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Who Hurts GOP Women The Most, Men Or Women?

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"Why, I do declare," Miss Elmers said," how awfully hard these men folk make it on us demure ladies. Seems so burdensome, doesn't it now, with all those fancy big numbers and those complicated words they use. Why, it's all a woman can do to not take to the salts and feel the vapors without a man at her side to tell her what she should think. Another Mint Julep?"

If you think that awful made-up dialogue is from some old MGM costume Civil War piece, it certainly could be. But this kind of talk is actually being spewed right now as we speak. And it's being done by a North Carolina congresswoman, Renee Ellmers, who believes that the Republican Party would make more headway with women voters if it could bring policy discussions “down to a woman’s level.”

Raw Story:

The problem, she said, is that male politicians are making the policy discussion too complicated for women to understand.

“Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level,” Ellmers said. “Many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking about trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful and, you know, we all agree with that.”

“We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what everything that she is balancing in her life — that’s the way to go,” she said.

Can you really believe this woman was elected to her office in Congress? She's about as contemporary as a hooped skirt and a whale bone corset. What is going on in this country that backwards thinkers like this are being allowed to ruin the lives of other women?

North Carolina by its mere antiquated, backwards and restrictive actions has a lot to apologize for -- but Renee Elmers's election to Congress might take the cake.

Wake up people. Your votes count. Make sure you use them and use them for your best interests. You don't need someone to tell you what's right nor do you need someone to talk down to you. You deserve better than this.

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Darkhorse Candidate Soars Into Lead In Kentucky Senate Race

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It's that time of year when campaign ads are starting to infiltrate and pollute our radio and TV viewing. Candidates sling accusations and innuendos causing more irritable bowel syndrome than the hash at the local greasy spoon. Isn't it time to take a serious look at how these campaign ads are put together and what they really say?

The people over at Represent.Us have done just that. They've chosen a candidate who's so real, so sure to garner a huge amount of votes with his write-in candidacy, that it could just spell disaster for Mitch McConnell.  This man, Gil Fulbright is so honest and sincere you just can't turn away. You will want to watch more than once. So go ahead -- check out Gil Fulbright (not affiliated with the similarly named scholarship), Phil Gulbright, or Phillip Mamouf-Wifarts. No matter what you call him, "Funny" is his middle name.

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Tennessee Sen. Corkersucker Just Screwed The South - Volkswagen Plant TN

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Oh, tip-toe around all you want, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. You put your private parts and your nose into a place they didn't belong and now you've not only screwed over your home state, but perhaps the entire south. Hope you're feeling pretty good right now.

The issues was the unionizing vote taken a few days ago at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. If the vote when for the union, the workers would be covered for additional benefits and in some cases, raises. Not bad if you're a worker. Interestingly the company, Volkswagen was for it.

But other auto manufacturers in the South, noted for their Republican anti-union, anti-labor stands were not so happy. It would mean workers would want to work for Volkswagen instead of their lower paying counterparts. Heavens. That could mean an increase in the living standard for these people. Who would want that?

Certainly not Sen. Corker. He broke with tradition and actively inserted himself into the union election. This may actually be a violation of the National Labor Relations Board rules -- but let's put that aside. Let's say he skirted the issue just enough to be legal and not persecuted (which still remains to be seen).

The Tennessee senator came out and used unnamed sources as saying, well, here's exactly what he said, according to HUFFPO:

"I've had conversations today and based on those am assured that should the workers vote against the UAW, Volkswagen will announce in the coming weeks that it will manufacture its new mid-size SUV here in Chattanooga," Corker said last week.

Now how politician-y can you get. He had conversations but doesn't say with whom? And those unnamed sources "assured," not guaranteed him that a vote against unionization would bring a new plant to Chattanooga.

Seems that's not the case at all. So Senator Bobby Pinocchio Corker, before your nose grows so long it causes you to do a face plant into the ground, why not reveal this source of your information? Whoever it was, doesn't seem to have fed you the truth. And how do we know that? Why from the Volkswagen people themselves. Reuters:

Following the union vote, the head of Volkswagen's works council told German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung that the automaker would hesitate to expand in the U.S. South.

