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Koched-Up: Take This Job and Shove It, I Don't Work Tea Hill, Anymore

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Image Courtesy Demos

Image Courtesy Demos

Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site:

The Federal government and the Koched-Up Lipton Brigade who finished trashing it after BushCo. have officially become the shite-iest bosses in the world. And not just the Free World.

GOP-HypocrisyTwo full branches are in need of a tree surgeon at this point, and what is even an Executive of Obama's calibre to do with both chambers crawling with petulant rich kids  and antique lifer 'Justices'??  Beleagured man was probably trying to recruit the People's Pope for that highest bench just to shame Scalia & Gang.

I confess that I, staunch progressive since the womb, wept when Olympia Snowe announced her exit from Stage Crazy In Washington D.C. early on. Partly because she was one of the last New England RINO's in existence we could count on to 'swing vote' key legislation.

Image, Cagle Cartoons

Image, Cagle Cartoons

Primarily because we were at the beginning of a Domino Fall Fail of "will not seek reelection' announcements that would include good liberals as well. Have a look at the roster of who has already said ¡Hasta La Vista Suckers! here. 

Citizens United was a cancerous, bloated pestilence unleashed by That Manly Bench. SCOTUS used McCutcheon to put every office that can be leveraged with the USD for sale this week, which means we can now add usury and an extra level of corrosive conservative corruption thinly (Fredericks of Hollywood thinly) disguised as more transparent handling of campaign contributions by The People.

 

Congressional Retirement Chart from Pew Research

Congressional Retirement Chart from Pew Research

To roughly paraphrase NY state's Senator Chuck Schumer in response to that Robed Regressive Ridiculousness: "It's another step on the ruination of our political system ... until we are back to the days of the robber barons …"

It only took from 1776 until this week to return to a nation ruled by the monied class.

lobbyistSo what are we liberals going to do about it?? Turn the Sluther Mucking Titanic around and get out every last Vote possible. Worse may be on the way, according to Jeffrey Toobin of The New Yorker. 

We fight back. The Hobby Lobby Green family may own nigh on every for-sale Biblical artifact available,  Shelly Moneybags will buy all elections that take cash or 'credit' and the GOPissants may well have to run Jeb as their Savior.

We fight back. Regressives may have Texas down to six [as of this morning] functioning Women's Healthcare clinics, the Tea Party has crawled up our collective uterus and the War is young.

They won't give up … until Roe is long gone,  the country is Fenced In, every gay American is single, and back in the closet and girls are back to doing floors on their hands and knees in all trimesters.

SCOTUS approved purchasing their employees is just this week's con Cristal news. Fight Back.

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Wednesday Links

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Wednesday Links from The Political Carnival

Here Are Some Posters For The Men Who Tell Women What To Do Or What They Think Of Them In The Street

Tea Party-Militia Plot Unearthed in Bozeman, Montana

Red Red Gingerbread: How to Make Groceries

Young Republicans confirm that their peers hate Republicans

Cheney Attacks Obama For Not 'Backing Up His Bold Rhetoric' On Ukraine

Coulter: 'Organize Death Squads For The People Who Wrecked America' If Immigration Reform Passes

Calling Girls This Word May Seem Harmless — But Why Are Boys Never Called It?

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Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers & Pregnant Women - New Hosts

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New hosts are popping up all over the place recently. Last week it was Jimmy Fallon taking over hosting chores on The Tonight Show. This week it was Seth Meyers taking over the Late Night Show on NBC.

Oh, and there was another new "host" which you may not have hear about. The new hosts are the women carrying a fetus or fetuses in the case of twins or triplets. Pregnant women are no longer mothers-to-be. They are, according to Steve Martin, "hosts."

No, not the famous Steve Martin, comic actor and writer and many times host of Saturday Night Live. If he had said that, we'd be laughing. This new designation as "hosts" comes from an elected official. What he's posted on Facebook indicates that he too is a wild and crazy guy -- only for real, and with the emphasis on crazy.

Huffpo:

A pregnant woman is just a "host" that should not have the right to end her pregnancy, Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin (R) wrote in a Facebook rant defending his anti-abortion views.

"However, once a child does exist in your womb, I'm not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child's host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn't want it."

Why not just call pregnant women a "uterus UPS?" 

It's one thing to be against abortions, as Senator Martin has vociferously made clear. He voted for Virginia's mandatory ultrasound bill and supported a fetal personhood bill, which would ban all abortions and could affect the legality of some forms of contraception.

Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, told The Huffington Post in an email that Martin's rant reveals the "contempt" that anti-abortion lawmakers have for women.

