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Remember Turner and Hooch? Meet Gov. Ultrasound and Cooch.


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Remember Turner and Hooch? Meet Gov. Ultrasound and Cooch.

In our last episode, we left off with reports of Va. Gov. Bob “Ultrasound” McDonnell negotiating his resignation. And Rachel Maddow pretty much destroyed him over all those pesky “gifts.”

Yet according to new Quinnipiac poll, voters say by a 44% to 36% margin that McDonnell is honest and trustworthy and only 16% of voters, most of whom are Democrats, think he should resign. I'msorrywhat?

As for Ken "Cooch" Cuccinelli, well...

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Jim Nolan at the Richmond Times-Dispatch just broke a new twist in Bob McDonnell corruption scandal (h/t: Rachel Maddow) to the tune of about about $2,800 per month:

Cash-strapped Gov. Bob McDonnell has found a way to defray part of his monthly real estate expenses on the millions in property he owns -- by renting his western Henrico home to his hand-picked state health commissioner.

Dr. Cynthia C. Romero, who took over as state health commissioner in January, has been renting the McDonnells' $835,000 home in the tony Wyndham residential community, a McDonnell spokesman confirmed. [...]

News that the governor entered into a financial relationship with a top state official under his supervision comes as federal and state investigators probe the gifts the first family and McDonnell have received during his time in office and his relationship with Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams Sr.

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You didn't think I'd forget about Cooch, now did you? He just can't seem to accept that oral sex thing. Think Progress:

In an unusual move, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R), his party’s nominee for governor, launched a new campaign website Wednesday highlighting his efforts to reinstate Virginia’s unconstitutional Crimes Against Nature law. The rule, which makes felons out of even consenting married couples who engage in oral or anal sex in the privacy of their own homes, was struck down by federal courts after Cuccinelli blocked efforts to bring it in line with the Supreme Court’s 2003 Lawrence v. Texas ruling.

TP has the gory details.

It gets worse. According to a Roanoke College poll, Cooch is leading Democrat Terry McAuliffe 37% to 31% in the gubernatorial race. 27% are undecided. That's two polls in one post that make me want to stick a fork in my face.

(UPDATE: Here are two polls that tell a much happier story. Forks officially removed.)

But back to how that creepy old "Big Government" should never, ever intrude upon the private lives of Americans. Except when it comes to women's privacy and reproductive rights.

Except when it comes to consenting adults engaging in the type of sex that surely makes Cooch (no pun) cry "Waaah!" and hide under the covers (along with his grown-up magazines with grown-up images... allegedly... according to me... but come on, is there any doubt? Did I just type all that out loud?).

Hey Ultrasound and Cooch, how's that GOP reinvention workin' for ya?

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RNC Chair Reince Priebus thinks GOP Va. Cuccinelli running mate E.W. Jackson is a "dynamic guy," "articulate."


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Yep, that (fake) Republican reinvention effort sure has taken hold. You know how you can tell? Easy peasy! Just take a look at what RNC chair Reince Priebus is saying about this guy:

“Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK.”

And via Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog:

The anti-gay activist said that gays and lesbians have "perverted" minds and are "very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally," and bigoted against African Americans and Christians. [...]

Jackson added that homosexuality "poisons culture, it destroys families, it destroys societies" and will lead to God's judgment. [...]

Jackson has accused President Obama of having "Muslim sensibilities" and seeing the world "from a Muslim perspective." [...]

Zoe Schlanger reports that Virginia's newly-nominated A.G. candidate advocated requiring women to report miscarriages to the police -- or face jail time.

E.W. Jackson, ladies and gentlemen. Or as I like to call him, Ew!

Priebus on D.C. radio station WMAL, via LiveWire:

"I think that he’s a pretty dynamic guy. But ultimately this is about Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe," Preibus said of Jackson. "I think we know that, you know it’s never, just like in the Presidential election. It’s usually never about the VP, it’s always about the presidential candidate, it’s all about the governor. ... That’s what’s going to matter, in the end, but, obviously, I think it’s good to have an articulate lieutenant governor that can work hard underneath, and move votes, and help out the top of the ticket."

Yes, that's what Reince thinks of the same guy who two Virginia GOP women said is part of "the worst ticket EVER!”

