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What I will not write about today



Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

  • 15 States Have Loosened Gun Restrictions-- Because providing gun manufacturers with more cash, coveting phallic symbols, pretending you can outgun murderers under stress, and endangering more lives is a priority. USA! USA!

See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

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VIDEO: "Suspicious" letters sent to Senators Wicker, Shelby, Levin, and President Obama-- Update: Arrest made!


enough is enoughUPDATE:

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Original post:


MSNBC is now reporting that Carl Levin's regional office has also received a suspicious letter.

MSNBC is also reporting that they believe the letters are being sent from Mississippi and that federal officials believe they know who sent them, but there have been no arrests. The FBI does not think they are connected to the Boston explosions.

Via the Los Angeles Times:

An envelope addressed to President Obama and intercepted at a mail processing facility has tested positive for the poison ricin, a law enforcement official said Wednesday.

Officials are conducting additional tests to confirm the result, said the official, who was not authorized to speak to the press because the tests are part of an ongoing investigation. Investigators believe the letter to the White House may have been sent by the same person who mailed a suspicious envelope to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). [...]

All White House mail is processed at a remote facility not located at the White House complex. It is common for letters to be flagged and tested for suspicious substances, officials said.

And via WAAYTV:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAAY) - Spokesperson Johnathan Graffeo confirms a suspicious package has been located at the Washington, D.C. office of Senator Richard Shelby. 


Nevada lawmaker testifies about her abortion, receives death threats


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Via Think Progress:

Nevada, which has one of the highest rates of unintended teen pregnancy in the nation, is considering updating its abstinence-only education policy to require more comprehensive sexual health instruction in public schools. This week, in a debate over that proposed legislation, Nevada Assemblywomen Lucy Flores (D) testified in favor of the bill, sharing her own personal story about the consequences of inadequate sex ed [...]

The right-wing media jumped on her quoted testimony, with headlines proclaiming “Democratic Legislator: I Don’t Regret Killing My Baby in Abortion.”

Then this happened:

tweet threat to Lucy Flores re abortion

Dana Gentry is a local television producer.

Flores had told the Assembly Education Committee that she had an abortion when she was 16, as you can see from the quotes below via the Reno Gazette Journal. Anyone who has ever made comments on Twitter about being pro-choice understands what it's like to be on the receiving end of irrational pro-forced-birther outrage. Flores got threats for saying this:

“I had six other sisters, all of them became pregnant in their teens – all of them... One was 14 years old when she got pregnant with twins. That is what I had to learn from.” [...]

"I got an abortion and it was a very difficult thing for me to do... I didn’t want to be like that (teen mom)... I wanted to do better and I knew I couldn’t do that if I had a baby, just like everyone else (in my family). My dad gave me the money and I went with a friend of mine (to have the abortion) and I will never forget that, having that done.... I don’t regret it because I am here (at the Legislature), making a difference, at least in my mind, for the young ladies and letting them know their options."

It isn't clear what the specific threats were or who made them.

Here is her Facebook statement (bolding is mine):

These have been a very trying two days. While I may have cancelled an appearance with Jon Ralston in an abundance of caution, I remain dedicated to my beliefs and my convictions, and no matter what comes my way, I will not be silenced - on ANY topic. A legislative deadline is fast approaching, and the precious time that is left will be spent working on the rest of my bills and other important legislative business, and NOT on defending a difficult choice I made when I was 16 years old. Thank you for the outpouring of support and well wishes. I am eternally grateful. ♥

Here is her press release explaining why she shared such a personal experience (bolding mine):

“This week, I shared an extremely personal story about a difficult decision I made as a teenager to have an abortion. I shared that story because I felt it was relevant to the importance of sex education in Nevada schools, and my belief that our children need to be armed with good information in order to make good choices.  While I am heartened, and deeply moved, by the support I have received from far and wide since my testimony, I want to ensure that we don’t lose focus on the real issue at hand. I don’t want the weight of a serious issue like abortion rights to overwhelm the purpose of this bill, which is meant to ensure that other young people are empowered with information that I simply didn’t have as a young person.

I maintain that educating our children is one of the most important things we can do as legislators, and that should include sex education. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass AB230. AB230 is an important piece of legislation that is sorely needed in our state. Nevada's young people need to have access to information in order to make informed choices, and hopefully avoid having to make difficult decisions as I had to.”

In 2013, nobody should have to endure what Lucy Flores has, or even what those of us who so much as publicly mention being pro-choice have. And don't get me started on the onslaught of conservative anti-abortion laws and clinic shutdowns, let alone the death threats, assassinations, and attacks on abortion providers.

Threats, murder, intimidation... So much for all that outreach we keep hearing about.




Head of gun organization, former NRA lobbyist: "The next election is the time to hunt Democrats.”


