners ... for bodies from the downed airliner. Chilling.

Until the "crime scene" was shut down by the separatists thought responsible for the crash ... leaving the bodies to lie in those Eastern Ukrainian fields for a second night. Unrefrigerated.

It's already midday in Eastern Ukraine, being about 7:30 a.m. EST - here's hoping the families and victims find more justice amidst the political machination as day three of this human tragedy of a search and recovery operation continues.

Image, Daily Mail UK

Image, Daily Mail UK

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Morning Joe Backs Gov. Good-Hair Perry on the Texas Tea Obama Wackadoo

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Slightly better than giving you Fvx at this hour, Morning Schmoe is semi-back from break, and Scarborough is all about kicking some PBO hiney about the humanitarian crisis at the Border. Governor Good Hair Rick Perry's stretch o' the fence.

We have all said or thought this a gazilion times about some of the asshats he has to interact with, but "Poor President Obama."

This time it's a Hairy Perry bully demand, not a respectful request for a presidential visit from a sitting governor. Perry has puffed out his Texas chest and bellowed that he wouldn't be doing any handshake on the tarmac with Barack Obama.

This comes on the egregious heels of Perry's Tin Foil Hat PBO latest … Obama himself is behind the humanitarian crisis at the Border. [Perry may be even less in touch with reality than we currently suppose.]

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So, according to MSNBC sourcing, the president and the guv'nah will be meeting behind closed doors … and we so wanted a 'shake your fist in Obama's face' photo op, blast. Which fired Ole' One Way Joe, have a gawk for yourself and I'll see you with shared frustration on the other side.

The smug is getting worse as Obama gets closer to the clean exit, it's like Regressive Right blood in the water.

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Perry and his glasses may not be running again (Hah!) in 2016, but as Rachel Maddow illustrated Monday night, he has some culpability in this Border Crisis.

President Obama does head out to Texas today, for two days of fundraising and with no advance-noticed plans to visit the border … which some have blown up into a faux Fvx Hair Aflame Scandale, and some conservative hate baiter editorialized this - ahead of time - "Obama's Katrina Moment."

Horse shite.

President Obama isn't a showman. He's not going to announce ahead of time that he is going to go down to the borders and see what is happening to the women and children, primarily, caught in this tragic cycle of entry, detention and legal action.

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There are not many good options. The president visited the border from Texas in 2011, and though no official plans have been put forward for Obama to re-route there in the next couple of days, liberals can easily seeing him doing that.

Without the hype and Regressive Right sportscasting. For a sane look at the immigration crisis, Lawrence O'Donnell had a factual look.

Praise Jeebus for the evening Voices of Reason.

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Mississippi Mudslinging Ably Covered by Rachel Maddow - VIDEO

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On the heels of Lucian's fantastic reporting on the ground game in Mississippi of yesterday, Give Me That Old Time Discrimination, Mississippi,it was satisfying to see Rachel Maddow take on the carnival of mishappenstances that have plagued the Thad Cochran and McDaniel Hot Southern Mess.

Teabagger McDaniel is now making a concerted fuss. He's not done spreading chaos, corruption and electoral complaints, by far. In fact, you can read the latest here about his inability to accept defeat gracefully. Enjoy Maddow's take on this most bizarre southern political 'situation'.

And a second segment, even better than the first. The significance is lost on no one that this is all occurring on the 50th anniversary of the epic Fight for Rights, Freedom Summer.

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Primarily Liberally Fun Tuesday: Mississippi Tea Party #fail#fail#fail

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Chris McDaniel, it couldn't have happened to a lousier Tea Party guy. It is time to surrender.

You Lost, Dude.

The reaction from Mississippi was priceless. Even liberals were celebrating Old School GOP Dinosaur Thad Cochran's win. "Hallelujah" as the subject header. "Talk about close - Cochran 50.8%, McDaniel 49.2%," first paragraph of the email that flew in shortly after the AP called the nail-biter of a Senate primary, at 11:21 p.m. VT time.  [From our very own lwdgrfx.] Maddow was no disappointment either.

The words 'defied conventional wisdom' are happening again about the un-compassionate conservative Tea Party asshattery.  Happy Dance.  Let that door hit you in the posterior as you scamper back to your home under a bridge, McDaniel.

It was a night perhaps even more satisfying than Eric Cantor's epic topple of (was it an entire two weeks ago that Laffy beat the New York Times to the punch in reporting that headline?!) last Tuesday, because this time the Tea Party Idjit went Down.

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Rather than Ann Coulter and (gag with me) Laura Ingraham doing Lipton Brigadier Vicious Victory Laps, this week we can visualize Teabaggers enjoying the possible reactions of:  confusion; anxiety; xenophobic tremors; nausea associated with the thought of African Americans holding public office; overt thirst for cheap domestic beer;  inability to sleep without Fvx Noise on at all times; an unsafe drop in White Supremacist hopes; unusual intolerance of  contraception or Women's Rights; and an urge to grab a long gun and see what's on sale at Target. Esquire had their Redneck Number.