He admires "articulate" and "dynamic" E.W., who is on the same team as wannabe "it's all about the governor" Cuccinelli, the top o' the ticket:

Sorry, GOP, but you cannot reinvent your way out of these three.

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Wisconsin bill would allow spying on bank accounts of unemployed


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Rep. Dan Knodl, a Wisconsin Republican, co-authored a bill that, once again, illustrates the hypocrisy of the GOP.

That would be the same GOP that scu-REAMS about how French, commie, fascist, Marxist, Kenyan, abortionist, evil Big Government is coming to get you, so get out yer shootin' irons and rev up them Second Amendment Remedies while shrinking government down to drownable-in-bathtub size...

...As they snoop into out-of-work Wisconsinites' bank accounts. No hypocrisy there.

Watch out workers and middle class, they're at it again.

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Via the Wisconsin State Journal:

A bill that is speeding through the state Legislature would require jobless people to provide more proof that they are seeking work, and make it easier for the state to recover overpayments — including those made because of government errors — by allowing officials to peek into unemployed people’s bank accounts. [...]

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee on May 13 approved a provision in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal that would make Wisconsin the fourth state in the country to require jobless people to apply for four jobs a week — the current standard is two — to get benefits.

Not only that, but if someone fails to accept a job offer, their benefits would be cut and they'd be ineligible until they find a job that pays them six times their weekly benefit rate. Currently, it is four times.

Be proud, Republicans. Stickin' it to the little guy should help that new image of yours like nobody's business.

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More here.

H/t: Taegan


Two Va. GOP women on Ken Cuccinelli and running mate E.W. Jackson: "This is the worst ticket EVER!"


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Lowkell over at Blue Virginia has a thing or two to say about a thing or two about a Republican woman or two saying a thing or two about Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.

Former Republican and Independent Delegate Katherine Waddell and former President of the Virginia Federation of Republican Women Jan Schar are the two women. And the thing or two that they said were in response to a Politico article about Ken Cuccinelli's conspiracy theories that Planned Parenthood is a racist organization engaging in "eugenics." Cuccinelli specifically "made reference to Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger..."

And here's Cuccinelli's running mate, E.W. Jackson:

"Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK."

Blue Virginia:

On the conference call, former Delegate Waddell (R/I) decried Cuccinelli's "dangerous...anti-woman health agenda."  According to Waddell, we haven't even "scratched the surface of how extreme Ken Cuccinelli is." She says it make "absolutely no sense to accuse Planned Parenthood of being a racist organization; it's an organization which brings much needed health care to many." "But then again," Waddell added, "nothing about the Republican Party these days makes any sense." Waddell said she's "completely embarrassed and mortified by the Republican ticket of Cuccinelli and Jackson," asking, "What are they thinking?" In Waddell's view, "This is the worst ticket ever."

Remember, these are Republican women who are slamming these two loons, Republican women who understand the need for making health services available, not pulling funds and smearing organizations that provide it.

Need a reminder or two about who Cuccinelli is?

Virginia, now is the time to turn your back on extremists like these. Now is the time to send a message at the ballot box.

Because, well, see how the GOP has reinvented itself? See how outreachy they are now?

More at the link.


Here it is: The article every liberal needs to show a conservative


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How many times have you been in a conversation with a conservative on Twitter, Facebook, face-to-face, on the phone, or just standing in line somewhere, and you blank on an easy to understand, informative comeback? Need a handy dandy guide that sums it all up beautifully? Why, here's one now!

Here are a few excerpts from a substantive post that includes gun rights, marriage equality, "Christian values," fiscal responsibility, "small" government, abortion, the debt ceiling, spending, and tax cuts. Thank you, Forward Progressives:

Marriage is a Sacred Bond Before God: [...]

[I]f you feel your religion should control all others, and all Americans, you then support a theocracy and apparently oppose the United States and our Constitutionally protected freedoms. [...]

I Want Big Intrusive Government–That Never Does Anything Good–Out of My Life!

Did you drive today?  Did you take your children to public school?  Did you enjoy a safe commute as you traveled thanks to traffic signals and signs?  Did you whisk through your city or state on an Interstate Highway?  Did you enjoy running water and plumbing that properly, and safely, disposes of waste?  Did you get a college degree at a public university because it was much cheaper than a private one?