"Sen. Steve Martin obviously has zero understanding of the reality of reproductive choice and what it means for women to have control over their bodies, families, and lives," Keene said. "His remarks demonstrate what exactly these extreme lawmakers mean when they talk about 'personhood' - that pregnant women are no more than vessels.

Now what was it RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was saying about the GOP reaching out to women? Maybe he meant to have them pick up and deliver some bundles of joy -- babies -- that have been left under a cabbage leaf, or that the stork was too tired to deliver himself. That's the Republican outlook on science and women's reproduction. Women are simply a host. Well, I hope they're as successful at it as Jimmy Fallon.

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Girls Just Being Girls -- Packing A Swiffle Wallup

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Now that the Super Bowl is just a distant memory, some of the commercials you may have missed but were produced for that huge audience are finally being seen.

This one's for a new product, especially useful for clean-up chores after a big Super Bowl bash. All those dropped chips and dip, the salted nuts, assorted pizza toppings, and caked on guacamole ground deep into the carpet. Oh, and let's not forget the stale spilled beer smell.

In times like these that a woman could use some help in the clean-up department. And it's not coming from you manly men. Besides, that shit's women's work. No, the only thing you gals need is a Swiffle. It combines the stalwart cleaning abilities of a Swiffer with the genteel sense of a lamenting "sniffle" for being stuck with all the post-party elbow grease and hard work facing you.

Until now you've felt there was no way out, and certainly no help from your dude. Relax. Swiffle has arrived. And it has many everyday uses, not just for post Super Bowl events.  It's tough enough to take on all sorts of dirt, grease and grime. Who knows, one day it could even be used for Congress, especially in the GOP caucus rooms. They're sorely overdue for a deep house cleansing.

Hopefully this light and breezy (doesn't that already sound like a Madison Avenue description?) satire will open some eyes and some minds.

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The GOP's Women's Offensive Offensive (NSFW)

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War on Women

So the GOP feels that they need help connecting with women. They're not alone. So do women -- and in a very big way.

HuffPo:

A majority of Americans -- especially female ones -- think the Republican Party is out of touch with women, according to a poll released Friday by CNN/ORC.

Fifty-five percent of Americans, including 59 percent of women, say the GOP generally does not understand the problems and concerns of women.

That amazing set of numbers should send off some alarm bells. You bet. The RNC Chairman Reince Preibus, has heard them, loud and clear. He's been organizing sensitivity training for his 92% male GOP national office holders -- of course this is all voluntary. It's only if they need it. And if you ask any Republican in either house of congress, they don't need it. They already are sensitive to women's issues. Funny how the Republican track record doesn't quite reflect that though. 

Can't you tell? Maybe looking at this chart will prove that point -- not!

Total Senate
100 (53D, 45R, 2I)
Women
20 (16D, 4R)
Total House
435 (201D, 234R)
Women
 78 (59D, 19R), plus 3 (3D) Delegates

The Democrats have three times more female representatives in the House and four times as many in the Senate. If women are more than half the total US population, isn't it clear there's a political disconnect between parties?

Here are some of the reasons women voters are staying away from the misogynistparty. The GOP has stopped the Paycheck Fairness Act which would mandate that women and men doing the same job and with the same seniority get paid the same amount.

The GOP has pushed through a bill that makes it a fire-able offence to inquire or discuss one's pay rate at work. In other words, they don't want workers to know what their equals are getting so they can report underpayments or make inquiries about their remuneration.

Oh, and how about the GOP "inserting" themselves between female patients and their doctors, forcing transvaginal ultrasounds, unnecessary procedures relating to abortion, and closing down or making access to abortion clinics nearly impossible in those states that still have any?

Let's not forget that the Republicans in the House are against raising the minimum wage. That's actually another gender issue as women are 47% more likely to hold a job that pays minimum wage than men according to The Week.com.

Did I forget the voting restrictions they're instituting in Republican-led states now requiring two forms of ID? Most women in this country change their last names to their husband's when they marry. Many times this results in a birth certificate with one last name, and a driver's license with another. Because of this discrepancy, despite having been allowed to vote for 20 or 30 years at the same polling site, women must now file a conditional ballot -- oftentimes not even counted after the polls close. Don't believe me? Ask Wendy Davis, a high profile, sitting Texas state senator who had to file a provisional ballot and face a possible recall to the polls two days later to prove she's really who she says she is.