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Remember that graphic, Sarah Palin's "hit list" from 2010, back when she was targeting House Democrats and used gun sight icons to make the point? That was pretty appalling and she got a lot of blowback for it. You might even say she was caught in the cross hairs:

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So should former NRA lobbyist and founder of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Dudley Brown be for his remarks. Think Progress is reporting on his interview with NPR, during which he said this:

Brown complains universal background checks are just a step towards identifying gun owners so the government can seize their weapons, and he calls the 15-bullet limit on ammunition clips arbitrary. He’s promising political payback in next year’s election that could cost Colorado Democrats their majorities.

“I liken it to the proverbial hunting season,” Brown says. “We tell gun owners, there’s a time to hunt deer. And the next election is the time to hunt Democrats.”

Not the best time to put that out there, Dudley, considering Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) was threatened after introducing gun legislation: “They said they were going to kill me.”

Between the continuing Republican references to "hunting Democrats" and their bizarre obsession with "illegitimate and legitimate" rape-- a crime of violence-- one might conclude that many of those on the right are becoming even more unhinged.

And just as they're making all that noise about their "new and improved" party image.

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Timing is everything.


Something Stinks -- Oh Yeah, it's Congress


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Today’s guest post is by our pal and regular TPC contributor, David Garber.

Something Stinks -- Oh Yeah, it's Congress

Sequestration. The big afterthought proposed as nothing more than a gimmick a few years back and now the Republican House governance is trying to enforce it. It's kind of like making a bet, then welshing on it and asking a court to rule in your favor. Gambling debts are unenforceable. And isn't that really what this latest game called sequestration is all about -- a lost bet? Kind of "Kick the Can" which became kick and miss and finally kick my ass.

So why not stop playing games, stop all the nonsense and go back to work? If this whole charade was meant to be taken seriously, then why is it the Budget Control Act of 2011 so filled with gimmicks. And now these same party leaders who put this BS into effect are trying to play more games with it. Don't they know that playing with feces makes you stink?

And here's the irony: one of the few exemptions from sequestration is Congressional salaries... Did you know that? Their pay is sacrosanct. It can't be touched -- but hundreds of thousands of tax payers may lose their jobs or be work furloughed with no such protections. Which elected official wants to handle the question of how that got written into the budget control act?

Maybe the stench of Congress will finally get the Fabreeze treatment and go away peacefully -- but if not, the people who will be paying off the Republican and Democrats lost bet with their jobs and social safety nets will remember this come 2014 -- when we band together to "Dump the Chump" and start with a clean slate of legislators. Crap on me once, shame on you. Crap on me twice and ... well, leave it to "Dump the Chump." As the umpire in a ball game would say on a player's ejection, "You're outta here!"

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For the past 25 years, David Garber has been serving as the show runner and or writer on some of television’s biggest hits… Saved By The Bell, Power Rangers, 227, Bill Cosby Show and many other network series. His writing and producing have also netted David two very prestigious awards:the PRISM AWARD and the TV CRITICS AWARD – TV SPECIAL OF THE YEAR. Currently he’s authoring a short story series called “A Few Minutes With…”


"Imagine you're dying and doctors take a 10 day break... That's what Congress is doing right now with sequestration carcinoma."


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Rachel Maddow:

"Everybody hates this upcoming made-up crisis, which is good, because there is a seriously simple solution to this universally reviled, universally acknowledged as dumb, thing. We could... not do it. Crazy, right? Congress has the ability to just not do it. Just turn the darn thing off. It's very simple. And it is one very clear thought that is missing from this debate. It is the elephant-slash-donkey in the room. Am i missing something here? If we all think it would be bad for the country, why don't we not do it?"

Today’s guest post is by our pal and regular TPC contributor, David Garber.

Dump the Chump

Cancer. Malignancy. Tumors. It's all a horrible thought; a nightmare for those who've gone through it. And a fear for those who have not.

Fortunately medicine has provided some miracles and scores of individuals have been cured. Today America sadly has been diagnosed with a tumor and we won't know if it's malignant or benign until it's removed. But it must be removed if we're going to survive. This has to be done before the medicos announce it's become inoperable. The procedure is painless. In the O.R. t's called "Dump the Chump" and it's not done with lasers or radiation. And fortunately for anyone afraid of needles, none are needed. It's done painlessly with our vote.

Just like with any cancer removal, some healthy tissue will be lost to make sure we've removed ALL of the dangerous and diseased matter. The recovery time will be quick though and afterwards, pathology can examine carefully the removed tumor and perhaps, if there is some health tissue, it can be kept and returned when the patient is healed. But until then, it's collateral damage.

The longer we wait to perform this surgery, the more dangerous the procedure and the riskier the operation. And if we wait too long, out plight becomes that of victims, too far gone to recover. Then we're left to languish like the tuna pulled aboard a fishing boat, caught in the harvesters' net, flopping around, gasping for a breath, until we die.

Fortunately there is a hole in the net that's caught us. Our illness is still curable but requires everyone pulling together. The cancer is our Congress. They're dysfunctional and malignant. They are acting out of petty self interest, not the well being of the patient (The United States). The results of the test are in -- doctors call it sequestration carcinoma.

So now the cure. It's a movement. It's called "Dump the Chump!"

