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Obama To Big Business, Be Scared. Be Very Scared This Time



Washington is fighting. Nothing too new there. Call it almost business as usual. Republicans and Democrats not seeing eye-to-eye. No big deal.

But this time it's gone a bit farther, and for the first time in 17 years we have a shutdown. But that's not too earth-shattering. It's happened before and will probably happen again. What's the concern?

The concern is that Big Business relies on the GOP to protect them. To fight all regulations and allow them to run wild in the streets. In return the Republicans are given money for their campaigns. It's a vicious cycle and one that costs the middle class both fair representation and money.

What has changed and the president made it clear in his Thursday meeting with titans of big business in a private White House meeting, is in the recent past, there was a spokesperson for the GOP, someone who represented their unified party.

That no longer exists -- it's like trying to negotiate with a foreign government in the middle of a civil war. Who really represents the country -- or in this case, the party?

We know who it isn't. It's not John Boehner. It also isn't Mitch McConnell who wasn't even allowed to speak after the closed door session with the leaders of both houses in the Oval Office.

On appearances, there's Senator (Rafael Cruz) running the House of Representatives, and a small faction of the House majority party. At the same time he's being shunned in his own chamber, the Senate. His objective appears to be destruction of the United States. Total anarchy. It's the asylum being run by the insane inmates and there's no one to negotiate with. Certainly nobody sane.

Under this uncertainty, Big Business can't thrive. So they're switching beds. They're leaving the comfort of their money stuffed Republican mattresses and coming over to sleep with the Democrats. It's an uneasy alliance at best, but until the Repubs can get their House in order, the certainty, and the will of the people, is being represented by Obama and the Democrats.

Here's how PBO put it to CNBC's John Harwood. It's the same dire warning "O" gave big business. The first day of the government shutdown, the market dropped. The second, a day after meeting with the president, the market's crashing big time. So fear has gripped Wall Street. It should ripple and reach the Republicans soon -- or they won't have two nickels to rub together come next election. It seems this assessment is enough to leave more than the president "exasperated."


America's Greatest Enemy -- Ignorance


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How thin is thin? I'm not talking about weight, I'm talking about thinking and intellect.

According to The Hill, a classified report on the use of Sarin gas on the Syrian people was circulated and shared with Congressional members on Sunday. What each elected official takes from it will, of course vary. If you want to go in believing these men, women and children were gassed, I'm sure you'd come away with that as a conclusion. If you were dubious, perhaps you would be swayed. But when you're truly ignorant, you have an answer like this:

"Yes, I saw the classified documents yesterday. They were pretty thin," Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) said. "The case can be made that actually Assad was the one that pulled the trigger is suspect," he said.

Micheal Burgess

Okay. He's entitled to his opinion. Maybe it wasn't Assad. Maybe it was one of his over-zealous staff who somehow gave the order. There's always that chance it's a rogue operation. I'll give Burgess that much.

The Texas congressman instead believes, as does Syria's government, that groups backed by Turkey, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are behind the use of chemical weapons.

Whoa, Nellie. It's one thing not to believe, it's another to think the US along with Turkey and Saudi Arabia pulled this off, finding a way to internally fire chemical war-headed missiles from Syrian launchers and bases. We may be good, but even on 24 you'd think this an implausible plot.

Even Rep. Burgess had some trouble getting that out of his mouth. So then he changed tack. He conceded that even if it was Assad, what's the big problem?

He also said he doesn't understand why Syrians don't rise up and topple Assad.

"It's not that he attacked another country, it's not that he attacked an ally, he did this to his own folks," he said. "I don't understand why they don't rise up as one and eliminate him from his position in leadership. It seems that would be the logical thing to happen."

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Congressman, do you ever listen to yourself. You just said Assad did this to his people. So then the classified documents are not "thin proof." It's your thin thinking. First you were preoccupied with fetus's masturbating in the womb as justification for their ability to "feel." Now you're asserting that Assad has stockpiles of Sarin gas and you see no reason he'll use it to quell an uprising. Congressman Burgess, you have one hell of a thin Red, White, & Blue mind.

Where does Texas find these morons to serve in Congress? Even of greater interest, is how do they get elected when they do run? I don't know about you, but I use my vote every election. And it's to keep dangerous people out of powerful positions. I hope putting a pin in it, pointing out the insanity of officials like Michael Burgess, will cause people to think, then to vote.

Dump the chump. Save America from it's greatest enemy -- ignorance.


VIDEO- Rachel Maddow: Radical GOP "anti-abortion," "anti-contraception," "religious freedom" agenda is "a scam"


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Rachel Maddow gets yet another standing ovation for this one.

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Pennsylvania Republicans delay forced-ultrasound bill


Via PennLive:

Leaders of the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania House are putting the brakes on a controversial abortion-rights measure.

Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny County, told his members via email Wednesday that he has canceled a March 12 floor debate on the bill because of “concerns raised by the medical community, among others.” The bill would mandate access to images and other information from ultrasounds for women seeking abortions.

"Others"? As in women? Who vote? And who can lose candidates elections?

