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Opportunity knocks: Democrats name 14 "Red to Blue" House candidates

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Democrats think they have a chance to win some House elections in tough districts, and are adding even more targets as we speak. The DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) looks at candidates' fundraising, organization and infrastructure goals and then offers support to those who fit the bill.

However, winning back the House of Representatives wont be easy.

Via The Hill:

The committee named 16 candidates to the program, and three more districts with multiple Democratic contenders that the party has high hopes of winning. Two of those districts are open seat contests but are currently held by a Democrat.

The priority races are short of the 17 Democrats need to win in order to regain control of the House, an uphill battle especially in a midterm year where turnout is typically more favorable to Republicans.

Uphill battle, sure, but here's the part of The Hill's reporting that is key, because it drives home the obvious distinctions between Democrats and Republicans. It's the diversity, stupid:

Of the 16 candidates in the first round of Red-to-Blue districts, 10 are women, an historically high portion of the list that the committee argues is evidence of the Democratic Party’s diversity in contrast to the GOP.

No wonder the GOP continues to do everything they can to suppress the vote. Generally speaking, the more diverse the pool of voters, the more ballots cast for Democrats.

Full lists of Red-to-Blue candidates, districts, and races can be found at the link.

While we're at it, here's an idea: Elect more Progressives. While nearly any Democrat is preferable to a Republican, Dems who don't act, speak, and cast votes as Dems can pretty much blunt any victories, even if we were to achieve our dream of a Democratically-controlled House.

When those on the right bellow about how the left controlled both Houses during President Obama's first term, they leave out the part where Dems voted with Republicans or failed to support progressive issues (women's reproductive rights, for example).

All that said, one enormous priority remains: Get Out the Vote in 2014. As they say, when turnout is high, Democrats tend to win.

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When's An Apology Not An Apology? When It Comes From Ted Nugent

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HUFFPO:

Rocker Ted Nugent has reportedly apologized for calling President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel," according to the Ben Ferguson Show and CNN.

During an interview on the Ben Ferguson Show Friday, Nugent apologized for the comments, which he made in January 2014.

In case you missed Nugent's assessment of the President, here it is, verbatim, via The Wire:

I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the acorn community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America.

Here's the Facebook announcement about the apology today. From this you'd think Nugent woke up this morning with a whole new attitude. Think again as you read on:

BREAKING NEWS: TED NUGENT JUST SAID HE IS SORRY TO PRESIDENT OBAMA ON THE SHOW!
In fact, Nugent did not apologize to to the President, but did apologize for using the term, "subhuman mongrel." What the Right wingnut did apologize was for anyone linking that comment to Texas attorney general Greg Abbott -- who is campaigning for governor. Nugent called Abbott his "blood brother."

He just didn't want Abbott to take any blame -- but Nugent still evidently stick by his vile name calling. Again from HUFFPO:

"I do apologize -- not necessarily to the President -- but on behalf of much better men than myself," Nugent said, calling the comments "street fighter terminology."

Just who are those better men he refers to:  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas.). And quite surprisingly, both criticized the rocker for his outrageous statement, but then quickly added their support for the Attorney General and his campaign for Governor. What do you think they told their candidate? Why "Rock on," of course.

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Southern Christian Ministers Betray Christ by Ignoring Health Insurance for the Poor

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

...Red States adopting the total GOP assault on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) refused to accept federal funds for expanding Medicaid eligibility, leaving many of their citizens without coverage that they could receive under the act.  But the Republican politics of damning anything associated with the ACA as the work of the devil has left many white and minority Americans in healthcare Hell.

Ironically, CNN notes that "most of the people who fall into the coverage gap live in the Bible Belt, a 14-state region in the South stretching from North Carolina to Texas and Florida." Yet, and this is why this GOP political act of condemning individuals, families and children to death or bankruptcy becomes relevant to religion. [...]

CNN did find a pastor or two who would go on record:

The Rev. Phil Wages, senior pastor Winterville First Baptist Church in Georgia and a blogger, was one of the few Bible Belt ministers willing to speak on the subject. [...]

“I have an issue with the government coming in to get money through me - through taxes - to take care of people, when my argument is that I should be free to give to charities or to my church in order to take care of the sick and destitute,” he says.

The most fundamental rebuttal to the argument of Rev. Wages is then why are so many millions of Americans without healthcare insurance if the churches are taking care of them?

After all, a lot of these people are low-paid working people who don't receive health insurance as part of their jobs [...]

Indeed, CNN includes a counter-argument to Rev. Wages:

Wages’ position is impractical and unbiblical, says Ronald Sider, a longtime advocate for the poor and author of “The Scandal of Evangelical Politics."

Churches and charities don’t have enough resources to take care of an estimated 48 million Americans who don’t have health care. The Bible is filled with examples of God's fury over economic oppression of the poor, which Christians should regard as scandalous, he says.

“If you are not sharing God’s concern for the poor, it raises huge questions about whether you are a Christian at all,” he says about pastors who say nothing about the uninsured poor.

Anyone can deem themselves a good person by claiming to be "saved" by Jesus, but Jesus preached saving others from injustice, poverty and hunger.

You can't be "saved," until you understand that Jesus rebelled against those who sought financial gain at the expense of others.  Jesus was an advocate of God's compassion toward all, particularly those scorned and left behind.