The GOP has a funny way to entice female voters. It's like spousal abuse. They beat the shit out of them, treat them worse than dogs, then threaten to retaliate against them if they don't follow their orders. The fact that they have any female constituency in the Elephant Party is quite amazing. When you have to offer sensitivity lessons to your elected membership, you're definitely admitting you're doing something wrong.

Look at what the GOP's other majordomo has to say about the connection gap between his party and women:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in December that his fellow Republicans were making progress, but that "there are a lot more females in the Democratic caucus than there are in the Republican conference. And some of our members just aren't as sensitive as they ought to be."

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GOP Outreach Program Targets -- Wait For It -- The Country Club Crowd

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After the devastating election losses in late 2012, the GOP spent millions to find out how and where they missed the boat. They analyzed what they were doing wrong and publicly took to the airwaves to announce during 2013 that they were going to start reaching out to those who voted against their party and their platform. In essence, it was a plan to open the tent flaps and invite more people into their circus.

The RNC report from early last year called the Growth and Opportunity Project, urged the party to be more inclusive after the dismal electoral results among women, minorities, immigrants, college educated and the poor during the 2012 presidential election. This study, at a cost of millions of dollars was immediately hailed as a panacea and would be implemented immediately.

Let's see how that went.

The plan, despite being publicly lauded by the mouthpieces for the GOP was, in reality, scoffed at behind closed doors. There was really no intention of welcoming new members into their private club without a privileged pedigree.

During the nearly one year since the "autopsy" of the Republican loss led by party chairman Reince Priebus, there's been some moment. It wasn't forward nor necessarily backward. It could at best be called, treading water. Or maybe hoping for a miracle.

The "autopsy" called for the the Republicans to increase it's outreach to women. Instead, they pushed for restrictions on women's reproductive rights already adjudicated in Roe V. Wade by the US Supreme Court.

The plan called for outreach to immigrants. The GOP killed, by refusing to vote, the Senate immigration plan because it had a path to citizenship and the Republicans feared the new voters would not vote for the Red party because they had been systematically persecuted by the GOP for so many years.

The plan called for a jobs bill to improve the economy. The current 113th Congress voted that down numerous times during the last session. They even forced a government shutdown that cost the tax payers $26 Billion and netted us nothing for the effort.

The Growth and Opportunity Project called for outreach to the LGBT community. Build up the Log Cabin Republicans. Instead the party fought that minority with law suits even after the SCOTUS struck down DOMA, opening the door for same sex marriage.

The proposed road map was to reach out to racial minority voters in rural areas. Instead they GOP-led state legislatures enacted stricter voter registration laws making it harder for minorities to have an equal opportunity to cast a vote. This fear that Blacks, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, Indians and others might actually get a chance to speak up was muffled in legislative tricks and gerrymandering to making it difficult to qualify to have your voice heard or counted. Ask former Speaker of the House, republican Jim Wright or current state senator Wendy Davis in Texas how those new, restrictive laws are doing.

So it seems they're acting in denial of their own multi-million dollar plan to improve their standing and increase their chances to win the 2014 and 2016 elections. If so, who are they really going after?

The country club crowd. The Republicans have pushed through continued tax loopholes strictly for the rich. They've targeted but one group -- the one they already had -- the top 2%. By fighting health care, by denying minorities their constitutional rights, by tamping down immigration reform, by killing jobs bills and by regulating women's health care issues What's left is not a big target, but the GOP's focusing on it, anyway. It's the old, white guy.

Here's what the GOP Chairman said, according to THE HILL:

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus vowed in 2014 that his group would spend time in communities it has overlooked in the past.

“As a party, Republicans resolve to make 2014 about engaging with more people in communities all across America,” Priebus said in a statement ringing in the New Year. “We’ll spend our time welcoming new people to our party and listening to people in places where we haven’t spent enough time in years past. I look forward to all this year has to offer.”

It's hard but lets take the chairman at his word, because he said the very same thing nearly a year ago when the results of the study were first made public. Everything he and his party did last year was contrary to that.

Some things never change, the leopard and its spots, the zebra and its stripes and the GOP and it's arrogance. So next time you're at your private country club, playing a round of golf with Skip, Chip and Thurston Buffington Conroy III, don't be surprised if they don't hit you up for a contribution to GOP American Vision PAC.

Go tee it up and have a great round. Remember, par for the GOP championship course is 72, the same age (and in some cases, IQ) as the average GOP member.

Follow me on Twitter: @Linzack

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Video- GOP Rep Sean Duffy: Republicans Act Like 'Knuckle-Dragging Neanderthals On Occasion'

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Ding Ding Ding!! Give that man a stuffed animal. Via TPM.

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