"I can imagine fairly well that another VW factory in the United States, provided that one more should still be set up there, does not necessarily have to be assigned to the South again," said works council leader Bernd Osterloh.

So, now how do you feel, Senator Corksucker? You not only drove a future Volkswagen plant out of your state, but also out of the South. How many jobs did you just fu** your constituents out of?

You're such a Republican. Cost Americans good paying jobs and then call out the President on how little he's done to stimulate the economy and create jobs. It's hard to accomplish both of those when you individually and the Republicans as a party are so hell bent on ruining America.

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US Military Attack On South -- Fake Chemical Snow

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A few days ago it was Bill Nye, the science guy who took on a creationist named Ken Ham in a debate. It was a battle of science vs. the Bible? Well, somehow science won. Go figure? Who'd of thunk it, right?

Well, in the past few days, the second big snowstorm of the winter - winter, mind you - fell deep into the south. How could that be? I mean, after all, it's winter. It's the south. People come here to get... warm?

Well, there's only one answer for the current snow/blizzard-like conditions deep into Dixie -- well, actually two answers for that. The right one (science) and the other one (a conspiracy theory).

Both the wackadoo theory and the actual science are brought to you by Rachel Maddow, the Science Gal. Yeah, she wears many hats. And this one fits her, and all of us, really nicely.

So, for those of you who look at a margarine spread and mock "I can't believe it's not butter," here's "It's the South and I can't believe it's snow."

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Finally, A Good & Novel Use For Guns

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The President is going to be delivering his State of the Union Address tonight and most likely he'll avoid any serious mention of the rampant injuries and wanton loss of life that guns and rifles have wreaked daily on this country over the recent past.

From Columbine to Sandy Hook, to the thousands wounded on the streets of Chicago on weekends alone, to mall and campus shootings to domestic disputes....those memories are swept under the carpet by the cowards collectively known as our Congress. They bow before a false God, a deity known as the NRA. Their flock is made up of gun toting zealots shouting over everyone else's rights for a peaceful, safe existance. Their mantra is "Second Amendment Rights." It echos as loudly as "Remember the Alamo!" and "Remember the Maine!"

Sadly most of those doing the yelling have never read the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights. But they stand behind what they don't understand and truthfully their vote counts just like every other legal citizen's. At least those legal citizens whom the Republican's haven't knocked off the voter registration logs yet.

We've all seen, heard or read about the the brutal and devastating loss of life that guns can bring. There's really not a lot of good press for these killing instruments. As their sales numbers rise, their basic purpose becomes much more for harm rather than for good-- heightened fear and reckless killing more than putting food on the table or true, personal safety. More people get shot senselessly than wild game gets bagged for actual consumption. Shooting for sport is fine, when the prize isn't other people. 

As reported by Bill Moyers & Company:

Estimated real number of people killed by guns, including homicide, suicide and accidental death since Newtown (using most recent CDC estimates for yearly data): 33,173

Those are just deaths. The number of gun related injuries are tenfold.

Now I step off my anti-gun soapbox to share with you a rather novel use for guns. One which I don't think you've seen before. I know I haven't. Weapons of destruction are used to provide the "cover" rendition of the iconic John Lennon peace song, "Imagine." Yes, music, not death, is the bi-product of these deadly devices. Gun barrels, triggers, butts, muzzles, safeties, sights, action, stocks, trigger guards, magazines and any other part of a shooting mechanism you can think of are put to novel use.

Fellow Political Carnivalites, I proudly share with you some musical peace made entirely from some deadly weapons of destruction:

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Hold The Pickle, Hold The Lettuce, Eric Cantor, Don't Forget Us

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Burger King had a jingle that they used, actually quite successfully, to woo fast food burger eaters away from Mickey D's, back in the mid '70s. They prided themselves in giving you what you wanted, your way. Check it out.

Well, it seems that good ol' Eric Cantor, the Virginian representative, finds himself in a bit of a pickle.  You see, his party has gotten ginned up a bit on making voter rights, some of which the SCOTUS had limited in striking down Article V of the 1965 Voter Rights Act, an issue once again.  Despite years of intentionally trying to tamp down minority voters, a few Republicans have joined in with some progressive Democrats and are pushing for a new voter rights bill in Congress. With this being a big election year, the GOP doesn't want to come across as anti-voter, even if they are. They want to keep the House and maybe even recapture the Senate. To do that they need minority voters who want their legal right to vote, something the GOP has actively pursued taking away.

