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Overnight:Bill Maher Takes On Dinesh D'Souza Over Anti-Obama Documentary 2016

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On his show tonight, Bill Maher squared off with Dinesh D'Souza, the face of a new anti-Obama documentary. Maher challenged D'Souza's claims that Obama holds anti-colonial, anti-capitalist views that he inherited from his father, argued that the policies Obama has implemented have not been as radical as Republicans have made them out to be, and even confronted D'Souza over the controversial comments that got him fired from ABC ten years ago, which were set off by comments D'Souza made on Politically Incorrect.

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Overnight: Deadbeat in a Cowboy Hat

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This great song was written and performed by our friend Lauren Meyer.

Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.

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Saturday Links

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Texas city pays Ted Nugent $16,000 to not perform at upcoming festival

Anti-Choice Advocates Trying to Put Already-Defeated 'Personhood' Amendment Back on the Ballot in Mississippi

Creationists Complain Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'Cosmos' Isn't Giving Them Airtime

Federal judge overturns Michigan gay marriage, adoption ban

Larry Page: I’d Rather Leave My Billions to Elon Musk Than to Charity

'The Most Fascinating Experiment In The History Of Astronomy' Is Happening Soon

This J.C. Penney Worker Was Fired For Telling The Truth About Its 'Fake' Prices

PHOTOS: Prostitution, Homelessness And Drugs Surround Twitter's New HQ

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White Nationalist Charles Murray is shaping American policy, and it ain't pretty!

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This post is by our guest contributor Dee. a freelance writer and passionate political junkie, living in the Central Plains with her husband and three furry puppies. She is a prolific tweeter as @DAbitty, and occasional blogger at MyLittleBits

You may not know who he is, but Paul Ryan sure does. Ryan has so much respect for him; he used information gleaned from his writings to demonize large segments of American society during a recent radio interview. With the fallout from that interview ongoing, I decided to dig a bit into the thinking of unknown to me, Charles Murray. A man responsible for helping shape some of Ryan’s bizarre opinions, and some of our public policies.

Seemingly, in favor of dismantling every ounce of progress made over the past 40 plus years, Charles Murray plows forward with opinions so far out of the mainstream, it would seem a near impossibility that any self-respecting politician would ever seek his council, and yet…

So, who is Mr. Charles Murray? Murray is a man of 71years, born and raised in working class, very white, Newton, Iowa. Educated by the Ivy League, he is an author, and DC Think Tanker. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) considers his ideology as that of “White Nationalist.” SPLC says “using racist pseudoscience and misleading statistics,” Murray argues that social inequality is caused by genetic inferiority. (I tend to agree with SPLC.)

Best known for his authorship of The Bell Curve, and Losing Ground: American Social Policy 1950-1980, Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010, as well as his contribution to numerous conservative publications, Murray is a Senior Fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.

Using his own brand of social science Murray’s writings are more eugenics than actual social studies, at least the social studies I remember. He believes the disadvantaged are so because, on average, they are unable to compete with white men, who are in all ways superior.

Murray is a proponent of eliminating what he terms the “welfare state”, including affirmative action, and the Department of Education – as well as other more progressive policies. He argues that innate deficiencies are the cause for unequal social and educational outcomes, and those cannot be overcome by public policy, aka Government.

“You want to have a job training program for welfare mothers? You think that’s going to cure the welfare problem? Well, when you construct that job training program and try to decide what jobs they might qualify for, you had better keep in mind that the mean IQ of welfare mothers is somewhere in the 80s, which means that you have certain limitations in what you're going to accomplish.” 
—Interview on race and IQ, “Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg,” PBS, 1994

It seems his views are in part responsible for the welfare restructuring done during the Clinton Administration. After a decade of advocating against welfare for single mothers, President Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, ending traditional welfare programs. Of Murray Clinton said, “He did the country a great service. I mean, he and I often disagree, but I think his analysis is essentially right. … There is no question that it would work,” referring to policies he (Murray) viewed as incentivizing out of wedlock births.

In a 2012 New York Times (NYT) article Jennifer Schuessler quotes President Obama from a 1994 NPR commentary saying, Murray and his co-author have calculated that “white America is ready for a return to good old-fashioned racism as long as it’s artfully packaged.” How prophetic that seems, here in 2014.

