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VIDEO: Teens confront Boehner who said, “We have no intention of ever going to conference on" immigration bill

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Speaker John Boehner is doing everything he can to doom his own party's chances in future elections. Apparently, the changing demographics that reflect a more diverse America don't phase the guy. He is intent on making them feel less than, and as unwelcome to the Republican party as possible.

In other words, don't even try to crash the white guy's party; besides, we're not all that interested in improving the economy or the country as a whole, especially by including your skills and devotion to America. Plus, we certainly don't want to hand President Obama another victory.

How's that GOP outreach thing workin' for ya, Boehner? Start at about 8:45...

You heard him. He has "no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill … I want us to deal with this issue, but I want to deal with it in a commonsense step by step way as we develop the principles, we’ll figure out how we’ll move ahead.”

Wrong answer, Speaker Wrongie McWrongerson. Big mistake:

Change Nation:

Carmen Lima, 13, of Arizona, and Jennifer Martinez, 16, of Washington state, confront Speaker Boehner at breakfast. Carmen, who hasn't seen her father since she was ten, and Jennifer, whose father was detained for several months by ICE, tell Speaker Boehner how our broken immigration system affected their families and ask for his support on immigration reform.

Think Progress has the transcript of the video above, which has audio that is a little hard to hear:

[T]wo teenagers from the pro-reform group Fair Immigration Reform Movement Youth In Action, approached House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) at a diner [and] asked Boehner to advance immigration reform and he responded that although he was committed to moving the bill, it would not “be an easy path forward.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) responded in a tweet, “Actually it is easy, @SpeakerBoehner. With 190 cosponsors on H.R.15 and 28 Rs vowing support, we have the votes to pass #immigration reform.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney also responded, “I think [reform] could happen this year..."

If immigration reform doesn't happen soon, and if GOP gerrymandering doesn't completely disenfranchise Democratic voters, then next year the 2014 elections may very well give The Boehner and his fellow obstructionists a whole lot of heartburn.

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An immigration op-ed by a former GOP OK governor that will make conservatives gag

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Frank Keating, former Republican governor of Oklahoma, current president and chief executive of the American Bankers Association, wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times.

In that op-ed, he goes all Saint Reagan on us about immigration, but he does make several valid points. Too bad the Republican party is too narrow-minded to open their tightly closed beady little eyes long enough to see how bigoted and racist they look (and often are).

So much for that GOP outreach thing, huh?

Of course, if you need a good laugh, you can always watch this video: GOP Chair Reince Priebus "We're Going To Be The Party That Is Fresh and New In 2016."

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But back to the op-ed. In the spirit of even-handitude, welcome to a Moment of Reagan/Keating Show and Tell:

We cannot support open borders for trade but not for people. [...]

Just as immigrants helped fuel the engine of America's emerging industrial economy 100 years ago, today they are filling two critical job gaps: high-skilled professions in science, technology and advanced manufacturing, and low-skill service and industrial jobs in fast-growing regions. We need immigrants of all skill levels to help build the 21st century economy. Offering opportunities to new Americans doesn't take jobs from citizens. The economy is not zero-sum. It's dynamic, and bringing new talent to American jobs will enlarge the economy for everyone. [...]

Immigration would also help address a critical long-term gap in funding for America's two signature entitlement programs: Social Security and Medicare. [...]

Immigrants are coming here to work, not to become dependent on the state. [...]

America was the world's first nation to be based on principles, not ethnicity.... It is unconscionable to leave a class of neighbors who share our values in perpetual second-class status.

Sadly, the GOP is so intent on struggling to maintain a (rapidly diminishing) white majority, they feel so threatened by anyone who doesn't sound or look like them, and they are so concerned about a growing diverse population that tends to vote for Democrats, that they're willing to continue to give each other soothing anti-immigration sponge baths despite the political and economic consequences.

How mature and statespersonlike of them.

More here.

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Gun Guys Support Selling Guns to Terrorists on Watch List, Violent Abusers of Women, the Legally Blind Carrying Handguns

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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

If I had a bulletproof vest, I would have put it on this morning based on many of the 300 plus comments (thus far) in response to yesterday's BuzzFlash at Truthout commentary: "Many American White Men Worship Guns Because of Sexual Insecurity, Entitlement, and Profit."

But the intense, paranoid, threatened, gun worship comments only prove the commentary's point: guns are not merely an "inanimate object" -- as the NRA likes to claim – to rabid gun owners; they are a symbol that satisfies intense psychological needs for many white males. [...]