Hey genius, that’s all government.

Republicans: The Party for Christian Values: [...]

If you want to say you’re the party of “Christian values” and you worship Jesus Christ…

Start by helping the sick, the poor, the needy—not opposing programs that do. [...]

Republicans are the Party of Small Government

Big government regulations, they’re un-American!  They’re unconstitutional and ruining your way of life!

Unless that big government regulates:

  • What language to speak

  • Religion to follow

  • When life is created

  • Who can marry

  • Who can serve in the military

  • Invasive health procedures on women

  • That we have prayer in school

  • Mosques aren’t built in certain locations

  • Corporations are people

  • The Patriot Act

  • Unions don’t have rights

  • When alcohol can be sold

  • The requirement of an ID to vote

Those were but a few of the responses that Forward Progressives provided. Please follow the link for more.

The post was written by Allen Clifton who has a degree in Political Science. He is the founder of the popular Facebook page "Right Off A Cliff," on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. His work has been featured on many sites online, and on Current TV's popular "The Young Turks" program.


Ken Cuccinelli, GOP nominee to succeed Va. Gov. "Ultrasound" McDonnell, wants sodomy outlawed



In a previous post about Gov. “Ultrasound” McDonnell’s “improper use of gov’t. money, facilities, power for personal enrichment of friends”, I quoted Rachel Maddow saying this:

I should also note that among the significant stockholders of the company is the Republican nominee to succeed Gov. McDonnell,  a man named Ken Cuccinelli, a man who himself is now in trouble for having gone nearly a year without disclosing he had those shares in that company. It’s nice, right?

That "man named Ken Cuccinelli" is now urging the court to keep anti-sodomy law on the books, per First Read:

The Washington Blade reports that Cuccinelli filed a formal "petition with the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond asking the full 15-judge court to reconsider a decision by a three-judge panel last month that overturned the state's sodomy law. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 on March 12 that a section of Virginia's 'Crimes Against Nature' statute that outlaws sodomy between consenting adults, gay or straight, is unconstitutional based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2003 known as Lawrence v. Texas."

Remember Ken Cuccinelli the birther (which he denied), homophobe, and climate change denier?

Cuccinelli… Cuccinelli… Why does that sound familiar? Oh yeah:

This is the same Ken Cuccinelli who recently came under fire for encouraging Virginia universities to rescind their anti-gay discrimination policies, a move that several groups have condemned as rooted in homophobia and bigotry.

Yes, the Republican nominee in this year's governor's race wants to outlaw consensual anal and oral sex for straight and gay people. He's an equal opportunity sodomy-is-so-icky-that-it-must-be-criminalized-er.

Just one more example of a "small government" conservative poking his intrusive conservative nose into our private lives when it suits conservative him.

He apparently thinks banning sodomy is SO IMPORTANT and SO URGENT that he just HAD TO DO SOMETHING or he'd just burst! Or maybe his imaginary supporters would.

His opponent, Terry McAuliffe, called out Cuccinelli's little petition this way:

"This is just another example of Ken Cuccinelli ignoring the economy and instead focusing on his divisive ideological agenda," McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin said in a statement to TPM.

How’s that makeover thing workin’ for ya, GOP?

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VIDEO: "Small government guy" Rand Paul "wants government big enough to monitor every single pregnancy in the country."


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North Dakota banned all abortions by defining life at conception. So much for GOP reinventing itself.

Rachel Maddow covered the "party that so often does not seem know what their policy positions are let alone actually believe in them." In other words, she reported, again, on their incessant hypocrisy:

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Rachel Maddow:

Rand Paul wants to be seen as small government guy, but he also wants a government big enough to monitor every single pregnancy in the country, to force all American women into the government's chosen outcome for their pregnancy. You do not get to decide about your pregnancy, the government gets to decide.

Rand Paul has introduced so-called personhood legislation that would ban all abortions in America, federally. It would also likely ban some forms of hormonal birth control, like the pill, and even in vitro fertilization. So again, under his bill, you would have no choice, no exceptions, you get no say, it's the government that decides, Rand Paul will decide for you.

Here is the entire segment:

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