For a wrap-up that offers just the right amount of Scarborough Crow, enjoy the opening block of Morning Mika and Schmoe's reaction.  Joe sported a fleece to be pithy in. "Cochran Wins" … it was a hum-dinger!

40,000 or so more voters went to the polls in a run-off in Mississippi than crawled out for the actual primary. That's cool, I don't care where you live - Democrats, we need to meet and beat those numbers!!

McDaniel neglected to concede in his speech … holding an imaginary door open? Morning Mika and punditry of the hour?

It's bloody great news for American politics that voters showed up in droves to ditch the Tea Party, which may seem a Phyrric victory, but it means less Ted Cruz in our ears  …  and there was another deep loss for the Teabaggers in the great state of Oklahoma, where the hopes of Palin and Cruz-endorsed Sooner T.W. Shannon were dashed to the plains.

For some fine background on McDaniel's Fail, follow this link that Lucian posted earlier this month, A Mississippi Tea Party Chat, from the Jackson Free Press.

The distilled message, as always: VOTE!! Campaigns matter but not without VOTES. Until we can do it on Facebook or the Twitterz, make the effort.

We have one per citizen, and it is our only real voice. So GOTV, Rock the Vote, Vote #VOTE Vote.

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Friday News... and Randy Newman too

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This was a surreal week. It was the week in which Glenn Beck admitted that we were right!

This was the week that saw Fox's Shepard Smith speak the truth about Iraq instead of simply repeating the neocons talking points.

It was the week in which right wing shill and apologist Mark Halperin called out Paul Bremmer for being the war monger that he is.

It was the week that saw Faux News Channel's Megyn Kelly emerge as the one who took on Dick Cheney!

Speaking of Dick and his evil spawn, Tina Dupuy wrote a great column explaining the big favor these two idiots are doing for the rest of us in being so public about their idiocy in a piece called "Bring us More Dick Cheney and Liz" and joined me on the show this morning to discuss it.

Are we, perhaps, emerging from Opposite World? I guess not, if Dick Cheney, Paul Bremmer, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleeza Rice, W and the other architects of our decade plus of war are still walking free and are given air time to spread their lies.

Yesterday was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for three governors - two Republican/one Democrat, two sitting/one former - all of whom have presidential aspirations that none of them will realize. Rachel Maddow did a great job of succinctly wrapping it all up in one neat little package for Scott Walker, Chris Christie, and Brian Schweitzer.

To wrap up each week, I conclude each Friday show with a trip into the past, digging into my old radio archives for a musical moment. Today, we went back to May 25, 1999 to the now-defunct Channel 103.1 in Los Angeles, when Randy Newman joined us in "Studio C" for an interview and performance.

A few notes... If you're a regular listener of this program and you are a small business owner, pay attention. I'm hoping to put together a page of blue-friendly businesses in an affiliate-type program. We'll promote your business in return for a commission on any sales that come through the site. If you're interested in discussing the possibilities, send me a note, and we'll talk!!

Also ... I ordered some new show swag! So, to help us raise funds necessary to survive, I have a new offer. Make a donation of $10 or more to Radio or Not any time in the next week, and I'll send you one of our handy dandy cell phone pocket wallets like the one pictured below. Note, the real ones look better and, sorry, phone not included!

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And with that, we put another week into the archives... I'll be back Monday to kick off another action-packed week, radio or not!

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Golden Showers Rain Down In Oregon GOP Party Race

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When you gotta go, you gotta go -- pee, that is.

All candidates running for office, even the super wealthy ones, look for campaign contributions. That's just a given. But usually what they want from you is money. Not so with one candidate, Art Robinson. He wants you to send him your pee. Yes, your urine. I guess he wants to piss you off.

Art Robinson is the head of Oregon’s Republican Party. Pretty big job. He's also a congressional candidate (he's run twice, lost twice). But he's taking time from his third try going to Washington to solicit people’s urine for a scientific experiment. And not just Oregonian liquid waste. He wants volunteers from anywhere in the U.S. He's not particular where his contributions come from nor how large these are. I wonder if this is all part of the Citizens United ruling prohibiting limits on campaign contributions. 

Here's a look at how Rachel Maddow sees the situation:

In case you think this unorthodox candidate is a certifiable nut case, consider this: he's got followers. He's the Republicans choice in Oregon to seek a seat in the House. And how can you question this man's credentials? He's at the forefront of science. Among his discoveries is the secret information that AIDS was actually a government conspiracy. And one of his theorems is that radiation is a good thing. So good he's proposed it be put into water and sprinkled over the entire population.

And who said the GOP is anti-education? Anti-science. Global warming deniers?

So, take up Art Robinson on his quest to get you to do your share for man or womankind. Next time you have to relieve yourself, don't waste it. If it's brown, flush it down. But if it's yellow, send it to Art Robinson, currently in Oregon but ready to travel to Washington D.C., through your contributions.

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