Why... support gun lobby positions that are so bizarrely dangerous and pro-criminal that they appear to come out of a Monty Python skit.  ... The examples of such harmful laws from the insane clown gun posse are legion, but here are just three:

 1) The Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun Even if Blind

Take the first paragraph of a 2012 article from the Lawrence Journal-World of Kansas:

A little-known provision in Kansas law that allows the blind and other people with serious physical infirmities to carry concealed weapons in public places likely will not get reviewed by state lawmakers this session. [...]

This support for blind persons carrying concealed weapons in public places is widespread among many of the more rabid gun owners as discussion boards prove. [...]

2) The Right of Terrorists on the US Watch List to Buy Guns

After 9/11, the NRA couldn't wave the flag with more vigor than Bush and Cheney on uppers.  Yet, the NRA got the then Attorney General John Ashcroft to prohibit the FBI and BATF from stopping the sale of guns to persons on the US terrorist watch list.

As a 2010 ABC News report stated [...]

From Feb. 2004 through Feb. 2010, FBI data shows that individuals on the U.S. terrorist watch list were involved in firearm or explosives background checks 1,225 times, according to the GAO.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., introduced legislation last year to prohibit people on the terror watch list, or who are known to belong to a terrorist organization, from purchasing guns. The bill would authorize the attorney general to deny sale or transfer of firearms to known or suspected terrorists. But it has been struck down by gun rights advocates who said it would breach citizens' constitutional rights. [...]

As a 2012 Palm Beach Post editorial noted: "People who are on the federal government’s terrorist watch list can’t fly on airplanes. But they can buy guns. Why? Because the National Rifle Association says denying them the right to buy guns is a denial of their Second Amendment rights."

3) The Right of Alleged Abusers of Women to Own Guns

It has been the standard policy of the NRA and other gun groups to oppose taking away the right of men charged – and in some cases even convicted or under a restraining order -- with abusing women to own and possess guns.  There is a long history to this stance, although the NRA uses obfuscation in public statements to make it appear that they are actually on the side of protecting women.  Don't believe it for a moment. [...]

As David Sirota writes in a March 1 Salon article [...]

What’s amazing – and what evokes Democrats’ “war on women” meme – is the fact that Republicans don’t seem to see that what’s really “ripe for abuse” is guns in the hands of domestic abusers.

If you don't think the Colorado GOP marching orders on behalf of gun ownership for domestic abusers comes from the NRA, you've been on meth too long. [...]

If you can renounce the NRA's detrimental position on these three issues of public safety and security, then maybe you have a right to say that you don't worship guns, or that they aren't a talisman for your manhood.

Otherwise, just admit that happiness is a warm gun.

I edited this one a lot, so please read the whole thing here.

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Many American White Men Worship Guns Because of Sexual Insecurity, Entitlement, and Profit

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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

You won't find anyone willing to dare say it much in the media, but a good percentage of the white men who oppose gun control of any sort – and who back measures that would even allow alleged terrorists and straw purchases for drug dealers to buy guns – are just afraid that without their guns, their phallic power will be reduced to size.  [...]

A gun, particularly assault weapons and lethal militarized handguns, are at least two things: a prosthetic dick and a sign that even unemployed white guys still rule the Western World and sit at the head of the kitchen table. [...]

Let's face it, the more white guys feel besieged by a multi-cultural society in which women and minorities have chewed away at their perch until it is about to crash to the ground and leave them equals among other humans, the more fierce and maniacal the opposition to regulating guns as dangerous instruments of death subject to serious regulation becomes. [...]

On March 29 in the Washington Post, Charlotte Childress and Harriet Childress discussed the culpability of white male gun worshipers in regards to mass shootings (and that is only the most visible edge of the some 10,000 gun homicides each year in the US, in addition to countless gun injuries):

Imagine if African American men and boys were committing mass shootings month after month, year after year. Articles and interviews would flood the media, and we’d have political debates demanding that African Americans be “held accountable.” Then, if an atrocity such as the Newtown, Conn., shootings took place and African American male leaders held a news conference to offer solutions, their credibility would be questionable. The public would tell these leaders that they need to focus on problems in their own culture and communities.

But when the criminals and leaders are white men, race and gender become the elephant in the room.

As just one of many logical fallacies in the public gun lobby stance in support of guns as religious objects that must be free of all constraints, the Childresses's point out:

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But women and girls with mental health issues are not picking up semiautomatic weapons and shooting schoolchildren. Immigrants with mental health issues are not committing mass shootings in malls and movie theaters. Latinos with mental health issues are not continually killing groups of strangers.