Surgery is necessary and the scalpel is our vote. But just like with that malignant tumor, we may have to lose some healthy cells along with the damaged. We must vote out EVERY INCUMBENT. Dump the chump. They all go -- the good with the bad because selective surgery has been tried and it's sadly not worked. Who we replace them with is up to us -- a Republican with another Republican, or Republican with a Democrat -- it doesn't matter. It doesn't mean voting for the other party. It means voting out EVERYONE because they cannot function together and the patient is paying the price.

We all blame someone else's representative -- rarely our own. "Oh, that's the crazy guy from Kentucky, or that radical from New York or he/she's just like the rest of them in Missouri or California." But let's stop kidding ourselves... It's all of them. What feeds this cancer? Power and the disease's confidence that "We, the people" aren't strong enough to wrest it from them. Imagine you're potentially dying and the doctors all take a 10 day break before operating, allowing the patient to suffer? That's what our Congress is doing right now with our sequestration carcinoma. They're on break while we the patient are flopping helplessly on the tuna boat deck.

2014 is the next big election -- the next opening in the operating theater. So let's do what we can do. Vote. And for whom? Anyone NOT already part of the malignancy.

Want to get healthy again? We can! Dump the Chump. If enough people chant along, "Dump the Chump", you'll see a lot more positive action while we ride this out. But the most important thing is we rid ourselves of the tumor. Let's get healthy. Let's Dump the Chump.

I then asked David this:

"EVERY incumbent? I love Bernie Sanders and Alan Grayson, for example."

Then, just to be sure, I asked if he meant his "EVERY INCUMBENT" line literally, or if he wanted me to edit.

David's response:

As I said, this situation is a malignancy -- some healthy tissue would be cut if nothing more than a precaution to make sure all of the bad had been excised. But like I also said, after removal, some can be replanted. You mention two wonderful representatives, well senator and a representative, but sadly, without a clean sweep -- the point of my meme -- there's never going to be a meaningful change. All the voters will pick their favorites and we'll end up returning all the crazies along with those few who serve us so well. Look, we lived without Alan G for a term -- and he's back. Hopefully Florida will return him again, someday.

Reality -- this movement I propose won't catch on. But if the threat and rumor do, then you never know. Many successful movements began with one person -- in this case me. And I'll promote Dump the Chump every chance I get so that maybe some day the fear will get into our Congress that election doesn't mean you stop working for the people, it means you FINALLY START working for the people... and party be damned.

They must do what's right -- not what morons like, McConnell and Boehner and Cantor tell them to do. Look, the Dems have their black sheep as well. But when you listen to Rachel Maddow, as she pointed out last night, there's nothing stopping both parties from just dropping the sequester with a simple vote. They all think it's wrong -- or a majority do -- and yet they do nothing but use this and the threat of harm to we citizens as a ploy.

We need legislators -- not clones or robots... I'm not a chip. I'm a person. And these officials could do something about it besides taking a break. Hell, they just started work last month and already recessed for a week before this one. The Dems even proposed passing up the break (of course they knew the Republicans would not accept that offer) but one could argue they were willing to stay and face the work they were elected to do.

I think the point is unless everyone's vulnerable, or else no one really is.

For the past 25 years, David Garber has been serving as the show runner and or writer on some of television’s biggest hits… Saved By The Bell, Power Rangers, 227, Bill Cosby Show and many other network series. His writing and producing have also netted David two very prestigious awards:the PRISM AWARD and the TV CRITICS AWARD – TV SPECIAL OF THE YEAR. Currently he’s authoring a short story series called “A Few Minutes With…”


VIDEO: Republicans are "using in this country the same old cold war CIA tactics to destabilize our own country."


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I sometimes want to mute the Tee Vee Machine when Chris Matthews interviews certain guests, but I also think he's a likable man with a lot of good things to say. In fact, Matthews is a hoot when he's a guest himself, especially on Real Time with Bill Maher.

His "Let Me Finish" segments are most often the best part of Hardball, and this one in particular is worth sharing. A lot.

"Let me finish tonight with this. I think the difference between the Democrats and Republicans is getting as wide as the Grand Canyon. Watch how they do it. President Obama wants to keep the government going. Pretty simple, huh? Republicans threaten to stop it. It's relentless. The fiscal abyss, the debt ceiling the sequester, the end to the continuing resolution. Different words, different deadlines all detonate the same explosion.

"They threaten to crash the government if they don't like the way it's doing something, if they don't like who the American people have elected as president. Isn't that what the Republicans did back in the old days? If they didn't like a government somewhere, Guatemala, Iran, the Dominican Republic, Chile, they just brought it down.

"Guess what: Republicans are now using the same tactic here at home. If they don't like who we've elected president, they find some way to undermine the government, discredit its leaders, whatever to destroy it. We are using in this country the same old cold war CIA tactics to destabilize our own country.

"Look at the impact the constant threats to shut down the government have been having on public confidence. It's all in the ratings. It's undermining it, making people forever nervous about the basic ability of America to even have a running government. Is that patriotic? I don't think so."

 Again, this is one of those commentaries that should not be ignored.