The bill would require that women to have an ultrasound,  including 'transvaginal' ultrasounds, at least 24 hours prior to getting an abortion, and the monitor screens would have to be in the patients' line of sight.

Of course, they are given the option to close their eyes or look away. That's the GOP's idea of "freedom"... freedom to turn one's head and shut one's eyes while being forced to undergo an unnecessary and pricey medical procedure.

And now the liberty-happy anti-choice bunch are having second thoughts.

Gee, it's almost like all those Republicans who are trying to force their idea of "small government" up women's vaginas or onto women's abdomens are getting unpleasant feedback.

Co-sponsors are scattering like rats running from a sinking ship. Livewire:

It's unclear whether the delay on the bill is for the entire year or until after the state's April 24 primary. The bill had lost 17 co-sponsors as of Thursday afternoon, according to the ACLU of Pennsylvania.

Don't mess with women.


James O'Keefe, derailed: "He’ll trample even his best friends to get in front of a camera and present their ideas and work as his own."


I touched on the growing discontent of some of Little Jimme Olsen O'Keefe's colleagues in a post titled James O’Keefe “allies”: “We were… sold a false bill of goods.” O’Keefe was “desperate [for] money & needing to rehabilitate his reputation”, but it looks as if the resentment is increasing. How nice for him... and for us!

It seems Occupy Wall Street isn't the only revolt in the news these days. Come to think of it, O'Keefe is pretty revolting all on his own.

Via Politico:

O’Keefe’s vision, pieced together from court filings, interviews and tax records filed by his nonprofit Project Veritas, has been hampered by bitter infighting, lack of funding and even his own fame.

And O’Keefe has begun to fight back, preparing lawsuits against two former associates-turned-critics — one who claims O’Keefe had little to do with his biggest post-ACORN exposé, focused on NPR, and another former colleague who says she backed out of a project last month because of O’Keefe’s lack of professionalism. [...]

“What people around him learn about O’Keefe is that he doesn’t plan or research anything he does,” said a former associate who devised and implemented the NPR sting [...]

“But he’ll trample even his best friends to get in front of a camera and present their ideas and work as his own,” said the associate, who agreed to talk to POLITICO only to respond to comments from O’Keefe’s camp. He asserted that O’Keefe “was frantically desperate to get himself back in the news for something positive” after a spat of bad press over his May 2010 guilty plea to entering a federal building under false pretenses during a botched sting of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and an embarrassing botched sting of a CNN reporter in August 2010.

It was only a matter of time until the little weasel got a taste of his own venom.

H/t: @Socraticsmythod


James O'Keefe "allies": “We were... sold a false bill of goods.” O'Keefe was "desperate [for] money & needing to rehabilitate his reputation.”



Little Jimmy Olsen wannabe James O'Keefe (all our posts about him are here) has a bit of a mutiny on his hands.

If you're unfamiliar with this sleazebag, he's a smug, bratty, self-serving, attention-starved, needy little fraud he's been over the years. ACORN‘s gone, in no small part because his efforts; he’s had his sick idea of fun with NPR; he’s already stuck his greedy, grimy little hand out for donations; avoided the very same cameras he feels free to turn on others; squirmed out of more serious charges thanks to connections; and did his level best to punk a CNN correspondent. He also failed to answer my friend and radio host Nicole Sandler's questions when she confronted him face to face.

Now his own allies are fed up with his slipshod, self-serving ways. Via The Daily Beast:

In a series of interviews with The Daily Beast, [Simon] Templar says he had designed the [NPR] effort to be “a very thoroughly researched and impeccably executed project that was by no means limited to NPR. James wanted it to be a hit job.”

What’s more, says Templar, O’Keefe “didn’t seem to care about the reasons why we were doing this. All he cared about was that he had people saying embarrassing stuff on video. I came to learn how desperate he was in terms of money and needing to rehabilitate his reputation.”

Shaughn Adeleye, who worked with Templar in posing as another member of the phony Muslim group, also disagreed with O’Keefe’s tactics. “We were both sold a false bill of goods,” says Adeleye, who devised the NPR scheme and persuaded O’Keefe to adopt it.

The details are at DB, the delusions are inside O'Keefe's head.


Present, former Green Bay Packers say they back AFL-CIO


Hmm, didn't these guys just win some big deal? Just might facilitate the dittoheads wrapping what's left of their brains around the truth.

Present and former members of the Green Bay Packers, all members of the National Football League Players Association, have signed a letter in support of the AFL-CIO's efforts to derail Gov. Scott Walker's plan to cut some union bargaining rights.

The letter was signed by Curtis Fuller, Chris Jackie, Charles Jordan, Bob Long, Steve Okoniewski, Brady Poppinga and Jason Spitz.

The statements reads: "We know that it is teamwork on and off the field that makes the Packers and Wisconsin great. As a publicly owned team we wouldn't have been able to win the Super Bowl without the support of our fans.

"It is the same dedication of our public workers every day that makes Wisconsin run. They are the teachers, nurses and child care workers who take care of us and our families. But now in an unprecedented political attack Governor Walker is trying to take away their right to have a voice and bargain at work.