Meanwhile, millions in the Evangelical and Baptist South will continue to be the victims of a trumped up theology, rigged for those who find comfort in the words of pastors who sell the snake oil of "salvation."

Please read the entire post here.

practice what you preach

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Tar Heels To Tar Babies

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repulsiveThere's little attempt by the Republican party to hide their bigotry in North Carolina. At one time they were considered inspired. Now they're heading to become expired. They've quickly gone from impulsive to repulsive. If this ever was more evident than this video, I haven't seen it -- yet. But I am talking about the GOP/Tea Party.

HuffPo:

Aasif Mandvi sat down with Don Yelton, a North Carolinian precinct captain who apparently missed the "don't be racist" memo. In the interview, he copped to loving portrayals of President Obama as a witch doctor, claimed that one of his best friends is black, and even used both the phrase "lazy blacks" and the N-word while defending the state's voter ID laws.

UPDATE: Don Yelton, the man who made racially insensitive comments on Wednesday's "Daily Show," has resigned his position as a GOP precinct captain upon the request of the North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope. Mr. Pope denounced his statements as "completely inappropriate and highly offensive." Pope also clarified that contrary to "The Daily Show's" identification, Yelton is not in fact a member of the NCGOP Executive Committee.

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Bill Moyers Calls Out the GOP -- And Good

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There's something about the congenial way newsman and journalist Bill Moyers captures the essence of what's going on around him -- soft spoken, folksy and stingingly right on. He's blessed with acute observational skills, an even-keeled disposition and a soothing sanity. As they said about Orson Welles, "he could read you the phone book and make it sound interesting."

Maybe it's his years of experience, his dulcet tones or that his guiding light is his moral compass, but when you want to know how things are in America, there's no greater source or voice of sanity that Moyers. He's not afraid to call out any inconsistency with human nature, no matter what political side your political beliefs. He doesn't really take sides. He observes and he comments. During the government shutdown he made an amazingly astute video.

Veracity Stew:

Moyers not only pointed out the shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act, but also reminded us of the days before this lunacy, when law was law, and lawmakers worked to change laws they didn't agree with, rather than deliberately sabotage the economy, stability, and reputation of the nation in childish protest:

“When the president refused to buckle to their extortion, they threw their tantrum. Like the die-hards of the racist South a century and a half ago, who would destroy the Union before giving up their slaves, so would these people burn the place down, sink the ship of state, and sow economic chaos to get their way. This says it all, they even shuttered the Statue of Liberty.”

If it were my choice, I'd make it mandatory viewing for any incoming or incumbent congress person or senator.

See if you don't agree.

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Rafael Ted And His 'Friendly Fire' Casualties

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Some species of animals survive by eating their own. One of those cannibals is Ted Cruz. I think inspired, rousing oratory is wonderful and lacking so often from our common discourse. When it becomes truly inflammatory just for conflagration sake, I'm disturbed. When it gets to the point of eating it's own, there's really a cause for concern.

The times when I see people following hollow, delusional characters, I'm shaken. It makes me wonder what are these disciples hearing, seeing and thinking that I'm missing? Can't they see they're the sacrificial lambs being led to the slaughter?

Congress, both houses, has a job. It's the legislative branch of our government and their job is to pass or repeal laws. Not just for their district, but for the entire country. Funny how some think they represent strictly their own district. But that is wrong.

And this regionalism is what's hurting all of America, whether you are living in an urban or rural area. Whether your city is solvent or bankrupt, liberal or conservative. Congress is responsible to all of the people.

Tip O'Neill is credited with the phrase, "All politics is local."

Well, sorry to ding your hero, Chris Matthews, but times have changed. And when we've allowed firebrands and outrageous national behavior by the likes of Rafael Cruz, Mike Lee, Tom Coburn to bring about national crisis, we need to examine Tip's axiom. All Congress is elected locally, but serves nationally. And National interests trump the local need. If you want to serve the local interests, run for local office. The House and Senate are national offices and for governing the entire country.

Hillary Clinton discussed the Rafael Cruz phenomena this way, "Scorched earth over common ground." Why this local (Texas) politician  should have more sway than the nationally elected president is quite a quandary. The US elected Obama, like it or not. Texas, big as it may be, is but one of our 50 states. Why does Cruz get to hold up the entire congress and dictate how they vote?

Cruz has turned into a flesh eating zombie, the undead. And he feats on his own party. He's already begun his dining campaign and he's being given free ground and a right-wing set of chompers to bring this country to it's knees, then eat it alive. Here's his bold accusations from a few days ago. Is this the rantings of a uniting, or a dividing force? You be the judge.

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GOP's Gone With The Wind

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Tara - AKA The Capitol Building

John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, found a little budget money that wasn't effected by the government shutdown and he made an educational short to demonstrate how he plans on handling the problem of The Affordable Care Act with his close buddy Rafael 'Ted' Cruz.

In this clip, John Boehner is played by Vivian Leigh and Ted Cruz  is played by Butterfly McQueen. Oh, and the birthin' babies is played by Obamacare.

C'mon, you gotta believe this is how Boehner feels right about now. Talk about your betrayal. America, time to step into Vivian Leigh's shoes and show Ted Cruz how you really feel.

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