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Cartoons of the Day: "This ice storm surely proves there ain't no global warmin'!"

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In my hard copy of today's Los Angeles Times, there was an ice storm related cartoon zinger that I couldn't pass up.

It's by the consistently astute David Horsey, and he nails it in one measly panel. He shares his version of what people are saying about the the "extreme weather phenomena," aka climate change, and pokes fun at the undeniable denial of deniers, aka a whole lot of Republicans.

To repeat, weather is not the same as climate:

weath·er
noun \ˈwe-thər\

: the state of the air and atmosphere at a particular time and place : the temperature and other outside conditions (such as rain, cloudiness, etc.) at a particular time and place

: bad or stormy weather

vs...

cli·mate
noun \ˈklī-mət\

:  a region of the earth having specified climatic conditions

a: the average course or condition of the weather at a place usually over a period of years as exhibited by temperature, wind velocity, and precipitation

And to repeat times two, when it comes to "global warmin'" and ice storms, money talks, and right now it's screaming.

Here's Horsey's take, and please follow that link for his accompanying article:

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Cartoons of the Day: What Republicans hear when people say "Obamacare"

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One of our regular features here was a daily collection of political cartoons that Paddy used to post. We miss Paddy so much here at TPC, and we've neglected to post editorial cartoons regularly. However, in my hard copy of today's Los Angeles Times, there was a zinger that I couldn't pass up.

It's by Rob Rogers, and he nails it in two measly panels. He reveals what people are saying about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare vs the altered version that the GOP hear from the voices inside their tiny heads:

Rob Rogers cartoon Obamacare health care

For more on the realities, as opposed to the twisted fantasies that Republicans are spinning, see my previous post: New Obamacare attacks debunked. This is getting tiresome, GOP.

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New Obamacare attacks debunked. This is getting tiresome, GOP.

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Once again, attacks on Obamacare-slash-The Affordable Care Act have been debunked. How many times must we go through this? We already know the answer to that: Until President Obama is out of office, and/or until the success of the ACA is well-publicized, and/or until the public finally tells the GOP to STFU. Or all of the above.

Meantime, Jonathan Gruber-- a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network-- is debunking their most recent and pathetic little efforts in a Los Angeles Times op-ed.

He starts out by reminding us (read: informing Republicans) that there was a whole lot of good news in the report by the Congressional Budget Office: Premiums have dropped, the law will cost $9 billion less than they originally thought, and "the provision designed to buffer insurance companies from risk will actually raise revenue, not function as any sort of federal government bailout."

Got that, GOP? Read their lips: No bailout.

And about all those zillions of jobs that Obamacare will force people to leave. Wrong. Wrongier than wrong. Wrong ultra. Note to Republicans: There are times when Americans actually want or need to leave their jobs... voluntarily. And ironically, it's all about those "family values" that Republicans love to rub in America's face, the very same ones they often fail to adhere to:

[T]he CBO did not project lost jobs at all. Job leaving is not the same as job losing. Many Americans who may eventually leave jobs or reduce their work hours will do so by choice to make themselves and their families better off. Voluntary reductions are not a cost of the healthcare reform law, they are a benefit. [...]

The CBO projects that healthcare reform will reduce the federal budget deficit by $100 billion over the first decade and by more than $1 trillion over the second decade. Healthcare costs are also rising more slowly, in part because of provisions in the law. The economic gains from reducing the deficit and slowing healthcare spending likely outweigh any losses from slightly reduced labor compensation.

So much for those talking points.

With ways to ensure affordable health coverage no matter where they work, many Americans will be able to start small businesses or take new positions where they can be more productive.

Wait what? So this is not only better for small business start-ups (small businesses: another GOP talking point), but also for families (there go those pesky values intruding on them again) and *gasp!* the economy. Sucks to be so embarrassingly wrong, doesn't it anti-Obamacare blowhards?

If naysaying politicians really believe it is worth throwing 25 million Americans off the rolls of the insured to avoid a fraction of a percent of reduced labor market compensation, then they should stand up and say so. Otherwise, they are simply scare-mongering without presenting a constructive solution to our national health insurance crisis.

In other words, business as usual.
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There goes another GOP talking point: Deficit falls to lowest level since 2008

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Steve Benen:

Republican leaders remain committed to sequestration cuts that are holding back job creation on purpose, and are focused primarily on spending bills that punish those already struggling.

Republicans have been screaming, whining, and demanding more spending cuts, despite the fact that austerity does not work:

And this from the IMF:

May 20 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund on Monday said the United States was getting carried away with a government austerity drive, offering some of the institution's bluntest criticism yet of Washington's rush to cut its budget deficit. [...] A drop in federal spending led the economy to barely expand in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Under President Obama's watch, the deficit has been shrinking, some economists say too quickly. But that doesn't stop the GOP from continuing to go all Anti-Obama on us and insisting that he's a big spender who needs to make even more cuts.

Let me put this in professional financial expert jargon: WTF?