This is just the tip of Charlie’s very large iceberg… for fear of losing you I will provide links to more information, and leave you with this tidbit from Murray himself:

“Try to imagine a presidential candidate saying in front of the cameras, ‘One reason that we still have poverty in the United States is that a lot of poor people are born lazy.’ You cannot imagine it because that kind of thing cannot be said. And yet, this unimaginable statement merely implies that when we know the complete genetic story, it will turn out that the population below the poverty line in the United States has a configuration of the relevant genetic makeup that is significantly different from the configuration of the population above the poverty line. This is not unimaginable. It is almost certainly true.” 
—“Deeper Into the Brain,” National Review, 2000

Charles Murray is wrong-headed in so many ways, the fact that a presidential candidate could not say, “in front of the cameras” what Paul Ryan just said, “in front of the cameras” is proof of the influence Murray is having upon public policy, aka Government.

http://shameproject.com/profile/charles-murray/

http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/profiles/Charles-Murray

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Why The LGBT Community Scares The Holy BeJesus Out Of The GOP

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It does make you wonder why the Republicans are so anti-gay as a party. Oh, that's not to say everyone in the Republican party is homophobic -- but we can argue that their most vocal spokespeople certainly are. And on the state level, it's even more acute than nationally.

One reason might be that the conservative wing of the once Grand Old Party (now the WHOMP - White Homophobic Old Men's Party), is being led by the nuts (take that any way you wish) by the Tea Baggers. And they fear anyone or anything that doesn't look old, white, Anglo-Saxon Christian.  Anyone else -- Jew, Muslim, immigrant, minority -- is a threat to them. And their rule book is the bible. More appropriately, their interpretation of its teachings. When it suits them, they quote it. When it doesn't, they interpret it.

The anti-gay movement within the Right-wingnut conservatives bible-thumpers isn't really new, Yahoo News:

Then there are the influential conservative “Christian” groups who have long demonized gays, such as Bryan Fischer at the American Family Association (AFA) who said the “homosexual agenda” is “the greatest immediate threat to every freedom and right that is enshrined in the First Amendment.” Even the Republican Party’s 2012 platform made it seem like the end of days were approaching with their description of gay marriage as “an assault on the foundations of our society.”

So, if Fisher and his AFA group are to be believed, the LGBT community is out to get us. They're the enemy. They're going to enlist us to join (I wonder if they have glossy membership cards) or if we're not willing to convert, to enslave us. By that I guess they mean to turn us into concubines and rape us and our children -- not to mention our pets.)

 AFA’s former general manager, Dr. Buster Wilson, explained the “homosexual agenda” in this light: “Simple ‘equality’ is not the goal of the gay activists.  They want total domination in some cases…not just ‘accept them’ but to bow to them and their wants.“

Who can argue with that reasoning? Us straight folks face a real threat of enslavement and domination. Oooh. Whips. Yup, that's the gay S&M scene. We should all thank visionaries like Fisher and Wilson. They have seen the light. Pull out all the stops to make sure the gays don't even find equal protections under the law or else.

Comedian Sabrina Jalees,  revealed a bit of the homosexual agenda: “You should see what we've got planned once we get our equal rights. We're gonna go ahead and keep living. Almost exactly the same way heterosexuals do, just with better clothes.”

So now we know what's behind the Conservative hatred core. But my favorite comment about the LGBT haters out there is this comment from comedian, Jim David. He put it succinctly: “People who aren't having any good sex are seriously threatened by those who are.”

Anyone else out there who thinks it's time to stop this Conservative right-wing hatred?

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Old Habits And Larcenous Senators Never Die - They Just Become Rand Paul

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Well, Rand Paul is at it again. After being caught plagiarizing passages from other people's work and passing them off as his own in speeches late last year, the junior Kentucky senator evidently hasn't learned his lesson. In making his un-heartfelt semi-apology after being confronted, he promised to correct this "oversight." via Talking Points Memo:

Paul was hammered by critics last year after news outlets uncovered a string of his speeches and op-eds that seemed to lift material from Wikipedia and other sources. He has since vowed to better vet his material and offer footnotes.

Okay, it happens. But Rand Paul should know better. Anyone who publishes or makes public speeches knows how easy it is to simply acknowledge the source of their materials, just like I did above with linking to Talking Points Memo for the passage above.

This latest theft of intellectual material stems from a class action law suit he's filed against President Obama regarding the NSA.

It's not just a large law suit, it is the largest class action suit ever filed.

Now its not to be unexpected that there would be some similarly worded "boiler plate" and references to the broken laws in the filing. But that's not the case here. It's more than that. Paul and his attorney, former Virginia Attorney General Ken "the Cooch" Cuccinelli allegedly stole or lifted entire passages from the work of another attorney, Bruce Fein, who recently served as an attorney for former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's father.

From the Washington Post's Dana Milbank:

But a Jan. 15 draft of the complaint written by Fein has long passages that are nearly identical to those in the complaint Cuccinelli filed Wednesday. Except for some cuts and minor wording changes, they are clearly the same documents.