Of course, black and Latino youth are being shot down in urban areas like ducks on a pond, but the white guy gun lobby could care less about that. [...]

This is not an issue about self-defense; this is about psychological need -- born of sexual and cultural displacement -- assuaged by the possession of a killing machine.

Please read the rest here.

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NRA Responding to Newtown Massacre Is Like Clint Eastwood Talking to an Empty Chair

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Your Daily Dose of Buzzflash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

Eastwood is the iconic image to many gun owners as the man who can "make your day" with the wide barrel of a .357 Magnum cocked to your head. [...]

Nate Silver analyzed figures the other day in the New York Times and discovered that more Republicans than Democrats own guns – and the gap is increasing [...]

Exactly who or what are white males claiming to defend themselves against?

Since Obama was elected, we have heard many extremists on the right shout out slogans such as "to the bullet, if the ballot box fails" – and "if we keep moving toward socialism, I won't rule out war."  You recognize the verbal threats and their variations. Given America's legacy of assassinations and violence – how our dreams and dashed and the course of history changed in the '60s by gunfire – it would be naïve to regard these as idle carping.

Although the NRA and other gun advocacy organizations most often play upon the emotional need for a gun to use in self-defense against alleged criminal blacks and latinos (although they would never admit to playing the race card – but trust me, it's a broken record in the coded appeals of the pro-gunners), they combine that with an anti-government agenda.  [...]

But the real fear of the generally aging white males who are the core of the "you'll have to pry my gun from my cold dead fingers" cult is being psychologically threatened by a multi-cultural, multi-gender society in which the white patriarchal model (that implicitly includes white male privilege) is under siege. [...]

The explosive, vitriolic, sledge hammer opposition to gun control (and we are now, in this day and age, talking about firearms that are hi-tech weapons of war, not revolvers) is due to a fear that the age of white male dominance is in decline. [...]

As time progresses, however, the worship of guns as a religious objects is losing its appeal as the US population becomes more diverse [...]

That is why 82-year-old Clint "Dirty Harry" Eastwood was representative of the revered figure of a "locked and loaded" masculinity so appropriate for a Republican Convention.  That is also why his farcical interrogation of a phantom President Obama was symbolic of a masculine state of mind that may have finally lost its grip.

Please read the whole thing here.

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GOP faces unexpected challenges in South amid shrinking white vote

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President Obama, our first black president, fared better in the South than any other Democratic nominee has in 30 years. So much for those who say he hasn't accomplished anything. The Southern white Republican base may be in need of a Southern white Republican boost. WaPo:

Obama won Virginia and Florida and narrowly missed victory in North Carolina. But he also polled as well in Georgia as any Democrat since Jimmy Carter, grabbed 44 percent of the vote in deep-red South Carolina and just under that in Mississippi -- despite doing no substantive campaigning in any of those states.

Much of the post-election analysis has focused on the demographic crisis facing Republicans among Hispanic voters, particularly in Texas. But the results across other parts of the South, where Latinos remain a single-digit minority, point to separate trends among blacks and whites that may also have big implications for the GOP's future.[...]

[P]owerful forces in the region are clearly eroding GOP dominance. The trends pose difficulties for a Republican Party that has been shifting toward Dixie since the “Southern strategy” of the Nixon era, which sought to encourage white flight from the Democratic Party.

According to one pollster who helped analyze swing states for Team Obama, “They also have a problem with whites, in this election cycle, just showing up.”

Even trying to use President Obama’s support for abortion rights and gay issues against him didn't work:

Black pastors — some of whom had preached against gay marriage in the past — rallied to the president.

Not to mention African Americans turned out and voted for the president in droves.

So the new line that I keep hearing and reading is how the Republican party will have to force themselves to be more inclusive of minorities and women, because, clearly, they can't win without them.

But see, Republicans don't seem to want to truly understand and empathize with the needs and predicaments of these voting groups. It's all about acquiring the votes, the numbers, the Big Win, not caring for their fellow Americans as, you know, people.

What oh what will they do about the tea party’s (persistent, stubborn) willful blindness? They still "hope to weed out Republicans they consider insufficiently conservative." Which means, at least to tea baggers, women's rights and gay rights are still off the table, undocumented immigrants will still be referred to as "illegals," God's intentions still include rape births, and African American voters will still have to jump through hoops in order to simply cast a ballot.

Meanwhile, they can fake-like the very people for whom they show such utter disdain, because as Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first.”

White on, er, right on, GOP!

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