Think Progress:

New Treasury Department figures confirm what the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected in the spring: the budget deficit for fiscal year 2013 will be dramatically lower than it was the past four years. [...]

These figures reinforce a key point in the argument for resetting the fiscal policy debate: Congress can afford to invest in job creation right now. While Republicans remain committed to the idea of austerity (without being able to pass specific appropriations bills that adhere to the abstract cuts imposed by sequestration), falling deficits and debt levels undercut their argument. [...]

Cuts to education programs, safety nets, infrastructure investments, and research programs will actually cost the country far more down the road than they save today.

another talking point bites the dust

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Oops! There goes another GOP talking point-- World’s largest study of same-sex parenting: Children are thriving

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Now that more Americans than ever support marriage equality, conservatives are back to concentrating on their War on Women (abortion restrictions galore, resistance to equal pay, the Y.G. Woman Up fiasco, their attitude toward military sexual assaults, etc. ad nauseam).

However, they continue to insist that same-sex couples are icky and will spread their ickiness to children if given half a chance, because everyone knows that Teh Gay is contagious. Duh.

But study after study prove otherwise. Of course, conservatives are allergic to facts and logic, but maybe this XXXL plus-size study will change what's left of their minds, both here, in Australia, and everywhere else. Via Think Progress:

The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families is the world’s largest attempt to study how children raised by same-sex couples compare to children raised by heterosexual couples. According to a preliminary report on the study of 500 children across the country of Australia, these young people are not only thriving, but also have higher rates of family cohesion than other families [...]

Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd recently came out for marriage equality, explaining that concern about the children of same-sex couples was previously his primary obstacle. Hopefully this research will convince additional Australian lawmakers to support marriage equality when it next comes up for a vote.

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Memo to GOP: Federal deficit shrinking at surprising rate, long-term debt stabilized for next decade #BlameObama

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chart budget deficit shrinks 4 year low Steve Benen Maddow Blog Oct 2012

Another Republican talking point is biting the dust in a big way. Previously I posted U.S. budget surplus biggest in 5 years; federal deficit is down 32% so far this fiscal year and Congressional Budget Office: Federal budget deficit declining; $231 billion less than 2012 #BlameObama.

Now, the Los Angeles Times has two reports that buttress those. It's good news for President Obama and America, bad news for GOP whiners and obstructionists:

The federal deficit is shrinking more quickly than expected, and the government's long-term debt has largely stabilized for the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday in a report that could strengthen the Obama administration's hand in the budget battles with congressional Republicans. [...]

The deficit projection for this year — $642 billion — is almost 25% less than the deficit the budget office had forecast as recently as February. At the new level, the annual deficit would be back to where it was before President Obama took office. It would continue to fall for the rest of Obama's tenure, the budget office now projects.  [...]

By 2015, the budget office forecasts, the deficit will fall to just over 2% of GDP, a level that most economists would consider relatively insignificant.

What?! Why, that's positively unpatriotic! Here are the reasons for the shrinkage:

1. A better economy. Let's repeat that: A better economy.

2. The rate of medical inflation is slowing down — which reduces the cost of Medicare and Medicaid.

3. Congress approved higher taxes, remember? That was when the dreaded "fiscal cliff" was the topic du jour.

I appreciated this very clear, concise explanation of the deficit and debt:

The federal deficit is the gap between what the government spends each year and its revenue, mostly taxes. The government has run a deficit almost every year for the last half-century. The federal debt represents the accumulated money that the government borrows to cover that deficit. [...]

Underscoring the political dynamic, Republicans, who trumpeted news of higher deficits during Obama's first term, fell largely silent in reaction to the new figures.

 Of course they did. They always do when their political attacks get destroyed by pesky facts.

And then there's this, also from the L.A. Times:

American families reduced their debt load in the first three months of the year by 1%, bringing it down to pre-recession levels after an uptick in the last quarter of 2012, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday.

What a scandal!

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VIDEO: "Now step away from the teleprompter," said Sarah Palin reading from a teleprompter at #CPAC2013

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Apparently Republicans are still, still, making idiotic references to President Obama's use of teleprompters. I've called out their hypocrisy on that repeatedly, and I've also written a few times about why teleprompters are a good thing. Please link over to read why they’re not as terrible as the GOP keeps saying they are.

In fact, Rick Santorum actually said, “It should be illegal to read off a teleprompter.”

And back at CPAC 2010 "Genius" 14-year-old speaker made a lame teleprompter joke. By the way, he's older, wiser, and no longer a conservative.

Did I mention that Marco Rubio mocked Obama’s teleprompter…while in front of a teleprompter?

Oh, and there's this:

palin teleprompter1And this:

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And now this:

"Now step away from the teleprompter and do your job!" said Former Half-Gov Hypo McCritical as she read those words from a teleprompter.

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Via @MzYun

I taught comedy for years, and there are a few rules that anyone attempting humor in front of an audience and who has the least bit of comedic talent knows. Palin broke at least three of them: 1) Be, you know, funny 2) Be fresh, don't rely on the same old stale material, and 3) Know when to stop.

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