Now the Cooch and Rand Paul's defense is not that they stole from Bruce Fein but that he did this work, (evidently quid pro quo) for some future consideration. Of course acknowledging this would have saved them a lot of embarrassment, but that's never been an issue for either Paul or the Cooch. The two shysters just slough this claim off by saying, again via TPM:

Doug Stafford, the executive director of Paul's political action committee RandPac, told Bloomberg Businessweek that “allegations that Bruce Fein was not paid are false, he was paid. Additionally, Bruce was one of several attorneys involved in this lawsuit.”

But...

I know you were waiting for that three-letter word... But, it seems this is all news to Bruce Fein. He claims this is not true. He was never "hired" by them nor was he compensated.

Fein's ex-wife and spokeswoman, Mattie Fein, told Milbank that Cuccinelli stole "the work product, intellectual property and legal genius of Bruce Fein" without payment.

If you ask me, if anyone would know whether or not payment was made, it would be Fein's ex-wife and spokesperson. Who better than his ex-wife, knows and cares extensively whether or not her ex got paid? Future alimony payments could be affected.

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So I'm going to leave it with you to sort this one out. Who do you believe, confessed plagiarist Senator Paul along with his extremist attorney the Cooch, or lawyer Bruce Fein and his ex-wife/spokesperson, Mattie Fein? It does make you ponder what's next from Senator Paul. A new Constitution that he'll take credit for that still has the faint signature of Thomas Jefferson on it? I hope Paul doesn't tire too soon from all the "heavy lifting" he's been doing during the campaign. He's fun to watch when caught -- he squirms and sweats profusely.

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Republican on Republican Bloodbath -- Eating Their Own

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Ever get the feeling you were being eaten by your own?

Is the Tea Party really part of the Republican party or are they a third party? That's the question that leads to this story on the internecine battle going on right now in what's currently called the GOP ranks. But as you read more, you may come to the same conclusion that many share now -- the GOP and the Tea Party are two different organizations, kind of like conjoined twins - relying on each other for their complete existence.

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Sadly, like with Eng and Chang Bunker, they were two very different people who couldn't co-exist without one another. They shared vital organs, one's blood fed through the other. Neither could survive alone, therefore they spent 63 years connected -- and when one died, the other quickly followed.

Is this the fate of the GOP? There's a certain movement afoot to separate the two groups. There were separate responses to the State of the Union. They have separate caucuses in Congress. They have separate agendas, and even separate fundraising. Yet they loosely still are bridled under the one banner of the Republican Party.

Here's where the malfunction is being felt the most. Forget "all politics is local." All politics is MONEY. Period.

Via Talking Points Memo:

As part of their efforts to avoid the unforced errors that have cost them in the last two elections, Republicans have been playing "hardball" with would-be donors to a leading tea party group.

FreedomWorks chief Matt Kibbe told the New York Times in a story published Monday that leading Republican lawmakers have done their part to block donations to his group.

This is beginning to sound like those species who eat their young. Where the Tea Party and the GOP share a number of commonalities, they also are facing some mutual obstacles -- mainly the Independent voters who are flocking to the Democrats. These are largely women, the poor, immigrants, and minorities.

So you'd think that if you were one party, you'd work together, sharing the chores and the funding. As two parties, they can't exist beyond another election without self-inflicted major injuries. One will not walk away from the next showdown. And when you cut the power to the GOP and exile the Tea Party members, you've got two weak and ineffective groups. When Eng died, Chang followed minutes later. Does anyone else smell the faint wafting of the Whig or the Bull Moose Parties?

FreedomWorks is backing a number of conservative candidates trying to unseat GOP incumbents such as Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.

And while the effort has drawn the ire of Republican leadership, Kibbe doesn't mind his insurgent role. In October, he suggested that there's a "real possibility" that the GOP splits into two factions.

So FreedomWorks, the fundraising mechanism for the Tea Party is starting to get shut out from the mainstream Republican donors. No money means no influence, which then means no politics. All they can do now is take what funds they can scrape together to try to usurp the larger, more mainstream GOP. But this Tea Party cancer is taking it's toll, eating away from within. Will the Tea Party cancer turn out to be malignant? Some say it already has. Just ask Speaker John Boehner.

The bigger question is whether or not this creeping disease is going to be fatal. Right now the attending physicians aren't giving great odds for survival. I hear Boehner and Cantor are meeting later today with Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. The Speaker has requested a priest be present, in case last rites need to be administered. Does that give you a "tale of the tape?"

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