With a seemingly bi-partisan backing, Cantor is stuck now that specific legislation has been introduced with the backing of several prominent Republicans. If he comes out against the bill and refuses to let it go to the floor for a vote, he's going to look like he's not supporting voting rights for all legal citizens. And if he comes out for the bill, the right wing, Tea Party nuts will pick on him and possibly even back a challenger for the House Majority leader. In other words, he could get primaried in his state or replaced as majority leader in the House. Yikes. Cantor, the Burger King could become Ronald MacDonald the Clown -- or worse, the Hamburgler.

The good news for Cantor is this, according to The Hill:

There are compelling reasons for Cantor to get on board. As the majority leader, Cantor is on the front lines of the fight to increase the GOP’s control over the lower chamber in November. Republican leaders won't want to be seen blocking a bill designed to protect voters – particularly one with bipartisan support – especially at a time where they’re trying to expand their party’s minority outreach.

The bill also includes a sweetener for Virginians. Under the old provisions shot down by the Supreme Court, the Old Dominion was one of nine states with histories of voter discrimination required to get federal approval before they changed their election procedures. Under the new proposal – which aims to update the formula dictating which states are subject to the extra scrutiny – only four states would be forced to seek such approval. Virginia is not among them.

Oh, in case you're interested, the four states that would fall under the additional scrutiny are: Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Georgia – all GOP strongholds. And they're all states working to tighten voter registration laws. Therein lies the rub, or the pickle.

What will Cantor do? America wants it their way -- voting rights for all legal citizens. Will Cantor give people what they want, or force them into going somewhere else? Mr. Majority Leader, have it your way.

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When's A Co*ksucker Not A Co*ksucker? When Geraldo Says So

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First we have the recent past firing for homophobic remarks by Alec Baldwin. Then we get the Martin Bashir grotesque Sarah Palin comment. Now we have the ensuing kerfuffle going on with the racist and homophobic Phil Robertson (Duck Dynasty) in a GQ interview. Seems like outrage and a bit  more as opponent and proponents are bashing each other, each side staking out the first amendment claim.

Fox News put their "A" team on the issue of limits and virtues of freedom of speech. Who better, right? These are the folks that discovered WMD in Iraq, the conspiracies behind Benghazi, the IRS, even the secret war on Christmas. They definitively proclaimed Santa AND Jesus are white. Face it, when there's a controversy, there's no source better suited for getting to the bottom of an issue than Fox News. God bless Rupert Murdoch's merry band of men and women.

According to crack reporter and commentator Geraldo Rivera, he's determined that there are times when offensive speak isn't really offensive. It all has to do with your background. If you grew up in a neighborhood where racial or homophobic slurs were part of everyday vernacular, he's discovered a new defense. The Peter Pan doctrine. You never have to grow up. You can use all the hate speech you want because you're inbred with it and don't have to change or learn with the times. It's okay with Geraldo if you go out there and call him a spic-kike cocksucker because that's what he heard growing up.

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In a bizarre pronouncement by ever-colorful Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera, the veteran commentator has defended Alec Baldwin's recent homophobic outburst toward a paparazzo, claiming "cocksucking faggot" isn't necessarily a gay slur.

"I don't think all insults are equal," Rivera said during an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show December 19. Rivera was chiming in to a heated discussion between Hannity and panelists Rachel Sklar and about whether or not A&E made a mistake by suspending “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson for recent anti-LGBT and racist statements.

See for yourself how Sean Hannity, Geraldo Rivera and Rachel Sklar feel about this controversy. It just makes you hear that old bromide defending children for doing horrific bad things and not wanting to make them take responsibility--

"You know, it's just boys being boys. Cut 'em some slack. You were a kid once."

And just to clear it up for Hannity, both Baldwin and Bashir were fired. For professional courtesy, they were technically invited to resign which they did. Nobody fired Phil Robertson. He's only been suspended. So there's a bit of a double standard, perhaps, but the Duck Dynasty guy will still has a show -- Baldwin and Bashir don't.

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